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Welcome to the Atholton Family!

God has promised that when we pray for the Holy Spirit to come into our lives, He will answer that prayer. But are there things in our lives that can block the flow of Holy Ghost power? Is it possible that the power of the Spirit can’t invade our lives because our hearts are filled with things that crowd Him out? Today we are glad you have joined us to consider this important idea. Are you praying EVERY DAY for the Holy Spirit to come into your life?

AAA Annual Talent Show

Saturday, February 22 at 7:00 PM

Join Atholton Adventist Academy on February 22 for our annual talent show. All proceeds will go to our LACES mission project. There will be food for sale and a fun talent show with games and music. The gym doors will open at 6:30 PM. for concessions, and the talent show will begin at 7 PM. Come support our mission project and enjoy seeing our incredibly talented acts.

Living Water Ministry

Saturday, February 22 at 2:00 PM

Greetings in Christ Holy name. I am excited to remind you that this Prophecy study continues this fourth week (February 22) at 2:00 pm in the 8th grade class room.

Are you wondering what’s happening around the globe and especially what’s happening in our nation United States in light of biblical prophecy? What’s your thought on Sunday Laws? Please bring your thoughts. A free lunch will be served. Please bring your friends, also. May the Holy Spirit guide our studies. God bless, Pastor Abraham.

Ladies Fitness Class

Sunday February 16 at 9:00 AM

Ladies, looking to get active and feel better? Come and invite your girlfriends to this Ladies-only Fitness Class which continues this Sunday February 16 from 9 - 10 AM and then for another five weeks until March 15. Enjoy stretching, light weight exercises, circuit training and fruit smoothies in each class. Any Qs? Contact Denny Rengifo @ 717-377-2690.

Black History in the Adventist Church

One of the most well known black Adventist preachers in recent times was C. D. Brooks. He served as field secretary for both the Columbia Union and the General Conference and his greatest love of all was evangelistic preaching. While at the GC he traveled around the world holding evangelistic meetings. He once quipped, “I didn’t want to go to Antarctica because there was no one to preach to.” He is perhaps most well known for being the speaker director for the “Breath of Life” telecast.

I remember hearing Elder Brooks preach at a pastor’s convention one time. After all these years I remember his assertion that he did not believe in sermonettes. He continues to say that he did not believe in sermonettes because they make Christian-ettes! This phrase has stayed with me through all these years and if my sermons sometimes seem long I guess I could tell you to

Revive 2020 - Continued Prayer Meetings

Wednesday February 26 at 6:00 - 7:00 PM

Prayer meeting continues this Wednesday at the church from 6:00 - 7:00 PM. Let us all continue to pray for revival in the spirit of Revive 2020.

Escape Room Social

Saturday, February 29 at 6:00 PM

Atholton Youth Ministries is going to BREAK OUT of an escape room! Wanna join us? Bring your “A” game to use wit, communication and collaboration to break-out of one of the following escape rooms: Runaway Train or Submarine Survival. Join us at “It’s Breakout Games”. For cost and location details please contact Michael Martell (mimartell@gmail.com) or Pastor Anastacia (pastoranastacia@atholton.org) or visit the Atholton FB Page.”

Youth Ministries Mission Trip 2020

Week of July 11, 2020

Hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico in September 2017. Millions of people were left without electricity, with limited access to clean water, and with damaged homes. While supplies and assistance have been arriving to the island since the hurricane, even two years after there are 30,000 people with just tarps for roofs, and help will be needed for years to come to rebuild Puerto Rico.

Youth and adults from Atholton Church will participate in a weeklong mission experience to help elderly and disabled victims of hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. During the week of July 11, our group repairs, distributes food and supplies, paints, or cleans debris. And each evening, all crews will come together for music, sharing, prayers, and laughs.

You can support the youth financially by responding to any donation request letters or by donating to the trip at large. Trip donations will offset the cost of vehicle rentals, gas, or food – reducing the cost for each participant.

