October 27, 2021 - First Baptist Church of Center is hostiong a Blood Drive on Thursday, October 28 from 10am until 2:30pm in the fellowship hall.

The church is located at 117 Cora Street, Center, Texas 75935. Contact Teresa Crawford at 936-598-5605 to schedule an appointment time.

Be sure to Eat. Drink. Bring I.D.

October 25, 2021 - Grace and peace from our friend and brother Jesus. Sunday was the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Next Sunday is All Hallowed Saints Eve that we know better as Halloween. But next Sunday, our scriptures, sermon, and service will celebrate All Saints Day, remembering the saints we have lost as well as those most meaningful in our personal lives. For me, All Saints Day is very important as we venerate those who came before us.

One week it feels like fall, and the next seems to slip back into summer. I started writing my “News from Paxton Methodist” last Saturday when Sam, Gunter, and I returned from my two- mile walk. Gunter had somehow injured a back paw—but was getting around on three legs. Dr. Sue and Dr. Randy looked closely at his paw, discovering nothing. Luckily, he’s been making steady progress, so he can skip the trip to Center and the real experts.

Paxton Methodists have been bringing peanut butter and jelly to add to the Community Christian Services collection. Next Sunday we will load it for me to deliver along with checks to the wonderful folks at CCS. And then switch over to November’s donation of rice and beans.

Also next Sunday we will fit in a business meeting to approve the 2022 budget, the Trustees Report, the Finance Report, and continued support of the current pastor. Plus, we must approve the Congregation/Clergy Assessment. These need to be voted on before our upcoming Church Conference with the District Superintendent on November 20th. I will send off the Church Council Reports to Dr. White afterward. All this is the “method” in our “Methodist” name.

Sue and Fred came this morning for Sunday School, and we sure enjoyed having them. Our Sunday School lesson’s scripture came from Revelation. We are often turned off by the graphic weirdness of this book, and too often people have taken literally the teachings of Revelation; the writer certainly did not not intend this. Our lesson focused on letters to two different communities that had let their faith grow lukewarm. The angels spoken about were not literally angels—but the leaders of that particular congregation of believers. We 21st Century American Christians get heartburn when the writer of Revelation questions how a community’s wealth affects its discipleship to Jesus. Compared to most folks back then and most of the world today, we Americans are amazingly rich—with plentiful water, gas, goods, and services.

With several folks out of pocket this Sunday, we had a small group. Since we knew ahead of time that would be the case, our hymns were ones we know best: “Amazing Grace” and “Hymn of Promise.” The quote on our bulletin was from L.M. Montgomery, the Canadian author of the Anne of Green Gables books: “Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?” Can’t you just hear Anne saying that?

The Gospel lesson for the 30th Sunday of Ordinary Time is Mark 10: 46-52, the story of Jesus healing the blind beggar, Bartimaeus. This is the last miracle story in Mark as our attention turns toward Jesus’ fateful journey to Jerusalem. In Jericho, the blind beggar screams out to Jesus, asking for mercy on him. Jesus does grant the gift of mercy, healing the beggar of his blindness. What a wonderful story of kindness, mercy, and persistence!

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.

October 18, 2021 - "Now is the Time" Supplicating Women's Revival and Prayer Conference will be held October 21 - 23, 2021 at the Windham Civic Center in Center Texas.

You don't want to miss this riveting, revolutionary, challenging, and unconventional experience. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and one of the objectives of the Conference and Prayer focus is on the effects it has on Mental Health. Another, objective is to educate and inform the body of Christ to remain relevant with the times and culture of today. "Now is the Time" for us to explore the various methodologies God is using to advance the Kingdom of God.

The event visionary and host, Pastor Cassandra D. Bering founder and CEO of Cassandra Bering Ministries, Inc. is a native of Tenaha, Texas. Pastor Bering hosted the first Supplication Women's Prayer Conference in Center at the Windham Civic Center in 2010 and again in 2019. This is the "Finale" in East Texas. Attendees and participants will hear inspiring, encouraging, empowering speakers, anointed praise, and worship psalmists and four women (Chinta Garrett-Spikes-local) will share their stories publicly of survival and triumph. 

This Revival and Conference is tailored to the ministry of healing and deliverance. Yes, "Now is the Time" for a Refreshing, a Renewal, and a Restoration!!!

Men and women from all parts of the country have registered to attend! Come join us! You do not want to miss this life changing experience! Early Bird registration ends Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at $35, registration October 20-23 is $45, onsite and virtual live streaming experience is $45.

October 21, 2021 - Sometimes, the best thing we can do is just get out of the way, not make any comment and let the Word of God do all the talking. The dictionary defines obedience as “compliance with an order, request, or law or submission to another's authority.” 

