May 30, 2012

A Dying Mother’s Wish Inspires NOVA Korean Church’s Health Fair

My small church, Allegheny East Conference’s NOVA Korean church, is blessed with many healthcare professionals, such as nurses, dentists, nurse practitioners, physicians and others. Many of our 75 members staff the NOVA Community Health Center (NCHC), a nonprofit organization we started after seeing a need for affordable medical care, especially among recent immigrant communities.

The idea for this monthly health fair came from physician Gino Kim’s mother. Kim (pictured) remembers when his mother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. While preparing for her last days, she and the family traveled to health centers in the United States and to her native South Korea. As she was visiting these places, she was impressed by the volunteerism and Christian love shown by many Seventh-day Adventist church members who tried to comfort her and her family. In January we entered our fourth year of doing monthly health fairs. Most church members and all healthcare workers now participate in the smooth running of the fair.—Story by Jerry K. Lee


Shady Grove, Washington Adventist Recognized for High Quality Stroke Care

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Gaithersburg, Md., and Washington Adventist Hospital (WAH) in Takoma Park, Md.– both part of the Adventist HealthCare system—received the Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association (AHA) for their expert, high quality stroke care.

This award, which is part of the AHA’s Get With the Guidelines stroke program, recognizes each hospital for achieving at least a 75 percent compliance rate on six stroke quality measures over 12 consecutive months while also achieving at least an 85 percent rate on all of the Get With the Guidelines stroke achievement measures.

Both Shady Grove Adventist and Washington Adventist Hospital have acute stroke units, integrated emergency response systems and multidisciplinary stroke teams including neurologists, surgeons, emergency department physicians, nurses and a stroke program coordinator. Members of the WAH stroke team are pictured with their award.—Story by Susan Griffiths

Adventist Community Services Names Interim Executive

Potomac Conference’s Board of Directors of the Adventist Community Services of Greater Washington (ACSGW), recently appointed Gene Milton to serve as interim CEO. Milton will continue to serve as special assistant to the president and CEO of Adventist HealthCare in Rockville, Md.

Milton, who is an experienced healthcare executive, began this interim role on May 22, following immediate past executive Ron Wylie’s death. Milton previously served as regional vice president of Adventist HealthCare and president and CEO of Hackettstown Regional Medical Center in Hackettstown, N.J. He also holds a PhD in Leadership from Andrews University (Mich.).

“It is an honor for me to act as interim executive and ensure and contribute to the smooth day-to-day working of ACSGW,” Milton said. “I have already met many of the staff and volunteers that work with the organization and am impressed with their dedication and love for the mission of the organization. I look forward to my time at ACSGW.”—Story by Les Pitton

Atholton Adventist Academy Satisfies Loans

Just six years after Chesapeake Conference’s Atholton church in Columbia, Md., asked Atholton Adventist Academy (AAA) to help pay for the new additions to their school building, the school paid off its two loans totaling $400,000. A portion of that balance includes the $100,000 they put toward a modular classroom, built in 2006, to house their pre-kindergarten program.

“Through God’s incredible goodness, both loans were completely satisfied in time for our school constituency meeting,” reported Marilynn Peeke, principal. She delighted in telling meeting attendees that the school was able to pay off the entire amount without “asking for one penny” from the church. Peeke (second from left) is pictured presenting a check to Rick Remmers (far left), Chesapeake Conference president, and Carole Smith, Chesapeake’s superintendent of schools. Holding the check is Chad Moffit, AAA’s physical education teacher.—Story by Beth Michaels


Takoma Academy Students Shine Through Awards, Achievements

Students of Takoma Academy in Takoma Park, Md., have much to be proud of this year. Sophomores Rachelle Pichot, Leena Daniel and Noelle Francis (pictured) recently participated in the Washington, D.C., region of the inaugural Euro Challenge 2012. The Euro Challenge is a program launched and supported by the Delegation of the European Union to the United States with support from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. The young ladies presented on the topic of Portugal’s high government debt and deficit.

Junior Merlique Blackwood attained a Silver Key Award for excellence in writing from the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. Graduating senior Desmond Stanback won the Education, Goals, Opportunities and Sports, Inc. organization’s News Channel 8 Glenn Harris Sports Talk Show Player of the Year award for basketball.

Graduating senior Jeremy Cox served as an intern for a week at the Maryland State House. Finally, freshman Karee-Anne Rogers and sophomore Jae Bradley participated in the DC Regional Brain Bee, a question-and-answer competition about the brain and nervous system.—Story by David Turner

Huntingdon Valley Students Take Mission Trip to West Virginia

Students from the Huntingdon Valley Christian Academy (HVCA) in Huntingdon Valley, Pa., recently went on a mission trip to Salem, W.Va., where they worked for Miracle Meadows School, which educates at-risk children ages 7-17. While there students helped clean, mow the lawns for current staff, organize materials inside a gym and inventory books in a library.

Each night, HVCA students enjoyed interactive group worships with the students and staff at Miracle Meadows. “It was spiritually enriching and beneficial for our group and theirs,” shares principal Richard Bianco. “We noticed that each student had a special talent. It was a blessing to know that what we did would help several children in the near future. We had to sleep in school classrooms at night, take cold showers, work around a lot of bugs and face other obstacles that we wouldn’t normally encounter. Despite of all of those things, it felt so good to help. It wasn’t easy, but it was definitely worth it.”

June Visitor Highlight

Curious to see how the Chinese church is growing, what we can learn from them and how we might help address their needs, I joined Dave Weigley, Columbia Union president, and Raj Attiken, Ohio Conference president, for a tour of the country. After visiting with Pastor Rebekah Liu in Shanghai, we travelled to Beijing, Hangzhou, Wenzhou, Xi’an, Chengdu and, finally, Hong Kong, and became steeped in this ancient country’s history, culture, politics, religion and people. More importantly, we met Seventh-day Adventist brothers and sisters who work passionately and tirelessly to tell people about God and how much He loves them. Click here to read more about our travels in China.—Story by Taashi Rowe

Cómo está floreciendo el adventismo en la China ateísta

Con su infinita mano laboral de 1.3 billones de personas, ateístas, la China comunista ha surgido como la segunda economía más grande del mundo. Aún así, a pesar de las idiosincrasias de sus muchas ciudades occidentalizadas— innumerables rascacielos, crecientes riquezas, aumentos que conlleva el consumismo, y las libertades en aumento—mi guía de turismo me dice que millones de habitantes de China están corriendo a las mezquitas, iglesias, y templos, para aprender más acerca de Dios, que, por los pasados sesenta años, no existía para ellos. Técnicamente, la Iglesia Adventista del Séptimo Día no existe tampoco aquí, sin embargo, durante mi visita de trece días, aprendí que hay aproximadamente cuatrocientos mil adventistas en la China continental.—Historia por Taashi Rowe


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

June 1: First Fridays With the Metro Area Adventist Young Adults (MAAYA) starts at 7:30 p.m. This month’s program is a concert featuring Sean Tillery and Changed, Kali Wilder and the Community of Hope Worship Choir. The concert will take place at the Emmanuel-Brinklow church, which is located at 18800 New Hampshire Avenue in Ashton, Md. For more information, contact Trevor Fraser at (301) 384-4201.

July 25-29: The Allegheny East and New Jersey conferences will be sponsoring the Alliance of Prison Ministry Organizations and Affiliates (APMOA) 22nd annual convention in East Rutherford, N.J. Themed “Compassion in Action: Building Bridges of Hope,” there will more than 25 Prison Ministries and community services workshops. Speakers will include C.D. Brooks, former speaker/director for the Breath of Life broadcast; José H. Cortés, New Jersey Conference president; J. Alfred Johnson II, director of Adult Ministries for the North American Division; and Charles Cheatham, Allegheny East Conference president. For more information or to register, click here or call (201) 896-0500.

May 24-June 7: The Chestnut Hill church in Philadelphia is offering a Thursday evening vegetarian cooking class from 7-9 p.m. On May 31 it will be raw foods and on June 7, desserts. For more information or to register, click here.

August 19-September 2: Mountain View Conference’s fourth annual Wellness Camp will take place at the Valley Vista Adventist Center in Huttonsville, W.Va. For an earlybird rate of $695, payments are due by July 2. Earlybird spouses pay $550 and earlybird Wellness Camp alumni only pay $500.

Those who meet the regular deadline of July 16 will pay $795 plus $650 for spouses. Wellness Camp alumni who meet the regular deadline will pay $600. For more information, call the conference office at (304) 422-4581 or
click here.

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