This week's church news

January 13, 2012

AVONDALE BAPTIST CHURCH
Greetings from the Avondale Baptist Church family! We would like to invite everyone to come and worship 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.
This Sunday evening at 6 p.m. we will have a concert for the evening service. "Called Out," the quartet from Lamar Street Baptist church, will bring the program. Everyone is invited for a great evening of wonderful music and a fellowship will follow.
We will have "High Attendance Day" in Sunday School Jan. 29. We are working and praying for 80 in attendance that day. Try to join us if you can.

BROADWAY BAPTIST CHURCH
2012 will hold for us days of sunshine and joy as well as darkness and sorrow. How will you handle those times of stress and darkness? Will you let God guide? Will you hide His Word in your heart to lean upon? Will you walk in the light as He is in the light? It is easy to be deceived, when we are not walking in the light of God’s Word. Charles Lindbergh tells about the time he was flying in a dense fog over Newfoundland. He noticed moisture beginning to freeze on the wings of his plane and thought, “This great adventure is going to come to an untimely end. What shall I do?” 
Then, he had a moment of inspiration. He pulled his plane up and out of the fog and burst into the dazzling sunlight. Have you ever felt like you were living in a fog? Friend, He has a word of encouragement for you. You can get near to the heart of God. His light can shine even in the darkest corner of your heart, if you will look to Him. Let God’s Word shine in your heart to reveal and remove the doubt and fear.
“Missions Matters” is the theme for our annual Missions Conference this year.  This conference will be Jan. 25-29. Our guests missionaries will be the following: Dan Powers, missionary to Cambodia, Chad Morton, missionary to East Asia and Larry Quinlan, missionary to Indonesia.
We are revamping our Children’s program on Sunday mornings. “Kid Zone” begins Sunday, Feb. 5. This program involves some exciting changes in our Sunday school and Children’s Church  Departments.
You are invited to "A Marriage Seminar" on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. hosted by Broadway Baptist Church. The guest speaker will be Evangelist Jerry Thorpe. Please call the church at 235-2730, if you would be interested in coming.
If you don’t have a church home, we would love for you to come and visit us this Sunday, the 15th. 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.

Faith Harvest Church
Faith Harvest Pentecostal Church would like to invite you to come join us in our celebration of Jesus Christ! We are located at 408 Alamo Street, which is right off of Sam Houston. Our service times are 10 a.m. on Sunday mornings, 6 p.m. on Sunday evenings and 7 p.m. on Wednesday evenings. We have Sunday school for adults, Out-of-Line Youth Ministry for teens and Children’s Church for kids. We have many projects and plans for the year of 2012, including sending our youth group to Discovery Camp this summer. We will be having a movie night fellowship this Saturday, Jan. 14, at 6 p.m. that you are more than welcome to attend! Also, don’t forget about our website, www.fhpcofsweetwater.com, where we add something new every day! If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact Pastor Jimmy Bennett at 325-242-4750 or Deacon Bobby Hoover at 325-236-4023.

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
The staff and membership of First Baptist Church invite you and your family to join us this Sunday morning 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. First Baptist Church is located at 213 East Third Street in Sweetwater, next door to the Post Office and all are welcome.
Mark your calendar:
Monday, Jan. 16, beginning at 2 p.m., in Room 101a, all women interested in "Missions" are invited to attend and hear the speaker, Dr. Judy Clayton encourages each of us to become involved in "hands on" mission lifestyle and projects.
Sunday, Jan. 22, beginning at 6 p.m., FBC will show the movie "Courageous" about four law enforcement officers who are confident and focused "to serve and protect" yet discover that none of them are prepared to tackle fatherhood. We will return on Jan. 29, beginning at 6 p.m. to learn how these four men faced their fears and learned how to raise their children in a God-honoring way.
Wednesday, Jan. 25, FBC will resume the KID-X program. Should you have questions or want to get involved with these wonderful children, call Phillip Thomas at 236-6348.
Sunday, Jan. 29, at 1 p.m. the FBC pre-teen class will head to Abilene to play at Prime Time! We will leave the FBC parking lot at 1 p.m. and return at 4:30 p.m. Friends are welcome to attend and encouraged to come!
Throughout the month of January, wish Danna Maberry a happy anniversary for serving FBC for 36 years as church pianist and wish Lucille Hall a happy 100th birthday. The actual date of her birthday is Jan. 11 and she will celebrate all month at Nolan Nursing & Rehab Center where she is a resident.

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS
UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Join 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, “Holy Headphone.” 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 January is Nelda Walker.
We encourage you to return this Sunday evening at 6 p.m. to continue with the study entitled, “Journey in the Wilderness,” by Gil Rindle. Pastor Chris will lead the study of New Life for mainline churches.
Due to inclement weather, the evangelism committee meeting was postponed to Monday, the 16th, at 7 p.m., at the church. Following coordinators reporting on their respective outreach ministries, decorative snack sacks will be compiled for “West Texas Children’s Advocacy Center.” Outreach ministry plans for 2012 will be discussed and scheduled.
Bible study will continue in the book of Matthew on the 25th, at 7 p.m., at the church. All are invited to attend.
As we return to the routine of our daily lives and are beginning anew in 2012, “Bless This House” ask prayers that we continue to grow in our faith and strengthen our commitment to following Jesus Christ. No matter what life experiences we face in the new year, may we always remember the Lord is walking beside us or carrying us in his arms during times of happiness or sadness, in sickness or health and through joys or disappointments. May we always praise and glorify Him and show His love to our fellowman.
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 Church
Winter greetings from Lamar Street Baptist Church!
We want to extend a personal invitation for you and your family to join us this Sunday! Sunday school starts at 9:30 a.m. with classes available for everyone in the family, with our morning worship service beginning at 10:40 a.m.
The music in our service is made up of classic hymns led by the choir and contemporary songs led by the praise team. We also have a Children’s Sermon for all elementary-age students. Jerry Payne, our pastor, will be bringing this week’s sermon in the morning and also at 6 p.m. for our evening service.
Before our Sunday night service at 5 p.m., we have Bible Drill for all third through sixth grade students. Participants are learning books of the Bible, key passages and memory verses to prepare our fourth through sixth graders for competition starting next month. Contact Bible Drill director Linda Kite at 235-9727, 235-5463 (ext. 18) or 725-2800 for more information.
Our weekly services continue on Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. Preschool-age children participate in Mission Friends, while students in first through sixth grade are split up for GA’s (Girls in Action) and RA’s (Royal Ambassadors). Seventh through 12th graders meet with the youth group for their activities, while the adults gather for Bible study and prayer.
Other announcements:
• The youth and children’s departments are still selling God’s Creation 2012 calendars for $6 each. The money raised will go toward this summer’s camps.
• Members are still needed to prepare meals each Wednesday night for the youth group. Contact Carolyn Mullican to learn more or get involved.
We hope to see you and your family this Sunday at Lamar Street Baptist Church at 513 Lamar! Call the church office at 235-1779 or find us on Facebook for more information about our services, ministries and programs.

THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST
OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS
(THE MORMONS)
This year, we are studying the life of George Albert Smith, the eighth president of the church. At age 34, he made a list of resolutions that he called his "personal creed" — 11 ideals that he committed to live by:
* I would be a friend to the friendless and find joy in ministering to the needs of the poor.
* I would visit the sick and afflicted and inspire in them a desire for faith to be healed.
* I would teach the truth to the understanding and blessing of all mankind.
* I would seek out the erring one and try to win him back to a righteous and a happy life.
* I would not seek to force people to live up to my ideals but rather love them into doing the thing that is right.
* I would live with the masses and help to solve their problems that their earth life may be happy.
* I would avoid the publicity of high positions and discourage the flattery of thoughtless friends.
* I would not knowingly wound the feelings of any, not even one who may have wronged me, but would seek to do him good and make him my friend.
* I would overcome the tendency to selfishness and jealousy and rejoice in the successes of all the children of my Heavenly Father.
* I would not be an enemy to any living soul.
Local news:
Primary will be starting a Cub Scout Pack in February. We will be meeting the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at 6:30 p.m. This will be open to all 8-11 year old boys.
Jan. 22 — A special satellite presentation will be broadcast at the chapel celebrating the 100th anniversary of the seminary program. It will begin at 7 p.m. All students and future students and their families are asked to attend.
Jan. 28 — The Abilene Stake Women's Conference will be from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the chapel on Southwest Boulevard in San Angelo. The theme is "Setting the Pace of our Priorities." Workshops will be given and then a luncheon at 12.
Our church is located on the corner of 10th and Elm in Sweetwater and the Sunday meetings are from 9 a.m. until noon. For questions, please feel free to call 1-325-320-3476.

TRINITY BAPTIST CHURCH
The Trinity Church family invites you to join with us as we serve a risen Savior! We are located at the corner of Hailey and Santa Fe Streets, where the building is ongoing. Our casual, friendly, family atmosphere with traditional and contemporary music makes our church an easy place to “fit in”. We also have Children’s Church for kids ages 3-5 during worship on Sunday mornings.
Sunday school begins at 9:30 a.m. followed by worship services at 10:45 a.m. each Sunday. Sunday evenings (at 6 p.m.) are dedicated to Bible study for adults and youth with M&M’s Children’s Choir for children. Wednesday evenings have adults meeting in the sanctuary for Trinity Power Plant (our weekly prayer time) at 6:30 p.m. At the same time, children enjoy TeamKID and our youth get together in the youth room. There’s a place for all ages, nursery to senior adults and all ages in between. We have a place for you and your family!
TeamKIDs will bring a short program during Children’s Church this Sunday morning. If your child has been attending TeamKID on Wednesday evenings, please make sure you come on Sunday to hear them share what they have learned. TeamKID is a fast-paced, high-energy, Bible-based, missions-oriented program for children of all ages (preschool through sixth grades). We meet at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. Bring your KIDs and join us.
We continue to wear name tags each Sunday in January so that we can identify each other by name. It’s already helped lots of us to “put a name with a face”. After the month of January, we will observe “Name Tag Sunday” on fifth Sundays during the remainder of the year.
The Missions Team will be meeting with Bro. Kyle this Sunday at 5 p.m. We are excited to see what God has in His plan for 2012 for Trinity outreach.
Regularly scheduled budget and finance and Deacons meetings are scheduled for this Sunday at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. respectively. Please plan on being in your place of service.
The Bible Study Crazy Love, by Francis Chan, continues on Sunday evenings. Bro. Ward leads this study, which can be joined at any time. Regardless of whether you’ve attended before, you’re invited to join us for the remainder of this wonderful study about falling in love with God. This week, we will study Chapter 7.
Ladies began a new Bible study this week. These sessions are offered at noon, with a second session at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. We are studying Angela Thomas’ book, Brave: Honest Questions Women Ask. We will look at the heart of what women are thinking and feeling, teaching them how to meet the challenges, fears and struggles of being a woman. Books will be available for purchase at $12 each, with scholarships available. Child care is available also, so choose which study will work with your schedule and join us.
A new session of DivorceCare will begin on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 6 p.m. Classes are held upstairs in our youth room, which can be accessed using the outside stairs on the west side of our facility. Taught by Donnie Armstrong, DivorceCare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. The 13-week session is stand-alone, meaning that the session can be joined at any time. The only cost is a $15 workbook; however, scholarships are available, so please do not let the cost of a workbook keep you from attending! Previous attendees are welcome to come back at any time for a refresher or to catch a session they missed at an earlier time. Child care is also available. For more information or registration, please call our church office at 235-2991, or send an email to divorcecare@trinitysweetwater.com. To find out more about this opportunity, you can also visit the DC website at www.divorcecare.org.
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 hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can also find us on the web at www.trinitysweetwater.com. God bless you!

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