June 13, 2012

Adventist HealthCare Officials Break Ground on Cancer Center

Adventist HealthCare officials (pictured) broke ground June 6 on the Aquilino Cancer Center—the first free-standing, comprehensive outpatient cancer center in Montgomery County, Maryland. The 50,000-square-foot, three-story building will offer personalized, expert care to cancer patients, with up-to-date technology and support services to treat various forms of cancer. The groundbreaking ceremony took place on the grounds of Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville, Md. The center is scheduled to open next summer.

The center was made possible through a generous donation from county resident Michael Aquilino, whose wife died from cancer in 2004. “When you’re going through cancer, time is so valuable,” Aquilino said. “I truly believe upper Montgomery County deserves and needs a convenient, high-caliber cancer center like the one that is being built, with all the critical services in one place and top medical researchers in close proximity.”—Story by Susan Griffiths


Two Columbia Union Teachers Receive Excellence in Teaching Awards

The Alumni Awards Foundation (AAF) recently presented two Columbia Union teachers with the 2012 Excellence in Teaching Award. The recipients were Norman Niles, chair of the math department at Pine Forge Academy (PFA) in Pine Forge, Pa., and Kimberly Terry, who teaches fifth-grade and technology classes at Potomac Conference’s John Nevins Andrews School (JNA) in Takoma Park, Md.

Principals, superintendents, colleagues and former students from across the North American Division nominated the teachersd. Ten were selected to receive the award. AAF board members and staff travelled from coast to coast to present each teacher with a $2,000 gift, medallion and Certificate of Excellence during special events hosted by the recipients’ schools. Colleagues, students and community members also took the opportunity to publicly thank the teachers for the impact they’ve had in their local schools.—Story by Kaleigh Benge/Alumni Awards Foundation


16 Chesapeake Churches Gather for Evangelism

Sixteen Chesapeake Conference Spanish-speaking churches recently gathered at the Spencerville church in Silver Spring, Md., and the Long Branch High School in Columbia, Md., for an evangelism meeting featuring South American evangelist Alejandro Bullón.

While each participating church generally hosts three to four evangelism meetings throughout the year, this was the first time that all the Chesapeake Spanish churches joined together for such a large meeting. The three-day long meeting focused on the entire book of Third John. The weekend was also an opportunity for five people who had been studying the Bible to join the church through baptism. However, a total of 70 people were baptized in the weeks prior to and following the meeting. On Friday night, 10 people also committed to take Bible studies. Pictured is Eduardo Muñoz, Chesapeake Conference Hispanic Ministries coordinator, holding the microphone for Orlando Rosales, pastor of the Baltimore and Dundalk Spanish churches, as he readies Carlos Medina Jr. for baptism.—Story by Taashi Rowe


Dieciséis Iglesias de Chesapeake se reúnen para el evangelismo

Dieciséis iglesias hispanas de Chesapeake Conference se reunieron recientemente en la iglesia Spencerville en Silver Spring y en Long Branch High School en Columbia, Md., para una reunión de evangelismo con el evangelista sudamericano, Alejandro Bullón.

Aunque las iglesias individualmente presentan generalmente entre tres y cuatro reuniones de evangelismo durante el año, esta fue la primera vez en que todas las iglesias hispanas de Chesapeake se reunieron para una reunión tan grande. “Este fue un esfuerzo conjunto entre nuestros hermanos y hermanas. Las reuniones no fueron solamente para revitalizar a las almas, sino que les instamos a traer a sus amistades para que ellas también pudieran conocer a Jesús”, dijo Orlando Rosales, pastor de las iglesias hispanas en Baltimore y Dundalk en Maryland. Rosales también organizó el fin de semana. Ingrid Mibar (fotografiados a la izquierda) se hace miembro de la iglesia Laurel Spanish en Laurel, Md., por medio del bautismo. Haga clic aquí para ver un clip de video.—Historia por Taashi Rowe


Pennsylvania Conference Welcomes New Education VP

Jeff Bovee, current principal of Spring Valley Academy in Kettering, Ohio, has accepted Pennsylvania Conference’s Executive Committee invitation to serve as their vice president of education.

“We feel that God has led us to Jeff, and that he combines the leadership skills, administration and classroom experience that will best support the Christian education ministry of the Pennsylvania Conference,” said Ray Hartwell, conference president. Bovee replaces Dave Morgan who returned to the Blue Mountain Academy in Hamburg, Pa., to serve as principal.

