September 19, 2012

Allegheny East’s Hispanic Members Celebrate Multiple Achievements

At the annual Day of Fellowship for Allegheny East Conference’s (AEC) Spanish Council of Churches, held last Sabbath at the conference’s headquarters in Pine Forge, Pa., attendees had much to celebrate. In addition to enjoying a day of worship, workshops and fellowship, the conference’s Hispanic members celebrated their first graduation from the School of Discipleship, Master Guide promotions, 18 baptisms, recognized five pastors with certificates of ministry and welcomed five new churches into the fold.

The first crop of AEC School of Discipleship graduates were especially excited to finish the first year of the program. Fernando Sanchez, a member of the Harrisburg (Pa.) Spanish church and the first Seventh-day Adventist in his family, was one of those graduates. Encouraged by what he learned in the classes, he gave Bible studies to his sister and mother. On Sabbath he proudly brought his sister to be baptized. “I feel God has called me,” he said. “Every day I see with my own eyes how He continues to bless me, even in the middle of tribulations.”—Story and photo by Taashi Rowe


Laurel Lake Church Offers Camp for Visually Impaired, Blind

Jacob (pictured with Deb Blandel) had never attended summer camp before. Being visually impaired made it difficult for him to participate in typical summer camp activities. But that changed this summer as Jacob attended a camp specifically designed for the blind and visually impaired at Pennsylvania Conference’s Laurel Lake Camp and Retreat Center in Rossiter, Pa.

Randy Mallory, first elder of the Laurel Lake church in Rossiter, and his wife, Cindy, had previously volunteered at camps for the blind and visually impaired in Michigan. When he shared his idea of offering a camp at Laurel Lake with his church members, they all began praying, dreaming, planning and working.

Campers enjoyed sports, crafts and worships. “This camp for me is just another affirmation that we serve a God who answers prayer,” Mallory says.—Story by Tamyra Horst


Maryland Adventists to Discuss, Vote on Same-Sex Marriage Law

This November Adventists in three conferences (Potomac, Chesapeake and Allegheny East) will have a chance to vote on a referendum to overturn Maryland’s same-sex marriage law. So far, two Adventist groups are presenting opportunities for members to learn more about the issue. Chesapeake’s Spencerville church in Silver Spring, Md., in partnership with Andrews University’s (Mich.) International Religious Liberty Institute, is hosting a special Sabbath series themed “Protecting Marriage: What is the Christian’s Role?” The daylong series takes place October 6.

“In light of current public discourse and legislative initiatives regarding the matter of same sex-marriage, it is important that our church members be as biblically informed as possible,” explains Jerry Lutz, the church’s senior pastor. For more information, call the Spencerville church office at (301) 384-2920.

Another group, the Metro Area Young Adult Association, will hold a panel discussion addressing the issue on October 5, at Potomac’s Capital Memorial church in Washington, D.C. The program begins at 7:45 p.m. For more information, visit the group on their Facebook page.

Lynchburg Members Gain 30 Bible Study Commitments

Members of Potomac Conference’s Lynchburg (Va.) church recently participated in Miller Park’s 30-year-old annual Family Fun Day, and secured Bible study commitments from over 30 area residents. Held each September, this day in the park provides free games, rides, exhibits and educational activities to more than 10,000 area families and children. Church members distributed Christian literature, Hope Channel cards and information on the church’s prison visitation ministry.

“This was our first time setting up a table at this event,” said Mike Little, a church member. “God heard our prayers and sent the Holy Spirit ahead of us, preparing the hearts of the people we met. We ask your prayers for each piece of literature distributed, and those who will read it, as well as these new Bible study students and those who will be teaching them.” Lynchburg member Kenia Bender is pictured at the literature table.

African Church Promotes Community, Health in Columbus

Through strategic partnerships with community organizations, Pastor Kwesi Gyimah (pictured) and Allegheny West Conference’s Columbus African congregation are striving to provide the ministry of healing to their neighbors. The church’s mission is to re-introduce the Seventh-day Adventist message to the citizens of Columbus, Ohio, with a particular emphasis on health. This goal has led to partnerships with local chapters of the YMCA and American Cancer Society and with Columbus Public Health to provide health education programs for residents. “Our goal is to hand deliver God’s love to all of God’s children,” comments Pastor Gyimah.

