January 22, 2019 - The 4th Annual 100 Men in Black hosted by Bendford Chapel Missionary Baptist Church is Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 3pm.

Please bring your young men to listen to guest speaker Rev. DeMontre Palmer of Houston, Texas. Everyone is invited to attend and please RSVP by April 5, 2019.

Benford Chapel MBC is located at 126 Martin Luther King, Tenaha, Texas 75954. Pastor is Joseph Hall, Sr.

To RSVP go to https://www.eventbrite.com . Click register and tell us your name, email address and how many people will come with you. Once that is completed your registration is done. If you are a Preacher or a Pastor please let us know that by addressing yourself as such. Any questions about this event feel free to text (281)804-3749 and all questions will be addressed in a timely manner.

1 Corinthians 11 and 3 - "But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God"

January 22, 2019 - Mark the date.. January 24th is the date.. Don't miss it..

Chicken Sausage Gumbo or Chili Fundraiser $10. Your choice of Gumbo n Rice, or Chili, Crackers, Slice Cake, and choice of drink..

**We will be sit up on 96 North, building next door to Goodwin Roofing from 10 till 1***

Preorder yours today give Nancy a call at 936-591-4729 or order from any church member. 

All proceeds from donations and sales will go towards our church building fund at First Pentecostal Church  of Jesus Christ..

Our Pastor is Bro. M.D Lamon
Associate Pastor Bro. Richard Goodwin

Also a HUGE thank you for all the Love and Support and help with making this dream a reality.

May God bless and continue to pour out his blessings. Much love for the Church Family at First Pentecostal Church of Jesus Christ.

January 22, 2019 - Lily of the Valley Church of God in Christ Announces the African American Heritage Celebration Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 12:30 p.m.
Join us as we celebrate the culture of African Americans.
Speaker: Evangelist Fred Ollie, Associate Pastor of House of Prayer in Silsbee, TX
The celebration will be held at
620 Greer Street: P O Box 191
Center, Texas 75935
Elder Cleon D. Williams, Sr., Pastor
All monies received will benefit the L. D. Suell Memorial Scholarship Fund.
For more information contact Sis. Shirley Suell at (936) 598-3041 or Sis. Debbie Suell-Tanner at (936) 462-9604.

January 21, 2018 - Mount Calvary Full Gospel Church is hosting a Gospel Singing on Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 6pm till 10pm. All musicians and vocalists invited. Bring a friend and enjoy some good gospel music!

Musicians setup time is 5:30pm (Gospel Music Only). There will be food and refreshments after singing. The Gospel Singing will be held every last Saturday of the month.

Mount Calvary Full Gospel Church is located at 417 East, Shelbyville, Texas 75973. For more information call 903-678-1447 or 936-591-8500. All are welcome.

Church service schedule:

  • Sunday Morning Class 10:00 am
  • Sunday Morning Worship 11:00 am
  • Sunday Children's Church and Youth Church 11:00 am
  • Sunday Evening Bible Study 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday Night Bible Study 6:30 pm

January 21, 2019 Center – Gospel and Christian music fans need to circle Sunday, January 27, 2019 on their calendars! On that date, Nashville, Tenn. father-and-son duo Ernie and Jason Couch will be in concert beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Center located at 211 Porter Street.

Ernie and Jason will be bringing an exciting mixture of 20th century gospel classics and originals to town. These guys are known across the United States and Canada for their live music, good humor and genuine spirit. Many describe the group as refreshingly different and a lot of fun. Jason Couch stated, “We want to reach everyone from all age groups and backgrounds, with the message of the music. We enjoy what we do and want the people to enjoy it just as much. We certainly will give it all we got in the time we have.”

This duo has been traveling the road for almost three decades, presenting a professional evening of music. Besides a Grammy nomination, having a number of songs in the gospel charts both here and abroad, Ernie and Jason have recorded with such greats as George Beverly Shea, Jake Hess, George Jones, Petra, James Earl Jones, Pattie Page and Dallas Holm to name a few.

Please take the time to check these guys out for yourself at www.erniecouchandrevival.com or on their Facebook page at Ernie Couch & Revival. If you want to enjoy a great evening of music, don’t miss seeing Ernie and Jason in concert!

Additional information regarding the concert can be obtained by contacting the church office at (936)598-2707. There will be no charge for the concert, but a love offering will be taken.

January 21, 2019 (Event Flyer) - The Joyseeker’s Conference will be held on February 23, 2019 at the First Baptist Church, 117 Cora Street, Center, Texas 75935. National Speaker Jill Donovan will be the speaker. You are invited to join us for a wonderful weekend of fellowship and a time to enjoy learning more about yourself.

Early registration due January 26, 2019 for the early fee of $25. After January 31st, registration is $30.

In 2004, Jill Donovan’s guest appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show ignited a change within her heart that would have a ripple effect on thousands of lives.

Jill left the legal profession when she followed her heart and discovered her true passion.

The Kindness Effect, a book full of real life stories exemplifying what can happen when you discover your gifts and become intentional about using them tells the story of Jill’s heart change and passionate pursuit of her purpose. For Jill, Rustic Cuff creator, it is not about the bracelet. It’s about the connection that is made between two people. It has been said that one of her favorite things to do is inspire a giving heart in others.

Jill is a sought-after motivational speaker who encourages women to pursue their passions and purpose in life. 

For more information see the brochure or call the First Baptist Church Office at (936) 598-5605.

"Take heed that ye do not your good deeds before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven." Matthew 6:1

January 21, 2019 - Back in the seventies I opened a Gun Shop in Mauriceville. Texas. Early one morning I heard a loud motor in front of the shop --- so loud that I stepped outside to see what it was. It was an old vintage pickup idling at a dying throb. A man with a badly scarred face stepped out and walked me to the back of his truck. “Look at what I caught for supper,” he smiled as he pointed at three small perch flouncing around in the bed. "I caught’em down the road," he said.

He brought an old .22 in the shop and began our conversation by telling me how he stepped on a land mine in Korea and almost died from it. "I promised God I’d serve Him forever if He let me live." "Have you lived for him," I asked. "Naw… I should have but I aint." He told me that his Dad had given him the rifle (a 510 Remington single shot) when he was 11 years old. "The safety don’t work no more and sometimes it goes off." Even though it needed to be re-blued and stock repaired, he told me to "just make it safe to shoot." "I can’t afford nothing else." I told him he could pick it up in two weeks.

I felt so sorry for the man that I decided to restore the rifle completely and make it a gift to him. I ordered a new Fajen black walnut stock for it, completely polished it, blued it, and fixed his safety and trigger sear. I was really proud of that rifle! It actually looked better than it did from the factory. Exactly two weeks later, I heard a loud-idling truck drive up and knew who it was. I handed the beautiful .22 to him (which should have cost him $200) and with absolutely no emotion whatsoever he asked, "How much?" When I told him ten dollars, he calmly pulled out his billfold. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw SCORES OF $100 BILLS crammed in his wallet. After slowly extracting a ten dollar bill, he said, "Thank ’ye," strolled to his idling truck, and rattled up the highway.

I’m glad no one saw the look on my face as I stood speechless that day. My first thought was... "I can’t believe this." My second thought was... "How stupid can you get?" My third thought was... I’m a Christian, but God never told me I’d understand everything. He told me to do everything for the right reason. So the more I thought, the more I figured... that man didn’t have to appreciate me...

... as long as God did. 

