President’s Page

President’s Page

Nov 22, 2017

Rev. David Stall     South Atlantic Association Visit I was invited to attend the South Atlantic Association to share about the Conference theme and program. It was great to join in with some inspired worship and catch up with LOTS of old and new friends from our SDB community. As with every visit on this “tour” during my term as president, I looked for people who are taking action in their faith. I saw my friend, Pastor Keith McCall, and was reminded of their church building project in Edgewater, FL. They are working away, paying as they go. That’s a great story of faith in action. However, the story that moved me to tears was one that Pastor Keith shared on Sabbath afternoon. Just before the loss of his beloved wife earlier this year, God spoke through her with a vision of Keith working/serving at a camp in FL. She saw him there, without her, working peacefully in nature — at a camp. Keith understands that vision as God’s direction to help with establishing, maintaining, and serving in the SDB camp facility/program in FL in the future. Even in the midst of grief, and without all of the details, Pastor Keith has committed to working with his church, association, and the camp crew down there to assist in whatever ways God calls him to! He knows God has spoken, and he intends to follow through with ACTION. Praise God! Music that praises God IS Rejoicing in Action! Music is a GIFT from God! You will be blessed greatly by this gift through our 3 choir groups at Conference this summer. Think of it as Christmas in July! I hope you will come to WI and participate by singing with a choir group and/or rejoicing while you listen. Meet our talented choir directors:   Lisa Moore – Director, “New York City Area” Conference Choir Lisa lives in Brooklyn, NY, where she serves the NYC SDB church as music ministry chair, Sabbath School teacher, assistant moderator, and missions advocate. From a musical family, Lisa has ministered for over 37 years as a singer, praise team member, worship leader, and director. At her former church, she...

Less Talk. More Action.

Less Talk. More Action.

Oct 26, 2017

Less Talk. More Action. Rev. David Stall, Conference President After entering the beautifully renovated interior of the Toronto church, I found Omari Rhoden teaching a Sabbath School class on the Transformational Church. There were several “extra” friends in Toronto since it was the Allegheny Association weekend. Pastor Owen Lynch was asking the right questions about how a commuter church can become a community church. He wants to see a church (or multiple churches) in Toronto reaching into the community around them. Let’s pray that God continues to give direction and the church can make bold moves! I was happy to visit my “home church” where I started my walk with Jesus. Pastor Matt and Ellen Olson and member Chantel Bink shared about a new youth group outreach in nearby Bennington, VT. Chantel teaches there and saw a need. The Olsons and some other church members jumped on board and the new ministry is growing fast! One church member followed up a couple days after the service there with an artistic and carefully thought-out outline from my sermon. She made concise plans and goals for applying the words in her own life with REAL actions! Praise God! I was welcomed in Verona by Pastor Steve James, to some wonderful and worshipful music. There were extra friends there too, for the Central NY Association meeting. Verona church has recently taken action to stream the worship service into their fellowship hall to accommodate overflow. That’s a great problem to have. A church member, Paula, has been moved by the Conference theme heard via Livestream from Conference and reinforced in Verona. She is taking action with a commitment to finish writing a book that God started her on several years ago! In the excitement of our first round of church tours, my family also took in some great scenery and tourist attractions. We are thankful for the hospitality of the Sinclairs in Toronto, and the Noels and Stalls in...

Less Talk. More Action.

Less Talk. More Action.

Sep 26, 2017

Rev. David Stall, Senior Pastor First Hopkinton Seventh Day Baptist Many of you have already heard that KEVIN SORBO will be our keynote speaker at our conference in 2018! Kevin is an actor who is well-known for his role on the Hercules TV show and the Andromeda series. He has done lots of movies, including God’s Not Dead, What If, and Soul Surfer. He also wrote a book called True Strength. Kevin is a Christian and is committed to speaking out for Godly causes and values…even in Hollywood where those ideas are not always popular. He is a “Less Talk. More Action.” kind of guy and I can’t wait for you to hear from him in WI next summer. Ready…. ACTION! New Movie release: “Let There Be Light” in theaters October 27 Starring: Kevin Sorbo and his wife, Sam Sorbo Executive Producer: Sean Hannity Directed by Kevin, co-written by Sam, and starring both — and their kids! This movie is a family effort and something the Sorbos are passionate about. I have emailed and talked with the Sorbos about this new movie. They even sent me a link to watch the movie before release! It was fun, entertaining, challenging, inspiring, and generally great! There were laughs and tears, and great reminders of what is important. I’m encouraging you to support Christian movies in general and GET OUT TO A THEATER and see this one in October! Sam said I could quote her on this: “At its heart, this movie is about the transformational power of the true light. You and I know that Jesus is the light of the world, the only source of true and lasting spiritual illumination. This movie looks at man’s power struggle with his Father in heaven, and his struggle to be a father (and husband). I believe this is why it resonates so well with men. ” — Sam Sorbo Let There Be Light (Movie Synopsis) World-famous atheist Dr. Sol Harkens (Kevin Sorbo) delights in debating and defeating Christians, but is emotionally empty. Isolated from Katy (Sam Sorbo), the wife he divorced following the harrowing loss of their first son, and a lousy part-time dad to their two younger...

Life on Mission: Reflections

Life on Mission: Reflections

Aug 28, 2017

by Patti Wethington SDB Church, White Cloud, MI   There are so many reflections that have passed through my thoughts as I returned home from California. I am so blessed by all of you who could make the trip West and join us at Azusa Pacific University. All things considered, the weather was balanced and not too overbearing. The Tuesday night traditional basketball game blessed us with a gentle breeze and a break in the temperature. By the way, the Pastors won! I also think about the 1,000 to 1,500 universal attendees that joined each day via the internet. That astounded me and was far beyond what I prayed for when thinking of those who just could not attend. Imagine all those people at Azusa!!!! I’m thankful for the work that Jeremiah Owen does to share the experience, move our information out in reachable forms, and provide the opportunity for so many to receive. Conference was amazing and everything I prayed and dreamed it would be. I’m so thankful for a very present, positive Host Committee who served until there were no more service needs. I watched them tirelessly meet the needs of every request. Thank you to all who served this year with the host team. We were blessed by your gift of time and sacrifice during a very busy event. I can’t forget to mention that every year Doug Macintosh, Allen Hauber and Joel Osborn, quietly behind the scenes, make everything sound and look so good. You guys are the best!! My heart thanks you for all you tirelessly do! I don’t want to forget all those who worked on special assignments, taught in break-out sessions, worked with the Youth, Young Adult, and Children’s Associated Conferences. We have a unique experience to offer at our General Conference event and not one contribution of time, talent, and gifts should go unnoticed! Thank you… I have prayed that everyone was inspired by the speakers slated at special times for personal growth, blessing, and learning. Dustin Willis’ presentation exemplified the meaning of Life on Mission and the inspiration for our year-long journey. I’m grateful for his message…for those of you who did not hear it...

Life on Mission: Things To Know About California

Life on Mission: Things To Know About California

Jun 23, 2017

By Patti Wethington The Conference Year is quickly coming to an end. All that was dreamed and prayed over is being finalized and the finishing touches in place. I’m thankful for your prayers and support that kept me on track and encouraged me — and oh, I’m so excited for this year’s gathering. You all know this is my home state and I was born in Long Beach, California. I’m looking forward to joining everyone at Azusa for our events, for sharing, for spending time together, and to see how God will bless us while we are there together. Several things to know about California: It’s about 2,092 miles from east coast to west coast. I know that we do not find ourselves in California for General Conference too often. When we do, I know that many of you enjoy the opportunity to explore a few of the sights, entertainment, and the variety of outdoor experiences. One of my favorite places to go is Huntington Pier in Huntington Beach, CA. There is enough beach for everyone and often there are surfing competitions, beach volleyball events, or some other activities including an ideal place to fly kites. If you ever shop at a Hollister clothing store, they always have a live cam of Huntington Pier on a big screen in their store. It makes me home sick!!!   A few fun facts about California: its nickname is the “Golden State” after the 1849 gold rush; there are a lot of people in California — around 39 million (ranked #1) and to be more specific 13 million in LA; it has the highest and lowest points in the contiguous USA with Mt. Whitney at 14,494 ft. and Death Valley at 282 ft. below sea level, the tallest trees on earth (the tallest at 379 ft.), the most national parks in one state, the hottest place on earth (in Death Valley — recorded at 134 degrees in 1913), and it is known as the fruit basket of America. California accounts for about half of fruit acreage in the USA. It is the largest producer of grapes, strawberries, peaches, nectarines, kiwifruit, prunes, plums, dates, avocadoes, lemons, tangerines, garlic,...

The Lord Guides My Way

The Lord Guides My Way

May 22, 2017

By Patti Wethington Conference President Ahh, as I set my eyes on the horizon Warm breeze of air touches my soul To wonder how this wonderful sensation Came to be for creatures to enjoy Love as they say is a wonderful feeling Surrounds by the serenity of life As I glimpse the path of my future I know that the Lord guides the way Yet as I leave my beloved homeland Tears fell across my face For I left a part of my being To where I was created from I know not what lies ahead To journey to a foreign land A land that knows no boundary For the soul to wander around As I face the challenge in life Brave as I may be, but my soul needs strength A strength that only my Lord could give For He knows He’s the Father of my soul I seek not the wealth of this world Nor what it can provide for humanity Though I find it abounds with treasure But the treasure in heaven that I long for This journey of mine hasn’t been so easy With all the ups and downs that life provides Yet I know that a strong hand holds me Until now I still stand firmly I may still be journeying more To a land I know not where Praying that the words of God Shall be there to nourish my soul Somehow, someday when the time has come For only God knows what lies ahead When this journey of mine shall come to end Bringing with me the promised salvation By Yollie M. Bunag I came across this poem recently and it stirred my soul to think of all that God offers when and if I can let go and travel from my homeland to a land that knows no boundary. We all can let God guide us into His future, His plan, and His path to glory. For me — right now — I am looking forward to the 2017 General Conference in California. The event will be filled with opportunity, time for rekindling friendships, learning, sharing, and growing in a deeper knowledge of what God has...