Subject: It's almost time for our Spring Convention.

Join us as we have our elections, hear words from two conference presidents, share ministry testimonials and more

March 2022 • Issue 30

Let's Get Together

ASI Columbia Union will host its Spring Convention April 9 at Blue Mountain Academy.

President Pete Palmer of Allegheny East Conference and President Gary Gibbs of Pennsylvania Conference will share their visions on ministry in 2022 and how ASI Columbia Union members can partner to do ministry.

"We want people to know that now is the time for us all to be engaged in ministry, right where we are," said Mark Brown, president of ASI Columbia Union.

The Spring Convention also gives members a chance to gather and see what's happening locally before heading to the national convention in August.


ASI Columbia Union's Spring Convention

Date: April 9, 2022

Where: Blue Mountain Academy, 2363 Mountain Road, Hamburg, PA 19526

Details: Register to attend by March 31.

If you want to make hotel arrangements, click here.

The day begins with Sabbath School at 9:30 a.m. and a ministries showcase, where testimonies will be shared by ASI Columbia Union members. The 11 a.m. worship service will feature the conference presidents. Each will also give a charge.

The afternoon includes a workshop by Dr. H. Jean Wright, who will speak on how to move forward from the pandemic and prepare for the soon coming of Jesus Christ. It will be followed by a concert, featuring soprano soloist Karla Rivera and Blue Mountain Academy students.

The evening finishes with vespers and an important chapter meeting in which the election of officers for the next two years will be conducted. The chapter officer positions are:

  • President

  • General vice president

  • Vice president for finance

  • Vice president for membership

  • Vice president for missions and evangelism

  • Vice president for logistics

  • Vice president for spiritual development

— Michele Joseph, managing editor, ASI Columbia Union newsletter


What will it take to finish the work? A cooperative collective.

"This is the spirit that must be present amongst God's people in these last days," said Mark Brown, president of ASI Columbia Union at the organization's Feb. 12 Sabbath celebration at Living Hope Seventh-day Adventist Church in Haymarket, Va. "... If we're going to finish spreading this gospel of Jesus Christ, it's going to take regular people like me and you being this gospel ministry enterprise."

Watch the video to hear more or to enjoy Brown's message again. Then share it with a friend.


Bruce Patterson is the owner of Bethel Construction Group in Philadelphia, Pa., and pastor of the Bethel Worship Center.

Bruce Patterson had built a stellar career in construction, working on some of the largest projects in Philadelphia. Then the industry took a nosedive in 2009 and his mother died in 2011. He began to look for different meaning in life.

Patterson felt God telling him to build a church, but he had no building and no potential members. God provided it all, beginning with an empty building.

"My way of building the church, I made a banner offering jobs, free food and clothes and I posted that outside of the church building," he said. "People started coming for food. Where did I get the food? I don’t even remember."

People came asking for jobs and God sent work. The church and the business began to grow.

To hear how God has been working in Patterson's life and ministry, attend ASI Columbia Union's Spring Convention. You'll hear testimonies from several ministries on God's amazing blessings and work in the field.

We want to celebrate the outstanding ministries of our members. Would you like to have your ministry or business spotlighted in the ASI Columbia Union newsletter? If so, contact us at and tell us how God has been using you.


There's a fresh, new look to ASI Columbia Union's website. The new website brings all of the organization's communication and resources in one place. Members can learn about events, register for activities and more. Visitors can read about ASI's mission and sign up to be members. Everyone can read the latest newsletter and find access to the archive, donate to the organization or contact the leadership.

Take a look at today and share the website with others.


Experience the Mission


Would you like an opportunity to share the love of Jesus with those who need to see it in action? Volunteers of all kinds are needed for Pathway to Health's Indianapolis event. To find out more about Pathway to Health, please visit their website and watch this inspiring video. Interested volunteers should sign up by March 31, 2022. For instructions on how to register, click here.


Would you like to be an ASI Young Professionals mentor? ASI is looking for members to share their time in the following industries:

  • Healthcare

  • Tech/media

  • Food/agriculture

  • Entrepreneurial/non-profit

  • Real estate/Trades  

  • Business/Finance

  • Arts & Culture (publishing, music, etc.)

  • Education  

There are two commitment levels to choose from:

Masterclass (Med)

Join a quarterly virtual mentor panel with other ASI members answering questions and providing industry-specific insight/guidance to young professionals, up to four meetings/year (1/quarter).

One-on-one (High)

Mentees who graduate from the year of masterclass mentorship will have the option of applying for a year of one-on-one mentorship with an ASI mentor (starts 2023).

If you would like more details on the mentorship program or any of the commitment levels, contact Almarie at


The family of Denise Hayden — The former president of ASI Columbia Union died March 8. Please keep her family in prayer. ASI Columbia Union was able to send flowers to Denise, thanking her for her service, before she passed away.

ASI Columbia Union members and families — God would bless and keep each member and their families and guide them in their mission to spread the gospel throughout the union and around the world.


Call 570-354-0272 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. to pray with Sharon Pruitt, ASI Columbia Union vice president for spiritual development, and other ASI Columbia Union members.


"For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

... For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.

Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth.

But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.

God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things--and the things that are not--to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.

It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God--that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.

Therefore, as it is written: ‘Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.’ " — I Corinthians 1:18, 25-31 NIV


April 9, 2022 — ASI Columbia Union Spring Convention at Blue Mountain Academy, 2363 Mountain Rd, Hamburg, PA 19526. Speakers include Pennsylvania Conference President Gary Gibbs and Allegheny East Conference President Pete Palmer. Chapter elections also will be held to elect new officers for the next term. Click here to register by March 31. Make a hotel reservation here.

3rd Thursdays — ASI Hour, 8 p.m. EST, a monthly meeting offering tools and training to encourage Sharing Christ in the Marketplace. Click here to register to join the virtual events or replay past meetings.

Aug. 3-6, 2022 — ASI International Convention in Orlando, Fla. For more details, visit

Our mission is to obey the Holy Spirit’s call to encourage, empower and equip Adventist members of Columbia Union to work together to finish God’s work in these times in harmony with the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

ASI Columbia Union Board: Mark A. Brown, president; Sharon Pruitt, vice president for spiritual development; Daniel Reed, vice president for projects, missions and evangelism

Sponsor: Celeste Ryan Blyden, vice president, Columbia Union Conference

Newsletter Managing Editor: Michele Joseph

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