Author: Cheril Vernon

SUNNY THOUGHTS FROM SUNSET by Rev. Vance Drum 7-20

This past week we mourned the passing of our member Wadell Brimberry, who was 86.  Wadell grew up at Sunset, loved the Lord and his church, and will be missed by all who knew and loved him. The Sunset pastor continued our “Raised with Christ” series with a message, “Where Is Your Heart?” The text, about our commitment to Christ, was from Colossians 3:1:  “Set your heart on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.”  Did you ever see an athletic game where one team was fully committed to winning, but the other team played only a routine game, as if their heart wasn’t in it, and they really didn’t care whether they won or not?  The pastor made three points:  (1) Christ Is Risen! (2) We Are Raised; (3) Where Is Your Heart? (1) Christ Is Risen.  V1, “Christ is seated at the right hand of God.”  Christ is exalted now to the highest place in glory.  He is supremely worthy of all of our honor, thanks and praise — our commitment to Him!  The song says, “We serve a risen Savior!”  Christ died for our sins on Calvary’s cross, and he was buried, but on the third day he was raised up from the dead by the power of God.  Not only that, but 40 days after his rising, Christ ascended into...

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FORESTRY UPDATE by Gary Allen Burns 7-20

Sound forest management is dependent upon anticipated rates of return for various investment decisions. Rates of return are called discount rates when used in a discounted cash flow (DCF) — the process of converting future cash flows into a present value (PV). The net present value (NPV) then is the present value minus the initial investment. The discounted cash flow analysis projects all costs and revenues for a time period and then discounts the net income (revenues minus costs) back at a discount rate. The NPV basically factors in the time value of money, and if the NPV exceeds the cost, then the project may be worthwhile to...

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EVER WONDER by Jacque Scott: Concrete

Concrete Have you ever given any thought to the everyday thing we call concrete?  Let’s see what we can find out… What do the Eddystone lighthouse on the coast of England, a Thai fishing boat, the ruined temple of Fortune in Palestrina, Italy, dating 20 years before the birth of Augustus, and many new railroad ties all have in common?  Hmmmm…They are all made of concrete. Concrete is one of the oldest building materials known to man.  Emperor Augustus said that he changed Rome from a city of brick into a city of marble.  In fact he only added marble facades to existing solid concrete buildings faced with brick.  They survived centuries of earthquakes and invading warriors. Before there was concrete, however, there had to be cement.  The recipe for concrete includes gravel or crushed stone or sand (in early times crumbled pottery and brick were used) and cement and water.  When combined with the rest, these two last items bind the mixture together and allow it to set as hard as natural stone. Most early civilizations were in areas where there were deposits of natural cement— usually clay and limestone, but sometimes gypsum and volcanic ash.  Until recently no-one really understood how it all worked. In 1824, about 9,000 years after man had learned to use cement, an Englishman named Joseph Aspdin, took out a patent on a...

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Houston County Lake Report 7-20

89 F surface water temperature, water stained, and normal level. Very good black bass very early morning and late evening.  9 pounds 7 oz  in 8 feet of water was the biggest bass reported and many bass in the 4 to 6 pound range at drop offs. Many lures being used: Rouges with orange belly; Carolina rigged and Wacky rigged plastics with ringed tails; using catch and release practices.  Poppers, noisy baits, and live minnows in the shallows and mouths of creek channels for small bass.  Very good crappie using live minnows at creek channels around brush piles. Fair to good bream using live worms off piers. Good catfish using live worms, chicken livers off piers, and shad on trot lines. Crockett Family Resort Cottages, Marina, & RV Park Houston County Lake 936/544-8466...

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Joe Dewitt Jennings

On July 16, 2017, Joe Dewitt Jennings departed this earth at the age of 89. He was born on May, 11, 1928, in Kennard, Texas. He was a 1945 graduate of Kennard High School. Joe Dewitt proudly served in the United States Army Air Corps as a Radar Mechanic Navigation Technician giving valiant service from March 1946 to December 1951, promoted to sergeant November 1948, and earned the Army of Occupational Medal – Japan and the World War II Victory Medal. Joe Dewitt was employed by Monsanto Chemical Company in Texas City, Texas, for 35 years, retiring in 1986....

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