The Sweetwater Aglow team would like to invite you to our August meeting at the Holiday Inn Express on Tuesday, Aug. 13, at 7 p.m. Ministering will be Noreen Carson. As a psalmist, worship leader and teacher, Noreen has touched the lives of many with an anointing peace that has brought physical and emotional healing and deliverances. She began her journey with the Holy Spirit at the age of 15.
Noreen lives with her husband of 35 years. They daily look for the Lord to open the next door of opportunity to love and serve Him, and to see His manifest glory, praying their lives are a testimony to His goodness and faithfulness.
Please bring your favorite snack. For more information, please call 338-8924 or 766-2245.
BROADWAY BAPTIST CHURCH
In the early 1900s Edward Henry Joy wrote what is one of my favorite hymns, “All Your Anxiety”. The words were inspired by I Peter 5:7 which states “Casting all your care upon Him; for he careth for you,” and Philippians 4:6 “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be known unto God.”
Each of us has cares, worries, struggles, troubles and trials. It has been said that the only ones without care are the dead. If you are alive, you have had, are having or will have cares and anxieties. It is not if we have them, but what we do with them that makes the difference in our life.
In the song “All your Anxiety” Edward Joy wrote the key: “Is there a heart a heart o’er bound by sorrow? Is there a life weighed down by care? Come to the cross — each burden bearing, all your anxiety — leave it there. All your anxiety, all your care, bring to the mercy seat — leave it there; Never a burden He cannot bear, Never a friend like Jesus!” No matter what you are facing, no matter how bad it seems, bring it to Jesus and leave it there!
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 August sermon series, “Kickstart My Heart,” as we take a look at God’s desire for us to be fully alive.
Lifegroups begin the fall semester this week. Come enjoy some fellowship at one of the Lifegroup “open houses” as we gear up for a great time of connecting. For more information about the many Lifegroup options that are available, please log on to our church website at www.efcsweetwater.com . Our children’s and youth ministry is in full swing again for the fall as well and are meeting on Wednesday evenings at 6:45 p.m.
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 .
FAITH LUTHERAN CHURCH
Faith Lutheran saints come together each Sunday to worship our loving God, and receive His guidance and strength to do His will in our daily lives. We pray that you would join us and be draw to the Lord to find strength in your life. Our worship service this Sunday will be delivered by Rev. Chester McCown. Please feel free to join us at 9:30 a.m. for Sunday school and worship at 10:45 a.m. We are located at 1607 Josephine.
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
First Baptist Church invites you and your family to join us on this Sunday, Aug. 11, 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.
Our summer Bible study series, The Purpose Driven Life, wraps up tonight at 6 p.m. 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.
It’s time to play coed softball! Each church participating plays against each other for a time of fun and fellowship. Please contact Tique by e-mail or text if interested in playing. The cost of $20 covers the T-shirt. We will play in August and September.
Aug. 14 is our regularly scheduled church conference. The agenda includes election of committee members for 2013-2014. Also, returning veterans and rookies are welcome at choir rehearsal which resumes Aug. 14 and continues at 7 p.m. every Wednesday. Join us and make a joyful noise!
Once a month our volunteers go to Nolan Nursing and Rehab and hold a birthday party for the residents who have celebrated a birthday that month. You can join us! Our next birthday party is on Aug. 15 at 2:30 p.m.
We will participate in the Community Prayer Walk for Schools. On Thursday, Aug. 15, at 6:30 p.m. we will meet on the west side of First Financial Bank to join other churches in prayer for local schools.
Our current Mission Project is the Backpack Project. Join us in collecting school supplies to fill backpacks for students who will need extra help this year. Please call the church office for items needed. Please return your purchased items to the church by Aug. 18.
There will be a Back to School Bash at Newman Park! Join us Sunday, Aug. 18, at 6 p.m., as we will have a church-wide hot dog cookout followed by our annual church softball game. Bring your favorite dessert and a giant grin. There will be something for everyone, including children.
The Annual Ice Cream Fellowship will be Aug. 25! We will join First United Methodist Church and Church of Christ behind 4th and Elm at 7 p.m. for a time of fellowship. Bring your favorite home-made ice cream and a chair.
For in depth information on First Baptist Church Sweetwater, find us on Facebook or at www.fbcsweetwater.org .
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
First Presbyterian Church of 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 begin at 9:30 a.m. Paula Carmichael and Linda Rasco are greeters. Heather Gesin will be worship assistant. There will be a candlelight and bell ringing training right after worship led by Paula Carmichael.
Sunday school will begin Sunday, Aug. 25. The story will be the used for all ages. The heart of the story will help you see God’s Word in a new and exciting way. You will learn more about the Bible stories, discover new meaning through history of God’s story for humankind. Come join us in Sunday school on Aug. 25 at 9:30 a.m. Sunday school is for all ages and a nursery is provided.
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.”
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, “Store Up your Treasures in Heaven: Stranger in a Strange Land.” 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 August is Donna Axe. Pat McKiddy will bless the morning worship with a special musical selection entitled, “Worn.”
Evangelism committee meets on Monday, Aug. 12, at 6:30 p.m., in the Friendship Sunday School classroom. Following coordinators reporting on their individual outreach ministries, decorative snack sacks will be compiled for West Texas Children’s Advocacy Center.
As school begins in August, there are financial limitations for some families in purchasing school supplies and other items that are required. With our “School Outreach Ministry” our desire is to help alleviate the burden that is placed on families in providing for their children’s needs. Bless This House is calling upon prayer for these children and their families as they begin the school year. Pray that our contribution of articles that were delivered earlier this week will be distributed wisely to the benefit of needy students, giving each one an opportunity and desire to give their utmost in their studies. Pray a wholesome atmosphere at all school campuses produces both students and teachers performing at their highest level. May the parents also assist their children at home by reiterating their education, being helpful with their homework, participating and being involved in their extracurricular activities.
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.
THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS (THE MORMONS)
When I Am Baptized
By Nita Dale Milner
I like to look for rainbows whenever there is rain
And ponder on the beauty of an earth made clean again.
I want my life to be as clean as earth right after rain.
I want to be the best I can and live with God again.
I know when I am baptized my wrongs are washed away,
And I can be forgiven and improve myself each day.
I want my life to be as clean as earth right after rain.
I want to be the best I can and live with God again.
And God spake unto Noah, and to his sons with him, saying,
And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you;
And with every living creature that is with you, of the fowl, of the cattle, and of every beast of the earth with you; from all that go out of the ark, to every beast of the earth.
And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth.
And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations:
I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.
And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud:
And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.
And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.
And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth.
Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
• Aug. 10 – Youth Temple Trip
• Aug.11 — Sunday church service 9 a.m. Visitors welcome.
• Aug. 12 — Monday home evening.
• Aug. 14 — Young women’s, Scouts, Achievement Day Girls and Cub Scouts at 6:30 p.m.
• Aug. 24-25 — Stake Conference
We are located at 910 Elm Street in Sweetwater. If you would like to talk to representatives of the church about the Saviors teachings, call 1-800 622-5595. Missionaries serving in this area are Elder Sheffield and Elder Thorpe. Their number is 325 864-2999.
TRINITY BAPTIST CHURCH
Many times during the course of reading this article, you will notice that we refer to our church as “The Trinity Family”. We truly are a family. A family of God. A family of believers. A family who helps one another. A family who loves one another. A family of loving brothers and sisters who love the Lord. That’s why we often say that we are more than a church...we’re a family!
Bro. Carter Edmondson will preach at Trinity Baptist Church this Sunday, Aug. 11, and again on Sunday, Aug. 18. Bro. Carter is well-known for his contribution of his time and ministry to our local Emmaus group. We invite you to come hear Bro. Carter’s message this Sunday from Romans 12. At the same time, you can experience the love and fellowship Trinity is known for. Located at the corner of Hailey and Santa Fe Streets here in Sweetwater, our Sunday morning worship begins at 10:45 a.m. Dress is always casual, so come as you are. Our services are a mix of traditional hymns and contemporary music, complete with our own very talented Trinity Praise Team. Worship times are as follows:
• 9:45 a.m. — Sunday school (there’s a place for every age).
• 10:45 a.m. — Sunday morning worship.
• 6 p.m. — Bible study (adults, youth and children).
• 6:30 p.m. — Bible study/prayer time/TeamKID.
We encourage you to visit our website at www.trinitysweetwater.com . There you will find not only regularly-scheduled activities, but special events as well. You will also be able to access recent sermons preached here at Trinity.
Following the next two weeks when Bro. Carter Edmondson will preach, we will continue to have some great preachers sharing God’s Word with us through mid-September:
Aug. 11 and 18 — Bro. Carter Edmondson.
Aug. 25 — Bro. Emmanuel Jimenez (Trinity’s Youth Pastor).
Sept. 1, 8 and 15 — Dr. Tommy Brisco.
This Saturday, Aug. 10, we will have a Men’s Breakfast and Fellowship here in our Family Life Center. Beginning at 8:30 a.m., men can come together to fellowship and enjoy a good, hearty breakfast, followed by God’s Word. The basic theme of this breakfast will be about the need for men to step up as leaders in their homes, their churches and their communities. There is no cost for this fellowship, so plan on joining us.
Our Sanctuary Choir will resume rehearsal on Aug. 21, with a Pizza Supper and a listening session to new music as well as Christmas cantata music. We just make a joyful noise. Why don’t you think about joining us? The Aug. 21, session begins at 7 p.m. Regular rehearsals will begin on Aug. 28 at 7:30 p.m. each Wednesday evening. Nursery is provided for those with little ones.
Sunday School Promotion Day will kick off on Sunday, Aug. 25, with breakfast in the Family Life Center at 9 a.m. Following a great meal cooked by our Deacons, the children and youth will go to their new Sunday school classes if they are promoting. We’re looking forward to a great day, so plan on joining us for Sunday school, the heartbeat of the church!
The Trinity Family appreciates your prayers as we seek God’s will for our next pastor. We know God already has someone chosen for the position and is preparing him as we are preparing to select him. Our church will be casting our first vote for members of the pastor search committee on Sunday, Aug. 25. Following discussion with those chosen as to their willingness to serve, the final vote for four men and three women will be cast on Sunday, Sept. 8. That search committee will be responsible for seeking applicants, resumes, etc. and will ultimately bring the final candidate to the church for confirmation. 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 and trust in our Lord and Savior.
The Trinity Family will also be participating in the School Prayer Walk which will be held on Thursday, Aug. 15, at 6:30 p.m. Beginning on the west side of First Financial Bank, we will pray, and then split up into groups who will go to the different school campuses in town and pray over them. Regardless of where you go to church, you are invited to attend. Our schools need your prayers during these times. This event is sponsored by the Nolan County Ministerial Alliance.
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 share Christ with you. For more information about our church, please visit us on Facebook or on our website, www.trinitysweetwater.com . Blessings!