November 9, 2011

WGTS Honors Radio Host’s 45 Years of Ministry

For decades people throughout the Washington, D.C.-area who turned their radio dials to Washington Adventist University’s WGTS 91.9 FM on Sabbath mornings immediately recognized the voice of Gerry Fuller, DDS. Over the course of 45 years, this WGTS radio host interviewed famous authors, performers, medical experts and countless other public figures.

Friends, family and listeners recently filled the sanctuary of Potomac Conference’s Sligo church in Takoma Park, Md., to celebrate and honor Fuller’s service to the station. “I know the Lord has blessed me and kept me at WGTS for so long so that I could be a part of God’s mission at WGTS, a ministry that not only touches the Washington, D.C., area, but is reaching out to the world,” said Fuller, who is pictured receiving a token of appreciation from John Konrad, station manager.—Story and Photo by Vanessa Castillo


Potomac’s Hispanic Retreat Draws 1,000 Women

The 13th annual Women’s Ministries Retreat of Potomac Conference’s Hispanic Ministries recently held October 21-23 in Arlington, Va., drew more than 1,000 women representing more than 60 Hispanic churches.

Women attended from the Allegheny East, Chesapeake, Allegheny West and Mountain View conferences, and one special group even traveled all the way from Milan, Italy. English-speakers also attended and, for them, the sermons were translated into English. Keynote speaker Elizabeth Talbot, associate speaker for the Voice of Prophecy, spoke on the event’s theme “Surprised by Love.”

There was also a special program for the more than 120 teen attendees who enjoyed the messages that Zoraida Velez Delgado shared. She shared the worth that every teen has before Jesus and how to break free from the lies of Satan.— Story by Jacqueline Sanchez; Photos by Tony Ventouris


El Retiro de Damas del Ministerios Hispanos de la Potomac Conference atrae a 1,000 mujeres

Con la asistencia de más de 1,000 hermanas representando más de 60 Iglesias Hispanas, se realizó el XIII Congreso del Ministerio de la Mujer de los Ministerios Hispanos de la Potomac Conference el 21-23 de Octubre, 2011 en Arlington, VA.

Hermanas asistieron del Allegheny East, Chesapeake, Mountain View y Allegheny West Conference, y un grupo especial viajo desde Milán, Italia para formar parte de este retiro. Hermanas de habla inglés también asistieron, por lo que los sermones fueron traducidos al Inglés. Carla Baker, la directora del Ministerio de la Mujer para la División Norte Americana, también estaba presente.

La oradora principal, Elizabeth Talbot, Oradora Asociada del ministerio Voice of Prophecy, hablo acerca del lema “Sorprendidas por Amor.” Sus mensajes cautivaron a la audiencia llevándolas a confiar en Cristo y su amor permanente por sus hijas.—Historia por Jacqueline Sanchez; fotos by Tony Ventouris


Berkeley Springs Church Hosts Health Expo at Street Festival

Each fall, an estimated 5,000-6,000 people attend the annual Apple Butter Festival in Berkeley Springs, W.Va. For the second year in a row, Chesapeake Conference’s Berkeley Springs church took advantage of the crowds attending this street festival and held their health expo during the event. Over the two days, hundreds visited the church’s booths at which they offered free health screenings, activities for kids and healthy snacks.

“The Lord opened this opportunity to serve the Berkeley Springs community. [It was] such a privilege,” Pastor Hal Butman said. “Many of our church members (and some of their friends as well) were involved in this outreach, greeting and serving participants. I couldn’t be prouder!”—Story by Ruth Wright; photo by Dave Sipes


Potomac Member Gets Fire Deputy Post

Lt. Col. Neal B. Dennis, a 22-year veteran of the Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department in Maryland, has been appointed deputy director of the department. Dennis, who attends Potomac Conference’s Beltsville (Md.) church, now oversees 90 percent of the Fire/EMS Department’s personnel and resources that respond to emergency and non-emergency service calls.

“I know it’s going to be challenging, but with God’s help, I’m looking forwarding to serving our citizens and doing the best we can,” Dennis said. A graduate of Sligo Adventist School and Takoma Academy in Takoma Park, Md., Dennis became a firefighter through the encouragement of his older sister, who was also a firefighter.—Story by Mark E. Brady/PGFD News

Jerusalem French Hosts College Fair

Driven by a commitment to Seventh-day Adventist education, Allegheny East Conference’s Jerusalem French church in Philadelphia recently hosted a college fair that drew multiple Adventist colleges and universities. This October 30 Adventist Choice College Fair also drew some 200 attendees and included representatives from Washington Adventist University, Pacific Union College, Canadian University College, Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences, Oakwood University, La Sierra University, Southwestern Adventist University, Union College, Southern Adventist University and Andrews University. Students were able to attend two financial aid workshops and apply to the institutions on the spot, without paying application fees.

“Praise God!” said an enthusiastic Rachelle Martinez, a member of Jerusalem French who served as the church’s liaison to Adventist Colleges and Universities, which organizes these fairs. “Despite the freakish Nor’easter, we were inundated with visitors from New Jersey (North and South), Delaware and even parts of Maryland, who took to the road early on Sunday to take advantage of this great opportunity.”

Highland View Academy Honors Community Partners

In an effort to highlight their partnerships with the Hagerstown, Md., community, Highland View Academy (HVA) recently invited local church leaders, business leaders and area service members to attend a Community Partnership Day. U.S. Congressman Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, who is a member at the Frederick (Md.) church, spoke of his support for HVA, and then donated a flag that had flown over the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. While HVA students Jeriah Ahlfeld and Victor Maldonado raised the flag, Lexi Wakefield, Miss Pre-Teen Maryland International and a student at the Atholton Adventist Academy in Columbia, Md., sang the national anthem.

“We feel that it’s very important for us to ensure that not only community partners know who we are, but that we’re involved from a community service stand point of view,” Deborah Trevino, HVA principal, told the local press.—Story by Renee Williams

End Quote: Share Christ’s Love During the Holidays and Year-Round

Many churches will deliver food boxes around the upcoming holidays. Yet some of the churches most active in community service will not do so. Why? Because, the poor need food 365 days out of the year, not just around the holidays.

A number of the most active churches in the Ohio Conference will collect food donations around the holidays and give all or most of the food collected to a local community food pantry. This may be a food pantry which they operate through their own Adventist Community Services (ACS) center or one operated by some other community organization. The point is that the donated food will be used for many months.

I would strongly urge your church to consider this point carefully. Maybe at least half of the food you collect or purchase should go to help stock a community food pantry instead of into holiday food boxes.—Monte Sahlin, Ohio Conference ACS Director


November 11 - 13: Potomac Conference Hosts iThirst, a spiritual retreat for the collegiate and young adult community. The retreat will be held at Camp Blue Ridge in Montebello, Va. The cost is $99 per person. Registration will be limited to 50 participants. The final deadline for registration is Thursday, November 3. Click here to download the registration form. For more information, contact the conference’s Department for Youth Ministries at (540) 886-0771 or email You can also fax the registration form to (540) 886-5734.

November 11-19: Capitol Hill Church’s Fall Week of Spiritual Emphasis is themed “Bread for Believers.” Guest speakers are Pastor Kenneth Manders, a pastor in Bermuda, and Melvyn Hayden, Jr., pastor of the Liberty church in Baltimore. Special events include the vespers seminar “21st Century Singles” and a dramatic presentation of “Catchin’ Fire” by 4Him Drama Ministries. Guest musicians include Stellar-nominated vocalist Terrell Hunt and saxophonist Todd Ledbetter along with Amanda Standard and Divine Dance Institute. Capitol Hill is located at 914 Massachusetts Avenue, NE, Washington, D.C. For more information, call (202) 543-1344, or email

November 12: Metro Praiz Anniversary Concert will be held at the Metropolitan church at 6307 Riggs Rd in Hyattsville, Md. The concert starts at 5 p.m. Special guests include Monique Griffiths, Orville the Poet and Chris Robinson.

December 3: Spencerville Adventist Academy’s Fourth Annual Messiah Sing-along will be held 4 p.m. at the Spencerville church located at 16325 New Hampshire Avenue in Silver Spring, Md. Participants must have their own music. For more details, contact Jane Lanning by email at or call (301) 421-9101.

December 3: All are invited to enjoy Highland View Academy’s Annual Christmas Concert. The select choir, orchestra and bell choir will praise the Lord in song at the Highland View church in Hagerstown, Md., at 4:30 p.m. This year the freewill offering will go toward a trip to Russia for the young musicians to perform in Moscow and Kiev and to visit an orphanage in the Ukraine.

December 4: Sligo Adventist School presents their first Business and Craft Showcase at their Takoma Park, Md., campus. The hours are 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. For more information, call (301) 434-1417 or visit

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