Author: Cheril Vernon

EVER WONDER by Jacque Scott: Wedding Traditions

Wedding Traditions Scotty and I will be celebrating our eleventh wedding anniversary on the 29th.   These have really been good years full of travel, friends and laughter. Ever wonder how weddings have come to be?  Some say that modern weddings have little to do with religion but can actually be traced back to the practices of our ancient ancestors. Marriage by capture is perhaps the oldest form of family formation.  The ‘capture’ from a neighboring tribe was done by a zealous bridegroom stealing a bride.  He hid her out from her family and friends until their tempers were under control.  This was the first honeymoon.  And you thought it was all moonlight and roses, didn’t you? Many anthropologists believe that the bridegroom/thief took along some of his buddies to help him carry her off.  These first ‘best man and ushers’ were really along to provide muscle instead of moral support.  Often they tied the bride up and fled with her.  Her tribesmen gave chase and threw all sorts of things like rocks and spears at the fleeing couple.  The practice of tying shoes to the back of the honeymoon car may have come from an old English tradition of throwing shoes at the groom for taking the bride away.  It reminds us of those objects thrown in anger. In some cultures, the ties that bind brides symbolize the...

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Michael Lord

Michael Lord, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Ted and Clara Giorgio on October 31st, 1955.  He departed this life on July 18, 2017 leaving behind a much loved son, Steven Giorgio and adored granddaughter, Emma Giorgio. Michael with his mother and sisters moved to Texas when he was a young boy and was parented by his new dad, Jerry Sowell, his role model, teacher, and companion.  Michael graduated from La Porte High School, and then served in the U.S. Navy at age 18 and was trained and worked as a Navy medic.  He is preceded in death by his...

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Ruby LuEllen Brown

Services for Ruby LuEllen Brown age 91, of Casa Grande, AZ. And formerly of Grapeland were held at 10 A.M. Friday, July 28, 2017 at Bailey & Foster Chapel in Grapeland. Burial followed in Parker Cemetery in Grapeland. Arrangements have been entrusted and provided by Bailey & Foster. Mrs. Brown passed away Sunday, July 16, 2017 at her residence in Casa Grande, AZ. She was born December 29, 1925 in Grapeland, Texas to Jim Wade Ashley and Lilly Bell Carter Ashley. Mrs. Brown was a missionary.   Mrs. Brown was preceded in death by her parents, her husband James...

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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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