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March 12, 2021   |   Volume 1, Issue 5
Welcome to the Knoxville First Seventh-day Adventist Church Newsletter!
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Let's Celebrate!
Our most senior church member, Milton Jones, will be 99 years young on March 20th. Wouldn't it be fun for everyone to send a card to him to mark this amazing milestone? Let's fill his mailbox with well wishes and love. His mailing address is on the Instant Church Directory, or you can call the church office. 

Church in Worship

Join us for Worship every Saturday morning!

First Service - 9:00 AM* 
Sabbath School - 10:00 AM
Second Service - 11:15 AM*

"Journeying Through The Why" Part 1 
Pastor Matthew Durante
March 13, 2021
*Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, we've added another option for worship. Our First Service provides an opportunity for us to worship together while requiring masks to be worn. Or, you can join us for worship during our Second Service with or without mask. We hope you will join us worshiping our Savior, whichever way you feel most comfortable.
Livestreaming Schedule
10:15 AM - Adult Sabbath School
11:15 AM - Knoxville First at Worship
Midweek Service
7:00 PM - Virtual Service
Zoom*, Facebook, YouTube, & Roku
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Search within the Boxcast channel for "Knoxville First" then chose Sabbath School or Church.
*Midweek Service Zoom Meeting ID: 898-743-9349, or call in at 646-558-8656
the study guide can be found here.
To view past bulletins click here.

From The Pastor's Desk

Back to the Basics
Lessons From Acts on Church Growth, Part 2

"A Relational, Unified Church"

Pastor Marcus Bates
March 5, 2021

Today's article is the second article in a series that will discuss essential qualities found in the book of Acts that the apostolic church practiced, which in turn enabled it to grow at an exponential rate. Having discussed the fact that the “Acts Church” was “A Praying, Interceding Church” in our last newsletter article, we will now discuss how this church was also “A Relational, Unified Church.” 

To review, I believe that most Seventh-day Adventist Churches in western culture face three main challenges. First, we face the challenge of spiritual vitality, meaning that our individual personal relationship with God must continually grow so that we can be endowed with greater spiritual strength in our lives. Second, we face the challenge of relational vitality, meaning that personal relationships between church members need to reflect authentic Christian love so that there is genuine unity in the body of Christ. Finally, we face the challenge of making disciples for Christ, meaning that we are often successful in baptizing people into the church, but we should also be intentional about empowering every new convert to become a fruit-bearing disciple for God. 

Now, as we scan through the book of Acts, we can clearly see that these early believers formed “A Relational, Unified Church,” which falls within the second area of relational vitality. Time and time again, we read in Acts how believers were in “one accord” (Acts 1:14; 2:1; 2:46; 4:24; 5:12; 8:6; 15:25) and were of “one heart and one soul” (Acts 4:32), and thus showed their relational unity with each other. These verses also clearly show that unity is an important condition that believers must experience to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-4; 4:31-33).  

We can also see from the nature of the Godhead Itself that unity is an important principle originating in the heart of God. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are the perfect example of what true unity looks like. And one of the last prayers ever uttered by Christ during His earthly life was for His followers to have unity – unity with God and unity with each other: “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me” (John 17:20-21). 

Given that unity is a non-negotiable Gospel principle, what can we do as individual members on a practical level to encourage true unity in our congregation, and thus help to answer Jesus’ prayer for unity? Here are some important principles to think about:

  • Pray for God to bless our congregation with unity.

  • Seek forgiveness from people you have hurt or wronged. 

  • Forgive people who have hurt or wronged you. 

  • Be friendly and respectful toward others. 

  • Don’t engage in gossip or share the faults and shortcomings of the church with members or those outside our faith community. 

  • Uplift church leaders with prayer and encouragement, and avoid tearing them down with criticisms or fault-finding. 

  • Be a team player and supportive member by seeing yourself as part of a larger church ministry effort. 

  • Get involved in some type of church ministry; helping and reaching other people can unify our members with a common purpose. 

  • Seek to find common ground with people, and realize that we have more in common with each other than we do differences. 

As church members, we should do all that we can to promote unity and harmony in our local church body. David wisely observed that, “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity” (Psalm 133:1). Ellen White confirmed that, “The secret of our success in the work of God will be found in the harmonious working of our people . . . If Christians were to act in concert, moving forward as one, under the direction of one power, for the accomplishment of one purpose, they would move the world” (Christian Service, page 75). 

In a recent conversation with Pastor Matt earlier this week, we discussed a thought-provoking question – “if our local congregation does what the apostolic church did, and practices what the apostolic church practiced, would our congregation see what they saw, and experience what they experienced?” I think we know the true answer to this question. So, as we consider authentic unity as an important component for receiving the Holy Spirit and growing as a congregation, will you commit to doing all you can to foster a spirit of unity in our local church, so that we can be transformed into “A Relational, Unified Church”? 

Happy Sabbath!

Pastor Marcus

Church in Prayer

Let's lift up the following people in our prayers:

Debbie Davis, Bill Newman, Kristy Siddel, Donna Norton, Dan Belic, Debbie Simmons, Wayne Knickman and his daughter-in-law Mary Knickman, Sande' Korp, Joe Ellison, Heather Brockett; all of our church members and guests who have health or personal issues; those needing spiritual victories in their lives; those affected by recent events; including healthcare workers, first responders and volunteers; our missionaries; our elected officials; those serving in law enforcement and military.

Church Financial

 
Thank you for faithful return and giving to our Church and supporting 
the advancement of our great commission to spread the Gospel.
 
Tithes & Offerings
This Week
Adventist World Radio-WB GC

Next Week
Local Church Budget

Loose Offerings
Church Operating Fund
 
Church Giving
Combined Budget 
Received to Date $27,409
Needed to Date $44,370

Worthy Student
Received to Date $6,803
Needed to Date $10,000
 
Give Online
Three Options to Return Your Tithes & Offerings
Return in person - we have a beautifully carved tithe box located in the Sanctuary
Return online - through Adventist Giving click button above
Return by mail - Knoxville First SDA Church, P.O. Box 10952, Knoxville, TN 37939

Church Announcements

 
Life Group/Small Group Ministry Training
Some of our local church leaders are in the process of promoting a small group ministry effort for our congregation. Several church members have also expressed an interest in either starting and/or leading out in a small group ministry effort. The next step in this process is to provide specific training on the dynamics of starting and leading out in a small group. If you are interested in participating in this training because you want to be involved in this ministry effort, please contact Dennis Benedict, Pastor Matt, or Pastor Marcus for more information. 
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Indiana Conference ACS Sabbath - March 23
The Indiana Conference is inviting you to a special virtual Sabbath program featuring Adventist Community Services on Zoom from 11am - 4pm. Meeting ID: 976 0303 0770; Passcode: 486825
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Kindergarten/Primary Sabbath School Teachers Needed
The COVID-19 challenge has created a specific staffing need in our Children’s Sabbath School program. Our Kindergarten/Primary Sabbath School class is in need of three adult volunteer church members who are each able to teach once a month. If you are interested in helping to fill this children's ministry need, please contact Pastor Marcus or Pastor Matt about the possibility of serving as a teacher in this class. 
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Knoxville First SDA Outreach Opportunity!
The pandemic has hit many families in our city as they have lost full time jobs, or are unable to obtain a living wage job. We are partnering the last week of March with Family Promise in giving these families a chance to get on their feet. Due to the pandemic they will not be coming to our church this time. They are sleeping at the day center. 
Three ways you can minister to these homeless families: 
1.) You, or your group can provide a meal one night for 2 families during the week of March 28 thru April 3. Call Larry Doran 217-972-2007 to schedule which evening meal you could provide. You can either make a home cooked meal, or order a meal to be delivered. 
2.) Purchase diapers, size 1 & size 5
3.) Please pray for the 2 families that are currently in the program that they can find good jobs and housing. 
If you have any questions call Carolyn Hansen 865-384-4711.
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Women's Ministry
Crafts & Conversation!
Ladies let's get together and work on those PHD's (projects half done). Bring whatever craft project you are working on and enjoy some time away for crafting and conversation. If you aren't crafty come anyway and enjoy some time of fellowship. March 14 at 10am in the church annex/hospitality house. Feel free to invite a friend. Masks are optional.
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Healthy Taste Cooking Event
March 21 at 5:30pm with Kristina, from Kristina's Kitchen, in person as she demonstrates her restaurant recipes for Corn Chowder and Tomato Bisque Soup. We will serve these soups & garlic toast as part of the meal plus more, so come enjoy a great yet easy to prepare meal! Cost is $7.50 per person, reservations are required. You can register at healthytastecooking.com. If you'd to order "goodies" - check out Kristina's website and order it, she'll bring it for you. 
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Sanctuary Flowers
If you would like to honor a special person, or event by sponsoring the Sanctuary Flowers, please contact the church office at 865-524-7842, or Angela Snow.
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Men's Ministry Call
Join our Men's Ministry phone call on the first & third Monday of every month. We know that you men are busy individuals with a lot of commitments throughout the week, however it is important that we take a few minutes to lift each other up and build a spiritual connection together. What better way than to start our week together as brothers with Christ. The call will be limited to 20 mins and begin promptly at 8:00pm: 5 mins of welcome/call-in, 5 min worship thought, 5 min to share praise & prayer requests, and 5 mins to wrap up with a prayer. Call-in using Zoom, meeting ID: 848 2000 7134; password: Mm21A.
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Compassion Coalition
Do you know of someone in the community in need of assistance with food, rent, utilities, etc? Call 865-251-1591 there are resources to help. If you're a church member in need of assistance please contact Carolyn Hanson. All inquiries are held in the strictest of confidence. Request help and/or volunteer at Compassion Coalition. 
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Come to Church and Enjoy the Fresh Air!
Have you ever heard anyone say, "Let's go inside to get some fresh air?" Well now you can! Naturally occurring ions are everywhere outdoors, and are constantly working to clean the air, created with energy from rushing water, crashing waves and even sunlight. Recently, Knoxville First SDA install Global Plasma Solutions EC-48 Bi-Polar NeedlePoint Ionization units on our church air handlers. GPS NPBI technology safely cleans indoor air via the ventilation system purifying the indoor air by reducing airborne particulates, odors, and infectious pathogens. So, come to church  and enjoy the fresh air! While this system helps reduce the spread of infectious pathogens, we also believe it's important to comply with all applicable public health laws and guidelines issues by federal, state, and local governments. To watch a short video about this system click here.
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Knoxville First SDA Church Calendar
It is now possible for members to see the time and place of approved events and activities, platform rotation, and other Sabbath schedules on the website calendar. You can find the church calendar by clicking the link in the "Church Calendar" section above, or visit the church website, knoxvillefirstsda.com
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A photo from the "Healthy Taste Cooking" event which was held in the gym with presenter Michelle Gosselin. She gave an excellent presentation "Five Ways to Chickpea." Ed Gimbel set up a camera system above Michelle, focused on her demonstration table that allowed our guest to see clearly on the 75" TV screen. 
Michelle is a Certified Health & Life Coach, Plant Based Cooking Instructor and Wellness Educator. Michelle has a private practice, Sarand Wellness, in Maryville, TN www.sarandwellness.com
Walking Group
Why not join our weekly walks on Sunday with our walking group. (We have more than 2200 people registered in our walking group) Our walks are not difficult, we walk for about two miles (round trip) in various locations around Knoxville and the surrounding areas.
Here's a picture of our group from Sunday, February 28, 2021. Check out our upcoming event in Townsend, TN we already have 26 people registered - great group of people!
Use the link below to view the Walking Group Meet Up site.

Church Calendar

March 12, 2021
Sunset - 6:41pm

March 13, 2021
Worship Service - Pastor Matthew Durante - 9am & 11:15am
Sunset - 6:42pm

March 14, 2021
Women's Ministry - Crafts and Conversation - 10am
Daylight Saving Time - Don't forget to change your clocks!

Prayer Meeting
Every Wednesday evening at 7pm
Join us on Zoom, Facebook, YouTube, and Roku

Men's Ministry Call
First and Third Monday of each month at 8:00pm
Join us on Zoom: 848 2000 7134: Passcode: Mm21A

Good Samaritan Center
Open on the Second and Fourth Tuesday of each month at 3:30pm

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For more event information, Sabbath Services, and Church, School Gym, School Kitchen, and Hospitality House schedule please view the calendar links below.

Knoxville First SDA Church Calendar click here*
Georgia-Cumberland Conference Calendar click here


*Use of the church and school facilities for events and activities must be scheduled through the church office. 

Spiritual Directionshttps://www.christianitytoday.com/pastors/media/cartoons/spiritual-directions.html

Church Directory
 
You can find our church directory via mobile app, or online.

Download the Instant Church Directory app from both Apple & Android app stores, look for the logo on the left. 

For help with access, or for help updating your directory contact information, contact the church office.

Email: knoxvillefirstchurch@gccsda.com

Church Contacts

Church Office - 865-524-7842
Senior Pastor -
Marcus Bates - mbates@gccsda.com
Associate Pastor - Matthew Durante - mdurante@gccsda.com
Administrative Assistant - Lynn Broussard - knoxvillefirstchurch@gccsda.com

Knoxville First Hours
Weekdays - 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM - Monday thru Thursday
Weekends - 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM - Saturday

Church Mailing Address
Knoxville First SDA Church
P.O. Box 10952
Knoxville, TN 37939

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