RELIGION: Local churches to have special Easter 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. 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" for Sunday school this coming Sunday, March 17, and we want to invite everyone who doesn't have a church home to come and study the Bible in Sunday school and hear the Word in the worship service.BROADWAY BAPTIST CHURCHI read of a farmer who had heard a message on the nearness of the second coming. It was heavy on his mind and heart as he went to bed. Later, he woke up in the middle of the night and heard the old grandfather clock sounding out the hour: - bong -1; bong 2; bong 3; bong 4; ...bong 10; bong 11; bong 12; bong 13; bong 14. When he thought he heard more than 12 bongs, it scared him so much that he turned over and shook his wife. He said, “Honey wake up!” “What time is it?” she asked. He replied, “I don’t know, but it’s later than it has ever been before!”Truly we are living in the last days, and the return of Christ is imminent. Are you ready? If not, you can be. First, make sure you are saved, and second, tell everyone you know about Christ.Next Sunday, March 24, we will have the Dartts Quartet sing for us during the 6 p.m. service. The leader of the group, Tracy Dartt, is a song writer, and he is best known for writing the Song: "God On The Mountain”. Come out and here their smooth Gospel Music sound. You will truly be blessed.On Easter, Broadway Baptist is planning a sunrise service at 7 a.m. in the Family Center Parking Lot, as well as our regular services on that day. We will also have an Easter Egg hunt for the children directly following the regular morning service. You are more than welcome to come and be a part of these events.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.EMMANUEL FELLOWSHIP CHURCHWe invite you to join us this Sunday at Emmanuel Fellowship Church! Our Sunday morning services are at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Both morning services are filled with the same warm fellowship, dynamic worship and life-giving messages, as well as top-notch children’s ministry and nursery care for children up to fifth grade.We are enjoying our newly expanded facilities, and invite you to attend the Community Ribbon Cutting of the all New Salvage Yard and an Open House for the expanded Sanctuary and renovated children’s wing this Tuesday, March 19, at 10 a.m. We would love to have you join us for a tour and some refreshments!“Worldchangers,” EFC’s Wednesday evening children’s ministry is in full-swing, with children ages birth through fifth grade exploring what living life with Jesus really looks like! They meet Wednesday evenings from 6:45-8:30 p.m. The Salvage Yard youth ministry, for grades 6-12, meets Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m. for their worship service and again on Sundays at 6 p.m. for small group discipleship. The youth are also hosting a garage sale on Friday and Saturday, March 15-16, to raise funds for the mission trips to Hurricane Sandy Relief and the Apache Indian Reservation. Come see if you can find some treasures — all for a great cause!Lifegroups for adults meet Monday evenings (Young Adults Group, Tuesday evenings (Celebrate Recovery) and Wednesday evenings (Family Groups and Women’s Group) at 7 p.m. For more information on how to connect with a small group, check out the Lifegroups display in the church foyer, or log online to also invite you to step into The Growth Central Bookstore when you visit EFC. It’s stocked with Bibles, study aids, devotionals, marriage and parenting resources, worship music, inspirational gifts, original art and fiction books — there’s something for everyone! The bookstore is open between Sunday morning services, from 10:30-11 a.m. and 12:30-1 p.m. For more information about the ministry of EFC, log onto the church website at BAPTIST CHURCHFirst Baptist Church invites you and your family to join us on this Sunday, March 17, for Bible study, beginning at 9:15 a.m. for all ages, followed by the Sunday morning service, which begins at 10:30 a.m. First Baptist Church is located at 213 East Third Street, next door to the Post Office. All are welcome. Your presence will enhance our worship experience and fellowship together.There are many opportunities for service. Children’s church facilitators are needed for March and November. High School Camp sponsors are needed June 9-14. Vacation Bible School workers are needed June 24-27. P3 Circle Drive workers are needed July 7-11. Missions Camp sponsors are needed for July 30-August 2. Lad and Lassie Camp sponsors are needed August 2-3. Day Camp sponsors are needed for August 3. P3 Coral Cove workers are needed August 4-8.You can still join our growth groups. Most are at 6 p.m. on Sundays. There is also a Bible study which is on Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. in the Welcome Center.During the month of March, the Local Missions Committee is asking that you bring donations of diapers, baby wipes, baby lotions, blankets, etc. These items will be donated to our local Women’s Resource Center.The fifth and sixth grade Sunday school classes are partnering with Group Cares and World Vision to provide mosquito nets to children threatened by malaria. For a mere $6 donation, up to three children’s lives will be saved for years to come. Please help teach our children about the precious gift of life. You may send your donation to the church or place it in the basket in the lobby at the Squash Malaria information center.Kid X continues on Wednesday nights at 6 p.m. Kid X is an exciting way for children in Kindergarten through sixth grade to learn about Jesus. The Rolling Plains Network Bible Drill will be on March 24 at 4:30 p.m. at FBC. Please plan on attending as your support is helpful to each Bible Drill contestant. On March 17 at 6 p.m., the Zahasky Family, an Alaska String Band, will be at FBC presenting the Southeast Alaska Odyssey. We are pleased to present this engaging and uniquely Alaskan musical entertainment. The Alaska String Band is a concert group comprised of members of a single family performing with guitar, twin violin-fiddles, bass, mandolin, ukulele, percussion and vocals. Their repertoire consists of a lively collection of bluegrass, old time, gospel, swing, blues, Celtic and original music. The concert is free but a love offering may be offered.The Lenten lunch/devotion will be at First Baptist Church at noon on March 20 in the fellowship hall. Please come.For in depth information on First Baptist Church Sweetwater, find us on Facebook and check the website PRESBYTERIAN CHURCHFirst Presbyterian Church would like to invite you to Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and to worship with us on Sundays at 10:45 a.m. Visitors are always welcome at First Presbyterian Church; we hope you will join us. The church is located at 14th and McCauley. A nursery is provided for all church activities for children kindergarten age and younger. Back to Sunday school this week. Hopefully we are all caught up. The Bible in 90 Days will continue with session 5, discussing 1 Samuel 28 ~ 2 Kings 15 (pages 252 – 336).Pastor Kary’s sermon title is “Pouring Out Our Best”. The lectionary for the fifth week of Lent will be Isaiah 43:16-21 and John 8:1-8. Our greeters are Hilary Brennan and Ruth Ann Campbell.Coming up• Lenten Luncheon at First Baptist Church on Wednesday, March 20 at noon.• Session meeting on Wednesday, March 20 at 5:30 p.m.• Holy Week: March 24 — Palm Sunday will have “One Great Hour of Sharing” offering, March 28 — Maundy Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Chapel, March 31 — Easter “Sonrise” service at 7 a.m. in The Mustang Bowl, Fellowship at FPC at 9:30 a.m., Easter Egg Hunt at 10 a.m. and Easter worship at 10:45 a.m.Reminders:• Presbyterian Women meet on the first Wednesday of each month. The business meeting is at 5 p.m. and Bible study begins at 5:30 p.m.• Plarning will meet every Wednesday in the fellowship hall at 1 p.m.• Kary Ann’s Clan at 11:45 a.m.• Choir practice is every Thursday at 5:30 p.m.• All Committee meetings are on the second Wednesday of the month at 5:30 p.m.• Session meetings are on the third Wednesday of the month at 5:30 p.m.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 p.m. with a prayer and praise time that we call Adoratio. 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: This Sunday, Pastor Brian will continue examining the Five Practices of Fruitful Churches. We all consider ourselves to be hospitable people but is our church a place of radical hospitality? This Monday, March 18, at The Municipal Auditorium, Sweetwater Youth Ministers’ Alliance presents The Manafest Tour including artists: Tricia of Superchick, Je’Kob and David Dunn. You won’t want to miss this great opportunity in Sweetwater. Tickets are limited and only $5. The concert begins at 7 p.m. You can purchase the tickets from the office at First United Methodist Church, First Baptist Church and Emmanuel Fellowship Church.Don’t forget the Lenten luncheon next Wednesday, March 20, at noon. First Baptist Church will be our host. Activities this week:Friday 7-9 — Club 456 movie night.Sunday at 6 p.m. — Adoratio.Sunday at 6:30 p.m. — SHEEP.Monday at 7 p.m. Manafest Tour — City Auditorium.Wednesday at 10 a.m. — Bible study. Wednesday at noon — Lenten lunch at First Baptist Church.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 If you need prayer or have the need to contact our pastor you can call the same number or email him at HEIGHTS UNITED METHODIST CHURCHOur Church’s Mission Statement: “To glorify Christ in all that we do by bringing People to Christ and equipping them to serve Christ.”You are welcome to attend one of three Sunday school classes at 9:30 a.m. and worship service at 10:45 a.m., with Pastor Claude bringing the message entitled, “Striving for a Crown of Righteousness: Regarding Gain as Loss.” 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 Lela Hatter. In our spiritual preparation during Lent, we encourage the community to attend the Lenten services sponsored by the Nolan County Ministerial Alliance. Wednesday, March 20, Highland Heights will be helping First Baptist Church with sandwiches and chips during the noon hour. First Baptist will provide the soup and a short devotional will be given by the pastor.Our Samaritan Hospitality House collection will be consecrated on Sunday, April 21, during morning worship. A field trip is scheduled for delivery on the following Friday. “The House” is located in Colorado City and ministers 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 wish to contribute, please call the church office, phone at 235-2454, for further information.Lent is the 40-day season of preparation before Easter. Many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline. The purpose is to set aside time for reflection on Jesus Christ — his suffering and his sacrifice, his life, death, burial and resurrection. “Bless This House” ask that we prayerfully use this period to examine our own lives and spiritual relationship with Jesus Christ.