Dear Church Family,
We all desire immediate and direct answers to our prayers, and are tempted to become discouraged when the answer is delayed or comes in an unlooked-for form. But God is too wise and good to answer our prayers always at just the time and in just the manner we desire. He will do more and better for us than to accomplish all our wishes. And because we can trust His wisdom and love, we should not ask Him to concede to our will, but should seek to enter into and accomplish His purpose. Our desires and interests should be lost in His will. These experiences that test faith are for our benefit. By them it is made manifest whether our faith is true and sincere, resting on the word of God alone, or whether depending on circumstances, it is uncertain and changeable. Faith is strengthened by exercise. We must let patience have its perfect work, remembering that there are precious promises in the Scriptures for those who wait upon the Lord.
White, E. G. (1905). The Ministry of Healing (pp. 230–231). Pacific Press Publishing Association.
In the news:
1. This Sabbath Elder Carl Ashlock will be sharing the morning message with a sermon entitled, “The Mind of Christ.”
2. Out of an abudnance of caution, my family is staying home again this weekend due to COVID as we still have a dry persistent cough and wouldn’t want to make anyone feel uncomfortable.. Tina and I and the boys are doing much better though. Pastor Jared is staying home as well seeing as his wife tested positive this week. We know of three other families that have either tested positive or are sympotmatic. So let’s continue to be extra vigilant as we seek to hault the spread.
3.There will be an Ole Timey musical vespers at 7:30 p.m. with Dan Sanford and friends this Sabbath.
4. The school work bee this Sunday has been canceled due to COVID concerns.
5. We have church finance at 6 p.m. this Monday and church board at 7:15 p.m. Again, due to concerns with COVID, we will meet via ZOOM this month for finance and church board. So watch your email for the ZOOM invite.
6. Pathfinder’s is gearing up for a new year with their first meeting scheduled for this Thursday at 6 p.m.
7. Riverview and Greeneville will enjoy a game of Softball August 15 starting at 3:00 p.m. on the field behind the church. Shortly afterward pizza will be served. Please bring your camping chairs and perhaps picnic foods for your family if you like.
8. Plan to join Jonathan Dietrich and his family August 14 at 7:30 pm for an inspiring report on how Desert Tree Ministry in Chad, Africa is establishing the first publishing house in the Central African Union Mission of five countries. You will hear stories of God’s protection and how God is bringing souls into the kingdom as a result of literature ministry.
9. ASI streaming via the ASI website. Got word it isn’t on 3ABN right now due to COVID. Not sure about details.
9. Here is another Greener Pasture’s installment. This installment features a healthy alfredo sauce recipe that is sure to please.
In His Service,