Friday, December 3, 2021

Dear Church Family,

Came across this quote in my email this week and thought it worthy of sharing:

I once read a statement that said, “I can do all things with a Bible passage taken out of context”. And this explains why there are a lot of wrong teachings done in the name of the Bible. A Bible verse, without its context, quickly becomes the pre-text for one’s own ideas and agenda or whatever the interpreter wants to convey. When the Bible no longer functions as its own decisive norm for our theology, the text, taken out of context, only legitimized the preference of the individual, resulting in the Bible losing its liberating and corrective power” Frank Hasel, PhD Associate Director Biblical Research Institute

In the news:

  1. This Sabbath we will continue in our series on John with a look at the Crucifixion.
  2. There will be no AYA this Sabbath.
  3. This Sunday from 10-12 p.m., there will be a free roller skating social at the Twi-Lite Roller rink in Morrisown, TN. There will be a pizza lunch provided at 11:30 p.m. The event is free.
  4. The school will be participating in the Greeneville Christmas Parade in downtown Greeneville this Sunday. All are invited to the event which begins at 2 p.m.
  5. There will be a brief two agenda item church board meeting again this Monday at 7:30 p.m. via ZOOM.
  6. We will have a mid-week Bible study meeting this Wednesday at 7 p.m. via ZOOM to discuss our next study series and venue.
  7. Our board voted to make our annual Christmas offering go towards a new lighting system in the church sanctuary and foyer. This new system promises to provide much better light and yet blend in with our church structure so as not to be noticed. While the cost is significant, the board voted to move forward now as prices are rapidly increasing.
  8. A church business meeting is planned for Monday, December 13 at 7 p.m. via ZOOM. We decided to try ZOOM in hopes for a stronger attendance. The meeting is for the primary purpose of reviewing this years budget. Here is the proposed church budget for 2022 for those who would like to review it in advance. Two main areas of icrease are the church insurance so that we can be adequately covered in case of fire and also an increase in school subsidy and worthy student aid. The overall church budget proposal represents an increase of roughly 3%.
  9. Thank you for your prayers on behalf of the school as we sought to acquire the old church building in front of it. Sadly, as you may have seen in the paper, the request was denied. So we move forward, trusting God and his provision for us.
  10. The board voted to create a fund by which we can draw from when special needs arise in our communty. This community benevolent fund is for non-members and while not fundned by the budget, can be conributed to by marking you tithe envelope community benevolent fund,
  11. GAA is planning a sacred concert entitled, “Sing We Now of Christmas,” featuring choirs, handbells, band, strings, and scripture readings. The concert will be next Sabbath at 6 p.m. at the church. Note there was a mistake in the bulletin of 5:30 p.m. The correct time is 6 p.m.
  12. Esther Murray’s mother took a fall this week. Please keep her mom and the family in your prayers.
  13. You can pick up next quarter’s Sabbath School quarterly this Sabbath by visitig the literature room as you come in or go out the front door in the main nfoyer.
  14. Sometime back we had missionaries Deon & Rene who work with AFM share a report of their mision work which at the time was over in Iraq. Now they are serving in Cambodia and have sent this report about their current experience. They are appreciative of you prayers and support. image
  15. Isabel Robinson recently shared her testimony online about her journey with Jesus. If you would like to read her story, click here.

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, November 19, 2021

Dear Church Family,

The Lord calls for a decided reformation. And when a soul is truly reconverted, let him be rebaptized. Let him renew his covenant with God, and God will renew His covenant with him…. Reconversion must take place among the members…” Evangelism, 375. 2

In the news:

1. Tonight, Pastor Skeete will share a message again at 7 p.m. at the church.

2. Pastor Skeete will be sharing the message again this Sabbath. We will also celebrate the rebaptism of 5 individuals as they recommit their lives to the Lord. The names of those being rebaptized are Gary Brown, Carol Haney, Lance Henderson, Chuck Reese, & Deborah Hawkins. We have at least two others who are planning to study for baptism which will be celebrated at a later time. Praise God!

3. Sabbath evening will have our final meeting with Pastor Skeete at 7 p.m. Certainly his time with us has proved a blessing.

