Hi everybody,
I quit putting out Our News in March 2016 but I'm going to start posting again on this blog at least when I hear about those who once lived in the Almeda area.
My memory is lousy so I need to get back in the habit of taking notes.

May 4, 2019 Gene Harris passed away. He grew up on a dairy farm located where Bass Park is now.  I always called Gene, "Bucky" but I think his real name is Gene Arnold Harris Jr.  He had been in the hospital for a month before passing. Please send any corrections or comments.  

Nelva Sue "Sue Baby" Harrison Hughes passed away on May 14, 2019. She was born January 20, 1932. Sue was in the hospital 19 days after an operation.   

If you have anything you want posted, you can comment or send me an email at siskeyworth@att.net     If you got a kid or grandkid you would like to brag about like my granddaughter Emma who graduated from college with a 4.0 average send the news  to me. 

New News

As you know I no longer put out the newsletter Our News in the Almeda area but Kelly Coleson is.
She has just completed her third edition. You can see it on her website at AlmedaNews.com
Instead of Almeda Moe you can read Almeda Schmoe. 
You can also still obtain the book of history, Back Yonder in Almeda. email me at siskeyworth@att.net or call 713 433 1098. 

One of these I might start writing again.

Our News news

Two people have expressed an interest in starting up a paper with the news from Almeda. May take awhile before they can get it together. I've heard numerous comments of how much Our News is being missed. What  people seem to miss the most is Almeda Moe.
Coming soon is a meeting of the Friends of the Almeda Cemetery. More friends are needed. To raise money to help pay for the cost of repairing the lawn tractor, plans are being considered to have a yard sale so if live in the area hopefully you can donate some items. More details will be posted.  If you have a question you can always email me at siskeyworth@att.net. Put in the subject line Almeda.  

February 2016

Last issue

         After 257 issues of Our News, I am tired. But I’d like to thank all the advertisers, who have stuck with me for many years, making it possible to pay the printer. Thanks to Lone Star Printing’s low prices, I never ran out of the $100 I had to start Our News. I thank all you volunteer reporters especially Rodrigo Carreon.
       I thank those who faithfully read the paper especially the ones who subscribed; without you it would have been a waste of time. Most of all I thank God who made it all possible and provided the wisdom of what not to write although I ignored Him occasionally. In the future if you email me with news or death notices  I will put it on my blog: Almeda Our News.

ISIS stands for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Now they refer to themselves as ISIL because their goal is to include the Levant which is a broad strip of land from Syria to Egypt which includes Lebanon and Israel. Seems referring  to them as ISIL would encourage ISIS. They are also called Da'ish, by some Arabic media and politicians. This name is used by those who are critical of ISIS.

 A Little League baseball complex is being built about a mile east of Hwy. 521 off of FM 2234. From 2234 you can see about 100 light poles. Maybe not 100 but a whole bunch.

The First Baptist Church Fresno is opening up their facility to the Manvel Food Pantry and the Second Mile Food Pantry. Starting in February, the Manvel Food Pantry will distribute food every Tuesday, Second Mile Food Pantry distributes  the 1st Saturday of the month, and Fresno Baptist will continue their regular food pantry every Wednesday. They are located at 4501 FM 521 Rd.
The church recently sold the back 5.5 acres of land to Fort Bend County. The land, adjoins the Mustang Community Center. Plans are for a soccer field and an extension of the walking trail. The most used park in Ft. Bend is Mustang.
You might give your suggestions for use of the land to  your County Commissioner Richard Morrison Feb. 23 at 6:30 at the Arcola City Hall as he will be there to hear all the concerns of Pct. 1 residents.

         They say love makes the world go around. Love also keeps the world from falling apart.
         If you love someone you want to spend time with them.  You pay attention to every word they say and you want to know everything about them. You want them to know all about your dreams and desires, but you would lay aside your desires for the stronger desire of being close to the one you love. Is that the way you love God?
Help us God to love you with all our heart, with all our mind and strength and may your love flow through us to our neighbor.  

Love in Action  Sixteen Gallons
In 1974, Garnett Lewis attended Almeda Baptist Church and learned that the pastor, Gerald Cannon, was a free bleeder. Lewis responded and donated a pint of blood. His brother in Christ has died but Lewis continues to give. He has extraordinary health and giving blood doesn’t bother him. Four times a year he gave a pint until recently. Now, he gives “double red” every six months. Double red is a quart of red blood corpuscles only.
 Lewis is living proof that some people can give blood  at the age of 82, although others like Mae, his wife of 60 years, had to quit giving many years ago. Lewis is not trying to set some kind of record; there are some in Houston who have given more. He just sees it as a way God provided for him to help others.
Pam Cartwright, who is in charge of the blood drive at Southview Baptist Church, says one pint of blood can help save the lives of three people. She has given several galloons herself after seeing her husband’s life prolonged for four years because of the generosity of others who donated. “Nothing can take the place of blood,” she says.
A Donor Coach accepts blood every three months at Southview at 23003 Hwy. 288 south of Hwy 6. Call Pam at 713 582 3082 for details. The blood center at 9223 Broadway St. #119 in Pearland 713 436 7722 or 1400 La Concha Ln. (north of NRG stadium in Houston 713 790 1200 are other places to donate. They all test you to make sure you can give without jeopardizing your own health.

James Wark got bit by an acting bug in 1985 and he is still infected. You may have seen him in the J. J. Watts Ford pick up commercials where James was sitting in a barber chair. Not a big part but that two seconds of fame resulted in a  $410 check for Wark as well as a check to Pat Skiles, his agent for the past 10 years with A– Plus Agency in Houston. 
       HISTORY OF ARCOLA AREA :  A good place to learn the history   of Ft. Bend Co. is at John Walker’s web site
         His email address is                 john@cryptoheaven.com

         In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. All things were made by him and without him was not anything made that was made.
         The Word was made flesh and lived among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. Emmanuel! God with us.
         Call his name Jesus for He shall save his people from their sin. In him was life and the life was the light of men. He was in the world and the world was made by him, but the world did not receive Him. As many as did receive Him, He gave the right to become the children of God, even to them that believe on His name.
     He is the Bread of Life, the Light of the World, the Good Shepherd, the Savior, the Way, the Truth, the Life, the King of kings, the only begotten Son of God.
Nothing can separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord: neither death, nor life, nor things to come. 
                   Taken from John 1:1-14, Matthew 1:21,  John 10:11, John 14:6, Romans 8: 31.

Water Board Meets 6pm  Third Thursday
Their website is Fort Bend Fresh Water Dist 1. Click on the News tab for Water District Application Documents in connection with the Teleview Terrace Subdivision. Click the Map of District tab for the current water and wastewater projects, as well as estimated construction timelines.
Teleview Terrace is taking bids to hook up homes.

 Democrat and Republican Primary
         Election Day March 1st. Early voting Feb 16—Feb 26th. To find out any information you need in Harris County call County Clerk Stan Stanart at 713 755 6965 or if you live in Fort Bend County call the Elections Administrator at 281 341 8670.

Great, great grandpa Benjamin Canby Birdsall  was buried in the Almeda Cemetery in 1898. Learn the
history and get a copy of Back Yonder in Almeda.  The book contains information gathered from court house records and stories from the earliest settlers in the little prairie town 11  miles from Houston city limits.
         Call 713 433 1098 for more info or
Email   siskeyworth@att.net

   Vinson Library
3810 W. Fuqua 832 393 2120
 closed Sun. & Mon. Multi-center closed Sat. & Sun. Libraries are offering free help with income tax returns.
Sienna Branch Library
 8411 Sienna Spring Blvd 281-238-2900

Almeda Moe
Moe decided to open a medical clinic. His sign said
Dr. Moe’s clinic Treatment  $500, If not cured, get $1,000 back.
Fresno Joe was positive  that Moe  knew nothing about medicine, and thought what a great opportunity to get $1,000. So  he went to Moe’s clinic:
"Dr. Moe, I have lost all taste in  my mouth. Can you please help me?"
Moe responded, "Nurse, please bring  medicine from box 22 and put 3 drops on Joe's tongue."
Joe yelled Aaagh! -- "That was gasoline!" Moe said, "Congratulations! You got your taste back. That will be $500."
Joe waits a few days then tells Dr. Moe, “I have lost my memory, I cannot  remember anything."
Moe says, "Nurse, please bring medicine  from box 22 and put 3 drops in the patient's mouth."
Joe yells, "Oh, no you don't, -- that is gasoline!"
Dr.  Moe replies, "Congratulations!  You've got your memory back. That will be $500."
Joe is ticked off after losing $1000, but he figures out how he can get it back. A week later he tells Dr. Moe, "My eyesight has become weak  --- I can hardly see anything!” Dr. Moe shakes his head, "Well, I don't have  any medicine for that so, here's your $1000, and gives him a $10  bill.” Joe exclaims, But this is only $10!" "Congratulations!” You got your vision back! That will be $500,"replied Dr. Moe.

Harvey Onishi passed away on Dec. 4, 2015. Born in 1941, Harvey grew up on a truck farm on Almeda Genoa Rd. Many of his Almeda school mates would earn money at his family’s farm picking tomatoes and other vegetables along with Harvey.   
Leroy H. Hlinsky , age 89, a resident of Arcola for 55 years, passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home on December 1, 2015. Leroy was born June 26, 1926, in Ellinger, Texas. He served in the United States Army 1944-1946 in the Philippines.  A retired truck driver, Leroy was a long time member and volunteer of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Manvel. He enjoyed listening to polka music and was proud of his Czech heritage. Leroy was preceded in death by his parents; sister Evelyn Girdnt and husband, Robie, and brother-in-law Albert Prasifka.  Leroy is survived by his wife, Honora of Rosharon; three daughters; Linda/Kenneth Guin  of Natchitoches, Louisiana, Brenda/William Gaidosek of Sulphur, Louisiana, and Annette/Alfonzo Hernandez of Sugar Land, Texas; one son, Richard/Diedra Hlinsky of New Braunfels, Texas, 11 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and sister Ruby Prasifka of Columbus, Texas. 
Kristie Gail McDougald, age 58, unexpectedly passed away Wednesday January 6th at Methodist Hospital. Kristie was born in Richmond, Virginia on October 26, 1957 and moved to the Houston area in 1980. She is survived by her mother Carol Hammack; brother James Mitchell (Jimbo); sister Lou Ann Helms; daughter Beau Watson and husband Quincy Watson; nephew Chase Helms and wife Crystal Helms; grandchildren Brendon, Kaley, Wyatt, Hayden; and great nieces Bre’Aunna and Kinzley.  Funeral Services were held at South Park Funeral Home in Pearland Texas. on January 11, 2016.
Call 713 433 1098

The challenge in the December issue was how can you plant five rows of trees with four trees in each row if you only have ten trees? Charlie Gertson emailed the answer: 5 pointed star, one tree at each point, then one tree at each intersecting point. Charlie is the grandson of Donald and Doris Gertson. Donald who lived in Almeda passed away about 10 years ago. “My father is Skipper Gertson, We have lived in the Arcola area since before I was born. I'll be 37 the end of this month.  We've seen Arcola come up along with the surrounding area  (Sienna Plantation). My kids go to school where the cattle pens used to be,  when I was 7 or 8 years old we helped work the cattle there,” says Charlie.

Bobby Rose shot this wild boar in Rosharon, TX on Christmas Day. The big hog weighed 327 lbs. Bobby owns and operates Champion Foundation

December 2015

No January
Issue of our News
Your paid advertisement and subscriptions will roll over.

Almeda Moe
Nothing could dampen Jennifer’s excitement as she prepared for her wedding. Not even her parents’ nasty divorce. Her mother found the perfect dress. A week later, Jennifer realized her step mother had the same dress. Jennifer asked her to exchange it but she said “Absolutely not. I look great in the dress. When Jennifer told her mother, Mom immediately went out and bought another dress, but she kept the first one. Why are you keeping that dress you don’t have anyplace to wear it?. O yes I do said Mom, “I’m wearing it to the rehearsal supper.” 
How can you plant five rows of trees with four trees in each row when you only have ten trees? It can be done.
Send  answer to siskeyworth@att.net

The Arcola’s Police Department’s new badge and new uniforms are outward signs of the department as they try to change the image and perception of APD so the community will recognize that they are a professional organization and capable of responding to their needs. 
         Another change is the NO U TURN signs posted on Hwy. 6 to address a safety hazard in front of city hall and a little further west. The law will be strictly enforced. Chief Bell has been APD’s chief since December 1, 1914. He would like to remind citizens that December is the month thieves are doing their Christmas shopping, so be aware.
After being robbed, an 18th century preacher wrote: I   thank God that though he took my money, he didn’t take my life; I thank God that though he took all that I had, he didn’t take much, and lastly, I thank God that it was I who was robbed and not I who robbed.
EMERGENCY SERVICE DISTRICT Fort Bend county Commissioners Court will not finalize the election results to establish an Emergency Service District until they complete a canvas of the residents in the Fresno/Arcola area. 12.8% of the registered voters cast a ballot in the Nov. 3rd election with 845 citizens voting in favor, and 265 against establishing the ESD, according to Fresno Fire Chief Chris Tormey.        
Commissioner Richard Morrison Files For Re-Election
Under his watch in the last four years Morrison has held over 200 town hall meetings throughout Precinct 1. He is also at the forefront of mental health reform. The Mental Health Public Defender’s Office diverts hundreds of people a year from the County Jail to a more humane treatment and saving taxpayers millions of dollars. “Mental illness is not a crime and the success of the Mental Health Public Defender’s Office is one of my proudest accomplishments,” said Morrison 
What does Rising Sea Levels & Santa Claus have in Common?
According to the new analysis of satellite data, the Antarctic ice sheet showed a net gain of 112 billion tons of ice a year from 1992 to 2001. That net gain slowed to 82 billion tons of ice per year between 2003 and 2008.
Furthermore, instead of contributing to the rising sea levels, the still-very-much-frozen southern continent is actually reducing them by 0.23 mm per year.

 Merry Christmas
          Every good and perfect gift comes from the Father above. The most precious gift is the gift of His Son. Joseph was told that Mary would have a son and “you shall call his name Jesus for he shall save his people from their sins.” Matt. 1:21 No wonder that those who have received God’s gift, want to celebrate the birth of Jesus.
96 Years in Almeda
On December 5, 1919, Rose Buell was born in a small wood frame house on Anderson Road. She played on 55 acres of land where the students at YES Academy now play. She also worked. Among her other chores shehauled water for the farm animals, for the garden, and for the house. No electric pump-no electricity. Still she had plenty of time to sit on a barn roof underneath a peach tree, reading, writing poetry, and eating peaches. When asked about the contrast of life now and life almost 100 years ago, her immediate response was freedom. “We could grab a fishing pole and go anywhere there was a pond of water.”
Freedom is not the answer we might expect knowing that Rose grew up without a telephone, running water, TV, all weather roads, etc. When the mud on Anderson Road made it impossible for her dad to drive the family to church in their Model T, they walked. Traffic was never a problem. Rose also walked over two miles to go to Almeda School where she graduated from high school in 1937. She was the salutatorian of her senior class consisting of four students.
The following year she married Jim Andrews. They lived with her parents for one year while Jim built a garage in Winchester Place on Grapevine in the middle of a cotton field about three miles from her birthplace.
In 1939, there were two other houses west of South Post Oak. From their single car garage which served as their home for 11 years, they could see the traffic light on South Main change from red to green. They could also hear the train.
The first house Jim built was destroyed. No insurance. They were finally able to build again, paying for the lumber with “what we didn’t eat and didn’t wear,” but when they moved out of the single car garage into the house with their four children that was one of the happiest days of her life. Other days were celebrating their marriage of 50 years, then 60, and then 70 years, seeing old friends, several vacations, being baptized when she was 76 years old were all special events in her life but day to day happy days  were filled with gardening, sewing, and making everything from giant mosquitoes out of okra to beautiful quilts and of course the joy of loving 15 grandchildren, 26 greats, and 15 great greats.
Rose has not had an easy life physically, but her secrets for  a happy life are: Love people. Be slow to anger and quick to forgive. Be humble and willing to serve. Do unto others as you would want them to do unto you. Be content in all circumstances and bear up patiently in hard times, praying for God’s grace and help. If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything. Don’t poke your nose into other people’s business. “These secrets have worked for me!” she says.
Rose looks much younger than 96 years old, perhaps because she has lived a contented life.

       Many Christians often feel they are lacking something. We don’t know exactly what it is but we just don’t have the joy we know we should have. Recently I felt like that. I heard that generous people are happy. So I prayed that God would make me-no that would be dishonest but I can pray that God will make me want  to be generous.
         He showed me that I am plain selfish. The best or maybe the only way is for me to die to myself. The Bible says that we should consider ourselves to be dead to sin but alive to God Romans 6:11.  Jesus said, “he that seeks to save his life shall lose it and he that loses his life for His sake will find it.” Matthew 16:25         
If life on this earth is all we have, God’s way is still the best but it would not be enough for us to die to ourselves unless we really believe that after our body dies we will live with God. We get so wrapped up with our own problems we lose sight of the eternal and dwell on the temporary. We may be grateful for the good things God gives us day by day, but when bad stuff outweighs the good, in our mind, that diminishes our gratefulness and our  generosity and our joy. 
To die to self is to live to God, the giver of every perfect gift.

Pick up a copy of the history of the area of Almeda at Debbie’s Barber Shop (next to Parker’s Hardware) in the 14000 block of Almeda Road for $12 or have a copy mailed to you for $14.50. Send a check to Our News
 P. O. Box 450336 Houston, TX 77245
The book is $12 Postage $2.50
call 713 433 1098 for more info

  Need a Ride? Call 281 633 RIDE  or   1-866-751-TRIP or go to fbtransit.org for a public service bus ride Mon. thru Fri. in Ft. Bend Co. Cost $1.

Vinson Library
3810 W. Fuqua 832 393 2120
 closed Sun. & Mon.
Multi-center open Mon. thru Fri.
Registration starts Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10 at 9am at the Willie Gay Hall Campus at 1990 Airport Blvd. registration is $20. Classes starting in Jan. are free on Mon. Tue. & Wed from 9:30am –1:30pm. For more info call 713 718 5380.
Fort Bend County Law Library
Brief, introductory classes will take place on Thur., Dec. 3, 10, and 17, between 10:00 am and  noon, The classes are free. Call the Law Library at 281-341-3718 for more info.
Sienna Branch Library
 8411 Sienna Spring Blvd 281-238-2900
Winter Fest Family event featuring professional storyteller Jean Donatto on Sat., Dec. 12th from 10 to 11 am.  Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Following Donatto’s performance, families are invited to enjoy a hot drink, cookies, and caroling at the library’s Winter Fest Open House from 11 am to 1 pm.
The Tween Café, 4th and 5th grades  held on 1st and 3rd Wed. at 4:00 pm. Dec. 2- Pumpkin-Spice Playdough, Dec.6 -Peppermint Bath Salts.
 Middle-School Programs, on the 1st and 3rd Thursday, at 5:30  grades 6 and up. Materials for these programs are made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the Sienna Branch Library. Dec. 3 – Heroes vs. Villains Life-Size Monopoly. Dec. 17-Cupcake Wars!
After-School Break -- crafts, movies, stories, grades 1 - 5 ONLY – 2nd Tue, at 4 pm. Dec. 8th- Book Ornaments.
COMPUTER “MS Word Survival Basics” - Wed., Dec. 9, 10 am. Learn how to create letters, resumés, forms, and other types of documents.“MS Excel Survival Basics” - Wed., Dec. 16, 10 am. Learn the basics of using this spreadsheet software program that includes calculation tools for financial and statistical uses.

Easy Christmas Treat
Combine three cups of sugar, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, one cup of water, bring to boil and cook until it reaches the thread stage. Immediately pour over two quarts of pecans and stir until the sugar mixture hardens and pecans separate. You can half the recipe.
If you don’t have a candy thermometer, dip a spoon into the sugary syrup lift it up eye level. It is ready when the syrup spins a two inch thread when dropped from the spoon.
Quotes From Fred Thompson
Thompson, a presidential candidate in 2007. a senator from 1994 to 2003, a film and TV actor before and after he served as senator died in November 2015. Following are a few of his quotes. “This country has shed more blood for the freedom of other people than all the other nations in the history of the world combined.”
“After two years in Washington, I often long for the realism and sincerity of Hollywood.”
Asked in 2007 to name his top accomplishments, Thompson replied “You mean besides leaving the Senate?”
 “It occurred to me that, to paraphrase one of Churchill’s comments, perhaps I had more to be humble about than I had realized,” he wrote of his failed 2008 presidential bid. “It also occurred to me that this was a pretty doggone expensive way to achieve a little humility.”
 January 6, 1931 –October 22, 1015
Former resident of Almeda, Juanita had moved to Longview, TX. A faithful member of Mobberly Baptist Church, she enjoyed crocheting and gardening. Preceded in death by her first husband, Walter Box, son Gene Box and second husband Jack Keyworth, Juanita is survived by her son, Gary/Pamela Box, daughter Debbie/David LaRue, Steve and Kelly/Cheryl Keyworth, 12 grandchildren and one great.

October 2015

Election Day Nov. 3rd  Early Voting Oct. 19-30
      Besides voting on elected officials, voters will decide on 7 amendments to the Texas Constitution including the proposition to raise a homestead exemption from $15,000 to $25,000.
      You can vote at any of the locations during early voting, but on election day in Harris Co. you can only vote in your local precinct. That rule has changed in Fort Bend County as voters can  cast a ballot at any of 78 Vote Centers in Fort Bend Co. on election day. About one third of the Election Day polling places are new, so visit the FB Election website at www.fortbendvotes.org to find a convenient voting location.
Tax payers west of 521 in Ft. Bend Co. will also vote on whether to fund an Emergency Service District.

against 136 Counties in 21 states which have more voters registered than they have adult residents.

National Night Out  Tuesday  October 6th
A night to get acquainted with your neighbors and share safety issues. If you want an HPD officer to attend your event, contact HPD Public Affairs 713-308-3200.

Arcola Trade With Neighbor’s Day
Saturday 24th from 9am-4pm at 6215 FM 521. Poultry, goats, sheep, rabbits, pigs, dogs, cats, jewelry, home goods, food, crafts, etc. Vendor space is $25. Proceeds donated to Breast Cancer Research. Call 281 431 1014 for more information. 


Plans for the entire water district is expected to be completed by the 1st quarter in 2017. Wastewater (sewage) of Teleview Terrace Phase 1A is expected to be completed in the 2nd quarter of 2016; Phase 1B Fresno Gardens, by the 1st quarter of 2017; Phase 1C  Gateway Acres south of Trammel Fresno 1st quarter of 2018; and Phase 1D Fresno Ranchos north of Trammel Fresno by 2020. The board meets at 6pm the third Thur. at Mustang Center. More info http://www.fortbendwater1.com 

Arcola has the lowest crime in the eastern part of Ft Bend
Chief Bell believes police visibility and the officers connecting with the citizens makes a difference. August has been the busiest month because of traffic violations.  Drivers stopped for not having insurance or a valid license receive a ticket which is recorded into a data base. Drivers with a history of violations may have their vehicle impounded.    In honor of the deputy killed in Harris County Chief Bell wears a message in Latin on his badge which loosely translated means you harm me and there will be consequences.

Joyous Music Rang Out 
The Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church at 52 Riley Road celebrated 55 years of Fred Riley serving as their pastor. The little church was built in the 1920’s.
        Before the church was built, Fred remembers  catching a ride with his father, Whiteman Riley. They went to a roped off area on Milam in downtown Houston across from Henke & Pilot near the Farmer’s Market. People would gather around to hear his father preach and drop in a nickel or dime when a hat was passed. His father also preached at Joe Hughes camp in Pierce Junction and got paid with food. Money was scarce during the depression.   

       Fred preached his first sermon about 60 years ago. He had seen headhunters in New Guinea while serving during WWII and realized the importance of Christianity. His favorite verse is “Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.” Matthew 5:8.
Before completing 42 years of working at the Sears warehouse, Riley began to pastor the church he had attended as a boy.

    You might think at the age of 97, he would have to have someone assist him to get to church but he has perfect vision and still drives. He does use a cane but his voice is strong and he doesn’t sugar coat his words. A man told him he was not very religious, Riley replied, “You should be.”
Ask Fred what he is looking forward to and you might think he would reply heaven, but his reply was to “help these young pastors. School doesn’t make a preacher. It has to come from the heart.”

     It no doubt thrilled Riley’s heart to hear the children and grandchildren of his old friends like Ed Bowen, Leon and Vinnie Mitchell and others praising the name of  Jesus. No better way to celebrate 55 years for a pastor.

      To Donald Trump, Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends, (John 15:13. No greater love than Trump to lay down his money for his country. God has renewed my HOPE through Donald Trump. I pray and thank God for him and ask God to keep him safe. Mr. Trump, don’t give up or give in. ask God to give you the desires of your heart and don’t faint and he will give them to you. Please read the Love chapter, I Cor. 13. Humble yourself and you will be exalted, Matt. 23:12.
       Trump’s reply: Dear M. Thank you for your recent letter. I truly appreciate your support.  It is because of Americans like you that I want to become President of the United States. America needs reform and a president with the ability to bring about real, positive, economic change. My experience makes me the most qualified candidate to restore American greatness. America can be saved; with your support I am confident we will reenergize the spirit of the American people. I am relying on your dedication to spread the values, ideals and principles of my campaign.
Readers:  Send information about your favorite candidate. Keep it short. Must be received before the 20th of the month.

Almeda School lets out at 12:30 on October 14th and again on Oct. 28th.
Skipping School is not a crime in Texas. Schools will take care of any problems regarding skipping school not the criminal courts.
Texas is not a state that has adopted the common core (which is considered to be a federal system of education standards).      Texas is still fully responsible for student curriculum, standards, and testing.      Many states are using this federal method to write education standards, but not Texas.  As a state, we are totally responsible for our successes and failures in education, not Uncle Sam.
     We can’t blame the feds for all of our problems.

Time to plant turnips, mustard greens, spinach, kale, broccoli, carrots, and peas.
Almeda Moe
Moe went to visit his cousin, Jimbo, who lived in Oregon where he was working in a saw mill. While they were talking, Jimbo  leaned too close to a blade and it cut off his ear. “Help me!” he cried out. “Find my ear and maybe a doctor can sew it back on!”
After searching through piles of sawdust, Moe triumphantly held up a freshly severed ear and said, “Look! I’ve found it!” Jimbo glanced at the ear and said, “Nah, keep looking. Mine had a pencil behind it”.                  (Thanks Jim M.)

First Fresno Baptist Church is hosting a fall festival on Sat. Oct 31, 6pm - 9pm. There will be games, prizes, and snacks for the kids for free. Fresno Fire Dept. will give kids a chance to crawl around on a fire truck. Arcola PD will have a finger printing station. The goal is to show kids a good time. Getting old Don’t waste time lamenting what could have been, or worrying about what will be  but  live this day doing your best to honor God and serve although limited by health, age, and our natural inclination to please ourselves. 
Diane Yvette Dishaw
Born June 19, 1947, the second oldest of 7 children, Diane attended beauty school. She married Don Dishaw She loved being a mother to their three sons and spent hours watching the boys at sport events. Diane was an avid bowler, practiced guitar & piano, crocheted and wrote short stories.  Survived by her sons: Donnie, Randy, and Jesse Dishaw; siblings: Sherri Cece, Yvonne, Linda, Jerry, and Ronnie West; grand kids: Tripp, Avery, Hailey, David, Ron, Ashlee, Madison, Callie, Austin: and Jeff Hazard a true best friend she met late in life. Services and burial were held August 27, 2015 at South Park.

Paula Becerra
May 24, 1935—August 27, 2015
Paula and her husband Jose, whom she married in 1956, lived on Heatherbloom for 40 years where they raised four sons and two daughters.  Paula extended love to all who entered their home. Her services were held at Southway Community Church where her son, Pastor Ricky Becerra delivered the eulogy.

Mary Dagg Miller
July 8 1944 - September 14 2015
Mary is the daughter of Lewis and Gladyes Dagg. Her grandmother, Elisabeth Hamm Dagg grew up east of Cullen across from what is now Bass Park. Their home was an overnight stopping place for people traveling to Houston.  They loved having visitors as sometimes they would not see anyone for weeks. That love for people became a family trait as Mary collected people like a kid collects baseball cards. She truly cared for others. After her children Donald Miller, a well known author, and her daughter Jennifer were grown, Mary went back to school, got her Masters, retired, lost her retirement money when Enron fell, and then went back to work. Never complaining, ever believing, reminding everyone that God is good all the time even as she fought cancer for the last 16 months. 

 Lauren Age 4 Knows What Love Means
     'I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones.' 
      “If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate” says Nikka, age 6.

         Can you take sixty six books written by over 20 people, living on three continents, over a period of about 1500 years and form one book with a unity of thought?
           Only one book in the world is in existence that can make that claim indicating that One Mind inspired the writing of all 66 books. It is also the only book that claims to be divinely inspired. “I have loved you, says the Lord,” wrote Malachi. “Thus says the Lord to me,” writes Jeremiah.
         Genesis doesn’t explain but simply says, In the beginning God created the heavens and earth. Genesis also lays the foundation for the establishment of a nation God intended to reveal himself through. The record of the establishment of that nation was written by Moses. The next 12 books contain the history of the nation of Israel and surrounding nations; the contents are confirmed by archeology.
       The five books of poetry (Psalm, Proverbs etc and the following 17 books of prophecy were basically written during the same time frame as the books of history.
Predictions that came true during the prophets life gave credence to long term predictions. Four hundred years elapsed between Malachi, the last book of the Old Testament  and the New Testament. The Old and the New teach that faith in the Word of God brings life. Eternal life begins with our  faith in God as revealed to us in His Son. John 5:23,& 24.
          Through out the Bible, rejecting God’s word results in sin and death. Trusting God’s written and living word results in life. 
The last book, Revelation, predicts the return of Christ. 
                       Even so, come quickly, Lord Jesus.