Sat, Sep 25

September 21, 2021 - The McWilliams-Rather Cemetery Association will meet on Saturday, September 25th at 4 pm. The meeting will be held at Todd Spring Baptist Church in Shelbyville. All are welcome to attend.

 

Sun, Sep 26

September 21, 2021 - The Bright Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church is pleased to announce and invite you to join us as we ordain two candidates to the office of deacon.

The ordination service for Bro. Johnny Ellington and Bro. Jarvis Johnson will be held at 11 a.m Sunday, September 26 at Bright Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church.

Everyone is invited to join us in this joyous occasion.

Rev. Anthony Jackson, Pastor

September 13, 2021 - The historical Old East Hamilton Cemetery has announced the cancellation of its Annual Homecoming and Dinner on the Grounds scheduled for Sunday, September 26, 2021, due to continued concerns about COVID.

Although we will not be gathering, the maintenance and upkeep of the cemetery continues, and donations are welcomed, encouraged, and appreciated. Please contact Dudley Cox at 936-368-2596. He can assist you  with information pertaining to donations. Thank you for your support! 

September 21, 2021 - The McWilliams-Rather Cemetery Association will meet on Saturday, September 25th at 4 pm. The meeting will be held at Todd Spring Baptist Church in Shelbyville. All are welcome to attend.

 

September 21, 2021 - The Bright Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church is pleased to announce and invite you to join us as we ordain two candidates to the office of deacon.

The ordination service for Bro. Johnny Ellington and Bro. Jarvis Johnson will be held at 11 a.m Sunday, September 26 at Bright Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church.

Everyone is invited to join us in this joyous occasion.

Rev. Anthony Jackson, Pastor

September 20, 2021 - Grace and peace from our friend and brother Jesus. Sunday morning came in quiet and peaceful after our busy week. Sue and I went to Dallas to stay at our daughter’s house. Meg works remotely and was involved with zoom calls most of the afternoon—but was able to take off Thursday and Friday. Our son Jacob came for dinner Wednesday evening; we had a nice visit and updates on his family in Denton. During the day Thursday, Meg and I went plant and home shopping, our favorite. My brother and sister-in-law came over later for dinner, visit, and birthday presents. The next morning I met my brother for a leisurely breakfast, while Sue and Megan went downtown for the Van Gogh exhibit. All this might sound low-key to some, but it was high adventure to the Joaquin Smiths!

Sunday was the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Autumn makes an appearance this coming week with the promise of cooler days. The dogs and I are looking forward to crisp (but not too cold) mornings for our walks. With the coming of autumn, we know we have turned a page on the Christian calendar: In just a few months Advent will begin with the stories to get us ready for the coming of the Christ Child.

It was so nice to have Fred and Sue with us once again all the way from Louisiana! We have really enjoyed getting to know them during the pandemic. Joe is back to his old job of leading the singing, although from CDs now. “Amazing Grace” was easy enough—yeah, we know it pretty well, but also the accompanist played at a good pace for us old folks. Not necessarily so with “Blessed Assurance,” our second hymn. All those triplets, plus a lively pianist really made us hustle!

Our Sunday School lesson, based on Galatians 2: 11-21, left all of us puzzled, not sure we liked the stories or illustrations. The scripture dealt with the split between Jewish and Gentile followers in the early Jesus communities. Peter and Paul are at loggerheads over how much of a role Jewish traditions, culture, and religion will play in the new faith groups, where more and more of the converts had previously been pagans and not Jews. Paul reaffirms what Jesus said: The greatest commandment is to love God and love one’s neighbor. Paul and Peter could agree on that—I think.

The main scripture for my sermon was once again from James—James 3: 5-6, 13, 17-18. James is not a theologian like Paul but is able to outline clear-cut ways to act in order to truly follow Jesus. In the reading, James warns about the damage we can do with our words. He says a good and righteous life can be seen by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.

All during the month of September we are collecting macaroni and cheese for Community Christian Services. In October, which is coming up quickly, we will donate peanut butter and jelly. As “point man” for the Christmas part of Christian Services, Sue got a text last week asking for confirmation of our church’s usual involvement. That early notice might’ve taken some aback, but my wife has been busily working on our family Christmas since August!

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.

September 17, 2021 - In Matthew chapter 27, Pilate gave the people the choice of releasing a hardened criminal named Barabbas or Jesus. Whipped into a frenzy by their leaders, the people chose Barabbas. Then Pilate asked the question, “What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ?” The people shouted, “Let him be crucified”

That question is a universal question. It is a question asked by all races and all classes of people. The truth is, once a man or woman has heard about Jesus and learned the truth about Jesus, they can never be the same.

The magnitude of the question is seen when we consider Jesus is God’s spokesman to man. Jesus is the only mediator between God and man. Jesus is mankind’s only savior and our perfect example.

In times past, shepherds were attracted to Jesus and wise men came to worship him. Herod was afraid of him and tried to kill him. Some were jealous of him and tried to ensnare him in his speech. His own people refused to receive him and one of his twelve closest companions for 3 years, a man named Judas betrayed him. Peter denied him, Pilate tried to be neutral about him, and before his conversion Paul persecuted his followers.

However, the question is, what will YOU do with Jesus? Will you accept him? Will you obey him? Will you live his kind of life?

It’s something to think about…..tbp

Join Us for Worship this coming Lord’s Day at Center Church of Christ or online at www.centerchurchofchrist.com.

September 13, 2021 - Grace and peace from our friend and brother Jesus. Our numbers are smaller than usual because of Covid, but we are still meeting in person and trying to be responsibly careful. We welcomed to our morning worship our District Superintendent, Dr. White and his wife. They are so gracious and genuine, a pleasure to have them with us. One could not ask for a nicer morning for a drive, as the sky was clear and temperatures felt like autumn was ready to show up.

In my sermon I returned to a theme I have preached on several times. If your preacher has used a particular theme before, it is because s/he thinks it needs to be preached or the congregation needs to hear it again. Of course, it can’t be that the pastor has run out of ideas!

The ancient Celts of Ireland kept reverence for nature and creation. Part of this was the idea that there are “thin places” where heaven meets earth: In those times or places, a person can experience the Eternal in real time. It may be a vision or a dream, but its impact is real. Jacob of Genesis saw a ladder reaching heaven, with angels ascending and descending. He realized then that he was present on holy ground, a divine “thin place.”

It is great having Joe with us on Sunday. He lead us in singing “Joy to the World,” our first hymn. I never liked confining this song to the Advent or Christmas season—joy is important all year long. Joe also lead us singing our closing hymn, “Have Thine Own Way, Lord.” This last one was a capella, much easier than trying to keep up with the accompanist on the CD! Our “listening” hymn this week was “What a Wonderful World,” sung by Louis Armstrong. The words of the song were perfect for celebrating God in nature and creation.

We sure miss Mrs. Hilda for many reasons, foremost among them just being around her uplifting spirit. She also lifted us up with her lively piano playing. Dr. White’s better half loves to play the piano; next time they come, maybe she’ll play for us.

In September we are collecting macaroni and cheese for Community Christian Services; I suppose its origin is Italian, but mac-n-cheese is certainly an American tradition. In preparation for our Church Conference we will work up and submit a budget to the district. There won’t be much change from last year, but we might discover some ministries we would like to support more regularly. Our church will send a contribution to the work of the Gideons again this year, but due to the pandemic we will not have a speaker.

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.

September 13, 2021 - The historical Old East Hamilton Cemetery has announced the cancellation of its Annual Homecoming and Dinner on the Grounds scheduled for Sunday, September 26, 2021, due to continued concerns about COVID.

Although we will not be gathering, the maintenance and upkeep of the cemetery continues, and donations are welcomed, encouraged, and appreciated. Please contact Dudley Cox at 936-368-2596. He can assist you  with information pertaining to donations. Thank you for your support! 

“Remember His death...” I Cor. 11:26

Darryl WorleySeptember 11, 2021 - Even though I’m not a big Country music fan, some of these songs really touch my heart. (I still choke up when I hear “He Stopped Loving Her Today” and “Unchained Melody”). Alan Jackson has a great new song out, but I am afraid he won’t be able to perform it in many circles because the words “I believe in Jesus and I talk to God” will turn a lot of our “politically correct” brothers off.

And Darryl Worley’s “Have you Forgotten,” written after his trip with the USO to Afghanistan, helped raise the level of patriotism in our country. He really gets us to thinking when he says, “Don’t tell me not to worry about Bin Laden... have you forgotten?”

Most of us will always remember 9-11, but some seem to have already forgotten. But that shouldn’t be so surprising.

Many have forgotten A.D. 33, too.

September 10, 2021 - Are ready for the 2021-22 year? All we need is you!!!

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, September 15 at 5:45pm! You don’t want to miss out on the fun and excitement of the new Awana year. Lots of things planned to enhance our learning experience. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Sue Finch, Awana Ministry Director at Jackson Missionary Baptist Church, at 936-269-4895 or message on FB.

About Awana Ministry: Brief Summary

Awana is an acronym for "Approved Workman Are Not Ashamed" which is based on 2 Timothy 2:15. “Study to shew thyself approved unto God a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth”

Awana Clubs are for ages 2 through 6th grade.

Two major goals of Awana are: 
1.  Reach boys and girls with the gospel of Christ.
2.  Train them to serve Him.

It helps churches and parents work together to develop spiritually strong children and youth who faithfully follow Jesus Christ.

Awana is fun with a purpose! Games, crafts, awards and other activities reinforce the gospel message. A lively experience where fun and learning go hand in hand.

Each age group’s curriculum is designed specifically for that age.

September 9, 2021 - One of the most elusive things in our lives are friends. We might have some we consider to be our friends, yet, they later prove themselves to be what are known as “fair weather friends”. When the going gets tough, often they are nowhere to be found. There is one friend who will never let us down and that is God.
 
When we turn to the word of God, we find a man who was known as a “friend of God”. That is what James tells us about Abraham in James 2:23, he was “called the Friend of God”. Have you ever thought about that? Have you ever considered what a high honor that was for Abraham?

Abraham believed God. Faith is something that must be present for us to be pleasing to God. The writer of Hebrews tells us in Hebrews 11:6 that without faith it is impossible to please God. Yet, Abraham did more than this. He obeyed God, he feared God and he had a deep concern for the lost.

With God there is no such thing as being a partial friend. There is no such thing as being an acquaintance. James also tells us in James 4:4 that the friendship of the world is enmity with God. That whosoever is a friend of the world is the enemy of God. The question we must ask ourselves is could it be said of us that we are the friend of God?  Are we living our lives as friends of God or friends of the world?
    
It’s something to think about…..TBP

Join Us for Worship this coming Lord’s Day
Center Church of Christ
www.centerchurchofchrist.com

“For unto you is born this day a Savior which is Jesus Christ the Lord…” Luke 2:11

September 7, 2021 - Last year after spending Christmas Eve with Pam’s parents in Vinton, Louisiana, we drove down to our favorite town of Breaux Bridge on Christmas Day. We found this lively Cajun town alive with displays of the Nativity Scene and noticed an obvious absence of the more acceptable “Happy Holidays” and “Seasons Greetings” signs. And the town churches were filled with Christmas Day worshippers… and it was Thursday(!)… not Sunday.

When the ACLU threatened to sue the City of Breaux Bridge two years ago for displaying a Nativity Scene, Mayor Delhomme and his City Council informed the ACLU lawyers that it would stay up. It did stay up and has every year since.

In these days when so many are trying to push Christ out of Christmas, we Christians are justly proud of our brothers and sisters in Breaux Bridge. They warm our hearts…

… and the heart of the Savior, too.

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