Welcome to Center First United Methodist Church

We welcome all to worship with us!

Our hearts, our minds, our doors are always open!


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.



Tuesdays, September 5 to October 17 – Sessions Noon OR 7:00 p.m. (No Bible Study on Tuesday, September 19) – Bible Study Renovate: Building a Life with God: Grab your tool belt for physical renovation. For spiritual renovation, turn to God. Popular author and pastor Jacob Armstrong explores how Nehemiah understood the difference.  Nehemiah’s goal was to rebuild the wall and gates of Jerusalem, a physically daunting undertaking.  But he also knew that as the Jewish people returned to their homeland, they would need spiritual renovation—an equally difficult mission. Thankfully, spiritual renovation is not a do-it yourself project, and Renovate: Building a Life with God, part of Armstrong’s The Connected Life series, emphasizes how we need God’s great power in us to renovate our lives through the Holy Spirit. Join us on Tuesdays at Noon or 7:00 p.m. beginning September 5 to October 17 as we explore this ancient yet modern story. Books are $11 and child care is available.  Books are available by contacting the church office at (936) 598-2707.

Sunday, October 1 – Grand Opening Annual Pumpkin Patch – 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  The Center First United Methodist Church announces the Grand Opening of their annual Pumpkin Patch fundraiser at 211 Porter Street on Sunday, Oct. 1 from 12:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.  Pumpkins of different varieties and sizes, Indian corn and gourds will be available for purchase ranging between $2 and $15 and will be displayed on the lawn behind the church making for a great photo opportunity.  Donations from this year’s Pumpkin Patch will assist with the purchase of a defibrillator for the church.  Read More

Monday, October 2 – Charge Conference – 6:00 p.m. 

Sunday, October 8 – Boy Scouts Spaghetti Lunch – Noon  – Fellowship Hall – Take out or eat in after our 11:00 a.m. Worship Service

Saturday, October 14 – McMahan’s Chapel Day – 10:30 a.m. 

Saturday, October 14 – Blessings of the Animals – 3:00 p.m.Pumpkin Patch Event

Saturday, October 14 – Movie Night – 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.Pumpkin Patch Event

Thursday, October 19 – Cider Sipping Senior Day – 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. – Pumpkin Patch Event

Sunday, October 22 – East District Superintendent’s Service of Welcome – Richard P. White:  The Welcoming Service for our new District Superintendent Richard P. White will be held at 4:00 p.m. at the First UMC Nacogdoches, 201 E Hospital St, Nacogdoches, TX.

Mondays, October 23 to December 4 – Sessions Noon OR 6:00 p.m. – Bible Study Christianity and World Religions:  Wrestling With Questions People Ask:  Christianity and World Religions: Wrestling With Questions People Ask is a video-based small-group study and outreach program that explores four major world religions- Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Judaism – and compares the beliefs of each with those of Christianity. This six-week study deals openly and honestly with questions people ask about other religions, including why we should believe the claims of Christianity over those of other faiths. As part of the study, author and presenter Adam Hamilton interviews a religious leader from each tradition. He treats the world religions with great respect, recognizing the unique contributions of each. In examining these major world religions and the beliefs of their followers, the Reverend Hamilton urges us as Christians to build bridges with others so that we might grow in our faith, seek peace in our world, love our neighbor, and find positive ways to share the gospel.  This study is a requested study to follow-up our study of Christian denominations last spring. Please call the church office to reserve a participant book.

Saturday, October 28 – Annual FUMC Fall Festival – 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Our annual Fall Festival will be held Saturday, October 28 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in conjunction with our outdoor Pumpkin Patch in the church parking lot in a true Trunk or Treat fashion. And we need our wonderful church volunteers to provide car “TRUNKS” filled with sweet “TREATS”!  All you have to do is bring a car, truck, golf cart or even a wagon with a basket of candy or other goodies for the kids. Decorate your chosen vehicle in any manner that you wish: full out theatrically or minimally. . . that is up to you! Streamers, googly eyes, colorful plastic tablecloths, not so scary Halloween décor: it’s all good!! We will have some of our traditional games available for the kids to test their ghostly skills and ask each trunk-or-treat vehicle to sponsor one or these games. We will provide the game and help you set it up if you need help. The big field will become an additional area for the Pumpkin Patch activities as well as for an inflatable obstacle course for the kids. We hope to provide a most entertaining, safe evening for the children of our church and our community. Oh, and of course, we will certainly have the traditional hot dog supper!  And, please we also need individually wrapped candy delivered to the church office.  Cakes, cookies, cupcakes and any sweets can be delivered on the festival day for our annual Cake Walk!  Thank you in advance!  Please contact Nancy Dickerson or Kelli in the church office at 598-2707 if you have any questions! 


Even though summer is over and students are returning to school, our FUMC MYF is open all year round!  For the next four weeks, we will be focusing on a study called Dwell

  • Lesson 1: When we look at this prayer from Colossians, we can see that Christ’s word dwells in us… because Christ dwells in us.
  • Lesson 2: The message about how Christ wants to fill and radically affect our lives.
  • Lesson 3: Whatever you do, do it in the name of Jesus!
  • Lesson 4: Thank God! It’s basic, but important. We often forget to say thank you!

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!  Please contact Sarah Bohannon or the church if you would like to help. Thank you!

Upcoming MYF Events

  • Retreats at Lakeview – https://lakeviewmcc.org/retreats/
  • Mid-Winter Retreat:  February 16-18, 2018 – Registration opens October 1, 2017
  • Man Camp:  A father-son Retreat – Fall 2017
  • Wild 2018:  Spring Break Retreat – Spring 2018
  • Rooted:  A mother-daughter Retreat – Spring 2018
  • Church Camp:  TBA


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 2017, 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!


The Shelby County Outreach Ministries is in need of staple food items.  Please drop off your items in the red plastic container outside the church office. Thank you.


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.