Coupland Civic Organization
The Coupland Civic Organization (CCO) will host the new school superintendent Tammy Brinkman on Monday, Sept. 26, in the Fellowship Hall of St. Peter’s Church of Coupland. A sandwich supper, including homemade pies, will be served at 6:30 p.m., and attendees will hear from Superintendent Brinkman at 7 p.m. She will discuss Coupland School, followed by a question-and-answer session.
One of Coupland’s most important events—the annual Choo Choo Fest—will be held on Sunday, Oct. 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., inside and on the grounds of the landmark St. Peter’s Church of Coupland. Choo Choo Fest is a fundraiser for the restoration of the CCO’s historic caboose, which sits next to the Coupland Depot.
We will once again be serving a great barbecue dinner consisting of barbecued pork loin, barbecued chicken, sausage, potato salad, beans, and coleslaw plus iced tea. The cooking will be supervised by Coupland’s Master Chef Peter Wabbel and pit master Bobby Hepner.
Tickets are now being sold and are $10 per person for adults and $5 per child (ages 4 to 10). Tickets can be purchased in advance from any board member or call Barbara Piper, 512-856-2635; Becky Sutton, 512-856-2502; or Judy Downing, 512-293-0501. A limited number of tickets will be sold at the door.
This year, the CCO has added a new attraction—a real live choo choo: the Kiddie Express Train. From 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., kids and their families will be able to ride free on this picturesque trackless train through downtown Coupland.
The train is complete with a smokestack, bell and whistle, and driver dressed as an engineer.
As always, Choo Choo Fest will feature a fabulous silent auction with antiques, arts and crafts, artwork, collectibles, décor items, toys, services, and much more. A highlight of this year’s silent auction will be an heirloom 100-year-old quilt donated by Ted and Cynthia Wittliff. Also, there will be some antique furniture from a long-time Coupland family.
There will also be one of our famous Coupland bake sales. And the colorful Coupland Caboose End of the Line t-shirts will be for sale. This year, they come in additional colors, so you can add to your collection. Also, the large tote bags with custom artwork of St. Peter’s Church and an early Coupland house will be available.
Both the Coupland Depot and caboose are owned by the CCO, which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Thank you to H-E-B for supporting our event with gift card donations. Also thanks to Bill Dupy for providing a tent covering for the patio dining area.
On Sept. 10, Coupland looked like a step back in time with a visit from the Lone Star Model A Club. The Club drove around the area and visited the Old Coupland Inn & Dancehall and the Depot Museum.
Coupland’s football season began this month with a game against McDade at home. Volleyball has also started with games against Bastrop Tribe, McDade, NYOS, and St. Mary’s. Volleyball coach is Kayla Janicek, and assistants are Chelsea McKay and Stayci Burris.
The PTA had two meetings this month to begin planning of the annual Harvest Festival. The school board held its monthly meeting on Sept. 13.
St. Peter’s Church of Coupland--Kirchenfest
St. Peter’s Bible study started again in September. There are Wednesday classes at 10 a.m. and Sunday classes at 6:30 p.m.
After taking off for the summer, the bi-monthly Seniors Luncheons began again on Sept. 20. The next one will be November 15, 11:30 a.m., with a delicious home-cooked meal followed by visiting and games.
St. Peter’s will hold its annual Kirchenfest (Church Festival) on Oct. 30. Members who have the 25th, 50th and 60th anniversaries of their confirmations will be honored. Worship services will be followed by a meal.
Prissy Rumel reports that the annual church picnic was on September 18 in the pavilion. She says, “The picnic included lots of music, old-time hymns, hay bales, prayer and worship, and good fellowship, followed by hamburgers.”
New Sweden Evangelical Lutheran Church—Rummage Sale
On Saturday, Sept. 24, New Sweden will have a large garage/rummage sale at the Parish Hall. Doors open at 8 a.m.
New Sweden is already planning November and December events. Thanksgiving Eve Worship Service will be on Nov. 23. Christmas events will include a Craft Bazaar and the annual Santa Lucia and Country Christmas Sing-a-Long. More details will be announced closer to the dates.
Yegua Creek Church Welcomes New Pastor
Charlene Hanson Jordan reports that Yegua Creek Evangelical Free Church has a new pastor, Paul E. Hansen. Pastor Hansen holds a Master of Divinity with honors from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He has more than thirty years of experience as a lead pastor, having ministered in churches in Wisconsin and Virginia and as a District Director for the Washington, D.C., Military Ministry—Campus Crusade for Christ International.
His parents came from Norway and settled in Brooklyn where he was born. His wife Nancy comes from Baytown, Texas, and they have two grown children.
Yegua Creek Church is located at 1200 CR 466, southeast of Coupland. Charlene says, “Everyone is cordially invited to come and meet Pastor and Mrs. Hansen. Sunday morning services start at 10 a.m.”
Coupland Volunteer Fire Department (CVFD)—Benefit Bake Sale
The Wilco Medic 42 crew visited the Coupland Fire Station on September 1 and gave the CVFD EMR class a tour of their ambulance and equipment. CVFD participated in the Taylor Sept. 11 Memorial March.
CVFD regular meetings are on Thursday evenings at the Fire Station. The officers’ meeting is at 6 p.m., and training is at 7 p.m.
The Coupland Hermann Sons Lodge 113 will hold a benefit bake sale for the CVFD at the Fire Station on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 8 a.m. until sold out. Lena Ging says, “Our goal is to raise $500, and the Grand Lodge Sons of Hermann will match it with $500. Funds are needed for training on recently received equipment for grain silo rescue and water rescue.” Baked goods and donations are appreciated, and for more information call Lena Ging, 512-468-0072.