Thank you Bishop Scott Jones for your inspirational message recognizing
our sesquicentennial anniversary milestone of faith and worship
“150 Years to Celebrate, 150 Ways to Serve”
on Saturday, October 29 and Sunday, October 30, 2016 at FUMC Center!
150 Years to Celebrate, 150 Ways to Serve
In January 2016, the First United Methodist Church (FUMC) of Center commenced a year-long celebration “150 Years to Celebrate, 150 Ways to Serve” honoring of our sesquicentennial anniversary. According to church records, FUMC was organized during the early part of the year 1866. The FUMC Anniversary Steering Committee announced a series of worship services and events to be held throughout 2016 to commemorate our church’s historic milestone on January 31, April 24, July 31 and October 29-30.
First United Methodist Church welcomed Rev. Dr. Jerry Neff
Saturday, October 29 and Sunday, October 30, 2016 Celebration Weekend
Commemorating our year-long sesquicentennial anniversary milestone of faith and worship “150 Years to Celebrate, 150 Ways to Serve,” the First United Methodist Church (FUMC) of Center held our celebration weekend Saturday, October 29 and Sunday, October 30, 2016. The celebration began Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. with a gathering in the church sanctuary welcoming members, past members and the community. Rev. Dr. Jerry Neff was our guest pastor on Sunday, October 30 at a combined worship service beginning at 10:15 a.m.
Rev. Dr. Jerry Neff has served as a United Methodist Pastor for the past 36 years. He graduated from Center High School in 1973 (his father was pastor of FUMC Center). He graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a BA in Political Science, a Masters of Theology from Perkins School of Theology SMU, and a Doctor of Ministry from Perkins School of Theology SMU. He is married to Laura Owens Neff (39 years) and they have three sons, Matthew (37) and wife Alise, Patrick (32), and Andrew (29). Dr. Neff has served in the Texas Annual Conference his entire career. He served at Winona, FUMC LaPorte, FUMC Kirbyville, FUMC Crockett, FUMC Jasper, A&M UMC in College Station, District Superintendent of the North District, and FUMC Conroe. He is presently serving Moody Methodist Church in Galveston. He has served the Annual Conference as Chair of Small Membership Church Committee, District Auditor in three districts, Coordinator of Church Camp for three districts, Vice Chair of the Board of Ordained Ministry, and is presently serving as Chair of the Board of Pensions and Insurance. He is chair of the District Building and Location Committee for the South District, and is a member of the District Leadership Team and a member of the Executive Committee of the District Leadership Committee. He still enjoys golf, living by the beach, and traveling. He is very excited about coming back to Center and renewing old acquaintances and friendships.
The FUMC Center 150th Anniversary Celebration Weekend Schedule of Events included:
Saturday, October 29
- 10:00 a.m. | Gathering Celebration – Sanctuary
- 11:00 a.m. | Children’s Choir Reunion and Rehearsal – Basement
- 11:00 a.m. | Cemetery Talk – Sanctuary
- Noon | Covered Dish Luncheon – Fellowship Hall
- 1:00 p.m. | MYF Reunion and Picture Party – Basement
- 1:00 p.m. | Buster Bounds and Friends Movies – Sanctuary
- 1:00 p.m. | Daughters of the Republic of Texas – Fellowship Hall (Designed for our children; will last until 5:00 pm)
- 3:00 p.m. | Jam Session / Concert – Sanctuary
- 4:00 p.m. | Chancel Choir Reunion and Rehearsal – Sanctuary
- All Day
- Wedding Photos* on Display – Parlor
- Old FUMC Photos on Display – Library
- *Please bring your wedding photos or those of your parents and/or grandparents if you were married at FUMC to share.
Sunday, October 30
- 8:45 a.m. Methodist Men’s Breakfast
- 9:30 a.m. Sunday School / Fellowship Time
- 10:15 a.m. Combined Worship Service with Rev. Dr. Jerry Neff
- Photo of the Congregation will be taken before worship service.
- Photo of past and current children will be taken on the front church steps after worship service.
Additional information regarding FUMC’s year-long 150th Anniversary Celebration is available by contacting Rev. Karen Jones or Billie Sue Payne, 150th Anniversary Committee Chair, at the church office (936) 598-2707
First United Methodist Church welcomed Rev. Dr. Wesley Welborn
Sunday, July 31, 2016
Commemorating our year-long sesquicentennial anniversary milestone “150 Years to Celebrate, 150 Ways to Serve” at FUMC Center, Rev. Dr. Wesley Welborn delivered the sermon on Sunday, July 31 at a combined worship service followed with a covered dish luncheon, which included a reenactment celebration of our 100th Anniversary, singing the songs of the time, and recreating our dedication of the “new” Fellowship Hall!
Rev. Dr. Wesley Welborn is a Texan, born in Corpus Christi and graduated from Victoria High School. After graduation, he attended McMahon School of Stenotype in Houston. From there, Wesley was appointed Official Court Reporter of the 145th Judicial District Court in Nacogdoches. There he met Becky Lock at the SFA Wesley Foundation. They married in Elkhart in 1970. In 1971, Wesley had a powerful experience of God’s grace and love in Christ Jesus. He prayerfully asked for and received the call to dedicate his life to preaching and teaching about that love and grace. Wesley was appointed pastor of the Smith Chapel Circuit in Mineola on February 1, 1972 and served ten appointments, including Center from 1994 to 2000. In addition to Wesley’s pastoral responsibilities at FUMC Center, he found ways to actively minister to the community through his involvement as a member of the Center Noon Lions Club, the Ministerial Alliance, the Mallory Franks Foundation, and his weekly radio devotionals. After over 44 years of service, he retired at annual conference this year, but will continue to serve the Conference as an Intentional Interim Minister. Wesley and Becky are currently living in Elkhart and have two children and four grandchildren
First United Methodist Church welcomed Rev. Carol Clifford Turner
Sunday, April 24, 2016
Commemorating our year-long sesquicentennial anniversary milestone “150 Years to Celebrate, 150 Ways to Serve,” the First United Methodist Church (FUMC) of Center welcomed Rev. Carol Clifford Turner on Sunday, April 24 at a combined worship service followed by a covered dish luncheon in the Fellowship Hall.
Rev. Carol Clifford Turner is an ordained elder with 37 years of pastoral experience. She is currently serving as Senior Pastor of First Methodist Church in Palestine, Texas. Carol graduated from Center High School, Stephen F. Austin State University, and Southern Methodist University. Since 1979, she has pastored churches in Galveston, Douglassville, Texarkana, New Boston, Maud, Nacogdoches, Longview, Lufkin, and Baytown. Carol has served on many district committees, is active in the Walk to Emmaus, and is involved in numerous community activities relating to child welfare, Habitat for Humanity, shelters for women, medical care ministry, and youth education.
Carol began her Christian training in the nursery of our church, was active in Sunday School and MYF, and in November of 1974 was recommended by our church as a candidate for ministry. She was granted her License to Preach by the Nacogdoches District Committee on Ministry on August 30, 1976.
First United Methodist Church welcomed Rev. Dr. Keefe Cropper
Sunday, January 31, 2016
Our first 5th Sunday Worship Service with Covered Dish Luncheon & Evening Singing was held with Rev. Keefe Cropper delivering the sermon for our combined worship service.
During the worship service, Mayor David Chadwick presented a proclamation from the City of Center to the First United Methodist Church recognizing our 150th Anniversary Celebration “150 Years of Service, 150 Ways to Serve.”
150th ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATIVE CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT
To celebrate our 150th year as a church, the FUMC Anniversary Committee has designed a commemorative pewter Christmas ornament. One side features the current Sanctuary and the other side includes a brief history about the early beginning of our church. The cost per ornament is $20 and comes with a red cord and black velour pouch. Reserve your ornament today by completing the FUMC 150th Anniversary Commemorative Christmas Ornament Order Form and sending to Kelli at the church office!
150th ANNIVERSARY COOKBOOKS & CALENDARS
FUMC Center Bicentennial Cookbooks with all your favorite recipes are available at the church office for $5.00 each! Thanks John Griffin for organizing this project for our 150th anniversary celebration of our church!
In January 2016, First United Methodist Church began our year-long celebration “150 Years to Celebrate,150 Ways to Serve” in honor of our sesquicentennial anniversary. Our anniversary commemorative calendars are currently available for purchase ~ visit Kelli or Karen at the church office!