Welcome to 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.

OCTOBER 6 | 17TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST | COMMUNION SUNDAY | The Communion Rail Offering will be dedicated to UMCOR Hurricane Dorian relief.
8:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. | Worship Service 9:30 a.m. | Coffee Fellowship
10:00 a.m. | Children, Youth & Adult Sunday School Classes – Sunday School for All Ages!

8:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. | Worship Service 9:30 a.m. | Coffee Fellowship
10:00 a.m. | Children, Youth & Adult Sunday School Classes – Sunday School for All Ages!

8:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. | Worship Service 9:30 a.m. | Coffee Fellowship
10:00 a.m. | Children, Youth & Adult Sunday School Classes – Sunday School for All Ages!

8:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. | Worship Service 9:30 a.m. | Coffee Fellowship
10:00 a.m. | Children, Youth & Adult Sunday School Classes – Sunday School for All Ages!


Walk to Emmaus – Applications Now Being Accepted

Applications are now being accepted for the upcoming Walk to Emmaus weekend retreat. The Men’s Walk will be held February 20 through February 23, 2020; the Women’s Walk will be held February 27 through March 1, 2020. Please contact Pastor Karen for information and applications.

All Saints Day

All Saints Day, also called the Feast of All Saints or All Souls Day is observed every year on the first day of November. United Methodist Churches honor the memory of deceased loved ones. On Sunday, November 3, 2019, First UMC will honor our deceased loved ones with asking you to share their favorite hymn(s) with us. Cards will be available in the attendance binders during worship service for you to fill out and then place in the offering plate to let Kelli in the church office know about your hymn selections or you can contact her directly at 598-2707. Thank you.

Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes are now available in our Fellowship Hall for pick up to begin packing with your special gifts for boys and girls all over the world! Brochures are also available on the table in the foyer on how to pack the boxes and the amount of postage needed to assist with mailing.

Please return your shoeboxes along with your postage by Sunday, November 17, 2019. The shoeboxes will be blessed during our worship service on this day before being shipped to children! Please contact Jo Watson or Kelli at the church office if you have any questions or need additional information. Thank you!

Advent 2019

Advent Poinsettias and Candles: For our upcoming Advent season, First UMC will be decorating our Sanctuary with poinsettias and candles.  If you would like to donate In Honor or In Memory of a friend or loved one, the cost is $10.00 for either a poinsettia or candle.  Please contact Kelli at the church office (936) 598-2707 or mail your request with payment to the church at 211 Porter Street, Center, TX 75935.  The order deadline is Friday, November 15, 2019.

Birth Narratives Bible Study: Join us as we look at the Birth Narratives from the four Gospel writers in preparation for Advent and Christmas. What similarities or differences are there? Why did they tell the story the way that they did? Join us on Sunday afternoons beginning October 27 through December 15 at 4:00 p.m. We need you and your Bible. Study book will be provided.

Dollar-A-Week Campaign

The Center First UMC Dollar-A-Week Campaign began in February 2017 with donations earmarked for awarding grants assisting our community in significant ways and allowing reachable goals for church ministries and organizations.  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 organization in need? Know of a teacher that has a creative project that exceeds beyond the school budget? For details, past awards and how you can donate to this campaign, please visit our Dollar-A-Week Campaign link. Thank you for your donations and support!

Save the Dates – 2019

Please visit our Event Calendar for all Save the Dates for the current and upcoming months! Thank you!

Tuesday, October 8 – 5:30 p.m. | Trustees Committee Meeting

Saturday, October 12 – 10:00 a.m. | McMahan Chapel Day

Tuesday, October 22 – 5:15 p.m. | Worship Committee Meeting

Tuesday, October 23 – 5:15 p.m. | Nominating Committee Meeting

Tuesday, October 24 – 5:15 p.m. | Education Committee Meeting

Saturday, October 26 – 6:00 p .m. to 7:30 p.m. | Annual Trunk or Treat | First United Methodist Church will host their annual Halloween Trunk-or-Treat on Saturday, October 26 from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at 211 Porter Street, Center, Texas.  The free family-friendly event is open to the community and will include activities, food, cake walk fun and trick-or-treating in the church parking lot.  Want to get involved?! Sign up to decorate your car or truck and hand out candy, donate candy, host a game for kids to play, donate a cake or two for the Cake Walk, or assist with the supper! Please call Karen or Kelli at the church office at 598-2707 for details or how you can sign up!

Monday, October 28 – 5:00 p.m. | Annual Halloween in the Hole at Center High School Baseball Field

Monday, October 28 – 5:15 p.m. | SPRC Meeting

Saturday, November 2 | Daylight Savings Time (Fall Back)

Sunday, November 24 – 1:00 p.m. | Volunteers needed to decorate our Sanctuary for Christmas. Please join us.

Save the Dates – 2020

Sunday, March 8 – Friday, March 13, 2020 | UMCOR Sager-Brown Mission Trip with the East District | UMCOR Depot, Baldwin, LA | Cost is $255 includes room and board excluding Wednesday evening. Create health kits, school kits and flood buckets. One Half of the fee is due by December 5, 2019 Spaces fill up quickly. Please contact Pastor Karen if you are interested!


Our MYF will meet in the Youth Area in the Basement each Wednesday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. during the Fall months in 2019! Join MYF for fellowship, activities and food. We welcome all youth in grades 6 to 12! Volunteers are always needed to provide snacks for the youth on Wednesdays evenings. If you need any information or have any questions, please contact Kim and Rob Payne or Pastor Karen Jones at the church office (936) 598-2707.

Upcoming MYF Save the Dates:

  • October 2, 9, 23, and 30: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • October 16: No MYF
  • October 26: Service and Fun Saturday
  • November 1-3: The Big Event Retreat for 6th Graders at Cho-Yeh |ttps://www.txumcyoung.space/the-big-event

  • “A great time was had by all. Thanks for letting us have your kids for the day. AND A HUGE THANK YOU to all our volunteers. The day could not have gone as smoothly as it did without all your help!” ~Kim and Rob Payne, First UMC Back to School Bash & Retreat, August 17, 2019