Churches celebrate the new year

BROADWAY BAPTIST CHURCHAs we begin the New Year we will make resolutions to change some things we don’t like about ourselves. Some will vow to lose weight while others will find it. Some will vow to read more, even if it is the funny papers. Some will vow to watch less TV so they will get Netflix. Others will vow to love more, fuss less, laugh more (even if at their friends), and help others. These vows will last a week, a month, maybe two and then we will find ourselves right back where we started. Why? Because we are human and the only one that changes us is God. John reminds us that are God’s by creation and then at the point of salvation we become His by redemption. It is at that point that Paul says we are a “new creature” and God begins to mold, fashion, and change us to His likeness. Want a change that will last? Begin with Christ in your heart. Then daily read His word. Next, go to a bible preaching and teaching church. Finally, stay around those who will have a positive influence in your life. Change is not easy, but with Christ all things are possible. It is my prayer the upcoming year will be filled with all the things you need to be what God would have you to be. Upcoming events:New Year’s Services – Sunday 10 a.m. Life Groups; 10:50 a.m. worship; 6 p.m. evening worship.Kidz Zone – Jan. 8.Wise Guys – Jan. 11.Mission Conference – Jan. 25-29.FIRST BAPTIST CHURCHThe staff and membership of First Baptist Church wish you and your family a very Happy New Year! FBC is located at 213 East Third Street in Sweetwater, next door to the Post Office, and all are welcome. Sunday morning Bible study begins at 9:15 a.m. for all age groups. Begin the new year with Sunday morning worship, starting at 10:30 a.m. Your presence will enhance our worship experience and our fellowship together as we strive to share Christ with our community.During January — check out the FBC Student Youth Department. The small classes lend themselves to individual attention and special opportunities for each student to mature several levels through in-depth, interactive Bible study.Middle school students have an opportunity to attend regional, summer youth camps, while high school students travel out-of-state to experience challenging ministry opportunities.During February — check out the FBC adult worship choir, which meets once per week on Wednesday, from 7-8 p.m., in the choir room, to rehearse the words and music.HIGHLAND HEIGHTSUNITED METHODIST CHURCHHappy New Year! We wish you and yours God’s Blessings for the coming year. Join us for Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and worship service at 10:45 a.m., with Pastor Chris Rodriguez bringing the message entitled, “Change of Seasons.” 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 January is Nelda Walker. This is Communion Sunday when we observe the Sacrament of Holy Communion. We are reminded of God’s love for us in John 3:16 and how it applies to our daily spiritual walk with Jesus Christ. Bring your altar rail offering that is applied towards our family funds directed through the Northwest Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church.As we reflect upon the past year, “Bless This House” ask prayers for Christians to remember the commitments we failed to keep with the Lord and rededicate our daily lives in 2012 to following Him. Pray we always give praise and glory to God and let the love of Jesus Christ show through our lives to our fellowman.Meetings in January:Wednesday, Jan. 4, Staff Parish Relations Committee meets at 7 p.m.; Evangelism Committee meets Monday, the 9th, at 7 p.m.;“Study in the Wilderness,” by Gil Rindle, resumes on the 2nd and 4th Sunday evenings at 6 p.m.;Bible Study convenes on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m.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 CHURCHWe at Lamar Street Baptist Church hope you and your family have had a wonderful holiday season, and we invite you to join us this Sunday to kick off 2012!To round out 2011, we will have a Candlelight Service on Saturday evening, Dec. 31 starting at 6:30 p.m. We welcome you and your family to join us!On Sunday, we will resume our regular service times with Sunday school beginning at 9:30 a.m. with a class for everyone in the family. Our worship continues at 10:40 a.m. with our morning service.We offer a wide variety of music in the first part of our program with hymns led by our choir and contemporary songs led by our praise team. In addition, we also have a Children’s Sermon for all elementary-age students. Pastor Jerry Payne will bring the message in both the morning service and evening service which starts at 6 p.m.Bible Drill will resume this week at 5 p.m. for all 3rd through 6th graders. We are still learning books of the Bible, key passages and Bible memory verse to prepare our fourth through sixth grade students for competition which starts in February. Call Bible Drill director Linda Kite at 235-9727, 235-5463 (ext. 18) or 725-2800.Our weekly worship continues at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday with ministries that will meet every need of the family. We have Mission Friends for preschool-age children, RA’s (Royal Ambassadors) for first through sixth grade boys, and GA’s (Girls in Action) for girls in first through sixth grade. While our youth group (7th-12th grade) meets for their activities, the adults have Bible study and prayer time.Lamar Street Baptist Church is located at 513 Lamar. To learn more information about our services, ministries and upcoming events, call the church office at 235-1779 or find us on Facebook.TRINITY BAPTIST CHURCHThe Trinity Baptist Church Family wishes each one of you a blessed New Year! If one of your New Year’s Resolutions is to get back into church, give us a try! We are located at the corner of Hailey and Santa Fe Streets. Our casual, friendly, family atmosphere with traditional and contemporary music makes our church an easy place to “fit in”. We also have Children’s Church for kids ages 3-5.Sunday school begins at 9:30 a.m. followed by worship services at 10:45 a.m. each Sunday. Sunday evenings (at 6 p.m.) are dedicated to Bible study for adults and youth with M&M’s Children’s Choir for children. Wednesday evenings have adults meeting in the sanctuary for Trinity Power Plant (our weekly prayer time) at 6:30 p.m. At the same time, children enjoy TeamKID and our youth get together in the youth room. There’s a place for all ages, nursery to senior adults and all ages in between. We have a place for you and your family!On New Year’s Eve, our youth will have a lock-in which will conclude on Sunday morning after worship services. Cool way to start off the New Year---at church!This Sunday begins a month of “Name Tag Sundays”. We will ALL wear name tags each Sunday in January so that we can identify each other by name. Lots of new faces have joined us at Trinity this past year, so name tags will help all of us learn to know one another better. After the month of January, we will observe “Name Tag Sunday” on fifth Sundays during the remainder of the year.We will have Sunday school and morning worship this Sunday (Jan. 1, New Year’s Day). However, there will be no evening services at Trinity this Sunday only.The Bible Study Crazy Love, by Francis Chan, continues on Sunday evening, Jan. 8, with Chapter 6. Bro. Ward leads this study, which can be joined at any time. Regardless of whether you’ve attended before, you’re invited to join us for the remainder of this wonderful study about falling in love with God. Ladies will begin a new Bible study on Wednesday, Jan. 11, at noon, with a second session offered at 6 p.m. We will study Angela Thomas’ book, Brave: Honest Questions Women Ask. This study looks at the heart of what women are thinking and feeling, teaching them how to meet the challenges, fears and struggles of being a woman. Books will be available for purchase at $12 each, with scholarships available. Child care is available, so choose which study will work with your schedule and join us.A new session of DivorceCare will begin on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 6 p.m. Classes are held upstairs in our Youth Room, which can be accessed using the outside stairs on the west side of our facility. Taught by Donnie Armstrong, DivorceCare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. The 13-week session is stand-alone, meaning that the session can be joined at any time. The only cost is a $15 workbook; however, scholarships are available, so please do not let the cost of a workbook keep you from attending! Previous attendees are welcome to come back at any time for a refresher or to catch a session they missed at an earlier time. Child care is also available. For more information or registration, please call our church office at 235-2991, or send an email to To find out more about this opportunity, you can also visit the DC website at Be sure to watch as you drive down Hailey Street to see the progress being made on our new Family Life Center. Air conditioning ducts are being installed and metal studs were begun this week. We are looking forward to using this facility for God’s glory in the Sweetwater community.If you would like more information about Trinity, or if you would like accept Jesus Christ as your Savior, please call us at 235-2991 or drop by our offices located at 1503 Crescent Drive. Our hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can also find us on the web at God bless you!Word of GodTransforming ordinary people into passionate followers of Christ through God’s Word, growing them into mature Christians, to be Jesus’ lights in this world and witnesses of the Gospel of Jesus and the Kingdom of God, seeking the lost for the glory of God and His kingdom. We are a non-judgmental ministry — meaning that the ministry itself is not judgmental. We are not concerned where you have been or where you are at, but where you are going. Everyone needs hope and to feel the love of God’s mercy. Those who falter and are weak are welcome. We will guide all that come, into a direction for peace in their life.The teachings from the pulpit are deep rightly divided truth as 2 Timothy 2:15 speaks of. You will hear the unadulterated word of God ministered straight from the Bible, introducing deep truths and promises you can stand on, that will never crumble out from underneath you. These truths have discipled many to be followers of Christ as it can do for anybody. Opening up the eyes and ears of these who receive.Services:• Sunday morning-10:30 a.m.• Sunday night-Adult Discipleship 6:30, youth hangout 11-17 years and Children’s Rock night 5-10 years.• Wednesday night- 6:30 p.m. Teen and tween youth church, pastor led for 11-17 years, Children’s classes 5-10 years and adult Word study for men’s and women’s ministry, disciple led.Ministries:• T.A.G. and tweens-These ministries are for 11-17 year-olds. They have youth church on Wednesday night. There’s praise and worship performed by them. Then the pastor brings a message of truth to seed in their lives that is in a way that they can understand and comprehend. They also have Sunday night hang out, doing all kinds of things and events with each other in the youth ministry. From movies to playing volleyball at Sonic or cookouts and other things. They get involved with fundraisers to raise money for their events. They have the Reaching Out While Reaching Up ministry that helps people around town. They have The Rock as a place to hangout before and after church time. There is summer camp at Extreme Camps that they have a blast at while deepening their faith.• Children’s Ministry-Wednesday night there are classes set up to put a foundation of God’s word in the children’s life with a fun and enjoyable environment and experience. There is lots of love, guidance and good values seeded into their lives. Sunday night-Fun at The Rock. Those children that come on Wednesday night classes get to come on Sunday night to play at The Rock youth center during regular adult discipleship. Sometimes there are movies, games and snack night. They also get involved in fundraisers and summer camp.• P.U.R.E. Ministry-Ephesians 1:4 Princesses Under Royal Election meets every third Friday of the month. The ministry teaches young ladies their value to God by being a child of the King loved by their Father, coming under a covenant with God to keep their purity until marriage. The ministry is even for those who want to start over.The Rock youth center Saturday night from 6-10 p.m. for sixth, seventh and eighth grade. Christian atmosphere presented but not forced. Fun for everyone. We have this generation’s Christian music, a 6ft and 3ft half pipe skate ramp, a foam pit, rock climbing wall, pool table, air hockey, foosball, skating, video games, basketball and volleyball area. A snack bar is available with drinks, nachos, frito pies, candy, chips, etc. It is a controlled environment with adult supervision, lots of love and a short time of a small seeded truth of God into their lives.• Website-The church now has a website address which entails what is going on inside the church, the ministries of the church and gives you information of The Word of God Church. You can visit the website at• Summertime Camp11-17 year-old Extreme Camp-an experience that will change their lives, a camp that reaches them at their level, setting the love of God on fire inside of them. It’s a blast.5-10 year-old Camp suited at the level to where it keeps their attention — fun and a unforgettable experience with God.