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 ( 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:

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.

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