Friday, July 9, 2021

Dear Church Family,

It is always good to be back home.  After 13,636 miles, we pulled safely into the driveway Wednesday grateful for the Lord’s protection and blessing.  Thank you for your prayers as we travelled.  We saw many beautiful sights and were able to enjoy quality time together as a family.  Perhaps next week I can share some more pictures. 

Wire Pass

In the news:

  1. This Sabbath we will resume our series in John with a look at John 12 with a message entitled, “A Sweet Smelling Aroma.”
  2. A special musical vesper program has been planned for AYA this Sabbath at 7:30 p.m.   Violinist, Jaime Jorge will share his “Healing Music Concert” program which will combine the powerful music of the violin with vivid photo imagery to lift our hearts to heaven. Please invite your friends to enjoy this program with you. A love offering is planned.
  3. There will be an Elder’s meeting this Sunday at 7:30 p.m. via ZOOM.  All elder’s are encouraged to attend. 
  4. The church finance committee will meet this Monday evening at 6 p.m. at the church.
  5. The church board will meet this Monday evening at 7:15 p.m. at the church. 
  6. The Pathfinders are offering frozen fruits, purees, & jams from Bithell Farms this year. Information may be found in the front lobby on the glass table. Fill out the order form and turn in to the church office WITH PAYMENT by the end of JULY. Make checks to Greeneville Pioneers.
  7. Remember that VBS is set to begin July 19 at 5:30 p.m. It’s time to pre-register. Registration forms are available in the church foyer.
  8.  It is almost time for our annual church camp out at Cades Cove, July 30 – August 1. Click here to be taken to the CADES COVE reservation site. Remember, reservations need to be made soon if you plan to camp as sites are filling up. We usually congregate in the A & B sites as much as possible.

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, May 28, 2021

Dear Church Family,

It is the duty of every Christian to acquire habits of order, thoroughness, and dispatch. There is no excuse for slow bungling at work of any character. When one is always at work and the work is never done, it is because mind and heart are not put into the labor. The exercise of the will power will make the hands move deftly.
The Bible gives no indorsement to idleness. It is the greatest curse that afflicts our world. Every man and woman who is truly converted will be a diligent worker.
. . . Only let the moments be treasured. A few moments here and a few there, that might be frittered away in aimless talk; the morning hours so often wasted in bed; the time spent in traveling on trams or railway cars, or waiting at the station; the moments of waiting for meals, waiting for those who are tardy in keeping an appointment—if a book were kept at hand, and these fragments of time were improved in study, reading, or careful thought, what might not be accomplished. A resolute purpose, persistent industry, and careful economy of time, will enable men to acquire knowledge and mental discipline which will qualify them for almost any position of influence and usefulness.

White, E. G. (1958). The Faith I Live By (p. 159). Review and Herald Publishing Association.

In the news:

1.I am sad to announce that Melody Mason will not be with us this Sabbath due to a family situtation that she could not avoid. Her mother isn’t well and needs prayer. Thus because of this cancellation, there will be NO AYA this week. I will be sharing the morning message with a look at John 11 and the story of Lazarus.

2. Our mid-week study in Hebrews will continue this coming Wednesday via ZOOM. We ae currently in the last section of Hebrews 10.

3. Don’t forget to make your reservations for our annual church camp out at Cades Cove, July 30 – August 1. Click here to be taken to the CADES COVE reservation site. Remember, reservations need to be made soon if you plan to camp as sites are filling up. We usually congregate in the A & B sites as much as possible.

4. Remember that VBS is slated for July 18-23 at our church.

5. We need volunteers for fellowship meal teams in order to resume fellowship luncheons. If you would be willing to serve approximately once or twice a quarter, please let the office know.

6. Remember that the school will begin receiving yard sale items June 7. Contact Fred Myers or Lee Elliott to arrange a drop off. The yard sale is scheduled for June 27.

7. I will be taking vacation with family for the next several weeks and will return on July 8. While I am away, the pulpit schedule will be as follows: June 5 – Pastor Jared (Adriana will also be baptized this Sabbath), June 12 – Dave Ondrejka Sr., June 19 – Elder Carl Ashlock, June 26 – Katie Jane Emde, July 3- Pastor Jared.

8. Eric & Rachel Nelson will be sharing sacred music and inspirational stories next Sabbath for AYA at 7:30 p.m.

9. This will be Ruben & Naicelis, Isabela & Albert’s last Sabbath. Due to an opporunity Naicelis has in Miami, they will be moving. I hear they may return in the future. But please keep them in your prayers.

10. In this week’s Greener Pasture’s segment, we learn how to make Pecan-Oat Burgers. This recipe has been shared at some of our health ministries events and is a modified version of a recipe from the Step-Fast Recipe Box.

Blessings as you prepare for the coming Sabbath!

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, May 21, 2021

Dear Church Family,

Self-denial and the cross lie directly in the pathway of every follower of Christ. The cross is that which crosses the natural affections and the will.

White, E. G. (1958). The Faith I Live By (p. 151). Review and Herald Publishing Association.

In the news:

1.This Sabbath we will have baccalaureate (definition: a religious service held at some educational institutions before commencement, containing a farewell sermon to the graduating class.) for the worship hour and our principal, Randy Nomura will be sharing the morning message.

2. AYA this week will be at 7 p.m. with Darby Jones sharing a concert in our sanctuary.

3. It is hoped that we can resume fellowship dinners in the coming weeks but in order to do so, we need several teams of volunteers to make it a reality. Please contact the church office if you are willing to be a team leader or serve on a team.

4. . Just a reminder that masks are merely optional at this point as we are returning to normal status this Sabbath based on a recent board action. So while masks are welcome, they are merely optional at this point.

5.. We celebrated the graduation of our 8th graders on Wednesday evening and our seniors on Thursday evening. Both services were very beautiful and we wish to congratulate all our graduates. The senior speeches stood out to me in that as our seniors gave counsel to the younger students, the most common theme was to put God first in all you do. AMEN!

6.. The GAA yard sale will be receiving donations beginning June 7 in anticipation of their upcoming sale on June 27.

7. Author and speaker Melody Mason will be with us for Sabbath, May 29.  She will share Sabbath morning and Sabbath evening for vespers.  In anticipation of this weekend, you may wish to read her book, “Daring to Ask for More.”  Here is a schedule with the topics she will be sharing: 11 a.m. – Growing an Above and Beyond Walk with Jesus  /   5 p.m. – Growing an Above and Beyond Devotional Life   /   6:15 p.m. –  Growing an Above and Beyond Faith, even when God is Silent.

8. Tina and I want to thank all those who came out for the baptisms last Sabbath evening. It was a wonderful celebration and we were so thaankful to have our church family celebrate it with us.

9. Remember that VBS is slated for July 18-23 at our church.

10.  Don’t forget to make your reservations for our annual church camp out at Cades Cove, July 30 – August 1.  Click here to be taken to the CADES COVE reservation site.  Remember, reservations need to be made soon if you plan to camp as sites are filling up. We usually congregate in the A & B sites as much as possible.

11. Prayers are requested for Jonathan Dietrich and his family as they travel from Chad back to the states. Also, Nancy Blankenship is continuing to improve nicely and appreciatse your continued prayers. Sherry Edwards is at Life Care Nursing home and appreciates visitors. Also remember Garland Hawkins who continues to recieve tests and if all goes well will have a heart valve repair done on June 8.

12. Braden Ball & Jayden Cushing created this video of the Costa Rica trip. They shared a teaser at the recent program in April. Here is the full program.

13. This week in our Greener Pastures episode, I share with you a family favorite of ours, how to make chocolate monkeys.

Blessings as you prepare for the coming Sabbath!

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, May 14, 2021

Dear Church Family,

This week I was reminded of the importance of keeping perspective and appreciating the moments that are gifted to me each day from my Creator.  I wanted to share with you the song that brought this important reminder to my attention as it captures so poetically the delicate gift of time that we are granted in this life.

Ellen White puts it well when she writes:

“Let the peace of God rule in your hearts; . . . and be ye thankful.” Colossians 3:15. Forgetting our own dif­ficulties and troubles, let us praise God for an opportunity to live for the glory of His name. Let the fresh blessings of each new day awaken praise in our hearts for these tokens of His loving care. When you open your eyes in the morning, thank God that He has kept you through the night. Thank Him for His peace in your heart. Morning, noon, and night, let gratitude as a sweet perfume ascend to heaven.”—The Ministry of Healing. p. 253.

In the news:

1. This Sabbath we will resume our series on John with a message entitled, “The Shepherd’s Signature.”

2. AYA this week will be at our home at 6 p.m. where we will have vespers and then the baptism of our sons Jason & Jordan in the stream in front of our home with a hot dog supper to follow. There will be an insert in this week’s bulletin with directions and instructions regarding parking. In brief, please park in either the field behind our home or the church parking lot (we asked permission) in front of our home. If you want to bring something, salad, or anything that compliments a hot dog supper is welcome.

3. Shaun Dietrich shared the following request with me this week: Jonathan and his family plan to return to the states for furlough beginning May 25.  Would anyone have a couple car seats (that are not outdated!) we could borrow for three months?  We need one for Eliora who is 1 1/2 years old and 22 pounds and one for Liliana who is 5 1/2 years old.

4. Just a reminder that the church board voted back in April that due to the widespread availability of the vaccine, beginning Sabbath, May 22, our church will return to normal status meaning that masks are optional and perfectly fine but no longer officially recommended by our local church. When fellowship meals resume, hand sanitizers will be made available and encouraged.

5. 8th-grade graduation will be this coming Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the GAA gym.  All are invited.

6. Senior graduation will be this coming Thursday, May 20 at 6:00 p.m. It Is  Written speaker/director John Bradshaw will be the guest speaker for the evening. Congratulations to our graduating seniors. 

7. Note there will be no prayer meeting this coming week due to 8th-grade graduation.

8. Author and speaker Melody Mason will be with us for Sabbath, May 29. She will share Sabbath morning and Sabbath evening for vespers. In anticipation of this weekend, you may wish to read her book, “Daring to Ask for More.”

9.  We are looking to resume fellowship dinners soon and need to regroup  So if you are willing to serve as a team leader or serve on a team for this important ministry, please contact the church office next week.   

10.  Don’t forget to make your reservations for our annual church camp out at Cades Cove, July 30 – August 1.  Click here to be taken to the CADES COVE reservation site.  Remember, reservations need to be made soon if you plan to camp as sites are filling up. We usually congregate in the A & B sites as much as possible.

11. Looking ahead:

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

May 20 – Senior Graduation at 6 p.m.

May 22 – Senior Baccalaureate

May 22- Darby Jones Concert at 7 p.m. for AYA. 

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

June 5 – Adriana Carlton’s baptism.

June 7 – GAA begins receiving yard sale items. 

June 27 – GAA yard sale.  

July 18-23 – VBS

July 30-Aug 1 – Church Campout.  

12.  Here is the latest Greener Pastures episode with Tina sharing how to make fresh soy milk and soy yogurt. 

Blessings as you prepare for the coming Sabbath!

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, May 7, 2021

Dear Church Family,

We are not forgiven because we forgive, but as we forgive. The ground of all forgiveness is found in the unmerited love of God, but by our attitude toward others we show whether we have made that love our own. Wherefore Christ says, “With what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged.”

White, E. G. (1958). The Faith I Live By (p. 131). Review and Herald Publishing Association.

In the news:

1.This Sabbath the youth will be leading out in the worship service. Lillybeth Andrus will be sharing the message this Sabbath.

2. AYA will be at 7 p.m. tomorrow night on the upper ball field behind the church. Please remember to avoid walking around on the lower ball field. The program will feature the investiture of our Adventurer’s and Pathfinders. Bring blankets and camp chairs. See bulletin for more details.

3. We will have a finance committee meeting this Monday eveing at 6 p.m. The church board will follow at 7:15 p.m. Note that both meetings will be in the church fellowship hall and there will be NO zoom option available.

4. The Seniors arrived back from their senior class trip last night. They had a wonderful time visiting the national parks in Utah & Arizona. Here are some pictures from their trip.

5. We have a vespers and supper planned at our home for Sabbath, May 15 at 6 p.m.  We will have a bonfire and supper following the service. If you would like to bring something for the supper, a salad of some kind would be welcome. We hope you can join us for this special time. Remember to bring a chair and something with which to roast hot dogs.

6. Don’t forget to make your reservations for our annual church camp out at Cades Cove, July 30 – August 1.  Click here to be taken to the CADES COVE reservation site.  Remmber, reservations need to be made soon if you plan to camp as sites are filling up. We usually congregate in the A & B sites as much as possible.

7. We had a great time last Sunday learning how to make kites with Elder Carl Ashlock at the church. Pretty amazing.

8. Looking ahead:

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 22- Darby Jones Concert at 7 p.m. for AYA. 

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

June 5 – Adriana Carlton’s baptism.

8. This week in our Greener Pastures segment, we have a recipe for how to make a tasty vegan cheese sauce. Give it a try if you like and see what you think.

Blessings as you prepare for the coming Sabbath!

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, April 30, 2021

Dear Church Family,

Again, very practical counsel for the times in which we are living:

There is a large vineyard to be cultivated; but while Christians are to work among unbelievers, they are not to appear like worldlings. They are not to spend their time talking politics or acting politics; for by so doing they give the enemy opportunity to come in and cause variance and discord . . .

God calls upon all who minister in word and doctrine to give the trumpet a certain sound. All who have received Christ, ministers and lay members, are to arise and shine; for great peril is right upon us. Satan is stirring up the powers of earth. Everything in this world is in confusion. God calls upon His people to hold aloft the banner bearing the message of the third angel.…

God’s children are to separate themselves from politics, from any alliance with unbelievers. They are not to link their interests with the interests of the world. “Give proof of your allegiance to Me,” He says, “by standing as My chosen heritage, as a people zealous of good works.” Do not take part in political strife. Separate from the world, and refrain from bringing into the church or school ideas that will lead to contention and disorder. Dissension is the moral poison taken into the system by human beings who are selfish. God wants His servants to have clear perceptions, true and noble dignity, that their influence may demonstrate the power of truth.—MS., June 16, 1899.

In the news:

1. There will be a vesper’s program tonight at the church with the GAA Costa Rica mission team giving report of their recent trip earlier this month. The program will be at the church at 7 p.m. This program will be live streamed for those unable to attend.

2. This Sabbath we will celebrate communion with a footwashing service and the Lord’s supper. Precautions will be in place again for COVID. I will be sharing the message this Sabbath.

3. We will have a memorial service this Sabbath afternoon at 4 p.m. for Dianne Ondrejka. Everyone is invited and please note that this service will be live streamed as well.

Dianne Ondrejka

4. GAA’s only live concert for the school year, “Concert on the Greene” has been moved from the GAA Athletic field to the GAA Gym. This vesper’s program will begin at 7 p.m. and the annual strawberry festival will follow after sunset. Please be aware there will be limited space and amasks are encouraged but not required per the school board. Music and portions of the program will be live stream via the Greeneville Adventist Academy Facebook page.

5. This Sunday from 3-5 our May Social will be kite making/flying with pastor Carl. All ages welcome. I also asked that if possible people bring any materials they may have such as string, wrapping paper, elmers glue, tape, old sheets or pillow cases etc.

6. We have a vespers and supper planned at our home for Sabbath, May 15 at 6 p.m.  We will have a bonfire and supper following the service. If you would like to bring something for the supper, a salad of some kind would be welcome. We hope you can join us for this special time. Remember to bring a chair and something with which to roast hot dogs.

7. Just a reminder that the GAA yard sale will be accepting donations beginning June 7. The actual yard sale will be June 27.

8. Don’t forget to make your reservations for our annual church camp out at Cades Cove, July 30 – August 1.  Click here to be taken to the CADES COVE reservation site.  Remmber, reservations need to be made soon if you plan to camp as sites are filling up. We usually congregate in the A & B sites as much as possible.

9. Found out this morning that we anticipate the construction of the church pavilion itself to begin mid-May if weather doesn’t create any delays. So prep work should begin soon.  As a reminder, please refrain from entering the construction area until the project is complete.

10.  Here’s an overview of what’s coming up in the next several weeks as you seek to plan your calendar: 

May 8 – Youth Sabbath with Lilybeth 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 22- Darby Jones Concert at 7 p.m. for AYA. 

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

11. Please keep Nancy Blankenship in your prayers as she continues her slow recovery from her fall. Connie Fielder is recovering nicely as she had a successful procedure on Sunday and should in a few weeks be walking again. Also, we have several families who are trying to find housing in the area at this time. I just spoke to another new family of 6 from Florida this week that is hoping to find something in our area. Please keep these famlies in your prayers as they seek the Lord’s will.

12. Speaking of prayer, this is the prayrer group that meets at the school each Wednesday morning at 8 a.m. Prayer is making a real impact on our school. At our board meeting this past Monday evening, it was so exciting to hear the projections for enrollment next year. If the projection holds true, we will have 97 students enrolled. But please keep the above prayer requests in your prayers as we have families struggling to find a home in our area. Also, we praise God that finances are looking strong at the school and we are finally paying off the ball field as well. I would say it’s time to sing the doxology!

13 . So here is the last in the 10 part Gardening with Carl series and this is probably my favorite. We hope to maybe do some more later in the summer.

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, April 23, 2021

Dear Church Family,

Read Ephesians 2:4–22. This scripture has been given me for you. Read it carefully, as you never read it before. It is full of instruction. Christ dwelling in our hearts by faith means the contemplation of Christ, beholding Christ, ever cherishing the dear Saviour as our very best and honored Friend, so that we would not in any action grieve and offend Him.

White, E. G. (1923). Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers (p. 387). Pacific Press Publishing Association.


In the news:

1. This Sabbath I will be sharing the message as we continue our series in John.

2. This Sabbath afternoon at 4 p.m. at the church, there will be a memorial service for Miriam Mathews, mother of Ken Mathews and a member of our local congregation.  Due to health issues, she had been in the nursing home for some time and thus many may have never been able to meet this kind lady. But tomorrow, you will have a chance to learn about her life and the legacy she left.

Miriam Mathews

3. Norm Draper will lead out in AYA tomorrow at 7 p.m. with a time of testimony and praise. 

4. This Sunday from 3-5 p.m. there will be a special tea party for girls grades k-8th.  This will be a very special party for the girls that has involved lots of planning and care. I believe the girls will thoroughly enjoy it.

5. The Church Pavilion project is underway and we are in the very early stages of the construction project.  Right now, there are stakes posted in the exact location where the pavilion will be.  That said, beginning now and until the project is complete, we are asking that no one be in that lower grassy area behind the church.  Parents are asked to help us make certain that no children are in that lower green space either as they could get hurt or cause interference with the project.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation.  Here is a picture of our head deacon Dan Thomas working with Milton Siepman to place the stakes where they are to go.

6. Remember that Sabbath, May 29 will be a special day as we welcome Melody Mason as our guest speaker.  She will be sharing for the worship hour, as well as that afternoon and evening.  Her emphasis will be on prayer and the devotional life.

7. I apologize that I forgot last week to include the link for making your reservations for our annual church camp out this July.  Click here to be taken to the CADES COVE reservation site.  But as I said last week, reservations need to be made soon if you plan to attend as sites are filling up.  The campout will be at Cade’s Cove July 30-August 1 and you will want to bring your bikes and camera as often we see wildlife including bears.  Remember when making your reservations that we usually congregate in the A & B sites as much as possible. 

8. Rhoda Kanna, our health ministries leader shared the following video with the church board this week on ways to help protect yourself against COVID-19.  This was originally shared at the Living Hope Seventh-day Adventist church and has some great information, especially as it relates to ivermectin.

9. Last Friday I confirmed with Elder Randy Skeete that we are looking forward to this fall when he will share a 3 week prophecy series with our community.  The dates for this are October 29-November 20.  This will be a nightly event so please block out these three weeks on your calendar and be praying who God would have you bring to this amazing series. 

10. Speaking of evangelism, are you familiar with this series that came out a couple yeears ago by Laymen’s Ministries entitled, The Days of Noah?  We recently watched it as a family and wow, was I impressed.  Must say parts 2 and 3 were my favorite but this series is well worth your time and most worthy of sharing with others.  Here is a special half hour preview of the series.  It gives such a clear and beautiful picture of our message in a way that is different from a typical evangelistic series.  While it doesn’t cover everything that a full series would, I see it as a great pre-cursor to Bible studies or a full prophecy series.  You can access it for free if you are an AMAZON prime member.  Not sure about other streaming services but you can order DVD’s at their main website.  Here is the trailer for this incredible series. 

11. Next Friday at 7 p.m., we will have a special vespers in which GAA will share a mission report from their recent trip to Costa Rica.  This will take place at the church.

12. Let us prepare our hearts this week as we anticipate our celebration of the Lord’s supper on Sabbath, May 1st

13. We have a vespers and supper planned at our home for Sabbath, May 15 at 6 pm.  I am excited to be baptizing our two boys in the stream in front of our home where so many memories have been made. We hope you can join us for this special time.

14. Here’s an overview of what’s coming up in the next several weeks as you seek to plan your calendar:  

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 22- Darby Jones Concert at 7 p.m. for AYA. 

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

15. Here is another installment in our Gardening with Carl series. 

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

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