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.”
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.
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.
With 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.
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!
Challenging you to experience the fullness of life in Christ