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The Columbia Union Conference coordinates the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s work in the Mid-Atlantic United States, where 145,000 members worship in 863 congregations. We provide administrative support to eight conferences; two healthcare networks; 101 early childhood, elementary and secondary schools; a liberal arts university; a health sciences college; a dozen community services centers; 8 camps; 5 book and health food stores and a radio station.

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God is love, power, and splendor—and God is a mystery. His ways are far beyond us, but He still reaches out to us. God is infinite yet intimate, three yet one,
all-knowing yet all-forgiving.

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We are living through an unprecedented time, and while we are not immune to the impact of the coronavirus, we know that we serve an almighty God who sees, who cares and who is an ever-present help in times of trouble.

As we journey this crisis together, we are in contact with the leaders of our conferences and institutions, and we are united in our commitment to do all we can to reduce the spread of the virus and help people in our communities.

Please join us in praying for an end to COVID-19, and for the health care givers, first responders and other frontline workers who are working tirelessly to save lives.

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President Dave Weigley

Story by V. Michelle Bernard 

Adventist Community Services of Greater Washington (ACSGW), with the help of Adventist HealthCare, has started Healthy Child 1000, a program to assist mothers with needs, from conception to the time the baby turns two.  

Prior to the new program, ACSGW already provided food and diapers and a monthly food basket to families. Participating families can now receive fresh produce, nutritious shelf-stable foods and baked goods every other week, as well as feminine hygiene items and 100 diapers each month. At weaning, baby/toddler food will be added. 

Try these recipes for healthy peach smoothies, strawberry sauce and marinated tofu by Johanna Emerson and Oleta Emerson, head chef at Mountain View Conference's Wellness Camp.

Peach Smoothies

1-3 cups organic almond milk (we use the Kirkland kind from Costco)
3-4 cups frozen peaches
2-3 Tbsp frozen orange juice concentrate
5-6 Tablespoons maple syrup (May use more or less to taste depending on level of sweetness desired).

--Whiz all in a heavy duty blender

--Best served fresh, but still delicious when placed in refrigerator over night

--This recipe can be thickened to serve over pancakes, waffles, or as a dip for muffins.

Story by Tamaria L. Kulemeka

Educators have embraced the new frontier of hybrid instruction and have adapted their classrooms in a way that would never have been conceived prior to the pandemic shutdown.

Retired Wrangler

When Vaughn Jennings visited Pennsylvania Conference’s Gettysburg Adventist Christian School after teaching online for more than a year, the students treated him like he was famous.

“They said, ‘You’re like a TV celebrity; we have only seen you on the screen,’” says Jennings, recalling the first time since the pandemic began that he stepped foot in the school he and his wife helped start years ago.

In less than two months, Pathfinders from across the Columbia Union Conference will gather at Summit Bechtel Reserve (SBR) in Glen Jean, W.Va., for the 'Relentless' Columbia Union Camporee. 

This week several of the planning committee members and event staff visited the grounds again to make final preparations for the event with more than 2,000 registered participants. Frank Bondurant, camporee planning chair and the union’s vice president for ministries development, urges attending clubs to also start preparing for the big event, by doing the following now: 

WGTS afternoon host,Johnny Stone,plays “Bible or Not’ with listeners.

Story by Tom Ozio, WGTS 91.9 intern

WGTS 91.9 is back after two years to host their first ice cream social on Friday, June 17. Over 300 WGTS listeners descended on Baker Park in Frederick, Md., for free ice cream and a chance to hang out with the WGTS crew. WGTS afternoon show hosts Johnny and Stacey Stone did their afternoon broadcast.

“After two years of not gathering in large groups, it’s good to get back out on the road. Serving ice cream to hundreds of people is totally our brand of fun,” says promotions director and morning show host Jerry Woods.