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Editorial by Rick Remmers

A new year lies before us full of hope and promise. It is a time of year to reflect and refocus. As we begin afresh, we each have goals and aspirations for the days ahead.

Many things are within our grasp; others are beyond our control. It is easy to look at unsettling global events and feel powerless. Nonetheless, each day we get to make choices that will impact how this year will unfold. We can choose to spend time with Jesus and allow Him to mold and shape our lives after His likeness. God’s Word promises “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new” (2 Cor. 5:17, NKJV).

Story by Tamyra Horst

The Pennsylvania Conference welcomes Michael Gayle, principal of Huntingdon Valley Christian Academy, to the new role of associate superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction. Already serving the conference in the areas of curriculum and instruction, the Executive Committee recently voted to create this new position, and Gayle accepted it.

Story by V. Michelle Bernard

Starting April 1, H. Candace Nurse will serve as secretary/treasurer for the Columbia Union Revolving Fund (CURF). Nurse, currently the chief financial officer (CFO) for the Allegheny West Conference (AWC), has worked at AWC since 2008 in various roles, including assistant treasurer and Human Resources coordinator.

“Candace has demonstrated her acumen and abilities at the Allegheny West Conference and has done an excellent job,” says Dave Weigley, Columbia Union Conference president and chair of the CURF board, who adds her love for people shows in her work.

Photos courtesy Takoma Park church

Story by Tiffany Doss

After 53 years of ministerial service, Pastor Henry Wright recently preached his final sermon before entering into retirement to a standing room only crowd at the historic Takoma Park (Md.) church. Wright accepted his call to the Potomac Conference in 1993, and became the pastor of Community Praise Center (CPC)—a small, struggling church in Alexandria, Va.

Deborah A. Hill (third from left), Southeast church mem- ber, receives the 2017 Distinguished Alumnus Award and celebrates with John A. Yankey, Case Western Reserve University professor; Sharon E. Milligan, associate dean; and Annette Iwamoto, alumni president.

Story by Bryant Smith

Case Western Reserve University Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences in Cleveland recently honored Deborah A. Hill with the 2017 Distinguished Alumnus Award at an elaborate reception.

Close to 200 community members gather in front of Bridgeton City Hall for the first annual “Hate Has No Home Here.” Image by Michael Schuelke

Story by LaTasha Hewitt

Albert Kelly, mayor of Bridgeton, N.J., and a member of Allegheny East Conference's Bethany church in Bridgeton, recently hosted an anti-hate rally on the steps of Bridgeton City Hall to support the “Hate Has No Home Here” (HHNHH) initiative.

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One member opens up about his experience with depression and how you can't "just pray it away" + Can a fictional book meet the Christian mandate to draw people closer to Christ? Three fiction authors are seeking to do just that. Read more in the January/February 2018 Visitor!

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