Hurting? So often we are reminded of the determination that God had (and still has) to rescue mankind. This Sunday, Brandy Wilson, a missionary to Argentina, will be speaking about ministering to women that are held captive in the sex slave industry in Argentina. Our world is rapidly changing with the prostitution of the innocent in so many countries. If you’re interested in learning more so that you can become involved in rescuing the perishing, or if you’re hurting and your life bears the scars of past, painful experiences, let Cornerstone Fellowship introduce you to a God who is about taking people from all walks of life, getting them healed and using them to help reach other people that need the love of a Savior.
Brandy will be taking and answering questions during the 10-10:45 a.m. Sunday school time and then speaking at the 11 a.m. service. The address to the church is 807 W. Alabama and service times are Sunday school-10 a.m., worship-11 a.m., Sunday evening-6 p.m., and Wednesday evening-6:30 p.m.
Who’s to say that possibly your life is about to take a turn, and you find your reasons for your purpose here on earth. Blessings!
Aglow International Sweetwater Community Lighthouse
Aglow International Sweetwater Community Lighthouse will have a community fundraiser with a brisket and bake sale on Saturday, July 13, at the O'Reilley parking lot in Sweetwater. The event will begin at 9 a.m. and end when they are sold out. There will be brisket sandwiches, chips, drinks and baked goods.
Broadway Baptist Church
There is no doubt we are living in the best and worst of times, a time of profound paradoxes. We live in a time of great joy, and yet, there seems to be impending doom on all the news channels. We live in a world where man has stepped on the moon, where food lasts for months in a freezer and can be ready to eat in just seconds compliments of the microwave and yet people are hoarding food for the apocalypse they believe is coming. We can travel to the other side of the world in just minutes, and yet people are afraid to get on a plane. We have email, internet banking, debit cards and yet we still get frustrated when we have to wait for anything. If you don’t like reality, we now have “virtual reality” through computer generated lives. We have all the gadgets yet we are not happy. We have more than any other generation, and yet, we are unfilled, unsatisfied and unhappy. Why are our lives so unfilled? Why do we have more and enjoy less? I believe it is because of misplaced priorities. The things that should matter: God, family, church and friends have been replaced with lust, greed and selfishness. We’ve removed God from our homes, schools and government. We’ve removed right and wrong and replaced them with a hazy gray of no absolutes. What should we do? I believe the answer is simple. Return to God, return to the faith of our fathers and return the principles of the Word of God. Is your life all messed up? God can fix it and we at Broadway want to extend to you and invitation to let God pick up your broken pieces and turn your life around.
This week we will be privileged to have with us Evangelist Joe Schmidt. Bro. Joe will be singing, performing illusions and preaching in both services. Evangelist Joe Schmidt will also be our Junior Camp speaker this week in Junior Camp. Come on out and enjoy the blessings of God with us.
Parents, if you haven’t yet signed up for Junior Camp for your kids, it is not too late. Junior Camp (for children finishing first grade through finishing fifth grade) will be held at Circle 6 Ranch in Stanton from July 15-18. Cost of this camp is $120 per camper. You may contact us by phone at (325)235-2730.
We will have Vacation Bible school for ages five through finishing fifth grade from Aug. 5-9. It will be from 6-8 p.m. on those nights. Our theme is “Movin’ On Up!” If you would like to sign up your child early, you will find a registration form on our website: bbcsweetwater.com. Just click on the apple that you will see on our home page. If you have any questions, you may call the church office at 235-2730.
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 July sermon series, “Box a Fox,” as we take a look at some of the “foxes” that sneak their way into our lives. God desires to show us how to knock out the things that can destroy us, so join us Sunday as we invite Him to do just that by studying His word together.
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.
This Wednesday, July 17, at 7 p.m., we will also be enjoying a church-wide softball game. Come on out to the ball park and enjoy an evening of classic summer fun.
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 July 14, 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.
Koinonia coffee is held at The Welcome Center before Bible study each Sunday morning. Coffee is the perfect complement to meeting old friends and new. It is an invitation to sit and talk for a while, to share stories, to get to know one another better. You are invited to join friends each Sunday morning as we all share a warm cup of Koinonia Coffee.
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.
Sign up today for summer camp. There is a camp for every age group. 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. These camps are at Lueders with the Big Country Baptist Assembly. 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.
For our summer Bible study series, we will be going through The Purpose Driven Life. This study will continue July 14 at 6 p.m. and continue through Aug. 18. The Purpose Driven Life will help you understand why you are alive and reveal God’s amazing plan for you-both here and now, and for eternity.
Our ministry focus this month will be the prison ministry and the hospital ministry. The prison ministry has supplied our local prisons with experiencing God and downpour literature to teach and share with the local prisoners. Our worship choir has had the privilege to sing and share their testimonies with the prisoners as well. The hospital ministry is for newborn infants born in Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital. Each newborn infant will receive a gift bag with a fleece baby blanket and bottle along with a letter of congratulations to the new parents from First Baptist Church.
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.
Adult Sunday school will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 14, and Jack Aycock will be bringing the message. Lou Ann Cumbie and Dorothy Stroman are greeters. The younger youth will leave the church, Sunday, for Abilene at 5 p.m. for dinner and games at Mr. Gattis. Caroline Brennan, Blake Cumbie and Max Nemir will be leaving Monday for Triennium 2013 in Purdue University, Indiana.
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 .
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.”
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, “Power and Authority of God: Justified by Grace.” 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 July is Betty Merrell.
Highland Heights focuses upon specific outreach ministries throughout the year. With school beginning in early August, the next community outreach is our school ministry. We 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.
Bless This House is calling upon prayer for the families of the firefighters who loss their lives fighting the fires in Arizona. Pray the Lord surrounds the family members with love and comforts them in their sorrow. Give thanks to God for these dedicated and courageous men who gave their lives in protecting the residents and their property. May we always give firemen the utmost respect for the risks and sacrifices made in protecting us and our homes.
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 ended Vacation Bible School (VBS) last night with program and a watermelon fellowship. It was a huge success. Thanks to the many workers that made it possible and the parents that brought the children.
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.
On Wednesdays 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.
There will be a church-wide swimming party on Thursday, July 25 at the Sweetwater City Pool from 8:30-10:30 p.m., come and join the fun.
Camp for children first through sixth grade is Tuesday, July 30 through Friday, Aug. 2. The kids are collecting the following items to take to camp for mission project: coloring books, sticker books, crayons, word search books and fuzzy socks (age 3-12). There is a box in the foyer to put items. Day Camp for Kindergarten through third grade is Saturday, Aug. 3; please get forms and $10 deposit to Linda Kite.
The children are selling t-shirts for $25 as a fundraiser, order forms and money are due July 15. If you have questions please contact Donna Lanfrey.
We have a Bible study for couples on Friday evening in the fellowship hall at 7 p.m. All couples are welcome.
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. Our next committee meeting will be Sunday, July 21, at 5 p.m. in the fellowship hall.
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.
Trinity Baptist Church
The Trinity Baptist Church family invites you to join us as we serve our risen Savior. We are located at the corner of Hailey and Santa Fe Streets here in Sweetwater. Service times are as follows:
9:45 a.m. — Sunday school;
10:45 a.m. — Sunday morning worship;
6 p.m. — Bible study.
6:30 p.m. — Bible study/prayer time.
Dress is always casual. Our services are a mix of traditional and contemporary music, complete with Trinity’s own praise team. Other activities taking place at Trinity can be found on our website: www.trinitysweetwater.com .
We were saddened to say goodbye recently to our pastor for the past 10 years, Bro. Ward Hayes and family. Bro. Ward preached his first sermon at Valley Grove Baptist Church this past Sunday. We are certain they will love him as much as Trinity does. Our best wishes and love go with Bro. Ward, Jenna, Mackensey and Hanna as they transition to their new home.
We are excited to have some great preachers sharing God’s Word with us through mid-September:
July 14 and 21 — Dr. Ken Lyle, Sr.
July 28 and Aug. 4 — Dr. Ken Lyle, Jr.
Aug. 11 and 18 — Bro. Carter Edmondson.
Aug. 25 — Bro. Emmanuel Jimenez.
Sept. 1, 8 and 15 — Dr. Tommy Brisco.
Come join us for these worship services. Bro. Ken Lyle, Sr. brought a very thought-provoking message last week about The Mission Statement of Christ. This week, he will preach a sermon entitled “The Legacy of Christ” from John 14:1-6. The loving Trinity family will welcome you with open arms and a warm smile or hug.
Our youth will leave on Monday, July 15, for a week-long youth camp at Alto Frio Baptist Encampment, Leakey, Texas. Upcoming camps include Preteen Camp at Big Country Baptist Assembly from July 22-25. This is followed by Lad and Lassie Camp (also at BCBA) from Aug. 2 and 3. Ending the camping season will be the day campers on Aug. 3 (also at BCBA). Please pray for these students and children as well as their sponsors.
The adults at Trinity are currently studying “Vital Signs” on Sunday evenings at 6 p.m. in the Family Life Center. Come learn how we can reclaim our spiritual health by examining how our faith affects us physically, emotionally and relationally. While adults are studying, there are children’s activities as well as youth Bible study, so there is a place for everyone.
The Trinity Family would appreciate your prayers as we seek God’s will for the next pastor of our church. We know He already has someone chosen for the position and is preparing him as we are preparing to select him. Our church will choose a search committee in the coming weeks/months. That search committee will be responsible for seeking applicants, resumes, etc. and will ultimately bring the final candidate to the church for confirmation. This process is neither a short nor an easy one. We ask your prayers as we rely on God to help us choose the right committee members and as we seek the person God has in mind for Trinity.
Rest assured, however, that during this process, all activities at Trinity will continue to thrive with faith in our Lord and Savior.
If you would like more information about Trinity, or if you would like to speak to someone about Christ, please call the church office at 235-2991. We would be happy to help you. For more information about our church, please visit us on Facebook or on our website, www.trinitysweetwater.com . Blessings!