Aglow International Sweetwater Community Lighthouse will host their monthly meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express, 300 SE Georgia Avenue.
Speaker will be Minnie Castro from Roscoe. Minnie worked at Roscoe ISD for 32 years before retiring in 2009. She and her husband Eddie attend Lighthouse Assembly of God Church where she is a Sunday school teacher and worship leader. Minnie is currently the President of Aglow Sweetwater Community Lighthouse and does prison ministry. She has traveled to Uganda, Africa with His Joy Ministries and desires to go back next summer. Everyone is invited to attend. For more information, call 338-8924.
BROADWAY BAPTIST CHURCH
As teachers open their classrooms and the children head back to school the children will be learning the basics, reading, writing and arithmetic. This also includes social studies, history and science. As a Christian, I believe the Bible to be true and when man and Bible differ, I will always take the side of scripture. So it is with this thing called “evolution”.
According to scripture God stepped out of nowhere on to nothing and created everything. To some this may seem impossible, but it makes a lot more sense than evolution, which believes you can take billions of years, add time and chance and turn frogs into princes. In most schools and libraries that is a “fairy tale” and yet in the laboratory we want to call it science?
My friend, God is the creator of all that your hands can touch, your eyes can see, your ears can hear and your nose can smell. If you see a watch you assume there is a watchmaker. If you see the precise atomic flux of the universe, I trust you don’t believe that happened by chance.
Genesis 1 puts it best: “In the Beginning God . . .” This God is your Creator and your Redeemer. He made a way to heaven, His Son and offers eternal life to all who put their trust in Him. Take a moment to look around, see the handiwork of God, and place your faith and trust in Christ. As the saying goes, “You’ll be glad you did”.
Here are some events that we would like to invite you to come to and enjoy: Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m. we will have Lee and Nancy Warren as our special guests. Lee and Nancy are true musicians, and have a great southern Gospel sound. On Oct. 7, Dr. Al Reichman will minister to us during the 6 p.m. service. Dr. Reichman is the Southwest Regional Director of the Chosen People Ministries. He comes from a long line of orthodox rabbis. Since he received Christ as his personal Savior, he has had a great burden for his own people. He will share with us his ministry.
The Children’s Wednesday night Bible study program: “WISEGUYS” has begun. Wiseguys is an exciting program focused on scripture memory and teaching children Biblical truths in an enjoyable way. The visualized verses, musical choruses and character building stories are all centered on the character quality and definition for the month. We will meet every Wednesday night at 7 p.m. If you are interested in your child being in this program, please call us at 235-2730. We will be meeting in the church’s Education Building.
If you don’t have a church home, we would like to welcome 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
Now that school in underway, why not add First Baptist Church attendance to your regular routine and join us on Sunday morning (Sept. 9) for Bible study, beginning at 9:15 a.m. for all age levels. Following Bible study, our Sunday morning worship service will begin at 10:30 a.m. Start your week with a message from God's Word by our Pastor, Phillip Thomas, a Call to Worship video that will make you "stop and think," plus a fun-filled and informative 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!
A Comprehensive Sunday School Technology Conference will be held on Saturday (Sept. 8), and will be facilitated by the Baptist General Convention. Anyone interested is welcome to attend. Contact Tique Hamilton in the church office at 236-6348 for more information.
On Sunday evening (Sept. 9), in Room 301, beginning at 6 p.m., FBC Pastor Phillip Thomas will be presenting the wrap-up on "A Study on Apologetics — Knowing What You Believe." This study has helped today's Christians better understand, defend and proclaim what they believe. Contact Phillip for more information.
Bible Drill for fourth through sixth grade students will begin on Sunday (Sept. 9) at 4:30 p.m., in Room 103. Natile Woodrow is the facilitator for Bible Drill. Attention students! If you are a middle school or high school student, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org  if you are even remotely interested in Bible Drill or the "Speakers Tournament."
You have one more week to watch for several more mystery details to come regarding a "Mystery Luau" dinner (Sept. 16). Don't forget to mark your calendar!
Also mark your calendar for the return of "Family Movie Night" on Sept. 22 beginning at 6 p.m., hosted by the Children's Department. The movie being shown is "The Rookie." Contact Cindy Hamlin for more information.
A Co-Ed Church Softball 2012 Sweetwater League was recently formed with most of our local churches represented at the field across from Mustang Bowl and is off to a solid start with talented team members and a good group of devoted fans. Bring your family and come support your team! Plus, sign up for future opportunities.
• Sept. 11, at 8 p.m. (Church of God vs. First Baptist Church).
• Sept. 18, at 7 p.m. (First Baptist Church vs Fourth and Elm Church of Christ).
• Sept. 25, at 7 p.m. (First Baptist Church vs Lamar Street Baptist Church).
Find us on Facebook and check out our website www.fbcsweetwater.org .
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS 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, “He has Done Everything Well: Why Then is He persecuted?” Worship assistants are Jenene Taylor 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 September is Helen Rowlett. Pat McKiddy will bless the worship service with a special musical selection.
On Monday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m., the evangelism committee meets with coordinators reporting on their respective outreach ministries.
The new school year has begun. “Bless This House” is calling upon prayer for all students, parents, teachers and administrative staff to give their utmost with an energetic and optimistic attitude in striving to be the best that they can be. Pray that God strengthen each individual with patience, encouragement, understanding and determination to achieve their highest goals.
The outreach ministry that is being emphasized for the next several weeks is “Gateway Family Services.” The center offers its services and ministers to individuals involved in family violence and sexual assault in Scurry, Nolan, Mitchell, Fisher and Kent Counties. We are collecting good used and new suitcases and paper goods, such as toilet paper, Kleenex, paper towels, paper plates and paper cups. Additional items that are needed are towels, wash cloths, laundry detergent, dishwashing liquid, bar soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes. Sunday, Oct. 14, is the consecration date of items collected.
Through the “Homebound Ministry”, on Sunday, Oct. 28, decorative fall snack sacks will be available for congregational members to delivery to our homebound.
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
Praise God, our foyer has new tile, and the carpet in our sanctuary will be replaced over the next few weeks. We ask that members and visitors be patient during this time. We are going to try to continue services in the sanctuary; signs will be placed if services are moved elsewhere.
Join us Sunday at 9:30 a.m. for Sunday school, followed by our 10:40 a.m. service featuring hymns and a children's sermon. Bro. James Baker will bring a message from the Bible. Come again at 6 p.m. for our Sunday night service.
On Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. we offer Mission Friends, GA's — Girls in Action, and RA's — Royal Ambassadors, youth activities for 7th-12th graders, and Bible study and prayer for adults. For anyone wanting to join the choir on Sunday mornings, choir practice is held following the service.
Area churches have put teams together to play co-ed softball. Games are played at the Jerry Collins Softball Fields at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Tuesdays through Sept. 25.
Mary Hill Davis Week of Prayer is Sept. 9-16. This offering goes to Texas Missions.
To learn more about Lamar Street Baptist Church, visit us at 513 Lamar, find us on Facebook or call the church at 235-1779.
TRINITY BAPTIST CHURCH
It’s finally here! Better Together, our community Bible study, starts this Sunday…in our new Family Life Center! Better Together is a dynamic small group study that will help us learn how to fulfill God's purpose for our lives. It includes the biblical support behind each purpose, the ways it applies to us and our circle of influence and how we can use this knowledge to benefit God's kingdom. This study is open to anyone in our community who wants to study God’s word and find out how much better we are…together! Childcare is provided. Study books are available for $8. For an excerpt from Rick Warren about this study, you can view the following video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLBEuL3MWug .
The Trinity Family wants you to have a close relationship with God and your fellow believers, to have that renewal that comes with weekly interaction with other Christians. Our casual, friendly, loving atmosphere is a wonderful place to study His Word together. Our 10:45 a.m. service is a mix of traditional and contemporary, with something for everyone. Bring the family and join our family this Sunday.
Our sanctuary is located at the corner of Hailey and Santa Fe Streets here in Sweetwater. First-time visitors are invited to enter our building through the front (Santa Fe Street side) or from the west parking lot (beside the air conditioner tower). 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. – Better Together (adult Bible study), youth Bible study and Children’s M&M’s and M&M’s Minis.
• 6:30 p.m. — Prayer time/Bible study for adults, youth Bible study (7th-12th grades), TeamKID for children (Preschool through sixth grades).
• 7:30 p.m. — Adult choir rehearsal.
On Wednesday, Sept. 12, the ladies’ Bible study, James: Mercy Triumphs, by Beth Moore will begin. Ladies of all ages enjoy these studies which are held on Wednesdays at noon, with a second session available at 6 p.m. You may choose whichever time best fits your schedule. Call the church office to register. Study books are available for $15 each. More information about James: Mercy Triumphs can be found by following this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GmoKDFIt6A .
We would ask for your prayers as our church begins reviewing resumes for Youth Minister. Our prayer is that God will lead us to the perfect person to lead our youth as they grow in the Lord.
Continue to watch this space for the upcoming dedication and open house for our new Family Life Center, tentatively set in October. We would love to have our community see what God is doing here at Trinity!
If you have questions 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 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
Transforming ordinary people into passionate followers of Christ through God's Word, growing them into mature Christians, to be Jesus’ lights in this world and witnesses of the Gospel of Jesus and the Kingdom of God, seeking the lost for the glory of God and His kingdom.
We are a non-judgmental ministry — meaning that the ministry itself is not judgmental. We are not concerned where you have been or where you are at, but where you are going. Everyone needs hope and to feel the love of God's mercy. Those who falter and are weak are welcome. We will guide all that come, into a direction for peace in their life.
The teachings from the pulpit are deep rightly divided truth as 2 Timothy 2:15 speaks of. You will hear the unadulterated word of God ministered straight from the Bible, introducing deep truths and promises you can stand on, that will never crumble out from underneath you. These truths have discipled many to be followers of Christ as it can do for anybody. Opening up the eyes and ears of these who receive.
Sunday morning — 10:30 a.m.
Sunday Night — Adult discipleship 6:30 p.m., youth hangout 11-17 year-olds and Children's Rock night 5-10 year-olds.
Wednesday Night — 6:30 p.m. is teen and tween youth church, pastor led for 11-17 year-olds, children's classes for 5-10 year-olds and adult Word study for men's and women's ministry, disciple led.
T.A.G. and Tween's — These ministries are for 11 -17 year-olds. They have youth church on Wednesday night. There's praise and worship performed by them. Then the pastor brings a message of truth to seed in their lives that is in a way that they can understand and comprehend. They also have Sunday night hangout, doing all kinds of things and events with each other in the youth ministry, from movies to playing volleyball at Sonic or cookouts and other things. They get involved with fundraisers to raise money for their events. They have the Reaching Out While Reaching Up ministry that helps people around town. They have The Rock as a place to hang out before and after church time. There is summer camp at Extreme Camps that they have a blast at while deepening their faith.
Children's Ministry — Wednesday night there are classes set up to put a foundation of God's word in the children's life with a fun and enjoyable environment and experience. There is lots of love, guidance and good values seeded into their lives. Sunday night — Fun at The Rock. Those children that come on Wednesday night classes get to come on Sunday night to play at The Rock youth center during regular adult discipleship. Sometimes there are movies, games and snack night. They also get involved in fundraisers and summer camp.
P.U.R.E. Ministry — Ephesians 1:4 Princesses Under Royal Election meets every third Friday of the month. The ministry teaches young ladies their value to God by being a child of the King loved by their Father, coming under a covenant with God to keep their purity until marriage. It is even for those who want to start over.
The Rock youth center is open Saturday night from 6-10 p.m. for sixth, seventh and eighth graders. A Christian atmosphere is presented, but not forced. It is fun for everyone. We have this generation’s Christian music, a 6ft and 3ft half pipe skate ramp, a foam pit, velcro wall jump, pool table, air hockey, foosball, skating, video games, basketball and volleyball area. A snack bar is available with drinks, nachos, frito pies, candy, chips, etc. It is a controlled environment with adult supervision. There is lots of love and a short time of a small seeded truth of God into their lives.
Website — The church now has a website address which entails what is going on inside the church, the ministries of the church and gives you information of The Word of God Church. You can visit the website at www.swwordofGod.com .
11-17 year-olds Extreme Camp — an experience that will change their lives, a camp that reaches them at their level, setting the love of God on fire inside of them. It's a blast!
5-10 year-olds — Camp suited at the level to where it keeps their attention. It is fun and an unforgettable experience with God.