Marvin Moore is celebrating major milestones at Pacific Press this month. The newly-released December 2019 Signs of the Times marks Moore’s 300th issue and 25th year as editor of the 145-year-old Seventh-day Adventist publication. Of Signs’ ten editors, only Arthur Maxwell served longer (1937–1970).
The presence of Jesus in the flesh is an absolute gift to the human family. And it’s not just a gift to Seventh-day Adventists or Christians, but to the entire world and all who live in it. If God is for us, who can be against us?
On Dec. 10, 2019, the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada Board of Directors elected Paul Llewellyn as the next executive secretary/vice-president for administration. Llewellyn will begin his duties as of Jan. 1, 2020. He most recently served as Maritime Conference president.
On Oct. 21, 2019, Derek Nathaniel Sloan was elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Ontario riding of Hastings–Lennox and Addington, for the Conservative Party of Canada. After the press and most family and friends left, Adventist Barry W. Bussey, director of Legal Affairs at Canadian Council of Christian Charities, had a chance to interview Derek.
The U.S. Department of Justice on Monday, December 9, 2019, urged the Supreme Court to hear a case brought by Darrell Patterson who was fired by Walgreens for refusing to work on the Sabbath. The Supreme Court will consider Patterson’s petition on January 10, 2020. If the court agrees to hear the matter, it will issue a ruling by the end of June 2020.
Seventh-day Adventist advocates are working to protect this vital human right within a culture that has grown skeptical of many religious freedom claims.
The final morning business session of the North American Division 2019 Year-end Meeting (YEM) primarily focused on pension benefits provided to employees by the represented entities of the territory, including the division and all its unions, conferences, schools, mission fields and independent ministries. Delegates also heard numerous reports from various departments, entities, and ministries.
God’s hand was at work in Page, Arizona, through a group of dedicated volunteers who facilitated 300 procedures during a free dental clinic hosted at the Page All Nations Seventh-day Adventist Church on September 23-25. During the three-day clinic, approximately $200,000 of dental procedures and $30,000 dermatology services were given at no cost to more than 140 people.
On Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, more than 500 community members, pastors, church officials, and workers gathered for the grand opening of the new It Is Written headquarters in Collegedale, Tennessee. The event was live-streamed on It Is Written’s Facebook page and featured a dedication, a ribbon cutting, ministry tours, giveaways, and refreshments.