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Columbia, Md. Congregation Honors Local State Delegate on Religious Liberty Sabbath

On Sabbath, January 28, 2012, the Atholton Seventh-day Adventist Church hosted its annual Religious Liberty Emphasis worship service. Atholton is a diverse, 560-member church located in Columbia, Maryland.

Planned by church religious liberty leader, Vivian Stevens, every aspect of the service emphasized the sacred gift of choice -- from the praise song selections to the children's story to the powerful divine worship message.

Special guest Elizabeth Bobo, member of the Maryland House of Delegates, reminded members of the importance of protecting our freedoms of worship and choice, and thanked them for her annual subscription to Liberty magazine. Melissa Reid, associate editor of Liberty and executive director of NARLA, shared with the congregation the work of the journal and the history of religious liberty emphasis within the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
 
The sermon by interim senior pastor and former Ministry editor, Nikolaus Satelmajer, pointed out that it is not sufficient to be just concerned about our religious freedom, but that we need to respect the freedom of others.

Atholton has been an enthusiastic supporter of the annual Religious Liberty Campaign, and has faithfully sponsored Liberty subscriptions to numerous government, civic, and church leaders within its local community. Members affirmed that tradition on Sabbath by raising a Religious Liberty offering of more than $1,000.