RELIGION: Sweetwater Aglow to host Back To School Prayer Walk

SWEETWATER AGLOWAglow International Sweetwater Community Lighthouse will host the "Back to School Prayer Walk" on Tuesday, Aug. 14, at 7 p.m. at the Lighthouse Assembly of God Church, 412 Newman Street. We will gather at the church for a short Word and some praise and worship before we go out and cover our schools with prayer. Refreshments will be served afterwards in the fellowship hall.Please come and support our schools, and our children. For more information, call 338-8924.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 have Sunday school classes for all ages and we have great teachers for all of the classes. 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 CHURCHThere was a man in England who put his Rolls-Royce on a boat and went across the continent to go on a holiday. While he was driving around Europe, something happened to the motor of his car. He called the Rolls-Royce people back in England and asked, "I'm having trouble with my car; what do you suggest I do?" Well, the Rolls-Royce people flew a mechanic over. The mechanic repaired the car and flew back to England and left the man to continue his holiday. As you can imagine, the fellow was wondering, "How much is this going to cost me?" When he got back to England, he wrote the people a letter and asked them how much he owed. He received a letter from the office that read: "Dear Sir: There is no record anywhere in our files that anything ever went wrong with a Rolls-Royce." This story is a picture of justification. When we are saved our sins are washed away by the blood of Christ, never to be remembered again!I want to invite you to come worship with us as Pastor Chris continues to preach through the Book of Romans. The focus will be on being “justified”.  Because of Christ we are made justified (just as if I’d never sinned).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 CHURCHEmmanuel Fellowship is excited to celebrate the 10 year ministry anniversary of Eric and Mindy von Atzigen in Sweetwater, Texas. Over the past decade, Eric and Mindy have poured their hearts into our church family and community and we are pleased to honor them this weekend with a banquet Saturday evening at texas State Technical College. We are also pleased to welcome Dr. Morris Sheats as our guest speaker this Sunday in both of our morning services as part of our anniversary celebration.Dr. Sheats has been in ministry for over 50 years. He was the Pastor of Trinity Church in Lubbock, Texas from 1964-1978. From 100 people the church grew to 4,000.From 1978-1980, he was Senior Pastor at Beverly Hills Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, with a membership of over 6,000 people. Dr. Sheats then founded Leadership Institute, taking his vast experience in leadership training to pastors and churches worldwide.From 1980-1984, as President of Leadership Institute, he taught and trained church leaders throughout the United States – as well as Kenya, England, Italy, Japan, Peru, Thailand, Korea, Ghana, Indonesia, Uganda, India and Canada.In 1984 Pastor Sheats founded Hillcrest Church with 25 people, meeting at the Biblical Arts Center in Dallas. The church grew to over 5,000 members and attendees. For the last several years Dr. Sheats, through Leadership Institute, has once again been actively involved with preaching, teaching and training leaders all over the world.To culminate the von Atzigen’s anniversary celebration, EFC will also hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new church bookstore, “Growth Central.”  The bookstore will be open to the public Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings and will be an excellent source for quality Christian resources. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place this Sunday in between the two morning services, at 10:30 a.m.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, as well as 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 FIRST BAPTIST CHURCHIf you have been meaning to get involved in church and haven't had the time — now is a good time to start or restart at First Baptist Church. Bible study is provided every Sunday morning from 9:15-10 a.m., for every age group, followed by the Sunday morning worship service beginning at 10:30 a.m. On Thursday, Aug. 16, beginning at 6:30 p.m., the deacons will sponsor a game night with home-made ice cream. And on Friday, Aug. 17, make sure you remember to wish Pastor Phillip Thomas congratulations on his fourth anniversary!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. Every Tuesday and Wednesday FUMC hosts the Gaylord’s Pantry and a clothes closet is available on Tuesdays. Both of those ministries operate 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 Saturday, Aug. 11, we will be hosting a one day VBS blitz. All children ages three through incoming fifth graders are welcome to join us for a great day of singing and praising God. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and we will end around 5 p.m. with a meal that all participants and their parents are invited to attend. Our theme is Fiesta – which is the Spanish term for party. Come join us as we throw a party for Jesus. The kids will also be singing in church the next day (Aug 12). Come out and experience a party with Jesus!Activities this week:• Saturday, Aug. 11, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Fiesta VBS.• Next Sunday, Aug. 19, at 7 p.m. — Ice cream fellowship with First Baptist Church and Fourth and Elm Church of Christ.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 CHURCHYou are welcome to join us for Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and worship service at 10:45 a.m., with Lisa Peterson bringing the message entitled, “Perspectives.” Brenda Alexander leads the congregational hymns and plays the keyboard, pianist is Eugenia Hill and our greeter for the month of August is Deena Kirkpatrick. Prayers are being lifted up for Pastor Claude who is recovering from a brown recluse spider bite. We thank God for blessing us with Church Laity “stepping up” and offering their services in the absence of our Pastor.Monday, Aug. 13, at 7 p.m., the evangelism committee meets at the church. Following coordinators reporting on their respective outreach ministries, decorative snack sacks will be compiled for the West Texas Children’s Advocacy Center.Three specific outreach ministries are being emphasized 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, Aug. 12, to be compiled into sets by the evangelism committee the following Monday evening. Sunday, Aug. 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 future date.“Bless This House” is calling upon prayers for Christians who are suffering persecution in India. Their homes and churches have been burned, crops destroyed, land confiscated, imprisonment and even death. These atrocities are not limited just to India. Christians in other Middle Eastern countries are also enduring harassment and extortion with their livelihoods being threatened and living in fear for their safety. Pray that the Lord’s protection over their lives will strengthen their faith and fortitude.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! 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. Come again at 6 p.m. for our Sunday night service.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. Choir practice following the service for anyone that wants to sing in the choir on Sunday mornings.Our Sunday school department will promote students that will be entering first, third and fifth and seventh grades on Sunday, Aug. 26, at the end of class. 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 CHURCHLast week, Bro. Ward Hayes’ message came from John 5 and was titled “Lord of the Sabbath”. Is Jesus the Lord of your Sabbath? God set apart the Sabbath specifically for man to cease activities (feeding his physical need for rest) and spend time in worship (for man’s spiritual needs). Bro. Ward charged us to make time for the Sabbath, making it a priority in our homes. Things always seem to go better during the week when there’s time for rest, worshipping our Heavenly Father and interaction with fellow believers.The Trinity Baptist Church Family wants you to know you are welcome to worship God with us. We want you to have a close relationship with Him and your fellow believers. We want you to have that renewal that comes with observing the Sabbath. Come join us in our casual, friendly, loving atmosphere as we sing and study God’s Word together. Our 10:45 a.m. services for the next two Sundays are traditional in nature (hymns), giving our praise team time to catch their breath before getting back into the swing of things as fall approaches. Our sanctuary is located at the corner of Hailey and Santa Fe Streets here in Sweetwater. First-time visitors are invited to enter our building through the front (Santa Fe Street side) or from the west parking lot (beside the air conditioner tower). Our regularly scheduled weekly activities are as follows:Sundays• 9:30 a.m. — Sunday school (it’s for everyone — all ages!).• 10:45 a.m. — Morning worship.• 6 p.m. — Bible Studies (adults and youth), Children’s Choir.Wednesdays• 6:30 p.m. — Prayer time/Bible study for adults, youth Bible study (7th-12th grades), TeamKID for children (Preschool through sixth grades).Our associate pastor/youth minister, Bro. Kyle Tubbs and his wife, Kaily, will be leaving us this week to start a new church in Round Rock, TX. Your prayers for Bro. Kyle and Kaily and their new endeavor are appreciated. We will host a potluck meal in their honor this Sunday immediately following morning worship.We also request prayers for our church as we seek a new full-time youth minister. Resumes for that position can be sent to of activities resume this month after summer hiatus. You are invited to find a ministry and get involved.TeamKID is held each Wednesday evening from 6:30-7:30 p.m. For ages 3-12, TeamKID is a fast-paced Bible-based learning time. Here, the children not only learn Bible verses, but how to apply them to their lives. Activities and snacks are also provided.Our Sanctuary Choir resumes next Wednesday, Aug. 15, with a Potluck social at 6 p.m. After a time of renewing friendships and welcoming new members, the choir will preview upcoming Christmas cantata music. Children are welcome to stay with their parents until about 6:30 p.m. when they can attend TeamKID!Children’s M&M’s resumes next Sunday evening, Aug. 19, at 6 p.m. Led by Miss Brenda, M&M’s means “Movies and Music”! A Bible-based video is shown followed by Bible verses and music. Bring your children, ages 4-12, to join us on Sunday evenings. We can’t wait to see you!The Seekers and Encouragers Sunday school classes resume their monthly game night on Tuesday, Aug. 14, here at the church. Our church bulletin lists what each class needs to bring to the fellowship.Beginning on Sept. 9, our church family will study Rick Warren’s Better Together. Held each Sunday evening at 5:45 p.m., small groups will be available in individual homes with a study also being held here in the church sanctuary. Better Together is a dynamic small group study that will help us learn how to fulfill God's five purposes for our lives. It includes the biblical support behind each purpose, the ways it applies to us and our circle of influence, and how we can use this knowledge to benefit God's kingdom. From the beginning, God planned for Christians to fulfill His purposes in community with each other in our church families, small groups and in the world as a whole. Why did God plan it this way? Because we're better together! Childcare is provided during the study. Call the church office at 235-2991 to enroll, or you can go to Sign-Up Central here at the church. For an excerpt from Rick Warren about this study, you can view the following video: beginning on Sept. 12, is our ladies’ Bible study, James: Mercy Triumphs, by Beth Moore. Ladies of all ages enjoy these studies which are held on Wednesdays at noon, with a second session available at 6 p.m. You may choose whichever time best fits your schedule. More information about this study can be found by following this link: 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 God bless you!