October 2010

Calvary’s Cross
It seems like everything we stand for lately has been put into jeopardy including what we believe as Christians. Just recently we were faced with another hit on the crosses that are placed on the hi ways in memory of the loved ones that were killed in different locations. Now there trying to say that it is against the law to place a cross on government property. I thought that we the people are the government. I could understand if it was a hazard are maybe causing a scene. I believe that we should honor and respect our leaders in office as Christians but how far do we let this continue to go on. We have ignored these things long enough. Its time we start stepping up and letting America know that we are a Christian Nation with Godly Principles. So we at First Baptist Fresno are giving away crosses to everyone who wants one. What we are asking you to do is place the cross in your yards and show our communities who we are as Christians. To get more info call 281-431-4244 or 281-935-3969
GOD BLESS BRO. HARVEY ABKE

MEMBERS OF CONGRESS SOCIALISTPastor James Hill wanted to know what was my source for last months statement that 70 members of congress were in the Socialist party. An email I had received said the list of names was in the Oct. 2009 issue of Scibd.com the news outlet for the Democrat Socialist Party. I found the July, August, Sept., Nov., and Dec. issues but no Oct issue. I could not find any proof that Sheila Jackson was the vice chairman of a socialist organization.

I did find Sheila and almost the exact same list of names on http://cpc.grijalva.house.gov an official website of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. While everything on this web site sounds wonderful it seems their agenda is for the government to provide for every need. One of their official positions is equal education for everyone by providing before and after school child care, medical and mental care, meals, counseling, tutoring and other services on a federal level.

Forget parents The government will take care of you. They will decide what your child eats, wears and thinks. If that is the government you want, then don’t vote Sheila and others like her out of office.
Early voting starts Oct. 18th.If you register to vote and you are not a U. S. citizen, you may be put in jail for 180 days and fined up to $2,000. Read the Voter Application before signing.

Jim Thompson, Earl Bockel &
Elmer Murphy III
Earl received a 50 year Masonic service award September 16th. Earl joined a lodge in Pearland in 1960. Then a group of 200
men, in 1964 formed the Albert J. De Lange Lodge and met in Clo Lafleur’s red barn. Earl is an Almeda boy and was one of the charter members and the only charter member still living. Over the past 50 years he has helped many men to learn what is required for a man to learn before becoming a Mason. Earl was involved when the lodge built a 40 x 80 metallic building at 5415 Grapevine in 1970.
One thing Earl is solely responsible for is a beautiful gavel he made out of wood from his family’s homestead built in 1844 along the banks of Brays Bayou. By the 1920’s, that area was too crowded to suit his grandfather, so he bought property just inside Harris County along Clear Creek on Hooper Road. Earl and his brother, Dick, grew up next door to their grandparents. As kids they swam in Clear Creek knocking aside the water moccasins. Earl would ride his horse to attend the Almeda Methodist Church. He would hitch his horse up in front of the adjoining feed store. His father, on the way to Houston with the milk from their dairy, would give Earl a ride to school. Before school Earl helped milk 42 cows and load the ten gallon milk cans on the truck. During the winter the dirt road became a long mud hole . The milk was loaded onto a wagon and hauled to the truck which was parked on the gravel road beside the school.

Earl went to Almeda school, then Johnson Jr. High and San Jacinto. He joined the Navy in 1947. His enlistment was up in 1950 but was required to serve another year because of the conflict in Korea. When he got home he proceeded to build a house next door to his father, “Shorty”. The day after he finished the house, w
ith three rooms and a bath, he married Billie Lee Atkinson. They had six children, but experienced the loss of two infants. Later, Earl lost Billie in 1989. Two days after Billie’s death, Daisy Sasser lost her husband. In 1996, they were married. She was by his side when Earl lost his oldest son, John.

Earl had provided for his family by operating his own machine shop until he joined the Harris County Sherriff’s Dept. in 1975. He retired in’92 after 21 years in the homicide division. His partner, Ronnie Philipp, became a close friend and came for Earl’s award ceremony at the lodge.

For 50 years, Earl was a trusted loyal member and served as treasurer for 30 years. Comments made by friends and members meant more than the pin he received. One of the greatest compliments any man could receive
was from Earl’s son, Bob, who said, “My dad is the greatest man I’ve ever known, always there when needed. He is a great man of character, who I look up to and respect.”

Pastor B. T. Taylor Celebrates 18 years
Pastor Taylor and the Abiding
Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate the entire month of October the anniversary of their church. Every Sunday will be a revival with guest ministers and special music working towards an e
xtraordinary program Oct. 31st at 3pm. Visitors are welcomed.

The church organized in 19
92 with 39 members, half were children. Pastor Taylor saw an ad in the Greensheet of a church for sale near Almeda Road for $75,000. He contacted the pastor of the St. Thomas Orthodox Church of India. They agreed that after they had their services, Pastor Taylor and his congregation would meet. The members of St. Thomas stood during their services so Taylor had to bring in some chairs. This went on until St. Thomas had their million dollar building finished in Missouri City. In 1993, Pastor Taylor and his congregation closed the deal with a down payment of $25,000. Since then they have bought 2 1/2 more acres for $34,000, doubled the size of the building, paved the parking lot, and they are debt free. But the best improvement is that they have 300 members on the roll.

