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.]


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