DECEMBER 2012

BETRAYED


He loved her. She was so gentle, kind and pure. Hah! She was pure. How could she have betrayed his trust. A million thoughts ran through his mind. He still loved her but what man, what honorable man, in his town would take a woman for his wife who was pregnant by another man. His reputation would be ruined. But what should he do? He hated to think of how she would be treated if he made her a public example. No, he would put her away privately. Why didn’t she just tell him the truth instead of making up that story about an angel. He could have believed her if she said she was raped. But noooo, an angel, not just any old angel, but the angel Gabriel, told her the Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you and for that reason that holy offspring which shall be born of you shall be called the Son of God. What possessed her to come up with a story like that. Maybe her cousin Elizabeth was talking about the promised Messiah, but didn’t Mary realize that he would know that the prophet Micah said the Messiah would come from Bethlehem, the city of David, in Judea, not from their miserly town of Nazareth in Galilee.

He had to make a decision soon.

That night the angel of the Lord appeared in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife for that which has been begotten in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she shall be bring forth a son and you shall call his name Jesus for he shall save his people from their sins.”

What she said was true! Joseph took Mary as his wife but did not have a sexual relationship with her until she gave birth to her firstborn Son. Matthew 1:18-25 and Luke 1

Have a Very

Merry Christmas

The safest place in the US is the church, where only .001% of all deaths occur. Compare that with 20% fatalities in automobiles, 17% deaths in the home, 14% walking, 16% during other forms of travel and the most dangerous place the hospital where 32% deaths occur.

Have a safe holiday season and be thankful we live in a country where it is safe to be in church. Pray for those where it is not safe to attend church and celebrate the birth of our Savior.

WINDSOR VILLAGE VOLUNTEERS
Franklin Hall, Roschelle Marshall, Richard Johnson in back
Joe Bibbs, Leon Sessions in back, and Jim Traylor
As soon as I can locate the picture I will post it.

Early every Tuesday morning you will see these men working to improve their neighborhood. They make the entrance into the 900-home community inviting, keep abandoned property from getting trashy, pick up litter, trim, weed-whatever it takes. To them age is no excuse to improve your environment.

In May 2010, five volunteers of the Windsor Village Civic Club were concerned that the neighborhood was going down. Property values had dropped. The work started as a temporary clean up, but the above six men not only found plenty of work to do regularly, they enjoyed it. They look forward to Tuesday mornings as others help out when they can.

According to Yvonne Ray, who is president of the civic club, the attendance at the civic club meetings have increased from five to fifty. Citizens are realizing they can make a difference. Yvonne and Dean Brooks encourage the work crew with a hearty breakfast.

One draw back the volunteers have is that no one speaks Spanish and they have no way to communicate with some of the residents. If you would like to help, you can talk to someone near the entrance on Tues. at 8am.
They hope others will follow their example.

FEEDBACK
Rodrigo Carreon wants to encourage you to contact your state representatives as they are now considering the bills that they will work on next year. Rodney Ellis is our senator in the state. He can be reached at 713-236-0306. Ronald Reynolds Dist 27 call 512-463-0494. He does not have a local # listed. Alma Allen is Dist. 131 call 713-776-0505. Your voter registration tells you what district you are in. Not sure who your representative is call long distance 1 888 836 8368 or go to the web at www.state.tx.us for a local number or email contact.


Almeda Moe

Moe was in his yard when an elderly lady came crashing through his hedge into the yard. He helped her out of the car and commented that she was quite old to be driving. “I’ll have you know young man I am old enough I don’t need a driver license,” she proudly said.

“I didn’t know you could ever drive without a license, Moe replied.

“Oh, yes,” said the lady. “The last time I went to my doctor, he took my driver’s license, cut it up, threw it in trash, and said that I would not be needing it any longer.”

Fresno Joe

Moe was shocked when he went to see his buddy, Joe. “Why in the world are you tearing out the walls in your house?”

Joe replied, “My wife read in Our News that when you walk through a door your mind becomes a blank slate and you forget what you were going for in another room. So she decided if we tear out all the walls then she wouldn’t forget.

GOT OLD BOOKS ?
D. K. Estelle collects books written before 1956. Call 832-876-2358.

GARAGE AND SHEDS HIT


Recent targets of thieves are tools. One deterrent is a keyed dead bolt lock on both sides. If they break through a window they can’t get out through the door. Always report a theft which will help us get more patrolling done in the area. Call the sheriffs department at 713 221 6000 or the Houston police department 713 884 3131.

PECANS

Easy pecan pie recipe: Beat 3 eggs. Stir in 3/4 cup of sugar, add one cup of dark Karo syrup and one cup of pecans. Optional, one teaspoon of vanilla. Pour mixture into 9 inch unbaked pie shell. Bake one hour at 300 degrees.

Another recipe: Mix one stick of margarine with two cups of sugar. Add three eggs and three tablespoons of flour. Mix well then add one cup of buttermilk, one cup of pecans, one teaspoon of vanilla and a dash of nutmeg. Pour in ten inch unbaked pie crust. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes.

Pie shell: one cup of flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/3 cup of shortening. Cut shortening into flour until it is small pieces about the size of peas. Then add three tablespoons of cold water. Form ball and roll out on floured board to fit the pie pan.

SUGARED PECANS FOR CHRISMAS

Pour two quarts of pecan halves into large bowl. Bring to boil three cups of sugar and one cup of water. Boil on medium heat until mixture reaches the thread stage - dip a spoon into the mixture, lift it up and as it dribbles down, it makes a thread. Not a string. Then pour over the pecans and stir about two minutes until sugar mixture crystallizes.

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 Sun. and Mon.
Web site www.houstonlibrary.org
Multi– center open Mon. thru Friday.

SIENNA BRANCH LIBRARY

8411 Sienna Springs Blvd. 281-238-2900 Web site www.fortbend.lib.tx.us

Sienna will be closed Dec. 22-25.

A special puppet show will be held on Dec. 8th at 10:30 and again at 11:30. Special Holiday Story Times will be Dec. 15th Sat. and Dec. 31st Mon.

TIPPING FEE

Recently the BFI landfill tipping fee provided $50,000 to the Fort Bend Corps, $37,000 to Meals on Wheels, $37,000 to the YMCA and $37,000 to the Fresno Fire Dept.

FIVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS MUSIC

Starting Dec. 20th, KHCB at 105.7 FM will play Christmas music without any commercials. KHCB is a non-commercial Christian radio network with 26 English stations in TX, LA, OK, and Fl as well as ten Spanish stations and one Vietnamese/Chinese station at 1400AM. For the other station listings call 713-520 5200 or listen on their website at www.KHCB.org

Condolences

ROBERT MOSLEY, 36 passed away November 17, 2012 at his home near the corner of Jupiter and Anderson Road. A graduate of Madison High School, he enjoyed playing football and was an outstanding athlete. Robert was a truck driver who had an outgoing personality and a wonderful spirit. He died of smoke inhalation in a fire in his bedroom where apparently he had been smoking. A neighbor commented she had never seen so many fire trucks and people trying to help save his life. Preceded in death by his mother Gladys Mosley, Robert is survived by his wife, one son and one daughter.


THE VAST MAJORITY ARE INNOCENT?

Visitors to a prison said that they firmly believed every person who claimed not to have done what they were accused of, were innocent. It seems only two people out of more than 600 claimed to have not done the actions for which they were arrested. All the others claimed innocence of a crime not because they didn't do the illegal action but they had an excuse WHY they did it, and they felt people just didn't understand why, in their circumstance, the action was justified. SOMEBODY ELSE WAS TO BLAME.

1, God will still be on His throne
2. Jesus will still be King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
3. The Bible will still have all the answers to every problem.
4. The tomb will still be empty.
5. Jesus will still be the only way to heaven
6. Prayer will still work - it will still make a difference and God will still answer prayer
7. The cross, not the government, will still be our salvation
8. There will still be room at the cross.
9. Jesus will still save anyone who places their faith and trust in Him.
10. God will still be with us always - He will never leave us . forsake us.

PHOTO TAKEN ABOUT 1915  Here again I need to learn how to save scanned photos so I can retrieve them.

Ida Harris, Daisy Parker, and Laura Anderson represent three families who came to Almeda before 1895. When Laura Anderson taught school in 1926, the older brothers of Almeda school students were constantly inquiring about the progress of their younger siblings. Not one of those young men were able to win the fair maiden. Laura dedicated her life to teaching.

Daisy Parker’s father, Anson Parker, built Parker’s Hardware, although from 1900 to 1915 the building served as a grocery store/post office and later a gas station. Daisy worked right across Almeda Road at the railroad depot. When no passengers or freight needed to be dropped off, the train slowed down enough that a conductor could hang a mail bag on a depot hook.

The home of Ida after 1915.

Before 1915, Ida’s home was the Almeda hotel built by developers. People came by train from up north to view the sunny south. The developers usually had some one meet the train and transport the prospective clients in a fancy buggy to the hotel even though the hotel was in easy walking distance along the board walk from the railroad track to Bridgeport.

The 1915 hurricane washed the board walk down to the Gulf of Mexico and damaged the hotel. By then most of the land had been sold so the developers sold the property to John Harris. Much later, the home was remodeled and made into four apartments.

Of the three families, the Harris family is the only one that still has members living in Almeda.

For the history of the Almeda area order Back Yonder in Almeda by Rose “Sis” Andrews. Call 713-433-1098 or pick up a copy at Debbie’s Barber Shop or Bob’s Inspection Station for $12.

The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government, least it come to dominate our lives and interests." Patrick Henry 1736-1799

Dr. Tony Evans gave an excellent series of sermons on KHCB on government based on the principals laid out in the Bible. He put those principles into four groups: self government, family government, church government, and civil government. He explained how if one group doesn’t do their part and another group takes on their responsibility it results in the mess we are in now.

The Bible gives fathers the responsibility of providing and training of the children. He is responsible for choosing a church and school and seeing to it that his child is being taught properly. If the church is not teaching his child according to the Bible, he should choose another church. If the school goes against the word of God, he should provide education somewhere else. It may cost time and money. His wife is to assist him (Genesis 2:18). But it is his responsibility. Ephesians 6:4 Genesis 18:18-19 Deut. 4:9, Deut. 11:19, Ps. 78:3-6.

Well taught children will be more likely to govern themselves as adults. Most of our prisons would be empty as children would have learned how to discipline themselves. The need for welfare by the government would be out of business. “If any would not work neither should he eat,” II Thessalonians 3:10.

The responsibility for those who cannot work falls on the family and then the church. Think about it. A good although imperfect family, with natural love for one another knows far better than the government if a person needs help or needs a lesson in self discipline or a lesson in humility. Not humiliation. A good example is the prodigal son in Luke 15:11-32 which is also the story of how God feels toward us when we return to Him.

The Bible teaches that church government and civil government should be separate as illustrated when the great King Uzziah tried to take over the job of the priests and immediately became a leper as related in II Chronicles 26:3-23. Through out history and today we can see that when the civil or church government tries to rule over both, it doesn’t work. Communism is a prime example of government overstepping their authority. Our founding fathers saw how the church of England used the government to enforce their beliefs. That is why they demanded Amendment I in the Bill of Rights: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

ONE WAY TO PETITION
1. Go to www.congress.org
2. Select the option to write to your representatives, remembering that they are supposed to represent you whether you voted for them or not.
3. Drop them a quick note to let them know your thoughts and that you are paying attention to how they vote.
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