Friday, October 15, 2021

Dear Church Family,

My friend Alistair Huong over at Audioverse shared a blog post this week that was so powerful I wanted to share it here. He also shared links to two messages by Eugene Prewitt & Don Mackintosh that I believe were very balanced, powerful and needed today. Please check out Alistair’s blog and give the mesages a listen. Eugene Prewitt’s talk, “Liberty, Opportunity, andn Responsibility,” is only 17 minutes long and just sums up the issues so nicely and succinctly. Very well thought out and reasonable. Don Mackintosh’s sermon, “Go Show Yourselves to the Priests,” is a Bible study that brings out some worthwhile points for our consideration as well. I pray they are as much a blessing for you as they were me.

Here’s the link to Alistair’s blog post, entitled, Esteem Others Better.

In the news:

1. The church board voted to have Sabbath school & church indoors tomorrow due to inclement weather.

2. This Sabbath, our youth will be leading out in the morning worship. Ellie Rose Emde will be sharing the morning message with a sermon entitled, “Follow the Leader.”

3. Tomorrow’s fellowship meal will be in the fellowship hall and they are asking that we bring either soup, salad, or sandwiches to contribute. They are also asking that everyone please wear a mask when going through line and use hand sanitizer. Also they ask that you use a new plate if going back for seconds and please help smaller children as we seek to keep everyone safe.

4. AYA will be this Sabbath at 7 p.m. with Caleb Runne & family sharing about their upcoming mission work in Nicaragua with Adventist World Radio.

5. There is a work bee this Sunday at 9 a.m. at Erin Smith’s home. Please bring garden rakes & seed spreaders as we prepare her hill for seeding.

6. There will be a memorial service for JL Gudger this Sunday at 3 p.m. at Kiser-Rose Hill funeral home next to the church. Visitation will be from 12:30 – 3 p.m. with sharing of memories beginning at 2:15 p.m. Donations may be made to the Riverview SDA Church in lieu of flowers.

7. We have 10,000 invitation cards to be distributed over the next two weeks. We ordered 1000 but the printer accidentally added a zero. We trust that God uses circumstances like these for His divine purpose so please pick some up tomorrow and help us get the word out. There will also be a mailing to 10,000 homes and an ad will run three separate times in the paper. We are also advertising on Facebook. Multiple exposures to the advertising increases the response rate but the most effective invitation is a personal one. So by God’s grace, let’s pray for the interests to come Friday, October 29 at 7 p.m.

8. With Randy Skeete’s meetings just two weeks away, we are looking for volunteers to assist by serving as row hosts and greeters. We have had several respond so far but still many have not. Please indicate how you would like to be involved by filling out the bulletin insert this Sabbath and turning it in to the office or offering plate.

9. Remember that the CSC Christmas toy drive is underway. If you would like to participate, please bring a new toy and place it in one of the donation bins at the front and rear of the church. If you would rather write a check, please make a check out to the CSC and mark it toy drive in the memo line. They need all donations in by November 6.

10. Pathfinders will do another Drive-through Dinner fundraiser on Sunday, October 31 right before the Randy Skeete meeting. Fill out your menu and turn it into the box in the lobby by Thursday, October 28. Meal pick up will be from 5:30 – 6:30 behind the church. Thank you for supporting our ministry. Hope to see you there!

11. Evangelism subcommitte will meet this Wednesday at 8:05 p.m. via ZOOM.

12. Our mid-week Bible study will meet via ZOOM this Wednesday at 7p.m. for a look at chapter 4 of Galatians.

13. The Dietrichs informed me that there is a great need for funds for the drought that CHAD is experiencing. You can contact help bring relief by directing funds to Desert Tree Ministry or contacting the dietrichs for more information.

Blessings as you prepare for the coming Sabbath!

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, October 8, 2021

Dear Church Family,

May we remember the counsel given us:

The Lord does not move upon His workers to make them take a course which will bring on the time of trouble before the time. Let them not build up a wall of separation between themselves and the world, by advancing their own ideas and notions. There is now altogether too much of this throughout our borders. —Special Testimonies to Ministers and Workers, Series A 3:33, 34 (Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers, 202). (1895)

Now we want to act like individuals who are redeemed by the blood of Christ; we are to rejoice in the blood of Christ and in the forgiveness of sins. That is what we are to do, and may God help us to get our minds off the dark pictures and think on those things that will give us light.
Now I want to read another Scripture: “Be careful for nothing.” What does that mean? Why, don’t cross a bridge before you get to it. Don’t make a time of trouble before it comes. You will get to it soon enough, brethren. –
5LtMs, MS 7, 1888, par. 32-33

May God help us to navigate the days ahead with wisdom and prudence.

In the news:

1.This Sabbath we will look at the longest recorded prayer of Jesus in John 17. The title of the message is, “The Mystery Revealed in Unity.”

2. AYA will begin at 6 p.m. this Sabbath with Dan Sanford and friends sharing good gospel music. If you would like to play, please contact Dan Sanford.

3. The school will be off for fall break next week.

4. The church finance committe & church board meetings that were scheduled for this coming Monday have been rescheduled for Tuesday, October 26 at 6 p.m. & 7:15 p.m. respectively. Please make note of the change.

5. The CSC is sponsoring a toy drive for this Christmas. You can participate by placing a new toy in one of the bins at one of the entryways to the church. The deadline for this is November 6.

6. We were sad to anounce the passing of Jerry Krentz this week. He and Dawn Krentz were active leaders of our Pathfinder club for many years. We had thought Jerry was doing better after a fierce battle with COVID, but evidently blood clots still lingered or returned and suddenly on Sunday morning, they had to rush him to the hospital and sadly he passed away that afternoon at 3:01 p.m. If you would like to send a card to Dawn, the address is PO Box, 278, Day Creek, OR, 97429 Also, here are his funeral arrangements: Funeral service for Jerry Krentz will be October 23 at 3pm in the Ardmore Oklahoma SDA church. This will be a time to celebrate Jerry’s life and all he gave to others of himself. In lieu of flowers we would like to ask that donations be made to the Greeneville SDA Pathfinder Club, 710 Asheville Hwy, Greeneville TN 37743

7. There will be a memorial service for JL Gudger on Sunday, October 17, at Kiser-Rose Hill Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. There will be a sharing of memories at 2:15 p.m. with service to follow at 3 p.m.

8. Our upcoming prophecy series is set to begin 3 weeks from tonight. Our flyers will be available to share with friends next Sabbath. Please be praying for those you would like to invite to the series.

9. We are looking for volunteers to help with the prophecy series. Our primary need is for row hosts who will welcome guests and share materials as needed. There will be a volunteer sign up insert in this week’s bulletin. Please consider how you would like to serve and please consider signing up.

10. Remember that next Sabbath we will have Sabbath school & church under the new pavilion. Children’s Sabbath Schools will be held in the usual classrooms but there will be one joint Sabbath School class under the pavilion. Everyone is asked to bring their own chairs. This will also be a youth Sabbath and Ellie Rose Emde will be speaking for the worship hour. Also, please plan to join us for a fellowship meal after the service. Please bring food ready to serve as we will not be warming food up this time. The menu is soup, salads, and sandwiches and dessert.

11. Our mid-week Bible study via ZOOM will be at 7 p.m. this Wednesday and our study will pick up with chapter 3 verse 19.

12. Erin Smith is in need of some volunteers for Sunday, October 17 at 9 a.m. as a work bee is planned to rake and seed her front lawn / hill. Please bring a garden rake and together, let’s help her get this prepped and established before winter sets in. Any questions can be directed to Pastor Jared.

