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REMINDER About Church DVD Loan List

dvd sharingThe Pataskala Seventh Day Baptist Church (Columbus, Ohio) has the following DVD Bible Studies suitable for Sabbath School, individual or small group Bible Study. The church is making these available for other churches to borrow.  The borrowing church must provide an estimated return date and agree to pay for return postage. Requests can be made by contacting Susie Fox at  (Church members may check out videos from the church library by contacting Pastor Robert Van Horn.)

  • Bait of Satan: Living Free From the Deadly Trap of Offense  – In this 12-session series based on his book, John Bevere shows how to escape Satan’s grip, avoid a victim mentality, practice forgiveness, experience reconciliation, and remain free in Christ. Each lesson has a 30 minute video teaching and there is a study guide which can be used by the teacher and/or students to prepare for discussion following the video. (2008)
  •  Under Cover — Based on John Bevere’s best-selling book, this curriculum will help you gain an understanding of God’s divine authority. Through personal study and impacting teaching, you will discover how true biblical submission differs from obedience, the distinction between direct and delegated authority, how to overcome unfair treatment, and the reason for God-established authority. This curriculum includes 12 video lessons on 4 DVDs (30 min each), 12 audio lessons on 6 CDs (30 min each), a copy of the book, and a devotional workbook.  (2007)
  •  Deepening Life Together – Sermon on the Mount – This is a 6-session study with 15-20 minute video for each week and study guide with background and discussion material.  Material covered is Matthew chapters 5-7.  What is God’s standard for ethical living? Can we ever hope to reach it? What was Jesus really teaching us in the Sermon on the Mount? And how can we let God work within us in order to move us ever on toward holiness? DVD and Leader’s Guide available. (2011)
  •  Deepening Life Together: Book of John – An eight week study through John’s eyewitness account of Jesus’ life, ministry, death, and resurrection.  Reflect and discover how God demonstrated Jesus’s true identity as the Messiah, the one through whom eternal life is gained. Includes DVD and 2 Leader’s Guides. (2009)
  •  Fearless – Six-session study based on Max Lucado’s book by the same name.   Each lesson contains a brief 5-7 minute introduction by Max Lucado and additional lesson/discussion materials from the included Study Guide. The focus of this class is to react with faith instead of fear, insecurity, and doubt. Lessons are: Why are we afraid?,   Fear of not mattering,  Fear of disappointing God, Fear of life’s final moments, Fear of global calamity, and Fear of God getting out of my box. Includes Leader’s Guide, Discussion Guide, book, and 2 DVD’s. (2009)
  • Godonomics – A fun, engaging, 6-session DVD series on God’s wisdom on money and economics.  You’ll discover time-tested truth on instilling a strong work ethic, building savings, developing guidelines for spending, and experiencing the joys of both prosperity and wisdom.  Teachings are by Chad Hovind who is the Senior Pastor of Horizon Community Church in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (2010)
  •  A Life Well Lived — Verse by verse study of the book of Ecclesiastes from Tommy Nelson through twelve 25 minute sessions.  The book of Ecclesiastes written by the wisest man that ever lived in his quest to answer the question of How can I experience true joy and peace in this crazy and fallen world?”  A question we often find ourselves being faced with today as well.  Includes 4 DVD’s and a study guide. (2005)
  • The Case for Christ – A 6-session series (approx 15 min video for each session) investigation of the evidence for Jesus by Lee Strobel, former legal editor of the Chicago Tribune. Cross-examining several experts who are recognized authorities in their own fields, Strobel challenges them with questions like: How reliable is the New Testament? Does evidence for Jesus exist outside the Bible? Is there any reason to believe the resurrection was an actual event? Strobel’s tough, point-blank questions make this study a captivating, fast-paced experience. But it’s not fiction. It’s a riveting quest for the truth about history’s most compelling figure.  Includes DVD with downloadable study guide and 10 copies of the book. (2007)
  •  Courageous – This 4 session study is based on the movie Courageous and uses video clips from the movie.   We used this as a study after showing the movie to the full church.   Includes 2 Leader’s guides & 2 DVD’s.  (2011)
  •  When God Takes Too Long: Learning to Thrive in Life’s Delays – In this 6 lesson series, author Joseph Bentz examines the mysteries of God’s timing and shows Christians how to thrive in the midst of one of life’s greatest frustrations–waiting. He offers those who have been discouraged by a life of waiting a chance to alter not only their perspective on waiting, but also their actions in response to it, transforming this frustration into a positive force that will enrich and change their lives.  Includes 1 DVD and book.  (2005)
  • Intercessory Prayer: How God Can Use Your Prayer to Move Heaven and Earth — Does your small group Bible Study need an energy transfusion? Pastor Dutch Sheets will give you the courage to pray for the impossible and the determination to persevere in faith! In eight 30-minute sessions full of humor and zeal, he explains the nuts and bolts of intercession and petitionary prayer. Includes downloadable discussion guide, 1 DVD, Viewing Guide, book.  (2008)
  •  Crazy Love — The DVD is a companion to the best-selling Crazy Love book by Francis Chan. Each short video segment corresponds to the ten chapters of the book and includes questions to initiate group discussion, interactions, and practical application. Read the book during the week, then watch the video and discuss the topic at the group meeting. For church, small group, youth group, or individual study. Includes DVD, Leader’s Guide, and 6 books.  (2008)
  • The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears –– 4 sessions use the story of Honi the circle maker, who prayer-walked his way around a devastating drought in first centrury BC Israel until the rains came, to identify the dreams and future miracles to draw circles around to find your answers from God.  Includes 2 books, DVD, and Participants Guide.  (2013)
  • Prophets & Kings – This 6 lesson series is volume 2 in Ray Vander Laan’s Faith Series.  It explores the turbulent history of Israel’s prophets and kings and learn from their story how to build your own devotion and trust in God. Includes DVD and Discovery Guide. (2008)
  •  Life and Ministry of the Messiah – This 8-session series is Volume 3 of Ray Vander Laan’s Faith Lessons series.  Journey back to the time of Jesus.  Marvel at the magnificence of Herod’s palace.  Scramble among the ruins of Qumran. And wonder at the simplicity and wisdom of Jesus’ parables.  Discover how the events of Jesus’ day impacted his life, ministry, and communication and then let them impact yours.  Each lesson has a 30 minute DVD teaching which can be followed by discussion based on background information and questions in the Leader’s Guide. Includes 1 DVD, Leader’s Guide, & Discovery Guide. (2008)
  • Death & Resurrection of the Messiah – This 10 lesson series is volume 4 in Ray Vander Laan’s Faith Series and focuses on the last week of Jesus’ life, his death and resurrection, and the Holy Spirit’s visit on Pentecost. Includes DVD and Discovery Guide. (2008)
  • Early Church — This 5 session study is volume 5 of the 12-part Faith Lessons series by Ray Vander Laan. In this volume, the passion and commitment early believers displayed as they claimed Jesus in the face of fierce consequences and powerful adversaries.  Includes DVD and Leader’s Guide. (2011)
  • Walking With God in the Desert – This 6 lesson series is Volume 12 in Ray Vander Laan’s Faith Lessons series.  Are you going through a difficult period of life? The loss of a loved one? Unemployment? A crisis of faith? During these desert times, it’s easy to think God has disappeared. Discover that it’s only when we are totally dependent on him that we find God is closer than ever.   Includes DVD and leader’s guide.  (2010)

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RETREAT = Food, Fun, Worship & Zechariah!

retreat 1October 30-31, 2015 was an active and fun-filled time as the church held a mini-retreat.  Activities started Friday evening with a cookout followed by a time for singing & games around the outside campfire.  We then headed inside for a short vesper (worship) service to welcome the Sabbath and held our first learning session introducing the book of Zechariah.

retreat 3After some snacks and good-byes, people left for home Friday night around 9pm, only to return at 9am the next morning for a delicious breakfast consisting of pancakes, bacon, sausage, biscuits & sausage gravy, cheesy scrambled eggs, juice and coffee.   Following breakfast we had 2 sessions on Zechariah, looking at chapters 1-3  first and then chapters 4-6.   For lunch we had a fellowship (potluck) meal with some extended time for those who wanted to rest or visit further.

retreat 5At 3:30, we gathered for the next installment of Zechariah looking at chapters 7-10.  Following this study time, we tried something different and divided into 3 different groups to make some decorative banners.   Glue, scissors, felt, braid, and ideas were tossed around as banners began to take shape.   After a yummy soup and sub supper, we tackled chapters 11-14 of Zechariah.  Although some parts of Zechariah weren’t completely clear, we all learned a lot more about this book in the Bible and discovered many “endless Biblical truths” still applicable today.retreat 7

The weekend finished up with another vesper worship service led by the Chris & Veronica Van Horn family and more games and singing in the Bond Fellowship Hall.   Throughout the weekend we enjoyed time to visit with our church family, some great food, helpful Bible teaching, and lots of fun with each other!

(See more pictures of the weekend activities below.)


Ladies Attend Annual Women’s Retreat at Camp Joy

Four ladies from our church attended the annual Fall Women’s Retreat at Camp Joy in Berea, WV the weekend of September 25-27, 2015.   There were a total of 18 women attending from Seventh Day Baptist churches in Salemville, PA, Lost Creek, WV, Salem, WV, Paint Rock, AL, and Pataskala, OH.   This year’s retreat was led and hosted by the women from the German Seventh Day Baptist Church in Salemville, OH.   The theme and study topic for the weekend was God’s Goodness(A look at Grace).   Throughout the weekend, there was no shortage of food, fellowship, laughter, fresh air, and spiritual refreshment.   The retreat is held annually at Camp Joy the last full weekend in September and is open to all women who would like to attend.   Take a look at these photos for a glimpse of the good time that was had by all.

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Pastor Robert Van Horn Celebrates 25 Years in Columbus!

Twenty-five years ago, a young Pastor and his family moved to Columbus, Ohio accepting the call to be the pastor of the Seventh Day Baptist Church.   That young pastor was Robert Van Horn with his wife Lana, 10 year old daughter Marissa, and 8 year old son Christopher.  young robertThis month our church is celebrating Pastor Robert and Lana’s ministry to and through our church.  There have been many times of deep learning, enduring friendships, spiritual adventures, contagious laughter, uplifting music, delicious food, and lasting memories — with so many people — over the past 25 years.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Seventh Day Baptist church, was meeting at the American Baptist Church in Westerville, OH when Pastor Robert first came.  The church purchased and remodeled their current building and moved to it’s present location at 12161 Broad Street SW in Pataskala in 2004. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Pastor Robert’s two children are now grown and parents of Pastor Robert & Lana’s five grandchildren who are all living in the area.   all the family On Sabbath Day, October 3rd, Robert & Lana hosted the monthly Fellowship Meal and celebrated this milestone with a special cake made by Cora’s Confections.25 ann cake

We are blessed and honored to have someone as talented, committed, and compassionate as Robert Van Horn as our pastor. vbs misc pic 5 Not only has he been active in our local church preaching, leading Bible Study, teaching children, sharing special music and ministering to the church family in many ways; but he is also a member of the West Licking Ministerial Association (WLMA).  Pastor Robert has been and continues to be active in the Seventh Day Baptist Appalachian Association of churches and Camp Joy in Berea, WV.  Through the years, Pastor Robert has been involved with Seventh Day Baptists at a national level as a past SDB General Conference President, member of SDB General Council, and Council on Ministry member.

Many thanks and appreciation to you and your family, Pastor Robert, and Congratulations on serving in Columbus for 25 years!praying together

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Sermon Audio

Receiving Blessings Through Rosh Hashanah

September 12, 2015

This week’s bulletin

This week’s scriptures were Leviticus 23:24-25 & Numbers 29:1-6.  Pastor Robert shared this blessing during the sermon: Leshanah tovah tiateiv veteichateim which means “May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year”


Appalachian Association Women’s Retreat

womens retreatFor all women in the WV, OH, PA, and MD areas….come join us in Berea, WV the last weekend in September for the annual Women’s Retreat. The date is September 25-27, 2015 starting Friday evening with registration at 7:00 pm and the program starting at 8:00 pm.  The retreat will run through Sunday morning at 10 am.   This year the Salemville, PA churches will be hosting the weekend and the theme is “Receiving God’s Goodness” based on a Women of Faith Bible Study.    THERE IS NO REGISTRATION FEE.    All are welcome to come enjoy the fellowship, spiritual time, and a break from the world!

For more information, contact Linda Graffius, 766-3414;  -or-  Amanda Barbee, 766-4585;
 -a joyful, open heartcamp joy 2

-the need to rest and listen for God’s voice

-a friend

-Bible, pencil, pen, paper

-bedding, towel/wash cloth, soap, etc.

-casual clothes & comfortable shoes; add an extra pair

-jacket or sweat shirt for evening

-a book to read; cards/letter to write; craft; game

-healthy or not so healthy snacks to share