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Welcome to Atholton

Standing in Athens, the center of art, culture and intellect, the apostle Paul introduced one of the most foreign ideas to the people – that of a crucified and risen Savior. He revealed to them the God their hearts had always longed for. In this week’s message we’ll discover that the opposite of ignorance for Paul was not intellect or education, but repentance. Welcome to Atholton!

Today: Hospitality Lunch

Each week after the service a complimentary vegetarian luncheon is provided in the gym for guests. Thank you so much to the many members and wonderful cooks who generously support this ministry each week. Today is the Brute team.

Today: VBS Reunion

If you enjoyed VBS this year, you’re not going to want to miss our monthly VBS reunions. Mark your calendars for 2:30 pm for the following dates: October 12, November 9, January 11, 2020, February 8, 2020, March 14, 2020, April 11, 2020.

Tonight: "The Journey King Tut Missed"

- Part 11 of “In Search of Meaning: Archaeology and the Bible”, Oct. 12 at 6:30 pm. Such magnificent treasures were buried in the tombs of the ancient Egyptian pharoahs. Each one had special significance for the life to come. See these priceless artifacts found in Tutankhamun’s tomb. How is it that he never took his final journey? All dressed up with nowhere to go!

Tomorrow: Natural Lifestyle Cooking School

Sunday, Oct. 13, from 3 - 5 pm. “Celebrations.” All are welcome, including children. There is a fee for a workbook, additional recipes and food samples. To reserve your spot email

Tomorrow: "Jerusalem: City of Peace?"

- Part 12 of “In Search of Meaning: Archaeology and the Bible”, Sunday, Oct. 13 at 6:30 pm. Is it safe to walk the streets of this troubled city whose name means city of peace? Explore its holy places. Learn about the three religious groups and two ethnic groups that claim this land as their own personal heritage. Will peace ever come to this contentious city?

Next Friday: "What Happens in Sodom Stays in Sodom"

- Part 13 of “In Search of Meaning: Archaeology and the Bible”, October 18, 6:30 pm. Have the lost sin cities of Sodom and Gomorrah been found? We’ll examine evidence that makes many archaeologists conclude that the actual sites that are the basis for this ancient story have been uncovered southeast of the Dead Sea. These ancient cities were said to have been destroyed in a divine act of judgment over 4,000 years ago. They have become a byword for perversion and the New Testament symbol of the fires of hell.

Next Sabbath - Atholton Senior Day - October 19

------ Please bring your print Bibles! -------

This day will celebrate the oldest members of our church and will include a Sabbath School and Worship Service experience that has elements from the past (Nostaligic Traditional). The schedule for the day is:

9:30 - 10 am - Individual adult classes

10 - 10: 40 am - Combined adult Sabbath School program in the sanctuary to include song-service, first-hand mission reports, special music from the Kindergarten class and more.

10:50 am - Worship Service in a format from the past. You are invited to bring your print Bibles - “Let’s hear those pages rustling during the service!”

12:30 pm - Fellowship lunch in the gym

2:00 pm - Health Seminar in 7th gr. classrm

4:00 pm - Afternoons @ Atholton concert - Tae Ho Hwang, saxaphonist

6:30 pm - Archaeology and the Bible seminar The Senior Ministries department is honoring the church seniors age 68 years and older on this day. A photo session for them will follow the worship service. They are then invited to be seated in the front area ‘reserved’ tables in the gym during the fellowship dinner.


Sabbath, October 19 at 4 pm. Afternoons @Atholton presents prize-winning Saxophonist Tae Ho Hwang on Saturday, October 19 @ 4 pm. One of the most active young saxophonist on the east coast, Mr. Hwang will present an engaging concert that connects audiences through music that celebrates our diverse culture. As always, the concert is free and open to the public.

October's Senior Nugget newsletter

- this month’s Senior Nugget is entitled “How Music Improves Your Health”. It notes tips from a music therapist which provides how music enlightens you. Obtain your copy in the foyer or view it on Atholton’s web site.

Notecards to Servicemen

REMINDER: Lift the spirits of our military this holiday. How? By writing personal notes/cards to ANY SOLDIER BY OCTOBER 26th. If the basket is not in the foyer, please leave the items on secretary’s desk in the church office. The troops will be so grateful to know they are being thought of. It makes their holiday brighter.

Children's Sabbath - Oct. 26

We are excited to share that October 26 is Atholton Children’s Sabbath and we will have a special worship service featuring our children and a baptism. The theme is “God’s Amazing Grace” and is designed to encourage our children and our church to share the love of God with everyone in our church and community. Please plan to join us for worship and a celebration lunch (please bring a dish to share). For more information or to volunteer, please see Pastor Anastacia Ferguson-Bansie or Children’s Ministry Director Celeste Ryan Blyden.

Atholton Children's Choir

–Hey Moms and Dads. Your children are invited to join the Atholton Children’s Choir. October 26 is Children’s Sabbath at Atholton Church, and we are looking for children ages 5 to 12 to join us as we sing praises to the Lord. We will sing two songs. In preparation, we will practice October 12 and 19 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. at church and on Friday, October 25. Even if you cannot attend every practice, please sign up so we can share links to the songs. Please RSVP to our Children’s Ministries Director Celeste Ryan Blyden at before October 12.

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. We appreciate your cooperation.

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Worship Sabbath October 12, 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.

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

The Church in Worship 10:50 a.m.

Worship in the Word: "The Unknown God," by Pastor John Rengifo

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Week At A Glance

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October 12 - October 19, 2019

Sabbath the 12th

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

10:50 am Worship Service: "The Unknown God," Pastor John Rengifo

12:30 pm Fellowship Meal - gym

1:00 pm Deaconess meeting - youth suite

1:30 pm Children's choir - music room

2:30 pm VBS Reunion

6:30 pm Archaeology and the Bible Seminar - sanctuary

6:32 pm Sunset

Sunday the 13th

3:00 pm Natural Lifestyle Cooking School

6:30 pm Archaeology and the Bible Seminar - sanctuary

Monday the 14th

7:00 am Finance Committee - Pastor Franke's office

Wednesday the 6th

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

12:00 pm Prayer Line: 605.468.8040

6:16 pm Adventurer Meeting

7:00 pm Pathfinder Meeting - gym

Friday the 18th

6:23 pm Sunset

6:00 pm Archaeology and the Bible Seminar - sanctuary

Sabbath the 19th

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

10:00 am Adult combined Sabbath School program in sanctuary

10:50 am Worship Service: "Joseph of Cyprus, Son of Nabas" - Pastor Franke Zollman, speaker

12:30 pm Fellowship Meal - gym

1:30 pm Children's choir - music room

2:00 pm Health Seminar - 7th gr. classroom

4:00 pm Afternoons @ Atholton concert - sanctuary

6:22 pm Sunset

6:30 pm Arcaheology and the Bible Seminar - sanctuary

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Community News

Adventist Leadership Summit: "Recruiting and Training Volunteers" Sabbath, October 26, 2:30 pm - 6:00 pm at the Ellicott City SDA Church. This …Read More

Adventist Leadership Summit: "Recruiting and Training Volunteers"

Sabbath, October 26, 2:30 pm - 6:00 pm at the Ellicott City SDA Church. This Chesapeake Conference event features 7 presenters/ workshops. Free attendance but registration

Conference Town Hall Meeting

Sabbath, Nov. 16, 4:30 pm at the Ellicott City SDA Church. A Chesapeake Conference Mid-term Town Hall Meeting is scheduled for our region on Nov. 16 at the Ellicott City Church starting at 4:30 pm. The purpose of this meeting is to receive reports from the officers of Chesapeake Conference regarding the various activities and initiatives in which churches, schools and other institutions of the Conference have been engaged since the 2017 constituency meeting. This is an informational meeting. No votes will be taken. There will be a period for questions from the audience. The location of the meeting for our region is Ellicott City SDA Church, 3292 Saint Johns Lane, Ellicott City, MD 21044. Anyone may attend.

Women's Ministries Retreat

for the Chesapeake Conference. November 22, 2019 in Ocean City, MD. “Deeper Love: Experiencing Jesus” with Andrea Jakobsons (English) and Marta Dufis (Spanish). Early bird registration ends Sept. 1. For more information:

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Church Business

Offering ScheduleOctober 12 - Voice of Prophecy - NAD/WBOctober 19 - Atholton Combined Offering As of October 5, 2019Needed Weekly …Read More

Offering Schedule

  • October 12 - Voice of Prophecy - NAD/WB
  • October 19 - Atholton Combined Offering

As of October 5, 2019

Needed Weekly $5,753
Received for the Week $4,838
Needed Fiscal YTD $79,726
Received Fiscal YTD $55,778
Surplus/(Needed) ($23,948)

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