Friday, February 14, 2020

Dear Church Family,

Our prophecy series got underway this week with Pastor Marcus presenting strong Biblical messages each evening.  So far, we have had 58 guests visit the meetings.   I appreciate all the faithful support of our church family in your attendance and help.  As I watched everyone busy last night, I reflected on what an amazing church we have.  I’ve been inspired watching as the table hosts are actively engaging with their table guests each evening, sometimes staying late afterward while visiting with those at their table.  It’s also exciting to see and hear the enthusiasm of several of the guests as well. One lady after attending a couple nights brought her husband on the third night and shared how she just loves these meetings and wanted to know where else meetings like these can be found. 

We have four weeks left, two of which are at the Crescent school and then we will move to the church.  I ask that you please try and continue coming as it is typical to have some drop off over time from the guests which in order to maintain a vibrant strong crowd means we need to not only retain our member attendance but ideally need it to grow.  Remember, your attendance not only will prove meaningful for you but is a blessing to the overall mission itself.  Thank you for your faithful support.  Here is a picture of the opening night.

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In the news:

  1. This Friday night, Pastor Jared has a teen get together at his home at 6 p.m. All teens are invited as well as parents for a time of worship as well as fellowship and dinner.  Contact Pastor Jared should you have any questions or need more directions on how to get to his place.
  2. This Sabbath, I will be sharing the morning message with a sermon entitled, “Gritty Disciples.”
  3. AYA this week will feature singing, mission stories and testimonies with the Meier family leading out. AYA will be at 5 p.m. at the church.
  4. Greeneville Adventist Academy is having its 4th Annual Chili Cook-Off and Craft Fair this Sunday, February 16 in the GAA gym from 4:30 to 6:00.
  5. I saw Bill Bumgardner on Wednesday in recovery and his surgery went very well.  He is home recovering for his next and hopefully last surgery in late March.
  6. Janelle Hastings reported today that Robert had what is hopefully his last chemo treatment.  His brother Ben had a 4 1/2 hr surgery today and the surgeon reported that all went very well and they were able to remove all of the tumor.  We join the Hastings in praising God for these good reports!  To God be the glory.
  7. Remember the meetings begin with supper each evening at 5:45 p.m. and then the meeting follows at 6:30 p.m. and ends at 7:30 p.m.  We meet Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.  If you would like to catch up on missed presentations, we have a web site set up whereby we post the outlines and audio recordings of the sermons.  You can visit this site at AllAboutProphecy,com . unnamed (1)
  8. Looking ahead, AYA will be at Mark & Esther Murray’s home on the 22nd of February at 6:00 p.m. with vespers and then a bonfire. Afterward, there will be roasted vegan marshmallows and veggie hotdogs. If you are planning on attending, call or text 281-352-5651 to RSVP that you are coming and to coordinate what sort of food items to bring. There will also be games such as ping pong and basketball in the evening.
  9. Just a reminder that we have our Spring Retreat planned at the Oaks for April 17-18 with Elder Pavel Goia speaking.
  10. Remember that for those who would like to participate in our church camp out this summer, July 31-August 2, please reserve your campsite at Cades Cove beginning with the A and B sections.
  11. Also remember that the date for the Waldensian tour and play will be Sabbath, August 8. We will leave after church for a picnic, tour and evening play in Valdese, NC.  Pricing is $14 dollars for the play and the tour is $10 dollars for adults, $8 for seniors and $6 for students.  So total cost for an adult is $24, seniors, 22, and students would be $20.  In order to get a discount on ticketing, you will need to sign up through the church though you can meet us there if you prefer not to ride the bus.  You can secure your spot on the bus and the discounted group rate by signing up on the clipboard at church.  Only 50 slots are available for the bus.  Payment will need to be provided to the church office by Thursday, March 12.  I encourage you to watch the video below to be inspired by these faithful people from years ago.  I might add, that if you are not familiar with Lineage, it is an excellent collection of videos focused on the reformation and our church history.  I highly encourage you to check it out.   

Blessings as you prepare for the coming Sabbath!

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, February 7, 2020

Dear Church Family,

A topic that often seems to be neglected or overlooked perhaps because it seems a bit too taboo in the church and schools is the topic of self-abuse, self-pollution or in modern vernacular, masturbation.  Inspiration is very clear upon this point and yet because much of society is at odds with its instruction, I sense there is some misunderstanding upon the matter.  I would encourage you to read these passages and the context as well.  Inspiration tells us that this is very prevalent in the church and yet many refuse to address the matter.  As light-sunset-people-water-34014parents, let us address this subject at an age-appropriate level from the earliest of years with both boys and girls.  As parents, we should be proactive in this matter that they not become enticed by this evil of Satan.  Here are a few passages to consider and I would encourage you to go and read if you haven’t already pages 390-410 &  438-489 in the 2nd volume of the Testimonies.  

Some children begin to practice self-pollution in their infancy; and as they increase in years, the lustful passions grow with their growth and strengthen with their strength.  2T 481

I am pained at heart when I call to mind how many children of Sabbathkeeping parents are ruining soul and body with secret vice. Near you is a family who reveal their evil habits in their bodies as well as their minds. These children are on the direct road to perdition. They are debased themselves, and have instructed many others in this vice. The eldest boy is dwarfed, physically and mentally, by indulging in its practice. What little intellect he has left is of a low order. If he continues in this vicious practice he will eventually become idiotic. Every indulgence of children who have attained their growth is a terrible evil and will produce terrible results, enervating the system and weakening the intellect. But in those who indulge this corrupting vice before attaining their growth, the evil effects are more plainly marked, and recovery from its effects is more nearly hopeless. The frame is weak and stunted; the muscles are flabby; the eyes become small, and appear at times swollen; the memory is treacherous, and becomes sievelike; and inability to concentrate the thoughts upon study increases. 2T 402

Satan now has the field. Your poor children are his captives; he has control of their minds and causes them to take a low turn. Their moral sensibilities seem paralyzed. They have practiced self-abuse and gloried in their iniquities. Such boys are capable of poisoning an entire neighborhood or community, and their pernicious influence will endanger all who are brought in contact with them in school capacity. Your children are corrupt in body and in mind. Vice has placed its marks upon your elder children. They are tainted, deeply tainted, with sin. The animal propensities predominate, while the moral and intellectual faculties are very weak. The baser passions have gained strength by exercise, while conscience has become hardened and seared. This is the influence which vice will have upon the mental powers. Those who give themselves up to work the ruin of their own bodies and minds do not stop here. Eventually they will be found ready for crime in almost any form, for their consciences are seared. Parents have not been half aroused to realize their responsibility in becoming parents. They are remiss in their duty. They do not teach their children the sinfulness of these dangerous, virtue-destroying habits. Until parents arouse, there is no hope for their children.  2T 406

Steady industry upon a farm would have proved a blessing to these children, and constant employment, as their strength could bear, would have given them less opportunity to corrupt their own bodies by self-abuse, and would have prevented them from instructing a large number in this hellish practice. Labor is a great blessing to all children, especially to that class whose minds are naturally inclined to vice and depravity.  2T 403

Another interesting point regarding the context of these passages is the importance diet plays in discouraging or encouraging this evil practice.

In the news:

  1. Tonight we will close our 48hr prayer vigil at 5:30 p.m. with a consecration service in the sanctuary. For those who have participated, I hope you have been blessed by the experience as well.  It is a touching sight to see the people come and go and watch as they meander up and down the rows bowing and praying over each name.
  2. This Sabbath Pastor Jared will bring the message with a sermon entitled, “A Troubled Past.”
  3. The Cross team will be hosting the fellowship meal this Sabbath.
  4. AYA will be at 5 p.m. this Sabbath evening and will feature Dan Sanford and friends sharing Ole Timey music. If you would like to participate, please contact Dan Sanford.
  5. Our upcoming prophecy series begins this Monday evening at the Crescent School with supper at 5:45 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Marta Wetmore still needs a volunteer for childcare on Tuesdays.    But thanks to her work, childcare will be made available each evening for those who need it.  The Bewley’s have been gracious to grant us an extra room for it at no charge for childcare.  Remember the meetings are M, T, & TH evenings for 5 weeks beginning this coming Monday, the 10th. unnamed (1)
  6. This past Wednesday evening we held a short work bee to prepare mailings for the upcoming prophecy series. Due to all the help, the work went quickly. IMG_20200205_185700344_HDR (1)
  7. Prayer Meeting will be postponed until after the prophecy series.
  8. Greeneville Adventist Academy will be having its 4th Annual Chili Cook-Off and Craft Fair on Sunday, February 16 in the GAA gym from 4:30 to 6:00. The GAA 8th grade class is looking for anyone who wants to participate in the craft/hobby part of the fair. Tables are different prices depending on if you are selling a craft or are displaying a hobby. Please contact Mrs. Shumaker via phone or text at 423-707-4114 to reserve your spot.
  9. Lastly, this video caught my attention this week and I found it very helpful and clear. It features Dr. McGregor, founder of nutritionfacts.org, giving a presentation entitled, “40 Year Vegan Dies of a Heart Attack.”  Needless to say the heading caught my attention.  Here is the 2003 presentation below for those interested.

Blessings as you prepare for the Sabbath!  Hope to see you tonight!

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, January 31, 2020

Dear Church Family,

As we prepare for the upcoming prayer vigil, I think these words are very inspiring:

The Majesty of heaven, while engaged in His earthly ministry, prayed much to His Father. He was frequently bowed all night in prayer. His spirit was often sorrowful as He felt the powers of the darkness of this world, and He left the busy city and the noisy throng, to seek a retired place to make His intercessions. The Mount of Olives was the favorite resort of the Son of God for His devotions. Frequently after the multitude had left Him for the retirement of the night, He rested not, though weary with the labors of the day. In the Gospel of John we read: “And every man went unto his own house. Jesus went unto the Mount of Olives.” While the city was hushed in silence, and the disciples had returned to their homes to obtain refreshment in sleep, Jesus slept not. His divine pleadings were ascending to His Father from the Mount of Olives that His disciples might be kept from the evil influences which they would daily encounter in the world, and that His own soul might be strengthened and braced for the duties and trials of the coming day. All night, while His followers were sleeping, was their divine Teacher praying. The dew and frost of night fell upon His head bowed in prayer. His example is left for His followers.

Testimonies for the Church. (1855). (Vol. 2, p. 508). Pacific Press Publishing Association.

In the news:

  1. This Sabbath I will be sharing the message with a sermon entitled, “The Heart of the Matter.” We will be looking at the Song of Deborah in Judges 5.
  2. This Sabbath we will be inviting you to share names of interests for the upcoming meetings that we might lift them up in prayer during our 48-hour prayer vigil beginning this coming Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Note that we are asking for names of people that you think might have an interest in coming and that you would like to invite.  We will collect the names at the end of the worship service so please help us in this.
  3. We will be holding a 48-hour prayer vigil at the church beginning Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. and will keep the sanctuary open for prayer until Friday evening at 5:30 p.m. We will then transition into a consecration/vesper service to conclude our time together with testimonies, prayer and devotional as we welcome in the Sabbath.  We are asking that you please sign up this Sabbath that we might keep prayers lifted up in our sanctuary during this 48-hour prayer vigil.  You can sign up for an hour slot or more.  Note that my family will be there one night and Pastor Jared will be there another night to help ensure safety during the late-night and early morning hours. The pews will have the names of the interests on them so that you might move up and down the aisles praying over each name.  We must intercede on behalf of these people in light of the great controversy that surrounds us. We need desperately need His Holy Spirit if we are to see greater success in our efforts.samuel-martins-3U7HcqkIbb4-unsplash
  4. There will be a fellowship meal this Sabbath with the Meier team hosting.
  5. This Sabbath, AYA will be at the school in the G.A.A. gym. You are invited to join the G.A.A. senior class at the school gym at 5:30 p.m.  They will begin with an AYA program (music, devotional talk, and family Bible bowl game). After closing the Sabbath together, the seniors will serve a meal (baked ziti—vegan option available) and the gym will be open for volleyball. Proceeds will help fund the senior class trip to the Grand Canyon!
  6. This Sabbath afternoon the funeral for Candy Elliott, mother of Lee Elliott, will be held at the Mount Pisgah Academy church at 3 p.m. with visitation from 2-3 p.m. Candy was Tina’s 5th-grade teacher in school and she played the organ for our church when we were kids.  Let’s keep Lee & Kirsten and the family in our prayers.
  7. This coming Tuesday there will be a Sabbath School Council meeting at the church at 5:30 p.m.
  8. Wednesday, we will have prayer meeting/work bee from 6:30-7:30 p.m. and will dedicate our time to preparing a mailing to several interests from previous meetings we’ve done. We could use many hands to prepare the mailing and appreciate any volunteers that can come out and help us stuff, address and stamp envelopes.  Please pray for this effort and for the mass mailing that is going out next week.  There should also be a newspaper ad next Wednesday and Saturday.selective-focus-photography-of-a-mailbox-2217613
  9. Remember we are just over a week away from opening night of our prophecy series beginning at the Crescent School. Supper will begin at 5:45 p.m. each evening and the presentation from Pastor Marcus Bates will be from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  We have LOTS of flyers still needing to be passed out to loved ones and friends so please help us in getting the word out.  We have several who have pre-registered already from the community. unnamed (1)
  10. Looking ahead, Pastor Jared is planning an evening supper and worship at his house on Friday, February 14 from 6-8 p.m. for teens ages 13-18 and parents are welcome as well.
  11. While I have seen only a little of this in our area, I know many pastors across our conference have had to struggle with people attacking our doctrine of the Godhead as three, Father, Son, & Holy Spirit. As Bible-believing Adventists, we believe the Godhead is made up of three co-eternal persons, that is they have always been and will always be.  Here are a couple of resources that you might consider if your family or friends are dabbling with this false teaching.  Here is a series from Dr. Bauer who we have had speak at our church retreat before.  Also, the seminary produced a series entitled THE TRINITY PROJECT as well on this topic that you might find helpful.
  12. This bit of news caught my attention as it is another reminder why we as a private Adventist school want nothing to do with vouchers should they ever be introduced to our state. Our school board is adamant that we will not take vouchers and I am thankful for this commitment.
  13. Remember the coronavirus outbreak in your prayers.  Our conference president shared this update from Elder Folkenberg Jr.   Given the number of major volcanoes, earthquakes and the like, it’s a strong reminder of the nearness of His coming.  Let us be vigilant and watching.   As we will sing this Sabbath at church, let us work for the night is coming!  IMG_8898
  14. We got word that Daniel Nuebrander’s surgery went well and the surgeon is pleased with how things went.  Praise God and thank you for your prayers.
  15. Here is an update regarding our health outreach activities that took place this month:
    • Optimize Your Brain concludes this coming Tuesday. They have maintained a  good crowd and plan to invite the guests to the next step which involves our upcoming Revelation Today series.
    • The Emdes have wrapped up their Diabetes Undone class and maintained a good crowd throughout.   Angela shared this exciting testimony with me this week: “I think one of the most special things that was said to me was tonight when a young lady, younger than myself, stated, ‘I have hope now.’”
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    • Walt Cross’ class continues with two more months to go. Tina and I have been participating in this program as well as Carolyn in the office.  The class has maintained its crowd and enthusiasm is still strong as over 300 lbs has been lost.   We have been on a raw diet for the last week and a half.  Tina made these raw dehydrated corn chips this week along with some amazing salsa (both recipes from Mary Lou Cross) which we had with some avocado and wow, so good!  Tina also made some sushi nori which, while the seaweed comes roasted,  the inside is  filled with raw veggies.  Then Tina made ranch salad dressing but instead of mayo used avocado.  I made spaghetti with spiralized zucchini and raw tomato sauce.  I used an online recipe  for the sauce but I added some additional ingredients like nutritional yeast, garlic salt, a few dates, and cauliflower which I thought made it much better.  All raw of course but amazing taste.

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Blessings as you prepare for the coming Sabbath!

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, January 24, 2020

Dear Church Family,

Our family is being so blessed by these readings and I hope you are too.  Notice this counsel from inspiration regarding the importance of the Testimonies for the Church:

The testimonies to some have been several times repeated, but they have not thought them of sufficient importance to be carefully heeded. They have been to them like idle tales. Had they regarded the light given they would have avoided losses and trials which they think are hard and severe. . .egw-testimonies_9vol-set_large

I referred them to ancient Israel. God gave them His law, but they would not obey it. He then gave them ceremonies and ordinances, that, in the performance of these, God might be kept in remembrance. They were so prone to forget Him and His claims upon them that it was necessary to keep their minds stirred up to realize their obligations to obey and honor their Creator. Had they been obedient, and loved to keep God’s commandments, the multitude of ceremonies and ordinances would not have been required. . .

I dreamed that, as I was speaking, the power of God fell upon me in a most remarkable manner, and I was deprived of all strength, yet I had no vision. I thought that my husband stood up before the people and exclaimed: “This is the wonderful power of God. He has made the testimonies a powerful means of reaching souls, and He will work yet more mightily through them than He has hitherto done. Who will be on the Lord’s side?” . . .

Then the Angel said to her:

. . . It is Satan’s special object to prevent this light from coming to the people of God, who so greatly need it amid the perils of these last days.

Your success is in your simplicity. As soon as you depart from this, and fashion your testimony to meet the minds of any, your power is gone. Almost everything in this age is glossed and unreal. The world abounds in testimonies given to please and charm for the moment, and to exalt self. Your testimony is of a different character. It is to come down to the minutiae of life, keeping the feeble faith from dying, and pressing home upon believers the necessity of shining as lights in the world.

Testimonies for the Church. (1855). (Vol. 2, p. 606-608). Pacific Press Publishing Association.

In the news:

  1. Remember that tonight at 5:45 p.m. there will be a lite potluck supper at the Kretschmar home with a Testimonies for the Church discussion to follow for those who are participating in the reading program for the Testimonies. We will be discussing volume 2.  I hope you can come and enjoy the discussion.
  2. This Sabbath, Pastor Marcus Bates, the speaker for our upcoming prophecy series, will be with us to share the morning message. He will also share during the Sabbath school preliminaries a little bit about himself to allow you a chance to get better acquainted.
  3. There will be a fellowship lunch this Sabbath with the Myer team hosting.
  4. This Sabbath there will be a special midterm reporting session at the Knoxville 1st SDA Church with the conference administration sharing reports from around the conference. This will take place at 4 p.m. with a Q & A to follow. All are invited to attend.
  5. AYA will be at 5 p.m. this Sabbath with a special “Guess Who?”  activity planned by the Neubrander family.
  6. There will be a music committee meeting this Sunday evening with a lite potluck supper at 5 p.m. followed by the meeting. This will be at Amanda & Curtis Robinson’s home.
  7. There will be a school board meeting this Monday evening at 5:30 p.m. at the school.
  8. Please keep Lee Elliott and his family in prayer as Lee’s mother, Candy Elliott, passed away this morning after suffering complications with pneumonia and sepsis.
  9. Next Saturday night, AYA and dinner will be given by the senior class at GAA. The dinner will follow AYA and will serve as a fundraiser for their class trip.  A volleyball game will follow supper.
  10. There will be flyers and sharing cards in the foyer this Sabbath to share with friends and loved ones about the upcoming prophecy series set to begin on Monday, February 10 at the Crescent School. Please help us in getting the word out.
  11. For those who would like to participate in our church camp out this summer, July 31-August 2, please reserve your campsite at Cades Cove beginning with the A and B sections.
  12. We have the date now for the Waldensian tour andplay that I mentioned in last week’s Grapevine.   We will go after church for a picnic, tour and evening play in Valdese, NC after church on Sabbath, August 8 for those interested.  Pricing is $14 dollars for the play and the tour is $10 dollars for adults, $8 for seniors and $6 for students.   There will also be a small fee for use of the bus.  Final pricing and details will be available along with a sign up sheet on February 1st.  We hope to order tickets in March.
  13. Here is a sermon very worthy of your consideration as he reflects upon the current context in which we are doing ministry. He contrasts in a very helpful manner the difference between the social justice worldview of today and the Biblical worldview.  Please skip ahead to the 52 minute mark to view this important sermon:

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

 

Friday, January 17, 2020

Dear Church Family,

. . . from what was shown me, but a small number of those now professing to believe the truth would eventually be saved—not because they could not be saved, but because they would not be saved in God’s own appointed way. The way marked out by our divine Lord is too narrow and the gate too strait to admit them while grasping the world or while cherishing selfishness or sin of any kind.   2T 445-446

  1. I will be sharing the message this Sabbath with a sermon entitled, “That Will Be Glory.”  The Fletcher Academy Choir & 11th Hour will be here with us for the worship hour as well.
  2. The fellowship meal tomorrow will be hosted by the Carlton / Smith Team.
  3. AYA will be at 5 p.m. tomorrow and will feature a Bible Tic-tac-toe game.
  4. This Sunday at 2 p.m., we will have a memorial service at the church for Charlee Palm. All are invited to attend.
  5. There will be an elder’s meeting at our home this Sunday evening with a light potluck meal at 5;30 p.m. with the meeting to follow.
  6. Evan Fox lost his mother to cancer this week and appreciates your prayers. Her service will be at our church on Monday and all are invited.   The family will receive friends at the church from 12 – 2 p.m. on Monday afternoon and the funeral will begin at 2 p.m.  The graveside will immediately follow at River Hill Cemetery.
  7. For those participating in the Testimonies for the Church Reading plan, we have our second get together this coming Friday at 5:45 p.m. at the Kretschmar home.  We will begin with a light potluck supper followed by a discussion of volume 2.
  8. Our Revelation Today series is set to begin February 10 at the Crescent School. There will be yard signs available in the foyer this Sabbath and we are asking for those living in the county to please take one or more and help post them around in the county. Please don’t post within the city limits.   The brochures should be available by next week to begin sharing with friends and neighbors.  The mailing will go out the first week of February.
  9. Remember the Music Committee will be meeting Sunday, January 26 at 5 p.m. for a light potluck supper and meeting.
  10. The ABC Bookmobile will be here Sunday, January 26 from 10-11 a.m. for your convenience.
  11. Brand & Angela Emde began their Diabetes Undone class this past Monday night and had a good crowd with 14 from the community and a total attendance of 21.   They are holding the class in the basement of East View Eye Care in this newly renovated room.

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  12. Walt Cross has 33 attending his class at his store, The Mustard Seed, with most being from the community. The church has around 30 attending Optimize the Brain classes on Tuesdays.  When you add all these classes together and consider the impact on our community, it’s pretty exciting!  It’s nice to have a variety of options for those we want to reach out to with the health message.
  13. Pastor Jared & I visited with Gladys & Buddy Morgan this week and were encouraged to hear that Gladys has had a successful Chemo treatment and in spite of stage 4 ovarian cancer, she looks to be cleared.
  14. Pastor Jared’s wife Jean lost an uncle recently and they will be attending the funeral today over in the Knoxville area. This uncle helped raise her for a brief time in her life and thus it’s a real loss for her.  Please keep her and the rest of the family in your prayers.
  15. For those planning ahead, our church camp out will be the weekend of July 31-August 2.
  16. We are also planning a trip to Valdese, NC to learn about the Waldensians.  The date is still being firmed up but should be the last or 2nd to last Sabbath of July.  I am waiting to get confirmation from our tour guide.  We will leave after church, enjoy a picnic along the way, and later take a walking tour of their history and story.  Then we will enjoy an outdoor play that evening about the Waldensians.  More information will be forthcoming when we have the date secured.

Blessings as you prepare for the coming Sabbath!

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

Friday, January 10, 2020

Dear Church Family,

Oh that we might serve as selflessly as the angels do for us.  I love this quote:

The angels of glory find their joy in giving,—giving love and tireless watchcare to souls that are fallen and unholy. Heavenly beings woo the hearts of men; they bring to this dark world light from the courts above; by gentle and patient ministry they move upon the human spirit, to bring the lost into a fellowship with Christ which is even closer than they themselves can know.  DA 21

In the news:

  1. This Sabbath we officially welcome Pastor Jared & his family to our church family. Pastor Jared’s family arrived this week to join him.  They now have a house they are renting in Afton and are settling into it.  Pastor Jared will be presenting the morning message this Sabbath and Pastor Rick Greve will be with us to officially introduce him to the congregation.
  2. Fellowship lunch this Sabbath will be hosted by the Cover / Lowry team but it is a church-wide potluck as we want to invite everyone to join us in welcoming Pastor Jared and his family during this time.
  3. AYA this Sabbath will be at 5 p.m. and will feature Ole Timey Music with Dan Sanford and friends. Bring your instrument and join in.
  4. There will be basketball in the Gym this Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. following AYA. All are welcome.
  5. The finance committee will meet this Monday at 6 p.m. at the church.
  6. The church board will meet this coming Monday at 7:15 p.m.
  7. Starting January 13, 2020, Eastview Eye Care (EVEC) is hosting an 8-session Diabetes Undone program as part of its “Focus on Health” lecture series at the EVEC Conference Center on the lower floor of their building. Brad Emde will facilitate the program.  All are welcome.  The cost includes 2 free meals and materials.  For more information, exact dates, registration information, cost, and how patients of EVEC can attend for free, visit www.eastvieweyecare.com.
  8. I was able to spend a little time with Jesse Felan Sr. this past Thursday afternoon. He has been in ICU at Fort Sanders in Knoxville for some time now and Becky and Scott (Jesse’s children)  have been busy making trips back and forth.  Due to the ventilator, Jesse couldn’t talk and due to sedation, didn’t open his eyes while I was there but he did squeeze my hand to assure me he heard.  I prayed with him and assured him the church was praying.  Please keep in him in prayer.
  9. Bill Bumgardener also needs your prayers as he recently learned he has an aggressive form of prostate cancer but the good news is they have caught it early. So he will have the cancer removed surgically on Feb 11.  He also has a prosthesis that has failed in his knee from a previous knee replacement so he is going to have to have that replaced again on March 30.  So Bill needs your prayers and encouragement.
  10. Gideon Dietrich, the little blond boy that spoke during the baby dedication Sabbath is back in Chad now but came down with a severe fever of a 104 and while it has improved some, they covet your prayers. They don’t believe it to be Malaria as they just returned from the states.
  11. In light of the above regarding Bill, the CSC could use some extra hands to help out in the warehouse at the CSC as Bill said it is very tough to do some of this work given his situation.
  12. We had a great crowd at Dinner with the Doctor on Tuesday night  with around 70 in attendance. There were lots of familiar faces from the community including some who came to our previous prophecy meetings.  Dr. Kanna gave a great presentation on the brain and how to protect it. Here is a picture of the evening. IMG_20200107_185613147_HDR
  13. The Optimize the Brain seminar began last night.  We had around 50 attend the class last night.  While I couldn’t be there, Tina was and said it went great.
  14. I attended Walt Cross’s New Start class down at the Mustard Seed again last night and was encouraged to see that the group has more who have joined.   One of the ladies who came to our last prophecy series as well as Diabetes Undone signed up for the class as well.  While not all were able to report in, we had a collective weight loss of 170lbs with amazing testimonies.   One lady said she can finally smell again and another said their back pain is now finally gone.  Another said he’s reducing his blood pressure medicine and the enthusiasm was thrilling.  One man told me he would like to visit our church and asked about our service times.  Please keep this in your prayers.  We have numerous people at his class from Greene County.  Here’s a picture of most of the group from last night. IMG_20200109_195757576_HDR
  15. Looking ahead:
    1. Sunday, January 19 at 2 p.m. – Charlie Palm Memorial
    2. Sunday, January 19 at 5:30 p.m. – Elder’s Meeting at Pastor Jeremy’s home.
    3. Friday, January 24 at 5:45 p.m. – Potluck & Testimonies Discussion at Kretschmar’s.
    4. Sabbath, January 25 at 11 a.m. – Pastor Marcus Bates will speak for worship hour.
    5. Sunday, January 26 at 5 p.m. – Potluck and Music Committee Meeting
    6. Saturday, February 1 at 5:30 – AYA, Supper (for purchase) & Game night at GAA
    7. Monday, February 10 at 6:30 – Prophecy series begins at Crescent School with Pastor Marcus Bates. Continues Mondays, Tuesdays, & Thursdays for 5 weeks.

Blessings as you prepare for the coming Sabbath!

In His Service,
Pastor Jeremy

January 3, 2020

Dear Church Family,

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Hard to believe we have arrived at the year 2020. It used to seem so far away. As we go through this year together, I want to encourage us to keep your eyes fixed on Jesus! The following is taken from an article on Ellen White and her love for Jesus and His Word:

One of Ellen White’s most touching and spiritually compelling letters was written to her sister the year she died. Elizabeth, or Lizzie as she was called, did not live as a Christian through most of her adult life. The letter was never published and was intended to be personal, but it reveals Ellen’s spiritual longing for her sister and her love for Jesus.
“I love to speak of Jesus and His matchless love and my whole soul is in this work. I have not one doubt of the love of God and His care and His mercy and ability to save to the utmost all who come unto Him. . . . Don’t you believe in Jesus, Lizzie? Do you not believe He is your Saviour? That He has evidenced His love for you in giving His own precious life that you might be saved? All that is required of you is to take Jesus as your own precious Saviour. I pray most earnestly that the Lord Jesus shall reveal Himself to you and to Reuben. . . .
“Dear sister, it is no wonderful thing that you have to do. You fell poor, suffering, and afflicted, and Jesus invites all of this class to come to Him. . . . Friends may feel sorrowful, but they cannot save you. Your physician cannot save you. But there is One who died that you might live through eternal ages. Just believe that Jesus will hear your confession, receive your penitence, and forgive every sin and make you children of God. . . . Will you give yourself in trusting faith to Jesus? I long to take you in my arms and lay you on the bosom of Jesus Christ. . . . With Jesus as your blessed Friend you need not fear to die, for it will be to you like closing your eyes here and opening them in heaven. Then we shall meet never more to part.”  https://www.perspectivedigest.org/archive/21-3/ellen-whites-passion-for-jesus-and-the-scriptures

In the news:
1. I will be sharing the morning message with you tomorrow with a message entitled, “A Resolution & A Revolution.” We will also have a baby dedication for Jonathan & Melody Dietrich’s baby, Eliora Rose Dietrich.

2. Remember to bring your instrument to church tomorrow to play along with the hymns at church.

3. The Emde team will be hosting fellowship lunch tomorrow.

4. AYA this Sabbath will be at 5 p.m. and will feature Jonathan Dietrich and his family giving a report from their mission work in Chad. There will be plenty of stories and pictures so bring the whole family.

5. There will be a volleyball game after AYA at the school gym at 6:30 p.m. for those interested.

6. This Monday evening we will have a memorial service for Priscilla’s husband, Scott Clark at 7 p.m. at the church. All are invited to attend.

7. This Tuesday evening there will be a dinner with the doctor program at 6:30 p.m. at the church with Dr. Kanna presenting. His talk is entitled, “Brain Power – Don’t Shrink It!” unnamed

8. Wednesday we will be resuming our evening prayer meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the youth room. Remember the morning class has been discontinued. We have a good-sized group gather each Wednesday with great discussion and group dynamics. All are welcome to join us as we sing, pray and study together.

9. The Optimize Your Brain seminar is scheduled to begin this Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the church. Several have already registered for this series presented by Dr. Neal Nedley. Optimize your brain flyer
10. Starting January 13, 2020, East View Eye Care (EVEC) is hosting an 8-session Diabetes Undone program as part of its “Focus on Health” lecture series at the EVEC Conference Center on the lower floor of their building. Dr. Brad Emde will facilitate the program. All are welcome. The cost includes 2 free meals and materials. Pre-registration is required by Friday, January 10, 2020. For more information, exact dates, registration information, cost, and how patients of EVEC can attend for free, visit www.eastvieweyecare.com.

11. Pastor Jared, our new associate pastor, is in town now and settling in. Pastor Rick Greve will be here next Sabbath for his official installation service. Pastor Jared will share the message next Sabbath, January 11 and a church-wide fellowship meal will follow as we welcome him into our church family.

12. A memorial service for Charlie Palm has been scheduled for Sunday, January 19 at 2 p.m. at the church.

13. An Elder’s meeting has been scheduled for January 19 at 5:30 p.m. at Pastor Jeremy’s home.

14. It is hard to believe but soon we are scheduled to be through with volume 2 of the egw-testimonies_9vol-set_largeTestimonies for those participating in the Testimonies for the Church reading program. We will have another lite potluck and discussion at the Kretschmar home on Friday, January 24 at 5:45 p.m. So if you are behind like we are, take some extra time to get caught up so we can have a meaningful discussion regarding volume 2. Remember, this reading program has us completing the 9 volumes by the end of this year by simply reading 10 pages a day. It’s such a rewarding journey. I received a text this week from one of you that read: “Reading the Testimonies is blessing my life. All these years didn’t know they would be such a blessing.” All I can say is praise God!

15. I drove over to Newport last night to visit the Mustard Seed health food store where Walt Cross is beginning another 13 week class on health.  The class is described here (note the dates are wrong in the handout) and the schedule is depicted here. The results of this program are amazing from the testimonies of those who’ve done it before and I wanted to give it a go for the next 13 weeks.  Plus I am intrigued by the notion of a more protracted yet drastic approach that promises more dramatic results.  I hope to lose some weight,  lower my LDL cholesterol and raise my HDL cholesterol so will keep you posted as to how it goes with me.  Tina is joining me as is Carolyn from the office.  We began the water fast today.

16.   Jesse Felan sr. is stable today and his vitals are good.  He can communicate with a yes or no but is sedated somewhat and is still in need of much prayer.

17.  Remember, our prophecy series with Pastor Marcus is set to begin Monday, Feb 10 at the Crescent School.

Blessings as you begin this new year!

In His Service,
Pastor Jeremy