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NewsPoints, July 16, 2015
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GC President Ted Wilson made a statement to the delegates of the 60th General Conference Session, clarifying the vote of the delegates on Wednesday July 8, 2015 when they addressed the issue of regional accommodation for the world divisions in the ordination of women into pastoral ministry. Here is a transcript of that clarifying statement.


 
   
People of the community where Blue Mountain Elementary school was flattened by a powerful storm on July 9, have rallied to help the school in their recovery. They donated water, tarps, food for volunteers, and various other supplies. Volunteers, including media personnel who were there to report on the story, all pitched in and helped. MORE

 
   
Most people don't know that the planning of GC Session starts ten years in advance of each session, so what does it really take to put on such an event? We took 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  (We apologize that we inadvertently failed to supply the link to learn more about this in last week's issue of NewsPoints.)
 
Adventists in the News

ADU Becomes the First U.S. Healthcare University to Offer a Program in Conductive Education

Blue Zone lessons from Loma Linda, Calif

Glendale Adventist staff gearing up for trip to Armenia

Bellingham church property to become apartments for WWU students

Florida Hospital DeLand names new controller

Large brush fire contained in south Auburn

Wash, Learn, Repeat at Rainbow Coin Laundry (Conclusion)

S.A. airport expects heavy traffic, longer lines over next few days

Long lines at SA airport as Seve­nth-day Adventist conference ends

Knoxville church rallies together after arson attack

Tornado strikes school in Hamburg; clean up begins

National Weather Service confirms tornado in Berks

Largest convention hosted by San Antonio comes to a close

Founded in Michigan, 7th-Day Adventists vote against ordaining female clergy

Announcements
   

50,000 pages of unreleased writings of Ellen White's letters and manuscripts have been released online today on the 100th anniversary of her death. Learn about the other ways the Ellen G. White Estate plans to remember her this centennial year of her death. 

 

Resources
GC Session 2015 - The Complete Collection    

GC Session Recordings are available on the Hope Channel Church site, both in DVD or as a less expensive downloadable version. 
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Popular fundraising handbook, Successful Fundraising, the PSI-produced fundraising handbook, has been updated, and additional chapters are now included in the 2015 edition. The new chapters are in response to many inquiries regarding topics such as grant proposal writing, the effect of fundraising on tithe and offerings, in-kind and non-philanthropic support, recognition, and several other topics. Learn more here.  

 

ViewPoints
 
   
According to some, Facebook and Twitter, YouTube, Vimeo, and other social media sites, are "modern-day gathering places" and some churches are busy using them to keep members close, even when far away. Some churches even "live-tweet" the sermons and still others post them online. More than 72 percent of online adults use social media, but only 37 percent attend church weekly, or more. According to Pew Research Center, 20% of Americans share their faith online. More than twice that many notice when someone else shares their faith online. (Read more in the Columbia Union Visitor, July 2015, pages 8, 9)
 
Reaching Out in Love

Did you know you are invited to be part of God's family on Earth?

The church is made up of people who are at all kinds of different stages in their love and trust relationship with God. They are people in process. Some are further ahead in their trust relationship with God, and some are just beginning, and some are in between. Nevertheless, there are people in process, together, with God, with each other, and the world around them. 

When Jesus returns in triumph, He will present His people to Himself, a glorious church, the faithful of all the ages, the purchase of His blood, not having spot or wrinkle, but holy and without blemish. 

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 and/or share the updates from the My Way to Jesus Facebook page. Learn more.
 

July 16, 2015
 
August Focus: Spiritual Gifts
Aug. 22, EnditNow Emphasis Day 

Helpful Special Day Websites and Resources

 
Special Offerings  
Aug. 8, Oakwood University/ Andrews University/ Loma Linda University 

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

Upcoming Events

 
NAD Feature: Christian Creativity in a Secular Society, p. 30

NAD News: Historic Book Sheds Light on Adventism's Roots, It Is Written Puts Down Roots in Tennessee, p. 11

NAD Update:  Exponential Growth! p. 14

NAD Perspective: Who Are You? p.17

 

              
July 12-18 – This week, please pray for the Central California Conference, with 131 churches and 36,978 members.

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