Monthly Archives: December 2013

St. Peter’s Church of Coupland – Upcoming Events You Don’t Want to Miss!




As the birth of our Savior is being celebrated this season, the Church Council at St. Peter’s wants to make sure you are aware of the many forms of celebrating your Church family is doing.  Please include these on your calendar too!  As a vital part of your Church family, we hope to see you at these celebrations! J

image010Saturday, December 14th –  10 a.m. (for those with children/grandchildren of all ages) Annual Children’s Program Practice/Rehearsal – no skills required!



Saturday, December 14th – 6 pm to 10 pm – “Adults” In Fellowship Annual Christmas Party at Judy Downing’s house (bring a light snack to share, and your own “special” beverage, should you chose)

Directions – 3601 C.R. 466, Elgin, 78621 (not in Elgin)  Phone: 512-293-0501

from Coupland:  FM 1466 East – right on CR 464 – 1.4 miles road turns left – 1 mile to stop sign – turn left CR 466 – 1.4 miles – gray house on left, # 3601

from Elgin: Hwy. 95 toward Coupland: right on Roemer – when cross railroad tracks, immediate left onto New Trails (C.R. 93) – 1.8 miles to “T” – right, go about 100 yds – left on CR 460 – 0.8 mile to “T” – left CR 463 – 0.9 mile – right CR 466 – 1.2 miles to Yegua Creek Church – continue on 2.5 miles to gray house on left, #3601

from Taylor or FM 619 from Structure: – right on CR 466 – 1.8 miles to gray house on right,  #3601

image012Sunday, December 15th – Annual Children’s Christmas Program @ 10:15 during worship service – children can participate even if they were not at practice




Sunday, December 22nd – Annual Choir Cantata during 10:15 worship service


And from Pastor Frank Dietz:

THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT: The 3rd Advent candle of JOY will be lit, joining the candles of Hope and Peace. The shepherds will be noted tending their flock as the trek for the holy family continues from Nazareth to Bethlehem. Our St. Peter’s youth——a span of ages!—–will remind us of the meaning of Christmas and Christ’s birth! 

image014Tuesday, December 24th – Christmas Eve Service at 6pm, with Communion Service




Sunday, January 5th, 2014 – Epiphany Sunday celebration at Church Parsonage, directly following church, light snacks will be available


image016On the horizon – Pot Luck luncheon to bring in the New Year, details tbd



Submitted by Jennifer Dollins

Caracaras Come to Coupland

This afternoon, the dog was barking at something behind our house. I investigated. From a distance, it looked like an eagle on the hay rolls. Then I saw two more. I later realized that they were fighting over some carrion in our back pasture. I got out the binoculars and I thought it was an eagle but not one I had ever seen before.

Turns out it was a Crested Caracara, which is actually a falcon but is sometimes referred to as a Mexican eagle.

I was able to get the picture below (while wishing I had a decent camera with a telephoto lens). After that, I walked over to see what it was eating, fearing they might have swooped down on our cat. It turned out to be a cat but not ours. It was a stray that was mauled by a local dog (that’s another story). I had buried it to keep a promise to a neighbor. I thought I had buried it deep enough to be safe from scavengers but obviously not. I don’t think it rose from the grave by itself but there was nothing but a hole where it had been. I’m curious as to what creature dug it up but I don’t think it was the eagle.


Up close, they don’t have quite the majestic look of the bald eagle or the golden eagle. I was able to get very close before it flew away. It looked exactly like the birds in this story: Caracara, Mexican Eagles in Texas

I encourage readers to share stories and pictures of interesting birds and other animals they spot in the Coupland area!

Be a Foster Family for the Holidays

animalLogoDecember 11, 2013 (Williamson County, TX) – The Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter (WCRAS) is offering an opportunity for families to foster healthy animals over the Christmas holiday.

Any family or individual desiring to foster a dog or cat from December 22 to January 2 can apply to be a foster parent through the shelter’s website at The Christmas fostering program’s goal is to have all the shelter’s 350 dogs and cats in a foster home over the Christmas holidays. The program gives both animals and staff a needed break.

“It is good for the animals to have a break from shelter life and spend time socializing with people, and it is good for the staff that still have to come in, clean up and feed the animals that are here…even on Christmas Day,” says Cheryl Schneider, Williamson County Regional Animal Services director. “The fewer animals we have, the less time staff members spend away from their families. It is also a great opportunity for families to have a trial run if they are considering a dog or cat as a companion animal.”

Foster family applications must be completed by Friday, December 20. Families can specify if they want to take a dog or cat and the approximate size animal their home will accommodate. Animals are then matched with a family and must be picked up before the shelter closes at 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve and returned between December 26 and January 2.

The shelter is open Monday through Friday from noon to 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adjusted holiday hours for the shelter include closures on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, as well as closing at 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve, December 24 and New Year’s Eve, December 31. The shelter is located at 1855 S.E. Inner Loop in Georgetown. To reach the shelter from IH-35, take Exit 259 and go east two miles. The shelter is located on the north side of the road just east of FM 1460. For more information, call Cheryl Schneider at 943-3322.