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May 24, 2013

This week in local church news and events

BROADWAY BAPTIST CHURCH
As a family we loved to bowl. We would bowl on evening leagues, and I had the privilege of bowling on a Saturday morning youth league. Our team was so good. We were never challenged for last place, but we always had fun!
Being young it seemed I could never find a “house ball” to fit my hands, and I could never keep a constant average. One Saturday morning while in the youth league a man watched as I bowled and said, “Hey Chris, would you like to try my ball?” “Sure”, I said. He pulled out this black beauty with the initials CLG on it, and it had five holes.  That’s right a five fingered bowling ball. His name was Charlie L. Gibson, and he explained that he had just learned about “finger tip” bowling and had his ball drilled for it. The ball was amazing, and I rolled a 205 the first time I used it. He allowed me to use it every Saturday that year. Then one day he came in and said, “Chris, this will be the last time you will get to use my ball, I am being transferred.” My heart was broken, and I begged him to let me keep it. Even tried to buy it, but he would have nothing to do with that. His orders were delayed, and I continued to use the ball the remainder of the season. Finally he got his orders. He was being sent to Vietnam. He said, “Chris, they don’t have bowling alleys over there, so I am leaving my bowling ball with you to take care of it until I get back.” I was thrilled! I got to keep the ball. I continued to bowl, even closed out the next season with a 202 average. Then one Saturday morning we were practicing and a man walked in. He looked at me and motioned for me to come over. I did, and he sat me down and began to explain to me that Charlie had been killed in the war, and he wanted me to keep his bowling ball as a reminder of his friendship. That bowling ball has become more than a reminder; it has become a memorial to a young man who sacrificed his all for me and my country. To this day I have that bowling ball and on each Memorial Day I take a moment to take it out and remember Charlie L. Gibson.
Perhaps the greatest memorial is Calvary where Christ suffered, bled and died for our sins. This weekend find a family of a fallen soldier and thank them for the sacrifice they made for the freedom you enjoy.
We would like to invite you to a concert on Sunday, June 2, at 6 p.m. Shawn Drewett will ministering to us through singing. If you would like to learn more about him, his website is www.shawndrewettministries.org.
If you don’t have a church home, we would love for you to visit us at Broadway Baptist Church on 710 E. Third Street, 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 CHURCH
First Baptist Church invites you and your family to join us on this Sunday, May 26, 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. We warmly greet you. Your presence will enhance our worship experience and our fellowship together.
There are many opportunities for service. If you have not received a church participation form, please pick one up in the church office. As members of the Body of Christ at First Baptist Church, we are all called to serve in one way or another. We have many areas of service available to you.
Children’s Church facilitators are always welcome. Camp volunteers are still needed. High School Camp will be June 9-14. Vacation Bible School will be June 24-27. P3 at Circle Drive will be July 7-11. Missions Camp will be July 30-August 2. Lad and Lassie Camp will be August 2 and 3. Day Camp will be on August 3. P3 at Coral Cove will be August 4-8. All the summer camps are tied together under one church theme: “Refuge: Who Is Your Strength?” with a theme verse of Psalm 46:1. When you sign your student up for camp, they will receive a First Baptist Church Camp Shirt. Camp balances are due May 26.
We are in the process of forming a rotation of bus drivers to pick up children on Sunday mornings. If you are interested, please contact Phillip Thomas.
The church food pantry is in need of canned food and plastic bags. Please contact a member of the missions committee for more information.
Heart Gallery is a collection of portraits featuring children in foster care who are currently waiting to be adopted. Please join us in prayer for those who are pictured in the foyer.
The students will be having several fundraisers for camp and other summer activities. The youth will be painting addresses on driveways and curbs for donations. If you need your address updated so people can see it better, let Tique Hamilton know.
We have 10 seniors graduating from high school. Join us on Sunday, May 26, as we celebrate our seniors and their accomplishments.
We will be having Summer Sunday Nights Bible Study. Phillip Thomas will be facilitating a comparative religion study on June 16, 23, 30; July 21 and 28; August 11. Please join us in this informative study.
For in depth information on First Baptist Church Sweetwater, find us on Facebook or at www.fbcsweetwater.org.

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
First Presbyterian Church, Sweetwater welcomes all to join us for worship. Our church is a warm and loving church, and we want you to feel comfortable and at liberty to call on us for anything you need pastorally. We would love to have you be our guest. The noisy offering will be collected this Sunday during worship. The children and youth will collect your loose change which goes to support The Nolan County Ministerial Alliance. Kenny Maxwell will be worship assistant. Greeters are Richard Gesin and Keith Brock. We are honored to be hosting Sweetwater High School Baccalaureate, Sunday, May 26 at 7 p.m. Be sure to come and support our seniors. The mission of First Presbyterian Church is to make disciples for Jesus Christ by being an oasis of God’s love. Worship services are each Sunday at 10:45 a.m. We are located at the corner of 14th Street and McCaulley, across from the high school. Find out more information about our ministry by calling 235-5491 or visit the church’s website www.fpcsweetwater.org.

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Join the excitement at Highland Heights United Methodist Church. We are a multi-ethnic, multi-racial congregation, serving the Lord in unity and purpose, where the contribution of everyone is valued and welcome. The congregation and staff of Highland Heights is a friendly God loving people — join us as we praise God together and practice unity here on earth until he comes again in Glory.
For more information, call the church at 325-235-2454 or the parsonage at 325-933-4296 (Monday through Wednesday). Highland Heights United Methodist Church is located at 1801 Lamar Street in Sweetwater. The pastor is Rev. Claude A. McKiddy.
Our Church’s Mission Statement: “To glorify Christ in all that we do by bringing people to Christ and equipping them to serve 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 entitled, “Justified by Faith: He will Guide you into all Truth.” 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 May is Deena Kirkpatrick. Remember to bring your coins and/or folding money for noisy money. The collection is designated for the outreach ministry, “No More Malaria.” The projected goal is to eradicate malaria in Africa, in addition to furnishing bed nets for families, supporting new medical research and assisting hospitals in their ability to provide quality care for malaria patients.
Pastors and church delegates representing their respective churches in the Northwest Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church will be attending annual conference during the first week of June at Polk Street United Methodist Church in Amarillo.
High school and college graduations fill the month of May and early June. It is a time of celebrating accomplishments and looking forward to new beginnings. Bless This House is calling upon prayer for these young people as they make decisions and choices in pursuing their individual dreams. Pray they recognize the doors of opportunity that God provides and rely upon Him for strength and perseverance in times of joy and times of difficulty.
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.

THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS (THE MORMONS)
Planting hope in Haiti
Port-Au Prince, Haiti — A tree represents many things. A tree can offer many people the sustenance they need to survive another day.
For others, a tree provides a thanked-for moment of shade on a hot day. Some are drawn to a tree’s natural beauty. For thousands of Latter-day Saint Haitians who continue to deal with the pain caused by the catastrophic 2010 earthquake, a tree has come to represent hope for a future rich in abundance and spiritual beauty.
On May 1, members, throughout this Caribbean island nation came together to participate in a massive, country-wide tree planting project. Many more will be planted in the coming days. When the project is completed, it’s estimated that some 400,000 new trees will be growing in Haiti. Various trees are being planted — including lemon, orange, coconut, papaya and oak. In the future, it’s hoped that the members and their neighbors will enjoy the fruit produced on many of the trees even as they find shady relief from Haiti’s tropical sun. The church purchased the trees after the First Presidency approved the historic project.
Besides signaling the Church’s ongoing support of Haiti’s quake recovery, the tree planting project also provided the members with a service-filled day to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Church here. Bishop  Lukenson Odney said, “This project offers us as Church members and citizens of Haiti a special opportunity to make a difference.”
Calendar
May 26 — Sunday church service at 9 a.m. Visitors are welcome.
May 27 — Family home evening.
May 29 — Wednesday young women, Scouts, Cub Scouts and Achievement Day Girls at 6:30 p.m.
We are located at 910 Elm in Sweetwater. If you would like to talk with representatives of the church about the Savior’s teachings, call 1-800-622-5595. Missionaries serving in this area are Elder Rios and Elder Cosman. Call (325) 864-2999.

WORD OF GOD CHURCH
We have a rain date for the Kickball Fun Day fundraiser. It will be this Saturday, May 25, at the fields down by the coliseum. Sign ups start at 9 a.m. with games starting at 10 a.m. Second through fifth graders will be placed on teams. If we have enough smaller children show up, we will make teams for them also. It’s $3 per child to play as many games as time allows. A concession stand will be available with brisket sandwiches, hot dogs, chips, baked goodies and drinks. Please come out and help support the youth in their fundraiser for camp. For more information, please contact Jennifer at 338-1925. 
Sunday morning from 10:30-11:30 a.m. we have praise and worship and prayer. From 11:30 a.m. to noon there is Town Evangelizing. On Thursdays from 5:30-7 p.m. there is discipleship Bible study. Wednesdays from 6:30-8 p.m. is youth night.

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