Churches celebrate new year

January 3, 2014

Broadway Baptist Church
As the new year is upon us, I pray that you realize and remember that God is with us, God is for us, and God is watching over us. Keep in mind that as His child, if He had a refrigerator your picture would be on it. May He make His face to shine on you, and show Himself strong on your behalf throughout 2014.
THE BELL 
I KNOW WHO I AM.
I am God’s child. (John 1:12)
I am Christ’s friend. (John 15:15)
I am united with the Lord. (1 Cor. 6:17)
I am bought with a price. (1 Cor. 6:19-20)
I am a saint (set apart for God). (Eph. 1:1)
I am a personal witness of Christ.  (Acts 1:8)
I am the salt & light of the earth. (Matt 5:13-14)
I am a member of the body of Christ. (1 Cor. 12:27)
I am free from any charge against me. (Rom. 8:31 -34)
I am a minister of reconciliation for God. (2 Cor. 5:17-21)
I have access to God through the Holy Spirit. (Eph. 2:18)
I am seated with Christ in the heavenly realms. (Eph. 2:6)
I cannot be separated from the love of God. (Rom 8:35-39)
I am established, anointed, sealed by God.  (2 Cor. 1:21-22)
I am assured all things work together for good. (Rom. 8:28)
I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit. (John 15:16)
I may approach God with freedom and confidence. (Eph. 3: 12)
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Phil. 4:13)
I am the branch of the true vine, a channel of His life. (John 15: 1-5)
I am God’s temple. (1 Cor. 3: 16).  
I am complete in Christ. (Col. 2: 10)
I am hidden with Christ in God. (Col. 3:3).
I have been justified. (Romans 5:1)
I am God’s co-worker. (1 Cor. 3:9; 2 Cor. 6:1). I am God’s workmanship. (Eph. 2:10)
I am confident that the good works God has begun in me will be perfected. (Phil. 1: 5)
I have been redeemed and forgiven. (Col 1:14).
I have been adopted as God’s child. (Eph 1:5) 
I am free forever from condemnation. (Rom. 8: 1-2)
I am a citizen of Heaven. I am significant. (Phil. 3:20)
I belong to God.
Do you know who you are?
If you don’t have a church home, we would love to have you worship with us at Broadway Baptist Church where God is changing homes one heart at a time. 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.

First Baptist Church
First Baptist Church invites you and your family to join us on this Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, 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. We warmly greet you. Your presence will enhance our worship experience and our fellowship together.
Koinonia coffee is held at The Welcome Center before Bible study each Sunday morning. Coffee is the perfect complement to meeting old friends and new. It is an invitation to sit and talk for a while, to share stories, to get to know one another better. You are invited to join friends each Sunday morning as we all share a warm cup of Koinonia Coffee.
The Missions item to be collected for the month of January is canned peas. Each month we have collected different items which are being used to restock our pantry which is to be used as a resource for needy families.
Worship choir rehearsals will resume on Wednesday, Jan. 8. The project for Easter will be revealed on that night. Help will be needed with drama, sets, costumes, sound and lighting. You will certainly be able to find a ministry that you can perform.
Plan now to be at FBC for a very special full day on Jan. 12. We will share together the Lord’s Supper in a very meaningful way during the morning worship celebration.
Be sure to mark your calendar and plan to be a part of a very special time in our church history. Our Intentional Interim Transition Team will host a church-wide potluck heritage meeting the evening of Jan. 12 at 6 p.m. There will be time for group discussions and a time to give feedback regarding our heritage survey. There will also be something very special and meaningful introduced during this time. You will not want to miss it!
For in depth information on First Baptist Church Sweetwater, find us on Facebook or at www.fbcsweetwater.org.
The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints
The Primary children's scripture memorization for this month comes from Job 19:25 -
"For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth." When Christ returns, righteousness will prevail, and the wickedness enveloping this world will be defeated.  Because there is hope...
JUST FOR TODAY, I will gather the courage to do what is right and take the responsibility for my own actions.
JUST FOR TODAY, I will be happy. I will not dwell on thoughts that depress me. If my mind fills with clouds, I will chase them away and fill it with sunshine.
JUST FOR TODAY, I will accept what is. I will face reality. I will correct those things that I can correct and accept those I cannot.
JUST FOR TODAY, I will improve my mind. I will read something that requires effort, thought, and concentration. I will not be a mental loafer.
JUST FOR TODAY, I will make a conscious effort to be agreeable. I will be kind and courteous to those who cross my path, and I'll not speak ill of others. I will improve my appearance, speak softly, and not interrupt when someone else is talking. Just for today, I will refrain from improving anybody but myself.
JUST FOR TODAY, I will live through this day only. I will not brood about yesterday or obsess about tomorrow. I will not set far-reaching goals or try to over come all of my problems at once.
JUST FOR TODAY, I will do something positive to improve my health. If I'm a smoker, I'll quit. If I'm overweight, I will eat healthfully.  (source: Dear Abby)
As we strive to become more like Christ, we will see miracles happen in our lives and the blessings will pour down from Heaven. Our prayers are with you for many successes this coming year.
Calendar:
Sunday, Jan. 5 — Fast Sunday;
Monday, Jan. 6 — Family Home Evening;
Wednesday, Jan. 8 — Activity Day, Cub Scouts, Mutual 6:30 p.m. at the chapel;
Saturday, Jan. 11 — Stake Temple Day; 5 p.m. Girls Camp Meeting.
We are located at 910 Elm Street in Sweetwater. For further information, please contact Elder Olsen and Elder Rentmeister, the two missionaries serving in this area (phone 1-325-864-2999).

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 Sundays 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 (Fourth Street) entrance if you would like to receive God’s blessing through either of these ministries.
News this week: This Sunday Pastor Brian will be at how “the world” sees the church. The perspective of others just might surprise you. We hope you’ll join us! The men’s ministry group will be meeting this Saturday at the TA truck stop at 8 a.m. for food and fellowship.
Activities this week:
Saturday at 8 a.m. — Men’s breakfast at TA truck stop.
Sunday worship at 8:45 a.m. and 10:50 a.m.
Sunday at 6 p.m. — Adoratio
Wednesday at 10 a.m. — Morning Bible study.
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
Happy New Year! Highland Heights wishes you and yours God’s Blessings for the coming year.
Our Church’s Mission Statement: “To glorify Christ in all that we do by bringing People to Christ and equipping them to serve Christ.”
Sunday school begins at 9:30 a.m. and worship service at 10:45 a.m., with Pastor Claude bringing the message entitled, “Grace and Truth Came through Jesus Christ.” Worship assistants are Lisa Peterson serving as worship leader, Brenda Alexander leads the congregational hymns and plays the keyboard, pianist is Eugenia Hill and the greeter for January is Donna Axe.
The evangelism committee will meet on Monday, Jan. 13, at 6:30 p.m., in the Friendship Sunday School classroom. Following coordinators reporting on their respective outreach ministries, decorative snack sacks will be compiled for the West Texas Children’s Advocacy Center.
January is a time of beginning anew and making commitments to discard and eliminate the things in our daily lives that separate us from God. Prayer should always be a priority in our daily walk. “Bless This House” ask we not only pray for ourselves as Christians, but also for others who may not personally know Jesus Christ. Pray our lives are exemplary of God’s love through the words we speak and the attitude we convey in our actions and deeds with others.
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
Happy New Year! 
Our church-wide breakfast is in the morning at 8 a.m. in the recreation building. Come enjoy a great meal and fellowship. We need help to take down Christmas, so if you can stay afterwards and help it would be appreciated.
Join us this Sunday at 9:30 a.m. for Sunday school, followed by our 10:40 a.m. service; hymnals, children sermon, praise music and Bro. Clay will bring a message from the Bible. Also, during the morning service we will be providing an opportunity for you to share your dreams for the future of the church. The following Sunday, Jan. 12, each individual will vote on their top ten. Sunday night, Jan. 19, we will reveal and discuss the top ten results. For those who will be out Jan. 5, you can visit our contact page on our website and send us the goals you would like our church reach for the upcoming year. Children Church led by Eddie and Jacqueline Dean is dismissed after special music each week.
Our evening service starts at 6 p.m.
Our Wednesday evenings start at 6:30 p.m., and it consists of Bible study for adults led by Bro. Clay; youth activities led by Carolyn Mullican and Michelle Adams; TeamKids led by Mikya Wiltse, Britnee Baird and Linda Kite; and preschool activities led by Jessica Parks.
If you haven’t given to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, to support international missionaries it is not too late, just label it and put it in the offering plate.
Upcoming events includes: Feb. 14, our annual banquet for our widows and widowers. If you have someone you would like to get information to about this event, please send us their information through our contact page on our website.
To learn more about Lamar Street Baptist Church, visit us at 513 Lamar, check out our website at www.lamarstreetbaptist.com, or call the church at 235-1779 and leave a message and someone will return your call.

First Presbyterian Church
First Presbyterian Church of Sweetwater welcomes all to join us for worship. Our church is a warm and loving church, and we want you to feel comfortable and at liberty to call on us for anything you need pastorally. We would love to have you be our guest.
All Sunday school classes will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 5, and will continue the study of The Story with Chapter 17. Communion will be served by the Class of 2014. Greeters are Lou Ann Cumbie and Dennis Cumbie. Mike Fry will be worship assistant.
The Plarning group will meet on Wednesday, Jan. 8, at 1 p.m.
Presbyterian Women will meet on Wednesday, Jan. 8. There is a business meeting at 5 p.m. and Bible study with Kay Staton at 5:30 p.m. The study will be Lesson 5, God Provides, of the study, An Abiding Hope: The Presence of God in Exodus and Deuteronomy. All women are invited to attend this time of fellowship, prayer and Bible study.
The mission of First Presbyterian Church is to make disciples for Jesus Christ by being an oasis of God’s love. Worship services are each Sunday at 10:45 a.m. We are located at the corner of 14th Street and McCaulley, across from the high school. Find out more information about our ministry by calling 235-5491 or visit the church’s website www.fpcsweetwater.org.

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