RELIGION: Trinity Baptist Church begins new session of DivorceCare
BROADWAY BAPTIST CHURCHThere is a great old song that states, “Without Him I would be dying, without Him, I’d surely fail. Without Him I would be drifting, like a ship without a sail.” In Hebrews 2:1 the Apostle Paul uses a nautical phrase to remind us that life is like an ocean, trackless with winds, currents and waves. Ships without a captain will drift aimlessly without purpose or plan. The two phrases that really stick out are “giving the more earnest heed” and the word “slip”. They refer to bringing a ship into the harbor. This is the most skillful part of being a sea pilot. To let them slip literally means to drift away. Paul wants us to be careful when we enter the harbor that we don’t end up on the rocks or drift pass the harbor. As we continue through the new year let us not “drift” or “slip” and wander aimlessly about, rather let us place our ship in the Master’s hand, follow His charted course, and not let the winds of the world, the tides of circumstance, or the currents of things around us cause us to drift.We are having our annual Missions Conference starting Wednesday, Jan. 23, through Sunday the 27th. Come and enjoy the preaching of Evangelist Monte Martin and hear the testimonies of Elmo Compton, missionary to Peru and Janice Hickey, missionary to Ecuador. Services Wednesday through Friday will begin at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, the 27th, our services will be at their regular time.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 CHURCHWe 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 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), 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.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.FIRST BAPTIST CHURCHFirst Baptist Church invites you and your family to join us on this Sunday, Jan. 20, 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.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.Fifth and sixth graders will have a movie night. All fifth and sixth graders please join us on January 26, at 7 p.m. for pizza and movie.The 2013 church calendar involves many exciting events. Growth group sign-ups are coming soon. Women on Mission will be meeting once a month. Worship choir rehearsal will be at 7 p.m. on Wednesday nights. KidX will resume on Jan. 30 at 5:45 p.m. Bible Drill for third through sixth grade will be at 4:30 p.m. on Sundays. There will be many church-wide fellowships and assorted ministries. Please call the church office at 236-6348 to become involved.We look forward to bringing in 2013 with you. We anticipate a blessed andjoyous New Year as we share the Good News.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 grades andwww.firstbaptistpreteens.weebly.com for fifth and sixth graders.FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCHFirst Presbyterian Church would like to invite you to worship with us on Sundays at 10:45 a.m.The lectionary for this week is Isaiah 62:1-5 and John 2:1-11. Pastor Kary’s sermon title is “The Miracle at the Wedding Feast”. Shelby Cason is the worship assistant and the greeters are Gayle Biggerstaff and Doug Richards. Gary Brown and Justin Wilburn will be Ordained as Elders and the Class of 2015 will be Installed to Session.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:Don’t forget Noisy and Reverse offering next Sunday.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.HIGHLAND HEIGHTS UNITED METHODIST CHURCHYou are welcome to join us for Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and worship service is at 10:45 a.m., with Lisa Peterson bringing the message. Worship assistants are Brenda Alexander leading the congregational hymns and playing the keyboard, pianist is Eugenia Hill and our greeter for the month of January is Jenene Taylor. The congregation extends our gratitude and appreciation to Lisa for being among one of our alternate speakers during Pastor Claude’s illness and recuperation. Pastor Claude does plans to return to the pulpit on Sunday, the 30th of January.Looking at a map of the United States, it is apparent that the flu and other related winter illnesses are running rampant across the nation approaching epidemic proportions, effecting all ages. Bless This House asks for 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.THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS (THE MORMONS)More than two centuries ago, Thomas Jefferson drafted Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom. On Jan. 16, 1786, the Virginia General Assembly passed the bill, laying the groundwork for the First Amendment of the United States Bill of Rights that establishes the protection of religious freedom. Twenty years ago President George H. W. Bush instituted Religious Freedom Day on Jan. 16. Since then, each year on 16th of January, the president of the United States has issued an official proclamation in honor of religious freedom.The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints feels deep appreciation for the freedoms that have