The Power of the Cross

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MESSAGE. “Christ’s death proves God’s great love for man. It is our pledge of salvation. To remove the cross from the Christian would be like blotting the sun from the sky. The cross brings us near to God, reconciling us to Him. With the relenting compassion of a father’s love, Jehovah looks upon the suffering that His Son endured in order to save the race from eternal death, and accepts us in the Beloved.” (EGW, AA, 209)

MINISTRY.

Melita Palmer shared a bitter-sweet story with me from the Juniors’ SS class: “Last Sabbath the Juniors class said their good byes to Julie MacLafferty. She has been helping out in Juniors and the kids really enjoyed her.  They gave her a beach bag filled with ideas she will need for Florida. Included in the bag was a sand pal that all the kids signed.”

 


Cory Goss brings the sweet spirit of heaven into the Primary class when he leads the song service. Thank you, Cory, for your genuine love to the kids in our church.

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The nominating committee had its first meeting last Sunday morning and met again on Wednesday night. We have an excellent group of people. Please pray for God’s guidance through this important task. Please, talk to any member of the committee if you are interested in serving the church in any capacity. Our dynamic and fast growing church needs your engagement.


Sanctuary Choir and Brass for Worship will be presenting the 3rd annual Music Review Program this Sabbath afternoon at 4:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall. 

Here is a message from the choir director, Larry Otto: “These groups practice once a week and present music for the church service once a month, almost exclusively for our Ooltewah Church. That means we do not travel around to other places and sing or play our songs there. Neither do we sell CDs. So, because we like the songs we have learned, and want to play and sing them one more time in real time before the season ends, We will Review them once more for the benefit of those who would like to hear them again before the season comes to an end. So, you are invited to join us this afternoon for a truly unique, worshipful presentation of many of the songs we have presented this season. Come and worship with us through music sung and played.”

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FROM OUR STEWARDSHIP DIRECTOR:

Proverbs 3:27-28 The Message (MSG) – Never walk away from someone who deserves help; your hand is God’s hand for that person. Don’t tell your neighbor “Maybe some other time” or “Try me tomorrow” when the money’s right there in your pocket. ~ Stewardship


PRAYERS. This week June Kennedy had a stroke and was taken by ambulance to Erlanger hospital. By God’s grace her recovery is going well and she is being transferred to LifeCare of Ooltewah today. Please continue your prayers for June. Thank you, John Sabo and Mike Haughee for joining me for the anointing service on Monday.

Our sincere condolences to Edwin Reynold whose mother, Betty Reynolds, passed away in Portland, OR, at the age 93. Our comfort is in the sure promise of Christ’s soon return.

Last Sabbath night our church member Herb Weise passed at the age of 82. His wife, Janet, is requesting donations to OAKS in Herb’s memory. He had a heart for Christian education.


WHAT’S COMING UP? 

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On Friday evening, April 19, 2019, beginning at 7:00 p.m. the Ooltewah Seventh-day Adventist Church invites you to hear internationally acclaimed Gospel recording artist, Steve Darmody, share a free Good Friday Gospel Concert entitled “Road to Calvary.” The event features songs about Calvary and the Cross.  .  

The door to the Fellowship Hall will open at 6:00pm for those eager to have best seats.  As the auditorium fills we have a wonderful Meditation Prelude planned. 

We need each of you to help.  In the foyer, and available during the week from the church offer, are full size posters, mini-poster/postcards, and personal invitation fliers. 

Take large posters to businesses, restaurants, and community spaces to ask the proprietor to allow you to display the poster.  Keep several concert fliers with you at all times to share with a personal invitation to friends, neighbors, and work associates.  

The mini-posters/postcards can go up around town almost anywhere.  Be creative – stick it in a window at the mall, or tape one to your office door at work.   Or many can start mailing them to your friends. These can also be addressed and mailed as postcards as a follow-up contact to the individuals you have already invited.  

We are being very cost conscious about marking this event.  But it depend on you being our postal service in taking posters and fliers into the community.

This is personal ministry at its finest.  You will discover this to be a very easy personal ministry activity.


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