Friday, September 17, 2021

Dear Church Family,

Given the great loss and grief our church family has witnesssed and experienced in the last few days, I think the the following words are important to remember:

 But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. 1 Thess 4:13

For every trial, God has provided help. When Israel in the desert came to the bitter waters of Marah, Moses cried unto the Lord. The Lord did not provide some new remedy; He called attention to that which was at hand. A shrub which He had created was to be cast into the fountain to make the water pure and sweet. When this was done, the people drank of the water and were refreshed. In every trial, if we seek Him, Christ will give us help. Our eyes will be opened to discern the healing promises recorded in His word. The Holy Spirit will teach us how to appropriate every blessing that will be an antidote to grief. For every bitter draft that is placed to our lips, we shall find a branch of healing.

We are not to let the future, with its hard problems, its unsatisfying prospects, make our hearts faint, our knees tremble, our hands hang down. “Let him take hold of My strength,” says the Mighty One, “that he may make peace with Me; and he shall make peace with Me.” Isaiah 27:5. Those who surrender their lives to His guidance and to His service will never be placed in a position for which He has not made provision. Whatever our situation, if we are doers of His word, we have a Guide to direct our way; whatever our perplexity, we have a sure Counselor; whatever our sorrow, bereavement, or loneliness, we have a sympathizing Friend.

White, E. G. (1905). The Ministry of Healing (pp. 248–249). Pacific Press Publishing Association.

In the news:

  1. Tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the church, Dr. Norman McNulty will be sharing a message entitled, “Justification by Faith & The 3rd Angel.” The service will be streamed live.
  2. This Sabbath Norman McNulty will share for the preliminaries at Sabbath School at 9:30 a.m. and then again for the worship hour at 11 a.m. His sermon is entitled, The Resurrection & The Life.” The service will be streamed live.
  3. Sabbath afternoon at 3:30 p.m., Norman McNulty will share again at the church with a message entitled, “The Great Controversy Unmasked.” The service will be streamed live.
  4. There will be no evening AYA this Sabbath.
  5. GAA GOLF TOURNAMENT will be Sunday, September 19, at Link Hills Golf & Country Club starting at 8:30 a.m. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. They are in need of individual golfers.
  6. We will resume our study on Galatians this coming Wednesday at 7 p.m. via ZOOM. We will be looking at chapter 2.
  7. As you have heard via churchcast by now, Matt Smith, the son of Carolyn & Ray and husband of Erin, passed away this past Tuesday morning due to complications from COVID. It was totally unexpected and sudden as he had just returned home from the hospital Sabbath evening. Matt was an identical twin and the two of them made an amazing team running their business, living their dreams, and writing a book. Please keep the family in your prayers. The memorial service has been scheduled for Sunday, September 26 at 2 p.m. at the Rockmont facility in Black Mountain, NC. More details will be forthcoming. An email was sent to the church family this morning with instructions on how you can help the family during this time. The email was sent at 9 a.m. on Friday, Sept .17.
  8. Garland Hawkins, a long time member at Greeneville and father of John Hawkins, passed away Tuesday evening. He was 90 years old and recently his health had been declining. He was blessed to be able to rest at home as John and Deborah, as well as Hospice took care of him. The memorial service for Garland is scheduled for Sunday, October 3 and the time will be announnced later. Please keep John & the family in your prayers.
  9. Let’s remember our hospital staff as we go through this difficult time with COVID. These are hard and difficult times emotionally and physically. Tina comes home sharing such sad stories. Here’s this week’s stats from Ballad as posted by Robin Roberts who is a member of our church family and serves as the director of nurses at our local hospital. In the report from Ballad, it read: “This past week’s new case report of 8,002 marked the largest weekly total since the beginning of the pandemic.”

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

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