Aglow International Sweetwater Community Lighthouse will host their monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 13, at 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express, located at 300 SE Georgia Ave. Guest speaker will be Josephine M. Grimes from Sweetwater. Josephine was born and raised in Colorado City and moved to Sweetwater in 1998. Josephine's lifestyle of alcohol and drugs caused her body to break down physically. She was in and out of the hospital and even had thoughts of suicide. At the end of 2002 the Lord got her attention! Being locked up for a year and a half, she began to cry out to the Lord and it was during that time that the Lord healed her body. In 2006 the Lord gave Josephine the desire of her heart.
Come join us and be blessed by the presence of the Holy Spirit and her amazing testimony.
For more information, call 766-2245 or 338-8924.
Avondale Baptist Church
Greetings from the Avondale Baptist Church family! If you are looking for a church home we would like to invite you to come and visit us and worship our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We are located at 1405 Hoyt Street.
Our regular Sunday schedule is coffee fellowship at 9:20 a.m., Sunday school Bible study at 9:45 a.m., worship services at 10:50 a.m. and 6 p.m. and choir practice at 7 p.m. On Wednesday evening we have On-Mission Groups for all ages at 7 p.m. If you need more information you can call the church at 325-235-5835.
We want to remind you to spring forward with your clocks before you go to bed Saturday night, so you won’t be late for Sunday school and worship service Sunday morning.
Broadway Baptist Church
Here it is Rattlesnake Round-Up week and people will come from all around to join in the fun. As I visit with people I hear different ideas about the round up. Some say, “If you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all, so I ain’t going!” Then there are others, like me, who never get enough. I remember taking my kids to the zoo and showing them the snakes behind the glass. Most snakes were hard to find, because they were camouflaged by their surroundings, but spotting them the first time made it easier the next. What I noticed is that they are great “hiders” and are always lurking in unsuspected places waiting for an opportunity to strike. Interestingly, the Bible speaks of the enemy as a serpent, and he's camouflaged very well. He's lurking in unsuspected places waiting for an opportunity to strike! I know it would be so much easier if Satan just came out and said, "I'm here to destroy your life!" but it's just not going to happen. He comes to rob, steal and destroy and most of the time, when he does, people don't even realize he's doing it! We need to be aware of how he is trying to enter into our lives, so that we can spot his markings and remove ourselves from the danger!
Paul wrote in II Corinthians 2:11: “...lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.” Don't give the enemy an opportunity for deception by failing to spot his camouflage, so he can strike! James 4:7 says: “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
This Sunday, the 11th, Dr. Rick Carter will be with us to help celebrate “Friend Day” at Broadway Baptist Church. This will be a great opportunity for us to “round up” our family and friends, so they can hear a clear presentation of the gospel. On Wednesday, March 14, at 7 p.m. we will enjoy a concert by the Dartt Family. Tracy Dartt is back to traveling, and it will be wonderful to see him again, and hear the smooth sound of the Dartt Family. If you don’t have a church home, we would love for you to come and visit us this Sunday. 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
March is going to be an exciting month at Emmanuel Fellowship! Our “Create” sermon series will focus on discovering and releasing the creativity God has breathed into each of His children. We serve a creative God and He has designed each of us to express our unique gifts in ways that glorify Him.
This Sunday, March 11, we will only have one service at 11 a.m. Don’t forget to set your clocks back, and come ready for a vibrant morning of worship. We invite you to come and experience the life, love and joy of Emmanuel Fellowship Church. 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 this Sunday morning for Bible study, beginning at 9:15 a.m., for all age groups, followed by the Sunday morning worship service, which begins at 10:30 a.m., and includes a Children's Sermon. First Baptist Church is located at 213 East Third Street, in Sweetwater, next door to the Post Office, and all are welcome! Don't forget to move your clock forward one hour on Saturday night!
There will be no Kid-X programming on Wednesday night during Spring Break - however, March is the month that FBC takes a turn at filling the baby bassinet for the Women's Resource Center. Bring new baby items such as diapers, baby bottles, etc., and place them in the bassinet display in the FBC pre-school hallway.
All women interested in missions are invited to attend a meeting on Monday, March 19, in Room 101a, beginning at 2 p.m. Come and find out all about their exciting and ongoing, plus forthcoming, projects. If you would be interested in an evening meeting with childcare provided, contact the church office at 236-6348 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org  and request your name and number be added to either list to receive a reminder call. If you have questions, ask that Cindy Hamlin call you back.
New Growth Groups are underway - however, they are taking a break on Sunday evening (March 11) and will resume on March 18 at 6 p.m. You have a choice of "Marriage Built To Last" (Welcome Center) led by Phillip Thomas or "Praying For Your Adult Children" (Room 201) led by Jeff Lay. Kid's Growth Groups (facilitated by Steven and Ashley May and Kassidi and Kyle Seaton) are located in Rooms 210 (Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten) and 213 (first through fourth grade) from 5:55 p.m. until 7:35 p.m.
