November 2, 2018 - Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church is hosting a Fall Festival on Saturday, November 10, 2018. Festival begins at 5:30pm.

Come enjoy carnival themed games, candy for the kids, food and drinks, cake walk, hayride, camp fire, weenie roast and more!

Join in on the fun-filled evening for the entire family! Pleasant Grove MBC wants you to have a fun and blessed time!

The church is located on 87 North between Center and Timpson. For more information, contact Bro. Josh Crawford at 936-572-5303 or find us on Facebook.

1 Timothy 4:12

October 28, 2018 - Scare Tactics - New Life Church 822 Hurst Street, Center, Texas Oct 28th 6pm and Oct 29-Nov 1 at 7pm Nightly

Scare Tactics is an annual production by New Life Church in its 8th 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 or 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 & 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.

This year’s presentation is titles “The Appointment.” Our verse for this year is “it’s appointed unto man once to die, then the judgment.” Hebrews 9:27.

Performances are Oct 28th 6pm and Oct 29-Nov 1 at 7pm nightly. Nursery will be provided.

November 1, 2018 - Timpson Missionary Baptist Church will be hosting a fundraiser for the family of Betty Duke on November 17th at 11am.

Brisket, sausage, and chicken will be served along with all of the sides. Bro. Charlie will be cooking.

October 30, 2018 - “Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.” (Psalm 32:1)

Do you know the blessings of forgiveness this morning? Have you given yourself over to the Lord Jesus, submitting to his will for you, not to your own selfish wishes?

If not, then let me encourage you to step forth in humility and ask the Lord for forgiveness, say to him;

In you, O Lord, do I take refuge; let me never be put to shame; in your righteousness deliver me! Incline your ear to me; rescue me speedily! Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me.” (Psalm 31:1-2)

Many would say; “I have prayed to the Lord for various things but he just doesn’t seem to hear me for my prayers are never answered. That may very well be true for the Bible says; 

The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous and his ears toward their cry.” (Psalm 34:15)

While the Lord God sees all and hears all, his ears are inclined to the righteous. He only listens to those who doubt, the non-believers, when they cry out to beg for forgiveness for their sinful ways.

But when the righteous cry out; “When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of their troubles.” (Psalm 34:17)

I do not want to deceive you here, there are times when the righteous cry for help and their answer is silence for they have asked for something which the Lord does not wish them to have right now. There are times for all people when the answer is NO. but, when any child of God cries for help, God hears him and responds in the best possible way for that situation. One must trust in God in all things, that is faith.

Know this; “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of all of them.” (Psalm 34:19)

The poor man cried, and the Lord heard him and saved him out of his troubles.” (Psalm 34:6)

All people are born with the sin nature given us by Adam when he sinned against God in the Garden of Eden. Every one of us know, from birth, how to lie, to cheat, to steal; just watch a baby as he or she grows from birth, any time you ask; “did you do that” his reaction is to lie to keep out of trouble. That is the sin nature within all of us. That must be washed away if we are to live, to dwell, in the Lord and know his grace and mercy.

Only by the saving grace of the Lord Jesus are our afflictions of sin washed away for as the Lord says; “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)

Only by accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior can one be washed free of the afflictions of sin and removed from the penalties of sin which is the death of the spirit, the second death.

The Lord redeems the life of his servants; none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.” (Psalm 34:22)

Come to him today, accept his saving grace and mercy and let his precious blood wash your sins away.

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8:1)

Come to him and accept him today so that you too can say; “I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.” (Psalm 34:4)

Blessed be the name of the Lord. May his grace and mercy wash over you today…

October 29, 2018 - Sunday was the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time. What a surprise I had when I got to Sunday School! When I first came in and saw the young man standing next to Fannie, I thought he was one of Fannie’s grandsons. But I soon realized he was former student and friend, Glenn McGee, in town for the memorial of his classmate, David Bigger. Sue and I taught Glenn and his sister Whitney, becoming close friends with his mother Carolyn and his stepfather Robert, who were our daughter’s godparents at her baptism. Seeing Glenn was a wonderful surprise. And it was so nice of him to join us for Sunday School and worship. 

Our Sunday School continued the theme of creation and dealt with the strange way Isaac and Rebekah became a family. The idea of a pre-arranged wedding sounds strange to our Western ears but wasn’t unusual back then. The way this future bride was selected, however, was a little out of the ordinary. 

We filled up the back seat of my truck with peanut butter and jelly and I will deliver it to Community Christian Services. In the month of November we will collect beans and rice. On Sunday, November 11th we will have a Gideon speaker come to update the church on the work of the Gideons. Sue announced the second (and last) flu shot clinic at Joaquin Senior Center from 10-11, Thursday, November 15. 

The scripture I chose for the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time was Hebrews 1: 1-4. Many Biblical scholars believe Apollos wrote this long sermon because the writing style is so different from the letters we know Paul wrote. Apollos was a Hellenized Jew from Alexandria, educated in Greek rhetoric. He was trying to re-introduce Jesus to second-generation believers having a crisis of faith.

Last week was our program at Lakeside Assisted Living. Minnie had played for the program at Holiday Nursing Home the week before, but Hilda did the honors this last week. Stellar and her mom joined the group, with Stellar singing and accompanying herself on guitar. Matt took the preacher duties—although from a standing position due to back problems—and Maggie assumed the emcee job. Gene and Nora both sang “old-time religion” songs and helped lead the other singing. Ollie, Fannie, and Sue read selections—Ollie’s about America, Fannie’s a Norman Rockwell dog story, and Sue’s a short list of “see you later, alligator” sayings. As usual, it was lovely to have Margie and Jo with us. In November our Lakeside program will be on the 5th Thursday, November 29, because of Thanksgiving.

“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 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 the list. God’s Speed.

October 29, 2018 - Gates Chapel Baptist Church celebrates 105th Church Anniversary Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 3pm. Special Guest Rev. Anthony Jackson and the Bright Morning Star Baptist Church of Center, TX.

The church is located off 417 West CR 2310 in Shelbyville, TX.

Everyone is invited to attend!

Submitted by Lou Byndom

October 26, 2018 - Pastor Byron Coutee, Jr. and the Blount Chapel Missionary Baptist Church would like to invite everyone to our Church Anniversary on Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 3:00pm. Guest Speaker: Pastor Marquist Taylor of the Free People Church in Lufkin, Texas. Please join us for a remarkable time in the Lord! Dinner will be served.

October 26, 2018 - Strong Triumph Church is hosting a Fall Festival on Saturday, October 27th from 6pm to 8:30pm. Enjoy a candy walk, costume contest, and a haunted house inside the old cafeteria building. Everyone is invited.

October 25, 2018 - Idolatry, the worship of idols, one of the Ten Commandments of God says; "You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God," (Deuteronomy 5:7-9) This is the very first of the Ten Commandments of God, for without upholding this the first, there is no need for one to try and keep the rest.

Just what is idolatry anyway? Simply put, it is putting anything before God, taking away from God; your time, your attention, your energy, devoting time that should have been given to God, time spent with God, to any other activity. 

You may say; "Oh, I would never do that." Well, let me ask you, when you rise from bed each morning, do you spend your rising time with God, or, might you reach for your cell phone or computer or turn on the television first. The same when you go to bed at night, do you finish your day with the last prayer of the day, or, might you just check one more time with your computer or cell phone. Do you see how easy, without even thinking, it can be to develop an idol and put it before God? 

God says this about idolatry; "And they shall return your lewdness upon you, and you shall bear the penalty for your sinful idolatry, and you shall know that I am the Lord God." (Ezekiel 23:49) A very stern warning from God about idol worship, it is not something to be taken lightly. God says it is lewd and sinful and that he will make you know that he, and he alone, is the true God.

Now don't get me wrong, I am not here to say that technology is evil or wicked, not at all. What I am saying is that improper use of anything can be. For too much of anything can pull one away from the Lord God. 

Without technology I could not send out this devotional each morning, nor could we see and hear the many preachers who use the technological media to spread the gospel across the planet each day.

God gives us all things, it is up to us to use them properly, for his glory, and not to misuse them for lewd or sinful purposes.

We have a period of time in America which many call; "March Madness", a time of college basketball tournaments that is highly popular and in many cases, idolized by millions of people every day. Millions of dollars of productivity are lost because workers can't work for trying to watch or hear these ball games. It is the same in summer for baseball and in fall with football. Folks, this is idolatry, there is nothing wrong with the games, the problem is in the excessive attention given them.

Be very careful how you allocate your time each day. Enjoy your favorite things, just don't let them override your love for, or your time given, to the Lord God.

Paul said this about idolatry; "Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry." (1 Cor. 10:14)

The Apostle John said this; "Little children, keep yourselves from idols." (1 John 5:21)

Both of these apostles, who had spent several years actually walking and living with the Lord Jesus knew the dangers of idols and both plead with us to flee from them to keep ourselves from them.

Let us take heed to their words and be careful each day to give ourselves and our attention to the Lord. Amen...

October 24, 2018 - Sunday was the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Sunday morning was crisp and cool and we all had a taste of autumn in the air. Gene came early and lit the heaters and our Sunday School class was nice and warm. Our Sunday School lesson continued the theme of creation and spoke of the miracle of Abraham and Sarah having a baby at an advanced age. A woman past her time that she could conceive having a baby was a common theme in the Hebrew Scriptures and always points to something wonderful and miraculous. Our lesson was to open us to the wonders of the Divine which occur all around us.

We were in double digits Sunday morning and it was great seeing everyone. In our business meeting the church voted to give $500 to CASA and $200 to Community Christian Services for Christmas gifts. The church also voted to double our gift to Gideon’s International to $400. This month we are collecting peanut butter and jelly for Community Christian Services. Next month we will collect rice and beans. Last week volunteers gathered Tuesday at Holiday for our monthly program. This Thursday we will head to Lakeside. Our Gideon speaker will be at Paxton on November 11th. Later that afternoon will be the program at the historic courthouse marking a hundred years since the end of WWII. Theresa, Joy, Carolyn, Larry, and Gene have been working on this program for over a year! 

My scripture was based on the Hebrew Scripture for the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time which comes from Job 38: 1-7. In these verses Job gets his one-on-one with God and probably didn’t hear what he wanted. I think one of the most important lessons to take from this ancient book is that doubt, fear, and questions are a necessary part of 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 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.