Seven Signs of Christ’s Soon Return

unnamedMESSAGE. In The Passion for Souls book, Dr. Smith writes, “The Gospel of the grace of God is the good news that Jesus dies for the sinners. The Gospel of the Kingdom is the good news that Jesus is coming back to reign. Both messages must be proclaimed; and whether it is the Gospel of the Grace of God or the Gospel of the Kingdom, it makes no difference. In both cases, it is the Gospel, the good news. And it must be proclaimed before the end comes.”

Tomorrow morning we will continue the Seven Signs of Christ’s Soon Return series.

MINISTRY. Pastor Aubrey reporting:

“Basketball Camp took place this last week in our school gym. 23 kids attended and improved their basketball skills daily while also learning about teamwork, discipline, and the importance of having a relationship with Jesus. It was a blessing to watch these kids grow this week.
Pathfinder staff also met to plan the new year and it will be a great year indeed. Some fresh faces joined the team and a willing spirit was present in each one there. Please keep them in prayer as they prepare for another great Pathfinder year. Also, you are invited to come out and support our Pathfinder club on July 3 at the Collegedale 4th of July celebration where our club will be selling shaved ice.”

 


During the first service this Sabbath we will celebrate Ethan McRae’s dedication. The dedication will be officiated by Ethan’s grandfather, a retired pastor, William Anderson McRae, Sr.

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Also, ten dear souls are joining our church family via membership transfer. They are:

Richard and Adele Dahlberg, Savannah Harwood, Teri Hart, Luther and Melita Palmer, Randy and Eileen Nudd, Cheri Young and Danielle Ware. How exciting!!!


Ooltewah VBS is less than ten days away. Spread the word. Invite your neighbors.

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PRAYERS. Steve Bremner’s father, Norman Jenson, unexpectedly passed on Wednesday night. He visited our church just two weeks ago to attend his granddaughter’s baptism. Please remember Steve and his family in your daily prayers. Let God’s comfort and protection be given to them as they travelled to NC to be with the family and to attend the service.

The service will be held at the Mills River Seventh-day Adventist church located at
2142 Jeffrey  Rd., Mills River, NC 28759. The service will be on Sunday, July 2nd at 3:00 pm.  In lieu of flowers please make donations to OAKS.

Please, continue to pray for Bill and Sondra Chilson and Bettie Chastain’s family.

Happy almost Sabbath 🙂

Peter

Let Us Watch

IMG_1486MESSAGE. Christ’s coming will not be unexpected to those who are watching. To them it will not come as a thief, for those who belong to Christ will not be asleep, but will be sober and watching. To them the Day of His appearing will be no surprise. Christ is calling us to be spiritually awake in contrast to the world which is slumbering in the sleep of sin.

Starting this Sabbath morning and for the next few weeks I invite you to study seven signs of Christ’s soon return.

MINISTRY. Congratulations, Ooltewah Pathfinders, for winning the award of excellence this year with Georgia Cumberland Conference!


Last Sabbath was a day for celebration for our church and for the Bremner family. Steve presented to the congregation and baptized his daughter Kathrine! How exciting! Congratulations, Katie.


Even though OAKS and other schools are on summer break there are still great events planned for the children during the summer months. One of these big events is just a couple of days away: Basketball Camp is opening this Monday, June 26. Please, contact pastor Aubrey for more information. But below is the poster:

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Don’t forget to register for the Ooltewah Vacation Bible school. It is starting on July 9th. Our VBS leaders Manny and Sarah Vela are still calling for volunteers.

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The “Baby Bottles” campaign is going full speed. Thank you, Carleen, for being the champion of this very much needed fundraizing project. Let us help young women in Romania keep their babies.

PRAYERS. Bill Chilson had to spend a couple of days at the hospital for additional testing. He is back home, but both him and Sondra need our prayers.

Howard Kennedy appreciates your prayerful support. He is still feeling week and dizzy.

A former OAKS student, Matthew Weron, got killed in a bad car accident earlier this week. Matthew was only nineteen. The Weron family is devastated. I am soliciting your prayers for this family. The Memorial service will take place at our church on July 2nd at 2 pm.

RESOURCES. Church website address is http://www.ooltewahchurch.org

An online tithe and offerings option is available on the church website.

Here is a link to the weekly bulletin: church bulletin

My last week’s email message was sent to you last Friday afternoon, but for whatever reason it was delivered only on Monday afternoon. Sorry 🙂 Technology is not perfect.

See you tomorrow,

Peter

You Gave Me Food


MESSAGE. “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40) Most of us are fortunate enough not to know much about real hunger and thirst. From time to time we might complain that we are famished as we wait for our next meal. But our health is hardly threatened when dinner is delayed for an hour! For Jesus it was very different. As a person who lived in poverty, he knew the weakening effects of hunger and thirst. He understood the plight of the needy. (See Luke 9:58.) And the amazing part is that when we help people who are less fortunate, we are lending a helping hand to the Lord himself. Let’s look around. It’s likely that there are hungry people nearby who need our help.

MINISTRY. Last Sabbath, early morning, a number of our church members headed to Chattanooga Community Kitchen to feed the homeless. There was no time to waste. The Kitchen doors open at 7 am. There was work for everyone;  pancakes needed to be made, patties and scrambled eggs warmed up, fruit salad cut, drinks poured. Lucas Patterson worked on scrambled eggs from 3 am in his own home. It was great to see our youth participating in this outreach event. Hundreds of people were served that morning. Every plate looked great, tasted delicious, and smelled tempting. I had a chance to visit and to pray with a number of people who came to eat. Honestly, it was a very rewarding experience. Here are a few photos (courtesy of Lucas and Mike Haughee).

 

 

This week I took a few of my vacation days and traveled to Spokane, WA, to speak for the Upper Columbia Conference camp meeting. I feel totally like at home in Russia; it is cold with dark clouds and rain 😦. I feel honored to share the big camp meeting tent platform with my good friends Mark and Tina Finley. Along with my speaking at the camp meeting I am preaching a mini evangelistic series for a Slavic church in Spokane. Sunday morning I am flying back home. Thank you for your prayers. Here are a few photos from the beautiful state of Washington.

 

 

PRAYERS. Prayers of praise for Katherine Bremner! She is getting baptized tomorrow during the first service by her Dad Steven Bremner. How wonderful!

Prayers for Richard Johnson who lost his mother last Sabbath.

Happy Sabbath!

Peter

P.S. Here is link to the final report of the nominating committee.