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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!


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Pataskala Seventh Day Baptist Church is an evangelistic Baptist church which observes  the seventh day Sabbath of the Bible as sacred time.  We are a Christ-centered, Bible believing people with traditional family values located at 12161 Broad Street Southwest as you drive from Reynoldburg into Pataskala.

We welcome new and old friends every week at our 11:00am worship service on Sabbath (Saturday) morning and Bible Study for all ages before starting weekly at 10:00am. We would love to have you and your family worship with us this Sabbath. 


Annual Seventh Day Baptist Conference Meets in Lancaster, PA

Once a year Seventh Day Baptists from across USA and Canada meet for a week to worship, fellowship, learn, and do business with each other.  This year’s session will be held July 26 – August 2, 2015 at Lancaster Bible College in Lancaster, PA.  The theme selected by Conference President, Bill Probasco, a member of the Shiloh, NJ Seventh Day Baptist Church, is “Steadfast”.

President Probasco and his family were guests at the recent Appalachian Association meetings which several members of our church attended at Camp Joy in Berea, WV June 26-28, 2015 to share more about the upcoming Conference meetings.

You can follow along on Twitter (@7thDayBaptists), or Instagram (@7thDayBaptists), and several of the sessions will be available to join remotely via Livestream (

A Flickr group has been created to capture some of the many pictures throughout the week! Head here to see some of the “happenings”!

new SDB logo

For more information about Seventh Day Baptists in USA and Canada, go to the SDB denominational website.


April 2015 Business Meeting Highlights

Several members of the Pataskala Seventh Day Baptist Church met on Sabbath afternoon, April 15, 2015 following a sack lunch to plan, consider, discuss, pray and act on God’s activity through our church.   We started by hearing reports from the pastor, deacons, Sabbath School superintendent, trustees, Children’s Church leaders, and our branch church in Puerto Rico.

Children’s Church is only going to be held on the 3rd week of each month at this time instead of every week.  The adult Sabbath School is going to be changing its format from using the Helping Hand to short (4-6 week) topical studies with different teachers for each topic.  Pastor Robert confirmed that he is planning to attend a Global Awakening conference session in mid August in Memphis.  We voted to accept Linda Camenga’s request to transfer her membership from the Kissimmee branch of the Miami SDB church to our church. camp joy 1 It was voted to pay half of the fees for camper’s sponsored by our church to Camp Joy in Berea, WV this summer.   Volunteers were appointed to the Nominating (Kym Goodson) and Petitions & Resolutions (Johnny Long) committees at the Appalachian Association meetings to be held June 26-28, 2015 at Camp Joy sponsored by the Lost Creek SDB Church.   Dean Fox was appointed the chairman for delegates to annual General Conference which will be held July 26-Aug 1, 2015 in Lancaster, PA.

Lana Van Horn was recommended by the deacons to be added as an additional deacon, and the church voted to accept their recommendation.  Lana’s 5-year term will go through January 2020.   The 4th quarter mission offering (Oct-Dec) was voted to go to the SDB Missionary Society with the specific project identified by our Missionary Key Worker, Marge Patrick in the September timeframe.   Susie Fox agreed to update the Prayer Chain and Church Directory and will be collecting new and updated information from interested parties for both of these.


Quarterly Mission Offering Focus Changes

SuttonsBeginning on April 4, we started collecting our “Building Up the Temple” mission offering for Laura & Joel Sutton who are currently missionaries in Haiti with Reciprocal Ministries International (RMI).   Laura and Joel began a five year tenure arriving in Haiti in late 2014. Joel’s primary focus is facilities maintenance for FIVE different buildings/properties that are used in the RMI ministry, as well as serving as a missionary host to sister church teams visiting Haiti.   Laura is responsible for communication and making sure the teams have everything in order when they come down. Laura is also a Registered Nurse and helps coordinate health care church teams, but other parts of her healthcare role are on hold for now.  You can see the latest news and pictures on Laura’s Facebook page and Joel’s Facebook page.

Building Up the Temple mission offering is designated by quarter

This offering is taken during the worship service as congregation joyfully sings “We’re building up the temple, building up the temple, building up the temple of the Lord! Say, brothers, won’t you help us….sisters, won’t you help us…we’re building up the temple of the Lord!”  and children & adults bring money forward to put in the drawer of a little wooden building.

