Adventist Health Nurse Plays Violin for Patients
Christian Pozo, a nurse from Adventist Health Bakersfield, has been helping patients in multiple ways. Christian has been playing music for patients with coronavirus on a violin that was given to him years ago by his grandfather. He plays to raise the spirits of those inside the hospital, and on March 19, he played for those outside the hospital. “Abide with Me,” “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”—beautiful reminders of a God who cares and abides with us, in sickness and in health.
North American Division Hosts eHuddle 2021
A two-day clergy professional development conference organized by the Ministerial Association of the North American Division explored the definition of Adventist evangelism, highlighted challenges in achieving church growth, showcased innovative examples of service, and provided guidance for the new and evolving realities created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Key presentations focused on navigating church life after the pandemic and confronting conspiracy theories in faith communities. The event is available to watch online, and among the additional resources is a “Best Practices Podcast” that launched on March 8.
Summit Christian Academy Remembers the Life of Samantha Claire Tibbitts
Summit Christian Academy students and staff joined one of their families in grieving the loss of a student to a tragic traffic accident in late March. “We are remembering our dear student Samantha today,” the school shared on March 29. “The spark and passion for life that she had was amazing! She loved nature and the world around her. She loved her family and God fiercely. She also loved the song ‘There is a Candle,’ and she always danced to it. Our school is missing our Princess of God.” On Monday evening, April 5th, Summit Christian Academy was the location for the funeral service, which celebrated Samantha’s life with prayers, songs, pizza, and a balloon launch.
Resources for Grief Recovery and Funeral Expense Assistance
This past year has been one of tremendous loss for so many families. We have gathered some resources for you on grief recovery and dealing with loss below, as well as resources from FEMA about assistance with funeral expenses for those who have lost loved ones to COVID. There are many stages of grief, and there are ways to help your family members, friends, and fellow church members cope with loss.
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“And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”
– Revelation 21:4