October 5, 2015 - “Eutychus fell out the window because of Paul’s long sermon…”Acts 20:9

In the late fifties while I was a student at ETBU in Marshall, Texas I was asked to preach at The Bonaldo Baptist Church in Nacogdoches County.  The church was composed of the descendants of the early Spanish settlers…the Acostas, Molandes,

Ariolas..    The Bonaldo Creek and The Loco Creek ran near this community and into the Angelina River.  The church decided to name their church after one them and wisely chose The Bonaldo.
Both the log parsonage and the outhouse were inhabited by large wood rats and long chicken snakes. And the ancient well was partially filled with an accumulation of armadillo hulls,  tin cans and years of dinner- on- the- ground left-overs.When I arrived for my appointment that first Sunday, Deacon Vick Ariola introduced me to his seven Molandes cousins and their families who made up the majority of the membership. He advised me, “Now preacher, we got a bird nesting under the pulpit…

and we don’t want them eggs to git cold”.Sure enough, as I approached the pulpit, a wren fluttered from her nest under the

pulpit and sailed out through a missing window pane.  I don’t remember what my sermon subject was that day, but I do remember that I didn’t let those eggs get cold!
I was pastor of the church for two years and they never replaced the window pane.  They must have figured keeping out the elements was not as important as keeping out long-winded preachers!

October 5, 2015 - Grace and peace from our brother, Jesus.  Sunday was the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time.  Sunday was also World Communion Sunday.  It is a good feeling knowing that you and 1.5 billion Christians around the world were partaking of Holy Communion.  

Our Gathering Words was the Litany for World Communion Sunday.  Our Affirmation of Faith was The Apostles’ Creed and our responds to the affirmation was the Gloria Patri.  The Psalter Lesson was Psalm 25: 1-5.  The Gospel Lesson was Mark 10: 13

-16 and Jesus’ words centered on children.  Because we know so little of Jesus’ life we often have to read between the lines.  But I feel safe in saying that Jesus love children and that they loved him.  My sermon tried to imagine how Jesus would interact with children as well as those who followed him to hear his wisdom. As I said we celebrated Holy Communion.  John Wesley believed that Communion could be a means of grace and so the table is open to all.  This month we are collecting peanut butter and jelly for Christian Services.  Next Sunday we will a Gideon come and give us an update on their work.  Paxton UMC has had several

members who were Gideons and I know that Fannie is still active with this group.  Our church also contributes each year to the Gideons.
We were in double digits this morning.  Lillie, Liz, and Mike were up from Houston this weekend and joined us for church.  It is always so great to see them.  Larry came this morning to worship with us.  Paxton is so small that we get really excited when folks

we haven’t seen in awhile come and join us.  Joe was back this morning and led us in our singing.  Ms. Hilda is so faithful to come to Paxton and play the piano for us.
“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 9:15 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!


October 2, 2015 - October 26-28 - Youth Revival at 7:30pm each night

Monday, October 26th
Pastor Charleston Johnson
Tuesday, October 27th
Pastor Jeremy Moore
Wednesday, October 28th
Pastor Rayford Carraway

September 30, 2015 - St. Therese Catholic Church will conclude a several month remodeling project with a special re dedication service and solemn blessing on Sunday, October 4th at 11:00am. St. Therese was built and dedicated in its current location on upper Arcadia road in 1983. Since this time, our parish has grown tremendously and has not been updated or remodeled in 32 years. With this remodel, we have all new ceiling, flooring, pews and many other updates.

The Catholic Church has greatly evolved in Shelby County over the years. There are reports of Catholics here in the Seventeenth Century but the church was not formally established in Shelby count until 1951. Church of the Divine Infant Catholic Church in Nacogdoches and was served by a part-time priest.

Today, our parish is served by a full time priest with a mission in Timpson under his jurisdiction.

Most reverend Bishop Joseph Strickland from the Tyler Diocese will be at St. Therese Church on Sunday, October 4th for the re dedication and solemn blessing. A reception is planned afterwords and everyone is invited.


September 30, 2015 - Triumph the Church and Kingdom of God on Christ in San Augustine, Texas is having a 1st Pastoral Annivesary Celebration for Elder Willis LaKendrick Bluford on Sunday, October 11, 2015 at 3pm with Apostle W. E. Nash Jr. as guest speaker.

September 30, 2015 - Come celebrate with us! We, the members of the St. John Missionary Baptist Church, will be celebrating our 126th Church Anniversary Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 2:30pm. Special guest speaker will be Rev. Jeremy Moore, pastor of Friendship Baptisit Church. The theme will be building upon the foundation of God scripture : 1 Corinthians 3:10. St. John Missionary Baptist Church is located in Center, TX, and can be reached at 936-598-4769.

September 30, 2015 - The year 2016 marks the 150th Anniversary of the First United Methodist Church, Center, Texas. If anyone has historical photos, documents, newspaper clippings, 8 mm home movies, video, 35 mm slides, etc. they would like to share with us please bring them by Chief Imaging, 614 Tenaha Street. Most items can be scanned on the spot and you will not have to leave them.

We look forward to your help in bringing the history of the church to life. Billy Sue Payne is the Anniversary Chairman.


September 28, 2015 - Short United Methodist Church will be hosting its annual Homecoming, Sunday, October 11, 2015. Lunch will be served at 12:00noon with an afternoon singing to follow. The "Shelby County Singers" will be conducting the singing with other local singers. Please come on out for a day of good food and fellowship.

September 25, 2015 - 2015 Praise will be held on Saturday, October 17, 2015 on the Center Courthouse Square! There will be gospel singing, games for all ages, silent auctions, 42 tournament, and so much more! The event starts at 10am and ends at 8pm.

There will be all kinds of entertainment from bouncy houses to 42 tournaments. A family friendly event full of vendors, games, food and most importantly worshiping God.

Vendor booths are available. Please contact Shelby County Outreach Ministries, Inc. for additional information on becoming a vendor. Hours of operation are Monday to Friday, 9am until 2pm. Phone number is 936-598-6990.

"Let all the nations praise Him.”

September 25, 2015 - House of Refuge Apostolic Ministries at 215 Church St. Center, TX would like to invite you to our Pastor and Wife anniversary honoring Apostle William and Pearl Nash at 4pm on Sunday, October 4, 2015. Our guest speaker will be Apostle Alan Coleman from Athens, Texas.