Local churches plan special Christmas services

Avondale Baptist ChurchGreetings from the Avondale Baptist Church family! We would like to invite everyone to come and worship with us and enjoy some good Christian fellowship! We are located at 1405 Hoyt Street. Our regular Sunday schedule is coffee fellowship at 9:20 a.m., Bible study at 9:45 a.m., worship services at 10:50 a.m. and 6 p.m., choir practice at 5 p.m. on Sunday evening and 7 p.m. On Wednesday evening we have On-Mission groups for all ages at 7 p.m. Please join us for Sunday school at 9:45 a.m. on Sundays. If you need more information about any of our services, please call our church office at 235-5835. Broadway Baptist Church There are many songs that help us, encourage us and bless us. Bill Gaither wrote such a song when he wrote: “The Longer I Serve Him the Sweeter He Grows.”  Those who have walked with the Lord through thick and thin, good and bad, and easy and hard times can say a good hardy “AMEN” to this truth.This Sunday Broadway Baptist will celebrate its 80th anniversary. What began in the “Old Mule Barn” in 1931 has continued faithfully for 80 years, ministering to the community, proclaiming the gospel and enjoying the blessings of God. Truly we can say, “The longer we serve Him the sweeter He grows.”To celebrate this momentous occasion we will host a banquet on Saturday, Dec. 10, and a special worship service Sunday, Dec 11, at 10:30 a.m. Bro. Mike Haley and Bro. Lyndel Hix will be speaking for us. We would like to encourage all whose lives have been touched by Broadway to come and celebrate with us as we remember our heritage and leave a legacy for future generations. Here are some other upcoming events for the month of December at Broadway: Our adult choir will be performing the Cantata” “One Small Child,” on Dec. 18, during the morning service, and on Christmas Day, the 25th, our morning service will start at 10:30 a.m., and we will not have Sunday school and an evening service on that day.If you don’t have a church home, we would love for you to come and visit us this Sunday, the 11th. Remember our morning service starts at 10:30 a.m. this Sunday and our evening service begins at 6 p.m. Come and let us be a blessing to you as we worship the Lord together.AGLOW CHRISTMAS PARTY Sweetwater Aglow Community Lighthouse will host a Christmas Party Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express, 300 SE Georgia Ave. Everyone is invited to come and celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We will be watching a DVD of Chuck Pierce from the Aglow International World Wide Conference in Houston. Come join us for a fun time of food, fellowship, singing and sharing. For more information, call 766-2245 or 338-8924FIRST BAPTIST CHURCHThis year, Christmas falls on Sunday, Christmas Day. What a perfect time to get involved in church with your family. First Baptist Church is located at 213 East Third Street in Sweetwater, next door to the Post Office and all are welcome. The church Sanctuary is beautifully decorated to honor God, as we praise and worship Him in anticipation of the birth of the Christ child. The “Kid-X” Children’s Program will be presented this Sunday, Dec. 11. The youth department will enjoy hearing the Christmas Story as they move from house to house to complete their “Progressive Supper” beginning at 5:30 p.m., on Dec. 11.Following on Dec. 18, the adult worship choir will present their Christmas program and, later in the day, the Noreen Carson piano recital will reveal the results of tons of practice hours by all her students.Church-wide Christmas caroling is scheduled for Dec. 21, followed by the Christmas Eve service to be held on Dec. 24, and the inspiring celebration of the birth of Christ on Christmas Day, Dec. 25.Come join with us as your presence will enhance our worship experience and our fellowship together where we will warmly greet you at First Baptist Church!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, “The Olive Tree.” During our Advent observance last Sunday, AdaBelle Clark and Tina Allen did the reading and lighting of the second candle on the Advent Wreath. This Sunday in celebrating Advent, two other congregational members will do the reading and lighting of the third candle. Worship assistants are Lisa Peterson serving as worship leader, Brenda Alexander is the song leader and plays the keyboard, pianist is Eugenia Hill and our greeter for the month of December is Helen Rowlett.On Monday, the 12th, the evangelism committee meets 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 Advocacy Center.On Tuesday, the 13th, at 7 p.m., the SPRC will meet at the church.Following worship service on the 18th, the homebound ministry will have Christmas snack sacks available for congregational members to deliver to our homebound.During the months of November, December and January, there are always more people traveling the roadways. “Bless This House” is calling upon prayers for the safety of all individuals and families enroute to their destinations during the holidays as they celebrate with their friends and loved ones. Pray they will be alert and remember to drive defensively at all times.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 ChurchWinter greetings from Lamar Street Baptist Church! This Sunday, Dec. 11, wraps up this year’s Week of Prayer for International Missions which corresponds with this month’s Lottie Moon Christmas offering. The offering supports missionaries worldwide in presenting the Gospel message.Still, nearly 3,800 people groups around the world have never heard the Good News. We strongly encourage you not only to pray for the project but also ask our members to prayerfully consider how they can financially help. For more information, visit imb.org/weekofprayer.We are still taking orders for poinsettias that will decorate the auditorium this Christmas season. They can be purchased in honor or in memory of a loved one or special friend for $7 each. Please turn in your order to Dorothy Young or the church office as soon as possible.Our youth department (7th-12th graders) is still participating in Christmas activities and projects this month. In addition, we are still looking for members to prepare meals for the youth group each Wednesday night for their services. To learn more about this ministry and other youth-related programs, contact Carolyn Mullican.On Sunday, Dec. 18, our services will offer two different Christmas music programs. During the morning service at 10:40 a.m., our adult choir will present a Christmas program. In our 6 p.m. evening service that night, our children’s department will bring their Christmas musical. The next Sunday, on Dec. 25, we will have one combined Christmas Day service starting at 10 a.m. in the auditorium. There will not be Sunday school classes or an evening service that day.We hope you will join us for these special performances and for all of our services beginning this Sunday! Sunday school for all ages starts at 9:30 a.m. and our morning worship service starts at 10:40 a.m. We offer classic hymns led by the choir, contemporary songs led by the praise team and a Children’s Sermon for elementary-age students during our morning service. Our pastor, Jerry Payne, will bring the message in both the morning and evening service.Third through sixth graders meet Sunday evenings at 5 p.m. for Bible Drill. Our students are learning books of the Bible, key passages and Bible memory verses in order for our fourth through sixth grade participants to compete in early February. Contact Linda Kite, our Bible Drill director at 235-9727, 235-5463 (ext. 18) or 725-2800 for more information.Our Wednesday night services, starting at 6:30 p.m., include Mission Friends for preschool-age children, RA’s (Royal Ambassadors) for boys in first through sixth grade and GA’s (Girls in Action) for first through sixth grade girls. While our youth group meets for their activities, the adults meet for Bible study and prayer. We extend a personal invitation to you and your family to join us at 513 Lamar starting this Sunday! For more information on our programs and projects, call the church office at 235-1779 or find us on Facebook.Trinity Baptist ChurchThe Trinity Family invites you to worship with us this Sunday at the corner of Hailey and Santa Fe Streets. Start your Sunday off right with Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. followed by morning worship at 10:45 a.m. There is a place for everyone from nursery to senior adults and all in between!This Sunday is the third Sunday of Advent. The Candle of Joy will be lighted by Cody and Kristi Smith and their family. Come join us for a casual, family atmosphere in our beautifully decorated sanctuary. Both contemporary and traditional music are featured during worship services. Bro. Ward is currently preaching a series of sermons entitled “God’s Plan”. Come experience the love of the Trinity family. We welcome you.This Sunday, Dec. 11, the Sanctuary Choir will present Heaven on Earth. Masterfully arranged and orchestrated by Camp Kirkland, Heaven on Earth is a big Christmas gift in a small package. Featuring songs entitled Come and See, King Forever and Do You Hear What I Hear, Heaven on Earth has been called “a little gem of a musical”. Everyone is invited to attend. Also during our morning worship this Sunday, we will collect our gifts for the Lottie Moon Offering for International Missions. Please pray, during this Week of Prayer, about your part in getting the Word of God out to even the uttermost part of the world. At 6 p.m. this Sunday, we will continue our study of the book Crazy Love by Francis Chan. Led by Bro. Ward, this study leads us as we encounter God’s love, falling in love with Him, changing everything. This wonderful study can be joined at any time, so come experience the love of God with us.While adults enjoy the Sunday evening Bible study, children are involved in M&M’s (Music and Movies) where they are preparing for their Christmas performance on Dec. 18. Youth are engaged in Bible study at this time as well.Wednesdays offer even more opportunities to learn and serve. Our Praise Team rehearses at 5:45 p.m., followed at 6:30 p.m. by Trinity Power Plant (our weekly prayer time) and TeamKID (children’s Bible study and activity time). The regular session of DivorceCare has just concluded; however, a new session will begin after the first of the year. A special Surviving the Holidays seminar will be presented by Donnie Armstrong on Dec. 13, at 6 p.m. here at Trinity. Separation and divorce are difficult enough, but during the holidays it can get even tougher. This special session brings practical suggestions and real hope to those who need direction. Call the church office at 235-2991 for further information, or see a preview video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13tmWbR79gk.December will be a busy month in the life of the Trinity Family. In addition to those activities already mentioned, please mark your calendar for these events:• Dec. 11 – Christmas Cantata (morning services) and Lottie Moon In-gathering Day.• Dec. 14 – TeamKID Christmas Party.• Dec. 18 – Children’s M&Ms Christmas Performance (morning services).• Dec. 21 – Christmas Caroling.• Dec. 24 – A Trinity Family Christmas worship service, 5 p.m.• Dec. 25 – No services at Trinity.• Dec. 31 – Youth lock-in.In January we will offer a ladies’ Bible study entitled Brave: Honest Questions Women Ask, by Angela Thomas. Signup sheets will be available soon, or you can sign up by calling the church office. A preview of the book is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qD2g-3wM-k. We also encourage you to visit Trinity’s website at www.trinitysweetwater.com. Here, you will find not only our service times, but Bro. Ward’s recorded sermons and pages for our different ministries. There’s also a calendar of activities, showing all the exciting things going on at Trinity.Drive by our church plant to see the progress we’re making with our Family Life Center. We are excited about the many ways we will be able to share God’s love through this new facility.Come join us at Trinity Baptist as we worship and serve our Savior together. If you have questions about our church or need to make the decision to trust Christ as your Savior, please call the church office at 235-2991.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 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.Emmanuel Fellowship ChurchEmmanuel Fellowship has several very special Christmas events planned. Mark your calendars for our Christmas pageant at the City Auditorium at 11 a.m. on Sunday morning, Dec. 18. On the evening of the 18th, we will be at Camp Boothe Oaks for our church-wide Christmas party, hayride and live nativity. It will be a memory making evening for our church family! Also make plans to attend the Christmas Eve candlelight service, Saturday, Dec. 24, at 7 p.m. We will not have services on Christmas morning.The Sunday morning worship times for Emmanuel Fellowship Church are 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Both morning services are filled with the same warm fellowship, dynamic worship, and life-giving messages. The 9 a.m. service offers a pre-school nursery for parents of small children. The 11 a.m. service offers top-notch children’s ministry and nursery care for children up to fifth grade. We invite you to come and experience the life, love, and joy of Emmanuel Fellowship Church.  For more information about the ministry of EFC, log onto the church website at www.efcsweetwater.com. THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS (THE MORMONS) Scripture references for Christmas:Many people are familiar with the Nativity as told in Luke 1-2. But there are many other places in the scriptures that talk about the miraculous birth of the Savior Jesus Christ. Consider including these verses in your personal scripture study this month:OLD TESTAMENT - Isaiah 7:14; Isaiah 9:6-7; Micah 5:2NEW TESTAMENT - Matthew 1-2; John 1:1-14BOOK OF MORMON - 1 Nephi 10:4-6; 1 Nephi 11:13-21; Alma 7:9-13; Helaman 14:1-9; 3 Nephi 1DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS - D&C 76:41; D&C 93:1-4PEARL OF GREAT PRICE - Moses 5:57 (source: Ensign December 2010 page 71)*LDS facts: Members tithe 10 percent, plus donate generously to the needy the first Sunday of each month. Clergy and all other congregational positions are unpaid (however, much of the janitorial is paid). The Church has no debt; all buildings are paid for in cash (average of two new congregations a day). The paid positions in Salt Lake are famously low-salaried; funds are frugally used and tightly audited. (source: LDS Facts From Ford Motor Company)*A letter from The First Presidency to the members of the Church:As we approach the close of another year, we express gratitude for the good being done by Church members throughout the world. We are aware, however, of the continued suffering of so many. We urge members of the Church to greater faithfulness in keeping their sacred covenants, honoring the Sabbath day, fasting with a prayerful heart and paying a full tithe and a generous fast offering. Church members will soon have the privilege of meeting with their bishops for tithing settlement and a review of their fast-offering donations. We invite you to avail yourselves of this opportunity to be faithful in the payment of tithes and generous in your fast offerings. These sacred contributions are used to build up God's kingdom on earth and to assist those in need. Faithful observance of these principles will bring blessings to the saints and relief to distressed.Local News:*Dec. 11 - Cindie Alldredge and her daughter, Amelia McBeth, will sing a beautiful song, "I Heard Him Come," for the prelude music before our sacrament meeting. This song can be heard on YouTube sung by Jeff Goodrich (LDS). The Primary children will also provide special Christmas music during this 9-10 a.m. hour of worship.*Dec. 18 - Tithing settlement will be begin on this date. Please sign up for an appointment with President Ulbrich.*The  early morning seminary scripture memorization for this week is Proverbs 3:5-6 - "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct they paths." Seminary is for  ages 14 - 18 and meets every school day at 6:30 a.m. at the chapel.*The two new missionaries are Elders Evensen and Potter. Elder Evensen is new on his mission and comes from Montana. His older brother served a mission in Phoenix, Arizona. Elder Potter is the oldest child in his family and is from Utah. He has been on his mission 15 months.*Our Church is located on the corner of 10th and Elm in Sweetwater and the Sunday meetings are from 9 a.m. until noon.  For questions, please feel free to call 1-325-320-3476.