Friday, October 23, 2020

Dear Church Family,

In light of the prayer request we had at prayer meeting this week, I thought this article regarding what Ellen White had to say regarding Exorcisms might be helpful. The following two quotes were taken from the article.

I am instructed to say that in the future great watchfulness will be needed. There is to be among God’s people no spiritual stupidity. Evil spirits are actively engaged in seeking to control the minds of human beings. Men are binding up in bundles, ready to be consumed by the fires of the last days. Those who discard Christ and His righteousness will accept the sophistry that is flooding the world. Christians are to be sober and vigilant, steadfastly resisting their adversary the devil, who is going about as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Men under the influence of evil spirits will work miracles. They will make people sick by casting their spell upon them, and will then remove the spell, leading others to say that those who were sick have been miraculously healed. This Satan has done again and again. (1903a: letter 259, para. 19)

Those possessed with devils are usually represented as being in a condition of great suffering; yet there were exceptions to this rule. For the sake of obtaining supernatural power, some welcomed the satanic influence. These of course had no conflict with the demons. Of this class were those who possessed the spirit of divination—Simon Magus, Elymas the sorcerer, and the damsel who followed Paul and Silas at Philippi. (1911a:517)

Thus we may conclude that demons may appear to heal and are also known to not necessarily harrass their victims as long as they are cooperating.

In the news:

  1. This Sabbath we will continue our look at John 1 as we continue in our series entitled, “The Mystery Revealed.”
  2. Emmie Grace Emde will be baptized this Sabbath. We rejoice with her and her family as she takes this momentous step in her walk with Jesus. Note the baptism will take place at 10:50 a.m.
  3. There will be a zoom Sabbath School this Sabbath with Milton leading out in the discussion. You can join by clicking here.
  4. There will be a concert on the GAA Green today at 3:00 p.m. The GAA Band, Advanced Handbells, and Advanced Strings will present a sacred concert on the soccer field by the school. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, wear your mask and support our students at this socially distanced program. You will be blessed by the music!
  5. The annual AMEN conference on Health will be provided for free this year via live streaming.  The dates will be October 29-31. It will be available on 3ABN (Comcast cable 9393) as well as internet streaming. For more detailed information, please go to the website amensda.org/health or call Rhoda Kanna or Harry Nelson. Please invite community friends to share in this opportunity to learn more about enhancing personal health.
  6. The church board met this week and voted to proceed with the purchase of the new sound system that was reviewed back in September for the church.  We hope to have it installed before Christmas. 
  7. Since Covid-19 came on the scene, there has been a dramatic increase in people’s desire to know more about the Bible. The Bible Instructors Team, a division of the Georgia Cumberland Conference ministerial department, is developing a program to address this rising need! Pastors and Bible workers alone cannot meet this challenge. We need members to answer the call to train and go into the vineyard (virtually and physically) to work with those who are desiring to know about God and His Word! You can learn more about this initiative by participating in a webinar on Sabbath, Oct 31, at 3 p.m. or 6 p.m. Then on Sabbath, Nov 7 at 3 p.m. there will be a follow-up training event for those interested in getting involved.   http://www.gccsda.com/events/reachyourneighbor2020
  8. Please remember Connie Fielder in your prayers as she is having surgery next Wednesday to replace a heart valve. Also remember Grace Baxter who is having surgery on November 2.   Liz Holt has been moved to Signature Health care and is resting comfortably but there has been no change in her status. 
  9. In case you missed it, here are a couple of articles that came out this week that are worthy of your notice.

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, October 16, 2020

Dear Church Family,

“Instead of releasing man from obedience, it is faith, and faith only, that makes us partakers of the grace of Christ, which enables us to render obedience.” SC 60

In the news:

  1. This Sabbath I will continue with part II in “The Mystery Revealed” series. 
  2. We will have our online Sabbath School class option for those not able to attend services.  You can participate in the ZOOM Sabbath School or watch the streamed version of Sabbath School and church. 
  3. This Sunday at 3 p.m. there will be a youth get together for grades 5-12 at the church with volleyball, pizza and worship.
  4. School Board will meet this Monday evening in the school library.
  5. This Tuesday we have a finance committee meeting at 6 p.m. and the church board will meet at 7:15 a.m.  Please note that we will be meeting in the fellowship hall, but masks are required for all those attending in person.  We will have a ZOOM option for those unable to meet in person.
  6. We will continue with chapter 10 in Romans this coming Wednesday at 7 p.m. via ZOOM. All are welcome to attend.
  7. The daily email that I send out for the Testimonies with the link for that day’s reading has suddenly quit working. The site that I have used for the materials has evidently decided to start the program over and has removed many of the pages.  You can use this site to continue reading or listening and remember that the plan involves reading roughly 10 pages a day.  While our family, like several of you, is behind, we are still enjoying reading through them together, though at a slower rate. I know of at least two individuals who have already completed the whole set.   
  8. A reminder that next Sabbath, October 24, at 3 p.m., GAA will present a sacred concert on the soccer field by the school, weather permitting.  All are invited to come and enjoy the various musical selections presented by our students.
  9. Liz Holt has been moved from ICU into a room.  She is currently not responding. 
  10. Mary Covil is back in the hospital and appreciates your prayers on her behalf. She was tested for COVID but it came back negative today so maybe she will be able to return home soon. Please keep her and Liz in your prayers as well as the individual in our church who has COVID. (see below)
  11. One of our members has COVID and while they are home in quarantine, we want to remember that this disease is still very present in our community and we must not weary in being vigilant to protect one another as best as possible.  This member was not at church Sabbath and when they were around others they wore a mask so we are hopeful that it didn’t spread. 
  12. Daria, Elizabath and Oliver Odum’s daughter called this week to say how much they appreicate the love and support of our church family. She said Elizabath is doing well as she continues to recover from her surgery..

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, October 9, 2020

Dear Church Family,

“There is not a point that needs to be dwelt upon more earnestly, repeated more frequently, or established more firmly in the minds of all than the impossibility of fallen man meriting anything by his own best good works. Salvation is through faith in Jesus Christ alone.”   Faith & Works p 18.

In the news:

  1. This Sabbath I will begin a new sermon series on the book of John entitled, The Mystery Revealed.  In this series we will seek to better understand the mystery of God as revealed in the book of John.  
  2. Remember we have an online ZOOM option for Sabbath school for those not able to attend in person. You can join by clicking on the above link at 10 a.m. this Sabbath morning.
  3. As I shared in the church cast yesterday, after failed attempts to reach Liz Holt, an officer was sent to check on her.  They found her lying in the kitchen floor where evidently she had collapsed having suffered what we understand was a severe stroke. She is currently in ICU but unable to respond to commands.  She does have voluntary movement in her legs.  She is in a very serious condition and needs our prayers. 
  4. Ann Siepman had a successful operation on her hand this past Monday and is home recovering.
  5. Our mid-week study will continue this coming Wednesday with a look at the 2nd half of Romans 9. 
  6. A youth social for grades 5-12 has been planned for this Sunday with pizza, worship, and a volleyball game. Contact Pastor Jared for more details.
  7. Due to fall break, the church finance and church board meetings have been rescheduled for Tuesday, October 20 at 6 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. respectively. 
  8. GAA would like to invite everyone to a sacred outdoor concert on the GAA soccer field on Sabbath afternoon, October 24 at 3 p.m. 
  9. The nominating committee is progressing nicely in its work.  Their next meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 26 at 5:30 p.m.

Blessings as you prepare for the coming Sabbath!

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

October 2, 2020

Dear Church Family,

These are fascinating times are they not?  With the headlines in the news, it certainly reminds us that His coming appears VERY near!   Revelation 7:1-3 is of critical importance and may it be that we make certain that we are looking to Jesus through all the commotion, that nothing may detract us from the sealing.

I would encourage you to listen to this presentation by my friend, Dr. Norman McNulty. His conclusion is a good reminder for us to avoid being too closely alligned to any political party.

