BROADWAY BAPTIST CHURCH
Well, Thanksgiving is over and here it is “Black Friday” and you may be reading this standing in a long line waiting to check out, or you just got home from an all night shopping spree. Perhaps, you have just woke up from a goodnight's sleep after eating tons of turkey and dressing yesterday.
Personally, like most men, I would rather stay at home safe and sound than to be out fighting a bunch of women to get a “great deal” on anything. Black Friday received its name, because it is the day that stores go from being “in the red” to “in the black” as Christmas shoppers begin to spend, spend and spend.
Sadly, people begin with the best of intentions, but end up getting out of control, pushing, shoving, herding and trampling over people, being rude, crude and insensitive on the day after Thanksgiving. What is wrong with this picture?
As Christmas shopping begins, let us not forget the real reason for the season, which is Jesus. Let us not forget the greatest gift, which is salvation and let us not forget to show His love to others. This black Friday, let your light shine for the Lord.
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.
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
First Baptist Church invites you and your family to join us on this Sunday, Dec. 1, 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.
Many events are planned during the month of December. If you have a class party planned, please notify the church office so that it can be placed on the church calendar and bulletin.
Kid X continues on Wednesday nights at 6 p.m. Kid X is a fun and exciting way for Kindergarten up to sixth grade to learn about Jesus. All children are invited to attend!
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.
The schedule for December is as follows: Dec. 1, Advent begins and the Hanging of the Greens service will occur in the evening; Dec. 8, will be the Adult Christmas Musical; Dec. 15, will be the Children’s Christmas Musical and Dec. 24, will be the Christmas Eve service.
Please join us as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! We want everyone to enjoy this wonderful time of the year as we reminisce and fellowship together. We will celebrate the birth of Jesus, the greatest gift ever to walk this planet. We will celebrate in unity with hope, love, joy and peace for in our Lord is unfailing love and full redemption!
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, Dec. 1, and will continue the study of The Story. There are Sunday school classes for all ages.
Sunday is the First Sunday in Advent. The Hammit Family will be lighting the first Advent Candle. Richard Smola will be worship assistant. Doug Richards and Gary Brown will be greeters. The Class of 2015 will serve communion.
Presbyterian Women want to invite all the women to their Christmas Dinner on Wednesday, Dec. 4. Dinner will be provided. Kay Staton will lead the group in the Bible Study.
Kary Ann’s Clan will meet at Schlotzsky’s on Thursday, Dec. 5, at 11:30 a.m. Choir practice is Thursday also 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 .
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., Bro. Clay will give a brief message and then enter into the Christmas holidays by singing Christmas carols, hanging ornaments of the Chrisom Tree and lighting of the sanctuary.
On Wednesday evenings, we offer children activities for first through sixth grades; 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.
The Women’s Advent Bible Study, led by Melissa Jacobson will meet on Thursday, Dec. 5, 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.
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.”
We welcome you to join us for the first Sunday of the Advent Season in preparation for the birth of Jesus Christ. The sanctuary is adorned with Christmas decorations, an advent wreath and a chrismon tree filled with Christian symbols.
Sunday school begins at 9:30 a.m. and worship service at 10:45 a.m., with Pastor Claude bringing the message entitled, “Reconciled to God: Humility and Faith.” Worship assistants are Lisa Peterson serving as worship leader, Brenda Alexander leads the congregational hymns and plays the keyboard and pianist is Eugenia Hill.
This is communion Sunday. 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. Bring your altar rail offering that is designated for our family funds as directed through the United Methodist Church of the Northwest Texas Conference.
Remember to bring your coins and/or folding money for the outreach ministry, “No More Malaria”. In addition to the goal of eradicating malaria in Africa, the ministry furnishes bed nets for families, supports new medical research and assists hospitals in their ability to provide quality care for malaria patients.
Upcoming December activities:
• Evangelism committee meets at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 9;
• Caroling and delivering homebound Christmas sacks at 2 p.m., on Sunday, Dec. 15.
December is filled with all the hustle and bustle of Christmas celebrations, including parties, shopping for gifts, families traveling to different locations in order to make contact with all family branches and other scheduled functions. “Bless This House” calls for prayer that Jesus Christ is the center of all activities by giving thanks and praise to God for the birth of his precious Son. Pray our lives joyfully exemplifies God’s love to others during this Christmas season.
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
President Henry B. Eyring
The story of Christmas is a story of love.
Many have told since of the glorious time in that story when the Christ child is born to rescue and lead us home. Of the inspired accounts, the ones we treasure most help us feel again the tender love and care of the Father, and of His Beloved Son, for all of us, and especially for the least of us.
That is one of the reasons we love Luke’s story of the birth of Jesus. Each time we hear it we can feel again the love of our Father for us and for all His children. Each detail of the story makes real for us the message of love.
Mary, the mother of Jesus, wraps her firstborn child tenderly and lays Him in a manger. God sends angels in glorious light to announce to humble shepherds that the long-promised Messiah is born. And Luke tells us that choirs of angels were sent to celebrate this greatest of gifts from a loving Heavenly Father to His children. The words of Luke seem almost to bring to our minds and hearts the memory of the sound of angelic music:
“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
“And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
“And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”
The story of Christmas given to us by Luke creates feelings of peace and goodwill, just as the angel choir promised. Every inspired account of the birth of Jesus has that power.
The great prophet Isaiah wrote of the Christ child hundreds of years before He was born in a stable. He knew that Christ would be born to save us and to become the King of kings:
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
Handel set Isaiah’s Christmas story to music, and those words sung by choirs have lifted hearts for generations. Some of us have sung them ourselves. Each time I have heard or sung Isaiah’s story of Christ, I have felt joy and peace. The promise of peace, which the Lord brought at His birth, comes whenever we qualify to experience His love and cleansing power, which come because of His Atonement. And every inspired story of Christmas brings a feeling of His love for us.
It is still the same after the coming of Christ: we lay hold upon every good thing through our faith in Him. True stories of Christmas always increase that faith in Him and in His mission. And with that faith, our determination grows to join with Him to help in His loving mission of mercy and rescue.
It is wonderful always to remember Him but especially as we celebrate His birth. He came to bless children. He healed the sick. He invited all, even those who despised Him, to follow Him and so choose the way home to our Heavenly Father.
In the stories of Christ’s birth, we can see and feel who He was and who He is. That lightens our load along the way. And it will lead us to forget ourselves and to lighten the load for others. That can make every day feel like the best of our Christmases past.
• Sunday, Dec. 1 – Church service — 9 a.m. Visitors are welcome.
• Genealogy class — 1 p.m. community invited.
• Monday, Dec. 2 – Family Home Evening.
• Tuesday, Dec. 3 – New Testament Adult Institute 7 p.m.
• Wednesday, Dec. 4 – Activity Days, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Young Women 6:30 p.m.
We are located at 910 Elm Street in Sweetwater. If you would like to talk with representatives of the church about the Saviors teachings, call 1-800 622-5595. Missionaries serving in this area are Olsen and Elder Ellsworth call: (325) 864-2999.