Clear Lake’s Congregation Shaar Hashalom will hold Israeli Folk Dancing classes from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Mondays with a cost of $4 a session or $35 for all 10 sessions for members and $5 a session or $45 for nonmembers. All sessions will be at 16020 El Camino Real.

“Join any time for the exciting fun of learning Israeli Folk Dancing taught by a woman born in Israel,” said publicist Wendy Kane. “With lots of spirit, dancers laugh a lot without even noticing that a few calories are getting burned. Everyone is welcome.”

For details, call 281-488-5861 or email


One of the most looked-forward-to annual events at Hitchcock’s Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church is the annual card party which is running a bit late this year.

“Our regular card party was canceled in September due to the storm and has been rescheduled for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday in Madonna Hall, 10114 state Highway 6,” organizer Anita Micheletti said for the church. “It’s winter fun for everyone with lunch served by our famous waiters, followed by our endless cookie bar and door prizes.”

For details or reservations call 409-935-9408.


Jo Ann Zuniga with the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston wanted you to know that folks from far away have been helping schools here after Hurricane Harvey. And, perhaps that our TexMex cuisine has spread to the far north.

“The National Catholic Educational Association launched ‘Student to Student: A Catholic School Response to Hurricane Harvey,’ an initiative started in late August for students of Catholic schools around the nation to raise and donate funds to schools impacted by the storm,” Zuniga said. “Children from 826 Catholic schools from across the country, including a high school in Anchorage, Alaska, selling $900 worth of tacos, donated $268,939 for Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston to help in the recovery of hurricane damages.”

For details, call 713-652-8213.


Update: In an interesting article by David Briggs, it is argued that American religion is following the pattern of modern shopping. In the story, Lessons from Amazon: Being open to change can spur congregational vitality, growth, Briggs asserts that as “shoppers throughout the land flocked to each new retail incarnation offering easier access to a greater array of products, while tens of thousands of small stores unable or unwilling to compete shriveled and many eventually died. The result is a period of what you might call increasing congregational inequality; just 7 percent of churches now attract about half of attendees.”

His point: Smaller churches must change their styles or risk evaporation.

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