Christmas is less than three weeks away. We beautify our churches with poinsettias, decorate our homes with lights, plan beautiful music for church services… This is truly a very busy time of the year. Please, find the time to pause and think about the Man who is at the very heart of this season. Jesus may be asking you today the same question he asked his disciples, “Who do you say I am?” Who is Jesus to you? What impact is He making in your daily life? Your attitude to others? Your relationships with your spouse? Your church members? Your neighbors? The answer to these questions is the key to understanding who you really are.
Shelly Caswell sent me this brief update and a bunch of sweet photos from our school. Unfortunately, I cannot post all of them, but here are a few. “OAKS students took some time this week to get into the Christmas Spirit with some classroom decor and fun holiday shirts. All students are also practicing for our Christmas programing, which will be done as safely as possible…Covid style. With so much fun going on at school….the kids may not want to leave on vacation!
Last Sabbath we had a baptism during the 9 AM service. Below is a short story of this baptism which I copied from William Earnhardt’s blog:
“I first met Charlie about 5 years ago in the youth Bible studies at the Plant City Seventh-day Adventist Church on Wednesday nights. Several of the youth from the community would come to play games and have a Bible study. So I was very happy when Charlie’s girlfriend, Stacy contacted me for baptism studies! We were able to study at the church while practicing social distancing as well as over the phone. Charlie’s grandmother was a big part of the Plant City SDA Church back in the day. She even designed the picture on our baptistry. She now lives in Ooltewah Tennessee. This morning, November 28, 2020 Charlie and Stacy surprised his grandmother by being baptized in the Ooltewah SDA Chruch! A very big thank you to Pastor Peter Kulakov (Right) for being such a gracious host for this baptism! What and exciting day for the Plant City SDA Church, the Ooltewah SDA Church and all of heaven!” (William Earnhardt).
This Sabbath the “masks required” service will take place @9 AM in the Fellowship Hall. No changes to the regular 9 AM service in the Sanctuary and 11:30 AM service in the Fellowship Hall.
On December 5 both services (9 AM and 11:30 AM) will be streamed live. If you plan to watch after 1 pm there will be two separate files on the YouTube Church channel. Both links will be posted on our church webpage and Church Facebook.
The Audio Visual team desperately needs help. If you are willing or interested in helping in the sound booth during the services please contact Evan Spicer.
Most patients come to Moccasin Bend with few clothes. There is a significant need for clothes of any kind but especially warm tops , hoodies and coats – particularly L, XL, 2XL & 3XL. Money to help with the purchase of warm clothes is also appreciated. Contact Jeannie Klinner @ 423-238-3377
Let the spirit of Christmas ring this Sabbath night when we meet at the Samaritan Center to help with moving the donated items into the warehouse. Last month we had close to forty volunteers including children. Can we beat that number this Sabbath? How about fifty? 🙂 Seriously, will you come?
Brenda Patterson (recovery after a short stay in the hospital)
Sharon Harrell, recovery after surgery
For love and grace to keep our church together through these tough times.
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With Christian love,