Ohio Conference

Photo by Joel Springer

Story by Sylvia N. Urrutia

A group of young visitors were near Ohio Conference’s Cleveland First church one Sabbath and decided to visit. After the service, there was no potluck, so they left hungry, without making any real contacts.

After hearing about their experience, member Aracely Balleza determined to make sure that every visitor who walked through the church doors would have a lunch and a friend available for them after divine service. She has now led the ministry for the last seven years, ensuring there is a potluck every week and for every visitor.

Story by Lauren Brooks
 
This fall, the U.S. Department of Education released the official three-year cohort student loan default rate for all domestic and foreign postsecondary schools for fiscal year 2015. This rate refers to the percentage of a school’s borrowers who defaulted on their student loans within a three-year period. Kettering College’s official cohort default rate is 2.9 percent, well below the Ohio average of 12.2 percent and the national average of 10.8 percent.
 
Adam Brown, Dean of Student Success, says the low student loan default rate reflects affordability and value of a Kettering College education.
 
Karen Robinson accepts a Notable Person of Honor Award from Dave Weigley on behalf of her late husband, Dave

Story by Celeste Ryan Blyden

During the fifth Columbia Union Notable Persons of Honor Awards, union leaders recognized various individuals who have exemplified not only strong leadership, but service to God and their fellow men and women.

“We pay tribute to them today for their steadfast, unwavering commitment to furthering God’s kingdom through living a life that exemplifies Christ by caring for and putting the needs of others first,” said Rob Vandeman, Columbia Union Executive Secretary.