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NewsPoints, May 21, 2014

Pathfinders will participate in a three-day InStep for Life Challenge at the International Pathfinder Camporee to be held in Oshkosh, Wis., August 11-16. The registration deadline is May 31 (limit: 2,000 people), so don't delay, and join the many Pathfinder clubs that are getting in shape now.
     This video will tell you more about it, including all about day two, which will include the "Muscular Challenge" with sit-ups, push-ups and burpees. What's a "burpee?"  Watch the video and find out! Learn MORE and sign up. Pathfinder Clubs, sign up NOW, before this challenge is full!

Life Talk Radio (LTR) ownership will be retained by the NAD, as decided after a very positive discussion of the Adventist Media Center Board of Trustees on Apr. 28.
     John Geli, who has successfully managed the operations and programming for several years, has been appointed as manager/director. John will be working with Adventist affiliate member station managers to fine tune the operations of LTR.
     LTR is a satellite radio programming resource currently providing Christ centered programming 24 hours a day to over 100 affiliate stations across North America and internationally. If you are interested in affiliating your current or future station with LTR, contact: 800-775-HOPE (4673). Listen Live and learn more.

Katia Reinert has just successfully defended her dissertation to earn her Ph.D. in Nursing from Johns Hopkins University. For her dissertation she examined the role of religious involvement as protective factors for mental and physical health outcomes among survivors of child abuse, neglect and witnessed abuse in the home.
     "Forgiveness, gratitude, spirituality and positive religious coping were noted to reduce the negative health outcomes among Adventists who had a history of trauma," she said. 
     "On the other hand, negative religious coping was linked with worse physical health outcomes, particularly among women..." MORE
[Photo:  Reinert with her advisor, Dr. Jacquelyn Campbell]
Dr. Vinita Sauder has accepted the invitation to serve as Union College's next president. She is currently Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at Southern Adventist University. 
     The appointment will fill the position soon to be vacated by John Wagner when he retires in June. Wagner joined Union College for a third time in 2011 to help complete the $14.5 million Our Promising Future campaign and build the new Krueger Center for Science and Mathematics. MORE

A memorial service for pastor and evangelist Don Gray has been rescheduled for May 31, at 3 p.m., at the Rockwood Church in Portland, Ore. The original service scheduled for Feb. 8 was cancelled due to inclement weather. Gray, Northwest born, raised and educated, was well-known throughout the Adventist world church for his tireless work in soul-winning and evangelism. He died on Jan. 11. MORE
Adventists in the News
Hope Channel in the Prisons is a collaborative project between NAD Adult Ministries and Hope Channel which came about after Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) offered to put Hope Channel in prisons where they already have TBN installed. 
     The first live installation was April 23 at the Ohio State Penitentiary in Chillicothe, for its 2,823 inmates, including 132 on death row.
     Adult Ministries is opening the door to people with a heart for prison ministries to assist in this project. MORE

Christian Record Services for the Blind is conducting a short follow-up surveyregarding their Annual Day of Giving, which was April 12. This survey is open to all NAD pastors and church members. The deadline to submit is Thursday, June 5.Survey link

A health website especially for sharing with the public has been created by NAD Health Ministries. Facts with Hope will feature evidence-based health videos that can be shared on social media, linked on your websites and blogs, shown at church or used as a resource in presentations. A total of 12 videos on various aspects of health will be posted within the next month or so, and one or two videos will be added every month. Check it out and share.   


CALLED: A Visit to Frisco, Texas


'Visiting Adventist Congregations' began with the question of what it would be like if we could give every pastor a weekend off to visit another Adventist congregation. Obviously, budget would not permit such a reality but we could virtually do it through the power of a documentary series. Come, take a weekend off and visit different churches through the eyes of different pastors as they learn how other pastors do ministry.

Reaching Out in Love

REACH: Community Outreach and Evangelism
"I was in prison, and ye visited me."


Kathy Lang, a Prison Ministries volunteer, shared a letter she received from an inmate: "I was singing the song 'Jesus Loves Me' last week over and over and the guys asked me if I knew any others. So I pulled out the ones you sent me and we had a wonderful time praising the Lord and lifting everyone's spirits around here.... You should have been here to hear it! It was truly music made for heaven – 180 guys singing their hearts out... I read a few of the letters and Bible verses that you sent me..." MORE: Mid-America Outlook, December 2013, p. 23 (Thinkstock photo)


May 21, 2014

June Focus: Church Growth & Evangelism
June 7, Women's Ministries Emphasis Day
June 14, Refugee Awareness Sabbath

Helpful Special Day Websites and Resources
June 14, Multilingual Ministries/Chaplaincy Ministries

Sample Offertory Readings


Upcoming Events

May Edition

NAD Feature: To the Greater Community, by Deena Bartel-Wagner, p. 34
NAD News: Thousands Gather in Miami for Just Claim It 4, Oakwood Choir to Compete in Latvia, Filmmakers Honored at SONScreen Festival, p. 11
NAD Update: Are We Still a Movement? by Tom Evans, p. 14
NAD Perspective: What is God Up To? by Justin Yang, p. 17
NAD Letters: p. 18


May 26-30  - This coming week, please pray for the Rocky Mountain Conference with 100 churches and 17,332 members.


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