Terry White is new Pastor at Avondale Baptist Church

November 11, 2011

AVONDALE BAPTIST CHURCH
Greetings from the Avondale Baptist Church family!   We are happy to welcome our new pastor, Terry White and his wife Linnette. Our regular Sunday schedule is coffee fellowship at 9:20 a.m., Bible study at 9:45 a.m., worship services at 10:50 a.m. and 6 p.m., choir practice at 7 p.m. On Wednesday evening we have On-Mission groups for all ages at 7 p.m. We will have "High Attendance Day" for Sunday school on Sunday, Nov. 27. Please join us for Sunday school at 9:45 a.m. that morning and every Sunday morning.  If you need more information about our services, please call our church office at: 235-5835.

BROADWAY BAPTIST CHURCH
As I was riding down the road with my dad a man pulled up beside us, honked his horn, raised his hand, and gave my dad a salute. At first we did not know what was happening but then we remembered it was Veteran’s Day, and the gentleman had noticed the “retired veteran” tag on the car. As my dad’s eyes filled with tears and my heart swelled with pride all I could say was: “Wow, that was awesome!”
Today and this weekend, we celebrate Veteran’s Day, and I want to do like that man did and give each veteran a salute and say thank you for your service and sacrifice. Thank you for keeping America safe. I would also encourage you to find a veteran shake his hand, hug his neck, and give him a great big thumbs up of appreciation.
We have started a new Bible Club for our children called Wiseguys. It is not too late to join us. 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.
We want to personally invite you to come be with us this Sunday, Nov. 13, where we are loving God and loving people. 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.

Emmanuel Fellowship Church
The people who succeed in life are not the ones who don’t fail, but the ones who know what to do with a second chance. Sundays in November, Pastor Eric is preaching an insightful sermon series on “Famous Failures” found in the Bible. As we explore these failures of Biblical proportion, we are learning how to respond to the grace of God and move forward in His purpose for our life!
The Sunday morning worship times for Emmanuel Fellowship Church are 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Both morning services are filled with the same warm fellowship, dynamic worship, and life-giving messages. The 9 a.m. service offers a pre-school nursery for parents of small children. The 11 a.m. service offers top-notch children’s ministry and nursery care for children up ton fifth grade.  We invite you to come and experience the life, love and joy of Emmanuel Fellowship Church. For more information about the ministry of EFC, log onto the church website at www.efcsweetwater.com.

FAITH HARVEST PENTECOSTAL CHURCH
Faith Harvest Pentecostal Church would like to invite you to come join us in our celebration of Jesus Christ! We are located at 408 Alamo Street, which is right off of Sam Houston. Our service times are 10 a.m. on Sunday mornings, 6 p.m. on Sunday evenings, and 7 p.m. on Wednesday evenings. We have Sunday school for adults, Out-of-Line Youth Ministry for teens, and Children’s Church for kids. We have recently began a new video series by Bishop T.D Jakes called Men’s Master Class. We will be showing the videos on the last Sunday night service of every month. We have already viewed two videos from the series and each one was very powerful! The next video is called “Fight Back” and will played on Sunday, Nov. 27, after our evening worship service. We would love for you to come and receive truth from these videos with us! As we draw closer to the holidays, our church is getting ready for several events. We are currently accepting shoeboxes full of gifts for Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child. Each year, we pack up as many shoeboxes as we can, full of toys, toiletries and lots of love to be sent overseas to less fortunate children. A pamphlet with information about salvation is placed in each shoebox in that particular child’s language so they can learn all about Christ. Our goal for this year is to send off at least 100 shoeboxes. So far, we have reached well over half of our goal! We will collect them until Nov. 15. You can find more information about the shoebox gifts at their website, www.samaritanspurse.org. We will be having a baseball fellowship on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 5 p.m. at our church. If you don’t like baseball or are physically unable to play, no worries! There will be plenty of snacks and games as well. Now that the weather is cooling off, it’s a great time to come on out and join us as we all grow closer together in Christ. Don’t forget about our website, www.fhpcofsweetwater.com where we add something new everyday! If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact Pastor Jimmy Bennett at 325-242-4750 or Deacon Bobby Hoover at 325-236-4023.

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
First Baptist Church Women On Mission will meet on Monday, Nov. 14, at 2 p.m. in Room 101A. Cindy Hamlin, FBC Women On Mission Facilitator, will introduce Lesley and Elise Cox who will share the exciting details from their recent mission training in the New Zealand area, plus their mission service in Africa and the Middle East. All women interested in missions are invited to attend and see what God has accomplished through these hometown Cox twins who left their jobs to share Christ with the world.
If you have been meaning to get involved in church and haven’t had the time — now is a good time to start or restart at First Baptist Church. Bible study is provided every Sunday morning from 9:15-10 a.m., for every age group, followed by the Sunday morning worship service beginning at 10:30 a.m. Volunteers in the foyer will direct your children to their classrooms, while adults can choose to visit more than one class until they find the group God has prepared for them. Bible Drill is provided each Sunday at 4:30 p.m. for third through sixth grade students with Natile Woodrow as facilitator.
Students in seventh through 12th grade are always invited to the Youth Department (Room 301) each Wednesday at 6 p.m. to learn, to plan, to have fun, to make life-long friendships and to share the “Love of Christ.” Contact Tique Hamilton, Minister to Students, at 325-665-9704 with any questions. Give Tique your e-mail address so you can receive the Youth Department calendar.
First Baptist Church is a “Service to Others” type of church that reaches out to the community. Come help us with our “Brown Bag Thanksgiving” ministry by picking up a “Brown Bag” in the church foyer with the shopping instructions on the bag. When you have filled the bag with the items on the instructions, please return the full brown bag to the church office by Wednesday, Nov. 16, so that many families in Sweetwater can have a wonderful Thanksgiving because of your generosity.
Contact Robert Moore or Tique Hamilton if you have a college student that has not been placed on the address list for a “Care Box.” Homemade cookies, gift cards, crackers, tea bags and notes of encouragement will be greatly appreciated by these students. Boxes are available in the church foyer and must be mailed or delivered this week.

First Presbyterian Church
Visitors are always welcome at First Presbyterian Church. The church is located at 14th and McCaulley.  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. 
“Faith That’s Willing to Risk” is the title of Pastor Earl’s sermon this week; ‘The parable of the talents’, Matthew 25:14-30 is the scripture along with Psalm 95:1-7. The greeters will be Paula Carmichael and Doug Richards. 
 Coming up:
• The Youth Progressive Dinner will be Sunday, Nov. 13. Meet at the church at 5:30 p.m. and we will travel together as a group.
• Choir practices have changed to Thursday evenings at 5:30 p.m.
• Don’t forget Earl’s Girl’s meets every Thursday at noon at Dairy Queen.
• Therapy Dog training classes will begin on Monday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m.  The first class is for humans only; don’t bring your dog the first time. We will meet in the fellowship hall.
• Our Thanksgiving Pot Luck Luncheon will be after worship on Nov. 20; the church will provide the meat, dressing, gravy and rolls. Please bring your favorite side dish.
• All committee meetings are scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 5:30 p.m.

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS
UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Join us for Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and worship service at 10:45 a.m., with Pastor Chris Rodriguez bringing the message entitled, “While You’re Waiting.” Worship assistants are Lisa Peterson serving as worship leader, Brenda Alexander is the song leader and plays the keyboard, pianist is Eugenia Hill and our greeter for the month of November is Eloise Price. This Sunday we will be “Honoring Our Veterans.” They will be recognized for their service to our country in defending our freedom and liberty enabling each one of us to make our individual choices in the “pursuit of happiness.” Return this evening, at 6 p.m., as Pastor Chris leads our continuing study of “Journey in the Wilderness,” by Gill Rendle.
We thank the community who came and shopped at our rummage and bake sale last weekend. All proceeds go towards outreach ministries sponsored by the United Methodist Women.
Evangelism committee meets on Monday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. at the church. Following coordinators reporting on their respective outreach ministries, decorative snack sacks will be compiled for the “West Texas Children’s Advocacy Center.”
The Guilders of the United Methodist Women meet on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m., beginning with a short business meeting, followed by a Bible study. All ladies are welcome.
For the month of November only, Wednesday evening Bible study will meet on the second and third Wednesday, the 9th and 16th, at 7 p.m., at the church.
On Sunday evening, Nov. 20, everyone is invited to attend the community Thanksgiving Service sponsored by the Sweetwater Ministerial Alliance.
Highland Heights is purchasing bath towels and wash cloths for “Gateway Family Services.” Gateway ministers to individuals involved in family violence and sexual assault within a five county area, serving Scurry, Nolan, Mitchell, Fisher and Kent Counties. Our collection will be consecrated along with good used suitcases before delivery in early December.
“Bless This House” is calling upon prayers for the West Texas Rehabilitation Center. Pray for the success in financial funding of the center in providing the required medical treatment and therapy for individuals through comprehensive outpatient services and programs.
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
At Lamar Street Baptist Church, we are working toward the holiday season with a variety of upcoming projects and programs, and we hope that you will join us!
This upcoming week is the final week to sign up to have your picture taken for our church directory, which will include pictures and contact information of our members. The time slots for directory photos are: Nov. 14 and 15 from 6-8 p.m., and Nov. 17 and 18 from 6-8 p.m. The pictures will be taken at the church. For more information on the church directory, contact Larry Wilke.
This Wednesday, Nov. 16, we will be having our annual church-wide Thanksgiving dinner starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Family Life Center. We are asking our members to bring a covered dish and/or dessert, as the church will provide the turkey and dressing. We invite you and your family to join us for a wonderful time of fellowship!
Also, we are still gathering names to deliver Thanksgiving meals to shut-ins and anyone who would be unable to join us for the dinner this Wednesday. Please leave the contact information (name, address, phone number) with one of our deacons or in the church office of anyone who would like a Thanksgiving meal.
We have already planned our Christmas Day service for Sunday, Dec. 25 starting at 10 a.m. in the auditorium. Sunday school classes will not meet that day. Stay tuned for more details.
Looking ahead to the new year, we are looking for members who would be willing to prepare a meal for the youth group on Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m. starting in January. If you are interested in serving in this manner, please contact Carolyn Mullican.
We want to offer a personal invitation for you and your family to join us for our services starting this Sunday! At 9:30 a.m., we offer Sunday school classes for every member of the family. At 10:40 a.m. our morning service begins with hymns led by our choir followed by contemporary music led by our praise team.
During the morning service, we also offer a Children’s Sermon for all elementary-age students. This week, Pastor Jerry Payne will bring our morning message. We also invite you to join us at 6 p.m. for our evening service where Gary Adams will be bringing the message.
At 5 p.m. on Sunday nights, we have Bible Drill for our third through sixth graders. Our students have been learning how to find books in the Bible, key passages and Bible memory verses. We are preparing for competition in February for our fourth through sixth grade participants. For more information, contact Bible Drill director Linda Kite at 235-9727, 235-5463 (ext. 18) or 725-2800.
Because of our church-wide Thanksgiving dinner this Wednesday, Nov. 16, our regularly scheduled programs will not meet this week. The youth group activities, GA’s and RA’s for first through sixth graders and Mission Friends for preschoolers will resume next Wednesday, Nov. 23.
Lamar Street Baptist Church is located at 513 Lamar, and we hope that you will join us for our services! Please call the church office at 235-1779 or find us on Facebook to learn more about our services and upcoming events.
THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS (MORMONS)
Scriptures are like packets of light that illuminate our minds and give place to guidance and inspiration from on high. They can become the key to open the channel to communion with our Father in Heaven and His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ.
Scriptures can calm an agitated soul, giving peace, hope and a restoration of confidence in one’s ability to overcome the challenges of life. They have potent power to heal emotional challenges when there is faith in the Savior. They can accelerate physical healing.
Scriptures can communicate different meanings at different times in our life, according to our needs. A scripture that we may have read many times can take on nuances of meaning that are refreshing and insightful when we face a new challenge in life. (by Elder Richard G. Scott from his talk, “The Power of Scripture,” November 2011 Ensign magazine)
Local news:
Last Sunday was Toby Milani’s court of awards to become an Eagle Scout.
A new Gospel Principles’ class has begun for beginners in the gospel. Jon Ulbrich is the teacher.
Nov. 12 — Texas Abilene Stake temple day at the Lubbock temple. Those attending need to make reservations.
Nov. 13 — Branch Correlation meeting at 12:30 p.m.; stake priesthood meeting in Abilene at 6:30 p.m.
Nov. 20 — Special music provided by the men for the sacrament meeting.
Our two missionaries serving in this area are Elder Beck and Elder Rodriquez.
Our Church is located on the corner of 10th and Elm in Sweetwater and the Sunday meetings are from 9 a.m. until noon. For questions, please feel free to call 1-325-320-3476.

Nolan County Ministerial Alliance
Please mark your calendar for the 21st Annual Community Thanksgiving Service, next Sunday, Nov. 20, at 6:30 p.m. This year’s Community Thanksgiving service will be hosted by First United Methodist Church at 309 Cedar. Our theme is “I am Thankful” and will include Thanksgiving testimonies from members of our community. We also look forward to hosting both an adult and children’s community choir.  If you would like to participate in the choir, please attend the planned rehearsal on Sunday, Nov. 20 (the day of the Thanksgiving Service) at First United Methodist Church. The rehearsal for adults will be at 4:30 p.m. and for children at 5:30 p.m.
The Nolan County Ministerial Alliance serves our community by provided fellowship for local ministers as well as food assistance through our Brown Bag program, prescription assistance, and food and lodging to travelers who get stranded in our community. A special offering will be received at our Thanksgiving service to benefit the Brown Bag food assistance program.

WORD OF GOD
The S.L.U.G.G. ministry (our children ministry) is raffling tickets for an IPAD 2. Tickets are $2 a piece or 3 for $5. You can come by the Word of God Church during business hours or call 325-236-9031 for information on tickets. The children are raising money to help a family in need have a Christmas this year.
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 a.m.
Sunday night-Adult discipleship at 6:30 p.m., youth hangout 11-17 years and Children’s Rock night 5-10 years.
Wednesday night- 6:30 p.m. Teen and Tween youth church, pastor led for 11-17 years, children’s classes 5-10 years 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 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. There is also 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 is open Saturday night from 6-10 p.m. for sixth, seventh and eighth grade. A Christian atmosphere 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, rock climbing wall, 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, 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 year-old 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-old camp is suited at the level to where it keeps their attention-fun and a unforgettable experience with God.

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