Emmanuel-Brinklow Honors Living Legends
Each year for the past seven years, Allegheny East’s Emmanuel-Brinklow church in Ashton, Md., has hosted a special program that celebrates three people who have made a positive impact on the world. Last Sabbath, under the theme, “Am I My Brother’s Keeper?”, the church again honored three more at its Living Legends Awards for Service to Humanity program. The honorees were Bob Zellner, a civil rights activist; Barry Black, U.S. Senate chaplain; and Dennis Banks, a founder of the American Indian Movement. Click here to read more about the honorees.—Story by Taashi Rowe
Fire Guts Chestertown Sanctuary
Ten area fire companies responded to a two-alarm blaze at Chesapeake Conference’s Chestertown (Md.) church about 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 21. Police smelled smoke and went looking for the source of the fire, said Kevin McDaniel, pastor of the Chestertown church.
Fire gutted the sanctuary and damaged the older portion of the church. A newer section of the building sustained smoke damage, but can be repaired. “Members have shed a lot of tears,” said McDaniel, “but the good news is that no one was hurt. The building can be replaced, but people can’t.”
There is adequate insurance coverage for rebuilding. Local clergy and a funeral home have shown kindness by offering the use of their facilities for worship services until repairs are completed later this year. For the time being, the congregation plans to worship with the nearby Rock Hall church and will move services to the Chestertown fellowship hall following clean up of the smoke damage.—Story by Samantha Young
Survey Reveals Five Indicators for Church Growth
A 2010 survey of a wide variety of American congregations, titled FACTs on Growth 2010, recently shared several factors for growth. The Cooperative Congregational Studies Partnership (CCSP) carried out the survey by sampling 11,077 diverse congregations, of which 400 were Seventh-day Adventist. Pulling from the Adventist subset, the report found that growing Adventist churches typically have the following traits: community involvement, strong spiritual life, intentionality, positive relationships and activities on Sabbath designed for unchurched people.
“I think if you compare it to Ellen White’s quote about ‘Christ’s method alone’ in Ministry of Healing, page 143, you will see that the five points are clearly related to what Spirit of Prophecy teaches,” says Monte Sahlin (pictured), CCSP executive secretary and Ohio Conference’s director of Research and Special Projects.
Un estudio revela los cinco indicadores para hacer crecer su iglesia
Ha escuchado hablar de ellas antes. Tal vez hasta pertenece a una. ¿De qué estoy hablando? De iglesias cuya feligresía decrece. O, edificios de iglesia que, dado a la falta de adoradores, pasan de una denominación religiosa a otra. Algunas de esas iglesias se han cerrado permanentemente. Aunque retener un rebaño estable puede ayudar a evitar que una iglesia se cierre permanentemente, la mayoría de las iglesias no están satisfechas con únicamente pisar agua—desean crecer.
“El crecimiento en sí mismo, no es un blanco para la mayoría de las comunidades en América. Sin embargo, la mayoría de las congregaciones desean crecer para alcanzar a más personas con su mensaje, o por lo menos permanecer viables”, explica C. Kirk Hadaway, autor del recientemente publicado informe sobre el crecimiento de congregaciones. El informe, llamado FACTs on Growth 2010, (hechos sobre el crecimiento 2010), surgió de una encuesta del 2010 sobre once mil setenta y siete congregaciones diversas americanas. Entre ese número estaban cuatrocientas iglesias Adventistas del Séptimo Día. El resultado del subgrupo adventista cotejó el estudio más extenso y halló que las iglesias en crecimiento tienen una fuerte participación comunitaria, una sólida vida spiritual, son intencionales, fomentan las relaciones positivas, y tienen actividades para las personas que nunca han sido parte de una iglesia.
Adventist HealthCare Partners With Local Mall
Adventist HealthCare, based in Rockville, Md., has partnered with Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda, Md. Through this partnership, Adventist HealthCare and its entities will have promotional opportunities at the mall and the chance to take part in a variety of wellness activities.
