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WE CARE EVENTS . COM City Nassau Bay Paddle event supporting combat veterans Hope thru ptsdUSA.org Camp Hope in Houston.

Previous Events: Annual Freedom Celebration and American Spirit Boat Parade summer patriotic boat parade on Clear Lake and Galveston Bay
Spri ng ride from Houston area to Ft Hood Texas.

01/08/2024

Nassau bay paddle event for ptsd foundation ptsdUSA.org

01/08/2024

Clear creek Nassau bay paddle event for ptsdUSA.org

01/08/2024

Clear creek Nassau bay paddle event fundraiser for ptsdUSA.org

11/16/2023

What a blessing it was to have our special guest join us this past Sunday! 🙌

Alex Yutzey, Director of Camp Hope, is dedicated to serving and supporting our nation’s heroes. 🇺🇸🫡

Thankful for our congregation who had the honor to play a part in all the great work Alex is doing at Camp Hope by contributing to Camp Hope’s mission through our missions fund. 🎉🙏

10/18/2023

We just received a comment saying our charity helped save their nephews life.

Starting at Hilton at 7:45 am. Will do safety briefing, prayer, pastries, and coffee. Launch time 0900. Supported by US ...
10/18/2023

Starting at Hilton at 7:45 am. Will do safety briefing, prayer, pastries, and coffee. Launch time 0900. Supported by US Coast Guard patrol boat, exilary Aux, Harris county sheriffs department patrol boat, Nassau bay safety vessel, and several private boat owners.

Boat parade for the lone star battalion marines 2011.
10/09/2023

Boat parade for the lone star battalion marines 2011.

An important part of supporting our troops overseas is to support their loved ones. Jim Stoa, of WeCareEvents.com, and his committee do just that. This year...

09/30/2023

Norway’s most terrifying road 😱

Stoa Farm
07/28/2023

Stoa Farm

Støa farm … is located in Sigdal, Buskerud, Norway. Photos and description submitted by Judy Sosted In 1977 my parents and my husband and I went to Norway and visited the Stoa farm which was owned by Borghild Lien, the granddaughter of the man who bought it from my Great-great-grandfather. When h...

Paddle the appx 5 miles around the peninsula city of Nassau Bay Tx. From NASA Rd1 on Clear Lake to NASA Rd 1 bridge sepa...
07/05/2023

Paddle the appx 5 miles around the peninsula city of Nassau Bay Tx. From NASA Rd1 on Clear Lake to NASA Rd 1 bridge separates Nassau Bay and Webster. 1100 office buildings on NASA Rd 1.

07/04/2023

The paddle the Nassau bay peninsula will start east side of Nassau Bay on Clear Lake with two stops/starts at Howard Ward and David Braun Park up Cow Bayou ( bordering between Webster and Nassau Bay 1100 Office building and ending at Nassau Bay Yacht Club for food and fun .

06/24/2023
06/16/2023

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Norway eve
06/03/2020

Norway eve

Midnight in Ålesund.
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Lutheran Church Charities Comfort Dog program.
02/04/2020

Lutheran Church Charities Comfort Dog program.

Today is National Golden Retriever Day so I'm sharing this photo of last years Conference group picture. Thanks to LCC, ALL THE COMFORT DOGS and ALL THE PEOPLE THAT MAKE THIS MINISTRY WORK!🐾🎚❤️

01/13/2020
11/17/2019

Update, the first official weekend clean up will be January 11th! The Clean Up will be 5 weekends of course weather pending.

12/26/2017

On this day in 1944, the Battle of the Bulge is interrupted by a little-known truce deep in the Ardennes Forest. Four German soldiers and three American soldiers shared a cottage and a Christmas Eve meal, thanks to the bravery of one German woman.

“It is the Holy Night and there will be no shooting here,” she reportedly told them.

Elisabeth Vincken and her 12-year-old son, Fritz, had been staying in the cottage near the German-Belgian border. They were looking for safety, but now the Battle of the Bulge was raging all around them.

On Christmas Eve, they heard an unexpected knock on their door.

They were scared, of course. Who could it be? Elisabeth carefully opened the door, only to find two men and another lying wounded in the snow. They were American soldiers—not something Elisabeth would have wanted to find! The penalty for harboring Americans was death. But the Americans didn’t try to force their way into the cabin. They just “stood there,” as Fritz later said, “and asked with their eyes.”

What mother could resist? Those soldiers were so young, they were practically kids. “And that was the way Mother began to treat them,” Fritz wrote. The Americans had been lost, but now they were invited into the warm cottage. It was awkward at first, but the German mother and the American soldiers found that they could communicate in French.

Elisabeth and Fritz had been fattening a rooster, hoping that Fritz’s father would return. Now Fritz was sent to prepare the rooster. It was needed for dinner.

Just then, another knock came at the door. Four German soldiers stood there; they also needed shelter from the cold. Could they come in?

Elisabeth had to have been frightened. What would the Germans do when they discovered the Americans? But Elisabeth did what she had to do: She looked the Germans determinedly in the eye, inviting them in—but also warning them about what they would find inside. “You could be my sons,” she told the Germans, “and so could those in there. A boy with a gunshot wound, fighting for his life. His two friends, lost like you and just as hungry and exhausted as you are. This one night, this Christmas night, let us forget about killing.”

The Germans left their weapons outside. Elisabeth retrieved the American weapons and left them outside, too.

The room was tense—at first. But then the mood shifted. One of the German soldiers had some medical training, and he began tending to the wounded American. Another produced a bottle of wine and some rye bread. As they sat down to dinner, Elisabeth said grace. “I noticed that there were tears in her eyes,” Fritz later wrote, “as she said the old, familiar words, ‘Komm, Herr Jesus. Be our guest. And as I looked around the table, I saw tears, too, in the eyes of the battle-weary soldiers . . . .”

The good will persisted into the morning. The men awoke, exchanged Christmas greetings, then worked together to build a stretcher for the wounded American. After breakfast, the Germans pointed the American soldiers in the right direction so they could find their unit. Then the two sides departed, each in a different direction.

The truce was over, but nothing could erase the hours of friendship that had existed in the midst of the horrific Battle of the Bulge. “God was at our table that night,” Elisabeth would say.

Many decades later, Fritz found two of the soldiers who’d taken shelter in his cabin. Naturally, that is a story for another day. :)

Merry Christmas, everyone!

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11/07/2017
09/19/2017

It's National ! Our estuaries are vital to coastal communities. Help us celebrate Galveston Bay this weekend by volunteering to clean its shoreline at our Adopt-a-Beach cleanup site in partnership with Port Houston in Morgan's Point on Saturday, Sept. 23rd: http://bit.ly/2uMV5u5

36th Infantry Band  Texas Army National Guard playing in boat parade  2009
12/28/2010

36th Infantry Band Texas Army National Guard playing in boat parade 2009

12/21/2010

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