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The Columbia Union Conference coordinates the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s work in the Mid-Atlantic United States, where 149,000 members worship in 800 congregations. We provide administrative support to eight conferences, two healthcare networks, 81 elementary and secondary schools, a liberal arts university, a health sciences college, a dozen community services centers, six book and health food stores and a radio station.

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all-knowing yet all-forgiving.

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Story by Tamyra Horst

“One in three teens struggle with anxiety disorders,” states Burney Culpepper, princial of Pennsylvania Conference's Blue Mountain Academy (BMA). “Mental health is foundational to our overall well-being, but it feels like resources and a safe space to talk about the issues we face can be hard to find. Our recent mental health weekend laid a biblical foundation that will help our students cope with this growing health issue.”

At BMA’s recent “Peace of Mind” mental health conference, students and church members from around the area discovered practical help on topics like depression and anxiety from breakouts on “Disappointment, Depression and Deliverance,” “Healing From Hurtful Habits,” “Self-Identity” and “CALM: A Recipe for Peace in Times of Chaos.”

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Jennifer McCahan, RDN, shared the following lentil patty recipe, adapted from allrecipes.com, at the iThrive Wellness Camp.

1 cup dry lentils
2.5 cups of water to make lentils
1/4 c rice milk
1 cup Gluten Free (GF) cornflakes cereal
1 TBSP onion seasoning mixture (1/4 cup dried onion flakes, 2 TBSP vegan beef bullion, 1/4 tsp onion powder, 1/4 tsp parsley flakes, 1/8 tsp celery seed, 1/8th tsp paprika add ingredients together)
1 TBSP Mackays vegan chicken seasoning
2 egg substitutes
1/2 cup walnuts chopped
1/2 cup GF flour or breadcrumbs

Grapeseed oil or spray as needed

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A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones (Prov. 17:22). Laughter offers more than just a quick pick-me-up—It boosts your immune system, relieves pain, improves mood, soothes tension, relieves stress and increases blood flow and blood vessel function.

Put more laughter (and information) in your life this February with the following resources: