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Sabbath: November 28, 2020

 

GOD HEARS OUR PRAYERS

Have you ever cried out to God for an answer, some guidance in regards to something you needed help with or deliverance from? We all struggle with some character defect or some darling sin or behavior that we know is not pleasing to God. We tried to let it go and we might do good for a short while and then we find ourselves practicing the very thing we said we were going to give up. I know I am in good company when I say that I too am struggling. Most of you who know me already know that it is sugar. And I don't mean an occasional candy bar here and there or a piece of cake once a week. It has truly been an addiction for me. They say confession is good for the soul and it is. I hope my church family can still love me now that you know (smile).

I was talking with God regarding my struggle this morning during my morning prayer. I got up to study my Sabbath School lesson and before I studied, I prayed and asked God to please speak to me in what I am about to read. Wow, did He speak to me! Actually it felt more like a slap upside the head.

September 29th E. G. White notes: God made them free moral agents, capable of appreciating the wisdom of benevolence of His character and the justice of His requirements, and with full liberty to yield or to withhold obedience.  The Spirit shared with me that I have, we have, the gift of free will. He told me that He has given me the wisdom to know God and His requirements. I can pray all day and all night but if I continue to not make the choice to say no to the temptation that is on me, not God.

Then I read "our only safety is in giving no place to the devil for his suggestions and purposes are ever to injure us and hinder us from relying on God."  she continued, "The more you yield, the more powerful will be his deceptions over us ... For every advantage that he gives the enemy, he will claim more. Our only safety is in rejecting firmly the first approach to presumption."  Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  Resistance must be firm and steadfast. We lose all we gain if we resist today only to yield tomorrow."

Wow, God answered my prayer. I asked Him to speak to me in my reading this morning and that is what He did. I have no excuse for continuing to struggle with this addiction with sugar. He has made every provision for me to overcome. And the same goes for each of you. Whatever character defect, behavior you exhibit that is not pleasing to God or sin that you struggle with.  September 30th says, "He desires to see men and women reaching the highest standard; and when by faith they lay hold of the power of Christ, when they plead His unfailing promises, and claim them as their own, when with an importunity (persistence) that will not be denied, they seek for the power of the Holy Spirit, they will be made complete in Him." God spoke to me loud and clear. Is He speaking to you as well?

- Brenda Abell

Please join us this Sabbath, November 28
Sabbath School begins at 9:30am
Church Service begins at 10:30am
You can join us  ONLINE HERE.
Unfortunately no "In-Person" service due to Covid

ZOOM link and phone numbers
can be accessed manually at:
Meeting I.D.: 940 1464 6242
Password: 3Angels

. . . Or by phone, dial: 1 669 900 6833
You will be asked for meeting I.D.: type in 940 1464 6242
You will then be asked to type in password 816434 #

 

Children's Sabbath School 9:30am
(zoom.us/join)  i.d. 402 650 3554 
password 7mbQtu


Praise Him From Whom All Blessings Flow.
 
We need to praise God more "for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men." Psalm 107:8. Our devotional exercises should not consist wholly in asking and receiving. Let us not be always thinking of our wants and never of the benefits we receive. We do not pray any too much, but we are too sparing of giving thanks. We are the constant recipients of God's mercies, and yet how little gratitude we express, how little we praise Him for what He has done for us.

- SC Chapter 11 p.103

 

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Church Announcements
For Sabbath, November 28, 2020

Butte County temporarily closes
“In-person” Church Services

Services will be available on Zoom (online)
and by phone (dial: 1 669 900 6833
- meeting ID 940 1464 6242 - password 816434#)

    Protect Yourself and Family From COVID
    Masks, handwashing, and social distancing are all very important protections, but there are other even more effective ways to protect against this killer pandemic and other viruses. 

    Last Sabbath, November 21, Lucia Tiffany shared extremely relevant Covid-19 information. This excellent and timely presentation is available in video form. Just click on this link to view the video - Your Best COVID Defense. This is a presentation that can and should be shared with family, friends and neighbors to educate how to protect from this horrendous pandemic.
     
    Lucia has also written her message in blog form. Click on her blog post here: How to amp up your COVID defenses!

    More Helpful, Healthful Information
    Ready to optimize your immune system? Get your free infection risk assessment here - What's your infection risk?
     Or check out her website for plant-based living resources at: www.theharvestcook.com.

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    • We are looking for short stories (answers to prayer) that can be shared in this Newsletter as an inspiration to readers. If you have a story of how God has worked in your life, send your paragraph(s) to Virgle Seaton via email. 

    • For anyone needing a pastoral or elder visit, please contact:  
           Pastor Cain (rogerdcain@gmail.com) or
           Head Elder, Virgle Seaton (virgle4905@sbcglobal.net)

    • If a member knows of a person(s) not getting this email newsletter, please email name and email address or if no email send name and street address to Virgle Seaton’s (email) so a hardcopy newsletter can be mailed. 


    EVENTS

    • Sabbath Rest Begins Friday at 4:43 p.m. (sunset)

    •  Friday 6:30 pm: “Foundation of Our Faith, Here We Stand” seminar (Available only on Zoom)
    Meeting ID: 931 3622 0854
    Dial-in number: +1 669 900 6833

    • Children's Sabbath School at 9:30 a.m..
    Join Children's Sabbath School through zoom.
    - (
    zoom.us/join)  i.d. 402 650 3554  password 7mbQtu
    (in-person gathering 
    Cancelled temporarily due to covid)

    • Adult Sabbath School 9:30 a.m (online(not in-person)

    • Pastor’s SS Class at 9:30 a.m. (online) (not in-person)
    Dial-in number: (515) 606-5447: Access code: 452385 #

    • Sabbath Worship Service at 10:30 a.m. (online(not in-person) 

    • Sabbath Rest Concludes at 4:42 p.m (sunset)

    • Pathfinders Meeting Monday (Cancelled temporarily due to Covid) 

    • November 29 Live Nativity Set Up: (Cancelled due to Covid)

    • December 4 & 5 Live Nativity Outreach: (Cancelled due to Covid) 

    • Please pick up distributed Live Nativity posters due to cancelled Nativity.

    • Prayer Meeting every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
    Reading from the book "Maranatha, the Lord Is Coming".
    Phone meeting only: call 1-605-472-5693, pin 131762#   
    No in-person meeting due to covid.
         
    • Women’s Bible Study: Thursday 6:30 pm. (in-person Canceled)  
    Available now by phone: Call 305-848 8888 code 2536299022#
    Leader: Sally Walker-Glaude')

    • Daily Devotional Source: Subscribe to www.revivalandreformation.org. You will be sent a link daily from the General Conference to a relevant inspiring short devotional.
    Check it out. Be blessed.

     

    More Announcements


    Dear Church Family;

    Due to the typhoons that have hit the Philippines in the last few weeks, Kathy and I are gathering clothing (all types and sizes other than underwear including shoes and coats), to send to Jerome for distribution through Maranatha Help Ministries Philippines.

    Your participation will be a blessings. If you wish to contribute you can put our name on the package and drop the clothing off at Williams Hall or at the Community Services when they are open, or you can call us at 530-589-2671 and leave a message as to where we can contact you. Please try to make sure that your gifts are serviceable and clean. 

    When we have enough to fill a large box, we will send it. They still have some lockdown due to Coronavirus but so far, they have been able to get permits to transport things to the needed areas. Because most of the regular public transportation has stopped, they usually have one of the local elders who has a car deliver the items. 

    Thank you for your caring and loving support.
    Neal and Kathy Spiva 

     

    Please pray for:

    Outpouring of the Holy Spirit during these tumultuous last days. 
    That God will lead on the selection of our new pastor.
    Oroville Church Young People studying at FRAS, Academy, College, Home School and Public School and their teachers.
    Church and Government leadership during these troublesome times
    Newly Baptized Members
    Bible Studies happening in Oroville.
    Unspoken Requests 
       
    40 Oroville Hospital employees struck with Covid
    Some Oroville Church members on Covid quarantine
    Dwight Seaton: Back pain needs resolve
    Mary Pleso: for Healing from recent strokes
    Nita Henke (Needs in-home care)
    Robert Chiatovich: brain cancer recovery.
    Other Health Issues
    Covid-19 safety
    Missing members

    Call special prayer requests to Carolyn Seaton at
    530 589-3560 
    or send an email
    Thanks, Carolyn

     

    Thank you for your continued financial support of God's church! As we resume our online services, you can go online to return your tithes and offering to God at: Oroville Online Giving