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NewsPoints 11-19-14

Pacific Union voted a Statement on Unity Through Diversity last Thursday, to support the actions voted at this year's GC Annual Council and the NAD Year-end Meeting and to affirm the reports of the NAD Theology of Ordination Study Committee and the GC TOSC. MORE

Alex Bryant preached at the Beijing, China Seventh-day Adventist Church on Sabbath, November 15. His sermon title was "Facing Life Challenging Situations” as demonstrated in 2 Kings 6:8-21 through the life of Elisha and his servant. Watch a video about this church and others in China.

Part of the girl's dorm at Pine Forge Academy was burned yesterday affecting the displacement of 69 students. No one was injured. Students are being sent home today for an early Thanksgiving home leave and will return only after the dorm has been repaired. MORE  Special Alert

Adventists in the News
The NAD Church Study website has been launched in an effort to receive feedback on the restructuring study of our church. Three areas are being highlighted for an in-depth study: Mission, Education, and Church Governance.  We welcome members of the NAD to visit the website, read what others have posted, contribute their opinions and download resources.
     Go to the NAD Church Study website to learn more, and to comment.
Join the NAD Prayer Ministry all-night Prayer Call, from 10 p.m. ET Thursday, Dec. 4, to 5 a.m. ET Friday, Dec. 5.
     Call 404-891-6338. Code is 772937# (Prayer). Join anytime throughout the night, even if for only a few minutes.
Links: a few suggestions; request weekly prayer requestssend prayer requests by 5 p.m. ET, Thursday; download a bulletin insert (four per page); MORE 
Vets who are now blind or visually impaired may receive a gift of a solar-powered audiobook player, "inSight 4Vets," as provided by Christian Record Services. inSight contains stories and portions of the Bible, selected to comfort and inspire. 
     You can sponsor an inSight4Vets player and also help identify blinded veterans so more players can be gifted. MORE


Why I’m STILL an Adventist
by G. Russell Seay, Jr., Ph.D.

"The Seventh-day Adventist Church has issues. They are too numerous to list in a short blog. The question is, why am I still a Seventh-day Adventist (SDA)? It is not because I believe that my salvation is intrinsically tied to being SDA. It is not. 
     "I am SDA primarily because I am convinced that the ideal that is represented in Seventh-day Adventism, and certain practices of Seventh-day Adventists, are the best thing on the planet...."  MORE 
Reaching Out in Love
When MaeLi and Shouling started their missionary work in their assigned unreached area, they first went door to door and visited every family. In the process, they found that many young girls, age 13–14, had been left alone at home as parents went to work in a larger city. 
     MaeLi and Shouling began going to the homes of these girls and visiting with them. They helped them wash their clothes and cooked dinner for them... 
     As a result, there have been 10 baptisms, an average of 15 weekly Bible studies, and a church membership of 36.  MORE
November 19, 2014
November Focus: Prayer
Native Heritage Month
Nov. 22, Welcome Home Sabbath

December Focus: Christian Hospitality
Dec. 6, Bible Sabbath

Helpful Special Day Websites and Resources
Dec. 13, Adventist Community Services

Sample Offertory Readings

Upcoming Events

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. 8-9, The One Project, San Diego, CA

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 

Apr. 10-12, Adventist Recovery Ministries Training, Glendale, CA

May 1-3, NAD Health Ministries Training, Kansas City, MO 

June 19-21, Adventist Recovery Ministries Training, Brooklyn, NY

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: The Missing Ingredient, by S. Joseph Kidder, p. 32

NAD News: Excellence in Teaching Awards, University Honored for Promoting Work Place Health, Adventist Heritage to Become Part of Ellen G. White Estate p. 11

NAD Update: Your Best Pathway to Health Leads to San Antonio, p. 14

NAD Perspective: Religion: Pure and Undefiled, by Dan Weber, p. 17

NAD Letters: p. 18


Nov. 23-29: This coming week, please pray for the Arkansas-Louisiana Conference, with 87 churches and 12,226 members.

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