RELIGION: Faith Lutheran to host retreat

January 25, 2013

Local church news and events

BROADWAY BAPTIST CHURCH
Daniel wrote in Daniel 9:3 –“I set my face toward the Lord, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes.” 
So often our prayers are casual prayers, prayers that come with almost a take-it-or-leave-it attitude. Many of us could not even remember what we prayed for this morning or last night. We rattle off a little, “Now I lay me down to sleep” or “Lord bless this food and this place” prayer. The truth is, more often than not we’re flabby, undisciplined and exhibit no determination, when it comes to our prayer life. We are redundant, repetitive and our prayers get no higher than the ceiling. 
God tells us, “...The effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” God does want to hear and answer our prayers, but according to Isaiah 59 He cannot, because of “sin and iniquity” in our hearts. How is your prayer life? Do you pray from the heart? Do you pray fervently? Do you pray seeking God’s will? God does say, “Call unto me and I will answer thee.” Let me encourage you to pray daily, humbly and fervently and God will hear and answer your prayers.
This week our church has enjoyed our annual Missions Conference. We have enjoyed the preaching of Evangelist Monte Martin and have heard and enjoyed the testimonies of Elmo Compton, missionary to Peru and Janice Hickey, missionary to Ecuador. This Sunday will be the last day of the conference. Come out and enjoy some great preaching and testimonies. 
If you don’t 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.

EMMANUEL FELLOWSHIP CHURCH
We invite you to join us this Sunday at Emmanuel Fellowship Church! Our Sunday morning services are at 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.
January is a good month for new life! This Sunday, Pastor Eric will continue a New Year series entitled “Bringing Faith to Life!” Come listen to this week’s message as we receive a fresh word on how to see resurrection occur in every area of our faith! We will also be celebrating with many from our church family this month as they follow the Lord Jesus in baptism, so don’t miss this special time.
“Worldchangers,” EFC’s Wednesday evening children’s ministry is in full-swing, with children ages birth through fifth grade exploring what living life with Jesus really looks like! They meet Wednesday evenings from 6:45-8:30 p.m.
The Salvage Yard youth ministry, for grades 6-12, meets Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m. for their worship service and again on Sunday evenings at 6 p.m. for small group discipleship.
Lifegroups for adults meet Monday evenings (young adults group), Tuesday evenings (Celebrate Recovery) and Wednesday evenings (family groups and women’s group) at 7 p.m. For more information on how to connect with a small group, check out the Lifegroups display in the church foyer, or log online to www.efcsweetwater.com.
Events on the radar include baby dedications in both services next Sunday, Feb. 3, and a membership class on Sunday, Feb. 10, from 4-6 p.m. If you would like more information on either event, please call the church offices at 236-9200. We are also looking forward to a Valentine’s Banquet on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. Make plans now to join us for dinner, entertainment, door prizes and a special presentation of “Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage!” As an added bonus, all proceeds from the banquet will go towards the Salvage Yard mission trip to Hurricane Sandy devastation in New York. To purchase tickets, check out the table in the church foyer this Sunday, or come by the church offices. Tickets are $10 per couple, and full children’s ministry is included.
We also invite you to step into The Growth Central Bookstore when you visit EFC. It’s stocked with Bibles, study aids, devotionals, marriage and parenting resources, worship music, inspirational gifts, original art and fiction books — there’s something for everyone! The bookstore will be open between Sunday morning services, from 10:30-11 a.m. and 12:30-1 p.m.
For more information about the ministry of EFC, log onto the church website at www.efcsweetwater.com.

FAITH LUTHERAN CHURCH
Faith Lutheran Church Missouri Synod invites you to come and worship with a friendly congregation in remembering the “Sabbath Day to keep it Holy.” Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m. and worship is at 10:45 a.m. On Saturday, Jan. 26, Faith Lutheran will host a retreat engaging rural communities and church. In attendance are churches within the West Texas area to understand changes in the community for small churches and the important role of the church. “Let us go to the small towns...” Mark 1:38. Leaders are Rev. Steve Misch of Borger and Rev. Dale Snyder of Wichita Falls.

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
First Baptist Church invites you and your family to join us on this Sunday, Jan. 27, 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. All are welcome. Your presence will enhance our worship experience and fellowship together.
New FBC T-shirts are now on sale as a fundraiser for Missions. These T-shirts are for the entire family and will be great to wear for future church and community events. Deadline to order is Jan. 30.
Spots are still available to volunteer to help facilitate our children’s church. If you facilitate a class for one month on Sundays during the morning worship hour, you will find it to be one of the most fulfilling things you have ever done. Please call the church office for more information.
Growth Groups will begin in February. Please call the church office or sign up online for your choice of seven different growth groups. They will be on Sunday nights at 6 p.m. except for one available on Tuesday mornings.
Kid X will resume on Jan.30 at 5:45 p.m. KidX is a fun way for children from Kindergarten through the sixth grade to learn about Jesus!
Many Sunday school classes already have Super Bowl parties scheduled. This is a great way to interact with your Sunday school class for fun fellowship! If you have not thought about a party, it is not too late to put it on the church calendar.
On Feb. 23, the church bus will head to Mesquite to deliver the shoes we collected for the Buckner shoe drive. Please call the office at 236-6348 if you would like to participate in this very rewarding endeavor.
For in depth information, find us on Facebook and check the website www.fbcsweetwater.org. We also have two new exciting websites for children and Pre-Teens: www.fbcsweetkids.weebly.com for first through fourth graders and www.firstbaptistpreteens.weebly.com for fifth and sixth graders.

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
First Presbyterian Church would like to invite you to worship with us on Sundays at 10:45 a.m.
The lectionary for this week is Nehemiah 1:11-6a, 1: 11-2:8 and 1 Cor. 12:12-31a. Pastor Kary’s sermon title is “A Plan to Rebuild.” Kathleen Campbell is the worship assistant and the greeters are Paula Carmichael and Linda Rasco. Don’t forget noisy and reverse offering!
Visitors are always welcome at First Presbyterian Church; we hope you will join us. The church is located at 14th and McCauley. 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.
Coming up:
“The Bible in 90 Days” begins on Feb. 10! The Christian Education committee is pleased to announce a new course of study for the whole family: Reading the Bible in 90 Days. Call the church office if you are interested at 235-5491.
Reminders:
Presbyterian Women meet on the first Wednesday of each month. The business meeting is at 5 p.m. and the Bible study begins at 5:30 p.m.
Choir practice is every Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
Plarning will meet every Wednesday in the fellowship hall at 1 p.m.
All committee meetings resume on the second Wednesday of the month at 5:30 p.m.
Session meetings are on the third Wednesday of the month at 5:30 p.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 “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 Sundays beginning at 6:30 p.m. Our schedule is in flux while we search for a new minister of youth.
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 (Fourth Street) entrance if you would like to receive God’s blessing through either of these ministries.
News this week: This Sunday we will be continuing a series on Holiness by asking the question: How do we deal with sin in the church — and what is God’s plan for restoration when we have fallen? Come join us as we boldly challenge each other to live a life worth of the calling we have in Christ.
We have several members of our congregation who will be going to Malawi, Africa in June for a mission trip. A brisket plate fundraiser will be held this Sunday in the fellowship hall. We will begin serving at 11:30 a.m. for those who attend the first service. Come be a part of what God is doing in Malawi.
Pastor Brian will be starting a new Evangelism Class on Feb. 3. Yes, he realizes that’s Super Bowl Sunday! We will meet early that day for an orientation and questions.
Club 456 will be having movie night this Saturday from 7-9 p.m. Come join as we break in a new 3-D TV for movie night! Meet at the south door (on Third Street). Snacks are provided — bring your own drink.
Fun activities for fourth though sixth graders (Club 456) and first through third graders (UMKids) are offered at different times during the month. Call the church for more information.
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.

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Our church’s mission statement: “To glorify Christ in all that we do by bringing people to Christ and equipping them to serve Christ.”
You are welcome to join us for Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and worship service is 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 January is Jenene Taylor. Remember to bring your coins and/or folding money for “Noisy Money” Sunday. The collection is designated for the outreach ministry, “No More Malaria.” The ministry has a goal of eradicating malaria in Africa within a five year time 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.
Looking at a map of the United States, it is apparent that the flu and other related winter illnesses have run rampant across the nation, effecting all ages. Bless This House ask prayers for God’s healing power, as well as, the caregivers that are ministering to the sick.
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.

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