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NewsPoints, June 18, 2014

In response to severe flooding, the Minnesota Conference is working to assist survivors with 800 Flood Buckets for clean-up. To donate, go to www.communityservices.org and select "Cleaning Supplies."
     In Nebraska, tornadoes and high winds have affected several communities, leaving areas with severe damage.Adventist Community Services (ACS) is active and helping in the affected areas.
     Volunteers are not being requested to work in Pilger at this time. Watch for future notices as to when and where volunteers might be needed there. Donate online.

The actor, Dustin Hoffman donated three large pieces of commercial kitchen equipment from his Central Park, NYC condo to the Pocono Grace church in East Stroudsburg, Pa. The two large freezers and a large cooking stove, at used equipment prices, amounted to over $12,000 worth of equipment. The church only had to rent a truck and drive into NYC to pick up the items. [Photo: Head Elder Don Baker is pointing to two of the three donated items.]
President Barack Obama has recognized Loma Linda University Health’s PossAbilities program as a Presidential Champion for its work in getting people with physical disabilities to be active and fit. MORE

Adventists in the News

PrayerCall Change of Date: Join the NAD Prayer Ministry team on Thursday, July 10 (not July 3) for an all-night PrayerCall from 10 p.m. ET, Thursday, to 5 a.m. ET Friday. Call 712-432-0031(Access code: 435650#). There will be a different leader each half hour during the evening. Join any time during the call. Invite others to join. 
     If you have prayer requests, email them toNAD Prayer Requests by 5 p.m., ET, Thursday, July 10. MORE


Do you plan to attend this year's Religious Liberty Summit, September 5-8? Attendance this year is limited to 50 people. Religious Liberty Summit activities are designed to provide attendees with a greater knowledge of our national and church history.
It will be held in Silver Spring, Md. Expect an inspiring weekend filled with religious liberty training and information sessions, spiritual emphasis and testimony, American history tour, Capitol Hill legislative offices and a banquet. Register here before July 1 to receive the early bird $50 discount. Click for MORE, or call the NARLA Donor Services office at (805) 955-7675. 

Love Doesn’t Hurt is a business card-sized abuse prevention pamphlet in English and Spanish that can be placed in restrooms of churches, restaurants, and other businesses. Information inside the tri-fold pamphlet describes abuse behaviors, how to protect one's self, how to help someone else, and it gives the National Domestic Violence Hotline number. They are available for free by emailing NAD Women’s Ministries.

To enditnow!


What do you see in your mind's eye when someone mentions "abuse?" If we don't see it, does it exist? Watch this video, "Not in My Church!" by Pam and Claudio Consuegra, from the 2014 enditnow Summit on Abuse, about the many different types of abuse. It may surprise you. 
     Seventh-day Adventists believe that part of the duty of the Church and followers of Jesus can be found in Isaiah 61:1-3 - to "to heal the brokenhearted... to give the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness..." and in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, that our "body is the temple of the Holy Ghost" and that abuse of any kind does not "glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's."
     This 48-minute video is excellent for use with special groups and in homes. Portions may not be suitable for all ages. Parental guidance is advised.

Reaching Out in Love

REACH: Education for discipleship; Alignment within the church; Healthy leadership and management

Pilot Program Offers Adventist Education for Refugees

Millions of refugees are fleeing war and religious persecution and every year many of them are placed into areas near our churches and schools.The Iowa-Missouri Conference has experienced membership growth from refugees of several countries, and have found a way to assist refugee parents who wish to educate their children in a safe and nurturing Adventist school. 
     The conference has begun a pilot program to provide tuition scholarships over a three-year period with money donated by multiple members. The success of failure of this program is yet to be determined. MORE: May 2014 Mid-America Outlook magazine, p. 17. (Photo: Columbia, Mo. College Park Christian Academy students and faculty)

"We are bound to give thanks to God always to you, brethren, even as it is meet, for that your faith growth exceedingly, and the love of each one of you all toward one another aboundeth." 2 Thessalonians 1:3

June 18, 2014

July Focus: Adventist Lifestyle

July 12 – Griggs University and International
Academy Promotional Day

August Focus: Spiritual Gifts

August 23 - Enditnow Day Emphasis Day (formerly "Abuse Prevention Emphasis Day")

Helpful Special Day Websites and Resources
July 12, Women's Ministries
August 9, Oakwood University/ Andrews University/ Loma Linda University

Sample Offertory Readings

Upcoming Events

June Edition

NAD Feature: A Conversation about Community, an interview by Pastor C. J. Cousins with Pastor Will James, p. 32
NAD News: Community Outreach Uplifts Christ, True Stories Offer In:sight for Second Annual Contest, Biblical Resources in the Palm of Your Hand, p. 11
NAD Update: The Adventist Advantage: Our Responsibility, by Gary Fraser, p. 14
NAD Perspective: Alone and Scared, by Daniel Weber, p. 17
NAD Letters: p. 18
The Adventist Story: In the Ghetto - A Jewish pioneer of Adventism in North America, p. 41


June 22-28: This coming week, please pray for the Upper Columbia Conference, with 111 churches and 25,989 members.

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