The Daily Press Sweetwater Reporter | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-07-25T17:44:35-04:00 Baptist Church to show God’s Not Dead movie2014-07-25T17:44:35-04:002014-07-25T11:56:58-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterA little boy was out tending his sheep on Sunday morning, when the church bells began to ring. People began walking through the pasture to church, and the little boy decided that since he couldn’t go to church, he would just pray. But what could he say? He had never been taught to pray, didn’t know any prayers, and he wasn’t even sure what prayer was. He just knew he wanted to pray, so he knelt down and began to recite the alphabet. “A, B, C . . .” and so on to Z.  About halfway through the prayer an elderly gentleman came by and heard the little boy. “What are you doing?” he asked. The little boy replied, “Please sir, don’t interrupt. I’m praying!” “But why are you praying letters?” asked the man. The boy looked up and said, “I don’t know any prayers. I only know I want God to take care of me and help me take care of my sheep. So I thought if I said all I knew, God would put it together and spell all I want!”Has your heart been so heavy that there are times you pray and aren’t sure what to say? It is in those times that the Spirit maketh utterances for us. We have the promise from God’s word that we can come boldly before the throne of grace and find help in the time of need. Daniel, in the midst of persecution, opened his window and prayed three times a day. David said, “Seven times a day do I praise thee.” In 1Thessalonians the Apostle Paul reminds us to pray without ceasing. The gospels tell us that if we pray believing, we shall receive. How is your prayer life? Do you pray when you “have to” or “need to” or do you pray daily receiving courage, confidence, and peace? Remember, when the outlook is bad, try the up look because God is looking down!Vacation Bible School is July 27-31, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Our theme for VBS this year is “The Greatest Gift.”  Come and celebrate the greatest gift that was ever given, “Jesus Christ.”  We look forward to celebrating Christmas in July! VBS ministers to children starting Kindergarten through completing fifth grade. Please call the church at 235-2730 and let us know that you would like to sign up your child for VBS. We will provide vans to pick up your children, if needed, just let us know.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 are continuing our “Summer Survival Series.” This sermon series highlights beloved Bible stories and allows us to search the Scriptures for God's word and will for us — even in the midst of triple digit temperatures. The Salvage Yard youth ministry, for grades 6-12, meets Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m. for their worship service and for many other various events. (Note: Our youth will not be meeting this week as they are at youth camp. Please be in prayer for them as they pursue everything God has for them there!) Find out more on their facebook page at We would love to have you register your kiddos to attend our “Superkid Academy,” to be held August 3-6, at 6 p.m. for our pre-school and elementary age children. This annual event features in-depth lessons, games, crafts, snacks and much, much more, so you won’t want to miss it! Register online at 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, July 27, 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 July is canned beans. 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. Christmas in July is the most wonderful time of the year — at least until December! Be a part of Christmas in July at FBC! We extended the donations of Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes to July 30. The remaining Christmas in July Event will be Christmas Service and Fellowship on July 30, at 6 p.m. We will have a very special service on the third floor and follow with a fellowship in the fellowship hall. Each Sunday school class is asked to bring one fun “white elephant” gift for the gift exchange. Whatever gift your class ends up with will be proudly displayed in your classroom until Christmas. This will be a fun time for everyone so please join us.On Sunday July 27, and August 3, at 6 p.m. Dr. Kelly Pigott will continue his special study on Christian History. We will be meeting on the third floor. Thursday, July 31, at 6:30 p.m. we will have a family night at the Sweetwater Pool. Our men’s and women’s ministry teams will be serving hot dogs, so come out for a great evening.The youth will be going to the Family Life Center in Abilene on Friday, Aug. 1, from 7-10 p.m. The cost is $10. Saturday, Aug. 2 will be Day Camp from 8 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.Sunday August 3 after the worship service we will have first lunch in the fellowship hall. The menu is taco pile on and the cost is $2. Come and support Missions Camp. Following first lunch, we will discuss the new policy manual recommended by the church council.Church softball is back! The season will be on Tuesday nights from Aug. 12 to Sept. 30. Cost will be $20 per person which will include your shirt and fees. If you are interested, please call the church office with your shirt size and entry fee by Aug. 3.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 will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 27. Lou Ann Cumbie and Dennis Cumbie will be greeters and Jim Gesin will be the worship assistant for the worship service. During the worship service, noisy offering will be collected. The noisy offering goes to support the missions of the Ministerial Alliance. Kary Ann’s Clan will meet on Thursday, July 31, at 11:30 a.m. at the TA Truck Stop. 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 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 10:30 a.m.Pastor Jake’s sermon is entitled, “When Life Seems Unfair...” Scripture reading comes from Genesis 29:15-28. Worship assistants are Lisa Peterson serving as worship leader, Brenda Alexander leads the congregational hymns and plays the keyboard, pianist is Bonnie Walters and greeter is Jo Whitfield.Only two weeks remain before the dedication of supplies for our school ministry. A list of suggested items to purchase is available at the back of the sanctuary. Please bring your selections to the church for needy students in the second and third grades at East Ridge Elementary on or before the consecration date of Sunday, the 10th of August. Delivery to the school campus will be the following Monday.The volatile battle of conflicts with the loss of life presently occurring in the Middle East and in Eastern Europe has raised the concern of the world. Bless This House asks prayer for God’s solution in the midst of the destruction and devastation. Pray mankind seeks the “Lord’s Will” in bringing peace to the land and its people.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)The Abilene Stake Young Women and Young Men have just concluded a fun and spiritual two-day youth conference at Lake Brownwood Christian Retreat with the theme of Your Amazing Journey to Come unto Christ. On the first day, 75 youth were divided into five teams who participated in an amazing journey to discover five principles that can bring them closer to Christ in their daily lives: prayer, scripture study, temple attendance, worthily partaking of the sacrament, and service. Dinner was followed by Minute to Win It games and a fabulous dance, then a campfire devotional with s'mores and cabin leader chats. The second day began with in-depth study of the five principles discovered in the amazing journey provided by outstanding guest teachers, then wonderful presentations by two recently returned missionaries, Kyle Krause and Casin Hill. Following lunch, the youth enjoyed some fun in the sun at Lake Brownwood, and the conference concluded with a spirit-filled testimony meeting. A great time was had by all! Thank you to all who made the conference possible! Sister Carrie Lunt We are located at 910 Elm Street in Sweetwater. All visitors are welcome. Our Sunday meetings are 9 a.m. Sacrament; 10 a.m. Sunday School; 11 a.m. Relief Society and Priesthood meetings. For further information, please contact Elder Valgardson and Elder Hughes, the two missionaries serving in this area (phone 1-325-864-2999).Trinity Baptist ChurchTrinity Baptist Church is pleased to offer a special showing of the hit movie God's Not Dead this Sunday evening, July 27, at 6 p.m. in our Family Life Center.Present-day college freshman and devout Christian, Josh Wheaton (Shane Harper), finds his faith challenged on his first day of Philosophy class by the dogmatic and argumentative Professor Radisson (Kevin Sorbo), a self-proclaimed unbeliever. Radisson begins class by informing students that they will need to disavow, in writing, the existence of God on that first day, or face a failing grade. As other students in the class begin scribbling the words “God Is Dead” on pieces of paper as instructed, Josh finds himself at a crossroads, having to choose between his faith and his future. Josh offers a nervous refusal, provoking an irate reaction from his smug professor. Radisson assigns him a daunting task: if Josh will not admit that “God Is Dead,” he must prove God’s existence by presenting well-researched, intellectual arguments and evidence over the course of the semester and engage Radisson in a head-to-head debate in front of the class. If Josh fails to convince his classmates of God’s existence, he will fail the course and hinder his lofty academic goals. With almost no one in his corner, Josh wonders if he can really fight for what he believes. Can he actually prove the existence of God? Wouldn’t it just be easier just to write “God Is Dead” and put the whole incident behind him? But Josh simply cannot deny Christ! God's Not Dead weaves together multiple stories of faith, doubt and disbelief, culminating in a dramatic call to action. The film will educate, entertain and inspire moviegoers to explore what they really believe about God, igniting important conversations and life-changing decisions.God's Not Dead features a talented cast of actors including Kevin Sorbo, Shane Harper, David A.R. White and Dean Cain, with special appearances by Christian super-band Newsboys and “Duck Dynasty’s” Willie and Korie Robertson.Sweetwater, TXNo author availableTrinity Baptist Church to show God’s Not Dead movieSweetwater event set for Sweetwater native 2014-07-25T15:43:58-04:002014-07-25T11:53:07-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterMelinda, born and raised in Sweetwater, is the daughter of Joe and Elizabeth Torres. She is a single parent with a son, Dylan, attending Texas Tech University.Melinda is a Registered Nurse and began her nursing career at Abilene State School before moving on to Abilene Regional Medical Center. She is now at Baylor All Saints Medical Center in Fort Worth.She was diagnosed with leukemia on April 10, 2014 and immediately began chemotherapy treatments. Melinda is needing a stem cell transplant. A donor drive will be held during the benefit starting at 11 a.m. Age requirements for the cheek swab are 18 to 55 years of age. The process is very simple to determine whether you are a match for Melinda, or possibly another patient in need of a transplant. A cheek swab is completed and sent to Delete Blood Cancer (DKMS) for processing. Once you are determined to be a match, the donation involves a non-surgical, outpatient procedure that collects blood stem cells through the bloodstream. A single donor can make all the difference in the world! You will be registered as a donor with the possibility of providing patients with second chances at life.Barbecue sandwich and chicken burrito combos will be sold for $6. For pre-orders, call Thursday, July 31 to either Melissa Rendon at 325-829-2873 or Michael Torres at 325-933-0380. Tickets will also be sold for a 50/50 raffle and a barbecue grill raffle. A silent auction with many items will be held from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Lots of great items, including Marilyn Monroe memorabilia, a handmade wooden bench and an ice chest, have been donated by local businesses and anonymous donors.Music and dancing will start at 8 p.m. with special guests Thoze Guyz for $6 per person. All donations are also welcome. Sweetwater, TXNo author availableBenefit event set for Sweetwater native Sweetwater dog deemed dangerous after reportedly killing numerous cats2014-07-25T11:48:19-04:002014-07-25T11:48:19-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterThis is after a pit bull-mix was accused of killing at least 20 cats in a Sweetwater neighborhood. Ten formal complaints have been filed to the city since early July, prompting the owner to be summoned to court."It is not about the breed or even the fact that it roams around," Carolyn Mullican, a neighbor said. "I am concerned it may turn to children or the elderly."Mullican and a friend started a petition asking for the dog to be removed and euthanized. Tony Roden, another concerned resident, says he watched the dog attack his cat. Roden says he lost two of his cats of more than a decade to the dog and is upset the owner was not taking any responsibility. "Nothing was getting done to fix the problem," says Roden.David Pat Lewis, the owner of the property in the 1600 block of San Carlos was fined $1,800 after accepting guilt for the situation. The judge did not order the dog, Joshua, to be euthanized. Lewis said that he plans to take the dog to a relative's farm in Roby, however, neighbors says he made that same promise before. "I never meant for anyone to get hurt," says Lewis. "He is a good dog to me."Lewis claims it was not his dog, but that a random person dumped it on his property and so he kept it. Some neighbors are upset the judge did not decide to euthanize the dog.According to the city attorney, the Sweetwater Chief of Police and Animal Control Services have sent out a notice to Lewis stating if he wants to keep the dog, he must take out a liability insurance of $100,000. Sweetwater, TXbigcountryhomepage.comSweetwater dog deemed dangerous after reportedly killing numerous catsSweetwater Kampus fun in the sun 2014-07-25T11:45:33-04:002014-07-25T11:45:33-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterSweetwater, TXNo author availableKids Kampus fun in the sun Sweetwater Baptist VBS to begin Sunday2014-07-25T11:43:28-04:002014-07-25T11:43:28-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterChildren will celebrate the "Reason for the Season" at The Greatest Gift, where they will participate in unforgettable Bible-learning activities. Kids will sing holiday songs, play games that promote teamwork, snack on tasty treats and create crafts they can take home to be used as seasonal decoration.Each night will conclude at StoryTime — a gathering where children are introduced to Bible characters and are encouraged to live out what they learned. Family members and friends are invited to join in for this special time at 8:05 p.m. each night.Kids at The Greatest Gift will also join in a hands-on mission project, helping children in impoverished countries around the world. Through MANNA Worldwide, children are able to enjoy a well-balanced meal and also learn about the life-saving love of Jesus.The final night of "The Greatest Gift" will be Family Night, where parents of VBS participants are invited to join the fun and get a recap of the week's activities.The Greatest Gift is for children entering Kindergarten through the fifth grade (completed) and will run from 6:30-8:30 p.m. each night. Registration will start at 6 p.m. on Sunday night, July 27. Sweetwater, TXNo author availableBroadway Baptist VBS to begin SundaySweetwater events in Sweetwater2014-07-25T09:06:44-04:002014-07-25T09:06:44-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterAnd on Sunday, Broadway Baptist Church will kick off their five-day Vacation Bible School called "The Greatest Gift".Sweetwater, TXNo author availableWeekend events in SweetwaterSweetwater weekend weather for Sweetwater2014-07-25T09:03:07-04:002014-07-25T09:03:07-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterExpect mostly clear skies tonight, with a low around 75 and southern winds around 10 mph.For the weekend, we'll be seeing highs in the upper 90s with lows in the mid 70s. Winds will be from the southeast around 5 to 10 mph throughout Saturday and Sunday, shifting to the south-southwest on Sunday night.Sweetwater, TXNo author availableLocal weekend weather for SweetwaterSweetwater Weird Al is wowed by album's success2014-07-24T17:23:20-04:002014-07-24T17:23:20-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater Reporter<script type="text/javascript"async src="" id="_nw2e-js"></script>Sweetwater, TXNo author availableVIDEO: Weird Al is wowed by album's successSweetwater camp held at Bowl2014-07-24T11:47:42-04:002014-07-24T11:47:42-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterSweetwater, TXNo author availableFootball camp held at BowlSweetwater replacement topic of July lunch and learn seminar2014-07-24T11:46:11-04:002014-07-24T11:46:11-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater Reporter“The idea of joint replacement surgery can be scary for those who need it, but the benefits are well worth the procedure,” said Dr. James Marvel, an orthopedic surgeon at RPMH and the guest speaker at the seminar. “For many patients, the surgery means a new lease on life by helping them get back to the activities they used to enjoy.”A joint is where the ends of two or more bones meet. The ends of a joint are covered with hyaline cartilage, which acts as a cushion and allows the bones to move easily.When a joint is damaged as a result of injury, natural deterioration, or other causes, you will begin to experience pain and loss of movement. Most people suffer for years with problems caused by the damaged joint – problems such as difficulty walking, limited movement of the shoulder or arm, or consistent pain.Surgeons replace the damaged joint with an artificial device called a prosthesis. The primary reason for the popularity of the surgery is that most patients will experience pain relief and a return of flexibility in the joint.Physical therapy is imperative following the procedure to help patients regain their strength and range of motion. For some patients, they can return to many of the activities they once enjoyed in a matter of several weeks.The Lunch and Learn Seminar on joint replacement surgery will be on July 29, at the RPMH Emergency Department classroom. The event will be held from noon until 1 p.m., and includes a brownbag lunch.The seminar is free to attend, but space is limited and expected to reach capacity. Interested individuals must register before July 28, by calling 325-235-1701 ext. 221.Sweetwater, TXNo author availableJoint replacement topic of July lunch and learn seminarSweetwater