Welcome to Center First United Methodist Church

We welcome all to worship with us! Our hearts, our minds, our doors are always open!


First United Methodist Church of Center, Texas offers two traditional services of worship every Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. in the sanctuary. The services include scripture, prayer, singing of well-loved hymns led by the Chancel Choir, a children’s message and a sermon by Pastor Karen Jones.  Communion is offered on the first Sunday of each month during both services.  Nursery is provided for both worship services. Sunday School classes begin at 10:00 a.m.


Please stay for fellowship and refreshments in our Fellowship Hall at 9:30 a.m. following our early worship service.


Monday, January 1:  Happy New Year – Office Closed

Monday, January 8 10:00 a.m.:  Volunteers needed to assist with removing and packing the Christmas decorations from the sanctuary.

Tuesday, January 9 – 1:30 p.m.: BINGO

Tuesday, January 9 – 5:30 p.m.: Missions Committee Meeting

Mondays, January 15, 22 and 29 – Noon or 6:00 pm: Opportunity #1 to Get Spiritually Fit Early in 2018: Join the pastor for the Wesley Challenge: on Mondays, January 15, 22 and 29 at either noon or 6pm. You will need a book to participate but there will be no charge for the book. We do need to order the correct amount so please let Kelli know if you plan to participate. You will actually begin the daily readings on January 8. The Youth will be participating during Sunday School at the same time the adults are participating on Mondays.

Friday, January 12 – 2:30 p.m.: FUMC Nursing Home Ministry visits Green Acres Nursing Home for Monthly Celebration

Tuesday, January 16 – 5:30 p.m.:  Finance Committee Meeting

Wednesday, January 17 – 3:00 p.m.:  Kids Grow ‘N Christ program resumes

Thursday, January 18 – 5:30 p.m.:  Trustees Committee Meeting

Friday, January 19 – 6:00 p.m.: Planning Retreat in the Fellowship Hall

Saturday, January 20 – 9:00 a.m.:  Planning Retreat – Please join us as we travel to McMahan’s Chapel for our annual planning retreat. We will be leaving at 9:00 a.m. from FUMC. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Tuesday, January 23 –  5:15 p.m.:  Church Council Meeting

Friday, January 26 – 2:30 p.m.:  FUMC Nursing Home Ministry visits Holiday Nursing Home for Monthly Celebration

Wednesday, January 31 – 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.:  Opportunity #2 to Get Spiritually Fit Early in 2018 : The Texas Annual Conference is offering a Resiliency Workshop for clergy and laity on Wednesday, January 31st in Longview. The presenter will be Chaplain and Retired Brigadier General Ray Bailey. ”Spiritual fitness” is the development of those personal qualities needed to sustain a person in times of stress, hardship and tragedy. “Spiritual resiliency” is the development of those inner capabilities and tools to be able to better cope and be resiliently strong in body, mind, and spirit. It is the ability to recover rapidly from illness, change, or misfortune. It is the ability of a soul to regain its power. The Goal of spiritual resiliency training is to create persons who are aware of the importance of being spiritually fit and resilient individuals. Along with increased awareness, they will also become better able to balance the demands of their careers, families and personal lives. The workshop will begin at 10:00 a.m. and end at 2:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Anyone interested in attending needs to call the church office before January 17.

Sunday, July 8 to Friday, July 13, 2018:  Church Camp will be held July 8-13, 2018 at Lakeview Methodist Conference Center in Palestine, TX. You can register online at https://lakeviewsummercampregistration.campbrainregistration.com/ or call the Lakeview Registration office at (903) 538-2711. Registration ends June 24!  Remember: the church pays half of each campers registration fee or we can assist those who are in need of the full amount. If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Bohannon!


Each week, we meet in the youth area for fellowship, activities and food.  We welcome all youth in grades 6-12 to join us at 5:00 p.m.  Volunteers are always needed to provide snacks for the youth on Wednesdays evenings.  You are also welcome to join us for the remainder of the night if you choose! 

Upcoming MYF Events

  • Retreats at Lakeview – https://lakeviewmcc.org/retreats/
  • Mid-Winter Retreat:  February 16-18, 2018 – Registration opens October 1, 2017
  • Man Camp:  Father-Son Retreat – Fall 2017
  • Wild 2018:  Spring Break Retreat – Spring 2018
  • Rooted: Mother-Daughter Retreat – Spring 2018
  • Church Camp:  TBA


Have a passion for what hurts God’s heart in our community? Want seed money to kick off a ministry that addresses that need? Know of an area non-profit meeting needs we can’t meet on our own? Know of a teacher that has a creative project that is beyond the school budget? This campaign will allow us to reach our community in significant ways. 

We will set aside every $1 bill in the collection plate for the Dollar-A-Week Campaign.  Here’s how this program works:

  • We are asking that every member put $1 bills in the collection plate above and beyond your regular tithe or giving.
  • This money will be collected throughout the year, and in the Fall 2017, individuals and groups in the church, and in the community, can apply to receive grants that can be used to meet needs in our community. 
  • Please visit the Dollar-A-Week Campaign page for all the details!


Please contact Kelli in the church office if you want to sign up to host our Coffee Fellowships on Sundays! 


We need your assistance and we want you to be included!

The trustees have approved the creation of a Wall of Crosses that will begin on the wooden wall across from the parlor. We are asking that each household bring a cross to the church that represents you or your family. Please be sure that it is no larger than 11” tall. We will print your name and the year on the back of each cross (or you may do this). It is important that every household be represented. You may bring your cross to the church any time. We will begin hanging them when we have several collected in the office. Once we fill up that wall, we will add an additional space for hanging elsewhere in the buildings. Thanks ahead of time for helping create a beautiful and meaningful wall in our church building.