RELIGION: Local churches ring in the new year

AGLOW INTERNATIONALAglow International Sweetwater Community Lighthouse invites you to come join us for worship and testimony on Jan. 8, at 7 p.m. at Holiday Inn Express. The guest speakers will be the Aglow team.BROADWAY BAPTIST CHURCHHappy New Year! That is the cry heard around the world this week. Young and old watched as the ball fell in Time Square, bells rang, people hugged, kissed, and sang, “Should old acquaintance be forgot and ever brought to mind . . .”, and 2012 was gone as 2013 appeared.A new year brings new resolutions, challenges, emotional ups and downs, and new opportunities. Although we do not know what the New Year holds, we can rest assured that God holds the New Year and that day by day; He will give us grace, strength and mercy.It is like the old sailors who were on a leaky old ship in the middle of a rough and stormy sea. One of them asked the captain, “Are we safe?” He said, “Well, the boilers are weak and may explode at any moment. The ship is taking on water. To be very honest with you, we may go up, or we may go down, but at any rate, we are going on.” This year make a determination that you are going on no matter what comes your way.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 be launching 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.We look forward to launching the Spring Semester with a night of worship on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 7 p.m. You and your whole family are invited to get the new year started off right, with a night devoted to nothing but worshiping King Jesus! 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 BAPTIST CHURCHFirst Baptist Church invites you and your family to join us on this Sunday, Jan. 4, 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 our fellowship together!Please visit our website and sign up for the photographer for pictures for the new church directory. The photographer will be here from 2-8:30 p.m. from Jan. 9-12. We want all of our members to have the opportunity to be represented in our new directory!New FBC T-shirts are now on sale as a fundraiser for Missions. These T-shirts will be great for future church events!  We hope that each one of you has had a blessed Christmas holiday season. We look forward to bringing in 2013 with you! We anticipate a blessed and joyous New Year as we share the good news!For in depth information, find us on Facebook and check the website at PRESBYTERIAN CHURCHFirst Presbyterian Church would like to invite you to worship with us on Sundays at 10:45 a.m.The three Kings were led to baby Jesus by the light of the star. When they found him, they fell on their knees to worship and adore him. They gave Jesus the gifts they possessed. May we, too, find ourselves at the stable one last time to see the baby Jesus before he leaves with his parents on the flight to Egypt. We are called to offer our best to him!The lectionary for Epiphany Sunday is Isaiah 60:1-6 and Matthew 2:1-12, the story of the wise men. Pastor Kary’s sermon title is “And Lo, the Star”. Visitors are always welcome at First Presbyterian Church; we hope you will join us in this blessed New Year! 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. Reminders:Presbyterian Women will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 8, this month. The business meeting is at 5 p.m. and the Bible study begins at 5:30 p.m.Plarning will meet every Wednesday in the fellowship hall at 1 p.m.All Committee meetings resume on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 5:30 p.m.Elder Training will be on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 6:30 p.m.; immediately following committee meetings. All Elders are encouraged to attend.Choir practice is every Thursday at 5:30 p.m.RHEMA VALLEY CHURCHAre you searching for a church home? Pastor Ollie invites you to come worship with us this Sunday. Bro. Rodney Mayberry will be ministering this Sunday. He is anointed in teaching on Kingdom principles and the loving heart of God.Rhema Valley is a charismatic ministry located at 3304 E. Broadway. Service time is 10:30 a.m. A nursery and Children’s Church is provided.Happy New Year and blessings to all!