Welcome to 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.


NOVEMBER 3 | 21ST SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST | COMMUNION SUNDAY | ALL SAINTS SUNDAY
The Communion Rail offering will be donated to two recently burned churches in Texas.
8:30 a.m. | Worship Service | Church Sanctuary
9:30 a.m. | Coffee Fellowship | Covered Dish Breakfast
10:00 a.m. | Youth and Adult Sunday School Classes
11:00 a.m. | Worship Service | Church Sanctuary
4:00 p.m. | Birth Narratives Bible Study In Preparation for Advent

NOVEMBER 10 | 22ND SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
8:30 a.m. | Worship Service | Church Sanctuary
9:30 a.m. | Coffee Fellowship | Tinkle / Runnels Sunday School Class
10:00 a.m. | Youth and Adult Sunday School Classes
11:00 a.m. | Worship Service | Church Sanctuary
4:00 p.m. | Birth Narratives Bible Study In Preparation for Advent

NOVEMBER 17 | 23RD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
8:30 a.m. | Worship Service | Church Sanctuary
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 | Church Sanctuary
4:00 p.m. | Birth Narratives Bible Study In Preparation for Advent

NOVEMBER 24 | CHRIST THE KING SUNDAY
8:30 a.m. | Worship Service | Church Sanctuary
9:30 a.m. | Coffee Fellowship | Bill & Donna Holt, Ken & Christy Mahan, Larry Crosby, Don Sinclair
10:00 a.m. | Youth and Adult Sunday School Classes
11:00 a.m. | Worship Service | Church Sanctuary
1:00 p.m. | Decorate the Church for Advent
4:00 p.m. | Birth Narratives Bible Study In Preparation for Advent
6:00 p.m. | Community Thanksgiving at First Baptist Church


ANNOUNCEMENTS

Meal Train for Rev. Karen Jones

Rev. Karen needs our help! We are providing meals for Karen during her recovery from her recent ankle surgery. If you would like to sign up to provide a meal, please visit the Meal Train link here and select a date on the calendar! If you have any questions or need assistance signing up, please contact Kelli at the church office at 598-2707. Thank you!

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.

First UMC Missions The Giving Tree

Thank you in advance for your donations and love for our church and community! By taking a Giving Tree leaf, you are assisting First UMC Missions with our Thanksgiving and Christmas food box donations. In turn, when you return your donations back to the Giving Tree, please fill out a Gratitude Leaf with what you are thankful for everyday!

2 Corinthians 9:12 (TLB) “So two good things happen as a result of your gifts—those in need are helped, and they overflow with thanks to God.”

All Saints Day

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 Sunday, November 3 through Sunday, 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!

Monday, November 11 – 5:15 p.m. | Finance Committee Meeting

Saturday, November 16 – 2:00 p.m. | Charge Conference

Sunday, November 17 – 8:30 a.m. | Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes Deadline

Tuesday, November 19 – 5:15 p.m. | Kids Grow ‘N Christ Thanksgiving Musical in the Fellowship Hall

Thursday, November 21 – 6:00 p.m. | Depelchin Adoption Meeting

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

Sunday, November 24 – 6:00 p.m. | Community Thanksgiving Service at First Baptist Church

Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29 | Church Office Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

Thursday, December 12 – 9:00 a.m. | Lucretia’s Christmas Wish: Gift of Giving | On December 12, 2019 beginning at 9:00 a.m., the First UMC will host their annual Lucretia’s Christmas Wish by inviting special needs students from the area Shelby County schools to choose gifts for their parents and grandparents in order to enjoy the gift of giving. Many of these students would not have the opportunity to purchase gifts for their parents. As parents, we know that any gift, no matter the cost, is precious when given to us by our children.

Gift items such as Christmas decorations, costume jewelry, knick-knacks, garage sale-type items, new socks, new caps are accepted closer to the event each year as well as Christmas gift bags and tissue paper.

Thank you for supporting this Gift of Giving mission of our church that was so close to Lucretia Bussey’s heart.

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!

MFY

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.