Trinity Baptist to host God and Country celebration, Highland Heights UMC welcomes new pastor

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. We would love to have you in Sunday school at 9:45 a.m. We have classes for all ages and we have great teachers for each class.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.We are making plans for a Block Party on Saturday, July 7, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. We hope to have a large crowd for lots of fun that morning. There will be lots of food and games. Everything is free. It will be on Hailey Street on Dr. and Mrs. Larry McEachern's property. On July 8, Vacation Bible School will begin. It will be at the church building. It will be July 8-10, from 6-8:30 p.m. and Family Night will be Wednesday, July 11 at 7 p.m.Broadway Baptist Church          Next week our country will be celebrating 236 years as an independent nation. The United States of America may still be considered a young nation compared to other nations of the world, but no other nation has the Christian heritage that we possess. While many nations of this world have been established for the purpose of seeking selfish or financial gain, there is not another nation, today, that can say that its beginnings were for the purpose of pursuing religious freedom to worship the God of the Holy Bible. Are we blessed today, because of our Christian heritage? Will God continue to bless? Psalm 33:12 says, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord...”  Yes, God has blessed our country and will continue to do so as long as we as nation recognize Him as the Lord of it. Sadly, there has been a constant debate on if we are still a nation that is under God. May we as Christians not forget our heritage and may we fight to keep this country a Christian nation. As encouragement to you my fellow believers, let me share with you some prayers of a few of our past presidents:1. George Washington wrote this prayer in his own diary: “Let my heart, gracious God, be so affected with Your glory and majesty that I may discharge those weighty duties which thou requirest of me . . . Again, I have called on thee for pardon and forgiveness of sins . . . for the sacrifice of Jesus Christ offered on the cross for me. Thou gavest thy Son to die for me and hast given me assurance of my salvation.”2. On D-Day, in 1944, President Franklin Roosevelt prayed on national radio the following: “Almighty God . . . with Thy blessing we shall prevail over the unholy forces of our enemy. Help us to conquer the apostles of greed and racial arrogance.  Lead us to the saving of our country. Thy will be done, Almighty God. Amen3. In 1955, Dwight D. Eisenhower said the following in his speech: “Without God there could be no American form of government, nor an American way of life. Recognition of the Supreme Being is the first – the most basic – expression of Americanism. Thus the founding fathers of America saw it, and thus with God’s help, it will continue to be.”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 your family to join us this Sunday morning (July 1) 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 will not be held this week on Sunday evening at 6 p.m., to enable FBC members to attend the community-wide "God & Country Service" at Trinity Baptist Church which will begin at 6 p.m. Phillip Thomas, Pastor of FBC (Sweetwater) will be speaking - come join us! The Study on Apologetics will resume on Sunday (July 8) at 6 p.m., Rm 301.The summer of 2012 continues to be full of family-fun activities that can start new friendships and solidify existing ones. 1) Opportunities such as P3 activities are scheduled for July 9-12 (Circle Drive) and August 6-9 (Fraley Park) where we reach out to families within our community. Also, 2) the church-wide picnic; and 3) Various camps; plus 4) the Ugandan Children's Choir will sing in both English and their native language (Luganda), beginning at 6 p.m., in the FBC Sanctuary, on July 22. Be sure your family has registered in the FBC foyer to attend and participate in some, if not all, of these activities. Contact Pastor Phillip Thomas directly if you can be one of three host homes needed for the Children's Choir and their sponsors for the night of July 22. The Children's Choir will also play instruments, including African drums and perform traditional dances in colorful costumes. The knowledge acquired by those attending will be invaluable in understanding the needs of orphans in "Third World" countries, as well as demonstrating God's powerful hand at work in their lives.FBC is committed to loving the world by reaching out to families in our community. Come join with us! If you have questions, call the church office at 236-6348. Also check the FBC website to stay informed.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 week our series — the Challenge Course — continues with The Challenge of Peer Pressure examining how false gospels can become trendy and attractive in our culture. Our text will be Galatians 1:1-12. Sweetwater Outreach Week is fast approaching. Thursday through Saturday (July 12-14) we will have a great opportunity to serve through missions. Sweetwater outreach is a combined effort of the churches in Sweetwater to show God's love in a tangible way. Will have much more information at church on Sunday. The all-church picnic last Sunday was a great success! Thanks to all who made it such a great success.Activities:Friday, June 29 — Movie night for UMKids and Club 456.Sunday, July 1, at 6 p.m. — Youth. Tuesday July 3, at 10 a.m. — Club 456 Praise Band.Wednesday, July 4 — Church office closed.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 HEIGHTSUNITED METHODIST CHURCHThis Sunday, Highland Heights welcomes their new pastor, Rev. Claude McKiddy, his wife, Patricia, and their four grandchildren, Marcus, Cassidy, Grace and Jessica. Come and give them your hand in Christian love and fellowship as we join together in ministry, making “Disciples of Jesus Christ.” Join us for Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and worship service at 10:45 a.m., with Pastor Claude bringing the message. 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 July is Patti Neill. This Sunday, we will be celebrating the “Sacrament of Holy Communion,” giving thanks to God for sending his precious son, Jesus Christ, as our Lord and Savior. Bring your altar offering that is applied to our family funds designated by the Northwest Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church.Following worship service, July 4, decorative snack bags will be available for congregational members to deliver to our Homebound.We extend our deepest gratitude and appreciation to the community for attending and purchasing goods at our rummage and bake sale. Your participation enables us to financially support and expand our outreach ministries. Thank you!On Monday, July 9, at 7 p.m., the evangelism committee will meet 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.On July 29, make plans for our fifth Sunday potluck dinner and administrative council meeting. Additional July activities will be announced at a latter date.Individuals will be celebrating our nation’s birthday on July 4, with family and friends. “Bless This House” asks us to give thanks to God for his guidance and protection of our country, for the lives of patriots who fought for our liberty and freedom and for our ancestral families who had the courage and fortitude to face and overcome the struggles in settling our nation. May we always cherish the blessings we have received from ones who have gone before and never take these precious gifts for granted. Pray we, ourselves, step up, and be actively responsible in protecting and preserving them for future generations. 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.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 is pleased to host this year’s God and Country Celebration on Sunday evening, July 1, at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited as we sing and worship together, with Bro. Phillip Thomas, pastor of First Baptist Church, delivering the message. Make plans now to bring the family and join us for this special patriotic service.This Sunday, July 1, our youth will sponsor a spaghetti lunch fundraiser followed by a dessert auction. Proceeds help defray the cost of youth summer camp. Spaghetti lunch will be served immediately following worship (in our new Family Life Center) by donation. We will auction the desserts you bring, so make that favorite Italian cream cake, peanut patties, cherry pie or whatever is your specialty and let us auction it off. Come enjoy the spaciousness of our new Family Life Center and imagine how wonderful it will be once it is finished!This year’s Vacation Bible School is done for another year, but don’t let the end of VBS be the end of your fellowship with God. Children were taught this week to trust God in everything. It is our hope that your children will continue in this practice throughout the rest of their lives. If you don’t have a church home, come visit us at Trinity and get connected. The best gift you can give your child is to bring them to church!Hopefully, you have noticed that we refer to our church as the Trinity Family. All our endeavors are family-oriented, as evidenced by the construction of our new Family Life Center. We are now working diligently toward completing the interior. The majority of the inside finishing work will be completed by our members and volunteers. Please join us in prayers for safety, knowledge, ability and stamina as we bring this project to a close. We have been blessed in so many ways during this project. We are excited about the possibilities God has in store for this building and pray that all activities be for His glory.The Trinity Family invites you to join us as we serve our Savior, Jesus Christ. 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: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) — No services this Wednesday, July 4, due to holiday.Summer camps at Big Country Baptist Assembly (BCBA) are coming up in July. You can still register! A list of the camps we will attend is as follows:• Day Camp (completed grades Kindergarten through third grades) — July 7 — $30.• Youth Camp (completed grades 7th-12th) — July 8-12 — $150.• Pre-Teen Camp (completed grades fourth through sixth grades) — July 16-19 — $150.• Lad and Lassie Camp (completed grades first through third grades) — August 3-4 — $58.This year, BCBA sign-ups can be made online at Click on “Summer Camps” and follow the links. Gretchen Jones, our Education Minister, is the sponsor that should be listed on the registration form. Please be sure to print out your completed form and bring it by the church office. If you do not have internet access, please give us a call so that we can help.Trinity is pleased to be a part of Sweetwater Outreach Weekend (SOW) which takes place July 12-14. During this week, several churches in the area band together to perform various much-needed tasks around homes of those who are unable to handle those projects on their own. If you would like to help us in this endeavor, please call either our church office or the office at 4th & Elm Church of Christ. 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 God bless you!