Churches plan summer activities

May 25, 2012

Avondale Baptist Church
Greetings, 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 are located at 1405 Hoyt Street.
This Sunday, May 27, we will have Sunday School High Attendance Day. We are working and praying for 75 in Sunday school. That evening at 6 p.m. Gary Gibson will be in concert at Avondale Baptist Church. Come and be with us for both services May 27, and you will receive a blessing.
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 need more information you can call the church at 325-235-5835.

Broadway Baptist Church
Why do we celebrate Memorial Day? To some it is a time of picnics, hot dogs, barbecue and ball parks. To others it is a long weekend, vacation and a time to spend with family and friends. Still others will hunt for the best sales at stores and retailers.  Although these things are great and anytime we spend with family is good, Memorial Day is much more than overeating, over playing and over spending. It is an opportunity to remember the sacrifices made to make and keep America the land of the free and the brave.
It is a time to remember our fore fathers who sacrificed all, stood on Biblical principles and shared their great faith in God, His Word, and His precepts. 
It is sad that our president does not have the same faith as those before him. Those like George Washington who said, “Above all, the pure and benign light of Revelation has had a meliorating influence on mankind and increased the blessings of society … it is impossible to govern the world without the Bible.” Thomas Jefferson said, “The Bible is the cornerstone of liberty.” Abraham Lincoln stated, “The Bible is the best book which God has given to man.”
We need leaders who will remember the sacrifices made, the sacred trust past on and the simple foundation of in God we trust!
This Tuesday you will have an opportunity to vote and elect a group of leaders who believe in God, stand on His word and turn America back to its original foundation. Let us remember those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom, the foundation they laid and the following biblical truth: “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.”
The school year is coming to a close and church camp is just around the corner. If you would like for your child or teen to go to church camp, please let us know by calling 235-2730. Junior High Camp is June 11-15.  Senior High Camp is July 9-13, and Junior Camp is July 23-26.
The Hinkle Family will be with us Wednesday, June 13, at 7 p.m. Come and enjoy their Country Gospel music.
If you don’t have a church home, we would love for 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.

Faith Harvest Church
Faith Harvest Church would like to invite you to come join us in our celebration of Jesus Christ! We are located at 408 Alamo Street, which is right off of Sam Houston. Our service times are 10 a.m. on Sunday mornings, 6 p.m. on Sunday evenings, and 7 p.m. on Wednesday evenings. We have Sunday school for adults, Out-of-Line Youth Ministry for teens and Children’s Church for kids. We have many projects and plans for the year of 2012, including sending our youth group to Discovery Camp in Columbus, Texas, July 9-13. There will be several fundraisers coming up in the next month to help send them to camp, including a bake sale at Wal-Mart on Saturday, June 16, at 9 a.m. We will be having a fellowship on Saturday, June 2, at Sweetwater Lake for a free fishing day. You do not need a license that day to fish, only a fishing pole. We will be meeting out there at 3 p.m. and we would love for you to come join the fun! Don’t forget about our website, www.fhpcofsweetwater.com, where we add something new everyday! Several recent changes have been made to the website, including the addition of sermons preached by our very own pastors and a testimony page where you can write your own personal testimony of how good God has been in your life. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact Pastor Jimmy Bennett at 325-242-4750 or Deacon Bobby Hoover at 325-236-4023.

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
First Baptist Church invites you and your family to join us this Sunday morning (May 27) 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!
A piano recital will be presented at FBC by the students of Noreen Carson at 3 p.m., on Sunday afternoon (May 27).
The FBC office will be closed on Monday (May 28) to observe Memorial Day.
Registration is now open for FBC Vacation Bible School, scheduled on June 4 through June 7 from 6-8 p.m., for Pre-K through fourth grade. Go online to www.fbcsweetwater.org and pre-register all the children you are planning to bring. You can also register online to help with VBS. The theme this year is "Tejas Trail Adventure," so saddle up and wear your cowboy boots, if you want to, bring a friend and come prepared to have a wonderful time finding true friendship in Jesus as we journey down the trail together. For more information, contact Cindy Hamlin, Director, at the church office (236-6348).
On Sunday evening (June 3) in Room 301, at 6 p.m., we will have a guest speaker from the Kairos Prison Ministry. Bring your favorite homemade ice cream and join us for this informative and enjoyable time!
On Sunday evening (June 10) in Room 301, at 6 p.m., Phillip Thomas will be presenting "A Study on Apologetics - Knowing What You Believe." This study will help today's Christian better understand, defend and proclaim their beliefs. Contact Phillip for more information.
Join us on Friday (June 29) for fireworks, food and hopefully a Texas Ranger baseball victory! Tickets are limited, so sign up immediately by calling the FBC office at 236-6348.

First Christian Church
(Disciples of Christ)
“I was glad when you said unto me; Let us go into the house of the Lord.” Psalm 122:1
First Christian Church at 1611 Hailey (corner of Lakeview and Hailey) welcomes members and visitors alike to our morning church services.  Sunday school class begins at 9:50 a.m. with sanctuary worship services at 10:50 a.m. Music is led by song leader Stephanie Gilmore with Janice Boil as accompanist. 
Our interim pastor, Curtis Ward is bringing a series of lessons on “The Surrendered Life”. 
If you are looking for a church home, First Christian Church extends an open invitation to one and all. We look forward to your presence. Come expecting to be blessed.

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. 
Counting down to Pastor Earl’s last Sunday! The scripture readings this week are Psalm 63:1-8, John 15:26-27, and John 4:7-15; the sermon title is “An Oasis of God’s Love”! Pastor Earl will be speaking to the vision statement we recently chose. To celebrate Pentecost, everyone is encouraged to wear ‘red’ attire to worship. Buck Cason will be the worship assistant; Jo Thompson and Dorothy Stroman will be our greeters.  Don’t forget Noisy Offering is this week.
Coming Up: Next Sunday, June 3, will be Pastor Earl’s last Sunday! Lucy will be here and we will have a Farewell Luncheon after worship. The church will provide ham, brisket and roll; everyone bring their favorite covered-dish. We are sad to see them go, but happy for their next adventure in Atlanta!
Reminders:
• Plarning continues on Wednesday afternoons at 1 p.m. in the fellowship hall.
• Choir practice will be moving to their summer schedule, meeting on Sundays at 10:15 a.m.
• Earl’s Girl’s will continue to meet every Thursday at noon at Dairy Queen.

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 6:30 p.m.
Every Tuesday and Wednesday FUMC hosts the Gaylord’s Pantry and a clothes closet is available on Tuesdays. 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: Next Monday is Memorial Day. Take some time to reflect on the freedom that we enjoy as Americans and thank a veteran for making it possible
Our Annual Conference is next week, May 30 through June 2 in Lubbock. Please be in prayer for God’s direction in the decision making process that will take place there. Also be in prayer for our VBS. We will be doing a one-day blitz on August 11.
Activities:
Sunday at 5:30 p.m. — Youth game night at the Gehrings – 1613 San Carlos.
Monday — The office will be closed for Memorial Day.
Wednesday at 10 a.m. — Men’s and women’s combined 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 e-mail him at pastor@fumcsweetwater.org.

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. 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 May is Helen Rowlett. This is “Noisy Money” Sunday. Remember to bring your coins and/or folding money 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 net for families, supporting new medical research and assisting hospitals in their ability to provide quality care for malaria patients.
Texans will be going to the polls on May 29 to vote for their choice of elected officials serving in their respective offices. “Bless This House” asks prayer that citizens will take their voting privilege seriously in exercising their freedom to cast their ballot. May they inform themselves of all candidates and their qualifications before making their decisions.
Mark your calendars on Friday, June 22, and Saturday, June 23, for our rummage and bake sale. Plan to come and shop for bargains and purchase delicious baked goods. Be watching for further details.
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
This Sunday, May 27 is sure to be a special day at Lamar Street Baptist Church!
During our 10:40 a.m. service, we will be honoring all of our graduates: (high school) Tori Adams, Brandon Hopkins, Rachel Ratliff; (college) Britt Powell and Staci Armstrong.
Also as part of the service, we will be recognizing the men who have completed the “Courageous” Bible study. They will also be signing “The Resolution”, as a public declaration of striving to be a strong spiritual leader in every area of life.
Our Wednesday night children’s programs are currently collecting new school supplies, CDs, DVDs, personal hygiene products and other new items to send to a summer mission work. A box will be located in the back foyer to leave the new supplies. Deadline to bring items is Sunday, June 3.
In addition, we will be updating the weekly People in Prayer list soon. If you wish to join the list or have your name taken out of the prayer circle, please let Sue Lambert know as soon as possible.
Coming up on Monday, June 18, we as a church will focus on ministering to the community through a number of events for this year’s in-home mission project. Right now, we are still collecting a weekly offering to offset costs.
A VBS (Vacation Bible School) program set in Babylonian times--”Babylon: Daniel’s Courage in Captivity”--will kick off from 9-11:30 a.m. and last the entire week. Anyone interested in helping should contact VBS director Linda Kite.
The afternoons will include evangelism outreach and work projects for our community and church members throughout Sweetwater. On Tuesday evening, a three-night revival will begin featuring music, testimonies and a special message.
We covet your prayers and assistance through time and/or finances as we gear up for this special week to reach out to the community while giving God the glory in all we do.
Service times are Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday and the morning service at 10:40 a.m. which includes hymns, praise songs and a Children’s sermon. Pastor Jerry Payne will bring the message in both the morning and in the 6 p.m. evening service.
At 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday nights, we offer Mission Friends for preschoolers, GAs (Girls in Action) and RAs (Royal Ambassadors) for elementary students and a youth service for 7th-12 graders, along with prayer and Bible study for adults.
We at Lamar Street Baptist Church also remember during this Memorial Day weekend those men and women who died in military service.
To learn more about our programs and services, visit us at 513 Lamar, call the church at 235-1779 or find us on Facebook. We hope to see you and your family with us this Sunday!

TRINITY BAPTIST CHURCH
SKY: Everything Is Possible With God! 2012 Vacation Bible School will be from Monday, June 25 through Wednesday, June 27, from 1-4 p.m. daily. Kickoff/Registration will be Sunday, June 24, from 5-7 p.m. at Trinity Baptist Church, located on the corner of Hailey and Santa Fe Streets in Sweetwater. For more information, call 325-235-2991. Pre-registration is appreciated. You may call or come by our church offices Monday through Thursday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. to sign up your children.
Our sanctuary is located at the corner of Hailey and Santa Fe Streets here in Sweetwater. We encourage everyone to join us as we serve our Savior, Jesus Christ. Everyone “fits in” at Trinity. Give us a try and see how well you fit in! Our services feature a mix of traditional and contemporary in a casual, friendly atmosphere. Our regularly scheduled weekly activities are as follows:
Sundays
• 9:30 a.m. — Sunday school (it’s for everyone, all ages!).
• 10:45 a.m. — Morning worship.
• 6 p.m. — Bible studies (adults and youth), Children’s Choir.
Wednesdays
• 6:30 p.m. — Prayer time/Bible study for adults, youth Bible study (7th-12th grades), TeamKID for Children (Preschool through sixth grades).
• 7:30 p.m. – Sanctuary Choir rehearsal.
Summer camps at Big Country Baptist Assembly (BCBA) are coming up. A list of our camps we will attend is as follows:
• Day Camp (completed grades Kindergarten through third) — July 7 — $30.
• Youth Camp (completed grades 7th-12th) — July 8-12 — $150.
Pre-Teen Camp (completed grades fourth through sixth) — July 16-19 — $150.
• Lad and Lassie Camp (completed grades first through third) — August 3-4 — $58.
This year, BCBA is requiring sign-ups to be made online at www.bigcountrycamp.com. Click on “Summer Camps” and follow the links. Please be sure to print out your completed form and bring it by the church office. If you do not have internet access, please give us a call so that we can help.
A group from Trinity will attend a Texas Ranger game this Saturday. If you have reserved a ticket in your name, please be ready to leave from the church at 8:30 a.m. We would appreciate your prayers for safe travels as we will return on Saturday evening following the game.
Our senior adults will enjoy their monthly luncheon on Thursday, May 31, at 11:30 a.m. This month’s program will be presented by Karyn Green about her recent mission trip to Malawi with Teethsavers Int’l. Can’t wait to hear about it!
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 office hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can also find us on the web at www.trinitysweetwater.com. God bless you!

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