Each quarter the offering goes to a mission project chosen by the church during it’s regular business meeting.   The 2015 first quarter (Jan-Mar) offering totalled $225 for “Save the Storks” mobile vans providing counselling and ultrasound services to pregnant mothers considering abortion.   savethestorksComing up in the third quarter (July-Sept) funds will go toward preparation of Operation Christmas Child boxes.  occ boxes The fourth quarter (Oct-Dec) recipient for the mission offering will be selected by church members at the church business meeting to be held on April 25, 2015.


Puerto Rico Info Expanded

Getty_031512_PuertoRicoFlagCheck out the NEW ITEMS added under the Puerto Rico Mission menu item on this website.   A gallery of pictures, the PR contact information, and a Spanish version of the Seventh Day Baptist and Seventh Day Adventist Comparison tract have been added.   ( Judith Houts has even more pictures and the latest activities on her Facebook page.)  There are lots of exciting things happening in our Puerto Rico mission church.   Please keep them in your prayers that God’s work will continue strong!


NEW STUDY on Integrity: Living the Truth

Adult SS class  Jul 12 - Sept 13, 2014
Adult SS class Jul 12 – Sept 13, 2014

The Adult Sabbath School class (Sat 10-11 am) is doing a 10 week study starting July 12 reminding us of the Biblical value of integrity. Truth is not relative and the Bible contains a lot about what is right and wrong.  These studies will focus on who we are and how we follow God to become people of integrity.  Here are the topics and related scriptures.  Each lesson is self-contained, so feel free to jump in and attend whenever you can!

Jul 12                    Imitate Jesus                     Mark 10:32-45

Jul 19                    Keep Commitments       Hosea 1:1-2:1;3

Jul 26                   Cultivate Endurance      Job 1:1-2:10

Aug 2                    Speak Truth                      Genesis 20

Aug 9                    Practice Self-Control     Judges 16

Aug 16                  Respect Your Body         I Corinthians 6:12-20

Aug 23                  Expect Tempation          Genesis 39

Aug 30                 Guard Your Tongue       James 3:1-12

Sept 6                   Offer Forgiveness           John 21

Sept 13                 Trust God                           Psalm 25


2Q 2014 Mission Offering

The Greta Randolph cottage at Camp Joy in Berea, WV.
The Greta Randolph cottage at Camp Joy in Berea, WV.

Our weekly “Building Up the Temple” mission offering is designated to a different mission project each quarter.   For the second quarter (Apr-Jun) 2014 the approximately $485 will go to fixing up the Greta Randolph cottage at Camp Joy in Berea, WV.  This stand alone A-frame cottage at our association owned and managed camp is available for people to use when it is available.  Our church has been working to make several improvements to the cottage over the last few years.

Building Up the Temple mission offering is designated by quarter
Building Up the Temple mission offering is designated by quarter


Beginning in July 2014, the 3Q mission offering will fund gifts and postage for Operation Christmas Child coming up later in the year. Earlier this year, the 1Q mission offering went to the Pataskala Food Pantry.   Other offerings in past years have gone toward wells in Africa, the Family Fund, Summer Christian Service Corp & Stained Glass, missionaries in Lesotho, our Puerto Rico branch church, and the Pregnancy Decision Health Center.   The designations for the “Building Up the Temple” mission offering is voted on at the church business meetings held in January, April, and October.


Appalachian Association Held June 27-29, 2014

AA hay ride 2 AA stained glass leading worship

Six members from our church were able to attend the Appalachian Association meetings held at our sister church in Cumberland, MD.  This annual gathering of people from Seventh Day Baptist churches in PA, WV, OH, MD, KY, TN, and AL is a time of worshiping and sharing in many different ways.   The Full Gospel Seventh Day Baptist church ( hosted the weekend which started out with a picnic, hayride, a special visit from “Short Sally” and vespers on Friday night.   On Sabbath Day, we had Bible Study for children and adults, worship, delicious food, informal praise singing, some recognition, visiting, and a concert by the singing group Stained Glass.   The Seventh Day Baptist Conference president was the morning speaker and the theme was “Choose!”.  On Sunday, there was a Camp Joy and Appalachian Association business meeting followed by lunch and more visiting before people headed back to their homes after a refreshing and inspiring weekend.

AA hay ride AA Sabbath worship AA Salem Praise team AA Short Sally 2 AA Van Horn Recognition AA choose cakeAA Cumberland SDB churchAA Tim Lawton