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Welcome to Atholton

It’s been called the Holy Grail of Shipwrecks. Just a few years ago a Spanish Armada was discovered off the coast of Colombia. It was a treasure ship carrying vast amounts of gold, silver, and gems sitting at the bottom of the sea for over 300 years. What good is treasure when it lies buried? This week we look at a teaching of Jesus which calls on us to unearth a talent more valuable than gold. Welcome to Atholton!

Thank You!

Dear church family… How can we thank you for the wonderful welcome that you gave us on Sabbath, February 2? It can be difficult to be strangers in a sea of new faces, but your warmth and support flowed so freely! Thank you so much for the beautiful gifts that will remind us of that special day, but thank you even more for letting the love of Jesus shine through you. We are really looking forward to working together and following Jesus as He leads our work in Columbia. Please keep praying for our church...that each of us will truly see Jesus more clearly. With grateful hearts, Pastor Franke and Kandace

Couple's Dinner - Feb 17

Atholton’s Family Life Ministries presents a Couple’s Dinner on Sunday, February 17 at 5:30 pm. The dinner will be held at the the Chesapeake Conference next door. Affordable childcare will be provided by the Pathfinders as a fundraiser for Oshkosh at the Atholton Church.

Vision Processing Disorder Seminar - February 19 at 7:00 pm in the Church Sanctuary

Do you have or know a smart kid who has trouble reading? Vision is more than 20/20 eyesight. Vision is how your brain processes the images the eyes are sending it. This can affect reading, writing, spelling, handwriting, math and sports performance. The good news is the 90% of these disorders can be “cured” quickly and forever! Atholton Parent Partnership welcomes Dr. Dana Taylor, who will present on vision processing disorders and treatments.

Pastor John Rengifo Away Feb 20-27

Pastor John will be in California to visit family next week. Any communication for him can be directed to the church office or the pastoral staff.

AAA Open House

Come experience the Atholton Advantage. Atholton Adventist Academy invites all interested families to Open House on Wednesday,February 20, 2019. Students entering Pre-K –Grade 10 will participate in classroom activities and tour the school from 9:00-11:00 am. For details or to RSVP, please call 410-740-2425 or email us at . To learn more about Atholton Adventist Academy, visit our website at

Gym Night Feb. 16

Men’s Ministry is opening the gym on Saturday night, Feb. 16 from 6:00 to 9:00pm. Basketball and other games will be played.

Atholton Talent Show

You’ve Got Talent?” will be February 23rd in the school gymnasium. Food sales will start at 6:30 p.m. and the show will start at 7:00 p.m. We will also have a silent auction of baked goods. We will be auctioning Sahomy Gregory’s French macarons, Jasmin Elliot’s cassava cake, Nora Nalli’s Oreo truffles, Cherie Collett’s German chocolate pie, and much more. See you there!

Afternoons @ Atholton

Afternoons @Atholton presents the New England Youth Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Brian Liu, in concert on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 3 pm.

The New England Youth Ensemble is the resident orchestral programme for Washington Adventist University. Founded by the late, Dr. Virginia Gene Rittenhouse, the orchestra is now under the direction of Dr. Preston Hawes, assisted by Dr. Brian Liu. An active touring orchestra, the NEYE has performed in over 40 countries and is the most performed ensemble in Carnegie Hall.

The concert will feature works by Mahler, Mascagni, and Mozart. The featured soloist for this concert will be Ms. Emile Flores, performing Mozart’s Violin Concerto #5 in A major. The concert will close with Mozart’s Symphony #41 in C Major (Jupiter). The concert is free and open to the public.

Cooking School Returns

Mark your calendars for the 2nd Sunday 3-5 pm starting in March. More details to come soon.

EAT RED for Health

Did you know that red grapes are high in antioxidants and fiber making them very heart health. They have been shown to lower blood pressure, reduce inflammation, and reduce heart muscle damage related to a high-salt diet. They have also been shown to reduce blood triglyceride levels, LDL cholesterol levels, and improve blood vessel function. They’re wonderful as a snack or in salads. See the new recipe in the foyer for red grapes.

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) that may be left behind or in cars to be made easily 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.

February Senior Nugget

Senior Ministries is featuring our new Senior Pastor, Franke J. Zollman, and his wife, Kandace. We are pleased to welcome the Zollman’s to Atholton. Read their interesting ministry history in this month’s issue of the Senior Nugget (a publication for all ages). Copies may be found on foyer counter or viewed online on Atholton’s website. The Nugget is also highlighting February Heart Month with useful tips on signs of a heart attack.

Hospitality Luncheon

Each week after the service, a complimentary vegetarian luncheon is provided downstairs in the gymnasium for guests. This Sabbath’s menu is open potluck. Next Sabbath’s meal is hosted by the Esther Liu’s Team who’s menu plan is international rice dishes, fruits, veggies, and desserts.

Thank you to our hospitality teams for faithfully providing and preparing delicious meals for our guests! This is a big commitment of time and personal expense. Members who participate are encouraged to support by bringing food to share and by offering assistance during or after meals. Your support is greatly appreciated. It makes a big difference!

Kids Clothing Drive

Atholton Alligators Discovery/Adventurer Club is holding a Kids Clothing Drive. Please help us collect kids clothes until our Kids Clothing Bazar event on March 17, 2019. Donations can be placed on the large green boxes at the church.

Coming in April

How To Prevent Falls, a joint seminar sponsored by Atholton’s Health Ministries and Senior Ministries. Flyers will be posted soon. The six-week, two-hour, seminar is scheduled to begin, April 20th, from 1-3 pm. Seminar is open to Atholton members, family, friends and community. Seminar is conducted by a professional facilitator, registration fee will be required.

Financial Assistance

Limited Financial Assistance is available for those entering the 11th/12th grade in the 2019/2020 school year. Students must be attending an academy in the Columbia Union. Only online applications will be accepted\ through the FACTS portal that can be accessed only through our church website ( Criteria and more detailed information are available under “Resources at our church website. The deadline for applications is March 1, 2019.

Library Lines

I recently spoke with Atholton member Tom Edwards about the book Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions (Gregory Kohl, Zondervan, 2009). Tom describes it as a “book that’s telling us how to engage with people about what they really believe without being offensive.” For example, if you ask someone what they believe and they don’t have any proof for it, sometimes they turn the tables and ask you why you believe what you believe. A tactic Kohl mentions is to toss the ball back in their court: “We were discussing why you believe what you believe, and I’m just trying to learn.”

Another tactic is labeled “the Colombo” (for those of you too young to know, Colombo was a detective in a TV show by the same name). Tom notes, “He always looks like a bumbling inspector who doesn’t know what he’s doing, so he asks for help” (often from the target of his investigation). Colombo always gets in the last and the most important question, though, which is why he succeeds. “The goal isn’t to get people confused,” says Tom, “but to get them thinking…I don’t know what you’re saying, so help me understand.”

As a result of reading Tactics, Tom states that he’s become more of a questioner and more of a listener. “I use these tactics when I’m teaching my Sabbath School class.”

Read a good book this week! ≈Terese Thonus

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Worship Sabbath February 16, 2019

Atholton Church welcomes their new Senior Pastor, Franke Zollman

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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 Last Parables of Jesus, Part III: Buried Treasure," by Pastor John Rengifo

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Week At A Glance

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February 16-23, 2019

Sabbath the 16th

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

10:50 am Worship Service with Pastor John Rengifo

12:30 pm Fellowship Lunch

2:30 pm VBS Reunion

5:44 pm Sunset

6:00 pm Gym Night

Monday the 18th

all day Church Office is closed for President's Day

Tuesday the 19th

6:00 pm AAA Vision Seminar

Wednesday the 20th

10:00 am Midday Bible Study

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

6:00 pm Adventure Club

7:00 pm Pathfinders

7:00 pm Revelation Speaks

Thursday the 21st

7:00 pm Depression Recovery Meeting

Friday the 22nd

5:51 pm Sunset

Sabbath the 23rd

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

10:50 am Worship Service with Pastor Franke Zollman

12:30 pm Hospitality Luncheon

2:00 pm Living Water Group Bible Study

3:00 pm Afternoons @ Atholton Concert Series

5:52 pm Sunset

6:00 pm AAA Talent Show

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Community News

GLAA Aerokhanas Gymnastic Team Passion Play and PerformanceThe week of February 25-March 2, the Great Lakes Adventist Academy Aerokhanas Gymnastics …Read More

GLAA Aerokhanas Gymnastic Team Passion Play and Performance

The week of February 25-March 2, the Great Lakes Adventist Academy Aerokhanas Gymnastics Team will be HVA’s guest speakers for Week of Prayer. The Aerokhanas will be performing their passion play on Thursday, Feb 28, 7:00 PM at Highland View Church. Saturday, March 1st, the team will be leading the entire church service and we will close the Sabbath together with Vespers at 6:30 pm at HVC. The Aerokhanas will end the week with a gymnastics performance in Highland View Academy’s gym, Saturday night at 8:00 PM. All family, friends and community members are welcome to these free events! Please contact Matt Price at 616-402-7145 with any questions.

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Church Business

Offering ScheduleFebruary 23 - Chesapeake AdvanceMarch 2 - Atholton Combined OfferingAs of February 9, 2018Needed Weekly …Read More

Offering Schedule

  • February 23 - Chesapeake Advance
  • March 2 - Atholton Combined Offering

As of February 9, 2018

Needed Weekly $5,370
Received for the Week $3,393
Needed Fiscal YTD $171,836
Received Fiscal YTD $173,781
Surplus/(Needed) $1,945

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