Dr. Donald King presenting Samantha Armstrong with the Service Award
On June 6, 2009 the Patchogue SDA Church had the privilege of having as the guest speaker the President of the Atlantic Union Conference, Dr. Donald G. King, and his wife, Dr. Lois King. Not only was the Patchogue Church uplifted by their presence and informative contributions during the Sabbath School lesson study hour, the church was honored by the president when he presented one of its elders, Samantha Armstrong, the President's Service Award in appreciation of her 10 years of dedicated work in the Patchogue community and church.
Pastor King's sermon "Keeping warm in a cold place" was in step with his mission in life which is "to inspire and motivate others to achieve Christian excellence and ways of wellness in their lives." The congregation, with intense concentration, drank in every word God inspired him that day to speak, words that were as water to "a dry and dreary land." The personal testimony given by Dr. Lois King regarding her life and how she came to the message was an eye-opener and brought a tear to more than one person's eye. The message was timely, demanded introspective reflection, yet, was encouraging. The hymn of meditation was a duet sung by Elder Earl Huie of Patchogue Church and Dr. Jennifer Huie of the Washington Avenue SDA Church in the Bronx.
Following the service, a fellowship luncheon was provided by the social committee that was truly enjoyed. The Kings exuded such warmth and genuine caring that many of the members expressed sadness when the King's had to leave. Even one of the next door neighbors of the church stated that they thought the King's were "family" of one of the church members by what she had observed. Praise God we are all part of the family of God.
May God use us to keep others warm in the light of God's love while living in this cold place until He comes.
Elder Mark Armstrong
Patchogue SDA Church
Picture #2 A duet sung by Elder Earl Huie, Patchogue Church and Dr. Jennifer Huie, Washington Avenue Church in the Bronx.