October 17, 2019 - “Until I went into the sanctuary of God, then I understood.”  (Psalms 73:17)

The value of attending the public meetings of the church is a matter of dispute in the minds of many people. There are some folks who go to church regularly while others do not go at all. Then there are those who are in the services occasionally on days like Christmas, Easter and Mother’s Day.

What is the merit of going to church? Does it help? Is the outlook of the regular church goer different on other points from the outlook of those who do not go to church or only go occasionally?

In the passage above, the 73rd Psalm, the Hebrew poet expressed himself on this matter. He had almost given up trying to do right. He saw the prosperity of the wicked and envied them. He saw the ease of the sinful and wondered why he must be burdened.

Seeing these things he had about decided that God didn’t care. That conclusion is fatal to spirituality.  Then one day he went up to the sanctuary of the Lord – that is, he went to church. It was here he got his bearings again. When he left, his feet were on firm ground. He understood God’s plan when he went to church. Why not try it?

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 www.centerchurchofchrist.com

October 16, 2019 - Abundant Love Ministries Center, TX cordially invites your church, choir, praise team, or praise dancers to a Pre-Anniversary Celebration Musical honoring Pastor Marlin and Felicia Cloudy.

October 19, 2019 6:30pm come and join us in lifting up the name of God

For more information please call Diania Calhoun (936) 591-7203.

October 15, 2019 - First Baptist Church of Center is hosting a Life Saving Blood Drive on Thursday, October 17 from 10am until 2:30pm in their fellowship hall. Contact Theresa at 936-598-5605 to sign up!

October 15, 2019 - The Golden Harvest Ministries Club will meet Monday, October 21st, 2019 in the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church at 11:30 AM. Mike Belgard will present the program about “The Hope Project”. 

Reminder: Flu shots will be given. Those who wish to get one will need to remember to bring their Medicare card.

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

October 14, 2019 - Grace and peace from our brother and savior, Jesus, Amen.  Last Friday morning I took my dogs to the park for our morning constitutional.  When we left the house it was about 70 degrees, which felt really nice.  As we were making our laps, the winds picked up and I knew that the temperature was falling.  When we returned home, it was 55 degrees! I guess Mother Nature finally released fall.  Saturday and Sunday we had some winter-like mornings.  I sure hope we have a long autumn full of moderate temperatures.

With the coming of fall Christians once again have high holy days to look forward to.  We say good-bye to Ordinary Time, and next month we celebrate All Saints Day.  During the month of October we have collected peanut butter and jelly for Community Christian Services.  When November rolls around, it will be rice and beans.  On Tuesday we head to Holiday for our ministry there.  Also on Tuesday at 2:00, Fannie Watson will be speaking at the Shelby County Museum.  Fannie is a life-long resident of Shelby County and knows so much of the history. 

The scripture for our Sunday school lesson came from Psalm 51, referencing the story of David, Bathsheba, and the prophet Nathan from 2 Samuel.  Religious tradition tells us that David is the author of this poem, but most scholars date it to sometime after the exile.  It is a lament and a confession.  The author of our lesson stresses the spiritual practice of confession and the importance of finding a quiet place in which to be mindful of God’s presence.  Gene gave a treasurer’s report on the investments of the church’s funds. We especially appreciated the report when we saw how much pain Gene is in from his sciatica acting up.  We sure hope he is feeling better soon. 

In the Gospel Lesson for Sunday Jesus tells the parable of the ten lepers.  Jesus heals all ten and instructs them to go to the priests at the temple to show they have been cleansed and can rejoin society—the family and their village.  Of the ten, only one stops, coming back to Jesus to thank him for his healing.  We see in this story that gratitude is a crucial part of Kingdom Living.  And once again, Jesus uses a foreign-born person—someone who is hated by many of the Jews, a Samaritan—to be the hero of the day.  This is no accident but something Jesus purposely injected to show that all are welcome into God’s Kingdom whether we like it or not!

Last week was our program at Focused Care, where we had a rollicking good time!  Minnie played piano, and I emceed, with lots of anecdotes.  Fannie spoke about optimism, including getting along with her hot water heater!  Pastor Sarah used a personal story about a stray dog to make a point about communication and prayer.  Jo read Psalm 100, tying it to volunteerism.  Sue performed the silly kids’ book, There’s a Cow in the Road.  With her strong voice, Nora worked “To God Be the Glory” and then—the climax of the day—got us all belting out the verses to “Do Lord.”  Margie, Hilda, and a cast of thousands (well, almost) sang, clapped, and laughed along all during the program.

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.

October 14, 2019 - To whom do you give the credit and glory for your life? Do you thank other people, or the government, or even yourself as being the source of your success?

Let me give you and example of one whom was loved by the Lord and one who followed the Lord’s wishes throughout his life. Not perfect for he was a human man, but to the best of his limited ability as he was afflicted by his own weaknesses, just like you and I.

We see the gratitude of David after he was rescued by the Lord from the hands of king Saul. This passage is found in Psalm eighteen and I would suggest reading the entire chapter for I do not have the space here to cover every verse as I would like. 

King-to-be David said these words of gratitude to the Lord. “I love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.” (Psalm 18:1-3)

You see, there was no doubt in David’s mind as to who was responsible for his salvation, both from sin and from his enemies. 

“In my distress I called upon the Lord; to my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears.” (Psalm 18:6) “He rescued me from my strong enemy and from all those who hated me, for they were too mighty for me.” (Psalm 18:17)

“He brought me out into a broad place; he rescued me, because he delighted in me. The Lord dealt with me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands he rewarded me. For I have kept the ways of the Lord, and have not wickedly departed from my God. For all his rules were before me, and his statutes I did not put away from me. I was blameless before him, and I kept myself from my guilt. So the Lord has rewarded me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight.” (Psalm 18:19-24)

David understood exactly where his help had come from and he sings out the glory of the Lord to all who will listen. He wants us to also understand that only the Lord can answer our prayers, only the Lord can deliver us from our enemy, the devil and this world over which he watches. It is foolish for anyone to call upon anyone or thing except the Lord when in trouble, for only the Lord has the power to save, the power to deliver.

David goes on to acknowledge the strength and power of the Lord as he says, “The Lord lives, and blessed be my rock, and exalted be the God of my salvation- the God who gave me vengeance and subdued peoples under me, who delivered me from my enemies; yes, you exalted me above those who rose against me; you rescued me from the man of violence. For this I will praise you, O Lord, among the nations, and sing to your name. Great salvation he brings to his king, and shows steadfast love to his anointed, to David and his offspring forever.” (Psalm 18:46-50)
Enrich your life, give all praise and glory to the only one who is worthy, to the Lord God of heaven, our Creator and our Redeemer. May his name be hallowed and blessed forever… 

October 11, 2019 - Pastor Anthony Jackson and the Bright Morning Star Baptist Church family of Center is inviting everyone to come celebrate 111 years of service to the community. This special church anniversary program will be Sunday, October 27th at 3pm. The special guests will be Pastor Charles Tutt and the Ebenezer Baptist Church of Marshall, Texas. Dinner will be served following the service. The church is located at 623 Martin Luther King Drive.

October 11, 2019 - Abundant Love Ministries will celebrate their 10th Annual Pastor and Wife Appreciation Service on Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 3:00 pm. Elder Norris Cloudy, Divine Faith Tabernacle, Houston, TX is the guest minister.

All regular services (Sunday School and regular noon day service), are cancelled. You are invited and welcome.

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

October 11, 2019 - Tenaha's First Baptist Church is hosting a Fall Festival on Saturday, November 2nd from 6pm until 8pm. Come join in on a family friendly festival with games, prizes, hayride, cotton candy, pumpkin relay race, and much more! An adult guardian must be present for children to ride on hayride.

The church is located at 200 S. George Bowers Drive, Tenaha, Texas 75974.

October 10, 2019 - King David could not build a temple, but he wrote a psalm!  Three temples, one after another, crumbled in the dust, but the psalm lives today in the hearts of millions.  Through three thousand years, the Twenty-Third Psalm has been a source of inspiration.  It is the Christian’s great symphony, the theme of which is God’s care for His own.
​“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.”  Or, as Paul says it, “My God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
​After announcing the theme, the writer gives us the three R’s of the abundant life.  They are Rest, Refreshment and Restoration.  First, “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures.”  Second, “He leadeth me beside the still waters.”  Third, “He restoreth my soul.”
​Rest and relaxation are essential to our well being.  Many a man or woman is in the hospital today because they could not afford to rest or could not rest.  God makes us rest and then he leads us beside the still waters for refreshment.  Restoration just naturally follows rest and refreshment.  How wonderful are the still waters that God leads us to.  Come and worship with us this Lord’s day.  You just might come away rested, refreshed and restored.

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. www.centerchurchofchrist.com