Pastor appreciation

Tomorrow the Church on the Arroyo kitchen committee will host a Pastor appreciation luncheon after the worship service (around noon). Barbecued chicken quarters with assorted sides will be the delicious fare. All are welcome – come and show your appreciation to Bob and Annette for guiding our community in the right direction. May God bless them!


Sandcastle Days

This weekend South Padre Island is holding its annual sandcastle building competition. This year is the 30th anniversary of the event. Clayton’s Beach Bar is the site of the competition and we dropped by on Friday afternoon to check the progress of the castles. I believe tomorrow is judging day, so amble on down and check out the beautiful creations on display. The weather has co-operated with a break in the rain for the duration of the event. Here is a preview of the sculptures – still in progress. We missed one that was not very far along.

Presidential quotes – 17

Andrew Johnson (1808–1875) served as our seventeenth President from April 15, 1865 to March 4, 1869.

Johnson became president as he was vice president at the time of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. A Democrat who ran with Lincoln on the National Union ticket, Johnson came to office as the Civil War concluded. The new president favored quick restoration of the seceded states to the Union. His plans did not give protection to the former slaves, and he came into conflict with the Republican-dominated Congress, culminating in his impeachment by the House of Representatives. He was acquitted in the Senate by one vote.

His presidency was marred by conflicts with all branches of government and he failed to win the Democratic nomination in 1868.


Legislation can neither be wise nor just which seeks the welfare of a single interest at the expense and to the injury of many and varied interests at least equally important and equally deserving the considerations of Congress.

The life of a republic lies certainly in the energy, virtue, and intelligence of its citizens

There are no good laws but such as repeal other laws.

Quail Call

Once again….Wed. afternoon finds me here with you because I have my Bible Study ready…so…

The question I will ask them tonight is, “ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO HEAVEN?” That may sound sort of “stuffy” until you consider why the question comes up.  Many, if not most, people would say YES.  But surveys have found that this answer is given by an overwhelming number because they are embarrassed or pressured to answer that way.  “What Christian would not look forward to Heaven?” might be asked.  Tonight we will deal with that, and I hope you’ll make plans to come.  However for those of you who won’t, let me answer that question without giving away the entire class tonight.  Too many of you believe Heaven will be a “land of Spirits”  without a body…drifting anywhere we want to go, without a plan or a purpose.  “Our purpose will be to glorify God” you can say, but the truth is, you have no idea HOW to do that…nor do you really want to do NOTHING at all save “glorify” God.  Too easy to say…too hard to articulate HOW you will glorify Him…and way too easy to hide behind that saying. See you there        5 PM sharp.

Bob White



An Orb-weaver has taken up residence in our carport. He has become our friend – catching and consuming wasps, bees and other nasty stinging things. He measures about 2.5 inches tip to tip and has been there for almost 2 weeks now.

In researching these spiders, we came up with the following story. In 2009, workers at a Baltimore Wastewater Treatment Plant called for help to deal with over 100 million orb-weaver spiders, living in a community that managed to spin a phenomenal web that covered some 4 acres of a building with spider densities in some areas reaching 35,176 spiders per cubic meter. What a horrifying image!

Road adoption

LogoACVFDThe Fire Department auxiliary committee has adopted a section of FM 2925 – from SeaWay Village westward for 2 miles. This morning at 0730, 11 volunteers turned out and did a sterling job until rain halted the work at around 0945. This was just as well – the heat, humidity, age and fatigue were taking toll. A huge thank you to the auxiliary, department members and others who came to perform a welcome community service.

Fire Department auxiliary members picking up trash along FM 2925

A polite request to drivers and passengers along FM 2925: we live here and don’t like looking at (or picking up) your trash discarded on the side of the road. Please show some consideration and DO NOT LITTER.