Broadway Baptist Church
Have you ever been inside a cold, clammy walk-in refrigerator? It’s not any fun, and if you are like me, you want to get out as soon as possible. Unfortunately, I have been in some churches like that. I once heard about a man who came to a cold church. The preacher said something he agreed with and he said, “Amen.” Everybody turned around and looked at him. After awhile he said, “Praise the Lord.” Then people arched their eyebrows. Next time he said “Amen” an usher tapped him on the shoulder to quiet him down. The usher said, “What is wrong with you?” The man said in response, “Well, nothing. I’m saved and the Word of God is blessing my soul.” To which the usher curtly replied, “Well, mister, cut it out! We don’t allow any of that around here.”
How sad it is that most churches start at 11 a.m. sharp and end at 12 p.m. dull. Christianity should bring a song to your heart and put a smile on your lips. The Apostle Paul said, “Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice.” If you can’t rejoice at church, where can you rejoice? Just remember, it’s easier to cool down a zealot than it is to warm up a corpse. Today and every day, shout to the Lord for His thoughts toward you are good.
We at Broadway are having a Spring Revival starting this Sunday, the 21st and it will end on Wednesday, the 24th, and we want to send you a special invitation. Our special speaker will be Rev. Richard Dennis. He is a pastor from Austin. On Sunday, our service times will be the same, but the services on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday will begin at 7 p.m. Our prayer is that this revival will renew are hearts and minds to grow in the Lord. Our desire is to see souls saved and lives be made right. May the Lord restore our joy, so that we can be in His will to better serve Him.
The Will Family Singers will be with us next Sunday, April 28, during the 6 p.m. service. The Wills have a long history of singing Southern Gospel Music. Come out and look forward to being blessed.
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
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.
This week, we dive into our New Testament Challenge! Each week during the challenge, we will be looking at one of the eight major themes of the New Testament. This Sunday, we are exploring what the New Testament has to say about “Servanthood.” If you would like to prepare your heart for the service with a daily reading, log on to www.efcsweetwater.com  and click on the “New Testament Challenge” link! We will also be celebrating the baptism of several new believers this Sunday in both services. Come ready to thank the Lord for these new lives in Christ!
Coming up on Sunday, April 28, EFC will be hosting an evening for women. “What Women Love” will feature four things women love: dessert, worship, helping other women, and shopping. The event is being sponsored by women’s groups all over the city. The guest speaker for the evening will be Paige Allen, of Church on the Rock Lubbock, and her message will be focused on how women of West Texas can help women across the world leave the sex trafficking industry. At the conclusion of the evening, a store will be available, with all proceeds going directly to the ministry of these women. The evening will begin at 6 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person, but your ticket will be redeemable for merchandise at the store that evening. For tickets, please call the EFC offices at 236-9200.
EFC’s Wednesday evening children’s ministry is in full-swing, with children ages birth 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 all-new facilities. Come check out the all new “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. It is also open tonight from 7-10 p.m., free of charge, for all Sweetwater youth to come hang out. Our youth will be holding a car wash at The Salvage Yard tomorrow from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. as a fundraiser for their upcoming trips to camp and the New York mission trip. Bring your dusty car and we’ll get it clean for you.
Lifegroups for adults meet Monday evenings (Young Adults Group, Tuesday evenings (Celebrate Recovery) and Wednesday evenings (Family Groups and Women’s Group) at 7 p.m. For more information on how to connect with a small group, check out the Lifegroups display in the church foyer, or log online to www.efcsweetwater.com .
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
April 21, 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. All are welcome. Your presence will enhance our worship experience and fellowship together.
There are many opportunities for service. Children’s Church facilitators are always welcome. High School Camp will be June 9-14. Vacation Bible School will be June 24-27. P3 at Circle Drive will be July 7-11. Missions Camp will be July 30-August 2. Lad and Lassie Camp will be August 2 and 3. Day Camp will be on August 3. P3 at Coral Cove will be August 4-8.
Kid X continues on Wednesday nights beginning at 6 p.m. Kid X is an exciting way for children in Kindergarten through sixth grade to learn about Jesus.
Bible Drill will be competing at Calvary Baptist Church in Lubbock on April 26 and 27. Please be in prayer for those who will be competing.
Heart Gallery is a collection of portraits featuring children in foster care who are currently waiting to be adopted. Please join us in prayer for those who are pictured in the foyer.
The students will be having several fundraisers for camp and other summer activities. In May, there will be a church garage sale. If you have items you would like to donate, let Tique Hamilton know, and we will store them in Thee Hut. Also, the youth will be painting addresses on driveways and curbs for donations. If you need your address updated so people can see it better, let Tique know.
On Mother’s Day, May 12, we celebrate those who care about and for us. This year, we’re honoring our mothers by following their example. Let’s sacrificially give through a special offering to provide nourishment for someone else. By consolidating the power of Texas Baptists, we can raise $1 million or more for a great cause — ending hunger in Texas and beyond.
For in depth information on First Baptist Church Sweetwater, find us on Facebook and check our website www.fbcsweetwater.org .
UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Join the excitement at Highland Heights United Methodist Church. We are a multi-ethnic, multi-racial congregation, serving the Lord in unity and purpose, where the contribution of everyone is valued and welcome. The congregation and staff of Highland Heights is a friendly God loving people — join us as we praise God together and practice unity here on earth until he comes again in Glory.
For more information, call the church at 325-235-2454 or the parsonage at 325-933-4296 (Monday through Wednesday). Highland Heights United Methodist Church is located at 1801 Lamar Street in Sweetwater. The pastor is Rev. Claude A. McKiddy, and the youth pastor is Darren Williams.
Our Church’s Mission Statement: “To glorify Christ in all that we do by bringing People to Christ and equipping them to serve Christ.”
Make a point to stop by Highland Heights Friday, April 19, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, April 20, from 8 a.m. to noon for our rummage and bake sale. There are always bargains and delicious baked goods to purchase. We look forward to seeing you.
Join us on Sunday, the 21st, for Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and worship service at 10:45 a.m., with Pastor Claude bringing the message entitled, “The Father and I are One: Salvation Belongs to one God.” 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 April is AdaBelle Clark. Our Samaritan Hospitality House collection will be consecrated during morning worship. A field trip is scheduled for delivery to Colorado City on the following Friday.
“April Showers” is a familiar phrase to all of us. Living in West Texas, we know that rain is always a blessing. “Bless This House” asks that we thank God for providing for our needs by sending the rain and protecting us from harm during the severe weather conditions that accompanies the welcomed moisture.
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.
Word of God Church
Hebrews 12:25-29: See that you refuse not Him that speaks. For if they escaped not who refused Him that spoke on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from Him that speaks from heaven.
Whose voice then shook the earth but now He has promised, saying, yet once more I shake not the earth only but also heaven.
And this word, yet once more, signifies the removing of those things that are shaken, as the things that are made by man, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.
For this reason, we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, that by this we may serve God acceptably with reverence and Godly fear.
For our God is a consuming fire.
We wait for the voice of God to tell us that the time has come for His return, but yet everyday God speaks loud and clear. The shaking that is spoken of is the destruction, corruption and the falling apart of what the world hangs on to. If you truly looked you would see the world falling apart. Only those standing on God’s truth will not be shaken. We must not forget that our God is a consuming fire, overtaking everything in His path. Crumbling the weak foundations and strengthening those that worship Him in Spirit and Truth. We must listen to His voice in the everyday life of this world or we will never have a Godly fear nor will we be able to reverence Him.
Let us not refuse what God is trying to tell us through the destruction and corruption of this world. If we do not take heed we too shall not escape the consuming fire of God.
In the same chapter 12:5-6, it says despise not you the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when you are rebuked of Him. For who the Lord loves He disiplines and whips every child who He receives.
Are there any out there listening or have all the hearts been hardened?
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 those who receive.
Sunday morning from 9:30-10:30 a.m. there is praise and worship and prayer. From 10:30 a.m. to noon the church has town evangelizing.
On Thursday from 5:30-7 p.m. the church has discipleship Bible study.
On Wednesdays from 6:30-8 p.m. the church has youth night.