Churches begin planning summer camps, VBS

May 17, 2013

This week's news and events in local churches

BROADWAY BAPTIST CHURCH
Jesus, when speaking to His disciples in Matthew 19:14 said, “Suffer the little children and forbid them not to come unto me...” In Proverbs we read that we are to “train up a child in the way he should go.” Children are important to the Lord and should be important to us. God gave them to us, so that we could raise them in the “nurture and admonition of the Lord.” Teaching children about Christ at an early age will give them a life to serve, love and be used of God in a special way. Jonathan Edwards, the great puritan preacher, was saved at 7. Matthew Henry, the great commentator, was saved at 11. Spurgeon was saved at 12. On a personal note, I trusted Christ as my Savior at the age of 10. Parents, grandparents and guardians of children, let’s not keep our children from knowing the Savior, for they are never too young to begin to learn and know Him.
Here at Broadway we love children and have several different ministries geared for them and for the purpose of bringing them to Christ. On Sunday morning during adult church, we offer the Kid Zone program for grades first through fifth, and we offer the Little Tots ministries for children ages three through five years. During the school year on Wednesday nights we offer Wiseguys.  During the summer we offer Junior Camp and VBS, because we believe every child deserves an opportunity to hear of the love of Christ.
This Sunday, May 19, is Children’s Day at Broadway and each children’s ministry will be performing. We would like to invite you to come and enjoy the children’s program as they share the love of Christ with us.
If you don’t have a church home, we would love for you to visit us at Broadway Baptist Church on 710 E. Third Street 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 invite you to join us this Sunday at Emmanuel Fellowship Church. Our Sunday morning services are at 9 a.m. and 11 .am. Both morning services are filled with the same warm fellowship, dynamic worship and life-giving messages, as well as top-notch children’s ministry and nursery care for children up to fifth grade.
This week, we wrap up our New Testament Challenge by exploring what the New Testament has to say about “Eternity.” If you would like to prepare your heart for the service with a daily reading, log on to www.efcsweetwater.com and click on the “New Testament Challenge” link. This Sunday, we will also be celebrating several people’s decision to follow the Lord Jesus with a Baptism service. We invite you to join us for this special time.
EFC’s Wednesday evening children’s ministry, “Faith Factory” is in full-swing, with children ages birth through fifth grade exploring what living life with Jesus really looks like. They meet Wednesdays from 6:45-8:30 p.m. and are loving their all-new facilities.
The Salvage Yard youth ministry, for grades 6-12, meets Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m. for their worship service and again on Sundays at 6 p.m. for small group discipleship.
The Salvage Yard is also sponsoring a “Kids’ Night Out” this Saturday, from 6-10 p.m. Parents are invited to drop their kids to the Yard for an evening of food, games, a jumpy castle and a kid-friendly movie. The cost is $15 per child, and all proceeds go to improvements in the Salvage Yard.
Lifegroups for adults meet Monday evenings (Young Adults Group, Tuesday evenings (Celebrate Recovery) 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.
We also invite you to step into The Growth Central Bookstore when you visit EFC. It’s stocked with Bibles, study aids, devotionals, marriage and parenting resources, worship music, inspirational gifts, original art and fiction books — there’s something for everyone. The bookstore is open between Sunday morning services, from 10:30-11 a.m. and 12:30-1 p.m.
For more information about the ministry of EFC, log onto the church website atwww.efcsweetwater.com.

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
First Baptist Church invites you and your family to join us on this Sunday May 19, for Bible study, beginning at 9:15 a.m. for all ages, 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. Your presence will enhance our worship experience and fellowship together.
There are many opportunities for service. Children’s Church facilitators are always welcome. High School Camp will be June 9-14. Vacation Bible School will be June 24-27. P3 at Circle Drive will be July 7-11. Missions Camp will be July 30-August 2. Lad and Lassie Camp will be August 2 and 3. Day Camp will be on August 3. P3 at Coral Cove will be August 4-8.
All the summer camps are tied together under one church theme: “Refuge: Who Is Your Strength?” with a theme verse of Psalm 46:1. When you sign your student up for camp, they will receive a First Baptist Church camp shirt. Camp balances are due May 26.
We are in the process of forming a rotation of bus drivers to pick up children on Sunday mornings. If you are interested, please contact Phillip Thomas.
The church food pantry is in need of canned food and plastic bags. Please contact a member of the Missions Committee for more information.
Heart Gallery is a collection of portraits featuring children in foster care who are currently waiting to be adopted. Please join us in prayer for those who are pictured in the foyer.
The students will be having several fundraisers for camp and other summer activities. The youth will be painting addresses on driveways and curbs for donations. If you need your address updated so people can see it better, let Tique Hamilton know.
The Sunday school leadership meeting will be on May 19, at 8:30 a.m. in the Welcome Center.
Monday, May 20, at 10 a.m., Women on Mission will host a guest speaker. Come hear Adabelle Clark, director for the Women’s Resource Center, inform us about all that the Women’s Resource Center does for the community.
We have 10 seniors graduating from high school. Join us on Sunday, May 26, as we celebrate our seniors and their accomplishments.
We will be having Summer Sunday nights Bible study. Phillip Thomas will be facilitating a comparative religion study on June 16, June 23, and June 30; July 21 and July 28; and August 11. Please join us in this informative study.
For in depth information on First Baptist Church Sweetwater, find us on Facebook or at www.fbcsweetwater.org.

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 Church” for kids in preschool through third grade. The children stay through our time of praise and then go to their own worship service.
Sweetwater FUMC also has youth activities on Sunday nights beginning at 6 p.m. with a prayer and praise time that we call Adoratio. Every Tuesday and Wednesday FUMC hosts the Gaylord’s Pantry and a clothes closet 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 is Pentecost Sunday — come worship with us in the Spirit of God! The Lord poured out His Spirit on those who believed Him shortly after Jesus resurrection. That has meaning for us today as we live a life in the Spirit that results in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control.
Activities this week:
Sunday at 8:45 a.m. and 10:50 a.m. — Worship.
Sunday at 6 p.m. — Adoratio.
Sunday at 6:30 p.m. — Youth.
Wednesday at 10 a.m. — Bible study.
Thursday 3:45-5 p.m. — Youth praise team.
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
Join the excitement at Highland Heights United Methodist Church. We are a multi-ethnic, multi-racial congregation, serving the Lord in unity and purpose, where the contribution of everyone is valued and welcome. The congregation and staff of Highland Heights is a friendly God loving people — join us as we praise God together and practice unity here on earth until he comes again in Glory.
For more information, call the church at 325-235-2454 or the parsonage at 325-933-4296 (Monday through Wednesday). Highland Heights United Methodist Church is located at 1801 Lamar Street in Sweetwater. The pastor is Rev. Claude A. McKiddy.
Our Church's Mission Statement: "To glorify Christ in all that we do by bringing People to Christ and equipping them to serve Christ."
Join us for Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and worship service at 10:45 a.m., with special guest speaker, Rev. Allen Brooks. Worship assistants are Betty Merrell 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 May is Deena Kirkpatrick. The worship service will be blessed with a musical selection presented by Susan Brooks.
High school and college graduations fill the month of May and early June. It is a time of celebrating accomplishments and looking forward to new beginnings. “Bless This House” is calling upon prayer for these young people as they make decisions and choices in pursuing their individual dreams. Pray they recognize the doors of opportunity that God provides and rely upon Him for strength and perseverance in times of joy and times of difficulty.
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.

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