Young Adult PreCon 2014

Young Adult PreCon 2014

Aug 26, 2014

Young Adult PreCon 2014 by William Villalpando   If we read 1 Thessalonians 5:15-24, we are given a list of commands and expectations.  These expectations include not seeking revenge (“Make sure that nobody pays back an eye for an eye”), rejoicing always, praying continuously, giving thanks in all situations, refusing to quench the Holy Spirit and not treating prophecies with contempt. Because of who we are, we fail in this sense. Yet, this verse ends with an awesome message: “May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it” (Matthew 5:23-24). The first part of this verse becomes much more personal when the word sanctify is replaced with its definition. “May God himself, the God of peace, set you apart as holy through and through”. As humans we are obviously not perfect, but this does not mean that all is over. Jesus came and died on the cross in order to forgive us.  Reread the above verse with the definition for sanctify substituted: May God set you apart as holy.  This is outstanding! God loves us beyond all measure and despite our imperfections, he wants to be with us and thus sets us aside as holy. We, who are imperfect, stained, and torn, are set apart by God as holy. Despite our failures, our God will set us aside as holy. Yet, this does not give us permission to stop trying to be perfect. God, our heavenly father, tells us that we must be perfect. Yet we continue to proclaim that we are not perfect and thus give up.  If we look at Matthew 5:48 it says “Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect”.  Just because we cannot be perfect does not mean that we should not be striving to be perfect. He has commanded that we should be perfect, thus it should be our goal.  This year’s Young Adult PreCon explored a subject that needs to be understood. God made us to be perfect and thus...

What and Why is SCSC?

What and Why is SCSC?

Aug 26, 2014

What and Why is SCSC? by Linda Lawton     The “What” is easy. SCSC stands for Summer Christian Service Corps, which tells you a lot. When SCSC first started, the projects were six weeks long not counting Training, which constitutes basically an entire summer. As schools have gotten out later and started earlier and Conference has moved earlier in the year, that time was gradually condensed to five weeks, then four weeks. Now it is three weeks on site at the churches and a fourth week at Conference. The Christian part is fairly obvious. Students are asked to give us a brief statement of how they gave their lives to Christ and how their walk with Him has impacted them in terms of home, school, and work. Each student must be a member of a Seventh Day Baptist Church to be admitted to the program. As far as the “Service Corps,” they are trained to serve. That is the “What”. Much more important is the “Why”.   We are training leaders. We bring them together for a period of just over a week and we run them ragged. We train them to do Bible Studies, Vacation Bible School, Children’s Messages, leading worship and recreation. That is just the practical things they need to know to accomplish the immediate goals for the summer. What actually happens at Training is so much more than that. We give them Pre-Training assignments that are designed to increase their spiritual growth exponentially. We deal with all kinds of spiritual issues when they arrive at Training in the attempt to prepare them for whatever they may face on project. However, when we send them out they are NOT fully trained leaders; it takes years to create leaders. Something that we as a Committee wish to emphasize to all the churches is that you are our partners in training these leaders. When they are “on project” at the churches they are continuing that training. In addition, we want the home churches to understand that when these students get home, that training should continue. In SCSC we are committed to training Servant-leaders. Not leaders who say “my way is the only...

Time for Retreat

Time for Retreat

Aug 26, 2014

Time for Retreat By Brenda Rankhorn   I had the privilege of attending a pastor’s wives retreat in Fairview, TN this past year. The retreat I attended included seminars, worship, and time for camaraderie between attendees in its schedule. A group of about fourteen women and I took this journey together.   We took seminars on arming ourselves with truth to help us be all God wants us to be: balancing the roles of a pastor’s spouse; making a haven for our pastor/husband; handling the hurts and disappointments of the ministry; and encouragement to face the future in your role as a pastor’s spouse. The study sessions and discussions spurred by these topics were excellent and helpful to me in my role as the spouse of a pastor. I learned a lot from these courses and was very encouraged. I discovered many useful tools during this time and hope to use them often in my role in the ministry.   It was a blessing to go somewhere and be just me. I wasn’t there filling the role of a “pastor’s wife” or being the mother of two small boys. I didn’t have to attend to the needs of others or keep up with rowdy children. I was able to learn, worship, and be fed without distraction. Also since I wasn’t there in an official capacity, it felt safe to share my burdens and worries with others and receive encouragement and prayer regarding them. It was a blessing to be able to speak with women who shared similar struggles and heartaches of being in ministry.   A majority of the women who attended were Sunday keepers. I found that some of the challenges in ministry we face are different. These women tended to feel more pressure from their churches and to have more church related work that is expected of them than I do. However they did not have a husband who is trying to keep up with two jobs which allows them more time to see to the needs of their churches. It is often easier for them to minister to their congregations alongside their husbands, making serving together a common primary objective rather...

The Beacon

The Beacon by Elianna Rose Chroniger and Rebecca Olson   Hi, I’m Becca! Hi, I’m Ellie! And we are your Beacon editors for the next year. You probably already know me–I did this job two years ago. You probably know me too, but that’s because of my dad, Pastor Ken Chroniger! Life of a pastor’s kid. Everybody knows who you are, even when you have no idea where they came from. That’s pretty much how we both live! We’re known by everyone! It’s got some perks, too. For example, everyone trusts us, so when we say things like, “We want to change the entire Beacon and have two editors,” Pat Cruzan is like, “Well, okay!” Thus, the situation we are in is born! And we are very happy to be here. This year, we are hoping to change not only the way the Beacon is written, but also how it’s read! We’re going to start posting the articles on Facebook so that they’re actually read by the youth, who are apparently too lazy to go to the website or pick up a magazine. Hopefully, we will be featuring more writers than just us! We’re also adding a new feature called “The Spotlight,” in which we’ll feature a Seventh Day Baptist youth group and what they are doing each month. Spotlight! Hahaha! Get it? We’re writing for the Beacon! Yes, Elianna. I think they get it. Alright, sorry guys. I think they understand how this year is going to go! Yes. I will be the voice of reason here. No, Becca, I meant the changes. Oh right, the changes. Yes, I’m very excited about all we’ll be doing this year. So am I! OH! And so what we have learned applies to our lives today– Ellie… And God has a lot to say in His book… Elianna Rose Chroniger! You see, we know that God’s word is for everyone, and now that our song is done we’ll take a look! Are you finished? I could always sing it again! No, that’s really okay. Anyway, as she was saying– I mean, singing–we have some scripture to leave you with! It’s next year’s Conference theme passage, Psalm...

Robe of Achievement

Robe of Achievement

Aug 26, 2014

Robe of Achievement by Karen Payne     The Robe of Achievement Committee (Janet Butler, Marcy Kersten and Karen Payne) as part of the Women’s Board is pleased to announce that the choice for the 2014 recipient of the Robe of Achievement is Genny Pederson.   Genny Pederson was born in Milton Junction, WI and graduated from Milton Union High School. She was not raised in a Seventh Day Baptist family.   Since her marriage to her late husband, Loyal Pederson, her commitment to faith and family has been paramount. She has been actively involved in the Seventh Day Baptist Church in New Auburn, WI all her married life and has continued to be active there after she became a widow. Genny served as church president, vice-president, Sabbath School Superintendent and Secretary of the Women’s Society. Genny has also served as a deaconess at the New Auburn church since 1974. That’s 40 years!   Genny always wanted the church to go forward. Besides her involvement in Christian Education, her love for youth was evident by her involvement with foster kids (she had eight), foreign exchange students (she had four), leading 4-H, teaching and directing Vacation Bible School and Sabbath School, as well as raising her own six children. Genny was given the 4-H Leadership Achievement Recognition as a 4-H leader. Genny enjoyed being a member of the community choir. She also initiated and taught Bible studies at the assisted living and retirement home.   Genny rarely missed a church board meeting, planning meeting, or service. For that matter neither did her whole family. She found time to help her husband with the farm and sewed clothes for her children. When a newcomer arrived at her church, Genny was often the first person to greet them, invite them over for lunch and invite them back to church. The Pederson home was very often the hospitality place for guests at semi-annual meetings, SCSCers, pastors passing through, and other people in need of a place to say. The Pederson family attended many conference sessions and probably got to know most of the people in the denomination.   Genny has been unable to do all that she used...