February 20, 2023 - Dwayne Williams, evangelist and gospel singer fondly known as “the Texas Teddy Bear,” will be with Clever Creek Baptist Church for meetings, Sunday through Wednesday, March 26-29, 2023.

Sunday School will be 10 a.m. Sunday morning, March 26; worship time will be 10:55 a.m. with Dwayne singing and preaching. The meeting will resume Sunday evening at 7 p.m. and will continue Monday through Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. with Dwayne singing and preaching, along with others who join with us.

The theme for this meeting will be 'GREAT GRACE: Amazing Grace—Wonderful Grace—Saving Grace—Keeping Grace.'

We will be emphasizing the meaning and message of that great gospel hymn—“God of Grace and God of Glory” each service as we encourage one another to embrace the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, His grace and goodness. We invite all who want to honor the Lord Jesus and give Him praise. This meeting emphasizes the “Grace that exceeds our sin and our guilt.”

You can find your way to Clever Creek Baptist Church by driving south on State Highway 96 to the top of Bounds Hill where you turn left at the sign pointing to Clever Creek on FM 417 (traveling east toward Shelbyville), turning left at the bottom of the hill, crossing the railroad track and continuing to the church on the right at the intersection of CR 1042. You can reach the church driving on SH 87 turning in Shelbyville at the Post Office onto FM 417 west and driving by the Shelbyville First Methodist Church and continuing on to the church on the left at the intersection of CR 1042. (199 CR 1042, Center, Texas 75935)

Clever Creek Baptist Church is “A Congregation Praying, Praising and Proclaiming The Lord’s Good News.”

February 20, 2023 – Join us for an afternoon of family fun, food tasting, and a friendly cooking competition! First Methodist Church Missions Committee will host their annual Gumbo, Chili, and Soup Cook-off competition on Sunday, February 26, 2023, beginning at 4:00 p.m. in the church Fellowship Hall located at 211 Porter Street, Center.

The cooking competition is open to all ages, all local organizations, and amateur cooks only. A non-refundable entry fee of $10.00 per team secures table space. Advance registration is due by Monday, February 20, 2023.

Teams can set up their cooking space beginning at 3:00 p.m. Teams will have the opportunity to compete in one of the food categories as well as the Best Decorated Table Space category by decorating their table with a theme of the team’s choice.

Admission tickets are $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for youth ages four to 12 years, and free children 3 years and under; event tickets will be available at the door. The event begins at 4:00 p.m. for competition food sampling, which includes gumbo, chili and soup samples, crackers, and drinks. Adult ticket holders will receive five tickets to vote for their favorite Gumbo, Chili or Soup and youth will receive three voting tickets. Additional voting tickets will be available at the event for $1.00 each. Voting ends at 5:30 p.m. Winners will be announced at 6:00 p.m. for First Place People’s Choice awards in all cooking categories and Best Decorated Table Space.

In addition, a silent auction will take place during the cook-off competition. All proceeds from the cook-off fundraiser will benefit the First Methodist Church Missions.

For complete event rules and team registration, please visit the First Methodist website at www.centerfirst.org or our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/FirstMethodistCenter.

For additional information, please contact Becky Parfait, Cook Off Coordinator at 936-332-3456 or the Church Office at 936-598-2707.

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February 20, 2023 - St John's Episcopal will be holding their annual Pancake Supper on Tuesday, February 21st from 5pm to 7pm in the parish hall.

Ash Wednesday Service will be held at 12 noon on the 22nd. Everyone is invited to attend.

Tim PerkinsFebruary 16, 2023 - Is the message of the cross current? What message is there for men and women of the 21st century? Can the events on a hill so long ago affect us now? Can the death of one man by crucifixion affect men and women when thousands can now be killed with one bomb? The answer is yes. Yes the message of the cross is current and relevant. There are two short words in John’s Gospel (John 19:28) that show us how current this message is. Those words are when Jesus says, “I thirst”.

Jesus said, “I thirst” because Jesus died as a man. John’s primary purpose was to show the deity of Jesus but in this passage he shows us the humanity of Jesus. Jesus came to feel what we feel and to know our needs. The human race had sinned and must die.

The fact that Jesus experienced that painful thirst brings new meaning to other passages. Even in our day and age with all its advancements, with cell phones and the internet and supersonic plane travel, people still die without God.

