Camp Joy Pre-Camp 2018

Coming up on May 19-20, 2018 at Camp Joy in Berea, WV will be a unique overnight experience for children getting ready for their first year attending camp.  Pre-Camp is a brief weekend intended to give an introduction to church camp.  Hopefully children will have less anxiety about being away from home for camp and be enthusiastically looking forward to camp after this weekend.

Registration will be held 1-2 pm Saturday afternoon May 19th and the weekend activities will conclude at 1:00 pm on Sunday afternoon.  Attendees should fill out and bring the regular Camp Joy Registration Form available below or at the Camp Joy Website.  Activities for the weekend will include: lesson time, games, vespers, campfire, flag ceremony, craft, free play, and introduction to canoeing (weather permitting).

While mainly intended for grades 1-2, any child that has not attended camp previously will be welcomed.  You are asked to let the director know if an older child is coming so they can plan how to make them fit in and feel a part of the weekend.

In the same way, if there is an adult coming a long distance and needs to stay overnight at the camp, we can accommodate that, but would like to know ahead of time so the director can plan for them (and maybe put them to work if they are willing).

Interested people should contact the pastor at one of the Appalachian Association SDB churches no later than May 12th.  This is especially important for the cooks.  Also advise if you have a camper with special dietary needs due to allergies.

There is a cost of $5.00 per attendee.

For more information and directions to Camp Joy, see the Camp Joy website at

HERE’S THE REGISTRATION FORM TO USE:    2018camp-registration-form (1)


Eggstravaganza Egg-citement


Imagine a sunny (but cool) March afternoon. . . 17 lively and egg-cited kids plus an open field COVERED with loaded plastic eggs . . . and you’ve got an Eggstravaganza!  Our third annual Eggstravaganza egg hunt took place on Saturday, March 24th, at 3:00 pm  in the big open field behind the Seventh Day Baptist Church at 12161 Broad Street SW as you are heading into Pataskala, OH.

The weather was a little chilly, but dry as the children (and eggs) were divided for three different age groups.  This egg hunt allows even the youngest of children to have a fun time without all the older kids getting to the eggs before them!  The eggs were filled with candy, toys, stickers, and temporary tattoos and then taped shut to keep them safe from moisture and accidentally opening.  Removing the tape to open the plastic eggs and finding out what is inside was almost as much fun as collecting them — and a little warmer since it was done inside the church!

A fun time was had by all!  Take a look at some of the pictures below:

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Camp Joy 2018 Season Information

camp joy 2Plans have begun for another exciting camping season at Camp Joy in Berea, West Virginia.  Here’s the 2018 scheduled camps.  More information plus online (and downloadable) registration forms are available at

Junior (Grades 2-4) — July 1 – 5, 2018 — $75/camper

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Director: Pastor Robert VanHorn, Susie Fox

Registration: 1-2 p.m. Sun., July 1

Break Camp: 10:00a.m., Thurs. July 5

Middler (Grades 5-7) — June 24—July 1, 2018 — $90/camper

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Director: Liam Davis

Registration: 1-2 p.m., Sun., June 24

Break Camp: 10 a.m., Sun., July 1

Senior (Grades 8-12) — July 8-15, 2018 — $90/camper

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Director: Pastor Johnmark Camenga

Registration: 1-2 p.m., Sun., July 8

Break Camp: 10 a.m., Sun., July 15

Pre-Camp (Grades 1-2) — May 19-20, 2018 — $/camper

Director: Chris Sias


Break Camp:

Details coming soon…

There is a $10 discount for registering online at the Camp Joy website.

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Christmas Outreach Project

AAF 5Money collected, presents bought, gifts wrapped, packages delivered . . . Our church’s Christmas Outreach project has been completed!  Starting back in July, our weekly “Building Up the Temple” mission offering for 3Q/2017 was allocated for Christmas Outreach.  For the second year, we teamed up with the Licking County Salvation Army’s “Adopt-A-Family” program providing gifts to local families who need some extra help at Christmas.

AAF 1We applied and were provided names, ages, sizes, etc. for two local families enrolled in the program through the Salvation Army.  Shirley Pest and Veronica Van Horn made a GREAT shopping team!  They scoured the stores and came up with great gifts for all.  We were able to provide pajamas, hat & scarf, boots, two toys, and a filled stocking for each of the children on our list.  Each family also received some gift cards to use for holiday food.

AAF 2The next step found Susie Fox wrapping the gifts, adding name tags, and filling the stockings with all the things Veronica & Shirley purchased!  Per the program guidelines, each family’s wrapped gifts were then placed in bags labeled with their “Adopt-A-Family” number.

AAF 3On Thursday, December 14, 2017, Dean & Susie Fox delivered the bags of gifts to the Licking County Salvation Army location at 250 East Main Street in Newark, OH.

Our gifts were added to a LOT of others being collected.  Then several  additional volunteers organize the bags collected from the donors and have them ready for the families when they come to pick them up the following week!AAF 4


Thanks to all who helped and contributed . . . Merry Christmas!

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Fall Festival Held Sunday Oct 29th

fallfestLots of fun, great food, and plenty of energy describes the Fall Festival held at the Pataskala Seventh Day Baptist Church on Sunday afternoon, October 29, 2017 from 4-6 pm.  Due to the cooler weather, the festivities were moved indoors, with various games scattered in different rooms throughout the church.  As guests entered, they were greeted with the Photo Spot where people could get their pictures taken with or without a variety of things to “accessorize” them.  Several people went home with family pictures taken and printed while you wait.  In addition, there were several carnival-type games for prizes including ring toss over pumpkins, Plinko, Tic-Tac-Toe beanbag toss, Bible Bingo, make-your-own paper airplane, and tossing ping pong balls into floating rings in a baby pool.

There was plenty of food & drink for relaxing between games and at 5:00 pm several enjoyed a Hay Ride!  At  5:30 pm, we gathered as a group for some fun “Minute To Win It” games followed by a door prize for a free pumpkin pie!

Thanks to all who helped to make it an enjoyable and fun afternoon!  Check out some of the pictures below.

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Emma Van Horn Baptized 10/7/17

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Emma Elizabeth Van Horn, daughter of Chris & Veronica Van Horn, was baptized on October 7th, 2017.  The baptism took place during the weekly worship service at the Pataskala Seventh Day Baptist church.

Emma wanted to publicly show her previous decision to accept Jesus into her heart as her Lord and Savior.  emma baptism 1

Emma chose three of her favorite hymns to be included in the morning worship service: “In the Garden”, “Amazing Grace”, and “Nothing But the Blood”.  

Emma was baptized by Pastor Robert Van Horn, who is also Emma’s proud grandfather.  The service ended with the congregation greeting Emma with hugs and well wishes.


(see additional pictures below)



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SDB Women’s Retreat held in West Virginia

2017 retreat picFour women from our church attended the annual Seventh Day Baptist Appalachian Association Women’s Retreat held at Camp Joy the weekend of September 22-24, 2017.

There were a total of 31 women attending the retreat from Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Tennessee, New Jersey, South Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama in addition to those attending from our Seventh Day Baptist church in Ohio.2017 retreat 17

The program was planned by women from the Shepherd’s Fold SDB church in Tennessee this year with the theme “Running the Race”.  Sessions were taught by Brenda Rankhorn and Cate Abraham on the topics of Focus, Training, Discipline, and Living Graciously.  Women attending from Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio prepared & provided the yummy meals!

2017 retreat 9In addition to the teaching sessions, there was free time to enjoy the rustic and beautiful camp setting as well as fellowship with new and old friends.  The weekend was a time to eat, sing, worship, pray, hug, talk, play, laugh, and learn together.  By Sunday morning, the women were refreshed as they left to return home and also looking forward to next year!

(The annual women’s retreat is scheduled for the last full weekend of September each year at Camp Joy in Berea, West Virginia. Any interested women are welcome to attend.  Next year’s retreat will be planned by the women in Salemville, PA and held September 28-30, 2018.) 

Here are some pictures taken over the weekend:


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