RELIGION: Local churches plan fall activities
BROADWAY BAPTIST CHURCHIn my daily Bible reading and devotions I came across Deuteronomy 24:18 “Thou shalt remember...the Lord thy God redeemed thee...” What a wonderful blessing it is to remember that it is God Who redeemed us. It is easy for us to remember the ruin, the bad, the difficult and the hard times in life, but how often do we pause and remember our redemption. This week take a moment and remember the day you received Christ. Take a moment toreminisce and rejoice in the God of your salvation. In doing so you can regain the joy of the Lord in the midst of your storms.Our church is offering an alternative to taking your kids out Trick or Treating. This alternative is Treatsville. Treatsville will be held Wednesday evening on Oct. 31 from 6:30-8 p.m. in the gym and the gym parking lot. Here are some of the events you and your child can enjoy: face painting, trunk or treat, dessert walk and multiple games. 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 ChurchThe 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 this Sunday as Pastor Eric von Atzigen continues a new sermon series entitled “The Road to Recovery.” This series will address the hurts, habits and hang-ups in life, and set out a clear path to hope and healing through Jesus Christ. It will also help launch a new small group at EFC called “Celebrate Recovery.” This group will begin meeting on Tuesday evenings in Nov. at 7 p.m. in the Sweetwater Prayer Center. This recovery group is open to anyone in the community! For more information, please call the church offices at 236-9200. “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 Wednesday evenings 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) 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.The Growth Central Bookstore is open for business and quickly becoming a hub for excellent Christian resources in our community! 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 is open between Sunday morning services, from 10:30-11 a.m. and 12:30 – 1 p.m. It is also open on Wednesday evenings from 6-7 p.m. For more information about the ministry of EFC, log onto the church website at www.efcsweetwater.com.FIRST BAPTIST CHURCHFirst Baptist Church invites you and your family to join us this Sunday morning, Oct. 14, for Bible study, beginning at 9:15 a.m., for all age groups, followed by the Sunday morning service, beginning at 10:30 a.m. First Baptist church is located at 213 East Third Street, next door to the Post Office. All are welcome!The October Mission Focus is Operation Christmas Child. Each week during the month of October, Sunday school classes will be asked to bring certain items to fill our Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes. There will be a packing party on Nov. 4, in the Welcome Center.Kid X continues at 5:45 p.m. every Wednesday night. It is a fun and exciting way for Pre-Kindergarten up to sixth grade to learn about Jesus. All children are invited to attend!There will also be a Children's Christmas program this year. Children interested in being part of the Christmas program will meet for practice at 7 p.m. on Wednesday nights immediately following Kid X. Growth groups will resume on Oct. 21. Please contact your group leader concerning any schedule changes.The Pre-Teen Department will be having a fund-raiser meal on Oct. 14 immediately following the morning worship service. The donations will help support the youth financially so that they can attend our many fall and winter activities.The Rolling Plains Baptist Network annual meeting will be held at First Baptist Church Sunday evening, Oct. 14. The business meeting will be held at 4:30 p.m., followed by a fellowship meal at 6 p.m. and then worship service at 7 p.m. Dr. Ken Lyle will be the special guest speaker and special music will be provided by The Messengers. Dr. Lyle is Director of Masters Divinity Program at Logsdon Seminary at Hardin Simmons University. He is also professor of New Testament in Greek at HSU.Our annual Family Fall Festival will be held Oct. 31 from 6-8 p.m. in the north church parking lot. There will be lots of delicious food, good family fun and games with the community. All are invited to share with us!For in depth information, find us on Facebook and check out our website www.fbcsweetwater.org.FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCHVisitors 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. The Old Testament reading this week is Psalm 95:1-7 and the New Testament reading is Matthew 28-:18-20. Jack Aycock will be our pulpit supply this week and Shelby Cason is the worship assistant. Jack’s sermon title is “The Apostle Paul”. The greeters are Dorothy Stroman and Paula Carmichael. Elder of the Month is Becky Brock.HIGHLAND HEIGHTS UNITED METHODIST CHURCHYou 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, “Total Attachments: The World and the Comfort of Riches.” 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 October is Betty Merrell. Remember to bring your contributions for Gateway Family Services. Our collection will be delivered to the center during the following week.We encourage members of the leadership committee to return this evening at 4 p.m., being followed at 5 p.m., with the SPRC meeting.Through the Homebound Ministry, on Sunday, Oct. 28, decorative fall snack sacks will be available for congregational members to delivery to our homebound.With our emphasis upon “Gateway” in October, Bless This House is calling upon prayer for the individuals and families that are touched through this outreach ministry who are suffering from pain, disillusionment or needing comfort and support. Pray that God will strengthen their lives spiritually, emotionally and physically. Ask through God’s guidance, the center provides trained and qualified help in restoring broken lives.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)JESUS CHRIST: "To the duty designated by His Father, [the Savior] turned His face, pledged His heart, and gave His life. And what a sinless, selfless, noble, and divine life it was. Jesus labored. Jesus loved. Jesus served. Jesus testified. What finer example could we strive to emulate? Let us begin now, this very night, to do so. Cast off forever will be the old self and with it defeat, despair, doubt, and disbelief. To a newness of life we come—a life of faith, hope, courage, and joy. No task looms too large; no responsibility weighs too heavily; no duty is a burden. All things become possible."—Thomas S. Monson,As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we add our witness to the solemn testimonies of millions from the past and present that Jesus of Nazareth is the Son of the Living God, the Redeemer and Savior of the human race, the Eternal Judge of all people, the Chosen and Anointed of the Father-the Christ.If you would like to talk with representatives of the Church about the Savior's teachings,Call 1-800 622-5595Oct. 14 – Church services.Oct. 15 – Family home evening.Oct. 17 – Mutual activity.Oct. 20 – Stake youth activity.Missionaries serving in this area; Elder Holt and Elder RockwoodFor questions, please feel free to call 1 (325) 864-2999.LAMAR STREET BAPTIST CHURCHJoin us Sundays at 9:30 a.m. for Sunday school, followed by our 10:40 a.m. service featuring hymns and a children's sermon. Bro. Billy Oliver will bring a message from the Bible. Come again at 6 p.m. for our Sunday night service.On Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. we offer Mission Friends, GA's--Girls in Action, and RA's--Royal Ambassadors, youth activities for 7th-12th graders and Bible study and prayer for adults. The choir has started preparing for our Christmas special; come join us following the service.If you have not gave to the Mary Hill Davis offering for Texas Missions, you still can through the month of October. Also, I want to remind members to give monthly toward the three children we are sponsoring from Zambia. Praise God for the work He is doing there.Pray for the five members that is serving on our pastor search committee.Upcoming events include a Trunk and Treat on Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the church parking lot. We want to invite all area children to stop by and visit us. Our annual Fall Festival will be from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7, in the recreation building. Come for a free evening of fellowship, food, games for the kids, and more.To learn more about Lamar Street Baptist Church, visit us at 513 Lamar, find us on Facebook or call the church at 235-1779.RHEMA VALLEYIf you are a Southern Gospel fan, we invite you to join us this Sunday morning at Rhema Valley.The award-winning "Southern Plainsmen" will minister in son and testimony, bringing a spiritual charge to love beyond church and denominational walls. This is a family event. There will be no children's service for this Sunday's 10:30 a.m. service.On Sunday, Oct. 21, Pastor Ollie will bring a current event message based from the Book of Habakkuk. A children's service and nursery will be provided. For further info, call 235-2018.