August 17, 2018 - The Todd Spring Baptist Church, Hwy 147, Shelbyville is having their annual Homecoming Services on Sunday, August 26, 2018 at 2:30pm. Pastor W.C. Martin and the Bennett Chapel Baptist Church will be the special guest. Everyone is invited to attend says Pastor Wilbert Simmons, Jr.

August 17, 2018 - Pastor Byron Coutee, Jr. and the Blount Chapel Missionary Baptist Church would like to invite everyone to our Family and Friends Day Celebration.

The celebration will be held Sunday, September 2, 2018 at 3pm. Guest speaker will be Pastor Terrance Hicks of Power of the Word Ministries in Nacogdoches, Texas.

Please join us for a joyous time of worshipping and thanksgiving. Dinner will be served.

Humbly submitted, Sis. April N. Moore, Church Clerk

Proverbs 18:24: "One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother."

August 16, 2018 - Mark you calendar! Strong Triumph Church cordially invites everyone to join in with us as we celebrate the 4th Annual Shepherd and 1st Gentleman Appreciation Service honoring Shepherd, Elder Faye Dell Allen and 1st Gentleman, Bro. Adrian Allen on Saturday, September 1, 2018 at 7 p.m.

Speaker will be newly appointed State Presider Cecil Washington, who is also the assistant shepherd of Triumph Church, Dallas, Texas and a member of the famous gospel group, The Texas Boyz.

We are grateful and thankful that God has placed such a lovely couple to lead the flock here at Strong Triumph Church. We have been blessed to be under their leadership for 4 years, and we look forward in anticipation for what God has in store. 

For more information, please contact Sis. Sylvia Hubbard at 936-332-3103.

August 14, 2018 - House of Refuge Homecoming service is Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 3pm. Speaker is Pastor Darris Harris of Tyler, Texas.

Revival will begin August 22 and run through August 24 at 7:30pm nightly. Guest speaker for the week is Pastor Jackie Goodin of Marshall, Texas.

Everyone is invited!

August 13, 2018 - Old Home Baptist Church will be having a Back To School Day Camp, Saturday, August 18th from 10am - 3pm.  

There will be crafts, games, singing, bible stories, science time, lunch and water sports. Ages 3 and up are welcome to come join the fun. Pre-registration at 9:45. 

Call or text for details: 254-4872 or 332-9293

August 13, 2018 - Sunday was the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time. These slightly cooler temperatures and the little bit of rain certainly are appreciated. As I am writing this article on Sunday afternoon, the sky is full of sunshine as the heavens are thundering! I sure hope we get some of the rain. Sue and I missed church last Sunday. My son Jacob and I have birthdays, my daughter’s renovation of her 1950s home are complete, and my brother celebrates his first year anniversary of having new and healthy lungs. We had a wonderful visit. We have been keeping our daughter’s dog Stella for these past months as the renovation was in process. So we took Stella to Dallas and she is now home. We are going to miss her, but we still have two more to walk, feed, and play with.
Last Sunday, Larry filled in for me, speaking about the history of Shelby County—especially Tenaha and Paxton. Larry is a historian who loves the stories of Texas and particularly local ones. I know everyone enjoyed the talk, and Sue and I really appreciate him filling in.

The Gospel Lesson for the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time was John 6: 35, 41-51. This account of Jesus saying he is the “bread of life” and feeding the multitude is the longest narrative in the Gospels except for Christmas and Easter. So John must have thought it was very important. We celebrated Holy Communion today: When I pass the plate of bread I always remind folks that it is the “bread of life.”

We had a business meeting today. Joe made a motion that Paxton Methodist give $600 annually to the Joaquin Senior Center, which was passed. Fannie read two applications for Paxton scholarships, and the church voted to award $1,000 scholarship to both students. It’s a good feeling to be able to help older folks and those just starting out.

This past week we had our ministry at Focused Care in Center. I had a doctor’s appointment and was late, but Pastor Matt had everything going when I arrived. Hilda, Jo, Nora, and Fannie joined Matt in singing and telling stories. Everyone seemed to have a good time. No nursing home programs this coming week, but both the others fall on the following week.

Our Sunday School lesson was such an important lesson for us to hear. The title was “Global Economic Justice,” about the need for living generous lives, from 2 Corinthians 8: 7-15. The author says that giving is the “third rail” of life in the church. He explains that the third rail is what transmits electrical power to trains at a high voltage. Paul urges his fellow Christians to give all that they can afford. We who have so much are sometimes reluctant to give as we should. August is traditionally our month for “Undie Sundays,” so we are collecting children’s socks and underwear for Community Christian Services.

