By SHARRON HUDSON
MILLSAP – Things around Millsap have been very busy recently, and two organizations had important meetings this past week.
The Millsap Masonic Lodge 1265 held its annual installation ceremony on July 16. The special evening began with a wonderful meal of spaghetti and all of the trimmings in the lodge’s patriotically decorated dining room. To celebrate the event a beautiful cake with the Masonic emblem was served. There were many visitors to the installation ceremony, where the slate of newly elected officers included Russell Herrick as Worshipful Master. The ceremony was very impressive and we congratulate the new officers.
The Poe Prairie Cemetery Association held its annual meeting on the evening of July 20 with many in attendance. The business meeting included a decision to put a ceiling in the pavilion as a barrier against birds. In a very touching ceremony a new veterans memorial was unveiled. Seven veterans were in attendance for the unveiling. Following the conclusion of business ice cream and treats were enjoyed. The evening included music, but wrapped up early due to the risk of bad weather. Special thanks from the cemetery board go to the Malt Shop for the delicious ice cream and to musicians Roy Black and Eddie Weise.
In remembrance: Jacque Kirkland Cox, graduate of Millsap Class 1970, passed away in Decatur on July 17. Her service was held in Bowie at the First Free Will Baptist Church with husband, Larry Cox, officiating. Condolences to Mr. Cox, daughter Cheree Cox, and brothers Johnny Kirkland, of Weatherford and Mac Kirkland, of Arkansas.
The community is saddened by the passing of Millsap Middle School student Austin Griffin. This young man passed away on July 18 and his service was at Soda Springs Baptist Church. Austin loved his pets and swimming. Sympathy to parents James and Sandra Griffin and other family members.
It’s going to be a busy week at Midpoint Chapel, 2312 South FM Road 113, as the church family will be joined by Eleventh Avenue church for VBS. Each evening, July 29-Aug. 2, there will be supper, Bible lessons, crafts and games. All ages are welcome to participate from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For more info call 940-682-4436. An enriching time for the entire family!
A reminder that plans are in full swing for the Second Annual Back-to-School Fair which will be held at Millsap City Hall. On Aug. 10, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., there will be supplies given out to all ages of our school kids. There will be vouchers for haircuts and plans are for medical personnel to be on site to give needed immunizations. Donations are needed, so if you can help call 940-353-7496 or 940-682-7446.
Another worthy cause on Aug. 10 is a housewarming for Triumph House will be held at the Millsap Community Center, 10 a.m.-noon. This is a community event and has sponsors of the City of Millsap, Millsap VFD and Joy’s Shear Creations, with many others rapidly jumping on board to help supply this safe house for girls, ages 10-17 years, who have been rescued from human trafficking.
Triumph House, under faith-based non-profit Traffick 911, is preparing to open this summer and there are a multitude of needs. This is a much-needed facility as Homeland Security has targeted Parker County as one of two counties in North Texas requiring immediate attention on the problem of human trafficking.
Millsap First Baptist Church is taking care of the details of the housewarming and you are welcome to bring items, or a monetary donation to the community center. There is also registration at Target and Bed Bath & Beyond under the name Triumph House.
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