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November 1, 2017 - Come join New Life Church for an interactive encounter with the Undead. Last chances are Wednesday, November 1st and Thursday, November 2nd at 7pm nightly.

What is Scare Tactics?

Scare Tactics is an annual production by New Life Church in its 7th year. This production includes: live action drama, video scenes, costumes, make-up, lights, sound effects, interaction with the audience and a short gospel message. Each year's production is totally new; new story lines, characters, scenes, etc. Although this is a difficult task it is essential in order to keep the experience new and fresh each year. This presentation is based on a TV show by the same name, in which participants wish to scare friends and family. In our version they are trying to scare others about the importance of our decisions concerning eternity i.e.; Heaven or Hell.

Is Scare Tactics like "Hell House?"

In a word, NO! Scare Tactics is a drama with a complete story, a short gospel message and then ends with a scene depicting the wonders of Heaven for those who have become Christians. The presentation has been compared to Heaven's Gate and Hell's Flames, a production that has garnered national attention. Although some elements are similar, the total experience in every Scare Tactics presentation is unique because Pastor Steve writes a new story each year with the same heart for reaching people with the gospel message as he does for his sermons.

New Life Church is located at 822 Hurst Street, Center, Texas 75935.
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November 2, 2017 - There are many today who say; “but there is no God, no afterlife, no heaven, there is only today in this world we see on earth, make the most of it.”

Sadly so many are being taught this fallacy by members of our education system. I find using the term “education system” so deceiving when referring to our network of colleges, our places of supposed higher learning.

America has allowed, through our own laziness, atheists and false teachers to infiltrate our universities and today our children are being led away from God by these workers of evil.

The Bible speaks of those who speak and teach lies and untruths.

The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, doing abominable iniquity; there is none who does good.” (Psalm 53:1)

Let’s break down just what the Bible has said here about those who say; “There is no God.”

First, the Bible calls him a fool, one who has been tricked or deceived into acting stupidly.

Then it says not only is he corrupt, but that he is doing an abominable iniquity.

The dedication of abominable is to be; “detestable, loathsome to God”. Being despised by God is not a position a sane person would wish for.

Iniquity, “a gross injustice or wickedness”.

So this foolish, deceived person has been put in the position of doing such gross injustice and wickedness to our youth that he is now loathed, detested by God. There is not one who does good.

If our youth are to escape the trap being set for them by these workers of iniquity they must first hear the truth of the gospel to prepare them for the lies they will encounter during their time of “higher learning”.

This must start with God-fearing Christians, those willing to speak the truth to all who will listen. People who are willing to create in the young, a clean heart for the Lord.

Psalm 51 is a prayer offered to God by king David after he had seduced Bathsheba. It is a prayer which all can benefit from today, let us look at a few verses from the chapter. The entire chapter bears reading and study to completely understand how we can help our young.

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! (Psalm 51:1-2)

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit. Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you. (Psalm 51:10-13)

O Lord, let this be the prayer of all Christians, that we all return to you, renewing our faith and commitment to teaching the gospel to all who will listen. That we truly will go out into the highways and hedges and bring others into the family of God.

We should not fear that we are not preachers or evangelists, for simply by our daily interaction with others we can spread the gospel of Christ to all. Showing the joy and peace to be had in knowing and living in Christ to all.

Oh Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise.” (Psalm 51:15) Allow the Lord to work his grace and mercy through you every day. This is what God wants from us, to be vessels of faith unto the world.

May the blessings of our Lord flow through each of us and flood the evil of the world with goodness each day...

November 1, 2017 - The First Methodist Church in Joaquin as well as the City of Joaquin would like to express our thanks to all the great kids and their parents who helped make our 2nd annual Fall Festival a huge success.

We had two bounce houses, apple bobbing, face painting as well as several games. Folks could roast their own hot dogs on one of our two fire pits or they could just let Pastor Ortigo cook them for them on the grill. Most let the Pastor work and work he did. We had around 200 come to the church on a rainy night to partake in the fun. It was a lot of work but we felt well worth the effort to give the kids a safe place to play and hang out with friends. 

The original plan called for everything to be in the Rainbolt Memorial Garden but the rains drove us inside. No one seemed to mind at all. So as our friend Mr. Wood would say, “A good time was had by all.”

November 1, 2017 - The First Methodist Church in Joaquin as well as the City of Joaquin would like to express our thanks to all the great kids and their parents who helped make our 2nd annual Fall Festival a huge success. 

