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A D S y e l l a V North September - 2011

Local Elders Corner The fall season is fast approaching and with it we will begin to enjoy some cooler temperatures. I think the changing of the seasons is a wonderful blessing; although I must admit that I like spring and summer better than fall and winter. For me, there’s just such a wonderful excitement as the cold, gray days gives way to warmer and longer ones. As an additional benefit, there are beautiful flowers and migratory birds to enjoy. Of course, the seasons wouldn’t exist if the moon didn’t orbit Earth. It’s all quite amazing if you stop to consider the awesomeness of creation and our Creator. But why did God create Earth? First, I think we exist to bear testimony to the Universe that God is love. I mean what kind of Creator would make such an awesome planet and then allow disobedient children to take control of it? And no, I’m not saying that God doesn’t maintain the ultimate control of Earth, but he has allowed us to push the envelope and create or invent many things that have altered the purposes for which they were created. Secondly, I think that we exist to bear testimony that God is a being that desires to establish an intimate relationship with his created people. For me, this is the most remarkable quality about God. I found Him just standing there saying “I’m Here” and willing to come into a friendship with me, a person that had no redeemable qualities. Not only that, but he wanted to share His wonderful plan for my life and lead me into a more vibrant existence. Why do you think God would want to do such a thing? I think we’ve all heard that He wants to reveal to the Universe that He is a loving, fair and just God and that Satan’s accusations about Him are false. But I also think He is a God of relationships and wants to be intimate with His created beings. Why else would He place this planet in such a perfect position to see the heavens and discover the Universe? The authors of the book “Privileged Planet” Guillemo Gonzales (Astronomer) and Jay Richards (Philosopher) make the assertion that, “the same narrow circumstances that allow us to exist also provide us with the best overall setting for making scientific discoveries.” In other words, God gave us the knowledge, ability and the creative wherewithal to discover Him in His universe. He wasn’t hiding; he was waiting to hear our footsteps….And then He gave us a glimpse of the infinite. May you choose to seek Him daily. Maranatha! Local Elder Leslie Ewald

September Speakers 3—Frank Bacchus 10— TBA 17—James Pate 24—Janis Goad

Give Back To God Day September 18 Come out and let’s get God’s House cleaned up and in good working order. Lunch will be provided.



FROM HERE AND THERE The annual Yard Sale for the North Valley Church was held on August 11 and 12. About $550,00 was raised. Linda Criss, Jean Wills, Judy Marshall, Shirley Gillespie, and others led out in the program. Care Groups are for those interested in studying Word and Fellowship. Contact James Pate, Rich Cooper, or Leslie Ewald. Intercessory Prayer Meetings are held on Sabbath at 9:00 a.m. and at 7:00 p.m Check with Leslie Ewald. Auleen Hartless had surgery on Tuesday, August 30 at the Bedford Hospital. Pray for her recovery. Marguerite and John McGraw visited their son David at the National Rehab Center in Washington, D. C. on August 16 and 17. He had a stroke on June 15. He is making progress. The McGraw's thank the readers of this newsletter and others for their prayers. Sabbath speakers at the Worship Services have been James Pate, Janis Goad, Jason Ash, brother of April Ash-Schneider, and Leslie Ewald. Correction: Martin Schneider was worship hour speaker for July 30. Remember September 18 at 8: 30 a. m is Church cleaning morning. A lunch follows. Eric Hollenbach was voted into membership at North Valley SDA Church. He comes from the Roanoke SDA Church. He was voted by letter of transfer on August. Community Outreach began Sabbath afternoon, August 27. Several members participated and made many contacts. Contact Melissa Elkins for more information Michael Lester is recovering from his Open Heart Surgery on August 2. Let us keep praying as He goes through this Let us remember his family,

DOLLARS AND SENSE Today, we live in serious financial times. The newspapers, radios, televisions, and magazines shout their messages. Groceries are going up. The food budget is getting higher and higher. Items in packages cut one or two for the same price. It is a challenge to go shopping. How about the price of gasoline? Here are some Bible texts to read. Gen 1: 26-28, 2:15, I Chron 29: 14 , Haggai 3:3-11; Mal. 3: 8- 12; I Cor. 9: 9-14; Matt.23: 23; 2 Cor. 8: 1 15;Rom.15: 26.27.

The food pantry is in great need of being replenished. We need all kinds of canned fruit, vegetables, soups of all varieties, dry boxed cereal, saltine crackers, 4pk. packages of toilet paper and paper towels single wrapped. Thank you for all the generous help from our North Valley Church Family in this matter. In God's Service, Judy Marshall, Community Service Leader

Don’t forget to get your letters written and given them to Nancy Hewitt or email them to Brittan Hewitt.


MARK YOU CALENDERS: Saturday Night Prayer Team Meeting new time begins at 6pm starting September 10. Make sure you get your request in the box located in the foyer. This team will pray every week for you and your needs. Everyone is welcome to come and pray with us, we start with a short study. Right now we are studying the names of God and how important they are in our daily lives.

Family/ community fun day on 9/25. Linda Criss will give more information soon.

Personal Ministries Department: September is EACH ONE REACH ONE MONTH. We are spending time going into the community inviting people to church. By the time you read this newsletter we have already visited some of the homes on our list. 4 teams of 2 people went out last Saturday and enjoyed the time inviting people to church. We have 3 more times to go, so make sure you sign up today. MAKE SURE YOU GREET OUR VISITORS WITH LOVE AND KINDNESS. The SDA Adventist Book store has designed a new program, the name is Monthly Book Promotion. This month books are Life without Limits and Hook Line and Sinker. These books are reasonably priced and will enrich your walk with Christ. Let’s make sure we support our local SDA Advent Bookstore. This will be the last weekend to order, so please let me know if you want one or more.

Demonstrate your trust in me by sitting quietly in my presence. Put aside all that is waiting to be done, and refuse to worry about anything. This sacred time together strengthens you and prepares you to face whatever the day will bring. By waiting with Me before you begin the day’s activities, you proclaim the reality of My living Presence. This act of faith waiting before working—is noted in the spirit world, where your demonstration of trust weakens principalities and powers of darkness. The most effective way to resist evil is to draw near Me. When you need to take action, I will guide you clearly through My Spirit and My Word. The world is so complex and overstimulation that you can easily lose your sense of direction. Doing countless unnecessary activities will dissipate your energy. When you spend time with Me. I restore your sense of Direction. As you look to Me for guidance, I enable you to do less but accomplish more. Jesus Calling August 29 page 252

Be Strong and Courageous all you who put your hope in the LORD. Psalm 31:24

September Birthdays Beth Shelor Clarence Belcher Michala Lester Adam Hartless Carl Criss Doris Belcher Ashleigh Austin Nancy Hewitt Jennifer Nininger Sherian Wills Dr. Criss Cannon Ruth Toney Faith Shelor

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Wellsley Smith Andrew Walker Todd Ewald Christine Johnson Louise Novia Angela Nordberg Matthew Hermann Michael Hermann Cindy Black Quinn Dougherty Rick Cooper Wilma Tubies Ranzolin

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