The Spirit of Adoption

: When you walk through the dark and difficult circumstances of loss and loneliness, and when it seems that nobody’s there to comfort you, your Father cares, because you’re His beloved child. When you have to go through a time of unexpected needs and adverse experiences, your Father is there with you, because you’re His beloved child. When health and strength fail, and you find it very hard to cope with life’s demands, does your Father forsake you? No, because you’re still His beloved child. As His children we all have the privilege of enjoying His presence all the time. Not because we deserve it, but because He’s lavished His love on us, and made us His very own children.

My message tomorrow morning will be drawn from Romans 8:14-17. “For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.”

CHURCH. It was a true blessing to join the Season of Change ministry lunch this Thursday afternoon. The ladies fixed great lunch, but the best part of the program was in shared stories about our mothers. Thank you, Lupina, Carleen, Marleen, Janet and everyone else helping with this ministry.

Youth Vespers is taking place Sabbath at 8pm (after Rick Marshall’s retirement party) in the sanctuary. Please join us for an evening game and worship thought as we close out the Sabbath.

This past Sabbath the youth (and some adults too) went out to Harrison Bay Park and had a great time. We had worship and an activity in the morning for church and lunch afterwards (thank you to all who brought something). Then water fun in God’s creation commenced as many jumped into canoes. Overall it was a wonderful Sabbath, take a look at these pictures to see our group!

PRAYERS: Rosa Lee’s friend Bob Allison is in the operating room having a quadruple bypass surgery. Lots of prayers are needed. Please, encourage Rosa Lee through messages and phone calls. As of right now the surgery is going well. We had a prayer before the surgery where even the doctor joined hands with us. Bob is at Memorial hospital.

Ina Longway was hospitalized yesterday due to pneumonia  concerns. She is at Erlanger. Ina is strong and is in good spirit, but she is asking the church to pray for her soon and complete recovery. She is eager to go home. As I was visiting with her this afternoon she expressed a sincere concern that she may miss church service tomorrow ☺️ That’s a sweet concern for a 91 year young lady from a hospital room. 🙏 Please, pray for Ina.

COOLEGEDALE CAMP MEETING. Marching to Zion is the theme of the Georgia Cumberland Conference camp meeting starting this Wednesday night (June 1). Click here to access complete camp meeting program. 

We will NOT have our own church prayer meeting this coming Wednesday night. Please, attend the meeting in Collegedale.

However, we’ll keep our church open next Sabbath (June 4) morning for BOTH services.

Pastor Aubrey will be leading the Young Adults program during the camp meeting. She may not be always available for your calls or messages.

ON A PERSONAL NOTE. Starting next Tuesday Galena and I are taking two weeks of vacation time. As a part of our Light of Hope ministry I’ll be preaching at a Slavic camp meeting for the Eastern Europe region. The meetings will take place in Prague. I am asking for your prayers as we’ll be traveling and sharing the Gospel on the another continent. After the camp meeting we’ll stay in Europe for a few days to reset our bodies and minds for another exciting year at our beloved Ooltewah church.

See you tomorrow morning,


Spirit-filled Life

Spirit-filled Life

MESSAGE. Without God we have no life. We are blind to the reality, demands, and glory of Christ. We are as deaf to the Holy Spirit as a corpse. “Abba, Father!” has no part in our vocabulary. Because of this, John Stott says, “We should not hesitate to reaffirm that a life without God (however physically fit and mentally alert the person may be) is a living death, and that those who live it are dead even while they are living.”
The journey from Death Valley to the spiritual heights of life is accomplished only by resurrection! “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ” (vv. 4, 5). Self-help will not save those who are “dead in [their] trespasses and sins.” No one can crawl from the casket. We must be “made… alive together with Christ.”
Our Spiritual resurrection becomes possible only through the life-giving breath of the Holy Spirit. Tomorrow morning I start a two part sermon series entitled “The Spirit-Filled Life”. Please read through Romans 8.

OAKS. Last week I had the privilege to attend two OAKS graduations. Kindergarten on Tuesday night and 8th Grade on Wednesday. Those were absolutely awesome events. We have a great school and an excellent team of teachers. Thank you, Shelly and your crew for your leadership. Here are a few photos from both nights:

CHURCH LIFE. Last week I asked our church clerk Donna Corbit to help me with a list of all new members who joined our church in the last 16 months. When I received the list with names from Donna I was amazed by the numbers. We have almost 80 new members who either joined through transfer or baptism! Praise God, this is wonderful. However, my concern is that we may not have built close relations with all of them. I don’t want even one of them to feel left out. My plan is to have their photos and names in the next church newsletter. I’ll need your help in connecting with our new brothers and sisters. They need to be feel that they are loved and needed.

I know that many of you encourage our elderly or lonely members by personal visits. Thank you for doing that. If you would like to adopt one of our members who needs regular visits or help with transportation please talk to me or Pastor Aubrey in person or by email and we’ll be happy to help.

Meanwhile Jacquelyn Cantrell needs a ride to church to attend second service every Sabbath. Melinda Cranfield will provide her ride home. You may contact Jacquelyn Cantrell directly at # 322-5590. She lives at 5340 College View Drive, Ooltewah.

FROM PASTOR AUBREY: Tomorrow is the Youth Ministry Sabbath. We’ll be happy to see you join our Sabbath morning service on the lake.

Who: The Whole Church is Invited
What: Church Outside, then potluck, then canoeing
When: May 21st, youth meet at 9:15am, leave at 9:30am, 10am arrive,

Where: Harrison Bay Pavilion

InMemory. Roland Recchia, husband of Gloria and father of Jimmy Recchia, Dan Recchia, and RuthAnn Gilmore, passed away April 24. Visitation will be Sabbath, June 18, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Chattanooga Funeral Home, East Brainerd Chapel. Funeral services will follow at 6:00 p.m. Burial with military honors will be held at Chattanooga National Cemetery on Monday, June 20, at 10:00 a.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at

Sandra Otto’s brother, Jim March, passed away last Friday morning. He’s left his wife, two sons, a daughter and several grandchildren. Sandra and Larry travelled to Missouri last weekend. We are glad they are safely back. You’ve been in our prayers, Sandra and Larry.

Julian Oliver’s mother passed away Tuesday. Please, keep this dear family in your prayers.

See you tomorrow morning,


Forgive them…

MESSAGE: Colossians 1:13-14 “He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.”

Just as God has forgiven us, He tells us we need to forgive others. He tells us that we have no right to hate others, because He does not hate us (and we have committed far worse crimes against Him, than they have against us). He says that no matter what their debt to us is, our debt to Him is greater, and yet He has forgiven us (Matthew 18:21-35).

Tomorrow morning we’ll remember Christ’s death for our sins. During both services you’ll be invited to partake of His body and His blood. Partaking of His body we identify ourselves with His nature. We allow Him to replace our sinful nature with His divine character of grace and love. Is there someone in your life you have not yet fully and completely forgiven? If so, don’t wait till tomorrow. You can do it tonight. Find the liberating joy of forgiveness.

Our communion service will be beautified by OAKS CHIMES. I am sure you wouldn’t want to miss it.

MINISTRY. Have you ever attended one of our Men’s Ministry meetings? If not, you are missing a lot, but mainly you’re missing some great food. See a few pictures from their April meeting. 😄

But on a serious note, they don’t just eat. Our men get together to grow spiritually and to seek ways to attend to the needs of widows and elderly members of our church family. God bless you, gentlemen!


CHURCH GROUNDS. Brent McCatchen mowed the grass on our church property again this week. Thank you, Brent for your commitment and hard work. Your work is greatly appreciated. This afternoon I am meeting with a newly established grounds committee. If you are interested in being part of this ministry please talk to me or Steve Bremner.

Added at 6:00 pm. As I was leaving my office Cris and Derren were still working cutting grass and trimming edges in the areas that were not yet finished by Brent. Thank you, guys 👍

PRAISE. The first week of May showed your wonderful support of our local church budget. Thank you and praise God! Let’s keep this pace through the next three Sabbaths of May. Your loving giving to the local budget provides much needed funding for our many church departments and ministries, including OAKS. I am sure you remember as last year we set a goal of eliminating the deficit and having a fresh financial start? By God’s grace our church finances are in the black! “In the black” of course means something good 🌟 It means that we have a positive balance! I pray that we’ll maintain consistent monthly giving.

OAKS. Wonderful news from Shelly, our school principle. Next years enrollment is at 123. 🌟🌟🌟 This is the number we have been praying about. God is truly blessing our school. If you have a Facebook page, please, go to our official Ooltewah church Facebook page and share our latest post featuring OAKS on your page. Let other people in our community know about the excellent program offered at OAKS.

By the way, OAKS has a classy website. Check it out: and a FACEBOOK page. Here is the link

I believe their Facebook page deserves more LIKES 👍 Don’t forget to click LIKE when you visit their page.


Who: The Whole Church is Invited

What: Church Outside, then potluck, then canoeing

When: May 21st, youth meet at 9:15am, leave at 9:30am, 10am arrive,

Where: Harrison Bay Pavilion


PERSONAL. I hope you had a great Mother’s Day. Galena and I drove to SC to visit our Mom. We enjoyed every moment of our time with her. Praise God for our wonderful mothers.

Have a blessed Sabbath day and see you tomorrow morning.