Sun, Nov 10

November 5, 2019 - Come join us for our Gospel Meeting with our new preacher, Joseph Lachausse on November 10th - 13th. Sunday night our service starts at 6pm and Monday through Wednesday services will be at 7pm. We welcome and encourage all to come hear the Word of God!  

We are located in Stanley, the road before the school.

Stanley Church of Christ 
109 Stanley Church Road 
Logansport, Louisiana

Sun, Nov 17

November 11, 2019 - Bennett Chapel Missionary Baptist Church invites everyone to its Annual Youth Day Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 2:30 pm.  

Special guest will be Pastor Mario Osby and Smith Chapel Baptist Church Family. Every one is invited to come praise the Lord with us.

Bishop W C Martin, Pastor 
Melissa Stanberry-Youth Director

November 9, 2019 - St John Missionary Baptist Church – Center  will be celebrating our choir anniversary on Sunday November 17, 2019 at 2:30 pm

Special guest will be Rev Anthony Jackson and the Bright Morning Star Church of Center Texas.

Everyone is invited to come worship and celebrate this joyous occasion.

Sun, Nov 24

November 11, 2019 - Mount Calvary Full Gospel Church has rescheduled their Gospel Singings to every last Sunday of the month. In the month of November, the Gospel Singing will be held on Sunday, November 24, 2019 from 6pm till 10pm. All musicians and vocalists invited. Bring a friend and enjoy some good gospel music!

Musicians setup time is 5:30pm (Gospel Music Only). There will be food and refreshments after singing. The Gospel Singing will be held every last Sunday of the month.

Mount Calvary Full Gospel Church is located at 417 East, Shelbyville, Texas 75973. For more information call 903-678-1447 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

Mon, Nov 25

November 4, 2019 - Bennett Chapel Mission Department is preparing to serve a Thanksgiving Dinner for the folks in Center and Shelby County who may not be able to have Thanksgiving. We will be serving dinner on Monday, November 25th at Bennett Chapel Church in Possum Trot. We plan to serve 300 people including shut-ins who are unable to leave their home.

We are asking for donations of Turkey, plus additional items such as potatoes, dressing, greens and drinks. Members of the church will donate items that are needed, including dessert.

If your organizatio can help in any way it would be most appreciated and you would benefit many folk who may not be able to have a Thanksgiving Dinner.

The annual combined Thanksgiving Service will be at Gates Chapel Baptist Church in Shelbyville on Tuesday, November 26th at 7pm. Everyone is invited and all churches are invited.

For more information, contact Brenda Carrillo at 936-244-0477 or the Bennett Chapel at 936-368-7137.

Missionary: Brenda Carrillo
Pastor: Bishop W.C. Martin

November 11, 2019 - Mount Calvary Full Gospel Church has rescheduled their Gospel Singings to every last Sunday of the month. In the month of November, the Gospel Singing will be held on Sunday, November 24, 2019 from 6pm till 10pm. All musicians and vocalists invited. Bring a friend and enjoy some good gospel music!

Musicians setup time is 5:30pm (Gospel Music Only). There will be food and refreshments after singing. The Gospel Singing will be held every last Sunday of the month.

Mount Calvary Full Gospel Church is located at 417 East, Shelbyville, Texas 75973. For more information call 903-678-1447 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

November 11, 2019 - Back in 1957, I was student Pastor of he Liberty Hill Baptist Church in San Augustine, Texas. County Clerk Cecil Murphy called me one day asking if I had time to perform a wedding “for a young couple.” I told him I would and minutes later a young man came to the door.  When I asked where he wanted to be married, he replied, “Oh, I’m already married.” “The couple to be married is too old to get out and want to be married in the car.” 

I walked to the car, turned backwards in the front seat, and read the ceremony.  When it came time to kiss the bride, they just hugged each other tightly and giggled.  The bride’s name was Ida Luke and she was 92 years old. The groom (can’t remember his name) was a 93 year old retired store owner from Nacogdoches.  

I’m 86 years old now and have done hundreds of wedding ceremonies. I’ve married them in houses, studies, in court houses,  on creek banks, in parks, in my gun shop and a myriad of other places, but this was the oldest couple I ever married and my only ceremony in a car.

Cecil told me the next Sunday at Church, “Bother Doug, you did their ceremony  in a car…but that marriage was made in heaven.” 

November 11, 2019 - Bennett Chapel Missionary Baptist Church invites everyone to its Annual Youth Day Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 2:30 pm.  

Special guest will be Pastor Mario Osby and Smith Chapel Baptist Church Family. Every one is invited to come praise the Lord with us.

Bishop W C Martin, Pastor 
Melissa Stanberry-Youth Director

November 11, 2019 - One day as Jesus passed through Samaria he stopped near the town of Sychar at the field that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jesus sat by Jacob's well which was also there and rested for he was tired from his travels.

As he sat there by the well a woman came to draw water and since Jesus had no means by which he could draw water he asked the woman of Samaria for a drink of water from Jacob's well.

The Samaritan woman then said to him; "How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?" (For Jews have no dealings with samaritans.) John 4:9)

And Jesus answered her, saying; "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, "Give me a drink", you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water." (John 4:10)

What, one might ask, is this (gift of God) that Jesus is speaking of and what is the (living water) that he would have given her?

"Repent and be baptized every one if you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." (Acts 2:38)

The gift of God is the indwelling of the one who accepts Jesus Christ as Lord with the Holy Spirit of God.

The indwelling of the Holy Spirit is the promise that Jesus made to us before he ascended back to heaven.

"And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you." (John 14:16-17)

The living water is the guidance and teaching by the Helper that satisfies the longing within everyone. That longing for spiritual enlightenment, that emptiness, which is within every human being from birth until it is filled by the Holy Spirit of God.

As Jesus made clear, there is no other way to the kingdom of God but through him.

"I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6)

Only by accepting Jesus Christ as Lord does one receive salvation from the penalties of sin and only by accepting Jesus Christ as Lord can one receive the Holy Spirit to guide one through life.

As the woman of Samaria bragged on the well which Jacob had dug and given to the Samaritans for water Jesus said to her; "Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life." (John 4:14)

"The woman said to him, "Sir, give me this water!" (John 14:15)

How about you, do you thirst for more, do you seek for joy and happiness in your daily life?

There is but one place to find them, in the Holy Spirit which one receives only when one accepts Jesus Christ as Lord. Accept him today and know forever the joy and peace that comes by living in the Lord Jesus Christ. 

November 9, 2019 - St John Missionary Baptist Church – Center  will be celebrating our choir anniversary on Sunday November 17, 2019 at 2:30 pm

Special guest will be Rev Anthony Jackson and the Bright Morning Star Church of Center Texas.

Everyone is invited to come worship and celebrate this joyous occasion.

November 8, 2019 - Shelby County Outreach Ministries will have Praise 2019 on December 14th, 2019 at the Senior Nutrition Site located Loop 500. The fundraiser will begin at 6:00 pm that evening.

There will be live gospel and Christmas singing, silent and live auctions, drinks, refreshments, and door prizes! We are proud to say that we have lots of great items for our auctions! 

When you purchase a ticket for Praise 2019, your name will be entered for our door prizes that will be given out during the evening. To purchase your tickets, please stop by our offices located at 930 Shelbyville Street. Tickets are $10 each and all proceeds will go to help us feed the hungry and assist the needy in Shelby County. Seating is limited, so come by and get your tickets today!

November 7, 2019 - The First United Methodist Church of Joaquin will celebrate “Camo” Sunday, ​on Sunday, November 10 honoring all who love and celebrate the natural world, and find God in the midst of His Creation.  If you are one of these, you are invited to join us for Worship Service at 10:30 and for a Wild Game Feast to follow.

