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June 2015 

Harry Mayden is welcomed back—again—this time as interim pastor at the Frederick, Maryland, church. Many will remember when Dr. Mayden was principal of Highland View Academy. In his retirement, he has generously accepted various posts as interim pastor as needed.

Congratulations and good wishes are offered to:
~ Emmanuel Asiedu, MBA, CPA, conference associate treasurer/auditor, on his new position—beginning this month—at the Columbia Union Conference as associate treasurer for the union and secretary/treasurer for the Columbia Union Revolving Fund (CURF). Asiedu came to Chesapeake Conference in 2012. He says he is excited about the opportunities for mission in the Columbia Union and beyond. The Chesapeake Conference is grateful for his valuable service and wishes him well in this new endeavor.
~ Carolina Ramos, administrative assistant at the conference office, who transitions June 1 to a similar role at the Columbia Union Conference in Columbia, Maryland, where she will work in the Ministries Development department. She has been an esteemed member of the Chesapeake Conference team and will be missed.
~ Carl Rodriguez, conference Youth Ministries director, who on May 21 graduated magna cum laude with an MBA from Frostburg State University. Rodriguez adds the MBA to his repertoire of degrees earned—M. Div., E.E.T. (Electrical Engineering Technology), and A&P in Aviation. He says he loves learning and plans to pursue a Ph. D. in Youth Ministries or Leadership.
~ Conference staffer Jennifer Stefan, who has been promoted from administrative assistant to assistant director for Human Resources. Stefan has been processing retirements and maintaining service records for several years and has received Human Resources training. In her new role she continues in the secretariat department, but is no longer working in communication and Women’s Ministries. 

Best wishes for God’s blessings and a happy retirement are extended to:
~ Bess Morgan, longtime administrative assistant and most recently receptionist at the conference office, who retired last month after 31 years of denominational service. Morgan began her career at the Reading Rehabilitation Hospital in Reading, Pennsylvania, and came to Chesapeake Conference in 2000 to work in the Education department. Heartfelt appreciation is offered for her work in the Education and treasury departments, and for being the “face and voice of the conference” at the front desk and on the switchboard.
~ the following teachers who retired at the close of this school year and have impacted countless students and families during their tenure by providing an excellent education and fostering relationships with Jesus:
• Diana Bailey (43 years of service), teacher at Eastern Shore Junior Academy and most recently at Chester River School in Chestertown, Maryland. Previously Bailey taught at Tidewater Junior Academy in the Potomac Conference and for the Minnesota Conference.
• Linda Bates (44.95 years of service) in Arizona, Chesapeake, Kansas-Nebraska and Rocky Mountain conferences; most recently at Atholton Adventist Academy in Columbia, Maryland.
• DeWayne Boyer (40 years of service), most recently Bible teacher at Spencerville Adventist Academy since 2008, and previously at Takoma Academy. Boyer began his career in the Michigan Conference.
• Steve Gatz (25 years of service) has spent his whole teaching career in Chesapeake Conference, most recently as teacher and dean at Highland View Academy. Gatz is also a popular speaker/presenter for youth events, using his live reptile collection in spiritual lessons.
• Becky Koeppen (42.5 years of service) came to Chesapeake Conference in 1989 from Potomac Conference’s John Nevins Andrews School in Takoma Park, Maryland. She has taught at Atholton Adventist Academy and in recent years at Spencerville Adventist Academy. Koeppen also taught in the Pennsylvania Conference.
• Dan Lindow (40 years of service) has served in various departments at Highland View Academy his entire career. He plans to remain in the area and continue helping the school on a limited as needed basis in his retirement.
• Janet Walker (12.5 years of service) retires from Rocky Knoll School in Martinsburg, West Virginia. Previously she taught at Garden State Academy (now closed) in New Jersey.

Beginning this month the Chesapeake Conference office will be closed on Fridays. After careful consideration, Administration made the decision to follow sister institutions General Conference, North American Division, Columbia Union and neighboring conferences (who years ago decided to close on Fridays) because in recent years very few phone calls and visits to the conference office occur on Fridays. There is always an option to leave a telephone message in the general voicemail box and to contact conference staff by email anytime, and the staff endeavor to respond quickly.

Need a prayer partner? Join the conference’s weekly Prayer Line, Wednesday mornings from 6:30-7. Each session a host pastor facilitates the focused prayer time. The dial-in number is (605) 475-4000. Use participant access code: 721521#

Hey kids, want to play ball? It’s time to sign up for the 15th Spencerville Adventist Summer Baseball League (SABL) season. The season runs June 8-July29 with games on Monday and Wednesday evenings at local parks in Silver Spring, Maryland, for kids ages 5- 18. The SABL is a Christ-centered co-ed league for 200+ kids who wish to enjoy the fun of playing baseball with friends while developing skills that benefit them in the game and also in life. For details and to register, visit Have more questions? Contact Jim Gilmore at (301) 503-8187, or Ruben Melendez at (443) 812-397, or call Pastor Scott at (301) 384-2920.
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Camp Meeting is almost here! Plan to join us, June 19-20, on the campus of Highland View Academy (HVA) in Hagerstown, Maryland. Live-streaming at!

Want to sing with the Camp Meeting Choir? Here rehearsal times and important details:
Rehearsals are at the Williamsport Seventh-day Adventist Church located at 16421 Lappans Road in Williamsport, Maryland, from 3:30-5:30 p.m., on the following Sabbaths: May 30, June 6, June 13. A final rehearsal takes place at the Highland View Seventh-day Adventist Church (21600 Academy Terrace, Hagerstown, Maryland) on Friday, June 19, right after the evening meeting.

The Choir performs Sabbath afternoon, June 20, in the HVA gym, during the Music and Mission program. Questions? Contact choir director Joseph Choi at

Single Adults are invited to a Sabbath afternoon picnic at The Gathering, June 20, sponsored by the Chesapeake Chapter of Adventist Single Adult Ministries. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket to sit on and food to share. A picnic site has been reserved. See the Camp Meeting Daily News for picnic locations.

Save $$$ on books and veggie foods at the HVA Adventist Book Center!
See the latest details and deals on Facebook.
A super sale takes place on Friday, June 19, from 4-5:30 p.m. The store will also be open on Saturday night following the closing meeting at camp meeting. A special sale runs June 10-June 30—bring your church bulletin for a 10 percent discount off your entire order. Regular store hours are Sunday 11-3, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 11-5:30, Tuesday, 11-7, and Friday 8-3.

Check out the fun activities for young people (and the young at heart) and register for lodging and meals online, or call (410) 995-1910, ext. 2330. Look for details in your church bulletin, at the welcome desk in the church foyer, or online.

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Register now for the Chesapeake Conference Women’s Retreat, October 30-November 1, at the oceanfront Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel in Ocean City, Maryland. “High Heels and High Callings—Women of the Word” is the theme this year. Whether you prefer heels or flats, embark on a biblical journey and gain deep insights from the stories of women in Scripture. Fun, spiritual and inspiring programs for English-speaking women, Spanish-speaking women, and young women ages 15-21 are planned, so register now and bring your BFF. Rates increase August 1. See your Women’s Ministry leader for a flyer, and visit for new details.

Deep sympathy is offered to:
~ to Inskip Allsop, conference Health Ministries coordinator and pastor at the Middletown and New Castle Spanish churches on the eastern shore, and his family. Pastor Allsop’s mother was in declining health and died Sunday, May 17.
~ to Joyce Barber, teacher at Dover First Christian School, and her family who are grieving the loss of Joyce’s mother Regina Goldberg. Thanks for keeping these families and church/school communities in prayer during this sad time.
~ Jerry Lutz, conference secretary, and his family as they mourn the loss of his father who died in California, Sabbath, May 23, of complications from being struck by a car earlier this year.

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June Sunset Calendar and Offering Schedule:
Date Sunset  Offering
June 6 8:30 Local Church Budget
June 13 8:33 GC Session Offering (World Mission)-GC
June 20 8:36  Multilingual Ministries/Chaplaincy Ministries-NAD/World Budget
June 27 8:37 Chesapeake Advance

Note: Sunset times published above are for Baltimore, Maryland. For Delaware and the Eastern Shore, subtract two minutes. For West Virginia and Western Maryland, add three minutes.
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