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.

FEBRUARY 3, 2019 | 4TH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY | COMMUNION SUNDAY 
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 

FEBRUARY 10, 2019 | 5TH 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 

FEBRUARY 24, 2019 | 7TH 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 

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 DATES

Our First UMC Missions/Outreach Committee extends their gratitude and appreciation to everyone who entered our inaugural Soup and Chili Cook-Off and to everyone who attended and voted for their favorite Soup and Chili! Thank you for making our first cook-off fundraiser a success! Congratulations to our Soup & Chili Cook-off Winners!

Congratulations to our Soup & Chili Cook-Off 2019 Winners!
CHILI
First Place: Marlin Jones and Will Lucas
Second Place: Roy Blackshear
SOUP
First Place: Team Soup Siblings – Melissa Lee and Harrison Lee (not pictured)
Second Place: Virginia Watlington

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

February 21 – 5:30 p.m. | Trustees Committee Meeting | Parlor

Saturday, March 2 – 6:00 p.m. | Young Adults Ministry Meeting | The Young Adults Ministry will meet at the home of Jenny and John Lightfoot, 210 George Ihlo Drive. Child care will be provided at the church. If you have any questions, please contact the church office at (936) 598-2707.

March 15 at 5:00 p.m. to March 16 at 1:00 p.m. | Restored Retreat at McMahan Chapel, Bronson, Texas | Students in grades 6th through 12 are invited to a Restored Retreat!  The retreat will allow your student to spend a day and night with God. They will learn that we are restored through Christ alone.  Please join us for fellowship, food, history, and more as we restore our souls during the retreat! Chaperones are NEEDED!!!  If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Sarah Odom, Director of Youth Ministries, at the church office (936) 598-2707.

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, at the church office (936) 598-2707 church office.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – COFFEE FELLOWSHIP 2019

We need volunteers for Coffee Fellowship for the following dates:
April 7, June 2, June 23, July 7, July 14, August 1, December 1, December 8, and 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.