​From time immoral, hunters have been among those who see the Hand of God in the world He created and gave to Mankind. Hunters, who value nature greatly, have led the way in efforts to conserve and preserve our forests and wildlife. In recent years, psychologists and neuroscientists have “discovered” what hunters always know — there is Peace and Healing to be found in God’s natural world, among the trees, birds, and animals.  Medical Doctors are now prescribing “walks in the woods” as medical treatments. But God’s Word has always shown us that the healing presence of Faith can be found among the trees of God’s “Garden.”

​Therefore, on this Fall Sunday, preceding the Celebration of Thanksgiving, the FUMC of Joaquin honors our Hunters, and all those wearing “Camo” (the colors of God’s natural world).  On this day, we remember the words in Genesis 1:20-31 detailing God’s creation of living creatures and His declaration of Man’s responsibility for all that crawls, walks, swims, and flies.

​We will also remember Proverbs 12:27, which tells us, “The lazy do not roast any game; but the diligent feed on the riches of the hunt.” Thanks to the hunters among us, we will feast on the fruits of the hunt, enjoying a wide variety of wild game. Prizes $500 will be awarded by people’s choice to “pairs” of cooks, whose dishes are deemed best. Cooking teams, must each include one youth and one adult, working together. In addition to the cooking prizes, there will be door prizes, games, and music. All are welcome.  Come by and join the celebration and taste and experience God’s bounty.

November 7, 2019 - Smith Chapel Baptist Church in Timpson will be having their Harvest Day Program November 10 at 2:30. 

Guest Speaker will be Rev. Charleston Johnson & Smyrna church family. Everyone is invited.

Smith Chapel Baptist Church is located at 919 County Road 4704, Timpson, Texas. 

November 7, 2019 - Oftentimes we wonder why the church is weak, and why that in a recent nationwide poll, almost 70% of those who claim membership in church never attend services.

We could blame it on our secular-progressive society, and we often do. We could blame it on the godless politics of our nation, organizations like the ACLU and Freedom From Religion Foundation, and they too are often our “whipping boy.” We could even blame it on churches, hypocritical members and uncaring preachers and there are numerous Christians who are doing that also.

Maybe, just maybe, it’s time for church members to look in the mirror, really take a good look at what they see. Perhaps congregations across America are weak because many church members have lost the biblical understanding of what it means to be a part of the local church, the body of Christ.

People come to the church expecting to be served, fed and cared for. God did not give us the local church for it to be a “Country Club” where membership means there are privileges and perks. The church is where we are to serve, care for others, pray for leaders, learn, teach and give.

Perhaps churches are weak because we have turned the meaning of membership upside down. We were saved to serve, not saved to be served.

It’s something to think about…..TBP

Join us for worship this coming Lord’s day at the Center Church of Christ. 110 Hurst Street Center, Texas www.centerchurchofchrist.com

"Praise him with stringed instruments and organs." Psalms 150:4 
"They take the timbrel and harp, and rejoice at the sound of the organ." Job 21:12

November 6, 2019 - When our church decided to sell one of our organs recently, we were in for a big surprise. Our $20,000 Baldwin Classical is now worth a mere $2,000… and is in excellent condition. As I began studying the history of organs, I found some reasons for their depreciation. Many churches are ditching them and replacing them with a multi-instrument orchestra. "Since we are interested in getting the young and middle agers to church, the organ had to go," one pastor lamented. "Can you imagine a young person nowadays listening to organ music on his Ipod?" "If you want to keep the churches open, you'll have to dump the antiquated organs," he said.

Organs are expensive… heavy…and hard to move… Few people are trained to play one and today's music students are influenced by popular culture, media, etc., in which the organ is totally foreign. It’s not “cool” to learn to play the organ and in efforts to reach unbelievers, churches shun that which isn't popular with the younger people. Contemporary music is rhythm-based and the organ doesn’t fit that style very well. And like it or not, people want to be entertained.

The church organ is barely breathing nowadays… and might die. But like many other things, the dynamic range of the church organ… (and the calm of sweet reasonableness it brings)… could come back in all its glory some day. And for some of us, that day couldn't come too soon.

“In my eyes and ears the organ will forever be the King of Instruments." ~ W.A. Mozart

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