Friday, August 14, 2020

Dear Church Family,

Our church voted in business session this week to maintain our committment that every child in the church have access to an Adventist education. Below is a portion of a statement from Testimonies for the CHurch where she speaks on this subject of worthy student aid:

If there are some who should have the benefit of the school, but who cannot pay full price for their tuition, let the churches show their liberality by helping them.
Besides this, in each conference a fund should be raised to lend to worthy poor students who desire to give themselves to the missionary work; and in some cases they should even receive donations. When the Battle Creek College was first started, there was a fund placed in the Review and Herald office for the benefit of those who wished to obtain an education but had not the means. This was used by several students until they could get a good start; then from their earnings they would replace what they had drawn, so that others might be benefited by the fund. The youth should have it plainly set before them that they must work their own way as far as possible and thus partly defray their expenses. That which costs little will be appreciated little. But that which costs a price somewhere near its real value will be estimated accordingly.

Testimonies for the Church. (1855). (Vol. 6, pp. 213–214). Pacific Press Publishing Association.

In the news:

  1. Sabbath School and Church will be streamed on Youtube. For now it is only on Youtube (some folks don’t have FACEBOOK) but we hope to possibly stream to both some day in the future.
  2. We plan to have an online ZOOM Sabbath School lesson study option available in a week or two. Watch for more details to come.
  3. I will be sharing the message this Sabbath with a sermon entitled, “Masks or No Masks”
  4. There will be no AYA this week.
  5. School begaan this past Tuesday with a strong start. Precautions are in place for the safety of the children and staff and your prayers are appreciated.
  6. The school board will meet this Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the school.
  7. Nominating Committee will meet this Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. in the church fellowship hall. Please turn in your survey’s
  8. Wednesday evening we will continue our mid-week study on ZOOM as we look at Romans 8. We hope others can join in as we have a wonderful time together each week online with good discussion and content. Romans is a rich study indeed.

Blessings as you prepare for the coming Sabbath!
In His Service,
Pastor Jeremy

Friday, August 7, 2020

Dear Church Family,

We referenced this quote in our Prayer Meeting this past Wednesday.  What a concise and articulate statement on Justification from the little book, “Faith & Works” page 100:

But while God can be just, and yet justify the sinner through the merits of Christ, no man can cover his soul with the garments of Christ’s righteousness while practicing known sins or neglecting known duties. God requires the entire surrender of the heart, before justification can take place; and in order for man to retain justification, there must be continual obedience, through active, living faith that works by love and purifies the soul.

In the news:

