October 25, 2017 - The First United Methodist Church in Center invites the community to its first ever "Evening With The Bells," a hand bell concert of both sacred and popular music. The concert will be held at the FUMC Fellowship Hall on Sunday night October 29 at 6pm.

"A hand bell choir is unique thing," long-time ringer Alice Sue Howard said. "Each player is responsible for one note in the song -- kind of like having a bunch of piano players, each one playing one note in a piece designed for ten fingers. It's challenging to play and it's as much fun to watch as it is to listen to."

The FUMC Hand Bell Choir will present an eclectic set of selections. "Highland Cathedral," a traditional high-church piece and "Just a Wayfaring Stranger." In addition, the choir will perform a Southern spiritual, a theme from a children's show, a #1 hit from the band Coldplay, a military march, and the national anthem.

"And we wouldn't want to forget the most iconic and famous of all hand bell pieces, 'Carol of the Bells," adds director Chris Watlington.  "Before the night is over, we will preview the Christmas season with that piece of music. Besides, you can't have a hand bell concert without 'Carol of the Bells!'"

The Bells are excited to present their special guest David Mathis, the First Baptist Church's music director. He will perform a hand bell solo, something that even the FUMC bells have never seen.

"I am excited to see someone ring a song all by themselves," FUMC ring Becky Parfait said. "I work so hard on my individual part, it's hard to imagine someone ringing all the bells with just his two hands!"

Again, "Evening With The Bells" is set for Sunday October 29 at 6:00 pm at the FUMC Fellowship Hall. Light refreshments will be served and the concert is free to the public.

October 24, 2017 (Event Flyer) - First United Methodist Church in Center is hosting a Fall Festival on Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 6pm until 8pm. There will be a Trunk or Treat, Cake Walk, Inflatable Obstacle Course, Fun and Games, Candy Galore, and hot dogs with all the fixings!

October 23, 2017 - Sunday was the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time. It was a rainy Sunday morning, but no one was complaining. We needed rain as drought conditions have really set in during September and October. We had a great surprise when Hilda’s sister Linda came in with her—so nice to see Linda again.

The Epistle Lesson for this Sunday was 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10. My sermon was based on the Gospel Lesson—Matthew 22:15-22, but I wanted to pay homage to Paul’s letter. According to what I read, this was the first letter we have from Paul, making it the oldest surviving Christian writing. I imagine that Paul would be flabbergasted to know that two thousands years after he wrote the letter, people around the world are still reading it. It was a very upbeat letter: Paul was full of thanks for the Jesus Community that he and Silas had founded.

The Gospel Lesson is one of my favorites. The Pharisees and Herodians teamed up together to try to trip Jesus up. They asked whether they should pay the hated tax to Caesar. Jesus famously said to give Caesar what is his and God what is his. When Jesus asked for a coin, a Pharisee gave him a Roman coin with the emperor’s image on it. Since they were on sacred Temple ground, the Pharisee violated both the first and second commandments by producing an image of a pagan god. Remember the emperor was thought to be a god or the son of a god.

The Sunday school lesson looked at that unique covenant God had with David. It is obvious that God has a great love for David despite David’s shortcomings. I guess we can all say that. Among the various things discussed was when David decided to build a temple to God. God let it be known that it wasn’t David’s decision to make—and that he was not to build the temple. David had so many successes that maybe David was just a little too full of himself and his importance.

Our ministry to Holiday Nursing Home was last week, with Hilda, Fannie, Jo, Nora, and Sue bringing the program to them. Hilda played piano for the congregational singing, including some requests. Nora found an old songbook and chose “Pop Goes the Weasel” from it, followed by a recitation and singing of two hymns. Fannie told a sweet story and read some of the “45” list that I excerpted for my sermon and recorded in their entirety in the church newsletter—a newspaper column that Sue’s cousin passed on to us. In my absence, Sue emceed and also read a Halloween book that was loosely based on the Polar Express one. Jo sang a little solo of a children’s song that her mom had sung to them. The program this coming week will be at Lakeside Assisted Living.

“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.

October 22, 2017 - Come enjoy the Fall Festival on Saturday, November 4th at Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church. Festivities begin at 6pm and include many carnival themed games, candy for the kids, nachos and popcorn, a photo opportunity, cake walk, hayride, and more!

Join in on the fun-filled night for the entire family! Pleasant Grove MBC wants you to have a fun and blessed holiday!

The church is located on 87 North between Center and Timpson. For more information, contact Bro. Josh Crawford at 572-5303 or message him on Facebook.

October 20, 2017 - Patroon Baptist Church will host their annual Fall Fest Saturday, October 28 beginning at 6pm. As always, we will have chili dogs and frito pie, a cake walk, games, candy and a hayride. Costumes are encouraged, but we ask that they are church appropriate please.

