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NewsPoints, October 9, 2014
The NAD Women's Ministries Convention, held September 25-28 in Orlando, Fla., was attended by 1,800 service-oriented women eager to draw closer to the Lord and to learn more about how to use their talents for God.

Nearly 800 participated in the God in Shoes outreach ministries that went to 13 different locations in and around Orlando during the convention. Some of the activities and ministries included conducting a "Spa Day" for helping homeless women feel pampered and feminine again, sorting clothing for two women's shelter thrift shops, donating 550 handmade hats (both sewn and knitted) for female chemotherapy patients at the Florida Hospital Cancer Institute, delivering gift bags and pampering to a home for runaway teens. Many heart-warming stories came out of these ministries.

A free-will offering of $16,000 was collected to help two underfunded shelters that God in Shoes participants visited.

The Voice of Prophecy (VOP) is producing this year's ABC TV national Christmas special, and given the state of the world around us, the theme is "Peace On Earth."

Directed and produced by the VOP team, it will be recorded Wednesday, October 15, at the Spencerville Adventist Church in Silver Spring, Md. It will feature Spencerville Adventist Academy's Adventist Children's Choir under the direction of Jane Lanning; the King's Heralds Quartet; Christine Wollmann, gifted international vocalist; and a message by Shawn Boonstra, VOP Speaker/Director.  MORE 
Every year the Alumni Awards Foundation (AAF) awards outstanding Adventist teachers throughout North America. Over the past two months, AAF board members and staff traveled across North America to present each teacher with a $2,000 cash gift, medallion and Certificate of Excellence. The truly inspiring stories told by coworkers, friends, parents of students, administrators, and the teachers themselves reveal the great work being done at each school. The Excellence in Teaching Awards are AAF’s way of extending appreciation for the teachers who continue to raise the bar in Adventist education.

In addition, AAF recently hosted 12 principals and teachers from Adventist academies across America who showed leadership potential and a desire to see Adventist education be great. They received two weeks of training on topics such as spiritual excellence, business and finance, leadership skills, and Adventist community dynamics as well as a presentation by NAD Vice President for Education Larry Blackmer about the future of Adventist education. MORE (with links to individual stories)
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Urgent prayer request for the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa, as well as other parts of the world where it may be spreading — Join Adventists worldwide in praying daily for this crisis as well as on the designated special day of prayer and fasting, October 11.

Please pray for the protection of those working with the sick and family members, including the healthcare workers, church members and leaders, and those who have lost loved ones to Ebola. Pray also for a medical breakthrough in treating the Ebola virus, and that God will put a halt to the spread of this virulent virus. #UnitedinPrayer #EbolaCrisis  MORE


Missional Church: A Biblical Approach to Mission in Western Culture - The Doctor of Ministry Missional Church concentration from Andrews University Theological Seminary 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 January 26-February 12, 2015. Ministry professionals with MDiv or other completed graduate degrees in ministry-related areas may qualify. The application deadline is November 28. Contact  dmin@andrews.edu or call 888-717-6244 for more information. You will find the application package on the DMin website.  [Photo: Two AU students working with a child at the Benton Harbor Street Ministries]


Remember to join the NAD Prayer Ministry team on Thursday, October 9, for the October all-night Prayer Call. It begins at 10:00 p.m. and continues through the night until 5:00 a.m ET, Friday. You can join anytime during the call. Use the new phone number: 404-891-6338, with access code, Prayer# (772937#). Email prayer requests to be received by 5 p.m. ET, Wednesday, October 8.

Adventist Church Connect (ACC) is offering a selection of 14 new themes that are free for all ACC and Adventist School Connect websites. More will be available in a few weeks. Two designs correspond with the General Conference website. Click here to check out the selections. All new themes are responsive for screens of all sizes. A new, built-in "Theme Customizer" allows true personalization with design options that can be reconfigured. Options include dragging and dropping photos into the template, changing color palettes, selecting accent colors, and editing titles. Many new themes also feature a carousel module that is easy to personalize with your own pictures.

To learn how to implement the new themes on your website, visit the ACC help site and sign up for the ACC Webinar, on October 23.

Adventist Heritage Ministry - Providing a View of Precious History

Adventist Heritage Ministry (AHM) was founded in 1981 with the purchase of the Deacon John and Betsey White home in Battle Creek, Mich., where the Seventh-day Adventist® denomination was established in 1863. It has been run by volunteers and funded by donations. It serves to show visitors the consecration, commitment and dedication of the early pioneers, giving them a deeper appreciation of our roots.

AHM is about to become part of the Ellen G. White Estate.  MORE
Reaching Out in Love
REACH: Alignment within the Church
A ministry that shares love for Christ

Six members of the Meridian, Idaho Adventist Church made their annual trek to Iquitos, Peru — a city with 400,000 population and the largest city in the world that can’t be reached by road — to again offer their support to struggling families. They partner with the Jerusalen Adventist Elementary School, established for children living in high-poverty areas, which is housed in a local Adventist church building. Meridian members and others from the Pacific Press in Nampa, Idaho, and local businesses help pay school expenses, often including the cost of uniforms and books, for 27 of the students. About 90 kids are currently enrolled in grades 1–6. After they started feeding the children breakfast, their grades averaged a whole letter grade increase. MORE

October 9, 2014

October Focus: Adventist Heritage
Oct. 18, Spirit of Prophecy Sabbath
Oct. 25, Pathfinder Sabbath

November Focus: Prayer
Nov. 1-29, Native Heritage Month
Nov. 1, Stewardship Sabbath
Nov. 2-8, Week of Prayer
Nov. 15, Human Relations Sabbath
Nov. 22, Welcome Home Sabbath

Helpful Special Day Websites and Resources
Oct. 11, Voice of Prophecy
Nov. 8, Annual Sacrifice (Global Mission)

Sample Offertory Readings

Upcoming Events

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 amPagliacci, by Juliana Baioni, p. 17

NAD Letters: p. 18


Oct. 12-18: This coming week, please pray for the Florida Conference, with 199 churches and 61,487 members.

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