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NewsPoints, 2-25-15

The lives of 50 Congolese refugees will be improved and forever changed thanks to the response of the Ebenezer Adventist church in Philadelphia, Pa. The Nationalities Service Center assisting the U.S. government in resettling refugees, contacted Ebenezer to tell them that the Congolese had requested to be connected to an Adventist church. Ebenezer’s response has been so generous they had to be encouraged to stop. MORE


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Read op-ed about the religious liberty case heard by the U.S. Supreme Court today, regarding the young Muslim woman who Abercrombie & Fitch would not hire due to her headscarf which she wore because of her religious beliefs. It was written by Dwayne Leslie, Director of Legislative Affairs for the General Conference, and just published in Huffington Post. The case is expected to be decided by sometime in the Spring, 2015. It is believed that a ruling against the young woman would have implications for other people with religious freedom issues in the U.S. Read the editorial.

Scholarship opportunities are available to African American and low income graduate nursing students at Washington Adventist University (WAU) located in Takoma Park, Md. New evening classes start the week of March 8, and there’s still time to apply. Apply. For more about WAU's School of Graduate and Professional Studies, click here.  MORE  
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All-night Prayer Call with NAD Prayer Ministries will be from 10 p.m. ET Thursday, Mar. 5, to 5 a.m. ET Friday, Mar. 6. Join anytime throughout the night, even if for only a few minutes.
     Call 404-891-6338. Code is 772937# (Prayer). Download a bulletin insert (four per page) to share with church members and friends. MORE 
The Nonprofit Leadership Program (NLCP), March 23-27, is designed to equip pastors, church administration and lay-leadership with strategies and professional skills to successfully lead. It teaches leadership, management, and social dimensions of evangelism. MORE.  Register here.


The SONscreen Film Festival, April 2-4 at La Sierra University, is accepting submissions. Submission deadline: March 6. A new pricing structure is available this year. Students who are not submitting a film may attend the entire festival for $25. This includes meals, breakouts, and film blocks. Also, individuals interested in just watching films can attend film blocks for $5 per person per block.

Old Fashioned writer/director/lead actor Rik Schwartzwelder and producer Nathan Nazario will be participating, as well as Jason Satterlund, director of The Record Keeper. MORE  Register here. Like SONscreen on Facebook.


impact2015 is a division and GC young adult leadership and discipleship experience that will run in conjunction with the 2015 GC Session in San Antonio, Texas. It will include activities in ministries such as homeless, juvenile centers, prisons/jails, encouragement, street art, community prayer, yard and home makeovers, community garden, children's day camp, health, family finance, and an outdoor youth rally/concert. Early bird registration deadline: March 31.  MORE 


GC Session travel insurance is available through Adventist Risk Management for non-delegates. Coverage includes medical emergencies, loss of personal property or trip cancellation. ARM will have a small claims office onsite in San Antonio to expedite claims. Sign up here


Denominational business cards are available through AdventID where they have been printing business cards and stationary for Adventist employees, from the local church to the world headquarters, for 15 years. You can create, preview, and order your personalized design online where there are more than 20 templates and four languages to choose from. Stationary and envelopes are also available. The Pacific Press Publishing Association will not be printing business cards or stationary. Go to www.AdventID.com.


NAD Prayer Ministries has added a new channel on YouTube so that all videos from the 2014 Prayer Conference in Monterey, Calif., can be viewed. Check out I Go to the Rock.



“Circumstances Alter Cases – The social and political implications of women in ministry,” presented by Dr. Jon Paulien, Dean of the School of Religion at Loma Linda University


Dr. Paulien invites listeners to check the texts he quotes to be sure of what he is saying about them. Do they teach different principles on the same issue? If there are two sides of an issue, is one evil and devious while the other pure and straightforward? What are some examples of when cases were altered for different circumstances in the Bible?  Watch the video.

Links associated with Jon Paulien: The Battle of Armageddon Blog; FacebookLogos: Lifeworks of Jon Paulien 

Reaching Out in Love
Simplicity Ministry reaches out to their community to help people and share Jesus


Simplicity Ministry in Allentown, Pa., is reaching their community in tangible, practical ways and making a memorable impact on lives there. They clean up and improve landscaping, offer ESL classes, help people find jobs and plan career paths. They share the love of Jesus with everyone around them. Watch the video.


February 25, 2015
February Focus: Family Life
Feb. 7-28, Black History Month
Feb. 22-28, Family Togetherness Week
Feb. 28, Family Togetherness Sabbath

March Focus: Women in the Church
Mar. 1-7, Adventist Youth Week of Prayer
Mar. 7, Women's Day of Prayer
Mar. 21, Disabilities Awareness Sabbath

Helpful Special Day Websites and Resources
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 

Mar. 11-12, 2nd Youth and Young Adult Ministries Symposium

Mar. 23-27, Nonprofit Leadership Program

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

July 2-11, 2015 impact

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


Mar. 1-7 - This coming week, please pray for the Ohio Conference, with 91 churches and 11,622 members.

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