Life on Mission

Life on Mission

Aug 30, 2016

President Patti Wethington Another conference has come and gone. Dr. Ken Chroniger poured his heart into the theme and purpose of “Family, Faith, and Education.” We were blessed to share in the many facets of understanding how our family is so very important and influences our faith and our faith establishes deep roots through learning and education. I am personally grateful for the opportunity to have been his “wing woman” and learn more about Conference proceedings, pound the mallet a couple times— and finally receive the ultimate blessing as I stood surrounded by a multitude of past presidents. They offered me prayers and support as I was transitioned into the denominational presidency for this coming Conference year. I’m blessed. I am humbled, anxious, and excited as I walk into the 2016-2017 Conference responsibilities. “Life on Mission” is my theme. I believe that this focus is divinely inspired and timely for our people. It will be a journey that can be easily applied if we are willing to love and connect those who are so very close and within our reach. You see “Life on Mission” is really following as again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” John 20:21 (NIV). God has called each one of us to a life on mission as we apply the simple gifts and talents He has given us — reaching out with the love of Jesus to those who intersect our life work, our close community, our children’s friends and families. Simply stated, right where God planted us on this earth… that’s where He wants you to live on mission for HIM! Ephesians 3:14-21 has been my life scripture since I met Jesus in a personal way when I was 15 years old. “14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,...

YouthCon-Leaders Without Limits

YouthCon-Leaders Without Limits

Aug 30, 2016

By Pastor Steve Osborn This was a year of trying something new for the high school-aged youth. Following last year’s decision that the Pre-Conference youth retreat was no longer practical, plans were made to hold sessions for the youth concurrent to the General Conference sessions. At the request of the youth, YouthCon 2016 was focused on providing them with leadership training with a theme of “Leaders Without Limits.” The theme was developed around 2 Peter 1:5-8 and the “building blocks” God uses to establish the character of those who recognize that leading is not something you do but rather who you are. “The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1:8, NLT). Worship, Bible studies, hands-on leadership training tracks, meetings with SDB Executives, and participation with the Business and Interest Committees of the General Conference were intermingled with fun activities to help develop the 34 attendees into leaders not just of tomorrow, but also of today. We look forward to fine tuning the program to make next year’s YouthCon even...

Associated Conference: Education

Associated Conference: Education

Aug 30, 2016

by Valerie Probasco Children’s Conference Committee Member SDB Church of Shiloh, NJ The focus of this year’s Associated Conference was taken from the General Conference theme, but elaborated on one key component: EDUCATION. We were delighted to spend this week of our faith walk with approximately 45 kids from our SDB family. Each day, the kids spent time learning different “subject areas” and how they are represented in the Bible. One example included Math and the Bible. Our youngest Conference-goers learned about numbers that are in some of our beloved Bible stories, such as Creation and Noah’s Ark. Our older children covered key verses and stories that represented numbers throughout the Old and New Testaments. It was amazing to hear how many they could name without clues! The Kindergarten and First Grade Class had a hands-on week of learning what God teaches us about Science. Other topics of the week included: History and the Bible, Geography and the Bible, as well as Languages and the Bible. Each day in Music Class, the kids learned specific scriptures that we now sing as some of our favorite praise songs to the Lord. Throughout the week we prepared crafts in Art Class to share at a local nursing home, Wellsville Manor Care. The residents loved hearing the children sing and we were blessed to see our kids reach out to them with the love of Christ. Our other off-campus activity was a road trip to Camp Harley Sutton. Everyone enjoyed the ride on the water slide, but it was equally fun cheering for each other and laughing at the big splashes at the bottom of the hill. We greatly thank Mr. Nelson Snyder who faithfully manned the hose and gave the kids tips on how to get the best ride! The Children’s Conference Committee would like to thank everyone who taught or helped out during the week. We had a wonderful time and couldn’t have done it without you! Thanks also to Charlotte Chroniger who organized the curriculum, materials, staff, and program to provide a smooth and enjoyable week for our young SDBs. This year marked Charlotte’s 17th year serving as the Director of Children’s Conference, and we...

Tuesday Evening Worship: Family – Luke 11:11-13

Tuesday Evening Worship: Family – Luke 11:11-13

Aug 29, 2016

Speaker: Tyler Chroniger SDB Church of Shiloh, NJ   Father God, we know Your spirit is here tonight. We know You are moving in our hearts and our minds. I pray for myself, and the message You have given me; that it would not be of me but of You and the words spoken tonight would be glory and honor to Your name. In Jesus’ name, Amen. There are a lot of truths to be found in the Gospel of Luke. My main focus is going to be on those last few verses of Luke 11:11-13. It is basically speaking about the relationship between a father and son or our father and us, His children. (For those of you who don’t know…August 25, 2015 @ 2:02 in the morning my wife and I were blessed with Brayden Jaymes Chroniger). What I believe is that God has allowed me to have a son to help me understand His relationship to Jesus as well as help me understand how God relates to us and how we relate to Him. Throughout the course of human history, God has wanted to bless the human race. I have to tell you this story. Jenn and I were making dinner and Brayden was playing on the floor of the kitchen. Jenn went over to the stove to put something in the oven and Brayden, being the inquisitive child that he is, proceeded to crawl over and pull himself up on the front of the hot stove. Needless to say we pulled him away and told him “No.” He continued this several times but still refused to receive the warning. I believe that we treat God a in very similar manner. We treat God as children who don’t understand. The problem is that we as adults, young adults, and young people who are starting to “get it,” have numerous examples from our past where people have traded in the blessings of God for the consequences of the world. Take, for example, Adam and Eve. They were created to live in a beautiful garden. They had extreme fellowship with God and they chose to squander it all because of a lie. They...

Robe of Achievement

Robe of Achievement

Aug 29, 2016

The Robe of Achievement Committee chose two very worthy women to be awarded the Robe this year; one who has already gotten her eternal reward and one who is still with us. They have several things in common. For instance they are both musical, pastor’s wives, served on the Women’s Board, and served on the Board of Christian Education. Receiving the Robe posthumously is Yvonne Louise Swanson Stephan. We only regret that she wasn’t nominated sooner so she could receive this Robe of Achievement in person. Yvonne grew up in the Chicago area but graduated from The College of Emporia (Kansas) in 1963 and then received her teaching credentials from Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia. One fateful day as Yvonne was setting up a third grade classroom in Leavenworth, Kansas, a young Army soldier turned up in her presence. “Aren’t you going to help me?” she asked Mel Stephan. Mel and Yvonne were married on April 24, 1965, giving Grandma the last laugh as she had tried to convince the family that “Saturday is the real Sabbath, not Sunday.” Mel and Yvonne remained “steadfast” for 48 years, raising two sons, Karl and Richard, and providing a home for numerous foster children. During Mel’s years of seminary, Yvonne was greatly involved in Christian education and the music ministry of the Bell SDB Church in Salemville, PA. During that time Yvonne worked at Camp JOY, led Junior Youth Fellowship and was a youth leader. They shared their love of Christ in the pastorate of Alfred Station, NY, and the Marlboro SDB Church near Bridgeton, NJ. Upon leaving the active pastorate, they joined the Shiloh, NJ, SDB church where Yvonne continued sharing her strong alto voice as well as talent on a variety of musical instruments. Her storytelling skill, enhanced by an ability to imitate almost any accent, was put to good use with children and adults alike. She cheerfully took her turn as Shiloh’s Benevolent Society President and used her sewing ability to craft banners for special occasions. Yvonne’s ministry to children continued outside the home and the church as she was a certified substitute teacher in every state where she lived. On the denominational...