Bovee is looking forward to his new position in Pennsylvania. “With Christ as my role model and leader, I look forward to serving and meeting the needs of others,” he said. Jeff and his wife, Marianne, have two children, Kristie and Ryan.—Story by Tamyra Horst; photo by Vicki Swetnam

Allegheny West Member, First Woman, Takes Helm of Message Magazine

The board of the Review and Herald Publishing Association in Hagerstown, Md., recently voted Carmela Monk Crawford as editor of Message, the church’s urban-flavored magazine. Crawford served as associate editor of Message in the early 90s, but her connection to the magazine goes back to childhood, when her father, Paul Monk served as editor 32 years ago.

Crawford left editorial work in 1995 to become an attorney but says she was drawn back to Seventh-day Adventist publishing because she would have the opportunity to share “the freedom and clemency that Jesus offers.”

Crawford has been invited into a position that has typically been held by male ministers. “I think my selection is a strong statement, not just within the Adventist community, but to those with whom we share the gospel,” she says. “Adventist women like me must continue to serve substantively and competently on every level throughout this movement.” Crawford is an elder, Adventurer leader and Sabbath School teacher at Allegheny West Conference’s Dale Wright Memorial church in Germantown, Ohio.—Story by Kim Peckham

Filipino Capitol Kids Lead Evangelism Series

Eight children from Potomac Conference’s Filipino Capitol church in Beltsville, Md., recently led the church’s first kids evangelism series. Themed “Jesus, My Friend,” presenters covered character building, health tips and hidden talents. This series for kids by kids drew a weekly group of about 30 children, including 10 from the community. Prior to the series, church members went door to door to invite families with children to attend, the hope being those children’s parents would stay and hear the messages as well.

“Several adults expressed how they were moved to tears by the sermons and appeals made by the child preachers each night,” said Lemuel Niere, the church’s pastor. “This program was not only designed to train children to be proclaimers of the Word, but to also be comfortable sharing the gospel of salvation to their peers.” Carlo Celestial is pictured delivering his message “Jesus, A Lifelong Friend.”—Story by Tiffany Doss


Former Breath of Life Speaker Finds Home at Beacon Light

Walter Pearson, former speaker/director of the Breath of Life Ministries, recently returned to the pulpit after a three-year absence. Pearson took a leave of absence after suffering a stroke and losing his wife to a six-month battle with cancer. He returned to a new pulpit at Allegheny East Conference’s (AEC) Beacon Light church in Annapolis, Md., June 2.

Pearson explains that during his absence from the ministry, he entered a period of “grief and loneliness that was debilitating.” However, after a lot of praying and seeking help from an Adventist psychologist, he heard God say, “It’s time to return.” He plans to help Beacon Light members focus on “the restoration of lives that are broken and bruised.” Willie Coleman, head elder, is pictured welcoming Pearson and his new wife, Patricia. At left is Henry Fordham, AEC’s executive secretary.—Story by Samantha Blake; photo by Cesalie Jenkins

Columbia Union Education Associate to Retire

Ian Kelly, DMin, who spent 15 years at the Columbia Union Conference as the associate director of education, retires at the end of this month. Kelly began working for the church in 1977 when he became a teacher at the West Indies College High School in Jamaica. He went on to serve as principal of the Bermuda Institute (Bermuda), the South Lancaster Academy (Mass.) and the Browning Academy (Mass.). He also served as superintendent for the Greater New York Conference. Dave Weigley, Columbia Union Conference president, is pictured presenting Kelly with an award of appreciation for his many years of service. His work at the union emphasized secondary education, teacher certification and school accreditation.—Story and photo by Taashi Rowe

Applesauce Presents Work Opportunities for SVA Students

It is now more financially feasible than ever to enroll a child at the Shenandoah Valley Academy (SVA) in New Market, Va., now that the school has coordinated a student work program with Bowman Apples, Inc. This new industry, which opened in May, is housed in the academy’s old recycling center. The work includes students packing a variety of applesauce-based fruit pouches for Bowman’s vendors. SVA’s current production goal is 100,000 pouches per day.

Any student interested in attending SVA will get the opportunity to earn cash toward their school bill, plus bonuses when quotas are met and/or exceeded. Ashley Smith and Lissette Rivera are pictured taking advantage of SVA’s new student work program.—Story by Mel Wade

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

June 12-16: The Chesapeake Conference Camp Meeting, themed “Walk With God! Share His Grace!” will be held on the campus of Highland View Academy located at 10100 Academy Drive in Hagerstown, Maryland. Make new friends, reconnect with old ones, grow closer in your walk with God, enjoy uplifting music and have some good, clean fun! This year, there is programming for young adults Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, visit ccosda.org.

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 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 (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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