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NewsPoints, March 12, 2014
La Sierra University (LSU) is mourning the passing of LSU alum and sports medicine legend Dr. Frank Jobe, who died March 6 at the age of 88. Jobe was the creator of the famed "Tommy John" surgery which prolonged or saved the careers of countless baseball players at all levels and changed baseball forever. He graduated from LSU in 1949 with a BA, and then studied medicine at Loma Linda's College of Medical Evangelists, now Loma Linda University School of Medicine. LSU honored him as Alumnus of the Year in April, 2013.  MORE

Julio Muñoz has accepted the position as the new Associate Director for the Office of Communication as of March 30, as voted by the NAD Executive Committee. He replaces Dan Weber who became the director when George Johnson transitioned to a new position at Oakwood University. Julio will oversee public relations and marketing and assist with media production as a producer, writer and on-camera talent. He recently served as the Manager Client Care for Adventist Risk Management. From 2007 - 2012 he was Bureau Chief for Marketing and Development at ADRA.

Columbia Union has named their first female vice-president. Celeste Ryan Blyden was promoted from editor of theVisitor magazine and assistant to the president for communication to be vice president for strategic communication and public relations. Other promotions include Rubén Ramos, from assistant to the president for Multicultural Ministries to vice president for Multicultural Ministries; Beth Michaels, from managing editor of the Visitor to editor in chief and associate director of communication; and Tabitha Martinez, from assistant treasurer to associate treasurer; 
     In addition, the union voted to have Cindy Tutsch, DMin, recently retired from her post as associate director at the Ellen G. White Estate to serve as a consultant to help launch their planned evangelistic school for young adults in the Columbia Union. MORE

The SONscreen Film Festival has announced its selections for consideration for this year's SONscreen awards. This year there were more than 50 entries to the festival to be held March 20-22 on the campus of Southern Adventist University. Some of the categories are Dramatic Short; Documentary Short; Animation; and My Church, My Mission. See the list and schedule


Eight million Adventist youth worldwide, including NAD youth, will "exit the church and enter the world" on Global Youth Day, Sabbath, March 15. They plan to "live the sermon" by joining in acts of kindness, donating blood, serving at shelters, and much more. 
Please inform your youth that they can publish directly to the Global Youth Day website which will show exactly where they are on a world map, or via the iOS App, or Android App. They can also upload photos and videos to the Global Youth Day Facebook page and can use the Smartphone App to contribute. 
     Hope Channel Broadcast for NAD time slots for young people to tell their stories are listed on the NAD website. Watch live streamMORE

“The Paradise Valley Church is one of the most unusual Seventh-day Adventist Churches that I have had the privilege of being in. The whole focus of the church is upon the needs of men, women, and children who have come to the shores of America in need.” - Dan Jackson
     Watch a video about the Paradise Valley Church (PVC) in the San Diego, Calif. area, and its Refugee Assimilation Project (RAP). PVC has over 51 nationalities attending and are translating into Spanish, French, Swahili, Arabic, Laotian, Napalese on Sabbath mornings as a result of their RAP food program which now serves about 500 people a week. San Diego is the "refugee capitol of America," with 90 thousand lonely refugees who have left their families behind. PVC Pastor Will James says that, "They don't know anyone when they arrive, and they need someone to love and care about them. The church has become that loving, caring, compassionate society that they crave." 

[Photo: Dan and Donna Jackson- left center back; Paradise Valley Church Pastor Will James right center back; posing with some church members]
Adventists in the News
Add to Your Bucket List — We are facing a new season of tornadoes and hurricanes in many local communities. Melting heavy snows may also cause homes to be filled with mud and flood water. Adventist Community Services (ACS) allocated $250,000 to purchase empty five-gallon buckets for the specific purpose of distributing cleaning supplies to survivors affected by disasters. You can help fill them with cleaning supplies, either by donating to ACS ($50 will fill a bucket with supplies) or by holding a group effort with your church, youth group, or community, to fill them with needed supplies. 
     Put it on your bucket list to complete their bucket list! Get the Bucket List orDonate. Contact your local conference ACS Disaster Response director to get the buckets FREE and to arrange their delivery.

Southern Union Conference is moving to Norcross, Ga. Their new mailing address, beginning March 24, will be P. O. Box 923868, Norcross, GA  30010; Street address: 302 Research Dr., Norcross, GA 30092

GIGI, a new magazine for young women and teen girls is now downloadable, free from the NAD Women’s Ministries website. Begun by five sisters (5 Sisters Ministry) in Australia who wanted to use their teaching, health training, style and design talents for God, it shows in attractive and appealing design and wording, how young women can “sparkle” to the glory of God through their lifestyles, decisions, appearance and attitudes. The Spring 2014 issue includes a personal experience as written by an ADRA worker, some female straight talk, topics such as anorexia, self-esteem, health, easy healthy recipes, skin health, bath salt recipes, wardrobe suggestions and ideas, love and dating, and so much more. It also includes an opportunity to request prayer. You will want to recommend it to your female youth. 


Did you know Jesus is coming back to this earth?
Fundamental Beliefs #25 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" the above-mentioned Facebook pages 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
Expanding church partly due to food distribution program


A food distribution program at the 47-member Crestview, Fla. Church is such a success that because of its growth and the growth of the Sabbath school and surrounding community, the church is planning to build a new church. Every Monday, Crestview serves as a distribution center for Destin Harvest, an area food bank. The church volunteers sort and pack the food, such as bread, dessert, fruit, vegetables, boxed goods and specialty items into about 50 boxes, and by 3:00 p.m., the door is opened for waiting clients. Some clients ask for prayer, for clothes or pet food, which are also supplied. The church also delivers boxes to shut-ins. Read about special individual experiences and MORE: SouthernTidings, Dec. 2013, p. 22
March 12, 2014
March Focus: Women in the Church
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
Apr 12, Christian Record Services
Sample Offertory Readings


Upcoming Events

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 16-22, Please pray for the Potomac Conference with 141 churches and 33,889 members.

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