Vol 1 • Issue 2 • APRIL 23, 2020

Social Distancing for the Ages

I’ve been giving some serious thought to this new socialization aspect – or lack thereof – during the Corona crisis.  I’m horrified that so many people are ill and dying and losing their livelihoods.  But the social isolation aspect isn’t at the top of my bothersome list.  It’s odd because it affects my children tremendously.  Me, not so much.

The Jetton Family: Jacob, Jacey, Fanny and Calob.

Spring is for Cleaning, Thunderstorms,
Income Taxes and the Dreaded . . . Appraisal Letter

By Jacey Jetton

Every spring, we get that letter from the appraisal district: the envelope we open with trepidation. Will my property value stay the same or go up – again? When your appraised property value goes up, do you protest the appraisal, hire someone to protest it for you or avoid the headache and accept the increase? Does anyone’s property actually sell for these amounts? Taxes are necessary, but the appraisal process needs reform.  

Essential –
Not Expendable

By Tim Kaminski,
Gingerbread House Kids Academy

Over the last five weeks, we have all heard about the negative affects the COVID-19 virus is having on the economy and especially small businesses. However, one particular group of small businesses you have not heard much about are childcare providers. At the beginning of the crisis, there were 17,000 licensed childcare providers in Texas and 346 providers in Fort Bend County. As of April 17th, more than 6,000 providers statewide had closed their doors and 174 of those were in Fort Bend County.

Fort Bend County COVID-19 Cases per Zip Code 

Fear and Disinfectant

By Brother Gregory Fleck, Minister - First Baptist Church Fresno

St. Paul wrote this letter to Timothy that had a spirit of fear, for good reason. You see, at the time, he was the pastor of the Church of Ephesus, and Christians were being killed for being Christians. The Greek word being used here for fear here is “deaios,” which describes the feeling that causes you to run away. It makes you afraid of trying; it affects your judgment.  You imagine things, your mind wanders on things that are not so and you begin not thinking soundly. Fear is not necessarily a bad thing.  It is also a good natural protector in times of physical danger, helping us get away from a bad situation.  We just have to not let fear control our ability. Here, St. Paul was telling Timothy, God does not give you a spirit of fear, but one of power.
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