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Fri, Apr 27

April 20, 2018 - First Baptist Church, Texas will host a Senior Adult Game Day on Friday, April 27 from 10am until 1pm in the Fellowship Hall. All area senior adults are invited! Bring a favorite game, a friend or friends, your favorite pot-luck dish and come enjoy the fellowship and a pot-luck lunch. Call David Mathis at 936-598-5605 for more information.

Sun, Apr 29

April 25, 2018 - Abundant Love Ministries will celebrate their First Annual Ushers’ Day Program, Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 2:30 pm. Reverend Mario Osby, Pastor of Smith Chapel, Timpson, will be our guest speaker. You are welcomed and invited. (All regular Sunday services will be conducted).

Abundant Love Ministries is located at 1426 Shelbyville St., Center, TX 75935

April 23, 2018 - The Smith Cemetery Association will have an annual Dinner on the Ground at 12:15 noon on Sunday, April 29, 2018. We meet at the Smith Cemetery that is just off  HWY 7 E about 6 miles from Center. This is your chance to contribute to the upkeep of the cemetery and to meet friends and relatives from this community. The committee hopes to see a lot of members on that day.

Thu, May 03

April 19, 2018 - The community is invited to the old Courthouse Square to participate in the May 3rd National Day of Prayer! Join us as we pray for our Country and for our Community on Thursday, May 3rd from noon until 12:30pm. Be a part of a Prayer Chain around our Historic Courthouse!

April 10, 2018 - Strong Triumph Church, under the leadership of Elder Faye Dell Allen, invites everyone to their annual revival, May 3-5, 2018 starting at 7 p.m. each night. The evangelist for the week is Pastor Brandon Owens of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Center, Texas.

Please come out and join us as we lift up the name of the Lord. For more information, please call Elder Faye Dell Allen at 936-368-2611/936-572-5810.

Sat, May 05

April 24, 2018 - Sardis Cemetery Annual Homecoming and fish fry will be Saturday, May 5, 2017 beginning at 11am.

Catfish plates with all the trimmings with tea or water will be sold at $8 each. Can drinks will be $1 each. Both versions of cookbooks will be available.

The Annual Business Meeting and Gospel Singing will immediately follow the fish fry and clean-up, typically around 2pm or 2:30pm.

Donations are our main source of income for the upkeep of the cemetery and grounds, plus insurance and utilities. We need the help of everyone with family buried here or if you own a plot to please make a donation each year in order to keep the cemetery looking good.

Donations can also be mailed to Sardis Cemetery, 6034 FM 414, Center, Texas 75935 if you are unable to attend homecoming.

April 9, 2018 - Saturday, May 5, 2018 is set for the Willow Grove Homecoming. Come fellowship, spruce up the cemetery, enjoy a covered dish luncheon and attend the business meeting.

We thank Willow Grove Church for allowing us to use their Fellowship Hall. Also, we thank Mr. Lennis Holt for another year of keeping up the "back forty."

The cemetery layout is currently being updated. Please come as we honor those we love who have "walked on ahead of us."

Heritage is defined as something handed down such as a tradition. Help keep this tradition going. Consider donating to the Willow Grove Cemetery Association for today and the future. Hope to see you there!

To donate contact: Willie Edwards, P.O. Box 71, Joaquin, Texas 75954. His telephone number is 936-269-3236.

Sun, May 06

April 16, 2018 - Tenaha Church of Christ will be hosting an open house celebrating God's blessing of our new building. Please join us in worship and praise on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 2:00 pm for Devotional, refreshments, fellowship. Tenaha Church of Christ is located at the corner of US Hwy 84 East and FM 2669, one mile east of Tenaha on Hwy 84 East. For more information, contact Margaret King Freeman  936-248-3811.

April 23, 2018 - Blount Chapel Missionary Baptist Church of Center, Texas and Pastor Byron Coutee, Jr presents their Annual Choir Anniversary on Sunday, May 6th, 2018 at 3:00pm. Guest speaker for the event is Pastor Dr. Troy Allen of Mt. Beulah Baptist Church Lufkin, Texas. We would like to extend an invitation to all churches, choirs, praise teams, and soloists. Come have a joyous time in the Lord!