  1. This Sabbath we believe we should be able to live stream via youtube again.  Sorry that things were not able to be shared last week.  If for some reason you don’t see it via youtube, you should be able to see it via Facebook.
  2. Also, note that Sabbath School will be returning to ZOOM soon for those unable to attend due to COVID concerns.
  3. I will be sharing the message this Sabbath as we continue in our series on Elijah.
  4. I am also excited to share that we will have a baptism this Sabbath for Viola “Mary Jane” Arwood, the daughter of Mary Ruth Austin. Mary Jane came to our last prophecy series and has been studying with Glenda Dale and has decided to be baptized and join the church.  Praise God!!
  5. This Sabbath we have the 1st reading for our nominating committee. The names are as follows: David Wente, Kevin Rojas, Sheila Aashiem, Brenda Chalfant, Amanda Robinson, Sabrina Kennedy, Jeremy Wetmore, Rick Dietrich, Tony Koskovich. Substitutes are Carolyn Root and Evan Fox
  6. There will be no AYA this Sabbath.
  7. The school work bee originally scheduled for Sunday has been canceled due to COVID and concern for everyone’s health. Thank you for your faithful support of the school and for keeping them in prayer during these challenging times. School begins this Tuesday.
  8. There will be a church business meeting this Monday evening at 6:30 p.m. I will send out a ZOOM invite for those unable to attend in person. The one agenda meeting shouldn’t take too long but given the school’s expanded program and the ever-increasing worthy student need, we felt it prudent to come back to the church body for direction as to how to handle the matter when the school’s need for worthy student funds outweighs the total contributions from the various sources.  Our current commitment is that no child will be turned away so we wanted to either reaffirm that commitment with added clarity as to how to honor it.  I will send you an email later today with graphs and charts depicting the need and the current sources of income for worthy student.   Please review this document carefully in preparation for our upcoming church business meeting.
  9. Adventurers will have their registration for the new year in the church fellowship hall this Sunday at 3 p.m.
  10. Pathfinders will have their registration for the new year in the Pathfinder room this Thursday at 6 p.m.
  11. The pastors from Riverview and Greeneville gathered with the school teachers and principal for lunch this past Wednesday to discuss spiritual initiatives for the new school year.   One of the initiatives we have planned at Greeneville is to have 4 youth-led Sabbath services during the year whereby our young people will be guided in leading out in all the elements of the worship service.
  12. The Explore the Future Prophecy series which has been running nightly since July 27 and is set to conclude this coming Wednesday has been receiving hundreds of hits each day (1900 hits last Sabbath for example) and the reports of those attending have been very positive. We are delighted to hear stories of how not only young people are being touched but parents as well. This series has been a joint effort between Greeneville and South Bay Church in Chattanooga with Rachel Nelson serving as coordinator and producer, Tina Arnall serving as the writer and speaker for the prophecy messages, and Milca Rojas serving as writer and speaker for the character-building lessons.   You can view the series by clicking here.
  13. I participated in a zoom meeting this week with pastors from across the conference along with our conference administrators and learned that local church giving is down about 7% across the conference. I am encouraged however that giving to our local church budget here at Greeneville is holding strong. While our year to date is down by around $400, we had nearly $8000 come in above our monthly budgeted amount.  Praise God!
  14. Sherry Edwards is at LifeCare in rehab after suffering a fall several weeks ago.  She appreciates your prayers.
  15. We had a great experience at the church camp out last Sabbath. Several of you came for the day on Sabbath and several of us camped.  We enjoyed a dynamic Sabbath school with Ken Mathews leading out.  Then we heard a powerful sermon on prayer Sabbath morning with Elder Carl Ashlock sharing.  Due to COVID, the park rangers had us disperse so we gathered in groups at the various campsites and enjoyed lunch and fellowship.  Of course, the morning bike rides are always a pleasure.  Many of us who biked the loop had the joy of seeing bears.  This young bear climbed through the fence and walked right by us Sabbath morning.  IMG_20200801_071809173-01

Blessings as you prepare for the coming Sabbath.

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, July 31, 2020

Dear Church Family,

Are we striving with all our God-given powers to reach the measure of the stature of men and women in Christ? Are we seeking for His fullness, ever reaching higher and higher, trying to attain to the perfection of His character? When God’s servants reach this point, they will be sealed in their foreheads. The recording angel will declare, “It is done.” They will be complete in Him whose they are by creation and by redemption.—Selected Messages 3:427 (1899).

In the news:

  1. Darrel & Joyce Stills’ son’s memorial is today at 1:30 p.m at Kiser Rose Funeral home. All are welcome to attend.  I will be officiating for the service.  Please keep them in your prayers.
  2. I know the live streaming has been hard to hear lately due to the inability to stream using our upstairs equipment. The good news is that we are told that it should work this Sabbath so we should be able to stream as we used to with similar quality audio as we used to have online.  Please check our youtube page to watch the service via live stream.  The link should be available via our church homepage as well.  Just in case this doesn’t work, here is a link to our Facebook page which you can check out if need be.
  3. This Sabbath at the church, we will have Chuck Reese sharing the morning message. There will also be a service at Cades Cove for those participating in the church camp out. Elder Carl Ashlock will speak at the service at Cades Cove.
  4. Sabbath School UPDATE: With regards to Sabbath school, please note that Cradle Roll will resume it’s class this weekend and Siepman and Mathews will not be teaching so their classes will gather in the sanctuary for lesson study.
  5. There will be no AYA this Sabbath.
  6. CADES COVE SCHEDULE: The church buildings at CADES COVE ARE CLOSED to please read below pertinent announcements pertaining to the campout.
    • FRIDAY NIGHT: We will all set up camp and if possible have a worship time together at the pavilion near the camp store if it is available at 8 P.M. We could not reserve in advance.  If you are planning to camp, please email or text me your name and your site number so we can keep you posted of any changes.  Note I don’t think we have cell coverage at the campground.
    • SABBATH MORNING: For those who would like to join us, some of us plan to bike the loop beginning at sunrise on Sabbath morning. We will gather at the entrance gate to the loop and depart at 6:45 a.m.  Please note that the loop is open to cars this year on Sabbath morning.  ☹
    • Everyone is on their own for meals though sometimes families gather together for mealtime.965956_10200925924612515_1827520469_o
    • Sabbath School will gather at 10 a.m. and we hope to meet at the pavilion next to the camp store. If this doesn’t work out, we will try and get the word out as to the new location.  I will seek to send out a phone cast for those coming for the day so you know where to meet.  Ken Mathews will be leading out for Sabbath School.
    • Church will be at 11 a.m. at the same location as Sabbath School and Elder Carl Ashlock will be sharing the message with us.
    • Sabbath afternoon is free time for hiking, biking, relaxing, and visiting. Enjoy!
    • Sabbath evening we will gather for worship at 8 p.m. We will announce the location at worship time on Sabbath morning.  Pastor Jared will lead out in the evening worship.
    • Sunday, depart after breakfast and an early morning bike ride if you are up to it.
  7. The Explore the Future prophecy series for kids​ began Monday, ​July 27​. Go to the website, aplacetodosomething.com/explore​ to register so that you can download the worksheets and printables to make this a fun and interactive experience! You can watch archived presentations via the website. The series runs nightly through August 12.   We had over 600 partipate opening night and I haven’t heard numbers since then.  I heard an exciting story of a lawyer in NC who heard about it and shared how he wouldn’t go to a meeting but this he liked.  So hopefully he will continue the series even though it’s technically designed for kids. Help us get the word out.
    Explore the Future | Episode 1 – Daniel 1 & 3 from Rachel Nelson on Vimeo.
  8. Monday, August 10, we will have a one agenda item church business meeting at 6:30 p.m., prior to church board. You may join in person at the church or via ZOOM.  The school expects that it’s worthy student needs may surpass our current budgeted commitment.  We will gather to review our current policy and commitment and either affirm or make adjustments as is deemed best by the church body.
  9. We will continue our study in Romans this Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. via ZOOM with a look at the 2nd half of Romans 6.

Blessings as you prepare for the coming Sabbath!

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, July 24, 2020

Dear Church Family,

It is left with us to remedy the defects in our characters, to cleanse the soul temple of every defilement. Then the latter rain will fall upon us as the early rain fell upon the disciples on the Day of Pentecost.—Testimonies for the Church 5:214 (1882).

There is nothing that Satan fears so much as that the people of God shall clear the way by removing every hindrance, so that the Lord can pour out His Spirit upon a languishing church.… Every temptation, every opposing influence, whether open or secret, may be successfully resisted, “not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord of hosts” (Zechariah 4:6).—Selected Messages 1:124 (1887).

In the news:

  1. This Sabbath we will continue in our series on Elijah with a look at “Fight or Flight or Faith.”
  2. Just a reminder that the only two Sabbath School classes that are not currently gathering are Cradle Roll and Siepman’s class.
  3. We will continue live streaming via Facebook for now. While the audio in our sanctuary isn’t ideal, I am informed by Brad Robinson that our new portable church system that was voted by the board has been purchased and should be here hopefully in a couple weeks.  This will be a temporary arrangement until our regular system can be repaired which will take a few months most likely.
  4. We will have an AYA service this Sabbath at 7:30 P.M. at the church. Justina Thomas is a registered nurse and has been serving in the Philippines with Adventist Frontier Missions for the last 3 1/2 years.  She will be sharing about the work and miracles God is doing among an animistic tribal group in the Palawano mountain jungles.
  5. Just a reminder that next weekend marks our annual church camp out. Watch next week’s Grapevine for more details regarding the schedule and such.  For now, make sure you’ve reserved your site, preferably in the A or B section of the campground.  Elder Ashlock will be our guest speaker for Sabbath morning and Chuck Reese will be speaking for the worship service here at church.  Due to COVID-19, we will not be able to use a church at Cade’s Cove so we will work out the location when we get there.  We will seek to get an all call out next weekend as to where we end up so as to help those who are coming just for the day to know where to meet for worship.Snapseed
  6. The school yard sale is set for this Sunday from 8-4 P.M. They have requested that we halt donations at this point as they simply have run out of room. 116076364_3282871168469886_821820428626007855_o
  7. The school board will meet this Monday at 5:30 p.m.
  8. This Monday marks the beginning of a roughly two-week journey through Bible Prophecy for young people. People are already registering from all over the world with over 228 registered as of Thursday.  The series is entitled, Exploring the Future.  Our church in partnership with South Bay Community Church in Chattanooga has put together this online prophecy series for kids and we want to encourage you to join in and share with others.  Children are encouraged to check it out at aplacetodosomething.com/explore.  Also, if you and your children plan to participate, visit now  the link above to register so you can receive the link to download your materials and cutouts in preparation for this Monday at 6 p.m.  Watch the video below for more information. 
  9. We will continue our Romans series this coming Wednesday via ZOOM with a look at Romans 6. Our 1hr study time begins at 7 P.M. each Wednesday evening.
  10. Pastor Jared had a great program for the youth last night. The focus of the evening was on communication and we enjoyed learning interesting facts about each other in the process. There were around 25 youth present.  Pastor Jared and Pastor Jason are seeking to coordinate some of the youth activities this year so as to foster better collaboration between the churches.
  11. The Pathfinders are raising money for their club by selling fruit.  If you would like to pick up some fruit, you can grab an order form in the church foyer and turn it in sometime before the deadline which is July 31stHere is a copy of that order form if you want to take care of it right now.dina-nasyrova-Nc5M3JN8_40-unsplash (1)
  12. Lastly, on a more humorous note, Jordan wanted to celebrate our Goldendoodle’s second Birthday so we had homemade Zucchini Waffles and potatoes last Sunday morning.   Ginger was a good sport as she sat at her little table for the birthday picture.    IMG_20200719_113601182-02

Blessings as you prepare for the coming Sabbath!

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, July 17, 2020

Dear Church Family,

We stated word are these:  

God will give both of you precious victories if you surrender yourselves wholly to Him and let His grace subdue your proud hearts. Your self-righteousness will avail nothing with God. Nothing should be done by fits and starts or in a spirit of rashness. Wrongs cannot be righted, nor reformations in character made, by a few feeble, intermittent efforts. Sanctification is not a work of a day or a year, but of a lifetime. Without continual efforts and constant activity, there can be no advancement in the divine life, no attainment of the victor’s crown. We are doing up work for the judgment, and it is unsafe to work in our own wisdom and trust to our own judgment. With the spirit of self-confidence that you now possess, neither of you could be happy in heaven; for there all, even the exalted angels, are subordinate. You have yet to learn subordination and submission. Both of you must be transformed by the grace of God.  3T 325

In the news:

  1. This Sabbath we will have services and I have been informed by Brad Robinson, our audio leader that we a much better set up for this Sabbath for our audio needs. The volume should be better and we will have mics available in the aisles like before for those who wish to comment during Sabbath school and prayer time.
  2. We plan to stream SS and Church again this Sabbath via the church Facebook page.
  3. There will be no cradle roll tomorrow due to COVID
  4. I will be sharing the message this Sabbath with part V in our series on Elijah with a message entitled, “The Effectual Prayer.”
  5. The board met this week and voted to establish a team of there in charge at the CSC. Brenda Chalfant will be the administrative director, Chuck Reese will be the director of food services, and Linda Carlton will continue to be the director of clothing.  We are thankful for this team and the greater team of volunteers that work each week.  God has blessed our center and preserved it over the years and we praise Him for it.
  6. Just a reminder that the school is still looking for donations for their upcoming yard sale set for July 26. Please bring your donations by during regular school hours at the school.  Please call first and if Randy isn’t available, you can call Fred Myers.  This has real potential to raise monies for the school.
  7. All the youth are invited to a social event at the church fellowship hall this coming Thursday from 6-8 p.m.  There will be food, fellowship and a fun discussion about the do’s and don’ts of communication.  Contact Pastor Jared for more information!
  8. The Pre-Nominating Committee will meet this Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the church to select the nominating committee. There will be a zoom option for those not able to meet with us at the church.
  9. We had a great discussion on Romans 5 last week at Mid-Week Bible study and will continue that discussion and study this coming Wednesday at 7 p.m. via ZOOM. All are welcome to join in.
  10. The Pathfinders are raising money for their club by selling fruit.  If you would like to pick up some fruit, you can grab an order form in the church foyer and turn it in sometime before the deadline.  Here is a copy of that order form if you want to take care of it right now. dina-nasyrova-Nc5M3JN8_40-unsplash (1)
  11. Our church camp out is just around the corner. Hope you are able to join us at Cades Cove July 31-August 2.  Elder Carl Ashlock will be our Sabbath morning speaker.
  12. Katrina Robinson is looking for volunteers to help with Adventurers, specifically with the Sunbeam (2nd grade), Builder (3rd grade), and Helping Hand (4th grade) groups.  Please call or text Katrina Robinson at 423-747-2007 for more information as the club hopes to begin August 15.
  13. Walt Cross came by and we filmed a series of short health talks that he recorded for a conference that he is participating in with T. Colin Campbell & Walter Veith among others.  Due to COVID-19 and New York’s restrictions, this large conference had to be moved online.  It’s exciting how God continues to open doors for this branch of the work.IMG_20200714_084624805

Blessings as you prepare for the coming Sabbath!

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, July 10, 2020

Dear Church Family,

In my readings I found these words to be a good reminder for all of us:

Some hold back in meeting because they have nothing new to say and must repeat the same story if they speak. I saw that pride was at the bottom of this, that God and angels witnessed the testimonies of the saints and were well pleased and glorified by their being repeated weekly. The Lord loves simplicity and humility, but He is displeased and angels are grieved when professed heirs of God and joint heirs with Jesus suffer precious time to run to waste in their meetings.
If the brethren and sisters were in the place they should be, they would not be at a loss to find something to say in honor of Jesus, who hung upon Calvary’s cross for their sins. If they would cherish more of a realizing sense of the condescension of God in giving His only beloved Son to die a sacrifice for our sins and transgressions, and of the sufferings and anguish of Jesus to make a way of escape for guilty man, that he might receive pardon and live, they would be more ready to extol and magnify Jesus. They could not hold their peace, but with thankfulness and gratitude would talk of His glory and tell of His power. And blessings from God would rest upon them by so doing. Even if the same story were repeated, God would be glorified. The angel showed me those who ceased not day nor night to cry, “Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty.” “Continued repetition,” said the angel, “yet God is glorified by it.” Although we may tell the same story over and over, it honors God, and shows that we are not unmindful of His goodness and mercies to us.

White, E. G. (1882). Early Writings of Ellen G. White (pp. 115–116). Review and Herald Publishing Association.

In the news:

  1. All Sabbath Schools will gather this Sabbath with the exception of Cradle Roll & Milton’s class which will not be meeting.
  2. Pastor Jared will be sharing the message this Sabbath.  Please note that MASKS ARE REQUIRED for Sabbath school & church attendance.
  3. We hope to have Sabbath School & Church streamed via the church Facebook page.  Please check this link Sabbath morning to see if a stream is available.  Because of the damage to our a/v system, we can only offer poor audio quality so please be patient for the time being with the poor volume.  The board will be looking at some recommendations this Monday at a proposal as to how this may be addressed.
  4. Our church finance committee and the board will meet this Monday evening via zoom at 6 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. respectively.
  5. It’s time for us to assemble our pre-nominating committeedylan-gillis-KdeqA3aTnBY-unsplash who will seek to assemble and recommend to the church a nominating committee that reflects the diversity in our church.  There will be an insert in this Sabbath’s bulletin that you may fill out or if you prefer to do so online, please click here to fill out a google form with 5 names you would recommend. Note that with the online form, we require your name and email so as to verify that it’s a member filling out the form.  The form in the bulletin is anonymous.  These forms must be turned in by Monday as they will be tabulated on Tuesday.
  6. Our Mid-Week Bible study will continue this Wednesday with another look at Romans chapter 5.  Such an important chapter that has been misused by many to teach such notions as original sin.  Indeed, this is an important study nad hope you can join us via zoom at 7p.m. this Wednesday.
  7. Our church camp out is just around the corner.  Hope you are able to join us at Cades Cove.  Elder Carl Ashlock will be our Sabbath morning speaker.

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    Friday Night Worship with Pastor Alex.
  8.  GAA is now accepting donations. NOTE: NEW DROP OFF LOCATION is the school gym. You can drop it off Monday through Friday from 10-3. Please call 352-615-2462 prior to coming to confirm that someone will be there when you arrive.
  9. We have a new North American Division President, Alex Bryant.  He formerly served as Secretary of the division.   May God lead him in this new role.

Blessings as you prepare for the coming Sabbath hours.

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

 

Friday, July 3, 2020

Dear Church Family,

The church board met last night via ZOOM and discussed how to proceed with services at church since our community recently moved to Phase 2 and COVID-19 cases are on the rise.  Based on our meeting last night, the following directives have been issued for the time being:

  • Masks are required by all with the exception of children 8 yrs old and younger.  Please note that while seated during the service in the sanctuary, it is acceptable to remove your mask but when you are up and about or visiting with others, masks are required based on the vote last night.
  • Those leading out in Sabbath school and church will not be required to use masks while serving upfront as they will remain far back from the congregation.  IMG_0652
  • Since social distancing is necessary, the pews will be marked off in such a manner to allow for better distancing. So as you can see from the picture, the section that has an x is not to be sat in.  Families should be able to sit together with no problem but it is asked that we avoid sitting on the marked sections of the pews.
  • We will continue to have no congregational singing for the time being.
  • A new air filtration system was just installed at church which is the same as what Southern Adventist University installed which is to filter the air every 30 minutes.
  • After church, everyone is asked to please visit outside and not in the foyer or hallways.

These instructions from the church board are intended to maximize safety while allowing for corporate worship and study.  Thank you for your patience and understanding while we navigate the social strain caused by this pandemic.  By following the instructions above, we can better care for one another and help alleviate some of the fears of those more vulnerable ones around us.

In the news:

  1. There will be no Sabbath School via ZOOM but instead, you can participate by live stream. To participate, simply click on the brown live stream button on our church’s home page to be taken to our church Youtube page where you can watch live.   Note that for those attending in person, all classes are meeting except for Milton Siepman’s class.
  2. I will be sharing the morning message tomorrow with a message entitled, “Effectual Prayer.”  This is part V in our Elijah series.
  3. Russell Waddell will be baptized this Sabbath and we rejoice in his return to the church.  He used to attend here years ago and after around 30-40 years away, he recently began attending again a few years ago and decided to be re-baptized as he re-joins the church he grew up in.
  4. There will be no AYA this Sabbath due to the holiday weekend.
  5. Due to COVID-19, I learned that the Waldensian play won’t work out for our church family this year.  So our August 8 field trip has been canceled.  If you had already paid, your money will be returned.
  6. Our church camp out is still a go however and if you haven’t reserved your site, we ask that you do so ASAP as sites are filling up.  Elder Carl Ashlock will share the morning message for us on Sabbath at Cades Cove.  Note we will still have services at Greeneville that Sabbath for those not able to camp.Snapseed (5)
  7. Sandra Lawing continues to recover from her surgery and wanted to thank everyone for the cards and calls that have come to her over the last few weeks. Thank you.
  8. The Pathfinders are raising money for their club by selling fruit.  If you would like to pick up some fruit, you can grab an order form in the church foyer and turn it in sometime before the deadline.  Here is a copy of that order form if you want to take care of it right now.  dina-nasyrova-Nc5M3JN8_40-unsplash (1)
  9. Here are a couple opportunities from Wildwood Training for anyone interested.
  10. The GAA yard sale is scheduled for July 26. The school is presently accepting donations. NOTE that there is a NEW DROP OFF LOCATION which is at the school gym. You can drop it off Monday through Friday from 10-3. Please call Randy Nomura prior to coming to confirm that someone will be there when you arrive.

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, June26, 2020

Dear Church Family,

We cannot use the Holy Spirit. The Spirit is to use us. Through the Spirit God works in His people “to will and to do of His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13). But many will not submit to this. They want to manage themselves. This is why they do not receive the heavenly gift. Only to those who wait humbly upon God, who watch for His guidance and grace, is the Spirit given.—The Desire of Ages, 672 (1898).

In the news:

  1. Sabbath School is back to normal operations for all classes with the exception that Milton’s class is meeting via ZOOM at 9:30 A.M.
  2. I will be sharing the message this Sabbath with part 4 in our Elijah series.  The message this Sabbath is entitled, “How Long?”  Remember that our worship services are streamed and you can access the stream by visiting our church web site and clicking on the brown button, “Live Stream.”
  3. Dan Sanford and friends will lead out in AYA this Sabbath at 7 p.m. with some good gospel music.
  4. Our mid-week Bible study will continue this coming Wednesday via ZOOM with our study of Romans.  We will wrap up chapter 3 and begin chapter 4.  You can access the link via the church website.
  5. I registered for our campsite this week at Cades Cove for the church camp out scheduled July 31-August 2 and saw that many sites have been reserved in the B section. If you wish to join us in camping, reserve your site now.  Elder Carl Ashlock will be speaking for us Sabbath morning at one of the churches along the loop.  Note that we will have services for those who don’t attend the camp out at Greeneville as well.
  6.  Sandra Lawing came through her surgery ok and is recovering nicely. Thank you for your prayers.
  7. The GAA yard sale is scheduled for July 26. The school is presently accepting donations. NOTE that there is a NEW DROP OFF LOCATION which is at the school gym. You can drop it off Monday through Friday from 10-3 though NOT next Wednesday through Friday. Please call Randy Nomura prior to coming to confirm that someone will be there when you arrive.
  8. It Is Written’s been sharing this week a series entitled, “Take Charge of Your Health.”  There are still a few presentations remaining in the series and previous episodes can be easily accessed via their online archive.  Please check it out and share with your friends.
  9. We have begun trying to develop a small group Bible study at our house with some who have shown interest after the meetings.  I snapped this picture of the garden after our study last night. We share in popcorn and watermelon and then study the Bible together out under the pergola.  Wouldn’t it be exciting if we could have multiple Bible study sites throughout the county in the homes of Adventists as an opportunity for those searching in these difficult times to find answers?   Perhaps God would have you to begin one at your home!

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Blessings as you prepare for the coming Sabbath!

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, June 19, 2020

Dear Church Family,

I am not sure I had ever heard this song before but I heard it this week and was so touched by it I wanted to share it with you.  It’s message seems timely given the loss (I am participating in three memorials this week), cancer, COVID-19, and riots, and the like.  I hope it touches you like it did me.  When He comes, He will be right on time!!

In the news:

  1. Here are the arrangements for Sabbath School this week which begins at 9:30 A.M.:
    1. All the Children’s divisions will have their regular Sabbath School programs this Sabbath.
    2. Preliminaries will begin at 9:30 A.M.
    3. There will be a joint lesson study in the Sanctuary led by David Green.
    4. Ken Mathews will lead his class in a larger classroom in the fellowship hall so as to allow for social distancing.
    5. For those not able to attend right now, Milton Siepman will lead out in a lesson study via ZOOM at 9:30 a.m.
  2. Sabbath School Quarterlies can be picked up from the Literature room before Sabbath School starts and 15 minutes after worship service.
  3. This Sabbath Pastor Jared will be speaking as well as baptizing his son, Gabriel during the worship hour.
  4. Note that the worship service will be live streamed and can be accessed via the Live Stream button non our church home page.
  5. No fellowship meal due to COVID-19.
  6. There will be no AYA this week.
  7. It was a special evening last night as GAA celebrated their first annual Senior Graduation. We had four seniors and are thankful and blessed to have a full k-12 program in our community.

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  8. GAA will be having a yard sale on July 26 and they are accepting donations at this time. All donations can be dropped off at the Pathfinder room next door to the Community Services Center. Please contact Lee or Kirstin Elliott to arrange for a time for drop off. Also, they are looking for volunteers to help set up on the 26th.
  9. Diane Emde’s memorial service will be tomorrow at 4 p.m. at the church with live streaming of the service.  Please keep the family in your prayers.
  10. The church camp out is still planned for this summer. Remember that for those who would like to participate, the dates are July 31-August 2. Please reserve your campsite at Cades Cove beginning with the A and B sections.
  11. Here’s one more presentation that Rhoda, our health ministries leader wanted me to share with you.
  12. Sandra Lawing requests your prayers as she prepares for surgery next Friday.  She is classified as high risk she said and is a little apprehensive but trusting in the Lord.   The reason for her surgery is because it was discovered she has uterine cancer.  Next Friday is also Shawn’s 23rd birthday.

Blessings as you prepare for the coming Sabbath!

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, June 12, 2020

Dear Church Family,

A beautiful reality:

A knowledge of the truth depends not so much upon strength of intellect as upon pureness of purpose, the simplicity of an earnest, dependent faith. To those who in humility of heart seek for divine guidance, angels of God draw near. The Holy Spirit is given to open to them the rich treasures of the truth.  COL 59

In the news:

  1. After nearly 3 months of having church online, we will finally gather at the church this Sabbath for Sabbath school and worship.  As we prepare to gather back together for fellowship and worship, here is a helpful document from our COVID-19 subcommittee and below are some general principles to remember.  No one is out to police this but we ask for your helpful cooperation so that as many as possible can feel safe and welcome at church during this pandemic.
    • Everyone is asked to practice social distancing which means we need to sit at least 6 feet apart in the sanctuary from others families or members.
    • Avoid hugs and handshakes for the time being.
    • No fellowship lunches.
    • Masks are suggested but not required.
    • The board has elected to avoid congregational singing now.  Here is a story that illustrates why.
  2. This Sabbath we will resume our regular schedule of services at the church.  This will be the schedule for Sabbath:
    • 9:30 a.m. – Sabbath school begins in the sanctuary and children’s & youth divisions will resume in their various classrooms with the exception of Kindergarten which will not resume this week. There will be one joint lesson study in the sanctuary following the preliminaries this Sabbath.
    • 9:30 a.m. – Milton Siepman will lead out in an online ZOOM Sabbath School lesson studyfor those who are not able to be at church this Sabbath.
    • 10:45 a.m. – Marva Wente will share a brief organ concert between Sabbath School and church.  Note that this and the worship service will be streamed via Youtube.  You can access this via our worship link on the church homepage.
    • 11:00 a.m. – We will share in morning worship in the sanctuary which will also be streamed for those who are unable to attend. Again, visit the church webpage and click on the worship link to access the stream.  We will continue our series on Elijah with a message entitled, “Faithful Rebuke.”
    • 4:00 p.m. – Lisa Johnson will be baptized this Sabbath at Paint Creek. We hope you can come out and join us for this special celebration.
    • 8:00 p.m. – AYA will resume with Dan Sanford and friends sharing beautiful gospel music.
  3. Kathy Bumgardner passed away in her sleep this past Wednesday morning and we are all still in a bit of shock. A memorial service has been planned for next Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the church.  In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to our Community Services Center. As you know, Kathy was our CSC leader and so the whole CSC team has been greatly affected. The CSC will be closed next week.
  4. Our mid-week prayer meeting service via zoom will therefore not meet this week due to the scheduled memorial service on the same night. We will resume our study on Romans the following week.
  5. Our first senior graduation at Greeneville Adventist Acadewoman-in-black-long-sleeve-dress-standing-on-brown-concrete-3186386my will be held at the school gym on Thursday, June 18, at 6:00 P.M. Everyone is invited, and masks are encouraged.  Congratulations to our seniors Shoshanna Grenti, Camille Martinez Ortiz, Nicolas Miller, and Raimey Talbert!
  6. The church camp out is still planned for this summer. Remember that for those who would like to participate, the dates are July 31-August 2.  Please reserve your campsite at Cades Cove beginning with the A and B sections.
  7. The Waldensian tour and play is still being planned for. However, the bus will not be an option for us.  So we will need to carpool.  We are currently still planning for August 8 but will confirm this in a week or two when I get confirmation from the staff.
  8. We had a great turn out for dinner with the doctor this week with around 50+ people I am estimating.  While there was no dinner, guests got to go home with a nice sack lunch.
  9. Here is another helpful video from Adventist World Radio regarding COVID-19:

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy