Weekly News & Updates | June 20, 2024

Haitian Ministries Leaders Gather for Spiritual Renewal Retreat

in Florida

Attendees pose for a group photo with church leaders (front row) during the NAD Haitian Leadership Retreat at Camp Kulaqua in Florida. Pictured are, from left, Paulo Macena, NAD leadership director; and representatives from the Atlantic Union Conference: Elias F. Zabala, Sr., treasurer; Jose Joseph, Haitian and African ministries vice president and NAD Haitian Caucus director, and his wife, Kethlie Joseph; Pierre E. Omeler, then president; and David McKenzie, Youth Ministries director and assistant to the president for Mission and Evangelism at Home. [Photo: David Hunte]

Camp Kulaqua in Florida became a hub of spiritual growth and fellowship as approximately 300 Haitian Ministries leaders from across the North American Division (NAD) gathered for a dynamic weekend retreat, May 17-19. The attendees, including pastors and their wives, church elders, deacons, ministry coordinators and directors, and young adults, came together representing churches across the United States and Canada, reflecting the diverse and vibrant nature of the Adventist Haitian community. The event, which takes place every two to three years, featured a packed schedule of workshops focused on training for evangelism, connecting with their local community, and preparing church members for community involvement.

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

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2024 Caring Heart Award Recipients

Pictured, top row, from left, Guyen Bean, Pierce Barrett, Maya Taylor; bottom row, from left, Elsa Knowles, Nikolas Kawima Carrilho Mukulukusso, and Zoie Ampri Angel Isaacs

Six students from academies across the Atlantic Union Conference received the 2024 Caring Heart Award for Christian service. The award was established to recognize students attending Adventist academies who have “demonstrated a personal commitment to active participatory service and witnessing activities and programs.”

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Atlantic Union Schools Fulfill the 'Great Commission'

Rosalie Degrace, left, assists a student at Southern New England Conference's Bayberry Christian school. She is one of several long-time volunteers who lend their time, talents, and influence at the school. [Photo: Dorcas Tosci]

Jesus ministered to the people’s needs and bid them to follow Him. The people and the needs may be differ­ent, and the methods may be different, but the message is still the same. The respon­sibility laid upon each member, young or old, is still the same. In keeping with the Great Commission and understanding that education and evangelism are one, read about four schools in the Atlantic Union Conference that are doing their part to share the good news of the gospel in different ways.

Marlene Alvarez, education vice president, Atlantic Union Conference

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June 2024 Gleaner Available Online

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!

June 2024 Camp Meeting Dates

June 21-29

New York Conference

Northern New England Conference

Southern New England Conference

June 28-July 6

Greater New York Conference (July 6)

Bermuda Conference

Northeastern Conference

July 7-9

North Country Women's Retreat sponsored by New York Conference Women's Ministries at Camp Cherokee in Saranac Lake, NY. Guest presenter: Lynn Ortel. For more information, contact Barbara Bridgers, barbara@nyconf.org, or call (315) 469-6921.

July 21-27

USA Skills Week at Union Springs Academy for students in grades 8-12 during the 2024-2025 school year. For more information, call (315) 889-7314, or click HERE.

September 20-22

Union Springs Academy 60th Annual Alumni Weekend. Honor classes: '44, '49, '54, '59, '64, '69, '74, '79, '84, '89, '94, '99, '04, '09, '14, and '19. Click HERE for more information and to register.

2nd and 4th Wednesday; 4:45 a.m.

Special Prayer Session sponsored by Southern New England Conference Prayer Ministries each month. Join together to pray for the upcoming "Impact Boston 2025." Zoom Meeting ID: 869 6177 6953; Passcode: Pray

Atlantic Union Conference Announcements

Make Time to Pray

Pray with the Atlantic Union Prayer Ministries department every Tuesday at 8 p.m. and the last Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m.

Zoom Meeting ID:

954 6819 9577

Password: PrayMore

'Preaching Training' for Women

Learn the importance of preaching, how to analyze biblical stories, organize a sermon, discover the art of public speaking, and more. Registration is required to receive the Zoom link, but there is no cost. The courses are available in English and Spanish. Scan the QR code to register. For more information, call (978) 368-8333, or email lfresse@atlanticunion.org.

Click HERE for English seminar information.

Click HERE for Spanish seminar information.

Upcoming Training Dates: June 22; July 27

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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 134,701 members in 617 churches and 93 groups, 43 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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