One of their new opportunities is the Adventist HealthCare Walking Club. The club meets every Tuesday from 8-9:30 a.m. at the mall. Also each Tuesday morning, a different entity provides free blood pressure screenings, information on local health events and medical advice for members of the walking club, which already has more than 100 registrants since it began in December. In addition, Adventist HealthCare successfully held its third annual “Love Your Heart” Expo on February 11 at the mall. A walking club member is pictured trying out the Wii Fit.
Cleveland-Area Pathfinders Participate in Bible Competition
Ohio Conference’s Westlake church hosted this year’s Cleveland Area Pathfinder Bible Experience (PBE). Participants included two Pathfinder Clubs—Westlake’s Hungarian Heroes and the Chesterland Pathfinder Club from the First Seventh-day Adventist Community Church of Chesterland. Other participants included Frank D. Peden, the Northeast Ohio Pathfinder area coordinator, and Lee Kirschbaum, a member of the Akron church, who presented the questions.
The competition was intense, with the Hungarian Heroes advancing to the conference level of the competition, but according to Peden, “All are winners! Everyone who studied and learned is better for the experience." Following the competition, the Pathfinders led vespers and both teams shared dinner and an evening of making new friends and playing games.—Story by Jean C. Sinka
Highland View Academy Hosts Basketball Tournament
Highland View Academy in Hagerstown, Md., recently hosted its inaugural President’s Day Invitational Middle School Basketball Tournament. The fun-filled weekend began on Sabbath evening with vespers. Games were played from Saturday night until the championship games on Monday afternoon.
There were seven schools that made up six boys teams and five girls teams: Mt. Aetna Adventist School, Frederick Adventist Academy, G.E. Peters Adventist School, Atholton Adventist Academy, John Nevins Andrews Adventist School (JNA), Sligo Adventist School and Beltsville Seventh-day Adventist School.
The winning teams in the girls division were: first-place, John Nevins Andrews; second-place, Beltsville and third-place Sligo. The winning teams in the boys division were: first-place John Nevins Andrews; second-place Sligo and third-place Frederick. The tournament MVPs were JNA students Cameron Stowe and Kaila Charles, who both received scholarships to Highland View Academy.—Story by Tina Nipe
Liberty Member, ASI President Ministers to Children
Denise Hayden is president and CEO of Fine Line Services, Inc., a documentation and administrative support business. She is also president of the Columbia Union chapter of Adventist-laymen’s Services and Industries (ASI) and a member of the Liberty church in Baltimore. She joined ASI in 1990. After hearing all the testimonies at her first ASI convention, she asked God to give her a ministry that would change the world.
God would eventually use her passion for children to do remarkable things. For example, a young mother once came to Hayden for business services and as they conversed, Hayden talked at length about Jesus and business. Finally, the mother asked excitedly, “Can you take my children to church?” Over the next 10 years, Hayden would take more than 20 children to church, enroll them in Pathfinders and Bible Bowl, feed and lodge them at camp meeting and other activities. To meet Hayden and other ASI members, come to the union convention March 8-11. The event will be held at the Vienna (Va.) church. Click here to register.
March Visitor Highlight
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Según Evelyn Sullivan, directora asociada del Departamento de Educación y Cuidado para la Primera Infancia (en inglés ECEC), de la Unión de Columbia, en los primeros años se prepara el camino para el desarrollo físico, espiritual, social, emocional, académico, y aún moral, del niño. Estos primeros años, dice ella, también son el mejor momento para presentarle a Jesús.
La oficina de Educación de la Unión, estableció el departamento en el otoño de 2008, para “asegurar que todos los niños y las familias tengan acceso a programas seguros, Cristo-céntricos, de alta calidad, y apropiados para la edad del desarrollo, que preparará a los niños para el éxito futuro”. —Historia por A. Grace Brown
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End Quote: Orphans Impact Frederick Student Missionaries
[Last month] I went back [to El Salvador] on my second mission trip [and took] another friend, McKenna Wear. McKenna and I were the only youth going on the mission trip. This time, I started planning ahead with my school to raise money for the orphanage. We were not exactly sure what we were going to do with the money, but we knew that God had a plan for it. The pre-K- to -10th-grade students at Frederick Adventist School collectively raised over $1,100.
Not only did we bring money to have fun [at a water park] with the orphans, we also brought many bags of clothes, shoes and toys for them. When I travelled outside the campus in El Salvador, I realized how bad off the people were outside. Inside the compound, everything was much better. The kids at the orphanage told me they were are so happy they are there.
I thank God for what I am so blessed to have. I pray that I am again able to go back to visit, work with the kids and realize my dream of becoming a student missionary there.—Kate Carbaugh, a 10th-grade student at Frederick Adventist School
In last week’s “Columbia Union Garners Four Health Awards” story, we incorrectly stated that the Columbia Union Conference had the most physical activity miles. We actually had the second most physical activity miles—213,768. We regret the error. Click here to view the updated story.
March 2: Metro Area Adventist Young Adults (MAAYA) would like to invite you out for “First (1st) Fridays” on March 2 at 7:30 p.m. In conjunction with the Howard University Adventist Student Organization and 4Him Drama Ministry, they will present a dramatic interpretation of God’s Word and His plan for our salvation. First Fridays will be held at the First church, which is located at 810 Shepherd Street, NW, in Washington, D.C. For more information, contact Anthony Barnes at (301) 204-7059 or Trevor Fraser at (909) 648-4955.
March 2-3: “Connecting to Jesus: Meeting God Where You Are” is the theme for the Courthouse Road church’s winter revival. Pastor Will Johns will present the series, which starts this Friday, March 2 at 7 p.m. with the message “Seeing With New Eyes.” It continues with Saturday morning service at 11 a.m. and a final presentation at 2 on Sabbath afternoon. The church is located at 530 Courthouse Road in Richmond, Va.
March 2-31: Driven: Who’s Navigating Your Life? All are invited to come out and attend this powerful evangelistic series that is sure to cause you to think about who’s navigating your life. Paul Graham, Restoration Praise Center’s senior pastor, will host the series, which will feature the following guest speakers: Pastor Gregory Nelson on March 2-3, Mario Broussard on March 9-10, Pastor Jamie Kowlessar on March 16-17, Pastor Abraham Jules on March 23-24 and Pastor Furman Fordham on March 30-31. Come out each weekend during the following times: Friday night beginning at 7:30, Saturday morning beginning at 11 and Saturday afternoon beginning at 5. The church is located at 10411 Greenbelt Road in Lanham, Md.
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.
March 10: Kelly Mowrer Presents “Into His Presence With Praise”on Sabbath morning at 11 a.m. at the Staunton (Va.) church at 1000 North Coalter Street. You are invited to come renew your faith through beautiful music and stories of beloved hymns. An inspiring speaker, pianist and recording artist, Mowrer travels in full-time ministry telling of God’s great grace and love. She also hosts two television programs, Praise and His Words Are Life. For more information, call (540) 886-8081.
March 14: Frederick Adventist School invites any interested student in grades 7-9 to attend their Junior Academy Days. Frederick Adventist School’s junior academy offers a rigorous academic program with a low teacher-to-student ratio, affordable tuition, financial aid and merit scholarships available. For more information or to RSVP, email Teresa Kelchner at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at (301) 788-9522. The school also offers tours every Wednesday. To schedule a visit, call (301) 663-0363.
March 15: Vienna Adventist Academy’s Open House will start at 6 p.m. Vienna Adventist Academy is a private, Christian school that educates children from pre-kindergarten through 8th-grade. They are located at 340 Courthouse Road, SW, in Vienna, Va. For more information, visit www.viennaadventistacademy.org, call (703)938-6200 or send an email to email@example.com.
March 22: Dupont Park Adventist School Open House runs from 9-11 a.m. This school for pre-schoolers thru 10th-graders, is located at 3942 Alabama Avenue, SE, in Washington, D.C. They will have another open house on April 26. For more information about the school, call (202) 583-8500.
April 15: Kettering College’s Fourth Annual Spring Into Health 5K Run/Walk starts at 2 p.m. at the college (3737 Southern Boulevard in Kettering, Ohio). Registration and packet pick-up begins at 1 p.m. in front of the school. The cost is just $25 for participants registering before Wednesday, April 4, and the first 250 registrants are guaranteed a T-shirt. More information and a link to online registration can be found at KC.edu/5K.
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