South Caribbean Conference President Decries Carnival, Affirms Heterosexual Marriage. Pastor Leslie Moses, president of the South Caribbean Conference of the Seventh-day Adventists, led hundreds of members from over 150 churches in a march to a Morality and Temperance Rally at a large stadium. “This march is to affirm heterosexual marriage and the family," said Moses. “What happens at Carnival, the lewdness and immorality, can not be God’s will. I declare that Carnival is madness. There can be no justification for people dressing and acting like that,” declared Moses. "We are also marching against any activity that is not in keeping with the Word of God, intemperate living including murder, crime, adultery, drug abuse and child abuse,” he said. From Trinidad and Tobago Newsday, "Adventist Pastor: Carnival is Madness."
Tennessee Church Members Repair Storm-damaged Home. Volunteers from Collegedale Seventh-day Adventist and the East Ridge Seventh-day Adventist Churches donated their time and about $30,000 to repair the storm-damaged home of their community members Jimmy and Alice Clinton. An oak tree with a three-foot diameter crashed through the end of their home. The Clintons are not Adventists, but a member of Collegedale Seventh-day Adventist Church shared their plight with Wolf Jedamski, Collegedale church administrator, and last June, the congregations began the project. From the Chattanooga Times Free Press, "Adventist Church Rebuilds Storm-damaged Home."
Cayman Academy Students Raise $3,389 for Cancer Society in Annual Cancer Walk. As the culmination of the school’s annual Cancer Awareness and Health Week, Cayman Academy students raised $3,389 for the Cayman Islands Cancer Society in their annual Cancer Walk. Led by the Gideon Marching Band of the Savannah Seventh-day Adventist Church, students and teachers, many dressed in pink, walked from the school on Walkers Road to the Cancer Society next to the Cayman Islands Hospital. Walk organizer Sophia Hamilton, a pre-kindergarten teacher at the academy, said the fundraiser is one of the ways the school teaches students about the importance of empathy and caring for their neighbors. From Cayman Compass, "Students raise $3,389 for Cancer Society."
North Carolina Adventist Congregations Partner Help Meet Community Needs. In North Carolina, the Wilmington Seventh-day Adventist and Ephesus Seventh-day Adventist churches distributed 186 Bags of Love to children, birth through age 17, who have had to be removed from their homes by Child Protective Services. Made from donated fabric, each bag is filled with a handmade comforter, several stuffed animals, a brand new toy, personal care items, and age- and gender-appropriate items like coloring books and games. Carol O’Heffernan co-ordinates the Bags of Love ministry which began in 2013. Each year at Christmas the Ministry receives a year’s stock of brand new toys through the “Toys for Tots” program and the Salvation Army. From Star News Online, "Bags of Love helps kids going into foster care."
Also. in North Carolina, the Triad Food Pantry at High Point Seventh-day Adventist Church partnered with High Point University pharmacy faculty, distributing free over-the-counter medication and providing health screenings at the church. Church members gave food to each community member. "This is an incredible event,” said Beverly Winsted, church member and retired physician's assistant, who helped host the event. From High Point University, "HPU Brings Free OTC Medication and Health Screenings to the Community."
Pam Dietrich taught English at Loma Linda Academy for 26 years and served there eight more years as the 7-12 librarian. She lives in Redlands, California.
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