Pathfinders. Thank you, David Reynolds and the Pathfinder Club leaders for the excellent Sabbath morning program. It was so good to see our children and youth actively participate in the ministry of our church. It was a special treat to have Pastor Ron Whitehead with us that Sabbath. He shared an engaging message. The night before one of the club members, Ashley Herren, got baptized by Elder Ron Malloch. On Sabbath morning the church accepted Ashley into the fellowship of our church. Congratulations to Ashely and her family. Here are a few photos from the Pathfinder Sabbath.
Women’s ministry is active in sharing love and care. Last Sunday I received several photos from Avril Williams and the following report from Sharon Harrell: “Over the past few weeks, the ladies from the Women’s Ministries Team (Christy Bartlett, Eileen Lezeau, Robyn Wilson, Avril Williams, and Sharon Harrell) have been busy putting together gift bags for the girls in the Ooltewah Church ages 12 to 18. We were able to assemble 40 bags with cookies, stationery, a book, and other small gift items for our girls. We want our teens to know how valuable they are to our church and how happy we are that they are a part of our church family! Thank you so much to Sue Wiley, Nancy Smiley, and Marlene Keaton for also helping to distribute the gifts to our girls.
God is blessing this ministry, and we are thankful to Him for every woman and girl in our church. Each one of you is important to God. We look forward to more projects and more ministry opportunities in the year ahead. Thank you for your prayers for this ministry and for each other.”
The Samaritan Center event was a blast! Last Sabbath evening the weather was miserable. One had to be really committed to leave their warm homes that night. Once again my weak human nature kept me stressed throughout the day. Some of our regular Community service champions were out of town. What if only a few show up? That night I learned another lesson of trusting God! About sixty volunteers came to help with the project. Some of them were under the age of eight, some were over eighty five. Whole families and single individuals all came together moved by the spirit of service. The Samaritan Center deck was absolutely packed with the donated items. A miracle happened that night. The deck was cleared in less than 45 minutes. This is what joining hands in service is all about. What a church we have! Praise God! Thank you, volunteers. Pastor Matthew shared these photos with me:
Light of Hope Ministry. Due to pandemic travel restrictions public in-person evangelistic meetings are not an option in Ukraine, Russia and other countries of Eastern Europe. Once again I received a request from the Euro-Asia Division church leadership to conduct a series of evangelistic meetings over the satellites used by Hope Channel Ukraine, Hope Channel Russia, and the Russian branch of the 3 ABN. We expect hundreds of thousands of viewers across that vast region of the world. The Light of Hope is joining hands with the It Is Written team for this international outreach event. Can you imagine that as the Ooltewah Adventist church we’ll be the platform for this Gospel proclamation? Social unrest is spreading across Russia. We live in a very special time. People need to hear about the second coming of Christ. Please pray for me as I need to work on the new series of sermons for the next two weeks. I am also praying for funds needed for this project. The total needed budget is 25,000$. There is nothing impossible for the Lord.
Please continue to pray for Julia and Jim Easter’s health and soon recovery. Prayers go up for Steven Bremner as he is in the first week of radiation treatments. Please also remember Fred Cornell, he is at LifeCare of Ooltewah.
I plan to worship with all of you tomorrow in person or virtually. The Spirit of God unites us all as one family of God’s children. For additional resources visit our church website @ www.ooltewahchurch.org