God’s Closet takes an Adventist tradition and puts a unique spin on it. Begun in 2009 as a local church outreach in Spokane, Washington, God’s Closet is now part of the ministry portfolio of the North American Division (NAD) Adventist Community Services (ACS). “I’m amazed at what God has done with this ministry!” said Merryl Tschoepe, who had the idea to start this outreach ministry. MORE
About 2,000 patients’ lives were touched by Jesus through the almost 700 volunteers who converged on the Jumpstart Killeen, Texas, clinic on July 13-15, as they received free health care — and more. In addition to dental, vision, and medical services, patients were offered free haircuts, massages, lifestyle and nutrition counseling, mental health counseling, and pastoral care. MORE
College View Academy senior Demy Sigowa likes computers — so much that he plans to pursue a career in computer science. The desire only got stronger last spring, when he took Fundamentals of Computer Science, part of a Union College pilot program to offer college-level courses to academy students in Mid-America. “I loved the class,” Sigowa said. “My favorite part was the Raspberry Pi section.” MORE
Can meat-eating men change their ways? Loma Linda University’s (LLU) Adventist Health Study-2 (AHS-2), which includes 26,346 Seventh-day Adventist men, recently published updates about its findings on meat-eating’s link to prostate cancer, the second most common male cancer. But many meat-eaters find it hard to quit. MORE
Hope Trending: A Crash Course on How to Live Without Fear, is a live series of presentations with Pastor Dwight K. Nelson. The series will take viewers on a journey to purpose, meaning, and a hope-filled future through “watch parties,” a unique way for local Adventists to engage the community. The series, which can be viewed globally, will be held October 14-22, at 8 p.m. EDT. MORE
Adventist HealthCare Is First Health System in Montgomery County (Md.) to join Patient Wristband Initiative
ASI Joins Forces with Adventist Church on Total Member Involvement Initiative, Division Presidents Attend
Mills River Church (N.C.) Health Expo Teaches Easy Steps to a Healthy Life
Two Adventist Churches (Ga.) Bring Replica of Old Testament Sanctuary to Community
Five-Story Building Proposed for Adventist Health Headquarters in Roseville (Calif.)
Amita Health Adventist Hinsdale Hospital Ranked Among Best in Illinois
Campion Seventh-day Adventist Church (Colo.) to Offer Vegetarian Cooking Show
CORRECTION: We included a news story link about a Union College professor in last week’s NewsPoints — the Union College mentioned was not the Seventh-day Adventist college in Lincoln, Nebraska. We regret the error.
There’s still time to attend camp meeting in some conferences! Each conference in the North American Division plans a camp meeting (some are 10-day events!) filled with seminars and sermons that teach biblical principles, healthier lifestyles, practical living principles, and more. Check out this year’s camp meeting schedule.
REMINDER: On Aug. 13 the loose offering in all NAD churches goes toward supporting and maintaining NAD and GC educational institutions Oakwood University, Andrews University, and Loma Linda University.
Oakwood University’sinstitutional aim “God First!” is the core around which their identity, ethics, values, relationships, and curricula orbits. Whether it’s in the classrooms, dorms, the dining hall, on the campus green, or everywhere in between, Oakwood strives to put God first in everything they do. Funds garnered through fund-raising, receipt of gifts, applications for grants and contracts, and the establishment of scholarships make it possible for improvements to the university’s infrastructure in the form of new construction, acquisition and renovation of facilities, and campus beautification. Your prayers, financial support and encouragement are vital to the success of this institution. And special thanks for remembering Oakwood during the Aug. 13 special offering!
Andrews University is blessed to have a church family that supports them generously throughout the year, but especially on this significant Sabbath every other year. Please consider using this half-sheet bulletin insert with stories of two Andrews University students that may be printed and included in August 13 church bulletins. The other is a 3.5-minute video that can be shown during the offering call or announcements.
Loma Linda University Health is in the midst of a comprehensive fundraising effort – Vision 2020 – that will elevate clinical care, education, research and wholeness in the southern California region and around the globe. This commitment is being transformed into action through the construction of a new medical campus that includes a state-of-the-art adult acute care hospital and Children’s Hospital Tower. These new hospitals are central to Loma Linda University Health’s vision to advance this sacred ministry of restoring health and training generations of physicians and health care workers to serve humanity with the highest levels of expertise and compassion. For more information, please visit lluhvision2020.org; watch the video; download the video file; read an article.
The NAD Women Pastors and Chaplains Retreat will be held from Sept. 11-14 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Based on Isaiah 40:31, the goal for the retreat will be to help renew the strength of women in ministry so that they can continue to run and not get weary, to walk and not faint. Join us as we renew our faith, focus, and friendships. This event promises to provide a time of refreshing so that, as women, we can return to our positions soaring on wings like eagles! Click here for more information/registration.
NAD Regional Health Summit is coming to British Columbia this fall. Visit Camp Hope in Hope, BC, Canada, from Sept. 28-Oct. 2, and learn how to use health care as an outreach tool. Physical, emotional, and social health are all important needs in our community. Providing hope along with sharing the loving character of Jesus will be the focus of this special mountain-top exhibit. MORE INFO
HE SAID GO Missions Conference 2016: The purpose of this conference, to be held on Nov. 18-20 in San Diego, Calif., is to serve as a catalyst for missions, not only overseas, but also in domestic service. It is our prayer that our local church members become active in their communities and abroad. In order to accomplish this task, we are inviting medical professionals, our union and conference leaders, university/college presidents and their respective chaplains, along with their missions coordinators, to be part of this special gathering. We are also inviting youth directors, youth pastors, academy chaplains, and young adults. From Native American mission opportunities, including the Siberian Eskimos in northern Alaska, to Guam-Micronesia Mission territory, it is our prayer that everyone attending will choose to respond to the opportunities of service that God may present to them. Watch the video; and click here for more information.
The Society of Adventist Communicators invites you to Denver, Colo. (Oct. 13-15) for a time of inspiration, celebration, training, and growing as professional communicators. Join us to “Keep Climbing” as we continue to blend traditional and digital communication practices in our field. Use #SACdenver16 and #AdventistComm on social media; and click here for registration info.
The fourth annual EYE RUN will be held Sunday, Oct. 2,at Holmes Lake Park in Lincoln, Neb. Early bird registration is open now! The EYE RUN is a fundraiser and eye health education event that encourages you to walk or run with family and friends. Enjoy our best early bird pricing when you assemble a team of 4 to 9 individuals. But don’t wait — early bird pricing is available through September 1. Don’t live in Lincoln? Register to walk or run on your own or with a team in your local area as EYE RUN virtual participants. Encourage friends, family, and church members to participate with you on Oct. 2. Church health ministries leaders: Consider using the EYE RUN as a way to connect your ministry efforts with individuals from your community. LEARN MORE
Free registration available for people who are blind and their guides. Individuals who are blind and their sighted guides are eligible to receive complimentary registration. Contact EYE RUN coordinator Jeri Lyn Rogge for more information at 1-402-488-0981, extension 213.
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Watch summer shows now. Hope Channel Classics will feature documentaries on Martin Luther, John Wesley, Corrie ten Boom and more. Faith for Today’s award-winning drama series, Westbrook Hospital, is back by popular demand. Musical artists from My Story, My Song will perform an encore in mini concerts. Also back is Barry Black in Higher Ground. In addition to the return of these favorites is Arnion, a brand new show that presents a fresh, contemporary look at the book of Revelation. For air times, check the program guide. Watch Hope Channel on DirecTV 368, streaming online, on Roku, and mobile apps.
An enditnow Emphasis Day (Aug. 27) kit is FREE and downloadable from the NAD Women’s Ministries website. There is a sample sermon, suggested program, and children’s story for church with a PowerPoint presentation. The entire enditnow Emphasis Day kit is available in English, French, and Spanish; churches may choose to use some or all of the materials. It may be printed/reproduced as needed. The 2016 theme is “Learning to Love as He Loved,” by Nancy Wilson.
