A Time To Move Forward

Growing up in a pastor’s family I hated moving from one city to another. Every move meant losing my friends and starting all over again in a new school. When I started my own family and had my own children I had to take them through the same ordeal every time we moved. Imagine how shocked I was when a few years ago one of my daughters gave me a nice birthday card where she thanked me for moving her from one city to another. She wrote that it helped her to learn and to appreciate people of different cultures and backgrounds. It helped her to learn how to get out of her comfort zone and to move forward. As Christians we also hate the concept of a journey. However, Christian ministry is a journey. Christ did not even have His own home. He was always on the move. We get used to our pew, to our circle of friends and gradually we hate the concept of change even if the Lord is calling us to move forward. The Israelites hated the journey to the promised land. They missed their “meats and pots” in the land of Egypt. Let us ask ourselves if maybe we are too comfortable in our soft church pew? “But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Phil. 3:13-14

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I was so excited to receive these photos from last Sabbath’s Game night. Youth and Earlieteens came together to enjoy food and fun activities. There are many more events planned for our children including a Youth Vespers on November 13. Enjoy the photos sent to me by Jenny Spicer.

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Matt Geraghty shared the following picture report with me from the recent Men’s Ministry project. I am so glad we have this active group of men in our church. Thank you, Matt, for your leadership.

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Late Wednesday night I received a text message from Ryan Matthews. There was a photo of his wife Heidi and baby Asher. Healthy and happy Asher (5 lbs 14 oz) and his mama are doing great. Congratulation to the Matthews family!

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This Sunday is our Cornerstone Gala. The banquet will be at 5 PM at Howe Farms. Everyone is invited. If you did not RSVP, no problem. It is not required. Just come as your are. This is your church event. We do not want anyone to miss this very important event. The venue address is 7600 Runyan Road, Georgetown, Tennessee 37336. If you prefer a ride call or email me, and I’ll help you with the shuttle van arrangements. More info is available here https://www.ooltewahchurch.org/copy-of-new-page

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Last week Galena and I had a wonderful time in New England. There were eight of us. We spent a few days in Portsmouth, NH and then drove to Woodstock, VT. Here are a few photos from our trip.

See you this Sabbath morning.

pastor Peter

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