Friday, May 26, 2022

Dear Church Family,

No doubt you too have been saddened by the awful news of the school shooting in Texas this week. Indeed, the tide of evil is swelling at an alarming rate. I read the following this week and felt it relevant as we hear all the awful details about the heinous acts of these criminals. Let us pray for the families affected by this and remember to cling to Jesus in these troublesome times.

Already the doctrine that men are released from obedience to God’s requirements has weakened the force of moral obligation and opened the floodgates of iniquity upon the world. Lawlessness, dissipation, and corruption are sweeping in upon us like an overwhelming tide. In the family, Satan is at work. His banner waves, even in professedly Christian households. There is envy, evil surmising, hypocrisy, estrangement, emulation, strife, betrayal of sacred trusts, indulgence of lust. The whole system of religious principles and doctrines, which should form the foundation and framework of social life, seems to be a tottering mass, ready to fall to ruin. The vilest of criminals, when thrown into prison for their offenses, are often made the recipients of gifts and attentions as if they had attained an enviable distinction. Great publicity is given to their character and crimes. The press publishes the revolting details of vice, thus initiating others into the practice of fraud, robbery, and murder; and Satan exults in the success of his hellish schemes. The infatuation of vice, the wanton taking of life, the terrible increase of intemperance and iniquity of every order and degree, should arouse all who fear God, to inquire what can be done to stay the tide of evil. GC 585

In the news:

1.We will resume our series in Genesis this Sabbath with a message entitled, “Remember Me!” We will also be celebrating Piper Barrett’s baptism this Sabbath as well.

2. Due to Camp Meeting this coming week, we will not have any evening meetings or mid-week services. All are encouraged to attend either the Carolina Conference Camp Meeting or the Georgia-Cumberland Camp Meeting. Both will be live-streamed.

3. Due to the rain this past Sunday, we had to reschedule our LIVE STREAM for Sunday, June 12 at 4:30 P.M. So if you are 50 or older, you are invited to come and join us at our place for food and fellowship by the stream.

4. Eilene Strong is needing 2 or 3 men to help her move some heavy furniture at her place on Sunday at about 1 P.M. She believes it should take a couple of hours. If you are able to help, please contact Eilene Strong at 620-2413.

5. Pastor Nate’s move-in date has been rescheduled for Monday, June 6. His first Sabbath speaking is still scheduled for Sabbath, June 11.

6. A music committee meeting has been scheduled at Amanda Robinson’s home for Thursday, June 9 at 6 P.M.

7. A Sabbath School council meeting has been scheduled for Monday, June 6 at 6 P.M. at the church in the fellowship hall.

8. After hearing of the awful tragedy this week, you might be interested to read this statement from roughly 30 years ago that the Adventist church issued regarding assault weapons.

9. Looking Ahead:

  • May 29-June 4 – Carolina Camp Meeting
  • June 1-June 4 – Georgia-Cumberland Camp Meeting
  • Sunday, June 5 – Men’s Ministry Breakfast / Bible Study
  • Sabbath, June 11 – Pastor Nate’s first Sabbath
  • Sabbath June 11 – AYA will feature AFM Missionaries
  • Sunday, June 12 – Live Stream (70+ yr olds)
  • Tuesday, June 14 – Dinner with the Doctor
  • Sabbath, June 25 – AYA Old Timey Music with Dan Sanford
  • Sunday, June 26 – GAA Yard Sale
  • Sunday, July 3 – Men’s Ministry Breakfast / Bible Study
  • Sabbath, July 9 – AWR Sabbath
  • July 18-22 – Vacation Bible School
  • July 29-31 – Church Camp Out Make your reservations now.
  • Sabbath, August 6 – Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, May 20, 2022

Dear Church Family,

As we anticipate General Conference session and as we consider the times in which we are living, let us remember the following counsel. Let us remain united in the work even though at times such unity may seem to operate more slowly than we prefer. God will see his church through to the end.

Maranatha 203

She also writes in 9T 257-259 –

Oh, how Satan would rejoice if he could succeed in his efforts to get in among this people and disorganize the work at a time when thorough organization is essential and will be the greatest power to keep out spurious uprisings and to refute claims not endorsed by the word of God! We want to hold the lines evenly, that there shall be no breaking down of the system of organization and order that has been built up by wise, careful labor. License must not be given to disorderly elements that desire to control the work at this time.
Some have advanced the thought that, as we near the close of time, every child of God will act independently of any religious organization. But I have been instructed by the Lord that in this work there is no such thing as every man’s being independent. . . .
The spasmodic, fitful movements of some who claim to be Christians are well represented by the work of strong but untrained horses. When one pulls forward, another pulls back, and at the voice of their master one plunges ahead and the other stands immovable. If men will not move in concert in the great and grand work for this time, there will be confusion. It is not a good sign when men refuse to unite with their brethren and prefer to act alone. Let laborers take into their confidence the brethren who are free to point out every departure from right principles. If men wear the yoke of Christ, they can not pull apart; they will draw with Christ.
Some workers pull with all the power that God has given them, but they have not yet learned that they should not pull alone. Instead of isolating themselves, let them draw in harmony with their fellow laborers. Unless they do this, their activity will work at the wrong time and in the wrong way. They will often work counter to that which God would have done, and thus their work is worse than wasted.

Testimonies for the Church (Vol. 9, pp. 257–259). (1855). Pacific Press Publishing Association.

In the news:

1. This Sabbath we will have a special worship service as we say farewell to our graduating seniors. Randy Nomura will be sharing the morning message.

2. We will have AYA this Sabbath which will feature a sing-along with Dr. Bill Chunestudy, who is coming as the guest conductor for the weekend. He has led the students in music clinics over the past three years and you are invited to sing-along or come and enjoy listening to the music and devotional message at 6 P.M. Sabbath evening. Music is available via email or hardcopy by contacting Ms. Anne. Text or email at 615-403-2954 OR anne62014@gmail.com.

3. LIVE STREAM has been rescheduled for Sunday, June 12. We will combine the two age groups on June 12 due to the rain forecasted for the May 22 date.

4. We will resume our mid-week service this Wednesday at 7 P.M. via ZOOM. We will be studying Zechariah chapter 8.

5. Next Sabbath we will be celebrating Piper Barrett’s baptism during the worship hour. All are invited.

6. Pastor Nate Nelson, our new associate, plans to be unloading his moving truck here on Monday, May 30 at 9 A.M. He needs three young men who would be willing to help for 2 or 3 hours. You will be paid for your time. If you are able to do so, please contact him directly at 423-488-8068.

7. We will have a music committee meeting on Thursday, June 9, at 6 P.M.

8. Remember!

  • May 29-June 4 – Carolina Camp Meeting
  • June 1-June 4 – Georgia-Cumberland Camp Meeting
  • Sunday, June 5 – Men’s Ministry Breakfast / Bible Study
  • Sabbath, June 11 – Pastor Nate’s first Sabbath
  • Sabbath June 11 – AYA will feature AFM Missionaries
  • Sunday, June 12 – Live Stream (70+ yr olds)
  • Tuesday, June 14 – Dinner with the Doctor
  • Sabbath, June 25 – AYA Old Timey Music with Dan Sanford
  • Sunday, June 26 – GAA Yard Sale
  • Sunday, July 3 – Men’s Ministry Breakfast / Bible Study
  • Sabbath, July 9 – AWR Sabbath
  • July 18-22 – Vacation Bible School
  • July 29-31 – Church Camp Out Make your reservations now.
  • Sabbath, August 6 – Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, May 13, 2022

Dear Church Family,

Children should not be long confined within doors, nor should they be required to apply themselves closely to study until a good foundation has been laid for physical development. For the first eight or ten years of a child’s life the field or garden is the best schoolroom, the mother the best teacher, nature the best lesson book. Even when the child is old enough to attend school, his health should be regarded as of greater importance than a knowledge of books. He should be surrounded with the conditions most favorable to both physical and mental growth.

White, E. G. (1903). Education (p. 208). Pacific Press Publishing Association.

In the news:

1. This Sabbath, our youth will be leading in the service, and Jenna Felan will be sharing the message for the worship hour.

2. We will have AYA this Sabbath with Dan Sanford & friends. Come enjoy some beautiful music as we close the Sabbath!

3. We will not have our mid-week service this week due to graduation. Our mid-week Bible study will resume on Wednesday, May 25 at 7 P.M. We are in Zechariah chapter 8.

4. GAA’s 8th-grade graduation will be this Wednesday at 6 P.M. in the school gym. All are invited.

5. GAA’s Senior graduation will be this Thursday at 6 P.M. in the school gym. All are invited!

6. Some of you may remember Pastor Dave Sharpe who used to head up our CSC work. I just received a call from him today and learned that he is 90 years old now and preaches every week at a church plant in Raleigh, NC. His church has 70 members with a combined online and in-person attendance of around 90. They hope to be voted in as a church this coming August as they have now met all the requirements. The Lord continues to use Pastor Dave in a mighty way. He sends his regards to each of you.

7. The church pictorial directory is available online or via a free app on your phone. I continue to learn of those who are unaware of it or who simply haven’t checked it out. This is a very useful tool as it gives you quick access to the church families’ contact info and pictures. Also, if you haven’t updated your picture or contact info lately, you may wish to do so via their website. Here are the steps to use this handy app:

  • Download the app or visit the website. Here are instructions for iPhone, Android, and a Computer Web Browser.
  • If you’ve never used Instant Church Directory, click Member sign in and then click First Time Signing In!
  • Use the same email you gave the church office to sign up. If you can’t remember, contact the church office. If the email isn’t the same, it won’t allow you to join.
  • When prompted, create a password of your choosing. Don’t forget!
  • Now you should have access to the online directory. Please check out your profile and update any incorrect or outdated info including your picture by following these simple directions.
  • Note that if you are using the app on your phone, you can click on a member’s phone number to initiate a text or phone call. If you click on their address it will launch your GPS for directions or if you click on their email it will launch your email client so you can write an email. Did you just hear a name of a member you don’t know? You can pull out your phone and look up their picture anytime. You need this app if you don’t have it!
Instant Church Directory – Sign in Today! It’s Free!

