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Weekly News From Around the
Columbia Union Conference

July 17, 2014
Student Canvassers Gather, Consider Future Church Work
Participants from the Pennsylvania Youth Challenge, Light America from Baltimore and Ohio (Chesapeake and Ohio conferences), and Allegheny East Conference’s Youth 4 Change programs recently gathered for a time of restoration, encouragement and fun.
The summit theme, “I Will Follow,” inspired all attendees to continue pursuing Christ in their daily lives and seeking the lost. Throughout the retreat weekend, guest speaker Tara VinCross, the new director of the Columbia Union School of Urban Evangelism, delivered three insightful messages on the life of Joseph. Each sermon served as a source for rejuvenation for the young literature evangelists.—Story by Tiffany Brown
Assistant, Associate Treasurers Prepare for Financial Leadership
Seth Bardu, Columbia Union Conference treasurer (pictured), has started a two-year program that will prepare eight assistant or associate treasurers currently working at the conference level to take on greater responsibilities. “We feel we have to be intentional if we are going to provide good sound leadership for the future [Seventh-day Adventist Church,]” Bardu explains. “The mission of the church drives everything we do. And, that means going beyond the bottom line and understanding how to deal with people, relate to board members, understand the policies of the church. It even means sometimes putting aside the policies when it comes to humanity.”
The program will include homework assignments, onsite visits, opportunities to present the financial statement at local conference executive committees and reading books on leadership such as the one they are reading now (Good to Great).—Story by Taashi Rowe
Einstein Fellow Returns to Head HVA Science Department
Ophelia Barizo, former science department chair and teacher at Highland View Academy (HVA) for 17 years, returns to HVA as vice principal for advancement and STEM (science technology, engineering and math) coordinator following the end of her term as an Einstein fellow. She will teach classes, oversee the development program of the school and initiate a STEM program that integrates more technology and engineering into science classes to align with the changing paradigm of science instruction and learning across the country.—Story by Lori Zerne
Exemplary Leaders Earn Recognition at Visionaries Gala
Washington Adventist University’s (WAU) second annual Visionaries Gala will take place September 21 at the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md. The annual event supports the university’s “Vision 2020--Growing With Excellence” plan.
In keeping with WAU’s commitment to excellence and moral leadership, the gala will include a recognition of individuals who have provided exemplary leadership to the university, the community, the country and the world. The winners are Peggielene Bartels (“King Peggy”), Bruce E. Boyer, Gladstone Gurubatham (pictured) and Milton and Merrillie Morris.—Story by Donna Bigler
Ten Graduate From Truth Tabernacle Computer Class
Ten students recently graduated from Truth Tabernacle church’s computer program in York, Pa. The seven-week class teaches students the basics of using personal computers and Microsoft Office programs.
The graduates received a certificate, personal computer and a devotional book at a special graduation ceremony held during a recent Sabbath church service.—Story by Michael W. Dyson
Editorial: Listening is an Art
Many books have been written on the art of listening. And, truly, it is an art. Many of us seem to be good at talking, at sharing our opinions—hence the popularity of platforms like blogs, Facebook and Twitter. But, to be quiet and hear what others are saying—what ideas they are expressing, what experiences they are sharing—is when we can actually learn something about life, love, friendship and how to get along with others.
Although we know that communication is a “two-way street,” it’s been said that it happens better when there is more listening involved. The late famed psychologist Carl Rogers even once said, “Man’s inability to communicate is a result of his failure to listen effectively.” People want to be heard. They want to know that their ideas, their feelings matter.
Not surprisingly, the Bible isn’t mum about this skill. It conveys the importance of listening through verses like, “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak” (James 1:19, NIV), and “He who has ears to hear, let him hear” (Matt. 11:15, NIV).—Story by Beth Michaels
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