Friday, December 4, 2020

Dear Church Family,

Remember that . . .

We May Hasten the Day—By giving the gospel to the world it is in our power to hasten our Lord’s return.—The Desire of Ages, 633 (1898).
It is the privilege of every Christian, not only to look for, but to hasten the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Were all who profess His name bearing fruit to His glory, how quickly the whole world would be sown with the seed of the gospel. Quickly the last harvest would be ripened, and Christ would come to gather the precious grain.—Testimonies For The Church 8:22, 23 (1904).
When the Message Is Finished—It [the coming of the Lord] will not tarry past the time that the message is borne to all nations, tongues, and peoples. Shall we who claim to be students of prophecy forget that God’s forbearance to the wicked is a part of the vast and merciful plan by which He is seeking to compass the salvation of souls?—The Review and Herald, June 18, 1901.

White, E. G. (1946). Evangelism (pp. 696–697). Review and Herald Publishing Association.

In the news:

  1. This Sabbath we will continue our study of John in our series, The Mystery Revealed. The message this week is entitled, Joy Fulfilled.
  2. We will take a vote on the nominating committee report this Sabbath. Since our 1st reading, we have had some corrections and additions. Please review this document carefully as we prepare to take our vote.
  3. The new sound system will be installd this coming week. They will begin installation at 11 a.m. this Sunday and will work through the week. Please help us keep the building as empty as possible during this time as we give them space and freedom to work. Note that the office will be open and available during this time.
  4. There will be a Sabbath School Council Meeting this coming Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. via ZOOM.
  5. Our mid-week study on Romans will continue this Wednesday as we finish Romans 13 and begin Romans 14. Certainly these are relevant topics given our current situation as a people and nation.
  6. A church business meting is scheduled for December 14 at 7:15 p.m. I just noticed the bulletin has the times mistaken. My apologies. The church board will meet at 6:30 p.m. on the 14th and finance will be at 6 p.m.
  7. The school will have fruit orders ready for pick up on Sunday, December 13 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the GAA Gym.
  8. Just a reminder that the church has designated our annual Christmas offering to be for a new outdoor pavilion behind the church for various gatherings, classes, and potlucks. The pavilion will be able to hold around 200+ individuals and should come in handy given our current pandemic. Please mark your tithe envelop Christmas offering when you prepare your offering.
  9. The school is looking for part time custodian. Let them know if you are interested.
  10. The Bottomley’s are recovering nicely from COVID. Please continue to keep the Beckers in your prayers as they have had a rather protracted COVID experience and when I spoke to them earlier this week, they were still very weak.
  11. I am sad to announce that Helen Thomas, a former member here, passed away this past Sabbath, November 28. Her services will be livestreamed on December 19 at 2 p.m. via this site.
  12. Dr. Rachel Nelson, daughter in law of the Nelson’s at our church, was featured with her two children on the HOPE channel to discuss the series we did this summer in collaboration with their church. Tina presented the prophecy series and Milca the character building segments. You can see the HOPE channel program via this link.

Blessings as you prepare for the coming Sabbath!

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

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