June 7, 2012

Dayton Korean Members Help Treat, Baptize Maasai in Kenya

Earlier this spring, five church members joined Young Hwa Yoon, pastor of Ohio Conference’s Dayton Korean church in Dayton, Ohio, and his wife, Victoria, on a trip to Kenya. “God did more than expected,” Yoon said of the trip.

During the day, Yoon, his team and the Central Kenyan Conference’s Health Ministries director, helped the Maasai people with basic needs like medicine, vitamins and glasses. Yoon, a former optometrist, and his wife, a nurse, addressed eye conditions caused by excessive smoke in inadequately vented homes. While he administered the eye drops (pictured), he would counsel the Maasai to return to the local pastor for additional treatment, which enabled pastors and residents to establish relationships.

During the evenings, the group evangelized. By the end of the trip, the missionaries had treated more than 1,000 Maasai, baptized 83 locals and converted another 139.—Story by Ohio Conference Staff


Mountain View Young People Pledge to Reach Every Home in Charleston

Can a group of young people knock on every door in Charleston, W.Va., this year? Young people in the Mountain View Conference, who are partnering with Generation of Youth for Christ (GYC), said an exuberant “Yes!” Charleston is not only the state’s capital, but according to the 2010 U.S. Census, it is also home to 51,400 people and 23,453 households.

The first event to reach Charleston, themed “This Soil Also,” began on a rainy Friday evening as GYC representatives, conference administrators, pastors, young people and supportive church members from around the conference, streamed into the Charleston church to hear GYC speaker Valmy Karemera, who encouraged everyone to be witnesses in that very city.

On Sabbath morning, panel members (pictured) answered the question of how best to go about being witnesses in all arenas. In the afternoon, 56 people descended on the city of Charleston, taking surveys and offering Bible studies.


Allegheny East Spanish Youth Share “The Love of Their Lives”

“You can know a lot about God but don’t really know God,” Luis Cesar Caballero, a young pastor from Alabama, told some 300 attendees to Youth Sabbath 2012 at the Dover First church in Dover, Del. He continued, “When we serve a dead God, religion becomes a burden, and we get upset because God doesn’t do what we want. But when we spend intimate time with God, when we walk with God daily, when we’ve had an encounter with God, our hearts will burn and our hope in Him comes to life.”

Caballero (pictured) shared these words with Spanish-speaking youth and their families from six churches in the Allegheny East Conference Bay Area Ministerium who gathered for a special day of sermons, praise music, fellowship and fun. The youth invited Caballero to speak at this third annual youth day, and he presented two seminars that reflected the theme “The Love of Your Life.”—Story by Taashi Rowe


Jóvenes hispanos de Allegheny East comparten “el amor de sus vidas”

“Puedes saber mucho acerca de Dios pero no conocer realmente a Dios”, le dijo Luis César Caballero, un pastor joven de Alabama, a unos trescientos participantes del Sábado Joven 2012 en la iglesia Dover First, en Dover, Del.

Él continuó diciendo: “Cuando servimos a un Dios muerto, la religión se vuelve una carga, y nos enfadamos porque Dios no hace lo que queremos. Pero cuando dedicamos tiempo a solas con Dios, cuando caminamos con Dios diariamente, cuando hemos tenido un encuentro con Dios, nuestros corazones arderán y nuestra esperanza en Él cobrará vida”.

Caballero compartió estas palabras con los jóvenes hispano-hablantes y sus familias, que vinieron de seis iglesias en Allegheny East Conference Bay Area Ministerium, para reunirse en un día especial de sermones, alabanzas, confraternidad, y diversión. Los jóvenes invitaron a Caballero como orador en este tercer día juvenil anual, y presentó además dos seminarios que reflejaron el tema: “El amor de tu vida”.—Historia por Taashi Rowe


Washington Adventist University Music Chair Publishes Major Work

Maestro James Bingham, chair of Washington Adventist University’s Department of Music in Takoma Park, Md., recently published Procession and Carols: A Christmas Suite for Women’s Chorus and Harp. The work describes the story of the enunciation and birth of Christ through the use of medieval carols, many of which emphasize the perspective of women.

The work is approximately 30 minutes long and, therefore, regarded as a major work. It will be included in the list of new major works and distributed to national and international music retail establishments.

Bingham, who holds a doctoral degree in Education from Andrews University (Mich.), has been at WAU since 1994. He began his musical training in Australia. He also directs the university’s Columbia Collegiate Chorale and elite choir, Pro Musica.

Committee Members Share Views on Ordination Without Regard to Gender

On May 17, the Columbia Union Conference Executive Committee voted to call a special constituency session to authorize ordinations without regard to gender. We asked several executive committee members their views on the action and will share two responses. Deborah A. Hill, a member of Allegheny West Conference’s Southeast Church in Cleveland, said, “It’s painful to know that we are still discussing in 2012 that destiny is determined by gender. I think the committee was courageous in moving forward in faith and prayer. I’m confident that this is the right decision. I’ve been praying about this for a long time. It’s time. It’s time to move forward.”

