FIRST ASSEMBLY OF GOD
First Assembly of God located at 312 E. Avenue B; pastored by Rev. G. Wayne Kirk wishes to invite you to a revival with Rev. Steve and Elizabeth Skipper, beginning Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013 through Wednesday the 4th. The revival service Sunday morning will begin after Sunday school at 10:45 a.m. with the evening service at 6 p.m. Then each night Monday through Wednesday at 7 p.m.
The Skippers were the first missionary evangelists to be designated as Assemblies of God World Missions Appointed Evangelists. They ministered as Assembly of God resident missionaries in Costa Rica, Argentina and Mexico. They served as Regional Missionary Leaders, Church Planters, Latin America Child Care Representatives, Professors at five Assembly of God Bible Schools, Worldwide Pentecostal Conference Speakers and International Television Ministers.
As Appointed Evangelists they have traveled to four continents and preached the Gospel across the United States and throughout the Spanish-speaking world with signs following. They are former pastors of an Assembly of God church in Dallas, Texas and named South Dallas Pastors of the Year during their tenure. They are graduates of Southwestern Assemblies of God University, Steve with a B.S. in Christian Ministry and M.A. in Theological Studies, and Elizabeth with an A.A. in Education and B. A. in Church Ministries. Steve is presently enrolled in the Intercultural Studies Ph.D. program at Assemblies of God Theological Seminary.
Steve and Elizabeth were married on Aug. 7, 1976 and have two children. Their daughter, Bethanie has a M.A. in Education and works as a school counselor and missionary educational consultant. Their son, Andrew is currently pursuing an M.A. in Theological Studies while serving as a local church outreach pastor.
Pastor Kirk desires that you join them for these revival services and any church services. The Sunday schedule is Sunday school at 9:45 a.m. followed by morning worship and Children’s Church at 10:45 a.m. The evening campmeeting service is at 6 p.m. On Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. there is a program called Kids Club for girls and boys, from potty trained through fifth grade, then at 7 p.m. then is an adult Bible study. Pastor Kirk says you are welcomed to call 236-6461 for further information or visit the website at www.1stAG-Sweetwater-TX.com . You can also find us on Facebook at; First Assembly, Sweetwater, TX.
BROADWAY BAPTIST CHURCH
A father and his son were walking through an art gallery and came across a painting of a ship wreck. The little boy studied it intently, noticing how the people in the boats were reaching out to the people in the water. After a while the boy turned to his dad and asked, “Dad, are the people in the life boats trying to rescue the people in the water or just reaching out to shake their hands?”
Sadly, most churches today are just trying to “socialize” those around them. Instead of being life boats, we have become meeting places. Instead of being soul saving stations, we have become social gathering places. It is a shame that all we do is shake their hand instead of letting God use us to snatch them out of the murky waters of sin and serve them, showing them God’s love.
If you don’t have a church home, we, at Broadway Baptist Church, 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.
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 launch our September sermon series, which is a deep look at our glorious King Jesus through the book of Colossians. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to grow closer to your Lord, so come join us as we study His words together.
Lifegroups have begun for the fall semester. 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 .
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
First Baptist Church invites you and your family to join us on this Sunday Sept. 1, 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. Choir rehearsal continues on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Please join us.
Each month, the Missions Closet will ask for a new item of the month. The item will help keep the food pantry stocked to better serve our community. The item needed for the month of September will be canned green beans. Please put donations in the box outside the Missions Closet.
Please stop by the foyer after the worship service and pick up a bookmark designated for a particular student. You can put it in your Bible and pray for that student this year.
Sunday, Sept. 8, at 6 p.m., every committee will meet together to select a chairperson and go over the duties of the committee. Bring a soup, sandwich or dessert to share.
Wednesday, Sept. 11, the Baptist Foundation of Texas will share with the church at 6 p.m. Please join us to hear what they have to share with us.
To every teacher and worker we say thank you! We want to say it in a very tangible way with our Appreciation Fiesta on Sept. 15 at 6 p.m. Teachers and workers, please plan on being here as we celebrate you! We will join together on the third floor for a time of food and fellowship and to recognize our teachers and workers.
National Back to Church Sunday began as a movement to invite everyone in America back to church by empowering and motivating church members to invite their family and friends to come with them to a special service hosted by the local church. This is an open invitation to all members and visitors to join us on Sept. 15. Please plan on being here Sunday, Sept. 15 as we hope to have all of our members here.
Twenty times in the New Testament, Jesus issued a compelling and challenging invitation to follow Him. He’s not interested in mere fans or enthusiastic admirers. He wants completely committed followers! Growth Groups this fall over the book “not a fan” by Kyle Idleman will be led by our Deacons. Sign up today for this wonderful study that begins Sept. 22.
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.
All Sunday school classes will meet at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, and will continue the study of The Story. Communion will be served by the Class of 2015. Greeters are Hilary Brennan and Ruth Ann Campbell. Mike Fry will be worship assistant.
Presbyterian Women will begin their monthly meetings on Wednesday, Sept. 4. There is a business meeting at 5 p.m. and Bible study with Kay Staton at 5:30 p.m. The study this year is An Abiding Hope: The Presence of God in Exodus and Deuteronomy. All women are invited to attend this time of fellowship, prayer and Bible study.
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. 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 September is Mary Walker. We observe the Sacrament of Holy Communion on the first Sunday of each month. It is a time to give thanks to God for the sacrifice of His one and only begotten Son for saving the souls of mankind. Each one has the opportunity to recommit his/her personal walk in their daily lives with Jesus Christ. Remember to bring your altar rail offering that is designated for our family funds as directed through the United Methodist Church of the Northwest Texas Conference.
Do not forget to come to church this Sunday in the clothing appropriate for your service in the Kingdom of God, no matter the tasks you do or did to earn your daily bread. Come dressed in attire denoting your labor as we celebrate Labor Day.
Oct. 13 is the consecration date for our next community outreach ministry, “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, paper goods (toilet paper, kleenex, paper towels, paper plates and paper cups), laundry detergent, dishwasher liquid, bar soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, bath towels and wash cloths. Bring your selected articles to church on or before the 13th and they will be placed in the appropriate location.
“Bless This House” is calling upon prayer for all students, their families, teachers and administrative staff as they begin the new school year. Pray that each one gives his or her utmost with an energetic and optimistic attitude. May God give them patience, encouragement, understanding and determination in performing at their highest capabilities in attaining their goals.
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 are excited to announce our new pastor, Clay Jacobson. We want to welcome him, his wife Melissa and daughter Ella to our church family.
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. Clay will bring a message from the Bible. Our evening service starts at 6 p.m.
On Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m., we offer “Soldiers for Christ” for children in first through sixth grade; activities for preschool age; youth activities for 7th-12th graders; and Bible study and prayer for adults.
We are excited to be celebrating our 100th year. The celebration is set for Sunday, Oct. 13. We are gathering church photos to be displayed on this special day. There is a box in the office and foyer or photos can be given to Linda Kite. Please put name on back so they can be returned.
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.
FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Sweetwater First United Methodist Church wants to invite you to join us on Sunday mornings to worship and praise our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The United Methodist Church is open to all persons and is a place where all are welcome and encouraged to “come as you are” with the expectation that by the grace of God you will leave different. The change that a relationship with Christ brings about is a life-changing encounter and we believe that while God accepts us as we are He loves us enough not to leave us in our sins. We believe that Scripture informs all aspects of our lives and should be our rule and authority.
The first service begins at 8:45 a.m. and is built around a traditional model with great hymns of the church. This service uses a more liturgical framework and often employs a wonderful choir. Immediately following the first service we have Sunday school classes for all ages and stages of life. We invite you to try one of our many opportunities to come together and seek God in small groups that emphasize God’s Word and proclaim His glory. At 10:50 a.m. we have a second worship service that has a decidedly contemporary flavor and incorporates more of progressive style and pace. This second service also has a “Children’s Church” for kids in preschool through third grade. The children stay through our time of praise and then go to their own worship service.
Sweetwater FUMC also has youth activities on Sunday nights beginning at 6 p.m. with a prayer and praise time that we call Adoratio. Every Tuesday and Wednesday FUMC hosts the Gaylord’s Pantry and a clothes closet from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Please enter through the North (4th street) entrance if you would like to receive God’s blessing through either of these ministries.
News this week: Come join us this Sunday as Pastor Brian continues a series dealing with the war that each of us must fight. Fortunately, it is a battle that is already won if we will let the Holy Spirit do the fighting for us. Spiritual warfare is something that every person must be prepared for because we have an adversary in Satan and he wants to destroy us. Come hear the good news that we can be victorious through Christ!
Activities this week:
Sunday worship at 8:45 a.m. and 10:50 a.m.
Sunday at 5 p.m. — Youth to the Hub in Roby.
Wednesday at 10 a.m. — Morning Bible study.
Saturday, Sept. 7, at 8 a.m. — Men’s breakfast at TA Truck Stop.
Fun activities are offered at different times during the month for fourth through sixth graders (Club 456) and first through third graders (UMKids). If you have any questions call Linda at our church office (325-236-6617) or email email@example.com . If you need prayer or have the need to contact our pastor you can call the same number or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org .
THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS
• “Fathers and mothers, next time you cradle a newborn child in your arms, you can have an inner vision of the mysteries and purposes of life. You will better understand why the Church is as it is and why the family is the basic organization in time and in eternity.”
—Boyd K. Packer, “And a Little Child Shall Lead Them”
• “It is the challenge of mortality to be a worthy and responsible parent. Neither man nor woman can bear children alone. It was meant that children have two parents--both a father and a mother. No other pattern or process can replace this one.”
—Boyd K. Packer, “And a Little Child Shall Lead Them”
• “Parents should teach their children to pray. The child learns both from what the parents do and what they say. The child who sees a mother or a father pass through the trials of life with fervent prayer to God and then hears a sincere testimony that God answered in kindness will remember what he or she saw and heard. When trials come, that individual will be prepared.”
—Henry B. Eyring, “That He May Write upon Our Hearts”
Topics: Family, Prayer
• “Recognize the good in others, not their stains. At times a stain needs appropriate attention to be cleansed, but always build on his or her virtues.”
—Richard G. Scott, “For Peace at Home”
Topics: Love, Family
Sept. 1 – Sunday church service — 9 a.m. —Visitors are welcome.
Sept. 2 – Monday home evening.
Sept. 4 – Wednesday activities: Scouting and young women.
We are located at 910 Elm Street in Sweetwater. If you would like to talk with 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.