RELIGION: XA weekend moved to April

March 1, 2013

This week in local religion: news and events

BROADWAY BAPTIST CHURCH
We read in John 15:13: “Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends”. When Christ went to Calvary it was not for His sin, but for ours. The cross He carried was not His cross but ours. The scars He bore were not for Him, but for us. It was not His death he died, but ours. The scars were not His, but ours. He became sin for us. That day on Calvary, Christ gave His all to redeem, ransom and restore you and me. He took our suffering on Him, He felt our pain, and He was wounded for our transgressions. Now that is true love and true friendship. Have you taken time to thank Him for giving His all for you?
If you enjoy Southern Gospel music you will really enjoy our guests this Sunday, March 3, during the evening service at 6 p.m. Tommy Drewett and his wife, Sherry, will be our special guests and will share their music and ministry with us. Come out and look forward to being blessed.
March 10 is a special day for us at Broadway Baptist Church and we would like to share it with you. Sunday, March 10 is Friend Day. During the morning service we have Dr. Gene Howard who is a John Wayne impersonator. Not only will Dr. Howard impersonate John Wayne, but He will give a spiritual message of Freedom and sacrifice with a patriotic flair. Come out and be a part of the fun and blessing.
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 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.
February is family-building month! This Sunday, Pastor Eric will conclude the “Marriage Coach” series with a couple’s testimony and a personal challenge to families in our congregation. Come listen to this week’s message as we receive hope and insight into building strong marriages and healthy families.
“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 Wednesdays from 6:45-8:30 p.m.
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. They are very excited to be in their newly opened youth center. Come check out the great new facility.
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 Church MS observes the Lent season from Ash Wednesday to Easter. The past few weeks we have been “Facing the Cross” with looking at our own sins and temptations. As we face the cross during these Lenten days, we will see our fears, worldliness and suffering. We face certain aspects in our lives which are not always in line with the cross. We come to terms with them through the cross of Christ who came to save us that we might see him face to face in Heaven. Please join us as we face the cross on Wednesday evening. You are welcome to a light meal at 6 p.m. and services at 7 p.m. Our Sunday worship begins with a 9 a.m. devotion at the Sweetwater Healthcare, 9:30 a.m. Sunday school and 10:45 a.m. worship service with Rev. Chester McCown, interim pastor. Join us with the Lord’s blessing.

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
First Baptist Church invites you and your family to join us on this Sunday,
March 3, 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.
XA Weekend will be changed from March 1-2 to April because of conflicting extracurricular activities. If you would like to encourage, motivate, or just say “I am praying for you,” please do! If you would like to write a prayer out for a student during XA weekend, please send it or give it to Tique Hamilton at tique@fbcsweetwater.org.
We need a few people to facilitate Children’s Church. Only one month during Sunday morning worship is required. You will receive such a blessing. The children are so fun and loving. The curriculum is user friendly and supplies are provided. Please call the church office if you are interested.
You can still join our growth groups. Most are at 6 p.m. on Sunday nights but there is also a Bible study which is on Tuesday mornings at 9:30 a.m. in the Welcome Center.
Kid X continues on Wednesday nights at 5:45 p.m. Kid X is an exciting way for children in Kindergarten through sixth grade to learn about Jesus! Also, the Church Bible Drill will be on March 6 at 6 p.m. in Room 101.
On March 17, at 6 p.m., the Zahasky Family, an Alaska String Band, will be at FBC. We are pleased to present an engaging and uniquely Alaskan musical entertainment. The Alaska String Band is a concert group comprised of members of a single family performing with guitar, twin violin-fiddles, bass, mandolin, ukulele, percussion and vocals. Their repertoire consists of a lively collection of bluegrass, old time, gospel, swing, blues, Celtic and original music.
On the schedule also, is an exciting marriage retreat on March 1-2 at FBC in Abilene. The Big Country Marriage Tune Up II will begin registration at 6 p.m. on Friday March 1. Breakfast will be provided at 8 a.m. on March 2. Topics will include Embracing Reality, Intimacy, Conflict Management, Financial Unity and The Power of a Promise. This will be a weekend of straight talk, humor, insight and laughter. Register online at www.fbcabilene.org or call 325-673-5031.
For in depth information on First Baptist Church Sweetwater, find us on
Facebook and check the website www.fbcsweetwater.org.

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Our Church’s Mission Statement: “To glorify Christ in all that we do by bringing People to Christ and equipping them to serve Christ.”
You are welcome to join us for Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and worship service is at 10:45 a.m., with Pastor Claude bringing the message entitled, “A Time to Die: My Spirit will not be with you Always.” 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 March is Lela Hatter. This is Communion Sunday when we are reminded of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ upon the Cross for our Salvation. The reading and listening to the message in John 3:16 brings understanding and a renewal of our spiritual walk with God. 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.
In our spiritual preparation during Lent, we encourage the community to attend the Lenten services sponsored by the Nolan County Ministerial Alliance. Wednesday, March 6, is the next service being held at the Presbyterian Church. Come during the noon hour for soup, sandwiches and chips. The pastor of the hostess church will give a short devotional. Highland Heights will be helping the First Baptist Church with sandwiches and chips for the Lenten noon service on Wednesday, the 20th of March.
Pastor Claude is leading a new “Young Adults” Bible study class from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., in the Claudia Clift Lounge. The class is beginning with a comprehensive study of the Gospel of Saint John. This opportunity is not only open to congregational members, family and friends, but especially to other members of the community. Call the church office at 235-2454 for further information.
For the next few months, Highland Heights will be focusing upon our “Samaritan Hospitality House Ministry.” “The House” is located in Colorado City and ministers to families visiting loved ones that are incarcerated in area prisons. With a homelike atmosphere, the facilities provide weekend lodging for family members during their stay free of charge. Articles being collected are paper goods — paper towels, napkins, toilet tissue and Kleenex; paper cups and plates, plastic forks, spoons and knives; dishwasher liquid, laundry detergent and softener; cleaning supplies — comet/ajax, 409/lysol and carpet freshener; new bath towels/wash cloths and soap; foil, plastic wrap and zip lock bags; coffee, creamer, tea bags, hot chocolate mix, lemonade/kool-aid mix and sugar/sweetener; books, magazines, crossword puzzles, sudoku and/or other activity booklets; board games, playing cards and dominoes. If you wish to contribute, please call the church office.
Lent is the 40-day season of preparation before Easter. Many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline. The purpose is to set aside time for reflection on Jesus Christ — his suffering and his sacrifice, his life, death, burial and resurrection. Bless This House asks that we prayfully use this period to examine our own lives and spiritual relationship with Jesus Christ.
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.

LAMAR STREET BAPTIST CHURCH
Our church-wide breakfast is in the morning at 8 a.m. in the rec. building. Please come enjoy a wonderful breakfast and fellowship.
Join us Sundays at 9:30 a.m. for Sunday school, followed by our 10:40 a.m. service including children sermon, hymnals and praise songs and Bro. Billy Oliver will bring a message from the Bible. Come again at 6 p.m. for our evening service.
On Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m., we offer GAs (Girls in Action) and RAs (Royal Ambassadors) for first through sixth graders, Mission Friends for preschool age, youth activities for 7th-12th graders and Bible study and prayer for adults.
We want to remind members that there are many opportunities to give within our church, for example, our food pantry, our local mission projects and summer camps for our children and youth, our two Zambia kids we give to each month and more.
The week of prayer for the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering is March 3-9, the theme is “Whatever It Takes.” Please pray and prepare your heart to give to North American Missions.
Please continue to pray and encourage the members serving on our pastor search committee and members church-wide. There is a mailbox in the foyer to send uplifting words to our brothers and sisters in Christ.
The year 2013 marks the 100th year for LSBC and thankful that we are still serving God in our community. The committee will meet at 5 p.m. this Sunday to start planning the celebration.
To learn more about Lamar Street Baptist Church, visit us at 513 Lamar, find us on Facebook or call the church at 235-1779 and leave a message and someone will return your call.

WORD OF GOD CHURCH
We are going into the final phase of the vision that God has given for this ministry. This ministry has always been focused on the vision of where God is taking us. It has never meant to be a churchy experience, it has always been a tool to allow the Holy Spirit to work in those who are called, training your ears through the Word of truth to be able to hear God’s small still voice so that we can be led by the Spirit of God. Romans 8:14 “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God they are the sons of God.”
Training believers into disciples of Christ Jesus, God has been in the progress of establishing through a process to get to the vision He has given for this ministry.
As God continues to guide me, He is preparing me to get ready for the next step of the process to build the vision then establish it. We are in the start of a spiritual reformation by the inspiration of the Spirit of God preparing for the manifestation of God’s vision for this ministry.
All services are temporarily postponed until further notice. Word of God Ministries is not closing the doors.
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.

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