Christ’s Self-sacrificing Life Is Our Lesson Book
It is good to give thanks to the Lord, and to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; to declare Your lovingkindness in the morning, and Your faithfulness every night.Psalm 92:1, 2
Practical Christianity means laboring together with God every day; working for Christ, not now and then, but continuously. A neglect to reveal practical righteousness in our lives is a denial of our faith and of the power of God. God is seeking for a sanctified people, a people set apart for His service, a people who will heed and accept the invitation “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me.”
How earnestly Christ prosecuted the work of our salvation! What devotion His life revealed as He sought to give value to fallen humanity by imputing to every repenting, believing sinner the merits of His spotless righteousness! How untiringly He worked! In the temple and the synagogue, in the streets of the cities, in the marketplace, in the workshop, by the seaside, among the hills, He preached the gospel and healed the sick. He gave all there was of Himself, that He might work out the plan of redeeming grace.
Christ was under no obligation to make this great sacrifice. Voluntarily He pledged Himself to bear the punishment due to the transgressor of His law. His love was His only obligation, and without a murmur He endured every pang and welcomed every indignity that was part of the plan of salvation. The life of Christ was one of unselfish service, and His life is our lesson book. The work that He began we are to carry forward.
With His life of toil and sacrifice before them, can those who profess His name hesitate to deny self, to lift the cross and follow Him? He humbled Himself to the lowest depths that we might be lifted to the heights of purity and holiness and completeness. He became poor that He might pour into our poverty-stricken souls the fullness of His riches. He endured the cross of shame that He might give us peace and rest and joy, and make us partakers of the glories of His throne.
Should we not appreciate the privilege of working for Him, and be eager to practice self-denial and self-sacrifice for His sake? Should we not give back to God all that He has redeemed, the affections He has purified, and the body that He has purchased, to be kept unto sanctification and holiness?–The Review and Herald, April 4, 1912.
What’s Coming Up Next!
Sabbath November 26
Morning Speaker: Pastor Nate
Morning Message: Is There Really A God?
NO AYA THIS SABBATH
Tuesday, November, 29
Christmas Vespers Service @ 6pm. LOCATION: Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Center. (see News & Events below for more details)
Wednesday, November 30
Prayer Meeting @ 7pm on ZOOM Mark 10:23-52
Friday, December 2
Day length: 9h 41′
Sabbath, December 3
Morning Speaker: Jim Ingersoll
NEWS & EVENTS
SABBATH MORNING GREETERS AND BACK DOOR USHERS are invited to a “Thanksmas” Party on December 11, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Please bring your favorite dish/es to share.
CHRISTMAS VESPERS SERVICE – We would love to have you and your church family with us for our upcoming Christmas Vespers Service. We will read Scripture, sing Christmas carols, and enjoy solo musical performances from our Tusculum University community members. We think it will be a great way to begin the Christmas season! Hope you’ll plan to join us on November 29 at 6:00 p.m. at Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Center.
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 a 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.
CHURCH ORCHESTRA will be playing for worship on January 7 and practice will be January 6 at 7:00 p.m. at the church.
GCC ELEMENTARY BAND/STRINGS FESTIVAL scheduled January 26-27, 2023 at Collegedale Academy. Grades 6-8 (including home school students).. If you would like to participate and your school is not participating, please register and order music by contacting Debbie Begley at 706-629-7951, ext. 372 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by December 15, 2022.
CHURCH DIRECTORY Randy Nomura will be updating the church directory. He will be taking photos on the next few Sabbaths. 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.
GAA’S REVIVAL SERIES
Our Juniors and Seniors at Greeneville Adventist Academy worked hard for weeks studying and preparing for a Revival Series called Jesus Saves. This Revival Series was truly unique. It was based on the Parables that Jesus taught, found in the synoptic Gospels. The sermons went into detail on each parable while the preacher weaved in their own testimony about how Jesus continues to work the work of redemption in their life and in yours! It was a remarkable series resulting in 11 young people deciding to give their lives to Jesus and the service of the Kingdom by being Baptized!!!
AMEN! GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST!
GCC NEWS & EVENTS
Do you want to improve the effectiveness of your ministry?
Church Ministries TRAINING EVENT DECEMBER 3: What current tools and resources can you utilize in ministry? What resources does the conference offer to aid in church ministry? Check out this opportunity that is happening in Knoxville, TN https://www.gccsda.com/events/100790.
PATHFINDER PICNIC TABLE FUNDRAISER – we 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. Also, the Gillette camporee (new OshKosh). See insert for more details. Thank you!
PLEASE, if you could, remember those who are not able to attend church. If possible please go and visit the shut in’s, those who are lonely and depressed. They need our company the most!
The high school class of Greeneville Adventist Academy is going to serve the Lord in the Dominican Republic! Maranatha Volunteers International is coordinating this mission trip for January 2023. We will be helping a local congregation build a church as well as providing free vision clinics, Vacation Bible School programs, and nightly evangelism. The cost for each student going on this trip is $2,500. This amount covers transportation, lodging, food, and day excursions. We have had several fundraisers and are approximately $20,000 from our goal. We appreciate your support and prayers as we prepare for this trip!
To see how we served on last year’s mission trip, click play below.
Please remember our mission trip fundraiser as you celebrate Thanksgiving with friends and family! Blessings!
If you would like to donate, please use the link below: https://givebutter.com/jeekcg
November 25 – Kath Nomura
November 27 – Jean Callaway
November 29 – Alyssa Culler & Stacie Mcdonald
November 30 – Ed Bermudez
December 1 – Please remember the Spindler family on this day! This day would have been Betty Spindler’s birthday!
December 2 – Joshua Bermudez
A SPECIAL THANK YOU!
We want to thank you for being such a valuable member of our family here at Greeneville Seven-Day Adventist Church. You are always so respectful and kind to the people we serve and to others. I’m sure you brighten their days with your smile and encouraging words.
Reaching out to and taking the time to help is no easy task, and you recognize the need of the people we serve and step up to take action to ensure all are blessed through your services. You truly exhibit the character of Jesus. It takes a special person to always be so kind but also sensitive to the needs of each individual. A person with Christ in their hearts.
We want to thank the volunteers at the Community Service Center for their hard work and dedication each week. Especially those who work in the food pantry. We want to thank those who volunteer their time helping with the Worship service each week, the potlucks, the Children’s Ministry, Pathfinders, Adventurers, Sabbath School, Audio and Video, Janitorial work, all Deacons, all Deaconess, all Elders, and the whole Finance Team. Especially each and every person who volunteers their time to serve God; THANK YOU!
You truly represent our values at Greeneville SDA Church, and we would love to continue working with you and for you throughout the rest of this year and the years to follow.
Thank you again for showing such kindness to the people we help. You make our mission possible, and we couldn’t be more grateful for amazing volunteers like you.
Greeneville Seventh-day Adventist Church Administration Team!