Jeremy Arnall, MDiv, has traveled both locally and internationally, lecturing extensively on the topics of Bible prophecy and end-time events. His engaging presentations will help you understand current world events in light of prophecy. You’ll hear evidence that shakes the foundation of commonly held beliefs and find hope in the clarity of Bible prophecy.
When the books of Daniel and Revelation are better understood, believers will have an entirely different religious experience. They will be given such glimpses of the open gates of heaven that heart and mind will be impressed with the character that all must develop in order to realize the blessedness which is to be the reward of the pure in heart. The Lord will bless all who will seek humbly and meekly to understand that which is revealed in the Revelation. This book contains so much that is large with immortality and full of glory that all who read and search it earnestly receive the blessing to those “that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein.” One thing will certainly be understood from the study of Revelation—that the connection between God and His people is close and decided.
White, E. G. (1958). The Faith I Live By (p. 345). Review and Herald Publishing Association.
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This Sabbath we will continue in our series on John with a message entitled, “Living Water.”
GAA Fruit Orders will be available for pickup this Sunday from 10 A.M. to 1 P.M. in the school gym lobby.
There will be a church business meeting this coming Monday evening at 7:15 p.m. You can either attend at the church in the fellowship hall or via zoom. An email will go out Monday with the ZOOM link for those wishing to join.
There will be an abreviated finance committee meeting this Monday at 6 p.m. in the church fellowship hall. There will be NO ZOOM option available for this.
There will be an abreviated church board meeting this Monday from 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. in the church fellowship hall this Monday as well. We have items to work through quickly so please try to be on time. There will be a ZOOM option for those unable to attend in person. Watch for the email on Monday that will contain the link.
Our mid-week study in Romans will continue this Wednesday at 7 p.m. via ZOOM with a look at the second half of chapter 14.
A reminder that we are inviting everyone to give to our annual Christmas offering this year that has been designated for the purpose of building a 40×100 ft pavillion in the back that could seat 235 people and would have electricity.
Speaking of church improvements, the new sound system as installed this week. A big thank you to Steve Cohen who took a week off work to assist with the installation and to Brad Robinson and Amanda Robinson for their diligent work this week in making sure things ran smoothly for the installers.
There were several who have had either hospital procedures this week or bouts with sickness or heart issues. We are thankful for God’s protection and mercy in each story. Every breath is blessing from God and we are thankful for His healing touch, whether He uses a phyicians hand or not.
Next Friday night at 6 p.m., GAA will have it’s annual Christmas concert but due to COVID, it will have to be streamed except for the families of the students who register to attend. You are still invited however to join via the live stream which can be accessed via our church web site. Portions will be pre-recorded to avoid any undue risk. Thank you to Anne Andrus and the music leaders at the school for making a way to move forward while making safety a priority.
Next Sabbath, Ava Kennedy will be sharing the morning message.
Sunday, youth of all ages are invited to bake Christmas cookies and make Christmas cards. 1st place prizes will be awarded to most creative/best made cards. Cards will be mailed/delivered to the Leads Program interest list. The event begins at 4 p.m. on Sunday.
We May Hasten the Day—By giving the gospel to the world it is in our power to hasten our Lord’s return.—The Desire of Ages, 633 (1898). It is the privilege of every Christian, not only to look for, but to hasten the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Were all who profess His name bearing fruit to His glory, how quickly the whole world would be sown with the seed of the gospel. Quickly the last harvest would be ripened, and Christ would come to gather the precious grain.—Testimonies For The Church 8:22, 23 (1904). When the Message Is Finished—It [the coming of the Lord] will not tarry past the time that the message is borne to all nations, tongues, and peoples. Shall we who claim to be students of prophecy forget that God’s forbearance to the wicked is a part of the vast and merciful plan by which He is seeking to compass the salvation of souls?—The Review and Herald, June 18, 1901.
White, E. G. (1946). Evangelism (pp. 696–697). Review and Herald Publishing Association.
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This Sabbath we will continue our study of John in our series, The Mystery Revealed. The message this week is entitled, Joy Fulfilled.
We will take a vote on the nominating committee report this Sabbath. Since our 1st reading, we have had some corrections and additions. Please review this document carefully as we prepare to take our vote.
The new sound system will be installd this coming week. They will begin installation at 11 a.m. this Sunday and will work through the week. Please help us keep the building as empty as possible during this time as we give them space and freedom to work. Note that the office will be open and available during this time.
There will be a Sabbath School Council Meeting this coming Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. via ZOOM.
Our mid-week study on Romans will continue this Wednesday as we finish Romans 13 and begin Romans 14. Certainly these are relevant topics given our current situation as a people and nation.
A church business meting is scheduled for December 14 at 7:15 p.m. I just noticed the bulletin has the times mistaken. My apologies. The church board will meet at 6:30 p.m. on the 14th and finance will be at 6 p.m.
The school will have fruit orders ready for pick up on Sunday, December 13 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the GAA Gym.
Just a reminder that the church has designated our annual Christmas offering to be for a new outdoor pavilion behind the church for various gatherings, classes, and potlucks. The pavilion will be able to hold around 200+ individuals and should come in handy given our current pandemic. Please mark your tithe envelop Christmas offering when you prepare your offering.
The school is looking for part time custodian. Let them know if you are interested.
The Bottomley’s are recovering nicely from COVID. Please continue to keep the Beckers in your prayers as they have had a rather protracted COVID experience and when I spoke to them earlier this week, they were still very weak.
I am sad to announce that Helen Thomas, a former member here, passed away this past Sabbath, November 28. Her services will be livestreamed on December 19 at 2 p.m. via this site.
Dr. Rachel Nelson, daughter in law of the Nelson’s at our church, was featured with her two children on the HOPE channel to discuss the series we did this summer in collaboration with their church. Tina presented the prophecy series and Milca the character building segments. You can see the HOPE channel program via this link.
I will sing unto the Lord, because he hath dealt bountifully with me. Psalm 13:6
Every earthly wish may be gratified, and yet men pass on as did the ungrateful lepers who had been cleansed and healed of their obnoxious disease. These lepers had been restored to health by Christ, and the parts that had been destroyed by the disease were re-created; but only one, on finding himself made whole, returned to give God glory.… The lesson which is recorded concerning the ten lepers should awaken in every heart a most earnest desire to change the existing order of ingratitude into one of praise and thanksgiving. Let the professed people of God stop murmuring and complaining. Let us remember who is the first great Giver of all our blessings. We are fed and clothed and sustained in life, and should we not educate ourselves and our children to respond with gratitude to our heavenly Father? Have we not reason to talk of God’s goodness and to tell of His power? When friends are kind to us we esteem it a privilege to thank them for their kindness. How much more should we count it a joy to return thanks to the Friend who has given us every good and perfect gift. Then let us, in every church, cultivate thanksgiving to God. Let us educate our lips to praise God in the family circle.… Let our gifts and offerings declare our gratitude for the favors we daily receive. In everything we should show forth the joy of the Lord and make known the message of God’s saving grace. The hearts of those who reveal the attributes of Christ glow with divine love. They are imbued with the spirit of gratitude.… Lift up Jesus. Lift Him up, the man of Calvary, with the voice of song and prayer. Seek earnestly to spread the gospel. Tell the precious story of God’s love for man. In this work you will find a satisfaction that will last through the eternal ages.
White, E. G. (1952). My Life Today (p. 170). Review and Herald Publishing Association.
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This morning at 11 a.m. EST, there will be a memorial service for Liz Holt via live stream. The link for this stream can be accessed by clicking here. YOU WILL NEED TO SELECT THE WEBCAST ROOM OPTION AND THEN CLICK ON JOIN AS GUEST. You will be prompted to enter a name, just enter your last name. If you need further assistance in joining the stream, they have provided instructions which can be accessed by clicking here.
There will be a ZOOM option again this Sabbath for Sabbath school. You can join at 10 a.m. by clicking here.
This Sabbath we will continue our “Mystery Revealed” series on the book of John with a look at the story of Nicodemus.
The nominating committee has completed their report which will have it’s first reading this week and it’s second reading on December 9. (Notice we skip a weekend due to Thanksgiving.) You can access the report by clicking here. (The report is in an Excel file format.) If you should have any questions or concerns, please contact the committee chairman, Jeremy Wetmore.
The church finance committee will meet this Sunday at 8:30 a.m. to prepare the 2021 church budget. If you lead a ministry and need to make a request a change in your ministry funding, please contact Barbara Myers before Sunday.
Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be no mid-week service this week. We will resume our study of Romans on Wednesday, December 2, at 7 p.m.
School break begins this weekend for GAA and because of the spike in COVID, they have elected to delay a physical return to school until Monday, Dec 7. The second week will involve distance learning.
There will be a family social on Sunday, November 29 from 4-6 p.m. at the Twi-Light Skating arena in Morristown. Pizza will be provided and masks are recommended.
As the youth go out into the world to encounter its allurements to sin,—the passion for money getting, for amusement and indulgence, for display, luxury, and extravagance, the overreaching, fraud, robbery, and ruin,—what are the teachings there to be met? Spiritualism asserts that men are unfallen demigods; that “each mind will judge itself;” that “true knowledge places men above all law;” that “all sins committed are innocent;” for “whatever is, is right,” and “God doth not condemn.” The basest of human beings it represents as in heaven, and highly exalted there. Thus it declares to all men, “It matters not what you do; live as you please, heaven is your home.” Multitudes are thus led to believe that desire is the highest law, that license is liberty, and that man is accountable only to himself. With such teaching given at the very outset of life, when impulse is strongest, and the demand for self-restraint and purity is most urgent, where are the safeguards of virtue? what is to prevent the world from becoming a second Sodom? At the same time anarchy is seeking to sweep away all law, not only divine, but human. The centralizing of wealth and power; the vast combinations for the enriching of the few at the expense of the many; the combinations of the poorer classes for the defense of their interests and claims; the spirit of unrest, of riot and bloodshed; the world-wide dissemination of the same teachings that led to the French Revolution—all are tending to involve the whole world in a struggle similar to that which convulsed France. Such are the influences to be met by the youth of today. To stand amidst such upheavals they are now to lay the foundations of character.
White, E. G. (1903). Education (pp. 227–228). Pacific Press Publishing Association.
The following message was shared with me this week and provides a very articulate look at spiritualism’s role in the last days. I highly recommend you check it out by clicking here.
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This Sabbath we will continue our “The Mystery Revealed” series on the book of John with a look at John 2:13-25 and the cleansing of the temple. Our GAA students will be providing the music this Sabbath for our worship time.
This Sunday will be another GREEN/RIVER project in which members from the two churches are invited to participate in spurcing up yards in our community. Those who wish to participate are invited to meet at 1:30 p.m. at teh AMC Movie Theater parking lot. Bring your rakes and leaf blowers.
There will be a Sabbath school council meeting this Tuesday at 6 p.m.
Bob Champaign, the brother of Carl Champaign, passed away this week and his graveside service will be today at 2 p.m. at the Veterans Cemetery in Johnson City. All are welcome to attend. Please keep Carl and the family in your prayers.
JT, the son of Todd & Samantha Lewis, came through his heart surgery with great success and we join the family in praising God for His protection and mercy. Please continue to keep JT in your prayers as he recoverrs.
We also praise God that Connie Fiedler came through her surgery successfully. They said it was a difficult surgery but none the less successful. Connie is already back home with Ron and is recovering nicely.
We will continue our study of Romans with a look at chapter 12 this Wednessday at 7p.m. via ZOOM.
Liz Holt’s online memorial service is scheduled for Friday, November 20 at 11 a.m. We will provide a link next Friday morning for those who can join th service.
For those who are interested in following up on leads, praying with people, and giving BIble studies, please watch the following video and let me know if you are interested. So far I have only three who have expressed interest. You can learn more about how this program works along with a sample script of the follow up call by visiting this link.
Perhaps you like me have found yourself asking yourself at times, should an Adventist Christian vote or not? I revisited this subject recently and thought I would share a concluding remark that was quoted by the White Estate that I also believe summarizes the matter well.
In summary we quote a portion of an editorial appearing in the Review and Herald of September 13, 1928. Elder F. M. Wilcox, longtime church leader and editor, wrote:
“The Seventh-day Adventist Church does not seek to dictate to its members as to how they shall vote or whether or not they should vote at all. It is left for each one to act on his own judgment in the fear of God. We have been told by the servant of the Lord that we should not link up with political parties, that we should not agitate political questions in our schools or institutions. On the other hand, we have been instructed by the same authority that when certain moral issues, such as prohibition, are involved, the ‘advocates of temperance fail to do their whole duty unless they exert their influence by precept and example–by voice and pen and vote–in favor of . . . total abstinence.’ This instruction is not mandatory, it is still left for each one to determine for himself what he shall do.
“While an individual member of the church has a right, if he so likes, to cast his vote,the church as such should hold itself entirely aloof from politics. It is one thing for the individual members of the church to vote, and another thing for these same individuals in their church capacities to endeavor to influence political measures.” https://whiteestate.org/legacy/issues-voting-html/
If you would like to be involved in following up on interests over the telephone with the prospect of possible Bible studies, please join this free webinar this Sabbath afternoon at 3 p.m. Here is last week’s exciting video filled with testimonies of what God is doing across our conference through Bible working volunteers.
Our finance committee will meet this Monday evening at 6 p.m. Masks are required.
Our church board will meet this Monday evening at 7:15 p.m. Masks are required. There will be an online option available through ZOOM.
The nominating committee will meet again this Tuesday evening at 5:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall.
Our mid-week Bible study on Romans will meet again this Wednesday.
Liz Holt’s service will be Friday, November 20, at Vaughn Greene Funeral Home, 5151 Baltimore National Pike, Baltimore MD 21229. The wake will be at 10:00 a.m. with virtual services following at 11:00 a.m.
Please remember Mary Covil as she is scheduled to have surgery today to remove her colon cancer.
Connie Fiedler is set to have her surgery this coming Wednesday. Please remember her in your prayers as well.
The following is a very interesting analysis of the Pope’s recent Encyclical, Fratelli Tutti. I would encourage you to listen to the presentation in it’s entirety.
Inspiration in speaking on this theme says:
It is true that the people of the earliest church brought their belongings and put them into a common fund, and “had all things common.” And this is cited by the advocates of socialism as the true example, and assurance that socialism is the true order in government and society on earth. But in this deduction in behalf of socialism, the most important elements, indeed the strictly vital elements, are all left out. It is true that at that time the church had all things in common, and no one said that aught that he had was his own. But that was the church, not the State, nor society, as such; and it was the church immediately after Pentecost, when “all were filled with the Holy Ghost.” And not all who cite this in advocacy of socialism are thus filled with the Holy Ghost. Another item in that action of the early church is that the matter of having all things common was altogether and absolutely voluntary on the part of every one of those who were in it. While in the socialism proposed, it is intended to conduct a political campaign, and get a majority vote, and then have this majority compel by force all to have all things common. But the thing can never be accomplished by force, nor by any political or any other worldly scheme. SITI March 16, 1904
This Sabbath Pastor Jared will be sharing the message with a sermon entitled, “Why Are You So Afraid?”
Since Covid-19 came on the scene, there has been a dramatic increase in people’s desire to know more about the Bible. The Bible Instructors Team, a division of the ministerial department, is developing a program to address this rising need! Pastors and Bible workers alone cannot meet this challenge. We need members to answer the call to train and go into the vineyard (virtually and physically) to work with those who are desiring to know about God and His Word! You can learn more about this initiative by participating in a webinar on Sabbath, Oct 31, at 3 p.m. or 6 p.m. To join via zoom, visit: http://www.gccsda.com/events/reachyourneighbor2020
A reminder that you can participate this year in the AMEN conference for free by checking it out on 3ABN or via this link at amensda.org/health
We will look at the 2nd half of Romans 11 this coming Wednesday night via ZOOM.
The arrangements for Liz Holt’s service are sill being made but in talking with her niece, they plan to hold the services up in Maryland. Please remember the family in your prayers.
I am instructed to say that in the future great watchfulness will be needed. There is to be among God’s people no spiritual stupidity. Evil spirits are actively engaged in seeking to control the minds of human beings. Men are binding up in bundles, ready to be consumed by the fires of the last days. Those who discard Christ and His righteousness will accept the sophistry that is flooding the world. Christians are to be sober and vigilant, steadfastly resisting their adversary the devil, who is going about as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Men under the influence of evil spirits will work miracles. They will make people sick by casting their spell upon them, and will then remove the spell, leading others to say that those who were sick have been miraculously healed. This Satan has done again and again. (1903a: letter 259, para. 19)
Those possessed with devils are usually represented as being in a condition of great suffering; yet there were exceptions to this rule. For the sake of obtaining supernatural power, some welcomed the satanic influence. These of course had no conflict with the demons. Of this class were those who possessed the spirit of divination—Simon Magus, Elymas the sorcerer, and the damsel who followed Paul and Silas at Philippi. (1911a:517)
Thus we may conclude that demons may appear to heal and are also known to not necessarily harrass their victims as long as they are cooperating.
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This Sabbath we will continue our look at John 1 as we continue in our series entitled, “The Mystery Revealed.”
Emmie Grace Emde will be baptized this Sabbath. We rejoice with her and her family as she takes this momentous step in her walk with Jesus. Note the baptism will take place at 10:50 a.m.
There will be a zoom Sabbath School this Sabbath with Milton leading out in the discussion. You can join by clicking here.
There will be a concert on the GAA Green today at 3:00 p.m. The GAA Band, Advanced Handbells, and Advanced Strings will present a sacred concert on the soccer field by the school. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, wear your mask and support our students at this socially distanced program. You will be blessed by the music!
The annual AMEN conference on Health will be provided for free this year via live streaming. The dates will be October 29-31. It will be available on 3ABN (Comcast cable 9393) as well as internet streaming. For more detailed information, please go to the website amensda.org/health or call Rhoda Kanna or Harry Nelson. Please invite community friends to share in this opportunity to learn more about enhancing personal health.
The church board met this week and voted to proceed with the purchase of the new sound system that was reviewed back in September for the church. We hope to have it installed before Christmas.
Since Covid-19 came on the scene, there has been a dramatic increase in people’s desire to know more about the Bible. The Bible Instructors Team, a division of the Georgia Cumberland Conference ministerial department, is developing a program to address this rising need! Pastors and Bible workers alone cannot meet this challenge. We need members to answer the call to train and go into the vineyard (virtually and physically) to work with those who are desiring to know about God and His Word! You can learn more about this initiative by participating in a webinar on Sabbath, Oct 31, at 3 p.m. or 6 p.m. Then on Sabbath, Nov 7 at 3 p.m. there will be a follow-up training event for those interested in getting involved. http://www.gccsda.com/events/reachyourneighbor2020
Please remember Connie Fielder in your prayers as she is having surgery next Wednesday to replace a heart valve. Also remember Grace Baxter who is having surgery on November 2. Liz Holt has been moved to Signature Health care and is resting comfortably but there has been no change in her status.
In case you missed it, here are a couple of articles that came out this week that are worthy of your notice.
This Sunday at 3 p.m. there will be a youth get together for grades 5-12 at the church with volleyball, pizza and worship.
School Board will meet this Monday evening in the school library.
This Tuesday we have a finance committee meeting at 6 p.m. and the church board will meet at 7:15 a.m. Please note that we will be meeting in the fellowship hall, but masks are required for all those attending in person. We will have a ZOOM option for those unable to meet in person.
We will continue with chapter 10 in Romans this coming Wednesday at 7 p.m. via ZOOM. All are welcome to attend.
The daily email that I send out for the Testimonies with the link for that day’s reading has suddenly quit working. The site that I have used for the materials has evidently decided to start the program over and has removed many of the pages. You can use this site to continue reading or listening and remember that the plan involves reading roughly 10 pages a day. While our family, like several of you, is behind, we are still enjoying reading through them together, though at a slower rate. I know of at least two individuals who have already completed the whole set.
A reminder that next Sabbath, October 24, at 3 p.m., GAA will present a sacred concert on the soccer field by the school, weather permitting. All are invited to come and enjoy the various musical selections presented by our students.
Liz Holt has been moved from ICU into a room. She is currently not responding.
Mary Covil is back in the hospital and appreciates your prayers on her behalf. She was tested for COVID but it came back negative today so maybe she will be able to return home soon. Please keep her and Liz in your prayers as well as the individual in our church who has COVID. (see below)
One of our members has COVID and while they are home in quarantine, we want to remember that this disease is still very present in our community and we must not weary in being vigilant to protect one another as best as possible. This member was not at church Sabbath and when they were around others they wore a mask so we are hopeful that it didn’t spread.
Daria, Elizabath and Oliver Odum’s daughter called this week to say how much they appreicate the love and support of our church family. She said Elizabath is doing well as she continues to recover from her surgery..
“There is not a point that needs to be dwelt upon more earnestly, repeated more frequently, or established more firmly in the minds of all than the impossibility of fallen man meriting anything by his own best good works. Salvation is through faith in Jesus Christ alone.” Faith & Works p 18.
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This Sabbath I will begin a new sermon series on the book of John entitled, The Mystery Revealed. In this series we will seek to better understand the mystery of God as revealed in the book of John.
Remember we have an online ZOOM option for Sabbath school for those not able to attend in person. You can join by clicking on the above link at 10 a.m. this Sabbath morning.
As I shared in the church cast yesterday, after failed attempts to reach Liz Holt, an officer was sent to check on her. They found her lying in the kitchen floor where evidently she had collapsed having suffered what we understand was a severe stroke. She is currently in ICU but unable to respond to commands. She does have voluntary movement in her legs. She is in a very serious condition and needs our prayers.
Ann Siepman had a successful operation on her hand this past Monday and is home recovering.
Our mid-week study will continue this coming Wednesday with a look at the 2nd half of Romans 9.
A youth social for grades 5-12 has been planned for this Sunday with pizza, worship, and a volleyball game. Contact Pastor Jared for more details.
Due to fall break, the church finance and church board meetings have been rescheduled for Tuesday, October 20 at 6 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. respectively.
GAA would like to invite everyone to a sacred outdoor concert on the GAA soccer field on Sabbath afternoon, October 24 at 3 p.m.
The nominating committee is progressing nicely in its work. Their next meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 26 at 5:30 p.m.
These are fascinating times are they not? With the headlines in the news, it certainly reminds us that His coming appears VERY near! Revelation 7:1-3 is of critical importance and may it be that we make certain that we are looking to Jesus through all the commotion, that nothing may detract us from the sealing.
I would encourage you to listen to this presentation by my friend, Dr. Norman McNulty. His conclusion is a good reminder for us to avoid being too closely alligned to any political party.
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I will be sharing the message this Sabbath and the GAA Advanced Strings will be providing the music during the worship hour.
You can pick up your new SS quarterlies this Sabbath if you haven’t already done so by visiting the literature room in the foyer.
There will be a ZOOM option for Sabbath School in the morning at 10 a.m. with Elder Ashlock leading out.
For those who missed Dr. McKinney’s online memorial service on Sunday, an archived copy of the service may be found here. Let’s remember Phyllis and all the family during this very difficult time.
Remember that if you ordered fruit from the Pathfinders, it will be ready for you to pick up at the church on Wednesday, October 7, at 9:00 a.m. Delivery will be at the back of the church.
We got back this week from our time away on vacation. Spending time as a family up in the north country of Minnessota along the boundary waters and then some sightseeing time in Amish country in OH and PA and a few historic sites in MI & VA made for a very rewarding trip. We read together, worked and played together, laughed and talked and just had a wonderful time together. We had some small challenges at times in the Boundary Waters where we stayed for nearly 3 weeks with a leak in one boat that we were able to repair, a few times where we struggled to get to a campsite before it was completely dark, and some nasty encounters with bogs but in the end, the struggles helped make it all the more memorable. Here are a few pictures from our trip: