April 18, 2012



Kettering Adventist HealthCare Opens Seventh Ohio Hospital

After a ceremonial lighting of the Emergency Department sign and a blast of fireworks, Kettering Adventist HealthCare (KAHC) opened the doors to its seventh hospital, the Indu and Raj Soin Medical Center located in Beavercreek, Ohio. Two days earlier, 64 participants came together to bless the hospital’s 280 rooms and 319 employees. Twenty-one religious communities were represented through clergy and lay liaisons of the Greene County community, as well as Kettering Adventist HealthCare, Kettering College, the University of Dayton, the military and various Seventh-day Adventist churches of the Greater Dayton area.

In an email to leaders, Belinda Mallett, vice president for Patient Care, wrote: “Response from our patients and their families has been phenomenal. They appreciate the energetic, helpful and smiling staff; they love the healing, restful environment; they have enjoyed eating the great food in the cafeteria; and, above, all can feel the spirit of caring from every person they have had contact with.”—Story by KAHC Staff


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Atholton Member, Pageant Winner Gets Maryland Senate Nod

Due to nearly 60 hours of community service she performed during her year as Miss Pre-Teen Maryland International, Chesapeake Conference middle schooler Lexi Wakefield recently got special recognition from the Maryland Senate. During a regular session at the state capitol in Annapolis, senators acknowledged Wakefield for her efforts, which included reading with children at the local library, volunteering at a booth with the American Heart Association and helping make lunch for families being served at the John Hopkins Children’s House in Baltimore, among many other activities. Wakefield is a member of the Altholton church in Columbia, Md.

Over the past year, Wakefield never forgot her role as a Christian and her goal of “shining like a light for God.” She is pictured meeting with state Rep. James N. Robey at the senate.—Story by Beth Michaels

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Gibbs Fills Chesapeake’s Ministries Director Post

Gary Gibbs brings depth of experience in ministry to his new role as Ministries Development director for the Chesapeake Conference. In joining the staff, Gibbs will provide leadership to some of the goals set by the conference for the next five years.

There is need for strong in-reach with the gospel into urban areas, particularly the greater Baltimore corridor. “Gary’s forte is training people so they can be engaged in reaching out to others. This will add great effectiveness to our ministry development efforts,” says Rick Remmers, conference president.

Gibbs comes most recently from the Hope Channel, the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s official television network, where he was associate director. He hosts the Bible Talk radio program and is the author of several books.  He has also served as a pastor, evangelist, church growth consultant and the founder of the Amazing Facts College of Evangelism.—Story by Samantha Young



Mountain View Members Named Innovative Sustainable Producer

Bob and Lynnita Gregory of Berea Gardens Agricultural Center in Orma, W.Va., were one of four recipients of the 2012 Innovative Sustainable Producers in West Virginia Award sponsored by West Virginia Sustainable Agriculture Research Education (SARE). The award was presented at the 2012 West Virginia University (WVU) Extension Service’s Small Farm Conference in Morgantown last month.

This recognition celebrates the professional, innovative and sustainable approach of West Virginia farmers, showcasing their passion and raising the profile of the important role they play in West Virginia. Pictured are Brandy E. Brabham (left), WVU extension agent, and Nola Wilson, WV SARE’s outreach coordinator (right) presenting Gregory with the award. Gregory and his wife are members of Mountain View Conference’s Spencer (W.Va.) church.—Story by the Hur Herald/ Visitor Staff

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WAU’s Growth Tops Maryland Independent Colleges

Washington Adventist University (WAU) is not only the fastest growing institution among U.S.-based Seventh-day Adventist institutions; it is also the fastest growing among the Maryland Independent Colleges and University Association (MICUA).

