September 12, 2018 - The Thirty Fourth Psalm is a passage of scripture that tells all who desire to know the living God that we are to taste and see that the Lord is good.

We are to seek his face and know that he is our refuge and our shield in times of trouble.

One particular verse in this book of the Psalm is especially dear to me for it describes my own salvation as the Lord lifted me from my place of darkness and placed me into the light of Christ Jesus.

“I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.” (Psalm 34:4)

And a second says; “This poor man cried, and the Lord saved him out of all his troubles.” (Psalm 34:6)

Those two verses tell the story of how the Lord God lifted me from the grip of sin, removed me from all condemnation, and now I am forever at rest in his arms, at peace with myself. 

As king David said in verse one; “I will praise the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.” (Psalm 34:1)

Do you know the Lord Jesus as your personal Lord and Master, if so then join with me as the Psalmist says;

“My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad. Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together!” (Psalm 34:2-3)

Let us boast of nothing of this world but boast only of the love, grace and mercy of the Lord. Let us tell all of the greatness of the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus, how he gave of himself, dying in agony on the cross that all people may be able to receive his free gift of life eternal.

“Those who look to him are radiant and their faces shall never be ashamed.” (Psalm 34:5)

It is easy for the redeemed of God to be happy, we have the eternal assurance of Christ Jesus, knowing that we will never be ashamed, never be condemned for our past sins, but always be at rest in the arms of our Lord.

How hard it is for the truly born-again Christian to be drawn down by the things of this world, if we only keep our eyes focused on the Lord we cannot be touched by the evils of this world, our souls will never perish but will live forever in heaven with the Lord.

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

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

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

No matter the situation, the Lord is ready to lift the righteous up out of harms way whenever he is needed.

“Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.” (Psalm 34:14)

Accept Jesus Christ as your Lord, turn from your evil ways, love your neighbor as yourself, seek peace with others through the Lord and you will then find the peace and joy that only comes in Christ Jesus. May his blessings be yours this day and forever…

September 11, 2018 - Huxley Helping Hands, a local Mission Group from the Huxley Community, are holding a Food Pantry for the residents of Shelby County. It will be held the third Saturday of the month - September 15, 2018. Identification and proof of residency will be required. Only (1) box per household will be given.

The Food Pantry is September 15th with sign in starting at 9am at Hillcrest Baptist Church, 901 Southview Circle, Center, Texas. The pantry will last until the food is gone.

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Hebrews 11:6

September 11, 2018 - 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!

September 11, 2018 - Sunday was the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time. This past weekend saw some much-needed rain and today (Monday) the temperatures remained in the 70s. It is a nice taste of fall. Our congregation was in double digits this past Sunday, putting smiles on the faces of Paxton Methodists. We sure enjoyed having Teresa and Larry worshiping with us again this morning. 

Our Sunday School lesson was once more on the creation. The author and Ms. Fannie are trying to help us see the beauty and orderliness of creation in the every day. The scripture for the lesson was Genesis 1: 14-25, talking about God fashioning plants and animals. Between Sunday School and worship, we all got a chance to visit and catch up. 

Sue, our liturgist, got us started with the Gathering Words based on Psalm 125. The Affirmation of Faith was Romans 8: 35, 37-39. Joe and Hilda teamed up and led the congregation in singing. During the announcements, our treasurer Gene gave an up-to-date financial report: For such a small church, we are in pretty good shape. Our Charge Conference is on November 25th and after that, I will be preparing the End-of-Year reports. These newest financial numbers will really come in handy for both. 

All the lectionary readings for the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time were really good. I used the Gospel Lesson, Mark 7: 24-30—one of my favorite stories in the Christian Testament. Jesus is in an area where Greco-Roman influence is very strong and Jewish people are looked upon as backward. Jesus is trying to get some R and R but finds that impossible. A Syrophoenician woman comes to Jesus to beg him to help her daughter who is quite ill. Jesus tries to dismiss her by telling her that the children (Jews) must be fed first. He tells her it would be wrong to take the children’s bread and give it to the dogs (her people). She reminds Jesus that even the dogs eat the children’s crumbs. Jesus is impressed by her answer and tells her that her daughter has already been healed.

On Thursday we will head to Focused Care for our monthly ministry. Folks from several churches join us, and we always have a good time. At an invitation from Activity Director A’lenna, Sue went to the memory ward at Focused Care last Thursday for Read a Book Day. With Gerald McBoing Boing, a poem, and The Cafeteria Lady from the Black Lagoon, she helped them celebrate—and also sparked some spirited conversations about churning butter and other old-time reminiscences.

“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.

September 10, 2018 - The annual Mt. Herman Cemetery homecoming is Sunday, September 16 at noon.

All are invited to bring dinner to share and donations for the upkeep of the cemetery.

You can also send donations to:
Mt. Herman Cemetery Fund
670 CR 1190
Center, TX 75935

September 8, 2018 - Revival at Spann’s Chapel is September 9th - 12th. Starts at 5:30 Sunday evening with services following nightly through Wednesday at 7:00. Bro Jim Moss is the evangelist. Spann's Chapel is located approximately 9 miles south of Center off Hwy 96S.

 

September 6, 2018 - Logansport Missionary Baptist Church will be having revival services Sept. 17-21, 7pm, with Evangelist Bro, Dale Walker. 

Please come join us in a time of great fellowship through God's Word. Specials are welcome. 

We are located at 1109 Main Street, Hwy 84, Logansport LA

September 5, 2018 - Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church will be hosting Revival Services with Evangelist Bro. Wes Veazey on September 10 through 14th. Please come and join us for some good preaching. Bethlehem MBC is located at 13127 Hwy 7 East in Joaquin, Texas.


Youth acknowledged and honored for service to church. Front Row: A.J. Hubble, James Parrish, Jake Nicosia, Katie Parrish, Bryce Parrish, Melanie Parrish, Autumn Hubble, and Emily Nicosia. Back Row: Ms. Kate Davis

September 5, 2018 - Shelbyville United Methodist Church celebrated the “Blessing of the Backpacks Sunday” in our Sunday Service August 12, 2018.

During the service we acknowledged our students and educators by praying over each of them and presenting them with a gift bag. Our prayer is for all to have a safe and productive school year.

Pastor Sherry Harding would like to say a special thank you to A. J. Hubble who faithfully serves as our acolyte, and our youth praise and worship group Katie, Bryce, and James Parrish. Also leading in worship is Ms. Kate Davis, who shares her gift of worship through signing.


A. J. Hubble recognized for his faithful service as a Acolyte and receives a pin of honor by his father Kenneth Hubble. From left: Kenneth Hubble, A.J. Hubble, and Pastor Sherry Harding.

Starting Sunday, September 16th at 4:00 pm we invite all youth to come and enjoy food, fun, and fellowship.

We at Shelbyville United Methodist Church welcome all to come and worship. Sunday School begins at 10:00 and Worship service starts at 11:00.

September 4, 2018 - Smith Chapel Baptist Church will be honoring their musicians on Saturday, September 8th at 7:30 everyone is invited. Guest speaker is Minister Michael Cloudy.

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