Sweetwater Baptist Association
Sunday, October 22, 2017
Churches Working Together Sharing Jesus
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Office Hours
Mon-Thurs:  8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Friday:        Closed
Holiday Schedule (Office Closed)
Nov. 22-24, 2017 (Thanksgiving)
Dec. 19, 2017-Jan 1, 2018 (Christmas Break)

September/October 2017 Issue of The Messenger is now available.
Please complete your 2017 VBS Report and return it to the associational office.
Visit our Facebook page to see photos from Youth Reach 2017 and the 2017 Pastor & Family Picnic.

The 187th Annual Meeting of the
Sweetwater Baptist Association
October 16-17, 2017 - 6:45 pm
Session 1:  411 Chapel Baptist Church, Madisonville
Mission Message:  Dr. Doug Sager
Session 2:  Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Vonore
Moderator's Message:  Rev. Carroll Hamilton
*Messenger Cards must be submitted by October 5th*

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2017 - 10:00 AM
*While Supplies Last*
Volunteers Needed to Help During the Give-Away.
Please contact the association to Volunteer.

Hurricane Harvey; Hurricane Irma
Disaster Relief Update....September 13, 2017
At this time, we are accepting monetary donations that will be forwarded to the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board Disaster Relief. They already have teams in place and are in direct contact with the relief efforts in the affected areas. In the days and weeks to come, they will be working in that area, assisting with clean-up, meals for volunteers and evacuees, etc. If churches or individuals would like to make a donation for this cause, you may bring or send your gift to the Sweetwater Baptist Association. Make sure to note on your check that it is for Disaster Relief.
Several churches donated supplies that were collected at First Baptist Church, Madisonville and delivered to the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board's Disaster Relief Center.  These items will be distributed in the Hurricane areas.  In addition, several families that evacuated Hurricane Irma and stayed in Monroe County were assisted with food and necessities during their stay.  Thank you to every church who donated to these efforts.
Disaster Relief Volunteer Opportunities, click here

 Coming December 2017...
3 Great Opportunities to see Dr. Dennis Swanberg
"The Swan" is considered by many as American's Minister of Encouragement.
He uses laughter to promote faith and family values in a lighthearted and humorous way.  His side-splitting stories and impersonations entertain and uplift.  

These are free events (love offerings may be taken)
Sunday, December 3, 6:00 pm
First Baptist Church, Madisonville
Everyone Invited
 Monday, December 4, 10:30 am
 Vonore Baptist Church
 Everyone Invited
Monday, December 4, 6:30 pm
Vonore Baptist Church
Pastor & Wives Banquet/Registration Required


Seminary Extension Classes Begin  
September 5, 2017, 6:30 pm
Study:  New Testament Survey, Part 1
Instructor:  Tony Rutherford
Contact the office for registration information and pricing.
 **Last Day to Register...September 19th**



WMU Quarterly Meeting
Monday, November 6, 2017 - 7:00 pm
Tellico Plains, First Baptist Church
Everyone Invited to Attend

 For more information or to register....click here

Sweetwater Baptist Association
Pastor & Wives Christmas Banquet
Monday, December 4, 2017 - 6:30 pm
Vonore Baptist Church
Guest Entertainment:  Dr. Dennis Swanberg
The Swan” is known as “AMERICA’S MINISTER OF ENCOURAGEMENT”, a job he takes seriously as he continues to speak to about 150 organizations, faith-based groups and corporations every year. He has hosted two successful TV series, authored 9 books, and created over two dozen DVD/CD productions.

Dennis is a graduate of Baylor University where he majored in both Greek and Religion (1976). He earned both a Master of Divinity (1980) and a Doctor of Ministry (1986) at Southwestern Seminary, Ft. Worth, TX.

Dennis is married to the former Lauree Wilkes of Ft. Worth, TX. Dennis and Lauree have two grown sons: Chad and his wife Lisa, and Dustin and his wife, Britny. ‘The Swans’ make their home in Monroe, Louisiana.


 An Easter Message from the Director of Missions:

People refer to this week as “Holy Week.” On the first day of the week Jesus rode into Jerusalem at the head of a procession of cheering, singing people who waved palm branches and threw their garments into the path of the colt on which He was riding.


Monday and Tuesday were days filled with many activities. Jesus taught in the Temple, drove out the moneychangers, and openly faced the chief priests and scribes on several occasions. On Tuesday, as He sat by the treasury, He called the disciples’ attention to the poor widow’s offering of two small copper coins.


Wednesday was given to teaching the disciples. There were judgment parables given about the Ten Virgins, the Talents, the Sheep and Goats, and the prophecy of His own second coming.


Thursday was given to the preparation for the Passover feast in the Upper Room. At the feast, Jesus washed the disciples’ feet, instituted the Lord’s Supper, and gave His great farewell discourse to the disciples.


After the supper, the group made their way out of the city, across the brook Kidron, and into a garden called Gethsemane at the foot of the Mount of Olivet. There Jesus prayed until his sweat became as drops of blood. “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt “(Matt. 26:39 KJV).


Following three fitful hours of prayer, a mob led by Judas, and temple guards placed Jesus under arrest. False charges and misunderstood teaching would bring about trials before Annas, Caiaphas, the Sanhedrin, Pilate, Herod Antipas, and Pilate again. Jesus is brought to the cross by the sins of humanity and the will of God.


After much torture (my word) Jesus is led like a lamb to the slaughter. He is Crucified between two thieves on a place called “Golgotha” in the Hebrew, meaning “place of a skull.” It is called “Calvary” in Latin. It is there that Jesus died for the sins of the world. My sin!  


I am glad the story does not end there. Jesus literally rose again. Yes, Bodily Resurrection! Nothing was left but the grave clothes; an empty tomb; and the fulfillment of God’s promise.


He rose on the first day of the week. Two thousand years later, we worship on the first day of the week honoring the Resurrection of Christ. We celebrate the birth of Jesus only at Christmas; but His resurrection is recognized fifty-two Sundays a year as Christians meet on the Lord’s day, in celebration because our faith is justified in His Bodily Resurrection!


The scripture teaches of many encounters of the believers with the risen Lord: Mary sees Jesus, thinking he is the garden caretaker. Only realizing it is Him when He calls her name. The Emmaus disciples, in their despair, walk with Him unaware of His identity. Not until they break bread together do they recognize Jesus has been with them all this time. Jesus appears to the disciples without Thomas, and then again later with Thomas present. Jesus appears to the disciples after a night of fishing and restores Peter’s hope. Paul tells of over 500 people seeing Jesus after his Resurrection.


Still today Jesus assures us that the Scriptures are true. He is alive! Fully human, fully Divine He died on the cross. Bodily He arose, making THAT first day of the week, our first Easter.





Tony Rutherford










Current Mission Opportunities through the Sweetwater Baptist Association
Contact the associational office for more information about any of these projects
2018 Guatemala Projects
June 2018 - Youth Summer Missions (Witnessing, Evangelism, VBS, Revivals)
September 2018 - Medical/Dental, Evangelistic, Crusade (with Associational Choir)



Pastor's Conference 

The Pastor's Conference is held each Monday morning at 10:00 a.m., at the SBA Office Building.

Pastor's Conference does not meet from Memorial Day through the 4th of July; and meets intermittently during the Fall and Holiday season.

 Click here for Upcoming Guest Speakers


For more information or to register for any of the above listed events,

please call the associational office at 423-442-6604 or email us at

becky.jones@bellsouth.net or sweetwaterassoci@bellsouth.net



































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