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The NAD Communication Department has a new communication director. Daniel Weber, formerly the associate director, comes to this new position with a wealth of experience in the Adventist® Church and the field of communication. He worked in Adventist Mission as a video producer for eight years and as senior producer at the Hope Channel. His journalism assignments have taken him to more than 115 countries, covering stories on humanitarian and missionary outreach. Before his work for the Church in 2002, he worked in corporate communications, marketing, and also operated his own commercial photography studio for seven years. In all, Dan has more than 25 years of experience in various communication fields, both inside and outside the Church.
       He replaces George Johnson Jr., director since 2010, who has gone to Oakwood University to fill the position of director of Integrated Marketing and Public Relations.

Gone but not Forgotten — Dr. Leona Running, 1916-2014, the first woman-professor at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary (SDATS), died on January 22, at the age of 97. She was professor of Biblical Languages from 1955 until her retirement in 1981, and continued to teach various language classes for the Old Testament Department after retiring.
     "Dr. Running holds a special place in the hearts of her Old Testament and Seminary colleagues and former students, who greatly appreciated her mentoring during their Seminary years," said Ji┼Öí Moskala, dean of SDATS. "She was ... indeed a woman of remarkable skills and influence."  MORE
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Writers from the NAD territory are needed to help finish a parenting devotional for 2015 that the NAD Family Ministries is putting together. Needed are devotionals on how the following topics impact children ages 0-7: Single/Step Parenting/ Parenting through Divorce; Parents as Disciple Maker; Fruits of the Spirit; Grand Parenting; Special Needs Parenting; Becoming Like Jesus - Christ Formed Within. The deadline? This weekend! They need to be only 375-400 words long on 8-1/2 wide paper with one-inch margins. Devotionals should including a scripture and brief prayer. Send submissions to Karen Pearson before or by this weekend. 
February is Family Life Month and Black History Month. There are special Sabbaths designated by the NAD Calendar of Special Days Committee to address various aspects of Adventist family life: February 1, Christian Marriage Sabbath; February 1-8, Christian Home and Marriage Week; February 8, Christian Parenting Sabbath; February 16-22, Family Togetherness Week; and February 22, Family Togetherness Sabbath. Resources from the Family Ministries Department are linked in the February section of the Calendar of Special Days page on the NAD website.
     "Like" the NAD Facebook page to receive regular status updates about Blacks who have made important contributions to the Seventh-day Adventist Church, as well as updates about current events in NAD, links to resources, inspiration, and more. 

 There are only two days left to register for the 2014 Forever Faithful International Camporee at the $195/person early-bird rate. More than 20,000 Pathfinders have already registered for the Camporee, to be held in Oshkosh, Wis., August 11-15.Register 

February 15 will be Mental Health Sabbath, when the theme will be “How to Maximize Your Brain Potential.” Check the January 15 and January 22 editions of NewsPoints for information about a special issue of Vibrant Life (Ordering deadline is January 31) which addresses many issues of mental health and how to improve your brain. Many resources are available and downloadable, including two suggested sermons for the worship service and two presentations for Sabbath afternoon. In addition, there are three free one-hour+ downloadable video presentations by Dr. Neil Nedley on nutrition and the brain, motivation, energy and productivity, calmness and stability under stress, mood and food. All of these resources and more, are listed on the NAD Health Ministries website.
     Don't forget to watch the NAD 2014 Health Summit live streaming this week through Sabbath, February 1. Get the schedule
Plan now for the special Women's Day of Prayer, March 1, when the theme will be "He Lifts Up My Head." Several resources are available to help create a special Sabbath service including a sermon, children's story, suggested order of service, and special ideas for enhancing the program based on God's second book: nature. Plan for it now. MORE

Did you know God gives us the power to obey Him?
Fundamental Beliefs #19 from My Way to Jesus

Just "Click" to share your beliefs: The Fundamental Beliefs videos and other updates are shared on the My Way to Jesus Facebook page and from there onto the NAD Facebook page. Both updates link back to www.MyWaytoJesus.com, NAD's "seeker site." The site offers options such as sending a prayer request, enrolling in the Discover Bible Course, watching a beliefs video, and a connection to Adventist Information Ministry where people can chat with someone about spiritual issues or things that are troubling them. "Like" these pages on Facebook, and then share the updates with your friends.

You can share the Beliefs videos on your own website: Just go to www.vimeo.com/channels/didyouknow for the entire video series and click on the "Share" button in the upper right corner of a specific video for the embed code, to share on social media or to email to a friend.
Reaching Out in Love

REACH: Community Outreach and Evangelism

God's Closet Offers Help and Friendship - The Redding, Calif. Adventist Church has started a chapter of God's Closet, a nonprofit organization. Their mission: to help families find clothes for their kids while offering friendship and spiritual support. They host four "free-shop" days every year. Nearly 100 families participated in the first one, and more than double that number at the second one. A $1 per family admission is charged to help cover various expenses. Offering a free bag of clothes to people in the community if they come help makes it easy to attract volunteers to help sort and set up the day before "Shop Day." Getting acquainted with the volunteers adds to the friend-making aspect of the ministry.
     Other features are offered by various chapters on Shop Day depending upon the talents of church members and volunteers, such as free haircuts, child care, mini-Vacation Bible School. While adults waited to go into the shopping area, each received a contact card offering Bible studies, prayer and more information about the church's children's programs. Sixteen people requested Bible studies at one Shop Day. MORE: Pacific Union Conference Recorder, November 2013, p. 4

January 29, 2014
February Focus: Family Life
Feb 1-22, Black History Month
Feb 1, Christian Marriage Sabbath
Feb 1-8, Christian Home and Marriage Week
Feb 8, Christian Parenting Sabbath
Feb 15, Mental Health Sabbath
Feb 16-22, Family Togetherness Week
Feb 22, Family Togetherness Sabbath

Helpful Special Day Websites and Resources
Feb 8, Adventist Television Ministries
Sample Offertory Readings


Upcoming Events

January Edition

NAD News:  Theology of Ordination Study Committee (Report and Defining), pp. 11-13
NAD Update: New Parenting Resource Released, pp. 14-15
NAD Perspective: When the New Wears Off, p. 17
NAD Letters: p. 18
NAD Feature: Media Ministries for Maximum Exposure, pp. 33-39


Feb 2-8, Please pray for the Allegheny East Conference with 126 churches and 36,698 members.

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