RELIGION: Wills Family Singers to perform at Broadway Baptist Church

April 26, 2013

This week's church news and events

BROADWAY BAPTIST CHURCH
I once read: “Love at first sight is nothing special. It’s when two people have been looking at each other for years that it becomes a miracle.” Sadly in today’s society most divorces are taking place, not with newlyweds, but with those who have been married for over 25 years. I hear all the time phrases like the following: “We just grew apart,” or “I just don’t love them anymore.” Another common reason given is: “Now that the kids are gone, we have nothing in common.” What couples fail to realize or plan for is the empty nest. The empty nest is that time when the kids are gone and it’s back to just you and me babe. Those times in marriage can be just as trying as the early days, if you have not planned and prepared for it. 
As we continue to speak on families this Sunday, Pastor Chris will cover this tough topic of “Keeping the Honey Sweet”. Come be with us and let God’s Word speak to your heart.
The WillS Family Singers will be with us this Sunday, April 28, during the 6 p.m. service. The Wills have a long history of singing Southern Gospel Music. If you would like to learn more about this family, their website is “thewillsonline.com”. Come out and look forward to being blessed.
If you don’t have a church home, we would love for you to come and 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.

EMMANUEL FELLOWSHIP CHURCH
We 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.
This week, we dive into our New Testament Challenge. Each week during the challenge, we will be looking at one of the eight major themes of the New Testament. This Sunday, we are exploring what the New Testament has to say about “Generosity.” If you would like to prepare your heart for the service with a daily reading, log on to www.efcsweetwater.com and click on the “New Testament Challenge” link. We will also be celebrating the dedication of several new babies this Sunday in both services. Come ready to thank the Lord for these precious little ones.
Coming up this Sunday, April 28, EFC will be hosting an evening for women. “What Women Love” will feature four things women love: dessert, worship, helping other women and shopping! The event is being sponsored by women’s groups all over the city. The guest speaker for the evening will be Paige Allen, of Church on the Rock Lubbock, and her message will be focused on how women of West Texas can help women across the world leave the sex trafficking industry. At the conclusion of the evening, a store will be available, with all proceeds going directly to the ministry of these women. The evening will begin at 6 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person, but your ticket will be redeemable for merchandise at the store that evening. For tickets, please call the EFC offices at 236-9200.
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 Wednesdays from 6:45-8:30 p.m. and are loving their all-new facilities. Come check out the all new “Faith Factory!”
The Salvage Yard youth ministry, for grades 6-12, meets Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m. for their worship service and again on Sunday evenings at 6 p.m. for small group discipleship. The Salvage Yard is also sponsoring a “Kids’ Night Out” this Saturday, from 6-10 p.m. Parents are invited to drop their kids to the Yard for an evening of food, games, a jumpy castle and a kid-friendly movie. The cost is $15 per child, and all proceeds go to improvements in the Salvage Yard.
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 is 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.

FAITH LUTHERAN CHURCH
Faith Lutheran members continue to serve in Mission Projects by collecting peanut butter for the food pantry, water for the fire department, infant clothing for the Women’s Resource Center and money for Crisis Outreach. We feel it is a blessing to provide for others. We welcome you to come and worship with us each week. This Sunday there will be a fellowship meal following the service to honor our senior citizens and new members. Join us for worship service at 10:45 a.m. and meal at noon with Rev. Chester McCown presiding.

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
First Baptist Church invites you and your family to join us on this Sunday, April 28, 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.
Kid X continues on Wednesday nights beginning at 6 p.m. Kid X is an exciting way for children in Kindergarten through sixth grade to learn about Jesus.
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. 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 Cup Cake Wars. Please bring one dozen creatively decorated homemade cupcakes. There will be three judges to decide on: Prettiest cupcake, most unusual ingredients, overall 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 the “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 and on www.fbcsweetwater.org.

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
First Presbyterian Church would like to invite you to Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and to worship with us on Sundays at 10:45 a.m. Visitors are always welcome at First Presbyterian Church; we hope you will join us. The church is located at 14th and McCauley. A nursery is provided for all church activities for children kindergarten age and younger.
Sunday school: The Bible in 90 Days will continue with session 10, discussing Jeremiah 33:23 – Daniel 8:27 (pages 672 – 756).
Pastor Kary’s sermon title is “Spirit of God”. The lectionary for this week is Ezekiel 37:1-14 ‘The Valley of Dry Bones’. Our greeters are Hilary Brennan and Ruth Ann Campbell.
Coming up this Week
• Noisy and reverse offerings on Sunday, April 28.
• “Diaper Shower” for Rebecca Webb (Kary’s daughter) at The Fry’s at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 28
• Next Sunday, May 5, Communion — the Class of 2014.
• Congregational meeting for the purpose of selling the manse following worship on May 19.
Reminders:
• Presbyterian Women meet on the first Wednesday of each month. The business meeting is at 5 p.m. and Bible study begins at 5:30 p.m.
• Plarning will meet every Wednesday in the fellowship hall at 1 p.m.
• Kary Ann’s Clan at 11:45 a.m.
• Choir practice is every Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
• All committee meetings are 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 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, “The Son has been Glorified: A New Creation.” 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 April is AdaBelle Clark. Lisa and Eugenia will give a special presentation during the morning worship. Remember to bring your coins and/or folding money for “Noisy Money.” The collection is designated for the outreach ministry, “No More Malaria.” The projected goal is to eradicate malaria in Africa, in addition to furnishing bed nets for families, supporting new medical research and assisting hospitals in their ability to provide quality care for malaria patients.
“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)
Stand Strong in Holy Places
By Elder Robert D. Hales
Let us glorify God’s name by standing strong with our Savior, Jesus Christ. I bear my special witness that He lives and that we “are called with a holy calling” to participate in His work (Alma 13:3; see also 2 Timothy 1:9). “Wherefore, stand ye in holy places, and be not moved” (Doctrine and Covenants 87:8). Standing obedient and strong on the doctrine of our God, we stand in holy places, for His doctrine is sacred and will not change in the social and political winds of our day. I declare, as did the Apostle Paul, “Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, [behave] like men, [and] be strong” (1 Corinthians 16:13).
Calendar:
Sunday, April 28 – Church service at 9 a.m.
Monday, April 29 – Family home evening.
Wednesday, April 30 – Achievement Day, mother-daughter dinner, Cub Scouts and Scouts.
Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4 — Garage sale at 1718 Marvin.
We are located at 910 Elm Street in Sweetwater. If you would like to talk with representatives of our church about the Savior’s teachings, call 1-800-622-5595 or call the local missionaries at 325-864-2999. Elder Rios and Elder Cosman would love to hear from you.

WORD OF GOD CHURCH
Romans 1:18-32:
The wrath of God is revealed from Heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is known in them for God has showed it to them. For the invisible things of God are clearly seen, being understood by God’s creation — man. Even God’s power and divinity so that mankind is without an excuse.
The reason for the wrath is because when they knew God, they glorified Him not as God and were not thankful. They became vain human beings in their own thoughts and their foolish hearts were darkened. They proclaim how wise they are really showing what fools they are. They change the glory of a incorruptible God into glory for men and other idols. So God will give mankind up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own bodies between themselves. They change the truth of what God says is right and make it a lie by saying it’s okay, do it, and they serve the desires of the flesh more than the Creator himself.
For this reason, God gave them up to a shameful passion. Even their women changed what is right and natural to God into that which is against natural nature. Likewise, also the men leaving the natural use of the women, burned in their lusts one toward another, men with men working that which an indecency and receiving in themselves that payment of their fraudulence against God’s truth.
They did not like to hold God in their knowledge of things. God gave them over to a corrupt way of thinking letting them do those things that are not appropriate, making them filled with unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, bad attitudes, full of envy, murderers, quarreling, trickery, bad character, whisperers, back bitters, some hate God, insulters, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents. Without understanding God, breaking the covenant, without real love, they break peace with people, they are unmerciful.
Who knowing the judgment of God, not only do the same things, but have pleasure in them that do them.
Uh! Wonder what’s going on in this world. Why is everything falling apart? This is not just speaking to the lost world but also to those who know the truth but do not truly walk in God’s ways. They will not keep the ways of God in their thoughts and they change the truth of God into a lie, “It’s okay to do it,” not wanting people to have a problem with them.
My question is what is the truth that God says in Romans 1:18-32. Are we starting to see the effects of not keeping God or His ways in our thoughts?
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 10:30 a.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. the church has youth night.

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