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Union ASI Convention Emphasizes “Chosen Vessels,” Raises $10,000

Story by Natasha Iheme
Published 5/1/12

Columbia Union ASI keynote speaker Ivor Myers, speaker/director of Power of the Lamb Ministries

The Adventist-laymen's Services & Industries (ASI) Columbia Union chapter (CUASI) recently held their annual convention at Potomac Conference’s Vienna (Va.) church. Some 700 attendees, including church members, donated some $10,000 to fund upcoming CUASI projects that aim to fulfill ASI’s motto of “Sharing Christ in the Marketplace.”

Their theme was “Chosen Vessels: Called & Faithful.” In this gathering more than 60 ministries joined more than 35 business owners. In his opening seminar, Pastor Ivor Myers, speaker/director of Power of the Lamb Ministries, spoke of what it means to be a chosen vessel called as a Seventh-day Adventist ministry/business owner. He explained that ministry leaders and business owners should be faithful to the required work and have a full understanding of the Advent gospel message that they are to share in the marketplace. 

Myers also conducted three seminars informing area students from several academy groups on the subtle dangers of the entertainment industry.  His personal testimony held the rapt attention of every youth.   Some schools traveled more than three hours to attend. 

The Guild of Adventist Musicians, founded by Jeanette Nelson, provided musical performances for the sundown worship. The testimonies and music from students of the Miracle Meadows School in Salem, W.Va., opened the service. 

During the Ministries in Action portion of Sabbath School, CUASI members shared what they are doing as chosen vessels to impact the spread of the gospel around the world. The day continued with Myers preaching for the divine service while Allegheny East Conference’s Ebenezer church choir of Philadelphia provided anthems and hymns throughout the service. 

Henry Wright, senior pastor of Potomac’s Community Praise Center in Alexandria, Va., provided the Sabbath vespers message. In short his message was, “We are called not for what we can do for others, but for what God wants to do through us.” 

After vespers, there was a Circle of Ministry session where Columbia Union members mingled with business and ministry leaders to network and share in-depth ministry testimonies. “Every year it is refreshing to share this fellowshipping time which allows all attending to intimately know what ministries are in Columbia Union, what they are doing to share Christ in their marketplace, where their skills and expertise can be utilized and unique ways others can also share Christ in the marketplace,” said D. Francine Hayden, CUASI president.

On Sunday morning, Pastor Myers closed the convention weekend by reminding attendees of their purpose on this Earth.  The last session was a business session where CUASI members voted in new officers Eric Garloff as vice president of Evangelism and Natasha Iheme as vice president of Communication.

CUASI’s next convention will take place at the Ebenezer church, March 8-10, 2013. Pastor Henry Wright will be the keynote speaker Pastor Henry Monroe Wright and the theme for the weekend is “Closed on Sabbaths.”

This year, the international ASI convention is coming to the Columbia Union. The August 8-10 meeting will beheld at the Duke Energy Conventionl Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Themed “It’s Tine … To be About Our Father’s Business.”