January 21, 2019 - Sunday was the 2nd Sunday of Epiphany. The Gospel Lesson comes from the second chapter of the John Gospel. The other three gospels are referred to as the Synoptic Gospels because they are similar—they borrow from each other and possibly another source that German scholars simply refer to as “Q.” John’s Gospel is a theological statement, full of “signs” pointing to Jesus as much more than the Hebrew messiah or the savior of the Gentiles: more like a preexistent being coming from heaven and becoming God Incarnate (in flesh). The first sign in John comes when Jesus changes water into wine at the wedding in Cana. All three of today’s scriptures speak of God’s love for his creation, including us. Words such as “enjoy” and “delight” are used to describe God’s great love.

We were in double digits this morning, although we certainly missed Gene at Sunday School and worship time. Hopefully he will feel better soon. Our Sunday School lesson used Philippians 1: 12-21 as its scripture, where we hear Paul speaking about demonstrating Christian love even in difficult situations. The purpose of the lesson is for us to practice our devotion to Christ daily in the ordinary things of life. This really goes along with the book I am reading about mystics of faith. 

It is Saturday morning as I start writing this article. It was 53 when I got up and by the time I walked my two faithful companions, Gunter and Sam, it had already dropped to 40! It was so windy that it felt much colder than that. And, of course, Sunday morning was forecast to be below freezing. My uncle in Maine says, though, that we Texans don’t really understand winter. I’m thankful for that!

This past Tuesday a group of us met at Holiday Nursing Center for our monthly program. Mrs. Hilda was our able pianist. Sue read a funny story about a class field trip, The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash. Nora has her voice back; she sang a zippy song about Dr. King and another song that many of the residents knew. Monday is MLK Day, when we remember one of his quotes, “It is always the right time to do what is right.” Jo is on the mend and added her voice to our singing. Sally sang “How Great Thou Art.” Matt spoke about the wedding at Cana, and I talked about the baptism of Jesus. When we started, there were just a few residents, but not long into our program the dining hall filled up.

All month long we will be collecting cans of tuna. At the end of the month we will donate them to Community Christian Services in Joaquin. This coming Thursday we head to Lakeside Assisted Living for a program. Sue contacted our faithful folks by email and phone to remind them of the Lakeside ministry. Next month the worldwide communion of the United Methodist Church will meet in General Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. The church is trying to figure “a way forward” over questions of sexual orientation. Disputes have divided the church worldwide and in the United States; church leaders as well as the folks in the pews are looking for “a way forward” that will honor and respect everyone, despite differences. That is a pretty daunting task.

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.

January 18, 2019 - An evening of southern gospel music is being planned at Yellowpine-Macedonia Baptist Church for Saturday, January 26, 2019. This special service, beginning at 6:00 p.m., will be highlighted by the Southern Plainsmen Quartet. There will also be congregational singing and locals offering special music. The singing will be followed by a time of fellowship. No admission will be charged, only a love offering received. Yellowpine-Macedonia Baptist Church is located at the intersection of Texas Hwy. 87 and FM 2343 in Sabine County's Yellowpine Community. Contact Pastor T.A. Lane at 409-584-1144 or 409-382-8765 for information. The Southern Plainsmen, pictured here, include, from the left, Marcelle Slaughter, Aaron Allen, Timothy Thomas, and Gabriel Austin.

No Admission / No Offering

January 16, 2019 - Carman is bringing the Legacy Tour to Center, Texas. This is a FREE tour no gimmicks. That means no cost to get in and no offering will be taken up. Carman has been in ministry over 40 years in America and around the world and he is still going strong. With his passion to see souls won to Jesus Christ, Carman set out to do something never heard of before in Christian music or any music genre, and that is to provide a FREE tour experience to bring in as many people as possible to hear the message of Jesus Christ. Carman will be ministering in music with some of the many #1 hits he has had over his 40-year career. Carman will also be ministering in word, and prayer. This is an event you do not want to miss. So, bring your friends, family, and anyone you want to introduce to Jesus Christ, and come out to the Carman Legacy Tour. You will be so glad you did.

Center Christian Fellowship is hosting Carman "Legacy Tour" on Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 6pm. The church is located at 2471 Highway 96 North, Center, Texas 75935.