June 2014 Our News

Almeda UMC will become the Abiding Faith UMC  on May 31st under the leadership of Pastor Deborah Vaughn
       A community gathering will be held from noon to three on Sat. May 31st.  Church service will be at 10 am June 1st.  
      The Almeda UMC congregation voted to have their facility at 14300 Almeda School Road become a legacy church and resolved to pass along all their assets to Abiding Faith UMC.
Pastor Deborah, called PD by her congregation, started Abiding Faith UMC in 2009 with the help of her husband and  15 members from their home church of St. John’s UMC Downtown. They began meeting at St. Matthews on North Shepherd. Even though some of the members will have to travel a distance, they were delighted to accept the opportunity that Almeda UMC presented.
Before Deborah became Mrs. Alfred Vaughn, 18 years ago, she was a very active member at Brentwood Baptist Church. Alfred was a member of St. John’s, so she joined his church when they got married. It was at St. John’s she was called into ministry.
She had already ministered as a volunteer working with boys and girls at the Harris County Youth Village, The Detention Center, and the Richmond and Rosenberg facility for youth with problems.
At that time she was also working at the Harris Co. Engineering Dept. Deborah had left her home town of St. Louis, MO. Where she had earned a BS in Civil Engineering  and an MS in Engineer Management. She is the only one of her family to leave St. Louis.
In Houston, Deborah earned a Master of Divinity Degree in seven years while working full time. She finished a 25 year career at Harris Co. retiring as the Director of Architecture and Engineering, and stepped right into the job of pastor. She is an Ordained Elder in The United Methodist Church. As a pastor she says, “We look forward to serving our new community”.   

        Mary Etta Anderson won the mayor race defeating the incumbent, Evelyn Jones.  Council member Florencia Martinez retained her seat but Effie Jones lost hers. James DeVoge lost to Florence Jackson by one vote.
According to James Wark, a member of the Arcola Zoning and Planning Committee, approval has been given to Houston Southwest Airport to build a hanger east of the airport on the 42.7 acres between the airport and the railroad track running alongside of Hwy 521. President of Tejas Avco Inc. , James Griffith, will be the owner. Plans are for several more hangers in the future.
Rodrigo Carreon won a seat on the water board with 46 votes as did Paul Hamilton with 37. Rosa Linda  Medina lost her spot with 35 votes. According to Carreon there are about 2,000 residents eligible to vote. 
In May of 1993, Patsy and Charlie Guthrie rented the local beer joint from Posy Bowers. Within a few weeks, Diane Dishaw came to work for them and will remain until the day P&C closes June 1, 2014.
In July of 2000, Patsy’s husband, Charlie, died and a few months later Ms. Posy passed away.  That’s when Patsy took the opportunity to purchase the property. “People don’t realize how good and faithful the customers I’ve had really are,” says Patsy.
In the past 21 years there has been four minor fights and only two hot checks. About 40 customers had charge accounts which were all paid up. Some people refer to P&C as the Old Age Home as many of her customers are retired. Every Wednesday was Old Timers Day.
         Her customers are bemoaning the fact they won’t have a safe, comfortable place to meet with their friends. It is sad, even if you are a teetotaler, to see a place, that served many people in a better way than the majority of   beer joints, no longer be a part of the community. No chance of turning back as the property has been sold to investors who  have not decided what they will build. 
Before Patsy and Charlie started P&C, she was the supervisor of records for 18 years at the Bank of Almeda.  She has known and is known by many of Almeda’s residents.   For those who want a memento, Patsy will have an auction before the new owners bulldoze the building. Watch for the date on a sign in front of P&C.

Thanks to Dr. Lazarus Chavarria, Johnny Johnson, Success Aviation, Taco Regio Meat Market and Sargent Ray Hinojosa for making National Prayer Day possible for Arcola, Texas. Special thanks to Pastor Freddy Lopez from Quality Life Ministries and all who came out to the tent to pray for our nation and our leaders in office. May every knee bow before our Lord.
Billy Keyworth wouldn’t think of bragging but he is a little proud of making his ninth hole in one on a Rockport, TX golf course. He used a 13 wood on Hole # 12 and says he had two witnesses.  Quite an accomplishment since he is 83 and never played until after he retired, except for miniature golf.
The Water Board will meet Thursday, June 19th 6pm at Mustang Park.
Almeda moe
Moe and Fresno Joe went camping. The first night they slept soundly until Moe woke up. He roused Joe and asked what he saw. Joe said, “I see a zillion stars.” “And what does that tell you?” Moe asked. “It tells me astronomically there are millions of galaxies. Horologic ally, I figure  it is 3:15 am. Theologically, I can see that God is all powerful and we are small and insignificant. Meteorologically, I’d say tomorrow will be a beautiful day. What does it tell you,” asked Joe. Moe  was quiet for a few minutes. Then he said, “It tells me our tent is gone.” 
Blair, a 17-year-old high school senior just won the West Virginia Republican primary for state representative. First she took a survey of 140 people in her district, then she wrote by hand 800  letters explaining her position. If she wins in November, she will be the youngest state representative in history.
PIP meets at 7pm, the 2nd Monday

