Pastor Robert Van Horn Retiring from Pataskala SDB Church

After 29 years as the Pastor of the Pataskala Seventh Day Baptist Church, Pastor Robert Van Horn has announced his retirement in the fall of 2019.  While we will miss him as our pastor, we are blessed to have had him as our spiritual leader, pastor, teacher, and friend for so many years! Pastor Robert and his wife Lana are not planning to remove their membership from our church, but are going to spend their winters in Florida and come north to join us again in the the summers.

At this time, Pastor Robert is continuing in his role as our Pastor throughout the summer, with an indefinite retirement date sometime before the end of October 2019.  In January a Pastoral Search Committee was appointed consisting of Chip Thorngate, Darwin Van Horn, Dean Fox, Marissa Patterson, and Christopher Van Horn.  This committee has been revising & preparing a job description for the new Pastor as well as beginning the process for identifying and selecting potential candidates.  As a church we have already begun praying for the right person to become our new Pastor.  (If there is a time gap between when Pastor Robert leaves and a new Pastor is selected, the Deacons will have the responsibility for arranging coverage of the weekly worship service.)

Pastor Robert has certainly left his mark on the many lives he has touched through baptisms, teaching Sabbath School, Camp Joy staff & board member, special music and drama, hospital visits, baby dedications, children’s stories, workshops, leading praise time, youth retreats, sermons and more.  One area most appreciated about Pastor Robert are the many times he has dropped other things just to help someone out — from a flat tire to moving a piano!  Another way we have been blessed through the years is Pastor Robert’s ability to bring people together over a meal, whether grilling out, hosting a banquet, holding a seder, enjoying a church potluck, or inviting people into their home.

Yes, we will miss Pastor Robert Van Horn & Lana as our church’s Pastor and wife.  We wish them many years of enjoyable retirement as they continue to serve God in a different way.  We are also excited & hopeful to see who God will lead to become our new Pastor, Shepherd, Teacher, and Friend.




Monthly Kids Bible Club Held June 1

jun kids 17“Treasures in Heaven” was the theme for the monthly Kids Bible Club held June 1, 2019. We started off with an opening including the song “You are My All in All” and a fun skit by Pastor Robert & Christopher Van Horn about a boy obsessed with pirates asking his Dad about how to get to Heaven.  After several detours to discuss “pirate stuff” they concluding with the thought that the Bible is like a treasure map telling us how to get to Heaven.jun kids 16

The Bible Lesson & Craft time was taught in two groups divided by ages. Both group looked at the two parables Jesus told about the Kingdom of Heaven and treasure in Matthew 13:44-46.  The older group decorated treasure chests for their craft and the younger group played a game with a giant treasure chest as well as made a foam craft with the important message “You are God’s most treasured possesion”.jun kids 11

For our game time, we divided into 3 different teams (Blue, Pink, & Orange) to do a Treasure Hunt. Each group follow clues of their color hidden throughout the church to find their own treasure.  It was a lot of fun for all!

Then we enjoyed a pudding snack with layers and “buried treasure” gummy snacks and joined again for our song and closing prayer.

jun kids 1This will be the last monthly Kids Bible Club for the school year, but invitations were passed out for the three 5-Day Bible Clubs this summer sponsored by the church being held in Pataskala and Reynoldsburg.  Look for more information here on our website or Facebook Events to join us!


Enjoy these additional pictures taken throughout the evening:

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Summer 5-Day Kids Bible Clubs

During the Summer 2019, our church is sponsoring three different 5-day Neighborhood Bible Clubs. These will be similar to Vacation Bible School, but will a little more informal and will not be held inside the church building.

The first summer Bible Club will be held at Summit Ridge Estates mobile home park in Pataskala, OH June 22-26 at 10:30am-noon each day.  This Bible Club will use the materials “The Great Treasure Hunt” by TeachSundaySchool  The Bible Club will meet each morning, Monday through Friday in the Emergency Shelter at Summit Ridge Estates.

The second summer Bible Club will use the same materials, but be held at JFK park in Reynoldsburg, OH at 7-8:30 pm each evening July 8-12, 2019.  The program includes games, songs, skits, a bible lesson, crafts, and a snack.  All kids ages 4-12 are invited to attend. There is no charge.

The third summer Bible Club will be held in the playground area outside of the church from 10:30 to NOON Mon – Fri July 15-19, 2019.  The church is located at 12161 Broad Street SW in Pataskala, OH 43260. The theme for this week will be “God’s Love in Colors” using materials based on the wordless book.

For more information or to register, call the church at 740-927-0574.  (If there’s no answer, leave a message and we’ll call you back!)


Slime Time Kids Club & Video

On Saturday night May 4, 2019 our May Kids Bible Club had the theme “SLIME TIME – or How Can Jesus Help in Sticky Situations”.  It was a fun evening beginning with a slime skit (see video below) followed by a Bible lesson looking at several people in the Bible who had some bad days and the amazing miracles our powerful God did for each of them.  We studied people like Moses, Daniel, Lazarus, Jonah, the disciples and Paul & Silas.

For craft time each of the kids got to make their own slime and after that we had a series of “Minute-to-win-it” games all using different kinds of slime!  We cleaned up and enjoyed a snack before we ended for the evening.  It was a fun time for every one there!

The Pataskala Seventh Day Baptist Church sponsors a monthly Kids Bible Club from 6:30-8:00 on the first Saturday evening of each month for kids ages 3-12.  Our next Kids Bible Club will be held on June 1, 2019 and the theme will be “Treasure in Heaven”. We will be taking a break during the summer and plan to start up again in September.  There will be 3 different Neighborhood Bible Clubs this summer held in Summit Ridge Estates, in Reynoldsburg, and in the playground area outside of the church. Look for more information about those as we get closer to the summer.

Here’s a video of the opening skit. Thanks Christopher Van Horn and Pastor Robert Van Horn for being such good sports about being slimed!

Here are some additional pictures of the fun throughout the evening:

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Resurrection Celebration 2019

resurrectionWe have so much to celebrate! The sacrificial death and powerful resurrection of God’s Son, Jesus, was the focal point for our church service on Sabbath Day, April 20, 2019.  Scriptures were read throughout the service from Luke 23:26-46, John 20:1-10, and John 20:24-29. We also had special music, favorite hymns, worship dance, drama monlogue of Thomas the disciple, communion, foot washing, and a sermon teaching on the proofs of the resurrection.  Thanks to all who joined in sharing this special service! Enjoy the pictures below: 



April Kids Bible Club Fun

Our April Kids Bible Club held on April 6, 2019.  The theme for the evening was “Let Your Light Shine” and we talked about how light is stronger than dark and Jesus’ words in Matthew 5:16 when he told people not to hide their light, but to let it shine so “others can see your good deeds and glorify God.”

We started off the evening with some glow sticks, the song “God Made Me Shine” and a short skit. The skit was about a monster under a little girl’s bed who was scared of the dark and the little girl shared with him that he didn’t ever need to be afraid because Jesus was with him.

After the opening, the group of 16 kids separated into two groups (older & younger) for their Bible lesson and craft.  The younger group talked about different kinds of lights and how Jesus said he was the light of the world.  The craft for the younger group was a water bottle lightning bug with a couple glow sticks inside!

The older group read several Bible verses that talked about light, did a science demonstration with a lit candle covered with a glass jar, and covered a flameless tea candle for their craft.

For game time, the kids all came together and enjoyed some balloon punch balls with “Jesus is the Light of the World” printed on them. We played a relay making baskets in the large trash cans with the punch balls and then took a break for a snack.

It was a great evening! Our next Kids Bible Club will be the first Saturday night of the month on May 4, 2019 from 6:30-8:00pm.  All children 3-12 are invited! The theme for May is “Slime Time – or how can Jesus help us in sticky situations!”


Here are some pictures from the evening:

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Meet our Summer Dedicated Service Workers

Our church has been selected by the SDB Women’s Board to receive an SCSC (Summer Christian Service Corps) dedicated service team this summer.

Our SCSC team is Vanessa Ormsby from the Toronto SDB Church and Collin Green from the Milton SDB Church. Both have completed a year of college. This is Vanessa’s first year in SCSC and Collin’s second. Last summer Collin served at the First Hopkinton SDB Church in Rhode Island.

Susie Fox will be the Project Director with primary responsibility for the team while they are here. The other members of our church’s SCSC committee helping with the project are Pastor Robert Van Horn and Marissa Patterson (who was in SCSC herself for 5 years when she was in college).

The SCSC team will begin their summer with an extensive training session with the other SCSC teams at Camp Harley Sutton in western New York from June 12-20, 2019.  Project Director, Susie Fox, will attend 4 days of the training session as well June 12-15th.  Collin and Vanessa will arrive in Columbus on Thursday, June 20, 2019 and be here until July 25, 2019 when they leave for SCSC evaluation which will be held in Lancaster, PA.

Our church’s SCSC Committee has made the following plan for the SCSC team while they are here.  Primarily they will be doing a fair booth at the Pataskala Fun Fair, counselors at Camp Joy , promoting & leading 3 different Neighborhood Bible Clubs, volunteer workers at Didomi, and helping with several other things around the church.

Week 1– Neighborhood Bible Club at Rona, 2 days at Didomi, prepare booth for Pataskala before fireworks on 6/29

Week 2 – Counselors at Junior Camp Joy

Week 3 – Neighborhood Bible Club in Reynoldsburg, 2 days at Didomi, help with church yard work

Week 4 – Neighborhood Bible Club at church playground, 2 days at Didomi, do July Children’s Church








Elias Patterson Baby Dedication

A baby dedication service was held during the worship service on Sabbath March 9, 2019 for Elias Alexander Patterson, son of Jamie and Marissa Patterson (and sister to Cora).  Pastor Robert Van Horn (and proud grandfather) led the time of dedication which included special music, a covenant of dedication by the parents and confirmation of support by the many family members present and also the church family. Earlier in the service Pastor Robert had read Children Learn What They Live and this sentiment was captured in the covenant by Marissa and Jamie Patterson.

As part of the dedication service Elias’ older sister Cora and cousin Josiah Van Horn enacted the story of when Mary and Joseph brought their baby son Jesus to the temple to dedicate him found in Luke 2:22-24.

Following the service was a time of celebration and fellowship enjoying a beautiful cake made by Elias’ mom (see Cora’s Confections). Congratulations to all the proud parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins!


Here are some additional pictures:

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Kindness Superheros at March Kids Club

event pictureThe theme for our monthly Kids Bible Club on March 2, 2019 was “Be A Kindness Superhero”. Attendance was a little less than expected, but the twelve kids (and 9 adults) who were there had a lot of fun learning about kindness with a superhero theme! We started out singing “Jesus is my Superhero” and a fun skit starring Christoper Van Horn and Dean Fox.  Following the opening, we divided into two groups based on ages for a Bible lesson and craft project. mar kids club 3

The younger group learned about the kindness shown in the Bible story of The Good Samaritan and then made superhero masks.  The older group discussed kindness based on four Bible passages ( Luke 6:31, Colossians 3:12, Ephesians 4:32, Galatians 5:22) and then used florescent highlighters to color superhero doorknob hangers).mar kids club 1

Then the whole group came together again to play “KIND”, a variation on Bingo. Each person had a card filled with various acts of Kindness and non-readers were matched up with partners who could read. Whenever someone had a match to what was called out, they placed a Hershey’s Hug playing piece on that square.  This continued until someone got 4 in a row, taking breaks occasionally to sample the candy playing pieces.mar kids club 9

Next was snack and we played another game of “KIND” during snack time. Then the group went back to the sanctuary to sing “Jesus is my Superhero” song again, have a closing prayer and pass out invitations for next month’s Kid Bible Club on April 6, 2019. Next month’s theme will be “Let Your Light Shine” (i.e. think glow sticks!).

mar kids club 10All kids ages 3-12 are invited to this monthly Kids Bible Club held the first Saturday night of each month, 6:30-8:00pm, at the Pataskala Seventh Day Baptist Church.

Thanks to all the adults, parents, and grandparents who helped make this a fun night!  Here are some more pictures:

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