Dr. Robert Eaker to have special presentation on Malawi trip at FBC

August 8, 2014

Broadway Baptist Church
Remember spankings? It seems to be a lost art today, but when I was growing up; my mom was really good at it! She knew how to use a switch and make it feel ... well, you know what I mean. At first I would try to run in circles and get as far away as possible, but then I discovered something. The closer I stood to her, the harder it was for her to spank me. She couldn't reach out so far and get a good swing on it and most importantly it drew me near to her. I have found the same to be true in everyday struggles and trials. The closer to God I draw the more comfort I find in the midst of the storm. He has promised that if we will draw near to Him, He will draw near to us.
I read of a missionary that was being chased by a mob. He jumped on a boat and the mob did too. He jumped in the water, and they threw spears at him. Miraculously, he escaped. A friend asked the missionary, "What Bible verse came to mind as they were darting the spears?" to which the missionary replied, "Verse? Why I didn't have a verse. The Lord Himself was with me!"
Aren't you glad God has promised to never leave us or forsake us? When things are tough, get closer to Him. As the song goes: "I draw the closer to Him; from care He sets me free. His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me!"
Broadway Baptist Church is having a special teacher appreciation service for the teachers of Sweetwater and Nolan County on Sept. 7 at 10:30 a.m. We want to send an invite to all teachers in this area and their families. It will be a special service where teachers will be honored and blessed. We will also pray for the teachers, their students and the school year, because we realize and understand what challenges teachers have as they minister and teach the children of this area. We also will have a Southern Gospel singing trio, called Faith’s Journey that will be with us to minister through their music during the morning service and also in a special service at 2 p.m.
Broadway Baptist Church would like to invite you to come and worship with us this Sunday at 710 E. Third Street. Our Life Groups, which are for all ages, start at 10 a.m. Our morning service starts at 10:50 a.m. and our evening service starts at 6 p.m. Our midweek service is on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. (We offer Bible study for all ages.) Come worship with us and be blessed.

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 a.m. 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 will continue our sermon series entitled “Sacred Moments.” We would love for you to study the Word of God with us as we talk about finding God in life’s eternal events.
We also want to extend an invitation to our weekly Lifegroup meetings, Wednesdays at 7 p.m., that kick off for the Fall Semester this week. For more information, please contact the church offices at 236-9200.
EFC’s Wednesday evening children’s ministry is also firing back up after a summer break, with children ages six months through fifth grade exploring what it takes to be a “Superkid” in the Kingdom of Heaven! They meet Wednesday evenings from 6:45-8:30 p.m. and are loving their time together in the “Faith Factory!”
The Salvage Yard youth ministry, for grades 6-12, meets Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m. for their worship service and for many other various events. Find out more on their facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/InTheYard.
We also invite you to step into The Growth Central Bookstore when you visit EFC. It’s stocked with Bibles, study aids, 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 again at 12:30-1 p.m.
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, Aug. 10, 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 FBC Heritage Timeline is located on the first floor hall leading to the Welcome Center. You can add special moments and memories during your time here at FBC on the Timeline!
The Missions item to be collected for the month of August is canned fruit. 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.
Sunday, Aug. 10, Dr. Robert Eaker will do a special presentation of his Malawi trip during the Sunday school hour on the third floor. It is exciting to see God work through the members in this church, so please come and support them as they share with us how God is reaching people around the world.
Sunday, Aug. 10 and 17, Dr. Kelly Pigott will continue his special study over the history of Christianity on the third floor at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 13, at 5:45 p.m. on the third floor, we will have our fellowship meal followed by the church conference at 6 p.m. We will be voting on the policy manual as recommended by the Church Council.
Church softball is back! The season will be on Tuesday nights from Aug. 12 to Sept. 30. Cost will be $20 per person which will include your shirt and fees. If you are interested, call the church office with your shirt size and entry fee by Aug. 3.
For in depth information on First Baptist Church Sweetwater, find us on Facebook or at www.fbcsweetwater.org.

First Presbyterian Church
First Presbyterian Church 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.
Sunday school classes will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 10. Dorothy Stroman and Paula Carmichael will be greeters and Kenny Maxwell will be the worship assistant for the worship service.
The high school and college youth will be Sunday, Aug. 10, at 7 p.m. at Mike and Kary’s home for a meal and Bible study: Sticky Faith Study #2.
Little Ones, IBKs and middle school will have a beach party, Presbyterian style, in our church garden Sunday night (Aug. 10) from 6-7 p.m. Wear your swimsuit or clothes that you don’t mind getting wet. We will have water relays, play Drip Drip Drench, Shaving Cream Wash Off, Beach Towel Toss and Back to Back Balloon Dash! We will end with a Beach Treat. As always, bring friends if you would like.
There will be a Sunday school teacher training for the fall curriculum at the church on Tuesday, Aug. 12, at noon for one hour. Lunch will be provided.
The session will meet at Mike and Kary’s home Wednesday, Aug. 13, at 6 p.m. for a meal and a session meeting and mini focus retreat.
We are thankful to God for the servants of our congregation who were Reader’s Choice Winners 2013 who are both serving the church and our community: Dane Bennett, SMS Coach; Ryan Moore, RPMH LVN; Hilary Brennan, Sweetwater Teacher; Cory Stroman, Police Officer (Carroll and Dorothy Stroman’s grandson); Becky Brock, Presbyterian Church Secretary; Bennett and Associates, Real Estate Agency; Nemir Pest and Lawn Care, Lawn Care Service.
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.

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 (Fourth Street) entrance if you would like to receive God’s blessing through either of these ministries.
News this week: This Sunday, our youth minister, Stephen Gehring, will be sharing about how surrendering to God’s will positions us perfectly for a life of contentment and joy. Come join us on Sunday morning at 8:45 a.m. and 11:50 a.m. Tomorrow (Aug. 11) the men’s ministry group will be meeting at the TA truck stop at 8 a.m. It’s a great time of food and fellowship. This fall we will be tailgating at each home football game so mark your calendars!
Activities this week:
Saturday (Aug. 11) Mens Ministry at 8 a.m. TA Truck Stop;
Sunday worship at 8:45 a.m. and 10:50 a.m.
Adoratio at 6 p.m.
Sheep at 6:30 p.m.
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
Our Mission Statement: “To glorify Christ in all that we do by bringing People to Christ and equipping them to serve Christ.”
Sunday services:
*Fellowship at 8:30 a.m.;
*Worship at 9 a.m.;
*Sunday school at 10:15 a.m.;
Pastor Jake’s sermon is entitled “A Field of Dreams.” Worship assistants are Lisa Peterson serving as liturgist, leading the congregational hymns is music team, Brenda Alexander, Juanita and Daniel Garcia, Melvin Walker and Pastor Jake, pianist is Bonnie Walters and greeter is Jo Whitfield.
Our school ministry collection designated for needy students in the second and third grades at East Ridge Elementary will be consecrated during Sunday morning worship. The following Monday is the delivery date to the school campus.
Weekly activities:
*Vacation Bible School planning session is Sunday, Aug. 10, at 4 p.m., in the fellowship hall;
*Evangelism committee meets Tuesday, Aug. 12, at 6:30 p.m., in the Friendship Sunday School classroom.
The battle of wars presently occurring in the Middle East and in Eastern Europe has raised the concern of the world. “Bless This House” asks prayer for God’s solution in the midst of the destruction and devastation. Pray mankind seeks the “Lord’s Will” in bringing peace to the land and its people.
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.

THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS (The Mormons)
Calendar:
Aug. 9 – Youth trip to the Lubbock temple – Meet at 7:45 a.m. in the church parking lot and wear your Sunday clothes. Be sure to have your temporary temple recommend.
Aug. 11 – Family home evening for the families.
Aug. 16 – Back to school pool party for the area youth in San Angelo from 6:30-8:30 p.m. ages 12 and up; snacks and swimming fun; don’t forget your modest swim attire.
Aug. 23 and 24 – Stake Conference in Abilene; no Sweetwater meetings on Sunday, Aug. 24.
Lessons for Aug. 10:
Sunday school – 2 Chronicles 29-30; 32; 34 - “Come to the House of the Lord.”
Priesthood and Relief Society – Teachings of the Presidents (Joseph Fielding Smith).
We are located at 910 Elm Street in Sweetwater. All visitors are welcome. Our Sunday meetings are: 9 a.m.  Sacrament; 10 a.m. Sunday school; 11 a.m. Relief Society and Priesthood meetings. For further information, please contact Elder Valgardson and Elder Hughes, the two missionaries serving in this area (phone 1-325-864-2999).
Scripture from The Book of Mormon: “But that ye would humble yourselves before the Lord and call on his holy name and watch and pray continually, that ye may not be tempted above that which ye can bear and thus be led by the Holy Spirit, becoming humble, meek, submissive, patient, full of love and all long-suffering.” (Alma 13:28)

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