Local churches to honor their graduating seniors

May 16, 2014

Broadway Baptist Church 
Sometimes we wonder, "What did I do to deserve this?" or "Why did God have to do this to me?" Here is a wonderful explanation!
A daughter shared with her mother the following: “Mom, everything is going wrong. I’m failing algebra. My boyfriend broke up with me, and my best friend is moving away.”
Meanwhile, her Mother is in the process of baking a cake, and she asked her daughter, “Would like a snack?” The daughter replied, "Absolutely, Mom, I love your cake."
"Here dear. Have some cooking oil," her Mother offers.
"Yuck!" says her daughter.
"Would you like a couple of raw eggs?"
"Gross, Mom!"
"Would you like some flour then? Or maybe baking soda?" asked her mom.
"Mom, those are all yucky!" To which the mother replied, "Yes, all those things seem bad all by themselves. But when they are put together in the right way, they make a delicious cake!
God works the same way. Many times we wonder why He would let us go through such bad and difficult times. But God knows that when He puts these things all in His order, they always work for good! We just have to trust Him and eventually, He will make something wonderful! My friend, God is Sovereign. He is in control. He is in charge. Love Him, listen to Him, follow Him and trust Him.
This Sunday, May 18, during the morning service Broadway Baptist will be having Children’s Day. Each of our Children’s Ministries will be presenting songs and Scripture exampling what they have learned over the past year. You all are welcome to come and be blessed.
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 18, 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!.
On May 16-18, the 6th-12th grade students will be going to Junction for a camp out and Bible study. The goal is for students to experience God’s creation together and grow close with one another.
Saturday, May 17, at 9:30 a.m., Pre-Kindergarten through first grade students will leave the church and go to the Abilene Zoo. After the zoo, they will go to the park and be back in Sweetwater about 2 p.m.
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 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.
Sunday school will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 18. Mike Fry will be teaching a study on Revelation for the adults. There will be Sunday school for the children.
Sunday is Senior Sunday. We will honor our graduating seniors: Dylan Bennett, Shelby Chappell and Allison Winslett. Hilary Brennan and Ruth Ann Campbell will be greeters. Dylan Bennett will be the worship assistant for the worship service. There will be a meal after worship honoring the seniors and a wedding shower for Dane Bennett and Ariel Guess. Brisket will be provided. Please bring vegetables, salads and desserts
Session will meet Wednesday, May 21, at 5:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall.
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 (4th Street) entrance if you would like to receive God’s blessing through either of these ministries.
News this week: How can a man take back a woman who has repeatedly been unfaithful? Did you know that is what God does with us? His grace and mercy has no limits and we are the recipients of that extravagant expression of love. Come join us this week as we see the love of God illustrated in the life of Hosea — a man who was certainly not a “minor” prophet. Don’t forget to register for Music Camp, June 2-6 from 8:30 a.m. to noon each day. It’s going to be a great week of worship and praise.
Activities this week:
Sunday worship at 8:45 a.m. 10:50 a.m.
Adoratio at 6 p.m.
Wednesday at 10 a.m. is 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 CHURCH
Our Mission Statement: “To glorify Christ in all that we do by bringing People to Christ and equipping them to serve Christ.”
Join us for Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and worship service at 10:45 a.m., with Pastor Claude bringing the message entitled, “Living Stones: Build for the Day of Redemption.” 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 is Jo Whitfield.
May is the month of high school and college graduations. Bless This House is calling upon prayer for each graduate as they embark upon a new path in their life’s journey. Through God’s guidance, pray each graduate has the confidence and optimism to recognize the doors of opportunity that He places before them.
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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