Sun, May 09

May 6, 2021 - Lone Cedar's Homecoming Service is this Sunday, May 9th. Services start at 10:30am.

If anyone would like to make a donation to the cemetery fund please mail it to: John Paul Lawson, 2926 County Road 3373, Joaquin, Texas 75954 or Irada Oates, 204 County Road 3182, Joaquin, Texas 75954.

Thu, May 13

May 4, 2021 - National Day of Prayer Event is set for Thursday, May 13 from noon until 12:30pm in front of our Historic Courthouse.

Join the leaders and pastors of our community as we pray for America, for our First Responders and Military, for our Churches and for our Schools.

Join us as we meet "in the center of Center" to celebrate the Power of Prayer.

For more information call David Mathis at 979-533-1575 or 936-598-5605.

Sat, May 15

April 12, 2021 - Pleasant Hill Cemetery Homecoming on Saturday, May 15th this year will be a little different. We are asking each family to bring lunch for just your family alone this year instead of our usual big spread for everyone to share.

We will be outside so there is plenty room to social distance. Masks are welcome if you want. Hand sanitizer will be available. 

We will be unveiling the Historical Marker at 11am at Homecoming this year.

As years go by, fewer people attend homecoming and less donations are received. Each year the expenses have increased. This cemetery depends on donations for its upkeep.

If you can’t attend this year, please take this time and send in  your donation to ensure that the Pleasant Hill Cemetery will continue to be taken care of in a manner that shows respect to the ones buried here.

Donations may be mailed to:
Pleasant Hill Cemetery
P.O. Box 91
Shelbyville, TX 75973

April 9, 2021 - Jackson Cemetery Homecoming will be Saturday, May 15, 2021, beginning at 11am with a financial report. Families are then invited to bring a picnic lunch for outside eating and visiting. If unable to attend, financial offerings for cemetery upkeep may be sent to Jackson Cemetery Association, PO Box 15, Joaquin, TX 75954.

Tue, May 18

May 4, 2021 - Shelby County Outreach Ministries’ Senior Programs are happy to announce the reopening of the Senior Nutrition Site with guidelines and new safety procedures. We will open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-2 beginning on May 18, 2021. Starting June 1, 2021, our program will be open M-F from 9-2. Please call the director, Darlene Mitchell should you have any questions or concerns. The phone number is 936-598-7768.

 

May 6, 2021 - Lone Cedar's Homecoming Service is this Sunday, May 9th. Services start at 10:30am.

If anyone would like to make a donation to the cemetery fund please mail it to: John Paul Lawson, 2926 County Road 3373, Joaquin, Texas 75954 or Irada Oates, 204 County Road 3182, Joaquin, Texas 75954.

May 6, 2021 - It was Mark Twain who said, “They did not know it was impossible, so they did it”. When you think about it, that is a very inspirational thought. It conjures up thoughts of perseverance, courage and accomplishment. It is amazing to think how many interesting and worthwhile things most of us could do, if we did not put mental handcuffs on ourselves.

When we are young, we are filled with dreams of the future, and of the idea of attaining great things in this life. Sometimes, failures are made, and after a number of failures, we become permanently discouraged, we become cynical and decide that we cannot really do anything worthwhile after all. And so it is, as we grow older, the lives of the vast majority are filled with “it can’t be dones”. Along with the statement of impossibility is a myriad of excuses for why it cannot be done.

How long has it been since you took stock of yourself? Are you bound down by the idea that you cannot accomplish those things you need to accomplish?

It is time for us to realize that with the help of the Lord, anything can be done! It was Paul who wrote, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Philippians 4:13) We need to eliminate from our vocabulary the expression “It can’t be done”!

It’s something to think about… tbp

Center Church of Christ, 110 Hurst Street, Center, Texas or online at www.centerchurchofchrist.com

May 4, 2021 - Shelby County Outreach Ministries’ Senior Programs are happy to announce the reopening of the Senior Nutrition Site with guidelines and new safety procedures. We will open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-2 beginning on May 18, 2021. Starting June 1, 2021, our program will be open M-F from 9-2. Please call the director, Darlene Mitchell should you have any questions or concerns. The phone number is 936-598-7768.

 

May 4, 2021 - National Day of Prayer Event is set for Thursday, May 13 from noon until 12:30pm in front of our Historic Courthouse.

Join the leaders and pastors of our community as we pray for America, for our First Responders and Military, for our Churches and for our Schools.

Join us as we meet "in the center of Center" to celebrate the Power of Prayer.

For more information call David Mathis at 979-533-1575 or 936-598-5605.

"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God." Romans 8:28

May 3, 2021 - My brother Bill enlisted in the Navy when we graduated from High School in 1950 and soon afterwards, I hitch-hiked to Springfield, Missouri and enrolled in the Baptist Bible Seminary. I got there with three dollars in my pocket and joined a number of other "pore" young preachers. My parents didn't have a phone, so Mother often wrote letters to keep me in touch with the family.

Even though postage stamps were only 3 cents back then, eight children were still at home and even a stamp was hard to come by at times. Each of Mother's letters were enclosed in a small "lick to seal" envelope and she faithfully wrote on the back of them, "All things work together for good to them who love the Lord...” "Romans 8:28." "Hen Doug, all things that happen to us won't be good," she used to say ... "but they will all work together for our good."

On February 25, 1999, our saddened family gathered around Mother's casket for her burial in the cemetery at Center, Texas. As I stood reminiscing, I envisioned Mother's hands, her letters, and her special left-handed handwriting. And I recalled her saying to me, "Remember, Hen Doug ...All things.'" And under my breath I whispered, "I know, Mother." "I do remember."

