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Photo courtesy Faith Lutheran School. L to R: Rich Shelton, Real Options for Women, with Faith Lutheran School student council members Jayson Werth of Sachse, Lisa Amen of Plano and Phillip Merritt of Plano.

Students at Plano's Faith Lutheran School recently observed the school's "Celebrate Life Week."

"Students studied from a special curriculum designed to celebrate all stages of life," explained Faith Lutheran School fourth grade teacher Cheryl Wildauer of Allen.  "Students in grades 6-8 attended two sessions of a special program called "180 Degrees", an abstinence-until-marriage program presented through Real Options for Women."

 A monetary collection was taken for Real Options for Women. Real Options for Women is a local information resource for women facing unplanned pregnancies, a gateway to medical care for those continuing their pregnancies and a provider of STD screening for those at risk of infection.

A unique monetary donation program called "Baby Bottles for Life" was used to collect funds for the group. Each student was given a baby bottle to be filled with coins, bills and checks for the non-profit group. Baby clothing was also collected and donated for distribution to some of the clients of the facility. The Faith Lutheran Church ladies sewing group also donated a number of baby quilts to accompany the donated baby clothing.

Students, faculty and staff were also given green ribbons to wear each day during the week to remind them of the importance of life.

About Faith Lutheran School
In 1971, the congregation of Faith Lutheran Church in Plano, Texas established a four-year-old preschool for children of the congregation. Since then, the school has grown and opened enrollment to others in the community on a tuition basis. Faith Lutheran School is fully accredited and currently provides classes from pre-school three-year-olds through the twelfth grade. School curriculum is based on the classical model of education. The school's educational program also includes both sports and the fine arts. To learn more about Faith Lutheran School, please visit the school's web site at www.flsplano.org or call 972.423.7448. 

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Faith Lutheran School in Plano, Texas will be conducting an open house on Sunday, April 6 at 3 p.m. to show case the school's K-12 and early childhood preschool programs.

Families interested in the school will meet the headmaster and teaching staff, tour the facilities and enjoy light refreshments.

Faith Lutheran School is located at 1701 E. Park Blvd in Plano.  For more information please call 972.723.7448. 

You may read more about Faith Lutheran School at www.flsplano.org and www.facebook.com/flsplano

About Faith Lutheran School
Faith Lutheran School is fully accredited and currently provides classes
from pre-school three-year-olds through the twelfth grade. School
curriculum is based on the classical model of education. The school's
educational program also includes both sports and the fine arts. In
1971, the congregation of Faith Lutheran Church in Plano, Texas
established a four-year-old preschool for children of the congregation.
Since then, the school has grown and opened enrollment to others in the
community on a tuition basis. To learn more about Faith Lutheran School,
please visit the school's web site at www.flsplano.org or call 972.423.7448. 

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Students at Plano's Faith Lutheran School often support the work of missionaries through their chapel offerings.  But this semester, they are gathering funds to help the son of the school's own fourth grade teacher.

Rev. Micah Wildauer, son of Faith Lutheran School fourth grade teacher Cheryl Wildauer of Allen, was most recently the Pastor of Hope Lutheran Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Rev. Wildauer accepted a call from The Lutheran Church-Missouri Board for International Mission to become a theological educator at the French Language Seminary in Dapaong, Togo, Africa.

Rev. Wildauer and his wife Robin recently attended orientation meetings to prepare them for their work and are now working to obtain financial support for deployment in 2014.

"Our staff is thankful to the Lord for the opportunity to teach about Christ and to serve the students and families of Faith Lutheran School.  It is a special blessing for us to see Rev. Wildauer embark on this exciting journey and  enter this new, exciting phase in his service to the Lord.  We are fortunate to be a part of his journey," said Faith Lutheran School Headmaster Timothy Merritt of Plano.

Working alongside another Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod pastor Rev. Wildauer will be teaching courses in doctrine and theology to men who wish to become pastors among the people of Togo and surrounding French-speaking countries in West Africa.

 “The face of mission work is changing in Africa," said Rev. Wildauer. "Many small emerging church bodies are desiring our pastors and theological educators to train their own men to be pastors, rather than the former concept of church planting among people who are completely unfamiliar with the Gospel. Teaching at the seminary in Togo will provide an answer for many neighboring church bodies who long for such. Their pastors will then return equipped with the theological foundation to lead their congregations. In essence, the students of Faith Lutheran are supporting the proclamation of the Gospel in Africa so that generations yet to be born know the Lord.”

 The Wildauer family will be sharing updates about their work at http://wildauersgototogo.blogspot.com/. Those interested in pledging financial support or who are interested in learning more about mission work in West Africa can also visit www.lcms.org/wildauer

About Faith Lutheran School

In 1971, the congregation of Faith Lutheran Church in Plano, Texas established a four-year-old preschool for children of the congregation. Since then, the school has grown and opened enrollment to others in the community on a tuition basis. Faith Lutheran School is fully accredited and currently provides classes from pre-school three-year-olds through the twelfth grade.   School curriculum is based on the classical model of education. The school's educational program also includes both sports and the fine arts. To learn more about Faith Lutheran School, please visit the school's web site at www.flsplano.org or call 972.423.7448.

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This summer, The Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation, Inc. will offer three “Bridging the Gap” summer camp sessions at Plano’s historic Interurban Railway Museum.
 