In the news:

  1. I will be sharing the message this Sabbath and the GAA Advanced Strings will be providing the music during the worship hour. 
  2. You can pick up your new SS quarterlies this Sabbath if you haven’t already done so by visiting the literature room in the foyer.
  3. There will be a ZOOM option for Sabbath School in the morning at 10 a.m. with Elder Ashlock leading out.
  4. For those who missed Dr. McKinney’s online memorial service on Sunday, an archived copy of the service may be found here. Let’s remember Phyllis and all the family during this very difficult time.  
  5. Remember that if you ordered fruit from the Pathfinders, it will be ready for you to pick up at the church on Wednesday, October 7, at 9:00 a.m. Delivery will be at the back of the church.
  6. We got back this week from our time away on vacation.  Spending time as a family up in the north country of Minnessota along the boundary waters and then some sightseeing time in Amish country in OH and PA and a few historic sites in MI & VA made for a very rewarding trip.  We read together, worked and played together, laughed and talked and just had a wonderful time together. We had some small challenges at times in the Boundary Waters where we stayed for nearly 3 weeks with a leak in one boat that we were able to repair, a few times where we struggled to get to a campsite before it was completely dark, and some nasty encounters with bogs but in the end, the struggles helped make it all the more memorable. Here are a few pictures from our trip:

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, August 28, 2020

Dear Church Family,

A powerful statement for us to ponder:

When the soul surrenders itself to Christ, a new power takes possession of the new heart. A change is wrought which man can never accomplish for himself. It is a supernatural work, bringing a supernatural element into human nature. The soul that is yielded to Christ becomes His own fortress, which He holds in a revolted world, and He intends that no authority shall be known in it but His own. A soul thus kept in possession by the heavenly agencies is impregnable to the assaults of Satan. But unless we do yield ourselves to the control of Christ, we shall be dominated by the wicked one.

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  1. I will be sharing the message this Sabbath with a message entitled, “Converted? Part II” We are excited to have another baptism this Sabbath. Sandra Slone will be joining the church family this Sabbath after studying for some time with several ladies in the church and attending prophecy meetings. Praise God!
  2. ZOOM Sabbath school lesson study is set to begin a week from this Sabbath at 10 a.m. for those unable to join us at church.
  3. This Sunday, there will be a youth activity again at the church from 3-5 p.m. All youth and their families are invited.
  4. This Monday evening, there will be a ZOOM Sabbath School council meeting at 6 p.m.
  5. We have a sound technician coming from Nebraska to analyze our sanctuary and sound system needs this Tuesdasy, September 1. He will set up a demonstration of what a new set up could offer us and will present it to our subcommittee who has been tasked with improving our audio at the church. For those inerested in hearing a demonstration and to have any of your questions answered, you can visit at 3 different times on Tuesday. at either 3 p.m., 4 p.m. or 5 p.m. Your feedback is appreciated.
  6. Our study on Romans will continue with Pastor Jared leading out in a continued look at chapter 8. All are invited to participate via ZOOM.
  7. Our next Dinner with the Doctor is scheduled for Tuesday, September 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Dr. Raymon Kohn will be sharing on the theme of “Women’s Imaging 2020.”
  8. We will have a special stewardship Sabbath on September 26 and a free Will Clinic on Sunday, September 27. Stephen Reese will be our guest and he is one of the staff from the Grateful Living department at the conference. The Georgia Cumberland conference offers this free service to help ensure that each member has a will, nthat their estate may not be lost at death. That said, they will not coerce you in any way as to who to leave your estate too but rather they simply offer assistance in getting a will established. Tina and I did this several years ago and there is a peace of mind knowing that our will is locked in a vault with the conference. You can sign up to establish a will or update your will by signing up in the foyer at church. Please, if you don’t have a will, sign up right away.
  9. I had the chance to share the morning worship at the school on Monday. I spoke about the need of focusing on th essential. I compard it with the need to pack only the essential on a camping trip like the one we area about to set out on. The kids seemed to enjoy meeting our dog Ginger who by the way has only the essential in her small pack. Roughly 8 lbs of dehydrated dog food and a bowl.
  10. Our family is taking a vacation up to the boundary waters where we will camp for a few weeks. It’s a serene place where you pack in all your food and gear and meander from camp site to camp site via canoe or in our case raft as you explore the boundary between Minnessota & Canada. We hope to see the Northern Lights, wildlife and more. We are taking these four weeks to be away from cell phones (there’s no cell service there), appointments, and to spend time with God in nature as a family. We also hope to catch up on some of our reading of the Testimonies. We will be available again on the 30th of September. Here is a picture from our last trip there.

