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Fearfully and Wonderfully Made  

“All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small; All things wise and wonderful, the Lord God made them all.”   We’ve all sung the words of Cecil Frances Humphreys Alexander’s hymn, written in 1848 in Ireland. It reminds us that this world and its inhabitants didn’t evolve by some natural phenomenon or explosion, but that God, in His wisdom, carefully, lovingly and thoughtfully created us all. Humans have identified some 800,000 species so far, and more are discovered every day on God’s vast Earth. In forming His creation, God thought of everything. Think of the giraffes, whose long necks help them reach tall trees; how the elephant’s trunk can reach for cool water to shower its back; how the anenome protect those who feed them; and how the kangaroo has a built-in pouch to carry her young. God also gave each one a purpose, a function, a role. The scavengers clean the Earth; the dogs, cats and horses bring us joy and companionship; and the birds awake early in the morning to sing praises to their Creator, as if to remind us to praise too. The Psalmist says, “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well” (Ps. 139:14, NKJV).   In this year’s calendar, we celebrate some of God’s creation, great and small, because it reminds us of His marvelous works, His loving kindness, His thoughtfulness and that He alone is worthy to be praised. Courage, Rob Vandeman, Dave Weigley, Seth Bardu Your Columbia Union Officer Team


January

How priceless is your unfailing love! Ps. 36:7, NIV Sunday

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February

Be devoted one to another. Rom. 12:10, NIV Sunday

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March

When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I’ll listen. Jer. 29:12, MSG Sunday

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April

Call upon me in the day of trouble and I will deliver you. Ps. 50:15, NKJV Sunday

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Potomac Hispanic Pathfinder Camporee, Apr. 26-28 Takoma and Mount Vernon Academies Alumni Weekend, Apr. 26-28

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July

It is better—much better—to have wisdom and knowledge than gold and silver. Proverbs 16:16, GNT Sunday

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October

Sing to the Lord, praise His name; proclaim His salvation day after day. Ps. 96:2, NIV Sunday

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Key:

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Columbia Union Headquarters Conference, College, University and Healthcare Headquarters

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9 Academies 6 Adventist Book Centers 8 Campsites and Retreat Centers 13 Hospitals

Allegheny East Conference Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, the District of Columbia and eastern West Virginia Allegheny West Conference Ohio, West Virginia, western Pennsylvania and Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley area Chesapeake Conference Delaware, Maryland and the eastern edges of Virginia and West Virginia Mountain View Conference West Virginia and the northwestern Maryland panhandle

New Jersey Conference New Jersey Ohio Conference Ohio Pennsylvania Conference Pennsylvania Potomac Conference Virginia, Washington, D.C. and a portion of southern Maryland


Columbia Union Directory of Organizations 1. COLUMBIA UNION CONFERENCE 5427 Twin Knolls Road Columbia, MD 21045 Tel: (410) 997-3414 or (301) 596-0800 Fax: (410) 997-7420 Website: columbiaunionadventists.org Twitter: twitter.com/visitornews Facebook: facebook.com/columbiaunionvisitor Email News: columbiaunion.org/emailnews President: Dave Weigley Exec. Secretary: Rob Vandeman Treasurer: Seth Bardu Education/VP: Hamlet Canosa General Counsel/VP: Walter Carson Ministries Development/VP: Frank Bondurant Communication: Celeste Ryan Blyden Multilingual Ministries: Rubén Ramos Information Technology: Harold Greene Plant Services: Curtis Boore Revolving Fund: Peggy Lee Undertreasurer: Carol Wright Trust Services/PARL: Walter Carson

CONFERENCES 2. ALLEGHENY EAST CONFERENCE President: Henry Fordham III Communication: Robert L. Booker Pine Forge Road Pine Forge, PA 19548 Mailing: P.O. Box 266 Pine Forge, PA 19548 Toll-free: (800) 830-0224 Tel: (610) 326-4610 Fax: (610) 326-3946 Website: visitaec.com 3. ALLEGHENY WEST CONFERENCE President: William T. Cox Communication: Bryant Taylor 1339 East Broad Street Columbus, OH 43205-1503 Tel: (614) 252-5271 Fax: (614) 252-3246 Website: awconf.org

4. CHESAPEAKE CONFERENCE President: Rick Remmers Communication: Samantha Young 6600 Martin Road Columbia, MD 21044 Tel: (410) 995-1910; (301) 596-5600 Fax: (410) 995-1434 Website: ccosda.org 5. MOUNTAIN VIEW CONFERENCE President: Larry Boggess Communication: Monica Zill 1400 Liberty Street Parkersburg, WV 26101 Tel: (304) 422-4581 Fax: (304) 422-4582 Website: mtviewconf.org 6. NEW JERSEY CONFERENCE President: José H. Cortés Communication: Paulo Macena 2303 Brunswick Avenue Lawrenceville, NJ 08648 Tel: (609) 392-7131 Fax: (609) 396-9273 Website: newjerseyconference.org 7. OHIO CONFERENCE President and Communication: Raj Attiken 2 Fairgrounds Road Mount Vernon, OH 43050 Mailing: P.O. Box 1230 Mount Vernon, OH 43050 Tel: (740) 397-4665 Fax: (740) 397-1648 Email: information@ohioadventist.org Website: ohioadventist.org 8. PENNSYLVANIA CONFERENCE President: Ray Hartwell Communication: Tamyra Horst 720 Museum Road Reading, PA 19611 Tel: (610) 374-8331 Fax: (610) 374-9331 Website: paconference.org

9. POTOMAC CONFERENCE President: William Miller Communication: Dan Jensen 606 Greenville Avenue Staunton, VA 24401 Toll-free: (800) 732-1844 Tel: (540) 886-0771 Fax: (540) 886-5734 Email: info@pcsda.org Website: pcsda.org

COLLEGE

HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS

CHURCH LOCATOR

10. ADVENTIST HEALTHCARE President and CEO: William G. “Bill” Robertson Marketing and Communication: Tom Grant 1801 Research Boulevard, Suite 400 Rockville, MD 20850 Tel: (301) 315-3030 Website: adventisthealthcare.com

columbiaunion.org/findachurch

11. KETTERING ADVENTIST HEALTHCARE President and CEO: Fred Manchur Marketing and Communication: Christina Keresoma 3965 Southern Boulevard Kettering, OH 45429 Tel: (937) 395-8366 Website: khnetwork.org

UNIVERSITY 12. WASHINGTON ADVENTIST UNIVERSITY President: Weymouth Spence Communication: Grace Virtue 7600 Flower Avenue Takoma Park, MD 20912 Toll-free: (800) 835-4212 Tel: (301) 891-4000 Website: wau.edu

13. KETTERING COLLEGE President: Charles Scriven Public Relations Officer: Mindy Claggett 3737 Southern Boulevard Kettering, OH 45429 Toll-free: (800) 433-5262 Tel: (937) 395-8601 Email: information@kc.edu Website: kc.edu

SCHOOL LOCATOR columbiaunion.org/findaschool

OTHER ORGANIZATIONS COLUMBIA UNION REVOLVING FUND

Toll-free: (866) 721-CURF (2873) Tel: (410) 715-0328 Fax: (443) 259-9627 Email: CURF@columbiaunion.net ADVENTIST BOOK CENTERS

Toll-free: (800) 765-6955 Website: adventistbookcenter.com ADVENTSOURCE/PLUSLINE

Church Resources Toll-free: (800) 328-0525 Tel: (402) 486-8800 Website: adventsource.org

Sunset times listed in this calendar are for Baltimore. For a complete sunset calendar of locations within the Columbia Union Conference, please refer to the Bulletin Board section of each issue of the Visitor.


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Columbia Union Visitor--December 2012