Local church news

Avondale Baptist ChurchHello everyone, from the Avondale Baptist Church family! If you are looking for a loving church home we would like to invite you to come and visit us and worship our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We are located at 1405 Hoyt Street.This Sunday, March 25, we will have high attendance day. We are working and praying for 78 in Sunday school. We will have breakfast at the church at 9:20 a.m. and Sunday school will begin at 9:45 a.m.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. If you need more information, you can call the church at 325-235-5835.BROADWAY BAPTIST CHURCHA friend posted on Facebook that it had been a very rough day, and they hoped it would get better. There were many responses and replies from “praying for you”, “love you”, to “hey, it’s life – get over it”. I personally believe the steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord and that Psalms 23 still applies to us, so when God says He will lead us beside the still waters we can believe it and trust Him. I believe God is the God of green pastures and He is leading us to them. Oh sure, there may be days of draught, discouragement and despair, but it is in those times He is teaching us to trust His heart, when we can’t see His hand. We must remember He always has a purpose in His leading. He knows where the still water is and the green pastures are so we must follow Him. A song writer wrote: “Follow, Follow I Will Follow Jesus . . .” Are you walking in your way or following Him?Johnny and Nelda Flanagan will be with us Sunday, April 1, during the morning service. They have been ministering full time through their music for over 30 years. Come and enjoy their unique Country Gospel style of music.On Easter, April 8 we will have a Sunrise Service at 7 a.m. as well as our regular morning service. We will also have an Easter Egg Hunt for the children after the regular morning service. You are welcome to join us and celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior.If you don’t have a church home, we would love for 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. FIRST BAPTIST CHURCHFirst Baptist Church invites you and your family to join us this Sunday morning for Bible study, beginning at 9:15 a.m., for all age groups, followed by the Sunday morning worship service, which begins at 10:30 a.m., and includes a children's sermon. First Baptist Church is located at 213 East Third Street, in Sweetwater, next door to the Post Office, and all are welcome!March was the month that FBC took a turn at filling the baby bassinet for the Women's Resource Center. Be sure and check to see if you indeed delivered new baby items, such as diapers, baby bottles, etc., and placed them in the bassinet display in the FBC Pre-School hallway. Should the display be full and overflowing, just place your items on the floor surrounding the bassinet.This Sunday (March 25), the Network Level of Bible Drill competition will be held at First Baptist Church (Sweetwater) in the fellowship hall at 4:30 p.m. Come join us as we support Brooklynn from FBC and others within our network as they compete to move on upward within the Bible Drill system as they continue to mature in learning the meaning and location of numerous Scriptures.If you haven't been to a Growth Group for adults lately, come Sunday evening (March 25) at 6 p.m. You have a choice of "Marriage Built To Last" (FBC Welcome Center) led by Phillip Thomas or "Praying For Your Adult Children" (FBC Room 201-take elevator from Welcome Center) led by Jeff Lay. Kid's Growth Groups (facilitated by Steven and Ashley May and Kassidi and Kyle Seaton) are located in Rooms 210 (Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten) and 213 (First through fourth grade) from 5:55 p.m. until 7:35 p.m.Up to and including Easter Sunday, FBC members have an opportunity to support mission ministries and missionaries throughout the United States and Canada in a tangible way by participating in the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering and Week of Prayer. Offering envelopes are in the pew racks and church office.Easter services at FBC will include Palm Sunday (April 1 at 10:30 a.m.) for reflection; Good Friday (April 6, at 6 p.m.) for preparation of our hearts for the joy of Easter Sunday (April 8, at 10:30 a.m.). Bring your family and join with us as we remember and celebrate what Christ has done for each of us!Should you with to purchase an Easter lily for $7 (in memory of) or (in honor of), fill out the form in the church office.FIRST 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 time and “Children’s Church” for kids in preschool through second grade.Sweetwater FUMC also has youth activities on Sunday nights beginning at 6:30 p.m. The girls are doing a study on the book of James and the guys are working through a study based on the movie Courageous, which encourages them to start now preparing their hearts to be godly husbands and fathers. 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: FUMC welcomes a new youth minister, Stephen Gehring! Stephen and his wife, JulieAnn are currently living in Conifer, Colo. and will be moving to Sweetwater in the coming weeks. Stephen is originally from College Station and JulieAnn grew up in Graham. Both are graduates of Southwestern University in Georgetown. We are excited about Stephen joining our church family and we eagerly anticipate what God has in store for our youth.This Sunday’s sermon is titled: A Model For Greatness. Our Scripture is Mark 10:35-45 and we will be examining how God views a life well lived. Our children’s praise team will also be playing at the 10:50 a.m. service.Mark your calendars for April 5. We will be a having a Maundy Thursday service at 7:30 p.m. We will start in the sanctuary and then move to the fellowship hall for Holy Communion.Activities:Sunday at 6:30 p.m. — Men’s and Women’s Bible studies (separate). Sunday at 6:30 p.m. — Youth Bible studies. Wednesday at 10 a.m. - Men’s and Women’s combined Bible study. Wednesday at 7 p.m. — Pilgrimage to God’s Holy Mountain (confirmation class).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 churchoffice@fumcsweetwater.org. If you need prayer or have the need to contact our pastor you can call the same number or email him at pastor@fumcsweetwater.org.HIGHLAND HEIGHTSUNITED METHODIST CHURCHPlease 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, “A Cleansing Interview.” 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 March is AdaBelle Clark.This is the fifth Sunday of Lent and one of our traditional Lenten observances is the “Wooden Cross.” A specific item depicting the last days of Christ’s journey will be placed upon or at the foot of the “Wooden Cross” each Sunday. Those items are relevant to the Last Supper and Christ’s Crucifixion. The laying of palm leaves follows on Palm Sunday and on Easter Sunday the “Wooden Cross” is adorned with flowers. This Sunday, hanging the whip and hammering a nail into the Cross symbolizes the scourging Jesus received followed by his hands and feet being nailed to the Cross.On the 28th, at 7 p.m., Wednesday evening Bible study continues in the book of Matthew“Bless This House” is calling upon prayers for the safety of all travelers through the spring break. This is a time that students, teachers and families look forward to going on ski trips or other vacation spots to relax and unwind from busy everyday schedules. Pray not only for the time being well spent with friends and families in sharing wholesome fun, but also for their safety upon their return trip.There is still time to participate in our “Samaritan Hospitality House Ministry.” “The House” is located in Colorado City and ministries to families visiting loved ones that are incarcerated in area prisons. With a homelike atmosphere, the facilities provide weekend lodging for family members during their stay free of charge. If you would like to donate supply items, please contact the church office, at 235-4534, for further details. Sunday, April 22, is the date for consecrating our collection and it will be delivered the following Friday, the 27th, to Colorado City. 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 CHURCHSeveral events are lined up right now at Lamar Street Baptist Church and we'd like for you to join us!Our men have just started the Courageous Bible Study, based on the widely-acclaimed Christian drama. This eight-week study takes place each Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. at the church.In addition, a Men's Retreat has been planned for Friday, April 27, and Saturday, April 28, in Lueders for a weekend of fellowship. Cost to attend is $35.Easter is just around the corner as well! On Sunday, April 1, in our 6 p.m. service, an Easter program will be presented featuring church members of all ages. We are also currently collecting the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering leading up to Resurrection Sunday on April 8, to help support North American mission projects that share the good news.Other financial projects include a special offering taken each Sunday night to help fund this year's home mission project. Brisket sandwich fundraisers have also been scheduled for April 14, and May 15, in order to share our mission to the community.Our local mission project will start on Monday, June 18, and last the entire week. Vacation Bible School will kick off the program in the morning, followed by outreach opportunities and work projects for church and community members in need in the afternoon. We will also have a three-night revival during this week starting on Tuesday night which will include special music, testimonies and preaching.Time, finances and prayers are all vital for the preparation and success of this year's mission project, and we ask that you prayerfully consider how to help. We at Lamar Street Baptist covet your prayers for focus, efficiency and sharing the Gospel to the community throughout this mission-minded week.We also hope to see you at our weekly services! Sunday school begins at 9:30 a.m. for every age group, followed by our 10:40 a.m. service featuring hymns, praise songs, a Children's Sermon and message from our pastor, Jerry Payne. He will also bring the sermon during our Sunday night service which starts at 6 p.m.Wednesday nights continue our weekly worship at 6:30 p.m. with programs available for children (Mission Friends, GA's--Girls in Action, and RA's--Royal Ambassadors), a youth service for 7th-12th graders, and Bible study and prayer for adults.To learn more about Lamar Street Baptist Church, visit us at 513 Lamar, find us on Facebook or call the church at 235-1779. We can't wait to see you this Sunday! TRINITY BAPTIST CHURCHFour men, one calling: To serve and protect. As law enforcement officers, Adam Mitchell, Nathan Hayes, David Thomson and Shane Fuller are confident and focused. Yet at the end of the day, they face a challenge that none of them are truly prepared to tackle: fatherhood. While they consistently give their best on the job, good enough seems to be all they can muster as dads. But they're quickly discovering that their standard is missing the mark. When tragedy hits home, these men are left wrestling with their hopes, their fears, their faith, and their fathering. Can a newfound urgency help these dads draw closer to God ... and to their children?Filled with action-packed police drama, Courageous is the fourth film from Sherwood Pictures, the movie making ministry of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia. Viewers will once again find themselves laughing, crying and cheering as they are challenged and inspired by everyday heroes who long to be the kinds of dads that make a lifelong impact on their children. Protecting the streets is second nature to these men. Raising their children in a God-honoring way? That's courageous.Join us on Sunday evening, March 25, at Trinity Baptist Church for a special showing of the film Courageous. We will have hamburgers and hot dogs at 5 p.m. followed at 6 p.m. by the highly-acclaimed film. Beginning on April 15, we will host the shortened study of the book of the same name. Make plans now to come see this terrific movie and take part in the study so that we call can become courageous.Our Trinity fellowship strives to show Christ’s love. You are invited to join us for worship services so that you, too, can experience God’s love. Our casual, friendly, family atmosphere with both traditional and contemporary music makes our church an easy place to “fit in”. We are located at the corner of Hailey and Santa Fe Streets. Look for the yellow sign that tells Sweetwater exactly what’s happening here at Trinity: “Blessings in Progress…New Family Life Center Coming Soon”.Here is a brief schedule of activities at Trinity. Please feel free to plug in wherever possible!SUNDAYS:9 a.m. — Sanctuary choir rehearsal/sound check.9:30 a.m. – Sunday school.10:45 a.m. – Sunday morning worship.5 p.m. – Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University (moved to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 25 only).6 p.m. – Sunday evening Bible study, Children’s M&M’s (Choir), youth Bible study.WEDNESDAYS:6 a.m. – Real Men Being Real (Emmaus reunion group).Noon – Ladies’ Bible study (Ruth: Loss, Love and Legacy). 5:30 p.m. – Youth choir.6 p.m. – Praise team rehearsal.6:30 p.m. – Trinity Power Plant (prayer time); TeamKID, youth Bible study, ladies’ Bible study (Ruth).7:30 p.m. – Sanctuary choir rehearsal.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 office 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 CHURCHWe just got back from one of the most incredible mission trips to Juarez, Mexico. This was the sixth trip that we have went across to go over to help some of the people of Juarez who are in need. I've taken adults every time including this time, but I also was blessed to have a group of young teen ladies make this journey with us. Their names are Deidra Thompson, Raynee Fisher and Dakota Stowe, my daughter. I would like to call them the Super Troopers. They were courageous to look fear in the face and to be willing to give their lives to cross the border and help some of the least of these. While they were there they spread the light of Christ and salted everyone they touched. For five days they went into Juarez serving the Lord. They walked the streets of the poorest colonies and went house to house giving food, Bibles and prayer to everyone. Even being tired and hot they didn't stop until we had given all the food out. The estimation of how many people that were fed was about 700. Considering their age, I believe they are some of the strongest Christians that I've been around because being teenagers they were as fearless as any of the disciples that I've seen. It would be an honor and a blessing from God if He gave me the opportunity to go into any mission field with these three ladies. I want them to know that I love them with all my heart and I am spiritually proud of their walks. You girls are awesome! All the glory and honor to God.   Dale Stowe, Pastor