A confirmation in the early years

A confirmation in the early years

Feb 21, 2014

A confirmation in the early years by Kevin Butler Uh-oh. The reminiscing begins as we head toward my stepping down in June…           It’s kind of exciting—and embarrassing—to look back at my first SR issue, April of 1989. It took me three months to prepare that initial monthly installment, all the while learning the ropes of this multi-faceted position. (If “all” I had to do was the Recorder, wow…) My theme for that April issue was “Change.” And that was the first change: a move to monthly themes or topics. I changed some of the artwork, added some new departments (like “SR Almanac,” “Pastor Profile,” the short-lived “From the Heart,” and the infamous “Kevin’s Korner”). Probably the best thing I can say about that first issue is that I dedicated it to my Dad. The pages were busy and I had a lot to learn. Would I hang in there to make a go of this? Preceding this time in my life was a succession of 3-year cycles. Transferring in as a sophomore, I was at Houghton College for three years. Janet and I got married after graduation that summer, and I was in the business world for three years. A call to ministry sent us to seminary for another three. And I was privileged to pastor at the Madison, Wis., church for three years before coming to the SDB Center. So after a trio of years working here at the Conference office, I began to wonder if this was what I should continue to do. I asked my board if I could embark on an “Editor’s Retreat” to do some soul-searching. My first stop was Newport, Rhode Island, site of our first SDB Church in America. I fasted and prayed, visiting the old church and graveyard, and imagining what life was like for those early settlers in the 1600s. Then, driving through a heavy early-April snowstorm, I headed up the coast of Maine. Still seeking God’s will and direction, I had a powerful encounter with Him at the Pemaquid Point lighthouse—a time of true revelation of His Presence. He had shown me much over those several days, but I still...

Family Flux – March 2014

Family Flux – March 2014

Feb 21, 2014

New Members   Boulder, CO Steve Osborn, pastor Joined after testimony Seth Osborn Michaella Osborn Joined by letter Philip Lawton Amanda Lawton   Milton, WI George Calhoun, pastor Joined after baptism Aidan Green Lynnette Millard Joined after testimony Ronda St. Clair Conor Green Collin Green Joined by letter Mark Green Faith Green Marriages  Stern – Patterson.  Ethan Stern and Jasmine Patterson were united in marriage on June 8, 2013 at the Stern Family Farm in Martinsburg, PA.   Obituaries                 Samuels—The Rev. Dr. Joseph A. Samuels February 26, 1936 was a special day for Theophilus and Albertha Samuels. Their twelfth and last child was born—Joseph Alphonso Samuels. Joseph spent his early years in the Mountain View-Vineyard Town neighborhood in Jamaica. While at Crandall High School, God called him to the Christian Ministry. This would be his lifelong passion and unswerving commitment. At the age of 18 he was sent to pastor the Font Hill SDB Church, supervised by the Rev. John J. Hamilton. Under his leadership, the church hosted the second Jamaica SDB Conference Sessions in 1968. Pastor Samuels’ influence was felt throughout the community. On April 8, 1959 he married his childhood sweetheart, Joyce Vassell. The union produced four children and an “adopted’’ son. Joyce and Joe were an inseparable item throughout SDB churches in Jamaica, often performing songs as a duet. Joseph was installed as the pastor of the Kingston SDB ‘’Charles Street’’ Church in 1960. He would serve that church for the next two decades. Pastor Joe was ordained at the Albion Mountain Church in St. Mary in 1963 by the Rev. Leon Lawton. He pursued theological studies at the Jamaica Theological Seminary (J.T.S.) and was one of four students in the very first graduating class of this institution in 1964. He studied also at the Institute of Management. Pastor Joe and Joyce founded the Maiden Hall Camp for Youths and Young Adults in St. Mary. This annual summer camp became a training ground for the propagation of the Gospel, meeting the various needs of its participants. Many would gain lifelong friendships, spouses, and receive the call to ministry there. During his service in...

Pastoral Changes

Pastoral Changes

Feb 21, 2014

Pastoral Changes   Henry “Hank” Edwards                  Leonardsville-Brookfield, NY Ron Elston                                           Doniphan, MO (Faith SDB Church) Deryck Thomas                                  Saint Albans, NY (Agape SDB Church) David Fox, Staff Pastor                  Colorado Springs, CO (SpringsLife SDB Church) Haywood Floyd                                 Grand Rapids, MI (All Nations SDB) Barry Dailey                                        Atlanta, GA (Southeast Atlanta SDB) Rick Bruner                                         Tulsa, OK (Solid Rock SDB) Egbert Downes, Associate             Plainfield, NJ Tim Smothers, part-time               Battle Creek, MI   New Church Plants Charles Meathrell                              Lexington, SC (Jacob’s Well SDB) Bob Peet                                                Kingman, AZ (The Kingdom of God SDB) Joshua Michaels                                Clifton Park, NY   Jim Rowe, Retired                            Tulsa, OK Kory Geske, Resigned                     Battle Creek, MI  ...

Don’t Walk On By: 10 Foods to Try

Don’t Walk On By: 10 Foods to Try by Barb Green, Parish Nurse, Milton WI Winter continues to hang on and many of us are getting weary. We long for something different to happen. Why not be brave and try something new to eat? The more variety you have in your food, the healthier you will be. One reason there are so many food choices is that each food contributes its own nutrients to your diet and combines with other foods to increase your health. Here are 10 foods you should consider adding:   RED LENTILS are hearty, convenient and cheap. They have plenty of potassium, iron and vitamin B-1. Every cooked cup contains 16 grams of protein and 9 grams of fiber. At 230 calories per cup, they’ll fill you up without filling you out. Try them in stews or as a side dish. BABY BOK CHOY is a type of cabbage with a mild, sweet flavor, crisp stems and tender leaves. A cup of cooked bok choy is loaded with vitamins A and C and is surprisingly high in potassium, calcium and iron—all for just 20 calories! TOFU goes from package to plate in no time; just cut, blot and cook. A 4 oz. portion of firm tofu has 10 grams of high-quality vegetable protein for just 90 calories. The tofu that’s packed in water in the refrigerator case has the best texture. Tofu is compressed bean curd. SWISS CHARD has an earthy flavor with tender leaves and crisp, edible stems that may be white, red or yellow. It takes little time to prepare and is packed with vitamins K and A. It is also an excellent source of vitamin C, magnesium, potassium and iron. Each cooked cup has just 40 calories. ESCAROLE. If you’re looking for a salad with attitude, this broad-leafed form of endive is your green. Like other members of the chicory family, escarole is on the bitter side. Use the pale, inner leaves which are more tender and less bitter for salads. Save the tougher outer leaves for soups. Escarole is rich in vitamin K and folate and has only 10 calories per cup. CHICKPEAS (garbanzo beans) have 13...

Are you a Barnabas?

Are you a Barnabas? by Rob Appel, Executive Director   As we read about people in the Bible, there are many that we could pattern our lives after. Abraham had a close relationship to God and was called the “Friend of God.” Queen Esther, regardless of the consequences, took a stand for what was right! The Apostle Andrew looked for opportunities to bring others to Christ, just like his brother Peter. And Phillip, sensitive to the Holy Spirit, was willing to go wherever he was told to go.              Just as we can find people of the Bible we could pattern our life around, there are people in this world who have a strong influence on our behavior. I had such a person in my life: my mother. Jeanette Appel was an encourager! She was a prayer warrior and was especially sensitive to everyone around her. She was like Joseph from the Bible. Not the “Joseph” you might be thinking about, but rather “Joseph, the Levite from Cyprus.” The apostles called him Barnabas, which means Son of Encouragement. We are told in the book of Acts that Barnabas sold a field he owned and brought the money and gave it to the apostles. Barnabas was the kind of guy who encouraged people wherever he went. Barnabas had the ability to bring out the best in others. He would do everything within his power to help someone out and go out of his way to pick them up if they had stumbled and had fallen. He was the one who would help others realize that even though they may have stumbled and felt as though they had failed, that their failure was not final. He encouraged people to learn from their mistakes and to focus on the future. Barnabas understood that his God was a loving and compassionate God, Who was willing to forgive in those times we failed Him. Barnabas also understood that Jesus gave all people a new beginning. And he realized that the Holy Spirit could transform the junk of our past into jeweled crowns. Barnabas became a strong leader in the early Church. God used his abilities! God used Barnabas’ abilities to...