Dowell named as Christian News columnist

Our new columnist’s family: From left, daughter, Dawn; Marsha; grandson, Carter; husband, Sid; granddaughter, Presley; son, Chris and daughter-in-law, Stephanie.

SAN ANTONIO – She is married to a Santa, and he has given the Christian News of South Texas permission to quote him: “Marsha Dowell is on my ‘Nice” list and has my unqualified endorsement to serve as a regular columnist for your fine paper!”
Readers may have noticed that, for some time now, Marsha Dowell has submitted editorials for the “A Wayfarer Pauses” column. At the April meeting of the paper’s board of directors, President Joel Byrd of the Northwest congregation presided as they voted unanimously to name her as the official columnist, a volunteer position.
When told about the vote, Marsha exclaimed, “Hooray! Thank you for this wonderful opportunity. Doing what I love to do!”
In addition to the column, she writes write puppet scripts to coordinate with Bible hour and Christian pre-school curricula. Her book, “Smirk & Co. Learn About Worship,” is available from 21st Century Christian. She also submits articles for “Power for Today,” a devotional guide whose mission is to encourage readers toward living their lives in God’s abiding presence. She states, “I have learned that writing is the desire of my heart – I am happy and at peace when I am developing an article or a puppet script.”
Said Editor Paul McQuien, “A member at Northside came up to me recently. I thought he was going to comment on my editorial. Instead, he praised Marsha’s last column!”
Marsha reflects, “I am never quite sure what I will write each month, but this comment from a Christian News of South Texas reader encourages me: ‘This is just what I needed to hear at this time.’ ”
Various submissions for the column came in after the wayfarer, Lois Murphy, went to be with the Lord. Marsha’s were the most favorably received. The column now appears under the “Life with Father” title.
The mother of two, wife of Sid Dowell and grandmother of Carter and Presley was eleven years old when she was baptized in Roswell, New Mexico. She recounts, “I became an active, practicing Christian in my teen years when I came under the spiritual guidance of a youth minister named Dick Brown in Tucson, AZ. He led a group of teens that still influences my life today, as we all keep in touch.”
Marsha earned a BA in Sociology at Lubbock Christian College and married Sid in December of the same year, 1976. He works as a professional Santa, as does their youth minister son, Chris. Her daughter, Dawn, teaches AP English at Sinton High School in Mathis.
Marsha has worked for James Avery Artisan Craftsman for the past fifteen years and is currently the manager at the Alamo Ranch retail store here. Her confidence rests on solid ground: “I am blessed with a wonderful Christian environment at work. Our guests come in with stories of faith and hope, and it is amazing how much they will share with us.
“I wear a (James Avery!) bracelet engraved with this verse, my mantra: ‘This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it’ (Psalms 118:24). If you make each day the best day of the rest of your life, you will not have many regrets.”

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