Graduating seniors to be honored at local churches

May 23, 2014

Broadway Baptist Church 
Toby Keith wrote a song called “The American Soldier.” It tells of a soldier that is called to duty and says:
And I will always do my duty no matter what the price;
I’ve counted up the cost, I know the sacrifice.
Oh, and I don’t want to die for you, but if dyin’s asked of me,
I’ll bear the cross with honor, ‘cause freedom isn’t free.
This weekend, we will celebrate Memorial Day, an American holiday of observance that begun during the Civil War, when some concerned women decided to decorate the graves of those who had bravely given their lives in that destructive civil conflict between the states. Memorial Day is intended to stir us to grateful recall of those who have given themselves, shed their blood and laid down their lives in military battle for the cause of freedom in our land.
Memorial Day has a different significance to each individual. To some it is simply the beginning of summer, a three day weekend to grill, a time of baseball, hotdogs, and apple pie or the day when the swimming pools open. To others it is a time to relax and reminisce. To those who have lost a loved one at war, it is a time to remember the ultimate sacrifice paid for our freedoms. No matter how you feel about war, it is important for each of us to remember that freedom isn’t free. The price for the freedom we enjoy today was paid for by the blood of men and women who gave their all. Take a moment amidst all of the hustle and bustle of the weekend to say a prayer of appreciation for those willing to die that we might be free. Take advantage of every opportunity to say thank you to the families of our fallen soldiers, and teach your children to love, appreciate, and honor the freedoms they enjoy.
May you have a safe and happy memorial day – remembering those who gave their all.
Broadway Baptist Church would like to invite you to come and worship with us this Sunday at 710 E. Third Street as we celebrate Mother’s Day. 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.

First Baptist Church
First Baptist Church invites you and your family to join us on this Sunday, May 25, 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 May is boxed rice. 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.
Kid X 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.
May 25 will be a very special service remembering those who have passed away since January 2013. If you have a loved one you would like to have recognized, please bring a picture to the Church Office.
Lad and Lassie Camp, for second through third graders, will be June 6-7 at Lueders. The cost is $58. Sign up on The Message Board today. Vacation Bible School will be June 23-26. If you are interested in helping, please contact the church office. High School Camp will be June 8-13. Middle School Camp will be June 18-22. P3 will be July 21-24 at Hillcrest Apartments. Please contact the church office for further information.
On June 1, we will have Baptist Heritage Sunday. During the Sunday Bible study hour, Dr. Meeks will talk about what it means to be Baptist and the origin and progression of the Baptist denomination. You won’t want to miss out on this great opportunity. First lunch will follow the morning worship service that day also.
For in depth information on First Baptist Church Sweetwater, find us on Facebook or at www.fbcsweetwater.org.

First Presbyterian Church
First Presbyterian Church of 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.
The adult Sunday school class will meet, Sunday, May 25, at 9:30 a.m. for a study of Revelation by Mike Fry.
Worship service is at 10:45 a.m. Mitch Moore will be worship assistant. Greeters are Keith Brock and Justin Wilburn. During the worship service, Noisy offering will be collected. The Noisy Offering goes to support the missions of the Ministerial Alliance.
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.

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 be continue our sermon series, “Transformed.” Come join us as we take seven weeks to seek transformation in our spiritual health, physical health, mental health, emotional health, relational health, financial health and vocational health. This Sunday, we will also be recognizing our seniors as they graduate high school and move on to the next step in life! Congratulations Class of 2014!
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.
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.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons)
Congratulations to Johnathan Browning for completing the four-year seminary program. One curriculum topic per year was the Old Testament, the New Testament, the Book of Mormon and the Doctrine and Covenants. Seminary graduation for the youth in this area will be May 25, at 6:30 p.m. in the Abilene chapel.
May 25, this Sunday, is the Branch Conference when the area leaders will visit our church. At 12:30 p.m. plans will be made for the area youth service project on Nov. 15. The youth will transcribe the Sweetwater Cemetery to help the Nolan County genealogical website update their records.
June 11 will be the women’s service project “Ready, Set, Sew” located at our church at 6:30 p.m. The project is to make tote bags for the nursing homes’ walkers and wheelchairs to assist the residents in carrying their cell phones and other accessories. The community is invited to come and help with this endeavor.
Bob Elliott, owner of the Sweetwater airport, announced that May 23-25 is the WASP homecoming. Free airplane rides will be given for youth ages 8-17 with parental or guardian approval weather permitting.
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 Elders Hughes and Valgardson, the two missionaries serving in this area (phone 1-325-864-2999).
“And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom, that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God. Labor to serve one another.” (Mosiah 2:17-18).

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