BROADWAY BAPTIST CHURCH
Have you ever seen Niagara Falls? It is amazing to watch the amount of water that flows over it every day. I have thought on many occasions, “I wonder, if the water will ever run out. I wonder, if the source will ever run dry.” We may think the water will dry up, but it hasn’t. It reminds of the Lamentations 3:22 that states, “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: Great is thy faithfulness.” Greater than the waters that flow over the falls are God’s mercies. He renews them every day. THEY NEVER RUN OUT! Every day His compassions fail not. I love the old hymn written by Thomas Chisholm titled: “Great is Thy Faithfulness.” He wrote, “Great is thy faithfulness Oh God my Father, there is no shadow of turning with thee, Thou changest not Thy compassions they fail not. Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me.”
Every morning that you wake up, remember the compassion and mercies of God that never run dry!
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 Church 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 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 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 www.efcsweetwater.com .
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
First Baptist Church invites you and your family to join us on this Sunday, Oct. 20, 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 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. 20, and will continue the study of The Story. There are Sunday school classes for all ages. Gary and Karen Brown will be greeters. Mike Fry will be the worship assistant for the worship service.
All the youth will meet Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the church. Bring $5 and pick a pumpkin. Each child in the family may pick a pumpkin or you may pick one for your whole family. Take it home, carve it, paint it or decorate it. Bring your pumpkin Sunday night, Oct. 27, at 5:30 p.m. to the Whitteker’s House for food, fun and fall fellowship.
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, “When the Son of Man Comes: Will He fine Faith on the Earth: Working in the Lord’s Vineyard.” Worship assistants are Jenene Taylor 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.
This Sunday 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. If you have not already brought your selected articles, please do so when you come to church Sunday.
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.
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.
LAMAR STREET BAPTIST CHURCH
We invite you to join us Sunday at 9:30 a.m. for Sunday school, followed by our 10:40 a.m. service including children sermon, hymnals and praise songs and Bro. Clay will bring a message from the Bible. Our evening service starts at 6 p.m.
On Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m., we offer children activities for first through sixth; activities for preschool age; youth activities for 7th-12th graders; and Bible study and prayer for adults led by Bro. Clay.
It was a joyful day last Sunday as we celebrated our 100th year of serving the Lord. It was a day filled with love and precious memories shared by past and present members. We want to thank all the past members who came and made it a special day.
To learn more about Lamar Street Baptist Church, visit us at 513 Lamar, find us on Facebook, check out www.lamarstreetbaptist.com  or call the church at 235-1779 and leave a message and someone will return your call.
THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS
A Treasury from the East: What We Can Learn from Chinese Genealogy
By Anthony W. Ferguson and Warrick H. Chin
As we Latter-day Saints strive to strengthen our own family history research skills, we can gain courage from the example of a people who have kept genealogies on a large scale for thousands of years. Faithfully maintaining records is not an easy task. But because of their vision and commitment, the Chinese have carried out the work for centuries.
“Ancestor-mindedness” has served as a central thread throughout China’s five thousand years of continuous civilization. Traditionally, the Chinese believe that successes or failures are the ultimate result of the acts of ancestors. Consequently, success and honor are “proof” of the greatness of one’s forebears and bring honor and respect to them. At the same time, personal successes and virtues ensure the same for descendants.
Thus, Chinese genealogies typically contain a great deal of information extolling the virtues and abilities of ancestors and giving straightforward advice from them to their descendants. The readers gain a feeling for what is expected of them, what role their heritage has played in their capabilities, and the importance of their own lives upon generations yet to come.
What can we learn from Chinese genealogy?
From the Chinese, we Latter-day Saints can better understand the importance of our own records for those who follow. The way in which Chinese genealogies have influenced behavior over the centuries is a historical testament to the wisdom of President Spencer W. Kimball’s suggestion: “What could you do better for your children and your children’s children than to record the story of your life, your triumphs over adversity, your recovery after a fall, your progress when all seemed black, your rejoicing when you had finally achieved?” (New Era, Oct. 1975, p. 5.)
As the Chinese have done, we can add to our life stories direct interpretations of what we have learned and what our descendants could do to benefit from our experiences. We recognize the wisdom in the gospel injunction, “Of him unto whom much is given much is required.” (D&C 82:3.) Chinese genealogies reflect this precept by making sure that succeeding generations realize what has gone before and what level of excellence is expected. Consequently, the genealogies not only convey hopes for what should be done, but also provide biographical vignettes of how correct principles have led to success in their ancestors’ lives.
The cohesiveness and discipline that exist in many Chinese families have developed in part because most Chinese have strong impressions of the debt they owe to their ancestors—and the responsibility they have to add to that heritage. Their genealogies have performed a valuable role in producing responsible family members. Similarly, our records may, in the hands of our descendants, help to teach correct principles and unite generations.
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 is being 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. 20 — Sunday church Services 9 a.m. Visitors welcome. Genealogy class at 1 p.m.
Oct. 21 — Monday Home Evening.
Oct. 22 — Tuesday Bible study class (New Testament) 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 23 — Wednesday Scouts and young women 6:30 p.m.
If you would like to talk to a representative of the church about the Savior’s teachings, call 1-800-622-5595. Missionaries serving in this area are Elder Ellsworth and Elder Sheffield. (801) 918-0727.