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Top 10 Visitor News Stories of 2020

In a year filled with natural disasters, a pandemic and sadness over racial injustice, Columbia Union Conference members and others who visited clung to hope, at least in their article selections.

Here are the top 10 most read 2020 news stories on in 2020:

10. Pottinger Retires, Celebrates 50 Years of Ministry
Leonel Pottinger, the ministerial director for the New Jersey Conference (NJC), recently retired after nearly 50 years of selfless ministry.

9. Healthy 2020 Tips from the Visitor Magazine
The 2020 Columbia Union Calendar offers monthly inspiration to live a healthier 2020. It will be mailed to members across the union in December.


8. How the Visitor Reported the 1918-1920 Pandemic
Columbia Union Visitor archives from 1918-1920 provide a snapshot of life and ministry for members of the fledgling Columbia Union Conference, which was only in its 11th year at the onset of the “Spanish Influenza Pandemic.” During a deadly two-year period, some 50 million people perished globally, including 675,000 in the United States. Conference and school reports in the weekly, eight-page Visitor noted its impact on members, ministry, frontline workers and the community at large.


7. Beans for Breakfast (The January/February Feature)
Turkey bacon, eggs, cold cereal, cheese, lots of bread and pizza were common ingredients in Jennifer Engelkemier’s daily menu. But since attending Mountain View Conference’s (MVC) Wellness Camp last summer, she’s traded in some of her old breakfast favorites, including turkey bacon, for beans.


6. A Statement from the Columbia Union Conference President’s Council: A Call for Justice, Prayer and Peace

Last week we witnessed a tragedy in the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minn. As a result of this, as well as the recent killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and others, many people across our nation, and in our union, are in a state of turmoil. Thousands, including law enforcement officials, are appalled by the actions of the individuals who failed to serve and protect their communities. The anguish and pain is evident by the civil unrest and protests in more than 140 cities.


5. Adventist HealthCare and Howard University Hospital Sign Management Services Agreement

Adventist HealthCare and Howard University, which operates Howard University Hospital in the District of Columbia, announced today that the two organizations have signed a three-year management services agreement in which Adventist HealthCare will bring in a senior leadership team to help strengthen the hospital’s presence in the region. The agreement begins February 17, 2020.


4. Columbia Union Adventist Entities Respond to the Coronavirus
As national and local government and health agencies continue to monitor the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), church leaders in the Columbia Union Conference are evaluating how to best support members, employees and students through this crisis.


3. Columbia Union Designates Special Day of Prayer Sabbath, March 28
Leaders of the Columbia Union Conference and its eight local conferences, health care networks and higher educational institutions are asking members to participate in a special day of prayer, Sabbath, March 28.

Though not posted in 2020, many viewers also read our March 2019 feature on Lucy Byard. Check it out here.


2. 2021 ‘Year of the Bible’ Devotional Book Call for Submissions & Guidelines
What is your favorite Bible verse, and how has it impacted your life?

In preparation for the Columbia Union Conference 2021 “Year of the Bible,” leaders, pastors, students and members are invited to write and submit short devotionals about one of their favorite Bible verses and what it means to their lives.


1. Fun Facts About the Psalms by Rob Vandeman

Though not posted in 2020, this was the most read article of the year!

David wrote at least 75 psalms. Seventy-three bear his name. Acts 4:25 confirms he wrote Psalm 2 and Hebrews 4:7 confirms he wrote Psalm 95. Read more.


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