MESSAGE: Millions of Americans have fought and died on battlefields here and abroad to defend our freedoms and way of life. Today our troops continue to make the ultimate sacrifices, and even as we lose troops, more Americans step forward to say, I’m ready to serve. They follow in the footsteps of generations of fine Americans. Today we honor our heroes and remember their achievements, their courage and their dedication. We are expressing our heartfelt appreciation for their sacrifices. God bless you, dear veterans!
“…Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
MINISTRY: On November 8 our church welcomed hundreds of dear people who came to vote. It was a busy day. By 7:30 the line stretched from the Fellowship Hall doors all the way to the road. Young and old, black and white, Latinos and Middle Easterners were streaming to the polling stations located inside our building. It was a wonderful day for many of our church leaders and lay members. They were all welcomed by a smile, warm words, free bottles of water, Little Debbie snack and, of course, books and brochures about a Seventh-day hero, Private First Class Desmond Doss. A sincere thank you to Steve Bremner; with passion and sincere Christian love he was driving back and forth delivering books, food trays for the voting precinct staff, and water and snacks for the voters. You deserve a medal for your ministry on November 8th!
Here is a brief report from Steve:
“On the Election Day our church distributed 378 “The Faith of Desmond Doss” tracts and 139 “Hero of Hacksaw Ridge” books. I would like to personally thank Lupina Haney, Vlad Zubkov, Mike Haughee, Nancy Smiley, Lupina Haney, Carleen Zalabak, Julia Easter, Greg Wellborn, Susan Wiley, Raven Christian, Sarah Bremner, Katie Bremner and Peter for helping.”
Community service opportunity. East Hamilton Ministerial Association is inviting all Christians in Ooltewah/Collegedale area to help Wallace A. Smith Elementary school with building a new playground. Actually this not just any new playground, for the first time this school will have equipment readily accessible and usable by individuals with disabilities. The school has acquired the equipment, but needs help with installation. If the community comes together and helps with labor the school will save $25,000! If you are interested in being a part of this exciting project please contact Mrs. Richelle P. Cordle via email (email@example.com) and/or telephone (423-400-2744). If she does not answer, please leave a voicemail and she’ll return your call as soon as possible. Thank you so much for your willingness to help Wallace A. Smith Elementary achieve their goal for an all-inclusive playground.
Women’s Ministry report. On Sabbath, October 22, our Family Ministry Team hosted an End It Now Abuse Awareness Day, which was sponsored by the Georgia Cumberland Conference’s Women & Family Ministries Department. Dr. Mable Dunbar, PhD, keynote speaker, presented thought provoking information on spiritual abuse, a concept that may be new to many. Provision was also made for children, with Children’s Church during second service and childcare during the afternoon sessions. During Dr. Dunbar’s presentations it was obvious that she is passionate about advocating on behalf of abused and abusive individuals who desire healing through Christ. Following a wonderful lasagna lunch, Roberta Fish, LCSW, who also has extensive experience counseling abuse survivors, presented information on domestic abuse, including early warning signs that should not be ignored in relationships. Participants expressed appreciation for the informative material presented by both speakers and many would like to see more follow up, training and outreach on this important subject. In addition to the presentations, information on local, state, and national resources were available for participants to take with them. Many thanks to the members of our church family, many of whom put in countless hours preparing and helped make this day possible! If you were unable to join us on the 22nd and would like information on this topic and available resources, please contact the church office. Linda Kulik, Family Ministry Leader
Thunder in the Holy Land. Our off-site Bible study group continues its weekly meetings. Thunder in the Holy Land is a wonderful interactive way to study God’s Word and biblical prophecies with your friends and neighbors. Meetings take place at the Samaritan Center at 6:30 pm. Don’t miss this excellent witnessing opportunity tonight! It is also a great way to welcome the Sabbath day.
Pathfinders. On Wednesday the club went out into our local neighborhoods and passed out bags that they will return to pick up this Saturday. Non perishable food will be collected and provide help to families in need. Pathfinders, don’t forget to come to the OAKS gym on Saturday at 3pm. A big thank you to Food City! We appreciate what you are doing for our community. (Just a few of our kids posing with the bags that FOOD CITY generously donated.)
OAKS. Both of our worship services tomorrow morning will be led by OAKS students. They have prepared lots of wonderful music. The message will also be shared by the students. I’m looking forward to an awesome Sabbath worship experience. Worship Services will take place in the Fellowship Hall.
PRAYERS: Gretchen Kimberly’s sister-in-law passed away on Monday. Let’s uplift the Sigsworth family in our prayers.
NEW PRESIDENT. Whether you are discouraged or elated by the outcome of the election, we should be praying for the President-Elect Donald Trump. Pray that he and Vice President-Elect Pence will seek the Lord through His Word and through prayer.
Pray also for healing and unity in our nation. Show respect to those who voted differently. Do not encourage the spirit or the words of hatred. Remember, we call ourselves a Christian nation. “The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves.” Zach. 3:17
Happy Sabbath, church!