September 2018 Article

Happy Fall Y’all! Our September 6th meeting started with guest speaker Sondra Ajasin with TruLight127 Ministries. TruLight127 gets its name from James 1:27 which reminds us to look after orphans and widows. Sondra founded TruLight three years ago when God let her know she needed to do more for foster children. She had already worked with Child Protective Services for awhile and a private agency before forming TruLight127 which began in June of 2015. They initially began as support services to families CPS was putting kids with, provided cribs, car seats, diapers, wipes, clothes etc. as the kids arrive in the homes with nothing except the clothes on their backs. In December 2015 they received their license from the State to be able to license foster families. In June of 2016 they received their contract to actually place kids in the foster homes. Their goal was to help 20 kids that first year, and they had 11 by that first August and seven months later in January 2017 they had 48 kids. At the end of 2017 they had 112 kids in care and had helped over 200.

Currently they have 149 kids in foster homes and 72 foster families. They constantly get middle of the night calls, sometimes consisting of sibling groups of 8 and 9 members. The kids have to go somewhere and so they sometimes end up going to other regions if there are no foster homes available in the area. In June they started looking for land to build homes so the kids don’t get split up. They found 10 acres in Guadalupe County and purchased the land and have already put one home on the property. SJRC, our Matching Funds recipient, who she is a licensed Foster Parent with. On December 15th TruLight127 will host a Christmas party for all of their foster families where every kid, foster or biological, will get a present. Currently there are around 300 children that will receive presents this year. They serve lunch and set up arts and craft tables and different things so the kids have fun and the parents can relax. They also make sure there are extra presents so that after the Christmas party any children that come in for foster care will not be left out. Every event they do they go all out for it and every October they have a fall festival. The kids have enough bad memories so they try to give them the best time so they remember their time fondly at TruLight127.

They also have a project called Foster of Destiny which is a six month calendar to help support some of the foster families with a different theme each month to make it fun. Its a gift to the fostering families to let them know the community thanks them for what they are doing and to give them a fun family night. The cost runs around $25-$50 a month. If anyone is interested they can contact anyone at the ministry and they will give you the ages of the members of the household and what they need or could use. Things like movie night for the family. For inquiries contact them at 210-858-9216 or email them at info@trulight127.org.

Our rummage sale is on September 15 in the parking lot of Christ the King Lutheran Church in Universal City to benefit SJRC (St Jude Ranch for Children). Anyone wanting more information or tours of their facilities are always welcome and donations will also be accepted at this time. For more information please visit their website www.sjrctexas.org and join us in helping this awesome organization. For those of you unable to attend please go to their website and donate to this awesomely worthy cause! If you prefer to call, their numbers are 210-592-1156 for San Antonio and 830-629-0659 for New Braunfels.

Make a Difference Day is Friday October 26 at TruCare Living Centers at 16550 Retama Pkwy, Selma, TX 78154 beginning at 2 pm and we will be hosting bingo for the residents with prizes donated by our members.

For anyone interested in attending our next meeting on October 4th the main dish will be Costco pizza and everyone bring a favorite side dish or desert as well as wear your favorite costume. Prizes will be awarded for best adult and junior costume so good luck to everyone.

Members in attendance were 18 adults, 3 juniors and 2 guests. Attendance award winners were Dena Warneke and Tracy Campos, junior winner was Barrett Kuhlman. Special drawing was # 067 Timothy Roe Yochum who was not present, next month the amount grows to $28.

Side dish winner was green bean casserole by Cliff Shepherd and the best dessert was Joy Brown’s homemade pie.

Congratulations to John and Gail Gray and Mike and Dena Warneke who are celebrating their wedding anniversaries this month as well as happy birthday wishes to Cory Rakowitz and Zane Gray who both celebrate their birthdays in September.

Tracy Campos
Recording Secretary

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August 2018 Article

Summer greetings from Cibolo Lodge. We held our August meeting and had as our guest Cynthia Lopez, Director of Development at St Jude Ranch for Children, our Matching Funds Recipient for this year. For those of us that were not familiar with SJRC, Cindy explained that they are the ones that care for children in the Foster Care System that have been removed from their homes by the Department of Family and Protective Services. SJRC cares for the children placed with them from newborns until adulthood. The children they care for daily are from of some of the most horrific cases seen on the news. They provide care for these children 24/7/365. They care for them, feed them, clothe them, take them to and from school, help with home work, help them with extra curricular activities, nurture them and above all else help them to heal from any trauma they have experienced. They strive for the children to have as happy a childhood as possible and provide them with as much normalcy as possible. They have three campus locations, New Braunfels, San Antonio and Bulverde. In San Antonio they have a Child Placement Agency for families willing to foster any of these children or adopting any of the children. They only receive 50% of support from the state, while providing 100% care for the children and they have approximately 100 children in their care at this time.

In addition to being our matching funds recipient they will be assisting at our rummage sale on September 15 in the parking lot of Christ the King Lutheran Church in Universal City. Anyone wanting more information or tours of their facilities are always welcome and donations will also be accepted at this time. For more information please visit their website www.sjrctexas.org and join us in helping this awesome organization. For those of you unable to attend please go to their website and donate to this awesomely worthy cause! If you prefer to call their numbers are 210-592-1156 for San Antonio and 830-629-0659 for New Braunfels.

The Memorial Service was held in remembrance of Mervin Hess and Freddy Goerke. Family members of Freddy Goerke in attendance were presented with a Certificate of brother Freddy and a bouquet of flowers in remembrance of their loved one. Special thanks to David Goerke, son of Freddy Goerke, who prepared the delicious pot roast for tonight’s meeting.

The regular meeting was held after the memorial service and new business attended to was the joyful celebration of welcoming in new junior members Addison Lynn Tilton, Audrey Kay Tilton, Kaylynn Grace Tymrak, Cade Price Sheffield, Kimber Claire Stiffler, Lawson Reid Stiffler, Savannah L Smith, Jackson Thomas Mann, Josiah Clayton Robinson, Hannah Elaine Robinson and adult member Sheri Sauder. Welcome all new members!

Make a Difference Day is Friday October 26 at Autumn Winds Nursing Home and we will be hosting bingo for the residents with prizes donated by our members.

For anyone interested in attending our next meeting the main dish will be Costco’s rotisserie chicken and delicious homemade sides and desserts and best homemade pie contest.

Zane Gray was presented with a $400 Scholarship Certificate for the 2018/19 school year by Joy Brown.

Attendance award winners were Kasey Shepherd and Zane Gray, junior winner was Bret Gray. Special drawing was for those in attendance winner was Jonny Brown. His prize was $58.

Side dish winner was cucumbers by Gail Gray and dessert was yeast roll by Sherry Rakowitz.

Congratulations to Nell and Cliff Shepherd celebrating their 58th wedding anniversary this month!

Tracy Campos
Recording Secretary

June 2018 Article

Fathers Day Domino night was a blast! You do not have to be a member to come and enjoy fellowship with us, everyone is welcome to come and join us the first Thursday of the month. For Fathers Day we celebrated dad’s with tender Bill Miller bar-b-que brisket and then we selected the best side dish of broccoli salad made my Casey Shepherd and the best dessert of Rice Krispy smores made by Katherine Campos. We will not have a July meeting due to so many out on vacation or at camp but will resume regular meeting on August 2, 2018 with a memorial service.

I tied as most losses but lost yet again on the run off, oh well, I had a great time though!

Our meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month at Christ the King Lutheran Church located at 1129 Pat Booker Rd, Universal City, TX 78148 which is across Pat Booker from the What-a-burger Restaurant.

Happy June Birthday to Dawn Bierstedt!

We had in attendance 17 members, 4 guests, 4 junior members in addition to all of the fun!
Thank you for joining us Evelyn Zurturcher, Rita Ennis, Mike Warneke and Tynia we hope to see all of you again!

Congratulations to John Fey who won the Fathers Day gift card!

Tracy Campos,
Recording Secretary

May 2018 Article

Mothers Day Bunco night was fun fun fun! In June, in honor of Fathers Day, we will play dominoes and cards for prizes, eat brisket, and have drawing from those Dad’s in attendance, so please join us in fellowship, fun and prizes. You do not have to be a member to come and enjoy fellowship with us, everyone is welcome to come and join us in brisket and then in selecting the best side dishes and desserts and then play dominoes or cards. This will be held on Thursday, June 7, 2018 at Christ the King Lutheran Church located at 1129 Pat Booker Rd, Universal City, TX 78148 which is across Pat Booker from the What-a-burger Restaurant.

Mothers present top row standing Mary Ann Gray, behind her is Nell Shepherd, Dena Warneke, Fay Fey, Rosie Meeks, Sherry Rakowitz, Ruth Schumann, and Joy Brown. Seated left to right is Kasey Shepherd, Luanne Collins and Gail Gray. Congratulations to Fay Fey for winning the Mothers Day drawing!

Homemade ice cream won as best dessert, thank you John Gray! Cucumbers made by Nell Shepherd and Fay Fey tied as best side dish

Happy Birthday wishes to Gail Gray, Rosie Meeks and Sherri Sauder. We hope it a very happy day for you!

We had in attendance 12 members, 8 guests, 1 junior member in addition to all of the fun!
Thank you for joining us Evelyn Zurturcher, Ruth & Ronie Schumann, Louanne Collins and Rosie Meeks we hope to see all of you again!

Congratulations to Cliff Shepherd who won most buncos and Joy Brown won most games and dare I say it again, everyone won with all the fun!

On May 5th we had 17 members attended our Join Hands day as we passed out flowers at the annual dance recital that was held at Texas Lutheran Universities Jackson Auditorium and special thanks to Emily Dewinne who volunteered during Join Hands Day. The dancers were awesome and their outfits were beautiful!

Tracy Campos,
Recording Secretary