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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
Cover photo by Stephen Lee

Story by V. Michelle Bernard / Photos by Stephen Lee and Melvin Donadelle

Hours before the official start of the “Relentless” Columbia Union Camporee at Summit Bechtel Reserve in Glen Jean, W.Va., a thunderstorm rolled through the campus, threatening the opening of the evening meeting. Chesapeake Conference’s SALT club from Randallstown, Md., was preparing to perform a liturgical dance for the evening program when the storm came through. 

SALT staff member Kim Barrett watched two of her club’s tents fly 40 feet away. And, like most clubs, found their tents soaked all the way through.  

Story by V. Michelle Bernard

A swarm of Pathfinders, including the Cleveland Bobcats club (pictured), descended onto the Summit Bechtel Reserve grounds in Glen Jean, W.Va., today for the 'Relentless' Columbia Union Conference Camporee.

Camporee highlights will include nightly worship gatherings, kayaking, ziplining, biking, earning honors, pin-trading ... and rain.  

Wednesday afternoon, a rainstorm added to the adventure of camp setup—but there is a high chance of fun planned for the week ahead.

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Local Children’s Ministries leaders participate in one of the stations at the Vacation Bible School training.

Story by Anthony Baffi

The New Jersey Conference’s Children’s Ministries Department began the year with its first-ever hybrid convention, titled “Let Them In.” The theme was based on Noah and his efforts to prepare others to enter the safety of the ark through faithful preaching and teaching.

More than 100 leaders attended the two-day event, earning certificates for the North American Division Children’s Ministries Track 3 Child Evangelism training program.

Ohio Conference, Gennadii Kasap, Andrei Shamray, Cleveland Slavic SDA Church

Story by Kasper Haughton, Jr. 

“This is the first time I have heard the Word of God preached in my native language!” Nina spoke with her new pastor, tears welling up in her eyes. “We immigrated to the United States many years ago and found out about Adventism from friends. Since then, every sermon I have heard has been through a translator until today! How beautiful the Word is!”