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Weekly News From Around the
Columbia Union Conference

June 26, 2014
How will the Review and Herald Closure Impact our Church?
During the next several months, the Review and Herald Publishing House will unwind operations at its facility in Hagerstown, Md. How will the decision to close  impact our church and its members?
Below, Columbia Union leaders react:
"Pacific Press is left with the same marketing and distribution restrictions of having to sell only through Adventist Book Centers that the Review had. I think independent publishing ministries will now gain dominance. The church has a big potential for losing control of the message."–– Stewart Pepper, pastor of Mountain View Conference’s Charleston (W.Va.) church
87 Community Service Leaders Learn How Nonprofits Help With Evangelism
Nearly 90 outreach ministry and community service leaders from around the Columbia Union and from as far away as California gathered earlier this month for the 13th annual Nonprofit Leadership Certification Program. The four-day training event, hosted this year by the Allegheny East Conference (AEC), was designed to equip Seventh-day Adventist Church leaders of all levels to develop professional skills that will help them lead and manage successful ministry in nonprofit operations.—Story by Beth Michaels
Tara VinCross Wins Research Award
Congratulations toTara VinCross, senior pastor of Pennsylvania Conference’s Chesnut Hill church in Philadelphia, who was recently given the Excellence in Doctor of Ministry Research Award from the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University (Mich.)
The title of her winning project is “Discipleship Process as a Catalyst for Mission Orientation in the Chestnut Hill Seventh-day Adventist Church.”––Story by V. Michelle Bernard
Photo of the Week
The youth group of the Aspen Hill Spanish church in Silver Spring, Md., present a religious drama.
Teachers Sharpen Skills at Differentiated Instruction Workshop
Many Columbia Union teachers went back to class recently to learn new ways to inspire their students.
More than 70 teachers from across the union, as well as New York, attended a workshop on differentiated instruction (DI), a teaching practice that emphasizes viewing students as individuals and factoring in their various learning levels, interests and styles.
Melissa Dickson, a DI expert, taught the workshop, which was held at Union headquarters in Columbia, Md., and at Chesapeake Conference’s Spencerville church in Silver Spring, Md.–––Story by V. Michelle Bernard
El grupo Chesapeake pasa a ser Compañía
El grupo Columbia Spanish, una congregación en crecimiento de Chesapeake Conference en Columbia, Md., pasó a ser compañía hace poco. Sus miembros y 15 visitas recientemente se reunieron en un servicio sabático de celebración. En su sermón, Rick Remmers, el presidente de la asociación, desafió a la congregación a concentrarse en adoración, compañerismo, servicio y misión.
“Como un nuevo grupo, han experimentado un gran crecimiento y están bien posicionados para evangelizar la población hispana en la comunidad de Columbia”, dice Remmers.–– Historia por Samantha Young
End Quote
"God's grace is bigger than your sin."––Pastor Mike Tucker, speaker/director for the Faith For Today telecast, shares with attendees at Pennsylvania Conference Camp Meeting

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