Tithes & Offerings* Peter Griswold
Prayer Warriors Needed!!!! "Now this is the confidence we have in Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of
Him." 1 John 5:14, 15. Please pray for:
Thousands more fled into the city of Erbil last night. The UN evacuated it's staff in Erbil . Our team is unmoved and will stay. Prayer cover needed!"
Please pray sincerely for the deliverance of the people of Northern Iraq from the terrible advancement of ISIS and its extreme Islamic goals for mass conversion or death for Christians across this region.
Please pray for our Prison Ministry Teams which meet on the following days:
The Program Health of Body, Mind, & Spirit airs on Fridays and Tuesdays in Kent county channel Cox18 or Verizon 31 and Saturdays at 2:30 on channels Cox 14 or Verizon 33.
“The Lord is good to those who wait for Him,
To the soul who seeks Him.” Lamentations 3:25
September 6 - Compassion Boston Rally
Join us for the official kick-off of COMPASSION BOSTON a multi-year effort to reach into the great city of Boston with the liberating love of Jesus through acts of kindness, compassion and warm friendship. Bring your passion for Christ, your enthusiasm for ministry and your love for the gospel. Be inspired, motivated and equipped for Kingdom service!
A complimentary vegetarian or vegan lunch will be provided for all who register. If you prefer another meal choice or have specific dietary restrictions please plan to bring a lunch with you.
Greater Boston Academy 108 Pond St, Stoneham, MA 02180
10:30 a.m. Sabbath School Pastor Jose Cortes Jr.
11:30 a.m. Worship Service Pastor John Bradshaw
For more information about Compassion Boston, visit our website. www.compassionboston.org
Thomas W. Murray Compassion Boston Planning Director
Southern New England Conference 978-365-4551 ext. 615
September 6: Joseph Bates Annual Heritage outdoor vespers. Program will begin at 4:30 pm and will include singing of advent songs, historical sketches, and, new this year, a dramatic appearance of "James White” in period character. Other churches have asked to join us this year, so the presentations will represent participants from several churches. The theme for this year’s Bates house historical vespers is “The Founding Trio”, Joseph Bates, Ellen Harmon White, and James White. The presentation will show how these individuals came to know each other and how they joined their efforts in helping to establish what we now know as the Seventh-day Adventist Church. You will be inspired by their dedication and sacrifice.
When? Sabbath afternoon, September 6, 4:30 pm.
Where? Joseph Bates’ boyhood home, 191 Main Street, Fairhaven,MA
Why? To strengthen our ties to our roots and to learn the providence of God in raising up His church
Who? Anyone wishing to deepen their devotion to our Creator and God as founder of the Adventist Movement.
The program will be preceded by a pot luck picnic. Watch for more information and a flyer in a couple weeks. Contact Pastor Hallock 508-961-7359, for more info or to offer your help with the event.
Save these dates: September 14, October 5!
Adventist Community Services (ACS) disaster training at the Disaster Training Center located at the Waterford SDA Church in Quaker Hill, CT.,
We are conducting classes in September and October to train and certify Adventist church members for disaster response.
The goal is to build a network of Adventist Churches in Southern New England with at least 2-4 trained volunteers in each church. With a proper network communication system, these churches will be capable of providing help to each other and our communities during a time of disaster (and they are coming). Everything that we do as a Nationally recognized disaster response agency requires us, as Adventists, to intermingle with non-Adventist. What a great way to witness!
We are praying that we can get this network together before we are hit by a major disaster (better known as a hurricane). If you have any questions, I will be happy to answer them.
Register by using the link on the flyer,
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 860-444-1115.
May God Bless you,
Tom McQuarrie ACS Disaster Response Coordinator/SNEC
Don’t Be a Friendly Church
The difference will surprise you.
Friendly churches are warm and happy. Their members greet one another on Sabbath mornings and enjoy potluck dinners together after church. Often church members visit in one another’s homes and have church socials. What is wrong with being friendly?
Just ask Russell Burrill. In his book How to Grow an Adventist Church. He relates the story of his first visit to a certain “friendly” Adventist church. Once the service was over, he managed to find his way to the fellowship hall for potluck. He scanned the room looking for a seat. All around him were groups of friends enjoying one another’s company. Since all the chairs at the inhabited tables were filled, he pulled out a chair from an empty table and sat down. He then noticed a young couple approaching his lonely corner.
“Are these seats taken?” they asked.
Glad for the company, he replied that the chairs were available, but instead of joining him, they picked up the chairs and took them away.
Burrill never returned to that church. It wasn’t because of a boring sermon or an ugly carpet. It wasn’t even for lack of a greeter to smile and hand him a bulletin. It was because none of the members took the time to get to know him. They had been so busy fellowshipping with one another that they didn’t notice that Burrill was all alone. During the entire potluck the only people who talked to him were fellow visitors.
Not the Only One
Burrill isn’t the only one who has felt awkward at a friendly church. Kerry, a returning Adventist, wanted his wife, Chiare, to embrace the Adventist faith. When they moved to a new town, they visited several congregations, but no one connected with them. In fact, aside from the greeters, no one had said anything to them. The contrast between the warm fellowship they were accustomed to at a previous church and the cold reception they received at the Adventist churches was painful. They were nearly ready to give up when they decided to give Adventists one last try.
“We work so hard to invite people to our churches, but when God brings them, we pretty much ignore them.”
The next Sabbath, as they sat in the parking lot of yet another Adventist church, Kerry, Chiare, and their daughter bowed their heads and prayed, “Lord, direct us home.” The threesome then walked through the church doors and slowly navigated the long hallway, brushing past chattering clumps of happy people all around them. Just before they reached the sanctuary they hesitated awkwardly. As they were wondering whether this church would be like all the others, a woman introduced herself and spent time getting acquainted. The next week the family was invited over for dinner. Kerry and his family found what they were searching for. They just needed people to welcome them and make them feel wanted.
Outside Our Comfort Zone
We don’t always realize how nervous some people are when they visit a church for the first time. Mary2 had been watching 3ABN and taking online Bible studies for some time when she decided to check out an Adventist church.
She drove half of the 45-minute trip to the Norfolk Seventh-day Adventist Church before turning around and returning home. The next week she got as far as the parking lot. Finally, on her third Sabbath, she managed to get out of her car—but then she froze, clutching her Bible. Somehow, though, she found herself walking toward the door. Once she got inside, church members warmly welcomed her and invited her to sit with them. She says, “It’s a good thing, too, because I was feeling pretty lost!”
Today Mary is an active member of the Norfolk church because the members made her comfortable. Her pastor, Adrian Atkins, adds, “If someone comes to our door and we can’t gather them in, there’s something wrong with us. . . . If we can’t love them as family, we have no business calling them out of the world!”
What About Your Church?
Would a guest go unwelcomed at your church? Bible worker and author Karen Lewis believes that we miss many opportunities to make people feel welcome. She explains, “We work so hard to invite people to our churches, but when God brings them, we pretty much ignore them.”
How can we make sure that guests aren’t being ignored? The greeters should take care of that, right? While greeters give the all-essential bulletin, smile, and handshake, they alone cannot make guests feel welcome. Visitors need to feel wanted by the congregation, and a relaxed conversation means a lot more than a dutiful handshake. Every member should take an active role in welcoming guests.
Making a guest feel welcome is not as hard as you might think. Here are a few tips:
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.”
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