Doing good.

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MESSAGE. It is in tough times that our true nature becomes obvious. The recent tornado in our own community caused unimaginable pain to hundreds of residents. At that same time my phone was flooded with phone calls and text messages from our church members offering help. It showed me how many loving people we have in our congregation. They were ready to cook food, deliver generators, cut branches and broken trees, etc, etc. I praise God for each one of you who followed the example of Jesus and went into the community “doing good” (Acts 10:38.)

MINISTRY.

Following the devastation caused by the tornado on Easter night, our neigborhs have many needs. We also have so many people willing to jump in and work hard to help those impacted by the storm and it is a blessing to see! Last Friday we had over 30 people come out to volunteer in the community. Organized by the Love In Action ministry, volunteers divided up into four teams and went to four locations to offer help. Those four locations turned into eight as we made connections with neighbors and learned of others we could help. Four of the families helped were from our church family and the other four were points of outreach. An additional team of nine went out on Sabbath to help a family with immediate need caused by the rain that was to come that night.
Our volunteers worked all day long with chainsaws, wheelbarrows, hatchets, rakes and a whole lot of muscle. We were able to remove trees from rooftops, chop and untangle mounds and mounds of mangled trees and do some yard clean up as well. The work was hard, but the workers were many and much was accomplished. The spirit of service and determination was energizing! A huge thank you to those that came out to help and who found additional opportunities to help our community. The support and love has been felt again and again by those hit by the storm. And an even bigger thank you to our God for keeping us all safe as we engaged in sometimes dangerous work to help meet the needs of others.
There is still a lot of work to be done in the community and we will continue asking God to show us the opportunities He has lined up for us to take care of others. If you would like to be notified of upcoming volunteer days, please contact Edymar Penagos at 813-541-2184 or epenagos78@gmail.com.

 

Here is more received from Mike Haughee:


760Hope Awakens. The It Is Written meetings are bringing the message of hope into our homes. Just in the area around our church, sixty people haver registered for the meetings. We need to do our part and connect with these people to help them with Bible studies. I am very encouraged that we have a team of volunteers who are staying on top of this important task. I am grateful to Mike Doucoumes for his great job in coordinating this effort.

Here is an update form Mike Doucoumes: “The church has been actively involved in It is Written’s Hope Awakens evangelistic series, with John Bradshaw. Ooltewah Church has 15 Virtual Bible Workers (VBWs) who are following up around 65 interests who have registered for the series. As far as we know, these are non- SDAs and we have checked their names in e Adventists and we did not find them there. Our Bible workers are sending e-mails to the interests with friendly messages and pdf books attached in an attempt to build relationships with these viewers. Across the U.S. there are 70,000 people viewing this series. Please pray for Elder Bradshaw that he will he strengthened by God so he can continue to bring such powerful messages as he has thus far. And pray for our VBWs, as well as the VBWs all over the U.S. and pray for our interests and the country’s interests. We hope to see hundreds of people baptized as a result of this series.”

To watch the messages go to https://hopeawakens.com


God’s Word is being preached to Europe and Asia in the Russian language from our own church. I was humbled by the request that came from the Euro-Asia Division to present a series of ten meetings to the millions living in that part of the world. Four times a week Hope Channel Ukraine and Hope Channel Russia deliver these messages straight from our Fellowship Hall. Wrapped in Steve Darmody’s songs and Jaime Jorge’s violin the sermons are being sent across the ocean. Hundreds of thousands are watching live on the internet, not even counting all those who watch in their homes via satellite  and cable networks. The response is overwhelming. Please continue to pray for Europe and Asia. Your support of the Light of Hope ministry is needed and greatly appreciated.

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Shelter in Place order and our worship services. The Tennessee state authorities are planning on a gradual reopening of businesses beginning May 1. Let the Lord give wisdom to our governor and our county mayor. We all want it to be done right. With churches being a place where people are in very close contact, we may wait a few more weeks before we resume our regular in-person worship services. The Church board meeting will discuss this matter this coming Monday night. I will keep you posted on the final decision of the board.


This Sabbath, April 25, once again we will worship in our homes with a live stream from our church starting at 9 am. I am sure by this time you have figured out how to access the video stream from our church website. But just in case here are simple instructions: go to http://www.ooltewahchurch.org, at the bottom of the main page you will see this box online services

click on right before 9 am or any time after 9 am and join the service.

If you use Facebook then go to our official Ooltewah Seventh Day Adventist page and right at around 9 am you will see a post inviting you to watch the service live.


The Blessing of Giving. Are we not grateful that in spite of all the hardships we have gone through in the last six weeks, we still have food eat and warm beds to sleep in. I am absolutely sure that God will continue to take care of His children. Let us show our love to God and His church by bringing our tithes and offerings this Sabbath. This is the last Sabbath of April. I invite you to show faith by supporting your local church and school.  To make a donation visit our church website and follow the ONLINE GIVING link. Paper tithe envelopes are available in the church office during normal office hours.

Attention families who are new to our church since September 2019 and families who were not able to participate in our directory photo session in September.
If you have a photo (jpeg) of your family that you would like to share for our online directory, please contact Mike Haughee by email (focusn@gmail.com). It might take a couple of weeks for the updates to be downloaded but you will be notified when the updated directory is ready for viewing.
If you have any questions, please contact Mike.

Dr. Derek Heldzinger, MD is an SDA family physician who recently opened a Family Medical clinic in Ringgold. He is American Board Certified in Lifestyle Medicine and received his certification in Lifestyle Medicine from Blackhills Education Institute as well.  He has also worked with Dr. Neil Nedley, running the residential Nedley Depression and Anxiety Recovery Program.

The clinic is located at 102 RBC Drive.  The phone number is: 423-827-4705.
Dr Heldzinger is accepting new patients and has a comprehensive lifestyle treatment approach, and understands vegetarian and vegan lifestyles.

Elma Marie Heldzinger – Office Manager

Disclaimer: this is not an endorsement of the clinic. Posted in this blog per office manager’s request.


Please continue to pray for our church and our community.

Happy Sabbath,

Peter

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