East Cedar Creek Freshwater Supply District meets at
12:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month at the ECCFSD
office on Hammer Road just off Welch Lane in Gun Barrel City.
Eustace City Council meets at 7 p.m. in the Eustace City
Hall the first Thursday of each month. For more information,
please call 425-4702. The public is invited to attend.
Eustace Independent School District meets at 7 p.m. the
third Tuesday of each month at the Eustace High School Library.
For more information, please call 425-7131. The public is
invited to attend.
Gun Barrel City Council meets in Brawner Hall at 6 p.m.
the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. For more
information, please call 887-1087. The public is invited to
Gun Barrel City Economic Development Corporation meets at
1831 W. Main, GBC, at 6 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month.
For more information, please call 887-1899.
Henderson County Commissioner’s Court meets every Tuesday
at 9 a.m. in the Henderson County Courthouse in Athens. The
public is invited to attend.
Henderson County Emergency Services District #4 meets at
7 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at 525 S. Tool Dr. in
Henderson County Historical Commission meets the first
Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m. in the HC Historical Museum.
Kaufman County Commissioner’s Court meets the second and fourth Monday of each month in
the Kaufman County Courthouse in Kaufman. The public is invited
to attend. Call for times, (903) 498-2013, ext. 2.
Kemp City Council meets at Kemp City Hall at 7 p.m. the
second Tuesday of each month. For more information, please call
498-3191. The public is invited to attend.
Kemp Independent School District meets the third Tuesday
of each month in the Board Room in the Administration Building.
For more information, please call 498-1314. The public is
invited to attend.
Log Cabin City Council meets the third Thursday of the
month in city hall. For more information, please call 489-2195.
The public is invited to attend.
Mabank City Council meets at 7 p.m. in Mabank City Hall
the first Tuesday of each month. For more information, please
call 887-3241. The public is invited to attend.
Mabank Independent School District meets at 7:30 p.m. the
fourth Monday of each month. For more information, please call
887-9310. The public is invited to attend.
Payne Springs City Council meets at city hall at 7:30
p.m. every third Tuesday of each month. For more information,
please call 451-9229. The public is invited to attend.
Payne Springs Water Supply Corp. meets the third Tuesday
of each month at 1 p.m. at the Payne Springs Community Center,
located at 9690 Hwy. 198.
Seven Points City Council meets at 7 p.m. in Seven Points
city hall the second Thursday of each month. For more
information, please call 432-3176. The public is invited to
Tool City Council meets at 6 p.m. in the Oran White Civic
Center the third Thursday of each month. For more information,
please call 432-3522. The public is invited to attend.
West Cedar Creek Municipal Utility District is held at 5
p.m. the fourth Monday of each month. For more information,
please call 432-3704. The public is invited.
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‘Make a Difference
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–Make a Difference Day, Saturday, Oct. 22, is fast
approaching and local Rotarians are diligently planning to
make this their 10th year of helping others, the biggest and
brightest so far.
Last year, more than 100 local volunteers racked up more
than 200 hundred hours of service to their neighbors,
This year, the Parrot Heads are holding a chili cook off to
fund the building of a fishing pier accessible to those with
disabilities. The Lions Club will be providing free eye
clinics for Kemp, Mabank and Eustace students.
Environmental Co-op will be available to local citizens on
Make a Difference Day including free trash disposal,
electronic recycling and paper shredding.
Old electronic equipment is accepted including printers,
laptops, copiers, cellular phones, stereos, microwaves and
Recycling will take place 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Oct. 22
at the Mabank Pavilion.
If you would like to participate in Make a Difference Day,
write out your name, organizations contact information.
Describe your organization and its membership, count of
volunteers participating. Describe your “Make a Difference”
activity or project and mail it to the Rotary Club at Cedar
Creek Lake at P.O. Box 1658, Mabank, TX 75147.
To drop it off at Coldwell Banker Real Estate in Gun Barrel
City or Tri-County Ford in Mabank.
Those with a need for help may fill out the application
For more information, call (903) 887-2121.
Mennonites explain history
to Root Seekers
Special to The Monitor
The Root Seekers Genealogical Society invited Daniel Stover,
Deacon of Grays Prairie Mennonite Church, to their regular
meeting Sept. 19, 2011 at the Tri-County Library in Mabank.
Stover opened the program, titled “Mennonite History.”
He gave a brief talk on the location and workings of the
church before introducing historian Earnest Eshbach. Eshbach
explained his surname means ‘Ash Tree by the Brook.’
Eshbach moved his family to Texas from North Central
Pennsylvania in Aug. 1996. He and his wife have eleven
Eshbach’s family operates a home based business named Shady
Grove Furniture, located near Lively. His family is self
sufficient with a vegetable garden, beef cows, milk cows and
Eshbach’s talk was ‘What is a Mennonite.’ He began with the
Reformation on Oct. 31, 1517 when Martin Luther nailed his
95 thesis to the church door in Wittenberg, Germany.
Eshbach stated a Mennonite is a Bible Literalist.
Conservative Mennonites are the lineal and spiritual
descendants of a group of Anabaptists.
Anabaptists are Protestant Christians of the radical
reformation of 16th-century Europe, and their direct
descendants, particularly the Amish, Brethren, Hutterites,
Anabaptists rejected conventional Christian practices such
as wearing wedding rings, taking oaths, and participating in
They adhered to a literal interpretation of the Sermon on
the Mount and believer’s baptism.
