On 8/26/2023, Gabriel Wilkerson became the newest member of the Breath Of Life SDA church and was publicly immersed in the water to demonstrate his commitment to follow Jesus’s example through Baptism. We celebrate with his family and pray that he will continue on trusting God as he serves his country as a member of the US Air Force. Four years ago, at the International Pathfinder Camporee, Gabriel and his mother searched for a Teen Leadership Training program bring offered by a Pathfinder Club in the DC Metro area. They found the Beltsville Broncos Club in the Potomac Conference. Gabriel had completed his Guide level and wanted to do more and receive Christian Leadership Training. He brought his three younger brothers to join the club with him. The commitment he demonstrated throughout this four year program has been exemplary. Two years ago he also began his Master Guide Journey with the club counselors. Towards the end of this journey, his study of the Master Guide requirements, combined with his collective study, and Pathfinder experiences with his counselors over these many years helped him realize the importance baptism. He understood that making the very public declaration to follow the examples of Jesus begins with baptism. This is the link to witness a new birth for yourself: Gabriel’s Baptism We are looking forward to continue our journey with him and his brothers as mentors and family no matter where this life takes them. May the God of peace protect and keep him safe throughout all his life journeys, so that he may continue to be a powerful witness to the supreme power of the living God of Creation.
July 1 is the beginning of our 2021-2022 Pathfinder Year. It was good to have our club directors and their deputies join us for our July 11 directors’ meeting. Pastor Sherilyn O’Ffill and the Potomac Conference Coordinators are looking forward to a wonderful and challenging year filled with many opportunities to share Jesus Christ with your Pathfinders. We are posting the full video of the meeting here for you to review so club directors can successfully plan the 2021-2022 Pathfinder Year. As information becomes available, it will be added to new posts on this website, so check-in for updates.
Ingredients List: Please have the following items available and ready to use during our presentation.
1 – 2 Cups Flour
½ Cup Salt
½ Cup Water
After the honor time is over, you will need access to an oven or some other way of getting your art completely dry before you paint and/or seal it.
HOW WE ARE GOING TO MAKE THIS WORK FOR ALL OF US:
1 – Attached is the worksheet for the honor. It is a fillable PDF so if you want, you can open it and type in your answers in the fields provided. This is so that you can show both your completed worksheet and your finished projects to your director or counselor. Once you do this they will be able to get the honor patch to you.
2 – PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT THERE IS AN ADULT nearby while you are in this session. This is for your safety and so that they can help you with parts of this honor process which might be more difficult and/or riskier (a hot oven).
Christopher Alexander Walker was an amazing person whom many people loved and considered a close friend. Despite serious struggles with Sickle Cell Disease, he accomplished a great deal in his too-short life. His academic successes were impressive, but eclipsed by his achievements in youth ministry. His service to youth was as integral to him as breathing. He was a person who radiated joy and humor and warmth. He also understood the challenges of young people and knew how to connect with and support teens. He loved people and kept in touch with so many who needed that connection. He perceived needs and found ways to meet them, often putting people together with others who had the needed skills or resources. He chose to be joyful and grateful every day despite chronic and often severe pain. His faith was his foundation and he showed the world what the love of Jesus looks like in person. His influence will live on in those who were fortunate to share his life.
We are grateful for the presentations that were made by each of the club directors. Each demonstrated why Potomac Pathfinders is an effective and essential ministry at every level in Potomac Conference. Our meeting was very productive, and we learned that we are all stronger when we press together, share information, and prayerfully seek God’s direction at every step in this ministry. We learned that we have all found the Covid-19 environment very challenging to adjust to. We also learned:
that personalizing our approach to staff gives them the encouragement they need to move forward with us.
Making personal connections with our pathfinders increases they desire to continue because they have an increase sence of belonging.
This new environment constantly forces us to re-focus on the original intent of our club ministry.
We can maintain the health and safety of our club members and staff as we explore new creative ways to meet our required elements in the Pathfinder program.
As they become available, I will post the materials each presenter has shared as a resource to use in your ministry.
Agradecemos las presentaciones realizadas por cada uno de los directores del club. Cada uno demostró por qué Potomac Conquestadores es un ministerio eficaz y esencial en todos los niveles de la Conferencia Potomac. Nuestra reunión fue muy productiva, y aprendimos que todos somos más fuertes cuando nos unimos, compartimos información y buscamos en oración la dirección de Dios en cada paso de este ministerio. Aprendimos que a todos nos ha parecido muy difícil adaptarse al entorno Covid-19. También aprendimos:
que personalizar nuestro enfoque hacia el personal les da el aliento que necesitan para seguir adelante con nosotros.
Hacer conexiones personales con nuestros pioneros aumenta su deseo de continuar porque tienen un mayor sentido de pertenencia.
Este nuevo entorno nos obliga constantemente a reenfocarnos en la intención original del ministerio de nuestro club.
Podemos mantener la salud y la seguridad de los miembros y el personal de nuestro club a medida que exploramos nuevas formas creativas de cumplir con nuestros elementos requeridos en el programa Conquestadores.
A medida que estén disponibles, publicaré los materiales que cada presentador ha compartido como recurso para usar en su ministerio.
This is a presentation that was shared by the Olney Musketeers director, Andrew Herolds.
Esta es una presentación que fue compartida por el director de Olney Musketeers, Andrew Herolds.
Living Hope Messengers Pathfinder Club hosted a Facebook Live event on Sabbath, May 23 at 4 PM. The Honor was taught by Pastor Christian Martin live on their Facebook page:
Click on the embedded YouTube video below.
This is an opportunity for all interested Pathfinders and staff members to earn the Cultural Heritage Honor by watching the presentation, filling out the attached sheet below and submitting it to your club directors to receive your patch.
Dear Conference Youth Directors and Pathfinder Leaders,
Your Columbia Union Pathfinder Bible Experience (PBE) planning team has been closely monitoring the rapidly developing Coronavirus threat. We are attempting to strike a balance between responding diligently and not overreacting to the situation. We are considering alternative models to our traditional PBE event. However, it has become increasingly clear to us the necessity of postponing our PBE event. Thus, there will be no Union level PBE event held on March 21.
We will continue to closely watch how the virus continues to spread and evaluate its impact on our churches and communities. In early April, we will reassess the feasibility of rescheduling this event.
I thank you for your patience and understanding as we attempt to responsibly respond to this crisis. Please understand that our priority has been and always will be the safety and wellbeing of our Pathfinders.
I would like to express my personal appreciation to Sherilyn O’Ffill, our union PBE coordinator, and our planning team for their quick action and due diligence to this very fluid situation.