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Firefighters making and serving chili at a previous Coupland Volunteer Fire Department chili supper held March 25 at the fire station in Coupland. Photo courtesy Coupland Volunteer Fire Department
Lois Schmidt and her daughter Carrie Townsend at Lois's 80th birthday party at St. Peter's Church of Coupland. Photo courtesy St. Peter's Church of Coupland

COUPLAND — St. Peter’s celebrated the Lenten Season with weekly soup suppers and meditative worship Wednesday nights at 6 p.m. last month.

St. Peter’s fellowship hall serves as a convenient location for Coupland voters.

Coffee Connections meets every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. in the conference room. On Tuesday, March 12, at 6 p.m., LIFT met in the fellowship hall.

There was a meeting Friday, March 15, to discuss the proposed amendments, changes to the constitution, that were voted on at the called Congregational Meeting Sunday, March 17.

On Feb. 3, an 80th birthday party was held for Lois Schmidt in the fellowship hall.

“Thank you to all my friends and family for a wonderful birthday party,” Schmidt said. “I appreciate everyone taking the time to come.”


Type Church is east of Coupland at 1200 County Road 466.

Sunday services are at 10:30 a.m., and there is a children’s church.

Bible study on the Book of Revelation is ongoing. You can listen to sermons by Pastor Ryan Evans on the church’s Facebook page, facebook.com/type.church.1/.

For more information, call Evans at 281-229-8962 or email [email protected].

Jessica Mason, center, participated in an American Society of Interior Designers panel with Robin Bond and Amy Jameson at West Chelsea Contemporary Art in Austin. Photo by Wells Mason  


On Feb. 22, Williamson County ESD#10 presented its success story at a statewide Emergency Service Conference. ESD#10 was formed in 2005, initially covering the Coupland Volunteer Fire Department area.

The Thrall Volunteer Fire Department joined ESD#10 in 2017.

In 2022, the two departments merged firefighting operations into a single unit, combining their resources and expertise.

Fire Chief Mark Moellenberg and Station 1 District Chief John Roulston-Bates made a presentation about ESD #10 at the statewide Safe-D Conference in Irving, hosted by the Texas State Association of Fire and Emergency Districts.

They described the achievements of ESD #10 and the impact of the collective efforts of their volunteer firefighters, explaining a way forward for VFDs seeking to manage growth and improve services.

“We are honored to have the opportunity to share our story with fellow volunteer emergency service professionals from across Texas, and we believe we can provide pointers on how rural VFDs can work in cooperation to build mission driven organizations focused on the people of their districts,” Moellenberg said. “After the presentation we spent an hour in the conference hallways answering questions from volunteer departments across the state.”

ESD#10 not only has strengthened emergency response capabilities, but also has fostered community involvement.

For more information about ESD#10, which provides fire service across 215 square miles of eastern Willliamson County, including the communities of Beaukiss, Beyersville, Coupland, rural Elgin, Hare, Hoxie, Laneport, Lawrence Chapel, Noack, Norman’s Crossing, Sandoval, Shiloh, Structure, Rice’s Crossing, rural Taylor, Thorndale, Thrall, Type and Waterloo, visit www.wcesd10.org.

Contact Moellenberg at [email protected] or Roulston-Bates at [email protected].


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