August 19, 2019 - The Golden Harvest Ministries Club will meet Monday, August 19th, 2019 in the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church at 11:30 AM. The program will be presented by Mark Carpenter of the Lily Farm and Nursery.

Visitors are always welcome to join us for a delicious covered dish luncheon, a good program and time of fellowship.

August 19, 2019 - St. John Missionary Baptist Church, Tenaha, Texas cordially invites you to share in their Homecoming service on August 25th at 2:30pm and revival services to begin August 26th through August 28th, 7:00 PM nightly. Homecoming messenger will be Pastor Orvin Garrett Pastor of Friendship Baptist Church, San Augustine, Texas and Cedar Grove Baptist Church, Milam, Texas. Revival evangelist will be Pastor Frank Cooper, pastor of the New Liberty Baptist Church, Garrison, Texas.

St. John Missionary Baptist Church of Tenaha, Texas
Marilyn Cook, Secretary and Rev Chandler Pettis, Pastor

August 16, 2019 - Triumph the Church and Kingdom of God in Christ and Strong Triumphant Band welcome you to their Shepherd Fourth Appreciation honoring Elder Faye Dell Allen and Brother Adrian Allen on Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 7pm. Guest speaker is Pastor Richard McCowin of Long Star Baptist Church, Chandler, Texas.

August 15, 2019 - Huxley Helping Hands, a local mission group, is holding a food pantry for the residents of Shelby County on Saturday, August 17th at 9am until food is gone at Hillcrest Baptist Church. It will be held the second Saturday of August 2019. Proof of residency and identification will be required. Only (1) box per household will be given.

Hillcrest Baptist Church is located at 901 Southview Circle, Center, Texas 75935.

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Hebrews 11:6

August 15, 2019 - No matter how hard they might try, there are some folks who just never seem to win a battle over an excuse. You promised yourself when you became a Christian and turned your life over to Jesus, that you would allow nothing to keep you from being in worship on the Lord’s Day.  Remember?​

You promised yourself that you would begin attending Bible Study on Sunday mornings. You resolved in your heart that you would attend the evening services on Sunday to grow stronger as a Christian. Did you? Yielding to excuses weakens and destroys character. It undermines every good principle and weakens every good motive.

​Excuses are silly little things, but ah, what a power they exercise. Many men become “spineless sissies” in dealing with excuses. They simply lack the courage to “fight it out”.

​You see, what you did was decide it wasn’t necessary to go to worship every Lord’s Day. It really wasn’t that important to attend the Bible Study or the evening services.   Someone actually told you those didn’t count anyway. Make up your mind. You see, you have already given up the fight and now play the role of defending your enemy, the excuse.

Excuses become handy little things to salve the conscience when we despise duty and seek to avoid it.  Stop making excuses. Live a life of obedience to the Lord and start today to live His kind of life.

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 or online at

August 12, 2019 - House of Refuge Apostolic Ministries invites you to their homecoming on Sunday, August 18, 2019 at 4pm and revival on August 21st to 23rd at 7:30pm nightly.

This year's theme is Prophetic Fire (Exodus 3: 2-3) and look who's coming to town! Homecoming guest speaker is Apostle J.R. Gatlin from New Life Family Church, Bonham, Texas. Revival Evangelist for the week is Apostle Rodney Beard, New Birth Reconciliation Ministry, Inc., Moss Point, MS.

House of Refuge Apostolic Ministries is located at 215 Church Street, Center, Texas 75935 with pastor Apostle W.E. Nash, Jr. 

August 12, 2019 - Love and peace from our brother, Jesus. Today is August 12th which happens to be my birthday. Sometimes I am frightened when I look in the mirror and wonder who the old man is looking back at me! Oh well, time marches on. We are certainly in the dog days of summer. Our two dogs, Gunter and Sam, are like me in that they don’t want to spend too long outside. We get up in the morning and do our walking in the park; when we get back we work in the yard and garden for about twenty minutes at a time. I sure appreciate my air conditioning and never complain about the cost, which is worth every penny. 

The scripture for our Sunday school lesson was the wonderful story of Ruth and Naomi. This story is about covenant. This special bond between Ruth and Naomi is the type of bond we need to develop with God and each other. When we think of covenant we think of a contract but on a deeper—more spiritual—level. I think of the covenant of marriage: a contract but also much more. Naomi and Ruth were thrown together by difficult circumstances and yet their love for each other grew and sustained them. 

We are in the midst of Ordinary Time on the church calendar. I used the Old Testament Lesson from the first chapter of Isaiah, the largest prophetic book in the Hebrew Scriptures. We Christians are very fond of this book; when Isaiah talks about a suffering servant and a messiah, we think of Jesus. Like the other prophets in the Hebrew Testament, Isaiah sees bad things on the horizon but the possibility of redemption. This first oracle of Isaiah sees God bringing a lawsuit against his people for breaking the covenant they had made with him. He compares Judah and Jerusalem to Sodom and Gomorrah. The sin of Sodom and Gomorrah is that they turned their backs on the needy. They no longer cared for the poor, the orphans, or the widows. The priest, the king, and his court all are responsible for this failure. 

During the month of August we are collecting children’s socks and underwear for Community Christian Services. Early on, Gayle and Joaquin Christian Services set up a Sunday in August before the start of school to collect socks and underwear. She called it “Undie Sunday,” part of her effort to get new clothes and school supplies for students in our area. Later this month we will be visiting Holiday Nursing Center and Lakeside Assisted Living. We have monthly programs in area nursing homes: People from many communities and many churches come to sing, visit, and share stories.   

Our worship time is 10:00 AM; we would love to have you come to worship with us. I know how very busy everyone is: Our early meeting time enables you to move on to family get-togethers or jobs afterward. Not to mention naps, which my wife says are best on Sunday afternoon. 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 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.

August 10, 2019 - Joaquin First United Methodist Church is hosting a blood drive at the Mind Body Spirit Health Fair on Saturday, August 10 from 10am until 3m at 105 Faulkville Road.

Giving blood doesn't end with a cookie. The Beyond the Donation Blood Drive is about someone in need such as Helen who is a cancer survivor, Josh who is fighting sickle cell, and Erin who survived internal bleeding.

Your precious gift is carefully provided to someone in need. Maybe someone fighting cancer or sickle cell, needed surgery, or was in an accident. Your blood donation could impact the life of someone you know, someone you'll meet, or your closet loved one.

Contact Anne Ortigo at or call 936-269-3661.

August 9, 2019 - Neuville Baptist Church will welcome Bro. Lamar Denby for their Revival August 26th through August 28th at 7pm nightly. If you live within driving distance, please come!

August 9, 2019 - Come to the Body and Soul Health Fair and Revival sponsored by Joaquin Christian Services on Saturday, August 10 from 9am until 3pm at Joaquin First United Methodist Church.

The health fair will offer free hearing tests, vision tests by Golden Eye Associates, dental screening, blood pressure and blood sugar checks by UT Health.

Additional opportunities:

  • Cancer Treatment Center will be on hand with information.
  • Shelby and Panola Counties V.A. Representatives will be on site.
  • UT Health and MD Anderson Cancer Center Tyler will have information.
  • Texas Quick Care will be doing school physicals for only $10.
  • DOT physicals offered for a reduced rate.

The playground will be open for kids. Everyone is invited to enjoy sno cones, homemade ice cream, watermelon, and more.

Joaquin First United Methodist Church is hosting a revival on August 9th through August 11th. Friday and Saturday service is at 6:30pm and Sunday service is at 10:30am and 6:30pm. You are invited to revival with Evangelist Richard Bolte from Franklin, TN and Broken Vessels from Branson, MO. Bro. Bolte has a ministry that spans the globe, preaching revivals and teaching conferences. Broken Vessels travels across America spreading the Gospel through song and testimony. You don't want to miss these dynamic ministries.