Toledo First Headline News | September 2, 2021

Theological Hmm: While we should realize our sinful condition, we are to rely upon Christ as our righteousness, our sanctification, and our redemption. We cannot answer the charges of Satan against us. Christ alone can make an effectual plea in our behalf. He is able to silence the accuser with arguments founded not upon our merits, but on His own. – Ellen White 
LORD, PREPARE ME TO BE A SANCTUARY More than theological facts and biblical exegesis, this back-to-school sermon series is designed to touch your heart. You will have a deeper love for Jesus and a greater understanding of His plan to save you simply by studying the furniture God designed for the Old Testament sanctuary laid out east to west in the shape of a cross! We begin Sabbath September 4. Join us!
God’s Pantry, Toledo First’s local outreach mission, celebrated its one year anniversary on September 8, 2021. Re-opened in response to the pandemic in 2020 by Cathie Heath & Dianna Hassen, the pantry is open every Wednesday from 12 noon - 3pm. Visitors can come once a month and pick out canned goods, produce, and other non-perishable items to take home. Hugs are always complementary!  

Thank you to all who have donated money and / or food to support God’s Pantry. Special thanks to Cathie & Dianna for serving our community.
If you're new to Toledo First Church, if you're considering officially joining us, if you're ready to take that next step, join us for Membership Class where you'll learn more about who we are and why we do what we do. Membership Classes will be taking place Sabbath (Saturday) afternoons OCT 2 / 9 / 23 at church from 2-4pm.
The Seventh-day Adventist Church places strong emphasis on health and well-being. As such, it encourages responsible immunization / vaccination. For more info on their latest guidance about vaccines, click the link.
DAD JOKE OF THE WEEK Just found out the company that produces yardsticks won’t be making them any longer.
TIME TO SIGN UP! Adventurers (ages 4-9) and Pathfinders (ages 10-16) are co-ed Christian scouting groups that will resume meeting soon. Click here for details. You can also learn more about Pathfinders here and Adventurers here.
YOUTH DAY SEPT 11 FOCUSES ON CREATION Youth Day will be focusing on remembering our Creator Jesus. Ecclesiastes 12:1-2 (NLT) says, "1 Don’t let the excitement of youth cause you to forget your Creator. Honor him in your youth before you grow old and say, “Life is not pleasant anymore.” 2 Remember him before the light of the sun, moon, and stars is dim to your old eyes." We will be singing their songs and encouraging them as they share! Join us!
FALL SIX WEEK GROUP begins Wednesday September 15 and continues until Wednesday October 20. Join us for prayer and discussion of George Knight's book I Used to Be Perfect available soon in church office while supplies last for a $5 donation. Written in a highly engaging style from his own early struggles with legalism, Knight examines some of the most basic questions about salvation: What is sin? What is temptation? What is the law? What does it mean to be saved? What does it mean to be perfect? Special feature includes discussion questions at the end of each chapter. This helpful little (110 pages) book will be one of those books you keep on your shelf. And share with those you love. So they, too, will better understand how God saves, sanctifies, and glorifies! Join us Wednesday evenings @ 7pm.
EVANGELISTIC EFFORT Our fall outreach series, like Forecasting Hope last year, will be hosted online starting FRI SEPT 17-21 @ 8pm. Each night Pastor Roy Ice, new speaker of Faith for Today, the longest running religious TV show still on the air today, will introduce celebrities, athletes, and experts to help build a case for the lifestyle principles that Adventists already enjoy. Plus, he'll tie in the deep spiritual components of faith that allow people to find peace and a sense of calm in this tattered world climate. So save the dates and start praying about who you can invite to watch with you. Invite cards to share will be available in the church bulletin and in the church foyer.

TJA has a digital ad in the cafeteria at Mercy Saint Vincent
Medical Center. Nice!

MONTHLY PLANTSTRONG PEOPLE GROUP CONTINUES WED SEPT 29 Be encouraged by Sunita, Joan, Tiffany, and Caroline as they share some of their fave meals. Each gathering meets at church the last Wednesday of the month at 7pm. Free. Public welcome. So make plans now to introduce others to Jesus the Creator of all good food (Genesis 1:29). Recipes are avail on the table in the foyer.
WELCOME TO THE FAMILY RETREAT OCTOBER 22-24, 2021 This brand new event will connect new members with other members and the broader mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Ohio. Taking place in beautiful Camp Mohaven, stay tuned for more info regarding free registration, meals, lodging and gift.
VEGETARIAN FOOD The next vegetarian food order date is November 4, 2021. Delivery will be November 9, 2021. 
WISHIN' FOR MISSION Spiral coin wishing wells not only raise money, they act as a "billboard" promoting your charity or project. Created in 1985 by Steve Divnick, an Adventist member of Kettering SDA Church, you'll see these popular wells in zoos, museums and many churches now including ours. The coins we collect will go toward Toledo First mission projects like land for we're hoping to purchase in Pakistan to build an Adventist school for boys and girls.
NEW THREE ANGELS MESSAGES BOOKLET The day is rapidly approaching when changes underway in our world will make it restrictive to share this gospel. The time is now! Join us in getting this message of the saving grace of Christ to the world. Pick up the new Three Angels Messages booklet on the table in church to share with your family, friends, and neighbors.
THIRD QUARTER, 2021, BIBLE STUDY GUIDES (QUARTERLIES) are now in the church foyer as well as the yellow ‘Signs’ box under the east church canopy entrance. You can also download the Bible Study Guides here. Or search in your app store (search for the blue and white "Sabbath School" logo in the category Education) and study in your app as well.
QUESTIONS have come to the Biblical Research Institute regarding the Seventh-day Adventist position on the Mark of the Beast in relation to Sunday observance, the conditionality of prophecy, and pertinent statements by Ellen White. You can read and download the response. Hard copies of the article "Answers to Questions on the Mark of the Beast and End Time Events" are also available in the church office by request.
FAITHFUL ALLIES Recently, a high school friend asked me: Why would a loving God destroy Sodom and Gomorrah? The Bible gives three reasons. You and your family might want to also become more familiar with the Scriptural principles in being Faithful Allies of God and those struggling with same sex attraction. Here's the pastoral response I shared.
FAITH OVER FEELINGS Here's an inspirational article about a Christian woman who decided to live by faith in Scripture rather than her same sex attracted feelings.
MODERN ISRAEL AND BIBLE PROPHECY How should Christians view Israel? Is the modern-day 1948 statehood of Israel a fulfillment of Bible prophecy? Mark A. Kellner, in this Adventist Review article, poses these questions. Was the repossession of Jerusalem by Jews in 1967 forecast by Jesus? Are these things signs of the times? Newbold College Religion Professor Ernest W. Marter addresses these questions in this Ministry Magazine article. You can read or download your own copies from the links above. Hard copies of both articles are also available in the church office by request.
RECOMMENDED BOOKS ABOUT MODERN ISRAEL Additional recommended reads about modern Israel written by Seventh-day Adventists include: The Restless Land: Israel, Its Place in History and Prophecy by Orly M. Berg (Amazon); The Mystery of Israel by Jacque Doukhan (also available to download as eBook at; Israel and the Church by Jacque Doukhan (Amazon); The Israel of God in Prophecy by Hans K. LaRondelle (Amazon); and Exploding the Israel Deception by Steve Wohlberg (Amazon).
PLANTSTRONG BOOKS Everything you need to know to begin implementing a plant-based diet can be found in From Plant to Plate by Tami Bivens, (available at and The Engine 2 Seven-Day Rescue Diet (available at Amazon). Which sounds like it was written by a Seventh-day Adventist but was not. It was written by triathlon champion and former Austin firefighter Rip Esselstyn whose firefighting friends embraced its concepts and lost weight (up to 14 pounds), lowered total cholesterol (by 32 points on average), dropped their LDL cholesterol (by 22 points on average), lowered their triglycerides (by 75 points on average), and lowered their blood pressure by an average of 10/5 points.
WELCOME SABBATH SINGALONG Jackie and I welcome Sabbath with Sandra Entermann and friends from Australia. She started streaming her Friday evening family vespers. And she's still going strong attracting viewers from around the world. You can search and find her latest episode on YouTube and Facebook. Happy Sabbath!
OUR FOOD PANTRY is in desperate need of green beans, corn, peaches, mandarin oranges, tuna, instant oatmeal, peanut butter, jelly, and pasta sauce. There is a list of needed food pantry items on the bulletin board. Also, funds contributed to the pantry help a great deal as they allow the purchase of needed items. Thank you for giving!
OFFICE HOURS Pastor Mike is available evenings by appointment TUE - SAT. And also welcomes walk-in visits TUE and WED during business hours in church office.
MEMBER SURVEY Do you have a prayer request? Bible question? Would you like a visit? Phone call or video chat? Would you like to get involved in some ministry at Toledo First? Would you like to receive automated church updates via phone or text message? A member survey where you can submit this info is now avail on our website.
CHILDREN'S SABBATH SCHOOLS Cradle Roll (0-2) and Kindergarten (3-6) meets in the school. Primary (7-9) meets in the church library. Juniors (10-12) will meet in their usual classroom at the same time in the daycare area and Youth (13+) will continue meeting in the Youth room. Singspiration for all ages remains in sanctuary and begins at 9:30am.
TEXT EM ALL The company that allows us to record and send periodic 30 to 60 second voice updates from church also provides texts now. Soon everyone who has previously received calls will also receive a message via text (unless you opt out or provided or landline number).
AMAZON SMILE Simply by starting your Amazon shopping at and selecting Toledo Junior Academy as your charity of choice, a percentage of your purchase will go to TJA.
RITE AID will give TJA a portion of every dollar you spend on prescriptions and purchases made at Rite Aid. Follow the link above to register with RXfundraising. Thank you again for your continued support of TJA!
FORECASTING HOPE MOVES TO YOUTUBE Previously published links for Forecasting Hope expired NOV 15, 2020. But the good news is the entire Forecasting Hope Series is now avail on DVD (see church office) and on YouTube (click previous link).
PREPARING FOR ADOLESCENCE We listened and discussed all the topics in this book / audiobook with both our son and daughter before they became teens. Topics include avoiding feelings of inferiority, handling peer pressure, drug abuse, puberty, sexual development, menstruation, masturbation, romantic love, overcoming discouragement, sound decision-making, and handling independence. Please do not be too shy to discuss these things. Highly recommend Preparing for Adolescence.
SAVE THOUSANDS ON TUITION TO ADVENTIST COLLEGE Did you know students can clep out of many college courses saving thousands of tuition dollars and maximizing their time at Adventist college by studying Saylor Academy's free online courses at their own pace, paying to take a comprehensive exam, and transfering credits to participating universities? Go to Saylor for more info!
TRUTHLINK Our world is filled with dark rumors and misinformation about God that has many people either running from Him in horror or trying to serve Him like slaves. TruthLink is a unique Bible study experience that achieves a high level of doctrinal clarity while showing the centrality of God’s love to every biblical truth. All you have to do is log in and get started. With the completion of each lesson, you have access to the next topic. [truth]LINK is easy to take with you on your phone or tablet, as well, so you can pick up at any time, anywhere, right where you left off in the series. I highly recommend them for friends and family.
TEN COMMANDMENTS BEFORE SINAI? The ten commandments precede Sinai. We know this is true because references to the ten commandments exist in some form or fashion prior to Sinai. And God could not hold those breaking them accountable if there was no law (Romans 4:15).
  • Genesis 35:1 (No other Gods)
  • Genesis 35:2 (No graven images)
  • Genesis 24:3 (No taking God's name in vain)
  • Genesis 2:3 / Exodus 16:28-29 (Remember the seventh day Sabbath)
  • Genesis 27:41 (Honor your father and mother)
  • Genesis 4:7-9 (No murder)
  • Genesis 39:6-9 (No adultery)
  • Genesis 44:5 (No stealing)
  • Genesis 39:10-12,16-17 (No false witness)
  • Genesis 12:18 (No coveting)
TEN COMMANDMENTS AFTER SINAI AND THE CROSS? The ten commandments remain. We know this is true because references to the ten commandments exist in some form or fashion after Sinai and the Cross. And God could not hold those breaking them accountable if there was no law (Romans 4:15).
  • Colossians 3:4 ("Don't be greedy...worshiping the things of this world" - no other Gods)
  • Colossians 3:5 ("For a greedy person is an idolater" - no graven images)
  • Colossians 3:8 ("Now is the time to get rid of...dirty language" - no taking God's name in vain)
  • Matthew 24:20 / Hebrews 4:9 / Revelation 14:6-7 ("There is a seventh day Sabbath that remains" - remember the seventh day Sabbath)
  • Ephesians 6:1-3 ("Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord" - honor your father and mother)
  • Matthew 5:21-22 ("You must not murder." - no murder)
  • Colossians 3:5 ("Have nothing to do with sexual immorality" - no adultery)
  • Ephesians 2:8 ("Quit stealing" - no stealing)
  • Colossians 3:9 ("Don't lie" - no false witness)
  • Colossians 3:5 NKJV ("Put to death covetousness" - no coveting)
WANNA N.E.W. S.T.A.R.T? Try focusing on better:
  • Nutrition. Protein comes from plants too!
  • Get more Exercise. Walk an intentional mile every day
  • Drink more Water. I like the Kroger carbonated kind
  • Take vitamin D3 supplements and try to get some daily Sunshine
  • Temperance means abstaining from that which is harmful and moderation in that which is good
  • Fresh Air especially at night if possible through open windows; implement and practice daily deep breathing exercises
  • Rest. Not just on Sabbath but shutting off screens earlier to get 8 hours of sleep too
  • Time with God. Not just on Sabbath but at the beginning and end of every day
CHILD PROTECTION SCREENING PROCESS Now would be a good time to get recertified. The new web-based platform features a training and screening system for both employees and volunteers across all conferences in the division. All volunteers and employees may register by going to Sterling Volunteers.
ELLEN WHITE WEBSITE The internet is a blessing and a curse. One blessing comes in the form of a new website sharing balanced Seventh-day Adventist explanations of Ellen White and the 25 million words, 100k pages, and 49 books she wrote with a third grade education during her lifetime. The curse comes from the myriad of sites sharing inaccurate or intentionally misleading conclusions regarding her ministry. Whether others find her writings helpful or not, shouldn't one make that decision on reputable sources? One of my favorite quotes from her pen is: "Truth can afford to be fair."
DO YOU KNOW HOW YOUR TITHE DOLLARS ARE DISTRIBUTED? By far the largest portion of tithes in the North American Division (NAD) stays locally. For example, this is how a $100 portion of tithes are distributed in the NAD (based on 2018 figures). $66 stays in the local conference (Ohio for us); $10 goes to Defined Benefit Retirement; $9 goes to the Union Conference (Columbia Union Conference for us); $9.15 goes to the NAD; $5.85 goes to the General Conference. This information is taken from the Follow the Funds article on page 11 of the May 2020 issue of Adventist Journey.
TOP THIRTEEN LIST OF JESUS BOOKS FOR NEW ADVENTISTS I'm giving each of my children a box of my fave books. We often give away Tyner's and Vendon's books as graduation gifts. Make sure you, your kids and grandkids have read these! Try before Amazon.
  • As Light Lingers by Nina Atcheson
  • Searching for the God of Grace by Stuart Tyner
  • Salvation by Faith and Your Will by Morris Vendon
  • Surprised by Love by Elizabeth Talbot
  • I Used to Be Perfect by George Knight
  • It’s All About Him by Lee Vendon
  • Knowing God in the Real World by Jon Paulien
  • Why Didn’t They Tell Me? by Morris Vendon
  • Beyond Common Ground: Why Liberals and Conservatives Need Each Other by Alden Thompson
  • The Eleventh Commandment by Dwight Nelson
  • The Faith I Highly Recommend by John McLarty
  • One Miracle After Miracle: The Pavel Goia Story by Greg Budd
  • A Thousand Shall Fall by Susi Hasel Mundy
  • 52 Sabbath Activities for Teen Groups by Don Pate
  • Pause for Peace by Clifford Goldstein
  • Light Bearers to the Remnant by R.W. Schwarz
  • Questions on Doctrine edited by George Knight
  • Joyful Noise by Ed Christian
  • Daniel: Wisdom to the Wise by Zdravko Stefanovic
  • Revelation of Jesus Christ by Ranko Stefanovic
  • In Granite or Ingrained? by Skip MacCarty
  • Graffiti in the Holy of Holies by Clifford Goldstein
  • Ellen White Under Fire by Jud Lake
  • God’s Character and the Last Generation edited by Jiri Moskala
  • Homosexuality, Marriage, and the Church edited by Roy Gane
  • The Heavenly Trio by Ty Gibson
THE ADVENTIST GIVING APP We want to continue to give Toledo First the opportunity to participate in the worship of giving. While you can always do so via the church website (, you could also download The Adventist Giving App available in both iOS Appstore and Android’s Google Play store. Just search using the keyword “AdventistGiving” to download the App to your phone or tablet and thank you for continuing to support your local church!
CHERRY STREET MEALS Volunteers are always needed to serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner especially on Sundays and Thanksgiving. You can call Community Relations Manager Susan Graalman at 419-214-3357 or 419-214-3419. You can also email her at
BEST ADVENTIST RECIPE SWAP If you're looking for a favorite vegetarian or vegan recipe from academy, church, or some Adventist friend made for you, it's probably here! Search Facebook for Best Adventist Recipe Swap. Enjoy!
JESUS MOVIES From Babylon to America: The Prophecy Movie, The Game Changers, My Octopus Teacher, I Still Believe, Ray of Hope, The Chosen (Season 1: Episodes 1-8); A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Harriet, Just Mercy, The Apostle, The Pilgrim's Progress, Luther, Billy Graham: An Extraordinary Journey, Faith, Hope & Love, Christmas Grace; The Nativity Story; The Star; The Conscientious Objector (2004); The Ultimate Gift; Shadowlands; The Shack; Cutback; Soul Surfer; Grace UnPlugged; End of the Spear; The Mission; Beautifully Broken; Running for Grace; Steve McQueen: American Icon; The Resurrection of Gavin Stone; Expelled - No Intelligence Allowed; Is Genesis History?; God's Not Dead; Fireproof; War Room; The Case for Christ; The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry; Amazing Grace; Once I Was a Beehive; I Can Only Imagine.
GEOSCIENCE RESEARCH INSTITUTE If you've never heard of the Geoscience Research Institute, here's their website Established in 1958, this organization is sponsored by the Seventh-day Adventist Church with a mission to discover and share an understanding of nature and its relationship with the Biblical revelation of the Creator God. It has all kinds of resources and articles related to intelligent design and evolution and dinosaurs and many other interesting subjects. I enjoy reading their quarterly email update. You can subscribe by clicking here and filling out the form asking to be included in their quarterly e-newsletter.
MISS A MESSAGE? Did you know you can read the sermon notes via Google Docs by clicking this link for Pastor Mike's Sermons?
NEW SERMONS Please see church Facebook page or church website for sermon archives and more info.
  • SEPT 4 Lord, Prepare Me To Be A Sanctuary - Altar of Burnt Offering (Pastor Mike preaching)
  • SEPT 11 Youth Day - Theme: Creation 
  • SEPT 18 Lord, Prepare Me To Be A Sanctuary - Laver (Pastor Mike preaching)
  • SEPT 25 Lord, Prepare Me To Be A Sanctuary - Altar of Incense (Pastor Mike preaching)