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AVONDALE BAPTIST CHURCH
Greetings 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. and worship services at 10:50 a.m. and 6 p.m. We have choir practice at 7 p.m. on 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
How many times have we heard â âThere has been only one perfect person in this world and you ainât Himâ? Truth is Paul tells us in Romans that there is none righteous, no not one. We have all failed but failure is not final. When it comes to becoming righteous, it can only happen through salvation and, as Paul states, âwe become the righteous of God in Himâ. Salvation makes us a child of God, not a perfect person. We still falter, stumble and make mistakes. But we cannot let those failures stop us. Two of the most famous baseball players were Babe Ruth, known for how many homeruns he hit, and Ty Cobb, known for how many bases he stole. What you may not realize is that Ty Cobb was thrown out more than any other person in baseball trying to steal bases. And Babe Ruth struck out more than any other player in baseball. What does this show? These guys didnât let their failures stop them, and neither should we. According to Paul we are more than conquerors and we can do all things through Christ.
Here is a simple formula to help you keep going when you feel you have failed:
Fix your goal.Â
Face your faults.Â
Forget your failures and remember, âFailure in the Christian life is not final.â There is always forgiveness and strength to move on.
If you donât 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.
This Sunday, at the 11 a.m. worship service, Cornerstone will have guest speaker Cassi Burtram, who lives in the Amarillo area. Cassi has a wonderful testimony of a God who can heal from deafness and other physical problems. She's active in ministry and loves to race cars as a pastime. Come and join us as we worship the awesome God. The church address is 807 W. Alabama.
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
First Baptist Church invites you, and your family, to join us this Sunday morning (August 5) 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 â Knowing What You Believe" will continue this Sunday evening (August 5) at 6 p.m., in Room 301. Pre-Teen (fifth and sixth grade students) will be competing in fun Olympic games on Saturday, August 4, at 8 p.m. As the summer of 2012 flies by, FBC is totally committed to uplift and make a difference in the lives of others in our community! In Matthew 28:2-20, Jesus tells us to go and make disciples of all nations, baptize them and teach them to obey God! Our next P3 is at Fraley Park on August 6-9. The sixth through eighth will be similar to a combination Backyard Bible and Vacation Bible School. The last day (August 9) we will meet at the City Pool in Newman Park for a bite to eat and swimming. Join us as we share God's love in action to the families around Fraley Park!
Coming soon...Mark you calendar...(August 12) Children's Department during Sunday School hour â come dressed like the preacher; (August 16) will be a Deacon-sponsored homemade ice cream/game night for you to have fun with family and friends! (August 18) Sunday School Leadership Appreciation Banquet and (August 26) Sunday School Promotion.
As you prepare your family for the beginning of school, with materials and supplies, let us join with you as we strive to prepare your family spiritually.
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Visitors are always welcome at First Presbyterian Church. The church is located at 14th and McCauley.Â Adult Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m.Â Worship service is at 10:45 a.m. A nursery is provided for all church activities for children kindergarten age and younger.Â
Rev. Palmquistâs sermon title is âWhat Is the Bread of Life?â. The scripture readings for this week are: Ephesians 4:1-16 and John 6:24-35. Boo Nemir will be the worship assistant and Lou Ann Cumbie and Paula Carmichael will be the greeters.Â
â˘ No Plarning until further notice
â˘ Choir practice will be moving to their summer schedule, meeting on Sunday mornings at 10:15 a.m.
FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Sweetwater 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 âcome as you areâ 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 Godâs 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 childrenâs time and âChildrenâs Churchâ 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 Gaylordâs 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 Godâs blessing through either of these ministries.
News this week: Next Saturday, August 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. Our theme is Fiesta â which is the Spanish term for party. The kids will also be singing in church the next day (August 12). Come out and experience a party with Jesus!
This week will begin a new sermon series titled Membership has its Privileges. We will be examining how the promises that we make when joining the church (to support it by our prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness) are the very things that make a Christian life exciting. We would love to have you join us in worship.
Activities this week:
Friday and Saturday August 3-4 â Youth Rock the Desert Concert in Midland.
Tuesday, August 7, at 10 a.m. â Club 456 Praise Band.
Saturday, August 11 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. â Fiesta VBS.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. If you need prayer or have the need to contact our pastor you can call the same number or email him at email@example.com.
UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
You are welcome to join us for Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and worship service at 10:45 a.m., with Pastor Claude bringing the message entitled, âHow Many Signs Do We Need?â Scripture reading comes from John 6:24-35. 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 August is Deena Kirkpatrick. Patricia McKiddy will bless the worship service with a special musical selection. This Sunday, we will observe the âSacrament of Holy Communion.â Remember to bring your altar rail offering that is applied to our family funds as directed through the Northwest Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Monday, August 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 West Texas Childrenâs 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, 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, âDeck the Halls and Line the Walls.â Details will follow at a future date.
âBless This Houseâ 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 Lordâs 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 CHURCH
Our church-wide breakfast is in the morning at 8 a.m. in the recreation building. Come enjoy a good meal and fellowship.
Join 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.
We invite anyone that is interested toÂ join and sing withÂ the choir on Sunday mornings. The choir meets in the fellowship after Sunday school, right before the service starts.
Our Sunday night service which starts at 6 p.m., we will have a special visitor; Riley Davis, grandson of Jimmy and Judy Davis,Â he will share his trip to Zambia. The church gathered items for him to take to give the kids in Zambia, as a mission project. Come hear how God touched his life and the lives of others.Â Â
On Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. we offer Mission Friends, GA's â Girls in Action, and RA's â Royal Ambassadors, youth activities for 7th-12th graders, and Bible study and prayer for adults.
Our Sunday school department will promote students that will be entering first, third, fifth, and seventh grades on Sunday, August 26 at the end of class.Â
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
If itâs been a while since you attended church, the Trinity Baptist Church Family wants you to know you are welcome here. We want you to have a close relationship with God and your fellow believers. We would love to have you and hope that you choose to get plugged back in by serving God with us. Our services feature a mix of traditional and contemporary in a casual, friendly atmosphere. We call ourselves âfamilyâ and hope that you will feel the family atmosphere of love and caring when you visit us. If God is calling you back into service after being absent for a while, perhaps heâs calling you to Trinity. Come check us out!
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:
â˘ 9:30 a.m. â Sunday school (itâs for everyone â all ages!).
â˘ 10:45 a.m. â Morning worship.
â˘ 6:00 p.m. â Bible studies (adults and youth), Childrenâs Choir.
â˘ 6:30 p.m. â Prayer time/Bible study for adults, youth Bible study (7th-12th grades), TeamKID for children (Preschool through sixth grades).
A new project has begun in Sweetwater called âRoad to Recoveryâ. 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).
Our Associate Pastor/Youth Minister, Bro. Kyle Tubbs and his wife, Kaily, will be leaving us next month to start a new church in Round Rock, TX. We ask that you pray for Bro. Kyle and Kaily in this new endeavor, and also for our church as we seek a new full-time youth minister. Resumes for that position can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lots of activities will resume this month after summer hiatus. You are invited to find a ministry and get involved!
TeamKID resumed this week and 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 on Wednesday, August 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!
Childrenâs M&Mâs resumes on Sunday evening, August 19 at 6 p.m. Led by Miss Brenda, M&Mâs means âMovies and Musicâ! 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 canât wait to see you!
The Seekers and Encouragers Sunday school classes resume their monthly game night on Tuesday, August 14 here at the church. Our church bulletin lists what each class needs to bring to the fellowship.
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!
New Bible translation has screenplay format
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) â A new Bible translation tackles the challenge of turning ancient Greek and Hebrew texts into modern American English and then adds a twist: Itâs written like a screenplay.
Take the passage from Genesis in which God gets angry at Adam for eating the forbidden fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil:
âAdam (pointing at the woman): It was she! The woman You gave me as a companion put the fruit in my hands, and I ate it.
âGod (to the woman): What have you done?
âEve: It was the serpent! He tricked me, and I ate.â
Later, Eve bears her first son, Cain.
âEve (excited): Look, I have created a new human, a male child, with the help of the Eternal.â
Even people who have never read the Bible could probably guess that other translations donât say Adam pointed his finger at Eve when he blamed her for his disobedience. Neither do other Bibles describe Eve as âexcitedâ about her newborn son.
Thatâs pure Hollywood, but the team behind âThe Voiceâ says it isnât a gimmick. They hope this new version will help readers understand the meaning behind the sometimes archaic language of the Bible and enjoy the story enough to stick with it.
The idea was a longtime dream of Chris Seay, pastor of Houstonâs Ecclesia Church. Seay had had success in helping church members relate to the Bible by dividing out the parts of the various speakers and assigning roles to church members who read them aloud.
The idea struck a nerve with Frank Couch, the vice president of translation development for Nashville-based religious publisher Thomas Nelson, who had performed Bible-inspired sketches on the streets of Berkeley, Calif., in his youth.
The result of their efforts, as well as a team of translators who worked alongside poets, writers and musicians, is âThe Voice,â released in its full version earlier this year.
âThe biggest thing, the unexpected plus, is that people will read an entire book of the Bible because it reads like a novel,â Couch said.
âIt engages your imagination in a different way,â Seay said, expressing his hope that âThe Voiceâ helps people to âfall in love with the story of the Bible.â
âThe Voiceâ not only reformats the Bible but also inserts words and phrases into the text to clarify the action or smooth transitions. These words are generally in italics so the reader can tell what the additions are. At other points, the order of verses is changed to make the story read better.
Some earlier attempts to make the Bible accessible to a modern audience met with heavy criticism from people who thought the translators were taking too many liberties with the word of God, Wake Forest University Religion Professor Bill Leonard said. But those translators were attempting to deal with a real problem â increasing Bible illiteracy, even among those who attended church regularly, he said.
Eugene Peterson, translator of the popular âThe Messageâ Bible, published in 1993, said he was braced for the negative reaction faced by some of his predecessors, but they didnât materialize.
âI was surprised that the reception was so immediate and so positive,â he said. â...I think the one thing I hear most often is, âThis is the first time in my life I understood the Bible.ââ
Leonard said modern translations seem to have become less controversial as the total number of Bible translations has expanded, although the 2011 New International Version managed to cause a stir by employing some gender-neutral and gender-inclusive language, something âThe Voiceâ doesnât do.
It does, however, take out the word âChrist,â which many people have come to think of as Jesusâ last name, rather than a title bestowed upon him by the Gospel writers to show that they believed he was Godâs âAnointed Oneâ â the chosen translation in âThe Voice.â
All Bible translators have to confront the problem of words that donât convey the same meaning to a modern audience as they did to an ancient one, said linguist Joel M. Hoffman, author of âAnd God Said â How Translations Conceal the Bibleâs Original Meaning.â
âFor example, âJohn the Baptistâ was really like âJohn the Dunker,ââ Hoffman said.
John was doing something new by submerging people in water to cleanse them of their sins, but that is lost on people 2,000 years later, Hoffman said. Today, people hearing Johnâs title might think it refers to a Baptist denomination rather than his then-strange behavior.
In the Old Testament, translators of âThe Voiceâ have rendered YHWH (commonly written as Yahweh), the Hebrew name for God, as âthe Eternalâ or âthe Eternal One.â One of the Bibleâs most famous passages, Psalm 23, reads, âThe Eternal is my shepherd ...â
Most other translations render YHWH as âLord,â a word that was rich with meaning in a time when people lived in subjection to absolute monarchs but not so much for contemporary Americans living in a democracy, Couch said.
Hoffman said he would buy the argument against using âLordâ if the translators didnât go on to sometimes to call Jesus âthe Liberating King,â another reference to royalty that has lost its grip on the modern American imagination.
âWhen I think of a king, I think of a powerless figurehead,â Hoffman said.
But Hoffman said the goal of making the Bible accessible to a contemporary audience is laudable, even if he doesnât always agree with the translations in âThe Voice.â
And for the average reader, unaware of the sometimes contentious debates over translation, âThe Voiceâ seems to have struck a chord.
Steve Taylor, who directed the recent Christian movie âBlue Like Jazzâ and also was one of the screenwriters, said the screenplay format makes the Bible stories feel more immediate to him.
âIt was like it was happening now, as opposed to reading something that happened 2,000 years ago,â he said. âWhen Jesus turns the water into wine in John 2, I felt more like I was at the wedding. I felt the awkwardness of the situation.â
Getting readers to feel engaged in the story is exactly what the creators of âThe Voiceâ had in mind, Couch said.
âWe had an 82-year-old woman who told us that she had never understood the Bible before.â