Dani Arthur, Nick White and Ivy Arreguin—this year’s new Spring Valley Academy staff members—arrive with creativity and passion.

Story by Darren Wilkins

Spring Valley Academy (SVA) elementary students noticed a few new faces in their classrooms at the beginning of the 2020–21 school year.

Former fifth- and sixth-grade teacher, Emily Cowell, took the third- and fourth-grade position after the passing of former teacher Kimberly Orr, while Michele O’Geare moved from her first- and second-grade posi- tion to fill the ELL/reading specialist role vacated by Michelle Church.

Story by Heidi Wetmore

Spencerville Adventist Academy (SAA) is pleased to welcome two new educators for the 2020–2021 school year. Laura Steinert joins SAA’s high school teaching staff in the capacity of English teacher. Her name might sound familiar to SAA families because Steinert began her teaching career at SAA during the 1999–2000 school year.

Story by New Jersey Conference Staff

Peggy Filossaint, the new associate pastor of New Jersey Conference's Maranatha French church in Newark, is a New Jersey native. A graduate of Garden State Academy and Bowie State University (Md.), she earned a Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in Accounting.

Filossaint worked as an accountant for 16 years before starting her own accounting business in Hagerstown, Md. Three years later, God called her into ministry.

In August 2019, she enrolled in the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University (Mich.), where she is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Pastoral Ministry. In November 2019, she was ordained as an elder at The Grace Place (Ind.).

Potomac Feeding Pandemic

Story by Tiffany Doss

In 2010, Gavin Simpson, now a member of the Harrisonburg (Va.) church, embarked on a life-changing journey of faith as a missionary. Over the last decade, through Eleventh-Hour Laborers, a nonprofit ministering to the less reached regions of the world, he has worked in India, Nepal, Myanmar, and, most recently, Cuba. “We work in-person with the local churches,” he explains. “We train Bible workers and members to do effective community evangelism and outreach. Our Bible workers in Cuba baptized more than 300 individuals last year.”

Allegheny East Metropolitan Church protest

Story by LaTasha Hewitt

The men of the Metropolitan church in Hyattsville, Md., recently led a march in Washington, D.C., to protest the death of George Floyd, a black man killed in May by the hands of police officers. Led by Pastor Trevor Kinlock, the initial group of 25 swelled to about 1,000, as hundreds of people joined them. The march became one of the largest in D.C., and garnered the attention of various news outlets such as CBS, CNN and FOX.

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Publier une photo de vous trouvant Victor dans ce numéro, de taguer le Visitor sur les réseaux sociaux (Facebook, Instagram) et nous vous enverrons un aimant de LivingWell à Silver Spring, dans le Maryland.

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Haz que un adulto publique una foto tuya encontrando a Victor en este número, etiqueta al Visitor en las redes sociales (Facebook, Instagram) y te enviaremos un imán de LivingWell en Silver Spring, Maryland.

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Read in Spanish. Read in French.

Kids! Get your parents to post a photo of you finding Victor in the September/October issue. Then tag the Visitor on social media (Facebook or Instagram), and we’ll send you a magnet from LivingWell in Silver Spring, Md.

For we are God’s masterpiece (Eph. 2:10). Studies have shown that expressing yourself through art or creative projects can help decrease depression and anxiety. For older people, it has also been linked to improved memory, reasoning and resilience.

Here are some articles, resources and inspiration to help you get started:

Did you know Kettering Adventist HealthCare has a recipe library? (This isn’t about art, but thought you should know;))

How Could Art, Music and Dance Therapy Help You?

Esta primavera y verano, un estudiante de cada una de las academias de la Unión de Columbia recibió el premio al Corazón Cariñoso de parte de la Oficina de Educación de la Unión de Columbia. Los honrados demostraron un compromiso para servir y testificar.


Los siguientes graduados recibieron el premio: