January 18, 2012 

Allegheny East Member Raises $8,500 for Cancer Research

Last February Louvenia Anderson, a local health guru and member of Miracle Temple in Baltimore, received devastating news. She was diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome and Acute Myeloid Leukemia. No research has been done on the disease and there is no cure at this time. When Anderson found out about the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night fundraiser, she was impressed to raise $10,000 toward research for this cancer.

With help from her large network of friends and supporters, Anderson raised nearly $8,500. Those friends came from the Totally You weight management program and Serenity Sisters group, both of which she founded; friends from her work as the Baltimore Area Health Network coordinator for Allegheny East Conference; and her church family at Miracle Temple.

Looking back at the experience, Anderson says she realized “how truly blessed I am.”—Story and photo by Taashi Rowe


Potomac, ASI Member Shines for Christ

Daniel Reed (pictured with his wife, Lezlie, and their children), a member of the Columbia Union chapter of Adventist-laymen’s Services and Industries (ASI), owns the Ashburn, Va.-based Nova HomeWorks. Through his work, he finds many opportunities to shine for Christ.

One of Reed’s most memorable witnessing opportunities happened last year when his company received a call about an 11-year-old girl diagnosed with cancer. Neighbors wanted to help the parents improve their home so their daughter would be comfortable.

“By God’s grace we were able to donate [carpet] padding and all the labor for the install, but noticed that they needed more help,” said Reed, who is also a member of Potomac Conference’s Vienna (Va.) church. “I came back to the office, prayed and then emailed some of my business friends. By the next day, we had raised over $1,200 to pay for painting and a new dishwasher.”

Reed is just one of many ASI members who will share how they bring Christ into their workplace at the union’s March 8-11 ASI convention. Click here for more information.


Washington Adventist University Dedicates Music Center

January 11 Washington Adventist University held its first opening convocation of 2012 in Sligo church. The convocation also served as an opportunity to bless the newly completed Leroy and Lois Peters Music Education Center. The building’s namesakes (pictured) made a $1 million contribution toward the completion of the building and were on hand for a ribbon cutting immediately following the service.

With the completion of the center, the Department of Music will enjoy amenities that were not afforded in their previous home. The center includes percussion, voice and instrument studios, all with acoustic insulation. The largest section of the building is the band/orchestra rehearsal hall, which takes up parts of the first and second floors. The grand opening of the building will take place during Alumni Weekend, April 13-15.—Story and photo by Kevin Manuel


Chesapeake Member Testifies of God’s Healing

After God healed her from stomach cancer, Mayra Guillen knew she had to share her story and God’s mercy with others. In her new booklet, El Metodo Curativo de Dios, which means “God’s Natural Healing,” this member of Chesapeake Conference’s Bowie Spanish church in Bowie, Md., shares the natural remedies she learned from the physicians who treated her.

“I want to help others get the information they need to avoid cancer and to have a better quality life,” she said. Order a copy by calling (301) 996-2767.

Miembro de Chesapeake testifica de como Dios cura

Después que Dios la curo de cáncer del estomago, Mayra Guillen sabía que tenía que compartir su historia y la gracia de Dios con otros. En su nuevo libreto, El Método Curativo de Dios, la Hna. Guillen de la Iglesia Hispana de Bowie en Bowie, Md. (de la Conferencia de Chesapeake), comparte remedios naturales que ella aprendió de los doctores que trabajaron con ella.

“Quiero ayudar a otros a recibir la información que necesitan para evitar el cáncer and para vivir una vida de mejor calidad,” ella dice. Ordene su copia llamando al (301) 996-2767.

New Jersey Commissions Four Teachers

The New Jersey Conference recently honored four teachers and granted them the Commissioned Ministry of Teaching Credential. Those commissioned were (pictured left to right) Malou Saint-Ulysse, principal of Meadow View Junior Academy in Chesterfield; Ruth Nino, principal of the Waldwick School in Waldwick; Elayna Barnhill Moffit, vice principal of Lake Nelson School in Piscataway; and Elisa Garcia-Maragoto (with daughter Sabrina), principal of the Lake Nelson School.

To become eligible for commissioning, a teacher must complete a minimum of six years teaching ministry and maintain a teaching certification.—Story and photo by Jim Greene

Mountain View Members GLOW at Parade

When Pastor Linden St. Clair (pictured left) and members of Mountain View Conference’s Rainelle (W.Va.) church attended their town’s Christmas parade, they did more than just watch. They also distributed GLOW (Giving Light to Our World) pamphlets to fellow attendees.

“Before the parade began, we sang a number of Christmas carols outside the [church’s] Rainelle Better Living Center, which is right on Main Street where the parade would be coming,” St. Clair said. “Even though it was way below 30, we had a good time singing and sharing the truth of the Bible.”

End Quote: What Shaped My Ministry

“I had a perception of God’s will that was skewed by my own ambition and agenda. As a college student, I convinced myself that God wanted me to pursue a path that will bring financial security, recognition and respect. For years I valiantly resisted the persistent pull of God to align my will with His.

I was confronted with God’s reality a year out of college as I pitched chicken manure off the back of a flatbed—a task that provided neither financial security, recognition nor respect. I slowly learned, however, that when I surrender my own perception of success, God can grant true victory in life and in ministry.”—D. David Kim, English Pastor at the Washington-Spencerville Korean church in Silver Spring, Md.

Columbia Union Members in the News

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WGTS Chaplain Terry Johnsson: An Accomplished Life 


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 21: The Capitol Hill Church’s Family Ministries team invites you to attend their “Resolving Conflict” seminar. An expert trained in conflict management will be on hand to moderate the discussion. The seminar will be held at 3 p.m. Register at chcfamilylife@gmail.com.

January 26: The George E. Peters Adventist School Open House will be held from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. If you have children in pre-K-8th grade, visit them at 6303 Riggs Road in Hyattsville, Md. For more information, visit gepetersschool.org or call (301) 559-6710.

January 21-27: The Metropolitan church invites you to bring a friend to the “Get on Board” evangelism series featuring Abraham Jules, DMin. The Lloyd Mallory Singers will present a mini concert to kick off the series at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday evening, January 21. Other musical guests for the week include Tenore Three, Kay Bishop-Hall, Heaven’s Song and Paul Heflin. The meetings will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Hyattsville, Md., on Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday nights. For more information, visit metrosda.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.

February 25: The New England Youth Ensemble will recognize the ministry of Virginia-Gene Rittenhouse with a tribute concert. Soprana Karla Bucklew will also perform. The concert will take place at 4 p.m. at the Frederick church at 6437 Jefferson Pike in Frederick, Md. For more information, visit fredericksdachurch.org or call (301) 662-5254.

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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