Scott Shafer, who pastors Mountain View Conference’s Cumberland and Frostburg churches in Maryland, felt differently. “I still have reservations about it,” he said. “My biggest concern is not about women’s ordination per se. I think we have put ourselves in a position to be in opposition to the world church, and that’s not a good place to be. I think ladies have such a higher calling than men, and to make this about being equal to men is demeaning and insensitive.” What do you think? Go to our website and comment!—Story by Taashi Rowe

Mount Vernon Academy Welcomes New Principal

Pastor Daniel Kittle recently accepted the position of principal of Mount Vernon Academy in Mount Vernon, Ohio. “We welcome Principal Kittle to our Ohio Conference team of educators! Kittle’s passion to create a professional, spiritual, learning community comes from a heart determined to see all students and staff experience success,” said E. Jay Colburn, Ohio Conference superintendent of Education.

An ordained pastor, Kittle has served as teacher, youth director and K-12 administrator. He served as principal of the Fresno Adventist Academy in California, for eight years. He holds a Master of Divinity and will arrive in Mount Vernon by July 1.

“I believe that the greatest power for educational transformation is the Holy Spirit, who daily is wooing the hearts of all humanity to consider a growing relationship with God,” said Kittle. “I am committed to building an abundant learning community.”—Story by Heidi Shoemaker and Raj Attiken

100 Attend Pennsylvania Conference’s Princess Tea

More than 100 girls, their moms and grandmothers recently attended the second Pennsylvania Conference Princess Tea at the Hamburg (Pa.) church. The fireside room was transformed into a princess party complete with castles, pink and purple balloons and tiny “carriage” treat boxes. The princesses moved about the room during the “Princess Ball,” enjoying seven different stops—each one featuring a story that told a bit about what it meant to be a princess and an activity to go along with the story. They decorated tiaras and took pictures against a castle backdrop. They also learned that God’s princesses tell other girls that they, too, are God’s princesses.

Before the day was over, princesses were talking about next year. “Thank you so much for planning this event!” shared one mom. “My daughter is already talking about coming back next year!” It was a sentiment heard numerous times as people said goodbye.


Shenandoah Valley Academy Alumnus Gets Diploma After 47 Years

Howard Powell graduated from Shenandoah Valley Academy (SVA) in New Market, Va., in 1965 but never received his diploma. Soon after graduation, Powell reports that he and his brother, Walter, got jobs in Maryland and neglected to give the school a forwarding address. But thanks to Walter, Howard—a Vietnam veteran currently living in Parkersburg, W.Va.—received the diploma in time for his 66th birthday.

“I found out three weeks before his birthday that he never got his diploma,” explains Walter. “I called SVA and they found it in a file. They sent it by Priority Mail, along with a copy of his senior portrait (pictured).”

Walter had the picture framed and presented it, along with the diploma, to Howard at the annual convention of the West Virginia Marble Club, of which Howard is president. There wasn’t a dry eye in the building, says Walter.

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

July 6-7: Adventist Yell Out (AYO) presents “Go Faith Go” at Sligo church in Takoma Park, Md. Selah, an award-winning Christian recording music group, will perform in concert on Friday, July 6, 7-9:30 p.m. Along with Selah, the concert will also feature singer Karla Rivera Bucklew. Bucklew has toured throughout the world as a soprano soloist with the New England Youth Ensemble, Pro Musica and Columbia Collegiate Chorale, all of Washington Adventist University. Tickets are now on sale at ayoconnect.com. For more information, contact Jeff or ShaVonne LaDonis at (202) 487-7867. Sligo church is located at 7700 Carroll Avenue in Takoma Park, Md.

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.

June 8-10: The Rev It Up! Revival Motorcycle Camp Meeting welcomes people of all faiths. Bring your motorcycle if you can. There will be biker games and a 100-mile ride into the Amish countryside surrounding Mount Vernon, Ohio. For more information, click here, or call Tom Hughes at (740) 739-0750 or email TomHughes@BibleBiker.com.

June 16: The Rehoboth church’s 20th Anniversary/Grand Opening Sabbath celebration will be at 1502 Snyder Street in Reading, Pa. The all-day event starts at 9:30 a.m. with Sabbath School and ends with a gospel tribute concert, which starts at 6:30 p.m. The theme will be “Through it All … We’re Still Standing,” and the colors for the day will be purple, black and white. For more information, contact Elta Jackson-Henry, communication director, at (484) 636-8654 or Pastor E. Earl Blackwell at (610) 864-1791.

June 30: The Gospel Theater Improv Group invites you and your congregation to … The Nut House. Anthony Hackett, a local Seventh-day Adventist, wrote and directed this stage play to share a message on the importance of loving the patrons in your church. The play has a cast of young Adventists who all desire to use their gifts and talents for God. The play will be performed on June 30 at 8:30 p.m. at the Duke Ellington Theatre, which is located at 3500 R Street, NW, in Washington, D.C. Tickets are available at GospelTheaterImprov.com.

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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