Connecting Columbia Union Seventh-day Adventists
- Potomac Conference
Story by Debra Anderson
The Fredericksburg (Va.) church is located just a few miles from Marine Corps Base Quantico. The base’s proximity to the church makes it convenient for active-duty personnel to worship there on Sabbaths.
I was 2-years-old when part of my finger was cut off. My parents had a boat, and I loved to play on it whenever my dad was working in the house. I was playing one day, when I suddenly fell off, and my finger got stuck in the motor. My dad rushed me to the hospital. My life hasn’t been the same since.
We serve a limitless God who can do in us more than we could ever think or imagine. Still, despite my many experiences with the Lord, I continue to live a life governed by scarcity principles. I often don’t want to risk attempting church projects beyond the local church’s budget or perceived talent pool.
After a challenging 2020–21 school year, the Takoma Academy (TA) leadership team announced the return to in-person school in late summer 2021. Keith Beckett, vice principal, transitioned to interim principal to fill the position left vacant by Carla Thrower, who continues her journey as the associate director for secondary education for the Southern Union Conference, headquartered in Georgia.
Do I know how to trust? I’ve asked myself this more times in the last several years than ever before.
When I was 7-years-old, my grandmother discovered the Seventh-day Adventist faith. Every Friday night, she took me with her to an Adventist neighbor’s house to welcome the Sabbath. After we attended a few times, I asked her why we were worshipping on Saturday instead of Sunday. She explained to me that the Bible said God created the Sabbath for us when He created the world. We began reading the Bible together so I could learn more.
The Potomac Conference announced the hiring of its new Vice President for Finance, Karen Senecal.
The intended meaning of the golden rule is to put yourself in someone else’s shoes. How would you want to be treated if the roles were reversed? I know I’d prefer to be treated with love and respect.
Sometimes God amazes us with how He reveals His plans. God has never failed to lead in my life. He knew just where I needed to be, and when.
In my early twenties, I began wondering about everything I had experienced in my life. I endured verbal abuse as a child. My heart was badly broken at age 16. I was kicked out of my home at 17. I experienced a fire that claimed all my belongings at 20. What was my life’s purpose?