MESSAGE. “Day by day his [John’s] heart was drawn out toward Christ, until he lost sight of self in love for his Master. His resentful, ambitious temper was yielded to the molding power of Christ. The regenerating influence of the Holy Spirit renewed his heart. The power of the love of Christ wrought a transformation of character. This is the sure result of union with Jesus. When Christ abides in the heart, the whole nature is transformed. Christ’s Spirit, His love, softens the heart, subdues the soul, and raises the thoughts and desires toward God and heaven.” [EGW, SC, 73]
This Wednesday Pastor Matthew was part of a very special community event. He was asked to accompany a song at the funeral service of a Chattanooga veteran who had no family. This event was featured in several local news outlets. Thank you, Pastor Matthew, for being available and willing to help. Here is a link to the full story. Photo gallery link.
The church building committee got together Wednesday night to meet with the architects from … . This meeting was a follow up on the church business meeting decision to further explore the need for a new Sabbath school wing and a larger capacity sanctuary. The architects presented a portfolio of their past and recent building projects. They have fifty years of experience working with various churches. We were especially interested in the fact that their firm designed and provided architectural oversight for a big building project for Georgia-Cumberland Academy. After thorough consideration the committee approved hiring this firm for the feasibility study. The results of this study will be presented to the church business meeting in early December. Please, keep this important and exciting project in your daily prayers.
STEWARDSHIP OF ABILITIES – Each person has special aptitudes. One may be talented in the musical realm, another in manual trades such as sewing or auto mechanics. Some may make friends easily and mingle well with others, while others may naturally tend toward more solitary pursuits.
Every talent can be used to glorify either the one who possesses it or its original Bestower. A person can diligently perfect a talent for God’s glory, or for personal selfishness.
We ought to cultivate the gifts the Holy Spirit gives each of us in order to multiply these gifts (Matt. 25). Good stewards use their gifts liberally in order to bring fuller benefit to their master. http://www.sdanet.org/atissue/books/27/27-20.htm
I invite the church to pray for Li Zollinger who was admitted to Erlanger after a fall on Tuesday night.
Bettie Chastain is requesting prayers for her health.
The Light of Hope Ministry is inviting everyone to a Slavic Night in Ooltewah on October 12 @ 6:00 pm. Great music by a top Ukrainian singer Oksana Kozun, mission stories by pastor Peter Kulakov, and authentic Slavic food.