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

Friday, July 9, 2021

Dear Church Family,

It is always good to be back home.  After 13,636 miles, we pulled safely into the driveway Wednesday grateful for the Lord’s protection and blessing.  Thank you for your prayers as we travelled.  We saw many beautiful sights and were able to enjoy quality time together as a family.  Perhaps next week I can share some more pictures. 

Wire Pass

In the news:

  1. This Sabbath we will resume our series in John with a look at John 12 with a message entitled, “A Sweet Smelling Aroma.”
  2. A special musical vesper program has been planned for AYA this Sabbath at 7:30 p.m.   Violinist, Jaime Jorge will share his “Healing Music Concert” program which will combine the powerful music of the violin with vivid photo imagery to lift our hearts to heaven. Please invite your friends to enjoy this program with you. A love offering is planned.
  3. There will be an Elder’s meeting this Sunday at 7:30 p.m. via ZOOM.  All elder’s are encouraged to attend. 
  4. The church finance committee will meet this Monday evening at 6 p.m. at the church.
  5. The church board will meet this Monday evening at 7:15 p.m. at the church. 
  6. 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 the end of JULY. Make checks to Greeneville Pioneers.
  7. Remember that VBS is set to begin July 19 at 5:30 p.m. It’s time to pre-register. Registration forms are available in the church foyer.
  8.  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.

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, May 28, 2021

Dear Church Family,

It is the duty of every Christian to acquire habits of order, thoroughness, and dispatch. There is no excuse for slow bungling at work of any character. When one is always at work and the work is never done, it is because mind and heart are not put into the labor. The exercise of the will power will make the hands move deftly.
The Bible gives no indorsement to idleness. It is the greatest curse that afflicts our world. Every man and woman who is truly converted will be a diligent worker.
. . . Only let the moments be treasured. A few moments here and a few there, that might be frittered away in aimless talk; the morning hours so often wasted in bed; the time spent in traveling on trams or railway cars, or waiting at the station; the moments of waiting for meals, waiting for those who are tardy in keeping an appointment—if a book were kept at hand, and these fragments of time were improved in study, reading, or careful thought, what might not be accomplished. A resolute purpose, persistent industry, and careful economy of time, will enable men to acquire knowledge and mental discipline which will qualify them for almost any position of influence and usefulness.

White, E. G. (1958). The Faith I Live By (p. 159). Review and Herald Publishing Association.

In the news:

1.I am sad to announce that Melody Mason will not be with us this Sabbath due to a family situtation that she could not avoid. Her mother isn’t well and needs prayer. Thus because of this cancellation, there will be NO AYA this week. I will be sharing the morning message with a look at John 11 and the story of Lazarus.

2. Our mid-week study in Hebrews will continue this coming Wednesday via ZOOM. We ae currently in the last section of Hebrews 10.

3. Don’t forget to make your reservations 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.

4. Remember that VBS is slated for July 18-23 at our church.

5. We need volunteers for fellowship meal teams in order to resume fellowship luncheons. If you would be willing to serve approximately once or twice a quarter, please let the office know.

6. Remember that the school will begin receiving yard sale items June 7. Contact Fred Myers or Lee Elliott to arrange a drop off. The yard sale is scheduled for June 27.

7. I will be taking vacation with family for the next several weeks and will return on July 8. While I am away, the pulpit schedule will be as follows: June 5 – Pastor Jared (Adriana will also be baptized this Sabbath), June 12 – Dave Ondrejka Sr., June 19 – Elder Carl Ashlock, June 26 – Katie Jane Emde, July 3- Pastor Jared.

8. Eric & Rachel Nelson will be sharing sacred music and inspirational stories next Sabbath for AYA at 7:30 p.m.

9. This will be Ruben & Naicelis, Isabela & Albert’s last Sabbath. Due to an opporunity Naicelis has in Miami, they will be moving. I hear they may return in the future. But please keep them in your prayers.

10. In this week’s Greener Pasture’s segment, we learn how to make Pecan-Oat Burgers. This recipe has been shared at some of our health ministries events and is a modified version of a recipe from the Step-Fast Recipe Box.

Blessings as you prepare for the coming Sabbath!

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, May 21, 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 have baccalaureate (definition: a religious service held at some educational institutions before commencement, containing a farewell sermon to the graduating class.) for the worship hour and our principal, Randy Nomura will be sharing the morning message.

2. AYA this week will be at 7 p.m. with Darby Jones sharing a concert in our sanctuary.

3. It is hoped that we can resume fellowship dinners in the coming weeks but in order to do so, we need several teams of volunteers to make it a reality. Please contact the church office if you are willing to be a team leader or serve on a team.

4. . Just a reminder that masks are merely optional at this point as we are returning to normal status this Sabbath based on a recent board action. So while masks are welcome, they are merely optional at this point.

5.. We celebrated the graduation of our 8th graders on Wednesday evening and our seniors on Thursday evening. Both services were very beautiful and we wish to congratulate all our graduates. The senior speeches stood out to me in that as our seniors gave counsel to the younger students, the most common theme was to put God first in all you do. AMEN!

6.. The GAA yard sale will be receiving donations beginning June 7 in anticipation of their upcoming sale on June 27.

7. Author and speaker Melody Mason will be with us for Sabbath, May 29.  She will share Sabbath morning and Sabbath evening for vespers.  In anticipation of this weekend, you may wish to read her book, “Daring to Ask for More.”  Here is a schedule with the topics she will be sharing: 11 a.m. – Growing an Above and Beyond Walk with Jesus  /   5 p.m. – Growing an Above and Beyond Devotional Life   /   6:15 p.m. –  Growing an Above and Beyond Faith, even when God is Silent.

8. Tina and I want to thank all those who came out for the baptisms last Sabbath evening. It was a wonderful celebration and we were so thaankful to have our church family celebrate it with us.

9. Remember that VBS is slated for July 18-23 at our church.

10.  Don’t forget to make your reservations 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.

11. Prayers are requested for Jonathan Dietrich and his family as they travel from Chad back to the states. Also, Nancy Blankenship is continuing to improve nicely and appreciatse your continued prayers. Sherry Edwards is at Life Care Nursing home and appreciates visitors. Also remember Garland Hawkins who continues to recieve tests and if all goes well will have a heart valve repair done on June 8.

12. Braden Ball & Jayden Cushing created this video of the Costa Rica trip. They shared a teaser at the recent program in April. Here is the full program.

13. This week in our Greener Pastures episode, I share with you a family favorite of ours, how to make chocolate monkeys.

Blessings as you prepare for the coming Sabbath!

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, May 14, 2021

Dear Church Family,

This week I was reminded of the importance of keeping perspective and appreciating the moments that are gifted to me each day from my Creator.  I wanted to share with you the song that brought this important reminder to my attention as it captures so poetically the delicate gift of time that we are granted in this life.

Ellen White puts it well when she writes:

“Let the peace of God rule in your hearts; . . . and be ye thankful.” Colossians 3:15. Forgetting our own dif­ficulties and troubles, let us praise God for an opportunity to live for the glory of His name. Let the fresh blessings of each new day awaken praise in our hearts for these tokens of His loving care. When you open your eyes in the morning, thank God that He has kept you through the night. Thank Him for His peace in your heart. Morning, noon, and night, let gratitude as a sweet perfume ascend to heaven.”—The Ministry of Healing. p. 253.

In the news:

1. This Sabbath we will resume our series on John with a message entitled, “The Shepherd’s Signature.”

2. AYA this week will be at our home at 6 p.m. where we will have vespers and then the baptism of our sons Jason & Jordan in the stream in front of our home with a hot dog supper to follow. There will be an insert in this week’s bulletin with directions and instructions regarding parking. In brief, please park in either the field behind our home or the church parking lot (we asked permission) in front of our home. If you want to bring something, salad, or anything that compliments a hot dog supper is welcome.

3. Shaun Dietrich shared the following request with me this week: Jonathan and his family plan to return to the states for furlough beginning May 25.  Would anyone have a couple car seats (that are not outdated!) we could borrow for three months?  We need one for Eliora who is 1 1/2 years old and 22 pounds and one for Liliana who is 5 1/2 years old.

4. Just a reminder that the church board voted back in April that due to the widespread availability of the vaccine, beginning Sabbath, May 22, our church will return to normal status meaning that masks are optional and perfectly fine but no longer officially recommended by our local church. When fellowship meals resume, hand sanitizers will be made available and encouraged.

5. 8th-grade graduation will be this coming Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the GAA gym.  All are invited.

6. Senior graduation will be this coming Thursday, May 20 at 6:00 p.m. It Is  Written speaker/director John Bradshaw will be the guest speaker for the evening. Congratulations to our graduating seniors. 

7. Note there will be no prayer meeting this coming week due to 8th-grade graduation.

8. Author and speaker Melody Mason will be with us for Sabbath, May 29. She will share Sabbath morning and Sabbath evening for vespers. In anticipation of this weekend, you may wish to read her book, “Daring to Ask for More.”

9.  We are looking to resume fellowship dinners soon and need to regroup  So if you are willing to serve as a team leader or serve on a team for this important ministry, please contact the church office next week.   

10.  Don’t forget to make your reservations 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.

11. Looking ahead:

May 19 – 8th Grade Graduation at 7 p.m.

May 20 – Senior Graduation at 6 p.m.

May 22 – Senior Baccalaureate

May 22- Darby Jones Concert at 7 p.m. for AYA. 

May 29 – Melody Mason speaks for Sabbath morning, afternoon and evening.

June 5 – Adriana Carlton’s baptism.

June 7 – GAA begins receiving yard sale items. 

June 27 – GAA yard sale.  

July 18-23 – VBS

July 30-Aug 1 – Church Campout.  

12.  Here is the latest Greener Pastures episode with Tina sharing how to make fresh soy milk and soy yogurt. 

Blessings as you prepare for the coming Sabbath!

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, May 7, 2021

Dear Church Family,

We are not forgiven because we forgive, but as we forgive. The ground of all forgiveness is found in the unmerited love of God, but by our attitude toward others we show whether we have made that love our own. Wherefore Christ says, “With what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged.”

White, E. G. (1958). The Faith I Live By (p. 131). Review and Herald Publishing Association.

In the news:

1.This Sabbath the youth will be leading out in the worship service. Lillybeth Andrus will be sharing the message this Sabbath.

2. AYA will be at 7 p.m. tomorrow night on the upper ball field behind the church. Please remember to avoid walking around on the lower ball field. The program will feature the investiture of our Adventurer’s and Pathfinders. Bring blankets and camp chairs. See bulletin for more details.

3. We will have a finance committee meeting this Monday eveing at 6 p.m. The church board will follow at 7:15 p.m. Note that both meetings will be in the church fellowship hall and there will be NO zoom option available.

4. The Seniors arrived back from their senior class trip last night. They had a wonderful time visiting the national parks in Utah & Arizona. Here are some pictures from their trip.

5. We have a vespers and supper planned at our home for Sabbath, May 15 at 6 p.m.  We will have a bonfire and supper following the service. If you would like to bring something for the supper, a salad of some kind would be welcome. We hope you can join us for this special time. Remember to bring a chair and something with which to roast hot dogs.

6. Don’t forget to make your reservations for our annual church camp out at Cades Cove, July 30 – August 1.  Click here to be taken to the CADES COVE reservation site.  Remmber, 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.

7. We had a great time last Sunday learning how to make kites with Elder Carl Ashlock at the church. Pretty amazing.

8. Looking ahead:

May 15 – Vespers / Baptism / Supper at Arnall home at 6 p.m.

May 19 – 8th Grade Graduation at 7 p.m.

May 20 – Senior Graduation at 6 p.m.

May 22 – Senior Baccalaureate

May 22- Darby Jones Concert at 7 p.m. for AYA. 

May 29 – Melody Mason speaks for Sabbath morning, afternoon and evening.

June 5 – Adriana Carlton’s baptism.

8. This week in our Greener Pastures segment, we have a recipe for how to make a tasty vegan cheese sauce. Give it a try if you like and see what you think.

Blessings as you prepare for the coming Sabbath!

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, April 30, 2021

Dear Church Family,

Again, very practical counsel for the times in which we are living:

There is a large vineyard to be cultivated; but while Christians are to work among unbelievers, they are not to appear like worldlings. They are not to spend their time talking politics or acting politics; for by so doing they give the enemy opportunity to come in and cause variance and discord . . .

God calls upon all who minister in word and doctrine to give the trumpet a certain sound. All who have received Christ, ministers and lay members, are to arise and shine; for great peril is right upon us. Satan is stirring up the powers of earth. Everything in this world is in confusion. God calls upon His people to hold aloft the banner bearing the message of the third angel.…

God’s children are to separate themselves from politics, from any alliance with unbelievers. They are not to link their interests with the interests of the world. “Give proof of your allegiance to Me,” He says, “by standing as My chosen heritage, as a people zealous of good works.” Do not take part in political strife. Separate from the world, and refrain from bringing into the church or school ideas that will lead to contention and disorder. Dissension is the moral poison taken into the system by human beings who are selfish. God wants His servants to have clear perceptions, true and noble dignity, that their influence may demonstrate the power of truth.—MS., June 16, 1899.

In the news:

1. There will be a vesper’s program tonight at the church with the GAA Costa Rica mission team giving report of their recent trip earlier this month. The program will be at the church at 7 p.m. This program will be live streamed for those unable to attend.

2. This Sabbath we will celebrate communion with a footwashing service and the Lord’s supper. Precautions will be in place again for COVID. I will be sharing the message this Sabbath.

3. We will have a memorial service this Sabbath afternoon at 4 p.m. for Dianne Ondrejka. Everyone is invited and please note that this service will be live streamed as well.

Dianne Ondrejka

4. GAA’s only live concert for the school year, “Concert on the Greene” has been moved from the GAA Athletic field to the GAA Gym. This vesper’s program will begin at 7 p.m. and the annual strawberry festival will follow after sunset. Please be aware there will be limited space and amasks are encouraged but not required per the school board. Music and portions of the program will be live stream via the Greeneville Adventist Academy Facebook page.

5. This Sunday from 3-5 our May Social will be kite making/flying with pastor Carl. All ages welcome. I also asked that if possible people bring any materials they may have such as string, wrapping paper, elmers glue, tape, old sheets or pillow cases etc.

6. We have a vespers and supper planned at our home for Sabbath, May 15 at 6 p.m.  We will have a bonfire and supper following the service. If you would like to bring something for the supper, a salad of some kind would be welcome. We hope you can join us for this special time. Remember to bring a chair and something with which to roast hot dogs.

7. Just a reminder that the GAA yard sale will be accepting donations beginning June 7. The actual yard sale will be June 27.

8. Don’t forget to make your reservations for our annual church camp out at Cades Cove, July 30 – August 1.  Click here to be taken to the CADES COVE reservation site.  Remmber, 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.

9. Found out this morning that we anticipate the construction of the church pavilion itself to begin mid-May if weather doesn’t create any delays. So prep work should begin soon.  As a reminder, please refrain from entering the construction area until the project is complete.

10.  Here’s an overview of what’s coming up in the next several weeks as you seek to plan your calendar: 

May 8 – Youth Sabbath with Lilybeth Andrus preaching

May 8 – Adventurer / Pathfinder Investiture at 6 p.m.

May 15 – Vespers / Baptism / Supper at Arnall home at 6 p.m.

May 19 – 8th Grade Graduation at 7 p.m.

May 20 – Senior Graduation at 6 p.m.

May 22 – Senior Baccalaureate

May 22- Darby Jones Concert at 7 p.m. for AYA. 

May 29 – Melody Mason speaks for Sabbath morning, afternoon and evening.

11. Please keep Nancy Blankenship in your prayers as she continues her slow recovery from her fall. Connie Fielder is recovering nicely as she had a successful procedure on Sunday and should in a few weeks be walking again. Also, we have several families who are trying to find housing in the area at this time. I just spoke to another new family of 6 from Florida this week that is hoping to find something in our area. Please keep these famlies in your prayers as they seek the Lord’s will.

12. Speaking of prayer, this is the prayrer group that meets at the school each Wednesday morning at 8 a.m. Prayer is making a real impact on our school. At our board meeting this past Monday evening, it was so exciting to hear the projections for enrollment next year. If the projection holds true, we will have 97 students enrolled. But please keep the above prayer requests in your prayers as we have families struggling to find a home in our area. Also, we praise God that finances are looking strong at the school and we are finally paying off the ball field as well. I would say it’s time to sing the doxology!

13 . So here is the last in the 10 part Gardening with Carl series and this is probably my favorite. We hope to maybe do some more later in the summer.

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy