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September 30, 2015 - Triumph the Church and Kingdom of God on Christ in San Augustine, Texas is having a 1st Pastoral Annivesary Celebration for Elder Willis LaKendrick Bluford on Sunday, October 11, 2015 at 3pm with Apostle W. E. Nash Jr. as guest speaker.

September 30, 2015 - Come celebrate with us! We, the members of the St. John Missionary Baptist Church, will be celebrating our 126th Church Anniversary Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 2:30pm. Special guest speaker will be Rev. Jeremy Moore, pastor of Friendship Baptisit Church. The theme will be building upon the foundation of God scripture : 1 Corinthians 3:10. St. John Missionary Baptist Church is located in Center, TX, and can be reached at 936-598-4769.

September 30, 2015 - The year 2016 marks the 150th Anniversary of the First United Methodist Church, Center, Texas. If anyone has historical photos, documents, newspaper clippings, 8 mm home movies, video, 35 mm slides, etc. they would like to share with us please bring them by Chief Imaging, 614 Tenaha Street. Most items can be scanned on the spot and you will not have to leave them.

We look forward to your help in bringing the history of the church to life. Billy Sue Payne is the Anniversary Chairman.

 

September 28, 2015 - Short United Methodist Church will be hosting its annual Homecoming, Sunday, October 11, 2015. Lunch will be served at 12:00noon with an afternoon singing to follow. The "Shelby County Singers" will be conducting the singing with other local singers. Please come on out for a day of good food and fellowship.

September 25, 2015 - 2015 Praise will be held on Saturday, October 17, 2015 on the Center Courthouse Square! There will be gospel singing, games for all ages, silent auctions, 42 tournament, and so much more! The event starts at 10am and ends at 8pm.

There will be all kinds of entertainment from bouncy houses to 42 tournaments. A family friendly event full of vendors, games, food and most importantly worshiping God.

Vendor booths are available. Please contact Shelby County Outreach Ministries, Inc. for additional information on becoming a vendor. Hours of operation are Monday to Friday, 9am until 2pm. Phone number is 936-598-6990.

"Let all the nations praise Him.”

September 25, 2015 - House of Refuge Apostolic Ministries at 215 Church St. Center, TX would like to invite you to our Pastor and Wife anniversary honoring Apostle William and Pearl Nash at 4pm on Sunday, October 4, 2015. Our guest speaker will be Apostle Alan Coleman from Athens, Texas.

September 18, 2015 - This past Sunday Pastor Karen Jones held a leaf up during children's moments and ask the children what would happen to the leaf now that it had fallen from the tree. The children respond it would turn brown and die. "How could the leaf stay alive?" Pastor Karen asked. A child replied by staying connected to the tree. Pastor Karen went on to say we as Christians are like the leaf. In order to grow as Christians we must stay connected to our faith.

Children really do have so much wisdom. When Pastor Karen asked how they can stay connected to their faith every child seemed to have an answer including prayer, being a Christian example to others, going to church, reading the Bible, and telling others about Jesus. Pastor Karen continued in this theme of staying connected to God in her sermon titled "Five Marks Of A Methodist." These five marks of a Methodist as originally identified by Methodist founder John Wesley help all Christians stay connected to our faith. The five marks include:

FIVE MARKS OF A METHODIST
Five marks confirm our identity as genuine
And fruitful followers of Christ:
A Methodist Loves God
A Methodist Rejoices in God
A Methodist Gives Thanks
A Methodist Prays Constantly
A Methodist Loves Others

Methodist Men's Breakfast
Falling leaves and back to school are two sure signs that fall is here. The sign of fall we most enjoy at Center FUMC is the return of Methodist Men's breakfast in September. This Sunday, September 20th is at 9:30 in the fellowship hall will be our first men's breakfast since summer break. The Methodist Men cook breakfast for our church members and guests that consists of eggs, biscuits, bacon, sausage, cheese grits, hash browns and fruit. Come join us for the best breakfast in town! Breakfast is free but donations are appreciated. The men cover the cost of the breakfast themselves so that all donations can go to the Methodist Children's Home in Waco.

Ladies Exercise
Low impact ladies exercise is offered every Wednesday and Friday in the fellowship hall at 9:00 am. Please join us for exercise, fellowship, and fun!

Worship
If you do not have a church home, Center First United Methodist Church members invite you to join us in worship at 8:30 and 11:00 and Sunday school at 9:45. Members at FUMC pray you have a blessed week.

September 17, 2015 - Elder Archie Thompson, Shepherd. The Shepherd, Officers and Members of Triumph the Church and Kingdom of God in Christ would like to invite you to our Pack the Pew service.

When: Tuesday, October 6, 2015. Where: Triumph the Church and Kingdom of God in Christ Highway 87 South Shelbyville, Texas. Time: 7pm.

Your soloist, choir or group is asked to render an A&B selection. If you are able to attend or need additional information, please respond by contacting Sis. Feleshia Thompson (936) 590-1834 cell or (936) 590-4561 home.

September 15, 2015 - Stepstones Ministry International is hosting a Pastor's Conference in Drouin, Haiti October 5th through 9th, 2015. There are 150 pastors and church leaders registered for this event. Because of the extreme poverty in Haiti many of these pastors and church leaders are unable to afford formal training, a personal bible, commentaries or other study materials. Our goal is to present a personal study bible to teach registered participant. The bible to be presented is a Creole Study Bible with added commentary, concordance and dictionary. The cost of each bible is $50.00. Stepstones Ministry is seeking churches, individuals and businesses that would be willing to invest in Haitian Pastors. Anyone interested can contact Mike Brister at Stepstones Ministry International at 936-591-8877 or checks can be made payable to Stepstones Ministry International and sent to P.O. Box 1988 Center, TX 75935. All contributions are tax-deductible. We would greatly appreciate all prayers and contributions.

Prayerful,

Mike Brister
Founder/Executive Director
Stepstones Ministry International

September 14, 2015 - Paul writes, “Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. 2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. 3 For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God” (Rm. 10:1-3).

As the picture shows, a house cat sees himself as a mighty majestic lion, in like manner many religious people see themselves in a righteous light. But Paul said, speaking of the Jews that they had zeal but it was a zeal based on their own righteousness and not on the truth.

This comes from our own version of truth and not “the truth.” Paul wrote, “Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, 19 And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, in creaseth with the increase of God. 20 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, 21 (Touch not; taste not; handle not; 22 Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men? 23 Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh” (Col. 2:18-23).

For all practical purposes Paul is speaking of made up religion and not what is according to Christ. Just like in our text above from Romans they were seeking a righteousness before God but based on their terms and desires. And you see the real danger of this false sense of righteousness can be hard to see for what is presented as truth has the appearance of wisdom.

Jesus also taught that tradition and commandments of men to bring about a sense of righteousness is all for naught, in vain (Matt. 15:7-9). As the prophet said, “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away” (Is. 64:6).

Our attempt to be righteous based on our will, desire and standard is useless. We must submit to the righteousness of God, which is only found in Jesus and not men or tradition. And that righteousness is only found in the gospel of Christ (Rm. 1:16-17). And we must not confuse the teachings of men with the righteousness of God.

Northside Church of Christ
Church email: northsidecoccenter@gmail.com

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