News and information from around the Ohio Conference
New Video Message from Elder Bob Cundiff,
Ohio Conference President
When will Bob Cundiff, Ohio Conference president move to Ohio? When can we return to our church buildings? What do we need to do to be ready? What is happening with summer camps?

This fourth installment of our new weekly video series featuring Elder Bob Cundiff answers these questions and more.

Coronavirus and the 21 st -Century Classroom
Ohio schools have been closed since March 17 to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. As they transitioned to online learning, education experts have cautioned that student experiences will look very different across the state, depending on the resources available to their public school districts and families.

But what about Ohio Conference schools? How are our schools navigating the transition? Particularly in an environment where, according to a survey conducted by Common Sense Media, teens and tweens spend upwards of eight hours a day behind a screen - which does not include their schoolwork.

Even pre-coronavirus, technology has become an integral part of classroom learning. Students of all ages have access to digital media and devices at school. They must learn early on to critically evaluate online information. Digital production, presentation and creative tools are the norm as much as any traditional textbooks. Last year, Common Sense Media explored how K–12 educators adapted to these changes. What is included in today's modern 21st-century classroom?

Many teachers shared that video was king in the classroom. Understanding the value of video streaming and sharing platforms, one Spring Valley Academy teacher turned to YouTube to create videos for his Chemistry, Physics and Forensic Science classes. Dillan Zimmerman develops videos for his juniors and seniors to remain engaged in learning during their continuing virtual and online course study. Labs, normally demonstrated in-person, are taught via clever and informative YouTube videos produced by Zimmerman. From a physics lab on "How to Make a Circuit" to a Loony Toons forensic lesson entitled "Bugs Bunny and Porky Pig Hunting Accident," students keep up with their coursework, which in turn enables them to successfully complete their grade-level requirements.

Zimmerman is not the only Ohio Conference educator to go "above and beyond" during this pandemic to remain engaged with their students. Teachers from across the state are thinking outside the box, finding clever and significant ways to stay connected with students and parents alike. The already long, traditional school day has become even longer for most. And our team does so without complaint, showing the love of Christ with their students, of whom they miss dearly. Early on after school buildings were initially closed, Spring Valley Academy leadership and teachers personally visited the families of each student, taking them a loaf of fresh baked bread.

"This really emphasizes why our schools exist," said Richard Bianco, Ohio Conference Superintendent of Education. "It's not just about the academics; academics can be done anywhere...Schools are more than sitting in front of a computer right now. Our teachers are doing their best to ensure students are remaining engaged in a meaningful way. Not only academically, but socially and spiritually as well."

Much like Ohio Conference churches, ministry does not stop in our schools.

Make a difference in the lives of young people. Please continue to support Adventist Education in Ohio.
Heroes VBS Home Edition Coming in July
Heroes Home Edition – Coming July 6-10
The North American Division Children’s Ministries Department and Advent Source   have partnered with the Texas and Oregon Conferences to deliver Heroes   Home Edition,   an exciting Vacation Bible School that families can enjoy in the safety of their own homes. This program is all about kid heroes from the Bible.
 
On  July 6-10, 2020  the North American Division will host a division-wide live VBS using Heroes   Home Edition. Each day’s program will include all the songs, skits, Bible stories, and activities that kids look forward to at VBS.
 
Heroes   Home Edition   will be available online or as a free download at  HeroesHomeEdition.org on  July 6, 2020 . It will   include a practical guide for using technology and hands-on learning to experience Heroes VBS at home!

Sign up to receive updates: https://bit.ly/HeroesHomeEdition.
40-Day Dash Begins Soon - Register Today
The 40-Day Dash is happening soon! Have you signed up yet? The Dash is only 12 days away.


Register today! Click link to sign up:  http://www.ohioadventist.org/40DD
2021 "Year of the Bible" Devotional Project
What is your favorite Bible verse? How has it impacted your life?

In preparation for the Columbia Union Conference 2021 “Year of the Bible,” leaders, pastors, students and members are invited to write and submit short devotionals about one of their favorite Bible verses and what it means to their lives. Reflect on God’s work in your life and His message of hope. Reveal how He has blessed you, changed you and how you have grown spiritually in your walk with Him. Share thoughts and insights about God, express your gratefulness to Him and admit your need of Him.

Submissions are due by May 31.

Learn how to submit your verse and devotional here: http://columbiaunionvisitor.com/yearofthebible
Allegheny West Conference Virtual Camp Meeting Begins Tonight
Our sister conference here in Ohio, the Allegheny West Conference, will host the conference’s first virtual online camp meeting beginning this evening. The event runs May 14-23, 2020.

The meeting will be streamed throughout North America on all major social media platforms. Individuals can register online, view broadcast schedules, submit prophecy questions, and prayer requests.

Ohio Conference President to Speak Live on Sabbath
Elder Bob Cundiff will share the sermon on Sabbath, May 16 for the Chillicothe and Portsmouth church worship services.  

Live-streams begin at 11:00 AM. Watch at  www.chillicotheadventist.org ,   www.portsmouthadventist.org  or Facebook .
Photo of the Week

Here is a sample of the hundreds of masks made and distributed to area hospital and nursing home workers. Westlake is located west of Cleveland, Ohio.

"I am so proud of those several ladies of the Westlake Seventh-day Adventist Church who took time during this pandemic to make masks for hospital and nursing home workers," shared Dr. Marius Marton, Westlake pastor. "Several hundred of those masks were distributed. God bless you ladies for you thoughtful and generous work, and God bless those who wear them as they serve others."
Verse of the Week
Inspirational Quote of the Week
Read the Current Issue of Mission Ohio in the Columbia Union Visitor
Highlights of this issue include new Ohio Conference president, Bob Cundiff and his wife Tanique; Ohio Conference students excel in the third annual Geography Challenge and Art Auction.

Read these articles and more in the current issue of Mission Ohio in Visitor magazine.
Heidi A. Shoemaker, Communication Director
Ohio Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
1251 E Dorothy Ln, Dayton, OH 45419