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.


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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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SDB General Conference 2017

LogoConf2017Delegates from our church attended the 2017 SDB General Conference meetings in Azusa, CA held July 23-30, 2017.  The theme was “Life On Mission” led by Conference President Patti Wethington.  It was a week filled with a variety of activities including daily Bible Studies, evening worship services, featured guest speakers, workshops, women’s and youth banquets, denominational business, acceptance of 3 new churches into membership, interest committee meetings, choir & special music, testimonies, and more!

The evening services and guest speaker presentations were live-streamed throughout the week so those not in attendance could participate.  You can access these recorded messages along with photos from the week at the SDB denominational website (seventhdaybaptist.org).PR admitted as new member church

Our church’s branch church in Puerto Rico was one of three new churches accepted into membership of the SDB General Conference (USA & Canada).  Delegates Judith and Joel Houts attended to accept on behalf of their new church!

Dean and Susie Fox were the other two delegates from our church attending the week long Conference.  When asked about some of their favorite parts of the week, Dean said, “I really enjoyed the daily Bible Studies led by Carl Greene on Ephesians 1-4.  His stories and visual aids made a lot of great points and entertaining as well!”   Susie Fox added, “I really enjoyed the outside speaker for the Women’s Banquet and workshop, Emily Klotz.  Her testimony really gave glory to God!”

2018conflogoThe new theme for the coming year was unveiled Saturday night by the incoming Conference President Dave Stall.  It is “Less Talk, More Action”.  We were challenged to take action throughout the year, not just talk about what we should do!  Next  year’s General Conference sessions will be held July 29-August 4, 2018 at Carthage College in Kenosha, WI.

Here are a few picture highlights from the week:  (see more photos on the SDB website)

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SDB Appalachian Association June 23-25, 2017

aa 2017 graphic 3The Pataskala Seventh Day Baptist Church will host the annual SDB Appalachian Association activities June 23-25, 2017 at 12161 Broad St. SW in Pataskala.  Association Moderator, Mark Pest, will be leading the weekend following the theme “The Sabbath: It’s NOT just another day!” .  The weekend activities will focus on how the Sabbath is a weekly celebration of God’s Creation.  Representatives from SDB churches in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Alabama, Tennessee, and North Carolina will be travelling to Pataskala for the weekend.

d and dThe guest speaker for two presentations is Bob Gillespie of Answers in Genesis.  At 10am on Sabbath (Saturday), Bob will present “Dinosaurs and Dragons in the Bible” and later at 2pm Bob will present “Genesis: Does it really matter?”genesis

There is no cost for you and your family to attend Appalachian Association, but we need to know who is coming so that we can plan meals, activities, and lodging.  A form to register is attached below.   There will be something special at registration for all who have registered by June 1st!

discipleship 4Throughout the weekend, there will be ample opportunity to meet new friends and renew old acquaintances, worship together, Bible study, and fun for the whole family.  We look forward to having you join us!

Appalachian Registration Form 2017

2017 Appalachian Association Schedule

Hosting SDB General Council May 2017

pataskala gc pic 3It was a joy and a blessing for the Pataskala SDB Church to host the Seventh Day Baptist General Council for their meetings May 19-21, 2017.  The SDB General Council consists of five elected members: Susie Fox (chair), Rod Noel (vice chair), Ralph Mackintosh, Dale Thorngate, and Andy Samuels; and two non-voting members: Rob Appel (SDB Executive Director) and Ron Ochs (SDB Financial Director).  new SDB logoMembers arrived in the Columbus area Thursday evening from New York, West Virginia, Florida, California, and Wisconsin to meet all day Friday and Saturday evening.  (Ron attended remotely via conference call for this meeting.)

pataskala gc pic 1On Sabbath (Saturday) the members of General Council worshiped with the Pataskala SDB church and Pastor Andy Samuels gave an inspiring and motivating morning message entitled “The Great GOmission” based on Romans 1:8-16.  Another General Council member, Ralph Mackintosh, used his Christian Illusionist talents during the children’s time to cleverly share the message “we are ALL important people in the church working together” .pataskala gc pic 2

Following the worship service and a potluck Fellowship Meal, there was a Question & Answer time to get to know more about the General Council and things currently happening across the SDB denomination.


April 29, 2017 Sabbath Service

life_that_honors_god_largeShowing honor to God through the way we honor those in authority over us was the theme for the April 29, 2017 morning message by guest speaker Becky Van Horn.  Using several scriptures, including Matthew 6:1-5, Romans 13:1-7, Matthew 8:5-13 and Matthew 10:40-41, Becky talked about honoring our leaders in the family, in the church, in the government, and in our workplace.  Many of these thoughts were a result of a recent study of the book “Honor’s Reward” by John Bevere during Sabbath School.

The recording of Becky’s message titled “Honor and its Reward” along with a copy of the bulletin for the 4/29/17 worship service are attached below.

Becky also recently wrote an article called “Honoring of Church Leaders” for the May 2017 issue of the Sabbath Recorder magazine.  You can follow this link to access Becky’s article online (page 11 of the May Sabbath Recorder).

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