Thirty-seven Columbia Union Conference Pathfinder teams recently participated in the North American Division’s Pathfinder Bible Experience in Florida. A sudden venue change in January proved to be a miracle in disguise, allowing a total of 193 teams to compete—an amount way beyond what organizers originally estimated.
Late this spring, the Adventist WholeHealth Network (AWHN) will move their office to the Pennylvania Conference's Blue Mountain Academy in Hamburg, Pa., where AWHN will provide various health ministry training events, wellness camps and conferences, while offering attendees affordable overnight lodging and meals.
The majority of Adventist young adults—approximately 70 percent by one estimate—do not attend Seventh-day Adventist institutions of higher learning. During the recent Philadelphia Mission Trip event, more than 70 young adults, mostly from the Columbia Union, worked to reach these and other students at Bryn Mawr College, Temple University and Drexel University, schools in the Philadelphia area.
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 books of Esther and Daniel 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.
Nearly 400 recently gathered for the grand opening of the Pennsylvania Conference’s Allentown Hispanic church. The celebration included three baptisms and a ribbon cutting ceremony with local, conference, union and General Conference leaders.
Our Pennsylvania leadership team and Executive Committee members have been praying for unity across our conference. This fall we saw an example of what happens when God’s people unite for a common mission.