flowed since the Virginia Statute and has joined with many others in fostering and encouraging the defense and preservation of religious freedom. Church leaders have addressed the many societal benefits that come from religious pluralism, vibrant religious communities and a general environment of morality and social trust.They continue to address the vital functions of religious freedom in the exercise of conscience, the ability to live with our deepest differences and allowing all — believers and not — to have a place in the public square. Mormonnewsroom.org has collected many of these addresses and provided a six-part series of commentaries exploring the Church’s position on religious freedom.CalendarSunday, Jan. 20 — Church service at 9 a.m. Visitors are welcomed.Monday, Jan. 21 – Family home evening.Wednesday, Jan. 23 – Young women, Scouts, Achievement Day, Cub Scout 6:30 p.m.We are located at 910 Elm Street in Sweetwater.If you want to talk to a representative of the church about the Savior’s teachings. Call 1-800 622-5595.Missionaries serving in this area are Elder Weldon and Elder Rios. Call 325 864-2999.TRINITY BAPTIST CHURCH Trinity Baptist Church, located at the corner of Hailey and Santa Fe here in Sweetwater, invites you to worship with us. Our church family consists of people from all walks of life and people who are at different places in their walk with God. The casual, family atmosphere works well with our weekly worship services, which include both traditional and praise music. If you are looking for a church home, please give us a try. Our service schedule is as follows:Sundays• 9:30 a.m. — Sunday school (for all ages, nursery through senior adults).• 10:45 a.m. — Morning worship.• 6 p.m. — Adult and youth Bible studies.Wednesdays• 6:30 p.m. — Adult prayer time; youth Bible study.Last week, we started two new Bible studies. A small group adult Bible study, r12, Living on the Edge is all about experiencing God’s grace, not earning His love through performance. A real relationship with Jesus Christ is all He wants. Romans 12 provides a relational profile of an authentic disciple: one who has surrendered to God, separate from the world’s values, serving in love and responding to evil with good. Are you ready to be an r12 Christian? If so, come join us on Sunday evenings at 6 p.m. in our Family Life Center. You can join this Bible study at any time.On Wednesday, the ladies began Lisa Harper’s Bible study entitled Malachi: A Love That Never Lets Go. Even on our worst day, God doesn’t walk away from us. And His love for us is not determined by our performance. No matter how many times we mess up, God loves us and never leaves broken people. Malachi is offered twice on Wednesdays: at noon and again at 6 p.m. Ladies are able to choose which time best suits their schedule. Come enjoy the fellowship of other ladies as we study Malachi. We have also begun a new session of DivorceCare. If you have recently gone through (or presently going through) a difficult time of separation or divorce, please consider joining us for this 13-week session of DivorceCare. It is led by caring, concerned individuals who know how to help through this process. If you would like to know more about DivorceCare, you can visit their website at www.divorcecare.org or call our church office. Sessions are held each Thursday evening at 6 p.m. in Room 109 here at our church. Childcare is provided upon request.Youth are studying world religions on Sunday evenings. They meet in our Youth Room 200 at 6 p.m. For more information about events at Trinity Baptist Church, please visit our website at www.trinitysweetwater.com. If you would like information on how to accept Christ as your Savior, drop by our offices (located on the Crescent Street side of our facility) or call our church at 235-2991. We would be happy to share the Plan of Salvation with you.WORD OF GOD CHURCHEnduring To The EndMatthew 24:21-22, For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, not ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.These scriptures tell us there will come a time in this world that will be a time of great tribulation (pressure, anguish, burdens, troubles) and it will be so bad that even the elect or (chosen) of God might fall, but those days will be shortened because they are hard enough to test even the faith of the chosen of God. Which brings us to verse 13, But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. So it’s not as easy as just saying you are a Christian. You will have to be hardened as a soldier, 2 Timothy 2:3, Endure hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.“He that has ears to hear, let him hear.”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 at 10:30 a.m.• Thursday night from 5:30-7 p.m.• Sunday night is youth hangout for 11-17 year-olds and Children’s Rock night for 5-10 year-olds. Adults are welcome to come fellowship with the youth.• Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. is teen and tween youth church, pastor led for 11-17 year-olds and children’s classes are for 5-10 year-olds.