Syracuse Seventh-day Adventist Church
2511 W Genesee St . Syracuse, NY 13219
Editor: Maria L. Lopez
|October/November 2011 Issue 18|
From the website ministries:
Pastor’s Last Sermon at Westvale Church
If you were at Westvale Church on September 3rd, then you had the privilege and blessing of hearing Pastor Hrovat’s last sermon to his congregation.
As I listened, I could feel the urgency in Pastor Bill’s words. As our pastor, he wanted to leave us with the best and most valuable advice.
Here is only a portion of what he mentioned in his sermon. I was able to jot down but a few points as I fought back the tears:
“Fix your eyes on Jesus; behold the lamb of God. Be committed, be diligent; study God’s word every day.” Pastor Bill referred to Hebrews 12:1-3, Philippians 1:6, and Hebrews 10:35.
He reminded us that Jesus is our friend, always.
He also asked us to remember that we are Christians, followers of Christ. Neighbors, coworkers, etc are looking at us, looking for something that will make a difference.
“Don’t give up on the 7th day, the seal of the fact that we were created by God. Don’t give up on the Adventist message– We are the Noahs of today, the Lots of today, the John the Baptists of today! Invest time, energy, money, family, your all on this opportunity to be a herald!”
I felt as if these were the words of a father admonishing his child who is reaching a very important milestone. In his voice, one could hear and feel the love Pastor Bill has for this congregation.
Thank you Pastor, for always shepherding your flock with love, until the very end! We will most definitely miss you, Jenniffer, Olivia, Madelyn, and Christopher.
In the nine years that he was our pastor, we not only saw Pastor Bill as the leader of our congregation, but also as a friend and a brother in Christ. Jenniffer and the children are also so dear to all of us. So, instead of good-bye, we say Godspeed, until we meet again!
~ Maria Lopez
After the service , we had a farewell pot-luck at PJA for the Hrovats. It was also Madelyn's birthday that day. Madelyn seems to be a bit camera-shy here, or overwhelmed by so many well-wishers!
What’s New at Parkview?
By Kim Kaiser
This year is a year packed with changes for Parkview. Our enrollment has continued to grow (we are now at 67) with seven new kindergarten students as well as 11 other new students. Among these new students are the four children of our new third and fourth grade teacher, Mr. Mark Tamaleaa, whom we welcome to the area. Ms. Michelle Trombley, Mr. Chris Gloudeman and Ms. Diane LaFlair are also working with us in the capacity of teaching assistants. Other changes for this school year include the use of a continuous progress, mastery based report card and much more project-based learning. Thanks to the support of many of the Westvale members through our Gallery fund raiser, we also have a new heating and air conditioning system which should greatly reduce our energy expenses this winter.
In the midst of all this change, teachers at Parkview are working systematically to help students accept the exciting changes that come by allowing Jesus to live within them. In preparation for His return, each of us must come to have full confidence in His absolute love for us and assurance that He can be trusted to see us through whatever comes our way. We realize that this kind of change takes place from the inside out and not by anything that any of us can muster up. We must submit our will and invite Jesus in by His Holy Spirit, allowing Him to change the ways that we think and act.
Change can be disconcerting at times, but with Jesus in charge of our lives, we can rest in His goodness and embrace the changes, knowing that, in time, we will see His plan unfold and be satisfied with what He has accomplished in and for us. Please continue to pray for the students and staff at your church school.
It is good to remember that the tea kettle, although up to its neck in hot water, continues to sing.
“Rejoice evermore. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
1 Thessalonians 5: 16,18
The Prayer Room
THE MOST BASIC ACT OF WORSHIP
By Ruth Meyers
Lord, I'm yours. Whatever the cost may be, may Your will be done in my life. I realize I'm not here on earth to do my own thing, or to seek my own fulfillment or my own glory. I'm not here to indulge my desires, to increase my possessions, to impress people, to be popular, to prove I'm somebody important, or to promote myself. I'm not here even to be relevant or successful by human standards. I'm here to please You.
I offer myself to you, for You are worthy. All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to you. I'm Yours by creation, and every day I receive from You life and breath and all things. And I'm Yours because You bought me, and the price You paid was the precious blood of Christ. You alone, the Triune God, are worthy to be my Lord and Master. I yield to You, my gracious and glorious Heavenly Father: to the Lord Jesus who loved me and gave Himself for me; to the Holy Spirit and His gracious influence and empowering.
All that I am and all that I have, I give to You. I give You any rebellion in me that resists doing Your will. I give You my pride and self-dependence, that tell me I can do Your will in my own power if I try hard enough. I give You my fears that tell me I'll never be able to do Your will in some areas of life. I consent to let You energize me...to create within me, moment by moment, both the desire and the power to do Your will.
I give you my body and each of it's members... my entire inner being: my mind, my emotional life, my will... my loved ones... my marriage or my hopes for marriage... my abilities and gifts... my strengths and weaknesses... my health... my status (high or low)... my possessions... my past, my present, and my future... when and how I'll go to my rest until Jesus comes to take me home.
I'm here to love You, to obey You, to glorify You. Oh my beloved, may I be a joy to You.
Submitted by Marion Lake from the book 31 Days of Praise .
“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”
1 Peter 5:6,7
New York State Fair Health OutreachHow would you like a very active mission field right at your doorstep? This is what the thirty nine volunteers experienced that worked at the fair booth this year. It was said that just under a million people came to the New York State fair, and many of them stopped at our booth on health and longevity. Those volunteers who gave the test for the people’s health age were kept busy, and had many interesting conversations and some opportunities for sharing our faith. Did you know that many people out there have not even heard of such a denomination as Seventh-day Adventist? What a blessed opportunity we had to share this information and what we believe. Many people asked questions, and 1,000 people took the longevity test to see what their health age might be compared to their current age. By the way, what is your health age? Are you aging prematurely because of some carless health habits?
Over 6,800 health magazines and pamphlets were given out in addition to many copies of Steps to Christ entitled “Peace”. Each piece of literature had a label indicating the name, address and telephone number or our church. The Native American congregation funded most of the literature, and we want to thank them. We also want thank each person who helped to put the labels on the materials. Many hands made light work.
Many of the people who took the health test were not aware of the importance of eating a good breakfast had on longevity. Also the effect of snacking between meals was a surprise to many to see how long the food remained in the stomach before being processed when eating between meals. Most visitors did not realize the importance and reason why we should start our day by drinking 2 glasses of water first thing in the morning.
It was surprising to us how many people had a little wine thinking it was good for them. What the wine industry does not tell people is that what is beneficial to the heart is the grape juice. They also would not want people to know of the study done in France pointing to the cancers found in those who drink wine.
As Seventh-day Adventists, we are blessed that our church emphasizes the importance of taking care of our bodies by following good health habits. Our body is the temple of God. We would hope that other churches would also promote the value of good health that we hear about all our lives, and the importance of not smoking or drinking alcoholic beverages.
If you would like to take part in this very rewarding community event at the Westvale Church booth next year, contact Marion Lake, Joan Payne or Sally Hafner. Your help will be needed, and you can be a part of the active mission field at the N Y S Fair, and experience the excitement and adventure!
Marion, Joan and Sally want to thank the 39 people who took part in filling the seventy-two positions at the New York State Fair booth this year.
~ Submitted by Roy and Ramona Wesson
“Where are you?”“Where are you?” is a question God asked Adam and Eve, and today, He asks us the same question.
Where are we, spiritually speaking? Are we hiding behind our lies, not facing ourselves for who we are, sinners in need of a savior, or are we looking at the cross of Calvary knowing the God of heaven sent Jesus to show us the Father’s love?
Where are we spiritually? Are we facing our lives with no regrets, or are we regretting the mistakes we make?
In answer to God’s question, when God asked Adam and Eve “where are you?” I can imagine that He didn’t just mean where are you hiding, but He meant “where are you in relationship to Me?” “Why are you hiding your shame? Don’t you know that I came and I am the answer?”
When we know we have done something wrong, do we cover up the sin with “well, one time won’t hurt”?; but then the guilt sets in. God shows us our need for Him through our circumstances. He calls us to come and pray. “Come listen to what I have to say. Even though your sins are red like crimson, I will wash them white as snow.”
(See Isaiah 1:18)
Do we feel afraid when God wants us to look at where we are spiritually? Isn't it better to say to God: yes, I have done evil in thy sight; for in coming forward, God cleanses us and pardons us from sin. Don't pretend to be right. Be right with God, which brings harmony and joy; and God will ask you where you are, and you would be more willing to listen to the still small voice say to you “ Well done my good and faithful servant.”
~ By Kathy Hall
ATTITUDEThe longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.
By Charles Swindoll
Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company..a church…a home.
The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past...we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude…
I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me, and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you...we are in charge or our ATTITUDES.
ALL I EVER REALLY NEEDED TO KNOW, I LEARNED IN KINDERGARTEN!Most of what I really need to know about how to live, and what to do, and how to be, I learned in kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate school mountain, but there in the sandbox at nursery school.
By Robert Fulghum
These are the things I learned: share everything, play fair, don’t hit, clean your mess, don't take things that aren't yours, say you're sorry when you hurt somebody, wash your hands before you eat, live a balanced life. Learn some and think some, draw, paint, sing, dance, play and work some every day. Take a nap every afternoon, when in the outside world, watch traffic, hold hands and stick together! Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the plastic cup, roots go down, plant goes up, and nobody knows how or why, but we are all like that. Goldfish, hamsters, mice and even the little seed in the cup- they all die- so do we.
And then remember Dick and Jane and that ever so important concept of “Look!” Everything you need to know is in there somewhere; The Golden Rule, and love, and basic sanitation, ecology, politics, and sane living.
Imagine what a better world this would be if we all, the whole world, had cookies and milk at 3 o’clock every day, and lay down with our blankets for our afternoon nap...put things where they belong, cleaned up our own messes, played fair, shared, didn’t hit, and said we’re sorry.
And, no matter how old you are, it remains true, when you go outside into the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together!