May 11, 2016 - East Liberty Baptist Church will be celebrating their annual Men and Women Day on Sunday, May 15th at 3 pm. 

Pastor Charles Tutt and the New Hope Baptist Church of Nacogdoches, Texas is the guest speaker for this celebration, everyone is invited. 

May 11, 2016 - Pastor Marlin Cloudy, Sr. and the Abundant Love Ministries family will be hosting a Senior Recognition Service, on Sunday, May 22nd at 2:30 pm.

All area 2016 graduates and their families are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served. 1426 Shelbyville St Center, Tx 75935

May 11, 2016 - Mt. Zion C.M.E. Family & Friends Day Sunday, May 15th at 3p.m. Special guests are Rev. Sherman Kossie and The New Creation Nations Christian Center of Nacogdoches, TX. Ministry in Dance by Jayy Dimery, Dance Education student at SFA. Rev. Robert Gipson, pastor. Anita Williams, chairperson.

May 10, 2016 - Mt. Olive Baptist Church would like to invite everyone to the 6th annual "Firing Up the Faith" Youth Rally with guest speaker Brother Steven Carroll. The Rally would be from Saturday, May 21st at 7:00 pm to Sunday, May 22nd at 11:00 am.

Brother Steven has been in the student ministry for over 20 years. Visit his website at www.wedigit.org. Come and experience what the Lord can do in the your life as we lift His name up in praise and worship! We will have a port luck lunch following the services on Sunday. Bring your favorite dish! Mt. Olive Baptist Church, FM 415, Timpson, TX.

May 10, 2016 - Can we ever have complete trust in anything of this earth? 

The Prophet, Micah tells us in his book; "Do not trust in a friend, Do not put your confidence in a companion" (Micah 7;5) "I will wait for the God of my salvation; My God shall hear me" (Micah 7:7) 

So to the writer of Proverbs says in (3:5-8), we are to trust in the Lord and not in things or people of this world. President Reagan had a famous saying, "trust but verify" that is a good reminder for us, I think. As Christians we must live and deal with the people of this world, but we must use caution in our dealings. We see and hear so many things each day which are professed to be the truth, but are they? How can we know? Only by calling upon God in His wisdom can we truly know the truth, only by study in His Word can we discern the truth from the lies.

Proverbs 3:5 tells us to "Trust in the Lord with all your heart". In order to survive this life and yet prepare for eternity we must learn to trust in Him alone.

Verse 5 also tells us that we must not only trust in the Lord, but that we must trust only Him and to; "lean not on your own understanding." To me, this means to ask Him for His guidance in all things, first, before going on our own.

Verse 3:6 tells us in everything to "acknowledge Him in all ways".

If we can learn to completely trust God with our lives, then we can walk with confidence, we can be assured that He will direct our paths and that we will surely walk in the paths of righteousness as God would have us to.

Verse 3:7 cautions us against feeling that we are wise or thinking that we have all the answers to life's questions. "Do not be wise in your own eyes.

Any time we begin to feel secure in our own wisdom we are surely destined to fall, for only God has the wisdom to direct our paths in the proper direction each day. On our own we are certain to fail, but in God's hands we are sure to prosper.

Verse 3:8 offers a reward for our complete trust in the Lord. "It will be health to your flesh, and strength to your bones."

We will experience difficulties, we will most certainly have illnesses and pains, that is a part of life, a part of our testing, our purifying, by our difficulties we are made pure and ready for God's presence.

Jesus told us about trusting anything "of this world " when He said; "Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away." (Matthew 24:35) Clearly, Christ is telling us not to trust or depend upon the things of this world, for in time, all we will have will be our knowledge of His Word to trust and hang on to.

(Psalm 32:10) sums it up very well; Many sorrows shall be to the wicked; but he who trusts in the Lord, mercy shall surround him."

May the Lord bless you and keep you and make His face to shine upon you each day. Please feel welcome to join us each week for Bible study on Wed. evenings at 6:00 PM.

May 9, 2016 - First Baptist Church of San Augustine is having a Spring Revival on May 22-25, 2016. Services will be 6 p.m. nightly. The revival speaker will be Dr. Allen Reed, formerly the pastor of First Baptist Church, Nacogdoches, Texas. The music evangelist will be Jason Smith. First Baptist Church is located at 502 E. Columbia Street, San Augustine, Texas .

Rev. and Sister Winston Kibbles Sr.May 9, 2016 - The member of St. John Missionary Baptist Church  is hosting the 9th Pastor and Wife Appreciation on Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 2:30pm.

The theme of the celebration is "Celebrating the Laborer that dwells among us." 

1 Thessalonians 5:12-13: And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord; And to esteem them very highly in love for their work's safe. And be at peace among yourselves.

Special guest is Bishop W.C. Martin who is the Pastor of Bennett Chapel, Center, Texas.

St. Johns MBC is located at 2308 CR 2050, Center, Texas 75935.

May 9, 2016 - Sunday was the 7th Sunday of Easter. This week Christians around the world celebrate the ascension of Jesus to the eternal realm. Sunday was also Mother’s Day. In some form or another, mothers have been celebrated since ancient times. In the Hebrew commandments believers are told they are to honor their mothers and fathers. In ancient Greece, during spring people would celebrate mothers by making a special offering to Rhea—the mother of the gods. And like most of us, Jesus’ first teacher was his mother. 

I ordered and received another New Testament. It is different from all the others in that the books are arranged chronologically. The earliest book was the letter that Paul wrote to the Thessalonians. The last book written wasn’t Revelation but the Second Letter of Peter. Two thousands years later, we have another way to enjoy and experience the scriptures!

This past Monday was our ministry at Green Acres. It was good to see old friends and enjoy words of hope and songs that we have sung for centuries. We had several requests for songs that I don’t remember ever hearing. Luckily, Ms. Hilda is never stumped—her playing and singing kept us all going. Not growing up in a southern Protestant Church singing from Heavenly Highways, I am often at a loss. I was raised in a Lutheran Church and I often joke that we never sang songs that Martin Luther himself did not sing. Those old hymns might have been filled with theology but often did not have much of a melody. On Tuesday, May 17th we will head to Holiday Nursing Center and then on Thursday, May 26th we’ll be at Lakeside Assisted Living. Our programs are all at 2:00. 

We had a really nice crowd at church this morning. Evie, Kayce, and Liz came this morning; it is always great to see our three youngest folks. Kayce will be graduating in a few weeks and Evie just recently celebrated her first birthday! I guess Liz is going to be really busy. Lillie, Liz, and Mike were up from Houston this weekend. It was like a family reunion—so nice to see them. Lillie had a pacemaker installed, and she looks so good. Mike is really enjoying retirement. We all really appreciate Joe and Hilda working together to bring our music alive each Sunday morning. We were particularly lively on “Lily of the Valley.”

“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 9:15 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. God’s Speed!

May 9, 2016 - "My cup runneth over…." Psalms 23:5  

"Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory."   1 Peter 1:8
  
When I was five years old, we moved to a house on the Henrietta Road north of Center, Texas.  My memories about it are few:  bitter weeds, bitter cow milk…. roasting hickory nuts in the fireplace…. our dog "Nellie"… and the yellow jackets that covered my brother Bill and me with stings.

While playing in the woods one day, we spotted a "church house" not far from our house. It was small, white, and had a cross on the top.  We asked Mother to let us go to church there and the next Sunday we attended our first church service. I don't know its denomination…can't remember what the preacher or members looked like…but one thing I remember well.   The Preacher repeated it over and over again:  It was from the 23rd Psalm: "My cup runneth over". 

Ten years later I attended a tent revival service just off the Center, Texas Square and learned what the preacher had meant.  I trusted Christ as my Savior that night and raced home to tell Mother that I'd been saved.  The whole world looked different the next day… old things had passed away and all things had become new.  The Lord gave me "joy unspeakable and full of glory"….and because of Him… 

…my cup runneth over."

May 3, 2016 - Hawthorne Missionary Baptist Church is having a fundraiser May 6th for our kids to go to Church Camp. It is a BBQ sandwich with chips, dessert and a drink all for $7. We are also preselling the sandwich you can contact April Flores 936 332 5370 or Sherri Oliver at the Justice of the Peace office on Nacogdoches St. behind the sheriff's office.

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