July 17, 2019 - Supplicating Women’s Prayer Conference 2019 ~ The GATHERING, slated on Saturday, July 20th at the John D. Windham Civic Center.

Recently added to the illustrious platform of speakers will be Janet Kasper from the Office of the Governor Greg Abbott. She is the East Texas Regional Administrator of the Child Sex Trafficking Team.

She will make a presentation on Governor Abbott’s initiative to address child sex trafficking across the state of Texas.

The conference is designed to serve the women attendees holistically through Bible teaching, corporate prayer and exhortation. The conference will also provide viable information and resources as helps and tools to empower.

Other speakers are Dr. Cathy Moffitt of Heartfelt International Ministries, Dallas, Texas, Elder Tou U. Whittington of The Potter’s House Church, Dallas, Texas and TouUCommunications and Marketing Firm, and Karla Osayi, Pastor of Temple of Praise Church, Houston, Texas.

Elder Cassandra Bering, conference host, visionary and founder/CEO of Cassandra Bering Ministries, Inc. will be the keynote speaker. 

Cassandra is a native of Tenaha, Texas and now resides in Fort Worth, Texas. She has been in ministry for seventeen years. She holds a Masters of Divinity from Texas Christian University Brite Divinity School and is in her second year of the Doctor of Ministry Program at Regent University. She is passionate about the empowerment and uplifting of all people, especially hurting people through leadership training, prayer, education, preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ using the prophetic voice of advocacy through social justice.

There is a $25 registration fee which includes continental breakfast. Register at www.cassandrabering.org.

July 16, 2019 - Mount Calvary Full Gospel Church has rescheduled their Gospel Singings to every last Sunday of the month. In the month of July, the Gospel Singing will be held on Sunday, July 28, 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

July 16, 2019 - Supplicating Women’s Prayer Conference 2019: The Gathering, slated on Saturday, July 20th at the John D. Windham Civic Center.

Recently added to the illustrious platform of speakers will be Janet Kasper from the Office of the Governor Greg Abbott. She is the East Texas Regional Administrator of the Child Sex Trafficking Team.

She will make a presentation on Governor Abbott’s initiative to address child sex trafficking across the state of Texas.

The conference is designed to serve the women attendees holistically through Bible teaching, corporate prayer and exhortation. The conference will also provide viable information and resources as helps and tools to empower.

Other speakers are Dr. Cathy Moffitt of Heartfelt International Ministries, Dallas, Texas, Elder Tou U. Whittington of The Potter’s House Church, Dallas, Texas and TouUCommunications and Marketing Firm, and Karla Osayi, Pastor of Temple of Praise Church, Houston, Texas.

Elder Cassandra Bering, conference host, visionary and founder/CEO of Cassandra Bering Ministries, Inc. will be the keynote speaker. Cassandra is a native of Tenaha, Texas and now resides in Fort Worth, Texas. She has been in ministry for seventeen years. She holds a Masters of Divinity from Texas Christian University Brite Divinity School and is in her second year of the Doctor of Ministry Program at Regent University. She is passionate about the empowerment and uplifting of all people, especially hurting people through leadership training, prayer, education, preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ using the prophetic voice of advocacy through social justice.

There is a $25 registration fee which includes continental breakfast. Registration starts at 8 am or you can register at www.cassandrabering.org.

July 15, 2019 - Love and peace from our brother Jesus. We are in the midst of Ordinary Time, and unfortunately, as I start writing my article for next week, Barry is churning in the Gulf.  Saturday morning I took my puppies and our granddog to the park.  It wasn’t nearly as hot as it had been all week, and there was a gusty wind blowing. I sure feel for those on the coast and hope people stay as safe as they can—but I’m enjoying the scraps of the storm we’re getting. 

The title of our Sunday school lesson was “Jesus Teaches Us to Love One Another,” but the scripture from Matthew 5 sounded harsh to our modern ears. Our author also spent quite a bit of time talking about human brokenness. Toward the end of the lesson, the author reminded us that God has a one-item agenda: reconciliation, AKA learning to care for each other. 

My sermon was based on the Gospel Lesson in which Jesus tells of the Good Samaritan.  I titled my sermon, “The God Rule,” which is to love God completely and to love our neighbors as ourselves. In today’s Gospel, Jesus makes quite sure that his listeners understand that everyone on God’s earth is our neighbor. 

We had a small crowd this morning, but we all had a good time visiting.  Joe and Hilda kept our music going. Sue, our liturgist, led us in our Psalter Lesson, affirmation, and the Gospel Lesson. Our announcements reminded us that Tuesday at 2PM is our Holiday Nursing Home ministry. Also, July is our month for collecting cans of spaghetti and ravioli to donate to Community Christian Services in Joaquin.

Sue told us of seeing Pastor Jody, whose church is home to Community Christian Services.  He said how much he enjoys seeing the many volunteers—from other churches and many areas of life—working so well together.  But something else has been happening to give him additional joy: Those who are the clients of CCS have often become its volunteers as well.  Our church is so happy to help in some small way with this worthy effort.

Our worship time is 10:00 AM; we would love to have you come to worship with us. I know how very busy everyone is: Our early meeting time enables you to move on to family get-togethers or jobs afterward. Not to mention naps, which my wife says are best on Sunday afternoon.  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 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.

July 15, 2019 - As we were growing up in the 40s, just about every boy between six and 10 years of age owned a sling shot. Even if we’d had money, we’d still have to build our own since they weren’t sold in stores My brothers (Bill, John, Joe) and I usually made our stocks from the forked limbs of willow trees. The rubber bands were made from the pure red rubber inner tubes not the post WWII black synthetic ones. When Mother saw that her hair-cutting scissors were dull, she’d say, “You boys been cutting inner tubes with my scissors?” 

There were no self-serve service stations back then and Johnny Johnson at his Service Station near the Center, Texas square usually gave us a used worn-out red inner tube. The used tubes were usually covered with “hot patches” which were a record of the many holes they’d sealed. A two-stock cut from a willow limb and bands cut from the best rubber deserved the best “flap” to hold our ammo. This was also free. Since garbage pick-up was almost unknown, there were many small dumps nearby. The Mill Creek dump was our happy hunting ground for old thrown-away leather shoes… and shoe tongues made perfect sling shot flaps. 

Our ammo was also free. Mr. Weaver had a building supply store in East Center near the tracks. We would climb his big pile of rocks and fill our Sledge overalls with the smoothest ones. Old cast iron stoves could be easily broken by a hammer to make excellent sling shot ammo. Varmints like snakes and turtles were some of the many things to fear when the Fincher boys were on a “Sling-Shot Hunt.” I don’t know how Mother kept up with us ten kids…

… with half of us exploring every day with our sling shots.

July 15, 2019 - God created the first man, Adam, and placed him in the Garden of Eden. A paradise on earth, a place of utmost beauty, rich in all the things which man could ever need in his lifetime.

God gave Adam a wife, a woman named Eve which He created from one rib taken from Adam’s body that she might be made from man and called woman.

God gave Adam and Eve only one rule, one command other than to live in and tend the garden, that was not to eat from the tree that grew in the center of the garden, the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

Adam and Eve broke this one rule and God cast them out of the garden, forever, and told them that they would live in suffering, no longer in God’s paradise but in an imperfect world made imperfect by their own failure to obey God’s law.

I want to tell you today of two men, the first man, Adam, made from the dust of the earth and the last man, Adam, Jesus Christ, a living spirit.

The first man Adam became a living being; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit.” (1 Corinthians 15:45)

The first man Adam created by God from the dust of the earth, his life blown into him by God, the breath of life from the creator.

But it is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual. The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven.” (1 Corinthians 15:46-47) 

Jesus was not created from dust but was as God, a spirit being, he was created in flesh when God implanted his seed into Mary and created the Christ child, the body of Jesus on earth. Sent to be the Savior of the earth, of all who would believe and obey.

As was the man of dust, so also are those who are of the dust, as is the man of heaven, so also are those who are of heaven. Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.” (1 Corinthians 15:48-49)

All men are created, in their mother’s womb by God from the earth, all are of the dust as was the first man Adam. 

When one accepts Jesus Christ as Lord and is saved from all sin, he dies to the world and is resurrected in Christ Jesus, to then bear the image of the Savior. 

This is true for flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of heaven. Those of us who have accepted Jesus as our Lord will be raised on the day of the rapture of the church to be forever with our Lord.

I tell you this, brothers; flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.” (1 Corinthians 15:50) 

And then He speaks to the saved. 

Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:51-57) 

If you don’t know Jesus as your Lord and Savior won’t you accept Him today. 

Accept Him as Lord and be forever saved from the penalties of sin, forever at home with Him in heaven.

Time grows shorter each day and no one knows the day nor the hour that the Lord will return for his own, for his church. 

Prepare today for his coming for when He comes it is too late and your fate is sealed. Accept Him today and know his joy and peace, even while you live here on earth. 

May his blessings be upon you this day and forever…

July 12, 2019 - Mt. Zion C.M.E. is hosting a 1st Appreciation Service for Rev.  Richard Edwards and First Lady Sharren Edwards at 3pm on Sunday, July 21, 2019.

Guest speaker is Rev. Billy E. Gardner from Sweet Union Baptist Church, Garrison, TX.

Morning Worship is at 11am with guest speaker Presiding Elder Milton Proctor. 

Rev. Richard Edwards ~ Pastor
Rev. Milton Proctor ~ Presiding Elder
Rev. Lawrence L. Reddick, III ~ Presiding Prelate

July 10, 2019 - Sometimes, I read things that are just too good not to pass along. I don’t recall where this came from, but it needs to be shared.

It seems that the preacher had just concluded a hot and scathing sermon on the sin of swearing. He had stated several times that he knew that one of his hearers was guilty.

The Services ended. The worshippers one by one filed out the door. The first to go was a woman never suspected of using foul language. With a red and angry face she exclaimed, “I’ll never darken this door again!” Before the astonished preacher could recover from the blast, another said, “Well preacher, if I had known you were near last week, I would have been more careful.” A third said, “I think that you might at least have come to me privately about it, rather than telling it to the whole church.” A fourth remarked, “I was never so embarrassed in all my life.”

Then came the real culprit – the one at whom the preacher had aimed all his remarks. With a bland and innocent smile, he grasped the hand of the preacher and said, “Brother, that was what I call a real sermon. You certainly did pour it on them today.”

Sadly, I have met that individual more than once over the past 50 years of preaching.
    

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, Texa

July 10, 2019 - A young girls conference, 'Destined 2019 - I'm So Worth It!,' will be held July 26th and 27th at the Pineywoods Outreach Ministries. The conference is for girls ages 4 through 18 and includes topics: purity, empowerment, etiquette training, and effective prayer. There will be a special tea party for ages 4-7 and lunch will be served Saturday at noon. For more information or to register, contact Evette Netherly at 936-488-2898. Pineywoods Outreach Ministries is located at 255 Haley Drive, Center, Texas 75935.

July 10, 2019 - Love and peace from our brother Jesus. We are in the midst of Ordinary Time, and it sure feels like an ordinary Texas summer. We have had a wetter and milder summer until the last week or so—but here come the heat and humidity! I am watering every day; even with this effort, some of my perennials just wilt under the heat of the sun. I would say I am not really complaining—but I am!

It is hard to believe that we are in July, I hope everyone had an enjoyable Fourth. There were plenty of fireworks around where we live, so my dogs were not happy.  They must think people do strange things in the name of entertainment.  We celebrated Communion, as Sunday was the first Sunday of the month. We also started collecting cans of spaghetti and ravioli for Community Christian Services.  This last week, I took a back seat full of paper towels and toilet paper to CCS along with a couple of checks.  We at Paxton Methodist are really pleased to do our little part for this great ministry. 

We had a really good Sunday school lesson, “Jesus Teaches About Fulfilling the Law.” The scripture came from Matthew 3, where Jesus talks about people needing to be the salt of the earth. Our lesson showed us just how important salt was to ancient people. This was also another reminder that the great rabbis or teachers said that the greatest law was to love God and to love our neighbors. 

We had a nice crowd for Paxton Methodist. Liz and Evie joined us—so nice to see them.  Evie is such a grown up!  Joe wasn’t here this morning, and we hope he is feeling better. Gene selected our songs and served as song leader.  Liz sure makes our congregational singing sound really good.  We always appreciate Hilda coming to Paxton to play the piano (hearing a second sermon in the process), The sermon scripture was the Epistle Lesson found in Galatians 6: 7-10. Paul tells the Jesus followers to never get tired of doing what is good. Later, John Wesley urged his followers to do all the good they can in all places they can. 

Last week was our monthly ministry to Focused Care, and did we have a crowd! Sue and I found ourselves in the middle of a heavy rain on the way; when we arrived, they were already singing “Count Your Blessings.” Note to self: Heavy rain, good.  Hilda was a lively presence on the piano and later in the program did a solo of “Beulah Land.” I emceed, telling anecdotes between songs, including our family’s struggle to understand “English” when we were in Scotland. In honor of the Fourth of July, we sang several patriotic songs, and Theresa passed flags out to all in attendance. Fannie also read some patriotic pieces for this special time of the year. Jo read a cute little poem called “Don’t Worry,” and Sue did The Cafeteria Lady from the Black Lagoon, part of a humorous kids’ series, Nora graced us with “It Is No Secret What God Can Do” and followed with the short song on the facing page. We’ve gotten used to having Margie helping us out even when we’re not at Lakeside, and she was front and center at Focused Care. She says it’s Mrs. Hilda’s influence (which is likely why we’re all there). We had a newcomer last week: Pastor Sarah joined us, even though she had just moved in the day before! She introduced herself with a little biography and lots of feel-good. We finished with our usual “God Be with You ‘Til We Meet Again” and the benediction.

Our worship time is 10am; we would love to have you come to worship with us. I know how very busy everyone is: Our early meeting time enables you to move on to family get-togethers or jobs afterward.  Not to mention naps, which my wife says are best on Sunday afternoon. 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 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.

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