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Adventist Theological Seminary Releases Major Statement on Headship

The faculty of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary voted and released a statement on August 21, which unequivocally reaffirmed Christ as the head of the church and sought to be a unifying voice in the church regarding the current debate on leadership.

The statement, which went through a rigorous vetting process by the faculty of the Andrews University-based seminary, warned against the teaching of male headship in the church. Introducing such teachings into the church, according to the theologians, may result in “significant doctrinal aberrations.” It also cautioned against the misuse of authority. READ MORE

Church members in Northern California Respond to Earthquake

In the early hours of Sunday August 24, a 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck Northern California, with an epicenter in the Napa Valley. Church leaders have urged local members to reach out their local communities to help meet their needs. A webpage has been established by the Adventist Church in Northern California and are posting updates on the earthquake's impact on the local church and surrounding communities. Please pray for all the communities impacted by this earthquake. Northern California Conference communication director Stephanie Leal is managing an informational website following the 6.0 earthquake that hit the Napa Valley, Calif. area early Sunday morning August 24. Several Adventist institutions have been effected by the quake and this page gives updates on the status of the churches in the vicinity. Adventist Community Services is also responding. VISIT the NCC Earthquake Information Web Page

Lake Union Conference Hosts Open House for Community
On August 5, the Lake Union Conference hosted an Open House for community guests. Below is a link to the video most visitors viewed in the chapel before touring the new facility. The video was produced by Gary Burns, communication director, and Pieter Damsteegt, communication intern, and was narrated by Don Livesay, Lake Union president. They enjoyed meeting their neighbors and the many skilled laborers and service providers from the community who helped complete this new ministry facility. WATCH THE VIDEO

Adventists in the News
Hope Channel moves to High-Definition on DIRECTV

Hope Channel has moved to a high-definition satellite on DIRECTV, and as a result of this change, Hope Channel will be available on DIRECTV all across the United States without limitations and without the need of an additional antennae as has been the case thus far
Hope Channel regrets the inconvenience this change may cause some of our viewers. Yet we are glad for the providential opportunities that allow Hope Channel to reach more and more people in the United States and around the world.
While Hope Channel will continue to be available on Channel 368 on DIRECTV, as of July 16, all DIRECTV customers who currently do not have high definition equipment and subscription package will need to upgrade. Please call 1-800-531-5000 for information about upgrading your equipment and subscription package.

Besides DIRECTV, Hope Channel can be watched in the following ways:
  • Online at www.hopetv.org
  • Hope Channel app, available for Android, iPhone and iPad.
  • Roku box or stick, available ay Target or Wal-Mart. This requires a high speed internet service. However, there are no monthly fees to use Roku.
  • Glorystar satellite, a one-time purchase with no monthly fees either. For more information please call 866-597-0728
  • Hope Channel is a free-to-air broadcast channel in these major east-coast cities: New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, and Tampa. Other free-to-air and cable channels are available across the country.
For more information, call us at 301-680-6689.

Christian Record Services for the Blind to host 2nd annual EYE RUN event

The EYE RUN is an eye health education event hosted by Christian Record Services for the Blind (CRSB). For a second year, CRSB is promoting good health though a fun run event. Participants can choose to walk or run a 5K or 10K around Holmes Lake in Lincoln, Nebraska. The event is also virtual, meaning that participants worldwide can also register and run or walk on event day, which is Sunday, October 5.
In addition to the walk/run event, hands on learning opportunities will be provided by local organizations and businesses that provide eye health services or support services to those who are blind or visually impaired (Lincoln, NE event only).
Early bird registration, $25 (shirt guaranteed), is open through Monday, September 1. Standard registration, $35, begins September 2 and continues through event day. There will be no onsite registration.
Individuals who are blind or visually impaired, along with their sighted guides, may request a comp code for free registration to the Lincoln, Nebraska, or virtual event by calling Jeri Lyn at 402-488-0981 X213.
To register, visit www.getmeregistered.com keyword EYERUN or visit http://bit.ly/EYERUN.


Cats are the best!


Facts with Hope are evidence based health messages that may be used in a church bulletin, newsletter, or during the "Health Minute" as part of church service to motivate people to choose a full abundant life. They are published monthly in our Health Unlimited Newsletter.

For more information on Facts with Hope, visit the website, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter. You can also watch Facts with Hope videos on YouTube.


A Brother's Moving Prayer

On July 22, 2014 Drew Forsey, a graduate of Southern Adventist University and an avid bicyclist, suffered a high speed accident while on a ride. Drew spent an extended period in a coma and is now starting the long road to recovery. Drew’s brother, Dilan, a film student at Southern Adventist University started documenting his brothers accident, medical care, and recovery, while at the same time uncertain what he would do with the images he captured.
With the help of some close friends, Dilan has created a video titledDrew Forsey: Visual Prayer, which is an emotional glimpse into the struggles and small victories that the Forsey family has gone through over the past month.  The NAD Communication Department hopes that you are touched by this short video and that it changes your life as it has ours.  WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

Reaching Out in Love

Adventist schools in Pacific Islands outfitted with emergency communication equipment


Nine Pacific Islands in the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s Guam-Micronesia Mission (GMM) are each now outfitted with backup emergency communication equipment in the event that normal forms of communication are unavailable, such as cell phones and landlines.
Leaders of each school were outfitted with ham radios and licensed as amateur radio operators during the GMM volunteer orientation in Oahu, Hawaii earlier this month.  READ MORE


August 28, 2014

September Focus: Health
Sept. 6, Men's Day of Prayer
Sept. 7-13, Nurture Periodicals: (Adventist Review, Insight, Guide, Primary Treasure, Our Little Friend)
Sept. 21-27, Hispanic Heritage Week
Sept. 21, Let's Move Day
Sept. 21-27, Let's Move Week

October Focus: Adventist Heritage

October 4, Children's Sabbath
October 18, Spirit of Prophecy Sabbath
October 25, Pathfinder Sabbath

Helpful Special Day Websites and Resources

Sept. 13, Fall Mission Appeal
Oct. 11 Voice of Prophecy

Sample Offertory Readings


Upcoming Events

August Edition

Cover Story: Love Your Enemy? How World War I pitted believer against believer, p. 24

NAD Feature: enditnow: A young filmmaker breaks the silence about abuse, p. 32

NAD News: $100 million gift to benefit LLU Health, Port Orchard, Wash. church connects with its community, Andrews University students start mobile produce market, p. 11

NAD Update: Another Ministry? Why a ministry for men makes sense , p. 14

NAD Perspective: WWJS? What Would Jesus Say?, p. 17

NAD Letters: p. 18


August 31-September 6: This coming week, please pray for the British Columbia Conference, with 84 churches and 11,288 members.

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Dan Weber, communication director, 
Julio Muñoz, associate director
Lynetta Murdoch, sr. editorial assistant
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