Easter program, services planned at local churches

Broadway Baptist ChurchThree preachers were sitting around discussing what they would like to have said by others, when they are in the casket. The first said, “I would like them to say I was a good husband, loving father, faithful servant and a spiritual leader.” The second said, “I want them to say I was a wonderful teacher, dynamic preacher and a lover of people who made a huge difference in the lives of others.” After a short silence the third preacher said, “Well, I’ve thought about this a lot and the one thing I would like for people to say when they see me in the casket is ‘HEY LOOK! HE’S MOVING!’” Scriptures remind us that it is appointed unto man once to die. Dying is a part of life, but it is not final. For the saved, redeemed, ransomed, death is only a doorway to God’s eternal bliss. For those without Christ it is a doorway to eternal separation, sorrow and suffering. Which will it be for you?Broadway is so looking forward to celebrating Jesus’ Resurrection this month. On Easter, April 20, we are planning a sunrise service at 7 a.m. in the Family Center parking lot. Our Adult Choir will perform the cantata: “Oh What A Savior!” during the 10:50 a.m. service and after the 10:50 a.m. service we will have an Easter egg hunt for the children. If you do not have a church home, you are welcome to join us. We will not have an evening service on April 20.Broadway Baptist Church at 710 E. 3rd Street in Sweetwater would like to invite you to come and worship with us this Sunday. 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 ChurchWe 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 be continuing our sermon series, “The Gospel of Mark: Who Was Jesus?” Come join us, and let’s follow Christ through the pages of the book of Mark. We also want to extend an invitation to our weekly Lifegroup meetings, Wednesdays at 7 p.m. For more information, contact the church offices at 236-9200. EFC’s Wednesday evening children’s ministry is in full swing for the Spring semester, with children ages six months through fifth grade exploring what kind of love we should have in our hearts as followers of Jesus! 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 Wednesday evenings at 6:45 p.m. for their worship service and for many other various events. Find out more on their facebook page at www.facebook.com/InTheYard. Our Mission’s Team will be traveling to Ft. Apache, Arizona this summer. We are excited about all the ways they will be able to bless the residents there! If you are looking for a great lunch on Saturday, April 5, find them at Wal-Mart for a BBQ lunch sale! 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 ChurchFirst Baptist Church invites you and your family to join us on this Sunday, April 6, 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 April is Canned Soup. 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. We are also collecting baby items for the Women’s Resource Center. You can bring items to the baby crib set up next to the office.Worship choir rehearsals are Wednesdays at 7 p.m. All are invited to join us as the Easter Presentation is prepared. Help will be needed with drama, sets, costumes, sound and lighting. You will certainly be able to find a ministry that you can perform! The Easter Presentation will be April 12 and 13 at Sweetwater City Auditorium. You may pick up the free tickets at the church office. Good Friday service will be April 18. KidX continues on Wednesday nights at 6 p.m. This is a very special time for children in Kindergarten through fifth grade to begin understanding and developing a relationship with Jesus Christ. Please consider helping with this very rewarding and fulfilling ministry! Growth groups continue on Sundays at 6 p.m. We are doing a Max Lucado study covering the book of Acts. Please join us for a time of Biblical teaching and Christian fellowship. On April 5, at 6 p.m. in the fellowship hall, there will be a called conference to meet Cole Rhoades and hear his testimony. We will also be voting on the Deacon recommendation to license Cole to the Gospel ministry,On Sunday April 6, we will have “First Lunch” following the worship service. You will be able to purchase an inexpensive but delicious lunch and make a donation to help kids go to camp! We will be serving a chicken spaghetti meal for $2 and the proceeds will go towards the Lad and Lassie Camp. The Transition Team will also make a special presentation after the meal.At 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 19, we will have an Easter fellowship at Newman Park. There will be a cook-out, egg hunt and other activities.Sunday, April 27, from 3-7:30 p.m. the Rolling Plains Baptist Network and the Baptist General Convention of Texas will host Leadership Summit here at First Baptist Church Sweetwater. This will be a training event for the entire church! Whether you are a staff member, a teacher, or a lay person, there is something for you! If that isn’t enough, there’s free food! Please consider being a part of this great opportunity.For in depth information on First Baptist Church Sweetwater, find us on Facebook or at www.fbcsweetwater.org.First United Methodist ChurchSweetwater 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: Pastor Brian is exploring how discipline is part of being a disciple of Jesus Christ. This week he is looking at the discipline of Scripture. Come join us Sunday morning as we worship the Lord with gladness! We will be hosting a Maundy Thursday Communion Service on April 17, at 6:30 p.m. We hope you an be here as we anticipate the resurrection event on Easter Sunday! Tomorrow (April 5) we will also be hosting a fun Bingo night for the community. Everything is FREE and we will be enjoying Christian fellowship and giving out some great prizes.Activities this week:Saturday, April 5, from 7:-9 p.m. — Bingo night.Sunday worship at 8:45 a.m. and 10:50 a.m.Sunday at 6 p.m. — Adoratio and SHEEP.Sunday at 6:45 p.m. — Old Testament survey.Monday at 5:30 p.m. — Young women’s Bible study, childcare provided.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 CHURCHOur 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, “I Am the Resurrection and the Life.” 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 the month of March is Jo Whitfield. We observe the Sacrament of Holy Communion on the first Sunday of each month. It is a time to give thanks to God for the sacrifice of His one and only begotten Son for saving the souls of mankind. Each one has the opportunity to recommit his/her personal walk in their daily lives with Jesus Christ. Remember to bring your altar rail offering that is designated for our shared ministries as directed through the United Methodist Church of the Northwest Texas Conference.One of Highland Heights’s traditional Lenten observances is the “Wooden Cross.” A specific item depicting the last days of Christ’s journey will be placed upon or at the foot of the “Wooden Cross” each Sunday. Those items are relevant to the Last Supper and Christ’s Crucifixion. The laying of palm leaves follows on Palm Sunday and on Easter Sunday the “Cross” is adorned with beautiful flowers. On this fifth Sunday of Lent, Betty Merrell will give the scripture reading. The whip hanging on the “Cross” represents the flogging Jesus received before being forced to carry the cross by himself to “The Place of the Skull” called Golgotha in Aramaic. The nail hammered into the “Cross” signifies the crucifixion of Jesus with his hands and feet nailed to the cross and left to hang, suffering a slow and painful death.We encourage the community to attend the Ministerial Alliance noon Lenten Services on the 9th of April at First United Methodist Church. All are welcome to come during their noon hour for a meal of soup and sandwiches and to receive a short devotional message.The evangelism committee meets Monday, April 7, at 6:30 p.m., in the Friendship Sunday school classroom. Following coordinators reporting upon their respective outreach ministries, decorative snack sacks will be compiled for West Texas Children’s Advocacy Center.Easter remembrance sacks for our shut-ins will be available to pick up and deliver following morning worship on the 13th of April.On Friday, May 2, and Saturday, May 3, our spring rummage and bake sale will be held in the fellowship hall. Make plans to stop by and purchased delicious baked goods and shop for bargains for your family. All are welcome. Spring has officially arrived and the upcoming month is noted for bringing “April Showers.” Living in West Texas, we know that rain is always a blessing. Bless This House asks that we thank God for providing for our needs by sending the rain and protecting us from harm during the severe weather conditions that accompanies the welcomed moisture.The next outreach ministry Highland Heights is focusing upon the next several weeks is the Samaritan Hospitality House in Colorado City. “The House” ministers 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. The collection of articles will be consecrated on Sunday, May 11, before they are delivered the following week.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)Easter — This word occurs only once in the Bible (Acts 12:4 - And when he [Herod] had apprehended him [Peter], he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people). The word “Easter” would be better translated as “Passover.” The word Easter is from Eastre, a Norse goddess whose pagan festival was observed at the spring equinox. The association of this pagan goddess with the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ was only by adaptation and synthesis. There is no real connection. Jesus, being the Lamb of God, was crucified at Passover time and is the true Passover (1 Corinthians 5:7 — Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us). He was raised from the grave on the third day thereafter. It thus became a springtime anniversary and has come to be called Easter in the Christian world. (source: Bible Dictionary)Calendar:April 5-6 — General Conference broadcast from Salt Lake City via LDS.org in your home or to be watched at church.Saturday — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; 3-5 p.m.; priesthood: 7-8:30 p.m.Sunday — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; 3- 5 p.m.  April 7 — Family Home Evening for the familiesApril 8 — New Testament class 7 p.m. April 9 — Mutual for the youth.April 12 — Stake Temple Day. April 13 — Fast Sunday.     We are located at 910 Elm Street in Sweetwater. All visitors are welcome. Our Sunday meetings are at 9 a.m.; Sacrament at 10 a.m.; Sunday school at 11 a.m. Relief Society and Priesthood meetings. For further information, please contact Elder Olsen and Elder Hughes, the two missionaries serving in this area (phone 1-325-864-2999).