From fall 2010 to fall 2011, MICUA recorded just over 16 percent growth rate in undergraduate full-time students for WAU in Takoma Park, Md., just ahead of Capitol College with 13.1 percent. MICUA’S 16 members are fully accredited and provide unique educational opportunities to 63,000 students annually.—Story by WAU Communication Staff



Reavivamiento En Las Iglesias Adventistas Hispanas De Cleveland

Estas pasadas semanas se ha estado viviendo un ambiente de reavivamiento en las Iglesias Adventistas Hispanas de la ciudad de Cleveland. Tanto la hermandad de la Primera Iglesia Adventista Hispana, como la Iglesia Eben-Ezer se han unido para regocijarse en la comunión, la adoración y el servicio.

El pasado sábado 24 de marzo, las iglesia en Cleveland vivieron una verdadera fiesta espiritual al celebrar juntas el nuevo nacimiento de 6 preciosas almas a través un evento al que denominaron “Bautismos de Primicias”.

Durante los días 1 al 6 de abril, ambas iglesias se reunieron en el Templo de la Primera Iglesia, ubicado en la calle Bosworth, para ser refrigerados por el Espíritu de Dios a través de una Semana de Oración dirigida por el pastor de este distrito, el Pastor Peter M. Simpson. Durante estos seis días consecutivos, los hermanos se reunieron con gran fervor a escuchar la Palabra de Dios y se culminó con un solemne Servicio de Comunión el día viernes por la noche. Los hermanos expresaron que fue una experiencia maravillosa el haberse congregado como una sola iglesia para poder compartir la Cena del Señor juntos. También, se tuvo el privilegio de contar, entre los oficiantes de la Santa Cena, con el Coordinador Hispano y Secretario Ministerial de la Ohio Conference, el Pastor Oswaldo Magaña.—Historia por personal de Visitor; Photos por Angel Miguel Torres

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Sligo Students Sing at NBA Game

Imagine that you are in the middle of preparations for an upcoming choir festival when your teacher, Joya Follete, gets a phone call that causes her to scream and get really excited. She then announces that you will be singing the national anthem at the Washington Wizards vs. Orlando Magic game on April 10.

How cool is that? Well, for the 30-plus members of the Takoma Park, Md.-based Sligo Adventist School Middle School Choir, it was not a dream, but a reality. According to students Jair Johnson and Corey Fitzgerald, “It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that will be remembered forever.” Krissia Funes and Kayla Green admitted to being nervous yet enjoying the experience and all it represented. Malik George announced, “I can tell my kids I sang on national television.” Sixth-grader Erminie Cajou reflected, “I am glad my school got to represent Jesus by sharing our song at the game.”

To cap off the experience, the Wizards pulled off a 93-85 upset win for their fans.—Story by Yolande Melbourne



Spring Valley Raises $97K at Gala Auction

Excitement filled the air for patrons and sponsors alike at Spring Valley Academy’s Home & School Association’s Auction Gala held recently in Kettering, Ohio. The evening’s theme was “Building for the Future of Our Kids’ Character.” A silent auction commenced amidst the festive decor of a tropical evening. Auctioneer Doug Sorrell conducted the fun-filled, live auction, which netted a total of $97,717.35!

Proceeds will go toward the Centerville, Ohio, school’s Worthy Student Fund and a new sports building behind the school campus. “The Worthy Student Fund is vital in providing financial aid for students in need of assistance to be able to attend our school while the sports building will include a concession area, restrooms and a drinking fountain plus some storage for sports equipment,” shared Vicki Swetnam, the school’s recruiting and marketing director. Frank Perez, the school’s board chair, is pictured sharing plans of the new building.



Frederick Adventist Boys Win Basketball League Championship

The top-seeded Frederick Adventist School’s [FAS] U14 Division 1 boys team recently won the 2012 Monocacy Youth Basketball Association (MYBA) Championship with a 44-33 win over second-seeded Walkersville Middle School. The win topped off a perfect 12-0 season. The FAS Panthers jumped out in front early and were leading 27-12 at halftime and never looked back from there.

The Monocacy Youth Basketball Association consists of public schools and Frederick County recreational programs. In the last two years, FAS has had three teams make it to the championship level. Both years, two teams have won the championship. Coach Pete Kelchner and assistant coach Jason Hooks led the Panthers. “The gift MYBA gives FAS is that they work with FAS to not schedule our games on Sabbath,” said Teresa Kelchner, athletic director. “FAS’ participation in the program is a great witness to athleticism as well as seventh-day Sabbath-keeping Christians.”



