The Daily Press Sweetwater Reporter | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-08-22T16:59:43-04:00 churches planning special events for students, teachers2014-08-22T16:59:43-04:002014-08-22T11:50:11-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterWe invite you to join us at Avondale Baptist Church. We have Sunday school for all ages every Sunday morning at 9:45 a.m. Our Sunday worship services are at 10:50 a.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesday evening prayer meeting is at 7 p.m. Our Wednesday evening service is an old fashioned prayer meeting where we do nothing but pray for our community, church, nation and world. Avondale Baptist Church meets at 1405 Hoyt Street.In the absence of a pastor, Bro. Kevin Shipp is our interim pastor. Bro. Kevin preaches Bible-based sermons Sunday morning and Sunday night. Our Sunday school lessons for all ages are Bible-based teaching, praising God for who He is and what He does.Our church is very active within our community. We participate in BSM at TSTC, nursing home ministry and a meeting place for Girl Scouts. Bro. Kevin would like to extend "thank you" to all workers who helped with painting, mowing, moving dirt, cleaning windows and weeding on Saturday, Aug. 16. What fun and fellowship we had working and planning ways to beautify our grounds. We thank God for the beautiful morning He provided. Our Sunday morning special music will be provided by Amy Teague.We had a church council meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 19. We will be going to the Sweetwater Healthcare Center at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 26. Please join us if you would like. Girl Scouts will meet at the church on Tuesday evening, Aug. 26, at 6:30 p.m. Looking forward to the next few months:• School starts Aug. 25;• Sept. 1 — Labor Day;• On Sept. 7 we will have a "kick-off" promoting our special fund for a retaining wall and parking lot pavement. We will have a fundraiser in October.• BSM — Sept. 15;• Work Day — Sept. 20;• Week of Prayer — Sept. 21-27;• Movie, "Heaven is for Real" — Sept. 27;• Sunday school high attendance — Sept. 28;We will start collecting candy now for our annual "Trunk or Treat."We have coffee and a meet and greet every Sunday morning at 9:20 a.m. Plan on joining us as we strive to present Jesus Christ as a real and living answer for our world today. For more information, call 325-235-5835. If there is no answer, please leave a message and we will get back with you as soon as possible. Broadway Baptist Church While living in Kansas, I became acquainted with a preacher here of old named Harvey Springer. He was known as the Cowboy Evangelist, because of his famous horsemanship. He could break, train and ride any horse. Once during a trying time in his ministry, he looked down from the pulpit and saw his father in the audience. Harvey asked his dad to stand, and he told the church how his dad prayed for him, supported him, stood by him and encouraged him. After church, the elder Springer drove into the country to be alone with God and pray. Somewhere alongside a rural lane he collapsed. A passing motorist found him, but it was too late. Harvey later told his congregation that he was going to work harder than ever for the Lord now, for his dad was watching from the grandstands of heaven. Knowing his father had preceded him, he said, “It makes heaven more precious.”God won’t always remove our pain. If we live life with no problems, we take our eyes off things that are eternal. Knowing our loved ones are awaiting us in heaven, keeps us focused on the future.  Remembering the brevity of life keeps us working for things unseen. Our daily problems and persecutions can deepen our longing for heaven. Think about New Jerusalem today, and anticipate the glories God has prepared for you. It is like the old gospel song my dad use to sing, “Heaven is sounding sweeter all the time.”Our children’s Bible club — “Wiseguys” starts Sept. 3 at 7 p.m. We will meet in the ed. building. Wiseguys is a fun Bible Club for ages Kindergarten through fifth grade that teaches Biblical character traits that help children gain wisdom through scripture memorization and Biblically applicable stories. If you have any questions about the Bible study or would like for the church van to pick up your child, please call the church at 235-2730.                                                         Broadway Baptist Church is having a special teacher appreciation service for the teachers of Sweetwater and Nolan County on Sept. 7 at 10:30 a.m. We want to send an invite to all teachers in this area and their families. It will be a special service where teachers will be honored and blessed. We will also pray for the teachers, their students and the school year, because we realize and understand what challenges teachers have as they minister and teach the children of this area. We also will have a Southern Gospel singing trio, called Faith’s Journey that will be with us to minister through their music during the morning service and also in a special service at 2 p.m.                                                               