Pastor Gyimah has also extended his influence to local government and currently serves as a member of several city civic boards. Recently, the mayor of Columbus, the Columbus City Council, the Ohio House of Representatives and Ohio Senate each recognized Gyimah for his outstanding volunteer work in the city.—Story by Christopher C. Thompson

Haitian Churches Net New Members With Summer Outreach

In an effort to live out the world church’s call to revival and reformation, three Allegheny East Conference Haitian churches spent the summer working to win fellow French-speakers to Christ in Philadelphia. The Jerusalem French church, a Haitian community in Philadelphia, recently completed a three-week missionary campaign based on the study of Revelation. They finished the campaign with 47 new members.

Pastor Yrvin Jean-Philippe, pastor of the Hebron church (New York City), preached the series themed “Jesus, the Conqueror of Conquerors.” Held every night from 7:30 to 9:30, the program was also broadcasted on Heavenly Vision, a local Haitian radio station. And after 21 days of ceaseless prayers, Pastor Abdonel Jean-Philippe and the entire church welcomed their new members in two different baptismal ceremonies.

Two other Philadelphia congregations—the Mount-Nebo and New Maranatha companies, pastored by Jean Milca Fenelon, also led two evangelical series in July and August, which resulted in 16 baptisms.—Story by Johnispen Saint-Sauveur

Columbia Union Members to Get Moving This Sunday

At least 100 Adventist churches and schools in the Columbia Union are planning to participate in the North American Division Health Ministries Department’s "Let’s Move!" Day slated for Sunday, September 23. The day is not just for adults. Click here to view a video on how kids can get involved too.

Want to participate? Click here for a list of events happening near you.

New York 13 Prayer Rally Starts Friday

Fifty churches in the New Jersey Conference and seven in Allegheny East have signed up to host evangelism campaigns in 2013 as part of a world church initiative to reach big cities. Church leaders are starting with New York City and are calling the initiative NY13. World church and local leaders will attend a prayer rally to kick off next year’s outreach efforts 7:30 p.m., Friday, September 21 at the North Bronx church. Those who live in the area can attend the services at 3743 Bronxwood Avenue in Bronx, New York. Others can watch via the Hope Channel and 3ABN.

Speakers will include Carlton Byrd, speaker/director of Breath of Life Ministries; Mark Finley, special assistant to the General Conference president; and Ted N.C. Wilson, General Conference president. Pictured is Donald G. King, president of the Atlantic Union Conference. For more information, visit

New Jersey Conference’s Constituency Meeting Slated for Sunday

Some 442 delegates are expected this Sunday at New Jersey Conference’s 39th regular constituency session. This will be their first quinquennial meeting. Delegates will hear reports, elect officers and conduct other conference business.

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

September 22: Potomac Conference’s Hispanic Women’s Convention is a one-day gathering of all women in the conference’s Hispanic churches for an afternoon of inspirational messages, music and more. The event runs from 5 to 8 p.m. and will take place at the Southern Asian church, which is located at 2001 East Randolph Road in Silver Spring, Md. For more information, contact the Contact Hispanic Ministries department at (301) 899-0012 or e-mail
September 23: The Miracle Temple church in Baltimore is sponsoring a two-mile Walk-A-Thon from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for "Let’s Move!" Day. The walk will take place in the McKeldin Area of Patapsco State Park, which is located at 8020 Baltimore National Pike in Ellicott City, Md. The road is paved for jogging, strolling, or walking. The cost is $3/person. (Kids buckled in safety seats are free). For more information, visit
September 23: Registration for The Vibrant Life Health Expo & 5K Fun Run begins at 8 a.m. (cut off is 9 a.m.). The race will begin at 9:30 a.m. sharp. Don't forget, if you are not a runner, you can also walk the course. The Health Expo will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will include booths for each of the eight laws of health (one each for adults and children), food demonstration, food for sale, fire trucks, FedEx racecar (from 8 a.m.-12 p.m.), etc. Registration is $30. For more information, visit
September 24: Join the Capitol Hill Group Ministry (CHGM) at the Bay Hills Golf Club on Monday, September 24, at 12 p.m. for their 10th annual Hope for the Homeless Golf Tournament. Proceeds go to CHGM to assist homeless and underserved families on Capitol Hill. Your $150 registration includes green and cart fees, boxed lunch, a buffet awards dinner, $5 Pro Shop credit and an additional free round of golf at Bay Hills Golf Club in Arnold, Md. Foursomes or individuals are welcome. Register at

September 22, 2012: 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 for your free lunch online by September 13 at or call (740) 397-4665, ext. 111. 
September 23: The Campostella Heights church is hosting a free “Let’s Move! Day” Community Walk and Health Fair. The walk starts at 12 p.m. and the health fair goes until 5 p.m. For more information, or to pre-register, contact Lynette Moore, MD, at or (757) 641-2129. The church is located at 1006 Oakwood Street in Norfolk, Va.

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