BROADWAY BAPTIST CHURCH
I once read:
Some go to church to laugh and talk, and some go there to walk the walk.
Some go to church to meet a friend, and some go there an hour to spend.
Some go to church to find a bride, and some go there a fault to hide.
Some go to church to celebrate, and some go there to agitate.
Some go to church to doze and nod, but the wise go there to worship God.
Many ask, “Why go to church? I can worship God right here at my house.” The real answer is found in scripture where Paul wrote in Hebrews 10:25 to “forsake not” the assembling of yourselves together. Church is a place where God’s people can come together to encourage one another, to study God’s word, to sing praises to Him, and to fellowship with people of like faith. At church you will find help in raising your family, help in handling crisis, and help in dealing with difficulties. At church you will find friends who will go with you through trials and troubles. Church is important for you and your family. It is my prayer you will attend and take your family with you and allow God to do a work in your heart through His Word.
If you don’t have a church home, we would love to have you worship with us at Broadway Baptist where God is changing homes one heart at a time. 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.
Our church is offering an alternative to taking your kids out Trick or Treating. This alternative is Treatsville. Treatsville will be held Thursday evening on 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.
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 will launch our October sermon series, “The Great Pursuit.” You don’t want to miss this opportunity to grow closer to your Lord, so come join us as we study His words together.
Lifegroups are available throughout the week for small group Bible study, worship, and prayer. For more information about the many Lifegroup options that are available, please log on to our church website at www.efcsweetwater.com .
EFC’s Wednesday evening children’s ministry is in full-swing, with children ages six months through fifth grade exploring what living life with Jesus really looks like. They meet Wednesdays 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 Wednesday evenings at 6:45 p.m. for their worship service and again on Sunday evenings at 6 p.m. for small group discipleship.
We also invite you to step into The Growth Central Bookstore when you visit EFC. It’s stocked with Bibles, study aids, devotionals, 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 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, Oct. 6, 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.
KidX continues on Wednesday nights at 6 p.m. to engage children in 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 continue over the book “Not a Fan,” by Kyle Idleman, led by our Deacons. There is still time for you to join a group!
Senior Adult Day at the Big Country Baptist Encampment will be Tuesday, Oct. 8. All going please meet at the church at 7:45 a.m.
Fields of Faith will be Oct. 9, 2013. 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.
Rolling Plains Network Annual Meeting will be Oct. 13 in Snyder. Sessions begin at 4:30 p.m. Due to this meeting, the Bible Drill will be held after lunch on Oct. 13.
There will be a youth trip to Six Flags. Tickets are $35 each. Call the church office to reserve your tickets.
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. The first meeting will be Oct. 7, at 6 p.m. in Room 102. 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., Sunday, Oct. 6, and will continue the study of The Story. Dorothy Stroman and Keith Brock are greeters. Richard Smola will be worship assistant.
Catch up on any or all of the past six weeks Sunday school of The Story. Mike and Kary Fry extend an invitation to dinner, fellowship and a brief catch-up lesson in their home. This is the Cliff-Note version. Childcare will be provided. Please RSVP to the church.
All committees will meet Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 5:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Everyone is invited to join a committee. The committees are: Christian Education, Congregational Care, Mission and Outreach, Property and Worship.
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 .
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 Church for kids in preschool through third grade. The children stay through our time of praise and then go to their own worship service.
Sweetwater FUMC also has youth activities on Sundays beginning at 6 p.m. with a prayer and praise time that we call Adoratio. 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 (Fourth Street) entrance if you would like to receive God’s blessing through either of these ministries.
News this week: We are excited to have our youth leading both worship services this Sunday. Carolyn Lawrence will be bringing our message in the 8:45 a.m. service and Greg Aiken will be preaching in the 10:50 a.m. I hope you’ll join us for a wonderful day of worship at FUMC. Fields of Faith will be held in the Mustang Bowl on Wednesday. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for dinner and the event begins at 7 p.m. We will not have Adoration this Sunday only.
Activities this week:
Sunday — Youth-led worship at 8:45 a.m. and 10:50a.m.
Sunday at 5 p.m. — Prayer 101 (for third through eighth graders).
Sunday at 6:30 p.m. — “Secrets of the Secret Place.”
Wednesday at 10 a.m. — Morning Bible study.
Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. — Fields of Faith at Mustang Bowl.
Fun activities are offered at different times during the month for fourth through sixth graders (Club 456) and first through third graders (UMKids). If you have any questions call Linda at our church office (325-236-6617) or email firstname.lastname@example.org . If you need prayer or have the need to contact our pastor you can call the same number or email him at email@example.com .
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, “Neither do I Condemn You: The Spirit of Love, and Power and Self Discipline.” 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 October is Lela Hatter. Special guest, Allen Meadows, will sing a musical selection during morning worship. We observe the Sacrament of Holy Communion on the first Sunday of each month. It is a time to give thanks to God for the sacrifice of His one and only begotten Son for saving the souls of mankind. Each one has the opportunity to recommit his/her personal walk in their daily lives with Jesus Christ. Remember to bring your altar rail offering that is designated for our family funds as directed through the United Methodist Church of the Northwest Texas Conference.
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 come and 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.
The finance committee will meet at 6:30 p.m., on Thursday, Oct. 24, in the fellowship hall.
“Bless This House” is calling upon prayer for the victims of the floods in Colorado. The loss is in millions and millions of dollars, family homes and other dwellings have been flooded or washed away, personal possessions destroyed and infrastructure will be delayed due to the winter months that are rapidly approaching. Pray that God strengthens their faith as we, their fellowmen, address their needs as quickly as possible.
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
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!
Oct. 6 – Sunday church service 9 a.m. Visitors are welcome.
Oct. 7 – Monday family home evening.
Oct. 9 – Young Women, and Scouts 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 13 – Sunday church service 9 a.m. Visitors are welcome.
Genealogy Class 1 p.m.
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 the area are Elder Sheffield and Elder Ellsworth. Call 325 864-2999.