February 1, 2012 

Logan, Williamson Churches Open Better Living Center

Mountain View Conference's Logan and Williamson churches in West Virginia recently moved their thrift store to the downtown area of their tiny community. The move had the added benefit of a more prominent location, but also provided an opportunity for them to make big changes, which included opening the Logan Better Living Center.

The center’s focus will be on helping and educating Logan area community members. The center will operate a thrift store, manage a disaster relief program, offer healthy lifestyle education and work closely with already established food pantries.

“God has called us to serve others, and the best way of doing that is to serve those who are in need,” says Pastor Cesar B. Quispe (pictured at the ribbon cutting with his wife, Marialfred Acuna-Quispe, ND, CNHP). “Our center is focused on helping people in all three aspects of life—the spiritual, physical and emotional.”


Washington Adventist Hospital Marks 50 Years in Cardiac Excellence

In conjunction with American Heart Month, this month Washington Adventist Hospital (WAH) begins a yearlong celebration to mark 50 years since the area’s first heart surgery was performed at the hospital in 1962. Since that first surgery, the Takoma Park, Md.-based hospital has been continually recognized for the comprehensive, quality heart care provided to residents.

“As a recognized leader in specialized cardiac care for 50 years, Washington Adventist Hospital continually provides our patients with the highest quality care delivered by a team of experienced, skilled and caring experts,” said Joyce Newmyer (pictured), WAH president. “I am excited to mark this milestone with our staff, physicians and community members, who continue to trust their heart care to our hospital.”—Story by Diana Troese


Review and Herald Ships 1 Million Copies of The Great Controversy

This is shaping up to be a big year for the Review and Herald Publishing Association’s The Great Controversy Project. Based in Hagerstown, Md., the Review and Herald began 2012 by shipping one million copies of an abbreviated version of Ellen White’s The Great Controversy to Nigeria. They are also printing editions in Spanish and Portuguese. “It has been so exciting to see this project catch fire,” says Mark Thomas, the publishing house’s president.

Furthermore, the worldwide Seventh-day Adventist Church has embraced The Great Controversy Project. Ted Wilson, General Conference president, says that he has pledges from the world divisions to send out more than 170 million copies. In North America, every conference will designate a person to coordinate the distribution of The Great Controversy in their area. For more information visit www.GreatControversyProject.org or contact your conference to find out how you can get involved!—Story by Kim Peckham


Mitchellville Members Pray All Night

Last Saturday night, Allegheny East Conference’s Mitchellville church hosted an all night prayer meeting. Overall between 80-90 people participated, while 35 stayed the entire time from 10 p.m. -7 a.m. Two other churches also joined the members of the Largo, Md.-based church and prayed, sang, read Bible passages on prayer and took part in an anointing service.

Why pray all night? “The bottom line is that prayer works! Miracles and blessings always escort these kinds of prayer vigils, and God calls all men and women to come unto Him, just the way they are,” explains Melvyn Hayden III (pictured), the church’s pastor.

Inspired by Luke 6:12 where Jesus prayed all night, Pastor Hayden has participated in all-night prayer vigils since his first year of college. This was the church’s second such prayer service. The first service took place last year and six stayed the entire night.

Baltimore First Member Celebrates 80th Birthday

Josephine Francis, a member of the Chesapeake Conference’s Baltimore First church in Ellicott City, Md., recently celebrated her 80th birthday. Some 200 friends and family members from the church joined her for a celebratory Indian lunch. “One thing is sure, that she loves her church and many friends, so we wished to acknowledge God’s care and leading in her life by inviting all church members, friends and family for a special lunch after the divine service,” shared her husband, Tom Francis.

Shenandoah Valley Academy’s Giant Cake Fetches $6,000

Shenandoah Valley Academy (SVA) students recently held a silent auction and talent show. The giant cake baked by Bob Ockenga, cafeteria director, received more than $6,000 in pledges—a new SVA record! In total, the auction brought in $13,220, which will go toward the acquisition of the senior class gift.—Story and photo by Mary Long

New Jersey Members Share Christ Thru Global Video Ministry

Eric Garloff and his wife, Teresa, are co-founders of Sapphire Throne Media Inc., a New Jersey-based 501(c) (3) nonprofit, multimedia religious video ministry. The Garloffs, members of the New Jersey Conference's Woodbury church, love evangelism and found a perfect fit for their evangelistic efforts by becoming members of the Columbia Union Conference chapter of Adventist-laymen’s Services and Industries (ASI).

The Garloffs agree their ministry’s outreach is to uplift Jesus Christ by sharing Him with those near and far. They say, “God has opened the doors for our very existence as a global video ministry.” They are now in their fifth year of broadcasting on the Three Angels Broadcasting Network. Come meet the Garloffs and other ASI members at the upcoming Columbia Union convention in March 8-11 at the Vienna (Va.) church. To register click here.

Maryland, D.C. Churches Can Save on Energy Bills

If your congregation is located in Maryland or Washington, D.C., you may have an opportunity to pay lower energy rates and also support clean power generation with your energy dollars.

Interfaith Power & Light is convening a third round of their Community Energy Purchase for local organizations. Earlier this year, they worked with the DC Project and Washington Interfaith Network to organize 38 institutions to collectively purchase electricity. They leveraged their group purchasing power to secure a reduced electricity rate that will save them $215,000 over the course of the year. Many of these institutions enjoyed thousands of dollars in savings over and above the cost of supporting wind power as an expression of their commitment to renewable energy.

Congregations in Maryland and D.C. are invited to participate in this next round of the Community Energy Purchase. Initial applications are due tomorrow, February 2. Email programassociate@gwipl.org for additional materials, a recording of conference calls and an application.—Greater Washington Interfaith Power & Light

February Visitor Highlight

Some of us may know that Ellen White, Seventh-day Adventist Church co-founder, encouraged church members to leave the cities behind. But could you “check out” from the hustle and bustle of suburban and city living as we know it and move to a rural area? Buddy and Beth Ackman and their four children did. Read their story in the February issue of the Visitor magazine.

Sección Especial del Visitor: ¡Atención al clarín!

Por más de un siglo, los Adventistas del Séptimo Día han hecho tópico de conversación, las evidencias de eventos de los últimos días que se avecinan. Predicamos que la Palabra de Dios señala su pronta venida con brillante claridad, como lo hacen los carteles publicitarios en nuestros recorridos. Sin embargo, para muchos, la segunda venida no ha sentido tan eminente como ahora. Al igual que el sonido claro estridente de una trompeta, el pueblo de Dios en esta generación ¡siente el llamado al reavivamiento!

Algunos, como Buddy y Beth Ackman, argumentan que los “dolores de parto” nos llaman a la acción, a “[salir] de las grandes ciudades tan pronto como os sea posible”, como lo instruye Elena de White en Testimonios para la iglesia (tomo 6, página 199). En su esfuerzo por prepararse para el hogar celestial con Cristo, los Ackman tomaron la difícil decisión de dejar atrás su vida agitada en Lusby, Md., un suburbio de Washington, D.C.—Historia por Sam Belony


End Quote: Dale Wright Memorial Member Confesses to Being a “One-Percenter”

“I have watched as the Occupy Wall Street protesters acclaim themselves as the Ninety-Nine Percenters demanding that the One-Percenters pay their fair share. At first I applauded their efforts, but recently I have been reflecting on my life and the privileges and favors I have enjoyed. And it hit me: I am a part of the One-Percenters they are marching against!

No, I’m not a Wall Streeter and I don’t have their kind of wealth, but I can say most emphatically, with the Psalmist’s 23rd poem of praise, “I shall not be in want” (NIV). That is, I trust God and He has provided all the essentials of life. I have enjoyed all the rights and privileges of living beside God’s ‘open window’ as enumerated in Malachi 3. And like the other One-Percenters being vilified daily across the country, I have enjoyed these privileges through no merit of my own. My advantaged status comes from being born into the family of Christ as a child of God.”—Isaac R. Palmer, Sr.

Columbia Union Members in the News

Adventist HealthCare to move headquarters to Gaithersburg

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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 4: Capitol Hill Church to celebrate Church Heritage Day under the theme “From Generation to Generation.” Pete Palmer, pastor of the Germantown church in Philadelphia, will be the guest speaker. There will also be an afternoon concert featuring the Breath of Life Quartet, with special tribute to the generations represented at Capitol Hill. All former members are invited to return for the celebration! The congregation may wear colors representing their generation: BLACK and WHITE (born after 2001); RED (born 1983 – 2001; TAN/BROWN (born 1965-1982); BLUE (born 1946-1964); GOLD (born 1929 – 1945); and SILVER (1909 – 1928). For more information, contact the church at (202) 543-1344.

February 4-5: The first Willow Brook Fine Arts Show sponsored by the Pioneers Pathfinder Club, will feature paintings, photographs, drawings and sculptures produced by local amateur, student and professional Adventist artists. The show is Saturday, February 4, 7-9 p.m., and Sunday, February 5, 2-5 p.m., at the Willow Brook church located at 8916 Mapleville Road in Boonsboro, Md.

Some of the works will be available for purchase. Entry and light refreshments are included in a small fee for those 6 and older. For more information, contact glenmilam@myactv.net.

February 11: The Hagerstown church’s Sabbath Sundown Serenade Concert will feature soprano Karla Rivera Bucklew.  The concert starts at 5 p.m. and will be held at 11507 Robinwood Drive in Hagerstown, Md. For more information, call (301) 733-4411.

February 11: Join Adventist HealthCare’s doctors and nurses at the Third Annual ‘Love Your Heart Expo’ from 1-5 p.m. at the Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda, Md. This event provides free heart health screenings, heart healthy cooking demonstrations and educational lectures.

February 12: Jared Renaud Taylor will be signing copies of his new book, New Lenses—How I met Jesus on MTVfrom 2-4 p.m. at the Potomac Adventist Book and Health Food Store. The store is located at 12004 Cherry Hill Road in Silver Spring, Md. Taylor, a member of Potomac’s Restoration Praise Center in Lanham, Md., can be reached at jaertee@gmail.com.

February 12: Highland View Academy’s International Fair will be held 2-6 p.m. Students will be representing several countries from around the world. Each country will have a unique food and fun facts about its culture. Come early! You don’t want to miss the parade of nations! The fair will be held at 10100 Academy Drive in Hagerstown, Md. For more information, visit hva-edu.com.

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 23: Sligo Adventist School will have an open house from 6–7 p.m. For more information, call (301) 434-1417 or visit. The school is located at 8300 Carroll Avenue in Takoma Park, Md.

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 Hagerstown church’s Sabbath Sundown Serenade Concert will feature Jermain Cain on the three-manual Digital Allen Organ. The concert starts at 5 p.m. and will be held at 11507 Robinwood Drive, in Hagerstown, Md. For more information, call (301) 733-4411. To request a copy of the Winter-Spring 2012 Hagerstown Sabbath Serenade Concert Calendar, send your email address to office@hagerstownadventist.org.

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.

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