Coupland Civic Organization (CCO)
The Coupland Civic Organization and its board of directors are still not holding their regular monthly meetings. The board members are hoping that by fall they will be able to hold the annual Choo Choo Fest, the fundraiser to restore and maintain Coupland’s historic depot and caboose. If it is possible to hold Choo Choo Fest, it will be held Sunday, Oct. 4, with the usual barbecue dinner by Coupland’s Master Chef Peter Wabbel, with all the homemade trimmings. More details will be announced closer to the date.
City of Coupland
For its May meeting, the city council met in-person Thursday, June 11. Instead of the Fire Station conference room, the council met in the fellowship hall of St. Peter’s Church, thus giving everybody plenty of room to maintain social distancing, both council members and the members of the public who attended. Everybody wore masks.
Coupland School held an in-person eighth grade graduation in the evening of Monday, June 1, outside in front of the school. School staff had arranged chairs so that each family group had its reserved seating separate from other family groups. The usual Coupland graduation arrangement of blue and white balloons was behind the speakers in front of the front door.
Teacher Brandi Smith addressed the graduates, and there were speeches by valedictorian Kassidy Viktora, who was introduced by Beau Bollinger, and salutatorian Rose Simons. Recognitions and awards were announced by Superintendent Tammy Brinkman, teacher and Coach Stayci Burris, Coach Kyle Rinderknecht and Board of Trustees Vice President Crystal Ward. Brinkman and Board of Trustees President Kandice Samuelson presented the diplomas.
It was a pleasant evening to hold the event out of doors, and the graduates, their families, staff, and faculty were all glad that Coupland was able to have its usual in-person graduation ceremony.
St. Peter’s Church of Coupland
St. Peter’s began holding in-person services again on June 7. Their email newsletter said, “Join us Sunday morning at 10:15. We do our best to protect everyone’s safety, and safety protocols are in place . . . If you aren’t able to make it to church, you can see a video of the service on our YouTube channel.”
You can find the channel by going to You Tube and searching for “stpeters coupland,” with no space between stpeters.
If you want a list of all the safety protocols or have other questions, call the church office at 512-856-2433. Church Secretary Barbara Coleman is there from 8 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday. St. Peter’s is sending out an email newsletter with a link to the weekly video. If you would like to receive it, email StPetersCoupland@gmail.com.
Pastor Martin Garrison is on sabbatical, and Pastor Brett Hart is filling in for him. Pastor Hart is in the church office on Tuesday and Thursday. He hosts the Tuesday Morning Coffee Club from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the fellowship hall. Social distancing is practiced.
St. Peter’s has recognized its 2020 graduates Kaylee Nelson and Cade Watson, both of whom graduated from Elgin High School.
New Sweden Lutheran Church
New Sweden Church resumed church services Sunday, May 10, at 10:30 a.m. Holy communion resumed Sunday, June 7, and will continue every first and third Sunday. Safeguards against COVID-19 are in place. Sunday School will not be held.
Recordings of the pastor’s sermons are still available on the home page of the website, newswedenelca.org, and will continue to be emailed upon request.
The annual Swedish Midsummer Celebration that is usually held at the Elgin SPJST Hall was cancelled. New Sweden’s annual “God and Country” program, planned for June 28, has been cancelled. The church picnic that was planned for this weekend has been cancelled.
The Type Church (formerly Yegua Creek Church) east of Coupland has resumed services. The Sunday service is at 10:30 a.m., and a nursery is available. Holy Communion is observed on the first Sunday of every month.
Charlene Hanson Jordan reports, “People sit a pew apart and bring their own masks; hand sanitizer is supplied.”
Pastor Terry Kennedy is continuing to preach online. Sermons can be accessed on the Type Church Facebook page.
New programs are in the planning stages: Sunday School, Bible Study, Vacation Bible School, and Advent Calendar. Type Church is located at 1200 County Road 466, and the pastor's contact information is: 512-599-7761 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coupland Volunteer Fire Department (CVFD)
Assistant Fire Chief John Roulston-Bates announced that the CVFD resumed in-person training on June 4 at 7 p.m. with a lesson on pump training. Masks are mandatory for the training sessions.
He says, “If you are interested in joining the Volunteer Fire Department, you’d be very welcome to come and see how we work.”
In May, the CVFD had 38 calls for service, including 19 Medical, 3 Fall/Lift Assist, 9 Motor Vehicle Accidents, 3 Outside Fire/Investigation, 1 Structure Fire/Alarm, and 3 Other. We appreciate our brave firefighters and all they do to help the community.
Fort Worth Art Patrons Visit Coupland’s Arts Convergence
Betsy and George Pepper visited Coupland artist Letitia Eldredge at her Arts Convergence Gallery and studio on June 2 and toured Coupland sculptor Jim Huntington’s Sculpture Garden. Mrs. Pepper is the founder of the Fort Worth Public Library Foundation and its retired CEO.
She started the foundation in 1993 to assist with the physical situation of Fort Worth’s downtown library. Following this successful campaign, the foundation continued to raise funds to help the library system, and to date has raised more than $9 million.
Historically in Fort Worth, the downtown library was the major facility for fine art displays, and it had a reputation as an exhibit space for major American artists. The facility fell on hard times and needed major rehabilitation. Mrs. Pepper was instrumental in making the downtown library an art center once again. Her Library Foundation funded a 6,600-square-foot gallery, and the library again became an important Fort Worth art venue.
Her husband George is a retired entrepreneur. The couple are supporters of Fort Worth arts organizations and other organizations. They were interested to see Coupland’s ArtBloc with its collection of artists and their art.