Calvary Baptist Church

Potluck Fellowship Meal

Following the morning service this week we will enjoy a time of fellowship and as always great food. We are asked to bring our favorite meat, vegetable, salad or dessert to share. Everyone is encouraged to come prepared to stay for the fellowship.

We will also be welcoming home from vacation our pastor and his wife, Luke and Deanna Smith. The Smith's will be celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary on Sunday.

Male Call

Home cooked country style breakfast, good fellowship with other men and a time of Bible study. How much more could you ask for? Stephen King will be leading the study, "The Man I Want to Be" by Neal Jeffreys.

The study explores the importance of being a man who believes, behaves and more. This is a six part video driven study. Men and boys of all ages are encouraged to show up at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20 for the first meeting. You will be filled physically and spiritually. Please come, you will be glad you did.


Please accept our invitation to join us every week at Calvary Baptist Church for a unique worship experience. Our music ministry includes praise and worship choruses as well as the beloved old hymns. The messages proclaimed by pastor Luke Smith proclaim God's love and are so relevant to the times in which we now live.

There are Bible study groups for every age group.


9:45 a.m. Bible study

11 a.m. Morning Worship

11 am Kids Church

5 p.m. Adult Choir Practice

6 p.m. Evening Worship

6 p.m. Kingdom Kids Class


6 p.m. Prayer Meeting

6 p.m. Children and Youth Activities


9 a.m. Men's Prayer Time

We'll save you a seat at Calvary Baptist in Gainesville — a bunch of messed up people moving forward.

First Baptist Church of Gainesville

Men’s Power Lunch

Our Power Lunches for men will kick off again in the fall beginning Monday, Sept. 13 so mark your calendars now. Mike Payne will be our first guest speaker of the year. He has the wonderful job of writing the information that goes on sports cards!

Mike has also written a book entitled, "The 300 Greatest Baseball Cards of the 20th Century." You will have the opportunity to bring some of your sports cards and Mike will visit with you about them.

Lunch will be served beginning at 11:30 a.m. with the program starting at noon.

Don't miss this fun event. Remember, hunt up those valuable cards!

Watermelon Fellowship

This Sunday evening, Aug. 15, we will have a "Watermelon Fellowship" following the evening worship service. Dr. Anderson's study Sunday evening is entitled, "Death-Bed Repentance."

The study is held in the sanctuary and we will all go over to the activity building for watermelon afterwards.

Grace Friendship Baptist Church


Grace Friendship would like to invite you to join us in Sunday school and Worship service. Bro. David Morris’ sermons in Revelations are on the great tribulation. Matthew 24 tells us to beware of false teachers and prophesy. There will be a great falling away of the people. In Mark 13:31 it tells us that “Heaven and earth will all pass away, but my word will stand.”


9:45 a.m. Sunday School

11 a.m. Morning Worship

6 p.m. Evening Worship

Come and visit us. We would love to have you.

Bible Study

Bible Study on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Bible Study on Thursday at 11 a.m.

The Latimers

The Latimers will return to Grace Friendship Baptist Church in October. Put them on your calendar.


Grace Friendship Baptist Church is located at 1816 Luther Lane in Gainesville.

Grand Avenue Baptist Church

Sunday Review

Our pastor, Bro. Bill Black, was back after his stay in the hospital. He gave thanks and praised all the others who helped out while he was gone.

Bro. Black's sermon was from Judges 6:36-40 — the story of Gideon. The Midianites were making life miserable for the Israelites. That is why Gideon was hiding in the family wine press to thrash grain, he was hoping to conceal his actions from the enemy.

Our sympathy to Lorena Simmons and her family. Her father passed away.

Our Assistant Minister of Youth Josh Carpenter, gave a report on the youth group's trip to Midland to attend the Rock the Desert Concert. It was crowded and noisy and lots of fun and best of all, there were many decisions for Christ.

We wished Mariah Smith a happy birthday. Also a happy anniversary to Bobbye and Choice Stephens.

