"Praise him with stringed instruments and organs." Psalms 150:4 
"They take the timbrel and harp, and rejoice at the sound of the organ." Job 21:12

November 6, 2019 - When our church decided to sell one of our organs recently, we were in for a big surprise. Our $20,000 Baldwin Classical is now worth a mere $2,000… and is in excellent condition. As I began studying the history of organs, I found some reasons for their depreciation. Many churches are ditching them and replacing them with a multi-instrument orchestra. "Since we are interested in getting the young and middle agers to church, the organ had to go," one pastor lamented. "Can you imagine a young person nowadays listening to organ music on his Ipod?" "If you want to keep the churches open, you'll have to dump the antiquated organs," he said.

Organs are expensive… heavy…and hard to move… Few people are trained to play one and today's music students are influenced by popular culture, media, etc., in which the organ is totally foreign. It’s not “cool” to learn to play the organ and in efforts to reach unbelievers, churches shun that which isn't popular with the younger people. Contemporary music is rhythm-based and the organ doesn’t fit that style very well. And like it or not, people want to be entertained.

The church organ is barely breathing nowadays… and might die. But like many other things, the dynamic range of the church organ… (and the calm of sweet reasonableness it brings)… could come back in all its glory some day. And for some of us, that day couldn't come too soon.

“In my eyes and ears the organ will forever be the King of Instruments." ~ W.A. Mozart

November 6, 2019 - St. John Missionary Baptist Church of Center, Tx and Pastor Rev. Winston Kibbles Sr. are celebrating Deacon Brothers - Bro. Keith Byndom, Bro. Milton Evans, and Bro. Edmond Moore on Sunday, December 1st at 3pm.

Special guest for the celebration is Rev. Billy Gardner who is Pastor of Sweet Union Baptist Church, Garrison, Tx.

The theme is “Working together in Christian Love, to build up the Kingdom of God.”

Called to Serve - 1 Timothy 3:2-7

Everyone is welcome to worship with us as we express Love and Appreciation to our Deacons.

November 5, 2019 - Come join us for our Gospel Meeting with our new preacher, Joseph Lachausse on November 10th - 13th. Sunday night our service starts at 6pm and Monday through Wednesday services will be at 7pm. We welcome and encourage all to come hear the Word of God!  

We are located in Stanley, the road before the school.

Stanley Church of Christ 
109 Stanley Church Road 
Logansport, Louisiana

November 4, 2019 - Bennett Chapel Mission Department is preparing to serve a Thanksgiving Dinner for the folks in Center and Shelby County who may not be able to have Thanksgiving. We will be serving dinner on Monday, November 25th at Bennett Chapel Church in Possum Trot. We plan to serve 300 people including shut-ins who are unable to leave their home.

We are asking for donations of Turkey, plus additional items such as potatoes, dressing, greens and drinks. Members of the church will donate items that are needed, including dessert.

If your organizatio can help in any way it would be most appreciated and you would benefit many folk who may not be able to have a Thanksgiving Dinner.

The annual combined Thanksgiving Service will be at Gates Chapel Baptist Church in Shelbyville on Tuesday, November 26th at 7pm. Everyone is invited and all churches are invited.

For more information, contact Brenda Carrillo at 936-244-0477 or the Bennett Chapel at 936-368-7137.

Missionary: Brenda Carrillo
Pastor: Bishop W.C. Martin

November 4, 2019 - Grace and peace from our brother and savior, Jesus, Amen. Last Tuesday my puppies, Gunter and Sam, joined me in going to Haslam Baptist to see if Community Christian Services was open. They were open and busy, serving folks in our part of East Texas. I delivered the peanut butter and jelly that Paxton Methodists have been collecting during October. A young man (young being relative) came out to my truck to help me and asked if I remembered him. I did indeed—a fine young man who was a student at Joaquin when I was High School principal. He said that the other day he and another former student were driving on Highway 84: His friend said, “Is that Mr. Smith walking some dogs?” The answer was, “No—that’s some old man.” Well, it happens to the best of us if we hang around long enough!

Halloween morning was a cold walk in the park! Gunter and Sam didn’t seem to mind, but I made it through my laps quicker than usual. Sue was cooking for the Seniors, so we three stopped in to say hello at the Senior Center. The weather on TV said it was colder here than in Maine Thursday morning! 

Friday morning was colder than Thursday morning, but the winds were calm so it didn’t feel as bad. Friday was All Saints Day, when Christians around the world remember the saints in their communities that have died in the past year, as well as all the saints who were so important in their lives. 

Sunday was All Saints Sunday; the morning was cool but not as cold as the previous mornings. Our Sunday school lesson focus has shifted to “Objects of Worship.” The text for today’s lesson was Deuteronomy 5: 1-10 and 6: 1-9. The purpose of today’s lesson was “to understand what it means to love God.”  We are reminded in the ancient text not to have any other gods above the God of creation—God of the universe. We were also told that God is often revealed to us in creation and that God’s faithfulness is as dependable as the cycle of day/night and springtime/harvest. 

The Gospel Lesson for Sunday was Luke 9: 1-10, the story of Zacchaeus. My favorite Quaker minister, Philip Gulley, wrote an article in the Indianapolis paper that explained the cornerstone of the Quaker faith: seeing “God in all people.” Our Gospel story certainly reinforced that idea, as Jesus not only saw God in Zacchaeus but honored him by going to his house for a meal. Such an honor left many in Jericho speechless. 

On Monday we head to Focused Care in Center for our monthly ministry. All month we will be collecting rice and beans for Community Christian Services. Next Sunday we will have a Gideon speaker at our church. Gideon International is one of the ministries that Paxton Methodist supports in prayer and financially. 

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 9:30 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.

Randy and Sue Smith/Paxton United Methodist Church

November 4, 2019 - Jesus tells us that if we follow him in this life that we will have problems due to the hate that the world has for him and for anyone who would dare follow him.

"In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world." (John 16:33)

And then he tells us not to worry about those of this world who would harm us, but that we should fear only the one who can destroy both body and soul in hell.

"And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell." (Matthew 10:28)

There is but One who can condemn one's soul to the fires of hell, our heavenly Father, Almighty God.

Proverbs tells us that fear of God is a good thing and the beginning of much more in life was it says; "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction." (Proverbs 1:7)

And so since we know that we will face persecutions, maybe even to the point of death, we also know we have nothing to fear from them as long as we remain steadfast in our worship of the Lord as our Sovereign Lord and Master. So, how do we handle things when persecutions come upon us?

We lean on our God for his help to get us through the hard times.

"Be not silent, O God of my praise! For wicked and deceitful mouths are opened against me with lying tongues. They encircle me with words of hate, and attack me without cause. In return for my love they accuse me, but I give myself to prayer. So they reward me evil for good, and hatred for my love." (Psalm 109:1-5)

Yes, in this world we will face tribulations and persecutions, but take heart Christians for our Lord has already overcome the world and through him we too shall overcome it.

"I am an object of scorn to my accusers; when they see me, they wag their heads." (Psalm 109:25)

It is exactly as Jesus described, that the more we work to serve him, to spread his gospel, the more we are ridiculed and persecuted by those of the world. But, be of good courage for through the strength of Jesus Christ we too will overcome them.

"Help me, O Lord my God! Save me according to your steadfast love! Let them know that this is your hand; you, O Lord, have done it! Let them curse but you will bless! They arise and are put to shame, but your servant will be glad!" (Psalm 109:26-28)

We can count on the steadfastness of our Lord Jesus Christ to always be there for us when we are in need, we can know that through him, we will overcome!

"With my mouth I will give great thanks to the Lord; I will praise him in the midst of the throng. For he stands at the right hand of the needy one, to save him from those who condemn his soul to death." (Psalm 109:30-31)

No fear, no fear shall we have of this world or the evil in it for we know without doubt that the one who controls all things stands with those who remain true to him and his love for us.

"And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age." (Matthew 28:20)

Blessed and hallowed be the name of our Lord Jesus Christ...

November 1, 2019 - Smyrna Baptist Church in Huxley is presenting, "The Porch Under the Stars" at Boles Field, November 11, at 7pm. Our guest speaker will be Rick Gage of Go Tell Ministries. 

We will also have live worship music led by Paul, Brittany, Abigail and Hunter. We will have something warm to drink and sweets to eat. 

Come and bring someone with you to hear God's word told in a mighty way.

Rusty Hall - Pastor

October 31, 2019 - Often we hear people talk about “choosing a church” or “looking for a church home” like they were doing their Christmas Shopping or buying a new suit of clothes. I have heard folks say, “I am shopping around for a church and when I find the one I want, I’ll join it”.

That statement prompts a question. Where are we shopping? By this statement, people mean they are going from one church to another. They attend services one place this Sunday, somewhere else next Sunday, and some place different the next Sunday. They base their decision on such criteria as friendliness, social activities, environment and “the meeting of felt needs.” They keep shopping until they have found these before settling down.

Yet, suppose we find everything in a church that we want, is that proof that it is what God wants? If we find what is pleasing to God, we must do our shopping in the word of God. There we will find all God wanted to say about the church. He will tell us about its beginning, its worship and its work. When it comes to choosing a church, let us make certain our criteria comes from the scriptures and not from men.

It’s something to think about…..TBP

Join us for worship this coming Lord’s day at the Center Church of Christ. 110 Hurst Street Center, Texas www.centerchurchofchrist.com

October 29, 2019 - Pastor Byron Coutee, Jr. and the members of the Blount Chapel Missionary Baptist Church would like to invite everyone to their Church Anniversary on Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 3:00pm.

Guest Speaker is Pastor Dexter Yarbrough of the Star of Hope Baptist Church, Nacogdoches, Texas.

Dinner will be served.

October 29, 2019 - Pleasant Grove MBC will be having their annual Fall Fest, this Saturday, November 2, 2019! There will be several fun games, a cakewalk, a photo station, campfire, smores, food, and a hayride! Come join our Church this Saturday, beginning at 5:30 pm. We are located on CR 1470. Be sure to bring your coats to stay warm! We can't wait to see you there. For more information, please call Bro. Josh Crawford at 936-572-5303. God Bless.