Church News: February is Family Month at Emmanuel Fellowship Church

January 27, 2012

Avondale Baptist Church
Avondale Baptist Church family! We would like to invite everyone to come and worship with us. We are located at 1405 Hoyt Street.
We will have "High Attendance Day" in Sunday school this Sunday. We are working and praying for 80 in attendance. Try to join us if you can. Also, our youth will have a fundraiser at noon this Sunday. They will be serving lunch at the church and showing the movie "Courageous" after lunch. Our regular Sunday schedule is coffee fellowship at 9:20 a.m., Sunday school Bible study at 9:45 a.m., worship services at 10:50 a.m. and 6 p.m. and choir practice at 7 p.m. On Wednesday evening we have On-Mission Groups for all ages at 7 p.m.

Broadway Baptist Church
I once read a story about the devil auctioning off his tools. He had a high price on pride, laziness, arrogance, hate, envy and jealousy. He was even auctioning off doubt and disbelief. But there was one tool that had a sign under it, which said, “Not For Sale.” Someone said, “What tool is that and why isn’t it for sale?” “Well,” the devil responded, “It’s my chief tool, discouragement, and I really can’t afford to get rid of it. With this tool, I can pry open a heart and once I get in I can do almost anything I want.” 
It is so true that the one thing that hinders us, steals our joy and keeps us from moving forward is discouragement.  Discouragement about the past will keep us from the pleasures of the present, so don’t let Satan use his tool on you. Paul said, “Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice!” Determine this year to let the joy of he Lord be your strength.
“Missions Matters” is the theme for our annual Missions Conference this year, and we have had a great conference this week. Our guest missionaries are the following: Dan Powers, missionary to Cambodia; Chad Morton, missionary to East Asia; and Larry Quinlan, missionary to Indonesia.  This Sunday, the 29th, is the last day of our conference, and we would love for anyone who wants to come and meet these wonderful missionaries and be a part of our services.
We are revamping our Children’s program on Sunday mornings. “Kid Zone” begins Sunday, Feb. 5. This program involves some exciting changes in our Sunday school and children’s church departments.
You are invited to a marriage seminar on Saturday, Feb. 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. hosted by Broadway Baptist Church.  The guest speaker will be Evangelist Jerry Thorpe. Please call the church at 235-2730, if you would be interested in coming.
If you don’t have a church home, we would love for you to come and visit us this Sunday, the 29th. Our Life Groups, which is for all ages, starts at 10 a.m. Our morning service is at 10:50 a.m., and our evening service begins at 6 p.m. Come and let us be a blessing to you as we worship the Lord together.

Emmanuel Fellowship Church
The last Sunday in January is always a special day at Emmanuel Fellowship Church. As part of our morning service, we will share a “State of the Church Address,” in which we will review the highlights of 2011 and preview our vision for 2012. We encourage you to join us as we worship together and celebrate what God has done and is doing!
February is family month at EFC, and we have some exciting plans in motion. Visit the church website to discover how your marriage can find strengthening through our upcoming sermon series, “The Marriage Coach.”
The Sunday morning worship times for Emmanuel Fellowship Church are 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Both morning services are filled with the same warm fellowship, dynamic worship and life-giving messages. The 9 a.m. service offers a pre-school nursery for parents of small children. The 11 a.m. service offers top-notch children’s ministry and nursery care for children up to fifth grade. We invite you to come and experience the life, love, and joy of Emmanuel Fellowship Church. For more information about the ministry of EFC, log onto the church website at www.efcsweetwater.com. 

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
First Baptist Church invites you and your family to join us this Sunday morning for Bible study, beginning at 9:15 a.m., for all age groups, followed by the Sunday morning worship service, which begins at 10:30 a.m., and includes a children's sermon. First Baptist Church is located at 213 East Third Street in Sweetwater, next door to the Post Office, and all are welcome!
Immediately following the Sunday morning worship service (Jan. 29) at approximately 11:45 a.m., all workers and prospective helpers are asked to attend a KID-X "Make-Over Meeting" to adjust teachers/leaders/students rotation schedules/goals for the new semester which began on Wednesday (Jan. 25) from 5-7 p.m. Come prepared to see where you fit in with these children.
Sunday afternoon (Jan. 29), the FBC Pre-Teen Class will head to Abilene to play at Prime Time! We will leave the FBC parking lot at 1 p.m. and return at 4:30 p.m. Friends are welcome to attend and encouraged to come! Cost is $20 each which includes a snack.
Sunday evening (Jan. 29) beginning at 6 p.m., in Room 301 on the third floor, we will have a follow up "Courageous Bible Study" that will teach us how to raise children in a God-honoring way.
On Sunday morning (Feb. 5), immediately following the morning worship service, FBC will have a church-wide soup luncheon in the fellowship hall. Bring your favorite soup in a crock-pot and join us for wonderful fellowship.
FBC Student Ministry needs two host homes plus food for the XA Weekend of Feb. 17-19. If you can help, contact Tique Hamilton at 325-665-9704.

First Presbyterian Church 
Visitors are always welcome at First Presbyterian Church. The church is located at 14th and McCauley. Adult Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m. Worship service is at 10:45 a.m. A nursery is provided for all church activities for children kindergarten age and younger. 
Pastor Earl will continue his sermon series on the letters from Revelations. Sunday will be about faithfulness in the midst of persecution titled “Faith to Endure Tough Times” – Part II.  The scripture readings are Matthew 5:1-12 and Revelation 2:8-11. The worship assistant is Paula Huckabee; the greeters are Kim and Buck Cason.  Don’t forget “Reverse and Noisy Offering”!
Coming up:
• Following worship all youth and elementary kids will be going to Abilene for lunch and a movie.
• “Plarning” continues on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. in the fellowship hall.
• Presbyterian Women will be meeting on Wednesday evening at 6 p.m.
• Choir practices on Thursday evenings at 5:30 p.m.
• Don’t forget Earl’s Girl’s meets every Thursday at noon at Dairy Queen.
• Ordination and Installation of the Class of 2014 will be on Feb. 5; we will have communion.

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS
UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Join us for Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and worship service at 10:45 a.m., with Pastor Chris Rodriguez bringing the message entitled, “Who Is This Guy?” Worship assistants are Lisa Peterson serving as worship leader, Brenda Alexander leads the congregational hymns and plays the keyboard, pianist is Eugenia Hill and our greeter for the month of January is Nelda Walker. Remember to bring your coins and folding money for “Noisy Money.” The collection is designated for the outreach ministry, “No More Malaria.” The ministry has a goal of eradicating malaria in Africa within a five year period, in addition to furnishing bed nets for families, supporting new medical research and assisting hospitals in their ability to provide quality care for malaria patients. After morning worship, we will share a covered dish noon meal followed by an Administrative Council meeting. We encourage all congregational members to stay for fellowship and participate in the operational decisions of the church.
Due to reconstruction of the SNAP facilities, Highland Heights has opened its doors on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. as a temporary meeting location. SNAP attendees are invited to bring their sack lunches or meals purchased from the SNAP location on Elm Street to our fellowship hall. They are welcome to spend their time socializing, visiting with friends and participating in games.
“Bless This House” asks prayers that the SNAP facility reconstruction and renovations will be completed as soon as possible. SNAP is an asset to our community by providing a rewarding service for our seniors. Through this interim period of services, pray the community continues to support our senior population and provide assistance in meeting those needs.
For the next three months, Highland Heights will be focusing upon our “Samaritan Hospitality House Ministry.” “The House” is located in Colorado City and ministries to families visiting loved ones who are incarcerated in area prisons. With a homelike atmosphere, the facilities provide weekend lodging for family members during their stay free of charge. Articles being collected are paper goods — paper towels, napkins, toilet tissue and Kleenex; foam cups, paper plates, plastic forks, spoons and knives; dishwasher liquid, laundry detergent and softener; cleaning supplies — comet/ajax, 409/lysol and carpet freshener; new bath towels/wash cloths and soap; foil, plastic wrap and zip lock bags; coffee, creamer, tea bags, hot chocolate mix, lemonade/kool-aid mix and sugar/sweetener; books, magazines, crossword puzzles, sudoku and/or other activity booklets; board games, playing cards and dominoes; If you wish to contribute, please call the church office at 235-2454.
You are always invited to join us at 1801 Lamar Street, sharing in our vision of making Disciples of Jesus Christ, growing spiritually, fulfilling our God-given gifts, witnessing to others and ministering to ones in need.

Lamar Street Baptist Church
At Lamar Street Baptist Church, we have a variety of upcoming events for you and your family to take part in!
Tonight at 8 p.m., our youth department (7th-12th graders) will have a lock-in at the church. Our children's department (1st-6th graders) will have their lock-in next week, Feb. 3, starting at 8 p.m. These departments are asking that members might be able to help with these events by providing snacks, digital cameras or volunteering as a chaperone.
We will have our monthly breakfast on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 8 a.m. Breakfast will be held in the Family Life Center, followed by a workday around the entire church to begin renovations. Lunch will also be provided.
On Tuesday night, Feb. 14, our deacons will host a Valentine's Banquet for those that live alone. They will also be delivering meals to shut-ins or anyone who might be unable to attend the banquet. Please leave the name, address and phone number with one of our deacons.
Other announcements:
• 2012 God's Creation calendars are being sold by our children and youth departments. Cost is $6 each and funds will be used for this summer's camps.
• Names are being gathered of members willing to prepare meals for the youth group on Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m. Contact Carolyn Mullican to sign up or for more information.
We also extend a personal invitation to you and your family for our weekly services beginning this Sunday! At 9:30 a.m., we offer Sunday school classes for everyone, followed by our morning service at 10:40 a.m. featuring hymns, praise music, and a Children's Sermon. Our pastor, Jerry Payne, will bring the sermon during the morning and evening service, beginning at 6 p.m.
Before the Sunday night service, Bible Drill meets at 5 p.m. Our 3rd through 6th graders are learning books of the Bible, memory verses and key passages while preparing for competition beginning next month. Call our Bible Drill director Linda Kite at 235-9727, 235-5463 (ext. 18) or 725-2800 for more information.
Our Wednesday night services start at 6:30 p.m. with the adults meeting for Bible study and prayer. The youth group meets for their activities, and the children's department gather for GA's (Girls in Action) or RA's (Royal Ambassadors). For preschoolers, we offer Mission Friends.
We can't wait to see you and your family with us this Sunday at Lamar Street Baptist Church! To learn more about our upcoming events, services and ministries, visit us at 513 Lamar, call the church at 235-1779 or find us on Facebook.

TRINITY BAPTIST CHURCH
The Trinity Church Family welcomes Dr. Christopher Hollingsworth to our worship services this week. Bro. Chris will be leading our music service this Sunday, followed by a church vote on calling him as our Minister of Music. We are excited to see what God has in store for our church as we move forward. We invite you to worship with us. Our casual, friendly, family atmosphere with traditional and contemporary music makes our church an easy place to “fit in”. Children’s Church for kids ages 3-5 is held during worship on Sunday mornings. We are pleased to offer wireless hearing assistance for those who need it during worship. Just see any of the ushers to request a unit. We are located at the corner of Hailey and Santa Fe Streets, where the building project is ongoing.
Sunday school begins at 9:30 a.m. followed by worship services at 10:45 a.m. each Sunday. This Sunday we continue with testimonies from our different Sunday school classes. This week, the Seekers Sunday School class will share about what their class means to them.
Sunday evenings (at 6 p.m.) are dedicated to Bible study for adults and youth with M&M’s Children’s Choir for children. Wednesday evenings have adults meeting in the sanctuary for Trinity Power Plant (our weekly prayer time) at 6:30 p.m. At the same time, children enjoy TeamKID and our youth get together in the youth room. There’s a place for all ages, nursery to senior adults and all ages in between. Bring your family and come see what’s going on here as we serve our Lord!
This Sunday is our last day to wear name tags for a while. We have enjoyed putting faces with names and getting to know one another better. Future name tag Sundays will be on the fifth Sundays in May, July and September.
Youth parents are encouraged to attend a meeting this Sunday at 5 p.m. with Bro. Kyle. There will be discussion about upcoming activities for our youth. Meeting will be held in the Youth Room upstairs.
The Bible study Crazy Love, by Francis Chan, continues on Sunday evenings. Bro. Ward leads the Crazy Love study, which can be joined at any time. This week, we will study Chapter 8.
Ladies’ Bible study sessions are offered at noon, with a second session at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. We are studying Angela Thomas’ book, Brave: Honest Questions Women Ask. We will look at the heart of what women are thinking and feeling, teaching them how to meet the challenges, fears and struggles of being a woman. Books will be available for purchase at $12 each, with scholarships available. Child care is available also, so choose which study will work with your schedule and join us.
A new session of DivorceCare will began this week. Weekly classes are held each Tuesday evening from 6-7:30 p.m. upstairs in our youth room (which can be accessed using the outside stairs on the west side of our facility). Taught by Donnie Armstrong, DivorceCare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. The 13-week session is stand-alone, meaning that the session can be joined at any time. The only cost is a $15 workbook; however, scholarships are available, so please do not let the cost of a workbook keep you from attending! Previous attendees are welcome to come back at any time for a refresher or to catch a session they missed at an earlier time. Child care is also available. For more information or registration, please call our church office at 235-2991, or send an email to divorcecare@trinitysweetwater.com. To find out more about this opportunity, you can also visit the DC website at www.divorcecare.org.
Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University will be offered here at Trinity beginning on Sunday evening, Feb. 19, at 5 p.m. Led by the Peeks and the Chrismers, this 13-week action-packed program teaches you how to beat debt, build wealth, find bargains, invest for the future, give like never before and much more! This information will change your life! There is no fee for the course other than a $99 member kit which can be purchased online. Partial scholarships are available if needed. Childcare is also available. To register, please call the church office at 235-2991 or email Gretchen Jones at gretchen@trinitysweetwater.com. 
If you would like more information about Trinity, or if you would like accept Jesus Christ as your Savior, please call us at 235-2991 or drop by our offices located at 1503 Crescent Drive. Our hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can also find us on the web at www.trinitysweetwater.com. God bless you!

Word of God Church
Jesus teaches us children of God in Matthew 25:31-46 that He will come in His glory with His holy angels and sit upon His throne of glory. All nations shall be gathered before Him and He shall separate them. He shall set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. He calls the ones on the right blessed of my Father. He tells them when I was hungry you gave me meat; I was thirsty you gave me drink, when I was a stranger you took me in. Then the blessed said, when did we do this to you. Jesus said when you have done it unto one of the least of my brothers, you have done it unto me.
God's hand is moving in Juarez, Mexico. We have been serving Christ over there by seeding hope back into their lives. The glory of God shined in the harvest fields of Juarez this trip. We were blessed to be able to do the opening services for a mission church established by a pastor in Juarez in a colony called Loma Blanca. The town had a lot of despair and hopelessness. We have evangelized the town for a few times and during the service 32 accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior. The seeds were planted, watered and God reaped the harvest. There was also four more at another service on Sunday. God blessed in so many ways, we were able to get food to many, prayers were abundant, love was overflowing and the Spirit of God was alive, like living water. To see the hope in the eyes of the people that were feeling like it was hopeless was priceless. Many brothers and sisters in Christ are starting to get strength and strengthening others in the process. The glory of God is rising.
I could try to explain, but without experiencing the grace that God has during a time that you are in His will, it would be unexplainable to you. Christ teaches us we should pick up our cross and follow Him. Where would He go that we would have to follow. He says in Matthew 25:31-46. 
If you have done it to the least of these my brothers, you have done it unto me. Sheep to the right, goats to the left.
Step out on faith into God's will and experience His glory and watch Him work.
Thank you for all who prayed, they were felt during the trip. God Bless.

 

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