Story by Andre Hastick
During the annual Winter Relief program, the Living Word church partnered with the Arundel House of Hope, Inc., both located in Glen Burnie, Md., to provide shelter for 25 homeless men for a week. Kleyton Feitosa, pastor of Living Word, discovered this pro- gram after visiting Arundel House of Hope to inquire how his church could help the less fortunate in the community. To meet the needs of the homeless men, a group of 45 church volunteers provided them with bedding, food, clean laundry, showers, social activities and counseling.
Story by Darren Wilkins
It is with great sadness that I share with you the passing of our beloved grades 3 and 4 teacher and alumna Mrs. Kimberly Geach Orr (’06) on November 19, due to flu complications. Orr taught at Spring Valley Academy (SVA) for the past seven-and-a-half years, and the school has already felt the void left by her unexpected departure.
The memory of her radiant smile, easy laugh and dedicated teaching will live on for a long time in all of us. Orr leaves behind her husband, Cameron, and 2-year-old daughter, Scarlett. She will be sadly missed by her family, students and friends, but we rejoice because we have that “Blessed Hope” to meet her again one day!
Story by Elizabeth Long
Daniel Tryon has been promoted to president of Southview Medical Center, part of the Grandview Medical Center System. He succeeds Richard Manchur, who was recently named president of Grandview Medical Center.
Tryon has worked for Kettering Adventist HealthCare since 2011, most recently as executive director of Kettering Health Network’s new Middletown medical complex. Prior to that he was director of Business Development and Cardiovascular Services for the Grandview Medical Center System.
Story by V. Michelle Bernard
Charity Stone (pictured with family), whose husband, Tom, is a pastor at the Pennsylvania Conference Kenhorst Boulevard church in Reading and the Pottstown church, and her young family attended iThrive this summer, hoping to get “healthier at setting boundaries in order to protect the overall health of our family,” she says. “As a pastoral family, we love to serve, but sometimes it is necessary to say no to tasks or people in our sphere of ministry so that we can stock up on fresh produce, take a walk when the kids need physical activity in nature or just plain connect as a couple and family.”
She says the retreat offered a way for the family to “to prioritize our spiritual, emotional and physical health. It was really fun to connect with others at the retreat, and we learned so much,” she adds.
Story by Jerry Woods
WGTS 91.9 listeners helped the station end the year financially strong during its “Year-End Fundraiser." More than 1,400 listeners called in or shared their financial gifts online. For every $250 gift, the station provided 10 meals for hungry people in the Washington, D.C., area. At the conclusion of the event, the station raised enough money to feed more than 22,000 people.
Story by Elizabeth Long
Kettering Adventist Health Network recently received the Healthy Business Council of Ohio’s 2019 Healthy Worksite Gold Award.
The award recognizes Ohio employers who demonstrate a commitment to employee wellness through comprehensive worksite health promotion and wellness programs. Applicants are scored on the extent their wellness programs facilitate and encourage employee health, enhance productivity and ensure a healthy work environment.