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Allegheny East Conference

News from the Allegheny East Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, which includes churches and schools in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Robert Smith, pastor of the Allegheny East Conference’s First Church in Teaneck N.J., (take out extra space) recently joined a group sponsored by the Columbia Union Conference that is assisting flood victims in West Virginia. Smith and fellow pastor, Lee Kimani, have knocked on doors, visited 20 churches of all faiths and have counseled 50 families, provided prayer and connected victims to FEMA and Red Cross resources.

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Following last week's floods in West Virginia, in which 23 people were killed and thousands were left homeless, staff from Mountain View Conference’s Adventist Community Services (ACS) have been actively coordinating relief efforts. The team is working to organize a warehouse in Belle, W.Va, just south of Charleston, where victims will receive necessary items.

Paula Olivier, pastor of First church of Montclair in Montclair, N.J., says that for years the Lord impressed her to explain the Sabbath in a different way. “As Seventh-day Adventists, I think we excel at explaining the ‘what‘ of our beliefs, but sometimes pay little attention to the ’why.’ I believe that once [we] define the “why,” we can teach others to embrace the Sabbath as an extension of God’s love for us,” she adds.