This weekend at TAF…

We hope you can join us tomorrow.
 
Our breakfast, Bible studies and fellowship begins at 10:00am.  Our worship service will begin at 11:00am.  Matt Stockdale will resume his Fit For Life sermon series with a sermon entitled Physically Fit.  Join us for lunch afterwards as we are having lasagna.  
 
Don’t forget to check-in on Facebook each week.  TAF will make a donation to Second Harvest Food Bank for each and every check-in this month.  
 
Emilie Eglinger is going on a Mission Trip through Southern Adventist University.  Please consider helping her raise money for this trip.  You can donate at: https://www.gofundme.com/mexico-missiontrip-mountaineering.  
 
Men’s Ministry will meet tonight (Friday) at 7:00pm at the TAF Outreach Center.  
 
Our next church social will be Saturday, February 10 from 7:00 to 9:00pm at the TAF Outreach Center.  This will be a dessert social with games, a bake off and music.  If you want to participate in the bake off, email your name and dessert to TAFBakeOff@gmail.com.  
 
Don’t forget to support TAF financially.  Together, we can continue to reach our community and present the love and saving grace of Jesus Christ.
 
We hope to see you tomorrow!


This weekend at TAF…

​We hope you can join us tomorrow.  

 
Our breakfast, Bible studies and fellowship begins at 10:00am.  Our worship service will begin at 11:00am.  Our guest speaker will be Walter Pintos.  Pastor Pintos is the Associate Ministerial Director of the Upper Columbia Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.  Pastor Pintos’ sermon is entitled What Is God Up To?  Join us for lunch afterwards as we are having Asian food.  After lunch, Pastor Pintos will present 3 short seminars entitled: God The Cartographer, Call Of Duty – CC2, and God Uses Verizon.  Make sure you stay for these seminars.  
 
Don’t forget to check-in on Facebook each week.  TAF will make a donation to Second Harvest Food Bank for each and every check-in this month.  
 
Emilie Eglinger is going on a Mission Trip next semester through Southern Adventist University.  Please consider helping her raise money to pay for this trip.  You can donate at: https://www.gofundme.com/mexico-missiontrip-mountaineering.  
 
Our next church social will be Saturday, February 10 from 7:00 to 9:00pm at the TAF Outreach Center.  This will be a dessert social with games, a bake off and music.  If you want to participate in the bake off, email your name and dessert to TAFBakeOff@gmail.com.  
 
Tithe and Offering Tax Receipts for 2017 will be available tomorrow at church.  
 
Be sure to check the church calendar for a list of events (Women’s Bible study, regular Bible Study, men’s basketball, socials, etc.) throughout the week.
 
We will be providing the evening meal at the Open Door Ministries shelter in High Point Saturday night.  If you are able to help, please see Roy Foster.  
 
Don’t forget to support TAF financially.  Together, we can continue to reach our community and present the love and saving grace of Jesus Christ.  
 
We hope to see you tomorrow!!  


This weekend at TAF…

We hope you can join us tomorrow.
 
Our breakfast, Bible studies and fellowship begins at 10:00am.  Our worship service will begin at 11:00am.  Matt Stockdale will continue his Fit For Life sermon series.  This week’s sermon is entitled Emotionally Fit.  Join us for lunch afterwards as we are having soup and sandwiches.  
 
Don’t forget to check-in on Facebook each week.  TAF will make a donation to Second Harvest Food Bank for each and every check-in this month.  
 
Our next church social will be Saturday, February 10 from 7:00 to 9:00pm at the TAF Outreach Center.  This will be a dessert social with games, a bake off and music.  If you want to participate in the bake off, email your name and dessert to TAFBakeOff@gmail.com.  
 
A Women’s Bible study has started on Monday nights from 7:30 to 9:00pm.  They are meeting at Mary Wilcox’s home (5949 Stigall Road, Kernersville, NC) and are using the book She’s Still There by Chrystal Evans Hurst.  
 
A GriefShare group starts at the TAF Outreach Center tomorrow and each Saturday afternoon (2:30 to 4:00pm) for thirteen weeks.  This is a free course that is open to the public.  
 
Men’s Ministry is starting soon at TAF.  A group will be attending the Triad Men’s Summit featuring Dr. Tony Evans at First Christian Church in Kernersville on January 20 from 9:15am to 2:30pm.  This event costs $20 and lunch is provided.  Men are free to participate in our group even if you aren’t able to attend this Summit.  If you have any questions, contact Bill Shaw at 336-613-2015 or billshaw10@gmail.com.  
 
Don’t forget to support TAF financially.  Together, we can continue to reach our community and present the love and saving grace of Jesus Christ.  
 
We hope to see you tomorrow!!


I hate Ty Gibson

by Roger Hernandez
 
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Actually I used to. Not hate, hate. Just no interest in…

You are probably wondering why that is. Is it because his good looks? His sharp wit or his inspirational quotes on twitter? Why do you hate Ty Gibson? Aren’t you like a pastor or something?

Let me share a story. Several years ago I met Ty Gibson for the first time. All I knew about him is what other people said about him.
 
*He leads an “independent ministry”. (that was used pejoratively)
*He does not support the work.
*We have some concerns about him.
 
Then we had a meal together. We sat around a table and started a conversation. That day I also met the Rosario brothers who were involved with GYC en Espanol. I knew no one in those circles either. Hispanic churches (as many ethnic churches) are usually on their own vibe without much interaction with the wider Adventist body.
 
A strange thing happened. The longer the conversation went on I found myself saying: “these guys are not crazy at all. In fact they are normal people!”
 
Fast forward several years. Ty has become a good friend. I have grown from suspicion to tolerance to acceptance to connection. How does that happen? Here are some lessons learned:
 
1. Let’s not pretend.
We are a fragmented body. There are websites and battle lines drawn. There are allegiances and dismissive comments. Attacks and dismissal of the “other”. The first step is not to play nice but to be loving. That includes realizing that you are not the sole possessor of ultimate truth in every single item. What we have now is the belief that being together is the same as unity. I made a decision to get to know Ty. Warning: it usually gets worst before it gets better, but it’s worth it.
 
2. Let’s get to know people, not caricatures of people.
Are you GYC or the TOP? For or against WO? Drums or organ? Vegan or super vegan? The list is interminable. For example here is a comment of a pastor I know. “Only in the crazy, wonderfully wacky world of Adventism can a Pro-life, 2nd amendment supporter republican be called a liberal because he preaches from the NIV.” So true. I am so happy to be friends with people who are not like me. That has given me a deeper perspective on life. If I have a God that always agrees with my positions what I really have is a God made in my image. That’s called idolatry.
 
3. You can have your preferences, but love trumps all.
I have a family member who loves Trump. In his mind Trump has brought prayer and God back to the White House and America. The best president ever! I’m not a big fan. One thing I noticed. I have my political preferences but I love my family member more than I do the donkey or the elephant. Someone said that when you’re a hammer, everything looks like a nail. Instead of living my life constantly trying to convince people how dumb they are and hammering every position into people I want to seek a relationship. A deep relationship can change a heart with greater effectiveness.

I was just thinking the other day. What a great friendship I would have missed out on if I had never taken the time to get to know someone!

I love Ty.
 


This weekend at TAF…

We hope you can join us tomorrow.
 
Our breakfast, Bible studies and fellowship begins at 10:00am.  Our worship service will begin at 11:00am.  Matt Stockdale will begin a new sermons series called Fit For Life.  This week’s sermon is entitled Spiritually Fit.  Join us for lunch afterwards as we are having spaghetti.  
 
Don’t forget to check-in on Facebook each week.  TAF will make a donation to Second Harvest Food Bank for each and every check-in this month.  Last month, we provided 1057 meals to the hungry in our community through this partnership.  
 
A Women’s Bible study will begin this coming Monday (January 8).  They will be meeting at Mary Wilcox’s house (5949 Stigall Road, Kernersville, NC) from 7:30 to 9:00pm each Monday night.  They will be using the book She’s Still There (by Chrystal Evans Hurst).  You can purchase the book at Amazon.com.  If you have any questions, please contact Jill Shaw (jsvshaw@gmail.com), Autumn Davis (abd11876@yahoo.com) or Wendy Eglinger (wendyeglinger@hotmail.com).  Come out for fellowship, prayer, scripture, social support and self-reflection.  
 
A GriefShare group will be starting at the TAF Outreach Center on January 13 from 2:30 to 4:00pm.  This 13 week course will help you cope with any loss in your life.  It is free of charge and you can register at www.griefshare.org/groups/90571.  It is open to the public so feel free to invite anyone who is grieving.  
 
Men’s Ministry is starting soon at TAF.  To kick it off, a group will be attending the Triad Men’s Summit featuring Dr. Tony Evans at First Christian Church in Kernersville on January 20 from 9:15am to 2:30pm.  This event does cost $20 and lunch will be provided.  You can still participate in our Men’s Ministry program even if you can’t attend this event.  If you have any questions about this event or TAF Men’s Ministry, please contact Bill Shaw at 336-613-2015 or billshaw10@gmail.com
 
Don’t forget to support TAF financially.  Together, we can continue to reach our community and present the love and saving grace of Jesus Christ.  
 
We hope to see you tomorrow!!


Learning to Give Deliberately

December 31, 2017                  |                       Kaleb Eisele
 
 

Even long before Jesus began his ministry on Earth, God’s people struggled to share their blessings with each other. It was one reason why God instituted societal structures like the Year of Jubilee, a widespread reset of land ownership, wealth, and social status. In Leviticus 25:35 God says, “If any of your fellow Israelites become poor and are unable to support themselves among you, help them as you would a foreigner and stranger, so they can continue to live among you. Do not take interest or any profit from them, but fear your God, so that they may continue to live among you. You must not lend them money at interest or sell them food at a profit.”

 

Living near Charleston, South Carolina, I have the opportunity to regularly run into people asking for money. Growing up in church, these situations were talked about fairly regularly. What do we do when we see someone with a cardboard sign at the intersection, or when we’re approached for money at the gas station? The easiest thing at this point is just to keep your window up. Tell them you don’t carry cash. That’s what I saw modeled by many adults around me as I was growing up and, sadly, what I’ve done myself many times. I’ve ignored the less fortunate. I’ve rationalized my own selfishness by thinking “they probably don’t really need this” or “they’re probably just going to buy alcohol.” But here’s a serious question: were poor people in Jesus’ time different than they are today? I doubt it. If that’s the case, how do we take Jesus’ words in Luke 6:30? He says, “Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back.” No qualifiers. Not “give to everyone without a drinking problem” or “give to those who have a job.” 

 

I think there’s more to this than just sharing our money, though. We are called to help people financially when they ask, that’s hard to get away from biblically even if we try. It’s God’s money, anyway, right? But beyond that we’re called to interact with people like Jesus would. Jesus didn’t just tolerate the poor, he loved them. He listened to their stories and provided for their specific needs. So what if we really don’t have any cash on us? Is there anything else we can do? Usually there is. Even something as simple as stopping to talk with someone for a while about there life can make a big difference. I’ve learned all kinds of things about people this way, and the stories of how people found themselves asking for help are pretty incredible. If you’re on your way to lunch, planning to pay with your credit card, why not invite them to eat with you? Better yet, plan ahead. Hide a $20 in that back pocket of your wallet, pray over it, and ask for God to send you someone who needs it. What are we so afraid of, anyway? The Christian way isn’t always easy. In fact, we know from history that it can be downright dangerous. But if we aren’t willing to follow Jesus’ example, what do our beliefs matter anyway?

 



This weekend at TAF…

We hope you can join us tomorrow.  
 
Our breakfast, Bible studies and fellowship begins at 10:00am.  Our worship service will begin at 11:00am.  Matt Stockdale will continue his Christmas sermon series.  This week’s sermon is entitled What Gifts Did The Magi Give?  Join us for lunch afterwards as we are having curry.  
 
Don’t forget to check-in on Facebook each week.  TAF will make a donation to Second Harvest Food Bank for each and every check-in this month.  
 
It’s time to deliver your second food box to “your” family.  We will provide a turkey for you tomorrow to add to your box.  If you didn’t get a box, we still have boxes at the church.  
 
Even though our 40 day Season of Service has ended, keep looking for ways to serve others and to establish relationships with people.  
 
Please bring individually packaged toiletry items for those in need and if you have a gently used winter coat that you are not using, consider donating it to TAF and we will distribute them to those in need.  
 
Many of you may remember Esther Conze from the Kernersville SDA Church.  She passed away this week.  Her memorial service will be December 27 at 1:00pm at the East Market Street SDA Church (1804 East Market Street, Greensboro, NC 27401).  
 
Don’t forget to support TAF financially.  Consider making a special year-end donation to the church budget to help us fulfill our mission.  Together, we can continue to reach our community and present the love and saving grace of Jesus Christ.  
 
We hope to see you tomorrow!!


Moving past your “Almost”

Our lives can be full of “almost.” Sometimes we almost share Jesus with someone. We almost reach out to someone, who is hurting. We almost pray for someone. We almost care for someone in need. We almost tell someone that we love them.

Consider this: What if this week you trusted Jesus with your “almost?”

Imagine what great things we could accomplish if we turned on the heat adding one more degree to push past our “almost.”

 
Time to leave “almost” behind.  
 
#TAF4ALL 


This weekend at TAF…

We hope you can join us tomorrow.  
 
Our breakfast, Bible studies and fellowship begins at 10:00am.  Our worship service will begin at 11:00am.  Our guest speaker will be Javier Diaz.  Javier is a member of the Ministerial Department of the Florida Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.  He will be speaking for our main service and then will have a workshop after lunch on reaching the next generation through healthy churches.  Please stay for the workshop as we continue to prepare for Roger Hernandez’s series in March 2018.  Join us for lunch as we are having baked potatoes and chili.  
 
Don’t forget to check-in on Facebook each week.  TAF will make a donation to Second Harvest Food Bank for each and every check-in this month.  
 
What have you done during our 40 day Season of Service?  If you can’t answer that question, it’s not too late.  Get busy!
 
Please bring individually packaged toiletry items that we can give to the homeless and needy in our community.  If you have any gently used winter coats that you are not using, consider donating them to TAF and we will distribute them this winter.  
 
If you shop online and want to support TCA at the same time, go to schoolstore.com and select Tri-City Christian Academy.  A percentage of your purchases will go to help TCA.
 
Don’t forget to support TAF financially.  Consider making a special year-end donation to the church budget to help us fulfill our mission.  Together we can continue to reach our community and present the love and saving grace of Jesus Christ.
 
We hope to see you tomorrow!!


This weekend at TAF…

We hope you can join us tomorrow.  
 
Our breakfast, Bible studies and fellowship begins at 10:00am.  Our worship service will begin at 11:00am.
  Matt Stockdale will begin a Christmas sermon series tomorrow.  This week’s sermon is entitled The Sign of the Season.  Join us for lunch afterwards as we are having lasagna.  
 
Don’t forget to check-in on Facebook each week.  Last month we were able to provide 868 meals to the hungry in our community through our partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank.  Every check-in this month will again support Second Harvest Food Bank.
 
Irene Tise (a long time member of the Kernersville SDA Church) passed away this past week.  The viewing will be held 
Sunday, December 3 at 1:00pm at the Kernersville SDA Church.  The service will follow immediately at 2:00pm
 which will then be followed by the internment.  A time to visit with her family and friends will follow the internment.  Let’s keep her family in our thoughts and prayers.  
 
We hope you’ve been intentional in building relationships and helping others during our 40 day Season of Service.  
 
The annual Christmas program at TCA will be tomorrow at 3:30pm.  Come out and support our students at TCA.  
 
If you shop online and want to support TCA at the same time, go to schoolstore.com and select Tri-City Christian Academy.  A percentage of your purchases will go to help TCA.  
 
Don’t forget to support TAF financially.  Together we can continue to reach our community and present the love and saving grace of Jesus Christ.
 
We hope to see you tomorrow!!