RELIGION: Check out the 2012 Co-Ed Sweetwater Church Softball League

August 31, 2012

This week's religion section

BROADWAY BAPTIST CHURCH
Americans are a people of spectators. We sit and watch ball games, television programs and movies. This mind set has slipped into our churches where we hire pastors and staff and then show up on Sunday morning, sit with arms folded, and say, “Okay, show me what you got!” It’s like the family that visited the church and then at home the dad said, “The preacher was too boring.” The mom said, “The music was too loud.” The teenager said, “The youth were snobs,” but the little boy said, “I thought it was a pretty good show for a quarter.” 
Church must be more than a show, and church members must be more than spectators. This week, when you go to church, go with a mindset of love and worship. Participate in the music and message, and remember you only get out what you put in. Let’s be more than hearers of the Word. Let’s be doers of His will.
The Children’s Wednesday night Bible Study Program: “WISEGUYS” is beginning Sept. 5.  Wiseguys is an exciting program focused on scripture memory and teaching children Biblical truths in an enjoyable way. The visualized verses, musical choruses and character building stories are all centered on the character quality and definition for the month. We will meet every Wednesday night at 7 p.m. If you are interested in your child being in this program, please call us at 235-2730. We will be meeting in the church’s education building.
If you don’t have a church home, we would like to welcome you to come and visit us this Sunday.  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 CHURCH
Now that the new school year has begun, why not add First Baptist Church attendance to your regular routine and join us on Sunday morning (Sept. 2) for Bible study, beginning at 9:15 a.m., for all age levels. Following Bible study, our Sunday morning worship service will begin at 10:30 a.m. Start your week with a message from God's Word by our Pastor, Phillip Thomas, a “Call to Worship” video that will make you "stop and think," plus a fun-filled and informative 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!
A Comprehensive Sunday School Technology Conference will be held on Saturday (Sept. 8) and will be facilitated by the Baptist General Convention. Anyone interested is welcome to attend. Contact Tique Hamilton in the church office at 236-6348 for more information. A reminder that the FBC office will be closed for Labor Day (Sept. 3).
Bible Drill for fourth through sixth grade students will begin on Sunday (Sept. 9) at 4:30 p.m. Natile Woodrow is the facilitator for Bible Drill. Attention students! If you are a middle school or high school student, please contact tique@fbcsweetwater.org if you are even remotely interested in Bible Drill or the "Speakers Tournament."
You have two weeks to watch for several more mystery details to come regarding a "MYSTERY LUAU" dinner (Sept. 16). Don't forget to mark your calendar.
Also mark your calendar for the return of "Family Movie Night" on (Sept. 22) beginning at 6 p.m., hosted by the Children's Department. The movie being shown is "The Rookie." Contact Cindy Hamlin for more information.
Co-Ed Church Softball 2012 Sweetwater League has begun at the field across from Mustang Bowl and is off to a solid start with talented team members and a good group of devoted fans. Bring your family and come support your team! Plus sign up for future opportunities.
• Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. (First Baptist Church vs Catholic Team).
• Sept. 11 at 8 p.m. (Church of God vs First Baptist Church).
• Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. (First Baptist Church vs 4th and Elm Church of Christ).
• Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. (First Baptist Church vs Lamar Street Baptist Church).

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’s sermon title is “Thank God It’s Monday”. Communion will be served this Sunday by the class of 2013. The scripture readings for this week are: I Corinthians 12:4-12 and Matthew 20:1-15. Boo Nemir will be the worship assistant.

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
You 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, “They Honor Me with Their Lips, but Their Hearts are Far from Me.” 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 September is Helen Rowlett. This is Communion Sunday. We have the opportunity to come to the altar to Praise Jesus Christ as our Savior and to reaffirm our commitment to following Him in our daily lives. Remember to bring your altar offering that is applied to our family funds as directed through the Northwest Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church.
The outreach ministry that is being emphasized for the next several weeks 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, paper towels, paper plates and paper cups. Additional items that are needed are towels, wash cloths, laundry detergent, dishwashing liquid, bar soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes. Sunday, Oct. 14, is the consecration date of items collected.
Through the “Homebound Ministry” on Sunday, Oct. 28, decorative fall snack sacks will be available for congregational members to delivery to our homebound.
Parents, teachers, students and administrative staff began a new school year this week. “Bless This House” is calling upon prayers for all persons involved to give of their utmost with an energetic and optimistic attitude in striving to be the best they can be. Pray that God strengthen each individual with patience, encouragement, understanding and determination to achieve their highest goals.
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.

LAMAR STREET BAPTIST CHURCH
As believers in Jesus Christ, we can trust our Savior and turn to Him in hard times. God cares for us and He is sovereign. His Holy Word is sure and His promises are true. Take some time to ease your worries and calm your fears by meditating on these Bible verses: Psalm 27:1; Isaiah 41:10; Psalm 27:4-5; Psalm 46:1 ; Psalm 84:2-4; Psalm 34:7-9; Philippians 4:19; Philippians 6-7, and remember God is always in control.
Join us Sunday at 9:30 a.m. for Sunday school, followed by our 10:40 a.m. service featuring hymns and a Children's Sermon. Bro. James Baker will bring a message from the Bible. Come again at 6 p.m. for our Sunday night service.
On Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. we offer Mission Friends, GA's — Girls in Action, and RA's — Royal Ambassadors, youth activities for 7th-12th graders, and Bible study and prayer for adults. For anyone wanting to join the choir on Sunday mornings; choir practice following the service.
Some area churches have put teams together to play co-ed softball. Games are played at the Jerry Collins Softball Fields at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Tuesdays through Sept. 25.
Mary Hill Davis Week of Prayer is Sept. 9-16. This offering goes to Texas Missions.
To learn more about Lamar Street Baptist Church, visit us at 513 Lamar, find us on Facebook or call the church at 235-1779.

TRINITY BAPTIST CHURCH
The Trinity Family is pleased to offer the Rick Warren study, Better Together, beginning on Sept. 9 at 6 p.m. in our new Family Life Center. Better Together is a dynamic small group study that will help us learn how to fulfill God's purpose for our lives. It includes the biblical support behind each purpose, the ways it applies to us and our circle of influence, and how we can use this knowledge to benefit God's kingdom. Childcare is provided during the study. Call the church office at 235-2991 to enroll, or you can go to Sign-Up Central here at the church. For an excerpt from Rick Warren about this study, you can view the following video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLBEuL3MWug.
Our desire is for you to have a close relationship with God and your fellow believers, to have that renewal that comes with weekly interaction with other Christians. Our casual, friendly, loving atmosphere is a wonderful place to study His Word together. Our 10:45 a.m. service is a mix of traditional and contemporary, with something for everyone. The Sweetwater Reporter’s 2012 “Best Pastor” Bro. Ward Hayes, will deliver a sermon entitled “Labor for the Lord” from Luke 10:1-9.
Our sanctuary is located at the corner of Hailey and Santa Fe Streets here in Sweetwater. First-time visitors are invited to enter our building through the front (Santa Fe Street side) or from the west parking lot (beside the air conditioner tower). Our regularly scheduled weekly activities are as follows:
Sundays
• 9:30 a.m. — Sunday school (it’s for everyone — all ages!).
• 10:45 a.m. — Morning worship.
• 6 p.m. — Bible studies (adults and youth), Children’s Choirs.
Wednesdays
• 6:30 p.m. — Prayer time/Bible study for adults.
• Youth Bible study (7th-12th grades), TeamKID for children (Preschool through sixth grades).
• 7:30 p.m. — Adult choir rehearsal.
Lots of activities are going on here at Trinity. Find a place for you and your family and get plugged in!
TeamKID is held each Wednesday evening from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Our Sanctuary Choir meets each Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m.
Children’s M&M’s meets each Sunday evening at 6 p.m.
Children’s M&M’s Minis also meets each Sunday evening at 6 p.m.
Our youth have activities on Sunday evenings at 6 p.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.
On Wednesday, Sept. 12, the ladies’ Bible study, James: Mercy Triumphs, by Beth Moore will begin. Ladies of all ages enjoy these studies which are held on Wednesdays at noon, with a second session available at 6 p.m. You may choose whichever time best fits your schedule. Call the church office to register. Study books are available for $15 each. More information about James: Mercy Triumphs can be found by following this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GmoKDFIt6A.
Continue to watch this space each week for the upcoming dedication and open house for our new Family Life Center. We would love to have our community see what God is doing here at Trinity!
If you have questions 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!

WORD OF GOD CHURCH
Transforming ordinary people into passionate followers of Christ through God's Word, growing them into mature Christians, to be Jesus’ lights in this world and witnesses of the Gospel of Jesus and the Kingdom of God, seeking the lost for the glory of God and His kingdom.
We are a non-judgmental ministry- meaning that the ministry itself is not judgmental. We are not concerned where you have been or where you are at but where you are going. Everyone needs hope and to feel the love of God's mercy. Those who falter and are weak are welcome. We will guide all that come, into a direction for peace in their life.
The teachings from the pulpit are deep rightly divided truth as 2 Timothy 2:15 speaks of. You will hear the unadulterated word of God ministered straight from the Bible. Introducing deep truths and promises you can stand on, that will never crumble out from underneath you. These truths have discipled many to be followers of Christ as it can do for anybody. Opening up the eyes and ears of these who receive.
Services:
Sunday Morning-10:30 am.
Sunday Night- Adult Discipleship 6:30, Youth Hangout 11-17 yrs and Children's Rock night 5-10 yrs.
Wednesday Night- 6:30 Teen & Tween Youth Church Pastor led for 11 - 17 yrs, Children's classes 5-10 yrs and Adult Word Study for Men's and Women's ministry, disciple led.
Ministries:
T.A.G. and Tween's- These ministries are for 11 yr old to 17yr old. They have youth church on Wednesday night. There's Praise and Worship performed by them. Then the pastor brings a message of truth to seed in their lives that is in a way that they can understand and comprehend. They also have Sunday night Hang out, doing all kinds of things and events with each other in the youth ministry. From movies to playing volleyball at Sonic or cookouts and other things. They get involved with fundraisers to raise money for their events. They have the Reaching Out While Reaching Up ministry that helps people around town. They have The Rock as a place to hangout before and after church time. There is summer camp at Extreme Camps that they have a blast at while deepening their faith.
Children's Ministry- Wednesday night there are classes set up to put a foundation of God's word in the children's life with a fun and enjoyable environment and experience. There is lots of love, guidance and good values seeded into their lives. Sunday Night- Fun at The Rock. Those children that come on Wednesday night classes get to come on Sunday night to play at The Rock youth center during regular adult discipleship. Sometimes there are movies, games and snack night. They also get involved in fundraisers and summer camp.
P.U.R.E. Ministry- Ephesians 1:4 Princesses Under Royal Election meets every third Friday of the month. The ministry teaches young ladies their value to God by being a child of the King loved by their Father. Coming under a covenant with God to keep their purity until marriage. Even for those who want to start over.
The Rock- Youth center Saturday night 6:00 - 10:00pm for 6th,7th,8th grade. Christian atmosphere presented but not forced. Fun for everyone. We have this generations christian music, a 6ft and 3ft half pipe skate ramp, a foam pit, velcro wall jump, pool table, air hockey, foosball, skating, video games, basketball and volleyball area. Snack bar available with drinks, nachos, frito pies, candy, chips ect. A controlled environment with adult supervision. Lots of love and a short time of a small seeded truth of God into their lives.
Website - The church now has a website address which entails what is going on inside the church, the ministries of the church and gives you information of The Word of God Church. You can visit the website at www.swwordofGod.com.
Summertime Camp
11-17 yr old Extreme Camp- a experience that will change their lives, a camp that reaches them at their level, setting the love of God on fire inside of them. It's a blast!
5yr-10yr old Camp suited at the level to where it keeps their attention- fun and a unforgettable experience with God.

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