July 30, 2018 - Sunday was the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time.  These last few weeks sure haven’t been ordinary, as the heat has been excessive.  Shelby County is now under a burn ban; the talk as we gathered at Paxton was the nice rain earlier this week and the promise of more on Monday and Tuesday. 

We were in double digits (people-wise and temp-wise) this morning.  The scripture lesson for my sermon was about the celebration as King David had the Ark of the Covenant moved into the new capital of Jerusalem. We at Paxton were not dancing but we always feel good when we have a nice crowd.  Lillie, Liz, and Mike were up from Houston to “swell” our numbers this morning.  It is always great to have them, especially to see Lillie looking so good—and we got to wish Mike a happy birthday in person this year!  We visited before and after services, trying to catch up a little. 

Our Sunday School lesson looked at Jesus’ parable of the great dinner.  The scripture for the lesson was Luke 14: 15-24.  The parable that Jesus told was at a dinner that Jesus had been invited to.  Jesus tells of a man who wants to host a large dinner—but when the big day comes, those invited make excuses for not coming.  The host has his servants go to the city streets, highways, and back alleys to invite everyone they see.  The dinner was a great success and certainly spoke to the fact that all are invited into the Kingdom of God. 

Hard to believe that next Sunday will be the first Sunday in August.  Larry is going to speak next Sunday at the church hour; as he is a historian of these parts, it’s bound to be interesting.  In August, we will collect socks and children’s underwear for Community Christian Services.  In a few weeks summer will be over and teachers, staff, and students will be heading back to school.

Last Thursday was our monthly program at Lakeside Assisted Living.  With Minnie playing piano, Hilda was able to enjoy singing.  Margie and Sallie joined us, and Nora brought her sisters Jo and Winnie, all good singers.  Pastor Matt started the program with scripture about Abraham and Lazarus walking in heaven together; he also ably recited “Who’s on First?” when that came up in discussion.  Nora sang from her old, tried-and-true songbook and also did John Denver’s song about Grandma’s feather bed, along with a picture book illustrating it.  Ollie asked that after her reading we sing “How Great Thou Art,” and Gene led us in “It Is Well with My Soul.”   He and Maggie requested a back-up group for “The Church in the Wildwood,” so some got up to do the “come, come, come” parts.  

Fannie read several light pieces, including reminding us that a gallon of gas isn’t really that expensive compared to a gallon of whiteout or printing ink.  Sue read some funny kids’ poems, including her favorite “A Sliver of Liver.”  Maggie and Sue emceed as usual, and Pastor Matt closed with prayer and “God Be with You.”  We always have a good time at Lakeside.

“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

July 26, 2018 - Gospel meeting with Paul Smithson of Manchester, Tn. at Church of Christ August 12-15, 2018 

  • Sunday: Bible Class, 9am
  • Sunday: Worship, 10am and 6pm
  • Monday-Wednesday: Worship, 7pm

10674 US Hwy. 84 East, Joaquin, Texas 75954

Gospel Singing August 11th, 2018 5pm-7pm

July 26, 2018 - Pease join us August 6th-10th from 6pm-8:30pm. Ages 2 years-12th grade We are located in Huxley on FM 139.

Get ready for an adventure to an uncharted island where kids are Rescued by Jesus! Join us for a 5-day VBS experience where kids are anchored in the truth that Jesus carries them through life's storms.

July 25, 2018 - Gates Chapel Baptist Church celebrates Annual Homecoming and Revival, everyone is welcome to attend!

Annual Homecoming Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018 at 3pm Rev. Timothy Teel and Bells Chapel Baptist Church will be our special guest.

Revival Services Aug. 6-10, 2018 at 7:30pm nightly Rev. Larry Thorn, Evangelist from Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, Carthage, TX.

July 24, 2018 - The Pastor and the members of the House of Refuge would like to invite you to our Family and Friends Day on Sunday, July 29,  2018 at 3pm. Special guest will be Pastor Robert Lane, Sandridge Baptist Church, Nacogdoches, Texas. Everyone is invited and lunch will be served.

July 24, 2018 - Old Salem Missionary Baptist Church is hosting a Revival at 7pm nightly July 30th through August 3rd, 2018. Come enjoy congregational singing and specials are welcome. Visiting preacher is Bro. Rusty Hall. Please join us to hear the Word of God. Old Salem MBC is located on FM 711, 8 miles down and turn onto CR 1297.

