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NewsPoints, October 22, 2014
Adventist Hospitals in West Africa are in need of funding in order to open after being closed due to the Ebola virus. Cooper Adventist Hospital in Liberia had to be placed under quarantine when two workers became infected. Waterloo Hospital in Sierra Leone had to close when several workers contracted Ebola and three died. 

Hospitals are said to be the most dangerous place you can be right now. That is why it is important to show support to these brave medical professionals that are working to maintain a level of safety and health for the patients they are treating. Some of the greatest needs are gloves, masks and surgical gowns as well as other much-needed equipment to help maintain a level of safety and protection for the physicians and patients. 

The goal is to raise $250,000. Help by donating and/or raising funds at the Fundly sitehope4.fundly.com/ebola-crisisMOREWatch the video

In Bermuda ACS is Responding- Across the island of Bermuda, people are cleaning up after Hurricane Gonzalo became the second storm to hit the island in a week. The hurricane made landfall as a Category 2 storm with 113 mph winds that tore through the island just days after Tropical Storm Fay caused havoc on the island.
“We praise God for answering our prayers and sparing the lives of the people of Bermuda amidst these two storms,” said NAD President Daniel R. Jackson. “Our thoughts and prayers continue as Bermudians rebuild their lives. Our Adventist sisters and brothers are committed to assisting the communities that have been affected, meeting their immediate needs.”
Adventist Community Services (ACS) in Bermuda is assessing its response on the island. The St. Georges Adventist church has been designated as a post disaster response site by the authorities. Continue to keep Bermuda in your prayer. For the latest updates on the storm visit www.bernews.comHelp the relief efforts.

Adventists in the News
Children's Hospital, Adventist Health invest $10m in Fowler clinic 

The secret to a happy life? 'Try and help somebody' says Rosa Moore, 100 

Southwestern president rappels burn tower

Portland-area hospitals adjust Ebola plans

Washington Adventist University Boosts Its Five-Year Graduation Rate by 67 Percent

2014 Annual Council News Links:

Suggested revisions to Adventist Church Manual include matters on discipline

Adventist leaders approve new administrative unit in Central America

Oakwood constituents back transfer to NAD

Adventist Church sets vote on women’s ordination for next July

Church leaders urged to hire pastors, not administrators

Annual Council adopts recommended edits to Fundamental Beliefs

Church membership reaches 18.1 million

Wilson says Satan trying to destroy Adventist Church

Ebola deaths include 16 Adventists in West Africa

Day two of Annual Council is preamble to next year’s election, women’s ordination vote

Surfer pastor, clinics, literature outreach are evangelism highlights this year

Annual Council opens with focus on healthful living, appeal for diplomacy

2014 LUC Campus Catalyst Training for launching, growing, and sustaining Adventist Public Campus Ministry will be provided by seasoned campus minister, Ron Pickell, NAD Coordinator for Adventist Public Campus Ministries through Adventist Christian Fellowship.

Date and place:  October 31-November 2, at North Shore Adventist Academy Gymnasium, 5220 N. California Ave. Chicago, Ill.

Registration fee is $25. The first 50 registrants will receive the Catalyst Kit free. After that, the kit is $50 extra, to be paid separately, upon arrival if wanted. This extra is not to be paid with the $25 registration fee as the money goes to different places. Questions? Contact Tony Hunter.  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 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.

dmin@andrews.edu or call 888-717-6244 for more information. You will find the application package on the DMin website.

Just released: New resources for 2014 Welcome Home Sabbath (Nov. 22) - Many feel that our Church is better at converting and baptizing than we are at retaining and reclaiming. Seventy percent of us are missing someone we love who no longer attends. Let's change that! 

An Indescribable Welcome Home includes both a Leader's Guide and a Bible Study Guide, for use by small groups, with stories about reaching across to missing members. MORE
Adventist Volunteer Ministries - He Said "Go"
Walla Walla University Student Missionaries

Adventist Volunteer Ministries deployed approximately 58,000 short-term and long-term volunteer missionaries last year. Watch this video of student missionaries from Walla Walla University for their view of what they faced in new surroundings and in their mission. Read the blogsMORE
Reaching Out in Love
REACH: Community Outreach and Evangelism
Maryland Young Adults Help D.C. Homeless
Young adults from four Seventh-day Adventist churches in the greater Maryland/Washington, D.C., metropolitan area organized and hosted their second annual Park n’ Praise event.
 The young congregants—representing the Seabrook, Metropolitan, Restoration Praise Center and Takoma Park (Md.) churches—host the event to provide food, clothing, toiletries, prayer and fellowship to 500 homeless individuals.—Story by Abby McPherson  MORE  (from Columbia Union Visitor News Bulletin, August 21, 2014)
October 22, 2014
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
Nov. 8, Annual Sacrifice (Global Mission)

Sample Offertory Readings


Upcoming Events

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. 26 - Nov. 1: This coming week, please pray for the Kentucky-Tennessee Conference, with 99 churches and 14,176 members.

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