Our mission is to build a bridge between racial, cultural, educational, and economic divisions within the community.


December 2021 Newsletter


Our mission is to build a bridge between racial, cultural, educational, and economic divisions within the community.


December Message From the Board of Directors


We had a fabulous turnout for the Community Thanksgiving Meal. The food catered by Gary Goebel was delicious and the music by Rocky Kelly, Jan Wehring, The Hilltop Ramblers, Christway Temple Full Gospel Baptist Church Choir, and Anthony Moreno was wonderful. We are grateful to everyone who helped make this event successful including all the bakers with those wonderful desserts and the volunteers who helped with setup and cleanup. A special thank you to Sherri McGinty for her hard work in organizing this event. It was her first time (for us) and she did a great job. The big surprise was the donation of $1,000 from our new Citizens State Bank in Burton. What a nice gift! The donation was used to help underwrite the cost of the meal.


The Board has chosen M&L Construction and Remodeling to make the interior and exterior changes needed at 307 North Brazos. Robert Cochran has already started replacing the glass in the windows to provide more natural light in the building. We anticipate that M&L Construction will begin their work soon. We remain hopeful that the building will be ready for move-in by the end of this year. We are still looking for a contractor to perform the electrical work.


At the upcoming meeting, we will be reviewing candidates for the Board of Directors. Starting in January 2022, we will expand the Board to eight members. We are grateful to everyone who expressed an interest in serving. We will announce the new board members in the January newsletter.


Finally, we want to extend holiday greetings to everyone in the community. God has blessed Burton Bridge Ministry with wonderful people who give of their time and talent to deliver services, and generous donors who support us financially. We remain forever grateful to you. 


May the love and peace of Christ be with you and your family this Christmas and always. 


Bridge Ministry of Burton, Texas — Board of Directors

Bill Comiskey, Treasurer

Barbara Donnelly, Secretary

Ivenus Garcia, Vice President

Madeline Johnson, President

Pastor Marcus Snowden


Wishing You a Very Merry Christmas


To our neighbors, friends, church partners, and clients, we would like to wish each and every one of you a very merry Christmas. During this season, we will be celebrating hope, peace, love and joy; we pray that all four of these would fill your life in every way this Christmas and beyond.


This Christmas, as in all previous years, we celebrate “Immanuel” (God with us). Without Christ’s presence among us we would be lost. Through God’s presence working within us we are being healed, transformed, reconciled and made whole. We pray you and your families have a wonderful Christmas, with peace and prosperity in the year ahead.


To Our Wonderful Volunteers


Volunteers are the heart of Bridge Ministry of Burton, Texas. We would like to take a moment to offer our heartfelt appreciation and thanks. We are so grateful for how you have served so sacrificially this past year. Whether it’s leading groups; performing minor home repairs; delivering hot meals to homebound seniors; sorting and pricing donations; playing music; volunteering during our summer day camp; baking pies and cakes; or any one of the countless other (usually unseen) tasks that keep our community running, we are grateful. Thank you so much for all you do!


Mark Your Calendars


December 2-4: Buy 1 get 2 FREE clothes and jewelry at The Corner Shoppe. 

December 3: Senior Fellowship and Meal. Menu: Taco Lasagna, Mexican corn, chips (catered by White Horse Tavern). 

December 6: Deadline for us to collect new, unwrapped toys for Washington County Toys for Tots. 

December 9: “Merry Christmas: Don’t It Make Ya Wanna Dance” fundraiser, hosted by the White Horse Tavern. 

December 9-11: Half off shoes and purses at The Corner Shoppe. 

December 10: Senior Fellowship and Meal. Menu: Fried fish, mac-n-cheese, slaw, hush puppies (catered by The Cannery). 

Through December 12: Help us build Advent bundles by collecting items for our mobile pantry clients. 

December 16-18: Half off store-wide sale, including the back stockroom at The Corner Shoppe. 

December 17: Manna mobile food pantry. 

December 17: Senior Fellowship and Meal. Menu: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, green beans, dinner rolls.

December 18: Complimentary punch and cookies on the last retail day in the current location at The Corner Shoppe. 

December 22: Distribute Toys for Tots to qualifying families. 

December 24 and 31: We will not host the Senior Fellowship and Meal on the Fridays of these holiday weekends.

December 25: Christmas Day


December Fundraiser:


Merry Christmas! Don’t It Make Ya Wanna Dance


The social season ain’t over yet! Don’t miss the December 9th tribute to the Houston Music Scene and Urban Cowboy when the White Horse Tavern hosts a dinner, show and dance at the American Legion Hall Martin Louis 242.


Host and performer extraordinaire Allison Krause Crowson, along with the House Tribute Band, are kickin’ up their heels with some good ol’ honky tonk. There are so many great songs from the Urban Cowboy soundtrack; which ones will we hear that night? You’ll have to buy tix and see for yourself.


Urban Cowboy soundtrack:

“Hello Texas” by Jimmy Buffett

“All Night Long” by Joe Walsh

“Times Like These” by Dan Fogelberg

“Nine Tonight” by Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band

“Stand By Me” by Mickey Gilley

“Cherokee Fiddle” by Johnny Lee

“Could I Have This Dance” by Anne Murray

“Lyin’ Eyes” by Eagles

“Lookin’ for Love” by Johnny Lee

“Don’t It Make Ya Wanna Dance” by Bonnie Raitt

“The Devil Went Down to Georgia” by Charlie Daniels Band

“Here Comes the Hurt Again” by Mickey Gilley

“Orange Blossom Special” / “Hoedown” by Gilley’s “Urban Cowboy” Band

“Love the World Away” by Kenny Rogers

“Falling in Love for the Night” by Charlie Daniels Band

“Darlin’” by Bonnie Raitt

“Look What You’ve Done to Me” by Boz Scaggs

“Hearts Against the Wind” by Linda Ronstadt and J. D. Souther


We also are hosting a silent auction with fabulous items. Carolyn and Ralf Thiemer have created several one-of-a kind centerpieces that will make someone’s table the talk of the season. The creative Thiemers have also made a 12-piece Nativity that is hand cut and meticulously painted that will be someone’s forever Nativity set. The seven-piece wood train that Ralf made will bring a smile to any child’s face. But that’s not all. We also have a beautiful print by local artist Sheila Webb showing the wildflowers of Texas in the shape of the state. These and our “surprise” silent auction items make this dinner, show, and dance something special. All benefits from the silent auction will go to Bridge Ministry of Burton, Texas.


We are grateful to Allison Crowson and the White Horse Tavern for designating 25% of the proceeds from this event towards Burton Bridge Ministry’s capital campaign. Please read more about our expansion plans in the next article.


Who: The White Horse Tavern and the House Tribute Band

What: A Tribute to the Houston Music Scene and Urban Cowboy

Where: American Legion Hall, Martin Louis 242, 13100 West Washington Street, Burton, TX 77835

When: Thursday, December 9, 2021

Meal at 6 p.m.

Show at 7 p.m.

Dance at 8 p.m.

How: Purchase $25 tickets by calling or texting 979-277-5768. Tickets also are on sale at The Corner Shoppe and Hair Depot in Burton, at our administrative office, and through participating churches.

Volunteer Opportunities


Burton Bridge Ministry will decorate the hall and serve homemade desserts during intermission for a free will donation. We need your creative skills and your baked goodies. During “Times Like These,” we also need help with set-up, breakdown, and for cleaning up afterwards. Don’t worry, it won’t go “All Night Long” and we could sure use your help. 


If you can volunteer and assist with set-up, clean-up, decorations or the dessert table, please contact Velta Clifton at 830-998-5366 or


Progress On Our 2021-2022 Capital Campaign


We have been so blessed by your outpouring of support for our expansion plans. Thanks to individual, church and corporate donations; fundraisers held in partnership with White Horse Tavern, Pioneer Smokehouse, Bush’s Chicken and area restaurants during the “Let’s Dine Out!” raffle ­— as well as last month’s very successful 7th Annual Hymn & Beer Fest (Greenvine Emmanuel Lutheran, St. Paul Lutheran Church of Rehburg, and Zion Lutheran Church) — we are well on our way towards reaching our benchmark for the year.


The goal is to raise $250,000 over a two-year period; immediate priorities include enhancing our food and feeding programs and expanding our thrift store retail space. Your generous contributions with lending provided by Carmine State Bank have allowed us to move forward with Phase 1 of our expansion. The temporary relocation of the thrift store to 307 North Brazos provides the opportunity for increased revenue for funding our ministries.


To continue our movement forward, we need your financial support. Won’t you join us in giving? Donations can be made:

• From our website at 

• Via PayPal using our email address:

• By visiting

• By mailing your check to Burton Bridge Ministry, P.O. Box 68, Burton, Texas 77835


Senior Fellowship and Meal


Thank you to the “artsy and craftsy” seniors who helped make centerpieces for the Veterans Day fundraiser in November. We’ll be asking for your help again as we prepare Urban Cowboy-themed centerpieces and decorations for the December fundraiser.


Never miss a day of fun when it comes to our Senior Fellowship and Meal. No reservations are necessary for dine-in service; we’d love to see you on Fridays! The recommended donation is $4. 


Where: St. John’s UCC, Family Life Center, 516 N. Colorado, Burton

When: Fellowship and games from 10 a.m. until noon

Bingo at 11 a.m.

Lunch is served at noon


Upcoming Menus:

December 3: Taco Lasagna, Mexican corn, chips (catered by the White Horse Tavern)

December 10: Fried fish, mac-n-cheese, slaw, hush puppies (catered by The Cannery)

December 17: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, green beans, dinner rolls

December 24: No meal (Christmas holiday weekend)

December 31: No meal (New Year’s holiday weekend)


We no longer offer the drive-thru senior meal option. If you want a “to go” meal, you can pre-order the meal by calling 979-337-3370 no later than the Tuesday preceding the Friday but must come inside to pick up your meal. We will serve our dine-in seniors first and then prepare the “to go” meals. We suggest you arrive at 12:10 p.m. to pick up your meal.


If you’re 55+ or have health issues that require you to stay home, let one of our volunteers deliver a hot meal to you each Friday at no charge. Call team leader Pat Ahlhardt at 979-421-0972 for information. Our delivery area is limited to Burton.


Hip Hip Hooray For Our Talented Bakers!


November Fundraiser


We are so grateful to all the ladies and gents who baked cakes, pies and desserts for the Veterans Day fundraiser. 


We offered cut slices of those yummy treats to our diners and the free will offering netted $1,630 towards our capital campaign. Now that’s a lot of baking!


Community Thanksgiving Meal


The dessert team was back, along with a few new bakers, so that we could serve homemade sweets and treats to more than 200 guests during the Community Thanksgiving Meal. A tip of the hat to Sherri McGinty who chaired the event.


It’s hard to beat the front page coverage we received in the November 23 edition of The Banner-Press!


December Fundraiser


If there’s any sugar left in the cupboard, we need y’all to step up once again and make desserts for the December 9th fundraiser. If you can help, call Pat Ahlhardt at 979-421-0972 or Velta Clifton at 830-998-5366 or


Food and Feeding Programs


November was an extra special month for homebound neighbors. We received a generous donation of more than 30 meal tickets to St. John’s United Church of Christ’s annual drive-through turkey dinner. Volunteers delivered those hot meals to folks who are homebound or lack transportation, bringing plenty of big smiles to families in Burton and surrounding areas. Thank you to Kenney Hinze Jr., Mayor David Zajicek and Linda Zajicek for helping to make this happen.


Every client that drove through our mobile food pantry on November 19 also received an enormous frozen turkey, as well as nonperishables to make a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner for their families. We are grateful to the Brazos Valley Food Bank for their partnership.


It’s no surprise that Allison Krause Crowson and her sister were the big winners when Brazos Valley Recycling held its Brenham Street Party Dress Up Contest. The creative duo won a free “Block Party” with hamburgers, hot dogs and all the fixins, which they donated to Burton Bridge Ministry. With Ira Basey on the grill and Bill Whitener on engineering, we gave away dozens of free burgers and dogs on November 20 during the last shopping day at The Corner Shoppe before Thanksgiving. You can see their winning video at


The 26th Annual Food for Families Food Drive takes place Wednesday, December 1 from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. at the Washington County Expo in Brenham. Sponsored by KBTX Media, volunteers will be collecting canned goods, juice boxes, soup, fruit cups and other nonperishables. Everything collected will go to the Brazos Valley Food Bank, and those donations will eventually make their way back to Burton during our monthly mobile pantries. Visit


Manna Mobile Food Pantry


Upcoming mobile food pantry dates are December 17 (2021) and January 21, February 18 and March 18 (2022). Food is distributed from 10 a.m. until noon (or until the food runs out) from the parking lot of St. John’s UCC, 516 N. Colorado, Burton.


Volunteers are invited to help with set-up (8-10 a.m.), during food distribution (10-11:30 a.m.), or to put away tables and deliver to the homebound (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.).


Our mobile food pantry serves Washington County residents who qualify through the Texas Commodity Assistance Program. Visit for the income guidelines.


The Corner Shoppe Thrift Store


Through your generous donations of clothing, shoes and household goods, our boutique thrift store is able to offer right-priced home goods to neighbors in need.


The proceeds from sales at The Corner Shoppe help Burton Bridge Ministry build a bridge between racial, cultural, educational, and economic divisions within the community.


December 2-4: Buy 1 get 2 FREE clothes and jewelry


December 9-11: Half off shoes and purses


December 16-18: Half off store-wide sale, including the back stockroom


December 18: Complimentary punch and cookies on the last retail day in the current location


Don’t forget that we also sell larger pieces of furniture through Facebook Marketplace. Look for Burton and if the seller is board member Barbara Donnelly then you’ve found our virtual store.


The Corner Shoppe

Through December 18, 2021: 601 N. Main, Burton

Beginning mid-January 2022: 307 N. Brazos, Burton

Open 10 a.m.-3 p.m.




Let This Season Shine Bright


Toys for Tots


It’s that special time of year when we make sure that boys and girls wake up Christmas morning with a big smile on their faces. Look for our Toys for Tots displays at participating churches and, if you can help, grab an ornament and do a bit of shopping. We’re grateful for any new, unwrapped toys that you can donate. Thank you to the Burton I.S.D. Beta Club for creating our tree displays! 


If you know of a family in need, pick up a Toys for Tots application from our administrative office and return it to their teacher at Burton I.S.D. no later than Wednesday, December 1.


We are collecting new, unwrapped toys or financial donations through Monday, December 6. Make checks payable to Washington County Toys for Tots. Call 979-337-3370 or email to arrange for the pick-up of toys.


How it Works: Toys for Tots + Christmas Meal


We partner with Washington County Toys for Tots to bring toys to families in need. The applications are filled out by parents or guardians and collected through the school; Toys for Tots organizers make sure that eligible families are not also receiving toys through another agency.


Burton Bridge Ministry distributes the toys to Burton area parents or guardians, and we also purchase a complete Christmas dinner “to go” and provide that meal to participating families.


Qualified applicants will be notified about where to pick up the toys on December 22. We’re looking for a few more volunteers to collect toys from partner churches, purchase or sort grocery items, and help families carry the bags of toys out to their vehicles. It is a joyful ministry during this most special time of year. To help, contact our office at 979-337-3370 or


Advent Bundles


Help us build Advent bundles by collecting these premium foods: jelly, peanut butter, mustard, ketchup, steak sauce, cooking oil, Ranch dressing, coffee and/or creamer, syrup, salt and pepper or seasoning packet (any flavor), sugar or flour, Miracle Whip, BBQ sauce, roll of paper towels, and a box of Christmas candy or cookies. We’re also hoping for donations of fabric/cloth shopping bags with handles to make this distribution easier.


We’ll be handing out these special foods to our pantry clients during the Manna mobile food pantry on Friday, December 17.


Drop off food and bags at our office, or call 979-337-3370 or email to arrange for pick up.


Blanket and Comforter Drive


We gave away dozens of blankets, quilts and comforters during the November mobile food pantry, but the requests are still coming in. If you’re cleaning out your closets and can donate a blanket to our donation box at 601 North Main, then we’ll be sure to pass it along to a family in need. Thank you.


December-January Pantry Requests


Please donate cleaning products for our mini pantry: dish soap, toilet bowl cleaner, spray cleaner with bleach, sponges, cleaning brush, wet wipes, boxes of powdered laundry detergent (we will repackage in baggies and label with washing instructions).


Bridge Ministry of Burton, Texas • 12607 W. Washington or by mail at P.O. Box 68, Burton, Texas 77835