Connecting Columbia Union Seventh-day Adventists
- Columbia Union News
Last month Celeste Ryan Blyden, Columbia Union Conference communication director, and Kermit Netteburg, senior pastor of the Beltsville (Md.) church, led a webinar designed to help churches find practical ways to raise awareness of the Adventist Church.
At the year-end meeting of the Columbia Union Conference Executive Committee, attendees learned that despite the economic downturn, tithe is up 1.7 percent in the Columbia Union.
A former Columbia Union Visitor editor, Don A. Roth, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 20th annual Society of Adventist Communicators Convention held recently in Newport Beach, Calif. Roth edited the Visitor from 1954 to 1965, while also serving as the Columbia Union Conference public relations and radio-TV secretary.
The beautifully appointed Southern Asian church in Silver Spring, Md., was the scene of the Second Annual Music Awards sponsored by the Guild of Adventist Musicians.
Some 100 leaders from all over the union recently attended the Columbia Union Conference Spiritual Leadership Symposium, a three-day event designed to provide leaders of conferences, schools, and healthcare networks, as well as those who sit on conference executive committees and college boards, with the skills necessary to lead effectively.
The Columbia Union Conference was well represented at the Division Level Pathfinder Bible Achievement in Berrien Springs, Mich. Ohio Conference’s Delaware Discoverers and Pennsylvania Conference’s Reading Hampden Hawks went up against 24 other Pathfinder clubs from across the North American Division.
Review and Herald employees ran away to join the circus, but instead of performing in the high-wire act, they decided to share literature with the community.
The Columbia Union Conference Office of Education recently conducted its first North American Division (NAD) REACH (Reaching to Educate All Children for Heaven) training session. Fifteen educators, representing elementary and secondary schools in each of the Columbia Union’s eight conferences, came to learn how to train others the REACH inclusion model.
Under the theme “In Times Like These We Need a Savior,” the Columbia Union chapter of Adventist-laymen’s Services and Industries (ASI) recently met for their spring meetings. Held at Allegheny East Conference’s Liberty church in Baltimore, the meetings featured speakers G. Edward Reid, stewardship director for the North American Division and Robert Wallace, president and CEO of the Baltimore-based BITHGROUP Technologies, Inc.
Morten Juberg, communication director for the Columbia Union from 1965 to 1973, recently passed away at the age of 86. The Wyoming native served a short time as a carpenter and a pastor before turning a love of news into a lifelong career in church communication. He came to the Columbia Union after serving as public relations and Radio-TV secretary for the Southern California and Michigan conferences. While at the Columbia Union Juberg served as communication director, editor of the Visitor, and head of the Radio-TV department.