“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. Godspeed.

August 13, 2018 - In his first letter Peter writes to those troubled Christians who have been dispersed by persecution because of their faith in Christ Jesus.

As we see an increasing tide of persecutions befalling Christians today we are given need of Peter’s words as well as did those of old.

Peter reminds us all of the joys and benefits of being born again to the blessed hope of eternal life with Christ.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last times. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith - more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire - may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 1:3-7)

The entire story of the gospel message told here in a few words of consolation by an apostle of the Lord.

Peter re-enforces the gospel message as he explains that we are saved only by the forgiving mercy of God as we are lifted from the pit of destruction, born again out of this world into the Lord Jesus Christ. Our salvation paid for by Jesus’ death and resurrection from the dead, giving all who accept him as Lord the living hope of eternal life in heaven.

A holy inheritance worth more than all the gold and silver on earth for our inheritance is imperishable, it can never be removed from us. As the gold and silver of earth is burned up in the end of the age, our inheritance will remain intact, guarded through our faith sitting ready for the time when each of his children are called home to be with him forever.

And he tells us that yes, we may have to go through various trials and persecutions here on earth, but that is only for a little while, eternity with Christ is forever and that is our destination.

And lastly he gives us a beautiful look into the true meaning of faith in our Lord when he says; “Though you have not seen him, you love him.Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” (1 Peter 1:8-9)

The joy of being a born again child of the Most High God, knowing without doubt that our inheritance waits for us in heaven where, one glorious day, we will each one claim for his own, the bountiful riches of God Almighty. 

Do you know him today? 

If no, then it is time to step forward and accept him as your Lord and Master. Believing that Jesus is Lord of all. That the Father raised him from the dead and that through his blood you are washed clean of all sin, forever. Believe in your heart and confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and you will be saved. Amen…

August 11, 2018 - Greetings from the members of the Friendship Missionary Baptist church. We would like to invite everyone to our annual Revival which will be held August 13th -15th. Our Guest Speaker for the each night will be Pastor Tim Teel of the Bell Chapel Baptist Church in San Augustine, Texas. Please join us and may God Bless.
Pastor Jeremy Moore

August 9, 2018 - As one walks through this world living out his journey through life one finds many times when he feels abandoned by all others, when one feels abandoned and alone in the cold cruel world, as tiny mouse trapped in a land of giant predators looking to devour him.

I have an answer for your fears, for I know one who will never abandon you to those who would devour your soul.

All one must do for this saving grace is to cry out in reverence to the one who controls all things of this world and this universe.

Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge. I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.” (Psalm 16:1-2)

It is Almighty God that one must turn to for comfort, for protection from the storms of life, he and he alone has the power to protect and the steadfast love not to abandon one when the going gets tough and the storm clouds gather.

Take heed of the words of advice of the good king Solomon; “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.” (Proverbs 3:5-7)

This should be one’s number one on his list of things to live by; for it is by trusting in the Lord, by following his will and his wishes for us each day that we are able to navigate through the mine fields of life on earth as we work our way to that point when we are to be lifted from this world and taken by the Lord Jesus to the heavenly home that he is preparing for all who believe and follow him today. Oh what a glorious day that will be when one is face to face with the Lord forever… How blessed are those who can say; “The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot. The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.” (Psalm 16:6)

How blessed are those who know where to place their trust, who know where their treasures are being gathered and held for them.

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroy and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matt. 6:19-21) 

Cry out to the Lord for salvation for only through the Lord Jesus can one enter the kingdom of God, cry out in reverence that he might save your soul from the fires of hell. Ask him for forgiveness of your sins and he will forgive you today and forever. Trust in him and know the peace and joy he provides to all who believe in him as Lord.

I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure.” (Psalm 16:8-9)

You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” (Psalm 16:11)

Call upon the Lord today for salvation; may you know the many blessings of our Lord this day and forevermore…

August 9, 2018 - Huxley Helping Hands, a local mission group, is holding a food pantry for the residents of Shelby County on August 11, 2018 from 9am until the food is gone.

The food pantry is held the second Saturday of the month. Proof of residency and I.D. will be required. Only (1) box per household will be given.

The food pantry is at Hillcrest Baptist Church, 901 Southview Circle, Center, Texas.

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