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The long-anticipated Adventist Learning Community has been launched. Still in its early stages, it is a new web-based initiative of the North American Division with the goal of utilizing online distance education technology for the benefit of all kinds of ministerial and educational endeavors. Currently, it offers only a fraction of the courses and resources it will one day deliver. The goal is to deliver online continuing education for Church employees, track professional learning across the Division, offer certifications and training for volunteers and employees, enable schools – K-12 and higher education – to share courses and resources, enable conferences and unions the ability to share proven models of evangelistic success, and equip those visiting the web portal with the resources they need to complete the Great Commission. MORE


 
   
Nepal: Urgent Help Needed: A 7.9 magnitude earthquake in Nepal has killed close to 4,000 people so far with thousands more injured and homeless. The need is great and immediate action is critical. ADRA is responding and needs your support. Please donate at ADRA.org, call 1-800-424-ADRA, or text ADRA to 41444. 

 
   
The Canadian Government will match all Canadian donations for the Nepal Earthquake response that are given by Canadian citizens through ADRA Canada by May 25. The ADRA network has come together to jointly respond to this disaster. A team of responders has been assembled to support ADRA Nepal and the members are either already on the ground or are on their way. Stockpiled emergency supplies are also on their way. Hospitals are treating patients outside and are running low on medical supplies. ADRA Canada's main focus is to provide water, shelter, hygiene items, and disease prevention information.

U.S. citizens may also donate, but will not receive a tax-deduction for donating to ADRA Canada, and their donation will not be matched. If using a credit card, U.S. funds will be automatically converted to Canadian dollars at the current exchange rate. MORE

 
   
The Washington Adventist University (WAU) Enactus Team received a number of awards at the Enactus U.S. National Exposition, held April 13-16, in St. Louis, Mo., including being named finalists in the opening round of the competition, along with placing as finalists in their Walmart project. They also received 3rd place nationally in both their Coca Cola Foundation and Sam’s Club projects. MORE   Read about the projects.


 
   
Casey Tom, Ministry Manager of Faith for Today and Jesus 101 Biblical Institute television ministries, has been elected as the president of the Religion Communicators Council (RCC) of the U.S. She had attended RCC meetings for about five years but did not become a member until 2012, when she was asked to serve on the RCC Board of Directors to replace Linda Walter who had worked at the Adventist Media Center.

Begun in 1929, RCC is the longest standing religious public relations professional organization in the U.S. and Canada. Its purpose is to encourage and assist more coverage of church news in newspapers and magazines. Their tagline is: "Religion is a part of everything and RCC helps you talk about it." RCC sponsors an annual convention and in addition to supplying workshops and skill sharpening events, sponsors events to provide ways for religion communicators to meet public media personnel and meet and network with other religion communicators to exchange ideas and experience that is helpful to one another. 

 
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Join the North American Division Prayer Ministry team on Thursday, May 7, for an all-night Prayer Call starting at 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. EDSTCall 404-891-6338; access code is Prayer# (772937#). Get bulletin inserts and MORE

 

   

Faith Community Nursing Training, June 7-11. **Registration closes May 31. This training is the official curriculum for Parish Nurses or Faith Community Nurses who work closely with the ministerial team of a local church to meet the physical, mental, emotional and social needs of members and engage in health ministries. It is offered once a year by the NAD and this year it is being done in partnership with Southern Adventist University. MORE; REGISTER
 

   

San Antonio  InStep4Life 5K Fun Run/Walk, July 5 **Registration closes May 31. Join Adventists from around the world and community members from San Antonio for a free Fun Run/Walk during GC Session. The events aims to raise awareness about obesity and encourage people to live a more active lifestyle as people enjoy the beautiful San Antonio Riverwalk scenery. Preregistration is required and ends on May 31, or sooner, as participation is limited to 2500 people. MORE 
 

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The annual Disaster and Famine Relief Offering will be taken on May 9. It is used by Adventist Community Services (ACS) and ADRA to provide immediate relief to people suffering in disasters and famine, as well as helping them to rebuild homes, communities and lives. With the growing frequency and magnitude of disasters, donations are needed more than ever. Bulletin inserts for churches to use on that Sabbath are downloadable in grayscale. A video is also available for showing, downloadable from https://vimeo.com/74669501


If you plan to attend the 2015 General Conference Session this summer, you will want to acquaint yourself with the information entitled, "Operation: Safe Session 2015" in the latest Adventist Risk Management e-newsletter of April 29. It's all about getting around safely during the session. 
 

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What are America's Top Churchless Cities? "The U.S. has a reputation for being exceptionally religious — and it is true that, historically speaking, churchgoing has played an outsized role in American identity. Still, millions of Americans have little to no connection to local congregations.... While San Francisco is number one overall when it comes to churchless residents, it ranks sixth on the never-churched list (14%).... However, the California Bay Area takes the top spot when it comes to dechurched adults (48%)." MORE in Barna Reports

 
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"Did you know the Father, Son and Holy Spirit co-exist as one eternal God?"  Fundamental Belief #2 from My Way to Jesus
 

   

Number 2 of "28 Fundamental Beliefs" 90: second videos now available online at the NAD website and at NAD's "My Way to Jesus" site. The site offers options such as sending a prayer request, enrolling in the Discover Bible Course, or watching a video, and provides a phone connection to Adventist Information Ministry where people can chat with someone about spiritual issues or things that are troubling them.

Just "Click" to share your beliefs on Facebook: If you are on Facebook, you can "Like" the My Way to Jesus Facebook page. Then look for the 28 Fundamental Beliefs Facebook updates in the photo album titled "Biblical Teachings."  Beliefs on video will be posted in the album titled "Personal Testimonies on Video."  

Share the Beliefs videos on your own website: Just go to  www.vimeo.com/channels/didyouknow for the entire video series and click on the "Share" button in the upper right corner of a specific video for the embed code or to email it to a friend.
 

April 29, 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


 

              
May 3-9 – This coming week, please pray for the Dakota Conference, with 43 churches and 4,027 members, and for the Minnesota Conference, with 71 churches and 8,978 members.


Also, pray for Columbia Union and the Lake Union, following the suggestions of the 10 Weeks for Bold Prayers initiatives.
 

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Lynetta Murdoch, sr. editorial assistant
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