Vision is a precious gift. It allows us to appreciate beauty. It provides us a tool to recognize people and places. One of the most important aspects of vision is the ability it gives us to establish a path to get where we want to go.
In Acts 20:20, we are introduced to a remarkable vision for the church. Paul says to the Ephesian church,
“You know that I have not hesitated to preach anything that would be helpful to you but have taught you publicly and from house to house.”
It is essential for the Body of Christ that the ministry of the gospel extend beyond the four walls of the public “church” meeting and into the homes of believers. It is with this vision in mind that we established ourselves as a Lifegroup based church.
The vision for EFC is that the message of our Lord Jesus would be proclaimed both publicly and from house to house in Sweetwater, Texas. It is my dream that every member of our congregation would know the joy of welcoming friends into their home to worship the Lord.
As our Lifegroups resume for the Fall Semester, I invite you to catch the vision and get connected with a Lifegroup. We have some great opportunities available this semester for fellowship and ministry.
Check On the Radar to find a Lifegroup that is right for you!
Follow the link to access this Sunday’s message “Caught” from John Chapter 8.
The “Encounter the Cross” weekend is August 28-30. You can discover more and register to attend by going to http://www.waterhoseministries.com/encounters.html. You can also contact Curtis Ward at email@example.com for any additional information.
On the Radar
Are you a new member at EFC? Interested in joining and partnering with us? We invite you to attend a Membership Dessert tonight at the church at 7:00 pm. Childcare will be available.
Our Lifegroups will kick off the Fall Semester this Wednesday, August 19th, at 7:00 pm, and our children will begin their new semester of Wednesday evening Kids’ Church the same night. This semester, we offer the following four groups:
- Lotzenhiser (Family Group) at 1415 Stanley – Meeting this week at the Doak’s home at 2489 FM 419 S
- Ferguson (Alpha Course) at 1426 Stanley
- Jay Neal (Women’s Group) at the Sweetwater Prayer Center – Meeting this week at Jay’s home at 901 W. Bradford.
- Peter Lopez (Hebrew’s Bible Study) at EFC
Go to www.efcsweetwater.com for maps!
Please continue to pray for our children and teachers as they head back to school next Monday. We will also offer a time of prayer in the Sweetwater Prayer Center for our schools this Sunday evening, 6:00-7:30 pm. All students or school staff are invited to attend this come and go prayer time. Our children’s pastor, Lorin Lopez, will have a team of prayer warriors ready to pray for you!
Our youth will meet for an on-site Bible study this Wednesday. We will meet at 7:00 pm at the church, travel together to a surprise location, and return to the church by 8:45 pm. Check out the new youth website for more info!
Ladies’ Fellowship coming Friday, August 28th, 7 pm, at the home of Karen Graves. To register for childcare for this event, please log on to www.efcsweetwater.com and click on the Ladies’ Fellowship link. Childcare is free, but children must be registered by this Sunday.
You Heard it at EFC
Been trying to remember one of those awesome songs we sang? Here is our worship list from yesterday, for those of you who just absolutely need a copy for yourself. You can find them for purchase on itunes.com.
- “See His Love” by Kim Walker
- “Your Love Is Everything” by Chris Quilala
- “Healer” (Click here to watch the Kari Jobe version of this song.)
- “Revelation Song” by Kari Jobe
Next Sunday, we will continue our series “That’s My King!” from the book of John. We will enjoy a dramatic presentation of the story of Jesus meeting the woman at the well, so bring someone with you who needs an encounter with Jesus Christ!