Allegheny East Church Hosts Diabetes Ambassador Training

Allegheny East Conference's Campostella Heights church in Norfolk, Va., recently organized and hosted the Project Power Diabetes Ambassador Training. This ambassador training is a faith-based program of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and focuses on educating and empowering African-American churches and communities about preventing and controlling diabetes. Since the church opened the Adventist Wellness Community Center exactly one year ago, the Health Ministries department, under the leadership of Lynnette Moore, MD, has had a working relationship with the ADA. A representative from the ADA led the training, and members from the church’s Health Ministries team served lunch and led a tour of the wellness center.

Seventeen new persons were trained as ambassadors, 15 of whom came from four other denominations. The attendees remarked how thankful they were for the training and new friendships.—Story by Lynnette Moore



Logan Church Members Make a Name for Adventists

“We’ve got to go out into the community and let them know that we’re for the community and about the community,” says Cesar Quispe, pastor of Mountain View Conference’s Logan and Williamson (W.Va.) district. When he arrived in town in November 2011, there were about seven active Seventh-day Adventist members attending the Logan church; now there are about 19. Though their ranks are small, Quispe says they’ve sacrificially spent about $10,000 painting and fixing up their church. They also started the Logan Better Living Center, which offers a food pantry, emergency disaster relief services and houses a thrift store. His wife, Mary, a naturopathic doctor, runs the center and offers healthy lifestyle counseling and classes.

All this activity garnered a cover photo and story in the local newspaper with the mayor and other local leaders. Buoyed by community response, they’re working to purchase a new church sign and seeking to produce a daily, 60-second, biblically-based devotional thought for the local radio station. Why all this effort? “We just want to get out in the community a little more and bring the gospel to the people,” Quispe explains.—Story by Celeste Ryan Blyden


UPCOMING EVENTS
Click here for a complete listing of upcoming events around the Columbia Union Conference.


MARYLAND
April 22: Shady Grove Adventist Hospital presents their sixth annual Spring Into Better Health program
. The program, which lasts from 1-4 p.m., includes free health screenings that test body composition and body mass index, blood pressure, bone density, blood pressure, deep vein thrombosis risk assessment, stroke assessment and others.

There will also be health chats such as “Complementary Medicine for the Cardiovascular Patient” at 1:30 p.m.; “Battling the Bulge--Reduce Your Risk by Trimming Your Waistline” at 2:30 p.m. and “Venous Disaease: What to Know and What to Do” at 3:30 p.m. The Program takes place at 9901 Medical Center Drive in Rockville, Md. For more information, visit Adventisthealthcare.com/springfling.

VIRGINIA
April 22: Join WGTS 91.9 and Christian artist Andy Cherry for an evening of hope, encouragement and worship. Night of Hope will be in Tyson’s Corner, Va., and starts at 5 p.m. Cherry is a Christian praise and worship artist. It’s free, but to get in, you’ll need to RSVP for you and your friends.

WEST VIRGINIA
April 27-29: Mountain View Conference’s Prayer Conference. Young adults between the ages of 18 and 35 are invited to attend a prayer conference themed “The Great Invitation” at the Valley Vista Adventist Center in Huttonsville, W.Va. The conference is free to attend and will include childcare. The guest speaker will be Victor Martinez who ministers to youth in the Potomac Conference. For more information, to register or volunteer your musical talents, call (304) 422-4581.


NEW JERSEY
May 5: The Parkway South church’s Family Aid Fund Benefit Concert
takes place at 7 p.m. Each year, soprano Karla Rivera Bucklew joins pianist Ingrid Forss for this fundraising concert. The funds raised go to the church’s Family Aid Fund, which helps needy families in the community. For more information, visit facebook.com/FamilyAidConcert. The church is located at 9 North Shore Road in Marmora, N.J.


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