July 23, 2018 - Sunday was the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Most of the talk before Sunday School was about the hot weather. All of East Texas is under a heat advisory warning, and I am thankful for a cool house to take refuge in. We had a nice crowd by Paxton standards this morning. Our Sunday School lesson was titled “Entering God’s Kingdom.” The background scripture was Luke 13: 22-30, where Jesus tries to explain who will be saved. Jesus speaks of a narrow gate through which many will not be able to enter. I found this scripture difficult but thought-provoking. Fannie kept us on message, and we had good discussions. Joe shared with us seven verses that give him an understanding of salvation. 

The Gospel Lesson for the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time was split. The first part was Mark 6: 30-34 and then it skipped to verses 53-56. In between this Gospel Lesson are two wonderful stories—the feeding of the multitude and Jesus walking on water. Both of these stories are sermons unto themselves. But by focusing on the two parts of today’s lesson, we see how Jesus understands the need for rest. In Genesis, after each day of creation, God proclaims that what he created is good. It is only when God creates the Sabbath that he calls it holy. Our need for rest and silence, focusing our energies on the spiritual, is a vital part of a living faith.

Before the church service began, a car pulled in and we thought we might have a visitor. No one came in, so Sue went to see if the person needed something. It turned out she was driving to Florida and had suddenly became very tired; she stopped to remove her contacts, close her eyes, and rest. That was really a good illustration for the sermon and our need for rest.

It is hard to believe that we are heading into the final weeks of July. This summer is flying by: Before we know it, kids, teachers, and school staff will be getting ready for school. I sure hope the temperature moderates some before school starts. 

Last week was our program at Holiday Nursing Home. Hilda played piano for most of the singing, but Stellar accompanied herself on guitar. After she finished, a Holiday client—the brother of our newest volunteer Sallie—said he wanted to play guitar on the next song. What a special gift! Heather, their activity director, also joined us; she had remembered her grandfather’s signature song, so Nora led that a capella. Nora also sang a hymn and “sang a book,” John Denver’s story about his grandmother’s feather bed. Sue read some funny poems chosen by kids and emceed the program. Pastor Matt started and ended the program with his unique slant on God’s message. 

This week our ministry at Lakeside Assisted Living Thursday begins at 2:00. All this month we will be collecting cans of spaghetti and ravioli for Community Christian Services; in August we expand “Undie Sunday” to the whole month, collecting children’s socks and underwear. 

“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.

July 19, 2018 - The Pastor and the members of Saint Paul Missionary Baptist Church would like to invite you to our Church Homecoming and Revival.

Church Homecoming:
Sunday, July 22nd, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.
Special guests will be Pastor Roddrick Kirkendoll and the Saint Luke Baptist Church of Logansport, Louisiana. 

Revival:
July 23rd - 27th, 2018, 7 p.m. nightly. (Updated dates)
Evangelist Arthur Douglas Jr. of Shreveport, Louisiana.

July 19, 2018 - Pastor Byron Coutee, Jr. and the Blount Chapel Missionary Baptist Church would like to invite everyone to our Homecoming and Revival Services. 

Revival Services will be Wednesday August 1st, 2018 - Friday August 3rd, 2018 at 7:30pm nightly

  • Wednesday night evangelist: Rev. Bryan Gates of the Sweet Union Baptist Church in Garrison, TX
  • Thursday night evangelist: Pastor Mario Osby of the Smith Chapel Baptist Church in Timpson, TX
  • Friday night evangelist: Pastor Brandon Owens, Sr. of the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Center, TX

Homecoming Service will be August 5th, 2018 at 11:15am and the message will be brought forth by our very own Pastor Byron Coutee, Jr.

Dinner will be served.

"Will you not revive us again, that Your people may rejoic in You." Psalms 85:6

July 19, 2018 - Short United Methodist Church presentes singing group "His Grace" on Sunday, July 22, 2018 at 4pm. Please come join an evening of singing, food, and fellowship. For more information, please contact Pastor Sherry Harding 936-288-2382 or Kenny Harris 936-427-7083.

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