November 22, 2011 

Maryland Governor, Comptroller Recognize Sligo Member Contributions

A veritable list of who’s who gathered on November 15 to celebrate and recognize Erwin Mack (left), a member of Potomac Conference’s Sligo church in Takoma Park, Md. The 120 guests attended 80-year-old Mack’s retirement party held at Washington Adventist University also in Takoma Park. This marked the second time that Mack retired from the Takoma Langley Crossroads Development Authority, a business association, which he founded and chaired for more than 20 years. Through that organization Mack has lobbied for increased police surveillance, combined advertising, utility improvements, street and pedestrian safety enhancements.

That evening Mack received several citations, certificates and recognition, including Martin O’Malley’s Governor’s Citation for Service, comptroller Peter Franchot’s Certificate of Recognition of Service, Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett’s Certificate of Appreciation and Takoma Park Mayor Bruce Williams’ Proclamation of Appreciation.

These sorts of recognitions don’t happen every day, asserts Kim Frum, spokesperson for the Comptroller Office for the State of Maryland. “Erwin got a proclamation from our office simply because of his decades of hard work to make the Takoma Langley area safer for people who work there, live there and shop there,” she said.—Story by Taashi Rowe, photo by Gary Lunsford


Potomac Hispanic Youth “Shower” Langley Park Residents With Blessings

If you walked or drove by the parking lot of the Takoma Park Spanish church in Takoma Park, Md., on Sunday you would have heard a live Christian praise team; seen kids and kids-at-heart getting their faces painted, taking photos with the Guide magazine dog and singing interactive songs while their parents selected free clothing and food and got free immigration and health counseling. The church is just blocks away from Langley Park, one of the largest Spanish-speaking communities in the Washington, D.C.-area.

This was the primary reason that Moviemento Joven Adventista (MJA), Potomac Conference’s Hispanic youth ministry, moved this annual outreach event to this location. Calling it Lluvias de Bendiciones or Showers of Blessings, MJA started working with Spanish-speaking churches around the conference in 2004 to shower this largely poor, immigrant community with key supplies and services around the holidays.—Story and photo by Taashi Rowe


Highland Adventist Students Organize Yearlong Evangelism Outreach

As the Parsons church, a very small congregation located 20 miles from Elkins, W.Va., puzzled over how best to witness to the local community, Mountain View Conference officers encouraged schools across the conference to develop evangelism projects in their local areas. Students and staff at the Highland Adventist School (HAS) in Elkins responded to the challenge and worked with Parsons members to plan a 10-month evangelism cycle with health ministry as the emphasis.

What Parson lacked in manpower, HAS had in abundance and throughout the 2010-11 school year, the students conducted a number of outreach activities, such as a health expo, where they offered free exercise evaluations with a physical therapist, a lecture on cancer prevention and mini health screenings. They also offered a free, healthy lunch program to the community, contacted missing members and distributed literature. In the spring, the students planned a weeklong revival series with a guest speaker.—Story by Cheryl Jacko


Pine Forge Academy Foundation Donates Nearly $30K

The Pine Forge Academy (PFA) Foundation recently presented scholarships and awards to several PFA students during Parents Weekend. In total, the foundation awarded $12,750 to eight students for this school year and presented a check for $15,500 to facilitate wireless access for the students in both dormitories. Delmas F. Campbell, PFA principal (center) holds up the check from Melodie Mayberry-Stewart (left), president of the PFA Foundation, and John Grier, a benefactor and member of the foundation’s Scholarship Committee.—Noreena Ogidan

Mountain View Says Goodbye to Lewisburg Member

Mountain View Conference members are mourning the death of Charlie Wilson, husband of Suzan Wilson (who teaches at Greenbrier Valley Academy in Lewisburg, W.Va.). Members of the Lewisburg church, the Wilsons have lived and worked in that conference for over 15 years. “His love for Jesus, along with his devotion and commitment to Christian education, was evident in the many hours of service he gave volunteering his time and energy with Mountain View schools and on mission trips,” said Larry Boggess, conference president. “We look forward to the glorious day when Christ will wipe away every tear.”—Story by Monica Zill

Metropolitan Church Launches Mobile App

Allegheny East Conference’s Metropolitan church in Hyattsville Md., just launched the Metro Mobile App for the iPhone, Android and iPad. This makes it easy for anyone with the app to listen or watch sermons anywhere anytime.

“We expect this app to be a huge tool for evangelism,” said Joel Sam, one of the app’s developers. “We are already seeing members share it with their friends, family and coworkers, ultimately introducing non-Christians and non-Adventists to the beautiful advent message that they might never hear otherwise.”

Click here to download the app for your iPhone or iPad, and click here to download the app for the Android platform.

Andrews Study Bible Goes Digital

The Andrews Study Bible, a product of Seventh-day Adventist scholars working with Andrews University (Mich.), is now available in a popular digital format, readily accessible for computers and mobile electronic devices.

Niels-Erik Andreasen, Andrews University president, said the Andrews Study Bible is available as a digital product through a partnership between the church-owned school and Logos Bible Software, the largest developer of software for the Christian market and a worldwide leader in multilingual electronic publishing.

The digital edition, officially released on October 10, is available for all major computer operating systems, making it accessible on standard desk-based and mobile computers and devices, including Apple, Inc.’s iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, as well as Android-based smartphones and tablets.—Story by Keri Suarez, Andrews University/Adventist Review

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December 2: Metro Area Adventist Young Adults (MAAYA) invites all to attend First Fridays on December 2 at 7:30 p.m. for a multicultural praise and worship and testimony agape feast. This month’s First Friday will be held at the Community of Hope church located at 580 University Boulevard in Silver Spring, Md. For more information, contact Randy Preston at (240) 461-0109 or Trevor Fraser at (301) 384-4201.

December 3: The Frederick church presents “Amahl and the Night Visitors.” This benefit concert for wounded warriors will feature the church’s Christmas choir and orchestra and members of La Camerata Nouve. Francisco de Araujo is producing and directing this performance. U.S. Congressman Roscoe Bartlett will serve as the honorary host. There will be two showings, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. at 6437 Jefferson Pike in Frederick, Md. For more information, call the church office at (301) 662-5254.

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

December 6: Frederick Adventist School’s Handbell Choir will be performing a Christmas concert for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s Holiday Survivors Tree Lighting at the National Emergency Training Center located in Emmittsburg, Md. Following the performance, survivors can remember firefighters with an ornament on the National Fallen Firefighters Holiday Tree. For more information email Teresa Kelchner at

December 16: Frederick Adventist School invites you to their “Luke's Story” Christmas pageant at 7 p.m. at the Frederick church. Come be part of when God sent His precious Son to become a tiny baby in a stable in Bethlehem, in poverty and simplicity. For more information, email or visit

December 16, 17: Shenandoah Valley Academy’s Annual Christmas Concert Weekend will feature the Shenandoans, handbell choir, orchestra and concert choir. The first performance will be the Christmas Candlelight Concert at New Market church on Friday, December 16, 7:30 p.m. The following evening, December 17, these same groups will perform a secular Christmas Concert at SVA’s gymnasium, 6:30 p.m. A freewill offering will be taken for the “Support the Arts” fund at SVA. All are invited to come and be blessed! For more information, visit

December 17: Miracle Temple’s 17th Annual Christmas Cantata will be held during the divine worship service and will feature the sanctuary choir and symphony orchestra. For more information, visit

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