Local churches offer summer activities

Broadway Baptist Church Have you ever realized how the Bible begins and ends with heaven? • Genesis 1:1 – heavens and earth created* Revelation 21:1 – new heaven and earth• Genesis 1:16 – Sun created* Revelation 21:23 – no need for the sun• Genesis 1:5 – Night established* Revelation 22:5 – No night in heaven• Genesis 3:14-17 – the curse pronounced* Revelation 22:3 – nor more curse• Genesis 3:19 – death enters history* Revelation 21:4 – no more death• Genesis 3:24 – Man driven from paradise* Revelation 22:14 – Paradise restored• Genesis 3:17 – sorrow and pain begin* Revelation 21:4 – no more tears or painDue to the present world situation, politically, financially, spiritually, I cannot help but believe the return of Christ could be any minute, and I find myself thinking more and more about heaven. As the song writer wrote: “Heaven’s sounding sweeter all the time.” I once read of a little five-year-old girl who had never been away from home over night. Her friend invited her to a sleep over and though she was nervous she thought she would give it a try. She did great during the day, but as night fall came she got scared and began to cry. The mother of her friend said, “What’s wrong honey? Are you getting homesick?” With childlike innocence she replied, “No ma’am, I’m getting here sick!”The more I look around I find myself getting “here sick” and my heart is “home-sick” for heaven. Heaven is a real place for real people who have placed their trust in the real Savior. Do you know my Jesus? Is heaven your home?Come worship with us this Sunday as Pastor Chris preaches: “Just Thinking ‘Bout Home”.  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.FIRST BAPTIST CHURCHFirst Baptist Church invites your family to join us this Sunday morning (July 15) for Bible study, beginning at 9:15 a.m., for all age groups, followed by the Sunday morning worship service, which begins at 10:30 a.m., and includes a message from God’s Word by our Pastor, Phillip Thomas, a “Call to Worship” video, and a Children’s Sermon. First Baptist Church is located at 213 East Third Street, in Sweetwater, next door to the Post Office and all are welcome.Phillip Thomas, FBC Pastor, continues the “Study on Apologetics - Knowing What You Believe” this Sunday evening (July 15) at 6 p.m. in Room 301. This study will help every Christian to better understand, defend and proclaim their beliefs.As the summer of 2012 flies by at breakneck speed, FBC is totally committed to loving the world around us by reaching out to families in our neighborhoods and community with family-fun activities. In just a week from now, the Ugandan Children’s Choir will sing in both English and their native language (Luganda), beginning at 6 p.m., in the FBC Sanctuary, on July 22. The Ugandan children play instruments, including African drums and dance traditional dances in colorful costumes. The education those attending will receive will be invaluable in widening appreciation for the needs of orphans in “third world” countries, as well as demonstrating God’s powerful hand at work in their lives. If you have questions, call the FBC office at 236-6348 or check our website at www.fbcsweetwater.org to stay updated.In Fraley Park (August 6-9), our final P3 for the summer (a blend of VBS and Back Yard Bible) will be held, plus various camps and a church-wide picnic. In addition, we are collecting school supplies to fill backpacks for students who will need the extra help this year. We need packages of 10 yellow pencils, pink erasers, 24-count boxes of crayons, 8-count boxes of “Crayola” markers, 2 bottles of “Elmer’s” glue, one pair of scissors, two 9x12 colored paper packages, gallon and quart size Ziplock baggies, facial tissue, white paper plates (large and small), two plain pocket folders, glue sticks, and plastic school boxes. Bring items to Mission Closet Open House on July 29 immediately following morning worship service.First Presbyterian Church Visitors 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. Rev. Palmquist is back with us again this Sunday.  He and his wife, Mary, are delightful and happy to help us out. The scripture readings for this week are: Amos 7:7-15 and Mark 6:14-29. The sermon title is “Listening for God’s Word”. Shelby Cason will be the worship assistant and Doug Richards and Richard Gesin will be the greeters. Reminders:• No Plarning until further notice.• Choir practice will be moving to their summer schedule, meeting on Sundays at 10:15 a.m.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. Every Tuesday and Wednesday FUMC hosts the Gaylord’s Pantry and a clothes closet is available on Tuesdays. Both of those ministries operate 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: This week our series — the Challenge Course — concludes with The Challenge of Perfectionism. Jesus’s instruction that we “be perfect as our Heavenly Father is perfect” does not mean we will never make a mistake. Come join us this Sunday as we take a look at Christian perfection from a Biblical perspective. Activities this week:Thursday through Saturday, July 12-14 — Sweetwater Outreach.Friday, July 13 — Club 456 movie night 7:30-9:30 p.m.Sunday, July 15, at 6 p.m. — Youth. 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 CHURCHYou are welcome to 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 “Rash Promise: Contempt for the Law of God.” Scripture reading is from Mark 6:14-29. 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 July is Patti Neill.On July 29, make plans for our fifth Sunday potluck dinner and administrative council meeting. Bring your favorite dish for a noon meal and share in the fellowship. Afterwards, we encourage you to stay and participate in the decisions being made in the operations of the church. Highland Heights is emphasizing three specific outreach ministries for the remainder of the year. The first is collecting 12 sets of school supplies for needy students at the East Ridge Elementary Campus. A sign up sheet will be available for congregational members to choose items they wish to purchase. Please bring your selections to the church on or before Sunday, Aug. 12, to be compiled into sets by the evangelism committee the following Monday evening. Sunday, Aug. 19, is the consecration date of the school collection that will be delivered prior to the beginning of school. The second outreach ministry is “Gateway Family Services.” The center offers its services and ministers to individuals involved in family violence and sexual assault in Scurry, Nolan, Mitchell, Fisher and Kent Counties. We are collecting good used and new suitcases and paper goods, such as toilet paper, Kleenex and paper towels. Additional items that are needed are towels and wash cloths. The consecration date of all articles will be set in October.The third outreach ministry will follow in December, “Deck the Halls and Line the Walls.” Details will follow at a later date.With the fires in New Mexico and Colorado, residents have loss their homes, churches have been destroyed, other personal property and forest have been devastated. “Bless This House” asks prayers for all individuals involved, giving them support and strength in coping with the losses they have endured. Pray their hope and faith gives them encouragement in rebuilding their lives. Ask God that we, their fellowman, respond wisely and expeditiously in ministering to their physical, material and spiritual 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.TRINITY BAPTIST CHURCHSummer is really here…and it’s also just about gone! Everyone has taken a vacation, is taking one, or will take one. Our wish at Trinity is that you have a relaxing time and come back refreshed and ready to serve the Lord! Don’t leave God out of your summer. Remember, God doesn’t take a vacation. He’s always there for you.The Trinity Family invites you to join us as we serve Jesus, our Savior. Everyone “fits in” at Trinity. Give us a try and see how well you fit in! Our sanctuary is located at the corner of Hailey and Santa Fe Streets here in Sweetwater. Our services feature a mix of traditional and contemporary in a casual, friendly atmosphere. Our regularly scheduled weekly activities are as follows:Sundays9:30 a.m. — Sunday school (it’s for everyone — all ages!).10:45 a.m. — Morning worship.6:00 p.m. — Bible studies (adults and youth), Children’s Choir.Wednesdays6:30 p.m. — Prayer time/Bible study for adults, youth Bible study (7th-12th grades), TeamKID for children (Preschool through sixth grades).Can you think back to when you attended church camp? Did it make an impression on you? Perhaps you accepted Christ as your Savior at summer camp. Our young people are experiencing this now. Please pray for them, that God will become very real to them during this time. This Sunday, we will hear testimonies from youth camp. Next week is pre-teen camp at BCBA. These kids will be presenting their testimonies on Sunday, the 22nd. Come support them. 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, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can also find us on the web at www.trinitysweetwater.com. God bless you!Preparing for the sacrament of ConfirmationWhen a person receives the sacrament of Confirmation within the Catholic church, that person is then seen as an adult in the eyes of the church. Though grown men and women can be confirmed at any age, most Catholics receive the sacrament around the age of 14 or 15.One of the more important days in a young Catholic’s life, the day a young man or young lady receives the sacrament of Confirmation is often the culmination of years’ worth of preparation and study. Students who attend Catholic schools study their religion each day, while their public school counterparts learn about their faith at after school programs sponsored by the church.In addition to learning about their faith in the classroom, young Catholics approaching Confirmation age often must prepare in other ways as well. The following are a few of the things that young Catholics might be asked to do before they can deemed ready to receive the sacrament of Confirmation.* Commit to a service project. Many young Catholics must commit to a service project as part of their Confirmation preparation. Requirements may vary, but these projects often include volunteering within the local community so youngsters can learn the value and the importance of helping others, especially the less fortunate. Service projects can include coaching younger kids in sports or serving as a school tutor.Some churches allow candidates for Confirmation to perform good deeds for others as part of their service project. These deeds might include helping Mom and Dad around the house or other acts of kindness that aren’t necessarily completed with the help of a charity. Regardless of which service project a candidate chooses, the goal is to learn the value of service and its place in your life as an adult Catholic.* Choose a sponsor. Another important part of preparing for the sacrament of Confirmation is choosing a sponsor to support and guide you through the process. Sponsors typically must be fellow Catholics no less than 18 years old, and someone you look up to for their strong sense of faith and commitment to the church. When choosing a sponsor, it’s recommended to choose someone close to you, be it a relative or close family friend, who will continue to be a part of your life after you have been confirmed. In addition, it helps to choose someone who lives nearby, as they will be required to attend a few meetings with you in the period leading up to your Confirmation, as well as be there with you when the Bishop officially confirms you.* Choose a Confirmation name. Candidates for Confirmation within the Catholic church will be asked to choose a Confirmation name prior to the ceremony. Choosing the name is no small task, and many prefer to choose the name of a saint whose life they want to emulate or has inspired them up to that point. Many programs require candidates to write a report about the saint whose name they seek to adopt. This report includes information about the saint as well as information about what the saint means to the candidate.Receiving the sacrament of Confirmation is a memorable and significant day in the lives of Catholics, one that many have spent years anticipating and preparing for.