April 13, 2015 (Photos by Shelby County Today) - Ministers Fellowship of Shelby County paid a visit to Shelby County Outreach Ministries to lend a helping hand. The ministers sorted clothing at the outreach’s resale shop. The Unique Boutique accepts donations of clothing, furniture, and other house hold items. The sales support programs such as emergency food boxes, meals for senior citizens, and other needs of the community.

The Ministers Fellowship of Shelby County consists of ministers of all denominations in Shelby County. The ministers meet on the second Tuesday of each month. Ministers of Shelby County are invited to attend. The next meeting is scheduled to meet April 14, 2015 at 7pm at Stepstones Ministry International, located at 117 San Augustine St. Center, Tx.

For questions please contact Sam Wheeler at 936-598-9009.

January 7, 2015 - Following the recent retirement of Rev. Joel McMahon, Rev. Karen Jones was appointed as the new pastor of Center First United Methodist Church .A native of Longview, Texas, she went to Longview High School and attended Winterfield UMC. In high school she was a 3 year member of the Conference Council of Youth Ministry. Her mom, Arlene, is a retired teacher and her father was a millwright at Lone Star Steel.

Rev. Jones attended Stephen F Austin State University and received a B.S. In Home Economics and then taught Home Economics in several schools in East Texas while earning a M.Ed. In Counseling at North Texas State University. Public school counseling occupied most of her life in the public schools where she was fortunate to be able to start at-risk counseling programs in several districts. Rev. Jones is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Counselor Supervisor in the State of Texas. Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University is where she went to seminary, graduating in December 2010.

Rev. Jones was awarded the Gilbert Ferrell Outstanding Methodist Studies Award during her last year at Brite. The presenter of the award said of Rev. Jones that she has a servant’s heart.

While attending seminary, Rev. Jones continued to work in a school district as a high school counselor and served Liberty Springs UMC in Milam. After retiring from public schools, she added 2 additional churches to her responsibilities: Geneva and McMahan Chapel. After graduation, she was commissioned and appointed to Hemphill FUMC. Rev. Jones was ordained an Elder in the Texas Annual Conference in June 2013. This past July she also began to pastor Pineland UMC. She has also served as a facilitating Elder for several small churches in Sabine and San Augustine Counties. She has been under appointment in the Annual Conference for 9 ½ years. While serving Hemphill FUMC, she served on the board of the Hemphill Education Foundation and as the chaplain for the Six Mile Volunteer Fire Department.

She also served on the Board of Directors of East Texas Support Services in Jasper.

Perkins School of Theology has begun the Center for Preaching Excellence and Rev. Jones is pleased to be one of nine members of our annual conference to be selected to participate in this inaugural 2 year program. She also has one more year to serve on her term as the Spiritual Director for the East Texas Emmaus Community.

She and her husband Martin have been married for 34 years. Martin is the Director of Music and Arts at FUMC Jasper. Martin recently retired as an adjunct music instructor for Angelina College on their Jasper Campus. Martin grew up in South Bosque, Texas and is a graduate of Sam Houston State University.

The Jones are the parents of 2 adult children, Melody and Martin II. Melody is married to Jordan Pokladnik and they live in Dallas. Melody graduated from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches with a degree in Musical Theatre Performance. She has acted in the Dallas area and toured over a year with Missoula Children’s Theatre. Melody recently to returned to college and is currently a senior at TCU where she is working toward a degree in Interior Design. She is employed by Linda Fritschy Interior Design. Jordan is an actor and artist who also manages a warehouse that supplies parts to the major airlines at DFW and Love Field airports.

Martin II is married to Jennifer. They live in Huntsville where Martin manages the Larry Hallam All State Insurance Agency. He is a graduate of Sam Houston State University where he earned a B.S. Degree in Business and Finance. Jennifer works as a dental assistant. They have one child McKinley who is 2 ½ and full of energy and personality.

The members of Center First United Methodist Church are pleased to have Rev. Jones as their new pastor. After her first Sunday in the pulpit of FUMC , those in attendance soon realized that Rev. Jones has a passion for sharing the Lord's word and that Rev. Jones has a strong desire to not only be leader in the church but also wants to be a part of the Center and Shelby county community in her service to others.

January 7, 2015 -

January 24 - Music Appreciation Day at 7:30pm
February 1 - Sunday School and Usher Day Program at 3:00pm
March 8 - Pastor and Wife Appreciation at 3:00pm
April 11 - Family and Friends at 7:30pm
May 17 - Men and Women Day at 2:30pm
July 5 - Homecoming at 12:00pm
July 8-10 - Annual Revival at 7:30pm each night
September 6 - Church Anniversary at 3:00pm
October 28-30 - Youth Revival at 7:30pm each night

December 18, 2014 - Good Christian Men Rejoice, Wild Game Cook Off and Banquet Saturday, February 7, 2015 6:00 p.m. at the Windham Civic Center.

God has put it on our hearts to work with men of all churches in this East Texas area as a large outreach to men and boys in Shelby and surrounding counties. This will require us to link arms together and work side by side for the glory of our Lord.

There will be an organizational meeting Tuesday, December 23 at 6:30 p.m. at David Koonce’s barn, located behind his home, 717 CR 1140, Center. You can contact David Koonce at, 590-0994 or Michael Hale at 598-5606. Please join us every Tuesday in January at 6:30 p.m.

