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Aglow International Sweetwater Community Lighthouse will host their monthly meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express, 300 SE Georgia Ave.
Everyone is invited to come and join us for a time of worship, sharing and prayer. For more information, call 338-8924 or 766-2245.
BROADWAY BAPTIST CHURCH
I remember a song that my brother, father, and I use to sing that went like this: â€śLet me touch Him, let me touch Jesus so that others may know and be blessed.â€ťÂ We should desire to reach out and touch others with the love of God.Â A poet wrote:
My life shall touch a dozen lives;
Before this day is done.
Leave countless makes of good or ill;
Eâ€™er sets the evening sun.
This, the prayer I always pray:
Lord, may my life show others your love, today.
Reach out, today, with the love of Christ and make a real difference.
This Sunday, the 7th, Dr. Al Reichman will minister to us during the 6 p.m. service.Â Dr. Reichman is the Southwest Regional Director of the Chosen People Ministries. He comes from a long line of orthodox rabbis.Â Since he received Christ as his personal Savior, he has had a great burden for the Jewish people.Â He will share with us his ministry.
Our church is offering an alternative to taking your kids out trick-or-treating.Â This alternative is Treatsville.Â Treatsville will be held Wednesday evening on Oct. 31, from 6:30-8 p.m. in the gym and the gym parking lot.Â Here are some of the events you and your child can enjoy: face painting, trunk or treat, dessert walk and multiple games.Â
If you donâ€™t have a church home, we would like to welcome you to come and visit us this Sunday.Â Our Life Groups, which is for all ages, starts at 10 a.m.Â Our morning service is at 10:50 a.m. and our evening service begins at 6 p.m.Â Come and let us be a blessing to you as we worship the Lord together.
This Sunday morning at the 11 a.m. service, guest speaker Chris and Michelle Neal will be sharing their vision about life and the Asian people.
Chris stated a little about their personal background like this, â€śIt was during our undergraduate studies at Tarleton State University that we met and fell in love. We married in June of 1999 and spent some time working in various jobs in the Stephenville, Texas area. Knowing that each of us felt a call to help others fulfill their potential in life, we first got involved in overseas work in January 2001.â€ť
â€śOver the past 11 years we have been in and out of Northern Asia, finding various jobs to provide us with visas and resources to stay in the country. During that time we have done humanitarian projects, taught English to university students, taught at an international school, managed projects for the foundation we worked for, studied the national language and done training for nationals in various life skills.â€ť
â€śIn continuing our journey there, we are now finishing training that will hopefully facilitate new opportunities to speak life into the lives of the people we work with,â€ť said Chris.
Pastor Tom Fraley gives everyone a special invitation to â€śbroadenâ€ť your vision and become more acquainted with the Chinese people. The churchâ€™s address is 807 W. Alabama, and for more information, you can contact Pastor Tom Fraley at 325-235-1369.
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
First Baptist Church invites you and your family to join us this Sunday morning, Oct. 7, 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 shoeboxes. There will be a Packing Party on Nov. 4, in the Welcome Center.
Growth groups will resume on Oct. 21. Please contact your group leader concerning any schedule changes.
This Sunday, Oct. 7, there will be a Deacon Ordination Service at First Baptist Church, beginning at 6 p.m. We will be presenting Mike Hale and Mike Wilks for ordination in our church as deacons.
Beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 10, "Fields of Faith" will be held at Mustang Bowl with guest speaker Giles Montgomery (former all-state lineman and our new Sweetwater High School offensive line coach). Check the website www.fieldsoffaith.com for more information.
The Pre-Teen Department will be having a fundraiser 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 on 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 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.Â
The Old Testament reading this week is Exodus 3:1-15 and the New Testament reading is Romans 12:9-12.Â Reverend Kary Fryâ€™s sermon is â€śJehovah: I Am Who I am!â€ť The worship assistant is Jim Gesin and the greeters are Linda Rasco and Jo Thompson. Elder of the Month is Becky Brock.
We will have a pot luck dinner after worship services to welcome our new pastor, Reverend Kary Fry. Please bring a vegetable, salad or dessert.
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 â€ścome as you areâ€ť 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 Godâ€™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 childrenâ€™s time and â€śChildrenâ€™s Churchâ€ť for kids in preschool through second grade.
Sweetwater FUMC also has youth activities on Sunday nights beginning at 6 p.m. Every Tuesday and Wednesday FUMC hosts the Gaylordâ€™s Pantry and a clothes closet. Both of those ministries operate from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Please enter through the North (4th street) entrance if you would like to receive Godâ€™s blessing through either of these ministries.
News this week: Pastor Brian will be continuing a series on Hearing From God. Come explore how we can encounter the God of the universe through a real conversation.
â€śAdoratioâ€ť our new Sunday night praise and prayer service starts tonight! We will meet at 6 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Be in prayer that God will bless this time and that our offering of worship will bless Him. We will also be starting an evangelism class that will meet at 6:30 p.m. immediately after the praise and prayer time. Cindy Stroman is also teaching a Wednesday Bible study at 10 a.m. on Oct. 12.
Anyone interested in hearing about sponsoring children in Malawi, Africa through Circle of Hope is invited to the parsonage (1407 Tanya) at 6:30 p.m. on Monday. If you think God may be calling you to be part of a mission team to Malawi next June come by on Tuesday (same place, same time).
Activities this week:
â€˘ Sunday at 6 p.m. â€” â€śAdoratioâ€ť Praise and prayer service.
â€˘ Sunday at 6:30 p.m. â€” Beth Moore Bible study and evangelism class.
â€˘ Wednesday Bible study at 10 a.m.
â€˘ Thursday â€” Club 456 Praise team immediately after school.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. If you need prayer or have the need to contact our pastor you can call the same number or email him at email@example.com.
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, â€śTested by the Pharisees: The Plight of Women and Children.â€ť 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. This is Communion Sunday when we have the opportunity to participate in the Sacrament of Holy Communion in renewing our spiritual walk with Jesus Christ. Remember to bring your rail offering that is applied to our shared ministries as directed through the United Methodist Church in the Northwest Texas Conference.
After worship service, plan to stay for our fellowship dinner. Immediately following our meal, you are encouraged to attend an administrative council meeting.
The evangelism committee meets Monday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m., at the church. Following coordinators reporting on their respective outreach ministries, decorative snack sacks will be compiled for â€śWest Texas Childrenâ€™s Advocacy Center.â€ť
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.
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 Godâ€™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)
"We are sons and daughters of a living God, in whose image we have been created. Think of that: created in the image of God. We cannot sincerely hold this conviction without experiencing a profound new sense of strength and power." (Genesis 1:27)
â€”Thomas S. Monson
General Conference This Week:
Come Listen to Living Prophets
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints invites all to watch or listen to general conference.
â€˘ Saturday, Oct. 6, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
â€˘ Sunday, Oct. 7, fromÂ 11 p.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
May be viewed on BYU TV (cable) or lds.org (internet)
â€˘ Oct. 7 â€” Family home evening.
â€˘ Oct. 10 â€” Mutual activity, Cub days.
â€˘ Oct. 13 â€” Stake temple day.
â€˘ Oct. 14 â€” Branch correlation meeting.
â€˘ Oct. 20 â€” Stake youth activity.
Missionaries serving in this area: Elder Holt and Elder Rockwood
For questions, please feel free to call 1 (325) 864-2999.
LAMAR STREET BAPTIST CHURCH
Praise God, for the recent rain!
Our church-wide breakfast is in the morning at 8 a.m. in the recreation building. We welcome everyone to fellowship with us and enjoy a wonderful breakfast cooked by our deacons.
Join 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 â€” Girls in Action, and RA's â€” 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.Â
Upcoming events include a Trunk and Treat on Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the side parking lot. We want to invite all area children to stop by and visit us. Our annual Fall Festival will be Wednesday, Nov. 7 in the recreation building.
To learn more about Lamar Street Baptist Church, visit us at 513 Lamar, find us on Facebook or call the church at 235-1779.
TRINITY BAPTIST CHURCH
Be sure to mark your calendars for the Dedication and Open House for our new Family Life Center on Sunday, Oct. 21. There will be a dedication worship service in the morning and a community-wide open house in the afternoon. We want the community to see the fruits of our labors over the past year or so. Our theme has been To God Be the Glory, and we hope to be able to use this Family Life Center all to His glory! Continue to watch this space for more information as the time nears.
Better Together, our community Bible study, is in full swing and, we are meeting in our new Family Life Center! Do you know that one of lifeâ€™s most important things is learning how to love? If we donâ€™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 â€” because they do! This past weekâ€™s lesson was putting feet to our love and faith. Lots of good ideas were shared and will be put into action. Please pray for these groups as they seek Godâ€™s will in how we can best serve and love our fellow man.
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.
This Sunday is a 5th Sunday which meansâ€¦Name Tag Sunday! This is the day when everyone wears a name tag so we can become familiar with faces and names. This has been a 5th-Sunday project for 2012. Come join us this Sunday â€” no one will be a stranger!
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:
â€˘ 9:30 a.m. â€” Sunday school (itâ€™s for everyone â€” all ages!).
â€˘ 10:45 a.m. â€” Morning worship.
â€˘ 6:00 p.m. â€” Better Together (adult Bible study), youth Bible study and Childrenâ€™s M&Mâ€™s and M&Mâ€™s Minis.
â€˘ 6:30 p.m. â€” Prayer time/Bible study for adults.
â€˘ Youth Bible study (7th-12th grades), TeamKID for children (Preschool through sixth grades).
7:30 p.m. â€“ Adult choir rehearsal.
The ladiesâ€™ Bible study, James: Mercy Triumphs, by Beth Moore, is also in full swing. Ladies of all ages enjoy these studies, held each Wednesday at noon, with a second session available at 6 p.m. Itâ€™s not too late to join, so come ahead to whichever class best meets your schedule.
Trinity will be taking part in the Fields of Faith event to be held at Mustang Bowl on Wednesday, Oct. 10. More information will follow as that time nears. But mark your calendars now for this area-wide youth event. Counselors are needed for anyone making a profession of faith at the event. Contact your church pastor or our church for more information.
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 Godâ€™s Word, growing them into mature Christians, to be Jesusâ€™ 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 â€” 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 Godâ€™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.
Sunday morning â€” 10:30 a.m.
Sunday Night â€” Adult discipleship 6:30 p.m., youth hangout 11-17 year-olds and Childrenâ€™s Rock night 5-10 year-olds.
Wednesday Night â€” 6:30 p.m. is teen and tween youth church, pastor led for 11-17 year-olds, childrenâ€™s classes for 5-10 year-olds and adult Word study for menâ€™s and womenâ€™s ministry, disciple led.
T.A.G. and Tweenâ€™s â€” These ministries are for 11 -17 year-olds. They have youth church on Wednesday night. Thereâ€™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.
Childrenâ€™s Ministry â€” Wednesday night there are classes set up to put a foundation of Godâ€™s word in the childrenâ€™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 â€” 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 â€” 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 generationâ€™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 â€” 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.
11-17 year-olds Extreme Camp â€” 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. Itâ€™s a blast!
5-10 year-olds â€” Camp suited at the level to where it keeps their attention. It is fun and an unforgettable experience with God.