As the youth go out into the world to encounter its allurements to sin,—the passion for money getting, for amusement and indulgence, for display, luxury, and extravagance, the overreaching, fraud, robbery, and ruin,—what are the teachings there to be met? Spiritualism asserts that men are unfallen demigods; that “each mind will judge itself;” that “true knowledge places men above all law;” that “all sins committed are innocent;” for “whatever is, is right,” and “God doth not condemn.” The basest of human beings it represents as in heaven, and highly exalted there. Thus it declares to all men, “It matters not what you do; live as you please, heaven is your home.” Multitudes are thus led to believe that desire is the highest law, that license is liberty, and that man is accountable only to himself. With such teaching given at the very outset of life, when impulse is strongest, and the demand for self-restraint and purity is most urgent, where are the safeguards of virtue? what is to prevent the world from becoming a second Sodom? At the same time anarchy is seeking to sweep away all law, not only divine, but human. The centralizing of wealth and power; the vast combinations for the enriching of the few at the expense of the many; the combinations of the poorer classes for the defense of their interests and claims; the spirit of unrest, of riot and bloodshed; the world-wide dissemination of the same teachings that led to the French Revolution—all are tending to involve the whole world in a struggle similar to that which convulsed France. Such are the influences to be met by the youth of today. To stand amidst such upheavals they are now to lay the foundations of character.
White, E. G. (1903). Education (pp. 227–228). Pacific Press Publishing Association.
The following message was shared with me this week and provides a very articulate look at spiritualism’s role in the last days. I highly recommend you check it out by clicking here.
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This Sabbath we will continue our “The Mystery Revealed” series on the book of John with a look at John 2:13-25 and the cleansing of the temple. Our GAA students will be providing the music this Sabbath for our worship time.
This Sunday will be another GREEN/RIVER project in which members from the two churches are invited to participate in spurcing up yards in our community. Those who wish to participate are invited to meet at 1:30 p.m. at teh AMC Movie Theater parking lot. Bring your rakes and leaf blowers.
There will be a Sabbath school council meeting this Tuesday at 6 p.m.
Bob Champaign, the brother of Carl Champaign, passed away this week and his graveside service will be today at 2 p.m. at the Veterans Cemetery in Johnson City. All are welcome to attend. Please keep Carl and the family in your prayers.
JT, the son of Todd & Samantha Lewis, came through his heart surgery with great success and we join the family in praising God for His protection and mercy. Please continue to keep JT in your prayers as he recoverrs.
We also praise God that Connie Fiedler came through her surgery successfully. They said it was a difficult surgery but none the less successful. Connie is already back home with Ron and is recovering nicely.
We will continue our study of Romans with a look at chapter 12 this Wednessday at 7p.m. via ZOOM.
Liz Holt’s online memorial service is scheduled for Friday, November 20 at 11 a.m. We will provide a link next Friday morning for those who can join th service.
For those who are interested in following up on leads, praying with people, and giving BIble studies, please watch the following video and let me know if you are interested. So far I have only three who have expressed interest. You can learn more about how this program works along with a sample script of the follow up call by visiting this link.
Perhaps you like me have found yourself asking yourself at times, should an Adventist Christian vote or not? I revisited this subject recently and thought I would share a concluding remark that was quoted by the White Estate that I also believe summarizes the matter well.
In summary we quote a portion of an editorial appearing in the Review and Herald of September 13, 1928. Elder F. M. Wilcox, longtime church leader and editor, wrote:
“The Seventh-day Adventist Church does not seek to dictate to its members as to how they shall vote or whether or not they should vote at all. It is left for each one to act on his own judgment in the fear of God. We have been told by the servant of the Lord that we should not link up with political parties, that we should not agitate political questions in our schools or institutions. On the other hand, we have been instructed by the same authority that when certain moral issues, such as prohibition, are involved, the ‘advocates of temperance fail to do their whole duty unless they exert their influence by precept and example–by voice and pen and vote–in favor of . . . total abstinence.’ This instruction is not mandatory, it is still left for each one to determine for himself what he shall do.
“While an individual member of the church has a right, if he so likes, to cast his vote,the church as such should hold itself entirely aloof from politics. It is one thing for the individual members of the church to vote, and another thing for these same individuals in their church capacities to endeavor to influence political measures.” https://whiteestate.org/legacy/issues-voting-html/
If you would like to be involved in following up on interests over the telephone with the prospect of possible Bible studies, please join this free webinar this Sabbath afternoon at 3 p.m. Here is last week’s exciting video filled with testimonies of what God is doing across our conference through Bible working volunteers.
Our finance committee will meet this Monday evening at 6 p.m. Masks are required.
Our church board will meet this Monday evening at 7:15 p.m. Masks are required. There will be an online option available through ZOOM.
The nominating committee will meet again this Tuesday evening at 5:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall.
Our mid-week Bible study on Romans will meet again this Wednesday.
Liz Holt’s service will be Friday, November 20, at Vaughn Greene Funeral Home, 5151 Baltimore National Pike, Baltimore MD 21229. The wake will be at 10:00 a.m. with virtual services following at 11:00 a.m.
Please remember Mary Covil as she is scheduled to have surgery today to remove her colon cancer.
Connie Fiedler is set to have her surgery this coming Wednesday. Please remember her in your prayers as well.
The following is a very interesting analysis of the Pope’s recent Encyclical, Fratelli Tutti. I would encourage you to listen to the presentation in it’s entirety.
Inspiration in speaking on this theme says:
It is true that the people of the earliest church brought their belongings and put them into a common fund, and “had all things common.” And this is cited by the advocates of socialism as the true example, and assurance that socialism is the true order in government and society on earth. But in this deduction in behalf of socialism, the most important elements, indeed the strictly vital elements, are all left out. It is true that at that time the church had all things in common, and no one said that aught that he had was his own. But that was the church, not the State, nor society, as such; and it was the church immediately after Pentecost, when “all were filled with the Holy Ghost.” And not all who cite this in advocacy of socialism are thus filled with the Holy Ghost. Another item in that action of the early church is that the matter of having all things common was altogether and absolutely voluntary on the part of every one of those who were in it. While in the socialism proposed, it is intended to conduct a political campaign, and get a majority vote, and then have this majority compel by force all to have all things common. But the thing can never be accomplished by force, nor by any political or any other worldly scheme. SITI March 16, 1904
This Sabbath Pastor Jared will be sharing the message with a sermon entitled, “Why Are You So Afraid?”
Since Covid-19 came on the scene, there has been a dramatic increase in people’s desire to know more about the Bible. The Bible Instructors Team, a division of the ministerial department, is developing a program to address this rising need! Pastors and Bible workers alone cannot meet this challenge. We need members to answer the call to train and go into the vineyard (virtually and physically) to work with those who are desiring to know about God and His Word! You can learn more about this initiative by participating in a webinar on Sabbath, Oct 31, at 3 p.m. or 6 p.m. To join via zoom, visit: http://www.gccsda.com/events/reachyourneighbor2020
A reminder that you can participate this year in the AMEN conference for free by checking it out on 3ABN or via this link at amensda.org/health
We will look at the 2nd half of Romans 11 this coming Wednesday night via ZOOM.
The arrangements for Liz Holt’s service are sill being made but in talking with her niece, they plan to hold the services up in Maryland. Please remember the family in your prayers.
I am instructed to say that in the future great watchfulness will be needed. There is to be among God’s people no spiritual stupidity. Evil spirits are actively engaged in seeking to control the minds of human beings. Men are binding up in bundles, ready to be consumed by the fires of the last days. Those who discard Christ and His righteousness will accept the sophistry that is flooding the world. Christians are to be sober and vigilant, steadfastly resisting their adversary the devil, who is going about as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Men under the influence of evil spirits will work miracles. They will make people sick by casting their spell upon them, and will then remove the spell, leading others to say that those who were sick have been miraculously healed. This Satan has done again and again. (1903a: letter 259, para. 19)
Those possessed with devils are usually represented as being in a condition of great suffering; yet there were exceptions to this rule. For the sake of obtaining supernatural power, some welcomed the satanic influence. These of course had no conflict with the demons. Of this class were those who possessed the spirit of divination—Simon Magus, Elymas the sorcerer, and the damsel who followed Paul and Silas at Philippi. (1911a:517)
Thus we may conclude that demons may appear to heal and are also known to not necessarily harrass their victims as long as they are cooperating.
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This Sabbath we will continue our look at John 1 as we continue in our series entitled, “The Mystery Revealed.”
Emmie Grace Emde will be baptized this Sabbath. We rejoice with her and her family as she takes this momentous step in her walk with Jesus. Note the baptism will take place at 10:50 a.m.
There will be a zoom Sabbath School this Sabbath with Milton leading out in the discussion. You can join by clicking here.
There will be a concert on the GAA Green today at 3:00 p.m. The GAA Band, Advanced Handbells, and Advanced Strings will present a sacred concert on the soccer field by the school. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, wear your mask and support our students at this socially distanced program. You will be blessed by the music!
The annual AMEN conference on Health will be provided for free this year via live streaming. The dates will be October 29-31. It will be available on 3ABN (Comcast cable 9393) as well as internet streaming. For more detailed information, please go to the website amensda.org/health or call Rhoda Kanna or Harry Nelson. Please invite community friends to share in this opportunity to learn more about enhancing personal health.
The church board met this week and voted to proceed with the purchase of the new sound system that was reviewed back in September for the church. We hope to have it installed before Christmas.
Since Covid-19 came on the scene, there has been a dramatic increase in people’s desire to know more about the Bible. The Bible Instructors Team, a division of the Georgia Cumberland Conference ministerial department, is developing a program to address this rising need! Pastors and Bible workers alone cannot meet this challenge. We need members to answer the call to train and go into the vineyard (virtually and physically) to work with those who are desiring to know about God and His Word! You can learn more about this initiative by participating in a webinar on Sabbath, Oct 31, at 3 p.m. or 6 p.m. Then on Sabbath, Nov 7 at 3 p.m. there will be a follow-up training event for those interested in getting involved. http://www.gccsda.com/events/reachyourneighbor2020
Please remember Connie Fielder in your prayers as she is having surgery next Wednesday to replace a heart valve. Also remember Grace Baxter who is having surgery on November 2. Liz Holt has been moved to Signature Health care and is resting comfortably but there has been no change in her status.
In case you missed it, here are a couple of articles that came out this week that are worthy of your notice.
This Sunday at 3 p.m. there will be a youth get together for grades 5-12 at the church with volleyball, pizza and worship.
School Board will meet this Monday evening in the school library.
This Tuesday we have a finance committee meeting at 6 p.m. and the church board will meet at 7:15 a.m. Please note that we will be meeting in the fellowship hall, but masks are required for all those attending in person. We will have a ZOOM option for those unable to meet in person.
We will continue with chapter 10 in Romans this coming Wednesday at 7 p.m. via ZOOM. All are welcome to attend.
The daily email that I send out for the Testimonies with the link for that day’s reading has suddenly quit working. The site that I have used for the materials has evidently decided to start the program over and has removed many of the pages. You can use this site to continue reading or listening and remember that the plan involves reading roughly 10 pages a day. While our family, like several of you, is behind, we are still enjoying reading through them together, though at a slower rate. I know of at least two individuals who have already completed the whole set.
A reminder that next Sabbath, October 24, at 3 p.m., GAA will present a sacred concert on the soccer field by the school, weather permitting. All are invited to come and enjoy the various musical selections presented by our students.
Liz Holt has been moved from ICU into a room. She is currently not responding.
Mary Covil is back in the hospital and appreciates your prayers on her behalf. She was tested for COVID but it came back negative today so maybe she will be able to return home soon. Please keep her and Liz in your prayers as well as the individual in our church who has COVID. (see below)
One of our members has COVID and while they are home in quarantine, we want to remember that this disease is still very present in our community and we must not weary in being vigilant to protect one another as best as possible. This member was not at church Sabbath and when they were around others they wore a mask so we are hopeful that it didn’t spread.
Daria, Elizabath and Oliver Odum’s daughter called this week to say how much they appreicate the love and support of our church family. She said Elizabath is doing well as she continues to recover from her surgery..
“There is not a point that needs to be dwelt upon more earnestly, repeated more frequently, or established more firmly in the minds of all than the impossibility of fallen man meriting anything by his own best good works. Salvation is through faith in Jesus Christ alone.” Faith & Works p 18.
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This Sabbath I will begin a new sermon series on the book of John entitled, The Mystery Revealed. In this series we will seek to better understand the mystery of God as revealed in the book of John.
Remember we have an online ZOOM option for Sabbath school for those not able to attend in person. You can join by clicking on the above link at 10 a.m. this Sabbath morning.
