January 2016


First United Methodist Church

Hughes Springs, Texas

Volume 1 January 2016

from the pastor

Those of you at church this past Sunday probably noticed that my head cold was having an effect on my thinking.  So, rather than write a new page for the newsletter and having to worry later about what I said, I am offering a re-run of a page written a few years ago which, I think, is still timely.

Yesterday I heard on the radio about a new product which may be of interest to you guys.  If you are tired of those candles your wife likes, the patchouli and gardenia or whatever, you will be glad to know they are finally coming out with man candles.  Yes, now men, you can get candles with a real smell.  Some of the new fragrance offerings include “dirt and concrete,” “catcher’s mitt,” and “bacon.”  If you see them in the store before I do, pick up an extra bacon for me.  We can soon look forward to the pleasing aroma of frying bacon wafting through the church office. 

Sadly, Peggie was not nearly as excited about the new fragrances as I expected her to be.  She hinted that if I brought home a catcher’s mitt candle she might not be pleased.  She said, “if you bring home a catcher’s mitt candle it will go in the garage” and I read between the lines.  I guess men and women do have some differences in what we like.  After all, if the Serpent had wanted to tempt Adam instead of Eve, he would have had to come up with something better than an apple wouldn’t he?  Maybe some pork ribs or a little beef jerky would do the job, but an apple?  I don’t think so.

Well, these things are on my mind today because the Texas Annual Conference has “invited” Peggie and me to attend a mandatory marriage seminar this week.  Apparently they believe that the ministry can put stress on a marriage.  Maybe so, but I believe that a marriage seminar can put stress on a marriage.  To me it’s like when your wife buys a women’s magazine with an article about what makes a man a good husband and then compares you to the article.  You know how that is going to turn out.  I know I will feel better when the program starts if they are burning a bacon scented candle and the person running the program is an overweight guy wearing an undershirt and gnawing on some beef jerky.  On the other hand, if there is a patchouli candle going and a fruit plate set out for snacking, I’ll know that I am in trouble.

This is the back story for the bacon scented candle that I have on the shelf in the pastor’s study.  It showed up on my desk a few days after this newsletter page came out.




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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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Did you miss someone at church this month?

Give them a call.

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In the month of December we had 10 new clients register for the mobile food pantry, serving a total of 65 families. Our volunteers continue to work diligently with the distribution process making our project successful. Please encourage anyone you know who has a need to join us on January 21, for our next distribution.



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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.

Scriptures for the month of January

January 17

Isaiah 62: 1–5 Psalm 36: 5 – 10 1 Corinthians 12: 1–11 John 2: 1 – 11

January 24

Nehemiah 8: 1–3, 5–6, 8–10 Psalm 19 1 Corinthians 12: 12–31a

January 31

Jeremiah 1: 4–10 Psalm 71: 1 – 6 1 Corinthians 13: 1–13 Luke 4: 21 – 30

February 7

Exodus 34: 29 – 35 Psalm 99 2 Corinthians 3:12 – 4:2 Luke 9: 28 – 36