Church-wide Thanksgiving supper at Lamar Street Baptist Church Wednesday, Nov. 14

November 9, 2012

AVONDALE BAPTIST CHURCH
Greetings to everyone from the Avondale Baptist Church family! We would like to invite you to come and visit us If you are looking for a loving church family. We welcome you to come and worship our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ with us. We have Sunday school classes for all ages and we have great teachers for all of the classes. We are located at 1405 Hoyt Street.
We are having a good group attending the program "Fit 4 Christ." We meet on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m. It is never too late to join in with us as we work together to become more healthy for our Lord and Savior. Our regular Sunday schedule is coffee fellowship at 9:20 a.m., Sunday school Bible study at 9:45 a.m. and worship services at 10:50 a.m. and 6 p.m.
We have choir practice at 7 p.m. Sunday. On Wednesday evening we have Bible study and prayer time at 7 p.m. If you need more information, you can call the church at 325-235-5835.

Sweetwater Aglow
Aglow International Sweetwater Community Lighthouse will host their monthly meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express, 300 SE Georgia Ave. Everyone is welcome to come join us for a time of worship, sharing of the Word and testimony. Colossians 3:17 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. For more information, call 766-2245 or 338-8924.

Broadway Baptist Church
As I went to bed Tuesday night I had already heard the outcome of the election and quite honestly, my heart is heavy. I weep for the 1.2 million babies that will continue to be aborted. My heart is heavy for America has lost the traditional core of family values. I fear for our military that will have a commander in chief that stands by and watches them get murdered and continues to cut our defense spending. I am concerned that Americans are looking no further than the end of their noses and are only concerned about today, this moment and are living with a “what are you going to do for me” attitude. Then I remember Psalm 37. “Fret not thyself because of evil doers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass and wither as the green herb. Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desire of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in Him; and he shall bring it to pass.”
No matter what path America chooses to walk or what way those around me go, there are several things I can do: First, I can stay the right course. I believe right is right whether anyone does it or not, and I can chose to do right, live right, and stay right. Second, I can pray the course. The scripture says that the effectual, fervent pray of a righteous man availeth much. I can as Christ prayed, “Thy will be done.” I can pray for our leaders, because I know the heart of the king is in the hand of the Lord.
There is no doubt that in the last days perilous times shall come, and we are living in the last days. The coming of Christ is very near, so I must not be weary in well doing. I must faithfully proclaim His Word, and I must keep my faith in Him.
If you don’t have a church home, we would like to welcome you to come and visit us this Sunday. 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
We’re growing! With our renovation project almost complete, we are looking forward to being in our new sanctuary, with twice the seating capacity! For the next two weeks, as the construction is being completed, we will be meeting at the City Auditorium.
This Sunday, we will be in one service at 11 a.m. at the City Auditorium (400 Locust Street). Children’s ministry for kids ages birth through fifth grade will still be available at Emmanuel Fellowship Church (1418 Hailey Street) from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. We invite you to join us this week at the City Auditorium for warm fellowship, dynamic worship and a life-giving message.
This Sunday, we will be continuing a sermon series entitled “The Road to Recovery.” This series addresses the hurts, habits and hang-ups in life and set out a clear path to hope and healing through Jesus Christ. It is also helping to launch a new lifegroup at EFC focused on recovery from addiction, which has just been launched on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. in the Sweetwater Prayer Center. This recovery group is open to anyone in the community. For more information, please call the church offices at 236-9200.
“Worldchangers,” EFC’s Wednesday evening children’s ministry is in full-swing, with children ages birth through fifth grade exploring what living life with Jesus really looks like! They meet Wednesday evenings from 6:45-8:30 p.m. Our kids are also busy preparing boxes to send Christmas gifts to needy children across the world through “Operation Christmas Child.” All the info can be picked up in the church foyer. Boxes will need to be dropped off at the church by this Sunday.
The Salvage Yard youth ministry, for grades 6-12, meets Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m. for their worship service and again on Sunday evenings at 6 p.m. for small group discipleship.
Lifegroups for adults meet Monday evenings (young adults group) and Wednesday evenings (family groups and women’s group) at 7 p.m. For more information on how to connect with a small group, check out the Lifegroups display in the church foyer, or log online to www.efcsweetwater.com.
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 on this Sunday morning, Nov. 11, for Bible study, beginning at 9:15 a.m. for all age groups, followed by the Sunday morning service which begins at 10:30 a.m. First Baptist Church is located at 213 East Third Street, next door to the Post Office. All are welcome!
Kid X continues on Wednesday nights at 5:45 p.m. Kid X is a fun and exciting way for Pre-Kindergarten up to sixth grade to learn about Jesus. All children are invited to attend!
Children interested in being a part of the Children’s Christmas program will meet for practice at 7 p.m. on Wednesday nights immediately following Kid X. The worship choir will be presenting a special Christmas musical entitled “A Christmas Prayer”. Rehearsals are at 7 p.m. on Wednesday nights. New, past and present choir members are invited to participate to sing and/or act!
The month of November is our time for giving thanks to our Heavenly Father for His many blessings. Please share your stories of what you are especially grateful for this Thanksgiving by submitting your stories to the church office to be used in a variety of ways — bulletin boards, Sunday School announcements, etc.
On Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 6 p.m., we will have our quarterly church conference in the fellowship hall. We will have a few areas of business to attend to.
On Nov. 17, at noon, we will gather with friends and family and celebrate Thanksgiving around the table at Circle Drive! Join us as we enjoy a time of thanksgiving and fellowship with some very special friends. Please sign up for additional food items. Volunteers are needed to be at the church at 10 a.m. to help with tables, chairs and food!
On Nov. 18, the Missions Committee will be delivering Brown Bag Thanksgiving meals to our friends and family who need a helping hand this year. Please sign up for pies, bags of fruit and turkeys and deliver to the church by Nov. 18 to add a finishing touch to the meals!
Join us at our church-wide Thanksgiving feast on Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 6 p.m. in the fellowship hall. We want to bring the whole family together and give thanks for all the good things God is doing at First Baptist Church and in our community. Please bring your favorite salad, side dish, rolls or dessert. The church will be providing the turkey, dressing and gravy.
Mark your calendars for the new Church Directory! Sign up will be coming soon! The photographer will be here Jan. 9-12.
For in-depth information, find us on Facebook and check our website www.fbcsweetwater.org.

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. 
We will be honoring our veterans this Sunday; the Old Testament reading is I Kings 17:8-16 and the New Testament reading is Mark 12:38-44. Pastor Kary’s sermon title is “The Cost of What is Left”. Jack Aycock is the worship assistant and the greeters are Paula Carmichael and Doug Richards.
• Wednesday, Nov. 14: Plarning at 1 p.m. in the fellowship hall; session meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall.
• Thursday, Nov. 15: Choir practice at 5:30 p.m.
• Friday, Nov. 16: PArty It Forward at 7 p.m. at the Jaycee’s Barn; Heather Gesin’s birthday party to benefit the Nolan County Food Pantry; one canned good gets you in the door; two enrolls you in the door prizes.
Remember:
• The church office will be closed Nov. 22-26 for Thanksgiving.
• Noisy and reverse offering is always the last Sunday of the month.
• Plarning will meet every Wednesday in the fellowship hall at 1 p.m.
• Choir practice is Thursdays at 5:30 p.m.
• Presbyterian Women meet the first Wednesday of each month. The business meeting is at 5 p.m. and the Bible study begins at 5:30 p.m.

First United Methodist Church
Sweetwater First United Methodist Church wants to invite you to join us on Sunday mornings to worship and praise our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The United Methodist Church is open to all persons and is a place where all are welcome and encouraged to “come as you are” with the expectation that by the grace of God you will leave different. The change that a relationship with Christ brings about is a life-changing encounter and we believe that while God accepts us as we are, He loves us enough not to leave us in our sins. We believe that Scripture informs all aspects of our lives and should be our rule and authority.
The first service begins at 8:45 a.m. and is built around a traditional model with great hymns of the church. This service uses a more liturgical framework and often employs a wonderful choir.
Immediately following the first service we have Sunday school classes for all ages and stages of life. We invite you to try one of our many opportunities to come together and seek God in small groups that emphasize God’s Word and proclaim His glory.
At 10:50 a.m. we have a second worship service that has a decidedly contemporary flavor and incorporates more of progressive style and pace. This second service also has a children’s time and “Children’s Church” for kids in preschool through second grade.
Sweetwater FUMC also has youth activities on Sundays beginning at 6 p.m. Every Tuesday and Wednesday FUMC hosts the Gaylord’s Pantry and a clothes closet. Both of those ministries operate from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Please enter through the North (4th street) entrance if you would like to receive God’s blessing through either of these ministries.
News this week: This Sunday we will be exploring how God equips us for the ministries into which He calls us. Our text will be Luke 4:14-21.
“Adoratio” resumes this Sunday. Come join us for a great service of praise and prayer at 6 p.m. We will also be having a benefit lunch for our sister Lori Jones. Lori has incurred a lot of medical expenses and we want to bless her with the love of God.
Activities this week:
• Sunday — Fundraiser lunch to benefit Lori Jones.
• Sunday at 6 p.m. — Adoratio praise and prayer.
• Sunday at 6:30 p.m. — Beth Moore Bible study and evangelism training.
• Wednesday Bible study at 10 a.m.
• Thursday — Club 456 praise team immediately after school.
Fun activities are offered at different times during the month for fourth through sixth graders (Club 456) and first through third graders (UMKids).
If you have any questions call Linda at our church office (325-236-6617) or email churchoffice@fumcsweetwater.org. If you need prayer or have the need to contact our pastor you can call the same number or email him at pastor@fumcsweetwater.org.

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS UNITED
METHODIST CHURCH
You are welcome to join us for Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and worship service at 10:45 a.m., with Pastor Claude bringing the message entitled, “Gifts From the Heart: Riches and Poverty.” 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 November is Eloise Price. Return in the evening at 5 p.m., and welcome our District Superintendent, Rev. Derrell Patterson, and his lovely wife, Sandy, for our 2012 charge conference.
On Monday evening, the 12th, at 7 p.m., the Evangelism Committee meets. Following coordiantors reporting on their respective outreach ministries, decorative snack sacks will be compiled for the West Texas Children’s Advocacy Center.
November is the month we set apart to give “Thanks to God.” The Bible instructs us to praise and glorify God in all circumstances at all times. In our lives, we experience joys and concerns, good health and sickness, as well as, times of plenty and times of scarcity. “Bless This House” calls for us to thank God for our families and friends, for his love in providing and caring for our needs, for the blessings we share in our communities and with our fellow man. Pray that we share our bounty with others and support each other with steadfastness in times of life’s trials and tribulations.
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
Our annual church-wide Thanksgiving supper will be Wednesday, Nov. 14 in the recreation building at 6:30 p.m. We ask that members bring two dishes, a dessert or vegetable. If you can help deliver a meal to our shut-ins, be in the fellowship hall at 5:15 p.m. If you know of someone that would like to receive a meal that is unable to attend, be sure to put their name on the list.
Members are asked to help with The Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child. You fill a shoe box with items for either a girl or boy and it is mailed overseas to children. If you have questions contact Vicky Hanes. Deadline to return a box is Sunday, Nov. 11.
Join us Sundays at 9:30 a.m. for Sunday school, followed by our 10:40 a.m. service featuring hymns, a Children's Sermon, and a message from the Bible. Come again at 6 p.m. for our Sunday night service.
To learn more about Lamar Street Baptist Church, visit us at 513 Lamar, find us on Facebook or call the church at 235-1779.

TRINITY BAPTIST CHURCH
The Trinity Baptist Church Family worships at the corner of Santa Fe and Hailey Streets. We would love to have you worship with us. Handicapped access is available through the front door or through any entrance into our Family Life Center. Our regular weekly services are as follows:
• Sunday school — 9:30 a.m.
• Sunday morning worship — 10:45 a.m.
• Sunday evening Bible study — 6 p.m.
• Wednesday evening prayer time — 6:30 p.m.
This Sunday, Nov. 11, is Veteran’s Day. We are extremely honored to pay tribute to all veterans. We will show a video consisting of photos of service men and women from our church families. We hope you will join us as Maj. (Ret.) Hunter G. Tolbert II brings our prayer of thanksgiving and blessing.
Our Operation Christmas Child boxes are due this Sunday. We still have empty boxes if you haven’t yet picked up one to fill. Be sure to bring your filled boxes by Sunday so that we can get them to Abilene for nationwide collection.
Also this Sunday evening, Nov. 11, at 6 p.m. in the Family Life Center, we will begin a new Bible study about The Advent called The Journey, Walking the Road to Bethlehem. This study is meant to help us better understand the events that led up to the birth of Jesus Christ in a stable in Bethlehem, to see more clearly the theological significance of the Nativity, and to reflect upon the meaning of these events in your life. The study is open to all adults, so please feel free to come study with us.
The Trinity Family is also collecting items for our Nursing Home Ministry. Among those items being collected are lap blankets and throws, warm footies with non-skid soles, craft supplies, large print books and word searches. Collection boxes are located in the hall between the sanctuary and education building.
Our senior adults will enjoy their regular monthly lunch on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 11:30 a.m. in our new Family Life Center. This is a time for fellowship and good food for our Senior Adults.
Trinity will host this year’s Community Thanks-Giving Service. It will be held here in our sanctuary on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 5 p.m. A small fellowship will follow the service in our new Family Life Center. Mark your calendars to come be with us.
If you do not have a church home, consider Trinity. God’s blessings overflow when you fellowship with other Christians. If you do not know Christ as your Savior, we invite you to call us at 235-2991, or come by the church offices (located on the Crescent Street side) and visit with us. As we learned in our recent Bible study, we are better together.

THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF
LATTER-DAY SAINTS (THE MORMONS)
First Presidency and quorum of the twelve Apostles congratulate President on election win
Salt Lake City — 
The First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued the following statement Tuesday:
"We congratulate President Obama on winning a second term as President of the United States. After a long campaign, this is now a time for Americans to come together. It is a long tradition among Latter-day Saints to pray for our national leaders in our personal prayers and in our congregations. We invite Americans everywhere, whatever their political persuasion, to pray for the President, for his administration and the new Congress as they lead us through difficult and turbulent times. May our national leaders reflect the best in wisdom and judgment as they fulfill the great trust afforded to them by the American people.
We also commend Governor Romney for engaging at the highest level of our democratic process, which, by its nature, demands so much of those who offer themselves for public service. We wish him and his family every success in their future endeavors.
Calendar
• Sunday, Nov. 11 — Primary children sacrament meeting program “Choose the Right”.
• Monday, Nov. 12 — Family home evening.
• Wednesday, Nov. 14 — Cub Scouts and activity day.
• Saturday, Nov. 17 — Abilene, Sweetwater and Eastland youth will be painting a house in Abilene for Habitat for Humanity.
If you would like to talk with representatives of the Church about the Savior's teachings,
call 1-(800) 622-5595. Missionaries serving in this area are Elder Holt and Elder Weldon.
For questions, please call (325) 864-2999.

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