That said, here is what Jesus said in the Sermon on The Mount in Matthew 7:21; “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” (KJV)

Here is that same passage in some other translations:

“It is not everyone who keeps saying to me ‘Lord, Lord’ who will enter the kingdom of Heaven, but the man who actually does my Heavenly Father’s will.” (Phillips)

“Knowing the correct password—saying ‘Master, Master,’ for instance—isn’t going to get you anywhere with me. What is required is serious obedience—doing what my Father wills.” (The Message)

“Not all those who say ‘You are our Lord’ will enter the kingdom of heaven. The only people who will enter the kingdom of heaven are those who do what my Father in heaven wants.” (New Century Version)

Seems like this concept of “obedience” that is “Living God’s Kind of Life” just might be important.

It’s something to think about… tbp

Join Us for Worship this coming Lord’s Day at Center Church of Christ or online at www.centerchurchofchrist.com

October 21, 2021 - Pastor Marlin and First Lady Felicia Cloudy Sr., and the Abundant Love Ministries church family are celebrating their 12th Annual Pastor's and Wife Appreciation on Sunday, October 24, 2021, during regular services at 10am. Minister Micheal Cloudy will bring the good news of the Gospel. Face masks and temperature checks are REQUIRED. Hand Sanitizer stations are available.

Abundant Love Ministries is located at 1426 Shelbyville St., Center, TX 75935

October 19, 2021 - St. John Missionary Baptist Church of Tenaha, Texas, with Rev. Chandler Pettis, Pastor, will be celebrating its 144th Church Anniversary service on October 24, 2021. Service time will be 12 noon.

This year's theme is "Growing stronger, Growing Deeper, and Reaching Higher..." ~ Isaiah 40:31.

All are welcome to come and share in this worship celebration.

October 19, 2021 - New Life Church is hosting TRUNK-OR-TREAT on Sunday, October 31, 2021 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at 822 Hurst St. Center, TX 75935

We are inviting you to come and attend NLC’s Trunk-or-Treat fun! The event will include candy, cotton candy, funnel cake, popcorn, hotdogs, face painting, balloon art fun, barrel train and duck pond. Mandy fun trunks to trick-or-treat from and amazing ministry! Special trunk guest Center Police and Fire as well as 2 fast race car trunks.  There will be no cost to you.

 

October 18, 2021 - Grace and peace from our friend and brother Jesus. Sunday was the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Fall has finally showed up. It was so cool Saturday morning that I had to wear a jacket when I walked Sam and Gunter. While in Dallas I bought plants at several nurseries: When I got home, I had to first find a place in my various gardens and then put them there—fun, yes, but also work. My daughter bought me a plum tree, the original reason for the trip. Kinda like going to Walmart for two things and coming out with a buggy full!

During this month we are collecting peanut butter and jelly for Community Christian Services. Rice and beans come next. Last week, the folks at Paxton Methodist voted to increase their donation check to the Joaquin FBC for the Community Christian Services Kids’ Christmas program. We also decided on an addition to our giving for the local VFW. This week we made contributions to medical research and an educational opportunity for two people connected to our church.

In fine Methodist tradition, we will have a Church Conference chaired by the District Superintendent of the East District, Dr. White. I am working on the 2022 Budget, the Trustee Report, the Finance Committee Report, the Pastor’s Report, and a list of officers for 2022. Before the conference, the church will need to vote on continued support of the pastor.

Our Sunday School lesson had as the main scripture Matthew 16: 13-19, when Simon states his belief that Jesus is the son of God. Jesus renames Simon; he will be known as Peter, which means rock. Jesus says it is upon this rock that he will build his church.

The writer of our lesson started out talking about the Methodist Episcopal Church’s split in 1844, North and South, over the issue of slavery. Now we cringe at that division, but then it was a real stumbling block. We talked about the 2022 General Conference for the worldwide Methodist church, when it looks like we’re headed once again for a major split.

The scripture for my sermon was the Gospel lesson for the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Mark 10: 35-45 is the story of James and John asking Jesus to name them second and third in command of Jesus’ coming Kingdom. What a very human story—wanting advancement while not considering the repercussions. I reminded everyone that the key to the Gospels is the Kingdom of God that Jesus proclaimed—not a special seat in heaven but a way of living now.

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.

October 18, 2021 - Lydia Missionary Baptist Church is hosting their Annual Autumn Celebration on October 27, 2021 in Huxley. The celebration schedule is:

  • 6:00 pm - Trunk or Treat, Bounce House Fun, and Costume Contest *non scary
  • 7:00 pm - Hot Dogs and Games
  • 7:30 pm - Cake Walk

Lydia MBC is located at 14998 FM 139, Huxley, Texas.

October 14, 2021 - Huxley Helping Hands drive-thru food pantry will be Saturday, October 16 at Hillcrest Baptist Church, Center, Texas at 9:00 am. Must show ID and be in line by 9:30am to receive a box. Only one box per household and ID is required. 

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