November 25, 2022

Christ’s Self-sacrificing Life Is Our Lesson Book

It is good to give thanks to the Lord, and to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; to declare Your lovingkindness in the morning, and Your faithfulness every night. 

Psalm 92:1, 2

Practical Christianity means laboring together with God every day; working for Christ, not now and then, but continuously. A neglect to reveal practical righteousness in our lives is a denial of our faith and of the power of God. God is seeking for a sanctified people, a people set apart for His service, a people who will heed and accept the invitation “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me.”

How earnestly Christ prosecuted the work of our salvation! What devotion His life revealed as He sought to give value to fallen humanity by imputing to every repenting, believing sinner the merits of His spotless righteousness! How untiringly He worked! In the temple and the synagogue, in the streets of the cities, in the marketplace, in the workshop, by the seaside, among the hills, He preached the gospel and healed the sick. He gave all there was of Himself, that He might work out the plan of redeeming grace.

Christ was under no obligation to make this great sacrifice. Voluntarily He pledged Himself to bear the punishment due to the transgressor of His law. His love was His only obligation, and without a murmur He endured every pang and welcomed every indignity that was part of the plan of salvation. The life of Christ was one of unselfish service, and His life is our lesson book. The work that He began we are to carry forward.

With His life of toil and sacrifice before them, can those who profess His name hesitate to deny self, to lift the cross and follow Him? He humbled Himself to the lowest depths that we might be lifted to the heights of purity and holiness and completeness. He became poor that He might pour into our poverty-stricken souls the fullness of His riches. He endured the cross of shame that He might give us peace and rest and joy, and make us partakers of the glories of His throne.

Should we not appreciate the privilege of working for Him, and be eager to practice self-denial and self-sacrifice for His sake? Should we not give back to God all that He has redeemed, the affections He has purified, and the body that He has purchased, to be kept unto sanctification and holiness?–The Review and Herald, April 4, 1912.


What’s Coming Up Next!

  • Sabbath November 26

    Morning Speaker: Pastor Nate

    Morning Message: Is There Really A God?

    NO AYA THIS SABBATH

    Sunset: 5:07pm

  • Tuesday, November, 29

    Christmas Vespers Service @ 6pm. LOCATION: Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Center. (see News & Events below for more details)

  • Wednesday, November 30

    Prayer Meeting @ 7pm on ZOOM Mark 10:23-52

  • Friday, December 2

    Sunrise: 7:25am
    Sunset: 5:06pm
    Day length: 9h 41′

  • Sabbath, December 3

    Morning Speaker: Jim Ingersoll


NEWS & EVENTS

SABBATH MORNING GREETERS AND BACK DOOR USHERS are invited to a “Thanksmas” Party on December 11, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. in the fellowship hall.  Please bring your favorite dish/es to share.

CHRISTMAS VESPERS SERVICE – We would love to have you and your church family with us for our upcoming Christmas Vespers Service. We will read Scripture, sing Christmas carols, and enjoy solo musical performances from our Tusculum University community members. We think it will be a great way to begin the Christmas season! Hope you’ll plan to join us on November 29 at 6:00 p.m. at Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Center.

NOVEMBER IS POCKET SIGNS MONTH – Why not use Pocket Signs to share your faith with a friend or neighbor? You can even share them with people you don’t know. They are easy to leave at hotels, restaurants, and other places where you meet people. Lives will be changed by these fresh and interesting tracts. Join the thousands who have found that sharing Jesus is as easy as sharing a Pocket Signs. Take advantage of November’s special pricing. Order from your ABC by calling 1-800-765-6955 or go online at www.AdventistBookCenter.com/tracts. Samples are on the foyer table.

CHURCH ORCHESTRA will be playing for worship on  January 7 and practice will be January 6 at 7:00 p.m. at the church.

GCC ELEMENTARY BAND/STRINGS FESTIVAL scheduled January 26-27, 2023 at Collegedale Academy.  Grades 6-8 (including home school students).. If you would like to participate and your school is not participating, please register and order music by contacting Debbie Begley at 706-629-7951, ext. 372 or email dbegley@gccsda.com by December 15, 2022.

CHURCH DIRECTORY Randy Nomura will be updating the church directory. He will be taking photos on the next few Sabbaths. If you have a photo you would rather use, you can email the office. We would like to have faces to go with the names. Thank you for your cooperation.


GAA’S REVIVAL SERIES

Our Juniors and Seniors at Greeneville Adventist Academy worked hard for weeks studying and preparing for a Revival Series called Jesus Saves. This Revival Series was truly unique. It was based on the Parables that Jesus taught, found in the synoptic Gospels. The sermons went into detail on each parable while the preacher weaved in their own testimony about how Jesus continues to work the work of redemption in their life and in yours! It was a remarkable series resulting in 11 young people deciding to give their lives to Jesus and the service of the Kingdom by being Baptized!!!

AMEN! GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST!

GCC NEWS & EVENTS

Do you want to improve the effectiveness of your ministry?

Church Ministries TRAINING EVENT DECEMBER 3: What current tools and resources can you utilize in ministry? What resources does the conference offer to aid in church ministry? Check out this opportunity that is happening in Knoxville, TN https://www.gccsda.com/events/100790.


ASSISTANCE NEEDED

PATHFINDER PICNIC TABLE FUNDRAISER – we need help raising money for a new trailer ($6,000 – $8,000). Our current trailer is too heavy with all our equipment and kitchen. It is putting too much strain on the tires and axles.  Also,  the Gillette camporee (new OshKosh).  See insert for more details. Thank you!

PLEASE, if you could, remember those who are not able to attend church. If possible please go and visit the shut in’s, those who are lonely and depressed. They need our company the most!

ATTENTION!!!

The high school class of Greeneville Adventist Academy is going to serve the Lord in the Dominican Republic!  Maranatha Volunteers International is coordinating this mission trip for January 2023. We will be helping a local congregation build a church as well as providing free vision clinics, Vacation Bible School programs, and nightly evangelism. The cost for each student going on this trip is $2,500. This amount covers transportation, lodging, food, and day excursions. We have had several fundraisers and are approximately $20,000 from our goal.  We appreciate your support and prayers as we prepare for this trip!

To see how we served on last year’s mission trip, click play below.

Please remember our mission trip fundraiser as you celebrate Thanksgiving with friends and family! Blessings!

If you would like to donate, please use the link below: https://givebutter.com/jeekcg


UPCOMING BIRTHDAYS

November 25 – Kath Nomura

November 27 – Jean Callaway

November 29 – Alyssa Culler & Stacie Mcdonald

November 30 – Ed Bermudez

December 1 – Please remember the Spindler family on this day! This day would have been Betty Spindler’s birthday!

December 2 – Joshua Bermudez


A SPECIAL THANK YOU!

Dear Members,

We want to thank you for being such a valuable member of our family here at Greeneville Seven-Day Adventist Church. You are always so respectful and kind to the people we serve and to others. I’m sure you brighten their days with your smile and encouraging words.

Reaching out to and taking the time to help is no easy task, and you recognize the need of the people we serve and step up to take action to ensure all are blessed through your services. You truly exhibit the character of Jesus. It takes a special person to always be so kind but also sensitive to the needs of each individual. A person with Christ in their hearts.

We want to thank the volunteers at the Community Service Center for their hard work and dedication each week. Especially those who work in the food pantry. We want to thank those who volunteer their time helping with the Worship service each week, the potlucks, the Children’s Ministry, Pathfinders, Adventurers, Sabbath School, Audio and Video, Janitorial work, all Deacons, all Deaconess, all Elders, and the whole Finance Team. Especially each and every person who volunteers their time to serve God; THANK YOU!

You truly represent our values at Greeneville SDA Church, and we would love to continue working with you and for you throughout the rest of this year and the years to follow.

Thank you again for showing such kindness to the people we help. You make our mission possible, and we couldn’t be more grateful for amazing volunteers like you.

Sincerely,

Greeneville Seventh-day Adventist Church Administration Team!

November 18, 2022

God Can Use Common Skills

And Moses said unto the children of Israel, See, the Lord hath called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah; and he hath filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship.

Exodus 35:30, 31

Greetings Church Family,

Skill in the common arts is a gift from God. He provides both the gift and wisdom to use the gift aright. When He desired a work done on the tabernacle, He said, “See, I have called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah: and I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship” (Exodus 31:2, 3). Through the prophet Isaiah the Lord said, “Give ye ear, and hear my voice; hearken, and hear my speech. Doth the plowman plow all day to sow? doth he open and break the clods of his ground?

“When he hath made plain the face thereof, doth he not cast abroad the fitches, and scatter the cumin, and cast in the principal wheat and the appointed barley and the rie in their place? For his God doth instruct him to discretion, and doth teach him. For the fitches are not threshed with a threshing instrument, neither is a cart wheel turned about upon the cumin; but the fitches are beaten out with a staff, and the cumin with a rod. Bread corn is bruised; because he will not ever be threshing it, nor break it with the wheel of his cart, nor bruise it with his horsemen. This also cometh forth from the Lord of hosts, which is wonderful in counsel, and excellent in working” (Isaiah 28:23-29).

God dispenses His gifts as it pleases Him. He bestows one gift upon one, and another gift upon another, but all for the good of the whole body. It is in God’s order that some shall be of service in one line of work, and others in other lines—all working under the selfsame Spirit. The recognition of this plan will be a safeguard against emulation, pride, envy, or contempt of one another. It will strengthen unity and mutual love.—Counsels to Parents and Teachers, 314, 315.

What’s Coming Up Next?

  • Sabbath, November 19

    Sabbath Morning Message: The HEART of Worship

    Sabbath Morning Speaker: Pastor Nate Nelson

    CHURCH DIRECTORY Randy Nomura will be updating the church directory. He will be taking photos on the next few Sabbaths. If you have a photo you would rather use, you can email the office. We would like to have faces to go with the names. Thank you for your cooperation.

    PLEASE JOIN US for sundown worship and a violin recital from GAA students and the William Navalon Studio in the GAA Gym at 5:30 p.m.

    SUNDOWN @ 5:21pm

  • Sunday November 20

    50th ANNIVERSARY celebration of Calvin and Carol Wetmore will be on November 20. Stop by from 2-5 to wish them well.

  • Monday, November 21

    SABBATH SCHOOL COUNCIL will meet on Monday,  November 21 at 6:00 p.m.via ZOOM.

  • Tuesday, November 22

  • Wednesday, November 23

    Prayer Meeting @ 7pm on Zoom (Mark 10)

  • Thursday, November 24 (Thanksgiving Day)

    THANKSGIVING MEAL: In the foyer is a sign-up sheet for anyone wishing to help in preparing food for Thanksgiving along with the Greene County Thanksgiving Outreach. Needed is 1 gallon pan each of the following: mashed potatoes instant or real, green beans (please drain liquid before bringing to the church), hot ready to serve, and sheet cakes with icing unsliced. They anticipate delivering 2,000 meals this year. We will meet at the back of the church Thanksgiving morning, November 24 at 7 a.m. You can stop by the office to pick up the pan you need for preparing the food. Also, if you are willing to assist with preparing boxed meals and/or delivering meals, go to www.thanksgivingoutreach.org to sign up. Thank you for your help!!

  • Friday, November 25 (Native American Heritage Day)

    SUNDOWN @ 5:19pm

  • Sabbath, November 26

    2023 DEVOTIONAL BOOKS: Anyone wanting to order devotionals please see the sign-up sheet in the lobby on the glass table along with order brochures with price list. There is a separate sharing sign up sheet for books offered if you would like to order books to share. You may call the office to place your order as well. Deadline to order is November 26.

    Sabbath Morning Speaker: Pastor Nate Nelson

News & Events

SABBATH MORNING GREETERS AND BACK DOOR USHERS are invited to a “Thanksmas” Party on December 11, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. in the fellowship hall.  Please bring your favorite dish/es to share.

NOVEMBER IS POCKET SIGNS MONTH – Why not use Pocket Signs to share your faith with a friend or neighbor? You can even share them with people you don’t know. They are easy to leave at hotels, restaurants, and other places where you meet people. Lives will be changed by these fresh and interesting tracts. Join the thousands who have found that sharing Jesus is as easy as sharing a Pocket Signs. Take advantage of November’s special pricing. Order from your ABC by calling 1-800-765-6955 or go online at www.AdventistBookCenter.com/tracts. Samples are on the foyer table.

CHURCH ORCHESTRA will be playing for worship on  January 7 and practice will be January 6 at 7:00 p.m. at the church.

GCC ELEMENTARY BAND/STRINGS FESTIVAL scheduled January 26-27, 2023 at Collegedale Academy.  Grades 6-8 (including home school students).. If you would like to participate and your school is not participating, please register and order music by contacting Debbie Begley at 706-629-7951, ext. 372 or email dbegley@gccsda.com by December 15, 2022.

GCC NEWS & EVENTS

Do you want to improve the effectiveness of your ministry?

Church Ministries TRAINING EVENT: What are some current tools and resources you can utilize in ministry? What resources does the conference offer to aid in church ministry? Check out this oppertunity that is happening in Knoxville, TN https://www.gccsda.com/events/100790.

ASSISTANCE NEEDED

PATHFINDER PICNIC TABLE FUNDRAISER – we need help raising money for a new trailer ($6,000 – $8,000). Our current trailer is too heavy with all our equipment and kitchen. It is putting too much strain on the tires and axles.  Also,  the Gillette camporee (new OshKosh).  See insert for more details. Thank you!

THANKSGIVING MEAL: In the foyer is a sign-up sheet for anyone wishing to help in preparing food for Thanksgiving along with the Greene County Thanksgiving Outreach. Needed is 1 gallon pan each of the following: mashed potatoes instant or real, green beans (please drain liquid before bringing to the church), hot ready to serve, and sheet cakes with icing unsliced. They anticipate delivering 2,000 meals this year. We will meet at the back of the church Thanksgiving morning, November 24 at 7 a.m. You can stop by the office to pick up the pan you need for preparing the food. Also, if you are willing to assist with preparing boxed meals and/or delivering meals, go to http://www.thanksgivingoutreach.org to sign up. Thank you for your help

PLEASE if you have a chance go and visit Ken Horton at Life Care Center on Crum Street.; it’s by the YMCA. Ken is not doing too well. He is refusing to eat and thinks everyone and everything is against him. Please pray for him and his family.

May God Bless you and keep you through until the end. Enjoy your Preparation day and we shall see you tomorrow for a wonderful Worship Service!

Pastor Nate Nelson

Friday October 28, 2022

The Red Carpet

Good Afternoon Church Family!

The first reference in history of a “red carpet” being rolled out to welcome a dignitary was in the play Agamemnon by Aeschylus, written in 458 B.C. The title character returned from Troy and was greeted by his wife Clytemnestra, who offered him a red path to walk upon. He hesitated to walk upon colors that only the ‘feet of the gods’ should tread. 

A red carpet is traditionally used to mark the path taken by heads of state on formal occasions. The first president in the United States to receive the “red carpet treatment” was James Madison in 1821. Since then it has been expanded and used by everything from the Academy Awards to United Airlines, which established “Red Carpet Clubs” for VIP lounges. 

Renaissance paintings often show oriental carpets, patterned with red as the main color, laid on the steps to a throne or on a platform where rulers reign. Actually, purple is considered the color of royalty since it was one of the most expensive dyes to create. 

Jesus once received a royal welcome. Unfortunately it was not by the dignitaries of state. The Jewish leaders were actually upset at Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem. His followers stepped in and led the ceremony. Christ rode on a colt as prophesied in Zechariah 9:9, 10. The Bible says, “And as He went, many spread their clothes on the road” (Luke 19:36). 

The pathway Christ took into Jerusalem was different from the pathway He took out. Jesus was appropriately welcomed as a king by people willing to lay down their best coats to show homage. But on Friday, the Lord walked out of Jerusalem on a “red carpet,” as it were—a bloodstained path to Calvary. The path to the cross was the path to glory. We are called to walk that same royal road as followers of Jesus. When we get to heaven, the gates of the great city will swing open wide, and we will receive another “red carpet” welcome. Will you be there? 

“The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, ‘Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure, they are and were created.'”

Revelation 4:10-11

WHAT’S COMING UP NEXT

  • SABBATH, OCTOBER 29

    Sabbath Morning Message: Root Cause by Walt Cross (Ezekiel 28:17)

    Fall Social at the Pavilion @ 6:30pm

  • SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30

    Pathfinder Flea Market from 10am – 4pm

    Pathfinder Drive-Thru Dinner from 5:30pm – 6:30pm

  • TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1

    Funeral Services for Charlie & Betty Spindler from 5pm – 7pm

  • WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 2

    Prayer Meeting @ 7pm

  • THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3

    Pathfinder Meeting @ 6pm

    AFCOE Meeting @ 7pm

  • SABBATH, NOVEMBER 5

    SABBATH MORNING MESSAGE: PASTOR NATE NELSON

  • SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6

    Men’s Ministry Meeting @ 8:30am

NEWS & EVENTS

JOIN THE PATHFINDERS FOR AYA at the Greeneville Seventh-Day Adventist Church on October 29 at 6:30 p.m. There will be worship, ole time music, hotdog dinner,

CHURCH DIRECTORY Randy Nomura will be updating the church directory. He will be taking photos on this Sabbath and next Sabbath. If you have a photo, you would rather use, you can email the office. We would like to have faces to go with the names. Thank you for your cooperation.

ABC BOOKMOBILE will be here Sunday, November 6, at the back of the church from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Flyers are on the glass table in the front lobby and on the podium at the back of the church.

NOVEMBER IS POCKET SIGNS MONTH – Why not use Pocket Signs to share your faith with a friend or neighbor? You can even share them with people you don’t know. They are easy to leave at hotels, restaurants, and other places where you meet people. Lives will be changed by these fresh and interesting tracts. Join the thousands who have found that sharing Jesus is as easy as sharing Pocket Signs. Take advantage of November’s special pricing. Order from your ABC by calling 1-800-765-6955 or go online at www.AdventistBookCenter.com/tracts. Samples are on the foyer table.

MID-WEEK BIBLE STUDY: Wednesday night prayer meeting will be on ZOOM at 7:00 p.m… We will be studying Mark 9:42. Phone Number is 1-646-931-3860, the meeting ID number is 781 549 3992, and the passcode is 37743 for those using a home/cell phone.

GCC EVENTS & NEWS

ACS Warehouse and Donations Management Training, October 28-30, Cohutta Springs Conference Center. Continued training for ACS Disaster Response volunteers. Contact Luis Biazotto if you have questions regarding this event.

Joy in Jesus – Rogersville, October 29, Occasions on the Square, Rogersville, TN. Women’s Ministries day retreat. Women, this is your opportunity for fellowship and addressing issues that threaten your happiness. Come lean how to have joy more abundantly. Learn more and register.

MUSIC CLINIC – November 3-4, 2022 at Fletcher Academy in Fletcher NC. Homes-schoolers, all students in grades 5-12 are welcome to expand their musical skills while enjoying the company of other Adventist youth in choir, strings, band or bells. For more information: fletcheracademy.org/music

ACF Leadership Reboot, November 4-5, Georgia-Cumberland Conference Office. Training and fellowship for ACF leaders from across the conference. For more info email Don Keele.

Joy in Jesus – Cordele, November 4-6, Lake Blackshear Resort, Cordele, GA. Women’s Ministries day retreat. Women, this is your opportunity for fellowship and addressing issues that threaten your happiness. Come lean how to have joy more abundantly. Learn more.

Pastor Wives Retreat, November 4-6, Cohutta Springs Conference Center. For more info contact Heidi Melton.

Pathfinder Teen Challenge, November 4-6, Cohutta Springs Youth Camp. For more info contact Carin Bartlett.

ASSISTANCE NEEDED

OUR PATHFINDERS need help raising money for a new trailer ($6,000 – $8,000).  Our current trailer is too heavy with all our equipment and kitchen. It is putting too much strain on the tires and axles.  We are already fundraising for the Gillette camporee, so this additional need has added to that process.  Thank you.

IN MEMORY OF

LAURA SALADINO’s address is 887 Lenox New Lyne Rd., Jefferson, OH 44047, for anyone wishing to send get well or thinking of you card. Please continue to pray for a speedy recovery.

Charles and Betty Spindler, long-time members of our church, both have unexpectedly passed away. This Tuesday, November 1, the family will hold the funeral services at the Greeneville Seventh Day Adventist Church in Greeneville, TN. Visitation will begin at 5:00pm EST, and the program will begin at 5:45pm EST. There will be a special meal for the family and friends to follow the services. Please pray for the family as they find comfort through this tragedy.

May God bless you as you prepare for Sabbath tomorrow!

Pastor Nate!

October 21, 2022

The Perfect Home

Greetings Church Family!

Biosphere 2 was a state-of-the-art greenhouse built on three acres in the Arizona desert. It was a giant, computer-controlled environment intended to be a miniature version of the much larger biosphere 1, better known as Earth. Completed in 1991 at a cost of $200 million, it included five wilderness areas, ranging from a rainforest to a desert, and was stocked with thousands of exotic plants and animals. 

Eight humans (“biospherians”) were to learn how to live off the land, isolated from the outside world except for communications. The designers envisioned Biosphere 2 as the first step toward human colonization of Mars. But when this landlocked Noah’s Ark set sail for its two-year voyage of discovery from 1991 to 1993, it ran aground from a host of unforeseen environmental and human disasters. 

Oxygen levels inside the complex dropped so low that emergency oxygen was pumped in—violating the main tenet of isolation. And crop production was so poor that the starving crew got hungry enough to steal food from one another or have it smuggled in. Nearly all the birds and animals that were supposed to thrive inside died—except for “crazy ants” and cockroaches that now fill the place. Their proud vision of man making utopia on Earth became a joke—today Biosphere 2 is a tourist attraction masquerading as science. 

The Bible describes the restoration of God’s people and land. It depicts the perfect home for us in which to thrive. “The glory of Lebanon shall come to you, the cypress, the pine, and the box tree together, to beautify the place of My sanctuary; And I will make the place of My feet glorious” (Isaiah 60:13). 

Someday, when Jesus returns, He will restore our planet to its state before the fall of mankind. We will enjoy the ideal environment, where all of our needs will be abundantly provided. There will be no need for stealing food. Death will be gone. The air will be pure. And we will live forever. 

“The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.”

Isaiah 35:1

Senior Pastor Update

Pastor Crutcher’s first Sabbath with us will be January 21, 2023. We will have a fellowship meal following the special Sabbath Worship Service. Please continue to pray for the Crutcher family as they transition from Atlanta, GA to their new home here in Greeneville, TN. Our church family has been providing Pastor Crutcher with real estate information in our area. Pray that God will lead them to the right place.

What’s Coming Up Next?

  • Sabbath October 21

    Morning Speaker: Randy Nomura

    Sermon Title: A Creator Created Creation


    Elders Meeting after Worship services @ 12:30pm

    Adventurer Meeting @ 2:30pm

    AYA @ GAA (Greeneville Adventist Academy) Mission Trip & Fundraiser Event @ 6pm

  • October 23

    Adventurer Meeting @ 10am

  • October 24

    Parent Teacher Conferences @ GAA from 4 – 7pm

    GAA School Board Meeting @ 6pm


  • October 26

    Home & School Prayer Circle (GAA Gym) @ 8:00am

    Prayer Meeting (Mark 9) on Zoom @ 7pm

  • October 29

    Morning Speaker: Walt Cross

    Fall Social @ The Pavilion from 6:30 – 9pm

  • October 30

    Pathfinder Fundraiser/Flea Market Drive Thru @ TBA

News & Events

LOCAL EVENTS & NEWS

DESERT TREE MINISTRY – You may want to check out the new website for  Desert Tree Ministry which has been updated!  This ministry was begun by Jonathan and Melody Dietrich, who used to be members of the Greeneville SDA church and who are now volunteer missionaries in Chad, Africa. Learn what their printshop and Bible Learning Center are doing for the Lord.  Learn ways you can help! https://deserttreeministry.org

CHURCH DIRECTORY Randy Nomura will be updating the church directory. He will be taking photos on the next few Sabbaths. If you have a photo you would rather use, you can email the office. We would like to have faces to go with the names. Thank you for your cooperation.

ABC BOOKMOBILE will be here Sunday, November 6, at the back of the church from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Flyers are on the glass table in the front lobby and on the podium at the back of the church.

THIS FLYER IS A TEMPORARY FLYER TO GRAB YOUR ATTENTION TO AN EVENT

Remember the smell of Mom and Grandma putting up Applesauce?

     Those memorable memories of family times putting up food for the winter are swiftly fading away.  The positive outcomes of canning weren’t just having enough green beans when times were tough or fresh food wasn’t available, but a time for families to share together, something which rarely happens today. 

     Come, bring the kids, join the community, and learn as Connie Smith and Pam Pickett share; “How To” properly and safely use a pressure canner and other basic techniques of canning.

     This FREE class will be, Thursday, October 27th, at 6:00 p.m. at 710 Asheville Hwy. Greeneville, Tenn., next door to Kiser-Rose Hill Funeral Home.

     Please call 423-638-5014 for information and to register.

GCC EVENTS & NEWS

Nearly 1500 Pathfinders from Georgia-Cumberland Conference attended the Southern Union Pathfinder Camporee at Camp Kulaqua in Florida. Magnify Worship, from GCA, wrote the theme song and led in worship. We are proud of our young people! Be watching for a story in the November/December Communiqué on how this camporee helps Pathfinders make connections, not just with other young people but also with their Heavenly Father.

ACS Warehouse and Donations Management Training, October 28-30, Cohutta Springs Conference Center. Continued training for ACS Disaster Response volunteers. Contact Luis Biazotto if you have questions regarding this event.

Joy in Jesus – Rogersville, October 29, Occasions on the Square, Rogersville, TN. Women’s Ministries day retreat. Women, this is your opportunity for fellowship and addressing issues that threaten your happiness. Come lean how to have joy more abundantly. Learn more and register.

MUSIC CLINIC – November 3-4, 2022 at Fletcher Academy in Fletcher NC. Homes-schoolers, all students in grades 5-12 are welcome to expand their musical skills while enjoying the company of other Adventist youth in choir, strings, band or bells. For more information: fletcheracademy.org/music

ACF Leadership Reboot, November 4-5, Georgia-Cumberland Conference Office. Training and fellowship for ACF leaders from across the conference. For more info email Don Keele.

Joy in Jesus – Cordele, November 4-6, Lake Blackshear Resort, Cordele, GA. Women’s Ministries day retreat. Women, this is your opportunity for fellowship and addressing issues that threaten your happiness. Come lean how to have joy more abundantly. Learn more.

Pastor Wives Retreat, November 4-6, Cohutta Springs Conference Center. For more info contact Heidi Melton.

Pathfinder Teen Challenge, November 4-6, Cohutta Springs Youth Camp. For more info contact Carin Bartlett.

ASSISTANCE NEEDED

PATHFINDERS need help raising money for a new trailer ($6,000 – $8,000).  Our current trailer is too heavy with all our equipment and kitchen. It is putting too much strain on the tires and axles.  We are already fundraising for the Gillette camporee, so this additional need has added to that process.  Thank you.

IN MEMORY OF

DOROTHY (DOTTIE) BUCKMAN, a long-time member of our church, has died. Visitation: Friday, October 21, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. CDT at the Hendersonville (TN) Memorial Gardens Funeral Home and Cremation Center. A Celebration of Life is scheduled today, October 22, 2:00 p.m. CDT at the Hendersonville (TN) SDA Church with an hour of visitation prior.

May God bless you today as you prepare for the Sabbath. See you tomorrow!

Pastor Nate!

Friday October 14, 2022

A Still Small Voice

Greetings Church Family!

The highest wind speed ever recorded on earth occurred at Barrow Island, Australia. During typhoon Olivia, the wind reached 253 miles per hour. For more than 60 years, the Mount Washington Observatory in New Hampshire boasted that it had recorded the fastest wind speed on Earth. In 1934, the observatory recorded a wind speed of 231 miles per hour. 

But in 1996, during typhoon Olivia, Barrow Island in Australia recorded a wind speed of 253 miles per hour. The amazing—and somewhat puzzling thing—is that it took the World Meteorological Organization 14 years to recognize a new record had been set. As they were scouring through some old data, they came across the record-setting wind speed. 

It didn’t take long for news to spread about the new record. And the Mount Washington Observatory reluctantly conceded that the data had to be recognized, though they were still suspicious of why it took 14 years for the new record to be declared. Of course, whether it is 253 or 231 miles per hour, we wouldn’t want to be facing such powerful winds! 

Interestingly, the prophet Elijah faced some very strong winds after escaping from evil Jezebel and waiting to hear from God. He also faced an earthquake and fire. But 1 Kings gives us some interesting insight into God’s glory and power. There we read that God was not in the wind, not in the earthquake, not in the fire. Instead, He spoke to Elijah in a “still small voice” (1 Kings 19:12). 

This is how God prefers to speak and interact with us. He doesn’t want to overwhelm us with grandeur. He doesn’t desire to impress us with splendor. He wants to come close and converse with us as with a friend. 

“Be Still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Psalms 46:10

Pastor Crutcher Update

The Pastor’s first Sabbath with us will be January 21, 2023. We will have a fellowship meal following the special Sabbath Worship Service. Please continue to pray for the Crutcher family as they transition from Atlanta, GA to their new home here in Greeneville, TN. Our church family has been providing Pastor Crutcher with real estate information in our area. Pray that God will lead them to the right place.

What’s Coming Up Next?

  • Sabbath October 15

    Guest Speaker: Dr. Michael G. Hasel

    “In the Footsteps of King David.”

    AYA: Noah Movie Part 4 (Sheryll Morrison) @ 7pm

  • October 16

    7 Bridges Marathon Chattanooga, TN @ 6:30am

  • October 19

    Prayer Meeting: Mark Chapter 8 @ 7pm

    Home School Prayer Circle at GAA @ 8am

    GAA Cherub Choir Rehearsal @ 8:30am

  • October 20

    GAA Portrait Retake @ 8am

    Pathfinder Meeting @ 6pm

  • October 21

    GAA Cherub Choir Rehearsal @ 8:30am

  • Sabbath October 22

    Guest Speaker: Randy Nomura (GAA Principle)

    Elders Meeting after Worship services @ 12:30pm

    Adventurer Meeting @ 2:30pm

    AYA Mission Trip & Fundraiser Event @ 6pm

FYI (For Your Information)

DESERT TREE MINISTRY – You may want to check out the new website for Desert Tree Ministry which has been updated!  This ministry was begun by Jonathan and Melody Dietrich, who used to be members of the Greeneville SDA church and who are now volunteer missionaries in Chad, Africa.  Learn what their printshop and Bible Learning Center are doing for the Lord.  Learn ways you can help! https://deserttreeministry.org/

Free “How To” Class: Canning

Remember the smell of Mom and Grandma putting up Applesauce?

     Those memorable memories of family times putting up food for the winter are swiftly fading away.  The positive outcomes of canning weren’t just having enough green beans when times were tough or fresh food wasn’t available, but a time for families to share together, something which rarely happens today. 

     Come, bring the kids, join the community, and learn as Connie Smith and Pam Pickett share; “How To” properly and safely use a pressure canner and other basic techniques of canning.

     This FREE class will be, Thursday, October 27th, at 6:00 p.m. at 710 Asheville Hwy. Greeneville, Tenn., next door to Kiser-Rose Hill Funeral Home.

     Please call 423-638-5014 for information and to register.

FALL SOCIAL

Come Join us for our Fall Social at the Pavilion behind the church. It will be a lot of fun!!
  • THE GCC FALL MEN’S EVENT is October 21-23, 2022 at Cohutta Springs. Discover how to bridge the generation gap and enjoy win-win witnessing by becoming a life coach! Sign up at blueprintformen.org
  • GCC WOMEN’S RETREAT COMING TO YOUR AREA SOON – October 29 / Rogersville TN – Northern Region For more information and to register go to the conference website gccsda.com
  • Pathfinder Fundraiser Weekend is October 30, 2022. Come and support the Pathfinders by buying tasty treats and enjoying games and fellowship!

In Memory Of

Dorothy (Dottie) Buckman, a long-time Family Member of our church, has been laid to rest.  Visitation is Friday, October 21, 5:00 – 7:00 pm CDT at the Hendersonville (TN) Memorial Gardens Funeral Home and Cremation Center.  A Celebration of Life is scheduled on Sabbath, October 22, 2:00 pm CDT at the Hendersonville (TN) SDA Church with an hour of visitation prior.  Please keep the d Family in your prayers as they mourn through the loss of a loved one.

Kathy Frost, a family member of the Greeneville SDA Church for more than 30 years has passed away last week. We held the funeral services at the church this past Wednesday. Please keep the Frost family in your prayers as they mourn a difficult and expected loss.

May God Bless you today and we hope to see you tomorrow for Sabbath Worship Service!

Pastor Nate

Free Resource Material

Click the download link below for a free magazine on behalf of Amazing Facts and The Greeneville SDA Church.

Friday October 7, 2022

Greetings Church Family

Defeating Deceit

Among Americans polled about honesty, 52 percent said lying is never justified; yet 65 percent said it was sometimes okay to lie to keep from hurting someone’s feelings. Twelve percent of adults admit that they lie sometimes or occasionally. However, when asked, “Are you a liar?” 97 percent said “No.” The three percent who admitted to lying were tested to evaluate their actual honesty and were found to be 28 times more honest than the people who denied lying. 

Very few people—if any—are honest 100 percent of the time. Even Christians and other people who are committed to being honest sometimes are caught off guard and speak something that is less than the truth in the confusion of the moment—sometimes to keep from hurting another person’s feelings. Other times, perhaps, they are not completely honest with themselves. 

We deal with dishonest people all the time. And all of us, at some time in our lives, have been dishonest. Many times dishonesty hurts other people; sometimes it only hurts the dishonest person. But dishonesty always hurts God because one of His characteristics is truth. The Bible says, “Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who deal truthfully are His delight” (Proverbs 12:22). 

Lying comes naturally to humans. “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9). The only way to conquer a deceitful heart is to allow God to replace it with the pure heart of our Savior. He is willing to transform us today.

In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me. Deliver me, O Lord, from lying lips, from a deceitful tongue. 

Psalms 120:1-2

Whats Happening

WE HAVE A NEW PASTOR!

Kent, Susan, Rachel & Joshua Crutcher

We have announced last Sabbath that Pastor Kent Crutcher and family has accepted our offer to be Greeneville Seventh-day Adventist Church’s Senior Pastor! We don’t have an ETA of their arrival yet but we do know they are excited to start a new chapter of their life and ministry here in Greeneville, Tennessee!!!

Whats Coming up Next?

  • October 8

    Sabbath Morning Message: Mike Saladino

    Sabbath School Workshop @ 2 PM (See Flyer Below)

  • October 10

    Finance & Board Meeting 6 PM & 7 PM

  • October 12

    Home School Prayer Circle @ the School 8 AM

    Prayer Meeting (Zoom) 7 PM

    Pathfinder Camporee Starts (Oct 12-16)

  • October 15

    Sabbath Morning Message: Dr. Michael Hasel (Possibly)


What’s Happening Later

“FREE” ‘How To’ Class Canning

     Remember the smell of Mom and Grandma putting up Applesauce?

     Those memorable memories of family times putting up food for the winter are swiftly fading away.  The positive outcomes of canning weren’t just having enough green beans when times were tough or fresh food wasn’t available, but a time for families to share together, something which rarely happens today. 

     Come, bring the kids, join the community, and learn as Connie Smith and Pam Pickett share; “How To” properly and safely use a pressure canner and other basic techniques of canning.

     This FREE class will be, Thursday, October 27th, at 6:00 p.m. at 710 Asheville Hwy. Greeneville, Tenn., next door to Kiser-Rose Hill Funeral Home.

     Please call 423-638-5014 for information and to register.


  • THE GCC FALL MEN’S EVENT is October 21-23, 2022 at Cohutta Springs. Discover how to bridge the generation gap and enjoy win-win witnessing by becoming a life coach! Sign up at blueprintformen.org
  • GCC WOMEN’S RETREAT COMING TO YOUR AREA SOON – October 29 / Rogersville TN – Northern Region For more information and to register go to the conference website gccsda.com
  • Pathfinder Fundraiser Weekend is October 30, 2022. Come and support the Pathfinders by buying tasty treats and enjoying games and fellowship!

May God Bless you and we will see you for Sabbath!

Pastor Nate

September 23, 2022

Greetings Church Family,

The apostle Paul’s 35 years of travels took him through Turkey, Greece, Rome, and, of course, Israel and Palestine. Sometimes he journeyed by ship (he was shipwrecked three times!) and sometimes by foot. During his five missionary trips, he traveled a total of 13,000 miles. When Paul wrote his letter to the Galatians, he told them plainly that if anyone tried to preach a different gospel to them, that person should be “accursed”—even if it was him or an angel (Gal. 1:8). 

That was strong language, but Paul needed to get their attention. He had taught them salvation by faith in Christ alone, but someone had been teaching the Galatians something quite different, telling them they needed to do certain other things in order to be saved. 

The gospel Paul had preached, he reminded them, was not something he had made up. No human taught or gave him the gospel. He says, “It came through the revelation of Jesus Christ.” After Paul’s conversion, Jesus Himself revealed the gospel to him. 

There is only one gospel. At its core are Jesus Christ and His sacrifice, which reconciles us to God through faith. Nothing we can do could ever earn the salvation that He gives to us as a free gift.

“But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.”

Galatians 1:11-12

THIS SABBATH IS A HIGH SABBATH!!!

As you have prepared this past week your hearts and minds for communion services tomorrow, I encourage you to read Matthew 26, Mark 14, Luke 17, John 6, and 1 Cor. 10-11 along with the Desire of Ages, pages 646-661, as a reminder to the reason why we, as a Seventh Day Adventist Church, practice open communion, to include the ordinance of foot washing and participating in the Lord’s Supper. 

In the news:

  1. This Sabbath, we will be celebrating Communion Services. Elder Ken Matthews will deliver a short message, and the Elders, Deacons, Deaconesses, and Pastor Nate, will conduct the Communion services. Marva Wente will be playing the Organ.
  2. AYA Vesper tomorrow tonight, September 24, 6:30 p.m. will feature AFM Missionaries working in a Muslim country. Please plan to hear stories of Providential leading and mission adventures. Support mission frontline work through your presence, prayers, and offerings.
  3. Mid-Week Prayer Meeting: We will be continuing our mid-week Bible study on the Book of Mark. Next week we will be covering Chapter 6.
    1. On the church’s website, there is a link to the mid-week Bible study. I will also send out an email with the zoom link. 
  4. GOLF FOR EDUCATION – It’s the 2022 Golf for Education Golf Tournament. This tournament supports the Greeneville Adventist Academy’s PFE K-12 program. These matching funds enable children in our community to have a high-quality Christian education. Your support helps students and families that need tuition assistance in exchange for participation in community outreach that benefits everyone. The golf tournament will be Sunday, September 25, at Link Hills Golf Course. 1325 East Allens Bridge Rd Greeneville, TN 37743 Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Shotgun Stats at 8:30 am. Those times are subject to change. If you want to play, please contact Randy Nomura or me, and we will find you a team to play on.
  5. BAPTISMS – Oliver and Amelia Shumaker and Jotham Gallimore of Riverview Community Church would like your presence tomorrow afternoon at 4:30 p.m. for their baptism at the Old Forge Recreation area. They will be baptized by their grandfathers! What a beautiful blessing.
  6. SAVE THE DATE! The senior class of 2023 is hosting AYA on October 1 at 6:30 p.mat the school gym. After sundown, they will sell baked ziti (vegan option available) and then play volleyball. This is a fundraiser for their senior class trip.
  7. GCC Women’s Ministry Day Retreat: October 29, 2022, | Occasions on the Square | 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Cost: $15/person. Retreat includes lunch, worship, and fellowship. Please visit https://www.gccsda.com/events/100767 to register and find more information.  Registration deadline October 6. 
  8. ENGAGE LEADERSHIP CONVENTION: September 30 – October 1, 2022. New in Ministry?  Veteran Youth Worker?  Come to our annual training event for Youth Leaders, Youth in Ministry (ages 16+) and Pastors Breakout sessions offered for everyone at Cohutta Springs. Keynote Speaker – Andres Palacios, Associate Pastor of the Calhoun, GA SDA Church. Registration deadline noon on Thursday, Sept. 22.  For more information or to register, go to: https://www.gccsda.com/events/engage2022.  Questions? Contact Alyse: 706-629-7951 or alyse@gccsda.com.

WEEK AT A GLANCE

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TOMORROW, September 24      

  9:15 a.m.       Sabbath School/Earliteen Class

11:00 a.m.       COMMUNION SERVICES

  2:30 p.m.       Adventurers Meeting

  4:30 p.m.       Baptisms/Old Forge Area

  6:30 p.m.       AYA/Ken Mathews/AFM Missionaries

SUNDAY, September 25

10:00 a.m.       Adventurers Meeting

  7:30 a.m.       Golf Tournament

WEDNESDAY, September 28

   7:00 p.m.      Prayer Meeting via ZOOM

THURSDAY, September 29

  6:00 p.m.       Pathfinder

SABBATH, October 1

10:00 a.m.       Sabbath School/Ken Mathews

11:30 a.m.       Worship/Pastor Nate  6:30 p.m.       AYA/GAA Senior Class/Gym

Sunset tonight is at 7:27 p.m. 

The celebration of Sabbath ends at 7:26 p.m.

Sabbath begins next Friday at 7:18 p.m.

Blessings to you all as you prepare for Communion this coming Sabbath!

Glory to God,

Pastor Nate

September 16, 2022

Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise. 
Proverbs 20:1

Okay, Proverbs is talking about excessive drinking, right? Or being led astray by wine or beer. So as long as I’m not excessive or led astray, it’s okay, right?

Besides, the psalmist says that God made wine to gladden the heart (Psalm 104:15). And Jesus made gallons of wine for a wedding (John 2:1-10), and Paul told Timothy (a pastor) to have some wine to help settle his stomach (1 Timothy 5:23).

We can answer yes to all of the above, but our text still speaks a healthy warning.

Frankly, Proverbs doesn’t have many positive things to say about drinking. The writer wants us to take its dangers seriously.

It’s easy to buy into a culture that says drinking will help you fit in, feel less stressed, and attract better-looking partners. It’s not hard to close our eyes to the deceptions.

Alcohol can affect how we live out our values. It can lead to loose words, hurtful actions, dangerous driving, and broken relationships. When it takes control of our lives, it “bites like a snake and poisons like a viper.”

Wisdom includes being honest. God’s Word for you today may be to look closely at how you or someone you care about is handling alcohol. It’s foolish to play with vipers.

ATTENTION: NO CHURCH SERVICES OR SABBATH SCHOOL AT THE CHUCH

*Church Services will be held at the Oaks Retreat Center. Please see below for address and program.

Down The Road

  • North-East Tennessee Camp Meeting: It’s that time of year again for our Annual NE TN Camp Meeting. Join us tonight September 16 at 7:30 pm and tomorrow morning at the Oaks Retreat Center to worship God and to fellowship with others. The address is 267 Camp Josuha LN Greeneville, TN 37743. You can download the program below.
  • NOTE: For Camp Meeting luncheon/POTLUCK, bring your food prepared in a cooler or warming bag, water bottles, and lawn chairs. Dress is casual. 

Camp Meeting Program


  • MID-WEEK BIBLE STUDY: Wednesday night prayer meeting will be on ZOOM at 7:00 p.m.. We will be studying Mark 6. Phone Number 1-646-931-3860, meeting ID number is 781 549 3992, and passcode is 37743 for those using a home/cell phone.
  • AYA Vesper for, September 24, 6:30 p.m. will feature AFM Missionaries working in a Muslim country. Plan to hear stories of Providential leading and mission adventures. Support mission frontline work through your presence, prayers, and offering.
  • SAVE THE DATE! FOOD, AND VOLLEYBALL!: The senior class of 2023 is hosting AYA on October 1 at 6:30 P.M. at the school gym. After sundown, they will sell baked ziti (vegan option available) and then play volleyball. This is a fundraiser for their senior class trip.
  • GCC Women’s Ministry Day Retreat: October 29, 2022, | Occasions on the Square | 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Cost: $15/person. Retreat includes lunch, worship, and fellowship. Please visit https://www.gccsda.com/events/100767 to register and find more information.  Registration deadline October 6. 
  • ENGAGE LEADERSHIP CONVENTION: September 30 – October 1, 2022. New in Ministry?  Veteran Youth Worker?  Come to our annual training event for Youth Leaders, Youth in Ministry (ages 16+) and Pastors Breakout sessions offered for everyone at Cohutta Springs. Keynote Speaker – Andres Palacios, Associate Pastor of the Calhoun, GA SDA Church. Registration deadline noon on Thursday, Sept. 22.  For more information or to register, go to: https://www.gccsda.com/events/engage2022.  Questions? Contact Alyse: 706-629-7951 or alyse@gccsda.com.

I hope to see you all tonight to bring in the Sabbath at the Oaks Retreat Center at 7:30 PM.
Pastor Nate

Friday September 9, 2022

Dear Church Family,

In ancient times, salt was a valuable trade item. The price of salt was so high during the Middle Ages that people sometimes called it “white gold.” Up until the 1900s, people in Ethiopia used one-pound bars of salt as currency. Jesus said, “You are the salt of the earth” (Matthew 5:13). What did He mean by this metaphor? Well, salt is a seasoning. 

Jesus’ disciples are meant to add a flavor of godliness to the world. Salt is also a preservative. By living pure lives and influencing those around them, true disciples of Christ help to preserve the world from moral decay. In Paul’s writings to the early Christians, he urged them to “walk in wisdom toward those who are outside” so they might have a positive influence on those around them—so they might be good witnesses for Christ (Colossians 4:5). 

He also emphasized the importance of a believer’s speech toward unbelievers. Words can help or hurt. They can build others up or tear them down. Paul advised, “Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one” (Colossians 4:6). 

Speaking with grace involves kindness, compassion, and a forgiving spirit in our communication with another person. Seasoning our conversation with salt can mean using Christian tact, comforting and encouraging someone who is hurting, and flavoring our words so that the other person might be prompted to consider spiritual truth or learn more about God.

Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

Colossians 4:5-6

In the news:

  1. The Sabbath message will be brought to you by John Hawkins. 
  2. AYA – Come join us this Sabbath evening at 7:30 p.m. to close out the Sabbath with music from the Ole Timey Musical. It is encouraged to bring your own instrument to play along. It will be a rich blessing, and we hope to see you there! 
  3. Mid-Week Prayer Meeting: We will be continuing our mid-week Bible study on the Book of Mark. Next week we will be covering Chapters 5. 
  4. On the church’s website there is a link to the mid-week Bible study, I will also send out an email with the zoom link. 
  5. DINNER WITH THE DOCTOR – Come and learn from a Professional! Kazia Finley PharmD, will Review of the Most Commonly Used Herbal Medicines on Tuesday, September 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the church Fellowship Hall and Sanctuary. You will be richly blessed and leave with a full belly! 
  6. North-East Tennessee Camp Meeting (September 16-17): Our speaker for this special event will be Elder Chester Clark, Vice President/Secretariat of Georgia Cumberland Conference. DON’T FORGET to register and let us know you’re coming. Lodging information and pricing are available on the registration form. Contact Heidi at (706) 629-7951. For weekend schedule and more information on what to bring, visit  https://www.gccsda.com/northeast-tennessee or click the link. For the luncheon, bring your food prepared in a cooler or warming bag, water bottles, and lawn chairs. Dress is casual. 
  7. There will be no services here at the church for Sabbath School, Church or AYA for the weekend of September 16-17.
  8. GCC Women’s Ministry Day Retreat: October 29, 2022, | Occasions on the Square | 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Cost: $15/person. Retreat includes lunch, worship, and fellowship. Please visit https://www.gccsda.com/events/100767 to register and find more information.  Registration deadline October 6. 
  9. ENGAGE LEADERSHIP CONVENTION: September 30 – October 1, 2022. New in Ministry?  Veteran Youth Worker?  Come to our annual training event for Youth Leaders, Youth in Ministry (ages 16+) and Pastors Breakout sessions offered for everyone at Cohutta Springs. Keynote Speaker – Andres Palacios, Associate Pastor of the Calhoun, GA SDA Church. Registration deadline noon on Thursday, Sept. 22.  For more information or to register, go to: https://www.gccsda.com/events/engage2022.  Questions? Contact Alyse: 706-629-7951 or alyse@gccsda.com.

Week AT A GLANCE: 

TODAY, September 10      

  9:15 a.m.       Sabbath School/Carolyn Smith

11:00 a.m.       Church/John Hawkins

  6:30 p.m.       AYA/Dan Sanford/Musical

MONDAY, September 12

  6:00 p.m.       Financial Meeting

  7:15 p.m.       Church Board Meeting

TUESDAY, September 13

  6:30 p.m.       Dinner With The Doctor

WEDNESDAY, September 14

   7:00 p.m.      Prayer Meeting via ZOOM

THURSDAY, September 15

  6:00 p.m.       Pathfinder

FRIDAY, September 16

  7:30 p.m.       Vespers/Oaks Retreat Center

SABBATH, September 17   Oaks Retreat Center

10:00 a.m.       Sabbath School

11:30 a.m.       Worship/Chester Clark, GCC

  6:45 p.m.       Vespers           

The celebration of Sabbath ends today at 7:47 p.m.

Sabbath begins next Friday at 7:38 p.m.

Blessings to you all as you prepare for the coming Sabbath!

Glory to God,

Pastor Nate

Friday August 26, 2022

Good Afternoon Church Family,

In 1960, an American physicist with Hughes Aircraft Corporation constructed the first working laser from a ruby crystal rod. Since that time, the laser has revolutionized every realm of modern life. The word LASER is actually an acronym for “Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation.” (I think I prefer LASER!) With an ordinary beam of light, the photons vibrate and scatter in every direction, whereas a laser beam is a tightly focused and perfectly aligned beam of light. 

A laser beam is produced when light bounces back and forth between two mirrors with a special medium, like ruby crystals, between them. This causes all the photons, particles of light energy, to vibrate in exactly the same synchronized phase, like soldiers in a troop. 

Today lasers are used in virtually every field, from communications and industry to medicine and military. Many modern devices, including bar code readers, DVD players, and printers, use lasers. These powerful beams of light can also transmit voice or data via fiber optic cables at much improved speed and capacity. Lasers have also been used to determine very precise measurements with great accuracy. 

The distance between Earth and the moon was measured with lasers to within one inch. In medicine, conventional eye surgery has almost been totally replaced by the miracle of lasers. In industry, lasers are used to cut, align, and measure with great precision. 

Incredibly, lasers can also produce extreme cold. Normally, when you shine light at something it heats up. But under the right conditions, laser light will actually cool atoms! In laser cooling, the laser is tuned to such a frequency that atoms traveling toward the beam get slowed down. A number of criss-crossing laser beams create a trap for the atoms, which get slower and slower, and therefore colder and colder. With this technique, researchers have used lasers to reach temperatures of nearly absolute zero. 

The extremes of heat and cold produced by laser light remind us of the words of Jesus to the church of Laodicea. “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot” (Revelation 3:15). When the laser light of the Holy Spirit shines on our hearts, we will either be energized for Jesus, or turn away in coldness and desolation. 

For God, who commaded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

2 Corinthians 4:6

In The News

This Sabbath’s message will be brought to you by Elder Carl Ashlock. I hope God will speak to your heart through Brother Ashlocks sermon.

AYA – Come join us this Sabbath evening at 7:30 p.m. to close out the Sabbath with music from Dan SanfordOle Timey Musical. It is encouraged to bring your own instrument to play along. It will be a rich blessing, and we hope to see you there! 

Mid-Week Prayer Meeting – Wednesday night prayer meeting will be on ZOOM at 7:00 p.m.. We will be studying Mark 4. The Phone Number is 1-646-931-3860. The meeting ID number is 781 549 3992, and the passcode is 37743 for those using a home/cell phone.

On the church’s website there is a link to the mid-week Bible study, I will also send out an email with the zoom link. 

ABC Bookmobile – Place your orders ASAP ABC Bookmobile will be here on Sunday, August 28th from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. They will setup behind the church building. If you need information about the food specials please contact church office. 

North-East Tennessee Campmeeting – It’s that time of year again for our Annual NE TN Campmeeting. This year’s Campmeeting will be September 16-17 at the Oaks Retreat Center. DON’T FORGET to register and let us know you’re coming. Lodging information and pricing are available on the registration form. Contact Heidi at (706) 629-7951. For weekend schedule and more information on what to bring, visit  https://www.gccsda.com/northeast-tennessee or click the link. For the luncheon, bring your food prepared in a cooler or warming bag, water bottles, and lawn chairs. Dress is casual. 

There will be no services here at the church for Sabbath School, Church or AYA for the weekend of September 16-17.

GCC Women’s Ministry Day Retreat: October 29, 2022, | Occasions on the Square | 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Cost: $15/person. Retreat includes lunch, worship, and fellowship. Please visit https://www.gccsda.com/events/100767 to register and find more information.  Registration deadline October 6. 

ENGAGE LEADERSHIP CONVENTION: September 30 – October 1, 2022. New in Ministry?  Veteran Youth Worker?  Come to our annual training event for Youth Leaders, Youth in Ministry (ages 16+) and Pastors Breakout sessions offered for everyone at Cohutta Springs. Keynote Speaker – Andres Palacios, Associate Pastor of the Calhoun, GA SDA Church. Registration deadline noon on Thursday, Sept. 22.  For more information or to register, go to: https://www.gccsda.com/events/engage2022.  Questions? Contact Alyse: 706-629-7951 or alyse@gccsda.com.

Ministry In Motion

This week we had a chance to help our sister, Sheryll Morrison, clean up a fallen tree in her front yard, due to a storm that passed through. If it wasn’t for Larry Boughman and his jeep and chainsaw it would have taken us more than a day to clean up! Praise God for the right tools to use for the right job.

Week At A Glance

Sabbath, August 27      

9:15 a.m.       Sabbath School/Rhoda Kanna

11:00 a.m.       Church Service – Elder Carl Ashlock

  2:30 p.m.       Adventurer Meeting

  5:30 p.m.       Adventurer Induction Service

  7:00 p.m.       AYA – Dan Sanford / Ole Timey Musical

SUNDAY, August 28

10:00 a.m.       Adventurer Meeting

  1:00 p.m.       Osvold/Hastings Bridal Shower

 WEDNESDAY, August 31

   7:00 p.m.      Prayer Meeting via ZOOM

THURSDAY, September 1

  6:00 p.m.       Pathfinder Meeting

SABBATH, September 3   

  9:15 a.m.       Sabbath School/Larry Boughman

11:00 a.m.       Church/Pastor Nate

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