June 10th—13th at Abiding Missionary Baptist Church 6 to 8:15 pm. 14145 Bridgeport Rd.
713 433 2971
April 16, 1919 - May 7, 2014
Lovie went to work at the age of 14 after her father died. She also worked as a hospital nurse until Medicare required all nurses to be degreed, and then worked for a private doctor. A faithful member of  church, she attended Almeda UMC with her son, Tom. She loved playing dominoes and Wa-Hoo with her family. Preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Floyd T. Maples, and granddaughter Dana Maples, Lovie is survived by her sister, Julia Johnson, sons Thomas/Shirley Maples, and Calvin/Donna Maples;  five grandsons and seven greats.
FRANCES WOODRUFF  82  April 23, 1932 -May 10, 2014
Frances and her husband Fred raised their children near Almeda School. Frances was a stay at home mom and very active in church and community affairs for over 50 years. She took care of the records for the Almeda Cemetery committee, attended the Baptist, Methodist and Southway church meetings for seniors, and served anyway she could at her own church Southway Community. She was always helping friends except when playing a game of Skip-Bo—which she usually won. Preceded in death by her husband of forty six years, Fred Woodruff, she is survived by her sister, Margaret Taylor; children John/Dorothy Woodruff, Karen Reiland and Paula Keeth; three granddaughters: Kristi, Jessie, Kayleigh and one great.
August 4, 1940—May 18, 2014
 Mona was at her home,  when she passed away, surrounded by her husband, Joseph, and their children. Memorial services will be at New Shores Baptist Church in Sweeny, Texas  Thursday May 29th at 10 am. Visitation 9am  10am. 
         Six males two females born 3/17/2014  call Jake at 281 841 9505

SAFETY TIP: According to a Navy Seal, Adm. W. H. McRaven, If a shark circles you, don’t try to swim away. Don’t be afraid.  If he attacks hit him on the snout as hard as you can.

         Once inside you would never recognize that the building at  3100 West Fuqua was once the Vinson Library. It is now the headquarters of the National Association of Minority Mineral Owners which is a non-profit 501c organization. They help minority land owners get fair payment for their mineral rights and they also mentor high school and college students who are interested in working with minerals.
Besides being a non-profit organization, they are also the proprietors of Ommi Pipe Solutions. As a Houston based 100% minority business and a member of the Greater Houston Partnership, they handle much of the distribution of pipes used on city and county projects.
 Survival in the GREAT City of Fresno, Texas
 How i survived 5 weeks in Fresno Texas without electrical power:
 Just prior to the big hurricane i bought & installed a 7 KW (kilowatt) generator plus a power transfer panel. This generator came with a very small valve kit to convert the unit from gasoline to LPG fuel so i had it converted. Next up i bought 2 LPG fuel tanks that i could man-handle by myself & transport in my own pickup truck.
The generator i bought has only one 220 volt outlet so i had it wired to the water well but with another switch to flip over to a 220 volt air conditioner. The electrical was done by a professional electrician. The fuel conversion kit was delegated to Small Engine
Repairs here in Fresno, a lawnmower repair shop. After the installation everything worked perfectly but when the hurricane hit the unit refused to run. The unit had gotten water logged with water coming in the side vents. Once she was dried up she, (the generator) ran perfectly. I ran the generator intermittently to keep the refrigerator food viable, to run the water well for showers, & occasionally to cool the house down before going to bed. LPG fuel was  available locally.
  Interestingly what definitely would not have worked was my side plan. I had five 5 gallon gasoline containers and bought five more as the hurricane was moving in. All 10 containers were filled with gasoline including both of my vehicles but since all of Houston & surrounding areas evacuated there was none to be found after the hurricane. Friends & friends of friends crawled out of the woodwork & begged me out of all my gasoline supplies. There was just enough to run the truck for a couple of weeks. Interestingly after the hurricane only 4 of the containers were returned and none with gasoline even when i complained! One of my 3 loaned out generators also did not return & and it was new! Dasterdly dasterds!  So much for friends & funny plans, but i survived hurricane...what's her name. 1 - Before the hurricane hits, wrap the generator with a tarp & tie it tight as hurricane force winds are what cause the rain to be blown through the vents of the generator housing, soaking it's electronics to the bone. 2 - Do do #1 as trying to find a free mechanic after a devastating hurricane is next to impossible.
ED. Note  Thanks for sharing!

         In front of Joe’s Transmission, the cars were zipping up and down Almeda Highway non-stop. Made me think how impossible it would         be now for Rex Fordyce and his friends to play marbles in the middle of the road in front of his grandfather’s store/post office located a hair north of Kountry Kubbard.   They use to play several hours before they would spot a car miles away.  That all changed when Almeda Road was paved with concrete in 1938.
The grocery business also changed.  Blue laws were in effect so you didn’t buy stuff on Sunday. Grandpa Fordyce took the law seriously, but one Sunday a lady was desperate  for a loaf of bread as the visiting preacher had accepted an invitation to her home for dinner. She pleaded with Mr. Fordyce, He also was serious about honoring Sunday as the Lord’s Day. Finally, he conceded it would be ok for him to open the store and give her a loaf of bread but he would not accept money. She would just have to come back to pay him.
Grandfather passed his strong convictions down to Rex’s dad, Orlando, who was a Gideon and passed thousands of New Testaments Bibles to children in the schools, in hospitals, and hotels and to servicemen. His wife Maud Mowery Fordyce was a Sunday School teacher and Child Evangelism Fellowship Good News Club teacher. Together, they worked with others to get a church established in Pierce Junction, which was truly a peaceful oil field town.  
In this picture of an oil derrick in Pierce Junction is Charlie Monrad, the fifth man from the left. Charlie came from Denmark, got a job working Gus Anderson’s farm, and fell in love with the prettiest girl in town, Audree Harris. He needed more money.
The oil field paid better and eventually, he was able to have his own dairy farm right across from Andersons. Later, Charlie ran a street, (Monrad Drive) through the middle of his property and sold lots. One daughter, granddaughter and grandson still live on the old home place where he and Audree raised three children.

Jeanette Golden was sent a letter by the Texas Department of Transportation demanding that she remove a sign from her private property that had the Ten Commandments on it.
         Andy Johnson dug a pond on his eight acres of property after getting a permit from Wyoming state engineers.  Since he and his wife dug it in a spot where, the two-foot-wide, six-inch-deep, Six Mile Creek ran, the EPA claimed his pond came under their Clean Water Act and he needs a permit from them. They have threatened him with a $75,000 a day fine which is the fine for emitting toxic hazards. “It’s not about the pond, it’s about national laws,’ says Johnson. He claims the EPA is using the Clean Water Act to regulate private landowners.
Wyoming Republican Sens. Mike Enzi and John Barrasso an La Sen. David Vitter,  sent a letter to the EPA, asking the agency to lift the order. Fines are suppose to cover damage. But where is the  damage? Johnson says he will not roll over and play dead.
“ It’s not about me, it’s about everybody across America.”
Jeanette’s freedom to express her faith on her own property, Andy’s freedom to do something that helps his family and wildlife:  both threatened by government authorities, as government makes more restrictions and regulations on private property. 

         Keeping the marriage together is a year round job. It might help to understand the Maker’s Instruction Manual before marriage. II Corinthians 7:14 says “Be not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: If you yoke an oxen and a horse together to pull a load, their shoulders will both get rubbed raw. While dating, your beliefs might not seem that important but when you need to work together to build a home and raise a family, you will find you are rubbing each other the wrong way. Picture a triangle with God at the top, a man at one corner on the bottom and a woman on the other. As they grow in grace and knowledge of God, they draw nearer to the top of the triangle and to each other.
   Some believers don’t pay attention to God’s instructions. Ephesians 6:25 Men are to love their wives as Christ loved the church and gave himself for it.  6:28 So men ought to love their wives as their own bodies...6:33 and the wife reverence her husband. I Peter 3:1-6 tells the wives to adorn themselves with a meek and quiet spirit and be in subjection to their own husbands. It does not say the husbands are to subject the woman, but the woman with the help of God, subjects herself to her husband and he dwells with her according to knowledge, giving honor to the wife as unto the weaker vessel as being heirs together of the grace of life. I Peter 3:7 

Vinson Library/Multi-Center
3810 West Fuqua 832-393-2120 Open Tue. & Wed. 10-6 Thurs 12-8 Fri. 1-5 Sat. 10-5 Closed Sun. & Mon.         www.houstonlibrary.org always open
Multi-Center open Mon. –Fri.
Sienna Branch Library
8411 Sienna Springs Blvd  281-238-2900
Teen Digital-Photography Contest  June 1st Aug. 1st. For ages of 13 through 18 and residents of Fort Bend Co. only. Entry forms, rules, and instructions on the website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us) –
Camp Sienna Teen Computer Classes . June 13 create a digital multimedia story    June 20 –  Prezi.  create  presentations.
June 27 MS PowerPoint. for class projects.
July 11 –  set up and maintain a blog.
July 18 –  create a customized website.
July 25–MS Publisher. make cards, etc.
Mother Goose Time,  Tues. 10:00 am, 
Toddler Time -- Thur. 10:00 am   June 12, 19, and 26.
Pre-school children, Story Time, movies, craft activities, 10:00 and 11:15 am each Wed. June 11, 18, and 25.
Pajama Night Story Time  Mon. 6:30 pm -- . June 9, 16, 23, and 30.
The Middle School Programs,  3:00 pm Thurs. June 12 ,19,26th–
Free Movies June 3rd, 17th 6pm pg rated
Blogging for Dollars!” on Wed. June 25, 10:00 am,
Sienna Book Club  1:30 pm, June 9,  Ha-Ha, a novel written by Dave King. Booked on Crime Mystery Book Club, meets fourth Tuesday at 7:00 pm, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie.
Going Global
Fort Bend County Libraries invites the public to join in the “Big Library Read” eBook-reading program, a world-wide project encouraging communities to read the same eBook from June 3 through 18. The 2014 selection for the “Big Library Read” is A Pedigree to Die For, the first book in the Melanie Travis mystery series written by Laurien Berenson.
This program could be a lot of fun as people from all over the world would be reading the same book. It could also be used to influence what people think world wide and that could be bad ...or good.


May 2014

         Not sure who to vote for in the Republican primary? The best and concise information I found was an email from the Peter Morrison report. Request it by email siskeyworth@att.net and I’ll email it to you.
When the Federal government posted their sign in Nevada, someone, who has read the Constitution, put their own sign up.
         I guess the Feds don’t think the Constitution is applicable on 70% of the public land in Nevada which is controlled by the Bureau of Land Management.
         Since the Federal government owns over 30% of  United States, you would think that would be enough, but NO. The BLM now wants to grab 90,000 acres in Texas of privately owned land along the Red River. Land which Texans have a legal deed and have paid property taxes on.
According to ACLU, a Constitution free zone around the United States "expands 100 miles (from the border) and includes 197 million people." These zones, where anything of yours can be searched for any reason without authorities having "cause," is an ongoing Department of Homeland Security (DHS) policy. Since Arcola, Fresno, Almeda, and Houston are within 100 miles of the coast that policy applies to us. You think it won’t affect you? Maybe not unless you do something that offends those in power or have something they want.

That rancher in Nevada has caused us to consider the wisdom of government control especially when we read that a Chinese owned energy giant, ENN Energy Group, wants to build a $5 billion solar farm and panel manufacturing plant. According to journalist Marcus Stern with Reuters,  Senator Harry Reid and his oldest son, Rory, are involved in helping the energy giant use the land the rancher has used since 1870.

BLM is one of many bureaus of the Interior Dept. If you look at their 389 page report, you will see that almost all the  bureaus request an increase of funds.

BLM’s budget is 1.2 billion. They are asking for an increase of 32.6 million including 10.3 M. for land acquisition. More land –more employees. Instead of more how about selling a few of the 650 million acres the government owns and pay down the national debt instead of printing more money making it worth less, eventually worthless.  
       It is easier to get a person to believe a lie than it is to get them to admit that they had believed a lie.

         For 46 years the residents of Almeda met in the same building as the school. But when the Almeda Independent School District decided to disband and turn the building over to HISD, the citizens decided it was time to build a church. 
         Mrs. C. W. Fellows told the Methodist District Superintendent that Methodist outnumbered other denominations. They sent out a student, Weldon Morton from Duke University, who walked from house to house or rather farm to farm and found enough interested to build the church, which cost $3,500. The first church service was Easter Sunday 1939.
In 1955, the church had grown to the point where the congregation felt they could afford bigger and much nicer facilities. They moved from the small building at 14 Broadhurst to the corner of Almeda School Road and Fellows Road just across the street from Almeda School.
Caroline Monrad Mayfield and Dorothy Bruns Roco are two of the first members still attending the church as well as Dorothy Pyburn Chesser who was christen in June of 1939. Judith, daughter of Barney Scott, was the first baby to be christened and the first member to be married in the new church.
The Almeda UMC has discerned that the will of God is to pass the blessings and possessions it has gathered to a new or transforming faith community designated by the Texas Conference so that a viable faith community may continue in this place. As of May 31st, Almeda UMC will be replaced by Abiding Faith UMC. Read about the new pastor next month.

         Mayor Evelyn Jones is facing a challenge from Mary Etta Anderson. James F. DeVoge and Florence R. Jackson are running against city council members Effie Jones and Florencia Martinez. Early voting starts April 28 –May 6th.
         Election will also be held on the same dates for the Ft. Bend School Board and the Fresno Water Board.

Fire Chief, Chris Tormey, said the Fresno FD has a new fire truck purchased with a grant for $200,000 from the Texas Forest Service. Hopefully they won’t need to use it very often. Tormey also said to keep in mind the bridge across Cohn will be replaced with a concrete bridge, beginning on May1.  Don’t see many wood bridges anymore.
What would you do if the electric power grid was disabled and the electricity was turned off  through out Texas? Could you survive? How long? Three days? Three weeks or longer? What would you do? Please email any ideas you have on how you and your neighbors could survive?

The Odds of Dying From:         Total from any cause 1 in 1.
Heart disease 1 in 7;        Cancer 1 in 7;
Chronic lower respiratory disease 1 in 28;
Intentional self harm 1in 106;    Motor vehicle incidents 1 in 108;
Unintentional poisoning by and exposure to noxious substances 1 in 123;
Falls 1 in  158;  Assault by firearm 1 in 340;   Car occupant 1 in 415;
Pedestrian 1 in 749;       Motorcycle rider 1 in 907;
Accidental drowning 1 in 1,112; exposure to fire, or smoke 1 in 1,419;
Choking from inhalation or food 1 in 3,842; Pedal cyclist 1 in 4,982;
Firearms discharge 1 in 7,059; Air and space transport accidents 1 in 7,229;
Excessive natural heat 1 in 11,111; Electric current, radiation, temperature and pressure 1in 12,146;     Contact with sharp objects 1 in 32,322;
Hornets, bees, 1 in 71,107; Legal execution 1 in 79,815;
Dog bite 1 in 122,216; Storm 1 in 126,158; Lightning 1 in 126,158

   Mobile BBQ Kitchen
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         On Easter morning, Christians, through out the world, proclaimed that Jesus Christ is alive, but the question can still be asked what difference does it make?  You could point out that hospitals have been built in His name and that countries which adopted the principals that Christ taught have a higher standard of living than other countries, but aren’t those things that are just the result of following the example he gave us during his life on earth?
A peek at the life of the men who followed Jesus for three years could answer that question. When Jesus was arrested, his followers ran for their lives. One of them even denied he knew Jesus. But when these same men talked and ate with Jesus after they had seen him die, they willingly risked their lives and were killed in the process of proclaiming the news of Him to the world.
While we could talk about many results that have happened and are still happening among those who believe that Christ conquered death, the real question is, “What difference does it make in my life?”
We sing with great joy on Easter morning. Then the next day we face problems? If we really believe that Jesus had the power to overcome death, shouldn’t that change the way we view our problems? The way we view death? 
      Bill Gaither wrote a song “Because He lives I can face tomorrow.”
What we believe does make a difference, but the real difference is made when we allow Jesus to live in us by His spirit. He doesn’t just tell us what is good, but can give us the power to do what is right and live a life filled with peace, love, and joy even in the face of adversity. Rely on Him moment by moment. Prove to yourself that HE IS ALIVE!
  AkzoNobel  and Nalco Champion Chemical Plants 
          In an effort to keep the community updated on the chemical plants  and address any concerns, a panel meets once a month. In the April meeting, members learned that 13 AkzoNobel employees   attended a Safety Conference and training to keep updated on the best practices. Nalco Champion  reported that work continues to shut down Fresno Energy which has not been active prior to the Ecolabs purchase. , 
General Manager of the Harris-Galveston Subsidence District, Mike Turbo, spoke and described the process of subsidence, the lowering of land over time that has affected parts of the region.
The District was created by the Texas Legislature in 1975 to regulate groundwater withdrawal throughout Harris and Galveston counties to prevent further land subsidence.  Subsidence in a region that is generally flat leads to increased flooding when rain is heavy. Mike noted that west Harris Co. has subsided 1.28 feet in the last decade. At a test site in Sugarland it dropped 1/2 foot.
This entire area is only 50 feet above sea level. The Evangeline  Aquifer which provides our groundwater is thick enough for a 90 to over a 300 foot deep well to draw from. When more water is pumped from the aquifer than is restored the clay underground compacts, losing its elasticity causing subsidence. The western part of Harris County has dropped 1.28 feet in the last decade, Sugar Land ½ foot.
The conversion from groundwater to alternative sources of water is under way to manage subsidence. Fort Bend Co. is among those in the process of changing to groundwater due to rapid population growth which depends almost entirely on groundwater.   It is now using 60% groundwater and 40% surface water; the surface water, however, is primarily used for manufacturing and agricultural uses.  Houston takes its water from Lake Houston, which is dependent on the Trinity River, Lake Livingston, and Lake Conroe.  The Brazos River serves as a resource for the western part of the region.
In response to a question that hazardous wastes might get into the water supply, Mike assured members that injection wells are far beneath the depths of the aquifers in this region as regulated by the state.  
To another question Mike replied that hydraulic fracturing does not cause subsidence, but there is uncertainty about the movement of the ‘plates’ that form the layers of deep sub-layers.
New laws are of no concern to those who have a private water well as long as it is under 5 inches in diameter.
All of this information and much more can be found online.
 FEEDBACK: From a reader. You gave some erroneous information again. The U. S. Army Air Force, (more appropriately known as The U. S. Army Air Corp, pronounced “core” ) was a part of the U. S. Army until 1948. At that time, it was spun off as a separate military service, and became known as The U. S. Air Force.
Ed. Note: Please accept my apologies. 
Another reader’s letter stated that Jesus never commanded the day of his resurrection be celebrated but he did instruct his disciples to remember the sacrifice of his body and blood. (Luke 22: 19 & 20) The letter also stated rabbits, dyed eggs, even the word Easter were all used in pagan celebrations of spring. Ed. Note. Perhaps a lamb rather than a rabbit could be used since Jesus was called the Lamb of God. Do you think He would object to our celebrating Resurrection Day as we remember the sacrifice He made.
On April 25, 1915, Mary Buell was born in Almeda, Texas at her parents home on the southwest corner of Anderson Rd. and Hiram Clarke. She now resides two miles from her birthplace.Congratulations Mary.  
HPD Hiram Clarke Storefront
PIP Meeting Every 2nd Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. 713-433-2720.
Storefront open 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Fresno Fresh Water Board 1
The Water Board meets at Mustang Community Center, 6 PM, on the third Thursday of the month.  

Almeda moe
Moe was waiting for his wife at the doctor’s office with his daughter, Ann. Nearby was a lady nursing her baby. While Moe hid his nose in a magazine, when Ann started asking questions. The lady amused, answered her. Then Ann said, “My mother has some of those but I don’t think she knows how to use them.” 
South Houston Concerned Citizens Coaltion The SHCCC will host their annual Spring Clean-up de-litter event throughout the Hiram Clarke community on Sat, May 3. The staging location will be at Townwood Park, 3403 Simsbrook Dr. and is set to start at 8:30 a.m. Call 832-393-4205.
 Vinson Library/Multi-Center
3810 West Fuqua 832-393-2120 Open Tue. & Wed. 10-6 Thurs 12-8 Fri. 1-5 Sat. 10-5 Closed Sun. & Mon.         www.houstonlibrary.org Multi-Center open Mon. –Fri.
 Sienna Branch Library,
8411 Sienna Springs Blvd ,281-238-2908411 Fort Bend County Libraries will demonstrate May 29th at 10 am, a new online resource, Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center.  The online research tool offers “how-to” instructions on everything from mountain climbing to 3,000 healthy recipes. Call  to register.
Japanese sushi-making  demonstration on Sat. May 3rd at 2:00 pm, Celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month
Ann Weisgarber’s will read from and sign her book, The Promise, Thursday, May 8,  at 7:00 pm, All proceeds will benefit the libraries.
Children Summer Reading Program
Registration for the 2014 Summer Reading Club (SRC) will begin on Monday, June 2, and continue through August 30, at all Fort Bend County Libraries. Children who are good readers are usually the most successful learners. For all other programs call the library or go online
Pinnacle Senior Center of Fort Bend County Is Open
The City of Houston contributed $500,000  to the construction of this facility; although Fort Bend County Health and Human Services Dept. will administer the operations, which includes a fully equipped exercise room,  Wi-Fi internet cafĂ© and library, large multi-purpose room, kitchen as well as dental and wellness rooms. The  Center is FREE and open to the public from any county. If you are interested in volunteering, or have a suggestion for a program please contact Sonya Santee @ 832-816-9540
TxDOT reconstruction expansion of FM 2234 from Cartwright Rd. to the Fort Bend Tollway, an 11-month project, is estimated to be complete by November 2014.  The expansion of the FM 2234 reconstruction project will include a 4-lane highway, curb and gutter section with a raised median. 

 Summer Jobs Program for youth
Most positions are for 32 hours per week, at $7.25 per hour.  For more info contact: SER Jobs for Progress: 713-773-6000 ext. 120 or Houston Area Urban League: 713-393-8700 or email at summerjobsprogram

National Day of Prayer May 1st
The first Thursday of May is the official National Day of Prayer since 1952. In 1775, the nation was called on to fast and pray, although  the day varied. 
Geraldine (Jerry) Bernier Summers, 89, born January 15, 1925 in Houston, Texas entered into eternal rest March 3, 2014. Preceded in death by her husband William "Bill" Summers,  she is survived by her children: Janet/Kenny Sibley, Sheryl/Ed Von Ruff; grandchildren: Brandon, Blair, Brittany, Brooke, and  Summer; great- grandchildren; Vallyn  and Bryce.  Interment at Brookside Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Association.
Thomas Wayne Teal, Jr., 68, went to be with his Lord March 14, 2014 after a short battle with cancer. Preceded in death by his brother David Teal and nephew Riley Teal, Tommy is survived by his wife of fifty years, Cheryl Keeling Teal; sons Curtis/Terry Teal and Scott/Kym Teal; grandchildren: Holly, Christopher, Hayley, Ashleigh, Jacob, and Cody; greats: Kaine, Alana, Jaide; mother Ruth Teal; siblings: Sandra,  Jeanette, and Marshall; and the many people who consider it a privilege to have known him. Services were held at Willow Meadows Baptist Church with interment  at Shiloh Cemetery in Mt. Enterprise, TX.
Kathaleen Blye Le Fan, 99, born October 25, 1914 passed away Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014. Blye lived for many years in Minnitex until she moved to Almeda. Preceded in death by her husband, Skeet, Blye is survived by her daughter, Jo Ann Hooper; grandchildren, Richard and Donna; great-grandchildren, Ryan, Roddy, John, and Courtney; five great greats. Larry Burrelson, a pastor from Southway Community Church conducted services held at South Park.

Our News April 2014

       Why is Easter celebrated sometimes as early as March 22nd and sometimes as late as April 25? 
    The early church fathers wished to keep the observance of Easter in correlation to the Jewish Passover. Because the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ happened after the Passover, they wanted Easter to always be celebrated subsequent to the Passover. Since the Jewish holiday calendar is based on solar and lunar cycles, each feast day is movable, with dates shifting from year to year. That is the short answer. The long answer is complicated and much longer. 

         Although Jesus called himself the Son of man 69 times in the New Testament, John 5:18 says the Jews tried to kill him because  he said “God was his Father”, making himself equal with God.   Again in John 8:59 it is written that they tried to stone Jesus because  he said “before Abraham was, I am.”  They knew what it said in Exodus 3:14 when Moses asked God to tell him his name and God replied, “I AM THAT I AM.”
Jesus also said, I am the bread of life, John 6:35, I am the light of the world, John 9:5, I am the door, John 10:7,  I am the good shepherd who gives his life for the sheep, John 10:11, I am the way, the truth, and the life, John 14:6,  I am the resurrection and the life, John 11:25 .
When Jesus gave sight to a blind man Jesus asked him if he believed on the Son of God. The man asked who is he? Jesus said “You have seen him and it is he that talks with you,” then the man worshipped Jesus. When Peter said that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of the living God, Jesus replied that Peter was blessed and that God had revealed it to him. Jesus never denied his deity.
The Jews tried to stone him when he said, “I and my Father are one,” John 10:30.
Jesus knew the time had come for him to lay down his life for the sins of the world, so when Jewish religious leaders asked if he was the Christ the Son of  God, he replied, You have said it, nevertheless, hereafter you shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven. Their response: guilty of death. No doubt they knew what the Old Testament in Daniel 7:13, 14 said. Daniel had seen in a vision: that one like the Son of Man coming in the clouds, who was given an everlasting dominion that all people, nations, and languages should serve him.
The Son of God died a brutal death and broke the power of death. Because He lives we need not fear the future or death.

       HISD, with 282 schools and 210,047 students, is the largest district in Texas and the 7th largest in the United States. There are 106 languages spoken in the district. 61.9% of the student body is Hispanic, 25.2% are African American, 8.2% white and 3.5% are Asian. The graduation rate is higher than ever with more students taking advanced college credit classes and more posting top scores on the SAT test, according to HISD website.
Almeda Elementary has 75% Hispanic, 20% African American, 5% Anglo, Asian, with 93% of the students on free or reduced lunch, and half of the students have limited use of English according to former principal Beverly Cage in attendance at a CAP meeting.
When asked what is the biggest challenge in education, Cage replied, “Preparing students to compete with other students in the world.  In the US, and in Texas, many students have working parents who do not have the time to be involved in their children’s’ schools, their studies, or their futures.    Many do not see the need for preparing for the future.  They don’t see the need to succeed.   Many students need one person in their life who “cares”  what they are doing at school, a mentor, or an adult who is a role model.

  James Harris and a    
           Kenya friend
James learned to appreciate mission trips when he went to Kenya. With no formal theological training, God had shown him the truth of many things he did not understand but God had lit a fire and James wanted to serve anyway he could. God had given him  a loving heart. The next year he helped a mission team do repair work at the hospital for the House of Hope, an orphanage for children in Haiti.
In 2003, when his wife, Ellen, went to Croatia to teach English as a second language, James decided he would tag along. While Ellen was  working with the missionaries, Richard and Paula Barnds, James was thinking about Ephesians 2:10 and thought, “I wish God would show me what he wants me to do.”
It wasn’t long before James saw  Stephan Birac, a 13-year-old boy in the city of Sisak, standing at a window pretending to be an announcer for a baseball game. James gave him a thumbs up sign. The boy rushed out to ask J. D. if he would teach him about baseball. He thought all Americans would know about baseball. As a child growing up in New York City,  James didn’t know a lot but he shared what he did know with Stefan and his friends.
         Six months later J.D. and Ellen both returned as Ellen taught more English classes with the Barnds. Richard asked J.D. if he would hold a baseball camp for the kids’ baseball team. When they returned home, he began studying baseball and visited a baseball camp. In 2004, he returned to Sisak Croatia and started the first baseball camp. Ellen wrote up lesson plans to help the kids learn the English terms. The plans included info on the life and work of Jesus. As an incentive for memorizing Bible verses, J. D. passed out  baseball cards.
       When J. D. got the word out that the kids in Croatia needed baseball equipment, he not only got equipment,  he got David Moss with the Texas Baseball Academy, who conducts baseball camps at West University in Houston, to go with him. David Moss and men from Fellowship Bible Church worked doing the camps ever since 2006 even last year when J.D.’s health kept him home. He is hoping to return this year and take part in what he got started ten years ago, teaching kids better ways to play ball and learning how to live the game of life in a way that pleases their heavenly Coach. James believes that God will always use anyone, if they are just willing to be used to the glory of God.
         A late birthday wish for Jean Collum who was 91 on March 20th. Jean is the kind of lady you would never imagine holding a gun, but she learned how to handle a gun when she was four years old and went rabbit hunting with her dad.

Hoping Mrs. Carmelene Ihrig will enjoy her 99th birthday on April 20th. 
Moe’s Aunt Gussy, even though on Medicare for years, was able to have her first baby thanks to medical technology. Moe couldn’t wait to see his new cousin. After  Aunt Gussy got home from the hospital, Moe went to her house. He asked to see the baby, but his aunt told him to sit down  and visit for awhile. Thirty minutes later, Moe asked, 'May I see the new baby now?' 'No, not yet,' she said.
Moe waited ten minutes, “Now?” he asked. 'No, not yet,' said Aunt Gussy. Moe was getting impatient. 'Well, when can I see the baby?'
“When he cries!” said his aunt.
'WHEN HE CRIES?' Moe queried. 'Why do I have to wait until he CRIES?'
“Because I forgot where I put him.”
Easter Egg Hunt
First Baptist Church Fresno will be hosting a community wide "Easter Egg Hunt".
There will also be games, races and prizes.
It will be held at 10 am on April 19th.  Location: First Baptist Church Fresno 4501 FM 521 (Next to Mustang Park)
                 (281) 431-4244
There will be different age groups and everyone needs to provide their own Easter Baskets
FBC Commissioner Morrison, Precinct 1, will be hosting a Town Hall Meeting in Arcola on April 10th at the Arcola City Hall located at 13222 Hwy 6 from 6:30 P.M. till 8:00P.M.  He will be discussing any concerns that the residents of Precinct 1 may have.  Come out to see Your Commissioner!

Lone Star Stomp XXV
The Fort Bend County Museum Association is proud to announce that Michael Berry will Emcee the Lone Star Stomp XXV fundraising gala on Saturday April 12th at the indoor arena of the George Ranch Historical Park.
The Josh Fuller Band will also participate. email LoneStarStomp@FortBendMuseum.org or call (281) 342-1256 or visit www.fortbendmuseum.org/annual-events/stomp to purchase tickets and details.
Bert Edgar Bleil born July 14, 1938 in Houston, passed away March 2, 2014 in Richmond, TX. Bert graduated from Rice and the U. of Pennsylvania. His love of history lead to research the family ancestry in Fort Bend County.  Bleil was instrumental in creating the DeWalt Cemetery Foundation, writing a historical ancestry book and securing a Texas Historical Marker.  He was chairman of the Fort Bend County Historical Commission
Preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Patricia and Marilyn, he is survived by his wife Barbara;  daughters: Diane and Karen; siblings: Bruce, Charles, Jeanne and Bonnie. Services were at the Dewalt Family Cemetery, 1915 Parkview Lane, Missouri City.   

 Johnnie H. Perry 91,
one of 15 children born in Goliad January 20, 1923,  passed away March 16, 2014. During WWII he served as Private First Class with 577 Engineer Truck Company where he received two Bronze Stars, Marksman, Good Conduct and WWII Victory medals. He came to Houston and worked out of the same post office for 45 years and nine months delivering mail, first on foot and then by truck. He received a million mile accident free award and Houston’s  first award for 3,000 hours of unused sick leave. Perry is survived by his daughters Johneborah Valentine and Rhonda Brisker and grandchildren   

In Memory of Louis Harmon Ray
Sun Rise-5-1-1951 Sun Set 3-27-1975 39 years have passed and I am looking forward to seeing you again. I am 83 years old and living on borrowed time. I am having mixed emotions because I want to be with you, but I don’t want to leave Vicki—she is so precious to me. I love you both very much, so we will see what God has planned for us. Yvonne Ray-Mother
Vickie Melass-Sister
Tova Heimeyer Niece 

Was it right that a Christian baker was sued by the Oregon state government for refusing to bake a wedding cake for a Lesbian couple because it violated their civil rights? 
Should a black printer be forced to develop and print thousands of “White Power!” flyers for a skinhead rally because the potential customer is white?
Should a Christian florist be compelled to create and provide black floral arrangements to a hell-bound customer for her upcoming Satanist ritual?
Should a “progressive,” environmentalist sign-maker be forced to design and manufacture signs that say “Global Warming Is a Farce” because the customer is Hispanic?
 Should a homosexual baker be forced to make a “God Hates Fags” cake for a church, simply because its members claim to be Christian?
Should a Muslim photographer, commissioned by San Francisco’s “Folsom Street Fair,” be forced to document that vile event – rife with nudity and public sex—because the customers are “gay”?
       Steven Long opened up a barber shop seven years ago but he wanted to do more than cut hair for the boys who came in. Many were being raised by a single parent and didn't have the guidance he knew boys needed so he decided to do something about it  The result was the A. T. C. Mentoring program for at risk youth seven years old and up. His first experience was with his nephew after Steven’s brother had died. Since then he has helped over a 100 boys. Sometimes he will have 40 boys and sometimes only two, but to Steven each child is God’s gift to the world!  “One man can help one child and help one community.”
The program’s mission is to help boys succeed in changing habits in their homes and communities by providing a building (the barber shop) where mentors can dialog with the boys. They meet twice a month and involve parents with a check list. As donations roll in, Steve takes the boys to events, but more important is the fact that the boys know they can call him anytime and he is there for them. Some of those calls are from boys who are now in the army or college or married.
         In England more than 15,000 fetal remains of aborted and miscarried babies have been used to heat the hospital building. Sounds like the kind of stuff Hitler would do, but before we self-righteously condemn the English, we might ask what is done with the remains of the babies aborted or miscarried in the United States? Do you know?
         Strange that there are laws about burying an animal but not for a human being. Oh I keep forgetting. Just because a fetus has ten toes, a nervous system that feels pain, a beating heart, and if allowed to live it would become a full grown man or woman doesn't change the “fact” it is just a glob of tissue.
Too big for one location. Over ten yards participating. Pick up a map at the tent by Fire Station 47 at 2615 Tidewater in the 1200 block of Almeda Road/521.
832 483 3751
 Community Threads
Strengthening Women in our Community
Get the resources you need to sew threads of self-improvement into your life. April 12 th 11 AM – 2PM 
Free tax preparation by Neighbor Center and free Child Watch by the YMCA         PHONE: 713-987-4766
If a man goes into the woods, says something, and there is no woman to hear him, is he still wrong?  

Vinson Library/Multi-Center
3810 West Fuqua 832-393-2120 Open Tue. & Wed. 10-6 Thurs 12-8 Fri. 1-5 Sat. 10-5 Closed Sun. & Mon.         www.houstonlibrary.org always open
Multi-Center open Mon. –Fri.
Friends of Sienna Library
Spring Book Sale, April 24-26th. 
 Thousands of  gently used adult and children's books, CDs and DVDs will be on sale at the at the Library, 8411
Sienna Springs Blvd.  Hours for the Sale are Thursday, April 24, 6-8 p.m.;
Friday, April 25, 10:00 a.m.- 4 p.m., and Sat., April 26, 10:00 a.m.- 2 p.m. 
Sienna Branch Library
8411 Sienna Springs Blvd. 281-238-2900
Mother Goose Time, Tues. at 10:00 am,
Toddler Time -- Thurs. at 10:00 am --  12 to 36 months. April 3, 10, 17, and 24.
 Pre-school children,  Story Time, 10:00 am  April 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30.
 Pajama Night Story Time  every Monday at 6:30 pm --
Kinder Korner --  at 4:00 pm. April 9
After-School Break 1st - 5th grades at 4:00 pm, April 24
 Tween the Pages -- a book club grades 4 and 5 –  2nd Tuesday,  4:00 pm. April 8
Middle-School  5:30 pm 3rd Tuesday, grades 6 and up. April 15 
Facebook for Beginners,” on Tues. April 8, at 10:00 am, reservations are required
The “Microsoft Office Sampler Session”  April 2, at 10:00 am, in the Computer Lab.
MS Word Survival Basics” Wed. April 9,  at 10:00 am. 
MS Word: Intermediate” class for version 2010 Thurs. April 10, at 10:00 am.
“MS Excel Survival Basics”  April 16, at 10:00 am,
The “MS Excel: Intermediate”  Thur. April 17, at 10:00 am.
“MS PowerPoint Survival Basics” Wed., April 23,  at 10:00 am.
 “MS PowerPoint: Intermediate”  Thurs. April 24, beginning at 10:00 am.
“MS Publisher Survival Basics” will take place on Wed., April 30,  at 10:00 am
Sienna Book Club at 1:30 pm, in Conference Room 2A. The book club discussion on Monday, April 14, will be on Population: 485, written by Michael Perry.
-Booked on Crime Mystery Book Club, which meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month, beginning at 7:00 pm, Conference Room 2A. The discussion on Tuesday, April 22, will be on The Mark, written by Jason Pinter