A D S y e l l a North V Volume 4, Issue 4 May - 2010
Pastor’s Corner Dear Church Family, I hope this letter finds you well and richly blessed by our God. It is good to be back home after being gone for almost two weeks. I am thankful to live in Roanoke after trying to navigate through traffic up in Maryland on the Beltway. The traffic on the Beltway makes Roanoke look like a rural town with almost no traffic at all. Enduring the traffic was worth the time because I learned a lot while taking two Seminary classes that I trust God will use to make me a better worker for Him. My first class was on missions and the second was on early Christian theology. Those classes have reminded me of how important it is that we love and care for each other as a church family. Jesus said that when we love each other others will know that we are His disciples. That means we need to love those who love us but we also need to love those who do not seem to be that fond of us. That is not easy but it is certainly one of the identifying marks of a true Christian. We have an evangelistic meeting on the horizon and it is important for our guests to see that we love and care about each other. People are drawn to a loving church family and turned away by those that are not. Let’s show people that God loves them and we do too. Matthew 22:3740 says, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all
your soul, and with all your mind.' 38. "This is the first and great commandment. 39. "And the second is like it: `You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' 40. "On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” I want to love God supremely and my neighbor as myself
how about you? A Fellow Disciple, Pastor Mike
C a l e n da r o f e v e n t s
NORTH VALLEY SDA
C h u rc h P i c n i c May 16th Green Hill Park 10:30-3:30 Come fellowship and bring your favorite dish See Ginger Turner or Beth Sinha for more details
C a r e g ro u p s 1st Sabbath Speaker Pastor Hewitt If you have not joined a Care Groups yet, this is what you are missing out on: 5th 6:15PM, Prayer Time 5th 7:00PM, Dave Ramsey Fellowship Good Food Great Bible Studies Support 7th 7:00PM, Sabbath Meditation 8th Sabbath Speaker Brittan Hewitt New Place & Time for Care Group #1 (Bill & Janis Goad’s)! For those who might be interested in coming to our care group, we are 8th 7:00PM, Vespers Service now meeting at the home of Todd & Leslie Ewald in south Roath 9 Happy Mother’s Day noke. Their address is 3751 Buckingham Dr. It’s off Grandin Rd SW. Their phone number is 266-7276. Also, for the time being, th 12 6:15PM, Prayer Time (probably till sometime in October), we’re meeting on Saturday eveth nings rather than on Friday evenings. That way, we can close out 12 7:00PM, Dave Ramsey the Sabbath together. We are meeting at 6:30 for fellowship (no 14th 7:00PM, Sabbath Meditation meal, although sometimes, Todd & Leslie provide smoothies and th 15 Sabbath Speaker Pastor Hewitt popcorn), and we begin our study and prayer tine at 7 pm. Currently, we are reading through the book The Desire of Ages and 16th 12:30PM, Church Picnic Green discussing it. We try to get through one chapter a week. Come join us! We’d love to have you. Hill Park 19th 6:15PM, Prayer Time 19th 7:00PM, Dave Ramsey 21st 7:00PM, Sabbath Meditation Care Group #2 Leaders: Melissa Elkins/Deb Cobb nd 22 Sabbath Speaker Janice Goad Location: 808 Murray Ave SE Roanoke VA 24013 22nd 7:00PM, Vespers Service Contact Number: (540) 314-1768 (540) 345-5942 24th 7:00PM, Church Board Meeting Time & Date: Sabbath 5:00PM Bible Marking 26th 6:15PM, Prayer Time 26th 7:00PM, Dave Ramsey Care Group #3 Leader: Pastor Mike Hewitt 28th 7:00PM, Sabbath Meditation Location: Contact Pastor Mike (540) 314-2705 29th Sabbath Speaker James Pate Time & Date: Sundays 5:00PM 29th 7:00PM, Vespers Service Current Study Topic:
Baptism of the Holy Spirit
VOLUME 4, ISSUE 4
A d o p t- a - c o p p ro g r a m Remember to keep your cops in your prayers. National Police Week—May 9-15, 2010 check out this website for more information. http://www.nleomf.org/programs/policeweek/ Each May during National Police Week the nation pauses to recognize the service and sacrifice of U.S. law enforcement. This is a week for us to keep the families in our prayers. Thanks Brittan for all you do for them.
F ro m H e r e a n d t h e r e Pastor Michael Hewitt attended a two week series of studies from the Theologi‐ cal Seminary at Andrews University. The class was held at Columbia, Maryland. Michael is working on his Masters Degree. Edith Jensen was in a car accident recently she was rear ended. She is recov‐ ering and will be with us soon. On April 3 there was a communion service at the worship hour. The Hartland College Choir presented a musical program for the Worship Hour on April 10. The program was appreciated. Phil Howell was the Worship Hour speaker on April 17. Charles Lockhart is back at church after an illness. Welcome back Charles. Don Pate, father of James Pate, was speaker for the April 24 worship hour.He is pastor of the Atlantic Union College Church in Massachusetts. He also teaches classes at the college. Amanda Petty, niece of Brenda Lewis, member of the North Valley Church was called," A miracle child" on the Roanoke Times front page, Saturday, April 24. Amanda was in a coma for seven months before waking up recently. Keep her in your prayers. Teresa Lester had surgery recently and is having a good recovery. Roger Darling, former member of the North Valley Church, is now a patient at the VA Hospital in Roanoke. Don’t forget to gather items for our church yard sale, which will be in August. More details to follow.
Dollars and sense It is good to see Spring and its beautiful flowers. The winter hit the Church Budget hard. Remember to keep the Church Budget in your family budget. Our Dave Ramsey Class is still going well, we are all learning lots of new things and ways we can save money and plan better for our future. If you have any question see Melissa Elkins. Spending Tips: Before making a purchase of 300.00 or more, try sleeping on it to see if you really need that item. Use cash and try negotiating your price instead of the stores price. You may be surprised at the discount you may get. Give it a try, it couldn’t hurt. If you do, I would love to hear about it.
May Birthdays Baby Celebration: Inn Park 1 Michael Hewitt 23 Joan Young 11 Allison Prophete 23 Rick Dunbar 15 Russell Walker 25 Morgan Ewald 15 Jeff Turner 25 Marie Sloane 18 Tracey Criss 25 Mary Dean 18 Pamela Jannay 26 Geri Doshier 19 Charles Crush 29 Marie Huffman 19 Matthew Crush 29 Aubrey Kelley 20 Matthew Deel 29 Mason Ferris 23 Frank Dovidio 31
Allison will be the big 1 year on the 23rd Happy FIRST Birthday
A man came home from work late, tired and irritated, to find his 5-year old son waiting for him at the door. SON: 'Daddy, may I ask you a question?' DAD: 'Yeah sure, what it is?' replied the man. SON: 'Daddy, how much do you make an hour?' DAD: 'That's none of your business, the man said angrily. SON: 'I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?' DAD: 'If you must know, I make $50 an hour.' SON: 'Oh,' the little boy replied, with his head down. SON: 'Daddy, can I please borrow $25?' The father was furious, 'If the only reason you asked that is so you can borrow some money to buy a silly toy, then you march yourself to your room and go to bed. Think about why you are being so selfish. The little boy quietly went to his room and shut the door. The man sat down and started to get even angrier about the little boy's questions. How dare he ask such questions only to get some money? After about an hour or so, the man had calmed down , and started to think: Maybe there was something he really needed to buy with that $25.00 and he really didn't ask for money very often The man went to the door of the little boy's room and opened the door. 'Are you asleep, son?' He asked. 'No daddy, I'm awake,' replied the boy. 'I've been thinking, maybe I was too hard on you earlier' said the man. 'It's been a long day and I took out my aggravation on you. Here's the $25 you asked for.' The little boy sat straight up, smiling. 'Oh, thank you daddy!' he yelled. Then, reaching under his pillow he pulled out some crumpled up bills. The man saw that the boy already had money, started to get angry again. The little boy slowly counted out his money, and then looked up at his father. 'Why do you want more money if you already have some?' the father grumbled. 'Because I didn't have enough, but now I do,' the little boy replied. 'Daddy, I have $50 now. Can I buy an hour of your time? Please come home early tomorrow. I would like to have dinner with you.' The father was crushed. He put his arms around his little son, and he begged for his forgiveness. It's just a short reminder to all of you working so hard in life. We should not let time slip through our fingers without having spent some time with those who really matter to us, those close to our hearts. Do remember to share that $50 worth of your time with someone you love. If we die tomorrow, the company that we are working for could easily replace us in a matter of hours. But the family & friends we leave behind will feel the loss for the rest of their lives.
May 9th is Mothers Day
Hello Church Family, We are writing this letter to ask you to PRAY for our daughter Renee Ford. She has a genetic disorder called Diamond Blackfan Anemia. DBA as we call it. Is where her bone marrow doesn't make red blood cells like everyone else therefore Renee has to have a blood transfusion every month. As you could imagine that would be hard on the body after a while, so we have began the process of having a bone marrow transplant at Duke. Renee is not able to eat meals on her own, she has to have help with this also. March 18 we went to Duke University to give blood to see if any of us were a match for a bone marrow transplant, this will take a week to get back any results. April 4-9th, we have to go back to Duke they will be conducting a lot of tests on Renee, they think she may have another genetic problem other then the DBA and this will change how the radiation is given to Renee June will be our next trip to Duke, this is when they will start the process of the bone marrow transplant. We thought we would only be down there for three months, but we have learned we will be down there until November. This is to make sure that everything takes well and that if any problems arising we will be next to the hospital. I will be staying with Renee the whole time we are there. John will be asking his work if he can change his schedule so he can be at home with Justin at night. The whole Ford family would appreciate if you all could just please keep us in your prayers through this whole process. We know that with the Lord being as good as he is, all of your prayers and the great doctors, Renee will be taken care of. Thank you and God Bless. John & Christina Ford
Do you find your self going along with the rush of life? Like coming home from work every night just to get dinner ready for the family, getting chores around the house done, making sure your kids have done their homework or helping them with their homework! Then you are getting them ready for bed. You may have been wondering, "When can I spend enough quality time with my family where it's just family time?" Well, the church social committee will be putting on a Family Camp Day where your family will have plenty of time to connect and connect with God on Sabbath June 12th for a full Sabbath day event. Family Camp Day will consist of setting up camp just outside the church before Sabbath School and cooking breakfast together, having an outdoor picnic with camping style food brought by the campers, hiking to Peaks of Otter, family devotional and prayer time, music service, and finishing with an outdoor movie in the evening. The purpose of this Family Camp is to promote the upcoming Family Camp at Camp Blue Ridge. Donations will be taken to help families to be able to afford the camp cost of $665 per 5 to a family to Camp Blue Ridge. This Family Camp Day will allow all families to enjoy a camping theme day at the North Valley Seventh day Adventist Church grounds. More information to come in the bulletin and announcements in the weeks ahead. Justin Shelor