October 2018


First United Methodist Church

Hughes Springs, Texas

Volume 29
Pastor Bill Laubenberg

October 2018
Editor Debbie Kelley

The Way

In the early days of Christianity, those who followed the teachings of Jesus were said to be followers of “the way.” In talking about our faith in this way, it reminds us that salvation is a lifelong journey not just one event. As with any journey it is important to have two things; one, knowledge of where you are going and two, a road map to help you get there.

Salvation can mean different things to different people, just as it did in Jesus day. For some of them salvation was about healing the brokenness in their lives. For others is was about physical healing. It also included the healing of broken relationships. For others it focused on life after death. Each reflected a part of the meaning, but not the full meaning.

One way of explaining it would be to say that salvation is from all the bad things of life and that it is for true happiness, joy and meaning.

Salvation is a journey that starts at the moment we hear God’s call to follow him and continues through our lives and beyond to the time we will be with God in heaven.

In light of this, our faith must be an everyday thing, we cannot just have a faith that is only for Sundays and special occasions. It is something precious, but that does not mean that we place it on a shelf for safekeeping. It carries us through each day of our lives, guiding us and directing our actions.

Where is our road map? First, it is found in our Bibles. Through its teachings and the opportunity we have to encounter the lives of people of faith recorded in the Bible, we have our guide. The teachings of the church, when grounded in scripture also can show is the Way.

During of Bible study we are examining the Wesleyan understanding of the way and the steps along the way. We will be examining scripture, listening to the stories of those who put their faith into action,and learning about the founders of our denomination and what they had to say about the Way.

Come join us on the journey and invite others to join us as we walk on the way of salvation.

Pastor Bill

More from Pastor Bill

Bible Study Update

We have started our new study called The Wesleyan Way: A Faith that Matters. It is an examination of the way of salvation and attempt to give a road map based on the teachings of the founders of our denomination. Meetings are 10 am or 6pm. Choose the time that fits your schedule. Come study with us.

Pastor Bill

Fourth Wednesday Movie Night

On Wednesday, October 24th, we

will be having the next movie presentation. Since it is football season, we will be watching a movie called, Woodlawn. It is the story of a school that was forced to integrate and the way the football team found to go beyond the troubles that brought. It is a story of hope, faith and love.

Calling all Bar-B-Quers

The last Sunday in October, the 28th,we will be having a bar-b-que extravaganza. Bring your favorite barbeque dish and let’s see whose is the best. It will take place after service on that Sunday and if weather permits, will take place in the under pavilion. We are looking for both cooks and judges. If you would like to do either, please let the church office know.

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



Men’s Breakfast

scrambled and bacon

October was a good month for the men. We had a total of twenty-three attending. An increase over September. The next breakfast will be Nov. 6. 2018. We will see you there,

Danny Lancaster

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


Thank You!


Thanks to the volunteer cookie bakers at Hughes Springs FUMC more than 70 dozen home baked cookies participated in the Kairos weekend at the Hughes Unit in Gatesville, Texas on September 27 – 30. Kairos Prison Ministries is a nondenominational ministry program in which a team of volunteers spends a 3 day weekend sharing the love expressed in the Christ with those incarcerated in TDCJ units. Fresh baked cookies are used as a symbol of God’s love for all those incarcerated as well as the prison staff. Kairos’s “cookie ministries” began in the 1970’s when cookies were unavailable to the incarcerated. In recent years, while cookies can be purchased at the prison commissary, purchased cookies simply can’t compete with fresh baked ones.

Every resident (even those in isolation or administrative segregation) in a participating unit receives a bag of one dozen cookies as an expression of God’s love. While those participating in the weekend program (42) have access to the cookies daily, everyone is given a dozen to take back to their dorm to share with others every evening. On Saturday evening the participants are given two bags of cookies, one to share and one to give to the fellow inmate whom they most hold in “unforgiveness;” i.e., those who have hassled them most and been difficult for them to deal with. They are instructed to give them a bag of cookies and to essentially tell them that they forgive them. Many times, this leads to breakthrough. Breakthroughs with someone who is a gang leader typically have an impact on the entire gang.

So, thank you once again HSFUMC volunteer cookie bakers. I can assure you that your cookies have been an “instrument of God’s peace” within the Texas prison system.

Johan Carl


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


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

Fields of Faith

What is Fields of Faith?

Fields of Faith is a student led event. Students invite, pray for, share with, and challenge their peers to read the Bible and follow Jesus Christ.  An athletic field provides a neutral, rally point where a community can come together.  We, as a church, support our teens involved in sports, let’s support them in this ‘One Message, One Night. One Stand’.

Mustard Seeds

We have been having some difficulty setting a time for the meetings. It seems everyone is busy. During the Football season, we will meet on the Fridays when there is an away game. After Football season, we will meet every Friday. All elementary and beginning Junior high students are encouraged to attend. Come Join the fun, fellowship, and food.

Pastor Bill

Children’s Department

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.

Worship Committee

Our sanctuary and fellowship hall were built in 1939. In the 50’s, the west wing, housing Sunday school classrooms and the nursery was added.
To celebrate the 80th anniversary of our church building in 2019, the Church Council would like to have an event that will commemorate the history and legacy of First United Methodist Church of Hughes Springs.

This hopefully will include a homecoming of sorts, inviting former pastors and members to participate in the celebration. It will require a great deal of planning and execution of those plans. A committee will be created to work on the project with church members willing to volunteer to commit to it.

The consensus of the Council is that sometime in the early fall of next year would be the best time for the event. This means that there is plenty of time to plan and work out details.

Please contact the church office (903-639-2131) to volunteer for the project. Once the volunteers are in place, the committee can begin meeting. That should be in January. Without YOU, this won’t happen.


The dates for taking pictures for the directory has been moved. Due to Charge Conference,Thanksgiving and Christmas, the dates had to be moved to March 18 – 20.  We are still looking for volunteers to help manage and organize this project.

If you are interested in helping, please contact Debbie in the office.

                                             Thank you

Interested Women of the Church


IWC met on Sept 4th! We discussed our 5th Sunday luncheon on Sept 30th! We also discussed having our annual garage sale on Oct 11-13! If anyone wants to donate items to put in garage sale please have them there by Oct 7 or 8th! We will not accept clothing items at this time!! IWC meets every first Tuesday of the month at 9:30! Anyone is welcome to join!

Thank you,

Shelli Fickling

Words from the Administrative Council Chairman

At our last council meeting, at the beginning of September, we finalized the budget and approved the list of members who will be serving on various committees in the upcoming year. I would like to start off by thanking everyone who has agreed to volunteer their time to serve on these committees, which in turn, is a commitment from them to help serve the Lord by serving in various roles in the church. All of our different committees, in one way or another, help us bring the word of the Lord to each other, to visitors in our church, and to the surrounding community. Again, thank you!

Also discussed in this last council meeting was the upcoming “anniversary” of our church. In 2019, our church sanctuary, original Sunday school rooms, and the fellowship hall will have a “birthday”. Matter of fact, it’s a big one: 80 years! That is something we need to celebrate; we have been a part of Hughes Springs for quite some time. If you haven’t noticed on the back of your bulletin for the last couple of Sundays, there is a brief explanation of this and an idea of what we are wanting to do to commemorate this occasion. Please read this if you have not already done so and help us come up with the best way to celebrate turning 80!

Also, a quick update about the new projectors in our sanctuary. I would like to specifically thank Allen Hill, Troy Perry, and Rod Wright for helping me get these new projectors installed. I could not have done it without their help! We are still doing some subtle adjustments to the images, but we are getting close. I am hoping to be able to hang up screens in the future to give us an even better image quality, but let’s not push ourselves, one project at a time.

Things are about to start picking up as we start the final quarter of the year. Time is flying by. We have a lot of events scheduled for the remainder of the year: IWC garage sale and BBQ cook-off in October, Thanksgiving lunch in November, Christmas parade and caroling and the Chancel Choir Cantata in December, the list goes on and on. I hope to see everyone active and involved in rejoicing with me and sharing in the word of Christ. May God Bless each of you!

– Cody McCain, Administrative Council Chairman


Members of the mission committee plus many other volunteers were busy facilitating the September’s monthly Shepherd’s Harvest food pantry and monthly Diaper Bank. Shepherd’s harvest served 55 clients including 6 new clients. We were short a few of the regular volunteers but Holly McCoy, a first-time volunteer, came and pitched in where needed. So please feel free to show up at 10:00 am or 12:30 pm the 3rd Thursday of the month for great fellowship.

Diaper Bank News

Lisa Moreland continues to organize and staff the monthly diaper bank and can use wipes and diapers for October. Just text her to see what sizes are needed. Not only do we have continuing fellowship with our clients but what a blessing it is to serve the community.