Connecting Columbia Union Seventh-day Adventists

Miracle Temple

“Sometimes as young adults, especially those who are single, we go our own way on Friday nights. But with this ministry, we can open the Sabbath together,” says Anthony Barnes, a member of Allegheny East Conference’s First church in Washington, D.C. It was at his church that young adults from around the region recently met for the “First Fridays” worship service.

Jeffrey and ShaVonne LaDonis, founders of Adventist Yell Out (AYO) and members of Miracle Temple, recently hosted a black-tie, networking mixer and debut at Allegheny East Conference’s Baltimore-based church. The debut included a red carpet pre-show, a live auction and performances by gospel recording artists Virtue and Eric Nettles. The auction raised funds for AYO-produced documentary, This Chair is Empty, which explores the loss of young people from the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The documentary is meant to inspire Adventist young people to fulfill their dreams and connect them to creative and business professionals in the Adventist Church.