Adventist News in Brief
A roundup of church news from the U.S., Britain, Italy, and Australia.
, news editor, Adventist Review
U.S.: New CEO for Loma Linda Hospitals
Kerry Heinrich, interim chief executive officer of Loma Linda University Medical Center and interim administrator of Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital, has been named CEO of both facilities, as well as the Behavioral Medicine Center.
“Not only does he have the right mix of business acumen, knowledge of Loma Linda’s culture, and passion for our mission, he has also demonstrated during his interim term the ability to provide the type of leadership we need during this critical time in Loma Linda’s history,” Richard H. Hart, president of Loma Linda University Health, said in a statement.
His appointment was approved by two governing boards on Aug. 25. He had served in the interim positions since July 1, following the resignation of CEO Ruthita Fike.
Heinrich, 56, who received his bachelor’s degree in history from Walla Walla University and a juris doctor degree from the University of Oregon, has had a long association with Loma Linda University Health as a lawyer serving on the legal counsel team.
“I’m looking forward with eager anticipation to the challenges and successes we will have as an organization wholly dedicated to the teaching and healing ministry of Jesus Christ,” Heinrich said.
Read more: LLU statement
REMEMBERING 100 YEARS: A British Union Conference report on the 100th anniversary celebration at the Croscombe church.
Britain: Village Church Turns 100
An Adventist church whose roots go back to quoits and Bible studies has turned 100 in a British village about 120 miles (200 kilometers) west of London.
The Croscombe Seventh-day Adventist church held a special Sabbath gathering in August to reminisce about church founder “Pa” Johnson, to praise God and to re-dedicate their lives to His service.
Johnson, a colporteur, chose the village as his mission field in 1912, the British Union Conference said. He made friends with the tough local quarrymen, playing quoits (a traditional game in which players throw rings) with them and inviting them to his home for Bible studies.
Two years later, the same week that World War I broke out, six villagers were baptized and formed a church that has spawned missionaries, ministers, and five generations of church members.
At the special Sabbath service, Dr. Laurence Turner, a Croscombe native who heads the theological studies department at Newbold College, held up a worn Bible that he had received at age 8 at the church “for good attendance and behavior.” He assured the chuckling congregation that his behavior had been exemplary ever since.
U.S.: WAU Gets $1.8M Soccer Field
Washington Adventist University is gearing up to open a new $1.8 million artificial turf playing field in what its president called the latest step toward turning “this good university into a great university.”
“The new field will better serve our students, faculty and staff, and the community,” the president, Weymouth Spence, said in a statement last week.
The new field, which will open on Sept. 9, features new lights, a new score board, and new bleachers to accommodate soccer games, intramural sports, and a variety of community activities, the university said.
The Takoma Park, Maryland-based university said it has invested more than $16 million in campus upgrades over the past five years, including a new $6.3 million music building; a $1.2 million dining hall renovation; a $1.1 million activity center; and smaller renovation projects such as new paint, furniture and flooring in the dormitories, classrooms and library.
Read more: WAU’s Web site, "New Ball Field to Open Sept. 9"
Italy: 26 Volunteers Clean Up Sardinia
Twenty-six young people spent 10 days of their summer vacation cleaning up Italy’s Sardinia island as part of a humanitarian effort organized by the youth department of the Adventist Church in Italy and the local branch of ADRA, the Adventist relief agency.
The volunteers, aged 18 to 35, gathered from around Italy to assist in the cleanup of the city of Olbia, which was hit by a disastrous flood in November 2013.
“It was nice to see the enthusiasm and the service with which these young people have dedicated their free time and vacation to help others,” said a local ADRA coordinator, Luca Alfano.
During the Aug. 1-10 effort, the volunteers used brooms, buckets and sponges to clean up the classrooms of the Mary Rocca School, which had been closed since floodwaters hit on Nov. 18. The young people also collected 48 large bags of garbage at the Tavolara Marine Reserve, tidied up gardens at Olbia Mental Health Center, and repaired the homes of elderly people.
Read more: Inter-European Division Web site: “26 Young People Choose ‘Missions’ Rather Than Holidays"
Australia: The God Is Able Shop
The scene is spectacular: a toppled bike, an African seated on a porch chair, and a star-blanketed night sky — all surrounding a rickety shack with the sign, “God Is Able Shop.”
The photo by Australian photographer Karl Lindsay won an Adventist photo prize this year and in now on exhibit with 14 other pieces of his artwork at his alma mater, Avondale College of Higher Education.
Lindsay, who worked with ADRA in Zambia, first saw the convenience store in the African country’s Eastern Province capital, Mambwe, the day before he shot the photograph.
“I thought, ‘That would look awesome under a starry night sky,’” he said in a statement on Avondale’s Web site.
Starry night skies are common in Zambia, and Lindsay got his shot.
“It makes the perfect statement,” he said.
The photo won Lindsay the Avondale Fine Arts Photography Prize at the Manifest Creative Arts Festival.
Aaron Bellette, the contest judge and a lecturer in photo media at Avondale, described the photograph as having “layers of meanings and elements for the viewer to explore.”
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