October 12, 2011

Fredericksburg Church Leads 400-Year Commemoration of the KJV

According to the King James Bible Trust, “The King James Bible is the book that changed the world … [It] was the culmination of an heroic 80-year struggle to give the English people a Bible in their own tongue.”

Some 400 years after this version of the Bible was ushered onto the world stage, Potomac Conference’s Fredericksburg (Va.) church recently led the charge in commemorating this historic anniversary.

The Fredericksburg church worked with 11 other area congregations, of varying denominations, to organize a series of readings that covered the entire King James Bible.

“We really wanted to honor that translation of the Bible,” shared Paul Ware, MD, who coordinated the readings. “It was a very important English translation because, for hundreds of years, it was everyone’s Bible.”—Story by Taashi Rowe


Sligo Member Receives Presidential Award    

President Barack Obama recently named 94 researchers as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. Among the recipients was James Gulley, MD, PhD, a member of Potomac’s Sligo church in Takoma Park, Md.

Gulley is a clinical director/cancer researcher at the National Institutes of Health. He designs cancer vaccines to help patients’ immune systems recognize and attack the tumor. Prostate cancer is his primary interest area, and, last year, the Food and Drug Administration approved the first prostate cancer vaccine.—Story by White House Press Office and Visitor Staff; Photo by James Ferry 

Washington Adventist, Atlantic Union College Deal is Off

After several months of talks with Washington Adventist University (WAU) in Takoma Park, Md., to operate a branch campus at Atlantic Union College (AUC) in South Lancaster, Mass., the Board of Trustees for AUC in a meeting on Wednesday, October 5 voted to suspend any further negotiations at this time after the institutions were unable to reach an operating agreement.

The talks with WAU began when AUC was informed by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges that its accreditation would be discontinued for financial reasons.

AUC and its constituents will now look at other ways to maintain the mission of Seventh-day Adventist Christian higher education in the Atlantic Union Conference territory, which includes the New England states, New York and the island of Bermuda.


Allegheny East Conference to Host Internet Town Hall Meeting

This Sunday October 16 at 10 a.m., Allegheny East Conference (AEC) leaders will host their very first Internet town hall meeting. The purpose of the meeting is to review and enhance the mission, vision and strategic goals of the conference. The meetings will be streamed live via myalleghenyeast.adobeconnect.com/townhall/, however, members who want to participate are invited to visit one of several churches nearest to them. So far the meetings will be held at the Church of the Oranges in Orange, N.J.; the Germantown church in Philadelphia; the Mount Olivet church in Camden, N.J.; the New Life church in Salisbury, Md.; the Metropolitan church in Hyattsville, Md.; the Ephesus church in Richmond, Va.; Miracle Temple in Baltimore and the Calvary church in Newport News, Va.

“We had a communication focus group a couple of years ago and they recommended that we utilize more technology. So we are really trying to oblige our constituents by moving into the 21st century,” said Robert Booker, AEC’s communication director.—Story by Taashi Rowe

Allegheny East Spanish Churches Celebrate Day of Fellowship

If there is one thing that nearly 800 Spanish-speaking members took away from Allegheny East Conference’s recent day of fellowship, it is the realization that Christ’s coming is drawing ever nearer. “Wake up! Wake Up,” urged Ramon Escalante in a morning evangelism seminar. As the conference’s coordinator for the Spanish Council of Churches, Escalante’s office is responsible for organizing this event that each year draws members from Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania to Cambridge, Md.

Guided by the theme “Reaviviamento, Reforma y Renovacion” (Revival, Reformation and Renewal), which incorporates the worldwide Seventh-day Adventist Church’s theme of “Revival and Reformation,” the entire day was not just an opportunity to fellowship but an opportunity to learn.—Story and photo by Taashi Rowe


Las iglesias del este de Allegany celebran un día de hermandad

Si hay algo que los casi 800 miembros hispanohablantes de la Asociación del Este de Allegany se llevaron el último día de la hermandad, fue el comprender que la segunda venida de Cristo está cada vez más cerca. “¡Despertad! Despertad!”, instó Ramón Escalante una mañana durante el seminario sobre evangelismo. Como coordinador del concilio hispano de iglesias de la Asociación, Escalante y su oficina organiza este evento cada año. Miembros de Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, y Pennsylvania llegaron al evento que se celebró en Cambridge, Md.

Bajo el tema “Reaviviamento, Reforma, y Renovación”—que comprende el tema de la Iglesia Adventista del Séptimo Día mundial—se dio oportunidad para el compañerismo y para aprender.—Historia y foto por Taashi Rowe


Ohio Conference Names New Clergy Care, Leadership Director

The Ohio Conference Executive Commttee unanimously recently appointed Oswaldo Magaña to serve as director of Clergy Care and Leadership Development. He will also continue as Hispanic Ministries coordinator for the conference. Magaña brings a rich experience and background in pastoral ministry and denominational leadership. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theology from the Unedeca Seventh-day Adventist University in Costa Rica, and a Master of Arts in Administration and Leadership from La Sierra University (Calif.). He replaces Marwood Hallet, who retired after 38 years in church ministry.

“We welcome Oswaldo to our leadership team with the confidence that the Lord will make him a blessing to our pastors, our churches and to the advancement of God’s kingdom in Ohio,” said Raj Attiken, conference president.—Story and photo by Heidi Shoemaker

New Jersey Conference Opens Filming Studio

Installation of the cameras and lights in the New Jersey Conference’s new filming studio was recently completed. A special test taping and operation of the new cameras and equipment was conducted. As part of the testing of the studio, President José H. Cortés sang “How Great Thou Art” accompanied by Joyce Greene, associate treasurer. Jorge Pillco, associate communication director for media, is pictured operating a camera.

“My desire is that this equipment will be used wisely to fulfill the mission of the church,” said Modesto Vazquez, vice president for finance. Other equipment includes three Panasonic high-definition video cameras, a jib and teleprompter.—Story and photo by Jim Greene

Dupont Park Member Joins Adventist HealthCare Board

Rockville, Md.-based Adventist HealthCare, an entity of the Columbia Union Conference, recently welcomed Avis E. Buchanan as a new member of the organization’s board of trustees for a three-year term. Buchanan serves as director of the Public Defender Service (PDS) for the District of Columbia, which works to provide the best criminal defense representation for those who cannot afford an attorney.

Buchanan, a member of Allegheny East Conference’s Dupont Park church in Washington, D.C., continues to serve the community as a defender of civil rights and a litigator. She began her career at PDS as a staff attorney doing criminal defense work for almost seven years. She then joined the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, holding several positions from staff attorney to director of the Equal Employment Opportunity Project and director of Litigation.—Story by Danielle Lewald



October 16: Highland View Academy’s First 5K Run/Walk will benefit the school’s athletic program. Runners and walkers of all ages are encouraged to get out and move and enjoy a day of fun. Area churches will also provide a vegetarian buffet for attendees, complete with recipes. Register at hva-edu.com. Applications will be accepted up to the event date. For more information, contact John Henline at jhenline@highlandviewacademy.com or (301) 331-1016.

October 21-22: William Shea, PhD, who holds a doctoral degree in Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, will present the first part of “Christ in the Heart of Prophecy” at 7:30 p.m. at the Southern Asian church in Silver Spring, Md., on October 21. He will present part two on October 22 at Sligo church in Takoma Park, Md., at 2:30 p.m. For more information on the seminars, contact the Southern Asian church at (301) 879-7222, or the Sligo church at (301) 270-6777.

October 22: ACTS 2011 Adventists in Ohio will come together to honor our past, celebrate the present and learn how to shape the future for the glory of God. This daylong convocation, held at the Roberts Center at the Holiday Inn, Wilmington, will bring together Adventists from across Ohio and neighboring states for a day of worship, study and fellowship. Speakers include Rebekah Liu, a pastor from Southwest China; Ted Wilson (pictured), president of the General Conference; and Ganoune Diop, the Adventist Church’s newly-appointed liaison to the United Nations. A free lunch is available for those who pre-register online at ohioadventist.org. Deadline to register for your lunch is Friday, October 14. Groups need to register with Heidi Shoemaker at the Ohio Conference, (740)-397-4665, ext. 165, or email information@ohioadventist.org.

October 28: Join Metro Area Adventist Young Adults (MAAYA) in conjunction with Miracle Temple Drama Ministry at 7:30 p.m., for “Beware of Angels,” a dramatic presentation in which God’s children wrestle with doing the unimaginable for Jesus. Spiritual viewer discretion is advised. The play will be held at Miracle Temple, which is located at 100 South Rock Glen Road in Baltimore. For more information, contact Pastor Moses Eli at (856) 362-1227 (mosese@hotmail.com) or Trevor Fraser at (909) 648-4955 (trevorfraserdds@gmail.com).

October 29: WGTS 91.9 FM will celebrate the ministry of radio host Gerry Fuller, DDS, who served the station for 45 years. The program, which starts at 6 p.m., will include performances by the National Christian Choir and tributes to Fuller, will be held at Sligo church located at 7700 Carroll Avenue in Takoma Park, Md. The event is free and open to the public.

October 30: The Adventist Choice College Fair and Financial Workshop will be held at the Jerusalem French church in Philadelphia from 1-3:30 p.m. All 14 accredited Adventist colleges and universities in the United States will be represented. Students can attend a college financial planning workshop to learn how a Christian education is affordable, apply for free to the colleges (at the event only) and meet with admissions counselors. More details are available at www.AdventistColleges.org. Questions? Contact Rachelle Martinez, fair coordinator, at (215) 510-3361, or email rmrachellemartinez@gmail.com.

November 4-6: Allegheny East Conference’s Hispanic Women’s Ministries retreat: will be held in Lancaster, Pa. For more information, contact Dolores Orellana at (717) 343-2968.

Noviembre 4-6: El Ministerio de Mujeres de la Conferencia de Allegheny tendrá su retiro de damas en Lancaster, Pa. Para mayor información, llame a Dolores Orellana.

November 6: The New Jersey Conference will host the grand opening of Revive, its book and health food store, at 10 a.m. The new store is located in the conference building at 2303 Brunswick Avenue in Lawrenceville, N.J.

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