The Body of Christ

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Each one of us is a living cell in the body of Christ. In the physical body each cell needs to be connected to the other cells. Without this connection there is no life and no growth. This is one of the main reasons Paul compares church to a living organism. If you want to live as a Christian; if you want to contribute to the growth of the whole body you need to stay connected with the other church members. Did you find this connection? “As the human body, which has many parts, is a unity, and those parts, despite their multiplicity, constitute one single body, so it is with the body of Christ.” (1 Cor. 12:12). 

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This afternoon, Friday, February 5, @ 4 P.M. you are invited to attend a service in memory of Dale Smith. Dale passed in early December. The service will be streamed on the church YouTube channel

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Last Sabbath night Evan Spicer’s father, Harold Spicer, fell asleep in the Lord. On behalf of the Ooltewah SDA church I extend our sincere condolences to the Spicer family. The service is planned for February 20 @ 5 P.M. Here is a link to Harold’s obituary page. 

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On January 27 OAKS Celebrated the 100th day of life at school! The Kindergarten and 1st-2nd grade classrooms spent the day using the number 100 in 100 ways through hands-on learning opportunities and group activities. Grades 5-6 collected 200 can goods and planted 226 vegetable plants and marigolds. With the help of the 3rd-4th grade the students colored 150 cards of encouragement for our community lunch bags in the Feed the Homeless program directed by the church. We are truly thankful for 100 days of in-person education and for the health and wellbeing of our staff and students. Our teachers did a great job celebrating such a tremendous pandemic milestone.

OAKS is also celebrating the end of our fundraiser for the Technology Giving Tree Fundraiser. As of Monday more than $12,500 has been raised, which is a little more than what was needed. Thank you so much church family for your incredible support to meet this growing need.

Kindergarten 100th Day of School 2Kindergarten 100th day of school5th-6th Grade canned goods and cardsIMG_5800IMG_5799

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Tomorrow, February 6, @ 6:30 P.M. we’ll unite our hands in service to our community. The Samaritan Center needs our help. For the last several months volunteer participation has been steadily growing. This is happening because of YOU choosing to come. Thank you for your spirit of service. 

Thank you for your generous support of the Cereal Barrel ministry. The barrel is overflowing! Praise God! More families in our community will have food for breakfast. This is how we fulfill the words of Jesus: “I was hungry and you gave Me food.” 

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Worship services this Sabbath will be led by the Pathfinder’s club. Pastor Ron Whitehead will be speaking for all three services. 

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Prayers continue for Steven Bremner. Steve’s surgery went well. He is back at home. Next week Steve will start radiation treatments. God is strong to help. Please remember to pray for his wife Sharon and the girls.

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Additional resources are always available on the church website.

See you tomorrow morning. Happy Sabbath.

pastor Peter

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