Leuder’s men’s retreat held this weekend

April 28, 2012

AVONDALE BAPTIST CHURCH
Greetings to everyone, from the Avondale Baptist Church family! If you are looking for a loving church family we invite you to come and visit us and worship our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We are located at 1405 Hoyt Street.
We are having High Attendance Day in Sunday school this Sunday. Please try to be here for Sunday school.
We will have Revival meetings this Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and at regular times on Sunday. Rev. John Karl Davis will be preaching. Bro. Kevin Shipp will be doing the music. The services will start at 7 p.m. on Friday. On Saturday afternoon, Mrs. Sandra Davis will be ministering to the ladies. No men will be allowed in the building during this service. The Revival service will begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday. The Sunday services will be at the regular times. We will have a pot-luck meal at noon on Sunday.
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
While visiting with a friend our conversation turned to eternity and salvation. He said, “I just don’t understand this thing of salvation. Can it really be as simple as asking and receiving?”
I often find people believing that they have to work their way to heaven, be a church member, or be baptized, but Jesus said, “Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” I don’t have to understand it, I simply stand on it. I don’t fully understand electricity, but I don’t sit around in the dark!
Salvation is free. It is a gift of God and it is eternal. Paul wrote in Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.” It is as simple as A,B,C: Acknowledge your need. Believe Christ will save you, and call upon Him.
Are you tired of trying to make it to heaven? Are you tired of wondering if you will make it? Then accept Christ and His salvation that is full, free and forever.
On Mother’s 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 Children’s Day during the morning service of May 20. All of our children will minister in some way on that day. The children will show what they have learned this year in our various children’s programs: Toddler Church, Kid Zone and Wiseguys. Don’t miss out on a tremendous blessing!
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.

Emmanuel Fellowship Church
The Spring calendar is filled with special opportunities for families at EFC. Ladies, don’t miss our night of worship for women this Wednesday, May 2, at 7 p.m. Our annual family campout is next weekend, May 4-5, at Camp Booth Oaks. We encourage everyone to seize this opportunity to enjoy a great weekend together as we learn to be “Super Team” families! We also have a membership class, Sunday, May 6, from 4-6 p.m. and a Baptism Service at First Christian Church, May 6, at 6:30 p.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 www.efcsweetwater.com. 

FAITH HARVEST PENTECOSTAL
Faith Harvest Church would like to invite you to come join us in our celebration of Jesus Christ! We are located at 408 Alamo Street, which is right off of Sam Houston. Our service times are 10 a.m. on Sunday mornings, 6 p.m. on Sunday evenings, and 7 p.m. on Wednesday evenings. We have Sunday school for adults, Out-of-Line Youth Ministry for teens and Children’s Church for kids. We have many projects and plans for the year of 2012, including sending our youth group to Discovery Camp in Columbus, Texas, on July 9-13. There will be several fundraisers coming up in the next couple of months to help send them to camp, including a bake sale at Wal-Mart on Sunday, May 6 at noon. There is also a fellowship next month on May 19. We will be having another softball game in the field behind our church and a cook out to follow, all starting at 5 p.m. Our last softball fellowship was a blast, and we would love for you to come join the fun! Don’t forget about our website, www.fhpcofsweetwater.com, where we add something new everyday! Several recent changes have been made to the website, including the addition of sermons preached by our very own pastors and a testimony page where you can write your own personal testimony of how good God has been in your life. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact Pastor Jimmy Bennett at 325-242-4750 or Deacon Bobby Hoover at 325-236-4023

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 Thursday (May 3), beginning at 6 p.m., the church-wide game night will be held for individuals and families on the third floor, Room #301 (elevator from the Welcome Center available). Use this opportunity to have an enjoyable evening while making new friendships and getting better acquainted with those you have wanted to know more than just their name.
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 Hills 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 a cart), prizes and lunch. Registration is now open at the church office to register your team or sign up as an individual.
Watch for information on KID-X (no meetings until May 12 Party) at 5:45 p.m.

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Visitors are always welcome at First Presbyterian Church. The church is located at 14th and McCaulley.  Adult Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m. Worship service is at 10:45 a.m. A nursery is provided for all church activities for children kindergarten age and younger. 
Pastor Earl will be out of town this Sunday; Jack Aycock and Jim Gesin will lead our worship service. The scripture readings this Sunday are Psalms 96:1-6 & Revelations 4:1-8. Mr. Aycock’s message title is “The Gospel of the Eagle’s Eye”. Don’t forget Reverse and Noisy offerings are this Sunday.
Coming up this week: “Spring Gathering” is this Saturday at FPC, beginning at 10 a.m. Communicant’s class continues this Sunday following worship in the fellowship hall. Becky Brock will lead the class. 
Reminders:
• Plarning continues on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. in the fellowship hall.
• Choir practices on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m.
• Don’t forget Earl’s Girl’s meets every Thursday at noon at Dairy Queen.
 
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 “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 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: We will have our fifth Sunday combined worship service at 10:50 a.m. We will be honoring those who serve in our music ministries and enjoying a pot luck fellowship immediately after the service. The church is providing the meat so bring side dish or dessert and come join us.
Our new youth minister, Stephen Gehring and his wife JulieAnn, will be arriving this Sunday! We will be moving up all Sunday Bible studies to 4 p.m. so we can all go help them move in at 5 p.m. We will have hotdogs at the parsonage (1407 Tanya) right after we get them moved in. Come join us as we celebrate their arrival.
Activities:
Wednesday at 10 a.m. — Men’s and women’s combined Bible study.
Sunday at 4 p.m. youth Bible studies (Girls-James, Guys-Courageous).
Sunday at 4 p.m. women’s Bible study.
Sunday at 4 p.m. men’s 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 churchoffice@fumcsweetwater.org. If you need prayer or have the need to contact our pastor you can call the same number or email him at pastor@fumcsweetwater.org.

LAMAR STREET BAPTIST CHURCH
Today, our men will be heading out to Lueders for the Men's Retreat. Join us at Lamar Street Baptist Church in praying for safety and a great time of Godly fellowship throughout the weekend!
The men will be back for our Sunday services which start at 9:30 a.m. with Sunday school for every age group. The morning service then begins at 10:40 a.m., featuring music from our choir and praise team and a children's sermon.
Pastor Jerry Payne will offer the sermon in both the morning service and our evening service which starts at 6 p.m. At 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, we continue our weekly services with ministries available for preschoolers, adults and everyone in between.
In addition, our men are also continuing the "Courageous" Bible study every Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. at the church, learning how to be strong and spiritual leaders in every aspect of life.
We are still taking up an offering every Sunday night that will go toward our annual mission trip, which will be an in-home project to minister to Sweetwater. It will begin on Monday, June 18, with programs throughout the week.
From 9-11:30 a.m., we will be having VBS (Vacation Bible School) with the theme "Babylon: Daniel's Courage in Captivity". During the afternoon, we will participate in work projects and evangelism outreach throughout the community. A three-night revival will begin on Tuesday night which will include music, testimonies and preaching.
Whether you can give your time, finances, prayers or all three, we hope you can help us as Lamar Street Baptist Church strives to minister to Sweetwater during this special week.
Looking ahead, we will also have a church-wide event on Sunday evening, May 20, called Sunday School II. It will be held at Newman Park starting at 5 p.m. for a good time of food, games and fellowship.
We hope that you and your family will join us for these upcoming events and activities! For more information, call the church office at 235-1779, find us on Facebook, or visit us at 513 Lamar.

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS
UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Please join us for Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and worship service at 10:45 a.m., with Pastor Chris Rodriguez bringing the message entitled, “Sheep, eh.” 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 April is Nellie Sanders. Worship service includes four congregational members interpreting four separate scriptures, James 1:3, Matthew 6:33-34, Proverbs 3:5 and Isaiah 25:9. This Sunday we will be observing the Sacrament of Holy Communion. It is a time of rededication and commitment to following and serving Jesus Christ. Remember to bring your altar rail offering that is applied towards our family funds as directed through the Northwest Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church. Being the last Sunday of the month, don’t forget to bring your coins and folding money for “No More Malaria.” The goal is eradicating malaria in Africa within a five year period, 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.
After worship service, a covered dish meal will be shared, followed by an administrative council meeting. Please stay and join in the fellowship and participate in the operations of the church.
Last Sunday our collection for the “Samaritan Hospitality House Ministry” was consecrated and delivered to Colorado City the following Friday. “The House” ministers to families visiting loved ones that are incarcerated in area prisons. With a homelike atmosphere, the facilities provide weekend lodging for family members during their stay free of charge.
For the month of May, “Bless This House” is calling upon prayer for the “Samaritan Hospital House” 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.
Be looking forward to Sunday, May 6, as we welcome our guest speaker, Philip Garza, who represents the “Methodist Mission Home” in San Antonio. You are invited to come and learn more about the “Home” and its outreach services in ministering to birth mothers, adoptees and adoptive parents.
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.
Ministerial Alliance
The Nolan County Ministerial Alliance is hosting a 12-hour prayer vigil in observance of the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 3, 2012. The prayer vigil will be located at The Sweetwater Prayer Center at 1418 Hailey Street, next to Emmanuel Fellowship Church. Members of the community are invited to join in this “come and go” prayer event. The Prayer Center will be available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and local churches will host each hour of the prayer vigil. For more information about the National Day of Prayer 12-hour prayer vigil, contact your local church, or you can reach Pastor Eric von Atzigen at efcsweetwater@aol.com.

TRINITY BAPTIST CHURCH
Trinity Baptist Church is located at the corner of Hailey and Santa Fe Streets here in Sweetwater. We are currently building a Family Life Center and have a blue Trinity sign facing Hailey Street. Everyone is welcome to join any and all of our services:
Sundays
9:30 a.m. — Sunday school (it’s for everyone — all ages!).
10:45 a.m. — Morning worship.
6:00 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).
7:30 p.m. — Sanctuary Choir rehearsal.
Our men will leave for Paint Rock for their men’s retreat on Friday the 27th, returning on Saturday the 28th. We look forward to their testimonies on Sunday morning.
This Sunday is the 5th Sunday of April. Therefore, it’s Name Tag Sunday! Be sure to fill out your name tag at the front door or in your Sunday school class. These days are designated throughout the year in order for us to get to know each other better.
Our Nominating Committee will meet this Sunday at 4 p.m. This committee is charged with securing Sunday school/Bible study teachers for the upcoming church year. Please pray for direction for this committee and be prepared to say “yes” when asked to serve.
We will visit and minister to the residents of Nolan Nursing this Sunday from 4-5 p.m. We are looking forward to sharing the love of God with them. We will gather at the church parking lot at 3:45 p.m.
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. Study books are available for $6 each. 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 — 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.
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 “Summer Camps” 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 God’s Word, growing them into mature Christians, to be Jesus’ 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 — 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 God’s 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.
Services:
Sunday morning-10:30 a.m.
Sunday night-Adult discipleship at 6:30 p.m., youth hangout for children ages 11-17 and children’s 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, children’s classes for children ages 5-10 and adult Word study for men’s and women’s ministry, disciple led.
Ministries:
T.A.G. and Tween’s-These ministries are for children ages 11-17. They have youth church on Wednesday night. There’s 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 Sonic 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.
Children’s Ministry-Wednesday night there are classes set up to put a foundation of God’s Word in the children’s life with a fun and enjoyable environment and experience. There is lots of love, guidance and good values seeded into their lives. Sunday night is fun at 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 with 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 generation’s 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.
Summertime Camp
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. It’s a blast!
 5-10 year-old camp suited at the level to where it keeps their attention-fun and a unforgettable experience with God. 

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