BROADWAY BAPTIST CHURCH
I know each of our hearts have been broken by the devastation and destruction caused by the typhoon in the Philippines. The pictures, the reports, the loss of life and the starving people have touched our hearts and caused us to want to help. It is sad to hear reports that people were so hungry they rushed a government rice house only to have the walls collapse on the crowd, killing eight. It brings to truth the reality that hungry people will do whatever is necessary for food.
I read where a homeless man ran into a restaurant, sat down at a vacant table and began eating what was left. When the management discovered him he ran out like a squirrel scurrying to safety. You see my friend; starving people are serious about getting food. They are focused with one thing on their mind, “Where will my next meal come from?” Their plight brings to mind the truth that our country is starving. Not for food, but for morality, for peace and for God. Oh that we as Christians would have that same hunger for God, and His Word as the starving do for food. It seems we are more hungry for things, for popularity, for fame and for finances. We forget what we should be hungry for and that is for God. Let us continue to pray for those in the Philippines and for starving around the world, but as we do let us ask ourselves, "What are we hungry for? Popularity? Fame? Finances? or God?” Remember, Only Jesus can Satisfy your soul.
Sunday, Nov. 24, the Christian Band FourTwelve will be ministering through their music in the morning service. We would like to send an invite to all. FourTwelve is a Christian band committed to impacting lives through music and inspiration. With more than 120 touring dates annually, FourTwelve is fast becoming a recognizable force in the Contemporary Christian music industry while garnering a faithful base of fans across the world who are captivated by the band’s velvet smooth harmonies and soul-stirring lyrics. Best known for their groundbreaking single “As Long As You’re Glorified,” featured on Billboard charts, FourTwelve’s music is refreshingly down-to-earth and relevant at a time when many seek encouragement and uplifting. Their songs testify to real life success as well as struggle, reminding us that we all experience difficulty, but we are not alone as we seek strength to persevere through prayer, worship and music.
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.
Please be in prayer for Pastor Mindy as she is in the nation of India, ministering with Sower of Seeds International in Mumbai. We look forward to hearing the great things God does through this mission team.
We will be hosting The City Harmonic live in concert on Friday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. Log on to www.efcsweetwater.com  for tickets, or call the church offices at 236-9200. Tickets are $7 in advance, with limited seating available, so purchase early.
Lifegroups at EFC 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 www.efcsweetwater.com .
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
First Baptist Church invites you and your family to join us on this Sunday, Nov. 17, 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.
We are pleased to announce our Intentional Interim Minister, Dr. Fred Meeks. Dr. Meeks, director of the Logsdon Seminary Lubbock Program, is a 1965 graduate of Baylor University where he earned the Bachelor of Arts degree in religion. He completed his graduate studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas, receiving the Master of Divinity degree in 1968 and the Doctor of Theology degree in 1975. Prior to his appointment at Logsdon, he served for 21 years at Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, Texas, where he was the chair (now dean) of the Division (now School) of Religion and Philosophy. Prior to Wayland, Dr. Meeks served as pastor of several churches over 25 years, including Plainview, Lubbock, and Lorenzo in Texas along with Durant, Oklahoma. He has served in several denominational roles, including the Administrative Committee of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, moderator of Lubbock and Staked Plains Baptist Associations and board member of the Human Welfare Commission of the BGCT. Dr. Meeks is an active member of Renovare, an organization providing support and training for spiritual formation and Christian discipleship. We are very blessed to have him!
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.
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 November will be canned corn. Please put donations in the box outside the Missions Closet.
This year we will be moving the Thanksgiving meal from Circle Drive to Hillcrest Apartments at 801 E. 14th Street. The meal will be served on Nov. 16. Volunteers will be needed at the church to help prepare at 10 am. Signups for needed items will be in the Sunday school classes. Find a way to participate and let’s have a great time serving together!
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. The van will leave the church at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23 to deliver the boxes to Abilene. If you would like to go, call the church office.
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 baskets are due Nov. 24.
We will share our FBC Family Thanksgiving meal together Sunday, Nov. 24, at 6 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Please bring sides and desserts to share with the meat and drinks provided.
A fundraiser will be held on Dec. 1, for the King ministry in Haiti. Join them at 3 p.m. at The Warehouse of 4th and Elm Church of Christ as they return and tell about their first year in Haiti. There is limited seating and tickets are $10 individually or for a table of eight for $100.
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, Nov. 17, and will continue the study of The Story. There are Sunday school classes for all ages. Kenny Maxwell will be worship assistant.
All middle and high school youth are invited to the annual Progressive Dinner on Sunday, Nov. 17, at 5:30 p.m. Everyone will meet at the church sanctuary and then travel together to each house for fun, fellowship and food.
Session will meet Wednesday, Nov. 20, 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 .
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, “Winning the Victory: Persecution and Endurance.” 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.
November is the month we set apart to give “Thanks to God.” Take time to stop and praise Him for the creation of the earth and “all therein;” for He said it was good. The Bible instructs us to praise and glorify God in all circumstances at all times. In our lives, we experience joys and sorrows, good health and sickness, as well as, times of plenty and times of scarcity. Bless This House calls for us to thank God for our families and friends, for his love in providing and caring for our needs, for the blessings we give and receive in our communities, country and in the world. Pray we share our bounty with others and support one another with steadfastness in times of life’s trials and tribulations.
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 grade; activities for preschool age; youth activities for 7th-12th graders; and Bible study and prayer for adults led by Bro. Clay. We have started practicing for our Christmas special, come join us for choir after the service. Our Christmas special will be performed on Sunday, Dec. 22, in the morning service.
Our annual Thanksgiving supper is Wednesday, Nov. 20. Members are asked to bring two dishes such as a vegetable dish and dessert. We will be delivering to homebound members and others, so if you know of someone that would enjoy a meal contact a deacon or turn name, address and phone number into the church office.
Beginning Thursday, Nov. 21, Melissa Jacobson will lead a Women’s Advent Bible Study at 6:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Ladies of all ages are welcome. Material can be downloaded from our website.
To learn more about Lamar Street Baptist Church, visit us at 513 Lamar, check out our website at 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
Church continues to assist typhoon victims; Church answers questions of those asking how they can help
Salt Lake City — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints continues to assist with relief efforts in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan. Church Welfare Department personnel are working with Philippines Area leaders to establish a relief operations center and distribute supplies. Many areas affected by the storm are still without power or running water and communication systems are not fully operational.
Seven of the 21 church missions in the Philippines were impacted by the storm, but all missionaries are safe. Missionaries in the hardest-hit areas have been evacuated to safer locations, including missionaries assigned to the Tacloban area. Those missionaries are now safely in Manila, staying in church housing near the Manila Temple and missionary training center. Mission and area leaders will meet with missionaries in the coming days to evaluate their needs and determine future assignments. It is possible that some missionaries who are approaching the conclusion of their service may choose to return home. Missionaries in areas less severely affected by the storm will soon begin organizing to assist with relief efforts.
Many Latter-day Saints and others who have seen the devastation in the Philippines have contacted the church wanting to know how they can help. They are encouraged to pray for those affected by this disaster. They may also consider increasing their fast-offering donations and/or donating to the church humanitarian fund (http://give.lds.org/humanitarian-fund ). The church draws upon these funds to sustain its humanitarian work around the world. There are many opportunities to support other reputable agencies that also respond to disasters.
The church has a vast, local volunteer force among the members in the region and is not seeking volunteers to travel to the Philippines as part of its relief efforts. In addition, the church has learned that the most effective way to respond to disasters is to work locally, purchasing needed supplies in country as near to the disaster as possible. This not only ensures that the goods are appropriate for the area but it helps build up impaired, local economies. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints expresses condolences to the millions affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and is providing shelter, food, water and other basic supplies to evacuees and displaced families.
An estimated 700,000 people are now displaced. In areas impacted by the storm, particularly in the eastern coastal regions, transportation, power and communication networks are down.
Nov. 16 — Saturday, youth service project in Abilene.
Nov. 17 — Sunday, church services at 9 a.m.; Primary children's program. Visitors are welcome.
Nov. 17 — Sunday, Genealogy class “Finding your Ancestors.” The public is invited at 1 p.m.
Nov. 18 — Monday, Family home evening.
Nov. 19 — Tuesday, Institute of Religion “The New Testament Studies,” at 7 p.m.
Nov. 20 — Wednesday, Scouts and young women at 6:30 p.m.
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 talk to representatives of the church about the Saviors teachings, call 1-800 622-5595. Missionaries serving in this area are Elder Olsen and Elder Ellsworth. Call 325 864-2999. A special Genealogy class will be held every Sunday at 1 p.m. Learn how to search your family tree. The class is free to the public.