October 2017


First United Methodist Church

Hughes Springs, Texas

Volume 19
Pastor Bill Laubenberg
October 2017
Editor Debbie Kelley

from the pastor

Saint Francis of Assisi, born Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone, informally named as Francesco (1181/1182 – 3 October 1226), was an Italian Roman Catholic friar, deacon and preacher. He founded the men’s Order of Friars Minor, the women’s Order of Saint Clare, the Third Order of Saint Francis and the Custody of the Holy Land.[3] Francis is one of the most venerated religious figures in history.

He was associated with patronage of animals and the natural environment, and it became customary for Catholic and Anglican, as well as some Methodist, churches to hold ceremonies blessing animals on his feast day of 4 October.[6] He is often remembered as the patron saint of animals.

This year we will be holding the ceremony on the third of October at 6:30 p.m. under the pavilion. All with pets are encouraged to bring them at that time for the blessing. If your pet is either too large to bring or might be a flight risk, you can bring a picture instead of the animal

Pastor Bill Laubenberg

Men’s Breakfast

scrambled and bacon

For the month of September, there were 31 men who attended the breakfast, including cooks.

The next Men’s breakfast if Tuesday, October 3 at 6:30 a.m.

All men are invited to join us for breakfast in the fellowship hall.

Danny Lancaster



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


Thank You!


Thank you so much for awarding me this generous scholarship. It is greatly appreciated.

Carson Moreland


 Undoubtedly, you are the most wonderful church family. Thanks so very much for all the delicious food, beautiful cards, terrific love and support as well as the many prayers that my family and I have received during this great loss of Ben.

In his heavenly bliss, Ben is smiling. Please keep that love, support and prayers coming my way.

Mavis Boyd


Thank you for welcoming my mother into your community! She enjoyed her time with you and made lots of great friends.

Forever Thankful,

Michele Fay

Elsie Palmers Daughter


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


they are scary

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.

Looking Ahead

Big Church Night Out Fall Tour

….is happening, Thursday, November 30th beginning at 7:00 pm at Shreveport Municipal auditorium. We are trying to get a group together from the church. The cost is $25.00, but if we can get 12 people together, the cost will go down.

There is a signup sheet outside the pastor’s office. Let’s get our tickets before they are all gone.  Artists performing are listed on the signup sheet.


Prayer Warriors

This is a new group that is forming in the church. We will be lifting up to the Lord concerns about our community, our church, and the world around us. To help in this we will be examining different styles of prayer. Currently we are planning to hold meetings on Saturday afternoons at around 3 pm, but we may be moving the day and time if a better one can be agreed upon

food basket

The Shepherd’s Harvest Food Pantry will change its food distribution time in October.  The board voted to approve the times from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.  Several of the clients told our volunteers this time change would work better for them.  We will reprint the sign to reflect this change.


Currently, there is a food drive to help supplement the meals we distribute to our clients.  The board suggested that we periodically collect nonperishable items.  We would designate a specific item and when approximately 65-70 of that item was collected, the item could be added to our meal bags.  The target month would be November since historically that has been a busy month for our pantry.  We are about half way to the number as of the end of September.

Submitted by 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

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 have a Thank you to include in the newsletter, please send it to the church office. You may bring it by or email it to me.

Thank you, Deb Kelley


With school started again, we are facing some decisions. It seems that our meeting night might need to be changed to avoid some conflicts. If you have a child in this age group, please let us know what night would be best for you. We want to include as many youth people as we can. The group is open to all elementary age youth in the church and their friends are more than welcome. We are on our school year schedule, with only one movie time/parent’s night off per month. Come join the fun.

Youth Group

This year, our Youth group participated in the “See You at the Pole” event at the High School on Sept. 27. Very proud of our youth for their participation.

Meetings continue Wednesday nights with a snack provided.

bible study

We are coming to the end of our study of the Autopsy of a Deceased Church.

After we complete this study, we will be taking two weeks off and then will move to an advent based study. We are still meeting on Wednesdays at 10 am amd 6 pm. We would love to see you there.

Pastor Bill

All the process are in place for FUMC to continue with the purchase of the Hale property. That phase will be complete in about two weeks.

The question on everyone’s minds and lips is, what is going to be done with the property. Nothing has been decided, although we have heard some nice suggestions. We welcome all suggestions. Please email or call Debbie at the office with your suggestion. Debbie will make a complete report for the Trustees to go over in a meeting of the Trustees.

The project of making the Bathroom by the nursery a handicapped bathroom has begun. Construction began this morning, Oct. 2 and should be complete before Sunday worship.

Submitted by Billy Wayne McKinney



Cornett UMC Fall Festival

Sunday, October 22, beginning at 4:30 pm Fun for the whole family

Trunk or Treat, Hay Ride, Bounce House, Apple Bobbing and many more activities.



Diaper Bank News

The diaper bank is getting busier and busier each month. During September’s diaper bank, we had given away twelve packages of diapers by 10:30AM and ran out of some sizes, which others, coming in later, needed. We ended the day giving away seventeen packages of diapers with only one package of size-one diapers and no wipes. I do not believe that running out of diapers is a complete negative because that means were are serving more of God’s children.  However, this does indicate that we need more donations. I am going to try to obtain diaper donations from local stores, but if anyone knows of someone who would be willing to donate, please let me know.

Thank you, Lisa Moreland

Children’s Department

The Children’s Department will participate in the Annual Trunk or Treat on Saturday, October 21.

Carly will be accepting donations of candy. For more information, Contact Carly McCain


Scripture Readings for October

October 1

Exodus 17: 1 – 7
Philippians 2: 1 – 13
Matthew 21: 23 – 32

October 8

Exodus 20: 1 – 4, 7 – 9, 12 – 20
Philippians 3: 4b – 14
Matthew 21: 33 – 46

October 15

Exodus 32: 1 – 14
Philippians 4: 1 – 9
Matthew 18: 21 – 35

October 22

Exodus 32: 1 – 14
I Thessalonians 1: 1 – 10
Matthew 22: 15 – 22

October 29

Deuteronomy 34: 1 – 12
I Thessalonians 2: 1 – 8
Matthew 22: 34 – 46