April 2015 issue

Is It All About Rabbits Or A Lamb?
       Most of us will celebrate April 5th. For some the star attraction will be the Easter bunny for others it will be the resurrection of the Lamb of God.
       When people started following Jesus, they thought he would lead them to freedom from the Romans. Their hopes were dashed when he went to the cross, not realizing that His death could set them free from the power of their own sinful nature.
As the perfect, sinless Lamb of God he redeemed us from the power of Satan and gave us power to become God’s children. John 1:12 
There is ample proof that Christ died and was buried, but the grave could not hold the Son of God. The tomb is empty!
Jesus said, “I lay down my life that I might take it again. No man takes if from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again.” John 10: 18.
We rejoice because our Redeemer lives!  

Warner Ervin in 1991 turned Madison around. Considered by many he was the best principal Madison ever had, although some of the students did not like his policy that they wear belts. If a student didn’t have a belt he got the local stores to donate belts.
After nine years at Madison, Ervin served as Regional Director until 2010 and then retired. “I am enjoying being free,” he says.
He volunteered with the Houston rodeo which had 1.3 million people in attendance this year. He also volunteers at his church and when called upon he does consultation work for schools, but most of  his time is spent caring for his cattle and horses. He and his wife were both raised in the country and they are happy to spend their retirement years in a rural area once again.  

Should we be forced to buy health insurance? “What about car insurance?” In Texas, we are not forced to buy car insurance. You can be self insured by providing proof that you will be able to cover all liability in case of an accident. You are not forced to  have insurance to protect your vehicle.  Car insurance protects others. Forcing us to buy health insurance is saying, “You don’t know what is best for you.” We have 435 representatives, 100 senators, and one president, who know what is best. We just need to depend on them.  Don’t listen to or read things that are critical of their wisdom. They know what is best. If enough people believe that, we will have a utopia. A Communist utopia.

 Carmela Ihrig born April 20, 1915 is still smiling. A long time resident of Almeda, she is now at Park Manor Nursing Home 11910 Richmond Ave. Houston, 77082 where a celebration of her 100 years of life will be held from 2 to 4 pm on April 19th. Call Jake Ihrig at 281-841-9505 for details.

Keep District K Beautiful Day  April 11th
If your community is planning a clean-up or beautification event as part of the Keep District K Beautiful Day initiative, contact Keep Houston Beautiful to secure your supplies. Keep Houston Beautiful contact number is 713-839-8855 or www.houstonbeautiful.org.   

GILBERT A. URIBE JR. Gilbert attended Madison High School and was in ROTC graduating in 2012 with Honors. He has served in the U.S. Marine Corps going on three years.
He has grown and matured so much, we are very proud of the man he has become. On May 2015 he is going overseas. We ask that all of his friends and family would please pray for our son; that he returns back to the U. S. safely. Thank You and God Bless, Gilbert and Sylvia Uribe Sr.

On May 9th,  Tom Hilton, Rosie Rojas, Abraham Jones, Greg Abarr, Evelyn Jones, James DeVoge, Effie Jones, Micheal Saenz, and Glen Sanco (Bam Bam)  will compete for three open seats on city council.

RANDOM NEWS Neal Adamcik is looking for information about his relatives who lived in the Almeda area in the 1960’s. Call him at 281 785 5940 if you can help.

Alfred and Shirley Borden Renfro  recently celebrated 16 years of marriage February 13th at Joe Massas Seafood where they go every year. They both attended Missouri City High School but had gone their separate ways until they got reacquainted. Then they dated for 18 years before rushing into marriage.

FBC Commissioner Morrison Prcinct 1 will be hosting a Town Hall Meeting in Arcola on April 16th at Arcola City Hall 13222 Hwy 6 starting at 6:30 P M. 

When freezing food, get the air out of the freezer bag by closing the bag except for a small opening. Insert a straw and suck the air out. Then close the small opening. Works good
To peel shell off a hardboiled egg, break a very small opening in the shell on one end of the egg and a larger opening on the other end. Blow through the large opening and the egg is easier to peel.  

For I Know That My
 Redeemer Lives!
Join us Resurrection Sunday April 5, 2015 at Abiding Faith United Methodist Church 14300 Almeda School Road. Services at  6:30 and 10 am. 
www.abiding faith-umc.org
First Baptist Church Fresno
Sunrise Services at 7am
National Library Week, April 12-18.
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
Call about adult poetry contest.
The full-length SAT® practice-test sessions help students to prepare for the actual test. The SAT® test is from 10:00 am to 2:15 pm, April 11th. The sessions are free, but  reservations are required. Register online at (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), click on “Calendar,” select the library, find the program or call the library.

Almeda Moe
Moe’s grandmother went to the doctor. Five minutes later she came screaming out of young doctor Brown’s office. An older doctor stopped her and asked what was wrong. Trembling she said, “Dr. Brown told me was pregnant.”  The older doctor calmed her down and asked her to wait as he marched down to Dr. Brown. “What is the matter with you, telling a 73 year old woman she is pregnant,” he demanded.  Dr. Brown calmly replied, “Does she still have her hiccups?

Are you a good editor?
Would you reword the following?

 * Man Kills Self Before Shooting Wife and Daughter

* Miners Refuse to Work after Death (No-good-for-nothing' lazy so-and-so's)

* If Strike Isn't Settled Quickly, It May Last Awhile
 *Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers

 Fresh Water Supply District 1
Capping private wells is under discussion where possible contamination to public water supply exists. Details are being worked on by FWSD1, in cooperation with Fort Bend Department of Health and Human Services. FBHHS will join FWSD1 next regular scheduled public meeting April 16th 6pm. FBHHS and FWSD1 are working together to supply safe drinking water and a sanitary system in the Fresno area community. Information was announced  during the public meetings held March 19th. For additional info and meeting schedules go to  FWSD1 web site @

Ellen Ora Hogue 1932– 2015 Ellen passed away February 25, 2015. She worked many years at ERSI. She is survived by her daughter Linda Leslie and a son Gene/Linda Hogue.

 Sarah Jane Parker Osbon,75, of Alvin passed away March 10, 2015. She worked at Koza in Pearland for many years.  Sarah grew up in Almeda. Her  grandparents Mr. And Mrs.  Anson Parker, came to Almeda in 1895. They built the two story house still standing next to Parker’s Hardware. Sarah is survived by her husband, Jerry; sons William and Martin; daughters Prissy and Lucy and  sisters, Florence and Linda.      
  Just Venting                 A Wake UP Call
         Have you seen the news lately? Children are being targeted by satan. He doesn't deserve a capital "s."
         Just the other day I was babysitting my special needs grandson. He was in front of the computer having so much fun. I came closer and saw what he was watching. My grandson was watching "Calliou drowns in the tub." Imagine it, a tub filled with bubbles and Calliou lost in them. Later that day, I caught my grandson in the bath, repeating what he had seen on the internet.
I believe this is either a subliminal message or mind control. Equally important, if you've seen 20/20, you've heard about “Slender Man." What is he doing using mind control on OUR children? David Muir, talking to a class of boys and girls asked how many of them had heard of Slender Man. Everybody raised their hands. He then asked how many of them told their parents about him. Not a single hand went up.
People, the word of God says in Hosea 4:6, "My people perish for lack of knowledge." According to Colossians 2:14-15, "Jesus has triumphed over satan." Let's be wise and remind him of his defeat at the cross through Jesus Christ's blood. Amen!        Sent in by  Martie M.

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 plus postage $2.50. Send  check to Our News
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March Our News and February

Saturday March 28th from 9 am to 4pm, buy, sell, and trade with your neighbors: poultry, pigs, cows, crafts, plants, etc.
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. 

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.

         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

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


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.

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
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.
 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.



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.”


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.


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.


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 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.


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.


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!