Friday, May 26, 2022

Dear Church Family,

No doubt you too have been saddened by the awful news of the school shooting in Texas this week. Indeed, the tide of evil is swelling at an alarming rate. I read the following this week and felt it relevant as we hear all the awful details about the heinous acts of these criminals. Let us pray for the families affected by this and remember to cling to Jesus in these troublesome times.

Already the doctrine that men are released from obedience to God’s requirements has weakened the force of moral obligation and opened the floodgates of iniquity upon the world. Lawlessness, dissipation, and corruption are sweeping in upon us like an overwhelming tide. In the family, Satan is at work. His banner waves, even in professedly Christian households. There is envy, evil surmising, hypocrisy, estrangement, emulation, strife, betrayal of sacred trusts, indulgence of lust. The whole system of religious principles and doctrines, which should form the foundation and framework of social life, seems to be a tottering mass, ready to fall to ruin. The vilest of criminals, when thrown into prison for their offenses, are often made the recipients of gifts and attentions as if they had attained an enviable distinction. Great publicity is given to their character and crimes. The press publishes the revolting details of vice, thus initiating others into the practice of fraud, robbery, and murder; and Satan exults in the success of his hellish schemes. The infatuation of vice, the wanton taking of life, the terrible increase of intemperance and iniquity of every order and degree, should arouse all who fear God, to inquire what can be done to stay the tide of evil. GC 585

In the news:

1.We will resume our series in Genesis this Sabbath with a message entitled, “Remember Me!” We will also be celebrating Piper Barrett’s baptism this Sabbath as well.

2. Due to Camp Meeting this coming week, we will not have any evening meetings or mid-week services. All are encouraged to attend either the Carolina Conference Camp Meeting or the Georgia-Cumberland Camp Meeting. Both will be live-streamed.

3. Due to the rain this past Sunday, we had to reschedule our LIVE STREAM for Sunday, June 12 at 4:30 P.M. So if you are 50 or older, you are invited to come and join us at our place for food and fellowship by the stream.

4. Eilene Strong is needing 2 or 3 men to help her move some heavy furniture at her place on Sunday at about 1 P.M. She believes it should take a couple of hours. If you are able to help, please contact Eilene Strong at 620-2413.

5. Pastor Nate’s move-in date has been rescheduled for Monday, June 6. His first Sabbath speaking is still scheduled for Sabbath, June 11.

6. A music committee meeting has been scheduled at Amanda Robinson’s home for Thursday, June 9 at 6 P.M.

7. A Sabbath School council meeting has been scheduled for Monday, June 6 at 6 P.M. at the church in the fellowship hall.

8. After hearing of the awful tragedy this week, you might be interested to read this statement from roughly 30 years ago that the Adventist church issued regarding assault weapons.

9. Looking Ahead:

  • May 29-June 4 – Carolina Camp Meeting
  • June 1-June 4 – Georgia-Cumberland Camp Meeting
  • Sunday, June 5 – Men’s Ministry Breakfast / Bible Study
  • Sabbath, June 11 – Pastor Nate’s first Sabbath
  • Sabbath June 11 – AYA will feature AFM Missionaries
  • Sunday, June 12 – Live Stream (70+ yr olds)
  • Tuesday, June 14 – Dinner with the Doctor
  • Sabbath, June 25 – AYA Old Timey Music with Dan Sanford
  • Sunday, June 26 – GAA Yard Sale
  • Sunday, July 3 – Men’s Ministry Breakfast / Bible Study
  • Sabbath, July 9 – AWR Sabbath
  • July 18-22 – Vacation Bible School
  • July 29-31 – Church Camp Out Make your reservations now.
  • Sabbath, August 6 – Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

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