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Adventist Community Services (ACS) coordinators and volunteers are mounting a response to the deadly storm system that has swept across the U.S. this past week, causing severe damage and killing at least 35 people according to media reports. ACSleaders are working with state officials to coordinate when and where they are most needed so their help and skills will be most effective. More information about how to volunteer or what items may be needed will be shared when it becomes available.
     Since ACS is able to leverage its partnerships and bulk purchasing power to provide goods to disaster survivors for a fraction of retail cost, a financial donation to ACS is the best way to help your church provide vital supplies and relief. More information will be available soon regarding specific needs.  MORE   [Photo: U.S. Air Force Staff Sargent Michael Webb and Arkansas-Louisiana Conference ACS Disaster Response Coordinator Lavida Whitson meet to begin setup for off-loading donations to the affected areas.]
 
 
   
The daily podcast “Plug into Life” by Elizabeth Talbot, Speaker/Director of Jesus 101 Biblical Institute, has reached 60,000 subscribers. Launched in 2013, the podcast is free and available for streaming on iTunes. The podcasts are a series of one-minute devotionals that are updated daily.MORE
 
Rita and an ADRA worker    
ADRA Canada has provided warmth to 25,000 people in rural Syria this winter with a $1.2 million grant from the Canadian government and in collaboration with ADRA Denmark. To save their lives, many families have left everything and fled their homes. The UN estimates that the ongoing crisis in Syria has led to the displacement of 6.5 million people. Read Rita's story, "Frostbitten, Injured and Homeless," and about The Winterization Assistance for Syrian IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons) project.
 
 
   
A memorial service for Dr. Jay Randall Sloop was held Sabbath, April 26, at the Yakima Adventist church. The streamed event is still available on the church website
     Sloop, a retired obstetrician, was the Health Ministries director for the Upper Columbia Conference. He was helping church leaders in Kiev establish a lifestyle center there when he went missing during an early morning walk on May 14, 2013. Many searches have been conducted with the help of hundreds of volunteers and experts, but no trace of him has ever been found. 
     A Jay Sloop Memorial Fund has been set up and will be used to assist students attending Yakima Adventist Christian School, Walla Walla University (College Place, WA) and Union College (Lincoln, NE). MORE 
 
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Don't forget to remind your members to join the NAD May 1-2 all-night Prayer Call. Join at any time between 10 p.m. Thursday, May 1, and 5 a.m. ET, Friday. Call 712-432-0031; access code is 435650#. There will be a different leader for each half hour. MORE
 

   
The Florida Conference has a new office location and will celebrate their grand opening on June 1. Please note their new address in your Yearbook and addressing system: 351 S. State Road 434, Altamonte Springs, FL 32714-3824; Their phone number, 407-644-5000, has not changed, but individual extensions are different. 
 
   

Oakwood Magazine has gone digital and can be viewed in E-Pub file for iOS/OSX devices, Kindle Reader file for KindlesAndroid Google Play Store linkPDF Version, and Issuu.com edition visible on any web browser. MORE 

 

Resources
   

On Sale - Transforming the City (8 DVD set) Urban Ministry in the New Millennium, with over 30 hours of video of the best in Adventist leadership, will help equip pastors, church administrators, and lay leaders on every level who are looking to acquire innovative skills and unconventional tools for leading congregations in community development. The set includes segments from people such as Barry Black, Monte Sahlin, Charles Bradford and Mark Finley. Regularly: $79.95; Now: $19.95. MORE

ViewPoints
   

Show this video or "A Haven for the Homeless" listed in last week's NewsPoints in your church this Sabbath, to help you explain what Adventist Community Services is all about. 
 

Reaching Out in Love

REACH: Education for Discipleship
Learning to understand your community 

 

   
     

“Adventist Community Services is not your grandmother’s Dorcas Society anymore,” said Sung Kwon, ACS executive director for the North American Division, as he illustrated how the ministry continues to evolve to meet the changing needs of today’s society. Nearly 100 pastors, leaders and volunteers attended the Allegheny East Conference-sponsored conference to learn all about ascertaining demographics and needs in their neighborhood. [Photo: Attendees chat during an Adventist Community Services seminar at the New Joy church in Hagerstown, Md. Photo by Sean Robinson]  MORE: Columbia Union Visitor 

 

April 30, 2014
 
May Focus: Community Services
May 3 Community Services Sabbath
May 10, Youth Sabbath
May 17, Single Adults Sabbath
 
Offerings  
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

 

 
May 4-10 - This week, please pray for the Dakota Conference with 43 churches and 4,187 members, and for the Minnesota Conference with 71 churches and 8,652 members.

 

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