May 2, 2018 - The Pleasant Hill Cemetery Association would like to invite everyone to their annual Homecoming on Saturday, May 19, 2018. The tradition of cemetery working has been passed down for generations. We now have someone to take care of the cemetery so it’s a day of decorating our loved ones graves and picnicking with family and friends. Your donation will help pay for the care and preservation of the cemetery for present and future generations. If you are unable to attend donations may be mailed to the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, PO Box 91, Shelbyville, TX 75973.

May 2, 2018 - In Genesis, Chapter 6 we see the recounting of the flood which destroyed all life that lived on the earth other than the people and animals which God had to enter into the ark for protection.

The Bible says this about the man and his family, Noah, whom God saved to re-populate the earth after the flood would subside.

Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God. And Noah had three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. (Genesis 6:9-10) 

God saw Noah as a righteous man, a man, whom God counted as being blameless, without fault. A man whom the Bible also says “Walked with God”. 

There are very few biblical accounts of humans being considered blameless by God or having been said that they walked with God, making Noah a very special person in God’s eyes.

Not so for the earth and the rest of mankind at that point in time.

Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with violence.” (Genesis 6:11)

And God said to Noah, “I have determined to make an end of all flesh, for the earth is filled with violence through them. Behold, I will destroy them with the earth.” (Genesis 6:13) 

God then tells Noah how to build a boat, an ark, that he is to build this large boat and in it he is to put two, 1 male and 1 female, of every specie of animal, bird, and creeping thing that dwells on the earth. Along with the animals and their feed Noah puts his own family, his three sons and their wives and his own wife.

Note here that the Bible does not mention the fishes. Since the fishes lived in a separate environment man could not touch them, man could not corrupt them so the fishes were spared by the Lord God.

God tells Noah that he is going to flood the earth to over 20 feet above the highest mountain. Why, we ask, would God wipe out all flesh on earth?

The Bible shows us two reasons. First, the earth had been corrupted by the evilness of man and everything that man had touched God considered must be wiped out to cleanse the earth of its corruption. Secondly, God sees only violence in mankind and God hates violence.

The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” (Genesis 6:5)

And God saw the earth, and behold, it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth.” (Genesis 6:12) 

God hates both corruption and violence and so he destroyed all living things on the earth for these two offenses.

When God speaks to Isaiah about the future of Israel and describes later times God says this about the nation of Israel concerning violence.

Violence shall no more be heard in your land, devastation or destruction within your borders; you shall call your walls Salvation, and your gates Praise.” (Isaiah 60:18) 

And so God wiped the slate clean and started over with the birds and animals from the ark and with Noah and his family, and from these few the population of the world exists today.

Man is evil and corrupt and someday, a day unknown to us, the Lord who is also just, will once again destroy the earth and all who dwell upon it.

So I beg you today, prepare yourself for this coming day. Make your relationship with God complete, ask God to wipe your slate clean as you start a new path in your life…

May 1, 2018 - Center Church of Christ invites you to come and celebrate our 60th Anniversary by joining us for an area wide singing and gospel meeting May 4th - 6th, 2018.

  • Friday, May 4, 7pm - Area Wide Singing, Refreshments Served Afterward.
  • Saturday, May 5, 7pm - Gospel Preaching, Phil Sanders Guest Speaker
  • Sunday, May 6 - Bible Class 9:45am; Worship 10:45am; Phil Sanders Guest Speaker Both for Bible Class and Worship

Click image above for full viewPlan to come and join us, we will lift our voices in songs of praise. We will hear a wonderful message from the word of God by an able Gospel Preacher and we will be having a covered dish luncheon immediately following the morning worship.

Center Church of Christ, 110 Hurst Street, Center, Texas

www.centerchurchofchrist.com

History of the Church of Christ in Center, Texas

The church of Christ that meets at 110 Hurst Street in Center, Texas can trace it's beginning to 1936. Prior to that time, the history of the church of Christ in Center is obscured by a lack of complete information, due to the fact that at one time in the past, what is now known as the Christian Church was part of the original church of Christ.

However, early in 1936 a young man named Blakely Campbell, who was employed by Beall Brothers, moved to Center from Longview, Texas. He deserves much of the credit for helping to reorganize the Church of Christ in Center. Members met in the courthouse part of the time, and also in the Rio Theater. About 20 members, more or less, met regularly. Blakely Campbell was acquainted with Brother John W. Aiken and the good work that he was doing throughout East Texas in financing construction of buildings for Churches of Christ. Through this contact, arrangements were made and the property was purchased at the corner of Nacogdoches Street and Wheeler Avenue. Brother Aiken financed construction of the red brick church building (the building is still there) which was completed in 1936. He later deeded the property to the Church.

Brother C. M. Pullias preached in the first gospel meeting held in the fall of 1936. The first regular minister of the local congregation was Brother Foy E. Wallace, Sr. His salary for the first year was supplemented by Brother Aiken.

The first elders of the congregation were Fred Jarry, Ira Bell and Tom Watson. The first deacons were Roy Russell, Marshall Thomason and Ottis Stack.

Following Brother Wallace as minister were George McCaleb, S.C. Kinningham, Lee Reynolds, Buck Parham, George McCaleb (a second time) and Louis Wright. This 14-year time period saw the congregation gradually increase in strength and numbers.

In December 1949, Merle Bryant began to work with the Church in Center. During the next few years there was a period of rapid expansion. Many new members were added to the congregation and others who had drifted away were restored to the faith

The Church began to sponsor a series of radio broadcasts daily over the local station, and regular Sunday evening Church services were broadcast for about a year or more. Also, weekly articles were published in the local newspaper. Gospel meetings were held in several rural communities in Shelby County during the summer months. These were sponsored and financed by the congregation in Center

The church of Christ in Center had grown from a fledgling congregation in the period of 15 years to a congregation with a membership of about 150. While Brother Bryant was in Center, the first Sunday in April, 1953, a renewed drive was begun for the building program and a separate fund was set up for that purpose. 

That day, there were 226 present for Bible Class and the building fund offering was $5,567.

Construction began on the building on Hurst Street in October 1957, and the building was completed in the spring of 1958. The first services were held in this building on May 25, 1958.

Since Brother Bryant left in 1954, the following have served the congregation as ministers: James C.Murphy, Jady W. Copeland, R.L. Foutz (he was the minister when the building was completed), Norman Keener, James Montgomery, Eugene Greer, Larry Eoff, Murphy Phillips, Glynn Purdy, Murphy Phillips (a second time), Mel Shulman, Don Norwood, Joe Wrape, Royce Frederick, Foy Forehand, Larry DeLong, and the current minister, Tim Perkins who has been the minister since November 2000.

The history of the Center Church of Christ is a great heritage as we celebrate our 60th anniversary of being in the building at 110 Hurst Street. However, with our faces toward the future, we know that the best and most glorious days of the Center Church of Christ are yet to come.

May 1, 2018 - Homecoming for Campti is held the third Sunday of May each year (May 20th) with a covered-dish lunch served in the Campti Methodist Church Fellowship hall. This historic old cemetery hold pioneers from the time of the Republic of Texas. The Pittman family had a large acreage in the area and part of it from a land grant. The oldest marked grave is that of Thomas Pittman from 1865. Donations may be made to Mary Hughes-Culver, 357 CR 3080, Center, Texas 75935 (Phone 598-8250) or Donna Jameson, 579 CR 2010, Center, Texas 75935 (Phone 591-2400.)

May 1, 2018 - Sardis Cemetery Annual Homecoming and fish fry will be Saturday, May 5, 2017 beginning at 11am.

Catfish plates with all the trimmings with tea or water will be sold at $8 each. Can drinks will be $1 each. Both versions of cookbooks will be available.

The Annual Business Meeting and Gospel Singing will immediately follow the fish fry and clean-up, typically around 2pm or 2:30pm.

Donations are our main source of income for the upkeep of the cemetery and grounds, plus insurance and utilities. We need the help of everyone with family buried here or if you own a plot to please make a donation each year in order to keep the cemetery looking good.

Donations can also be mailed to Sardis Cemetery, 6034 FM 414, Center, Texas 75935 if you are unable to attend homecoming.

May 1, 2018 - We would like to thank all of our friends, families, and members who made our fellowship hall dedication a success, in honor of Mrs Paulyne Evans.

We saw old friends, old members, and brought back lots of old memories. In the service, we recognized, those who did the physical labor, and those who oversaw the work, but we also reflect back to those families and members who also would have loved to have shared the moment we had on Sunday, April 29th, 2018. The Legacy of every family lives on, the seniors who loved the church their Legacy lives on, through the Pastor, through the Deacons, through the choir, through the missions, and through our children. The fellowship hall dedication was giving back to God, what was given to us in honor of our beloved Mrs. Paulyne Evans.

The hall dedication connected every member and every family that has served in and through the church's history of 137 years. So we thank you, all for fellowshipping with us and we pray that the Legacy of Love, for God, Family, and for each other will continue forever. Thank you.

Pastor Pettis and SJMBC Tenaha, Texas

April 30, 2018 - Sunday was the Fifth Sunday of Easter. The Epistle Lesson was 1 John 4: 7-21. The emphasis was on the need to care for one another. John says we are to love others as God loves us. And that God is love. English is such a weird language. In the Unabridged Random House Dictionary the one word love has 24 definitions! The third definition says, “A feeling of brotherhood and good will toward other people.” This is what John and Jesus were talking about. Unfortunately, this kind of compassion is lost on way to many people who call themselves Christians.

Our Sunday school lesson ventured back into John’s Revelation; the scripture was Revelation 5: 6-14. The Christian theological idea of Jesus as a sacrificial lamb is seen clearly here as John’s vision of Heaven and the throne of God are described. There were many questions—I just had to shrug on some. But when I got home, I looked in Breaking the Code about Revelation and the Oxford Annotated Bible. I have a couple of answers for next Sunday.

We were the regular crowd this Sunday; it was good to see Joy back with us. Carolyn says Guy goes back to the doctor this week and that he is progressing nicely. Sue told about the 100th birthday party held at the Senior Center on Saturday for Mrs. Esther Small. Many happy returns! Next month we will be collecting cans of fruit for Community Christian Services. I will deliver the toothpaste and toothbrushes we collected in April. Next Sunday we will celebrate Holy Communion. Next Sunday at 2:00 the Tenaha Church of Christ will dedicate their new church. Congratulations on the end of their building project: I know they’re happy to be in the new structure.

Last week was our mission to Lakeside Assisted Living. I returned from several days in Dallas visiting our kids just as Sue was leaving, so I stayed home. But most of the other folks came to help present the program. Minnie was on the piano—Mrs. Hilda appreciates being able to sing instead. Fannie read some slogans and talked about Harry Truman. Nora sang two songs, including one that is a favorite of her church. Gene also sang a couple of songs, adding my favorite hymn, “Morning Has Broken.” Sue read a picture book called Dog Breath, featuring the smelly pup Hally Tosis. Maggie and Sue emceed as usual, incorporating the requests Mrs. Hilda had written down from the audience before the program. Mrs. Margie Dorner closed it out with a sweetly worded prayer.

"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.

April 26, 2018 - My old granddaddy used to say, "If a man tells a lie long enough, and often enough, even he will start to believe its true." I have recently been following some stories about about these men and women who for profit, or just to make themselves look good, put on military uniforms with ribbons they didn't earn, and/or embellish their record of service in the military. Some of these "self proclaimed" heroes are so good at what they do, they have fooled members of the press, and government agencies who should know better. 

President George W. Bush during his presidency passed a law called the "Stolen Valor" law that makes it a crime to lie about, or embellish your service to our country for personal gain. Stating that the law was designed," to protect the legacy of those who served honorably from the dishonorable actions of those who either never served at all, or mislead people to believe they were someone they were not" (ie. Navy Seal, Army Ranger, ...). As a veteran myself who served during a couple of conflicts and police actions, I find it disgusting that some choose to steal the valor of those who were willing to give their lives for this country.

As I pondered this problem, I realized that there are those who steal the "valor" of Christ by saying they are Christians, but living their lives as if God does not exist. They go to church, go on mission trips, teach Sunday school, and yes even preach, not because they have a love for the lost and dying of this world, but because they think they can benefit from it financially, socially, or politically. They forget that God does not judge the outward appearance of man, but his heart. That's why Paul says in 1Corinthians 13:1-3 " If I speak in the tongues of men and angels but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have faith to move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all that I have, and if I deliver my body up to be burned, but I have not love, I gain nothing." When we call ourselves Christians but treat people with hate and disrespect, we are not Christians at all. We steal the honor of not only the true saints who came before us, but what Christ did for us and the world as well.

People who have "been there and done that" in the military can usually spot a phony a mile away. Jesus said that as Christians we can "tell a tree by the fruit it produces". If conflict, strife, gossip, anger, discord, griping, and complaining describes the fruit of a persons life, then you can discern their heart is dark. Just as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control is the fruit of a righteous heart.

The good news is this : God loves you no matter what you have been like in the past. We just need to clean our hearts out and seek his forgiveness. Just like David who prayed; " Search me O God and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!" Jesus has paid the price for our sins by His death on the cross. Trust him, seek him, give him the honor due him by loving your neighbor more than you love yourself and He will set you free.

I'm Just sayin
Mike Belgard

April 26, 2018 - Mt. Zion C.M.E. Church invites you to their 5th Sunday Missionary Day Program this Sunday, April 29th at 11a.m. The guest speaker will be Mrs. Sharon Hamilton of the Mt. Gillion Baptist Church, Center, TX. Joyce Johnson ~ Missionary President. Rev. Elgena Weaver ~ Pastor.

April 25, 2018 - Abundant Love Ministries will celebrate their First Annual Ushers’ Day Program, Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 2:30 pm. Reverend Mario Osby, Pastor of Smith Chapel, Timpson, will be our guest speaker. You are welcomed and invited. (All regular Sunday services will be conducted).

Abundant Love Ministries is located at 1426 Shelbyville St., Center, TX 75935

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