January 11, 2012 

Ethan Temple Pastor Named to Allegheny West Conference Presidency

The Allegheny West Conference Executive Committee selected William Cox on Sunday to serve as president. He replaces Fredrick Russell who accepted a call to serve as senior pastor of the Berean church in Atlanta.

Cox is a graduate of Oakwood University (Ala.), and received a Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Christian Education from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (La.). He holds a Doctor of Ministry from the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. His 32 years of pastoral ministry have been dedicated to populating the kingdom of God. He spent the past 13 years of his ministry in Allegheny West Conference and currently pastors the Ethan Temple congregation in Dayton.

Cox (left), pictured with Dave Weigley, Columbia Union president, explained to the committee why he believes God led in this decision: “When you do what God has asked you to do, He will make Himself personally responsible for your success.”—Story and photo by Bryant Taylor


Former Potomac Conference President Passes Away

Herb Broeckel, who retired as president of the Potomac Conference  in 2002, passed away last Thursday. He made his home near Smith Mountain Lake in Huddleston, Va. He and his wife, Jeannie, served the Seventh-day Adventist Church for 52 years. Thirty-five of those years were spent in the Potomac Conference.

“Herb served Potomac Conference in many different capacities, from pastor to president, and in each one made a significant contribution to God’s kingdom,” Bill Miller, current Potomac president, said. “What a blessing and inspiration he was to me! He will be missed.”

Over the years, Broeckel also served the conference as a pastor and as director of the Youth, Religious Liberty and Communication departments. He later became the conference’s executive secretary. Broeckel was also president of the Mountain View and the Central California conferences. For the last several years, he pastored the Farmville (Va.) district.— Story by Potomac Conference Staff


City of Cleveland, Adventist Peers Recognize Walk of Faith

Ohio Conference’s Walk of Faith Community Center just received another award for its good works. Last Thursday the City of Cleveland and the First District Police/Community Relations Committee presented Kevin Kuehmichel, who pastors the Walk of Faith Fellowship, with their community award. According to Tammy L. Hanna, First District representative, the award is given to citizens who contribute to “making our city a better place to live.” Pictured are Frank G. Jackson, mayor of Cleveland, and Michael McGrath, Cleveland’s chief of police, flanking Kuehmichel.

The community center was also recognized at the Ohio Conference’s seventh annual National Conference on Innovation, held in Dayton last year. During the conference, Fred Manchur, president and CEO of Kettering Adventist Healthcare, presented Kuehmichel with its $3,000 Innovation of the Year Award. The award will benefit the center’s food bank.— Story by Visitor Staff; Photos by Mar de Oliveira


Academy Students Participate in Brain Games

Several Columbia Union academy students recently travelled to Southwestern Adventist University (SWAU) in Keene, Texas, to participate in Brain Games, which was themed “Seige: Engines of War.” The SWAU Math and History departments collaborated to have students from 18 schools build and experience war apparatus from three different eras: the Middle Ages, World War II and the Cold War. Students from Spencerville Adventist Academy (SAA) in Spencerville, Md., Shenandoah Valley Academy (SVA) in New Market, Va., and Highland Adventist School (HAS) in Elkins, W.Va., competed by creating catapults, slings, trebuchets and/or rockets.

SVA students won first place in the “mathletics” competition, which included a $2,000 college scholarship per student to SWAU and a $1,000 prize to SVA’s Math and Science Department. The HAS team (pictured) came in first in the rocket-launching contest.

“I never thought applying math to real-life situations could be so fun!” exclaimed Brandon Injety, an SAA senior.

Honesdale Church Burns Mortgage

The Honesdale (Pa.) church, the second Arise and Build church in the Pennsylvania Conference, recently paid off their mortgage and held a Mortgage Burning Party to celebrate God’s blessings. Will Peterson, the conference’s vice president for Mission and Administration, who has largely spearheaded the Arise and Build program, spoke and congratulated the Honesdale church.

