Jared Briggman (left), pastor of the East Pea Ridge church, rejoices as Justin (middle) and Zachary White take their stand for Bible truth.

Story by Peggy Criddle

Zachary White and his teenage son, Justin, had been searching for Bible truth for several years. A long-time friend became a Seventh-day Adventist, but the beliefs his friend embraced were so different from White’s Baptist upbringing, that he didn’t believe they were true.

Groups from Beltsville and Washington Adventist University participate in Global Youth Day.

Story by V. Michelle Bernard / Photos by Ross Patterson and Mark Sigue

Distributing food and water to the less fortunate and refugees, visiting nursing homes and cleaning parks were just a few of the acts of service that Columbia Union Conference youth and young adults participated in last Sabbath’s Global Youth Day.

The Spencerville Adventist Academy (SAA) Drama department will present four performances of My Fair Lady, scheduled for April 18, 19, 21 and 22 in the SAA auditorium at 2502 Spencerville Road, Spencerville, Md., 20868.

Tickets will be available at the door or online at

Story by Ron Mills

Takoma Academy’s (TA) chorale and camerata are joining forces to participate in the Music for All National Choir Festival and the World Choir Games (WCG)—the largest choral competition in the world!

Via a recorded audition, a panel of renowned choral conductors selected the TA chorale as one of the charter groups that sang at the premiere of the Music for All National Choir Festival in Indianapolis, March 15-17, 2018.

The Music for All National Choir Festival is a noncompetitive experience for outstanding middle school, high school and youth choirs. The festival is a celebration of musical excellence, combining world class performance and evaluation opportunities, with an exhilarating atmosphere of camaraderie in music.

Members of the Fredericksburg Pathfinder Club participate in the Columbia Union Pathfinder Bible Experience

On Sabbath, 54 teams, comprised of at least 320 Pathfinders, gathered in Blue Mountain Academy’s gymnasium in Hamburg, Pa., to test their knowledge of the Bible during the Columbia Union Conference’s sixth Pathfinder Bible Experience (PBE), a competition that tests participants Bible knowledge. So far it is the largest Columbia Union PBE event in the union.

Akron First Church, photo by Akron Adventist from Flickr

Story by Heidi Shoemaker

A series of regional town hall meetings are scheduled for delegates who will attend the 42nd Regular Constituency Meeting of the Ohio Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. The purpose of these area meetings is to provide delegates an opportunity to hear and discuss reports on various aspects of conference operations and specific agenda items for the May 6 Constituency Meeting. All elected delegates are urged to attend at a location close to you. Email, or call (740) 397-4665 for more information. Additional information is available online at

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Editorial by Gary Gibbs

Are you interested in Bible studies?” It was a bold question for a senior member of a local church. When a salesman knocked on her door, her first response was, “It’s the Sabbath; I’m not interested.” But that morning I had preached a sermon that challenged the congregation to be bold. God used that message to spark this church member to ask the salesman if he would be interested in Bible studies.

“Actually, I am,” the young man replied.

“Would you like to go to church?” Another bold question. Was she really doing this?

“Yes, I would. Can I go with you?” he seemed sincerely interested.

Physics and Robotics coach Courtney Brown, and seniors Cole Mattox and Joshua Perkins display their robotics project.

Story by Dinah Jordan

Allegheny East Conference's Pine Forge Academy (PFA) recently debuted its innovative TE Connectivity STEM Space, designed to promote student interest in science, technology, engineering and math. The new building includes one classroom dedicated to math instruction and a second classroom fully outfitted with a smart board, robotics kits, tablet docking stations and science equipment.

Fifty-four Pathfinder Bible Experience (PBE) teams from around the Columbia Union Conference gathered at Blue Mountain Academy for the union-level PBE event. Thirty-four of those teams placed first and will continue to the Division-level event, April 20 in Hawthorne, Fla. (details here).
The following teams placed first:
Allegheny East (8 teams participated)
Community Falcons
Liberty Lightbearers – Purple
Maranatha Warriors – Team 2
Chesapeake (3 teams participated)
Atholton Faith Blazers – Team 1
Atholton Faith Blazers – Team 2