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No Child Hungry founder congratulates Perez for seven years of volunteer effort
by Gary Kent
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BEEVILLE – Christina Perez has been congratulated for her work in helping to feed hungry children for the seventh year in a row. In a letter mailed Aug. 13, Billy Shore, founder and CEO of Share Our Strength Foundation, singled out Christina for her work over the years. “Please accept this letter as acknowledgement that Christina Perez has hosted seven bake sales as of 2009 as part or Share Our Strength’s Bake Sale for No Kid Hungry,” Shore said. “Christina has volunteered 210 hours for the advertising, planning, preparation of signs, posters, decorations and flyers, shopping, cleanup, paperwork/documentation and execution of her bake sales. Christina was able to raise approximately $3,000 for the No Kid Hungry campaign.” Shore stressed Christina’s dedication for helping to provide something to eat for more than 16 million children in the U.S. who struggle with hunger. “Nationally, the campaign provides leadership, raises awareness and advocates for change that will make sure no kid in America ever goes hungry,” Shore continued. He said the No Kid Hungry effort provides the most effective anti-hunger organizations and builds partnerships that bring together public officials, non-profits, community groups, private funders and businesses to end childhood hunger in a particular state or city. Christina’s mother, Daisy Hinojosa, said her daughter cherishes the recognition expressed by the letter. Christina expresses her gratitude to her family, friends, the community and her supporters who help her make her effort possible. “Christina continues to be an advocate for ending childhood hunger,” Hinojosa said. “She is already in the planing process for next year’s bake sale.” In fact, according to Christina, there is a plan to make next year’s bake sale even better. That will include a “special ingredient” that she plans to announce next summer. “No child should ever have to wonder when their next meal will come,” Christina said. Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.
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More humid conditions Sunday in Goliad County
by Advance-Guard News Service
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Good day, Goliad! Today is Sunday, Aug. 30 Weather forecast: • Partly cloudy skies with highs generally in the 90s. • Light winds in the morning will become southeast 10 to 15 mph during the afternoon. Today's events: • Goliad State Park Nature Programs, 10 a.m., 108 Park Rd. 6 • Goliad State Park Cultural programs and History Tours, 2 p.m., 108 Park Rd. 6
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Does the truth bring unity?
by By Keith Sellers Pastor, Adams St. Church of Christ
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One of the signs of falling away from the truth is disunity among the church of the New Testament. When truth is obeyed, there is unity among the believers. When truth is disobeyed, it brings disunity among the believers. How does the truth bring unity in the New Testament church? Did you know that even our God is a God of unity? There is but one only, the living and true God. (Deut. 6:4) John by inspiration says, “For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one.” (1 John 5:7) Our God is a God of unity because they are three in one. They are inseparable. In His prayer before the crucifixion on the cross, Jesus prayed about the unity of the Father, the Son and the Spirit and made reference to the nature of their unified Godhead four times. (John 17:11, 21, 22, 23) Did you know that our God desires and takes pleasure in unity? The psalmist said in Psalms 133:1, “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” Jesus said that the world would know that we were His disciples by the love that we have for one another (John 13:35). In Col. 3:14, it says that love is the perfect bond of unity. When we put on Christ through baptism (Gal. 3:27), we must put on love. Love is what holds everything together in perfect unity. Love through the truth binds us together! The New Testament clearly speaks about the church being unified in Christ (Eph. 4:5). For the New Testament church to remain as the pure New Testament church, it must continue steadfastly in the truth. (Acts 2:42) When the New Testament church practices the pure, sanctified truth, there is holiness, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering, forgiveness, forbearance and love found within the body of Christ. (Col. 3:12-14) Paul strongly admonished the Ephesian brethren to “endeavor to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:3) Why did Paul by inspiration say these words to them? Because, God desires unity so much! Did you know that God hates division? In response to Christians who follow after individuals rather than Jesus, Paul says that Christ is not divided (1 Cor. 1:12-13). Though Christ is not divided, His body of believers are. If there is division in the New Testament church, then there is sin. God hates every sin including division in the Lord’s church. (Psalm 5:4) Can anything good come from division? Division hurts feelings. Division separates family and friends. Division literally tears each other apart. Division never heals. Division is against God’s plans for unity. Division destroys people. Division is clearly Satan’s work. In the first century, Paul dealt with division in the Lord’s church. He saw the heavy sinful consequences of division. He had learned of the problems in the church and from the house of Chloe that the church was divided (1 Cor. 1:11). When Paul learned of this, his heart was broken also. What was the solution? The one and only possible solution is for all of us to abide in the truth of God’s Word. The truth allows us to speak the same thing, have the same mind, and be in the same judgment. Without God’s truth, we cannot be perfectly joined together. (1 Cor. 1:10). Did you know Jesus prayed for unity? It is Jesus’ prayer that we all would be one in Christ (John 17:20-21). Can we not kneel at the foot of the cross, love each other, obey the true teachings of Christ and be united in Christ? Unfortunately, there will be some who will seek division through false teaching, pride, selfishness, etc. It breaks my heart. It is my heart’s desire and prayer that we will unite as the true Lord’s church, obey the true pattern (Rom. 6:17), and live true, undefiled, pure Christianity. (James 1:27) God loves you and I love you!
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Hernandez takes over as Mathis ISD superintendent
by Paul Gonzales
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Benny Hernandez started his first day as the new superintendent Monday. Hernandez served as the La Pryor ISD superintendent for three years before being accepted to the Mathis school district.
Benny Hernandez started his first day as the new superintendent Monday. Hernandez served as the La Pryor ISD superintendent for three years before being accepted to the Mathis school district.
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MATHIS – Mathis ISD kicked off the 2015-2016 school year with a brand new superintendent. Former La Pryor ISD Superintendent Benny P. Hernandez, who has 24 years of education experience, started his new position in Mathis on Monday as students made their way to the first classes of the year and he was more than ready to get to work. “One of the key things is the students’ scores,” Hernandez said. “And some people are pretty good at saying things but actions speak louder than words.” For the three years that Hernandez served as superintendent at La Pryor, he brought the district from academically unacceptable to met standards and in 2012, the high school was recognized for its high scores. The pre-K through second grade data for the school also projects a passing rate of 88 through 93 percent in both reading and math. Also as superintendent of La Pryor, he created a new science and accelerated math lab for students, as well as an accelerated reader library lab for the elementary school. But students’ scores are only aspect of what he’s looking to accomplish. In his letter of application, he stated, “Communication is another factor that is critical in the education of our students. A line of communication between the school and the community will only enhance the cohesiveness that is necessary to accomplish the goal of properly educating our students. “Parents are partners in the education of our youth.” Hernandez will begin to meet with the faculty next week as he didn’t want to interrupt teachers during the hectic first week of school. But he says he’s adjusting to the new school district just fine. Well, except for one little change. “The last 15 years, I’ve been able to walk to work,” he said with a laugh. “My house from the superintendent’s office was literally 45 seconds away. My kid’s put more miles on my truck than I did.” When asked how he enjoyed the town of Mathis, he responded, “The people that I have met are very welcoming. But I have a sense that they want to see change. “You hear stories about how Mathis used to be, but that’s water under the bridge. It’s what Mathis needs to become that’s important now.” Coming from a smaller school district like La Pryor comes with its own set of challenges, but Hernandez seems willing and ready to take them all on headfirst. “Change is good,” he said. “We change with time, but it’s what you believe in that needs to stay constant.”
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