Keep Your Eyes on God



“… we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” (2 Ch. 20:12). When we are attacked by discouragement, doubts or physical trials, our natural tendency is to help ourselves. The only safe way to overcome the enemy is to lift our eyes on God. He knows how to win. Our self-help keeps God at a distance in a standby mode. It is only when we cry “we do not know what to do…”  that we acknowledge His power over our enemies. 


Ooltewah Evangelism. Through the summer we continue Evangelism training and community outreach activities leading to the November evangelistic meetings. In July the training seminar with the SALT instructors will take place next week, July 20, at 2 pm. Lunch will be provided from 1 to 2 pm for those who stay for the seminar. After the training event all participants are invited to go into the area neighborhoods from 3 to 5pm.  We need volunteers to bake cookies which will be passed out along with glow tracks. If you are interested either in helping with the cookies please see Jaude Barbosa or Tui in the lobby of the church. They will have sign up sheets.

“If he have faith, the believer cannot be restrained. He betrays himself. He breaks out. He confesses and teaches this gospel to the people at the risk of life itself.” (Martin Luther “But for this purpose I have raised you up, to show you my power, so that my name may be proclaimed in all the earth.” Exodus 9:16


Cereal Barrel Ministry. Our barrel is running low. Even if you cannot travel to a far away mission field you can still be a missionary in your own neighborhood. The Samaritan Center is helping hundreds of people every month to get food for their families. Every one of the cereal boxes you put into the barrel helps some family in our community.

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat” Matt. 25:35




Jim Boles has been transferred to LifeCare of Ooltewah. He needs our prayers.

Eva Scott, who passed out during the second service last week is back home. Praise God she’s doing better.

Jacque Cantrell was taken to a hospital on Wednesday, but she’s back home recovering after a possible stroke. Jacque appreciates our prayers.

Sharon McKee is recovering after a fall. Prayers, please.

The Blessed Hope



Jesus Christ “is coming with the clouds” (Rev. 1:7). He is the King over all other kings and rulers. (Rev. 1:5). He has already “made us to be His kingdom” (1:6). When life treats us unfairly, and pain becomes unbearable we have a hope that Jesus is faithful to His word. His is not disconnected from our joys or troubles. He loved us and liberated us (v.5). It is this faith that can shape our present reality.


Last Sabbath night church elders invited new members to a special dinner. These kind of dinners help our leaders to connect with new members. Every six months about 25 to 30 individuals join our church. We don’t want them to be lost. It is humanly impossible for two pastors to remain in regular communication with all who join our church families. This is why church elders step in and offer their help and friendship. I am very grateful to an excellent team of elders in our church. Special Thank You to Sarah Penagos, Celia Cruz, Lupina Haney, Juanita Rose, and Janet Goss for making it a special evening.

Pastor Matthew shared with me the following fun report: “A number of our young families enjoyed our Pre-K pool party this past Sunday. We had around 40 people in attendance. The weather was perfect for swimming and the water was refreshing! Our summer intern, Jaudé Barboza, also attended and visited with the families. We appreciate her ministry in our church! We’ll be planning more events for young families in the future, so stay tuned for details.”


Thank you, church, for supporting our local church budget in June. We met our goal and all ministries received their regular allocations. This is how we all work together in serving our church and community needs. I pray that we continue with the same spirit through July. Every dollar matters! Do you know that you can always contribute through our church website? The address is . Also, Adventist Giving apps are available for download at Google play and the App Store. There is no additional charge or fees for using these online resources.


Please continue to pray for:

June and Howard Kennedy

Sharon McKee (recovering after the fall)

Jim Boles (health concerns)

Sondra Chilson (upcoming health tests)

From my heart:

Please pray for our grandson Pierce, who broke two bones in his wrist last Sunday. It is not easy for Pierce to adapt to a life with a full-arm cast. The next day “flying” around the house he fell again and got a big bump on his head 😦

This week Mila Natalia is visiting our home with her parents (Dasha and Kevin Crawford). To control the crowd of all those who want to carry her on their arms we had to create a 24 hour schedule 🙂 By the end of the day Mila made it clear that she prefers her Mom because she has something we all lack  … breastmilk 🙂