The Red Carpet
Good Afternoon Church Family!
The first reference in history of a “red carpet” being rolled out to welcome a dignitary was in the play Agamemnon by Aeschylus, written in 458 B.C. The title character returned from Troy and was greeted by his wife Clytemnestra, who offered him a red path to walk upon. He hesitated to walk upon colors that only the ‘feet of the gods’ should tread.
A red carpet is traditionally used to mark the path taken by heads of state on formal occasions. The first president in the United States to receive the “red carpet treatment” was James Madison in 1821. Since then it has been expanded and used by everything from the Academy Awards to United Airlines, which established “Red Carpet Clubs” for VIP lounges.
Renaissance paintings often show oriental carpets, patterned with red as the main color, laid on the steps to a throne or on a platform where rulers reign. Actually, purple is considered the color of royalty since it was one of the most expensive dyes to create.
Jesus once received a royal welcome. Unfortunately it was not by the dignitaries of state. The Jewish leaders were actually upset at Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem. His followers stepped in and led the ceremony. Christ rode on a colt as prophesied in Zechariah 9:9, 10. The Bible says, “And as He went, many spread their clothes on the road” (Luke 19:36).
The pathway Christ took into Jerusalem was different from the pathway He took out. Jesus was appropriately welcomed as a king by people willing to lay down their best coats to show homage. But on Friday, the Lord walked out of Jerusalem on a “red carpet,” as it were—a bloodstained path to Calvary. The path to the cross was the path to glory. We are called to walk that same royal road as followers of Jesus. When we get to heaven, the gates of the great city will swing open wide, and we will receive another “red carpet” welcome. Will you be there?
“The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, ‘Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure, they are and were created.'”Revelation 4:10-11
WHAT’S COMING UP NEXT
SABBATH, OCTOBER 29
Sabbath Morning Message: Root Cause by Walt Cross (Ezekiel 28:17)
Fall Social at the Pavilion @ 6:30pm
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30
Pathfinder Flea Market from 10am – 4pm
Pathfinder Drive-Thru Dinner from 5:30pm – 6:30pm
MONDAY, OCTOBER 31
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1
Funeral Services for Charlie & Betty Spindler from 5pm – 7pm
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 2
Prayer Meeting @ 7pm
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3
Pathfinder Meeting @ 6pm
AFCOE Meeting @ 7pm
SABBATH, NOVEMBER 5
SABBATH MORNING MESSAGE: PASTOR NATE NELSON
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6
Men’s Ministry Meeting @ 8:30am
NEWS & EVENTS
JOIN THE PATHFINDERS FOR AYA at the Greeneville Seventh-Day Adventist Church on October 29 at 6:30 p.m. There will be worship, ole time music, hotdog dinner,
CHURCH DIRECTORY Randy Nomura will be updating the church directory. He will be taking photos on this Sabbath and next Sabbath. If you have a photo, you would rather use, you can email the office. We would like to have faces to go with the names. Thank you for your cooperation.
ABC BOOKMOBILE will be here Sunday, November 6, at the back of the church from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Flyers are on the glass table in the front lobby and on the podium at the back of the church.
NOVEMBER IS POCKET SIGNS MONTH – Why not use Pocket Signs to share your faith with a friend or neighbor? You can even share them with people you don’t know. They are easy to leave at hotels, restaurants, and other places where you meet people. Lives will be changed by these fresh and interesting tracts. Join the thousands who have found that sharing Jesus is as easy as sharing Pocket Signs. Take advantage of November’s special pricing. Order from your ABC by calling 1-800-765-6955 or go online at www.AdventistBookCenter.com/tracts. Samples are on the foyer table.
MID-WEEK BIBLE STUDY: Wednesday night prayer meeting will be on ZOOM at 7:00 p.m… We will be studying Mark 9:42. Phone Number is 1-646-931-3860, the meeting ID number is 781 549 3992, and the passcode is 37743 for those using a home/cell phone.
GCC EVENTS & NEWS
ACS Warehouse and Donations Management Training, October 28-30, Cohutta Springs Conference Center. Continued training for ACS Disaster Response volunteers. Contact Luis Biazotto if you have questions regarding this event.
Joy in Jesus – Rogersville, October 29, Occasions on the Square, Rogersville, TN. Women’s Ministries day retreat. Women, this is your opportunity for fellowship and addressing issues that threaten your happiness. Come lean how to have joy more abundantly. Learn more and register.
MUSIC CLINIC – November 3-4, 2022 at Fletcher Academy in Fletcher NC. Homes-schoolers, all students in grades 5-12 are welcome to expand their musical skills while enjoying the company of other Adventist youth in choir, strings, band or bells. For more information: fletcheracademy.org/music
ACF Leadership Reboot, November 4-5, Georgia-Cumberland Conference Office. Training and fellowship for ACF leaders from across the conference. For more info email Don Keele.
Joy in Jesus – Cordele, November 4-6, Lake Blackshear Resort, Cordele, GA. Women’s Ministries day retreat. Women, this is your opportunity for fellowship and addressing issues that threaten your happiness. Come lean how to have joy more abundantly. Learn more.
Pastor Wives Retreat, November 4-6, Cohutta Springs Conference Center. For more info contact Heidi Melton.
Pathfinder Teen Challenge, November 4-6, Cohutta Springs Youth Camp. For more info contact Carin Bartlett.
OUR PATHFINDERS need help raising money for a new trailer ($6,000 – $8,000). Our current trailer is too heavy with all our equipment and kitchen. It is putting too much strain on the tires and axles. We are already fundraising for the Gillette camporee, so this additional need has added to that process. Thank you.
IN MEMORY OF
LAURA SALADINO’s address is 887 Lenox New Lyne Rd., Jefferson, OH 44047, for anyone wishing to send get well or thinking of you card. Please continue to pray for a speedy recovery.
Charles and Betty Spindler, long-time members of our church, both have unexpectedly passed away. This Tuesday, November 1, the family will hold the funeral services at the Greeneville Seventh Day Adventist Church in Greeneville, TN. Visitation will begin at 5:00pm EST, and the program will begin at 5:45pm EST. There will be a special meal for the family and friends to follow the services. Please pray for the family as they find comfort through this tragedy.
May God bless you as you prepare for Sabbath tomorrow!