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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
June/July 2011      Issue 16

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 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
A Tribute to Dad
F   friendly, faithful, fun
A attentive, aware, approachable
T  tender, timely, teacher
H huge heart, honest, humble
E   energetic, enthusiastic, earnest
R respectable, responsible, reliable
Father’s Day often makes us reflect on our experiences with our own dads. I hope that the above descriptors are true of your dad and of you, if you are a dad.
As editor of this publication, I guess I can take the liberty of speaking about a particular dad- my husband, Edgardo. He is all of the above and then some! He has been a rock for us in the most dire situations, even when he is hurting as much as the rest of us. When our second child, Cristina was born with multiple disabilities, it was devastating to hear all of the things that she would not be able to do. Edgardo helped us to concentrate on all that Cristina could and would be able to do. Through the almost 16 years that Cristina graced our home, even when we could see all of her limitations and challenges, Edgardo helped us to focus on all of the positives. She loved her family and of course, her daddy! Her dad made sure to embellish her with all of his love, and oh, could she feel it!
When daddy entered the room, she became very attentive to his footsteps as he approached her, and waited for his kisses and his whispers of affection. If she could tell her daddy with words, she would say “I love you from here to the moon and back again!” She said it with her big eyes, her warm smile, and her sweet sighs. I can’t imagine a more loving earthly father for our children. Thank you, Gardy, and God bless!       ~Maria Lopez
“If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” Matthew 7:11
2011 Graduates
The Westvale Church Family extends its warmest Congratulations to the following individuals who are completing their chosen course of study. We wish for all God’s abundant blessings as they continue to follow His plan for their lives.
State University of New York - ESF
             School of Environmental Science & Forestry
Fred Owusu-Ansah PhD
Joie Matillano MS
Syracuse University
School of Education
Paul Buckley PhD
Whitman School of Management
Frank Mullins PhD
Tom Albrecht MBA
College of Arts and Sciences
Alei Carrington BA
Kyle Yi BS
College of Human Ecology
Shantel Monique Fair BA
School of Information Studies
Juliana Menda BS
Reuben Dean Williams BS
Pacific Graduate Institute
Christina Carney MA - Engaged Humanities
State University of New York - Cortland
Alison Houghtaling     BS - Phys Ed
University of Maryland - Baltimore County
Erin Wohlers BS - Psychology
Bryant and Stratton
             Diane LaFlair        AAS - Paralegal Studies
Monroe Community College
             Sheila Peck-Taylor   AAS - Dental Hygiene
Onondaga Community College
             Daniel Lopez            AA- Humanities
United States Air Force Academy - Florida
Dwight LaFlair, Jr. ROTC
Bishop Grimes High School
Aaron Matthews
Central Square - Paul V. Moore High School
Joshua Wheeler
Cicero-North Syracuse High School
Andrew Houghtaling
East Syracuse-Minoa High School
Tyler Hague
Liverpool High School
Sheena Gerrans
Syracuse Academy of Science
Felix Alvarez
Union Springs Academy
Victoria Ahles
Parkview Junior Academy               
Eighth Grade                      
Eh Dar
Melanie Miller
Say Wah Paw
Joanna Pitcher
Peter Wilkinson
Elijah Gloudeman
Rebecca Pitcher
Thank you, Mrs. Joyce Cady for the list of graduates.
 The Prayer Room
                 By Marion Lake        
  " Your gentleness has made me great."
                                                            Psalm 18:35
It is common for gentleness to be equated with weakness, but nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, many earthly principles run crosswise to God's way of doing things. Many who are first on earth shall be last in heaven, and the last, first (See Mark 10:31). Even if we feel weak, with God we are strong (See 2 Cor. 12:9). You get the idea.

Gentle people are confident people. They know they don't have to overpower others in order to reach or motivate them. They understand that a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.

You can afford to be gentle because God has been gentle to you. Instead of zapping you in your sinful state, He reached down and saved you, gently tucking you under the shadow of His wings. Then He placed the fruit of gentleness in you to grow and mature. As you yield to that fruit instead of giving place to harshness, the fruit of gentleness will ripen so that others may partake of God's nature through you.

Want to be great in the kingdom of God? Be gentle.
I can pray the prayer, May I reflect Your Gentleness...
· to bring healing to others
· because You are gentle
· when I am angry
· instead of harshness
· with the weak and hurting
...may I reflect Your gentleness.
~ Taken from Breath Prayers
What’s New at Parkview?
Parkview has been a busy place with lots of exciting things happening. Since the last newsletter, students held a health fair at Shoppingtown Mall. The mall wasn’t particularly busy the evening of the event, but those who attended commented on the quality of the projects and of students’ presentations. 
As we continue to move forward with project-based learning, we expect there to be many more projects designed to fill real needs in the community while allowing students to solve sophisticated problems and apply learned skills. This will be enriched by contact with experts in various fields and by an awareness of potential learning opportunities. As an example, in a recent conversation with the owner of Adam’s Eden, a day camp operated with the intent of subtly educating the world about creationism, I learned of a couple of great project possibilities. They have a gorge with unique geologic features. These need to be researched and signs created explaining them from a creationist perspective. They will also be building a petting zoo and will need the animals researched and signs designed to tell about the unique features which reveal intelligent design. Both of these tasks could be used to teach Bible, science, and language arts concepts and skills to the PJA students. Not all projects would necessarily have a spiritual component but many could become opportunities for indirect witnessing. Keep your eyes open and if you become aware of other such opportunities, please let us know. 
Students have been inviting the Holy Spirit to fill them each school day, and we have seen profound evidence that He is doing just that. One of the sweetest signs has been seeing students move to new levels of honesty. Many have begun to honestly admit wrongs without making excuses, and have even openly shared about the motives behind the wrong acts. This is completely counter-culture and a clear benefit of putting the Holy Spirit in charge of our lives. It is ever so much easier to deal with behaviors quickly and redemptively under these conditions. 
Please continue to pray for the students at Parkview, particularly while they are away for the summer. Many have challenging circumstances in their lives, and summer provides Satan with unwanted advantages. Praise God, He is able to intervene when He is invited to do so.
As always we wish to express our gratitude to the members of the Westvale Church who make our ministry possible, even for students whose families have limited financial resources. May we all keep looking up with anticipation.
Kim Kaiser
             By Sally Hafner
The new USDA dietary guidelines have been symbolized in the shape of a plate -see choosemyplate.gov/ This is more representative of a healthy diet. The majority of the food should be fruits, vegetables, and grains. Protein is also important and is comprised of meat, beans, fish, meat substitutes and nuts. Dairy is represented by a small blue circle. Calcium-fortified soymilk is also represented in this group. Eating colorful food is so important. It is good to stay away from the white carbohydrates as much as possible. Speaking of fruit, strawberry season is here! The berries are so good for you. They have vitamin C, iron, vitamins, calcium and even have a little fat and protein. They are great in shortcake, smoothies, with cereal, and strawberry pie.
Strawberry Pie
1- 9 inch pie crust, baked
1 quart strawberries, tops off and rinsed
1 C sugar (or 5 soften dates and 1 banana and 1 T lemon juice blended in blender)
3 T cornstarch blended in 1/4 cup of water
Cool Whip or heavy cream for topping
Put half the strawberries (2 cups) in bowl. Marinade in 2 T orange juice and then put in baked shell. Mash remaining berries and combine with sugar and ½ cup of water in medium saucepan. Stir over medium heat and bring to boil. Stir frequently. Add cornstarch to ¼ cup of water and add to boiling berries. Cook until thick, about 10 minutes. Pour mixture over marinated berries in pastry shell. Chill for several hours, and top with whip.
Date Nut Crust
by Betty Ingersol
2 cups almonds, ground fine with food processor.
1 cup dates, softened with 1 T of water, put in microwave for 1 minute, stir after 30 seconds.
1/8 tsp salt
½ tsp vanilla
Mix together and press into pie dish.
Memories of my mother
By Joan Willette

My mother, Alberta Smith, 90, of Jordan, NY passed to her rest on March 8, 2011. She was born in the town of Russia, NY to parents Marvin & Emma Ingersoll. Alberta was one of nine children and was from a musical family, most of who played various instruments and also sang. She loved music and was always listening to, singing with, or playing music on her piano.
 My mother, with her sisters, sister in-law and two nieces formed a singing group that were known as the Mello-Aires. They sang in many places and states, including Hawaii. It was in Nashville, TN that they had the opportunity to make a CD recording and also made a DVD of their music which was directed and produced by Carlos Pardeiro of Safe TV. The program was shown on his TV station, in Arkansas, nationwide. 
 Alberta owned and operated two beauty salons, one in Jordan, NY and one in Elbridge, NY. She also did private nursing for patients and families that needed her care. Alberta cared for several foster children, and in later years she had a proprietary home and cared for adult ladies.
 She was a member of the Westvale Seventh-day Adventist Church in Syracuse, NY for most of her life. Music, sewing and knitting were among her favorite past times.
 I have numerous memories of my mother, I would like to share just a few, if I may. She was one very special lady and will be missed by many.
 My mother and my Dad, Smitty, loved to travel. For many years they would take an annual trip with her sister, Luella and her husband, Stubby and their daughter Lynee; traveling all over the United States and Canada. Many trips were made with another one of her sisters, Jeannie and her husband, Len, and other family members; making fond memories in New York City, California, Florida, Nashville, TN, Branson, MO, Hawaii and Europe.
 I remember so many happy times as a child with my mother; singing in the car on our way to church, singing a couple of duets for church and being scared to death!; going to camp meeting, visiting Grandpa and Grandma Ingersoll’s house on Sabbath afternoons and the family gathering in the living room. Grandpa would play his 
his mandolin, Grandma played the piano and Aunt Jean would play her guitar. We would all sing hymns. Mother usually sang tenor, Aunt Monnie, alto or tenor, Aunt Dorothy, the low, low part, Aunt Luella, tenor or melody and Aunt Jean, melody or any other part that was needed. What harmony!!
 Mother would always take me to the circus and the Ice Capades, whenever they came to Syracuse. She taught me how to cook, and by age 9, I was making meals for our family. She used to make many of my clothes, even nice warm winter coats and knitted mittens and hats. She would take me shopping in the big stores that were thriving at that time, on Salina Street.
 I remember her playing hymns and the old time songs on her piano, not with music, but by ear. Just hearing it, she could play it.
 We went on trips to the North Pole, the Catskill Game Farm; we went camping, swimming and picnicking at Lake Ontario. I remember the trip out west that my mother took us on, towing a Rogers pop up trailer. She took her parents, Marion, my cousin, and me to Yellowstone National Park. While there, we saw the Old Faithful Geyser erupt. We visited the Morning Glory Pool, hot bubbling mud, bears, deer, donkeys and buffalo. If you received change from a purchase made, it would be in the form of silver dollar coins. I saved several for years until I went to Atlantic Union College.
 On the way to Yellowstone, mother took us to Mt. Rushmore to see the four Presidents’ faces carved into the mountain. We saw the Corn Palace in South Dakota, all made with corn cobs and corn kernels. We went to the reptile gardens, the park of Custer’s last stand and his monument, the majestic Rocky Mountains. We even got to see the tumbleweeds tumbling along the country side in Nebraska.
 We would go camping in the Adirondacks at Half Moon Beach at Piseco Lake, go canoeing, hiking up Little Panther Mt, swimming, playing in the sand and roasting marshmallows over the campfire.
 My mother would read her Bible, study her Sabbath school lesson, and pray every day. I remember us sitting together as she would read Bible stories to me. Oh, how she loved her God and her family!  
 These are the memories of my mother.
A girl named Cristina

There are moments in life where we pause, and thoughts take over. Those reflective moments are precious, and in some instances, shape our future. We’d like to share some of our thoughts, and Cristina is in our thoughts every moment of every day. In many ways, we know that she will continue to shape our lives for years to come.
Our lovely Cristina was a very special girl. She managed to keep us busy between the various specialists and hospital admissions. She also kept the doctors and nurses on their toes. She presented a medical challenge indeed, but did it in her sweet and kind manner.
Cristina was visually impaired. She could not see well, but she had a strong mission and vision. She wanted everyone who walked into her room to share her love, care for one another, and to work together.
Cristina could not talk the way you and I communicate, but she always said what she wanted. We felt as if she could read our minds, and we learned to read hers. In a very skillful way she shaped our non verbal language to communicate with her. She smiled at just the right time to make our hearts beat a little faster. Also she knew when to moan to make us pay attention. If you were reading her a story and she didn’t like it, she became louder so that you had to stop reading. We could not count the many times that with her big eyes she said “I Love You,” and we said that back to her. In the past year, Cristina learned to use a communication device called Dynavox. By using eye blinks, she could select different phrases from various categories. She was just starting to be able to expand on her communication.
She loved the attention and the rank of “Princess.” Thank you to all who shared in her enchanted world. She was treated as a princess by many, especially by her nurses who doted on her. Cris was also quite sociable. She enjoyed people. We saw this especially during the four years she had patterning. Patterning was a “movement” program. Volunteers would come every day to help her move her arms and legs while she was on her tummy, to simulate crawling. While this happened, the patterners would talk about many different things, and Cristina thoroughly enjoyed the chatter. In this way, she was up-to-date with many events going on in town. Cris also enjoyed the frequent visits from her teacher, O.T., P.T., Speech Therapist, and friends.
The Princess could not walk, but enjoyed her rides to doctors’ appointments. At least once a year she would go to her “timeshare” at Upstate Hospital where she would stay for as long as she wanted. When it was time for Cristina to come home, we always thanked the wonderful staff for her “tune-up,” and things resumed at home as usual. As a result of the numerous hospital stays, she made many friends; and we are all very appreciative for their commitment and professionalism. During this last hospital stay, she even had a nurse sing to her! Cristina seemed to bring out the best in everyone!
Cristinaembodied love, kindness, patience, acceptance, simplicity, and so much more. She was also a fighter in every sense of the word!
We thank our dear Lord for sending us such a precious gift, to teach us so much! Her parents, Edgardo & Maria, brother Danny, auntie Carmen and extended family miss her terribly.
Cristina was born on July 11, 1995, and went to sleep on May 13, 2011 until He calls her. See you soon, honey!
These verses remind us of Cristina-
“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” 2 Timothy 4:7,8
A Vacation Driving Diversion
 Sing to the tune of The 12 Days of Christmas.
 Make one copy for the rear seat passengers, one copy for the front, but none for the driver!
On the 1st day of driving
 My roadway gave to me:
 A day of partial sunshine
 2nd day- 2 radar traps
 3rd day- 3 thunder storms
 4th day- 4 new detours
 5th day- 5 potty stops
 6th day- 6 tolls collecting
 7th day- 7 games a playing
 8th day- 8 pills a taking
 9th day- 9 deer a leaping
 10th day- 10 bugs a splatting
 11th day- 11 roads a merging
 12th day- 12 18 wheelers wheeling
          ~ Submitted by Fred Slocum

                                             Photograph by Edgardo López
“I thank you for this day of life, for feet to walk amidst the trees, for hands to pick the flowers from the earth, for a sense of smell to breathe in the sweet perfumes of nature, for a mind to think about and appreciate the magic of everyday miracles, for a spirit to swell in joy.”
By: Marian Wright Edelman,
from the book Guide My Feet
We hope to see everyone at the New York Conference Camp Meeting at Union Springs Academy, in Union Springs, New York. The dates are June 24th to July 2nd. The theme for this year is “The Family.”
For more information visit www.nyconf.com.
Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” 
Galatians 6:7