Rolling Plains Baptist Network, Baptist General Convention of Texas to host Leadership Summit at FBC Sweetwater

March 21, 2014

Broadway Baptist Church
There once was a man who always said, “This is good.” to everyone that happened to meet him. This positive man was a friend to a king and would often accompany him on the king’s hunting trips. He would load the guns, and the king would shoot them. One particular hunting trip he evidently, loaded one gun wrong, and when it went off, it shot the king’s thumb completely off. Examining the situation, the friend said as usual, “This is good.” Well, the king got mad and threw his friend in jail for the king could not see how this event was good.
About a year later, the king goes on another hunting trip to an area where there were cannibals. These cannibals captured him and tied his hands and feet to a stake to cook. As they came near the king to slay him, they find that the king was missing a thumb. These superstitious cannibals then decide to let the king go free, because they never ate anyone less than whole.
As the king returned home, he felt guilty about putting his friend in jail for a year, so he goes to the jail and apologizes to his friend. The king explained what happened to him and said, “I’m very sorry for sending you to jail for so long. It was bad for me to do this.” “No, his friend replied, “It was good.” The surprised king shouted back, “How could it be good that I sent you to jail for a year?” “Well,” replied the friend, “If I had not been in jail, I would have been with you.”
We that love the Lord know that not all things are good in this life. The happenings of this life are not always easy, but God has a purpose for those trying times. He has a reason for the things we go though, and he is working them out for our benefit (good). For Romans 8:28 says: “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose.”
This Sunday, March 23, at 6 p.m., the Dartt Family will be in concert at Broadway Baptist Church. Tracy Dartt is a song writer and is best known for his song: “The God of the Mountain”. He sings with his wife, Sharon, and his son, Stone, and a young man named BJ Speer, who is also from a very well known Christian singing family and group, the Speers. All are invited.
If you do not have a church home, Broadway Baptist Church at 710 E. 3rd Street in Sweetwater would like to invite you to come 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. The Salvage Yard is also hosting a garage sale this Saturday, March 22! Come find some treasures and support the youth as they raise money for summer camp!
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, March 23, 2014, 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 March is Ramen Noodles. 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. All are invited to join us as the Easter presentation is prepared. Help will be needed with drama, sets, costumes, sound and lighting. You will certainly be able to find a ministry that you can perform! The Easter presentation will be April 12 and 13 at Sweetwater City Auditorium. Good Friday service will be April 18.
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!
Growth groups continue on Sundays at 6 p.m. We are doing a Max Lucado study covering the book of Acts. Please join us for a time of Biblical teaching and Christian fellowship.
Beginning on March 2, we initiated “First Lunch.” The first Sunday of each month you will be able to purchase an inexpensive, but good, lunch and make a donation to help kids go to camp! The next one will be on April 6.
The children would like to invite you to a banquet in your honor! Sunday, March 23, please allow the children to serve you lunch and display their talents for your entertainment.
Parents Night Out will be a special event! March 28 from 6-10 p.m. is your chance to have some time alone! Cost is $5 per child, which reserves your spot and spots are limited. Sign up through the office today!
There will be a men’s breakfast on Saturday morning, March 29, at 8 a.m. Please join us for breakfast and Bible study.
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 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, March 23, and will continue the study of The Story. There are Sunday school classes for all ages. We invite everyone to worship at 10:45 a.m. Marina Wilcox will be worship assistant and Patty and Richard Gesin are greeters.
IBKs will meet with Lou Ann Cumbie, Sunday, March 23, from 6-7 p.m.
The next Lenten Lunch will be Highland Heights United Methodist Church on March 26, at noon.
Put this date on your calendar: April 6. We would like to invite everyone to a gift of music, Easter Reflections by Kirk Stroman, which will be Sunday, April 6, from 6-7 p.m. in the First Presbyterian Church Sanctuary.
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.

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, “Jesus, the Spring of Eternal Life: Faith that Never Fails.” 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 Whitfill.
One of Highland Heights’s traditional Lenten observances is the “Wooden Cross.” A specific item depicting the last days of Christ’s journey will be placed upon or at the foot of the “Wooden Cross” each Sunday. Those items are relevant to the Last Supper and Christ’s Crucifixion. The laying of palm leaves follows on Palm Sunday and on Easter Sunday the “Cross” is adorned with flowers. On this third Sunday of Lent, the scripture reading will be given by Jenene Taylor. A bag of coins hanging upon the Cross represent the 30 pieces of silver that Judas, one of the twelve disciples, accepted for the betrayal of Jesus. The betrayal set in motion the events that occurred in the Garden of Gethsemane, the arrest of Jesus, the trial and crucifixion. We encourage the community to attend the Ministerial Alliance noon Lenten services at Highland Heights United Methodist Church on the 26th of March, and the last one on the 9th of April at First United Methodist Church. All are welcome to come during their noon hour for a meal of soup and sandwiches and to receive a short devotional message.
Spring has officially arrived and the upcoming 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 the next several weeks 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. Articles being collect are paper goods — paper towels, napkins, toilet tissue and Kleenex; foam cups, paper 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, lemonade/kool-aid mix and sugar/sweetener; books, magazines, crossword puzzles, sudoku and/or other activity booklets; playing cards and dominoes. Consecration day of collected articles will be in early May.
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)
Forgetting Our Blessings
Elder Dale G Renlund, of the Seventy, told the story of a man who, after having a successful heart transplant, was angry 10 days later because the hospital’s oatmeal was too cold and the milk was too warm. How quickly he forgot his blessing of a new heart and was once again focusing on the trivial things in life. Elder Renlund said that we should we thankful for what the Lord has given us rather than to engulf our lives with poor choices, depression or feelings of hopelessness. Moses warned the Israelites that once they found themselves blessed beyond measure in the promised land, they must “beware lest thou forget the Lord” (Deuteronomy 6:12). In the Book of Mormon, Mormon stated the problem when he wrote, “Yea, and we may see at the very time when God doth prosper his people, then is the time that they do harden their hearts, and do forget the Lord their God, and do trample under their feet the Holy One - yea, and this because of their ease, and their exceedingly great prosperity” (Helaman 12:2). President Brigham Young (1801-77) issued a similar warning. He said: “The worst fear that I have about members of this Church is that they will get rich in this country, forget God and his people, wax fat, and kick themselves out of the Church and go to hell. This people will stand mobbing, robbing, poverty, and all manner of persecution, and be true. But my greater fear for them is that they cannot stand wealth.”
President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency, said that the key to remembering our blessings is by receiving the Holy Ghost as a companion. It is the Holy Ghost who helps us to see what God has done for us. It is the Holy ghost who can help those we serve to see what God has done for them.
Calendar:
March 22 — Young men/young women skating and bowling activity in Abilene; 12-18 years old; 7-10 p.m.           
March 24 — Family Home Evening night for the families.
March 25 — New Testament study class 7 p.m. at the chapel; all invited.
March 29 — Women and young women’s satellite broadcast at the chapel at 7 p.m.
March 30 — Potluck luncheon at noon; baby shower for Desirea Strunk’s new baby boy.
April 5-6 — General conference broadcast from Salt Lake City via LDS.org.         
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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