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NewsPoints, March 25, 2015
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Affirmation of the ‘Mission’ Role of North American Division Regional Conferences - 
Responding to requests, the North American Division Administration voted the following action concerning Regional Conferences:

"The North American Division has been given a mandate by both God and its constituency to serve one of the most ethnically diverse populations in the world. Since a request has been formally made to clarify the history and present role of its Regional Conferences, which have been a valued and integral part of our North American Division governance structure since 1944, 
"We resolve that..." MORE

 
   
Paul Anderson has accepted the appointment to be the director of Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries (ACM) for the North American Division. This completes the reorganization of ACM worldwide. Anderson has served 19 years as a U.S. Navy Chaplain. Before that he pastored in the Allegheny East and Potomac Conferences. MORE 


 
   
More than 1,500 healthcare professionals and volunteers will operate a no-cost medical and dental clinic in San Antonio, Texas on April 8-10. Over $10 million in free health-related services will be offered to residents of San Antonio at the Alamodome. The event is organized by Your Best Pathway to Health, a service of Adventist-Laymen’s Services & Industries (ASI), in partnership with the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Adventist Health System and other entities. MORE

 
   
Hope Channel is now available in the entire Los Angeles metro area via free-to-air television. LA is the second largest television market in North America. Hope Channel is already on free-to-air television in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Tampa, and other cities (see complete list here). 

 
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Oakwood is once again competing for the Home Depot Campus Improvement Grant Program for Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Help them win by voting every day through April 20, at www.retoolyourschool.com/vote-now/, and remind your friends to vote also. Be sure to use Oakwood’s special hashtag: #Oakwood_RYS15 whenever you discuss it online.


Oakwood's proposals for the three levels of prizes available highlight how each project will make a lasting, positive impact on the campus. They are: $50,000,  mile-long circuit of outdoor exercise stations emphasizing the laws of health; $25,000, fruit trees near the Unity Pond; and $10,000, bleachers for fans and seating for players on the soccer field. 
 

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Statement on How to Discuss Women’s Ordination - Since there have been many discussions online, in churches and in social circles, and many more will ensue in the coming months, it might be beneficial to share this statement with your members. It was unanimously adopted by the North American Division’s Executive Committee and approved by the delegates to the 2014 NAD Year-end Meeting, and encourages “respectful, Christ-like dialogue” between Adventists, particularly in regard to the upcoming 2015 General Conference Session vote on women’s ordination. "Respectful, Christ-like dialogue" might be one of the most important and useful tools our members and leaders can use during the coming months. 

Download it here, and a report here.
 

ViewPoints
   

The Minority Report to the NAD Theology of Ordination Study Committee (TOSC) as presented by Edwin Reynolds and Clinton Wahlen begins on page 192 of the TOSC Report which was presented to the GC TOSC.  

"The current study of ordination involves deeply held values, including faithfulness to God and His Word, fairness and equality, respect for one another, and our unity as members of the body of Christ. The conclusions we reach must not sacrifice any of these values....

"The current divergence in views on the subject of women’s ordination is due in part to different understandings of the nature of Scripture and how it should be interpreted....

"To follow the Bible model on the issue of women’s ordination will require courage like that of our pioneers. Nevertheless, it is the only basis on which we can expect to maintain global unity, receive God’s continued blessing, and, most importantly, anticipate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit to finish His work."   Read it, on pages 192 - 208
 

Reaching Out in Love
 

Never underestimate the power of homemade cookies and Adventist literature!  Because of the vast time difference, Guam /Micronesia was not able to report their Global Youth Day activities with the rest of NAD on March 21. Here is a report of activities by the Chuuk, Micronesia youth, with photos, all sent by Stephanie Loriezo, Youth Leader (Missionary Teacher):

   

Homemade cookies, Steps To Christ books and Adventist magazines were distributed in the village, town, stores, markets, and even to the passengers at the small port waiting for their ride back to the outer islands. They were pleased to receive such materials and some asked for more. Though the rain heavily poured early morning our mission continued. Thank God that the sun peeped a bit after few minutes until we got back to the church. Please pray for those people who received the good news through our tracks. This is a wonderful experience for our church youth here in our mission field, especially to those new members who had just participated in this activity. 

       
 

March 25, 2015
 
 
April Focus: Stewardship
Apr. 4, Missionary Magazines (Signs, Message, El Centinela, Priorities)
Apr. 11, Stewardship Sabbath
Apr. 18, Literature Evangelism Sabbath
Apr. 25, Education Sabbath

Helpful Special Day Websites and Resources
 
Offerings  
Apr. 11, Christian Record Services

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

 

Upcoming Events

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

Apr. 19-22, 
NAD 2015 Human Resources Conference and Secretariat Council

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: Ministry is Ministry, p. 32

NAD News: Minnesota Rising to the Challenge, No More Needles, Help for Single Parents,  p. 11

NAD Update: Minding the Millennials, p. 14

NAD Perspective: Choices, by Daniel Weber, p. 17


 


              
Mar. 29 - Apr 4 - This coming week, please pray for the following three conferences, which we have not listed before due to missed NewsPoints issues: 
Illinois Conference, with 99 churches and 13,407 members;
Potomac Conference, with 171 churches and 33,586 members; 
Pennsylvania Conference, with 104 churches and 11,193 members.

 

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