Those who exercise but little faith now, are in the greatest danger of falling under the power of satanic delusions and the decree to compel the conscience. And even if they endure the test they will be plunged into deeper distress and anguish in the time of trouble, because they have never made it a habit to trust in God. The lessons of faith which they have neglected they will be forced to learn under a terrible pressure of discouragement. . . .
We should now acquaint ourselves with God by proving His promises.Angels record every prayer that is earnest and sincere. We should rather dispense with selfish gratifications than neglect communion with God. The deepest poverty, the greatest self-denial, with His approval, is better than riches, honors, ease, and friendship without it. We must take time to pray. If we allow our minds to be absorbed by worldly interests, the Lord may give us time by removing from us our idols of gold, of houses, or of fertile lands.
The young would not be seduced into sin if they would refuse to enter any path save that upon which they could ask God’s blessing. . . .
The “time of trouble, such as never was,” is soon to open upon us; and we shall need an experience which we do not now possess and which many are too indolent to obtain. It is often the case that trouble is greater in anticipation than in reality; but this is not true of the crisis before us. GC 622
These words call for much reflection. How many times do we engage in an activity or discussion or meal or some form of entertainment or game without asking the question, can I ask Jesus to bless this?
Notice she says that many will not make it in the last days or if they do it will be with much anguish because they never fully embraced byearnest prayer the promises of God. May we take to heart the warning given.
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This Sabbath we will resume our series on John with a message entitled, “More than Enough.”
The church had its business meeting this past Tuesday and voted to proceed with the board’s recommendation to construct a pavilion behind the church. Even though this had already been discussed at our last business meeting, we wanted to affirm the decision again due to changes that had arisen. It was voted to proceed with $70,000 being allotted for the project. It was voted to seek to raise some more funds to get us to the $30,000 dollar figure that had been mentioned last year and the remaining balance will be taken from the church capital fund. So we have nearly $5000 left to raise though additional funds are appreciated to help offset the amount taken from capital. The location of the new pavilion will be at the bottom of the hill behind the church along the right side of the rear parking lot. It will be offset from the parking lot by around 10 feet. The structure will be 100 x 40 feet.
This Sunday, there will be another afternoon of fellowship and games in the fellowship hall for folks of all ages. Bring your favorite board game and join in the fun from 3-5 p.m.
There will be a Sabbath School council meeting via ZOOM this Monday at 7 p.m. All leaders and superintendents are asked to attend.
I learned this week that we should begin receiving our leads sometime in early March and will continue to see them coming in over the course of two months. We had around 4 or 5 individuals respond to the appeal Sabbath but we could still use more as once Bible studies begin, we will need many to help share in the work. This is a great opportunity to engage in front line ministry and there is no cost to you. So please send us an email if you are interested in following up on leads with the hopes of eventually entering into a Bible study with someone. The more studies we establish over the next 6 months, the better as we prepare for Randy Skeete’s series this coming October/November.
If you are feeling ill prepared to give Bible studies or follow up on interests, please know that we have a special FREE resource for you from Southern Adventist University’s SALT program. Here is the brochure with all the details and here is the link to register. Note the registration deadline is March 5 so PLEASE register today. Note that this training is via ZOOM and will go over how to share evangelistic messages, how to deal with objections, how to do visitation and more. This is a wonderful training opportunity that will equip you to work with our leads more effectively.
Please keep Holly Carter, Irene Swatzell and Priscilla Clark in your prayers as they lost their brother Paul this week. He had pancreatic cancer but they didn’t expect him to go so quickly.
Our church Facebook page is seeing an increase in “likes’ now that we are regularly posting a video each week. We have been featuring a series with Walt Cross that highlights the 8 laws of health. We are also beginning a new “How to” series on gardening with Elder Carl Ashlock. Our evangelism subcommittee discussed ramping up our online presence with outreach efforts and so this year we are working to post more and also revamp our church web page in the coming weeks. Here is the first installment of the Gardening series. Additional topics and Bible presentations will be coming soon. Please help us share these videos by subscribing and sharing the videos via social media.
The very last deception of Satan will be to make of none effect the testimony of the Spirit of God. “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Proverbs 29:18. Satan will work ingeniously, in different ways and through different agencies, to unsettle the confidence of God’s remnant people in the true testimony. He will bring in spurious visions, to mislead and mingle the false with the true, and so disgust people that they will regard everything that bears the name of visions, as a species of fanaticism; but honest souls, by contrasting false and true, will be enabled to distinguish between them. “When the Testimonies, which were once believed, are doubted and given up, Satan knows the deceived ones will not stop at this; and he redoubles his efforts till he launches them into open rebellion, which becomes incurable and ends in destruction.
White, E. G. (1958). The Faith I Live By (p. 296). Review and Herald Publishing Association.
Speaking of which, I have heard from several who have completed their reading or listening of the Testimonies for the Church including Katie Jane, the Fielders, Joe Kretschmar, Earl Shelton and others who are nearly finished. My family isn’t finished yet but the point is to keep reading for Satan would have us to lay aside these valuable volumes that God has given us for these last days.
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This Sabbath Pastor Jared will share the morning message with a sermon entitled, “If You’re Looking for Trouble.”
We have a church busines meeting scheduled for this coming Tuesday, February 23 at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will involve reviewing the church board’s proposal to move forward with construction of the church pavilion. Details regarding the construction, cost, and location will be discussed as well as votes taken. The pavilion promises to be a real asset to our church and its ministry and given the magnitude of it, we wanted to make sure the whole family has a chance to weigh in and vote. We will have a hybrid meeting meaning that we will have an in person meeting in the fellowship hall with masks and social distancing required and then a zoom option for those unable to make it in person. Your attendance is encouraged.
Our mid-week study on the book of Hebrews will continue this Wednesday with a look at chapter 3. We will meet via zoom at 7 p.m.
Please keep Shawn Dietrich’s brother Mike in your prayers. He is still in the hospital and has had continued complications since having his surgery. He now has COVID. Shawn appreciates your prayers on their behalf.
No human invention can find a remedy for the sinning soul.… The fountain of the heart must be purified before the streams can become pure. He who is trying to reach heaven by his own works in keeping the law is attempting an impossibility. There is no safety for one who has merely a legal religion, a form of godliness. The Christian’s life is not a modification or improvement of the old, but a transformation of nature. There is a death to self and sin, and a new life altogether. This change can be brought about only by the effectual working of the Holy Spirit.
White, E. G. (1958). The Faith I Live By (p. 55). Review and Herald Publishing Association.
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We will resume our series on the book of John this week with another look at John chapter 5.
This Sunday, remember that pick up for the valentines dinner baskets will be from 5;30-6:30 p.m. behind the church. This is a Pathfinder fundraiser.
Our study on the book of Hebrews will continue in chapter 2 next Wednesday at 7 p.m. via ZOOM. We had great discussion and study this past week on just a few verses and thus we are still in the 2nd chapter.
A church business meeting has been called for Tuesday, February 23, at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will involve reviewing the church board’s proposal to move forward with construction of the church pavilion. Details regarding the construction, cost, and location will be discussed and a vote will be called for. The pavilion promises to be a real asset to our church and its ministry and we value your input as we prepare to move forward. Due to the magnitude of the project and its impact on our campus, we wanted to give the body a chance to weigh in before construction begins.
Just a reminder that we have plans for Elder Randy Skeete this coming fall for a nightly 3 week prophecy series. The dates are Oct 29-November 20.
Perhaps you too have found yourself troubled from time to time by all the so-called conspiracy (a secret plan by a group to do something unlawful or harmful.) theories that are constantly making their rounds, all the more now that we live in the digital age where we can simply forward or copy and paste. I wanted to share with you a series of three articles that I came across that I believe articulated well the threat that conspiracy theories are posing for the church. You may have already read these articles before as they were published last summer but I just now saw them myself and thought them worthy of sharing. As the author admits, it’s not that all conspiracies are false any more than they are all true. Each perhaps contains some elements of truth but what do these theories typically have in common that threaten our faith and our message? These articles seek to address this question. I shared a quote recently from the 6th volume of the Testimonies that I noticed this author references as well. It’s true that with the internet, what we share and say will not be easily forgotten or erased. May we be wise and careful that we stick to a thus saith the Lord and abandon speculation. As we face these unprecedented times with sin being celebrated and promoted in ways we perhaps never would have imagined, it is tempting to speculate how it will all come together in the end. The prophetic narrative we’ve been given is sufficient and any other nanrrative we may seek to incorporate will only dissappoint and distract. Our message doesn’t need anything extra to get the job done. It simply requires a fully surrendered band of faithful believers in Jesus and His righteousness who are willing to let Jesus, through His Holy Spirit, use them to illuminate the world with His glory. May we herald the Three Angels Messages as we’ve been tasked to do. May we not forget the warning Christ gave us that there will be great deception in the last days. Deception is a frightful threat and requires a firm grasp upon Christ and His Word to avoid. May God help us to avoid the deceptions of these last days.
Before I share the links, I will share this quote taken from article one:
One revivalist from Amazing Facts, who is a close friend of mine, has told me that if, in one part of town, he should be giving a seminar on preparing one’s heart and character for the return of Jesus, while in another part of town a speaker is lecturing on the Jesuit threat, or how the government supposedly has everyone under surveillance, it is the latter speaker who will likely get the most attention, even from the striving faithful. Needless to say, this is troublesome. – Kevin Paulson
This Sabbath we will celebrate the Lord’s supper together. Please know that careful precautions are in place to ensure everyone’s safety. This was discussed by the elders of the church and we voted to move forward feeling comfortable with the precautions that are in place. The emblems will be self-contained units that will be carefully distributed to each participant. The foot washing for couples will take place in the full length of the fellowship hall to allow for better spacing between chairs with two stations for gathering water and towels. The junior/earliteen & youth rooms will also be made available for those not choosing to serve with a spouse.
I will be sharing a message entitled, “Do This In Remembrance of Me.”
Note that due to the communion service this Sabbath, there will only be one adult Sabbath School class in the sanctuary.
A Youth Social has been planned for this Sunday February 7 from 3-5 p.m. in the church fellowship hall. Come and play games and enjoy some snacks together for a couple of hours. Families are encouraged to bring their favorite board games to share with the group.
Just a reminder that the deadline for orders for the Pathfinder Valentine meal baskets is February 10. Please grab an order form in the foyer and turn it into the church office by Wednesday. The pickup for the meal baskets will be Feb 14 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the back of the church.
There will be a church finance committee meeting at 6 p.m. this Monday via ZOOM. Watch for the link in your email this coming Monday afternoon.
There will be a church board meeting at 7:15 p.m. this Monday via ZOOM. Watch for the link in your email this coming Monday afternoon.
If would like an opportunity to do some Bible work, meaning share a Bible study with someone, please contact myself or pastor Jared as we are anticipating that there will be greater need for this in the coming weeks and months as we glean more interests. Please prayerfully consider this. If you feel ill equipped, that means you are probably a great candidate for the task God has for you.
Health Ministries is providing a new lecture series entitled, “Your Health.” This Tuesday, February 9 at 6:30 p.m. Walt Cross will be speaking on stress in the church sanctuary. This is designed to be a community event and masks are required.
We’ve had a good crowd gathering each Wednesday for our study in Hebrews. Join us this Wednesday as we continue our study of chapter 2 via ZOOM. The invite is on the church website and is sent out each Wednesday evening around 5 p.m.
This Thursday evening we will have a health ministries meeting at 7 p.m. via ZOOM. An invite will be sent Thursday afternoon prior to the meeting.
The Secret Sister program was unable to have their banquet where those participating are able to find out the name of their secret sister. If you were a participant, you may contact your secret sister to let them know who you are and give them the last gift. Unfortunately, thy will not be exchanging names for now due to COVID-19.
Shawn Dietrich requests continued prayer for her brother who is recovering from heart surgery. His recovery is slow.
Lastly, with the Superbowl upon us, I wanted to share with you an article that was shared with me a while back that made a real impression on me with regards to sports and competition. The article is dealing with sports in our schools but I think the principle is applicable to us all. Click here to access the article.
May we not forget the reason for the calamities we see in the news from week to week.
The restraining Spirit of God is even now being withdrawn from the world. Hurricanes, storms, tempests, fire and flood, disasters by sea and land, follow each other in quick succession. Science seeks to explain all these. The signs thickening around us, telling of the near approach of the Son of God, are attributed to any other than the true cause. Men cannot discern the sentinel angels restraining the four winds that they shall not blow until the servants of God are sealed; but when God shall bid His angels loose the winds, there will be such a scene of strife as no pen can picture. 6T 408
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This Sabbath, prayer ministries will be leading out in the service and Elder Carl Ashlock will be speaking on the theme of prayer.
Tina and I attended one of the small groups that has been meeting weekly at the Richard’s home. It was such a blessing and reminded me of the power of small group fellowship.
The Adventist Book Center bookmobile will be here this Sunday, January 31st from 10-11 a.m. in the church parking lot.
Our mid-week study on the book of Hebrews will continue this Wednesday at 7 p.m. via ZOOM. We will be looking at and discussing chapter 2.
If you are wanting to help your young one learn to have a daily devotional walk with Jesus, here is a daily (Sunday-Friday) devotional podcast geared for kids! Listen to stories, read the Bible, learn hymns and memory verse songs. Learn more about Jesus and how He wants to be your best friend! You can check out the Seedpod podcast by clicking here.
Next Sabbath, February 6, we will celebrate communion together. It’s been over a year since we shared in this sacred service. We will be taking extra precautions because of COVID to help prevent any kind of spread. The juice and wafer will be packaged individually and distributed at the doors when returning from the footwashing. We also will have the entire length of the fellowship hall dedicated to couples for footwashing with spacing between seats. And then the youth room and Earliteen & Junior rooms will be utilized for the women and the men.
We will have another health lecture at the church on Tuesday, February 9 at 6:30 p.m. Walt Cross will be presenting a talk entitled, “The Immune Depressor.”
The Pathfinders are having a fundraiser February 14. They will provide romantic Valentine meal baskets for pick up (see the insert in this week’s bulletin for the menu options). Please take the menu home and fill out the menu for each person in your order and drop by the office next week. They need all orders by Wednesday February 10. Pick up will be at the back of the church, February 14 from 5:30-6:30. Thank you for supporting our Pathfinder club.
Here are some words of wise counsel regarding religious liberty, especially in light of the digital records of social media and the like:
By some of our brethren many things have been spoken and written that are interpreted as expressing antagonism to government and law. It is a mistake thus to lay ourselves open to misunderstanding. It is not wise to find fault continually with what is done by the rulers of government. It is not our work to attack individuals or institutions. We should exercise great care lest we be understood as putting ourselves in opposition to the civil authorities. It is true that our warfare is aggressive, but our weapons are to be those found in a plain “Thus saith the Lord.” Our work is to prepare a people to stand in the great day of God. We should not be turned aside to lines that will encourage controversy or arouse antagonism in those not of our faith. We should not work in a manner that will mark us out as seeming to advocate treason. We should weed out from our writings and utterances every expression that, taken by itself, could be so misrepresented as to make it appear antagonistic to law and order. Everything should be carefully considered, lest we place ourselves on record as encouraging disloyalty to our country and its laws. We are not required to defy authorities. There will come a time when, because of our advocacy of Bible truth, we shall be treated as traitors; but let not this time be hastened by unadvised movements that stir up animosity and strife. The time will come when unguarded expressions of a denunciatory character, that have been carelessly spoken or written by our brethren, will be used by our enemies to condemn us. These will not be used merely to condemn those who made the statements, but will be charged upon the whole body of Adventists. Our accusers will say that on such and such a day one of our responsible men said thus and so against the administration of the laws of this government. Many will be astonished to see how many things have been cherished and remembered that will give point to the arguments of our adversaries. Many will be surprised to hear their own words strained into a meaning that they did not intend them to have. Then let our workers be careful to speak guardedly at all times and under all circumstances. Let all beware lest by reckless expressions they bring on a time of trouble before the great crisis which is to try men’s souls.
Testimonies for the Church. (1855). (Vol. 6, pp. 394–395). Pacific Press Publishing Association.
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This Sabbath I will be sharing the message with a look at John 5.
This Sabbath we will have in the foyer a helpful little book by Don MacLafferty for those looking for resources for families. Please, if you are a parent or looking to start a small group for families, please take one of the free books that will be in the foyer this Sabbath.
Tax Receipts (to use when preparing your taxes as a record of your charitable contributions) are available for pick up in the church office on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Please pick yours up by January 29.
The bulletin lists an evangelism council for January 28 but that is a misprint as we had our meeting last night.
The Christmas offerings for the Pavilion have reached $23,305 meaning we are $1695 away from our goal.
Please note that there will be a music committee meeting via ZOOM this Sunday at 7 p.m.
The church is missing one of its tables from the fellowship hall. If you know where this might be, please notify the church office. For future reference, all tables and chairs are to remain in the church building at all times.
I received this prayer request from Shawn Dietrich this morning: My older brother Mike is in the hospital. He was admitted because of a GI bleed which is OK now. They have decided he does not have pneumonia, but some other lung issue. He had a heart attack while in the hospital and is scheduled for open heart surgery this weekend.
The bookmobile will be here a week from this Sunday, January 31 from 10-11 a.m. You can pick up a list of the food specials on the table in the church foyer.
We had a great group gather on ZOOM this past Wednesday for our study of Hebrews. We will continue meeting each Wednesday at 7 p.m.
I joined Phyllis Rogers and her family this week as they laid her husband, Marcellus (Toe) to rest. Please keep Phyllis in your prayers. Toe was only 66 years old but COVID was too much for his system. They were married for 47 years.
Walt Cross is sharing his Lifestyles to Health Series on Facebook with a great response from all over the world. He began the series at the beginning of the year and has folks watching from all over. It’s free!
In my devotions this week, I read these words and it was so beautiful that I wanted to share it with you here:
I saw the lovely Jesus, and beheld an expression of sympathy and sorrow upon his countenance. Soon I saw him approach the exceeding bright light which enshrouded the Father. Said my accompanying angel, He is in close converse with his Father. The anxiety of the angels seemed to be intense while Jesus was communing with his Father. Three times he was shut in by the glorious light about the Father, and the third time he came from the Father his person could be seen. His countenance was calm, free from all perplexity and trouble, and shone with benevolence and loveliness, such as words cannot express. He then made known to the angelic host that a way of escape had been made for lost man. He told them that he had been pleading with his Father, and had offered to give his life a ransom, and take the sentence of death upon himself, that through him man might find pardon; that through the merits of his blood, and obedience to the law of God, they could have the favor of God, and be brought into the beautiful garden, and eat of the fruit of the tree of life. . .
Said the angel, Think ye that the Father yielded up his dearly beloved Son without a struggle? No, no. It was even a struggle with the God of Heaven, whether to let guilty man perish, or to give his beloved Son to die for them. Angels were so interested for man’s salvation that there could be found among them those who would yield their glory, and give their life for perishing man. But, said my accompanying angel, That would avail nothing. The transgression was so great that an angel’s life would not pay the debt. Nothing but the death and intercessions of his Son would pay the debt, and save lost man from hopeless sorrow and misery. SOP Vol 1 pp 45, 48
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This Sabbath we will be focusing our attention towards religious liberty in anticipation of the religious liberty offering that is to be taken on the 23rd of January. These are momentous times we are living in and we must be vigilant to keep religious liberty before our leaders. This Sabbath I have invited Jonathan Cherne to speak to us on the subject of Religious Liberty. Jonathan works on something of a contractual basis with the Religious Liberty department out in California and has recently moved back to TN.
The church elders met this week as well as the church board and voted to collect the offering at the end of the service with the deacons ushering a row out at a time beginning from the back. Also, there will be a child beside the deacon to collect the lamb’s offering which goes to support our community services center and school.
Barbara Myers after many, many years of service resigned from serving as finance committee chair and so the board voted to recommend Ken Mathews which will received a first and second reading. We appreciate her many years of service in this role and if you see her, let her know.
We are beginning a new study this coming Wednesday on the book of Hebrews. Join us via ZOOM at 7 p.m. for this exciting new study into this rich treasure trove of truth.
The church is looking for a snow plow if anyone should have one to donate or know of one for a good price. Please contact Dan Thomas with any helpful info in this regard.
Evangelism Council will meet via ZOOM this week at 7 p.m. this Thursday, January 21.
The music committee will meet via ZOOM at 7 p.m. on Sunday, January 24.
At prayer meeting the other night, someone asked about vaccines and what the church’s stance was on this. I will simply direct you to this statement from the official church website.
We had a good turn out this week for Dinner with the Doctor. Lots of guests from the community came out to hear Walt Cross and Dr. Arvo Kanna present on how to build your immunity.
Each Tuesday for the next several weeks, you can visit our church Facebook page to see and share a short health presentation by Walt that is excellent for sharing with the community. Here is this week’s presentation that went out on Tuesday.
Certainly this week’s attack on the capital and the stories surrounding it have been most disturbing to say the least. As the heart of man becomes more and more corrupt in these last days, I am reminded that our focus and attention must be kept upon that which is holy and righteous. For by beholding we become changed and just as Lot’s wife was turned to a pillar of salt, our minds will be turned to evil if we dwell upon the violence and rhetoric that so pervades the media and social networks.
Notice the following counsel from the book The Faith I Live By, page 350. In speaking of Enoch, she writes: He lived in a corrupt age, when moral pollution was teeming all around him; yet he trained his mind to devotion, to love purity.
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This Sabbath we will resume our series on John with a message entitled, “Telemedicine.”
There will be a baby shower this Sunday for Pastor Alex & Suranny Sarria and their soon to arrive baby boy. Due to COVID, this will be a drive through event from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the back of the Greeneville church. A request was made for diapers of different sizes and wipes. They are registered at www.amazon.com/baby-reg/3VNY95JDRFUGI
We will have an Elder’s Meeting this Sunday evening at 7 p.m. via ZOOM.
Finance Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. via ZOOM this Monday evening. A link will be emailed to committee members on Monday. Note there will not be an in person meeting. It will be only available via ZOOM.
The church board will meet this Monday at 7:15 p.m. via ZOOM. Again, a link will be emailed to all board members on Monday as this will be a ZOOM only meeting.
Dinner with the Doctor will be this Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the church sanctuary. The title of the presentation will be “Optimal Immunity: How to Achieve It” and will be presented by Walt Cross, BS with Arvo Kanna, M.D.
Please remember those in our church family who have COVID. Marcellus & Phyllis Rogers both have COVID but his case is much worse. He’s still in the hospital and has developed pneumonia. His case is very serious. Also, remember Judy Payne who is in the hospital with COVID. Alfred & Kelly Payne have COVID as well. Oliver Odum is improving as is Kim Shumaker.
Many of you know Dr. Stephen Bauer who has spoken for I believe a couple of time out at the Oaks for us. He is a religion professor at Southern and sadly lost his 35 year old son this week. Please keep the family in your prayers as they grieve this sudden and unexpected loss. The arrangements can be found by clicking here.
Here is a helpful video that Dr. Harry Nelson shared with me that gives some helpful direction on what to do should you become infected with COVID.
The old year, with its burden of record, is fast passing away. The new year, with all its possibilities, will soon be ushered in. What advancement have we made in the knowledge of Christ during the past year? Are we prepared to show, more decidedly than ever before, that we are on the Lord’s side? At this time, when the nations of the world are wavering between infidelity and idolatry, are we prepared to stand as faithful ambassadors for Christ? Shall we not, at the beginning of this new year, give ourselves and all we have to God? Shall we not listen to His voice, which calls us to a renewed contest, to a more thorough consecration of ourselves and our intrusted capabilities to His service? Signs of the Times, January 2, 1901
As we begin this year together, may God lead and guide us that we may be faithful to our calling.
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This Sabbath, Pastor Jared will be sharing the morning message which he has entitled, “Hindsight is 2020.”
Our mid-week study will resume this coming Wednesday at 7 P.M. via ZOOM as we work towards completing our study on the book of Romans. All are welcome.
The school board voted last night to delay Christmas break by 1 week due to COVID precautions. Thus school will resume on Monday, January 11.
There will be a baby shower for Pastor Alex and Suranny Sarria and their baby boy on Sunday, January 10, as a drive through from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. A request was made for diapers of different sizes and wipes. Please call the office to confirm your participation in the drive through. They are registerd at www.amazon.com/baby-reg/3VNY95JDRFUGI
Thank you for all those who prayed for Anna Perez’s brother Raul who was kidnapped earlier this week. He is with family now and safe.
Please help get the word out: “Optimal Immunity: How to Achieve It” presented by Walt Cross, BS with Arvo Kanna, M.D. on Tuesday, January 12, at 6:30 p.m. in the church sanctuary.
