This week's church news

February 10, 2012

Broadway Baptist Church
I remember reading a story long ago about a little girl who came home from school all excited saying, “Mommy, today, we learned about Sleeping Beauty.” The mom replied, “Really, I remember that story. They lived happily ever after.” “No mommy, they got married!” exclaimed the little girl.
This past week I had the privilege of helping my parents celebrate 60 years of marriage. “60 years!” I teased, “That’s longer than most people live.” It was a wonderful time as family and friends gathered to congratulate them. During the ceremony we played the song, “If You Want to Know What Love Is, Look at Us”. 
How does a couple stay married 60 years? How can your marriage stay strong? What is the secret of “true love”? This Saturday we will host a “Marriage Matters” seminar from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with Jerry Thorpe. You will find the answers to these and many more questions regarding marriage. I want to personally invite you and your spouse to come and allow God to grow your relationship.
Evangelist Jerry Thorpe will also be our guest speaker on Sunday, the 12th. We are looking forward to a great Lord’s Day and would love for you to come and be our guest as well. 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.

Emmanuel Fellowship Church
February is family month at Emmanuel Fellowship, and we have some exciting plans in motion. Our sermon series this month is “The Marriage Coach.” Pastor Eric will be drawing upon 19 years of family ministry and countless hours of pastoral counseling to teach his top four keys to a healthy marriage. You can discover more by visiting a special website designed for this series www.themarriagecoach.us. 
The Sunday morning worship times for Emmanuel Fellowship Church are 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Both morning services are filled with the same warm fellowship, dynamic worship and life-giving messages. The 9 a.m. service offers a pre-school nursery for parents of small children. The 11 a.m. service offers top-notch children’s ministry and nursery care for children up to fifth grade. We invite you to come and experience the life, love and joy of Emmanuel Fellowship Church. 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 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., and includes 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!
The Children's Department and Pre-Teen Department will serve our Annual Senior Adult Appreciation Meal on Feb. 19, immediately following the morning worship service.
FBC Student Ministry needs food for one more Host Home for the "Disciple Now" (XA Weekend), Feb. 17-19. If you can help, contact Tique Hamilton at 325-665-9704. This programming is specifically scheduled for all 5th through 12th grade students.
Dinner and a movie will be hosted by the FBC Children's Department on Friday, Feb. 24, beginning at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited to help in "Finding Nemo".
Should you have any questions or need to remember dates and times, contact Minister to Students, Tique Hamilton, at 325-665-9704 (phone extension 2) or e-mail tique@fbcsweetwater.org.
Check in the church foyer for brochures and sign-up information for the new Growth Groups, beginning Sunday evening, Feb. 19. Our goal is to have every church member involved in either a Growth Group or another similar small group experience. While most groups are sermon-based, some are special interest groups focusing on topics such as parenting, marriage recovery, or Christian Basics for new believers. Check out what is offered and get involved!
A new semester for KID-X will begin Wednesday, Feb. 15, on the third floor of the Children's Building, with new (shorter) times and more (smaller) groups. Come check it out!

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 time and “Children’s Church” for kids in preschool through second grade.
Sweetwater FUMC also has youth activities on Sunday nights beginning at 6:30 p.m. Our schedule is in flux while we search for a new minister of youth.
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 (4th street) entrance if you would like to receive God’s blessing through either of these ministries.
News this week: This Sunday Pastor Brian will be preaching from Luke 6. The sermon is titled: Blessings and Woes? Come hear how Jesus turns our conception of blessings (and woes) around. On Feb. 19, we will be highlighting the food pantry ministry and honoring two of its founding members, Gaylord Williams and Artie Harris.
The youth will be watching the movie Courageous this Sunday (Feb. 12) and then the guys will begin an eight-week study based on the film while the girls will be doing a Bible study on the book of James. We will also be offering the Courageous study for men beginning in late February.
Fun activities for fourth through sixth graders (Club 456) and first through third graders (UMKids) will be continuing this month. Call the church for more information.
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
Do not miss this Sunday of singing praise songs to the Lord! Please 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, "Is Self-Discipline Needed in this New World?" 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 February is Betty Merrell.
Following morning worship, decorative Valentine snack sacks will be available for delivery to our homebound.
Scheduled meetings for the month of February:
• On the second and fourth Sunday evening, the 12th and 26th, at 6 p.m., "Study in the Wilderness;"
• Monday, the 13th, Evangelism Committee at 7 p.m. Following coordinators reporting on their respective outreach ministries, decorative snack sacks will be compiled for West Texas Children’s Advocacy Center.
• Second and fourth Wednesday evening, the 8th and 22nd, at 7 p.m., Bible study in the book of Matthew;
Highland Heights is pleased to offer our fellowship hall on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., as a temporary meeting location for SNAP. Our senior citizens are invited to bring their sack lunches or meals purchased from the SNAP location on Elm Street and are encouraged to spend their time socializing, visiting with friends and participating in games.
"Bless This House" ask prayers that the SNAP facility reconstruction and renovations will be completed as soon as possible. SNAP is an asset to our community by providing a rewarding service for our seniors. Through this interim period of services, pray the community continues to support our senior population and provide assistance in meeting those needs.
For the next three months, Highland Heights will be focusing upon our Samaritan Hospitality House Ministry. The House is located in Colorado City and ministries 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 collected 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, hot chocolate mix, lemonade/kool-aid mix and sugar/sweetener; books, magazines, crossword puzzles, sudoku and/or other activity booklets; board games, playing cards and dominoes. If you wish to contribute, please call the church office, phone at 235-2454.
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
Valentine's greetings from Lamar Street Baptist Church!
On Tuesday, Feb. 14, starting at 6 p.m., our deacons will host a Valentine's Banquet for men and women who live alone. Meal deliveries will be made to shut-ins or anyone unable to attend. Please leave the contact information with any of our deacons.
Following our evening service on Sunday, Feb. 19, we will be showing the film "Courageous", the story of four men in law enforcement who--while excelling at their job--fall short in fatherhood, but are challenged to change through a series of events. We invite you and your family to join us for this movie event that is sure to be emotional, but will also be a blessing.
We also hope that you will join us for our weekly services starting this Sunday! Sunday school classes available for every age group starts at 9:30 a.m. At 10:40 a.m., our morning service begins which offers classic hymns, contemporary songs, a Children's Sermon and a sermon from our pastor, Jerry Payne.
At 5 p.m. on Sundays, Bible Drill for third through sixth graders meet to learn memory verses and how to find books of the Bible and key passages. Our Sunday night service then starts at 6 p.m.
On Wednesday nights at 6:30, our weekly services continue. For children, we have Mission Friends geared for preschoolers, GA's (Girls in Action) for first through sixth grade girls, and offer RA's (Royal Ambassadors) for first through sixth grade boys. Sebenth through 12th graders meet for the youth group service, and the adults gather for Bible study and prayer.
For more information about our upcoming events or services, visit us at 513 Lamar, call the church at 235-1779 or find us on Facebook. We look forward to seeing you and your family this Sunday at Lamar Street Baptist Church!

TRINITY BAPTIST CHURCH
Sunday’s worship service was a great example of Christ’s love and fellowship here at Trinity. If you would like to experience it, too, we invite you to worship with us. Our casual, friendly, family atmosphere with both traditional and contemporary music makes our church an easy place to “fit in”. We are located at the corner of Hailey and Santa Fe Streets, where you will see our new Family Life Center being built.
Bro. Kyle Tubbs, our Associate Pastor and Youth Minister, was the lucky soul who got to kiss Lucinda the pig on the snout last Sunday during our Super Sunday festivities. Bro. Ward Hayes, our Senior Pastor, also enjoyed the honor of kissing Lucinda on the head. Trinity has sponsored a contest the past few weeks with the person receiving the most monetary donations to the Mission Fund getting to kiss the pig. We raised almost $1,200 for our summer mission trip through this fun activity. We also enjoyed an afternoon of flag football in the Bowl. Several of our members are older than they thought they were (pulled muscles, etc.). And some are smaller than they thought they were, especially when they came face-to-face with big teenage boys! Thanks to all who participated!
Children’s Church for kids ages 3-5 is held during worship on Sunday mornings. We are pleased to offer wireless hearing assistance for those who need it during worship. Just see any of the ushers to request a unit.
Sunday school begins at 9:30 a.m. followed by worship services at 10:45 a.m. each Sunday. This Sunday we continue with testimonies from our different Sunday school classes as they share about what their class means to them.
Sunday evenings (at 6 p.m.) are dedicated to Bible study for adults and youth with M&M’s Children’s Choir for grade-school children. Wednesday evenings, adults meet at 6:30 p.m. in the sanctuary for Trinity Power Plant (our weekly prayer time). At the same time, children enjoy TeamKID and our youth meet for Bible study in the youth room. There’s a place for all ages, nursery to senior adults and all ages in between. Bring your family and come see what’s going on here as we serve our Lord!
This Sunday afternoon is filled with meetings of all kinds. The Ladies’ Retreat Team meets at 3 p.m. followed by Sunday school teacher meetings at 4 p.m. (Adults) and 5 p.m. (Children). Budget and Finance Committee meets at 5 p.m., with Deacons meeting at 7 p.m.
Our current church-wide Bible study, Crazy Love by Francis Chan, concludes this Sunday evening at 6 p.m. in the sanctuary. Stay tuned for information on our next church-wide Bible study.
Ladies’ Bible study continues at noon, with a second session at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. We are studying Angela Thomas’ book, Brave: Honest Questions Women Ask. Study books are 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.
DivorceCare continues weekly on Tuesday evenings from 6-7:30 p.m. upstairs in our youth room (which can be accessed using the outside stairs on the west side of our facility). Taught by Donnie Armstrong, 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! 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.
On Tuesday, Feb. 14, Trinity is pleased to host BSM at TSTC during the lunch hour. Baptist Student Ministry is a way for us to interact with TSTC students who love the Lord. Also on Tuesday evening, Feb. 14, the Seekers Sunday School Class will have their monthly game night.
Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University will be offered here at Trinity beginning on Sunday evening, Feb. 19 at 5 p.m. Led by the Peeks and the Chrismers, this 13-week action-packed program teaches you how to beat debt, build wealth, find bargains, invest for the future, give like never before, and much more! This information will change your life! There is no fee for the course other than a $99 member kit which can be purchased online. Partial scholarships are available if needed. Childcare is also available. To register, please call the church office at 235-2991 or email Gretchen Jones at gretchen@trinitysweetwater.com. 
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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