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NewsPoints, March 5, 2014
Columbia Union President Dave Weigley offered the opening prayer to convene yesterday's U.S. Senate meetings in the U.S. Capitol at the invitation from U.S. Senate Chaplain Barry Black. It was on the same day that conference presidents, healthcare and university leaders were in town for Weigley's regularly scheduled presidents council and a special religious liberty symposium, so all were able to attend the occasion with him and to present Black with an award for his service.
     “It is a great honor for me to participate, but it is not about me. It is about the church,” said Weigley. “We are a viable force that God has designed to be on the Earth just before His return. This is recognition that God is calling our church to be involved in the last days. That is why Barry Black is there.” Watch a recording and read MORE.

A new treasurer, Joyce Jones, was unanimously elected by the Seventh-day Adventist Church (SDACC) in Canada Board of Directors Sunday, Mar. 2. She will take over the position currently held by John Ramsey who will retire on May 1. Mrs. Jones, a Certified Management Accountant, has experience both in denominational work and the corporate world. She started working for denomination entities in Canada in 1992. This included being the general accountant for Pacific Publishing Association (Canada) and various positions at the SDACC starting on Jan. 1, 2005, ranging from senior accountant to under-treasurer.

Gone but Not Forgotten — Margaret Taglavore, who has served as Children's Ministries director of the Southwestern Union since 1998, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 27, in Irving, Texas. 
     "Margaret has been a tireless worker in children's ministries for many years. She and her army of trained workers have made children's ministries a vital part of the evangelistic and ministry outreach in the Southwestern Union. She will be greatly missed," said Larry Moore, Southwestern Union president. MORE
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The NAD Women's Ministries Convention, "Free Indeed 2014," will be held Sept. 25-28 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Fla. The theme is about how Jesus sets women free from everything that keeps them from experiencing the joy of life at its fullest in Him. Then He frees each woman to be His witness of God's saving grace. The convention will be packed with opportunities for community outreach, seminars, powerful preaching, and lots of fellowship with women from the U.S., Canada, Bermuda, and beyond. Women 18 and older who want to experience a faith-building weekend should plan to attend. Seminars in Spanish and French available; all general sessions will be translated. Register by June 3 for early bird fee.  MORE



Hymnals and songbooks available at up to 20% off until Mar. 31The Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal, $12.99, is available in black, blue, brownand burgundy. A special 100th anniversary replication of the 1908 favorite, Christ in Song, $15.99; the new Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal, Word Edition Color, $11.99. Click here to browse more titles that are currently on sale.

The following NAD Colleges and Universities offer online courses which are listed on the links provided below: 


Did you know Jesus is our advocate and judge?
Fundamental Beliefs #24 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 provides 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, or to share on social media or email it to a friend.
Reaching Out in Love

REACH: Community Outreach and Evangelism
Exchanging old for new reasons for going to prison



After a life of crime and 24.5 years of prison, David Casey, once a violent criminal, is an example of the grace and redemption of God. "I have lived a life of total destruction – self-destruction, that is – and that comes with drugs, violence, gangs, and crime. Yet, God's grace kept me alive through it all to be where I am today," says David. "Today I have Jesus. Is it enough? No – I want more of Jesus! It is what drives me to study His Word. The search comes down to what we value. What is the treasure of your heart?" 
     A street friend told David, "If you ever get a chance to go to the chapel for the Seventh-day Adventist
® Church, go." He did, and met a prison ministry team from the Ann Arbor, Mich., Adventist Church. He was baptized while in prison and now is blessed with a prison ministry called Onesimus Freedom Ministry. He supplies Bible studies and also does a Bible-teaching radio broadcast  on KWEL Radio out of Midland, Texas. He and his wife, Gina, witness to juveniles at a juvenile detention center every Sabbath. On the first Sabbath of Feb. 2014 he returned to prison again.  MORE: March 2014 Southwestern Union Record, pp 8-11

March 5, 2014
March Focus: Women in the Church
Mar 2-8, Adventist Youth Week of Prayer
Mar 15, Disabilities Awareness Sabbath

April Focus: Community Services
Apr 5, Missionary Magazines(Signs, Message, El Centinela, Priorities)
Apr 12, Stewardship Sabbath
Apr 19, Literature Evangelism Sabbath
Apr 26, Education Sabbath

Helpful Special Day Websites and Resources
Mar 8, Adventist World Radio
Apr 12, 
Christian Record Services
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March Edition

NAD News:  Belfair Builds New Church Facility, Young People Participate in Skid Row Service Event, Witnessing Works with Fund-raising, pp. 11-13
NAD Update: Standards for Students: How Adventist educators relate to state standards, pp. 14-15
NAD Perspective: "The Master Wheelwright," by John Mathews, p. 17
NAD Letters: p. 18
NAD Feature: Give Blind Individuals a Chance, pp. 35-39


Mar 9-15, Please pray for the Pennsylvania Conference with 104 churches and 10,916 members.

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