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Westvale Seventh-Day Adventist Church

Syracuse Seventh-day Adventist Church
 2511 W Genesee St . Syracuse, NY 13219
(315) 488-8887
Editor: Maria L. Lopez
  Pastor: Bill Hrovat
April-May 2011       Issue 15

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
If you have an idea or item for the newsletter, please contact Maria Lopez via email:
News From the Primary Sabbath School
By Crystal Lake
This quarter we have been learning about the last part of Jesus’ earthly life. One week we put pieces of paper representing our sins into a cup that had a bitter solution in it. Another week, one of our eager students laid on a wooden cross during the lesson about the crucifixion. Last week we celebrated the resurrection by filling our church with a delicious aroma.
Several years ago I heard about this recipe for resurrection rolls on family life network:
1 10 ounce can refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
8 large marshmallows
1/4 cup melted butter
2 tablespoons white sugar
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Lightly grease a baking sheet, or cover with stick free aluminum foil. Separate crescent rolls into individual triangles. In a small bowl, mix together cinnamon and sugar. Dip a marshmallow into melted butter, then roll in sugar mixture; place a marshmallow into the center of a dough triangle, carefully wrap the dough around the marshmallow. Pinch the seams together tightly to seal in marshmallow as it melts. Place on a baking sheet. Repeat. Bake in a preheated oven until golden brown, about 15 minutes. 
The marshmallow disappears leaving a hole which represents an empty tomb. “Kinda cool!”the kids would say, and a very tasty way to lodge a lesson into young minds.
How grateful we are for our upcoming stories about His ascension and soon return.
Come Lord Jesus.!
Jeremy and the Easter Egg
Jeremy was born with a twisted body and a slow mind. At the age of 12 he was still in second grade, seemingly unable to learn. His teacher, Doris Miller, often became exasperated with him. He would squirm in his seat, drool, and make grunting noises. At other times, he spoke clearly and distinctly, as if a spot of light had penetrated the darkness of his brain. Most of the time, however, Jeremy just irritated his teacher.
One day she called his parents and asked them to come in for a consultation. As the Forresters entered the empty classroom, Doris said to them, "Jeremy really belongs in a special school. It isn't fair to him to be with younger children who don't have learning problems. Why, there is a five year gap between his age and that of the other students."
Mrs. Forrester cried softly into a tissue, while her husband spoke. "Miss Miller," he said, "there is no school of that kind nearby. It would be a terrible shock for Jeremy if we had to take him out of this school. We know he really likes it here." Doris sat for a long time after they had left, staring at the snow outside the window. Its coldness seemed to seep into her soul. She wanted to sympathize with the Forresters. After all, their only child had a terminal illness. But it wasn't fair to keep him in her class. She had 18 other youngsters to teach, and Jeremy was a distraction. Furthermore, he would never learn to read and write. Why waste any more time trying?
Then one day, he limped to her desk, dragging his bad leg behind him.
"I love you, Miss Miller," he exclaimed, loud enough for the whole class to hear. The other students snickered, and Doris' face burned red. She stammered, "Wh-why that's very nice, Jeremy. N-now please take your seat."
Spring came, and the children talked excitedly about the coming of Easter. Doris told them the story of Jesus, and then to emphasize the idea of new life springing forth, she gave each of the children a large plastic egg."Now," she said to them, "I want you to take this home and bring it back tomorrow with something inside that shows new life. Do you understand?"
“Yes, Miss Miller," the children responded enthusiastically-all except for Jeremy. He listened intently. His eyes never left her face. He did not even make his usual noises. Had he understood what she had said about Jesus' death and resurrection? Did he understand the assignment? Perhaps she should call his parents and explain the project to them.
That evening, Doris' kitchen sink stopped up. She called the landlord and waited an hour for him to come by and unclog it. After that, she still had to shop for groceries, iron a blouse, and prepare a vocabulary test for the next day. She completely forgot about phoning Jeremy's parents.
The next morning, 19 children came to school, laughing and talking as they placed their eggs in the large wicker basket on Miss Miller's desk. After they completed their math lesson, it was time to open the eggs. In the first egg, Doris found a flower. "Oh yes, a flower is certainly a sign of new life," she said. The next egg contained a plastic butterfly, which looked very real. Doris held it up. "We all know that a caterpillar changes and grows into a beautiful butterfly. Yes, that's new life, too."
Little Judy smiled proudly and said, "Miss Miller, that one is mine."
Next, Doris found a rock with moss on it. She explained that moss, too, showed life. Billy spoke up from the back of the classroom, "My daddy helped me," he beamed. Then Doris opened the fourth egg. She gasped. The egg was empty. Surely it must be Jeremy's she thought, and of course, he did not understand her instructions. If only she had not forgotten to phone his parents. Because she did not want to embarrass him, she quietly set the egg aside and reached for another. Suddenly, Jeremy spoke up. "Miss Miller, aren't you going to talk about my egg?" Flustered, Doris replied, "But Jeremy, your egg is empty." He looked into her eyes and said softly, "Yes, but Jesus' tomb was empty, too."
Time stopped. When she could speak again, Doris asked him, "Do you know why the tomb was empty?" "Oh, yes," Jeremy said, "Jesus was killed and put in there. Then His Father raised Him up."
The recess bell rang. While the children excitedly ran out to the schoolyard, Doris cried. The cold inside her melted completely away.
Three months later, Jeremy died. Those who paid their respects at the mortuary were surprised to see 19 eggs on top of his casket.... all of them empty.
                                                                                  ~ Author unknown
The Prayer Room
                 By Marion Lake        

My peace I give to you. Not as the world gives…..Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. John 14:27
Do you tend to be a worrier? You wonder, “What if…?”
Given the state of the world, it’s understandable.
But did you know you can stop allowing worry to agitate and disturb you? Of course you can’t pull that off on your strength; but because Jesus left you His peace, which is far superior to any earthly peace, you can flush out every trace of anxiety. When you develop confidence that God will deliver you no matter what you face, fears about the future suddenly lose their power. He will prepare a table before you in the very presence of your enemies. See Ps. 23:5.
He always causes you to triumph in Christ.
See 2 Cor. 2:14.
I can pray the breath prayer-
I rest in Your peace when:
· Worry affects my enjoyment of life
· stressful events happen
·  those I love encounter problems
· finances look grim
I need to remember that You are there for me;
I rest in Your peace.
Taken from “Breath Prayers”
Praise be to The Father
By Kathy Hall
Praise be to The Father,
For His mercies never cease.
And His grace is sufficient,
And His wonders never cease.
His tender care for us,
While in our struggles and battles,
Always bring comfort, and consolation.
The Lord is mighty,
His mercies are ever new.
May the promise of His love always comfort you.
             What’s New at Parkview?
There are lots of exciting things happening at Parkview. The first and most important is that staff and many students are choosing every day to ask for the infilling of the Holy Spirit. Every time one of us closes the door to Satan, the school becomes more heavenly. Satan is always looking for a crack through which he can sneak, but God is smarter and stronger than Satan and we are learning to depend on Him more and more. It makes school a truly sweet place to be.
The computers at the school have been seriously antiquated (it doesn’t take long for a computer to become an antique!) but we have just purchased 11 new workhorse machines. Mr. Wheeler has been working tirelessly (or maybe I should say “endlessly”) to get them set up and get them appropriately secure. We are truly grateful for his skills and faithfulness.
One of our goals is to incorporate project-based learning as a major instructional strategy. This approach to learning ensures higher level thinking and mastery with more real-world outcomes. Making the transition has been challenging but we feel we are making good progress.
We were delighted to have an overwhelming attendance at the Home and School potluck on March 19 where fifth and sixth grade students shared their projects about the persecuted church around the world. We apologize that the set-up made it difficult to hear the presentations. We have found a solution for the future. 
We would also like to invite the Westvale family to visit a health-fair display which we plan to have at the Carousel Mall on Thursday, April 14. The tentative times are from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Watch for updates in the church bulletin. We will be using this as an outreach to the community and are partnering with Sally Hafner so that we can give out some of the same literature which was passed out at the State Fair. The focus of most of our projects will be outreach.
The school has just added to our mission statement the following vision statement:
The faculty and board of Parkview Junior Academy will do all in its power to ensure that as many children as possible learn to love Jesus, commit their lives to Him, and prepare for His soon return- no empty seats!
We are not far from realizing this vision as we anticipate approximately 64 students next year. If you have a school age child who should be at Parkview, please contact Kim Kaiser or any of the teachers to let them know of your interest. We consider it our duty to cooperate with parents and the Holy Spirit to do all in our power to keep children and youth out of Satan’s clutches. Thank you for your prayers and financial support in this important endeavor.
 ~ Kim Kaiser, Principal
The CHIP (Coronary Health Improvement Program) CORNER
By Sally Hafner
What About Calcium?
In the pill form, Calcium citrate is absorbed better than the carbonate. The amount of calcium a person needs to ingest varies. Some say 350 mg is adequate. Most say we need about 900 mg a day.“The fact that human milk contains only 80 mg of calcium, as compared to 288 mg per cup for dairy milk, should give us confidence that humans do not require the large quantities of calcium provided by dairy milk.” Nutrition For Vegetarians By Agatha Moody Thrash, MD & Calvin L Thrash Jr., MD
As far as spinach, it is good for us, but not to give us calcium because it has oxalic acid. This blocks the calcium from being absorbed.
By the way, only part of the calcium is absorbed in milk maybe because the phosphoric acid content is high.
The foods that have a lot of calcium are:
 Kale, 1 cup, 179 mg
 Collards, 1 cup is 357 mg
 Baked beans, 1 cup 154 mg,
 Green soy beans, 1 cup, 261 mg
 Figs, 10 of them, 269 mg
 Carob powder, 1 cup, 358 mg
 Lamb’s quarter, 464mg/ 1 cup (hard to find)
Turnip greens, 1 cup 249 mg
Amaranth grain, 1 cup, 298 mg (also hard to find)
Sesame seeds dried, 2 tablespoons have 176 mg
If we take too much calcium, we could be lining our body with calcium deposits. When we take it in food, our body tends to absorb what it needs better than in pills. Our goal is to eat a variety of whole plant foods, cooked and raw.
Praise God for the wonders that He has provided!
Memorial Day     May 30th

Remembrance of those who gave their lives for freedom.

PJA students shared their projects during the Home & School event on March 19th.

Several friends from Westvale and a couple from the Rome church, visited Ingrid (seated) to celebrate her birthday. Ingrid is making some progress, praise God. She thanks the Westvale church for the many get-well wishes and for the birthday party that made her feel blessed and loved by The Lord and her church family. A special thank you to Carmen for organizing the birthday open house on 3/20 at the rehab facility.

Mahirwe “Dina” Ndeze has been selected as the Outstanding Adult Student Award recipient for 2011 by the NY Association for Continuing Community Education. Dina received her award in Albany on 3/8, and on Sabbath, 3/19, she received flowers at the beginning of the worship service from her church family. Carmen had the honor of presenting the con-
gratulatory bouquet! Congratulations, Dina!

All Those Years
By Alice Collins
My friend Debbie’s two daughters were in high school when she experienced severe flu-like symptoms. Debbie visited her family doctor, who told her the flu bug had passed her by. Instead, she had been touched by the “love bug” and was now pregnant.
The birth of Tommy, a healthy, beautiful son, was an event for celebration, and as time went by, it seemed as though every day brought another reason to celebrate the gift of Tommy’s life. He was sweet, thoughtful, funloving and a joy to be around.
One day when Tommy was about five years old, he and Debbie were driving to the neighborhood mall. As is the way with children, out of nowhere, Tommy asked, “Mom, how old were you when I was born?”
“Thirty-six, Tommy. Why?” Debbie asked, wondering what his little mind was contemplating.
“What a shame!” Tommy responded.
“What do you mean?” Debbie inquired, more than a little puzzled. Looking at her with love-filled eyes, Tommy said, “Just think of all those years we didn’t know each other.”
From the book A Taste of Chicken Soup for the Mother’s Soul
By J. Canfield, M. V. Hansen, J. R. Hawthorne, and M. Shimoff
Father God
By Betty Ingersroll
I feel sorry for Father God,
The One Who formed man from the sod.
We seldom seek what He requires,
Only fulfill our own desires.
We have our idols of silver and gold,
And use His name in all ways bold.
He set aside a day of rest,
the only one He surely blessed.
The seventh day He made for man
To learn to know the Father’s plan.
Hoping that we would find life sweet
As we spend time sitting at His feet.
Instead we lie and cheat and steal,
Dishonor our parents, do whatever we feel.
Commit adultery, covet and kill,
Take little time to just be still,
And hear from our God what is His will.
And when we know this wonderful God,
Who formed His creatures from His sod,
We’ll find great pleasure in obeying His law,
And our reborn hearts will learn with awe
To do His will gives pure delight,
And just how precious we are in His sight.
He wants to come and bring us home
Where we’ll never more feel all alone,
But live in His presence eternally,
Rejoicing forever at what we will see.
We cannot imagine how great it will be.
So please get your Bible and read for yourself,
Don’t leave it lying up on the shelf.
There’s a message of love giving courage,
And hope enabling you with life to cope.
If you find Bible reading hard to do,
There are loving people who will come and help you!


My Desert Storm Battle

By Kathy Hall


Since I met my Savior and He came into my life,

He’s given me His spirit to guide my life.

His love for me I can plainly see.


But then I go through a desert deep within my heart.

In my mind a battle rages, there’s no end to it I feel,

 ’til a glimpse of Jesus’ returning I see.

The battle is my desert storm.

 No one knows the test I must endure.

It is a battle of the Will I cannot fight on my own,

 But in surrendering to Christ,

He fights for me as it rages still.


Yes, thoughts of harmony and peace

Are gone when my desert storm rages in me.

But in knowing of Jesus’ steadfast love,

And His mercy through ceaseless ages,

I am certain an end to all battles will come.


The war in my mind no one knows, except the Savior; who already won.

  He by my side on this road will continue to be.

Jesus will not forsake me, when battles suddenly rage.

For I have the blessed assurance that through ceaseless ages I will be with Him.


 Battles rage here and now

but in my desert storms I know,

God is still my captain

and with the host of angels by my side,

  They continually guide, rule and guard.


 So through these battles I go with the Lord.

Oh, how I rejoice to know

That my desert will be in bloom

When Jesus returns and the battles are done.



“Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory, was not arrayed like one of these.”             Luke 12:27








On April 30th The Circle of Friends, a musical group from St. Paul’s United Methodist Church will be leading out in the Nurses’ Sabbath service. Bonnie Miner, MSRN, clinical nurse specialist for nursing quality and patient safety at Upstate Hospital, will be leading the nurses in a special dedication. Following the worship service, everyone is invited to stay for a vegetarian fellowship luncheon.

This will be a very special service that you and your nurse friends won’t want to miss.

National Nurse’s week is May 6th -12th.


            ~ Submitted by Joan Payne


Plans are underway for an evangelistic series to be held this fall at the church:
September 30th-October 29th.
The topic for the series is "PROPHECIES DECODED - Can the past reveal your future?"
In preparation for this big event, a couple of mini-series will be held at the church. The first one will be May 4th-8th "The Greatest Show on Earth: Making Sense of the Creation-Evolution Debate”
This will be followed September 14th-18th with "Astonishing Discoveries in the Land of the Bible." Mark your calendars and plan to attend!
The times to be announced later.
       ~ J. Payne