Connecting Columbia Union Seventh-day Adventists
- Columbia Union Conference
In this issue Columbia Union families find new ways to refocus traditions and spread holiday cheer by giving back and connecting with others. We also share news about our executive secretary, the recent Virtual Visitor 5K and more!
While the COVID-19 virus continues to cause concern, I’m thankful we are finally addressing the racism virus that has infected America for hundreds of years.
Pandemic Pushes Churches to Minister Outside the Box
This spring and summer, one student from each of the Columbia Union Conference academies received the Caring Heart Award from Columbia Union’s Office of Education. Those honored demonstrated a commitment to service and witnessing.
“Rob Vandeman has always been a champion for the grace of Christ and the mission of the Adventist Church in so many ways as pastor and administrator,” says Dave Weigley, Columbia Union president.
Kelly (Peach) Long (’98) didn’t know she would be designing things for her alma mater when she began her job at Kettering Adventist HealthCare in 2017 as a graphic designer.
Earlier this year, Lake Nelson Adventist Academy held a spiritual retreat for the high school students, intended to revitalize them spiritually, emotionally, physically and mentally.
“God is real.”
Those three words changed lives as God recently moved powerfully on the campus of Blue Mountain Academy (BMA) in Hamburg and in the lives of students.
Earlier this year, 20 Highland View Academy (HVA) juniors and seniors joined more than 100 academy students from across the Chesapeake Conference to participate in the second annual Capital Model United Nations (Model UN), held at Washington Adventist University in Takoma Park, Md.
Nine different church locations. Three schools. Providing concerts. Interacting with students. Painting walls. Talking with students and church members. Learning to barter at shops. Sharing testimonies with people wanting to know more about God.