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BROADWAY BAPTIST CHURCH Politics — Should Christians get involved? In our day and time politics has become a dirty word. We don’t want to get involved because of all the mudslinging, lying, cheating and pandering to specials interest. The whole world is disheartened by the negativity of the TV commercials and running down of candidates. Some have said that being a politician is worse than being a televangelist, an armed robber or drug dealer. I personally would go that far, but I do see how it can be disheartening. Just what is politics? It is the art of governing. Should Christians be involved in the art of governing? Absolutely. Whether it is on the local, state or national level Proverbs 29:2 is still true: “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.” God has commanded His people to be the “salt” of the earth. Salt is a preservative and only works when it is “pressed against” the meat. How can we be a preservative? The best way is to vote. God has given us the ability to chose our leaders and we need to ensure that we chose leaders who Reverence God, Respect the life of the unborn, Reinforces family values and Remember our Responsibility to Israel. Our nation will be governed by a set of values and what leader is elected will determine the spiritual and moral values of our country. So we need to do our part and vote! Vote to elect Godly leaders with Godly principles and let’s turn America back to God.EMMANUEL FELLOWSHIP CHURCHWe’re growing! With our renovation project almost complete, we are looking forward to being in our new sanctuary, with twice the seating capacity! For the next two weeks, as the construction is being completed, we will be meeting at the City Auditorium. Sunday, Nov. 4, and Sunday, Nov. 11, we will be in one service at 11 a.m. at the City Auditorium (downtown behind the police station). Children’s ministry for kids ages birth through fifth grade will still be available at Emmanuel Fellowship Church (1418 Hailey Street) from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. We invite you to join us this week at the City Auditorium for warm fellowship, dynamic worship and a life-giving message. This Sunday, Pastor Eric von Atzigen continues a sermon series entitled “The Road to Recovery.” This series addresses the hurts, habits and hang-ups in life, and set out a clear path to hope and healing through Jesus Christ. It is also helping to launch a new lifegroup at EFC focused on recovery from addiction, which will begin meeting this Tuesday evening, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m., in the Sweetwater Prayer Center. This recovery group is open to anyone in the community! For more information, please call the church offices at 236-9200.“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. Our kids are also busy preparing boxes to send Christmas gifts to needy children across the world through “Operation Christmas Child.” All the info can be picked up in the church foyer. Boxes will need to be dropped off at the church by Wednesday, Nov. 7.The Salvage Yard youth ministry, for grades 6-12, meets Wednesday evenings at 6:45 p.m. for their worship service and again on Sunday evenings at 6 p.m. for small group discipleship.Lifegroups for adults meet Monday evenings (Young Adults Group) 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.For more information about the ministry of EFC, log onto the church website at www.efcsweetwater.com.FIRST BAPTIST CHURCHFirst Baptist Church invites you and your family to join us this Sunday morning, Nov. 4, 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. First Baptist Church is located at 213 East Third Street, next door to the Post Office. All are welcome!Kid X will resume on Wednesday nights at 5:45 p.m. Kid X is a fun and exciting way for Pre-Kindergarten up to sixth grade to learn about Jesus. All children are invited to attend!There will be a Children's Christmas program this year. Children interested in being a party of the Christmas program will meet for practice at 7 p.m. on Wednesday nights immediately following Kid X. Also, the worship choir will be presenting a special Christmas musical entitled " A Christmas Prayer". Rehearsals are at 7 p.m. on Wednesday nights. New, past and present choir members are invited to participate to sing and/or act! What an inspirational opportunity to share in the celebration of our Christ Jesus' birth!The November Mission Focus will be the Brown Bag Thanksgiving. Please pick up a brown bag from the office and fill it with the ingredients listed. A donation would be appreciated to help toward the purchase of a turkey with each bag.The month of November is our time for giving thanks to our Heavenly Father for his many blessings. Please share your stories of what you are especially grateful for this Thanksgiving by submitting your stories to the church office to be used in a variety of ways - bulletin boards, Sunday school announcements, etc.Sunday, Nov. 4, beginning at 8 a.m., we will have our packing party for our Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes in the Welcome Center. All volunteers are welcome and encouraged to help.On Nov. 10, the Children's Department will be hosting Family Movie Night at 6 p.m. in the Sanctuary. The movie will be Dolphin Tale, a story that is centered on the friendship between a boy and a dolphin who lost his tail.On Nov. 10, from 8 a.m. until noon, there will be a church-wide clean-up day. This will be a time for us to join together to clean the kitchen area, classrooms and restrooms of our church. We will also do touch ups of any areas that need extra care, such as replacing ceiling tiles, touch up painting, etc.On Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 6 p.m., we will have our quarterly church conference in the fellowship hall. We will have a few areas of business to attend to.Circle Drive Thanksgiving will be held on Nov. 17. Please sign up to bring a meat, vegetable, dessert, etc.For in depth information, find us on Facebook and check out our website www.fbcsweetwater.org.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 p.m. Every Tuesday and Wednesday FUMC hosts the Gaylord’s Pantry and a clothes closet. 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: Brian will be starting a new series Calling All Christian. We will examine how God calls each of us into a ministry of life changing proportions. Children’s Day Out (CDO) will be hosting a fundraiser right after church. Chicken spaghetti is on the menu so come out and help support our CDO. Immediately following the meal we will have our annual charge conference. “Adoratio” our new Sunday night praise and prayer service will not meet this Sunday. The youth will be going to Abilene for the Tenth Avenue North concert at Beltway Church. We will meet in the parking lot at 5:45 p.m. Everyone is welcome — call the church for more information. Activities this week:• Sunday — CDO fundraiser lunch. • Sunday at 1:30 p.m. — Annual charge conference. • Sunday at 6:30 p.m. — Beth Moore Bible study and Evangelism training.• Sunday — Tenth Avenue North Concert in AbileneWednesday Bible study at 10 a.m.• Thursday — Club 456 praise team immediately after school.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 firstname.lastname@example.org. If you need prayer or have the need to contact our pastor you can call the same number or email him at email@example.com.HIGHLAND HEIGHTS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH“Daylight Savings Time” ends this Sunday. Remember to set back your clocks one hour. 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, “Love: The Greatest Commandment.” 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 November is Eloise Price. This Sunday, we will observe the “Sacrament of Holy Communion.” Remember to bring your altar rail offering that is applied towards our family funds as directed through the Northwest Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church.Highland Heights extends its gratitude and appreciation to the community for supporting our fall rummage and bake sale. We look forward to seeing you again for our spring sale.Election Day is Tuesday. Our voting privileges should not be taken lightly or for granted. Individuals have fought and died for the freedoms and liberties we enjoy in our country. Pray that we continue to preserve these blessings for future generations by being an informed voter on the candidates and issues.Meetings scheduled for the month of November:• Charge Conference on Sunday evening, the 11th of November, at 5 p.m.• Evangelism Committee on Monday, the 12th, at 7 p.m.“Bless This House” is asking prayer for all individuals, families, including ones who loss loved ones, places of business, hospitals and other entities that suffered damages from Hurricane Sandy. May we show the love of Jesus Christ by ministering to their physical, medical and spiritual needs. Pray their faith will be steadfast and not loose heart during the difficult times ahead in rebuilding their lives.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)Honesty Is a Basic TenetThe thirteenth article of faith of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints affirms that “we believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men.”We cannot be less than honest, we cannot be less than true, we cannot be less than virtuous if we are to keep sacred the trust given us. Once it was said among our people that a man’s word was as good as his bond. Shall any of us be less reliable, less honest than our forebears?Those who are living the principle of honesty know that the Lord does bless them. Theirs is the precious right to hold their heads in the sunlight of truth, unashamed before any man. On the other hand, if there be need for reformation in any member of this Church, let it begin where we now stand.Brothers and sisters, the Lord requires his people to be honest. May we desire with all our hearts to be honest in all our relationships and in all the things that we do. God will help us if we seek the strength that comes from him. Sweet then will be our peace of mind and our lives. Blessed will be those with whom we live and associate. And God will bless and guide us with his loving care.Gordan B. HinkleyIf you would like to talk with representatives of the Church about the Savior's teachings, call 1-800 622-5595.Calendar• Nov. 4 – Church services at 9 a.m. Visitors are welcome.• Nov. 5 – Family home evening.• Nov. 6 – Presidential Election. • Nov. 7 – Cub Scouts and mutual activity at 6:30 p.m.We are located 910 Elm Street in Sweetwater. Missionaries serving in this area are Elder Holt and Elder Weldon. For questions, please feel free to call (325) 864-2999.ST. STEPHEN'S EPISCOPAL CHURCHSt. Stephen’s Episcopal Church will celebrate one hundred years of ministry All Saints Sunday, Nov. 4, at 11 a.m. The Right Reverend J. Scott Mayer, Bishop of the Diocese of Northwest Texas, will celebrate with the congregation. In 1910, J.F. Paret and Alice Paret held an Episcopal service of evening prayer in their home. Paret was an official with the Orient Railroad and a son of Episcopal Bishop William Paret of Maryland. The following October, at the Episcopal General Convention in Cincinnati, the Missionary Diocese of North Texas was formed from the northwest corner of Bishop Garrett’s Diocese of Dallas. In December, Bishop E. A. Temple was consecrated, and the first of January, 1911, took up his new duties. He reached Sweetwater for the first time February 2, 1911, and held a second service in the Parets’ parlor, with 11 people making up the congregation.In May 1911, Bishop Temple came again, and, with a special permit from the Mayor and City Council, held a service in the barren City Hall. June 12, 1912, the Bishop returned to Sweetwater to start a tent mission through the summer and early fall. The tent, complete with wooden pews, altar and organ, drew many people to the Episcopal services. In September the diocesan Archdeacon came, appointed by the General Board of Missions to visit and serve 11 of the little prairie towns of West Texas. Archdeacon E. Cecil Seaman was pleased with the “promising little city, with its paved streets, electric lights, modern office buildings, splendid schools, bountiful water, three railroads and incipient manufactories.” His first two services (September and October) were held in the City Hall. Later services were held in the hall rented by the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. After those services and one in the Opera House, Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church met in a vacant Presbyterian Church. The church relocated in December of 1912 to a duplex owned by church members at 400 East North Third Street. Mrs. Paret asked to name the church St. Stephen’s after her former church in Baltimore, where her father-in-law had been rector. Mrs. Paret’s scrapbook entry for January 17, 1913 mentions forebears whose children are still part of the church: “Mrs. Guy Morris sang two of the favorite Mexican songs in the native language.”The present building on Locust Street was built in 1921.The church’s heritage includes the following priests: John L. Showell, Harrison H. Black, James Butler, Angus Miller, Worrell H. Holby, Harland (Steve) Birdwell, Richard H. Saxer, Frank Ambuhl, James L. Considine, Frank M. Swindle, and Dennis V. Bosley. Members of Saint Stephen’s have included Mr. and Mrs. Guy Morris, Vivian and Fred Wimberley, Fred Stevenson, Jack and Laverne Carson, Charles and Ingrid Griggs, Buck and Libby Wetsel, Carlos and Vangie Morris, Mr. and Mrs. Porter, Mr. and Mrs. Clifton, Kathleen Armor, Ena MacQueen, Ethel Nelson, Alpha Day, Jack and Frances Harris, Gerald and Fran Woodward, Hubert and Mary Barton, Dr. James and Barbara Pace, Rod and Merry Laine (Pace) Wetsel, Jessica Messersmith (whose daughter, Laurie Salyer, was the first female acolyte at Saint Stephen’s), Dr. David Wetsel, Tory Wetsel, Buford Patterson, Jack Carson, Carolee Patterson, and many more whose names are not mentioned in this article, but whose gifts and service to Saint Stephen’s continue to bless the community.Mrs. Alice Paret kept a scrapbook about Saint Stephen’s until her death. Included in the scrapbook is this prayer: Almighty God, our Heavenly Father, give unto us, Thy children, such a sense of Thy presence that our prayers may be real, and our service heartfelt and willing. We bring before Thee, O Father, this work which has been committed to us by Thee, and which we are doing in Thy Name and by Thy grace. Help us to plan wisely and work diligently. Save us from error in judgment, perversion of motive and coldness of zeal. Give us abundance of faith, courage, patience, loyalty and love. May we see in difficulties, opportunities to show what we can do, in discouragements and misunderstandings, a test of our sincerity and truth. For each part of the work we pray and ask the blessing of wisdom, enthusiasm and success. Give to each one in the work that which each one lacks, and strengthen and increase what is already possessed. May we see the good in others, the evil only in ourselves. May we speak good of all and harm none with our tongues. May our aim be to serve Thee as best we can by serving those who, like us, are Thy children. And, O Lord, may we so prize our goodly heritage, so value the blessings we receive through Thy Church, that we shall give and work for the extension of Thy Kingdom unto the end of the world. In thankfulness to Thee for all Thy mercies we pray in Thy dear Son’s name, Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.The church welcomes all who might wish to join on Sunday at 11 a.m.WORD OF GOD CHURCHTransforming 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 a.m.Sunday Night — Adult discipleship 6:30 p.m., youth hangout 11-17 year-olds and Children’s Rock night 5-10 year-olds.Wednesday Night — 6:30 p.m. is teen and tween youth church, pastor led for 11-17 year-olds, children’s classes for 5-10 year-olds 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 -17 year-olds. 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 hangout, 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 hang out 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. It is even for those who want to start over.The Rock youth center is open Saturday night from 6-10 p.m. for sixth, seventh and eighth graders. A Christian atmosphere is presented, but not forced. It is fun for everyone. We have this generation’s 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. A snack bar is available with drinks, nachos, frito pies, candy, chips, etc. It is a controlled environment with adult supervision. There is 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 Camp11-17 year-olds Extreme Camp — an 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!5-10 year-olds — Camp suited at the level to where it keeps their attention. It is fun and an unforgettable experience with God.