Dear Members and Friends of the Harrisburg First Seventh-day Adventist Church,
Have you ever wanted to be a missionary?
When I was an intern pastor in Harrisburg, I was invited to tour the newly built State Correctional Institution in Camp Hill. As a part of our visit the prison chaplain introduced us to a group of prisoners who made up their "Chancel Drama" Group. They presented a play entitled, "Those Darn Fish!".
The story depicted a dialog between two fishermen by the Sea of Galilee. They were co-workers of Peter and were left behind when he went off to follow Jesus. They were constantly complaining to every passerby about the pile of fish that Peter left in his wake for them to clean up. Despite all their complaining, they too had a heart for Jesus. By the end of the story, they realized that they were also called to follow Jesus, and their mission field was where they worked and lived every day.
That really strikes home, doesn't it? A few years back, the Pennsylvania Conference President shared that our state is a mission field, and he cited statistics to illustrate his point. Things haven’t changed much since then, and if Pennsylvania is a mission field, then that makes all of us missionaries. So now what?
Missionaries go into a foreign culture, learn the language, and minister to the needs of the people in order to lead them to Jesus and prepare them for His coming. To we who have been members of the church for a long time, post-Christian America is a foreign culture, and the coronavirus pandemic presents many new challenges. We must work at understanding the needs of people around us and how to reach out during this unique time. If we are going to be like Jesus (MH 143), we must minister to those needs, show sympathy, and win their confidence before pointing them to Jesus.
I encourage every member of our church to consider our calling and engage in a relational approach to our ministry. The Sabbath School lessons this quarter, “Making Friends for God: The Joy of Sharing in His Mission,” focus on this theme and provide practical ways to be “Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.”
“Let’s encourage one another and all the more as we see the day approaching.”
If I or our church family can be of assistance to you during this time, please do not hesitate to
call: 717-652-6000 (church office) 717-652-6005 (pastor’s line)
Pastor Dave Sanner
Important information for Sabbath, July 18, 2020 - - The governor announced this week that indoor gatherings are limited to 25 people; however, he also clarified that this limit does not apply to religious institutions. We will be having the Sabbath School Classes from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. and the Worship Service from 10:45 – 11:45 a.m. During the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, we want to emphasize the importance of keeping our church family and guests safe. Here is the plan for these services:
Funds continue to be needed in our “Combined Budget” fund to cover our ongoing operating expenses and monthly school subsidy. Your church, school, and conference need your continued support. Contributions for tithes and offerings can be made online from the church website (harrisburgadventist.org) or mailed directly to the church address at 424 N Progress Ave., Harrisburg, PA 17109.
The online Evening Vespers with Mike Haas will meet every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 7:15 p.m. (line opens at 7:00 p.m.) with the new series –
“40 Days: Prayers and Devotions on Earth’s Final Events” by Dennis Smith (Book 4)
(This book can be ordered online.)
“Promise and Prayer” – every Monday at 12:15 p.m. with Pastor Sanner
To join in through our conference call line - Call this Number: 515-606-5444
Then enter this Access Code as directed: 549090#
***There is better quality of sound, and video is available, when you connect via the internet. Just go to https://www.freeconferencecall.com/downloads where you can download and install the app of your choice on your PC or tablet. For iPhone and Android users, you can download the freeconferencecall.com app from the iTunes store or the Google Play store. Once you install the software on your device and sign in, you will want to join our online meeting with online meeting ID “424hfsda”. You’ll have the option of joining with audio, video, or both. Feel free to contact Mike Haas if you want to test it out.
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