Winchester Neighbors to Meet Wednesday


Neighbor Night Out

The first Neighbors Night Out will be held on May 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Evelyn Parker. Everyone is asked to bring a dish to share. If you are interested in hosting or would like more information, please give me, Rhoda Gersch, a call at (979) 242-3213. If you would like to have NNO, but would prefer not to do it at your home, it can be held at Zilss Hall’s patio. Please put this date on your calendar and plan to come enjoy the evening. The next Neighbors Night Out will be at Zilss Hall and will be an Ice Cream Social on Friday, June 7. Please save the date.

Winchester B B Q Cook-off

The 8th Annual Guntown BBQ Showdown will be held on May 31 and June 1 at Shorty’s in Winchester. The name of the hosting venue has changed, but the location is still the same. Dusty and Misty Miertschin were adamant about continuing to host the cook-off, and hope you will continue to support this event, which keeps getting bigger and bigger. In the past seven years, over $25,000 in cash and prizes have been paid out to participants and $15,000 has been donated to various local charities and community organizations. For more information, contact Roland Zoch at (979) 966-9397.

Quilt Block Classes

Quilt Block classes have been set for Friday, May 31, and Saturday, June 22, from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. at Zilss Hall in Winchester. Registration is available now and is $35 per class. All supplies required to paint a 2x2 quilt block board will be supplied. Registration can be mailed to Zilss Hall at 8945 FM 153 Winchester, Texas. Please indicate on your check which class you are registering to attend. For more information, contact Rhoda Gersch at (979) 242-3213 or email

Round Table Book Club

The book being discussed at the May meeting of the Winchester Round Table Book Club will be “The Things We Do for Love” by Kristin Hannah, led by Marceil Prestridge. The meeting will be held at Zilss Hall at 7 p.m. on May 21.

CCA Casino Night

Kelly Franke, Executive Director of Combined Community Action, Inc. and Winchester resident, has announced the annual CCA Casino Night will be held on June 21, at the St. Michael’s Park Pavilion at 310 Frio in Winchester. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and gaming will begin at 7 p.m. There will be a catered meal, snacks and set-ups. Tickets will be $40 per person and each person will receive 10,000 in gaming chips. If you have any questions, contact CCA at (979) 540-2980.

Barn Board Quilt Trail

The Winchester Quilt Block Trail was the recipient of a $1,000 grant from the Texas Women’s League of La Grange this past Wednesday. The funding will be used to develop a website for the Trail, which will enable it to be listed on a national registry of Quilt Block Trails.

New Quilt Trail maps are available. You can find them on the patio of Zilss Hall, Murphy’s and The Depot in Winchester. They are also available at the Quilt Museum, the Wendish Museum, quilt stores and other business in Giddings, Smithville and La Grange. The trail is self-drive and available at your convenience. You will find the blocks on fences, gates, barns and houses that can be seen from the road. Take some time to have a leisurely lunch in Winchester and drive the trail of Quilt Block Art.

Recycling Containers

WACA has acquired recycling containers for the Winchester community. They are located at the old Zoch garage at Zilss Road and FM 153. You can recycle clean no. 1 and no. 2 plastic, cans, glass, paper and broken-down cardboard.

Community Hall

If you would like to rent Zilss Hall, call (512) 434-0292 for more information. Rent is reasonable and barbecue pits are available. The venue is great for graduation lunches and parties.

The Little Free Library

The library is always open and has a variety of authors. Space is limited, so please, if you donate a book(s), look through the current selection and take as many as you leave. The Little Free Library is housed under the roof of the patio at Zilss Hall. There is a bulletin board available on the patio and if you have an event you would like advertised, please post. Maps of the Winchester Quilt Trail are also available on the patio.


Birthday wishes are extended to the following celebrants: Greg Roeber - May 22; Julie Bundick and Debra Craig - 23; Greg Fryer - 24; Taylor Schultz and Jordon Watts - 25; Jeanette Franke - 26; and Katherine Pease - 27.


Anniversary wishes are extended to Jennifer and Tad Hatton and Molly and Kyle Koenning, celebrating on May 24.

St. Michael’s Lutheran Church

Nate Hill is the Pastor of St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, with regular worship service each Sunday at 9 a.m., followed by Sunday School and Bible Study. On Wednesdays, a Bible Class meets at the Education Building a 9:30 a.m. For more information, call the office at

(979) 242-3444.

Shiloh Baptist Church

The Shiloh Baptist Church is located on FM 153 at North Raymond Road. For more information, please contact Rev. Paul Whitmill at (512) 629-1428.


The Winchester First United Methodist Church has services on the first and third Sunday of the month at 8:30 a.m. The Rev Patricia Zaiontz-Newcomer is the pastor.

In Our Prayers

Those on the prayer list includes: Betsy Anderson, Inez Brand, Kourtney Burton, Sherry Cook, Tommy Franke, Marian Fritsche, Sam Gibbs, Hugh Hall, Evelyn Haschke, Stanley Herzog, Bea Kilian, Mary Lehmann, Rose Lehmann, Amy Lochte, Ramona Lopez, James Zoch and Thelma Zoch.

Remembering Our Shut-Ins

Charlene Franke, R. C. Franke, Evelyn Kasper, Marie Kilian, Lillian Pietsch and Thelma Kieschnick.

In the US Armed Forces

US Navy: Christopher Brand, Great Lakes, Illinois

US Air Force: Jessica Lindner, Okinawa, Japan; Ryan Spray, San Antonio, Texas

US Army: Jake Hagood, Ft Hood, Texas; Jared Michalec, Kuwait; Byron Taylor, South Korea

US Marines: Damien Hernandez, San Diego, California

Calendar of Events

May 21-Winchester Round Table Book Club meets at 7 p.m. at Zilss Hall

May 22-Neighbors Night Out meets at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Evelyn Parker.

May 28-Young At Heart (lunch and games) meets at 2 p.m. at Zilss Hall.

May 28-Winchester Area Volunteer Fire Department meets at 7 p.m. at the Fire Station

May 31-Quilt Block Class at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Zilss Hall.

May 31-June 1-Guntown BBQ Cook-Off at Shorty’s.

Have News?

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