A Life of Obedience

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MESSAGE. “[To have Faith in Christ] means, of course, trying to do all that He says. There would be no sense in saying you trusted a person if you would not take his advice. Thus if you have really handed yourself over to Him, it must follow that you are trying to obey Him. But trying in a new way, a less worried way. Not doing these things in order to be saved, but because He has begun to save you already. Not hoping to get to Heaven as a reward for your actions, but inevitably wanting to act in a certain way because a first faint gleam of Heaven is already inside you.”
― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

My Sabbath morning message will be drawn from John 14:23, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.”

MINISTRY. Our Pathfinder club spent last weekend at a campout. Here is a brief report from Cory:

“Pathfinders had a very blessed campout this weekend.  God gave us  beautiful weather at Gee Creek State Park.  This is one of our loved camping spots along the Hiwassee River and the Ice cold creek feels wonderful on a hot Sabbath afternoon.  This weekend we spent a lot of time talking about and practicing prayer.  We were reminded that God wants to be our Abba Father and that he longs for us to be his children.  He always hears and always answers our prayers.
We also spent some time learning to listen.  The sound of the wind in the trees and the night creatures reminded us how God speaks to us.  We were so thankful to have this time together as a club to build friendships and just be a family.  Good food, good friends, and as always a God was good.”
Thank you, Cory and all Pathfinder club leaders for your commitment to this incredibly important ministry.

Pathfinder Club Induction Ceremony took place last Wednesday night. I was greatly impressed with the excellent planning and loving spirit which was evident in every detail of the ceremony. I feel so proud of our club!


Season of Change. Lupina reported that yesterday we beat the record of participants at our Season of Change lunch. There were sixty people who enjoyed excellent food, a very helpful presentation on computer/internet safety, and the company of caring people who at some point in their life lost their spouse. Thank you, Lupina and your team of helpers. I can personally testify to the fact that the food was truly superb! I took a box home. 🙂


On Thursday night several area churches sent their representatives to the ground breaking ceremony for a new house for Shan and her family. I’m glad that we had several of our church leaders attend this event and represent the caring spirit of our church. Let me remind you that we still need to meet our goal of raising $5,000 towards a new home for Shane. Donations need to be marked Ooltewah Community Services. Thank you, church!


CONNECT. Tomorrow morning several new families will be voted into the Fellowship of our Ooltewah church. Let me encourage each one of you to make an effort and meet them all personally and extend our Christian love to them. As I’m typing this message I do not have photos of all the new members, but here are at least a few:

Eric and Brittany Collson

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Kareem and Natalia Joseph and their kids

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Luis and Jacqueline Vela and their kids


Bruno and Christine Martine

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Diana, Byron, and Fiona Dodd

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PRAYERS. Your prayers are needed for:

  • Sondra Chilson’s granddaughter Heather.
  • Beth Best’s mother Billie
  • Robert Rauen (sick with the flu)
  • Penny Smith (death of her father)

The First Service this Sabbath will take place in the sanctuary. The Second Service will be in the Fellowship hall since the OAKS Band is playing and they need the room.

See you tomorrow. Be blessed.

Peter

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