Following the reformation, as churches began to form and
religious beliefs evolved away from the state church, Ulrich
Zwingli, head pastor of the city of Zurich, Switzerland,
openly attacked the Catholic church and led a similar
reformation backed by the city council of Zurich. Zwingli’s
church was known as the reformed church.
Several young priests backed Zwingli’s reform and became his
students studying the Greek Bible.
As time passed, the city council became involved causing
dissention because children were not being baptized as
Therefore, further bible study was forbidden. This did not
daunt the Brethren, as they were then called. They stayed
true to their convictions and met on the same evening of the
day the mandate was issued.
The group organized by choosing Conrad Grebel and Felix Manz
as ministers to lead them. In two years both men were dead;
Conrad from natural causes and Felix Manz as the first
Martyr of the Swiss Brethren.
Simultaneous to the movement in Switzerland was a similar
movement in Holland led by Obbe and Dirk Phillips originally
called Obbenites. Menno Simmons was a man of the cloth with
the state church when he began to take stock of his life of
drunkenness and reveling. He had heard of the misguided
people who were willing to die for their faith and he felt
Menno however, was reluctant to give up his life of ease.
Finally, he surrendered to God’s will in April 1535, and
pledged his life to the gospel.
He was baptized into the persecuted church led by Dirk and
Obbe Phillips in January 1536. Following his ordination,
first as a minister and then as a bishop, Menno traveled
extensively through the churches.
The Dutch government placed a large sum of money as a reward
for anyone who would turn in Menno to the authorities. He
was never captured, continued to write extensively
expounding the doctrines of the scripture that formed a base
for Mennonite doctrine. Menno died of natural causes in
Let it be noted that Anabaptists were severely persecuted
during this time. They were imprisoned, tortured and often
executed by being burned at the stake, downing or beheading.
Worship services continued in secret by night and often in
the woods. The enemies of Anabaptists first called them
Mennists and then Mennonites because of writings and
teachings of their leader Menno Simmons.
The name stuck and came to refer to both the Swiss Brethren
and the Dutch Mennonites. Persecution tapered off when the
officials realized how futile their efforts were in trying
to suppress the group. Under Prince William of Orange
(1555-1584) they enjoyed tolerance and began to prosper as
tradesman and farmers.
The Swiss Brethren and the Dutch Mennonites began to hear
reports of each other and eventually arranged a meeting to
compare their understanding of the scriptures.
Although the two groups had similar beliefs and shared
mutual respect for each other, they did not merge as one.
The differences of doctrine relating to ‘shunning’
eventually resulted in a division among the Swiss Brethren
when Dutch Mennonite, Jacob Ammon from Holland travelled to
Switzerland and gathered support for his teaching of ‘strict
shunning’ which resulted in the Amish Division (1693) in
The Amish today are still a distinct group in America
holding to this interpretation of excommunication.
They have maintained a strict separatist view in relation to
modern inventions. They do not have electricity, cars or
On the other hand, the Mennonites would use many modern
inventions if the invention can be properly controlled. TV
and radio are rejected because of the inability to control
There is so much more to learn of the Mennonite history but
space does not permit. Suffice to say they are a peace
loving group of folks and we are so fortunate to have their
community in our midst.
The items that come from the bakery in Kemp are absolutely
delicious and the workmanship on their furniture is
They welcome anyone to come visit their church. Root Seekers
Genealogical Society thanks them so much for taking the time
to come and give us this lesson in their history.
Federation of Student
Anglers organizing clubs across Texas
Special to The Monitor
ATHENS—The Federation of Student Anglers (FSA) is looking
for Texas school administrators and middle and high school
students wishing to form a school fishing team.
FSA wishes to expand two flagship programs, the Texas Middle
School Fishing Challenge and the Texas High School Fishing
Series. New chapters and club teams are now forming in north
Texas, Houston, Austin and Tyler.
Members will fish year round in on-the-water tournaments,
online tournaments, club and chapter outings and the Summer
Fishing Series one weeknight each week during the summer
Teams compete against other schools in their chapter for
trophies, plaques, fishing and paddling equipment, boats,
letter jackets and scholarships.
Clubs also build boats, rods and baits, learn to fly fish
and tie their own flies.
At the high school level, students compete for qualifying
points qualifying advancing them to the state championship
tournament held June, 2012 at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries
Center in Athens.
The FSA’s programs give students the opportunity to get on
the water and fish as well as learn about aquatic biology,
fisheries management, ecology and environmental sciences.
FSA organizes school-based chapters that work with Texas
Parks and Wildlife Department angler education instructors
teaching water safety and fishing skills while offering each
student a chance to fish in a safe, supervised environment.
FSA executive director Brad Newman of Bulverde, touts the
nonprofit organization as the only school-based,
team-oriented fishing program in the U.S. where students can
captain their own watercraft.
For more information on the Federation of Student Anglers,
visit the website
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
have many animals at the
Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
in Seven Points
in dire need of a good home.
Please call or stop by the Humane Society today
and rescue one of these forgotten animals.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
is located on
10220 County Road 2403 in Seven Points.
For more information, please call
(903) 432-3422 after 11 a.m.
We are closed on Wednesday and Sunday.
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