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.

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.