July 2018


First United Methodist Church

Hughes Springs, Texas

Volume 26
Pastor Bill Laubenberg
July 2018
Editor Debbie Kelley

Freedom is Never Free

This Month we will be celebrating the anniversary of the birth of our country with fireworks, picnics, and wearing red, white and blue. It is a day to celebrate, but it should also be a day to remember. To remember those who fought and died to bring this country into existence and those who continue to give of themselves and their lives to keep it going.

Why did they put forth this great effort? Freedom. The freedom to worship as you want in the church of your choice. Freedom to follow your dreams wherever they take you. These are the gifts of the founding fathers and all those who have fought through history to keep this nation under God alive.

As we enjoy our celebrations, let us remember that freedom does not come free. It came at a precious cost, just as our salvation came at the precious cost of the death of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

It is now our job to work for justice and freedom for all those who are in need. May we find the strength and courage to go forth in Jesus name the way the young men and women went forth for the freedom of our country.

May God always be with you.

See you in Church on Sunday

Pastor Bill Laubenberg


More from Pastor Bill

July Movie Schedule

July 4th – The Resurrection of Gavin Stone

July 11th – God’s Not Dead 2

July 18th –        Paul, the Apostle of Christ

July 25th – Let There Be Light



This will be happening following the Sunday service on July 29th as part of our fifth Sunday celebration. The meal that day will be picnic style. If the weather permits, we will be setting tables up in the pavilion and yes there will still be some tables inside for those who would not like to face the heat. Those wishing to compete should bring their ice cream that day. We will have a group of judges to decide whose is the best home-made ice cream and then everyone can enjoy. If you are going to compete, please contact the church office. We need to get as many people as we can take part so there is enough ice cream for everyone.

Pastor Bill

(5th Sunday Dinner after Worship)


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


Men’s Breakfast

scrambled and bacon

There will be no breakfast in July. However, we will be here cooking breakfast on August 7, 2018

Danny Lancaster

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



Thank You!

From the 10:00 a.m. Matinee Movie Buffs:

Thank you, Pastor Bill, for adding the Sound Bar and for displaying the Captions on the screen!   We can hear MUCH better now!  By the way, we have enjoyed every movie — especially “I Can Only Imagine!”

Come join us—Through the summer, there’s available seating and popcorn every Wednesday at 10:00!   (A hint—at the 6:00 p.m. showing, we’ve heard you just might get some real food!)  





We are on break. Yea!


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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


“In the first six months of 2018, Shepherd’s Harvest has served 289 clients–thanks to the efforts of over 30 devoted volunteers.”



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



Mustard Seeds

Our Elementary age youth group will resume this month on Friday the 13th after taking much of June off for different reasons. Our first event to kick things off will be to have an old-fashion camp fire. There will be singing, a chance to roast hot dogs and make smores, and time to talk about the future of the group. This will be held on the 13th of July. Yes, Friday the 13th. All elementary age group children and their friends are invited to attend. Come join the fun!

Pastor Bill

Children’s Department

Vacation Bible School didn’t turn out as planned but the kids would like to thank everyone who volunteered their time. We will try again next year and hope to see everyone there.

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.


This fall we will be getting together a new pictorial directory for the church. We have contacted a company to work with us. Please participate because the directory will not be complete without each of you.


This Summer, after completing the Bible Study, we will be switching to something a little different. We will be having our first annual Christian Movie time. It will take place on Wednesdays. We will have at 10 a.m. matinee for those who do not like to get out at night and a 6 p.m. showing as well. There will be popcorn provided and a good wholesome entertainment for all.

Pastor Bill



Scripture Cake Contest
July 15th

To register for the contest, contact Debbie in the office. She will email you a copy of the recipe or you may pick up a copy from her. Entries must be baked using the recipe provided.   Deadline for entry Wednesday, July 11 at 12:00 noon.






Administrative Council Chairman

Our next scheduled administrative council meeting will be held immediately after church on Sunday, July 15th.  If you have a topic that needs discussed or voted on, please get it to Debbie in the church office by Tuesday, July 10, so that she will have enough time to put together an agenda for us to follow during our meeting.  I would ask that the chairperson for each committee please make every effort to attend these council meetings.  We only typically have 4 scheduled council meetings per year, so this is the best way to make sure all of the committees stay in good communication with each other.  To all of the members of each committee, I want to personally thank each of you for all you do for our church.  It takes us all to make everything work, and I want you to know that I am truly grateful.  Please continue to pray with me for our church and for each of its’ members.  I love you all!

– Cody McCain, Administrative Council Chairman

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With the Summer heating up, please spread the word about the Diaper Bank and Shepherd’s Harvest Food Pantry.   These projects would not be possible without the people that help in so many different ways.  Many Thanks to everyone for their time and support!  If you would like to help in any way!

Please call Marsha at 903-562-1863.

Diaper Bank News

The diaper bank is a growing ministry that seems to be helping many in our community. We are not just filling a void for which there is no specific government aid, but we are building relationships.

It is such a special treat when mothers/fathers/grandmothers/great-grandmothers bring in the babies so I can see how they have grown.

We have others who are seeking prayers. All those we serve are appreciative and feel blessed.

Please continue to donate diapers, especially sizes four and five. We desperately need them this week

Lisa Moreland

Scripture Readings for July

July 8

2 Samuel 5: 1 – 5,9-10
2 Corinthians 12: 2 – 10
Mark 6: 1 – 13

July 15

2 Samuel 6: 1 – 5, 12-19
Ephesians 1: 3 – 14
Mark 6: 14 – 29

July 22

2 Samuel 7: 1 – 14a
Ephesians 2: 11 – 22
Mark 6: 30-34,

July 29

2 Samuel 11: 1 – 15
Ephesians 3: 14 – 21
John 6: 1 – 21