After six years of declining health that included two bouts with cancer, Jeff Wood, Adventist song writer, screenwriter, producer and director, passed to his rest on Oct. 11, 2018, in Angwin, California. He was 67. Wood made a significant contribution to Seventh-day Adventist Church media during the course of a career spanning several decades. He may best be known for his song “Side By Side,” originally recorded by the Heritage Singers — and sung in thousands of churches around the world.
Southwestern Adventist University’s department of communication has earned two nominations in the highest honor in the television industry – the EMMY® Awards. The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences nominated Truth in the category of Historic/Cultural - Program Feature/Segment in the annual Lone Star Chapter Regional EMMY® Awards.
The Stop, a clever and compelling three-minute film about the Sabbath and creation was made available October 3 by the Geoscience Research Institute (GRI) in preparation of “Creation Sabbath,” on October 27. The annual celebration of the Seventh-day Adventist Church provides a designated time for church and community members to reflect on God’s creation.
On Sept. 13, 2018, the North American Division (NAD) Administrative Committee voted to adopt and endorse the Adventist Women Leaders (AWL) initiative. What started with a lunch for 15 women gathered in a conference room at the NAD Year-End Meeting in October 2017 has grown to more than 50 subscribers to an email newsletter published twice each month.
Washington Johnson, II Rises to the Rank of Captain in the U.S. Navy Reserve During Historic Promotion Ceremony
Washington Johnson, II, associate director of Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries, was officially promoted from “commander” to “captain” in the U.S. Navy Reserve on October 8, at the headquarters of the North American Division in Columbia, Maryland. Johnson is the sixth Adventist chaplain to reach the rank of captain in the history of the denomination and the U.S. Navy.
The relief effort as North Carolina residents recover from Hurricane Florence continues for Adventist Community Services Disaster Relief (ACS DR) as both South Atlantic and Carolina conferences work to assist communities across the state. In days immediately following the flooding, ACS DR set up warehouses for distribution of water, food, flood buckets containing clean supplies, and Walmart gift cards. Trucks from several conferences have delivered supplied from across the division; ADRA has pledged financial support; businesses and the American Red Cross have donated hygiene kits, water, and non-perishables.
On Sept. 13, 2018, Andrews University held its second annual Change Day. Approximately 1,400 Andrews University faculty, staff and students worked at 70 sites across seven neighborhoods and two counties.
Southwestern Adventist University celebrated the grand opening of the Larry R. Moore Nursing and Administration Building on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2018. The ceremony took place on the front steps of the new building, with nursing students, alumni, friends, Board of Trustees and administration in attendance, along with Texas State Representative DeWayne Burns and Keene City Mayor James Chapline. More than 500 visitors attended the event.
NAD Summit on Abuse Underscores Shared Accountability When Facing Cases in Adventist Churches, Schools, and Institutions
The NAD enditnow Summit on Abuse took place Sept. 24-25 at the division’s headquarters in Columbia, Md. The summit was organized to help equip pastors, teachers, volunteers, church staff, and members with the tools and knowledge to help end abuse within their scope of influence.
What is Creation Sabbath? How can my church celebrate Creation Sabbath? When is Creation Sabbath this year? The answers to these questions are not secrets, and now they are easily accessible at the newly revamped Creation Sabbath website — ready in time for the special Sabbath on Oct. 27, 2018.