July 18, 2012

Mountain View Members Gain Valuable Tools at Festival of the Laity

“When we accept Jesus Christ as our personal Savior, we become His ministers. Some have been ordained, but all of us have been called to the ministry,” said Dan Jackson (pictured), president of the North American Division (NAD) at the first of two Festival of the Laity meetings held in the Mountain View Conference. In his devotional talk, Jackson emphasized that the glory of the church lies in declaring God’s praises (see 1 Pet. 2:9). He added that not only are Seventh-day Adventists to be people of the Book but also followers of the Book.

The festival, themed “Being Connected,” was held at the Charleston (W.Va.) church. Larry Boggess, conference president, said the purpose of the daylong meeting was to give attendees tools to share Jesus. Edna Pepper, a member of the Parkersburg (W.Va.) church, said just learning that God can use a multiplicity of individuals with varying interests to reach others was encouraging.—Story by Valerie Morikone


Rumors of Legal Action to Stop Distribution of The Great Controversy Unfounded, Church Attorney Says

A major international outreach of the Seventh-day Adventist Church is meeting with success beyond expectations. Called “The Great Controversy Project: Hope Into Every Home,” the goal is to get a copy of either an entire The Great Controversy, written by Adventist Church co-founder Ellen G. White, or an abridgement called The Great Hope into the hands of millions of people around the world.

However, rumors are circulating that legal actions to stop the book’s distribution have been filed. Karnik Doukmetzian, general counsel for the world church, challenged the truth of these reports and believes them to be unfounded rumors. “The General Conference is unaware of any legal actions or lawsuits having been threatened or filed in any court. Any such claims would be frivolous and baseless. The source of these rumors is unknown,” Doukmetzian said.

For more information about the project, visit greatcontroversyproject.adventist.org/.—Story by Mark A. Kellner/Adventist Review

Washington Adventist Cardiac and Vascular Intensive Care Unit Nationally Recognized for Excellence

The Cardiac and Vascular Intensive Care Unit team (pictured) at Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park, Md., was recently awarded the silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), making it the only hospital in Montgomery County, and one of only six in Maryland, to receive this prestigious national recognition. This award marks a significant achievement in providing exceptional patient care and a healthy work environment.

It recognizes unit caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes and align practices with AACN’s six healthy work environment standards. Of the estimated 6,000 intensive care units in the United States, only 315 have been recognized with this award for excellence.

“This is a wonderful achievement that recognizes the commitment of our caregivers for working together to provide exceptional patient care,” said Joyce Newmyer, the hospital’s president.—Story by Diana Troese


New Jersey Leaders Open Mission Caleb Church Plant in Bayonne

The New Jersey Conference  recently opened a Mission Caleb church plant in Bayonne, N.J. José H. Cortés, conference president, was present along with Pedro Canales, who is the church pastor for the Jersey City Heights/La Esperanza/West New York Spanish district. Mission Caleb is a conference initiative to plant churches in cities and towns throughout the conference where there is no Adventist church. Once the Bayonne group grows to a membership of more than 30 members, with 20 of them being newly baptized members, then they will be organized into a company within the conference.

Ethnan Temple’s Second Bike Blessing Draws 50

Allegheny West Conference’s Ethnan Temple congregation in Wilkinsburg, Ohio, under the direction of Pastor William E. Joseph Jr., recently hosted their second annual Blessing of the Bikes service. Spearheaded by members Darlene Meadows and Rozell Burroughs, both avid riders, the event drew upwards of 50 bikers from a local chapter of the Christian Motorcycle Association and other area clubs. Pastor Jack McCrary, another biking enthusiast from the Bethany church in Charlottesville, Va., also joined in the day’s festivities.

At the conclusion of the sermon, Pastor Joseph invited the congregation outside where he and the elders offered prayers for the bikers’ safety during the riding season. Church members also provided each rider with a gift bag filled with a variety of mementos, including a patch that reads, “No day is dark when the Son is present.” Area businesses also donated vests and other prizes, which the church awarded for categories such as “first to arrive” and “best tri-wheeled bike.” Daryl Spivey, an Ethnan Temple elder, is pictured praying with an area biker.—Story by Allegheny West Staff; photos by Takesha Burden


Pennsylvania Conference Elder Turns 103

Although she now spends her days at a nursing home in the Poconos, Margaret “Peg” Kitchen continues to share her love for Jesus and telling others about His soon return. She turned 103 last month, but “her mind is still sharp and she witnesses to everyone,” shares her longtime pal Nettie Martling, 89.

Kitchen started her ministry at Pennsylvania Conference’s Stroudsburg church in 1932, and spent many years leading the church’s community service center and helping with ingathering. “She and a group of people from the church, including myself, would get together at her home and make lint brushes and fried peanuts,” recalls Martling. She says that one time they sold enough to raise $3,000, which helped them buy new carpet for the church. Kitchen also spent her last 20 years at the church as an ordained elder.—Story by Beth Michaels

Allegheny West Member’s First Play Attracts Cleveland Residents

Some 250 Cleveland-area Seventh-day Adventist church members and local residents showed up at the East Cleveland Theater for “Another Intelligent Black Man,” the first play for CrossRoads Production, LLC. Carla Daniels-Valles, who helps her husband, Steve Valles, pastor Allegheny West’s Park Street church in Oberlin, Ohio, started CrossRoads last winter. She hopes to create plays, movies and other forms of entertainment that will remind people of God’s strength in hard times and His power to change lives.

In “Another Intelligent Black Man,” actors, aged 15-73, depicted the journey of Dre Saunders, a young man whose life and faith are challenged by a traumatic incident. The young man struggles to keep his already dysfunctional family and troubled friends from falling apart.

“I was thoroughly pleased because it was a dream realized,” commented Daniels-Valles of the play’s success.—Story by Chelsea Anderson

WAU Student Missionary Returns With Brand New Attitude

Kellie Dehm, Washington Adventist University’s (WAU) first student missionary in six years, is back from Tanzania with a slew of new experiences, new perspectives and a new attitude. Dehm, who left the school’s Takoma Park, Md.-campus last August, determined to answer the call to service, spent the last 10 months at the Havilah Village Orphanage in Arusha. Allegheny East Conference’s Emmanuel-Brinklow church in Ashton, Md., sponsors the orphanage.

For Dehm, it was a huge change of pace from the busyness of life near the capital of the United States to the small African village with no Internet service and no hot water. Click here to learn more about her experiences.— Story by Ryan Jackson


Photos Share Glimpse of Conference Camp Meetings

Did you attend any of the camp meetings across the Columbia Union Conference this summer? For some camp meeting fans, these gatherings often bring great memories of reuniting with friends from across the country or across town, hearing new speakers, learning new ways to minister and spending more time with God. Although all the major camp meetings across the union are finished for the summer, the Visitor staff wants to share snapshots from each camp meeting. Don’t see your camp meeting here? Share your photos on our Facebook page. We hope you have fun reminiscing!— Compiled by Visitor Staff


Fotos demuestran un poco de los campamentos hispanos

Usted asistió alguno de los campamentos en la Columbia Union durante este verano? Aquí el Visitor tiene fotos de los campamentos. No ve fotos de su campamento? Comparta sus fotos en nuestra pagina de Facebook o ponga un enlace en la sección de comentario. Esperamos que se divierta acordando de su campamento.— Compilado por el personal del Visitor


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

July 21-August 11: Miracle Temple begins it’s 2012 Prophecy Campaign at 7 p.m. and continues nightly, except Fridays, until August 11 at Brooklyn Park Middle School at 200 Hammonds Lane in Baltimore. Pastor Errol T. Stoddart will present the opening night’s message “2012: Fact or Fiction?” Pastor Wintley Phipps will also share an inspirational concert on July 22,7 p.m. For more information, visit miracletemple.net.
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.
August 8–12: The Columbia Union’s Pathfinder Camporee will take place at Camp Mohaven in Danville, Ohio. The camporee, which occurs every five years, will bring together Pathfinders from all eight conferences and will feature drill teams, honors, music, a pinewood derby and other fun activities. For more information, contact your Pathfinder leader or visit columbiaunion.org/camporee2012.
July 23: Emanuel-Brinklow church members continue to minister at Central Union Mission Homeless Shelter. Vocalist Jasmine Bran and pianist George Stewart will join Pastor Anthony Medley at the shelter, located at 1350 R. Street in Washington, D.C. The service begins at 7 p.m. For more information, visit emmanueladventist.org
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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