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+ Buda doles out $25K in community funding. - Page 1D Page 6 Hays Free Press July 26, 2017 ugust brings some city-related deadlines. Sunda~ August 6, is the last day to place limbs by the street for "Limb Days." If the city opts for the same process this year as past years', pickup will not occur until after the city receives bids and selects a contractor. With the usual process, contractors willing to place a bid drive through on Monday morning, August 7, to view scope of work and prepare a bid. After bids are reviewed, a contractor is hired and the removal of the limbs placed curbside before the i rat.city Montage by Pauline Tom deadline. Now's the time to start your (chainsaw) engines. Now's the time to file for an alderman position. Three at-large positions will be up for election in November. Seldom does Mountain City have an election because seldom do more than three candidates file. Filing goes through our city decretary, Ellis Craig. Contact Ellis for details, Ecraigl @austin.rr.com. Biting ants invaded our kitchen last week. Out came our Terro Ant Bait. Years ago, an exterminator suggested Terro Ant Bait, a bottle of liquid that comes in a small orange box. Ron wrote "ant bait" on tiny labels on bits of cardboard and placed them on our counter. Within minutes, the bait beckoned some ants. We did not remember whether we should kill MONTAGE, 7 + irrl I It's About lllyme by Chris Winslow A t this time of year, when summer sun d. ~is doing its annual roasting of Central Texas, I am often thinking of the best ways to keep all of my lovely plants alive. As gardeners, we must try our hardest to conserve as much of our precious water for our landscapes as possible. Drip irrigation, without question, is the best way to accomplish this. The traditional approach has been to use hoses and sprinklers. Then along came the high-tech under- ground systems with their automatic timers, pop-up sprinklers and rotors. All of these simply throw water in the air in the hope that some of it might bene- fit the turf, flowerbeds and plants that it lands on. Drip irrigation, however, is a focused technique that supplies the right amount of water directly to the plant's base. Plants love it, and will show their grati- tude by flourishing through these hot summer months. To set up a drip system, connect a soft poly pipe to your water faucet, and run the pipe along the soil surface. The next step is to punch 'emitters' into this pipe at the base of each plant. Gardeners often use mulch to cover the pipe and emitters to further conserve moisture. SOME OTHER BENEFITS OF DRIP IRRIGATION: 1. You save water (and therefore money) since there's no evaporative loss to the air. It all goes directly to the plants. 2. Water is added to the soil slowly. This reduces and often eliminates water loss due to mn off. 3. Weeds don't get wa- tered as much. 4. Plant diseases, like powdery mildew, are kept at a minimum because foliage is kept dry. 5. Water can be tailored to individual plant needs. Water loving plants can be given more by adding extra emitters, while xeriscape plants have less. 6. Best of all, drip irri- gation is easy to install for both existing flower beds and vegetable gardens. Often there is no trenching and existing automatic systems can be adapted easily. When we combine drip irrigation with native and adaptive plant species, we can then all make the very best use of water.., our most precious resource. Happy gardening everyone! If you have a question, send it to me via mail: iat- hyme@yahoo.com. (Please put ~4sk Chris Winslow' in the subject line.) Or mail your letter or postcard to:Ask Chris Winslow. It's About Thyme: I1726 Manchaca Road, Austin, TX 78748 www.itsaboutthyme. corn BY TIMOTHY STUCKEY T emveere's a time for rything, includ- g changes within church leadership. Hays Hills Baptist Church recently experi- enced this change when David Sweet, lead pastor of 27 years, stepped aside to allow Pastor Aaron Kahler to lead the next generation. "I think Aar- on's gifts, personality and vision will lead us to reach even more young families and to shift our budget more to ministry and mis- sions so that the gospel is heard and lived out for more people." said Sweet, who is now the associate pastor at the church. So who is the new pas- tor at Hays Hills? Kahler was born in Midland to a religious family who helped culti- vate his faith. He completed his un- dergraduate studies in Bi- ble and Biblical I_anguag- es at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene. He then completed his seminary education at the Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Fla. before serving as a pastor at Forest Glade Baptist Church in Mexia. Kahler joined Hays HAYS FREE PRESS FILE PHOTO Above, right, Pastor David Sweet oversees the construction of the Hays Hills Baptist Church nearly 27 years ago on FM 1626. Left are current photos of Sweet and new incoming pastor Aaron Kahlen (Head shots by Timothy Stuckey) "Although he's young and connects well with young families, he's also an old-soul who likes for us to sing the doxology and he preaches like a classic preacher, instead of someone trying to be hip." -David Sweet, Associate Pastor Hills' staffin 2011 as Minister of Children until 2015 when he began serving in dual capacity as a Teaching Pastor. Sweet said Kahler is an "outstanding preach- er and communicator" that has a high view of scripture and "deep convictions about what obedience to Christ looks like." 'Although he's young and connects well with young families, he's also an old-soul who likes for us to sing the doxology and he preaches like a classic preacher, instead of someone trying to be hip," Sweet said. Sweet said Kahler served as an elder along- side him and several others for the last five years. He said the elders got to know his "heart, his theological depth and ministry's maturity." Earlier this year, Kahler was selected by the church elders to serve as Lead Pastor. "I sensed that God was changing the focus on my ministry and at the same time that God was calling Aaron as our primary preacher and pastor," Sweet said. CHANGING OF THE GUARD The decision to give up a leadership role was difficult for Sweet, but the trust and admiration between the two pastors, as well as the trust in their own faith, has helped the Ixansitlon go smoothly. Kahler said church elders believed the pro- posed transition would make the best use of both men's gifts. Kahler said Sweet's passion is for shepherding, developing small groups and leading outreach ministries. His passion is shepherding through preaching and vision. "The proposed transi- tion allows us to combine our gifts in awaythat affords me time to stud preach, and cast vision while David counsels, promotes discipleship, and oversees small groups," Kahler said. He added the changes of leadership are indic- ative of some changes within the church. Kahler said the mission at Hays Hills is bringing "life-changing hope to an ever-changing people through the unchanging gospel." "We're committed to reaching those around us and acknowledge that as people around us change, we have to be open to change as well," Kahler said. "One thing we don't change, one thing that will never change, is the good news of Jesus Christ that brings hope and salvation to a world that desperate- ly needs it," Kahler said. Kahler explained that there am currently two main points of emphasis for the church. One is seeking to have 20 percent of the budget allocated to missions and evangelism. The other point is creating a culture within the church in which every member is not only praying for the salvation of non-believers, but also for opportunities to share the gospel with them. "We believe that as we're faithful to pray for the salvation of those around us and for the chance to speak into their lives the troth about Jesus," said Kahler. "We'll see the hope of Jesus enter into the lives of our neigh- bors, co-workers, family members, and friends." As the new Lead Pastor, Kahler understands church can be an "intim- idating place to visit," but that all are welcome. "We gather on Sun- days to worship Jesus and Study the Bible. Ifs our prayer, as we look at God's word together each week, we would grow in our knowledge of God, so we might know the hope of Christ and the immea- surable greatness of His power toward us who believe," said Kahler. -