Extend Grace to Others

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MESSAGE. 

Civility is about allowing others to have a different point of view. Christianity is about showing respect and extending grace to others who may differ from me in their mindset. Today, as never before I beg you to be civil and to be Christian in your actions and in your attitude. “See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.” Hebrews 12:15

MINISTRY.

On October 18 our Health Ministry team presented an excellent event with an emphasis on our bodies immune system. Dianna Dodd shared a step by step plan on how to get prepared for the cold season. The Fellowship Hall was nicely beautified and ladies from our church prepared a delicious variety of soups. There were live participants on ZOOM and YouTube as well as those who joined the seminar in person. Thank you, Health Ministry team!

 

In a couple of weeks our church will host another Health event: “Healthy Options for the Holidays!” Join us on Sunday, November 15th at 3:00pm in our Fellowship Hall to learn how to create two different entrees as well as dessert, all perfect for the holidays! Dos Bros will also be here catering us their vegetarian offerings, great for when you’re on the go.  $5 donation/person is appreciated, includes cooking demo, samples of all foods, recipes and a list of resources.  Seating will be spacious, face masks optional.  PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED:  Online at ooltewahchurch.org/healthministry, or call 423-708-8186 and leave us a message. 

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During Covid 19, there has been a dramatic increase in people’s desire to understand the Bible. Thousands of leads are being received by our ministries such as It is Written, Voice of Prophecy, Amazing Facts, Bible Research, etc. These entities are unable to handle such a large load of interest, and are reaching out to lay members across the U.S, to help with this work. We have a number of these interests right here in the Ooltewah-Collegedale area. Church members are needed who are willing to be trained and who will go out into God’s vineyard (virtually and physically) to work with these people who are wanting to know more about God’s Word. 

If you are interested in helping out in this soul-winning opportunity, watch the zoom presentation this Sabbath, Oct. 31 at 3:00 p.m. or 6:00 p.m. to find out more about how to be part of this great work. Then watch for a follow-up training event a week later on Sabbath, Nov. 7 at 3:00, which will give detailed information on how to give virtual Bible studies, and will explain three ways to follow up on leads, and how to connect with your community through prayer. To register to be part of this zoom presentation, click on https://www.gccsda.com/events/reach your neighbor2020

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Men of our church are not allowing anything to distract them from the path of service and spiritual growth. Here is the latest update from Edymar Penagos: 

Haney’s Hungry Hombres is back!

  • For the first time since January of 2020, we will be breaking bread together. Please plan to join us for breakfast by the bonfire on November 8th. Biscuits and single serving beverages will be provided. We will meet outside at the church at 8am behind the fellowship hall. Since this event will be outside, masks will not be required but we will be following all of the other social distancing guidelines.

Men’s Sabbath School class:

  • The men’s SS class is going to hit pause on the 33 series and instead will be studying Revelation and final events prophecy. But wait, there’s more.  The goal will not only be to understand and recognize the final events in earth’s history, but how we (men of God), are going to continue to live our lives grounded in the principles that we have learned over the last several years in men’s class. In other words, as we continue to navigate these uncertain times, how will you reject passivity, accept responsibility, lead courageously, love unconditionally, demonstrate integrity, serve humbly and investe eternally? Please plan to join us this sabbath over at the school, class starts at 10:20am. Men were designed by God to be strong and lead, will you answer the call?   

“The greatest want of the world is the want of men– men who will not be bought or sold, men who in their inmost souls are true and honest, men who do not fear to call sin by its right name, men whose conscience is as true to duty as the needle to the pole, men who will stand for the right though the heavens fall.”  Education, p. 57

Love in Action:

  • We have 5 projects that need to be completed before the end of November. I am currently in the process of evaluating the projects and hope to email everyone more information by this time next week. Remember, we are not in the business of fixing things, we are in the business of demonstrating love. These projects are about growing closer together as a family while loving our neighbors as God commanded. 

Ignite the Fire Men’s Retreat, by Blueprint for Men:

  • “We are living in some of the most challenging and uncertain times. During the past year we have experienced a global pandemic, social and racial unrest, political friction, wildfires, hurricanes, and more.  We all sense that the end is near and that we must seek God and pray for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit that will ignite a fire that lights the whole world! And to this end we present the theme of our weekend… Ignite the Fire!”
  • For more information and to register, click the following link: ignite the fire retreat
  • If the cost is an issue, please reach out to me directly. I want every man who wants to attend to be there.

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:24-25 

COMMUNITY SERVICES. This Monday once again we need your help in making sack lunches for the homeless in Chattanooga. Volunteers please contact our church Elder Edwin Reynolds at 423-316-7280 or reynolds@southern.edu.

Lucas Patterson has been our powerful engine in the Community Services for the last several years. His personal involvement and his example motivated many of us to participate in the important community outreach programs. I am personally grateful to Lucas for inspiring me to rearrange my priorities and to experience the joy of helping the less fortunate in our community. Lucas chose to step down from the leadership position with the Community services. It will not be an easy task to find someone who will be as passionate as Lucas. Church pastoral staff is immensely grateful to Lucas for years of his service. We hope to see Lucas come back whenever he is ready. 

The Cereal Barrel ministry needs your support. Julia Easter asked me to remind our church that we are all called to care for those who may not afford buy food for their families. Please, bring a box or two of cereal and leave it in the Cereal Barrel in the lobby of our church. Thank you! 

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PRAYERS.

Please convert your ministry, your department, your Sabbath school class into a Prayer Engine.

  • Pray together for our nation during the Pandemic and the presidential election.
  • Pray for our church members to extend grace to others. 
  • Pray for unity. 
  • Pray for humility.

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RESOURCES

Our church will continue 3 Sabbath services. 9 AM in the Sanctuary. 11:30 AM in the Fellowship Hall and 5 PM in the Sanctuary (masks are required) 

Weekly Church BULLETIN

Online TITHE AND OFFERINGS.

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With Christian love to all of you,

pastor Peter

One thought on “Extend Grace to Others

  1. It isn’t quite clear in the announcement, but masks are required only for the 3d service, according to the vote of the Church Board. Masks are encouraged at all services, but are not required except at the 3d service. If you can’t adequately physically distance, please try to help protect others by wearing a mask at all times, whether required or not. This is practical and thoughtful Christianity. We don’t want to discourage others from coming to church because they don’t feel safe. “In lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself” (Phil 2:3).

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