“If we could see the clouds from the other side where they lie in billowy glory, bathed in the light they intercept, like heaped ranges of Alps, we should be amazed at their splendid magnificence.
O child of God! If you could see your sorrows and troubles from the other side; if instead of looking up at them from earth, you would look down on them from the heavenly places where you sit with Christ; if you knew how they are reflecting in prismatic beauty before the gaze of Heaven, the bright light of Christ’s face, you would be content that they should cast their deep shadows over the mountain slopes of existence. Only remember that clouds are always moving and passing before God’s cleansing wind.” from Streams in the Desert Daily Devotional
I have noticed that lately our society is becoming more and more divided on the issues of face masks, social distancing, opening or staying closed, etc. These have become the highly polarizing subjects of social media posts and news outlets. I feel these discussions are worse than the virus itself. When it all started we were proactive in keeping our spiritual unity. Now we are drifting apart. Let us not allow our personal mindsets and political outlooks lead us into trenches or barricades. Let the Spirit of God teach us to accept one another in our differences. If someone wears a mask, show respect to that person. She/he is trying to keep you safe. If someone refuses to wear a mask, show respect to that person by wearing your own mask. Don’t allow the virus of selfishness or meanness to destroy our unity in Christ.
This coming Monday night the church board will review the current COVID19 situation in our community and will discuss the In-Person Worship Services Guidelines. Our only desire is to make our church a safe place for everyone who is ready and willing to come for the communal services. It may take a few more weeks before we are ready to worship together in-person. Please, pray for God’s guidance in these matters. Continue to participate in our online worship services. Join one of the ZOOM Sabbath school classes; there are several available for you. If you don’t know how to use ZOOM or what class to join, please email or call me or Pastor Matthew, and we’ll be happy to help you.
I was very happy to receive many photos from you showing your participation in the online worship service last Sabbath. Keep sending these photos. We need them for our own encouragement. Your pastors want to know that you see and hear them 🙂
Here are just a few of these photos.
STEWARDSHIP – “Every year, millions upon millions of human souls are passing into eternity unwarned and unsaved. From hour to hour in our varied life opportunities to reach and save souls are opened to us. These opportunities are continually coming and going. God desires us to make the most of them. Days, weeks, and months are passing: we have one day, one week, one month less in which to do our work. A few more years at the longest and the voice which we cannot refuse to answer will be heard saying, “Give an account of thy stewardship.” COL 373.4
Thank you for your faithful and generous support of the local church budget. God bless you for being faithful in giving your tithes and offerings. Let me encourage you to remember the Student Aid account. It is running lower than usual this spring. Were want to be sure every family gets support for the Christian education of their children if they apply for assistance.
PACKING LUNCHES FOR HOMELESS. Our church has committed to purchasing supplies and packing sack lunches for the homeless. We assemble 150 lunches during each shift in our church fellowship hall and deliver them to the staff at the Chattanooga Community Kitchen who pass the lunches out at various homeless encampments around town. This project is directly connected to COVID-19; the homeless would normally come to the Chattanooga Community Kitchen for meals in its dining hall, but the dining hall is closed to encourage social distancing for this highly vulnerable population. Our next packing session is Monday, May 18, at 8 a.m. Volunteer spots are limited. To sign up, contact Lucas Patterson: 423-582-1678,firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your prayers are requested for Eva Scott, Brenda Miller’s mother.
Please remember to pray for our community and our nation.
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Online worship service from May 9: click here
Online Prayer meetings: Wednesdays at 7 pm on ZOOM.
Meeting ID: 871 8429 3156