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NewsPoints, June 10, 2015

Historic copies of The Voice of Truth newsletters have recently been discovered and are now housed in the La Sierra University (LSU) H.M.S. Richards Divinity School Library, which was officially dedicated and opened April 18, during LSU's Homecoming Weekend. When LSU archivist Tony Zbaraschuk first looked inside the large, worn, hardcover volume, he couldn't quite believe what he saw. Included in the nearly three years of The Voice of Truth newsletters were some dated before the October 22, 1844 day of "The Great Disappointment," which provide great insight into how people were thinking at that time. See readable copies, and MORE

Southwestern Adventist University’s Dinosaur Research Project discovered the third Nanotyrannus dinosaur ever found, out of the five or six known to exist. National Geographic Channel invited Southwestern to be involved with them in making documentaries about the Nanotyrannus. MORE

For the first time in history, the It Is Written Executive Committee has appointed a ministry manager. Jesse Johnson, who holds several masters and doctoral degrees in business, education, and technology, is a businessman and entrepreneur with extensive experience in ministry leadership. MORE 

A first in the nation, the ReNewed Health Food Pantry in Overland Park, Kan., offers free foods for people with food allergies or Celiac Disease. Sponsored by the New Haven Church, ReNewed Health is trying to meet the health needs of about 5,500 children in the Greater Kansas City area who face hunger and food allergies. MORE

In case you missed it last week:
North American Division President Daniel R Jackson reflects on the past five years and shares his thoughts and wishes for the members of the North American Division heading into this summer’s 60th General Conference Session in San Antonio, Texas. MORE

Adventists in the News

Save the date for The Emotional Wellness Summit, January 13-17, 2016, in Orlando, Fla. It will be cosponsored by the North American, Inter-American, and South American Divisions, and will focus on Mental/Emotional Health. Experts in the areas of mental, emotional, spiritual health and wellness will come together to present the theme, "Emotional Wellness Summit: Sharing Wholeness, Serving All." Health professionals, health ministries advocates, pastors, educators, are all welcome to attend. Promotional materials will be available in Spanish, French, Portuguese and English. Make your reservations now at the WyndhamMORE


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The Women's Ministries Offering will be collected Sabbath, July 11. Postcards have been sent to the local churches, and free, downloadable bulletin inserts are available here. You might also want to show the video, "Nurturing with a Purpose," which tells more about the types of ministries women are doing across the division to share Jesus with other women. 

NewsPoints, the North American Division e-newsletter, will be at the General Conference Session again this year. Go to www.nadadventist.org/newspoints to subscribe. Please share this information with your church members. 


What do you do if you are or have been abused? What if someone tells you they are or have been abused? What can you do if you suspect abuse? How can you tell if someone is being abused?  How can we prevent child abuse in our churches, schools, or organizations? Resources for ending abuse can be found at the Women's Ministries website, the Adventist Risk Management website, and atAdventSource resource center.

Reaching Out in Love

Did you know that there is an ongoing battle between good and evil? 

Learn more.   Watch the 90: second video on Vimeo

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.

June 10, 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  
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

June 20-21, Adventist Recovery Ministries Training, Woodside, N.Y.

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 

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

Sept. 14-17, Nonprofit Leadership Certification Program

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: Three Days that Changed a City, by Diane Thurber and Susan Jones, p. 34

NAD News: Kettering College Mobilizes to Support Legislation; Tour de Youth: Ride for the Future; More than 300 Baptized in Edmonton, p. 11

NAD Update: Pastors Convene in Austin, Texas, p. 15

NAD Perspective: Dream Big, by Dan Weber, p.17

June 14-20 – This coming week, please pray for the Oregon Conference, with 133 churches and 35,750 members.

Also, pray for the Southwestern 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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