"I always will."

May 3, 2021 - Grace and peace from our brother Jesus. Sunday was the 5th Sunday of Easter. Springtime has come to East Texas! The temperatures have warmed into the 80s, and we have had plenty of spring rain. My garden looks so good. I notice when I am driving around how pretty people’s roses are this year. My roses have been fantastic. I don’t know if it is really true, but it seems that the best-smelling roses have the most and meanest thorns (should be a life lesson in there somewhere).

Since we resumed in-person worship, our music has been on CD. We can hum under our masks, but no vigorous singing! This week our songs were related to each other. We started with “Song of Joy,” by Julio Iglesias. I heard it for the first time while in the car heading to Louisiana, Missouri, many summers ago and liked it so much my daughter found a CD for me. As you can tell from the title, Iglesias’ song is based on “Ode to Joy,” AKA “Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee,” that is in the Methodist Hymnal. The words were written by Henry Van Dyke and put to the music of Beethoven. The two songs made nice “bookends” in our service.

Our Sunday School lesson was from Exodus 33 & 34, where we are treated to conversations between God and Moses. We see that Moses feels comfortable speaking to God about his questions, doubts, and fears. Our author says that one of the key themes in the Bible is God’s faithful presence. The risen Christ of Easter assures us that God will always be at our side in our living as well as our dying.

We are marching toward the Day of Pentecost. This religious holy day comes to us from our spiritual foremothers and forefathers of Judaism. These fifty days leading to Pentecost, referred to as Eastertide, give us a chance to explore the meaning, not only of death and resurrection, but also of God that we see in Jesus. When we sense God in Christ, we realize that God has everything to do with compassion and empathy. In my sermon I continued to focus on John’s first letter, Chapter 4: 7-21. Last week I tried to speak to what God is like. John the Elder refers to God as unknowable, certainly the eternal mystery. And John says if we can perfect the love that flows from God by loving others with great compassion, then we will know who God is.

Compassion, empathy, and love are what Joaquin Christian Services is all about. Last week, when I took our April donations—toothpaste and toothbrushes—they were busy handing out much-needed and -appreciated boxes from the Farmers to Families program. It is always such a pleasure to see these volunteers doing God’s work! In May, we will be collecting cans of fruit.

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, and Open Minds.” 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 your email address to the Paxton email address, and I will add you to the list. God’s Speed.

April 29, 2021 - Have you ever seen items on sale at a greatly reduced price and in the fine print you read “slight imperfections?” Have you ever thought about how that describes us? The church is composed of folks that have imperfections. There are members, preachers, bible class teachers, song-leaders and others with “slight imperfections.” Amazingly, God has over the years been able to work wonders through imperfect people. In fact, God has never had a chance with any other kind.

If a preacher ever finds a congregation with no faults, he will have found a place where no teaching, preaching or training is necessary. If a congregation finds a perfect preacher, he will seem unreal, completely without understanding of the difficulties and burdens and sorrows people with slight imperfections struggle with.

It is imperfect Christians, working together, forgiving one another’s faults, who come nearest to presenting Christ the “perfect” church.

If you know of someone who stays away from the church, away from the worship because there are people there with imperfections, invite them in. There is always room for one more imperfect person. Also, just how perfect does it make you when you refuse to forgive the imperfections of another? How perfect does it make you, when you try to destroy the usefulness of another in the kingdom of Christ because they might be “slightly imperfect?”

I don’t guess we should take a personal inventory. We might find that we have “slight imperfections.”
        
It’s something to think about… tbp

Center Church of Christ, 110 Hurst Street Center, Texas or online at www.centerchurchofchrist.com

April 28, 2021 - The annual Sardis Cemetery Homecoming and Fish Fry will be held Saturday, May 1, 2021 beginning at 11 AM. Catfish plates with all the trimmings will be available for $10 per plate. All proceeds will benefit the upkeep of the cemetery and grounds. We are encouraging our young folks to get involved.

The annual business meeting will follow the fish fry about 1:30pm. The CHURCH building has had some structural damage inside that was caused from foundational issues. To restore it will require funds that we do not have at this time, therefore, we are asking for your help in the form of donations from the community or anyone interested in preserving the building. Additional donations are also necessary and appreciated to help with the up-keep of the cemetery.

Any donations can be mailed to Sardis Cemetery, 6034 FM 414, and Center, TX 75935.

April 27, 2021 - Mount Calvary Full Gospel Church is back in full swing. Sunday night gospel singings are every 5th Sunday of the month. The next Gospel Singing will be held on Sunday, May 30, 2021 starting at 6pm. There won't be one in the month of April. All musicians and vocalists invited. Bring a friend and enjoy some good gospel music!

Musicians setup time is 5:30pm. Refreshments will be finger foods after the singing.

Mount Calvary Full Gospel Church is located at 417 East, Shelbyville, Texas 75973. For more information call 936-275-1662 or 936-591-8500. All are welcome.

Church service schedule:

  • Sunday Morning Class 10:00 am
  • Sunday Morning Worship 11:00 am
  • Sunday Children's Church and Youth Church 11:00 am
  • Sunday Evening Bible Study 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday Night Bible Study 6:30 pm

April 27, 2021 - House of Refuge Apostolic Ministries presents Conference 2021 with the theme "It's Time to Bounce Back."

The conference runs May 5 through May 7 starting at 7pm nightly. Guest speakers  are Wednesday, Sis. Stephanie Hicks; Thursday, Evangelist Zorana Skinner; and Friday, Prophetess Rhonda Coleman.

Conference host is Lady Pearl Nash. Everyone is invited!

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