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 Sundays at 9:30 a.m. for Sunday school, followed by our 10:40 a.m. service including children sermon, hymnals and praise songs and Bro. Billy Oliver will bring a message from the Bible. Come again at 6 p.m. for our evening service.On Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m., we offer GAs (Girls in Action) and RAs (Royal Ambassadors) for first through sixth graders, Mission Friends for preschool age, youth activities for 7th-12th graders and Bible study and prayer for adults.We want to remind members that are many opportunities to give within our church, for example, our food pantry, our local mission projects and summer camps for our children and youth, our two Zambia kids we give to each month and more.We will continue to accept offerings until mid April for the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering. The theme is “Whatever It Takes.” Please pray and prepare your heart to give to North American Missions.Please continue to pray and encourage the members serving on our pastor search committee, and members church-wide. There is a mailbox in the foyer to send uplifting words to our brothers and sisters in Christ.Upcoming events include a potluck meal and Easter egg hunt for the children after the morning Easter service on March 31. There is a box in the fellowship hall to collect individual wrapped candy for the hunt. A church-wide breakfast at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 6; and workday. Come enjoy a wonderful breakfast and stay to work on some needed projects around the church. The 100th year committee will meet again at 5 p.m. April 7 to continue planning the celebration. This meeting is open to anyone that wants to be involved.To learn more about Lamar Street Baptist Church, visit us at 513 Lamar, find us on Facebook or call the church at 235-1779 and leave a message and someone will return your call.THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS (THE MORMONS)Christ, Our HopeBecause of the life and sacrifice of Jesus Christ, we may hope and be assured that the ending of the book of our lives will exceed our grandest expectations.Hope is one leg of a three-legged stool, together with faith and charity. These three stabilize our lives regardless of the rough or uneven surfaces we might encounter at the time. The scriptures are clear and certain about the importance of hope.I wish to speak of the hope that transcends the trivial and centers on the Hope of Israel, the great hope of mankind, even our Redeemer, Jesus Christ.What we hope for, what we hope inThe things we hope for are often future events. If only we could look beyond the horizon of mortality into what awaits us beyond this life. Is it possible to imagine a more glorious future than the one prepared for us by our Heavenly Father? Because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, we need not fear, for we will live forever, never to taste of death again. Because of His infinite Atonement, we can be cleansed of sin and stand pure and holy before the judgment bar. The Savior is the Author of our Salvation.And what kind of existence can we hope for? Those who come unto Christ, repent of their sins, and live in faith will reside forever in peace. Think of the worth of this eternal gift. Surrounded by those we love, we will know the meaning of ultimate joy as we progress in knowledge and in happiness. No matter how bleak the chapter of our lives may look today, because of the life and sacrifice of Jesus Christ, we may hope and be assured that the ending of the book of our lives will exceed our grandest expectations.The things we hope in sustain us during our daily walk. They uphold us through trials, temptations and sorrow. Everyone has experienced discouragement and difficulty. Indeed, there are times when the darkness may seem unbearable. It is in these times that the divine principles of the restored gospel we hope in can uphold us and carry us until, once again, we walk in the light.We hope in Jesus the Christ, in the goodness of God, in the manifestations of the Holy Spirit, in the knowledge that prayers are heard and answered. This type of hope in God, His goodness, and His power refreshes us with courage during difficult challenges and gives strength to those who feel threatened by enclosing walls of fear, doubt, and despair.Hope is critical to both faith and charity. When disobedience, disappointment and procrastination erode faith, hope is there to uphold our faith. When frustration and impatience challenge charity, hope braces our resolve and urges us to care for our fellowmen even without expectation of reward. The brighter our hope, the greater our faith. The stronger our hope, the purer our charity.By President Dieter F. UchtdorfIf you would like to talk to a representatives of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, call 1-800 622-5595.We are located at 910 Elm Street in Sweetwater. Elders serving in this area are Elder Rios and Elder Cosman. Their number is 325 864-2999.Calendar:• March 17 — Sunday church service at 9 a.m. Visitors are welcome.• March 18 – Monday family home evening.• March 20 – Wednesday young women and Scouts 6:30 p.m.