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NewsPoints, April 9, 2014

Adventist mission pilot Bob Roberts, longtime missionary to Africa and Southeast Asia, was killed, along with several passengers, in a plane crash this morning in Indonesia.  Roberts' work included delivering food, medicine and urgently needed supplies, as well as transporting sick and needy passengers to and from the many isolated mountain villages of Papua. He was well known throughout the islands and had flown more than a thousand relief flights. Watch the feature video, "Called to Fly," of Bob’s mission work in Papua. MORE


The Seventh-day Adventist Church joined an amicus brief filed today in a United States Federal Court of Appeals challenging a November ruling that the “parsonage exemption” is unconstitutional. In an interview, GC Associate General Counsel Todd McFarland said that the religious coalition doesn’t believe the exemption violates the Establishment Clause, noting that the tax code contains other similar exemptions.
     Other exemptions, McFarland said, include teachers and professors working for educational institutions, military personnel, employee lodging for the convenience of the employer, as well as certain tax-payers living abroad. MORE

Adventists in the News

The Summit on Abuse is designed especially for pastors, union and conference leaders, school administrators, teachers, laypersons, and anyone who needs or wants to know how to recognize and/or help someone who is being abused. The emphasis of the Summit is training members and leaders how to respond to abuse victims in our churches and in the community. It will cover child and adult abuse, sexual abuse, how to respond, legal issues, and much more. Get the poster/bulletin insert here
     Up to four CEUs for Social Work available. MORERegister


The Oshkosh Instep4Life 3-Day Pathfinder Challenge will be a fun event sponsored by the NAD Adventist Health Ministries during the International Pathfinder Camporee in Oshkosh, Wis. in August. Currently, more than 40,000 people are registered to participate. 
     Sign up your club for the Oshkosh Instep4Life 3-Day Pathfinder Challenge. Starting on April 15, Pathfinders and club staff competing for their club must register. The first 1,000 registrants will receive free giveaways each day they complete in the challenge (limit of 2,000 Pathfinders total per day, max). Club registration deadline is May 31. MORE 


Noahthe book, not the movie – As controversy swirls around the just-released Noah movie starring Russell Crowe, a newly released book offers a Bible-based account of the famous ark builder and addresses questions about God raised by the story of a devastating worldwide flood. The book contains five chapters from Patriarchs and Prophets, one chapter from the Desire of Ages and three chapters form the Great Controversy.  There is an introduction and thought questions between each of the three sections.  MORE

CALLED -To plant a church for second generation immigrants

Juanfer Monsalve, a recent seminary graduate, was asked by Georgia-Cumberland Conference to plant a church for second generation Hispanics in Chattanooga. Because Pastor Monsalve’s church doesn’t fit into either a traditional Spanish or Anglo church plant, he has few models to draw from. When given an opportunity to hang out for a weekend at Epic second generation church plant in Chicago, Monsalve immediately accepts. Watch through Juanfer’s eyes as a brand new church takes shape in Chicago designed from the ground up to be a contemporary multicultural discipleship factory. Juanfer sees the Seventh-day Adventist message repackaged with new relevancy, authenticity, and vulnerability. He returns to Chattanooga with a refined vision and inspiration knowing that he is not the only one in the world planting churches for second generation immigrants.
Reaching Out in Love
REACH: Alignment Within the Church
Bringing ministries together to advance the mission of the church

Adventist-Laymen's Services and Industries (ASI) Empowers Lay Members to Share Christ - In the beginning, in 1947 when ASI was first formed, members were usually organizations dedicated to education or health. As more technological mediums for gospel ministry became available, the types of organizations varied more and more. Current ministries include the Family First Radio, led by Linda de Romanett. It's a talk-radio format and over the years there have been more than 500 baptisms because of that radio ministry. 
     Edgemont Video, in Mountain View, Ark., provides IT services, repairs, sales, and video production services. They invite their customers to the Adventist church-sponsored monthly cooking classes and Country Life Natural Foods Co-op. "A good number of our contacts from these health outreach ministries have trusted us enough to come to church services and other meetings because they consider us friends," says Chip Doss from Edgemont Video. MORE: Southwestern Union Record, February, 2014. Learn more about ASI, the members, and this year's international convention..
April 9, 2014
April Focus: Stewardship
Apr 12, Stewardship Sabbath
Apr 19, Literature Evangelism Sabbath
Apr 26, Education Sabbath

May Focus: Community Services
May 3 Community Services Sabbath
May 10, Youth Sabbath
May 17, Single Adults Sabbath
Apr 12, Christian Record Services
May 10, Disaster Famine & Relief
May 31, NAD Evangelism

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April Edition

NAD News:  Health Leaders Collaborate, NAD Strengthens Its Response to Local Communities, pp. 11-13
NAD Update: Young Adults Making a Difference, by Sean Robinson pp. 14-15
NAD Perspective: "Mad at God," by Dan Weber, p. 17
NAD Letters: p. 18
NAD Feature: Single in the Church, by Pamela and Claudio Consuegra, pp. 35-39


Apr 13-19, Please pray for the Michigan Conference with 164 churches and 25,912 members.

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