October 8, 2018 - The Friendship Missionary Baptist Church will be observing their annual Family and Friends day program on October 14, 2018 at 3pm. We are inviting all who can to come and worship with them. Pastor Alvin Davis of the Open Door Church will be the speaker of the hour. Come out and bring a friend.

October 3, 2018 - Come visit with Smyrna Baptist Church in Huxley at "The Porch," Monday, October 8th, 7pm and refreshments at 6:30pm. Lyndon Livingston author of "Two Nichels and a Dime" will be the guest speaker. He was raised around the San Augustine area and has a special message for everyone. Worship Leader is Hannah Palaton.

Everyone is invited to Come and Receive a Blessing... Bring someone!!!

For more information, call 936-332-7079.

October 3, 2018 - Pastor Byron Coutee, Jr. and the Blount Chapel Missionary Baptist Church would like to invite everyone to our Annual Harvest Program on Sunday October 21, 2018 at 3:00pm.

Speakers include Minister Donna Thomas of the House of Refuge Ministries in Center and Sis. Sharon Standley of the Sunset Galilee Baptist Church in Nacogdoches.

Keynote Speaker is Minister Constance Ceasar of the Westpoint Baptist Church in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Please join us for a powerful move of God! Refreshments will be served.

Humbly submitted,
Sis. April N. Moore, Church Clerk

October 2, 2018 - Mt. Horeb Baptist Church, in the Bland Lake Community, would like to invite everyone to the 1st Anniversary Service for their pastor, Rev. Bradley Hale and wife, Caprice Hale on Sunday, October 7, 2018 at 3pm. Guest Speaker and church will be Dr. Christopher Moore and the New Mount Calvary Baptist Church, Houston, Texas.

October 2, 2018 - Sunday was the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time.  We have had plenty of rain toward the end of September, but we are still waiting for the fall-like temperatures. We had a special guest at Sunday School and church this morning.  Dan Sample from near St. Louis was in for his reunion with Fannie’s class. He used to attend Paxton Methodist but said it had been 71 years since he had been here.  Our lesson continued with creation. The title of the lesson confused us—“God Creates; Humans Sin.” The lesson didn’t answer where exactly sin came from. The assurance we can get from the scripture and lesson is that God continues to care and love humans despite our shortfalls. That gives us all a chance!

During our business meeting the church approved giving a scholarship to Joe’s granddaughter, Candance. She is in dental school at Texas A&M, and I know Joe is really proud of her. Giving scholarships is one of the best things our little church does. I am really looking forward to hearing Quaker minister, author, and theologian Phillip Gulley speak. I have read all his fiction and nonfiction books and his weekly online colum. Our announcements today included upcoming shot clinics at the Joaquin Senior Center. Both will be handled by Joaquin Quick Care, offering flu and/or pneumonia shots. The first is scheduled for Thursday, October 18, with a second chance on Thursday, November 15.

We were in double digits again this Sunday. It is so nice having Theresa and Larry worship with us. The Epistle Lesson for the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time was James 5: 13-20. This letter of commonsense urges readers that are hurting to pray.  If one feels great, s/he should sing. The church is here for those who need support—someone to lean on. James’ pastoral letter encourages the early church to buoy up one another, not letting anyone just wander off.        

Last week was our monthly Lakeside program. Hilda provided the music for the singing, and Pastor Matt emceed, also sharing Scripture and prayer. Ollie read a couple of funny pieces, as did Fannie and Sue. Nora and Gene sang specials, ranging from old-timey to modern-day music. Maggie and Margie played supporting—but important—roles. Although usually content to lend her strong voice to the singing, Jo read a cute poem. Like we say in Joaquin, she “done messed up now”—we’ll know to call on her for future performances! We certainly appreciate the group that musters to make the monthly program fun.

“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.

Randy & Sue Smith
Paxton Methodist Church

October 2, 2018 - Smith Chapel Baptist Church will be having their Men and Women Night on Saturday, October 6th at 6:00pm. Everyone is invited. Guest speaker is Pastor J.T. Harris.

October 2, 2018 - What is wrong with this world one might ask, why are things in such turmoil, why do so many people seem to hate others who do not believe as they would like, why is there so little love among people today?

We find the answer to these questions in Gods Word, for as it says; “To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, for we have rebelled against him and have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God by walking in his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets.” (Daniel 9:9-10)

America and the world have rebelled against God, his word is not held in reverence by so many, and is not even known by multitudes that have not been raised in reverent homes by God-fearing parents. 

That, folks is what is wrong with this world today. We find ourselves in the same place as did the ancient Israelites so many times as they continually rebelled against Gods wishes.

Today as in the days of old; “Therefore the Lord has kept ready the calamity and has brought it upon us, for the Lord our God is righteous in all the works that he has done, and we have not obeyed his voice.” (Daniel 9:14)

We see our world in decline because we have not listened to the Lord and obeyed his voice and we will not see improvement until we return to him, repent of our evil ways and obey his wishes and commands.

I know from my own life experiences that if he has too, God will lead us into the wilderness and leave us there until we finally realize that we need him more than we need the world, until we cry out to him for help, for forgiveness for our sins and evil ways.

Now therefore, O our God, listen to the prayer of your servant and to his pleas for mercy, and for your own sake, O Lord, make your face to shine upon your sanctuary, which is desolate.” (Daniel 9:17)

Daniel begs for God to hear him and restore him in Gods grace and mercy. To resume worship in Gods name that the world can see the power of the Lord our God trough the faith of his people. We are in need of the same return to God as was Daniel and his people so long ago. For only by our own humility and submission to Gods will and wishes will we find the life that we seek today.

Not because of our own righteousness or because of any deeds that we have done will we find Gods grace bestowed upon us, but only by his own great mercy will we be healed and restored to him.

For we do not present our pleas before you because of our righteousness, but because of your great mercy.” (Daniel 9:18)

Let us all say in prayer; “But as for me, I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.” (Micah 7:7)

Yes, let us pray in faith, waiting upon the Lord our God to bring his great love, grace and mercy to us as we are forgiven of our sins and iniquities and restored in our salvation.

But God being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ - by grace you have been saved.” (Ephesians 2:4-5)

Call out to the Lord in prayer, asking for forgiveness and he will hear, and forgive, and heal. Blessed be the name of our Lord…

October 1, 2018 - St. John Missionary Baptist Church will be celebration its 129th Church Anniversary on Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 2:30pm. Special guest is Rev. Brandon Owens, pastor of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, Center, Texas. The theme for the anniversary is "A strong foundation, built to last" - 1 Corinthians 3:9-15

The church pastor is Rev. Winston Kibbles and is located at 2308 CR 2050 in Center.

October 1, 2018 - Mount Calvary Full Gospel Church’s Revival begins Wednesday, October 17th through 19th, 2018. Revival starts at 6:30pm nightly with Evangelist Brother Lamar Denby

On Friday night enjoy vocalist The New Day Spirituals. Food and fellowship afterward service.

The church is located 2 miles from Shelbyville, TX on 417 East.

September 27, 2018 – The Center First United Methodist Church announces An Evening of Sacred Music on Sunday, September 30, 2018 beginning at 6:00 p.m in the church sanctuary located at 211 Porter Street in Center. The concert will feature the Center First UMC Chancel Choir and orchestra with special guests, Kelli Parker and Janette Wittman. Everyone is welcome to attend.  Refreshments will be served in the Fellowship Hall following the concert.

Additional information about the concert can be obtained by contacting Rev. Karen Jones or Mr. Chris Watlington, Music Director at (936) 598-2707 or by visiting www.fumccentertx.org.

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