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Volume 1, Issue 1 April - 2009

Pastor’s Corner Inside this issue:

Sometime ago our church board created a mission statement that reads: ―The mission of the North Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church is to make disciples for Jesus Christ by evangelizing the Roanoke Valley with the everlasting gospel in the context of the three angel’s messages.‖ Actually, Jesus is the one who set the mission for His church and it can be found in Matthew 28:19, 20. It is very important that we know what our true mission is or we might easily become confused and work toward some other cause that we think is important. The fact is that every church has a mission statement whether they realize it or not. You can usually tell what is really important to a church by observing them for a short period of time. A church can have the greatest mission statement in the world but not live by it and in situations like that the mission is only words on paper that doesn’t mean much. The Lord is blessing the North Valley church in a powerful way but I want to challenge us all to ask ourselves if we are doing everything we can to help accomplish Christ mission for His church or are we working toward some other cause of our own devising? Now is the time to stand up and join the Lord of the harvest in His harvest. Together, in the power of the Holy Spirit, we can turn the Roanoke Valley upside down for the Lord Jesus. A Fellow Disciple, Pastor Mike

Sabbath School Calendar Events

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Chip Schedule


Bill Hartsook


Rick Cooper


CHIP Program




Church Directory


Insert Included

Attention: New Full Color Church Directory Coming Soon Don’t Miss It Family Pictures will be taken on May 5th



S a b b at h S c h o o l Would you like to meet new people and learn more about the word of God in a group friendly setting? Come and join a Sabbath School Class. We have a class for all ages, and we would love to have you.

C a l e n da r o f E v e n t s Date



Superintendent - Sister Janis Goad

Wednesday Nights



9:30 AM Sanctuary Opening Song Service

1,8,15,22, & 29




Parenting Class

Separation of Classes 9:50AM


Location Personal Ministries Room

Young Adult


Thursday Nights 2&9

David Hodges

Adult Class

Sanctuary Front

Marguerite McGraw

Adult Class

Sanctuary Back


Friday Nights 3,10,17, & 24

Beginners 0-2


Judy Mullins

Sabbath Night

Kindergarten 3-5


Beth Sinha

4, 11, 18 & 25

Primary 6-9


Edith Jensen


Frank & Debora Dovidio


Henry Mullins & Linda Criss

Junior Teens 10-14 Youth 15– up New Beginnings Adult


March 31st


Roanoke Main Library



YMCA Kirk Family


April 2nd 7:00PM

North Valley SDA Church




YMCA Kirk Family




Heart Screening

April 13th

CHIP Starts



4th & 18th

Jeff Turner

Chip FREE Information Sessions:



Sabbath Speakers

Pastor Hewitt/

CHIP events



Pastor Hewitt


Phil Howell


Dan Parobe




Women’s Bible Study



RAPS Open House






2PM & 10PM

6 & 20

Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 7PM—9PM

Church Clean Up Day Church Board Meeting Adopt-A-Cop Dinner



Bill Hartsook

B i b l e wo r k e r

Hello Church Family, Being a Bible worker has given me the opportunity to visit many homes to talk and study with people who have requested Bible studies – but there are many people who never request Bible studies, but as the quote states below they are “longing for light”, “praying to God”. You don’t have to be a Bible worker or a Pastor to witness to someone; I want to share with you 4 people who attend North Valley who never requested Bible studies, but accepted an invitation for them when witnessed to and ‖There are many who are reading the Scriptures who have now found the love and truth of Jesus Christ. cannot understand their true import. All over the world Bill Hartsook – given lessons by a co-worker Cindy Conner – contacted from the Food Basket List and asked to do studies

men and women are looking wistfully to heaven. Prayers and tears and inquiries go up from souls longing for light, for grace, for the Holy Spirit. Many are on the verge of the kingdom, waiting only to be gathered in.‖

Brenda Lewis – given lessons by a co-worker

The Acts of the Apostles, p. 109

Melissa Elkins – given lessons at the gym If everyone in our churches would reach out to those who we come in contact with and share the love of Christ (the “Good News”) our churches would be overflowing (Praise the Lord!!) There are those “waiting only to be gathered in” – If you want help or have any questions about how to witness or what to say to people, please contact me. Bill Hartsook (Cell 589-2212) or (email

R i c k C o o p e r - Pa r e n t s C o r n e r North Valley now has a Parenting Group which meets each Thursday evening at 6:00pm. Joys and woes are shared, as are questions about childrearing. We consult the scriptures and the writings of Ellen White for guidance and answers. We are reading and discussing one chapter a week from

"The Adventist Home." Please attend if you're currently parenting, would like to be a parent and want to learn or if you have been a parent and would like to share. The group is especially helpful to parents who are the only Adventists in their home.

Kids Corner Youngsters ages 5-10 are invited to Children's Church to learn about the Ten Commandments. Each week we'll talk about a different commandment. We'll learn about what each one tells us, what behavior it asks of us, and how it protects us. God loves us enough to give us guidance. We hope you join us to learn about the life He has planned for us.

Chip program The CHIP program has been postponed to begin April 13th. CHIP will meet 3 days a week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday) for 5 consecutive weeks from 7p.-9p. Child Care Will Be Provided The class will conclude on May 18 and a Graduation night will be held on May 19. If you would like more information or have further questions please contact Janis Goad, Pastor Mike, Melissa Elkins (540) 314-1768 or Beth Sinha (540) 588-8291. Please pray for the team and the participates of this program. This is one way our Church is reaching out to minister to the community for the Lord Jesus Christ.

NORTH VALLEY SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST NEWS P.O. Box 19098 Roanoke VA 24019 Phone: 540-314-2705 Fax: 555-555-5555 Website: ―The Friendly Suburban Church‖

April Birthdays

C h u rc h D i r e c to ry

Joyce Craft


Deborah Cobb


Justin Hartless


Kanesha Thullah


Teresa Lester


Don Jensen


April Howell


Jessica Hartless


Linda Oliver


Adam Dunithan


Cora Walker


Holly Cannon


Andrew Jensen


Mike Lester


Joe Pace


Jennifer Young


Kim Eckenroth


Trina Lockhart


May 5th Mark Your Calendar By appointment only, Olan Mills will be at our church to take your families portrait. Every person that has their picture taken will receive a FREE Church Directory and a FREE 8x10. If you do not want to have your picture taken, you can bring one from home. You can then purchase a Church Directory for $4.95. Sign up sheet will be placed in the foyer by April 4th. You can call or email Melissa Elkins for additional information. - 540-314-1768


From Here and There Lou Hurt, sister of Marie Lankford and Roni Stanard's mother died since the March Newsletter. We extend our sympathies to both of these families Many members have seen Bette and Charles Seithz on TV 10 in Roanoke. They have been advertising "The Village on Pheasant Ridge, "a senior retirement home Steve Teague had surgery recently. He is recovering at home. Steve prepares the weekly church bulletin for the North Valley Church Marguerite McGraw will be celebrating the 60th anniversary of her Nursing Class in Loma Linda, California the weekend of April 10-12 From Loma Linda she and her husband will go north to Pacific Union College where they will spend two weeks with their son Paul. He is a professor at the college Plan ahead for the annual yard sale of the North Valley Church. The dates are August 2 ( bring things in) and 6th and 7th, the sale days. Start saving items now for the sale. We do not have room at the church to store items. We hope we can reach $2000.00 this year Pastor Michael and Bill Hartsook attended a meeting at the General Conference in Silver Spring, Maryland on March 22 We wish welcome Melissa Elkins to the " North Valley Adventist News", as a staff member Remember, the Potomac Conference Camp Meeting is scheduled for June 16 -20 at New Market, Virginia More information in the May and June issues Bette and Charles Seitz will be attending a memorial service for Bette's sister Helen Lord. The service will be at the Manassas, Virginia Seventh-day Adventist Church on April 4.

Dollar and Sense

There will be a Church Business Meeting Saturday night March 28. The 2009 Church Budget will be presented. All members of the North Valley Church can attend this meeting. It is open to questions about the budget. All members should do their best to attend.

Women’s Bible Study Group Women's Bible study, meeting the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month from 10-11, is now using the book "The Bible Textionary" as an aid in Bible marking. The topics for discussion on April 6 are "Christ's Return" and "Tongues." For more information and/or a book, please see Laura Antonovich or Ginger Turner.

Church Website

Visit the North Valley updated website! We have a professionally designed site that includes church news, Bible study helps, our events calendar, newsletter and pages for the ministries and departments in our church. Go to

Roanoke Adventist School

Information Session for Roanoke Adventist Preparatory School will be on Monday evening, April 6 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the new Roanoke church -4120 Challenger Ave., near the Bonsack Walmart. Child care will be provided. An additional information session is scheduled for Monday, April 20 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Dianne Watts at or Ginger Turner at

I n U . S . , t h r e e A dv e n t i s t fa m i l i e s a r e M o n ta n a plane crash victims On way to ski trip, plane crashes in cemetery 23 Mar 2009, Silver Spring, Maryland, United States ANN Staff Three Seventh-day Adventist families are among the 14 victims killed in a March 22 airplane crash in Butte, Montana. All three families were members or regular attendees at congregations in Northern California; the three husbands were longtime friends who attended both church-owned Pacific Union College and Loma Linda University. Officials with the National Transportation Safety Board said it could be months before a cause is determined. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration's regional office in Renton, Washington, said a total of 14 people on board the aircraft -seven adults and seven children -- were killed when the plane crashed and burned 500 feet from the runway at Bert Mooney Airport in Butte, the Associated Press reported. The plane had crashed into Holy Cross Cemetery in Butte, officials said. While the Butte Coroner's office has not yet officially released the names of the victims, media reports and family members confir! m Dr. Erin Jacobson, an ophthalmologist; his wife, Amy Feldkamp Jacobson, a dental hygienist; and children Ava, 3, and Taylor, 4, and Jude, 2, were among the victims. The Jacobson's resided in St. Helena, California. Also confirmed as victims were Loma Linda University alum Dr. Michael L. Pullen of Galt, California, who had a dental practice in Valley Springs, his wife Dr. Vanessa Feldkamp Pullen, a pediatrician and Amy's sister, and the Pullen's children Sydney and Christopher. The Pullens were said to be members of the Lodi-English Oaks Seventh-day Adventist Church in Lodi, California. Michael Pullen also held a degree in engineering, the Web site for his dental practice said. The third known set of victims are the family of Dr. Brent D. Ching, a dentist from Chico, California, his wife, Kristen, and their two children. Ching was a 1998 graduate of Loma Linda University's School of Dentistry, LLU officials confirmed. Church officials said ! the tragedy was a loss to the Adventist community. "Tragedies ! such as this remind us of the importance of our belief in the blessed hope," said Don C. Schneider, president of the church in North America. "It is at the second coming of Jesus Christ that events such as this will be eternally healed." At a March 23 press briefing, Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer told reporters, "I'm sure that this evening and tomorrow evening, moms and dads, families all over Montana will say an extra prayer for these children and these families."

For those who have not heard about our Adopt-A-Cop Prayer Ministry, here is a little information. I located this program online through another church in another state. I contacted the head of the program and asked for her help starting one here. I feel the Lord truly blessed us by showing me this ministry. The program is very simple, but very important. All of those who volunteer to participate are given an officers name, who volunteers to participate, and you pray for them daily. So simple, but such an impact. A lot of the people at the police department were very receptive to the program. At first I was not sure how many officers we would get, but now we have over 40. We had a spaghetti dinner for them back in January. Approximately 40-50 officers showed up. Some were even asking when we were going to have another. I thank all those who helped make that dinner happen! I couldn't have done it without you. We hopefully will be having another dinner on April 26. It is so important to pray for these men and women as they are putting their lives on the line protecting us. If you are wanting to participate in the program please contact me. Thank you - Brittan Hewitt


Investment: One of the most important projects of the Sabbath School is the Investment program. Individuals pick out a project for the year that can bring in money for God's work.Some raise tomato's. (sp).For many years Pastor McGraw gave $5.00 for each person he baptized when was a pastor.There is a jug in the foyer for those who would like to put change in as they come to Sabbath School and Church .Noemi Garcia is Investment Leader for 2009. Her email address is Her phone number is (540) 591-9027. Contact her if you have a questions about Investment.

April 2009 North Valley Newsletter  

Monthly update, dates for events and more about what's going on with our church.

April 2009 North Valley Newsletter  

Monthly update, dates for events and more about what's going on with our church.