MESSAGE. This week many of us remembered sincere Millerite Christians who were waiting for the Second coming of Christ on October 22, 1844. Jesus did not return on that day, but out of that movement was born a church that preaches the Three Angels’s message to “all nations” around the globe. As we move forward in full fueling the Great Commission let us always learn from the faith example of our forefathers.
“In reviewing our past history, having traveled over every step of advance to our present standing, I can say, Praise God! As I see what God has wrought, I am filled with astonishment, and with confidence in Christ as leader. We have nothing to fear for the future except as we shall forget the way the Lord has led us, and His teaching in our past history.
We are now a strong people, if we will put our trust in the Lord; for we are handling the mighty truths of the word of God. We have everything to be thankful for. If we walk in the light as it shines upon us from the living oracles of God, we shall have large responsibilities, corresponding to the great light given us of God. We have many duties to perform because we have been made the depositaries of sacred truth to be given to the world in all its beauty and glory. We are debtors to God to use every advantage He has entrusted to us to beautify the truth by holiness of character, and to send the messages of warning, and of comfort, of hope and love, to those who are in the darkness of error and sin.” (EGW, TM, 31)
Ooltewah Timberwolves had a great campout last weekend. Even the weather cooperated with our Pathfinder club! Here a brief report and a few pictures from Cory: “Wow, What a beautiful location and what a Spirit filled weekend. This had to be hands down one of the best views we have ever had at a campsite. The Cumberland Ridge stretched out for miles and amazed the handful of clubs who shared the hilltop in Birchwood. During our worships we were reminded by Pastor Aubrey that our God is a God of power and that he wants to change our lives. We recommitted ourselves to not be ashamed but to go out like our heroes from the Bible and change our world. Thank you Pastor Aubrey for speaking Gods message to our kids.
My teeth are still chattering from the cold. The wind came up over the bald we were camping on and the 40 degree nights felt much colder. But you couldnt be upset when you looked at the breathtaking sunset and star filled sky. The time spent doing activities with our neighboring Pathfinder clubs was really special too and we made new friends with our local churches kids. God is good and we are so blessed by these type of outings.” Cory Goss.
OAKS. Here are some photos from the grandparents day at OAKS. Thank you, Shelly and your wonderful school team.
BAPTISM. I invite you to witness two baptisms tomorrow morning during the second service. The candidates are Darren Downey and Hannah Crawford. Don’t miss this wonderful celebration.
THE THANKSGIVING SPIRIT. We have been given commandments to help us prepare in every way to live in the presence of our Heavenly Father. He has given us a way to thank Him for our blessings. Willingly paying tithes and offerings is one way we thank Him. As we pay these offerings, we show that we love Him and will obey His counsel. Thank you, church for faithful support of our local church budget. If you truly love your church family you’ll remember not only to bring your tithe, but you will faithfully and generously support our local church ministries and programs by contributing to the LOCAL CHURCH BUDGET. This is the only way we can support OAKS, Sabbath school programs, various church ministries and make our church look clean and warm.
LIGHT OF HOPE. I am very thankful to y’all for your prayers during my short trip to Russia. There was no time to care about jet leg 🙂 I started the Sabbath day at 9 a.m. in a Moscow church and left the building at 9:30 p.m. The next day meetings continued in Tula, about 200 km south of Moscow. It was a full day of preaching and planning meetings for the upcoming evangelistic meetings in Perm in March of 2016. Monday night I was already back at home, just 1.5 miles away from my beloved Ooltewah church. It was a blessing to carry this mission to those dear people who were deprived of the Gospel for over 70 years. Today, the Russian Orthodox Church is closing doors for the mission work in Eastern Europe. While there is still limited freedom in that part of the world we need to do what ever we can to help them find hope in Jesus.