“I Always Thank My God For You”




Revelation Today. The prophecy seminar is at the finishing line. Last night a precious girl named Grace, touched our hearts with two special songs. Tonight pastor Douglas will talk about the deep spiritual meaning of baptism. I invite the whole church to pray for our visitors. Let the Spirit of God touch their hearts and lead them to the most important decision of their life.

We have a large number of individuals who are interested in studying the Bible further after the seminar. This is where I need your help. If you’ve ever prayed about giving Bible studies this is your day. Please, contact me right away by phone, text, or email. I’ll introduce you to a Bible student who needs your help. This task will not be possible without your participation. If you are interested and willing to help I invite you to stay tomorrow for a few minutes after the Fellowship Meal. We’ll meet in the sanctuary at 2 pm. If you cannot stay for the 2 pm meeting, contact me tonight or tomorrow after church and I’ll help you get involved. Thank you in advance!

The Seminar video recordings are available on the church YouTube channel. Here is a direct link https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn7JBKBbM_ulSpseE11zWdw  You can also access the archive by visiting the church website www.ooltewahchurch.org and clicking on the Communications tab in the top menu. That same link can be found on the church Facebook page.

Christmas-caroling-123RF-kakigoriChristmas caroling. On December 7 from 6-8 pm, singers and musicians from our church will visit home-bound members and other friends who need a smile, a song, and a hug. There is no Singspiration that night, so we would love to have the faithful attendees from that monthly event join us for this seasonal opportunity. We will be meeting at the church at 6 pm and loading into multiple 12-passenger vans to spread out and cover as much ground as possible in a 90-minute window before returning to church. If you’re interested in singing or playing an instrument with the group—or if you have the name of someone we should visit—please contact Community Services coordinator Lucas Patterson so we can plan accordingly: (423) 582-1678, lucaspatterson@southern.edu.

5a398cd4c563c.imageMany hugs to those who have already contributed to the Ooltewah Community Services account in support of the Feed My Starving Children program. So far we have already raised a little over $3,000. $5,000 more is needed to reach our goal by the end of December. As we are preparing meals to celebrate Thanksgiving let us remember about those children who will be blessed by your contribution.

Baby shower. There were over 50 guests for the Baby Shower for Barbara Angelin and Spencer Ekleberry. The Social Committee (Avril Williams, Dina Cole and Konika Wright) did a great job decorating and arranging the reception at the Mulberry Park Clubhouse.
Proud soon-to-be Grandmother Mary Wagoner-Angelin and Aunt Rachel Angelin hosted along with Margo Haughee and Connie Reynolds.

Last Sunday Katherine Bremner played for the residents of Greenbriar Assisted Living center. Thank you, Bremner family, for your active ministry to our community.


PRAYERS. This week we had several of our members taken to hospitals. Donna Jamieson fell on Sabbath night while coming to the seminar. She had surgery and she’s now recovering at home. Prayers for Donna, please.

Maria Easter was diagnosed with leukemia. Yesterday she was transported to Vanderbuilt hospital in Nashville, TN. Prayer for Maria.

Bettie Chastain fell at home last night and was admitted to Memorial hospital. It looks like she may not need surgery on her hip, but instead will be moved to Syskin for physical therapy. I invite you to pray for Bettie.

Light of Hope Ministry. We are exactly two weeks away from the opening night of the evangelistic meetings in Siberia. The pastor of the local church in Krasnoyarsk sent me a photo of the banner they were allowed to post on the church fence. Praise God for that! I am inviting you to pray for those people who will see the banner and come to the meetings.


See you tomorrow,


A Powerful Testimony for Christ



“… and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.” Ephesians 5:2

“The more closely we resemble our Saviour in character, the greater will be our love toward those for whom He died. Christians who manifest a spirit of unselfish love for one another are bearing a testimony for Christ which unbelievers can neither gainsay nor resist. It is impossible to estimate the power of such an example. Nothing will so successfully defeat the devices of Satan and his emissaries, nothing will so build up the Redeemer’s kingdom, as will the love of Christ manifested by the members of the church.” —Testimonies for the Church 5:167, 168 (1882).


The “Revelation Today” Seminar has united our church in study and service. It is truly a blessing to see consistent support from our various church ministries. A special Thank You to our table leaders! I am very encouraged to see that seminar participants continue to attend the meetings. Good relationships are growing at each table. Last night Edwin Reynolds surprised us all with a beautiful piece of music which he played on a carpenter’s saw. Please, continue to pray for pastor Douglas as he presents the Word of God in a very clear way. The seminar continues this Sabbath and Sunday night, and will end next weekend. Please, keep in mind there will be no nightly meetings next Sabbath and Sunday.

It was an early Thankful Thanksgiving for Season of Change. Here is what Lupina Haney shared with me: “Delicious meal of salad, corn, green bean casserole, stuffing, dinner roast, cranberry sauce and magic pumpkin bars for dessert. We had a very talented group of 5th and 6th graders from OAKS sharing their Veterans’ Day Program with us. There were over 70 widows in attendance with 5 kitchen angels helping. God has truly blessed the widows Ministry.”

Edymar is reporting: “The Love in Action crew has been busy this month. They made sure a fire place was in good working order, they installed a exterior light fixture with a motion sensor for one of our widows, they helped a mom of two small children move, and they made easy work of relocating and installing a deck for one of our members (see attached pictures).
THANK YOU to all the folks who took the time to serve our church and community, you embody what “church” is all about. A special THANK YOU to Jason Smith. You saved a lot of backs bringing your skid steer to the job site.
 If you would like to get involved or learn more about the love in action projects, let me know!
Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth”. 1 John 3:18 “

OAKS did an awesome job on Sunday at LifeCare Assisted Living Center in Ooltewah. Thank you, students and teachers!

PRAYERS. Our sincere condolences to Mike Haughee, whose brother died of a heart attack this week. Please remember Mike and his family in your prayers.

MISSION. We are just three weeks away from our international evangelism project. The Light of Hope evangelistic meetings will start in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, on December 7. I invite you to pray for the pastor and the church in that Siberian city. Here is a link to the lates Light of Hope Newsletter with more details on the upcoming trip November 2019 



For the last few days we had two of our daughters visit us with our grand babies. We had tons of fun! 🙂


The Bride of Christ



Revelation 19 describes the day of celebration when Christ will reunite with His followers. That day is called the “marriage supper of the Lamb.” All those joining the celebration are collectively called “His wife.” What other term could describe a more intimate and personal relationship between the Savior and the saved? That scene is not just a grand event in the history of salvation, it is actually “a feast” filled with joy and celebration. Can I be sure that there is a place for me at the “marriage supper?” Tomorrow morning we will find an answer together during our worship services at 8:55 and 11:25 am.


The opening weekend of the “Revelation Today” Bible seminar at our church was a “total disaster.” People flooded the Fellowship hall. There was no possible way to provide everyone with a seat at the round tables. I applaud the efforts of our deacons, greeters and registration team at controlling the situation. Thank you, Steve Darmody, for the inspiring music program that night. The second and the third night attendance was more manageable. Last night, (Thursday) we had a stable group of visitors. The table leaders are absolutely wonderful! They faithfully come every night, engage their groups in active discussions, and help them find answers to many questions. I am absolutely impressed with the participation of our church members in these evangelistic meetings. Thank you, church! Please, continue to pray for Pastor Douglas Na’a as he shares the Gospel and his wife who sings almost every night after pastor Na’a makes an appeal.




The Singles ministry is participating, with several local churches, in meeting the needs of Chattanooga’s homeless.  Here is a report/appeal from Cynthia Weitzel, Ministry Leader. “The second Sabbath of every month we go down and distribute personal hygiene supplies, food items, some specific clothing, religious literature and food etc. In partnership with Chattanooga first church, we are purchasing and packing 100 backpacks for Christmas with blankets, pillows, hats, gloves and other helpful items. We already have the backpacks, blankets and pillows. We still need hats and gloves (new) and the toiletries etc.

For those of you wanting to help in this ministry, there are several ways to do so:

1. Pray – For the homeless, those of us serving that we will use God’s means in God’s way, and that the ministry grow according to His will. 2. Come and help us on the second Sabbath of each month at 3:00pm 2. Donate funds to “Singles” ministry (written in as such on your tithe envelope.  4. Donate items listed below. (All new items please)

Hats (for backpacks), Gloves (for backpacks), Chemical hand/foot warmers , Umbrellas, Lip balm, Feminine products, Toothpaste, Tooth brushes, Hand wipes, Simple hair bands, Small sewing kits, Socks, Underwear, Flashlights Etc.”

