RELIGION: Trinity Baptist to begin weekly study on ‘The Bible’ mini-series
SWEETWATER AGLOWAglow International Sweetwater Community Lighthouse invites the public to join them on Tuesday at the Holiday Inn Express for their first youth night. Ministering will be the Aglow youth. Praise and worship will be led by Dallas McFaul. Everyone is invited to come and bring a friend. For more information, call 766-2245 or 338-8924.BROADWAY BAPTIST CHURCHThere has been much in the news lately about the Supreme Court taking up the “same sex” marriage issue. Let me start today by making it very clear — this is not an issue about marriage. Marriage was God’s idea. He designed it, He instituted it, He blessed it and it works. This is not a discrimination issue for we love all people everywhere and hold nothing against anyone. Contrary to what some would believe, this is not a hate issue, for we hate no one. This is a Biblical issue and a stand that Bible believers must take. This stand is not out of anger, bitterness or hatred, but out of obedience to God and love for people. I will not bore you with innuendos such as “God didn’t create Adam and Steve” or “God didn’t make Ada and Eve.” I will tell you that God, the Creator of all things, controller of the universe, and One who never changes, tells us in His Word that it is a sin. When He created man, He placed inside of man a need for companionship, a help mate, a completer and it was a woman that made Adam complete. The same is true of Eve. God gave her a desire to be cherished, nurtured and loved in a lifelong relationship, so He gave her Adam. God did not give us marriage without a purpose or a plan. In His Word He gives us five reasons for getting married: Reason one is PROCREATION which is the replenishing of the earth (Genesis 1:27-28; 4:1; 9:1). Reason two is PLEASURE which is enjoyable company, fulfillment, laughing and loving (Ecclesiastes 9:9; Proverbs 18:22). Reason three is PARTNERSHIP which is having someone to share our plans, goals, dreams and desires (Genesis 2:18, 24). Reason four is PROVISION which is a human instinct to care for and provide for one another. It gives purpose to the husband who provides for the family and purpose to the wife who provides for the home (I Timothy 5:8; Proverbs 31). Lastly is PURITY. When the physical needs are met in the home between the husband and wife, it keeps them pure from pornography, lust and adultery, because they are not seeking those things for their needs to be met (I Corinthians 7:1-7).This month at Broadway we will be speaking about relationships: Husband and wife; parent to child; child to parent; and even tough subjects such as divorce and remarriage. I want to encourage you to come be with us, and let God’s Word make a difference in your life, home, marriage and relationships.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 CHURCHWe 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 dive into our New Testament Challenge. Each week during the challenge, we will be looking at one of the eight major themes of the New Testament. This Sunday, we are exploring what the New Testament has to say about “Forgiveness.” If you would like to prepare your heart for the service with a daily reading, log on to www.efcsweetwater.com and click on the “New Testament Challenge” link.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. and are loving their all-new facilities. Come check out the all new “Faith Factory.” The Salvage Yard youth ministry, for grades 6-12, meets Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m. for their worship service and again on Sundays at 6 p.m. for small group discipleship. Our youth leave today for the Acquire the Fire Youth Conference. We look forward to them coming home full of the fire of God.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 is 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.FIRST BAPTIST CHURCHFirst Baptist Church invites you and your family to join us on this Sunday April 7, 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.There are many opportunities for service. Children’s church facilitators are always welcome. High school camp will be June 9-14. Vacation Bible School will be June 24-27. P3 at Circle Drive will be July 7-11. Missions camp will be July 30-August 2. Lad and lassie camp will be August 2 and 3. Day camp will be on August 3. P3 at Coral Cove will be August 4-8.Kid X continues on Wednesday nights beginning at 6 p.m. Kid X is an exciting way for children in Kindergarten through sixth grade to learn about Jesus.For in depth information on First Baptist Church Sweetwater, find us on Facebook and check 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 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 (4th street) entrance if you would like to receive God’s blessing through either of these ministries.News this week: We will have a combined worship service this Sunday at 10:50 a.m. to kickoff our “We Plant…God Grows” campaign to raise funds for renovations to the church heating/air conditioning as well as some cosmetic improvements. We will be enjoying a catered meal immediately after the service. It’s an exciting time at Sweetwater FUMC.Activities this week:• Saturday — Casting Crowns concert in Abilene.• Sunday — ONE worship service at 10:50 a.m. — “We Plant…God Grows” kickoff.• Sunday at noon — catered fellowship meal. • Wednesday at 10 a.m. — Bible study. • Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. — God’s Holy mountain.• Saturday, April 6, from 7-9 p.m. — Club 456 movie night.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 CHURCHJoin the excitement at Highland Heights United Methodist Church. We are a multi-ethnic, multi-racial congregation, serving the Lord in unity and purpose, where the contribution of everyone is valued and welcome. The congregation and staff of Highland Heights is a friendly God loving people — join us as we praise God together and practice unity here on earth until he comes again in Glory.For more information, call the church at 325-235-2454 or the parsonage at 325-933-4296 (Monday through Wednesday). Highland Heights United Methodist Church is located at 1801 Lamar Street in Sweetwater. The pastor is Rev. Claude A. McKiddy, and the youth pastor is Darren Williams.Our Church's Mission Statement: "To glorify Christ in all that we do by bringing People to Christ and equipping them to serve Christ." 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, “As the Father Has Sent Me: I Am also Sending You.” 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 April is Ada Belle Clark. This is communion Sunday when we 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.“April Showers” is a familiar phrase to all of us. 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. Highland Heights’s spring rummage and bake sale is scheduled for Friday, April 19, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, April 20, from 8 a.m. to noon in the church fellowship hall. We welcome you to come and shop for bargains and purchase delicious baked goods.Our Samaritan Hospitality House collection will be consecrated on Sunday, April 21, during morning worship. A field trip is scheduled for delivery on the following Friday. “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. If you wish to contribute, please call the church office, phone #235-2454, for further information.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 CHURCHOur church-wide breakfast is in the morning at 8 a.m. in the recreation building. Come enjoy a wonderful breakfast. We will have a work day afterwards to work on some needed projects around the church.We invite you and your family to join us Sunday 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. The 100th year committee will meet at 5 p.m. to continue planning the celebration. This meeting is open to anyone that wants to be involved. Our evening service starts at 6 p.m., Bro. Billy will bring another message from the Bible.On Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m., we offer GAs (Girls in Action) and RAs (Royal Ambassadors) for first through sixth graders, Mission Friends for preschool age, youth activities for 7th-12th graders, and Bible study and prayer for adults.We want to remind members that are many opportunities to give within our church, for example, our food pantry, our local mission projects and helping our children and youth attend camp this summer, and our two Zambia kids we give to each month and more.We will continue to accept offerings until mid April for the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering. The theme is “Whatever It Takes.” Please pray and prepare your heart to give to North American Missions.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.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 CHURCHThe Trinity Family is pleased to offer a weekly Bible study on the recent television mini-series, “The Bible”. Whether you watched the series or not, you will enjoy this study, which features movie clips and lively discussion. The study is open to everyone and will begin this Sunday evening, April 7, at 6 p.m. in Trinity’s Family Life Center. We have activities for your children (children’s choir and children’s Bible drill) and a place for your youth (youth Bible study) as well. So come join us.Ladies’ Bible study of Lysa Turkeurk’s Unglued continues on Wednesdays at noon and again at 6 p.m. in Room 109. There’s plenty of room and the ladies enjoy their sweet Bible time together. You will enjoy it as well.DivorceCare’s last session is this Thursday evening at 6 p.m. in Room 109 here at our church. Be sure and watch this space for information on when the next session begins.Our Men’s Retreat will be on Friday and Saturday, April 12th and 13th, at the Ware Ranch in Paint Rock. If you haven’t yet signed up to go, please call the church office. You will be happy, happy, happy.Trinity youth will lead worship on Sunday morning, April 14. Worship will be followed by a spaghetti lunch and dessert auction. Proceeds from the meal and the auction will go to offset youth mission trips and camps this summer. Come support them.If you haven’t checked our website lately, please go to www.trinitysweetwater.com and see what’s happening. We have Bro. Ward’s sermons on video now. You can access them on the website by clicking on Beliefs/Sermons, then choose Sermons. We even throw in some music prior his sermon, so try it out.The worship schedule at Trinity Baptist Church, corner of Hailey and Santa Fe here in Sweetwater is as follows:Sundays:9:45 a.m. — Sunday school.10:45 a.m. — Morning worship.6 p.m. — Evening Bible studies, children’s choir and Bible drill.Wednesdays:6:30 p.m. — Prayer time, TeamKID, youth Bible study.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.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 those who receive.On Sunday morning at 9:30-10:30 there is praise and worship and prayer at the church. From 10:30 to noon the church has town evangelizing. On Thursday from 5:30-7 p.m. there is discipleship Bible study. On Wednesday from 6:30-8 p.m. the church has youth night.