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Pathfinder Club Update

Saturday, March 6th, 2021

This last year sure has been interesting, hasn’t it? Well, the Akron Crusaders Pathfinders has not let that get in their way of moving forward, whether it be in person or virtual.

We began our club this year in October, a little later than usual, but then that’s how things have been lately. After figuring out all of the logistics, we were able to make it happen. Our members have been meeting virtually and in person. They have the option, depending on their comfort level. We have been meeting at MCS either outside or in the gymnasium, as it gives us more space. Those who meet in person work on more active honors this year and let the Pathfinders do the majority of their class work on their own. The Pathfinders that meet online work on a different set of honors, as of course active honors would be complicated for them to achieve.

Unfortunately, this year we have not been able to have our normal activities such as camping at the Ohio Camporee (although they did offer a virtual camporee of sorts), International Food Fair, our annual club camp-in and other various events. We will be participating in the Pathfinder Virtual Fair in the spring and the Virtual Pinewood Derby. We also hope to offer a “modified” International Food Fair, maybe in May, look for more information on this. Although things have not been the same been the same, by far, we very blessed to continue this important ministry for our young people. Whereas in other years we have had 30 plus members, this year we have 15, but every member counts and we would still offer our club if we only had 1!

We want to thank our dedicated staff and the church for all of your support for the Akron Crusaders Pathfinder Club.

Signs of the Times Outreach

Friday, July 6th, 2012

As part of our outreach to the Akron area our church is sponsoring 3 new Signs of the Times Boxes with free copies of the message filled Signs of the Times Magazine. Additionally, each magazine has a tear-out signup card for the Discover Bible School Lessons. We invite you to visit these boxes and see what they look like in person and pause there to pray for the individuals that pickup these magazines, that their hearts may be touched by the gospel filled articles in these magazines.

Our Boxes are located between the Burger King and Revol Wireless stores in South Plaza Shopping Center, E. Waterloo Road, Arlington Plaza Shopping Center, by
the Radio Shack store, S. Arlington Street and the Family Dollar, South Arlington Street. Please pray for us as we begin this ministry.

You can read Signs of the times online at

2012 Walk to Stop Hunger

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

Join the Akron Area Interfaith Council for the 2012 Walk To Stop Hunger on May 6, 2012. Registration is at 2:00 pm and the walk begins at 3:00 pm. The walk will begin and end at the Unitarian Universalist Church at 3300 Morewood Road. The walk will be 2 1/2 miles and will follow Morewood Road and West Market Street.

After the walk there will be a hot soup. 100 percent of donations go to the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank. Non-perishable foods will also be collected at registration. For more information, please visit, email, or call 330.329.5132.

Prophecies Deciphered

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

The signs of the times suggest that we’re very near to the return of Jesus Christ. Deciphering Bible prophecy will help to bring meaning to current events. Come join us for a series of meetings, beginning on September the 30th, on understanding Bible prophecies and designed to give you a hope and peace about the unknown future.

The Prophecies Decoded Bible seminar will be simulcasted at the Akron First Seventh-day Adventist church from Nashville, Tennessee. Meetings will be held each Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday evening at 7:30pm, running from September the 30th to October the 29th. Please visit for more information.

Discover Bible School Rally

Saturday, September 3rd, 2011

This coming weekend, September the 9th and 10th our church will be hosting a Discover Bible School Rally featuring radio and tv host Lonnie Melashenko. Lonnie will lead us out in two powerful days of study with an easy‐to‐use Bible marking plan to place a wealth of Bible knowledge at our fingertips. The meetings are designed to illustrate the important truths for the end‐time and help to transform your own Bible into a virtual encyclopedia of biblical information.

Meeting Times for the Series are as follows:

Friday, September 9, 2011
7:15 PM
“The Woman of Revelation”
Saturday, September 10, 2011
9:30 AM
“Revelation’s Most Potent Truth: The Elijah Message”
11:00 AM
“How Millions Have Been Misled: The Emblem of Liberty, Loyalty and Love”
12:30 PM
Luncheon: Free sample vegetarian dishes for all attendees
1:30 PM
“Life After Death”

Lonnie Melasheko

About our Guest Instructor

International speaker, E. Lonnie Melashenko, former Director‐Speaker of The Voice of Prophecy radio program (1989‐2008), brings 42 years of ministry into focus having served as pastor, evangelist, seminar speaker, author, gospel recording artist and radio‐TV host. Presently he serves at Kettering Health Network (Dayton, OH) as Vice President for Spiritual Services and Missions. You can find out more information about Lonne by going to this link at the Voice of Prophecy’s website.

More Information

The series will be hosted by the Akron First Seventh-day Adventist Church. For location information and directions please see our Visitors page. Child care and a free lunch on Saturday afternoon will be provided.

A free New King James Version Andrews Study Bible (12,000 study notes, maps & much, much more) will be give to all participants. Learn more about this exciting and dynamic Bible to help study God’s word here.

Andrews Study Bible

Adventist Television Ministries

Friday, February 11th, 2011

The Adventist church has numerous television ministries in North America continue to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ. These programs and channels are available online through each ministries website or can be watched through various television channels. Some of these ministries are listed below along with where they can be watched in Northeast Ohio. May they be a blessing to you.

Hope TV
Hope TV is the official television channel of the Adventist church. It is available on DirecTV (Ch. 368) and streaming at or through your iPhone.
Hope Channel
Note: To receive the Hope Channel on DirecTV you can use any receiver, but your dish must have 3 or 5 LNBFs (the electronic “eyes” on the arm in front of the dish). Hope Channel is not transmitted on the main DirecTV satellite, but is carried on a side satellite. This means that if you have DirecTV service with a small 18″ dish and single LNBF you must upgrade your system. DirecTV offers this upgrade to existing customers for around $50.

Breath of Life
Breath of Life targets an urban audience and can can be found on the Discovery Channel or Hope Channel on Sunday at 7 AM and on the Word Network Sunday at 1:30 PM. These stations can be found on Time Warner Akron & Canton and on DirectTV.

Faith for Today
Faith for Today’s Lifestyle Magazine centers on discussions around with health, spiritual and moral issues. Faith for Today airs on the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), locally on WDLI Channel 17 on Thursdays at 1:30 PM.

It is Written
It is Written is a general religious program. It was founded in 1956 by George Vandeman and was the first religious program to air in color, and the first to take advantage of satellite technology. It is Written airs on the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), locally on WDLI Channel 17 on Sundays at 1:30 PM. It is Written also has a series of podcasts available on their website

Vacation Bible School

Friday, July 16th, 2010

All children in kindergarten through the sixth grade are welcome to come join us at “Saddle Ridge Ranch” for a great time for Vacation Bible School. The fun runs from July the 19th to July the 23rd from 6:00 – 8:00 PM each evening at the Akron First Seventh-day Adventist Church.

2010 Ohio Hometown Campmeetings

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Besides the local hometown campmeeting in Wooster, Ohio on June 18th and 19th (More information here) there were be several other hometown campmeetings scattered throught Ohio over the next several months. More information about each event is listed below.


June 9-13, 2010
Columbus Eastwood Church, 6400 S. Sunbury Road, Westerville, OH 43081
“I Will Come Again”
Dave Weigley, President, Columbia Union, Philip Samaan, Professor of Religion at Southern Adventist University, and Richard O’Ffill, Author and Speaker.
One Voice, Friday evening, June 11 and Larry Ford (Gaither artist), Saturday evening, June 12
Adventist Book Center will be on-site and free primitive camping will be available on the banks of Big Walnut Creek.
More information:
Find out more on Columbus Eastwood’s Facebook page or at their church website.


June 21-26
Clifton Church, 3800 Clifton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45220
“Investing in Your Future”
Other Info:
Camp Meeting and Vacation Bible School programs will run each evening from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Each day an expert will lead in discussing a special topic, including health, finances and parenting.

Mount Vernon

July 15-17
Mount Vernon Hill Church, 535 Wooster Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050
“In the Beginning, God created …”
Fred Shoemaker, PhD, Pastor of Mount Vernon Hill Church
July 15, 7 pm – “Are There Two Separate Creation Accounts in Gen. 1 & 2?”
July 16, 7 pm – “The Link Between the Cross and a Seven-day Creation”
July 17, 11:15 am – “The Adventist Contribution to the Creationist Debate”


September 10-11
Portsmouth Church, 2109 27th Street, Portsmouth, OH 45662
“Keep On Keeping On!”
Jim Gilley, President, Three Angels Broadcasting Network

Personal Encounters with Jesus

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

We invite you to attend the second annual Hometown Camp Meeting in Wooster, Ohio at the Ohio Agricultural Research & Development Center (OARDC) Secrest Amphitheater. You will be blessed as you come to worship God under the pines and to enjoy God’s nature and beauty all around you. We pray you will enjoy the songs we sing together, the sharing of God’s word and the beauty you will drink in as you walk the grounds of the OARDC. In the sharing of the word throughout the weekend Chaplain Clive Wilson will share with us what it means to have a personal encounter with Jesus on a daily basis and to have God’s power in our lives as we journey with Him.

There will also be a special prayer walk that will be available to you starting Friday evening. You will journey with Jesus on this special walk and we pray the Holy Spirit will speak to your heart and draw you to a closer walk with Jesus. Listen for that still small voice as Jesus speaks His love to you in a special way. Paul Muniz will be presenting messages in Spanish for the Hispanic group this year. We are so excited to be able to include our brothers and sisters in Christ. We look forward to having you with us.

Hometown Campmeeting Schedule

Adult Schedule
June 18, 2010 – Friday
7:00 p.m. – Chaplain Clive
June 19, 2010 – Saturday
10:30 a.m. – Music & Chaplain Clive
12:30 p.m. – Lunch served by Akron SDA Church
2:30 p.m. – Puppet Show
3:30 p.m. – Chaplain Clive
5:00 p.m. – Supper served by Wooster SDA Church
6:30 p.m. – Chaplain Clive & Gospel Concert

Hispanic Schedule
June 19, 2010 – Saturday
10:30 a.m. – Esperanza Muniz
12:30 p.m. – Lunch @ OARDC
3:30 p.m. – Esperanza Muniz
5:00 p.m. – Supper @ OARDC
6:30 p.m. – Meet at the OARDC

Children age 12 and Under Schedule
There will be a children’s morning program on June 19, 2010 @ 10:30 a.m. located at the OARDC. Directions will be given upon arrival. There will also be a puppet show in the afternoon for all to enjoy. Friday evening all ages meet together at the OARDC.

Youth/Young Adults Schedule Schedule
Ages 13 to 23
Young adults will meet at the Wooster Seventh-day Adventist Church at 445 North Bever Street, Wooster, OH 44691 in the fellowship hall. There will be a shuttle bus to transport them to the OARDC for meal time. Friday evening ALL ages will meet together at the OARDC.

Finding Your Way There

OARDC address: 1680 Madison Avenue, Wooster, Ohio 44691

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As you arrive at the OARDC you will follow black arrows to the Amphitheater. There will be parking attendants to direct you for parking. If you are physically challenged there will be a golf cart to transport you down to the amphitheater. Bring a blanket for sitting on the grass if you wish, or bring your favorite lawn chair for greater comfort. If you have any questions please feel free to call. Look forward to seeing you there.

About the Speakers

About Chaplain Clive

Clive Wilson
Chaplain Clive was born in the quaint town of Bedford, United Kingdom and is the youngest of six children. Presently Clive joyfully serves as the Campus Chaplain for Kettering College of Medical Arts in Kettering, Ohio, where as an assistant professor, he also teaches classes in religion and theology at the undergraduate level. Clive is also responsible, along with a team of talented student leaders, for the spiritual programming on the college campus. Clive also works alongside the pastoral team at the Kettering Seventh day Adventist church, (the college church), teaching and speaking there regularly.

Clive is married to the beautiful and super talented Geeta (nee Patel) Wilson, and together they have four handsome sons: Premkush, Rishi, Kishi and Khushi.

About Paul & Esperanza Muniz

Paul Muniz, a twenty-year police officer struggled with his call into ministry for seven years before giving into the Lords call. Since his departure from police work he has held pastorate positions in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. In addition to his ministerial duties Paul has been involved in Christian radio broadcasting, missions, and youth mentoring. Currently he is working on a Masters of Divinity at Andrews University. Paul has gone from enforcing the laws of the land to conveying the Divine
laws of God. Recently he was partnered with his wife Esperanza; together they work to bring souls to Jesus’ precinct of love, power and hope.
Paul and Esperanza Muniz
Esperanza Alvarez-Muniz, a former teacher, completed her master in Divinity from Andrews University in 2007, where she currently serves as a Dean of women. She has been very active in youth ministries for the past twenty years and envisions empowering young people to have a cool and personal relationship with Jesus.

Pastors Paul and Esperanza Muniz are determined to share the love for their Savior, with people of all walks of life encouraging them to “taste the Lord for and see that the Lord is good” (Ps. 34:8). Through their precinct ministry of love, power and hope they are committed to teach, train, and empower this generation to strive and shine for Christ.

About The Gospel Echoes Quartet

A full gospel concert will be given Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. in the OARDC Amphitheater by The Gospel Echoes Quartet. We look forward to sharing in song and praise to our heavenly Father during this special time together.

Akron First Kindergarten is High Energy Fun

Saturday, April 24th, 2010

If you are looking for a lively group on Sabbath morning, look no further than the Kindergarten Sabbath School room. We generally have anywhere from four to eight 4 & 5 year-olds in attendance, and are pleased to now have several children from the Spanish church attending on a regular basis. Despite the language and cultural differences, all of our members have a common bond: unlimited energy! Whether they are singing, praying, learning about God through Nature Time, or listening intently to one of the exciting Bible stories, these kids do it with enthusiasm. As you can see, rarely can we get them stand still for a picture!

Our lessons for the month of April focus on the life of Jacob. It is so encouraging to hear them ask “what happens next?” when we end each week’s story. God is blessing our class, and we are so thankful for each of our Kindergarteners. If anyone is able to play the piano for our song service, please let Dave or Michele Keyes know!

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