Heather Ward to speak at Aglow

Sweetwater AglowSweetwater Aglow Community Lighthouse will host their monthly meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 10, at 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express. Guest speaker will be Heather Ward from Sweetwater. Heather has a passion and excitement about sharing the truth of God's Word and the testimony of what Jesus has done in her family's life. She has been married for 19 years to the love of her life, Curtis who is currently the interim pastor at the First Christian Church in Sweetwater. She has two wonderful blessings in her children, Caleb and Hannah. Heather has been a teacher for 16 years and is now the counselor and a teacher at an alternative school in Colorado City. She has been voted Teacher of the Year three times during her career. She recently graduated with her Masters in Education with and emphasis in counseling. She has worked in ministry in a variety of ways. As a preacher's wife, Heather has had the opportunity to touch many hearts and she has ministered to multiple congregations. She has been a Bible class teacher for many different ages and enjoys teaching both young and old. Heather has a unique sense of humor which has served her well as a speaker in many different settings. Heather has also had the privilege of ministering at the children's home in Tipton, Okla. where her parents have worked for many years. Currently, Heather works with Curtis and their family in leading three-day weekend retreats called Identity Weekends, which focus on helping people find out who they are in Christ and how to live a victorious life in Jesus.Everyone is invited to come!For more information, call 766-2245 or 338-8924.Avondale Baptist ChurchHappy New Year from the Avondale Baptist Church family! We would like to invite everyone to come and worship with us. We are located at 1405 Hoyt Street. Our regular Sunday schedule is coffee fellowship at 9:20 a.m., Sunday school Bible study at 9:45 a.m., worship services at 10:50 a.m. and 6 p.m. and choir practice at 7 p.m. On Wednesday evening we have On-Mission groups for all ages at 7 p.m. We will have "High Attendance Day" in Sunday school on Jan. 29. We are working and praying for 80 in attendance that day.This Saturday, Jan. 7, we will have our "Picnic at the Building." Come and join us at 11 a.m. as we meet to have lunch together, then we have a good fellowship. We sing, talk and visit with good friends and family.Broadway Baptist ChurchIn I Peter 4:10 we read: “As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” Here we read of our mission which is to minister to others and our means of ministering, the manifold grace of God. As we minister to others we can experience God’s grace in many ways. God’s grace truly is sufficient in every situation we will face this year. He has given us saving grace to redeem us, dying grace to receive us, and even singing grace in the time of trouble as with Paul and Silas when they were in prison. God gave them grace to sing (Acts 16:25). According to Colossians 4:6 we can have “speaking grace” and we can have the ability to talk to our God and have faith in the midst of our troubles. God also gives us strengthening grace.  Timothy was often sick with infirmities.  Paul told him to “be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus” (II Timothy 2:1).  Many years ago I learned a song that says: “Oh His grace is sufficient for me and His love is abundant and free. And what joy fills my soul just to know, just to know that His grace is sufficient for me.” It is my prayer you find God’s grace sufficient and His joy flooding your soul every day of the new year.If you don’t have a church home, we would love for you to come and visit us this Sunday, the 8th. 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.FIRST ASSEMBLY OF GODFirst Assembly of God, located at 312 E. Avenue B, where Rev. Wayne Kirk is pastor, wishes to extend a personal invitation for everyone to attend a special service Sunday evening the 8th at 6 p.m. services. You will be blessed by the ministry of Missionaries Chris and Michelle Neal. Chris will be ministering to the men and Michelle will minister to the ladies in the regular second Sunday separate services for the men and ladies Bible study.Chris and Michelle, along with their two children, are missionaries to Northern Asia. They feel their mission is to minister by teaching, encouraging and building up believers to fulfill the call God has for them and reaching the lost through counseling and other humanitarian efforts. These are the ministries they have been involved in during the past decade. They look forward to returning to their field of labor to continue this work but are in the States to raise their budget so they can return. You will be blessed as you hear the heart of these choice servants of God.Pastor Kirk desires that you join them for this special service or any of the services of the Church. 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 Camp Meeting service is at 6 p.m. On Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. there is an adult Bible study and a program called Kids Club for girls and boys, ages four through fifth grade. The Youth group, which is called R.I.O.T. (Righteous Invasion Of Truth), meet at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. This service is for ages sixth grade and up. Pastor Kirk says you are welcome to call 236-6461 for further information or visit the website at www.1stAG-Sweetwater-TX.com.FIRST BAPTIST CHURCHThe staff and membership of First Baptist Church extend an invitation to join us on Sunday morning, beginning at 9:15 a.m., for Bible study. Classes are offered for every age group and volunteers will direct your family members to the location of their class. The in-depth study will enhance your spiritual understanding, plus you will make life-long friendships.Immediately following Bible study, Sunday morning worship service begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary. First Baptist Church is located at 213 East Third Street in Sweetwater, next door to the Post Office and all are welcome.We look forward to meeting you and your family! Your presence will enhance our worship experience and our fellowship together as we begin a new year!HIGHLAND HEIGHTSUNITED METHODIST CHURCHJoin 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, “Creating Something New.” 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.We encourage you to return this Sunday evening at 6 p.m. to continue with the study entitled, “Journey in the Wilderness”, by Gil Rindle. Pastor Chris will lead the study of New Life for mainline churches.Evangelism committee meets Monday, the 9th, at 7 p.m., at the church. Following coordinators reporting on their respective outreach ministries, decorative snack sacks will be compiled for “West Texas Children’s Advocacy Center.” Outreach ministry plans for 2012 will be discussed and scheduled.The second and fourth Wednesday evening Bible study will continue in the book of Matthew on the 11th and 25th, at 7 p.m. at the church. All are invited.As we return to the routine of our daily lives, “Bless This House” ask prayers that we continue to grow in our faith and strengthen our commitment to following Jesus Christ. May we praise and glorify Him for all our Blessings and be a “light” by showing His love to our fellowman.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 ChurchAt Lamar Street Baptist Church, we want to extend a personal invitation to you and your family to join us for fellowship and worship!This Saturday, Jan. 7, we will have our monthly breakfast starting at 8 a.m. in the Family Life Center. Following breakfast, we will have a church workday taking down the Christmas decorations in the auditorium. Join us for one or both events for a great time of fellowship!We are still looking for members to prepare meals for our youth group's Wednesday night services starting at 6:30 p.m. If you are interested in this ministry, please see Carolyn Mullican.Also, our youth and children's departments are selling 2012 God's Creation calendars (wall or pocket-book) for $6 each to raise money for this year's summer camps. Purchase your calendar from a member or leader of these departments today!We hope that you and your family will join us this Sunday for our weekly services. Sunday school begins at 9:30 a.m. with a class for every family member, followed by our morning service starting at 10:40 a.m.Our blended-worship service included hymns led by our choir and contemporary songs led by our praise team. We offer a Children's Sermon for all elementary-age students and our pastor, Jerry Payne, will bring the message in both the morning and evening service, which begins at 6 p.m.Bible Drill meets at 5 p.m. Sunday nights for all third through sixth graders. We are preparing our fourth through sixth graders for competition starting next month by learning books of the Bible, key passages and memory verses. For more information, contact Bible Drill director Linda Kite at 235-9727, 235-5463 (ext. 18) or 725-2800.We also invite you to join us for our services on Wednesday nights beginning at 6:30 p.m. Our children's programs include Mission Friends (preschool-age children), GA's (Girls in Action — first through sixth grade girls), and RA's (Royal Ambassadors — first through sixth grade boys). Seventh through 12th graders will meet for the youth group activities, and the adults meet for Bible study and prayer.To learn more about our upcoming events, ministries and services, call the church office at 235-1779 or find us on Facebook. We hope to see you and your family this Sunday at 513 Lamar!TRINITY BAPTIST CHURCHThe Trinity Baptist Church Family is excited to welcome home Damon Chrismer from Iraq! Damon has been stationed with the Air Force in Iraq for the past six months. We are so grateful to our Heavenly Father for returning him safely to us! Welcome back, Damon!Trinity is also pleased to announce promotions within our church staff effective Jan. 1, 2012. Bro. Kyle Tubbs, former Youth Minister, has been elevated to Associate Pastor. Bro. Kyle will continue to oversee and minister to our youth while we search for an associate youth minister. His new duties will cover a wide spectrum of Trinity activities. Sweetwater’s “Best Pastor for 2011” — Bro. Ward Hayes — now has been given the title of Senior Pastor. Congratulations to these two men of God. Please pray for them as they continue to minister to our congregation and the community. Our Church Family invites you to join with us as we serve a risen Savior! 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!Our first “Name Tag Sunday” was a huge success! We will continue to 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 5th Sundays during the remainder of the year.The Fellowship Committee will be meeting with Bro. Kyle this Sunday at 5 p.m. They will discuss and plan possible fellowships both now and in the future once our Family Life Center is completed. We are excited to see what God has in His plan for the new building. Drive by and see what’s being done. Studs are being put up as the air conditioning/heating is completed. We anticipate beginning masonry work within the next few days or week.The Bible study, "Crazy Love," by Francis Chan, continues this 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 divorcecare@trinitysweetwater.com. To find out more about this opportunity, you can also visit the DC website at www.divorcecare.org. 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 www.trinitysweetwater.com. God bless you!Word of God churchTransforming 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 www.swwordofGod.com.• 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.