Weekly News & Updates | February 8, 2024

Hundreds of Prayers Ascend for Haiti

Hundreds of prayers ascended on behalf of Haiti and the Haitian people last weekend during the Grand Weekend of Prayer, February 2-4. Individuals, households, and churches joined the live-streamed event on Zoom, the Haitian Ministries YouTube channel, and Facebook. Jose Joseph, Atlantic Union Conference Haitian and African ministries director and North American Division Haitian Caucus director, hosted the program to intercede on behalf of Haitians living in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and across the globe.

Haiti is facing a severe humanitarian crisis with political turmoil, gang violence, and natural disasters. Organizers emphasized the need to join together to pray for peace and the nation's well-being. "If we would pray more, greater things would happen," said Minervino Labrador, Jr., North American Division vice president for Multilingual Ministries, welcoming the viewers. In addition to prayer, each evening featured inspiring music from various artists, followed by soul-stirring sermons. Presenters for the weekend included Lucens Joseph, Southeastern Conference pastor; Luders Julsain, a pastor serving the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Quebec; and Pierre E. Omeler, Atlantic Union Conference president.

Debra Banks Cuadro, communication director and Gleaner editor, Atlantic Union

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Massachusetts Church Receives Grant for ESL Classes

The Canaan church in West Yarmouth, Massachusetts, was featured in the Cape Cod Times for being one of five organizations awarded a $5,000 grant from the Women and Girls Fund of the Cape Cod Foundation. The Cape Cod Foundation awarded grants to organizations that "prioritize breaking the cycle of poverty by increasing economic opportunity and self-sufficiency for women through training and educational opportunities," said Kristin O'Malley, CEO and president, in a press release.

The church recently began its second term of ESL and civics classes. Last term saw 56 students in the classes. Canaan church holds the twice-weekly classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Times reported that "much of the funding went to hiring trained ESL instructors and to purchase educational supplies."

Source: Cape Cod Times

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Legacies of Liberty

Black History Month provides a special space for contemplation, a moment to reflect on God’s providence and the rich history of African Americans in the United States and in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. This historical odyssey, from the crucible of slavery to the zenith of the civil rights movement and beyond, testifies to the transformative power of faith and resilience. Three critical facets emerge, forming the bedrock of the march to freedom, for which we are eternally indebted.

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Atlantic Union Conference Events & Announcements

Mark your calendars for the Festival of the Laity and SEEDS Convention, March 28-30, 2025, in Stamford, Connecticut. Keynote speaker for the event is John Bradshaw, speaker/director for It Is Written.

Inviting all pastors, church leaders, teams, and parents to join the Wellness and Disabilities Mini Workshop on February 11 hosted by the Atlantic Union and Greater New York conferences. Spanish and French translation available. Click HERE for more information.

Atlantic Union Conference Hispanic and Portuguese ministries department is hosting the Hispanic Leaders Convention in Stamford, Connecticut, April 19-21. Click HERE for more information and to register. Registration deadline: April 1

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Join Atlantic Union Social Media Campaign

Be a social media digital disciple! Flood all social media platforms with the gospel message during February, March, and April. Share testimonies, Bible studies, prayers, invitations to church events, and more with your friends, followers, and contacts. Click HERE, or scan the QR code, to register to be part of this amazing campaign. Want training on how to be a digital disciple? Click HERE to receive training and certification from the North American Division. Start sharing why you believe in God!

Upcoming Events

Do you have an alumni weekend, church event, or special event happening at a church, school, or other entity within the Atlantic Union? Click HERE to let us know!

February 26; 8 a.m.

Pine Tree Academy Open House welcomes anyone looking for an excellent Christian education. Call for a tour or visit during the open house from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call (207) 865-4747 for more information and to register.

March 9; 6 p.m.

Edward D. Herndon Legacy Foundation "Festival of Praise" 12th Annual Scholarship Benefit Concert at the Mount Vernon Seventh-day Adventist Church, 230 S. Columbus Ave., Mount Vernon, NY. For more information, contact L. Wells (732) 979-7160 or L. Watkins (914) 374-1897.

March 10-11; 6 p.m.

Union Springs Academy Day and STEAM Fair for students in grades 7-11. Aviation is this year's theme. Tour classes, meet teachers and staff, win scholarships and prizes, hear inspiring worship talks, check out dorm life, and more! Call (315) 889-7314 for more information and to register.

March 31

We've Got Evidence, an ABC Television Easter Special featuring Carlton P. Byrd, Southwest Region Conference president, with special musical guests Grammy-award winning artist Tamela Mann and the Southwestern Adventist University singers and orchestra. Check with your local television listings for specific times.

April 4-6

Northern New England Conference Music Clinic on the theme "The Good Fight." Registration for all participants ends March 1. Click HERE for more information and to register. Contact Barbara Chase with questions or concerns at bchase@nnec.org or (207) 797-3760.

April 19-20

ASI Atlantic Union Spring Conference in Hartford, Connecticut, with guest speaker Eric Walsh, M.D. Click HERE for more information.

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About Atlantic Union Conference

Founded in 1901, the Atlantic Union Conference is the headquarters for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the northeast United States and the islands of Bermuda. It serves six conferences, more than 132,839 members in 613 churches and 94 groups, 44 schools, and numerous community-based ministries.

The Atlantic Union Gleaner FYI is a news and information bulletin produced by the Communication department of the Atlantic Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. You are free to reprint any portion of the bulletin without the need for special permission. However, we kindly request that you identify Atlantic Union GleanerFYI whenever you publish these materials.

Debra Banks Cuadro, communication director/editor

Email: communication@atlanticunion.org 

Website: www.atlanticuniongleaner.org

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