September 26, 2012

Delegates Re-elect New Jersey Conference Officers

Some 242 New Jersey Conference delegates met on Sunday for their 39th regular constituency session during which they reelected Jim Greene as executive secretary, José H. Cortés as president and Modesto Vazquez as treasurer (pictured).

During the president’s video report, Cortés shared that over the last quinquennium, the conference gained 4,208 new members bringing the total membership to 14,123.

After marveling at how much the Lord has blessed the conference, Cortés said, “Let nobody be confused. Everything that happened in this conference came from the Lord. Nothing came about because of man’s effort alone. It’s not about me. It’s not about you. It’s about Jesus.”

He then proceeded to thank members of the executive committee, conference staff, pastors and their families, teachers, elders and deaconesses and members for their contributions to the work of the church.—Story by Taashi Rowe


Union Convenes Fall Meetings

“Washington Adventist Hospital will continue to grow where we are while we again seek to obtain approval for a new hospital campus. Though this is a challenge, we choose to embrace possibility,” said William G "Bill" Robertson, Adventist HealthCare (AHC) president, speaking to attendees at the Columbia Union Conference Executive Committee who gathered today for their regular fall meeting. In Robertson's report, he explained that he recently learned that the recommendation of the state healthcare commission was to deny the hospital's application to relocate six miles north of its present location near the Adventist World Headquarters in Silver Spring, Md. AHC, he says, intends to re-file the application shortly.

Weymouth Spence, president of Washington Adventist University (WAU), announced that the Middle States Commission on Higher Education Accreditation Association recently reaffirmed the university for another 10 years and reported that enrollment is the fastest growing among Adventist schools in North America.—Story and photo by Celeste Ryan Blyden


Union Executive Committee Honors Allegheny East President

This morning at a meeting of the Columbia Union Conference Executive Committee, union officers recognized Charles Cheatham, outgoing Allegheny East Conference president. In recognition of his 54 years of service to the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the officers also presented Cheatham with an obelisk-shaped award. Due to term limits, Cheatham, who served 12 years as conference president, is ineligible to serve in that capacity when delegates select officers at next month’s constituency session.

As he presented the devotional, Cheatham reminisced about the many changes he has witnessed over decades in the Adventist Church. He quoted Gal. 3:28 and reminded fellow committee members that all are one in Christ. Cheatham does not plan to retire instead, he hopes to continue serving the church in a different area. Pictured are Rob Vandeman, union executive secretary; Cheatham; Dave Weigley, union president; and Seth Bardu, union treasurer.—Story by Taashi Rowe

Remembrance: Allegheny East Member Helped Develop ADRA

Milton E. Nebblett, a member of Allegheny East Conference’s  (AEC) Metropolitan church in Hyattsville, Md., was a driven force who helped transform local Seventh-day Adventist humanitarian outreach in the early 1980s into a major player on the international development scene.

The former refugee advisor for the U.S. State Department in Vietnam secured the Seventh-day Adventist World Service’s (SAWS) first grant—$10 million from the United States Agency for International Development—based largely on his understanding of government agencies.

Nebblett, who died September 13 at age 88, served as deputy director for SAWS, which then employed 12 people in its home office and 300 people worldwide. After securing the grant, the organization soon afterward became the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), which now employs 85 people in its international office and 6,000 people worldwide.—Story by Ansel Oliver/Adventist News Network


Chesapeake Korean Churches Host 60-Site Meetings

This week Chesapeake Conference’s Baltimore Korean and Washington-Spencerville Korean churches are hosting a satellite evangelism series. Their Ellicott City and Spencerville, Md., locations respectively, are hosting the series while people watch from some 60 sites across North America. Church leaders report that there have been hundreds of visitors coming to the combined sites. The series is their way of celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first Korean church established in North America. The series runs from September 23 to 29. Speaker Dwight Nelson, senior pastor for the Pioneer Memorial church (Mich.) speaks on the topic “A Future and Friendship You Can Count On.”

The program is being televised on the Hope Channel every night from 7:30 to 9 p.m. and at 11 a.m. this Sabbath. “It is a privilege and blessing to be the host of this special event in our church. God is working in a great way in the Korean ministries of North America,” commented David Su, pastor of the Baltimore Korean church.—Story by Ray Valenzuela

Allegheny West, Ohio Conferences to Co-Host Dayton Meetings

Some 200 people in Dayton, Ohio, have already signed up to attend the “Revelation Today” evangelism meetings slated to run from September 28 to October 26. The meetings will feature John Bradshaw (pictured), speaker/director of It Is Written ministries. “This is the first major meeting in Dayton in 25 years,” says Raj Attiken, president of the Ohio Conference.

Over the last 18 months, schools and churches from the Ohio and the Alleghany West conferences, the Ohio Conference, Kettering Adventist Healthcare and the Columbia Union have worked together to bring the message to Dayton residents. One of those efforts included mailing out copies of Steps to Christ after which nearly 1,000 people requested Bible studies. The meetings will be held Sundays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at the Dayton Masonic Center and will start at 7:15 p.m. On Sundays the meetings will be held at 6 and 7:15 p.m. The series will also be streamed live at

Miembros hispanos de Allegheny East celebran múltiples logros

Durante el día anual de la hermandad del concilio de iglesias hispanas de Allegheny East Conference (AEC, por sus siglas en inglés), llevado a cabo el sábado pasado en las oficinas centrales de la Asociación en Pine Forge, Pa., los asistentes tenían mucho que celebrar. Además de disfrutar de un día de adoración, talleres y camaradería, los miembros hispanos de la Asociación celebraron su primera graduación de la Escuela de Discipulado, una promoción de los Guías Mayores, dieciocho bautismos, el reconocimiento a cinco pastores con certificados de ministerio y dieron la bienvenida al redil a cinco iglesias nuevas.

Reconociendo lo valioso que es educar a los laicos para la dirección de ministerios, el año pasado Allegheny East empezó su propia Escuela de Discipulado, uniéndose de esta manera a otras más en Columbia Union. Unas treinta personas se reúnen un domingo al mes durante un año para completar la primera fase del programa.—Historia por Taashi Rowe


Pennsylvania Young Adult Leads Evangelism Series

Rachel Goodling, a member of the Milton (Pa.) church was one of 10 people who traveled to the Dominican Republic this past summer, as part of the Pennsylvania Conference youth and young adult mission team. Like each member of the team, Goodling preached 19 evangelistic sermons for the ShareHim prophecy series at a local Dominican church. As a result of the trip, some 122 people baptized.

Upon returning to the states, Goodling began making plans to preach an evangelistic series in her home church. With the support of her local church, Rachel began preaching on September 21. “I am so blessed with an amazing and supportive church family,” she said.

When asked about Goodling’s preaching, one church member said, “We are blessed to have such a brave and awesome young lady to take on this series of meetings! She is doing an excellent job, and I am thankful for her willingness to do the things she has done and continues to do!”—Story by Tim Madding

Potomac Church Hosts Fifth Annual Hometown Heroes Dinner

Potomac Conference’s Olney (Md.) church recently expressed their gratitude to local firefighters, paramedics and police officers during their fifth annual “Hometown Heroes Dinner” at a local restaurant. Church members are invited to sponsor one or more hometown heroes for the dinner and to come and spend time with them at the event and listen to their stories of courage and service.

“At the dinner, I prayed for our first responders’ blessing and safety as they serve,” says Nathan Krause, pastor of the Olney church. “It is a privilege to have the opportunity to pray in a public place. I get the attention of those dining in the restaurant and tell them that our church is honoring our hometown heroes and ask for a round of applause for them. It's wonderful to hear the whole place erupt with applause for the men and women they appreciate. And our heroes truly appreciate the recognition.” Pictured is George Brown (left), chief of the Sandy Spring Volunteer Fire Department and Pastor Krause.—Story by Meena Dayak

WAU Music Major Directs Orchestra

Michael Patterson, a senior music major at Washington Adventist University (WAU) in Takoma Park, Md., recently returned to WAU following a tour of South Africa and a performance at Loma Linda University (Calif.). After performing as principal oboe and piano soloist with the New England Youth Ensemble in more than 25 concerts in South Africa, the aspiring composer and orchestral conductor returned to his home in central California. He then immediately began organizing a concert for his 73-piece ensemble, the PianoForte Symphony Orchestra, which he started at age 18.

In true fashion of composers of old, Patterson organized all aspects of the concert, which was televised worldwide and received a three-minute standing ovation from a packed house. “He shows such fine promise in pretty much any musical field to which he applies himself,” said Preston Hawes, WAU’s assistant professor of music and Patterson’s conducting coach. “I predict a very bright future for him!”

End Quote: There’s Much More to be Done in the Cities

“I am absolutely amazed that so many divisions have caught the vision of reaching the millions in the cities and are making very serious plans. This just thrills my heart because it’s a fulfillment of what God has intended for a long time. Much work has been done in the cities and yet there’s so much more to be done. The Lord says when we do it according to His plan, there will be a mighty movement in these huge metropolitan areas.”—Ted N.C. Wilson, General Conference president, speaking this past weekend at the prayer rally for “New York 13,” which will kickoff the church’s outreach to 650 cities worldwide

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

September 29: The Triadelphia Church invites all area church members to participate in the TeamWord Bible Bowl program. The program will cover 1 and 2 Thessalonians. Families are especially encouraged to participate as a team. For more information, contact Sharon at (301) 219-1028, email or visit
September 30: Join Shady Grove Adventist and Washington Adventist Hospitals for “Pink Fling,” a breast cancer awareness event taking place at Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda, Md. The beneficial, informative and freeevent, which runs from 1 to 4 p.m., will educate local women, friends and families about breast cancer and kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The event will also feature breast cancer risk assessments, a breast cancer survivor fashion show, exercise and cooking demonstrations, etc. For more information, visit
October 1: John Glenn Clark, MD, will give a weeklong series of health and natural remedies presentations beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Berkeley Springs (W.Va.) church. Clark heads Northern Lights Health Education in Maine. Starting October 2, the lectures will move to the Best Western Motel in Berkeley Springs, again at 6:30 p.m. Free materials on health topics such as diabetes, high blood pressure and weight loss will be available, along with corresponding DVDs. For more information, contact Lisa Shingleton in the evenings at (304) 258-2739. The church is located at 3606 Valley Road.
October 2-November 27: The Emmanuel-Brinklow church in Ashville, Md., is hosting a Women’s Empowerment/Self Defense Series. The class is held every Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Included are special featured sessions for teens (October 9th) and elementary-aged girls (November 13th). For more information, contact the Women’s Ministries leader and parish nurse at (301) 672-9257.
October 6: “Thou Art the Man” is the theme for the 2012 Maryland Men of Faith Conference at Mount Aetna Retreat Center in Hagerstown, Md. Justin Kim, director of Public Campus Ministries for the Michigan Conference, will explore the topics of accountability and responsibility through the study of 2 Samuel 12:7. Seminars on addiction, end time events, spiritual health and a Christian home, and programming for youth (ages 14-19) round out the day. Get full details and register online at
October 6: Protecting Marriage: What is the Christian’s Role? The Spencerville (Md.) church will host a special Sabbath series dedicated to exploring the biblical, social and religious liberty issues around the attempt to change the definition of marriage in Maryland. The event will be held in the Spencerville sanctuary. Special speakers will include Adventist Review editor and Spencerville member, Bill Knott; Roy Gane, a professor of Old Testament from the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University; and Nicholas Miller, an attorney as well as professor of church history, also from the Seminary. Gane and Miller co-edited the recently released book, Homosexuality, Marriage, and the Church, which explores the question of how the Christian should relate to issues of sexuality, marriage and the law. Presentations will be given on these and related topics during the divine worship hour, and in the afternoon at a panel discussion beginning at 2 p.m. Claudio Consuegra, director of the North American Division Family Ministries Department, will also join the afternoon discussion panel. For more information, contact the Spencerville church office at (301) 384-2920.

October 5: In November, Marylanders could vote to legalize same sex marriages. How should we handle it in the church?  Come out for a thought-provoking, interactive discussion of this “taboo topic.” Guest panelists include Nicolas Miller, lead editor of the book Homosexuality, Marriage and the Church, Pastor Paul Graham and Kesslyn Brade-Stennis, PhD, MSW, MDiv. Hear personal testimonies and share your thoughts! Praise and worship begins at 7:45 p.m. and discussion begins at 8 p.m. at the Capital Memorial church in Washington, D.C. Click here for more information.

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