April 10, 2018 - The Golden Harvest Ministries Club will meet Monday, April 16th, 2018 in the Fellowship Hall of the First Baptist Church at 11:30 AM. An enjoyable musical program will be presented by Charles and Judy Delaney. 

Visitors are always welcome to join us for a delicious covered dish luncheon, a good program and time of fellowship.

April 9, 2018 - Sunday was the Second Sunday of Easter. The First Lesson for this Sunday was a short passage from Acts 4: 32-35. In these four verses we see what the hallmark of the early Jesus Movement became—consumed with living a life of caring, giving, and compassion just as the Master taught and lived. 

After plenty of rain, Sunday morning was chilly, but the sun was trying to break through. Sue and I got just over four inches at our house; most everyone had three or more inches. Gene is hoping that the ground will dry out enough so he can start putting in his garden. He is a serious gardener, with a huge garden that he works diligently. I, on the other hand, just play at being a gardener but I do really enjoy it. Flowers, vegetables, trees, and bushes are some of the lovelier things in God’s creation.

We had the regulars for Sunday School. Fannie’s lesson really stressed the idea of community, which was so important to the early church. The lesson from John 21: 1-14 has Jesus fixing breakfast for his disciples. The disciples don’t recognize Jesus until he has them cast the net to the right and bring up many large fish. I like the idea of Jesus appearing and doing something as ordinary as fixing breakfast for his friends. I think we are to be ready to encounter Jesus in shared experiences with each other.

All month long we will collect toothpaste and toothbrushes for Community Christian Services. I found their schedule of openings on the internet, so maybe I’ll be better able to deliver our monthly donations. Up until now, I’ve just been hoping they might be open when I go through Haslam on other errands. This Thursday we head to Focused Care at 10:15 for our first monthly program. 

“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.

April 9, 2018 - Saturday, May 5, 2018 is set for the Willow Grove Homecoming. Come fellowship, spruce up the cemetery, enjoy a covered dish luncheon and attend the business meeting.

We thank Willow Grove Church for allowing us to use their Fellowship Hall. Also, we thank Mr. Lennis Holt for another year of keeping up the "back forty."

The cemetery layout is currently being updated. Please come as we honor those we love who have "walked on ahead of us."

Heritage is defined as something handed down such as a tradition. Help keep this tradition going. Consider donating to the Willow Grove Cemetery Association for today and the future. Hope to see you there!

To donate contact: Willie Edwards, P.O. Box 71, Joaquin, Texas 75954. His telephone number is 936-269-3236.

April 6, 2018 - Blount Chapel Missionary Baptist Church will have a youth revival April 18th, 2018 through April 20th, 2018 starting at 7pm nightly.

  • Wednesday night speaker: Rev. Bradley Hale of the Mt. Horeb Missionary Baptist Church in San, Augustine, TX
  • Thursday night speaker: Rev. Charleston Johnson of the First Smyrna United Missionary Baptist Church Timpson, TX
  • Friday night speaker: Rev. Brandon Owens of the Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Center, TX

All area churches are invited to attend

Pastor Byron Coutee, Jr.
April N. Moore, Church Clerk

April 5, 2018 - Blount Chapel Missionary Baptist Church will have a musical: Bring the Praise April 7th, 2018 at 6pm.

All area choirs, soloists, praise teams, and churches are invited to attend.

Pastor Byron Coutee, Jr.
April N. Moore, Church Clerk

April 4, 2018 - We have all heard of Jesus being called the Son of David and see this repeated many times in the New Testament. But, do we really understand why that is said so often about our Lord Jesus Christ? Let us look in the book of Matthew for a better understanding of the genealogy of the Lord Jesus.

It all starts with Abraham, the first to become a Jew, the first of the chosen ones of the Lord God. God called Abraham and promised him that he would be the Father of many, many people, more even than the sands of the sea shore.

Now we know that; “Abraham was the father if Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers.” (Matt. 1:2) And so the linage goes on until we reach Jesse. Now Jesse was the grandson of Rehab, the prostitute who saved the spies that Joshua sent into the city of Jericho. Rehab, the same who was spared by Joshua when the city of Jericho was laid to waste and all except for Rehab and her family were destroyed. God uses, the least to defeat the most, often to show his glory.

“And Salmon the father of Boaz, by Rehab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of David the king. And David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah.” (Matt. 1:5) 

Time continues on through many generations, through the deportation of all the people of Israel to Babylon and back into Israel until we find Joseph, the husband of Mary, the mother of Jesus.

“And Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ.” (Matt. 1:16)

“So all generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ fourteen generations.” (Matt. 1:17) 

A generation in Biblical times was considered to be one hundred years, so the time from Abraham to Jesus would have been 4200 years. but, the blood from Abraham through David to Jesus was never broken, showing why Jesus is often referred to as the Son of Abraham, the Son of David in the Bible.

