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New Jersey Conference Says Goodbye to "Faithful Servants"

Story by Raquel Guevara

New Jersey Conference staff recently bid farewell to retiring pastors Eleazar De Gracia and José Guevara.

Eleazer De Gracia is a Panama native. He graduated in 1978 from Montemorelos University in Mexico. He met his wife, Naty, while in school. They moved to the New Jersey Conference in 1988, and served in several different districts there. The De Gracias have two grown children and four grandchildren.  READ MORE


Camp Blue Ridge Directors to Leave Post

Story by Michelle Bernard

After prayerful consideration, Jerrod and Jennifer Gabel, directors of Camp Blue Ridge (Montebello, Va.) have decided to return to Washington State to work on his family’s long-standing farm. The farm has encountered significant challenges over the years and they feel a strong calling to return and support the family in this time of need. Their last day with the Potomac Conference will be Feb. 29.  READ MORE

Why Your Church Needs a Safety Sabbath

It’s Sabbath morning at your local church but one attendee did not come to worship. The gunman enters your sanctuary and pulls out a weapon. What do you do?

When Carlos’ mother comes to pick him up after Sabbath School, the other children say he left with a woman they had never seen before.   READ MORE


New Union Calendar Features Hope

Story by Michelle Bernard

The 2016 Columbia Union Calendar features pictures that illustrate some of the ways members in the Columbia Union share messages of love, ministries of grace and seeds of hope.“In each Visitor, we feature stories of how God is working in and through people in the Columbia Union to make life better for others, as Jesus did,” says Celeste Ryan Blyden, vice president for communication and public relations.  READ MORE