May 28, 2018 - Mt. Gillion Missionary Baptist Church is hosting There is a Balm Men and Women Conference on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 10am.

Conference speakers are Sis. Glenda Lane, Elect Lady of Sand Ridge Baptist Church, Nacogdoches; Bro. Kenneth Eddings of Macedonia Baptist Church, Nacogdoches; Sis. Ruby Graddis of Abundant Love Ministries, Center; and Rev. Johnny Henson of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Nacogdoches.

Men and Women Day Program with speaker Rev. Laronte Blanche, Pastor of Sunset Galilee Baptist Church, Nacogdoches is Sunday, June 10, 2018 at 3pm.

"But HE was pierced FOR our transgressions; HE was crushed FOR our iniquities; upon HIM was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with HIS wounds WE are healed." Isaiah 53:5

Mt. Gillion Missionary Baptist Church is located at 5920 ST Hwy 87 North, Center, Texas 75935. The church is led by Rev. Gary S. Suell, Sr., Pastor. For more information, 936-598-5260.

May 28, 2018 - Sunday was Trinity Sunday.  There are six major festival days of the Christian Church. The big two are Easter and Christmas. The others are the Epiphany, the Ascension, Pentecost, and Trinity Sunday. The only festival that doesn’t center on an event is Trinity Sunday, which centers on a doctrine of the church. The concept of the Trinity was put into words in the fourth century with the Nicene Creed. So we recited the Nicene Creed during the Church Service. This creed was supposed to settle once and for all what was to be the “correct way” to understand the nature of God. The creed didn’t settle the raging debates but did become the orthodox way for Christians to understand God. The Old Testament Lesson from Isaiah 6:1-8 doesn’t discuss the idea of the Trinity but certainly speaks to the mystery which is God. Isaiah also answers the question that God poses, “Who shall I send?”  Isaiah answers that God should send him.

We finished the Spring Quarter of our Sunday School lessons. The title of the lesson was “Rejoicing in Restoration.” The main part of the lesson was Psalm 34: 1-10, one of the David poems. In this poem David rejoices even though he is going through a rough patch: He knows that God will help him overcome his fears. 

Joy and Gene are back from their European cruise. Gene wasn’t at Sunday School, but Joy assured us she did not leave him in Germany—he was home cooking dinner for the VFW. We missed Gene, Carolyn, Vera, and Keith and hope to see them soon. I hope that everyone has a good Memorial Day. During the church service Joe and Hilda teamed up for a special. We really appreciate their extra efforts. Next Sunday is the first Sunday of June and will be Communion Sunday. All the month of May we have collected cans of fruit, which we’ll deliver to Community Christian Services. Next month we will collect toilet paper and paper towels. 

Last week was our program at Lakeside Assisted Living. As usual, we had a lot of congregational singing—with Hilda on the piano to keep us moving along. Nora and Gene chose songs from Heavenly Highways as solos but kindly invited us to sing with them if we wanted. Nora’s was actually a switch: Sue chose “America” for us after Fannie read a patriotic piece, thus stealing Nora’s first choice special.  Ollie read a selection about a grandpa explaining his hands to his grandson, and Sue read Ruthie Bon Bair: Don’t Go to Bed with Wringing Wet Hair. A new contributor, Stella Walker, sang “His Eye Is on the Sparrow,” and Gene, Maggie, and Hilda did “It Is Well with My Soul” by special request after the program.  I closed us out with a prayer, a benediction, and our usual ending song: “God Be with You.” 

“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.

Randy & Sue Smith
Paxton Methodist Church

May 25, 2018 - West Hamilton Cemetery Homecoming is set for Sunday, May 27, 2018 starting at 11am with preaching by Pastor Mike Fodge. Annual cemetery meeting to follow and then dinner on the ground. Shelby County Singers will be singing in the afternoon. Everyone is welcome.


May 25, 2018 - The annual New Hope Cemetery Homecoming will be on Sunday, June 3rd at 12:00 noon. The Shelby County singers will be hosting the singing after lunch. Come and enjoy a time of food and fellowship. If unable to attend, donations can be sent to: New Hope Cemetery Association, % Pete Helms, 1721 FM 138, Center, TX 75935.

May 24, 2018 - Old Salem Cemetery Homecoming is Sunday, May 27, 2018 and it's time again for the annual fund drive to upkeep the cemetery. We will meet around 10am and bring your favorite dish to have fellowship at 12noon. You may mail in donations to J.C. McSwain 8612 FM 711, Center, Texas 75935 if unable to attend. We will have singing at 11am to 11:30am; please join us. We appreciate your attendance and donations.

May 22, 2018 - There are those who consider themselves to be followers of the Most High God who if asked to pray for someone or some thing would silently say to themselves, “ No, I am not going to pray for you or that thing which you ask for I have tried prayer and it has not worked for me.” Some would even admit that they could not pray for you because their prayers didn’t seen to be heard or answered by the Lord.

That is sad that any person who tries to walk with the Lord would feel that way, that anyone who professes to be a follower of Christ Jesus would not have faith in prayers asked of God.

How could that be, that a “Christian” would not believe in the power of prayer?

Jesus tells us that to be his disciples we must live/abide in his word. This means for us to truly be followers of the Most High that we must first learn from his word, the Bible, that we can know how we are to follow him in our lives each day.

“If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31) 

Are you seeking that closer relationship with the Lord each day? Are you studying the Bible that you will be better equipped to meet the world each day? For the apostle Paul says this about the Word of God.

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17) 

Did you see, the Scriptures are good for so many things pertaining to God, including for training in righteousness. Meaning if we are to be righteous then we must learn from God's Word that we know how to conduct our lives in service to him. Only by study of God’s Word can we be equipped to go out and do his will each day. Only by training in righteousness are we equipped to pray and be heard by the Most High God.

Jesus tells us the story of the true vine and its branches where he calls himself the true vine and those who would follow him the branches and he says this about being with and in him.

“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:4-5)

“By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.” (John 15:8) 

If you want your prayers to be answered then you must first abide in Jesus Christ and in his word. That word Jesus keeps using, abide, means to remain or to have one’s abode or home in someone or something. 

So for us to abide in the Word and in Christ we must spend time in study of the Word, time walking with Christ each day that we then know and understand his will and wishes for us. By this our lives will be lived for Christ and the Father will be glorified by our lives served in Christ, as our prayers are then honored by the Father.

“And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.” (1 John 5:14-15)

Praise and glory be to the Heavenly Father of all who leads us and guides us through each day of our lives. May he richly bless you this day…

May 22, 2018 - VBS Bible Heroes June 18th-June 21st 6pm – 8pm.

“My hero doesn’t hide behind a mask He doesn’t need a cape to fly He’s stronger than the ocean And bigger than the sky…Jesus Christ: The Only Superhero”

Center First United Methodist Church is located at 211 Porter Street, Center, Texas 75935.


May 22, 2018 - VBS 2018 at Tenaha First Baptist Church 200 S. George Bowers Drive, (Hwy 59), Tenaha, Texas.

Friday, June 1st at 6:30pm for Parents & Kids Saturday, June 2nd 9am to 3:30pm for Kids Pre-K 4 through 6th grade.

You are God’s Masterpiece!

May 21, 2018 - Mount Calvary Full Gospel Church is hosting Every Last Saturday Gospel Singing beginning Saturday, May 26, 2018. A Gospel Singing will be held every last Saturday of the month from 6pm until 10pm. All Musicians and vocalist are invited. Musicians setup time is 5:30pm. Gospel music only please. Food and refreshments will be after the singing. For more information, call 903-678-1447. Mount Calvary Full Gospel Church is located on 417 East, Shelbyville, Texas 75973.

May 21, 2018 - New Harmony Missionary Baptist Church is hosting its revival on May 28 through June 1, 2018. Services will begin nightly at 7:00pm. Bro Cliff Durham from Rosevine Missionary Baptist Church will be the evangelist. Bro. Billy Windham, pastor, and the congregation invite everyone to come enjoy a Holy Ghost revival.