September 2018


First United Methodist Church

Hughes Springs, Texas

Volume 28
Pastor Bill Laubenberg
September 2018
Editor Debbie Kelley

As a pastor who preaches from the lectionary, the series of scriptures selected for use in the Christian church meant to lead the Christian through the scriptures over a three-year period, we have just finished a journey for many weeks through 6th chapter of John concerning the Bread of Life. We have even had a Bread of Life fellowship time between Sunday School and service that was well received. At the end of the teachings concerning the Bread of Life came the confession of Peter in answer to Jesus question to the twelve.

Jesus said, “Do you also wish to go away?”

Peter answered, “Lord to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.”

At this time, in the United Methodist Church with all the questions and conflicts that stand before us, it is important to remember these words. We read in the papers and hear on the news of scandals in The Roman Catholic Church and it speaks to the heart of each Christian. How could this happen? Why was it covered up instead of being dealt with?

There is the temptation at this time to try to ‘recruit’ others to our congregation or denomination saying, “See, you can still be a Christian in our church without all the baggage of your old church.” Is this the best way to reach out to troubled brothers and sisters? Is that the true spirit of the Christian church? To pick at each other and spend the time pointing out each other’s faults?

At times like this it is important to focus in on the words of Peter, “You have the words of eternal life.” The words of Jesus that ring out in each denomination are what is important. We also need to remember the words of Jesus concerning judging others. That before we remove the speck that is in our brother’s or sister’s eye, we need to remove the plank that is in our own.

In each church the Bread of Life is shared. The glory of God is revealed to us and we are given the love and forgiveness that comes from the grace of God.

We need to support each other in times of trouble, not run away to someplace different. Together we form the Body of Christ. Together we share his love for the world. Together we need to reach out in love to those who are hurting. We do this best when we stay together and work through troubles together.

“Lord to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life!”


Pastor Bill Laubenberg

More from Pastor Bill

Bible Study Update

With Summer over and school starting again, Bible study will be resuming this month.

We will be returning to the study we had started in the Spring, God Takes our Little and Makes it Much.

We had already completed the first three lessons, so we will be picking up with Lesson 4.

Study will be on Wednesdays at both 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Come and join us as we learn more about our faith!

Pastor Bill

Fourth Wednesday Movie Night

through the year, each fourth Wednesday we will be having Christian movies. The movie for September will be God’s Not Dead 3.

Times for the movies will be 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Popcorn will be provided. Bring your own drinks and any snacks you would like to share

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

Men’s Breakfast

scrambled and bacon

August was a good month for the men. We had a total of twenty-three attending.

The next breakfast will be October, 2. 2018. We will see you there,

Danny Lancaster

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

Reading Buddies

The group will start its work on the week of the 17th of September. We will be going to the elementary on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Those who will be taking part need to fill out a volunteer form for the School District. Please see Pastor Bill for the form. On Saturday the 8th, we will be having a short organizational meeting at 3 p.m. to make sure we are all ready to start this new ministry.

Pastor Bill

Thank You!


We are on break. Yea!


prayer large
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

Betty Harris

Thanks to our dedicated volunteers, we served 55 clients in our August distribution—including four new clients! That’s our highest number served this year!


Marsha Bryan, Danny Carroll, Lynn Cates, Don Edson, Phillip Hall, Betty Harris, Ed Harris, June Higgins, Noel Higgins, Cathey Lannerd, Dianna Laubenberg, Amy Laubenberg, Bill Laubenberg, Billy Wayne McKinney, Robyn Shelton, Betty Thomas, Mary Wallace and Rod Wright

Volunteering for Food Pantry is such a joy!  For example, all our clients must re-certify once a year. It’s always fun talking to them and checking on how they’re doing now.   In August, 2018, we re-certified two separate clients who were homeless when they first came to our Food Pantry in the summer of 2017.  Both were living in their automobiles. We were happy to learn their living situations have improved considerably!   One is living with family and the other has her own apartment.  Please join us in praying regularly for our Food Pantry family and our volunteers.  If you are interested in volunteering, please speak to Robyn Shelton, Volunteer Coordinator.


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, 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

Now that school has started up again, Mustard Seeds, our elementary youth group will be forming once again. We are still talking with the parents, but it looks like we will follow the pattern that was set last year. Tuesday nights during Football season and then Friday nights after the season is over. More information will follow in the Bulletin.

Pastor Bill

Children’s Department

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


Interested Women of the Church


Shelli Fickling

Administrative Council Chairman

– Cody McCain, Administrative Council Chairman

Pictorial Directory

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


Again, many members of the Mission Committee helped at the August Shepherds Harvest food pantry. It was a hot one! After looking at the sign in sheet, we had 18 volunteers. It appears that it takes a mini army to get the food picked up, delivered to the church, packaged, then distributed to the food pantry clients plus all the paper work in between and after. Wow, what we can accomplish!  Immediately after the first Ladies breakfast, many members of the mission committee witnessed the Diaper Bank in action. Several long tables with Diapers and wipes ready to hand out.  Donations are always appreciated. Contact Lisa Moreland for the particulars on sizes that are needed

Marsha Bryan

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 Month

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