March Our News and February

ARCOLA FEED TRADE DAY
Saturday March 28th from 9 am to 4pm, buy, sell, and trade with your neighbors: poultry, pigs, cows, crafts, plants, etc.
META SUPERMARKET
At 105 E. Anderson in March, a 6,000 square foot Meta Supermarket is due to open according to the owner Ali Akbar. The store will have a meat market, a kitchen and dining area besides groceries and six Shell pumps with 12 nozzles. Ali also operates the Eagle Mart on Almeda Genoa. No doubt, the Meta Supermarket is his dream store. 

ONE JOB FINISHES ANOTHER STARTS
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is near completion on the reconstruction and expansion of FM 2234 from Cartwright Rd. to the Fort Bend Tollway. The expansion of the FM 2234 reconstruction project will include a 4-lane highway (curb and gutter section with a raised median).  This year-long project is estimated to be complete by mid-March (weather permitting).
  The City of Houston is expected to begin reconstruction and expansion of South Post Oak Rd. from Beltway 8. to FM 2234. The expansion of the South Post Oak Rd. reconstruction project will include  6-lanes from Beltway 8 to West Ridgecreek and reconstruction of the existing 4-lanes from West Ridgecreek to FM 2234. Like most CIP projects, the District K office will host an informational meeting before the start of construction. This project is anticipated to start in April 2015.


FIVE CORNER STREET SIGNS
         Have you seen the large easy to read street signs? Five Corners District was created by the Texas legislature in 2007 by House Bill 4134. HB 4795 changed the name to Five Corners which covers most of District K and part of District D in Houston. The function of the district is to provide certain improvements and services to promote the economic health, vitality, and public welfare of the district. Funds to accomplish improvements are provided by the businesses within the district paying 10 cents on  every $100 evaluation of their property.
In 2014, the district removed 600 graffiti, 26,900 lbs of trash, and contracted with SMC Logistics to report 1,100 street light outages to CenterPoint. To assist in keeping the district clean, report litter, graffiti, and light outages call 311  or 713-595-1244 or go online to AGoodlow@5CornersDistrict.org 
Nine board members appointed by the mayor and city council are responsible for how the money should be used to best enhance the area which has a population of 57,000 residents. The board members meet once a month at 12 noon on the 3rd Friday of the month at the Multi-Center at 3810 W. Fuqua. The meetings are open to the public. For more info check out their website at 5CornersDistrict.org

STATE OR FEDERAL
According to Alabama Supreme Court Judge, Roy Moore, the Constitution gives no jurisdiction whatsoever to any branch of the federal government to dictate marriage policy to the states. "Nothing in the United States Constitution grants the federal government the authority to redefine the institution of marriage." The authority to dictate marriage policy to the states is absent from the list of powers "We the People" granted to the central government in Article I, Section 8. In fact, the word "marriage" does not occur anywhere in the Constitution. You can read it front to back, back to front, upside down and in Sanskrit and you will find nary a mention of marriage anywhere in there, including the 14th Amendment, which was about slavery, not marriage, Judge Moore writes. (On top of that, homosexual conduct was a crime everywhere in the United States at the time the 14th Amendment was enacted.) 
All this means is that the issue of the definition of marriage is reserved to the states and the states alone. See the Bill of Rights, Amendment 10 which says: The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the Sates respectively, or to the people.  Moore writes, "As Chief Justice, I will continue to recognize the Alabama Constitution and the will of the people (81%) overwhelmingly expressed in the Sanctity of Marriage Amendment."   I stand with you to stop judicial tyranny and any unlawful opinions issued without constitutional authority."
Unelected, 44 federal judges have imposed their own view of morality on 21 states against the laws voted on by the majority of the people, ignoring our Constitution



THE OLD MULE 

You heard of the old mule that fell in a well? The farmers couldn’t figure how to get him out. Knowing he would stink up a storm when he died, they decided to bury him right there. A big pile of manure was near by so they started shoveling it in on top of that poor mule. Instead of getting frantic, he stamped the manure down. Every shovel of manure brought him up a little higher. When he stuck his head up out of that well, the farmers almost had a heart attack.

When life is dumping one pile of manure on us after another, our faith in the goodness and sovereignty of God will give us victory as we climb up over the trials of life trusting in his word. God says in Isaiah 41:10, Fear not , I am with you I am your God. I will strengthen you. Yeh, I will help you. I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness. Romans 8:28 We know that all things work together for good to them who love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. 8:31 If God be for us who can be against us. James 1:2 says, Consider it all joy when you fall into various tests, knowing that the trial of your faith produces patience...that you may be perfect and entire wanting nothing.

Be as smart as that old mule.

Feedback from Polly Francis
My view is similar to Franklin Graham, Billy Graham's son: the White House or President Obama refuses to recognize the terrorist as Islamic Terrorists because of his heritage,  grandmother, father and where he  was raised. His early years were in Indonesia. He cannot come to grips when designating our enemy and how we can eradicate them.   All the news anchors cannot understand why he will not recognize this fact and it is so simple and in our face.   We could discuss this issue forever, but in the meantime ISIS is forming sleeper cells all over Europe and in our own USA.  
    The Community Of ONE Gospel Fest Concert- Benefiting the YMCA Fri, March 6th, 2015 @ 7:30 p.m.
6000 Heatherbrook Dr. Windsor Village UMC  tickets $10.00 FMI, call W. Orem YMCA-713-726-1606 
  Free Lenten Mission at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church  Manvel, TX. The featured speaker will be Lay Evangelist Tom Edwards of St. Augustine, FLA.  March 1 - 4 , Sun., March 1st   7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Mon. 9-10:30 a.m. after  8:00 Mass  7- 8:30 p.m. Tues. 9:- 10:30 a.m. after 8 Mass  7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
March 4th  10:00 - 11:30 a.m. after 9 am Mass.

FORT BEND ISD
Spring Break March 9th-13th
HISD Spring Break March 16-20th

Vinson Library
3810 W. Fuqua 832 393 2120  closed Sun. & Mon.
Multi-center open Mon. thru Fri.
Sienna Branch Library
8411 Sienna Springs Blvd 281-238-2900 Free programs.
Bountiful Gardens Series. “Get Your Vegetable Garden Growing” Sat. March 7 at 10:30 am
, “Feral-Hog Management Strategies” Fri., March 6, 11 am to 2 pm,
Databases in Focus” series.
Each program will highlight different online database resources: March 11th, Home improvement March 17th health care. Since these resources are available on the library’s website, they can be accessed online 24/7 by anyone with a valid FBCL library card which you can have if they live in the state of Texas.

Spring Break at George Ranch
 A FARM TO TABLE CELEBRATION
Take an adventure into 100 years of farming, cooking, playing and eating on the wild frontier at George Ranch Historical Park March 7, 10 – 14 and 17 – 21, 2015

 Almeda Moe
Moe dreamed he was the only person on earth when an angel told him that he was going to give Moe a helper and she would cook, sew, and do anything he wanted her to do but she would cost him an arm and a leg. Moe thought it over and asked, “What can I get for a rib?”

Commissioner Richard Morrison, Precinct 1, will host a Town Hall Meeting in Fresno March 24th at the Mustang Community Center located at 4525 FM 521 North at 6:30 P.M.

Congratulations to Brandee Mills a Fresno teenager for being in the Super Bowl commercial.
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 condolences
 RUBY NICHOLS KEYWORTH  was born Oct 29 1937 in Madisonville, Tx. at home. She spent a few of her early years in Freeport, TX and then in Sugarland TX where she graduated from high school. She worked at the Sugarland phone co. and then for Sperry Sun Oil Field Service. She was there when she met Billy Keyworth. They were married in July 1971. In 1973 they built and opened the first of three child care centers. They moved to Rockport TX in 1980. Ruby was a long time member of the  Baptist Church in S.L. and then Rockport. She worked as a volunteer at the library, Good Samaritans, and the local nursing home. She died Jan. 17, 2015 at home. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Rockport at 1515 N. Live Oak  Rockport, TX. 78382 or the Alzheimer's Foundation at
7400  Louis Pasteur, Suite 200
San Antonio, Tx. 78229-4543

 Diana L. Stoecklein also known as "Rose Sparkman" passed away January 16th at her home. Born September 2, 1964 in Chalmette LA. She moved to Almeda in 1970 and attended Almeda School. She lived in Almeda until 1995 when she married Darald Stoecklein The last six years she has lived in Hutchinson, Kansas. She was preceded in death by her father Gus Sparkman; grandparents Joe and Anona Everard She is survived by husband Darold Stoeclein, sons Darian and Dalton, mother and step father Earl and Jo Ann Romero, brothers Michael and Leroy, nieces Brianna and Shannon, Three step children and, five grand children. Cremation was done at her request. Her mother is planning a memorial in Galveston, TX in July. Call 713-493-8853 for more information.
1964-2015


  

 FEBRUARY ISSUE


Arcola Police Chief

According to Arcola’s city manager, Chief Bell is the best Police Chief in Fort Bend County. In 2012, Fred Bell received his Masters Degree with a 4.0 G.P.A. from Texas State University. A native of San Antonio, he retired this past August after serving 23 years in law enforcement, the last 17 of which were in smaller communities in the Austin area. That retirement lasted until Dec. 1st when he accepted the call from Arcola.“I believe God put me here,” he says.

Chief Bell likes challenges. His first challenge is to make policy changes within his office so past problems will not occur in the future. Right now there are six full time officers and one Reserve. After an effective policy is in place, he plans on bringing in more Reserve Officers as he aims toward serving 1700 Arcola residents. Arcola is a small city with lots of opportunity and growth. His specialty is preparing a police department for growth which he did near Austin where his wife and their two youngest children still live.

The Chief promised his daughters (a senior and a junior in high school) he would not uproot them until they graduated. For now he is living with his sister in the Almeda area, seeing his family every other weekend. His wife was a sheriff’s deputy so she understands.

Chief Bell says, “I hope council and the community will trust me enough to give me the time and resources necessary to give them the police department they deserve and want.”

WHAT ARE ISLAM JIHADISTS ACCOMPLISHING?


It is evident jihadist have killed thousands who don’t agree with them. One result is that millions of Muslims risk death by turning away from the Islamic faith. In 2013, 33 million Egyptians stood up against the brutality of the Islamic Brotherhood. Now four million Muslims have become atheists and one to seven million Muslims have embraced Christianity, just in Egypt. Christianity was founded on the blood of the martyrs. Plant a kernel of corn; it dies, and life springs forth, producing hundreds of kernels. Jesus taught us not to fear those who can put us to death but are unable to kill the soul. Matt. 10:28 Don’t be afraid of Muslims. Love them.




FREE TAX PREPARATION


A program of Neighborhood Centers Inc. is providing free tax preparation for families earning up to $58,000 at the Multi-Center at 3810 W. Fuqua in Feb. and April M.W. F 9-3 T. Th. 4-7 Sat 11-3. In March the hours are M. W. F. 9-3 Sat. 11-3.

Missouri City Branch, 1530 Texas Parkway will also provide help every Tue. and Thur. in Feb. from 12:30 to 3:30 pm. Call 281-633-4734 for more info.



Councilman Larry Green aims to green up and clean up District K. On Jan. 24th volunteers helped plant 15 gallon trees in every vacant spot between Anderson Road and Orem in the Hiram Clarke esplanade. In 2015 these trees look like poles with a few leaves but in time they will look like the tree in the background. Quite a contrast to the trees planted at the end of Hiram Clarke.

When Edna Buell stepped out the door of her home, the trees her husband planted from acorns were shorter than she was but taller than any other trees between Anderson Road and Alum Road where a clump of Crepe Myrtle trees grew. Before 1929, Texas was an open range, meaning cattle were free to go anywhere. The trees that survived were fenced in. According to the notes of a 1859 survey, a few trees existed on Clear Creek. 

Edna’s husband, Adelbert, wanted his legacy to be the two rows of oaks he planted along Anderson. Fences didn't protect the trees from progress as most of the huge oaks were cut down.





TALK TO ME PLEASE

I really do want to know you better but right now I need help with a big decision. Please help me to make the best choice. You know how impatient I am, so please give me an answer soon and if at all possible during the TV commercial. I’ll hit the mute button so I won’t be distracted.

“Thou shall have no other gods before me.”

Lord, did you just put that thought in my head? I already know the ten commandments. Besides I don’t worship the TV. I won’t even turn it on tomorrow. Except for the news. I need to know what is going on in the world.

“Then why ask ME for guidance. The TV will give you plenty of advice, even during commercials.”

Ok Lord. I’m wrong. Forgive me not putting you first. I really do want to know You better.

“Turn away my eyes from beholding vanity and quicken Thou me in Thy way.” Psalm 119:37




Correction: Tom Maples was born in 1939.

Read Renter Rights Tool Tips at www.renterrightsassociation.org

Almeda Moe

Moe’s son, Junior, went to school. The teacher asked the children to name their favorite animal. Junior replied, “Fried chicken.” The teacher said that was not funny and sent him to the principal. At home Moe explained to Junior that the teacher was probably a member of PETA and they love animals very much. Junior said, “I do too. Especially chicken, pork, and beef.”

The next day the teacher asked Junior what his favorite live animal was. He said chicken. She asked why. He said because they are good fried. She sent him to the principal. Later, Junior told Moe,“I don't understand. You tell me to be honest, but my teacher gets mad when I am.

The next assignment was to tell what famous person they admired the most Junior said, "Colonel Sanders." Guess where he is now...







Vinson Library 

3810 W. Fuqua 832 393 2120 closed Sun. & Mon.

Multi-center open Mon. thru Fri.

Sienna Branch Library 

8411 Sienna Spring Blvd 281-238-2900

Book Cub Feb. 9th Shadow Divers: True Adventure of Two Americans Mystery Book Club Feb 24 7pm

Crafting Valentine Cards Feb. 7th at 10:30 am Sat.

Blogging for Dollars Feb 25th 10am.

Set up and maintain a blog.

SCORE: Money Matters – SBA Loans and Loan Applications,” on Saturday, February 21, at 10:30 am

MEDICAL PLUS SUPPLIES

Medical Plus Supplies is moving from 13529 South Post Oak and opens January 26th at 4025 W. Fuqua. They have greatly improved the corner of W. Fuqua and White Heather utilizing the building that was originally a Kroger’s grocer.

Pregnancy Help Center 

327 Garland Drive Lake Jackson, 979 297 3622 or 800 974 3622 help@pregnancyhelpcenter.org · Office Hours: M. W. Th. & F. 9-5; T. 9-8

H.O.P.E. Class 

Twelve free classes are designed to better equip expectant moms and dads to become the parents God designed them to be. Some of the classes include nutrition, childbirth, newborn care, career skills etc. Classes are from 5 to 8 pm on Tuesdays. The next class starts Feb. 17th. Classes are held all year long. Call 979 297 3622 for more info.

YOUR TAX DOLLARS 

The 2013-2014 fiscal year of the nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood received $528 million in taxpayer dollars in the forms of government grants, contracts and Medicaid reimbursements to abort 327,653 fetuses. Fetus is a Latin word for an unborn baby.

2nd Annual Awards Banquet 
South Houston Concerned Citizen’s Coalition 

While the event held Jan. 24th at the Fountain Life Center was only the second award banquet of SHCCC, it was organized in 1993 as CSCCC then incorporated in 1998 as SHCCC covering an area between Beltway 8 to Holmes Road and from Hwy. 288 to Chimney Rock, pretty much the area that once was considered part of the town of Almeda.

SHCCC is an alliance of 24 civic clubs and homeowners assoc. They worked to expand So. Post Oak , promote shelters at all bus stops, renovate parks and worked to get the Multi-Service Center and the new Vinson Library on W. Fuqua. Many local politicians and those who work hard in the Super Neighborhood 40 enjoyed the event. Keynote speaker was Texas State Senator –District 13 Rodney Ellis. Sen. Ellis told of living in Houston where Alma Allen was his 3rd grade teacher. Others in attendance were U. S. Rep. Al Green, City Council members Larry Green and Michael Kubosh, and Harris Co. Attorney Vince Ryan. Vivian Harris presented ten awards to those who for various accomplishments have worked to improve the community.

LOOK UP 

A buzzard in a 6x8 open-top pen will not attempt to fly as it always begins a flight with a run of 10 to 12 feet. A bat cannot fly from a level place but is helpless on a flat surface. A bumblebee dropped into an open tumbler will die there as it will try to get out thru the side. Like a bee, we struggle with all our problems and frustrations, looking around us for help or looking to the past when all we have to do is look up!












January 2015




HAVE A JOYFUL YEAR IN 2015 

Just moments before this picture, Jacey had been terrified of the waves that kept crashing over her. But, clinging to her dad, in his arms....her face says it all. The waves didn't stop crashing. The current didn't stop pulling everything back out to sea. But her fear was replaced with joy because of her father. I needed this reminder tonight. The waves aren't gonna stop, the current isn't going to let up...but in the arms of my Heavenly Father, my fear for what this life has to offer can be replaced with joy as I cling to Him, trusting that He holds me secure. "I cling to you; your strong right hand holds me securely." Psalm 63:8              by Jenny Blackmon

HISTORY IN POST OFFICE ARCHIVES

By March 29, 1893, Almeda had a population of almost 50 people so James Hicks filed an application for a post office. He listed the surrounding post offices as Houston, 11 miles northeast, Manvel 8 miles southeast and Duke, 8 miles southwest. Pearland and Fresno post offices were established later.

POLICE

Police are in the news like never before, but the news media seem to pick and choose certain events. Did you hear about the honor roll college kid in San Antonio that got shot by an officer who was out of his district? It seems the events that can be used to stir up the most animosity toward the police are reported, leading to what?

Solzhenitsyn, who was confined to a Communistic labor camp, wrote how Lenin began bringing all law enforcement under central control. Prisons were changed from just housing criminals into forced labor camps. Their constitution was trashed and anybody who broke existing laws or vocalized disagreement with communism, Lenin, or Stalin were sent to the camp. The prisons couldn’t hold all the dissidents so they worked/starved them to death to make room for more. From 1917 to 1959, during their internal repression an estimated 66 million lives were lost.
In our country there is increased centralized government into all aspects of our lives. Health care, education, and now a push toward federal control of police officers starting with sensitivity training. What kind of national training comes next? Have you noticed the trend toward black uniforms of all police departments? And now body cameras that can take a picture of everyone they stop. It is easier to correct local corruption than federal corruption.


AMONG OTHER CHANGES IN HOUSTON 

A Houston city ordinance in 1865 stated that all idle persons within the city limits without visible means of support and making no exertion to obtain a livelihood by honest employment, and all persons who may be found begging loitering or strolling about the city streets and all persons found sleeping in pubic places or on private property without permission of the owner shall be deemed offenders against the peace and good order of the city. They shall be arrested and examined. If found obnoxious to the ordinance they shall give a bond of not less than $100 or more than $500 to be kept for 12 months or they shall be adjudged to work and labor on the public works for six to 18 days. This shall not apply to sick or decrepit persons unable to do manual labor.

Now, 150 years later, if that ordinance was in effect the city would have hundreds of people to do public work. Instead, the homeless can go to different locations and get enough help to allow them to continue their own lifestyle. A young man in his 30’s, who was a business major in college said “I don’t have any money but I can always find food to eat, like the BBQ he was eating provided by a church group that night.

About two hundred hungry men, and a few women were getting a hot meal, and an opportunity to pick out some warm clothes, get their phones charged, use the organization’s address to get mail and attend an outdoor worship service.

The business major had taken a nap during worship service. He wasn’t concerned about the future, but was he worried about sleeping outside? To him it was an extended camping trip, which even some rich people prefer. If they are murdered there would be a big write up in the paper. What about the poor people? “Oh yeh they get killed too, but there will just be a small blurb written about them,” he explained.

While we were talking another man told his friend that all their stuff had been stolen. In spite of the risks, some like their freedom loving, adventurous life style; others just need a helping hand until they can get back on their feet. They are worth it all.

Almeda Moe

A cocky young guy got out of his fancy car at his favorite bar when he saw Moe’s Uncle Stu standing by a puddle of water with a fishing pool. “What you doing ol’timer?”he asked. “I’m fishing,” replied Uncle Stu. The young man felt sorry for the ‘old fool’ and said, “Come on in, I’ll buy you a drink.” As they sat at the bar drinking a beer, he couldn’t resist asking Uncle Stu how many fish he had caught. Stu quietly replied, “You are the sixth one tonight.”




MONSTER BUCK

Bobby Rose shot this 20" wide - 8 pointer in Rosharon, on November 30, 2014. Bobby owns Champion Foundation Repair.

ARCOLA POLICE CHIEF

The new police chief, Fred Bell, wants citizens to know of three ways to contact the police. 1. Call 911 – If it is an emergency and you need an officer to respond immediately, or If you see a crime occur and want to report it when it happens. 2. Call 281 341-4665, a non-emergency number for the Fort Bend Sheriff’s Office, Dispatch center, if you want to speak to an officer regarding a police matter and crimes that are not in progress, and non-emergencies. 3. Call 281 431-5205. This is the Arcola PD main line. Call if you need general information (ex: general questions, pick up report information, accident information, comments or concerns regarding the police department). This number may not be answered when you call if the officers are out of the office. You can leave a message and when the officer returns to the office, the messages will be checked. DO NOT call this number if it is an emergency!!DO NOT call this number if you want to speak with an officer immediately or if you want one to respond in a short time.

Teach children the Bible and you might hear something like what five-year-old Journey Rose said, “Mom, remember, when you have a bad attitude, you don't shine bright. Say this verse with me...Let your light so shine before men...." 

You think you know me
My every care
How I should feel
As if you were there
How I wish I knew
That part of me
You think you know
‘tis not to be
by Shirley Munke

Daring to Change
A Recovery Support Group
Meets 2nd and 4th Monday at 7:00 p.m. Abiding Faith UMC
14300 Almeda School Road
Recovery can and does happen!

Vinson Library
3810 W. Fuqua 832 393 2120 closed Sun. & Mon.
Multi-center open Mon. thru Fri.

Sienna Branch Library
8411 Sienna Spring Blvd 281-238-2900 FAFSA: Financial Aid for College,” on Sat., Jan.10th, from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. Completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the first step toward receiving federal or state financial aid for college.

Worksheets can be downloaded from FAFSA’s webpage, http://www.fafsa.ed.gov. The actual application form may be completed online and submitted electronically, or submitted by mail.
Call 281-238-2952 to register for computer classes held at 10am on Jan. 6th, 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th 21st, 22nd, 27th & 28th
(www.fortbend.lib.tx.us),
Microsoft Excel for Spanish-Speaking Adults, Jan. 29th ,10am


TOM MAPLES 1995-2014
Tom passed away Nov. 30, 2014. As long as he was able Tom served many hours in the Almeda U. Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife, Shirley, three sons and numerous people who appreciated his ardent service.
His burial was at Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

Sue Irvin Mize
, 89, Services, were held Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at the Wallis United Methodist Church, in Wallis, Texas
See more at: http://www.legacy.

Betty Ruth Wetherill Husser 78 passed away December 11, 2014 in boulder, CO. Betty graduated from San Jacinto High School in 1955. Preceded in death by her brother Tommy Wetherill and grand daughter Crystal Lehew, Betty is survived by two sons: Tommy and Richard and one grandson. 



Prickly Pear Cactus Pie Instructions
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9tvyrnE5SI

It is very tasty!




December 2014 Our News



ST. John Baptist Church

Founded in 1869


Surrounded on three sides by new expensive homes on Oilfield Road, the little church is hanging on. In 1869 the owners of the Dew Plantation gave two acres of land to their former slaves for a church and school. The location reportedly changed several times until 1935 when George Dew gave a deed for two acres at 6715 Oilfield Road DeWalt, a town absorbed by Missouri City.

