Jesus – the Logos of Hope

Logos_2MESSAGE. When we see the immense suffering in our world, it is easy to feel despair. Our hearts cry: “Where is God and what is he doing?” Yet the incarnation dispels doubt by proving there is purpose behind all that happens. The Creator has entered his creation to ensure his purposes are fulfilled! In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.” John 1:1-3

Ephesians chapter 1 connects hope and purpose.

“Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!) He wanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish gift-giving by the hand of his beloved Son.

Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, his blood poured out on the altar of the Cross, we’re a free people—free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds. And not just barely free, either. Abundantly free! He thought of everything, provided for everything we could possibly need, letting us in on the plans he took such delight in making. He set it all out before us in Christ, a long-range plan in which everything would be brought together and summed up in him, everything in deepest heaven, everything on planet earth.

It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.” (Ephesians 1:4-12)

God has a plan and purpose; his power ensures his will and purpose is carried out; and that gives persevering hope to the believer.

MINISTRY. Huge THANK YOU to the OAKS band for a wonderful Sabbath program on October 31. For the second worship service we had more children than adults. Their music was professional and uplifting.
This weekend the Pathfinder Teen club is on a camping trip to Cohutta Springs. No wonder a strong storm is expected tomorrow 😉 . We’ll be praying for our children’s safety.
The Nehemiah project is bringing a blessed transformation to our church facility. The new roof is up, new pews have been installed, and this week new, weather efficient windows have been installed on at least two sides of the church building. The rest of the windows will be installed next week. The best part are the new front doors! You will love these glass doors. They bring a totally new look to our church. Thank you church family for showing a wholehearted support of this renovation project. God’s house should be worthy of our loving Creator. In the next few weeks we’ll work on the new plants and landscaping around the building. I need to apologize for the dirt around the church. The doors and windows installers were finishing their job late this afternoon. We’ll make it look pretty and tidy by the next Sabbath. (Your help would definitely be appreciated :-))
Thank you, David Denton, for fixing a leak on the metal roof above the church office! Finally we’ll need to shower at home instead of the Earlyteens’ SS class ;-). Here are before and after pictures:
THANKSGIVING. One of my favorite holidays is just a couple of weeks away. I love Thanksgiving because it reminds me of the Heavenly Father who deserves all the praise and gratitude. We show our thanksgiving by bringing our tithes and offerings to the Lord’s house. In the months of October you showed your faithfulness to the Lord by your local church budget giving. We met our budget goal! That means that every one of our church ministries will receive funding for their programs and activities. It also means that we’ll be able to write a check to OAKS for $8,000 and a check to Collegedale Academy for over $2,000. This shows that we love our children and care about their Christian education.
fresh-startHere is another challenge that I would like to present to our church. I invite you to be a part of the Ooltewah Fresh Financial Start program. If we jointly contribute $60,495.54 by December 31 we’ll start 2016 fully in black (even with $1.00 in the reserve fund!). If you except this challenge you may mark your contribution in the tithe envelope as FRESH FINANCIAL START (or simply FFS). Every dollar contributed to the Local Church budget in November and December of this year will also be applied towards this fund. The Finance committee will keep us updated weekly on the progress of reaching this goal by December 31, 2015. Can we do this? By God’s grace we can, but only if we all except this spiritual challenge and strive to reach this goal for our Father’s glory.
OAKS life. Here are a few photos of the OAKS students activities. Thank you pastor Aubrey for spending a day with the students at Wesley Woods camp.  Please, remember to praise the Lord for a good number of the OAKS students who expressed a desire to be baptized. Aubrey, Ron, and I started three bible study groups helping these children get prepared for baptism.
PRAYERS. Please pray for Anita Shelton’s grandson Matthew. He was born a few days ago but as of now he is in the ICU in critical condition. On top of this a memorial service for Anita’s mom will take place this Sunday at 1 pm at our Fellowship hall. Let the Lord bless Anita and Don as they go through this tough period in their life.
Prayers needed for Betty Chastain who fell and is in a lot of pain now.
Adam Garrett is soliciting our prayerful support as he is going through additional medical tests.
June Howard is feeling stronger but not quite ready to come to church. We’ll be praying for June also.
See you tomorrow. Happy Sabbath.

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