Most of all, we would very much appreciate your support through prayers and encouragement to any youth who are attending. Thank you for your support.

For more information, email Diane Baier at dbaier@mac.com. We will have an information/ signup meeting later in February.

Mission Trip Meeting

Sabbath, February 29 at 2:30 PM

All youth and their parents who wish to participate in the 2020 Mission Trip are asked to attend a 1-hour meeting on Sabbath, February 29 at 2:30 pm. At this meeting we need everyone attending to complete registration forms and pay their $100 deposit and we will be discussing fund-raising activities. The meeting will be held in the new Youth Sabbath school room, upstairs by the balcony.

Pathfinder Bible Experience

March 21, 2020

Congratulations!!! Your hardwork, determination, and time in God’s word paid off! We are so proud of our Pathfinder Bible Experience (PBE) team for finishing 1st Place in the recent Conference level competition. Our team will go on to represent the Chesapeake Conference at the Union PBE on March 21. Let’s continue to pray for God to be with them as they advance to the next level. Special thanks to their coaches Peris Apola and Esther Liu

Special Sabbath School Mission Project

November 2, 2019 - May 2, 2020

Update and THANK YOU!

First - Thank you for generously giving towards this project.

Second - An update of funds sent so far total $4,893. An anonymous donor sent $5,000.

Sewage problem cost was $11,000. That left $1,107 to completely pay for the sewage problem. We have another $550 ready to be sent. Still NEEDED $557. PLUS other needs that remain – windows, window frames and completion of bathroom remodels.

Third - Even though our original goal of $2,500 has been met we will continue to collect funds through May 2nd. There are many needs that remain for these 400 plus refugee students and 25 faculty members.

Thank you again for your selfless and generous contributions to the needs of the Matariah Education Center. Look for current pictures in the scrolling announcements of what your contribution has helped accomplish.

Publication Report for January 2020

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 Reviews, World Reports, Liberty Magazines, Quarterlies, Guides, Children’s material, miscellaneous pamphlets, and books have been given distributed. Recipients include: Any Soldier, Veteran Centers, National Children’s Center, Shelters, hospitals, clinics, prison ministries etc. All types of greeting cards (blanks or front of card) are accepted. PLEASE remember to REMOVE PERSONAL INFORMATION labels from all donated material.

Some interesting dates have been spotted:

Oldest Review 1959

Oldest Visitor Magazine 1989 1993

Oldest Quarterly 1967

Oldest Liberty Magazine 1987

JANUARY 2020 DISTRIBUTION

Reviews 36

Pamphlets 37

Quarterlies 45

Miscellaneous 4

Books 10

Children’s Material 120

Calendar 3

Greeting Cards 9

Looking For Facility Hosts

Atholton Church is in need of individuals to open and close the building/gym when outside groups rent the facilities on the weekends or evenings. Must be 18 years and older, includes hourly pay. Please email the church office if you are interested: church@atholton.org.

Help Children's Ministries

Want to get involved at Atholton? Consider helping with Children’s Ministries. We need volunteers to help with Children’s Church on 1st and 3rd Sabbaths, telling the children’s story, sharing mission stories in Sabbath School, working with the Children’s Choir or with Puppet Ministries, taking photos, and in other areas. We also need snack donations for Children’s Church. If God is impressing you to do something to help, please contact Celeste Blyden at celesteblyden@ gmail.com or speak with her at church. Remember, many hands make light the work!

Estate Planning Seminar

Sunday, March 15, from 3:00 - 5:00 PM

The Atholton Church is pleased to announce that Tom Boggess, Field Representative of Chesapeake Conference of Planned Giving and Trusts Department, will be here to present a seminar on Estate Planning. This seminar is geared for all age groups. If you have any specific questions you’d like addressed, please drop them in the church office. or place in offering. Mark questions to the attention of Senior Ministries, before February 29, 2020.Kevin Mogollon Cabelos will be going on a mission trip in the Peruvian Andes where he will be preaching in Cajamarca, Peru. If you would like to help him by donating to his expenses you could do so at southern.edu/give-erc. Make sure you indicate this is a donation to Southern Adventist University (SAU) student Kevin Mogollon Cabelos. Donations can be made via Visa, Master Card, Discover card or American Express or you can call Susan Brown at SAU at 423-236-2033 to donate. Thanks for your support of our students.

