All posts by Laurie Gibson

One Year Anniversary of Forward in Faith Initiative

Saturday, May 21, marked the one year anniversary of the Peachtree City Seventh-day Adventist Church’s Forward in Faith campaign, and the church celebrated with a church service focused on its accomplishments over the past year.

One part of the church’s current Forward in Faith stewardship initiative highlights outreach to the community by financially supporting three local non-profit agencies – The Real Life Center, Coweta CASA, and Southwest Christian Care.  Representatives from each of these agencies came to this special church service and each was presented with a check in the amount of $6,000.  Representatives, who included Mindy Smith from Coweta CASA, Shelley Mann from Southwest Christian Care, and Maria Lee from The Real Life Center, were all surprised and happy at the gifts received which will go to help their agencies in their efforts in our local community.

The church’s mission statement is “to invite our community into a redemptive relationship with Jesus Christ, welcoming people from all walks of life to experience unconditional acceptance with a loving church family.”  The church’s initiative also includes increasing its volunteering in the community and more than 1,500 hours have been given by church members to these three agencies and other local non-profits over the past year.

The church plans to continue its giving and service to the community as its Forward in Faith initiative rolls into its second year.  Pastor Nate Elias put it best by saying, “We are trying to re-write our story.  Christ made the community around him a better place, and we desire to team with other non-profit organizations to make our community a better place.”

Coweta CASA SW Christian Care The Real Life Center

Truly Christmas 2015


On November 22, we hosted our 17th Truly Christmas event.  This holiday charity event, held annually on the Sunday night before Thanksgiving, is a special night for ladies only – a celebratory kick-off to the Christmas season with a focus on Jesus, the reason for the season.   Approximately 40 volunteers, mostly men, helped with meal preparation and serving.

This year’s event was themed “Come Worship the King.”  Approximately 25 ladies from the church and local community hosted lavishly-decorated tables, and attendance at this year’s event was nearly 200 women.

After a delicious three-course meal, the attendees were delighted by a Christmas program, starring over 20 children, ranging in ages from 6 to 19.  The story of the birth of Jesus was portrayed and set to Christmas music.  Musicians included vocalists Scott Barrett, Opal Melendez, Madison Davis, and Tony Montenegro.

All proceeds from the event were split between the church’s Women’s Ministry, Coweta CASA, Southwest Christian Care, and The Real Life Center.

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Upcoming Event – Dr. Subodh Pandit’s Presentations on World Religions

Mark your calendars now to attend a special weekend event October 9 – 10 when Dr. Subodh Pandit will be at our church sharing his thoughts, views, and expertise on world religions.

His presentation schedule is as follows:

Friday, October 9

7:00 p.m.
Is Atheism a reasonable proposal?”

Saturday, October 10

11:10 a.m.
“Is The Book mere fantasy fiction, or is it solidly historical?”

2:00 p.m.
“Is the Man just another, or is He utterly unique?”

6:00 p.m.**
“Can the Resurrection be dismissed on sound historical grounds?”

**A light supper will be served at 5 p.m. before Dr. Pandit’s last presentation, and his books and other materials will be offered for sale after he finishes up his final presentation.

Also, childcare will now be provided on Friday night, Saturday afternoon, and Saturday evening at no cost!

Subodh Pandit, MD, was born and brought up in India amid the tremendous diversity of language, dress, food, culture and religion of that populated country.   In the U.S., he was Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Oklahoma and then an ER physician.  His message is based on his personal search, which took decades, and has been presented to student groups in various universities around the world including, Harvard, MIT, Duke, Georgia Tech, York University (Toronto), and the University of Queensland (Brisbane).  He is an international speaker and runs a ministry Search Seminars International.

Vacation Bible School – Expedition Everest

vbs1With nightly attendance of nearly 60 children, this year’s VBS program “Expedition Everest” rose to new heights!  Throughout the week, kids (and adults) learned that God has the the power to provide, comfort, heal, forgive, and love us forever!  Fun games, activities, Bible stories, and videos helped to reinforce these ideas with a hope that the messages stick with the children throughout their lifetime.

A big thanks to all those who volunteered to make this VBS week such a success!

To see more pictures from this year’s program, click here.

To watch the exciting VBS recap video, click here.

Camp Meeting Volunteer Service Days


As part of the AscensionMATT 25 remote young adult camp meeting services at our church, more than 25 church members chose to participate in two days of community service on May 28 and 29.

On May 28, volunteers gave of their time at Southwest Christian Care by taking care of needed gardening and cleaning up a nature trail and playground equipment.

Then, on Friday, May 29, two separate groups volunteered at two separate activities – one group helped out at The Real Life Center by sorting a food distribution shipment while another group helped new SCAS 5th & 6th grade teacher Shellie Dale and her family unload a moving truck at their new home.

More volunteer opportunities will be announced soon!

Celebration Banquet

banquet picOn Sunday, May 3, the members of the Peachtree City Seventh-day Adventist Church gathered at the Wyndham Peachtree Hotel for their Forward in Faith Celebration Banquet.  The church’s current Forward in Faith stewardship initiative highlights outreach to the community by financially supporting three local non-profit agencies – The Real Life Center, Coweta CASA, and Southwest Christian Care.

The Peachtree City SDA Church began the initiative in March of this year and chose to invite representatives from the three non-profits to the Celebration Banquet.  The agency representatives included Cathy Berggren, Executive Director of The Real Life Center; Traci Corné, Executive Director of Coweta CASA; and, Mike Sorrow, Executive Director  of Southwest Christian Care.

Church members and invited guests dined on a delicious vegetarian meal while celebrating where the church is today and how the church wants to move forward with its new mission and vision.  The church’s mission statement is “to invite our community into a redemptive relationship with Jesus Christ, welcoming people from all walks of life to experience unconditional acceptance with a loving church family.”

After dinner, a short program commenced including music and inspiring messages from church members with the highlight of the celebratory evening being the presentation of checks to each of the three non-profits.  The church was able to give $1,000 checks to each of the non-profit agencies and also promised additional funds from the current stewardship initiative as well as continued support in years to come.  The church’s members will also be actively pursuing volunteer opportunities at each non-profit.

Weird Animals Vacation Bible School

June 23 – 27
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Weird animals
God filled the world with a lot of crazy creatures…including you! When kids feel weird, different, or even lost in a crowd—nothing compares to the extraordinary love of Jesus.

Experiencing God’s Word

At Weird Animals vacation Bible school, kids experience God’s Word in surprising and unforgettable ways! Each day, leaders reinforce one simple Bible truth—which makes it easy for kids to remember and apply to real life!

Events for kids and adults alike! Come join us!

Meet Weird Animals

Power Pac Youth Rally 2014

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Breaking Down the Gates

Date: April 11-12 2014
Where: Peachtree City SDA Church
Featured Speaker: Pastor Jon
Worship Team: Let Your Light Shine (LYLS)
Concert Guest: OBB – Oswald Brothers Band

Friday Night: Rally starts at 7pm (Free)
Worship with LYLS & Pastor Jon

Satuday Morning: Country Breakfast at 10am (Free)
Saturday time of Worship: 11:00am (Free)
Worship with LYLS & Pastor Jon

Saturday Evening: Concert at 6:30pm ($10 ticket purchase in advance)
Pastor Jon & OBB – Oswald Brothers Band
See them live:

Pastor Jonathan Henderson has been in ministry
for the last 20 years. Pastor Jon has enjoyed traveling through the world sharing about the character of God.
He has been the lead Pastor at the Grand Advent Church in Oakland, California since 2003. Pastor Jon also has authored the book, “Worth Every Drop.”
OBB - Oswald Brothers Band
The Oswald Brothers perform regularly for churches and youth groups, while sharing stages with Switchfoot, Big Daddy Weave, Natalie Grant, Point of Grace, Byron “Talkbox” Chambers, SeaBird, KJ-52 and Anthony Evans. In 2013 the brothers scored a high-profile performance slot at Winter Jam Tour Spectacular.

In 2012 Oswald Brothers recorded their first EP (extended play). The Oswalds were asked to be the worship team for Passion Kid at Passion City Church, an Atlanta mega church founded by Louie Giglio and Chris Tomlin.

The brothers released their second EP in early 2013 and were recently signed to Curb Records, home to Tim McGraw, Leann Rimes, The Judds, Natalie Grant, and Mikeschair. The Oswald Brothers have continued building their fan base through touring, social media, and TV appearances on CBS Atlanta, NBC Atlanta, CBS New Orleans.

Visit their website:

See them live:

Dr. Philip Samaan


Dr. Philip Samaan is presently a theology professor at Southern Adventist University. Prior to this he was a professor at the Theological Seminary at Andrews University, also serving as director of the Doctor of Ministry program, the Center for Continuing Education for Ministry, and the M.A. in Pastoral Ministry.

Dr. Samaan was born in the biblical city of Antioch in the country of Syria on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. Thus, he comes to the subject of Middle East politics and religion from the standpoint of a native observer. He was raised in a Christian home in an area of the world where the three monotheistic religions, Judaism, Islam, and Christianity compete over territory and influence. As a teenager in the 1960’s, Samaan immigrated to the United States. You will find his personal perspective refreshing and his theological insights timely.

Among his published works are the books Blood Brothers, Portraits of the Messiah, Christ’s Way to Pray, Christ’s Way of Reaching People, Christ’s Way to Spiritual Growth, Christ’s Way of Making Disciples, and Christ’s Way to Restoration.

Each attendee will receive a copy of Dr. Samaan’s book, “Christ’s Method Alone” to use in our study.

7:00 pm, Friday, Feb. 22 “Islam-Difficult Questions, Clear Answers”
10:00 am, Saturday, Feb. 23 “Christ’s Method Alone”
2:30 pm, Saturday, Feb. 23 Workshop
6:00 pm, Saturday, Feb. 23 “How to Witness to Your Child”