In April of 2019, Marlen Ochoa-Uriostegui, a Chicago woman, was murdered
while trying to obtain clothes and items for her then-unborn baby. At a
community-wide memorial service, her father, Arnulfo, called for the
community to supply the needs of poor and to help struggling moms-to-be with clothes, supplies, emotional care and other necessities. The Adelante
Community Health Center in Berwyn, Illinois has been able to help do just that.
As Andrews University returned to in-person instruction on its Berrien Springs
campus, its annual fall census report on Sept. 9 reported that 3,171 students
were enrolled on or through the Berrien Springs campus of Andrews University,
a decrease from the 3,412 headcount enrollment during the 2019 fall semester.
Andrews University had planned for the impact of COVID-19 on University
operations with its August reopening, and the University’s operating budget
was adjusted to allow for an anticipated 5 percent decrease in enrollment levels
and tuition income this school year.
As COVID-19 caused many churches to temporarily worship virtually, the
Shiloh Seventh-day Adventist Church in Chicago has launched a new ministry
called, “Servants of Lights, Hope and Healing,” (SLHH).
The first Adventist church centered around the African American community in Milwaukee is gearing up to mark its 100th anniversary with a virtual
celebration subdued but not conquered by the coronavirus.
Richard Sylvester who has pastored the Milwaukee Sharon Church since 2013, says that although the in-person celebration planned for the summer could no longer occur, the Oct. 30-31 weekend commemoration is a unique opportunity to reflect on how far they come by faith.
“It’s so easy to forget and not have a clear sense of purpose,” he says, “but it’s important to celebrate our past and embrace the future.”