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Welcome to Atholton

We all have moments in our lives where we are confronted with a truth that comes front and center and we are faced with a decision. How we choose our response triggers a series of events that shape who we are. These are defining moments. And everyone associated with Jesus faced this. In our next study in the Gospel of John we will discover how Jesus shaped history’s greatest defining moments. Welcome to Atholton! 

Atholton Bible Reading Plan

The Atholton Family is on a united Bible Reading Plan from which the sermon will focus on. This upcoming week, plan to read:

April 23, John 20:24-29 

April 24, John 20:30, 31 

April 25, John 21:1-14 

April 26, John 21:15-25 

April 27, 1 John 1:1-4 

April 28 Memory Verse

Each week in 2018 we will endeavor to memorize scripture together. We will recite the scripture memorized over the previous week when we come together to worship on Sabbath. This memory verse will be directly tied to the sermon’s message for that Sabbath. We will be reciting the memory verse in the New International Version (NIV) of the Bible.

Memory verse for April 28 is John 20:29. 

Evangelism Training Workshop

Columbia Union Lay Bible Work trainer, Lillian Torres, is coming to Atholton May 4-6. You will learn how to reach souls and make disciples for Christ.

  • Friday: 7pm-- “Living in Enemy Territory"
  • Sabbath: 2pm-- “The Transforming Power of the Gospel”
  • Sunday: 9:30am-- “God’s Divine Rescue Plan in Practice”

Plan today to join us! 

The April Stewpot

The April 2018 edition of the Chesapeake Conference Stewardship Ministries' The Stewpot is available in the church lobby. 

Thank You

The Bible says that the Lord loves a cheerful giver. And so do we! Thanks from the bottom of our heart for your kind donation and support to our Benefit Concert. As we head out to Florida, we would like to let you know that your generosity has made a difference in these young peoples lives and will definitely go a long way in this ministry. For those who still feel inclined to contribute just mark you envelope towards PBE. Blessings always, The Pathfinders.

Living Water Group

Thanks for the participants in the prophecy class. It is very encouraging the way God is guiding. We started with a few and now the classroom is full, and God is guiding us to learn more about His present and future plans. We will continue studying “Why Babylon cannot be rebuilt” in the next class. Please pray and join the class on April 28. There will be free lunch and special prayers for those who are in need of prayers. God bless. 

Adventist Heralds Concert

Come enjoy a soul-winning concert by the Great Lakes Adventist Academy Symphony & Singers on the evening of April 24, 2018, (Tuesday) at 7:00 pm at the Atholton SDA Church. They are a group of 60 that toured Israel last spring filming a music video series: Story of Jesus. You can check out some of their work by visiting or by visiting the Advent Heralds channel on YouTube. This would be a great event to invite a friend, co-worker, or neighbor who loves music too as an introduction to the Seventh-day Adventist Church. 

Save the Dates!

The Social Committee is planning the following events for our church family: 

  1. Family Fun Walk/Run & Breakfast on Sunday morning, April 22. Bring the whole family out for some exercise and socializing! Breakfast is available for purchase and proceeds will benefit the Pathfinder club. 
  2. Church Picnic & Hike on Sabbath, May 12. Plan to stay after church for a potluck-style picnic on the church lawn. Bring picnic-style foods to share and blankets or folding chairs to sit on. An off-site hike will follow the picnic potluck in the afternoon.

New App from Adventist Giving

Atholton Church uses Adventist Giving for processing the online return of tithe and offerings. Previously, this was typically done using a computer, but now there is a new app from the Seventh-day Adventist Church which allows you to return tithe and give offerings any time and from anywhere, using your smart phone or tablet. This new app is available free for Android devices from Google Play, and from the App Store for Apple devices. 

We need YOU for the Community Fair & Health Expo

Sunday, April 29, from 1:00 - 5:00 pm, Atholton will be hosting our 9th annual fair. We are inviting our community neighbors and organizations to come and learn more about us and discover ways to adopt a healthy lifestyle. There is definitely a way for everyone to help:

  • NEWSTART stations (from blood pressure & body mass to prayer)
  • Cardio risk and stress tests
  • Cooking or serving food
  • Kids’ play corner or outdoor activities
  • Registration, greeting, or hosting
  • Set-up & clean-up
  • Distributing flyers, doorknob hangers, and signs in the community
  • Donating funds or soliciting donations from businesses

Whatever talents God has given you, they can be used. Sign up outside the church library today. For more information email

Hospitality Luncheon

Each week after the service, a complimentary vegetarian luncheon is provided downstairs in the gymnasium for visitors. Members wishing to join this meal are encouraged to bring an appropriate dish or two, enough to feed your own family and to help provide for our guests. Next Sabbath’s meal is hosted by Marilyn Perez’s team who’s menu plan is hearty salads, breads and spreads, and fruit. For more information about any menu or to join a team, contact the weekly Team Leader or the Visitor Luncheon Coordinator, Beth Villanueva. 

