Trinity Baptist Church calls Bro. Matt McGowen as Pastor

March 14, 2014

Broadway Baptist Church
There was a farmer who had a big brush pile that he wanted to burn. As he began to prepare it for burning, he noticed a little bird had built a nest in it. Out of concern for the bird, he destroyed the nest. When he came back days later, he found that the bird had rebuilt the nest. He destroyed the nest again, but the bird built it again, and again the farmer destroyed it. Finally, the little bird gave up. Can you imagine that little bird going home and saying to
his wife, “I just don’t know why all of our good plans for building a home are not working?” At least that is what we as humans would have done. There was an unseen hand working to protect that little bird.
In our lives when plans don't go as we think, you can rest assured there is an unseen hand protecting and providing.
On 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.
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 16, 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 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.
For in depth information on First Baptist Church Sweetwater, find us on Facebook or at www.fbcsweetwater.org.

First Presbyterian Church
First Presbyterian Church of 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. Doug Richards and Ruth Ann Campbell will be greeters.
IBK’s will meet with Lou Ann Cumbie, Sunday March 23, from 6:-7 p.m.
Session will meet Wednesday, March 19, at 5:30 p.m.
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.

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 Sunday nights 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: Pastor Brian is exploring discipline is part of being a disciple. This week he is looking at the discipline of prayer. Come join us Sunday morning as we worship the Lord with gladness!
Activities this week:
Sunday worship at 8:45 a.m. and 10:50 a.m.
Sunday at 6 p.m. — Adoratio and SHEEP.
Monday at 5:30 p.m. — Young women’s Bible study with childcare provided.
Wednesday at 10 a.m. — Morning Bible study.
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 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, “How can you believe if I tell you of Heavenly things? Serve God with mind and spirit.” 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 second Sunday of Lent, Donna Axe will give the scripture reading. Being attached to the “Cross” are the wheat and grapes symbolizing the last Passover meal of bread and wine Jesus shared with his disciples before he was arrested in the garden.
Bless This House is calling upon prayer for the safety of all travelers through spring break. Pray for the students from all campuses including colleges, teachers and/or church groups going on ski trips or other vacation spots. Pray not only for the time being well spent with friends and families in sharing wholesome fun, but also for their safe return to their individual homes.
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.
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.

Trinity Baptist Church 
Trinity Baptist Church, corner of Hailey & Santa Fe, is excited to announce that by overwhelming majority vote, Bro. Matt McGowen has been called to be Trinity’s next pastor. Bro. Matt, a Cross Plains, Texas native, will begin his ministry in the Sweetwater community on June 1. He and his wife, Sonda, currently reside in Helena, Alabama and are proud parents of four children: Ava (7), Addy (5), Alma (3) and Athan (almost 3 months). Along with the normal moving experience, Bro. Matt has employment commitments to fulfill before joining us here at Trinity. Our family looks forward with excitement to Bro. Matt’s leadership. More information about the McGowen family will be forthcoming as his arrival date nears.
Until Bro. Matt’s arrival, Trinity’s ministerial leadership will remain in the capable hands of Bro. Ken Lyle, Sr., who has served as our interim pastor since October. Bro. Ken has a huge heart for people, a burning desire to share God’s Word, and a warm, loving personality. Bro. Ken continues to lead our worship experiences on Sunday morning and evening as well as prayer time on Wednesday evenings. You are welcome to share these times with us.
Trinity Baptist Church is a loving, caring body of believers. No matter who you are, where you’ve been or where you are right now in your relationship with God, you will be welcomed here. Dress is always casual, music is a mix of traditional hymns and praise songs and the Word of God is preached. Our service times are:
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
We are prayerfully supporting three of our Trinity ladies as they depart this weekend for a Belize mission trip. Karyn Green, Odilia Palma and Pat Young will be serving at various places in Belize and will have some exciting stories and pictures when they return. Please join us in praying for their efforts and safe travels.
Trinity will host BSM (Baptist Student Ministry) at TSTC on Monday, March 17. Baptist Student Ministry is a great place to grow your faith and connect with people. If you know someone with a connection to TSTC here in Sweetwater, please let them know about BSM. Lunch and devotional time begins at noon in Room 210 of the Pevehouse Building.
Gretchen Jones, our Minister of Education, will complete her Master’s Degree at Hardin-Simmons University this May. We are joining together as a church to help her complete her Master’s project, which is a family-oriented event designed to “Grow a Faith That Lasts.” That event is planned for Sunday evening, March 30, and will consist of family-building activities designed to strengthen the family bond. We would appreciate your prayers for Gretchen and for our church as we work toward this goal of “Growing a Faith That Lasts.”
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 Dr.), 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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