QUOTE OF THE MONTH
“In our global village of today, the Adventist church is a culturally diverse family; and our challenge, like the disciples in their time, is to love one another within our community of faith in spite of our differences.”
—Erika F. Puni, GC Stewardship director, during the 2006 Annual Council meetings
JUST THE FACTS
Here are some interesting facts from the world church Web site (www.adventist.org) about the name of the Seventh-day Adventist Church—and how to use it.
The denominational name Seventh-day Adventist, decided upon in 1860, includes vital beliefs. “Adventist” reflects the passionate conviction in the nearness of the soon return (“advent”) of Jesus. “Seventh-day” refers to the biblical Sabbath, which from Creation has always been the seventh day of the week, or Saturday.
The name Seventh-day Adventist represents the Seventh-day Adventist Church, its institutions and organizations, its local churches and its members. The name and the logo are trademarked and registered identities. As with all proper names, there are appropriate and inappropriate ways to spell, pronounce, abbreviate, and otherwise use this name.
Spelling: Seventh-day Adventist, including the hyphen and a lowercase “d” for “day.”
The pronunciation: Seventh-day Ad’-ven-tist with the accent on the first syllable.
The abbreviation: Adventist. In communication about the church, the preferred abbreviation of the name is “Adventist.”
*In Pakistan, a new member wipes his face after being baptized in a small, outdoor pool. There are reportedly 111 churches and 10,396 members in Pakistan, a country whose population is approximately 166,000,000.