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GC President Ted Wilson has called on Seventh-day Adventists to make Sabbath, October 11, a special Day of Prayer for all who have been impacted by the Ebola virus in West Africa. "Let us pray that God will put a halt to the spread of this virulent virus," said Wilson. 

News from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control projects that by January cases could number between 550,000 to as high as 1.4 million, coupled with a 71 percent fatality rate according to the World Health Organization. MORE

Oakwood University held a grand opening of their new Edible Arrangements franchise Monday. One purpose of starting the business is to decrease dependency on tuition or government sources. Another is to help train students in marketplace skills. The proceeds will be used for student scholarships. MORE (p. 14) and on Facebook.

Gone but Not Forgotten - Update on last week's announcement - A memorial service for Alicia Meier Viera will be held Sabbath, November 1, at 4 p.m., at the Alhambra SDA Church, 220 South Chapel Avenue, Alhambra, Calif. 
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The date for October's monthly all-night PrayerCall has been changed to October 9/10. It will be conducted at the usual time, from 10 p.m. ET Thursday, October 9, to 5 a.m. ET Friday, October 10. Join anytime throughout the night, even if for only a few minutes. Call 404-891-6338. Code is 772937# (Prayer). Here are a few suggestions to make this a powerful time of prayer with as few disruptions as possible.  Email prayer requests by 5 p.m. ET, Thursday, October 9.

To promote the Prayer Call, download a revised bulletin insert (four per page) for this month to share with church members and friends. Prayer Call suggestions can be printed on the back. MORE 

To become an intercessor for evangelism and receive weekly prayer requests send an email to nadprayerministries@gmail.com

An invitation is extended to young adults to serve One Year in Mission (OYiM).
  OYiM is an initiative of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church to engage young adults in their churches in service for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ through community service projects and in proclamation of our great Advent message.

Although a primary focus is in San Antonio, Texas, OYiM is being promoted across the NAD. LEARN MORE, or contact OYiM Mission Coordinator Janina Irving. Watch the video.

Remember the Association of Adventist Women (AAW) 32nd Annual Conference, to be held on the campus of Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tenn., October 16-18. Registration deadline: October 15. MORE


Missional Church: A Biblical Approach to Mission in Western Culture, the Doctor of Ministry Missional Church concentration, is designed to move participants into the mission field of North America, leading transformation for mission and organic systems thinking, and transacting the vision of missional church through leadership development.

A new cohort is forming now, with the first intensives scheduled for Jan. 26-Feb. 12. Ministry professionals with an M.Div. or other completed graduate degrees in ministry-related areas may qualify. The application deadline is November 28. MORE: dmin@andrews.edu (or 888-717-6244). Application package on the DMin website.


To enditnow: Break the Silence

"Good Touch, Bad Secrets" presented by Mary Jo Vollmer-Sandholm at the 2014 Summit on Abuse 

How do you respond if a child confides that they have been molested? The response of a caregiver can make all the difference in a child’s life. Is there any way to prevent sexual molestation? 

The highest percentage of molestation is done by children to other children. How can you prevent your child from either being molested or becoming a molester in an age of easy pornography access online and all the various types of media now so readily accessible? Have you learned who and where the perpetrators of sexual molestation are in your neighborhood?  How do you talk to your child about appropriate dress and healthy relationships without introducing shame and fear into their attitude? How much and what kind of talk is too much? Do you know the communication rules for communicating with your child? What is age appropriate information for them?  Watch the video
Reaching Out in Love
REACH: Community Outreach and Evangelism
NAD's First Refuge and Revelation Refugee Center Opens in Arizona Conference

Prompted by the growing crisis and needs among the ever-increasing number of refugees in Arizona, the grand opening and dedication service for the Refuge and Revelation Refugee Center (RRRC) was held September 14 in Phoenix, Ariz., by the Arizona Conference. 

"Our mission is to develop community leaders, equip family members with resources and life skills to combat hardships, provide emotional healing to individuals and families, restore broken relationships, offer psycho-spiritual support, and share the Good News of Jesus,” stated Glenn Sta. Ana, Assistant to the President for Asian Pacific Ministries for the Arizona Conference.

Supported by an endowment fund grant of $137,000, from the Pacific Union Conference, the project, which involves several area churches, offers support and therapy groups to children, adolescents and adults. Professionals such as clinical chaplains, mental health practitioners, and pastoral counselors as well as lay members are all involved to help educate and train refugees in English as a Second Language, Bible studies, life skills and U.S. citizenship. They provide a clothing center and van service, and each church involved specializes in assisting refugees from specific countries. Another community center is planned for Tucson. MORE

October 1, 2014

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

Oct. 11 Voice of Prophecy

Sample Offertory Readings


Upcoming Events

Oct. 7, 8-9 p.m. ET, Breathe-Free-2 Webinar

Oct. 9/10, Prayer Call

Oct. 16-18, Society of Adventist Communicators 25th Anniversary Convention

Oct. 30 - Nov. 4, NAD Year-end Meeting

Nov. 6/7, Prayer Call

Nov. 7-8, Breath of Life 40th Anniversary Celebration

Dec. 4/5, Prayer Call


Most of the following websites do not have 2015 information on them yet, but we are supplying the dates and where you will be able to find more information when it becomes available: 

Feb. 9-11, Adventist Recovery Ministries Training, Atlanta, GA

Feb. 27-Mar. 1, Adventist Recovery Ministries Training, Brooklyn, NY 

Mar. 2-6, NAD Health Ministries Training, Guam, Micronesia 

Apr. 08-10, ASI Pathway to Health Outreach- San Antonio Training, Glendale, CA 

May 28-29, NAD Health Ministries Training, Lincoln, NE 

June 28 - July 1, CALLED NAD Ministerial Convention

June 28 - July 1, Ministerial Spouses Convention 

Aug. 5-8, Adventist-laymen’s Services & Industries (ASI) Convention

Sept., 20, Let's Move Day

Sept. 20-27, Let's Move Week 

Oct.9-11, Adventist Recovery Ministries Training, Dallas, TX 


NAD Feature: Thank God for Pastoral Families!, by Ivan Williams Sr., p. 32

NAD News: Breath of Life Celebrates 40 Years, Kerry Heinrich Appointed CEO of LLU Medical Center, Andrews University Hosts First-ever Pathfinder Day, p. 11

NAD Update: Embracing the Challenge, p. 14

NAD Perspective: "I am Pagliacci, by Juliana Baioni, p. 17

NAD Letters: p. 18


Oct. 5-11: This coming week, please pray for the Carolina Conference, with 122 churches and 21,415 members.


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