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NewsPoints, May 27, 2015



Adventist Community Services (ACS) is working hard, responding to flooding in Texas. ACS served more than 750 people in San Marcos with clothing from the Texas ACS mobile distribution truck yesterday and today. They also gave out 252 flood buckets. As a joint project between ADRA and ACS, 3,000 buckets were filled with cleaning supplies by Pathfinders at last year's International Pathfinder Camporee in Oshkosh, Wis. The buckets were then distributed across the country for use in major events such as this one. More than 500 homes have been flooded in the Houston area where ACS is coordinating with area leaders as to how best to respond. 

In addition to flood response, ACS volunteers have been operating a donations center in Delmont, S.D., in response to needs following the tornado that ripped through the town on Mother's Day, May 10. MORE

ACS is a well-respected disaster response leader that can leverage partnerships and make bulk purchases that can multiply the benefits of your donated dollars. Click here to donate.

Untrue rumor  Contrary to a post on a satirical website which has given some people the impression that the flooding in Texas is creating a need to cancel GC Session, the 2015 General Conference Session is still scheduled to take place as planned, July 2-11, in San Antonio, Texas.

The first formally organized Fijian congregation in the NAD has been organized in Sacramento, Ca. The new company – which currently meets at Sacramento Adventist Academy – is the 157th congregation in the Northern California Conference. More Fijians live in the Sacramento area than anywhere else in the U.S., and more are coming to the area each year. The congregation has plans for two evangelistic series this year, with the goal of baptizing 40 people. They also hope to broadcast their services online. MORE

A $10,000 grant has just been received by the ACS Community LIFT in Denver, Colo., from the Colorado Garden Foundation. It will be used to help further ACS’ efforts to build a horticulture program offering food pantry customers the freshest produce possible. They have begun preparing all available land around the Center for planting, and are inviting volunteers and staff to work side-by-side with clients to teach them the gardening process and show how easy it is to grow food at their own homes. MORE
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Join the North American Division Prayer Ministry team on Thursday, June 4, for an all-night Prayer Call starting at 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. EDST. Call 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 


The memorial service for Warren Judd, who died yesterday, will be held on June 8, at 6 p.m., at the Loma Linda University Church. 



Do you need ideas for preparing for a meaningful Refugee Awareness Sabbath, June 13? You can find ideas here on the Refugee Ministries website. Don’t miss the play for children or youth, entitled "Jesus was Once a Refugee."  Refugee Awareness Sabbath is held annually, close to World Refugee Day, June 20.

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. 


To enditnow: Break the Silence about Abuse
"How to Spot Abuse and Abusers," presented by Christopher Bradford at the 2014 Summit on Abuse


Learn the signs of abuse, as well as some ways to recognize an abuser. To stand by and do nothing when we know abuse is occurring is the same as perpetrating the abuse. If the church is aware that abuse is taking place, the church must intervene to protect, rescue, and become the advocate for the victim 
     Domestic or gender-based violence is the second largest health threat to women, second only to the lack of clean drinking water. In fact, it was safer to be a deployed at the height of the Iraq or Afghanistan wars than it is to be a woman in the U.S.  Watch the video.

Reaching Out in Love

Did you know the world was made in just six days? 

Watch the 90: second video

Each topic on the My Way to Jesus website links to a video, an invitation to study the Bible, the Find-a-Church Directory, a link for kids to My Place with Jesus, a place to send prayer requests, and more. 

You can easily post the videos and information on your church website. Share the updates from the My Way to Jesus Facebook page. Learn more.

May 27, 2015

June Focus: Church Growth and Evangelism
June 13, Women's Ministries Emphasis Day
June 13, Refugee Awareness Sabbath

Helpful Special Day Websites and Resources
Special Offerings  
May 30, NAD Evangelism
June 13, GC Session Offering (for World Mission)
June 20, Multilingual Ministries/Chaplaincy Ministries

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


Upcoming Events

(RED: Registration deadline)

June 4-5, All-night Prayer Call

June 7-11, Faith Community Nursing Training (May 31)

June 20-21, Adventist Recovery Ministries Training, Woodside, N.Y. (May 31)

June 28 - July 1, CALLED NAD Ministerial Convention 

July 1-11, 2015 Impact San AntonioRegister

July 6-9, Children's Summer Day Camp for GC2015

June 28 - July 1, Ministerial Spouses Convention 

June 28 - July 2, Tour de Youth Ride for Life 

July 2-11, 2015 GC Session, San Antonio, Texas

July 5, San Antonio InStep4Life 5K Fun Run/Walk (May 31)

Aug. 5-8, Adventist-laymen’s Services & Industries (ASI) Convention

Sept. 20, Let's Move Day

Sept. 20-27, Let's Move Week 

Oct. 2-4, Health Ministries Training /Columbia Union

Oct. 9-11, Adventist Recovery Ministries Training, Dallas, Texas

Oct. 15-18, Society of Adventist Communicators Convention


Jan. 13-17, Emotional Wellness Summit, Orlando, Fla. 


NAD Feature: Finding Community, Diversity, and Acceptance - Reimagining Sabbath school for the twenty-first century, by Julio Muñoz; A Ministry for Children and Their Parents, p. 33

NAD News: Columbia Union Hosts Hispanic Evangelism Event; Impact San Antonio: A Global Young Adult Experience, p. 11

NAD Update: Empowering Adventist Professionals, p. 15

NAD Perspective: The Church Family, by Daniel Jackson, p.17


May 31 - June 6 – This coming week, please pray for the Alaska Conference, with 29 churches and 3,829 members.

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


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Dan Weber, communication director, 
Julio Muñoz, associate director
Lynetta Murdoch, sr. editorial assistant
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