Pastor Thomas Cusack shared a slide presentation of the raising up of the building and the many people who helped. Ed Howell, representing the mayor's office, congratulated the church and expressed his appreciation for their witness and work in the community. Jean Cusack sang. The elders of the church burned the mortgage, and the church family celebrated with a fellowship meal.—Thomas Cusack/MiPaConference News

Allegheny East Car Salesman Scores Trade-in of a Lifetime

Everyone knows the economy is at best limping along, so why would someone with his career on the rise, walk away from a job, to honor a church doctrine he abandoned several years ago? That’s the choice that Adrian Mundle, a used car sales manager with more than 18 years of experience, faced when he became a baptized member of the Allegheny East Conference Metropolitan church in Hyattsville, Md. Mundle was one of 113 people who took a stand for Christ after attending the church’s two-week “Lifted” evangelism series.

The decision he had to make in September was not an easy one. He had a secure position and the respect of his bosses. But Mundle knew all that would be in jeopardy the moment he requested Saturdays off. Click here to read his testimony.— Story by Jermey N. A. Matthews; Photo by Claudette Smith/Metropolitan Voice

Se invita a los adventistas a unirse en oración

Los líderes en cada nivel de la Iglesia Adventista del Séptimo Día están instando a la feligresía mundial a comenzar el 2012 con oración. La División Norteamericana publicó un calendario de oración que señala una o dos Asociaciones por las cuales orar cada semana durante el 2012 (vea el recuadro). “La iglesia mundial orará unida, y deseo que nosotros seamos parte ello”, dijo Dave Weigley, presidente de la Unión de Columbia. —Historia escrita por Celeste Ryan Blyden


Ohio, Pennsylvania Conferences Launch Email News

If you are a member of the Ohio or Pennsylvania conferences, then you don’t want to miss their email newsletters. Ohio Conference’s Faithpoints is a monthly e-newsletter, and the Pennsylvania Conference’s MiPaConference News is an electronic version of the conference newsletter that goes out by standard mail reach month.

Click here to sign up for the Ohio Conference’s Faithpoints. To sign up for MiPAConference News by email, visit paconference.org and enter your email address under “Join Our Email List.” The conference also tells video stories on their Vimeo page. Check it out!

Girl’s Generosity Inspires Mountain View Members

Five pennies and a gently worn coat were all Iyanna Burke could spare, when a neighbor she’d never met knocked on her door and asked for help. These small gifts were all it took to restore Elsie Mitchem’s faith in people and remind a whole network of friends about the innocent generosity of a child’s pure heart. This unique Christmas story began in the heart of Valley View Adventist Church’s Campaign for Community, an annual fund drive designed to send church members door to door, collecting donations to fund smoking cessation clinics, healthful-cooking classes, elder care, disaster response and more.

The [campaign] spans the holiday season, from Thanksgiving until Christmas, and it calls on members of the Valley View Adventist Church to seek help for their neighborhoods from the same communities that will ultimately receive the assistance.—Tammi Toler/Princeton Times

READ more on the Princeton Times website.

Union ASI Convention Slated for March

All are invited to attend the Columbia Union chapter of the Adventist-laymen’s Services and Industries (ASI) convention, which will take place at Potomac Conference’s Vienna (Va.) church. The convention runs from Thursday, March 8 through Sunday, March 11. Ivor Myers (pictured), speaker/director of Power of the Lamb Ministries, will present eight seminars over the weekend; the Guild of Adventist Musicians will present gifted musicians to open the Sabbath hours on Friday evening; and Henry Wright, pastor of the Community Praise church in Alexandria, Va., will close the Sabbath with a vespers service.

For more information visit asicolumbiaunion.netasi.org or register at plusline.org.—Denise Hayden


January 21: Restoration Praise Center is hosting a Religious Liberty Day under the theme "Religious Liberty: It’s Political and Global Impact and What it Means to You.” The featured speaker for the divine hour will be presidential appointee Orlan Johnson, chairman of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation. There will also be a panel discussion with guests Paul Monteiro, associate director, White House Office of Public Engagement; Melissa Reid, associate director, Liberty magazine; Jennifer Mason, deputy chief of staff for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management; and Michelle Chin, PhD, legislative assistant to Senator John Cornyn (R-TX). The church is located at 10411 Greenbelt Road in Lanham, Md. For more information, visit rpcsda.org.

January 29: The Pennsylvania Conference Youth and Young Adult Ministries Family Ski Trip will be held at Jack Frost Big Boulder in White Haven, Pa. The price is $48 for the snow pass, lesson and rental. The lessons are for ages 8 and over. Helmet rentals are $10 additional. Tickets must be purchased by January 16, 2012. Pre-paid ticket pick-up will be at the Jack Frost Lodge, 8 a.m.-12 noon. For more information, contact the conference’s Youth Ministries Department at (607) 374-8331, ext. 212 or at pa-youth@paconference.org.

February 2: Spencerville Adventist Academy invites all eighth graders and other high school students to attend their Academy Day from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Visiting students will get the opportunity to meet teachers and students, hear and see the school’s touring groups perform, compete for scholarships, play against basketball teams and check out the new school. To RSVP, contact Heidi Wetmore at (301) 421-9101 or hwetmore@spencerville.org.

February 12: Crossroads Adventist Preparatory School Presents “A Healthier You: Community Symposium and Health Fair.” It runs 10 a.m. thru 4 p.m. and will feature student presentations on health, nutrition and fitness; a health trivia challenge game; information and activity booths featuring massage therapy, health screenings, medical organizations and vegetarian cooking demos; fitness classes, seminars/workshops on women’s, men’s and children’s health and more! The school is located at 3291 St John's Lane, in Ellicott City, Md. For more information, call (866) 715-7752.

February 17-19: The “Love for a Lifetime” Marriage Enrichment Retreat will be held at the Dunes Manor Hotel in Ocean City, Md. The registration fee of $299 per couple includes two nights at Dunes Manor Hotel, brunch, tea, dinner on Saturday and brunch on Sunday. For more information, e-mail MarriageEnrichment@comcast.net, or contact Mark and Peggy Lee at (301) 317-5428 or Jeff and Sandy Hartz at (443) 864-6328. The Triadelphia church and Maranatha Adventist Fellowship are among the churches sponsoring the retreat.

February 24-26: Chesapeake Conference’s high school students will want to attend the Generation Rain Spiritual Retreat at Mount Aetna Camp and Retreat Center in Hagerstown, Md. Themed “The Call,” the weekend features speakers from Insight magazine: Duane Esmond, editor; Tom Fraga, associate editor; and Tiffany Taylor-Mduba, columnist. For details, call Ann Reynolds at (410) 995-1910, or email areynolds@ccosda.org.

February 24-26, 2012: Pennsylvania Conference’s marriage retreat, “Love on the Farm” will feature Claudio and Pamela Consuegra, North American Division Family Ministries directors. It will be held at the Best Western Premier Contral Hotel and Conference Center in Harrisburg, Pa. To register online visit, www.paconference.org, go to the Ministries page and click on Family Ministries. For more information, contact Jeanne Hartwell at jhartwell@paconference.org, or (610) 374-8331.

March 8-11: The Columbia Union chapter of the Adventist-laymen’s Services and Industries (ASI) convention will feature Ivor Myers, speaker/director of Power of the Lamb Ministries; the Guild of Adventist Musicians and Henry Wright, pastor of the Community Praise Center in Alexandria, Va. The convention will be held at Potomac Conference’s Vienna (Va.) church, located at 344 Courthouse Road SW in Vienna. For more information visit www.asicolumbiaunion.netasi.org or register at www.plusline.org.

For more news and up-to-date information from the Columbia Union Conference, visit columbiaunion.org

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