Sherwood (Woody) D. Pangborn, Columbia Union Conference publishing director from 1979 to 1991, passed away August 4 in Lansing, Mich.

Pangborn attended Washington Adventist University in Takoma Park, Md., and was then drafted into the U.S. Army in 1956. He started his denominational career canvassing for the Potomac Conference, and in 1962 became assistant publishing director. From 1964 to 1978 he worked in several publishing positions across Asia and the United States, including one with the Pennsylvania conference.

In 1978 he accepted a call to the Columbia Union, where he served as associate publishing director. In 1979 he became publishing director. After retiring in 1991, he served as a pastor at the Chesapeake Conference’s Providence (Md.) church for seven years.

Pangborn is survived by his wife of 60 years, Pam Pangborn, and his children: Sherwood (Judy) Pangborn, Jr., Jim (fiancé Linda Collins) Pangborn and Ethel (Viki Lorraine) Pangborn.

A celebration honoring his life will be held at Chesapeake Conference's New Hope church at 12350 Hall Shop Road in Fulton, Md, Saturday, October 1 at 4 p.m. A reception will follow.

Story by V. Michelle Bernard

Columbia Union Conference Executive Committee members gathered today for their first meeting after the 27th Constituency Session in May. In her devotional, Ella Simmons, the first female vice president at the General Conference and a Columbia Union member, asked what was important to the church at this point and reminded them that, “ordinary people can have extraordinary results.”

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REACH Columbia Union Urban Evangelism School launched their second school year at the end of August with a cohort of eight students. The students come from various places across the Columbia Union, as well as from Indiana and Northern California.

After an introductory week of orientation and classes with Brown, the students joined the Pennsylvania Conference’s REACH Philadelphia church for a weekend spiritual retreat. During this time, the students connected with church members and learned more about the people and ministries they’ll be involved in throughout the year.

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During a meeting today, Columbia Union Conference Executive Committee members affirmed the appointment of Jacqueline Messenger, Chesapeake Conference superintendent of schools, as the Columbia Union Conference’s associate director for secondary education.

 Emmanuel Asidedu, Celeste Ryan-Blyden, Harold Geene, (front) Carol Wright, Tabita Martinez, Ileana Espinosa, Evelyn Sullivan and Tiffany Brown (Jaqueline Messenger not pictured)

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During the September 15 Columbia Union Conference Executive Committee meeting, members voted to re-appoint seven Columbia Union staff members to their current positions. They also appointed Tabita Martinez as undertreasurer beginning February 1, 2017, when Carol Wright retires. Celeste Ryan-Blyden will reassume Visitor editor responsibilities.

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Today Columbia Union Conference Executive Committee members met Tiffany Brown, the new director of the REACH Columbia Union Conference Urban Evangelism School, based in Philadelphia.

“We are very excited about Brown assuming leadership of our school,” says Frank Bondurant, vice president for Ministries Development. “She possesses the combination of pastoral, canvassing and teaching skills that we need in a director. In addition she has a degree in Urban Community Development and is able to relate to and engage young adults.”

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LivingWell, formerly known as Potomac ABC, is hosting their Fall Fitness Festival this Sunday, September 18  from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 12004 Cherry Hill Road, Silver Spring, Md.

“We excited to host this event to show our customers and the community the benefits of being physically, mentally and spiritually fit.  We believe a fitness lifestyle benefits all aspects of a person’s life and we’re looking forward to sharing information that can assist our customers on their journey to fitness in all of these area,” says Laura Worf, General Manager of LivingWell.

The first 50 customers through the door will receive “goodie bags” filled with a variety of fitness items.  Free vegetarian hot dogs will be served starting at 11:30 a.m. 

Several seminars are scheduled: 

10 a.m.       Diabetes:  What you Should Know
11 a.m.       Your Drugs and You
Noon           Introduction to Raw Foods
1 p.m.         Faithful Fitness
2 p.m.         Commandments for an Extraordinary Life
3 p.m.         A Topical Glance for an Internal Status
4 p.m.         Energize Yourself! With Pastor Mike (Especially for kids, young and old!)


Health screenings will be held throughout the day as follows:

Statement from the Pennsylvania Conference

Thursday night at approximately 9:15 pm a fire was spotted in one of the barns that a local farmer uses to store his equipment and some bales of hay on the campus of Blue Mountain Academy (BMA), Hamburg, Pa. Due to the dry summer and a recent heat wave that made matters worse, it appears a spontaneous combustion occurred, causing the fire.

Very quickly local volunteer fire departments were dispatched and brought the fire under control. At no time were any of our students at risk, as the barn is a one quarter mile from campus. A special thank you goes out the men and women of the local fire departments that braved extreme heat to extinguish the fire.