Aglow International Sweetwater Community Lighthouse will host their monthly meeting on Tuesday, July 10, at 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express, 300 SE Georgia Avenue. Guest speaker will be Joy Blauvelt from Colorado City. Joy loves to see people set free to serve God. Joy and her husband David are on the praise team at Christian Fellowship Church in Colorado City. Joy is the President of the Aglow Lighthouse in Colorado City. The joy of the Lord is manifest in Joy's life and ministry.
Everyone is invited to attend. For more information, call 338-8924.
BROADWAY BAPTIST CHURCH
On June 8, 1845, Andrew Jackson said, “The Bible is the rock upon which our Republic rests.” Just a few years prior, in 1820, another of our forefathers, Daniel Webster, said, “Let us not forget the religious character of our origin.” In the days of our founding fathers, people didn’t quibble about the Bible’s importance. Our forefathers brought hither their high veneration for the Christian religion, being journeyed in its light and labored in its hope. They sought to incorporate, listen to, and infuse its influence through all their institutions: civil, political and literary.
This week America celebrated her 236th birthday. Why has she lasted? Why did she become strong? I believe it was because of her faith in God, her stand for right, and her love for freedom. Unfortunately, we have moved away from those core principles of faith and freedom. We have taken the Bible out of our schools and are neglecting it in our homes. America’s foundation was built upon God and His word and as we look to the future it is my prayer that we will return to those core principles. I pray we will band together, hand in hand and heart in heart, seeking God’s blessings once again on our nation.
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.
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
First Baptist Church invites your family to join us this Sunday morning (July 8) 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 message from God’s Word by our Pastor, Phillip Thomas, a “Call to Worship” video, and 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!
Phillip Thomas, FBC Pastor, will resume the “Study on Apologetics — Knowing What You Believe,” on Sunday (July 8) at 6 p.m., in Room 301. This study will help Christian’s better understand, defend and proclaim their beliefs.
The summer of 2012 continues with FBC family-fun activities that have the ability to start new friendships and solidify existing ones. 1) Opportunities such as P3 activities are scheduled for July 9-12 (Circle Drive) and will resemble a Backyard Bible and Vacation Bible School held together. We will repeat this format on August 6-9 (Fraley Park) where we reach out to families within our community. Also 2) the church-wide picnic, and 3) various camps, plus 4) the Ugandan Children’s Choir will sing in both English and their native language (Luganda), beginning at 6 p.m., in the FBC Sanctuary, on July 22. Be sure your family has registered in the FBC foyer to attend and participate in some, if not all, of these activities. Contact Pastor Phillip Thomas directly if you can be one of the host homes needed for the Children’s Choir.
The Ugandan children play instruments including African drums and dance traditional dances in colorful costumes. The education those attending will receive will be invaluable in widening appreciation for the needs of orphans in “Third-World” countries, as well as demonstrating God’s powerful hand at work in their lives. During the current summer of 2012, FBC is committed to loving the world around us by reaching out to families in our neighborhoods and community. Come join with us! If you have questions, call the FBC office at 236-6348. Also check the FBC website www.fbcsweetwater.org  to stay informed!
First Presbyterian Church
Visitors are always welcome at First Presbyterian Church. The church is located at 14th and McCauley. Adult Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m. Worship service is at 10:45 a.m. A nursery is provided for all church activities for children kindergarten age and younger.
The Reverend Keith Palmquist has agreed to fill our pulpit until we call a permanent pastor. He is retired from the ELS synod of the Lutheran Church. PC(USA) recognizes this synod of ordained ministers so he will be able to serve communion. He and his wife Mary live in Buffalo Gap. They will join us for the first time on July 8, and we will receive communion that Sunday. The Class of 2012 will be serving.
Reverend Palmist’s sermon title is “Jesus Set Them Out”; the scripture readings are Ezekiel 2:1-5 and Mark 6:1-13. Greeters are Doug Richards and Richard Gesin and the worship assistant is Buck Cason.
• No Plarning until further notice
• Choir practice will be moving to their summer schedule, meeting on Sundays at 10:15 a.m.
UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
You are welcome to 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 “Familiarity Breeds Contempt”—Erecting Walls Against The Power of God. Worship assistants are Betty Merrell 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 July is Patti Neill.
This Sunday afternoon at 5 p.m., a charged conference has been scheduled. We encourage all congregational members to attend.
On Monday, July 9, at 7 p.m., the evangelism committee will meet 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.
On July 29, make plans for our fifth Sunday potluck dinner and administrative council meeting. Additional July activities will be announced at a later date.
With the fires in New Mexico and Colorado, residents have loss their homes, churches have been destroyed, and other personal property and forest have been devastated. “Bless This House” asks prayer for all individuals involved, giving them support and strength in coping with the losses they have endured. Pray their hope and faith gives them encouragement in rebuilding their lives. Ask God that we, their fellowman, respond wisely and expeditiously in ministering to their physical, material and spiritual needs.
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.
TRINITY BAPTIST CHURCH
Hopefully, you have noticed that when speaking of Trinity Baptist Church, we refer to it as The Trinity Family. All our endeavors are family-oriented, as evidenced by the construction of our new Family Life Center. We are now working diligently toward completing the interior. The majority of the inside finishing work will be completed by our members and volunteers. Please join us in prayers for safety, knowledge, ability and stamina as we bring this project to a close. We have been blessed in so many ways during this project. We are excited about the possibilities God has in store for this building and pray that all activities be for His glory.
The Trinity Family invites you to join us as we serve our Savior, Jesus Christ. Everyone “fits in” at Trinity. Give us a try and see how well you fit in! Our sanctuary is located at the corner of Hailey and Santa Fe Streets here in Sweetwater. Our services feature a mix of traditional and contemporary in a casual, friendly atmosphere. Our regularly scheduled weekly activities are as follows:
• 9:30 a.m. — Sunday school (it’s for everyone — all ages!).
• 10:45 a.m. — Morning worship.
• 6 p.m. — Bible studies (adults and youth), Children’s Choir.
• 6:30 p.m. — Prayer time/Bible study for adults, youth Bible study (7th-12th grades), TeamKID for children (Preschool through sixth grades).
Our Associate Pastor, Bro. Kyle Tubbs, will be preaching this Sunday. Come hear his sermon entitled “The Greatest Sermon Ever,” based on Matthew, chapters 5-7. Our youth will leave following morning service for youth camp at BCBA.
Trinity is pleased to be a part of Sweetwater Outreach Weekend (SOW) which takes place July 12-14. During this week, several churches in the area band together to perform various much-needed tasks around homes of those who are unable to handle those projects on their own. If you would like to help us in this endeavor, please call either our church office or the office at 4th & Elm Church of Christ.
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 office hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can also find us on the web at www.trinitysweetwater.com . God bless you!