BROADWAY BAPTIST CHURCH
THANKSGIVING-I trust you had a wonderful time of food and fellowship with your family yesterday as you celebrated Thanksgiving. Have you ever wondered about the first Thanksgiving? I read that the pilgrims dug seven times more graves than they built huts and yet found time to be thankful. While doing a little research, I came across what is considered to be the first Thanksgiving Proclamation, made by Governor William Bradford. It was made three years after the Pilgrims settled at Plymouth and reads like this:
“Inasmuch as the great Father has given us this year an abundant harvest of Indian corn, wheat, peas, beans, squashes and garden vegetables and has made the forests to abound with game and the sea with fish and clams, and inasmuch as He has protected us from the ravages of the savages, has spared us from pestilence and disease, has granted us freedom to worship God according to the dictates of our own conscience.
Now I, your magistrate, do proclaim that all ye Pilgrims, with your wives and ye little ones, do gather at ye meeting house, on ye hill, between the hours of 9 and 12 in the day time, on Thursday, Nov. 29, of the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred and twenty-three and the third year since ye Pilgrims landed on ye Pilgrim Rock, there to listen to ye pastor and render thanksgiving to ye Almighty God for all His blessings.”
Ye Governor of Ye Colony
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’re back at home! With the Sanctuary phase of our renovation project complete, we are worshiping together this Sunday at 1418 Hailey Street, with services at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. We invite you to join us! 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 Sunday, Pastor Eric we will be concluding a sermon series entitled “The Road to Recovery.” This series addresses the hurts, habits and hang-ups in life and set out a clear path to hope and healing through Jesus Christ. It is also helping to launch a new lifegroup at EFC focused on recovery from addiction, which has just been launched on Tuesday evenings 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. Our kids have begun working on our annual Christmas pageant, so come join the fun
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 .
We also invite yo 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. 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 CHURCH
First Baptist Church invites you and your family to join us on this Sunday, Nov. 25, for Bible study, beginning at 9:15 a.m. for all age groups, followed by the Sunday morning service which begins at 10:30 .am. 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 our fellowship together.
Kid X continues on Wednesday nights at 5:45 p.m. Kid X is a fun and exciting way for Pre-Kindergarten up to sixth grade to learn about Jesus. All children are invited to attend.
During the morning worship service on Nov. 25, we will be learning what Advent means. After the service, we will take a break for lunch and then return to the church to decorate for the Christmas holiday.
Many events are planned during December. If you have a class party planned, please notify the church office so that it can be placed on the church calendar and bulletin. The children's Christmas program, The Christmas Shoe Tree, will be presented during the morning church service on Dec. 9. The Kid X Christmas party will be held Dec. 12. The presentation of the worship choir Christmas program, A Christmas Prayer, will be presented during the am service on Dec. 16. Shoeless Sunday will also be on Dec. 16 during which we will all contribute new shoes for the Buckners Shoe Drive. The Christmas Eve service will be Dec. 24.
Mark your calendars for the new church directory. Sign ups will be coming soon. The photographer will be here Jan. 9-12.
For in depth information, find us on Facebook and check our website at www.fbcsweetwater.org .
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, “My Kingdom is not from this World.” 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 is Betty Merrell. This is “noisy money” Sunday. Bring your coins and/or folding money for the outreach ministry, “No More Malaria.” The goal is to eradicate malaria in Africa, along with furnishing bed nets for families, supporting new medical research and hospitals in their ability to provide quality care for malaria patients.
November is the month we set apart to give “Thanks to God.” The Bible instructs us to praise and glorify God in all circumstances at all times. In our lives, we experience joys and concerns, good health and sickness, as well as, times of plenty and times of scarcity. “Bless This House” calls for us to thank God for our families and friends, for his love in providing and caring for our needs, for the blessings we give and receive in our communities, country and in the world. Pray that we share our bounty with others and support each other with steadfastness in times of life’s trials and tribulations.
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)
Thanksgiving a time to find gratitude amid difficulty
Most members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints live outside of the United States and will not celebrate the traditional American holiday of Thanksgiving. Members in Canada celebrate Thanksgiving in October, and other celebrations of gratitude occur around the world at different times. American members will participate this week, but throughout the year, church members worldwide express gratitude for God’s blessings in personal and family prayer.
Many across the nation and world, including members of the church, currently face weighty challenges in their lives. In difficult periods of the past, leaders have recognized the collective need to give thanks amid turmoil and to turn to God.
Following the Revolutionary War and ratification of the United States Constitution, President George Washington issued a proclamation designating Thursday, 26 November 1789, as an official holiday of “sincere and humble thanks” for God’s “care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation.” In October 1863, in the midst of a bloody civil war, President Abraham Lincoln made the traditional Thanksgiving celebration a nationwide holiday to be commemorated each year on the fourth Thursday of November.
Lincoln’s proclamation enumerated the blessings of the country, then urged that those blessings “be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and voice by the whole American people.” He recommended that Americans “fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation.”
As Thanksgiving approaches, we have a similar need to reflect on the good despite difficulty and division. Many on the East Coast of the United States are facing challenging times as they work to rebuild their homes and lives after Hurricane Sandy. They have a long, uphill battle ahead and our thoughts and prayers are with them in this effort.
As Presidents Washington and Lincoln expressed, reflecting on our blessings when times are trying can help change our perspective on life’s challenges. Prophet and Church President Thomas S. Monson said:
“While there is much that is wrong in the world today, there are many things that are right and good. ... Our lives are blessed in countless ways. …
“… [The] things which provide deep and lasting happiness and gratitude are the things which money cannot buy: our families, the gospel, good friends, our health, our abilities, the love we receive from those around us. Unfortunately, these are some of the things we allow ourselves to take for granted. “When we encounter challenges and problems in our lives, it is often difficult for us to focus on our blessings. However, if we reach deep enough and look hard enough, we will be able to feel and recognize just how much we have been given.”
In October, President Monson encouraged listeners of the Church’s general conference to watch over those around them and assist in times of need.
“May we willingly serve one another. May we pray for the inspiration to know of the needs of those around us, and then may we go forward and provide assistance.
“… Difficulties come into our lives, problems we do not anticipate and which we would never choose. None of us is immune. The purpose of mortality is to learn and to grow to be more like our Father, and it is often during the difficult times that we learn the most, as painful as the lessons may be. Our lives can also be filled with joy as we follow the teachings of the gospel of Jesus Christ.”
We hope that all people will see this Thanksgiving holiday as a time to express gratitude and to serve those around them.
• Sunday, Nov. 25 — Church service 9 a.m. Visitors are welcome.
• Monday, Nov. 26 — Family home evening.
• Wednesday, Nov. 28 — “Greater Than Us All” song practice, Cub Scouts.
• Sunday, Dec. 2 — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Worldwide Christmas Devotional
• Sunday, Dec. 9 — “Greater Than Us All” choir performance, community invited.
We are located at 910 Elm Street in Sweetwater. If you would like to talk with representatives of the church about the Saviors teachings, call 1-800-622-5595.
Missionaries serving in this area are Elder Holt and Elder Weldon. Call (325) 864-2999.
WORD OF GOD CHURCH
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.
Sunday morning — 10:30 a.m.
Sunday Night — Adult discipleship 6:30 p.m., youth hangout 11-17 year-olds and Children’s Rock night 5-10 year-olds.
Wednesday Night — 6:30 p.m. is teen and tween youth church, pastor led for 11-17 year-olds, children’s classes for 5-10 year-olds and adult Word study for men’s and women’s ministry, disciple led.
T.A.G. and Tween’s — These ministries are for 11 -17 year-olds. They have youth church on Wednesday night. There’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.
Children’s Ministry — Wednesday night there are classes set up to put a foundation of God’s word in the children’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 — 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 — 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 generation’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 — 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 — 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. It’s a blast!
5-10 year-olds — Camp suited at the level to where it keeps their attention. It is fun and an unforgettable experience with God.