June 20, 2012

The Holy Spirit Moves at Union City Spanish Church

On June 9, members of New Jersey Conference’s Union City Spanish church had a special goodbye planned for their beloved pastor, Julio Cesar Labrador, and his family who were transferring to another district. However, the day quickly became one to remember as members witnessed the Holy Spirit’s moving.

The baptismal tank was full. However, there were no people to be baptized. The elders prayed. The choir sang. Pastor Labrador started preaching, and the Holy Spirit started to move. By the end of the sermon, Cindy, a 10-year-old Pathfinder, stood and went to the front to be baptized. Cindy began attending the church a few months earlier because her best friend, Giggi, invited her to visit. After Cindy (pictured with her mom) took a stand for Christ, her mom soon followed and gave her life to the Lord. The day ended with a total of 13 baptisms!—Story by Claudia Garcia del Puerto


El Espíritu Santo se mueve en la iglesia Union City Spanish

El 9 de junio, la feligresía de la iglesia Union City Spanish de New Jersey Conference dio su adiós a su pastor, Julio Cesar Labrador y familia, quienes se trasladan a otro distrito. Pronto ese día se convirtió en uno que recordarían pues la feligresía presenció al Espíritu Santo moverse. El bautisteio estaba listo pero no habia candidatos a bautizarse. Los ancianos oraron. EL coro cantaba.

El pastor Julio Cesar comoenzo a predicar y el Espiritu Santo comenzo a actuar. Al final de la predica, Cindy, una conquistadora de 10 anios que comenzo a asistir a la iglesia haciia algunos meses atras invitada por su mejor amiguita Giggi, se pudo de pie y paso al frente para ser bautizada. Luego, la mama de Cindy tambien se paro y dedico su vida la Salvador.—Historia por Claudia Garcia del Puerto


Seminar Highlights Value of Potomac’s Small Schools

“If we are asking parents to entrust their children in the care and education of our church schools, then we better secure our promises and live up to them,” stated Nancy Melashenko, associate superintendent of schools for the Potomac Conference, at the opening of a weeklong course for teachers in small schools.

The June 4-8 academic course, which offered three graduate credits from Washington Adventist University in Takoma Park, Md., was for teachers of one- and two-classroom schools. Designed to equip these educators with the planning tools necessary to optimally manage their curriculum and to develop an interactive, professional, learning community, the course re-introduced and enforced the goals and standards for private education.

“Coming together for this course has allowed teachers in similar situations to get to know one another, plan curriculum ideas and field trips together and share experiences,” said Star Schwinn (pictured), newly hired K-2 teacher for the R.A. Lewis Christian School in Petersburg, Va.—Story by Tiffany Doss


Great Hope Distribution Begins at Chesapeake Camp Meeting

A nationwide effort to distribute millions of copies of The Great Hope, a condensed, easy-to-read version of The Great Controversy, began last week in Hagerstown, Md., during the Chesapeake Conference Camp Meeting.

The first copies of the 96-page book had just come off the presses of the nearby Review and Herald Publishing Association when Gary Gibbs, the conference’s director of ministries development, organized several teams of camp meeting attendees to hit the streets around the Hagerstown church. In 90 minutes, they knocked on hundreds of doors and delivered about 530 copies of the book.

Team members prayed with the people they met and answered questions about upcoming church events. “These are seeds sown. I know that the Lord will certainly bless,” said Chris Holland, pastor of the Hagerstown church. Jennifer Calhoun from the Williamsport (Md.) church is pictured talking to a man about an upcoming Vacation Bible School program after giving him a copy of The Great Hope.—Story by Kim Peckham


Pennsylvania Campers Participate in “SuperFit” Race

As part of Pennsylvania Conference’s camp meeting, more than 70 runners took to the hills surrounding Blue Mountain Academy (BMA) in Hamburg, Pa., Sunday morning. They were participating in Adventist WholeHealth Network’s SuperFit Family 5K/10K. This year’s event included the newly added 10K, as well as a pancake breakfast.

While most runners were from the Berks County area, many were camp meeting attendees, who finished well. Brothers Lee Stahl, principal at Reading Junior Academy, and Kerry Stahl, lay pastor of the Milton church, were the sixth and seventh runners to cross the finish line.

There were other families that ran together. Jeff Johnson (pictured pushing his son in a running stroller) placed third for men aged 30-39, just behind lay pastor Brandon Yorty, while Johnson’s wife, Sonya, a BMA graduate, placed first for women aged 30-39 in the 10K. For more information and pictures of the race, go to the conference’s Facebook page.—Story by Tamyra Horst

Allegheny West Member Named a Top U.S. Physician

For his leadership in the community, Edward Demond Scott, MD, a member of Allegheny West Conference’s Temple Emmanuel church in Youngstown, Ohio, recently received an award and was inducted into Kaleidoscope Magazine’s Forty-Forty Club 2012, a select group of African-American professionals, age 40 and under, who are making significant contributions in northeast Ohio. The magazine’s staff named Scott among the best doctors in America in 2012.

Scott, a family physician in Akron, Ohio, recently led the opening of an innovative health center that offers community-based preventative educational services as well as family medical care. He is also the executive director for Health Equity at Summa Health System. “I am grateful for this recognition and thank God for the opportunity to work to improve the health of our community,” comments Dr. Scott.—Story by Allegheny West Conference Staff


Tournament Proceeds to Benefit Pine Forge Students

Six churches in the Allegheny East Conference recently participated in the second annual David Kelly Scholarship Basketball Tournament. Proceeds from the tournament will help young people receive an education at Pine Forge Academy in Pine Forge, Pa.

By participating in the tournament, the players, whose ages ranged from 11-13, helped bring in a total of $2,900—$400 more than the first tournament, reported Andrew McNeil, founder of the scholarship fund. McNeil, who attends the Capitol Hill church  in Washington D.C., says the fund honors his late friend and Pine Forge classmate, David Kelly. “[He] was class president, carried a great GPA and [was] an avid basketball player,” shared McNeil. The championship medal went to the First Coatesville church in Pennsylvania.—Story by Samantha Blake; photo by Gerald Evans

Spencerville Children’s Chorus Wins Competition

The Adventist Children’s Chorus from
Spencerville Adventist Academy in Spencervile, Md., recently participated in the Music in the Parks festival in Hershey, Pa., where they sang “Panis Angelicus” by Cesar Franck and “Alleluia” by Randall Thompson. The treble choir (pictured), which involves 66 students from grades 3-8, is dedicated to singing sacred music to the glory of God.

To avoid conflict with the Sabbath, the group chose not to attend the festival’s awards ceremony Friday evening. Instead, Jane Lanning, choir director, approached the ceremony coordinator early in the afternoon to ask for the judges’ results. For the second year, they took home first place for an elementary treble choir and the trophy for best elementary choral group.

“When I see 9 year olds singing in four-part harmony to glorify their God, I know there is exceeding joy in heaven!” exclaims Lanning. The choir, which started two years ago, is also open to home-schooled children.—Story by Heidi Wetmore

Blue Mountain’s Aviation Program Prepares Student Pilots

Students who take advantage of Blue Mountain Academy’s partnership with Adventist World Aviation (AWA) often take their first steps to becoming certified pilots, or may even later venture into the mission field. Jonathan Springer (’13) and Bobby Locke (’15) recently joined the private pilot ground school program, and two students from recent classes, Kelsey Landa (’11) and Christopher Kiessling (’12), are now certified private pilots. Kiessling will spend five weeks this summer with AWA missionaries in Guyana before heading to Walla Walla University (Wash.) to pursue a degree in aviation.

“It is exciting that BMA students can take advantage of this partnership we have with AWA, and learn the role that aviation can serve in spreading the gospel,” says Eric Engen, BMA’s ground school instructor. Pictured is Steve Saint (third from left), a missionary pilot, speaker and author, meeting with BMA’s recent aviation team. Watch a recent video about the program by visiting tinyurl.com/awapa.—Story by Mel Wade

Kettering Adventist HealthCare Creates ER App

Need an emergency room? Now there’s an app for that. The Kettering Adventist HealthCare’s (KAHC) Kettering Health iPhone app can locate the nearest network ER. The app even includes the best route to one of KAHC’s seven hospitals in the Dayton, Ohio-area and a button to dial 911. It also includes a find-a-physician tool.

KAHC is the first hospital system in the Greater Dayton area to offer a mobile application. The options are short and concise, and easy for users to understand. This free app allows patients to connect in many ways. All of KAHC’s locations are listed, not just the hospitals and emergency rooms. Selecting a location or a specific physician links the user to an address and phone number. For more information, visit their Facebook page or click here to download the app.

Elizabeth English Elder, Deacons Ordained

Three deacons and one elder from the Elizabeth English church were recently ordained at the New Jersey Conference Elders, Deacons and Deaconesses retreat. “These are all faithful men who love the Lord,” said Pastor Andre Ascalon (pictured far right). Pictured from left to right is elder Nwaji Ebere and deacons Marlon Dixon and Omar Mullings. Hector Sharwane, who was ordained a deacon, is not pictured.

Mountain View Member Featured in Local Paper

An article in the Charleston Daily Mail, titled “Church’s garden is a labor of love,” features Cindy Andre, a member of Mountain View Conference’s Charleston (W.Va.) church. Andre spends countless hours planting, weeding, pruning and adding to the gardens that surround the church. She does it because she enjoys the inviting appearance created by her labor of love.

“It’s uplifting, a feast for the eyes and a workout for my body,” she said. “I don't go to the gym.” She delved into the project last year with assistance from church member Basil Bennett, who tilled the ground and hauled 40 to 50 bags of soil to get things started. Andre did the planting, as she carefully chose what would grow in the various areas depending upon exposure to sun and shade.—Story by Charlotte Ferrell Smith; photo by Craig Cunningham/Daily Mail

READ MORE at the Daily Mail

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

June 25-July 13: Summer camps around the Chesapeake Conference offer kids and teens (aged 7-16) a safe, active and creative experience in an environment that aims to bring them closer to God. Campers can spend a week at Mount Aetna Camp in Hagerstown, Md.; experience an outpost camp such as waterskiing, horsemanship or basketball; or can participate in a weeklong day camp. FLAG (Fun Learning About God) day camp takes place at the Park church in Salisbury, Md., June 25-29; the Dover First church in Dover, Del., July 2-6; and the West Wilmington church in Wilmington, Del., July 9-13. To get all the details and register, visit www.mtaetnacamp.com/summercamp.aspx, or call (301) 824-2729.

June 23-24: The Ebenezer church’s Sabbath School, Personal Ministries and Health Ministries departments are teaming up to host a health fair in their Elizabeth, N.J., community. The fair is scheduled to be held at Jefferson Park, at 477 Madison Avenue, from 3-7 p.m. each day. More than 20 exhibitors are expected to participate, representing the local hospital, city, college, fire department and a health club. They’ll offer massages, cholesterol screenings, activities for children and speak about the benefits of exercise, relaxation, water and the other health principles. For more information, call (908) 469-1519. 

June 18-25: The Bucyrus (Ohio) church is hosting a recycling week in their parking lot. If this site is full, take your items to the Crawford County Recycling Center at 5128 Lincoln Highway East. The church is located at 1980 Stetzer Road in Bucyrus, Ohio.

June 15-23: Pennsylvania Conference’s Camp Meeting, themed “The Clear Gospel for the Last Days” is taking place at Blue Mountain Academy in Hamburg, Pa. Speakers include Elizabeth Talbot, Stephen Chavez, Bernie Anderson, Tim Roosenberg, Tim Madding and many others. The Haitian Camp Meeting will be Sabbath, June 23, in the chapel. Young adult worship will be Friday-Sabbath, June 22-23. For more information, visit paconference.org and click on the Camp Meeting tab.

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 early bird rate of $695, payments are due by July 2. Early bird spouses pay $550 and early bird 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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