July 23, 2021 - The annual North Jericho Homecoming is set for Sunday, August 1, 2021, the first Sunday in August. There will be a service and business meeting starting at 11am following with dinner on the ground at 12 noon. Please make plans to attend!

 

July 22, 2021 - Lydia Missionary Baptist Church would like to invite all children ages 2 years old through 12th grade to Vacation Bible School beginning August 2nd through the 6th at 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm each night.

Climb aboard for mountains of fun at Rocky Railway VBS! On this faith-filled adventure, kids discover that trusting Jesus pulls them through life’s ups and downs.

You can pre-register your kids at our website lydiambc.org.

We are located on FM 139 in Huxley. For more information, please call the church at 936-368-2462.

July 22, 2021 - In Matthew 18:3, Jesus said, "Unless you change your whole outlook and become like little children you will never enter the kingdom of heaven." (Phillips). Do we really comprehend what it is to have the faith of a child?

We had our grandsons with us over the weekend, and the oldest is almost 3 and is an early riser. He would come into the kitchen with me before the sun was up and I would be making coffee. One morning he asked me, "Poppy, where is the sun." Well, I summoned all my scientific vocabulary and told him, "the sun is asleep, but it will be waking up soon." Then he asked "why?" (that's his favorite question). I told him the sun needed to rest so it could spend the day lighting and warming the earth.

Our kitchen window faces east. As soon as the sun started to peek out over the treetops, I picked him up and stood him on the cabinet and said, "Mason, look, the sun is waking up."

He looked at me and said, "Poppy, God made the sun... and the moon." There was no question there. It was just a matter of fact statement from a 3 year old informing me the sun was coming up that morning because God made it. Every morning he came in and wanted me to pick him up so he could see the sun "wake up."

Jesus said that is the kind of faith you and I need. A simple childlike faith in God. Maybe we should work on that.

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.

July 19, 2021 - Grace and peace from our friend and brother Jesus. We are supposed to have a week of rain and high temperatures only in the 80s. Now, that is unusual for Texas in the middle of July! I not only enjoy the more moderate temperatures, but I also look forward to not having to water every day. Of course, rain means working my dog walks in between showers. I’ll still take it, gladly.

We were in double digits Sunday morning at Paxton Methodist—something we get excited about! It was great to see Sue and Fred. Our music today was again on CDs, “Amazing Grace” and “Wonderful Words of Life.” Sue, our music tech, tries to select hymns that we all know pretty well—and that have pauses. Our little congregation plugs away, but we don’t have any strong singers to help carry us. Last week Sue suggested providing her with a tambourine to keep the beat!

During Sunday School we talked about the author of this quarter’s lessons and her unique way of looking at things. The title of our lesson was “Inside Out,” which we didn’t quite get. The purpose, using Acts 6: 1-7, was for the local church to figure how best to care for those in need. We know that Jesus had great compassion for widows, of which the early Jesus movement had many. Some were better off, but life in those times was hard for most, with widows particularly hard-hit. Our author asked, “Who are the most vulnerable among us today?” We discussed some new ways our church might be able to lend a helping hand.

Sue is not only our music tech; she is also the Liturgist. She led us in a responsive reading of Psalm 23 and in the 21st Century Affirmation. She also read the Epistle lesson from Ephesians 2: 17-22. Paul assured everyone that Jesus came to bring peace to those that were already close to God—but also to those far away.

The focus of my sermon came from one verse in Mark: “When Jesus arrived and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd.” In eight different places in the Gospels, the writers mention that Jesus “had compassion.” He had great concern for the poor and marginalized, the hungry, the sick, and those who were grieving. By looking at the Christ, we realize that God is about compassion and caring for one another.

All during the month of July, Paxton Methodist is collecting cans of spaghetti and ravioli for Community Christian Services. Come August—and school reopening—we will focus on “Undie Sundays” to help outfit returning students.

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, and Open Minds.” 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 your email address to the Paxton email address, and I will add you to the list. God’s Speed.

July 15, 2021 - Jesus was a man of few words, that was His general character. He was not one of those who would tell you how to make a watch. Neither was He one who used flattery or exaggeration. When Jesus complimented someone, the things He said were very few.

When Jesus gave someone a compliment, it was not superficial. It had nothing to do with a person’s clothing or style. It had to do with their heart and their character.

When Jesus was first introduced to Nathaniel, he said, “behold an Israelite in whom there is no guile” (John 1:47). When Jesus spoke of John the Baptist, he said that among those born of woman, there was none greater than John (Luke 7:28).

When Mary anointed Jesus with the costly ointment, Jesus said that wherever the gospel would be preached, that would be spoken of as a memorial to her.

Some day, when our forms have been bended low and we cross the great divide into eternity, I want to hear a compliment from the lips of Jesus. I want to hear Him say, “Well done thou good and faithful servant”. I want to live my life so that I will hear Him speak those words. If we are to hear those words, we must live His kind of life and live it His way.

It’s something to think about… tbp

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

July 14, 2021 - Mount Calvary Full Gospel Church is hosting a five night revival which begins Monday, July 19 through Friday, July 23 at 7pm nightly.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Brother Lamar Denby is unable to deliver the message. He will be missed and we look forward to having him in the future.

