Friday, July 10, 2020

Dear Church Family,

In my readings I found these words to be a good reminder for all of us:

Some hold back in meeting because they have nothing new to say and must repeat the same story if they speak. I saw that pride was at the bottom of this, that God and angels witnessed the testimonies of the saints and were well pleased and glorified by their being repeated weekly. The Lord loves simplicity and humility, but He is displeased and angels are grieved when professed heirs of God and joint heirs with Jesus suffer precious time to run to waste in their meetings.
If the brethren and sisters were in the place they should be, they would not be at a loss to find something to say in honor of Jesus, who hung upon Calvary’s cross for their sins. If they would cherish more of a realizing sense of the condescension of God in giving His only beloved Son to die a sacrifice for our sins and transgressions, and of the sufferings and anguish of Jesus to make a way of escape for guilty man, that he might receive pardon and live, they would be more ready to extol and magnify Jesus. They could not hold their peace, but with thankfulness and gratitude would talk of His glory and tell of His power. And blessings from God would rest upon them by so doing. Even if the same story were repeated, God would be glorified. The angel showed me those who ceased not day nor night to cry, “Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty.” “Continued repetition,” said the angel, “yet God is glorified by it.” Although we may tell the same story over and over, it honors God, and shows that we are not unmindful of His goodness and mercies to us.

White, E. G. (1882). Early Writings of Ellen G. White (pp. 115–116). Review and Herald Publishing Association.

In the news:

  1. All Sabbath Schools will gather this Sabbath with the exception of Cradle Roll & Milton’s class which will not be meeting.
  2. Pastor Jared will be sharing the message this Sabbath.  Please note that MASKS ARE REQUIRED for Sabbath school & church attendance.
  3. We hope to have Sabbath School & Church streamed via the church Facebook page.  Please check this link Sabbath morning to see if a stream is available.  Because of the damage to our a/v system, we can only offer poor audio quality so please be patient for the time being with the poor volume.  The board will be looking at some recommendations this Monday at a proposal as to how this may be addressed.
  4. Our church finance committee and the board will meet this Monday evening via zoom at 6 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. respectively.
  5. It’s time for us to assemble our pre-nominating committeedylan-gillis-KdeqA3aTnBY-unsplash who will seek to assemble and recommend to the church a nominating committee that reflects the diversity in our church.  There will be an insert in this Sabbath’s bulletin that you may fill out or if you prefer to do so online, please click here to fill out a google form with 5 names you would recommend. Note that with the online form, we require your name and email so as to verify that it’s a member filling out the form.  The form in the bulletin is anonymous.  These forms must be turned in by Monday as they will be tabulated on Tuesday.
  6. Our Mid-Week Bible study will continue this Wednesday with another look at Romans chapter 5.  Such an important chapter that has been misused by many to teach such notions as original sin.  Indeed, this is an important study nad hope you can join us via zoom at 7p.m. this Wednesday.
  7. Our church camp out is just around the corner.  Hope you are able to join us at Cades Cove.  Elder Carl Ashlock will be our Sabbath morning speaker.

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  8.  GAA is now accepting donations. NOTE: NEW DROP OFF LOCATION is the school gym. You can drop it off Monday through Friday from 10-3. Please call 352-615-2462 prior to coming to confirm that someone will be there when you arrive.
  9. We have a new North American Division President, Alex Bryant.  He formerly served as Secretary of the division.   May God lead him in this new role.

Blessings as you prepare for the coming Sabbath hours.

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

 

Friday, July 3, 2020

Dear Church Family,

The church board met last night via ZOOM and discussed how to proceed with services at church since our community recently moved to Phase 2 and COVID-19 cases are on the rise.  Based on our meeting last night, the following directives have been issued for the time being:

  • Masks are required by all with the exception of children 8 yrs old and younger.  Please note that while seated during the service in the sanctuary, it is acceptable to remove your mask but when you are up and about or visiting with others, masks are required based on the vote last night.
  • Those leading out in Sabbath school and church will not be required to use masks while serving upfront as they will remain far back from the congregation.  IMG_0652
  • Since social distancing is necessary, the pews will be marked off in such a manner to allow for better distancing. So as you can see from the picture, the section that has an x is not to be sat in.  Families should be able to sit together with no problem but it is asked that we avoid sitting on the marked sections of the pews.
  • We will continue to have no congregational singing for the time being.
  • A new air filtration system was just installed at church which is the same as what Southern Adventist University installed which is to filter the air every 30 minutes.
  • After church, everyone is asked to please visit outside and not in the foyer or hallways.

These instructions from the church board are intended to maximize safety while allowing for corporate worship and study.  Thank you for your patience and understanding while we navigate the social strain caused by this pandemic.  By following the instructions above, we can better care for one another and help alleviate some of the fears of those more vulnerable ones around us.

In the news:

  1. There will be no Sabbath School via ZOOM but instead, you can participate by live stream. To participate, simply click on the brown live stream button on our church’s home page to be taken to our church Youtube page where you can watch live.   Note that for those attending in person, all classes are meeting except for Milton Siepman’s class.
  2. I will be sharing the morning message tomorrow with a message entitled, “Effectual Prayer.”  This is part V in our Elijah series.
  3. Russell Waddell will be baptized this Sabbath and we rejoice in his return to the church.  He used to attend here years ago and after around 30-40 years away, he recently began attending again a few years ago and decided to be re-baptized as he re-joins the church he grew up in.
  4. There will be no AYA this Sabbath due to the holiday weekend.
  5. Due to COVID-19, I learned that the Waldensian play won’t work out for our church family this year.  So our August 8 field trip has been canceled.  If you had already paid, your money will be returned.
  6. Our church camp out is still a go however and if you haven’t reserved your site, we ask that you do so ASAP as sites are filling up.  Elder Carl Ashlock will share the morning message for us on Sabbath at Cades Cove.  Note we will still have services at Greeneville that Sabbath for those not able to camp.Snapseed (5)
  7. Sandra Lawing continues to recover from her surgery and wanted to thank everyone for the cards and calls that have come to her over the last few weeks. Thank you.
  8. 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.  Here is a copy of that order form if you want to take care of it right now.  dina-nasyrova-Nc5M3JN8_40-unsplash (1)
  9. Here are a couple opportunities from Wildwood Training for anyone interested.
  10. The GAA yard sale is scheduled for July 26. The school is presently accepting donations. NOTE that there is a NEW DROP OFF LOCATION which is at the school gym. You can drop it off Monday through Friday from 10-3. Please call Randy Nomura prior to coming to confirm that someone will be there when you arrive.

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, June26, 2020

Dear Church Family,

We cannot use the Holy Spirit. The Spirit is to use us. Through the Spirit God works in His people “to will and to do of His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13). But many will not submit to this. They want to manage themselves. This is why they do not receive the heavenly gift. Only to those who wait humbly upon God, who watch for His guidance and grace, is the Spirit given.—The Desire of Ages, 672 (1898).

In the news:

  1. Sabbath School is back to normal operations for all classes with the exception that Milton’s class is meeting via ZOOM at 9:30 A.M.
  2. I will be sharing the message this Sabbath with part 4 in our Elijah series.  The message this Sabbath is entitled, “How Long?”  Remember that our worship services are streamed and you can access the stream by visiting our church web site and clicking on the brown button, “Live Stream.”
  3. Dan Sanford and friends will lead out in AYA this Sabbath at 7 p.m. with some good gospel music.
  4. Our mid-week Bible study will continue this coming Wednesday via ZOOM with our study of Romans.  We will wrap up chapter 3 and begin chapter 4.  You can access the link via the church website.
  5. I registered for our campsite this week at Cades Cove for the church camp out scheduled July 31-August 2 and saw that many sites have been reserved in the B section. If you wish to join us in camping, reserve your site now.  Elder Carl Ashlock will be speaking for us Sabbath morning at one of the churches along the loop.  Note that we will have services for those who don’t attend the camp out at Greeneville as well.
  6.  Sandra Lawing came through her surgery ok and is recovering nicely. Thank you for your prayers.
  7. The GAA yard sale is scheduled for July 26. The school is presently accepting donations. NOTE that there is a NEW DROP OFF LOCATION which is at the school gym. You can drop it off Monday through Friday from 10-3 though NOT next Wednesday through Friday. Please call Randy Nomura prior to coming to confirm that someone will be there when you arrive.
  8. It Is Written’s been sharing this week a series entitled, “Take Charge of Your Health.”  There are still a few presentations remaining in the series and previous episodes can be easily accessed via their online archive.  Please check it out and share with your friends.
  9. We have begun trying to develop a small group Bible study at our house with some who have shown interest after the meetings.  I snapped this picture of the garden after our study last night. We share in popcorn and watermelon and then study the Bible together out under the pergola.  Wouldn’t it be exciting if we could have multiple Bible study sites throughout the county in the homes of Adventists as an opportunity for those searching in these difficult times to find answers?   Perhaps God would have you to begin one at your home!

