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WESTVALE
NEWSLETTER

Syracuse Seventh-day Adventist Church
 2511 W Genesee St . Syracuse, NY 13219
(315) 488-8887
 
Editor: Maria L. Lopez
westvalenewsletter@twcny.rr.com
  Pastor: Bill Hrovat
February - March 2011      Issue 14

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
     
  
THE HEART
By Joan Payne
 
The month of February is associated with Valentine’s Day, the day when we give hearts to each other. Let’s stop and take a look at our own heart. Did you ever stop to think that we have 2 eyes, 2 ears, 2 hands, 2 feet, 2 lungs and 2 kidneys, so that if something happens to one of these we still have another to take over and function. However, we have only 1 heart, so we really need to take good care of it and do all we can to keep it in good condition.
 
In regard to our physical heart- are you exercising 30 minutes a day? Walking is very good exercise and is something most everyone can do. Do you know your cholesterol (total cholesterol, bad cholesterol and good cholesterol) and lipid levels? If not, you should have these checked at your doctor’s office. If these are too high you may need to change your diet and lifestyle. This should be discussed with your doctor.
 
There is also our emotional heart. Is your heart hardened by negative emotions such as anger, fear, greed, revenge? These should be replaced by happy, positive thoughts, doing for others etc. It says in Proverbs 17:22 “A cheerful heart is good medicine.”
 
What about your social heart? Do you take time to do special things with your friends and not be a workaholic?
  
Most important, what about your spiritual heart?Are you surrendering your heart to the Lord each day? In Psalm 139:23 it says “Search me, O God, and know my heart;”
In order for us to have a “healthy heart” we have to have to make sure that our physical, emotional, social and spiritual lives are in good shape.
Proverbs 4:23 says it all – “Above all else guard your heart for it is the wellspring of life.” 
 
 Mother Teresa: "Do IAnyway”
 
People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.  Forgive them anyway.
 
 If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.  Be kind anyway.
 
 If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.
 
 If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. 
Be honest and sincere anyway.
 
 What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.  Create anyway.
 
 If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.  Be happy anyway.
 
 The good you do today, will often be forgotten. 
Do good anyway.
 
 Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. 
Give your best anyway.
 
 In the final analysis, it is between you and God. 
It was never between you and them  anyway.
 
The verses above reportedly were written on the wall of Mother Teresa's home for children in Calcutta, India, and are widely attributed to her. 
They seem to be based on a composition originally by Kent Keith, but much of the second half have been re-written in a more spiritual way. 
      
THE U IN JESUS

Before U were thought of or time had begun,
God stuck U in the name of His Son.

And each time U pray, you'll see it's true,
You can't spell out JesUs and not include U.

You're a pretty big part of His wonderful name,
For U, He was born; that's why He came.

And His great love for U is the reason He died.
It even takes U to spell crUcified.

Isn't it thrilling and splendidly grand
He rose from the dead, with U in His plan?

The stones split away, the gold trUmpet blew,
and this word resUrrection is spelled with a U.

When JesUs left earth at His upward ascension,
He felt there was one thing He just had to mention.

"Go into the world and tell them it's true
That I love them all - Just like I love U."

So many great people are spelled with a U,
Don't they have a right to know JesUs too?

It all depends now on what U will do,
He'd like them to know,
But it all starts with U.
 
   
The Prayer Room
                 By Marion Lake        
 
As Satan's wrath grows, and the storm of violence, deception, and depravity breaks on the world, men and women in the church feel their anxiety growing. What can God’s people do against this tide of spiritual darkness sweeping the world? The answer: God has not been taken by surprise. Long ago He warned His followers about the  crisis of the last days. The divine plans have been carefully laid, and those plans call for an army of Prayer Warriors to rise up and battle against  themselves, in others, and in the world.
   "When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him." Isaiah 59:19.
   The devil cannot penetrate the armor of God. "Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil." Ephesians 6:10,11.
   Don't leave  home without the armor. Don't go out into the world without the armor. Don't turn on the television without the armor. Don't talk without the armor. Your thoughts, your words, and deeds will be evil without the armor.                    
   Your thoughts, your words, your acts must be under the control of Jesus Christ. He rules in authority through prayer. Prayer power puts the armor of God on us.              
 
Taken from  Prayer Warriors by Ron Halvorsen
 
 
Let’s remember our homebound brothers & sisters in Christ on their special day. They would love to hear from you!
 
Ellie Randall ~ February 27
122 Curtis Ave.
Solvay, NY 13209
Tel: 451-4286
 
Ingrid Walberer ~ March 22
400 Sandra Ln #A9
 N. Syracuse, NY 13212
 
Stan Hague ~ March 25
RD #1, 7039 Collamer Rd.
E. Syracuse, NY 13057
Tel: 656-8942
                
 
The American Red Cross’ annual blood drive on December 30 was a big success! Thanks Ellen Skiff for coordinating this effort.
The Red Cross is very thankful to Westvale for allowing them to use this site again. They consider it to be an excellent location. What a wonderful witness to our community. A big thank you to those who were able to donate the gift of life. There will be another blood drive at the church on Feb. 25 from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. If you want to donate, call 1 800 RED CROSS; they need to know how many donors to expect.
A few volunteers are needed that day as well to help with registration. If you are able to help out, please call Ellen at 487-8973.        ~Submitted by Carmen Gonzalez
  
Carmen Gonzalez rolls up her sleeve 
in the donation trailer
 
 
What’s New at Parkview?
   Things continue to hum along nicely at Parkview. Our enrollment has now increased to 61. The amazing diversity of the student body provides many opportunities to learn about a variety of cultures, abilities, and disabilities. Students are exercising their spiritual gifts through servant leadership.
   We thank God for the multitude of volunteers who continuously perform tasks great and small that keep the school moving forward. Recently the board allocated $5,000 toward new computers which have been ordered and should arrive soon. We thank Mr. Burghardt and Mr. Wheeler for their work in identifying the best machines for our needs. Mr. Wheeler has agreed to put together a crew to set up the computers when they arrive and for that we are extremely grateful. Mr. Burghardt and Mrs. Cady are plugging along faithfully with the task of digitizing the library, and funds from a generous donor have allowed us to order a considerable number of new books for the library. Ms. Diane consistently supervises students on Friday when we have early dismissal so that teachers can get busy with their planning tasks and so that we can meet to make sure we are working steadily toward our school-wide goals. A great group of awesome volunteers ensure that students have nutritious hot lunches. Mr. Mignault, Mr. Kaiser, Mr. Froehlich and others serve as handymen making repairs when needed. Felix Alvarez has volunteered to do a variety of odd jobs that would otherwise have gone undone. Many others could be named.
   We are gearing up for our annual fundraiser. It was felt that it was time to do something other than the pine car derby so this year students will be designing a piece of pottery, rather than a car. Instead of a race we will hold an art show with some of the pieces sold at auction. The art show will include a free soup dinner on March 27 so put this on your calendar and plan to join us. Sponsorships will be sought as they have been in the past with funds raised going to help replace the 40 year old furnace with something more efficient and reliable. 
   As always we long to know that you are praying for the ministry of Parkview. We know that the devil is resentful of what is being accomplished there, but God is faithful and the Holy Spirit guides us as we invite Him to do so
                           ~Submitted by Kim Kaiser
  
 
The CHIP Corner
By Sally Hafner
 
 
On February 6, at 2:00 we are going to have our CHIP alumni/health seminar, at the Westvale SDA Church’s community room.
We will have a potluck, followed by a time of devotion on how God is faithful and how He is helping us handle stress. We’ll watch a great update from 3 ABN featuring how CHIP has helped save another life. I also have a clip of President Clinton and the interview by Wolf Blitzer. We have the trailer for the upcoming movie, Forks Over Knives, which is coming out in March. It is all about the health of this country and how a plant -based diet is beneficial.
 
On these cold nights, it is nice to have warm potato soup; here is my recipe-
Sally’s Zucchini Potato soup
1 onion, chopped
2 tsp minced garlic
4 cups plain soymilk (non sweetened)
5 potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup zucchini chopped
1 tablespoon Mc Kay’s chicken seasoning
 
Start with a large pot, spray with pam. Sauté onions on medium heat till clear. Add a little water and garlic. Simmer few minutes. Add 4 cups soymilk and chopped peeled potatoes. Cook till soft about 30 minutes. Stir occasionally. Add zucchini and celery and chicken seasoning. Add salt to taste. 
Serve with whole wheat toast or whole grain crackers.   
 
 
 
The children of Parkview Jr. Academy put together fruit baskets for the church’s homebound on Sunday 12/19/10. The baskets full of “goodies” as well as prayers and songs were later delivered with a smile by the PJA families. A HUGE thank you from those who received the baskets.
God bless all of the PJA children and their families! 
 
 
 
 
On 11/27/10, Madison Ruth Trombley (born 10/5/10) was dedicated. Pictured holding & praying for Madison is Jeremy Garlock. Madison’s mom, Michelle Trombley is holding Autumn Peter’s hand, her other daughter. Autumn is 6. In back is Brad Trombley, Michelle's brother holding his youngest, Kayla. We also welcomed Michelle into our church family that morning. God’s blessings to all!



 

 
Regan Sari Hayes (born 10/4/10) was dedicated on 1/15/11. Her parents are Larry and Kelsey Hayes. Regan’s maternal grandparents, Jerry & Lynee Hamm and uncle Nathan Hamm, also worship with us at Westvale.
We rejoice with Regan’s family on this very special occasion.