- The Merkel Youth have arrived in Tuba City AZ safely and the kids have been awesome!!!!!! 19:48:58
VISITATION : Saturday May 30, 2009, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM at Starbuck Funeral Home Chapel
CHURCH SERVICE: Sunday May 31, 2009, 2:00 PM at Merkel Church of Christ
Sierra Elizabeth Brandt, 15, died Friday, May 29, 2009 in a local hospital after a courageous battle with cancer. Services will be 2:00 p.m. Sunday, May 31st at Merkel Church of Christ with Lou David Allen, Michael Bryan and Greg Chaney officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, directed by Starbuck Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Sierra was born November 17, 1993 in Wichita Falls to Lisa (Allen) and Bodie Brandt. She was a member of Merkel Church of Christ. She attended Merkel Schools, was elected mascot in middle school and Freshman Homecoming Princess. Sierra also was district champion in the discus and shot put, a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and American Philatelic Society. She was a fisherman, Ebay entrepreneur, BB gun marksman and a rock and stamp collector.
Survivors include her mother, Lisa Brandt of Merkel; her father, Bodie Brandt of Iowa Park; her sister, Savannah Brandt of Merkel; maternal grandparents, Lou David and Rhoda Allen of Merkel; paternal grandparents, Marvin and Ann Brandt of Iowa Park; great maternal grandmother, Margie Sheppard of Merkel; great paternal grandparents, Jack and Bessie Vestal of Iowa Park; uncles and aunts, Greg and Angie Chaney of Merkel, Rob and Vanessa McGarry of Iowa Park; great uncle and aunt, Logan and Linda Cravens of Merkel; cousins, Natalee, Chelsea, Chera, Cole, Shauna and Caryon. A special thanks to Merkel Schools, citizens of Merkel, Merkel Church of Christ, Dr. Victor Hirsch and Hendrick Hospice.
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- Sierra transitioned from this world of pain and passed peacefully into her reward this morning (May 29, 2009) service information is pending 07:01:00
- Our precious Sierra is now in the arms of her heavenly Father, may you each find comfort in Him 07:30:32
- Sunday’s potluck has been changed; BBQ sandwiches & ice cream for dessert provided by the church. Ladies don’t need to bring anything 17:24:10
- BBQ sandwiches for 5th Sunday evening meal; Lds will need to bring a dish for Sierra’s family’s noon meal 17:48:11
Sunday evening services & potluck will be held at the family center. Please bring a couple of potluck dishes and desserts.
Sunday, May 31
Sermon: Michael Bryan
Song Leader: Burl McCoy
Prayers: Opening: A.M.- Mark Rogers P.M.-Jim Goldsmith
Closing: A.M.- Burl McCoy P.M.-Lane Boyd
Lord’s Table: Jim Jacobs, Joel Owens, Billy Lucas, Derrell Riggan, Harold Sloan, Tim Walker P.M.-Jim Jacobs
Pick-up Cards: Tyler Jones & Kyle Owens
Worship Helpers: Cody Buczyna & Odell Walker
Nursing Home: Logan Cravens
Wednesday, June 3
Devo: Lane Boyd
Song Leader: Joel Owens
Prayers: Opening- Joe Swinney Closing-Kelly Woolard
Have you ever thought about the influence you have upon your children? No, I mean REALLY think about it! I mean to think about the short term and long term influence you are having in their lives.
The scripture speaks of raising our children in the way they should go. It also speaks of bringing them up with the discipline and instruction approved by the Lord. That really doesn’t give us a lot of insight into how to raise kids though, does it?
Through the years I think that I have discovered that raising kids has a lot to do with example. They learn far more from what they see is important in your life through your actions than just what you tell them is important.
If we begin to understand the power of example we begin to get some understanding of what Paul encourages us to do in Phil. 2:5-8 when he says, “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death-even death on a cross!”
That’s really what I’m getting at I guess, “What is your attitude towards life?” Because whatever you attitude is will be shown in your example of life to others. Our desire should be to follow the example of Christ and be an example of Him to those around us!
So, stop and think about your influence! What is really important to you? Because there is a good chance that the same thing will be important to your children (or others of which you may not even know). May God give us the ability to be what He wants us to be, faithful servants! God bless you all and have a great week!
Jacob Russell graduated from Tarleton State University with a Bachelors of Business Administration – Interdisciplinary Business degree. His fiancé, Krysten Morgan, also graduated with a Bachelors of Business Administration – Interdisciplinary Business degree. They will be married June 5, 2009. Jacob is Jerry & Zoie’s grandson.
Our Congratulations to following girls who qualified for State: Kami Bellah in triple jump and Carly Szabo in high jump, 100 hurdles, and 300 hurdles. Our prayers go with them to state June 6th .