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History of the Pauls Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church as written in 1977
Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.” Eccl. 11:1. This is the principle that Earl Clough, a former teacher and health lecturer from Ardmore, operated on when he came to Pauls Valley several months before meetings were held here by an ordained minister.
For several weeks, he gave weekly health lectures over the local radio on Sunday and held meetings three nights per week. During the day, he visited the homes and gave Bible studies to as many as he could crowd into the time. After Elder Houghton came to hold meetings, he continued to work with them. His wife baked yeast bread, rolls, etc. at home, which were brought to the meetings, and later, given to various people attending the meetings. These loaves of bread were visual reinforcements and helped to draw, and to keep, the people coming to the meetings. This was the beginning of the Pauls Valley Church. Literally from the loaves of bread to the “bread of life.”
About Seventh-day Adventists
Adventists believe a Trinity of three persons--the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit--make up one God. They made salvation possible when Jesus, the Son, came to earth as a baby in Bethlehem and lived a sinless life in accordance with the Father's will. When Jesus was crucified for the sins of the people of the world and arose from the dead on the third day, victory was won for everyone.
When He returned to heaven following the resurrection, Jesus left the Holy Spirit to serve as our Comforter and Counselor. He promised to return to earth a second time to complete His plan of salvation and take His people to heaven. Adventists are among the believers who look forward to that day.
Adventists believe that God is concerned with the quality of human life, and that everything--the way we live, eat, speak, think, treat each other, and care for the world around us--is a part of His plan. Our families, our children, our jobs, our talents, our money, and our time are all important to Him.