March 30, 2018

Dear Church Family,

In case you missed the message last Sabbath from our Family Life weekend, you can listen to it by clicking here.

The more quiet and simple the life of the child,—the more free from artificial excitement, and the more in harmony with nature,—the more favorable is it to physical and mental vigor and to spiritual strength.  – DA 74

If you enjoyed this message, then you will enjoy the message he gave back in January of this year.  In this message entitled, “From Best to Worst,” he speaks of how the enemy has used the industrial revolution in his attack against the family in these last days since the time of the end began in 1798.

 

In the News:

  1. This Sabbath we will have a special presentation from Pastor Alex and his students from GAA who studied that Old Testament Sanctuary with him last semester. We also will enjoy the GAA band, Senior Choir, and Handbells.
  2. There will be no fellowship lunch tomorrow due to the holiday weekend.
  3. Braden Ball will be baptized tomorrow at 1:30 pm. The baptism will take place on Walkers Ford Road, 1 mile on left from Riverview Seventh-Day Adventist Church. Immediately following Ricky and Vina Ball will be hosting a lunch at Riverview SDA Church.
  4. AYA tomorrow will be at 6:30 pm and will feature pictures, testimonies and reports from the recent GAA Moldova Mission Trip.
  5. The ABC Bookmobile will be here this Sunday from 10-11am at the church.
  6. The Parables of Christ Prayer Meeting series will be this Wednesday at 10:30am and 6:30pm with a look at the parable of The Wheat & The Tares in Matthew 13:24-30. Note there is a mistake in the bulletin this week suggesting that we are studying what we already studied this past week.
  7. Everyone is invited to an International Food Fair at Greenville Adventist Academy. This event will be held on April 5th from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase at the door.
  8. Pastor Alex & I volunteered this past Tuesday at the CSC and were again impressed with the amazing program at our Community Services Center. While we had plenty of volunteers Tuesday morning, the CSC is still in need of more volunteers throughout the week and especially in need of a new leader.  The need is becoming more critical and we ask that you pray earnestly for God to reveal His plan in this matter.  Here are a few pictures from this past Tuesday.  Please contact Mary Covil with questions and inquiries about the program and how to get involved. 

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  9. Looking ahead here are some important dates to remember:
    • April 6-7 – Church Retreat at Oaks with Eric Wilson.
    • April 8 – Secret Sister Brunch
    • April 10 – Dinner with the Doctor
    • April 28 – Orchestra Plays for Church
    • April 28 – Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
    • May 5 – Pathfinder Sabbath
    • May 27-June 2 – Camp Meeting
    • July 23-27 – Vacation Bible School
    • July 27-29 – Church Camp Out at Cades Cove
  10. I thought some of you might appreciate reading this October 4, 1945 Adventist Review article on church standards.  It is enlightening and requires thoughtful reflection on the reader’s part. Some may suggest that such an era was filled with legalism while others might refer to such as the good old days.  Either way, I can’t help but think that in many ways this article reflects much of the counsel given the church through the series of books, “Testimonies for the Church.”  However, if the love of Jesus doesn’t reside in our hearts, such standards may lead to various abuses.   As Jesus counseled in Matthew 23:23:  ” . . . For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.”  Perhaps the point to remember in all this is that for a heart that is fully surrendered in love to Jesus, we like Paul can say with all sincerity as he did in Philippians 3:8, “Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ”

Blessings as you prepare for the Sabbath!

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

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