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.

November 16, 2015 - The 137th Church Anniversary for the Todd Spring Baptist Church will be on Sunday, November 22, 2015 at 2:30pm. Special guest will be Pastor Frankie Cooper and the Gates Chapel Baptist Church. Everyone is invited to attend.

Todd Spring Baptist Church is located on Highway 147 in Shelbyville, Texas.

November 16, 2015 - The Tenaha ISD Junior High and High School Beta Club presented the annual Veterans Day Program on November 11th. The students presented a brief history of the wars America has fought. The students also set up an Honor Table to symbolize the veterans who did not return home from duty.

The Roarin Band from Tiger Land showed their support to Veterans through their performance of the “Star Spangled Banner” and “Armed Forces on Parade.” Band member JR Wagstaff played Taps.

Tenaha Third grade class honored all Veterans by singing a song about the Constitution. The Tenaha Fourth graders expressed their gratitude to all Veterans with their performance of “Thank You Soldiers”. Tenaha Band Director, Mr. Rhett Pilcher, concluded the program with a beautiful rendition of “God Bless America.”

Tenaha ISD Veterans Day Program photos - Album1, Album2

November 16, 2015 - Join us for a Community Thanksgiving Worship and meal Sunday, November 22 at Shelbyville United Methodist Church. Worship begins at 5pm and the meal is following. Sponsoring churches: Shelbyville United Methodist Church, First Baptist Church Shelbyville, Short United Methodist Church, Toledo Bend Baptist Church "Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever." ~1 Chronicles 16:34

November 12, 2015 - The Lone Star Baptist Church located at 2509 Elizabeth Street in Nacogdoches will be celebrating 10 years of Pastoral Service for Rev. Scotty Bland with a 2 night celebration.

10-year Pre Anniversary celebration on Friday, November 20, 2015 at 7pm with Dr. Jeremiah Moss and the Life Church as the special guest and 10-year Pastoral Appreciation service on Sunday, November 22, 2015 at 3pm with Rev. A.L. Horton, Sr. and Reed Chapel Baptist Church of San Augustine Texas as the special guest.

Both services will be held at the Lone Star Baptist Church in Nacogdoches Texas. Everyone is invited to attend

Doug FincherNovember 03, 2015 - "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
When I enrolled in the East Texas Baptist College in 1953, I was a bit immature to take on any serious college schedule.  I enrolled with a 17-hours schedule, but my fascination with fishing on Marshall’s T&P Lake and squirrel hunting on Cypress Creek interfered with my classroom attendance.  Consequently I wound up with two F’s in my first semester.  When the Korean War broke out, I was drafted into the Army and flown to Fort Bliss, Texas. That two years  changed a lot of my habits and I returned to college a disciplined man.

Dean Thompson promised to remove the F’s from my transcript if I repeated the courses and passed them. I did repeat them and made good grades the second time around.  I didn’t see my grade transcript again until I agreed to teach Algebra during a teacher shortage in the mid-sixties. (I was Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Mauriceville, Texas at that time).  When Superintendent Miller showed me my college transcript¸ there they were: two big, fat F’s! They’d never been removed! I swore I would get it straightened out, but never did.

When I was a teenager, I walked into a tent revival in Center, Texas with a lot of F’s on my personal transcript.   Evangelist John Rawlings said that God would remove them if I confessed my sins and asked for forgiveness.  My life really changed when the burden of my sins was removed. They’re now cast “behind God’s back”, “buried in the depths of the sea and remembered against me no more forever”.  Unlike ETBC, God promised to take the F’s off my transcript… and did.

One day I’ll cross the Jordan into the Promised Land and The Lamb’s Book of Life will be opened. And when I see my transcript, by the grace of God…
 …the F’s will be gone.

150 Years to Celebrate, 150 Ways to Serve

November 6, 2015 - The First United Methodist Church (FUMC) of Center will commence a year-long celebration “150 Years to Celebrate, 150 Ways to Serve” in honor of their sesquicentennial anniversary beginning in January 2016. According to church records, FUMC was organized during the early part of the year 1866. The FUMC Anniversary Steering Committee announces a series of worship services and events to be held throughout 2016 to commemorate our church’s historic milestone including:

Sunday, January 31, 2016: 5th Sunday Worship Service & Lunch – Rev. Keefe Cropper delivering the sermon.
Sunday, April 24, 2016: Worship Service & Lunch – Rev. Carol Clifford Turner delivering the message.
Sunday, July 31, 2016: 5th Sunday Worship Service & Lunch – Dr. Wesley Welborn delivering the sermon.
Saturday, October 29 and Sunday, October 30, 2016: Celebration Weekend – Saturday will be a day of celebration with lunch at the church for members and former members. Sunday’s worship service will be delivered by Dr. Jerry Neff.

In addition, the FUMC Anniversary Steering Committee is requesting any vintage church photos from your family’s photograph albums, including the church building, weddings, Sunday School, choir, MYF, and other church-related holidays and events held at the First United Methodist Church in Center, Texas. Photographs can be scanned by Larry Hume at Chief Imaging located at 614 Tenaha Street, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or emailed directly to with the subject line “FUMC 150th Anniversary Celebration – Calendar 2016.” Please include your contact name, phone number, the year the photo was taken and any names of people shown in the photographs. The FUMC photograph collection deadline has been extended through Friday, November 13, 2015.

More information regarding FUMC’s 150th anniversary celebration will be announced as details become available. If you have any questions regarding the anniversary celebration, please contact Rev. Karen Jones at FUMC (936) 598-2707.

November 5, 2015 - The Shelby County Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. in the Shelby County Museum on Pecan Street. The guest speaker this month will be Mr. David Swanzy. He will speak to us about the Elusive Historical Facts that enhance Shelby County traditional history. Everyone is invited to attend.

First Baptist Church, Center, Texas
Sunday, November 29, 2015, 6:00 p.m.

November 6, 2015 - Keron Jackson is an outstanding singer with an unusual background, a man with a voice as big as his personality.  Of course, you’d have to either hear him or know him for that to make much sense.  Jackson is a gifted musician who has dedicated his life to serving God through his gifts and talents.

Through his vocal gift, Jackson has been transported to opera houses, national singing competitions, schools, and churches throughout the United States.  He has a powerful bass-baritone voice and a charisma that flavors his performances from opera and musical theater to spirituals, pop music, and gospel. Keron has performed the National Anthem at political events, including opening for Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum.  He mixes his God-given gift of song with a powerful personal testimony of God’s grace in venues such as The Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Baylor University Bible Conferences, Park Cities Baptist Church in Dallas and the Baptist General Convention of Texas Annual meetings in 2010 and 2012.

Jackson’s life experiences have greatly influenced his career.  He found himself homeless and helpless but God placed people in his life who loved him unconditionally, taught him about God’s grace, and encouraged him to use his talents to sing for God’s glory. With their help, he enrolled in Panola College in East Texas and later transferred to Baylor University as a music major.
“God has given me a voice to sing,” he says.  “I understand that it is a gift to be able to sing, and I’m thankful for it.”

There will be no charge for the concert, but a love offering will be taken to support Keron’s ministry.