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Women’s Retreat @ Camp Joy

The Appalachian Association has announced it will hold the annual Women’s Retreat the weekend of September 24-26, 2021 at Camp Joy in Berea, WV. It is a guaranteed time of refreshing scenery, Bible learning, worship, and fellowship with other women.

The theme for the weekend is Mountaintop and the planned guest speaker is Brandi Smith. Verses are Isaiah 52:7 & Micah 4:2.

You can pre-register here.

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Baptism on June 5, 2021

Pastor Chuck Meathrell and Lillian Royer June 5. 2021

It was a great day to have a baptism! Lillian Royer had been waiting about a year due to COVID-19 shutdowns and was now able to publicly share her decision to follow Jesus Christ. During the morning worship service on June 5, 2021 at the Pataskala Seventh Day Baptist Church the pastor Chuck Meathrell had the privilege of baptizing her. The baptism was happily witnessed by the church congregation including Lillian’s proud parents.

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January 30, 2021 – Youth Sabbath

On Sabbath Day January 30, 2021 we had a very special worship service led by the young people in our congregation. Following the opening prayer led by Josiah Van Horn, there was a Youth Choir singing a song arranged by Pastor Chuck Meathrell titled “Let Them Come”.

Following that was praise time and then a Responsive Reading led by Cora Patterson and Davis Meathrell. The Children’s Message that day was a puppet show by Fur & the Gang.

Lillian Van Horn gave a well prepared and thought out message titled “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”. Then following the closing hymn Emma Van Horn gave the benediction. It was a blessing to have our young people participating in leading the worship!


Rev. Chuck Meathrell To Be Our New Pastor

We are happy to announce Rev. Chuck Meathrell as the new pastor at Pataskala Seventh Day Baptist Church.  The church has been without a pastor for 7 months following the retirement of Pastor Robert Van Horn in October. Chuck and his wife Jessica and their family of 3 boys will be moving to Ohio from South Carolina in mid May.

Rev. Meathrell received his MDiv from Columbia International University in Columbia, SC and was ordained by his previous church, Jacob’s Well Church also in Columbia, SC.  Since the COVID-19 pandemic, he and Jessica have been leading the church through virtual worship services from their home (check Sermons & Worship on this website or Youtube). We will begin regular services in person at the church located at 12161 Broad Street SW in Pataskala, OH when we can safely meet together.


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Church Goal to Retire the Mortgage

Fifteen years ago our church bought the property at 12161 Broad Street SW on the western edge of Pataskala, Ohio.  After 15 years our church has decided it’s time to pay off our mortgage loan with the Seventh Day Baptist Memorial Fund.

We have been in the current church building since the fall of 2004. While the church had met in previous years at rented facilities, we had never had our own building before!

If you would like to be a part of our “Retire the Mortgage” efforts, you can make an online contribution through the secure giving feature of our website. The link is below.

Or you can send contributions to Treasurer, Seventh Day Baptist Church, 12161 Broad Street SW, Pataskala, OH 43062. Please designate your gift toward “Retire the Mortgage”. Even small gifts add up & will make a difference!

Make your dollars count TWICE! A matching challenge has been received so that every dollar received between now and July 4, 2020 will be matched one-for-one! Now is the time to give!


SDB General Conference in Lancaster, PA

The annual Seventh Day Baptist General Conference meetings are being held at Lancaster Bible College in Lancaster, PA July 28-Aug 3.  The theme for the week’s conference is “People Get Ready” presided over by Conference President Jane Mackintosh.  Listed below are some ways you can be involved, even if you are not able to attend in person.

The SDB Conference 2019 app is available now! Go grab it for ios here: or Android here:

Evening Worship will be Livestreamed via the denomination Facebook page here:   and archived videos will be saved to view afterward on the denomination website here:

General information, including an online copy of the Conference Schedule Booklet will be available from the Seventh Day Baptist website HERE.

Many of the guest speakers and interest committee leaders have been announced already at Seventh Day Baptists page on Facebook and can be accessed HERE.


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Thank You to our Summer Dedicated Service Team

Our church said “Thank You!” to our two Summer Dedicated Service workers, Vanessa Ormsby and Collin Green, on Sabbath July 20, 2019.  Due to the efforts of these two college age people, along with their Project Director Susie Fox, our church has been able to complete three Kids Bible Clubs at Summit Ridge Estates, JFK Park in Reynoldsburg, and at the church in Pataskala.  In addition to the Bible clubs, they also played a significant role in having a church booth at the Pataskala Fun Fair before the Fireworks on June 29, 2019 and were counselors for a week at Camp Joy in Berea, WV.

During the summer Vanessa & Collin also volunteered on Tuesdays & Thursdays at Didomi Redistribution Center for Non-Profit organizations, gave special Children’s Messages, testimonies, and special music during the Worship Service, and spent time getting to know the other people in the Pataskala Seventh Day Baptist Church.

Vanessa is visiting from Toronto, Ontario, Canada where her home church is located and she will resume her studies in college this fall.  Collin is visiting from Milton, Wisconsin where his home church is located and where he also is continuing his college studies not far from there this fall. They are working under Seventh Day Baptist program called Summer Christian Service Corps (SCSC) which is a leadership program for college age students during the summer among selected Seventh Day Baptist churches.

On Thursday, July 25, the Summer Dedicated Service Team will be leaving to attend a few days of evaluation and then the Seventh Day Baptist General Conference annual session in Lancaster, PA.  “Well Done!” Vanessa & Collin! Thanks for all your hard work in sharing the love of God and Good News of Jesus with so many people this summer!

Here are some more pictures of our SCSC team in action this summer:


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Bible Club Held July 15-19, 2019

God’s Love in Colors was the theme of the daily Kids Bible Club held at the Pataskala Seventh Day Baptist Church each morning July 15-19,2019.  Each day a group of kids ages 4-12 (with a couple younger siblings) met from 10:30 am to noon for a Bible Lesson, Crafts, Games, and a snack.  Each day had a different color as the theme based on the Wordless Book which tells the Gospel story in colors.

Monday the color was BLACK and we learned that we all have sinned and reviewed the story of Adam & Eve.  We talked about darkness and that Jesus said He is the Light of the World.  We made blindfolds with the Bible verse on it during crafts and had a series of games maneuvering an obstacle course blindfolded. Our color themed snack was Oreo cookies.

On Tuesday, our color was RED which stands for the blood Jesus shed for our forgiveness when He died on the cross.  Our Bible verse for this day was John 3:16. We decorated red foam door knob hangers and played a version of freeze tag using a red blanket for our game. When you are tagged, you are frozen until the designated person covers you with the red blanket to set you free, similar to the way Jesus’ blood covers our sin to set us free. Our snack was red jello cups.

Our color Wednesday was WHITE representing new life when we accept Jesus’ forgiveness. We had an interesting Blible lesson about Nicodemus and an illustration of how Jesus (bleach) erases our sin (iodine) to give us a new life. For our craft we made a caterpillar out of wooden sticks that unfolded into a butterfly! For our game, we had fun tossing crumpled paper balls into white laundry baskets with half of the kids each facing opposite directions to throw back any extras that didn’t make it into the basket.  Our white snack was Rice Krispee Squares.

On Thursday our color was GOLD and we talked about what the Bible says Heaven will be like.  We decorated a yellow folder with puzzles & games for our craft and had a Treasure Hunt for the game. Our snack was yellow drink and cheese balls!

Friday the color was GREEN and we talked about how to grow as Christians. We planted a flower together as we talked about what a flower needs to grow and what we need to grow. For crafts, we made a beaded cross necklace and then played a review game with the things we learned this week. Snack was green drink and sugar cookies with green sugar on them.

It was a great week.  Here are some more pictures of the fun we had:

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Evening Bible Club Held July 8-12, 2019

We had a fun time ending each day with a Kids Bible Club (think outside Vacation Bible School!) at JFK Park in Reynoldsburg.  Each evening started & ended with a skit featuring a gold-seeking pirate named Pete and a delightful and encouraging fairy named Truly Bell.  Teacher Mary also showed up along with a variety of other characters who Pirate Pete managed to involve helping him follow treasure clues.  The skit was followed by Bible Lessons concerning heavenly vs. earthly treasures, real vs. fake treasures, listening to God’s voice, making wise choices, and keeping material treasures in balance with other treasures.  We also had a craft project, games, and a snack each day!

This was the second time using this material called The Great Treasure Hunt.  We also had a Kids Bible Club in the mornings June 24-28, 2019 at Summit Ridge in Pataskala.  A third Bible Club using different materials “God’s Love in Colors” will be held each morning July 15-19, 2019 at the Pataskala Seventh Day Baptist Church each morning Monday thru Friday at 10:30 am to noon each day.  This Bible Club will follow a similar format, but will feature a different color based on the Wordless Book each day.  Kids 4-12 are invited to attend!

Here are some pictures from the Bible Club at JFK Park:

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Team Render Midpoint Status Letter

Summer Christian Service Corps (SCSC) team “Render” sent out their midpoint status letter on Sunday July 7, 2019.  This team of dedicated service workers consists of Vanessa Ormsby from the Toronto, Canada Seventh Day Baptist Church and Collin Green from the Milton, WI Seventh Day Baptist Church.  Following nearly 2 weeks of training, the team arrived June 20th and will be with our church until they leave July 21st.  Their team name, RENDER, is based on Psalm 116:12-14: “What shall I render unto the Lord for all His benefits toward me? I will take the cup of salvation, I will call upon the name of the Lord, I will pay my vows unto the Lord.”

Here is the status letter they sent out:

Dear Friends and Family,

Greeting to all of you in the name of our matchless Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We thank you for your continued support, both financial and spiritually, as we continue to serve here at the Pataskala Seventh Day Baptist Church in Ohio.

The first few weeks of our service have been rather productive. We hosted a Bible club for the community of Summit Ridge; the theme was “The Great Treasure Hunt.” Though we began the week with only a handful of kids, we doubled our numbers by the end of the week. Those who participated had an excellent experience, learning through crafts, games, and treasure hunts that the true treasures of life are those which can be stored up in heaven. 

For our second week on a project, we went out to Camp Joy in West Virginia, serving alongside other Seventh Day Baptists at their junior camp. Attendance topped out at 21 campers and we served them in a variety of ways. Vanessa’s helped out primarily with Crafts and Collin with Recreation, but we also helped the with campfire, vespers, and table graces. The children spent the week learning about God, creation and the Old Testament, trying to memorize them. Overall, the highlight of this week was seeing the courage and willingness of the children to learn and try new things.

We are now preparing ourselves for two additional weeks of Bible clubs in other areas around Pataskala. As we go into the next few weeks, we ask that you continue to lift us up in prayer. Asking God to restore our energy, as well as guide us and bind us together as a team. We have stepped into this summer by faith and continue to walk in faith.

We hope to see you all soon,

Team Render (Psalm 116:12-14)

Vanessa Ormsby (Toronto SDB) & Collin Green (Connecting Church, Milton SDB)