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Welcome to Atholton

Welcome to Atholton church. We are delighted that you have come to be part of the church family. Many years ago I learned a valuable lesson: Sometimes it doesn’t matter what you know but who you know. As a young adult it did irritate me just a little that I had to play the game and couldn’t be master of my own destiny in certain things. But when it comes to spiritual things it really is true. It doesn’t matter what you know, but WHO you know. Here is the good news for the day . . . you have a Friend in high places . . . and it makes all the difference in the world (and in heaven)!

Atholton Adventist Academy Summer Camp

Monday, June 17 - July 31. Wanting some fun in the sun while enhancing your child’s learning? Look no further! Atholton Adventist Academy is holding summer camp for ages 4-13 starting on Monday, June 17th – July 31st. Please contact the school office for more information: office@ atholton.us or 410-740-2425.

Next Sabbath: Apola and Strings for Joy Violin Recital

Sabbath, June 22, at 2 pm. Gabriella Apola will be presenting a recital of solo violin music by J.S. Bach, Felix Mendelssohn, Fritz Kreisler and many others. She will also play duets and trios with her sisters, Jana and Drusilla, and the Strings for Joy, led by Evonne Baasch. We hope you can join us for a wonderful afternoon of music! Come to potluck and stay for the music.

In Only 8 Days!! - VBS 2019 - Weird Animals

June 23-27 from 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm. Mark your calendars for VBS 2019 from Sunday, June 23 through Thursday, June 27 with a special closing program on Sabbath morning, June 29. Our theme this year is Weird Animals! Come join us for crafts, games, snacks, songs, and activities.

Toddler Program (ages 0-3) Playroom for families waiting for their older children * 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) A SPECIAL SERVICE-ORIENTED PROGRAM FOR OUR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS

Due to space constraints, we are limited in the number of children that we can accommodate so be sure to register as soon as possible on the church website: www.atholton.org. We are also needing volunteers to help at VBS, you can sign up to volunteer on the registration page as well. For more information contact Esther Liu at estherkliu@gmail.com.

Many Thanks from Atholton Adventist Academy

To: The Lemon Family for providing the funds for the Katherine B. Miller Scholarship. Katherine B. Miller was Ingrid Lemon’s mother. Darlee Peigne, Luanny Montes, Olivia Duarte and Madison Haughton were the recipients of this year’s scholarship.

To: The Seniors of Atholton Church for providing funding for scholarships awarded to graduating eighth grade students at Atholton Adventist Academy that continue into ninth grade at our school. These $500 scholarship are awarded based on scholarship, leadership and Christian behavior. The recipient this year was Ashlyn Willhelm!

Lost and Found

The lost and found bins are located in the coat room in the lobby and contain many items left at the church. Please look through the items, most are children’s belongings such as clothes and shoes, and take what belongs to you. There are also quite a few umbrellas.

Free Paper

There are reams of yellow, 3-holed paper that were donated to the church and school. It is more than we can use and sitting in the coat room, free for the taking.

Caring for the Caregiver Seminar

Sabbath, July 6, at 2 pm in the Youth Room. Most adults will become caregivers of their parents or spouses sometime in their life. Find out how to be prepared or how to cope with it if you are currently a caregiver. This FREE program is facilitated by the Howard County Department of Aging and sponsored by Atholton’s Senior Ministries For more information, or to register, email cecilandingrid@verizon.net

Small Groups?

The summer is a good opportunity to form small groups for spiritual support, strengthening relationships and finding clarity. Are you interested in being a part of or starting a new group? Drop a quick line to Pastor John and let him know: pastorjohn@atholton.org. Never been part of a small group? No problem. Your church can help.

June Senior Nugget

The Senior Nugget, a publication for all ages, features our Children’s Ministries Director and church elder, Celeste Ryan Blyden, for the month of June. You may obtain your copy from the foyer counter or view it on Atholton’s website. In addition, Senior Ministries is featuring information on STROKE WARNING SIGNS and what do to if you, or someone you know, is having any of the outlined symptoms. Getting immediate medical attention is vital!

June Senior Nugget

The Senior Nugget, a publication for all ages, features our Children’s Ministries Director and church elder, Celeste Ryan Blyden, for the month of June. You may obtain your copy from the foyer counter or view it on Atholton’s website. In addition, Senior Ministries is featuring information on STROKE WARNING SIGNS and what do to if you, or someone you know, is having any of the outlined symptoms. Getting immediate medical attention is vital!

Publication Report: June 2019

HISTORY: In December 2011 the Grow In Faith Together (GIFT) Sabbath School Class established the Literature Distribution Project (donation basket is located in foyer). Since that time, thousands of Adventist Reviews, Liberty Magazines, Quarterlies, Guides, Children’s material, miscellaneous pamphlets, and books have been given distributed. Recipients include: any military, veteran centers, the National Children’s Center, shelters, hospitals, clinics, prison ministries etc. PLEASE REMOVE YOUR NAME LABEL - PROTECT YOUR IDENTITY!! Some interesting dates have been spotted: oldest Adventist Review: 1959; oldest Visitor Magazine: 1989; oldest SS Quarterly: 1967; oldest Liberty Magazine: 1987.

MAY 2019 DISTRIBUTION:

Reviews: 31

pamphlets: 16

SS Quarterlies: 34

books: 11

miscellaneous: 5

children’s materials: 67

Pathfinders to Oshkosh

The Atholton Pathfinder Club, Faith Blazers, is going to the International Pathfinder Camporee in Oshkosh, MI this summer, Aug. 12-17, and each youth is looking forward to attending this life-changing event that occurs once every five years. Our Pathfinders have been busy all year with fund raisers and now are asking individual church members to assist. If you would like to donate to an individual please indicate their name on your payment, or email the director, Sisi Cruz: sisi.cruz@adra.org. You can donate in the AdventistGiving website where there is a category named “Pathfinders Oshkosh Offerings”.

Discovery/Adventurer Club Help Needed

Atholton Alligators Discovery/Adventurer Club is looking for assistance from those without clubaged children. Any help or talent is appreciated – anything from teaching a class or organizing an event to setting up and moving chairs, the list goes on and on! Please check out the help wanted list on the church’s website (www. atholton.org/adventurer-club) and partner with the fantastic parent volunteers currently serving. Please contact Anastasia Elliott, 443-765-8074 or anastasia@thelliotts.net. Thank you!

Atholton Church Security

Church security is everyone’s responsibility. Please help us keep our church safe and secure by ensuring that doors (especially exterior doors) properly latch when closing. Keep track of all personal items (purse, cell phone, tablets) so that they are not left behind in the building. Hide items left in cars so they are not visible. Finally, our children are our most precious possessions and we must ensure their safety. Please keep your children with you or know that they are with a trusted adult. NEVER let children wander the building without adult supervision. Thanks for your cooperation.

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Worship Sabbath June 15, 2019

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Adult Sabbath School 9:30 - 10:40 a.m.

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

Meditation10:40 - 10:50 a.m.

The Church in Worship 10:50 a.m.

Worship in the Word, "Friends in High Places," by Pastor Franke Zollman

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Week At A Glance

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June 15- June 22, 2019

Sabbath the 15th

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

10:50 am Worship Service: "Friends in High Places" by Pastor Franke Zollman

12:30 pm Fellowship Meal

8:34 pm Sunset

Sunday the 16th

10:00 am VBS Workbee

12:00 Youth Community Outreach

Monday the 17th

7:30 pm Church Board

Wednesday the 19th

10:00 am Midday Bible Study

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

7:00 pm Revelation Speaks

Friday the 21st

10:00 am VBS Workbee

8:36 pm Sunset

Sabbath the 22nd

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

10:50 am Communion Service: "Let It Go" By Anastacia Ferguson-Bansie

12:30 pm Fellowship Meal

2:00 pm Apolo Violin Ministry Recital

2:00 pm Living Water Group Study

8:36 pm Sunset

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Community News

ARISE Training WeekendThursday, July 25, to Sunday, July 28 at the North American Division headquarters in Columbia. Do you struggle to connect with …Read More

ARISE Training Weekend

Thursday, July 25, to Sunday, July 28 at the North American Division headquarters in Columbia. Do you struggle to connect with people and make disciples? Register for a weekend with David Asscherick and Ty Gibson and dig into what the great commission is all about. Jul 25-28. Event details at ariseintensive. com. Pre-registration is essential. This is led by the Light Bearers Ministry, www.lightbearers.org.

Mt. Aetna Summer Camp

The Chesapeake Conference “High Hopes” Summer Camp brochure is available in the lobby. Located at Mt. Aetna camp in Hagerstown, MD there are 21 different week-long events listed for ages 7 to 17. For more information and to register go to: www.mtaetnacamp.com.

Beltsville Adventist School Summer Math Camp

Looking for a fun academic way for your 3rd-8th grader to spend a week this summer? Consider signing your child up for a week of math camp at Beltsville Adventist School, June 17-21 for incoming 3rd-8th graders. Go to Havesumfunmathcamp.com or email Havesumfunmathcamp@gmail.com for more information.

Washington- Spencerville Korean Church FLAG Summer Camp

FLAG Summer Camp is being held in our area! “Fun Learning About God” all-day summer camp is July 15-19 and July 22-26 at the Washington- Spencerville Korean SDA church, 15930 Good Hope Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20905. Cost is $125/child/week. For more information or to register, visit https://www.ccsdayouth.org/flag-camp or call Pastor David Kim at 410-988-4329.

Job postings:

Occasionally the church is sent job postings, primarily from local Seventhday Adventist entities, and these are posted on the notices bulletin board in the lobby.


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Church Business

Offering ScheduleJune 15 - Atholton Combined OfferingJune 22 - Chesapeake AdvanceAs of June 8, 2019Needed Weekly …Read More

Offering Schedule

  • June 15 - Atholton Combined Offering
  • June 22 - Chesapeake Advance

As of June 8, 2019

Needed Weekly $5,370
Received for the Week $4,616
Needed Fiscal YTD $263,123
Received Fiscal YTD $253,750
Surplus/(Needed) ($9,373)

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