Friday, May 31, 2013

Seventh-day Adventists in the News│May 2013

SDA Upper Columbia Conference Health Ministries Director Dr. Jay Sloop disappeared May 14, while walking in Kiev, Ukraine

The disappearance of Jay Sloop, a 77-year-old retired doctor from Washington State who went missing in Ukraine May 14, 2013, has been classified as a criminal case, according to Sloop's family and officials from his church, reported the Yakima Herald-Republic. The paper said Sloop disappeared after leaving a church compound in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, to go for a stroll. He was reportedly in Ukraine to establish a lifestyle center with other medical professionals for the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Jay Wintermeyer, a spokesman for the church, told the Herald-Republic that police in Kiev have officially classified Sloop's disappearance as a criminal case ... CBS Updates. Sloop family blog: Sloop-blog

Jay Sloop Missing: Doctor Disappeared During Ukraine Medical Mission. Huffington PostUSA • Ukraine, May 29

LA SIERRA University responds to accrediting commission concerns. La Sierra University had been warned its church officials were to involved in academic operations. The Press-Enterprise│USA, May 31

• Crisis intervention training for Mono. Adventist Community Services and Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries Department of GC SDAMono County, CA. Sierra Wave│USA, May 31

Five generations of the Wallace family have graduated from Lodi Academy. Lodi Academy & English Oaks SDA Church, CA. LodiNews│USA, May 31

Former cocaine dealer turned health leader to give personal testimony. Dyersburg SDA Church, TX. State Gazette│USA, May 30

Breakfast for pupils a true group effort. "... Sanitarium, the Australian food group owned by the Seventh-day Adventist Church..." Stuff│New Zealand, May 31

Govt rolls out expanded food in schools. "... Sanitarium, the Australian food group owned by the Seventh-day Adventist Church..." Stuff│New Zealand, May 31

United Way offers Day of Action. "United Way, in partnership with Three Angel's Seventh Day Adventist Church, God's Storehouse and Riverview Rotary, will package 50,000 meals for individuals and families in Danville and Pittsylvania County, VA." Star Tribune│USA, May 30

Oakwood University's 'Jackie Robinsons' remember life in the segregated South. Hunstville, AL. AL│USA, May 29

Seventh-day Adventist Church walk in Middletown will focus on health. Middletown SDA Church, NY. Times Herald-Record│USA, May 29

Alabama Woman Recalls Rosa Parks' Refusal To Give Up Seat. Mineola Dozier Smith • Bethany Seventh-day Adventist Church, AL. WUSA9│USA, May 28

• Seventh-day Adventists: From doomsday sect to health advocates. Florida Hospital and Florida Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Orlando Sentinel│USA, May 28

Judge orders public schools to exempt SDA students in row over Sabbath. Standard DigitalKenya, May 27

Big crowd celebrates Christian unity in Indonesia. "The seven church families involved in the Indonesian Christian Forum, also includes the Baptist Church and the Seventh Day Adventist Church ..." Ecumenical News│Indonesia, May 27

New Haven man working for badge of honor. U.S. Army E-4 Specialist Camari Webb is a member of Mount Zion Seventh Day Adventist Church in Hamden, CT. New Haven Register│USA, May 27


Broadhurst Adventists to build P13m community centre. Mmegi│Botswana, May 24

• Loma Linda University honors 13 with awards. Highland News│USA, May 24

Hartford Schools' Announce 2013 Teacher Of The Year. "... Mario Marrero is an active member of Connecticut Valley Seventh Day Adventist Church in South Windsor, CT ..." Hartford Courant│USA, May 24

Walla Walla Adventist church collecting tornado relief items (WA). Union-BulletinUSA, May 24

Community invited to plant-based diet presentation. La Grange Seventh-day Adventist churches and Adventist Hinsdale Hospital (Adventist Midwest Health), Hinsdale, IL. Chicago Tribune│USA, May 24

Churches March for Peace. AllAfrica│Zimbabwe, May 24

Lynn church destroyed by fire; city orders building demolished. El Siloe Seventh Day Adventist Church, Lynn, MA. ItemLive│USA, May 23

Fire destroys 118-year-old church in Lynn. El Siloe Seventh Day Adventist Church, Lynn, MA. Boston Globe│USA, May 23

Upper Columbia student eyes World Vision in her future. Cheyanne Welch, a senior at Upper Columbia Academy in Spangle, WA. The Spokeman-Review│USA, May 23

Dixfield, Woodstock residents graduate from diet, exercise program. Dixfield and Woodstock Seventh-day Adventist churches, ME. Sun JournalUSA, May 22

Spring Hill Seventh-day Adventist Church celebrates 25-plus years of blessings. FL. Tampa Bay Times│USA, May 21

Senator Floyd Morris: Hope and 

courage in a world of darkness
Floyd Morris: The blind wonder is a leader of men. "Floyd Morris made history in Jamaica’s Parliament last week when he became the first visually impaired person appointed president of the Jamaican Senate, Parliament’s upper house. The 44 year-old Seventh-day Adventist Church member is well-known in the Caribbean island nation for his advocacy on behalf of the disabled community ..." Jamaica Observer│Jamaica, May 21

• Senator Floyd Morris 21st century man. Jamaica Gleaner│Jamaica, May 21

How Senate President Floyd Morris overcame the horrible sentence of blindness. Jamaica Observer│Jamaica, May 20

Blind Senator Floyd Morris Is New Senate President. The Gleaner│Jamaica, May 17

The Pathfinders hold anti-bullying and gun control parade. Flatbush SDA Church, Brooklyn, NY. News12│USA, May 20

Dr. Jay Sloop in Kiev, Ukraine, days before his disappearance 

• In Ukraine, Adventist health worker from U.S. still missing│ANN

• Cameras show missing doctor entering Ukraine park, not leaving. "... a representative from Adventist Risk Management has been coordinating the search and that military police and Marines from the U.S. Embassy in Kiev have donated their time." Yakima Herald│Ukraine - USA, May 17

After five days of searching, American doctor still missing in Kyiv (updated) (Kyiv, Ukraine) KyivPostUkraine -USA, May 17

Coordinated search continues for missing Yakima doctor in Kiev. KVEWUkraine-USA, May 17

Search Narrowed Down for Missing Yakima Man. KAPP TV│Ukraine-USA, May 16

Urgent: UCC Health Ministries Director Missing. Gleaner Online│Ukraine-USA, May 14

• Yakima man, director of health ministries program, disappears in Kiev. "Upper Columbia Conference Health Ministries Director Dr. Jay Sloop disappeared today while walking in Kiev, Ukraine." (Spokane, WA) The Spokesman Review│USA - Ukraine, May 14

Yakima man goes missing in Ukraine. KIMA TV│Ukraine-USA, May 14

Hernik Booked For Attempted Murder, Arson, Vandalism of Home and Hayfork Church. (Hayfork SDA Church, CA) KHSLTV│USA, May 17

Deputies capture man inside church. Hayfork SDA Church, CA. Redding│USA, May 17

Morganton Seventh Day Adventist to celebrate rich history. NC. The News Herald│USA, May 17

Catholics Split On Proposed Gay Boy Scouts Change. "Pathfinders. Dating to the 1920s, this organization of the Seventh-day Adventist Church includes more than 2,000 clubs of girls and boys in grades 5-10 in North America. About 60 percent of the members are girls and 40 percent are boys. They do not have to be members of a Seventh-day Adventist congregation." Huffington Post│USA, May 16

Thompson Education Foundation awards five creativity grants to Thompson School District teachers for 2013-14 school year. "Jessica Bobbs, Loveland/ Berthoud Enrichment Access Program, LEAP, at the Loveland Seventh Day Adventist Church, LEGO Story Starter, students will use LEGOS to help create and communicate stories." Loveland, CO. Reporter Herald│USA, May 16

A brief history of the Bermuda Institute. "The year 2013 marks the 70th year of continuous Seventh-day Adventist education in Bermuda ..." Southampton SDA Church. The Royal Gazette│Bermuda, May 16

• 17 Million Adventists Still Praying for the End of the World. Christian Post│USA, May 14

Boy Scouts' Membership Change May Grow Christian Youth Clubs. Alternative organizations saw rising interest amid debate. Christianity Today│USA, May 14

• Church-based scouting alternatives attract interest. Pathfinders of SDA Church. RNS, Religion News ServiceUSA, May 13

• Adventists pretty sad about their 150th anniversary. USAToday│USA, May 13

• Thriving Denomination Somewhat Sad and Embarrassed To Celebrate 150 Years. (Updated) Seventh-day Adventists, now 17 million strong, 'inventive and prosperous' while still waiting for Second Coming. Christianity Today│USA, May 12


• As they turn 150, Adventists still praying for the Apocalypse. The Washington PostRNS • Religion News Service│USA, May 10

Seventh-day Adventist facility in Redlands opens this weekend. (Redlands SDA Church, CA) Redlands Daily Star│USA, May 10

New Seventh-day Adventist church built to be historical. (Redlands SDA Church, CA) Redlands Daily Facts│USA, May 8

Overnight House Fire in Dillingham. The Downs family is safe and sound after a fire broke out at the Seventh Day Adventist teacherage overnight Thursday. (Dillingham, AK) KDLG│USA, May 10

Obsessed with the End. "...That hasn’t stopped people from speculating, however, from the Seventh-day Adventists who this month celebrate the 150th anniversary of a church that didn’t expect to be around for a decade to Harold Camping ..." ABP│USA, May 10

About 1,700 Kids and Grown-Ups Celebrate 28th Annual Children’s Day at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital. SFGateUSA, May 10

Chattanoogan: Lily Mitchell – Not Everything Is Black Or White. (Chattanooga, TN) The ChattanooganUSA, May 10

• SDA to construct 40 new churches in Ghana’s rural areas. Southern Ghana Conference of SDA Church. Ghana Business NewsGhana, May 10

• SDA spread its tentacles. Ghana News Agency│Ghana, May 9

• CELEBRATION SHOUT OUT. Goabaone Benson Lenong│SDA Gaborone, Botswana. The Voice│Botswana, May 10

Tractor teens set up shop in Crieff. "The teenagers, who are all members of the Seven-Day Adventist church in Crieff, want to buy a second-hand tractor for a care home in the village of Chesau in Transylvania, Romania." Perthshire Advertiser│UK, May 10

2nd Annual SDACCC Golf Tournament May 19 "... at Palmetto Pine Country Club in Cape Coral to benefit the new Adventist Community Services center, a caring center of the local Seventh-day Adventist Church of Cape Coral, FL." Cape Coral Daily Breeze│USA, May 10

Inter-faith prayers for clean polls set. (The Negros Occidental Conference of SDA Church Negros Island, Philippines) Visayan Daily Star│Philippines, May 10

Concert set for school benefit. Jim Moon will be giving a benefit concert for Sunshine Christian School on Sunday, May 19th, at 6:30 p.m. at Leon Memorial Hall on the campus of Adams State University. (The Adventure SDA Church in Greeley, CO) Valley Courier│USA, May 10

Apocalypticism: experiment finds believers forego economic incentives in their end times beliefs. Religioscope│USA, May 9

Clarington food banks hope to raise awareness and donations over Hunger Awareness Week. (SDA Church Bowmanville, Canada). Durham Region│Canada, May 9

Do Baptists Believe in Soul Sleep? "... Protestants have never seen eye to eye on the issue of soul sleep. All Adventist denominations, such as the Seventh-day Adventists and Church of God, teach soul sleep. So do the Jehovah's Witnesses, a conservative sect that broke from more mainstream Seventh-day Adventists ..." Opposing Views│USA, May 9

Hackensack UMC Donates Automatic External Defibrillator to Local Church (First SDA Church of Teaneck, New Jersey) The Paramus Post│USA, May 9

Faith-based camps offer fun with a little something extra. "... oldest camps in Florida are 60-year-old Seventh Day Adventist Camp Kulaqua in Alachua County ..." (Camp Kulaqua, Florida Conference) The Tampa Tribune│USA, May 9

Finally! How to live to be 100. Ynaija│Nigeria, May 9

Fighting the black dog. (The Depression Recovery Program│Glen Innes SDA Church) Glen Innes Examiner│Australia, May 9

Attracting musical gold to Nevada County. Sierra Master Chorale’s spring concerts May 16 and 19. (Seventh-day Adventist Church, Grass Valley, CA) The Union│USA

Blessings hand hospital workers spiritual support. The Blessing of the Hands is an annual ritual at all the Adventist Midwest Health system hospitals, which are affiliated with the Christian Seventh-day Adventist Church. (Chicago, IL) Chicago Tribune│USA, May 9

• SDA's fun run raises nearly $6K. (Saipan SDA School) Saipan Tribune│Saipan, May 9

• Heo tops SDA 4th Annual 5K Hope Run. (Saipan SDA School) Saipan Tribune│Saipan, May 8

Oakwood University president, Dr. Leslie Pollard, right, and Kisha Norris, Oakwood's development director, helped champion the Home Depot Retool Your School competition among Oakwood's students, alumni, and world supporters. The university has won $50,000, the top prize, in the Home Depot promotion, an award announced Friday, May 3, 2013. (Courtesy of Tim Allston)

Oakwood University tops U.S. HBCUs to win $50,000 in Home Depot 'Retool Your School' drive. (Oakwood University, Hunstville, AL)│USA, May 8

OU to graduate 343 on May 11th; "Golden Class" of 1963 to launch "new tradition"! (Oakwood University, Hunstville, AL)│USA, May 8

Knoxville Vegan Supper Club hosts event May 19. (Knoxville First SDA Church, TN)│USA, May 8

Adventists honour mayor, council. (Mayor Wayne Baldwin and wife, Jane, as well as Coun. Bill Lawrence│White Rock’s SDA Church) Peace Arch News│Canada, May 8

Church celebrates 25 years in community. The Southern Asian Seventh-day Adventist Church, Silver Spring, Maryland. Gazette│USA, May 8

Expats — get to know Bermudians. Advice from church pastor as he prepares to leave the island. (Pastor Stefan Burton-Schnull │Pembroke SDA Church) Bermudas Sun│Bermudas, May 8

Schools work to assist students struggling with tuition fees. The Royal Gazette│Bermudas, May 8

CLERGY DISOWN MAN FACING CRIMINAL CHARGES "... Pastors from Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) church have refuted claims that Christopher Kibet is a their pastor ... Kibet is not and has never been a pastor with SDA church. That is why his connection to the church came as a shock ..." Standard Digital│Kenya, May 10

Pastor charged with fraud, robbery with violence. "... Christopher Kibet Ngelechei, a pastor with the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Church, was accused of robbery with violence and defrauding a bank ..." Standard Digital│Kenya, May 8

• Mystery man pops up in Forster. (‘Ancient Mysteries Revealed,’ Forster SDA, New South Wales) Great Lakes Advocate│Australia, May 7

 Moody's affirms Loma Linda University's (CA) A3 rating on Series 2007 bonds; outlook revised to stable from negative. University has $34 million of rated debt. Moodys Investors Service│USA, May 7

Alabaster looking at settlement with Seventh-day Adventists in lawsuit on solicitations. "The Alabaster City Council on Monday night gave authorization to Mayor Marty Handlon to pursue a settlement with the South Central Conference of Seventh-day Adventists over a lawsuit the church filed concerning solicitations ... The Seventh-day Adventists challenged the constitutionality of two Alabaster ordinances that require the group and other religious organizations to pay fees and register before seeking door-to-door solicitations."│USA, May 7

• Seventh-day Adventists get it right when it comes to diet, exercise. (Lodi, CA) Lodinews│USA, May 7

• People who eat less meat tend to live longer. Insight News│USA, May 7

SDA inaugurates Adventist Health Association. Ghana Business NewsGhana, May 7

Seventh Day Adventist Church advocates preventive health. Ghana BusinessGhana, May 7

 Health Emphasis Week-end by Uchee Pines Health Institute of Seale, Ala.  Hernando Mission SDA Church, 6032 Barclay Ave.│7 p.m. May 17, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 18 and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 19. (Hernando County, FL) Tampa Bay TimesUSA, May 7

Babcock did not hike tuition (Babcock University) Punch│Nigeria, May 6

Adventist Man from Ohio offering to bury Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Says that it's the "right thing to do". The would-be donor is a Seventh Day Adventist Christian, who believes in a strict interpretation of the Bible, particularly Jesus’ call to love your enemies. He said that he hopes that good would come out of his act ... WWLP│USA, May 6

As they turn 150, Adventists still pray for the apocalypse. Baptist Standard • The Washington Post • Richard Dawkins • Dailyme • Religion News Service│USA, May 6

Wal-Mart releases complete list of grant winners. (Dover First SDA Church, DE) Portsmouth Daily TimesUSA, May 6

Advocates of Hunger Relief Cast More Than 443,000 Votes and Direct $3 Million in Grants for Food Banks and Partner Agencies Nationwide. (Dover First SDA Church, DE) Wall Street JournalUSA, May 6

• A New Alderman, Chapter For Rock Island’s 1st Ward (Ivory Clark, Principal of Quad City SDA Junior Academy in Davenport, IL) WQAD│USA, May 6

• Adventist Health Pays $14.1M To Settle FCA Kickback Claims. "Nonprofit hospital owner Adventist Health System/West and an affiliate on Friday agreed to pay $14.1 million to settle whistleblower allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by paying kickbacks to doctors for patient referrals ..." Law360│USA, May 6

Motorcycle Ministry group will be in Galena May 11. (Galena SDA Church, KS) Sek VoiceUSA, May 5

Union College graduates from seven countries, 33 states. (Union College, Lincoln, NE) Journal Star│USA, May 5

Couple Celebrate 60 Years Of Wedded Bliss. Diamond duo reach marriage milestone (Nellie and Sylbourne Douglas • Wolverhampton) The Voice│UK, May 5

Billboard angers local Catholics. (West Palm Beach, FL) Fox29│USA, May 5

Island’s bilingual families the target audience for ‘Case Closed: Together Forever’ marriage seminars. (Warwick SDA Church) Gazette Online│Jamaica, May 5

• Oakwood University wins $50,000 Home Depot grant. (Oakwood University, Huntsville, AL)│USA, May 4

Natalie Weaver slices her famous vegan banana bread. Arthur Weaver, always a big fan of Natalie's cooking, will swipe a piece when he gets a chance.

Doctor, nurse practice what they preach about diet, exercise. (Dr. Arthur and Natalie Weaver • Through Better Life Seminars. Metropolitan SDA Church, in Plymouth, MI) Observer & Eccentric│USA, May 4

• White Memorial Medical Center in L.A. settles kickback allegations. White Memorial Medical Center in L.A. will pay $14.1 million to settle allegations that it paid illegal kickbacks to physicians to get their patient referrals. Los Angeles TimesUSA, May 4

On the right path (Ainsley Esmie • Bottom Road Seventh-day Adventist Church in Montego Bay, St James) Jamaica Star│Jamaica, May 4

Andrews to publish new Bible study. (Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan) South Bend Tribune│USA, May 4

Woman sues church over alleged sex abuse. Lawsuit claims Seventh-day Adventists and schools did nothing to protect child from father. Vancouver SunCanada, May 4

Aldergrove 'Extreme Home Makeover' swings into action. (AOK outreach team and Aldergrove SDA Church) Aldergrove Star│Canada, May 3

• Innocent Victims and Avatars of Hate. AllAfrica│Uganda, May 3

Women in prison get messages of hope from Churchpond Ministries. (Atlanta Berean SDA Church, GA) AJC│USA, May 3

California man charged with sexual assault of Oshawa student. (Kingsway College, Oshawa, Ontario) Global News│Canada, May 3

Woman claims Seventh Day Adventists failed to protect her from sex abuse. Vancouver SunCanada, May 3
Trading stockings for hairnets. (Central Jamaica Conference of SDA) Jamaica Observer│Jamaica, May 2

Sledge swing kicks off makeover. The 10th Extreme Home Repair begins Friday with the public invited to attend. (AOK outreach team and Aldergrove SDA Church) Langley Advance│Canada, May 2

Don L. Major adds two books to the literary world. The Bahamas Weekly│Bahamas, May 2

Friends of slain Stamford man organize talent show in his honor. (Schilo SDA Church, CT) The Stamford Times│USA, May 1

Walla Walla University's third annual 'Peacemaking Weekend' starts Friday. (Walla Walla University, WA) Union Bulletin│USA, May 2

National Day of Prayer ceremonies take center stage. (Adventist GlenOaks Hospital • Glen Ellyn SDA Church, IL) Daily Herald│USA, May 2

Who Is Afraid of Justice for Child Sex Abuse Victims, and Who Is Fighting for It? Some Recent Developments. Verdict│USA, May 2

Former Arlington church school teacher charged with sex with student, 13 (Burton Adventist Academy│Arlington SDA Church, Dallas, TX) Dallas Morning News│USA, May 1

PGA legend Miller to be on hand for St. Helena Hospital golf tournament. (St. Helena Hospital Napa Valley is part of Adventist Health, CA) St. Helena Star│USA, May 1

Children help raise thousands in charity music concert at Stanborough Park SDA Church. (Garston, UK) Watford Observer│UK, May 1

Remants of Waco Siege: Mount Carmel on the 20th. anniversary of the Branch Davidian disaster. Vice│USA, May 1

Lincoln City Seventh-day Adventist students go on safari. (Lincoln City SDA School, OR). Newport News Times│USA, May 1

Former Premier Parry pays tribute to Nurse Chapman. (Anita Chapman Matthew, SDA Church community in Toronto, Canada) SKNVibes│St. Kitts, May 1

SDA farewells Hastings Street church complex. (Wauchope SDA Church, North South Wales) Wauchope Gazette│Australia, May 1

• Compilation & research: Taato│Ojo Adventista


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