Connecting Columbia Union Seventh-day Adventists

North American Division

Seventh-day Adventist volunteers from churches throughout the Allegheny East and Pennsylvania conferences worked at five sites throughout Pennsylvania on Sunday to offer aid to their neighbors still recovering from the effects of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. Just two weeks ago, the Adventist church in Paterson, N.J., partnered with Lowe’s Home Improvement stores to distribute items to a community reeling from flood damage As the home improvement store looked to aid flood victims in eastern Pennsylvania, they again worked with Adventist church members who, with little notice, were quick to volunteer their time, hugs and prayers.

Washington Adventist University’s dean of the School of Arts and Social Sciences, Gaspar Colón, PhD, and his wife, May-Ellen Colón, PhD, recently received the highest award for excellence in family life work in the North American Division (NAD). The division’s Department of Family Ministries presented them with the 2009 Distinguished Service Award during the recent annual Family Life Celebration weekend at Andrews University (Mich.).
 

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.