Awards, etc.

Awards, etc.

Aug 30, 2017

Winner of the Scripture Memory Awards The Mary G. Clare Scripture Memory Bowl has for many years been given to the member church of our Conference with the most participants to successfully complete our Scripture Memory Program. In recent years, one church has dominated the competition—the First Toronto Seventh Day Baptist Church. After a year off from the pinnacle, once again, Toronto won the Clare Bowl this year. Last year, the Christian Education Council introduced a new award for participant churches in the Scripture Memory Program to honor churches with the highest percentage of participation in the program. The new award, the Andrew J. Camenga Scripture Memory Award was given last year to the First Hebron, PA SDB Church. This year, Hebron repeated their victory! The Gold-Headed Cane Award Formerly a lifetime achievement award given the SDB Historical Society, the SDB Historical Council has taken over in honoring outstanding contributors to the preservation and communication of SDB history by giving the Gold-Headed Cane Award. The award consists of two parts: one of two traveling canes which the recipient of the award keeps for a year, and a plaque, which the honoree keeps. This year, the Council on History elected to honor the outstanding contributions of Norma Rudert (White Cloud, MI, and Daytona Beach, FL) with the Joseph W. Morton Cane for her contributions as a Trustee and Officer of the Historical Society, as well as her service in the work of editing works of SDB history and her ongoing service heading up the recent Centennial Fund campaign. Scholarships Awarded by the Council on Ministry to those preparing for ministry The Council on Ministry administers two scholarships for those training for ministry: the Charles H. and Margaret S. Bond Scholarship, and the Alcott Lynch Pastoral Training Scholarship. Both of these scholarships were made by the respective families following the passing of beloved family members who devoted their lives to service in ministry to the body of Christ. In 2017, both of these scholarships were given to Conlief Lyons, of the First Toronto Seventh Day Baptist Church, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Conlief is a student at Tyndale Seminary in Toronto. We are grateful to both families for their continued...

Church Blast with Butler!

Church Blast with Butler!

Aug 30, 2017

by Kevin Butler “Church Blast with Butler!” Believe me, I did not come up with that name. Our beloved Conference President Patti Wethington conned me (kidding) into putting on an entertaining program-of-sorts, right after lunch on Monday through Wednesday, to draw people back into the afternoon schedule. My opening monologue revealed that security agents at the airport rushed me to a private room (kidding) after hearing that I was in California to participate in several “church blasts.” Using a talk show format, I had 15 minutes each day to grill some of our pastors who are leading their churches in practical steps of revitalization. I contacted these men ahead of time to get some of the basic info, but the dialogue on stage was far from scripted. (Not kidding.) My thanks go out to pastors J.R. Shick (White Cloud, MI), Johnmark Camenga (Lost Creek, WV), Nathan Crandall (Milton, WI), Carl Greene (Hebron, PA) and Matt Olson (Berlin, NY) for participating and being good sports. They needed to be on their toes for whatever came their way. They did not disappoint. I encourage you to contact them to see how their congregations are moving toward a brighter future.  ...

Children’s Conference

Children’s Conference

Aug 29, 2017

by Emily Watt Children’s Conference 2017 was a week filled with growth, fun, and relationship building. Forty-nine students were registered for Children’s Conference, from Pre-K to Jr. High. The program was put on using Group Publishing’s Maker Fun Factory Vacation Bible School kit. This kit tied into the theme of the General Conference because it helped students to understand that each person is made uniquely for the specific life that he is meant to live and to reach the people around him for the Lord. The morning started with a Welcome message from Director Emily Watt and a short video that introduced the message for the day. A volunteer student would then pray for concerns that other students brought forward, and for the day itself. Afterwards, Joe and Karissa Bornemann would lead students in a half hour of music and worship. Students rotated through several different centers that focused on a global daily theme and a daily verse. These centers included Bible Discovery (led by Keli Watt and Elianna Chroniger), Imagination Station (led by Lauren Telford and Joe Bornemann), Snack Factory (led by Dusty Davis, Logan Curran, and Cane Davis), KidVid Cinema (led by Michaella Osborn and Dustin Tio), and Soundwave Sing and Play (led by Nathan Crowder and Abigail Noel). At the end of the morning session, students would come back together in the main auditorium for a closing talk and prayer. Throughout the week, students were asked to present ideas for the Program Presentation, allotted for Sabbath morning. They brought forth some amazing ideas, including confetti cannons and beach balls. The director was highly entertained by their ideas and encouraged the students to create a program that would be as much fun as humanly possible for everyone involved. She is proud of the program that they created and thrilled by the pride that the students took in their creation. In the afternoon, students participated in recreation that also featured lessons that tied into the daily theme. Elementary Recreation was coordinated by Victoria Richards, Caleb Gammons, and Randi Gammons. Gabi Osborn and Jevy Martin coordinated Jr. High Recreation. Each day was wrapped up with Kid’s Campfire, which was put on by a group...

Encounter – Equip – Empower

Encounter – Equip – Empower

Aug 29, 2017

Sabbath Morning Worship Pastor Nate Crandall The Connecting Church Milton, WI   Let me tell you a tale of three churches. The first church is the church of my youth, the Milton Seventh Day Baptist church. This is where I began to encounter Jesus. Sometimes Jesus was hard to find. Oh there were good people who did good things, but the characteristic of that church was cultural Christianity. Our parents did the church thing, so we did the church thing. There was youth fellowship and junior choir and turkey supper and traditions. Most of the people in the church really didn’t understand what a relationship with Christ was all about. During the last of my years as a teenager, the gospel began to slowly invade, and some who had been cultural Christians their whole lives trusted Jesus alone to save them. I myself trusted Christ at a Vacation Bible School at another church. The second church is the church of my adult life, the Milton Seventh Day Baptist church. The characteristic of this church is that people are being equipped for ministry. The gospel message has been consistently preached in church, in our youth and children’s ministries, in our ministry at Camp Wakonda and other places. The Word was being preached and the church was being built up. When I came to this church about ten years ago, there were adjustments that I had to make. I had to learn what my role in this equipping process was. There was a steep learning curve, but I so enjoyed the emphasis on equipping since the words of Paul in Ephesians 4 about equipping the saints for ministry was a special emphasis of my seminary. Yet as I began to move in sync with this second church I began to notice some things that were missing. Instead of working together in unity, so often the work of the ministry was random, subject to the personal desires and agendas of individuals. I began to spend much of my time refocusing ministry and putting out fires rather than building the ministry. Something was missing. Let me tell you about the third church, the church of my future, the...

Gospel Feet 2017… Run for Hope!

Gospel Feet 2017… Run for Hope!

Aug 29, 2017

by Clinton R. Brown Executive Director   This year’s fifth annual Gospel Feet 5K Run was organized to raise funds to better enable SDB ministries across the globe to bring hope to people in their communities in desperate situations. The funds bring hope to the lost, food to the hungry, water to the thirsty, aid to the sick, and homes for children who have no one. This year’s 5K/1K Walk/Run had 58 participants. By the end of the General Conference meetings, $1,940 had been raised which the Missionary Society could use to partner in responding to needs near and far. Everyone who participated was a winner, but the first gentleman to cross the finish line this year was Seth Green. Not far behind him, our first place lady to complete the 5-kilometer run was Gabi Osborn. And our first to finish representing the Children’s Conference this year was Aaron Barbee. A big THANKS to all who participated, donated, and organized the event. It is an effort to which many contributed starting before the run began, and continues forward to bring the light of Hope in places of despair for God’s glory around the world....