by: Carolyn George
Our Brashear Correspondent
Christmas is coming and the goose is running full speed to try and avoid the cooking pot for the family festivities. Beautiful decorations are brightening the house tops. The weather has been flip-flopping and I don't know which coat to use, but the hot-cold doesn't bother me as much as the time change does. It seems like bedtime before church time at night.
Things start hopping in Brashear town in the fall of the year. The liars club-excuse me- the gentle farmers club still meets at the Ole Store every morning except Sunday. they return close to the dinner hour and catch up on what occurred during their 2 hour absence. Store owner, Amanda, is to be commended for "putting up" with the serious adult persons. I guess Preacher Burns is the only one not retired. He probably has a full time job at the store.
Amanda makes a good egg, sausage, and biscuit for breakfast. Hamburgers, cheese burgers, sausage burgers, rooster sandwiches, ham and cheese, and bologna sandwiches are lunc choices. Drink choices are coffee, tea, sodas, sports drinks and water. She also stocks chips, candy, pastries and a few groc ery items. I'm sure she would be happy for you to drop in for a meal. I know the men would be overjoyed for you to join their group. they are always ready to hear a new story, or tell theirs. If you have a fish story or a hunting story, or a gun to sell, just drop on by.
Our church is active in working to achieve our missions "To worship, to grow, and to reach." Sunday worship starts at 9:15 a.m. with prayer time, followed by Sunday School at 9:45 a.m. Morning worship is at 11:00 a.m. as is children's church with 2 classes: 3 years through 3rd grade and 4th through 6th grades. Evening services starts at 5:00 p.m. with youth choir, 5:30 p.m. evening prayer, and evening worship at 6:00 p.m. Youth Bible study for 7th through 12th grades is also at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday prayer time is at 6:30 p.m. and Bible Study for all ages is at 7:00 p.m. We provide a nursery and have a telephone prayer chain. We have a missions class that regularly goes to Arlington to serve in the "soup kitchens"
Up coming dates are:
12/2 Holiday dinner on the grounds
12/9 Youth Christmas Program
12/24 Candle light service
12/25 Christmas Dinner for those alone
12/31 New Years Eve Fellowship
We have delivered thanksgiving Baskets and are currently taking up collections of food or money for Christmas Baskets to share with deserving community families. We have a Christmas angel tree for some children.
We also have a meal ministry one day a week for shut-ins, sick, or disabled in our area, not just church members.
Demp Sturda vent recently fell and broke his hip. He is doing well and he and Marlene are missed in church. Marion Blake is having some health problems and she and Jack are sticking close to home. Sonny and Barbara are back in church when they feel like it. Please remember their grandson, Tyler, and their son-in-law in your prayers. Mary Jo Rogers continues to have lung problems as does Clifford Bunch, Harvey Snider had back surgery and can be seen in church on occassion. Scott Arledge continues to battle his health issues. Jo Childers always sends her prayers and best wished even though she can't come to church. David and Sue Lindley and Jack and Louise Smith need your prayers and would enjoy your visit.
Jr. Millsap lost his battle with cancer. the Church was overflowing for his services. We need to keep Sally and the family in our prayers.
Johnny and Cherri Ethridge traveled to the Phillipines this summer to visit their son and attend his wedding. they shared photos and slides and some of the culture with us.
If you need a Christmas wreath or other decorations, contact Kaitlyn George. she has started her business, Designs 3:23, and would appreciate your business. Call 1-940-231-2962.
It is difficult to separate our Brashear and Miller Grove youth because so many of them attend both.
In sports, the high school volleyball team made the play-off tournament. They have improved immensely since last year. The cross country team worked hard, running two, three, six miles or more each day. The hard work paid off. The Varsity boys won 1st in District team, second in Regional and as a tea, placed seventh in state. Nathan George qualified as an individual by winning 1st in district and in regional. He was 18th in state. The team was treated to a ball game between UT and Fresno State while attending the state meet.
The junior high girls also won District cross country with Aleigh Bessonett winning 1st place. In the boys junior high contest, Jacob Jenkins was in 1st place. Junior high can't advance past district.
Participating for junior high girls were:
Miller Grove was first in the junior high action. Boys division:
Miller also won the junior varsity boys:
Alma Del Castillo
Jasmin Del Castillo
Basketball is the now sport. High schoolers have tournaments November 29-December 1 in Union Grove and December 6th, 7th, and 8th at Miller Grove. High School teams play on Tuesday and Friday nights. Junior High teams play on Mondays. High School girls have tournament play at Ector during the holidays. High School boys play a tournament at Martin Mills during the break.
The High School Drama class presented Big-Bad in a dinner theatre production on November 1st. The fairy tale characters featured two boys in girls clothing. The high school drama class will be in Keeping the Home fires burning joining the junior high drama class in Once Upon a Playground in their production at a dessert theatre on December 20th. Price of admission is $5.
Cast members are:
Most of the youth have their market show animals. The FFA teams are working on leadership.
FFA members are sponsoring a chicken and dressing dinner on December 9th at the high school cafeteria.
4-Hers have completed their food project. Jacob George, Jorja Bessonett, and Aleigh Bessonett are going to represent Hopkins County at the District Food Show in February.
Be safe and remember the "Reason for the Season" God's Blessings to each of you!!!!
We at Front Porch News Texas want to thank our newest Rural Correspondent, Carolyn George, for providing us with the news from Brashear. Carolyn was reared in the Brashear Community, married and raise her family there. She and her husband Glen, were in the dairy business for many years, and following their retirement are actively enjoying their gardening and spoiling grandchildren. Give Carolyn your appreciation and let her know of any news that you have!