RELIGION: Ladies’ Bible study has started at Trinity Baptist Church

September 14, 2012

This week's local church news

AVONDALE BAPTIST CHURCH
Greetings to everyone from the Avondale Baptist Church family! We would like to invite you to come and visit us If you are looking for a loving church family. We welcome you to come and worship our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ with us. We have Sunday school classes for all ages and we have great teachers for all of the classes. 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. and worship services at 10:50 a.m. and 6 p.m. We have choir practice at 7 p.m. Sunday. 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
In Revelation 2:1-7, we read about the Lord’s charge that the church at Ephesus had left their first love. It wasn’t that they didn’t love the Lord Jesus. It was that they didn’t love Him like they used to. If there ever was a time when you loved Jesus more than you do at this moment, you are backslidden. G. Campbell Morgan said that lukewarmness is the worst form of blasphemy. I believe he’s right.  Lukewarmness is a way of saying, “God, I believe in You, I love you, but You just don’t excite me.” Has your love for God slipped? Do you truly love Him more today than yesterday? Has your love for Christ become lukewarm? There is an old song which says: “I keep falling in love with Him, over and over, and over and over again.” Do you keep falling in love with Jesus? Let the love of God permeate your heart and your heart be filled with love for Him.
Here are some events that we would like to invite you to come to and enjoy: Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m. we will have Lee and Nancy Warren as our special guests. Lee and Nancy are true musicians, and have a great southern Gospel sound. On Oct. 7, Dr. Al Reichman will minister to us during the 6 p.m. service. Dr. Reichman is the Southwest Regional Director of the Chosen People Ministries. He comes from a long line of orthodox rabbis. Since he received Christ as his personal Savior, he has had a great burden for his own people. He will share with us his ministry.
The Children’s Wednesday night Bible study program: “WISEGUYS has begun. Wiseguys is an exciting program focused on scripture memory and teaching children Biblical truths in an enjoyable way. The visualized verses, musical choruses and character building stories are all centered on the character quality and definition for the month. We will meet every Wednesday night at 7 p.m. If you are interested in your child being in this program, please call us at 235-2730. We will be meeting in the church’s Education Building.
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.

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
It’s official — David's here! Join us on Sunday morning (Sept. 16) to welcome our new Minister of Music, David Woods, and his wife, Susan Woods, to the First Baptist Church family. Bible study begins at 9:15 a.m. for all age levels. Following Bible study, our Sunday morning worship service will begin at 10:30 a.m., led by David Woods. This will be an exciting start for your week with Baptisms and God working in people's lives right here in Sweetwater! Come to think of it, this would be a good time to join the worship choir, which meets on Wednesday night at 7 p.m., for rehearsal. First Baptist Church is located at 213 East Third Street, next door to the Post Office, and all are welcome!
Here's David Woods' Background:
1979 — licensed to the Ministry by Skyline Baptist Church of Dallas.
1982 - both David and Susan earned a Bachelor of Music in Voice from Dallas Baptist University.
1987 — David received a Master of Music Degree (Ministry Concentration) from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
1989 — Ordained to the Ministry by the University Baptist Church of Abilene.
On Sunday evening (Sept. 16), in the fellowship hall, the Mystery Luau begins at 6 p.m. You don't have to cook — you'll have a lot of fun — and you might even solve a mystery. Wear your favorite tropical shirt and come prepared to have a good time with your church family!
A reminder that on Tuesday (Sept. 18) the church office will be closed for a staff planning retreat.
On Tuesday evenings (check schedule) come prepared to support your softball team and have a great competitive experience at the softball field across the street from Sweetwater High School Mustang Bowl. Current schedule lists Sept. 18, as First Baptist Church vs Fourth and Elm Church of Christ beginning at 7 p.m., and Sept. 25, as First Baptist Church vs. Lamar Street Baptist Church, beginning at 7 p.m. This is Co-Ed Softball League of Churches and all the teams are very talented and fun to watch, or you could even sign up to be on the team.
Also mark your calendar for the return of "Family Movie Night" on (Sept. 22) beginning at 6 p.m., hosted by the children's department. The movie being shown is "The Rookie." Hot dogs, along with funnel cakes, will be served. Contact Cindy Hamlin for more information.
Find us on Facebook and check out our website www.fbcsweetwater.org.

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Visitors are always welcome at First Presbyterian Church. 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. 
Rev. Palmquist’s sermon title is “Who Do You Say that I Am?”. The scripture readings for this week are: James 3:1-12 and Mark 8:27-38. Peggy Elliott is our worship assistant. Greeters are Paula Carmichael and Jo Thompson.

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
You are welcome to 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, “What Will It Profit Them to Gain the Whole World and Loose Their Soul?” 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 September is Helen Rowlett.
The outreach ministry that is being emphasized for the next several weeks is “Gateway Family Services.” The center offers its services and ministers to individuals involved in family violence and sexual assault in Scurry, Nolan, Mitchell, Fisher and Kent Counties. We are collecting good used and new suitcases and paper goods, such as toilet paper, Kleenex, paper towels, paper plates and paper cups. Additional items that are needed are towels, wash cloths, laundry detergent, dishwashing liquid, bar soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes. Sunday, Oct. 14, is the consecration date of items collected.
With our Charge Conference approaching in November, the Leadership Committee and the SPRC will meet on Sunday, Oct. 14, at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m., respectively.
Through the “Homebound Ministry” on Sunday, Oct. 28, decorative fall snack sacks will be available for congregational members to delivery to our homebound.
“Bless This House” continues to ask prayer for all students, parents, teachers and administrative staff on all school campuses to give their utmost with an energetic and optimistic attitude in striving to be the best that they can be. Pray that God strengthen each individual with patience, encouragement, understanding and determination to achieve their highest goals.
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.

TRINITY BAPTIST CHURCH
Better Together, our community Bible study, started this past Sunday in our new Family Life Center! We had a great crowd and were totally blessed by the beginnings of this study. Do you know that one of life’s most important things is learning how to love? If we don’t live a life of love, nothing we say, know, believe, give or accomplish will matter. Love is a command (not optional), it is a choice, it is a conduct and it is a commitment. 1 Corinthians 14:1 says that we should go after a life of love as if our lives depended on it — because they do! One way to go after a life of love is to show appreciation to others. To whom have you shown appreciation this week? The clerk at the grocery or convenience store? The car hop or waitress who brings your food? The janitor at your school or church? Someone who does special behind-the-scenes work at your church? Your spouse for working hard to provide for his/her family? We’re talking about sincere appreciation and showing the love of God to our fellow strugglers. This is something we were charged to work on this week…will you join us? Perhaps showing God’s love to just one person can make a world of difference in not only your life, but theirs. Think about it!
The Trinity Family wants you to have a close relationship with our loving God and your fellow believers, to have that renewal that comes with weekly interaction with other Christians. Our casual, friendly, loving atmosphere is a wonderful place to study His Word together. Our 10:45 a.m. service is a mix of traditional and contemporary, with something for everyone. Bring the family and join our family this Sunday.
Our sanctuary is located at the corner of Hailey and Santa Fe Streets here in Sweetwater. First-time visitors are invited to enter our building through the front (Santa Fe Street side) or from the west parking lot (beside the air conditioner tower). Our regularly scheduled weekly activities are as follows:
Sundays
9:30 a.m. — Sunday school (it’s for everyone — all ages!).
10:45 a.m. — Morning worship.
6 p.m. — Better Together (adult Bible study), youth Bible study, and children’s M&M’s and M&M’s Minis.
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. — Adult choir rehearsal.
We have started the ladies’ Bible study, James: Mercy Triumphs, by Beth Moore, this week. Ladies of all ages enjoy these studies, held each Wednesday at noon, with a second session available at 6 p.m. It’s not too late to join, so come ahead to whichever class best meets your schedule.
Dedication and open house for our new Family Life Center is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 21. Please watch this space and in The Sweetwater Reporter for more information as the time nears. We would love to have the community of Sweetwater share in our excitement.
If you have questions 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, from 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 6:30 p.m., youth hangout 11-17 year-olds and Children’s Rock night 5-10 year-olds.
Wednesday Night — 6:30 p.m. is teen and tween youth church, pastor led for 11-17 year-olds, children’s classes for 5-10 year-olds and adult Word study for men’s and women’s ministry, disciple led.
Ministries:
T.A.G. and Tween’s — These ministries are for 11 -17 year-olds. 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 hangout, 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 hang out 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 — 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. It is even for those who want to start over.
The Rock youth center is open 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, velcro wall jump, pool table, air hockey, foosball, skating, video games, basketball and volleyball area. A snack bar is available with drinks, nachos, frito pies, candy, chips, 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-olds 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-olds — Camp suited at the level to where it keeps their attention. It is fun and an unforgettable experience with God.

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