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December 29, 2008

Multi-million Dollar Fire Trashes Upper Columbia Office
No injuries, but bookstore, other offices are destroyed.

Christmas Eve Fire Destroys Baltimore Church
Cherry Hill Congregation vows to rebuild, serve neighbors.

December 22, 2008

Samuele Bacchiocchi Dies
The noted Sabbath scholar succumbed to colon, liver cancer.

‘Year of Evangelism’ to Span 18 Months, Finley Says
Global emphasis caps 400,000 meetings in a five-year period.

‘Jonah,’ an Adventist, Appears at Pentagon Prayer Breakfast
Dick Stenbakken’s ‘characters’ a hit in nation’s capital.

‘Adventists Answer Public's Questions at Call Center
Director aims for Web interaction, capturing younger seekers.

December 17, 2008

Adventists Answer Public's Questions at Call Center
Director aims to capture young seekers.

Adventist Students Score High in Survey's Second Year
Standardized tests show value of church schools.

Adventists' Aid Welcomed by Mozambique's President

Church aids in malaria fight.

December 12, 2008

Adventists Will Pray for Obama, Paulsen Says
GC President Jan Paulsen offers prayers and blessings to the US President-elect.

Make Church a Place of Healing, Renewal, Paulsen Tells Pastors
GC President, Dr. Floyd Flake speak at Evangelism Council.

December 11, 2008

Serbia: Vandals Damage 5 Adventist Churches
The violence caps a year of escalating crime.

World Church Faces Financial Limitations
GC cuts travel budgets, freezes hiring.

Don Livesay to Head Lake Union
He pledges to help church units fulfill their mission.

Adventists in DRC Deny Rebel Leader's Claimed Affiliation
Nkunda was never a pastor, not a member, church says; issues peace call.

November 27, 2008

North Pacific Union Conference Elects New President
Max C. Torkelsen, II, fills top post.

Top Adventist Leaders in Southern Africa Tested for HIV/AIDS
The actions raise AIDS awareness, compassion.

Adventist Language School is Top Korean Brand--Again
SDA--a quality mark for English instruction.

Hillsboro Spanish Church Cited for Innovation
Church named 2008 Innovative Church of the Year by the North American Division

High Growth in North Brazil Adds Second Union
New church structures in Euro-Asia affect Georgia, Russia

November 19, 2008

LLU Students Offer Aid, Learn Lessons
Peruvian highlands get education, care.

High Growth in North Brazil Adds Second Union
New church structures in Euro-Asia Affect Georgia, Russia.

Adventists Say Atheist Bus Ad Won't Roll
'Humanist' message offers no hope.

November 17, 2008

Four PUC Students Die in Tragic Accident
The collision occurred about five miles from campus.

Fire Destroys British Adventist Headquarters

No one was injured in the blaze.

November 12, 2008

Economy Forces Economies in Church Operations
No salary increases projected for 2009.

In 1 Day, Adventists Feed 1 Million
Feeding initiative involved youth throughout Inter-America.

New Grants for Adventist Researchers Promote, Scholars, Solutions

The awards are the first of their kind for the Adventist church.

North American Membership Tops 1 Million
Seventh-day Adventist church sees growth, plans outreach.

October 28, 2008

Jere Patzer Dies at 61
NPUC president loses battle with non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

Former Adventist Review Editor Briefly Hospitalized
William Johnsson sufferd minor injuries in Manila.

October 22, 2008

Retired GC VP Wallace Coe Dies
Coe was known as strong promoter of evangelism and church growth.

Olympic Gold Medalist Visits Adventist School
Mary Whipple encourages students at California school.

Church, Pastors, Can Speak on "Moral" Ballot Issues, NARLA Says
Religious liberty group urges responsible advocacy.

Adventists Report Headway on Religious Liberty Issues

But challenges remain.

October 15, 2008

Women's Devotional Book Touches Hearts Changes Lives
Book sales fund scholarships for women worldwide.

Be "Ambassadors of Peace," Paulsen tells Kenyan Believers
Christianity, a "higher identity, new humanity."

Adventists Plan for 2010 GC Session
"Good News Atlanta" to offer Ministry networks, friendship evangelism.

Euro Asia President Visits Turkemenistan
The visit makrs the country's growing religious freedoms.

GC Honors Reger Smith
Smith died May 8.

The Sign Spotligts Sabbath's "Stress Relief"
The book is designed for sharing.

2008 Annual Council News

New Grants for Adventist Researchers Approved

Church wants to promote scholars, solutions; leaders also delegate education oversight locally.

GC Committee Seeks Major Administrative Changes
Proposals seek to change departmental structures and hiring practices.

Church Budget Adjusts for Touch Financial times
GC eyes hiring freeze, pledges prudence.

Four Church Leaders Elected at Annual Business Session
New leadership for Southern Asia and North America.

More Than 1 Million Join Church for 5th Consecutive Year
World membership totals nearly 16 million.

Adventist Leadership Meeting Opens With Family, Bible Emphasis
'Mission of Hope' is the theme.

Traveling Bible Begins Worldwide Trip to Promote Scripture Study

Two-year trek destined for Adventist Chruch world session in Atlanta; about 50 percent of membership read Bible regularly.

October 8, 2008

Haitian Adventists Struggle with Hurricane Devastation
Successive storms swamp nation; thousands left homeless.

Croatia: Parliament Limits Sunday Shopping
New legislation, which takes effect in 2009 concerns local Adventist leaders.

South American Adventists Distribute 50 Million Magazines and Tracts
Church members mark the largest one-day outreach initiative.

October 1, 2008

NAD President to Undergo Surgery
Don Schneider to receive treatment for a benign tumor.

India: 27 Adventists Die Amid Anti-Christian Violence
Many remain in hiding.

Ohio Academy Incurs $4 Million of Fire Damage
Classes suspended for six days.

Adventist Investment Strategy

But lagging economy could affect tithe.

September 17, 2008

South American Adventists Distribute 50 Million Magazines and Tracts
Church members mark the largest one-day outreach initiative.

Airport Church Takes Off in UK
The church, which offers guilded tours, attracts 30-40 visitors each week.

The World Division Leaders Announce Retirement
Luka Daniel, Ulrich Frikert conclude their service to the world church.

Fred Kinsey Lends a New Voice to the Voice of Prophecy

Kinsey appointed as a new speaker of the historic broadcast.

September 10, 2008

Adventists and Spousal Abuse
More prevention is needed, GC official says.

Former Oakwood President Dies
Garland Millet, died in Huntsville, Alabama.

Southern Asia Division President Resigns
Ronald Watts served since 1997.

Adventist Surgeon Helps Disabled Children Walk
Scott Nelson trades practice for service.

ADRA Responds to Ukraine Storm

Heavy rains flooded 46,000 homes.

September 2, 2008

Adventist Volunteers Aid Gustav Evacuees
Nearly 400 volunteers have joined the relief effort.

Pastor Garrett Caldwell Takes GC Communication Post

Caldwell will assume public relations duties at the Adventist world headquarters.

August 29, 2008

India: Adventist Pastor Burned to Death
Two church schools attacked.

US Navy Commissions First Adventist Woman Chaplain

Adrienne Townsend was sworn in July 24.

August 27, 2008

Army Hospital Guesthouse Named After Desmond T. Doss
An Adventist is remembered at Walter Reed.

Historical Focus Can Shape Future Adventist Generations
White Estate, Adventist Review team to emphasize church history.

ADRA Catalog Aids Honduran Students
Donations fund global relief causes.

August 20, 2008

Sacramento Adventist Academy Graduate Wins Olympic Gold
Mary Whipple graduated in 1998.

Adventist to Head U.S. Religious Freedom Commission
James Standish served at the GC for seven years.

ASI Members Raises $8 Million
Major mission projects include building one-day churches for congregations.

Oregon Conference Opens New Headquarters
Local mayor and fire chief attends opening ceremonies.

Maryland Governor Honors Adventist Youth Project

More than 120 youth participate in the United Youth Service Corps.

August 13, 2008

Gang Members Fatally Stab Bermuda Teen
Kellon Hill, 18, was to attend Oakwood University.

Jamaica: As Murder Rate Soars Adventists Conduct Day of Prayer
More than 650 churches were to participate in the island-wide event.

Church Needs New Mentality to Combat AIDS, GC Official says
Morality arguments are not enough.

In Africa, Asia, Religious Freedom is Celebrated

Ceremonies held in Angola, Mongolia.

August 11, 2008

Russell to Head Allegheny West Conference
Adventist Review
columnist, pastor, to assume duties in Fall.

July 29, 2008

New Religious Discrimination Guidelines Aid Sabbath Keepers
The new rules also aid employer compliance.

July 24, 2008

California Fires Close Adventist Hospital for 10 Days

The blazes reached within one mile of the medical facility.

AU Seminary Professor Dies
Kenneth Mulzac, 45, died after a long illness.

Columbia Union College Board Appoints Provost
Susan C. Scharffenberg most recently served at Mission College in Thailand.

GC President Reiterates Call for Youth and Women Leadership
Paulsen dialogues with pastors in South America.

Freedom of Belief Still "Urgent" Matter, Adventist Religious LIberty Leader says
Victor Vitko shares his perspectives.

July 17, 2008

Adventist Internet Pioneers Honored at Evangelism Forum

Awards also planned for new innovations.

Women's Empowerment Key to Church Culture Shift
Women now serve as church elders in southern Mexico.

Last Adventist Military Support Center Closes
Ministry to continue through people.

July 10, 2008

Original King's Herald Bass Ray Turner Dies at 99

He was five months from his 100th birthday.

Nations Must Reaffirm Religious Freedoms, US Lawmaker Says
Rep. Trent Franks addresses keynoted annual religious liberty dinner.

Former EEOC Chair Charges La Sierra University Graduates
"Finding your mission in life is critical," Cari Dominguez says.

June 26, 2008

Survey: Adventists 'Family' Views Similar to U.S. Evangelicals'

Distinctive beliefs don't always carry into politics.

Missouri Twister Flattens Adventist Church Building
Tornado causes $200,000 damage.

Bush Honors Adventist With Freedom Medal
White House ceremony recognizes Carson's service.

AU Professor to Lead Newbold College
Jane Sabes assumes her new post in August.

GC President Challenges Pastors
Paulsen urges clergy to reach out to their communities.

PUC Professor Creates Word Portrait of Arnold Palmer
Golfer's portrait is composed of 22,000 words.

Adventists Hold "Historic" Business Session in North Korea
It was the first church meeting in the closed nation since 1953.

June 19, 2008

Melashenko to Leave VOP

The TV evangelist will join the Kettering Medical Network.

London Murders Spur March Against Violence
Adventist youth parade in downtown London.

Nepal Adventist Reaches Himalayan Believers
Bhaju Shrestha finds peace in spreading God's truth.

Ellen White on Leadership
Church cofounder had contemporary views on leadership.

June 11, 2008

Mexico: Adventist Church Makes Inroads in Catholic Communities

Some members still suffer harrassment.

NEWSBRIEFS: Let's Talk Series Concludes in Romania
The video series launched in 2003.

MVI "One-day" Church Project Assists in Housing of Congregations
MVI has 80,000 pending church requests.

May 29, 2008

Longtime Review Editor Kenneth Wood Dies
He gave nearly 70 years of service.

Iraqi President Affirms Christian Presence, Roots
There are 171 Adventists in Iraq

Remboldt Named NPUC Treasurer
Remboldt has served the church for more than 20 years.

May 22, 2008

WWU Student Feard Dead Following SCUBA Class
Authorities halt search for freshman.

Several Adventists Killed in China Earthquake
Church leaders call for prayer and help.

Southeastern Conference Elects New President
Hubert Morel replaces Willie L. Taylor.

Denver Adventist Hospitals Offer Help in Rwanda
Workers take holiday to help others.

May 15, 2008

PREACH Seminar Marks 10 Years
Some 15,000 pastors attend global seminar.

The Adventist Cell Phone?
Philippine church members are dialing up ministry.

Grigg University Goes the Distance
GU now offers new degree programs in Vietnam and United Arab Emirates.

GC Communication Official Reger Smith, Jr., Dies
Smith, a musician and graphics designer was a creative force for the church.

May 8, 2008

News Briefs: Amazing Facts, Weimar Merge
Russell Standish killed in car accident.

ADRA Worker Feared Lost in Myanmar Cyclone's Wake
Estimated deaths top 100,000.

Time Brings Healing After Mexico Floods
Four Adventist churches destroyed, 14 members killed.

Adventists Join World Faith, Aid Agency Leaders Against Poverty
ADRA pledged $1.5 Million for education.

April 24, 2008

Tornado Hits Adventist School
Storm rips off roof, damages classrooms.

Kenyan Adventists Oppose 6-day Workweek Proposal
The measure would require civil servants to work on Saturday.

West Indies: Adventists Call for Ban on Smoking in Public Places
New ICPA Chapter launches in Jamaica.

AR Web Site, Cover Story Win Top ACP Awards
Canadian Adventist Messenger also a winner.

Maryland Congregation Wins $3.7 Million Land-Use Judgment
Maryland county was religiously biased, jury rules.

April 17, 2008

Adventist Missionary Family Survives Congo Jet Crash
Daughter helped clear path for escape.

New Mid-America President Elected
NAD secretary Roscoe Howard takes over Mid-America post.

Church Study Centers Build Understanding, Outreach
Church centers focus on major world religions and cultures.

NRB Honors The Quiet Hour
TQH has operated for 70 years.

Tithe Index Analyzes Stats on Adventist Giving
GTI provides an objective yardstick to compare international giving.

April 10, 2008

Retired NEC President Killed in Traffic Accident
Stennet Brooks served the church for more than 40 years.

Zambia Union President Dies Suddenly
Cornelius Matandiko was regarded as a visionary leader.

Canadian Adventist Drowns During Phillippines Mission Trip
Joel Mosher apparently got caught in an undercurrent.

Adventists Recognized by Washington State Senate
Legislators thank WWU officials for church's relief efforts.

Doing Time: Adventist Halfway House Fuels Transformation
Ex-drug dealer engages former felons.

April 3, 2008

Oakwood University Takes Top Prize at Honda Academic Challenge
Student teach competed with 64 colleges and universities.

New Record Set for 13th Sabbath Offerings in 2007
Offerings are up by 10 percent.

March 27, 2008

For Arabs, Adventist TV Finally Speaks Their Language
Volunteers proclaim the gospel in Arabic.

World Health Leaders Tout Merits of Vegetarian Diet
The International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition draws 700 attendees.

March 20, 2008

GC President Reaffirms Military Noncombatancy
The church's official position was informed by an 1867 GC resolution.

AUC, CUC Eye Major Changes
The two Adventist colleges are cutting some degree programs to hone their focus.

American Adventists Invest in Ghana's Education Infrastructure
A major grant will aid VVU.

March 13, 2008

Massey, Ogilvie Featured in Global PREACH Seminar April 22
Davidson, Turner complete event from Walla Walla University.

Bush Honors 2 Adventist Colleges
The schools were recognized for their distinguished community service.

February 28, 2008

Survey: Adventists Score High in Membership Retention 
45 percent of Americans switch faiths.

February 21, 2008

LLUAHSC Board Names President
Hart to head church's flagship medical center.

Northern Caribbean University Gets $1.5 Million Gift
Donation to aid nursing school.

Jamaica: Gunmen Shoot 2 Adventists
Police hold two persons in custody.

ADRA Helps 81,000 in Kenya Crisis
More than 500,000 persons were displaced by the violence.

Carson's New Book Gets National Exposure
PBS TV profiles Adventist physician.

Merlin Kretschmar Dies
Former conference president  and evangelist succumbs to heart attack.

February 14, 2008

Congressional Panel Holds Sabbath Protection Hearing
GC Leader addresses US House Panel.

Atlantic Union Tops 100,000 Members
Baptism marks new milestone.

Leading Adventist Surgeon and Medical Missionary Dies
Dr. Thomas Zirkle served as a senior vice president at LLU.

Aussies Hold First 'Big Camp' at Tui Ridge Park
More than 1,000 persons attended.

February 7, 2008

House Panel Hears Adventist, Others on Sabbath Protection 
U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee heard an unmistakable message from a Seventh-day Adventist representative.

Fierce Tornado Destroys Home of Arkansas Couple 
The couple escaped injuries.

GC Official to Testify Before Congress 
Religious liberty leader seeks to promote Workplace Religious Freedom Act.

Newbold College Principal Resigns 
Church leaders begin search for new school leader.

Weimar College Program to Close After 30 Years 
Medical ministry continues; board cites enrollment decline.

January 29, 2008 

Madagascar: Lightning Strike Kills 4, at Adventist University Zurcher 
Three persons suffered minor injuries.

Kenya Update: Adventist University Reopens 
Nearly half the students returned to campus.

January 24, 2008

Adventist Security Guard Killed in Mozambique Robbery
The guard was employed by Maranatha Volunteers International.

Satellite Series Reaches New Believers
NPU president shares cancer survival story.

Chile Adventist University Catalogs Concert Manuscripts of Pianist Arrau
Child prodigy became world-renowned artist.

January 17, 2008

It Is Written Targets Portland, Oregon 
IIW unites with Oregon churches for evangelistic outreach. 

Adventist Helps Cambodian Refugees to Health 
Many Cambodians suffer from a mercury-contaminated diet. 

Looking for Jesus in 2008 
Church members hope to minister more, do more in the community.

January 10, 2008

3 ADRA Workers Killed in 2 Separate Traffic Accidents
The tragedies occurred in Peru and Bolivia.

Kenya Update: Workers at Adventist University are Evacuated
Some students are stranded in Uganda.

Mozambique Church to Open Literacy Centers
Adventist seek to improve the nation's 47 percent literacy rate.

Arrested Oakwood Students Suspended
Decision comes after a three-week investigation into the December 9 melee. 


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