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NewsPoints, August 12, 2015

Gary Thurber has been elected to serve as Mid-America Union president, filling a vacancy created in July when Thomas Lemon accepted a vice presidential position with the General Conference. He will be coming from the Lake Union Conference where he has served as executive secretary since 2013. NAD President Dan Jackson said that he is delighted with the committee’s choice and believes Thurber will bring exceptional qualities to the presidential position.  MORE


There were four InStep4Life health expos during the time of General Conference Session in San Antonio, Texas, including the first one in downtown San Antonio on Sunday July 5, following the 5K Walk/Run which involved 2,500 participants. Three more InStep4Life expos were conducted in specific regions identified by the San Antonio Metro Health Department as needy areas. Watch the video.  MORE 


Rebuilding 42 fire-resistant homes following the largest wildfire (350,000 acres) in Washington state history, takes a lot of money. Washington and Upper Columbia Conferences, the Brewster, Wash., church and an anonymous donor with matching funds, raised nearly $69,000, with more yet to come. This amount was added to donations from other faith-based organizations to make a total of more than $509,000 that will be used to rebuild homes for the uninsured.  MORE


The Ava, Mo. Seventh-day Adventist Church members are so generous they built a home for one of their church families. The home owners sold part of their land to pay for it, and the members donated their time, some as much as three days a week. The church and the home owners couldn't be happier. MORE

Adventists in the News

Attend a free Webinar on live streaming and learn all about streaming Sabbath services on your church website? Join Adventist Church Connect for a free webinar on live streaming on Thursday, Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. CST. You will learn what live streaming is and how it works, details of various streaming services, equipment needs, the basics of creating a live production, setting up and delivering your streams, archiving your streams, and more. Register here.


An enditnow Emphasis Day (August 22) Kit is FREE and downloadable from the NAD Women's Ministries website. In it there is a sample sermon, suggested program and children's story for church, with a PowerPoint presentation. This year's theme title is "Love at Home" by Dr. Julian Melgosa. The kit is available here in English, French and Spanish. 

In addition, an Anger Management seminar for an approximately two-hour seminar, excellent for a Friday evening or Sabbath afternoon presentation, is available at the same location, also in English, French and Spanish. Get theAnger Management presentation here.


ADRA Canada Working with Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camps in Iraq


What is ADRA Canada doing in Iraq and how safe are they? The Iraq ADRA headquarters is a new office. They are responding to the current crisis, which is mostly a matter of helping people deal with the current stress, which means handing out things such as emergency blankets, clothes, cooking supplies, and other things. Hundreds of thousands of people have had their lives disrupted by the current conflict. Many have been forced to leave their homes at gunpoint, often leaving behind dead loved ones, their cars, houses, belongings, and now are living in a refugee camp. ADRA provides schooling for children, support groups, and much more. Watch the video.


Reaching Out in Love

Did you know there is a celebration that expresses our closeness to Christ and willingness to serve others?

The Lord's Supper is a participation in the emblems of the body and blood of Jesus as an expression of faith in Him, our Lord and Savior. In this experience of communion Christ is present to meet and strengthen His people. MORE

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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 how.

August 12, 2015
August Focus: Spiritual Gifts
Aug. 22, EnditNow Emphasis Day 

Helpful Special Day Websites and Resources

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


Upcoming Events


Sept. 3/4, Prayer Call

Sept. 10, It Is Written Webinar Training for Revelation Today

Sept. 14-17, 
Nonprofit Leadership Certification Program

Sept. 20, Let's Move Day

Sept. 20-27, Let's Move Week 

Oct. 1/2, Prayer Call

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

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

Oct. 9-31, It Is Written, Revelation Today: The Mysteries Revealed

Oct. 15-18, Society of Adventist Communicators Convention

Nov. 5/6, Prayer Call

Dec. 3/4, Prayer Call


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

Feb. 17-20, Just Claim It Youth Prayer Conference, Ontario, Calif.

July 21-23, Adventist Conference on Family Research and Practice, Berrien Springs, Mich. 

Sept. 7-10, Adventist Community Services Convention 2016, Gladstone, Ore. 


NAD Feature: Breaking Barriers, by Odette Ferreira, p. 36

NAD News: Because We Care, Hispanics Inaugurate Radio Adventista Los Angeles, Florida Youth Catch the Vision to Serve, Oakwood University Celebrates Ellen White’s Legacy, p. 11

NAD Update: SONscreen Film Festival Celebrates Student Filmmakers, p. 14

NAD Perspective: Family Prayers, p.17


Aug. 16-22 – This week, please pray for the Southern California Conference, with 128 churches and 42,897 members. 


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