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WESTVALE
NEWSLETTER

Syracuse Seventh-day Adventist Church
 2511 W Genesee St . Syracuse, NY 13219
(315) 488-8887 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (315) 488-8887      end_of_the_skype_highlighting
 
Editor: Maria L. Lopez
westvalenewsletter@twcny.rr.com
  Pastor: Bill Hrovat
Dec 2010-Jan 20101      Issue 13

From the website ministries:

  • You can download this newsletter in a PDF format from the following link: Westvale Newsleter Page
  • New section on the Westale website landing page: “From our member”. Please feel free to send articles for review and publishing to webmaster@westvalesda.org. We hope you will enjoy the current article, Larry’s poem  “Stones or Gardens”
  • We encourage the other ministries to use the website to make their activities known and spread God’s word. You can publish articles, events or even have your own newsletter. For more info send an email at webmaster@westvalesda.org
  • Help needed! We need you to participate in editing and maintaining the various sections of our website. Our website is using a CMS (Content Management System) which allows users without prior programming experience to add or edit website content. Training and support will be provided. For more info send an email at webmaster@westvalesda.org
  • The next project for the web ministries is to build a “diversity” page. Please support this initiative with your articles at webmaster@westvalesda.org.
  • Graphic artists!  Your contributions are welcomed. We want to have a pleasant and attractive website.
  • Our mailbox is always open! webmaster@westvalesda.org
 



 
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called WONDERFUL, COUNSELLOR, THE MIGHTY GOD,THE EVERLASTING FATHER, THE PRINCE OF PEACE.               
Isaiah 9:6


Mark your calendar- this year’s Evensong is planned for Friday, December 17th. Look for details in the church bulletin.
 
 
Marissa
 
Marissa Garlock was born June 17, 2003, the youngest of three beautiful girls. From her earliest days it was clear that she was smart, sweet, and curious about everything in her world. Like most babies, she cried, smiled, cooed, and made faces at her parents. Most things seemed to be going fine, though her mom and dad did talk sometimes about the fact that she talked a little late, walked a little late, and that hair of hers just would not grow.
When she was 5 years-old the family went on a trip to Florida to visit Grandma and Grandpa. While there she began to drink and go to the bathroom constantly. Her parents just thought it was because of the increased heat and humidity, but when they returned home and these behaviors continued, fear arose. A trip to the doctor's office revealed what they feared; Marissa had type 1 diabetes.
 
Life for Marissa and her family changed that day. Food and activities had to be monitored. Carbs began to be counted, insulin had to be measured out, first in the form of shots, then later in through a pump. Friends and family had to be trained. There have been scares where Marissa's blood sugar has gone as low as 15 and been so high that her meter can't even register it. Through it all Marissa has stayed, for the most part, the same cheerful girl, full of life and love. A big reason for that is her wonderful sisters who are always there for her and help any way they can.
Marissa's parents have decided to get her a service dog that can help detect swings in her blood sugar before their medical equipment or Marissa can. This dog will also be trained in search-and-rescue in the event that Marissa ever wonders off in a diabetic shock. You can contact her parents, Jeremy and Joya Garlock, if you would like to help. More than anything, Marissa and her family find great comfort in knowing that their church family cares and is praying for them.

 
 







 
     Meet Sandy!
 
 
Operation Syracuse 2010 ~ Bible Work Program
By Diane Crawford
 
“Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses.”
Joshua 1:3.
 
This was the scripture promise that a small group of young people prayerfully set before them this summer in Syracuse. Then faithfully they went out into the neighborhoods surrounding the Westvale 7th Day Adventist Church selling Christian literature, doing house-to-house surveys for Bible study interests, and holding free concerts in the local parks to minister in song Christ's love, forgiveness and redemption. Seeds were planted and a greater desire for spiritual things was awakened within the local neighborhoods. Even as the divine forces of God corporated with the youth who willingly went forth to share the gospel in the community, the heavenly forces were also employed to work within the church body to awaken in many hearts a desire to stand up and do something for God regardless of age or qualifications. It was shown that God does not call the qualified, but qualifies His called.
As I reflect on my experience in Syracuse for the past five months, it has indeed been full of God's richest blessings. As part of the Bible work team assigned to the church, which included Jordan Kennedy, Lorrie Schrader, Sarah Cowgill, and Benjamin Rietman, I saw just how The Lord was able to bring us through several ups and downs,” refining fires” I call it, to help us build Christian character and faith in Him. The Syracuse initiative began in June with the Literature Evangelism Program, followed with the start of the Mission Trips, and culminating with the Bible Work Program which ended on November 20th. From the inception, God had been blessing and providing for all of our needs as promised in Philippians 4:19. He provided a safe place for the youth to stay during the program, and protection for the Bible workers during their stay at the Spanish SDA Church. God provided for the needed food, transportation, Bible work materials, and outreach training for the youth over the summer.

These are just a few of the physical blessings among many others that God was providing for His children. God equall responded to the prayers that were sent up fervently for the spiritual blessing that He outpoured.
The Bible worker team began with 350 Bible study interests to follow up in the local community. This is where we needed to gain as much church involvement as possible so that church members could also gain practical experience in addition to the theory they were learning in the Bible work training classes. A committed few of church members elected to be involved in active outreach with the rest of the This Generation Bible workers. Some of these individuals never before had experience working for God doing door-to-door witnessing or in- home Bible studies. Therefore this provided an excellent opportunity whereby the Lord was calling the unqualified to become qualified for Him. It was a major blessing to see individuals who were once shy become mighty bulwarks as they worked for The Lord faithfully. These are individuals who are now helping to continue with the remaining Bible study contacts.
Although I praise God for the few church members who were willing to carry on the Bible studies, I know that there could always be more. Evangelism is the life of the church! As it was important for Jesus it is also important for us. It is one of the crucial elements for growth in my Christian walk, in addition to prayer and Bible study. If we are not involved, then we are sleeping! We all have different talents, so we all can be involved in different ways. The Lord is preparing a people for His soon coming, and the third angel's message must be proclaimed. The Godhead cries in unison “whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Will you say to Jesus today, “Here am I, send me!” I did, and He sent me to you!   
  
 
MAY OUR PLANS BE YOUR PLANS
By Roy A. Wesson
 
 
“Consecrate yourself to God in the morning; make this your very first work. Let your prayer be, ‘Take me, O Lord, as wholly Thine. I lay all my plans at Thy feet. Use me today in Thy service. Abide with me, and let all my work be wrought in Thee.’ This is a daily matter. Each morning consecrate yourself to God for that day. Surrender all your plans to Him, to be carried out or given up as His providence shall indicate. Thus day by day you may be giving your life into the hands of God, and thus your life will be molded more and more after the life of Christ.”    Steps to Christ  Pg 71
 
Have you every prayed the above thought and then watched God change your plans?
Ramona and I had planned a three weeks trip to our daughter, March 2007, but it turned out to be a three and half years trip, instead.
We were to house sit for our daughter in California while the family went to Hawaii. Her oldest daughter had made plans to go on a mission trip overseas and we were available to watch the house since our plans had fallen through for our winter volunteer service.
Before we left, we heard that our granddaughter was not going on the mission trip; but since we had purchased our airplane ticket we would go anyway.
Two days after our arrival, word came to us that my sister in law was in the hospital in Vancouver, Washington so I thought I would fly up since we were on the West Coast. Ramona said, “I am going with you!” So we flew up to be with my oldest brother as he was in the early stages of Parkinson and should not be driving. We thought we would stay until she returned home from the hospital.
Within a week after our arrival, Mary passed away. What should we do? My brother had no children, and I was the only living member of his family.
We knew that the Lord had worked it out for us to be here with him, so we decided that we would stay and help him.
His home was very comfortable, and things went great for about six months; and then on one of our walks, he caught his foot on something and took a terrible fall.
 
He hit his head and broke his wrist and had to be taken to the hospital and then to a nursing care unit. After two months we could see that we could not bring him home and take care of him, so he moved to a Senior Care Home which is able to keep up to five patients.
I would visit him every day and help him exercise with his walker. On Sabbath afternoons we brought him home to watch a church program on the religious Satellite. After the program, he was ready to go back to his room at the Senior Care Home. Then in December 2008 he had emergency surgery, and while in the hospital, developed pneumonia. In about a week’s time he passed away.
Ray and Mary wanted their estate to go to a list of charities that they named in their will. So then the work of getting his estate settled took some time. He had granted us the use of his home as long as we wanted to stay there and after that, it was to be sold and the funds given to their charities.
While in Washington, we attended The Orchards SDA Church. Since my brother had gone to church there for many years, it was easy to become part of their family. It was hard for us to leave their fellowship.
 
We finally decided that it was time to come back home.
What a surprise for us to see the change at Westvale! When we left, we knew just about all of the attending members’ names, but now there are so many new ones, that it is a real challenge for us to begin to learn the members’ names again. Also there are many who no longer fellowship with us because of various reasons, and they are missed.
One lesson we have learned from our experience is that each day we need to be willing to have our plans given up in order to follow His plans for us.
 

 









 
The Westvale Church is very pleased to have Roy and Ramona worshipping with us again! Welcome back!
 


 
 
Hearing from a former member:
Dear Brothers and Sisters of Westvale,
The holidays are a great time of reflection. Recently, I went on your website and was thrilled to see a lot of familiar faces in various pictures. The children have grown. The rest of us grow noticeably older. Since our camp meeting last May, I’ve been attending Gracepoint, an afternoon sister church in the area that has gone through many changes. There, I met a couple who has a connection to Westvale, Vienna and your very own Kaiser family. It just serves as a reminder that no matter how far away from home we wander, God is good to keep us connected. Westvale will always be my home church even if my membership is somewhere else. May your holidays be filled with joy and happiness as friends and family gather to worship, fellowship and serve Him out of your own love response for what He has done, not just at Calvary but in your own lives.      
Candy Bedford….mccgreeter@comcast.net  
3411 McVie Court, Old Hickory, Tennessee 37138     (615) 715-3353 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (615) 715-3353      end_of_the_skype_highlighting – Cell       (615) 553-2093 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (615) 553-2093      end_of_the_skype_highlighting – Home
 
 
What’s New at Parkview
 
Thanks in large part to the support of Westvale members, Parkview’s enrollment is growing by leaps and bounds. We ended last year with 45 students but this year we are ministering daily to 59 delightful young people. We have a renewed sense of urgency to help students know what it means to let Jesus live in them. Nothing less than that will enable them to be ready for what we believe to be His soon return. Repeatedly, visitors to the school and to extra-curricular events involving our students comment on how helpful and caring our students are. We thank God for the work He is doing in them through the Holy Spirit.
In early November the PJA Outreach Team organized our second annual leaf raking outreach to neighbors not far from the school. These individuals were most grateful and were impressed again by our students. We plan to follow up by caroling in the same neighborhood where we will also distribute invitations to the Westvale Evensong program along with loaves of quick bread.
The week of Thanksgiving students in their leadership teams honored the volunteers who do so much to make Parkview great. In small groups they served Thanksgiving dinner cooked by Mrs. King, Mrs. Skiff and Mrs. Alvarez. The meal was enhanced by linen table cloths and candlelight. Students practiced their manners and conversational skills in preparation for the event and guests reported a very nice meal.
As always we thank the Westvale church for their understanding of the value and necessity of Adventist education. You can expect great returns throughout eternity. ~Submitted by Kim Kaiser
 
 
My Prayer For You
By Betty Ingersoll
 
This is my prayer for you, my friend,
That when your life shall come to its end,
You'll have the assurance from Jesus you'll spend
Eternal life in glory.
The beauty we'll see, and the joys we'll share
Will make us forget all life's sorrows and care.
So please be faithful and trust in the Lord,
And when He comes back you'll receive the reward,
And  hear His voice say "Well done.”
 




 
The CHIP Corner
By Sally Hafner
 

 
We just finished our 2nd Chip (Coronary Health Improvement Program). The participants were enthusiastic and happy with the program. Most everyone lost weight and their blood pressure went down. The six weeks went by fast. We learned how to take better care of our bodies. We all feel better and have more energy with a plant-based diet.I want to thank Carmen Gonzalez, Kathy Hall, Paul Hafner, Diane and Ben (Bible workers), Roy and Ramona Wesson, Lynee Hamm, Marion Lake, and Joan Payne. The reason and support of the whole program was Jesus. 
 

 
 





The Prayer Room Corner
By Marion Lake
 


 
LET ME HEAR YOUR VOICE
 
"Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, This is the way; walk in it."        Isaiah.30:21.
 
What in the world am I supposed to do? Perhaps you're asking yourself that right now. A lot may be riding on your decision, too; and you can't afford to make a mistake. When you can't see the forest for the trees, your heavenly father sees the big picture from on high and promises to tell you which roadto take. He may speak to you in the form of a prevailing thought, a scripture, or even the voice of a friend. But He will tell you. As you take each step, He will guide you by His peace to the next one. Step by step He'll show you what to do.
You can pray this prayer:
 "Let me hear Your voice when 
---------**I am perplexed by a situation.
---------**I come to a crossroads and have to choose a path.
---------**My children rebel and I need to know how to handle it.
----------**I have to make decisions regarding an ailing parent or child.
----------**I am in an abusive relationship.
----------**I see corruption in my workplace.”
 
              
LET ME HEAR YOUR VOICE taken from "Breath Prayers"
 
 
If you attended Marissa's benefit dinner that was held at Parkview recently, then you are among the many who asked “Who made the meatballs?”
Here is the coveted (in a good way) recipe. I know that I have made many readers happy, and Sharon King won’t have to be asked over and over again to hand over the recipe! Thanks for sharing Sharon!
Barbeque Meatballs
 
 4 Tbsp oil
 1 cup vegetarian burger
 2 cups chopped walnuts
 1 1/2 cups crushed crackers
 1/2 tsp onion powder
 1/4 tsp garlic powder
 1 Tbsp soy sauce or Braggs
 4 eggs
 1/2 cup shredded Mozzarella or cheddar cheese
 Mix ingredients and form into balls. Bake @ 350 for 25     mins.
 Sauce
 
 2 tsp lemon juice
 1 stick margarine
 1 tsp onion powder
 1/2 cup brown sugar
 1 cup ketchup
 1-2 tsp chili powder
 1/2 cup water
 2 tsp salt
 1 Tbsp liquid smoke
 Simmer mixture for 5 minutes. Pour mixture over meatballs and bake for 15 minutes @ 350.
 
If you can't get the liquid smoke, use 1/2 cup of ketchup and mix with 1/2 cup BBQ sauce. I get the liquid smoke at Wegman's.
                                                          ~ Sharon King                                               
 
 
On October 9th, Sarah Rodriguez, daughter of Valerie and Angel Rodriguez was baptized by her dad at Union Springs Academy where Sarah is a student. Congratulations to Sarah and her family. Heaven is rejoicing!
 
 
The Knots Prayer
 

 
Dear God:
Please untie the knots
that are in my mind,
my heart and my life.
 
Remove the have nots,
the can nots and the do nots
that I have in my mind.
 
Erase the will nots,
may nots, might nots that may find
a home in my heart
 
 
Release me from the could nots,
would nots, and
should nots that obstruct my life.
And most of all
Dear God,
I ask that You remove from my mind,
my heart, and my life all of the “am nots”
that I have allowed to hold me back,
Especially the thought
that I am not good enough.
Amen.
(Author known to God)
 
 
November 13th was a day of celebration as there were six baby dedications!
The following children were dedicated to Our Lord:
Hser Lau Eh Say, Hser Tha Yu Say, Hser K’Paw Say (children of Kaw Baw Moo and Bleh Say); Skye Show, Emmanuel Show (children of Eh Dar Bu Soe and Htoo Htoo); and Seth Tin (son of Mimi and Nyint Tin).
**Let’s remember to support them and their families as they grow and worship with us

 
On Sabbath afternoon, November 13th, some members of the church went to Iroquois Nursing Home to wish William TenEyck a happy 94th birthday. Bill was born Nov 18, 1926 and is the second oldest member of the Westvale Church. Happy Birthday Bill!                      


 
11/20 was indeed a High Sabbath. There were six baptisms! Kelly Pitcher, La Paw, Ka Bah Moo, Nah Kuh, Say Htoo Paw, Lah Say were baptized. The little girl is La Paw's daughter, April.
Kelly was baptized by Pastor Hrovat, and the rest were baptized by Al Kaiser. God bless all of the new members and welcome to the Westvale church family!
 
 
There are several homebound celebrating birthdays in December. Let’s honor our brothers and sisters in Christ on their special day. They would love to hear from you!
  
Dorothy Bainbridge ~ 12/10
Iroquois Nursing Home
4600 Southwood Heights Dr.
Jamesville, NY 13078
Nancy Penturf ~ 12/18
4122 Pine Hollow Dr.
Liverpool, NY 13090
Tel. 652-2389
Thelma Briscoe ~ 12/29        Hamestouchi Goletsas ~ 12/29
99 Deerfield Rd Apt 206      4168 Griffin Rd.
E. Syracuse, NY 13057          Syracuse, NY 13215
Tel. 437-5196                              Tel. 492-1146
       * Hames will be 89 yrs. young.