Amla Powder

Amla powder is high in antioxidants, vitamin C and as we saw in the video this past week can lower cholesterol better than prescription drugs. Amla can easily be found on line at Amazon. Be sure to purchase “food grade” amla. Food grade is finer and does not have foreign material in it. Non food grade is used for facials and hair treatments. Amla is TART but not unpleasant. It can be included in smoothies, deserts and is very nice in tea. 

April Senior Nugget

April’s Senior Nugget features benefits for veterans. It provides information about health care, long-term illness care, adult day care, and no cost burial in any veterans’ cemetery. Did you know religious affiliation markers are available for deceased Seventh-day Adventists? See Nugget for details.Copies may be obtained in the foyer
or viewed on Atholton’s website. The monthly Senior Nugget is provided by Atholton’s Senior Ministries. 

Midday Bible Study

Not all that keen on driving after it gets dark but still want to have a midweek Bible study experience? Pastor Shawn has started a midday Bible study on Wednesdays at 10:00 am for all those who are available at that time to study. We will be studying the book of Hebrews.

Publication Distribution Report for March 2018

In December 2011 the Grow In Faith Together Sabbath School Class established the Literature Distribution Project (donation basket is located in foyer). Since that time, thousands of Adventist Reviews, World Reports, Liberty magazines, quarterlies, Junior Guides, children’s material, miscellaneous pamphlets, and books have beengiven and distributed. Recipients include: veteran centers, National Children’s Center, shelters, hospitals, clinics, prison ministries and other locations. Thanks for your generous recycling assistance. Now all types of greeting cards (front of card only) are being accepted. Please remember to remove your personal information labels from all donated material.

                     MARCH DISTRIBUTION 2017 

Adventist Reviews                                            27 

Pamphlets                                                         19 

Sabbath School Quarterlies                              31 

Miscellaneous                                                   25 

Children’s Material                                           102 

Books                                                                14 

Greeting Card (fronts)                                       7

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Worship Sabbath April 21, 2018

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Adult Sabbath School/Small Group Bible Study 9:30 - 10:40 a.m.

Children and Youth Sabbath School 9:30a.m. - 10:40 a.m.

The Church in Song- As We Gather 10:40 a.m. -10:50 a.m.

The Church in Worship 10:50 a.m.

Sermon,"Defining Moments," by Pastor John Rengifo

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Week At A Glance

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April 21-28, 2018

Sabbath the 21st -- Memory Verse: John 20:21

9:30 am   Adult Bible Study and Children's Sabbath School

10:50 am   Worship Service with Pastor John Rengifo

12:30 pm   Hospitality Luncheon

2:30 pm     VBS Reunion

7:50 pm     Sunset

Sunday the 22nd

8:00 am  Fun Walk/Run and Breakfast

Monday the 23rd -- John 20:24-29

7:00 pm Church Board Meeting

Tuesday the 24th -- John 20:30-31

7:00 pm Advent Heralds Concert

Wednesday the 25th -- John 21:1-14

10:00 am Midday Bible Study

12:00 pm Prayer Line: 605.468.8040 (access #2368)

7:00 pm   Prayer Meeting

Thursday the 26th -- John 21:15-25

Friday the 27th -- 1 John 1:1-4

7:56 pm Sunset

Sabbath the 28th -- Memory Verse: John 20:29

9:30 am  Adult Bible Study and Children's Sabbath School

10:50 am Worship Service with the Pastor Shawn Paris

12:30 pm Hospitality Luncheon

2:00 pm   Living Water Group Bible Study

7:57 pm  Sunset

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Community News

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Share Your Story

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Classical Guitar Concert

South Carroll SDA Church will be hosting a free classical guitar concert by Rodrigo Paiva from the Frederick SDA Church on Sabbath, April 21st, at 5pm. A light supper and fellowship will follow. The South Carroll SDA Church is located at 2020 W. Liberty Road, Taylorsville, MD 21157

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Church Business

Offering Schedule April 28 - Chesapeake Advance May 5 - Atholton Combined OfferingAs of April 14, 2018Needed Weekly       …Read More

Offering Schedule

  • April 28 - Chesapeake Advance
  •  May 5 - Atholton Combined Offering

As of April 14, 2018

Needed Weekly                $5,300
Received for the Week     $2,574
Needed Fiscal YTD         $217,460
Received Fiscal YTD      $213,237
Surplus/(Needed)             ($4,223)

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