September 5, 2012

Fredericksburg Members Help 3-Year-Old Celebrate Cancer-Free Year

Kira Glock’s friends, family, neighbors and caregivers—all dressed in orange, the color for leukemia awareness—recently gathered at the Fredericksburg (Va.) church to celebrate the girl’s third birthday. The day also marked one year since Glock (pictured with mom, Tracy) has been free from leukemia.

Wanting to help little Glock in any way they could, Potomac Conference’s Fredericksburg members came together two years ago to host a sacred benefit concert on Glock’s behalf. Members not only helped raised money for her cancer treatment, they also took turns visiting with her and her family.

With her illness behind her, Glock, who also has Down syndrome, is now walking, learning to use utensils and saying many new words, including “horse,” which is one of her favorite animals. She can also say, “Thank you,” in sign language. “A special thank you to all those that prayed for Kira during her battle with leukemia,” said her parents, John and Tracy.—Story by Susan Ware


Familial Roles Discussed During Ohio Conference’s Manfest

Earlier this summer, some 65 men of all ages converged at Ohio Conference’s Camp Mohaven in Danville for Manfest. Organizers intentionally designed and structured the innovative weekend to include spiritual and “manly” activities, concluding with a work bee where the men helped with the construction of Mohaven’s new bathhouse.

Kevin Kuehmichel, pastor of the Walk of Faith Fellowship congregation in Cleveland; Ron Anderson, pastor of the Chillicothe/Jackson/Portsmouth/Manchester district; and Dave Robinson, Mohaven camp ranger, organized the event. During the weekend, attendees (pictured) discussed fatherhood, including the impact of fatherlessness on society and individuals.

“This created quite a discussion in our breakout groups,” reports Kuehmichel. “Statistics were covered dealing with incarceration, education, obesity and poverty that are directly related to children without dads. We talked about the biblical definition of manhood, and challenged the men to become what God had called them to be in their families, churches and communities.”—Story by Ohio Conference Staff


Frederick Associate Pastor Ordained

The ordination ceremony for Mark Sigue, Frederick (Md.) church’s associate pastor for children, youth and young adults, drew more than 200 supporters,  many of whom were guests from churches he pastored prior to coming to the Chesapeake Conference last year.

“It was really meaningful,” says Sigue. “People who were key in my spiritual journey were there, kids that I baptized, even kids that I dedicated.”

Frederick members planned a surprise that made the young pastor “feel loved.” Upon learning that Sigue’s parents, who serve as missionaries in Uganda, Africa, had already used their furlough this year, and could afford only for his father to travel back to the United States for the ceremony, the church raised the funds to bring Sigue’s mother too. Sigue and his wife, Marifel, are pictured listening to the charge given by John Appel, conference director of pastoral development. His father, Pastor Marcelo T. Sigue, is pictured right.—Story by Samantha Young; photo by Carol Biazotto

WAU’s Music Groups Inspire on Fifth South African Tour

On their fifth visit to South Africa, partly sponsored by ADRA, Washington Adventist University’s (WAU) Collegiate Chorale and New England Youth Ensemble performed 16 major concerts in three weeks.

Students from the Takoma Park, Md.-campus performed at four cathedrals and four universities all over the country. “It was a really great experience,” said Ramone Griffith, senior religion and music major. “The concerts were well attended, but getting to interact with the people was one of my favorite parts of this tour.”

In addition to the concerts, the groups participated in worship services in several churches and schools and interacted with a wide cross section of South African society. Concerts were given at the all-black Good Hope Seventh-day Adventist School in Cape Town. “No one ever comes to visit us with something like this!” was the heartfelt expression of gratitude from the school’s principal.—Story by WAU Communication Department


Baltimore Junior Academy Students Start School Year With iPads

Last spring Baltimore Junior Academy’s principal, Carol Cantu attended a demonstration meeting of the educational applications of the Apple iPad. Amazed at the many educational applications, she determined that her Baltimore students would have this latest technological experience on a daily basis.

She connected with the Baltimore City Title II Office of Education, which underwrote 11 iPads, enough for a class set. “The iPad has thousands of educational applications with endless potential,” Cantu says. “There are instructional, practice and game applications for every subject, including foreign languages, art and music. We are already excited to begin a new school year, but the iPads have taken that excitement over the top!” Pictured from left to right are Andrea Hlongwane, Tahron Ferebee and Dwight Allmond trying out their new educational tool.

