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PASTOR WILBUR YOUNG

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved pastor and friend Wilbur Young

Eugene Anthony, pastor of our Glenville Present Truth SDA

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Eugene Anthony, pastor of our Glenville Present Truth SDA Church in Cleveland, Ohio.
Pastor Anthony was a beloved pastor and will be sincerely missed by the entire Allegheny West Conference. Please join us in continued prayer for his family and the members of the Glenville Present Truth church.

The Allegheny West Conference is saddened to announce the passing of Pastor St Clare Phipps.  Pastor Phipps was a former pastor of AWC who was both loved and respected.  Please join us as we keep his family in our prayers.

Story by Benia Jennings

 

This year the Allegheny West Conference (AWC) has adopted the theme “Worship Through Service & Sacrifice—Giving and Living His Calling.” Conference leaders charged members and churches to join in renewed commitment to the service of others by engaging in acts of sacrificial kindness to impact lives throughout the territory.

“It’s not whether or not we wave or clap our hands during the worship service; it’s whether or not God is saying, ‘You did well this week, you surrendered more to the Holy Spirit leading and guiding in your life, you were My hands and My feet that helped to touch people’s lives,’” says William T. Cox Sr., AWC president. “And that’s what we want to experience in AWC. If we can ignite that kind of fire in our conference through the ministry of the Holy Spirit, then eyes have not seen, neither ears heard what God can do for us and through us.”

AWC staff asked three ministry leaders what worship through service means to them and how it may differ from traditional views of the church worship experience:

Worship through service expands on the view that worship is not relegated to a specific time in our week or specific atmosphere, but rather is our response to God’s self-revelation. Oftentimes God will reveal Himself in spaces that require our practical work and our practical effort. God says there is service to be rendered, and I personally view that service as an offering unto Him.—Ndubuisi Nwade, pastor of the Ephesus church in Columbus, Ohio

When I think of worship, I think of reverence, and, for me, the best way to show reverence to someone is to try to imitate or to be like them. The best way to show that in terms of worshipping God and Jesus is realizing that Jesus lived a life of service, and for me the best way to worship Him is living a life of service as He did.—Jason Ridley, AWC Youth Ministries director

Sometimes we can offer praise and reflect Christ through our acts of service for others. Being a servant and being of service goes far beyond praise and worship; worship is active, in fact it’s an action word that means helping, doing and truly being who God has commissioned us to be. Through His Spirit, He enables us to be a blessing to someone and to worship Him through the service we do. I think sometimes it’s those little things that at first seem insignificant to us that end up being the most impactful. Earlier this year, I saw an elderly lady struggling to put groceries in the trunk of her car, so I went over and helped her. Sometimes we see people needing assistance, and we either choose to go out of our way to help them, or we can choose to turn a blind eye and move on. I believe that when we live a life of sacrificial service to others, then God is truly glorified.—Jermaine K. Jackson, CFO for AWC

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Allegheny West Conference Treasury Staff Member Retires

Story by Benia Jennings

This month Allegheny West Conference (AWC) staff bid farewell to Kevin Mosby, assistant treasurer, who joined the conference’s Treasury Department in August 1989 as an accountant. He served for 30 years, working 44 years in total for the Seventh-day Adventist Church. During Mosby’s time as assistant treasurer, he was tasked with numerous responsibilities, including but not limited to, payroll, remittances and deposits. An elder and stewardship director at the Central church in Columbus, Mosby always volunteered his wealth of knowledge and skills within the church and spearheaded several building projects.

“I’ve worked with four treasurers during my time at AWC, each with their own unique way of doing things. Adapting was at times challenging, but I think that with each transition, I’ve gained valuable experience,” says Mosby. “Getting to know the pastors, church treasurers and others has been the highlight of my time here. After all these years, we have become a family. I still have relationships with many former employees and I’m grateful for that.”

Twila Washington, AWC undertreasurer, says, “I have enjoyed getting to know brother Mosby over the last three years. One of the things that I will miss about him is his laugh. I can’t even describe it, but when you hear it, it brings a smile to your face. The second thing I will miss about him is going into his office and having him just talk about his life and share stories. The third thing I will miss about him are those quiet moments when he says nothing, but his face says so much more. Finally, the wealth of knowledge and dedication he has given to AWC. I’m so thankful for all that he has done, I hope he enjoys his retirement.”

Mosby adds, “I like helping people. I often get calls from church members with questions, and I’m always happy to explain to them what it is we do here and help with whatever issues they may have. In the past, we provided training to the church treasurers, as well as meetings with them on the conference’s campground. Being able to interact with and support our church members in that way was very fulfilling.”

Jermaine Jackson, chief financial officer, comments, “For 30 years, Kevin Mosby has been a stabilizing force in the Allegheny West Conference Treasury Department. As assistant treasurer, Kevin has been a faithful steward of the ‘storehouse.’ His financial acumen, coupled with his calm demeanor, has rendered him a trusted and valuable member of the treasury team. I want to thank Kevin for the lasting impact his service will continue to have on the conference and its mission to spread the good news of our loving Savior.”

Mosby continues, “My parents were very instrumental in my getting involved and remaining committed to the church. My father was head elder at the Ethnan Temple church in Pittsburg for over 20 years. In some ways, I believe that seeing that level of commitment has shaped the way I view, not only ministry work, but also dedication in other parts of my life. I sometimes chuckle when I think of when my mom would say in jest that I was the last person that she’d ever think would become an elder in the church. It makes me proud to know that because of their example, I remain faithful to God’s work.”

Mosby concludes, “I’m excited about my next chapter. I hope to take some time to rest initially but I’m looking forward to lots of traveling as well, I’d like to visit Hawaii, I have to save up for it but nevertheless, I plan on going. I’m also looking forward to spending more time with my grandkids. It’s been a long and wonderful career and I’ve been blessed to serve for so many years. God has been faithful to my family and I and I know he will continue to use me for his glory no matter what the future holds.”

Ministry Builds Healthy Families for Eternity

Story by Benia Jennings

Imagine receiving free consolations with a dentist, medical doctor, lawyer, psychiatrist, psychologist and nutritionist all at the same location. The conference’s Family Ministries Department recently gathered these resources and hosted the “Building Healthy Families for Eternity” event at the Shiloh Cincinnati (Ohio) church. Staff planned a full day of workshops, training and resources designed to foster hope and bring wholeness to families.

Registrants chose from any of the 45-minute workshops by presenters Mike Dulan, M.D., on men’s health; Janice Walker, an attorney, on healthy lifestyle management; Jean Wright II, who has a doctorate in psychiatry, on mental health; Marvin Brown, AWC’s executive secretary, on financial health; Ben Swift, an attorney, on spiritual health and social justice; and Melvin Paschal, an expert in food science and environmental toxicology, on dietary health.

Attendees later moved through the building for dental cleanings, medical screenings and notarization of wills and testaments, closing with a panel discussion with the invited guests. Family Ministries Director Lloydston Burton, and his wife, Shelia, ensured that all attendees left with a gift bag.

“I will use some of the health advice from the classes,” says Shiloh member Nicole Burns.

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 58 - Numbers 8-10

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 68 - Numbers 33-34

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 67 - Numbers 31-32

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 66 - Numbers 28-30

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 65 - Numbers 26-27

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 64 - Numbers 23-25

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 63 - Numbers 21-22

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 62 - Numbers 18-20

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 61 - Numbers 16-17

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 60 - Numbers 14-15; Psalm 90

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 59 - Numbers 11-13

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 69 - Numbers 35-36

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 57 - Numbers 7

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 56 - Numbers 5-6

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 55 - Numbers 3-4

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 53 - Leviticus 26-27

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 52 - Leviticus 24-25

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 51 - Leviticus 22-23

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 50 - Leviticus 19-21

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 49 - Leviticus 16-18

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 48 - Leviticus 14-15

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 47 - Leviticus 11-13

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 80 - Deuteronomy 30-31

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 90 - Judges 3-5

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 89 - Judges 1-2

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 88 - Joshua 22-24

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 87 - Joshua 19-21

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 86 - Joshua 16-18

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 85 - Joshua 12-15

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 84 - Joshua 9-11

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 83 - Joshua 5-8

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 82 - Joshua 1-4

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 81 - Deuteronomy 32-34; Psalm 91

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 46 - Leviticus 8-10

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 79 - Deuteronomy 28-29

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 78 - Deuteronomy 24-27

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 77 - Deuteronomy 21-23

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 76 - Deuteronomy 17-20

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 75 - Deuteronomy 14-16

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 74 - Deuteronomy 11-13

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 73 - Deuteronomy 8-10

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 72 - Deuteronomy 5-7

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 71 - Deuteronomy 3-4

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 70 - Deuteronomy 1-2

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 21 - Genesis 27-29

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 20 - Genesis 25-26

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 19 - Genesis 22-24

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 18 - Genesis 19-21

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 17 - Genesis 16-18

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 16 - Genesis 12-15

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 15 - Job 40-42

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 14 - Job 38-39

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 13 - Job 35-37

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 12 - Job 32-34

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 22 - Genesis 30-31

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 11 - Job 29-31

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 10 - Job 24-28

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 9 - Job 21-23

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 8 - Job 17-20

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 7 - Job 14-16

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 6 - Job 10-13

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 5 - Job 6-9

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 33 - Exodus 10-12

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 45 - Leviticus 5-7

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 44 - Leviticus 1-4

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 42 - Exodus 36-38

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 41 - Exodus 33-35

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 39 - Exodus 28-29

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 38 - Exodus 25-27

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 37 - Exodus 22-24

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 36 - Exodus 19-21

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 35 - Exodus 16-18

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 34 - Exodus 13-15

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 32 - Exodus 7-9

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 31 - Exodus 4-6

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 30 - Exodus 1-3

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 29 - Genesis 48-50

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 28 - Genesis 46-47

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 27 - Genesis 43-45

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 26 - Genesis 41-42

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 25 - Genesis 38-40

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 24 - Genesis 35-37

2023 - AWC Chronological Bible Reading - Day 23 - Genesis 32-34