Friday, September 20, 2019

Dear Church Family,

In our reading of the Testimonies this week (we are little bit ahead) I highlighted the following as it pertained to the Civil War.  When we reflect on these words, I can’t help but see parallels for us today when we consider this from a spiritual standpoint.  May we sit up and take note.

The North have had no just idea of the strength of the accursed system of slavery. It is this, and this alone, which lies at the foundation of the war

. . . The rebellion was handled so carefully, so slowly, that many who at first started with horror at the thought of rebellion were influenced by rebels to look upon it as right and just, and thousands joined the Southern Confederacy who would not had prompt and thorough measures been carried out by our Government at an early period of the rebellion, even as ill-prepared as it then was for war.  

. . . Our leading men are perplexed, their hearts are failing them for fear.

. . . The prospects before our nation are discouraging, for there are those filling responsible stations who are rebels at heart. There are commanding officers who are in sympathy with the rebels. While they are desirous of having the Union preserved, they despise those who are antislavery. Some of the armies also are composed largely of such material; they are so opposed to one another that no real union exists among many regiments.

. . . Others enlisted intending to be very careful to keep slavery just as it is, but to put down the rebellion and preserve the Union. And then to make the matter still more perplexing and uncertain, some of the officers in command are strong proslavery men whose sympathies are all with the South, yet who are opposed to a separate government.

. . . I was shown that if the object of this war had been to exterminate slavery, then, if desired, England would have helped the North. But England fully understands the existing feelings in the Government, and that the war is not to do away slavery, but merely to preserve the Union; and it is not for her interest to have it preserved.

1T chpt 53

In the news:

  1. Tonight, we will have vespers at the Oaks withStephenBauer Dr. Stephen Bauer speaking. The GAA band will also be a part of the evening program.  Vespers begins tonight at 7:30 p.m.
  2. Tomorrow, Sabbath School will begin at 10 a.m. Here is a program for the weekend. 
  3. Note that there will be no services at the church this weekend as all Sabbath services will be at the Oaks.
  4. I enjoyed canoeing yesterday with the 3rd & 4th graders of GAA. Mr Mitchell did a great job of coordinating the trip and we were thankful for the cloud cover throughout the day that kept things nice and cool.  Thanks to Kim for the pictures.
  5. I was up at the Community Service Center this week and was impressed to see our young people volunteering.  They help out in the clothing department each Tuesday.  In the picture below, Brianna and Adriana are taking clothes out to the floor for the shoppers.Resized_20190917_101254
  6. Here is a bit of recent news you may find interesting. Pastor Doug Batchelor reports on it in this prophecy update segment from Amazing Facts. 
  7. For those interested in attending the General Conference session next year (June 25-July 4, 2020) in Indianapolis, please visit this link for more information. I would suggest making your hotel reservations early.

Blessings as you prepare for the coming Sabbath!

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

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