BROADWAY BAPTIST CHURCH
It is summer and people are vacationing. Some will drive hundreds of miles, get out of the car, stand by the car and take a picture while others will simply go visit family and friends. Still others will get on a plane and fly through the open skies. If you are one of those who will fly (by the way, I love flying) have you ever given thought to the pilot’s job? He has but one — Get his passengers safely to their destination. Through bright sunshine, clouds or thunderstorms the pilot’s responsibility never changes — get you to your destination safely.
I remember flying through a thunderstorm. The pilot put on the “fasten seat belt” sign and spoke over the PA system — “folks, it is going to get a little rough so please stay in your seat, keep your seat belt buckled, and we will make it through the storm safely.” It reminded me of what a friend told me once “God is my co-pilot.” I quickly responded, “If God is your co-pilot you better change seats with Him!”
I am so glad He is in control, He pilots my ship, and He will carry me through and all I have to do is sit down, buckle up and trust Him.
As you and your family vacation this year it is my prayer God sends His angels to keep you safe through your travels, to refresh your body and to renew your strength. I would also like to wish all the father’s a blessed and Happy Father’s Day.
If you don’t have a church home, we would love for you to visit us at Broadway Baptist Church on 710 E. Third Street, 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 will continue our June sermon series, “Mighty in Battle,” as we take a fun look at some of the ways God has been victorious in impossible situations. He can do the same in your life, so join us Sunday as we invite Him to be mighty right here in Sweetwater. We will also be celebrating all the dads in the house this Father’s Day and they won’t want to miss their special gift.
Next Saturday, June 22, the Salvage Yard Youth Ministry will be sponsoring a “Kids’ Night Out,” from 6-10 p.m. Parents are invited to drop their kids to the Yard for an evening of food, games, a jumpy castle and a kid-friendly movie. The cost is $15 per child, and all proceeds go to improvements in the Salvage Yard.
Lifegroups are on a summer break, but the Celebrate Recovery group is still meeting in the Sweetwater Prayer Center on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m.
Please be praying for our student ministries as the kids of all ages head out this summer to camps and on the mission trip to help with Hurricane Sandy Relief efforts in New York. It’s going to be beautiful summer of kids meeting Jesus and taking Jesus to those who need Him.
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, June 16, 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.
There are many opportunities for service. If you have not received a church participation form, please pick one up in the church office. As members of the Body of Christ at First Baptist Church, we are all called to serve in one way or another. We have many areas of service available to you. Children’s church facilitators are always welcome. Camp volunteers are still needed.
Middle school camp will be in Brownwood June 19-23 for grades six through eight. Vacation Bible School will be June 24-27. P3 at Circle Drive will be July 8-11. Missions Camp will be July 30-Aug. 2 for grades 3-5. Lad and Lassie Camp will be Aug. 2 and 3 for grades 1 and 2. Day Camp for Pre-K and Kindergarten will be Aug. 3. P3 at Coral Cove will be Aug. 5-8. All the summer camps are tied together under one church theme: “Refuge: Who Is Your Strength?” with a theme verse of Psalm 46:1.
Vacation Bible School will be June 24-27 from 6-8 p.m. This year’s Vacation Bible School is entitled God’s Backyard Bible Camp under the Stars where kids have a blast serving Jesus. Outdoor adventure, fun backyard games, crafts, snacks and music are just outside your backdoor. The Backyard Bash begins soon so grab your friends and come on over. All are welcome. We are in need of camping gear such as tents, lanterns, etc. Plastic water bottles or small plastic soda bottles are also needed for the Backyard Bash fun. Please contact the church office for more information.
We are in the process of forming a rotation of bus drivers to pick up children on Sunday mornings. If you are interested in driving, please call the church office.
For our summer Bible study series, we will be going through The Purpose Driven Life. Sign-up sheets are in the foyer. If you need a book or journal, please indicate that on the sign-up sheet. The study will begin June 30 and go through Aug. 18.
For in depth information on First Baptist Church Sweetwater, find us on Facebook or at www.fbcsweetwater.org .
