Vacation Bible School approaches at Broadway Baptist Church

July 18, 2014

Broadway Baptist Church 
I often get asked, “What is your name?” to which I reply, “No, it isn’t.” I get a funny look, so they ask again. I reply with the same answer. Finally, I say, “No is not my name!” I guess I heard the “Who’s on first?” routine too many times. Have you ever given much thought to your name? Who you are named after, and what your name means, etc.? 
In my family we have pretty famous names (not famous people just famous names). My great-grandfather and my brother are Daniel Webster Stephens. My grandfather and father are named Christopher Columbus Stephens. On my mother’s side my grandfather was John Edward, hence I am Christopher John.  But what’s in a name? How important is it? 
Luke writes in Acts 4:12: “Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Paul wrote in Philippians 2:9-11: “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” 
When God called Moses to lead the children of Israel, Moses asked, “Who shall I say has sent me?” and God replied, “I Am.” If you think about it, that pretty much says it all. I AM!  He is our Hope, He is our Strength, He is our Courage, and He is our All in All.  Yes, He is The Great I AM! As Pastor Chris continues his series, this Sunday, on Knowing The God We Love, he will share with us the names of God and show us how we can be encouraged and have perfect peace knowing we are loved by The Great I Am.
Vacation Bible School is July 27– 31, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Our theme for VBS this year is “The Greatest Gift.” Come and celebrate the greatest gift that was ever given, “Jesus Christ.” We look forward to celebrating Christmas in July! VBS ministers to children starting Kindergarten through completing fifth grade. Please call the church at 235-2730 and let us know that you would like to sign up your child for VBS. We will provide vans to pick up your children, if needed, just let us know.
Broadway Baptist Church would like to invite you to come and worship with us this Sunday at 710 E. Third Street. 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 are continuing our “Summer Survival Series.” This sermon series highlights beloved Bible stories and allows us to search the Scriptures for God’s word and will for us—even in the midst of triple digit temperatures.
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. Please be in prayer for our teens as they head to Extreme Camps next week — it’s going to be a powerful time!
We would love to have you save the date for our Children’s School of Worship, to be held August 3-6, at 6 p.m., for our pre-school and elementary age children. This annual event features in-depth lessons, games, crafts, snacks and much, much more, so you won’t want to miss it!
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, July 20, 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 July is canned beans. 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.
P3 will be July 21-24 at Hillcrest Apartments. Please contact the Church Office for further information.
Christmas in July is the most wonderful time of the year — at least until December! Be a part of Christmas in July at FBC! Events include: July 6-30 — Operation Christmas Child; July 16 — Kids decorating Christmas cookies; and July 30 — Christmas service and fellowship.
On Sunday July 13, 20 and 27, at 6 p.m., Dr. Kelly Pigott will bring us a special study on Christian History. We will be meeting on the third floor.
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.
Sunday school classes will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 20. Ruth Ann Campbell and Dorothy Stroman will be greeters and Boo Nemir will be the worship assistant for the worship service.
Kary Ann’s Clan will meet on Thursday, July 24, at 11:30 a.m. at Dairy Queen.
Thursday, July 24, at 5 p.m., Little One and IBK’s will have their Abilene Zoo/ Splash Pad/Picnic Night, so be sure to wear your swim suit under your clothes. Meet at the church at 5 p.m., visit the zoo, have a picnic in the park, then do the Splash Pad. Bring a towel and a picnic! Little One’s parents will need to attend if possible, since most of them still ride in a car seat. IBK parents may go too, if they would like. Everyone will need to RSVP to LouAnn to make sure there are enough seats for everyone.
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 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 services:
* Fellowship at 8:30 a.m.;
* Worship at 9 a.m.;
* Sunday school at 10:30 a.m.;
Pastor Jake’s sermon is entitled “Surely the Lord is in this Place.” Scripture reading comes from Genesis 28:10-19. Worship assistants are Lisa Peterson serving as worship leader, Brenda Alexander leads the congregational hymns and plays the keyboard, pianist is Bonnie Walters and greeter is Jo Whitfield.
Plan to attend the “brain storming” meeting Sunday evening, at 6 p.m., in the fellowship hall. All congregational members are encouraged to participate in scheduling and implementing activities for the upcoming year.
Summer activities are crowded into the weeks before students begin the school fall semester. Children and youth are participating in church and athletic camps, families vacationing and attending family reunions, spending time with friends, etc. “Bless This House” asks prayer for safety in all activities and that everyone enjoys a fun filled summer, remembering to always display a Christian attitude in all encounters with others.
Highland Heights’s next community outreach is our School Ministry. We will once again collect school supplies for needy students in the second and third grades at the East Ridge Elementary campus. A list of suggested items to purchase is available at the back of the sanctuary. Please bring your selections to the church on or before the consecration date of Sunday, the 10th of August, and they will be delivered the following week to the school campus.
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)
Five religious organizations, including The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, filed an amicus (“friend-of-the-court”) brief 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 & 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.”
Calendar:
July 18-19: Youth Conference at Lake Brownwood for ages 14-17;
July 21: Family Home Evening for the families;
July 23: Mutual activities at 6:30 p.m. for the youth;
July 24: Picnic at 6 p.m. at the church to celebrate Pioneer Day;
July 25: Make plans for the area youth to transcribe the Sweetwater Cemetery.
 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 Valgardson and Elder Hughes, the two missionaries serving in this area (phone 1-325-864-2999).

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