The Windham Civic Center has been booked in order to fit space and time frame needed to maximize outreach. In the first planning meeting we will form the needed committees. Food, Contest, Door Prizes, Speaker, Outreach, Marketing... Be in prayer about how you can best serve.

There is a need for all men whether hunters or not. There is a need for sides, desserts, utensils, leadership, etc.

Please pray about getting involved and most of all bringing your unchurched friend. Tickets will be provided and free of charge as a way of inviting and promoting the night. Join with us in a fun time as the gospel is presented.

Once again the time has come for Triumph the Church and Kingdom of God in Christ
Hwy 87 South Shelbyville, Texas to honor our Shepherd and Wife, we will be celebrating on January 10 & 11, 2015

A musical honoring our Shepherd and his wife will be held January 10, 2015 at 7:00 pm.

The Appreciation Service honoring our Shepherd and his wife will held the following January 11, 2015 at 2:30 pm. The guest speaker will be Pastor Roderick Kirkendall from St. Luke Baptist Church Logansport, LA

Come and join us in lifting up the name of God.

For more information please call Feleshia Thompson—(936) 590-4561
Elder Archie Thompson—(936) 591-0372

"Children's children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers." Proverbs 17:6

Our twin granddaughters returned home to McKinney today after their Christmas visit with us. Since our son Brandon is both attending college and working full-time, we only see the twins two or three times a year. Weighing just over four pounds each at birth, shoe boxes would have been large enough for their beds. Telling them apart is still difficult and they have several ways to confuse their teachers and friends about who's Zoe and who's Lundyn.

For several years they've "asked the blessing" by holding hands and praying in unison, "Dear Jesus, bless the food we take and bless us all for Jesus sake.."...followed by a loud "Amen". But this time , Zoe turned to Pam and said, "Meme, can we pray a different prayer today…it's a different prayer, but it's still 'to God'". Then we all held hands and the girls prayed in perfect unison, "But give honor to Christ in your hearts as your Lord; and be ready at any time when you are questioned about the hope which is in you.. 1 Peter 3:15." "We learned it in Vacation Bible School last summer", they said. It was difficult for Pam and me to hide the sudden joy in our hearts.

As they were driving off Pam said, "Hasn't it been wonderful having them here again …watching them bake cookies and make their own Orange Soda Streams." "I'm so thankful that they are so close together and are so soft-hearted.." "Yes", I replied. "And it seems we parents always do good, too…..
…when our children do."

Welcome to this edition of In God’s Word. God's holy name shall be glorified through the study of His Word. The Eternal Christ – Hebrews 1:8-12

While our text today is verses 8 through 12; the entire 1st chapter of Hebrews is a confession and an adoration of the Eternal Christ.

As God has made Christ Lord of all, Christ speaks to us for the Father, He manifests the glory of the Father and He is the image of His person. He upholds all things by His power and authority. By His victory over death on the cross, He is seated at the right hand of the Father. He is the begotten Son of God and the angels worship Him now in heaven, as we too will do someday.

He is eternal as is the Father, having no beginning, and no end to His existence. As the Son of Man, He was born, as the Son of God He is eternal. The Bible states that he made ALL things; therefore, He must have lived before creation. God knew that man would sin before God made him, but God provided a means whereby man could be saved. Man is redeemed by the precious blood of Christ, who was “foreordained before the foundation of the world”. I Peter 1:20

The Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment into the hands of the Eternal Son. His throne will last forever and His scepter is one of righteousness.

Christ will sit on the judgment seat when the redeemed stand before Him; He will sit on the throne of His glory when he returns to earth; He will sit on the throne of David during His reign on earth; He will sit as judge at the great white throne judgment.

His kingdom is a spiritual one; since its forever it’s not of this world. Its subjects are spiritual beings and the Holy Spirit dwells in all believers. The kingdom of heaven is indestructible and invisible. His kingdom on earth shall one day give way to His eternal kingdom in heaven.

Creation is ascribed to Christ. It was He who laid the foundation of the earth and the heavens. All things have been created through Him and unto Him. He was before all things, and by Him all things consist.

Heaven and earth shall pass away, but Christ remains the same. He was dead, but is alive forevermore. He is our refuge, and there is perfect security in him. He ever lives to make intercession for us before the Father. AMEN…

Satan’s greatest weapon is man’s ignorance of God’s Word…

You are always welcome to join us at 6:00PM each Wednesday evening in the study of God’s Word.

May God Bless and Keep You This Week…

For more information please call (936-615-1427).

Reed Chapel Baptist Church celebrates their Annual Senior Choir Musical on Sunday, January 11, 2015 at 2:30 p.m. All church choirs, groups and soloist are invited to attend.

Rev. A.L. Horton, Sr. - Pastor

Joaquin First Baptist will be hosting the simulcast program Building A Family Legacy by Dr. James Dobson Wednesday - Saturday, October 1-4th at 7:00 PM and Sunday at 4:30 PM in the church sanctuary, free of charge, to everyone in the area. Joaquin First Baptist is located off Hwy 84 East in Joaquin. For more information, please call Paul Silvey at 903-690-3172

The First United Methodist Church in Tenaha, TX will host Pickin' & Praisin' October 2nd. Please come and enjoy a Pot Luck Meal and Fellowship at 6 p.m. There will be Good Ole Gospel Music and Singing at 7 p.m. All are welcome. Look forward to seeing you then.