Dear Friends. It so pretty with all the fresh snow.
A terrific reminder 'Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.' Isaiah 1:18 NKJV
Sabbath School 9:45 am
Superintendent’s Remarks – Peter Griswold
Bible Study Lesson –Proverbs – Words of the Wise: “Behind the Mask”
“Do not exalt yourself in the presence of the king, and do not stand in the place of the great” (Proverbs 25:6, NKJV).
Behind the dazzling serpent, who utters sweet words and who seems so concerned with Eve’s happiness, hides the enemy who plots her death (Gen. 3:1–6). Disguised as an angel of light, Satan prepares the most dangerous traps for humankind (2 Cor. 11:14). Even more dangerous and deceitful is self-pretension; when we claim to be what we are not, we end up cheating others and even ourselves.
There are different ways to deceive. One of the most common is through language. Some of the proverbs this week deal with words, lying words, flattering words, pretty words that use nice sounds and wonderful sentiments to cover ugly thoughts and intentions. We need to be careful not only about what we say to others, but about how we interpret what others say to us. Perhaps this week’s message could be summed up this way: Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves (Matt. 10:16). Source: Sabbath School Quarterly p. 80.
The Church at Praise 10:50-11:00 am
- Please give all of our visitors Warm, Wickford, Welcomes!
- To all of our brothers and sisters from our sister Johnston church we are praying for rapid repair of your church due to water damage.
- Please join us next Sabbath, March 14th for our monthly vegetarian fellowship meal. Bring your favorite veggie dish and stay for the fellowship!
- All are Welcome!
- The Child Protection Training is fast approaching. Registration will close Wednesday, March 11, for this event. See insert for more info.
- Tune your vocal cords! Our Nursing Home Ministry starts next Sabbath after our fellowship meal. More details in the insert.
Sunset Today: 5:42 Next Friday: 6:50
Entering His Presence to Worship 11:00 a.m.
Call to Worship- Elaine Christiansen
Invocation & Welcome* Joe Ewing-Chow
Opening Hymn** Hymnal #625
Tithes & Offerings* Doug Harris
Our Local Wickford Church Budget
Doxology** Hymnal # 694
“Praise God, From Whom All Blessings”
Prayer of Intercession and Praise* Joe Ewing-Chow
Hymn “As We Come to You in Prayer” Hymnal #671
Response*** Hymnal #684
“Hear Our Prayer, O Lord”
Scripture Reading Elaine Christiansen
Musical Selection Gift Jacob
Sermon Pastor Piresson
“The Last Sin to be Given up by God's People”
Hymn of Consecration** Hymnal #623
“I Will Follow Thee”
Benediction Pastor Piresson
Postlude * Selections
* Please be Seated **Please Stand ***Please Kneel
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Offering next week: WB / Adventist World Radio
Pastor Joseph Piresson (860)759-8132 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Elder Joe Ewing-Chow (401)284-3131 Clerk Robert Turner (401)782-4796
Elder Larry Dunder (401)539-3418 Treasurer Peter Cregan (401)862-4258
Elder Sandy Cregan (401)862-6593
Church address: 8050 Post Rd, N. Kingstown, RI 02852 Phone: (401) 294-6356
Mail: PO Box 41, N. Kingstown, RI 02852 website: www.risda.org
Sermon today by our Pastor Joseph Piresson.
Please join us next Sabbath for our monthly vegetarian fellowship meal. Like to sing? Follow the meal with singing and rejoicing at our Nursing Home Ministry!
Several of you have inquired about a Church Directory to assist in keeping in touch with one another. So the Church Board has approved distribution of a Church Directory with your name, birthday (NOT year), address, telephone numbers (home and cell) and email address.
The Directory will have the names of Members and ‘regular visitors’. For example: Pastor Piresson’s family:
Fatima - 423-243-8121, email@example.com
Ambrosee - 423-243-7340, firstname.lastname@example.org
Joseph - 860-465-6821, email@example.com
Kindly inform Joe Ewing-Chow at (401) 284-3131, firstname.lastname@example.org if you do not want your telephone number or email address listed. Thank you.
When: 10:00 am. Where: Downstairs in fellowship hall.
- New Sabbath School Class has started!
Who should attend: This class is designed to reach our 18-30ish group of people. Spread the word!!!!
Nursing Home Ministry: When: March 14th(and 2nd Sabbath of every month thereafter)
- Wickford Church Nursing Home Ministry!!!!!
Where: St. Elizabeth’s Assisted Living Facility, East Greenwich
When: 3-4 PM, after our Fellowship Meal.
Plan to come and enjoy the blessing of singing for Jesus.
Contact Joe if you have additional questions.
Thank you to all the people involved in getting our Nursing Home Ministry off the ground.
Needed: Canned goods, Boxed items.......Pasta, Cereal, Spaghetti Sauce are some suggestions. Your support is appreciated. Please bring to church and put in red bins.
- North Kingston Food Pantry
- Please pray for our Prison Ministry Teams which meet on the following days:
• Tuesdays: women’s ministry teams that meet at the ACI on Mondays and Tuesdays.
• Thursdays: ACI –minimum security led by Charlie Petit, David Baron, and Rick Pelletier. More volunteers are needed. Call Charlie: 397-4514
Prison Ministries Needs:
• Winter outerwear for men & women: Coats, hats, gloves, socks.
• Please, only clean, useable items.
• Bring to church and the items will be given to Charlie & Tanya Petit.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous.
Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Joshua 1:9 (NIV)
Due to unforeseen circumstances the Inter-Church Concert scheduled for March 21st has been cancelled. Another time and place will be announced in the near future.
Sorry for any inconvenience it may have caused. From Pr. Piresson.
SNEC Child Protection Training
The Child Protection Training is fast approaching.
Registration will close Wednesday, March 11, for this event.
There are currently over 300 registered!
A special Child Protection Training for parents and all church volunteers will take place March 22, 2015 at Camp Winnekeag. Lunch will be provided.
Leading experts Cory Jewell Jensen, M.S., the Co-Director of the Center for Behavioral Intervention and Arthur Blinci, eMBA, the Chief VP Officer at Adventist Risk Management will discuss:
Child Safety: "Lessons we can Learn from Sex Offenders"
●Who the offenders are and why they offend
● "Grooming" tactics used by offenders
● Problems with traditional prevention programs
●Talking to children about abuse
●Practical child and family "rules"
●Responding to sex-abuse disclosures and reporting child abuse
●Addressing the growing number of sex offenders in our community
Breaking the Ostrich Syndrome in your Congregation
Protecting Children from Harm in Christ-centered Ministries
●Understanding Denominational Child Protection Policies
● 4 P's of Child Protection
● Implementing Shield the Vulnerable
Make child protection a priority in your home, church and school. Register today for this training, please go to www.sneconline.org. This training is funded by the Shield the Vulnerable Department for SNEC members. For more information please contact April Montoya by calling 978-365-4551 ext. 617.
“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying,
"Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I. Send me!"
Isaiah 6:8 (NIV)
Article: ‘We Receive a Faith that Works by Love’
“For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.” Galatians 5:6.
When you present your petitions to the Lord, it should be in humility, without boasting of superior attainments, but with real soul hunger for the blessing of God. Christ always knows what is cherished in the heart. We must come in faith that the Lord will hear and answer our prayers; for “whatsoever is not of faith is sin.” Genuine faith is the faith that works by love, and purifies the soul. A living faith will be a working faith. Should we go into the garden and find that there was no sap in the plants, no freshness in the leaves, no bursting buds or blooming flowers, no signs of life in stalk or branches, we would say, “The plants are dead. Uproot them from the garden; for they are a deformity to the beds.” So it is with those who profess Christianity, and have no spirituality. If there are no signs of religious vigor, if there is no doing of the commandments of the Lord, it is evident that there is no abiding in Christ, the living vine.
Faith and love are the essential, powerful, working elements of Christian character. Those who possess them are one with Christ, and are carrying forward His mission.... We are to sit at Christ’s feet as continual learners, and to work with His gifts of faith and love. We shall then wear Christ’s yoke, and lift His burdens, and Christ will recognize us as one with Him; in heaven it will be said, “Ye are labourers together with God.” Will our youth remember that without faith it is impossible to please God? and it must be faith that works by love and purifies the soul.
We cannot overestimate the value of simple faith and unquestioning obedience. It is by following in the path of obedience in simple faith that the character obtains perfection. This text is taken from Sons and Daughters of God by Ellen G. White.
Just Imagine . . .Millions of Seventh-day Adventists…around the world…all praying…for 100 days for the same thing.
Praying for the presence and power of the Holy Spirit to be poured out on our church during the General Conference Session in July of 2015, San Antonio, Texas!
During this 100 day Prayer initiative (March 25th to July 11th), we want to challenge members to PRAY specifically for several things:
1: for a deeper outpouring of the Holy Spirit in our own lives!
2: for the Holy Spirit to be poured out in our local churches as we press together;
3: for wisdom and Holy Spirit blessings on our worldwide church and leadership at the GC session as many important decisions are made.
The 100 days will culminate onsite at the GC session where members will be encouraged to continue to pray together both in the sessions and in our prayer meeting room at the dome.
“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:19 (NIV)
CNN Features Adventists on Show About Healthy Living
CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta highlights the longevity of Adventists in Loma Linda, California.
by Loma Linda University health and Adventist review staff
CNN television is featuring Loma Linda University and the surrounding Seventh-day Adventist community in southern California on a program about how to live a longer, healthier life.
The 30-minute program, “Vital Signs with Dr. Sanjay Gupta,” is being broadcast on CNN International throughout February and tackles the question, “What can one do to live a healthier, happier, and longer life?”
The setting for the opening portion of the show is the city of Loma Linda, and interviewees mention the key factors of healthy living as maintaining a plant-based diet, regular exercise, rest and relaxation, and having close social connections. They also speak of the importance of a sense of mission, which for Adventists is closely linked to their faith in God and their hope in Jesus’ soon coming.
One of the key factors to a better life is “having a purpose in what you are doing,” Richard H. Hart, president of Loma Linda University Health, tells the program.
Gupta, CNN’s chief medical correspondent, notes that Adventists observe the seventh-day Sabbath, giving them a break from everyday stresses and a chance to gather with fellow Adventists.
"Adventists also observe a strict Saturday Sabbath. It's a time to unplug, and unwind, and share time with other like-minded people," he says.
Author and explorer Dan Buettner explains on the program that a secret to living longer is to spend time with health-minded people rather than those who eat poorly and don't exercise.
In the show, Gupta focuses on the commonalities within the world’s five “Blue Zones,” which Buettner has identified as areas where residents live the longest. Loma Linda is the only Blue Zone in the United States.
Loma Linda University Health also has the distinction of engaging in the world’s longest-running research studies on aging and longevity. The studies, collectively called the Adventist Health Studies, are cited in the show.
Adventists in Loma Linda have been featured by a number of media organizations in recent years. In addition to the CNN program this month, Loma Linda Adventists took center stage in a lengthy article by Christian Broadcasting Network News titled, "Secrets to Longevity Revealed in Denomination's Lifestyle." Source: Adventist Review
“The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.” Psalm 23:1(NIV)
See you at Church,
Have a blessed Sabbath,
“You will keep him in perfect peace,
Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.”
Bible Study at 10:00 AM
Worship Service at 11:00 AM
Church address: 8050 Post Rd, N. Kingstown, RI 02852 (401) 294-6356