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Personal From Ministerial and Member Services: October 27, 2022

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Personal From Ministerial and Member Services

October 27, 2022

Now that we are all back from the Feast, I truly hope we have all been reinvigorated and energized physically, spiritually and mentally to move forward together in pleasing God and Christ and doing Their will for God’s Church. From all reports I have heard, once again we have enjoyed observing God’s festivals and we have had a wonderful, inspiring Feast! Our next issue of the United News will have various reports from Feast sites around the world.

This coming Sabbath, the vast majority of our congregations will be observing a very meaningful and powerful custom in God’s Church that we have derived from the very example of Jesus Christ Himself. Jesus clearly loved the little children and enjoyed spending time with them. No doubt, He saw the tremendous value in loving, caring, providing for, and protecting all God’s little children.

“Then little children were brought to Him that He might put His hands on them and pray, but the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.’ And He laid His hands on them and departed from there” (Matthew 19:13-15 Matthew 19:13-15 [13] Then were there brought to him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them. [14] But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come to me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. [15] And he laid his hands on them, and departed there.
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God looks over to protect and bless His and our little children. It is very important that we treat the little children among us with love and respect. Your example of love and concern will make a big difference in the lives of our children and how they perceive God’s Church. Let us all do our part to encourage any little children who assemble with us each Sabbath and at any of our activities throughout the year.

Ambassador Bible College has resumed classes after the Feast and please note that the first session of our class recordings on the book of Acts is now available in video format for you online.

We are now gearing up for our annual United Youth Camps planning meeting on Nov. 8–9, as we continually strive to improve our camp program from year to year.

Also, we have begun to process and organize the input from the recent congregational survey which is instrumental in helping us to better understand and address the needs of our congregations here in the United States.

As always, we greatly appreciate your dedication to God and your prayers for the Council of Elders, all of us in the administration at the home office, all our pastors and elders, and our members. Please especially remember to fervently reach out to God on behalf of our brethren in Angola who are facing great difficulty after the government’s decision prohibiting them from meeting together.

May you all have a rich and rewarding Sabbath as we all prepare to observe it around the world as God intended from the creation of humankind!