February was a busy month down by the riverside. Full of highs and lows. But most of all full of God’s continuous grace! We are starting March with a sermon series exploring the gap between God’s promises and our current reality. We are discovering faith through the life of Abraham.
A very special thank you to everyone who was involved with the creation seminar. What a blessing! A tremendous success for the kingdom. We had over 50 guests from the community on opening night. One of these guests, Roger Coutant was recently baptized with his wife into the Greeneville SDA Church. Another, Patty Mcclure is preparing for baptism at Riverview on March 10. Praise the Lord! Even for those not making that decision, it was most certainly a blessing. What a privilege to serve a loving Creator!
Our party watching the Superbowl was a blast! As you can see, there was more to do than just watch the game.
Loved having a chance to watch my wife teach beginner’s Sabbath School. Proud of all our beginner class kids, parents, and teachers!
Message: This Thursday & Friday 6-7 PM and on Sabbath 11-12:30 AM.
Such a blessing last year, this year’s Riverview Revival promises to be a tremendous blessing. Sing songs together and hear personal testimonies about God at work!
Things Happening: If there is one event this year that we hope you will invite your friends to visit, it’s this one! This evangelistic series will hope to bless skeptics and seekers alike by strengthening our commitment to the Word of God. The meetings will be Feb. 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17 at 7pm each night. To reserve seats and find more information look up the event website at www.bigquestionseminars.org/greeneville See you there!
Our Wednesday prayer meetings continue to bless us as we review a 12 step journey to wholeness. Join us this Wednesday at 5:30pm for food and fellowship followed by prayer and a study of step #4.
Having GAA Band and our Pathfinder club visit us the past two Sabbaths has been great. We are so proud of our young people and encouraged by seeing them use their talents in music, drama, and the spoken Word for God!
Message:Luke 3:1-18 paints a stunning picture of what it is like to prepare the way of the Lord. One poor man in the wilderness up against the mighty, the powerful, and the religious elite. But when you are proclaiming the Word of God, you can stand against any opposition and free your hearers from any oppressor. Join us this Sabbath as we conclude our theme for the month, “Prepare the way of the Lord.”
Things Happening: A big thank you to everyone who participated in our church Christmas program on Sabbath. What a blessing!
Message: Have you ever wondered why church communities place such a high priority on a church worship service? It’s because worship prepares the way for the Lord. What kind of worship? Join us this Sabbath as wise men from the east prepare the way of the Lord.
Things Happening: Sabbath School is a special time down by the riverside and it is about to get even more special in the year ahead! Stay posted for new Sabbath School happenings beginning in January.
Personal: Did you enjoy the snow this past weekend? We sure did!
Message: What does it mean to prepare the way of the Lord? Last week we looked at Isaiah 40 and found that it means to use our voices in proclaiming the grace of God. This week, we’ll learn a new answer to that question based on Luke 1. It’s a great time of year to join us down by the riverside. See you this Sabbath at 11am.
Things Happening: With thanksgiving programs, constituency meetings, and other happenings it has been a busy time at our school. Two highlights for me have been giving morning worship for the school with my family and hearing our band play (which they also did in the parade!)I also had a chance to visit our kids in the pathfinder club! Mops has moving forward. Please continue to invite any mom you know with small children who might benefit from social support.
Went for a family bike ride to Shanda Brown‘s house! (It was bright and cold!)
Message: Have you ever looked at yourself in the mirror? I’ll bet you have. In fact, I bet you do it regularly. We tend to analyze ourselves a lot, and not just physically. Sometimes we can be rough on ourselves and we have low self-esteem. Other times we can esteem ourselves too highly. But what if the secret to joy and happiness isn’t thinking more of ourselves or less of ourselves but simply thinking about ourselves less. Join us this Saturday morning at 11am as we continue our series on the self with the title, Self:Forgetfulness.
Things Happening: If you missed our Fall Festival party at the Roth Ranch you missed one humdinger of a time! A big thank you to Art & Diana Roth, Trish Boyce, and Chris Small for putting together such a fabulous gathering. I know our family created more than a few memories we will cherish for a long time!
Also this week I had a chance to visit Greeneville Adventist Academy and was blessed to see one of our very own win the sword drill and demonstrate her great reading ability in reading to the student body. Also, speaking of Greeneville Adventist Academy, it was a blessing to have the cherub & junior choirs join us on Sabbath!Sabbath afternoon we were part of an impromptu gathering at the Svendson home. My props to the cook who created so much good food, out of nowhere, almost instantaneously.
Personal: Anna and I enjoyed a date night out wearing clothes we got from goodwill!We also got a chance to bike from our house all the way to Nita Dornburg’s home.
Message: Who would you say is your greatest enemy? What is the greatest battle you have ever fought? This Sabbath we begin an all-new series on Self. According to the Bible, there is no greater battle that has ever been fought than the battle against self. Join us this Sabbath as we find out what it looks like when we win that battle as we share a message based on Romans 12 entitled, Self: Sacrifice.
Things Happening: The GAA talent show was a big success. It was awesome to see our kids use their talents.