Salem Church Ordains and Trains New Deacons

Salem Church Ordains and Trains New Deacons

Apr 26, 2017

By Janet Thorngate, a deacon in the Salem SDB Church On a happy Sabbath last November 19, the Salem, WV, Seventh Day Baptist Church ordained four new deacons who had answered the church’s call earlier in the fall. To begin the day, each participated in the morning worship leading up to the sermon by Rev. John Pethtel titled “Rooted and Built Up in Releasing Leaders to Serve” from Colossians 4:7-18. Now Director of Church Development and Pastoral Services for the Conference, John had grown up in the church as an “older brother” to some of the candidates. Heart of the afternoon ordination service was the spiritual journey testimonies by each of the candidates: A. J. Curran, Andrea Huffman, Waine Nicholson, and Julie Richmond. Deacon Stephen Rogers conducted the service with Rev. Pethtel giving a charge to the candidates and Pastor Johnmark Camenga of the Lost Creek, WV, Church a giving charge to the church. Salem Pastor, Rev. Brent Hannah, led the consecration prayer and Deacons Paul Davis and Christine Sias, parents of two of the candidates, welcomed them to the diaconate. After the new deacons had been on the job for four months (and attended four monthly deacons’ meetings), the church sponsored a deacon training Sabbath which involved the whole congregation. It was Sabbath, March 25, when Director of Education and History, Rev. Nicholas Kersten, preached the morning sermon, “What is the Gospel?” Following a fellowship lunch, he challenged the whole congregation, “Working Out the Gospel in the Church,” and in the evening, Nick led the diaconate through an interactive seminar on “How the Diaconate Fits in With The Broader Church” based on Acts 6:1-7 and I Timothy 3:8-12. SDB churches have different selection patterns and roles for their deacons. Salem’s is a traditional pattern of ordaining deacons for life. The selection process begins when the church decides a new deacon or deacons are needed. Members write suggested names on a secret ballot. During a special meeting with focused prayer, the deacons review the list of suggested names and decide which individuals to ask if they would accept a call; candidates have as long as they need to consider the request. When all have...

Sending Workers into the Vineyard

SDB Boulder has committed in our vision to be a “sending church” that equips and sends out pastors, missionaries, evangelists, church planters, etc. into the world to contribute to the larger mission of the Kingdom of God. Recently one of our members, Tom Muniz, completed his training and began working as a home missionary with Child Evangelism Fellowship. Here is what Tom has to say about his new ministry: “The Bible is replete with stories that characterize the heart of God for children as in the case of Christ’s indignation toward His disciples for rebuking parents that were bringing their children to Him for a blessing in Mark 10:13-16. Church history and tradition speak of the impact of young converts such as: ‘Polycarp, the courageous early church martyr, was converted at nine years old. Modern ministers of the faith like Spurgeon began to awaken spiritually at twelve’ (Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations). With foundations such as these one might think that Christian churches in America would be overflowing with children’s ministries, or that our nation would abound in discipleship and missionary training for young people. Sadly, nothing could be further from the truth. According to Barna Research,’6 in 10 of young people between the ages of 16-29 will leave the church to explore faith and spirituality on their own’ (“You Lost Me Interview”). It is into this backdrop God has called me to serve as a home missionary with Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF). For more than 70 years, CEF has answered the call of God to evangelize boys and girls with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and to establish (disciple) them in the Word of God and in a local church for Christian living. Last year, nearly 20 million young people heard the Good News thanks to the work of CEF around the world in 194 countries. I want to be a part of this work locally. I want to bring the light of Christ to young people here in Colorado today, and share the hope of a life inspired as they bear the cross of Christ and share His love as Apostles tomorrow.” If you would like to partner with Tom as...

CHURCH NEWS – November 2015

CHURCH NEWS – November 2015

Oct 28, 2015

The Connecting Church Calls Senior Pastor and Director of Youth Ministry On August 29, following a special business meeting to discuss the recommendation of their Pastoral Search Committee, The Connecting Church (Milton, WI) voted to call Rev. Nathan Crandall as their new Senior Pastor. Pastor Nate had been serving as Interim Senior Pastor since June and had been serving as an Associate Pastor at The Connecting Church for years. Also on August 29, Chad Ochs was named as Director of Youth Ministry.   Assistant Pastor Installed at Shiloh On Sabbath October 10, the Seventh Day Baptist Church of Shiloh installed their new Assistant Pastor, Philip Lawton. While Shiloh has hosted many future pastors over the years, Phil is the first to serve in this capacity in several decades. The journey to this time and place was reflected in Phil’s testimony during the morning worship service. Phil shared how faithful God has been, especially through the past few years. Even when doors seemingly appeared to close, God was working all things together for good. God used a willingness to serve at Jersey Oaks Camp and General Conference this summer as a gentle reminder of Phil’s calling into full-time ministry. At the end of the summer, it became clear to both the church and Phil that God wanted him to continue serving in Shiloh. Church moderator, Frank A. Mazza, called for a vote to accept Phil’s membership into the Shiloh Church which was unanimously approved. Deacon Bill Probasco presented Phil with a License to Preach on behalf of the congregation. This license acknowledges and supports Phil’s position as one who is set apart to preach God’s word. Following the worship service, everyone enjoyed a time of fellowship and refreshments. We praise God for all He has done, and lift thanks for all He will continue to do through his...

Youth Sabbath in Shiloh

Youth Sabbath in Shiloh

Jun 2, 2015

Youth Sabbath in Shiloh by Donna S. Bond, Correspondent Youth Sabbath in Shiloh has traditionally been a high point in our church calendar and February 28, 2015, was no exception. There was something for everyone — contemporary music for the young at heart, proud moments for parents and grandparents, and chuckles and lessons for everyone else. Praise choruses were led throughout by Tyler and Bethany Chroniger, and Julia and Joshua Coleman.     A number of clever readings were delivered, including Psalm 100 (“Make a joyful noise unto the Lord); “Who Is God?” (Creator, everywhere, needed by all); “Before There Was Anything Else…There Was God” (always has been and always will be); “Sharing Your Faith” (Be bold; your story is powerful); “What a GoPro Camera Can Teach Us About Trusting God” (submerged in trouble but remaining in the Case); “The Bible Is Like Dark Chocolate” (You can’t get too much of it); “What Your Phone Can Teach You About Words” (Put a password in your mouth); and “What Language Do You Speak?” (James 3 passage on the use of the tongue). These selections were read by Amy Hemple, Alex Hitchner, Julie Schmidt, Meghan Glaspey, Joshua Coleman, Mackenzie Sloan, Holly Probasco, and Suzanne Glaspey, respectively. Chance Schmidt then introduced five young men — Frankie Mazza, Liam Probasco, Brandon Glaspey, Jonah Bond and Joshua Coleman — who shared the “5-Finger Prayer Plan”: The Thumb reminds us to pray not only for those closest to us but also our enemies; Pointer represents teachers and healers; Tall finger stands for those in authority over us; Weak fourth finger (according to piano teachers) reminds us of those who are in need; and Pinkie represents those who need our help. The children’s message, delivered by Cindy DuBois, followed the cell phone theme, i.e., we can call on God in emergencies, but can also talk to Him at other times. The offering was led by a multi-tasking mom, Suzanne Glaspey, as she called upon the ushers, invited the congregation to give, played the offertory on the piano, and delivered the blessing on the offering. What Shiloh Youth Program would be complete without a “Probasco Production,” written and directed by our jack-of-all-trades Conference...