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The junior class will be presenting a sermon called "Jesus in the Sanctuary" on September 1st for the main service. Be sure to join us!
For the month of September
September 1st: Junior Class
September 8th: Liviu Ciot
September 15th: Phil DelRocco
September 22nd: Church Music Program
September 29th: Jeff Marlow
Daily exercise in the open air is an absolute pre-requisite to Health, it should be prescribed as a life-giving necessity. And for such exercises there is nothing better than the cultivation of the soil. Let patients have flower beds to care for, or work to do in the orchard or vegetable garden. As they are encouraged to leave their rooms and spend time in the open air, cultivating flowers or doing some other light, pleasant work, their attention will be diverted from themselves and their sufferings. - Ministry of Healing pg. 265
Our Church Family, your elders are at your disposal! The role of the elder extends beyond just serving in front during the service, it extends to you, and to the community to whom we are all pledged to serve.
The elders can be called upon to give bible study and baptismal preparation studies. There are also those times when we can be called upon for anointing those who are sick, according to the direction we are given in James, and the examples we have throughout the Bible.
For your understanding, here are the guidelines the elders are given for the anointing.
Next month we shall address the blessing of homes.
God bless as we all strive our best to serve our brothers and sisters.
Head Elder, Chestatee SDA Church
PRAYER FOR THE SICK
A church leader should pray for healing—physical, emotional, and spiritual. “Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven” (James 5:14,15).
The anointing service should not be employed for every frivolous complaint, but neither is it exclusively a last rite. It should be reserved for significant sickness or weakness, whether physical, emotional, or spiritual. Anointing is not designed to bless the dying, but to bring a healing blessing to the living. It is a time to meet a serious problem by putting our trust wholly in God. It is a time of serious reflection and commitment to the will of God and it is in the prayer of faith that His restoring power and grace are given. There is no mystical power in the oil itself. James and the early church were well aware that they were placing themselves in the hands of God, trusting that His will would be accomplished in their lives. It is in this sense that the church continues to practice this sacred rite.
Early Adventist leaders frequently engaged in anointment. Ellen White and her family were anointed multiple times for various ailments.
It is Written - Ministry Update
By Melania Manestar
Today, July 27, 2018 , after a peaceful morning spent together in Dahlonega , Kevin and I decided to visit the 2 people assigned to us yesterday. At the first address , after 4 knocks on the door , (three times), we proceeded to leave. As we were getting ready to enter the car, I noticed another car just arriving in the parking lot. I felt that I should go ask the lady driver if her name is Joyce. She answered positively , and after Kevin introduced himself and explained a bit the reason for our visit , she invited us in. We had about 15 min of pleasant conversation, followed by a prayer. She gladly accepted our first lesson- Can God Be Trusted -, and told us that she will look into it, and than call us for questions . She informed us that in her community ( 55+) , they used to have Bible studies before, but for some reason those stopped . She asked if she could share the lesson with one of her friend . Kevin left his phone # on the back of the lesson for easy reach. Lets keep Joyce in our prayers, pray that God may use her to inform others in that community about our Bible studies. All this while we fully rely on the work of the Holy Spirit to do the rest .
Our next stop was somewhat similar , nobody answered the door at our first attempt, but Kevin was inspired to insist on knocking a little more. Still no response, We were already in the car , ready to leave, when the garage door opened, and outside stepped Frances , another sweet and welcoming lady . She was doing something outside, but luckily the dogs gave us away, she said. We had a little conversation outside her garage, and she agreed to meet with us next Sunday @ 4 pm. She took the lesson also and seemed eager to read it. Lets pray for Frances also, and for our protection, pray that the Devil who know has little time left, won’t spoil this meeting .