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        Jesus Loves You SNOW Much!

February 2, 2019        Be a KINDNESS Super-Hero!

March 2, 2019            GLOW in the DARK!

April 6, 2019              It’s a SLIME Thing!

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

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


2018 Fall Festival Held

About 55 people attended and enjoyed the Fall Festival the afternoon on November 10, 2018. The church was decorated with carnival games throughout the classrooms.  Games included Ping Pong Ball Toss, Nerf Gun Targets, Balloon Toss, Donut Bobbing, Pumpkin Ring Toss, Cupcake Walk, Mini Cornhole, and Laundry Basket Beachball Throw!  Those of all ages who participated got tickets which they were able to redeem for prizes at the Prize Table.

In addition to the games, there was also a drawing for a pumpkin pie (& whipped cream), a photo spot to take pictures with your family & friends, a hayride, food & drink, and a place to just rest & relax a bit.

Although it was a bit chilly, several kids and adults braved the weather and bundled up to enjoy the Hayride.  The rosy cheeks and happy laughter were the sign they had returned to the church after about 20 minutes!

Thanks to all who helped and thanks to all who came!  It was a fun afternoon and a chance to meet some new people.  Here are some pictures captured throughout the Fall Festival:

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Come Join Us at the Fall Festival!

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Plans are underway for a fun afternoon of games, prizes, food, and even a hayride!  Join us at the Pataskala Seventh Day Baptist Church located at 12161 Broad Street SW in Pataskala, OH.

The classrooms will each have a different “carnival” type game (think throwing & tossing) to win tickets redeemable at “THE PRIZE TABLE”.  Sloppy joes, chips & drinks will be available when you’re ready to take a break. Relax and spend time with someone you know or make a new friend.

There will be a hayride for all those interested in participating loading up about 3:30pm.  Join us for this family & kid-friendly afternoon.  It’s free and fun for all ages!


2018 Annual Women’s Retreat Held

2018 retreat 7Women from Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, South Carolina, and Alabama Seventh Day Baptist churches and guests joined together at Camp Joy in Berea, WV the weekend of September 28-30, 2018.  There were six women attending from the Pataskala Seventh Day Baptist Church, Becky Van Horn, Monika Martin, Susie Fox, Marge Patrick and Marge’s two sisters Erlene and Marilyn.  All together there were 22 women from several different churches attending.

The weekend was planned and led by the women from the Salemville, PA church, along with help from other churches for meals and clean-up. We studied the book A Confident Heart by Renee Swope.  Using video clips by Renee, the teaching sessions were led by Amanda Barbee and Kristin Camenga. Due to time constraints, we were only able to get a brief touch of the book’s main points, but the women received copies of the book to take home.  The information covered helped us all learn “how to stop doubting yourself and live in the security of God’s promises” which is the subtitle of the book.

In addition to the 4 insightful lessons, we had some great meals and snacks, time to relax in beautiful rural West Virginia, meet new friends, worship in a church that’s over 200 years old, and got to sit around a campfire at night to sing songs & play games.

Reminder, the retreat is always the last full weekend in September.  Maybe you can join  on September 27-29, 2019 for next year’s retreat!

Here are some additional pictures from the weekend:

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NOTE: For those women wanting the recipe for the Fruit Croissant Puff served for Sunday morning breakfast, follow this link. (this recipe was tripled)


2018 Fall Women’s Retreat

The annual Appalachian Association Fall Women’s Retreat is scheduled for September 28-30, 2018 at Camp Joy in Berea, WV.  We are going to consider what makes “A Confident Heart” by Renee Swope.  Learn & share with other how to stop doubting yourself and live in the security of God’s Promises.

Check out this short video by the author.

women retreat scheduleRetreat activities will begin Sept 28 at 7 PM and continue through Sept 30 at 10 AM. Enjoy worship, rest and fun and the wilds of West Virginia. Cost is $10. Contact Amanda Barbee or Kristin Camenga for details or scholarship needs. (Women from the Pataskala Seventh Day Baptist Church who are interested in attending should talk with Becky Van Horn.)

You can pre-register by following this link, but walk-in attendees are also welcome!

You may also want to follow the Facebook event for updates.

See the Camp Joy Website for a map and directions.


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.]