Adventist Church Drops VALIC, Goes With Empowerment Retirement. The Seventh day-Adventist Church has chosen a new retirement company, Empower Retirement by Great-West Life & Annuity Insurance Company, to replace AIG subsidiary VALIC. Since 2000 when the church ceased operating its own retirement system, the Adventist Retirement Plans has grown to nearly $1.1 billion in assets and has 18,000 active accounts—and an additional 8,000 open accounts—at 150 different employers. From Institutional Investor, “On A Mission to Provide Retirement Security.”
Adventist Pastor Quits Philly Mayoral Race. Keith Goodman, pastor of the North Philadelphia Seventh-day Adventist Church, pulled out of the Democratic primary mayoral race, saying that his pastoral responsibilities must take first priority. Goodman said he planned on endorsing another candidate at a later time. Goodman may have faced a legal challenge to his candidacy due to residency requirements. From Philly.Com, “Pastor Keith Goodman drops out of the mayor’s race.”
Adventist Med School in Philippines Gets Green Light. The Commission on Higher Education of the Philippines approved Adventist medical school to begin classes in August. The Adventist University of the Philippines’ College of Medicine, located on campus in Silang in the province of Cavite, will be the first Adventist medical school in Asia. It becomes Adventism’s sixth medical school worldwide. Serving the denomination’s Southern Asia-Pacific Division, the institution will open with as many as 35 students. From Adventist News Network, “Philippines Approves New Adventist Medical School.”
South Central Conf. Churches Host ‘Christmas in March.’ Four Jackson, Mississippi area Seventh-day Adventist churches have joined together to reach their community with a “Christmas in March” program. More than a thousand dollars’ worth of gifts were shared with local children. Volunteers provided activities and learning lessons with children encourage encourage faith development. The group continued its outreach by honoring local police and firefighters for their services. From Mississippi News Now, “Metro Churches Come Together for Christmas in March.”
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, CA.