Trinity Baptist welcomes new pastor on Easter Sunday

April 18, 2014

The church family at Trinity Baptist Church is blessed to welcome our new pastor, Bro. Matt McGowen, to the pulpit this Sunday. Easter Sunday is an historical date for our church. The very first worship service in Trinity’s newly-built sanctuary in 1958 was held on Easter Sunday. Our previous pastor, Bro. Ward Hayes, preached his first sermon as our pastor on Easter Sunday, 2003. Bro. Matt will preach his first sermon at Trinity on Easter Sunday. Welcome to Sweetwater, Bro. Matt, Sonda, Ava, Addy, Alma and Athan McGowen!
Even more importantly on Easter Sunday, we will rejoice and celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. After the darkest week in Christian history, when our Lord was crucified and laid in a grave, He rose after three days (just as He said He would), and continues to live in our hearts to this very day! A citizen of Jerusalem, talking with a Christian, was bewildered at why Christians wanted to go to Jerusalem. His comment was, “Why do you want to go to Jerusalem? There’s nothing there but an empty tomb!” But that’s it! There IS nothing there but an empty tomb! Jesus is alive! He arose from the dead! He lives!
Trinity Baptist Church provides a loving, caring, casual atmosphere for worship, with a mix of traditional and contemporary music. At Trinity, we want you to feel as if you are being welcomed home. Our worship times are as follows:
Sundays:
9:30 a.m. — Sunday school (for all ages!)
10:45 a.m. — Sunday morning worship
6 p.m. — Sunday evening Bible studies (youth and adults), children’s choir, children’s Bible drill
Wednesdays:
6:30 p.m. — Adult and youth Bible studies and prayer time; children’s TeamKID
Trinity will not have an Easter egg hunt this year, but we look forward to greeting your children after morning worship with a special treat. As our gift to those who attend worship with us on Easter Sunday, we will have backdrops in place in our Family Life Center to take family portraits. So make plans now to bring your family, worship with us and stay for portraits following worship.
Traditionally, Trinity will dismiss evening services this Sunday so that our members can enjoy the remainder of Easter Sunday with their families.
Join us this Easter Sunday at Trinity. We are located at the corner of Hailey and Santa Fe Streets here in Sweetwater. Come early and bring your friends and family.
If you would like to speak with us regarding your relationship with Jesus Christ, please drop by our offices, located at 1503 Crescent Drive, or give us a call at 235-2991. For more information about our church, please visit our website at www.trinitysweetwater.com.
“He is not here; He has risen, just as He said!” (Matthew 28:6)

Broadway Baptist Church
Can you imagine what it would have been like to be the man of Cyrene that was named Simon, who was yanked out of the crowd and compelled (literally forced) to have to carry the cross of Christ while following Him up Calvary? Imagine sharing in the humiliation of rejection, sorrow and suffering. Imagine having His blood on your hands and garments. Imagine feeling the warmth of His blood across your body. Imagine the look in the Savior’s eyes as you lifted it from His back, when He fell beneath the load.
What would you have thought?
• Can I carry this cross?
• Am I physically able?
• I don’t want that blood on me!
• Get someone else!
Imagine the inner turmoil Simon felt as the Roman soldier, the executioner, drew near to take it off his back, lay it on the ground and beganto nail Christ to it. Imagine the burden that had been lifted off his shoulders that day, when the Roman soldier said, “Ok, you have done your job. This is His cross! You are free, so get out of here.”
Yes, Jesus bore our burdens at Calvary, died for us, and shed His blood that we might befree. As you celebrate Easter remember He took your place! I Peter 3:18 says, “For Christ also hath once suffered for our sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit.”
Broadway is so looking forward to celebrating Jesus’ Resurrection. This Easter Sunday, we are planning a sunrise service at 7 a.m. in the Family Center parking lot. Our Adult Choir will perform the cantata: “Oh What A Savior!” during the 10:50 a.m. service. After the 10:50 a.m. service we will have an Easter egg hunt for the children. We will not have an evening service on Sunday so that our congregation can spend the rest of Easter with their family and friends. If you do not have a church home, you are welcome to join us and celebrate The Resurrection!

Emmanuel Fellowship Church
He Is Risen! And that one fact changes everything! We invite you to join Emmanuel Fellowship Church this Sunday at the Sweetwater City Auditorium (400 Locust Street) in one service at 11 a.m. as we celebrate Easter! Our children will be worshiping with us, and every child will receive a gift. We are looking forward to being together and would love to have you celebrate the Resurrection with us!
Next Sunday (April 27), we will be back in our church facilities at 1418 Hailey Street, meeting at both 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. We look forward to launching our new sermon series, “Transformed.”
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 Easter Sunday, April 20, 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 April is canned soup. 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.
Kid X 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.
Good Friday service will be April 18. Join us at 6 p.m. for a very meaningful service to remember the sacrifice that was made for us.
At 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 19, we will have an Easter fellowship at Newman Park. There will be a cook-out, egg hunt and other activities.
The monthly men’s breakfast will be Saturday, April 26, at 8 a.m. This will be followed by a Bible study and a time of prayer.
This year we collected 140 pairs of shoes that will be delivered to Buckner on Monday, April 28. If there is anyone who would like to bring shoes for this year’s shoe drive, there is still time. We will accept shoes through Sunday, April 27. Any shoes that are brought in after that time will be saved for next year.
Sunday, April 27, from 4-7:30 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.
May 4 we will celebrate God’s work in the lives of our graduating seniors! We will recognize our seniors and worship together with their families.
May 11 we will celebrate together as we dedicate the children who have been born into First Baptist Church since 2009. We will pray for the children and their families during this special worship service.
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.
Everyone is invited to come and worship with us on Sunday April 20, for Easter Sunday at 10:45 a.m. The children will meet at 10:10 a.m. for choir practice and will be singing during worship. Sunday school will not meet this Sunday. Mike Fry will be worship assistant and Doug Richards and Keith Brock will be greeters. All the children are invited to bring their Easter baskets for an Easter egg hunt immediately following worship. Thanks to the youth for their help with the Easter lilies and the Easter egg hunt.
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 Baptist Church
This Sunday, April 20, Highland Baptist Church will hold their worship service at 10 a.m. There will be no Sunday school classes. The church is located on 503 E. Alabama, with Rev. Keith Clower as pastor.

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.”
We wish you and your family a blessed Easter! Come and join us praising and worshiping our Lord. This Easter Sunday, our “Wooden Cross” will be adorned with beautiful flowers symbolizing the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Sunday school begins at 9:30 a.m. and worship service at 10:45 a.m., with Pastor Claude bringing the message entitled, “Life Alternating Moments: I have seen the Lord.” 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 Whitfield. Brenda will sing a special musical selection during morning worship.
The month of April 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.
On Friday, May 2, and Saturday, May 3, our spring rummage and bake sale will be held in the fellowship hall. Make plans to stop by and purchased delicious baked goods and shop for bargains for your family. All are welcome.
The next outreach ministry Highland Heights is focusing upon 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 collection of articles will be consecrated on Sunday, May 11, before they are delivered the following week.
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 (Mormons)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints joins with the rest of the Christian world this week in celebrating Easter and remembering the Atonement and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Church’s First Presidency issued this Easter message:
This is the season of the year when the Christian world remembers the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Out of love for His Father and for us, the Savior allowed Himself to suffer beyond the capacity of mortal man. He said, “Which suffering caused myself, even God, the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and spirit — and would that I might not drink the bitter cup and shrink — Nevertheless, glory be to the Father, and I partook and finished my preparations unto the children of men.” (Doctrine and Covenants 19:18-19).
Our Savior broke the bands of death. Through His Resurrection there is assurance that life is everlasting. Our Lord and Savior is the living witness that such is so.
As special witnesses, we declare that God does live. Jesus Christ is His Son, the Only Begotten of the Father in the flesh. He is our Redeemer, our Mediator with the Father. Jesus Christ atoned for our sins. He became the firstfruits of the Resurrection. Because He died, all shall live again.
The First Presidency:
Thomas S. Monson
Henry B. Eyring
Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Calendar:
April 19 — Stake Auxiliary Training.
April 20 — Easter.
April 21 — Family Home Evening for the families.
April 22 — New Testament class 7 p.m. at chapel.
April 26 — Especially For Youth activity.
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, Elder Valgardson and Elder Hughes, the three missionaries serving in this area (phone 1-325-864-2999).
“And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom, that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God. Labor to serve one another.” Mosiah 2:17-18

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