Trinity Baptist members embarking on a mission trip to the ROC in Garland
AVONDALE BAPTIST CHURCHGreetings to everyone, from the Avondale Baptist Church family! We would like to invite you to come and visit us if you are looking for a loving church family. We welcome you to come and worship our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ with us. We are located at 1405 Hoyt Street.Our regular Sunday schedule is coffee fellowship at 9:20 a.m., Sunday school Bible study at 9:45 a.m., worship services at 10:50 a.m. and 6 p.m. and choir practice at 7 p.m. On Wednesday evening we have On-Mission groups for all ages at 7 p.m. If you need more information, you can call the church at 325-235-5835.BROADWAY BAPTIST CHURCHI once read a sign that said, “Smile, it makes people wonder what you’ve been up to.” Many years ago, as a youth pastor, I would sing the song: “If you’re Happy Notify Your Face!” Christians should be the happiest people on earth, even in the midst of all the things going on around. Unfortunately, we look like we were baptized in pickle juice and spent our life sucking on lemons. We seem to have lost the note of joy. Man has intelligence, will and emotion and when we experience the grace of God, it will affect all three. My father used to sing, “If you can sing, when it seems there is nothing to sing about, then I’ll know that you know my Savior.” Paul and Silas sang in prison. Paul wrote while in jail: “Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice.” When things aren’t going your way, troubles surround you, and it seems your world is closing in on you, remember God’s promise that the Joy of the Lord is your strength. He wants you to know that joy really comes in the morning. Since we know these truths, let’s smile so that people will know that the Lord is up to something!This coming Wednesday night, the 13th, Broadway Baptist Church is in for a special treat at 7 p.m. in the auditorium, and we as a church would like to invite you to come and enjoy the Gospel Music of the Hinkle Family. This family travels across the country ministering through song in churches and in nursing homes. Come and enjoy their unique Gospel music sound. You will be blessed.It is time for church camp. If you would like for your child or teen to go to church camp, please let us know by calling 235-2730. Junior High Camp is June 11-15. Senior High Camp is July 9-13, and Junior Camp is July 23-26.If you don’t have a church home, we would love for 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. FIRST BAPTIST CHURCHFirst Baptist Church invites you and your family to join us this Sunday morning (June 10) for Bible study, beginning at 9:15 a.m., for all age groups, followed by the Sunday morning worship service, which begins at 10:30 a.m., and includes a message by our pastor, Phillip Thomas, from God's Word, a "Call to Worship" video, and a Children's Sermon. First Baptist Church is located at 213 East Third Street, in Sweetwater, next door to the Post Office, and all are welcome!On Sunday evening (June 10) in Room 301, beginning at 6 p.m., FBC Pastor Phillip Thomas will be presenting "A Study on Apologetics — Knowing What You Believe.” This study will help today's Christian better understand, defend and proclaim their beliefs. Contact Phillip for more information.In addition, the summer of 2012 will be full of family-fun activities that can start new friendships and solidify existing ones. 1). Opportunities such as P3 activities are scheduled for July 9-12 and August 6-9 where we reach out to families within our community; 2). The church-wide picnic; and 3). Remember to pray for our high school students as they travel to Estes Park, Colorado (June 10-15), grow spiritually in heart and mind and make life-long friendships with various members of their youth group.Mark you calendar (July 22) beginning at 6 p.m. in the FBC Sanctuary, when the Ugandan Children's Choir will sing in both English and their native language (Luganda), play instruments, including African drums and dance traditional dances in colorful costumes. The education those attending will receive will be invaluable in widening appreciation for the needs of orphans in third-world countries, as well as demonstrating God's powerful hand at work in their lives. During the current summer of 2012, FBC is committed to loving the world around us by reaching out to families in our neighborhoods and community. Come join with us! If you have questions, call the FBC office at 236-6348. Also check the FBC website at www.fbcsweetwater.org to stay informed!First Christian Church(Disciples of Christ)“I was glad when you said unto me; Let us go into the house of the Lord.” Psalm 122:1First Christian Church at 1611 Hailey (corner of Lakeview and Hailey) welcomes members and visitors alike to our morning church services. Sunday school class begins at 9:50 a.m. with sanctuary worship services at 10:50 a.m. Music will be led this Sunday by song leader Erica Rea with Janice Boil as accompanist. In the absence of our pastor, Curtis Ward, Pastor Gayle Ward will continue the series of lessons on seeking “The Surrendered Life”. The title for her sermon this Sunday will be “I Had Heard of You, But Now I See”. This teaching will be taken from Job 42:5-6. These lessons continue to give us goals to strive for as we live our daily lives and draw our strength from the Lord.If you are looking for a church home, First Christian Church extends an open invitation to one and all. We look forward to your presence. Come expecting to be blessed.HIGHLAND HEIGHTSUNITED METHODIST CHURCHJoin 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, “Be Careful What You Ask For.” 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 June is Jenene Taylor.Evangelism committee meets Monday, the 11th 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. On the 13th, at 7 p.m., the Wednesday evening Bible study will conclude its study in the book of Matthew.Don’t miss our rummage and bake sale. Mark your calendars on Friday, June 22, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday, June 23, from 8 a.m. to noon. You are welcome to drop by and shop for bargains and purchase delicious baked goods. During the Northwest Texas United Methodist Church Conference, pastoral appointments were officially announced. For the month of June, “Bless This House” is asking prayers for all pastors and their families, whether they are remaining in their present charge or being appointed to a new charge. May their respective congregations welcome them with open hearts. Pray the pastors and congregational members serve together in Christian love, support one another in ministry, listen to the Holy Spirit in making Disciples of Jesus Christ and always remember their Purpose is to “Glorify God.” 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 CHURCHWe have several events lined up at Lamar Street Baptist Church (LSBC) and we'd like for you to join us!Our local mission project will start on Monday, June 18, and last the entire week. Vacation Bible School “Babylon: Daniel’s Courage in Captivity” will kick off the program each morning from 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. for children in Kindergarten through sixth grade, followed by outreach opportunities and work projects for church and community members in need in the afternoon. We will also have a three-night revival during this week starting on Tuesday night which will include special music, testimonies and preaching. Time, finances and prayers are all vital for the preparation and success of this year's mission project, and we ask that you prayerfully consider how to help. We at Lamar Street Baptist covet your prayers for focus, efficiency and sharing the Gospel to the community throughout this mission-minded week.We also hope to see you at our weekly services. Sunday school begins at 9:30 a.m. for every age group, followed by our 10:40 a.m. service featuring hymns, praise songs, a Children's Sermon and message from our pastor, Jerry Payne. He will also bring the sermon during our Sunday night service which starts at 6 p.m.Wednesday nights continue our weekly worship at 6:30 p.m. with programs available for children (Mission Friends, GA's — Girls in Action, and RA's — Royal Ambassadors), youth activities for 7th-12th graders and Bible study and prayer for adults.Our youth will be leaving at noon on Friday, June 22, to attend the Youth Evangelism Conference in Arlington.To learn more about Lamar Street Baptist Church, visit us at 513 Lamar, find us on Facebook or call the church at 235-1779. We can't wait to see you this Sunday!TRINITY BAPTIST CHURCHSeveral Trinity Baptist Church members will leave this Sunday (June 10) for a mission trip to The ROC in Garland, Texas. They will use the week to minister to the people who come to the shelter, teaching a Vacation Bible School and volunteering to help with all kinds of projects that need to be done around the facility. This group would appreciate your prayers as they step out into the streets in the name of Jesus to demonstrate His love for all of us. If you would be interested in helping at The ROC, please visit their website at www.roc-n-garland.org/ to learn about their efforts.Monday through Wednesday, June 25-27 is Vacation Bible School at Trinity. Our theme this year is Sky: Everything Is Possible With God! Held from 1-4 p.m. daily, VBS is for children who have completed Kindergarten through sixth grade. Kickoff/registration will be held on Sunday, June 24, from 5-7 p.m. and will feature a water slide, hotdogs and fun. Pre-registration is appreciated. You may call or come by our church offices Monday through Thursday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. to sign up your children.Our sanctuary is located at the corner of Hailey and Santa Fe Streets here in Sweetwater. We encourage everyone to join us as we serve our Savior, Jesus Christ. Everyone “fits in” at Trinity. Give us a try and see how well you fit in! Our services feature a mix of traditional and contemporary in a casual, friendly atmosphere. Our regularly scheduled weekly activities are as follows:Sundays9:30 a.m. — Sunday school (it’s for everyone — all ages!).10:45 a.m. — Morning worship.6:00 p.m. — Bible studies (adults and youth), Children’s Choir.Wednesdays6:30 p.m. — Prayer time/Bible study for adults, youth Bible study (7th-12th grades), TeamKID for children (Preschool through sixth grades).7:30 p.m. — Sanctuary choir rehearsal.Summer camps at Big Country Baptist Assembly (BCBA) are coming up. A list of our camps we will attend is as follows:• Day Camp (completed grades Kindergarten through third grade) — July 7 — $30.Youth Camp (completed grades 7th-12th) — July 8-12 — $150.Pre-Teen Camp (completed grades fourth through sixth) – July 16-19 — $150.Lad and Lassie Camp (completed grades first through third) — August 3-4 — $58.This year, BCBA is requiring sign-ups to be made online at www.bigcountrycamp.com. Click on “Summer Camps” and follow the links. Gretchen Jones, our Education Minister, is sponsor that should be listed on the registration form. Please be sure to print out your completed form and bring it by the church office. If you do not have internet access, please give us a call so that we can help.If you would like more information about Trinity, or if you would like accept Jesus Christ as your Savior, please call us at 235-2991 or drop by our offices located at 1503 Crescent Drive. Our office hours are Monday through Thursday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can also find us on the web at www.trinitysweetwater.com. God bless you! WORD OF GOD churchWe will have a fundraiser for the T.A.G. Ministry. There is gonna be a co-ed softball tournament at the baseball fields Saturday, June 9, starting at 9 a.m. and will run through out the day. We will have a concession stand selling brisket sandwiches and much more. Come on out and support the teens and raise money for church camp. 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 for children ages 11-17 and children’s Rock night for children ages 5-10.Wednesday night-6:30 p.m. is teen and tween youth church, pastor led for children ages 11-17, children’s classes for children ages 5-10 and adult Word study for men’s and women’s ministry, disciple led.Ministries:T.A.G. and Tween’s-These ministries are for children ages 11-17. 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. Sunday night is 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 Saturday night from 6-10 p.m. for sixth, seventh and eighth graders. A Christian atmosphere is 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 available with drinks, nachos, Frito pies, candy, chip, etc. It is a controlled environment with adult supervision. There is 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 Camp11-17 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 suited at the level to where it keeps their attention-fun and a unforgettable experience with God.