We had two bounce houses, apple bobbing, face painting as well as several games. Folks could roast their own hot dogs on one of our two fire pits or they could just let Pastor Ortigo cook them for them on the grill. Most let the Pastor work and work he did. We had around 200 come to the church on a rainy night to partake in the fun. 

It was a lot of work but we felt well worth the effort to give the kids a safe place to play and hang out with friends. The original plan called for everything to be in the Rainbolt Memorial Garden but the rains drove us inside. No one seemed to mind at all. 

So as our friend Mr. Wood would say, “A good time was had by all.”

November 1, 2017 - On November 5th, the First Baptist Church will hold the Quarterly Community Gospel Concert. The Concert will begin at 6pm in the Sanctuary followed by a Welcome Fellowship for Stephanie Cline, Minister to Children and Families.

Please come and join us for an enjoyable evening of singing and fellowship visit time. 

First Baptist is located at 117 Cora Street, Center, Texas. 

November 1, 2017 - The members and Pastor of Carroll Chapel CME Church in Shelbyville would like to invite you to our annual Family and Friend day on November 19, 2017 at 3:00PM. The guest speaker will be Elder Archie Thompson. Everyone is invited. 

Let your lights shine before men….” Matt. 5:16
 
October 30, 2017 - Jaime cooks at the Waffle House in Norcross, Georgia.  His cooking prowess, mild manner, combat boots, jeans and large earring kept Pam and me entertained long after we finished eating. As stressed-out waitresses barked their orders, Jaime calmly flipped omelets while arranging chicken strips and burgers on the crowded grille. Thanking the waitresses for each order, he intermittently washed dishes and answered the phone.

As we left, I asked the cashier if he was the owner. “Oh, no,” she replied. “He’s just the cook…his name is Jaime Mitchell… he’s my boyfriend.”  “He’s pretty good”, I remarked. “Yeah”, she replied. “He don’t know how good he is….… he’s the ‘humblest’ man in the world.”
Although the Bread of Life is on our church menus, many don’t ask for Him.

Maybe we should take some tips from Jaime Mitchell.

October 30, 2017 - Sunday was the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Sunday morning was cold but promised to be a beautiful day. Fannie turned the heaters on early, and the church felt so good.  We had a small group this morning, but we had an excellent Sunday school lesson. The scripture was from Nehemiah 9 & 10 and dealt with the covenant God made with the returning exiles. The purpose of the lesson was to admit our faults and then pledge ourselves to a life that honors our relationship with God. 

During October we have been collecting peanut butter and jelly for Community Christian Services. We collected quite a bit, which I will deliver this week, along with a check. In November we will collect rice and beans. The church voted to send a check to Community Christian Services to buy Christmas presents for children. Some members will also select a family to support. Sue will deliver the church check to First Baptist Joaquin, which heads up this effort. We received a nice thank-you note from our friend Linda. It will be a long process to overcome Hurricane Harvey!

The Gospel Lesson for this Sunday was Matthew 22:34-40. Once again the religious elites at the Temple are trying to trip Jesus up. In today’s lesson a legal scholar asked Jesus what is the most important commandment in the Torah. Jesus quoted from the Shema, saying we must love God with our heart, mind, and soul. Then he added that we are to love our neighbors as ourselves. For me that strikes at the very heart of Christianity. Loving God and loving our neighbor are the way to live full Kingdom lives. 

Last week was our program at Lakeside Assisted Living, with lots of singing and laughing. Maggie and Sue shared the emcee job, and Minnie tinkled the ivories (freeing Mrs. Hilda up to help lead the singing). Gene sang “His Eye is on the Sparrow,” with the group joining him on the chorus. Nora sang a cute song, “Pop Goes the Weasel,” as well as a goose-bump-inducing one, “Thank You for Giving to the Lord,” which she will sing for Thanksgiving at Old Home Baptist.  Her sister Jo no only helped with the congregational singing, but also sang part of a song herself. Sue read the Texas Halloween book that’s a mirror image of Polar Express. Besides the regular congregational singing, we had several requests—all lovely choices. 

“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.

October 18, 2017 - Newburn Order of the Eastern Star #1135 will have their 29th annual chicken dressing dinner on Friday, October 27, 2017 from 11am to 2pm.

The dinner will be in the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 217 Cora Street, Center, TX. A donation of $6.00 and you can dine in or take out. Contact Dot Messer 936-254-2003 for more information.

September 15, 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!

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