Friday, February 24, 2022

Dear Church Family,

Let’s remember Ukraine in our prayers as they face the awful effects of war. We have 1 Adventist college, 784 churches, and 43,307 church members in Ukraine. Let us also remember our Russian brothers and sisters who live under the harsh realities of such a regime. I appreciated this blog post from Amazing Facts as it pertains to the war in Ukraine. It gave a simple explanation of events and reminded us of what we’ve already been told in prophecy.

Remember, let us work for the night is coming, when man’s work is done. We still have freedom and let us take every opportunity to share while freedom is ours. Our work as Adventists is to herald the 3 Angel’s message that men and women might find peace amidst a world in turmoil. What a gift we have to share.

As I reflect on the turmoil over in eastern Europe, I am reminded of the peace that is available to each scared soul, a peace that is similar to the peace depicted in the following familiar story.

Many years ago, there was a good King who offered a prize to the artist who could paint the best picture of peace. Many artists tried. When the King finished viewing all the pictures there were two he really liked and he had to choose between them

One picture was of a calm lake. The lake was a perfect mirror for peaceful towering mountains were all around it. Overhead was a blue sky with fluffy white clouds. All who saw this picture thought that it was a perfect picture of peace. 

The other picture had mountains too. But these were rugged and bare. Above was an angry sky from which rain fell, in which lightening played. Down the side of the mountain tumbled a foaming waterfall. This did not look peaceful at all. 

But, when the King looked closely, he saw behind the waterfall a tiny bush growing in a crack in the rock.  In the bush a mother bird had built her nest. There, in the middle of the rush of angry water, sat the mother bird on her nest … in perfect peace. 

The King chose the second picture and rewarded the artist with the prize. 

He declared his choice this way: “Because,” explained the King, “peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or difficult work.  Peace means to be surrounded by all those things and still be calm in your heart. That is the real meaning of peace.” (taken from https://www.joanlunden.com)

Here is a picture that conveys the idea.

Such a peace only comes when a life is fully surrendered to Jesus!

In the news:

1.This Sabbath we will continue our series in Genesis with a message entitled, “A Return to Innocence.”

2. We will have fellowship dinner this Sabbath with the Rojas team hosting. Bring a dish and enjoy the fellowship these dinners afford. It looks like for now we will have fellowship lunch once a month. If you are interested in serving on a team, please contact Brenda Chalfant.

3. Our social committee has planned a special family night for our church this Saturday night. The event will be held in the church fellowship hall and will take place from 6-9 p.m.  The evening will begin with a special season of prayer and intercession for our brothers and sisters in Ukraine and the war that is devestating their country right now. After worship, there will be a light supper and then some group games that have beenn planned by the social commitee.

4. The 5th annual chili cook-off will be Sunday, Feb 27 at 4:30 P.M. at the school gym. Tickets will be sold at the door as a school fundraiser.

5. We will be wrapping up our study/discussion on the book of James this coming Wednesday evening at 7 P.M. via ZOOM. We will be looking at prayer for the sick and the subject of anointing.

6. The Florida & Georgia-Cumberland Conferences are offering a seminar on tips for avoiding the hassles & expense of probate. Contact Ray Hartwell for the ZOOM link to join in on this informative meeting.

7. Tom Johnson, husband of Lisa Johnnson who passed away back in December, also passed away and the memorial is scheduled for Monday at 4 P.M. at Kiser Rose Hill Funeral home. The family will receive friends from 2-4 P.M. Please keep the family in prayer as it is devestating to lose both parentns in such a close time frame.

8. Eduardo Prada Jr. will be re-baptized at 3:30 P.M. at Paint Creek on Sabbath afternoon, March 5. All are invited.

Re-Baptism for Eduardo Prada Jr. will be Sabbath, March 5 at 3:30 P.M. at Paint Creek.

9. Remember that all the men in our congregation are invited to Bible Study & Breakfast on Sunday, March 6 from 8:30 -10 A.M. at the church fellowship hall. Contact Andrew Peret for more information.

Blessings as you prepare for the coming Sabbath!

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

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