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News from the Pennsylvania Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and its organizations.

Members from Chesapeake Conference’s Atholton church—Sarah and Anna Singalla, Janet Keng Asare, Pastor Shawn Paris, Jasmin Elliott and Jair Parada—were photographed by Brian Patrick Tagalog in Columbia, Md.

Seventh-day Adventists are among the most racially and ethnically diverse American religious groups. A groundbreaking survey Monte Sahlin conducted also confirmed that Adventism is not only browning but also graying. How will these demographic shifts impact how we minister in our communities?

Lanelle Cobbin speaks with teachers from G.E. Peters at an Encounter curriculum training.

This coming fall, all Columbia Union Conference elementary students will be studying Bible class with the new Adventist Encounter Bible Curriculum. High school classes across the union already use this program that promotes the Bible as the primary textbook, and encourages a deeper relationship with God through hands-on activities.

En Cactusville, los niños aprenderán que todos nosotros hemos sido llamados a seguir a Jesús ... Llamados a ser diferentes, a ser  eles, a perdonar, a servir y a dar.

En el Ministerio Hispano de la Asociación de Pennsylvania estamos empeñados en acompañar a los ancianos, predicadores, líderes de grupos pequeños a crecer en la Misión, ofreciéndoles herramientas, materiales y espacios en los que puedan adquirir nuevas capacidades y destrezas para actualizar sus procesos y ser más efectivos en el cumplimiento de la misión.

A team from Potomac Conference's Beltsville Pathfinder Club reacts to their placement. Photo by Pieter Damsteegt

Thirty-seven Columbia Union Conference Pathfinder teams recently participated in the North American Division’s Pathfinder Bible Experience in Florida. A sudden venue change in January proved to be a miracle in disguise, allowing a total of 193 teams to compete—an amount way beyond what organizers originally estimated.

Late this spring, the Adventist WholeHealth Network (AWHN) will move their office to the Pennylvania Conference's Blue Mountain Academy in Hamburg, Pa., where AWHN will provide various health ministry training events, wellness camps and conferences, while offering attendees affordable overnight lodging and meals.