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.

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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

Sabbath rest in Jesus

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The essence of the Sabbath day can be found only in Jesus. If Jesus is not in the very heart of the Sabbath observance it turns into a legalistic ritual. This is the reason Christ calls Himself the Lord of the Sabbath (Matt. 12:8). This truth is fully proclaimed in His invitation: “ “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matt. 11:28). Sabbath observance serves as a passage into the presence of Christ where we find rest from the burdens of sin and guilt. 

I invite you to study this important truth this Sabbath morning during our worship service times. 

Last Monday we had a  very good participation at our monthly church Board meeting. I was impressed with the spirit of unity among our church leaders.  I have no doubts that the Holy Spirit will help us to see healing of the wounds of 2020 and equip us for even stronger service to the needs of our church family and our community. It was good to hear encouraging reports from several of our ministries’ leaders. The pandemic is still here, but they are finding creative ways to lead our church forward. Among many other agenda items church board members agreed to start exploring ways to turn our church into a ‘living body’ consisting of active and growing  ‘cells’. You’ll be hearing more about it in the next few weeks as this concept is being fine-tuned by various ministries.

Here is a report from the last week’s Men’s breakfast:

As we discussed in our quick Bible study; we want to remain focused on building a more “David-esque” like faith, always relying on God’s strength rather than our own.  We also want to be wary of the traps and snares that often follow close behind, when we serve “self” and forget to humble ourselves to God.  
 
In 1 Corinthians 9:24-27, we learned that we are not here to run the race of life to get earthly prizes…For they all fade!  And let’s be honest, most of us have enough faded stuff in the closet or garage as it is!  Our prize is not found here, but rather it is a reservation in Heaven! where we can again Thank & Praise the Lord for all He has done for us.  I pray that we are all training in a manner to be able to stand at the end of the race and be found to have won.  Let’s also be found willing to help others train as well.
 
In that vein, I’d like to remind everyone that the small group classes will be starting in the not too distant future.  If you are interested in signing up for either of the classes we are working towards (or know someone who may be), please do not hesitate to contact Edymar for more details. I’m sure he wouldn’t mind slotting you into one of the groups.
 
Finally, we heard from our brother and friend Marty Miller of the Blue Print For Men Ministry.  Let me just say, something quick about what they do.  Last fall I attended their “Ignite the Fire” men’s retreat, my first men’s retreat ever. It was, simply put. Awesome!  I had a great experience and was able to bond with like minded Men in Nature.  I made new friends, experienced new things (Warning Hammock camping is pretty cool!) and had some amazing personal time with GOD in His Creation.  Please feel free to contact them for questions regarding any of their events, they come highly recommended.  https://blueprintformen.org/
 
 
Lastly, I wanted to say thanks again to all of you who came out and made this first Breakfast a great success.  As the Bible says “though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:12.  Imagine what we can do when we weave 30 men together around the braided center of the Father, Son & Holy Spirit! Matt Geraghty
 
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Next Friday, February 5, we’ll have a Memorial service for Dale Smith, who passed away in December. The service is scheduled for 4 PM in the Fellowship Hall. All are welcome to attend.
 
Our head deaconess, Dina Cole and her team did a great job cleaning the church kitchen. It looks fully transformed! Thank you, ladies. Your hard work is sincerely appreciated.
 
Please continue your prayers for Steven Bremner and his family. Steve had surgery two weeks ago. This coming Monday he’ll have another big surgery. Presently Steve is on a paid sick leave. I would be grateful if you keep this in mind and try not to contact Steve with any questions related to church business. He needs some quiet time during the next few weeks. Summer Bradford will be our interim church office secretary effective immediately. Please continue to use the regular church office phone number and church office email address as Summer will be the one answering the phone and email messages.
 
Pastor Matthew and Emmalee are grateful for your prayers for Malachi. Here is the latest update: “The growth they removed was Langerhans cell histiocytosis. We don’t know much more right now, other than that Malachi will likely have more MRIs in the future to monitor his condition. We have an appointment with the neurosurgeon next week, and I assume at some point we’ll be meeting with the oncologist too, but he hasn’t called us yet. “
 
Our Sabbath morning services are being streamed on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn7JBKBbM_ulSpseE11zWdw  

If you are watching regularly please don’t forget to subscribe to this YouTube channel. This will help your pastors to see the level of engagement.

Our church website address is http://www.ooltewahchurch.org . Here you can find helpful links including the weekly church bulletin, online giving and Wednesday night online prayer meetings.

Happy Sabbath! I’ll see you tomorrow.

pastor Peter

Equipped by the Spirit

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Greetings, my friends.

The current events in our nation and around the globe teach us to trust our Creator even more. He is the only One who can resolve political battles and bring healing into this world plagued with a pandemic. Satan sows seeds of hatred and dissension but the Spirit of God brings peace and unity.  Allow the Spirit to control your mind and your heart. Look into the future with confidence. This is God’s world and He will not leave us as orphans. (John 14:18)

As His church we have a mission to share the Good News of the coming King. To fulfill this mission we need to be equipped by the Holy Spirit. We’ll learn what this equipping is all about on Sabbath morning. If you cannot attend church in person you can still worship with your church in virtual reality. The Spirit of God keeps us together.

Together – this should be the most frequently used word of this year. Every member of our church needs to feel that she or he is prayed over, appreciated and needed for the ministry. Together we’ll be strong in the battles with illnesses and in social and political struggles. Please, be intentional in reaching out to a small circle of church members who need to feel the warmth of our Christian community. Use your phones, text messages, email or post cards. Let me know if you need addresses of those who are lonely. If you are willing to prepare a dish and deliver it to the front door of a church family ask one of our elders and they will give you the name and the address.

At the last church board meeting we talked about a new vision for our church building project. The pandemic of 2020 made us all aware of the fragility of this world. Does it mean that we need to stop all projects and shelter in place? Certainly not. God is in charge of the events in the history of this world and He will come at the appointed time. Meanwhile, we need to do everything possible for the growth of God’s church. The Board discussed an alternative plan where the existing Fellowship Hall will be remodeled and converted into a larger size Worship Hall allowing up to 350 seats. To meet the social needs of the church, as well as to create space for big church/school events (like graduations or concerts), it was proposed to build a new Fellowship Hall which will include Sabbath school classes, a new bigger kitchen and church offices. Currently the building committee is gathering information on this new approach to the building project. The expectation is that this approach will make the whole project considerably less costly and more manageable for our church. Please, keep this project in your prayers. You’ll be hearing more in the next few weeks. The new concept will be presented to the business meeting by early March as it was agreed at the last business meeting in February of 2020.

Men’s Ministry highlightsMen’s Breakfast 1/24/21: Attention Haney’s Hungry Hombres! Plan to join us for some great food and company next Sunday. In addition to some great food, we will have a short devotional on the importance of walking together with God.

If you would like to help prepare the food (we always have too much fun doing so), plan to meet in the fellowship hall at 7:30am. Otherwise, we will start grubbing at 8:30am sharp. Please note: we will follow all social distancing guidelines but masks will not be required.

Men’s Sabbath School class, every sabbath:  We are currently studying last day event prophecies  while learning how to live during them.

Prayers. Please continue to pray for our church members who are struggling with various health concerns. Special prayers are needed for a. Malachi, pastor Matthew’s and Emmalee’s son; b. for Steve Bremner’s recovery after surgery and his future treatments. c. David Love, who is dealing with serious health issues.

With prayers for all of you,

pastor Peter

Filled with the Spirit

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Greetings, friends!

The first week of 2021 didn’t give us a break. I was deeply troubled by the events that took place in Washington, DC on Wednesday. I saw this kind of violence in Russia in the early nineties and it is definitely not a path to peace and freedom. On Wednesday night many of our church members gathered on ZOOM and YouTube to pray for our nation. We found comfort in the words of the Holy Scriptures that this world still belongs to the Sovereign God. He promised not to leave us alone until the day He comes back to establish His eternal Kingdom of grace and justice.  “Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth; Yours is the dominion, O Lord, and You exalt Yourself as head over all.” 1 Chronicles 29:11 I invite you to pray daily for our country. We need healing in this New Year.

I encourage you also to seek ways to break the walls of distancing and division in our own spiritual community. If you are a ministry leader or an elder, connect with the members of your group; help them find support; encourage them; engage them. We need one another. I expect this to be the year of togetherness. Be proactive in praying for one another, studying God’s Word together, laughing together and crying together. If you are interested in starting a small group of prayer and study, talk to me and I will help you to launch this ministry.

Praying for one another is a key element of this “togetherness”. This week I invite you to pray especially for Steve Bremner, who is recovering after surgery. In the next few weeks he will need to make some important decisions regarding his future treatments. I solicit your prayers for pastor Matthew’s and Emmalee’s son Malachi. He had a rough week packed with many doctors’ visits and tests. Pray that the Lord touches Malachi with His healing hand. 

COVID19 is still agressively  spreading in our nation and in our county. If you feel vulnerable or have cold symptoms you don’t need to feel  excluded from our Sabbath worship services. You can be with your church online via YouTube streaming. We’ll be praying for you. Tomorrow, during all three services Jaime Jorge will be praising God on his violin. I will continue my three sermon series on the subject of the Holy Spirit. Jan 2: Guided by the Spirit. Jan 9: Filled with the Spirit. Jan 16: Equipped by the Spirit.  

I am deeply grateful to all who came to the Samaritan Center last week. The amount of donated items was higher than I have ever seen before. About a fourth our our church volunteers finished the project in less than two hours!!! What a team! What a spirit! Connie  Reynolds, thank you for the brownies. They were delicious. Galena, thank you for the hot chocolate. We all loved it.

This morning I received a Men’s Ministry update and photos from Edymar Penagos. Here is Edymar’s message:

“So, what did you learn from 2020? Did it put things into perspective or did it cause you to feel lost? Personally, I feel as if God is working on giving me 2020 vision on what really matters to Him: His children. All of them.
 
With that said, the Ooltewah Men’s Group is going to be laser focused on two things 1. growing closer to God and 2. growing closer to each other. As Jesus said in Matthew 22:37-40 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the law and the prophets hang on these two commandments.”
 
Men, I am calling you to join me in action. I am encouraging you to stop looking to worldly leaders and solutions and instead look to God and serve Him. He and only He can direct us to what REALLY matters. We know things are NOT going to get better but we must not lose faith and miss our calling. God gave us one commission and it has nothing to do with judgment, conversion or justice. Those are His and His only to administer. We are to love, that is how the world will know we are his disciples.  
 
I watched a TED talk titled, “Great Leaders Live Like Drug Addicts” (hard to ignore a title like that, am I right?) and from that I took three principles that I believe mirror how we as christians should live. We ought to, Practice Rigorous Authenticity, Surrender the Outcome and Do Uncomfortable Work. As we begin to move forward in 2021, let us be real with each other, trust in God and do His will. 
 
Let’s hit the ground running this month, below are 4 initiatives the men’s ministry at OSDA will be pursuing this year and I pray that God will bind us closer together like we have never before.
 
  1. Mens breakfast (socializing and learning together)
  2. Mens sabbath school class (currently learning how we are to live during last time events)
  3. Love in Action (serving and blessing others while growing closer together in common mission).
  4. Mens small groups (we will be starting with Every man a warrior) the plan is to launch this at the men’s breakfast at the end of January.”

 

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The video below will help you see ways of supporting our church school:

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Church bulletin. Weekly Church bulletin

Online Giving. Tithe and Offerings

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See you tomorrow.

pastor Peter

The Year of New Connections

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Happy New Year, Ooltewah Seventh day Adventist Church!

Most of 2020 went under the shadow of social distancing. I invite you to make 2021 the year of new  connections. There are dozens of safe ways to grow in unity with one another. I am working on my list for this year. Make your list of ways and methods to connect with the your family, church members, colleagues, and people in the community. Cracks of distancing went too deep. Healing is still an option. Make it your mission and your goal. God is with us. “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” — Psalm 147:3

You are invited to participate in the Agape Service tonight, January 1, @ 6 P.M.

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This Saturday night is our turn to volunteer at the Samaritan Center. Are you ready? 🙂 Last month it took less than an hour to finish the project. If many of you come tomorrow night we can be done in no time.

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With love and hugs,

pastor Peter

The Savior has been born to you

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“I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” Luke 2:10

Christ came into this world to demonstrate victory over evil. This victory is ours. We don’t need to live in darkness anymore. Let us allow the light of His love to shine through our acts of kindness and words of grace. This week I’ve received many cards from our church members who expressed their sincere gratitude to the church elders who visited them in their homes and delivered to them Christmas bags filled with sweet things and devotional readings. I am grateful to God for all of our church members and for the caring leaders. 

Along with happy holiday activities we had to deal with the pain of the raging pandemic. Tennessee, unfortunately, is leading with the number of new cases. This past week Dale Smith rested in the Lord. It all started with a Thanksgiving dinner gathering and led to a large number of relatives being infected with the COVID19 virus. Dale’s mother is still very weak after the illness. I am grateful to our deaconesses and Pathfinders who are trying to help with food deliveries to Dale’s parents.

Dale Smith was dearly loved in our church. His heart was in the service to the children of our church. For many years Dale was super active in the Pathfinder Club leadership team. He will be greatly missed. The memorial service for Dale will be announced later. The family would like to see many church members attend the service, and they are willing to wait till it is safe for our church to come together. Please, continue to pray for Dale’s boys, Nick and Ben. 

Our morning service this Sabbath will be live streamed. So if you are have any cold symptoms or feel vulnerable you have the option of worshiping online. We want everyone to be safe and healthy. 

Let us find assurance in the promise of Christ’s soon return. He will be faithful to His word. His coming will guarantee the end of all pandemics, all pain and death. He will “give you back your health and heal your wounds,” says the Lord. – Jeremiah 30:17 

Merry Christmas, my friends!

pastor Peter

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The Word was God

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MESSAGE.

It is because of Jesus that we got through this painful year 2020. It is because of Him we keep moving out of the darkness of political and social unrest into the the glorious light of His amazing grace. He keeps us together. His love unites us all even when we get upset, frustrated or disappointed in each other. It is in His grace we find the power to embrace those who are different from us. Our selfishness melts away in the rays of His mercy. Pride gives way to forgiveness. Don’t resist His gracious Spirit inviting you to be a humble servant to others around you. 

This year we welcomed several new members who joined our church through baptism. Several of those baptisms were in a beautiful nature setting on the lake. A number of individuals  joined our church through membership transfers. We welcome all of them! Our church has grown and this is a good reason to rejoice. Some of our members moved on and we will always miss them. They are our brothers and sisters in Christ. 

In April of this year our church was transformed into a live studio. The message of comfort and hope in the Russian language was broadcasted live from our church to millions of homes across Eastern Europe. Over five thousand individuals requested Bible studies as a result of these meetings. I am grateful for the generous support of the Light of Hope ministry through which we are able to reach  far away parts of the world. 

Every month the number of volunteers helping at the Samaritan Center has been steadily growing. Every two weeks, over 150 of the homeless in Chattanooga were receiving lunches prepared by the loving hands of our church members. I am grateful that we kept this a priority through the difficult months of this year.

Over the past twelve months of the passing year you’ve seen photos and read reports about the active ministry of OAKS, Pathfinders and Adventurers, Men’s and Women’s Ministries, Health Ministry, Sabbath school divisions and of course, The Season of Change supporting the elderly in our church and in our community. I am extremely grateful to our church elders. They have been lovingly visiting and supporting many of our elderly. The Prayer Ministry/Prayer Chain kept us all on our knees before the throne of our loving Heavenly Father. 

This year also showed us many areas where we are weak and need to grow spiritually. Let these be important lessons for us to learn. 

As we celebrate Christmas let the love of Jesus teach us how to sacrifice our comfort for the sake of each other. Christ sacrificed His glory, position and power in order to give us the most precious gift – life eternal.

Merry Christmas, my friends. 

PRAYERS.

Please uplift your prayers for many of our church families whose family members have suffered and continue to suffer from COVID-19. I invite you to pray for our county.  Here is an important update from the Hamilton County Health department urging everyone to do what they can to stay COVID-19-free this holiday season.  Please, stay safe. Take this information into consideration before heading to any public places. If you have cold symptoms or feel vulnerable you can still participate in worship services via our YouTube church channel. Again, please stay safe. 

Remember in your prayers, Karina Young. Her father died this afternoon. Let the Lord give hope and courage to this dear family. 

Prayers for the Josephs family. Natalia lost her grandfather. The service is this Friday. Read more here

Memorial service for Elenice Penagos (Edymar’s mother) is this Sabbath at 3 pm. Praying for the Penagos family.

RESOURCES.

Weekly church bulletin

Online Giving: Tithe and Offerings

This Sabbath morning His Orchestra will be playing during the 11:30 AM worship service. Both 9 AM and 11:30 AM services will be streamed on YouTube Church channel. 

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Last week Galina and I travelled to Flagstaff, AZ to spend a few days with our oldest daughter Stacey, her husband Javan and their two precious boys, Pierce and Caspian. What a blessing it is to have a family! We did some local sightseeing, played in the snow, built a play kitchen table, visited Sedona, learned how play with a toy monster truck, read books by the woodburning stove, learned how to take brief naps while the boys napped … overall it was an unforgettable experience! Our son in law, Javan is in his last year of law school. He was grateful to have additional baby-sitters/entertainers while he was taking his finals. Here are a few photos from our trip.

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Happy Sabbath,


Pastor Peter

The Spirit of Service

This morning I started my day by praising God for the wonderful people we have at our Ooltewah Adventist church. Over fifty volunteers from our church came to the Samaritan Center on Saturday night to help with our community project! You heard me right, over 50 🙌. This morning again a group of volunteers including OAKS students came early to our church to prepare sack lunches for the homeless in Chattanooga. I feel honored to be a part of this church 😇🙏 Thank you, church, for showing the true spirit of Christmas. Let us continue to grow in the spirit of care and sacrifice for each other. Let God’s love shine through the ministry of our church.
pastor Peter

Who is this Man Called Jesus?

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MESSAGE.

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. 

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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! 

All our Christmas programs will be live streamed and archived for later viewing. 
K-5 Christmas Play Dec 11 at 9 am and 6:30 pm. Masks and tickets are required. 
Bells Program Dec 12 at 3pm. Masks required. No ticket needed
Band Program Dec 12 at 4:30 pm. Masks required. No ticket needed. 
 
Thank you for your continued support of our school. The kids and staff have been healthy and committed to safe practices. Please continue to  pray for OAKS”
 

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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). 

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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. 

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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. 

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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

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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? 

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Continue reading “Who is this Man Called Jesus?”

O God, You are Awesome

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MESSAGE.

On Thanksgiving Day we usually talk about the blessings that we receive from God. This is definitely the right thing to do, but how often do we consider the Giver of these blessings? Let me invite you to talk more about our God Himself. He is truly an awesome God. 

O God, You are awesome from Your sanctuary.
The God of Israel Himself gives strength and power to the people.
Blessed be God!

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MINISTRY.

Last Sabbath our church celebrated baptism of Stephan Hirwa. It was a special day for Stephan’s family. He was studying with pastor Matthew for the last several months and was very excited about giving his life to Jesus. 

Women’s Ministry report shared by Sharon Harrell: “Many of the members in our congregation are lonely and unable to attend church or visit their families. So last week, three members of the Women’s Ministries Team got together to plan and prepare gift packages to share with several of our members who are not able to attend on a regular basis. Eileen Lezeau, Christy Bartlett, and Sharon Harrell baked banana nut muffins and several varieties of cookies. Then they met at Eileen’s home to assemble decorated candles, fruit, baked goods, and cocoa mix all placed on a decorative autumn-colored plate. The following two days were spent delivering the packages to 13 church members and families. It was a lovely and meaningful experience for everyone! We have missed one another, and it was a joyful time — for those giving, and for those receiving the gifts. We pray for each of our members who are unable to attend and encourage all our members to reach out to one another in our church.”

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The Pathfinder Food Drive was a great success thanks to the generosity of our church family! With your help we were able to supply an abundance of food for 20+ families. What a tangible way to express God’s love this holiday season. Special thanks to those who came out and helped sort, pack, and even deliver the huge boxes! What a huge blessing! – David Reynolds 

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Last Sabbath during both services we were blessed with the outstanding and uplifting music of the orchestra conducted by Mary Wilcox. It was a wonderful treat for the pre-Thanksgiving worship service. 

PRAYERS.

I invite you to pray for Dr. David Hartman who had a very complicated surgery last week and now is in recovery.

Please pray for Sharon Harrell’s upcoming surgery.

Prayers for Elsi Penagos who is battling cancer. 

RESOURCES

No 5 PM Service this Sabbath, November 28

Starting December 5 the “mask required service” will be taking place in the Fellowship Hall at 9 am. Don’t be late 🙂 as the service starts with a sermon followed by the other parts of the worship experience.

No changes to the regular 9 AM  (Sanctuary) and 11:30 AM (Fellowship 2) services. 

Church Weekly bulletin.

Online Giving; Tithe and Offerings

FROM MY HEART.

This Thanksgiving our daughter Stacey, her husband Javan and their two boys, Pierce and Caspian, gathered with Javan’s brother’s family in Flagstaff, AZ. Our second daughter Dasha and her husband Kevin and their daughter Mila celebrated Thanksgiving in Eugene, OR. Galina and I were invited by our youngest daughter Barby and her husband Jared to Nashville, TN. Our daughter Dasha V. joined us there also. We had delicious food together, remembered the blessings of 2020, talked about how to be a blessing for others in 2021, walked along the river in Nashville, and drove back home later that night. Thank you, God, for the gift of family.