Friday, January 15, 2021

Dear Church Family,

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

In the news:

  1. 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. 
  2. 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. 
  3. 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. 
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Evangelism Council will meet via ZOOM this week at 7 p.m. this Thursday, January 21. 
  7. The music committee will meet via ZOOM at 7 p.m. on Sunday, January 24. 
  8. Regarding COVID, I have heard from a couple of Adventist physicians now, one last week and one during the holidays that shared with me the promising information coming forth on Ivermectin.  Here is an article about the promising information on Ivermectin as well as a press release.  To be clear, I am not recommending anything, but simply passing along the info for your study and to possibly discuss with your physician.  Also, here is a helpful article that was shared with me that deals with the conflicting studies on the use of masks.  
  9. 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.
  10. 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. 
  11. 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.

Blessings as you prepare for the coming Sabbath! 

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, January 8, 2021

Dear Church Family,

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.  

In the news:

  1. This Sabbath we will resume our series on John with a message entitled, “Telemedicine.” 
  2. 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
  3. We will have an Elder’s Meeting this Sunday evening at 7 p.m. via ZOOM. 
  4. 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.
  5. 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. 
  6. 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.
  7. 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. 
  8.  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.
  9. 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.

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, January 1, 2021

Dear Church Family,

Happy New Year!! 

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. 

In the news:

  1.  This Sabbath, Pastor Jared will be sharing the morning message which he has entitled, “Hindsight is 2020.” 
  2. 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.
  3. 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. 
  4. 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  
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. $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. 
  8. 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.

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, December 18, 2020

Dear Church Family,

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.

In the news:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. The Youth Social that was scheduled for tomorrow has been CANCELLED due to COVID-19 concerns.
  5. 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.
  6. We will have an Evangelism Council meeting on Thursday, January 7 at 7 P.M.
  7. We will have an Elder’s Meeting via ZOOM on Sunday, Janaury 10 at 7 P.M.
  8. 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.
  9. Cradle Roll will not be having classes for the next three weeks due to COVID.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Here is a concise resource put together by Dr. Castro for how to build the immune system and how to respond if you get the virus.
  14. 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.
  15. 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!

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, December 11, 2020

Dear Church Family,

When the books of Daniel and Revelation are better understood, believers will have an entirely different religious experience. They will be given such glimpses of the open gates of heaven that heart and mind will be impressed with the character that all must develop in order to realize the blessedness which is to be the reward of the pure in heart. The Lord will bless all who will seek humbly and meekly to understand that which is revealed in the Revelation. This book contains so much that is large with immortality and full of glory that all who read and search it earnestly receive the blessing to those “that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein.” One thing will certainly be understood from the study of Revelation—that the connection between God and His people is close and decided.

White, E. G. (1958). The Faith I Live By (p. 345). Review and Herald Publishing Association.

In the news:

  1. This Sabbath we will continue in our series on John with a message entitled, “Living Water.”
  2. GAA Fruit Orders will be available for pickup this Sunday from 10 A.M. to 1 P.M. in the school gym lobby.
  3. There will be a church business meeting this coming Monday evening at 7:15 p.m. You can either attend at the church in the fellowship hall or via zoom. An email will go out Monday with the ZOOM link for those wishing to join.
  4. There will be an abreviated finance committee meeting this Monday at 6 p.m. in the church fellowship hall. There will be NO ZOOM option available for this.
  5. There will be an abreviated church board meeting this Monday from 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. in the church fellowship hall this Monday as well. We have items to work through quickly so please try to be on time. There will be a ZOOM option for those unable to attend in person. Watch for the email on Monday that will contain the link.
  6. Our mid-week study in Romans will continue this Wednesday at 7 p.m. via ZOOM with a look at the second half of chapter 14.
  7. A reminder that we are inviting everyone to give to our annual Christmas offering this year that has been designated for the purpose of building a 40×100 ft pavillion in the back that could seat 235 people and would have electricity.
  8. Speaking of church improvements, the new sound system as installed this week. A big thank you to Steve Cohen who took a week off work to assist with the installation and to Brad Robinson and Amanda Robinson for their diligent work this week in making sure things ran smoothly for the installers.
  9. There were several who have had either hospital procedures this week or bouts with sickness or heart issues. We are thankful for God’s protection and mercy in each story. Every breath is blessing from God and we are thankful for His healing touch, whether He uses a phyicians hand or not.
  10. Next Friday night at 6 p.m., GAA will have it’s annual Christmas concert but due to COVID, it will have to be streamed except for the families of the students who register to attend. You are still invited however to join via the live stream which can be accessed via our church web site. Portions will be pre-recorded to avoid any undue risk. Thank you to Anne Andrus and the music leaders at the school for making a way to move forward while making safety a priority.
  11. Next Sabbath, Ava Kennedy will be sharing the morning message.
  12. Sunday, youth of all ages are invited to bake Christmas cookies and make Christmas cards. 1st place prizes will be awarded to most creative/best made cards. Cards will be mailed/delivered to the Leads Program interest list. The event begins at 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Blessings as you prepare for the coming Sabbath!

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, December 4, 2020

Dear Church Family,

Remember that . . .

We May Hasten the Day—By giving the gospel to the world it is in our power to hasten our Lord’s return.—The Desire of Ages, 633 (1898).
It is the privilege of every Christian, not only to look for, but to hasten the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Were all who profess His name bearing fruit to His glory, how quickly the whole world would be sown with the seed of the gospel. Quickly the last harvest would be ripened, and Christ would come to gather the precious grain.—Testimonies For The Church 8:22, 23 (1904).
When the Message Is Finished—It [the coming of the Lord] will not tarry past the time that the message is borne to all nations, tongues, and peoples. Shall we who claim to be students of prophecy forget that God’s forbearance to the wicked is a part of the vast and merciful plan by which He is seeking to compass the salvation of souls?—The Review and Herald, June 18, 1901.

White, E. G. (1946). Evangelism (pp. 696–697). Review and Herald Publishing Association.

In the news:

  1. This Sabbath we will continue our study of John in our series, The Mystery Revealed. The message this week is entitled, Joy Fulfilled.
  2. We will take a vote on the nominating committee report this Sabbath. Since our 1st reading, we have had some corrections and additions. Please review this document carefully as we prepare to take our vote.
  3. The new sound system will be installd this coming week. They will begin installation at 11 a.m. this Sunday and will work through the week. Please help us keep the building as empty as possible during this time as we give them space and freedom to work. Note that the office will be open and available during this time.
  4. There will be a Sabbath School Council Meeting this coming Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. via ZOOM.
  5. Our mid-week study on Romans will continue this Wednesday as we finish Romans 13 and begin Romans 14. Certainly these are relevant topics given our current situation as a people and nation.
  6. A church business meting is scheduled for December 14 at 7:15 p.m. I just noticed the bulletin has the times mistaken. My apologies. The church board will meet at 6:30 p.m. on the 14th and finance will be at 6 p.m.
  7. The school will have fruit orders ready for pick up on Sunday, December 13 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the GAA Gym.
  8. Just a reminder that the church has designated our annual Christmas offering to be for a new outdoor pavilion behind the church for various gatherings, classes, and potlucks. The pavilion will be able to hold around 200+ individuals and should come in handy given our current pandemic. Please mark your tithe envelop Christmas offering when you prepare your offering.
  9. The school is looking for part time custodian. Let them know if you are interested.
  10. The Bottomley’s are recovering nicely from COVID. Please continue to keep the Beckers in your prayers as they have had a rather protracted COVID experience and when I spoke to them earlier this week, they were still very weak.
  11. I am sad to announce that Helen Thomas, a former member here, passed away this past Sabbath, November 28. Her services will be livestreamed on December 19 at 2 p.m. via this site.
  12. Dr. Rachel Nelson, daughter in law of the Nelson’s at our church, was featured with her two children on the HOPE channel to discuss the series we did this summer in collaboration with their church. Tina presented the prophecy series and Milca the character building segments. You can see the HOPE channel program via this link.

Blessings as you prepare for the coming Sabbath!

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, November 20, 2020

Dear Church Family,

I will sing unto the Lord, because he hath dealt bountifully with me. Psalm 13:6

Every earthly wish may be gratified, and yet men pass on as did the ungrateful lepers who had been cleansed and healed of their obnoxious disease. These lepers had been restored to health by Christ, and the parts that had been destroyed by the disease were re-created; but only one, on finding himself made whole, returned to give God glory.…
The lesson which is recorded concerning the ten lepers should awaken in every heart a most earnest desire to change the existing order of ingratitude into one of praise and thanksgiving. Let the professed people of God stop murmuring and complaining. Let us remember who is the first great Giver of all our blessings. We are fed and clothed and sustained in life, and should we not educate ourselves and our children to respond with gratitude to our heavenly Father?
Have we not reason to talk of God’s goodness and to tell of His power? When friends are kind to us we esteem it a privilege to thank them for their kindness. How much more should we count it a joy to return thanks to the Friend who has given us every good and perfect gift. Then let us, in every church, cultivate thanksgiving to God. Let us educate our lips to praise God in the family circle.… Let our gifts and offerings declare our gratitude for the favors we daily receive. In everything we should show forth the joy of the Lord and make known the message of God’s saving grace.
The hearts of those who reveal the attributes of Christ glow with divine love. They are imbued with the spirit of gratitude.… Lift up Jesus. Lift Him up, the man of Calvary, with the voice of song and prayer. Seek earnestly to spread the gospel. Tell the precious story of God’s love for man. In this work you will find a satisfaction that will last through the eternal ages.

White, E. G. (1952). My Life Today (p. 170). Review and Herald Publishing Association.

In the news:

  1. This morning at 11 a.m. EST, there will be a memorial service for Liz Holt via live stream. The link for this stream can be accessed by clicking here. YOU WILL NEED TO SELECT THE WEBCAST ROOM OPTION AND THEN CLICK ON JOIN AS GUEST. You will be prompted to enter a name, just enter your last name. If you need further assistance in joining the stream, they have provided instructions which can be accessed by clicking here.
  2. There will be a ZOOM option again this Sabbath for Sabbath school. You can join at 10 a.m. by clicking here.
  3. This Sabbath we will continue our “Mystery Revealed” series on the book of John with a look at the story of Nicodemus.
  4. The nominating committee has completed their report which will have it’s first reading this week and it’s second reading on December 9. (Notice we skip a weekend due to Thanksgiving.) You can access the report by clicking here. (The report is in an Excel file format.) If you should have any questions or concerns, please contact the committee chairman, Jeremy Wetmore.
  5. The church finance committee will meet this Sunday at 8:30 a.m. to prepare the 2021 church budget. If you lead a ministry and need to make a request a change in your ministry funding, please contact Barbara Myers before Sunday.
  6. Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be no mid-week service this week. We will resume our study of Romans on Wednesday, December 2, at 7 p.m.
  7. School break begins this weekend for GAA and because of the spike in COVID, they have elected to delay a physical return to school until Monday, Dec 7. The second week will involve distance learning.
  8. There will be a family social on Sunday, November 29 from 4-6 p.m. at the Twi-Light Skating arena in Morristown. Pizza will be provided and masks are recommended.

Blessings as you prepare for the coming Sabbath!

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, November 13, 2020

Dear Church Family,

Such a relevant quote for our consideration:

As the youth go out into the world to encounter its allurements to sin,—the passion for money getting, for amusement and indulgence, for display, luxury, and extravagance, the overreaching, fraud, robbery, and ruin,—what are the teachings there to be met?
Spiritualism asserts that men are unfallen demigods; that “each mind will judge itself;” that “true knowledge places men above all law;” that “all sins committed are innocent;” for “whatever is, is right,” and “God doth not condemn.” The basest of human beings it represents as in heaven, and highly exalted there. Thus it declares to all men, “It matters not what you do; live as you please, heaven is your home.” Multitudes are thus led to believe that desire is the highest law, that license is liberty, and that man is accountable only to himself.
With such teaching given at the very outset of life, when impulse is strongest, and the demand for self-restraint and purity is most urgent, where are the safeguards of virtue? what is to prevent the world from becoming a second Sodom?
At the same time anarchy is seeking to sweep away all law, not only divine, but human. The centralizing of wealth and power; the vast combinations for the enriching of the few at the expense of the many; the combinations of the poorer classes for the defense of their interests and claims; the spirit of unrest, of riot and bloodshed; the world-wide dissemination of the same teachings that led to the French Revolution—all are tending to involve the whole world in a struggle similar to that which convulsed France.
Such are the influences to be met by the youth of today. To stand amidst such upheavals they are now to lay the foundations of character.

White, E. G. (1903). Education (pp. 227–228). Pacific Press Publishing Association.

The following message was shared with me this week and provides a very articulate look at spiritualism’s role in the last days. I highly recommend you check it out by clicking here.

In the news:

  1. This Sabbath we will continue our “The Mystery Revealed” series on the book of John with a look at John 2:13-25 and the cleansing of the temple. Our GAA students will be providing the music this Sabbath for our worship time.
  2. Sabbath school will be available via zoom for those who can’t make it in person.
  3. This Sunday will be another GREEN/RIVER project in which members from the two churches are invited to participate in spurcing up yards in our community. Those who wish to participate are invited to meet at 1:30 p.m. at teh AMC Movie Theater parking lot. Bring your rakes and leaf blowers.
  4. There will be a Sabbath school council meeting this Tuesday at 6 p.m.
  5. Bob Champaign, the brother of Carl Champaign, passed away this week and his graveside service will be today at 2 p.m. at the Veterans Cemetery in Johnson City. All are welcome to attend. Please keep Carl and the family in your prayers.
  6. JT, the son of Todd & Samantha Lewis, came through his heart surgery with great success and we join the family in praising God for His protection and mercy. Please continue to keep JT in your prayers as he recoverrs.
  7. We also praise God that Connie Fiedler came through her surgery successfully. They said it was a difficult surgery but none the less successful. Connie is already back home with Ron and is recovering nicely.
  8. We will continue our study of Romans with a look at chapter 12 this Wednessday at 7p.m. via ZOOM.
  9. Liz Holt’s online memorial service is scheduled for Friday, November 20 at 11 a.m. We will provide a link next Friday morning for those who can join th service.
  10. For those who are interested in following up on leads, praying with people, and giving BIble studies, please watch the following video and let me know if you are interested. So far I have only three who have expressed interest. You can learn more about how this program works along with a sample script of the follow up call by visiting this link.

Blessings as you prepare for the coming Sabbath!

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, November 6, 2020

Dear Church Family,

Perhaps you like me have found yourself asking yourself at times, should an Adventist Christian vote or not? I revisited this subject recently and thought I would share a concluding remark that was quoted by the White Estate that I also believe summarizes the matter well.

In summary we quote a portion of an editorial appearing in the Review and Herald of September 13, 1928. Elder F. M. Wilcox, longtime church leader and editor, wrote:

“The Seventh-day Adventist Church does not seek to dictate to its members as to how they shall vote or whether or not they should vote at all. It is left for each one to act on his own judgment in the fear of God. We have been told by the servant of the Lord that we should not link up with political parties, that we should not agitate political questions in our schools or institutions. On the other hand, we have been instructed by the same authority that when certain moral issues, such as prohibition, are involved, the ‘advocates of temperance fail to do their whole duty unless they exert their influence by precept and example–by voice and pen and vote–in favor of . . . total abstinence.’ This instruction is not mandatory, it is still left for each one to determine for himself what he shall do.

“While an individual member of the church has a right, if he so likes, to cast his vote,the church as such should hold itself entirely aloof from politics. It is one thing for the individual members of the church to vote, and another thing for these same individuals in their church capacities to endeavor to influence political measures.” https://whiteestate.org/legacy/issues-voting-html/

This article from the Adventist Review is helpful in summarizing the matter.

In the news:

  • This Sabbath we will continue “The Mystery Revealed” series in the Gospel of John with a look at chapter 2.
  • Sabbath school will be available via zoom for those who can’t make it in person.
  • If you would like to be involved in following up on interests over the telephone with the prospect of possible Bible studies, please join this free webinar this Sabbath afternoon at 3 p.m.  Here is last week’s exciting video filled with testimonies of what God is doing across our conference through Bible working volunteers. 
  • https://greenevillegrapevine.files.wordpress.com/2020/11/parent-notification-of-new-covid-response-policy-11-20.pdfThe ABC Bookmobile will be here this Sunday from 10-11 a.m. in our church parking lot. 
  • Our finance committee will meet this Monday evening at 6 p.m.  Masks are required.
  • Our church board will meet this Monday evening at 7:15 p.m.  Masks are required.  There will be an online option available through ZOOM. 
  • The nominating committee will meet again this Tuesday evening at 5:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall. 
  • Our mid-week Bible study on Romans will meet again this Wednesday.
  • Liz Holt’s service will be Friday, November 20, at Vaughn Greene Funeral Home, 5151 Baltimore National Pike, Baltimore MD 21229. The wake will be at 10:00 a.m. with virtual services following at 11:00 a.m.
  • Please remember Mary Covil as she is scheduled to have surgery today to remove her colon cancer.
  • Connie Fiedler is set to have her surgery this coming Wednesday. Please remember her in your prayers as well.
  • GAA updated their COVID-19 policies this week.. You can read the explanation here and the policy here.
  • Todd & Samantha Lewis’ son, JT will be having heart surgery this coming Tuesday. Please keep him in your prayers. The surgery will be at Vandnrebilt in Nashville.

Blessings as you prepare for the coming Sabbath!

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, October 30, 2020

Dear Church Family,

The following is a very interesting analysis of the Pope’s recent Encyclical, Fratelli Tutti.  I would encourage you to listen to the presentation in it’s entirety. 

Inspiration in speaking on this theme says:

It is true that the people of the earliest church brought their belongings and put them into a common fund, and “had all things common.” And this is cited by the advocates of socialism as the true example, and assurance that socialism is the true order in government and society on earth. But in this deduction in behalf of socialism, the most important elements, indeed the strictly vital elements, are all left out. It is true that at that time the church had all things in common, and no one said that aught that he had was his own. But that was the church, not the State, nor society, as such; and it was the church immediately after Pentecost, when “all were filled with the Holy Ghost.” And not all who cite this in advocacy of socialism are thus filled with the Holy Ghost. Another item in that action of the early church is that the matter of having all things common was altogether and absolutely voluntary on the part of every one of those who were in it. While in the socialism proposed, it is intended to conduct a political campaign, and get a majority vote, and then have this majority compel by force all to have all things common. But the thing can never be accomplished by force, nor by any political or any other worldly scheme.   SITI March 16, 1904

In the news;

  1. There will be a ZOOM Sabbath school  option for those who can’t make it this Sabbath. 
  2. This Sabbath Pastor Jared will be sharing the message with a sermon entitled, “Why Are You So Afraid?”
  3. Since Covid-19 came on the scene, there has been a dramatic increase in people’s desire to know more about the Bible. The Bible Instructors Team, a division of the ministerial department, is developing a program to address this rising need! Pastors and Bible workers alone cannot meet this challenge. We need members to answer the call to train and go into the vineyard (virtually and physically) to work with those who are desiring to know about God and His Word! You can learn more about this initiative by participating in a webinar on Sabbath, Oct 31, at 3 p.m. or 6 p.m. To join via zoom, visit: http://www.gccsda.com/events/reachyourneighbor2020
  4. A reminder that you can participate this year in the AMEN conference for free by checking it out on 3ABN or via this link at amensda.org/health
  5. We will look at the 2nd half of Romans 11 this coming Wednesday night via ZOOM.   
  6. The arrangements for Liz Holt’s service are sill being made but in talking with her niece, they plan to hold the services up in Maryland.  Please remember the family in your prayers. 

Blessings as you prepare for the coming Sabbath!

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy