News Briefs for February 6, 2020
News reports from Adventist Health; Wuhan Adventist Church in Wuhan, China; Bavaria, Germany; Walla Walla University; Indianapolis, Indiana and the Adventist Conference on Family Research and Practice:
According to Becker’s Hospital CFO report and the Sacramento Business Journal, Roseville, Calif.-based Adventist Health is slashing 651 jobs at 13 facilities across the system in a massive round of layoffs that will take effect March 7. The workforce reduction comes as a result of the shuttering of in-house services and large-scale outsourcing of several services. The outsourcing firms have reportedly offered jobs to Adventist Health staff that are losing their positions.
AT has learned that the first elder of the Wuhan Adventist church in China has been infected by the coronavirus and is in the hospital and very weak. This is the city where the outbreak started that the World Health Organization has now declared a global health emergency. “Please pray for Brother Chang and others dealing with this disease,” AT was asked to pass along.
The Adventist denomination was welcomed as a guest member of the Council of Christian Churches in Bavaria (ACK) on January 31 during the annual board meeting of the interfaith group. During a worship service, Pastor Wolfgang Dorn, president of the denomination’s Bavarian Conference, preached from Romans 8:18-22. He pointed to the hope for redemption of all creation, following the theme of the gathering, “The Integrity of Creation.”
Last summer Walla Walla University students Andrew Ruud and Emma Tucker, both junior business majors, served on the Greek island of Lesvos in two refugee camps. They spent six weeks volunteering with Refugees4Refugees. Ruud hopes that others will get involved. An interview with the students can be seen here.
It has become a tradition for the denomination’s youth department to invite young adults to volunteer for outreach activities in the city where each General Conference Session is held every five years. Impact Indy 2020 is currently recruiting volunteers 18 to 35 years of age. Each afternoon during the week, volunteers can chose from a buffet of projects in environmental care, homeless care, community service and door-to-door evangelism. In the mornings there will be time for young adults to worship, pray and fellowship together, as well as workshops about the One Year in Mission program, Inter-generational Churches of Refuge, Public Campus Ministries, the Youth Alive program and creative evangelism. This is scheduled for June 25 to July 4, 2020. More information is available online at youth.adventist.org/IMPACT.
Source: NAD Young Adult Ministries Facebook Page
This year’s Adventist Conference on Family Research and Practice is scheduled for July 23-25 at Andrews University. The theme is on blended families. Professionals who wish to present a paper or conduct a workshop session can get the application forms here.