You can also access the weekly church bulletin, monthly calendar and newsletter from the home page to keep better informed as to what’s happening at the Grants Pass Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Main church service on Sabbath, January 18, 2020 – 10:50 AM
Today we welcome Pastor Jeff Potts, who is visiting from Canada. Pastor Potts will have a sermon on “Relational Evangelism: Homes of Hope” and then in the afternoon he’ll host a training session on “How to Lead an Effective Thunder Group”. Stay for both and be blessed!
Fellowship Meal for Sabbath, January 18, 2020
All are welcome to join us for a vegetarian potluck meal held in the Better Living Center (BLC) after the main church service. This week’s Sabbath Fellowship Meal will be hosted by church members whose last names begin with O – R. The new quarter’s Fellowship Meal Schedule is in your bulletin. Please note this is a REVISED schedule. Or you can view it here.
Ten Days of Prayer January 8 – 17
We live in serious times which calls for serious prayer. This year’s 10 Days of Prayer began Wednesday, January 8, and runs nightly at 6:30 pm until Friday, January 17. In conclusion of our program, we will be having an anointing service on Saturday night, January 18th, at 6:00 PM in the Youth Chapel. Please contact Donna Griffith if you would like to be anointed. Click HERE to View Flyer.
Estate Planning January 22
Ted Perry, Planned Giving and Trust Officer for the Oregon Conference, will be available to meet with members in the Medford and Grants Pass areas on Wednesday, January 22 to help find answers to your estate planning needs. To make an appointment, please call Ted directly at 503-850-3567.
“Healing the Divide” January 25
Wayne Blakely, author and speaker with Know His Love Ministries, will present “Healing the Divide: Love, LGBT+ Culture & the Church” on Sabbath, January 25. There will be three presentations, all held at the Grants Pass Seventh-day Adventist Church. Beginning at 9:30 AM, Blakely will share his testimony and what God revealed to him in “Born That Way.” At 11:00 AM, he will present “Shaken to the Foundation.” Closing the series, Blakely will screen the documentary Journey Interrupted, starting at 2:30 PM. This series will prompt difficult and sensitive conversations that are important in these times. We ALL want to be loved and accepted. As Jesus demonstrates His love for us, He invites us to let go of what is not good for us. And He promises not to abandon us on our life journey. He also invites us to love one another in our walk with Him. These presentations are free, and all are welcome to attend. Click HERE to View Flyer.
Religious Liberty Offering January 25
The Religious Liberty offering on January 25 goes towards helping individuals who struggle with workplace issues due to Sabbath observance or other religious beliefs. The offering also helps in supporting legislation aimed at protecting religious liberty, as well as distributing the SDA-sponsored publication, Liberty Magazine, to thought leaders nationwide. Please consider prayerfully how you may be able to give toward these important efforts.
Sabbath School Teachers Retreat February 1
We’re calling all Sabbath School teachers and leaders to save the date of February 1 from 1:00 to 5:00 PM for a Sabbath afternoon gathering at the home of Les and Melissa Derfler. We will begin with a potluck-style meal, then explore ways to better serve our congregation and increase class attendance. This Sabbath School meeting for teachers and leaders is one that you won’t want to miss! For more information, call or text Bob Dale at 541-226-5393.
Dr. Alexander Tutunov in concert at the Grants Pass SDA Church February 15
The Grants Pass Seventh-day Adventist Church is excited to present Dr. Alexander Tutunov in an evening recital of classical piano favorites. This performance will be on Saturday, February 15, 2020, starting at 7:00 p.m. Russian-born Tutunov is widely recognized as one of the most outstanding virtuosos of the former Soviet Union. He is a First Prize winner of the Belarusian and Russian National Piano Competitions. Dr. Tutunov is the artistic director of the International Piano Institute at Southern Oregon University. He maintains a busy performing schedule in Europe, China, and the United States. This is an unbelievable opportunity to attend a world-class performance, free of charge.
Music Vespers every 3rd Friday of the month
The music committee is presenting Friday night sing-along Vespers program on the 3rd Friday of each month beginning at 7:00 pm in the sanctuary. Come join the fun and be part of a great Sabbath blessing! January 17th — singers from Gateway Church will be leading out for the vespers.
Dorcas/Adventist Community Services
As winter is now here, many in our community are needing extra help — especially to keep warm! Dorcas has currently run out of blankets and towels and heaters. There’s also a large demand for shoes, in particular men’s shoes size 10+. If you have anything you can donate, please stop by the Dorcas office. Thank you!
2020 Bible and SOP Reading Program Outline
Each year we seek to deepen our walk with God using the Bible and one of the Conflict Series books by Ellen White. Next year’s reading program outline combines the Bible and Patriarchs and Prophets. If you have a hard time understanding the Bible, this is a great way to enhance your study. Outlines are available in the foyer. Please note that the outline follows a Patriarchs and Prophets book or app that starts Ch 1 on page 33. Please contact Donna Griffith for more information.
Join the Choir for Easter!
Love to sing? Missed your chance to be in the Christmas Program but want to be part of the next musical event? You have the opportunity to do just that as the choir is planning an Easter Cantata for early Spring. If you have a good ear for music, can sing on key and like to work with folks who are high energy and fun, then, come sing with the Laudation Singers. Choir will begin rehearsals on Thursday, January 9 at 6:00 PM. We invite you to come and see for yourself how we make beautiful music together while praising our Lord and Savior. Sight reading of music is helpful but not required.
Prayer for Our Children
Each week, after the main church service has ended, we get together to pray for our children, whether they are in the church or not. Please feel free to join us in bringing our petitions to God. He is faithful and loves our children more than we do! We meet in the room behind the organ.
There will be a Sing-Along Vespers at the Medford SDA Church at 7:00 PM on January 31. Join us for an hour of singing beloved hymns and beautiful praise songs. Hot drinks to follow in the Fireside Room. Contact Val Morse for more information.
Seeking Student Sponsorship
If you can help sponsor a Grants Pass church member’s child who is attending RVAA, please contact the church office at 541-476-6313. There is also another student who is attending Walla Walla who would appreciate some sponsorship as well. Please call the church office for that information.
K-12 Scholarship Fund
If you would like to impact a child’s life through Adventist education, please consider contributing to the Oregon Conference’s K-12 Scholarship program. For more information, please see the flyers located at the personal ministries window.
Our College Members
Women’s Ministry plans to send small care packages to our church family members in college as a reminder that they are loved by their church family as well as by their immediate family. If you have a daughter or son in college, please send their mailing address to Linda Wagner at: email@example.com. Also, if you would like to help with this ministry, please let Linda know.
Women’s Study Group
The Prayer Ministry’s Women’s Study Group meets on Wednesdays at 12:00 PM in the Multipurpose Room. All women are encouraged to come to the study and enjoy the fellowship of other women in our church. Please bring the book Early Writings by Ellen White with you. For more information, please contact Donna Griffith.
Haskell’s Bible Study
The church office has loose-leaf copies of Adventist Pioneer Stephen N. Haskell’s Bible Handbook. The Prayer Ministry is encouraging people to use this resource for either personal Bible Study or to start a small group. Please see either Donna Griffith or Kii Morse if you would be interested in either participating in, or hosting a small group study in your home.
If you are in grades 5 – 10, we invite you to come and join the Grants Pass Pathfinder Club where our focus is to learn many life skills and make lifelong memories in an environment that is Christ-like, safe, and enjoyable. Weekly meetings are at the Grants Pass SDA School each Monday beginning at 5:30 PM.
If you know of anyone who would like/needs a personal visit, please contact Sandy Page at 541-218-8740.
Did you know that our church has a Communications Ministry? Our mission is to uplift Jesus and share information about the church. However, to send the word out, we need you to remind us of upcoming events that need attention. We will work with you to get the information out to our local newspaper, radio, website, and television stations. The earlier we know about these, the faster and broader the information can be shared with the world!
Mid-Week Prayer Meeting
Due to the increasing intensity of events in our world, we’ve decided to use the book Last Day Events as our new study guide. We will continue our sharing time along with the study time. We would love to see you on Wednesdays at 6:30 PM in the Youth Chapel.
Do you wish for a closer walk with God? Do you find yourself longing for a deeper experience with the Lord? Do you find the testimonies of others to be inspiring and uplifting? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, come join us for the IMPACT meetings! We meet the second and fourth Fridays of each month at 6:30 PM in the Youth Chapel. You will indeed find yourself impacted by the Holy Spirit.
Many in the community of Grants Pass are blessed with food and clothing that is distributed from our center. As winter is now here, the number of people in need increases, as does our need for helpers/workers in the Dorcas, Thrift Store, and Soup Kitchen. Any amount of time you can volunteer, in any position, would be greatly appreciated. Please call 541-660-9088 for more information. Thank you! Currently, we are in desperate need of towels, blankets, and shoes, especially men’s size 10+.
Quilts for Kids Ministry
Do you have the desire to be the hands of Jesus? A homemade blanket or quilt will share the love of Jesus in a tangible way, bringing comfort and security. Help is needed in many ways. For more information please contact Rebekah Hill at 509-310-3171.
Private Prayer on Sabbath
If you come to church on Sabbath with burdens and a heavy heart and would like someone to pray with you, look for a person wearing a “May I Pray for You?” button. They will be happy to take you aside and lift your burdens to our Lord.
Appointments and Visitations
Pastor Byrd’s office hours are generally on Tuesdays from 2:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Please contact the church office at 541-476-6313 to schedule Pastor Byrd’s office appointments.
Pastor Tanner’s office hours are generally on Wednesdays from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Please email him directly at PastorTanner@GrantsPassChurch.com or call or text his cell phone 509-690-6799 to schedule an office appointment or a home visitation.
Volunteer Opportunity: Help Former Refugees Build a Better Life
The Center for Online Evangelism needs volunteers to fill two vitally important roles: Student Coach, and Fundraiser. If you would like more information about either of these opportunities, please email: info@CenterForOnlineEvangelism.org or visit: www.COErwanda.com. There is also information on the foyer table.
Romans Bible Study
One of the key messages that comes through in the book of Romans is the righteousness of Christ, which God desires to give to all who will seek Him. Join Bible Worker Chuck Austin each Tuesday at 4:00 PM in the Youth Chapel.
Grants Pass Seventh-day Adventist School News
Box Tops for School
You can continue to support the Grants Pass Seventh-day Adventist School with your Box Tops. Traditional Box Tops are being phased out. Instead, you can download an app and scan your store receipts. This gives immediate credit to our school. To download the app, as well as find instructions, please visit http://www.boxtops4education.com/. For more information, please contact the school office at 541-479-2293.
You can help the Grants Pass Adventist School in the following ways: 1) Pray for our school, students & staff. 2) Clip and save the “Box Tops for Education” from select products and turn them in to the school. 3) Shop at the School Veggie Food Store on Tuesday and Thursdays where all profits fund student scholarships. 4) Connect your Fred Meyer Rewards card to the school at www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards. Every time you shop a portion of the sale amount will be donated to the school. 5) Save your bottles and cans that have Oregon redemption value and bring them to the school. Please contact the school office for more information at 541-479-2293.
School Veggie Store
The school’s Veggie Store is open on Tuesdays from noon to 4:00 PM and Thursdays from 3:00 – 6:00 PM. Proceeds from sales at the store benefit our school and our students. Due to the holidays, the Veggie Food Store will be CLOSED on December 26 and 31, and also on January 2. So the last day of this year they will be open is Tuesday December 24th.
If you’d like to hear about new products and any sales that are happening at the Veggie Food Store, please contact the school with your name and email address. Please call the school at 541-479-2293 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Loma Blue – Loma Linda has introduced a new line of food products with healthier ingredients! They now have a variety of complete meal solutions as well as several canned products that are non-GMO, vegan, and contain no food dyes. Several gluten-free items are available as well. Look for the blue labels at the School’s Veggie Food Store. Hours on Tuesdays are from noon to 4:00 PM and on Thursdays from 3:00 – 6:00 PM. Remember that all profits are used to fund student scholarships.
ABC Sales Flyers
Please visit the Adventist Book Center website: abcflyer.com to submit your request to receive the ABC sale flyers via email. If you should need assistance, please call them at 503-850-3300. A variety of new books are now available. For all the details, download the sale flyer at www.abcflyer.com
Spanish Worship Service
Every Sabbath, many of our Spanish-speaking brothers and sisters gather together with invited friends to have Sabbath School (9:30 AM) and worship service in Spanish (11:00 AM). These services are held each Saturday, downstairs in our Youth Chapel. A Spanish potluck is generally scheduled for the first and third Sabbaths of the month. Please get the word out and keep our Spanish group in your prayers!
A Special Remembrance
Thinking about donating church flowers in memory of a loved one? You will now have the opportunity to submit a favorite photo of that person, or persons, including the dates of birth and passing. This will be projected on the screen Sabbath morning along with the other announcements. If you are interested, please contact the church office at 541-476-6313.
A floral arrangement is a beautiful way to honor or remember someone you love or admire and is a blessing for our congregation and the extended TV viewing audience as well. Please reserve a Sabbath of your choice on the calendar located in the church office hallway.
Church Communications Online
We provide email communications for all church members who would like to be added to the group list. You can receive the weekly bulletin, monthly Newsletter, general announcements or be added to our Prayer Chain by sending your email address and request to email@example.com. You may select any specific communications or all three. If you have any questions, please contact Kii at the church office at 541-476-6313.
Our Church Library has a selection of “free” books to give away. The books will be available after the Worship Hour each Sabbath, or you may contact Andie at 458-212-4020. For those who have checked out items, please remember to renew or return them.
A Focus on Stewardship
God enables us to give when we have nothing to give. What an awesome God! Counsels on Stewardship, pg 120 puts it this way, “Some are willing to give according to what they have… They have no income that they can spare from the necessities of their families. But there are many of this class who might ask themselves the question, ‘Am I giving according to what I might have had?’”
The Email Prayer Chain
It may be activated by calling the following numbers in the order given until you reach someone:
1. Church Office 541-476-6313 or firstname.lastname@example.org (during office hours: Monday – Thursday 9 AM – 3 PM)
2. Donna Griffith 541- 597-2055 or email@example.com (after hours and weekends for EMERGENCY prayer requests)
We welcome prayer requests as we believe in the power of prayer, and we have many prayer warriors in our congregation! The policy for the Prayer Chain is to send out prayer requests that only come directly from the person involved, or from another individual who has their permission. Also, please contact Donna Griffith personally only if it’s an emergency and can’t wait until the church office is open. You are welcome to leave a message on the church phone and we’ll get it the next business day. Thank you!
NPUC Gleaner Online
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Signs of the Times
Signs of the Times® invites readers to live as Christians in modern North American society. Within its 64 pages, each month readers will find news, tips, and articles on how to live a healthy Christian lifestyle. This fourcolor magazine emphasizes Christ’s Second Advent and the prophecies and “signs” that indicate the nearness of this event. If you would like to receive this magazine monthly, you can subscribe online at Adventist Book Center.
If you have a special church event that you would like live streamed, please contact Gary McGinnis at 541-324-0259.
“LIKE” us on Facebook!
We have a church page on Facebook (“Grants Pass Adventist”) to keep you informed about upcoming events and for you to share with others in our community!
Do you have a son or daughter serving in the Military?
Any members who have a child or grandchild serving our country in the military are asked to submit that name to the Church Office. We have members who wish to keep in contact with them.
DO YOU HAVE AN ANNOUNCEMENT you would like to post on this page? Please e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with “web info” in the subject line and we will post it as space allows.