Elias Patterson Baby Dedication

A baby dedication service was held during the worship service on Sabbath March 9, 2019 for Elias Alexander Patterson, son of Jamie and Marissa Patterson (and sister to Cora).  Pastor Robert Van Horn (and proud grandfather) led the time of dedication which included special music, a covenant of dedication by the parents and confirmation of support by the many family members present and also the church family. Earlier in the service Pastor Robert had read Children Learn What They Live and this sentiment was captured in the covenant by Marissa and Jamie Patterson.

As part of the dedication service Elias’ older sister Cora and cousin Josiah Van Horn enacted the story of when Mary and Joseph brought their baby son Jesus to the temple to dedicate him found in Luke 2:22-24.

Following the service was a time of celebration and fellowship enjoying a beautiful cake made by Elias’ mom (see Cora’s Confections). Congratulations to all the proud parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins!


Here are some additional pictures:

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Kindness Superheros at March Kids Club

event pictureThe theme for our monthly Kids Bible Club on March 2, 2019 was “Be A Kindness Superhero”. Attendance was a little less than expected, but the twelve kids (and 9 adults) who were there had a lot of fun learning about kindness with a superhero theme! We started out singing “Jesus is my Superhero” and a fun skit starring Christoper Van Horn and Dean Fox.  Following the opening, we divided into two groups based on ages for a Bible lesson and craft project. mar kids club 3

The younger group learned about the kindness shown in the Bible story of The Good Samaritan and then made superhero masks.  The older group discussed kindness based on four Bible passages ( Luke 6:31, Colossians 3:12, Ephesians 4:32, Galatians 5:22) and then used florescent highlighters to color superhero doorknob hangers).mar kids club 1

Then the whole group came together again to play “KIND”, a variation on Bingo. Each person had a card filled with various acts of Kindness and non-readers were matched up with partners who could read. Whenever someone had a match to what was called out, they placed a Hershey’s Hug playing piece on that square.  This continued until someone got 4 in a row, taking breaks occasionally to sample the candy playing pieces.mar kids club 9

Next was snack and we played another game of “KIND” during snack time. Then the group went back to the sanctuary to sing “Jesus is my Superhero” song again, have a closing prayer and pass out invitations for next month’s Kid Bible Club on April 6, 2019. Next month’s theme will be “Let Your Light Shine” (i.e. think glow sticks!).

mar kids club 10All kids ages 3-12 are invited to this monthly Kids Bible Club held the first Saturday night of each month, 6:30-8:00pm, at the Pataskala Seventh Day Baptist Church.

Thanks to all the adults, parents, and grandparents who helped make this a fun night!  Here are some more pictures:

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Fun at February Kids Bible Club

invite picture“Jesus Loves You SNOW Much!” was the theme for the Kids Bible Club held the evening of February 2, 2019.  The Bible lesson for the evening was about how God created the world and everything in it — including snowflakes!  We learned that like snowflakes, God created us each different and beautiful.febkids8

The Kids Bible Club is held from 6:30-8:00 pm monthly on the first Saturday night of the month.  Unfortunately our SNOW theme was cancelled last month due to winter weather!  So we enjoyed the snow based crafts and games just as much this month.

febkids10After the introduction all together with a “Miss Snowflake Pageant” skit and singing the action song “God’s Love is Big” the group separated into older and younger classes for the Bible lesson and crafts.  The younger group made pictures using snowflake stamps and paint while the older class painted snowflake suncatchers.

Next everyone joined together again for a trio of febkids7“snowball” (cotton balls!) games: a relay carrying snowballs on spoons, seeing who could blow the snowball the closest to the edge of the table without going off, and an indoor snowball fight!

After a break for snacks, we joined back in the church sanctuary for our closing!  It was a great evening and everyone had a lot of fun!  (A big thank you to all the adults who helped out!)

All kids ages 3-12 are invited to our next Kids Bible Club event on Saturday March 2, 2019 at 6:30-8:00 pm with the theme “Be a KINDNESS Super Hero”.


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2019 Church Officers Elected

2019 officers

The 2019 church officers were elected at the Annual Business Meeting held on Sunday, January 27, 2019 as follows:

President: Darwin Van Horn

Vice President: Christopher Van Horn

Clerk: Susie Fox

Treasurer: Chip Thorngate

Corporate Agent: Jamie Patterson

Sabbath School Superintendent: Robert & Lana Van Horn

Assistant SS Superintendent: Kym Goodson (not pictured)

(Also not pictured, Trustees Becky Van Horn & Dean Fox were re-elected for 3 year terms and Johnny Long was elected to fill the remaining Trustee term for Mark Pest.)

Some other items also included in the January 27 business meeting were approving a 2019 budget, agreeing to request an SCSC team for this summer, appointment of a Pastoral Search Committee due to Pastor Robert’s announcement to retire this fall, choosing recipients for the quarterly mission offerings, and a deciding to sponsor a banner for the local Licking Heights High School field.

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Kids Bible Club on February 2, 2019

After being cancelled due to snow in January, we are really looking forward to our monthly Kids Bible Club on Saturday night, Feb 2, 2019 from 6:30-8:00pm.  We will have lots of fun around a snow theme of “Jesus Loves You SNOW Much!”.  Plans for the evening include songs, a skit, crafts, Bible story, games, refreshments and lots of fun!

All kids ages 3-12 are invited and transportation is available if needed.  Give the church a call at 740-927-0574 to request a ride or if you have any questions.

(If you miss this month, you can join us next month for Kids Bible Club on Saturday, March 2, 2019. Kids Bible Club is held on the first Saturday evening of each month from 6:30-8:00pm.)



New SDB Church in North Carolina

good news church picThe Good News Seventh Day Baptist Church is one of the newest SDB groups.  Located near Raleigh, NC. They began meeting in homes about a year ago and have been meeting at The Pointe Church in Apex, NC since last September.

This church group is a church-plant from the Shepherd’s Fold Seventh Day Baptist Church in Johnson City, TN which is located about 4 1/2 hours away.

In June 2018, at their annual meeting, the SDB Appalachian Association voted to provide some funding to this new group.  Our church, Pataskala Seventh Day Baptist, has designated our Building Up the Temple mission offering for Jan-Mar for the Good News SDB Church to help with promotion, rent, materials, etc.

You can find more information about the Good News Seventh Day Baptist Church at their website or contact them at Be sure to stop in and worship with them if you are in the Raleigh, NC area any Sabbath!

A member of the Good News SDB Church was featured in the January 2019 issue of the Sabbath Recorder magazine.  Follow this link to see the article.


Monthly Kids Bible Clubs Starting Dec 1st

Beginning Saturday evening, December 1, 2018 is a new Kids Bible Club starting at the Pataskala Seventh Day Baptist Church.  One Saturday night each month the church will host activities for children ages 3-12 consisting of age-appropriate Bible Lessons, Crafts, Singing, Games, and Snacks.

Our initial December meeting is titled “The Wonder of the First Christmas” and will focus on the Nativity Story of when Jesus was born taken from the Bible. Transportation is available if requested and children can be registered by calling the church at 740-927-0574.

Transportation is available if needed.  Call the church to register and/or request transportation.


Our upcoming schedule of monthly meetings  in 2019 is as follows:

January 12, 2019        (cancelled due to weather)

February 2, 2019        Jesus Loves You SNOW Much!

March 2, 2019            Be a KINDNESS Super-Hero!

April 6, 2019              GLOW in the DARK!

May 4, 2019               Discovering the Best Treasure of All — the BIBLE

June 1, 2019               “End of School” & “Welcome Summer” Party