RELIGION: Lamar Street Baptist Church group collecting items for Renteria Family

February 15, 2013

This week in local church news and events

BROADWAY BAPTIST CHURCH
Years ago, I read about a man who had a rather ingenious way of getting rid of his garbage. He would gift-wrap it, put it out on the curb in front of his house, and invariably someone driving by would see that wrapped box, stop and pick it up. The man would be behind the curtains, watching those people drive away with their gift-wrapped garbage. 
You know, Satan does that to us. He takes the things of this world and wraps them up so beautifully that we think we have to have it. When we get Satan’s beautiful wrapped gift, we see that it is not treasure at all but trash. That is why the Apostle John, in I John 2:15, reminds us to love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. Christ said in Matthew 6:19: “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth . . . but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven . . .”
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.

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.
February is family-building month! This Sunday, Pastor Eric will continue the “Marriage Coach” series with a look at marriage and finances. Come listen to this week’s message as we receive hope and insight into building strong marriages.
To coincide with the “Marriage Coach” series, EFC will be hosting a “Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage” DVD seminar, featuring funnyman Mark Gungor. The seminar will run Sunday, Feb. 17 and Sunday, Feb. 24, from 6-8 p.m. both evenings. Full childcare is available, and the seminar is free of charge. Come laugh and learn at the same time! For more information about the ministry of Mark Gungor, check out his website at www.laughyourway.com.
“Worldchangers,” EFC’s Wednesday evening children’s ministry is in full-swing, with children ages birth through fifth grade exploring what living life with Jesus really looks like! They meet Wednesday evenings from 6:45-8:30 p.m.
The Salvage Yard youth ministry, for grades 6-12, meets Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m. for their worship service and again on Sunday evenings at 6 p.m. for small group discipleship. They are very excited to be in their newly opened youth center! Come check out the great new facility!
Lifegroups for adults meet Monday evenings (Young Adults Group, Tuesday evenings (Celebrate Recovery), and Wednesday evenings (Family Groups and Women’s Group) at 7 p.m. For more information on how to connect with a small group, check out the Lifegroups display in the church foyer, or log online to www.efcsweetwater.com.
We also invite you to step into The Growth Central Bookstore when you visit EFC. It’s stocked with Bibles, study aids, devotionals, marriage and parenting resources, worship music, inspirational gifts, original art and fiction books — there’s something for everyone! The bookstore will be open between Sunday morning services, from 10:30-11 a.m. and 12:30-1 p.m.
For more information about the ministry of EFC, log onto the church website at www.efcsweetwater.com.

FAITH LUTHERAN MS
Faith Lutheran MS held Ash Wednesday services by studying the topic "Facing the Cross" by looking at our sins. The next week in our six week study during Lent we will be facing the cross with our temptations. The message will be presented by Rev. Chester McCown. You are welcome to join us on Wednesday evening. A soup supper will be at 6 p.m. and worship at 7 p.m. Our Sunday services begin at 9 a.m. with devotion at the Sweetwater Healthcare Center, Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and worship at 10:45 a.m. You are welcome to come and attend the services with a small, friendly congregation.

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
First Baptist Church invites you and your family to join us on this Sunday, Feb. 17, 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. All are welcome. Your presence will enhance our worship experience and fellowship together.
On Feb. 23, we will deliver the shoes that were collected as a part of our Advent services. We will take a tour of the distribution warehouse in Mesquite, and learn more about Buckner International and its “Shoes for Orphan Souls” ministry. The church bus will leave at 6 a.m., arriving at Buckner around 10 a.m. The trip is limited to 20 people, so if you are interested, please call the church at 236-6348.
XA Weekend is March 1-3. Host Homes are needed and volunteers are also needed to deliver food to them. Please contact the church office at 236-6348 if you would be willing to provide your home or to help provide food for the weekend.
On Sunday, Feb. 17, at 11:30 a.m., the children’s department will host our Senior Adult Appreciation Banquet. This is an annual event where the children like to give back to our senior adults and let them know how much they are appreciated. Join us as we will be serving a French inspired meal consisting of Boeuf Bourgignon, potatoes, green beans, French bread and as the French would say: a spectacular dessert — Crème Brulee! Join us for delicious food, good talent and outstanding fellowship.
You can still join our growth groups. Most are at 6 p.m. on Sunday nights but there is also a Bible study which is on Tuesday mornings at 9:30 a.m.
Kid X continues on Wednesday nights at 5:45 p.m. KidX is an exciting way for children in Kindergarten through sixth grade to learn about Jesus!
On the schedule also, is an exciting marriage retreat on March 1-2 at FBC in Abilene. The Big Country Marriage Tune Up II will begin registration at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 1. Breakfast will be provided at 8 a.m. on March 2. Topics will include Embracing Reality, Intimacy, Conflict Management, Financial Unity and The Power of a Promise. This will be a weekend of straight talk, humor, insight and laughter. Register online at www.fbcabilene.org or call 325-673-5031.
For in depth information on First Baptist Church Sweetwater, find us on Facebook and check the website www.fbcsweetwater.org.

FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH (DISCIPLES OF CHRIST)
“I was glad when you said unto me; Let us go into the house of the Lord.” Psalm 122:1
First Christian Church at 1611 Hailey (corner of Lakeview and Hailey) welcomes members and visitors alike to our morning church services. Sunday school class begins at 9:50 a.m. with sanctuary worship services at 10:50 a.m. Music will be led by Jana Bentle. 
Our pastor, Curtis Ward, will be leading an “Identity Weekend” retreat this Sunday at Camp Butman. In his absence, Mrs. Debbie Brownlow will be presenting a program detailing her trip to Malawi, Africa. We look forward to the information, pictures and artifacts that she has to share with us. Everyone is invited to share this Sunday with us.
If you are looking for a church home, First Christian Church extends an open invitation to one and all. We look forward to your presence. Come expecting to be blessed.

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 time and children’s church for kids in preschool through second grade.
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: This Sunday we will look at Jesus’ advice in Matthew chapter 19 for those who would seek to follow Him as real disciples. Come join us as we seek to live out His call to a higher standard of living in the Kingdom.
Activities this week:
Sunday at 6 p.m. — Adoratio.
Sunday at 6:30 p.m. — SHEEP.
Wednesday @10:00 — 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 Church's Mission Statement: "To glorify Christ in all that we do by bringing People to Christ and equipping them to serve Christ."
You are welcome to join us for Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and worship service is at 10:45 a.m., with Pastor Claude bringing the message entitled, “Tempted and Tried: Overcoming Evil.” 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 February is Helen Rowlett. Pat McKiddy will present a special musical selection.
There is still time to participate in the new young adults Bible study class led by Pastor Claude, from 9:30-10:30 a.m., in the Claudia Clift Lounge. The class begins with a comprehensive study of the Gospel of Saint John. This opportunity is not only open to congregational members, family and friends, but especially to other members of the community. Call the church office at 235-2454 for further information.
For the next few months, Highland Heights will be focusing upon our “Samaritan Hospitality House Ministry.” “The House” is located in Colorado City and 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. Articles being collected are paper goods — paper towels, napkins, toilet tissue and Kleenex; paper cups and plates, plastic forks, spoons and knives; dishwasher liquid, laundry detergent and softener; cleaning supplies — comet/ajax, 409/lysol and carpet freshener; new bath towels/wash cloths and soap; foil, plastic wrap and zip lock bags; coffee, creamer, tea bags, hot chocolate mix, lemonade/kool-aid mix and sugar/sweetener; books, magazines, crossword puzzles, sudoku and/or other activity booklets; board games, playing cards and dominoes. If you wish to contribute, please call the church office.
Lent is the 40-day season of preparation before Easter. Many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline. The purpose is to set aside time for reflection on Jesus Christ — his suffering and his sacrifice, his life, death, burial and resurrection. “Bless This House” ask that we prayfully use this period to examine our own lives and spiritual relationship with Jesus Christ.
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 
Join us Sundays at 9:30 a.m. for Sunday school, followed by our 10:40 a.m. service including children sermon, hymnals and praise songs, and Bro. Billy Oliver will bring a message from the Bible. Come again at 6 p.m. for our evening service.
On Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m., we offer GAs and RAs for first through sixth graders, Mission Friends for preschool age, youth activities for 7th-12th graders, and Bible study and prayer for adults. The GAs and RAs are collecting items for the Renteria Family as a mission project. The Renterias lost their home recently due to a fire. There will be basket in the foyer to put items donated. For more information, contact Ruby Arnold.
Please continue to pray and encourage the members serving on our pastor search committee, and members church-wide. There is a mailbox in the foyer to send uplifting words to our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Tonight is our Valentine banquet for “those who live alone” and Adult II SS classes at 6 p.m. in the fellowship hall; also the youth will be having a Valentine’s party this evening, they will meet at the church at 6 p.m. and go to the Adam’s home. Remember our church-wide breakfast the first Saturday of each month at 8 a.m. in the rec. building.
We want to remind members that are many opportunities to give within our church, for example, our food pantry, our two Zambia kids we give to each month and more. The week of prayer for the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering is March 3-9, the theme is “Whatever It Takes.” Please pray and prepare your heart to give to North American 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 and leave a message and someone will return your call.

TRINITY BAPTIST CHURCH
Come be INSPIRED with the Trinity Family this Sunday through Wednesday, Feb. 17-20. Bro. Jon Randles, well-known evangelist from Frisco, Texas, will be guest speaker for this event. Beginning Sunday morning, Feb. 17, at 10:45 a.m., Bro. Randles will bring messages of inspiration as we strive to live a life that will make a difference. Everyone is invited, so make plans now to worship with us. Our church campus is located at the corner of Hailey and Santa Fe Streets here in Sweetwater. Activities scheduled during this event include:
Sunday, Feb. 17
10:45 a.m. — Morning worship.
6:30 p.m. — Evening worship.
Monday, Feb. 18
6:30 p.m. — Evening worship.
Tuesday, Feb. 19
11:45 a.m. — Lunch with Sweetwater Civic Organizations (Trinity’s Family Life Center).
6:30 p.m. — Evening worship.
Wednesday, Feb. 20
6:30 a.m. — Men’s prayer breakfast (Trinity’s Family Life Center).
5:30 p.m. — Youth pizza party (Trinity’s Family Life Center).
6:30 p.m. — Evening worship.
The Trinity Church Family consists of people from all walks of life and people who are at different places in their walk with God. The casual, family atmosphere works well with all our worship services, which include both traditional and praise music. Our regular service schedule is:
Sundays
9:30 a.m. — Sunday school (for all ages, nursery through senior adults).
10:45 a.m. — Morning worship.
6 p.m. — Adult and youth Bible studies, children’s choir (and soon to come, Children’s Bible Drill).
Wednesdays
6:30 p.m. — Adult prayer time; youth Bible study, TeamKID (first through sixth grades).
The fundraiser lunch for Delbert Davis’ upcoming mission trip to Belize was a huge success this past Sunday. Our thanks to everyone who had a part in making this event happen, especially to the sponsors, David and Karyn Green and the Seekers Sunday School Class here at Trinity.
TRI-FIT is a new ministry effort here at Trinity, designed to inspire us to be healthier so that we are better prepared to serve God. Our purpose is threefold: to attend to our physical, spiritual and relational lives. The following activities are in full swing and can be joined at any time: Tri-Fit volleyball at noon each Monday in our Family Life Center and Tri-Fit Run/Walk on Saturdays at 9 a.m. (starting point is our Family Life Center). Coming soon are Tri-Fit biking and Tri-Fit Zumba. If you are interested in joining us on any of these programs, please contact Gretchen Jones, Minister of Education, at 235-2991 or via email, gretchen@trinitysweetwater.com.
We are enjoying our latest adult Bible studies. r12, Living on the Edge, by Chip Ingram, is held each Sunday at 6 p.m. in the Family Life Center. The ladies are studying Malachi: A Love That Never Lets Go, by Lisa Harper on Wednesdays at noon or 6 p.m.
DivorceCare continues on Thursdays at 6 p.m. in Room 109 here at our church. If you have recently gone through (or presently going through) a difficult time of separation or divorce, please consider joining us for this 13-week session of DivorceCare. It is led by caring, concerned individuals who know how to help through this process. Even though the class has already begun the current session, one may join at any time and feel welcomed. If you would like to know more about DivorceCare, you can visit their website at www.divorcecare.org or call our church office. Childcare is provided upon request.
If you have questions about salvation or your walk with God, please feel free to contact us here at Trinity. We can be reached by phone at 235-2991, or drop by our offices located at 1503 Crescent Drive. For more information about events at Trinity Baptist Church, please visit our website at www.trinitysweetwater.com or you can find us on Facebook.

THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS (THE MORMONS)
“The Lord is in all of our lives. He loves us. He wants to bless us. He wants us to seek His help. As He guides us and directs us and as He hears and answers our prayers, we will find the happiness here and now that He desires for us.”
—Thomas S. Monson
Calendar:
Feb. 17 — Sunday church service at 9 a.m. Visitors are welcome.
Feb. 18 — Monday home evening
Feb. 20 — Wednesday Relief Society for women, we will be watching “Wind Walker.”
We are located at 910 Elm Street in Sweetwater. If you would like to talk with representatives of the church about the Saviors teachings, call 1-800 622-5595. Missionaries serving in this area are Elder Weldon and Elder Rios. Call 325 864-2999.

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