Jon Carpenter opened the Morning Service with prayer. Rick Collett and Tom Arrowsmith took up the offering while Suzanne Carpenter played “Danny Boy” on the grand piano.

Al Latham gave the benediction.


9 a.m. Coffee and breakfast in the fellowship hall

9:30 a.m. Sunday School

10:40 a.m. Morning Worship in the auditorium.

6 p.m. Evening Worship and a study of Psalms in the little chapel. Maudell Baker plays the piano then and that is a treat in itself.


7 p.m. Study of 2 Corinthians, led by our Assoc. Pastor Benny Strong in the fellowship hall

Youth Get Together led by our Assistant Minister of Youth Josh Carpenter.


GABC is located on the east side of the 600 block of North Grand Avenue. Parking and entrances are on the

east side of the church on Clements Street.

Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church

Sunday Review

Pastor David Hartwig's sermon on Aug. 8 completed his series of sermons from Joshua. The title, "What's on Your Tombstone?" was also the introduction to this lesson from Joshua 23-24. The theme of God's unfailing faithfulness is shown as His chosen people enter the Promised Land and claim their promised life. Soon Joshua's life as a faithful servant of God would end, but first, he assembled all the tribes of Israel at Shechem for his farewell address. In it, he reminded them that unfaithfulness to God would cause them to lose the land they had been given.

Food Pantry

Mt. Pleasant is no longer a provider of Angel Food, but we still maintain a food pantry for those who are in need.


Happy Anniversary to Kenneth and Annice Burkhalter on Aug. 15. Happy Birthday to Janell Haynie on Aug. 8. Happy Birthday to Billy Dusenberry on Aug. 11.


Mt. Pleasant has a strong and varied Sunday School program for all ages. We have a class for men and one for women, as well as an adult group. You are invited to visit at 10 a.m. for Sunday Morning Bible Study (Sunday School). Then, stay to hear Brother David speak at 11 a.m. His sermons are straight from the Bible and delivered with compassion and humor.

Bible Study

Another opportunity to study the Bible at Mt. Pleasant is the Wednesday Night Bible Study at 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary.

The Women's Bible Study Group will start a new session, "Searching for Hope" on Tuesday, Sept. 7 at 6 p.m. in theFellowship Hall.


The church is located in the Mountain Springs Community at 14777 S FM 372. For more information, call 637-2371.

Temple Baptist Church

“Reaching Out In Love”

Temple Baptist Church would like to invite you to come and worship the Lord with us.


8:15 a.m. Early Service

9:30 a.m. Sunday School for all ages

10:45 a.m. Late Service

6 p.m. Evening Service

Calendar of Coming Events

Children’s Bible Study

Children’s Bible Study is Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the children’s building.

Community Needs Survey (CNS)

Saturdays -10 a.m. To noon is our Community Needs Survey (CNS).

August Events

Aug. 14, Senior Saints trip to the Fort Worth Museum. The bus leaves the church at 8:30 a.m. and lunch is on your own.

September Events

Sept. 1, Children's Choir begins at 6:30 p.m.

Sept. 12, AWANA begins at 5:30 p.m.

Sept. 24 to 26, Banner '10, TBC Family Retreat. Call 665-9789 for more information.

November Events

Nov. 1 to 4, Senior Saints trip to Branson, Miss. Your deposit is due by Aug. 8.

Sermons are Online

Our sermons are now online at for download or playback.

Angel Food Ministries

If you would like to volunteer to help with Angel Food Ministries, please call the office or go online at and sign up.


For any information concerning these programs contact the office at 665-9789 or

Vilott Baptist Church


God is blessing our church with growth. The doors are open, families are joining, the baptismal waters are churning. The messages that God has for us are being preached here.

School will soon start again and graduations into new Sunday School classes will take place. We have many children at Vilott Baptist Church and many programs for them. Wednesday evenings are dedicated to that end, although we have something for everyone at many different times at Vilott.

Sharing the Gospel

Sharing is more than a good feeling. We share the gospel of Jesus Christ because we are told to. We are told to go into the world and share the gospel of Jesus. Matthew 28:19-20 says, "Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you; and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world."

Get involved, do something, make your life count for something. You are never too old or too young to do something for the Lord. There is no excuse not to pray. Everyone can pray. "And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive" (Matt 21:22).


Vilott Baptist Church is located on FM 678 just east of Callisburg. Call us at (940) 665-1629 if you need to talk to our pastor. Rick Isham is ready to share the gospel or counsel with you as needed.

The doors are open several days a week. Come join in and share with us your testimony. We want to invite you to come be a part of a family that loves the Lord and people.

Sunday School: 10 a.m.

Church Service: 11 a.m.

We are a loving and caring group, and you are cordially invited to come to see for yourself.

Wear Red on Fridays

We ask that you continue to wear red on Fridays to show support for all of our service people.


Our pastor’s name is Reverend John Gowling and his cell phone number is (469) 387-8961, and his email address is

If you would like to have more information about our little church, feel free to contact him and, or you can arrange to meet him at our church.

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 St. Childcare is available for ages 5 and under.

Construction Activity

If you drive by the church you will see that construction activity on our sanctuary has been started. Because of structural issues, the original brick is being removed, the walls reinforced, and new brick will be installed. The two towers will also be repaired and restored.

We are maintaining the historic character of the sanctuary, which was built in 1892. The inside is not affected and we will continue to worship in the sanctuary during the five-month construction process.

Learning Tree Preschool

The Learning Tree Preschool still has a few openings for the 2010-2011 school year. The Learning Tree serves children who are ages 3 and 4 by Sept. 1, 2010. Please contact Connie Hoberer for any registration questions at 665-3926.

Promotion Sunday

On Aug. 22, our children’s Sunday school classes will be celebrating Promotion Sunday. The children are encouraged to participate in the “Dirtiest Tennis Shoe” contest by bringing or wearing the shoes. The winner will have a gift card donated in their name as part of the Soles for Souls Campaign.

Our third grade children promoting into fourth grade will be presented a Bible during the 10:45 a.m. worship service. Following the worship service, the children receiving Bibles and their families are invited to attend Bible Experience Stations to help them become familiar with their new Bibles.

Soles for Souls Shoe Drive

August means it’s time once again for our “Soles for Souls” back-to-school shoe drive. Throughout the month of August we will receive donations of new school shoes for children and youth that will be delivered to local schools, or monetary donations that will be used to purchase Payless Shoe Source gift cards for VISTO and the Boys and Girls Club. The church is only receiving donations. If your child needs shoes, please contact VISTO or the Boys and Girls Club.

“Christian Believer” Study

This fall Pastor Don Yeager will lead “Christian Believer: Knowing God with Heart and Mind,” a 30-session study of core Christian doctrines. The study uses Biblical, theological, historical and video resources to survey basic beliefs such as creation, God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, sin and salvation. This class is open to interested adults and will meet weekly through April 2011. There is a $40 donation suggested for class materials. Please contact the church office if you are interested. The class will begin on Aug. 25.

Grief Share

We have planned for another 13 week session of Grief Share which will begin on Saturday, Aug. 28 from 9 a.m. until noon, led by Jo Brannan.

After the Saturday session, all other gatherings will meet on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. If you are interested in upcoming sessions of GriefShare, please contact the church office at 665-3926.

Second Time Around

Second Time Around is a re-sale ministry that carries a wide variety of gently used clothing, books, household items, and furniture. The store is open on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Second Time Around is located at 105 S. Denton St. and welcomes donations and shoppers.


On Sundays, all youth meet for Sunday School at 9:45 a.m. All UMYF will meet on Sundays from 5 to 7 p.m. with snack supper at 5 p.m. and on Wednesdays from 2 to 4 p.m. Call Shawna Brinkley at 665-3926 to sign up for Sunday snack suppers.

UMYF will not meet on Aug. 15. On Aug. 18 we will welcome in our new sixth graders to the group with a swim party held at the church.

A Back to School Pool Party for the UMYF group will be held on Sunday, Aug. 22 at the Tatum home from noon to 4 p.m. Parents of youth are asked to attend the meeting at 3:30 p.m. for snack supper sign up and fall activity planning and information.


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 at 665-3926 or visit our website at

Whaley United Methodist Church


“What would you do if you were not afraid?” That is the central question in a little book titled, “Who Moved My Cheese?” And, it is a great question for each of us to ask ourselves frequently.

There is no way to measure what “fear” does to people. But, it is a powerful force that often stops people from developing and using the God given potential they have. The Holy Bible has some suggestions about how to deal with “fear”.

We will explore some of those suggestions this Sunday in the 9 a.m. and the 11 a.m. worship services. In the 11 a.m. worship service, once again film clips will be used to help illustrate the strangling effects of “fear” on a person’s life, and the spiritual solutions to removing or eliminating fear.

We hope to meet you and your friends this Sunday at Whaley UMC.

Whaley Happenings

Sunday, Aug. 15

9 a.m. Traditional Worship in the Sanctuary

10 a.m. Bible Studies for all ages

11 a.m. Contemporary Worship in the Dome

Monday, Aug. 16

6:30 p.m. X-Men, men's fellowship group, dinner and special program on "Water Conservation and Organics" by Mark Swafford in the fellowship hall. All men are welcome.

Wednesday, Aug. 18

5 p.m. Contemporary Worship Team in the conference room

6 p.m. Adult Bible Study, "Invitation Bible Study," in the home of Neil and Mary Tibbets

6:30 p.m. Youth Council meeting in the conference room

7 p.m. Chancel Choir rehearsal in the choir room

Thursday, Aug. 19

6 p.m. Administrative Council meeting in fellowship hall

Friday, Aug. 20

8:30 a.m. Gleaners Circle breakfast at Cracker Barrel

September Events

Whaley Carnival will be held Wednesday, Sept. 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. on the church grounds. There will be face painting, clowns, a dunking booth, cake walk, carnival games with prizes, Bingo, corny dogs, popcorn and cotton candy. Everyone is invited. Come and join in the fun.

Watch this column for details of the second annual Whaley UMC Luncheon and Talent Show to be held Sunday, Sept. 19, immediately following the 11 a.m. worship service.


Whaley United Methodist Church is located at 701 Rosedale Drive in Gainesville. Everyone is always welcome to participate in the activities, missions and ministries of Whaley UMC.

For information call (940) 665-5588 or visit our website at

At Whaley UMC we have One Lord, One Church, One Mission.

First Presbyterian Church of Gainesville


You are welcome to visit or join the First Presbyterian Church of Gainesville under the direction of the Rev. John Hare at 401 S. Denton at Church St.

Creative Arts Sunday

Services are at 10:30 a.m.

The Children’s Church School is from the sanctuary after the Children’s Sermon.

An Arts Camp Art Show and Reception is planned for 11 a.m.


The title of the sermon will be “Beauty Is…”

Sunday Review

The plant for the sanctuary was given by Linda Seal in honor of the birthdays of Grace and Reilly. The pulpit assistant was Natalie Massengale, the acolyte was Andy Bentley and the greeters were Chip Claxton and Herman Nieman.

Mission Trip

Church members Christi Weems, Olivia Rivoire, Judy Neal, Lydia Ansley and DD Blackman went on a Mission Trip to Texas City. They enjoyed helping restore the area and hope to do it again next year. May God bless them.


The Angel Box Project group meets at 2 p.m.


The Session meeting is at 6 p.m.


The choir practice is at 7 p.m.


All newsletter articles are due at noon.


VISTO (Volunteers In Service To Others) requests 15 oz. cans of fruit. Any and all donations are accepted.


You are welcome to visit or join the First Presbyterian Church of Gainesville under the direction of the Rev. John Hare at 401 S. Denton at Church Street.

Call us at 665-5153 if you have questions on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon, leave a message, email us at or visit us at


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