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NewsPoints, February 11, 2015

Mount Vernon Academy (MVA) will have to cease operations at the end of this school year. Because of an ongoing struggle for enough funding for MVA, the Ohio Conference Executive Committee and delegates of the January 11 Special Constituency Meeting voted a process which called for $1.5 million to be raised by February 10, and another $1.5 million by March 10. This amount would have enabled MVA to remain operational next school year. Unfortunately, they have received only $17,069

Their two goals now are 1) to find a way to a have more Ohio Conference academy aged young people receive an Adventist education, and 2) to oversee and care for the MVA campus and land at the end of this school year. MORE  (MVA Update #8)
Nathan Nazario, producer of Old Fashioned, will do a presentation of Old Fashioned and a screening at this year's SONscreen Film Festival. Be at SONscreen and hear him and possibly others from the movie crew talk about how they went about producing and marketing this faith-based film. "Rik Swartzwelder [Producer/ Director/ Writer/ Actor] and I met and worked together as volunteer executive committee members for three years at the SONscreen Film Festival," said Nazario. "We strongly believed in the festival's mission of developing and nurturing young Christian filmmakers to excellence in their craft and storytelling with the goal of using film as a powerful tool to change lives and impact culture." 

La Sierra University (LSU) received top rankings recently for its community engagement and service programs. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching announced LSU’s community engagement re-classification.

In addition, the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, announced its 2014 Honor Roll awards with La Sierra listed with Distinction, in both the general community service and education community service categories. MORE

A $2 million gift was received by Southwestern Adventist University from the Adventist Health System, headquartered in Altamonte Springs, Fla., and will provide the Business Department with the “Adventist Health System Endowed Chair of Business." MORE

Adventists in the News
The month of February is Black History Month. For photos, articles and information about Black history in the Seventh-day Adventist Church, including the history of regional conferences – the reason they were started and why we still have them – go to www.blacksdahistory.org
Help! I'm a Parent Book and DVD Sewill inspire and encourage parents, grandparents, and caregivers on your journey as disciple-makers of your children. It addresses common challenges experienced by parents of children from birth through age seven. This resource features 10 30-minute segments for each chapter and is ideal for use individually, as a couple, or in a group meeting in the home, church, or at a local church school. Available in Spanish, English. Other Help! I'm a Parent resources are also available.

A look at five major arguments that are used by those who oppose women's ordination based on verses in Genesis 2. 


Presentation by Dr. Richard Davidson, Professor of Old Testament Interpretation at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University, given at the Loma Linda University Church on January 24, 2015.  http://vimeo.com/117969394

"I’ve been wrestling with these issues for… over 30 years, and I’ve held views on both sides," says Dr. Davidson. "I have to confess... I've become increasingly convicted over the last few years that the Scripture is clear."

Dr. Davidson carefully reviews the various key verses in Genesis 2, comparing with other parts of the Bible, explaining the original meaning of the words and the literary construction of parts of the chapter. An additional benefit: he reveals that Genesis 2 doesn't just describe a garden but that "it is just full of sanctuary language." 

We as a church believe that God has called us in these last days to return to His ideal in the beginning – the way we worship, the diet we eat and back to His creation ideal for gender relations. Egalitarian from the start.

Reaching Out in Love

Epic Mission USA 


In Chicago, Illinois, members of EPIC Church are following Christ's method in fun and creative ways. It's a place where discipleship happens. It's a place where unchurched people are invited into a life of service and knowledge of Jesus Christ, where they are accepted and followers of Jesus are trained to be disciple makers. It's one place where part of this quarter's 13th Sabbath Offering will benefit. Watch the video

February 11, 2015
February Focus: Family Life
Feb. 7-28, Black History Month
Feb. 14, Health Ministries Sabbath
Feb. 21, Christian Parenting Sabbath
Feb. 22-28, Family Togetherness Week
Feb. 28, Family Togetherness Sabbath

Helpful Special Day Websites and Resources
Feb. 14, Adventist Television Ministry
Mar. 14, Adventist World Radio

Sample Offertory Readings
(in English, Spanish, Portuguese and French)


Upcoming Events

Feb. 27-Mar. 1, Adventist Recovery Ministries Training, Glendale, CA

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

Apr. 2-4, SONscreen Festival

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

Oct. 15-18, Society of Adventist Communicators Convention


NAD Feature: Small Church, Big Heart p. 12

NAD News: Monterey, California, Adventists Host Dental/Health Fair; Adventists Help Communities Affected by Wildfires; Clearlake Homeless Ministry: A Blessing to All; p. 3

NAD Update: Free Clinic Brings Love and Healing, p. 6

NAD Perspective: Privilege, by Daniel Weber, p. 9


Feb. 15- This coming week, please pray for the Allegheny West Conference, with 59 churches and 14,663 members.

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