Family Fun Days and Concerts to Bring Relief to Local Neighborhood by Andy Valdez FUNdraiser Event, Food and Water Drive, Brings Blessing

Family Fun Days and Concerts to Bring Relief to Local Neighborhood by Andy Valdez FUNdraiser Event, Food and Water Drive, Brings Blessing

A local prison ministry church (C.O.O.L. Ministries, Inc.) who cares for people on the edge, needed a financial and public relations boost to further their reach due to the Covid-19 lockdowns and the recent arctic freeze which has prevented Pastors Boyd and Jan Harrell from mistering to those families affected by incarceration and now walking a life’s redemption and faith.  

Given their solid track record of over 22 years of service to the local Houston area, many businesses, musicians, artistic talent, and non-profits are coming to their aid and to the assistance of others in their zip code via an innovative attraction that brings a celebration and funfest to the neighborhood.

“We almost cancelled this 2-day event due to the ice storm, which starts this Friday evening with a full concert that airs nationally via two broadcasting partners and ramps up all day Saturday with activities for the family and an outdoor concert that will also be aired nationally,” says Pastor Boyd Harrell, “But we really thought we needed to go forward and rally a food and water drive and prayer and worship to also help our neighbors in their time of need. We also plan to take this concept on the road to area churches to help meet the needs of our great city.

This event for everyone starts 2/26 and 2/27 at 5005 W. 34th Street, Houston, Texas 77092 (in the chapel Friday evening from 5pm to 10pm and the back lot Saturday day from 10am to 10pm).

C.O.O.L. Ministries, Inc. (recent congregation photo)

The plan encompasses a canned and packaged food and water drive for the community, a car wash with community volunteers, a broadcasts telethon, social media experience, car show, live music, guest speakers, a money machine, shofar blowers, motorcycles, food via catered trucks, clown appearance(s), balloons, an event muralist who will paint our theme live, face painting for the kids, prayer, and celebration.

“This ministry does so much for Houston in an overlooked demographic,” says Andy Valadez, Public Relations Officer for the American Legion Post 164 (Katy, Texas), “We have some veterans who are affected by incarceration and it is great to know that churches like C.O.O.L. are here to help all Americans get back on their feet and become productive in our society. We are so thankful to the sponsors and supporters who have stepped in to assist this mission.”

Featured artists, performers, and activities: American Legion Post 164 and VFW Post 8192 Honor Guard, American Anthem, Shofar Blowers of The Memorials, Kendall Mahar (Christian Rapper), Boyd Harrell Music, COOL Witness (Praise Band), The Greene Brothers Band (American Classic Rock) and Warrior Alive (80’s Christian Rock), Fermin the Clown (God’s Clown), American Legion Riders (motorcycles), The Lonestar Cruisers (Car Club), Muralist Linda Hinojos of Houston Art Center, smoke bombs, drone demos, popcorn and cotton candy, and other surprises.

For more information and the event schedule, please visit: bloodofchrist.us/cool 

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As the President and Publisher of Katy and Fort Bend Christian Magazines, Joe Menslage is committed to covering social and political news from a Christian worldview. He founded Katy Christian Magazine in 2005, which swept the greater Houston and Katy areas like a storm. That’s when Joe realized the urgent need for publications willing to give voices to the voiceless, without political correctness or censorship. Joe Menslage founded sister-publication Fort Bend Christian Magazine in 2014. Prior to creating Katy Christian Magazine, Joe Menslage led a colorful life. He was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, spent a great deal of his childhood in Colorado, and lived in a couple of other states before he moved to Houston in 1981. Joe was God-gifted with an entrepreneurial mind, and self-started other business ventures before he found his calling. In Joe’s words, our innate talents are given by the Lord, and are meant to be used to serve the Lord. Aside from being a President and Publisher, Joe Menslage is also the co-founder of Katy Christian Chamber of Commerce, where Christians can network, build business connections, listen to passionate speakers, and enjoy monthly breakfasts and lunches. Joe Menslage also hosts a weekly political satire YouTube channel. Joe Menslage has four children. Outside of work, he enjoys hiking, watching zombie movies and K dramas, ax-throwing and Krav Maga.