Now here is the greatness of this, we also are Sons of Abraham, for through Abraham, by his two sons, Isaac and Ishmael. One a Jew, the other an Arab by the women Hagar, servant to Abrahams wife Sarah. 

According to the Bible all people on earth are descended from these two sons of Abraham. Through Ishmael the twelve tribes of Arabs and through Isaac, the twelve tribes of Israel and eventually all the people of the world.

“For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. for as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to the promise.” (Galatians 3:26-29)

“But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” (Titus 3:4-7) 

And so I ask you this morning, are you washed in regeneration by the blood of Jesus Christ? Do you know the joy of walking in the light of Christ each day? May it be so Lord, but if not, then the Lord Jesus stands ready to accept you into his flock this very day.

And all you must do is take that one step of accepting him as Lord and Savior, asking him for forgiveness of your sins and by forever dedicating your life to him. 

He is knocking at the door of your heart this morning, open it and let him in and receive the gift of eternal life in him. May the blessings of our Lord be yours this day…

April 2, 2018 - Sunday was Easter Sunday. Some people don’t like the term Easter because it comes from the goddess Eostre who is a fertility goddess and the goddess of light and the dawn. So some people speak of Sunday as Resurrection Sunday. It was also April Fool’s Day which fit in well with my sermon. I was raised in a very conservative sect of the Lutheran Church and traditionally, Lutheran ministers tell a joke on Easter Sunday. Martin Luther thought the joke was on the devil because God resurrected Jesus and death had been defeated. Love wins! Christians should laugh and sing on Easter Sunday. 

Jesus’ resurrection is just as radical as his teachings. During Holy Week, Jesus attacked the religious institutions of his day. Let us not become complacent and too comfortable in our institutions—our churches. Let us pledge never to become the religious elites that Jesus criticized in his day. Let us never let our religion, our institutions, our denomination, our ways of faith override the message of Easter.

We were in double digits this morning. Hilda’s sister Linda came this morning; it was wonderful to catch up with her. Liz and her beautiful voice added greatly to our singing this morning—and always nice to talk with her. The lilies from last week still looked nice: We had to move them and the palm fronds off the altar before having Communion. 

And wasn’t it a lovely Easter day? Ever since last Wednesday’s storms, we’ve had the most gorgeous weather (and no snow like some Americans are dealing with today). I haven’t delivered last month’s donations to Community Christian Services yet but will try to go by this week. For April we will collect toothpaste and toothbrushes.

“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 30, 2018 - Have you ever said or done something that you wish you could take back? Just imagine if you could take back those harsh words that you may have said to a friend or relative. Unfortunately I have had to "eat my words" far too many times in my life. I am sure that if you have lived for very long you can think of a time that you have done the same thing. 

As I prepare for the Easter service this Sunday, I was reading the story in John 20 where John and Peter came running to the tomb. I realized that even though John outran Peter and came to the tomb first, he didn't go in. But Peter went immediately without hesitation, into the tomb to find Jesus gone.  Peter appeared to be more enthusiastic to see the empty tomb than others. I asked  myself the question, "What made Peter so bold that without hesitation he ran straight into the tomb without stopping at the door?" Then I recalled that it was he, who when Jesus was taken from the cross dead,  he denied Christ three times. It was he, who had wept and was filled with guilt when the rooster crowed as predicted by Jesus. And now if the resurrection was real, he had a chance to right the wrong he had done that night as he stood by the fire and denied that he even knew Jesus. You see the empty grave for Peter was an opportunity for a new beginning. 

Later in John 21: 15-19 Jesus restores Peters place as the leader of the disciples and the early church by making him commit to "feed my sheep." the same number of times (three) as Peter had denied Jesus. Peter became the "rock" of the church that Jesus had told him he would be. Even though Peter stumbled, Jesus forgave him, and restored him to the position that Jesus had promised him.

I love this story because it reminds me of the kind of God we serve.  He is a God of forgiveness and restoration. Romans 5:8 tells us, "But God demonstrates His love toward us, in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us." Christ died for you even though you were, or are still committing sins. In other words He loves you right where you are at. He knows we sometimes stumble. That we have all manner of character flaws, but He loves us just the same. And just like Peter, if we are willing to seek forgiveness and restoration He is faithful to give it to us. Not because we deserve it, but because of His great love for us and His unlimited grace. 

So remember, no matter how bad you may think you have messed up, God loves you. He wants to restore you to the high place He has prepared for you. With arms open wide He's waiting for you. Quit running away and start running toward Him. 

I'm Just Sayin,
Mike Belgard

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.