Everyone is welcome. We would love to have you and your family! Patroon Baptist Church is located in the Patroon Community at 310 FM 2261 in Shelbyville.

October 20, 2017 - Gates Chapel Baptist Church will host its 9th Pastor's Anniversary honoring Pastor Frankie Cooper and First Lady Fannie Cooper on Sunday, November 5 at 2:30pm.

The special guest speaker will be Rev. Lynn Morris, pastor of New Hope CME & Mt. Gillion CME.

Everyone is invited to attend.

October 20, 2017 - I like movies about super heroes. Probably one of my favorites is Captain America. Before he was transformed into Captain America, he was a small man in stature but a large one in heart. He had no special skills or talents just a desire to serve his country when it was in need, with all his heart, soul, mind, and strength. While he was in training his heart, not his size or strength, set him apart from the rest of the trainees. It was discovered that he was the kind of soldier that they needed to get the job done. So his body was transformed to match his spirit and his heart. God works like that in the lives people. He always has, and still does today. He takes the ordinary and turns them into the extraordinary world changers. He turned a shy Moses into the great leader of His people. He used a shepherd boy to slay a giant and transformed him into a king. He chose an unassuming Mary to be the mother of Jesus. He used Tax collectors, carpenters, fishermen, ex prostitutes, business men and women, to establish His church. He used people just like us!

Every time that I read the story of the birth of Christ at Christmas it gives me great joy and confidence in knowing that God loved me so much that He was willing to come from His throne in Heaven to this earth to be born in a manger. He could have been born in a castle or even a great temple, but He chose a stable. He could have announced His coming to kings and princes, but He chose shepherds. God could have chosen a King and a Queen to be the parents of His son, but He chose a carpenter and a housewife. When I look back at how God works throughout the bible there seem to be some things that never change.

1) God always uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things. Just as Joseph and Mary were ordinary common folk of the day, so were all the disciples. He used fisherman, tax collectors, carpenters, folks just like you and I. They had problems with anger, depression, fear, doubt, health issues, finances, but God used them to change the world.

2) God uses simple things to accomplish great things. He spoke, and the world came into existence. The touch of Moses staff caused the Red Sea to part. A smooth stone in a shepherd boys slingshot brought down a giant. A baby born in a manger brought salvation to the entire human race.

3) Gods plan includes all people. He doesn't care how rich or poor you are. He doesn't care how attractive you are or even who your mom and dad are, He loves you and wants you to be part of His family. 

4) Wherever God is, there is great Joy. On that night the sky exploded with the sound of angels singing " Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men !" (Luke 2:14) The angels sang because God had come to earth and revealed Himself as Savior and Lord. That's why we as Christians should always be able to find joy in all circumstances. If Jesus resides in your heart joy will be there too.

My pray for you this day is that you find the joy of the Lord in your heart and the peace that passes all understanding. That His love will bring happiness to you and all your family. Remember God loves you so much that He came from heaven to earth to give you a way to live with Him forever. He wants to use you to change the world and make a difference in others lives. All you have to do is give yourself over to His guidance and obey. Let God transform you into the great person that He has put inside of you.

                                I'm Just Sayin,
                                Mike Belgard

October 19, 2017 - The Shelbyville First United Methodist Church will be hosting a celebration of our Historic Church Building on October 29, 2017.  The present building is on the same site as the original church structure and services have been held continuously since 1897 following the reconstruction of the destroyed church building.
The service will begin at 10:30am on October 29, 2017. A history of the church and a time for memories will be shared by our members and honored guests. After the service, you are invited to have lunch with us in our Clyde Monroe Educational Building.  

We hope you will join us on this day and bring your pictures and your memories to share your heritage with us at Shelbyville First United Methodist Church.

October 19, 2017 - Fellowship MBC of Joaquin, TX will host revival services Oct 18th - Oct 20th. Serveries will be at 6:30pm each night, with food and fellowship to follow each evening.

Bro. JC Lewis, Bro. Levi Cohorst, & Bro. Martin Ferguson will be the evangelist.  

October 17, 2017 - Get ready for food, fun, fellowship and games because October 31st is Hallelujah Night at Center Christian Fellowship. It is a community wide event. This year the night of excitement will begin at 6pm and be over at 8:30pm. You will need to be there at 6pm to enter the costume contest. It is a Christian alternative to what the world calls “Halloween”. It’s free, free, free!  Everyone is invited to come and enjoy! Every child that comes will win lots of candy and prizes by playing the various games we have to offer.

This night of excitement will take place at Center Christian Fellowship located at 2471 U.S. Highway 96 North in Center, Texas. We would love for you to come. There will be games, bounce houses, an obstacle course, hayrides, face painting, cake walk, etc. There will be snow cones, fried Oreos, hot dogs, popcorn and more.