Monthly Archives: November 2013

This Week at St. Peter’s Church of Coupland – Keeping the Watch

Submitted by Pastor Frank Dietz:

FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT: We light the Advent candle of HOPE. While nourished by the Holy Meal at the HOLY TABLE we will be invited into praise in the 122nd Psalm along with Romans 13:11-14a, Isaiah 2:1-5 and Matthew 24:36-44. All are welcome as we begin the journey through Advent anticipation and preparation.

Night Watchman

  • Yorkies Need Home

    Submitted by Pamela Prescott:

    Hi, Folks,

    Two Yorkies whose caregiver has passed need your loving home. 9 year old and 3 year old, two spayed females. Sweet and gentle.

    Call or email me.

    thanks, Pamela


    Pamela Prescott Capps, Realtor

    RE/MAX Genesis

    (512) 626-9897 MOBILE

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  • Williamson County Disaster Summary Outline

    November 20, 2013 (Williamson County, TX) – The Williamson County Office of Emergency Management has put together a preliminary disaster summary outline of the damage caused by the Halloween Flood on October 31, 2013.  In total, approximately 19 homes were damaged or affected by the flood.  The total amount of public infrastructure damage is approximately $1.1 million in uninsured losses.

    Brushy Creek goes way over it banks, just north of Coupland, on October 31, 2013.

    Brushy Creek goes way over it banks, just north of Coupland, on October 31, 2013.

    “It is not too late to report your damage or to request assistance,” stated Jarred Thomas, Williamson County emergency management coordinator.  “People can report their damage or make requests for assistance by emailing”

    Williamson County Judge Dan A. Gattis signed a disaster declaration on November 6, 2013, for Williamson County.  The declaration was needed due to damage sustained during the flooding event that began on Wednesday, October 30 and continued into Thursday, October 31, 2013.  The disaster declaration was extended by the Commissioners Court on November 12, 2013.

    A copy of this order is available on the County’s website at

  • This Week at St. Peter’s Church of Coupland – A Time to Pause

    Submitted by Pastor Frank Dietz:

    The traditional observance for the last Sunday of the church year, liturgically, will be Totenfest. Place that pastoral sense in memoriam with the roll call and bell toll inside a measure of Thanksgiving in anticipation of the national community’s pause to give THANKS. Psalm 46, Jeremiah 23:1-6, Colossians 1:11-20 and the Gospel from Luke-Acts in Luke 23:33-43.

    All, indeed, are urged to come and give thanks for our blessings and the lives that have blessed us during their journeying with us.


  • A City on a Hill – Gumper & Johnson

    From “A City on a Hill: A Story of a Community, a Church, a People” by Jewel R. Johnson, Second Edition, 1979, Merchants Press of Taylor, Texas

    This is part of a continuing series of stories. If you want to see previous postings in this series, just go to the search bar at the top of the home page and type in: “A City on a Hill”. They will appear in chronological order. There is more than one page of listings.

    Publisher’s Note: When the series is complete, we will make a PDF copy of the entire booklet available to download.

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    Gumper & Johnson 1

    Gumper & Johnson 2

  • Cats Need a Home

    Submitted by Lynn:

    We have a relative that had a stroke and we need to find homes for her 4 cats. They have all been mostly inside cats. They are all neutered and/or spayed and are current on their shots. The one named Boots is a 12 year neutered cat that is a gray tabby and white color and is happy to sit around and be with someone that needs him. And there are 3 that are brother and sisters and are 2 year olds. The male neutered cat is black and white and there is a spayed female that is yellow and white and very sweet and just loves to be pet and then there is a spayed female that is very shy and i have not been able to catch her. If you have any place for these cats, please let me know by email at {This email is obscured. Your must have javascript enabled to see it}  or by texting me at 512-496-6771 and feel free to share this with others. I have attached pictures of 3 of the cats.




  • Statement from the Board of the Coupland Water Supply Corporation

    Submitted by Jim Huntington:

    The current Coupland Water Supply Corp (CWSC) board has seen our financial reserve completely used up due to unexpected expenses, either from Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) mandates or from unpreventable maintenance and repair issues. Our actions as a board have been based on what we deemed to be the most responsible thing to do, to maintain the system and these actions have been unanimous.

    To successfully operate, we need a certain amount of money coming in every month or we will be in deficit. While all of us on the current board would like nothing better than to have lower rates, it is our analysis and unanimous opinion that lowering rates at this time would definitely not be prudent but actually would be counterproductive, which would force higher rates in the long run because we would have to borrow money to operate and pay interest on that money, instead of compiling a reserve on which we draw interest.

    In 2012, the current CWSC board voted unanimously to increase rates by increasing the rate per 1000 gallons of water usage to $7.00. In the past, when we had to increase revenue, we raised the flat rate which was the same amount levied on everyone. This time when rate increase was necessary, we decided to raise rates on usage, so that the more you use, the more you pay, thereby protecting modest users from subsidizing greater users.

    The current board also voted unanimously to set the Capacity Reservation fee at $5000, which is much lower than other nearby municipalities and much lower than the cost of a septic system. That money is set aside for improvements and eventually, at some point in the future, to plan for an expansion to the processing plant as we move close to the capacity of what the present plant can handle.

    The current board CWSC has worked well and harmoniously for several years, reaching unanimous consensus on all issues which have confronted us. Our primary focus has been on what is good for the total CWSC system putting aside any personal agendas.

    Voting is open until Nov. 30th. If you lost or misplaced ballot, you can get a replacement from either Karen Marosko or Jim Huntington.