LONGVIEW SABBATH SCHOOL DEPARTMENT
During This Time of Year
During this holiday season, reflect over God's goodness. God has been faithful to us in so many ways. Give God thanks for how he has brought you through another year. Many did not make it. Take time out of your busy day and check on your family and friends. Many are depressed, lonely, struggling financially, and grieving the loss of loved ones. Encourage them and let them know that God says...
"Fear not for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." Isaiah 41:10
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God:" Philippians 6-7
THIS MONTH'S SPOTLIGHT
The Primary Sabbath School Class
The Primary Sabbath School Class members (both the students and the teachers) were
extremely excited when it was announced that we were returning to in-person class. The primary
classroom was cleaned, decorated, and readied for the students’ return. The church even
purchased televisions so that we (and all the lower division classes) can use technology in
delivering the lesson. The teachers studied and prepared and were ready to welcome our precious children – anticipation was very high. On the first Sabbath of in-person class, we had a total of ‘0’ students present – that’s right, not one of our students came. As teachers, we were very disappointed but God knew we needed this extra week to familiarize ourselves with the
technology and to complete the finishing touches on the classroom. The next Sabbath there were 5 eager pupils in the class. The look of pure joy on their faces, their deep and profound comments, and their willingness to participate was heartwarming and well worth the wait.
This quarter we have been studying several important principles:
- We learned the importance of serving God even at home by being kind to invited guests
and helping people who serve God - like our Pastor. When we serve others, we are also
- We learned that God always keeps His promises. He forgives our sins – all we need to do
is just ask. We learned that He has a plan for our future and He molds us according to
His will. He shares both His grace and His power to enable us to carry out His mission.
How do we know that God keeps His promises? The Bible, His holy word, tells us so.
- We worship God when we share our love for Jesus with others. Telling others about His
goodness and love – that’s worship. Telling others about our love for Him – that’s
worship. Listening to good news about Jesus through songs or sermons – that’s worship.
Hands on activities are presented in each lesson. These activities are designed to connect
to real world events and the everyday lives of the students. The Primary Class is actively
recruiting all children ages 5 years to 9 years to join us each week immediately following divine
worship. We would love to have them!
Primary Class Teachers: Ms. Alice Conley, Ms. Darlene Morris, Mrs. Mary Tate
WHY WE LIKE SABBATH SCHOOL
SABBATH SCHOOL DEPARTMENT
Claude Jones, Jr. | Daryl Seay
Sabbath School Advisors
Brenda Cowan | Alicia Steele
Sabbath School Program Director
Sabbath Morning | 11:30 a.m. In-Person
Sabbath School Overtime 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
SABBATH SCHOOL CLASSES
Primary | Mary Tate | Alice Conley | Darlene Morris
Juniors | Tanya Elliott
Teen & Youth | Charlie Folsom, Jr. | Joseph Morris
Young Adults | Brian Johnson
Adult Teachers | Herbert Brown, Jr. | Daryl Seay | Florine Jones | Gwen Simon | Sandra Johnson | Charlean Seay | Roger Turner | Claude Jones, Jr. | Barry Colley
THE BIRTH OF JESUS
In the little town of Nazareth, nestled among the hills of Galilee, was the home of Joseph and Mary, who were afterward known as the earthly parents of Jesus.
Now Joseph was of the lineage, or family, of David; and so, when a decree was sent out for the people to be taxed, he had to go to Bethlehem, the city of David, to have his name enrolled. This was a toilsome journey, as people traveled in those times. Mary, who went with her husband, was very weary as she climbed the hill on which Bethlehem stands. How she longed for a comfortable place in which to rest! But the inns were already full. The rich and proud were well cared for, while these humble travelers had to find rest in a rude building where cattle were sheltered.
Joseph and Mary possessed little of earth's riches, but they had the love of God, and this made them rich in contentment and peace. They were children of the heavenly King, who was about to give them a wonderful honor. Angels had been watching them while they were on their journey, and when night came on, and they went to rest, they were not left alone. Angels were still with them.
There, in that lowly shed, Jesus the Saviour was born and laid in a manger. In that rude cradle lay the Son of the Highest—He whose presence had filled the courts of Heaven with glory.
Before He came to the earth, Jesus was the Commander of the angel hosts. The brightest and most exalted of the sons of the morning heralded His glory at the creation. They veiled their faces before Him as He sat upon His throne. They cast their crowns at His feet, and sang His triumphs as they beheld His greatness. Yet this glorious Being loved the poor sinner, and took upon Him the form of a servant, that He might suffer and die for us.
Jesus might have remained at the Father's side, wearing the kingly crown and the royal robe; but for our sake He chose to exchange the riches of Heaven for the poverty of earth.
He chose to leave His station of high command, to leave the angels who loved Him. The adoration of the heavenly throng He chose to exchange for mockery and abuse by wicked men. From love to us, He accepted a life of hardship and a death of shame. All this Christ did to show how much God loves us. He lived on earth to show how we may honor God by obedience to His will. He did this so that by following His example we may at last dwell with Him in His heavenly home.
The priests and rulers among the Jews were not ready to welcome Jesus. They knew that the Saviour was soon to come, but they expected Him to be a mighty king who would make them rich and great. They were too proud to think of the Messiah as being a helpless child. So when Christ was born, God did not reveal it to them. He sent the glad news to some shepherds who kept their flocks on the hills around Bethlehem. These were good men, and as they watched their sheep by night, they talked together about the promised Saviour, and prayed so earnestly for His coming that God sent bright messengers from His own throne of light to teach them.
“And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. “And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. “And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. “And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. “And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.
“And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.” Luke 2:9-19.
Ellen G. White