Friday, April 15, 2021

Dear Church Family,

What or who do you stand for?  I was listening to author and speaker, Seth Godin speak about the difference between a logo and a brand.  He pointed out that if Nike ran a hotel, we likely would have an idea of what it might look and feel like.  If Hyatt made a sneaker, we would have no clue. Why?  Because he says, Nike has a brand, Hyatt has a logo.  He went on to point out how you can walk into a Marriott, a Hilton and a Hyatt and they all feel basically the same because all they have is a logo. 

We as a church have a logo, but we also have a brand. And it is our distinctiveness that while under attack by many, makes us attractive, unique and worthy of attention.  We may have designed our logo, but we didn’t design our brand.  That was designed for us by the mission we were given from God through Scripture. When we play down our distinctives, we play down our brand, our mission and the reason for why anyone should want to belong.  Too many churches are like Hyatt’s, Hiltons, and Sheratons in that you can’t tell the difference because the distinctives are minimal at best and often what is distinct is ignored.  They may have comfy seats and good music, but you don’t really leave with any real clue as to why they need exist when so many other similar churches already exist out there as well. Thus many find it easy to switch denominations based on children’s programming and social offerings rather than doctrine because there just isn’t that noticeable of a difference anymore.

I would suggest that it is precisely what makes us distinct that makes us attractive as a church.  For while we hold to the essential gospel story, it’s the sanctuary message as depicted in the 3 Angel’s message that makes us unique and necessary in these last days.  It’s not something we did.  Again, God built the brand.  He just invited us to wear it, to own it through His grace.  Let us live out our brand proudly.  Following after gimmicks and statistics won’t work.  By allowing God to fully dwell in us, our brand will become irresistible to those who hunger after righteousness. 

In the news:

  1.  This Sabbath is Pathfinder Sabbath and thus the Pathfinders will be leading out in the various parts of the service.  Pastor Jared will be sharing the message with a sermon entitled, “Lost But Not Forgotten.”   

2. AYA will resume this Sabbath at 7 pm. With Sheryll Morrison leading out.  It will be a time of hymn singing with hymns chosen by request. 

3. The church board met this week to review our COVID policy and it is now only recommended that everyone wear masks while moving about the church and while singing.  However, beginning with Sabbath, May 22, the church board plans to return to normal status meaning while masks are welcome, they won’t necessarily be recommended.  We also hope to return to enjoying fellowship meals and normal seating arrangements.  We share this because given that vaccines are widely available now, we feel that anyone who wishes to be vaccinated should be able to do so by this date.  Please know that despite our goal, this is something we will continue to monitor and evaluate as we seek to maintain safety for all.  At our May board meeting, we will discuss implementing a zoned approach similar to the school so that we can be prompt in our response should local conditions decline.

4. We are thankful that our GAA mission team returned safely this week from their trip.  The team is now in quarantine for 7 days which means the students will return to the classroom on Tuesday next week.

5. Our annual church campout will be July 30-August 1 at Cades Cove.  Everyone is asked to make your own reservations.  Click here to reserve your place.  Please note that the sites are already beginning to fill so reserve early.  We usually congregate on the A & B sites.

6. Tina and I and the boys would like to invite our church family to our home for vespers and for the baptism of Jason & Jordan on Sabbath, May 15 at 6 p.m.  A bonfire and supper will follow the service.   Please bring chairs.  

7. The following quote was shared by our conference president and I think bears careful consideration given the times we live in with social media and the like.  Politics, vaccines, and various so-called theories are proving so divisive that I fear we have lost sight of the council given:

“Brethren should not feel that it is a virtue to stand apart because they do not see all minor points in exactly the same light. If they agree on fundamental truths, they should not differ and dispute about matters of little real importance. To dwell on perplexing questions, that after all are of no vital consequence, tends to call the mind away from truths vital to the saving of the soul. Brethren should be very modest in urging these side issues which often they do not themselves understand, points that they do not know to be truth and that are not essential to salvation…. I have been shown that it is the device of the enemy to divert men’s minds to some obscure or unimportant point, something that is not fully revealed or is not essential to salvation. This is made the absorbing theme, the “present truth,” when all the investigations and suppositions only serve to make matters more obscure and to confuse the minds of some who ought to be seeking for oneness through sanctification of the truth.”   – Ellen White in Manuscript 82 1894.

8. Remember the CSC is in need of household items for their thrift store inventory and also are in need of Wal-Mart bags and egg cartons. 

9. Remember to mark your calendar for Sabbath, May 29 as Melody Mason will be sharing with us that day on the importance of prayer and the devotional life.  Invite friends to come and spend the day with us.

10. The construction of the church pavilion should begin soon.  We are waiting to find out when Smucker’s builders can work us in their schedule.  Once construction begins, it should go up quickly and then electrical will be installed after that.

11. There is a special Tea Party planned for girls K-8th grade from 3-5 p.m. at teh church on Sunday, April 25.

12. Given the full calendar of events in the weeks to come, here is a summation of what is ahead:

April 24 – Memorial for Miriam Mathews at 4 p.m.

April 25 – Girls Tea Party Social at 3 p.m.

April 30 – GAA Vespers at church at 7 p.m.

May 1 – Communion Service at 11 a.m.

May 1 – Dianne Ondrejka’s Memorial at 4 p.m.

May 1 – Spring Concert & Strawberry Festival at 7 p.m.

May 8 – Youth Sabbath with Lilly Beth Andrus preaching

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

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

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

May 20 – Senior Graduation at 6 p.m.

May 22 – Senior Baccalaureate

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

13. Norm Draper is looking for volunteers who would be interested in sharing a testimony of what God has done in their life for AYA, April 24. In an effort to coordinate this, please call him or tell him at church tomorrow.

14. As was announced yesterday, please keep Karen Felan and the family in your prayers as Karen’s brother Robert Riddle passed away last week unexpectedly. The family will receive friends at Shilo Presbyterian church next Wedesday, from 2-4 p.m.

15. Here is the next installment of Greener Pastures which is currently featuring our Gardening with Carl Series.  We filmed yesterday in his garden spot where he plans to soon have set up a greenhouse.

Blessings as you prepare for the coming Sabbath!

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, April 9, 2021

Dear Church Family,

Our message must be as direct as was that of John. He rebuked kings for their iniquity. Notwithstanding the peril his life was in, he never allowed truth to languish on his lips.…

All can do something in the work. None will be pronounced guiltless before God unless they have worked earnestly and unselfishly for the salvation of souls.
Your duty cannot be shifted upon another. No one but yourself can do your work. If you withhold your light, someone must be left in darkness through your neglect.

White, E. G. (1958). The Faith I Live By (p. 290). Review and Herald Publishing Association.

In the news:

  • This Sabbath we will continue our series in John with a message entitled, “Mercy.”   This message will be based on John 8:1-11. 
  • AYA had to be cancelled for this Sabbath. 
  • The Adventist Book Center Van will be here this Sunday from 10-11 a.m. in the church parking lot. 
  • This Sunday from 3-5 p.m., there will be volleyball at the church in the back field.  Everyone is welcome regardless of age. 
  • There will be an elder’s meeting via zoom at 7 p.m. this Sunday. 
  • Monday we have Finance Committee meeting at 6 p.m. at the church.
  • Monday we will have church board at the church at 7:15 p.m.   There will be NO ZOOM option available this time. 
  • This Tuesday we will have another Dinner with the Doctor presentation at 6:30 p.m. in the church sanctuary.  The topic will be “I Can’t Feel My Toes!” Neuropathy: How to Decrease Your Chances of Getting It  Dr. Jeremy Wetmore will present. 
  • For any young people interested in a job this summer working with the conference literature evangelism program, please take note of the following opportunity. 
  • This is a bit late but last month I sat in on a training session with our audio team as they participated in a zoom with the installer of our system.  So thankful for all the hard work they’ve put in to improve our A/V program. James Shumaker and his team have been working hard to enhance our live streaming and have recently moved their operation downstairs.  They also are streaming on Facebook as well as Youtube now for added reach.  Then later in the week they edit the video down to just the message to avoid any copyright conflicts.  All this represents a great deal of effort and we greatly appreciate their efforts.
  • The students are having a wonderful time and experience in Costa Rica!  Please keep them in your prayers as they continue their serve. There was a huge answer to prayer with the rain yesterday. A storm moved through and they had just poured a bunch of concrete. God kept it from raining right over the construction site while it was raining all around it!!!! They are due to return this coming Tuesday.  Here are some pictures from their trip thus far. Remember they will be sharing a report of their trip on Friday, April 30 for vespers at the church at 7 p.m.
  • Here’s some calendar items you may wish to take note of as we look at the weeks ahead:
    • April 17 – Pathfider Sabath
    • April 24 – Memorial for Miriam Mathews at 4 p.m.
    • April 25 – Girls Tea Party Social at 3 p.m.
    • April 30 – GAA Vespers at church at 7 p.m.
    • May 1 – Communion Service at 11 a.m.
    • May 1 – Dianne Ondrejka’s Memorial at 4 p.m.
    • May 1 – Spring Concert & Strawberry Festival at 7 p.m.
    • May 8 – Youth Sabbath with Lilly Beth Andrus preaching
    • May 8 – Adventurer / Pathfinder Investiture at 6 p.m.
    • May 15 – Jason & Jordan’s baptism & vespers at Arnall home
    • May 19 – 8th Grade Graduation at 7 p.m.
    • May 20 – Senior Graduation at 6 p.m.
    • May 22 – Senior Baccalaureate
    • May 29 – Melody Mason speaks for Sabbath morning, afternoon and evening.
  • Here is this week’s episode of Gardening with Carl. 

Blessings as you prepare for the coming Sabbath!

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, April 2, 2021

Dear Church Family,

Such succinct and powerful words for us to remember:

Christ does not bid His followers strive to shine. He says, Let your light shine.

-Ellen White (COL 420)

In the news:

  1. This Sabbath, Galena and her students & friends will be leading out in the music for Sabbath school and church.  So please know that music & singing will begin this week at Sabbath school at 9:15 a.m.
  2. This Sabbath we will continue in our “The Mystery Revealed” series on John with a another look at chapter 7. The message this week is entitled, “No Middle Ground.”
  3. This Sabbath, the Milton & Fred’s Sabbath School class will resume.
  4. This Sabbath afternoon at 4 p.m., there will be a memorial service for Susie Scott at the church. All are invited to attend as we celebrate her life.
  5. Given that this weekend is Easter, I thought you might appreciates this article from the Adventist Review back in 2010 entitled, “Adventists & Easter”.
  6. It is interesting to see the various directions our discussion can go each week at our mid-week study on Hebrews. Join us this week as we continue in prayer and Bible study at 7 p.m.
  7. The CSC is in need of household items for the thrift store. They are also in need of small plastic grocery bags from Wal-Mart as well. See the church bulletin for more information.
  8. Kindergarten Round Up is this coming Thursday from 4-5:30 p.m. at GAA. Please help get the word out.
  9. Next Sabbath, April 10, AYA will resume with Dan Sanford leading out in his Ole Timey Musical group. AYA will begin at 6 p.m.
  10. GAA’s 2nd annual yard sale will be June 27 from 7-3p.m. at the school gym. This was very successful last year and they are hopeful that they can generate even more profit this year. Please start setting aside your stuff now. Donations can be made beginning the first week of June.
  11. Next Sunday, April 11, the book mobilbe will be in our parking lot from 10-11 a.m.
  12. A volleyball social has been planned for Sunday, April 11 from 3-5 p.m. at the church.
  13. An elder’s meeting is planned for Sunday at 7 p.m. via ZOOM.
  14. This past Tuesday afternoon, we filmed a couple more segments for our Gardening with Carl series. While this is the current series we are posting on our church Facebook page, we plan to include other how to videos as well as Bible lessons as we seek to build our onlin presense. The best way to grow our online presence is organicly by our own church family sharing and reposting.

Blessings as you prepare for the coming Sabbath!

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, March 26, 2021

Dear Church Family,

May we not forget that in the end, the final straw will result from those professing Christianity but whose hearts are far from God. It’s sobering but true. Let us daily surrender all and earnestly pray for the outpouring of His Holy Spirit that we may not succumb to such deception.

So when the irrevocable decision of the sanctuary has been pronounced and the destiny of the world has been forever fixed, the inhabitants of the earth will know it not. The forms of religion will be continued by a people from whom the Spirit of God has been finally withdrawn; and the satanic zeal with which the prince of evil will inspire them for the accomplishment of his malignant designs, will bear the semblance of zeal for God.

White, E. G. (1911). The Great Controversy Between Christ and Satan (Vol. 5, p. 615). Pacific Press Publishing Association.

In the news:

  1. This Sabbath I will be sharing the message with a sermon entitled, “The Hope of Glory.” GAA strings will be sharing the music for the service as well.
  2. The school has offered a teaching position to a gentleman with whom we interviewed this week. He and his family are putting the matter to prayer and will be visiting our community this weekend. Please keep this important matter in prayer.
  3. There will be a memorial service for David Vest this Sabbath afternoon at 3 p.m. at the church. All are invited to attend.
  4. Susie Scott’s memorial is scheduled for Sabbath, April 3 at 4 p.m.
  5. Miriam Mathews memorial is scheduled for Sabbath, April 24 at 4 p.m.
  6. We will have a prayer of dedication this Sabbath for the GAA mission team which is headed to Costa Rica this Wednesday. Please keep them in your prayers.
  7. Please also keep Dianne Ondrejka in your prayers as she is battling with cancer. Also keep Mary Lou Cross in your prayers. She is out of the hospital but still in Birmingham. She is staying with her son and daughter in law as she is receiving medicine that is designd to try and strengthen her very weak heart.
  8. If you are interested in helping with the leads program, please contact Pastor Jared. Larry Boughman who for 42 years worked in Adventist education had one of his interests respond and in visiting discovered that they too worked in education. Again, it is so fascinating to see how God pairs people up for Bible studies.
  9. Progress is being made on the details regarding the church pavilion and it’s consctruction. We still lack $2,130 before we reach our goal of $30,000.
  10. Here is the fifth installment in our Gardening with Carl series.

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

P.S.

WHEN THE OFFERING IS TAKEN I’LL BE THERE(With apologies to the author of “When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder.”)

At our Thirteenth-Sabbath-service, when we’ve sung a hymn or two

And have had a Scripture reading and a prayer;

And they take the morning offering—with a special field in view,

For our needy foreign missions, I’ll be there.

Chorus—When the offering is taken, When the offering is taken,When the offering is taken,When the offering is taken, I’ll be there.

I have read the little leaflet, telling where the need is great.

And most earnestly I long to do my share

To send the blessed gospel to the lands where heathen wait,

When the offering is taken, I’ll be there.

For a liberal Thirteenth Offering, I shall work and save and pray,

And shall set apart the money I can spare;

That darkened souls in heathen lands may see the light of day—

When the “Dollars” are collected, I’ll be there.

O, it is a precious privilege to be allowed to give,It affords to me a joy beyond compare;

So whenever God permits me, on the Thirteenth Sabbath day

When the offering is taken, I’ll be there.

[This song may be used several times during the quarter. If sung as a solo or duet, the school should join in the chorus.]
Mission quarterly 1914

Friday, March 19, 2021

Dear Church Family,

Just as soon as the people of God are sealed in their foreheads—it is not any seal or mark that can be seen, but a settling into the truth, both intellectually and spiritually, so they cannot be moved—just as soon as God’s people are sealed and prepared for the shaking, it will come. Indeed, it has begun already; the judgments of God are now upon the land, … that we may know what is coming.

White, E. G. (1958). The Faith I Live By (p. 287). Review and Herald Publishing Association.

In the news:

1. This Sabbath Pastor Jared will be sharing the message with a sermon entitled, “Whose Side Are You On?”

2. The updated numbers for the pavilion fund is now at $27,325. Our minimum goal is $30,000. Thank you for your contributions.

3. I am sad to report that Susie Scott passed away last Sabbath morning. Her memorial service is being planned for Sabbath afternoon, April 3 at 4 p.m.

4. The memorial service for David Vest is planned for Sabbath afternoon, March 27 at 3 p.m.

5. Interesting headlines coming out lately. Here is one recent headline: Pope Francis Calls For ‘New World Order’ For Post-Pandemic World

6. We are excited to still be recieving leads each week from the Facebook campaign that is inviting folks to receive free Bible studies. If you are interested in helping with this program, contact me or Pastor Jared. Remember that when you receive your lead, you will quickly want to follow up with this simple phone call or email.

7. For those following the Gardening with Carl series, here is part 4.

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, March 12, 2021

Dear Church Family,

Since “the law of the Lord is perfect,” every variation from it must be evil.

The Faith I Live By (p. 85).

In the news:

  • This Sabbath we will continue in our series, “The Mystery Revealed,” with a look at the last half of John chapter 6.
  • Remember we are still trying to raise $5000 more for our church pavilion.  A contribution of any size is appreciated. 
  • This Sabbath our offering is designated for Adventist World Radio.  Here is an amazing report from AWR that highlights God’s amazing miracles and the important role AWR is playing in getting the message out.
  • The church board met this week and reviewed our COVID-19 policy.  While our social distancing and mask requirement haven’t changed for the church and it’s ministry departments, it was voted that singing would resume but with the caveat that masks are to be worn.  That being said, song leaders and choirs will not be required to where a mask as long as they are 12 feet from the congregation. As a reminder, we do have an ionizing air filtration system in the church. It was also voted to resume having the children gather the Lamb’s offering during the service and then gather at the front for their story each week. These changes were made in light of the reduced cases in our area and the board will continue to monitor the situation as we go forward.
  • Our mid-week study will continue this week with a look at chapter 5 of Hebrews.  We have a great group gathering each week via ZOOM and you are welcome to join us.
  • Just a note that we are also livestreaming on Facebook now, but due to copy right issues, the services won’t be archived on Facebook but the messages will be stored on our church Youtube channel.  Thank you to James and the team who are working hard each week to make this a reality.
  • A memorial service for David Vest is being planned for Sabbath afternoon, March 27 at 5 p.m. at the church.  All are welcome to attend. 
  • Suzie Scott is in ICU in Johnson City after suffering some complications while awaiting her surgery. She fell a while back and it was discovered she had multiple fractures in her tibia bone and must have surgery. Please keep her and Eilene in your prayers.
  • Thank you for those who have volunteered to help follow up on leads.  We continue to receive new leads each week and are grateful to have a growing army of volunteers who can quickly follow up on the requests.   If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Pastor Jared.
  • AYA is planning to start back up this April.  Watch for more details to come. 
  • Health Ministries invited Dr. Daniel Lewis to share what I thought was a helpful presentation on the COVID vaccines this past Tuesday at the church and regardless of your thoughts on the issue, I think you will find it of interest.  Also, here is a helpful article from the Southern Tidings that summarizes the church’s position on this matter of the COVID vaccine. The church’s statement sums it up nicely when it states: “The decision to be immunized or not is the choice of each individual, and should be taken in consultation with one’s health-care provider …. We ultimately rely on following biblical health practices and the Spirit of Prophecy, and following God’s leading in our lives, which will bring us peace and assurance in our decision making.” Therefore as a church family, please let us exercise great caution and sensitivity, that when this topic comes up, we remember that this is a personal matter and should remain as such.
  • Here’s another installment in our Gardening with Carl series.

Blessings as you prepare for the coming Sabbath!

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, March 5, 2021

Dear Church Family,

Words worth pondering:

In every generation God has sent His servants to rebuke sin, both in the world and in the church. But the people desire smooth things spoken to them, and the pure, unvarnished truth is not acceptable. Many reformers, in entering upon their work, determined to exercise great prudence in attacking the sins of the church and the nation. They hoped, by the example of a pure Christian life, to lead the people back to the doctrines of the Bible. But the Spirit of God came upon them as it came upon Elijah, moving him to rebuke the sins of a wicked king and an apostate people; they could not refrain from preaching the plain utterances of the Bible—doctrines which they had been reluctant to present. They were impelled to zealously declare the truth and the danger which threatened souls. The words which the Lord gave them they uttered, fearless of consequences, and the people were compelled to hear the warning. GC 606

In the news:

  • This Sabbath we will continue our look at the book of John.
  • Just a note that we as a church still need to raise $4800 dollars for the pavilion to meet our goal of $30,000. 
  • I saw this quote this week in a piece of mail that came to the office. Not sure who said it but wanted to share it with you as I think it’s helpful to not only refer to those who come to our church who aren’t members as guests instead of visitors, but we must remember to make every effort to go out of our way to treat them as such as well.

A visitor is a temporary outsider, while a guest is an expected person to be delighted in and served. How do you want people to feel when they come to your church–like a visitor or a guest.

Source Unknown
  • The Church Finance Committee will be meeting this Monday evening at 6 p.m. via ZOOM.
  • We will have a church board meeting this coming Monday evening at 7:15 p.m.  via ZOOM. 
  • This Tuesday, March 9, Health Ministries will continue their “Your Health” Lecture series with a presentation by Dr. Daniel Lewis.  His topic will be: “Vaccination: How, Why, and Why Now.”  
  • Please remember to keep the family of David Vest & Gloria Conte in your prayers as both passed away yesterday moning.
  • Are you familiar with the statistics as shown in the following two graphics. While these aren’t stats specifically for our church, they are worthy of notice. As we all know, children learn more from example than declaration. They say that it takes three months to establish a habit. With COVID lasting as long as it has, it appears likely that church attendance in America will continue it’s decline. Yet if ever we needed faithful attendance that we may encourage and exhort one another, it is now as we see the day approaching. See Hebrews 10:25.
  • We are still looking for more volunteers to follow up on the leads that are coming in daily now.  If you are interested, please contact Pastor Jared and he will email the information to you and share names with you.  Here’s a document that will demonstrate how simple it is to follow up on these Bible study interests.   Please note that the approach, at least in the beginning, will most likely be online or via phone with a possibility of meeting in person later.  If youth wish to participate, I would encourage parents to team up with them as a means of training and equipping our youth for evangelism.   This affords a great training opportunity for parent and youth to learn and grow together in front line evangelism and there is no cost or travel involved.  All leads are local. 
  • Here’s part two in the gardening with Carl series that we are sharing online. You can check our church Facebook page as we continue to add content. Please help us share this content by reposting and hitting the like button.

Blessings as you prepare for the coming Sabbath!

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, February 26, 2021

Dear Church Family,

Such crucial warning given here:

Those who exercise but little faith now, are in the greatest danger of falling under the power of satanic delusions and the decree to compel the conscience. And even if they endure the test they will be plunged into deeper distress and anguish in the time of trouble, because they have never made it a habit to trust in God. The lessons of faith which they have neglected they will be forced to learn under a terrible pressure of discouragement. . . .

We should now acquaint ourselves with God by proving His promises. Angels record every prayer that is earnest and sincere. We should rather dispense with selfish gratifications than neglect communion with God. The deepest poverty, the greatest self-denial, with His approval, is better than riches, honors, ease, and friendship without it. We must take time to pray. If we allow our minds to be absorbed by worldly interests, the Lord may give us time by removing from us our idols of gold, of houses, or of fertile lands.

The young would not be seduced into sin if they would refuse to enter any path save that upon which they could ask God’s blessing. . . .

The “time of trouble, such as never was,” is soon to open upon us; and we shall need an experience which we do not now possess and which many are too indolent to obtain. It is often the case that trouble is greater in anticipation than in reality; but this is not true of the crisis before us. GC 622

These words call for much reflection.  How many times do we engage in an activity or discussion or meal or some form of entertainment or game without asking the question, can I ask Jesus to bless this? 

Notice she says that many will not make it in the last days or if they do it will be with much anguish because they never fully embraced by earnest prayer the promises of God.  May we take to heart the warning given.

In the news:

  1. This Sabbath we will resume our series on John with a message entitled, “More than Enough.”  
  2. The church had its business meeting this past Tuesday and voted to proceed with the board’s recommendation to construct a pavilion behind the church.  Even though this had already been discussed at our last business meeting, we wanted to affirm the decision again due to changes that had arisen.   It was voted to proceed with  $70,000 being allotted for the project. It was voted to seek to raise some more funds to get us to the $30,000 dollar figure that had been mentioned last year and the remaining balance will be taken from the church capital fund.  So we have nearly $5000 left to raise though additional funds are appreciated to help offset the amount taken from capital.    The location of the new pavilion will be at the bottom of the hill behind the church along the right side of the rear parking lot.  It will be offset from the parking lot by around 10 feet.  The structure will be 100 x 40 feet.   
  3. This Sunday, there will be another afternoon of fellowship and games in the fellowship hall for folks of all ages.  Bring your favorite board game and join in the fun from 3-5 p.m.
  4. There will be a Sabbath School council meeting via ZOOM this Monday at 7 p.m.  All leaders and superintendents are asked to attend.
  5. I learned this week that we should begin receiving our leads sometime in early March and will continue to see them coming in over the course of two months.  We had around 4 or 5 individuals respond to the appeal Sabbath but we could still use more as once Bible studies begin, we will need many to help share in the work.  This is a great opportunity to engage in front line ministry and there is no cost to you.  So please send us an email if you are interested in following up on leads with the hopes of eventually entering into a Bible study with someone.  The more studies we establish over the next 6 months, the better as we prepare for Randy Skeete’s series this coming October/November. 
  6. If you are feeling ill prepared to give Bible studies or follow up on interests, please know that we have a special FREE resource for you from Southern Adventist University’s SALT program.  Here is the brochure with all the details and here is the link to register. Note the registration deadline is March 5 so PLEASE register today.  Note that this training is via ZOOM and will go over how to share evangelistic messages, how to deal with objections, how to do visitation and more.  This is a wonderful training opportunity that will equip you to work with our leads more effectively.
  7. Please keep Holly Carter, Irene Swatzell and Priscilla Clark in your prayers as they lost their brother Paul this week.  He had pancreatic cancer but they didn’t expect him to go so quickly. 
  8. Our church Facebook page is seeing an increase in “likes’ now that we are regularly posting a video each week.  We have been featuring a series with Walt Cross that highlights the 8 laws of health.  We are also beginning a new “How to” series on gardening with Elder Carl Ashlock.  Our evangelism subcommittee discussed ramping up our online presence with outreach efforts and so this year we are working to post more and also revamp our church web page in the coming weeks.  Here is the first installment of the Gardening series.  Additional topics and Bible presentations will be coming soon. Please help us share these videos by subscribing and sharing the videos via social media.

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, February 19, 2021

Dear Church Family,

May we not forget:

The very last deception of Satan will be to make of none effect the testimony of the Spirit of God. “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Proverbs 29:18. Satan will work ingeniously, in different ways and through different agencies, to unsettle the confidence of God’s remnant people in the true testimony. He will bring in spurious visions, to mislead and mingle the false with the true, and so disgust people that they will regard everything that bears the name of visions, as a species of fanaticism; but honest souls, by contrasting false and true, will be enabled to distinguish between them.
“When the Testimonies, which were once believed, are doubted and given up, Satan knows the deceived ones will not stop at this; and he redoubles his efforts till he launches them into open rebellion, which becomes incurable and ends in destruction.

White, E. G. (1958). The Faith I Live By (p. 296). Review and Herald Publishing Association.

Speaking of which, I have heard from several who have completed their reading or listening of the Testimonies for the Church including Katie Jane, the Fielders, Joe Kretschmar, Earl Shelton and others who are nearly finished. My family isn’t finished yet but the point is to keep reading for Satan would have us to lay aside these valuable volumes that God has given us for these last days.

In the news:

  1. This Sabbath Pastor Jared will share the morning message with a sermon entitled, “If You’re Looking for Trouble.” 
  2. We have a church busines meeting scheduled for this coming Tuesday, February 23 at 6:30 p.m.  The meeting will involve reviewing the church board’s proposal to move forward with construction of the church pavilion. Details regarding the construction, cost, and location will be discussed as well as votes taken. The pavilion promises to be a real asset to our church and its ministry and given the magnitude of it, we wanted to make sure the whole family has a chance to weigh in and vote.  We will have a hybrid meeting meaning that we will have an in person meeting in the fellowship hall with masks and social distancing required and then a zoom option for those unable to make it in person.  Your attendance is encouraged.
  3. Our mid-week study on the book of Hebrews will continue this Wednesday with a look at chapter 3.  We will meet via zoom at 7 p.m. 
  4. Please keep Shawn Dietrich’s brother Mike in your prayers. He is still in the hospital and has had continued complications since having his surgery.  He now has COVID. Shawn appreciates your prayers on their behalf.

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, February 12, 2021

 Dear Church Family,

No human invention can find a remedy for the sinning soul.… The fountain of the heart must be purified before the streams can become pure. He who is trying to reach heaven by his own works in keeping the law is attempting an impossibility. There is no safety for one who has merely a legal religion, a form of godliness. The Christian’s life is not a modification or improvement of the old, but a transformation of nature. There is a death to self and sin, and a new life altogether. This change can be brought about only by the effectual working of the Holy Spirit.

White, E. G. (1958). The Faith I Live By (p. 55). Review and Herald Publishing Association.

In the news:

  1. We will resume our series on the book of John this week with another look at John chapter 5.
  2. This  Sunday, remember that pick up for the valentines dinner baskets will be from 5;30-6:30 p.m. behind the church.   This is a Pathfinder fundraiser.
  3. Our study on the book of Hebrews will continue in chapter 2 next Wednesday at 7 p.m. via ZOOM.  We had great discussion and study this past week on just a few verses and thus we are still in the 2nd chapter. 
  4. A church business meeting has been called for Tuesday, February 23, at 6:30 p.m.  The meeting will involve reviewing the church board’s proposal to move forward with construction of the church pavilion.  Details regarding the construction, cost, and location will be discussed and a vote will be called for.  The pavilion promises to be a real asset to our church and its ministry and we value your input as we prepare to move forward.  Due to the magnitude of the project and its impact on our campus, we wanted to give the body a chance to weigh in before construction begins.
  5. Just a reminder that we have plans for Elder Randy Skeete this coming fall for a nightly 3 week prophecy series.  The dates are Oct 29-November 20. 

In His Service

Pastor Jeremy