Friday, March 11, 2022

Dear Church Family,

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In the news:

1.This Sabbath Pastor Jared will be sharing the morning message with a sermon entitled, “We Know It When We Hear It.”

2. AYA had to be canceled for this week.

3. Ron Turk’s celebration of life service will be this Sunday at the church with visitation from 1-2 p.m. and the service at 2 p.m. A graveside service will follow at Graceland Memorial Gardens.

4. A collection bin has been placed in the church lobby whereby you can contribute to the upcoming GAA mission trip to Bolivia. The items that they need are listed in the graphic below. Note that donations will be collected for the next few weeks.

5. We will have an in-person church finance committee meeting this Monday evening at 6 P.M. at the church.

6. We will have an in-person church board meeting this Monday evening at 7:15 P.M. at the church.

7. I received an email and call this morning from Dr. Rachel Nelson, a pediatric physician, who alerted me to two bills  (Bill HB2451 by Rep Terri Lynn Weaver/SB2360 by Sen. Janice Bowling & Bill HB2835 by Rep John Ragan/SB2696 by Sen. Janice Bowling) that are being considered by our state legislatures in the coming days. Evidently, the American Academy of Pediatrics is fighting this vigorously but when you look at the proposed bills, they are really a means of protecting parents’ rights and the innocence of children. Please read this letter from Rachel which has more information and also includes handy form letters to use for email when contacting your state representatives. Please contact them today while we still have time. This is a very urgent matter.

8. OUR FIRST LIVE STREAM gathering will be Sunday, March 20 at 4:30 P.M. at our home. Those who are ages 20-49 and their children are invited to join us for food and fellowship in the front yard by the stream. If you would like to bring something for the meal, a salad of some kind would be welcome. Stew, cornbread, dessert, & drink will be provided. RSVP is preferred but not required. Also if you like, bring something to roast marshmallows with and a camp chair. The future gatherings will be Sunday, May 22 at 4:30 P.M. and will be for those ages 50-69. Then the last group will be Sunday, June 12 at 4:30 P.M. and will be for those ages 70 and above.

Sunday, March 20 @ 4:30 P.M. for ages 20-49 and their children.

9. I am sad to share that Inga Horton passed away this past Wednesday. Her arrangements are as follows: The service will be at 2 P.M. on Sunday, March 20 with visitation from 12-2 P.M. Both visitation and the service will be at our church.

10. This Wednesday at 7 P.M. via ZOOM, we will continue our study of Zechariah with a look at chapters 1 & 2. We will also seek to address some of the questions brought up in our last study.

Blessings as you prepare for the coming Sabbath!

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, March 4, 2022

Dear Church Family,

Perhaps many of you are familiar with this picture. It hung in a home where Ellen White would visit from time to time, and family and friends both shared how she would often comment on how this picture most closely resembled the person of Jesus as she beheld Him in vision. What a beautiful moment that will be when our eyes are able to behold Him face to face!

In the news:

1.This Sabbath we will continue our series in Genesis with a message entitled, “The Way.”

This week’s message: “The Way”

2. All are invited to Paint Creek for the rebaptism of Eduardo Prada Jr. this Sabbath at 4:30 P.M.

Eduardo Prada Jr. Baptism at Paint Creek at 4:30 P.M.

3. Some may be wondering how they can give to support Ukraine. Here are a couple of options. Outpost Centers International and ADRA are both Adventist ministries that are working to help alleviate the suffering.

4.  This coming Tuesday, March 8, GAA will be having their annual International Food Fair at the school gymnasium from 5:00-6:30p.m.  Come out and enjoy the fun and fellowship as you sample delicious food from a variety of countries!  Proceeds will help support their history trip next fall.

