BROADWAY BAPTIST CHURCH
In Revelation 2:1-7, we read about the Lord’s charge that the church at Ephesus had left their first love. It wasn’t that they didn’t love the Lord Jesus. It was that they didn’t love Him like they used to. If there ever was a time when you loved Jesus more than you do at this moment, you are backslidden. G. Campbell Morgan said that lukewarmness is the worst form of blasphemy. I believe he’s right. Lukewarmness is a way of saying, “God, I believe in You, I love you, but You just don’t excite me.” Has your love for God slipped? Do you truly love Him more today than yesterday? Has your love for Christ become lukewarm? There is an old song which says: “I keep falling in love with Him, over and over, and over and over again.” Do you keep falling in love with Jesus? Let the love of God permeate your heart and your heart be filled with love for Him.
The Children’s Wednesday night Bible study Program: “WISEGUYS has begun. Wiseguys is an exciting program focused on scripture memory and teaching children Biblical truths in an enjoyable way. The visualized verses, musical choruses and character building stories are all centered on the character quality and definition for the month. We will meet every Wednesday night at 7 p.m. If you are interested in your child being in this program, please call us at 235-2730. We will be meeting in the church’s Education Building.
Our church is offering an alternative to taking your kids out Trick or Treating. This alternative is Treatsville. Treatsville will be held Wednesday evening on Thursday, Oct. 31, from 6-8 p.m. in the gym and the gym parking lot. Here are some of the events you and your child can enjoy: face painting, trunk or treat, dessert walk and multiple games.
If you don’t have a church home, we at Broadway Baptist Church would like to welcome 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 CHURCH
First Baptist Church invites you and your family to join us on this Sunday, Sept. 29, for Bible study, beginning at 9:30 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.
There are many opportunities for service. If you have not received a church participation form, please pick one up in the church office. As members of the Body of Christ at First Baptist Church, we are all called to serve in one way or another. We have many areas of service available to you. Children’s Church facilitators are always welcome. Choir rehearsal continues on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Please join us!
Each month, the Missions Closet will ask for a new item of the month. The item will help keep the food pantry stocked to better serve our community. The item needed for the month of October will be boxed stuffing. Please put donations in the box outside the Missions Closet.
Please stop by the foyer after the worship service and pick up a bookmark designated for a particular student. You can put it in your Bible and pray for that student this year.
KidX began Sept. 18. We continue on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. to engage children and the Kingdom of God. It is not too late to be a part of this vital ministry. Call the church office to volunteer.
Twenty times in the New Testament, Jesus issued a compelling and challenging invitation to follow Him. He’s not interested in mere fans or enthusiastic admirers. He wants completely committed followers! Growth Groups began Sept. 22 over the book “not a fan” by Kyle Idleman, led by our Deacons. There is still time for you to join a group.
Fields of Faith will be Oct. 9. Plan now to be a part of this area-wide event! There will be no activities at the church on this night as all gather at the Mustang Bowl. Volunteers are still needed to assist with this event. Be in prayer for our students, the speaker and the band. Call the church office to volunteer your help.
Fall Festival will be on Oct. 27. We want to reinvent the Fall Festival and see it become a more purposeful experience that reflects our call to share the Good News. We need five or six volunteers to work alongside the staff to redesign the Fall Festival. Please call the church office to volunteer your help.
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.
All Sunday school classes will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 29, and will continue the study of The Story.
This Sunday we will be using a contemporary service to praise God. Caroline Brennan, Philip Brock, Stephanie Wiele, Alex Wiele, Caleb Reed and Richard Smola will be leading worship. Greeters are Gary Brown and Karen Brown.
During the worship service, the Reverse and Noisy offerings will be collected. The Reverse Offering goes to support the Nolan County Food Pantry and the Noisy Offering goes to support the missions of the Ministerial Alliance.
Youth Night is Sunday, Sept. 29, from 6-7 p.m. Marina Wilcox will be meeting with all high school and middle school kids. Lou Ann Cumbie will meet with the Little Ones (two years to Kindergarten).
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 Church’s Mission Statement: “To glorify Christ in all that we do by bringing People to Christ and equipping them to serve Christ.”
Join us for Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and worship service at 10:45 a.m., with Pastor Claude bringing the message entitled, “Crumbs from the Table: Which is the Greater Treasure?” 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 September is Mary Walker. Brenda will sing a special musical solo. Remember to bring your coins and/or folding money for “noisy money.” The collection is designated for the outreach ministry, “No More Malaria.” The projected goal is to eradicate malaria in Africa, in addition to furnishing bed nets for families, supporting new medical research and assisting hospitals in their ability to provide quality care for malaria patients.
Our fall rummage and bake sale is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 18, and Saturday, Oct. 19, in the church fellowship hall. The community is invited to attend to shop for bargains for your family and purchase delicious homemade baked goods.
Oct. 20 is the consecration date for our next community outreach ministry, “Gateway Family Services.” The center offers its services and ministers to individuals involved in family violence and sexual assault in Scurry, Nolan, Mitchell, Fisher and Kent Counties. We are collecting good used and new suitcases, paper goods (toilet paper, Kleenex, paper towels, paper plates, and paper cups), laundry detergent, dishwasher liquid, bar soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, bath towels and wash cloths. Bring your selected articles to church on or before the 20th and they will be placed in the appropriate location.
“Bless This House” is calling upon prayer for our fellow Christians being persecuted by terrorists in Egypt, Syria, Pakistan and other Middle Eastern countries. Their churches are being burned and destroyed. May they feel the presence of God through the power of prayer of Christians around the world in giving them the courage and strength in holding steadfast to their faith, comforting them as their personal lives and their families are under constant threat.
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)
Free Genealogy Class
The second most popular hobby among people in the United States has been reported as being genealogy. If you have yearned to know more about those who made it possible for you to be here, this is the perfect time to start. Beginning, Sunday, Oct. 13, and continuing weekly thereafter, a basic genealogy class will be offered at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the corner of 10th and Elm Streets in Sweetwater. Everyone is invited to come and learn more about where, and who, they have come from.
Classes will begin at 1 p.m. Each student is asked to bring their personal laptop computers and a notebook. Internet access is available at the church, so hands on experience can be utilized at each meeting. Also bring the information you already have about your parents, grandparents, siblings, cousins, etc. The types of information we will be researching will be complete names, birth date and location, marriage date and location, death date and location. You will likely be surprised by additional facts you may find about the people you are researching. You may discover their occupations, other places they have lived, additional marriages and other glimpses into who these people really were.
Long time genealogy researchers, Margaret Bishop and Nancy Verschoor, will combine their years of experience to offer help in delving into your past. Come prepared to learn more about your family!
Sept. 29 — Sunday church service at 9 a.m. Visitors welcome.
Sept. 30 - Monday home evening.
Oct. 2 - Achievement Day Girls, Cub Scouts, Scouts, Young Women.
Oct. 5 - World Wide General Conference televised at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Oct. 6 - World Wide General Conference televised at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Oct. 13 - Sunday church service at 9 a.m. Visitors welcome. Genealogy class at 1 p.m.; Public invited.
We are located at 910 Elm Street in Sweetwater. If you would like to talk to a representative of the church about the Saviors teachings, call 1-800 622-5595. Missionaries serving in this area are Elder Sheffield and Elder Ellsworth. Call 325 864-2999.