Blue Mountain Elementary Hosts Prayer Walk

They ranged in age from kindergarten through retirement. Their mood was reverent and full of anticipation. They were there to pray. Blue Mountain Elementary in Hamburg, Pa., hosted a prayer walk this summer, inviting students, parents, friends and family to join them in praying for their school, students and community. Participants were invited to prayer walk through nine prayer stations, with each stop featuring a different topic of prayer, along with a visual to add to the learning experience.

At a table set with pitchers of fruit juice, participants were invited to think about the fruit of the Spirit and pray for God to fill them with His fruit as they drank a cup of juice. In the bathrooms, they were invited to look in the mirror and think about how God sees them and created them. Another room encouraged them to pray for students to be covered with the armor of God. Pictured is first grader Jordyn Schaeffer and her mom, who explained each station.—Story by Tamyra Horst

September Visitor Highlights

The September Visitor cover story recounts the Columbia Union Conference’s Choose Without Compromise Camporee held this summer at Camp Mohaven in Danville, Ohio. The issue also features conference, school and healthcare news. Check it out here.


¿Cuál es mi recuerdo favorito de un Camporee?

“Mi experiencia favorita hasta ahora es la lluvia. Algunos tenían miedo cuando tronaba, pero yo vi una oportunidad para poner mi fe en Dios. Después de eso creí que todo estaría bien.”—Kassandra Fernandez, 17, iglesia Passaic I, New Jersey Conference, Club de Conquistadores Soldiers of the King, en Passaic, N.J.


End Quote: Agents for Change

“I strongly support the concept that agents for change come from within universities. We prepare students for life, and challenge them to go beyond the confines of conventional thinking. We must continue the task of teaching our children how to think, not what to think.

“Students, faculty and staff, you have choices—moral and material. Seek truth, choose wisely and leave a legacy of service to humanity.”—Weymouth Spence, EdD, president of Washington Adventist University, speaking at the university’s September 5 opening convocation

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

September 8: The sacred concert featuring Legacy at Sligo Church in Takoma Park, Md., has been postponed. For more information, visit
September 10-11: The Potomac Adventist Book & Health Food Store in Silver Spring, Md., is starting their LivingWell Lifestyle Program on September 17. The life-changing, 12-week outpatient lifestyle program is built upon the award-winning Complete Health Improvement Program ( The LivingWell Lifestyle Program consists of lectures, educational activities and cooking demonstrations with samples. Two free informational sessions will be held at the store (12004 Cherry Hill Road) on Monday and Tuesday, September 10 and 11, at 6:30 p.m. Learn more at
September 16: The Wayne (N.J.) church’s second annual "Let's Move!" Day 5K Run/Walk is scheduled for September 16 beginning at 8 a.m. Early registration ends September 1 with a fee of $15. Regular and race day registration is $20. Click here to register. If you register with two other people who are not Wayne church members, you are eligible to receive a technical shirt. The church is located at 218 Ratzer Road.
September 22: The Ohio Conference is hosting a gathering at the Roberts Centre in Wilmington featuring Elizabeth Talbot. Talbot has been an associate speaker for Voice of Prophecy broadcasts, is the founder of the Jesus 101 Biblical Institute and has authored numerous books. The daylong service, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., is themed “A New Song: The Mega Joy of the Redeemed Heart.” The program will feature inspirational praise and worship music, four sessions on the Gospel of Luke, a gift copy of Elizabeth Talbot's book, Luke: Salvation for All, and dynamic age-appropriate programs for children. This program will have strong appeal to your friends and family who are not Adventists. Register online at for your free lunch by September 13 or call (740) 397-4665, ext. 111. 

September 15:  Capitol Hill Back in the Day Concert.  This annual concert, directed by Michael Wright, will feature the Reunion Choir, and songs originally recorded by the Georgia Mass Choir, Mississippi Mass Choir, New Jersey Mass Choir, Florida Mass Choir and Colorado Mass Choir.  This promises to be an uplifting worship experience!  The program will begin at 6 p.m. at the Capitol Hill church located at 914 Massachusetts Avenue, NE.  For more information, call (202) 543-1344.

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