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When the Southwestern Union offered to help financially in a Native American evangelistic campaign, Pastor Jerry Pinzon of the Gallup All Nations Seventh-day Adventist Church, jumped at the chance. As a result, 20 people were baptized, most of them Native American Navajos, and there are few more who have expressed interest. MORE

Northern California Adventists assisted in the response to the destructive wild fires that ravaged parts of Northern California. The Camino, Calif. church members provided their church building for use as an evacuation center and a shelter for people and about 50 dogs and cats. They provided food, assisted the Red Cross and more. The Yreka church and school made "sifting boxes" to help people whose homes were destroyed search for small items lost in the fires. They spent hours helping to organize donations including clothes and toys. Mount Shasta church members continue to help a family get what they need after they lost their home. MORE  [Photo: Russel Nussbaum, Samuel Nussbaum and Aiden Dalton build a sifting box in the Yreka church/school gymnasium. Photo by Enoch Brownell]  From Pacific Union Recorder

A new, Urban Ministry Concentration in the Andrews University DMin program will begin in March 2015 in Chicago. Today, 60 percent of the human population is in the city, and in developed nations like Canada and America it is an astounding 75 percent. The challenge of the city for the Christian church is the question of how to go about sharing the Gospel there. The curriculum of the Urban Ministry Concentration is a rigorous four-year experience plus a transformative project. Application deadline: Jan.16. Scholarships are available. MORE
Adventists in the News
VOTE for $20,000: The Food Pantry for the First Spanish SDA Church in Bridgeport, Conn. is attempting to win the Walmart Holiday Makeover opportunity to win a $20 thousand grant. Their Food Pantry has been serving the Greater Bridgeport area (pop. 147,216) for the past 10 years through their membership with the Connecticut Food Bank. The Food Bank serves 1,400 people every year, 25-30 families per week, plus provides assistance for families in crisis. The $20,000 would enable them to purchase new equipment, increase their space, and have a solid budget to continue to serve the community. VOTE from your Facebook account by 11:59 p.m. EST, Dec. 12.

Share 2015 Missionary Health Book, Health and Wellness: Secrets that will change your mind, during the 2015 Year of HealthAvailable for 65 cents/book only until Jan. 31. Order hundreds or thousands to give to members, visitors, students, clients, patients, parents and friends. Learn more and orderFive videos are available to show between now and January to help motivate your church members to share. 


Christian Record Services for the Blind invites you to enjoy its annual audio Christmas special. Filled with hours of stories, comedy, trivia, and music, the 2014 Christmas Special is a great way to kick off the holiday season. The audio will be available until January 15. Download your copy here. (The download will come as a zip file that will need to be uncompressed to listen to content). 


Looking for short video clips to enhance small spaces before or during your worship service? Try these from Hope Channel. There are clips to inspire you to a more meaningful life; Bible stories creatively retold in three minutes or less; insights that bring a new dimension to the gospels; short, light-hearted tips on staying healthy and more. 


If you are interested in Bible-study related gifts or something for yourself, check out the Logos Bible Software page for Seventh-day Adventist products. Take the AdventSource Bible Study Collection for starters, a two-volume set: ABC’s of Bible Study by Gary Ford, and Bible Study Basics: Six Big Ideas for Bible Study and Discipleship Training, by Dan Day. 

Mission Health Book 2015 Project - Video 3    

The "See Food Diet" (You see food and then eat it) might be one "ViewPoint" we need to work on changing. Watch this video and see if you can find a resource to help motivate you for your New Year's Resolutions. This video and four others can be downloaded from the NAD Health Ministries website to help encourage members to share the 2015 Health Book, Health and Wellness Secrets.

Reaching Out in Love
Volunteers are needed to help REACH people in the San Antonio, Texas area just before the 2015 GC Session. 

Volunteers are needed to assist in Your Best Pathway to Health in San Antonio, Texas, April 8-11, just prior to the 2015 GC Session. The goal is to provide free medical and dental services to 5,000 - 6,000 underserved residents of San Antonio, similar to the Bridges to Health event held in San Francisco and Oakland, Calif. in April. If you are a qualified worker in the medical or dental field, you are needed. Other workers such as translators are also being sought. MORE. Volunteer

December 10, 2014
January Focus: Friendship Evangelism
Jan. 3, Day of Prayer
Jan. 18-24, Religious Liberty Week

Helpful Special Day Websites and Resources
Dec. 13, Adventist Community Services
Jan. 24, Religious Liberty

Sample Offertory Readings


Upcoming Events

Some 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 

July 2-11, 2015 GC Session, San Antonio, Texas

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


Dec. 14-20: This coming week, please pray for the Texas Conference, with 223 churches and 50,335 members.
Dec. 21-27: Pray for the Texico Conference, with 70 churches and 11,839 members.


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