8. Next Sabbath we will have Senior Baccalaureate and then AYA that evening with a sing-along with Dr. Bill Chunestudy, who is coming as the guest conductor for the weekend. He has led the students in music clinics over the past three years and you are invited to sing-along or come and enjoy listening to the music and devotional message at 6 P.M. Sabbath evening. Music is available via email or hardcopy by contacting Ms. Anne. Text or email at 615-403-2954 OR anne62014@gmail.com.

9. Our next LIVE STREAM will be at our place on Sunday, May 22 at 4:30 P.M. Remember this LIVE STREAM is for those ages 50-69 and their families. If you would like to bring something for the meal, a salad of some kind would be welcome. RSVP is preferred but not required. Also, you may like to bring something to roast marshmallows with and a camp chair. We will have another LIVE STREAM for those ages 70+ on Sunday, June 12 at 4:30 P.M.

10. Our church board voted this past Monday to have a community garden at the church. Thanks to Katie Wilson & Julissa Fernandez for their enthusiastic proposal on the matter. While details are still being developed, we are excited about the possibilities this will afford!! This ministry will fall under health ministries which is headed up by Rhoda Kanna. More details will be forthcoming but the goal, for now, is to have everything ready in time for a fall garden. Here’s a story from the Terrace SDA Church and their experience with a community garden. And here is an older story from the Auburn SDA church and their community garden. Their stories are very inspiring!

11. Next year’s church retreat speaker was scheduled this week as well. We will have with us Chad Kreuzer from Health & Homestead. The church retreat is scheduled for April 28-29, 2023.

12. We confirmed this week with Messiah’s Mansion to have them come next fall. It’s been nearly a decade since we last had the mansion here. It was in Johnson City back in 2018. This is a full-scale replica of the OT Sanctuary with tours that explain the gospel through its symbols. We will have tours for the community from September 30 through October 8 of 2023. We will then follow up on the 10th of October with a full Bible study series for the community.

13. Mark your calendars for Sabbath, July 9 when we will have Adventist World Radio AWR coming to share stories and miracles of God’s work around the world.

14. Remember!

  • May 29-June 4 – Carolina Camp Meeting
  • June 1-June 4 – Georgia-Cumberland Camp Meeting
  • Sunday, June 5 – Men’s Ministry Breakfast / Bible Study
  • Sabbath, June 11 – Pastor Nate’s first Sabbath
  • Sabbath June 11 – AYA will feature AFM Missionaries
  • Sunday, June 12 – Live Stream (70+ yr olds)
  • Tuesday, June 14 – Dinner with the Doctor
  • Sabbath, June 25 – AYA Old Timey Music with Dan Sanford
  • Sunday, June 26 – GAA Yard Sale
  • Sunday, July 3 – Men’s Ministry Breakfast / Bible Study
  • Sabbath, July 9 – AWR Sabbath
  • July 18-22 – Vacation Bible School
  • July 29-31 – Church Camp Out Make your reservations now.
  • Sabbath, August 6 – Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

Blessings as you prepare for the coming Sabbath!

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, May 6, 2022

Dear Church Family,

Many lessons to glean from the following paragraph:

When the Israelites first settled in Canaan they acknowledged the principles of the theocracy, and the nation prospered under the rule of Joshua. But increase of population and intercourse with other nations brought a change. The people adopted many of the customs of their heathen neighbors and thus sacrificed to a great degree their own peculiar, holy character. Gradually they lost their reverence for God and ceased to prize the honor of being His chosen people. Attracted by the pomp and display of heathen monarchs, they tired of their own simplicity. Jealousy and envy sprang up between the tribes. Internal dissensions made them weak; they were continually exposed to the invasion of their heathen foes, and the people were coming to believe that in order to maintain their standing among the nations, the tribes must be united under a strong central government. As they departed from obedience to God’s law, they desired to be freed from the rule of their divine Sovereign; and thus the demand for a monarchy became widespread throughout Israel.

White, E. G. (1890). The Story of Patriarchs and Prophets as Illustrated in the Lives of Holy Men of Old (Vol. 1, p. 603). Pacific Press Publishing Association.

In the news:

1. The Greeneville Adventist Academy Mission Trip report has been rescheduled for Tuesday, May 10 at 6:30 P.M. at the church. This will feature stories and pictures from the recent trip to Bolivia. All are invited.

2. Tomorrow is International Sabbath at our church. All are invited to wear their international dress if they have such and also bring a dish and join us for fellowship dinner. They are asking that we mark our dish if it is vegan. Note that there will be overflow seating and tables under the pavilion to help accommodate everyone. Also, all those marching in the parade of nations are asked to gather in the foyer at 10:40 A.M. so that we can begin the parade at 10:50 A.M. Finally, after the postlude tomorrow, they are asking everyone who marched to please gather on the platform for a group picture.

3. Tomorrow night we have Pathfinder & Adventurer Investiture at 6:30 P.M. All are invited to come as we see how God has worked through our young people this year. Note that there will be a picnic supper under the pavilion at 6 P.M. for all who would like to join. Everyone is on their own for food so bring a picnic and join in the fellowship.

4. We will have Finance & CSC Committee at 6 P.M. in the fellowship hall this Monday evening.

5. We will have church board at 7:15 P.M. in the fellowship hall this Monday evening.

6. This Wednesday we will continue our journey through Zechariah with a look at chapter 7. We will meet via ZOOM at 7 P.M.

7. There were 15 of us that represented our church this past Sunday at the Georgia-Cumberland Constituency session at Georgia-Cumberland Academy. It proved a great day and everything was very orderly and smooth. A highlight was the morning devotional by Pastor Bradshaw. It was a powerful message indeed!

8. The CSC is needing more volunteers for the food warehouse, 50lb lifting Wednesdays 7:40 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. 1-2 persons needed; Fridays 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. 1-2 persons needed. Call Brenda Reese at 423-741-5707.

9. Our next LIVE STREAM will be at our place on Sunday, May 22 at 4:30 P.M. Remember this LIVE STREAM is for those ages 50-69 and their families. If you would like to bring something for the meal, a salad of some kind would be welcome. RSVP is preferred but not required. Also, you may like to bring something to roast marshmallows with and a camp chair. We will have another LIVE STREAM for those ages 70+ on Sunday, June 12 at 4:30 P.M.

10. Looking Ahead:

  • Sabbath, May 14 – Youth Sabbath (Jenna Felan preaching)
  • Sabbath, May 14 – AYA Old Timey Music with Dan Sanford
  • Wednesday, May 18 -8th Grade Graduation
  • Thursday, May 19 – Senior Graduation
  • Sabbath, May 21 – Baccalaureate
  • Sabbath, May 21 – AYA will feature a choral sing-a-long.
  • Sunday, May 22 – Live Stream (50-69 yr olds)
  • May 29-June 4 – Carolina Camp Meeting
  • June 1-June 4 – Georgia-Cumberland Camp Meeting
  • Sunday, June 5 – Men’s Ministry Breakfast / Bible Study
  • Sabbath, June 11 – Pastor Nate’s first Sabbath
  • Sabbath June 11 – AYA will feature AFM Missionaries
  • Sunday, June 12 – Live Stream (70+ yr olds)
  • Tuesday, June 14 – Dinner with the Doctor
  • Sabbath, June 25 – AYA Old Timey Music with Dan Sanford
  • Sunday, June 26 – GAA Yard Sale
  • Sunday, July 3 – Men’s Ministry Breakfast / Bible Study
  • July 18-22 – Vacation Bible School
  • July 29-31 – Church Camp Out Make your reservations now.
  • Sabbath, August 6 – Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

Blessings as you prepare for the coming Sabbath!

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, April 29, 2022

Dear Church Family,

The only hope for us if we would overcome is to unite our will to God’s will and work in co-operation with Him, hour by hour and day by day. We cannot retain self and yet enter the kingdom of God. If we ever attain unto holiness, it will be through the renunciation of self and the reception of the mind of Christ. Pride and self-sufficiency must be crucified. Are we willing to pay the price required of us? Are we willing to have our will brought into perfect conformity to the will of God? Until we are willing, the transforming grace of God cannot be manifest upon us. . .

There are persons who believe that they are right, when they are wrong. While claiming Christ as their Lord, and professedly doing great works in His name, they are workers of iniquity. . .

Obedience is the test of discipleship. It is the keeping of the commandments that proves the sincerity of our professions of love. When the doctrine we accept kills sin in the heart, purifies the soul from defilement, bears fruit unto holiness, we may know that it is the truth of God. When benevolence, kindness, tenderheartedness, sympathy, are manifest in our lives; when the joy of right doing is in our hearts; when we exalt Christ, and not self, we may know that our faith is of the right order. “Hereby we do know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments.” 1 John 2:3.

White, E. G. (1896). Thoughts from the Mount of Blessing (pp. 143–147). Pacific Press Publishing Association.

In the news:

1.This Sabbath we will continue our series in Genesis with a message entitled, “What’s on Your Mind?” GAA will be sharing lots of beautiful music with us as well.

This week we will continue our study of Genesis 6

2. The school will also be providing our vespers tomorrow with a spring concert at 7 P.M. at the school gym. The program will be followed up with fresh strawberries!

3. This Sunday at 8:30 A.M., there will be another men’s Bible study & breakfast in the church fellowship hall. All men are invited.

4. Remember that if you have been asked to serve as a delegate, you will need to be at the Georgia-Cumberland Academy campus by 9:30 A.M. to register and be present for the Georgia-Cumberland constituency session.

5. Here is a valuable opportunity that has come up for those interested. There will be a FEMA CERT (COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM) 20-hour training course offered May 18-22 at Bee Well Outpost, 3845 Houston Valley Rd., Greeneville. For more information and to register email Jim Ingersoll at jci143@icloud.com.

6. International Sabbath is just a little over a week away. This is sure to be a special Sabbath with a parade of nations and an international flavor in our worship hour. Then following the service, we will enjoy a fellowship dinner with various international cuisine represented from all over the world.

7. Ministry leaders, we need your help. Each of you should have received an email as well as a letter in the mail regarding your ministry position. So far about half of you have responded. If you have not, please submit your responses as soon as possible.  Here is the letter which includes the link to the survey. If you are a ministry leader, please review the letter and your current job description and complete the survey by Sunday evening, May 1. Thank you for your help with this and for your service as a ministry leader.

8. It is interesting, I have spoken with two different Adventist families just this week who are hoping to move to this area and are looking for a home with some property. Of course we have families in our church who are also looking for property and a home. Let us pray that God will continue leading these families as to where they should make their home.

9. Our mid-week Bible study in Zechariah continues this Wednesday at 7 P.M. via ZOOM with a look at Zechariah 6.

10. Remember that next Friday, at 6:30 P.M., the GAA mission team who recently returned from the Bolivia mission trip, will share their report. All are invited to attend.

11. It’s time to begin transplanting your tomato plants. It’s often been a rule of thumb I thought to wait until after mother’s day to avoid frost but based on the forecast, I hear some are moving ahead. Here’s a video we did last year with Carl Ashlock on how to transplant your tomato plants. Check it out for some helpful tips.

12. LOOKING AHEAD:

  • Sabbath, May 14 – Youth Sabbath (Jenna Felan preaching)
  • Sabbath, May 14 – AYA Old Timey Musical
  • Wednesday, May 18 -8th Grade Graduation
  • Thursday, May 19 – Senior Graduation
  • Sabbath, May 21 – Baccalaureate
  • Sabbath, May 21 – AYA will feature a choral sing-a-long.
  • Sunday, May 22 – Live Stream (50-69 yr olds)
  • Sunday, June 5 – Men’s Ministry Breakfast / Bible Study
  • Sabbath June 11 – AYA will feature AFM Missionaries
  • Sunday, June 12 – Live Stream (70+ yr olds)
  • Tuesday, June 14 – Dinner with the Doctor
  • Sabbath, June 25 – AYA Old Timey Musical
  • Sunday, June 26 – GAA Yard Sale
  • Sunday, July 3 – Men’s Ministry Breakfast / Bible Study
  • July 18-22 – Vacation Bible School
  • Sabbath, August 6 – Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

Blessings as you prepare for the coming Sabbath!

In His Service,
Pastor Jeremy

Friday, April 22, 2022

Dear Church Family,

The tempted one needs to understand the true force of the will. This is the governing power in the nature of man—the power of decision, of choice. Everything depends on the right action of the will. Desires for goodness and purity are right, so far as they go; but if we stop here, they avail nothing. Many will go down to ruin while hoping and desiring to overcome their evil propensities. They do not yield the will to God. They do not choose to serve Him.
God has given us the power of choice; it is ours to exercise. We cannot change our hearts, we cannot control our thoughts, our impulses, our affections. We cannot make ourselves pure, fit for God’s service. But we can choose to serve God, we can give Him our will; then He will work in us to will and to do according to His good pleasure. Thus our whole nature will be brought under the control of Christ.

White, E. G. (1905). The Ministry of Healing (p. 176). Pacific Press Publishing Association.

In the news:

1.I was so happy to see the turnout of our church family last night and we had at least 5 guests there as well. Tonight’s topic is entitled, “Whisper of the Serpent.” Remember it begins at 7 p.m. at the church.

2. This Sabbath we will continue our Serpentine Prophecy series at the 11 o’clock hour. While Sabbath School and the prayer time during the worship hour will be live-streamed, the Serpentine Prophecy portion will not be live-streamed due to requirements from the Voice of Prophecy.

3. Tomorrow night, at 7 P.M., we will have our final presentation in the Serpentine Prophecy series. I must say this is a pivotal one as it brings the whole series together.

4. The GAA mission team has returned safely from Bolivia. The Pathfinders have a camporee this weekend so will be gone. Thus several students went from mission trip straight to camporee. Even though several got sick near the end, they are all home safe and well. Praise God! Their report will be given on May 6 at 6:30 P.M. instead of April 29. So please note the change in date.

5. Men’s ministries will have their Bible study and breakfast on May 1 at 8:30 A.M. at the church fellowship hall. All men are invited to attend.

6. The GAA spring concert is planned for next Sabbath evening at 7 P.M. as we close the Sabbath together and enjoy good music. The concert will be in the school gym.

7. Our mid-week Bible study in Zechariah continues this Wednesday at 7 P.M. via ZOOM with a look at Zechariah 5.

8. The Community Services Center is needing 1-2 volunteers on Wednesdays from 7:40 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  & Fridays  8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Call Brenda Chalfant at 423-741-5707 if you can help.

9. Remember our International Sabbath is just around the corner. May 7 will involve a special worship service including a parade of nations and a wonderful church fellowship dinner. It’s always a special Sabbath!

10. Ministry leaders, we need your help. Each of you should have received an email as well as a letter in the mail regarding your ministry position. So far I only have around 3 submissions in. Here is the letter which includes the link to the survey. If you are a ministry leader, please review the letter and your current job description and complete the survey by May 1. We are trying to update the ministry descriptions in time for the nominating committee process later this year. Thank you!!

Blessings,
Pastor Jeremy

Friday, April 15, 2022

Dear Church Family,

Satan seeks to bring us into temptation, that the evil of our characters may be revealed before men and angels, that he may claim us as his own. In the symbolic prophecy of Zechariah, Satan is seen standing at the right hand of the Angel of the Lord, accusing Joshua, the high priest, who is clothed in filthy garments, and resisting the work that the Angel desires to do for him. This represents the attitude of Satan toward every soul whom Christ is seeking to draw unto Himself. The enemy leads us into sin, and then he accuses us before the heavenly universe as unworthy of the love of God. But “the Lord said unto Satan, The Lord rebuke thee, O Satan; even the Lord that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire?” And unto Joshua He said, “Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment.” Zechariah 3:1–4 . . .

It is not safe for us to linger to contemplate the advantages to be reaped through yielding to Satan’s suggestions. Sin means dishonor and disaster to every soul that indulges in it; but it is blinding and deceiving in its nature, and it will entice us with flattering presentations. If we venture on Satan’s ground we have no assurance of protection from his power. So far as in us lies, we should close every avenue by which the tempter may find access to us.

White, E. G. (1896). Thoughts from the Mount of Blessing (p. 116-118). Pacific Press Publishing Association.

In the news:

  1. Tonight we begin our retreat at the Oaks at 7 P.M. with Melody Mason presenting. Her message tonight is entitled, “Our Greatest Need.”

2. Sabbath School will begin at 10 A.M. at the Oaks with the children’s divisions location listed in the Oaks Bulletin. Church will begin at 11:30 and Melody will be sharing a message entitled, “Growing Faith for the Final Conflict: My Story / Your Story!”

3. Remember that the potluck will be on the front porch at the Oaks. Please bring a dish remembering that the facility doesn’t have the means of keeping your dish cool or warm. So prepare accordingly.

4. Our afternoon meeting will be at 3 P.M. with Melody presenting. Her message will be “Living, Loving, & Dying for the Word?”

5. Supper will be at 5 P.M. and will be provided by the church. Carolyn needs volunteers to help her with putting the food out and with cleaning up after the meal.

6. We will have vespers at 7 P.M. Sabbath evening with Melody sharing her final message, “Growing as a Family in Prayer!”

7. The ABC Bookmobile will be here this Sunday, April 17 in the church parking lot from 10-11 A.M.

8. Remember our mission team as they begin to wrap up their efforts this weekend. They have worked hard this week with construction, vision clinic, VBS, and evangelistic meetings. They will give a report on Friday, April 29.

9. Remember that opening night for the Serpentine Prophecy series is this coming Thursday at 7 P.M. Note that this series will not be streamed!! We are depending on our church family to invite their friends and neighbors as we are doing minimal public advertising. This series on the occult & the danger of the deception this creates is very relevant and needed right now. So please take an invite card which we will have available at the Oaks for you to pick up and invite or share the image below along with the website, www.serpentineprophecy.com with your friends.

Trailer
Interview and study with Serpentine Prophecy Hosts
Invitation

9. We will have our mid-week Bible study this Wednesday at 7 P.M. via ZOOM. We will be studying Zechariah chapter 4.

10. Brainerd Chapel Seventh-day Adventist Church recently opened back up and is needing pianists. If you are interested in helping out some, please contact Pastor Aaron Mills Jr. at 256-541-8942

11. We are thankful to report that the shipping container that was shipped on Dec 15, finally reached Jonathan Dietrich in Chad on Tuesday and nothing was damaged. Thank you for all the prayers.

12. As you likely saw in last Sunday’s email from Pastor Jared, he has elected to take a job with the prison system as a chaplain. This new ministry direction means he will not serve in Rogersville but instead will move to West Virginia. As we have witnessed, Pastor Jared has a real gift in interpersonal ministry and we affirm him in this new ministry field he is entering. He will be a part of the NAD chaplaincy program but will be hired by the federal government. We will miss him and are grateful for his time with us. He will actually remain employed by Georgia-Cumberland until May 15 and will be on staff here at the church during that time. However, he is on vacation this weekend and will be on vacation the second half of next week as well.

13. Pastor Nate Nelson was interviewed by our church board this past Monday evening and it was voted to affirm his coming to Greeneville as our new Associate Pastor. He will begin ministry here on Monday, June 6. He comes to us from Southern Adventist University with a degree in theology. He served in the army for 8 years and was baptized as a Seventh-day Adventist back in 2017. In time he will share his story with us. He has a wife named Jennifer and a 4-year-old daughter named, Evelyn. Jennifer has a background in business but is a full-time mom at the moment.

Pastor Nate & Family
  • LOOKING AHEAD:
    • Sabbath, May 7 – International Sabbath
    • Sabbath, May 14 – Youth Sabbath (Jenna Felan preaching)
    • Wednesday, May 18 -8th Grade Graduation
    • Thursday, May 19 – Senior Graduation
    • Sabbath, May 21 – Baccalaureate
    • Sunday, May 22 – Live Stream (50-69 yr olds)
    • May 29-June 4 – Carolina Camp Meeting
    • June 1-June 4 – Georgia-Cumberland Camp Meeting
    • Sunday, June 5 – Men’s Ministry Breakfast / Bible Study
    • Sabbath, June 11 – Pastor Nate’s first Sabbath
    • Sunday, June 12 – Live Stream (70+ yr olds)
    • Tuesday, June 14 – Dinner with the Doctor
    • Sunday, June 26 – GAA Yard Sale
    • Sunday, July 3 – Men’s Ministry Breakfast / Bible Study
    • July 18-22 – VBS
    • July 29-31 – Church Camp Out
    • Sabbath, August 6 – Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, April 8, 2022

Dear Church Family,

Thoughts from the Mount of Blessings page 107

In the news:

1.This Sabbath we will celebrate communion together. We will also be doing so in the traditional manner we used to do it before COVID seeing as how COVID cases have greatly diminished in our area.

2. I will be sharing the message tomorrow with a homily entitled, “The Ark & The Covenant.”

3. Note that due to communion we will only have one Sabbath school class in the sanctuary tomorrow with Ken Mathews teaching.

4. Our finance committee will meet this Monday at 6 P.M. at the church.

5. Our church board will meet this Monday at 7:15 P.M. at the church. Note that we will have Elder Rick Greve with us as we meet and interview our new associate pastoral candidate.

6. This coming Tuesday we will have Dinner with the Doctor! And we will finally be able to have a regular sit down dinner like we used to have. We will have special guest Dr. Sabangan with us to speak on the importance of sleep.

7. This Wednesday we will resume our study in Zechariah with a look at chapter 3. We will meet at 7 P.M. via ZOOM.

8. Remember our GAA mission team as they are now safely in Bolivia after a night flight from Miami. While they had a delayed flight to Miami, they were able to secure all their visas and make their way to their final destination. You can hear about the miracles that are already underway by planning to attend the Friday night mission report scheduled for April 29.

9. Remember that our church retreat is coming up next weekend at the Oaks! Melody Mason will be with us. Here is the schedule:

  • Friday, 7PM – Our Greatest Need!
  • Sabbath School, 10 A.M. – Lesson Study
  • Sabbath Worship, 11:30 A.M. – Growing Faith for the Final Conflict: My Story/Your Story!
  • Sabbath Potluck, 1 P.M. – Bring a Dish and remember we have no warming or refrigeration available.
  • Sabbath Afternoon, 3 P.M. – Living, Loving & Dying for the Word!
  • Sabbath Supper, 5 P.M. – Supper Provided!
  • Sabbath Evening, 6:30 P.M. – Growing as a Family in Prayer!

10. Remember that now is the time to invite your friends and neighbors to the upcoming Serpentine Prophecy event at our church. This series will look at the topic of spiritualism and death and is a great outreach opportunity. Help us get the word out. You can click the image below to share or visit our church facebook page and share the event. We also have a limited supply of flyers available in the church foyer as well for sharing.

11. Camp Meeting is coming up. The Carolina Conference has a week long camp meeting at Lake Junaluska and the Georgia-Cumberland Conference offers a half week camp meeting at Southern.

12. Mark your calendar for our upcoming Vacation Bible School in July. The dates are July 18-22!

13. Remember to reserve your spot (A&B sections) for the church camp out at Cades Cove, July 29-31.

Blessings as you prepare for the coming Sabbath!

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, April 1, 2022

Dear Church Family,

Such beautiful words!

The Faith I Live By, Page 118

In the news:

1.This Sabbath, Pastor Jared will be sharing the morning message with us. This will be his last message with us as our associate pastor. We are going to miss him.

2. This Sabbath, we will have a special church-wide fellowship dinner as a farewell for Pastor Jared & his family. Please bring a dish and plan to join us.

3. This Sabbath we also will be celebrating two baptisms, one for Henry Kennedy and the other for Sadie Tomlinson The baptisms will be at Horse Creek at 3:30 P.M.

4. This Sunday morning from 8:30-10 A.M. we will have a men’s breakfast and Bible study in the church fellowship hall. All men are invited to attend.

5. Our mid-week Bible study will not meet this coming Wednesday due to the Reese/Chalfant wedding.

6. Remember to keep our GAA mission team in your prayers as they depart for Bolivia this coming week. They will be gone for two weeks.

7. We will celebrate communion together a week from this Sabbath, April 9 during the worship hour. And due to the dramatic decline in COVID cases in our area, we will also be able to enjoy a return to the traditional method of sharing the bread and juice. Let us prepare our hearts as we anticipate this sacred service.

8. We have our church retreat coming up April 15-16 at the Oaks retreat center. We will begin the weekend with a presentation on Friday night and then a full day on Sabbath! Melody Mason will be our guest speaker. We will have a fellowship dinner on Sabbath but you will need to bring your food ready to serve as we won’t have refrigeration or warming arrangements. You can contact the Oaks directly to make arrangements if you prefer to stay at the Oaks.

Melody Mason will be our guest speaker for our upcoming retreat.

9. Remember that now is the time to begin inviting your friends and neighbors to the upcoming Serpentine Prophecy series at our church, April 21-23. This four-part series will begin nightly at 7P.M. and also Sabbath morning at 11 A.M. It’s a high-quality program that looks at the subject of death and spiritualism. We have a small supply of sharing cards to give to those you plan to invite but not enough to put stacks in offices. So please only take what you will use. They are available in the church foyer. We also have it posted on our church website and Facebook page. Invite folks to visit www.serpentineprophecy.com for more information and to register.

10. Just a reminder to make your reservations now for the church camp out this July 29-31. You can make the reservations by clicking here. We usually congregate around the A & B sites.

11. I noticed we have a complete set of the Testimonies for the Church at the church on the give away table in the foyer. Anyone interested is welcome to have them. This would be a great resource for a young person developing their library. These books are so valuable!

12. This week I happened upon this video of Walter Veith & T Colin Campbell in an online dialogue from a 2021 Plant-Based Summit. I remember filming Walt Cross’ presentations for this same summit. Perhaps you have already seen this video but for those who haven’t and who have appreciated the work of either or both, I thought you would appreciate this fascinating dialogue.

Blessings as you prepare for the coming Sabbath!

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, March 25, 2022

Dear Church Family,

The very fact that Christ bore the penalty of man’s transgression is a mighty argument to all created intelligences that the law is changeless; that God is righteous, merciful, and self-denying; and that infinite justice and mercy unite in the administration of His government.

White, E. G. (1890). The Story of Patriarchs and Prophets as Illustrated in the Lives of Holy Men of Old (Vol. 1, p. 70). Pacific Press Publishing Association.

In the news:

1.Tonight at 6:30 P.M. we will have Georgia-Cumberland Academy with us for a sacred concert at the church. Their choral group Camerata will be singing for us.

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

3. The school is collecting crayons (24 count) and women’s hygiene products in travel sizes such as soaps, lotions, shampoos, conditioners, and deodorants. If you would like to donate, please place your donation in the bins at church or drop by the school on Monday. This is the last weekend for collections.

4. Kristen Fox wants to invite the church family to her baptism this Sabbath at 3 P.M. at the church. Note it will no longer be at Horse Creek due to the cold.

5. Communion has been postponed and will not be this weekend.

6. This Sabbath the GAA String Ensemble will present a classical sacred AYA concert at Greeneville SDA Church. Join us as we close the Sabbath with readings and music featuring student soloists.

7. The school board will be meeting this Monday at 6 P.M. in the school library.

8. Thank you for all the prayers on Jonathan Dietrich’s behalf. Here’s an update from Jonathan:

"God gave us a Christian judge who sent the problem back to the church. This issue was resolved during a lengthy meeting with the angry man and some church members. The angry man should not bother us again.  God answered our prayers.  We did not get into trouble - foreigners usually lose court cases in this kind of situation in Chad. 

Please pray for our container to be released from customs and to get
safely to Bere."

Miracle - The angry man arranged with a certain judge to have this case so as to get Jonathan in trouble.  But for some reason that judge did not show up and a Christian judge handled the case.

Thank you for your prayers!  God heard!!!

9. Our mid-week Bible study will meet again this Wednesday at 7 P.M. via ZOOM. We will finish up our study of chapter 2 and begin chapter 3 of Zechariah.

10. Our church is, thanks to Rhoda Kanna & Ron Fields, able to participate in the public school Science & Engineering fair each year. Our church is designated to share on health. This year Rhoda recruited Jason & Jordan who are presenting the NEWSTART plan every 10 minutes from 8:30 to 2:45 P.M. at the Hal Henard school today to groups of young people.

Jason & Jordan sharing the principles of NEWSTART!

11. Next Sabbath Pastor Jared will be sharing his last message at Greeneville. We will be having a farewell fellowship luncheon after the service and invite everyone to participate who can.

12. Henry Kennedy will be baptized next Sabbath afternoon at 3 P.M. at Horse Creek. All are invited.

13. Our first LIVE STREAM was a success as we gathered for fellowship and food in our front yard. We enjoyed meeting some new people and getting to know one another better as we participated in some “get to know you” activities. Some of the kids enjoyed playing a game of soccer after supper.

Blessings as you prepare for the coming Sabbath!

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy