News reports from Arlington and Dallas, Texas; Tulare, California; Bakersfield, California; Huntsville, Alabama; Southern Adventist University and Washington D.C.

Pastor Benjamin Lundquist will be presenting, “Lead Well. Lead Now,” a free leadership brunch, 8:30AM, Sunday, October 7, at the Arlington Seventh-day Adventist Church, 4409 Pleasantview Drive, Arlington, TX 76017-1427. Leaders of all ages are invited to attend; RSVP is not required, but helpful,

Church leadership teams are invited to the Growing Together Summit: DFW, October 5-6 in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Benjamin Lundquist will be teaching core commitments that draw younger generations into the vitality of church life and afford seasoned generations vibrant relationships and meaningful growth. Registration and more information available at

According to local TV station, KFSN, Tulare Regional Medical Center in Tulare, California will reopen to patients on Monday, October 15. The facility will now be managed by Adventist Health after lease terms were agreed between AH and the Tulare Local Healthcare District. The hospital had been closed for almost a year after declaring bankruptcy in October of last year.

Soon after news that Adventist Health Bakersfield was cutting 13 to 15 lab assistant jobs, the hospital has announced that it is also cutting dozens more jobs as a result of outsourcing work that has eliminated 175 jobs since April. The hospital recently said that it is building a new facility in Bakersfield due to high demand for healthcare services.

RocketCityNow reports that Jaylun White, a 19-year-old man, is currently in police custody, suspected of fatally shooting Oakwood University student, Carvell Goodlow last week. Police identified the body of Goodlow, a 20-year-old student, originally from Detroit after it was found in a local, off-campus apartment. According to law enforcement, White had mistaken Goodlow for someone else when he allegedly shot him. A campus-wide memorial service for Goodlow was held Thursday night, September 20. A university Facebook message with pictures from the service stated the following: “Let’s not wait until the passing of another young person of color to make a difference. Become a Mentor, reach out and change a life of someone today. #iamcarvellgoodlow #oucampuscare”

According to a Southern Adventist University Facebook post, the school has partnered with a local agency to support relief efforts for Hurricane Florence victims. The first of several teams are already serving in New Bern, North Carolina. Those included in the first team are: Samir Khalil, junior social work major; BreeAnn Adams, sophomore social work major; Courtney Calvert, MS Global Community Development; Elaine Hayden, staff, School of Education & Psychology; and Michael Dant, faculty, School of Computing.

Adventist evangelist and Amazing Facts television speaker, Doug Batchelor, announced on Facebook that he had attended a briefing in Washington D.C. this week. Batchelor said that Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell gave his group a behind-the-scenes briefing in the capitol building on the details of the Supreme Court nomination process.

Said Batchelor: “The tension in the city was palpable. (That became obvious in the ugly media spectacle today.)
One congressman, Mark Meadows, after speaking to us dropped to his knees when we offered to pray for him and another leader in the White House, I will not name, broke into tears and asked us to pray for her before she gave her briefing. Filling the Supreme Court vacancy has certainly been one of the most dramatic and emotionally divisive Supreme Court candidate hearings in US history. Still, it was encouraging to see there are still many believers in Washington DC that recognize there is a spiritual battle taking place behind the scenes.
We all really need to pray for more kindness, unity and civility in our country.”

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