Church News: Word of God sending five disciples to Mexico

January 20, 2012

Avondale Baptist Church
Greetings from the Avondale Baptist Church family! We would like to invite everyone to come and worship with us. We are located at 1405 Hoyt Street. 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.
If you missed the concert this past Sunday Evening featuring "Called Out", the quartet from Lamar Street Baptist church, you missed an evening of great music and a wonderful fellowship time after the concert.
If you don’t have a church home we would love to have you come and worship with us. We will have "High Attendance Day" in Sunday school Jan. 29. We are working and praying for 80 in attendance that day. Try to join us if you can.

Broadway Baptist Church
An army chaplain had a huge boulder in his backyard that he wanted to get rid of. He knew of an army explosives expert, so he asked the expert for help. The chaplain suggested that they put some dynamite on top of the rock to break it up. The explosives expert laughed. He said, “If we just detonated explosives on top of the rock, it would barely take a chip out of the rock, and we would shatter every window within a two-block radius, but I can do anything with that rock you want. I can leave the rock intact and throw it anywhere in your backyard. If you want it split in two, I can do that. If you want me to pulverize it, I can make that happen. You just tell me what you want, and I can shape a charge that will direct the power of the blast to do whatever you want.”
That’s the kind of power that Jesus envisioned in making the statement in Matthew 22:29. He had the same thought in mind later when He said, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses...”
We have the power of God to live a victorious life and truly make a difference. This year, use that power to influence family and friends for the cause of Christ.
“Missions Matters” is the theme for our annual Missions Conference this year. This Conference will be Jan. 25-29. Our guest missionaries will be the following: Dan Powers, missionary to Cambodia, Chad Morton, missionary to East Asia, and Larry Quinlan, missionary to Indonesia.
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 22nd. 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
January is a great time to focus on setting and reviewing your family’s financial goals. 
If you have found yourself ready to take some steps in the right direction, or if you have felt financially stuck, we invite you to attend the “Balancing Your Budget” Discipleship Training class and learn to do what Congress can’t!
Financial stress is damaging to marriages and families and debt is overwhelming households all over our country, but you don’t have to be a victim to financial mis-management. You can learn to handle your money with wisdom, and we would love to help you get started!
Make plans to attend both Sundays, Jan. 22 and 29, from 6-7:30 p.m. Childcare is provided, and your financial future is waiting.
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
Everyone is invited to join us as we view the movie “Courageous” about four law enforcement officers who are confident and focused “to serve and protect” yet discover that none of them are prepared to “tackle fatherhood”. The movie will begin at 6 p.m. this Sunday, Jan. 22, in Room 301 on the third floor. Of course you can take the stairs, however, feel free to ask someone to show you where the elevator is located. One week later on Jan. 29, at the same time, in the same location — we will return to learn how these four men faced their fears and learned how to raise their children in a God-honoring way.
Mark your calendar:
• Wednesday, Jan. 25, FBC will resume the Kid-X program. Should you have questions or want to get involved with these wonderful children, call Phillip Thomas at 236-6348.
• Sunday, Jan. 29 at 1 p.m., 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!
• Throughout the month of January, wish Danna Maberry “Happy Anniversary” for serving FBC for 36 years as church pianist and wish Lucille Hall “Happy 100th Birthday”! The actual date of her birthday was Jan. 11, however, she will celebrate all month long at Nolan Nursing and Rehab Center, where she is a resident.
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!

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 the first part of faithfulness in the midst of persecution titled “Faith to Endure Tough Times”. The scripture readings are Matthew 5:1-12 and Revelation 2:8-11. The worship assistant is Buck Cason; the greeters are Hilary and Donnie Brennan.
Coming up:
• Choir practices are on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m.
• Don’t forget Earl’s Girl’s meets every Thursday at noon at Dairy Queen.

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, “Signal Lights-A Second Chance.” 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.
We encourage you to return this Sunday evening at 6 p.m. to continue with the study entitled, “Journey in the Wilderness”, by Gil Rindle. Pastor Chris will lead the study of New Life for mainline churches.
Bible study will continue in the book of Matthew on the 25th, at 7 p.m., at the church. All are invited to attend.
Sunday, Jan. 29, we will share a noon covered dish meal followed by an Administrative Council meeting. We encourage all congregational members to enjoy the 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 provides assistance in meeting those needs.
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
Exciting things are lined up at Lamar Street Baptist Church, and we want you to be a part of them!
On Jan. 27, our youth group (7th-12th grade) will be having a lock-in starting at 8 p.m. The next week, on Feb. 3, our children’s department (1st-6th grade) will also host a lock-in beginning at 8 p.m. We are asking our members to assist both events by volunteering as a chaperone or providing snacks.
On Saturday, Feb. 4, we will have our monthly breakfast at 8 a.m. in the Family Life Center. After breakfast, we will have a workday around the church to renovate and beautify our campus.
Our deacons will also be hosting a Valentine’s Banquet on Tuesday night, Feb. 14, for our members who live alone. Names are being gathered to deliver a Valentine meal to shut-ins or anyone who will be unable to attend the banquet. Please leave the contact information (name, address, phone number) with one of our deacons.
Also, our youth and children’s departments are still selling 2012 God’s Creation calendars for $6 each. This fundraiser will benefit this summer’s camps for both groups.
The youth department is still taking names of members who would be willing to prepare meals for the youth every Wednesday night for their 6:30 p.m. service. To sign up or learn more, contact Carolyn Mullican.
We hope that you and your family can join us for our weekly services starting this Sunday! Sunday school begins at 9:30 a.m. with classes offered for every age group.
At 10:40 a.m., our morning worship service starts with hymns led by our choir and worship songs led by our praise team. We offer a Children’s Sermon for all elementary-age students, and our pastor, Jerry Payne will bring the message in both the morning and evening service, which starts at 6 p.m.
Bible Drill is held Sunday night at 5 p.m. for third through sixth graders, where students are learning Bible memory verses, key passage and books from the Bible to prepare for competition starting next month. For more information, contact Bible Drill director Linda Kite at 235-9727, 235-5463 (ext. 18) or 725-2800.
On Wednesday nights, we have services at 6:30 p.m. with a place for every family member. For children, we offer Mission Friends (preschool-age children), GA’s (Girls in Action, first through sixth grade girls), and RA’s (Royal Ambassadors, first through sixth grade boys). Our youth group meets for their activities, and the adults have Bible study and prayer.
For more information on our services and upcoming events, visit us at 513 Lamar, call the church at 235-1779 or find us on Facebook. We hope to see you and your family this Sunday at Lamar Street Baptist Church!

TRINITY BAPTIST CHURCH
The Trinity Church Family welcomes you to worship with us. God’s blessings are so evident among our church family. 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 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 will begin with testimonies from our different Sunday school classes. This week, the Encouragers will share what their Bible study time together means to them.
We will enjoy a “treat” this Sunday morning. Cierra Hays, a Star Search finalist, will sing Blessed Redeemer (made famous by Casting Crowns). Come hear Cierra as she shares her angelic voice with us.
This Sunday evening, we will have a church-wide “town-hall” meeting. Our personnel committee will present facts and information about our music minister search. This is an important meeting for all our members. Please make sure to attend.
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!
We continue to wear name tags each Sunday in January. It’s already helped lots of us to “put a name with a face”. It’s been a fun time for us. After the month of January, we will observe “Name Tag Sunday” on fifth Sundays during the remainder of the year.
The Visitation Team will be meeting with Bro. Kyle this Sunday at 5 p.m. We are looking forward to expansion of our visitation program during 2012.
The Bible Study Crazy Love, by Francis Chan, continues on Sunday evenings. We will have an abbreviated study this Sunday in order to have the church-wide “town-hall” meeting. Bro. Ward leads the Crazy Love study, which can be joined at any time.
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 begin next Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 6 p.m. Classes are held 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
We are headed on another mission into the mission field in Juarez, Mexico. There will be five disciples from the ministry that will be going. Three that have been there before and for two, this is their first trip in. We are moved to go on a weekend trip this time Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The doors have been opened up for us to not only help with food but also to spread the Gospel in three different areas through services. This gives us opportunity to not only shine the hope of Christ ,but also to speak to them of the hope in Christ. We pray that our Heavenly Father be profited and glorified for the works that are performed in His name. We pray that the eyes of many be opened up. We pray that those who are lost find their way in Christ. We pray that they find their hope in the only living God.
Pray for our mission’s, that God will use us and perform His will for His glory.
In Christ, Dale Stowe, Pastor

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