FIRST ASSEMBLY OF GOD
First Assembly of God, located at 312 E. Ave. B, where Rev. Wayne Kirk is pastor, wishes to extend a personal invitation for everyone to attend a special service Sunday, Nov. 18, at the 6 p.m. services. You will be blessed by a music encounter with Bill and Carol Bartolomucci, from Whitesboro, TX.
Exercising his God given talent, Bill ministers in song under the anointing, fulfilling the call upon his life. His presentation of song and personal testimony is refreshing, uplifting and a delightful experience for all. Bill’s wife Carol, joins him in ministry as she does sign language on occasion and sings duet with Bill. She also gives her testimony of God healing her of a lung mass in 1989 after radiologist told her there was no hope.
Born and raised in Ohio, Bill met Carol in Alconbury, England. Carol a native of Arkansas was there completing high school while Bill served in the U.S. Air Force. They have one son, Carson who was born in 1962.
Since accepting the Lord in 1978 Bill has done radio and television ministries plus recorded six albums: “I Sing Because,” “The Only Real Peace,” “The Cross In The Middle,” “Love Was The Color,” “The Anchor Holds” and “I’ll Follow Jesus.” He has served as Minister of Music at First Assembly of God in Gainesville, TX and prior to that he was Minister of Music at Harbor of Hope Assembly of God in St. Clairsville, OH.
Pastor Kirk desires that you join them for this special service or any of the services of the church. The Sunday schedule is Sunday school at 9:45 a.m. followed by morning worship and Children’s Church at 10:45 a.m. The evening Camp Meeting service is at 6 p.m. On Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m., there is a program called Kids Club for girls and boys, ages four through fifth grade and at 7 p.m. there is an adult Bible study. Pastor Kirk says you are welcomed to call 236-6461 for further information or visit the website at www.1stAG-Sweetwater-TX.com , or check out First Assembly of God, Sweetwater, TX on facebook.
BROADWAY BAPTIST CHURCH
Last week, Mrs. Robin and I had the privilege of going to Branson, MO. We truly enjoyed seeing the change of color in the trees. The temperatures were cool (well actually cold for me), the leaves were falling and the scenery was changing. Autumn is truly a beautiful time of year in the mountains. I also noticed that some trees were holding their leaves as if they didn't want to let them go. They actually hold on to them till spring, when the new leaves push them out. That is how it is with the Christian life. We seem to want to hold on to our old habits and old lives until the new life in Christ pushes them out. It is not a matter of plucking them out or pulling them off, but allowing the new creation to push out the old. In II Corinthians 5:17 the Apostle Paul said, "If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature.” Let your new life replace your old life for YOU HAVE BEEN BORN AGAIN!
This Sunday will be Old Fashion Day at Broadway Baptist Church. If you come to our service, you just might see people dressed as people did in days gone by. We may have some dressed as they did in the early 20th century up to the 50s, 60s or even 70s.
We will not have Sunday School this Sunday, and our morning service starts at 10:30 a.m. Sunday is also the end of Daylight Saving Time, so don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour on Saturday night. We would love to have you worship with us at Broadway where God is changing homes one heart at a time.
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 be launching a new sermon series entitled “Whisper: Hearing the Voice of God.” God’s words are precious and we don’t want to miss them. Join us for a look through the pages of Scripture at those who learned to hear Him well.
We will also be hosting a membership class for those interested in joining EFC this Sunday, from 4-6:30 p.m. Call the church offices at 236-9200 for more information.
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 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, Nov. 3, 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 canned corn. Please put donations in the box outside the Missions Closet.
KidX continues on Wednesdays 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!
Operation Christmas Child boxes are in! After worship, pick one up, fill it with toys, clothes and candy as explained in the directions and return it by Nov. 17. Samaritan’s Purse will put the Gospel in the box and carry it overseas to give a child a Christmas gift! Our church goal is 100 boxes!
This year, we are asking Sunday school classes to fill 20 “baskets” to be given to families as a gift for Thanksgiving. We will have a list of items to include, but you can include much more! Talk with your Sunday school class and figure how many baskets your class can fill, then let a Missions Committee member or staff member know.
The quarterly church conference will be Nov. 13. We will meet to look at the budget for 2013, Committee on Committees member nominations and a recommendation for Deacon Emeritus. All agenda items must be into the office by Oct. 30.
For in depth information on First Baptist Church Sweetwater, find us on Facebook or at www.fbcsweetwater.org .
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
First Presbyterian Church if 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, Nov. 3, and will continue the study of The Story. There are Sunday school classes for all ages. Hilary Brennan and Ruth Ann Campbell will be greeters. Philip Brock will be the worship assistant for the worship service.
There will be a congregational meeting, Sunday, Nov. 3, to elect new elders. We rejoice in receiving new members into our congregation during worship also. Communion will be served by the Class of 2014.
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.”
Remember “Daylight Savings Time” ends Sunday. Move your clocks and watches back one hour.
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, “I Have Come to Seek and Save the Lost: Glorified in Christ.” 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 November is Rusty Allen. 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.
Evangelism committee meets at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 11, in the Friendship Sunday School Classroom. Following coordinators reporting upon their respective outreach ministries, decorative snack bags will be compiled for West Texas Children’s Advocacy Center.
Bless This House is calling upon prayer for all persons who are ministered to through Gateway Family Services. Pray our contribution that was consecrated on the 20th of October will be helpful to ones that have suffered through physical and verbal abuse, sexual assault and other forms of violence. Pray for the Lord’s guidance as personnel provide the care of service to the victims in their process of healing and recovering from traumatic experiences.
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
“I Will Not Fail Thee, nor Forsake Thee”
By President Thomas S. Monson
Our Heavenly Father…knows that we learn and grow and become stronger as we face and survive the trials through which we must pass. Our Heavenly Father, who gives us so much to delight in, also knows that we learn and grow and become stronger as we face and survive the trials through which we must pass. We know that there are times when we will experience heartbreaking sorrow, when we will grieve and when we may be tested to our limits. However, such difficulties allow us to change for the better, to rebuild our lives in the way our Heavenly Father teaches us and to become something different from what we were—better than we were, more understanding than we were, more empathetic than we were, with stronger testimonies than we had before.
This should be our purpose—to persevere and endure, yes, but also to become more spiritually refined as we make our way through sunshine and sorrow. Were it not for challenges to overcome and problems to solve, we would remain much as we are, with little or no progress toward our goal of eternal life. The poet expressed much the same thought in these words:
Good timber does not grow with ease,
The stronger wind, the stronger trees.
The further sky, the greater length.
The more the storm, the more the strength.
By sun and cold, by rain and snow,
In trees and men good timbers grow.
Only the Master knows the depths of our trials, our pain and our suffering. He alone offers us eternal peace in times of adversity. He alone touches our tortured souls with His comforting words:
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
“Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
“For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Whether it is the best of times or the worst of times, He is with us. He has promised that this will never change.
My brothers and sisters, may we have a commitment to our Heavenly Father that does not ebb and flow with the years or the crises of our lives. We should not need to experience difficulties for remember Him, and we should not be driven to humility before giving Him our faith and trust.
May we ever strive to be close to our Heavenly Father. To do so, we must pray to Him and listen to Him every day. We truly need Him every hour, whether they be hours of sunshine or of rain. May His promise ever be our watchword: “I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.”
With all the strength of my soul, I testify that God lives and loves us, that His Only Begotten Son lived and died for us, and that the gospel of Jesus Christ is that penetrating light which shines through the darkness of our lives. May it ever be so, I pray in the sacred name of Jesus Christ, amen
We are located at 910 Elm Street in Sweetwater. Our church service is Sundays at 9 a.m. Visitors are welcome. If you would like to representatives of the church about the Saviors teachings, call 1-800 622-5595. Missionaries serving in this area are Elder Sheffield, Elder Olsen and Elder Ellsworth. Call 325 864-2999.