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.

NOVEMBER 4 | 24TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST | COMMUNION SUNDAY | ALL SAINTS SUNDAY

8:30 a.m.   | Worship Service | Church Sanctuary
9:30 a.m.   | Coffee Fellowship | Fellowship Hall
10:00 a.m. | Bible Study – Bible in 90 Days – Pastor Karen’s Office
10:00 a.m. | Youth and Adult Sunday School Classes
11:00 a.m. | Worship Service | Church Sanctuary
5:00 p.m.   | Bible Study – Bible in 90 Days

NOVEMBER 11 | 25TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST | GIDEON’S SPEAKER | VETERANS’ DAY | OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD GIFT BOXES ARE DUE
8:30 a.m. | Worship Service | Church Sanctuary
9:30 a.m. | Coffee Fellowship | Fellowship Hall
10:00 a.m. | Youth and Adult Sunday School Classes
11:00 a.m. | Worship Service | Church Sanctuary

NOVEMBER 18 | 26TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
8:30 a.m. | Worship Service | Church Sanctuary
9:30 a.m. | Methodist Men’s Breakfast | Fellowship Hall
10:00 a.m. | Youth and Adult Sunday School Classes
11:00 a.m. | Worship Service | Church Sanctuary
6:00 p.m. | Community Thanksgiving Service

NOVEMBER 25 | LAST SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
8:30 a.m. | Worship Service | Church Sanctuary
9:30 a.m. | Coffee Fellowship | Fellowship Hall
10:00 a.m. | Youth and Adult Sunday School Classes
11:00 a.m. | Worship Service | Church Sanctuary


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

Thank you for your giving hearts and filling an Operation Christmas Child shoebox! The deadline to return your shoebox is Sunday, November 11, 2018!

Tuesday, October 2 – Sunday, November 11, 2018 | Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes – Pick Up & Pack Today! | Our Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes are ready for you to pick up and pack with gifts beginning October 2 through November 11, 2018!  Please visit the Fellowship Hall today and pick up a few shoeboxes! These shoeboxes are the only way these children know that God loves each of them.  Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 157 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories. For many of these children, the gift-filled shoebox is the first gift they have ever received.

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

Tuesday, November 6 – 5:15 p.m. | Church Council Meeting

Thursday, November 7 – 10:00 a.m. | Wreath Making Class with Belinda Loftice.  Class is limited to 10 people.  Please call the church office to reserve your spot.  No charge.

Thursday, November 8 – 5:30 p.m. | SPRC Meeting

Join us on Sunday November 11, 2018 as we salute our Veterans in both Worship Services and Remember the 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day

Sunday, November 11 | Join us this Sunday as we salute our Veterans in both Worship Services and Remember the 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day

Thursday, November 15 – 5:30 p.m. | Trustees Committee Meeting

Sunday, November 18 – 6:00 p.m. | Community Thanksgiving Service at First UMC

Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23 | Thanksgiving Holidays – Church Office Closed

Sunday, November 25 and Monday, November 26 | Decorate Church for Advent

Sunday, December 2 – 10:00 a.m. | Hanging of the Greens | 1st Sunday of Advent

Tuesday, December 11 – 9:00 a.m. | Our church will host our annual Lucretia’s Christmas Wish. Special needs students from the county schools are invited to choose a gift for their parents and grandparents in order to enjoy the gift of giving. Many of these students would not have the opportunity to get gifts for their parents. As parents, we know that any gift, no matter the cost, is precious when given to us by our children. Please bring any new or gently used items you have to the church office for this worthy project. Gift items such as Christmas decorations, costume jewelry, knick-knacks, garage sale type items, new socks, new caps, or things you think a parent would like. Men’s things are especially needed. Christmas sacks and tissue paper are also needed to wrap the gifts in. Thank You for your support with this important mission of our church that was so close to Lucretia Bussey’s heart.

Sunday, December 16 | Sing a Song of Christmas Cantata

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

Friday, November 16 – 6:30 a.m. | Breakfast B4 School at McDonald’s

NO YOUTH MEETINGS

MYF will be not meeting on the following dates:  November 21 (No MYF and BCF), December 19 and December 26

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.

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.