13. We recieved the following announcement from our religious liberty director at the Southern Union and I wanted to pass it along to you. She writes: “What is trending in religious liberty is the Covid vaccine mandates. Religious liberty continues to protect and defend religious liberty in the workplace as we have always done. However, there are a lot of misconceptions and misinformation floating around regarding this issue. You will want to share this webinar info with other members. . . . You do not have to register to be a part of the event.” The broadcast will be tomorow at 5 p.m. and can be viewed by clicking here. Remember, that even though the Adventist church is supportive of vaccines, it recognizes this to be a personal choice based on one’s own consience and the Southern Union religious liberty department is avialable to help you should you need to craft a personal letter for a religious exemption based on a personally held religious conviction on the matter. The Southern Union Department has been rather successful I understand with helping members find exemption when the member’s concern was indeed based on a religious conviction.

14. Perhaps you heard about this joint declaration but wanted to share with you in case you haven’t. These are certainly interesting times we are living in. Let us prepare our hearts and minds by abiding in Jesus and stick to the mission we’ve been given. Now is the time to herald the 3 Angels Messages.

15. As I was walking into the church this week, I noticed again the pots in front of the church and it made me think of Jean Odell and how faithfully she takes care of these every year. When you see Jean next time, let her know how much you appreciate her taking the time to tend to these throughout the year. It’s when we collectively do little things like this, that it makes such a difference in a church. Thanks Jean and each of you for the part you play in making Greeneville special.

16. Here’s another Greener Pastures installment as we continue our Gardening with Carl series. I really liked his simple composting setup.

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

October 1, 2021

Dear Church Family,

May we avoid either ditch:

The papacy is well adapted to meet the wants of all these. It is prepared for two classes of mankind, embracing nearly the whole world—those who would be saved by their merits, and those who would be saved in their sins. Here is the secret of its power.

White, E. G. (1911). The Great Controversy Between Christ and Satan (Vol. 5, p. 572). Pacific Press Publishing Association.

In the news:

  1. This Sabbath we will continue with our series with a message entitled, “Closer than Before.”
  2. There will be no AYA this week.
  3. There will be a memoiral service for Garland Hawkins this Sunday at 3 p.m. at the church.
  4. Those who ordered fruit from the Pathfinders can pick up your fruit this Monday at 9 a.m. at the back of the church.
  5. This Tuesday, there will be an evangelism subcommittee meeting via ZOOM at 7 p.m.
  6. The CSC is holding a Christmas toy drive for the underpriveleged children in our area. If you would like to participate, please place a new toy in the donation bins located at both entrances of the church. The drive ends on November 6.
  7. Please note that Sabbath, October 16, we will have Sabbath school and church under the new pavilion. We will also enjoy a fellowship meal together after the worship hour. See the church bulletin for more details.
  8. We were sad to hear that Carolyn Gudger-Pierce’s daddy, JL Gudger passed away this past Tuesday evening. His services will be at Kiser-Rose Hill funeral home on Sunday, Oct 17 at 3 p.m. with graveside to follow the service. Visitation will be from 12:30-3:00 p.m.
  9. We are lining up advertising for our upcoming prophecy series with Randy Skeete which is set to begin Friday, October 29. Remember that these meetings will be nightly through November 20. Please prayerfully consider who you would like to invite. We will be mailing invites to 10,000 homes and running ads in the newspaper. The series will be held in our church. Invite cards should be available a week in advance. Here is a picture of the card so you can know what’s coming.
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Blessings as you prepare for the coming Sabbath!

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, September 23, 2021

Dear Church Family,

O how privileged we are that we may come to Jesus just as we are and cast ourselves upon His love! We have no hope but in Jesus. He alone can reach us with His hand to lift us up out of the depths of discouragement and hopelessness and place our feet upon the Rock. Although the human soul may cling to Jesus with all the desperate sense of his great need, Jesus will cling to the souls bought by His own blood with a firmer grasp than the sinner clings to Him.

White, E. G. (1964). That I May Know Him (p. 80). Review and Herald Publishing Association.

