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January - 2011

Local Elders Corner RESOLVED Many people make resolutions at this time of year, promising themselves or others to change something about their lives. A quick look at surveys of the top ten New Year’s resolutions shows that most folks have similar ones: exercise/weight loss; quitting smoking or drinking; or learning to manage time, money or space more adeptly in the future. I never really liked to make New Year’s resolutions. It seems a bit corny and clichéd and the success rate of most people in fulfilling these resolutions lies between 10-20% (all of the aforementioned resolutions are also on the lists of the most broken). I believe that this is because it’s very difficult for us to change what we don’t like about ourselves. It is a struggle to know what to do to change and even harder to do it when we know. Paul reveals his difficulties in doing the right things in Romans 7. (Read it. If you wrestle with making the correct choices, this chapter might resonate with you.) I’d like to think that we don’t need to make resolutions on any specific day of the year. I believe that our own willpower is not very powerful but that by following God’s will for us, anything can be changed. 1 st John 3:20 tells us that God is greater than our heart. I know that God can change us any day that we choose to let Him. We tend to want to justify our behaviors to ourselves and others. Our minds create simplistic and elaborate alibis which tell us that what we do is acceptable even if it hurts other people. However, God has one plan and does knows us too well. He doesn’t buy our excuses. But, He does want the best for us (Jeremiah 29:11). The Psalmist’s poem in book 51 includes these lines: Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your loving kindness; According to the greatness of Your compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity And cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, And my sin is ever before me. Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being, And in the hidden part You will make me know wisdom. Hide Your face from my sins And blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation And sustain me with a willing spirit. I think that if I resolve to do anything in 2012, it will be to have that attitude daily. I’d like to be ready to listen to when the Holy Spirit reminds me that my behavior is below God’s standard for me and to be ready to change anything on any day. As long as I am open and listening for God’s still, small voice to guide me, I’m likely to have a great year. I pray that each one of you has a good year, as well. In love, Local Elder Rick Cooper



North Valley Christmas Party We had a wonderful time fellowship, eating and of course we played the famous Santa Game. If you were not able to make it, you really missed out on a great time. You may want to consider coming next year. Remember these events are a great way to invite your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers to visit with us.

Leslie Jennings Corn Bread Salad The Hit of the Christmas Party

LAYERED CORNBREAD SALAD 1 (16 ounce) package corn bread mix – Like Jiffy (we used two small pkgs. Jiffy) 10 slices Turkey bacon – can be omitted, and was not added to the Christmas Dinner 1 (1 ounce) package ranch dressing mix 1 1/2 cups sour cream 1 1/2 cups mayonnaise 2 (15 ounce) cans pinto beans, drained & rinsed 3 tomatoes, chopped 1 cup chopped green bell pepper 1 cup chopped green onion 2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese 2 (11 ounce) cans whole kernel corn, drained Prepare corn bread according to package directions. Cool, divide in half, crumble, and set aside. Place bacon in a large deep skillet. Cook over medium-high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble, and set aside. Whisk together the dressing mix, sour cream, and mayonnaise. Crumble half the corn bread in the bottom of a large serving dish. Top with half the beans. Layer the beans with half of the tomatoes, green bell pepper, and green onions. Sprinkle with half the cheese, corn, Turkey bacon, and the salad dressing mixture. Repeat the layers. Cover, and chill at least 2 hours before serving.

North Valley Christmas Carolers We had a wonderful time singing songs and hand out gift bags to the community of North Lakes. What a joy it was when some of the children were waiting for us to get to them. Everyone we sang to enjoyed us stopping by. Thanks go to all of you, you truly showed the love of Christ on Christmas Eve.



Wedding Wedding Bells will be ringing on February 19, 2012 at North Valley for Virginia Cobb and Nicholas Nordberg. More information will be given soon.

With every new year, it should be a time to start a new Bible Study. My first one this year will be on the book of James. Enjoy.

James2 Faith Without Works Is Dead 14

What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, ―Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,‖ but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. 18 But someone will say, ―You have faith, and I have works.‖ Show me your faith without your [d] works, and I will show you my faith by my[e] works. 19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! 20 But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? [f] 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? 22 Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? 23 And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.”[g]And he was called the friend of God. 24 You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only. 25 Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way? 26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

James 3

The Untamable Tongue 1

My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment. 2 For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body. 3 Indeed,[a] we put bits in horses’ mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body. 4 Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. 5 Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell. 7 For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. 8 But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. 10 Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. 11 Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? 12 Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh. [b]



FROM HERE AND THERE Frank Gillespie husband of Shirley died October 29. His funeral was held on November 1. Frank was helpful to the church. He helped with the annual yard sale. Lonnie Lester husband of Judy had surgery two weeks ago. He has returned to the hospital recently. Marie Sloan was recently in the hospital, she is happy to be home. Several Christmas events took place for the North Valley Church. 1.The Christmas program was held at the Worship Hour on December 17. 2. The Christmas party was held December 17 from 6 -9 p. m 3. A caroling group from the church sang carols in North Lakes near the church. On December 10 there was a pancake breakfast. It was delicious. Speakers for the month of December are as follows. 1. December 3, Janis Goad. 2. December 10, Martin Schneider 3.December 17, Christmas Program. 4 December 24, David Hodges 5.December 31, James Pate Members at North Valley voted Michael and Brittan Hewitt membership from North Valley to Lynchburg Seventh-day Adventist Church. We wish them God's blessing and their daughter as well. Let us pray for the coming of our new pastor in early 2012. Happy new year.

DOLLARS AND SENSE The year 2011 has been a difficult year for many in our area, as well as country and the whole world. God will take care of us. Let us be faithful in our tithes and offerings. Let us study the Sabbath School lesson each week. The lessons for January, February, and March will be about the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. I can hardly wait for that series. Finally lets remember Hebrews 10: 25 "not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some, but exhorting one another and so much the more as you see the Day approaching." That tells us we should gather together at church on the Sabbath. GOD BLESS YOU.

Weekly Prayer Meeting Every Sabbath at 5PM Come join a dedicated group of intercessory prayer warriors.. We have seen so many prayers answered this year.

The Leaders of North Valley are also looking for ways to help you enrich your spiritual life. If there is a class that could be offered to help you grow in Christ, please let one of your leaders know. Your walk with Christ is important to all of them. There are so many classes and groups that could be offered at North Valley, however there has to be participation of the congregation before they will be started. Be the first to suggest and enlist your friends to be a part of it. May this next year find you healthily, and blessed. Allow the Lord your God keep you close in his hand.

January Birthdays Ruth Anderson Sherry Patatsal

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Nathan Turner Brittney (Dovidio) Reidmiller

Ernie Martinez


Gail Creelman


Brittney (Dovidio) Reidmiller

Ashley Wills


Lori Mae Hodges


Rehanan Wood


Andrew Sinha


Davie Pate


Toni Brake


Charles Seitz


Brett Young


Cindy Boone


Sharon Cooper


Mary T. Jones


Cindy Kurmu


Jenna Pate


Tyler Eckenroth


Robert (Bob) Young


Erica Foote’


Christin Lockhart


Bonnie Brooks


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Happy Birthday To All Of You


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