September 2016


First United Methodist Church

Hughes Springs, Texas

Volume 9 September 2016

from the pastor

In times of Trouble

It seems lately that we hear more and more about trouble in the world. There are floods, earthquakes, and other natural disasters. There are wars and conflicts throughout the world. In the face of this we ask ourselves what we can do to help. One thing is giving to the special offerings to help others. However, did you know you are already helping? Through UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) you are helping.

UMCOR is a ministry of The United Methodist Church through the General Board of Global Ministries, and their goal is to assist the most vulnerable persons affected by crisis or chronic need without regard to any factors. The belief is that all people have God-given worth and dignity.

UMCOR’s work reaches people in more than 80 countries, including the United States. They provide humanitarian relief when war, conflict, or natural disaster disrupts life to such an extent that communities are unable to recover on their own.

While UMCOR cooperates with other aid organizations to extend their reach, their most important partners are the people we serve. Confident that successful solutions to emergency or chronic conditions begin with the affected population they work with them. UMCOR provides these survivors not only temporary relief but long-term education, training, and support.

UMCOR spends 100 percent of designated donations on the projects their donors specify. When UMCOR donors give their time, money, and supplies, they join UMCOR as the hands and feet of Christ.

 UMCOR’s Mission Statement is: Compelled by Christ to be a voice of conscience on behalf of the people called Methodist, UMCOR works globally to alleviate human suffering and advance hope and healing.

This important part of our church reaches those in need and extends them the help they need. It is truly a time when we serve and love God by serving and loving others.

God’s grace be with you,

Pastor Bill Laubenberg

Sunday School Picnic:

The end of this month I am planning a picnic under the pavilion in honor of Sunday School. Hopefully, the weather will cooperate with us and give us a good day. We will have a picnic, plus a few games to play. More about this as time gets closer and more plans are finalized.

Please join us,

Pastor Bill


college bound college babies

We want to make sure that we remember those students who have gone off to college. If you have a child who has gone to college, please contact the church office so we can have a complete list including their addresses. In October we are looking at getting together care packages from the church to send to these students and we would not want to miss anyone.


Men’s Breakfast

scrambled and baconThe men get together the first Tuesday of each month for fellowship and, if I have to say so myself, good food.  Each month we have a different speaker that brings us a short devotion. September’s devotion will be brought to us by Pastor Bill Laubenberg.

The cooks start gathering for coffee and preparation about 3:00 am, breakfast is served at 6:30 am and over by 7:00.

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

We do have a list of men to call and remind about the breakfast.  If you would like to be included on that phone list, please call me, Larry Cannon at 903-645-5645 and I will get you added.

Our typical menu is bacon, eggs, biscuits and gravy. Yummy!biscuits n gravy

The men’s breakfast is completely self-sustained. We do not ask the Finance Committee for funds. However, donations are always welcome and accepted.

I am looking forward to seeing you on Tuesday, Sept. 6 for fellowship, food and devotion.

Larry Cannon

New Website announcement

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.

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


hands n church

Did you miss someone at church this month?

Give them a call.


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.

bible study

Things have been going well with our Wednesday bible study. This week we are reaching the midpoint of our Studies of the “Heroes of Faith.” There are still 4 more lessons in the study, but it is time to look ahead. The next study we will be doing is called, Five Marks of a Methodist. All those wanting to take part in this study need to contact the church office. The cost for the book will be $6.00.

food basket

Despite the August heat and somewhat of a rainy day, we were able to serve 45 clients.  We have passed our first-year anniversary and continue to have new families sign up.  This project couldn’t work so smoothly without the dedicated volunteers who enjoy helping us fulfill our mission statement:  “Loving and serving Jesus by loving and serving others.”

Confirmation Organization

Confirmation will be starting the end of this month. The current plan is to hold classes on Sunday afternoon at around 3 p.m. The class will last about an hour each time.

happy and you know itI am so happy that we have a new copier in the church office that is much more streamlined with modern times and will process on a higher quality scale! I am happy that we have a new preacher who enjoys singing AND is willing to do solos! I am so happy that we have youth who are so willing to serve others in other states as well as serving in our church. I am extremely happy with our Food Pantry and all those who serve and sacrifice their time for this project! I am so thankful for Rick Shelton being chairman of our Administrative Council.

I am so happy that we are growing in membership as well as in God’s Holy Spirit!

Marilynn Lee

if you happy

What are you happy about?  Send me an email and let me know what you are happy about. You may see it in next month’s newsletter.

Debbie Kelley

Thank You with purple flowersThe family of Sue Black would like to take this opportunity to thank our Church family, for All the prayers during her battle with CANCER.  We are blessed to have such a loving and generous Church family.  Pastor Bill, you will never know how you eased our minds and filled us with courage when you came to visit at the hospitals.  You went above and beyond traveling to Little Rock to see us and pray with us.  To the IWC, the lunch you prepared for our family after the graveside service was AMAZING.  Our hearts are filled with love and respect for each and every one of you.   May God Bless you and keep you close.

 David, Tonya, Jeannie and Family


Scripture Readings for September

September 4

Jeremiah 18: 1 – 11
Psalm 139: 1 – 6, 14 – 18
Philemon 1 – 21
Luke 14: 25 – 33

September 11

Jeremiah 4: 11 – 12, 22 – 28
Psalm 14
1 Timothy 1: 12 – 17
Luke 15: 1 – 10

September 18

Jeremiah 8: 18 – 9: 1
Psalm 79: 1 – 9
1 Timothy 2: 1 – 7
Luke 16: 1 – 13

September 25

Jeremiah 32: 1 – 3a, 6 – 15
Psalm 91: 1 – 6, 14 – 16
1 Timothy 6: 6 – 19
Luke 16: 19 – 31