We Shall Grow Stronger

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After Moses the Lord’s servant died, the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ assistant: “Moses my servant is dead. Get ready! Cross the Jordan River! Lead these people into the land which I am ready to hand over to them. (Josh 1:1-2)

“Sorrow came to you yesterday, and emptied your home. Your first impulse now is to give up, and sit down in despair amid the wrecks of your hopes. But you dare not do it. You are in the line of battle, and the crisis is at hand. To falter a moment would be to imperil some holy interest. Other lives would be harmed by your pausing, holy interests would suffer, should your hands be folded. You must not linger even to indulge your grief. … Sitting down to brood over our sorrows, the darkness deepens about us and creeps into our heart, and our strength changes to weakness. But, if we turn away from the gloom, and take up the tasks and duties to which God calls us, the light will come again, and we shall grow stronger.
(—J. R. Miller, Streams in the Desert). 


For the last couple of weeks our school and church have seen a spike in COVID cases. Several classes were closed for quarantine. There was also an increased number of church members who got infected in the last week or two. For the sake of our church members’ safety this Sabbath, March 13, our 9 am service will be ONLINE ONLY. You are invited to worship from home joining the streamed service. Dr. Hartman is our speaker for this Sabbath. There will be no indoor Sabbath school classes. Please contact your SS teacher about alternative study options.   The 11:30 a.m.  service will take place on the church parking lot where Dr. Hartman will preach again. There will be chairs set for those who choose to come. The plan is to resume our regular church worship and Sabbath school schedule on March 20. Let the Spirit of God keep us all united in our worship wherever we may be. Continue to pray for one another. 

Plan to join the  Reversing Diabetes seminar, March 25 – May 13, eight weekly sessions on Thursdays, 6 – 8 PM in the Fellowship Hall. Presenters:  Steven and Karen Wickham. Invite friends and neighbors to this highly proven and effective program based on the latest scientific research and adopted by the Grundy county Health Department. It is an inspirational and educational program with weekly lectures, food samples, recipes, BP checks, weigh-ins, meal and exercise plans and door prizes. Lab technicians from bwell4ever.org will be available April 1 and May 13 for blood tests such as HgbA1c at at a low cost. Bring copies of your last HgbA1c and fasting Lipid profile (cholesterol, triglycerides) if available.

Who shall attend? Those who have been diagnosed with diabetes, pre-diabetes, at high risk for diabetes, or anyone who wants to help someone with diabetes or improve their own health. Learn how thousands have reversed Type II diabetes in as little as three weeks, reduced or eliminated medications/insulin intake, reversed diabetic complications such as cardiovascular disease or painful neuropathy, lost weight, lowered blood pressure naturally, or improved their health. Cost column $40 for two books and the handbook. Pre-register online at http://www.ooltewahchurch.org/healthministry  or call 423-708-8186. Leave a message. Seating limited to 50. Masks recommended

Volunteers are still needed for the reversing diabetes Seminar as table hosts, greeters, registration, blood pressure station, weight station, food preparation, exercise leaders, and helpers with the room set-up . Please sign up in the foyer or call Sylvia Hyde 423-305-4373

Reversing Diabetes Seminar volunteer training session: Sunday, March 21, 1 to 3 PM by Steven and Caryn Wickham  in the Fellowship Hall. Volunteers should plan to attend this inspiring meeting.
We are starting  a special Seeker’s Bible Class for those desiring a deeper understanding of the basic truths of God’s Word, starting this Wednesday, March 17 from 6:00 – 7:00. I will teach this class  in Pastor Matt’s office, and will continue each Wednesday at 6:00. If you are interested in such a class, please plan to attend this Wednesday. If you know of any friends who could benefit from it, be sure to invite them.
Pathfinders Club was camping on our church property last weekend. I found them early Sabbath morning eating breakfast with almost blue faces because of the freezing wind. It was cold, but they all had a great time. Thank you, David Reynolds, for planning these activities for the church kids. 
A heartfelt Thank You to all who came to help at the Samaritan Center last Sabbath night. Once again we beat the record. With over sixty volunteers the work was finished in about thirty minutes!!! We all were so busy that I didn’t have time to take a picture.  What a wonderful church we have! 
Additional links and helpful resources are available on our church website www.ooltewahchurch.org 
We may not all be together this Sabbath, but we’ll all be united by the Spirit of God. Happy Sabbath, my friends.
pastor Peter

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