In 2006, arsonist set fire to the church. For a time they met on the front porch as the rear of the sanctuary was badly damaged and the fellowship hall destroyed. They meet inside now using a generator and portable restrooms. The church is allowed to keep the land as long as they continue their services. Recently other church members, who remember how their grandparents attended school in the little building have come along to help the eight elderly faithful members.

Pastor David Fisher would love to see visitors and new members. Call him at 713 738 1808 or Sec. Rosa Graves at 281 431 2648.

FIRST AID FOR BURNS


Run cool water for five minutes on burns that don’t require immediate doctor’s attention such as third degree burns. Egg whites on a raw wound could introduce salmonella. Read what Snopes has to say about not using remedies used in the past when nothing better was available.


HIS STORY
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. 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. For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whoever believes on him shall not perish but have everlasting life.

In him was life and the life was the light of men, but the darkness comprehended it not. He came to his own but they did not receive him. And being found in the appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God has given Him the name above every name that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. As many as receive him, He gives the right and power to become the children of God. At his death the veil that separated man from God was torn apart. John 1:1,14; John 3:16, John 1:4,5,11;Philippians 2:8,9,10,11; John 1:12; Matthew 27:51

Merry Christmas 



WATCHDOGS CONVERGE ON SCHOOL
The principal at Austin Parkway Elementary was delighted that a record number of Watch DOGS or Dads of Great Students turned out to provide positive male role models, demonstrate by their presence that education is important and provide extra sets of eyes and ears to enhance school security and reduce bullying.

There are 4,049 schools in 46 states that have a WATCHDOG program. Dads and other father figures volunteer at least one day a year. A 51 minute training call prepares you for the job. Children whose fathers spend a day at the school feel very loved and special as their father reads to a class or helps kids board a bus. Go to www.fathers.com/watchdogs for more info. Check with your child’s school.



Almeda Moe 

“Joe, did you know when I was fresh out of high school the Astros offered me a spot on the team for $60,000?” 

“What? I can’t believe you didn’t grab it! Why not?” 

“I didn’t have $60,000.” 

Comment from blogspot: History of Pierce Junction Oil Field Community: My grandmother is Florrie Mae Ammon Parrott - she ran the Gulf cafĂ© around 1930-1936 or so. My grandfather Luther (Luke) Parrott was a roughneck. My dad (Howard Parrott) an elementary kid at the time repaired the workers shoes and would sew torn clothing when the workers would come in to eat meals. My dad eventually worked in the oil field after or just before WWII. Thanks for your info... Glenn 



Arcola Mayor Maryetta Anderson was chosen as Civil Servant of Ft. Bend Co. for the Week of Nov. 1st in the Fort Bend Star. She is a true servant who doesn’t accept a paycheck.

Ft. Bend FWSD#1 Water Meeting 
December 18,2014 at 6 pm at 
Mustang Park Community Center. www.fortbendwater1.com

BEWARE

Thieves have snatched purses from the elderly at the Valero gas station on Almeda Genoa. They got away in a golden gray SUV. 

Sienna Branch Library 
8411 Sienna Springs 281-238-2900 

Create festive holiday invitations, cards, and much more, on Tue., Dec. 9, at 10 am. The class is free but reservations are required. To register, call or go online at the (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), click on “Calendar,” select “Sienna Branch,” and find the program. .

Winterfest activities Sat. Dec. 20. Activities start at 10:30 am, with a performance of The Winter Express, From 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, the Youth Services department will have “Make & Take Winter Crafts” for children of all ages. The day will culminate with a Winter Puppet Show & Sing– Along. 


Condolences

MARY BUELL DEW, 99, born April 25,1915 passed away October 15, 2014. Mary got a college degree, taught school and worked as a county extension agent. Survived by siblings Rose Andrews and Curtis Buell.

JEAN INMON, 73, of Peoria AZ passed away October 25,2014. Jean had a servant's heart. Those who knew her, loved her. She is survived by Richard Inmon, her husband of almost 54 years, two sons: Ricky and Jeff, 6 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.

DORA ELIZABETH WOMACK 61
April 20 1953-November 9, 2014
She was known as Betsy by the many teens she taught at the Almeda Bible Church and later at Southway Community. Preceded in death by her son Cameron Saranthus, Betsy is survived by her husband Jesse Lynn Womack; siblings Madge Wienke and Don Modisette. 

MARGARET KEYWORTH 
July 27, 1946-November 12, 2014
A calm woman and an expert seamstress, Margaret spent hours at her sewing machine providing articles of clothing for children as far away as Bulgaria. After raising her two daughters, she worked for Sugarland Baptist Church. The last year of her life was in answer to prayer. The doctor said he could do no more in Nov. 2013. Her daughter cried, “If only we could have one more Thanksgiving. One more Christmas.” Her son-in-law sat in the hospital with his Bible and felt led to pray for one more year. When he went into her room and touched Margaret’s arm, he knew that God had answered. Margaret lived one more year to the day. She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Robert Keyworth, daughters Valerie/Steve Glasgow, Carrie/Matthew Meloy; grandc. Carter, Nathan, Ella and Mark.


 E15 OR 15 % ETHANOL IS CHEAPER BUT DANGEROUS 
Several automakers and the American Automobile Association (AAA) maintaining that E15 could damage fuel lines and void vehicle owners' warranties in many cars, particularly vehicles manufactured prior to 2012. 


HAPPY 95TH BIRTHDAY 

Rose Buell Andrews has lived 95 years in the Almeda area. Born on Anderson Road at a time when the oak trees at Yes Academy were no taller than she was, Rose could look see the trees on Alum Road. 

She was one of four high school graduates in 1938 from Almeda High School. After Rose married Jim Andrews she moved west-about a mile west of South Post Oak. 

Times were tough but she knew how to live without much money. Canning the vegetables they grew, even making catsup. Besides a half an acre of gladiolas, Rose raised orchids. A happy, creative, busy stay at home mom, Rose still keeps up with what goes on in the world. And tries to keep up with her 16 grandchildren, umpteen greats and over a dozen great greats. 

RISE IN AUTISM 
LINKED TO FETAL CELLS IN VACCINE 

Dr. Theresa Deisher, lead scientist and (SCPI) Sound Choice Pharmaceutical Institute founder, noted that “Not only are the human fetal contaminated vaccines associated with autistic disorder throughout the World but also with epidemic childhood leukemia and lymphomas.” 

BACK YONDER IN ALMEDA
To get a copy of the 160 page  book of the early years of the history of the Almeda area, with 19 photos send $14.50 to Our News P. O. Box 450336 Houston, TX 77245

November 2014

UBER IS HERE
         Need a ride? UBER has arrived. The City of Houston has approved the UBER company to serve Houstonians. Passengers love it since it is much cheaper than a taxi. When they call UBER they can watch the  route the driver takes on their cell phone so they know exactly when their ride will be there. 
     

    Ken Castaneda started driving for UBER six weeks ago and he loves it. He can work when he wants to. Recently, Ken won $100 for making the most trips. When  he signs in, UBER will assign him a passenger within a few minutes. He has 15 seconds to accept the assignment or they will alert another driver who is also close by. UBER monitors the route the driver takes and so does the passenger. The passenger can also see the driver’s photo on the phone. They pay UBER online so Ken doesn't have to worry about getting robbed. UBER deducts 20% and sends him a check.
All UBER drivers have a criminal background check, use their own 2006 model or later, 4-door vehicle with full insurance. They work as much as they want to.
  Ken loves talking to people, people from all over the world. Sometimes they ride up front with him or sit in the back. Each passenger grades the driver on a scale 1 to 5. An overall rating below a 4 causes, the driver  to lose his job. Ken says they need more drivers. If you  would like to get some tips call him at 713-412-9305.
One tip he has for everybody, “Keep the oil changed in your vehicle.”    






Richard Morrison
Fort Bend County
Commissioner Pct. 1
Morrison works with three other commissioners to set the budget for the whole county for drainage, roads, the court system, emergency services, and libraries. Morrison says his worst problem is trying to manage traffic for the fastest growing county in the US with an increase of 30,00 to 40,000 people a year.
         Morrison feels a big accomplishment of his was setting up a program where he regularly meets with the people he serves at a time and place convenient for them. Once every quarter, he hosts a town hall meeting at Arcola, Fresno, Needville, Orchard, Kendleton, and  Beasley. He also attends Commissioner’s Court every 1st, 2nd, and 4th Tuesday of the month at 1pm. The meetings are open to the public.
Morrison earned his bachelor’s degree from Baylor U. and graduated from South Texas College of Law in 1995. He and his wife Allyson, have lived in Ft. Bend Co. for 19 years where they are raising their five young children. They are active in Holy Rosary Catholic Church and many community activities.
Prior to becoming commissioner, in 2008,  Morrison was an attorney and an advocate for environmental and individual property rights. He used that expertise to fight for ordinary families who work hard and play by the rules. In private practice, Richard handled litigation to protect Texas families and small business owners from their own government and bring balance to the system while learning that most levels of Texas Government, from TxDOT to the TCEQ, are unresponsive and sometimes hostile to the average citizen and small business. He opposed the $6.2 million dollar CAD building. He is a board member for the YMCA, charter member of the Sons of the American Legion, on the Advisory Board of the Richmond State School, a board member of the Central Ft. Bend Chamber Alliance, and on the Advisory Board of the Mental Health Public Defendant's Office.
Morrison says, “I really enjoy the job and  I encourage everyone to come to ‘Commissioner on the Corner’ meetings and bring their questions, complaints, and suggestions.”

A call from John Riley: John called to say I didn’t  mention that Mrs. Bailey’s 91st birthday was on October 4th 1923. He remembers the day because in 1955, John was born on October 4th. 
New Road 2 Country Gospel Concert
 Nov 2nd, @ 10:45am and @ 6pm at First Baptist Church Fresno.
4501 FM 521  more info 281 431 4244
They are good folk from Tennessee; sound good to. Hope to see you there.
Almeda Moe
Moe called his wife, “Darling, it's me. I don't want to alarm you but I was hit by a car as I was leaving the office.  Mary Jane brought me to the hospital. They  ran some tests and did some x-rays and I don’t have any internal injuries except for three broken ribs. The bone in my right leg broke through the skin and they think I might have to have my left foot amputated. Honey did you hear me?” Honey replied, “Yes Moe. I heard you. Tell me who is Mary Jane?”

ELECTION DAY NOV. 4 TH
A day to “Pray without ceasing. And “In everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you,” (regardless of how the election turns out.) I Thessalonians 5:17 & 18,

In Communist China
     Sermons  must be approved. In Houston?
    In Houston the mayor subpoenaed pastors to send their sermons and the communications to their members to be reviewed by the city. Enjoy your religious freedom before it is gone and pray for those who are being persecuted. International Day of Prayer for Persecuted Believers Nov. 2nd

 I WANT IT  
     I sneaked a peek in the attic and there was a guitar. My brother and I had both asked for a guitar for Christmas. If I didn’t get it that meant my parents didn’t love me. I was all prepared to feel sorry for myself. With no musical ability, I soon lost interest, my brother inherited the guitar, and I had nothing. The point of this story? When we ask God for something, do we miss out on some good stuff because we don’t trust Him that He will give, or not give, what is always best for us?
      Three year old Amy Carmichael heard about Matthew 7:7 “Ask and it shall be given you.” That night she asked God to give her blue eyes, but when she woke up her eyes were still brown. God didn’t answer her prayer but then she thought when Mama says “no” that is an answer. Later as a missionary in India she realized how fortunate she was to have brown eyes and was thankful God did not answer with a yes. When we add, “nevertheless not my will but thy will be done” to our request, it shows we trust Him regardless of the answer. God is good and wise. Why would we ever want our will if it is not his will?

Vinson Library/Multi-Center
3810 West Fuqua 832-393-2120 Open Tue. & Wed. 10-6 Thurs 12-8 Fri. 1-5 Sat. www.houstonlibrary.org
Multi-Center open Mon. –Fri.

Sienna Branch Library
8411 Sienna Springs Blvd. 281-238-2900 International Games Day from 2 to 3 pm on Nov. 15. Gaming of all types at the library encourages patrons to interact with a diverse group of peers, share their expertise with others, and develop new strategies for gaming and learning. It provides opportunity for families to connect with the educational, recreational, and social value of games.

Just Venting
Thieves are not breaking into our homes at night anymore. My husband is a heart transplant patient. He was due for an MRI test at Methodist Hospital. We left at 7:30am and came back home at 1pm. My husband went into the house to find our home had been vandalized. They broke in through the front window, the second time thieves came and helped themselves out to our belongings. The police said, “No fingerprints, can’t do nothing, sorry.”
Today we felt like going for a ride. I was checking all the houses in Meredith Manor, where we’ve lived for the past 41 years. All the houses have burglar bars. To me they looked like birdcages. I thought, “It’s the thieves that should be behind bars, not us.” People, it’s time to stand for what is right and fight for what is ours, because “united we stand, divided we fall.” Amen – Pray, pray, pray.
Jesus will fight my battles and I will be at peace. 
Exodus 14:14                                                       Martie M


YOU WILL TAKE A TRIP
Most people don’t want to plan on the final trip for themselves or for the people they love. That is why we are easy prey for the funeral home industry. Learn a few facts before you need them: When you first call a funeral home to pick up the body, get right then, what they charge for that service and what they charge for embalming, so they can’t increase the price or make an additional charge if you decide to go with a different funeral home. Check with three funeral homes before deciding. Your best prices will be with independent homes that are not part of a big corporation. Funeral homes are required  to give you a general price list, for you to keep, listing 16 specific items and services, before you make the arraignments. The less you tell the funeral director the better off you are. Tell them how wonderful the person was, how much you love them and the price starts going up. Don’t tell them you intend to shop for a casket until you get the total bill in writing (with their casket price), then its ok to let them know you will supply your own. This is the only true way to realize your savings. If they change any initial prices, then call the FTC, because that is highly illegal! Federal Trade Commission: 877-382-4357.
The law requires the funeral home to accept caskets bought elsewhere without additional charge. If you buy a casket direct, find out if the company charges to deliver.
 If your loved one is still alive, the funeral home knows you have time to shop around and will give you their best price.
 This information came from Sidney Webb and his website. He and his family started Webb Caskets after the sudden death of their father. They  found out how some funeral homes take advantage of people. When we are rushed and emotional we are not apt to be concerned about a few thousand dollars until later. For more info go to sidneywebb@sbcglobal.net, or call him at 713-834-2453.

Back Yonder In Almeda
Pick up a copy of the history of the Almeda area 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