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Letters to the Editor 1/01

December 29, 2000

Letters to the Editor 1/01



Thanks for free dinner



To the editor:

I wish to commend, congratulate and thank the dedicated volunteers responsible for the free annual Christmas Day dinner at the Four Points Hotel.

Thank you Nick Giannaris, Cheryl Walkley, George Turner and Ed Lough for your committment to the community and your infectious holiday spirit.

You are an outstanding and uplifting example to us all!

John Ewald

Laurel, Md.




Ad didn't represent us



To the editor:

I am writing in response to the letter that appeared on a recent editorial page, referring to the anti-Catholic ad that appeared recently in The Herald-Mail and in other papers throughout the country. As a Seventh-day Adventist myself, I stand embarrassed by such un-Christian tactics from this group that purports to be Seventh-day Adventist, but which I assure you, is not.

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My personal apologies go to Mr. Giovanoni, and any others who were hurt by this uncharacteristic behavior.

Of late our denomination has been maligned by some of these splinter groups, none of which are legally affiliated with us, though they claim to be. As a matter of fact, the courts have consistently upheld our denomination's trademark name, and judges have ordered these organizations to cease and desist from alleging or feigning affiliation through the use of such titles as "Seventh Day Adventist Association."

I would make the following further points:

1) All religious organizations, both yours and mine, have a vocal, headstrong few who make trouble or do not properly represent their faith. Some even form offshoots. Thanks for taking this into account.

2) The Eternal Gospel Church, which placed the ad in the Baltimore Sun recently, has never been affiliated with us, neither their pastor nor their organization. They think they have the right to use our denominational name since many of their teachings are the same, but they do not.

3) The genuine Seventh-day Adventist Church has been established in Hagerstown since 1899, and today is comprised of four vibrant congregations in Washington County, a publishing house, a youth camp, a boarding high school, an elementary school, and a downtown ministry known as the Adventist Community Services. These institutions are well-known and respected by many in city and county government, public service, and the business community.

Thank you for realizing that the Seventh-day Adventist Church does not make it a practice to resort to such ads. It doesn't need to.

Christ has taught us all a better way, the way of love. Our beliefs will remain distinctive. Our methods will be his.

James Hoffer

Senior pastor

Hagerstown

Seventh-day Adventist Church

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