5. This coming Wednesday at 7 P.M. we will begin a new study on the book of Zechariah via ZOOM

6. Just a reminder that our first LIVE STREAM gathering will be Sunday, March 20 at 4:30 P.M. at our home. Those who are ages 20-49 and their children are invited to join us for food and fellowship at our home in the front yard by the stream. If you would like to bring something for the meal, a salad of some kind would be welcome. Stew, cornbread, dessert, & drink will be provided. RSVP is preferred but not required. Also bring something to roast marshmallows if you like and a camp chair. The future gatherings will be Sunday, May 22 at 4:30 P.M. and will be for those ages 50-69. Then the last group will be Sunday, June 12 at 4:30 P.M. and will be for those ages 70 and above.

Sunday, March 20 at 4:30 P.M. for ages 20-49

7. Our church campout at Cades Cove is scheduled for July 29-31. Make your reservations early as sites are already filling up and remember we usually congregate around the A & B sites.

Mama bear & 3 Cubs at Cades Cove

8. The Church Retreat at the Oaks is scheduled for April 15-16. Melody Mason who is the prayer coordinator for United in Prayer at the General Conference will be our guest speaker for the weekend. Melody has also authored two popular books, Daring to Ask for More and Daring to Live by Every Word.

9. Remember to mark your calendars for April 21-23 and plan to attend the Serpentine Prophecy series. These nightly presentations will be at 7 P.M. and will involve an engaging video presentation and Bible study. This is an excellent outreach event and something you can feel good about bringing your friends from the community to.

April 21-23 at 7 P.M.

10. Remember to also mark your calendar for our special International Sabbath celebration on May 7. This will include a parade of nations as well as an amazing fellowship dinner.

11. Thank you to our Social Committee for the fellowship we enjoyed last Saturday night. We had a great gathering with young and old alike. It was also nice to enjoy fellowship lunch together last Sabbath! What a blessing!

Blessings as you prepare for the coming Sabbath!

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, February 24, 2022

Dear Church Family,

Let’s remember Ukraine in our prayers as they face the awful effects of war. We have 1 Adventist college, 784 churches, and 43,307 church members in Ukraine. Let us also remember our Russian brothers and sisters who live under the harsh realities of such a regime. I appreciated this blog post from Amazing Facts as it pertains to the war in Ukraine. It gave a simple explanation of events and reminded us of what we’ve already been told in prophecy.

Remember, let us work for the night is coming, when man’s work is done. We still have freedom and let us take every opportunity to share while freedom is ours. Our work as Adventists is to herald the 3 Angel’s message that men and women might find peace amidst a world in turmoil. What a gift we have to share.

As I reflect on the turmoil over in eastern Europe, I am reminded of the peace that is available to each scared soul, a peace that is similar to the peace depicted in the following familiar story.

Many years ago, there was a good King who offered a prize to the artist who could paint the best picture of peace. Many artists tried. When the King finished viewing all the pictures there were two he really liked and he had to choose between them

One picture was of a calm lake. The lake was a perfect mirror for peaceful towering mountains were all around it. Overhead was a blue sky with fluffy white clouds. All who saw this picture thought that it was a perfect picture of peace. 

The other picture had mountains too. But these were rugged and bare. Above was an angry sky from which rain fell, in which lightening played. Down the side of the mountain tumbled a foaming waterfall. This did not look peaceful at all. 

But, when the King looked closely, he saw behind the waterfall a tiny bush growing in a crack in the rock.  In the bush a mother bird had built her nest. There, in the middle of the rush of angry water, sat the mother bird on her nest … in perfect peace. 

The King chose the second picture and rewarded the artist with the prize. 

He declared his choice this way: “Because,” explained the King, “peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or difficult work.  Peace means to be surrounded by all those things and still be calm in your heart. That is the real meaning of peace.” (taken from https://www.joanlunden.com)

Here is a picture that conveys the idea.

Such a peace only comes when a life is fully surrendered to Jesus!

In the news:

1.This Sabbath we will continue our series in Genesis with a message entitled, “A Return to Innocence.”

2. We will have fellowship dinner this Sabbath with the Rojas team hosting. Bring a dish and enjoy the fellowship these dinners afford. It looks like for now we will have fellowship lunch once a month. If you are interested in serving on a team, please contact Brenda Chalfant.

3. Our social committee has planned a special family night for our church this Saturday night. The event will be held in the church fellowship hall and will take place from 6-9 p.m.  The evening will begin with a special season of prayer and intercession for our brothers and sisters in Ukraine and the war that is devestating their country right now. After worship, there will be a light supper and then some group games that have beenn planned by the social commitee.

4. The 5th annual chili cook-off will be Sunday, Feb 27 at 4:30 P.M. at the school gym. Tickets will be sold at the door as a school fundraiser.

5. We will be wrapping up our study/discussion on the book of James this coming Wednesday evening at 7 P.M. via ZOOM. We will be looking at prayer for the sick and the subject of anointing.

6. The Florida & Georgia-Cumberland Conferences are offering a seminar on tips for avoiding the hassles & expense of probate. Contact Ray Hartwell for the ZOOM link to join in on this informative meeting.

7. Tom Johnson, husband of Lisa Johnnson who passed away back in December, also passed away and the memorial is scheduled for Monday at 4 P.M. at Kiser Rose Hill Funeral home. The family will receive friends from 2-4 P.M. Please keep the family in prayer as it is devestating to lose both parentns in such a close time frame.

8. Eduardo Prada Jr. will be re-baptized at 3:30 P.M. at Paint Creek on Sabbath afternoon, March 5. All are invited.

Re-Baptism for Eduardo Prada Jr. will be Sabbath, March 5 at 3:30 P.M. at Paint Creek.

9. Remember that all the men in our congregation are invited to Bible Study & Breakfast on Sunday, March 6 from 8:30 -10 A.M. at the church fellowship hall. Contact Andrew Peret for more information.

Blessings as you prepare for the coming Sabbath!

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, February 19, 2022

Dear Church Family,

In the news:

  1. This Sabbath we will resume our Genesis series with a message entitled, Media & Mediums.

2. This Sabbath afternoon at 4 P.M. at the Knoxville SDA Church, there will be a meeting where the leadership of our conference share how God has worked in our conference over the last 5 years and then open it up for anyone that has questions. All are invited and delegates and alternates are asked to attend in person. But if you are not a delegate, you are still invited to attend or watch online by clicking here. Our voted delegates are Jeremy Arnall, Jared Callaway, Larry Boughman, Mike Odell, Kevin Finley, Carl Ashlock, Sabrina Kennedy, Randy Nomura, Kirstin Elliott, Kim Shumaker, Eduardo Prada Jr., Mark Murray, Dan Thomas, & Katie Wilson. Our alternates include Anne Andrus, Rhoda Kanna, & Andrew Peret.

3. The church family is invited for some family time in the church fellowship hall on February 26th from 6-9 p.m.   We will share in worship, fellowship, and a lite supper together. Games will be provided. This event is being hosted by the social committee in our church.

4. We are thankful to report Dave Ondrejka Sr is back home now after having been hospitalized with COVID. The family appreciates your prayers on his behalf.

5. Please keep Alberta Ottinger in your prayers as she remains in the hospital with COVID. Today makes one week and she needs continued prayer. Also, Jared Callaway & Ben Hastings have come down with COVID so please keep them in your prayers as well.

6. The 5th annual GAA chili cook-off is scheduled for Sunday, February 27 at 4:30 P.M. at the school gym. All are invited to this school fundraiser.

7. Remember that coming March 6, we have a men’s breakfast & Bible study in the church fellowship hall. All men are invited to attend. It will begin at 8:30 A.M. and last about an hour and a half.

Blessings as you prepare for the coming Sabbath!

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, February 11, 2022

Dear Church Family,

In the news:

1.This Sabbath Pastor Jared will be sharing the morning message.

2. We will have an ole timey music program this Sabbath for vespers. AYA begins at 6 P.M. this Sabbath.

3. Remember that for those who ordered take out with the Pathfinders, pick up is this Sunday from 5:30 – 6:30 P.M.

4. Please note that finance committee & church board have been cancelled for this month so there will be no meeting this Monday.

