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Aglow International Sweetwater Community Lighthouse will host their monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 8, at 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express, 300 SE Georgia. Guest speaker will be Curtis Ward from Sweetwater. Curtis has worked in ministry for over 25 years and has made himself available to be used in a variety of ways. He is currently the interim pastor at the First Christian Church in Sweetwater and has been with them for almost two years. Curtis and his family have been led to start a ministry called Roots By The Stream Ministries where their focus is on helping people body, soul and spirit. They host three day weekends called Identity Weekends where they help teach believers who they are in Christ and how to live in victory and freedom. Curtis is married to Heather and they have two children, Caleb and Hannah. Everyone is invited to come! For more information, call 338-8924.
AVONDALE BAPTIST CHURCH
Greetings to everyone, from the Avondale Baptist Church family! If you are looking for a loving church family we would like to invite you to come and visit us and worship our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ with us. 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. and choir practice at 7 p.m. 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
I have been asked many times, âPreacher are people in heaven watching us?âÂ I do not have the complete answer, but Hebrews 12:1 says: âWherefore seeing we also are compassed about with a great cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doeth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.âÂ Someone is watching and I personally believe it is our loved ones gone on before and they are cheering, rooting and encouraging us to keep on keeping on.Â It is like the little lady that sat in the stands at the football game, quietly watching until there was a fumble and a scrawny little boy picked up the ball and began to run toward the goal line.Â The little lady jumped up and began to scream with all her might, âRun, Baby, run!âÂ What made the difference?Â It was her son!Â
Thatâs what the saints are saying, as they watch us on the playing field of life. They are cheering us on from the heavenly grandstand toÂ â...run with patience, the race that is set before us.âÂ Do you need a lift today? Imagine a grandstand the size of heaven cheering you on to victory to keep on keeping on.
On Motherâs Day, May 13, we will have Evangelist Monte Martin as our guest speaker for both morning and evening services. Come and enjoy as Evangelist Martin ministers to us through song and message.
Broadway Baptist will have Childrenâs Day during the morning service of May 20.Â All of our children will minister in some way on that day.Â The children will show what they have learned this year in our various childrenâs programs: Toddler Church, Kid Zone and Wiseguys.Â Donât miss out on a tremendous blessing!
If you donât have a church home, we would love for you to come and visit us this Sunday.Â 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.Â 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 this Sunday morning 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 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!
On Sunday (May 6), everyone is invited to attend the retirement reception to honor Dr. Darold Baldwin and his wife Lynn. Dr. Baldwin has served as Director of Missions for our Association of Churches for the past 23 years. The come and go reception will be held at the Family Life Center in Snyder at the Colonial Hill Baptist Church, 3506 El Paso, from 2:30-4 p.m.
On Saturday (May 12), beginning at 8 a.m., join us for the FBC open golf tournament, at the Sweetwater Country Club. The tournament is a scramble format with four-person teams. Cost is $30 (deadline May 10) and includes 18 holes of golf (with cart), prizes and lunch. Registration is now open at the church office to register your team or sign up as an individual.
On Sunday (May 13) the FBC Children's Department will host a Pajama Party, beginning at 9:15 a.m., in their Sunday school classrooms.
Watch for KID-X information (Wednesdays) which is not scheduled to meet until May 16, beginning at 5:45 p.m., for their end of year party.
On Saturday (May 19), "Growing In The Body Of Christ" will be presented at First Baptist Church (Sweetwater) as Sunday school leadership training, from 8:30 a.m. until noon. This training is put on in partnership with Texas Baptists, Rolling Plains Baptist Network and is planned for Sunday school leadership workers teaching every age group.
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 childrenâs 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 Gaylordâs 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 Godâs blessing through either of these ministries.
News this week: Our new youth minister, Stephen Gehring and his wife JulieAnn, are moved in and excited to be on board. Stephen will be teaching the high school Sunday school class this Sunday so drop by and say hello!
Next Sunday, May 13 will be our confirmation Sunday. We will be recognizing our latest confirmation class and several of them will be baptized in the 10:50 a.m. service. Come celebrate with these new members of the Body of Christ. We will also be honoring our graduating seniors on Sunday, May 20, during the second service. Just a reminder that we will be hosting the Baccalaureate services on May 20, at 7 p.m.
Representatives of the engineering firm of Bryan and Parks will be hosting informational meetings on Sunday, May 6, at 5:30 p.m. and Tuesday, May 8 at 6 p.m. These meetings are intended to provide members with an opportunity to hear about proposed upgrades to the church heating and AC systems as well as some possible improvements to the building.
Wednesday at 10 a.m. â Menâs and Womenâs combined Bible study.
Friday and Saturday â Confirmation class trip to Godâs Holy Mountain.
Sunday at 6:30 p.m. youth Bible studies (Girls-James, Guys-Courageous)
Sunday at 6:30 âWomenâs Bible study.
Sunday at 6:30 â Menâs Bible study.
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 email@example.com. If you need prayer or have the need to contact our pastor you can call the same number or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Please join us for Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and worship service at 10:45 a.m., with a special guest speaker, Philip Garza, from the Methodist Mission Home in San Antonio. Philip will give an informational presentation of the âHomeâ and its outreach services in ministering to birth mothers, adoptees and adoptive parents. A special piano solo will be played by Natalie Barela. 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 Helen Rowlett.
While Pastor Chris is on vacation, Lisa Peterson will lead our Motherâs Day Service on the 13th, in honoring, recognizing and remembering our beloved mothers.
We were blessed to have as visitors this past Sunday our new appointed Pastor, Rev. Claude McKiddy, his wife, Pat, and their four grandchildren, Marcus, Cassidy, Grace and Jessica. They will officially join us the first Sunday in July following the United Methodist Charge Conference and the scheduled moving day in June.
On Monday, the 14th, at 7 p.m., the Evangelism Committee meets. Following coordinators reporting on their respective outreach ministries, decorative snack sacks will be compiled for âWest Texas Childrenâs Advocacy Center.â
On the 23rd, at 7 p.m., Wednesday evening Bible study continues in the book of Matthew.
Last week our collection for âSamaritan Hospitality Houseâ was delivered to Colorado City. âBless This Houseâ is calling upon prayer for the âHouseâ and the ministry it provides. Pray the individuals touched through this outreach ministry who are suffering from pain, disillusionment or needing comfort and support will find God's peace and be able to strengthen their lives spiritually, emotionally and physically.
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
We've got a busy weekend planned at Lamar Street Baptist Church and we hope that you can take part in it!
This Saturday, May 5, we will be having our monthly breakfast starting at 8 a.m. in the Family Life Center. Afterward, we will be heading out to Wal-Mart from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to sell brisket sandwiches. The money raised from this fundraiser will go toward this year's mission project.
One of the aspects of our week-long, in-home mission project is Vacation Bible School (VBS), which will kick off on Monday morning, June 18 from 9-11:30 a.m. There will be a meeting for anyone interested in working VBS following the morning service on Sunday, May 6. This year's theme is "Babylon: Daniel's Courage in Captivity".
This special week will also include work projects and evangelism outreach in the afternoons throughout Sweetwater. Starting on Tuesday night, June 19, we will have a three-night revival consisting of music, testimonies and preaching.
Each Sunday night leading up to our mission project, we will be taking up a special offering that will help offset costs. We ask you to prayerfully consider how you can help our church (finances, time, prayers, etc.) as we seek to minister to our community throughout this mission-minded week.
Other upcoming events include Sunday School II to be held on Sunday night, May 20, at Newman Park starting at 5 p.m. We invite everyone to join us for a great night including food, games and fellowship.
Also, our men are still participating in the "Courageous" Bible study at 4 p.m. each Sunday afternoon at the church. If you have a desire to become a strong, spiritual leader in your home and life, this study is for you.
We hope to see you and your family this Sunday at Lamar Street Baptist Church, where we offer ministries for every family member! Service times are 9:30 a.m. for Sunday school, followed by the morning service at 10:40 a.m.
Jerry Payne, our pastor, will bring the message in both our morning and evening service which starts at 6 p.m. Our weekly services continue on Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m.
For more information, visit us at 513 Lamar, call the church at 235-1779 or find us on Facebook.
TRINITY BAPTIST CHURCH
The Trinity Baptist Church Family wants to thank the community of Sweetwater for your interest in our on-going building project. As of this week, the roof is now installed and dried in (bring on the rain, Lord!) and the outside doors are being installed. The brick work is nearing completion. The plywood, insulation and sheetrock come next, with our members being able to help in these areas. Your continued prayers are coveted as we work safely and diligently toward bringing this project to a close. It is our hope and prayer that God will use the family life center for His glory and that we, as good stewards, will make good use of the facility. Watch this space and the Sweetwater Reporter for more information and for dates and times of dedication services once the project is complete. To God be the Glory!
Trinity Baptist Church is located at the corner of Hailey and Santa Fe Streets here in Sweetwater. We encourage any of you to join us as we serve our Savior, Jesus Christ. Everyone âfits inâ at Trinity. Give us a try and see how well you fit in! Our services feature a mix of traditional and contemporary in a casual, friendly atmosphere. Our regularly scheduled weekly activities are as follows:
9:30 a.m. âÂ Sunday school (itâs for everyone âall ages!).
10:45 a.m. âÂ Morning worship.
6 p.m. âÂ Bible studies (adults and youth), Childrenâs Choir.
6:30 p.m. â Prayer time/Bible study for adults, youth Bible study (7th-12th grades), TeamKID for Children (Preschool through sixth grades)
7:30 p.m. â Sanctuary Choir rehearsal.
Financial Peace University continues on Sunday evenings at 5 p.m. at Trinity. These meetings are in the Encouragers Room on the first floor of our education building.
The Courageous Bible study is in full swing on Sunday evenings at 6 p.m. in the sanctuary. Led by Will Duniven, this study is based on the movie, Courageous, and teaches us to make the commitment to be the parents God wants us to be. All adults are encouraged to attend this time of interaction with others parents of all ages.
Vacation Bible School is just around the corner! We have begun planning meetings and invite you to mark your calendars for June 24-27, when Trinity will offer SKY â Where Everything is Possible with God! Sunday, June 24, will feature our kick-off/registration time. VBS will begin on Monday through Wednesday, June 25-27 from 1-4 p.m. daily. This Sunday at 4 p.m., there will be a meeting of VBS workers. Please make every effort to attend if you would like to help out this year.
Big Country Baptist Assembly will hold their spring Senior Adult Day on Tuesday, May 8. If you would like to join our seniors as they enjoy this day trip, please call the church office by Monday, May 7.
We are honored to have our next Baby Dedication on Motherâs Day, May 13. Weâre looking forward to dedicating these babies and their families to the Lord. Join us for this blessed event!
Summer camps at Big Country Baptist Assembly are also coming up. This year, you can sign-up and pay online at www.bigcountrycamp.com. Click on âSummer Campsâ and follow the links. Please be sure to print out your completed form and bring it by the church office at 1503 Crescent Drive.
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, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can also find us on the web at www.trinitysweetwater.com. God bless you!
WORD OF GOD
Transforming ordinary people into passionate followers of Christ through Godâs Word, growing them into mature Christians, to be Jesusâ lights in this world and witnesses of the Gospel of Jesus and the Kingdom of God, seeking the lost for the glory of God and His kingdom.
We are a non-judgmental ministry â meaning that the ministry itself is not judgmental. We are not concerned where you have been or where you are at, but where you are going. Everyone needs hope and to feel the love of Godâs mercy. Those who falter and are weak are welcome. We will guide all that come, into a direction for peace in their life.
The teachings from the pulpit are deep rightly divided truth as 2 Timothy 2:15 speaks of. You will hear the unadulterated word of God ministered straight from the Bible. Introducing deep truths and promises you can stand on, that will never crumble out from underneath you. These truths have discipled many to be followers of Christ as it can do for anybody. Opening up the eyes and ears of these who receive.
Sunday morning-10:30 a.m.
Sunday night-Adult discipleship at 6:30 p.m., youth hangout for children ages 11-17 and childrenâs Rock night for children ages 5-10.
Wednesday night-6:30 p.m. is teen and tween youth church, pastor led for children ages 11-17, childrenâs classes for children ages 5-10 and adult Word study for menâs and womenâs ministry, disciple led.
T.A.G. and Tweenâs-These ministries are for children ages 11-17. They have youth church on Wednesday night. Thereâs praise and worship performed by them. Then the pastor brings a message of truth to seed in their lives that is in a way that they can understand and comprehend. They also have Sunday night hang out, doing all kinds of things and events with each other in the youth ministry, from movies to playing volleyball at SonicÂ or cookouts and other things. They get involved with fundraisers to raise money for their events. They have the Reaching Out While Reaching Up ministry that helps people around town. They have The Rock as a place to hangout before and after church time. There is summer camp at Extreme Camps that they have a blast at while deepening their faith.
Childrenâs Ministry-Wednesday night there are classes set up to put a foundation of Godâs Word in the childrenâs life with a fun and enjoyable environment and experience. There isÂ lots of love, guidance and good values seeded into their lives. Sunday night is fun atÂ The Rock. Those children that come on Wednesday night classes get to come on Sunday night to play at The Rock youth center during regular adult discipleship. Sometimes there are movies, games and snack night. They also get involved in fundraisers and summer camp.
P.U.R.E. Ministry-Ephesians 1:4 Princesses Under Royal Election meets every third Friday of the month. The ministry teaches young ladies their value to God by being a child of the King loved by their Father. Coming under a covenant withÂ God to keep their purity until marriage. Even for those who want to start over.
The Rock Youth center Saturday night from 6-10 p.m. for sixth, seventh and eighth graders. A Christian atmosphere is presented, but not forced. It is fun for everyone. We have this generationâs Christian music, a 6ft and 3ft half pipe skate ramp, a foam pit, rock climbing wall, pool table, air hockey, foosball, skating, video games, basketball and volleyball area. A snack bar available with drinks, nachos, Frito pies, candy, chip, etc. It is a controlled environment with adult supervision. There is lots of love and a short time of a small seeded truth of God into their lives.
Website-The church now has a website address which entails what is going on inside the church, the ministries of the church and gives you information of The Word of God Church. You can visit the website at www.swwordofGod.com.
11-17 year-old Extreme Camp-an experience that will change their lives, a camp that reaches them at their level, setting the love of God on fire inside of them. Itâs a blast!
Â 5-10 year-old camp suited at the level to where it keeps their attention-fun and a unforgettable experience with God.