May 17, 2019 - Center Christian Fellowship located at 2471 Hwy. 96 North, Center, TX will be hosting Vacation Bible School, June 5-7, 2019 from 6pm to 8pm featuring “The Incredibles” and the Power of Faith to Save the Day. Children will learn how to allow Jesus to work through them to turn them from ordinary to incredible from natural to supernatural through faith in God’s WORD. There will be two age groups: Kinder church age 3 through 1st grade and Children Church 2nd – 5th grade. Everyone is welcome.

May 17, 2019 - Mt Zion’s Family and Friends Day will be Sunday, May 26th at 3pm. Guest church will be Rev. Anthony Jackson and the Carroll Chapel CME Church.

Rev. Richard Edwards, pastor.

May 17, 2019 - First Baptist Church of Shelbyville is hosting a Chicken Spaghetti Youth Fundraiser this Sunday, May 19th at 12 noon. Plates are $8 each. Take a to-go plate or eat in the fellowship hall. Thanks for supporting the youth!

May 15, 2019 - Ruth Graham wrote a book entitled, “In Every Pew Sits A Broken Heart.” That is something that all of us need to remember from time to time.

We need to keep in mind one very familiar passage from I Peter chapter 5 and verse 7. Peter writes, “Casting all your care upon Him, for He careth for you.

You and I are in this verse! There is so much in our world that is impersonal. We live in an age of bigness and numbers. Everyone wants to know “the last four of your social” when you call wanting information.

But, God still knows you and he knows me as individuals. God doesn’t keep track of us by a computer or an account number. You see, it’s just the way we read in John chapter 10, he knows us.

However, not only are we in that verse as individuals in I peter chapter 5, but our cares, our concerns and our problems are in that verse. Every care that you and I are carrying is in that passage. Cares that can often be roadblocks to blessings. Yet, Peter tells us to cast our cares upon Jesus. With our cares removed we can truly experience the joy of the Lord.

Never forget, no one cares like Jesus and no one understands like Jesus. For those who will surrender their life to Him, obey His commands, and live His kind of life, Jesus will carry their burdens. The question is, are you living life Jesus’ way?

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 or online at


"I was built for this" ~ Haggai 1:8

May 15, 2019 - House of Refuge Apostolic Ministries is presenting Conference 2019 - Stop the Traffic, Close the Road from May 16th to May 18th. Shift times for the conference is May 16-17 at 7pm and May 18 at 10am. The project host and keynote speaker for Saturday is Lady Pearl Nash.

Crew workers:

  • Thursday - Pastor LaToy Harris of Tyler, Texas
  • Friday - Prophetess Ronda Coleman of Athens, Texas
  • Saturday - Evangelist Evette Netherly of Center, Texas and Evangelist Zorano Skinner of Marshall, Texas.

House of Refuge Apostolic Ministries is located at 215 Church Street, Center, Texas 75935. Apostle W.E. Nash, Jr., Pastor.

May 14, 2019 - On Sunday, May 19, 2019 Joaquin First United Methodist Church is celebrating its 143rd year! It was formed in 1876 and was located near the site of Brookland Cemetery. It existed a number of years before Joaquin was established.

Our Methodist church’s East District Superintendent, Dr. Dick White, will be the guest speaker. You are invited to the service starting at 10:30 a. m. followed by a brisket meal and an afternoon of gospel singing!


May 14, 2019 - Love and peace from our brother Jesus. Sunday was the Fourth Sunday of Easter. The first lesson, the one I chose for my sermon, came from the second part of the Luke Gospel called The Acts of the Apostles. It is the strange story about Dorcas or Tabitha who was a faithful disciple of Jesus. She tended to those in need all around her and was deeply loved. When she became ill, Peter was sent for. Dorcas had died, but Peter called upon her to rise: She did. This story reminds us that the post-Easter world is different from the pre-Easter world, in that death does not have the same dominion.

We knew we were going to have a small Sunday school class Sunday morning. Our very able teacher Fannie was going to be busy being a great-grandmother, so I filled in to do the lesson. Joy’s daughter came in from Houston and took her mom to Dallas for a fun Mother’s Day. We did have a wonderful surprise, though. Carolyn is back from her three- month stay in Pennsylvania! It was so nice to see her and hear her adventure in getting back to Texas. 

Our lesson once again came from Paul’s letter to the Romans, where he tried to explain what it meant to “live in the Spirit.” I shared a remembrance of a Paxton/Joaquin pastor from back in the 70s who believed that all sin came from selfishness. I have remembered that all these years, and I think he was right! Paul says there are two kinds of people—people who are selfish and people who live in the Spirit. 

We have two more nursing home ministries this month—but both dates fall week after next. One will be at Holiday and the other at Lakeside Assisted Living. Several of our regulars went to the funeral service for Morris Downey. We had been to Focused Care that Monday and Morris, one of the residents who loved southern gospel, helped run the program right along with us. We also heard that a friend, Tommie Methvin from Holiday, had died. We will certainly miss her big smile and kind ways. 

During the month of May we are collecting cans of fruit for Community Christian Services. Each month our church selects a “staple” that people will need and spend the month collecting whatever that item is. Then we take it to our friends at CCS. The folks there do such a wonderful service for the surrounding community. 

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. God’s Speed.

May 13, 2019 - Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.” (Psalm 1:1-3) 

For all that are blessed to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and to have God as their sword and their shield in times of trouble, rest assured in the security of his promise of eternal life with him.

For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.” (2 Corinthians 5:1)

As such we look forward to that day when we will stand, each one, before the judgement seat of Christ and be accepted into the kingdom of God in heaven.

For we must all appear before the judgement seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.” (2 Corinthians 5:10)

For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.” (2 Corinthians 5:14-15) 

What a glory awaits all who wait upon the Lord and do his will on earth…

The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgement, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; for the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.” (Psalm 1: 4-6) 

For all who have rejected the gift of salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ, a much different day is coming, a day of eternal punishment, a day of continual torment and suffering.

But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgement and destruction of the ungodly.” (2 Peter 3:7)

The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9) 

God does not condemn anyone to hell, no, they condemn themselves by their non-belief in Jesus Christ as Lord of all. God wishes that all should come and repent of their sin and accept Jesus as Lord, but, God will not force his love on anyone, that is for each to decide by his own free will, life or death, heaven of hell, all must decide one or the other.

But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.” (2 Peter 3:10)

Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:14-15) 

Only the names of those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior are written in the book of life! Is your name there? It can be if you simply turn from your wicked ways, and call upon him for forgiveness.

Come, accept Jesus as your Lord today, come and wait with us who have given ourselves to the Lord and have become children of the Most High God, come today.

But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.” (2 Peter 3:13)

Blessed be the name of our Lord…

May 13, 2019 - The Golden Harvest Ministries Club will meet Monday, May 20th, 2019 in the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church at 11:30am. Center Mayor David Chadwick will present the program about “The State of the City”.

Visitors are always welcome to join us for a delicious covered dish luncheon, a good program and time of fellowship.

May 7, 2019 - Everyone come sit on "The Porch" at Smyrna Baptist Church in Huxley on Monday, May 13, 2019. Guest speaker is Billy Weatherall, owner of Christ Fit Gym in Bossier City, Louisiana. Come hear his special message about how God moved a veteran from a place so dark he had a gun to his head to commit suicide to the place where today he ministers to children, teens and adults at the gym. Refreshments served at 6:30pm, and worship begins at 7pm. Awesome music leaders are Paul, Brittany, Bryan and Abigail. Everyone is invited to come and receive a blessing... Bring someone... Jesus loves you.