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
First Presbyterian Church, 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.
The worship assistant for this Sunday’s service is Caroline Brennan. Buck Cason and Jo Thompson are greeters. The middle school and high school group will have dinner together Monday, June 17 at 6 p.m. at Schlotzkys and the younger children will have dinner together Wednesday, June 19 at 6:30 p.m. at Pizza Hut.
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 .
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.”
This is Father’s Day and we wish all fathers a blessed day with their families and friends. We thank God for our fathers of days gone by and honor our fathers of today. You are welcome to join us in this celebration beginning with Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and worship service at 10:45 a.m., with Pastor Claude bringing the message entitled, “Taking God for Granted: For Whom much is Given-Much is also Required.” 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 June is Wendy Riley. Brenda will sing a special musical solo in praise of our fathers.
Even though the present school year has come to a close, we know the summer months go by rapidly. With the new school year approaching in early August, our next community outreach is our “School Ministry.” Highland Heights will once again collect school supplies for needy students in the second and third grades at the East Ridge Elementary campus. A list of suggested items to purchase is available at the back of the sanctuary. Please bring your selections to the church on or before Sunday, Aug. 4, and they will be delivered the following Monday to the school campus.
Oklahoma has been ravaged this spring by strong thunderstorms with high velocity winds, hail and tornadoes. Businesses and churches have been destroyed or severely damaged. Many have loss loved ones, their homes and all their possessions. “Bless This House” calls upon prayer for the residents and all who have suffered in the destruction and devastation. Pray that God continues to strengthen their faith and endurance in rebuilding their lives through all of us who extend His love, materially, monetarily, physically, emotionally and spiritually.
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
Sunday is Father’s Day, what better way to celebrate then to be at church together. 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. Billy Oliver will bring a message from the Bible. Our evening service starts at 6 p.m., Bro. Billy will bring another message from the Bible.
On Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m., we offer activities for children in first through sixth grade; activities for preschool age; youth activities for 7th-12th graders; and Bible study and prayer for adults led by Bro. Billy Oliver.
Camp for children first through sixth grade is July 30 through Aug. 2; please get forms and $20 deposit to Linda Kite. There will be a fundraiser meal/auction after the morning service on June 23. Plan to stay and support our children as they work to earn money for summer camp. Day Camp for Kindergarten through third grade is Saturday, Aug. 3. Please get forms and $10 deposit to Linda Kite.
Vacation Bible School has been set for July 8-11 from 6-8:30 p.m. for all children age four though completed fifth grade. This year’s theme is Athens: “Paul’s Dangerous Journey to Share the Truth”. Early registration is important; please call the church office at 235-1779 and leave message or call Linda Kite at 235-9277 or 725-2800.
We are excited to be celebrating our 100th year. We are gathering addresses of past and present members and staff so please turn these address in the church office. The celebration is set for Sunday, Oct. 13.
To learn more about Lamar Street Baptist Church, visit us at 513 Lamar, find us on Facebook or call the church at 235-1779 and leave a message and someone will return your call.
THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS (THE MORMONS)
Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother
By Elder Hugh W. Pinnock of the First Quorum of the Seventy
Much of what you are or ever hope to be, you owe to your parents. I remember when I was washing the car as a 17-year-old young man, my father came out to the driveway and, with justification, began to criticize me for something I had done wrong. I became upset and turned to dad and said something like, “Hey, let up, dad. This is the first time I have ever been a teenager.”
My father, in a beautifully sensitive way, said, “Hugh, this is the first time I have ever been a parent.”
My father, perhaps unknowingly, had taught me a great lesson. As a teenager, I had responsibilities to my parents and was to be patient with them as I expected them to be patient and understanding with me.
All through his life Jesus Christ referred to the relationship he had with his Heavenly Father. He taught his disciples, “For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.” (John 6:38) Often he would remind those with whom he associated to “Honour thy father and thy mother; that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.” (Ex. 20:12) This commandment is almost as old as formal religion. Not only had he spoken it to ancient Israel, but the Savior repeated it to the man who asked, “Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?” (Matt. 19:16) Among the commandments that the Savior reiterated were these words: “Honour thy father and thy mother; and, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” (Matt. 19:19) Companion commandments, and rightfully so.
Many of a person’s attitudes are borrowed directly from his or her parents. When a father and mother teach the advantages of adhering to the gospel of Jesus Christ, and do so in a loving way, their children usually respond by accepting the teachings and reflecting them in their lives. As a mission president, I was reminded constantly that an elder or sister, even at age 19, 20, or 21, bears the attitudes, beliefs, and approaches to life learned at the knees of parents. The Savior taught us to honor and respect our earthly parents, knowing that what we become depends largely upon what we receive from them. He also taught all of us, including parents, to “become as little children” (Matt. 18:13) “for of such is the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 19:14). I believe he expects parents to reinforce the absolute purity and innocence, total absence of deceit or cunning, and other Christlike virtues that each infant has when born into this mortal life.
I remember with pride hearing of my own father’s honesty in the accounting profession. It was easy to honor him, because he had honored the commandments of our Father in Heaven. He and I still fish together even though we don’t have the time we once had. I see a twinkle in his eye when I succeed on the trout stream or do something that meets his approval. I feel the same deep pride and honor in what he has done and still can accomplish.
While attending high school or just beginning college, a teenage friend of mine had a bitter verbal fight with his father. The father, very upset, left the room, and while climbing the stairs to the second floor, he suffered a heart attack and died. My friend commented so many times how he wished he had honored his father and how he wished those angry words had never been spoken.
Sometimes a parent will do something wrong, causing a young boy or girl or a young man or woman to ask, “How can I honor my parents when they do things that are not right?” The answer, of course, comes in the words of the Savior where he said, “I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.” (Matt. 18:22) We have the same responsibility to forgive a parent’s mistake as we expect to be forgiven by them and by others.
Several months ago I was talking with one of the most effective athletes I know. This powerful young man had just given a particularly outstanding performance in a football game. Afterwards, I asked him what gave him his great motivation. He said, “Didn’t you see, my parents were watching me.” He was honoring them by extra-mile effort on the football field. A Sterling Scholar, a beautiful young woman, when commenting about the scholarship that she had just won, said, “You know, this never would have happened had mother not encouraged me and been such a strong example.” She was honoring her mother.
While I was talking with some parents a short while ago, the mother stated that she didn’t worry when her children were out late at night on different occasions. I asked why she felt that way. She said, “The kids call if they are going to be late. I always know where they are and what they are doing.” Her sons and daughters were honoring her.
I remember a young woman in college who was called upon to make a very difficult decision. She was especially sensitive to the feelings of her mother and father and so asked them for advice. After listening carefully, she made a proper decision that affected the rest of her life. She honored her parents.
Honor is a simple word; it means to give special respect and to pay tribute. It means to respond to teachings that have been patiently and thoughtfully given. Each of our families would be more happy if we as children would honor our fathers and our mothers. The oft-quoted statement of President Abraham Lincoln, “All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother,” could be spoken sincerely by almost all of the teenagers in the Church. Much of what you are or ever hope to be, you owe to the patient and encouraging words and actions of your parents, or those who serve as your parents.
May you honor your mother and your father every day by thanking them for all they have done in righteousness for you.
Happy Father’s Day.
Sunday, June 16 – Church service at 9 a.m. Visitors are welcome.
Monday, June 17 – Family home evening.
Wednesday, June 19 - Young women, Scouts, Cub Scouts, Girls Achievement Day activity.
June activities - Young women girls camp and Nauvoo, Illinois summer trip.
TRINITY BAPTIST CHURCH
Trinity Baptist Church, located at 1503 Crescent Drive, will have their Vacation Bible School Monday, June 17 through Wednesday, June 19, from 1-4 p.m. each day. The theme is “Kingdom Rock,” and is for students in first through sixth grades. On Wednesday there will be a finale celebration from 4-6 p.m. with a water slide and hot dogs. For more information, call the church at 235-2991.