Life Line Screening to be offered at Broadway Baptist Church on Feb. 26

February 21, 2014

Broadway Baptist Church
A couple of weeks ago on what is famously known as “Ground Hog Day” in Punxsutawney, PA, Phil saw his shadow, which is supposed to mean six more weeks of winter. Honestly, it doesn’t make me feel any better knowing winter will carry way into the month of March. 
We tease about the ground hog seeing his shadow, but do you realize we all cast a shadow? A shadow is caused by light and in our lives we need to be casting a shadow others can see. It can be a shadow of influence pointing others to Christ or a shadow of action showing others the love of Christ. It is like the little girl said on her way home from church, “Mom, the preacher said that Jesus is everywhere yet He lives in my heart. If that is true then He must stick out all over me!”
Does Jesus “stick out” of you? Are others seeing the light of the world? Are you a reflection of His love, mercy and grace?
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 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 wrapping up our February sermon series, “Family Matters.” Come join us and let’s look at what matters to 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 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.

First Baptist Church
First Baptist Church invites you and your family to join us on this Sunday, Feb. 23, 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 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! Ash Wednesday service will be March 5. The Easter presentation will be April 12 and 13. Good Friday service will be April 18.
KidX continues on Wednesdays 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 began on Feb. 16, as an introduction format. The actual study begins Feb. 23, at 6 p.m. 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.
Sunday, March 2, will be “Shoeless Sunday.” Our goal this year is to collect 150 pairs of shoes for the Buckner Shoe drive.
Beginning March 2, we will have “First Lunch.” The first Sunday of each month you will be able to purchase an inexpensive, but good, lunch and make a donation to help kids go to camp! March 2, the lunch will be a brisket sandwich meal for $1.50 that helps Pre-K and Kindergarten kids go to day camp.
Wednesday, March 5, we will have a special service to remind us of the importance of the week leading up to Easter.
The children would like to invite you to a banquet in your honor! Sunday, March 23, allow the children to serve you lunch and display their talents for your entertainment.
Parents Night Out will be a special event! March 28, from 6-10 p.m. is your chance to have some time alone! Cost is $5 per child, which reserves your spot and spots are limited. Sign up through the office today!
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.
All Sunday school classes will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 23, and will continue the study of The Story. There are Sunday school classes for all ages.
This Sunday we will be using a contemporary service to praise God which will be led by the Praise Team. The Children’s Choir will be singing with the Praise Team. Mike Fry will be worship assistant. Greeters are Hilary Brennan and Ruth Ann Campbell.
During the worship service, the Reverse and Noisy offerings will be collected. The Reverse Offering goes to support the Nolan County Food Pantry and 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.

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 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: We’ve all heard the saying, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” What is God’s view of work and how can we honor him in the workplace? Pastor Brian will address these questions on Sunday morning as we continue our series The Church at a Crossroads. We hope you’ll join us. Our fellowship committee has put together an evening of fun tomorrow night (Feb. 22). We will be having a mystery dinner in the fellowship hall. Come enjoy food and fellowship as we try to figure out “whodunit.” Also don’t forget we have a new young adult class meeting on Sunday mornings at 9:45 a.m. in Room 212. If you are in your 20s or 30s and are looking for a community of faith to grow in, come join us this Sunday.
Activities this week:
Saturday, Feb. 22, at 5:30 p.m. — Mystery Dinner (fellowship hall).
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. — OT survey class.
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 e-mail 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 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, “Love your Enemies: Building on the Foundation of Christ.” 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 “noisy money” Sunday. Remember to bring your coins and/or folding money for the outreach ministry, “No More Malaria.” The projected goal is to eradicate malaria in Africa, in addition to furnishing bed nets for families, supporting new medical research and assisting hospitals in their ability to provide quality care for malaria patients.
The 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 consecration day of collected articles will be in early May.
Tuesday, March 4, is Primary Election Day. Not only as Christians, but as citizens as well, we should take our privilege to vote seriously. Responsibility requires us to inform ourselves of all candidates before we go to the polls. It should not be a haphazard selection of choosing the candidate of our choice. “Bless This House” calls upon prayer that citizens understand the issues and the stance of candidates before casting their vote.
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.

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