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Avondale Baptist Church
Greetings to everyone from the Avondale Baptist Church family! If you do not have a church home we would like to invite you to come and visit us and worship Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. We are located at 1405 Hoyt Street.
We will have "High Attendance Day" in Sunday school this week. We are working and praying for 85 in attendance. Try to join us if you can.
Saturday, March 3, we will have our picnic at the building. We meet at 11 a.m. and have lunch and a wonderful fellowship together. We will bring soup and sandwiches and all the trimmings for lunch. After lunch we have a singing and a great time just being together.
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
There was a man in the back bedroom of his home getting dressed while his wife was in the living room talking to a friend.Â He called out to his wife, â€śDarling, is this shirt clean enough for me to wear?â€ťÂ Without hesitation she said, â€śNo.â€ťÂ He said, â€śHow did you know it wasnâ€™t clean enough to wear?Â You didnâ€™t even come back to look at it.â€ť She answered, â€śIf you had to ask, it wasnâ€™t clean enough!â€ťÂ
I canâ€™t tell you how many times over the years I have been asked, â€śPreacher is it alright for a Christian to . . .?â€ťÂ Or they say, â€śPreacher, can I . . . ?â€ť You can fill in the blanks with whatever you want and the answer is still the same. â€śIf in doubt, donâ€™t.â€ť
When it comes to the question of whether you should do something or not, if itâ€™s doubtful, itâ€™s dirty, so donâ€™t.Â Unfortunately, most of us donâ€™t give God the benefit of the doubt.Â We just go ahead and do it.
Be like the Psalmist and pray, â€śSearch me Oâ€™ God, and see if there be any wicked way in me.â€ťÂ Staying clean, staying pure and staying close are steps in building the spiritual body for Christ.
You may mark your calendars for the following events: We will be having Friend Day, March 11, and Dr. Rick Carter will be with us.Â This will be a great opportunity for us to â€śround upâ€ť our family and friends, so they can hear a clear presentation of the gospel.Â On March 14, we will enjoy a concert by the Dartt Family.Â Bro. Tracy is back to traveling and it will be wonderful to see him again and hear the smooth sound of the Dartt Family.
If you donâ€™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.Â Our morning service is at 10:50, and our evening service begins at 6 p.m.Â Come and let us be a blessing to you as we worship the Lord together.
Emmanuel Fellowship Church
February has been a great month of focusing on families at Emmanuel Fellowship.Â This Sunday we conclude our Marriage Coach sermon series by looking at loving our marriages enough to protect them.Â If you missed any of the coaching, The Marriage Coach series will be available in a packaged audio set soon.Â You can discover more by visiting a special website designed for this series www.themarriagecoach.us.Â
The Sunday morning worship times for Emmanuel Fellowship Church are 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.Â Both morning services are filled with the same warm fellowship, dynamic worship, and life-giving messages.Â The 9 a.m. service offers a pre-school nursery for parents of small children.Â The 11 a.m. service offers top-notch childrenâ€™s ministry and nursery care for children up to fifth grade.Â We invite you to come and experience the life, love, and joy of Emmanuel Fellowship Church.Â For more information about the ministry of EFC, log onto the church website at www.efcsweetwater.com.
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 Childrenâ€™s Church for kids. We have many projects and plans for the year of 2012, including sending our youth group to Discovery Camp in July.Â We have several fellowships coming up, including a bowling trip in Abilene this Saturday atÂ 4 p.m. We will also be taking a trip to the Abilene Zoo in March.Â Donâ€™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 sermonsÂ preached by our very own pastors.Â 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 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!
FBC Student Ministry would like to say a huge thank you to those who helped with the XA Weekend on Feb. 17-19. One hundred students from local churches and Blackwell attended and stayed in local homes and had a time of spiritual growth and friendship, plus great food and fun. To get on the e-mail list for future events of this quality, contact Minister to Students (Tique Hamilton) at email@example.com.
New Growth Groups are underway â€” however, there is still time for you to get involved. While most groups are sermon-based â€” some are special interest groups focusing on topics such as parenting, marriage recovery or Christian basics for new believers. Information can be located in the church foyer. A new kids growth group is facilitated by Steven and Ashley May plus Kassidi and Kyle Seaton and will be held from 5:55 p.m. until 7:35 p.m. Pre-Kindergarten through Kindergarten will be in Room 213 with first through fourth grade in Room 210.
Mark your calendar! The Children's Department (first through fourth grade) will observe "Crazy Sock Day" on March 4! Don't forget to wear your funny socks or toe socks. Let's see who arrives in time for Bible study at 9:15 a.m., or comes to the children's sermon during the morning worship service at 10:30 a.m., wearing the craziest socks!
First Presbyterian Church
Visitors are always welcome at First Presbyterian Church. The church is located at 14th and McCaulley.Â Adult Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m.Â Worship service is at 10:45 a.m.Â A nursery is provided for all church activities for children kindergarten age and younger.Â
Â The scripture readings for the first Sunday in Lent are Psalm 25:1-10 and Luke 3:1-13.Â Pastor Earlâ€™s sermon title is â€śconquering temptationâ€ť.Â The worship assistant is Jim Gesin; the greeters are Paula Carmichael and Glenn Wortham.Â Donâ€™t forget reverse and noisy offering.
Â Coming up:
â€˘ Lucy Stewart arrives on Monday the 27th.
â€˘ â€śPlarningâ€ť continues on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. in the fellowship hall
â€˘ Choir practices on Thursday evenings at 5:30 p.m.
â€˘ Donâ€™t forget Earlâ€™s Girlâ€™s meets every Thursday at noon at Dairy Queen.
UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Please 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, â€śRedemption in the Desert.â€ť New praise songs will be introduced in worshiping and praising God. 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 February is Betty Merrell. Remember to bring your coins and folding money for â€śNoisy Money.â€ť The collection is designated for the outreach ministry, â€śNo More Malaria.â€ť The ministry has a goal of eradicating malaria in Africa within a five year period, in addition to furnishing bed nets for families, supporting new medical research and assisting hospitals in their ability to provide quality care for malaria patients.
Return in the evening at 6 p.m., for the study of â€śJourney in the Wildernessâ€ť, by Gil Rendle. Pastor Chris will lead the study of New Life for mainline churches.
We encourage the community to attend the Ministerial Alliance noon Lenten services at the First United Methodist Church on Wednesday, the 7th of March, and on the 21st, at Highland Heights United Methodist Church. All are welcome to come during their noon hour for a meal of soup and sandwiches and to hear a short devotional message.
For the month of March, â€śBless This Houseâ€ť is calling upon prayers for the safety of all travelers through the spring break. This is a time that students, teachers and families look forward to going on ski trips or other vacation spots to relax and unwind from busy everyday schedules. Pray not only for the time being well spent with friends and families in sharing wholesome fun, but also for their safety upon their return trip.
There is still time to participate in our â€śSamaritan Hospitality House Ministry.â€ť â€śThe Houseâ€ť is located in Colorado City and ministries to families visiting loved ones that are incarcerated in area prisons. With a homelike atmosphere, the facilities provide weekend lodging for family members during their stay free of charge. If you would like to donate supply items, please contact the church office at 235-2454, for further details. Sunday, April 22, is the date for consecrating our collection and it will be delivered the following Friday, the 27th, to Colorado City.
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
We at Lamar Street Baptist Church hope that you and your family will join us for worship and fellowship!
Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m., we have Sunday school. Classes are available for every family member. Our morning service follows at 10:40 a.m. with music provided by our choir and praise team. We also offer a childrenâ€™s sermon and our pastor, Jerry Payne, will bring the message.
Our Sunday evening service begins at 6 p.m. Each Sunday night at 5 p.m., Bible Drill meets for third through sixth graders to learn memory verses and how to find key passages and books of the Bible.
On Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m., our weekly services continue with classes for children, teenagers and adults. We have Mission Friends for preschoolers, GAâ€™s (Girls in Action) for first through sixth grade girls and RAâ€™s (Royal Ambassadors) for boys in first through sixth grade. 7th-12th graders gather for the youth group service, and the adults meet for Bible study and prayer.
To learn more about our church and weekly services, call the church office at 235-1779 or find us on Facebook. We canâ€™t wait to see you this Sunday at 513 Lamar at Lamar Street Baptist Church!
Rhema Valley Church
Rev. Bob Long, founder and director of Rally Call Ministries, will be ministering at Rhema Valley this Saturday and Sunday morning. Bro. Bob will bring a spiritual update of what is happening behind the scenes in our state government.
If God has stirred your heart to pray for our government come join us. Service times are Saturday evening at 6:15 p.m. and Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. A nursery and Childrenâ€™s Church is provided for the Sunday morning service.
Rhema Valley is located at 3304 East Broadway.
TRINITY BAPTIST CHURCH
Dave Ramseyâ€™s Financial Peace University continues at Trinity on Sunday evenings at 5 p.m. Led by the Peeks and the Chrismers, this 13-week 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! We have just begun, so you can still join us. There is no fee for the course other than a $99 member kit. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. More information can be found online at Dave Ramseyâ€™s website: http://www.daveramsey.com/fpu.
Trinity Baptist Church strives to show Christâ€™s love through our fellowship here. Known for our loving, caring atmosphere, you are invited to join us for worship services so that you, too, can experience Godâ€™s love. Our casual, friendly, family atmosphere with both traditional and contemporary music makes our church an easy place to â€śfit inâ€ť. Our new music minister, Dr. Chris Hollingsworth, has added some new twists to our favorite songs, so come join us for worship. We are located at the corner of Hailey and Santa Fe Streets, where you will see our new Family Life Center being built.
This Sunday morning, our Childrenâ€™s M&Mâ€™s Choir will perform during the childrenâ€™s sermon time. These kids are a blessing! Come hear them at our 10:45 a.m. worship service.
We are also pleased to offer wireless hearing assistance for those who need it during worship. Just see any of the ushers to request a unit, then sit anywhere within our congregation to enjoy the service.
Sunday school begins at 9:30 a.m. followed by worship services at 10:45 a.m. each Sunday. This Sunday we continue with testimonies from our high school youth as they share about what their class means to them. Adult classes include Harvesters, Messengers and Explorers (typically for single and young adults), Seekers (empty-nesters) and Encouragers (senior adults). However, classes are not limited to those age groups. The descriptions provided are provided simply as a starting point. Each of us is encouraged to find the class we are more comfortable attending, regardless of age! This Sunday afternoon, our fellowship team will meet at 5 p.m. in the Seekerâ€™s room. If you are serving on that committee, please make every effort to attend. Final touches are being put on our upcoming church-wide game night.
Speaking of meetings, a very important meeting of Vacation Bible School workers is scheduled for this Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. Believe it or not, Vacation Bible School is just around the corner! It is scheduled for June 25-27, from 1-4 p.m. daily, with kick-off on Sunday, June 24. If youâ€™re interested in helping, please make sure you attend this meeting on Sunday.
Sunday evenings (at 6 p.m.) are dedicated to Bible study for adults and youth with M&Mâ€™s Childrenâ€™s Choir for grade-school children. This Sunday night we continue our study of the book of Philemon. Bro. Ward leads this Bible study.
Wednesday evenings, adults meet at 6:30 p.m. in the Seekers room for Trinity Power Plant (our weekly prayer time). At the same time, children enjoy TeamKID and our youth meet for Bible study upstairs. Thereâ€™s a place for all ages, nursery to senior adults and all ages in between. Bring your family and come see whatâ€™s going on here as we serve our Lord!
Trinity is excited to offer several upcoming retreats:
April 13th and 14th: Womenâ€™s Retreat at Big Country Baptist Assembly (BCBA, Lueders) â€” studying Beth Mooreâ€™s Loving Well. Leaving at 3 p.m. on Friday and returning at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, ladies will enjoy a time of getting away with Christian sisters. Cost for the retreat is $35.
April 20-22: Youth DiscipleNow (DNow) at BCBA (Lueders). Theme for this yearâ€™s DNow is Mosaic, based on 1 Corinthians 12:12. Guest speaker is Matt Broyles and worship leader is Gary Williams. Food, fellowship, worship, teaching, faith, friendship, paintball and small group activities will be offered. Cost is $50.
April 27-28: Menâ€™s Retreat at the Ware Ranch at Paint Rock. Activities include campfires, dominoes, horseshoes, washers, fishing at Lake Ivey, skeet shooting, relaxing and Bible study. Cost is $20.
You can sign up for either of these retreats by calling our church office at 235-2991. Ask for Bro. Kyle Tubbs, Associate Pastor. Or, you can contact him via email at email@example.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
Transforming ordinary people into passionate followers of Christ through Godâ€™s Word, growing them into mature Christians, to be Jesusâ€™ lights in this world and witnesses of the Gospel of Jesus and the Kingdom of God, seeking the lost for the glory of God and His kingdom.
We are a non-judgmental ministry â€” meaning that the ministry itself is not judgmental. We are not concerned where you have been or where you are at, but where you are going. Everyone needs hope and to feel the love of Godâ€™s mercy. Those who falter and are weak are welcome. We will guide all that come, into a direction for peace in their life.
The teachings from the pulpit are deep rightly divided truth as 2 Timothy 2:15 speaks of. You will hear the unadulterated word of God ministered straight from the Bible, introducing deep truths and promises you can stand on, that will never crumble out from underneath you. These truths have discipled many to be followers of Christ as it can do for anybody. Opening up the eyes and ears of these who receive.
Sunday morning-10:30 a.m.
Sunday Night-Adult discipleship 6:30 p.m., youth hangout 11-17 years and Childrenâ€™s Rock night 5-10 years.
Wednesday Night-6:30 p.m. Teen andÂ tween youth church, pastor led for 11-17 years, childrenâ€™s classes 5-10 years and adult Word study for menâ€™s and womenâ€™s ministry, disciple led.
T.A.G. and Tweenâ€™s-These ministries are for 11-17 year-olds. They have youth church on Wednesday night. Thereâ€™s praise and worship performed by them. Then the pastor brings a message of truth to seed in their lives that is in a way that they can understand and comprehend. They also have Sunday night hang out, doing all kinds of things and events with each other in the youth ministry. From movies to playing volleyball at SonicÂ or cookouts and other things. They get involved with fundraisers to raise money for their events. They have the Reaching Out While Reaching Up ministry that helps people around town. They have The Rock as a place to hang out before and after church time. There is summer camp at Extreme Camps that they have a blast at while deepening their faith.
Childrenâ€™s Ministry-Wednesday night there are classes set up to put a foundation of Godâ€™s word in the childrenâ€™s life with a fun and enjoyable environment and experience. There isÂ lots of love, guidance and good values seeded into their lives. Sunday night is fun atÂ The Rock. Those children that come on Wednesday night classes get to come on Sunday night to play at The Rock youth center during regular adult discipleship. Sometimes there are movies, games and snack night. They also get involved in fundraisers and summer camp.
P.U.R.E. Ministry-Ephesians 1:4 Princesses Under Royal Election meets every third Friday of the month. The ministry teaches young ladies their value to God by being a child of the King loved by their Father. Coming under a covenant withÂ God to keep their purity until marriage. Even for those who want to start over.
The Rock youth center is open Saturday night from 6-10 p.m. for sixth, seventh and eighth grade. A Christian atmosphere presented, but not forced. It is fun for everyone. We have this generationâ€™s Christian music, a 6ft and 3ft half pipe skate ramp, a foam pit, rock climbing wall, pool table, air hockey, foosball, skating, video games, basketball and volleyball area. A snack bar is available with drinks, nachos, frito pies, candy, chips, etc. It is a controlled environment with adult supervision, lots of love and a short time of a small seeded truth of God into their lives.
Website-The church now has a website address which entails what is going on inside the church, the ministries of the church and gives you information of The Word of God Church. You can visit the website at www.swwordofGod.com.
11-17 year-old Extreme Camp-an experience that will change their lives, a camp that reaches them at their level, setting the love of God on fire inside of them. Itâ€™s a blast!
5-10 year-old camp is suited at the level to where it keeps their attention â€” fun and an unforgettable experience with God.