May 9, 2012

Mountain View Young Adults Meet for Prayer Conference

“Talks about prayer went beyond just methods, and went right to the heart of why we pray and what it’s all about,” said Tricia Lee Wilkins, who attended Mountain View Conference’s first Young Adult Prayer Conference held April 27-29 at the Valley Vista Adventist Center in Huttonsville, W.Va. Lee, who lives in Morgantown, W.Va., and is pictured with Sushana Williams, continues, “[Pastor Walter Cardenas] talked about keeping that line of communication open, that it’s more of a relationship that flows as naturally as a relationship we have between humans that we interact with.”

The main speaker, Victor Martinez, a volunteer youth leader from Alexandria, Va., spoke on the theme of “The Great Invitation.” Workshops shared steps for growing closer to Christ through prayer and as a result, bringing others to know Him.—Story by Trudy Squires; photos by Monica Zill


Pennsylvania Conference’s Community Event Kicks Butts

Blue Mountain Academy students Captain Kick Butts also known as Rico Gordon and his sidekick, Lungs Woman better known as Maile Hoffman, recently greeted more than 60 community members at Reading Junior Academy’s (RJA) “Kick Butts Day” in Reading, Pa. The event is an international endeavor to inspire youth to speak out against the fatal effects of tobacco use. Pennsylvania Conference’s Adventist WholeHealth Network, RJA and the Kenhorst Boulevard church sponsored this event.

A team of 10 students and two staff members from Blue Mountain Academy (BMA) in Hamburg helped plan and run the event. These students organized six different booths that featured fun and informative information on living smoke-free. One of the booths, “Public Policy,” even included a petition, written by BMA students, calling for increased monetary support for tobacco cessation and prevention programs from the Pennsylvania state legislature.— Story by Alysha Hollingshead


Allegheny East Members Read the Bible at U.S. Capitol

Members of Allegheny East Conference’s Capitol Hill church in Washington, D.C., recently lent their voices to a 90-hour Bible reading marathon on the steps of the U.S. Capitol building. The “23rd Annual U.S. Capitol Bible Reading Marathon” was established in 1990 and brings hundreds of believers to the West front of the Capitol to read aloud the entire Word of God without commentary over 90 continuous hours. According to the website, “the public reading of God’s Holy Word will call the nation to return to God’s precepts and will lay a solid foundation for the National Day of Prayer.”

Capitol Hill members read for about an hour each of the three days. Chaplain Saundra Austin, the church’s spiritual care and prayer coordinator, says, “As Seventh-day Adventists we sometimes stay hidden, but we must join in with other people who believe in spreading God’s Word to all people,” she said. This is the fourth time that the church has participated. See more pictures on our Facebook page.—Story by Visitor Staff; photo by Cassandra Danley-Arnold

Members Encouraged to Distribute The Great Hope

North American Division (NAD) leaders are encouraging members to prayerfully help distribute some 3 million copies of The Great Hope to their friends and family. Some 2 million copies of this abridged version of Ellen White’s The Great Controversy have already been distributed across the division. Below J. Alfred Johnson III, NAD director of Adult Ministries, shares the importance of this effort.

Q: Why Should Adventists get involved in this project?

A: We praise our Lord for the privilege of having been called and commissioned to be agents of the One who is the answer to all of our challenges. His name is Jesus, the solution—The Great Hope—who will come with glory to do away with sin, disease, disaster, dishonor and death and grant the capacity to live His powerful life now, to all who are willing! This is great news that we cannot afford to keep to ourselves!

For more information about the book, visit or purchase copies at your local Adventist book store.

Tranquility Adventist School Adds Outdoor “Classroom”

Students at New Jersey Conference’s Tranquility Adventist School in Tranquility, N.J., recently built a brand new “classroom.” They built this “outdoor classroom” from a recreational vehicle enclosure frame that a church member donated. James Hunt (pictured in the back), the school’s principal, boasts two green thumbs and quite an imagination.

It took a while before they got the courage to build the greenhouse. Now with their greenhouse in place, the students planted cool weather seeds in bowls in late February, which they transplanted into trays three weeks later. Then during the first week of April, the students transplanted them again into the floor of the greenhouse. Now a healthy crop of collards, kale, broccoli, spinach, lettuce and cabbage is flourishing. “We plan to give the produce to the students’ families and local church members,” Hunt says. “In the process the students are learning hands-on science, gardening, building and how to work.”—Photo by James Hunt


Spring Valley Violinists To Tour With University Ensemble

When Karina Beebe, a freshman at Spring Valley Academy in Centerville, Ohio, attended the Washington Adventist University Band Fest in Takoma Park, Md., she never dreamed the events that would unfold while there. Her mother, Michelle, notified her college friend, Daniel Lau, DMA, director of piano studies there, that her daughter was attending the band fest and that he may wish to say “hi” if he got a chance. However, Lau invited Beebe and fellow student, junior Kerstin Smith, to play for Preston Hawes, the university’s New England Youth Ensemble (NEYE) director.

An impressed Hawes then invited both students to join the 85 musicians of NEYE for their tour of South Africa in May and June. The NEYE will present 20 benefit concerts in 15 different cities. All concert proceeds will go toward specific ADRA ventures aiding underserved communities in Africa. Smith and Beebe are pictured with their very proud violin teacher Maretta Alden.—Story by Vicki Swetnam

Three Generations Attend Morija French Church

Martine Lima, 18, along with her mother, Katia Valentin were baptized on the same day into New Jersey Conference’s Morija French church in New Brunswick. Both said that they were really impressed by the music during a crusade held at the church last year. However, they said what really moved them, were God’s detailed plans of for humanity, revealed to them during their regular Bible study sessions in their home. They were amazed to see that God has a plan for them to prosper, a plan to give them hope and a future. They were baptized at the end of the crusade.

As church members, they continue to study the Bible every week in their living room with their pastor, Bledir Larivaux. Their grandmother, Josette Valentin, is not yet baptized. Yet, “she faithfully attends church service every Sabbath, and we are praying that she makes the decision to follow Jesus as her daughter and granddaughter have,” Larivaux said.

ASI Members Lead Evangelism Training

Eric Garloff and his wife, Teresa, both members of the Columbia Union chapter of the Adventist-laymen's Services & Industries (ASI) recently presented an evangelism training at the New Brunswick (N.J.) church. Eric, who is the chapter’s vice president of Evangelism, reports training 70 attendees to use the New Beginnings course to win souls for God’s Kingdom. “Among those who practiced in the hands-on session were nine-year-old and 12-year-old boys,” Garloff said. “It was a special blessing watching people of all ages learning to use this simple tool as a witness for Jesus.”

To schedule a New Beginnings training for your congregation, contact D. Francine Hayden at or Eric Garloff at—Story by Natasha Iheme

Columbia Union Members in the News

The Filipino Capitol Adventist Church Answers Let’s Move Challenge

Kettering Adventist Healthcare Hospital Opens Maternity Ward

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

May 10: The Camp Upward Bound Open House will be held at Sligo Adventist School this Thursday at 6 p.m. The camp, which serves ages 6-11, runs from June 18 – August 3. The theme this summer is “God Is Everywhere.” For more information, call (301) 434-1417 or visit

May 12: Pastor Richard Elofer, director of the World Jewish Adventist Friendship Center
, will speak at the Berkeley Springs church on Sabbath, at the 11 a.m. worship service. The Friendship Center is located in Paris, and is a study center under the umbrella of the General Conference Office of Global Mission, dedicated to outreach to Jewish people. The church is located at 3606 Valley Road, Berkeley Springs, W.Va. For more information, call Ruth Wright at (304) 258-6184.

May 12: Christian recording artist Angela Stevens will be performing a free concert at Sligo Church in Takoma Park, Md. Come experience an evening full of hope and inspiration as Angela shares stories of faith along with some of the most loved and cherished hymns of all time. The concert starts at 7 p.m. Visit for more information.

May 12: Takoma Academy’s Christian Café With recording artist Angela Bryant-Brown will benefit the school’s renovation projects. Other artists include Carmen Calhoun, Rob Maletick, David Williams, Charity, Reginald Reid, and the school’s chorale and steel band. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Click here for more information.

May 18-20: Ohio Conference’s Men’s Gathering will include a weekend of spiritual activities, work and play designed around the theme “Manhood in a Christian Context.” It will be held at Camp Mohaven in Danville. Visit for details.

May 19: The Allegheny East Conference Men’s Ministries One-Day Retreat
is titled “The 7 Good Things Every Man Needs.” It will be held at conference headquarters in Pine Forge, Pa., in Conference Center 1 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. There is a $55 per person fee to attend. For more information, contact Sheryl G. Reeves at (610) 326-4610, (800) 830-0224, ext. 327, or via email at

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