MESSAGE. “To all who receive the Sabbath as a sign of Christ’s creative and redeeming power, it will be a delight. Seeing Christ in it, they delight themselves in Him. The Sabbath points them to the works of creation as an evidence of His mighty power in redemption. While it calls to mind the lost peace of Eden, it tells of peace restored through the Saviour. And every object in nature repeats His invitation, “Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.” Matt 11:28.” (EGW)
The Prayer Ministry group got together at our home last Sabbath for their quarterly meeting. Almost twenty five members of the Prayer Chain attended the meeting. Sondra Chilson believes this was a record number. Praise God that we have these Prayer Angels who pray about the needs of our church day and night. Thank you, Sondra Chilson, for your leadership.
That same afternoon a group of children from our church went to visit the elderly at one of the area nursing homes. Here is a report and photos sent to me by Melita Palmer:
“Last Sabbath, eleven kids from Junior\Earliteens S.S. class brought their instruments to play and sing for the residents of Country Haven Retirement Center. The music was beautiful coming from a variety of instruments- guitar, flutes, clarinet, recorders, and a ukuele. The residents joined us by singing and one resident accompanied the kids on his organ. The kids passed out cards they made to the twelve residents. Later, we met at Imagination Station. The kids played and adults were able to socialize. This is our first monthly outreach\sabbath outing for the S.S. class. The next class outing will be November 10th at 3pm. walking/biking at Riverpark. We will be meeting at the dam.”
Over two hundred people came to our church last Sabbath night to hear the Kings’ Heralds Quartet. Their contagious singing charged everyone who came with an extra portion of divine energy. Don’t we all want to sing like them? 🙂 Thank you, Larry Otto, for inviting the Quartet to our church. It was a perfect ending to a beautiful Sabbath day.
Early Sunday afternoon the Social committee worked hard to beautify our Fellowship hall for a Baby Shower for Heidy Pino. I was shocked to see sweet Liberty, Dina’s daughter, moving chairs around with a big dolly which was twice her height. 😦 We have awesome ladies on our Social committee always willing and ready to do something special for our church families. Here are just a few photos of their celebration. Congratulations to Heidy and Ed Pino! The baby is due in just a few weeks!
On October 26-28, several fathers and sons from our church will be at Booker T. Washington State Park here in Chattanooga for a fun weekend of rest and recreation during the Ooltewah SDA Church’s annual Father-Son Retreat. So far we’ve got around 30 people signed up to stay in our cabins with bathrooms/showers just steps away and hot meals prepared in the kitchen. It’s true … we’re not roughing it. But that doesn’t make it any less manly! Join us for boating, biking, campfires, and camaraderie. There’s even a little friendly competition: anybody up for tandem sawing, pumpkin bowling, or cornhole? Step away from your screens and busy schedules for intentional time with your son. It’ll be a blessing. Register online today.
Kids all grown? No kids yet? Have daughters instead of sons? We would still love to see you join us at Booker T. Washington State Park. We are always in need of extra hands to assist with activities. So clear your calendar, invite your neighbor/coworker to bring his son, and join us in prayers for a successful weekend. For more information, please contact Lucas Patterson @ email email@example.com or call 423.582.1678.
Last week we all watched the devastation caused by Hurricane Michael. People lost homes, businesses, income. I know that many of your are wondering how can we help? Here are some helpful facts for your information:
ADVENTIST COMMUNITY SERVICES – HURRICANE
1. Drop a donation in your local church offering plate marked “ACS Disaster Response”.
2. Call 1-800-381-7171
3. Mail a check to:
Adventist Community Services
9705 Patuxent Woods Dr.
Columbia, MD 21046
4. Online – Click on ‘Donate’ button – communityservices.org
If you prefer to donate goods rather than money, there are two sources you can use to send needed items to those affected:
SHOP ONLINE: Amazon and Walmart
1. Print the “needs list” – communityservices.org
2. Go to the site of your choice and start shopping.
3. Choose a Distribution site you want your donations to be shipped to.
The Pathfinder Club is camping this weekend. I won’t be surprised if it rains tomorrow. I invite our church to pray for safe travels for our children, their parents and the club staff. Stay dry and warm :-).
This Friday afternoon our church is joining hands with the GYC SE in a community project. Almost a hundred young people from the GYC will be heading to the area around the New Life SDA church. They will be weeding lawns, offering water and cookies, and of course, praying with the discouraged. Our church is helping with transportation and equipment. Edymar Penagos is coordinating the event. He needs more helpers. If you can help for two hours between 3:30 and 5:30 this afternoon please call Edymar or me @ 678-571-1743.
PRAYERS. Beth Best is at Erlanger East hospital for observation and tests. Please pray for Beth.
RESOURCES. Pastor David Bissell prepared a Church Business Directory. Thank you, David, for this super helpful resource. Follow the link for the new Business Service Directory.