July 2016


First United Methodist Church

Hughes Springs, Texas

Volume 7 July 2016

from the pastor


So many changes; moving is always a lot of work, but rewarding. There are boxes everywhere to go through and find a place to put things. The animals, cats Jack and Jill and dog G.G, are getting used to the new surroundings and have stopped hiding under the beds.

Now, it’s time to start settling in and getting to know people and the town. It is different from where we last lived – Katy, TX. I do not miss all the traffic. The other day, Dianna and I were going to Brookshire’s and I looked at the clock.  I realized that it would have been rush hour in Katy, but there was almost no one on the road. What a joy that was! The service at the store was truly a joy. It is easy to get to like things like that. It is easy to adjust to things like that.

This summer, when you are not traveling, I would love to see you all in Sunday service. We can praise the Lord together.

Next month, I will be starting Bible Studies during the week. Any suggestions concerning time and day would be appreciated. My tentative plans are to do a daytime and a night time study.  I will also be conducting the same study at Cornett.

 God’s grace be with you,

 Pastor Bill Laubenberg

New Website announcement

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You will find the latest edition of the newsletter, thoughts from the pastor and a current calendar of events for the church. If you have an event scheduled and you do not see it on the calendar, call the church office to reserve the church for that date and time.

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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.

Samaritan's Purse

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

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Did you miss someone at church this month?

Give them a call.


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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.

Scripture Readings for July

July 2

2 Kings 5: 1 – 14
Psalm 30
Galatians 6: 7 – 16
Luke 10: 1- 11, 16 – 20

July 10

Amos 7: 7 – 17
Psalm 82
Colossians 1: 1 – 14
Luke 10: 25 – 37

July 17

Amos 8: 1 – 12
Psalm 52 or 82
Colossians 1: 15 – 28
Luke 10: 38 – 42

July 24

Hosea 1: 2 – 10
Psalm 85
Colossians 2: 6 – 15
Luke 11: 1 – 13

July 31

Hosea 11: 1-11
Psalm 107: 1-9, 43
Colossians 3: 1-11
Luke 12: 13 – 21