For more information, feel free to contact Cynthia Weitzel at 903-278-6384.


Next March our church will join hands with two other churches in the area to provide food packets for hungry children in the poor countries of the world. The name of this effort is “FEED MY STARVING CHILDREN.” Many of us cannot even comprehend the number of children suffering from hunger every day around the globe. We can make a difference in some kid’s life. The goal is to raise $8,000. After the money is raised we’ll pack dry food which will be shipped to the regions with acute hunger problems. All donations for this project should be marked as COMMUNITY SERVICES. Your Sabbath School class, small group, or other ministry within our church can set their own fundraising goal to work toward and measure. For example, $500 would be a great goal for a small group or class with 10 people.

If you run into a problem, please email or call Lucas Patterson, Community Services Director.

Here is a short video with some helpful information about this ministry:

A note from our Stewardship Director: As did Abraham, they are to pay tithe of all they possess and all they receive. A faithful tithe is the Lord’s portion. To withhold it is to rob God. Every man should freely and willingly and gladly bring tithes and offerings into the storehouse of the Lord, because in so doing there is a blessing. There is no safety in withholding from God His own portion.” —Manuscript 159, 1899.


Barbara Kraner has been taken to Memorial hospital. Prayers for Barbara, please.

Opal Vega is very weak, her every breath is a struggle. Please, remember Opal in your prayers.

Our hearts go out to Pastor David Bissel whose sister passed away this week. Praying for you and your family, David.

The Light of Hope Ministry has responded to an invitation from Siberia. On December 7, 2019, I will take my vacation days and start a series of evangelistic meetings in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. Due to legislative restrictions on religious activities the church cannot use regular promotional methods. However, pastors and church members are not giving up. With lots of prayers they are actively preparing for the meetings to start in just four weeks. I invite you to pray for our overseas evangelism. Here is a short youtube video from Krasnoyarsk:

Just as a Thank You note, I am sharing a photo I received from Mariupol, where the Light of Hope Ministry held meetings two years ago. We continue to support the local church as well as supply drinking water to the local orphanage. The Light of Hope ministry supplies four tons of drinking water monthly for the cooking and drinking needs of over 100 children in this facility.


See you tonight at 7 pm at the Revelation Today Bible seminar.


Christ In You


“Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life” (John 6:54). Life eternal begins when we accept Christ into our being. Without Christ not only do we lose eternal life, but our earthly walk turns into a miserable existence. Christ offers Himself when He says, “Take, eat it; this is My body …”  In other words He is saying, “Here I am. I have life, power, purpose for you.” Now it is up to us to act on it. The mere mental acknowledgment of it will not do us good. Its only when we internalize Christ, “eat and drink Him,” His Spirit revives and transforms every cell of our being. Allow the Spirit of God to bring Christ into our minds and souls. Let His Word become our daily bread. Let our prayers create a continuous relationship between our heart and the heart of God.

I invite you to join the Communion Worship service tomorrow morning at Ooltewah Seventh Day Adventist Church.


Today is the opening night of the Revelation Today Bible seminar. Our church came together last Wednesday night to pray about every part of the program. I was very pleased with the number of people who got actively engaged in this evangelistic effort. Southern Adventist University students have shown great support. In a few hours we’ll open the doors of our church for the seminar participants.

The last few months Donna Caswell has served as the prayer coordinator. She did a wonderful job building a prayerful spirit and structure in our congregation. Thank you, Donna! For the month of November Rita Rodgers and her sister Barbara will carry on the torch of the prayer ministry. This is a crucial time in our ministry. Please contact Rita or Barbara and talk to them about your participation in the prayer group during the evangelistic meetings.



Today I am asking for a special prayer for Opal Vega. She is very weak and has difficulty breathing.

Happy Sabbath!


The Living Church



This week our church is celebrating fifty years of ministry. Over these years the church grew from a hundred members to over six hundred! This is a wonderful symptom of a church that is alive! The Spirit of God fills up the lungs of this church with the “sweet aroma” of Christ’s character. This spirit is breathing in dozens of active ministries. Today we praise God for the blessings of the past, and ask Him to lead us to new horizons of service until the day of His appearing.


This Sabbath we will meet the pioneers of our church. There will be no lesson study in the adult Sabbath school classes. Both services will take place in the Fellowship Hall. After first service I invite everyone to join the celebration in the FH. We’ll hear our church “charter members” share memories of the the early days of our congregation.   Parents with children are invited to take their children to the Lower SS division for regular activities.

In the afternoon we’ll continue our celebration:

Children’s music program from 4 to 5 pm,

Honoring charter members from 5 to 6 pm,

Brass for Worship mini concert and Prayers for the Future church expansion from 6 to 6:30 pm.

Church dinner/Potluck 6:30 pm

A special Thank You to Shelly Turkenkopf for the wonderful posters showing the history of our church from its very first day. You’ll find these posters along the hallway between the sanctuary and the Fellowship Hall and in the hallway adjacent to the FH. Great job, Shelly!


Many of you joined the Slavic night celebration last Sabbath. It was good to see many visitors from the community around us. I hope you enjoyed the music by Oksana Kozun. Some of you were brave enough to try Russian borsht. 🙂 A special thank you to Galena and her sister Luda. They worked hard to prepare many exotic dishes. Lupina earned her honorable Russian citizenship for her selfless support of the program. I am almost finished printing her passport on my printer. The Rose family and Mary Wagoner, Thank You, from the bottom of my heart.

Your prayers and financial support of the upcoming meetings in Siberia will bring the warmth of Christ’s love into the hearts of many in Krasnoyarsk city this December.


On Thursday night the Zollinger family came together for a Memorial service for LeLand, who passed last week. It was good to see many from our church who came to support Freda. LeLand and Freda were married for almost seventy years! The last few years they needed one another in a special sweet way. Lelaland became hard of hearing and Freda lost her vision. We’ll continue praying for Freda as her family will need to make some important decisions about her future years of life.

Church deaconess went an extra mile preparing the reception meal. They fixed Leland’s favorite dishes for the memorial service last night. Thank you, Lupina and your wonderful team!

This morning I had to drive to Dayton, TN to officiate at the graveside service. It was a beautiful morning. A bit chilly (42F) for the outdoor service, but definitely gorgeous in the setting of a small  country cemetery near Laurelbrook Academy. On my way to the service I took the photo below. Finally, I see some fall colors.


We are just a few days away from the opening night of the “REVELATION TODAY” Bible Seminar. The seminar is starting on Friday, November 1 @7PM. It will continue through the month of November every Thursday, Friday, Sabbath and Sunday nights until November 24. Your help is needed every night of the meetings. Sign up sheets are available in the church lobby. Please, help! Jesus needs your time, your hands and your heart.



Judson Jamieson had to spend over a week at Erlanger because of his heart condition. He is very weak and appreciates our prayers.


The Imitation of Christ

1280x1280MESSAGE. “Day by day his [John’s] heart was drawn out toward Christ, until he lost sight of self in love for his Master. His resentful, ambitious temper was yielded to the molding power of Christ. The regenerating influence of the Holy Spirit renewed his heart. The power of the love of Christ wrought a transformation of character. This is the sure result of union with Jesus. When Christ abides in the heart, the whole nature is transformed. Christ’s Spirit, His love, softens the heart, subdues the soul, and raises the thoughts and desires toward God and heaven.” [EGW, SC, 73]



This Wednesday Pastor Matthew was part of a very special community event. He was asked to accompany a song at the funeral service of a Chattanooga veteran who had no family. This event was featured in several local news outlets. Thank you, Pastor Matthew, for being available and willing to help. Here is a link to the  full story.  Photo gallery link.

UnknownThe church building committee got together Wednesday night to meet with the architects from … . This meeting was a follow up on the church business meeting decision to further explore the need for a new Sabbath school wing and a larger capacity sanctuary. The architects presented a portfolio of their past and recent building projects. They have fifty years of experience working with various churches. We were especially interested in the fact that their firm designed and provided architectural oversight for a big building project for Georgia-Cumberland Academy. After thorough consideration the committee approved hiring this firm for the feasibility study. The results of this study will be presented to the church business meeting in early December. Please, keep this important and exciting project in your daily prayers.

STEWARDSHIP OF ABILITIES  Each person has special aptitudes. One may be talented in the musical realm, another in manual trades such as sewing or auto mechanics. Some may make friends easily and mingle well with others, while others may naturally tend toward more solitary pursuits.

Every talent can be used to glorify either the one who possesses it or its original Bestower. A person can diligently perfect a talent for God’s glory, or for personal selfishness.

We ought to cultivate the gifts the Holy Spirit gives each of us in order to multiply these gifts (Matt. 25). Good stewards use their gifts liberally in order to bring fuller benefit to their master. http://www.sdanet.org/atissue/books/27/27-20.htm


I invite the church to pray for Li Zollinger who was admitted to Erlanger after a fall on Tuesday night.

Bettie Chastain is requesting prayers for her health.

The Light of Hope Ministry is inviting everyone to a Slavic Night in Ooltewah on October 12 @ 6:00 pm. Great music by a top Ukrainian singer Oksana Kozun, mission stories by pastor Peter Kulakov, and authentic Slavic food.



Every Soul is Precious




“God shows no partiality to princes, nor regards the rich above the poor, for they all are the work of His hands? (Job 34:19). We tend to categorize people by their social status, color of skin, lifestyle habits, past shortcomings or present achievements. Some we see as worthy, others we keep on the margins of our circle of approval. We applaud those who meet our criteria of political sanity and humiliate those who choose to differ. News outlets and social media suck us into the swirl of hate drains. If we call ourselves Christians we’ll let the Spirit of God control our mind and our heart. The Almighty sees every life as special. Every soul is His son or daughter. A homeless young woman asking for a dollar on exit 5, an architect in a fancy suit, or a state representative from your district, they are all precious in the eyes of the Lord. He gave them life. He died for them. “He who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.” (1 John 2:11). And, buy the way, hate is “extreme dislike” according to Merriam-Webster. 


Edymar reporting from the Men’s front: “We had our monthly men’s breakfast last Sunday and our goal was to give moms a couple of hours to herself. For some moms, that was accomplished but what I also saw during the breakfast went far deeper than a little gift of free time. It was men blessing moms, while also deepening their connection with little ones they brought. James 2:24, “You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone.”

As I watched the dads and grandpas interact, play and feed their little ones, a quote I heard at a men’s retreat came to mind: “it’s about being present, not perfect”. NONE OF US ARE PERFECT, but we can all be present in some way. In a society that sometime makes us feel like we are either not doing enough, doing the wrong thing or could have done better, we have to remember that all we can do is try and trust. Trying to do our best by putting forth our best effort, but when we fall short (we all will), trusting that our heavenly Father (who is perfect), will provide us with the wisdom and strength to server our families.

Last Sunday, there were a lot of imperfect men (see attached pictures), who took time out of their busy Sunday morning to be present. After a huge breakfast, we played Simon Says, musical chairs, and a guessing game, all of which caused us to laugh until our bellies hurt. This last breakfast with all the kiddos was so much fun that I, for one, can’t wait to do it again.”

Season of Change Ministry had its monthly event this week. They had a wonderful lunch and a chance to show their Arts and Crafts. The program was attended by 47 widows (4 brand new), 4 kitchen angels and table decorators, and 3 drivers. Special thanks to the Pathfinders for setting up our tables, and to our Office Manager Steve for our sound and air adjustments. This ministry continues to impress me with their creativity, vibrancy and mission emphasis! Thank you, Lupina, for your leadership!

This week OAKS had their Week of Prayer. I had a chance to attend several of their meetings and was blessed by pastor Matthew’s inspiring song services. Mrs. Bradshaw was invited to be the guest speaker for the meetings. She’ll be speaking tomorrow for both services. Many students have already asked for Bible studies and are preparing for baptism. Praise God for OAKS!

This week a great team of conference auditors worked on our church-school campus. We all were impressed with their willingness to help, to teach and to guide us through this process. They gave both treasurers (Rita Rogers and Connie Schwark) excellent grades along with a few recommendations on how to make their work even better.

PRAYERS. This week special prayers go for Cory Goss. Here is what Amy, his wife, posted on her Facebook page this morning: “Cory will be having a meniscus repair this morning as well as a general tune up for his knee. Prayers are appreciated.”

Happy Sabbath everyone!