Encouraging our children to grow up to be Christ-like adults is the constant prayer of modern Christian parents. Biblical parenting principles have stood the test of time and are still effective today. Help! I’m a Parent: Christian Parenting in the Real World offers easy to follow, insightful guidelines for Christian parenting with a scriptural foundation. AdventSource offers the Help! I’m a Parent book and DVD set, featuring 10 thirty minute video clips covering each chapter (Spanish version). The set is excellent for leading group meetings as well as individual use. Parents interested in personal daily growth can learn more in the Help! I’m a Parent devotional.
No time to fill out a tithe envelope? Away from your local church? Adventist Giving enables you to pay tithes and offerings electronically through your local church website. If your local church doesn’t offer online Adventist Giving, encourage your pastor to sign up. FAQ here
It Is Written’s SALT Program is a three-month evangelism training school that takes place each fall on the campus of Southern Adventist University. Now you can watch SALT 365, It Is Written’s free online evangelism training. In this week’s video presentation, SALT hosts engage in a special Q&A session. Next week: “Effectively Teaching the Sabbath” is presented by Pastor John Bradshaw. This is valuable material you won’t want to miss!
Dan Jackson: at the ASI Convention
“If Jesus is not the center of the three angels’ messages quit preaching the three angels’ messages — until you can preach it with Jesus as the center of it.”
“Christianity is demonstrated in the crucible of life.”
“The time has come for [Adventists] to intensify their beliefs to bring glory to God.”
“There is no such thing as a Christian who does not serve.”
—Daniel R. Jackson, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America, spoke at Sabbath vespers on Aug. 6, 2016, at the ASI convention; these are a few quotes from his sermon. [Stock photo/Daniel A. Weber]
Church Members Create Curb Appeal
Service is nothing new to the West Palm Beach Spanish Seventh-day Adventist Church (Fla). But this past spring they served the community (#compassion10m) in an extra special way when church members designed and landscaped the outdoor area of two apartments where two single-parent families were preparing to live. After a couple days of major yard clean up, the church and community welcomed the residents with a “block party.”
This Aug. 13 and 14 marks another special compassion weekend. What will you/your church do to REACH North America? Let us know on social media: @NADadventist.
August 11, 2016
August 27 – Enditnow Day
August Special Offerings
Aug. 13, Oakwood University/Andrews University/Loma Linda University
Compassion and Hope
NAD Initiative for 2016:
The 2nd weekend of every month will automatically be a Compassion Weekend. Plan for it every month throughout the year: Do acts of compassion, especially on these weekends, but better yet, every day.
Days of Compassion:
Helpful Special Day Websites and Resources
Sample Offertory Readings (in English, Spanish, Portuguese and French)
Aug. 13-14, Compassion Weekend
Sept. 7-10, Adventist Community Services Convention
Sept. 11-14, Women Pastors and Chaplains Retreat
Sept. 16-18, Forever One Marriage Retreat
Sept. 28-Oct., Health Summit Canada
Oct. 10-13, Nonprofit Leadership Convention, Session 2
Oct. 13-15, Society of Adventist Communicators Convention
Oct. 20-23, SDA Attorneys’ Conference & Retreat
Nov. 18-20, HE SAID GO Missions Conference
Jan. 8-11, 2017, Adventist Ministries Convention, Tucson, Ariz.
NAD Feature: “Lending a Hand, Providing for Needs,” by Kryzia Abacan, pp. 30-37
NAD News: Oakwood University Church Honors NBA Legend “Magic” Johnson; Jesus 101 Wins People’s Choice Telly Award; La Sierra University Enactus Team Wins Championship; Washington Adventist University Graduate Wins College TV Awards Emmy, pp. 11-13
NAD Update: “Evangelist C.D. Brooks Passes to His Rest,” pp. 14-15
NAD Perspective: “Visionaries: Who’s Next?” by Dan Weber, p. 17
Daily Prayer Guide
Months of June-August 2016 – For this period, please pray for the Pacific Union, with 709 churches and 230,548 members.
Aug. 14-20 – This week please pray for the Southern California Conference, with 132 churches and 41,859 members.
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