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

Friday, August 6, 2021

Dear Church Family,

We all desire immediate and direct answers to our prayers, and are tempted to become discouraged when the answer is delayed or comes in an unlooked-for form. But God is too wise and good to answer our prayers always at just the time and in just the manner we desire. He will do more and better for us than to accomplish all our wishes. And because we can trust His wisdom and love, we should not ask Him to concede to our will, but should seek to enter into and accomplish His purpose. Our desires and interests should be lost in His will. These experiences that test faith are for our benefit. By them it is made manifest whether our faith is true and sincere, resting on the word of God alone, or whether depending on circumstances, it is uncertain and changeable. Faith is strengthened by exercise. We must let patience have its perfect work, remembering that there are precious promises in the Scriptures for those who wait upon the Lord.

White, E. G. (1905). The Ministry of Healing (pp. 230–231). Pacific Press Publishing Association.

In the news:

1. This Sabbath Elder Carl Ashlock will be sharing the morning message with a sermon entitled, “The Mind of Christ.”

2. Out of an abudnance of caution, my family is staying home again this weekend due to COVID as we still have a dry persistent cough and wouldn’t want to make anyone feel uncomfortable.. Tina and I and the boys are doing much better though. Pastor Jared is staying home as well seeing as his wife tested positive this week. We know of three other families that have either tested positive or are sympotmatic. So let’s continue to be extra vigilant as we seek to hault the spread.

3.There will be an Ole Timey musical vespers at 7:30 p.m. with Dan Sanford and friends this Sabbath.

4. The school work bee this Sunday has been canceled due to COVID concerns.

5. We have church finance at 6 p.m. this Monday and church board at 7:15 p.m. Again, due to concerns with COVID, we will meet via ZOOM this month for finance and church board. So watch your email for the ZOOM invite.

6. Pathfinder’s is gearing up for a new year with their first meeting scheduled for this Thursday at 6 p.m.

7. Riverview and Greeneville will enjoy a game of Softball August 15 starting at 3:00 p.m. on the field behind the church. Shortly afterward pizza will be served. Please bring your camping chairs and perhaps picnic foods for your family if you like.

8. Plan to join Jonathan Dietrich and his family August 14 at 7:30 pm for 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.

9. ASI streaming via the ASI website. Got word it isn’t on 3ABN right now due to COVID. Not sure about details.

9. Here is another Greener Pasture’s installment. This installment features a healthy alfredo sauce recipe that is sure to please.

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, July 30, 2021

Dear Church Family,

The following quote is significant to me in that it clearly points out that the coming Sunday law will be doubted by many which we see is the case today. Prophecy is being fulfilled. Clearly things are lining up and the Sunday law could come any time but the winds of strife continue to be kept back it seems as Rev 7 said. That said, in light of the coming Sunday law, what should be our work. To rebuke sin, to repent, surrendering all to Jesus that He may dwell in us, that the charcter of God may be perfectly reproduced in His people. This is the focus. Yes, we need to herald the warning of the 3rd angel, but we must not fail to herald the part found in vs 12 of Revelation 14. The only way to make it through last day events is to have the patience of the saints, who keep the commandments and have the faith of Jesus. Both are established in us as we surrender all to Him. It is realized through the mystery of God, Christ in us, the hope of glory. This is righteousness by faith in verity.

But as the question of enforcing Sunday observance is widely agitated, the event so long doubted and disbelieved is seen to be approaching, and the third message will produce an effect which it could not have had before.
In every generation God has sent His servants to rebuke sin, both in the world and in the church. But the people desire smooth things spoken to them, and the pure, unvarnished truth is not acceptable. Many reformers, in entering upon their work, determined to exercise great prudence in attacking the sins of the church and the nation. They hoped, by the example of a pure Christian life, to lead the people back to the doctrines of the Bible. But the Spirit of God came upon them as it came upon Elijah, moving him to rebuke the sins of a wicked king and an apostate people; they could not refrain from preaching the plain utterances of the Bible—doctrines which they had been reluctant to present. They were impelled to zealously declare the truth and the danger which threatened souls. The words which the Lord gave them they uttered, fearless of consequences, and the people were compelled to hear the warning.
Thus the message of the third angel will be proclaimed. As the time comes for it to be given with greatest power, the Lord will work through humble instruments, leading the minds of those who consecrate themselves to His service. The laborers will be qualified rather by the unction of His Spirit than by the training of literary institutions.

White, E. G. (1911). The Great Controversy Between Christ and Satan (Vol. 5, pp. 605–606). Pacific Press Publishing Association.

In the news:

1.For those camping or spending the day at Cades Cove tomorrow, here’s some helpful information for you to keep in mind:

a. For those camping, there will be a small family style worship at 8 p.m. in the area behind the camp store.

b. Some may wish to go for a bike ride around the loop tomorow at Cades Cove around sunrise as it provides a good time to see wildlife including bears and is a great way to joy the beauty of the place.

c. Sabbath School will begin at 10 a.m. tomorrow with a worship sevice following. Everyone is invited to meet at the picnic pavilion in the rear of the camp ground where we met last year. I spoke to the park office and they said that would be fine. Please use the parking lot and DO NOT PARK at the pavilion. Last year we got in trouble for this. If for some reason the pavilion isn’t available, we will meet at the place behind the camp store. Kirstin Elliottt will lead in a family Sabbath School lesson study and Kevin Rojas will be leading out in the worship hour.

2. Pastor Jared will be speaking for the worship hour this Sabbath at the church with a message entitled, Lest You Be Deceived.

3. As I mentioned in an all call yesterday, our youngest son was diagnosed with COVID this week and we believe we have had at least one other church family that likely has had COVID as well in the last couple of weeks. In fact, I got word just today of two additional members who have just been diagnosed COVID positive. Please, if you or anyone in your home has symptoms such as aching, headache, sore throat, fever etc, or known exposure, please stay home and quarantine. We are concerned of a possible spread in our midst. Masks and social distancing are welcome but not required. Here are the latest CDC recommendations and the latest protocols for treatment should you come down with COVID. Also, as we have shared before, Medcram has lots of helpful information regarding COVID that you may find helpful.

Coronavirus Covid-19 cell. Covid, covid19 pandemic. 3D illustration

4. Our Adventurer Club will have its registration for the new year this Sunday from 4-7 p.m. at the school.

5. GAA registration for the new school year will take place this Sunday at the GAA gym from 4-7 p.m. We are looking at a strong enrollment this year but we still have room aviailable for most classrooms so please help get the word out.

6. There will be no AYA this week due to the church camp out.

7. The pavilion is now officilly completed, paid for, and open for ministry. Yesterday was the ribbon cuting and there was a nice gathering to celebrate the occasion. Elders Rick Greve (Ministerial) & Ray Hartwell (Trust services) were present from the conference to celebrate as were others including Marvin Smucker whose company built the structure. Thank you to Ann Siepman (pavilion comittee chair) and the others on the committee and those in our church who helped to make this a reality. What a blessing to have this and be debt free. Praise God! May we now use this for God’s glory.

8. The Pathfinders are offering frozen fruits, purees, & jams from Bithell Farms this year. Information may be found in the front lobby on the glass table. Fill out the order form and turn in to the church office WITH PAYMENT. Order date has been extended to August 7. Make checks to Greeneville Pioneers.

9. Remember that school is set to begin August 10. There will be a workbee on August 8 at 8 a.m. to spruce up the school in time for classes. All are invited to come out and help as we get ready for a new school year.

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, July 23, 2021

Dear Church Family,

It is the sophistry of Satan that the death of Christ brought in grace to take the place of the law. The death of Jesus did not change, or annul, or lessen in the slightest degree, the law of ten commandments. That precious grace offered to men through a Saviour’s blood, establishes the law of God. Since the fall of man, God’s moral government and His grace are inseparable. They go hand in hand through all dispensations. “Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.” Psalm 85:10.

White, E. G. (1958). The Faith I Live By (p. 89). Review and Herald Publishing Association.

In the news:

1. We will continue our series in John this week with a look at John 13. The message is enttiled, “The Hope of Glory.”

2. There will be no AYA this week.

3. Regarding fellowship lunch teams, we have around 5 I believe assembled at this point. Ideally we need around twice that many so if you are interested in getting a team together or would like to serve on a team, please contact Brenda Chalfant. We plan to resume fellowship dinners soon.

4. The school board will meet this Monday evening at 6 p.m. in the school library.

5. We will resume our mid-week study of Hebrews this coming Wednesday. We will pick up with Hebrews 11:23.

6. This Thursday, we will gather at the church Pavilion at 5:30 p.m. for a ribbon cutting ceremony and will give thanks to God and all those from the community who have helped to construct it. We will have several from the community and the newspaper as well to help celebrate the event. We hope you can come to this special event.

Thursday, July 29 @ 5:30 p.m.

7. We have had a great group this week at VBS and a big thank you to all the volunteers who have helped to make it a reality. Also we want to thank Jean Callaway and Laura Wensell for their leadership in organizing this week. The kids spent the week learning about Noah and the story of the flood. Here are a few pictures from the week. Tomorrow’s ministry focus and hymns of praise time will feature our VBS kids singing and a short slideshow.

8. Remember that a week from this weekend we will have the church campout. Some may choose to just come for the day on Sabbath which is fine. We welcome that. We will be gathering at Cades Cove and will try and notify everyone where we will be meeting for worship as soon as we have that information available. Remember to bring your bikes if you like as the 11 mile loop promises beautiful scenery and often a glimpse of a bear or two.

Photo from last year’s camping trip to Cades Cove

9. The Pathfinders are offering frozen fruits, purees, & jams from Bithell Farms this year. Information may be found in the front lobby on the glass table. Fill out the order form and turn in to the church office WITH PAYMENT by JULY 31. Make checks to Greeneville Pioneers.

10. Looking ahead to some special events and guests:

July 30-Aug 1 – Church Campout at Cades Cove

August 8 at 8 am – School Workbee

August 10 – First day of School

August 14 – AYA will feature a mission report of the work in Chad, Africa. Jonathan Dietrich & family will be sharing.

August 21 – AYA will feature a mission report with missionary Paula Haynes.

September 4 – AYA will feature a concert by Scott Michael Bennett who is a singer and pianist from It Is Written.

Sept 17-18 – NE TN Campmeeting at the Oaks

Oct 29-Nov 20 – Nightly Prophecy series with Elder Randy Skeete

11. Here are some of the promised pictures from out west. We are blessed to live in such a beautiful country.

12. Forgive me for sharing another family picture but our goldendoodle Ginger turned 3 this week and Jordan made cupcakes and some vegan icecream for the occasion. Had to share this picture.

13. Here is another Greener Pastures segment:

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, July 16, 2021

Dear Church Family,

Self-denial and the cross lie directly in the pathway of every follower of Christ. The cross is that which crosses the natural affections and the will.

White, E. G. (1958). The Faith I Live By (p. 151). Review and Herald Publishing Association.

In the news:

1.This Sabbath we will continue our series in John with a sermon entitled, “How to Give God Glory.”

2. AYA will be at 7:30 p.m. this Sabbath and will feature ole timey music with Dan Sanford and Friends.

3. There will be a work bee this Sunday to help clean up and rake around the pavilion. We will begin at 8 a.m. so as to hopefully, finish by around 10 or 11 a.m. before it gets too hot. Please bring garden rakes, pics or hoes, and wheelbarrows, if possible. We need to prepare the area for seeding. Thank you for your help with this.

CHURCH WORK BEE

Sunday @ 8 A.M.

4. Remember that VBS begins this coming Monday evening at 5:30 p.m. You can pre-register your child in the foyer at church this Sabbath!

5. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new church pavillion on Thursday, July 29 at 5:30 p.m. All are encouraged to attend as we celebrate God’s blessings and thank the many entities that worked to make this dream a reality.. The local newspaper will be present to write a story and take pictures.

Thursday, July 29 @ 5:30 P.M.

6. Our health ministries leader, Rhoda Kanna, asked that I share this website with you that can serve as a helpful resource as it pertains to our rights and freedoms surrounding the matter of the COVID vaccination program.

7. The Pathfinders are offering frozen fruits, purees, & jams from Bithell Farms this year. Information is available in the front lobby on the glass table. Fill out the order form and turn in to the church office with payment no later than July 31. Make checks to Greeneville Pioneers.

8. There will be no mid-week Bible study due to VBS next week. We will resume our study on Hebrews on Wednesday, July 28.

9. It is almost time for our annual church camp out at Cades Cove, July 30 – August 1. Click here to be taken to the CADES COVE reservation site. Remember, reservations need to be made soon if you plan to camp as sites are filling up. We usually congregate in the A & B sites as much as possible.

10. I still don’t have the pictures ready to share but here is a scene from the Salt Flats where the boys took turns learning to drive admist the empty expanse. It was an interesting place for sure.

11. In today’s Greener Pastures segment, we take a look at how to make a perfect breakfast treat to have for Sabbath morning!

Chia Oat Pudding

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy