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NewsPoints, July 10, 2015
A strong storm completely destroyed Blue Mountain Elementary School Thursday evening, July 9, taking off the roof, and scattering building parts for several hundred yards and in the tops of trees. Principal Rachel Wardecke was alone in the building at the time and crawled out of the wreckage with no serious injuries. After the storm, Blue Mountain Academy Principal Dave Morgan went to look at the damage and discovered an amazing sight: a completely undisturbed picture of Jesus on one partial wall still standing!  MORE  Photos [by Kathleen Sutton, courtesy of Columbia Union Visitor]

The North American Division region’s total population of 350 million represents almost every people group on the planet, with approximately 1.2 million Adventists attending 5,400 churches and groups which are led by 3,200 pastors. Key goals, known as the “building blocks,” were developed to provide a missional focus and a foundation for the spreading of the message of hope and wholeness. These initiatives focused on six key areas.New decisions affected areas such as media ministries, publishing and higher education. Read Dan Jackson's NAD Report, A Message of Hope and Wholeness.  

Restaurants near the Henry B. González Convention Center in San Antonio "beefed up" their vegetarian menus in anticipation of the 6oth Session of the General Conference (GC). But, the results are mixed, they say. How do they view Adventists and their dietary habits? MORE

Many of the thousands of Seventh-day Adventists flocking to San Antonio from all over the world bring their children. That means there are seas of rambunctious children uninterested in sitting through a four-hour-long business meeting concerning the wording of the Church Manual, Fundamental Beliefs and whether voting devices are working. MORE

HaystackTV missed breaking the Guinness World Record for a potluck by just 176 persons. They attempted the world record while at GC Session 2015 in San Antonio, Texas, and needed 1,276 to break the record held by a church in Arizona. MORE 

Every five years thousands of Adventists travel from around the world to attend the General Conference (GC) Session. Most people don't know that the planning starts ten years in advance of each session, so what does it really take to put on such an event? We will take a behind-the-scenes look at one component of the GC Session, the Exhibition Hall. What does it take to supply three expo halls that cover 325,059 square feet with 385 exhibits for 11 days?  MORE

Adventists in the News

For GC Session archived NAD stories, see NAD News Archives  orNewsPoints Archives. Also, enjoy and/or download photos from the continually increasing photostream and albums on NAD Flicker.

Wolcott Named President and CEO of Lodi Health

Seventh-day Adventists host health fairs

Seventh-day Adventists to decide whether women can become clergy

Sabbath Faith Adventist Church growing in faith, friendship

Thousands fill downtown for Seventh-day Adventist conference

What the Grateful Dead Had to Do With the Rise of the Veggie Hot Dog

Religious convention draws thousands to downtown SA

Nearly 70000 to attend Seventh-Day Adventist World Conference

GC Delegates Approve Record 35 New Union Conferences

Will Seventh-day Adventists approve women's ordination? Oakwood leaders on issue's frontlines

San Antonio Hosts 65,000 For Seventh-Day Adventist General Conference

Adventist Medical Center renovates





Join the Breath of Life during the 60th General Conference Session for a special worship experience for all people of all ages, featuring special guest Sandi Patty, on Sabbath, July 11th for the 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. services.  MORE




REMINDER: Anyone with an Internet connection can keep up-to-date with what is happening at GC Session. Follow NAD social media on TwitterFacebook (#GCSA15), and view hundreds of photos on the NAD Flickr page. In addition, it is being broadcast straight from the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas to your home or church via Hope Channel Church, Hope Channel app, or Glorystar 124. The broadcast schedule is online.
More GC Session Links: You can learn all about the program, the agenda, get delegate information, and more at the GC Session website. Download the GC Session App to help you navigate the Session exhibits, find a place to eat, locate meeting rooms, access social media, and more. [Photo: Front of the Alamodome where GC meetings are being held. by James Bokovoy]



Watch the North American Division Report, as presented to the 60th General Conference Session on July 4th.


Reaching Out in Love

Did you know God is more powerful than Satan?

By His death on the cross Jesus triumphed over the forces of evil. He who subjugated the demonic spirits during His earthly ministry has broken their power and made certain their ultimate doom. 

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.

July 10, 2015
July Focus: Adventist Lifestyle
July 11, Griggs University

August Focus: Spiritual Gifts
Aug. 22, EnditNow Emphasis Day 

Helpful Special Day Websites and Resources

Special Offerings  
July 11, Women's Ministries

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

Upcoming Events

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

July 5-11 – This week, please pray for the Arizona Conference, with 75 churches and 19,371 members.

Do you have the courage to ask that God's will be done, regardless of your personal preferences? Please pray and prayfor the 2015 General Conference Session, July 2-11, and all events surrounding the Session including the related local Health Expos, and the Children's Summer Day Camp for GC2015, and for all individuals involved with the Session, including officers, delegates, invitees, technical staff, and employees of the San Antonio area providing security and services, following the suggestions of the 10 Weeks for Bold Prayers initiatives


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