MESSAGE: “When trouble comes upon us, how often we are like Peter! We look upon the waves, instead of keeping our eyes fixed upon the Saviour. Our footsteps slide, and the proud waters go over our souls. Jesus did not bid Peter come to Him that he should perish; He does not call us to follow Him, and then forsake us. “Fear not,” He says; “for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art Mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour.” Isa. 43:1-3.” (DA, 382)
My message tomorrow morning is taken from Matthew 14:28-31. It will be the second sermon in the series “Seven Miracles of Jesus.” Step out on the water, look at Jesus and let the world see your new spiritual adventures.
MINISTRY. The church Board met on Monday night. After reviewing the regular church business we spent some time sharing dreams for the future of our church. I was greatly impressed with the bold vision of our church leaders. There were dreams of a Prayer Garden, a bigger sanctuary, a closer connection between our church members, church camping trips, occasional joint Sabbath worship service in the Fellowship hall… Christ is encouraging us to “launch in the deep.” He will lead His church if we are faithful to Him.
A good report from the church treasury team showed a growing base of those members who give consistently. Tomorrow is the last Sabbath of the month and I pray that once again we will allow God to make a miracle in our local church budget giving. If every church member contributes $15 weekly towards our local budget there would be no need for “offering appeals” on Sabbath mornings. If $15 is too much for your financial situation start with $1.50 weekly. God will always be faithful to His promise of “open windows of heaven” in your financial life.
Season of Change Ministry had a great turnout on Thursday afternoon. There were ladies from several area churches. Lupina and her team planned their get together around the Hawaiian theme. There were lots of Pina Coladas. I had to try one personally to be sure they were all “virgin” 🙂 . What a great ministry this is!
Tomorrow night is a big concert! The King’s Heralds are performing at our own church. Please come early. Light refreshments will be served from 6:30 PM. Invite your friends and family.
MEET NEW CHURCH FAMILY MEMBERS:
Mr. Aaron Hall is coming to us from Hot Springs, Arkansas where he was a principal and teacher for grades 5-9 . He has extensive experience with music, technology in the classroom, coaching after school sports, and teaching math for multiple grades. Aaron is married to Alisa and they have an infant son, Jackson. Mr. Hall’s greatest passion is supporting his students as they develop their own relationship with Jesus. “I’ve learned that my students are unlikely to buy into the idea of having a relationship with God if they don’t clearly see that I’ve chosen to have a real relationship with Him myself. It’s essential that I live an authentic, Christian life inside and outside of the classroom. My lifestyle sets a huge example for my students, and hopefully, it can represent the kind of life that God calls us each to live.” We are thankful that Mr. Hall and his family have chosen to accept God’s call to come to OAKS. We are looking forward to getting to know him and his family and introducing them to the family we call OAKS.
Mrs. Janel Jensen is coming to us from Redding, California where she has been teaching grades 6-8. She also has experience in teaching Spanish and coaching varsity level basketball. Janel and her husband Jeffery have an infant son, Josiah. In her philosophy of teaching, Mrs. Jensen states: “I cannot help my students feel safe and special without making sure they realize how important they are to Christ. His love for them permeates everything I do in the classroom. Every subject and activity should connect in some way to Christ’s model and mission.” We are thankful that Mrs. Jensen and her family have chosen to accept God’s call to come to OAKS. We are looking forward to getting to know her and her family.
BRAVES game tickets reminder. Please see David Denton tomorrow or Sunday. He needs your money for the tickets.
PRAYERS: Kent Robertson’s father, Willis, passed away on Wednesday night. We all are greatly saddened by this news. Kent’s parents used to visit our church regularly. They became like our own church family members. We will miss Willis. Our prayers are with his wife Judy, with Kent and his family. Unfortunately, on Thursday night Kent’s grandmother Alice Voorhees fell and broke her hip. She had surgery yesterday and will be transferred to LifeCare this afternoon. I solicit your prayerful support for this dear family. Visitation for Willis Robertson will take place this Sunday, July 31, at Heritage Funeral Home on East Brainerd from 4 to 8 pm. A private graveside service will be held August 1. A memorial service is scheduled for September 10 at McDonald Rd church, where Willis served as an elder.
Pastor Aubrey’s recovery is going well. She was able to drive to a school meeting on Wednesday night. Praise God. We miss you Aubrey, and we will continue praying for your full recovery.
Dave Denton’s grandmother is feeling better and stronger. Thank you for your prayerful support. She’s been transferred to a rehab facility by Memorial Hospital.
Please remember David and Shirley Stevens. They are both week physically, but strong in spirit.
Kristy (a lady who fell from the balcony) is also doing better. She had a good day yesterday. According to her mother’s report “Kristy sat in a chair for 1 1/2 hours, ate ice, and talked through a special trachea device.” Her parents are sincerely grateful for all your prayers.
Have a blessed Sabbath day,