October 2014

A HUNDRED YEARS
         Former students of San Jacinto High School toured their old alma mater on Sept. 6th to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the school built in 1914. At first a Jr. High, it became a high school in 1923 where most students from Almeda and Fresno got their final years of schooling.
         They attended classes with students like Glenn McCarthy, remember the famous hotel he built?,  Walter Cronkite, actress Gale Storm, Howard Hughes Jr., Kathy Whitmire, Yolanda Flores, A. J. Foyt, and Denton Cooley.
Dr. Cooley, who graduated in 1937, gave a speech to the alumni and guests. Although 94 years old, he was not the oldest person attending as a 1933 graduate was there. The last class to graduate was in 1970.
 Some of the former students from Almeda to attend were Dorothy Pyburn Chesser, Kay Thorp Mizell, Caroleen Dozier Bashara, Judith Scott Navarro, Ruth Risenger Duff, Patti Sue Roco Parker, Emma Jean Ray Boger, Earnest/Nancy Bastian, Gene Scott ( Judith's brother), John Breckenridge, and Howard Bruce the former minister of Almeda U. M. Church.
HCC did a $60 million renovation leaving the outside of the school, the auditorium and gym looking the same, but larger class rooms, tables instead of desks, smart boards instead of black boards, computers, a modern gym  and seating area's all over in little nooks in every hallway, instead of lockers. The alumni are asking for donations to landscape the front area of the school which is on the National Registry of Historic Places. You can buy a brick for $250 or a bench for $500 and help make San Jac a Houston showplace at 1300 Holman,    
A FEW NEW NEIGHBORS
Fort Bend County is the fastest growing and most diverse county in the country. A population of 652,365 is expected to increase to 780,000 in the next five years and by 2040 to 1.1 million. Toll Brothers, a luxury home builder, plans to build 6,500 homes in the next 15 to 20 years on 3,700 acres just south of Siena Plantation. The outlet for those homes will not be onto 521 which is already crowded, although according to Fort Bend County Commissioner Pct. 1, Richard Morris, plans have been approved to widen 521 from Hwy. 6 to FM 2234. Estimated completion date is three years. 
Work on Fresno Trammel Road  is expected to be completed in June of 2017. Four lanes and a continuous left turn lane will help the flow of traffic. There will be sidewalks from Hurricane Lane to South Post Oak.



 RETIRED ROCKET SCIENTIST TO SHARE MEMORIES OF APOLLO LAUNCHES
 AT SIENNA BRANCH LIBRARY  8411 Sienna Springs Blvd
 Oct. 25th at 2pm
             NASA launched Apollo 11 to the moon 45 years ago. What exactly did it take to accomplish this successful, history-making mission? Hear a behind-the-scenes account from one of the NASA scientists who helped make that dream a reality.
          In the program “Have Rocket, Will Travel” retired NASA physicist Don Cooper will share his experiences creating the technology that helped launch Apollo 11 in 1969, and bring the Apollo 13 crew home safely in 1970. Cooper will also discuss the history of U.S. rockets, and his role in designing the Saturn V ascent guidance and trans-lunar targeting equations that would help make space travel possible.
          “Students do not know much about Apollo since it all happened before they were born,” says Cooper. “My objective is to show them how it happened, emphasize that education is essential, and show how math and physics solve real-world problems.”
          The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the branch library at 281-238-2900

He Won’t Be Listed in Who’s Who But...
Terry James will be missed. Terry was often seen riding a bicycle in the heart of Almeda endearing himself to  many people with a wide sweep of his arm and slight bow as he graciously opened the door to Kountry Kubbard. He was quite often rewarded with a Dr. Pepper. Friends and strangers alike would buy him Dr. Peppers until his brother put out the word that they didn’t have room in the  frig for food because it was filled with Dr. Peppers. The empty cans and any he could find were recycled.         
Terry used his arms and hands to speak to people using sign language anybody could understand. Although once as a boy, his father was yelling at him. Terry ran and got a piece of paper and wrote. “You know I am deaf.”   He passed away at the age of 49, leaving his brother, Mark James, and many people who loved him. 

Almeda Moe
Moe saw an ad that said waking  up as you float down a river is a deal you can’t afford to miss, only $100. Moe went to the travel agent’s office. After he counted out $100, a man came up behind him and knocked him out. When Moe woke up he was in a barrel floating down the Brazos River. A few minutes he saw another man in a barrel. The man yelled, “Hey do they serve lunch on this cruise?” “I doubt it,” replied Moe. “They didn’t do it last year.”

TRUE STORY
A hi-rise construction worker unhooked his safety belt so he could reach a board. He lost his grip and fell 110 feet face down in a pile of dirt. When the paramedics arrived he was still breathing. They put him on a stretcher. With great difficulty and fear, he whispered, “Don’t drop me.”



 MUSTANG COMMUNITY CENTER
REOPENS OCTOBER 1ST
Fresno Water Board will meet October 16th at the Mustang Community Center at 6pm. Rosa Medina has been appointed as vice president.
COMMISSIONER ON YOUR CORNER
 FBC Commissioner Morrison, Precinct 1, will host a Town Hall Meeting in Arcola on Oct. 9th at Arcola City Hall at 13222 Hwy 6 start at 6:30 P.M.
CONGRESS
Just 6 percent of the likely voters think Congress is doing a good job and 65% say they are doing a poor job. Only 25 percent of voters think their own member of Congress deserves re-election. So why do the same people get back in office? Here is a test: Who is your representative? Who are your senators? Are they Democrat or Republican? See answers in middle of page 4.
100,000 CHILDREN
 Sex trafficking in the United States uses 100,000 children. The average age of children drawn in is 12 to 14 years old. Houston is a major sex trafficking city. A documentary, In Plain Sight is available on DVD with stories of abolitionist fighting against sex trafficking and of women and children who are forced, coerced, or deceived into the commercial sex trade each year. Be informed.
Look for In Plain Sight at stores or type Documentary In Plain Sight on sex trafficking for a web site that has a trailer of the video.
 www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSzgvy9OH-0
Four locations in Texas, free to attend, invite a friend and join us!  Visit our website at http://www.redeemedministries.com/spotlights/plain-sight-premiere/ for location information.

 

HAPPY 91ST BIRTHDAY       THERESA BAILEY   sitting 
Theresa still does her own cooking and makes sure everything is rolling along properly at Bailey’s House of Guns which she and her late husband, Bill, established in 1954. She knows how to handle a gun and has bagged her fair share of wild game.
 She and Bill came to Almeda in 1950 and raised two sons, Butch and Bernard. Theresa  is one of the original members of the Friends of the Almeda Cemetery.

Friends of Sienna Branch Library 8411 Sienna Springs, Missouri City.  Quarterly Book Sale, October 16-18, All mystery and suspense novels will be two for the price of one.  In addition, thousands of other gently used adult and children’s books as well as CDs, DVDs, and videos will be available for purchase.  Sale hours are: Thursday, October 16, 6-8 p.m.,  Friday, October 17, 10:00 a.m.- 4 p.m., and Saturday, October 18, 10:00 a.m.-2 p.m.
HOMESCHOOL GROWING
In 1973, there were approximately 13,000 children, ages 5 to 17, being homeschooled in the United States. But according to the National Center for Education Statistics, as of the 2011-2012 school year, that number has grown to almost 1.8 million or approximately 3.4 percent of the school age population.
Condolences
ROBERT BROWN passed away recently. He had moved to New Castle, PA in 1999 but he kept up with Almeda’s news every month.

 IS THERE ANYTHING I CAN DO?
         “Yes”, she replied. “Pray. Pray that… I don’t lose my faith.”
         Her faith was more important to her than regaining her strength, relief of pain, or life itself. But oh how easy for doubts to creep in when we are weak and hurting. Does God really care? Why doesn’t He help me? Is He really in control? Does He really exist?  The doubts are like evening wolves hungry to devour and destroy, attacking when we are weak.
Have you, like me, wondered how Christians under persecutions would  give up their homes and even their lives rather than deny their faith? Perhaps they realize there is nothing on this earth worth hanging onto without faith.
Faith is just believing what God says is true. Without faith it is impossible to please God. Hebrews  11:6  Faith is one of the fruits or the evidences of the Holy Spirit as also love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, meekness, temperance. Galatians 5:22. We are kept by the power of God through faith...I Peter 1:5
 What a precious promise but make sure your faith is placed on the truth.  
William Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army said, “The chief danger that confronts the coming century will be religion without the Holy Ghost, Christianity without Christ, forgiveness without repentance, salvation without regenerati

September 2014

Annual Fresno Volunteer Fire Department
BBQ & GUN RAFFLE FUNDRAISER              Saturday September 13th
Serving begins at 11 am. Raffle at 1pm.Call 281 431 2451 for details on raffle items. All proceeds go towards the purchase of LIFESAVING equipment.

FIVE TO SIX HUNDRED POUNDS OF HONEY AND A MILLION BEES
         The crew of the Gotcha Pest Control, working with the District K city council office,  cleaned out the former Almeda Plaza clubhouse which was a haven for the bees.

GRAND OPENING OF ANGEL LANE COMMUNITY CENTER
Behind the Glen Iris subdivision, 65 homes were built, thanks to a donation of  land and “Oprah’s angel Network”, Habitat for Humanity for people left homeless because of the 2005 Katrina hurricane. In August 2014 a community center was completed for the residents.

Houston Libraries and Park Facilities Will Become Smoke Free September 2nd
We want the residents of our city to think of each library location as a safe, healthy, family-friendly and welcoming environment. These "No Smoking Zones" will help us meet this goal," states Dr. Rhea Brown Lawson, Houston Public Library Director.

The Houston Bar Association offers a FREE legal hotline called Legal Line
Call on the first and third Wednesdays of the month from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  The LegalLine Program has been available to Houston area residents since 1985. This hotline service allows constituents to access an attorney free of charge. For more information about the LegalLine Program, contact Lucy Fraga Fisher Cain with the Houston Bar Association at 713-759-1133 or via e-mail at lucyf@hba.org.
The above information came from the  District K e-newsletter. If you would like to contact Council Member Green call the Dist. K. office at 832 393 3016.


Almeda Elementary new principal Edward Cuevas was born in Chicago in 1973 and came to Houston five years later. His mother inspired him to go into the field of education. She has worked 25 years as a teacher’s aid and at the age of 63, she is studying to complete the hours needed for a degree.
Cuevas wife, his Reagan High School sweetheart, teaches pre-k and cares for their two daughters. Like her husband she is a U. of H. graduate.
Cuevas taught a bilingual class for grades 1st-4th for ten years, then for two years, he was the 6th grade assistant principal at Hartman Middle School before coming to Almeda. “I am excited,” he says, about the opportunities we have here to improve.”
‘A new beginning’ is the new Almeda school motto for Mr. Cuevas, Almeda’s  45 classroom teachers, and over 800 students. Cuevas agrees with what the principal at Hartman taught him, “I don’t have the power to change the world, but I have the power to change my school by providing effective leadership.”

TIME TO SPEAK UP
         On September 9th and 16th meetings will be held at Arcola City Hall  for a budget hearing and a proposed tax rate. Now is the time to let your city council members know your concerns, not after they pass the budget and a new tax rate. Attend the hearings on the 9th and 16th.
         On September 29th Mayor Anderson will present the State of Arcola to the Sugarland Chamber of Commerce and let business companies know that Arcola can provide a good place to start a business.

Candidate for Justice of Peace
You can meet Karen Mendoza at the Mustang Community Center park 4521 Hwy. 521, on Sat. Sept 20th. She is running for Justice of Peace in Prec. 1 Place 2.



Debbie Johnson enjoyed reeling in this  7.03 pounds of speckled trout even though it wasn’t quite big enough to win  a prize.


aLMEDA MOE
Moe asked Bill Gates how he got so successful. Gates said that he surrounded himself with smart people. How do you know they are smart, asked Moe. I’ll show you, said Gates. Hey Charlie, if your parents have a child and it isn’t your brother or sister who is it? That’s easy said Charlie, it’s me. Moe went home and asked Fresno Joe. If your parents have a child and it isn’t your brother or sister who is it?  Joe didn’t know so he asked his friend, Jim. Jim replied, that’s easy, it’s me. Joe rushed back to Moe and said I know who it is. It’s Jim. No you idiot said Moe, “It’s Charlie! 

FREE “SAT” PRACTICE TEST
Sat. Sept 13,  10 am to 2:15 pm,  at Sienna Branch library. Full-length practice SAT test. Registration required. Go online at  (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), click on “Calendar,” select “Sienna Branch Library,” and find the program or call the library at 281-238-2952 to register.


MEETINGS
Hiram Clarke PIP meets at 4363 West Fuqua  2nd Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m.

Fresno Water Board  meets Sep.18th at  First Baptist Church Fresno 4501 Hwy. 521 at 6pm. 

PLAN NOW
National Night Out is the first Tue. in Oct.


CONDOLENCES
Richard Harry Martini  February 11, 1925  August 1, 2014. A son of the German immigration into Texas, he left the farm life as a teenager to make his own way. He realized working for himself was the only way to accomplish what he wanted. His business began with a dump truck and long hours leading to numerous business concerns including the landfill off of Hooper Road. Three generations were involved in his life's work. Predeceased by his wife, Bette, and five of his six siblings, he is survived by  a daughter Nancy/Bob Cowan; son, Richard A./Lauren Martini; 4 grandchildren and 2 greats.

Charles Eugene “Bubba” Harrison
December 11 1954-August 3, 2014
Charles grew up in the Almeda area and was baptized at Almeda Baptist Church. A bat boy for the Houston Astros, he graduated from Madison High School where his primary interest was in FFA. Charles was also a Master Mason of the 32nd Degree, serving in the Bellaire Masonic Lodge. Preceded in death by his mother, Maxie Charlene Harrison, he is survived by his father, Gene G. Harrison, his wife, Linda Harrison of Katy, daughters: Trina Argo and Darlene "DD" Stordal; sisters: Pamela Harrison/Micheal Collum and Terry/David Nixon; numerous grandchildren, and a nephew. Please make any donations to Shriners Hospital Houston.

Beverly Jean Strauss died peacefully at home August 10, 2014. A past president of a senior women’s group at Almeda U. Methodist. She is survived by sons Robert and Tom; grandchildren Rachel, Reed, Jill, Chris, Strauss, Damion; greats  Rosie and Sean.

Jay Donald Monrad      1929 to August 2014
Jay grew up on a dairy. The dairy pasture later became Monrad street. For many years, he and his wife  traveled the U. S singing gospel songs. Predeceased by his parents Charlie/Audree, a daughter, Donna Jean, and a sister, Louise, Jay is survived by his wife, Opal; sister, Caroline Mayfield,  and four children.

ELISABETH MASTERSON MATTINGLY 80
Born October 20, 1933,  Elisabeth awoke from a coma, turned to her husband of 61 years and said, “I love you” with her last breathe August 17, 2014.
One of Almeda’s brightest students, Elisabeth attended Rice College (University now). She is survived by her husband, Gary, and three daughters.

AURORA VELA RIVERA January 7, 1941-August 15, 2014. The ninth of 12 children, Aurora learned to work hard as her father was a sharecropper. In 1984, she married Braulio Rivera. They lived behind Pyburn’s Grocery where she worked in the meat department for 20 years. Predeceased by eight of her siblings, she is survived by her husband, Braulio Rivera, children: Samuel/Elizabeth Mata Jr., Sylvia Mata, Joel/Velma Mata, Susanna Mata; twelve grandchildren and nineteen greats. She kept her faith.    


BOND ISSUE
Ft. Bend ISD is asking voters on Nov. 4th to approve a $484 bond proposal. Register to vote 30 days before the election.
You can pick up registration applications at the library, city hall, and post offices.

ROAST BEEF RECIPE
Place a small roast beside a large roast in a pan. Turn heat to 350 degrees. When the small roast burns, the large roast is done.
            By Gracie Allen


ARE YOU CONTENT?
         If you had the nicest house in the world, the car of your dreams, great health, fantastic job, the sweetest spouse, and almost perfect kids, would you be content?  Without all that nice stuff Hebrews 13:5 says, “Be content with such as you have.”
         Money runs out before the bills get paid, you got a cranky spouse, you have poor health and the Bible says BE CONTENT. Is that possible? It is if you take in consideration the rest of that verse which says, “for I will never leave you nor forsake you.” When we consider that Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd, is with us, the importance of everything else fades by comparison. If we are discontented, griping and complaining, it is like saying, God, you, and all you do for me is not enough.

Akzo Nobel #1 on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index
The DJSI is a means of establishing benchmarks for companies by which they could track and compare their social environmental and economic performance toward a more responsible business model, using sustainability endeavors to create more value with fewer resources which include people, as well as natural resources.   Among goals was the reduction of the plant’s carbon footprint by 25-30% by 2020. Boilers that have been in the plant since the 50’s were modified.  A heat recovery process is used to collect condensate and return it to the process, a project that yielded 30% in savings.

Silence in the face of evil is itself evil. God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act,”             Dietrich Bonheoffer, he spoke against Hitler.

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
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August2014

TWENTY YEARS 
         “Here is $100. When it is gone you forget about this idea of having a newspaper,” Cotton Andrews said. That $100 dwindled but this issue completes 20 years of Our News coming your way.
         In that first issue of September 1994, typed on a typewriter, the news was about Pastor Cannon at Almeda Baptist, Ann Harvey the principal at Almeda School, George Bush running for governor against Ann Richards and Debbie Johnson who had just completed 16 years of cutting hair in Almeda. Make that 36 years now.
RIGHT HERE IN ALMEDA
Parker’s Hardware has been in business as a hardware store since the 40’s and I just found out after driving all the way to Hwy. 35 that Parker’s sells glass. Wish I had known before I drove 30 miles. Jason, who works at Parker’s says, “We give good customer service too.





ALMEDA’S FIRST POST OFFICE BUILDING
Rosa Chapman stands in the doorway of the post office in 1935. The mail was delivered by a Greyhound bus, although in earlier years by train. The two-story house in back belonged to Mr. Fordyce who had also served as postmaster when the office was inside his store. Both buildings were located between what is now Pyburn’s and Kountry Kubbard. Between 1893 to 1959 the “office” was in several locations. After Houston annexed most of the area that was considered to be Almeda, the post office was moved inside the  Houston city limits in ‘59, taking the town of Almeda off the map.


NEW PRINCIPAL AT ALMEDA SCHOOL
         Edward Cuevas will be the new principal starting the school year at Almeda Elementary. Max Pope left for health reasons to return to South Carolina.
FROM ARCOLA MAYOR ANDERSON
         I thank all the people who voted for me and I’ll be working to resolve their issues. I heard their concerns. To those who didn’t vote for me, I hope to win their confidence. If they have any questions I have an open door policy. Call and I’ll set up a time to meet.
Arcola will be getting a new city manager and  police chief. Rene Silva is serving as the interim police chief. Silva has about 14 years experience in police work and has been a full time officer in Arcola since January. Currently Arcola has five full time officers, one part time and one reserve officer. The City of Arcola is participating in the Fort Bend County Department of Social Services WALK WITH PRIDE SHOE PROGRAM.  Applications are available at Arcola City Hall; 13222 Highway 6; Arcola, Texas 77583.  Please turn in your name and telephone number to the staff in the front office.  Application deadline is August 1, 2014. 
 FRESNO FRESH WATER DISTRICT I
Fresno property owners are paying 10 cents per 100 valuation to the water board. 75% of the tax has gone to pay off debt and 25% is used for expansion. The water board recently voted to reduce the debt payment to 50% and use 50% for expansion. The proposal will be on the ballot in November for the public to approve or reject.
The debt has been reduced and the fees for water cover all the cost to maintain the system.
A past operator put in some plastic lines to the meters. They will be corrected with copper lines as required. The next water board meeting will be held at the Fresno First Baptist Church next to Mustang Park on Aug. 21st at 6pm. The community center is being remodeled.
PROTECT US FROM CONSUMER PROTECTION
The Consumer Financial Protection bureau Agency is renovating their headquarters, which they rent. The estimated cost is $215 million to build a four story high glass staircase, a two story waterfall and a few other amenities like a sunken garden. If you get a chance to go to Washington DC, be sure and tell them you appreciate how they protect your of tax dollars.
 Coushatta Casino Trip
A bus will arrive at 7:30 am and return 7:30pm at the Mustang Center in Fresno for anyone over 21 years old for a $20 roundtrip to Coushatta on August 23rd. Must pay by Aug. 9th at Arcola City Hall. Call Doris Swetman at 832 641 1280.
Chevron Station on Anderson
Manager Mike hopes to open August 1st with a grand opening soon to follow.
Almeda moe 
Moe had a flat tire. He jacked up the car but when he bent down to take off the nuts he noticed something under the car so he crawled under the car to see what it was. His foot accidently knocked the jack over and the car fell on him. Moe was rushed to the hospital. “Thank goodness I just got insurance,” thought Moe. But then he got a notice from the insurance company that said, “Anybody who did what you did would have to be a moron. We consider that a pre-existing condition. Your policy does not cover pre-existing conditions.”
 COMING SOON
Look for a City of Houston program called Second Chance designed to put people to work, who can’t get a job because of a prison record.
Child Evangelism Fellowship
CEF is now in 188 countries reaching over 15,612,330 children around the world. CEF trains Christians how to reach children by conducting Good News Clubs in homes, apartments and schools. Training is also great  for parents and  Sunday School teachers. A training class starts August 9th from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm at the Abiding Faith Methodist Church at 14300 Almeda School Road. The class is free and lunch will be provided but call Mary Walker at 281 235 2423 so she will know how many to prepare for.
HELP SAVE A LIFE
Pregnant woman in need of help can call 800 974 3622 or go online to help@pregnancyhelpcenter.org The center is located at 327 Garland Drive in Lake Jackson. If you shop at Kroger’s, you can help by enrolling in Kroger’s Community Reward  and designate the Pregnancy Help Center of Brazosport.
 Condolences
MIKE RODRIGUEZ JR.  passed away July 3, 2014. He had served as an Arcola Police Officer for 18 years.
TOM TUFFLY passed away July 6, 2014. Tom served many years as a member of  Arcola city council before and after he was elected mayor in May of 2006. Preceded in death by his wife, Nellie Frances, in June 6, 2012, he is survived by one son, Herbert Mckinzie and six grandchildren.
SHIRLEY JANE WENDT
July 19, 1931—July 16, 2014
Shirley grew up in Almeda. She never had many luxuries, but a good woman blessed with a good husband and five fine children. Preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Wendt, a sister, Doris, and a brother, Buddy Rumfola, Shirley is survived by  Elmer Jr./Nita, Robert, Joe/Gail, William/Sandy, Dianna/Brian Brantley;  sister, Barbara; brother, Donald; 15 grandchildren, numerous greats, and great, great grandchildren.  
JOHN WILSON BORDEN JR.
Born August 27, 1942, John went to be with his Lord and Savior  July 21, 2014. He was medically retired from the United States Navy in 1962, then  worked for Western Electric / Southwestern Bell for 35 years, retiring in 1997. He was a Charter Member and Chairman of the Deacons at First Baptist Church Fresno. John was instrumental in forming the Fresh Water Supply District No. 1, serving as it's president for 14 years. He is an Endowed Member and Master Mason in the Grand Lodge of Texas affiliated with Lodge Number 1295. Preceded in death by his daughter Beverly Bryant and granddaughter Natalie Davis, John is survived by his wife of 51 years, Carol Ann Borden, Sister, Bobbie Hatcher, Sons: John/Cyndi, Stephen/Vige; daughter, Jeannie Lea Neal, 10 grandchildren and 3 greats. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Food and Clothing Pantry at First Baptist Church Fresno, 4501 F.M. 521, Fresno, Texas 77545. 

 ARE YOU PRAYING ILLEGALLY?
         What right do you have to come before the Creator of the universe and ask for anything? One prayer Jesus approved of was, “God be merciful to me a sinner,” Luke 18:13.
         Jesus gave instructions to his disciples to pray “Our Father, who art in heaven…”Matthew 6:9. Have you ever thought about the privilege we have to call the all powerful, all knowing Creator, our Father? That right comes to us by way of the cross. When we believe in Jesus, and receive Him into our lives, he gives us the power or right to become the children of God...John 1:12. As a child of God, we have been invited to approach Our Father who dearly loves His children with our request in the name of Jesus. That name is like a key that unlocks the door to heaven. It doesn’t mean to just say, “in Jesus name” at the tail end of a prayer. It means to pray according to His character, according to His will trusting that an all wise and all good God will give us the best answer to our request even if the best answer in light of eternity might be no.
From the foot of the cross we can legally pray because it was there we are forgiven and cleaned from our sins.  
Quotes from Will Rogers
There are two theories to arguing with a woman. Neither works.
If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.
Never miss a good chance to shut up.

June 2014 Our News

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

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY JUNE 15TH
ARCOLA  ELECTION
        Mary Etta Anderson won the mayor race defeating the incumbent, Evelyn Jones.  Council member Florencia Martinez retained her seat but Effie Jones lost hers. James DeVoge lost to Florence Jackson by one vote.
AIRPORT HANGER EXPANSION
According to James Wark, a member of the Arcola Zoning and Planning Committee, approval has been given to Houston Southwest Airport to build a hanger east of the airport on the 42.7 acres between the airport and the railroad track running alongside of Hwy 521. President of Tejas Avco Inc. , James Griffith, will be the owner. Plans are for several more hangers in the future.
FRESNO FRESH WATER DISTRICT
Rodrigo Carreon won a seat on the water board with 46 votes as did Paul Hamilton with 37. Rosa Linda  Medina lost her spot with 35 votes. According to Carreon there are about 2,000 residents eligible to vote. 
P & C  PLACE
In May of 1993, Patsy and Charlie Guthrie rented the local beer joint from Posy Bowers. Within a few weeks, Diane Dishaw came to work for them and will remain until the day P&C closes June 1, 2014.
In July of 2000, Patsy’s husband, Charlie, died and a few months later Ms. Posy passed away.  That’s when Patsy took the opportunity to purchase the property. “People don’t realize how good and faithful the customers I’ve had really are,” says Patsy.
In the past 21 years there has been four minor fights and only two hot checks. About 40 customers had charge accounts which were all paid up. Some people refer to P&C as the Old Age Home as many of her customers are retired. Every Wednesday was Old Timers Day.
         Her customers are bemoaning the fact they won’t have a safe, comfortable place to meet with their friends. It is sad, even if you are a teetotaler, to see a place, that served many people in a better way than the majority of   beer joints, no longer be a part of the community. No chance of turning back as the property has been sold to investors who  have not decided what they will build. 
Before Patsy and Charlie started P&C, she was the supervisor of records for 18 years at the Bank of Almeda.  She has known and is known by many of Almeda’s residents.   For those who want a memento, Patsy will have an auction before the new owners bulldoze the building. Watch for the date on a sign in front of P&C.


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

 VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
June 10th—13th at Abiding Missionary Baptist Church 6 to 8:15 pm. 14145 Bridgeport Rd.
713 433 2971
Condolences
LOVIE  LEA MAPLES, 95
April 16, 1919 - May 7, 2014
Lovie went to work at the age of 14 after her father died. She also worked as a hospital nurse until Medicare required all nurses to be degreed, and then worked for a private doctor. A faithful member of  church, she attended Almeda UMC with her son, Tom. She loved playing dominoes and Wa-Hoo with her family. Preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Floyd T. Maples, and granddaughter Dana Maples, Lovie is survived by her sister, Julia Johnson, sons Thomas/Shirley Maples, and Calvin/Donna Maples;  five grandsons and seven greats.
FRANCES WOODRUFF  82  April 23, 1932 -May 10, 2014
Frances and her husband Fred raised their children near Almeda School. Frances was a stay at home mom and very active in church and community affairs for over 50 years. She took care of the records for the Almeda Cemetery committee, attended the Baptist, Methodist and Southway church meetings for seniors, and served anyway she could at her own church Southway Community. She was always helping friends except when playing a game of Skip-Bo—which she usually won. Preceded in death by her husband of forty six years, Fred Woodruff, she is survived by her sister, Margaret Taylor; children John/Dorothy Woodruff, Karen Reiland and Paula Keeth; three granddaughters: Kristi, Jessie, Kayleigh and one great.
MONA MOYLE FENN  73,  
August 4, 1940—May 18, 2014
 Mona was at her home,  when she passed away, surrounded by her husband, Joseph, and their children. Memorial services will be at New Shores Baptist Church in Sweeny, Texas  Thursday May 29th at 10 am. Visitation 9am  10am. 
FREE PUPPIES
         Six males two females born 3/17/2014  call Jake at 281 841 9505

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

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


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

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


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

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


SORRY THAT I POSTED THE JUNE ISSUE SO LATE. I FORGOT. MUST BE GETTING OLD.