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A D S y e l l a V North August - 2011

Local Elders Corner Elder’s Corner – August 2011

Warm summertime greetings to all friends and family of the North Valley Seventh-Day Adventist Church! The story is told of a Christian businessman who was late for a job interview with a prestigious company in a busy metropolitan area. While frantically driving around looking for an empty parking space he became increasingly agitated. After 30 minutes of fruitless searching he finally resorted to a short, desperate prayer. “Lord, if you would PLEASE just help me find an empty parking space I promise to start reading my Bible and praying every day!” Miraculously, at that very moment, an empty parking space appeared just ahead of the man’s car! The businessman then blurted out, “Never mind, God, I found one myself.” How often is it that we only remember God when we are in distress? As long as everything in life is going as we expect it to, we tend to somehow forget God’s presence all around us. We forget His immeasurable love for us. We forget that He created us and gave us life with His breath. We forget His immortal Son dying the death that we deserve. We forget that our lives do not belong to us! Day after day we go on living for ourselves, doing what we want or what we have chosen to do. We wake up in the morning, too tired to have morning devotionals. We go to work or school without any thought of the One who gave us the ability to learn and work. We communicate with people all around us and never once talk about Christ. We come home and fix supper, not appreciating the food that God has provided for us to eat. We start eating and after a few bites realize we forgot to say a blessing for the food. In the evening we turn on the TV or do something for ourselves because after all we just spent all day at work and now we “deserve some time just for ourselves”. We end up going to bed later than we planned and as we lay down we try to say a prayer but our minds wander and we end up falling asleep halfway through. Do any of the previous scenarios sound familiar or is it just me? I am reminded of a verse that has been studied many times in recent sermons and in Sabbath school discussions this quarter on worship. Romans 12:2 says “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” I know that my life tends to follow the “pattern of this world” more often than the pattern of heaven. Yet God’s mercies are new every morning and He wants to transform us into citizens of heaven through the renewing of our minds. This renewal is simply the constant presence of God in our minds and the reward is eternal life with our Creator (see Philippians 3:19-21 and Colossians 3:1-10). There is a bumper sticker that reads “God is my copilot”. I used to think that this was a catchy phrase until I saw a good friend of mine wear a T-shirt that read “If God is your copilot, you need to switch seats!” Do you invite God into your mind every day? And just as importantly, do you keep Him in your mind throughout the day? Does He guide your thoughts and actions or have you given Him a back seat in your life? May Jesus live in you every day and may you shine—all the time!

Live the Life! Elder James Pate



Pastoral Search Update – August 2011

The search for the next pastor of the North Valley Seventh-Day Adventist Church continues… On July 25th our church board, and members of our sister church, the Christiansburg SDA Church, met with Pastor Bob Banks, the ministerial director for the Potomac Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists. Many topics were discussed at this meeting including the conference’s role in finding a new pastor, strengths and weaknesses found in our local church, characteristics that would be beneficial in our next pastor, and where we stand in the pastoral search process. The next step in the pastoral search will be performed by the Potomac Conference. During the middle of August the Executive Personnel Committee of the Potomac Conference will meet and with God’s guidance and our input decide upon a short list of approved candidates for our church. This list will then be brought back to our church board, and the Christiansburg church board, for discussion and the prioritization of names. Our top choice will then be invited to come to our church for a face-to-face interview with our church board before any final decisions are made. Please keep this pastoral search in your prayers. May we seek God’s will in every step of this process and may God lead our next pastor to us in His perfect time.

Elder James Pate FROM HERE AND THERE Dr.Chris and Holly, Christina and Grant Cannon have moved to Medford, Oregon. They have been in Roanoke for eleven years. They were given a picture of Roanoke as a gift from the church. There was a Church picnic at Wasena Park on Sunday, July 17. Michael Lester had open heart surgery on August 2 at Lewis Gale Hospital. The surgery went well. Let us remember him as he recovers. Luther Deel had a fall and was in the hospital for two days. Let us remember him in our prayers. April Ash and Nathaniel Schneider were married July 24 at the Smith Mt Lake Church. We wish them God's blessing and much happiness. Jorge Ramirez Administrator of Adminstration for the Potomac Conference was Sabbath speaker at North Valley on July 2. Rick Cooper spoke on Sabbath, July 9 at the North Valley Church. Frank Bacchus from Wisconsin and father of Derrick a member of North Valley, spoke at the North Valley Church on July 16. The Bacchus family gave a beautiful program of music in the service. Phil Howell was the Sabbath speaker on July 23. He is from Christiansburg and a member of the oanoke SDA Church. Pastor Bob Banks from the Potomac Conference office met with board members from North Valley and Christiansburg churches on July 25. He started the program for the search for a new pastor for the churches. Let us all pray this can take place soon,

DOLLARS AND SENSE Summer is usually a slow time for Church giving. Members are on vacation and visiting. The Church Budget giving takes care of operating and programs of the Church. Remember to keepthe Church Budget in the family budget. Remember the Lord loves a cheerful giver, 2 Cor. 9: 7.


Prayer Requests Intercessory Prayer Group Meets at 7pm every Saturday Night. Come and join us we have a great time of bible devotion, praises and prayer. If you can not join us every week that is okay, but come when you can, you will only leave BLESSED. If you have a prayer request make sure you put it in the prayer box located in the foyer, the prayer team will gladly interview before the throne of grace for you.

YOU CAN BE A SOUL WINNER! This class will be offered to everyone whom would like to enrich their lives with bible based information to better witness for Jesus Christ. It is a four week class and material will be provided. We will meet at the home of Carl and Linda Criss Sabbath afternoon at 4:30pm. Please make sure you sign up ASAP (start date is August 6th), I need to know how many people are planning to attend. The sign up sheet is in the foyer. If you have any questions please call me 314-1768 Melissa Elkins.

AUGUST/SEPTEMBER OUTREACH I would like to ask the congregation to join me in visiting with the North Lakes Residents starting on the last Saturday of August go threw the third Saturday in September. We will go into the community and invite people to church for the month of September. There will be a four week visitation period, so make sure you sign up for at least one week of the four. This is also a time when you can reach out to your family, friends, and neighbors to invite them to church as well. This is an important outreach for our church, so please pray fully consider joining me. If you have any questions please call me 314-1768 Melissa Elkins. Blessings Melissa

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CH_ _ CH What is missing? Consider this for a moment: When you notice that someone is not at church, give them a call. You never know what a difference that could make in that person’s life.

August - Birthdays Justin Shelor Judy Marshall Martha Lockhart Shannon (Hartless) King Denise Bowen James Snow Jean Wills Howard Hartless Tim Hogan Jordan Criss Lynn Park

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Virginia Cobb Melissa Elkins Stephanie Oliver Barry Branson Danny Pruitt Bette Seitz Pat Deel Denise Hollenbach Beth Sinha Christina Ford Renee Ford

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