As I shared in the church cast yesterday, after failed attempts to reach Liz Holt, an officer was sent to check on her. They found her lying in the kitchen floor where evidently she had collapsed having suffered what we understand was a severe stroke. She is currently in ICU but unable to respond to commands. She does have voluntary movement in her legs. She is in a very serious condition and needs our prayers.
Ann Siepman had a successful operation on her hand this past Monday and is home recovering.
Our mid-week study will continue this coming Wednesday with a look at the 2nd half of Romans 9.
A youth social for grades 5-12 has been planned for this Sunday with pizza, worship, and a volleyball game. Contact Pastor Jared for more details.
Due to fall break, the church finance and church board meetings have been rescheduled for Tuesday, October 20 at 6 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. respectively.
GAA would like to invite everyone to a sacred outdoor concert on the GAA soccer field on Sabbath afternoon, October 24 at 3 p.m.
The nominating committee is progressing nicely in its work. Their next meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 26 at 5:30 p.m.
These are fascinating times are they not? With the headlines in the news, it certainly reminds us that His coming appears VERY near! Revelation 7:1-3 is of critical importance and may it be that we make certain that we are looking to Jesus through all the commotion, that nothing may detract us from the sealing.
I would encourage you to listen to this presentation by my friend, Dr. Norman McNulty. His conclusion is a good reminder for us to avoid being too closely alligned to any political party.
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I will be sharing the message this Sabbath and the GAA Advanced Strings will be providing the music during the worship hour.
You can pick up your new SS quarterlies this Sabbath if you haven’t already done so by visiting the literature room in the foyer.
There will be a ZOOM option for Sabbath School in the morning at 10 a.m. with Elder Ashlock leading out.
For those who missed Dr. McKinney’s online memorial service on Sunday, an archived copy of the service may be found here. Let’s remember Phyllis and all the family during this very difficult time.
Remember that if you ordered fruit from the Pathfinders, it will be ready for you to pick up at the church on Wednesday, October 7, at 9:00 a.m. Delivery will be at the back of the church.
We got back this week from our time away on vacation. Spending time as a family up in the north country of Minnessota along the boundary waters and then some sightseeing time in Amish country in OH and PA and a few historic sites in MI & VA made for a very rewarding trip. We read together, worked and played together, laughed and talked and just had a wonderful time together. We had some small challenges at times in the Boundary Waters where we stayed for nearly 3 weeks with a leak in one boat that we were able to repair, a few times where we struggled to get to a campsite before it was completely dark, and some nasty encounters with bogs but in the end, the struggles helped make it all the more memorable. Here are a few pictures from our trip:
When the soul surrenders itself to Christ, a new power takes possession of the new heart. A change is wrought which man can never accomplish for himself. It is a supernatural work, bringing a supernatural element into human nature. The soul that is yielded to Christ becomes His own fortress, which He holds in a revolted world, and He intends that no authority shall be known in it but His own. A soul thus kept in possession by the heavenly agencies is impregnable to the assaults of Satan. But unless we do yield ourselves to the control of Christ, we shall be dominated by the wicked one.
I will be sharing the message this Sabbath with a message entitled, “Converted? Part II” We are excited to have another baptism this Sabbath. Sandra Slone will be joining the church family this Sabbath after studying for some time with several ladies in the church and attending prophecy meetings. Praise God!
ZOOM Sabbath school lesson study is set to begin a week from this Sabbath at 10 a.m. for those unable to join us at church.
This Sunday, there will be a youth activity again at the church from 3-5 p.m. All youth and their families are invited.
This Monday evening, there will be a ZOOM Sabbath School council meeting at 6 p.m.
We have a sound technician coming from Nebraska to analyze our sanctuary and sound system needs this Tuesdasy, September 1. He will set up a demonstration of what a new set up could offer us and will present it to our subcommittee who has been tasked with improving our audio at the church. For those inerested in hearing a demonstration and to have any of your questions answered, you can visit at 3 different times on Tuesday. at either 3 p.m., 4 p.m. or 5 p.m. Your feedback is appreciated.
Our study on Romans will continue with Pastor Jared leading out in a continued look at chapter 8. All are invited to participate via ZOOM.
Our next Dinner with the Doctor is scheduled for Tuesday, September 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Dr. Raymon Kohn will be sharing on the theme of “Women’s Imaging 2020.”
We will have a special stewardship Sabbath on September 26 and a free Will Clinic on Sunday, September 27. Stephen Reese will be our guest and he is one of the staff from the Grateful Living department at the conference. The Georgia Cumberland conference offers this free service to help ensure that each member has a will, nthat their estate may not be lost at death. That said, they will not coerce you in any way as to who to leave your estate too but rather they simply offer assistance in getting a will established. Tina and I did this several years ago and there is a peace of mind knowing that our will is locked in a vault with the conference. You can sign up to establish a will or update your will by signing up in the foyer at church. Please, if you don’t have a will, sign up right away.
I had the chance to share the morning worship at the school on Monday. I spoke about the need of focusing on th essential. I compard it with the need to pack only the essential on a camping trip like the one we area about to set out on. The kids seemed to enjoy meeting our dog Ginger who by the way has only the essential in her small pack. Roughly 8 lbs of dehydrated dog food and a bowl.
Our family is taking a vacation up to the boundary waters where we will camp for a few weeks. It’s a serene place where you pack in all your food and gear and meander from camp site to camp site via canoe or in our case raft as you explore the boundary between Minnessota & Canada. We hope to see the Northern Lights, wildlife and more. We are taking these four weeks to be away from cell phones (there’s no cell service there), appointments, and to spend time with God in nature as a family. We also hope to catch up on some of our reading of the Testimonies. We will be available again on the 30th of September. Here is a picture from our last trip there.
Dear Church Family, In my study this week I cam across this statement: What example do you give your children? What order do you have at home? Your children should be educated to be kind, thoughtful of others, gentle, easy to be entreated, and, above everything else, to respect religious things and feel the importance of the claims of God. Boys and girls may early reveal deep and symmetrical piety if the means which God has ordained for the guidance of every family is followed in His fear and love. They will demonstrate the value of correct training and discipline. But the impression made upon the mind of children by the words of the teacher of truth is often counteracted by the words and actions of the parents. The susceptible though wayward hearts of children are often impressed by the truth, but often temptations come to them through father or mother, and they fall a prey to Satan’s devices. It is almost impossible to set the feet of children in safe paths when the parents do not co-operate. Evil sentiments, falling from the lips of injudicious parents, are the chief hindrance to genuine conversions among children. CG 498
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As many have noticed last Sabbath, our new portable sound system (that replaced what was damaged from the leak) is so much nicer than what we were using. This is just the portable system. Work is still under way to repair and replace what was damaged and correct the lingering sound issues we had with our main system. In a little over a week, we have an expert sound technician coming in from Nebraska to evaluate our sanctuary and with the use of a special computer mapping program, he will determine what would acoustically work best for our sanctuary. Then in time, we hope to have a sound system that works well in our sanctuary long term. Some may question why this is being done since we just had a renovation done not long ago. While it’s a long story, the bottom line is we didn’t end up with what we expected. And when the leak occurred, we elected to rather than patch what we have that isn’t serving us well, to make the necessary changes and updates where necessary to have a quality system. We have a subcommittee working on this current renovation that reports to the church board regularly with updates and how progress is going. We hope to soon have an audio set up where everyone can hear well and clear what is being shared from the front.
Sabbath I will be sharing the morning message.
We will stream both Sabbath School & Church via YouTube and beginning with the 1st Sabbath in September, we will offer a Zoom Sabbath school lesson study each week for those not able to attend due to COVID. More details to come.
This Sunday aftternoon, August 23, Pastor Jared has planned an activity for the youth and their families from 3-5 p.m. See Pastor Jared for more details.
Monday evening we have a nominating committee meeting beginning at 5:30 p.m.
There is an evangelism council meeting this Tuesday evening at 8 p.m. via ZOOM.
We will continue our study on Romans 8 this Wednesdays via ZOOM at 7 p.m. Blessings as you prepare for the coming Sabbath! In His Service, Pastor Jeremy
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:
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.
We plan to have an online ZOOM Sabbath School lesson study option available in a week or two. Watch for more details to come.
I will be sharing the message this Sabbath with a sermon entitled, “Masks or No Masks”
There will be no AYA this week.
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.
The school board will meet this Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the school.
Nominating Committee will meet this Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. in the church fellowship hall. Please turn in your survey’s
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