October 24, 2018 - Get ready for food, fun, fellowship and games because Wednesday, October 31st is Hallelujah Night at Center Christian Fellowship. It is a community wide event. This year the night of excitement will begin at 6:00 p.m. and be over at 8:00 p.m. You will need to arrive at 6:00 p.m. to enter the costume contest. It is a Christian alternative to what the world calls “Halloween”. It’s free, free, free! Everyone is invited to come and enjoy! Every child that comes will win lots of candy and prizes by playing the various games we have to offer.

This night of excitement will take place at Center Christian Fellowship located at 2471 U.S. Highway 96 North in Center, Texas. We would love for you to come. There will be games, bounce houses, an obstacle course, hayrides, face painting, cake walk, etc. There will be snow cones, fried Oreos, hot dogs, popcorn and more.

October 23, 2018 - The descendants of William Robert and Rachel Hicks Pate will hold their 34th annual reunion, Saturday, Oct.27th at the First United Methodist Church located at 211 Porter St. in Center.

Relatives and friends of the Pate family are invited to attend and bring a covered dish. Plates, utensils, napkins, bread and drinks will be provided.

We will have a silent auction so please bring items for the auction table including family photos or family articles that would be of interest. Proceeds from the auction help cover expenses.

For more information call 598-8081.

October 22, 2018 - The Bright Morning Star Baptist Church Family of Center, Texas will be celebrating their Church Anniversary on the 4th Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 2:30pm. Having each of you join us will make the celebration that much more special.

Our guest speaker and church will be Pastor H.F. Johnson and the Greater Mount Olive Baptist Church of San Augustine, Texas.

We are thanking you in advance for coming to help us celebrate this momentous occasion.

Pastor Anthony Q. Jackson
Bright Morning Star Baptist Church
623 Martin Luther King Street
Center, Texas

October 22, 2018 - Shamekia Cartwright-Powell is seeking donations for her upcoming mission trip to Peru as part of a medical ministry team.

A message from Shamekia: "Hello, my name is Shamekia Cartwright-Powell. I'm a native of Shelby County, a class of 2000 graduate from Center High School. In June of 2019 I will be traveling to Peru along with members from my church to be apart of a medical ministry team. We will be traveling down the Amazon for six nights, setting up medical and dental stations to provide much needed care to those who are unable to receive it. We will also be sharing the word of God nightly from the river shore. I'm asking for donations to get there, and prayer for the entire ministry team. No donation is to small. If you would like to make a donation just go to the website below. May God Bless each of you and thanks in advance for your generosity and prayers."


October 21, 2018 - The Wallace Chapel Baptist Church, Timpson, Texas 75975 Rev. Derrick Rhodes, Pastor and Sister Shaneeta Rhodes, First Lady.

2018 Church Calendar:

  • October 22 - Youth Revival - Monday Night
  • October 23 - Youth Revival - Tuesday Night
  • October 24 - Youth Revival - Wednesday Night

"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28

October 19, 2018 - Evette Mann Netherly will preach her first sermon Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. at Bennett Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. Bishop W.C. Martin, Pastor.

October 19, 2018 - New Prospect Baptist Church will be having their Musician's Appreciation on Saturday, October 20th at 7pm and everyone is invited.

October 17, 2018 - Carroll Chapel CME Church in Shelbyville fall festival has been canceled due to the weather and will reschedule at a later date.

October 9, 2018 - Carroll Chapel CME Church in Shelbyville would like to invite you to our 1st Annual Fall Festival. Saturday, October 20, 2018. From 2pm-5pm.

Food, Fun, Games. PhotoBooth, Face Painting, Cake Walk, Bounce House, Bingo and many more.

Everyone is invited.

October 17, 2018 - Many are they who would say, ”Oh, that I too might be blessed, that I might live a life of less trouble, a life of joy and not sorrow."

There is just such a life available to all who seek it, for as the Bible says, “Seek and you shall find.

Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord! Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart, who also do no wrong, but walk in his ways!” (Psalm 119:1-3)

If you seek the blessed life there is but one place it can be found. In the Lord our God, walking with him in his ways, by his will and his wishes, forsaking the world and all its iniquities for the Lord and his righteousness.

