October 29, 2019 - The Called Out Church would like to welcome all Spooks and Goblins to our Trunk or Treat! We will be passing out our Yummy Treats Thursday, October 31 from 7:00-8:30pm (as long as the weather allows!) We will post if we have to cancel! Hopefully not because we can't wait see to all the kiddos dressed up.

The church is located at 270 Hwy 96 N directly across from McAdams Propane.

October 14, 2019 - (Flier) - Mt. Calvary Full Gospel Church in Shelbyville will have a Revival October 30 - November 1, 7pm each night featuring Bro. Lamar Denby.

Friday night the New Day Spirituals will perform.

Mt. Calvary Full Gospel Church is located at 5527 FM 417 East Shelbyville, TX 75973.

October 28, 2019 - Shelbyville First Baptist Church will be hosting their annual Fish Fry and Trunk or Treat on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 from 6pm until 8pm.

October 28, 2019 - All things through Him-

For all who are Christian or to all who would become Christian, born-again followers of the Lord Jesus Christ.

"Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth." (Colossians 3:2) 

In order to become one with our Lord we must die to this world and its evilness and be raised with him in righteousness, then we will seek the things that are above and not the things of this earth.

"If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is." (Colossians 3:1)

"When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory." (Colossians 3:4) 

From the day of your new birth in Christ, the day when you are raised with him, these are the things you are to do to follow him.

"Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil, desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming. In these you once walked, when you were living in them. But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its Creator." (Colossians 3:5-10) 

And that is the image that all Christians are to reflect, the image of the goodness of Christ Jesus to the world.

"Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive." (Colossians 3:12-13)

"And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony." (Colossians 3:14)

"So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love." (1 Corinthians 3:13) 

It is by our love for one another that we are known as the disciples of Christ Jesus our Lord.

"And let the peace of Christ rule in you hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." (Colossians 3:15-17) 

Do these things as Jesus asks of you that you too can then say; "I can do all things through him who strengthens me." (Philippians 4:13) 

For we are weak but he is strong and it is only through his strength that we are able to stand for him and cast his light into the darkness that is this world...

Praise and glory to the name of the Lord Jesus Christ...

October 28, 2019 - “The Word of God is quick to see the thoughts and purposes of the heart”…  Heb. 4:12

We got in a discussion after a church service last week about who said, “You can fool some of the people all the time and all of the people some of the time but you can’t fool all the people all the time”. One lady said it sounded like Will Rogers and another thought it was Shakespeare. I later checked the internet and found it was President Abraham Lincoln.

Fooling people is one of man’s favorite pastimes and P.T. Barnum was a master at it.  He is responsible introducing more new expressions to the English vocabulary than any other modern person. “Jumbo” was the name of his elephant and now we have “jumbo shrimp,” “jumbo jets”, etc. etc. “Throwing your hat in the ring”, “grandstanding”, “let’s get this show on the road”, and “come rain or shine” are a few of his originals. 

Strangely enough, his best-known saying, “there’s a sucker born every minute”, actually came from his competitor, David Hannum who was referring to the people that P.T. had fooled in his “Barnum and Bailey Circus.”

Barnum’s “What is-it Animal,”” “Feegee Mermaid,” and 161-year-old woman fooled a lot of people but he never tried to fool God. The inscription on his tombstone reads: “Not my will but thine.” He knew what all men should know:

You can’t fool God any of the time.

October 28, 2019 - Pastor Freddie Wilson and the Saint Paul M.B.C church family celebrates 110th Church Anniversary. Service will be Sunday, November 3rd, at 10am. Evangelist George Cartwright will be the guest speaker.

Everyone is invited to come help us celebrate 110 years!!!

October 28, 2019 - Grace and peace from our brother and savior, Jesus, Amen. It is Friday morning, and I am starting on next week’s newsletter and newspaper article. Woke up this morning to rain, rain, rain!  We certainly need the rain, so no complaints here. I tried to coax the puppies out this morning, but Gunter and Sam just looked at me like I was crazy. The only way they will voluntarily go out in the rain is if I take them for a walk and get wet too. I am debating this idea as I write. 