“This new, unique camp program will allow campers the opportunity to apply creativity and engineering skills to build a bridge model,” explained Russell Kissick, Co-Director of The Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation, Inc.  ”The curriculum is based on the ‘five E’ science model, which promotes the discovery method of learning, campers engage, explore, explain, elaborate and evaluate the design and function of different types of bridges.”
 
Bridge Building 1 will be offered June 16 -19, 2014 from 9 a.m. - noon and July 14-17, 2014 from 9 a.m. - noon, and Bridge Building 2 will be offered July 28-31 2014 from 9 a.m. - noon.
 
All sessions will take place at Interurban Railway Museum, located at 901 East 15th Street in historic downtown Plano.
 
Classes are $65 per student.  Each class session is limited to 12 students.
 
This summer camp program, created for ages 9 through 12, allows campers the opportunity to apply creativity and engineering skills to build a bridge model.  Based on the five E science model, which promotes the discovery method of learning, campers will engage, explore, explain, elaborate and evaluate the design and function of different types of bridges.
 
Led by certified teachers, this program is designed for students entering grades 4 - 7 in fall 2014.
 
To register:
Visit www.planoparks.org and search for corresponding course number to register online. Or register via phone at 972-941-7250.
 
June 16-19, 2014: course number 159517
July 14-17, 2014: course number 159518
July 28-31, 2014: course number 159519
 
About The Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation, Inc:
The Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation, Inc., a Texas corporation 501 (c)(3) non-profit, is an organization dedicated to promote civic pride in the past, to increase preservation awareness through education and public outreach, and to provide financial assistance to protect and preserve our heritage resources for this and future generations. For more information, please visit www.planoconservancy.org or call 972-941-2117.
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The Assistance Center of Collin County announced today that the non-profit has launched an online version of Collin County Cares, a comprehensive directory of services for those in need or in crisis in Collin County, featuring information about virtually all human services and aid agencies in the county.

The free, online tool is available at www.collincares.org.

The Collin County Cares tool includes listings for human services agencies, government services, housing authorities, medical facilities, police departments, school districts, support groups and much more. Each listing contains contact information, hours of operation, names of the organization's leadership, services offered and more.


The information contained in the resource was previously only available in printed booklet format which was updated every two years. The new, online tool is easily accessible 24 hours a day. Featured agencies can update their information at any time, and agencies seeking to have their services listed can apply for inclusion and, upon acceptance, update
information quickly and easily.

"The Assistance Center of Collin County is known for coordinating financial and material assistance for those in need in our community," said Assistance Center of Collin County executive director Tanya Sastoque. "By making this tool available online to anyone, we are able to get this valuable information into the hands of the many in our community who need aid. Individuals can use the tool to search directly for things they need, or if those in crisis are seeking aid through a shelter, church, agency or other service organization, those groups can access the online tool to easily and quickly provide relevant information customized to the unique situation of those they are serving."

The new, online version of Collin County Cares was made possible by a $30,000 financial sponsorship from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano.


“Texas Health Plano recognizes that identifying significant health needs in our community is an important step in implementing our mission,” said Mike Evans, R.N., M.S.N., president of Texas Health Plano. “Through collaboration with the Assistance Center of Collin County, we are able to support our community by providing individuals access to useful social services that will, in turn, improve the health of people in the communities we serve.”

The Assistance Center of Collin County, located at 900 E. 18th Street in Plano, brings carefully-qualified and prompt short-term assistance to individuals and families in financial crisis to help them regain self-sufficiency. Residents of Collin County facing a financial crisis or an emergency situation can contact the Center to obtain financial assistance, information, guidance, direction and references to appropriate human service resources. Anyone may obtain help by calling the Center's hotline at 972-422-1850 or visiting the Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays. For more information, to donate, or to volunteer, call 972-422-1125 or visit www.assistancecenter.org.

About the Assistance Center of Collin County

The Assistance Center serves Collin County by responding to people in crisis with food, shelter, clothing and medical assistance. The ACCC achieves this mission by informing, guiding, directing and linking people to appropriate human service resources and providing emergency, short-term financial assistance to residents with valid needs. The
Assistance Center aides clients in the process of reclaiming financial self-sufficiency through counseling, training, referrals, and financial support. Founded in 1977 by former Plano Mayor and current former Texas State Senator Florence Shapiro, the Assistance Center of Collin County was formerly known as the Information and Referral Center of Collin County. Through discerning programs, guidance and funds, the Center works to help stabilize the home economies of Collin County families in order to fight homelessness, hunger and poverty. For more information, please visit www.assistancecenter.org or call 972-422-1125

About Texas Health Plano

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano is a 366-bed acute care hospital and recognized clinical program leader, providing technologically advanced care to Plano and surrounding areas since 1991. The hospital’s services include orthopedics, cardiovascular services, oncology, pediatrics and women’s services. An affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, Texas Health Plano has more than 1,600 employees and 1,200 physicians on the medical staff. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL or visit TexasHealth.org/Plano.

About Texas Health Resources

Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States. The health system includes 24 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources. It includes the Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Texas Health Harris
Methodist hospitals, a large physician group, outpatient facilities, and home health, preventive and fitness services, and an organization for medical research and education.

For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit www.TexasHealth.org