March 30, 2018 - Come and join us for 'Light the Night,' a glow-in-the-dark Easter Celebration, on Friday, March 30, 2018 at New Life Church. Check in is at 6:30pm. Kids ages 1-12 will enjoy the fun of exciting drama, games, food, photos, and a "Glow-in-the-dark" egg hunt from 7pm until 8:30pm.

New Life Church is located at 822 Hurst Street, Center, Texas.

March 30, 2018 - Good Friday Worship Experience will be March 30th at 6 p.m. in the Family Life Center at the First Baptist Church, 107 Cora Street, Center, Texas. A unique service that will include Praise and Worship, Scripture, and a self guided walk through the “Stations of the Cross.”

Easter Block Party will be held on Saturday, March 31st, Noon until 3 p.m. at the Port-A-Cool Park located behind the Library in Center. An afternoon of fun for children and families hosted by the First Baptist Church in Center.

Easter Morning Worship Services will be April 1st and will begin at 10:15 a.m. in the Sanctuary of the First Baptist Church.

March 30, 2018 - Bennett Chapel Baptist Church is hosting their Annual Easter Bake Sale on Good Friday, March 30, 2018 from 9am until sold out! The bake sale is at H&S Discount Foods on Shelbyville Street in Center. Pies are $15, cakes (Layered or pound) are $20 to $30. Special orders are welcome! Call Annie M. Garrett at 936.598.7141 or Gladys Garrett at 936.368.7137. If no answer, leave a message and phone number.

March 30, 2018 - Triumph the Church and Kingdom of God in Christ will be having their 2nd Biannual Conference April 5-7, 2018 in Center, Tx.  

Presider: Prince Archie Thompson

March 29, 2018 - Easter "Speggtacular" sponsored by Jackson Baptist Church is set for 11:30am on Saturday, March 31, 2018 at the Joaquin City Park. Enjoy hot dogs, popcorn, egg hunt, and Easter Blessing!

March 27, 2018 - Jesus came to give his life for others, that all might have eternal life in him.

He gave up his life willingly for no man nor men could have nailed him to that cross if he had not allowed it to happen.

Before he left ascending back to heaven he gave us many things, one of which is this commandment which he called “my commandment”, giving it utmost importance to all who would follow him.

This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” (John 15:12) 

And so Christians all over the world would testify, I love others, my brothers and sisters as Jesus loved me. 

Oh really, Jesus gave his life for you, that is the level of love that he loves us with. Not with words but with actions, a life given that others might have eternal life in him.

Jesus tells us that he comes, not like a thief to steal but to give life that others may live life and live it abundantly.

As he says; “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10) 

Jesus came that all might have the abundant life of the saved. That all who believe in him and accept him as Lord would know the abundant joy of living in his light, in the light of the world.

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” (John 10:11) 

Jesus, the good shepherd laid down his earthly life that all might be able to receive the abundance of life in him.

Are you giving of yourself as the Lord Jesus has taught us that we are to give if we are to follow his command, to love one another as he loves us?

When others wrong you or ridicule you or treat you with disdain, do you pray for them or do you harbor ill will toward them as they do to you? 

While that is the worldly way; “to do unto others as they have done to you”, it is not the Christian way, the way we are to follow if we are truly followers of Jesus Christ.

The Christian way is; “to do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” The polar opposite from the worldly way, which says to get even, to repay with the same evil that was brought upon you.

As followers of Jesus we are to; “Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all.” (Romans 12:17) 

All Christians are to be toward one another as Paul instructed the Corinthians.

I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be not divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgement.” (1 Corinthians 1:10) 

Instructions for the church, that all be of one mind for all are members of one body, the body of Christ on earth.

Peter gives us much the same message of unity when he says; “Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.” (1 Peter 3:8-9) 

As Jesus told us, it is by our love for one another that we will be known by the world as his own. It is by our love shown for others that Jesus is known by the world, for if we profess Christ, then we must also project Christ with our lives.

For whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit; let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it.” (1 Peter 3:10-11) 

And so, I appeal to you brothers and sisters in Christ, turn from evil and do good today, reflect the image of the Christ by the life you live each day. Truly love one another as our Lord Jesus Christ loves us…

May all know the peace and joy that only comes through knowing the Lord Jesus and walking in his light each day…

March 26, 2018 - Sunday was Palm Sunday.  Fannie wrote this note that she would like to get out to everyone who came all these years to the Sunrise Easter Service at the Watson home.

“The Dock and Fannie Watson family and Paxton United Methodist Church wish to express their appreciation for those who have attended and participated in the Easter Sunrise Services held in Paxton for the past 30 years.  We will not be able to host the event this year.  We wish for you a Happy Easter Season as you worship in another Sunrise Service, continuing to celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord by letting His light shine through us each day.”

Of course, we who worshipped at the Watsons’ Sunrise Easter Service year after year owe their family a debt of gratitude too.  They always put together an inspiring program—and then fed us a delicious breakfast.  It was a joyous fellowship.

I used the John Gospel and the scriptures dealing with Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem.  The John Gospel is the only one that mentions palm branches as Jesus entered to cries of “Hosanna!  Blessed is he who comes in God’s name!”  The palm branches that we used in our worship this morning came from Sunshine Flowers, as did the Easter lilies decorating the altar.  Roy and Judy have been so kind to provide palms for at least the last fifteen years.  Our processional hymn was #261, Lord of the Dance. That long-ago Palm Sunday had two processions.  There was Jesus’ triumphant entry and, on the other side of Jerusalem, the Imperial procession headed by Pontius Pilate.  These were two different parades and two different ways of seeing the world.  We had peace and justice vs. greed and hate, a battle that continues to this day.

Our Sunday school lesson came from 2 Chronicles 7: The purpose of the lesson was to seek God and turn from those things that are not God-inspired.  At the heart of the lesson for the Israelites and us is what it means to choose to follow God rather to follow what seems to be, at the moment, more pleasing to us.

After two months of lying low, hoping to avoid giving or getting illness at our usual nursing home programs, we are now back in business.  Because of the way the dates fell in March, we had programs at both Holiday Nursing Home and Lakeside Assisted Living last week.  Most of our participants were able to be at one or both—Hilda, Minnie, Fannie, Nora, Maggie, Gene, Ollie, Margie, Sue and me.  We sang, listened to music, told stories, read, and enjoyed each others’ company.  It was good to see old friends after an absence.

“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. Godspeed.

Randy & Sue Smith
Paxton Methodist Church

March 26, 2018 - "He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name."   Psalms 111:9  

J.W. and I were students at ETBC in Marshall, Texas back in the fifties. We had several things in common:  We were both ministerial students, drove '55 Fords, were both English majors and were both student pastors. 

One Sunday he invited me to visit with him at his church in Weaver, Texas, (a small town in northeast Texas.) The building resembled many of the country churches of that time…a small sanctuary with two Sunday School rooms. As he walked me through the building, I called out, '"J", what is the seating capacity of the building?" He immediately grabbed me by the arm, pulled me to the side and whispered, "Doug, don't call me "J." "Call me "Rev. Baker"…"I want the people to respect me here." And since members were now arriving, I choked down my rebuttal for the time being.

As we drove home, I asked if he knew that Billy Graham never liked being called "Reverend." "'When Reverend" appears in the Bible," I said…" it is referring to God…not man".  "People respect us by what we are", I insisted..  

I haven't seen J.W. since we graduated from ETBC in the summer of '58. I heard he married a girl named Patricia that he called "the world's sweetest girl".  

J. W. Baker was a good man and I have no doubt that he was respected wherever he went…..
…..Even by those who called him "J."

March 22, 2018 - (Flyer) - Come out for an afternoon of fun and games in the parking lot and field behind the church. The event will be held at First United Methodist Church of Center on Sunday, March 25, 2018 from 1pm - 3pm.

There will be a fuzzy bunny jump, floating ducks, horse shoes, cotton candy, popcorn, egg toss, photo booth, pool noodle ring toss, bouncy horse race, bouncy house, ball roll, yard bowling, and much more fun.

March 21, 2018 - The Allen Family Singers will be live in concert Sunday, March 25, at 6pm. They will be at First Baptist Church of Center at 117 Cora Street.

Admission is free.

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