Connecting Columbia Union Seventh-day Adventists
- Richmond Academy
When I was 7-years-old, my grandmother discovered the Seventh-day Adventist faith. Every Friday night, she took me with her to an Adventist neighbor’s house to welcome the Sabbath. After we attended a few times, I asked her why we were worshipping on Saturday instead of Sunday. She explained to me that the Bible said God created the Sabbath for us when He created the world. We began reading the Bible together so I could learn more.
The intended meaning of the golden rule is to put yourself in someone else’s shoes. How would you want to be treated if the roles were reversed? I know I’d prefer to be treated with love and respect.
One day, God spoke to me through this verse. He said, “I am the way. You need to get to know Me. You need to see My character. You need to trust Me. When I tell you I am always with you, I am."
It is so important to be careful about what we watch, read and listen to. When we let something into our lives—good or bad, whether through our eyes or ears—it will eventually come out.
God tells you to cry to Him, and He will answer you. He always listens when you humbly kneel and tell Him everything you feel in your heart.
We should not be afraid during this time, because, if we listen to God, then we will have the same faith that Daniel had when he was thrown into the lion’s den. We can trust in Him during good and bad times.
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.
Malcom Hutchinson leaves Richmond Academy in Virginia to lead Chesapeake Conference's boarding academy in Hagerstown, Md.
Story by Samantha Young
Potomac Conference’s Richmond Academy of Seventh-day Adventists (RA) in Richmond, Va., celebrated 100 years of excellence in Christian education on October 14-16. The weekend festivities started with Dwight C. Jones, Richmond mayor, and Nancy Melashenko, Potomac Conference associate director for education, dedicating RA’s new brick commemorative walkway.