In Person Sabbath School and Church

Adult Sabbath School is meeting in the sanctuary at 9:30 a.m.. There is one adult class upstairs and all the children's classes will meet downstairs. Everyone is welcome!

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Everyone is welcome to attend the worship hour. It starts at 10:45 a.m.  

We broadcast Church live on youtube.com. Church will start at 10:45 AM.  Go to youtube.com and search for "greeley sda".  Click on the circle with the church picture.  You may need to choose the "Videos" tab.

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Devotional Thoughts

Reflections from a Funeral -  December 18, 2021, Sabbath,  Jerry and I were sitting in church, a Lutheran Church, waiting for a funeral service to begin.  A co-worker and friend of Jerry’s had died suddenly from a heart attack.  Jerry had talked with him at the mall just a few days prior to his death.  As I sat waiting for the service to begin, I have to admit I wondered where was the joy this Christmas season.  Two funerals for co-workers in the past few weeks, a brother-in-law recovering from open-heart surgery, our older daughter recovering from a recent surgery, our younger daughter, an ICU nurse, needing to work Christmas day, a virus that doesn’t end, unprecedented disasters and violence.  I thought of the joy of past Christmas seasons – so much family togetherness and fun.  Where was the joy this season?

As I sat there, I noticed a rather elaborate nativity display in the front up rather high.  There was the stable with the manger, Mary and Joseph, the shepherds, and various animals.  And of course, Baby Jesus, the only real reason for joy this season!

As the deceased man had been in the Navy, the service drew to a close with someone playing Taps, with the flag being unfolded, then refolded and presented to a weeping widow.  Then the service concluded with the song, “Scars in Heaven.”  Even though we as Adventists may not totally agree with all the theology in the song, I thought the chorus was very meaningful:

       The only scars in heaven, they won’t belong to me and you,

       There’ll be no such thing as broken and all the old will be made new.

       And the thought that makes me smile now, even as the tears fall down

       Is that the only scars in heaven are on the hands that hold you now.

How thankful we can be for the scars on Jesus’ hands.  That is the main real reason for rejoicing this holiday season!

Sharon Oster

Our lives are often full of trials. During these times, it's easy to want to be far displaced from the situations tormenting us, and if we can't escape from those times we often ask God to show us a sign that we are on the right path. I've been feeling that way recently. 

School has been stressful and it's a constant battle to prioritize family, school, friends and God. My schoolwork is constantly at the front giving me deadlines and hoops to jump through, my family is there trying to help me out and guide me along, my friends are literally right down the hall. But God isn't physically here, He’s not screaming in my ear that I’m gonna get a bad grade. Because of this it's easy to put Him on the backburner, to say “I’ll catch up with you on Sabbath” or “God you're always there so when I find a time that's not busy I'll put in the effort.” 

I am feeling distant from God. I haven't had a definite devotional schedule and although it's great to go to vespers it can’t make up for the one on one time with our Savior. Because of this I've been feeling estranged from God. Not like I feel lost or unsaved but just apart. Life is stressful and I need His guidance but I haven’t been communing with Him like I should so I feel lost and confused. My heart is asking “what am I supposed to do Lord? Show me a sign that I’m on the right path.” 

The other day I was reading John 6 with some friends and we each had to choose a verse that stood out to us. The verses I chose were John 6:8,9. 

The context is the story of the five loaves and three fish. Jesus asks Philip how they will feed all the people gathered to listen to Jesus. Philip makes the observation that not even a half year's wages would pay for a single loaf of bread for each person. This is where we pick up.

8 One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him, 9 “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?”

This passage stood out to me because Andrew doesn't wait for Jesus to show him a miracle. Instead, Andrew takes the initiative and goes out to find the food. He steps out in faith and begins doing the work even when he doesn’t understand the plan.

This is how we need to live. I have had a difficult time understanding the path laid before me, but I need to live by faith and principle. I may not see miracles around me but that doesn’t mean I have to wait to begin a good work.

--Gideon Logan

Lost and Found - Jerry and I were living in Lamar, CO, our first pastoral district after leaving the seminary.  Jerry was gone for the day making some visits.  I was home with our two children and another little boy, the son of some of our church members, who had come to play with our son.  The two little boys, ages 4 and 5 years, were playing on a vacant lot directly across the street from our house.  We lived on a dead-end street with no traffic, and they were happily digging in some dirt piles.

I was doing my best to keep a close eye on them while also taking care of our baby.  Once when I glanced out the window, they were not on the vacant lot.  I started searching for them in the yard and close by in the neighborhood.  (We were a one-car family and this was long before cell phones.)  Jerry finally came home and immediately started driving around searching.  We called the visiting boy’s mother who started searching.  Eventually, the police were notified.  They, too, started searching.  As evening was approaching as well as a predicted storm, the police put it on the radio.

A pastor from another denomination heard the radio announcement and decided to join the search.  Before too long he spotted two little boys fitting the description on the radio.  They were happily playing in a churchyard.  He brought them home to some very happy, relieved parents!  Their explanation:  they needed a shovel in the other little boy’s garage.  Nevermind that they had to walk nearly a mile and cross a busy highway.  And, of course, talking to me about their plan would  have been a really good idea!  (We saw the other little boy’s parents many years later.  The very first thing they said was, “Remember when . . .”  Of course, we did and still do 47 years later!)

Thinking of this story reminds me of the story Jesus told about the shepherd searching for his one lost sheep. (Luke 15:1-7)  “The darker and more tempestuous the night and the more perilous the way, the greater is the shepherd’s anxiety and the more earnest his search.”  (COL, p. 188) Nothing else mattered until the one little lamb was safely back in the fold.  Knowing how I felt that evening when I saw those two boys get out of that stranger’s car helps me in a small way understand how Jesus, the Good Shepherd, must feel when His sheep return safely to the fold.  He says, “Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost.” Luke 15:6

Sharon Oster 

Calmness and a Gentle Tongue - “A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger.”  Proverbs 15:1 

There was a story on the news this summer about a Texas couple with a baby hiking in our Colorado mountains.  They rounded a bend in the trail and came within a few feet of a mountain lion.  As they stood there a bit stunned, a second mountain lion appeared.  The baby started crying, but the couple remained very calm.  In fact, the father stressed several times that they stayed calm.  Thanks to a cell phone, 911 coverage, and a helicopter, they were rescued.  I thought of the text in Daniel 6:22: “The Lord sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths.”  Thanks to a calm demeanor, a helicopter rescue, and/or an angel (?), they lived to tell the story.

This story reminded me of an experience a pastor and his wife had years ago hiking in the Colorado mountains.  They rounded a bend in the trail and came face to face with a bear.  After a few moments of startled silence, the pastor’s wife began talking very softly and sweetly to the bear.  He seemed to enjoy hearing how soft his fur was and what pretty eyes he had until he finally ambled off into the woods.  Soft, pleasant words and no doubt an angel’s protecting care.

There is a story in the Bible when David became very upset with Nabal because he refused to give much needed provisions to David and his men.  So David planned an encounter to punish Nabal, but Abigail, Nabal’s wife, interceded.  She not only brought ample provisions, but because of her grace and kindness prevented the attack.  Mrs. White says, “Would that there were many more like this woman of Israel, who would soothe the irritated feelings, prevent rash impulses, and quell great evils by words of calm and well-directed wisdom.”  (Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 667)

Solomon says, “A gentle tongue breaks a bone.”  (Proverbs 25:15)  It seems as if a gentle tongue can calm mountain lions, bears, and people, too!

--Sharon Oster

Greetings Greeley Church Family! - It’s interesting for me to read this newsletter or the texted prayer requests because there are an increasing number of names that I don’t recognize! On the one hand that’s very strange but on the other hand praise God for His leading in Greeley!

I have missed worshipping with you all every week but I am thankful for the chance to be studying religion at Weimar University in California. My class load is heavy this year but I have seen and continue to see God’s leading. Here are three short examples.

I am an active member of the Mission Club, a prototype of an in-reach program that the General Conference is beginning. We are able to connect with missionaries from all over the world through Zoom sessions, to read books regarding prayer, storytelling, and other such topics, and to interact with advisors and contacts such as John Baxter (the recruitment director for Adventist Frontier Missions), Paul Ratsara (director of the Masters in Biblical Missions and Wellness), and Theresa Costello (a mission director through the General Conference). The counsel we’re gaining now—be it theoretical or practical—is such that will empower us to serve God wherever we may go, but particularly in the foreign mission field to reach the unreached. Did you know that, mathematically, the work that we have been given, to reach every people group for Christ, could easily be completed in as few as twenty-five years? Yet 99% of missionaries today go to work with other Christians rather than those who have never heard the name of Jesus. Shame on us!

Yet as willing as we may be, this work is not humanly possible. For over a year now, a core group of students on campus have been earnestly praying for revival at Weimar and I am honored to report that it is here! An interest in allowing Christ to work His plan of perfection in us is spreading unprecedentedly across the campus and we are beginning to rejoice in God’s rich blessings. One student told me how she had not had time to study for her midterms due to personal struggles but chose to rely on God’s wisdom rather than stressing. The Lord answered her prayer and she did well on everything! We ask for your prayers that the Holy Spirit would continue to be poured out without measure despite Satan’s attacks.

While we are preparing to serve God wherever and whenever He may lead, sometimes things move more quickly than we expect. An opportunity has presented itself for me to travel to Bolivia over Christmas break with a few friends to serve God at Instituto Quebrada León. Five years ago, this mission training school broke ground for a much-needed lifestyle center to reach out to the community, but due to a lack of workers, has been unable to finish it. Our goal is to complete the center and we know that in God’s strength it will be possible! Prayers requested that God’s guidance will be obvious to all and that His Spirit will be present on this trip.

To close, “Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it. Brethren, pray for us” (1 Thessalonians 5:24-25). Just as God is working at Weimar, I trust that He is working in Greeley and praise Him for it! I pray that you all will enjoy a happy Sabbath this week and move forward in service to Him.


Sabbath School at 9:30 A.M.

Worship Service at 10:50 A.M.

Upcoming Events

Sabbath School
January 22, 2022 at 9:30 AM
Pastor Eric Nelson
January 22, 2022 at 10:45 AM
Pastor Rodney Bieber
January 29, 2022 at 10:45 AM
To be announced
February 5, 2022 at 10:45 AM


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