Easter services planned at local churches

AVONDALE BAPTIST CHURCHGreetings to everyone, from the Avondale Baptist Church family! If you are looking for a loving church home we would like to invite you to come and visit us and worship our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We are located at 1405 Hoyt Street.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 CHURCHEaster is just around the corner. People will buy new clothes, take pictures, plan picnics, color, hide and hunt eggs and celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. What an amazing thought: Jesus arose from the grave! Have you ever realized that before Jesus could rise, He had to die? Before God created the universe, before there was time, before you and I ever existed, God made a way for our salvation. Here is another great thought: "When He was on the cross, I was on His mind." That is not just a great song, but reality. As Christ suffered, bled and died, He did it for you and me. As we make preparations for Easter and look forward to celebrating the resurrection, let us not forget the before.Johnny and Nelda Flanagan will be with us this Sunday, April 1, during the morning service. They have been ministering full time through their music for over 30 years. Come and enjoy their unique Country Gospel style of music.On Easter, April 8, we will have a Sunrise Service at 7 a.m. as well as our regular morning service. You are welcome to join us and celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior.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.Emmanuel Fellowship ChurchPastors Eric and Mindy have just returned from a remarkable trip to Tulsa where they were attending Dr. Rutland’s School of Christian Leadership.  They believe growing churches are made up of growing people, and are taking intentional steps to grow in leadership to keep pace with what God is doing in the church.We encourage you to be intentional about your personal growth as well. One key aspect of personal growth is your faithful attendance to Sunday morning services. Sunday is a special opportunity for all of us as a family to grow together in a unified direction!The next two Sundays are some of the most important of the year. Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday mark the pivotal moment of the Christian faith. Please make these upcoming Sundays a priority as we celebrate the amazing love of our King Jesus and establish momentum together for the remainder of the year.This Sunday, April 1, we will celebrate Palm Sunday with a special Children’s Choir presentation. The children will sing in both the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. services. Parents are encouraged to have their children arrive fifteen minutes before the service in which they will be singing.Next Sunday, April 8, we are very excited to celebrate Easter together! We will be in one service at 11 a.m. at the City Auditorium (400 Locust St.). Our theme for this year’s Easter service is “Come Awake.” We look forward to a dynamic morning of worship as we present the message of the resurrection through art, music, media, and a few creative surprises!We invite you to come and experience the life, love, and joy of Emmanuel Fellowship Church.  For more information about the ministry of EFC, log onto the church website at www.efcsweetwater.com.FIRST BAPTIST CHURCHThe staff and membership of First Baptist Church invite you and your family to join us for Easter services this Sunday.Palm Sunday service - April 1, at 10:30 a.m.Good Friday service - April 6, at 6 p.m.Easter Sunday service - April 8, at 10:30 a.m.As we reflect on the last week Jesus spent on earth, our priorities fall into place and life is worth living as the joyful "Resurrection Sunday" reveals that the tomb was found empty! Come join with us as we reset our entire life, heart, time and attention to honor God!Extended care will be provided for newborns through three years of age, so that you can concentrate on the message of hope and celebration and the special music. Easter Lilies can be purchased "In Memory Of" or "In Honor Of" for $7 each. Notification to the church office can be accomplished through filling out the order form found in the Sunday bulletin and dropped in the offering plate with a check payable to the church or taken to the church office.On Saturday (April 7) beginning at 5 p.m., the Young Adult Department will be having a cookout and Easter egg hunt at the home of Kyle and Lindsey Schmidt.On Friday (April 20) beginning at 6 p.m., the Children's Department will be hosting a Family dinner/movie night! The movie being show is "Willie Wonka." Join us for this fun family event.On Saturday (April 14) in Lubbock, Brooklynn Petty will be competing in the State Bible Drill. Pray for Brooklynn to have steady concentration for this high level of competition.FIRST ASSEMBLY OF GODFirst Assembly of God, located at 312 E. Ave. B, where Rev. Wayne Kirk is pastor, wishes to extend a personal invitation for everyone to attend any and all the services. First Assembly is an old line Pentecostal Church that believes in sanctification, it is a church where lives can be changed through salvation by the power of God. It is a church where the gifts of the spirit are encouraged to operate as the Holy Spirit leads. It is a church where the whole council of God is preached, so it is a Full Gospel Church. The imminent return of Christ to catch away His Church is anticipated and preached about regularly.We will be having an Easter Sunrise Service at the church’s property for future growth on E. Broadway (the old Rocket Theater) at 7 a.m. This has been an annual event for the past several years.Pastor Kirk desires that you join them for any of the services of the church. The Sunday schedule is Sunday school at 9:45 a.m. followed by morning worship and Children's Church at 10:45 a.m. The evening Camp Meeting service is at 6 p.m. On Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. there is a program called Kids Club for girls and boys, ages four through fifth grade, then at 7 p.m. there is an adult Bible study. Pastor Kirk says you are welcomed to call 236-6461 for further information or visit the website at www.1stAG-Sweetwater-TX.com.First Presbyterian ChurchVisitors 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. Please join us this Palm Sunday as Pastor Earl gives us a new look at Jesus’ final week. The scripture readings are Psalm 118:19-24, Matthew 21:1-11 and his sermon title is “The Triumph and the Tragedy”. Buck Cason is the worship assistant; the greeters are Doug Richards and Gayle Biggerstaff. Wednesday, April 4, FPC will be hosting the final Lenten Luncheon at noon. Soup and sandwiches will be served.  Come join the fellowship! Maundy Thursday service will be in the Chapel at 6 p.m. Coming up:• Lenten Luncheon at First Presbyterian Church at noon.• No Plarning continues on Wednesday, April 3, but will continue the following Wednesday at 1 p.m. in the fellowship hall• Maundy Thursday service at 6 p.m. in the Chapel.• Choir practices on Thursday evenings at 5:30 p.m.• Don’t forget Earl’s Girl’s meets every Thursday at noon at Dairy Queen.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 time and “Children’s Church” for kids in preschool through second grade.Sweetwater FUMC also has youth activities on Sunday nights beginning at 6:30 p.m. The girls are doing a study on the book of James and the guys are working through a study based on the movie Courageous, which encourages them to start now preparing their hearts to be godly husbands and fathers. 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 (4th street) entrance if you would like to receive God’s blessing through either of these ministries.News this week: Our new youth minister, Stephen Gehring and his wife, JulieAnn are in town looking for housing and will be worshipping with us this Sunday. The Gehrings are currently living in Conifer, Colo. and will be moving to Sweetwater in the coming weeks. This Sunday’s sermon is titled: Surrender: You Say That Likes It’s A Bad Thing. Our Scripture is Mark 14:32-42 and we will be looking at how Jesus’ time in the Garden of Gethsemane can inform how we approach life.The youth are taking the church van to Roby tonight for a free concert at “The Hub.” The Christian band, Seventh Day Slumber will be performing and it’s a great opportunity for all of our kids. We will meet in the west parking lot at 7:15 p.m.Activities:• Sunday at 6:30 p.m. — Men’s and Women’s Bible studies (separate). • Sunday at 6:30 p.m. — Youth Bible studies. • Wednesday at 10 a.m. — Men’s and Women’s combined Bible study. • Wednesday at 7 p.m. — Pilgrimage to God’s Holy Mountain (confirmation class).• Thursday at 7:30 p.m. — Maundy Thursday service (starts in the sanctuary).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 HEIGHTSUNITED METHODIST CHURCHIn celebrating Palm Sunday, palm branches will be placed at the foot of the “Wooden Cross”, symbolizing the beginning of Holy Week when Jesus entered Jerusalem riding upon a donkey. On that day over two thousand years ago, people spread their cloaks on the road and branches they cut from the field shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!.....Hosanna in the highest!”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, “Salvation-Yes, No, Maybe So?” 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 April is Nellie Sanders. Eugenia will present a special musical offertory entitled, “The Cross-A Worship Sequence.” The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be observed reminding us of the ultimate sacrifice that Jesus Christ gave for each one of us. Remember to bring your altar rail offering that is applied to the “family funds” as directed through the United Methodist Church of the Northwest Texas Conference.Decorative Easter remembrance sacks filled with baked goods, snacks and Easter memorabilia will be available for delivery to our homebound following worship service.During Holy Week you are invited to attend our Thursday Maundy Service on April 5, at 7 p.m., in the church sanctuary.Additional activities for the month of April:Second and fourth Wednesday evening, the 11th and the 25th, at 7 p.m., Bible study in the book of Matthew;Evangelism committee meets on third Monday, the 16th, at 7 p.m.;Sunday, April 22, consecration of collection for “Samaritan Hospitality House Ministry.” Delivery of collection Friday, April 27, to Colorado City;Upon graduation, high school seniors are embarking upon a new path in their life journey. They are in the midst of making choices to attend the school of higher learning that offers the best opportunities in training and preparing themselves to pursue their individual dreams. For the month of April, “Bless This House” asks that these young men and women rely upon the Lord for guidance and direction in making those decisions.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 CHURCHWe're already celebrating the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord with a special program planned this Sunday night at Lamar Street Baptist Church!During our 6 p.m. service this Sunday, April 1, various members of our church from all age groups will be presenting an Easter program. We extend a personal invitation to you and your family and friends to learn more about the ultimate sacrifice Jesus made for everyone.We are also still taking up the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering through April 8, Resurrection Sunday. This offering will benefit mission efforts throughout North America in sharing the Gospel.On Sunday, April 14, we will be having a brisket sandwich fundraiser starting at 11 a.m. at Wal-Mart. The funds raised will go toward this year's mission trip, which will be an in-home project, that begins on June 18, and will last the entire week.In addition, a Men's Retreat has been planned for Friday, April 27, and Saturday, April 28, in Lueders. The retreat is expected to be a great time of fellowship; fee is $35 per person.Our men are also currently going through the Courageous Bible study, which guides men to become spiritual leaders and is based on the highly-acclaimed Christian drama. It's not too late to join this eight-week study — they meet every Sunday afternoon at the church at 4 p.m.We are also still collecting a weekly offering in our Sunday night services to help offset costs for this year's mission project. This special week will include a morning VBS (Vacation Bible School), work projects and evangelism outreach in the afternoon, and revival services starting Tuesday night. Any help — time, money, prayers — is greatly appreciated as we as a church prepare for this week to minister to our community!Our weekly services kick off Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. with Sunday school classes and continue with the worship service at 10:40 a.m. with a sermon from our pastor, Jerry Payne. We also meet every Sunday night at 6 p.m. and Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m., in which our mid-week services offer a program for every family member.We hope to see you and your family this Sunday at Lamar Street Baptist Church! For more information about our upcoming events, programs and ministries, please do not hesitate to visit us at 513 Lamar, find us on Facebook or call the church at 235-1779.TRINITY BAPTIST CHURCHThe church family at Trinity Baptist strives to show Christ’s love. You are invited to join us for worship services so that you, too, can experience God’s love. Our casual, friendly, family atmosphere with both traditional and contemporary music makes our church an easy place to “fit in”. We are located at the corner of Hailey and Santa Fe Streets. Look for the yellow sign that tells Sweetwater exactly what’s happening here at Trinity: “Blessings in Progress…New Family Life Center Coming Soon”.Here is a brief schedule of activities at Trinity. Please feel free to plug in wherever possible!Sundays:9 a.m. – Sanctuary choir rehearsal/sound check.9:30 a.m. – Sunday school.10:45 a.m. – Sunday morning worship.5:00 p.m. – Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University.6:00 p.m. – Sunday evening Bible study, children’s M&M’s (choir), youth Bible study.Wednesdays:6 a.m. – Real Men Being Real (Emmaus reunion group).Noon – Ladies’ Bible study (Ruth: Loss, Love and Legacy).5:30 p.m. – Youth choir.6 p.m. – Praise team rehearsal.6:30 p.m. – Trinity Power Plant (prayer time); TeamKID, youth Bible study, ladies’ Bible study (Ruth). 7:30 p.m. – Sanctuary choir rehearsal.This Sunday morning’s worship is being led by our youth. Corey Hatcher will present the morning message. Several young people will be reading scripture, leading prayer and initiating our well-liked “Trinity Welcome and Greeting”. Also, our children’s M&M’s (choir) will be starting off Palm Sunday services with the presentation of palms and singing. This Sunday evening, April 1, Trinity is pleased to offer a Seder Meal. The Passover Seder is a traditional dinner celebrated by the Hebrews since the Exodus. Also known as The Feast of the Unleavened Bread (Acts 12:3 and 20:6), the Seder is also a family setting for Bible study. Children are encouraged to attend, but it is requested that children be above four years of age due to the length of the presentation. Service will begin at 5 p.m. in the Encouragers’ Room at Trinity. Service should conclude by approximately 7:30 p.m. For more information, you can check out http://www.christianseder.com/about.html on the internet. Come enjoy the experience with us.Trinity also encourages you to attend the final Lenten Lunch this Wednesday, April 4, at noon at 1st Presbyterian Church. FPC provides the location and soup, Roscoe United Methodist provides sandwiches. Lunch is by donation and is presented courtesy of the Nolan County Ministerial Alliance.Start making your plans for Easter Sunday in the Lord’s House! Trinity has recently remodeled our balcony to make room for more people, so there will definitely be a place for you and your family. The Deacons will serve as ushers to help you find a seat quickly and effortlessly. Our music minister, Chris Hollingsworth, and his wife, Rosie, will present special music entitled “I’ve Just Seen Jesus”. That song, in itself, is one thing you won’t want to miss as we celebrate our Risen Savior, Jesus Christ! What better way to celebrate the Resurrection than with Christian friends!Thanks to our fellowship team who put together a wonderful fellowship meal of hamburgers and hotdogs prior to the showing of the movie Courageous this past Sunday. If you haven’t yet seen the movie, it is a must see…for the entire family. The four-week Courageous Bible study begins at Trinity on Sunday, April 15, at 6 p.m. in the sanctuary. Sign-up is not necessary unless you desire to purchase a study book. Those are available at the church office. This study will be led by Will Duniven and promises to be enlightening and challenging. Join us!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, at 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 churchTransforming ordinary people into passionate followers of Christ through God's Word, growing them into mature Christians, to be Jesus’ 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 — 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 God'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.Services:Sunday morning-10:30 a.m.Sunday night-Adult discipleship at 6:30 p.m., youth hangout for children ages 11-17 and children's Rock night for children ages 5-10.Wednesday night-6:30 p.m. is teen and tween youth church, pastor led for children ages 11-17, children's classes for children ages 5-10 and adult Word study for men's and women's ministry, disciple led.Ministries:T.A.G. and Tween's-These ministries are for children ages 11-17. They have youth church on Wednesday night. There'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 Sonic 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 hangout before and after church time. There is summer camp at Extreme Camps that they have a blast at while deepening their faith.Children's Ministry-Wednesday night there are classes set up to put a foundation of God's Word in the children's life with a fun and enjoyable environment and experience. There is lots of love, guidance and good values seeded into their lives. Sunday night is fun at 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 with God to keep their purity until marriage. Even for those who want to start over.The Rock Youth center Saturday night from 6-10 p.m. for sixth, seventh and eighth graders. A Christian atmosphere is presented, but not forced. It is fun for everyone. We have this generation’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 available with drinks, nachos, Frito pies, candy, chip, etc. It is a controlled environment with adult supervision. There is 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.Summertime Camp11-17 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. It's a blast! 5-10 year-old camp suited at the level to where it keeps their attention-fun and a unforgettable experience with God.