Gainesville Daily Register

December 21, 2012

Church 12-21

Callisburg United Methodist Church

The Callisburg United Methodist Church located at 123 Oscar Cole Street in Callisburg, Texas invites you to attend our Sunday morning services which begin at 11 a.m. each Sunday morning.  Our Sunday school classes begin at 10 a.m.

Our Pastor is Kathy Brown, and this last Sunday morning her sermon was from a series titled “Watching for the Light” and the Sermon Title was “Hope is Wearing a Rugby Shirt”.  The Scripture reading was Matthew 11:2-11.


Sunday afternoons - Confirmation classes from 4-6 p.m.

Each Wednesday after school – Kids for Christ

Wednesday at 6:00-7:00 – Women’s Bible Study

Monday December 24th at 6 pm – Christmas Eve Services

Pastor Kathy Brown can be reached at the church at 940-665-1985 or 1-940-300-1278

Faith Lutheran Church

Faith Lutheran Church invites everyone to join our worship service on Sunday morning. The “Celebration of Carols” will be presented by the Faith Choir with Jack Grassman as the narrator. The choir will be directed by Rosa Teppo with several guest instrumentalists from UNT accompanying the choir. This special service will begin at 10:15 a.m. Sunday School for children and youth and Bible Study for the adults will begin at 9 a.m. John Morris will be leading the Adult Bible Class in a study of the Minor Prophets. For those who wish to arrive at 8:45 a.m., coffee and fellowship will be shared. A nursery will be provided.

Would you or a family member like to attend church or Sunday School? Just call the church at 668-7147 or Mischa Brown at 641-1231 before noon on the day prior to the day the ride is needed. We are excited for you to attend our services at Faith! Please don’t let transportation difficulties keep you from joining us.

In Faith’s church family, Joyce Vincent, Keith Porter and Carter Brownwill celebrate their birthdays this week. David and Joan Lee will celebrate their wedding anniversary. We ask special blessings on them.

On Monday, Dec. 24 a special Christmas Eve Service will begin at 7 p.m.

If there is any way that Pastor Scott Sundbye or Faith Lutheran Church can serve you, please let us know. The church number is 668-7147 and Pastor Sundbye’s home number is 612-5552. The Bible Verse for the week is from Luke 2: 11 “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.”

First Baptist Church

Christmas Eve Eve Service

First Baptist Church invites you to join us for our annual Christmas Eve Eve Service this Sunday evening, Dec. 23 at 6 p.m. Come hear the Christmas story and as we celebrate the birth of our Savior through song, scripture and music. This is a wonderful time to bring your family and worship together.

Special Christmas Service Times

We will join together for one combined worship service this Sunday morning, Dec. 23 at 10:45 a.m. Sunday school will be at its regular time of 9:30 a.m. Dr. Egan will be bringing the Sunday morning message and you will enjoy the beautiful music of the season. Then come back Sunday evening for our Christmas Eve Eve Service at 6 p.m.

First Christian Church

First Christian Church is located at 401 N. Dixon in Gainesville. Sunday School for all ages starts at 9 a.m., with worship at 10 a.m. where we celebrate the Lord’s Supper with an open communion table each Sunday. Sunday’s message by Rev. Mark Loewen is titled, “Is Life Good for You?” The Scripture reading is Luke 1:46-55.

Christmas Eve Services

Our Christmas Eve services are at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m.  Both services will celebrate the birth of Christ with carols, candlelight, and Communion.  A nursery is provided for the 6 p.m. service.


First Christian Church is an inviting and welcoming church. We are a people and a place where you can engage your faith and allow God to mold you.  If you have any questions about First Christian Church, please contact us at 665-2053; email; or go to our website at

First United Methodist Church

First United Methodist Church welcomes you to worship with us Sunday mornings at 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:45 a.m. We are located at 214 S. Denton Street. Childcare is available for ages 5 and under.

Our 8:30 worship is a little more relaxed but always includes beautiful music.  The 10:45 service is traditional and features hymns, organ, piano, and choir and also often includes music from our handbells, children’s and youth choirs. Children are welcome in worship and we include a Children’s Sermon at each service.  We offer Holy Communion on the first Sunday of the month.

Join us this Sunday, Dec. 23, the Fourth Sunday of Advent, for worship at either 8:30 or 10:45 a.m. Rev. Don Yeager will present Mary’s Story, based on Luke 1:39-45.  This sermon is a part of the Advent-Christmas series, “The Characters of Christmas,” in which the Christmas story will be told in first-person.  On Christmas Eve, we will hear the “Shepherd’s Story.”

The vocal and handbell choirs of our church presented their fourth annual Festival of Christmas Music on Sunday evening, Dec. 16 to a standing-room-only crowd. The concert featured all of our children’s, youth, and adult choirs as well as special instrumentalists on piano, organ, flute, oboe, and hammered dulcimer.  A beautiful reception with homemade goodies and a very special visitor from the North Pole was held in the Fellowship Center following the concert.

On Sunday, Dec. 23, the children are invited to a “Happy Birthday Jesus” party held in the Fellowship Center during the Sunday School hour from 9:45 a.m. to 10: 30 a.m. The children will celebrate with cake and punch as the Christmas story is retold. Each child receives a gift bag and a special birth announcement.

First UMC will celebrate two Christmas Eve Candlelight Services on Monday, Dec. 24. The 5 p.m. service will include a Children’s Christmas Pageant and candlelighting and is designed for families with children, but everyone is welcome. The 7 p.m. service will be a Traditional Candlelight and Communion Service. All are welcome to attend the services.

The youth hours for Winter are Jr. High youth meeting on Wednesdays from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. No snack supper will be served. On Sunday’s Youth in handbells will meet from 3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. followed by all youth UMYF from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Snack supper will be served at 5:30 p.m. For more information about the youth program, please contact Shawna Brinkley at the church office, 665-3926.

You can follow us on Facebook.  Just look for “First United Methodist Church of Gainesville, Texas.”

To receive more information about our church or any ongoing activities, please feel free to call the church office, 665-3926, or visit our website,

First Presbyterian Church

The congregation of First Presbyterian Church – located at 401 S. Denton in Gainesville - invites everyone to celebrate the birth of the Babe in the manger by attending one of their Christmas Eve worship services!  The 5 p.m. service is designed for families and will feature lots of singing and a special puppet ministry Christmas play!  The 11 p.m. Christmas Eve service is a traditional candle-light service with choir music and the passing of the Christmas light to the singing of “Silent Night.”

Merry Christmas for the members of First Presbyterian Church!   

Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church

Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church, 622 S. Grand Avenue (corner of Grand Avenue & Tennie), Gainesville cordially invite you for our evening candlelight service, Christmas Eve, Monday, Dec. 24 at 6 p.m.  For information and directions, call church at 940-665-6310.

Grand Avenue Baptist Church

Welcome to Grand Ave. Baptist Church located in the 600 block of North Grand Ave.  Because there is no parking allowed on busy Grand Ave., we have off-street paved  parking and the entrance doors on the east side, on Clements Street.

We start Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m. with coffee and breakfast in the Fellowship Hall followed by Sunday School for all ages at 9:30 a.m. and the Morning Worship at 10:40 a.m.  Our Nursery also opens at 10:40 a.m.

Evening Worship is at 6 p.m. in the little chapel.

Tuesday evening Grief Support Group will meet at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall if there is a call for it.

Wednesday night Prayer Meeting and Youth Get-together will be at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

We would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas.

Gainesville Bible Church

Gainesville Bible Church. In biblical times, a person’s name indicated and pointed to their individual character. In keeping with that model, here at Gainesville Bible Church we hope our name communicates our character and our ministry.

Gainesville… we as a local body of believers recognize our calling to minister to the community of Gainesville, TX and the surrounding areas by proclaiming the Truth of God as revealed by His Word and striving together to live that Truth in our community at large.

Bible… We believe the 66 books of the Old and New Testament to be the complete inspired Words of God – that’s right – as though He spoke them out loud. The bible is the Creator’s communication to His creation.

Church… The Greek word for ‘church’ is ekklesia – which literally means “called out ones”. Our present home is within the world system – but our eternal home is far from the bleak confines of this planet. But while we remain, we understand our purpose is to be the hands and feet of our Savior Jesus Christ, continuing in the work He began: teaching, preaching, evangelizing, praying, worshipping and serving.

We would love to have you join us for worship, bible study and ministry.

Our meeting times are:


9:30a Sunday School

10:30 a.m. Worship Service

7 p.m. Bible Study


7 p.m. Prayer Mtg.

Harvey Street Baptist Church

  Our deepest desire is to bring glory to our Lord Jesus Christ as a collective Church body, and we would like to invite you and yours to come and Worship alongside us here at HSBC, where you will find a place of love, growth and service!

    Weekly Services

Sunday School-Bible Study & Fellowship-9:45 a.m.

Sunday Morning Corporate Worship at 11 a.m. Series-"Who is that baby?"

Children’s Church at 11 a.m.-Children ages 3-7 have a great time learning God’s word.

Sunday Evening Corporate Worship at 6 p.m.-Study of the Gospel of Mark

"Kingdom Kids"---Scripture Memory/Children's Choir-Ages 3-6 Grade at 6 p.m.

Wednesday Nights

Mission Friends-Ages 3-5 at 5 p.m..

RA's (Royal Ambassadors)-Grades 1-6 at 5 p.m.

GA's (Girls In Action) Grades 1-6 at 5 p.m.

Corporate Mid-Week Worship at 6 p.m. Study In The Psalms/Corporate Prayer

 Nursery provided Starting at 6 p.m. (Infants-3 years old)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS PARTY THIS SATURDAY at 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. all kids are welcomed we will be discussing what the true meaning of Christmas is all about. Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior was born on Christmas. Hope to see you  there.

HSBC Choir Presents, "Heaven's Child" Sunday at 11 a.m.

Candlelight Service That Night At 6 p.m. Celebrating Jesus as the, "Light Of The World."

Need a ride to one of our services? Call us 665 2504 and leave a message!

Mt Pleasant Baptist Church

December 16, 2012

Sunday morning, Mt Pleasant Baptist Church rang out with Christmas carols. Emma Flessa and Jennifer Gilmer sang a beautiful duet of What Child Is This?

Pastor Charles Williams took his message from Luke 2:8-20, entitled Shepherds in the Dark. God could have announced the birth of His Son through Kings, or people of importance. Instead God revealed our Lord's birth through ordinary people like the Shepherds. He still reveals himself to ordinary people.

Sunday evening at 6:30 pm. Mt Pleasant Baptist had their Christmas party. After much good food, and fellowship everyone congregated to the auditorium for Christmas carols and sharing individual Christmas traditions in families.

Wednesday night Bible Study, a film was shown entitled “The Star of Bethlehem”, which was a scientific and biblical film about the Christmas Star that led the Wise-men to Christ.

Next Sunday morning the Adult Sunday School class will be watching a film entitled: Isaiah 9:10 Judgment.

We, at Mt Pleasant Baptist Church would like to invite you to our services. We are a warm, friendly country church in the Mt Springs area at 14777 S. FM 372. Our services are as follows:

Sunday School at 10 a.m.

Worship Service at 11 a.m.

Wednesday Bible Study is normally at 6:30 pm but will be canceled this next Wednesday due to Christmas.

Youth Bible Study at 6:30 p.m.-canceled until after Christmas.

We want to wish Marjorie Hutson, Happy Birthday this week.

New Life Bible Church

Christmas Eve Service

     A Christmas Eve Candlelight service will be held at 7 p.m. You and your family are welcome to join us for an informal and very special time of worship and celebration of the birth of our Christ.

Praise and Worship

Steven Dulock and the praise team use their God-given talent to lead the congregation in contemporary praise and worship every Sunday morning before the church receives the Word of God. Everyone is invited to experience this time of praise, lifting your voice to our Creator.

Church Vision

New Life Bible Church exists to glorify God by introducing people to Jesus Christ, to develop them in Christian living, making a positive impact in our generation and in the world. Sunday school begins at 9:30 a.m., and the morning worship service begins at 10:45 a.m. A nursery is provided from 9:30 a.m. to noon each Sunday. New Life Bible Church is located at 3901 E. Broadway (about a half mile from Radio Hill Road on FM 678 just before the GainesvilleStateSchool).

You may contact us by e-mail at or find us on the web at

Prairie Grove Baptist Church

The church had Christmas lunch on Dec. 9, after a slide show viewing the last trip to the Navajo reservation. There are three from the mission team on a trip this week, delivering needed building supplies to one of the families.

A church party was Friday night, with the group enjoying playing the "Left-Right" game and "Let's Make a Deal". Refreshments were enjoyed by all.

On Christmas Eve, at 6:30 p.m., a church service will be held and the community is invited.

JESUS IS THE REASON - Wishing for all to have a very blessed Christmas!

Services begin 9:30 a.m. for Sunday School, morning worship begins at 10:30 a.m.

PGBC is located at 1721 Prairie Grove Rd., Valley View.

St. Mary’s Catholic Church

Father Victor Cruz and parishioners of St. Mary’s Catholic Church invite you to join us for Mass. Here, we gather to celebrate the Sacred Mysteries of our faith with the fullness of our beings. We invite you to come and pray with us any time! The staff and parishioners of St. Mary are committed to being hospitable and welcoming to all God’s people. We hope that you will join us…You would honor us with your presence, prayer, and participation in the Eucharistic liturgy. St. Mary's Catholic Church is located at 825 North Weaver Street, Gainesville, Texas 76240. Phone: 665-5395.

The Church began a new Liturgical Year on the first Sunday of Advent (December 2nd).  Advent (meaning, "ad-venio in Latin or "to come to") is the season leading up to the celebration of Christmas. The Advent season is a time of preparation that directs our hearts and minds to Christ’s second coming at the end of time and also to the anniversary of the Lord’s birth on Christmas. Advent devotions remind us of the meaning of the season. Special Advent devotions include the lighting of the Advent wreath; the Advent calendar which helps remind us of the season with daily thoughts and activities; Advent prayers that prepare us spiritually for the birth of Jesus Christ.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is available at St. Mary’s. Each parishioner is invited to spend one hour of prayer before The Blessed Sacrament first Wednesday of each month from 6:30pm-9pm and First Fridays from 9:30am-12:00pm. Adoration is a beautiful, quiet time to spend with Jesus in prayer or meditation.

The Altar Society is a ministry of women of the parish, who pray for each other and all of the parish family, maintain the Altar linens, candles, flowers and decorations used for the praise and glory of God our Father at the celebration of the Mass. Members of the Altar Society pray the rosary each Saturday before the 4 p.m. Mass, beginning at 3:30 p.m.

The mission of the Knights of Columbus, council 1167 is to help Catholic men remain steadfast in their faith through mutual encouragement, to promote closer ties of fraternity among them, and to set up an elementary system of insurance so that the widows and children of members in the group who might die would not find themselves in dire financial straits. Membership is open to practicing Catholic men 18 and older. Meetings are held the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Grand Knight is Danny Wolf 940-736-3137.

Friday, Dec. 21

Daily Mass - 8 a.m. (Chapel)

Saturday, Dec. 22

Mass offered at State School

Children's Pageant Practice - 9 a.m.

Confession Opportunity - 3 p.m.

Anticipated Mass - 4 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 23

4th Sunday of Advent

Sunday Masses, 8:15 a.m. & 11 a.m.

Hispanic Sunday Mass at 1 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 24

Christmas Eve  

Children's Pageant - 4 p.m.

Children's Christmas Mass - 4:30 p.m.

Christmas Mass in Spanish -  7 p.m.

Christmas Cantata 11:30 p.m.  (midnight Mass to follow)

Tuesday, Dec. 25

Christmas Day  

Christmas Midnight Mass (Monday night) - midnight

Christmas Day Mass - 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012  

Daily Mass at 8 a.m. in the Chapel    

Thursday, Dec. 27

Daily Mass at 8 a.m. in the Chapel

Hispanic RCIA Session

Friday, Dec. 28

Feast of the Holy Innocents

Daily Mass at 8 a.m. in the Chapel    

SMS - No School

Vilott Baptist Church News

 When Jesus was born, the angels appeared to shepherds keeping watch by night. They proclaimed the birth of the Savior singing praises to God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men." Luke 2:14 (KJV)

At Vilott Baptist Church we are celebrating the birth of the King who came to save us and to conquer death for all time. The doors are open for you to come and join in. There is always something going on here at Vilott. We have a fellowship breakfast on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m.; all are welcome. Sunday School starts at 10:00 a.m. where we learn more about God and His plan for our lives. Our worship service starts at 11 a.m. with a time of singing praises unto the Lord. Our Pastor Rick Isham will bring the message that the Lord has laid on his heart. There will be no Sunday evening or Wednesday evening services this week. We will have a Christmas Eve service on Dec. 24 at 5 p.m. This is always a wonderful time of celebration and praise for the Greatest Gift of all time, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Please join us.

If you have been thinking about finding a church home or you would just like to find out more about us, we would love to see you in one of the services. Call for information or if you need transportation. 940-665-1629.

Westminster Presbyterian Church

All visitors and residents of Gainesville are cordially invited to worship the Lord Jesus at Westminster Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) each Sunday and Wednesday. WPC is a Conservative Evangelical Protestant Reformed church. Our worship service is very traditional using the ACTS form of worship: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication. Dress is always casual.

Sunday school is at 9:45 a.m. and our worship service is in the main sanctuary at 10:45 am. The Sunday evening worship is at 6 pm. & Wednesday Bible Study is at 7 p.m. Both meet in the Fellowship Hall.  Choir rehearsals are held Sundays at 4:30 p.m.  The next Men’s Breakfast and Bible Study will be at this Saturday, 12 JAN at 8 a.m. Priscilla Circle for women will meet Dec 20 at 7 P.M. for their Christmas Party

This Sunday, Dec 23, Pastor Darrell McIntyre’s sermon will be “Gift to the Shepherds”, based on Luke 2:8-20. The Choir will perform 2 anthems: “Sing Gloria” by Joel Ramey, and ‘Were You There on That Christmas Night?” by Natalie Sleeth. There will be a time of fellowship in Grace Hall before church.  Also at the beginning of the service the will be a candle lighting to celebrate the 4th Sunday of Advent.

The evening service will be a special Candlelight service.

Our organist and choir director is Peggy O’Neill and our song leader is Danny Lovelace.

Our e-mail is; WEB page http;// and our church phone is 940-665-5164. Westminster Church is located at 315 E. Scott Street, on the corner of Scott and Denton Streets. There is a large parking lot behind the church.

Whaley United Methodist Church

In Luke 1:39-55, we encounter what appears to be an everyday scene, two pregnant women who have come together to talk.  In this ordinary looking scene we read a poem that helps us see the many ways the birth of Jesus affects us.  The poem talks about our individual needs, political leadership, money and the role of the people of God.  Our theme for this week is "Comforting Joy."  Join us this Sunday, the last Sunday of Advent, for "Pregnant and Profound."  The choir will sing a much loved anthem Mary, Did you Know  featuring soloist Kevin Beall.  Kevin will also lead "Kid Time."  The service will also feature traditional Christmas hymns we all know and love.

    Sunday will also include a Whaley tradition...Christmas Brunch.  All are invited to join us for favorite holiday pick up foods and fellowship at 9:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall.

Sunday Schedule (this week only)

9:30 a.m. Annual Whaley UMC Christmas Brunch in Fellowship Hall

10:30 a.m. Celebration Worship in the Sanctuary

    Please join us for Christmas Eve Candlelight services at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m., December 24th.

    The people of Whaley United Methodist Church wish for each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!  Whaley UMC is located at 701 Rosedale Drive in Gainesville.  All are always welcome to participate in the activities, missions, and ministries of Whaley UMC.  For information call (940) 665-5588.  "Come Share the Joy of Christmas" at Whaley UMC!