Junior Camp Joy 2018

Junior Camp 2018 groupThere was canoeing & crafts….there were chores and Bible Science and morning flag raising…..there was swimming and July 4th fireworks…..there were quiet evening vespers in the hills of West Virginia…..morning Revele and evening Taps…..and so much more!

Fifteen campers (grades 3-5) and eight counselors under the able direction of co-directors Pastor Robert Van Horn and Susie Fox had a GREAT time at Junior Camp Joy July 1-5, 2018 in Berea, WV.   Three of the campers (Emma Van Horn, Arabella Lear, and Abigail Lanzer) represented the Pataskala SDB Church as well as the directors and Peter Fox as a counselor.

choose joyThe theme was “Choose Joy” with Bible lessons each day about ways we can do that.  The campers were divided into four work groups with a different “chore” to do each day: wash dishes, clean the lodge, plan evening vespers, and plan campfire activities.

Everyone was surprised the first night when the electricity went out just before bed-time due to a thunderstorm resulting in no showers or fans or lights after a long hot day.  We had a chance to “Choose Joy” instead of fear, complaining, and irritability!

jr camp 1We had daily cabin inspections which motivated the campers to keep their bunk areas cleaned up as well.  We awarded the “Clean Cabin Award” to a different cabin each day.  Although we also had the “Stinky Sock Award”, there were surprisingly not any cabins that deserved that award throughout the week!

It was HOT, so the “Slip-n-Slide” during recreation time was a big hit and two afternoons swimming at North Bend State Park as well!  During our “rotation” time each day, the campers were divided into three different groups and one third of the group did Recreation, one third went canoeing, and one third worked on some pretty neat crafts.  Every 40 minutes we switched to the next activity until everyone had done all three things.  Each evening after supper, Professor Solomon invited us into her laboratory to explore interesting Bible Science experiments!

Thanks to our cooks (Chip & Michael Thorngate, Hannah Smith, and a little help from Dusty Davis), we had delicious food for 3 meals and 2 snacks a day along with plenty of liquids to keep us hydrated!

Enjoy these pictures from 2018 Junior Camp Joy: 

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[We also had one camper from our church, Lily Van Horn, attend Middler Camp Joy the previous week June 24-July 1, 2018 and Kym Goodson helping cook at Senior Camp Joy the following week July 8-15, 2018.]


Cookout & Movie Family Night Held June 9th

On June 9, 2018 our church had a Cookout & Movie Family Night.  As usual, there was lots of food, family, friends, and fun for all ages.  The church provided hamburgers & hot dogs which were skillfully prepared by Pastor Robert Van Horn.  The other people attending brought side dishes and desserts to share.  After a relaxing time of sharing the food and visiting, we headed into the sanctuary to view the movie “Woodlawn” based on a true story.  The movie was entertaining as well as inspiring and thought provoking.  It is safe to say, “A good time was had by all!”  Check out the pictures below.



June 9th Cookout & Movie Night

There will be a cookout followed by a movie night at the Pataskala Seventh Day Baptist Church beginning at 6:30pm Saturday, June 9, 2018.  The church is located at 12161 Broad Street SW in Pataskala, Ohio.  All are welcome to attend and bring a friend!  Those attending are asked to bring a side dish or dessert.  The rest of the meal will be provided.  Following the cookout, the movie Woodlawn will be shown.  Please contact the church with any questions.


Seventh Day Baptist General Conference Sessions Jul 29-Aug 4, 2018

The theme for the annual SDB General Conference is “Less Talk, More Action” which will be held July 29-August 4, 2018 at Carthage College in Kenosha, WI.  The program for the week will be led by this year’s Conference President, Pastor Dave Stall from the First Hopkinton Seventh Day Baptist Church in Ashaway, RI.

Activities for the week include a full program of worship, Bible Study, outside guest speakers, Conference business, breakout interest groups, and children’s programs as well as time for informal conversations with old and new friends.

Outside speakers scheduled for the week include Leith Anderson,  Lori Stanley Roeleveld,  and (Hercules) Kevin Sorbo.

Join us on the beautiful campus of Carthage College in Kenosha, WI this summer for an action packed week planned! What are you waiting for? Enough talk…. let’s see some action!

Registration is available online for Conference 2018 here.


Chris Galarneau Ordination Council June 23, 2018

The Shepherd’s Fold Ministry Seventh Day Baptist Church has extended an invitation for each of the Seventh Day Baptist churches in the Appalachian Association to send delegates to participate in an Ordination Council for Chris Galarneau.  Currently Chris is the Assistant Pastor of the Shepherd’s Fold Ministry SDB Church.  The purpose of an Ordination Council is for a broader group to examine Chris Galarneau as a candidate for pastoral ordination and provide a recommendation to the local church.


The Ordination Council is made up of delegates from the other churches in the Appalachian Association, in addition to one or more representatives from the Seventh Day Baptist General Conference.   The examination time will be held on Sabbath afternoon, June 23, 2018 at the annual Appalachian Association meetings being held at Camp Joy in Berea, WV.


Attached below for review prior to the Ordination Examination Council are copies of Chris Galarneau’s personal testimony and statement of beliefs.  Following the Ordination Examination Council, a recommendation will be made to the Shepherd’s Fold Ministry SDB Church concerning the church proceeding with Ordination.  The local church will then decide what steps toward Ordination to take next.


Chris G Statement of Belief

Chris G Personal Testimony of Belief


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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