BROADWAY BAPTIST CHURCH
Most baby boomers will remember a group called the Beatles. They took America by storm in the 60s with songs like: “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “Love Me Do” and “Yellow Submarine”. Although I am not a Beatles fan, there is one song that stands out in my mind and that is: “Help, I Need Somebody.” It is true; we all need somebody to help. Whether at work, home or play people make a difference in our lives. In Romans 16 Paul lists 27 people that helped him during his ministry and eight more that are with him at the time of his writing of the Letter to the church in Rome (Romans). Christ, the night before He was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane did not go alone. He took the disciples with Him, asking them to watch and pray. I am glad we are not alone, and we have His promise that He will never leave us or forsake us.
What can we learn from this? First, we need each other. Second, we don’t have to face trials and tribulations alone. Third, Christ is always with us! Don’t be afraid to ask for help. As the song writer said, “He was there all time.” Yes, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, has promised that He is and will be with us all the time.
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.
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.
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 continue 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 Wednesday evenings 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 Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m. for their worship service and again on Sundays 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 HYPERLINK www.efcsweetwater.com .
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
First Baptist Church invites you and your family to join us on this Sunday, Oct. 13, 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.
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!
There will be a farewell reception for Tom Satterwhite immediately following the Oct. 13, morning service. Please join us as we gather to show our appreciation for him and his faithful and sincere ministry over the last three months.
Rolling Plains Network Annual Meeting will be Oct. 13, at Colonial Hills Baptist Church in Snyder. Sessions begin at 4:30 p.m. Due to this meeting, the Bible Drill will be held after lunch on Oct. 13. In addition, there will be no growth groups the evening of Oct. 13.
There will be a youth trip to Six Flags on Oct. 26. Tickets are $35 each. Call the church office to reserve your tickets. On Oct. 27, immediately following the morning service, the second and third graders will leave for the Abilene Zoo. Each person will need a sack lunch and $5. We will return by 5 p.m.
Fall Festival will be on Oct. 30. 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, Oct. 13, and will continue the study of The Story. Dylan Bennett will be the worship assistant for the worship service.
Youth Night is Sunday, Oct. 13, Marina Wilcox will be meeting with all high school and middle school kids at 5:30 p.m. They are doing a service project dinner for SWTFD Mexican Pile One. Lou Ann Cumbie will meet with the Little Ones (two years to Kindergarten) at 5:30 p.m.
Session will meet for their monthly meeting, Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 5:30 p.m.
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 .
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. 13 — Sunday church service 9 a.m. Visitors are welcome.
Genealogy Class — 1 p.m.
Oct. 14 — Monday Family Home Evening.
Oct. 16 — Young Women and Scouts, Cub Scouts and Achievement Day Girls.
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.
RHEMA VALLEY FAMILY CHURCH
The public is invited to a special presentation given by Bruce Rapp of “Jews for Jesus.” He will present “Christ in the Feast of Tabernacles,” on Sunday, Oct. 13 at 6 p.m.
Bruce grew up in Brooklyn, NY. He went to Hebrew school and studied the Torah at a young age. It was not until he had his own family that he began to discover the true identity of Jesus.
On Easter week in 1993, Bruce attended an Easter production at his son’s school. As the pastor began to speak, he shared about Jesus referencing the Hebrew scriptures. Isaiah 53, Micah 5 and Psalm 22 were a few of the scriptures that made Bruce question who Jesus really is. Bruce became a believer, realizing that having faith in Jesus is the most Jewish thing he could do. Bruce now travels across America representing “Jews for Jesus,” sharing on the Messiahship of Jesus.
“Come join us at Rhema Valley on Oct. 13, at 6 p.m. for this special presentation.”
A love offering and a fellowship meal will follow. Rhema Valley is located at 3304 East Broadway.
AGLOW INTERNATIONAL SWEETWATER COMMUNITY LIGHTHOUSE
The Sweetwater Aglow team would like to invite you to a time of worship and praise at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at Holiday Inn Express, located at 300 SE Georgia Avenue. The Aglow team will be sharing with you about their awesome experience at Aglow International in Florida and show a DVD of the Word spoken by the Aglow International President, Jane Hansen Hoyt. Every is invited to come and bring a friend. For more information, call 766-2245 or 338-8924.