The new schedule of Evangelist for revival is as follows:

  • Monday Night - Bro. Billy Windham
  • Tuesday Night - Bro. Michael Belgard
  • Wednesday - Bro. Kevin Windham
  • Thursday Night - Bro. James Goodwin

On Friday night enjoy a special performance by The Stanley's Gospel Music and refreshments after the performance.

Mount Calvary Full Gospel Church is located 2 miles off Hwy 87 on FM 417 East in Shelbyville, Texas 75973. All are invited. Bring a friend and bring a special.

July 12, 2021 - Joaquin First United Methodist Church would like to invite all children  between 3 and 18 to Vacation Bible School beginning July 19 at 9am until 12-noon. 

Island Adventure is this years theme. We will have classes for all ages, activities, crafts and as usual, puppets will be part of our morning of fun. Lunch will be provided each day.

We are located on Faulkville Street in Joaquin. All are welcome.

July 12, 2021 - Grace and peace from our friend and brother Jesus. We are in the middle of summer, in a period the church calls Ordinary Time. It has been hot and muggy, but I certainly remember much worse summers. That is all I am going to say because there is plenty of summer left to get really hot.

Ms. Fannie had a friend who came to visit from the great city of Dallas, and she joined us at Paxton Methodist. Our small Sunday School class really enjoys it when we have someone new study with us.

I taught today’s lesson, based on Ruth 2: 4-16. The stated purpose of the lesson was “to remember to care for the stranger in our land.” This certainly is a relevant—and very hot—topic today. In the scripture, the owner of the fields showed kindness to Ruth as she was following the harvesters, getting enough grain for her and her mother-in-law. Boaz assures her she will not be bothered and will be treated with respect. We remember, as the author said, that Ruth was a stranger in a strange land. The Torah requires Jewish people to remind themselves of the difficulty of being that “stranger in a strange land.” In like manner, the Discipline of the United Methodist Church says, “United Methodist churches are to welcome newly arriving migrants in their communities and to love them as we do ourselves…”

Our music today was again on CDs, “My Hope Is Built” and “I Am Thine, O Lord.” Sue, our music tech, chose today’s hymns by one necessary feature: Both had resting places where we could all take a breath! The CD musicians sometimes fly through the songs like they had somewhere else to be, with nary a thought for the congregation trying hard to keep up.

My sermon scripture was the Gospel lesson for this Sunday—Mark 6: 14-29. What a terrible story to include with tales of healing so many people, feeding 5,000 with just a small amount of food, and listing how and why people are blessed. This story centers on Herod and his wife and daughter. John the Baptizer has been arrested; this injustice is followed by demands from Herod’s wife, through their daughter, to have the Baptizer killed. After much agonizing, that is what Herod does. The focus on the sermon was the battle of good and evil that enveloped Herod, a battle that we humans all face in ordinary as well as extraordinary situations. To live in the Kingdom of God we must work daily—be born anew each day to goodness and justice and compassion. We must not choose the Dark Side. May the Force be with you!

All during the month of July, Paxton Methodist is collecting cans of spaghetti and ravioli for Community Christian Services. Come August—and school reopening—we will focus on “Undie Sundays” to help outfit returning students.

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, and Open Minds.” 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 your email address to the Paxton email address, and I will add you to the list. God’s Speed.

Randy & Sue Smith/Paxton United Methodist Church

July 8, 2021 - The descendants of William Humphries will gather for their thirty-fourth reunion in the Family Life Center at First Baptist Church in Center on Saturday, July 31, 2021, from 11am to 2pm. It has been over two years since we last gathered. The events of 2020 and 2021 have brought us keen appreciation for family relationships and shaper focus of priorities. We invite all the Humphries clan to come and share stories, pictures, laughter and great food on July 31. Attendees are asked to bring covered dishes and a nominal gift for a fun gift exchange after the meal.

William married Mary Ann Barr while they lived in England. They settled in Shelby County in 1874 where they raised six children. Four years after Mary Ann's death, William married Ellen Eliza McCauley. William and Ellen had eight children. William helped with the work on the county courthouse and old county jail.

July, 7 2021 - This past Sunday was July 4th. A day that we celebrate as “Independence Day” All over America, in communities large and small, people were celebrating and observing this day in a variety of ways. Yet, as we pause and remember those who began this quest for freedom on July 4, 1776, and we celebrate our independence and freedom, how often do we pause to reflect and remember the one who gave us the ultimate freedom?

Every Lord’s Day, in communities large and small, in churches large and small, Christians gather to remember the one who gives us freedom from the bondage of sin. It is something that is observed every Lord’s day. We come to the table with a small piece of unleavened bread and a small cup of fruit of the vine. Things that have no value in themselves. Yet, because they are emblematic of the body and blood of my Lord, the one who bought our freedom from sin with his death on the cross, they have value to us.

The night he was betrayed, Jesus took bread, blessed it and told his disciples that it was his body that was broken for them. He also took the cup and told them it represented the New Testament in his blood. He further told them as often as they ate the break and drank the cup they showed his death until he came again.

Jesus bought our freedom from sin with his blood shed on Calvary’s hill. We celebrate that every Lord’s day. Is that as important to you as the freedom we enjoy in America?

It’s something to think about… tbp

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