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


Camp Joy Pre-Camp 2018

Coming up on May 19-20, 2018 at Camp Joy in Berea, WV will be a unique overnight experience for children getting ready for their first year attending camp.  Pre-Camp is a brief weekend intended to give an introduction to church camp.  Hopefully children will have less anxiety about being away from home for camp and be enthusiastically looking forward to camp after this weekend.

Registration will be held 1-2 pm Saturday afternoon May 19th and the weekend activities will conclude at 1:00 pm on Sunday afternoon.  Attendees should fill out and bring the regular Camp Joy Registration Form available below or at the Camp Joy Website.  Activities for the weekend will include: lesson time, games, vespers, campfire, flag ceremony, craft, free play, and introduction to canoeing (weather permitting).

While mainly intended for grades 1-2, any child that has not attended camp previously will be welcomed.  You are asked to let the director know if an older child is coming so they can plan how to make them fit in and feel a part of the weekend.

In the same way, if there is an adult coming a long distance and needs to stay overnight at the camp, we can accommodate that, but would like to know ahead of time so the director can plan for them (and maybe put them to work if they are willing).

Interested people should contact the pastor at one of the Appalachian Association SDB churches no later than May 12th.  This is especially important for the cooks.  Also advise if you have a camper with special dietary needs due to allergies.

There is a cost of $5.00 per attendee.

For more information and directions to Camp Joy, see the Camp Joy website at

HERE’S THE REGISTRATION FORM TO USE:    2018camp-registration-form (1)


Eggstravaganza Egg-citement


Imagine a sunny (but cool) March afternoon. . . 17 lively and egg-cited kids plus an open field COVERED with loaded plastic eggs . . . and you’ve got an Eggstravaganza!  Our third annual Eggstravaganza egg hunt took place on Saturday, March 24th, at 3:00 pm  in the big open field behind the Seventh Day Baptist Church at 12161 Broad Street SW as you are heading into Pataskala, OH.

The weather was a little chilly, but dry as the children (and eggs) were divided for three different age groups.  This egg hunt allows even the youngest of children to have a fun time without all the older kids getting to the eggs before them!  The eggs were filled with candy, toys, stickers, and temporary tattoos and then taped shut to keep them safe from moisture and accidentally opening.  Removing the tape to open the plastic eggs and finding out what is inside was almost as much fun as collecting them — and a little warmer since it was done inside the church!

A fun time was had by all!  Take a look at some of the pictures below:

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Camp Joy 2018 Season Information

camp joy 2Plans have begun for another exciting camping season at Camp Joy in Berea, West Virginia.  Here’s the 2018 scheduled camps.  More information plus online (and downloadable) registration forms are available at

Junior (Grades 2-4) — July 1 – 5, 2018 — $75/camper

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Director: Pastor Robert VanHorn, Susie Fox

Registration: 1-2 p.m. Sun., July 1

Break Camp: 10:00a.m., Thurs. July 5

Middler (Grades 5-7) — June 24—July 1, 2018 — $90/camper

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Director: Liam Davis

Registration: 1-2 p.m., Sun., June 24

Break Camp: 10 a.m., Sun., July 1

Senior (Grades 8-12) — July 8-15, 2018 — $90/camper

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Director: Pastor Johnmark Camenga

Registration: 1-2 p.m., Sun., July 8

Break Camp: 10 a.m., Sun., July 15

Pre-Camp (Grades 1-2) — May 19-20, 2018 — $/camper

Director: Chris Sias


Break Camp:

Details coming soon…

There is a $10 discount for registering online at the Camp Joy website.

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Christmas Outreach Project

AAF 5Money collected, presents bought, gifts wrapped, packages delivered . . . Our church’s Christmas Outreach project has been completed!  Starting back in July, our weekly “Building Up the Temple” mission offering for 3Q/2017 was allocated for Christmas Outreach.  For the second year, we teamed up with the Licking County Salvation Army’s “Adopt-A-Family” program providing gifts to local families who need some extra help at Christmas.

AAF 1We applied and were provided names, ages, sizes, etc. for two local families enrolled in the program through the Salvation Army.  Shirley Pest and Veronica Van Horn made a GREAT shopping team!  They scoured the stores and came up with great gifts for all.  We were able to provide pajamas, hat & scarf, boots, two toys, and a filled stocking for each of the children on our list.  Each family also received some gift cards to use for holiday food.

AAF 2The next step found Susie Fox wrapping the gifts, adding name tags, and filling the stockings with all the things Veronica & Shirley purchased!  Per the program guidelines, each family’s wrapped gifts were then placed in bags labeled with their “Adopt-A-Family” number.

AAF 3On Thursday, December 14, 2017, Dean & Susie Fox delivered the bags of gifts to the Licking County Salvation Army location at 250 East Main Street in Newark, OH.

Our gifts were added to a LOT of others being collected.  Then several  additional volunteers organize the bags collected from the donors and have them ready for the families when they come to pick them up the following week!AAF 4


Thanks to all who helped and contributed . . . Merry Christmas!