Weekly News & Updates | May 5, 2022
Two Atlantic Union Leaders Receive Lifetime Achievement Awards
For the first time in more than three years, the North American Division Family Ministries held an in-person Family Ministries Advisory Committee at their offices in Columbia, Maryland, April 18-19, 2022. In addition to reports and brainstorming sessions, two leaders from the Atlantic Union received Lifetime Achievement Awards for their work in Family Ministries—Dionisio Olivo and Samuel Peguero. NAD Family Ministries director Claudio Consuegra and associate director Pam Consuegra presented the awards that were delayed due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Dionisio Olivo is the vice president for Hispanic and Portuguese Ministries for the Atlantic Union Conference and serves as director for Family Ministries, Sabbath School, Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries, and Medical Cadet Corps. Samuel Peguero serves as the Greater New York Conference Family Ministries director. The Consuegras recognized Olivo's and Peguero's work serving in their posts while positively and faithfully impacting families. 

North American Division Family Ministries and Atlantic Union Communication
Photo caption: Claudio and Pamela Consuegra, North American Division Family Ministries directors, award Family Ministries directors Dionisio Olivo, top, Atlantic Union Conference, and Samuel Peguero, bottom, Greater New York Conference, with Lifetime Achievement Awards. [Photo: North American Division Family Ministries]
Hanson Place Breaks Ground on Affordable Housing Complex Site
Eric Adams, New York City mayor, speaks during the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Hanson Place Community Plaza. [Photo: Screenshot from Hanson Place Church of Seventh-day Adventists Facebook page]
New York City Mayor Eric Adams was the guest speaker at a special groundbreaking ceremony held at Hanson Place Seventh-day Adventist Church in Brooklyn on April 28. He and other city officials joined the development team of Hanson Place Church Support Corporation, MDG Design + Construction, City Community Capital, The Richman Group, and the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development to break ground on the new Hanson Place Community Plaza. Once completed, the 13-story building will feature 104 affordable housing units and 22,000 square feet of community space. Hanson Place church has been a part of the Fort Greene community for decades providing religious, educational, cultural, and welfare programs. The Hanson Place Community Plaza is expected to spur economic growth in the area and offer rental rates for very low- to moderate-income households.

Sources: Multi-Housing News and Hanson Place Church of Seventh-day Adventists Facebook page

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May 2022 Gleaner Available Online
Did you know that the act of forgiveness heals us? Many scientific studies have concluded that forgiveness may have a powerful effect on our mental and physical well-being. Learn about this and discover five steps to help you forgive in the May 2022 Gleaner. In this issue, you will also receive a glimpse of the Standards-Based Learning initiative being launched by the North American Division Office of Education to assist teachers with helping students become proficient in the knowledge and skills for their grade level. Also, as in every issue, you will receive inspiration for your ministry, meet new people, and find resources to help enhance your walk with the Lord. Discover these and much more in the May 2022 Gleaner available online.
3 Challenges Facing Working Moms Today
Results from a recent Barna survey explored the current pressures felt by working mothers as COVID-19 pandemic constraints relax. Thirty-six percent of those surveyed expressed feeling overwhelmed13 percentage points more than working fathers who felt the same. The survey also pointed out that the number of mothers working from home has more than doubled, with 30 percent of mothers reporting that they "work exclusively from home or remotely today." The mothers surveyed also indicated a need for more time for self-prioritization (e.g., "quiet time to regain perspective" and "more opportunities to exercise"). According to Barna, one in five Christian working moms are not currently attending church. Barna adds, "Amid a season of transition, overwhelm, and a struggle to balance personal and professional responsibilities, working mothers could benefit from the support of their community, including local church congregations."

Source: Barna Group
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!

May 7; 10:00 a.m. (Sabbath School) and 11:00 a.m. (Church Service)
Health Professional Sabbath to honor all health care workers with guest presenter, Angeline Brauer, North American Division Health Ministries director. Sponsored by the New York Conference, both the Sabbath School and church service will be at the Union Springs Academy pavilion. Click HERE for more information.

May 7; 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Union Springs Academy Les Chanteurs New England Tour performances at Stoneham Memorial Seventh-day Church, 29 Maple St., Stoneham, MA. Morning performance is during the church service. Afternoon program is a concert. For more information, call (315) 889-7314, ext. 106.

May 21; 9:00 a.m.
Seeds Vision: Southern New England Partnering with Jesus at Camp Winnekeag in Ashburnham, Massachusetts. Registration is required; lunch and materials are provided for those who register for the event. Click HERE to register. Registration closes May 9.

May 21-28; 7:30 p.m.
Todo Va A Estar Bien/Everything Will Be Alright is a spring evangelistic series sponsored by the Greater New York Conference. Attend in-person at the Philadelphia Seventh-day Adventist Church, 909 E. 233rd St., Bronx, N.Y., or watch online on Facebook or YouTube.

July 3-10
Campus Renovation Week at Union Springs Academy where you can partner with volunteers from Maranatha Volunteers International to better the school's campus. Click HERE to see the Maranatha volunteer opportunities and register for this specific project.

July 10-16
Skills Week Camp at Union Springs Academy for students entering grades 7-12. Classes may include guitar, woodworking, drama, basketball, volleyball, horses, drones, art and pottery, pie baking, sewing, canoeing, and soccer. Click HERE to sign up.

July 28-31
Be You: Spirituality, Sexuality, and Singleness is a singles retreat hosted by the Greater New York Conference in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. General registration is open until May 12, 2022. For more information, click HERE, email familyministries@gnyc.org, or call (516) 627-9350.
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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 129,073 members in 604 churches and 97 groups, 51 schools, and numerous community-based ministries.
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