July 6, 2021 - Lydia Missionary Baptist Church Revival starts Sunday, July 11 at 11am and 6pm with Bro. Harrell Noble and the Powell Family. The revival continues nightly at 7pm Monday, July 12 through Thursday, July 15.

Lydia MBC is located on FM 139 in Huxley. Call Bro. Michael McArthur at 936-368-2642 for more information.

July 5, 2021 - Grace and peace from our friend and brother Jesus. Today is Independence Day, and many Americans are on the move after 14 months of being cooped up. I hope everyone has a joyful, thoughtful, and safe Fourth of July. And if you haven’t gotten your Covid vaccine, by all means get it done. It is your patriotic duty!

Our music this morning included responses to our affirmation and God’s generosity as we sang the Gloria Patri and the Doxology. Our two hymns were the patriotic songs, “America” and “America the Beautiful.” It is helpful to our small congregation if we already know the songs at least somewhat. Being lifetime Americans, we really know these!

Our Sunday School lesson looked at several Proverbs but not really ones I was familiar with: We read and puzzled over the sayings presented. The lesson author said part of what makes Proverbs so wise is taking into account the context in which the advice is being offered. The Proverbs do speak to the danger in being “involved” with others—but despite such a risk, God created us for communion and community.

We celebrated Communion this morning. Not only was it the 4th of July, it was also the first Sunday of the month. I’d thought we might use the hymn “Let Us Break Bread Together,” but its difficulty and unfamiliarity ruled against it.

I used the Gospel lesson, Mark 6: 1-4, as the text for my sermon. Jesus had a successful tour of the Galilee and headed home to Nazareth. He had been disappointed that religious leaders felt threatened by him, and he would soon be just as disappointed in the hometown crowd’s reaction. Jesus, now a traveling rabbi, was asked to lead services at the local synagogue: The folks who heard him were impressed with his knowledge of the law and his wisdom. But they just couldn’t get over the fact that Jesus was a homegrown boy who might be thinking he was too important for them. There was also some jealousy involved at his area-wide success. Sounds like us modern-day folks, doesn’t it?

I loaded up the truck last Wednesday and headed to Haslam Baptist Church to drop off the toilet paper and paper towels we collected during June. They were busy that morning as usual but helped me unload. During July we will collect spaghetti and ravioli; August’s “Undie Sundays” are also coming up quickly.

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 1, 2021 - The House of Refuge Apostolic Ministries Inc. would like you to join them on Sunday, July 11, 2021 at 3pm for the Birthday Celebration for Prophetess Pearlie Nash escorted by Ricky Price. The evenings theme: You Are Enough Proverbs 31:29-30. Guest speaker Prophetess Carol Beard of New Birth Reconciliation of Mosspoint, Mississippi. Special Performance by Candice J. Turner.

July 1, 2021 - Homecoming at Old Home Baptist Church will be Sunday, July 11. The Cemetery Meeting will begin at 10:30am, followed by the Morning Worship Service. Covered dish lunch in fellowship hall afterwards. Everyone welcome to come out for a day of worship and fellowship. Old Home Church is located in the Paxton Community 1 mile off of Farm Road 699 on CR 3455.

Donations can be sent to: Linda Wheeler, 1273 CR 3689  Joaquin, Texas 75954.

July 1, 2021 - Is the message of the cross relevant for today? What 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 bobm? 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 and go to hell.

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. Not just part of our life, but ALL of our life.
    
It’s something to think about… tbp

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June 28, 2021 - Grace and peace from our friend and brother Jesus. We are fast approaching Independence Day, and it sure seems like we Americans are ready to celebrate. After being cooped up for over a year, we are ready to brave the heat to sing, shoot off some fireworks, and have a cookout. So happy Fourth of July to all!

This Tuesday residents of the Paxton area will meet at Paxton United Methodist Church to discuss the building and operation of a disposal well in the area. This proposition has got people thinking long-term about all the possible consequences that come with a project like this. The meeting will update folks and also continue the discussion.

Our music this morning included our responses to our affirmation and God’s generosity as we sang the Gloria Patri and the Doxology. Our two hymns were “When We All Get to Heaven” and “Hymn of Promise.” We had to work pretty hard to keep up with the tempo of the first one: The CDs that we are using don’t have many places in the music to pause for breath.

The Old Testament scripture that our Sunday School is focusing on is still tracking Joseph. Today’s lesson is one of surprise and uncertainty all around. Would Joseph’s brothers realize that they were speaking to their long-ago castoff brother? How is Joseph going to react when he hears that his father is still alive? And of course, can Joseph get past the way he was treated by his brothers to forgive and allow them to come together as a reunited family? The answers to these questions were all positive, and it seems that a new chapter in Joseph’s life is beginning.

The book titled Wisdom of Solomon is found in a part of the Bible we Protestants don’t use, called the Apocrypha. But there is so much to read and learn in that section. The wisdom literature that served as the main scripture for my sermon begins with a bold statement that God did not make death. It goes on to say that God does not delight in the death of the living because he created all things to grow and generate wholesome, fulfilling lives. God made us in the image of his own eternity. Wisdom which is often portrayed as feminine—Lady Wisdom has been with God from the very beginning, and humanity quickly learned how life becomes whole when we cultivate wisdom.

I had a really nice Father’s Day. I heard from Megan, Jacob, and Audrey, which is always nice. Sue and I went out to dinner, a normal pre-pandemic thing for us, but not so normal now. Sue also bought me some cool stuff, including a portrait of my little canine companion Sam.

Sue and I ordered a copier from Amazon, and I was able to run off bulletins for this morning. Unlike last week, I also persuaded my tablet to share my sermon. So I feel a little more “techie” today. When I start feeling cocky, though, I’ll just compare myself to my kids, who can do pretty much anything on a computer. Today, that even included my son talking to Sue on the cellphone while Zooming on the computer to see her laptop screen and work her through a problem.

This week was the last Sunday of the month, so we loaded up toilet paper and paper towels to deliver to Community Christian Services. I’m always glad for a collection like this, which is much lighter to carry than a bunch of cans. But I discovered that paper goods, while not as heavy, are lots bulkier. In order to make room for my dog companions in my truck, I had to unload the whole lot to my home office and then will reload on Wednesday to take to CCS. Next month, spaghetti and ravioli.

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.

June 28, 2021 - Tennessee Cemetery Homecoming will be held July 18th 2021.

They will meet at the Tennessee Presbyterian Church at 11:30 for a business meeting and dinner at 12 noon. Bring your favorite dish and enjoy visiting with old friends. Looking forward to seeing everyone after last year not being able to have homecoming.

If you can’t attend and would like to donate to the upkeep of the cemetery, you can mail a denotation to:

Tennessee Permanent Trust
% Jeanie Rhodes
1434 CR 4916
Timpson, TX 75975

Tennessee Working Committee
% Billie Jackson
7607 FM 947
Gary, TX 75643

June 28, 2021 - The Called Out Church welcomes friends and family to their Annual Homecoming and 20th Anniversary Celebration on Sunday, July 11, 2021. Services start at 2pm.

Special guests are The Collinses. This mom and son 'singing group' has been surrounded by gospel music their entire lives: church, pianos, guitars, hymns choruses, singing, preaching, and the Word of God. Focusing on scripture, truths, and lyrics has been as natural to them as breathing. So, it's only logical that they should express their faith and their understanding of God through music: old songs, new songs, and their own songs.

Enjoy fun fellowship and food and homemade ice cream immediately after service.

The Called Out Church is located at 270 Highway 96 North in Center.

June 28, 2021 - Pleasant Grove Cemetery Homecoming is on Saturday, July 17, 2021.

Please join us for the homecoming at the picnic grounds adjacent to the cemetery (behind Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church at 1440 County Road 1470, Timpson, TX 75975). We’ll be gathering around 10:30am and the business meeting will start at 11am. At the meeting's conclusion, it'll be time to enjoy visiting with one another and perhaps do a little singing. Please bring your chairs and some sandwiches and/or desserts.

Donations for the continued upkeep of our cemetery can be made at the homecoming, or can be mailed to Pleasant Grove Cemetery Association, c/o Pamela Vance, 663 Private Road 118, Center, TX, 75935.

June 25, 2021 - Wallace Chapel Baptist Church 2020 Annual Homecoming and Revival is July 4th through July 7th. The theme is "Ain't No Place Like Home." Luke 15:11-24

Homecoming is Sunday, July 4, 2021 at 11am with speaker Reverend Mario Osby of Smith Chapel Baptist Church, Timpson.

Revival services are at 7:30pm nightly, Monday-Wednesday, July 5-7. Evangelist is Bishop Cedrick O' Keith Grace, Sr. of Mount Zion Baptist Church, San Augustine, Texas.

Wallace Chapel Baptist Church is located at 109 South Marcus Street, Timpson, Texas, 75975. Rev. Derrick Rhodes, Pastor; Sister Shaneeta Rhodes, First Lady; and Sister LaQuista Garrett, Secretary.

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