October 2, 2018 - Sunday was the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time.  We have had plenty of rain toward the end of September, but we are still waiting for the fall-like temperatures. We had a special guest at Sunday School and church this morning.  Dan Sample from near St. Louis was in for his reunion with Fannie’s class. He used to attend Paxton Methodist but said it had been 71 years since he had been here.  Our lesson continued with creation. The title of the lesson confused us—“God Creates; Humans Sin.” The lesson didn’t answer where exactly sin came from. The assurance we can get from the scripture and lesson is that God continues to care and love humans despite our shortfalls. That gives us all a chance!

During our business meeting the church approved giving a scholarship to Joe’s granddaughter, Candance. She is in dental school at Texas A&M, and I know Joe is really proud of her. Giving scholarships is one of the best things our little church does. I am really looking forward to hearing Quaker minister, author, and theologian Phillip Gulley speak. I have read all his fiction and nonfiction books and his weekly online colum. Our announcements today included upcoming shot clinics at the Joaquin Senior Center. Both will be handled by Joaquin Quick Care, offering flu and/or pneumonia shots. The first is scheduled for Thursday, October 18, with a second chance on Thursday, November 15.

We were in double digits again this Sunday. It is so nice having Theresa and Larry worship with us. The Epistle Lesson for the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time was James 5: 13-20. This letter of commonsense urges readers that are hurting to pray.  If one feels great, s/he should sing. The church is here for those who need support—someone to lean on. James’ pastoral letter encourages the early church to buoy up one another, not letting anyone just wander off.        

Last week was our monthly Lakeside program. Hilda provided the music for the singing, and Pastor Matt emceed, also sharing Scripture and prayer. Ollie read a couple of funny pieces, as did Fannie and Sue. Nora and Gene sang specials, ranging from old-timey to modern-day music. Maggie and Margie played supporting—but important—roles. Although usually content to lend her strong voice to the singing, Jo read a cute poem. Like we say in Joaquin, she “done messed up now”—we’ll know to call on her for future performances! We certainly appreciate the group that musters to make the monthly program fun.

“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 2, 2018 - Smith Chapel Baptist Church will be having their Men and Women Night on Saturday, October 6th at 6:00pm. Everyone is invited. Guest speaker is Pastor J.T. Harris.

October 2, 2018 - What is wrong with this world one might ask, why are things in such turmoil, why do so many people seem to hate others who do not believe as they would like, why is there so little love among people today?

We find the answer to these questions in Gods Word, for as it says; “To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, for we have rebelled against him and have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God by walking in his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets.” (Daniel 9:9-10)

America and the world have rebelled against God, his word is not held in reverence by so many, and is not even known by multitudes that have not been raised in reverent homes by God-fearing parents. 

That, folks is what is wrong with this world today. We find ourselves in the same place as did the ancient Israelites so many times as they continually rebelled against Gods wishes.

Today as in the days of old; “Therefore the Lord has kept ready the calamity and has brought it upon us, for the Lord our God is righteous in all the works that he has done, and we have not obeyed his voice.” (Daniel 9:14)

We see our world in decline because we have not listened to the Lord and obeyed his voice and we will not see improvement until we return to him, repent of our evil ways and obey his wishes and commands.

I know from my own life experiences that if he has too, God will lead us into the wilderness and leave us there until we finally realize that we need him more than we need the world, until we cry out to him for help, for forgiveness for our sins and evil ways.

Now therefore, O our God, listen to the prayer of your servant and to his pleas for mercy, and for your own sake, O Lord, make your face to shine upon your sanctuary, which is desolate.” (Daniel 9:17)

Daniel begs for God to hear him and restore him in Gods grace and mercy. To resume worship in Gods name that the world can see the power of the Lord our God trough the faith of his people. We are in need of the same return to God as was Daniel and his people so long ago. For only by our own humility and submission to Gods will and wishes will we find the life that we seek today.

Not because of our own righteousness or because of any deeds that we have done will we find Gods grace bestowed upon us, but only by his own great mercy will we be healed and restored to him.

For we do not present our pleas before you because of our righteousness, but because of your great mercy.” (Daniel 9:18)

Let us all say in prayer; “But as for me, I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.” (Micah 7:7)

Yes, let us pray in faith, waiting upon the Lord our God to bring his great love, grace and mercy to us as we are forgiven of our sins and iniquities and restored in our salvation.

But God being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ - by grace you have been saved.” (Ephesians 2:4-5)

Call out to the Lord in prayer, asking for forgiveness and he will hear, and forgive, and heal. Blessed be the name of our Lord…

October 1, 2018 - St. John Missionary Baptist Church will be celebration its 129th Church Anniversary on Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 2:30pm. Special guest is Rev. Brandon Owens, pastor of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, Center, Texas. The theme for the anniversary is "A strong foundation, built to last" - 1 Corinthians 3:9-15

The church pastor is Rev. Winston Kibbles and is located at 2308 CR 2050 in Center.

October 1, 2018 - Mount Calvary Full Gospel Church’s Revival begins Wednesday, October 17th through 19th, 2018. Revival starts at 6:30pm nightly with Evangelist Brother Lamar Denby

On Friday night enjoy vocalist The New Day Spirituals. Food and fellowship afterward service.

The church is located 2 miles from Shelbyville, TX on 417 East.

September 27, 2018 – The Center First United Methodist Church announces An Evening of Sacred Music on Sunday, September 30, 2018 beginning at 6:00 p.m in the church sanctuary located at 211 Porter Street in Center. The concert will feature the Center First UMC Chancel Choir and orchestra with special guests, Kelli Parker and Janette Wittman. Everyone is welcome to attend.  Refreshments will be served in the Fellowship Hall following the concert.

Additional information about the concert can be obtained by contacting Rev. Karen Jones or Mr. Chris Watlington, Music Director at (936) 598-2707 or by visiting www.fumccentertx.org.

September 26, 2018 - Mt Zion Missionary Program on Sunday, September 30, 2018 at 3pm.

Guest speakers are 1st Lady Barbara Cloudy of Triumph Church, Center and 1st Lady Felicia Cloudy of Abundant Love Ministries, Center. Joyce Johnson, President. Rev. Richard Edwards, Pastor.

As we witness the increasing turmoil and unrest in the world and in our country it is important that we know from whence our blessings and our protection comes. As we see the increasing amount of hatred and the decreasing amount of compassion for others among us we must know that as followers of the Most High that we have one who watches over and protects us from the ravages of this world.

“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. “ (Psalm 103:2-5)

Yes, let us not forget that it is the Lord God that watches over us and provides for us in times of trouble and strife.

“The Lord works righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed.” (Psalm 103:6)

Just as the Lord used Moses to bring the Israelites out of bondage to the Egyptians so too does he lift us from the bondages of sin, leading us in righteousness  as he lifts us from the pit of destruction. Bless his holy name, bless his holy name!

“The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.” (Psalm 103:8)

“He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.” (Psalm 103:10-12)

By his grace we are saved and by his mercy we are forgiven our sins and iniquities, for even though we stumble at times and do not follow his will in all things he still forgives us and loves and keeps us safe in his arms from the troubles of this world. For all who fear him and strive to follow his will and wishes each day, the Lord gives of his utmost love and mercy.

“As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him. For he knows our frame, he remembers that we are dust.” (Psalm 103:13-14)

The Bible says that the Father knows even the hairs on your head, he knows each of us so well and loves us so much that he allows us to become his own through the sacrifice of his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Bless the Lord, O my soul!

Our days are few as we live out our lives on earth and then we are gone, much as the wind passes over a blade of grass, the wind dries it as it passes over it and it is gone.

“But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments. The Lord has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all.” (Psalm 103:17-19)

Let us not forget that the Lord God is in charge and rules over all the universe, let us not forget that we are to call upon him in times of need and not rely on our own understanding. Let us be his children and he our Father.

“Bless the Lord, all his works, in all places of his dominion. Bless the Lord, O my soul!

September 24, 2018 - Sunday was the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time. We have gotten long-needed rain this week. It has been so nice along with slightly cooler temperatures. I am still waiting for that first autumn morning. The church members decided to help with the meal for the Tenaha 5th Quarter at the community center. We did this last year, and everyone thought it was a good idea. Our Sunday School lesson continued with creation. Today’s lesson was titled “God Created the Family.” Genesis certainly stresses the centrality of faith and relationship with God and our fellow human beings. These relationships cannot be separated. You cannot be in right relationship with God and not your fellow humans. 

The lectionary scriptures for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time dealt with wisdom. Jewish theology tells us that Lady Wisdom was present as God created the universe. In the ancient world, wisdom was always personified as feminine. The Old Testament Lesson was the last twenty-one verses of the last chapter of Proverbs. Proverbs deals with how to be wise. In the verses for Sunday, King Lemuel’s mother tells her son about the attributes of a woman: strength, worth, and substance. These verses are prophetic and are also describing Lady Wisdom. In the Epistle Lesson, James asks if one wants to be wise. He says one must live well, live wisely, live humbly. It’s the way you live, not the way you talk, that counts. 

Last week was our ministry to Holiday. Many of our regular presenters were out of pocket, so Fannie and Sue doubled up on their readings—funny sayings, strange facts, lost socks poem, and picture book. My wife was also “Pastor Sue,” reading our Scripture lesson from James about watching what you say. Minnie played piano, and Jo and Hilda kept the singing going. This Thursday at 2:00 we will meet at Lakeside for singing and fellowship. 

Our announcements today included upcoming shot clinics at the Joaquin Senior Center. Both will be handled by Joaquin Quick Care, offering flu and/or pneumonia shots. The first is scheduled for Thursday, October 18, with a second chance on Thursday, November 15.

“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 21, 2018 - House of Refuge Apostolic Ministries is rolling out the red carpet for the Pastor and Wife Anniversary Service for Apostle W.E. Nash, Jr. and wife Lady Pearl Nash on Sunday, October 7, 2018 at 4pm.

The theme is "It was necessary" from Exodus 1:12. Guest speaker is Apostle Billy Clark, Believers Christian Cathedral, Hillsboro, Texas.

Everyone is invited and dinner will be served. House of Refuge Apostolic Ministries is located at 215 Church Street, Center, Texas 75935.

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