Ellicott City Seventh-day Adventist Church Newsletter, June 2022 - Vol. 3, No. 6

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Heavenly Hug By Cynthia Ward “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him” (Luke 15:20). Iʼm not going to lie; I prefer not to be touched. I have a large personal space bubble and wish everyone would stay outside of it. Iʼm that person who will physically step away from you when you step in for a welcoming hug. Itʼs not that I donʼt like being around people. I have wonderful friends and enjoy spending time with them. I just think handshakes, hugs, and air kissing are completely unnecessary. Oh, and yes, I

In This Issue: PARENTS’ CORNER Ideas to spark a love of knowledge in your children.

VACCINE CLINIC ECC recently hosted a vaccine clinic, to great success.

JUNE EVENTS Don’t miss these exciting upcoming events!

RECIPES Two delicious recipes to make and share with a neighbor.

STORY OF KINDNESS This teen carries out a random act of kindness every day.

have read all the research on how beneficial human touch is, how healing the power of touch can be. It just doesnʼt work for me. But I do have one exception to this rule. One weekend a year, two of my childhood girlfriends and I spend time laughing, crying, bragging, and nourishing each otherʼs souls. Upon arrival at this event, each participant, which means me too, is given a hug by those who have been waiting for their arrival. Under normal circumstances I would display my large can of pepper spray and demand everyone stand back 30 feet. But you see, I have this friend: she shows such genuine happiness and warmth at seeing me again. When she wraps her arms around me, all my anxiety disappears. For that moment she makes me feel like she has been waiting all year for me to arrive. When I dream of heaven and seeing Jesus for the first time, I know how His arms wrapped around me will feel. For that moment He will make me feel like He has been waiting all that time just for me to arrive. All my anxiety and sadness will be gone and replaced with the deep soul-healing love of Jesus. My prayer for you is that you have a friend who greets your arrival with a heavenly hug.

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Parents’ Corner By Tiara Price

bring my one-year old son as well so he can enjoy life outside of the house.

Would you like to spark your childʼs imagination and increase his/her knowledge?

Proverbs 18:15 says to acquire and seek knowledge. Would you like to start today? By doing so, you will enhance your

When I was growing up, my family would always stop over

might (Prov 24:5 ESV).

the nearest local library. I would read a couple of books, comics, or manga. Then I would borrow VHS tapes to bring home while my dad would borrow audiobooks. As the technology advanced throughout high school, I was able to borrow DVDs or CDs. During college and beyond, I


would attend free classes and events offered at the library.

• Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

By going to the library and exploring the events it offers,

• Bright Minds Foundation

you can start increasing your child's imagination through books, classes, and events for his/her age. I am planning to

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• Howard County Library

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Vaccine Clinic By Robin Wells ECC hosted a COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Sunday, June 5, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. It was sponsored by Howard County General Hospital in collaboration with Howard County faith communities. The morning started slow. We were unsure how many were going to come, since this is the season for graduations and outdoor celebrations, but with over a hundred names pre-registered, it was bound to pick up. And pick up it did! In the end, 135 vaccinations (mostly boosters) were administered. I had the privilege of serving as one of the greeters and I was reminded of Matthew 9:37‒38: “Then He said to His disciples, ʻThe harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out

Our Journey to Better Health team hopes to continue partnering with you in the future to offer other health services to the community. May you all have a wonderful week!

laborers into His harvestʼ” (NKJV). The harvest truly is plentiful. Let us continue to pray for The church received the following from Tehani Mundy, the

ways we can be a beacon of light to the Ellicott City

Howard County Hospital representative:


First, on behalf of Howard County General Hospital/Johns Hopkins Health System I want to say a big THANK YOU for allowing us to use your church to host a COVID-19 vaccine clinic and for all your help coordinating and implementing the event. The final number of individuals vaccinated at yesterday’s event is 135 (mostly children)!

Click here for an article from the CDC, to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine.

MYTH: The natural immunity I get from being sick with COVID-19 is better than the immunity I get from COVID-19 vaccination. FACT: Getting a COVID-19 vaccination is a safer and more dependable way to build immunity to COVID-19 than getting sick with COVID-19.

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June Events Join us in worship and prayer every Sabbath, and keep an eye out for some special upcoming events.

Father’s Day Bike Parade at ULC Baltimore

June 12, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Path nder Brunch Fundraiser

June 19, 10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Volleyball in the Gym

Tuesdays, 8:00 p.m.

Adventurers and Path nders

2nd and 4th Sabbaths of every month, 2–4 p.m.

Hospitality Lunch

2nd and 4th Sabbaths of every month


3rd Sabbath of every month, 3–4:30 p.m.

Sabbath Worship Schedule 9:30 a.m.

Adult Sabbath School


9:30 a.m.

Youth and Children’s Sabbath School


11:00 a.m.

Worship Service


2:00 p.m.

Youth Church (2nd Sabbath)



June Sermon Schedule

ECC recently launched a new childrenʼs ministry: STEM KIDZ.

• June 11 ̶ Pastor John

With this new ministry, we are welcoming children from our community and church to learn science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and more. We share Godʼs magnificent

• June 18 ̶ Luis Rivera • June 25 ̶ Jackie GF

designs through STEM concepts and the children will learn, experiment, and have fun in a safe and Christ-centric environment. We hope you can bring your children and their friends to join this exciting new adventure. STEM KIDZ is held the third Saturday of every month at 3:00 p.m. The program will run April through September. We are counting on you to help us spread the word and bring more children and their parents into Godʼs kingdom. Watch our Weekly Update for more information.



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Recipes Try these delicious recipes and share with a neighbor.

Roasted Corn with Honey Chili Butter

• 4 ears fresh corn, silks and outer husks removed (leaving inner husks) • 4 Tbsp butter, room temperature • 1 Tbsp honey • 1/2 tsp chili powder • 1/8 tsp salt

Recipe and photo: budgetbytes.com

Grilled Corn Salad • 6 ears fresh corn, husks and silk removed • 2 ripe avocados, pitted • 4 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil • Juice of 2 limes • 2 tsp honey • 1 1/2 tsp chipotle chili powder or chili powder • 1 tsp smoked paprika

Preheat oven to 350º F. Transfer prepared ears of corn to preheated oven, directly on the oven rack. Roast for 35 minutes.

appearance, carefully remove from oven. Let cool for five minutes, then pull back the husks and remove any remaining silk.

While the corn is roasting, prepare the honey-chili butter: In a small bowl, combine butter, chili powder, honey, and salt. Whip with a fork until smooth and evenly combined.

Serve corn hot with the bowl of chili-honey butter for smearing over the kernels just before eating.

When corn husks are slightly browned and papery in Heat a grill or broiler to high.

completely smooth. Add 2 Tbsp of the

Slice off the kernels from 3 ears of corn and

avocado puree to the bowl with the corn.

add to a large bowl. Grill or broil the

Set aside the remainder.

remaining 3 ears corn until lightly charred

To the corn, add remaining olive oil and

all over, then remove and let cool enough to

lime juice, honey, chili powder, paprika,

handle. Slice the cooked corn kernels off the

jalapeño, and chives. Season with salt and

cob and add to the bowl with the raw corn.

pepper and toss to combine. Stir in chives,

To a food processor or blender, add the

basil, cilantro, and feta.

avocado, 1 Tbsp olive oil, half of the lime

Spoon remaining avocado puree into a

juice, and a pinch of salt. Puree until

serving bowl and top with corn salad.

• 1 jalapeño, seeded if desired, and chopped • Salt and pepper to taste • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh chives • 1 cup fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped • 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese (optional) • Tortilla chips, for serving (optional)

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Story of Kindness This teen has carried out a random act of kindness every day since the start of the pandemic̶helping more than two thousand people and raising nearly £40,000.

June 2022 Vol. 3, No. 6 Editor Sky Kline newsletter@ellicottcitychurch.org Contributors Tiara Price Cynthia Ward Robin Wells 3291 St. Johns Lane Ellicott City, MD 21042 www.ellicottcity.church

Sermon Thought From Pastor John Rengifo, “The Ten Virgins,” May 28, 2022. In biblical times weddings often took place at night. As part of the ceremony, the bridegroom and his entourage would travel from his home to his bride’s home to take her home with him. Jesus uses this familiar custom to introduce two classes of people—the wise and the foolish. What makes the wise wise and the foolish foolish? Both groups had lamps and both groups had their lamps lit when the story begins. The difference was the extra oil that the wise virgins had. Should the bridegroom have arrived when expected, the oil may have been enough. But when His arrival was delayed, one group had run out of oil, resulting in their lamps going out! This story that Jesus tells in Matthew 25:1–13 is full of symbolism that has relevance to our life today. Click here to watch the sermon on YouTube, at timestamp 45:38.

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