’Round town


How about a good story about some of our neighbors? Instead of enjoying a stress- free vacation, Jackie and Jack Jarrett, owners of Papa John’s Sausage and Jarret Meat Services, took their vacation time to help Harvey victims.

The couple first applied to Franklin Graham’s relief organization Samaritan’s Purse to become volunteers through that organization for the Hurricane Harvey project. Samaritan’s Purse organizes volunteers and assigns them to areas where they can be most effective in the hands-on jobs of tearing out walls, ripping up floor, clearing debris, tarping roofs, you get the picture. Their assignment? Rockport.

Jack and Jackie loaded their RV as well as the back and the back seat of their truck with Subway sandwiches from Carter Enterprises, goodies from the Sonshine Center, boxes of Papa Jack's Sausage and donations from First Baptist Church and left Sept. 15. Along the way they delivered food to some in need before arriving in Rockport.

There they donned those Samaritan Purse T-shirts and climbed on top of houses without roofs to lay tarp and hopefully protect the homes. Yep, there’s even a picture of Jackie climbing up that ladder with a tarp in tow and Jack nailing the tarps to the rafters.

If you think you might be interested in spending a few days helping others check out Samaritan’s Purses’s web page to learn all about it. That webpage address is https://spvolunteernetwork.samaritanspurse.org/hurricane-harvey-reponse/

•Speaking of adventures and good deeds, Wade Phillips, pastor of Madisonville Christian Fellowship and his Tonya are in the process of changing hats from ministerial work to missionary work. Phillips has now stepped down from his duties as pastor of the church and the couple have formed the 3in1 ministries. They will be full-time missionaries, going wherever they are called to preach, teach, sing and be of service in any missionary capacity needed.

“It's our vision to carry the gospel to the world through preaching, singing, and being the hands and feet of Christ,” shared Wade. “Partner with us to take a little joy to the world, it needs it right now.”

MCF remains the couple’s home church and is supporting the Phillips’ new endeavor.

If you'd like to partner with 3in1 ministries, you can do so by sending your donation to Madisonville Christian Fellowship 3973 Highway 21 East, Madisonville, TX 77864 and writing 3in1 in the memo line. The ministry will give monthly accounts to all involved.

•Condolences to the Wiseman family on the loss of Jimmy Wiseman, who passed away last Friday, September 15, 2017 at the age of 73. Jimmy, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease five years ago was originally from Midway. He and his wife Patti had made their home in Splendora. His brothers living in this area are JW Wiseman and wife Jackie, Don Wiseman and wife Annette, Carl Wiseman and wife Patti and Dan Wiseman and wife Brandi.

In addition to his brothers and his wife Patti, Jimmy is also survived by his son John O'Neal Wiseman and wife Danielle, and daughter Jeannie Marie Wiseman. Services were held Tuesday, Sept. 19, with burial in the Midway Cemetery.

•If you know anything about Alzheimer’s Disease, you know it is a difficult and debilitating disease and affects not only the person with the disease but the family as well.

From August through November more than 600 communities nationwide annually hold Walk to End Alzheimer’s for participants of all ages and abilities raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. An article titled “New Hope for Alzheimer’s” appeared in the August 3017 Prevention magazine

Contrary to what most people think, Alzheimer’s isn’t a disease that strikes only older individuals. Perhaps you’ve heard the name David McDavid. Several years ago, McDavid sold his numerous car dealerships throughout Dallas and adjoining cities and many of those dealerships kept the McDavid name. David’s young daughter-in- law Kim McDavid, maybe in her late 30s, was diagnosed with Early Onset, Mild Alzheimer's in June of 2016.

Currently 27 towns will host walks in Texas and the closest to us is in College Station Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017.

•And finally, last week I mentioned a Fishing Pole law I’d like to see added to our government’s long list of laws. Still working on it, so keep tuned! In the meantime, have you noticed the definitions of right and wrong are being misunderstood these days? That doesn’t change the definitions though.

Leo Tolstoy, one of the great writers once shared, “Wrong does not cease to be wrong because the majority share in it.” Likewise, Augustine of Hippo said, “Right is right even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong even if everyone is doing it.”

Right and wrong. The lines have blurred between the two in America and that is not good. Could it be because right is usually the harder thing to do? And, could it be that right is usually the harder thing to stand for? And could it be it’s easier to follow the crowd? Besides, who will really know and what will it hurt?

First, you know. And that should be enough reason for doing things right.

Recently when unloading my purchases from a local store I found an item I had inadvertently not paid for. When I returned to the store to pay for it, the clerk was surprised and asked why I would do that? It’s really very simple; I did it for me.

If you really think about “Getting away with something,” doesn’t leave a good feeling. That remorse, no matter how slight, will be like a drip on your soul long after the item has been used and or discarded.

Which is what the second reason is all about. Doing the right thing, even though it is sometimes tough to do, and even though you may stand alone, will always leave you feeling better about yourself at the end of the day. Isn’t that one of the most important things in life anyway?

It’s time for America to go back to the true definition of right is right and wrong is wrong. That starts with you and with me, not the news media, not the social media, but you and me, even if we are the minority. As Leo Tolstoy said many years ago, “Wrong does not cease to be wrong because the majority share in it.”