June 1, 2016 - Cave Quest VBS at Joaquin First Baptist Church, Monday, June 6th - Friday, June 10, from 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM. Ages Pre-K through 6th Grade. 

May 31, 2016 - Timpson Missionary Baptist Church, Hwy 59S,Timpson, Texas is hosting Vacation Bible School "Heroes of Faith". Come out each night from 5:30-7:30 to learn how the Biblical heroes can help us to be heroes of faith in our daily lives!  Kids ages Pre-K - 6! Wear your favorite hero shirt! May 30, 2016 - June 3, 2016. Hope to see you there!!

Submitted by Janet Yarborough

May 31, 2016 - First Pentecostal Church of Joaquin would like to welcome all children ranging from 3 to 11 years old to their Vacation Bible School. VBS starts June 10th and will run through the 12th, each evening from 6:00-8:30 p.m. First Pentecostal Church of Joaquin is located at 11113 St. Hwy 7 East Joaquin, TX. Bring you children and let them experience “Pets Unleashed Where Jesus Cares For You”! There will be bible stories, skits, crafts and more. Loads of fun for the children! Pre-register starts at 5:30 p.m. Or call 936-572-8233 to register now.

May 31, 2016 - Hillcrest Baptist Church at 901 Southview Circle would like to invite the community children to come out and enjoy their "Submerged" Vacation Bible School! VBS will be from June 13th to the 17th, each evening from 6:00pm to 8:30pm. 

May 31, 2016 - The steadfast hope of God's children, the hope of the return of the Lord to earth, that He will return for us. (Hebrews 6:17-20)

Our duty is to be ready when He comes for us during the Rapture and we will then be with Him, our Lord, during the Kingdom age as He reigns in His new temple in Jerusalem.

Without this steadfast hope there would be no reason to live, no reason to persevere through this cruel and wicked world. But we do have the assurance of His counsel, His oath that He will indeed return for us as He has promised.

Our text helps to understand God's promise; "Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise, the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath," (Heb. 6:17)

He shows us that He does not change (immutable or immutability) nor does He lie. 

God made the covenant with Abraham, in it God made both a promise and an oath and His covenant is as true and sure today as it was the day He made it, on that we can rest assured.

"This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, and both sure and steadfast". (Heb. 6:19) 

How can we doubt His word, how could we, for even one minute doubt His return, God's Word gives us stability, it gives us security.

You know the Bible never tells us to worry, or to doubt, or to fear; but it does tell us over and over to "trust in the Lord" and to have no fear, for He is with us, always. 

One day Jesus will return for us and will remove us from this place and transport us to a most-beautiful place, called heaven. Seven years later He will then return us to this earth to serve Him for 1000 years as He reigns in His Kingdom in Jerusalem. And at the end of the Final Judgment we will then live with Him forever in the new Jerusalem, the new heaven. Oh, the joy, the fullness we will have in the presence of God, the eternal pleasure we will experience with the Lord of Hosts. Forever...

I think every believer hopes to still be alive when Christ returns for His own during the Rapture, we have that much confidence in His promise that we want to be alive to see Him coming in the clouds for us. 

The Apostle John may have said it the best of all when he said this; "Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure." (1 John 3:2-3)

May the Lord bless you and keep you. Please feel welcome to join us each week for Bible Study on Wednesday evenings at 6:00PM. (936-615-1427)

May 30, 2016 - New Harmony Missionary Baptist Church is hosting their summer Revival starting Monday, May 30th at 7pm. Revival services will be held each night at 7pm through Friday, June 3rd with a dinner following Friday night's service. Evangelist is Bro. Cliff Durham. New Harmony is located on County Road 2582, Shelbyville, Texas.

“Listen to me and eat what is good....”  Isaiah 55:2
May 30, 2016 - Last week Pam and I went on the Dr. Adkin’s no- carbohydrates diet.  Pam thinks she needs to lose and I know I do. (She needs to lose five pounds and I need to lose 25).    She got the program off the Internet and we drove to the Nacogdoches Wal-Mart Superstore for the steak, pork chops, bacon, sausage, cheese, eggs, tuna and salmon needed for the big diet.  We even bought a gas grill to assure its finest flavor.
Our first meal of grilled sausage links and pork chops was pretty good, but for three successive mornings, I awakened with the nauseous thought of cheese and meat.  On the fourth day of the diet, I unconsciously picked up a pecan in the yard and began eating it. “Stop!, Pam hollered.  “You can’t eat that!”  And our next door neighbor added to our pain by bringing over an coconut cake.
We spent hours cooking this stuff every day and the more we cooked and ate, the less we smiled and laughed. When I told Pam that I’d had a couple of dizzy spells, she immediately decided that the diet wasn’t worth losing our health over.  I peeled an over-ripe banana and let it melt in my mouth and she took a bite and sighed, “Oh, how wonderful”.  “Bring out the cake!” I laughed.  We happily   drank kiwi-orange drink and gobbled down grapes as our world became beautiful again.   Our house was filled with laughter and whistling.
A warm sense of well-being swept over us tonight as we ate purple hull peas and cornbread together.   Tomorrow morning I’ll make Pam a cup of hot chocolate and I’ll eat a big bowl of Wheaties with a banana in it. Tomorrow night, we’ll have microwave popcorn.   Boy, are things looking up!
It’s great to have the good life back again!

May 30th, 2016 - Sunday was the 2nd Sunday after Pentecost.  The Gospel Lesson was Luke 7:38-50.  Luke often has the Pharisees in his stories but doesn’t paint them all bad.  Simon invites the celebrated traveling preacher to his home so he and his friends can decide for themselves about this Jesus.  Despite some doubts they are willing to give him a hearing until…  The woman who is a sinner throws herself at Jesus, washes his feet with oil and tears, and dries them with her hair.  She is not the only woman in the Gospels to do this.  Jesus allowing this to happen makes Simon and his guests really doubt Jesus as a true rabbi.  Of course, it becomes a teachable moment for Jesus.

Our Sunday school lesson also dealt with a dinner invitation.  In this Luke story Zacchaeus climbs a tree in order to get a better look at the young rabbi.  Jesus tells him to come down and get ready because he, Jesus, is coming to dinner.  This well-loved story brought up many questions during Sunday school.  The people that day in Jericho were amazed and taken back when Jesus chose to go to the home of a hated tax collector. 

Our numbers swelled at church when Lillie, Mike, and Liz came up from Houston.  Liz and Mike’s daughter Barbara was with them, along with Barbara’s son Collin and his friend Colby.  What a nice surprise to see them!  They gave us the latest information about the flooding in and around Houston, which certainly sounded bad.  Collin has a birthday this week, so we sang “Happy Birthday” to him.  Gloria and Joe Fiedler will also have their 63rd anniversary, and we serenaded Joe with “Happy Anniversary to You.” 

Since this was the last Sunday in May, we carried the cans of fruit out to my car so I can deliver them to Community Christian Services.  Luckily, we had lots of help—those cans are heavy!  Next month we’ll be collecting paper towels and toilet paper (a much lighter load).

We had many volunteers join us at Lakeside last Thursday despite the rain and dark clouds.  We got nearly 4 inches at our house.  I got tired of the rain but tried not to complain: I am sure that in about a month we will all be wishing for some wet weather.  The winds blew down one of my apple trees, but my garden really enjoyed the soaking.  We had many stories and songs at Lakeside, and the hour went by quickly.  A big thank you to all those who came out and helped with the program. 

“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!

May 27, 2016 - Annual Usher Day will be held Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 3pm at Blount Chapel Baptist Church with Pastor Byron Coutee, Jr.

Guest speaker is Pastor Lucian Tatum of Bright Morning Star Baptist Church, Center, Texas. For more information, contact Marie Small, Usher President at 936-332-9915.

"For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness."

May 27, 2016 - Dunnigan Missionary Baptist Church located in Patroon, will be holding revival June 1- June 3 begining at 7 pm. The evangelist will be Bro. Don Richie. Please come join us and get a revival in your own life.