FBC members have an opportunity to support mission ministries and missionaries throughout the United States and Canada in a tangible way throughout March by participating in the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering and Week of Prayer. Offering envelopes are in the pew racks and church office. The Annie Armstrong Easter Offering allows our missionaries throughout North America to concentrate on their ministry and not have to raise their own support. It also provides a way for each of us to spread God's message throughout North America and Canada without leaving home.
UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Please join us for Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and worship service at 10:45 a.m., with Pastor Chris Rodriguez bringing the message entitled, “Stuff and Images.” 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 March is AdaBelle Clark.
This is the third Sunday of Lent and one of our traditional Lenten observances is the “Wooden Cross.” A specific item depicting the last days of Christ’s journey will be placed upon or at the foot of the “Wooden Cross” each Sunday. Those items are relevant to the Last Supper and Christ’s Crucifixion. The laying of palm leaves follows on Palm Sunday and on Easter Sunday the “Wooden Cross” is adorned with flowers. This Sunday, a bag of silver coins will be hung upon the Cross. The coins represent the 30 pieces of silver that Judas, one of the 12 disciples, accepted for the betrayal of Jesus. The betrayal set in motion the events that occurred in the Garden of Gethsemane, the arrest of Jesus, the trial and crucifixion.
Return this evening at 6 p.m., for the conclusion of the study of “Journey in the Wilderness”, by Gil Rendle. Pastor Chris leads the study of New Life for mainline churches.
Evangelism committee meets on Monday, the 12th, at 7 p.m., at the church. Following coordinators reporting on their respective outreach ministries, decorative snack sacks will be compiled for the West Texas Children’s Advocacy Center.
Wednesday evening Bible study continues in the book of Matthew on the 14th, and the 28th, at 7 p.m., at the church.
On Wednesday, the 21st, Highland Heights will host the community Lenten service, sponsored through the Ministerial Alliance. The community is invited to attend for a noon meal with soup and sandwiches, followed by a short message given by Pastor Chris.
“Bless This House” is calling upon prayers for the safety of all travelers through the spring break. This is a time that students, teachers and families look forward to going on ski trips or other vacation spots to relax and unwind from busy everyday schedules. Pray not only for the time being well spent with friends and families in sharing wholesome fun, but also for their safety upon their return trip.
There is still time to participate in our “Samaritan Hospitality House Ministry.” “The House” is located in Colorado City and ministries to families visiting loved ones that are incarcerated in area prisons. With a homelike atmosphere, the facilities provide weekend lodging for family members during their stay free of charge. If you would like to donate supply items, please contact the church office at 235-4534, for further details. Sunday, April 22, is the date for consecrating our collection and it will be delivered the following Friday, the 27th, to Colorado City.
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 at Lamar Street Baptist Church extend a warm, West Texas welcome to all the visitors from this year's Rattlesnake Round-Up!
As the annual event winds down on Sunday and a new round of Daylight Savings Time begins (don't forget to "spring forward" your clock before bed on Saturday night), we hope to see you and your family join us as we start our weekly services!
At 9:30 a.m., we have Sunday school classes available for every family member. Our morning worship starts at 10:40 a.m. which features a blended music service of hymns and praise music, a Children's Sermon and a message from our pastor, Jerry Payne. Pastor Jerry will also bring the sermon in our evening service which starts at 6 p.m.
Our weekly services continue on Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m. Our children's programs are divided into a preschool class called Mission Friends and two elementary classes--RA's (Royal Ambassadors) for boys and GA's (Girls in Action) for girls. Seventh through twelfth graders gather for a youth service, and the adults meet for Bible study and prayer.
Looking ahead to summer, we have scheduled our 2012 Vacation Bible School (VBS) for the week of Monday, June 18. Our VBS will be tied in to our week-long mission project, which will be an in-home mission this year.
Our goal for this upcoming week is to minister not only to our church members and our facilities but to the community. After the morning VBS, we will go out into the community during the afternoon for evangelism outreach in order to invite others to our revival services held each night during the week.
This mission project, however, cannot be done without help. We are in the process of planning community-wide fundraisers and are asking our members to prayerfully consider giving up their time, finances or both to assist. It is our hope that, during this special week, our focus will be set on Christ as we share Him throughout Sweetwater and strive to bring God glory.
For more information about our upcoming events and services, visit us at 513 Lamar, call the church office at 235-1779 or find us on Facebook. We can't wait to see you this Sunday at Lamar Street Baptist Church!
TRINITY BAPTIST CHURCH
Trinity Baptist Church is excited to offer a special showing of the film Courageous on Sunday evening, March 25. Join us at 5 p.m. for a small fellowship meal followed by the highly-acclaimed film. Beginning on April 15, we will host the shortened study of the book of the same name. Make plans now to come see this terrific movie.
We strive to show Christ’s love through our fellowship here at Trinity. Known for our loving, caring atmosphere, you are invited to join us for worship services so that you, too, can experience God’s love. Our casual, friendly, family atmosphere with both traditional and contemporary music makes our church an easy place to “fit in”. We are located at the corner of Hailey and Santa Fe Streets, where you will see our new Family Life Center being built.
We are also pleased to offer wireless hearing assistance for those who need it during worship. Just see any of the ushers to request a unit, then sit anywhere within our congregation to enjoy the service.
Sunday school begins at 9:30 a.m. followed by worship services at 10:45 a.m. each Sunday. Graded classes are available for children to youth. Adult classes include Harvesters, Messengers and Explorers (typically for single and young adults), Seekers (empty-nesters) and Encouragers (senior adults). However, classes are not limited to those age groups. The descriptions provided are provided simply as a starting point. Each of us is encouraged to find the class we are more comfortable attending, regardless of age!
The Annie Armstrong Offering for North American Missions will be taken this Sunday, March 11, during the morning worship service. Please pray that God would give you clarity on the gift He would have you give. For more information on Annie Armstrong and her work, please see http://www.anniearmstrong.com .
This Sunday evening, the Trinity family will enjoy a church-wide game night. Beginning at 5 p.m., we will have a potluck dinner and games of all kinds. This event is for families and people of all ages. Bring your favorite potluck dish and your favorite games and join us. Games will be played in the Seekers and Encouragers classrooms with movies and Wii games offered in the choir room.
Next week is Spring Break Week. Monday through Wednesday are “Youth Days” here at Trinity. Even though they are called “Youth Days”, adults are invited to come along. Monday will feature a trip to the Abilene Zoo. Tuesday will include bowling in Abilene. Wednesday afternoon, we will play miniature golf. That evening, we will do a street feed with Love & Care Ministries in Abilene. If you don’t have Spring Break plans, come spend time with us as we fellowship together and serve God. You may call the church office for more information on these events.
Bro. Chris, our new Music Minister, has begun Youth Choir on Wednesdays from 5:30-6:15 p.m. in the youth room. A light meal will be served at 6:15 p.m. followed by youth activities and Bible study.
Wednesday evenings, adults meet at 6:30 p.m. in the Seekers room for Trinity Power Plant (our weekly prayer time). At the same time, children enjoy TeamKID. There’s a place for all ages, nursery to senior adults and all ages in between. Bring your family and come see what’s going on here as we serve our Lord!
Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University continues at Trinity on Sunday evenings at 5 p.m. Led by the Peeks and the Chrismers, this 13-week program teaches you how to beat debt, build wealth, find bargains, invest for the future, give like never before and much more! More information can be found online at Dave Ramsey’s website: http://www.daveramsey.com/fpu .
Trinity is excited to offer several upcoming retreats. Sign-ups and deposits are due by March 18. Please call the church office to register or request more information.
April 13th and 14th: Women’s Retreat at Big Country Baptist Assembly (BCBA, Lueders) – studying Beth Moore’s Loving Well. Leaving at 3 p.m. on Friday and returning at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, ladies will enjoy a time of getting away with Christian sisters. Cost for the retreat is $35. T-shirts for ladies are being designed and created by Jan Davis. Cost is $10. If you would like a t-shirt for the retreat, please bring your sizing information and money to the church office by March 25.
April 20th-22nd: Youth DiscipleNow (DiscipleNow) at BCBA (Lueders). Theme for this year’s DNow is Mosaic, based on 1 Corinthians 12:12. Guest speaker is Matt Broyles and worship leader is Gary Williams. Food, fellowship, worship, teaching, faith, friendship, paintball and small group activities will be offered. Cost is $50.
April 27th and 28th: Men’s Retreat at the Ware Ranch at Paint Rock. Activities include campfires, dominoes, horseshoes, washers and fishing at Lake Ivey, skeet shooting, relaxing and Bible study. Cost is $20.
If you would like more information about Trinity, or if you would like accept Jesus Christ as your Savior, please call us at 235-2991 or drop by our offices located at 1503 Crescent Drive. Our hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can also find us on the web at www.trinitysweetwater.com . God bless you!
Word of God
As a pastor of a discipleship church, my teachings are to be on the basis of maturing Christians into disciples. — not disciples that sit on salvation or disciples that find a comfortable area to missions in, but disciples that will go as Jesus goes. The great commission is to go into all the world for Jesus. He tells disciples to lay down their lives and pick up their cross and follow. Where would Jesus go? He tells us to the least of these. There are some that question me taking disciples in Juarez because of the danger. Disciples go out without thought for their own lives so that they might serve those who Christ would serve. Plus, is not the grace of God sufficient everywhere? Until you have broken that bondage of fear in your life you could never be a disciple. I teach God is real and that we can trust in Him, period. So I strengthen Christians to a level of doing what Christ wants of all His believers. Do you know what it is like to abandon yourself to Christ and go where most won't but Jesus will?
We will be taking a mission trip into Juarez over Spring Break. It will consist of three adults and three teens, one of them being my daughter. We will be there a week starting Monday the 11th through Saturday the 16th. Please pray during this time for the whole trip, we have many to reach and God is setting all things up for us to follow His guidance.
I have a desire for all to become disciples even my daughter. I want her to be a true believer in the only living God. This is why I teach to pick up your cross and follow Christ.
God Bless, Pastor Dale