Sunday School at Church on the Arroyo!


Preach always if necessary use words.  … St. Francis of Assisi

Last week I heard this quote for the first time and thought I’d share it. It was from a member of the church who spreads the word of God through distributing Bibles. We have 2 men in our parish who give them out. Our Sunday school teacher gives them to students he teaches during the week, the other generous man through an organization who distributes Gideon’s Bibles worldwide. What better way to spread the Gospel than to give it? If you would like to make a donation to either of these men please send a check to:  1st Baptist Church of Arroyo City at P.O. Box 1288, Rio Hondo, TX. 78583. Your prayers are appreciated too!

Illegal burning


It has been reported to Arroyo City News that illegal burning has taken place on a number of occasions in our fire zone 10. While yard burning is permitted, certain rules apply that must be followed. Here is a link to the fire department’s information on burning:

The rules are stated with residential properties in mind, but the regulations apply to ALL burning in the zone – farming and commercial properties included. We understand much of the burning has been done at night which is prohibited by State law, irrespective of the rules and regulations.

The perpetrators know who they are and we appeal to them to be good neighbors and respect the law and our community.

Los Fresnos FD


Los Fresnos FD has a new home. After the men’s breakfast this morning, you can attend the open house from 10 to noon at their new location just east of the rodeo grounds on rte 100. Chief Gene Daniels and his department have been stalwart supporters of the Arroyo City VFD over the years and they can be relied upon for mutual aid when required. We ask God to bless them in their endeavors and cover the firefighters with a blanket of protection.

Fire Department Appointment

lieutenant_fire_deptAt the regular board meeting last Tuesday, the Secretary/Treasurer, Diane Sheehy, was appointed Lieutenent in the department. Diane is a level 2 qualified firefighter and richly deserves the promotion. She has tirelessly served as Secretary/Treasurer and responded to multiple emergency calls. We know she attributes all her achievements to God, but we congratulate her and in the process glorify God for his blessing and grace. May He guide and protect her in her new role.

South Padre Sandcastle Days


It’s that time of year again. The sand sculptors are busy at Clayton’s putting together this year’s sand castles. Join the masters of sand and the folks at Clayton’s for the event.





Here is the schedule of events for the weekend, all days start at 09:00:

Wednesday, October 3rd

  • Masters of Sand carve as a group build Sponsors Sculptures. See them work their magic on the group sandcastle.

Thursday, October 4th

  • Official start Masters of Sand Competition
  • Join the Masters, listen to music and watch them create Unforgettable Sand Art

Friday, October 5th

  • Masters of Sand continue sculpting
  • Registration Open – Amateur competition includes: Kids, Family, Groups, and Singles 1 pm – 5 pm
  • T-Shirt Sales Open
  • Sandcastle Days Mercado
  • Live Bands on Stage At Clayton’s

Saturday, October 6th

  • Sandcamp – Free Sandcastle Lessons begging at 8:00 am
  • Master Sand Sculpting competition final day!
  • Sandcastle Days Mercado Open 10:00 am to Close
  • Children Water Slides, Bouncer & Bull Riding Open
  • Amateur Registration open 8:00 am
  • Amateur competition begins at 9:00 am, ends at 3:00 pm / Kids, Family, Group or Singles Castle welcome
  • Unlitter Campaign 10th Annual Trashion Show “Straw Wars Theme” at 4:00 pm
  • Judging for Amateur and Masters Divisions
  • Awards Ceremony for Amateur and Masters Divisions at 4:30 pm
  • Live Bands on Stage at Clayton’s

Sunday, October 7th

  • Sandcamp – Free Sandcastle Lessons begin at 10:00 am
  • Sandcastle Days Mercado
  • Children Water Slides, Bouncer & Bull Riding Open
  • Enjoy the Sand Monuments, Listen to music and play the day away
  • Spread The Word Family Fun For All Ages
  • People’s Choice Awards at 3:00 pm