April Moore, Church Clerk

April 16, 2018 - “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,” (Luke 4:18 KJV)

No one decides to be a minister. They are chosen and “called out.” For this reason, Cameron Cloudy, has accepted his calling into the ministry of Jesus Christ, as a Minister of the Word.

Elder Marlin Cloudy, Sr., founder and senior Pastor of Abundant Love Ministries and the entire church family would like to extend to you, an invitation to share in the “Initial Sermon” service of Aspiring Minister Cameron Cloudy, Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 3:00 pm at Abundant Love Ministries, 1426 Shelbyville St. Center, TX. 

Cameron, age 24, is a 2012 graduate of Center High School. He attended East Texas Baptist University, in Marshall Texas, as an ETBU Tiger football player and completed coursework in Kinesiology. After two successful years of college, plans and long term goals changed and with many discussions and guidance of a close knit family, Cameron decided to leave ETBU, to enter the work force. 

Cameron is the youngest son of Elder Marlin Cloudy and First Lady Felicia Cloudy. Being raised in the church by parents he describes as “two of the best parents ever," he was both baptized with water, in Jesus name and baptized in the baptism of the Holy Ghost at the early age of ten (10) years old. Feeling the pull of the true calling on his life and rejecting the false purpose of living a life outside of Christ, Cameron returned, repented, and committed his life to Jesus at the age of twenty one (21). His desires are to live a life dedicated to being a positive influence across the generations, to encourage men and women of all ages to walk in the fulfillment of their purpose; and most expressly, to remain steadfast in preaching and teaching boldly, the gospel truth of Jesus Christ. 

Brother Cameron’s favorite scripture can be found in 2 Chronicles 7:14 (KJV) “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Please join us for this momentous occasion.

April 25, 2018 - Abundant Love Ministries will celebrate their First Annual Ushers’ Day Program, Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 2:30 pm. Reverend Mario Osby, Pastor of Smith Chapel, Timpson, will be our guest speaker. You are welcomed and invited. (All regular Sunday services will be conducted).

Abundant Love Ministries is located at 1426 Shelbyville St., Center, TX 75935

April 24, 2018 - Sardis Cemetery Annual Homecoming and fish fry will be Saturday, May 5, 2017 beginning at 11am.

Catfish plates with all the trimmings with tea or water will be sold at $8 each. Can drinks will be $1 each. Both versions of cookbooks will be available.

The Annual Business Meeting and Gospel Singing will immediately follow the fish fry and clean-up, typically around 2pm or 2:30pm.

Donations are our main source of income for the upkeep of the cemetery and grounds, plus insurance and utilities. We need the help of everyone with family buried here or if you own a plot to please make a donation each year in order to keep the cemetery looking good.

Donations can also be mailed to Sardis Cemetery, 6034 FM 414, Center, Texas 75935 if you are unable to attend homecoming.

April 23, 2018 - Sunday was the Fourth Sunday of Easter. We had a small crowd at worship today.  We all hope that Joy gets to feeling better real soon.  Joe, Fannie, and Gene went last Saturday to the dedication of the Spanish-language church that used to meet after us at the Paxton Church. All three had a good time and were really impressed by how pretty the new sanctuary was. I know they’re pleased with their new space!

The Epistle Lesson was 1 John 3: 16-24. The letters of John were very important to the founder of Methodism, John Wesley, because of the emphasis on faith leading to action. Love of God and love of neighbor are the essentials of Wesleyan thought: A faith that did not lead to serving others was a faith that was not living. The United Methodist Church was formed when two Wesleyan denominations—The Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church—joined together in April of 1968. Although Methodism dates back to the 1700s, this is the fiftieth year of the United Methodist denomination.

Our Sunday school lesson was written to help recognize the power of symbols in ritual and worship. The scripture was Revelation 4: 1-6, 8-11. Revelation is full of symbols, and because it was written so long ago and was a dream or vision, the book is very difficult for us to understand. A great book that explains Revelation is Breaking the Code.

Last week was our monthly ministry to Holiday Nursing Home. Minnie, Hilda, Fannie, Jo, and Sue led the program of reading, singing, and discussion—with lots of participation from the residents and Heather, the Activity Director. This coming Thursday at 2PM we’re scheduled to be at Lakeside Assisted Living for a similar celebration.  

All the month of April Paxton Methodist has been collecting toothbrushes and toothpaste for Community Christian Services. In May we will collect cans of fruit. In April we had several birthdays—Evie, Carolyn, Fannie, and our dear friend Margaret Freeman.  Happy Birthday!  Also in April, Vera and Keith Knight had an anniversary.  Happy Anniversary! We will celebrate Holy Communion on May 6th –the first Sunday of the month. All are welcome to join us for communion as we celebrate an open table.   

“Whoever you are, in whatever faith you were born, whatever creed you profess; if you come to this house to find God you are welcome here.” Paxton United Methodist Church is an inviting church that takes to heart the idea of “Open Doors, Open Hearts, Open Minds.” Sunday School starts at 9:30 and Worship begins at 10:00. Our email address is paxtonumc@yahoo.com. If you would like the weekly email newsletter about Paxton Methodist you can send me your email address to the Paxton email address and I will add you to the list. Godspeed.

Randy & Sue Smith
Paxton Methodist Church

April 23, 2018 - Blount Chapel Missionary Baptist Church of Center, Texas and Pastor Byron Coutee, Jr presents their Annual Choir Anniversary on Sunday, May 6th, 2018 at 3:00pm. Guest speaker for the event is Pastor Dr. Troy Allen of Mt. Beulah Baptist Church Lufkin, Texas. We would like to extend an invitation to all churches, choirs, praise teams, and soloists. Come have a joyous time in the Lord!

April Moore, Church Clerk


April 23, 2018 - “Show love to strangers for some have entertained angels unaware…” Heb. 13:2

I recently told a friend about an experience Pam and I had last year in Colorado. We were caught in a blizzard near the peak of Mt. Elbert causing our truck and trailer to slide backwards and almost over a precipice.

Eventually we got into the trailer, opened a can of soup and checked our food and gas supply to see how long we could weather the storm. But our wait wasn’t long. Within an hour, we heard an approaching vehicle and suddenly a snow plow pulled along side us. “You folks need help?”, the driver hollered. Moments later, we were sitting safely at the base of Colorado’s highest mountain. 

I finished the story by telling my friend that I had also gotten a picture of the man who helped us. “That’s wonderful,” she remarked, “Because he wasn’t a man…he was an angel.” As I fumbled for an appropriate reply,   she continued, “You know, angels can take many forms.” 

“You can say that again,” I laughed. “This one had a mustache and smoked a cigar!”

April 23, 2018 - The Smith Cemetery Association will have an annual Dinner on the Ground at 12:15 noon on Sunday, April 29, 2018. We meet at the Smith Cemetery that is just off  HWY 7 E about 6 miles from Center. This is your chance to contribute to the upkeep of the cemetery and to meet friends and relatives from this community. The committee hopes to see a lot of members on that day.

April 20, 2018 - Mt. Mariah Baptist Church is having a Pastor and Wife Church Anniversary for Pastor Author Cloudy and First Lady LeVarie Cloudy on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 3pm in Garrison, Texas.

Guest speaker will be Pastor Marlon Cloudy of Abundant Love Ministries, Center. Everyone is cordially invited to celebrate with us.

Mt. Mariah Baptist Church is located at 11941 C.R. 3285 E. Garrison, Texas.

April 20, 2018 - Mark your calendar to attend the Grand Slam Conference 2018 from May 9 through May 11th at 7pm nightly at the House of Refuge.

Guest speakers are:

  • Wednesday Night - Min. Amanda Ashton, Center, Tx
  • Thursday Night - Min. Stephanie Hicks, Center, Tx
  • Friday Night - Pastor Gina Cutright, Zwolla, La

Everyone is invited. The conference host is Lady Pearl Nash.

April 20, 2018 - First Baptist Church, Texas will host a Senior Adult Game Day on Friday, April 27 from 10am until 1pm in the Fellowship Hall. All area senior adults are invited! Bring a favorite game, a friend or friends, your favorite pot-luck dish and come enjoy the fellowship and a pot-luck lunch. Call David Mathis at 936-598-5605 for more information.

April 19, 2018 - The community is invited to the old Courthouse Square to participate in the May 3rd National Day of Prayer! Join us as we pray for our Country and for our Community on Thursday, May 3rd from noon until 12:30pm. Be a part of a Prayer Chain around our Historic Courthouse!

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