Adventist Magazine Is 150

Adventist Review, one of the oldest continuously published religious magazines in the country, will celebrate its 150th anniversary Wednesday with a reception at the world headquarters of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Silver Spring.

Established in 1849 and located in the Washington area since 1903, the magazine reaches 750,000 households in 121 countries, church officials said.

Its anniversary comes as the 10-million-member church regains its bearings from a recent controversy that led to the resignation of its former president, Robert S. Folkenberg. After serving as president for almost a decade, Folkenberg stepped down when church officials raised concerns about his private business dealings. He was replaced by Jan Paulsen.

--Caryle Murphy

Gifts Delivered to Cuba

The D.C. chapter of Pastors for Peace recently delivered gifts to Cuba that had been purchased in part by a group of students from St. Albans School for Boys. The materials included a disabled-access minibus, a motorized wheelchair scooter and copies of recent medical journals and books.

Several local residents made the trip, according to Jennifer Wager, a member of the All Peoples Congregation in Washington and volunteer coordinator of the D.C. chapter of Pastors for Peace.

This was the ninth trip to Cuba for the group, which challenges the U.S. economic embargo on Cuba by taking supplies to the communist-ruled island. Since 1992, it has delivered 2,000 tons of humanitarian aid to Cuba.

"As U.S. citizens, we have a responsibility to take a stand--in a loving and nonviolent way--against the U.S. blockade of Cuba, which Pope John Paul II has called 'monstrously immoral,' " Wager said.

--Caryle Murphy

Churchgoing Up in Littleton

LITTLETON, Colo.--Attendance has been up among adults and teen youth groups at many churches in the southwest Denver suburbs in the three months since the April 20 massacre at Columbine High School, where two seniors killed 12 students and a teacher before killing themselves.

"It's still like Easter Sunday every week for a lot of churches, particularly in the Littleton area," said the Rev. Lucia Guzman, executive director of the Colorado Council of Churches. "Services certainly doubled in attendance."

The Rev. Steve Poos-Benson, of Columbine United Church, believes much of the increased interest is a result of the shootings. "It's hard to tell someone that they need to connect with God when life is pretty rosy--when they've got it all together, they've got a job that makes six figures, they've got kids that are happy, they've got a nice little neighborhood, they take nice vacations and their Broncos win the Super Bowl," he said.

--Associated Press