Local churches working together to help the community

Avondale Baptist ChurchGreetings to everyone, from the Avondale Baptist Church family! We would like to invite you to come and visit us If you are looking for a loving church family. We welcome you to come and worship our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ 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. We have choir practice at 7 p.m. Sunday. 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 Church We all go through dark days and tough times. I can remember growing up and hearing, “No pain, no gain.” As true as that is physically it is also true spiritually. God desires to build in us a rock solid faith. The best way to accomplish this is through the “fire of affliction”. It is in these times we find a firm cable to the peace of God, a building up of our faith in God, and a steadfast assurance on the promises of God.  By clinging to Him and trusting in Him our mountains become mole hills, our rivers of sorrow become lakes of peace, and our fires of affliction become faith of assurance. It has been said that a faith that cannot be tested, cannot be trusted. The greatest times of growth do not come when all is fine but when we go through sorrow, pressure and trouble.  These are “growing pains” without which there is no gain.  A poet wrote:“I walked a mile with pleasure, she chatted all the way.But left me none the wiser, for all she had to say.I walked a mile with sorrow and not a word said she.But oh the things I learned from her, when sorrow walked with me.”Are you in the midst of dark days or tough times? Trust Him, He will see you through and make you stronger for the days to come.If you don’t have a church home, we would like to welcome 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 your family to join us this Sunday morning (July 22) 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 message from God’s Word by our Pastor, Phillip Thomas, a “Call to Worship” video, and 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.The “Study on Apologetics — Knowing What You Believe,” will not be held this Sunday evening (July 22) at 6 p.m., in order to make it possible for the entire staff and membership and public to attend the Ugandan Children’s Choir program, beginning at 6 p.m. in the FBC Sanctuary. The children will sing in both English and their native language (Luganda), play instruments, (including African drums) and dance traditional dances in colorful costumes. You will definitely leave this event with a new appreciation for the needs of orphans around the world as well as demonstrating God’s powerful hand at work in their lives. As the summer of 2012 flies by at breakneck speed, FBC is totally committed to loving the world around us by reaching out to families in our neighborhoods and community with family-fun activities. Fraley Park (August 6-9) will be our final P3 for the summer (a blend of VBS and Back Yard Bible). In addition, we are collecting school supplies (list in church office) to fill backpacks for students who will need the extra help.FBC loves our community! One way we want to better our community is by showing God’s love to our friends and neighbors who need a helping hand every now and then. On Sunday (July 29), immediately following the morning worship service, bring your school supplies you have collected for the backpacks and then bring them to the newly remodeled mission closet Open House, hosted by FBC Missions Committee.Sometime between now and Thursday (July 26), don’t forget to drop by the church office, or email (tique@fbcsweetwater.org), or phone the church office at 325-236-6348 to wish Tique Hamilton, Minister to Students, a “Happy 32nd Birthday!”HIGHLAND HEIGHTSUNITED METHODIST CHURCHYou are welcome to join us for Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and worship service at 10:45 a.m., with a special guest speaker. A representative from “The Gideons” will be bringing the message, as well as, providing information of the outreach ministries for which the organization is well known. Worship assistants are Jenene Taylor 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 July is Patti Neill.On July 29, make plans for our fifth Sunday potluck dinner and administrative council meeting. Bring your favorite dish for a noon meal and share in the fellowship. Afterwards, we encourage you to stay and participate in operational decisions of the church.Highland Heights is emphasizing three specific outreach ministries for the remainder of the year. The first is collecting 12 sets of school supplies for needy students at the East Ridge Elementary Campus. A sign up sheet will be available for congregational members to choose items they wish to purchase. Please bring your selections to the church on or before Sunday, August 12, to be compiled into sets by the evangelism committee the following Monday evening. Sunday, August 19, is the consecration date of the school collection that will be delivered prior to the beginning of school. The second outreach ministry is Gateway Family Services. The center offers its services and ministers to individuals involved in family violence and sexual assault in Scurry, Nolan, Mitchell, Fisher and Kent Counties. We are collecting good used and new suitcases and paper goods, such as toilet paper, Kleenex and paper towels. Additional items that are needed are towels and wash cloths. The consecration date of all articles will be set in October.The third outreach ministry will follow in December, “Deck the Halls and Line the Walls.” Details will follow at a later date.With the fires in New Mexico and Colorado, residents have loss their homes, churches have been destroyed, other personal property and forest have been devastated. “Bless This House” asks prayers for all individuals involved, giving them support and strength in coping with the losses they have endured. Pray their hope and faith gives them encouragement in rebuilding their lives. Ask God that we, their fellowman, respond wisely and expeditiously in ministering to their physical, material and spiritual needs.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 CHURCHJoin us for our 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. On Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. we offer Mission Friends, GA’s--Girls in Action and RA’s--Royal Ambassadors, youth activities for 7th-12th graders, and Bible study and prayer for adults. We are placing an order for church t-shirts, if you would like to purchase one there are forms located in the foyer and office. Deadline to order is this Sunday.Our GAs and RAs will be attending camp at Lueders the week of July 30. Please remember the children and sponsors in prayer. Also, GAs and RAs will have a dessert auction following the evening service this Sunday, to help with cost of camp.                                                                                     To learn more about Lamar Street Baptist Church, visit us at 513 Lamar, find us on Facebook or call the church at 235-1779.TRINITY BAPTIST CHURCH The Trinity Family invites you to join us as we serve Jesus, our Savior. We think of ourselves as “family” and hope that you feel the family atmosphere of love and caring when you visit Trinity Baptist Church. Everyone “fits in” at Trinity. Give us a try and see how well you fit in! Our sanctuary is located at the corner of Hailey and Santa Fe Streets here in Sweetwater. Our services feature a mix of traditional and contemporary in a casual, friendly atmosphere. Our regularly scheduled weekly activities are as follows:Sundays9:30 a.m. — Sunday school (it’s for everyone — all ages!).10:45 a.m. — Morning worship.6:00 p.m. — Bible studies (adults and youth), children’s choir.Wednesdays6:30 p.m. — Prayer time/Bible study for adults, youth Bible study (7th-12th grades), TeamKID for children (Preschool through sixth grades).This Sunday evening, we will dismiss our regularly scheduled services in order to attend the concert by The Ugandan Orphans Choir. Concert begins at 6 p.m. at First Baptist Church, corner of Third and Elm Streets here in Sweetwater. Come join us and be inspired by this choir.A new project has begun in Sweetwater called “Road to Recovery”. A part of the American Cancer Society, this program helps cancer patients who have no transportation, cannot afford it or are too ill to drive themselves for treatment or doctor appointments. Volunteers provide this service. If you would like to become a Road to Recovery Volunteer, please contact Nadene Blanchard (235-0861 or 338-5343) locally, or call Melissa Carlton with American Cancer Society in Abilene (672-3705).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 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can also find us on the web at www.trinitysweetwater.com. God bless you!