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Blessings as you prepare for the coming Sabbath!

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, June 19, 2020

Dear Church Family,

I am not sure I had ever heard this song before but I heard it this week and was so touched by it I wanted to share it with you.  It’s message seems timely given the loss (I am participating in three memorials this week), cancer, COVID-19, and riots, and the like.  I hope it touches you like it did me.  When He comes, He will be right on time!!

In the news:

  1. Here are the arrangements for Sabbath School this week which begins at 9:30 A.M.:
    1. All the Children’s divisions will have their regular Sabbath School programs this Sabbath.
    2. Preliminaries will begin at 9:30 A.M.
    3. There will be a joint lesson study in the Sanctuary led by David Green.
    4. Ken Mathews will lead his class in a larger classroom in the fellowship hall so as to allow for social distancing.
    5. For those not able to attend right now, Milton Siepman will lead out in a lesson study via ZOOM at 9:30 a.m.
  2. Sabbath School Quarterlies can be picked up from the Literature room before Sabbath School starts and 15 minutes after worship service.
  3. This Sabbath Pastor Jared will be speaking as well as baptizing his son, Gabriel during the worship hour.
  4. Note that the worship service will be live streamed and can be accessed via the Live Stream button non our church home page.
  5. No fellowship meal due to COVID-19.
  6. There will be no AYA this week.
  7. It was a special evening last night as GAA celebrated their first annual Senior Graduation. We had four seniors and are thankful and blessed to have a full k-12 program in our community.

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  8. GAA will be having a yard sale on July 26 and they are accepting donations at this time. All donations can be dropped off at the Pathfinder room next door to the Community Services Center. Please contact Lee or Kirstin Elliott to arrange for a time for drop off. Also, they are looking for volunteers to help set up on the 26th.
  9. Diane Emde’s memorial service will be tomorrow at 4 p.m. at the church with live streaming of the service.  Please keep the family in your prayers.
  10. The church camp out is still planned for this summer. Remember that for those who would like to participate, the dates are July 31-August 2. Please reserve your campsite at Cades Cove beginning with the A and B sections.
  11. Here’s one more presentation that Rhoda, our health ministries leader wanted me to share with you.
  12. Sandra Lawing requests your prayers as she prepares for surgery next Friday.  She is classified as high risk she said and is a little apprehensive but trusting in the Lord.   The reason for her surgery is because it was discovered she has uterine cancer.  Next Friday is also Shawn’s 23rd birthday.

Blessings as you prepare for the coming Sabbath!

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, June 12, 2020

Dear Church Family,

A beautiful reality:

A knowledge of the truth depends not so much upon strength of intellect as upon pureness of purpose, the simplicity of an earnest, dependent faith. To those who in humility of heart seek for divine guidance, angels of God draw near. The Holy Spirit is given to open to them the rich treasures of the truth.  COL 59

In the news:

  1. After nearly 3 months of having church online, we will finally gather at the church this Sabbath for Sabbath school and worship.  As we prepare to gather back together for fellowship and worship, here is a helpful document from our COVID-19 subcommittee and below are some general principles to remember.  No one is out to police this but we ask for your helpful cooperation so that as many as possible can feel safe and welcome at church during this pandemic.
    • Everyone is asked to practice social distancing which means we need to sit at least 6 feet apart in the sanctuary from others families or members.
    • Avoid hugs and handshakes for the time being.
    • No fellowship lunches.
    • Masks are suggested but not required.
    • The board has elected to avoid congregational singing now.  Here is a story that illustrates why.
  2. This Sabbath we will resume our regular schedule of services at the church.  This will be the schedule for Sabbath:
    • 9:30 a.m. – Sabbath school begins in the sanctuary and children’s & youth divisions will resume in their various classrooms with the exception of Kindergarten which will not resume this week. There will be one joint lesson study in the sanctuary following the preliminaries this Sabbath.
    • 9:30 a.m. – Milton Siepman will lead out in an online ZOOM Sabbath School lesson studyfor those who are not able to be at church this Sabbath.
    • 10:45 a.m. – Marva Wente will share a brief organ concert between Sabbath School and church.  Note that this and the worship service will be streamed via Youtube.  You can access this via our worship link on the church homepage.
    • 11:00 a.m. – We will share in morning worship in the sanctuary which will also be streamed for those who are unable to attend. Again, visit the church webpage and click on the worship link to access the stream.  We will continue our series on Elijah with a message entitled, “Faithful Rebuke.”
    • 4:00 p.m. – Lisa Johnson will be baptized this Sabbath at Paint Creek. We hope you can come out and join us for this special celebration.
    • 8:00 p.m. – AYA will resume with Dan Sanford and friends sharing beautiful gospel music.
  3. Kathy Bumgardner passed away in her sleep this past Wednesday morning and we are all still in a bit of shock. A memorial service has been planned for next Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the church.  In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to our Community Services Center. As you know, Kathy was our CSC leader and so the whole CSC team has been greatly affected. The CSC will be closed next week.
  4. Our mid-week prayer meeting service via zoom will therefore not meet this week due to the scheduled memorial service on the same night. We will resume our study on Romans the following week.
  5. Our first senior graduation at Greeneville Adventist Acadewoman-in-black-long-sleeve-dress-standing-on-brown-concrete-3186386my will be held at the school gym on Thursday, June 18, at 6:00 P.M. Everyone is invited, and masks are encouraged.  Congratulations to our seniors Shoshanna Grenti, Camille Martinez Ortiz, Nicolas Miller, and Raimey Talbert!
  6. The church camp out is still planned for this summer. Remember that for those who would like to participate, the dates are July 31-August 2.  Please reserve your campsite at Cades Cove beginning with the A and B sections.
  7. The Waldensian tour and play is still being planned for. However, the bus will not be an option for us.  So we will need to carpool.  We are currently still planning for August 8 but will confirm this in a week or two when I get confirmation from the staff.
  8. We had a great turn out for dinner with the doctor this week with around 50+ people I am estimating.  While there was no dinner, guests got to go home with a nice sack lunch.
  9. Here is another helpful video from Adventist World Radio regarding COVID-19:

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, June 5, 2020

Dear Church Family,

With all that’s been in the news lately, I found this article by Wintley Phipps to be very powerful and sobering.  As a white man, I have no clue.  I remember in seminary when one of my African American friends shared with me what it’s like to be pulled over while driving just because of the color of your skin.  I couldn’t believe my ears as he relayed his experience.

As we approach the 4th of July and celebrate our independence, may we remember that freedom is still not fully realized by many, regardless of color, and according to inspiration, slavery will still be with us in the last days?

In the news:

