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.
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!
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:
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:
“Jesus Loves You SNOW Much!” was the theme for the Kids Bible Club held the evening of February 2, 2019. The Bible lesson for the evening was about how God created the world and everything in it — including snowflakes! We learned that like snowflakes, God created us each different and beautiful.
The Kids Bible Club is held from 6:30-8:00 pm monthly on the first Saturday night of the month. Unfortunately our SNOW theme was cancelled last month due to winter weather! So we enjoyed the snow based crafts and games just as much this month.
After the introduction all together with a “Miss Snowflake Pageant” skit and singing the action song “God’s Love is Big” the group separated into older and younger classes for the Bible lesson and crafts. The younger group made pictures using snowflake stamps and paint while the older class painted snowflake suncatchers.
Next everyone joined together again for a trio of “snowball” (cotton balls!) games: a relay carrying snowballs on spoons, seeing who could blow the snowball the closest to the edge of the table without going off, and an indoor snowball fight!
After a break for snacks, we joined back in the church sanctuary for our closing! It was a great evening and everyone had a lot of fun! (A big thank you to all the adults who helped out!)
All kids ages 3-12 are invited to our next Kids Bible Club event on Saturday March 2, 2019 at 6:30-8:00 pm with the theme “Be a KINDNESS Super Hero”.
MORE PICTURES HERE:
The 2019 church officers were elected at the Annual Business Meeting held on Sunday, January 27, 2019 as follows:
President: Darwin Van Horn
Vice President: Christopher Van Horn
Clerk: Susie Fox
Treasurer: Chip Thorngate
Corporate Agent: Jamie Patterson
Sabbath School Superintendent: Robert & Lana Van Horn
Assistant SS Superintendent: Kym Goodson (not pictured)
(Also not pictured, Trustees Becky Van Horn & Dean Fox were re-elected for 3 year terms and Johnny Long was elected to fill the remaining Trustee term for Mark Pest.)
Some other items also included in the January 27 business meeting were approving a 2019 budget, agreeing to request an SCSC team for this summer, appointment of a Pastoral Search Committee due to Pastor Robert’s announcement to retire this fall, choosing recipients for the quarterly mission offerings, and a deciding to sponsor a banner for the local Licking Heights High School field.
After being cancelled due to snow in January, we are really looking forward to our monthly Kids Bible Club on Saturday night, Feb 2, 2019 from 6:30-8:00pm. We will have lots of fun around a snow theme of “Jesus Loves You SNOW Much!”. Plans for the evening include songs, a skit, crafts, Bible story, games, refreshments and lots of fun!
All kids ages 3-12 are invited and transportation is available if needed. Give the church a call at 740-927-0574 to request a ride or if you have any questions.
(If you miss this month, you can join us next month for Kids Bible Club on Saturday, March 2, 2019. Kids Bible Club is held on the first Saturday evening of each month from 6:30-8:00pm.)
Plans 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 CampJoyWV.org.
Junior (Grades 2-4) — July 1 – 5, 2018 — $75/camper
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
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
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
Details coming soon…
There is a $10 discount for registering online at the Camp Joy website.
Money 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.
We 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.
The 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.
On 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!
Thanks to all who helped and contributed . . . Merry Christmas!
Lots of fun, great food, and plenty of energy describes the Fall Festival held at the Pataskala Seventh Day Baptist Church on Sunday afternoon, October 29, 2017 from 4-6 pm. Due to the cooler weather, the festivities were moved indoors, with various games scattered in different rooms throughout the church. As guests entered, they were greeted with the Photo Spot where people could get their pictures taken with or without a variety of things to “accessorize” them. Several people went home with family pictures taken and printed while you wait. In addition, there were several carnival-type games for prizes including ring toss over pumpkins, Plinko, Tic-Tac-Toe beanbag toss, Bible Bingo, make-your-own paper airplane, and tossing ping pong balls into floating rings in a baby pool.
There was plenty of food & drink for relaxing between games and at 5:00 pm several enjoyed a Hay Ride! At 5:30 pm, we gathered as a group for some fun “Minute To Win It” games followed by a door prize for a free pumpkin pie!
Thanks to all who helped to make it an enjoyable and fun afternoon! Check out some of the pictures below.