Friday, March 9, 2018

Dear Church Family,

Here’s a good reminder of the power of Bible study:

It is a law of the mind that it will narrow or expand to the dimensions of the things with which it becomes familiar. The mental powers will surely become contracted and will lose their ability to grasp the deep meanings of the Word of God unless they are put vigorously and persistently to the task of searching for truth. The mind will enlarge if it is employed in tracing out the relation of the subjects of the Bible, comparing scripture with scripture, and spiritual things with spiritual. Go below the surface; the richest treasures of thought are waiting for the skillful and diligent student.—The Review and Herald, July 17, 1888.

In the news:

  1. This Sabbath I will be sharing the morning message with a look at John 9
  2. Liz Holt will be in the foyer this Sabbath to distribute quarterlies. Make sure to pick yours up.
  3. The Nelson team will be hosting fellowship dinner tomorrow at the church.
  4. AYA this week will be at 6pm and will feature the conclusion of Dennis Silva’s special series on family fun ideas for Sabbath afternoons. There will be exciting prizes for the kids who have been participating in the Bible trivia game.
  5. Finance & Church board meetings have been canceled for this month.
  6. We began our morning and evening classes on the Parables of Christ with Milton Siepman leading the morning class and myself leading in the evening. We had good participation in both.  Remember this week we will be looking at the parable of the sower and encourage you to read the chapter associated with this parable in Christ Object Lessons, chapter 2.resized_20180307_184309.jpeg
  7. There will be an elders meeting a week from this Sunday, March 18 at 5:30pm at our home.
  8. The Pathfinders recently finished in first place at the Bible bowl and will be moving on to semi-finals in March. Here are a few pictures from the last round held at the conference office in Calhoun, GA. 

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  9. The youth room was painted this week and will be more of a taupe color now. This should make it a little brighter in there.  Thanks to Ezekiel and his team for making this happen. Here is a picture of Angela, Ezekiel’s niece, doing trim work. resized_20180307_1710231-e1520605394651.jpeg
  10. Our GAA mission team made it back from Moldova last night. They actually enjoyed a couple days in London on their way home.   They will be sharing a report of their trip at AYA on April 14.
  11. The prophecy for kids class that met each night during the prophecy series presented at Sabbath School this past Sabbath and inspired us with their knowledge and understanding of the prophecies of Daniel. Here are a couple of pictures of them singing and their great prophetic timeline.resized_20180303_093408.jpegresized_20180303_094922.jpeg
  12. Here is a look ahead at some of the special weekends that are planned for our church family:
    1. Sabbath, March 17 – Communion Service
    2. Sabbath, March 2324 – Family Life Weekend with the Dysinger family. They will be with us to share practical instruction and tips for parenting and how to manage our families based on the counsels given in the Spirit of Prophecy.  This will involve Friday evening, and Sabbath morning, early afternoon, and AYA.
    3. Sabbath, March 31 – The Senior Choir, Bell Choir, & Band will be sharing for the worship hour in addition to the students sharing a message on the Sanctuary of the OT.
    4. Sabbath, April 6-7 – Mark your calendars for our upcoming Spring Retreat at The Oaks.  Over the last 50 years, we have witnessed an explosion of Eastern philosophy, martial arts and traditional Asian healing techniques in the Western world. What has been the influence of these mystical practices upon the last two generations, and now within the Christian Church? Our guest speaker Eric Wilson will address these topics and more at this year’s retreat. For those who wish to reserve an RV site or a cabin please call the office 638-5014 to reserve your spot.
  13. I have recently been enjoying some of the videos from nutritionfacts.org. This has been recommended by our health ministry leaders for some time and I have found it very interesting.  While it is not an Adventist website, it has lots of good material with studies to back up what they share.  Encourage you to check it out to stay motivated in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
  14. Lastly, don’t forget to set your clocks forward Saturday night.

Blessings as you prepare for the coming Sabbath.
In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

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