Pastor Taylor can relate to the needs of his people. For 28 years he worked full time at Cameron Iron Works traveling from Canada to Venezuela to promote Cameron’s oil field equipment at conventions. In Venezuela, he won a prize for having the best booth. The local news put his picture on the front page, but he had to find someone to read the article written in Spanish.

His bosses trusted him with a million dollar budget. They also overlooked the fact that he was suppose fly out Saturday or Sunday after a convention not Friday, but they knew why he was in a hurry. He was working as a full time pastor for 14 1/2 years at Loyal Missionary Baptist Church in Houston. The only Sunday he missed was when he was in Venezuela.

When Cameron cut down on their operations, Taylor had to take early retirement at the age of 47. In stead of retiring, he went back to college. He had attended TSU on a scholarship, which he had earned as the salutatorian in the small country school of Grapeland, TX. At TSU he met a pretty girl and courted her for two years. They got married on June 3, 1958. A year later, when Taylor was 21, their first son was born:

Now that he was retired and the kids were grown, he could afford to go to Houston Graduate School of Theology where he got a Masters of Arts Degree when he was 55. He is now on the board of trustees at HGST. For his thesis, Pastor Taylor wrote “Baptism from a Black Perspective.” It became a book. He still has a few copies which is in the Library of Congress, 17 libraries, and was sold in book stores.

After planting a church at 14145 Bridgeport across from Almeda Elementary, Taylor went on to get a pastoral counseling degree. Several years later, Leola, his wife of 50 years, died on March 9, 2008. He could have curled up in a dark room, but his family of four boys, two girls, and 12 grandchildren stayed close as well as his church family. So close to him, he could not fall. And he kept busy.“I didn’t have time to have a pity party,” he said.

He is looking forwarded to more church improvements at the spot he loves. A spot where as a country boy, he can appreciate the occasional crow of a chicken. At the age of 72, Pastor Taylor says, “I’ve had a fantastic life,” Pastor Taylor says. “I’m enjoying myself on the way to heaven.”

His favorite verse is I Corinthians 1:3 “Grace be unto you and peace from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Register to vote online. Www.sos.state.tx.us


THIS YEAR YOU HAVE A CHOICE
STEVE MUELLER Challenges AL GREEN

How they stand on the issues.
2nd AMENDMENT Right of Self Defense Al Green gets an “F” rating from both the National Rifle Association (NRA) and Gun Owners of America (GOA) http//gunowners.org/111hrat.htm
Steve Mueller The right of self-defense is granted by God, because he is the author of life. The 2nd amendment is the most important amendment because it has teeth to protect all the others. Steve is a Life-time member of GOA and a member of the NRA.

CAP AND TRADE Al Green voted FOR even though Candidate Obama said in Jan. 2008 “under my plan, of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket:” Texas stands to lose anywhere from 144,597 to more than 196,928 jobs by 2030 if a cap-and-trade energy bill...becomes law.” source: Jan. 2008 talk with San Francisco Chronicle Houston Business Journal Oct. 9, 2009

Steve Mueller is AGAINST Cap-&-Trade

BAILOUTS Green voted FOR
Mueller is AGAINST bailouts. The bailouts violate the Constitution and violate free enterprise causing bad business to remain open and causing the economy to languish.

OBAMA CARE
Green voted FOR even though it will have a drastic effect on our own medical center
Mueller is AGAINST Obama Care. It is also unconstitutional. We need to improve things, but breaking the Supreme Law of the Land is not the way to do it. The many new taxes and regulations rob liberty and destroy freedom.

IMMIGRATION Green serves on the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border, Maritime, and Global Counterterrorism but voted against the Real ID Act of 2005, against the Border Security Bill, against the Secure Fence Act of 2006 and the Immigration Law Enforcement Act of 2006 Source Project Vote Smart
Mueller is FOR immigration reform, but only with Securing the Borders FIRST and “immediate” registering of all aliens with deportation only for criminals, NO earned citizenship for registered aliens for at least a decade since they have demonstrated a lack of obedience to the law by coming here illegally
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LIFE Green has a 4% rating out of a possible 100% from the National Right to Life Committee
Mueller. Life is from God. He was interviewed and endorsed by Texas Right to Life PAC

HOMOSEXUAL Congressman Green participated in the Gay Pride Parade.
Mueller “Homosexuals have rights just like everyone else, but no special rights.
Marriage is between one man and one woman.”
Steve Mueller is a 49 year old native Texan, married to his wife Joyce for almost 25 years. Blessed with seven children, vested with an interest in limiting regulations and taxes within the framework of the Constitution so that America might be strong again. Let freedom ring.
Candidate for U. S. Representative District 9 www.ElectSteveMueller.com

Robert Andrews from Angola Africa
Our next big challenge will be to place 17.5 million pounds of concrete on top of the first steel roof. The steel roof isn’t strong enough to support the weight of the wet concrete so we’ll give it some extra support with air. Kinda amazing when you think about it. Solid steel and concrete need air to support them. The stuff you can’t see keeps the things you can see from falling apart. Reminds me of Colossians 1:16 & 17: “For by Him all things were created, that are in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.”

CONGRATULATIONS

Bill and Dahlia Rae Andrews celebrated 63 years of marriage September 12, 2010. If you saw a man and a woman with white hair in their 80’s on a hot day in August sweeping the side road along 521, it was Bill and Dahlia. They were cleaning up the mess the city of Houston left on the access road to their home. An 18-wheeler, city owned truck, had caught fire. The city put the fire out leaving the contents for a heavy duty trash truck to picked up. They picked up the big stuff but left behind glass and small stuff,. Rather than complain Bill and Dahlia just grabbed some brooms. (Then they complained? Maybe a little?)

Utah and Ann Brady celebrated 58 years of marriage on September 16, 2010.

Milton and Peggy Zwahr celebrated 57 years on Sept. 26, 1953. They have three sons: David, Steve and Jon. Three grandchildren: Shonda, Kayla, Steven Jr. and five greats: Ava, Aisha, Dayssi, Tristan, and Lily.

RIDDLE OF TEN TREES
Skeet Donaho’s fiancée , Kim, and Fred Bones, both, said it is easy to plant five rows of trees with four in each row with only ten trees if you plant them in the shape of a star. Each tree is in two rows.

Community Pep Rally
Every one is invited to a pep rally at the parking lot of Hightower High School Oct. 2 from 3 to 5 before the football game between Elkins and Hightower. Free to the community face painting, balloons etc

FBC Commissioner Morrison, Precinct 1, will be hosting a Town Hall Meeting in Arcola Oct. 14th at the Arcola City Hall located at 13222 Hwy 6 from 6:30 P.M. till 8:00P.M. Call 281-344-9400 for more info.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY
Happy birthday Devin De Leon from Shenell and Pete

Gladys Dagg will celebrate her 95th birthday on October 10th.

VINSON LIBRARY
Learn Spanish from 11am to 1pm every Mon. Needlework Club meets every Thur. To join a community garden program call 832-393-4250
Mon. 11am-7pm, Tue. 10am-6pm, Wed. 10am-6pm, Thur. 11am-7pm., Fri. 10am-6pm, Closed Sat. & Sun. 832-393-2120

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Almeda Moe
Kitchen advice-Moe says the best way to avoid cutting yourself when slicing vegetables is to get someone else to hold the vegetable while you chop. Bedroom advice - Moe says If your wife has the habit of hitting the snooze button on the alarm clock. put a mouse trap on top. He guarantees instead of her going back to sleep she will jump right out of bed.
Bathroom advice - Moe says, “A sure way to avoid arguments with females about lifting the toilet seat is to just use the sink. Moe has advice for almost everything, but he needs advice to find a good divorce lawyer.

BO
Bo is the president’s dog. Naturally, he is special. But should a dog have his own private plane trip when the president has asked the American people to tighten their belt and be willing to make sacrifices? According to an article Plane Crazy on Michelle Malkin’s web site, when the president and family went on vacation in Maine. Bo was flown up in a separate jet with one attendant.

Pastor Jakob Klingenberg
40 years of Pastoral Ministry

Anderson Road Baptist Church located at 5114 Anderson Rd will celebrate their pastor's 40th Anniversary Oct. 3, 2010, at 10:30 am.
Pastor Klingenberg has had a remarkable journey from his roots in Russia, to the Hills of Tennessee for college and seminary training, and eventually to our church in 1970.
The leadership of the North American Baptist Conference, stated Pastor Klingenberg is like King David, a shepherd with integrity of heart and leads with skillful hands (Psalm 78:72). He is like Jesus Christ, faithfully serving with a willing loving, spirit empowered, sacrificial and joyful servant's heart.
Together Pastor Klingenberg and his wife Janell have had a major role in ministering to our church families and the community at large. We thank them for jointly shepherding our church families for 40 years. We also congratulate our pastor on recently celebrating his 82nd birthday. WE LOVE AND THANK YOU Pastor Jakob and Janell Klingenberg!!!!

ALMEDA SCHOOL
Almeda School welcomes five new teachers to accommodate 803 students, their largest enrollment in recent years. The teachers are Maria Carrillo, Keyana Williams, Ana Acosta-Melendez, Veracalina Pichon-Porter, Debi Pyper Reynolds. Even when they were housed in temporary buildings last year Almeda attained the goal of being rated an Exemplary school of excellence.

Lula Bell Elam Whitley called. Her parents lived on Almeda School Road near Clear Creek in the 20’s. Like most everybody else back then, they had a dairy. The barn is gone. The house is barely standing. Lula Bell is selling it and an acre of land. Call her at 713 529 2605 if interested.

Funeral services for Dick Bockel will be Wednesday Oct. 20th at 10am at South Park Funeral Home in Pearland. Visitation will be Tue. from 6pm to 8pm.

1 comment:

  1. I knew that tree thing was some kind of funny shape ... just didn't get past thinking about various square ideas.

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