Jesus knows our pain and our temptations. He knows the deep waters we pass through and he knows the storms that blow through our lives. Yet, through obedience to Jesus’ commands and living His kind of life, the storms can be calmed and our thirst can be quenched. What we must do is surrender our stubborn human will to the will of Jesus. We must make Jesus Christ the Lord and Master of our lives.

It’s something to think about... tbp

Join Us for Worship this coming Lord’s Day at Center Church of Christ or online at www.centerchurchofchrist.com.

February 6, 2023 - Neuville Baptist Church will be holding revival February 12th through February 15th. We would like to invite everyone to come out and join us.

Bro. Jim Moss Evangelist

  • Sunday morning 10:45am
  • Sunday Evening 5:30pm
  • Monday through Wednesday 6:30pm

February 13, 2023 - Carroll Chapel CME Church in Shelbyville would like to invite you to our Annual Black History Program on Sunday, February 19 at 3pm.

Guest Speaker will be Apostle Cassandra Swindle, Pastor of Murry Chapel in Sacul, Texas.

Everyone is invited.

February 13, 2023 - Saint Paul Missionary Baptist Church invites you to our Black History Program on Sunday, February 19, 2023 at 10am. The Negro Baseball League of Shelby County will be honored at this time.

Everyone is invited to come and celebrate with us. "A Church With A Vision, A Community of Faith."

February 13, 2023 - Good Morning!  It’s Monday, February 13

Today we focus on a famous Bible passage, so famous that it has its own nickname - The Love Chapter.  Today we focus on I Corinthians 13.

A third of the books in the New Testament are named after churches - the church in Philippi, the church in Rome, the church in Ephesus, etc.  At first glance, it would seem to be a great honor for these churches to be remembered in this way.  But, then we realize that Paul wrote to them because they had problems.  And none of these churches had a greater number or a wider variety of problems than the church in Corinth.

You name it - Corinth was dealing with it - doctrinal issues, worship issues, division, immorality.  The list goes on and on, and it includes questions about spiritual gifts.  In verse 1:7 Paul tells this congregation, "you do not lack any spiritual gift."  This was truly a gifted church, this was a blessed church - but this was a church that was not living up to its potential.

We see the solution for their problems when we look at how Paul structures this letter. In chapters 12 and 14 he speaks about spiritual gifts - how to use them, how not to abuse them, their place and priority in the church.  And then . . . he places his words about God's highest priority directly between these two chapters.  Could Paul be any clearer in the point that he is making?  Corinth church, you are gifted - but it willl all come to nothing if you have not love.

We return over and over again to these letters of Paul, don't we?  I think it's because, unfortunately, we often see our own church reflected in these early churches.  I encourage you to return once again, this morning, to this beloved chapter.  Read it through.  It wil only take you a couple of minutes.  You will be reminded of priorities, Paul's priorities, God's priorities.  And you will be reminded of the power of love.
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love . . .
Meet you back here tomorrow,

Bro. David

February 9, 2023 - St. John Baptist Church presents "Overcoming Diversity" at 2pm on Sunday, February 19, 2023. Guest speaker will be Pastor Jerius L. Marshall with Getsemane Baptist Church, Mansfield, Louisisana.

Winston Kibbles, Pastor
Jacklyn Moton, Mistress of Ceremony

February 9, 2023 - King David could not build a temple, but he wrote a psalm! Three temples, one after another, crumbled in the dust, but the psalm lives today in the hearts of millions. Through three thousand years, the Twenty-Third Psalm has been a source of inspiration. It is the Christian’s great symphony, the theme of which is God’s care for His own.

“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” Or, as Paul says it, “My God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus”

After announcing the theme, the writer gives us the three R’s of the abundant life. They are Rest, Refreshment and Restoration. First, “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures.” Second, “He leadeth me beside the still waters.” Third, “He resotreth my soul.”

Rest and relaxation are essential to our well being. Many a man or woman is in the hospital today because they could not afford to rest or could not rest. God makes us rest and then he leads us beside the still waters for refreshment. Restoration just naturally follows rest and refreshment. How wonderful are the still waters that God leads us to. Make your plans to be in Worship this coming Sunday. You just might come away rested, refreshed and restored.

It’s something to think about... tbp

Join Us for Worship this coming Lord’s Day at Center Church of Christ or online at www.centerchurchofchrist.com