For as the Bible tells us, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matt. 6:33)

And what, you might ask, will this do for me, if I do seek the kingdom of God and accept his precepts and keep his testimonies?

Ask, and it will be given to you, seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” (Matt. 7:7)

As the psalmist pleads that he might be able to do as the Lord asks, that he might be among the blessed of the Lord.

Oh that my ways may be steadfast in keeping your statutes! Then I shall not be put to shame, having my eyes fixed on all your commandments.” (Psalm 119:5-6)

For as the Bible tells us, “There is therefore no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:1-2)

God has given all people the way to eternal blessing. By sending his own Son, making him in the likeness of sinful flesh, having him be born as a man, yet keeping all of God’s wishes and laws during his life on earth. Having him to die on the cross for the sins of all mankind, once for all, fulfilling the righteous requirement of the law, not by the flesh but by the Spirit. For those who are freed by the Spirit are free indeed, no longer governed by the sins of the flesh, but set apart from the world and kept by the Holy Spirit of God for the great day of the Lord that is to come. 

God has given us his law, written in his word, the Holy Bible, that we might study and understand his precepts, and know his will for us that we can carry out his wishes for us each day.

It is for those of us who choose to follow the Lord to talk to him each day, asking him as did the psalmist, “Teach me, O Lord the ways of your statutes; and I will keep it to the end.” (Psalm 119:33)

Your testimonies are my heritage forever, for they are the joy of my heart. I incline my heart to perform your statutes forever, to the end.” (Psalm 119:111-112)

I call to you; save me, that I may observe your testimonies.” (Psalm 119:146)

Because if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified (made righteous), and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.” (Romans 10:9-10) Be blessed today, call on him to save you. He will…

October 15, 2018 - Sunday was the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time. What a great surprise I had when I made it to Sunday School and saw Carolyn! She’s back from an extended stay with her sister in Pennsylvania. She and grandson Guy attended church last Sunday while Sue and I were in Dallas. Guy had flown to Pennsylvania so he and grandmother could fly home together. It is great to see Guy up and about after his terrible accident. 

I sure appreciate Larry, our expert local historian, filling in last Sunday. Sue and I visited our kids, brother, and sister-in-law and had a great time. The main reason for our trip to Dallas was so I could attend two talks by Quaker minister, Philip Gulley, one of my favorite writers of both fiction and nonfiction. He preached at a church near my daughter’s house and that afternoon read the first chapter of his newest book, answering questions and signing books. My son went with me to both, and my brother and sister-in-law joined us for the afternoon session. My wife says she fell in love on the trip—with Central Market, an offshoot of HEB. There are some advantages to life in the Big City!

Our Sunday School lesson focused on the genealogy found in Genesis. The author’s purpose wasn’t to trip us up with all those hard names but to show how God is working through the generations. Creation is still going on, and we need to remember that we are to be its crowning achievement.

The Gospel story for the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time was from Mark 10: 17-22. 

The tale features the rich young man or ruler (depending on what translation you are reading) coming to ask Jesus about achieving eternal life. I always enjoyed this story and hoped that the young man, as he grew older and hopefully wiser, understood what Jesus was offering. Of course growing up, the idea that stuck concerned the camel going through the eye of the needle. But the truly important part says “Jesus looked at the young man and loved him.” God’s love is overflowing and absolute, something that is too often overlooked.

Paxton Methodist was so excited to have Larry and Theresa join our little congregation! We have really enjoyed having them these past many weeks. We look forward to moving ahead as a community with Theresa and Larry as active members! 

Last week we went to Focused Care and had a really nice program. Pastor Matt led the singing and shared insights on the story of Jonah. Fannie told a story, and Sally and Nora sang specials. Hilda played and sang, keeping us going.  Tuesday we will head to Holiday. This month, which is already half over, we are collecting peanut butter and jelly for Community Christian Services. We’re already looking forward to Christmas—Sue shared information for Joaquin First Baptist’s Christmas ministry to children, also part of Community Christian Services, asking us to think about our role in this program. 

“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.

Randy & Sue Smith
Paxton Methodist Church