Christ was looking into our days when he told His disciples: “People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.” We can be among those who “faint from terror”, or we can “stand up and lift up our heads”. This Sabbath morning I invite you to learn more about the Grand Appearing of our King, Jesus Christ.
Both services last week were well attended. I did see some of our church members who came for the first time after we closed in-person services in March. Practically all Sabbath school classes resumed their studies. I walked through almost every SS class last Sabbath morning and was very encouraged with the level of participation. I believe it was the first time since March that the Cradle Roll and the Kindergarten classes were opened. The men’s class was very active with about ten participants. The women’s class is also meeting in the OAKS library and they hope for more ladies to join them in the weeks to come. I deeply appreciated the teachers cautious approach to in-person participation. We want everyone to be safe and healthy. Thank you, Connie Reynolds, for the guidance you provide to our Sabbath school program.
Virtual VBS. Online VBS starts this coming Monday at 7pm! Make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel to get notifications when new videos or livestreams are posted https://www.youtube.com/c/OoltewahAdventistChurch
Memorial Service for Howard Kennedy, Sr is planned for September 19, Sabbath afternoon. Visitation starts @ 3 P.M. and the service is @ 4 P.M.
Pathfinder Club will be camping on our church campus this week. The weather looks just perfect for their event, which is rather unusual 😉 You’ll see their tents when you come to church on Sabbath morning. Thank you, David Reynolds, for your leadership.
Youth and their families are planning on a canoe trip. We’ll be praying for their safety. It is wonderful to see that the church youth is back to spending time together.
Women’s Ministry believes in sharing love. Here is a brief update from Sharon Harrell: “Dear Church Family. What a loving and giving church we have! I am always amazed at your willingness to give to others in their time of need. Thank you so much to all of you who helped out with the Gibson family and their little baby Zach. He is home with his family. You all have made a big difference in the lives of this family. They really appreciated what you did for them!”
Sharon also forwarded to me the following note from Sarita Staup, baby Zach’s grandmother: “Dear church family. I am amazed and deeply touched by the love and support you have given to me and my family. The birthday bouquet is gorgeous and it really lifted my spirit when I needed it the most. I’m so glad to be part of our family of God. God bless each of you.” Sarita Staup
Barbara Kraner is feeling weak. She is missing her church and she’s sincerely grateful for your prayers.
Amy Goss is recovering after surgery on her knee. Prayers for Amy please.
Sharon Bremner’s job position was abruptly eliminated by her company. The family is seeking your prayer support.
Weekly church bulletin: link
Online Giving: tithe and offerings link
I don’t have any church photos this week, so I’ll share with you a couple of pictures from my phone 🙂 As I mentioned in my sermon last Sabbath our daughter Dasha and her one-year-old daughter Mila were forced to escape the Oregon fires. They flew to Flagstaff, AZ where they are staying with the family of our daughter Stacey. Dasha’s husband is still in Eugene, OR. His job requires him to stay there. Prayers for Kevin, please.
See you this Sabbath!