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Welcome to Atholton

Welcome to our worship service. We hope that it is a blessing to you and that everything from the songs sung to the sermon shared will lift your thoughts and spirit to heaven. If you are visiting with us, please consider joining us for our hospitality meal following the service. Welcome to Atholton! 

Atholton Bible Reading Plan

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

June 25, Revelation 20:7-10

June 26, Revelation 20:11-15 

June 27, Revelation 21

June 28, Revelation 22:1-5 

June 29, Revelation 22:6-21 

June 30 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.

The memory verse for June 30 is Revelation 21:3

Wacky Wednesdays

Hey kids (ages 6-12) and their parents, due to a fairly heavy schedule in June, Wacky Wednesdays will begin following Vacation Bible School, that means our first wacky event is on July 18 and will continue through August 15. Plan on joining us at the church from 6-8 pm for wacky games such as water balloon volleyball, fizzer tag, and kickball slip-n-slide. 

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. 

The June Stewpot

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

June Senior Nugget

The monthly Senior Nugget will be featuring Atholton’s Seniors. The Nugget is proud to begin with Alva E. Randall. Learn more about this remarkable man in this month’s issue. More seniors will be featured in coming months. Copies may be obtained in foyer or seen on Atholton’s website. 

VBS - Coming Soon!

VBS is almost here again. Join us for fun with an important message of how we can learn to serve God by serving others.

Please register your children for one of the following:

Toddler Play area (ages 0-3) Join our Backyard Bash in the sanctuary and enjoy play-time in the Toddler room with toys, crafts, snacks, and VBS music while you wait for their older siblings. *This is not a drop-off room. You are required to stay with your child.

Kindergarten Program (pre-K and K) 

Elementary Program (1st-5th grade) 

Middle School Program (6th-8th)

If you are able to volunteer for the program and/or participate in the preparation workbees, please contact Esther Liu at estherkliu@gmail. com and register under the volunteer section of the website. Workbee dates are June 10, 17, 24, and July 1 from 10am-2pm. Because we will be providing lunch, you must RSVP so we know how much food to prepare. For the volunteers who will be participating in the program, there is a mandatory orientation that they will need to attend either on June 24 or July 1

Donations for VBS can be made by marking your donation as God’s Big Backyard VBS 2018. Throughout June, we also have donation lists for supplies needed at our VBS table in the lobby.

Thank you for your continued prayers! 

House of Prayer 

We are calling on the Atholton Families to join us in praying from June 30 to July 7 at 7am, 12pm and 7pm for the fall evangelistic meetings. Join us on June 30, July 7 and July 14 after the worship service for a corporate prayer by the piano side. Pray for the Holy Spirit to remove our differences to allow us to work in unity. Let’s come together to make this work for our Lord Jesus. 

Library Lines 

Listen up! How many of us commute to work or school? I know I do, to downtown Baltimore on the Light Rail. Sometimes I read a book to pass the time. If you’re driving, you can’t read a book, but you can certainly listen to one. Downloading from Audible, Audiobooks or Playster works, but you’ve got to pay for subscriptions and may not get to keep the books.

When my kids were younger, we’d check out audio CDs from our library to entertain and inform us on long vacation roadtrips to Denver. Great family time! And when I’m sick in bed with no one to read to me, an audiobook can be my best friend. Cost? $0.

I learn best from what I hear. So how about checking out a free audiobook from your Atholton Church Library? We’ve only got a few now, but we’ll be expanding our offerings soon, with our donations and yours. ~Terese Thonus 

50th Wedding Anniversary 

You are invited to join us in celebrating Henry and Linda Bates’ 50 years together. Visit with friends and family, reminisce and share adventures experienced throughout the years. If you have pictures you would like considered for the slide show please upload when RSVP’ing. We are also trying to reach “old” friends that knew Mom and Dad early in their married life. 

Please RSVP at or email us at with the number in your party.

Date: July 1, 2018 

Location: The Cacapon Resort State Park 818 Cacapon Lodge Drive Berkeley Springs, WV 25411 

Thank you, we look forward to seeing you there. 

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 Beth Villanueva’s team who’s menu plan is “haystacks” (like a burrito bowl), fruits and desserts. For more information about any menu or to join a team, contact the weekly Team Leader or the Visitor Luncheon Coordinator, Beth Villanueva. 

Living Water Group 

Thanks for the participation in the prophecy class. It is very encouraging the way God is guiding us. 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 be starting new studies from the book of Ezekiel: “Can the Jerusalem temple be rebuilt?” in the next class. Please pray and join the class on June 30, in the 8th grade classroom at 2:00 pm. There will be free lunch and special prayers for those who are in need of prayers. God bless. 

Publication Distribution Report for May 2018

In December 2011 the Growing 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 been given 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.


Adventist Reviews                                 17 

Pamphlets                                               31 

Sabbath School Quarterlies                    24 

Miscellaneous                                        14 

Children’s Material                               141 

Books                                                       7

Greeting Cards (fronts)                           4

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Worship Sabbath June 23, 2018

This week's service details, including sermon title, and scripture reading.Read More

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 - 10:50 a.m.

The Church in Worship 10:50 a.m.

Sermon, "Victories in Heaven," by Pastor Shawn Paris

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Week At A Glance

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June 23-30, 2018

Sabbath the 23rd -- Memory Verse: Revelation 19:9

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

10:50 am   Worship Service with Pastor Shawn Paris 

12:30 pm   Hospitality Lunch

8:36 pm     Sunset

Monday the 25th -- Revelation 20:7-10

7:00 am  Church Business Meeting

Tuesday the 26th -- Revelation 20:11-15

Wednesday the 27th -- Revelation 21

10:00 am Midday Bible Study

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

7:00 pm   Prayer Meeting 

Thursday the 28th -- Revelation 22:1-5

Friday the 29th -- Revelation 22: 1-6

8:37 pm Sunset 

Sabbath the 30th -- Memory Verse: Revelation 21:3

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

10:50 am Worship Service with Pastor Shawn Paris

12:30 pm Hospitality Luncheon

8:37 pm  Sunset

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Community News

Washington Adventist University Sabbath Columbia Union Conference has designated Sabbath, June 30, 2018 as Washington Adventist University …Read More

Washington Adventist University Sabbath 

Columbia Union Conference has designated Sabbath, June 30, 2018 as Washington Adventist University (WAU) Sabbath. Your offerings and donations given on this day will provide significant support in making Christian education affordable for the more than 1100 students at WAU. Please keep us in your prayers and thank you for your support!

Contact Ms. Tanya Sweeney at 301-576-0105 or for more information. You may also visit the website at to make an online donation.

Columbia's Annual Backyard Bash 

Join us, as we put on Columbia’s 1st Annual Backyard Bash on August 12. The 5k kicks off this all day community festival featuring Touch-a- Truck, games, bounce houses, and food trucks.

Register for the 5k at and search for Backyard Bash. All 5K participants will receive a high-quality technical T-shirt, Finisher’s Medal, and FREE Breakfast.

All proceed from this event will support our children’s service projects. 

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Church Business

Offering ScheduleJune 30 - Washington Adventist UniversityJuly 7 - Atholton Combined OfferingAs of June 16, 2018Needed Weekly     …Read More

Offering Schedule

  • June 30 - Washington Adventist University
  • July 7 - Atholton Combined Offering

As of June 16, 2018

Needed Weekly                $5,300
Received for the Week     $4,030
Needed Fiscal YTD         $265,029
Received Fiscal YTD      $252,262
Surplus/(Needed)             ($12,767)

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