Our long season of Ordinary Time comes to an end as we have several holy days coming up on the calendar. We Protestants celebrate Reformation Day, and of course November 1st is All Saints Day.  I always think of All Saints Day as kicking off a new season—cooler temperatures, “fall back” out of Daylight Savings Time, Thanksgiving, and of course Christmas.  I learned watching the news that the way the calendar falls this year we will have six fewer shopping days between Thanksgiving and Christmas. This is the reason why retailers are starting the Christmas Season before Halloween. I don’t really accept that explanation, though, as this silly season of buy-buy-buying seems to start earlier and earlier each year.

All Hallowed Saints Eve (Halloween) and All Saints Day were festival days in pre-Christian Europe. As the emerging Christian Church did everywhere, it took these days over and repurposed them to the new faith. I like Halloween and am not bothered by its pagan roots. If we threw out every Christian holy day that had some pagan features, we would have to throw out most if not all of our festival days. 

All during October we have collected peanut butter & jelly for Community Christians Services. In November we will start collecting rice and beans. On Sunday, November 10th Paxton will have a Gideon Speaker.  Paxton has long supported the work of the Gideons; several of our past members were Gideons. Last Sunday I handed out new church phone directories. When you are as small as Paxton Methodist, you can fit all the names on one page! So Sue took pictures of Paxton folks and our pretty church, an album that makes up most of the directory.

Last Thursday was our program at Lakeside Assisted Living. Hilda was lively on the piano. I emceed, telling stories between singing, including the parable for my sermon yesterday. Since I missed Nora’s singing last week, she graciously did an encore of Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World,” one of my very favorite songs. Ollie spoke about miracles in her recent life, leading in to the Bible according to kids and a poem about hugs. Pastor Sarah’s devotional started with some of God’s smallest creatures, progressed through a tale about her dog Maple, and finished with Jonah running from God. Stellar discussed miracles in her life and then accompanied herself on guitar, singing “Peace in the Valley.” Her mom and Margie, by the way, were important parts of our group today. Fannie talked of the value of optimism in life, with some catchy slogans. Sue read a piece from the Texas Co-op Magazine called “Native Soil”: The author explains how his children were born outside Texas but with a bag full of good old Texas dirt under the delivery table.  

We had a really good Sunday School lesson that focused on Romans 6: 1-14. Today was Reformation Sunday, and the book of Romans was very important to reformers like Luther, Calvin, and Wesley. The emphasis was on the need to live each day as best we can. The author reminds us that we cannot live a self-serving, self-centered life and at the same time live a God-serving, God-centered life. Paul also says that believers have already been raised to a new life in the present, a life that should be lived to and for God. 

Before the sermon we had a short business meeting. We are quite informal at Paxton Methodist. The church voted to give $600 yearly to the work of the VFW. We have several members who are very active in the local VFW, doing so much good for our local veterans. Their programs to remember sacrifices made in the past also help educate all of us.

The Gospel for Sunday was from the Luke Gospel 18: 9-14, the parable about the tax collector and the Pharisee. Jesus picked the most despised person possible and contrasted him with the Pharisee, who was very virtuous and correct in his religious doing but lacking in the humility vital for living in God’s Kingdom.  The tax collector was, by contrast, humble, knew his shortcomings, and prayed to do better in the future. 

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 & Sue Smith
Paxton United Methodist Church

October 26, 2019 - Gates Chapel Baptist Church Celebrates 106th Church Anniversary Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 2:30pm Rev. Anthony Jackson and Bright Morning Star Baptist Church will be the special guest.

Gates Chapel Baptist Church is located on CR 2310 Shelbyville, Texas. Everyone is invited.

October 25, 2019 - You are invited to worship with us in our Annual Usher Day on Sunday, October 27th at 2:30pm!

Bishop W.C. Martin and the Bennett Chapel Church Family are our special guests. Sis. Stephanie Hicks of St. John Baptist Church is our guest Mistress of Ceremony. Rev. Richard Edwards, pastor. Sis. Anita Williams, President.

October 25, 2019 - The Dreka Pentecostal Church is having their annual fall festival on Saturday, October 26th. Come join us for bouncehouse fun, chili dogs, hayride, carnival style games, fun and fellowship. Hope to see you there!

The festival starts at 5pm and if it rains it will be moved to indoors!