Welcome to First United Methodist Church

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


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.

Heaven and Nature Sing: 300 Years of Joy to the World

“Joy to the World,” a beloved Christmas classic, turns 300 this year.  Hymn poet Isaac Watt’s interpretation of Psalm 98 invites us to sing a “new song” – and it provides a powerful vision of all creation being renewed and freed.  Rather than “joy” being yet another word for “happiness,” we will discover that the depths of joy can be found especially in the midst of suffering, the work of justice, and the presence of compassion – all part of the coming of Jesus to this world and a message the world still so desperately needs.

Sunday, December 1 | 1st Sunday of Advent | Communion Sunday | The communion rail offering will be donated to our Building Fund.
8:30 a.m. | Covered Dish Breakfast
9:00 a.m. | Sunday School
10:00 a.m. | Combined Worship Service
6:00 p.m. | Hanging of the Greens
First UMC Missions annual Angel Christmas Tree available in Fellowship Foyer with sign-out tags for Christmas gifts.

Sunday, December 8 | 2nd Sunday of Advent
8:30 a.m. | Covered Dish Breakfast
9:00 a.m. | Sunday School
10:00 a.m. | Combined Worship Service

Tuesday, December 10
6:00 p.m. | Sacred Sounds of the Season

Thursday, December 12
9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. | Lucretia’s Christmas Wish Gift of Giving | Fellowship Hall

Sunday, December 15 | 3rd Sunday of Advent
8:30 a.m. | Methodist Men’s Breakfast
9:00 a.m. | Sunday School
10:00 a.m. | Combined Worship | First UMC Chancel Choir presents their Cantata, Let There Be Christmas by Joseph M. Martin. Please join us and invite your family and friends!

Sunday, December 15 | Deadline to return your Angel Christmas Tree gifts

Tuesday, December 17 | Kids Grow ‘N Christ Christmas Party

Sunday, December 22 | 4th Sunday of Advent
8:30 a.m. | Covered Dish Breakfast
9:00 a.m. | Sunday School
10:00 a.m. | Combined Worship Service

Tuesday, December 24 | Christmas Eve
4:30 to 5:30 p.m. | Come and Go Communion
6:00 p.m. | Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
The Christmas Eve offering will be donated to the Methodist Children’s Home.

Sunday, December 29 | 1st Sunday After Christmas Eve
8:30 a.m. | Covered Dish Breakfast
9:00 a.m. | Sunday School
10:00 a.m. | Combined Worship Service


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.

Advent 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!

Sunday December 1 to December 15 | Angel Christmas Tree

There is nothing more special and heartwarming than a child’s smile on Christmas morning as he or she opens their Christmas present. Unfortunately, there are children right here in Shelby County that won’t be smiling on Christmas morning. But you have the opportunity to give a child a smile and warm their heart with God’s love. Our Angel Tree is up in the fellowship hall decorated with tags with the name of a child in need on them. This year we are supporting Gary Rholes and his effort to bless some of the children in our area. Please take a tag and sign your name to the corresponding child’s number on the sign-up sheet. Then return your gift to the church office by Sunday, December 15, 2019. 

Thank you for supporting this wonderful ministry and changing the lives of those children who are blessed by these gifts!

Tuesday, December 10 – 6:00 p.m. | Sacred Sounds of the Season

Thursday, December 12 – 9:00 a.m. – Fellowship Hall | 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.

Sunday, December 15 – 10:00 a.m. | Cantata Let There Be Christmas by Joseph M. Martin

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!


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.