Friday, February 28, 2020

Dear Church Family,

We cannot afford to let our spirits chafe over any real or supposed wrong done to ourselves. Self is the enemy we most need to fear. No form of vice has a more baleful effect upon the character than has human passion not under the control of the Holy Spirit. No other victory we can gain will be so precious as the victory gained over self. 

We should not allow our feelings to be easily wounded. We are to live, not to guard our feelings or our reputation, but to save souls. As we become interested in the salvation of souls we cease to mind the little differences that so often arise in our association with one another. Whatever others may think of us or do to us, it need not disturb our oneness with Christ, the fellowship of the Spirit. “What glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.” 1 Peter 2:20.

Do not retaliate. So far as you can do so, remove all cause for misapprehension. Avoid the appearance of evil. Do all that lies in your power, without the sacrifice of principle, to conciliate others. “If thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath aught against thee; leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.” Matthew 5:23, 24. 

If impatient words are spoken to you, never reply in the same spirit. Remember that “a soft answer turneth away wrath.” Proverbs 15:1. And there is wonderful power in silence. Words spoken in reply to one who is angry sometimes serve only to exasperate. But anger met with silence, in a tender, forbearing spirit, quickly dies away.   HDL 25-26

In the news:

  1. Remember that tonight we have a prophecy series meeting at the Crescent school to make up for what we missed last week. Note that this will be the last meeting at the Crescent school.  Beginning next week, we will meet in the fellowship hall at the church each Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evening. unnamed (1)
  2. We will have Pastor Marcus 67773158_372439053440358_8727598258160926720_nwith us for the next three Sabbaths as we feature the prophecy series during our morning service. This means that the service will be dramatically altered to feature more prominently the message. That said, we are excited this Sabbath to welcome through a profession of faith, Todd & Samantha Lewis.  We also will have a baby/child dedication for their children.
  3. We will have a fellowship meal this Sabbath with the Cover team-leading out.  Being that we are inviting guests from the meetings to join us for lunch, we would invite you to consider joining us for fellowship lunch over the next 3 Sabbaths as we seek to welcome and become better acquainted with the guests who are coming.
  4. As an additional note, we could use some additional volunteers to join our potluck teams.  We could use some more team leaders as well.  This is a wonderful weekly ministry that benefits our church and guests alike.  Please contact the church office if you wish to get involved.
  5. AYA this week will be at 5:30 p.m. this week. Clarice and Joseph Diaz will take you with pictures on the Reformation and Great Controversy Tour with Dr. Gerard Damsteegt. They will retrace the Adventist heritage in Europe from its roots in Early Christianity, through the Dark Ages, to the Reformation. Experience what it was like to worship in the Waldensian caves and stand where the martyrs died this Sabbath evening at 5:30 p.m.
  6. We are being bombarded with news about the coronavirus.  I found this short video helpful and couldn’t help but think of the many analogies that can be drawn from his concluding remarks.  For instance, gossip is in many ways spread in the same manner and can be squelched in a simlar manner. 
  7. Just a reminder that sign-up is currently taking place for the Waldensian trip planned for the afternoon and evening of Sabbath, August 8. To sign up, please do so using the clipboard in the foyer.   We also are looking to see if we have sufficient interest to take the bus.  We will leave after church for a picnic, tour and evening play in Valdese, NC. Pricing is $14 dollars for the play and the tour is $10 dollars for adults, $8 for seniors and $6 for students.  So the total cost for an adult is $24, seniors are $22, and students would be $20.  In order to get a discount on ticketing, you will need to sign up through the church though you can meet us there if you prefer not to ride the bus.  You can secure your spot on the bus and the discounted group rate by signing up on the clipboard at church.  Only 50 slots are available for the bus.  Payment will need to be provided to the church office by Thursday, March 12.   Here is a video about the place and the play itself.
  8. We had a nice evening of fellowship, food, and worship out at the Murray’s place last Sabbath evening for AYA.  IMG_20200222_183149049_HDR
  9. The school had its accreditation visit this week and received a glowing report with only a few recommendations from the visiting team.  Sharon Garner, the team leader, shared how impressed she was with our program, teachers, and principal.  Praise be to God!  IMG_20200225_171331651_HDR

Blessings as you prepare for the coming Sabbath!  Hope to see you tonight.

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

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