4. While we were small in number, those of us who participated in the leaf pick-up organized by Pastor Jared had a good time. I know one of the gentlemen I spoke with was so grateful as he said he was afraid they would cause him to fall as he used a walker and such.

5. If you or someone you know would like to purchase a set of DVD’s of the series with Pastor Randy Skeete, please contact the office with your order. Remember that all the presentations can also be accessed via the studythebible.net website along with additional resources.

6. This Sunday, the finance committee will meet at 8 a.m. via ZOOM for a budget meeting.

7. Please note that the office will be closed this coming Thursday for Thanksgiving! Please have any bulletin information to the office by Tuesday.

8. There will be a Sabbath School council meeting on Monday, November 29 at 6 p.m. via ZOOM.

9. The finance committee will have a meeting on Tuesday, November 30 at 6 p.m. via ZOOM.

10. The church board will meet on Tuesday, November 30 at 7:15 p.m. via ZOOM.

11. The following members are being recommended by the church board to represent us at the upcoming Conference Constituency meeting at GCA on May 1, 2022. This is where representatives from the churches gather from all over the confernce to vote the conference leadership and any changes to the conference constitution and by-laws. Here are the proposed representatives including alternates: Jeremy Arnall, Jared Callaway, Larry Boughman, Mike Odell, Kevin Finley, Carl Ashlock, Sabrina Kennedy, Randy Nomura, Kirstin Elliott, Kim Shumaker, Eduardo Prada, Mark Murray, Katie Wilson, Dan Thomas. The proposed alternates are: Andrew Peret, Anne Andrus, & Rhoda Kanna.

12. Willie Barrett hasn’t been able to attend church for some time and we all miss his presence from week to week. But we enjoyed some time with him this past Wednesday and hearing stories from his younger years. Willie used to get up each morning at 4 a.m. as a boy and milk 21 cows before leaving for school. He grew up here in eastern TN.

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, November 12

Dear Church Family,

Given what we have been hearing preached these past two weeks, I think this quote is rather fitting:

Many take it for granted that they are Christians, simply because they subscribe to certain theological tenets. But they have not brought the truth into practical life. They have not believed and loved it, therefore they have not received the power and grace that come through sanctification of the truth. Men may profess faith in the truth; but if it does not make them sincere, kind, patient, forbearing, heavenly-minded, it is a curse to its possessors, and through their influence it is a curse to the world.
The righteousness which Christ taught is conformity of heart and life to the revealed will of God. Sinful men can become righteous only as they have faith in God and maintain a vital connection with Him. Then true godliness will elevate the thoughts and ennoble the life. Then the external forms of religion accord with the Christian’s internal purity. Then the ceremonies required in the service of God are not meaningless rites, like those of the hypocritical Pharisees.

White, E. G. (1898). The Desire of Ages (Vol. 3, pp. 309–310). Pacific Press Publishing Association.

In the news:

  1. Please join us tonight for night 15 as we contiue in our series with Pastor Skeete. We have some wonderful guests coming. I hope you have had a chance to get acquainted with these wonderful people.
  2. This Sabbath, Pastor Randy Skeete will again share with us for the worship hour as we continue in our Heart-to-Heart Teachings of Jesus. We will also enjoy music from GAA as we worship together.
  3. Remember that www.StudytheBible.net has all of the messages from our series archived. Please use this to share wth others these powerful messages.
  4.  The Riverview Community church and Greeneville church will be in the community on Sunday, November 14. Meet at the AMC Movie Theater at 1:30 p.m. for instructions.  Everyone, regardless of age, is invited to participate. Please bring yard tools for this event.
  5. A meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 29 at 6 p.m. via ZOOM.
  6. We will have a church finance committee meeting on Tuesday, November 30 at 6 p.m. via ZOOM.
  7. Due to our nightly series with Pastor Skeete, our board meeting has been rescheduled for Tuesday, November 30 at 7:15 p.m. via ZOOM.
  8. The finance committe has a budget meeting scheduled for Sunday, November 21 at 8 a.m. via ZOOM. Please remember that if you are a leader of a ministry in our church and need to request changes to your funding, please submit your request before then and give that request to Carolyn at the office or to Ken Mathews.
  9. Please note that if you ever have need to use Powerpoint at church when speaking or leading out on Sabbath morning or for a program at church, please submit your file before the service. The A/V team has set up an email where you can send such files ahead of time. The email is gsdac865@gmail.com This will help things to run more smoothly on Sabbath mornings and other church programs.

