Welcome to Center First United Methodist Church

 

Love God. Love People. Serve the World.
We welcome all to worship with us!

The Adoration of the Magi tapestry dating from 1894 from the Manchester Metropolitan University, England. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Epiphany is the day Christians remember the coming of the Magi to visit Jesus, bringing their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. It occurs on Jan. 6 every year, the 13th day of the Christmas season. The word “epiphany,” from the Greek word epiphania, means appearance or manifestation. The arrival of these visitors was a sign that the incarnation of God in Christ had been made known and was recognized by the heavens to the whole world, so that even Gentile wise men from the East came to pay him homage. This is an observance of great majesty, solemnity and awe.This content was produced by Ask The UMC, a ministry of United Methodist Communications. First published Jan. 2, 2019.

JANUARY 6, 2019 | EPIPHANY OF THE LORD | COMMUNION SUNDAY | NO COFFEE FELLOWSHIP | REV. CAROL TURNER, GUEST PASTOR
8:30 a.m. | Worship Service
10:00 a.m. | Youth and Adult Sunday School Classes
11:00 a.m. | Worship Service

JANUARY 13, 2019 | 1st SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY
8:30 a.m. | Worship Service 
9:30 a.m. | Coffee Fellowship
10:00 a.m. | Youth and Adult Sunday School Classes
11:00 a.m. | Worship Service 

JANUARY 20, 2019 | 2nd SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY
8:30 a.m. | Worship Service 
9:30 a.m. | Coffee Fellowship | Methodist Men’s Breakfast
10:00 a.m. | Youth and Adult Sunday School Classes
11:00 a.m. | Worship Service 

JANUARY 27, 2019 | 3rd SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY
8:30 a.m. | Worship Service 
9:30 a.m. | Coffee Fellowship
10:00 a.m. | Youth and Adult Sunday School Classes
11:00 a.m. | Worship Service 
6:00 p.m. | Southern Gospel Concert featuring Ernie and Jason Crouch

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.


SAVE THE DATE

POSTPONED – Annual Planning Retreat originally scheduled on January 12

Friday, January 18 – 6:30 a.m. | Youth Breakfast at What-a-burger | From Sarah:  “Mark your calendars for this date and time as we come together at What-A-Burger for breakfast.  We appreciate all you do and all the love and support the congregations gives us.”

Tuesday, January 22 – 5:15 p.m. | Church Council Meeting | Parlor

Thursday, January 24 – 5:15 p.m. | Endowment Committee Meeting | Parlor

Sunday, January 27 – 6:00 p.m. | Ernie and Jason Crouch In Concert


February 18 – 10: 00 a.m. | Youth Lufkin Trip | The Youth will leave the church at 10:00 a.m. and go to Cici’s Pizza for lunch. After lunch, they will go to the Ellen Trout Zoo then to Lufkin Lanes (bowling). They will NEED to bundle up for the cold weather, bring socks, and bring $25 to cover food, the zoo, and bowling. The Youth can bring more money if they want to have extra spending money. We will NEED adult chaperones for this event, please let us know ASAP if you can make it! Peace be with you! Sarah Odom, Director of Youth Ministries Center First UMC

MYF News & Events

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

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – COFFEE FELLOWSHIP 2019

We need volunteers for Coffee Fellowship for the following dates:
March 24, April 7, April 14, June 2, June 23, July 7, July 14, August 1, September 9, December 1, December 8, & December 22. If you are able to help, please contact Tommye Hall McDonald (598-5203) or Kelli Snider (598-2707).

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.