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Pastor Tara VinCross is this year’s recipient of the Excellence in Doctor of Ministry Research Award presented by the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary. The title of her project is "Discipleship Process as a Catalyst for Mission Orientation in the Chestnut Hill Seventh-day Adventist Church." 
     As pastor of the Chestnut Hill church in Philadelphia, Pa., VinCross' passions include helping people to find their gifts and purpose in ministry, and anything that brings the kingdom of God close to earth. MORE

 
   
Adventist Health has been named one of the nation’s most wired health systems in a survey representing 1,900 hospitals, or more than 30 percent of all U.S. hospitals, which was conducted by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine and announced today. 
     Most Wired organizations use information technology to better connect care providers and patients. They must meet a set of rigorous criteria across four operational categories, including infrastructure, business and administrative management, clinical quality and safety, and clinical integration (connecting inpatient and outpatient services, physicians and patients). MORE

 
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Announcements
   

NAD Health Ministries Director Dr. Katia Reinert will be one of the speakers for the upcoming Webinar, "'It Takes Faith’ – Addressing Tobacco Use within the Faith Community," sponsored by Faiths United Against Tobacco and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) – Office on Smoking and Health. If you are interested in helping people stop smoking, you will be interested in this Webinar. It will feature the CDC national tobacco education campaign – Tips From Former Smokers. You will learn about the campaign and new resources especially designed for faith leaders and their communities. You will also hear how Faiths United Against Tobacco engaged and motivated their communities to adopt healthier lifestyles. 
     The Webinar will be on July 29, and you can join either the 1 p.m. Webinar or the 7 p.m. Webinar (Eastern time).
 

Resources
 
   
The Breaking the Silence brochure from NAD Women's Ministries, defines physical, emotional, sexual, and child abuse. It provides biblical basis for why abuse is wrong, and offers helpful information for victims and friends of victims. It is available in both English and Spanish. Email NAD Women's Ministries to order.

 
ViewPoints
 

To enditnow: Break the Silence about Abuse
"How to Spot Abuse and Abusers," presented by Christopher Bradford at the 2014 Summit on Abuse
 

   

Learn the signs of abuse, as well as some ways to recognize an abuser. To stand by and do nothing when we know abuse is occurring is the same as perpetrating the abuse. If the church is aware that abuse is taking place, the church must intervene to protect, rescue, and become the advocate for the victim 
     Domestic or gender-based violence is the second largest health threat to women, second only to the lack of clean drinking water. In fact, it was safer to be a deployed at the height of the Iraq or Afghanistan wars than it is to be a woman in the U.S.  
     Watch the video.

 

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.
     Among the current ministries is the "Family First Radio," led by Linda de Romanett. It is based on 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, August 6-9, in Grand Rapids, Mich.

July 9, 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
 
Offerings  

July 12, Women's Ministries
August 9, Oakwood University/ Andrews University/ Loma Linda University


Sample Offertory Readings
 

Upcoming Events

July Edition

 
Cover Story: The Adventist Advantage: Findings from the Adventist Health Study-2, p. 24
NAD Feature: Adventist Volunteers Build Bridges to Health: Central and Northern California conferences help sponsor event, p. 32
NAD News: God's Perfect Timing in Indianapolis, Life on the Line Highlights Adventist Health Care, Pilot Program Educates Refugees, p. 11
NAD Update: InStep for Life: A three-day challenge on the rise, p. 14
NAD Perspective: Take a Chance, p. 17
NAD Letters: p. 18

 

 

July 13-19: This coming week, please pray for the Central California Conference, with 131 churches and 36,644 members.

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