It’s Time

It’s Time by Kevin Butler   I’m not sure how else to say it, so I’ll just run the press release/blog from October 28, 2013:   The American Sabbath Tract and Communication Council announces that the Director of Communications, Rev. Kevin Butler, has decided to step down effective June 30, 2014. Butler has served as Director of the ASTCC and Editor of The Sabbath Recorder magazine since January 1989. At the end of June, Editor Butler will have overseen more than 275 issues of the Recorder and served the longest tenure of any SR Editor. “I never expected to be here at the Center much beyond three to five years. It has been an unbelievable and tremendous honor to serve with these wonderful people, doing what I could to keep up with the changing technology.” Kevin conveyed that the June 2014 date would allow him to help prepare many things for the summer Conference in Minnesota—the promotion, the registration forms, the printed program, order logo items—but he believes that “25 straight years of covering the event is plenty.” Kevin’s chronic back condition has made the physical demands of the annual meetings a huge stressor, and he stated that he is “more than happy to turn all the ‘fun’ over to someone else.” As of now there are no “new job” plans for Kevin after June 30 (he says that maybe he will take a sabbatical), and the Butlers would like to stay in the Janesville area. He will do what he can to help with the transition. Butler closed his weekend announcement with, “Thank you for your prayers; please know that you have mine.”   When I first made the announcement to my new bosses on the General Council, I included “with a sad but relieved heart.” This was not an easy decision, but the time has come to move on. I need to heal up—physically and mentally—and would love to enjoy that improved health with my wife, kids and grandkids. The constant push to make each deadline, while ignoring personal pain (and sometimes family needs), has taken its toll. As I wrote to the Council, “The current and upcoming changes in our structure and the...

Family Flux – December 2013

Births Rood.—A daughter, Kalisa Jael, was born to Tim and Kelly Rood of Castle Rock, CO on September 5, 2013. Rudolph.—A daughter, Hannelore Joy, was born to Nate and Talia Rudolph of Colorado Springs, CO on September 5, 2013. Lewis.—A son, Caden Andre, was born to Rohan and Misty Lewis of Hatfield, PA on October 4, 2013. Kappa.—A son, Tyler James, was born to Andy and Krystal Kappa of Colorado Springs, CO on October 23, 2013. Ziemba.—Twin sons, Colton and Chase, were born to Mike and JoAnne (Johnson) Ziemba of North Adams, MA, on November 5, 2013. Kersten.—A daughter, Zoey Temperance, was born to Nicholas and Brittany (Schumitsch) Kersten of Milton, WI on November 6, 2013. New Members Colorado Springs, CO John Pethtel, pastor Joined by letter John Pethtel Tabatha Pethtel Joined after testimony Karen Fiedel James Hamm   Little Genesee, NY Kevin Palmiter, pastor Joined after baptism Karen Bowman Sidney Feldbauer Stewart Fuller Joined by letter Tim Palmiter   Metro Atlanta, GA Luis Lovelace, pastor Joined after testimony Marie Bullmer Linda Waters         Death Announcement Doris Lenore Goodrich Barber, 96, of Garden City, KS passed away on October 30, 2013....

Pastor Vic at 95

Pastor Vic at 95 Retired Pastor Victor W. Skaggs, of Longmont, Colo., celebrated his 95th birthday in October this year. God has blessed him with an active mind and good health. He recently reduced his teaching from two midweek Bible Studies to just one. He still regularly attends the worship services at the Boulder SDB Church where he teaches a Sabbath School class. His Bible Study books on First and Second Peter have been published by the SDB Board of Christian Education and are available at our E-store at www.seventhdaybaptist.org. The studies are titled, Faith Proved Genuine: Faithfulness in Hard Times and Growing your Faith: Building Discerning and Waiting. The Committee on Support and Retirement (COSAR) rejoices in Pastor Vic’s continued ministry and good health.   Your generous gifts can help support those who gave so much, and continue to give, and their survivors. Please make your check out to COSAR, with “Pastor’s Retirement Fund” in the memo line, and send it to the SDB Center, PO Box 1678, Janesville, WI 53547. A monthly automatic gift can also be arranged. Contact the SDB Center at 608-752-5055 for...

Reflecting God’s Heart at West Virginia Retreat

Reflecting God’s Heart at West Virginia retreat by Susie Fox   Nearly two dozen women from Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Tennessee, and Kentucky met together at Camp Joy in Berea, West Virginia on September 27-29, 2013 for the annual Appalachian Women’s Fall Retreat. This year’s program, planned by the Pataskala (Ohio) church, used the theme “Reflecting God’s Heart.” The 21 ladies had sessions on seeing God’s heart through Variety, Love, Worship, Forgiveness, Miracles, Laughter, and Persistence. We were blessed throughout the weekend with yummy food, beautiful weather, good music, refreshing fellowship, and powerful prayer during this time away from our usual daily lives. We even had a special guest from Wisconsin (formerly from Ohio) who shared an informative dinner presentation on eating food the way God made it. We were inspired by the way the Lord orchestrated the weekend and provided several “God moments” to reinforce what we were talking about. Everyone left the retreat looking forward to next...

Thankful for Ten Years

Thankful for Ten Years by Lauren Kinlocke-Philibert   On August 2, 2003 the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Seventh Day Baptist Church was launched. Under the guidance of our Lord and Savior, this launch began through the efforts of Pastor Andrew Samuels, four lay leaders, 26 charter members, and the prayers of many. With great enthusiasm Sabbath School was called to order at 10:00 a.m. by Sister Claudia Davis. Worship service followed with 47 congregants in attendance and Deacon Ewart Rose delivering the first of many sermons. With the Lord on our side we became a member of the South Atlantic Association on November 6, 2003. Gladness continued to fill our hearts as we dedicated our church to the Lord on November 22, 2003 under the theme “Going Forward in Faith.” It signaled the beginning of many firsts. Two weeks later, we welcomed through baptism our first three new members to our list of 26: Brother Andre Edwards, Sisters Gina Ford and Candy Knight. Approximately six months after opening our church doors—January 24, 2004—our first formal business meeting was held. Reports were presented pertaining to the work being done by all ministries of our church. On August 22, 2004, we had our first calling of two sisters (Sister Evelyn Reid and Sister Cynthia Miller) to the diaconate, and in August 2005 we obtained membership in the Seventh Day Baptist General Conference. In December 2005, our founding pastor, Andrew Samuels, stepped down to become interim pastor. This provided the opportunity for another to lead this great flock as we continued “Walking in the Light.” With only two years under our belt we formed a Pastoral Search Committee and continued full speed ahead. Despite the hiccups of relocating four times, loss of members due to relocation, death and economic decline, our church continued to grow—thanks be to God. On November 4, 2009 Pastor Norman Fearon accepted the call to our church and was installed as the pastor of Fort Lauderdale Seventh Day Baptist on February 26, 2011. Ten years later, August 2, 2013, found us with more than 60 members and an average of 75 congregants in Sabbath attendance. On August 31, 2013 we celebrated a vibrant 10...