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Tri-County Pantry to Close for Holidays


 

 

Update the Pantry will be closed December 19 December 26 & January 2 we will reopen on Jan 9.

 

For more information call - (936)598-6315 ext:501/504

 

 

 

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St. John's Episcopal Church Christmas eve service


 

 

The Feast of the Nativity


Christmas Eve Service with Communion


St. John’s Episcopal Church
Southview  Circle
(Hwy 96S)
Center, Texas


Christmas Eve
December 24, 2019
3:00 PM

 

EVERYONE IS WELCOME!

 


 

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Timpson Band Concert Schedule Change


 

 

 

 

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Praise 2019 Ruger 22 Rifle


 

 

Need a new rifle this season? Come place your bid on this Ruger 22 Rifle! It will be at Praise 2019, which is on December 14th, at the Senior Nutrition Site and will begin at 6 pm! We will have singing, food, refreshments, silent auctions, door prizes, and live auctions! This brand new rifle was donated to us by Dependable Arms in Center and will be part of our live auction. Come join us for a great night of fun, food, and entertainment. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at Shelby County Outreach Ministries. For more information, call us at 936-598-4990.

 

 

 

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Golden Harvest Ministries Meeting


 

 

The Golden Harvest Ministries Club will meet Monday, November 18, 2019, in the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church at 11:30 AM.   Denice Merriman with the Shelby County Children’s Advocacy will present the program.  REMINDER – in November we always bring a gift or donation for the children and youth that are served by the Advocacy Center.

 

Visitors are always welcome to join us for a delicious covered dish luncheon, a good program and time of fellowship.

 

 

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SFA Human Sciences students help community members develop nutrition, cooking skills through Cooking Matters program


 

 

NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Spending less than $10 on the ingredients for a meal to feed four people, choosing the right beverages to avoid added sugar, preparing meals using general frameworks instead of recipes — these are some of the lessons the 23 participants in the six-week Cooking Matters program learned from Stephen F. Austin State University School of Human Sciences students.

 

The SFA students served as recruiting officers, nutrition educators, chef instructors, classroom managers and cleanup crew for Cooking Matters, which is a partnership between the School of Human Sciences and the East Texas Food Bank in Tyler. The program is designed to help curb high levels of food insecurity in East Texas.

 

“With the Nacogdoches poverty rate at 30.9%, Cooking Matters provides SFA students with a transformative experience by helping them apply their classroom knowledge and intertwine it with a community program,” said Justin Pelham, the food, nutrition and dietetics clinical instructor who teaches SFA’s Community Nutrition class.

 

Kacey Creel, a food, nutrition and dietetics senior from Madisonville, presented cooking and nutrition lessons to the participants.

 

“Students should get involved as much as they can with organizations that serve the community,” Creel said. “Seeing how much of an impact we were making in the participants’ lives through teaching them how to cook and how to implement healthier options showed me how necessary it is for us to reach out to our community.”

 

While SFA students developed their leadership and oral and written communication skills, Cooking Matters participants honed their grocery shopping and cooking skills. At the end of each class, they received a bag of groceries with the items prepared during the lessons that day to cook the same dish at home and reinforce their learning.

 

One of the participants, Jeanette Duckworth of Nacogdoches, said, “The SFA students were wonderful. They helped me change my eating habits. I hope they create a Cooking Matters 102 to build on what we learned in Cooking Matters 101.”

 

In its fifth year, the program generated enough interest for two classes, one at SFA and one at the Helping Other People Eat Pantry in Nacogdoches. Many of the participants heard about the program from SFA faculty members and students volunteering at Jo’s Diner, a soup kitchen at HOPE Pantry that serves meals to those in need.

 

For the Cooking Matters Nov. 11 graduation ceremony and potluck at the HOPE Pantry, participants made their own healthy dishes to share and enjoyed food prepared by student chefs on the Lumberjack Express, SFA’s mobile food lab.

 

Participants said they were grateful not only for their new nutrition and cooking skills but also for the social bonds they created during the six-week program with both their classmates and the SFA students.

 

“As this class went on, we attended just as much to visit with people as to learn new recipes,” said Bonnie Park, a participant from San Augustine.

 

After graduation, the participants hugged the students, swapped contact information and headed to their cars amid shouts of, “Call me if you need some of my soup!”

 

 

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Produce Drop Information


 

 

Tri-County Harvest for Homes Food Pantry will be closed Thursday Dec 19 & Thursday Dec 26

 

There will be NO Produce Drop this month...

 

Have a Wonderful Holiday...

 

 

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James Community Christmas Party


 

 

The James Antioch Community will have a Christmas Party on Saturday, December 14, 2019, at the James Antioch Community Building.  We have a $10 gift exchange and a carry-in-meal.  We will meet at 5:00 pm.  Come and have a nice evening with your neighbors.

 

Ellen Manning  598-3081

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Christmas on the Homefront


 

 

On Saturday, December 14, come learn what holiday treats were popular on the homefront, North and South, during the American Civil War. Period sweets such as gingerbread cookies, peppermint sticks, and molasses taffy will be available for sampling, as well as coffee. The Christmas traditions of the era and how families of soldiers in the field celebrated the holidays during the war will also be discussed.  The program will start at 2:00 in the museum theater.

 

Mansfield State Historic Site is located on LA Highway 175, three miles south of the town of Mansfield, Louisiana.  Admission is $4 per person ages 4-61; seniors 62 and over and children 3 and under are admitted free.  For more information call 318.872.1474 locally or 888.677.6267 toll-free.

 


 

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News from Joaquin ISDĀ 


 

 

Early Release December 10th and 12th at 1:10 pm!

 

Early release for UIL competition will be at 1:10 pm. 

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Timpson Bear Update


 

 

Elementary Cookies and More Fundraiser – This note is to let you know your order will be in on Thursday, December 5, 2019. Please make arrangements to pick up your order if you have a large quantity. Students will be responsible for picking up their orders, on Thursday. Again, thank you for all of your help in making this fundraiser a great success!. If you have any questions, please call Teresa Osby at 936-558-4404.

 

 

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Tenaha Tiger News


 

 

(Tiger Gym CLOSED for floor repair until further notice)

December 3, 2019-JVG/VG in White Oak 5:30 pm

December 4, 2019-JHBB Pictures (G/B); Tiger Day Early Release 1:30 pm; Daughters of Republic 2nd Grade; Dual Credit Final Exams

December 5-7, 2019-VG/VB in Lipan Tournament; JVB Tyler all Saints Tourney

December 9, 2019-JVB/VB vs Tatum (Home) 5:00 pm; JH B/G vs Woden in Tenaha 4:30 pm

December 10-13, 2019-STARR TESTING

December 10, 2019-STARR English I; JVG/VG vs White Oak in SEC 5:30 pm; Christmas at the Bank 10am – 2pm; Elem/JH UIL in Joaquin

December 11, 2019-STARR Biology; US History

December 12, 2019-VG in Gary Tournament; 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Grade Field Trip to SFA (Christmas Carol Play); STARR Testing: English II; Businessmen’s Banquet in Tenaha Cafetorium 6:00 pm; Elementary & JH UILin Joaquin; Lucretia Wish

December 13, 2019-MS District Band Tryouts @ Carthage (7 & 8 Grs Only); PPO; Test Make-up; JVB/VB in Winona 5:00 pm; STARR Algebra I;

December 14, 2019-HS Region Band Tryouts @ Henderson (9-12 only) 3:00 pm – 10:00 pm; ACT

December 16, 2019- Closed Board Meeting; JH B/G in West Sabine 4:30 pm; PK-5 Field Trip to Rio in Center; Rodrick Gardner Greatness 10 am

December 17, 2019-Christmas Concert (All Bands); JVG/VG in Garrison 5:00 pm (District Game); JVB/VB in Henderson

December 18, 2019- 1st Grade Christmas Program 9:30 am

December 20, 2019-Early Release 11:30 am; JVG/VG vs Woden (Home) District Game 1:00 pm; JVB/VB vs Carlisle in Tenaha 4:30 pm

December 23-30, 2019-Christmas Holiday

December  26-28, 2019-Holiday Hoops

January 1, 2020-New Year’s Holiday; Board Appreciation Month

January 2-3, 2020-Holiday; JVB/VB in Joaquin; JVG/VG in Joaquin (District Game) 4:30 pm

January 6, 2020-Teacher In-Service /Student Holiday

January 7, 2020- JVG/VG vs Timpson (Home) District Game 4:30 pm; JVB/VB vs Timpson in Tenaha

January 8, 2020-Student Early Release; Stop the Bleed InService in Café’ 1:45 pm

January 9, 2020- JH B/G vs San Augustine in Tenaha 4:30 pm; Businessmen’s Meeting 11:30 pm

January 10, 2020-End of 3rd Week Grading Period; JVG/VG in Martinsville (District Game)  4:30 pm; JVB/VG in Martinsville

January 11, 2020-Area Band Tryouts @ Chapel Hill; JH B/G in Mr. Enterprise Tournament

 

 

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Strong Triumph Church Announces Joyous Christmas Revival


 

 

Strong Triumph Church, under the leadership of Elder Faye Dell Allen, invites everyone to join them in their Joyous Christmas Revival, which will take place on December 20-21, starting at 7 p.m., and December 22, starting at 3 p.m. Speakers for each night will be Elder Javoris Gatlin, pastor of New Life COGIC, Bonham, Texas (Friday night), Rev. Richard McCowin, pastor of Lone Star Baptist Church, Chandler, Texas (Saturday night), and Bro. Cameron Cloudy, youth pastor of Abundant Love Ministries, Center, Texas. The theme for the revival is Romans 15:13: "Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost." For more information, please contact Elder Faye Dell Allen at 936-368-2611/936-572-5810.

 

 
 

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Christmas Extravaganza at Center Middle School


 

 

Center Middle School and My Sister, Myself, invites you to a Christmas Extravaganza! This event will be Thursday, December 19, from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm. So many fun activities are scheduled for you and yours, including our Christmas play performed by CMS students, performances by CMS cheer, dance, and pep squad, face painting, popcorn and hot chocolate, Boom Boom photo booth, silent cake auction, t-shirts and decorations for sale. Enjoy a brief slideshow in the library with photos of CMS students in various activities. CMS art classes will showcase student artwork and most important of all...SANTA will be available for photos! Cost for this event is just $10 for three people, or $5 for one person. All proceeds from the event will go to ‘My Sister, Myself’ for future activities to encourage our young ladies to pursue success.

 

 

 

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Robert Austin Cobb SFA Gardens' Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series to feature professor emeritus and director


 

 

NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Stephen F. Austin State University’s SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 in the Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, located at 2900 Raguet St.

 

Dr. David Creech, professor emeritus and SFA Gardens director, will present “Reconnaissance in the Pursuit of Knowledge is Seldom Wasted: New Plants for a 21st-Century East Texas.”

 

Creech has been at SFA since 1978. He received his bachelor’s and doctoral degrees in horticulture from Texas A&M University and a master’s degree in horticulture from Colorado State University. Following a long teaching career, Creech retired in 2007 and returned to direct SFA Gardens in a part-time position.

 

His areas of interest include fruit and vegetable research, ornamental evaluation, endangered plants, salinity studies, woody tree and shrub evaluation, and investigating the potential of kiwifruit as a specialty crop for Texas. He has authored numerous scholarly and trade articles, and he lectures widely.

 

Creech has accumulated a long list of international work since 1981 in Pakistan, Guatemala, Mexico, Nepal, Israel and China. In the last 20 years, he has undertaken over 25 consultancies in China working with the Blueberry Improvement Program and Taxodium Improvement Program at the Nanjing Botanical Garden, as well as connecting with the new plants arena in the China nursery and landscape industry. He is an advocate of increasing forest cover and smart use of land and plant resources.

 

Creech has served as president of the Native Plant Society of Texas in 1991-92, president of the Southern Region American Society of Horticulture Science both in 2012-13 and 2017-18, and past president of both the Texas Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta and International Plant Propagation Society Southern Region.

 

The Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series is held the second Thursday of each month and includes a rare plant raffle after the program. The lecture is free and open to the public, but donations to the Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series fund are always appreciated.

 

Parking is available at the PNPC and Raguet Elementary School, located at 2428 Raguet St.

 

For more information, call (936) 468-4129, or email sfagardens@sfasu.edu.

 

 

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Gift of Hope Fundraiser


 

 

Christmastime is a season of giving, spending time with family and making memories.  But for some, this time of year brings sadness due to the loss of family, friends, and loved ones.  To keep the memory of our loved ones alive this season, you can give the Gift of Hope to those in need.  This is an opportunity for you to make a contribution in memory of a loved one.  While carrying on their memory, you will also be contributing to Shelby County Outreach Ministries, which serves our community by feeding the hungry and assisting the needy. 


For a contribution of $10 or more, the memory of your loved ones can shine this Christmas season.  A star, bearing the name of your loved one will be displayed in the front windows of Shelby County Outreach Ministries and shared with the local media. 

 

So far, in 2019, our Helping Hands Outreach Center has distributed 2,459 emergency food boxes, which fed 5,178 people.  We have also met the needs of 2,926 people in Shelby County.  Our Senior Nutrition Site serves fresh meals to seniors, 60 years old and above, during the week and delivers meals to homebound seniors in our community through our Meals on Wheels program.  So far, this year, these two programs have prepared and served 11,421 meals to senior citizens in Shelby County.   

 

So, if you would like to give a Gift of Hope by contributing in the memory of a loved one, or make a year-end contribution, please call us at 936-598-4990.  Thank you and have a blessed holiday season. 

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Praise 2019


 

 

Hey everyone, we need your help. Shelby County Outreach is having our year-end fundraiser Praise 2019. This event will help us to continue to feed the hungry and assist the needy. The event is December 14, 2019, at 6:00 pm, located at the Center Tx Senior Nutrition Site. The night will consist of food, fun, and entertainment.

 

Tickets for the event are $10.00. The purchase of your ticket will give you an opportunity to win one of the many door prizes that will be drawn that night. You do not have to be present to win.

 

There will be singing, food and refreshments, live and silent auctions. So, come by today and get your tickets!  Auction Items include a propane BBQ pit, 2-night stays at Pine Creek Lodge and Holly Park Marina, a rocking chair, 22 Ruger Rifle, paintings, signed prints, and More!  Several local churches will be singing Christmas songs.  For more information call 936-598-4990.  

 

 

 

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Blood Drive at Center PD


 

Christmas Eve Blood Drive Come help us Save Lives

 

Holidays are a very important time to donate due to the demand for blood in hospitals being very high.

 

Please try to make time in your busy holiday schedule and show you care, by being selfless and giving to this cause.

 

1 donation can help save 3 lives!

 


Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center will be at the Center Police Dept on December 24th (Christmas Eve day) from 11 am - 3:30 pm. Set up Inside the Center Police Department Training Room(restrooms available).

 


Contact Amy at the PD 936-598-2450 to sign up for scheduled times, or go to www.giveblood.org to schedule a time. All attempted donors will receive a Free HOODY!!!

 

 

 

 

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Youth Program



Pastor Jeremy Moore and the Friendship Missionary Church would like to invite everyone to their annual youth day program on December 8, 2019, at 3 p.m. with Rev. Treyland J. Richmond.

 

 

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Shelbyville Lunch Menus


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Tenaha ISD Lunch Menus


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Black Friday Sale at the Shelby County Outreach Ministries Unique Boutique


 

 


It’s Black Friday at the Unique Boutique!  Black Friday is the day for great deals everywhere you look, but some of the lowest prices in town are right here!  Buy one pair of jeans for $2 and get another pair FREE!  You can fill a whole bag of clothes for only $7 all day long!  Our already low-priced Jewelry is BUY ONE GET ONE FREE!  There are Earrings, Bracelets, and Necklaces between $.50 - $1.00. 

 

Come do your Black Friday shopping at the Unique Boutique on Friday, November 29th, 2019.  The store will be open from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.  Questions?  Call us at 936-591-8190.  

 

 

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Praise 2019


 

 

Please come celebrate Praise 2019 with us on December 14th, 2019!  This fundraiser will include an evening of live singing, silent and live auctions, drinks and refreshments, and door prizes!  Praise 2019 will begin at 6:00 pm at the Senior Nutrition Site.  

 

We are proud to announce just some of the items we will have for our live auction!  You can place your bid on great items such as a Texas A&M Rocking Chair, Propane BBQ Pit, Ruger 22 Rifle, Signed Woodrow Foster Prints, Paintings from DavMar Art Gallery, 2-night stay at Holly Park Marina, Designer Sunglasses, 2-night stay at Pine Creek Lodge, and more!!!  Door prizes will also be drawn throughout the night.  

 

You do not need to be present to win.  Your purchase of a ticket will qualify you for the door prize drawings.  Praise 2019 tickets can be purchased at Shelby County Outreach Ministries.  They are $10 each.  We need your help.  This event will help continue in feeding the hungry and assisting the needy of Shelby County.  For more information, please give us a call at 936-598-4990.  

 

 

 

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Center City Council Meeting Agenda


For the meeting packet click here.

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Sabine County Beekeepers Meeting


Sabine County Beekeepers will meet Monday December 2nd at 6:30pm at Sabine County Chamber of Commerce (125 N. Texas Street on the square in downtown Hemphill). We meet the first Monday of every month to discuss all aspects of beekeeping. If you are interested in finding out what we are all about please stop by. We have no officers,and no dues. For more info call James 409-625-4787

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