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

October 15, 2018 - Hillcrest Baptist Church in Center is hosting a Trunk or Treat at 6pm on October 27th. The church is asking all to please come out and join us.

October 15, 2018 - Fellowship MBC of Joaquin will be holding Fall Revival services 6:30pm each night with fellowship to follow October 17th – October 19th.

Evangelist will be Brother Martin Ferguson, Pastor of Mansfield MBC, Brother Hayden Dupree, Pastor of Center MBC and Levi Cohurst, Pastor of Timpson MBC.

October 9, 2018 - One cannot turn on the television, or listen to the radio, or read the newspaper without seeing evidence of all the hate and turmoil in our world today. Everyday, without exception, I hear others saying; “Oh what is wrong with us, why is America in such turmoil.”

This is no secret except for the ignorance of the teachings of Gods Word for as we shall see within the next few lines of print, there are answers to our questions, solutions to the problems of society today, just as there have been for generations.

What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” (James 4:1-4)

Pretty plain spoken words from James the brother of Jesus Christ our Lord. 

We have all these troubles because, as a people, we have turned from the Lord; turned to the world and its passions. 

As long as we continue to ignore God and do as we please we will continue to have these problems and they will continue to increase in both strength and duration. Get ready people for the worst is yet to come for those who continue in the world and away from God.

And you say, “I want out of this mess I find myself in, help me to get out of it.” Ok, let us look more at Gods Word for the solution to our problems.

“Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.” (James 4:8-10)

Now, let us look at just what the Lord has told us through James. He says first, “Draw near to God and he will draw near to you.” Yes, God waits for every person on earth to come to him asking for help, for forgiveness of sin. He wishes that not one of us should perish in hell but that all would be saved by his grace, but we must first come to him.

He next says to cleanse our hands and purify our hearts. We cannot do either of these on our own, the only solution for cleansing and purifying us lies in our total acceptance of the Lord Jesus Christ as our Sovereign Lord.

Thirdly, we must repent of our sinful lives, we must realize what we have done by living in sin. We must be truly remorseful of our sins which is what he means by being wretched, and mourning and weeping. We must first realize the error of our ways and be truly repentant of that past life and accept the new life of living in righteousness if we are to be lifted from the pit of destruction and into the light of salvation. As the scripture says; “Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will exalt you.” (James 4:10)

Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts; I am the first and I am the last; besides me there is no god.” (Isaiah 44:6)

There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy.” (James 4:12)

Do you truly want to see an end to the carnage in American everyday life? Then here is the way, we must repent of our sins, turn to God and humble ourselves before him and do his will every day and not the will of the world or mankind. Then and only then will he hear our pleas, forgive our sins, and heal our land. May his grace be upon you… 

October 8, 2018 - Short Homecoming is Sunday, October 14, 2018 with food, fun, and fellowship! Eating starts at 12 noon and singing is at 1:30pm featuring "His Grace."

For more information, please contact Pastor Sherry Harding 936-288-2382 or Kenny Harris 936-427-7083.

October 8, 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 Saturday, October 13, 2018. Identification and proof of residency will be required. Only (1) box per household will be given.

Sogm om starts at 9am until food is gone. 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

October 8, 2018 - The Friendship Missionary Baptist Church will be observing their annual Family and Friends day program on October 14, 2018 at 3pm. We are inviting all who can to come and worship with them. Pastor Alvin Davis of the Open Door Church will be the speaker of the hour. Come out and bring a friend.

October 3, 2018 - Come visit with Smyrna Baptist Church in Huxley at "The Porch," Monday, October 8th, 7pm and refreshments at 6:30pm. Lyndon Livingston author of "Two Nichels and a Dime" will be the guest speaker. He was raised around the San Augustine area and has a special message for everyone. Worship Leader is Hannah Palaton.

Everyone is invited to Come and Receive a Blessing... Bring someone!!!

For more information, call 936-332-7079.

October 3, 2018 - Pastor Byron Coutee, Jr. and the Blount Chapel Missionary Baptist Church would like to invite everyone to our Annual Harvest Program on Sunday October 21, 2018 at 3:00pm.

Speakers include Minister Donna Thomas of the House of Refuge Ministries in Center and Sis. Sharon Standley of the Sunset Galilee Baptist Church in Nacogdoches.

Keynote Speaker is Minister Constance Ceasar of the Westpoint Baptist Church in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Please join us for a powerful move of God! Refreshments will be served.

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

October 2, 2018 - Mt. Horeb Baptist Church, in the Bland Lake Community, would like to invite everyone to the 1st Anniversary Service for their pastor, Rev. Bradley Hale and wife, Caprice Hale on Sunday, October 7, 2018 at 3pm. Guest Speaker and church will be Dr. Christopher Moore and the New Mount Calvary Baptist Church, Houston, Texas.