October 19, 2011

Potomac School Celebrates 100th Anniversary    

Potomac Conference’s Richmond Academy of Seventh-day Adventists (RA) in Richmond, Va., celebrated 100 years of excellence in Christian education October 14-16. The weekend festivities started with Dwight C. Jones, Richmond mayor, and Nancy Melashenko, Potomac Conference associate director for education, dedicating RA’s new brick commemorative walkway.

Centennial attendees enjoyed special programs on Friday evening. Sabbath was filled with music, memories and inspirational speeches from RA alumni, students and staff. There was a banquet at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden on Saturday evening. Sunday morning, many participants attended a walk/run/bike-a-thon and picnic to raise additional funds for school improvements.

Throughout the weekend, it was evident that many students who attended RA have gone on to lead lives of Christian service in many different careers.—Story by Eryn Montgomery Savoy, photo by Keith Walden


Chesapeake Conference Elects New Executive Secretary

Yesterday the Chesapeake Conference Executive Committee elected Kleyton Feitosa to serve as their new executive secretary. Feitosa has requested a few days to make a final decision. The position opened when Rick Remmers became conference president in August.

“After a time of prayer, the committee considered several candidates who could serve as executive secretary,” said Remmers. However, “the committee expressed strong support for [Feitosa’s] candidacy.”

Feitosa served for five years as pastor of the Waldorf (Md.) church before coming to the conference office in 2009 as director of Ministries Development and evangelism coordinator. His 15-plus years in ministry includes working as a senior, associate and youth pastor, as well as a teacher and school chaplain in Brazil and the United States. He holds a bachelor’s degree in theology, a master’s degree in religion from Andrews University (Mich.) and is finishing requirements for a Doctor of Ministry.—Story by Samantha Young

Ohio Conference Church Opens Community Service Building

Ohio Conference’s Newark church recently celebrated the grand opening of their newly renovated Community Services Center. Newark city officials showed their support by attending the grand opening, and Bob Diebold, mayor, assisted Raj Attiken, conference president, and Tom Hughes, Newark’s pastor, at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. “We are meeting [our neighbor’s] needs by giving them the tools they need to succeed. Our success depends on their success!” noted Hughes.

The center also houses the church’s New Horizons Learning Center, which will provide basic computer, math and reading classes. The facility will also be used for marriage and parenting seminars, assorted counseling programs, as well as a variety of other classes that Pastor Hughes and friends of the church will teach. “We started our renovation project with $30,000 donated by two church members,” said Donna Goodell, the center’s coordinator. “Our project is completed; it is debt free” (thanks in part to John and Sylvia Carter).—Story by Heidi Shoemaker


Allegheny East Women Honor 92 D.C.-Area Men

At the second annual Men of Honor program, women
recognized 92 Washington, D.C.-area Seventh-day Adventist men and community members for making a difference in their churches and communities. Allegheny East Conference’s (AEC) Washington Area Metro Women’s Ministries (WMAWM) team, organized and sponsored the program, which was held at AEC’s Breath of Life church in Fort Washington, Md.

The men were recognized in categories such as Helping Hand, Spirit of Community or Unsung Hero. Denise Crarey, WMAWM area leader, said the idea for this program came to her after noticing the many men in her own Emmanuel-Brinklow congregation in Ashton, Md., who gave so much without looking for or receiving recognition. “These men made us proud, and thankfully what they have done to serve fellow men, their churches and the community has not gone unnoticed,” Crarey said.—Story by Iris Kitching, photo by Richard J. Gordon


Parkersburg TV Ads Teach Viewers About Adventists

For the past few months, residents of Parkersburg, W.Va., surfing through their cable TV channels, have been seeing ads from the Mountain View Conference. One ad, “Take the Gift,” highlights God’s grace, while the other invites viewers to attend one of the church’s popular Coronary Health Improvement Project (CHIP) programs. Part of a yearlong campaign to increase awareness of the church in the area, the ads are a result of a partnership between the General Conference, North American Division, Columbia Union and Mountain View Conference.

“In the day in which we live, we want to share an accurate picture of the mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church,” shares Larry Boggess, conference president.

The ad campaign will continue through mid-2012 and will eventually include ads with invitations for residents to receive Bible studies and attend an evangelism series and Vacation Bible School.


Bladensburg Church Fills Gas Tanks

This is the second year, members of AEC’s Bladensburg (Md.) church lined up at a nearby gas station to help pump gas for 100 of their neighbors. The gas, up to $20 worth, was free courtesy of the church.

“We did this simply to bless our community!” said an excited Noah Washington (pictured pumping gas), who pastors the Bladensburg church. “We wanted to do something so that people in the town of Bladensburg felt that we love and care about and for them. There were people who were waiting for the gas and while waiting [some] were so grateful that they were overcome with tears!”—Story by Taashi Rowe

WAU Stages Successful Metro Area Service Day

Washington Adventist University’s (WAU) “Gateway to Service” recently opened to the Washington, D.C., metropolitan community, when hundreds of its students participated in special Service Day projects. Led by alumnus Aaron Wilson, 14 students worked with Food and Friends, an organization in northeast Washington, D.C., that supplies some 1 million meals to terminally ill people each year. Many of their clients sometimes sacrifice food to pay for medication or vice versa.

Another group of approximately 30 students worked to clean up nearby Long Branch Parkway. Dressed in bright red shirts (pictured), students were each given an orange trash bag and working gloves. Working in groups of 10, they took different trails and picked up trash from the playground and along the creek. Additional Service Day projects were carried out at multiple places throughout the community.—Story by Terrance-James Marshall, photo by Vanessa Castillo

Washington Heights Women’s Retreat Includes the Community    

A recent one-day retreat held at Pennsylvania Conference’s Washington Heights church in Apollo, also attracted women from the Allegheny West Conference and other denominations. Catherine Sosigian, coordinator, who has attended many of the women’s retreats offered within Pennsylvania, said the experience was a blessing. “Last year I kept thinking of [the] women in our churches [who] have not attended any retreats,” she said. That thought inspired her to host a one-day retreat for them.

Speakers came from both conferences and other local Christian ministries to expound on the theme “God’s Extreme Makeover Inside/Out.” Fifty-four women attended the retreat and at least seven were not members of the Adventist Church. Sosigian (pictured, right) said, “If this retreat reminds someone of how precious they are to God, it is worth it.”—Story by Ashley Richards

Adventist HealthCare Blogs on Patch.com

Adventist HealthCare, a Rockville, Md.-based entity of the Columbia Union Conference, recently started a new health blog on local Patch.com websites in Montgomery County, Maryland, which features Judy Lichty (pictured), their director of Health and Wellness. She is also a member of Chesapeake Conference’s Spencerville church in Silver Spring, Md. Read posts and watch videos on topics like heading off concussions and back-to-school vaccinations. Visit Rockville.Patch.com and search for “Litchy.”

Message Obtains Publisher Distribution Agreement

You could soon be seeing copies of Message magazine in your local Barnes & Noble, Gander Mountain sport outfitters and Jo-Ann’s stores. The magazine has obtained a publisher distribution agreement from Ingram Periodicals, Inc. (Tenn.). One of the nation’s largest periodical distribution organizations, Ingram Periodicals provides publications of choice by point-of-sale, or bulk within household name venues.

Since late 2007, the marketing department of Message in conjunction with the editor, Washington Johnson, DMin, has pursued a single focus of reaching metropolitan centers more effectively.

What began as a casual contact to the marketing office of Message from Ingram Publishing, promises to break open the urban market for non-Christian and other Christian receivers to engage the publication.—Story by Samuel Thomas, Jr./Message News

North American Division Welcomes Guam-Micronesia Mission

At the recent General Conference Annual Council, held at the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s world headquarters in Silver Spring, Md., delegates voted to include the Guam-Micronesia Mission in the North American Division (NAD). This will add approximately 4,500 new members to the NAD. The shift moves oversight of the region from the Southern Asia-Pacific Division, based in the Philippines. 

The mission includes the U.S. territories of Guam, the Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Northern Mariana Islands and Palau. Dan Jackson, NAD president, welcomed the move. “We are always happy to cooperate with the world church, and we will embrace the peoples and the ministry of the Guam-Micronesia Mission,” he said.—Ansel Oliver/ANN

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Pine Forge Academy Choir Needs Your Votes

The Pine Forge Academy Choir, based in Pine Forge, Pa., has entered the iSing Challenge, part of an upcoming national worship conference at Reid Temple African-Methodist Episcopal Church in Glenn Dale, Md. With your votes, Pine Forge could get a chance to perform at the national worship conference and be in the running to win a $5,000 scholarship.

Visit http://www.reidamemusic.org/iSing/vote.htm and select Pine Forge Academy Choir in the voting box. Voting closes on October 21.


You Could Win an iPod!!

Are you a college graduate? If you have an associate’s or bachelor’s degree, the North American Division is interested in hearing about your college experience. Take a few minutes to complete their simple survey, and you will be entered to win one of 10 iPods. They are especially interested in hearing from those of you who graduated from non-Adventist colleges and universities. Access the survey here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NDQHTGF


Pine Forge Academy Alumni: Black boarding school’s alumni remember MLK’s influence

Hagerstown Church: Seventh-Day Adventist Church opens eyes about healthful living

Waynesboro Church: Local Church Gives Free Oil Changes


October 21 - 23: The Community Prayer Journey at Fourth Street church in Washington, D.C., is coming this weekend. Click here to register for free! Questions? Contact info@friendsat4thandq.org.

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.

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.

November 12: The Capitol Hill church’s Second Annual Deacon’s Ball will be held at the Camelot Pavilion in Largo, Md. This formal attire event will include thank-you recognitions, lively entertainment, a delicious meal and great fellowship. Tickets are $60 per person. Pay online, by cash or check. Please make checks payable to the “Capitol Hill Church” with “Deacon’s Ball” in the memo. Payment is due by October 29.

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