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Thursday, May 17, 2012 3B

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Our debt has been paid

Power play

STAFF PHOTO BY DAN PARKER

A worker from AEP, the electrical utility, does some work on power lines along 11th Street, near Royal Palm Drive, on Thursday, May 10.

Texas Coastal Bend Regional Tourism

Council will learn about avian and marine life rehabilitation The Texas Coastal Bend Regional Tourism Council (TCBRTC) will convene in Port Aransas as for its monthly meeting at Trout Street Bar & Grill on Tuesday, May 22, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The council consists of 17 Coastal Bend counties and includes chambers of commerce, attractions, accommodations and economic development personnel. The group will gather to learn about the rehabilitation of marine and avian life at the Animal Rehabilitation Keep, located on the campus of the University of Texas Marine Science Institute. Tony Amos will speak on his more than 30 years of tracking, studying and rehabilitating animals of many species in and around the Port Aransas area. Interested parties who might want to join the group may do so by contacting Jane Marslender at the Port Aransas Chamber of CommerceTourist Bureau, which is host for the event, at the chamber office 749-5919 by Friday morning, May 18. TCBRTC is a non-profit organization that promotes tourism in the Coastal Bend. The council is comprised of those involved in tourism, or tourist related activities in the counties of Aransas, Bee, Brooks, Calhoun, De Witt, Duval, Goliad, Jackson, Jim Wells, Kenedy, Kleberg, Live Oak, McMullen, Nueces, Refugio, San Patricio, and Victoria. People employed at chambers of commerce, convention and visitors bureaus, as well as private entities within the Coastal Bend serve on the council. Members represent the area at trade shows, festivals, fairs and other functions on an on-going basis.

If you watch the news very often you are familiar with terms like national debt and budget deficits. The numbers that are discussed are almost mind numbing, but then I think back to my own personal experience with learning how to handle my finances. As a young man entering the work force and attending college, I thought I had arrived when I got my first credit card. I managed it pretty well for a while. As bills and responsibilities increased, I thought it would be okay to use the credit card to handle items that really should not have been put on the credit card. I soon realized that this was not a good idea, and made arrangements to pay off my personal debt. Today, my wife and I still use a credit card, but we always pay it off and use the benefits for our family vaca-

tions. In other words, we let the credit card company pay us, instead of us owing them. 1 Peter 2:24 NIV He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. Every person alive has a spiritual sin debt. If you have ever lied, stolen something, cheated, etc., you sinned. That means you made charges to your spiritual account. So often we go through life not understanding the amount of spiritual debt that we have accumulated, but it only takes one charge (sin) to put us over the limit. When we die, the

balance is due. There are two means of payment accepted: 1.) a perfect life (since no one is perfect, this means of payment is not applicable to you or me), and 2.) payment by a third party. That is where the above verse comes in. Jesus paid for our sins when he died on the cross. The transaction becomes complete when we pray and admit to God that we are not perfect and we need Jesus to pay our debt, and to help us live for Him. The beauty of this spiritual payment is that it also comes with benefits. God lives inside of us when we ask Jesus to change us, and he helps us with our daily decisions. He gives us help, courage, strength and abilities that we otherwise would not have. Now that is a plan with benefits! William Campbell is pastor at First Baptist Church of Port Aransas.

1990. A c cording to the family, Taylor loved his f a m i l y, Corpus Christi, Port Aransas and beaches worldwide. His son Tyler shared this passion for hunting and water sports and they could be found side by side enjoying both pursuits throughout Texas and Mexico. Taylor served as a commissioner on the City of Corpus Christi Planning and Zoning Commission, the Bold Future Initiative, and many other civic groups. He was instrumental in

assisting with the creation of the Texas Surf Museum. Taylor is survived by his wife and son; two brothers, Mel (Leslie) Taylor of Houston and Jeff (Brenda) of McKinney; a brother-in-law, Steve Lofties (wife Timmy) of Guymor Okla.; and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held Friday, May 11 at All Saint’s Episcopal Church in Corpus Christi. A paddle-out ceremony was held in his honor on Saturday, May 12, at the Horace Caldwell Pier in Port Aransas. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Texas Surf Museum, the American Red Cross, or to the charity of one’s choice.

WILLIAM

CAMPBELL

OBITUARIES Taylor

John S. (Jocko) Taylor died May 6, 2012 following a surfing accident in Port Aransas. He was born on May 16, 1951. Taylor is preceded in death by his father, William M. Taylor, and his mother, Jane Stewart Taylor, both of Harlingen. He attended Harlingen High School, graduated from Sam Houston State University and obtained his masters from Texas A & M University. At the time of his death he was the president of the Associated Builders and STAFF PHOTO BY JUDY K. KRANTZ Contractors where he had success growing the membership throughout the Corpus Christi Sandi Stout, of the Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce, area. discusses some of the brochures available at the chamber He married his wife, Pam, in

Chamber open house

with Patty Ballard of Cars and Carts. The chamber is celebrating Travel and Tourism Week by hosting an open house that ends today at 5 p.m. Everyone is welcome to stop by and learn what Port Aransas has to offer our visitors.

BIRTH

ANNOUNCEMENT

Daughter was born to Ramsdens Lanie and James Ramsden of Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y., announce the birth of their daughter, Loretta Rose Ramsden, on Monday, April 16, 2012. She was born at 5:20 a.m. and weighed seven pounds, 1 ounce. She measured 20.5

inches long. She was welcomed by her 22-month old sister, Annabel Rose. Lanie Ramsden was the 1999 valedictorian of Port Aransas High School. She is now a veterinarian on Long Island.

James Ramsden is a Merchant Marine officer. Maternal grandparents are Mary Jo and the late Paul Matthews of Port Aransas. Paternal grandparents are Carol and Tom Ramsden of Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y.

HAROLD AND ELFRIEDE CRAWFORD

Couple celebrates 57th anniversary

Celebrating their 57th wedding anniversary, Elfriede and Wayne Crawford went to Hawaii, where they did some deep-sea fishing. They caught and released a nice-sized striped marlin at Kona, off the island of Hawaii. The marlin was one of the biggest ones caught recently and even made the West Hawaii daily newspaper’s “big fish list” for the quarter. The

fish weighed an estimated 80 pounds. In Honolulu, the couple celebrated their anniversary at the Hotel Hale Koa Luau, where they were asked to come to the center of the stage as the master of ceremonies sang the Hawaiian wedding song. The Crawfords said, “It was a great trip, but it is always nice to come back to Port Aransas and our paradise island here.”

ISLAND IN THE SON UNITED METHODIST Rev. Ken Houston Small Groups: 9:00 a.m. Sunday Worship: 10:00 a.m. 10650 Hwy. 361 (by Beach Access Rd. 3)....749-0884

CHURCH OF CHRIST James Bruster, Minister Sunday Bible Class 9 a.m. Worship 10 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesday Class 7 p.m. 205 Brundrett 749-5498....361-563-8232 CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS Paul Campbell, President Sacrament Meeting: 9:30 a.m. Sunday School: 10:45 a.m. Primary: 10:45 a.m. Priesthood and Relief Society: 11:30 a.m. 3035 Hwy 35 N., Rockport (361) 790-5699 COMMUNITY PRESBYTERIAN Tricia Tedrow, Interim Pastor Church School 9:30 a.m. Sun. Sunday Worship: 11:00 a.m. Sunday Youth Service: 6 p.m., JELM The Anchor -- An Uncommon Gathering, 7:00 p.m., Wed. 113 S. Alister................749-5319 11TH STREET CHRISTIAN John Pritchett, Minister Sunday School: 10 a.m. Worship: 11 a.m. 11th & Nelson Ave. Aransas Pass....758-5818

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GRACE COMMUNITY CHURCH Pentecostal Church of God Mark Kennedy, Pastor Sunday: 10:00 a.m. Wed. Bible Study - 6:30 p.m. 1801 S. 11th........749-5772

FAITH LUTHERAN James Sturgis, Pastor 938 W. Lott Ave., Aransas Pass 361-758-3145 Sunday School: 9 a.m. Morning Worship: 10 a.m. FIRST BAPTIST William Campbell, Pastor Sunday School/Bible Study - all ages 9:45 a.m. Worship: 11:00 a.m. Anchor Groups: T.B.A. Wed.: Tidal Wave Kids 200 N. Station.............749-6479 FIRST CHRISTIAN (Disciples of Christ) Rev. David Dear, Pastor Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Worship: 11 a.m. 337 W. Nelson & Rife Aransas Pass.... 758-3530

ST. JOSEPH CATHOLIC Father John Xaviour Rosary 7:45 & Mass 8 a.m. weekdays Saturday Mass: 5 p.m. Sunday Mass: 9 & 11 a.m. Confession: Saturday 4:30 p.m. 100 N. Station St.........749-5825 TRINITY-BY-THE-SEA EPISCOPAL Rev. Doug Schwert Sunday School 10 a.m. Sunday Eucharist: 10 a.m. & 7 p.m. Christian Education: Sunday 6 p.m. Women’s Bible Study: Monday 7 p.m. Wed. Eucharist: 9:30 a.m. 433 Trojan St........749-6449

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