God’s Best Gift

Don’t you see that children are GOD ’s best gift? The fruit of the womb his generous legacy? Like a warrior’s fistful of arrows are the children of a vigorous youth. (‭Psalm‬ ‭127‬:‭3 MSG) “Jesus was the pattern for children, and He was also the father’s example. He spoke as one having authority, and His word was with power; yet in all His intercourse with rude and violent men He did not use one unkind or discourteous expression. The grace of Christ in the heart will impart a heaven-born dignity and sense of propriety. It will soften whatever is harsh, and subdue all that is coarse and unkind. It will lead fathers and mothers to treat their children as intelligent beings, as they themselves would like to be treated.” (DA, 515)

November 14 is the OAKS Sabbath. Both services will take place in the Fellowship Hall. Shelly Turkenkopf, our school principle, will speak for both services.

Last Tuesday OAKS put together a wonderful Veterans’ Day program. Here are a few pictures from that day:


FRESH FINANCIAL START. We had a great beginning towards our Fresh Financial Start goal. Imagine a debt free church with all the church ministries funded and a positive balance… By God’s grace this can be our Ooltewah SDA church effective January 1, 2016. We agreed on the goal of $60,495. As of today this number dropped to $54,848. Good start. I pray that we will all strive to achieve this goal. This Fresh Financial Start (FFS) line has been added to the online tithe envelope.

PRAYERS. Please, uplift in your prayers:

– The Goss family. Tim and Janet are with Tim’s father is Wisconsin. They are sending their greetings to our church family and are thankful for your prayers.

– The Recchia family. Renee’s mother passed away last week. The funeral took place in Texas on Tuesday. Let the Lord give comfort and safety to Renee and Dan as they’ll be traveling back home.

– The Houghton family. Lance’s father passed away early this week. Heidi and Lance are in our prayers at this time of loss. We know that God is faithful to His promise and He is coming soon to reunited our families separated by death. “For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.” (‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭4‬:‭16‬ NIV)

– Anita Shelton is thankful for your prayers for her grandson Matthew. Here is her latest message: “Matthew is much better, but not out of the woods yet. We so appreciate all the prayers from the church family and ask that they continue. We should be home before next weekend.”

– Julie Philips: God’s guidance and protection.

“Let us never forget to pray. God lives. He is near. He is real. He is not only aware of us but cares for us. He is our Father. He is accessible to all who will seek Him.” (G.B.H.)

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” (‭Romans‬ ‭12‬:‭12‬ NIV)

See you tomorrow morning,

Peter

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