MESSAGE: In Ephesians 2:1 Paul says, “As for you, you are dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world.” You follow that? In and of ourselves we are in the ground! We’re dead! But God came to save us and he sent Jesus Christ. He died on the cross to pay for our sins. He rose from the dead to conquer it! And he poured out his Holy Spirit so that he might enter us and make us alive so that we might be his workmanship! Do you understand that this requires great thankfulness on our part? Spiritually we were worthless, but God turned us into a work of art! We are God’s workmanship ‘created in Jesus Christ!’ Isn’t that amazing?!
Tomorrow morning I’ll continue my sermon series on the Book of Ephesians. Please, read chapter 2. My emphasis will be on Ephesians 2:8-10.
CHURCH LIFE. Last Sabbath our church parking lot reminded me of a nice skating rink. I was a bit nervous about the safety of our church members who would be brave enough to drive to church for the first service. As always our deacons were ready to help. Mike Haughee and his deacons on duty were standing outside in the freezing temperature offering free valet service. Great job deacons. Thank you!
Understandably the first service had lower attendance, but the Pathfinders were ready to roll. Praise music and songs were wonderful! Pastor Aubrey’s message was great and her method was innovative. Second service was a pleasant surprise. The church was full in spite of the hazardous road conditions. Both services went super great. Thank you Cory and Aubrey for a wonderful Sabbath day.
The Sabbath night OAKS variety show and pie auction were absolutely awesome! Thank you Shelly and OAKS staff and teachers for the great church/school event. We have lots of talented students at our school. Praise God for each one of them!
Here are a few photos from that event:
OAKS new website was launched that same night. Check it out. It’s user friendly, neat and professional. The address is www.oaksonline.net
GIVING. Our local church budget did suffer some dents because of the wintery weather. I trust and pray that tomorrow we’ll bring a double portion of our gifts to God. I would really not want us to dip into the reserve operating fund. Let the Lord touch your heart and impress you to support our local church ministries needs. For those traveling or not able to attend remember about the online giving option available on our church website. Choose ONLINE GIVING on the home page menu at http://www.ooltewahchurch.org
Just FYI: our church office is gradually transitioning to a new office email address which is firstname.lastname@example.org. Please make a note of it.
PRAYERS. It was good to see many of you at our Wednesday night Prayer Meeting. We continue to study The Sanctified Life by Ellen White. A good portion of our time is dedicated to prayers. I hope that many more of our church members will be joining Wednesday night meetings.
ON A PERSONAL NOTE. A few snow flurries last weekend made us feel nostalgic. We wanted to see more snow. On Sunday morning we drove to the Smokey Mountains. What a gorgeous day it was.
See you tomorrow. Happy Sabbath.