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A MOMENT WITH PASTOR LUKE

Hey Church! As Christmas draws closer and closer, I can’t help but dwell on the ultimate gift to us as human beings, Jesus. What a complete plot twist within the story of humanity. It seemed like we were on a collision course with self destruction; sin, hate, and selfishness ran rampant, and yet here comes God Himself as a vulnerable babe being born to a humble couple. And with Jesus, a completely new narrative is written. A better story.

I wonder what the world would look like if we embraced that better story more completely. A story where imperfection doesn’t disqualify, or struggle is seen as weakness. A story where love is true north instead of upward mobility within caste systems. A story where sacrifice for neighbors and enemies is commonplace instead of a random feel good story throughout the year. A completely better story. Jesus gifts us through Himself a better story, and all He asks of us is to embrace it fully.

As Peter stepped out of the boat and began walking on water, he was embracing Jesus’ story for himself and the world. It was when the waves caused him to doubt in the validity of Jesus’ work that he fell splashing into the sea. And yet, instead of Jesus rebuking Peter and saying, “if only you were more perfect!”, there is Jesus helping Peter up out of the water so he can again continue to learn how to embrace this better story of the Gospel.

This year God has blessed our church in allowing us, despite a pandemic, to grow and see others embrace Jesus and the Gospel. The next two Sabbaths will both be ones of high celebration as we will be having three baptisms tomorrow, and then another baptism on the 26th! This is all because of God working through us, and in us, to be lights to those around us.

When I think of these four souls making a commitment to surrender to Christ and embrace His story as the true story of history, I can’t help but also think of those within our communities who might find themselves almost like a character in a bad story, and in dire need of a new author to help them rewrite theirs. Thankfully, that is what Jesus specializes in! He is the author and finisher of our faith! So if you know someone who feels stuck in a bad story, reach out to them and ask God to enable you to share His story so they too can learn to embrace it.

Happy Sabbath, Church!

Pastor Luke

EVENTS

Prayer Line EVERY Night @ 8 pm: Phone 515-603-3162; Passcode 960362# (Send any prayer request to aetichy@att.net)

Every Wednesday: Loops of Love @ 7 PM

Marsh Baby Shower: January (details to come)

YEAR-END GIVING

2020 has been a financially difficult year for most of us, and the church is no exception. As the year-end approaches, it may be advantageous for you to consider various tax-saving strategies for your philanthropic giving. Please see below for information about giving to the Alpharetta SDA Church Budget. Please note that we do not have a full time employee to answer financial questions about year-end giving, but Don Bunch, our Treasurer, is available to answer questions or provide assistance through the week at 404-784-2049.

CASH: Gifts of cash made by personal check should be postmarked by December 31. Please note “Alpharetta SDA Church Budget” on the memo line.

CREDIT CARD: The fastest way to give to your local Church Budget is to make your gift online by December 31 and designate to the local fund of your choice. 

WIRE: Wells Fargo, 3275 Buford Dr, Buford, GA 30519, 770-831-2960. Routing Number: 061000227. Acct Number: 2000133921083.

Additionally, please consider the following: 

MATCHING GIFTS: A corporate matching gift is an excellent way to increase the impact of your personal gift. More than 15,000 corporations have a matching gift program, so please inquire with your HR department today about directing a matching gift to the Alpharetta SDA Church.

We are grateful for the many ways you support Alpharetta SDA Church throughout the year. Every gift we receive makes a direct impact on maintaining our facilities, church ministries, and our ability to bring Christ to the world through our church family. 

TO GIVE ONLINE, GO TO: www.adventistgiving.org/#/org/ANTFAL

The Alpharetta Church is pleased to announce that our Kid’s Sabbath Schools are back! There are two Children’s Division classes that meet in the Fellowship Hall at 10 am each Sabbath. Ages 12 and under meet on one side, ages 13 and up meet on the other side with a divider between the classes. Social distancing and masks are strongly encouraged for everyone’s safety. Welcome back!

Current Series

Read listen, watch, and download here! www.alpharettasda.com/sermons

Check out our SPOTIFY playlist created by Alpharetta Church Praise & Worship/AV team!

CLOTHING DRIVE
During this season of giving, we are partnering with the Forsyth County public school system to meet needs of disadvantaged elementary and high school students. We will be collecting jackets, shoes, pants, shirts, etc. Please contact Barbara Ratterree for more information at: 404-358-3618 or bratterree485@gmail.com

WORTHY FAMILY PROJECT
We are adopting Chastity Hogan and her family for Christmas. They are the ones who lost their home to a fire in September. Please contact Barbara Ratterree for more information at: 404-358-3618 or bratterree485@gmail.com

ASDAC COVID SAFETY POLICY

SABBATH SCHOOL AND WORSHIP SERVICE INFO

Our streaming Adult Sabbath School & Worship Service is presented LIVE at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., respectively, on our YouTube page each Sabbath. Gather the family and tune in for a special time of worship, prayer, praise, inspiration and relevant teaching with your Alpharetta church family, and enjoy the Sabbath!

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