Broadway Baptist Church would like to invite you to come and worship with us this Sunday at 710 E. Third Street. Our Life Groups, which are for all ages, start at 10 a.m. Our morning service starts at 10:50 a.m. and our evening service starts at 6 p.m. Our midweek service is on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. (We offer Bible Study for all ages.) Come worship with us and be blessed.Emmanuel Fellowship ChurchWe 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 sermon series entitled “Sacred Moments.” We would love for you to study the Word of God with us as we talk about finding God in life’s eternal events.We also want to extend an invitation to our weekly Lifegroup meetings, Wednesdays at 7 p.m. that kick off for the Fall Semester this week. For more information, please contact the church offices at 236-9200. EFC’s Wednesday evening children’s ministry is also firing back up after a summer break, with children ages six months through fifth grade exploring what it takes to be a “Superkid” in the Kingdom of Heaven! They meet Wednesday evenings from 6:45-8:30 p.m. and are loving their time together in the “Faith Factory!” The Salvage Yard youth ministry, for grades 6-12, meets Wednesday evenings at 6:45 a.m. for their worship service and for many other various events. Find out more on their facebook page at We also invite you to step into The Growth Central Bookstore when you visit EFC. It’s stocked with Bibles, study aids, 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 again at 12:30-1 p.m. For more information about the ministry of EFC, log onto the church website at Baptist ChurchFirst Baptist Church invites you and your family to join us on this Sunday, Aug. 24, 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.The FBC Heritage Timeline is located on the first floor hall leading to the Welcome Center. You can add special moments and memories during your time here at FBC on the Timeline!The Missions item to be collected for the month of August is canned fruit. Each month we have collected different items which are being used to restock our pantry which is to be used as a resource for needy families.Be sure to check out the women’s ministry board for upcoming events like the Beth Moore Simulcast on Sept. 13, and the Shelia Walsh Bible study that will begin on Oct. 6.Coming Sept. 14, is our cream filled fellowship! This will be a time for the whole church to come together for a fun night of games and fellowship. There may also be some sweet treats to chow down on! Be sure to keep looking for more details in the upcoming weeks!Church softball is back! The season will be on Tuesday nights from Aug. 12 to Sept. 30. For in depth information on First Baptist Church Sweetwater, find us on Facebook or at Presbyterian ChurchFirst 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. Sunday school classes for all ages will meet Sunday, Aug. 24, at 9:30 a.m. in the fellowship hall for donuts. Adult class will meet in the fellowship hall and begin a study of Matthew. The children and youth classes will dismiss to their classes upstairs: Pre-K through first grade with teachers Stephanie Wiele and Becky Brock; second through fifth grades with teachers Doug Richards and Keith Brock; sixth through eighth grades with teachers Richard Smola and Jim Gesin; and high school with teachers Mitch Moore and Ruth Ann Campbell. Doug Richards and Hilary Brennan will be greeters and Caroline Brennan will be the worship assistant for the worship service.Everyone is invited to the back to school lunch right after worship on Sunday, Aug. 24. Chicken, ham and rolls will be provided. Bring your favorite side dishes. Kary Ann’s Clan will meet Thursday, Aug. 28, at 11:30 a.m. at Amole’s.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 United Methodist ChurchSweetwater 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 Sundays 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 (Fourth Street) entrance if you would like to receive God’s blessing through either of these ministries.News this week: Football season is almost here…and dove hunting season…and autumn will be following by the Christmas season. It seems that our lives are full of seasons. Sometimes those seasons bring joy and others are bittersweet. Come join us this Sunday as we examine the seasons of our lives and how we can live into those seasons in way that is healthy and brings purpose to our lives and glory to God. We will be having brunch during the Sunday school hour this week. Immediately following brunch the kids will be going to their new Sunday school room. Beginning Sept. 3, we will starting Bible studies for men, women and kids. Bring the whole family and enjoy of time of refreshing study of his word with other people who are seeking to find purpose in life. This fall we will be tailgating at each home football game so mark your calendars!Activities this week:• Sunday worship at 8:45 a.m. and 10:50 a.m.• Sunday Adoratio at 6 p.m. • Sunday Sheep at 6:30 p.m.• Don’t forget studies for men, women and kids begins on Sept. 3.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 If you need prayer or have the need to contact our pastor you can call the same number or email him at HEIGHTS UNITED METHODIST CHURCHOur Mission Statement: “To glorify Christ in all that we do by bringing People to Christ and equipping them to serve Christ.”Sunday services:* Fellowship at 8:30 a.m.* Worship at 9 a.m.* Sunday school at 10:15 a.m.Pastor Jake Wade will bring the gospel message. Worship assistants are Lisa Peterson serving as liturgist, leading the congregational hymns is music team, Brenda Alexander, Juanita and Daniel Garcia, Melvin Walker and Pastor Jake, pianist is Bonnie Walters and greeter is Jo Whitfield. Scheduled meetings:* Staff parish relations committee at 2 p.m. on Aug. 24.* Administrative council meeting at 3 p.m. on Aug. 24.Parents, teachers, students and administrative staff are preparing for the beginning of another school year next week. “Bless This House” is calling upon prayers for all persons involved to give of their utmost with an energetic and optimistic attitude in striving to achieve their highest goals. Pray that God strengthen each individual with patience, encouragement, understanding and the dedication in fulfilling their individual commitments.The outreach ministry that is being emphasized for the next several weeks is 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 and paper goods, such as toilet paper, kleenex, paper towels, paper plates and paper cups. Additional items that are needed are towels, wash cloths, laundry detergent, dishwashing liquid, bar soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes. The consecration date will be set in October.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)There will be no Sweetwater meetings on Sunday, Aug. 24, because of Stake Conference.Elder George M. Keele, an Area Seventy of the Sixth Quorum of the Seventy, will preside at the Abilene Stake Conference to be held Aug. 23 and 24.The Saturday evening session of Stake Conference starts at 6 p.m. in the Stake Center in Abilene to which everyone is invited. Elder Keele has issued a special invitation to all youth 12 and up, as well as to all young single adults and he said it will be worth your efforts to attend. The Stake Conference Schedule:Saturday, Aug. 23, at the Abilene Stake Center* Priesthood training at 3 p.m.* Evening session at 6 p.m. for 12 years old and older.Sunday, Aug. 24* First session in Abilene 9-11 a.m.* Second session in San Angelo Southwest Chapel 2-4 p.m. (a repeat of the session in Abilene due to large attendance).Sweetwater, TXNo author availableLocal churches planning special events for students, teachersSweetwater participate in Red Run2014-08-22T11:47:24-04:002014-08-22T11:47:24-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterFaculty and staff members, as well as students and community members were invited to the 8 a.m. run. All who attended showed their school spirit by wearing red and white. Dye stations were set up along the route to throw red powder at the runners, covering them head to toe by the end of the race.Sweetwater, TXNo author availableMany participate in Red RunSweetwater scores released for SHS students2014-08-22T11:45:05-04:002014-08-22T11:45:05-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterSHS students scored above the state scores in all areas--English, mathematics, reading and science, with the widest margin seen in Mathematics at 1.2% over the state average. Overall, the district's composite score was 21.7, in comparison to the state score of 20.9."We are also excited to announce that Dr. Morris will be putting an emphasis on defining the test (ACT or SAT) best suited for each student," said Sweetwater ISD Superintendent Terry Pittman. "They will be doing some pretesting and diagnostic work to determine the area each student should focus on and then define a program of study for students to better prepare for the test they choose."Students will all have opportunities to take advantage of these preparations at no cost and right on campus at SHS.This, along with Sweetwater being allowed to give the TSI (college entrance tests) on campus at SHS for a very minimal cost, all lead to making the college prep experience very favorable at Sweetwater High School.A Sweetwater High School student can achieve 30+ hours of "real" college instruction on campus at Sweetwater High School. "This is not online or in front of piped in telecast from somewhere else. Unlike other area Dual Credit programs, instruction that Sweetwater High School students receive is real," Pittman continued. "It transfers to any Texas College or University through the common numbering system and it actually fits into all four year degree plans. Many courses offered at other area High School dual credit programs are strictly online and do not actually fit into many degree plans when students enter into Texas Colleges. "The Counselors at Sweetwater High School are very knowledgeable about what students need and what will transfer. They make sure the students' time spent taking courses is worth their time, and not just taking courses to accumulate hours that will not transfer or help them in college."All of the Dual Credit classes taken at Sweetwater ISD are free to the students. Sweetwater, TXNo author availableACT scores released for SHS studentsSweetwater for the Mustangs2014-08-22T11:42:39-04:002014-08-22T11:42:39-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterFall sports athletes at SHS were introduced throughout the evening as well as the school band and student trainers. Sweetwater, TXNo author availableCheering for the MustangsSweetwater weekend's local events2014-08-22T09:02:24-04:002014-08-22T09:02:24-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterAlso, an invitation is extended to the "Great Campaign of Miracles" with international evangelist Tello Solis from August 22 through 24 at the Roscoe Worship Center, located at 800 Broadway in Roscoe. Times are 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. on Sunday. Call Pastor Evaristo Granado at 236-0400 for more information.On Saturday, Sweetwater Middle School will hand out football equipment for all incoming seventh and eighth grade players from 8:30-11 a.m. This will take place at the middle school's lower gym. After all equipment is handed out, a brief meeting with the parents will be held. Anyone with questions should contact Tony Cortez, SMS athletic coordinator, at either (254) 485-0109 or they can email him at addition, the Sweetwater Rifle and Pistol Club will hold its First Annual Pre-Dove Season Clay Shoot on August 23, 2014 at their trap range. The gates will be open and the fun will begin at 10 a.m. The shoot is open to the public. You must have hearing and eye protection, gun and shells to participate. There will be targets for all age groups, so please come out and enjoy the fun. For more information call 325-338-3387.And at 2 p.m. on Saturday, the Skate Sweetwater Community meeting will be held at Broadway Baptist Church. This is a meeting for all interested parties to help in the plans to construct the Skate Park here in Sweetwater.Sweetwater, TXNo author availableThis weekend's local eventsSweetwater weather outlook2014-08-22T08:59:03-04:002014-08-22T08:59:03-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterExpect mostly clear skies tonight, with a low around 72 and breezy winds from the south-southeast at 15 to 20 mph.This weekend, we should see highs in the mid 90s, with lows in the lower 70s. Winds will come from the south and southeast between 10 to 20 mph throughout Saturday and Sunday.Sweetwater, TXNo author availableWeekend weather outlookSweetwater hopeful Perry weighs in on water, border issues2014-08-21T11:44:48-04:002014-08-21T11:44:48-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater Reporter"Water is the common theme in the 51 counties (which comprise Senate District 28)," Perry said during an interview with the Reporter. "Sweetwater is a great example. Oak Creek Reservoir is dry."Perry believes upgrades to infrastructure and modern technology will be the components most likely to help alleviate the region's water woes."Replacing leaky infrastructure is one thing, R.O. (reverse osmosis) is another," said Perry, a 1980 Sweetwater High School graduate. "Desalination has become much more affordable. Several cities adjacent to the (Senate) district have implemented desalination. "Water is not going to be cheap," Perry continued. "But we need to pursue it. I hope water continues to be a top priority."The hot-button topic of immigration is also a concern for Perry. If elected, he promises to take the issue all the way to Washington, D.C. — even threatening a lawsuit if the federal government refuses to reimburse Texas for what Perry believes is a detriment to the Texas economy."We're doing everything we can on a state level that the federal government allows, jurisdictionally," Perry explained. "We're faced with a dilemma, (drug) cartel activity is pushing people into the United States and the federal government isn't doing anything about it."It's expensive to deploy the National Guard," Perry said. "It's not the long-term solution. The main thing we can do now is make the cartels miserable. And it's not just cartels; we don't know who's coming over. There's been everything from radical Islamists and people affiliated with Al-Qaeda."Tackling the border difficulties will take time and cooperation across the board, but the Senate may be where progress is made, Perry said."Serving in the Senate, you get to solve big problems," he said. Revamping entitlements and eliminating the "welfare state" would serve as deterrents to would-be immigrants, according to Perry.Unlike some of his opponents — which includes former Sweetwater Mayor Greg Wortham and former George W. Bush aide Jodey Arrington — Perry is relatively new to the political scene. Prior to winning his seat in the Texas House, he was a certified public accountant for more than 30 years. It's this connection to the middle class and rural communities of West Texas which he says strengthens his commitment to serving District 28.Sweetwater, TXBrian McCormackSenate hopeful Perry weighs in on water, border issuesSweetwater employees take medical mission trips2014-08-21T11:42:56-04:002014-08-21T11:42:56-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterBonnie Garcia, supervisor of the local OR, headed to Kenya to work with Kenya Relief, an organization founded by Steve and Greta James after they met the child sponsored by their late daughter. Since its inception, over 1400 people have gone to Migori, Kenya to offer assistance.The trip, which took place in the first part of August, fell during the country's winter season, where temperatures reached between 70 to 75 degrees. Kenya's legal bounds regarding medical care are essentially non-existent in comparison to American health care. Many items are reused unless bodily fluids end up on them.Over the three days, around 30 surgical cases were dealt. Within the clinic, almost 300 patients were seen.Trips like this allow many medical students to take part in procedures that would not be allowed in the States. In one instance, a senior resident within Garcia's team conducted a surgery with her surgeon father.The team was also able to visit a school and orphanage. Presently, 38 children are on a wait list as a sponsor is required for them to enter the school. Additionally, the orphanage only allows two children per family unit to enter the facility.With Kenya Relief's goal of every person leaving an impression, Garcia shared that even people without medical training can still go and help. She recalled the joy of the people and how they, in turn, left an impression on her.Dr. Robert Eaker and Jeree Hendley, RN took part in a trip to Malawi, Africa through Circle of Hope International. The goal of trip was to live out James 1:27 as they ministered to orphans and widows.Circle of Hope partners with the Grace Center, which includes a network of 17 churches called the Grace Alliance Church. Grace Center also has two orphanages, a preschool, Bible college, textile center, grain mill and a clinic and aspiring hospital.Timothy's House is a boys' orphanage, while Patricia's Home is for babies through girls age 18. And at the textile center, which helps fund the Grace Center, items like purses, tablecloths, laptop bags and clothes are made.Additionally, the grain mill gives resources in order to further the local economy. Through the partnership of Circle of Hope and Grace Center, the goal is for the people to be self-sustaining and become leaders in the community.Exams were given to the orphans and preschools for malaria and various respiratory issues. Over the two-week trip, over 800 children were seen.Much work is still to be done in Malawi, as $20,000 is needed for the hospital to be fully functional. To add a roof to the church would cost $44,000, with an additional $20,000 to complete the building.For both of the organizations, sponsorship opportunities are available. However, one of the best ways to help is to personally go and take part in the projects.Sweetwater, TXBelinda SerranoRPMH employees take medical mission tripsSweetwater events scheduled today2014-08-21T09:06:20-04:002014-08-21T09:06:20-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterCall 325-670-6999 to make a reservation for the buffet lunch (there is a cost to lunch). The program will be presented by Nancy Robinson Masters.Tonight, Highland will have their Meet the Teacher event. From 5-7 p.m. the PTO will be serving brisket sandwiches. From 5:30-6 p.m. the laptop policy parent/student orientation will take place for grades 6-12. Students will be able to meet their teachers from 6-7 p.m. and Big Blue Preview will begin at 7 p.m. in the Activity Gym.Also, Mustang Moms will hold their annual silent auction and Adopt-A-Mustang/Lady Mustang/Cheerleader during the scrimmage against Clyde and Meet The Mustangs at 6:30 p.m. at Mustang Bowl.And fans at the Sweetwater vs. Clyde football scrimmage will be asked to participate in "Our Day To Shine" by making a donation, which will be used for the Texas High School Coaches Education Foundation to pay for athletes and coaches with special needs. Sweetwater, TXNo author availableSeveral events scheduled todaySweetwater's weather for Thursday2014-08-21T09:01:53-04:002014-08-21T09:01:53-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterExpect mostly clear conditions tonight, with a low around 75 and breezy winds from the south at 10 to 20 mph.Sweetwater, TXNo author availableSweetwater's weather for ThursdaySweetwater