In the news:

1.This Sabbath we will resume our series on John with a message entitled, “How to Remain in the Faith.”

2. There will be no AYA this Sabbath.

3. The memorial for Matt Smith is this Sunday at 3 p.m. at Camp Rockmont in Black Mountain, NC. Click here to RSVP and click here for directions and more information about the service. All are invited.

4. There will be a school board meeting this Monday evening at 6 p.m.

5. We will continue our study of Galatians this coming Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. via ZOOM. The study this week will pick up with chapter 2 vs 11.

6. There will be a service for Garland Hawkins on Sunday, October 3 at 3 p.m. at the church.

7. Here is a presentation on COVID & the vaccine by Dr. Neil Nedley that was shared with me and I thought you might appreciate. Here too is a very enlightening & helpful presentation by Medcram answering several of the common questions regarding the virus and the vaccine.

https://youtu.be/pp-nPZETLTo

8. There is a man who works with Jonathan Dietrich on several things, including a church plant. They have two kids. Jonathan would like to put a bicycle for this family’s children on the container for Desert Tree Ministry that we are packing. Does anyone in the church have a 24″ bicycle they would be willing to donate to this family? Thank you!

9. In this episode of Greener Pastures, we return to our Gardening with Carl Series to take a look at his Fall Garden.

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, September 17, 2021

Dear Church Family,

Given the great loss and grief our church family has witnesssed and experienced in the last few days, I think the the following words are important to remember:

 But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. 1 Thess 4:13

For every trial, God has provided help. When Israel in the desert came to the bitter waters of Marah, Moses cried unto the Lord. The Lord did not provide some new remedy; He called attention to that which was at hand. A shrub which He had created was to be cast into the fountain to make the water pure and sweet. When this was done, the people drank of the water and were refreshed. In every trial, if we seek Him, Christ will give us help. Our eyes will be opened to discern the healing promises recorded in His word. The Holy Spirit will teach us how to appropriate every blessing that will be an antidote to grief. For every bitter draft that is placed to our lips, we shall find a branch of healing.

We are not to let the future, with its hard problems, its unsatisfying prospects, make our hearts faint, our knees tremble, our hands hang down. “Let him take hold of My strength,” says the Mighty One, “that he may make peace with Me; and he shall make peace with Me.” Isaiah 27:5. Those who surrender their lives to His guidance and to His service will never be placed in a position for which He has not made provision. Whatever our situation, if we are doers of His word, we have a Guide to direct our way; whatever our perplexity, we have a sure Counselor; whatever our sorrow, bereavement, or loneliness, we have a sympathizing Friend.

White, E. G. (1905). The Ministry of Healing (pp. 248–249). Pacific Press Publishing Association.

In the news:

  1. Tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the church, Dr. Norman McNulty will be sharing a message entitled, “Justification by Faith & The 3rd Angel.” The service will be streamed live.
  2. This Sabbath Norman McNulty will share for the preliminaries at Sabbath School at 9:30 a.m. and then again for the worship hour at 11 a.m. His sermon is entitled, The Resurrection & The Life.” The service will be streamed live.
  3. Sabbath afternoon at 3:30 p.m., Norman McNulty will share again at the church with a message entitled, “The Great Controversy Unmasked.” The service will be streamed live.
  4. There will be no evening AYA this Sabbath.
  5. GAA GOLF TOURNAMENT will be Sunday, September 19, at Link Hills Golf & Country Club starting at 8:30 a.m. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. They are in need of individual golfers.
  6. We will resume our study on Galatians this coming Wednesday at 7 p.m. via ZOOM. We will be looking at chapter 2.
  7. As you have heard via churchcast by now, Matt Smith, the son of Carolyn & Ray and husband of Erin, passed away this past Tuesday morning due to complications from COVID. It was totally unexpected and sudden as he had just returned home from the hospital Sabbath evening. Matt was an identical twin and the two of them made an amazing team running their business, living their dreams, and writing a book. Please keep the family in your prayers. The memorial service has been scheduled for Sunday, September 26 at 2 p.m. at the Rockmont facility in Black Mountain, NC. More details will be forthcoming. An email was sent to the church family this morning with instructions on how you can help the family during this time. The email was sent at 9 a.m. on Friday, Sept .17.
  8. Garland Hawkins, a long time member at Greeneville and father of John Hawkins, passed away Tuesday evening. He was 90 years old and recently his health had been declining. He was blessed to be able to rest at home as John and Deborah, as well as Hospice took care of him. The memorial service for Garland is scheduled for Sunday, October 3 and the time will be announnced later. Please keep John & the family in your prayers.
  9. Let’s remember our hospital staff as we go through this difficult time with COVID. These are hard and difficult times emotionally and physically. Tina comes home sharing such sad stories. Here’s this week’s stats from Ballad as posted by Robin Roberts who is a member of our church family and serves as the director of nurses at our local hospital. In the report from Ballad, it read: “This past week’s new case report of 8,002 marked the largest weekly total since the beginning of the pandemic.”

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, September 10, 2021

Dear Church Family

From the light that God has given me, I know that men’s great danger is in being self-deceived. Satan is watching his chance. He will come to men in human form, and will speak to them most entrancing words. He will bring against them the same temptations that he brought against Christ. Unless their minds and hearts are filled with the pure, unselfish, sanctified love that Christ revealed, they will fall under Satan’s power, and will do and say and write strange things, to deceive, if it were possible, the very elect.…

White, E. G. (1982). The Upward Look (p. 295). Review and Herald Publishing Association.

In the news;
1. This Sabbath we will celebrate the Lord’s supper together with COVID precautions in place meaning social distancing at the footwashing between chairs and the emblems will be served in individual packages. Given all the chaos and conflict in society, what a beautiful ceremony to share in.

2. I will share the message this Sabbath with a message entitled, “In Jesus Name.”

3. AYA will be at 7 p.m. this Sabbath with Dan Sanford leading out in an ole timey music vespers program.

4. Due to a teacher testing postive at the school with COVID, the school board voted to hault in person learning until Sept 20.

5. There will be a church finance committee and church board this coming Monday evening via ZOOM. Finance is at 6 p.m. and board at 7:15 p.m.

6. Our study in Galatians continues this Wednesday at 7 p.m. via ZOOM. This week we will look at chapter 2.

7.  Mark your calendar for September 17-18 when on Friday night at 6:30 p.m., we will hear a message from Dr.Norman McNulty at the church.  Then Sabbath morning, Dr. McNulty will share at 9:30 a.m. and during the worship hour.  He will be speaking to the topic of “Righteousness by Faith.”  Then this Sabbath afternoon at 3:30 p.m., he will address current events in light of Bible prophecy.

8. Remember that we have Dinner with the Doctor this coming Tuesday. The title of the prsentation is Toughen up! Fall Prevention Deserves Your Attention at 6:30 p.m. in the church sanctuary. The presenter will be Dr. Diane Coffey,  PT, DPT, CHT

9. Jerry Krentz has been weened off oxygen and his kidney function has returned to normal. He has had one miracle after another and it looks like he should be able to have a full recovery.

10. Sheryll Morrison lost her son tragically today in a motorcylce accident. Please keep her in your prayers.

11. Jeannie Kretchmar has surgery this evening to replace her hip after breaking it earlier today.

12. As I referenced in my sermon last Sabbath, Pastor Myer’s shared a sermon a couple of weeks ago that I highly recommend. This week I wanted to share a panel discussion he had last weeknd with three of our religious liberty directors which was excellent. And lastly, he gave a very helpful and relevant message on the term pharmakia in Revelation 18:23. It’s a nice follow up to his first message.

In His service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, September 3, 2021

Dear Church Family,

Timely words:

Political corruption is destroying love of justice and regard for truth; and even in free America, rulers and legislators, in order to secure public favor, will yield to the popular demand for a law enforcing Sunday observance. Liberty of conscience, which has cost so great a sacrifice, will no longer be respected.

White, E. G. (1911). The Great Controversy Between Christ and Satan (Vol. 5, p. 592). Pacific Press Publishing Association.

As religious aggression subverts the liberties of our nation, those who would stand for freedom of conscience will be placed in unfavorable positions.

White, E. G. (1952). Welfare Ministry (p. 137). Review and Herald Publishing Association.

Already the question of an amendment to the Constitution restricting liberty of conscience has been urged upon the legislators of the nation.

Testimonies for the Church. (1855). (Vol. 5, p. 711). Pacific Press Publishing Association.

Satan will excite indignation against the humble minority who conscientiously refuse to accept popular customs and traditions. Men of position and reputation will join with the lawless and the vile to take counsel against the people of God. Wealth, genius, education, will combine to cover them with contempt. Persecuting rulers, ministers, and church members will conspire against them. With voice and pen, by boasts, threats, and ridicule, they will seek to overthrow their faith. By false representations and angry appeals they will stir up the passions of the people.

Testimonies for the Church. (1855). (Vol. 5, p. 450). Pacific Press Publishing Association.

By their fruits, you shall know them. Remember, in the last days, it will be about deception. You expect this from the wicked but not from ministers & church members unless you cloak it as righteous anger. May we wake up to the peril before us.

In the news:

1.This Sabbath I am going to depart from our series on the book of John to address the topic of religious liberty and a growing concern with regards to whose narrative we are listening to. For some time we have been hearing real concern from Adventist church leadership on this point and it is my hope we can address some of these concerns in our study this Sabbath. The Bible says if it were possible that even the very elect would be deceived. May we avoid such a deception. The title of the message is, “Holy War, Insider Info, and Today’s Religious Rhetoric.”

2. This Sabbath for AYA, we will enjoy a concert with Scott Michael Bennett from It Is Written. Come and enjoy this sacred concert at 7 p.m. at the church.

3. Just a reminder per vote by the church board, masks are encouraged at church and your help in protecting one another is appreciated.

4. Our midweek study on Galatians began this week. Next week we will pick up with chapter 1 verse 13. We gather each Wednesday at 7 p.m. via ZOOM. You can access the link via the church web site.

5.  We will celebrate the foot washing service and the Lord’s supper next Sabbath, September 11, during the worship hour..  Please note that we will take precautions for COVID with ample spacing in the breakout rooms for the foot washing and pre-packaged containers for the emblems.  Let us prepare our hearts this week in anticipation for this sacred service.

6. The NE TN Campmeeting that was scheduled at the Oaks for Sept 17-18 has been cancelled due to COVID.

7. Dr. Norman McNulty has agreed to come to Greeneville since camp meeting was cancelled and will share with us Friday evening, Sept 17, as will the GAA Band. Then on Sabbath, Sept 18, he will speak for the preliminaries at 9:30 a.m. at Sabbath school and for the worship hour at 11 a.m.. Then Sabbath afternoon at 3:30 p.m. he will speak on current events as they pertain to last day events.

8. Your Health Lecture series will have a program September 14 at 6:30 p.m. with Dr. Dianne Coffee presenting. Her talk is entitled, “Toughen Up! Fall Prevention Deserves Your Attention.

9. I wanted to share with you this message from Pastor Ivor Myers entitled,, “The Great Reset & The Coming Crisis.” We must use great caution as Adventists that we don’t allow Satan to taint the message we’ve been given in these last days. I encourage you to check it out by clicking here.

10. Please stop by the literature room to pick up next quarter’s Sabbath school quarterlies.

11. Here is another installment in our Greener Pastures series on how to make elderberry syrup.

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, August 27, 2021

Dear Church Family,

Let us take note:

When probation ends, it will come suddenly, unexpectedly—at a time when we are least expecting it. But we can have a clean record in heaven today, and know that God accepts us; and finally, if faithful, we shall be gathered into the kingdom of heaven.

White, E. G. (1958). The Faith I Live By (p. 215). Review and Herald Publishing Association.

In the news:

1.This Sabbath we will have Jonathan Dietrich sharing with us for the worship hour. He is soon to return to CHAD for missionary service and we are honored to have him share with us this Sabbath.

2. Thank you for all the cards and prayers on behalf of Tina and our family after losing her step-dad to COVID last week. It means a lot.

3. We will take a look at Religious Liberty this Sabbath for AYA with a panel discussion led by Ken Mathews. Speaking of religious liberty, this is an excellent article that the Southern Union put out a few months ago as a special addition of their Waymarks Religious Liberty Newsletter. You can hear the concern and appeal in the tone of the letter. I hope you can find time to read it as I believe it represents a serious matter in the church today.

4. There will be no fellowship dinner this Sabbath as we have decided to table the matter (pun intended) until the board meets in September.

5. GAA will have their international food fair fundraiser this coming Tuesday from 5-6:30 p.m. at the school gym. Tickets may be purchased at the door and or you can purchase a to go box.

7. The Adventist Book Mobile will be here this Sunday from 10-11 a.m. in the church parking lot.

8. This coming Wednesday we will begin a new mid-week study on the book of Galatians. All are welcome to attend via ZOOM at 7 p.m.

9. Chuck Reese’s wife Mary, passed away yesterday. Please keep Chuck and the family in prayer. The family will receive friends at our church this Sunday from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Then a memorial service will be held in the sanctuary at 2:30 p.m. at our church. The graveside will occur later in the week and those details will be made available when we have them.

10. The Adventurer club will have a meeting tomorrow at 2 p.m. at the church and then a picnic and induction service at 5:30 p.m. under the church pavilion. Then on Sunday they will have a meeting at 10 a.m. at the church.

11. Just learned this afternoon that the NE TN Campmeeting was canceled due to COVID. That said, hopeful we can have Dr. McNulty still speak at our church that weeknd. Watch for more information on this.

12. On a lighter note, I am feeling old. Our son Jason was typing a letter this week and I realized he wasn’t putting two spaces after a period. I asked him if his typing program mentioned it and he said no. Then I looked online only to realize that the practice of placing two spaces after a period is a relic that was left over from the days of typewriters and that now Microsoft Word, as of last year, is beginning to highlight the mistake when two spaces are used. In case you are wondering, I used two spaces in this document and honestly, not sure how I am going to change this habit. Yet from what I read online, it makes me look dated. Hope this information is helpful!

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, August 20, 2021

Dear Church Family,

May we not forget:

As the veil which conceals Christ’s glory from our view is drawn aside, the Saviour is shown to be in His high and holy place, not in solitude, careless and indifferent to our needs, but surrounded by thousands and thousands of holy angels, each one of which has a commission to fulfill for the blessing of humanity.

White, E. G. (1982). The Upward Look (p. 280). Review and Herald Publishing Association.

In the News:

1. Pastor Jared will be sharing the message this Sabbath with a sermon entitled, “In Defense of Jonah.”

2. AYA this Sabbath will be at 7:30 p.m. at the church and will feature Paula Haynes who will share an inspiring report on educational outreach in Southeast Asia.

3. The church office will have new office hours beginning Wednesday, September 1: Monday/Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m.; Tuesday/Wednesday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

4. The bulletin states there will be fellowship dinners beginning next weekend but please disregard as we have decided to wait until our next church board first. With the recent increase in COVID cases, we feel it prudent to have the church board review the situation first to determine how to proceed.

5. We will resume with our study in Hebrews this coming Wednesday evening via ZOOM at 7 p.m.

6. Please continue to keep the Hoppe Family in your prayers as they laid Rosella Hoppe to rest this past Tuesday.

7. Please remember the Carlton & Dotson families as Linda & Keith’s daddy passed away this past Tuesday after a long bout of deteriorating health. 

8. Tina and our family will be away this weekend to attend the memorial for her step-dad who passed away this past Tuesday from COVID. Thank you for your prayers.

9. Let’s remember our Riverview family as they are trying to comprehend the reality of what happened this past Tuesday afternoon.  No doubt this will be a lengthy process of rebuilding but I was encouraged Wednesday evening at the prayer service when we heard of their courage and faith in the Lord and trust that God has exciting opportunities ahead for them.  Here are some pictures of the scene.  I have been told that the fire began when lightening caused a high power line to fall on the roof of the church which led to an electrical fire inside and then the fire couldn’t be put out until the live power line was turned off.  But as we heard at the service on Wednesday, the Lord has already opened doors for them.  The church nearby that they once helped by having them use their church has now returned the favor and is allowing them to use their church, rent-free until they can rebuild.  Here are some pictures that Steve Cohen shared with me of the devastation. 

10. The Adventist Book Center bookmobile van will be here Sunday, August 29 from 10-11 a.m.

11. GAA will host their annual international food fair fundraiser on Tuesday, August 31 at 5:6-30 p.m. at the school gym.

12. The Community Services Center is in desparate need of two men to help out with food box preparations the next 4 Tuesdays from 8-12:30. The first two weeks would be for training and the second two would be to cover while the current volunteers take some vacation. She also needs 2-3 women or men who can come in from 6:30-9:30 a.m. to help prep for the food distribution. If you are able to help, please contact Brenda Chalfant. If help isn’t available, they will have to close the food distribution piece on September 7 & 14.

13. In this addition of Greener Pastures, Tina shares with us a recipe for Mullen Tea which is very soothing and helpful when you are down with the cold or flu. 

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, August 13, 2021

Dear Church Family,

WOW!! Interesting words to consider:

When God’s redeemed ones are called to heaven, they will not leave behind the advancement they have made in this life by beholding Christ. They will go on, learning more and still more of God. They will carry their spiritual attainments into the courts above, leaving nothing of heavenly origin in this world. As the books of heaven are opened, each overcomer is assigned his lot and place in heaven, in accordance with the advancement he has made in this life.

White, E. G. (1982). The Upward Look (p. 248). Review and Herald Publishing Association.

In the news:

1.This Sabbath we will resume our series on John with a sermon entitled, “An Abiding Place.”

2. Jonathan Dietrich and his family will share for AYA this Sabbath at 7:30 p.m. an inspiring report on how Desert Tree Ministry in Chad, Africa is establishing the first publishing house in the Central African Union Mission of five countries. You will hear stories of God’s protection and how God is bringing souls into the
kingdom as a result of literature ministry.

3. The softball game that was planned for Sunday afternoon has been cancelled due to COVID concerns.

4. There will be a church board meeting this Monday evening via ZOOM at 7:30 p.m. The board will review findings and discuss how to proceed in replacing the 4 heat pumps that recently failed at the church. These units were extremely old and we are grateful they lasted as long as they did. If you find certain areas in the church warm, you will know why.

5. The church board met this past week and one of the items discussed was the COVID spread in our midst. It was voted that we recommend and encourage masks and social distancing at this point as a means of trying to help in preventing spread. I learned of another case this week of a member in our church who has tested positive and of a couple other members who are symptomatic and appear to have it. The Adventist church in North America shared the folowing resource back in May with participants that include Mark Finley (retired evangelist), Peter Landless (director of health ministries at the General Conference) and Merlin Burt (Director of the Ellen White Estate). Here is an article that was released that summarizes the above video. Another resource that was shared with me has been around a while but is from Adventist Medical Evangelism Network (AMEN) which several of our church family are members of.

6. Just a heads up that a week from this Sabbath, we will have another mission report for AYA, this time from Southeast Asia with Paula Haynes sharing.

Blessings as you prepare for the coming Sabbath!

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy