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Westvale Seventh-Day Adventist Church

Syracuse Seventh-day Adventist Church
 2511 W Genesee St . Syracuse, NY 13219
(315) 488-8887
 Westvale Seventh-Day Adventist Church
Editor: Maria L. Lopez
February/March 2012       Issue 20

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
  • Graphic artists!  Your contributions are welcomed. We want to have a pleasant and attractive website.
  • Our mailbox is always open! webmaster@westvalesda.org
“A cheerful heart is good medicine...”
 Proverbs 17: 22


Since February is “heart month” here are a few prescriptions for a healthy heart
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.”  Proverbs 3: 5 & 6
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.”  John 14: 1
“Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hhearts to him, for God is our refuge.”
Psalm 62:8
“Above all else, guard yourheart, for it is the wellspring of life.” Proverbs 4: 23
“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart”  Jeremiah 29:13
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind…” Luke 10:27
Submitted by Joan Payne RN, NP
Scripture verses are from the NIV Bible
A letter from God

Dear Child,
I just wanted to remind you today of how beautiful you are because there is a father of lies who will try and deceive you. He will try to tell you that you are not good enough, not thin enough, not strong enough, not smart enough, not righteous enough, and that you are simply unimportant to Me.
He will try to tell you that you have broken one too many promises, that you have fallen one too many times, that you have lived one too many lies, ant that you’ve been going in the wrong direction for so long that it is pointless to turn back now.
You see, you are My creation, My workmanship. You have been born of My thought, every part of you placed together by My hands.
You have My thumbprint upon you.
You are a princess/prince. Did you know that?
You are My Child, the child of THE KING!
I look at you and see a precious, priceless pearl.
There is no ocean I would not swim, no mountain I would not climb, no price I would not pay to have you and to be with you, and call you My own!
I have done all that I could, given all that there is.
I desire to be with you every moment of every day. How I long for you to talk to Me everyday. My love for you never grows cold. My promises are never broken, My character never changes. And you, My daughter/son have been made in My image.
I love you dearly, unconditionally and completely. I understand every emotion that you have- I’ve been there! I count every tear that you cry. I know every hair on your head. And do you know what? I even know your weaknesses, your failures, and your fears. I know those hidden parts of you that you wish would go away. Those dark corners of your world that you stuff down, praying that no one will ever see. I have already seen them and they will not change My love for you. Nothing will. I love your heart and I desire all of it. I just wanted to remind you today of how beautiful you are and how precious you are to Me.
With immeasurable love, 
             (Author unknown)
 What’s New at Parkview?
By Kim Kaiser
Things are humming along at Parkview. With the addition of two new students, our enrollment is now at 68. We have begun thinking about next year, and unless we get creative, we will be popping at the seams with an expected enrollment of 72. It appears that God is already at work (no surprise there!), but we are waiting to see His full plan revealed. At any rate we know that He has a good plan for the school and its students. We are most grateful for your support which enables many students with limited finances to receive an Adventist education. We are using every dollar to its fullest potential.
We are beginning to make some nice strides with updating our technology at the school. Mr. T is leading the way by learning some creative uses of an iPad and a very large monitor. Mrs. Gloudeman is excited about implementing some of the same applications. Recently we added a Mac computer to each classroom, in addition to the many desktops we were able to purchase last year.
Students continue to accept positions of leadership and responsibility at the school, and this delights us. Those who attended the pasta dinner organized by upper grades students for the benefit of Vera House just before Christmas were delighted by the professionalism of the students. Nearly $300 were donated to the charity.
The North American Division holds a major teachers’ convention every six years, and the next one will be this August. We are working to empower our students to present the innovations that make Parkview unique at this event in Nashville. This should be an exciting time for both our students and teachers.
Parkview is gearing up for our annual fundraiser, formerly known as “The Derby” which has morphed into “The Gallery.”  Students will each be creating a tile mosaic this year. These along with other works of art will be displayed and many auctioned at a free supper held in the gym on March 25. This event was a lot of fun last year, so we invite and encourage as many as possible to attend. The funds raised this year will enable us to improve and make our bathrooms wheelchair accessible.
Again, we thank you for enabling us to do what God has clearly called us to do- to ensure that our young people are prepared for the soon return of Jesus. Our daily prayer is that not even one be missing. Please join us in praying for this important ministry.
  The Prayer Room
 By Marion Lake 
It seems at every life stage, we're immersed in things to do. We have schoolwork and jobs inside and outside the home. We take up sports and hobbies, interests and activities. As we grow older, however, many of us find ourselves not quite up to doing all we used to do.
A slower lifestyle is a blessing when it brings us closer to things that really matter- to reflection on God's promises and His truth, to prayer for ourselves and for others, to gratitude for His works in our lives and in our world.
Though time may take away, God gives in abundance to those who look to Him.
Even to your old age and gray hairs I am He, I am He who will sustain you...
                                              Isaiah 46:4 NIV
 From the devotional  "Paws" for a Moment with God.
Let’s remember our homebound brethren-in-Christ on their birthdays!
  Ellie Randall
  122 Curtis Ave.
  Solvay, NY 13209
  Tel: 451-4286
  Birthday: Feb 27th
  Ingrid Walberer
  400 Sandra Ln. Apt A9
  N. Syracuse, NY 13212
  Tel: 452-0777
  Birthday: March 22nd
  Stan Hague
  RD#1, 7039 Collamer Rd.
  E. Syracuse, NY 13057
  Tel: 656-8942
  Birthday: March 25th
My baptism experience
By Schylar  Barnhill
   My baptism experience on November 19th was awesome! As I reflect back to the moment I was standing in the tank, I felt Jesus all around, I felt God all around, I felt the Holy Spirit all around. The Lord is very powerful and I felt His power with me. During that time in the tank, the Lord blessed me with amazing sight; Sight to see out into the congregation. Being visually impaired, this was a kind of a miracle experience. This increased my trust and faith in Him. As I was immersed in the water, I closed my eyes and the Lord blessed me by seeing total darkness. The 30 seconds of blackness was a blessing from God as opposed to little white dots which is typically what I see in front of me when I close my eyes. That is the way I would like to fall asleep every night. That whole Sabbath day was a joyous day of peace and gladness.
   I thank God for having met brother Garfield Strachan back in 2008 when I came to the Westvale Church with my mom who was visiting me from California.
   In 2009 I needed cornea replacement surgery. Through the grapevine I guess, mom was referred to Carmen Gonzalez as a contact here at Westvale who might be able to be of support during my recovery. After many attempts on her part, we finally were connected and thus began this wonderful journey which brought me to this beautiful encounter with Jesus and the truth of the Bible. Spending 4 days at Camp Cherokee as a volunteer that summer awakened a deeper desire to know the Lord. Meeting Christen Adolfi, Justine Lewis, and other wonderful Christians there who witnessed to my heart was so encouraging.  
   I thank my family and all those who had a part in praying for me even if you didn't know me. I thank my mom for her love and prayers and contacting Christian Record Braille Foundation to provide the study guides in large print. It goes without saying I thank Carmen Gonzalez for her faithfulness in responding to the call and meeting with me regularly as we studied the Bible together.
   Sabbath Nov. 19th was a high Sabbath for me, a day of great celebration in my heart. I look forward to the coming of Jesus. In the meantime I want to be active in ministering to others. I want to use my talents for the glory of God.

Carmen, Schylar, and Schylar’s sister, Elayna Moffitt 11/19/11
Our Journey on Healthy Living
By Roy and Ramona Wesson
   When Roy was just a child, over eighty years ago, his parents were not Christian and they ate the common diet of those days, meat and potatoes. Of course they did not know about clean or unclean meats, so all kinds were eaten.
   Roy’s parents passed away when he was six, so he went to live with his grandmother who was a Seventh-day Adventist. They ate meat but only the clean ones. So it was for Roy, until he married Ramona who had given up meat eating. 
   We of course ate cheese, milk, ice cream, pies, cakes, French fries and those vegetarian hot dogs, burgers and you name it; yes we were vegetarians and did not eat meat.
   After several years, a light flashed on all of a sudden, and Ramona realized our meals were not what they should be. What to do about it?  She knew this was a challenging situation to change our family food habits. We prayed quite a while about it, and you know, God answered our prayers.
    A real miracle happened. Roy came down with cancer of the colon. I am not saying this was a good miracle, but it was certainly a needed miracle. What a shock the whole family had. Ramona was pretty sure we would not change our diet, but presto, now we had no choice! 
   The test we purchased from the drug store showed blood in the stool so off we went to see the doctor. After testing, a cancer about the size of golf ball was found, so Roy had an operation and it went well. Several inches of the colon were removed. The cancer had not escaped from the colon area yet, so no chemotherapy was needed, praise God!
   Several of Roy’s friends had passed away with cancer around that time and we felt blessed that his wasn’t one of the casualties of this condition.
   So we changed our diet some and tried to cut out oils, fried foods, French fries, cheese, ice cream except in rare cases. We started making frozen banana ice cream by using a juicer. We were still vegetarians but trying harder to be more selective of our foods.
After attending several cooking schools and other health classes, we finally gave up dairy products and started using the whole-wheat pastas and became vegan in general. Sometimes when eating out we are not always as careful as we should be, but at home we mostly follow the vegan diet. 
   It is not easy to change ones diet, we know. You should make a gradual change unless you have a health problem like we had. Eating good foods such as fruit, vegetables, whole grain breads, nuts and healthy desserts helps you to feel better, and studies show that you have a greater opportunity of a longer life and less likely to be obese. Don’t forget the water, fresh air, and exercise. Sunshine and trust in Divine Power are also important. It is not easy. It is a slow progress, but a rewarding experience, and you will need a lot of prayer.
   It is now twenty six years later, and we praise the Lord the cancer has not come back!

~Roy & Ramona are Sally Hafner’s parents. Thanks Sally, for sharing this with us. What a beautiful testimony!

Praising The Lord for His goodness, and enjoying some fellowship together on Christmas Eve.
For what are you thanking Him this new year?

Christ Ties in concert on Jan 7th

Dante & Daphine LaFlair @ Evensong

Maria, Carmen, and Lynee paid Hamestouhi Goletsas
a visit on January 7th to wish her a happy 90th birthday.
What’s her “secret”?
“A cheerful heart is good medicine...”  Proverbs 17: 22

The lady of the hour on her birthday-
December 29, 2011. God bless you “Hames” !!
Mark your calendars:
Saturday evening February 11th from 6 to 8. You will have the opportunity to enjoy the 3rd annual International Festival at Parkview Jr. Academy.
We will celebrate many rich cultures!
The cost: $15 per family, $4 per person.
Come taste the delicious food and experience the music and traditions of our diverse families! You won’t regret it!
 Make Good Search your internet search engine and designate Parkview as the recipient of funds raised. For those who would like to join, simply go to www.goodsearch.com and download the Good Search tool bar, then choose Parkview Junior Academy. Please encourage friends and family to join the cause.
Bloody Sunday
By Andrew Whitlow
     I was still sweating heavily even after taking a cold shower to cool off from my 45 minute run with Matt to Yerbas Buenas and back. I then stepped outside to get some fresh air and see what all the commotion was about. Standing at the side of the house were five guys holding machetes in their hands. “Come check this out,” they said with much enthusiasm. Everyone was huddled around, looking intently at the barbwire pile as someone was pulling it away from the side of the house. Just then someone shouted, “There he goes!” as a big fat rat ran out and along side the house. Three guys go running after it while swinging their machetes wildly at it.  In a matter of seconds, the rat is now headless thanks to the great aim of one of the guys. Triumphantly they come back to the pile of barbwire to await the next victim to emerge from their home. They didn’t have to wait long until the next one weaved its way through people’s legs, headed on the same path of doom along the side of the house.
     It was just as much entertainment for me watching the event, as it was for the guys chasing them down and killing those pesky creatures with machetes. Then someone suggested that I should be photographing this occurrence, in which I quickly got my camera and did so. It was great fun taking action shots with my new camera. The results were quite gruesome, with mice and rats getting their heads cut off, stomachs cut open, and their insides falling out. Not to mention, blood staining the ground. Some of the rats were able to spare just a little bit more panic time, making it just around the corner of the house before being slain by the mighty warriors. There were a couple though, that were even more lucky to make it around the corner and into the house where the doctor and two other people were having a meeting. What a site it must have been to be sitting at the table talking and then to have this rat come running though the doorway with people chasing it with machetes.
     Interestingly enough, out of all of the mice and rats, only one ran in the other direction. Of course there was still the occasional one that would run over someone’s feet, but it still ended up going in the same direction with the same result. The ending statistics were pretty good as well. It was estimated that about 20 rats and mice were killed on that bloody Sunday morning, though one could not be certain. There were many in the pile that had become halves. Only one mouse that we know of got away under the house. We do know that there were others that escaped, because we still found droppings on the kitchen counters in the mornings, but not as plentiful as before. There were also still a few surprise meetings between a mouse and the person walking into the bathroom after the event as well.
     The whole experience was quite memorable; especially for Andrew Viscara, whose birthday was on that day. The leader of the blood bath was Eric (with eight killings), who was also credited with the finder of the nest. Next in totals, was Daniel with five, then Andrew, Matt, and another Daniel each had a few slices of their own. Me? I just enjoyed the show and took lots of snapshots to aid in the memory of that bloody Sunday morning.
~Andrew Whitlow spent nine months in Peru as a student missionary. Currently, he is a student at Southern Adventist College.

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Shirley & Marcy

A mother was concerned about her kindergarten son, Timmy, walking to school.

He didn't want his mother to walk with him.

She wanted to give him the feeling that he had some independence but yet know that he was safe.

So she had an idea of how to handle it.

She asked a neighbor if she would please follow him to school in the mornings, staying at a distance, so he probably wouldn't notice her.

The neighbor said that since she was up early with her toddler anyway, it would be a good way for them to get some exercise as well, so she agreed.

The next school day, the neighbor and her little girl set out following behind Timmy as he walked to school with another neighbor girl he knew.

She did this for the whole week.

As the two walked and chatted, kicking stones and twigs, Timmy 's little friend noticed the same lady was following them as she seemed to do every day all week.

Finally she said to Timmy,

“Have you noticed that lady following us to school all week? Do you know her?”

Timmy nonchalantly replied, “Yeah, I know who she is.”
The little girl said, “Well, who is she?”

“That's just Shirley Goodnest ,” Timmy replied, “and her daughter Marcy …”

“Shirley Goodnest? Who is she and why is she following us?”

“Well,” Timmy explained, “every night my Mum makes me say the 23rd Psalm with my prayers, 'cuz she worries about me so much.

And in the Psalm, it says, 'Shirley Goodnest (surely goodness) and Marcy (mercy) shall follow me all the days of my life', so I guess I'll just have to get used to it!”

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious unto you; the Lord lift His countenance upon you, and give you peace.

May Shirley Goodnest and Marcy be with you today and always

(Author unknown)