Highland Heights to deliver Valentine’s Day remembrance sacks to homebound
BROADWAY BAPTIST CHURCHIn Psalm 23:5 we read: “Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.” Do you realize that God is always prepared? He is always ready for whatever affects us. He is never taken by surprise and nothing ever “occurs” to Him. We may not have seen it coming, but God did. We may be bewildered, but He never is. God is ALREADY READY! I AM SO THANKFUL that He prepares for those things that I cannot, He sees those things that I do not, and He makes a way for me, when I cannot! Trust God’s preparations for you and follow Him in the paths of righteousness.This Sunday, Feb. 2, is the last full day of our Missions Conference 2014. Our Missionary guests are the following: Stephen and Lynn Spore, missionaries to Vanuatu, Michael and Cristy Wyatt, missionaries to Japan and Charles and Tressa Rouch, missionaries to Zambia. You are more than welcomed to join us, and see what it is all about.This Wednesday, the 5th, all of our Midweek services and Bible Studies will resume at 7 p.m. The vans will also run their routes. The Children’s Bible Club, Wiseguys, and the teens worship service and Bible study will resume. The Pastor’s class on the study of the Tabernacle will also resume on the 5th.If you don’t have a church home, we would love to have you worship with us at Broadway Baptist Church where God is changing homes one heart at a time. 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.Broadway Baptist Church is pleased to offer a preventive health event. Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings, will host their affordable, non-invasive and painless health screenings on Feb. 26/2014. For more information on this see the Community Calendar in the Sweetwater Reporter and/or call 1-888-653-6441 or visit www.lifelinescreening.com/community-partners.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 launching our February sermon series, “Family Matters.” Come join us, and let’s look at what it takes to have a healthy family.We also want to extend an invitation to our weekly Lifegroup meetings, Wednesdays at 7 p.m. For more information, please contact the church offices at 236-9200. Or, you may be interested in a class that is currently running on Wednesday evenings—“Starting Point” is a six week course that focuses on what it means to be a disciple of Christ. It’s a great place to start in walking with Jesus, and it meets in the church Sanctuary at 7 p.m.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 Wednesdays 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.FIRST BAPTIST CHURCHFirst Baptist Church invites you and your family to join us on this Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014 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 February is canned meat. 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.Worship choir rehearsals are Wednesdays at 7 p.m. All are invited to join us as the Easter Presentation is unveiled. Help will be needed with drama, sets, costumes, sound and lighting. You will certainly be able to find a ministry that you can perform! KidX resumed on Jan. 29. This is a very special time for children in Kindergarten through sixth grade to begin understanding and developing a relationship with Jesus Christ. Please consider helping with this very rewarding and fulfilling ministry!Our quarterly Business Conference will be Feb. 12, at 6 p.m. on the 3rd floor. The agenda will include the financial report, committee reports and a report from our Transition Team.Growth groups will begin on Feb. 16. Sign-ups will be available on Feb. 2. We will be doing a Max Lucado study covering the book of Acts. Please join us for a time of Biblical teaching and Christian fellowship.For in depth information on First Baptist Church Sweetwater, find us on Facebook or at www.fbcsweetwater.org.FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCHFirst 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. A New Ministry! We are excited to lead worship every first Sunday of the month at Hoyt House, from 9-9:30 a.m. We will sing, hear the Word of God and share Communion. Come join us in this wonderful ministry of fellowship!All Sunday school classes will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 2, and will continue the study of The Story. There are Sunday school classes for all ages. Patty and Richard Gesin will be greeters. Max Nemir will be the worship assistant for the worship service. Communion will be served by the Class of 2015. Presbyterian Women will meet on Wednesday, Feb. 5. There is a business meeting at 5 p.m. and Bible study with Kay Staton at 5:30 p.m. The study will be Lesson 6 Becoming a Holy People, of the study, An Abiding Hope: The Presence of God in Exodus and Deuteronomy. All women are invited to attend this time of fellowship, prayer and Bible study. 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.HIGHLAND HEIGHTS UNITED METHODIST CHURCHOur Church’s 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, “Rejoice and Be Glad: Your Reward is Great in Heaven.” 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 February is Jo Whitfill. This is Communion Sunday when we are reminded of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ upon the Cross for our Salvation. The reading and listening to the message in John 3:16 brings understanding and a renewal of our spiritual walk with God. Remember to bring your rail offering that is applied to our shared ministries as directed through the United Methodist Church in the Northwest Texas Conference.On Sunday, Feb. 9, Valentine’s Day remembrance sacks will be available to deliver to our homebound. Please bring your treats, snacks or other Valentine’s Day memorabilia when you come to morning worship.Evangelism committee meets Monday, Feb. 10, 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 delivery to West Texas Children’s Advocacy Center.On Sunday, Feb. 16, our District Superintendent, Rev. Derrell Patterson and his lovely wife, Sandy, will be joining us for morning worship. Immediately following worship service, a covered dish meal will be shared in the fellowship hall.We are in the midst of the flu season. Bless This House calls upon prayer for individuals that are suffering with the illness. Several have loss their lives and others are extremely ill. Pray not only the sick will have a complete recovery, but also for ones who are ministering to their needs.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)A handout on how to use the church website, LDS.org. is available. There are multiple sources of information on it free to the public: scriptures in print and audio, Bible videos, full-length videos, keyboard and conducting course, Gospel principles for families, uplifting conversations, inspirational quotes, a program on provident living, the genealogy website familysearch.org and many other useful programs. If you would like a copy of the handout, please call the phone number below.Perhaps one of the most enduring images from the Sea of Galilee is of Christ walking on the water and bidding Peter to join Him. As Peter walked to the Master, the wind frightened Peter and he began to sink, but the Lord reached out and rescued him. Hymns repeat this theme of deliverance from the storm and encourage us to also reach out and rescue: “Some poor fainting, struggling seaman you may rescue, you may save” (“Brightly Beams Our Father’s Mercy”). Of course the Savior’s Atonement makes such rescue possible. How fitting, then, that President Thomas S. Monson counsels: “Is there a way to safety? Is there an escape from threatened destruction? The answer is a resounding yes! I counsel you to look to the lighthouse of the Lord. There is no fog so dense, no night so dark, no gale so strong, no mariner so lost but what the lighthouse of the Lord can rescue. It beckons through the storms of life. It calls, ‘This way to safety. This way to home’”. (source: Ensign magazine, January 2014, page 53)Calendar of events:Feb. 3 — Family home evening;Feb. 5 — Mutual for the youth 6:30 p.m.Feb. 8 — Stake temple dayWe 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 Olsen and Elder Rentmeister, the two missionaries serving in this area (phone 1-325-864-2999).LAMAR STREET BAPTIST CHURCHJoin us this Sunday at 9:30 a.m. for Sunday school, followed by our 10:40 a.m. service; hymnals, children sermon, praise music and Bro. Clay will bring a message from the Bible. Children Church led by Eddie and Jacqueline Dean, children are dismissed after special music each week.Vicky Hanes and Sherri Brazelton will begin Children Choir this Sunday, Feb. 2, at 5 p.m.; our evening service starts at 6 p.m.; we will finish discussing the top ten results of our Dream the Dream.Our Wednesday evenings start at 6:30 p.m., and it consists of Bible study for adults led by Bro. Clay; youth activities led by Carolyn Mullican and Michelle Adams; TeamKids led by Mikya Wiltse, Britnee Baird and Cindy Hamlin; and preschool activities led by Jessica Parks.Upcoming events include: Our annual banquet for our widows and widowers is Friday, Feb. 14; Our next church council meeting will be Sunday, Feb. 23, at 5 p.m.; Vacation Bible School has been set for June 16-20, from 6-8:30 p.m., we should have a meeting this Sunday at 5 p.m. to confirm theme.To learn more about Lamar Street Baptist Church, visit us at 513 Lamar, check out our website at www.lamarstreetbaptist.com, or call the church at 235-1779 and leave a message and someone will return your call.ST. STEPHEN'S EPISCOPAL CHURCHThe people of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church will celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, at 11 am. This service, coming 40 days after Christmas, reminds us of the time Simeon and Anna spoke to all about what Jesus means to the world. The Reverend Bill Wright of San Angelo will serve as priest. Everyone is invited.