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2012 in Review

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live nativityAs I sat with my family Monday night in an Emmaus community meeting at First Presbyterian Church, I was amazed again by the theological beauty of Christmas songs.  We sang of the incarnate deity, born that we might experience a second birth. 

Christmas places the love of God on display for the whole world to see.

I invite you to join us Wednesday evening, December 19, at 7:00 pm for our annual Christmas Party and Live Nativity.  We will meet this year at the Lake Sweetwater Campground.  Hot chocolate and warm fellowship will be available, as well as a hay ride, which will lead us through the highlights of the Christmas story. 

Bundle up, bring a snack, and experience the beauty of Christmas with your church family!

On the Radar

  • 2013 Pathways for Pilgrims Calendars for Sale in the church bookstore.  These beautiful calendars have been published by the artists of EFC and are filled with original art.  All proceeds support EFC mission trips!
  • All Things New – New Year’s Celebration for all students grades 6-12.  Our youth will bring in 2013 with a an incredible electronic dance party with guest DJ, Alejandro Cesar.

Sunday Preview

This Sunday, December 23, is the last Sunday before Christmas.  We will continue our Scarlet Thread sermon series with a look at the teenage girl who received the message that she would be the mother of the Messiah. 

At Christmas time, we’re used to reading the story of a birth. Just maybe not this birth.

“When the time came for her to give birth, there were twin boys in her womb. As she was giving birth, one of them put out his hand; so the midwife took a scarlet thread and tied it on his wrist and said, “This one came out first.” But when he drew back his hand, his brother came out, and she said,“So this is how you have broken out!” And he was named Perez.Then his brother, who had the scarlet thread on his wrist, came out. And he was named Zerah.- Genesis 38:27-30

What a bizarre story found in this tucked away corner of the Scripture. One son waves hello, gets a scarlet thread tied around his wrist, and then disappears. The other son… (continue reading at www.treasuretheordinary.blogspot.com)

On the Radar

  • Children’s Christmas Pageant this Sunday, December 16, in both the 9:00 and 11:00 service. This special retelling of the both of Jesus is always a highlight of the Christmas season at Emmanuel Fellowship!
  • All Church Christmas Party, Hayride, & LiveNativity Wednesday, December 19, at 7:00 pm, at the Sweetwater Lake Campground.  Dress warm and bring a snack as we celebrate Christmas together!
  • 2013 Pathways for Pilgrims Calendars for Sale in the church bookstore.  These beautiful calendars have been published by the artists of EFC and are filled with original art.  All proceeds support EFC mission trips!

Sunday Preview

This Sunday, December 16, we continue our Scarlet Thread sermon series with a look at Rahab, a citizen of Jericho who became part of the bloodline of Jesus.  Our children will also present their Christmas pageant in both the 9:00 and 11:00 service this Sunday morning.

 

Scarlet Thread with byline

Sunday mornings at Emmanuel Fellowship Church

9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

1418 Hailey Street

Sweetwater, Texas

Emmanuel Fellowship Church in Sweetwater will host their annual Light the Night fall festival this Sunday, October 28, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.  You are invited to join us for an evening of fun for the whole family.  This friendly and safe alternative to Halloween will feature games and prizes in the main church building as well as outside activities including air castles, hay rides, and a tight rope circus performance. 

All of the activities for the evening are free.  A concession stand will also be available for those who would like to purchase a meal.

Emmanuel Fellowship Church is located at 1418 Hailey Street in Sweetwater, Texas.  Light the Night is always a packed event with hundreds of children and their parents enjoying the evening.  Make plans to arrive early so your children can enjoy all Light the Night has to offer.  Follow the signs to our Kid’s Space entrance where you will receive your welcome bag and free tickets for all of the fun activities.

We look forward to Lighting the Night with you!

A view of the new through a hole in the old!

Amazing things continue to unfold each week at EFC, and I don’t want your family to miss out on any of the fun.  Please make sure you have the following info on your family calendar.

Sunday, October 28: Our last morning in the old sanctuary.  Join us for worship at 9:00 AM or 11:00 AM.

Sunday, October 28: Light the Night!  An evening of fun for the whole family from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM including games, prizes, hayride, concessions, and a circus performer.  Friendly costumes are welcome.

Monday, October 29: Church work day from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM.  Come anytime in the afternoon or evening for the final demolition of the old sanctuary.

Wednesday, October 31: Lifegroups meet at 7:00 PM.  Kid’s Church will still meet at church from 6:45 PM to 8:45 PM.

Sunday, November 4: EFC will meet for worship at the City Auditorium (400 Locust Street) in one service at 11:00 AM.  Kid’s Church will be available at the church (1418 Hailey) from 10:30 AM to 1:00PM.

Wednesday, November 7: Lifegroups meet at 7:00 PM.  Kid’s Church will still meet at church from 6:45 PM to 8:45 PM.

Sunday, November 11: EFC will meet for worship at the City Auditorium (400 Locust Street) in one service at 11:00 AM.  Kid’s Church will be available at the church (1418 Hailey) from 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM.

Wednesday, November 7: Lifegroups meet at 7:00 PM.  Kid’s Church will still meet at church from 6:45 PM to 8:45 PM.

Sunday, November 18: Celebration Sunday in our New Sanctuary at 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM!  Plan on bringing a friend and let’s fill up those new seats!

No one makes it through life without facing obstacles.  And wrestling with our hurts, habits, and hang-ups can leave us lonely and confused as we make our way through the journey.

But, God offers hope!

Sundays in October and November, we will explore the journey of hope and healing through our “Road to Recovery” sermon series.  Through this series, we will study and apply the Biblical principles of “Celebrate Recovery,” established by John Baker and Rick Warren of Saddleback Church.

We all need recovery, and no matter what the problem, the steps to recovery are the same. The steps on the road to recovering are:

  • October 7: The First Step To Freedom
  • October 14:  Where To Get Help When You Hurt
  • October 21: Letting Go
  • October 28: Coming Clean
  • November 4: Making Changes
  • November 11: Repairing Relationships
  • November 18: Maintaining Momentum
  • November 25: Recycling My Pain

You are invited to walk this journey with us as we discover the healing choices that can set us free from our past and position us to embrace God’s future for our lives!

I have seen what they do, but I will heal them anyway!  I will lead them. I will comfort those who mourn, bringing words of praise to their lips.  May they have abundant peace, both near and far,” says the Lord, who heals them.  –Isaiah 57:18-19

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