October 2015

Election Day Nov. 3rd  Early Voting Oct. 19-30
      Besides voting on elected officials, voters will decide on 7 amendments to the Texas Constitution including the proposition to raise a homestead exemption from $15,000 to $25,000.
      You can vote at any of the locations during early voting, but on election day in Harris Co. you can only vote in your local precinct. That rule has changed in Fort Bend County as voters can  cast a ballot at any of 78 Vote Centers in Fort Bend Co. on election day. About one third of the Election Day polling places are new, so visit the FB Election website at www.fortbendvotes.org to find a convenient voting location.
Tax payers west of 521 in Ft. Bend Co. will also vote on whether to fund an Emergency Service District.

TRUE THE VOTE THREATENS LEGAL ACTION 
against 136 Counties in 21 states which have more voters registered than they have adult residents.

National Night Out  Tuesday  October 6th
A night to get acquainted with your neighbors and share safety issues. If you want an HPD officer to attend your event, contact HPD Public Affairs 713-308-3200.

Arcola Trade With Neighbor’s Day
Saturday 24th from 9am-4pm at 6215 FM 521. Poultry, goats, sheep, rabbits, pigs, dogs, cats, jewelry, home goods, food, crafts, etc. Vendor space is $25. Proceeds donated to Breast Cancer Research. Call 281 431 1014 for more information. 

FRESNO FRESH WATER DISTRICT

Plans for the entire water district is expected to be completed by the 1st quarter in 2017. Wastewater (sewage) of Teleview Terrace Phase 1A is expected to be completed in the 2nd quarter of 2016; Phase 1B Fresno Gardens, by the 1st quarter of 2017; Phase 1C  Gateway Acres south of Trammel Fresno 1st quarter of 2018; and Phase 1D Fresno Ranchos north of Trammel Fresno by 2020. The board meets at 6pm the third Thur. at Mustang Center. More info http://www.fortbendwater1.com 

Arcola has the lowest crime in the eastern part of Ft Bend
Chief Bell believes police visibility and the officers connecting with the citizens makes a difference. August has been the busiest month because of traffic violations.  Drivers stopped for not having insurance or a valid license receive a ticket which is recorded into a data base. Drivers with a history of violations may have their vehicle impounded.    In honor of the deputy killed in Harris County Chief Bell wears a message in Latin on his badge which loosely translated means you harm me and there will be consequences.


Joyous Music Rang Out 
The Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church at 52 Riley Road celebrated 55 years of Fred Riley serving as their pastor. The little church was built in the 1920’s.
        
   
        Before the church was built, Fred remembers  catching a ride with his father, Whiteman Riley. They went to a roped off area on Milam in downtown Houston across from Henke & Pilot near the Farmer’s Market. People would gather around to hear his father preach and drop in a nickel or dime when a hat was passed. His father also preached at Joe Hughes camp in Pierce Junction and got paid with food. Money was scarce during the depression.   


       Fred preached his first sermon about 60 years ago. He had seen headhunters in New Guinea while serving during WWII and realized the importance of Christianity. His favorite verse is “Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.” Matthew 5:8.
Before completing 42 years of working at the Sears warehouse, Riley began to pastor the church he had attended as a boy.

    You might think at the age of 97, he would have to have someone assist him to get to church but he has perfect vision and still drives. He does use a cane but his voice is strong and he doesn’t sugar coat his words. A man told him he was not very religious, Riley replied, “You should be.”
Ask Fred what he is looking forward to and you might think he would reply heaven, but his reply was to “help these young pastors. School doesn’t make a preacher. It has to come from the heart.”

     It no doubt thrilled Riley’s heart to hear the children and grandchildren of his old friends like Ed Bowen, Leon and Vinnie Mitchell and others praising the name of  Jesus. No better way to celebrate 55 years for a pastor.

A READER SENT THIS LETTER
      To Donald Trump, Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends, (John 15:13. No greater love than Trump to lay down his money for his country. God has renewed my HOPE through Donald Trump. I pray and thank God for him and ask God to keep him safe. Mr. Trump, don’t give up or give in. ask God to give you the desires of your heart and don’t faint and he will give them to you. Please read the Love chapter, I Cor. 13. Humble yourself and you will be exalted, Matt. 23:12.
       Trump’s reply: Dear M. Thank you for your recent letter. I truly appreciate your support.  It is because of Americans like you that I want to become President of the United States. America needs reform and a president with the ability to bring about real, positive, economic change. My experience makes me the most qualified candidate to restore American greatness. America can be saved; with your support I am confident we will reenergize the spirit of the American people. I am relying on your dedication to spread the values, ideals and principles of my campaign.
Readers:  Send information about your favorite candidate. Keep it short. Must be received before the 20th of the month.

 SCHOOL NEWS
Almeda School lets out at 12:30 on October 14th and again on Oct. 28th.
Skipping School is not a crime in Texas. Schools will take care of any problems regarding skipping school not the criminal courts.
Texas is not a state that has adopted the common core (which is considered to be a federal system of education standards).      Texas is still fully responsible for student curriculum, standards, and testing.      Many states are using this federal method to write education standards, but not Texas.  As a state, we are totally responsible for our successes and failures in education, not Uncle Sam.
     We can’t blame the feds for all of our problems.

FALL GARDEN
Time to plant turnips, mustard greens, spinach, kale, broccoli, carrots, and peas.
Almeda Moe
Moe went to visit his cousin, Jimbo, who lived in Oregon where he was working in a saw mill. While they were talking, Jimbo  leaned too close to a blade and it cut off his ear. “Help me!” he cried out. “Find my ear and maybe a doctor can sew it back on!”
After searching through piles of sawdust, Moe triumphantly held up a freshly severed ear and said, “Look! I’ve found it!” Jimbo glanced at the ear and said, “Nah, keep looking. Mine had a pencil behind it”.                  (Thanks Jim M.)

FALL FESTIVAL
First Fresno Baptist Church is hosting a fall festival on Sat. Oct 31, 6pm - 9pm. There will be games, prizes, and snacks for the kids for free. Fresno Fire Dept. will give kids a chance to crawl around on a fire truck. Arcola PD will have a finger printing station. The goal is to show kids a good time. Getting old Don’t waste time lamenting what could have been, or worrying about what will be  but  live this day doing your best to honor God and serve although limited by health, age, and our natural inclination to please ourselves. 
 Condolences
Diane Yvette Dishaw
Born June 19, 1947, the second oldest of 7 children, Diane attended beauty school. She married Don Dishaw She loved being a mother to their three sons and spent hours watching the boys at sport events. Diane was an avid bowler, practiced guitar & piano, crocheted and wrote short stories.  Survived by her sons: Donnie, Randy, and Jesse Dishaw; siblings: Sherri Cece, Yvonne, Linda, Jerry, and Ronnie West; grand kids: Tripp, Avery, Hailey, David, Ron, Ashlee, Madison, Callie, Austin: and Jeff Hazard a true best friend she met late in life. Services and burial were held August 27, 2015 at South Park.

Paula Becerra
May 24, 1935—August 27, 2015
Paula and her husband Jose, whom she married in 1956, lived on Heatherbloom for 40 years where they raised four sons and two daughters.  Paula extended love to all who entered their home. Her services were held at Southway Community Church where her son, Pastor Ricky Becerra delivered the eulogy.

Mary Dagg Miller
July 8 1944 - September 14 2015
Mary is the daughter of Lewis and Gladyes Dagg. Her grandmother, Elisabeth Hamm Dagg grew up east of Cullen across from what is now Bass Park. Their home was an overnight stopping place for people traveling to Houston.  They loved having visitors as sometimes they would not see anyone for weeks. That love for people became a family trait as Mary collected people like a kid collects baseball cards. She truly cared for others. After her children Donald Miller, a well known author, and her daughter Jennifer were grown, Mary went back to school, got her Masters, retired, lost her retirement money when Enron fell, and then went back to work. Never complaining, ever believing, reminding everyone that God is good all the time even as she fought cancer for the last 16 months. 

 Lauren Age 4 Knows What Love Means
     'I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones.' 
      “If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate” says Nikka, age 6.

 ONE BOOK FROM 66 BOOKS
         Can you take sixty six books written by over 20 people, living on three continents, over a period of about 1500 years and form one book with a unity of thought?
           Only one book in the world is in existence that can make that claim indicating that One Mind inspired the writing of all 66 books. It is also the only book that claims to be divinely inspired. “I have loved you, says the Lord,” wrote Malachi. “Thus says the Lord to me,” writes Jeremiah.
         Genesis doesn’t explain but simply says, In the beginning God created the heavens and earth. Genesis also lays the foundation for the establishment of a nation God intended to reveal himself through. The record of the establishment of that nation was written by Moses. The next 12 books contain the history of the nation of Israel and surrounding nations; the contents are confirmed by archeology.
       The five books of poetry (Psalm, Proverbs etc and the following 17 books of prophecy were basically written during the same time frame as the books of history.
Predictions that came true during the prophets life gave credence to long term predictions. Four hundred years elapsed between Malachi, the last book of the Old Testament  and the New Testament. The Old and the New teach that faith in the Word of God brings life. Eternal life begins with our  faith in God as revealed to us in His Son. John 5:23,& 24.
          Through out the Bible, rejecting God’s word results in sin and death. Trusting God’s written and living word results in life. 
The last book, Revelation, predicts the return of Christ. 
                       Even so, come quickly, Lord Jesus.