Welcome to Center First United Methodist Church

Love God.  Love People.  Serve the World.

We welcome all to worship with us! 

WORSHIP SERVICES & TIMES

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.

JUNE 3, 2018 | 2ND SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
WORSHIP | 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Church Sanctuary
CHILDREN’S CHURCH | No Children’s Church
ACOLYTES | 8:30 a.m. Jaxon Goings | 11:00 a.m. Easton and Emi Kate Wulf
COFFEE FELLOWSHIP | 9:30 a.m. Open For Volunteers | Fellowship Hall
SUNDAY SCHOOL | 10:00 a.m. Youth and Adult Classes

JUNE 10, 2018 | 3RD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
WORSHIP | 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Church Sanctuary
CHILDREN’S CHURCH | 8:30 a.m. Becky Parfait | 11:00 a.m. Ashley Wulf
ACOLYTES | 8:30 a.m. Ty & Grant Gregory | 11:00 a.m. Hudsyn Wulf
COFFEE FELLOWSHIP | 9:30 a.m. Open For Volunteers | Fellowship Hall
SUNDAY SCHOOL | 10:00 a.m. Youth and Adult Classes

JUNE 17, 2017 | 4TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST | FATHER’S DAY
WORSHIP | 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Church Sanctuary
CHILDREN’S CHURCH | 8:30 a.m. Terri Lacher | 11:00 a.m. Renee Verdine and Keela Johnson
ACOLYTES | 8:30 a.m. Jaxon Goings | 11:00 a.m. Logan Galindo and Tristan Carlton
COFFEE FELLOWSHIP | 9:30 a.m. Tommye Hall McDonald and Becky Parfait | Fellowship Hall
SUNDAY SCHOOL | 10:00 a.m. Youth and Adult Classes

JUNE 24, 2018 | 5TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
WORSHIP | 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Church Sanctuary
CHILDREN’S CHURCH | 8:30 a.m. Mary Pigg and Sally Windham | 11:00 a.m. Mary Lynn Tinkle
ACOLYTES | 8:30 a.m. Ty and Grant Gregory | 11:00 a.m. Rex and Zac Payne
COFFEE FELLOWSHIP | 9:30 a.m. Open For Volunteers| Fellowship Hall
SUNDAY SCHOOL | 10:00 a.m. Youth and Adult Classes


UMARMY ARRIVES SUNDAY, JUNE 10

We are excited to welcome 65+ youth and adults from Jasper and Spring to Center next week! Here are some ways you can help or participate: 

  • Desserts for Sunday night 
  • Cookies and brownies throughout the week 
  • Potato salad and baked beans for Thursday night client night 
  • Attend worship Thursday night @ 7:00 pm 
  • Provide showers at your home for a work team (8 people) 
  • Tidy up your church spaces for campers this next

 


BEDS FOR KIDS

April 12:  The Beds for Kids Committee provided four beds for children in need in our community last week. Through the generous donations from Dance Furniture and Ed Turk, we have been able to make a difference in children’s lives. We are still in need of monetary donations and donations of children’s books and Bibles, stuffed animals, sheets and pillows. We appreciate all our church has done to accommodate this new ministry in our church.


SAVE THE DATES

Monday, June 4 – 5:00 p.m. | Worship Committee Meeting – Parlor

Tuesday, June 5 – 5:15 p.m. | Education Committee Meeting – Parlor

Saturday, June 9 – 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Youth Car Wash Fundraiser for Church Camp

Tuesday, June 12 – 5:30 p.m. | Missions Committee Meeting at Jo Watson’s Home

Sunday, June 10 to Saturday, June 16 | UMARMY:  UMARMY (United Methodist Action Reach-Out Mission By Youth) will be here June 10th-16th staying for a week at Center First United Methodist Church (host church). They will be building wheelchair ramps, porches, painting houses and doing other small repairs. If you own your home and are in need of the things listed above, please come to the church office to fill out a application. You must own your home and have a desperate need. Please contact Kelli Snider in the church office for details.

Wednesday, June 13 – 10:00 a.m. | Wonderful Wednesday | Community Outreach and Swimming | Wonderful Wednesdays are open to children entering 1st grade and finishing 4th grade. Children entering Kindergarten are welcome to join, but must be accompanied by a parent or grandparent. Please bring a sack lunch and a drink for each Wonderful Wednesday. The church will furnish coolers for the lunches and drinks.
Please dress your child in “work” clothes, including socks and tennis shoes as we will be “doing good deeds” for a number of our church members in our community. Afterwards, the children will go swimming. Please bring a your swimsuit, towel and a change of clothes for our afternoon swim, plus sunscreen and floaties. We will have several adults supervising at the pool.

Wednesday, June 13 – 5:00 p.m. | Dinner with the Youth Director @ 5:00 p.m. at Sarah’s House (Text her for the address!)

Monday, June 18 – Thursday, June 21 – 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. | Vacation Bible School | Super Heroes of the Bible | Children entering 1st grade through finishing 4th grade are invited to join Center First UMC at Vacation Bible School!  “My hero doesn’t hide behind a mask, He doesn’t need a cape to fly, He’s stronger than the ocean And bigger than the sky… Jesus Christ: The Only Superhero!  Permission forms will need to be completed on each child on the first night of VBS. Please come around 5:30 pm to handle the permission forms. Please contact Nancy Dickerson at the church office at 598-2707 for additional details!

 

Thursday, June 21 – 5:30 p.m. | Trustees Committee Meeting | Parlor

Sunday, June 24 | Camp Registration is open now through June 24!  Please register your youth at https://lakeviewsummercampregistration.campbrainregistration.com/. Kids and Youth who are going into 3rd-12th grade are eligible to attend camp. Registration for Session 4 (July 8-13) closes on June 24. Please contact Sarah Bohannon if you have any questions or need any help registering for camp or if you want to be a counselor.

Wednesday, June 27 – 8:00 a.m. | Wonderful Wednesday | Lufkin Zoo Trip and Clean Water Ministry Program | Wonderful Wednesdays are open to children entering 1st grade and finishing 4th grade. Children entering Kindergarten are welcome to join, but must be accompanied by a parent or grandparent. Please bring a sack lunch and a drink for each Wonderful Wednesday. The church will furnish coolers for the lunches and drinks.  The children will travel to the Lufkin Zoo in the morning and attend the First United Methodist Church of Lufkin for lunch for a presentation in the Clean Water Ministry program. Normal summer clothing will be appropriate for this trip.

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!  

Wednesday, July 18 – 8:00 a.m. | Wonderful Wednesday | Longview Trip and Lunch in the Park | The children will travel to Longview to visit the homeless mission and learn about the variety of programs offered to individuals to assist them with improving their lives. Lunch will be held at a local park. Normal summer clothing will be appropriate for this trip.

MYF NEWS

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

June 9: Youth Car Wash for Camp from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
June 13: Dinner with the Youth Director @ 5:00 p.m. at Sarah’s House (Text her for the address!)
July 4: No MYF!
July 11: No MYF!
July 8-13: Church Camp

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.

DOLLAR-A-WEEK CAMPAIGN

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!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – COFFEE FELLOWSHIP 2018

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

WALL OF CROSSES

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.