Peru Mission Trip

Kevin Mogollon Cabelos will be going on a mission trip in the Peruvian Andes where he will be preaching in Cajamarca, Peru. If you would like to help him by donating to his expenses you could do so at southern.edu/give-erc. Make sure you indicate this is a donation to Southern Adventist University (SAU) student Kevin Mogollon Cabelos. Donations can be made via Visa, Master Card, Discover card or American Express or you can call Susan Brown at SAU at 423-236-2033 to donate. Thanks for your support of our students.

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Worship Sabbath February 22, 2020

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

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

Meditation and Praise 10:40 - 10:50 a.m.

The Church in Worship 10:50 a.m.

Worship in the Word, "REVIVE 2020 #Holy Ghost Busters," by Pastor Franke Zollman

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Week At A Glance

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February 22-29, 2020

Sabbath February the 15th

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

10:50 pm Worship Service: "Holy Ghost Busters," Pastor Franke Zollman, speaker

12: 30 pm Fellowship Lunch

2:00 Living Water Group Study

5:00 pm NCC Choir Concert at Southern Asian SDA Church

5:50 pm Sunset

7:00 pm AAA Annual Talent Show

Sunday the 23rd

9-10 am Ladies only Fitness Class in the Atholton Gym

Monday the 24th

7:00 pm Church Board Meeting

Wednesday the 26th

10:00 am Midday Bible Study - Pastor Franke's office

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

6:00 pm Revive 2020 Prayer Meeting

7:00 pm Pathfinder Club Meeting

Friday the 28th

5:57 pm Sunset

Sabbath February the 29th

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

10:50 am Worship Service, "REVIVE 2020 #The Sin God Cannot Forgive," Pastor Franke Zollman

12:30 pm Fellowship Lunch

5:58 pm Sunset

6:00 pm Escape Room Social

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Church Business

Offering ScheduleFebruary 22, 2020 - Chesapeake AdvanceFebruary 29, 2020 - North American Division Evangelism As of February 15, 2019Needed Weekly …Read More

Offering Schedule

  • February 22, 2020 - Chesapeake Advance
  • February 29, 2020 - North American Division Evangelism

As of February 15, 2019

Needed Weekly $5,753
Received for the Week $3,432
Needed Fiscal YTD $188,219
Received Fiscal YTD $200,483
Surplus/(Needed) $12,264

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Community News

Junior Class Talent Show at Highland View AcademySaturday, March 7 at 7:30 PM This event will take place on March 7th at the Highland View Gymnasium …Read More

Junior Class Talent Show at Highland View Academy

Saturday, March 7 at 7:30 PM

This event will take place on March 7th at the Highland View Gymnasium at 7:30 pm and will showcase various talents at our school. The cost is $7 per person. For a family of four, the cost is $25 and children two and under are free. Please come join us for this family fun event and support the class of 2021!

Mens Spanish Retreat

Saturday, March 28

The Chesapeake Conference is inviting all Spanish-speaking men, 15 years and older, to a one-day retreat at Mt. Aetna, in Hagerstown, MD. Our special speakers include Cesar de Leon, Yulian Tinoco, Alfredo Garcia- Marenko, and Josue Feliciano (for youth). The cost is $30. To register, call 443-430- 2325 or go to this Registration Link: https:// chesapeakeconferencesda.regfox.com/spanish-men-2020

Maryland Excel DMV

This Youth Based Sports Organization that caters to the Sabbath keeper is hosting their Spring 2020 basketball tryouts for boys and girls in grades 4 through 11 on March 1st. For more infomation visit their website: www.marylandexceldmv.com Thank you for supporting Christian Athletics

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