Friday, November 20, 2020

Dear Church Family,

I will sing unto the Lord, because he hath dealt bountifully with me. Psalm 13:6

Every earthly wish may be gratified, and yet men pass on as did the ungrateful lepers who had been cleansed and healed of their obnoxious disease. These lepers had been restored to health by Christ, and the parts that had been destroyed by the disease were re-created; but only one, on finding himself made whole, returned to give God glory.…
The lesson which is recorded concerning the ten lepers should awaken in every heart a most earnest desire to change the existing order of ingratitude into one of praise and thanksgiving. Let the professed people of God stop murmuring and complaining. Let us remember who is the first great Giver of all our blessings. We are fed and clothed and sustained in life, and should we not educate ourselves and our children to respond with gratitude to our heavenly Father?
Have we not reason to talk of God’s goodness and to tell of His power? When friends are kind to us we esteem it a privilege to thank them for their kindness. How much more should we count it a joy to return thanks to the Friend who has given us every good and perfect gift. Then let us, in every church, cultivate thanksgiving to God. Let us educate our lips to praise God in the family circle.… Let our gifts and offerings declare our gratitude for the favors we daily receive. In everything we should show forth the joy of the Lord and make known the message of God’s saving grace.
The hearts of those who reveal the attributes of Christ glow with divine love. They are imbued with the spirit of gratitude.… Lift up Jesus. Lift Him up, the man of Calvary, with the voice of song and prayer. Seek earnestly to spread the gospel. Tell the precious story of God’s love for man. In this work you will find a satisfaction that will last through the eternal ages.

White, E. G. (1952). My Life Today (p. 170). Review and Herald Publishing Association.

In the news:

  1. This morning at 11 a.m. EST, there will be a memorial service for Liz Holt via live stream. The link for this stream can be accessed by clicking here. YOU WILL NEED TO SELECT THE WEBCAST ROOM OPTION AND THEN CLICK ON JOIN AS GUEST. You will be prompted to enter a name, just enter your last name. If you need further assistance in joining the stream, they have provided instructions which can be accessed by clicking here.
  2. There will be a ZOOM option again this Sabbath for Sabbath school. You can join at 10 a.m. by clicking here.
  3. This Sabbath we will continue our “Mystery Revealed” series on the book of John with a look at the story of Nicodemus.
  4. The nominating committee has completed their report which will have it’s first reading this week and it’s second reading on December 9. (Notice we skip a weekend due to Thanksgiving.) You can access the report by clicking here. (The report is in an Excel file format.) If you should have any questions or concerns, please contact the committee chairman, Jeremy Wetmore.
  5. The church finance committee will meet this Sunday at 8:30 a.m. to prepare the 2021 church budget. If you lead a ministry and need to make a request a change in your ministry funding, please contact Barbara Myers before Sunday.
  6. Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be no mid-week service this week. We will resume our study of Romans on Wednesday, December 2, at 7 p.m.
  7. School break begins this weekend for GAA and because of the spike in COVID, they have elected to delay a physical return to school until Monday, Dec 7. The second week will involve distance learning.
  8. There will be a family social on Sunday, November 29 from 4-6 p.m. at the Twi-Light Skating arena in Morristown. Pizza will be provided and masks are recommended.

Blessings as you prepare for the coming Sabbath!

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

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