$11,057 has come in thus far for the picnic pavilion. A minimum of $25,000 needs to be in place before construction begins. Simply mark your tithe envelope Annual Christmas offering to have your gift go towards this effort.
The Diectrich’s granddaughter in Chad has a fever and vomiting and is being treated for Malaria. She is only 14 months old. Please keep her in your prayers.
We have in our ranks too many who are restless, talkative, self-commending, and who take the liberty to put themselves forward, having no reverence for age, experience, or office. The church is suffering today for help of an opposite character—modest, quiet, God-fearing men, who will bear disagreeable burdens when laid upon them, not for the name, but to render service to their Master, who died for them. Persons of this character do not think it detracts from their dignity to rise up before the ancient and to treat gray hairs with respect. Our churches need weeding out. Too much self-exaltation and self-sufficiency exists among the members.
Testimonies for the Church. (1855). (Vol. 4, p. 340). Pacific Press Publishing Association.
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The GAA Christmas concert that had been scheduled for this evening has been cancelled due to COVID risk. In fact, as an act of caution, school closed this past Tuesday due to increased COVID exposure and risk.
This Sabbath Ava Kennedy will be sharing the morning message for the worship hour. Other youth will also be leading out in the service this Sabbath.
Our Christmas Offering that has been designated to go for the construction of a Pavilion behind the church has collected $5,846 so far. The projected cost of the project is between $25,000 and $30,000. The pavilion will be able to seat over 200 when erected and should prove a real asset to the church when having gatherings in the warmer months.
The Youth Social that was scheduled for tomorrow has been CANCELLED due to COVID-19 concerns.
Our mid-week study on Romans will not be meeting over the holidays but will resume our study with a look at Romans 15 on Wednesday, January 6 via ZOOM.
We will have an Evangelism Council meeting on Thursday, January 7 at 7 P.M.
We will have an Elder’s Meeting via ZOOM on Sunday, Janaury 10 at 7 P.M.
Please note that the AYA Christmas concert that was planned for Sabbath, December 26 has been cancelled due to COVID concerns. Please disregard the announcement in the bulletin.
Cradle Roll will not be having classes for the next three weeks due to COVID.
We need to pray for those in our church family who have COVID right now. Jesse Felan, Carol Haney, Dr. Hoppe, Brad & Angela Emde, and Randy Nomura are the ones I am aware of who currently have it. Also, I got this request from Shawn Dietrich this week: A young man who works with Jonathan in the Desert Tree Ministry Printshop seriously injured his foot. It is a very bad injury and will take a long time to heal. Please pray that it not get infected, that it heal, and that he be able to walk again. His name is Promise.
As you know, COVID is extremely rampant right now across the state, and as mentiond above, has begun to infect some in our congregation. The church board met via ZOOM Wednesday evening to re-evaluate the situation and after much discussion voted to keep our current policy. As a reminder, our current policy is that all (9 years and above) are required to wear masks when entering the church. Everyone is to maintain social distancing and sit in the designated seating in the sanctuary. Please note that if there is a large family that needs more space in a pew, please help us accomodate them by moving if necessary that they may be able to still sit together. This will likely be the situation during this holiday season. Also, while sitting in the pews, our policy does allow for masks to be removed if able to social distance while listening but when talking to others, masks are required. After the service, it is asked that all make their way outside for fellowship and conversation to avoid congesting the foyer and hallways.
I might add a gentle reminder that as a church family, we want to out of love for each other and in the spirit of Romans 14 do all we can to ensure the safety and well being of our church family. Thank you for cooperating with the masks even if you don’t believe they are affective. If nothing else, by wearing these coverings, we help to convey to our brothers and sisters that we care for their well being.
Note that we will be having a Dinner with the Doctor program on January 12 with Walt Cross & Dr. Kanna. The theme will be on building the immune system.
Medcram is a resource that was founded by an Adventist physician and which has become one of the leading sources of solid information regarding COVID. Here are two videos I recently listened to which I found very helpful. The first video (thank you to Dr. Nelson for bringing this to my attention) speaks about the knew vaccine from Pfizer and is helpful in combatting some of the conspiracy theories floating around regarding the vaccine. The second video speaks of the importance of vitamin D in building the immune system.
Blessings as you prepare for the coming Sabbath and stay well!