Welcome to Center First United Methodist Church!

Love God.  Love People.  Serve the World.

We welcome all to worship with us! 


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.

WORSHIP – 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.: “Wisdom and Foolishness” | 1 Corinthians 1:18-25
CHILDREN’S CHURCH: No Children’s Church
ACOLYTES: 8:30 a.m Ty & Grant Gregory | 11:00 a.m. Rex & Zac Payne
COFFEE FELLOWSHIP: Missions Committee

WORSHIP – 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.: Not Just a Sweet Scripture for Children to Learn | John 3:14-21
CHILDREN’S CHURCH: 8:30 a.m. Mary Pigg & Sally Windham | 11:00 a.m. Ashley Wulf
ACOLYTES: 8:30 a.m. Jaxon Goings | 11:00 a.m. Easton & Emi Kate Wulf
COFFEE FELLOWSHIP: Tinkle/Runnels SS Class

MARCH 18, 2018 – 5th SUNDAY IN LENT
WORSHIP – 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.: Becoming Children of Light | John 12:20-36
CHILDREN’S CHURCH: 8:30 a.m. Becky Parfait | 11:00 a.m. Cindy A. Griffin & Keela Johnson
ACOLYTES: 8:30 a.m. Ty & Grant Gregory | 11:00 am-Hudsyn Wulf
COFFEE FELLOWSHIP: Methodist Men’s Breakfast

WORSHIP: “Borrowing Donkeys, Palm Fronds and Fig Trees” | Mark 11:1-17
ACOLYTES: Jaxon Goings & Logan Galindo 
COVERED DISH LUNCHEON:  Following Worship Service in the Fellowship Hall


Thursday, February 15 to Thursday, March 29 – Noon or 6:00 p.m.:  7 Week Lenten Study of John 13-17 With Jesus in the Upper Room: A Workbook on His Final Lessons for Today’s Disciples by Maxie Dunnam  |  You are invited to attend our upcoming 7 Week Lenten Study of John 13-17 With Jesus in the Upper Room: A Workbook on His Final Lessons for Today’s Disciples by Maxie Dunnam beginning on Thursday, February 15, 2018. The study will meet on Thursday each week for the 7 week study and two times are available for you to attend at Noon or 6:00 p.m.

  • Be challenged with a new perspective on the last supper—as if you’re sitting alongside Jesus as a friend during this special meal
  • Prepare your heart for the celebration of Easter

About the Study
The last supper with Jesus was a momentous occasion for the disciples. This was the last intimate time Jesus had with His disciples, and has been called “Jesus’ Final Discourse.” Jesus knows that this is the last time He is physically going to spend with you. He knows He’s going to die. What does He need to say? What lessons has He taught you that He needs to underscore? How does He need to relate? What actions does He need to take to make clear who He is and what He has tried to communicate? His words in the Upper Room were as monumental for his twelve disciples then as they are for His contemporary disciples now. In this seven week study, you will be led through John 13–17 to this most precious legacy of Jesus’ teaching, the distillation of His thought and message—what He really wants us to hear. We are His modern friends, to whom He speaks as lovingly as He did to His friends in the Upper Room. Knowing all of this, will you listen to Him? Interested Sunday school classes are welcome to study as a group. These books come from a different supplier and we need to know soon how many books to order. Can we count you in? Please contact the church office to reserve your book today!

Wednesday, February 21 to Wednesday, April 4 – 3:40 p.m. to 4:50 p.m. |  Confirmation Classes

Friday, March 9 – 2:30 p.m.  FUMC Nursing Home Ministry visits Focused Care Nursing Home

Saturday, March 10 and Saturday, March 24 – 9:00 a.m.  |  Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and CPR Training in the Fellowship Hall.  Cost is $25 for the class.  Please contact the Church office for additional details and to reserve your attendance for the class. 

Thursday, March 15 – 5:30 p.m Trustees Committee Meeting

Tuesday, March 20 – 5:15 p.m Finance Committee Meeting

Friday, March 23 – 2:30 p.m.  |  FUMC Nursing Home Ministry visits Holiday Nursing Home

Sunday, March 25  |  Palm Sunday

Sunday, March 25 – 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. |  Easter Eggstravaganza

Tuesday, March 27 – 5:15 p.m. |  Church Council Committee Meeting

Thursday, March 29 – 6:00 p.m.  Maundy Thursday Service in the church sanctuary

Friday, March 30  Good Friday

Sunday, April 1  |  Easter Sunday

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


Pastor Karen Jones and Sarah Bohannon, FUMC Youth Director, are leading Confirmation classes for youth in Grades 6 and up wanting to learn more about God, faith and what it means to be a member of the church. 

Confirmation classes will be held on Wednesdays beginning February 21 through April 4 after school from 3:40 p.m. until 4:50 p.m. Confirmation Sunday will be April 8! We are breaking up Confirmation into two sections.

Section 1: February 21-March 28:  The first section is five weeks long and meant to expand our “youthies” knowledge on the Christian Faith and strengthen their Foundation of Faith.

Section 2: February 21-April 4:  The second section includes Week 6 which allows the youth to learn about the Wesleyan Heritage (a.k.a. the United Methodist Church). When this section is completed, the youth will have the opportunity to profess their faith of Jesus Christ and join the church. If you will need transportation for your youth, let the church know!

At baptism, we are initiated into the new covenant in Jesus Christ and membership in the Church, Christ’s body in the world. For many, this happens when they are very young. We recognize children are members of their human families, but no one expects them to clean their rooms or empty the dishwasher until much later. In the same way, “baptized infants are members of the Church—the family of faith—but are not yet capable of sharing everything involved in membership,” By Water and the Spirit. The United Methodist Church’s official statement on baptism, teaches. Confirmation is an opportunity to respond to the grace of God available to us, as acknowledged in baptism, and to promise to live as a person of faith. “What God offers us must be accepted in repentance and faith,” This Is Your Baptismal Liturgy states. “Confirmation and reaffirmation are our responses of commitment, profession of faith, and rededication.


April 6th is a Bad Weather Day. The youth have the opportunity to join us for bowling and pizza in Nacogdoches. Youth will need to bring $10 to pay for food.


  • March 14
  • May 30
  • June 27
  • July 4
  • July 11

If you need any information or have any questions, please contact Sarah Bohannon, Director of Youth Ministries, (936) 598-2707 church office, (903) 841-1518 cell or sbohannon14@gmail.com.


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 2018, 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.