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NewsPoints, April 23, 2015
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A three-year evangelism project in Edmonton, Alberta, is nearing its completion with a Revelation Today series presented by It Is Written Speaker/Director John Bradshaw. It is a month-long study, conducted in partnership with more than 20 local churches and companies and will continue until May 9. Four new church plants have been established, two of which are working directly with the series. MORE
 
 
   
Hundreds of young adults from across the Southwestern Union convened in Arlington, Texas, for the fourth annual Young Adult Festival of Worship. In addition to the over 1,100 attending in person, hundreds from around the world tuned in online for the worship service broadcasts, specifically contoured to spiritually encourage next generations. MORE

 
   
La Sierra University’s Enactus team finished second in the nation at the Enactus U.S. National Exposition, held in St. Louis, Mo., April 13-16. Nearly 200 colleges and universities sent Enactus teams to this year’s national competition. Thirteen Enactus team members represented La Sierra University, including a five-member presentation team. La Sierra’s Enactus team’s report focused on the projects that the team has developed to use business practices to enhance communities. The projects included: Mobile Fresh to deliver healthy food to underserved areas of Riverside, and a Cow Bank in India.  MORE

 
   
Faith For Today was awarded the Worldfest-Houston Gold Remi award for excellence in the Health & Fitness category for their “True Strength” episode, featuring actor Kevin Sorbo. Lifestyle Magazine was also awarded the Silver Remi (“Creating Option C” with Lourdes Colon & Esai Morales) and Bronze Remi (“True Strength” with Kevin Sorbo again) awards in the Lifestyle Programming category. MORE

 
   
Palm Beach County churches come together in a Mission to the Cities’ Total Health Expo. The strategy evolved into inviting county residents to a major impact event, preceded by a Season of Service and followed by public evangelism in area churches. More than 3,000 people gathered February 28 for the Sabbath emphasis on spiritual health and family. MORE  [Photo by Fernandez Media]

 
   
Kettering College students, faculty, alumni and staff have been working behind the scenes to support federal legislation that would protect funding for nursing schools nationwide. Their grassroots efforts are paying off. As of March 3, legislators from both sides of the aisle have introduced related bills in the United States Senate and House of Representatives. MORE
 
 
   
Watch the BET channel Sunday, April 26, at 10:00 p.m. EDT, for the United Negro College Fund's (UNCF) 36th annual "An Evening of Stars." An Oakwood sophomore theology and psychology major Jajuan Sanders [front left in photo], from Baltimore, Md., was the recipient of a $25,000 scholarship. MORE

 
   
Walla Walla University (WWU) will offer a master of arts degree in media ministry beginning this Fall. The two-year program will allow students to choose from one of two concentrations: media and cinema or web and interactive media. Core courses for the degree will include foundational theology exploring world view and mission, communication theory, research methods, and story structure. The program can be completed online with three scheduled two-week workshops on the WWU campus, making it an ideal option for professionals from across the country who work full time. MORE
 
Adventists in the News
Announcements

FEMA Webinar, Preparing Houses of Worship for Emergencies – Tuesday, April 28, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. (ET) – The Department of Homeland Security’s Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and FEMA are sponsoring this webinar to prepare faith-based organizations for disaster.

"Congregations that plan for disasters are better able to volunteer and serve in their community afterwards, says NAD Adventist Community Services Disaster Response Director Sean Robinson. "One that has planned will be teaching their church family how to develop personal preparedness plans. They will also be meeting with city and county Emergency Managers as disaster response plans are developed for their community.” REGISTER (Closed captioning will be offered.)

 
   
Registration is now open for NARLA's annual Religious Liberty Summit. Join the North American Religious Liberty Association's Summit, May 15-18, in Silver Spring, Md. NARLA plans an inspiring weekend filled with religious liberty training and information sessions, spiritual emphasis and testimony, American history tour, Capitol Hill legislative office visits, and a banquet featuring Liberty magazine editor, Lincoln Steed. Due to capacity limits for several of the activities, attendance at this year's Summit is limited to 50 individuals so register now. MORE
 
 
   
Adventist Recovery Ministries (June and October)  –  Many people are struggling with unhealthy compulsive behaviors and addictions that are impacting their lives. This training equips people to learn about the journey to recovery of any addictive and harmful behavior using a Christ-centered 12-step approach. The training equips people to start a recovery ministry in their local congregation as well. Register for $99 now through May 31. MORE 

 
   
A Tour de Youth Cycling Event to GC Session, will journey 325 miles from Dallas to San Antonio, Texas, through the beautiful towns, hills, and back roads of central Texas, June 28 to July 2. It is hosted by the Southwest Region Conference (SWC). This four-day cycling adventure will bring awareness to Texas and the U.S. about the growing problem of youth and adult obesity. Ten out of the 11 states that have increased rates of obesity are located in the South, and children between the ages of 2‐19 are recording dangerous levels of obesity and unhealthy lifestyles choices. The SWC wants to encourage young people and adults to “get moving” and live better for the future.

Register now to join them or sponsor someone on June 28 at the SWC headquarters in Dallas. MORE

 
Resources
 
   
Simply – Free Relational Small Group Study Guides is a new series of study guides designed for facilitators who are working with the secular and/or unchurched, the “nones” or the “dones.” Their goal is to build trust and share life stories in the context of a Bible story, which means that they are different from doctrinal study and/or life application studies. PDF & PPT Studies; The How-tos and Not-tos of Relational Bible Study; Dealing with Doctrinal Questions; Training Manual 

 
   
It's now possible to get a license to show the movie, "Old Fashioned," for church and school screenings, as well as how-to suggestions on hosting a screening, downloadable discussion guides, all in advance of the DVD and Video On Demand releases.  MORE
 
ViewPoints
A View of the Adventist Historic Village from Fox17 News

 
   
Enjoy this 3-minute segment from Fox17 News in West Michigan on our Historic Adventist Village in Battle Creek, Mich. It's a well-done piece which tells about the things visitors will see and experience when they visit. MORE
 
Reaching Out in Love
 
Reaching from Our Knees:
10 WEEKS FOR BOLD PRAYERS


 
   
God honors bold prayers and bold prayers honor God. For 10 weeks, April 19-June 27, prior to General Conference Session in San Antonio and the Pastors' Convention CALLED in Austin, NAD is urging all our members to pray for all who are in authority. There will be some heavy discussions and very important decisions to be made, and we need the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Church. 

Pray for our pastors, church administrators and for the delegates who will be coming together. Pray for re-ignition and effectiveness. Above all, pray that God's will be made clear and that we will keep our focus on God's mission for His church. 

Each week a specific union is designated for prayer. This week, it is the Atlantic Union. Download the flier and keep it where you can see it. Print it out for your church members, and remind them frequently.  MORE
 
April 23, 2015
 
May 2, Community Services Sabbath
May 9, Youth Sabbath
May 16, Single Adults Sabbath


Helpful Special Day Websites and Resources
 
Offerings  
May 9, Disaster and Famine Relief
May 30, NAD Evangelism


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

 

Upcoming Events

 
NAD Feature: Back to the Present, by Elden Ramirez, p. 33

NAD News: Camp Hope Still Recovering from January Ice Storm; No One Could Possibly Survive This Weather! p. 11

NAD Update: To Heal, Serve, Educate, p. 15

NAD Perspective: The Greatest Sermon Ever Preached, by Daniel Weber, p. 17


 

              
Apr 26 - May 2 - This coming week, please pray for the Central States Conference, with 36 churches and 13,884 members.

Also, pray for Atlantic Union and the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada, following the suggestions of the 10 Weeks for Bold Prayers initiatives.
 

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