Dear Church Family,
In our reading this morning as a family we read these beautiful words:
Many are inquiring, “How am I to make the surrender of myself to God?” You desire to give yourself to Him, but you are weak in moral power, in slavery to doubt, and controlled by the habits of your life of sin. Your promises and resolutions are like ropes of sand. You cannot control your thoughts, your impulses, your affections. The knowledge of your broken promises and forfeited pledges weakens your confidence in your own sincerity, and causes you to feel that God cannot accept you; but you need not despair. What you need to understand is the true force of the will. This is the governing power in the nature of man, the power of decision, or of choice. Everything depends on the right action of the will. The power of choice God has given to men; it is theirs to exercise. You cannot change your heart, you cannot of yourself give to God its affections; but you can choose to serve Him. You can give Him your will; He will then work in you to will and to do according to His good pleasure. Thus your whole nature will be brought under the control of the Spirit of Christ; your affections will be centered upon Him, your thoughts will be in harmony with Him.
Desires for goodness and holiness are right as far as they go; but if you stop here, they will avail nothing. Many will be lost while hoping and desiring to be Christians. They do not come to the point of yielding the will to God. They do not now choose to be Christians.
White, E. G. (1892). Steps to Christ (pp. 47–48). Pacific Press Publishing Association.
In the news:
1.This Sabbath is Pathfinder Sabbath. Pastor Jared will be sharing the message as our pathfinders participate in various ways in the morning service.
2. Due to many being sick right now, fellowship luncheon has been canceled for tomorrow.
3. Speaking of Pathfinders, their fundraiser that was planned for this Saturday night has been modified due to COVID concerns. It will now consist of a drive-through spaghetti dinner pick-up at the school. It’s $5 dollars a person and proceeds go to support their camporee trips. Pick-up is available between 6:30 & 7 pm this Saturday night at the school.
4. Church Finance & Church Board will both be meeting via zoom this Monday evening at 6pm and 7:15pm respectively.
5. The church office hours will be modified due to Carolyn’s upcoming knee surgery. For the next four weeks, the office will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays and open from 9a.m.-3p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Brenda Chalfant will be stepping in to cover.
6. Our mid-week study continues this Wednesday at 7 p.m. via ZOOM as we wrap up chapter 1 and begin chapter 2 of James.
7. Remember that on January 22 at 5:30 p.m., the G.A.A. seniors will be leading AYA at the school gym. After sundown a baked ziti supper will be served; proceeds will help support the senior class trip to the Grand Canyon. Following supper, we will play volleyball.
8. There will be an elder’s meeting at Pastor Jeremy’s home on Sunday, January 23 at 5:30 p.m. Supper will be served.
In His Service,