April 2018


First United Methodist Church

Hughes Springs, Texas

Volume 24
Pastor Bill Laubenberg
April 2018
Editor Debbie Kelley


Welcome to Easter Time

The joy of Easter has arrived. To many, it is a time of Easter Bunnies, candy, and families coming together. A time of pretty new dresses and Easter Bonnets. It is this and more. It is also a time of renewal, rebirth, and regeneration. When we remember all that God has done for us as we hear the joyous news that the tomb is indeed empty and He has risen.

Lent is officially over. The days of preparation are over as the Glorious day has arrived. It is now time for us to recommit ourselves to spreading that great news to all we encounter. We need to examine once again our spiritual discipline. Whether they be disciplines of abstinence, where we give up things, such as Solitude ( taking time to be alone with God), silence (taking time to listen to God speaking to us), frugality (living simply and within our means), charity (giving to others as they need), secrecy (keeping what we have done between us and God), or sacrifice (willingly giving to God in thanks for what he has done). Or we could practice disciplines of engagement such as study (of God’s word or of issues of the day seeking God’s guidance), worship (coming to the services of His house), celebration (rejoicing in the many events of our lives), service, prayer, fellowship, or confession. A mixture of these two help us to keep our faith alive and centered in our Lord and Savior.

We celebrate during this season that Jesus was willing to do so much for us, even to giving His life on a cross. We give thanks that the Father raised him on Eater Sunday to teach us that there is no end to God’s love. It stays with us during our lives and even after this life on earth is done.

May we always be willing to sing out, “I know that my redeemer lives!”

See you in Church on Sunday

Pastor Bill Laubenberg

 More from Pastor Bill

 Bible Study Update

This Wednesday, the 4th, will be the final session of our Lenten series. After this we will take a break for the remainder of the month and start a new study in May. I am looking at different studies and as soon as one is selected, I will get the name out to you. Study times will continue to be 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. when we start up again.

Pastor Bill 

Be Sure to Check Out Pastor Bill’s Weekly Blog.


Men’s Breakfast

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The March Men’s Breakfast brought out 22 men for good food and fellowship. Seventeen were visitors and five of the church family.

We invite you to join us for the breakfast on April 3 at 6:30 am.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Danny Lancaster

This breakfast is open to all men from anywhere, any denomination and friends.

Fifth Sunday, April 29th

This Month is one with a fifth Sunday. Come and join the contemporary service and the fellowship of the meal that follows. Just a quick reminder, if you have a contemporary Christian song that you would like to hear one Sunday, please let us know. So far in our journey of discovery of new songs, we have found many enjoyable songs that will stay with us.

Thank You!

A New Door Opens 

When He closes one door, He opens another and it with our faith and trust in the Lord that we walk through that door. In May2001 we walked through the open door and located in Hughes Springs to help care for Larry’s mom and Sister.

What a blessing we have received these 17 years. Larry getting to see and associate with those he had known since a small child. And me getting to do the same with people I had met in 1957 when I came for the first time to Hughes Springs.

Becoming members of our church gave us the opportunity to meet so many new friends that we will never forget and love the rest of our lives.

This church has been such a blessing in our lives and we carry so many memories in hearts forever.

Now another door has been opened for us and as we go through this door with our faith in God we move to Tyler, to live near our children.

We will miss each of you and our church and this community.

If ever in Tyler, you are welcome to our home where the coffee will be on!!!

We love each and every one of you and say “Thank You” for your love and friendship.

God Bless You Always,

Larry and Norma Cannon


Thank you for the meal, the prayer and the calls during my time of loss.

     Jacky Holloway


2 Corinthians 9:7 says: Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

Thank you all so much for the school supplies. We appreciate your generous donation.

Hughes Springs Elementary Faculty, Staff and Students




Work continues on the Easter Cantata “The Day He Wore My Crown.” 

The music will be presented during the morning worship service on April 8, 2018, the Sunday after Easter.  Make plans to worship with the choir as they give of their time and talent to glorify the resurrected Jesus.

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Please remember to call the Church Secretary’s office to add or remove anyone from our prayer list that is printed each week.


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call the office

If your organization or committee has an event to be held at or sponsored by the church, please call the secretary’s office at 903-639-2131, so it can be placed on the calendar, in the bulletin and in the newsletter.

This will help prevent double bookings at the church.

We will be glad to include a listing of your church meeting or activity in the newsletter, but remember that Debbie must have the information before the first of the month in order to have it in the newsletter.

Remembering Your Church with Your Gifts

 As all of us know, giving to our church to support God’s Ministry is something we need to remember. Today, we all have active lives. Including vacations, visiting out of town family, attending those special weddings and of course seeing our grandchildren.

Our lives can get hectic and sometimes we can forget our ministry to God. To help with that, we now offer online giving to the church.

Simply go to the church website:


From here you can donate your gifts to the church.

Heartspring Methodist Foundation is offering this to us at no charge. Every penny you donate comes directly to the church with no fees or service charges.

On this tab, you can decide to give to the general account for the church’s budget or to another special or designated fund. You can make memorials or honorariums to people. (Notifications will be sent to those families).  You can make a one-time gift or set up a reoccurring gift. You can use your credit or debit card or have it drafted from your personal account. You can register and create an account or give as a guest.   You have a lot of options to have it set up your way and you can change or delete your selection at any time.

So, during your busy schedule, give online giving a try.

If you have any more questions about the process, please call Debbie at the church office. 903-639-2131 Monday – Thursday 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

food basket

Thanks to the dedication of 18 volunteers, our Food Pantry served 45 singles/families at our March distribution!  As I mentioned in last month’s Newsletter, we want to serve even more clients in our community.  If you know someone who could use our help who lives in the Hughes Springs ISD, send them in!  (They do not need to have children attending school.)   Even if they don’t meet Food Bank requirements, they will be served one time. Nobody is sent away empty handed the first time they come.  Think about senior citizens, anyone out of work, anyone working in low wage or part time jobs, anyone doing seasonal work, anyone who’s ill or handicapped, families with income with several children.  Now think about how you can be a blessing to that family by giving them the opportunity to receive fresh produce (like potatoes or cabbage, canned beans, corn, peas, chicken, rice, macaroni & cheese, canned fruit, corn bread mix, spaghetti and spaghetti sauce, cereal, etc.) every month!

You could be somebody’s angel just by telling them about the Pantry!  The next distribution is April 19 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.  

Betty Harris


If you are scheduled to enter a hospital please let the church office know. Need name of hospital, city and date of check in. This will help Pastor Bill be able to be with you in your time of need.

If you or a family member is unexpectedly admitted to the hospital, please give the church office the same information.

We are on this journey together and communication is key.

Pastor Bill

A Little Reminder:

In case something comes up and you miss Sunday morning service.

You may go to the church Face book page and watch the entire service streamed live. If you can not watch it live, each Sunday’s service is streamed and stored on Face book. You can watch them anytime. If you have a favorite sermon that you would like to hear again, find that date in the video section and listen anytime.

 Also, the church website offers many things for church members and those looking for a church home.  The pastor’s blog, current calendar of events, the newsletter archived online, online giving, our church ministries and much more. Try to visit regularly, things are always changing.

Office Needs

The church office is not on the prayer phone chain.  Because of this, sometimes we miss information about members’ prayer requests or joys to share.

If you have a prayer request or know of one, please call (903-639-2131) or email hsfumc@yahoo.com, the church office. If you call after office hours, please leave a message on the voicemail.

This will help us to know when one of our church family has a special need.

 If you would like a church wide email sent for a prayer request, please contact Debbie in the office by phone or email.

Also, please try to keep us informed on the person’s condition.

Thank you,  Debbie Kelley


Youth Stuff

Youth attendance has been very low this year. Sandra and I hope that after our retirement from youth, at the end of this school year, someone will take over and rev up youth excitement and attendance.

Our youth is also very successful in their extra-curricular activities at school.  Last month we told you about Celiz Giron and Elizabeth Keuhn advancing in choir and Dedrick Hill advancing in powerlifting. There is no update on these students yet.

This month we learned that Treston Taylor placed 1st in Prose and will advance to Regional. Also, Treston will be making a trip to Georgia for robotics.

We are proud of all our youth.

Celebrate their accomplishments.

Lisa Moreland, Youth Leader


Mustard Seeds

Our Elementary age youth group continues to meet on Fridays at 6 p.m. We will start working on learning songs to sing for the church during this month, in addition to our usual Bible studies, prayer times and fun activities.

We are looking into service projects for the young people to be doing soon future as well.

Every elementary age member of the church is invited to be a part and we would love for you to bring your friends. Come and join the fun.

Pastor Bill

Children’s Department

 Thank you to everyone who donated candy for the Easter Egg Hunt this year. I really appreciate it and the kids really enjoyed it.

We had twelve kids and eight adults come to enjoy the fun. Thank you to everyone who helped that day.

Carly Tower,

Children’s Coordinator


Have you noticed?

I love to go by the bulletin board at the south entrance of the church.  Ms. Carly and the kids always show their creativity and share with us on the bulletin board.

The next time you think about it, stop by and see what the Children’s department has to offer you by way of their creativity.

Thank you, Ms. Carly and all the kids.


Praying for our Pastor

 Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account.

Hebrews 13:17

Pastors are servants of Christ, called by him to care for each of us. As under-shepherds, they represent the Good Shepherd in what they teach and how they live. Pray today that the Lord will . . .

  • draw your pastors and people in your church closer in authentic Christian love and concern;
  • give each member of your church ears open to hearing God’s Word, hearts open to treasuring it, and minds committed to acting on the truths your pastors teach; and
  • create a welcoming, joyful, forgiving, grace-filled environment in every service, every meeting, every class, and every event your church offers.

CONSIDER this observation by the reformer Martin Luther: “It is necessary to impress on people at large that all who would be called Christians owe it to God to consider those worthy of double honor who minister to their souls.” How could you demonstrate this “double honor” to your own pastors this week? (See also 1 Timothy 5:17.)Overflowing with Thanks


 Dear Church Family,

Mrs. Nadine Lyon gave a generous monetary donation to our church when she passed away years ago. A portion of that fund was used to purchase the property next to the parsonage which completes the block owned by our church.

At our meeting in the Fall for ideas and things we wanted done in our church, a committee was formed for what we named “Nadine’s Outreach”.

We want to use part of the home building as a Thrift Store mainly dealing with infant and children’s items at first. Also, a place for our Youth/Missions Diaper Bank ministry. It could also be used for Bible Study, Church meetings, Civic and Club meetings, Wedding and Baby showers.

We are excited to get started on Nadine’s Outreach clean up and restoration. Of course, this will take time and money. A designated fund has been set up at our church called Nadine’s Outreach Fund. We would be so thankful for any and all donations made to this fund. This will help us buy supplies to repair windows, porches, fixtures, paint, etc.

We want to do as much of the work as possible on the structures ourselves. We will have our first work day on Saturday, April 14th at 9:00 am until?  Please bring your talent, tools and most importantly your time. We can have a great day working together as a church family on this new outreach ministry project.

Please join our committee and give us more ideas and suggestions. We welcome everyone. Remember Saturday, April 14 at 9:00 am. Remember to put Nadine’s Outreach on your check or envelope to contribute to this fund.

A special Thank You to Cliff and Cody McCain who have already begun our clean up by cutting brush and trees. We can do this! Let’s make this ministry honoring Nadine a fun church family project.

Thank you,

Greta Wright

Committee Chairman

Interested Women of the Church

For the month of March, it was pretty quiet for the IWC! We did feed Jacky Holloway and her family! It was a late notice but we got it together and had plenty of food to feed the family and even take home with them! Thank you to everyone that helped bring food! We had our annual meeting on the 1st Tuesday of the month! We have a new member of IWC and we are so glad she has joined us! Our new member is Kathy Lancaster! We would love for more of the ladies to join us monthly! We have a great time!!


Shelli Fickling


The trustee meeting was spent almost entirely discussing the sanctuary issue.  We are currently waiting on the engineer and the adjuster to complete their part before we can take any action.

They did instruct us to take care of anything that would cause an unsafe area. That have been taken care of.

We, the trustees, will keep you posted on the progress of the sanctuary issue.

Troy Perry,  Trustee Chairman


Administrative Council Chairman 

On behalf of the church council, I would like to thank all of the committee chairs for their input in our first council meeting of 2018.  We met this past Sunday after worship and had a very informative and productive time together.  We are working on a lot of things for our church in the near future.  We have several outreach programs that are thriving, but we are wanting to see them grow even more.  We have some physical repairs/improvements that have to be addressed in our sanctuary, and we are also working on fixing up the two houses that the church recently purchased on 4th street behind the parsonage.  We will be having a workday on Saturday, April 14th for anyone that can help us clean up those two houses.

We are discussing implementing some new “programs” within our congregation to help us all be better stewards of the physical blessings that the good Lord has bestowed upon us.  All in all, I feel we are headed in the right direction as far as the future is concerned for us at FUMC Hughes Springs.  We have a lot of active members that want to serve the Lord and help our church grow and thrive, and I am so very thankful for that.  God is good!

– Cody McCain,   Administrative Council Chairman

Audio Visual

To keep everyone in the loop concerning the projector repair/replacement project for our sanctuary, we have decided the best route to go to give us the best image quality possible (without breaking the bank) is to utilize short-throw projectors mounted above display screens on the walls.

However, nice, quality projectors are not cheap.  To replace both of the forward-facing projectors, installing screens, and all of the other hardware to make this possible is going to cost us roughly $6,000 -$7,000.  In order to do this, we need to ask our congregation to help us out financially.  The trustees can and will do most of the labor to install the new projectors (saving us $1,000 – $1,500), and I am continuously looking at different products to try to save us money, however, the price isn’t going to be cheap regardless.

So, if the you feel like you may be able to help us out with this project, please put your donation in the offering plate in an envelope titled “AV Projector Project“.  I greatly appreciate your help and patience as we do our best to make our worship experience as fulfilling and up-to-date as possible.

– Cody the sound guy



Wildflower Days are fast approaching in April.  We will be preparing for the luncheon that we give for the carnival workers on April 26 and will need volunteers to prepare food, serve and greet our guests.  Anyone interested in helping should contact Robyn Shelton.

Diaper Bank News

Each month, we are serving more and more at the diaper bank. Please keep the donations coming.

                        Lisa Moreland

Scripture Readings for April

April 8

Acts 4: 32 – 35
John 1: 1 – 2:2
John 20: 10 – 31

April 15

Acts 3: 12 – 19
1 John 3: 1 – 7
Luke 24: 36b – 48

April 22

Acts 4: 5 – 12
1 John 3: 16 – 24
John 10: 11 – 18

April 29

Acts 8: 26 – 40
1 John 4: 7 – 21
John 15: 1 – 8