MESSAGE. The church is the body of Christ. Paul makes a strong emphasis on the concept of church members needing one another. In 1 Corinthians 12:27 he states: “Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” Church without you is not complete; you without the church are just a torn away and dying member. Staying together through rough times is the only way we can demonstrate to the world the power of God’s Church. Working together – is the only way we can fulfill the mission of Christ’s church. This mission is to become “friends of tax collectors and sinners” and to lead them to Jesus. Pray for your church today; pray about your essential function in the body of Christ.
MINISTRY. Last Sabbath morning about fifty five brave souls gathered at 9 AM under the car port of our church for the worship service. Many of us expected rough weather that day, but the Lord gave us peaceful skies with partial sunshine. The Bradford family uplifted our spirit with beautiful music. However, there were hundreds who joined our service online. To watch last week’s worship you can simply click on the following link https://youtu.be/BvxnS-asGfw
The weather forecast for September 5 looks very promising; cooler weather and no storms. There will be only one outdoor service at 9 AM. You can join that service from your home by clicking the following link https://youtu.be/Hn5bY5aDMiw The link will go live at 9 AM on Sabbath morning. Of course you are most welcome to join the outdoor service in person. Our Pathfinder Club, the Timberwolves, worked till late on Wednesday night setting up an additional seating space in a tent next to the car port. Thank you for your hard work! I hope to see many of you this Sabbath morning.
It’s been a good week at OAKS. On Wednesday the students enjoyed their annual “water fun day.” Shelly Caswell shared a video with me below. I have to say that the day before I offered to help Shelly and Margo with testing the “water bottle shooting.” It did not end that well: while I was pumping air the water poured out all over my white shirt. I am glad it worked fine for the OAKS kids. See for yourself 🙂
This morning OAKS had their weekly Chapel. Here is a fresh photo from our school.
Men’s Ministry update. Here is what I saw on Edymar Penagos’ Facebook page: “
Ooltewah men’s group demonstrating love in action. Congratulations on the new home! @srivera1129. God’s finger prints are all over this blessing. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.Philippians 2:3-4 NIV
Community Service. Once again this Sabbath night we can demonstrate where our heart is. The Samaritan Center needs our help. Last time we had close to 40 volunteers; young and not so young. We were finished in just over an hour. Will you consider joining this awesome group of people this Sabbath @ 8:30?
We are saddened to share the news that Bettie Chastain has passed away. Bettie was one of the charter members of our church and was dearly loved. Her funeral will be held at the Ooltewah Adventist Church on Saturday, September 5 at 4pm; the service will be livestreamed at the link below. Viewing will precede the funeral at 3pm. A graveside service will take place at Collegedale Memorial Park on Sunday, September 6 at 11 am. We ask for your prayers for Bettie’s family and loved ones during this time. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Ooltewah Adventist Church’s student aid fund.
Fred Turner is soliciting your prayers for his wife Darlene. Darlene is going through a rough time with chemo therapy.
Julia Easter is needs our prayer support as she is preparing for a knee surgery.
Health Ministries update: Human Lungs
Online church bulletin: click here
Online giving: tithe and offerings
September 5 Worship service live stream link
See you tomorrow! Happy Sabbath.