Trinity Baptist to call Pastor

February 28, 2014

Broadway Baptist Church 
According to an article, Henry Ford asked some engineers to box the transmissions for his Model-T Fords in certain sized boxes. He gave meticulous dimensions and material instructions for these boxes. The builders were confused, but they did as they were told. 
When the transmissions were delivered, the factory workers took apart the boxes and used them for the floorboards!  Mr. Ford was thinking ahead! 
That’s what God does. He knows what we need even before we ask Him. We may not understand all of His ways, just like those workers who were boxing up the transmissions did not understand. 
Matthew 6:8 states: “Be not therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things you have need of, BEFORE YOU ASK!” Is there something going on right now you don’t understand?  Proverbs 3:5-6 says: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and HE SHALL DIRECT THY PATH.” Believing God’s promises, following His leadership and obeying His word are all part of faith in Him. Remember, we do not live by our understanding; we live by His promises.
If you don’t have a church home, we would love to have you worship with us at Broadway Baptist Church where God is changing homes one heart at a time.  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.
This week, we will be launching our March 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 Wednesday evenings 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.
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 2, 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.
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 Ash Wednesday service will be March 5, at 6 p.m. 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! Please note that there will be no KidX program on Wednesday, March 5, since there will be a special Ash Wednesday service that evening.
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.
Sunday March 2. will be “Shoeless Sunday.” Our goal this year is to collect 150 pairs of shoes for the Buckner Shoe drive.
Beginning March 2, we will have “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! March 2, the lunch will be a brisket sandwich meal for $1.50 that helps Pre-K and Kindergarten kids go to Day Camp!
Wednesday, March 5, we will have a special Ash Wednesday service at 6 p.m. to remind us of the importance of the weeks leading up to Easter.
The children would like to invite you to a banquet in your honor! Sunday, March 23, 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.
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.
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.

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 Church” for kids in preschool through third grade. The children stay through our time of praise and then go to their own worship service.
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: Ash Wednesday is March 5, and FUMC will have a service to mark the beginning of Lent at 5:30 p.m. in the Chapel. We hope you’ll join us as we embark on a journey to Easter and the hope it represents for all mankind. This week pastor Brian will continue the series The Church at a Crossroads by examining what it really means to love your neighbor.
Activities this week:
Sunday worship at 8:45 a.m. and 10:50 a.m.
Sunday at 6 p.m. — Adoratio and SHEEP.
Sunday at 6:45 p.m. — OT survey class.
Monday at 5:30 p.m. — Young women’s Bible study — childcare provided.
Wednesday at 10 a.m. — Morning Bible study.
Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. — Ash Wednesday service.
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.”
Sunday school begins at 9:30 a.m. and worship service at 10:45 a.m., with Pastor Claude bringing the message entitled, “My Beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.” 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. This is Communion Sunday when we have the opportunity to participate in the Sacrament of Holy Communion in renewing our spiritual walk with Jesus Christ. Remember to bring your rail offering, which is applied towards our shared ministries sponsored through the Northwest Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church. Following in the early afternoon, Pastor Claude and congregational members will serve communion to our “homebound.”
You are invited to join us at Highland Heights for Ash Wednesday services at 6:30 p.m., on the 5th of March. The devotional is entitled, “What is said in the closet will be shouted from the mountain tops.” Scripture reading comes from Matthew 6:1-6; 16-21. All are welcome to attend.
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 the first Sunday of Lent, a water basin, pitcher and towel will be placed at the base of the “Cross” which symbolizes Christ washing the feet of the disciples.
On Sunday, the 9th of March, members of the worship committee are reminded to stay for a short meeting following morning worship.
Evangelism committee meets on the 10th at 6:30 p.m. in the friendship Sunday school classroom. Following coordinators reporting upon their respective outreach ministries, decorative snack sacks will be compiled for the West Texas Children’s Advocacy Center.
Tuesday, March 4, is primary election day. Not only as Christians, but as citizens as well, we should take our privilege to vote seriously. Responsibility requires us to inform ourselves of all candidates before we go to the polls. It should not be a haphazard selection of choosing the candidate of our choice. “Bless This House” calls upon prayer that citizens understand the issues and the stance of candidates before casting their vote.
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. The 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)
CHURCH FILES BRIEF IN SUPPORT OF TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE
Five religious organizations, including the Church, filed an amicus (“friend-of-the-court”) brief on Feb. 10, with the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. The brief addresses two cases before the court that seek to redefine traditional marriage.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, National Association of Evangelicals, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod filed the brief collectively.
An amicus brief (or amicus curiae brief) is filed by individuals or organizations who, while not a party to a lawsuit, have a strong interest in or knowledge of the subject matter. The intent is to provide the court with information about the effects of a decision beyond the parties involved in the case.
“Our faith communities bear no ill will toward same-sex couples, but rather have marriage-affirming religious beliefs that merge with both practical experience and sociological fact to convince us that retaining the husband-wife marriage definition is essential,” the brief explains.
From the perspective of each faith’s tradition individually, as well as collectively, the brief outlines why “marriage between a man and a woman is sanctioned by God as the right and best setting for bearing and raising children.”
The brief also explains why the support of religious organizations and believers for traditional marriage laws “by no stretch undermines their constitutionality” under the federal Establishment Clause.
And the brief concludes that laws protecting traditional marriage “are entitled to be judged on their merits based on settled rules of law—not on a more demanding standard born of suspicion toward religion, religious believers, or their values.”
Local News:
There will be no services at the Sweetwater chapel on Sunday, March 2.
March 1 and 2 will be our Stake Conference in Abilene at the Stake Center (3325 North 12th Street).
The meeting schedules are as follows:
Saturday March 1:
3-4:30 p.m. — Priesthood Session
4:30-6 p.m. — Dinner/Youth Protection Training.
6-7:30 p.m. — Adult stake conference session .
Sunday March 2:
10 a.m. to noon — Abilene session
2-4 p.m. — San Angelo session
For further information, please call 1-325-864-2999.

Trinity Baptist Church
Trinity Baptist Church, corner of Hailey and Santa Fe, invites the community to hear Bro. Matt McGowen on Sunday morning, March 9, as he comes in view of a call as new pastor at Trinity. Following his sermon that morning, our church members will have the opportunity to vote on calling him to that position in our church’s ministry. We are indeed excited to have Bro. Matt, his wife, Sonda and their 2-month-old son, Athan, to join us that day.
Bro. Matt McGowen, 32, was born and raised near Cross Plains, Texas. While attending Howard Payne University, Matt met the love of his life, a music education student named Sonda Leininger. Matt and Sonda married in June 2002 and have 4 children: Ava (7), Addy (5), Alma (3), and Athan (2 months). Sonda holds a B.A. in music education and has worked as an elementary music teacher. Currently Sonda is a stay at home mom of four.
In 2002 Matt received his B.A. degree in Bible from Howard Payne University. In 2008 Matt received the M.Div. from Logsdon Seminary. Matt and Sonda served at Cottonwood Baptist Church near Cross Plains for 10 years (two years as youth pastor followed by eight years as pastor). In January 2010 the McGowens joined a Birmingham, Alabama-based missions organization focused on orphan care and combating human trafficking around the world. During this season the Lord continued to sharpen and deepen the McGowens’ passion for sharing the Gospel and offering tangible compassion to the least of these.
The Trinity church family will have a weekend of activities to welcome Bro. Matt, including a breakfast with the Deacon body, a church-wide fellowship and hearing Bro. Matt preach the morning of March 9.
Trinity Baptist Church is a loving, caring body of believers. You are welcome to join us at any of our services, where dress is always casual, music is a mix of traditional hymns and praise songs and the Word of God is preached.
Sunday:
9:30 a.m. — Sunday school.
10:45 a.m. — Sunday morning worship.
6 p.m. — Sunday evening Bible study (now studying the seven churches of Revelation), Children’s Choir, Children’s Bible Drill, youth Bible study.
Wednesday:
6:30 p.m. — Trinity prayer time/Bible study, TeamKID for children, youth Bible study.
If you would like to talk to someone about Jesus Christ becoming Lord of your life, please come by our offices (located at 1503 Crescent Drive), or call us at 235-2991.  You can also find more information about our church on our website, www.trinitysweetwater.com.

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