Story by Dave Morgan
When one door closes, God opens another! The Adventist Book Center, which was located on the campus of Blue Mountain Academy (BMA) in Hamburg, Pa., recently closed. Many shoppers wondered what could replace this conveniently located store, with its friendly environment and familiar, well-loved products. “It was very disappointing when we drove up Sunday and saw the sign ‘Permanently Closed,’” says customer G. Russel. “We shopped there on a regular basis, and it was one of the ways we supported the school.”
BMA leadership saw an opportunity to remedy this concern. They would open their own store and offer students the ability to gain business experience as part of their vocational education program, while generating revenue for the academy.
Story by V. Michelle Bernard
About 140 students participated in Washington Adventist University’s (WAU) Columbia Union Choral Festival last weekend.
Students from Blue Mountain Academy in Hamburg, Pa., Highland View Academy in Hagerstown, Md., Pine Forge Academy in Pine Forge, Pa., Richmond Academy in Richmond, Va., Spring Valley Academy in Dayton, Ohio, Takoma Academy in Takoma Park, Md., and WAU participated in the event.
Story by Washington Adventist University Staff
Washington Adventist University (WAU) is mourning the recent passing of a former president and alumnus, George Hillry Akers, Ph.D. Akers was president of his class when he graduated from the university in Takoma Park, Md., (then known as Columbia Union College) in 1947. He later returned to serve as president of his alma mater from 1970-1974, a school he credited for being instrumental in his Christian development, and for greatly molding his life.
Story by Jerry Woods
WGTS 91.9 listeners gave an early Valentine’s present to more than 950 children. The listeners stepped up to sponsor children through Compassion International during WGTS’ Days of Compassion Event. The two-and-a-half day event spotlighted the stories of children growing up in poor areas of the world and provided listeners the opportunity to meet the needs of those children.
Story by Tom Grant
The Daily Record has selected Terry Forde, president & CEO of Adventist HealthCare, to receive the 2017 Influential Marylander award.
Fifty-one Influential Marylanders were selected by the editors of The Daily Record for their significant contributions to their respective fields and for their leadership in Maryland in the following areas: health care, civic leadership, communications, education, finance, freestyle, general business, law, philanthropy, real estate and technology. The Daily Record launched Influential Marylanders in 2007 to recognize those who are leaving a mark on the community throughout the state.
Blog by Rob Vandeman
The psalmist’s appeal to God for forgiveness of his sins is one of the most memorable in the entire Psalter, due in part, to the historical title that situates its composition by David after Nathan the prophet confronted him about his sin with Bathsheba (2 Sam. 12). While the words of this prayer fit the occasion well, we should note that nowhere is this particular historical event mentioned specifically, indicating that the poem was not written to memorialize that moment, but to serve as a model prayer for others coming later who find themselves in similar, though not identical, circumstances.
Special Commentary by James Standish
I sat down in the barber chair in a shop off New Hampshire Avenue in Silver Spring, Md. The woman cutting my hair introduced herself as “June,” and started in on the usual barbershop patter about length and style. In short order, we discovered a strange coincidence. June and I had been at exactly the same place, at the same time, at the same age. But at that time, our lives couldn’t have been more different.