RELIGION: First Baptist Church to have garage sale

May 3, 2013

This week's local church news and events

BROADWAY BAPTIST CHURCH
There was a raging wild fire, and a photographer wanted to get some real good pictures of the fire, so he called the airport and set up a charter flight. The reservation was made, and he was told to be at the airport at 11 a.m. and a twin engine Cessna would be ready to take him over the fires. Being all excited about this great opportunity, he rushed to the airport, grabbed his camera from his bag, ran over to the plane, jumped in and told the pilot, “Okay, I’m ready, Let’s go!”
Sure enough, they taxied down the runway, went into the air, saw the smoke and fire and the photographer said, “Fly over the valley!” Make some close passes to the fire!” The pilot looks back and says, “Why?” The man replies, “Because I am a news reporter and camera man, and I need some good pictures of the fire for my article.” The pilot got a strange look on his face and it became deathly silent for a period of time. Then, breaking the silence, the pilot said, “So what you are telling me is that you are not my flight instructor!”
Sometimes, we say we are wrong and other times we say we are mistaken. But no matter how you state it, there is one thing you don’t want to be wrong about. – KNOWING FOR YOU SURE YOU ARE SAVED.
In his message this week, Pastor Chris, will be speaking from Romans 10 on the topic “Sincerely Wrong”. We want to invite you to come worship with us and allow God’s Word to speak to your heart.
If you don’t have a church home, we would love for you to visit us at Broadway Baptist Church, 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 5, 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.
There are many opportunities for service. Children’s Church facilitators are always welcome. 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.
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.
Sunday, May 5, we will be observing the Lord’s Supper during the morning worship service. The Sunday School Council will be meeting on Monday, May 6, in Room 101. May 8 will be our Quarterly Church Conference time at 6 p.m. If you have anything for the conference agenda, please notify the church office.
The students will be having several fundraisers for camp and other summer activities. On May 11, there will be a church garage sale. If you have items you would like to donate, let Tique Hamilton know, and we will store them in Thee Hut. Also, 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 know.
On Wednesday, May 15, at 6 p.m. the children’s department will be having a fundraiser meal as well as Cup Cake Wars for dessert. The meal will be Alice Springs Chicken, green beans, bread and tea with dessert of Cupcake Wars. Please bring one dozen creatively decorated homemade cupcakes. There will be three judges to decide on: Prettiest Cupcake, Most Unusual Ingredients, Over All Best Use of Flavor and Most Creative Name. Cupcakes will also be judged by the people at 25 cents per vote. The cupcake with the most votes will win “People’s Choice Award”.
On Mother’s Day, May 12, we celebrate those who care about and for us. This year, we’re honoring our mothers by following their example. Let’s sacrificially give through a special offering to provide nourishment for someone else. By consolidating the power of Texas Baptists, we can raise $1 million or more for a great cause-ending hunger in Texas and beyond.
For in depth information on First Baptist Church Sweetwater, find us on Facebook or at www.fbcsweetwater.org.

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 Church” for kids in preschool through third grade. The children stay through our time of praise and then go to their own worship service.
Sweetwater FUMC also has youth activities on Sunday nights beginning at 6 p.m. with a prayer and praise time that we call Adoratio. 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: Come join us this Sunday as we kickoff the DaySpring Revival with Wesley Putnam. Wes will hold services Sunday through Wednesday May 5-8. BibleQuest starts at 6 p.m. and includes Bible songs and scripture memory in a fun and engaging style. Revival services start at 7 p.m. Wesley is an ordained Methodist minister who has served as a full-time evangelist for over 30 years. He is musician, dramatist and storyteller whose ministry crosses denominational and state lines. Most of all, he’s a believer who wants to glorify God and build up the Kingdom.
Activities this week:
• Saturday at 9 a.m. — Church league softball tournament.
• Sunday — Worship at 8:45 a.m. and 10:50 a.m. Wesley Putnam preaching.
• Sunday through Wednesday at 6 p.m. — BibleQuest.
• Sunday through Wednesday at 7 p.m. — DaySpring Revival services.
• Wednesday at 10 a.m. — 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.

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, and the youth pastor is Darren Williams.
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, “Listening to the Advocate, the Holy Spirit: God Opened the Heart to Listen.” Worship assistants are Jenene Taylor 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.
“Bless This House” asks that we offer up prayers for all the victims and their families in the terrorist attack bombings in Boston and all the citizens of West, Texas, where an explosion occurred at the fertilizer plant. Both events resulted in fatalities and many individuals being severely injured. Pray that we as God’s servants, minister and comfort those who are hurting by extending the love of Jesus Christ through our prayers and by sharing our material and financial blessings with ones in need.
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)
Family history — One of the most popular hobbies in the world
Family history is one of the most popular hobbies in the world. People of all faiths and nationalities use records, resources and services to learn more about where they come from; since 1999, over 300 million visitors have used The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ free family history site, FamilySearch.org.
For members of the church, learning about one’s family history is more than just a casual endeavor. Latter-day Saints believe families are meant to be central to our lives and that family relationships are intended to continue beyond this life. For more about why we do family history, see Mormon.org.
Organized searching for valued records worldwide began with the 1894 establishment of the Genealogical Society of Utah, a nonprofit group founded by the Church. Today, visitors to FamilySearch.org can search over a billion digital images and indexes of records from all over the world.
The world’s largest collection of genealogical records is housed in a secure vault located in the mountains near Salt Lake City, Utah. The Granite Mountain Records Vault is the church’s official storage unit for 2.4 million rolls of microfilm containing approximately 3.5 billion images. The information links to billions of people in over 100 countries and is recorded in 170 languages.
Maintaining a records collection of such volume requires carefully controlled procedures. The vault, a total of some 65,000 square feet, operates at 55 degrees, 35 percent humidity and with a circulating fresh air system that minimizes dust. The site includes a network of storage rooms containing walls of steel cabinets ten feet high. Because the environment must be so carefully controlled, the vault is not open to the public.
Microfilm at the Granite Mountain Records Vault is stored on reels and then transferred to smaller rolls for researchers to view. Digitizing information allows researchers to view current microfilms on computers instead of rolling through microfilm.
Information on the films is currently being digitized by use of complex computer programs that adjust for density variations in each film.
The records stored include government and church records for births, marriages and deaths; censuses; probate records; land records; draft cards; and so forth. Millions of new records are published on a weekly basis, as volunteers transcribe record information through the Church’s indexing efforts.
The Washington, D.C. building that housed the Freedman’s Savings Bank, a savings institution created primarily for former slaves and their descendants in 1865. In 1989, a Church Family History Department employee discovered original microfilms of records from the Freedman’s Savings Bank. In 2001, after 11 years of work by many to index the records, the church released the collection, containing more than 480,000 names.
In 2012, FamilySearch indexing volunteers assisted with the 1940 U.S. Census Community Project, helping to transcribe information from over 3.8 million images. More than 132 million names from the 1940 U.S. Census are now searchable on the church’s FamilySearch website. The work, which was supposed to take a year, was completed in just four months thanks to the successful partnership between a consortium of national genealogical organizations, FamilySearch.org and more than 163,000 volunteers.
Family history researchers often find cemetery records useful, as they may include birth, marriage and death information, or provide clues about military service, religion, or membership in an organization. These records are often used to establish family relationships, locate family members and identify children who died young or women who were not recorded in family or government documents.
Some of the records stored by the church are photographs. The FamilySearch website enables individuals to work together with others online to compile and share family photos and stories. FamilySearch has 4,600 local facilities in 132 countries where anyone can access genealogical records and receive personal assistance with their family history. Family history centers are free and open to the public and staffed by knowledgeable volunteers.
Calendar:
May 5 — Sunday church service at 9 a.m. Visitors are welcome.
May 6 — Monday home evening.
May 8 — Wednesday young women and Scouts 6:30 p.m.
May 10th and 11th — Friday and Saturday youth garage sale at 1718 Marvin Street at 8 a.m.
We are located at 910 Elm Street in Sweetwater. If you would like to talk with representatives of the church about the Saviors teachings, call 1-800 622-5595. Missionaries serving in this area are Elder Rios and Elder Cosman.

LAMAR STREET BAPTIST CHURCH
Come enjoy a good breakfast and fellowship at our church-wide breakfast in the morning at 8 a.m. in the rec. building. For the ones that can stay we will spend rest of the morning working on projects around the church.
We invite you and your family to join us Sunday at 9:30 a.m. for Sunday school, followed by our 10:40 a.m. service including children sermon, hymnals and praise songs and Bro. Billy Oliver will bring a message from the Bible. Our evening service starts at 6 p.m. Bro. Billy will bring another message from the Bible.
On Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m., we offer activities for first through sixth graders led by Donna Lanfrey, Ruby Arnold and Clint Parks, activities for preschool age led by Jessica Parks, youth activities for 7th-12th graders led by Carolyn Mullican and Michelle Adams and Bible study and prayer for adults led by Bro. Billy Oliver.
We want to remind members that are many opportunities to give within our church, for example, our food pantry, our local mission projects and helping our children attend camp, and our two Zambia kids we give to each month and more.
Vacation Bible School has been set for July 8-11 from 6-8:30 p.m. for all children age 4 though completed fifth grade. This year’s theme is Athens: “Paul’s Dangerous Journey to Share the Truth.”
Lamar Street Baptist Church is celebrating its 100th year. We are gathering addresses of past and present members and staff, so please contact someone from the church if you have any information. The 100th committee has set the date for the celebration on Sunday, Oct. 13. The next committee meeting is this Sunday, May 5, at 5 p.m., and is open to any member that wants to be involved.
Please continue to pray and encourage the members serving on our pastor search committee and members church-wide. There is a mailbox in the foyer to send uplifting words to our brothers and sisters in Christ.
To learn more about Lamar Street Baptist Church, visit us at 513 Lamar, find us on Facebook or call the church at 235-1779 and leave a message and someone will return your call.

WORD OF GOD CHURCH
What we receive by serving Christ Jesus. There are things that Christ promises we will receive if we serve Him as our Lord and King. He tells us in John 15:20, “Remember the word that I said to you. The servant is not greater than his Lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you, if they have kept my sayings, they will keep yours also.”
Verses 18 and 19, Jesus says, “If the world hates you, you know that it hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love it’s own, but because you are not of this world, but I have chosen you out of this world, for this reason the world hates you.”
He also tells us in Luke 6:22-23, “Blessed are you, when men shall hate you and when they shall separate you from their company (or presence) and shall discredit or disgrace you and put out your name as evil because of your master. In like manner did the people to the prophets of God.”
In Matthew 5:10-11, Jesus says we will be persecuted, men shall defame you and your name and will say all manner of evil against you falsely because you serve Christ and not the world or the ways of the world.
Well let’s see, if a person decides to serve Christ, lay down his life, pick up his cross and follow the Lord Jesus we are promised that the people of the world will persecute us. They will hate us, they will separate us from the things they do, they will talk bad about you, accuse you, lie about you, make up stories, spread rumors, they will do anything to discredit and disgrace your name and what you are doing for the Lord just so they don’t look bad and everyone see that they are not as close to Christ as they say.
Wow, no wonder people don’t choose to lay their life down and serve Christ. People of the world will rip you apart and try to destroy you and you have to live with it as a servant. But we are promised that we are blessed by God and highly favored by Him if these things are happening to us. If they are not then you are not serving Christ, but your own agenda. Then will people of the world say good things and how wonderful you are. No one will falsely accuse you of things or talk bad about you. But Jesus says in Luke 6:26, “Woe to you, when all men speak well of you! For so did their fathers to the false teachers.”
Follow the teachings of one being well spoke of, knowing that Jesus says they teach wrong teachings or follow one who has the promises that Christ said would happen if they were following Him. So should we listen to what Jesus says or what we think?
The world nearly always chooses the one that is well spoken of not the one that is being spoken bad of. But Christ chooses the ones the world hates.
Jesus says, if they are not for us, they are against us.
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 those who receive.
Sunday morning from 9:30-10:30 a.m. there is praise and worship and prayer.
From 10:30a.m. to noon there is town evangelizing.
On Thursday evening from 5:30-7 p.m. there is Discipleship Bible study. On Wednesday from 6:30-8 p.m. there is youth night.

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