Merry Christmas
Once again Arcola will have a Christmas party but they desperately need volunteers. Last year 400 people were served at the Arcola facility on Hwy. 6. Santa will be passing out gifts to the children on December 17th at noon. Mayor Anderson is hoping volunteers will make the event as successful as they made the July 4th celebration. Anyone or any group who would like to perform in the program can call city hall at 281-431-0606. The deadline to call is Dec. 10th.

CHRISTMAS QUESTIONS
1. What two books of the Bible tell of the birth of Jesus?
2. What country was Jesus the king of kings born in?
3. What town was Jesus born in?
4. What happened in that town after Joseph took Mary and Jesus to Egypt?
5.Why did they go to Egypt instead of another country?
Can you score 90? You get 10 points for each correct answer and 10 points for each question if you know where the answers were predicted in the Old Testament, except for the first question. Answers below


NATIONAL BIBLE BEE PAYS WINNER $100,000
Kari Erickson from South Dakota was one of the winners taking home $100,000 in the National Bible Bee. A total of $260,000 was given in prizes. Kari learned 1,100 Bible verses over the summer months. Behany Xiques from FL. in the Jr. division learn 700 verses and the winner of 7 to 10 year old category, Olivia Davis from Oregon learned 350 verses. Of the 5,654 contestants, 300 qualified for national in Nashville and five kids from each category made it to the semifinals. Learning the verses is a family affair for most as they practice reciting. Anyone interested can click on www.BibleBee.org It cost $35 a child to enroll but that is used to pay for the material.


Arcola City Council Dismisses Police Chief
After receiving numerous complaints and a petition from citizens concerning the police chief, three of the five members of the city council voted to terminate James Barkley, who had been employed by the city for five years.
While the mayor can not vote, she is to be commended for having the guts to bring the matter to the attention of the council as she serves the citizens.

The angel said, “Call his name JESUS for he shall save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21

UNITED NATIONS AGENDA 21
Kiss the America we know good-by if the United States agrees to the UN Agenda 21. Never heard of it? Type it into your search engine and learn more than you want to know.


A CHALLENGE TO NBC, ABC, CBS, & FOX
How many hours has the news media talked about Herman Cain and the women he is suppose to have harassed? If only the media would spend a fraction of that time informing the public on facts. With all their investigating reporting there is one fact they have never mentioned which a housewife named Linda Jordan discovered.
Linda feels like she, and the rest of the citizens of this country, are the employers of our elected officials. Since employers are suppose to use the government e-verify to see if their employees are legal citizens, Linda decided to e-verify one of her employees, President Obama H. Barack. When she typed in his name, birthday, and social security number 042-68-4425, which the president used on his 2009 IRS tax statement, Linda received a notice that there was a mismatch. Another interesting thing about that social security number is that 042 to 049 numbers were all issued in the state of Connecticut and according to the SS # right before 042-68-4425 and right after, they were issued the same time Obama was working as a teenager in Hawaii.
Now compare this information that Linda researched with the information we have about Herman Cain and tell me why the media thinks Cain is worth hours and hours of noteworthy news and the above is not mentioned even by all the so called conservative Republicans.
Perhaps if the media brought this the president’s attention he would explain it.

TIPPING FEE
The landfill on Almeda Road pays Ft. Bend County a tipping fee which amounts to about $200,000 some years. A committee appointed by the commissioners court makes recommendations on applications sent in, according to chairman Michael Gutirrez. The YMCA was recently given 470,272 l $35,000 for a summer program at Mustang Center and the rest for a computer lab. $37, 417.80 was given to the Fresno Volunteer Fire Dept. to pay for a full time station attendant. One half of the tipping fee goes to the Ft. Bend Co. general fund. To get an application on the website go to fortbendcounty.gov.com, click on county government then commissioners court pct.1.

FEEDBACK
Thanks to the Almeda community for an awesome turn out for our Fall Fun Day, Oct. 28th at Ameda U. Methodist Church.

Almeda Moe
Almeda Moe and Fresno Joe applied for a job as manager at the Almeda Country Club. Both men seemed equally qualified so the owner gave them a written test. Moe and Joe each got 19 of the questions right but the owner said he was going to hire Moe. “What,” cried Joe. “This is discrimination. You are hiring him because he is from Almeda.” “Not really said the owner. I’m basing my decision on your answer to question # 3 which you both got wrong.” Joe snapped, “If we both got it wrong how should that make a difference?” “Well,” replied the owner, “Moe answered ‘I don’t know’ and you answered, ‘Neither do I.’”


Christmas Party and Santa's Workshop
Christmas basket give-aways from raffle drawing
Almeda United Methodist Church
14300 Almeda School Road
713-991-2568 5:30 - 8 p.m.
Have your picture made with Santa!
Gift & refreshments for all ...HO HO HO.

Vinson Library
3810 West Fuqua 832 393 2120 Open Tue. 10-6, Wed. 10-6, Thurs.12-8, Fri. 1-5, Sat. 10-5. Closed Sunday and Monday. Internet open 24/7 houstonlibrary.org
Sienna Library
8411 Sienna Springs Blvd. 281-341-2677,
Mon/Tue/Thur, 7:30 am to 9:00 pm
Wed. 7:30-6, Fri.7:30-5, Sat. 10- 5
Closed Dec. 23rd.—26th and Jan 1st and 2nd.

HOLIDAY PUPPET SHOW
A special show “The Night Before Christmas,” on Sat. Dec. 17th, at 11:00 am,
Free and open to the public. Learn how to
share Your Digital Pictures 101, Dec.28, at 10:00 am “The Basics of Buying and Selling on eBay” Dec 8, at 10:00 am, register by calling 281-238-2900


FRESNO WATER BOARD
The Fresno Water Board meets the 3rd Thurs. of the month at 6 pm at the Mustang Community Center.

Condolences
MARY ELIZABETH DOWNEY
70, born April 11, 1941 in OK. She passed away November 5, 2011. A longtime employee at Two Sisters, she also worked at Save and Save on South Post Oak. Her children and her grandchildren were her life. She is survived by six children: Thomas/DeAnn Downey, Susan/Allen Moore, Wesley/Rebecca Downey, Rebecca/Mickey Bobbitt, Elizabeth/Roger Hellman, and Martin Downey; 14 grandchildren, 3 greats and 4 siblings.


GLADYS E. DAGG 96, born October 10, 1915 passed 11, 11, 2011. She married Lewis Dagg in 1940 and lived on the old Dagg homestead. She loved quilting, gardening, playing cards, traveling and even taking an Alaska cruise when she was 92. A strong Christian she passed her faith to her children and grandchildren. A member of Minnetex Community Church in 1950 then Southway Community Church which she last attended Oct. 30th. Preceded in death by her parents, Theodore/Marie Horn; husband, Lewis Dagg; son, Arthur L. Dagg; and five siblings, she is survived by Mary Miller, Evelyn Hall, and Suzan Dagg; seven grandchildren and five greats.


PATRICIA MARIE CURTIS ,82 was born in New Orleans, LA on March 20, 1929 and passed away November 12, 2011. Pat’s exuberant joyous spirit lit up the lobby at the Bank of Almeda. She wrote a history of Windsor Village and was an Avon district manager. Her first love was singing in the church choir, first at Almeda United Methodist and then Westbury where she also played the hand bells. Preceded in death by her husband James Curtis, Pat is survived by three daughters: Susan Gaston, Carol/Daniel Burnham and Margaret “Peggy” Miller, six grandchildren and two greats. The family requests humorous stories of her to be sent to caburnham04@sbcglobal.net

ANTHONY R. PARKER, 73, was born December 29, 1937 and died November 15, 2011. He lived his entire life on his parent’s farm in Almeda, Texas making a living as an automobile mechanic and later as a diesel mechanic. He married his childhood friend Patti Sue Roco on July 7, 1956. They loved traveling around the United States. He also enjoyed restoring antiques and feeding people from his garden and the barbecue he cooked every Sunday. He is survived by his wife, Patti sue, four children, eight grandchildren and four greats.

EVERETT LYNN POTTS, 46,
Born August 26, 1965, Everett passed away November 17, 2011. Preceded in death by his father Kenneth Potts and mother Nelta Bratton, Everett is survived by his loving family; daughters, Marissa and Shannon Potts; grandsons, Bradyn and Kadyn Holbert; father, Dwight Bratton; sisters, Andrea/Kevin LeCompte, Tiffany/Scott Hamilton; brothers, Jimmy/Angie Potts and Robert Bratton. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and good friends. Everett loved his family. He was a fun son, dad, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin and paw-paw. He had a kind soul, great smile and will be greatly missed.


ALICE WHITELOCK, 96, joined her Lord Jesus Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 2011. She was a helpmeet to her husband, Gordan Whitelock when they established a small church in the oil field town of Pierce Junction and the Lifeboat, a place for teens to gather and have fun in a Christian atmosphere. When Pierce Junction ceased to be a community, their church bought the original Almeda Methodist building, where Alice served beside Gordan until they established Camp Peniel in Marble Falls. At camp, over the years, thousands of youth have been brought to an understanding of the Christian faith while having the most fun in their lives. Alice is preceded in death by Gordan and one grandchild, Whitney Whitelock. She is survived by three children: David/Rosie, Paul/Donna, Mary Edith/Don Barber, 15 grandkids, 10 greats and 1 great, great.


LAST MONTH FOR HOG OUT PROGRAM
Texas is fed up with feral (domestic gone wild) hogs. In just one night the hogs can do $40,000 worth of damage at a club. Besides tearing up parks, golf courses, and yards, the hogs kill farm animals and wildlife. Texas has set up a program called Hog Out. The counties that do the most to educate citizens on the hogs and turn in the most affidavits of hogs killed can win up to $20,000. Fort Bend County is leading in participation as the hogs have become a real problem to residents. You don’t have to live in the county to hunt for hogs but it does have to be killed in Fort Bend Co. to count for Fort Bend. To get an affidavit call 281-342-3034 or go online at http://fortbend.agrilife.org to record the feral hogs you killed. One man accidently hit a hog with his car. If the hog is dead it counts but the cost of damage to a car runs about $1200. The program ends Dec. 31st for this year.

CALL TO ACTION
John Adams said, “There are two ways to conquer and enslave nation. One is by sword.

The other is by debt.”
Al Green was one of 23 representatives that defeated a balanced budget amendment in November. The United States debt has risen from about $25,000 per person to $50,000 since he has been in office. You can voice your concerns by calling 281-575-1635 or email tx09ima@mail.house.gov


AN UNUSAL BUSINESS TODAY
Chick-fil-A is run by devout Christians who believe in strong marriages, devoted families, and the highest standards of character for their workers. The restaurant chain's official corporate mission is to "glorify God" and "enrich the lives of everyone we touch." The company's community-service initiatives, funded through its WinShape Foundation, support foster-care, scholarship, summer-camp, and marriage-enrichment programs. On Sunday, all Chick-fil-A stores close so workers can spend the day at worship and rest.

ANSWERS TO CHRISTMAS QUESTIONS
1.The books Matthew and Luke tell of the birth of Jesus.
2.Jesus was born in the country of Israel. Numbers 24:17
3.Jesus was born in the town of Bethlehem. Micah 5:2
4. Herod had all the boy babies under two years old killed in Bethlehem and all around as predicted in Jeremiah 31:15
5.Joseph was warned by an angel in a dream, that he should take Jesus to Egypt until it was safe to leave Egypt fulfilling the prophecy in Hosea 11:1 that says, “and called my son out of Egypt.”

REMEMBER MELISSA
Fifteen years ago, in the February issue of Our News pretty Melissa Pennington is shown with her horse on which she had won many prizes in shows. She continued to win top notch events until she had to choose between her horse and college. She chose Texas A&M. A degree in bio medicine, double masters degrees in health care administration and business, a stint in a hospital in NC and now she is the Director of Business Development at Memorial Herman Southwest. Melissa Pennington Mielcarek, her husband, and little girl attend New Hope Church, not far from their home on Hwy. 6.


QUOTE
How fortunate for leaders that men do not think. -
Adolf Hitler

A PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE’S PLAN
My Plan to Restore America cuts $1 trillion in federal spending during the first year of my presidency by eliminating five federal departments that I can actually name - Education, Energy, Commerce, Housing and Urban Development, and Interior.
As President, I'll balance the budget by year three without cutting one penny from our veterans, one penny from our senior citizens, or one penny from our national defense. That's what sets me apart - my plan, my record of being right while others were wrong, and my unmatched and unwavering record of fighting for fiscal responsibility and constitutional principles.
Once people learn about my support for the Second Amendment and the Right to Life, and my unmatched record on spending in Congress, they realize I am the true conservative.
And when they learn that I'm a man of faith, a military veteran - having served five years in the Air Force during the turbulent 1960s - and that I've received more money from our active duty troops than all my Republican opponents COMBINED, they realize I'm the Republican to take on and DEFEAT President Obama in 2012.
Unlike my opponents, I'm not running from my voting record. I'm not running from my public statements. I'm not running from my predictions. I'm running on them.
In 2003, I predicted the Housing crisis and pushed to get the government out of the mortgage business. In 2008, I fought TARP and the Fed when they laid waste to our economy, while others in this race applauded their disastrous Big Government intervention. And unlike my opponents and most people in Congress, I am absolutely ready to enact real spending cuts, right now.
For years, he has pushed for a full audit of the Federal Reserve which recently spent $2 trillion dollars of our tax money. They answer to no one and have not seen fit to say where the two trillion dollars has gone. A lot of people with a lot of money will not want to see Ron Paul become president and it seems the Republicans, the Democrats and the media try their best to ignore him.