Local churches to perform Easter Cantata

April 11, 2014

Broadway Baptist Church
I read of a young man that had gone to the mountains for a swim with some friends. It was a beautiful place with a 20’ waterfall, a lagoon, and a ledge of which to jump off. The man climbed to the ledge and jumped in. As he tried to make his way to the surface the pounding stream from the waterfall pulled him further under. He struggled, but the harder he swam and the more he paddled the further he was pulled down. Finally, feeling exhausted, he realized he was going to die. The vortex had worn him out, so he stopped paddling and allowed the water to pull him down deeper. Suddenly, after sinking several feet, his body shot like a torpedo to the surface and through the waterfalls. Only through complete surrender did he find safety. 
How true this is in our life. We struggle and push harder. We think we have to do more and yet God is saying, “If you’ll just surrender I’ll take care of it.”  It boils down to this simple phrase, “Let Go and Let God.” Use the F.R.O.G. as your example: Fully Rely On God!
Broadway is so looking forward to celebrating Jesus’ Resurrection this month. On Easter, April 20, we are planning a sunrise service at 7 a.m. in the Family Center parking lot. Our Adult Choir will perform the cantata: “Oh What A Savior!” during the 10:50 a.m. service. After the 10:50 a.m. service we will have an Easter egg hunt for the children. If you do not have a church home, you are welcome to join us. We will not have an evening service on April 20.
Broadway Baptist Church at 710 E. 3rd Street in Sweetwater would like to invite you to come and worship with us this Sunday. 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.

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 continuing our sermon series, “The Gospel of Mark: Who Was Jesus?” Come join us, and let’s follow Christ through the pages of the book of Mark.
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.
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 Church
First Baptist Church invites you and your family to join us on this Sunday, April 13, 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 April is Canned Soup. 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.
Worship choir rehearsals are Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Our choir, along with the choirs of First United Methodist and First Presbyterian, will perform He’s Alive at the Sweetwater City Auditorium. The Easter presentation will be April 12 and 13 at 6 p.m. You may pick up the free tickets at the church office.
Good Friday service will be April 18. Join us at 6 p.m. for a very meaningful service to remember the sacrifice that was made for us.
KidX 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!
At 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 19, we will have an Easter Fellowship at Newman Park. There will be a cook-out, egg hunt and other activities.
Sunday, April 27, from 3-7:30 p.m. the Rolling Plains Baptist Network and the Baptist General Convention of Texas will host Leadership Summit here at First Baptist Church Sweetwater. This will be a training event for the entire church. Whether you are a staff member, a teacher, or a lay person, there is something for you. If that isn’t enough, there’s free food. Please consider being a part of this great opportunity.
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, April 13, and will continue the study of The Story. There are Sunday school classes for all ages.
Come ready to wave palms, Sunday April 13, for Palm Sunday. The children will be singing, and the offering for the One Great Hour of Sharing will be collected. Paula Huckabee will be worship assistant. Linda Rasco and Ruth Ann Campbell will be greeters.
The FPC Youth is taking orders for Easter Lilies for the Sanctuary. On Easter Sunday, you can take your lily (ies) home or we will deliver them to local nursing homes. The cost is $15 per lily. The deadline for ordering is Sunday, April 13.  You may give the lily “In Memory” or “In Honor” of someone. The names will be listed in the bulletin on Easter Sunday.
Reminder of lunch after worship and baby girl shower for Brandie and Jarrod Gee. Come hungry and ready to eat. Thanks to Linda Rasco and committee for providing the meal.  
Everyone is encouraged to attend the Easter program ”He’s Alive!” on Saturday, April 12, or Sunday, April 13, at 6 p.m. at the municipal auditorium. In case there is an overflow crowd, you will need a ticket which is available in the church office.
Session will meet Wednesday, April 16, at 5:30 p.m.
Maundy Thursday service will be in the chapel at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 17.
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 Sunday nights 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: Come join us for Palm Sunday as we shout Hosanna to the King of Kings! Next Thursday we will be hosting Maundy Thursday Communion Service at 6:30 p.m. We will start in the sanctuary and move into the fellowship hall for communion. Also don’t forget the community Easter Cantata at the City Auditorium Saturday and Sunday (April 12, 13) at 6 p.m.
Activities this week:
• Saturday and Sunday at 6 p.m. Community Easter Cantata (City Auditorium).
• 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. — Old Testament Survey
• Monday at 5:30 p.m. — Young Women’s Bible study, childcare provided.
• Wednesday at 10 a.m. — Morning Bible study.
• Thursday at 6:30 p.m. — Maundy Thursday Communion service.
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.”
Sunday school begins at 9:30 a.m. and worship service at 10:45 a.m., with Pastor Claude bringing the message entitled, “Surely not I Lord: Fulfillment of Prophesy.” 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 March is Jo Whitfield. Eugenia will present special offertory music.
On this sixth Sunday of Lent, Eugenia will give the scripture reading. Palm branches placed at the foot of the “Wooden Cross” symbolizes the beginning of Holy Week when Jesus entered Jerusalem riding upon a donkey. On that day over two thousand years ago, people spread their cloaks on the road and branches they cut from the field shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! ... Hosanna in the highest!”
Decorative Easter remembrance sacks filled with baked goods, snacks and Easter memorabilia will be available for delivery to our homebound following worship service.
During Holy Week you are invited to attend our Good Friday service on April 18, at 7 p.m., in the church sanctuary.
With the arrival of spring, this month is noted for bringing “April Showers.” Living in West Texas, we know that rain is always a blessing. Bless This House asks that we thank God for providing for our needs by sending the rain and protecting us from harm during the severe weather conditions that accompanies the welcomed moisture.
The next outreach ministry Highland Heights is focusing upon 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 collection of articles will be consecrated on Sunday, May 11, before they are delivered the following week.
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)
“I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live” (John 11:25).
Easter is the Christian holiday celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. After Christ died on the cross, His body was placed in a sepulchre, where it remained, separated from His spirit, until His Resurrection, when His spirit and His body were reunited. Latter-day Saints affirm and testify that Jesus Christ was resurrected and lives today with a glorified and perfected body of flesh and bone.
Following His Resurrection, Jesus appeared first to Mary Magdalene and then to other disciples. Some were not convinced of His Resurrection, believing that His appearances were those of an unembodied spirit. Jesus assured them, “Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have” (Luke 24:39). He then ate fish and honey in their presence, further dispelling their doubt.
Easter is a celebration not only of the Resurrection of Christ but also of the universal resurrection. Because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, all people will be resurrected. Their bodies and spirits will be reunited, never to be separated again. Latter-day Saints know the truth of Paul’s statement, “But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. … For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive” (1 Corinthians 15:20, 22; see also Alma 11:42-45).
Latter-day Saints conduct Easter Sunday services but do not follow the religious observances of Ash Wednesday, Lent or Holy Week. LDS Easter services traditionally review New Testament and Book of Mormon accounts of Christ’s crucifixion, His Resurrection and surrounding events. For these services, chapels are often decorated with white lilies and other symbols of life. Ward choirs frequently present Easter cantatas and congregations sing Easter hymns. As at services on other Sundays, the emblems of the sacrament are passed to the congregation.
Some LDS families include Easter bunnies and eggs in their family festivities for the delight of children. Such traditions are not officially discouraged, though they have no religious significance to Latter-day Saints. The focus of the holiday is religious. For Latter-day Saints, Easter is a celebration of the promise of eternal life through Christ. They share the conviction of Job: “For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: and though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God” (Job 19:25-26). (source: LDS.org topic definitions)
Calendar:
April 12 — Stake Temple Day.
April 13 — Fast Sunday. 
April 14 — Family Home Evening for the families.
April 16 — Mutual at 6:30 p.m. for the youth.  
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 Elder Olsen and Elder Hughes, the two missionaries serving in this area (phone 1-325-864-2999).

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