April 2017


First United Methodist Church

Hughes Springs, Texas

Volume 4 April 2017

from the pastor

Easter is nearly here. The time of preparation is coming to an end. For those of you who decided to give up something for Lent, it’s almost time to get it back. Easter is the time to rejoice, remembering that the tomb was empty and that sin, death, and the devil were been defeated.

Many things will be happening at the church as Easter gets closer and closer. Palm Sunday will have the fun of the procession of Palms, as we remember Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. Also on Psalm Sunday the choir will present a cantata titled, “Because He Lives.” The choir has been working hard to get everything together. I think you will be happy with the final product. Come, listen and be lifted up.

On Holy Thursday, we will be having a service to remember the night when the Lord’s Supper was instituted. The service is set to start at 6 p.m. We will be having Holy Communion that night and in remembrance of Jesus arrest and trial, the altar will be stripped at the end of the service.

A Tenebrae service will be happening on Good Friday at 7:00 pm. If you have never been to a Tenebrae, you owe it to yourself to come and experience one. The service is built around the seven last words of Jesus from the cross. As each word is shared, some of the lights in the sanctuary will be turned off, by the end of the service we will be in total darkness. Come and remember what Jesus was willing to endure to set us free from sin, death, and the devil.

An Easter egg hunt will be held on Saturday the 15th at 2:00 pm. Don’t forget to bring your gifts of candy to church on either the 2nd or the 9th so there will be plenty for the children to find. Then come and watch the fun as the young people search for the goodies. What better way is there to put a smile on your face, than watching the fun and joy of an Easter Egg Hunt?

Rumor has it that the Easter Bunny himself will make a personal appearance. Don’t forget your cameras.

God’s grace be with you,
Pastor Bill Laubenberg

Men’s Breakfast

scrambled and baconMen’s Breakfast met at First United Methodist Church on March 7, 2017.

The breakfast was attended by 20 guest and 5 men from the church doing the cooking.

John Pease delivered a great message and enjoyed by all. The food was very delicious!

Please come on out and join us April 4, 2017 at 6:30am for great food and fellowship!

Looking forward to seeing you there. Bring a friend and help us spread the word.

Larry Cannon


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

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.

Samaritan's Purse

Shoe Box Mission: Donations accepted. Please see or call Mavis Boyd for information: 903-588-0280


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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.

bible study

Come one; come all to hear the word of God and to learn from it. There are two different classes, one at 10 am and one at 6 pm. Our first study this year is on the Gospel of Matthew. Come join us on the journey through the Gospel as we discover the messages it has for us.

Pastor Bill

food basket

As we prepare to transition our Mobile Food Pantry operations to a Partner Agency with the East Texas Food Bank, we are attending training sessions.  Initially we are required to establish a Food Pantry Board, name for our project, and a mission statement.  The activity will be a little more involved than our current project.  Our volunteers have been faithful to our mission and we feel going forward we’ll continue to have that level of participation.  While our client list continues to grow, we hope our new program will meet more needs.  This new program kick off is schedule for July 20.

Lyn Baker

As we move forward in this ministry to our community, there will be some changes. To guide the pantry as it moves forward a Pantry board is needed. This group will include members from both Cornett and Hughes Springs. This group needs to be in place this month to make needed decisions. If you feel called to help in this, contact the church office, Pastor Bill, or Lyn Baker.


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

Let Us Abide

Are you interested in helping the church to move forward into the future, revitalized? Would you like to see the church grow? The church needs of 6 to 8 individuals will to work to see this happen. The Conference is covering the cost of the program so it is coming to the church for free. Having seen many positive results from the program in his previous conference the Bishop really believes in this program. Come and join the march into the future.

Pastor Bill

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.


HSISD One Act Play will advance to the State Competition.

 Over all individual competitors awards:

Tech Award: Pietro Serra di Santa Maria

Exchange student living with the Day-Aleman family

 Best Actress:  Carson Moreland

 Congratulations to these two members of our youth group.

Lisa Moreland

Children’s Department

The annual Easter egg hunt will be held on Saturday, April 15 at 2:00 pm.  Celebration will be here at First United Methodist Church. All those in the community are welcome. Rumor has it that the Easter bunny will make a personal appearance so do not forget your camera.

Little Folk Youth Group

The first meeting of the group, during which we will come up with a name, among other things, is tentatively set for Tuesday April 25th. We will be doing some arts and crafts, singing, and a little eating. The group will continue to meet weekly. The age group is elementary and pre-elementary. Come share the joy and invite your friends. If you would like to come help with arts and crafts or the singing, please feel free. We will also need people willing to help with refreshments.

Pastor Bill

Current projects for the Trustees:

 We need to replace the flowers in the pots at the pavilion. If you have any suggestions of the type flower that will tolerate that spot, please pass your suggestion to one of the Trustees or the Debbie Kelley, Administrative Assistant.

 The trustees are continuing research of sanctuary carpeting. Due to the pews needing to be moved for the job to be completed, we are discussing where to temporarily hold Sunday morning services until the job is complete.  The move would only last from the time the work begins until it is completed.

 Two contractors turned in bids to upgrade the bathroom beside the nursery. The bathroom will be changed from a regular restroom to a handicapped facility. Both of the contractor’s bids were for material only. They will be donating their labor.

 The trustees have hired a summer yard man. He began his service for the church on March 31 and will continue throughout the mowing season.

 Thank you

Bill McKinney

Bible Study

Come one; come all to hear the word of God and to learn from it. There are two different classes, one at 10 am and one at 6 pm. Our first study this year is on the

Gospel of Matthew. Come join us on the journey through the Gospel as we discover the messages it has for us.


The choir will present “Because He Lives” on Palm Sunday, April 9, 2017, during the morning worship service.  Prior to the start of worship, the traditional Procession of the Palms from Fellowship Hall into the Sanctuary will take place.  The Chancel Choir has spent many hours preparing a meaningful worship experience for those present. Come listen and join in as Jesus is praised for His personal sacrifice and for the joy of His gift of eternal life for all who will accept it.

Easter Sunday, April 16th, the men of the choir will sing the story of how Peter realizes Jesus’ resurrection has happened and that “He’s Alive”! The special music will include the choir joining in to celebrate He is Alive.

Nita Clark

Scripture Readings for April

April 2

Ezekiel 37: 1 – 4
Psalm 130
Romans 8: 6 – 11
John 11: 1 – 45

April 9

Isaiah 50: 4 – 9a
Psalm 31: 9 – 16
Philippians 2: 5 – 11
Matthew 27: 11 – 54

April 16

Acts 10: 34 – 43
Psalm 118:1 – 2, 14 – 24
Colossians 3: 1 – 4
Matthew 28: 1 – 10

April 23

Acts 2: 14a, 22 – 32
Psalm 16
I Peter 1: 3 – 9
John 20: 19 – 31

April 30

Acts 2: 14a, 36 – 41
Psalm 116: 1 – 4, 12 – 19
I Peter 1: 17 – 23
Luke 24: 13 – 35