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Tue, Apr 25

April 21, 2017 - Latham Cemetery on FM 139 South of Shelbyville is in need of donations for upkeep. Donations may be made at Citizens Bank, P.O. Box 151, Center, Texas 75935. Make checks payable to Latham Cemetery Fund. We thank you so much and God Bless!

Fri, Apr 28

April 14, 2017 - Patroon Baptist Church will be holding an indoor garage sale on Friday, April 28 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. and Saturday, April 29 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Patroon Baptist Church is located at 310 FM 2261, Shelbyville.

Proceeds will benefit a summer trip to Fort Rock family camp in Arkansas.

Sat, Apr 29

February 21, 2017 - One Hundred Men in Black to be featured at Tenaha High School in the cafeteria on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 3pm.

Guest speaker for the event will be Dr. Antonio K. Eakins, Sr., Pastor of Trinity Missionary Baptist Church out of Houston, Texas.

Everyone is invited, churches, business' and individuals.

 

Thu, May 04

April 25, 2017 - Begin your day in prayer at the Annual Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 7:30a.m. at the Senior Nutrition Center.

Donations accepted for Breakfast. Event sponsored by the Center Ministers’ Fellowship.

Fri, May 05

Click image to view flierApril 21, 2017 - (Flier) - Mt. Olive Baptist Church 7th Annual Youth Rally presents, Francine Ivey: Consumed By The Call.

Consumed By The Call Ministries' mission is to inspire, encourage, and ignite a new fire in the church again, to bring those far from God back into a passionate walk with Him, and to show the world that Jesus is real and has a purpose and plan for each life.

Food and fellowship, music and message.

Words and Worship with Reagan and Peyton Ivey, praising God with words and music.

Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 6:30pm 4417 CR 4054, Timpson, Texas 75975.

Sat, May 06

February 7, 2017 - (Flyer) - Strong Triumph Church, under the leadership of Elder Faye Dell Allen, cordially invites everyone to our Royal Kingdom Pageant, to be held May 6, 2017 at 6 p.m.

We are currently seeking young boys and girls, ages 0-2, 3-5, 6-9, and 10-12 (these are the categories). We will crown a King/Queen, Prince/Princess, but please know that every participant will walk away with a prize. The goal is to raise the most amount of money, which will be put towards our building fund. There will also be a People's Choice Award given to the best dressed in each category. Please download the form attached with this announcement and return it via email to heavyn_angel123@hotmail.com.

For more information, please contact Elder Faye Dell Allen at 936-368-2611/936-572-5810 or Sis. Sylvia Hubbard at 936-332-3103. 

Sun, May 07

April 11, 2017 - Antioch Cemetery on FM 2608 will have its annual homecoming on Sunday, May 7, 2017.

Singing will begin at 10:30am with lunch to follow at 12pm. Everyone is welcome.

Please come, bring a lawn chair and enjoy lunch and fellowship. Contributions are welcome for the upkeep of the cemetery.

Lenora Walton: 936-598-4328; Judy Carrington: 936-598-9145.

April 26, 2017 - The Tenaha Church of Christ invites you to be a part of a Reunion being held on Sunday, May 7! Join us to celebrate God’s goodness as we say goodbye to our old church building and reminisce and fellowship together. There will be a meal at 12:30 with a thanksgiving service following at 2:00. All are welcome... please join us!

April 22, 2017 - The Gates Chapel Baptist Church of Shelbyville will host its Annual Family and Friends Day on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 2:30pm. The special guest speaker will be Rev. Joseph Hall, Sr. of the Benford Chapel Baptist Church of Tenaha, Texas. Everyone is invited to attend says, Pastor Frankie Cooper.

April 13, 2017 - Friendship Missionary Baptist Church is hosting their Pastor and wife 5th year appreciation service on May 7, 2017 at 3pm.

Pastor Roderick Kirkendoll from St. Luke Baptist Church of Logansport will bring the message.

Friendship Missionary Baptist Church lead by Pastor Jeremy Moore is located in Tenaha, Texas.

April 26, 2017 - "And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh;" (Joel 2:28) "And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved." (Joel 2:32)

Jesus promised this Holy Spirit of God would come and be with us forever as he prepared his disciples for his coming death and resurrection. He tells the disciples; "If you love me you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him." (John 14:15-17) "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you." (John 14:26)

"And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you, but stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high." (Luke 24:49)

Jesus left the disciples with these words just before he ascended back to heaven. The disciples returned to Jerusalem as he had directed and waited for the power of the Holy Spirit to come to them.

"When the day of Pentecost arrived they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting." (Acts 2:1-2)

Just as Jesus promised, the Holy Spirit came and filled them and the city being full of travelers, many heard the sound and came to see what was happening.

"And at this sound the multitude came together and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language. And they were amazed and astonished, saying, "Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language?" (Acts 2:6-8)

Peter began to speak to the masses. Telling them that the apostles were not drunk as some suspected, but that indeed they were fulfilling the prophesy of the prophet Joel.

Peter went on then to tell them what they had done when they crucified the risen Lord.

"Men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know - this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it." (Acts 2:22-24)

"Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified." (Acts 2:36) When they heard these words they were in panic mode and asked Peter what they could do. He answered them; "Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." (Acts 2:38)

This gift is still available today for all who will step forward and accept it. Jesus died for the sin of all people and accepting him as Lord and Savior gains us the gift of the Holy Spirit just as it did the thousands who were saved on that first day of the empowering of the Holy Spirit. Ask him and he will forgive you and save you today, forever.

May the Lord bless you and keep you and make his face to shine upon you this day...

April 26, 2017 - The Tenaha Church of Christ invites you to be a part of a Reunion being held on Sunday, May 7! Join us to celebrate God’s goodness as we say goodbye to our old church building and reminisce and fellowship together. There will be a meal at 12:30 with a thanksgiving service following at 2:00. All are welcome... please join us!

April 26, 2017 - One of our favorite family vacations is going to the beach at Galveston for some fun in the sand, sun, and surf. We particularly enjoy surfing on our Boogie boards. We let the older kids use the boogie boards and go do some surfing on their own. The wind was extra high which made the waves larger and more appealing. They were having a great time playing and surfing.

We were setting up our area on the beach, when we looked up and noticed that in no time, the kids had gotten in deeper water and were drifting toward the rocks near the weir. We began to yell and wave for them to come back, but they were oblivious to the impending danger. They couldn't see what we could from our vantage point. By the time they realized they had drifted into the danger of the rocks one of the parents was already to the shore to get them to safety. The more experienced surfer of the three realized as long as they didn't let go of their boards they would not drown. She told the others, "no matter what, don't turn loose of your board." The boogie board was their key to survival, but they had to hang on to it to receive its life saving gift.

The young people learned several lessons that day.

1) The waves stop for no one. As one restated the obvious; "The water is always moving."
2) When you get so busy playing you stop paying attention to your surroundings, you can quickly drift into troubled waters.
3) No matter how far you've drifted, if you keep hold of your life preserver, you will always have a chance to be rescued.
4) Anyone who really loves you, will always have an eye on you, ready to rescue you if you find yourself in trouble.

Have you ever noticed that life is like that. No matter what happens life keeps going. We sometimes get caught up in the "fun," or our day-to-day routine and don't realize that we are drifting towards something that can cause us great harm. Before we know it we are in the "rocks" of life getting hurt and bruised. And life just keeps happening. It doesn't stop because we are trouble. Just like the waves, it just keeps coming.

I have good news though. You have a life preserver (in the grace of God) and a rescuer (Jesus) who loves you and would never leave you in danger. We just need to learn to "hang on" to our lifesaver. Jesus says, "He will never leave us or forsake us." That He is "our mighty fortress in storms". He always has His eye on us and is ready to catch us when we fall. All you have to do is accept His grace and receive His life saving gift.

You can be kept safe from the waves of life. But rest assured, they will keep coming. So why not rest in the lifeboat of God's grace and have peace in the midst of the storm.

I'm just saying,
Mike Belgard

April 25, 2017 - Begin your day in prayer at the Annual Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 7:30a.m. at the Senior Nutrition Center.

Donations accepted for Breakfast. Event sponsored by the Center Ministers’ Fellowship.

April 24 , 2017 - Easter Sunday was a glorious day for Paxton Methodist and about 120 folks. For the 30th year, the Watson family invited everyone to their home for Sunrise Service and breakfast. It was a warm, humid Easter but no rain, so the morning was perfect. Stephen George once again played the keyboard and led the congregational singing. He sang two beautiful Easter songs. Rev. David Mathis played his guitar, sang “Rise Again,” and gave the invocation. Brenda welcomed everyone on behalf of the Watson family. Nori Latimer led us in our Easter Responsive Reading. Ron Hilton, a cousin of Dock’s, gave the Easter message using the John Gospel as he discussed “rolling stones and empty tombs.” 

After the morning service the Watsons provided coffee, juice, and doughnuts for those who couldn’t stay for their bacon-and-egg breakfast with all the fixings. It was so nice visiting with our many friends, welcoming Easter together.

The Hutto Cemetery on the property of Joy and Gene Hutto was dedicated as a historical site last Saturday, April 22. There was an overflow crowd of relatives, friends, and neighbors. The morning started with rain which soon cleared off, letting a cool breeze come in. By the time 1:00 PM rolled around, the weather was perfect. Ms. Doggett from the Shelby Historical Commission spoke, as did a cousin of Gene’s. Gene explained some of the genealogy of the Hutto family. Several groups of the Sons of Confederate Veterans fired a cannon, played taps, and shot rifles after the historical marker was unveiled. Joy, Gene, and their family served up quite a meal afterwards. We saw many friends; some were kin to the Huttos, but Sue and I not being from Shelby County hadn’t realized they were. 

The Sunday after Easter is usually called “Low Sunday” because most churches record their smallest attendance of the year. We had a small crowd, and we all certainly missed Hilda. Hilda is “rehabbing” at Stallings Court in Nacogdoches after suffering a small stoke and breaking her ankle. We visited Hilda and her sister Linda in the hospital and plan to visit again this week. 

Mrs. Hilda’s “Army” is working on continuing her nursing home mission while she’s out of pocket. She’s recruited many caring, talented people for these programs who are happy to carry on in her absence. We all hope she has a quick recovery.

The Gospel for the Second Sunday of Easter was the story of doubting Thomas. My sermon focused on all the Gospel accounts of encounters with the risen Lord. After a horrible week of death and hiding, Easter dawned and a new hopeful faith was resurrected. During the Easter Season, many of the scriptures focus on the early Jesus movement and beginnings of the Christian faith.

“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. God’s Speed!

April 22, 2017 - The Gates Chapel Baptist Church of Shelbyville will host its Annual Family and Friends Day on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 2:30pm. The special guest speaker will be Rev. Joseph Hall, Sr. of the Benford Chapel Baptist Church of Tenaha, Texas. Everyone is invited to attend says, Pastor Frankie Cooper.

Click image to view flierApril 21, 2017 - (Flier) - Mt. Olive Baptist Church 7th Annual Youth Rally presents, Francine Ivey: Consumed By The Call.

Consumed By The Call Ministries' mission is to inspire, encourage, and ignite a new fire in the church again, to bring those far from God back into a passionate walk with Him, and to show the world that Jesus is real and has a purpose and plan for each life.

Food and fellowship, music and message.

Words and Worship with Reagan and Peyton Ivey, praising God with words and music.

Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 6:30pm 4417 CR 4054, Timpson, Texas 75975.

April 21, 2017 - Latham Cemetery on FM 139 South of Shelbyville is in need of donations for upkeep. Donations may be made at Citizens Bank, P.O. Box 151, Center, Texas 75935. Make checks payable to Latham Cemetery Fund. We thank you so much and God Bless!

April 14, 2017 - Patroon Baptist Church will be holding an indoor garage sale on Friday, April 28 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. and Saturday, April 29 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Patroon Baptist Church is located at 310 FM 2261, Shelbyville.

Proceeds will benefit a summer trip to Fort Rock family camp in Arkansas.

April 20, 2017 - A man I know had gotten ill and ended up in the hospital. After many tests, several days in the hospital, and cardiac stents he was handed a very large bill. He was faced with the dilemma that many people have today of not being able to pay the bill in full. He worked with the hospital on a payment plan and began to try and make payments, but as bills mounted and everyday life expenses took their toll on his monthly income, he found himself in financial trouble. He had run out of options and money.

So he swallowed his pride, mustered his courage and went back to the hospital to ask them his balance and if they could renegotiate his payments. He was met by a pleasant young lady who was quick to tell him his balance was over $40,000. She told him that before she could talk to him about lowering his payment she would have to talk with her supervisor. He noticed she walked over to the desk of a woman who had looked to be watching and listening to their conversation.

They seemed to be discussing things when the lady got up from her desk and walked over to where he was standing. She looked over his previous payments looked up at him and said "I see that you have been faithful to pay on time each month even though the amount is too small to impact the balance." He agreed with her, but told her that he was there to see if he could get his payments lowered. She didn't respond but went to her desk, did some calculations, came back and said "Sir, your debt has been forgiven. You no longer owe us any money." Needless to say he was ecstatic! He had went to the hospital seeking mercy only, but instead was given grace!

Our relationship with God is like that. When we come asking for mercy, God extends to us grace. Mercy is when you don't get what you do deserve. Grace is when you do get something that you don't deserve. You had to do nothing to get it, you have no control over the one who is offering it, the only responsibility you have is to receive it. Gods grace is amazing because it is given to us irregardless of how bad or good we have been.

An example of that is the thief on the cross who said, "Lord remember me when You come into Your kingdom."  Jesus hearing his cry for mercy, not only shows mercy, but extends grace by promising; "Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise." There is nothing that you can do or not do, to make God love you more. Jesus died for all. He loves you and extends his grace to you because of his unconditional love for you." For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is God's gift--Not from works so that no one can boast." (Ephesians 2: 8-9)

You can't earn grace. It is a free gift, and what an amazing gift it is! Living forever with Jesus in heaven. That is why grace is so amazing. Receive it, accept it, live in it, and experience the abundant love and joy of the Lord. "Mercy, saves us from hell. Grace, gives us heaven". (David Jeremiah)
                                                                              I'm Just Sayin,
                                                                              Mike Belgard

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