Mountain View Conference

Story by Valerie Morikone

After serving nearly 29 years in the Mountain View Conference, President Larry and Joan Boggess announced their retirement at the October 24 Mountain View Conference Executive Committee in Parkersburg, W.Va.

Larry and Joan expressed their gratitude to the Mountain View Executive Committee for giving them the privilege to serve the conference family. They also expressed their gratitude to the Executive Committee for their steadfast support as they worked together to enlarge the kingdom of God in Mountain View.  

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By Debra McKinney Banks

Visit a Seventh-day Adventist church these days, and it is no longer guaranteed that the service will start at 11 a.m. No one really knows the history of when or where the 11 o’clock Sabbath worship time began. Plausible theories from pastors and historians posit that during more agrarian times, farming families needed to tend to the livestock and finish the chores before attending church. Whatever the reason, most people don’t maintain that farming lifestyle anymore. Today some pastors have discovered that holding Sabbath services at non-traditional times—either before or after 11—are becoming more of a necessity to meet the missional needs of their flocks.

Kristiana Hoffman instructs one of her students during a swim class. Photo by Laura Hoffman

Story by V. Michelle Bernard

Kristiana Hoffman, a 12-year-old from Charleston, W.Va., wants to be a missionary when she grows up. In January she started practicing.

After reading that 10 people die each day from drowning, Hoffman came up with a plan to help teach children to swim while introducing them to the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Hoffman, a member of the Mountain View Conference’s Charleston (W.Va.) church, started taking swimming lessons at age three, and recently hosted swim classes for the community at a local pool.