The normally somber proceedings of the Humble City Council had a different tone Nov. 14. Members of the Lamb of God Lutheran Church submitted a packet with several exhibits and pictures explaining their request for permission to construct a 55-foot tall, 378-square-foot sign located on the campus at 1400 FM 1960.
Once the council declined the request, the pastor became upset and the entire group left in a huff. The church requested a variance from the Humble City Sign Ordinance.
“The signage is to be a part of the rebranding campaign of our church. That is, we would like to increase the visibility of our congregation in the area. The sign would be 15 feet taller than allowed, which is 20% larger in face size,” said Senior Pastor Tony Kobak.
“I work for the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. My competitor is Satan. The devil works hard, so we need to work hard. We would like to stand out from the competitors. McDonalds competes with Burger King and each must work for competitive advantage. Much the same as we must work to defeat Satan by growing the Lord’s Kingdom,” added Kobak.
Although past the time allotted for presentation, Kobak relayed that the existing signs on the premises change out approximately every six months, although they do not always convey a positive message.
Kobak concluded by stating, “Sometimes these signs pose a visibility challenge for our campus. At times, they advertise sexually explicit content or details about nearby liquor stores.” There is a billboard currently advertising Spec’s Wine, Spirits and Finer Foods directly adjacent to the church.
Humble City Councilmember David Pierce made a motion to deny the request. All members of the board concurred and the request was denied. Kobak was visibly frustrated and the church members left en masse.
Later in the meeting, all other ordinances were passed by the board according to the agenda.
City Secretary Jenny Page swore in Mike Legoudes and Charles Wuest to the Northeast Hospital Authority Board of Trustees for a term of two years, beginning May 1, 2019 and ending April 30, 2021.
There are several activities and events leading up to the end of the 2019 calendar year. One of the first events highlighted by Pierce is the upcoming Liberty Opry – Lisa Payne show at the Charles Bender Performing Arts Center in Humble Nov. 23.
Another local crowd favorite event is the 28th Annual Christmas Parade of Lights. This celebrated parade is scheduled for Dec. 3, at 6:30 p.m. This year’s theme is, “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” For entry or details, refer to cityofhumble.com.