December 23, 2015 - St. John Missionary Baptist Church Family will be Celebrating the New Year In with “Night Watch Service” on December 31st at 9:45pm. Service will be held at St. John Baptist Church in Center, 2308 CR 2050, with Rev. Winston Kibbles Sr., Pastor.

Special guests are Rev. Alvin Davis and Open Door Baptist Church of Center, TX and Rev. Jeremy Moore and Friendship Baptist Church of Bobo, TX.

We are asking All that can, please come and join us as we celebrate the old and bring in the New Year worshipping, praising, and giving thanks to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

December 22, 2015 - Wallace Chapel Baptist Church announces their 2016 Church Calendar. Wallace Chapel Baptist Church is lead by Pastor Derrick Rhodes and First Lady Shaneeta Rhodes. "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." - Romans 8:28

January 23 - Musician Appreciation Day 7:30 p.m.
February 7 - Sunday School and Usher Day Program 2:30 p.m.
March 13 - Pastor and Wife's Appreciation Day 3:00 p.m.
April 3 - Family and Friends Day 2:30 p.m.
May 15 - Men and Women Day 2:30 p.m.
July 3 - Homecoming 12:00 Noon
July 5 - Annual Revival 7:30 p.m. Nightly
July 6 - Annual Revival 7:30 p.m. Nightly
July 7 - Annual Revival 7:30 p.m. Nightly
September 4 - Church Anniversary 3:00 p.m.
October 26 - Youth Revival 7:30 p.m. Nightly
October 27 - Youth Revival 7:30 p.m. Nightly
October 28 - Youth Revival 7:30 p.m. Nightly

December 21, 2015 - The community of Saint Therese and Saint Mary of the Epiphany Mission wish you a Merry Christmas! Christmass at the Vigil Mass (La Avoided - Misa Vespertina De La Vigilia) will be held December 24th at 4:00PM at St. Mary of Epiphany in English, 6:00PM at St. Mary of Epiphany in Spanish and 8:00PM at St. Therese in Spanish. Christmass Day (La Navidad) will take place December 25th at 10:30AM at St. Therese - Center in English and 12:30PM at St. Therese - Center in Spanish. New Year (Nuevo Ano) 2016 will be held December 31st at 4:00PM at St. Mary of Epiphany in English, 6:00PM at St. Mary of Epiphany in Spanish, 5:00PM St. Therese - Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and 8:00PM St. Therese in Spanish. Solemnity (Solemnidad) The Blessed Virgin Mary, The Mother of God (Santa Maria, Madre De Dios) will be held January 1, 2016 10:30AM at St. Therese - Center in English and 12:30PM at St. Therese - Center in Spanish.

Doug FincherDecember 7, 2015 - In 1962 I moved to Starks, Louisiana a small one- street town in Calcasieu Parish composed of two grocery stores, a post office, a school, and two churches. I was the new Pastor of the First Baptist Church and was asked on my first day to visit Ernest Bachelor, a retired business man. My visit with him revealed that he knew the history of the Starks as no one else and along with a wealth of other information, he told me about Bearhead Creek. “Folks around here fish mainly around Big Island and the Sabine River sloughs” he said. “But Bearhead Creek is where the fish are”.

Early one morning I grabbed my spinning rig with several spinner baits and drove to the Creek Bridge. Sliding down the slick banks, I reeled in a bass on my first cast and within moments had strung up six “keepers”. Crawling under a nearby fence, I fought through the thick underbrush to one hole after another and caught fish in them all. But I found more than fish that day. Water moccasins were suddenly everywhere…on logs… swimming in the water… and dropping from overhanging bushes. I stepped on one coiled up in the trail. I staked my fish out on tree branches as I fished down the creek and when I picked them up on the way back many had been eaten by the snakes abd turtles.

So I returned home with a stringer of fish and some mixed emotions. I knew I’d have to be better prepared on my next trip. From that day on, I always took my.22 Colt revolver and a can of “Off” mosquito dope with me. And in time, shooting snakes became almost as much fun as catching fish.

Several school teachers were curious about my fishing place and I finally told teachers Charles Simmons and Paul Gageneaux and they promised to keep it a secret. The following Saturday morning they drove to the creek, fished all day, and returned home with one goggle-eyed perch. To this day they think I led them on a wild goose chase. I eventually told my brother Joe who promised he’d never tell. But several weeks later, I met him with two of his DuPont co-workers leaving the creek with a considerable string of fish.

I also told my friend Phil Williams about the creek. When I later moved to pastor a church in Amarillo, he called: “Doug, my cousin Billy Bob wants to know if you’d let me take him fishing on Bearhead.” “Phil”, I laughed. “I don’t own that creek any more than you do”. “I know”, he replied. “But I promised you I’d never tell”. He called me after their trip and said that when Billy Bob saw a moccasin slide into the water, they left and never wet a hook.

I grew up fishing on beautiful Mill Creek near my hometown of Center, Texas… and hardly ever saw a snake. But if I got hungry and needed something to eat, I wouldn’t go to Mill Creek. I’d grab my fishing rig, jump in my truck …..

…and wouldn’t stop till I got to Bearhead.

December 21, 2015 - “I will remember the wonders of old….” Psalms 77:11

My brother Joe and I talked on the phone from 9:00 P.M. to 12:05 A.M.(!) this morning. Our conversation was mostly about the memories of our childhood Christmases. After cutting a pine tree (one year a holly), we made our ornaments from Crayola-colored rings stuck together with water and flour glue. None of us ever saw or ate an apple, an orange or an English walnut until Christmas every year.

On Christmas Eve, we lay whispering in bed till daylight. When Mother and Daddy called us, we ran to the fireplace, warmed and opened our presents. A cap pistol with several rolls of caps was for many years our Christmas toy and we each got an apple and an orange. I was so proud of my English walnuts one year that I hid one on a window ledge and enjoyed it several weeks later.

Even thinking about the smell of fruit, fresh pine needles and smoking cap pistols can still bring tears to my eyes. We were unbelievably happy with so little and were truly a rich poor family. And even though those days are forever past, time hasn’t destroyed the happiness of them.
The memories live on.

December 21, 2015 - You're invited to join us Thursday, December 24 at Shelbyville United Methodist Church for our Candlelight Christmas Eve Worship beginning at 6:00pm. Our scripture focus will be Isaiah 9:2-7 and Luke 2:1-20 and the message is "Light in the Night."

December 19, 2015 - Jackson Baptist Church presents Christmas Musical "Christ Is The Beginning Of Christmas" Sunday, December 20th, at 6pm


December 19, 2015 - Rose of Sharon a Christmas Play presented by Joaquin First United Methodist Church will be Saturday and Sunday, December 19th and 20th starting at 6pm nightly. Everyone is invited. Refreshments including Christmas Cookies will be served after the play. Bring a friend and celebrate Christmas with us.

December 17, 2015 - Clara Murphy's Christmas Piano Recital was held at First Baptist Church San Augustine on December 15, 2015. Performing in the recital were (Photo from left, back row) LeAndra Wilson, Hannah Fountain, Rebecca Bullock, Cesily Hilton, Mason McGowan, Peyton Stephens, Zach Bennett (middle row) Sayde Miller, Raven Jenkins, Jalyn Mosley, Clara Murphy - teacher, (front row) Zoe McKinney, Lake Blackwell, Justine Magdalene Chavez, Bethany Dorsey, and Kailey Sowell.

December 14, 2015 - Annual Christmas Musical "Sounds Of The Season" will be held Sunday, December 20th at 4p.m. Join us as we celebrate the birth of our Saviour in song and dance, with bells and puppets. "For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given". Pastor Robert Gipson.