Doug Fincher“Love one another with brotherly affection….” Romans 12:10

“The next best thing to being wise oneself is to live in a circle of those who are.” (C. S. Lewis)

December 2, 2015 -  I started to school in September of 1939. Twenty five little 6-year -olds met together and were enrolled in Mrs. Stanley’s First Grade Class. Many of us were “barefooted as yard dogs” but back then going barefoot was only a problem if you were used to wearing shoes. That First Grade Class became an extension to my family for the next twelve years.

I always looked forward to my day to dust the erasers, or lower the shades before the bell rang to go home. While Mary Eldred Jones, Steve Oates and I were at the board one day, I proudly wrote out the word, “VACATION” in large letters. Mrs. Stanley burst out, “Class, look at what Henry wrote!” “He can spell “vacation!” I got excited too…so much so that I wet my pants. As the whole class stared in amazement, Mrs. Stanley quietly said, “Henry, always raise your hand when you need to go to the basement.”

In 1949, I was sitting in Mrs. Stanton Menefee’s 11th grade History Class when Mary Eldred Jones whispered to me, “Henry, do you remember wetting your britches in the First Grade?” Totally surprised and embarrassed, I laughed…. “Yes…. but I spelled ‘VACATION’ too, didn’t I!”

That 1950 Graduation Class turned out to be one of Center High’s most diversified classes. Included in the graduates were M.D.’s, Educators, Engineers, Lawyers, Contractors, a Game Warden, an Opera singer, two pro football players, a NFL Referee, and a Baptist preacher.

A lot of water has run under the bridge since those days and most of our class has crossed the Jordan since our 50th Reunion. Now we have our best reunion of all to look forward to.

It’s the one that has no end.

December 3, 2015 - "God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son, whom He hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also He made the world's; who being the brightness of His glory, and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down by The right hand of the Majesty on high." (Hebrews 1:1-3)

Unlike many other books of the Bible, Hebrews has no introductory remarks or salutations to a church or individual. The writer was never revealed but the author is the Holy Spirit, as it is with all books of God's Word.

He tells us that God spoke all throughout the ages in many forms through the prophets to the fathers of men. Holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.

While the Bible was written over a span of 16 centuries by men of many walks of life, it carries a cohesiveness and a unity which allow for only one author, the Holy Spirit of God. All scripture communicates God's will, His commands, to humanity.

The writer of Hebrews affirms that the highest of all revelations is that of Christ. Verse 3; "Who being the brightness of His glory". Ambassadors can carry the message but no ambassador speaks with the same authority as the Cornerstone or Head of the church.

All that was spoken by the prophets before did testify about Christ. As the head of the church, the words of Christ are more important than those spoken about Him. Christ gave us, His followers, the words which the Father gave to Him. He is the living Word, so what He speaks are words of life to all who believe.

Christ is the eternal Son of God and God has appointed Him the heir of all things. By His power the world's were created. He is God manifested in the flesh, the Apostles beheld His glory, the glory of the only begotten Son of God, full of grace and truth.

The writer of Hebrews reveals that God speaks through the Son in these last days (verse 2). We must say that all scripture is given by inspiration of God and that all of it is profitable when rightly divided. Paul tells us in (II Timothy 3:16) "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness."

Saying we should use the Word of God to determine; what we believe, to contend for the faith in Christ, to correct wrongs by us and others, and to instruct or teach others in God's Word so they will not be deceived by the devil.

The Word of God is eternal; It shall never pass away, these are the words spoken by Jesus through Matthew. (Matthew 24:35) "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My Words shall not pass away."

Christ came to purge our sins and in doing so reconciled the world to Him. Christ came to give Hs life as a ransom for the sins of all people for all times. He tasted death for each and every one of us.

His blood cleanses from all sins, but one must exercise faith in that atoning blood in order to be saved.

Christ arose a victor over death, He defeated Satan, death and the grave and He now lives forevermore and is seated at the right hand of the Father where He intercedes for all who have come to the Father through Him.

Praise the Lord Jesus, praise Him, praise Him...

Please join us every Wednesday evening at 6:00PM for the study of God's Word at Spring Hill Baptist Church. Call 936-615-1427 for more information or directions to the church.

Submitted by Mike Mills, Spring Hill Church

December 3, 2015 - St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church of Center will be sponsoring a garage sale this Saturday, December 5th at 7:30am at the residence of Kenneth & Tomeka Moody. It is located 7 miles down Hwy 87N (like headed to Timpson-- across the street from the blue shavings/saw mill facility-- we will be on the right side of hwy). Signs will be posted. We are asking all to come out, purchase items, & support our youth department! Thanks in advance!!

Shelbyville, Short United Methodist Churches

December 2, 2015 - We are excited about our Advent worship series this year. Advent is a time we take, these 27 days before Christmas to prepare our hearts and lives for the coming of the Christ child into the world. This is also a time we remember to anticipate Christ's return.

Shelbyville and Short United Methodist Churches invite you to join us for this worship series as we prepare our lives for the true meaning of Christmas. Visit our worship website (www.ShelbyvilleUMCWorship.weebly.com) for past sermons, live stream each Sunday at 11:00am, and daily devotionals. Be sure to follow our Facebook page (Shelbyville United Methodist Church).

Sunday Worship:
9:00am - Short United Methodist Church
11:00am - Shelbyville United Methodist Church (also live streamed: www.ShelbyvilleUMCWorship.weebly.com

The Christmas season is a busy time. We can get so involved and busy with the "big event" on Christmas Day that we do not take the time to fully prepare our hearts to the coming and return of Jesus Christ.

​"The Way: Preparing Our Hearts and Lives for Christ"
Nov 29: "Are You Ready" (Luke 21:25-36)
Dec 6: "Open Heart for God's Word" (Luke 3:1-6)
Dec 13: "Responding" (Luke 3:7-18) - at Short UMC
Dec 13: Choir Christmas Cantata at Shelbyville UMC (Philippians 4:4-7; Luke 3:7-18)
Dec 20: "Salvation" (Luke 1:47-55)
Dec 24: "Light In The Night" (Isaiah 9:2-7; Luke 2:1-20)

Christmas Eve candlelight worship is Thursday, December 24 at 6:00pm at Shelbyville United Methodist Church.

In Christ,
Pastor Ryan Stratton

December 1, 2015 - The Mass Choir rehearsal for the upcoming Winter Musical will be held Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at the Tenaha High School Cafeteria. All choir member please be there at 6:30pm. Thank you and God bless.

December 1, 2015 - The Center Frist United Methodist Church will host Sacred Sounds of the Season Thursday, December 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the church sanctuary. musicians, singers, and liturgical dancers from community churches will share their talents in honor of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. Everyone is invited to attend this special program that is sure to get you in the holiday spirit of this holy season. The Center First United Methodist church is located at 211 Porter Street in Center.

November 30, 2015 - Delta Gamma chapter members are women educators from Sabine, San Augustine and Shelby counties. They would like to extend an invitation to everyone to attend their meeting on Monday, December 14 at Tenaha First Baptist Church at 6:00 p.m. Come enjoy Christmas music as you are entertained by three Celtic harps and five cellos played by ensembles from Project String Power, Inc. Afterwards you will have the opportunity

November 27, 2015 - Joaquin First United Methodist welcomes Broken Vessels in concert on Sunday, November 29, 2015 at 6:30pm. Everyone one is invited to attend. No tickets required. Follow Broken Vessels on Facebook.

Joaquin First United Methodist church is located at 105 Faulkville Road, Joaquin, Texas.

Pastor Robert Ortigo

November 24, 2015 - Shelbyville, Short United Methodist Churches

The Christmas season is a busy time. We can get so involved and busy with the "big event" on Christmas Day that we do not take the time to fully prepare our hearts to the coming and return of Jesus Christ.

Join us this season to engage our hearts to fully experience Christmas and celebrate Jesus coming into the world and his return.

"THE WAY: Preparing our Hearts and Lives for Jesus Christ"
Nov 29: "Are You Ready" (Jeremiah 33:14-16; Luke 21:25-36)
Dec 6: "Open Heart for God's Word" (Malachi 3:1-4; Luke 3:1-6)
Dec 13: Choir Christmas Cantata
Dec 20: "Salvation" (MIcah 5:2-5; Luke 1:47-55)

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at Shelbyville UMC
December 24th at 6:00pm: "Light In The Night" (Isaiah 9:2-7; Luke 2:1-20)

Bible Study:

Not a Silent Night: Imagine Jesus from Mary’s point of view—proud of her son, in awe of his gifts and mission, guided by love for him as a person and so much more. In this book, Adam Hamilton begins at the end, with Mary at the crucifixion and resurrection; travels back in time as she witnesses his life and ministry; and ends at the beginning, with the Christ child born in a stable, Mary’s beautiful baby. This year, experience Advent and Christmas with Mary.

The four sessions are:
1. Beginning with the End
2. The Piercing of Mary’s Soul
3. Amazed, Astounded, and Astonished
4. Mary, Full of Grace
5. It Was Not a Silent Night (devotional for Christmas)

Held at Shelbyville UMC beginning November 29
Sunday evenings 5:00pm in the parsonage
Tuesday mornings 10:00am in the Fellowship Hall
$11 donation for the book

November 17, 2015 - Mt. Zion Annual Usher Day Program will be Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 6pm Rev. Marlin Cloudy, Sr. and the Abundant Love Ministries Church are the special guest. Rev. Robert Gipson, Pastor. Anita Williams, Usher President.

Pages