August 2, 2019 - Pastor Byron Coutee, Jr. and the Blount Chapel Missionary Baptist Church would like to invite everyone to our Annual Homecoming and Revival Services. Revival starts Wednesday, July 31, 2019 through August 2, 2019, 7:30pm nightly.

Guest speakers:

  • Wednesday night: Pastor Rayford Caraway of New Prospect Missionary Baptist Church in Timpson, Texas
  • Thursday night: Pastor Laronte Blanche of Sunset Galilee Missionary Baptist Church in Nacogdoches, Texas
  • Friday night: Pastor Brandon Owens, Sr. of Bethel Baptist Church in Longview, Texas

Homecoming service will be August 4, 2019, starting at 12:00pm. Our very own Pastor Byron Coutee, Jr. will deliver the message. Lunch will be served. 

Humbly submitted,
Sis. April N. Moore, Church Clerk

August 1, 2019 - Providence Missionary Baptist Church Revival is August 5th to August 9th at 7pm nightly. The message will be brought by Bro. Hayden Wilkes. Providence MBC is located on CR 1265 in Center.

August 1, 2019 - There is a tender story told in Mark 14:1-9 of something which happened during some very difficult days for Jesus. The Jewish leaders were plotting his death and He was surrounded by his critics and His enemies. In this narrative, we see Him going to the little village of Bethany. It is the night before Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem and He goes to a party in His honor in the home of Simon, a leper.

Picture the scene as Jesus is reclining at the table and John tells us Mary came and anointed the feet of Jesus (John 12:1-3). Well, the critics began to raise their voices and talk about her. Jesus said to leave her alone, she had done what she could.

Have you ever thought about the love that caused her to do this? Have you ever experienced that kind of love? An unexpected act of pure love, that is what you see in this beautiful story. She loved Jesus and she did what she could. She didn’t have much, but what she had she gave to Jesus. Not to Simon the Leper, not to Peter or James or John. What she did, she did for Jesus.

God loves us more than we can ever love Him. You see, we can never pay Him back for what He has done. God doesn’t require the debt to be repaid. He just wants us to accept what He has done and to love Him for it. He wants us to live a life obedient to His will. He only wants us to do what we can.

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

July 31, 2019 - A Special Called Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Center ISD will be held August 1, 2019, beginning at 12:00 PM in the Center Independent School District Administration Boardroom 107 PR 605 Center, TX 75935.

The subjects to be discussed or considered or upon which any formal action may be taken are listed below.
Items do not have to be taken in the same order as shown on this meeting notice.

1. Call Meeting to Order and Establish a Quorum
2. Invocation and Pledges of Allegiance
3. Budget Workshop #1
4. Budget Amendment(s)
5. Consideration to Approve the 2019-2020 Code of Conduct
6. Adjournment

If, during the course of the meeting, discussion of any item on the agenda should be held in a closed meeting, the Board will conduct a closed meeting in accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act, Government Code, Chapter 551, Subchapters D and E or Texas Government Code section 418.183(f). Before any closed meeting is convened, the presiding officer will publicly identify the section or sections of the Act authorizing the closed meeting. All final votes, actions, or decisions will be taken in open meeting. [See BEC(LEGAL)]

The notice for this meeting was posted in compliance with the Texas Open Meeting Act on: July 29, 2019 9:00 a.m.

July 29, 2019 - Hillcrest Baptist Church of Center is hosting ‘In the Wild, Amazing Encounter with Jesus’ July 29 through August 2 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm. 

Gas up the all-terrain vehicle and head out on a wilderness adventure like no other. Get up close and personal with elephants and egrets, polar bears and penguins, cockatoos and crocodiles, and so much more! This summer kids will focus in on some amazing, real-life encounters with Jesus and discover the most amazing truth of all - Jesus Christ is the Messiah, the Son of God, and by believing we can have life in His name.

For more information contact Janice Hughes at 936-332-0811. The church is located at 901 Southview Circle, Center, Texas 75935.

July 29, 2019 - Bennett Chapel Missionary Baptist Church of Shelbyville hosts its annual Homecoming. Sunday August 11, 2019 at 2:30 P.M. Guest Pastor Terrance Hicks and the Power of Word Ministries of Nacogdoches TX will be there.

Revival will take place August 14-17 at 7:30 nightly.

Wednesday - Bishop Stanley Lawson of Unity Tabernacle Longview TX will be present. 

Thursday - Apostle Juanita Tave of Determined Faith Highest Praise Ministry  Arlington, TX will be present. 

Friday - Apostle Cornell Hamilton of From Bondage to Freedom Church Shreveport, LA will be present.

July 29, 2019 - Every day we are besieged by claims of racism in every media. If one differs in belief to anyone who is defined as being on the “left-side of the isle” then he is falsely labeled as being racist. Let us look at the word “racism” and see what it actually means according to the dictionary. 

Racism- “Prejudice or discrimination against others.” I would submit to you that there is but one race on earth, the human race, comprised of two sexes, male and female.

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:27) 

If God created only one race, then how can any man have prejudice and discrimination directed at one another? Because it's not racism, but hatred that we see so vividly displayed each day. The word hate is defined; “Intense hostility or aversion to another, often a systematic politically exploited expression of hatred for another person.” Oh my, I think we have found the truth here.

First, there is only one race, the human race and all are part of it, no matter the nationality, color or creed, all are given their humanity by the living God.

“For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him.” (Romans 10:12) 

God created all men and all men equal, making no distinction between the different breeds of humans. Yes, breeds, the description of the word “Breed”; “A category of humankind that shares certain distinctive physical traits.” That my friends is how we get the various colors of humans. 

It’s the same race, the human race, simply different colors whether white, black, brown, red, or yellow, we are all of the same race and are seen exactly the same by our God. As the human race we must learn to see one another as God sees us, by the color of our hearts and not the color of our skin!

May God Bless All.

July 29. 2019 - Mt. Zion CME Church announces Homecoming Service on Sunday, August 4, 2019 at 3pm. Guest speaker will be Rev. D’Ana Gipson, pastor of Jerusalem CME Church in San Augustine, TX. 

Revival will be happening Monday, August 5th thru Wednesday, August 7th at 7pm nightly. 

Speakers for the week are: 
Monday - Rev. Marilyn Briggs, St Paul CME, Nacogdoches
Tuesday - Rev. Steven Standley, East Liberty Baptist Church, Center
Wednesday- Rev. Sherman Kossie, The Nation, Nacogdoches.

July 29, 2019 - Love and peace from our brother, Jesus. What an unusually mild week for July we enjoyed last week!

Unfortunately, like all good things, the nice temperatures and low humidity can’t last. I had a busy week last week. Monday I had a doctor’s appointment in Shreveport. On Tuesday, I went to Dallas to take our granddog back to our daughter. While in Dallas, I got to visit with my kids and my brother and sister-in-law. I also went to a bookstore and a plant nursery. Then on Thursday, I drove to Kilgore to meet Sue. We had tickets to the Texas Shakespeare Festival for two plays, Othello and a modern one, Anything Goes. We had dinner at Jack Ryan’s Steakhouse. When we got back to Joaquin Friday evening, it seemed I had been gone for a month. The only things missing from home, though, were our dog companions, who vacationed at All God’s Creatures while we were gone. I got busy getting my sermon and the bulletin ready for Sunday—and picked up the puppies on Saturday. 

Our Sunday school lesson was another of Jesus’ hard sayings. Matthew 7 begins with “Don’t judge, so that you won’t be judged.” The lesson deals with self-examination in the light of God’s truth and love. Jesus shows us how easily our judgment is impaired by deception when we focus on others’ shortcomings and fail to see our own. Ms. Fannie had us all wishing to be slower in our race to judge others!

The Gospel Lesson for this Sunday was Luke 11: 1-4, where we see the disciples asking Jesus to teach them how to pray—like he does. What is now called The Lord’s Prayer is found in this scripture and also in the Matthew Gospel. The personal, intimate way Jesus refers to God is what makes The Lord’s Prayer unique. He uses the Aramaic word “Abba,” the informal, personal form of father—more like papa or dad. Many theologians I have read say that until we can come to understand this love affair God has with us, we will not begin to understand the nature of God.

We had a short business meeting before our worship time. The church members voted to send $500 to the Tenaha Youth Center to help with their good work. We also approved scholarships for two people who want to continue their studies in nursing. It was wonderful to see Ms. Hilda. Last weekend she was at a school reunion, having a great time. 

Last Thursday the loyal folks (except for Sue and I, who were in Kilgore) headed to Lakeside Assisted Living for our ministry there. This week we gathered all of July’s canned spaghetti and ravioli to donate to Community Christian Services. In August we will collect socks and underwear for students returning to school. Decades ago at the Joaquin Methodist Church, this was the first of the collections for Christian Services, beginning with Gayle’s suggestion of Undie Sunday. Later we added monthly donations for other needed supplies.

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.

July 26, 2019 - A young girls conference, 'Destined 2019 - I'm So Worth It!,' will be held July 26th and 27th at the Pineywoods Outreach Ministries. The conference is for girls ages 4 through 18 and includes topics: purity, empowerment, etiquette training, and effective prayer. There will be a special tea party for ages 4-7 and lunch will be served Saturday at noon. For more information or to register, contact Evette Netherly at 936-488-2898. Pineywoods Outreach Ministries is located at 255 Haley Drive, Center, Texas 75935.