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North Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church

Happy New Year JANUARY 2011

Wisdom from Pastor Mike Dear Church Family, Happy New Year!!! 2011 is here whether we are ready for it or not. Have you made any New Years Resolutions? I was looking online and found that the top 10 New Years Resolutions are as follows 1. Spend more time with family and friends 2. Become physically fit by exercising 3. Lose weight 4. Quit smoking 5. Enjoy life more 6. Quit drinking 7. Get out of debt 8. Learn something new 9. Help others more 10. Get organized These are all great and in many cases needed in our lives but as believers in Christ have we made any Spiritual resolutions. Jesus is coming soon and it is high time that we prepare to meet Him. How about we make some resolutions such as: 1. Spend more time reading the Bible 2. Spend more time in

prayer 3. Spend more time working for Christ 4. Tell more of our family and friends about what Christ has done in our lives. 5. Stop gossiping about those we are supposed to love 6. Leave the television off more 7. Join one of our Care Groups 8. Get rid of anything that is distracting us in our walk with Christ 9. Adopt a family who cannot help themselves 10. Be faithful in our tithes and offerings and also in the use of our time. My grandmother mailed me a short poem several years before she died. I have shared it with you before but I will share it again because I like the message it presents. It is entitled, “God Has No Hands…” God has not hands, but our hands, to do His work today. He has no feet, but our

feet, to lead men in His way. He has no tongue, but our tongue, to tell men how He died. He has no help, but our help, to lead them to His side. We are the sinners’ gospel, we are the scoffers’ creed. We are the Lord’s last message, given in word and deed. What if your life is crooked, what if your life is blurred? I think you will agree that the most important New Years resolution that any of us can possibly make as believers is to live surrendered lives to Christ. To live lives that will show the world who Jesus is and what he can do in sinful people like us. That is going to be my first resolution, how about you??? A Fellow Disciple, Pastor Mike

Reflections on December and looking forward to a New Year: The Outreach Team and others members of the congregation ministered at two nursing homes with love, music, and crafts. North Valley once again had a wonderful Christmas Party, everyone had a wonderful time. Christmas Day this year fell on a Holly Day, and so will New Years Day. What a great way to end the year and begin another one.

Do you make New Years Resolutions? Think about turning your New Years Resolutions into Goals instead. Ask the Holy Spirit to lay on you heart what you should focus on this New Year. Remember if the Holy Spirit gives them to you, He will help you achieve them. Write them out and keep them in a place where you can

see them often. I have listed some suggestions for you to get started with. 

Take Jesus by the hand and read His Holy Word daily and be in much prayer with Him.


Go to Sabbath School on a regular basis, and attend church and the social functions.


Get more involved with the outreach efforts of the church, with planning or/and helping.


Eat Healthy and Exercise, create a plan (did you know that North Valley will be offering this).

What ever you choose make sure you write them down and get started on them as soon as you can. I always get excited with a New Year, it reminds me of a New START. God Bless Melissa Elkins A Word From Elder James Pate

It is reported that while Dr. David Livingstone was working Happy new year to you all! This in Central Africa, a group of his is an exciting time of year to friends wrote him: “We would consider what God may have like to send other men to you. planned for our church, and for Have you found a good road each of us individually, during into your area yet?” The great 2011. Jeremiah 29:11 says “For medical missionary, abolitionist, I know the plans I have for you,” and explorer of the African intedeclares the Lord, “plans to rior sent this message in reply: prosper you and not to harm “If you have men who will only you, plans to give you hope and come if they know there is a a future.” Clearly God has wongood road, I don’t want them. I derful plans in store for you and want men who will come if there me. The question that remains is is no road at all.” whether we will be close enough Thankfully God’s arms are open to God to recognize where He is much wider. In Hebrews 11:6 leading and bold enough to folwe are told that God rewards low.

anyone who earnestly seeks after Him and John 3:15 reminds us that “everyone who believes in Him may have eternal life”. But how awesome would it be if you and I were in the group who would follow even if there is no road at all? May this year be the turning point in your life in which you wholly devote yourself to God and follow Christ wherever He leads. Live The Life, James Pate

Things to Know: Church Event Calendar - If you need to add an event that you are planning, please give the information to Melissa Elkins, Pastor Mike or Nikki Smith. Make sure you get your dates schedule early, as they say first come first serve, in this case first comes, first gets. New Email Address for the Church it is Send all information to this address. Changes Happen - If you have moved or changed your phone # or email address can you let Melissa Elkins or Nikki Smith know, so we can up date our information?

FROM HERE AND THERE Chuck Cannon, father of Dr.Chris Cannon died on December 14. The funeral was held at the Smith Mt. Lake Seventh-day Adventist Church on Sunday, December 19. We extend our sympathies to the family. The Church Christmas Party was held on the evening of December 11. There was good food and games. Many thanks to those in charge of the program. The Christmas Day Worship program was held Sabbath, December 18. The children presented Christmas play. It was appreciated by all. A musical program followed. tal There were instrumental numbers, songs, and a Christmas story. The closing prayer was given by Pastor Michael Hewitt. Noel and Christine Fernaandez moved their membership to the Rocky Mount, Virginia by vote of the North Valley Church on Christmas Day Sabbath. We wish the Fernandez well. Ann Marie Prince was baptized on Sabbath, December 25. I'm sure she will remember that Christmas Sabbath.

DOLLARS AND SENSE The year 2011 brings a challenge to our country and the world. It brings a challenge to churches as well. Let us be faithful as we return the tithe. There are many offerings. The Church Budget is an important offering. It is used for operating expenses. We are using more heat this cold winter. Remember to keep the Church Budget in the family budget. HAVE YOU READ THE BIBLE THROUGH? You can read the Bible through if you read three chapters a day and five on the Sabbath. There are1196 chapters in the Bible. If you read one chapter a day and two chapters on the Sabbath you can read the Bible through in three years. I have read the Bible through 58 times. I started reading in1953 when I was a young pastor; I have over twenty Bible translations. I read a different translation each year. I read the old King James translation every five years, In 2010 I read the Jewish Study Bible. It was in English. This year I read the J.B Phillips: The New Testament in Modern English. In 2011 I will be reading the Andrews Study Bible. The notes are furnished by Andrews University an Adventist School. My wife gave me the Bible for Christmas. By the way she has read the Bible twelve times. What do you do if you get sleepy reading the Bible? Read out loud to yourself. Give Bible reading through a chance. God bless you in 2011. John W. McGraw

The Power of a Praying Parent Class I am excited to announce that our class will be on January the 8th the starting time will be 4pm and we do have child care for you. Space is limited, so let Melissa Elkins know ASAP if you will be attending. This class will focus on understanding and learning how to pray for our children. We live in a day that we do not have time to lack in this area. The world is becoming to advanced and appealing to our youth. As a group we can pray and ask God to protect our children and to give us help in raising them to be Godly Adults. Stormie Omartian shares how you can pray through each stage of your child’s growth, from early childhood through adulthood. Learn how to turn to the Father and place every detail of your child’s life in His loving and capable hands. Whether your child is three or thirty-three, it’s never too late to discover the joy that comes from being a part of God’s work in his or her life. Being a perfect parent doesn’t matter. Being a praying parent does.

January Calendar of Events 1st Sabbath Speaker, Elder James Pate 1st 5:00PM, Vespers Service 5th 7:00PM, Bible Marking Class 7th 7PM Pate’s Small Group Meeting 8th Sabbath Speaker Pastor Hewitt 8th Praying Parent Class 8th 5:00PM, Vespers Service 9th 5:00PM, Pastor Mike’s Small Group NV 9th 7:00PM, Church Board Meeting

12th 7:00PM, Prayer Meeting 14th 7PM Pate’s Small Group Meeting 15th Sabbath Speaker Phil Howell 15th 4:00PM Praying Parent Class 16th 5:00PM, Pastor Mike’s Small Group NV 19th 7:00PM, Bible Marking Class 21st 7PM Pate’s Small Group Meeting 22nd Sabbath Speaker Pastor Hewitt

22nd 4:00PM Praying Parent Class 22nd 5:00PM, Vespers Service 23rd 5:00PM, Pastor Mike’s Small Group NV 26th 7:00PM, Bible Marking Class NV 28th 7PM Pate’s Small Group Meeting 29th Sabbath Speaker Pastor Hewitt (Communion) 4:00PM Praying Parent Class 30th 5:00PM, Pastor Mike’s Small Group NV

North Valley will focus on health in 2011 Program Information: Welcome to our Stay Active/Eat Well Program for 2011. We will begin warming up in January every Wednesday from 6-7pm with an introduction and handouts with healthy snacks going into stretching and exercise with cooking demonstrations in February. In March and April, we will split up the classes. In March we will have an exercise program on Sunday from 2:30-3:30pm and Wednesday from 6-7pm and cooking class on Tuesday from 6-7pm. In April we will do the cooking classes Sunday 3:30-4:30pm and Tuesday 6-7pm and exercise class Wednesday 6-7pm. Then in May we will go outside to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. May through August we will have a garden starting with the planting in May, tending in June, picking in July then cleanup in August. Planting will probably be May 15th from 12-1pm to avoid frost. A walking program will also be taking place May through August every Wednesday from 6-7pm with healthy snacks. We will go back to another exercise and cooking schedule from September to December. Recipes will be available. For more information or questions contact me at 992-3601 and leave a message. I will look forward to seeing you there. Cindy Boone Health Nugget: Americans food abundance has helped lay the foundation for coronary artery disease, stroke, high blood pressure, arthritis, adult onset diabetes, obesity, and several kinds of cancer. These diseases are responsible for three out of four deaths. They are related to lifestyle, especially to how we eat. Moderation is learning to be satisfied with smaller portions. Eat slower and enjoy the food instead of eating big servings and second helpings. We also need to reverse our eating habits, by eating more earlier in the day and giving our stomach time to rest at night. If you need something before bedtime, eat fruit or drink water. In the morning you will feel better rested and ready to eat a big, nutritious breakfast. Overall balance is the key since we live in a very fast paced society. We need to focus on the more important things in life; health, happiness and love. If we love God, everything will fall into place, our focus will not be on this world but the one to come. And in order to achieve this we have to respect our earth which God created, love one another and not take for granted our bodies which is God’s gift as an example of his greatest creation. MEXICAN KIDNEY BEAN CASSEROLE 2 cans kidney beans (drained) 4 tbsp salsa 1 c shredded cheese (or substitute) 1 c crushed tortilla chips 1 c shredded lettuce 1 c chopped tomatoes Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix drained kidney beans and salsa in rectangular casserole dish. Bake ½ hr. Let cool. Sprinkle cheese and tortillas on top. Serve with lettuce and tomatoes. (This is a very simple, nutritious recipe, kids love to eat) Help is needed to make sure this is a successful program. You can help by inviting friends and family, neighbors and co-workers. Share your recipes and help cook the food for samples. Contact Cindy Boone and let her know what you can do. Remember this a ministry to reach people for Jesus.

Ruth Anderson 2

Christin Lockhart 14

Ernie Martinez 4

Nathan Turner 15

Sherry Patsel 4

Brittney Reidmiller 17

Bob Kopstein 5

Frank Gillespie 19

Gail Creelman 7

Rex Hugus 20

Ashley Wills 8

Lori Mae Hodges 21

Rehanan Wood 8

Andrew Sinha 23

Davie Pate 10

Toni Brake 23

Charles Seitz 11

Brett Young 24

Cindy Boone 12

Sharon Cooper 15

Dr. Young Park 12

Tyler Eckenroth 28

Bob Lindt 12

Erica Foote 29

Mary T. Jones 13

Ethel Altizer 30

Jenna Pate 13

Bonnie Brooks 31

Bob Young 14


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