Shiloh Church Honored

Shiloh Church honored by Donna S. Bond, Shiloh, N.J.   Too often we hear the cries of separation of Church and State from those who wish for “freedom from religion” rather than “freedom of religion” as envisioned by our Founding Fathers. It was therefore refreshing to attend Ranch Hope’s* Founder’s Banquet celebrating their Golden anniversary on May 8, 2014. We had been told that the Shiloh SDB Church was to receive the 2014 Christian Partner Award from Ranch Hope. However, we did not expect the State of New Jersey Legislature to acknowledge our 50 years of support to Ranch Hope with a framed “Joint Legislative Commendation.” The citation is too lengthy to quote verbatim, but “Whereas” introduced the following:   1)    Our District Legislative Representatives are pleased to “honor and congratulate” (the) “Seventh Day Baptist Church of Shiloh upon receiving the 2014 Christian Partner Award”; and 2)   The church is “honored and saluted for its outstanding contributions to Ranch Hope and its exemplary dedication” to those in need; and 3)   Pastor and the congregation have provided volunteer assistance and supported special projects; and 4)   Strength and success of our State, our communities and our Nation depend on organizations which act together to “further a cause,” “perform a necessary service” or “relieve others from unavoidable hardship”; and 5)   The people of New Jersey are indebted to the Church whose endeavors improve the “quality of life of those surrounding them.”   Pastor Donald Chroniger accepted the awards on behalf of the church, stating that the church’s involvement began under the leadership of Pastor Charles Bond and continued through the pastorate of John Camenga to the present day. Executive Director Dave Bailey Jr. commended the congregation for prayer support, financial support and volunteer work. Drawing from a variety of unexpected success stories, keynote speaker Dr. Tony Campolo of Evangelical Associates for The Promotion of Education, proposed that faith-based agencies work because they provide HOPE for those who need it. However, some 400 in attendance did not need to rely only on secondhand success stories. Jermaine Jones, a former Ranch Hope resident who placed in the top ten on American Idol, embodied success when he sang, “I Look...

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...

Walking in West Palm Beach: Group raises funds for bicycles

Walking in West Palm Beach: Group raises funds for bicycles

Sep 23, 2013

Walking in West Palm Beach: Group raises funds for bicycles by Jasmine Lynch     The West Palm Beach, Fla., Seventh Day Baptist Church organized a Walk-a-Thon at a park near the church. Our purpose was to raise funds to purchase bicycles that will help evangelists and pastors in the D.R. Congo to spread the Gospel. The church raised $350 to send to the SDB Missionary Society for disbursement. Some members could not make it to the park so they donated to the cause. Pictured are Nadine Plummer, Sybil Rose, Andrea Morgan, Abbey and Donna Lynch and Jasmine Lynch. (In helping the missionaries, we helped ourselves by burning a few calories and having fun! I wish I could say we lost a few pounds…) Our goal was to each walk 10 miles. It took us more than one walk to complete the task. We finished the distance in our neighborhood due to the high heat and humidity. The check is in the...

Fort Lauderdale Celebrates a Decade

Fort Lauderdale Celebrates a Decade

Sep 23, 2013

Fort Lauderdale Celebrates a Decade by Gordon Lawton       On Sabbath Day, August 31, 2013, members and friends of the Seventh Day Baptist Church of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., gathered in the late afternoon to commemorate their 10th anniversary as a congregation. Over 150 were present for the celebration. It was a joyous time of remembering and thanking God. Music came from the Sanctuary Choir, the Youth, and the Voices of Praise (not the Toronto group). We also heard short histories of the Youth Ministry, Men’s Ministry, Women’s Ministry, Sabbath School, Diaconate Board, Music Ministry, Usher Board Hospitality/Fundraising Committee, and a video presentation about the last 10 years. Tying this all together was a historical paper read by Deaconess Cynthia Miller. The celebration message was brought by Pastor Wray Winborne of Daytona Beach. He spoke of “Hope and Dreams,” with his text from Luke 4:14-21. A Prayer of Thanksgiving and for God’s continued guidance was offered by Pastor Andrew Samuels, the leader of the group that sponsored Fort Lauderdale—the Miami SDB Church.  Pastor Andrew was the first pastor of this new church. Representatives from sister churches were recognized from Miami, West Palm Beach, Daytona Beach, Kissimmee and Bradenton—all in Florida. Others were there from the Christian Family Fellowship in Georgia; Agape SDB Church in Queens, New York; and even some from Jamaica in the West Indies. Toward the end of the evening, Brother Noel Campbell, an evangelist who has filled the pulpit in Fort Lauderdale from time to time, shared how SDBs know how to “do church.” He witnessed how people were there, and resting, and enjoying the time together. Brother Campbell introduced the charter members and asked the pastors present to come and pray over them. My prayer is that this is only the beginning; that this congregation will be celebrating 100 years as a healthy and evangelistic church with years in the future, unless they are prevented by the Lord’s...