Weekly News & Updates | September 22, 2022
Meriden Church Shares Christ During Community Health Fair
Meriden Pathfinders pose with signs they used to inform the community of God's love during the church's community health fair on the Meriden Green. [Photo: Crystal Elescano, Record Journal. Used with permission.]
The Meriden church in Meriden, Connecticut, hosted a community health fair on September 3 that benefitted their community and provided an opportunity to tell others about the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Volunteers distributed more than 75 bags of food and provided attendees with health education and prevention resources. myrecordjournal.com highlighted the event in a news story.

Source: myrecordjournal.com
Local News Highlights South Lancaster Academy 140th Anniversary
Academy Hall, now known as Founders Hall, was built for South Lancaster Academy in 1900. [Photo: John Schumacher-Hardy collection]
The Worcester Telegram & Gazette featured South Lancaster Academy (SLA) in a recent story as they prepare to celebrate the school's 140th anniversary. Originally called "that New England school," SLA graduated its first class consisting of four young ladies in May 1888. Next month, SLA will celebrate an in-person alumni weekend, October 7-9.

Source: Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Among Religious Groups, Views Differ on Taking in Refugees
According to a Pew Research survey conducted last month, 72 percent of Americans say taking in civilian refugees from countries where people are trying to escape violence and war should be a very or somewhat important goal for immigration policy in the United States. Only 28 percent of those surveyed indicated that this should be a very important policy. Researchers found that opinions on this question vary by political party, ethnicity, and religious groups and subgroups. The report noted that among Protestants, "Hispanic evangelicals, Black Protestants, and White non-evangelical" Christians were more likely than White evangelical Protestants to say accepting refugees should be very important. Among Catholics, Hispanic Americans "are nearly twice as likely" to say that this should be an important policy goal.

Source: Pew Research Center
2022 Compassion Rally: Lancaster, MA
The 2022 Atlantic Union Compassion Rally on October 8 will impact the union's home baseLancaster, Massachusetts. Share the above promo video with someone and register to participate in compassionate service with hundreds of other volunteers.
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!

September 23-25
Union Springs Academy 58th Alumni Homecoming Weekend. Click HERE for weekend highlights. For more information, visit unionspringsacademy.org.

September 30-October 1
Pine Tree Academy Alumni Weekend honoring classes '77, '82, '87, '92, '97, '02, '07, '12, '17, and '22. Guest speaker: Gary Blanchard. Sabbath worship and lunch: PTA Gymnasium.

October 7-9
Cancel My Subscription Northeastern Conference Adventist Youth Ministries Young Adult Retreat. Click HERE to register.

October 7-9
South Lancaster Academy Celebrates 140 Years on Alumni Weekend. For more information, visit www.mysla.org or contact Shauna Neidigh, development director, at development@mysla.org.

October 7-9
"I Will Go" 2022 Greater New York Conference Men's Prayer Convention at Camp Berkshire in Wingdale, New York. Deadline to register: September 22. Click HERE to register for the event. To reserve lodging, call (845) 832-6681, or email campberksire@gmail.com.

October 13-15
Society of Adventist Communicators (SAC) Convention in Columbia, Maryland, at the North American Division headquarters. Whether communication professional, freelancer, student, teacher, pastor, or local church communication volunteer, SAC 2022 will have something for you! Click HERE for more information and to register.

October 16; 12:00 p.m.
Leaves of Autumn: An Exquisite Gala to Remember is a black-tie affair presented by The Edward D. Herndon Legacy Foundation to benefit education scholarships and youth leadership development. The event is at the Greentree Country Club, 538 Davenport Ave., New Rochelle, NY. For more information, contact Mrs. J. Linton (347) 387-5489, or click HERE.
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