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President’s Page – September 2015

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President’s Page Rev. Dr. Kenneth Chroniger Alfred Station SDB Church, NY     My oldest daughter is 39; my youngest is 16. But all six “kids” have heard it so many times they can complete what jokingly became a mantra. “There are three most important things in life: Faith, Family, and Education.” The echo then comes, “Not necessarily in that order.” When we borrow a term from Biochemistry, we can say that Seventh Baptists have Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid. Okay, let’s translate: as a people, Seventh Day Baptists have a DNA. We have core values that identify who we are as a people. (You might discover those values by purchasing “Identity” from the Seventh Day Baptist Store: http://seventhdaybaptist.org/shop). Reach back with me to my family mantra and discover who we are as Seventh Day Baptists. Discovering our people’s DNA can be defined as “Faith, Family, and Education” Do you remember the commercial which closed with these words, “What’s in your wallet?” Open your wallet and see what you have inside. Now we’re not checking to see if you have 5, 10 or even 100...

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TAKING A SPIRITUAL RETREAT

Posted by on Jun 29, 2015

TAKING A SPIRITUAL RETREAT Alliance in Ministry Executive Director Rob Appel I have tried to go on at least two Spiritual Retreats per year. These times of reflection and connecting have been very beneficial to me. I do it in a hope of serving God and Seventh Day Baptists with a renewed purpose. On May 17-19, 2015 I finished my first retreat of this calendar year. Back in the April and May SR I wrote about “making the effort in unity” and to also “encourage in a positive way.” It was mentioned about us being a “family.” We are a diverse family — who have a common belief with diverse relevance across ethnicity, languages, and cultures. The purpose of these two articles was to encourage us all on “how we all can work together in maintaining our UNITY.” These articles are brought up because there have been some discouragingcomments lately. Comments aimed at not trusting our leadership, or taking a “wait-and-see” attitude how things will turn out. Others stated that they fear that we are becoming too authoritative and that the...

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Family

Posted by on Aug 25, 2015

Family Pastor JR Shick, White Cloud SDB Church, MI     The week before Conference our Ministers Association from the town of White Cloud had a community church picnic. It was received very well. We planned on serving 60-75 people and we had over 120. What a blessing for the first time doing the picnic. The food was amazing and a great time was had by all. There was only one problem that we had observed. The intent for this picnic was to build on relationships within the community of believers. We noticed that people would stay within the comfort of others from their own churches. This should not be a big surprise to us. We see this in our own churches. Families sit in the same places and we tend to talk to the same people every week. How do we get out of this pattern? I have noticed this summer that my children have no problem making friends. Most children do not have a problem making friends. They see something that piques their interest and then they start asking...

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You can’t go to India… yet

Posted by on Aug 25, 2015

You can’t go to India… yet Clinton R. Brown Executive Director     As I understand it, providence is when God makes provision or gives guidance because of His foreknowledge of how events are going to unfold. Usually, it seems our vision is so narrow we miss it entirely, but sometimes the Holy Spirit gives us insight into what God is doing or helps us to look back and appreciate what God has done. Last month I shared a little in an article about how events in South Korea led to me meeting with a pastor from India, but I do not feel like I gave God due credit for how that worked out. I had actually been trying to get to visit the Seventh Day Baptist works in India for over a year. My practice is to chart how long it has been since international SDB groups have been visited and try to give priority to regions that have not been visited in a while. India had moved up my list and I tried to coincide seeing them with a...

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Family

Aug 25, 2015

Family Pastor JR Shick, White Cloud SDB Church, MI     The week before Conference our Ministers Association from the town of White Cloud had a community church picnic. It was received very well. We planned on serving 60-75 people and we had over 120. What a blessing for the first time doing the picnic. The food was amazing and a great time was had by all. There was only one problem that we had observed. The intent for this picnic was to build on relationships within the community of believers. We noticed that people would stay within the comfort of others from their own churches. This should not be a big surprise to us. We see this in our own churches. Families sit in the same places and we tend to talk to the same people every week. How do we get out of this pattern? I have noticed this summer that my children have no problem making friends. Most children do not have a problem making friends. They see something that piques their interest and then they start asking questions. Seems easy, right? I was reminded of Mark 10:13-16: 13People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. 14When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 15Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” 16And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.” If it’s so easy for a child to make friends or to enter into a conversation, why is it so hard for adults? The answer is that we stop thinking like GOD’S children. Many of us are comfortable where we are, or we are afraid. Basically, we are too old in our thinking. Most of us found comfort in the presence of our parents or close family and friends. One of the reasons I was drawn to Seventh Day Baptists was its strong...

You can’t go to India… yet

You can’t go to India… yet

Aug 25, 2015

You can’t go to India… yet Clinton R. Brown Executive Director     As I understand it, providence is when God makes provision or gives guidance because of His foreknowledge of how events are going to unfold. Usually, it seems our vision is so narrow we miss it entirely, but sometimes the Holy Spirit gives us insight into what God is doing or helps us to look back and appreciate what God has done. Last month I shared a little in an article about how events in South Korea led to me meeting with a pastor from India, but I do not feel like I gave God due credit for how that worked out. I had actually been trying to get to visit the Seventh Day Baptist works in India for over a year. My practice is to chart how long it has been since international SDB groups have been visited and try to give priority to regions that have not been visited in a while. India had moved up my list and I tried to coincide seeing them with a visit to the Philippines for a conference with our pastors there. Meanwhile, I was contacted by new SDB leaders in Seoul, Korea, who were impressing upon me that they should be moved up in priority on my visit list. I dismissed their clamoring, until I found my most probable flight plans returning from India would have me laying over in Seoul. It seemed to make sense to me and my Executive Committee that because I was going to be in Seoul anyway, I should turn my two-hour stopover into an overnight. My plans seemed settled until the Indian embassy did not issue my visa for entry. They held my passport and delayed my visa until it was coming too close to my flight to the Philippines. I had to hurriedly make a flight plan adjustment, skipping India and extending my visit to South Korea since we were already making arrangements to visit with them. Because of my longer stay in South Korea, a pastor from a remote Indian state called Manipur, on the Myanmar border, was able to meet with me and learn...

Centennial Celebrations & Moving Forward with the Merger

Centennial Celebrations & Moving Forward with the Merger

Aug 25, 2015

Centennial Celebrations & Moving Forward with the Merger Rev. Nicholas J. Kersten Director of Education and History     At the recently completed General Conference meetings in Lancaster, PA, the Conference voted to adopt the merger agreement which was previously adopted by the Historical Society at its May meeting. As a result of these two votes, the Society will be working cooperatively with the Conference to affect the merger of the two organizations sometime early in 2016, after the necessary documents have been collected and can be reviewed by legal counsel and the State of Wisconsin. Because the merger will not be affected until 2016, the Society will have the opportunity to celebrate 100 years of fruitful ministry. The work of historic preservation among SDBs, once the merger is final, will be accomplished by the SDB Council on History. The Historical Society was founded in 1916 to further the aims of the General Conference’s Standing Committee on History, which was dissolved when the Society was founded. The presenting issue which required the creation of the Society was an offer from Julius F. Sachse, a friend of Seventh Day Baptists and the owner of a large collection of items pertaining to the Ephrata Cloister and German SDBs. Nearing the end of his life and wishing for his collection to be taken care of by Sabbathkeepers, Sachse contacted the SDB General Conference with an offer to sell the collection to us. Unfortunately, the General Conference could not participate in the transaction because it was not yet incorporated itself. So the Historical Society was incorporated in New Jersey so that it could ultimately complete the transaction. In addition, because the Conference didn’t have the available capital to purchase the collection, those who wished to take ownership of the collection raised funds to help reach Sachse’s asking price. In the end, Sachse paid half of his asking price himself, SDBs raised the rest, and the Historical Society became the proud owners and stewards of Sachse’s important collection — a collection which we have seen cared for an entire century. Despite the corporate changes, the vision and mission of the Historical Society and the coming Council on History will...

How Star Wars can teach us about God

How Star Wars can teach us about God

Aug 25, 2015

How Star Wars can teach us about God Liam Probasco Shiloh SDB, NJ     1. The Rebels in Star Wars keep fighting against the Empire no matter what the odds. So, you could say that the Rebels are steadfast in what they are doing, just like we should be. 2. Clone Troopers support their Jedi generals at any cost, just like we should support God at any cost. 3. Yoda, a Jedi master, who has been in the Jedi order for over 800 years, still had a little darkness in him. No matter how holy we think we are, we still might have some doubt. 4. Anakin Skywalker, who later becomes Darth Vader, turned to the dark side because of his fear and anger. People usually turn away from God because they are scared, or they think God didn’t provide for them. 5. Obi-Wan Kenobi sacrificed himself so that the Rebels could escape the Death Star. God sacrificed Jesus so that we could escape death from sin. 6. A light saber is the weapon of the Jedi and it should never leave their side, just as the Bible should never leave a Christian’s side. 7. Yoda is small, but powerful. Matthew 7:20 says if we have faith like a mustard seed, nothing will be impossible. 8. Han Solo saved Luke Skywalker from Darth Vader because he was a steadfast friend. Jesus saves us and is our steadfast...

Kenya Mission

Kenya Mission

Aug 25, 2015

Kenya Mission by Kory Langley Assistant Pastor Texarkana SDB Church in Texarkana, AR     Recently I was blessed with the opportunity to be a part of a short-term mission to Kenya. Upon returning I was informed that I could write about the experience for the Sabbath Recorder. I immediately began to think of the highlights of the trip. I wanted to be able to portray to the reader the vast experiences that were bestowed upon the missions team. I wanted you to feel the love and share the laughs that we got to be a part of. However, I soon realized that I could not form the words to adequately describe what transpired. I could not do the trip justice. Instead, this article will simply tell you a couple of the important things about the trip — who was there, why we went, and what I learned. Pastor Steve James of the Verona church led the group. We went to Kenya to preach to the congregations for encouragement and to teach the leaders of Kenya how to better lead and serve their people. Pastor James’ wife, Debbie, attended with the intention of teaching delegates from each Kenyan church the skills of sewing. This was to help the people learn a trade that could be used personally and for profit. The kits that she used to teach them were left for the churches. Marleigh Fjako attended to learn and share with the Kenyans through music. Amanda Langley, my wife, attended to work with the children of Kenya and to use art as a medium for a VBS-like scenario. Caroline Snyder attended to be an aid in whatever way possible. God brought people from across the nation, many of whom had never met, and we were able to bond as a team and work for his purposes.     God blessed me in many ways and taught me many things while I was there…but the one thing that I learned that I would like to impart through this article is being open and ready. Amanda and I were not currently looking for a mission when we were told of the Kenya trip. When we were...

2016 Memory Verses

October FAITH  Youth/Adult Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1 NASB Junior Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for… Hebrews 11:1 NASB Primary Now faith is the assurance… Hebrews 11:1 NASB   November FAMILY Youth/Adult Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the Lord your God gives you. Exodus 20:12 NASB Junior Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged… Exodus 20:12 NASB Primary Honor your father and your mother… Exodus 20:12 NASB   December EDUCATION Youth/Adult Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15 KJV Junior Study to show thyself approved unto God a workman that needeth not to be ashamed … 2 Timothy 2:15 KJV Primary Study to show thyself approved unto God … 2 Timothy 2:15 KJV       January FAITH Youth/Adult Here is the perseverance of the saints who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus. Revelation 14:12 NASB Junior …keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus. Revelation 14:12 NASB Primary …keep…their faith in Jesus. Revelation 14:12 NASB       February FAMILY Youth/Adult For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh. Genesis 2:24 NASB Junior For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother and be joined to his wife … Genesis 2:24 NASB Primary …they shall become one flesh. Genesis 2:24 NASB       March EDUCATION Youth/Adult Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6 NASB Junior Train up a child in the way he should go… Proverbs 22:6 NASB Primary Train up a child…Proverbs 22:6 NASB       April FAITH   Youth/Adult For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “But the righteous man shall live by faith.” Romans 1:17 NASB Junior …But the righteous man shall live by faith. Romans 1:17 NASB Primary …live by faith. Romans 1:17 NASB       May FAMILY...

President’s Page – September 2015

President’s Page – September 2015

Aug 25, 2015

President’s Page Rev. Dr. Kenneth Chroniger Alfred Station SDB Church, NY     My oldest daughter is 39; my youngest is 16. But all six “kids” have heard it so many times they can complete what jokingly became a mantra. “There are three most important things in life: Faith, Family, and Education.” The echo then comes, “Not necessarily in that order.” When we borrow a term from Biochemistry, we can say that Seventh Baptists have Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid. Okay, let’s translate: as a people, Seventh Day Baptists have a DNA. We have core values that identify who we are as a people. (You might discover those values by purchasing “Identity” from the Seventh Day Baptist Store: http://seventhdaybaptist.org/shop). Reach back with me to my family mantra and discover who we are as Seventh Day Baptists. Discovering our people’s DNA can be defined as “Faith, Family, and Education” Do you remember the commercial which closed with these words, “What’s in your wallet?” Open your wallet and see what you have inside. Now we’re not checking to see if you have 5, 10 or even 100 dollar bills…though your local church could use them in the offering plate this Sabbath. When you check your wallet, see if you find Faith. Look at it closely. Is it counterfeit Faith or does it rest in Jesus Christ alone as both Savior and Lord? Then check in your wallet – do you find Family? Is it Family as the Southern Gospel tradition shouts, “We are brother and sister down here”? Check the wallet one more time and you should find Education. We’re not talking about Pseudo Education. Is it real currency? You remember what Paul wrote to Timothy, “Study to show yourself approved unto God rightly handling the word of truth.” You found true Faith, actual Family, and spot on Education. The challenge is to spend them and not keep them enclosed in your wallet. There is an old preacher’s story about a dad and his son who were walking through a rural cemetery. The young man with a gleam in his eyes inquired of his dad as they stood in front of a headstone. “Dad, that first number is the birthdate,...

Robe of Achievement 2015

Robe of Achievement 2015

Aug 25, 2015

Robe of Achievement 2015 The robe was crafted by a former chairman of the Robe of Achievement committee, Yvonne Stephan. It replicates the original robe that came to us from China. Yvonne lost a courageous battle to cancer in 2013 and is greatly missed. We are so thankful to have this robe as a reminder of her and the service she gave to us as a denomination. I’m going to give a few hints before I reveal our recipient so can you play along in your mind and see if you can figure out who it is. After I reveal who it is, I have several more accolades to share. This woman has: Raised 4 children Worked as a nurse Been married for 62 years. Been a member of the Shiloh Seventh Day Baptist church and an Associate Member of the Daytona Beach Seventh Day Baptist Church. She has served many years on the Women’s Board. This year we are honoring Ruth Ayars Probasco.     The major part of Ruth’s service to the denomination was her years on the Women’s Board including serving as President, Vice-President, member of the SCSC Committee, and writing articles for the Sabbath Recorder. During that time she also served on the NABWU (North American Baptist Women’s Union) Board as well as being a member-at-large following her term on the Women’s Board. Ruth was First Lady when her husband Owen was Conference president in 1997. Those of you who have been in that position know what that means in terms of denominational service. She also served on the Host Committee in 2009 as the Displays and Transportation Coordinator. Ruth was described as being focused on her family, but always willing to help in the community. She worked as a nurse in several elementary schools for 35 years as well as volunteering her nursing skills at Jersey Oaks Camp. She even saved the life a camper one time. She has volunteered as a nurse for American Red Cross blood drives. Not only that, she has received her 10-gallon pin for giving blood to local blood banks. She has literally given of herself! The local food bank is another place she volunteers. Whether...