5. We will be hosting an exciting mini-series focused on the Bible’s teaching on death, April 21-23. This four part series put together by Voice of Prophecy is first class and something you can feel good about bringing your friends to. Each presentation will feature an engaging video segment with Pastor Shawn Boonstra and then a short follow up Bible study. Here’s the trailer for the upcoming series.

April 21-23

6. The church camp out at Cades Cove is scheduled for July 29-31. Make your reservations early and remember we usually congregate around the A & B sites.

7. Andrew Peret is planning a men’s Bible study / breakfast for the first Sunday of each month with the first gathering taking place on Sunday, March 6 from 8:30- 10 A.M. in the church fellowship hall. Contact Andrew Peret for more information.

8. Today is Dr Turks 84th birthday! The Pathfinders went to his place last night and sang happy birthday to him in his front yard! His children came in last night and will be spending the weekend with them. Here’s a picture from last nights singing!

9. The Pathfinders are still taking orders for the drive through dinner this Sunday. Please place your order forms in the box in the foyer or contact Kirstin Elliott by tomorrow night.

Blessings as you prepare for the coming Sabbath.

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, February 4, 2022

Dear Church Family,

Let the magnitude of the following words sink in.

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Little do we comprehend the power of the mind. Modern research is demonstrating the truth of these words she wrote long ago! Let us guard the mind and follow God’s direction for our lives.

In the news:

1.This Sabbath we will be meeting in person at the church for Sabbath School & Church.

2. We will resume our Genesis series this Sabbath with a look at chapter two. The message is entitled: “Image Is Everything.”

3. There will be no AYA this Sabbath. Note that we will have AYA next Sabbath, February 12 with Dan Sanford and friends sharing some ole timey music.

4. GAA’s Winterfest which was scheduled for this Sunday has been postponed.

5. Last Sabbath, I referenced an appeal made by our church leaders that was released on January 26. If you haven’t read it, it’s worth your time. The article is entitled: Concerns Regarding COVID-19, Church Governance, and Liberty of Conscience

6. This Wednesday at 7 P.M. we will continue our study in James with a look at James 3:13-18.

7.. Remember that this Thursday is the deadline for signing up for the drive-through dinner fundraiser that the Pathfinders are offering on Sunday, February 13. Please pick up order blanks in the foyer for each order and deliver them to the school or church office by Thursday.

8. All men are invited to mark their calendars for Sunday, March 6 for breakfast and Bible study at 8:30 A.M. More details to come.

Blessings as you prepare for the coming Sabbath!

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, January 28, 2022

Dear Church Family,

Do not try to compel each other to do as you wish. You cannot do this and retain each other’s love. Manifestations of self-will destroy the peace and happiness of the home. Let not your married life be one of contention. If you do, you will both be unhappy. Be kind in speech and gentle in action, giving up your own wishes. Watch well your words, for they have a powerful influence for good or for ill. Allow no sharpness to come into your voices. Bring into your united life the fragrance of Christlikeness.

White, E. G. (1952). The Adventist Home (p. 107). Review and Herald Publishing Association.

In the news:

1. The church board met Wednesday night via ZOOM to discuss the recent spike in COVID cases at the school and church. It was voted to have Sabbath School & Church be online only this Sabbath in an effort to halt the spread as best we can in our church & school family. The link for Sabbath School & Church can be found on the church website (Greenevilleadventist.org) .

2. Sabbath School will begin at 10 a.m. via ZOOM with a lesson study. While our teachers won’t have anything online for children, parents are welcome to utilize some of the resource at StartingwithJesus.com.

3. We will transition into the worship hour after Sabbath school with a worship service.

4. The Pathfinders’ Drive Thru Dinner fundraiser is scheduled for Sunday, February 13 from 5:30-6:30 P.M. Please place your orders by Thursday, February 10. It’s $8 dollars a person. Order forms are available in the foyer and can also be accessed by clicking here.

5. The Adventist Book Center will be here this Sunday from 10-11 A.M. in the church parking lot.

6. This Sunday evening, there will be a music committee meeting at 7 P.M. via ZOOM.

7. This Wednensday at 7 P.M., we will continue our study in James with a look at James 3. Our study will be done via ZOOM.

8. The church office was closed this week due to COVID but we anticipate it should be open next Wednesday & Thursday from 9-3 P.M.

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, January 21, 2022

Dear Church Family,

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In the news:

1. This Sabbath we will begin a new sermon series in Genesis. The series will only look at the first 11 chapters. This Sabbath we will contemplate creation. The story of the whole Bible is typified in many ways in these few short chapters. These eleven chapters are so needed and relevant in these last days.

2. This Saturday night, January 22 at 5:30 p.m., the G.A.A. seniors will be leading AYA at the school gym.  After sundown a baked ziti supper will be served; proceeds will help support the senior class trip to the Grand Canyon. Following supper, we will play volleyball.

3. This Sunday at 2 p.m. there will be a memorial service at the church for Sharon Turk. She passed away Thursday morning at the hospital. Her family appreciates your prayers. Elder Ken Coonley will be coming up from Florida to speak for her memorial.

4. Elder’s meeting has been moved to ZOOM due to COVID concerns. The meeting will begin at 7 pm via ZOOM. Elder’s should watch their email Sunday for the ZOOM link.

5. Lavada Bolton, a member for many years at Greeneville, passed away on January 10. There will be no formal services. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.kiser-rosehillfuneralhome.com.

6. Remember we are studying the book of James each Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. via ZOOM. This week we will pick up at verse 14 in chapter 2.

7. As we plan our calendar for this year, I wanted to invite you to save a date for an upcoming event we are calling “LIVE STREAM.” Tina and I would like to invite our church family out to our home to enjoy some food and fellowship by the stream in our front yard. We have elected to divide the gatherings up into three groupings based on the age of the person who is the head of the household. Here are the dates and age groupings (remember children are invited to attend as well with parents). Hope you will mark your calendar and plan to come. Watch for more details. Sunday, March 20 at 4:30 pm will be for those ages 20-49. Sunday, April 17 at 4;30 p.m. will be for those ages 50-69. Sunday, June 12 at 4:30 p.m. will be for those ages 70 and above.

March 20 for 20-49 yr olds / April 17 for 50-69 yr olds / June 12 for 70 and above.

8. The Church Retreat at the Oaks is scheduled for April 15-16. Melody Mason who is the prayer coordinator for United in Prayer at the General Conference will be our guest speaker for the weekend. Melody has also authored two popular books, Daring to Ask for More and Daring to Live by Every Word.

9. Our church campout at Cades Cove is scheduled for July 29-31. Make your reservations early and remember we usually congregate around the A & B sites.

Church Campout will be July 29-31, 2022

10. Social Committee has planned for a church social for Saturday night, February 26. There will be food and creative games planned at the school gym.

11. Sabbath, May 7, has been designated International Sabbath. It will involve a parade of nations and a special worship service as well as a fellowship meal with authentic international cuisine. This is always a real treat. Our social committee will be coordinating the event.

12. August 6 will be our Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? Sabbath. This event is always fun as we build new connections in the church family and develop and deepen relationships.

13. Social committee has planned for Sunday, September 25 (Oct 2nd alternate date) for a barn party to be held under our new pavilion. More details will be forthcoming.

14. We have a youth-led Bible prophecy series scheduled to take place between Oct 23 and Nov 19.

Blessings as you prepare for the coming Sabbath.

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, January 14, 2022

Dear Church Family,

In our reading this morning as a family we read these beautiful words:

Many are inquiring, “How am I to make the surrender of myself to God?” You desire to give yourself to Him, but you are weak in moral power, in slavery to doubt, and controlled by the habits of your life of sin. Your promises and resolutions are like ropes of sand. You cannot control your thoughts, your impulses, your affections. The knowledge of your broken promises and forfeited pledges weakens your confidence in your own sincerity, and causes you to feel that God cannot accept you; but you need not despair. What you need to understand is the true force of the will. This is the governing power in the nature of man, the power of decision, or of choice. Everything depends on the right action of the will. The power of choice God has given to men; it is theirs to exercise. You cannot change your heart, you cannot of yourself give to God its affections; but you can choose to serve Him. You can give Him your will; He will then work in you to will and to do according to His good pleasure. Thus your whole nature will be brought under the control of the Spirit of Christ; your affections will be centered upon Him, your thoughts will be in harmony with Him.
Desires for goodness and holiness are right as far as they go; but if you stop here, they will avail nothing. Many will be lost while hoping and desiring to be Christians. They do not come to the point of yielding the will to God. They do not now choose to be Christians.

White, E. G. (1892). Steps to Christ (pp. 47–48). Pacific Press Publishing Association.

In the news:

1.This Sabbath is Pathfinder Sabbath. Pastor Jared will be sharing the message as our pathfinders participate in various ways in the morning service.

2. Due to many being sick right now, fellowship luncheon has been canceled for tomorrow.

3. Speaking of Pathfinders, their fundraiser that was planned for this Saturday night has been modified due to COVID concerns. It will now consist of a drive-through spaghetti dinner pick-up at the school. It’s $5 dollars a person and proceeds go to support their camporee trips. Pick-up is available between 6:30 & 7 pm this Saturday night at the school.

4. Church Finance & Church Board will both be meeting via zoom this Monday evening at 6pm and 7:15pm respectively.

5. The church office hours will be modified due to Carolyn’s upcoming knee surgery. For the next four weeks, the office will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays and open from 9a.m.-3p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Brenda Chalfant will be stepping in to cover.

6. Our mid-week study continues this Wednesday at 7 p.m. via ZOOM as we wrap up chapter 1 and begin chapter 2 of James.

7. Remember that on January 22 at 5:30 p.m., the G.A.A. seniors will be leading AYA at the school gym.  After sundown a baked ziti supper will be served; proceeds will help support the senior class trip to the Grand Canyon. Following supper, we will play volleyball.

8. There will be an elder’s meeting at Pastor Jeremy’s home on Sunday, January 23 at 5:30 p.m. Supper will be served.

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

January 7, 2022

Dear Church Family,

May we not forget:

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In the news:

1. This Sabbath we will continue in our series in John with a look at John 21. The handbell choir will be sharing in the worship hour as well this Sabbath.

2. This Sabbath, AYA will feature Dan Sanford and friends as we enjoy some Ole Timey Music at 5 p.m. in the church sanctuary. Bring your instrument if you like and participate. All are welcome.

3. This Sabbath is the Sabbath for the religious liberty offering to be collected. If there was ever a need for vigilance in this area, it is now. Our offerings this Sabbath will help assist with this work including placing the church’s official paper on religious liberty, Liberty Magazine, into the hands of our nation’s thought leaders.

4. Our new church website launched at the beginning of this year. It is still in beta you might say as there is more to do and explore with its development. Meanwhile, if you are looking for the links for the bulletin, zoom, or live stream, you can access those links via the home page. The links can be found on top of the picture of the church near the top of the page.

5. The Pathfinders are having a fundraiser Saturday night, Jan 15 at the school.  They will be providing a spaghetti supper with a Cooking Competition and a Talent Show for $5/person.  It will start with worship and supper at 6 p.m. 

6. An Elder’s Meeting has been scheduled for Sunday, January 23 at 5:30 p.m. at Pastor Jeremy’s house. Supper will be provided. RSVP requested.

7. Dr. Daniel Castro will be presenting for Dinner with the Doctor this Tuesday night, January 11 at 6:30 p.m. His presentation is entitled: Diabetes: Essential Characteristics for Reversal. Note that instead of a meal served, there will be sack lunches provided for those registered.

8. Please mark your calendar for January 22! The G.A.A. seniors will be leading AYA at the school gym at 5:30 P.M. After sundown, a baked
ziti supper will be served with a volleyball game to follow. This fundraiser will be for the Senior class trip to the Grand Canyon.

9. Finance Committee & Church board have been rescheduled for Monday, January 17.

10. Remember our mid-week Bible study takes place each Wednesday at 7 p.m. via ZOOM. We are currently studying the book of James.

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy