Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Celebrating God's Bounty

Please join JC of Midland in Celebrating God's Bounty!

BBQ for Patrons and Volunteers

Saturday, May 5, 2012

11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Jubilee Center of Midland
3311 Andrews Highway

This event is generously underwritten by Friends of the Jubilee Center

* In 2011 - providing food baskets to 3,406 families
* In 2011 - 10,778 individuals received the gift of basic groceries
* New Name - Jubilee Center of Midland (now a non-profit 501c# ministry
* Renewed and Energized Commitment to their Mission- Sharing Gods' Bounty

Looking Forward:
* New partnership with MISD in the Backpacks for Kids program providing undernourished school children with a backpack full of food for the weekend.
* Renovating the Jubilee Center building by creating a new safe entrance/exit for our clients as well as adding a covered waiting area to protect our clients and volunteers from inclement weather.

Thank you for your generous support of this ministry in the past and continued support in the future.

Hope to see you there!

"Sharing God's Bounty" in Midland

The Jubilee Center of Midland (JC of Midland) is a non-profit outreach and food pantry service serving Midland, Texas. The center, now located at 3311 Andrews Highway, opened their doors in February of 2004 to serve 12 families. Now eight years later JC of Midland serves 250-300 families monthly. Their goal is to provide nutritious food, which is not always available through food banks that provide most of the food supplies for the center. JC of Midland does go out to local grocery stores to purchase fresh milk, eggs, and wheat bread at the best prices.

Two pastors of the Episcopal Church started this mission under the name Santa Maria Mission and Food Pantry. The programs at the mission included bilingual worship services, educational classes, school supplies and uniforms to under privileged children, and twice monthly food pantry serving the community. In 2010 the volunteers and pastors called upon the people of the community who had been active in the mission to form an independent Board of Directors to continue the thriving program.

Since that first Saturday in 2004, JC of Midland has grown substantially from the original 12 families served. In 2011 the center served 3,406 families, 10,778 individuals. The last three years, JC of Midland has served a total of 12,274 families, primarily with boxed groceries.

During their food distribution pantry days, JC of Midland sees many elderly clients. These elderly clients are unique, mostly grandmothers, in that they are raising their grandchildren. Many are raising these children on as little as $700-$800 a month, the amount of their social security check. These grandparents are sometimes the most stable and only household available. Last month JC of Midland had a new grandmother come to them for assistance. She is providing for 11 children and grandchildren in her household with her monthly social security check of only $1,100. As Angie Fernandez, the Executive Director of the West Texas Food Bank explains, "I believe that our parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents deserve more. The elderly- who've given us so much throughout their lifetime- need access to plenty of good nutritious food."

The JC of Midland serves a vital need in the community. In addition to the food pantry, the Center also provides, and will provide in the future, educational information to clients on cooking, dietary concerns, shopping and budgeting classes. 2012 brought a new partnership with MISD to provide undernourished school children a backpack full of food for the weekend through the "Backpacks for Kids" program.

While receiving some contributions from local churches, JC of Midland is primarily supported by individual donors. The center gets the majority of the food supplies from the West Texas Food Bank, and the remainder from donations and local grocery stores. The Center follows all Food Bank and U.S.D.A. guidelines on distribution of food, and follows all local health and safety ordinances.

The JC of Midland board is committed to continue feeding the hungry of our community. They take this call from God very seriously, and with the Lord's help, pray that they may feed those in need.

"I want you to find the poor right here, right in your own home first. Begin to love there. Be that good news to your own people first. Find out about your next-door neighbors. You see, this is where love begins- at home in the family, with our neighbors, and with our community."      - Mother Teresa

Tuesday, April 17, 2012


The other day my husband and I went to Michael's Charcoal Grill for lunch, located at 723 W. Wadley in Midland.
Serving Midland for over 25 years, Micheal's is a local staple for burgers, the 'Texas-sized salad bar,' and BBQ.

My husband both ordered the chopped beef sandwich and tater tots.

This was the small sandwich and it was plenty of food. I like to add red onions and pickles to my sandwich, along with the 'hot' BBQ sauce. The meat is tender and almost melts in your mouth. I typically have to get a knife and fork to eat this sandwich because they give you so much meat. My favorite way to eat their crispy tater tots, also know as 'gator bait,' is to cover them in the 'hot' BBQ sauce. Wash it all down with fresh brewed, iced tea and it is a wonderful meal.

For a quick lunch, that's not fast food, check out Michael's Charcoal Grill in Midland.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012


For this addition of 'Meet Midland' I would like to introduce you Barbara Butts, owner and photographer for Hidden Key Designs.

Moving here when she was in elementary school, Barbara considers herself a native Midlander. After playing soccer for the University of the Incarnate Word, earning her degree in Communications & Media Studies, Barbara returned to Midland to work as a graphic designer. After taking some pictures for a friend's party, people started approaching Barbara to take pictures for their events. Soon, by the word-of-mouth, Barbara's photography business took off, Hidden Key Designs was born.

Barbara tries to keep a timeless and classic feel to her photographs. Some of her favorite events to shoot is weddings. She finds her inspiration from fashion forward magazines, like Vogue. She always to find the latest poses for women so that her brides feel like their pictures could be in a magazine.

Barbara's other favorite thing to shoot is the detail shots. She loves being able to spend time with the small details, i.e. shoes, rings, flowers, etc., involved in an event and pushing herself to find new ways to capture them.

Barbara is constantly learning new techniques to advance her photography.

For more information on Barbara Butts and Hidden Key Designs, check out her website at, or her blog at

Tuesday, April 3, 2012


One of my favorite Mexican food places in Midland is Tampico Spanish Inn, located at 2411 W. Wall Street.

When my husband and I were starting our married life together we would meet our close friends for lunch at Tampico's every Sunday for Bloody Mary's, Coronitas, and great food.

Once you are seated, you are greeted with wonderful, fresh salsa served with warm chips. I don't know about you, but for me, if the salsa is fresh and home-made, the meal is off to a fantastic start. There is just something wonderful about salsa that tastes like actual tomatoes, and onions, and garlic, and peppers.... YUM!

The dish I order 90% of the time at Tampico's is the beef chili rellenos with no batter. I love, love, love these chili rellenos and this is the only place I will order rellenos. There is something wonderful about their ground beef mixture that when mixed with the peppers and melted cheese, that no other place can match. I usually opt for charro beans, which are delicious, in lieu of re-fried beans. I have never left Tampico's not satisfied.

For all the great memories and good food Tampico Spanish Inn will always hold a special place in my heart. Make sure you stop by 2411 W. Wall Street in Midland and try the delicious food.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012


In our first installment of "Meet Midland" I would like to introduce you to artist Sara Drescher Braswell.

Sara grew up here in Midland and after earning her Bachelors of Fine Arts from the University of North Texas, returned to Midland to pursue a career as an artist. Sara's passion is painting and drawing faces and portraits. Sara draws inspiration from her faith and Christian symbols and themes. In college Sara started researching the artistic heritage of Christianity and now incorporates her findings into her work through the mixing of images.

You may have seen some of Sara's work around town, specifically the Museum of the Southwest's Children Museum where she was the artist of residence in 2006, and on display currently at the Community National Bank located at 401 W. Texas in Midland. Sara will also be the distinguished artist this year at Celebration of the Arts in Midland.

Below you will find examples of Sara's work and the meaning behind the paintings in her words.

In this piece, the fish are symbols of Christ. The woman is inspired by a portrait done by Leonardo da Vinci. She is the "every-person" in this painting. She has a wireless phone in her ear representing how the world is always whispering in our head. One of the fish seems to be coming out of her mouth to show that despite the clamor in our heads, we must remember to speak only what is edifying to those around us.

 "Fruit of Goodness"
 This piece is part of the “Fruit of the Spirit” series. Goodness holds a bowl overflowing with fruit symbolizing the providential goodness of  God. The lilies represent purity and holiness. Butterflies are symbols  of Christ and the resurrection, and the cherries mean sweetness of  character from good works. The golden castle in the sky references the scripture: “Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.” (Psalm 23:6) The greyhound (dog) at her side is a symbol of faithfulness reflects the scripture that says, “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness”(2 Peter 1:5).

"Blue Bird"
This is part of a series of paintings dealing with our minds and seeking to have the Mind of Christ. 
In this piece, the woman's mind is inhabited by a blue jay and a pomegranate. Birds are used in parables several times to represent God's great love for us. The smallest birds are taken care of, so how much more will we be cared for. The pomegranate is a symbol of compassion as well as a symbol of the Body of Christ because it is one fruit full of many seeds. Focusing on God's love and provision for us will allow us to be able to love those that God puts in our lives as well as coming into the purpose God has for us in the Body of Christ. In the distance are three trees referencing Golgotha and Christ's sacrifice as well as the Trinity.

Translation: “Wrath is not a virtue.” This driver’s rage has combusted him into flames.

This piece inspired by the scripture: "Do not be misled: 'Bad company corrupts good character.'" (1 Corinthians 15:33) I have found this scripture to be so true! The people that surround you have a great influence on your life. If those people are toxic and negative, they will poison you as well.
The woman represents a saint in the Kingdom of God. The snake is a symbol of the devil and temptation. He hovers at her shoulder and where he stares at her, she is 'unraveling.' However, there is hope. The columbine flower floating around is a symbol for the Holy Spirit, wisdom, piety and strength.

For more information about Sara Drescher Braswell go to 

Tuesday, March 13, 2012


My favorite dive in Midland has to be Tater World located at 802 S. Garfield in Midland.

I always feel like I am at home when eating there. They have great breakfasts with huge breakfast burritos, made to order any way you want. And the blueberry pancakes are to die for, with more blueberries than cake. 

Our last visit was for lunch and I ordered my usual Philly cheese steak with twisters. 

The steak is so tender and juicy, accompanied by sweet grilled onions and bell peppers. The whole sandwich is topped with melted, gooey Swiss cheese... so delicious. Tater World's signature tater twisters are homemade potato chips, and they are perfection. I always have twisters left over to take with me for an afternoon snack. 

My husband and I have had just about everything on the menu, and have never found anything we didn't like. The burgers are juicy, the baked potatoes are huge, the home-made salsa is fresh and served with homemade chips, and on Fridays you can find the best catfish in town. If you are looking for a great American food experience, try Tater World, it is fantastic!