In the news:

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, August 21, 2020

Dear Church Family,
In my study this week I cam across this statement:
What example do you give your children? What order do you have at home? Your children should be educated to be kind, thoughtful of others, gentle, easy to be entreated, and, above everything else, to respect religious things and feel the importance of the claims of God.
Boys and girls may early reveal deep and symmetrical piety if the means which God has ordained for the guidance of every family is followed in His fear and love. They will demonstrate the value of correct training and discipline. But the impression made upon the mind of children by the words of the teacher of truth is often counteracted by the words and actions of the parents. The susceptible though wayward hearts of children are often impressed by the truth, but often temptations come to them through father or mother, and they fall a prey to Satan’s devices. It is almost impossible to set the feet of children in safe paths when the parents do not co-operate. Evil sentiments, falling from the lips of injudicious parents, are the chief hindrance to genuine conversions among children. CG 498

In the news:

  1. As many have noticed last Sabbath, our new portable sound system (that replaced what was damaged from the leak) is so much nicer than what we were using. This is just the portable system. Work is still under way to repair and replace what was damaged and correct the lingering sound issues we had with our main system. In a little over a week, we have an expert sound technician coming in from Nebraska to evaluate our sanctuary and with the use of a special computer mapping program, he will determine what would acoustically work best for our sanctuary. Then in time, we hope to have a sound system that works well in our sanctuary long term. Some may question why this is being done since we just had a renovation done not long ago. While it’s a long story, the bottom line is we didn’t end up with what we expected. And when the leak occurred, we elected to rather than patch what we have that isn’t serving us well, to make the necessary changes and updates where necessary to have a quality system. We have a subcommittee working on this current renovation that reports to the church board regularly with updates and how progress is going. We hope to soon have an audio set up where everyone can hear well and clear what is being shared from the front.
  2. Sabbath I will be sharing the morning message.
  3. We will stream both Sabbath School & Church via YouTube and beginning with the 1st Sabbath in September, we will offer a Zoom Sabbath school lesson study each week for those not able to attend due to COVID. More details to come.
  4. This Sunday aftternoon, August 23, Pastor Jared has planned an activity for the youth and their families from 3-5 p.m. See Pastor Jared for more details.
  5. Monday evening we have a nominating committee meeting beginning at 5:30 p.m.
  6. There is an evangelism council meeting this Tuesday evening at 8 p.m. via ZOOM.
  7. We will continue our study on Romans 8 this Wednesdays via ZOOM at 7 p.m.
    Blessings as you prepare for the coming Sabbath!
    In His Service,
    Pastor Jeremy

Friday, August 14, 2020

Dear Church Family,

Our church voted in business session this week to maintain our committment that every child in the church have access to an Adventist education. Below is a portion of a statement from Testimonies for the CHurch where she speaks on this subject of worthy student aid:

If there are some who should have the benefit of the school, but who cannot pay full price for their tuition, let the churches show their liberality by helping them.
Besides this, in each conference a fund should be raised to lend to worthy poor students who desire to give themselves to the missionary work; and in some cases they should even receive donations. When the Battle Creek College was first started, there was a fund placed in the Review and Herald office for the benefit of those who wished to obtain an education but had not the means. This was used by several students until they could get a good start; then from their earnings they would replace what they had drawn, so that others might be benefited by the fund. The youth should have it plainly set before them that they must work their own way as far as possible and thus partly defray their expenses. That which costs little will be appreciated little. But that which costs a price somewhere near its real value will be estimated accordingly.

Testimonies for the Church. (1855). (Vol. 6, pp. 213–214). Pacific Press Publishing Association.

In the news:

  1. Sabbath School and Church will be streamed on Youtube. For now it is only on Youtube (some folks don’t have FACEBOOK) but we hope to possibly stream to both some day in the future.
  2. We plan to have an online ZOOM Sabbath School lesson study option available in a week or two. Watch for more details to come.
  3. I will be sharing the message this Sabbath with a sermon entitled, “Masks or No Masks”
  4. There will be no AYA this week.
  5. School begaan this past Tuesday with a strong start. Precautions are in place for the safety of the children and staff and your prayers are appreciated.
  6. The school board will meet this Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the school.
  7. Nominating Committee will meet this Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. in the church fellowship hall. Please turn in your survey’s
  8. Wednesday evening we will continue our mid-week study on ZOOM as we look at Romans 8. We hope others can join in as we have a wonderful time together each week online with good discussion and content. Romans is a rich study indeed.

Blessings as you prepare for the coming Sabbath!
In His Service,
Pastor Jeremy

Friday, August 7, 2020

Dear Church Family,

We referenced this quote in our Prayer Meeting this past Wednesday.  What a concise and articulate statement on Justification from the little book, “Faith & Works” page 100:

But while God can be just, and yet justify the sinner through the merits of Christ, no man can cover his soul with the garments of Christ’s righteousness while practicing known sins or neglecting known duties. God requires the entire surrender of the heart, before justification can take place; and in order for man to retain justification, there must be continual obedience, through active, living faith that works by love and purifies the soul.

In the news:

  1. This Sabbath we believe we should be able to live stream via youtube again.  Sorry that things were not able to be shared last week.  If for some reason you don’t see it via youtube, you should be able to see it via Facebook.
  2. Also, note that Sabbath School will be returning to ZOOM soon for those unable to attend due to COVID concerns.
  3. I will be sharing the message this Sabbath as we continue in our series on Elijah.
  4. I am also excited to share that we will have a baptism this Sabbath for Viola “Mary Jane” Arwood, the daughter of Mary Ruth Austin. Mary Jane came to our last prophecy series and has been studying with Glenda Dale and has decided to be baptized and join the church.  Praise God!!
  5. This Sabbath we have the 1st reading for our nominating committee. The names are as follows: David Wente, Kevin Rojas, Sheila Aashiem, Brenda Chalfant, Amanda Robinson, Sabrina Kennedy, Jeremy Wetmore, Rick Dietrich, Tony Koskovich. Substitutes are Carolyn Root and Evan Fox
  6. There will be no AYA this Sabbath.
  7. The school work bee originally scheduled for Sunday has been canceled due to COVID and concern for everyone’s health. Thank you for your faithful support of the school and for keeping them in prayer during these challenging times. School begins this Tuesday.
  8. There will be a church business meeting this Monday evening at 6:30 p.m. I will send out a ZOOM invite for those unable to attend in person. The one agenda meeting shouldn’t take too long but given the school’s expanded program and the ever-increasing worthy student need, we felt it prudent to come back to the church body for direction as to how to handle the matter when the school’s need for worthy student funds outweighs the total contributions from the various sources.  Our current commitment is that no child will be turned away so we wanted to either reaffirm that commitment with added clarity as to how to honor it.  I will send you an email later today with graphs and charts depicting the need and the current sources of income for worthy student.   Please review this document carefully in preparation for our upcoming church business meeting.
  9. Adventurers will have their registration for the new year in the church fellowship hall this Sunday at 3 p.m.
  10. Pathfinders will have their registration for the new year in the Pathfinder room this Thursday at 6 p.m.
  11. The pastors from Riverview and Greeneville gathered with the school teachers and principal for lunch this past Wednesday to discuss spiritual initiatives for the new school year.   One of the initiatives we have planned at Greeneville is to have 4 youth-led Sabbath services during the year whereby our young people will be guided in leading out in all the elements of the worship service.
  12. The Explore the Future Prophecy series which has been running nightly since July 27 and is set to conclude this coming Wednesday has been receiving hundreds of hits each day (1900 hits last Sabbath for example) and the reports of those attending have been very positive. We are delighted to hear stories of how not only young people are being touched but parents as well. This series has been a joint effort between Greeneville and South Bay Church in Chattanooga with Rachel Nelson serving as coordinator and producer, Tina Arnall serving as the writer and speaker for the prophecy messages, and Milca Rojas serving as writer and speaker for the character-building lessons.   You can view the series by clicking here.
  13. I participated in a zoom meeting this week with pastors from across the conference along with our conference administrators and learned that local church giving is down about 7% across the conference. I am encouraged however that giving to our local church budget here at Greeneville is holding strong. While our year to date is down by around $400, we had nearly $8000 come in above our monthly budgeted amount.  Praise God!
  14. Sherry Edwards is at LifeCare in rehab after suffering a fall several weeks ago.  She appreciates your prayers.
  15. We had a great experience at the church camp out last Sabbath. Several of you came for the day on Sabbath and several of us camped.  We enjoyed a dynamic Sabbath school with Ken Mathews leading out.  Then we heard a powerful sermon on prayer Sabbath morning with Elder Carl Ashlock sharing.  Due to COVID, the park rangers had us disperse so we gathered in groups at the various campsites and enjoyed lunch and fellowship.  Of course, the morning bike rides are always a pleasure.  Many of us who biked the loop had the joy of seeing bears.  This young bear climbed through the fence and walked right by us Sabbath morning.  IMG_20200801_071809173-01

Blessings as you prepare for the coming Sabbath.

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, July 31, 2020

Dear Church Family,

Are we striving with all our God-given powers to reach the measure of the stature of men and women in Christ? Are we seeking for His fullness, ever reaching higher and higher, trying to attain to the perfection of His character? When God’s servants reach this point, they will be sealed in their foreheads. The recording angel will declare, “It is done.” They will be complete in Him whose they are by creation and by redemption.—Selected Messages 3:427 (1899).

In the news:

  1. Darrel & Joyce Stills’ son’s memorial is today at 1:30 p.m at Kiser Rose Funeral home. All are welcome to attend.  I will be officiating for the service.  Please keep them in your prayers.
  2. I know the live streaming has been hard to hear lately due to the inability to stream using our upstairs equipment. The good news is that we are told that it should work this Sabbath so we should be able to stream as we used to with similar quality audio as we used to have online.  Please check our youtube page to watch the service via live stream.  The link should be available via our church homepage as well.  Just in case this doesn’t work, here is a link to our Facebook page which you can check out if need be.
  3. This Sabbath at the church, we will have Chuck Reese sharing the morning message. There will also be a service at Cades Cove for those participating in the church camp out. Elder Carl Ashlock will speak at the service at Cades Cove.
  4. Sabbath School UPDATE: With regards to Sabbath school, please note that Cradle Roll will resume it’s class this weekend and Siepman and Mathews will not be teaching so their classes will gather in the sanctuary for lesson study.
  5. There will be no AYA this Sabbath.
  6. CADES COVE SCHEDULE: The church buildings at CADES COVE ARE CLOSED to please read below pertinent announcements pertaining to the campout.
    • FRIDAY NIGHT: We will all set up camp and if possible have a worship time together at the pavilion near the camp store if it is available at 8 P.M. We could not reserve in advance.  If you are planning to camp, please email or text me your name and your site number so we can keep you posted of any changes.  Note I don’t think we have cell coverage at the campground.
    • SABBATH MORNING: For those who would like to join us, some of us plan to bike the loop beginning at sunrise on Sabbath morning. We will gather at the entrance gate to the loop and depart at 6:45 a.m.  Please note that the loop is open to cars this year on Sabbath morning.  ☹
    • Everyone is on their own for meals though sometimes families gather together for mealtime.965956_10200925924612515_1827520469_o
    • Sabbath School will gather at 10 a.m. and we hope to meet at the pavilion next to the camp store. If this doesn’t work out, we will try and get the word out as to the new location.  I will seek to send out a phone cast for those coming for the day so you know where to meet.  Ken Mathews will be leading out for Sabbath School.
    • Church will be at 11 a.m. at the same location as Sabbath School and Elder Carl Ashlock will be sharing the message with us.
    • Sabbath afternoon is free time for hiking, biking, relaxing, and visiting. Enjoy!
    • Sabbath evening we will gather for worship at 8 p.m. We will announce the location at worship time on Sabbath morning.  Pastor Jared will lead out in the evening worship.
    • Sunday, depart after breakfast and an early morning bike ride if you are up to it.
  7. The Explore the Future prophecy series for kids​ began Monday, ​July 27​. Go to the website, aplacetodosomething.com/explore​ to register so that you can download the worksheets and printables to make this a fun and interactive experience! You can watch archived presentations via the website. The series runs nightly through August 12.   We had over 600 partipate opening night and I haven’t heard numbers since then.  I heard an exciting story of a lawyer in NC who heard about it and shared how he wouldn’t go to a meeting but this he liked.  So hopefully he will continue the series even though it’s technically designed for kids. Help us get the word out.
    Explore the Future | Episode 1 – Daniel 1 & 3 from Rachel Nelson on Vimeo.
  8. Monday, August 10, we will have a one agenda item church business meeting at 6:30 p.m., prior to church board. You may join in person at the church or via ZOOM.  The school expects that it’s worthy student needs may surpass our current budgeted commitment.  We will gather to review our current policy and commitment and either affirm or make adjustments as is deemed best by the church body.
  9. We will continue our study in Romans this Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. via ZOOM with a look at the 2nd half of Romans 6.

Blessings as you prepare for the coming Sabbath!

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, July 24, 2020

Dear Church Family,

It is left with us to remedy the defects in our characters, to cleanse the soul temple of every defilement. Then the latter rain will fall upon us as the early rain fell upon the disciples on the Day of Pentecost.—Testimonies for the Church 5:214 (1882).

There is nothing that Satan fears so much as that the people of God shall clear the way by removing every hindrance, so that the Lord can pour out His Spirit upon a languishing church.… Every temptation, every opposing influence, whether open or secret, may be successfully resisted, “not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord of hosts” (Zechariah 4:6).—Selected Messages 1:124 (1887).

In the news:

  1. This Sabbath we will continue in our series on Elijah with a look at “Fight or Flight or Faith.”
  2. Just a reminder that the only two Sabbath School classes that are not currently gathering are Cradle Roll and Siepman’s class.
  3. We will continue live streaming via Facebook for now. While the audio in our sanctuary isn’t ideal, I am informed by Brad Robinson that our new portable church system that was voted by the board has been purchased and should be here hopefully in a couple weeks.  This will be a temporary arrangement until our regular system can be repaired which will take a few months most likely.
  4. We will have an AYA service this Sabbath at 7:30 P.M. at the church. Justina Thomas is a registered nurse and has been serving in the Philippines with Adventist Frontier Missions for the last 3 1/2 years.  She will be sharing about the work and miracles God is doing among an animistic tribal group in the Palawano mountain jungles.
  5. Just a reminder that next weekend marks our annual church camp out. Watch next week’s Grapevine for more details regarding the schedule and such.  For now, make sure you’ve reserved your site, preferably in the A or B section of the campground.  Elder Ashlock will be our guest speaker for Sabbath morning and Chuck Reese will be speaking for the worship service here at church.  Due to COVID-19, we will not be able to use a church at Cade’s Cove so we will work out the location when we get there.  We will seek to get an all call out next weekend as to where we end up so as to help those who are coming just for the day to know where to meet for worship.Snapseed
  6. The school yard sale is set for this Sunday from 8-4 P.M. They have requested that we halt donations at this point as they simply have run out of room. 116076364_3282871168469886_821820428626007855_o
  7. The school board will meet this Monday at 5:30 p.m.
  8. This Monday marks the beginning of a roughly two-week journey through Bible Prophecy for young people. People are already registering from all over the world with over 228 registered as of Thursday.  The series is entitled, Exploring the Future.  Our church in partnership with South Bay Community Church in Chattanooga has put together this online prophecy series for kids and we want to encourage you to join in and share with others.  Children are encouraged to check it out at aplacetodosomething.com/explore.  Also, if you and your children plan to participate, visit now  the link above to register so you can receive the link to download your materials and cutouts in preparation for this Monday at 6 p.m.  Watch the video below for more information. 
  9. We will continue our Romans series this coming Wednesday via ZOOM with a look at Romans 6. Our 1hr study time begins at 7 P.M. each Wednesday evening.
  10. Pastor Jared had a great program for the youth last night. The focus of the evening was on communication and we enjoyed learning interesting facts about each other in the process. There were around 25 youth present.  Pastor Jared and Pastor Jason are seeking to coordinate some of the youth activities this year so as to foster better collaboration between the churches.
  11. The Pathfinders are raising money for their club by selling fruit.  If you would like to pick up some fruit, you can grab an order form in the church foyer and turn it in sometime before the deadline which is July 31stHere is a copy of that order form if you want to take care of it right now.dina-nasyrova-Nc5M3JN8_40-unsplash (1)
  12. Lastly, on a more humorous note, Jordan wanted to celebrate our Goldendoodle’s second Birthday so we had homemade Zucchini Waffles and potatoes last Sunday morning.   Ginger was a good sport as she sat at her little table for the birthday picture.    IMG_20200719_113601182-02

Blessings as you prepare for the coming Sabbath!

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy