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A D S y e l l a V North Volume 1, Issue 4 July & August - 2009

Pastor’s Corner

Inside this issue: Calendar of Events


Prayer Requests


Dear Church Family,

Camp Meeting 2009


Love and Loving


I just got home from camp meeting a few days ago and I hit the ground running. There is always much to do when you get back into town after being gone for a while. One thing that I am working on is a period of fasting and prayer for the North Valley church. Our next communion service is scheduled for the last week in August and I am planning a fast that will culminate in partaking of the Lord’s supper on the last Sabbath in August. Another thing that we are working on is small groups. I made a presentation to the church board a short time ago and they voted to select a group of people to study the idea and then return the following month with a report. Small groups will officially launch in September but not before we do a training session with those who will be leading out. Finally, we are looking at possibly holding an evangelistic meeting this fall at the North Valley church. Please pray about these events, asking that God’s will be done. Christ is coming soon and now is the time to be about our Father’s business. I want to encourage you to invite your friends and family to church when you have the opportunity and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear. (I Peter 3:15)



A Fellow Disciple, Pastor Mike

From Here To There


VBS & Website




Calendar of Events, July 2009

1st 6:00PM, Supper and Prayer Meeting 3rd 7:00PM, Sabbath Meditation 4th Sabbath Speaker Pastor Hewitt 4th 7:00PM, Vespers Service 8th 6:00PM, Supper and Prayer Meeting 10th 7:00PM, Sabbath Meditation 11th Sabbath Speaker TBA 11th 7:00PM, Vespers Service 13th NO CHURCH BOARD MEETING 13-16th 6:30PM, Vacation Bible School 15th 6:00PM, Supper and Prayer Meeting 17th 7:00PM, Sabbath Meditation 18th Sabbath Speaker, Pastor Hewitt 18th 7:00PM, Vespers Service 20th 6:00PM, RAPS School Board Mtg. 22nd 6:00PM, Supper and Prayer Mtg. 24th 7:00PM, Sabbath Meditation 25th Sabbath Speaker Henry Mullins 25th 7:00PM, Sabbath Vespers 29th 6:00PM, Supper and Prayer Mtg. 31st 7:00PM, Sabbath Meditation



2009 Camp Meeting Report There were four main speakers for the Camp Meeting. The first was early morning speaker Ruthie Jacobsen, Coordinator of Prayer Ministries for the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventist Church. She spoke at Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings. The meetings were held from 7:00 - 8:00 a. m. Lonnie Melashenko, former Voice of Prophecy speaker for 17 years was the keynote speaker. He is now Vice President of Spiritual Services and Missions for Kettering Adventist Health in Kettering, Ohio. He spoke Tuesday-Friday at the 7:00 pm service and at the 11:00 am Worship Service on Sabbath. He urged the audience about the nearness of the Lord's return and importance of being ready for that event. Willie Oliver. Director of Family Ministries for the North American Division was the speaker at 11:00 am meetings. He reminded his audience of how to a happy home. On Friday he spoke on how have a happy marriage. He congratulated John and Marguerite on their 60th wedding anniversary in his sermon There were seminars in the mornings from 9:15 - 10:45 am and 2:00 -4:00 pm. in the afternoon. Friday afternoon at 2:00 pm the Big Book Sale took place. It was enjoyed by all. Rudy Micelli and Jennifer LaMountain's were the featured singers for the Camp Meeting. The closing meeting on Saturday night, June 20 heard Bill Miller, president of the Potomac Conference speak. His sermon title was, " What do we pray for? He urged the members to go home do spiritual work for the Lord.

Love and Loving: John's Epistles From July through September of 2009 Church members will be studying the epistles of the Apostle John. John was the writer of Gospel of John. For over twenty years the Sabbath School lessons have contained book or books of the Bible for study. The authors of the lessons write a book to go with them. These can be purchased for about $10.00 from Book & Bible House or ordered by the Personal Ministries department of the church. The lessons this quarter will include ! John, 2nd John, and 3rd John. The Gospel of John is one of the favorite books of the Bible. His epistles follow the same style. Many of our North Valley member are missing the blessings of the adult lessons. There are three classes studying these lessons. There is another class. This is for new members and those interested in the Bible teachings of the church. Sabbath School begins at 9:25 a. m. with a song service. The Sabbath School follows with mission emphasis. The first Sabbath of the month has a mission story DVD entitled, " Mission Sonlight". At 10:50 a. m. the lesson study begins. The class ends at 10:42 a.m. On the thirteen Sabbath of the quarter, the children's departments presents a program at 10:20 a,m. See you in Sabbath School.

Prayer Requests

Mary T. Jones Parents of Judy Mullins Betty Harlow's sister, Pat Fraance-Kelly

Wilma Tubies' mother


Graduating students

Luther Deel

The Economy

North Valley Church

Our President

Gladys and Joe Pace

Henry Mullins

Adam Dunithan

Christine Fernandez

July - Birthdays

August - Birthdays

Phillip Smith


Anuj Sinha


Judith Marshall


Jordan Criss


Summer Pate


Sammy Deel


Justin Shelor


Virginia Cobb


Russell Johnson


John Ford


Martha Lockhart


Melissa Elkins 22

Roni Stanard


Marguerite McGraw


Shannon King


Stephanie Oliver


Stacey Thomas Wills


Denise Bowen


Danny Pruitt



Edith Jensen


Kenneth Hartless

Sandra Welch


Renee Kopstein

Bette Seitz



George Forbes


James Snow


Carol Williams


Lonnie Lester


Jean Wills



Gary Bowen


Howard Hartless Sr


Angela Nordberg


Betty Harlow

Beth Sinha


Tim Hogan


Judy Lester


Becky Hogan

Christina Ford 30


Ron Black


Richard Williams



Renee Ford

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Old Farmer's Advice: * Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong. * Keep skunks and bankers and lawyers at a distance. * Life is simpler when you plow around the stump. * A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor. * Words that soak into your ears are whispered...not yelled. * Meanness don't jes' happen overnight. * Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads. * Do not corner something that y ou know is meaner than you. * It don't take a very big person to carry a grudge. * You cannot unsay a cruel word. * Every path has a few puddles. * When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty. * The best sermons are lived, not preached. * Most of the stuff people worry about ain't never gonna happen anyway. * Don't judge folks by their relatives. * Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer. * Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll enjoy it a second time. * Don't interfere with somethin' that ain't botherin' you none. * Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance. * If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin'. * Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got. * The biggest troublemaker you'll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin'. * Always drink upstream from the herd. * Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment. * Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin' it back in. * If you get to thin kin' you're a person of some influence, try orderin' somebody else's dog around. * Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God. AND AMEN!

From Here and There Hermann- Coon Reception: Come help us celebrate the marriage of Michael Hermann and Dyana Coon with a reception on the mountain! This will be an open house reception, picnic style! The location is Mill Mountain Park. The time: 1:003:00 p. m. June 28, 2009. RSVP: or 540-345-1223. A baby shower was held on June 14 for Melissa Elkins. She and her husband Kenny and daughter Ruth have recently joined the North Valley Church by baptism. She is expecting a baby girl. George T. David Sr. father of Bonnie Brooks died on June 19. His funeral was on June 21. Bonnie and her husband Perry are members of the Advent Hope Adventist Church. They formerly attended the North Valley Church. We extend our sympathies to Bonnie and Perry. John and Marguerite McGraw celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on June 19. For many years they have celebrated their anniversaries at Camp Meeting. They were married on Father's Day 1949 in San Francisco, California. A good number of North Valley members attended Camp Meeting this year. It is always good to see fellow believers from other churches as well. Plan now for next years Camp Meeting. Bring your items to the church on August 2 for the Yard Sale. The date will be on August 5 and 7. All proceeds go to the church.

Did You Know? July this year? At five minutes and six seconds after 4 am on the 8th of July this year, the time and date will be 04:05:06 07/08/09. This will never happen again Help us to save money on postage, If you would prefer to have your monthly newsletter emailed to you send Melissa Elkins an email requesting this, her email is Deadline for the September Newsletter will be on August 22nd, you can email your information to

Vacation Bible School Announcement Look forward to a Vacation Bible School rainforest expedition called Rainforest Adventure right here at North Valley for four days July 13-16th. During the four days find out how "We Share," "We Give," We Grow," and "We Love." God has a plan and use for all of us. Have fun learning with crafts, snacks, games and interactive lessons with a rainforest theme. There will even be rainforest animal buddies for each day. Potential helpers, leaders and attending children from ages preschool to 6th Graders, come and join us for VBS. We had a wonderful time at the Rainforest Carnival. See you for more good times at Rainforest Adventure Vacation Bible School.

North Valley Website Announcement Attendance to our updated North Valley web site is consistently growing well every month. New updates to the web site include Pop-Up Bible Trivia and Daily Bible verses at the Bible Study page, you can bring up a monthly newsletter from our past archive or look back at a certain bulletin at the Newsletter Archive page, study a Sabbath School lesson that is age appropriate for you online from our Sabbath School page categorized in the Ministries section, or post a message in our web site Guestbook. Get yourself well acquainted with our newly updated web site. The home page gives you a good idea of about everything our web site has to offer. Visit .


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