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.

AUGUST 5 | 11TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST | COMMUNION SUNDAY | COMMUNION RAIL OFFERING TO BE USED FOR GIFT CARDS FOR CENTER ELEMENTARY TEACHERS
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
2:00 p.m. | Back to School Health Fair | Education Building
5:00 p.m. | Bible Study – Bible in 90 Days

AUGUST 12 | 12TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST | BLESSING OF THE BACKPACKS
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

AUGUST 19 | 13TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
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
4:00 p.m. | District Hymn Sing – Huntington First UMC
5:00 p.m. | Bible Study – Bible in 90 Days

AUGUST 26 | 14TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
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


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

Sunday, August 5 | Communion Rail Offering to be used for gift cards for Center Elementary Teachers.  If you are unable to attend our Sunday Worship, you can bring Walmart $25 gift cards to the church office. Thank you.

Sunday, August 5 to Friday, November 2 | Bible Study | The Bible in 90 Days | Please join us in the pastor’s office at 10:00 a.m. during Sunday School or in the Parlor at 5:00 p.m.  Thank you.

Sunday August 5 – 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. | Back-to-school Health Fair | To prepare students for the upcoming school year, the Center First United Methodist Church is offering a Back-to-School Health Fair on Sunday, August 5 beginning at 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. The event will be held in the Education Building at the church located at 211 Porter Street in Center, Texas. Area students entering grades kindergarten through 4th are welcome to attend, where they will receive backpacks, health/dental/vision screenings, immunizations and school supplies. In order to receive services at the event, a child must be present with their parent or guardian.
For more information regarding the Back-to-School Health Fair, please contact Rev. Karen Jones at the church office (936) 598-2707.

Monday, August 6 – 4:30 p.m. | Finance Committee Meeting

Monday, August 6 – 5:45 p.m. | Nominating Committee Meeting

Tuesday, August 7 | Please help us bake and deliver cookies to all CISD campuses!

Wednesday, August 8 – 7:00 p.m.| BCF (Basics of the Christian Faith) – 5th and 6th Grade Parent Meeting in the Basement

Wednesday, August 8 | Kids Grow ‘N Christ Registration Deadline | Our Kids Grow ‘N Christ begins on Wednesday, August 29 and we need your Registration Forms completed and returned to the church office!  Please visit our Children’s Ministry page for all the details!  Thank you!

Thursday, August 9 – 5:15 p.m. | Education Committee Meeting in the Parlor

Sunday, August 12 – 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. | Blessing of the Backpacks and Book Bags in both Worship Services. We will be receiving new new student and teacher names to pray for in the new school year.

Wednesday, August 15 |  First Day of School

Wednesday, August 15 – 7:00 p.m. | Laity Meeting with the Bishop at First UMC Lufkin – RSVP Requested

Thursday, August 16 – 5:30 p.m. | Trustees Committee Meeting in the Parlor

Sunday, August 19 – 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. | East District UMC Of the Texas Annual Conference Of the United Methodist Church 2018 East District Hymn Sing  | The response to the Hymn Sing August 19th has been slim so far! This will be a wonderful opportunity to share in worship through music and fellowship with others in the East District UMC. Plan to come even if you do not have a music group signed up. We do need more to sign up their choir or music groups to do one special per group. What a great opportunity to shine the light on the musical gifts of your members. Please register online or call our office to sign up to attend. Don’t miss this inspirational, fun event! 

Registration Link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e4badaf2aa4f58-2018

What: 2019 District Hymn Sing

Date: Sunday, August 19, 2018

Time: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Place: Huntington UMC Address: 458 S. Hwy 69, Huntington, TX 75949

Cost: None

Refreshments will be served after the Hymn Sing

Saturday, August 25-26 5th and 6th Grade Retreat @ Lakeview to kick off BCF (Basics of the Christian Faith)

Wednesday, August 29 | First day back of Kids Grow ‘N Christ

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

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.