The Navarros retired earlier this year—Al from the Hope Channel and Bonnie from the Pacific Union Conference—and joined the Pennsylvania Conference Planned Giving team. However, they are beginning their retirement a little bit differently than the norm of vacationing and spending time with grandchildren.
The Pennsylvania Conference is excited to launch CORE, a nine-month mission training program designed to immerse young adults into the CORE of Christianity and to tackle the biggest questions they are asking: Why am I an Adventist?
Grandma Sterners Baked Beans have been a staple at the Pennsylvania Conference’s Shermans Dale church potluck for the last 30-plus years, first made by grandma Grace Sterner, now cooked by her granddaughter, Robin Page. Get the recipe here.
Ginny Engle-Weiland thinks that the potlucks help members bond. “Eating a meal, breaking bread together is a good time to let your hair down,” says Weiland, a member since she was three and the potluck organizer. “We can talk about things we wouldn’t be able to if we just got up and left after the church service.”
I have experienced that this is what makes Adventist education the most effective. Spirituality, like our devotion to God, must be first in whatever it is we do, says Burney Culpepper, the recently selected new principal of Blue Mountain Academy.
During an Allentown Hispanic church community health event, youth went door to door connecting with and inviting neighbors to upcoming events. Others distributed water bottles with scripture verses on them to neighbors surrounding the Allentown church.