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Lost: Female German Shepherd, about 2 years old, pink collar, lost from Hickory Hill/Great Oaks Subdivisions off FM 539, La Vernia, on Thurs., Feb. 4. Reward! 830-947-3465.

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Immanuel Lutheran Church is now hiring for a Youth and Family Ministry Director. Pastoral: Minister to youth and their families during Sunday School and other church programs, being present in their lives outside the church walls, available for common concerns and in crisis situations. Leadership: Recruit and nurture Youth and Family Ministry program. Administration : Manage the planning process and coordinate with Pastor and Youth Committee all regular ministries to youth and their families. This includes youth of all ages on Sunday mornings and mid-week events; assisting with Confirmation, special events, trips and retreats, and parent meetings. Stewardship: Ongoing evaluation of the effectiveness of youth programs, manage youth ministry budget, and collaborate with the sponsors of each Youth group. Ability to build, lead, and empower youth. Ability to implement a ministry vision. Familiarity with Lutheran Doctrine required; must be comfortable teaching it and representing Lutheran Theology. Proficient computer skills using MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, database, email, internet, and social media. Supervisory experience preferred. Ability to adapt and evaluate curriculum preferred. Must have excellent organization, communication (verbal and written), and listening skills, with a high degree of initiative and accountability. Exceptional interpersonal and relational skills required, with sensitivity to church members and visitors. Understanding and enjoyment of youth and families and guiding their spiritual development. Please send resumes to immanuellavernia@gmail.com or call 830-253-8121.
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AUSTIN, Texas - June is the beginning of summer and for many families that also includes extended travel plans. Unfortunately, it’s also a time for crooks to catch you at your most vulnerable. Better Business Bureau is urging consumers to keep their guard up when planning their summer excursions.

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), summer is the season that typically sees the highest number of home burglaries, with more than half (53%) happening during the day. With an estimated 136 million Americans going on at least one vacation this summer, safety and security precautions are a must for not just your home, but your identity as well.

BBB advises consumers of the following tips to avoid a travel disaster with your home and finances:
Don’t announce your travel plans. Burglars can use posts on Twitter or Facebook to determine when you’ll be away. More than one-third (35%) of Americans polled in ADT’s Safety Data Index survey said they believed their home is too ordinary and would notinterest a burglar. However, a vacant home could be enough to attract unwanted attention, so be careful about broadcasting your travel plans.

Make your home a deterrent. Overflowing mailboxes and stacked newspapers on a porch can ring a dinner bell for criminals. Put a temporary hold on your mail during your vacation. Also, keep hedges and bushes around your home trimmed so burglars don’t have a place to hide.

Protect your identity. Leave your laptop computer, important documents and any other personal information locked away in a secret spot in your home while you travel. If you are traveling with a laptop or smartphone, update your anti-virus and anti-spyware programs, and don’t access bank account or other personal information through unsecured Wi-Fi while in a hotel room or other public location.

Limit disclosing personal information. Tear up and discard used boarding passes. They often contain full names and other personal information. Keep all your receipts and bills in one, safe place. Also, try using the same credit card for all trip purchases so you can better keep track of spending and limit getting ripped off. You can dispute charges with your credit card company if you later find there is an unauthorized charge.

Protect your smartphone. While traveling, make sure you have a password for access, and use an application with a GPS locator to find your phone if it is lost or stolen.

If you want to relax on vacation, make sure your vacation planning includes securing both your home and your personal information while you are gone. If you choose to contract with a security company, check out their BBB Business Review first at bbb.org.
 
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