  1. The schedule for this Sabbath is as follows:
    1. 9:30 a.m. – Prayer Line
    2. 10 a.m. – Sabbath School with Milton Siepman leading out.
    3. 11 a.m. – Worship hour with part 2 in our Elijah series entitled “Make Ready”
  2. Our health ministries leader, Rhoda Kanna asked that I share another helpful video presentation with you from AWR.  Please take some time and check it out.:
  3. Greeneville Adventist Academy will be having a yard sale on July 26 for our PFE program that benefits our worthy students. They will be looking for donations of items and volunteer labor.  Information on where items can be brought will be provided in the next couple of weeks.
  4. The church board will be meeting via ZOOM this coming Monday evening at 7:15 p.m. to discuss several matters including the matter of when to re-open for services.
  5. Dinner with the Doctor is scheduled for this coming Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.  Everyone who would like to attend is asked to register by calling the church office this Monday morning. The reason for the registration is because even though there will not be a dinner that evening due to COVID-19, they hope to send home sack lunches to participants.  IMG_20200528_125452065
  6. As we try to ascertain what kind of attendance we may expect as we consider when to re-open, we would like to gain your input. Therefore at 6:30 p.m. or shortly thereafter this Sunday evening, we will send out a church-cast to survey how many would attend services if we were to open in the next week or two.  Please respond to the phone vote by pressing 1 if you would consider it, or 2 if you would not be able to come due to COVID-19. The 1 question phone survey will be taken on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. or shortly thereafter.  Please participate. 
  7. Each Wednesday evening we are sharing in prayer time and a study of the book of Romans via ZOOM. All are welcome.  We will look at Romans 3 this coming week.
  8. Our church budget ended in the negative in May with a $5,168 deficit for the month. Our YTD deficit is $5,582 dollars.
  9. Early last Sunday morning, Diane Emde passed away after her battle with ALS.  Thankfully she passed away in a peaceful manner and was able to enjoy time with the family as recently as Memorial day.  There will be a memorial service at the church on Sabbath, June 20 at 4 p.m.  All are invited to attend.  Please remember the family in your prayers.
  10. Dr. Norman McNulty who has been to our church a couple times recently began a series on Last Day Events that is being shared via Audioverse. I heard the first presentation and it is very well done and solid.  I am looking forward to the coming presentations.   I would encourage you to check it out. Click here to learn more.
  11. Also on Audioverse is a story entitled, “NOW!”  This story about the final days might be something you would like to listen to as a family for worship as you consider and discuss what is coming.   I remember hearing it at school when I was a kid and the deep impression it had on me.   Our boys just heard it and were deeply moved.
  12. Have you been enjoying some garden time this Spring?  We’ve been enjoying greens lately and had such an abundance that we went around and shared with the neighbors. The boys came up with the idea of letting them pick which greens they wanted out of the wagon, Kale, Cabbage, or Broccoli Greens.

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Blessings as you prepare for the coming Sabbath!

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, May 29, 2020

Dear Church Family,

As we see the news unfolding before us, we are reminded of Christ’s soon coming.  But let us remember, God is looking for a faithful people. He could have already come by now but His people were not ready.  May we learn from our past and earnestly seek Him rather than allow ourselves to be distracted by the news around us.  With all the news and commentary on the internet and social media, it is tempting to allow it to direct the thoughts of our lives but we must be vigilant to keep our eyes focused on Christ and His glory.  We are counseled:

The mental faculties must be kept under the control of the will and the mind not allowed to wander or become distracted with a variety of subjects at a time, being thorough in none.  4T 414.

Ministry of Healing 246 says:

The power of the will is not valued as it should be. Let the will be kept awake and rightly directed, and it will impart energy to the whole being and will be a wonderful aid in the maintenance of health. It is a power also in dealing with disease. Exercised in the right direction, it would control the imagination and be a potent means of resisting and overcoming disease of both mind and body.

Yes, let us be careful stewards of our minds understanding the promise of Romans 12:2 – And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God

In the news:

  1. This morning I enjoyed sharing a vespers message with the Pasay Central Church in the Philippines where we visited a couple of years ago in a mission trip with It Is Written. I shared via ZOOM at 7:30 a.m. this morning as they are 12 hours ahead of us.
  2. This Sabbath our services will again be on the telephone and ZOOM. Here is the schedule.
    • 9:30 a.m. – Prayer Line
    • 10:00 a.m. Sabbath School with Harry Nelson leading out.
    • 11:00 a.m. – Worship Time with Pastor Jared sharing the message.
  3. This Sunday beginning at 7 p.m., a new prophecy series is beginning with Adventist World Radio entitled, “Unlocking Bible Prophecies.” This is a great follow up to our recent Hope Awakens series. I would encourage you to share the information with your friends and neighbors.  More information can be found at https://bible.awr.org/   
  4. Dinner with the Doctor will be offered on Tuesday, June 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the church. Note that there will not be a dinner that evening due to COVID-19 but there will be a presentation offered in the sanctuary.IMG_20200528_125452065
  5. Remember that our Georgia Cumberland camp meeting is currently taking place online via this link. There are evening presentations at 7 p.m. as well as the Science Zone and crafts for kids.
  6. Prayer Meeting resumed this week and will continue next week as we continue our study of chapter 2.  We meet via ZOOM which can be accessed by our email or the link on our web page.
  7. Kathy Seeley shared with me that LaVonna Gillham passed away a week ago last weekend.  She both taught and served as a principal at GAA for a time back in the 1980’s and was well-loved.   Please remember the family in your prayers.
  8. I learned this week of a special offer at Sam’s Club that some of you may be interested in. If you are not a member but would like to be one, you can join for $45 dollars and immediately receive a free $45 dollar in-store credit making your year membership virtually free. I just wanted to pass along the savings to those who might be interested.  Here is a link for the offer.

Blessings as you prepare for the coming Sabbath.

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

 

Friday, May 22, 2020

Dear Church Family,

Ken Mathews shared the following with me this week and I thought I would pass it along. Beautiful when remembered as a promise!

Those who believe on Christ and obey His commandments are not under bondage to God’s law; for to those who believe and obey, His law is not a law of bondage, but of liberty. Everyone who believes on Christeveryone who relies on the keeping power of a risen Saviour that has suffered the penalty pronounced upon the transgressor, everyone who resists temptation and in the midst of evil copies the pattern given in the Christ-life, will through faith in the atoning sacrifice of Christ become a partaker of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

Everyone who by faith obeys God’s commandments, will reach the condition of sinlessness in which Adam lived before his transgression.  {ST, July 23, 1902 par. 14}

Let those who feel inclined to make a high profession of holiness look into the mirror of God’s law. As they see its far-reaching claims, and understand its work as a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart, they will not boast of sinlessness. “If we,” says John, not separating himself from his brethren, “say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” “If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.” “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:8, 10, 9.  {AA 562.2} 

In the news:

  1. This Sabbath we will resume with our regular online schedule for prayer, Sabbath school and the worship hour.
    • 9:30 a.m. – Prayer Line via telephone.
    • 10 a.m. – Sabbath School with Kevin Finley via ZOOM.
    • 11 a.m. – Worship time with Pastor Jeremy sharing the message via ZOOM.
  2. This Sabbath we will begin a new sermon series entitled, “Make Ready!” If we as a people have been given an Elijah message, surely the story of Elijah is relevant to our lives today.  Indeed, his story is rich with typology and lessons for us living in these last days.  Yes, it is time to “Make Ready!”  Picture5
  3. Under normal circumstances, we would be going to camp meeting next week but due to COVID-19, there will be no Junaluska or Georgia-Cumberland camp-meetings.  However, Georgia-Cumberland has elected to have a condensed version online.  The 2020 GCC Called to Serve Online Camp Meeting  will gather online each evening, May 28-30, at 7 p.m.! Featured speakers will be Gary Rustad, Chester Clark III, and Victor Maddox. Click the below link for more details on the program and how to watch the live stream.
  4. It was a graduation like no other I have ever been to.  The GAA 8th graders had their graduation service this past Wednesday and while family and faculty were the only ones permitted to attend due to COVID-19, Pastor Jared, Pastor Jason, & myself were able to attend as well.  Everyone wore masks and sat in rows that were distanced apart.  It was a special evening.
  5. Just a reminder that due to the fact that all our services are online right now and there are no services at the church, please utilize our online giving for your tithes and offerings or simply bring your offerings by the church where they can be placed in the safe.  Here’s our current financial picture for the month of May:
                  Actual             Budget           Needed
    May      $12,101           $27,275             $15,174
    YTD       $120,787         $136,375         $15,588
  6. Our health ministries leader, Rhoda Kanna asked that I share this helpful video presentation with you from AWR.  Please take some time and check it out.
  7. GAA will be having a yard sale on July 26 for our Partnering For Eternity (PFE) program that benefits our worthy students.  They will be looking for donations of items and volunteer labor.  Information on where items can be brought will be provided in the next couple of weeks.
  8. Now that Hope Awakens has concluded, we are beginning a Hope Awakens Community meeting tonight via Zoom for those who showed interest from the community.  It will be at 7 p.m. via ZOOM and Pastor Jared will be leading out. Our volunteer Bible Workers have helped us in getting the word out to their interests. Your prayers are appreciated.

Blessings as you prepare for the coming Sabbath!

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, May 15, 2020

Dear Church Family,

The prophet saw “four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.” Another angel, ascending from the east, cried to them, saying, “Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.” This points out the work we now have to do, which is to cry to God for the angels to hold the four winds until missionaries shall be sent to all parts of the world, and shall have proclaimed the warning against disobeying the law of Jehovah.—The Review and Herald Extra, December 11, 1888. CLD 5.1

I asked my accompanying angel the meaning of what I heard, and what the four angels were about to do. He said to me that it was God that restrained the powers, and that He gave His angels charge over things on the earth; that the four angels had power from God to hold the four winds, and that they were about to let them go; but while their hands were loosening, and the four winds were about to blow, the merciful eye of Jesus gazed on the remnant that were not sealed, and He raised His hands to the Father and pleaded with Him that He had spilled His blood for them. Then another angel was commissioned to fly swiftly to the four angels and bid them hold, until the servants of God were sealed with the seal of the living God in their foreheads.—Early Writings, 38. CLD 5.2

My dear brethren and sisters, let the commandments of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ be in your minds continually and let them crowd out worldly thoughts and cares. When you lie down and when you rise up, let them be your meditation. Live and act wholly in reference to the coming of the Son of man. The sealing time is very short, and will soon be over. Now is the time, while the four angels are holding the four winds, to make our calling and election sure.—Early Writings, 58. 

In the news:

  1. Tonight Hope Awakens will continue with a look at the topic of Heaven.  I will be interviewed by Pastor Bradshaw briefly on tonight’s episode about our upcoming Hope Awakens Community group.  See the announcement further below.Slider opt 2
  2. Our services will proceed as such this Sabbath:
    • 9:15 a.m. – Prayer Line. Watch your email for the phone number and access code.
    • 9:45 a.m. – Sabbath School will be led by Mark Murray this Sabbath.
    • 10:45 a.m. – Church news and prayer time.
    • 11:00 a.m. – John Bradshaw will be sharing his testimony at 11 a.m. for this final presentation of Hope Awakens. We will resume our normal ZOOM schedule and worship program on Sabbath May 23.  There will be no services at the church.
  3. The church board met this week and voted to continue our Sabbath school & worship services and other church-related meetings online for now.   Unless circumstances change, we will discuss this matter of when to re-open at our next board meeting on June 8.  For now, we will continue meeting on ZOOM and will provide a stream on Facebook.  A couple of you shared the following story with me which illustrates the need for real caution.
  4. We laid Allen (Buck) Conner to rest this week. After being weakened by cancer, pneumonia proved too much for him and he passed away on Sunday. Please keep the family in your prayers.
  5. Next Friday, Pastor Jared will lead out via ZOOM in a Hope Awakens Community group for those who attended Hope Awakens in our area. Please pray that those in our area who watched Hope Awakens will respond to the invite.   Our first meeting is Friday, May 22 at 7 p.m.
  6. The Community Services Center plans to open up its clothing and other services on June 15 by just letting in a few people at a time but they plan to continue with the drive-through for food pick up as they have been doing since COVID-19 began.
  7. The school will have their 8th-grade graduation this coming Wednesday and while the church and community aren’t invited due to COVID-19, they will still be able to march and have some of their family members attend along with faculty.   Senior graduation has been delayed until June  18.  Both will be live-streamed via the Greeneville Adventist Academy Facebook page.
  8. Due to graduation, prayer meeting will be delayed by one week and will resume May 27 at 7 p.m. with our study on Romans.
  9. I had the privilege this morning of joining in the Pasay Central church vespers program (they are 12 hours ahead of us).   This was the church we worked with a couple of years ago when we did a mission program with It Is Written.   I will be sharing their worship talk on the 29th of May. Pastor Rick Greve shared today.  The Philippine people are such a sweet people group.

Blessings as you prepare for the coming Sabbath!

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, May 8, 2020

Dear Church Family,

While there are lots of theories out there associated with the COVID-19 virus, let us remember that we have a sound message of truth that has stood the test of time and it is the message for the hour.  Let us, therefore, be very cautious at dwelling upon and sharing questionable theories, especially with people outside our faith.  No doubt some so-called conspiracy theories may contain a degree of truth for that is how deception works best.

One rather compelling video was making its rounds this week which SNOPES & Politifact indicate has many discrepancies associated with it.  I am not here to argue either side of this story but to simply suggest that we be very cautious about associating ourselves with so-called or labeled conspiracy theories. Why?  Because it quickly labels us which weakens our witness for Christ.  Just as date setting endangers our witness, so clinging to fringe theories and such can distract and disrupt our witness.  We’ve been told to herald the Three Angels Messages which first heralds good news and then issues warning.  Let’s stick with Scripture, with truth and not theory, for truth will stand the test of time whereas theories usually evaporate with time.

“Our work is not to make a raid on the Government but to prepare a people to stand in the great day of the Lord. The fewer attacks we make on authorities and powers, the more work will we do for God . . . Do all in your power to reflect the light, but do not speak words that will irritate or provoke.”  EV 173

“I have been shown that it is the device of the enemy to divert men’s minds to some obscure or unimportant point, something that is not fully revealed or is not essential to salvation. This is made the absorbing theme, the “present truth,” when all the investigations and suppositions only serve to make matters more obscure and to confuse the minds of some who ought to be seeking for oneness through sanctification of the truth”  EV 182

Remember, our warning message actually includes an uncovering of one of the greatest conspiracies known to man, of the sinister deceptions of a fallen angel.  Wouldn’t it make sense then that Satan would try to divert the honest-hearted from the truth by introducing and inundating us with new and intriguing conspiracy theories that blend truth with error?  Eve bought into it.  Let us learn from her mistake.   Therefore, let us stick closely to the script of Scripture in heralding our message, and stick with what we do know and not with what we don’t know.  Only the Truth can set us free.

In the news:

  1. Remember that Hope Awakens continues tonight with a presentation at 7 p.m. via hopeawakens.org.
  2. Here is the schedule of events for this Sabbath!
    1. 9:15 a.m. Prayer Line  Watch your email for the phone # and access code.
    2. 9:45 a.m. Sabbath School with Jeremy Wetmore leading out.  Watch your email for the ZOOM link.
    3. 10:45 a.m. Announcements & Prayer Time
    4. 11:00 a.m. Hope Awakens
  3. Church board will meet this Monday evening at 7:15 p.m. via ZOOM. Watch for your invitation to arrive in your email on Monday.  Note there will be NO Finance Committee this time.
  4. This Sabbath we will vote on the following nomination:2nd Reading  Jeremy Wetmore to be Associate Superintendent
  5. You may be wondering when we are going to be opening the church back up for Sabbath School and Church.  Our church appointed a COVID-19 subcommittee back in march and they are preparing a recommendation for our church board which will be meeting this Monday.  We intend to remain closed at least through the 16th of May based on conference recommendation.
  6. Congratulations to all our graduates this year. Some of thewoman-in-black-long-sleeve-dress-standing-on-brown-concrete-3186386 celebrations have had to be a bit constrained due to COVID-19 but it in no way implies that the accomplishment is any less significant.  Here is a list of the graduates for 2020.
  7. Ron Turk shared this update regarding his health. Please keep him in prayer as he undergoes treatment next week:  I just want you to know that my lung cancer has spread to the left lower lobe of my lung according to my last CT scan on April 22. I will receive SABR (stereotactic ablative radiation) for five days next week as I did in August 2019, nine months ago. The  SABR destroyed the cancer in the right upper lobe then and we expect it to destroy the new mass in the left lower lobe. 

In many ways I have been blessed. I have never had any symptoms from the cancer. I had none when diagnosed before I had my surgery in October 2018, none before my radiation to the right upper lobe of the lung August 2019, and none now. I went 10 months before the first metastasis and I have gone 9 months this time. I had no side effects from the first radiation therapy and I do not expect to have any this time.

  1. Sherry Edwards appreciates your prayers as she fractured her right foot about a week ago after falling while trying to get in the car. Her niece who lives with her is caring for her and Sherry is scheduled to see the doctor on Monday.

Blessings as you prepare for the coming Sabbath!

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy