Story by Lydia Parris

Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital announced a new name for its White Oak, Md. hospital this week, as the project marked a major construction milestone.

The current Washington Adventist Hospital will be renamed Adventist HealthCare White Oak Medical Center when it opens in eastern Montgomery County, Maryland in the summer of 2019.

Construction is making steady progress, including the completion of the outside of the seven-story main hospital. The 170-private-room hospital celebrated a “topping out” ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 15, when the project reached its highest point.

Photo by James Devaun from Flickr

Editorial by Rick Remmers

North Korea is increasingly unpredictable and dangerous as it fires off longer range missiles with devastating potential. “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thess. 5:18, NKJV).

Record rainfalls and once in a millennium flooding cause the costliest disaster in U.S. history. “Oh, give thanks to the Lord! Call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples!” (1 Chron. 16:8, NKJV).

Violence between protesters and white supremacists results in injuries and death. “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!” (Phil. 4:4, NKJV).

Story by NAD Staff

On December 2, 2017, at 4 p.m. (CST) students from Oakwood University will dialogue with Seventh-day Adventist Church leaders from the North American Division (NAD) during a 120-minute livestreamed conversation. During “Is This Thing On?” Dan Jackson, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America, and Alex Bryant, executive secretary, will answer questions via audience and social media during the program’s second Facebook Live event this year.

Project director Adilynn woods poses with the completed shoeboxes.

Story by New Hope church staff

On a recent Sabbath afternoon children who are members of Chesapeake Conference's New Hope church's Adventurers Club in Fulton, Md.,  packed more than 200 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. The club members formed an assembly line and packed things like notebooks, pencils, crayons, hygiene products, small toys and Bibles into the boxes. These boxes will be taken to a Samaritan’s Purse processing center near Baltimore where a workbook that presents the Gospel for children is added. Then the boxes are shipped to children in the developing world. They are an evangelism tool to over eight million children a year.

Michael Jamieson, NAD undertreasurer, prays for Emmanuel Asiedu. Photo by Ricardo Bacchus

Story by V. Michelle Bernard

During the November Columbia Union Conference Executive Committee meeting, members elected Emmanuel Asiedu as the new treasurer of the union effective January 1, 2018.

“Emmanuel is a uniquely gifted leader,” says Dave Weigley, union president. “He’s very mission focused. … I think he’ll be a real blessing to our union in many ways.”

2.	WGTS promotions director Jerry Woods escorts Sgt. 1st Class Theodore Wilson to the broadcast booth to talk to Johnny Stone and Becky Alignay.

Story by Jerry Woods

WGTS 91.9, Washington Adventist University's radio station in Takoma Park, Md.,  spent Veteran’s Day with some of America’s finest at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington D.C.  Johnny Stone and Becky Alignay did the afternoon show live from the AFRH in the “Hall of Honors.”  During the broadcast they interviewed veterans from World War II, Korea and the Vietnam War. 

Story by WAU Staff

Washington Adventist University (WAU) recently welcomed Anwar Ottley to the Music Department where he serves as adjunct professor and leads the Columbia Collegiate Choral and the Pro Musica. 

Ottley currently serves as pastor of worship at Potomac Conference's Takoma Park (Md.) church where he has served for the past nine years. He holds a Master of Music degree from Andrews University (Mich.), a Bachelors of Music degree from Columbia Union College (WAU) and He is currently completing coursework toward the Doctor of Worship Studies degree offered at Liberty University (Va.). Ottley is married to Sharlene, and together they have a newborn. 

A flash flood in 2015 destroyed this bridge, making it nearly impossible for 13 Pigeon Creek families to get access to food and medical care.

Story by Valerie Morikone

You cannot watch today’s news for more than a few minutes before coming to the conclusion that we, as human beings, do not show much love for each other. Not only here in the U.S., but around the world we see turmoil and strife on a very grand scale,” says Larry Murphy, pastor of the Weirton and Wheeling (W.Va.) churches, and Adventist Community Services (ACS) director for the Mountain View Conference.