March 8, 2019 - We, the members and Pastor of Carroll Chapel CME Church in Shelbyville, would like to invite you to our annual Church Anniversary on Sunday, March 17, 2019 at 3:00 PM. Our guest speaker will be Pastor Cassandra Swindle of the Murray Chapel Pentacostal Church in Logansport, La. Everyone is invited.

March 6, 2019 - St. John Missionary Baptist Church, Center, Tx and Pastor Rev. Winston Kibbles invites everyone to come fellowship at their Friends and Family Day Celebration on Sunday, April 7th at 2:30pm. Special guest is Rev. Cedric Grace who is Pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church San Augustine, Tx.

Theme: “Behold how good and how pleasant it is for Brethren to dwell together in Unity.” Psalm: 133

March 6, 2019 - Open Door Worship Center Youth Revival, "Repositioning for Youth," will be held Tuesday, March 12th through Thursday, March 14th at 7pm nightly. Evangelist for the Week is Minister Cameron Cloudy and Abundant Love Ministries, Rev. Marlin Cloudy, Pastor.

March 4, 2019 - First Baptist Church, Timpson, welcomes Trey Wilson in concert at 6pm on Sunday, March 10, 2019.

Trey Wilson will also lead the music during the morning service.

Born and raised in the Lone Star State, power house vocalist, songwriter, producer and Christian recording artist Trey Wilson first began singing in a small Baptist church at the age of three and over the past two decades has enjoyed unparalleled success in both the gospel and country music industries. He has shared the stage with gospel artists such as The Cathedrals, The Kingsmen Quartet, Gold City, The Florida Boys, The Perrys, The Blackwoods, The Stamps Quartet, Brian Free & Assurance, The Mark Trammell Quartet, Phil Cross & Poet Voices, Naomi & The Segos, The Hoppers, Greater Vision, The Isaacs, The Statesmen Quartet, The Dixie Melody Boys, The Nelons, The Dixie Echoes, The Southmen, The Inspirations, Squire Parsons, the late Dottie Rambo and was honored to sing lead for three years with Louisiana Ambassadors of Goodwill, the prestigious Southern Plainsmen Quartet. At only 14 years old, he was and continues to be the youngest lead singer in Southern Plainsmen history.

In 2003 Trey began a decade long career as lead vocalist with the Branson, Missouri based quartet, New South. During this time he would become widely known for his powerful vocal ability and charismatic personality by many throughout the entertainment industry. He has shared the stage with a collection of musical legends including Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers, Andy Williams, The Righteous Brothers and Bill Medley, Moe Bandy, Neal McCoy, Mickey Gilley, The Oak Ridge Boys, Leroy Van Dyke, John Conlee, Michael Peterson, Jim Stafford, Barry Williams (Televisions Greg Brady), Roy Clark, Barbara Fairchild, Mary Lou Turner, Daryle Singletary, T.G. Sheppard, Ronnie McDowell, Andy Griggs, Doug Stone, John Anderson, and Restless Heart.

During the fall of 2010, Trey along with Gospel Music Hall of Fame member Ronnie Page (The Oak Ridge Boys & Chuck Wagon Gang) and highly acclaimed bass vocalist Mark McCauley (Loretta Lynn, Mel Tillis, and The Blackwood Quartet) would together form gospel music favorites, The Downing Street Boys. Over the next three years they would be joined by Gospel Music Hall of Fame members and tenor singers Jerry Trammell (The Florida Boys and J.D. Sumner & The Stamps) and Johnny Parrack (The Kingsmen Quartet) to form what many would call a quartet sound reminiscent of the golden years of southern gospel music.

On August 17, 2013 in front a sold out crowd in Branson, Missouri, Trey Wilson took his final bow as lead singer of the critically acclaimed New South Quartet. During his decade long career, he headlined more than 7,000 shows in Branson, singing to more than two million fans during this time.

Trey currently resides in Webster, Texas, a city within the Houston-Galveston metropolitan area. He continues to tour the country singing southern gospel music and to this day is recognized as one of the greatest gospel voices of his generation.

March 4, 2019 - It's once again time to come sit on "The Porch" at Smyrna Baptist Church in Huxley, Texas, on Monday, March 11th. Refreshments served from 6:30pm and worship begins at 7pm. The guest speaker will be Steven Molanders. He has a powerful testimony everyone needs to hear. Awesome music leaders are Paul, Brittany, Bryan and Abigail. Everyone is invited to come and receive a blessing.

Bring someone; Jesus loves you!

Pastor, Bro. Rusty Hall

March 4, 2019 - In 1947 Daddy moved his family of eight children to the Jim Boothe rent house across the tracks in East Center, Texas. I was fourteen years old and had heard that revival services were being held in a “Blue-topped “tent across from the Grammar School downtown. We hadn’t been raised in church, but our parents read the Bible to us and taught us strict morality. So when we asked if we could “go to the revival,” Mother told us we could but to come right home. 

So the night came and my brother John and I hurriedly made our mile trip across the RR tracks and the Center square. We stopped for a few minutes to listen to Milton Wilkinson electioneering for State Representative, then rushed to the tent. To the pulpit walked 34 year-old old John Rawlings, pastor of Tyler’s Central Baptist Church ---handsome and dynamic. He preached as if he was preaching only to me and while the choir sang “Just As I Am,” I felt a tug in my heart that I’d never felt before. Since I was too timid to walk down the aisle, someone touched me on the shoulder and whispered, “Do you want to know Jesus?” I immediately stepped out, trembling and praying in my heart, “God be merciful to me a sinner—and save me.”

In 1951 I came home from Panola Junior College in Carthage, Texas one day and tearfully told Mother ---“Mother, I’m going to be a preacher”--- and we wept together. I later enrolled in the Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Missouri. My first pastorate was the Patroon Baptist Church and since then I got a B.A. from ETBU in Marshall, Texas and later pastored churches both large and small in several states.

Last week Pam and I were converting some of our VCRs to DVDs and watched a four hour tape of my building her rifle---(I have built almost a hundred of them over the years) and am proud (in an humble way) of the reputation my custom rifles have received. But watching that tape left me with mixed emotions. I’m almost 86 now, have neuropathy in my hands and feet and can no longer build stocks, fit barrels, etc. But about the time I was lamenting to Pam about it, she played one of my sermons from yesteryear and I suddenly realized something. I am in my 27th year as pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, I preach every week, still perform weddings and funerals, write for five newspapers and am completing my second book. I sit while preaching now, but “thank you, Lord…. for my calling …thank you for something more precious than all my guns, cameras and hobbies combined. Thanks for that night in Center. Thanks for the most wonderful night in my life….the night I found Jesus…..   

……..and Jesus found me.”

March 4, 2019 - Love and peace from our brother Jesus. Sunday was the Transfiguration, one of the more obscure holy days of our church—but since Mark, Matthew, and Luke all speak of this mountaintop experience, it must be important. This holy day needs to be a day when we continue to change, or be transfigured, into what God knows we can be. Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, which begins the forty days of Lent as we prepare ourselves mentally and spiritually for Jesus’ last week and Easter.

We began a new quarter of lessons at Sunday School. The scripture that was the basis for the lesson was Luke 14: 1-7, Jesus’ parable about a banquet. He urged his listeners to be humble and to be inclusive with others just as God includes all at His heavenly banquet. 

It is hard to believe that we are already into the third month of this New Year. Yesterday was Texas Independence Day. This Sunday we celebrated Holy Communion. Next Sunday we have to set our clocks forward for Daylight Savings Time. And in Texas, we keep jumping back and forth from spring to winter. Our Christian Services collection this month is chili, which sure sounds good for a wintery day!

Last week was our monthly program at Lakeside Assisted Living. We had a group from Joaquin Methodist join us: Theresa played piano for the first half the program so she could accompany Chestine, whose selections included “The Old Rugged Cross” and “In the Garden.” Minnie and Hilda got to be singers instead of players, but Minnie took over the piano duties partway through. Pastor Matt was the MC and also spoke of the Ten Commandments—both the biblical story and the Charleton Heston version. Maggie was Matt’s able assistant and husband Gene sang a medley that included “That’s Amore” and “Blessed Assurance.” Jo, Margie, and Chestine’s Ed joined in congregational singing. Fannie read two sweet poems by Helen Steiner Rice, and Sue finished up with “The Teacher from the Black Lagoon.” We appreciate everyone who helps make these programs a success and, we hope, something the residents look forward to.

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.

March 4, 2019 - When Jesus died on the cross of Calvary his death gave all who would come to him the venue by which anyone of us can come to the throne of God, at any time we choose. We come in prayer to speak with our Father, to ask him for help and sometime, just to offer thanks to him for what he has so graciously given us.

The prayer of Daniel when asked to interpret the dream of king Nebuchadnezzar;

“Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, to whom belong wisdom and might. He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding; he reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with him.” (Daniel 2:20-22)

A blessed prayer for all seasons, all times. A prayer which gives God the praise and glory which only he deserves.

In these few words Daniel credits God with being Omniscient and Omnipotent, with the power of changing the seasons and controlling time. He acknowledges God’s Omnipresence as he does all things as one. And he acknowledges the presence of our Lord Jesus with him as well as he speaks of the “Light” dwelling with God as does our Lord today.

Jesus teaches us to pray in this manner;

“Our Father in heaven, Your name be honored as holy. Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not bring us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” (Matt. 6:9-13) 

Jesus also describes how we are to pray to the Father, not as do the hypocrites who like to pray loudly in the streets to be heard by others, no, Jesus says; “But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” (Matt. 6:6) 

Jesus is telling us to pray in confidence but also to pray with humility giving God the praise and glory for his deity, the honor and respect that only He deserves.

And Jesus also gives us this hope for our prayers to the Father as he says; “And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.” (Matt. 21:22) 

Faith, that which unites us with Christ, the single requirement for a life with Christ, the common denominator in all who believe and follow God’s will in their lives.

Faith is the thing that determines success in one’s prayer life, for without faith in Jesus Christ as Lord, without belief that he died for the sins of all mankind, and without belief that the Father then raised him from the grave to live at his right hand forevermore, there is no relationship with the Father God.

The apostle Paul give us this instruction for living as Christians when he says; “See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:15-18)

And so, how is your prayer life? Do you pray in earnest each day to the Father? Do you pray without ceasing, meaning that you pray often each day, asking the Father for direction and guidance? The closer you come to God the more you will find yourself talking with him about all things, giving thanks for all things in all circumstances, both good and bad.

May we all pray without ceasing to our Heavenly Father each day…

Febraury 27, 2019 - (Flier, Invitation) - St. John’s Episcopal Church located at 1063 Southview Cir, Center, TX 75935
Phone 936-598-4101

Invites the community to participate with us Tuesday, March 5, 2019 observing Fat Tuesday with a pancake supper. Pancakes and all the fixings and fellowship will be served from 5pm to 7pm.

Fat Tuesday is observed before the Lenten Season begins on Ash Wednesday, March 6, 2019.

Lent is a season of soul-searching and repentance. It is a season for reflection and taking stock. Lent originated in the very earliest days of the Church as a preparatory time for Easter, when the faithful rededicated themselves and when converts were instructed in the faith and prepared for baptism.

By observing the forty days of Lent, the individual Christian imitates Jesus’ withdrawal into the wilderness for forty days. All churches that have a continuous history extending before AD 1500 observe Lent. The ancient church that wrote, collected, canonized, and propagated the New Testament also observed Lent, believing it to be a commandment from the apostles.

February 26, 2019 - Ash Wednesday is the initiation of the season of Lent. Lent is a spiritual journey spanning 40 days from Ash Wednesday until Holy Saturday before Easter, Resurrection Sunday. During Lent, we are called to a season of self-reflection, some form of spiritual commitment, and special attention to scripture and repentance. For many, it is also a season in which we adopt various acts of kindness and compassion. At Center First United Methodist Church (UMC) located at 211 Porter Street, we begin this season with an Ash Wednesday service on March 6, 2019 beginning at 6pm in the church sanctuary. Our service this year will focus on dust, ashes and breath, which will incorporate all age levels in our church.
 
During the service, everyone attending our Ash Wednesday service will have the opportunity, if they choose, to receive the application of ashes in the form of the cross on their forehead. The ashes simply remind us not only of our limited time on earth, but also of the grace of God who extends life past death by means of the cross.    
 
Please join together with us on Ash Wednesday as the recipients of God’s grace and enjoy scripture enactment along with scripture reflection, hymns, praise and prayers.  

Come and expect to be moved by the breath of the Holy Spirit.  Everyone is welcome.  Additional information regarding our Ash Wednesday service can be obtained by contacting the church office at Center First UMC (936) 598-2707 or visiting www.fumccentertx.org.

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