Church Overhauls Publishing Operations
Church Overhauls Publishing Operations
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Columbia Union Conference

June 19, 2014
Church Overhauls Publishing Operations
At joint constituency meetings this week at the church world headquarters in Silver Spring, Md., the Review and Herald and the Pacific Press publishing houses voted 153-66 (Review) and 42-1 (Pacific Press) in favor of the biggest restructuring in Seventh-day Adventist publishing’s 153-year history.
As a result, the Review will unwind operations at its facility in Hagerstown, Md., during the next several months, and will transfer some employees and assets to the Pacific Press facility in Nampa, Idaho. Pacific Press will become a North American Division (NAD) institution.––Story by Adventist Review staff and Beth Michaels    
Kenneth Flemmer Takes Helm at Adventist Community Services of Greater Washington
Adventist Community Services of Greater Washington (ACSGW), located in Silver Spring, Md., recently announced their new executive director, Kenneth Flemmer.
Most recently Flemmer served as the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Vice President for Programs. During a 30-year career at ADRA, he worked around the world and held various management positions, including Asia regional director.
“On behalf of the board, we are excited that Ken’s caliber, depth of experience, vision, and compassion for the needy, match our requirements. The board unanimously found Ken most qualified to lead ACSGW in the performance of its core mission and to expand its service offerings,” says Allan Manuel, ACSGW Board chair and general counsel.––Story by ACSGW staff
Dustin Hoffman Donates Kitchen Equipment to Pennsylvania Church
Actor Dustin Hoffman recently donated three large pieces of commercial kitchen equipment from his Central Park, New York City, condo to the Pennsylvania Conference’s Pocono Grace church in East Stroudsburg.
Hoffman donated the equipment because of his family’s warm relationship with Lucy Ascencio, a Pocono Grace church member, who works for him as a housekeeper and cook, said Don Baker (pictured), the church’s head elder, according to an Adventist Review article.––Adventist Review staff and Beth Michaels
Metropolitan Adventurers First to Complete Listening Honor
The Metropolitan church’s Adventurer club is the first to complete the new “Listening Honor.”
The honor was created by Metropolitan member Marva Shand-McIntosh, creator of “I Love to Listen Day,” a global initiative aimed to increase awareness of the importance of listening.
“I want them [children] to start the habit of listening early,” says Shand-McIntosh. “Learning to listen to others will subsequently help them learn to listen to God.”––Story by Visitor Staff
11 Baptized After Caravan of Hope Stops at Maranatha French Church
The New Jersey Conference’s Caravan of Hope series stopped at Maranatha French church in Newark this week, resulting in 11 baptisms. The Caravan of Hope is a continuing evangelism outreach initiative across the state.  
Columbia Union Conference president Dave Weigley preached at the service and shared the miracle of how his brother accepted Christ after wanting nothing to do with religion for 20 years. At the end of the night, Weigley made an appeal and 11 people were baptized.––Story by New Jersey Conference and Visitor Staff
Perspectivas: Cómo un miembro de Ohio regresó al hogar
Linda Sánchez se bautizó recientemente en la iglesia East Cleveland Spanish de Ohio Conference. A continuación su testimonio:
“Crecí en la iglesia Adventista del Séptimo Día y asistí a la escuela primaria Adventista. Sin embargo, cuando tenía unos quince años, no quise ir más a la iglesia. Quería salir con mis amigos. Pensé que el mundo era más emocionante. Crecí y tuve tres hijos—todos fuera del matrimonio. Era madre soltera y los crié como mejor pude. Aún en mis años de obstinación, sabía que Dios siempre me amaba y nunca me había abandonado.
Music Festival Sets Faith on Fire
More than 120 fifth- through eighth-graders from Seventh-day Adventist schools across Ohio recently attended the 2014 Ohio Conference Elementary Musical Festival themed “Faith on Fire.”
The event was held on the campus of Mount Vernon Academy in Mount Vernon and offered activities to help students grow musically, and in their faith.
Click here to read more about how this event ignited students to share their faith, even after the festival ended.––Story by Alison Jobson
 Who is the Man With the Reversible Foot?
You may know Dick Stenbakken from his portrayals of biblical characters. In The Man With the Reversible Foot, the Dick Stenbakken Story, you will get to know him better.
Author Susan Phelps Harvey has known Stenbakken for at least 20 years, but discovered a whole new side of him while doing research for the book. Harvey, a member of the Chesapeake Conference’s Willow Brook church in Boonsboro, Md., shares more about the book here.
Join a Virtual Camp Meeting
Can’t make it to camp meeting this year? Several camp meetings across the country and in the Columbia Union are livestreaming their meetings.

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