Blessings as you prepare for the coming Sabbath!

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, November 5, 2021

Dear Church Family,

Independent men of earnest endeavor are needed, not men as impressible as putty. Those who want their work made ready to their hand, who desire a fixed amount to do and a fixed salary, and who wish to prove an exact fit without the trouble of adaptation or training, are not the men whom God calls to work in His cause. A man who cannot adapt his abilities to almost any place if necessity requires is not the man for this time. Men whom God will connect with His work are not limp and fiberless, without muscle or moral force of character. It is only by continued and persevering labor that men can be disciplined to bear a part in the work of God. These men should not become discouraged if circumstances and surroundings are the most unfavorable. They should not give up their purpose as a complete failure until they are convinced beyond a doubt that they cannot do much for the honor of God and the good of souls.

Testimonies for the Church. (1855). (Vol. 3, p. 496). Pacific Press Publishing Association.

In the news:

1.Tonight we continue in our series with Pastor Randy Skeete! I think I speak for all those I have visited with so far at the meetings when I say that these are proving to be an incredible blessing. We have had pretty good attendance each night with a handful of guests from the community coming as well but so wish more could be there as this is such rich feasting on the Word of God each night. We have two more weeks left. Remember if you miss a night, you can catch up on previous presentations as well as the live stream by visiting www.studythebible.net

Opening Night

2. This Sabbath, Pastor Randy Skeete will be speaking for the worship hour.

3. This Sabbath is the last day to donate to the Christmas toy drive. Your donations can be placed in the boxes at the front and rear of the church.

4. The finance committee budget meeting has been rescheduled for Sunday, November 21, at 8:00 a.m. via ZOOM. If you are a ministry leader and need to make an adjustment to your budget for 2022, please submit your stated need to the church office before the 21st.

5. The ABC bookmobile is scheduled to be in our church parking lot this Sunday from 10-11 a.m.

6. A fund has been established at our church to assist with the rebuilding of the Riverview church. If you would like to make a contribution, just mark your tithe envelope, Riverview Building Project.

7. Sunday, November 14, from 1:30-3:30 We invite ALL ages to join Seventh-day-Adventists from our community in helping to rake/blow leaves to the streets of Greeneville for pickup. Pray with community members and help hand out literature in this important outreach event!

8. Jenny Jones, daughter of Sherry Conner had a mass in the brain removed this week and still has one or more to remove at a later time in her chest. She will be going to stay with her mom to recuperate when she is released from the hospital. Jenny is 4 months pregnant so please keep her, the baby, and the family in your prayers. Sherry is asking if anyone has a twin bed they could donate or loan, she would appreciate it as she needs a place for Jenny to sleep when she comes home.

Blessings as you prepare for the coming Sabbath!

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, October 29, 2021

Dear Church Family,

Let us remember as we prepare to begin this journey in prophecy tonight:

A solemn responsibility rests upon the ministers of Christ to do their work with thoroughness. They should lead young disciples along wisely and judiciously, step by step, onward and upward, until every essential point has been brought before them. Nothing should be kept back. But not all points of truth should be given in the first few meetings. Gradually, cautiously, his own heart imbued with the Spirit of God, the teacher should give his hearers meat in due season.

White, E. G. (1915). Gospel Workers (p. 367). Review and Herald Publishing Association.

In the news:

1.Tonight marks our opening night of the prophecy series with evangelist Randy Skeete. Remember it begins at 7 p.m. While it is being live-streamed, we ask that if possible you attend in person as it is our purpose to build community & relationships with those who come. As folks learn these amazing Bible teachings, how much better if they have a new and trusted friend to share with.

2. Remember that the prophecy meetings are taking place in the church every night through November 20. I would like to appeal to parents to make every effort to have their youth attend for how sad that so many young people never attend an entire series before becoming adults. This is a time to model so that we can instill the value of public evangelism, something that some consider a dying tradition. If we don’t model with our participation, no matter what we say, they will know what value we attach to it. It’s a critical component of church life, not just for outreach, but for retention as well.

3. I am excited that most of the invitation cards were taken to share and I believe last I looked, we likely had about half a box left on the foyer table at church. Our family spent Sabbath afternoon and early evening sharing with businesses along 11E including gas stations. We placed small stacks at cash registers, break rooms, laundry mats, liquor stores, restaurants, etc.

4. Those who filled out a menu request for pathfinders, can pick up their drive-through dinner on Sunday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. behind the church just prior to the prophecy meetings.

5. It appears we have around 40 or so pre-registered who aren’t members to attend the meetings either online or in person. Please continue to prayerfully intercede for these meetings and those who God is calling to attend.

6. The Seventh-day Adventist church has actively been engaged in defending religious liberty including matters of personal conscience surrounding religious exemptions and the vaccine. A statement came out recently that reiterates and seeks to clear up any misunderstanding regarding the church’s commitment to religious liberty and personal conscience. While the church supports vaccinations, it also supports religious liberty and will help you defend your right to follow your personal conscience. If you have concerns, please contact our religious liberty office at the Southern Union. This is where you can find solid advice and assistance and contact info should you need help. They have a good track record assisting members and non-members with religious liberty issues.

7. If you would like to help ensure that underprivileged children in our community have something to unwrap this Christmas, we invite you to place a NEW toy in the donation bins located at both entrances of the church. Bins will be emptied each week. Several have asked if we will take money to purchase toys – YES. Make the check to CSC and on the memo line, put “toy drive.” The toy drive ends November 6.

8. Remember the Adventist Book Center will be here a week from this Sunday from 10-11 a.m. in the church parking lot.

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, October 22, 2021

Dear Church Family,

Let us remember:

He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end. – Eccl 3:11

Thus let us wait patiently on the Lord.

In the news: 

1.This Sabbath I will be sharing the morning message.  We will be continuing our sermon series on the book of John with a look at chapter 18.

2. There will be no AYA again this Sabbath.

3. There will be a school board meeting this Monday evening at 6pm. 

4. There will be a church finance and church board meeting this Tuesday evening.  Both finance and church board will be via ZOOM.   6 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. via ZOOM. 

5. We will have mid-week study this Wednesday via ZOOM at 7 .m. The study will center on chapter 5 of Galatians. 

6. We still have boxes of invite cards for the prophecy meetings to be shared with friends and neighbors. Please help us get the word out to our community.

7. The CSC Christmas Toy Drive is still taking place through November 6.  If you would like to participate, please place a new toy(s) in the boxes at the front or back entrance of the church. 

8. Funeral service for Jerry Krentz will be October 23 at 3pm (4PM EST) in the Ardmore Oklahoma SDA church. This will a time to celebrate Jerry’s life and all he gave to others of himself. In lieu of flowers we would like to ask that donations be made to the Greeneville SDA Pathfinder Club, 170 Asheville Hwy, Greeneville TN 37743. Jerry was active with this club for over 10 years and was the Drill Master part of that time.”

You can view the live stream via this link.

9. I sent out a note earlier this week but please note that we are asking if you would to please share the upcoming series online via email and social media. Here’s how:

Sharing an invitation for the upcoming campaign

  • Visit the online registration page at http://RelevantSeminars.org/Greeneville.
  • Select the Share link in the top navigation.
  • Choose the social media accounts that you have and share a prebuilt invitation onto your chosen platforms.
  • Send email invitations to friends and family by using the Email Invitation system located on the same page.

10. Here is another installment of Greener Pastures as we look at another Gardening with Carl feature as he shares a wide range of tips as to what to do during the cooler months ahead as we anticipate next spring.

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, October 15, 2021

Dear Church Family,

My friend Alistair Huong over at Audioverse shared a blog post this week that was so powerful I wanted to share it here. He also shared links to two messages by Eugene Prewitt & Don Mackintosh that I believe were very balanced, powerful and needed today. Please check out Alistair’s blog and give the mesages a listen. Eugene Prewitt’s talk, “Liberty, Opportunity, andn Responsibility,” is only 17 minutes long and just sums up the issues so nicely and succinctly. Very well thought out and reasonable. Don Mackintosh’s sermon, “Go Show Yourselves to the Priests,” is a Bible study that brings out some worthwhile points for our consideration as well. I pray they are as much a blessing for you as they were me.

Here’s the link to Alistair’s blog post, entitled, Esteem Others Better.

In the news:

1. The church board voted to have Sabbath school & church indoors tomorrow due to inclement weather.

2. This Sabbath, our youth will be leading out in the morning worship. Ellie Rose Emde will be sharing the morning message with a sermon entitled, “Follow the Leader.”

3. Tomorrow’s fellowship meal will be in the fellowship hall and they are asking that we bring either soup, salad, or sandwiches to contribute. They are also asking that everyone please wear a mask when going through line and use hand sanitizer. Also they ask that you use a new plate if going back for seconds and please help smaller children as we seek to keep everyone safe.

4. AYA will be this Sabbath at 7 p.m. with Caleb Runne & family sharing about their upcoming mission work in Nicaragua with Adventist World Radio.

5. There is a work bee this Sunday at 9 a.m. at Erin Smith’s home. Please bring garden rakes & seed spreaders as we prepare her hill for seeding.

6. There will be a memorial service for JL Gudger this Sunday at 3 p.m. at Kiser-Rose Hill funeral home next to the church. Visitation will be from 12:30 – 3 p.m. with sharing of memories beginning at 2:15 p.m. Donations may be made to the Riverview SDA Church in lieu of flowers.

7. We have 10,000 invitation cards to be distributed over the next two weeks. We ordered 1000 but the printer accidentally added a zero. We trust that God uses circumstances like these for His divine purpose so please pick some up tomorrow and help us get the word out. There will also be a mailing to 10,000 homes and an ad will run three separate times in the paper. We are also advertising on Facebook. Multiple exposures to the advertising increases the response rate but the most effective invitation is a personal one. So by God’s grace, let’s pray for the interests to come Friday, October 29 at 7 p.m.

8. With Randy Skeete’s meetings just two weeks away, we are looking for volunteers to assist by serving as row hosts and greeters. We have had several respond so far but still many have not. Please indicate how you would like to be involved by filling out the bulletin insert this Sabbath and turning it in to the office or offering plate.

9. Remember that the CSC Christmas toy drive is underway. If you would like to participate, please bring a new toy and place it in one of the donation bins at the front and rear of the church. If you would rather write a check, please make a check out to the CSC and mark it toy drive in the memo line. They need all donations in by November 6.

10. Pathfinders will do another Drive-through Dinner fundraiser on Sunday, October 31 right before the Randy Skeete meeting. Fill out your menu and turn it into the box in the lobby by Thursday, October 28. Meal pick up will be from 5:30 – 6:30 behind the church. Thank you for supporting our ministry. Hope to see you there!

11. Evangelism subcommitte will meet this Wednesday at 8:05 p.m. via ZOOM.

12. Our mid-week Bible study will meet via ZOOM this Wednesday at 7p.m. for a look at chapter 4 of Galatians.

13. The Dietrichs informed me that there is a great need for funds for the drought that CHAD is experiencing. You can contact help bring relief by directing funds to Desert Tree Ministry or contacting the dietrichs for more information.

Blessings as you prepare for the coming Sabbath!

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, October 8, 2021

Dear Church Family,

May we remember the counsel given us:

The Lord does not move upon His workers to make them take a course which will bring on the time of trouble before the time. Let them not build up a wall of separation between themselves and the world, by advancing their own ideas and notions. There is now altogether too much of this throughout our borders. —Special Testimonies to Ministers and Workers, Series A 3:33, 34 (Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers, 202). (1895)

Now we want to act like individuals who are redeemed by the blood of Christ; we are to rejoice in the blood of Christ and in the forgiveness of sins. That is what we are to do, and may God help us to get our minds off the dark pictures and think on those things that will give us light.
Now I want to read another Scripture: “Be careful for nothing.” What does that mean? Why, don’t cross a bridge before you get to it. Don’t make a time of trouble before it comes. You will get to it soon enough, brethren. –
5LtMs, MS 7, 1888, par. 32-33

May God help us to navigate the days ahead with wisdom and prudence.

In the news:

1.This Sabbath we will look at the longest recorded prayer of Jesus in John 17. The title of the message is, “The Mystery Revealed in Unity.”

2. AYA will begin at 6 p.m. this Sabbath with Dan Sanford and friends sharing good gospel music. If you would like to play, please contact Dan Sanford.

3. The school will be off for fall break next week.

4. The church finance committe & church board meetings that were scheduled for this coming Monday have been rescheduled for Tuesday, October 26 at 6 p.m. & 7:15 p.m. respectively. Please make note of the change.

5. The CSC is sponsoring a toy drive for this Christmas. You can participate by placing a new toy in one of the bins at one of the entryways to the church. The deadline for this is November 6.

6. We were sad to anounce the passing of Jerry Krentz this week. He and Dawn Krentz were active leaders of our Pathfinder club for many years. We had thought Jerry was doing better after a fierce battle with COVID, but evidently blood clots still lingered or returned and suddenly on Sunday morning, they had to rush him to the hospital and sadly he passed away that afternoon at 3:01 p.m. If you would like to send a card to Dawn, the address is PO Box, 278, Day Creek, OR, 97429 Also, here are his funeral arrangements: Funeral service for Jerry Krentz will be October 23 at 3pm in the Ardmore Oklahoma SDA church. This will be a time to celebrate Jerry’s life and all he gave to others of himself. In lieu of flowers we would like to ask that donations be made to the Greeneville SDA Pathfinder Club, 710 Asheville Hwy, Greeneville TN 37743

7. There will be a memorial service for JL Gudger on Sunday, October 17, at Kiser-Rose Hill Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. There will be a sharing of memories at 2:15 p.m. with service to follow at 3 p.m.

8. Our upcoming prophecy series is set to begin 3 weeks from tonight. Our flyers will be available to share with friends next Sabbath. Please be praying for those you would like to invite to the series.

9. We are looking for volunteers to help with the prophecy series. Our primary need is for row hosts who will welcome guests and share materials as needed. There will be a volunteer sign up insert in this week’s bulletin. Please consider how you would like to serve and please consider signing up.

10. Remember that next Sabbath we will have Sabbath school & church under the new pavilion. Children’s Sabbath Schools will be held in the usual classrooms but there will be one joint Sabbath School class under the pavilion. Everyone is asked to bring their own chairs. This will also be a youth Sabbath and Ellie Rose Emde will be speaking for the worship hour. Also, please plan to join us for a fellowship meal after the service. Please bring food ready to serve as we will not be warming food up this time. The menu is soup, salads, and sandwiches and dessert.

11. Our mid-week Bible study via ZOOM will be at 7 p.m. this Wednesday and our study will pick up with chapter 3 verse 19.

12. Erin Smith is in need of some volunteers for Sunday, October 17 at 9 a.m. as a work bee is planned to rake and seed her front lawn / hill. Please bring a garden rake and together, let’s help her get this prepped and established before winter sets in. Any questions can be directed to Pastor Jared.

13. We recieved the following announcement from our religious liberty director at the Southern Union and I wanted to pass it along to you. She writes: “What is trending in religious liberty is the Covid vaccine mandates. Religious liberty continues to protect and defend religious liberty in the workplace as we have always done. However, there are a lot of misconceptions and misinformation floating around regarding this issue. You will want to share this webinar info with other members. . . . You do not have to register to be a part of the event.” The broadcast will be tomorow at 5 p.m. and can be viewed by clicking here. Remember, that even though the Adventist church is supportive of vaccines, it recognizes this to be a personal choice based on one’s own consience and the Southern Union religious liberty department is avialable to help you should you need to craft a personal letter for a religious exemption based on a personally held religious conviction on the matter. The Southern Union Department has been rather successful I understand with helping members find exemption when the member’s concern was indeed based on a religious conviction.

14. Perhaps you heard about this joint declaration but wanted to share with you in case you haven’t. These are certainly interesting times we are living in. Let us prepare our hearts and minds by abiding in Jesus and stick to the mission we’ve been given. Now is the time to herald the 3 Angels Messages.

15. As I was walking into the church this week, I noticed again the pots in front of the church and it made me think of Jean Odell and how faithfully she takes care of these every year. When you see Jean next time, let her know how much you appreciate her taking the time to tend to these throughout the year. It’s when we collectively do little things like this, that it makes such a difference in a church. Thanks Jean and each of you for the part you play in making Greeneville special.

16. Here’s another Greener Pastures installment as we continue our Gardening with Carl series. I really liked his simple composting setup.

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

October 1, 2021

Dear Church Family,

May we avoid either ditch:

The papacy is well adapted to meet the wants of all these. It is prepared for two classes of mankind, embracing nearly the whole world—those who would be saved by their merits, and those who would be saved in their sins. Here is the secret of its power.

White, E. G. (1911). The Great Controversy Between Christ and Satan (Vol. 5, p. 572). Pacific Press Publishing Association.

In the news:

  1. This Sabbath we will continue with our series with a message entitled, “Closer than Before.”
  2. There will be no AYA this week.
  3. There will be a memoiral service for Garland Hawkins this Sunday at 3 p.m. at the church.
  4. Those who ordered fruit from the Pathfinders can pick up your fruit this Monday at 9 a.m. at the back of the church.
  5. This Tuesday, there will be an evangelism subcommittee meeting via ZOOM at 7 p.m.
  6. The CSC is holding a Christmas toy drive for the underpriveleged children in our area. If you would like to participate, please place a new toy in the donation bins located at both entrances of the church. The drive ends on November 6.
  7. Please note that Sabbath, October 16, we will have Sabbath school and church under the new pavilion. We will also enjoy a fellowship meal together after the worship hour. See the church bulletin for more details.
  8. We were sad to hear that Carolyn Gudger-Pierce’s daddy, JL Gudger passed away this past Tuesday evening. His services will be at Kiser-Rose Hill funeral home on Sunday, Oct 17 at 3 p.m. with graveside to follow the service. Visitation will be from 12:30-3:00 p.m.
  9. We are lining up advertising for our upcoming prophecy series with Randy Skeete which is set to begin Friday, October 29. Remember that these meetings will be nightly through November 20. Please prayerfully consider who you would like to invite. We will be mailing invites to 10,000 homes and running ads in the newspaper. The series will be held in our church. Invite cards should be available a week in advance. Here is a picture of the card so you can know what’s coming.
This image is copyrighted. Please do not reproduce.

Blessings as you prepare for the coming Sabbath!

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, September 23, 2021

Dear Church Family,

O how privileged we are that we may come to Jesus just as we are and cast ourselves upon His love! We have no hope but in Jesus. He alone can reach us with His hand to lift us up out of the depths of discouragement and hopelessness and place our feet upon the Rock. Although the human soul may cling to Jesus with all the desperate sense of his great need, Jesus will cling to the souls bought by His own blood with a firmer grasp than the sinner clings to Him.

White, E. G. (1964). That I May Know Him (p. 80). Review and Herald Publishing Association.

In the news:

1.This Sabbath we will resume our series on John with a message entitled, “How to Remain in the Faith.”

2. There will be no AYA this Sabbath.

3. The memorial for Matt Smith is this Sunday at 3 p.m. at Camp Rockmont in Black Mountain, NC. Click here to RSVP and click here for directions and more information about the service. All are invited.

4. There will be a school board meeting this Monday evening at 6 p.m.

5. We will continue our study of Galatians this coming Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. via ZOOM. The study this week will pick up with chapter 2 vs 11.

6. There will be a service for Garland Hawkins on Sunday, October 3 at 3 p.m. at the church.

7. Here is a presentation on COVID & the vaccine by Dr. Neil Nedley that was shared with me and I thought you might appreciate. Here too is a very enlightening & helpful presentation by Medcram answering several of the common questions regarding the virus and the vaccine.

https://youtu.be/pp-nPZETLTo

8. There is a man who works with Jonathan Dietrich on several things, including a church plant. They have two kids. Jonathan would like to put a bicycle for this family’s children on the container for Desert Tree Ministry that we are packing. Does anyone in the church have a 24″ bicycle they would be willing to donate to this family? Thank you!

9. In this episode of Greener Pastures, we return to our Gardening with Carl Series to take a look at his Fall Garden.

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy