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NewsPoints, August 26, 2015
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Rescinding earlier actions, the North Pacific Union Executive Committee (NPUCEC) voted 26-4 against calling for a special constituency meeting about the ordination of women as pastors. Their rescinding action stated that they did not believe such a meeting would be productive at this time for the union. The NPUCEC members "made it clear that their decision should not be construed as a lack of support for women in pastoral ministry throughout the Northwest and beyond. An additional motion passed by the committee stresses their belief in the priesthood of all believers and a clear intention to foster increased opportunities for women in pastoral and leadership roles within the NPUC." They also stated shared convictions. MORE  [Photo by Anthony White]

 

   

On the scene in Saipan, Micronesia, in the aftermath of the devastating August 2 Typhoon Soudelor, a team of Adventist Community Services (ACS) people from NAD is working with other NGOs, including ADRA, to provide emergency needs and to develop a local Saipan ACS team to run a warehouse. This includes training people with very little technical expertise to work with inventory software necessary for running a warehouse in a disaster aftermath. Financial problems in Saipan are adding to the challenges in an area where power and water may not be restored for several weeks. "Every act of service is an act of worship and changes peoples lives," said ACS Disaster Relief Director Sean Robinson. MORE, including Ways to donatePhotos  [photo by Dan Weber]

 

   

Mile High Academy celebrated the grand opening of their new campus in Denver, Colo. on August 16.  Parents, students and other visitors toured the school with its cutting-edge design – study rooms with walls that can be used for writing, stools that move according to the need of the kinesthetic learner, desks that fit together for group projects or move apart to work individually, Smart Boards that remember what is written on them or display information from the internet, and so much MORE.  [Photo by Kelly Waller]

 
   

Nearly one year after Ohio Conference leaders learned of the dire financial situation facing Mount Vernon Academy, constituents voted to ratify the recommendations to authorize the sale of assets of the Mount Vernon Academy Corporation, with 293 voting in favor of the motion and 17 opposed at a special constituency meeting earlier this year. MORE
 

 
   
Andrews University’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is celebrating two anniversaries this year: The 75th anniversary of the department and the 50th anniversary of the ChemSem lecture series. The first one this year will be on Thursday, Aug. 27. This event and all following seminars during this special year of celebration will be live-streamed and recorded. To tune in to the live stream, visit www.andrews.edu/cas/chemistry and click “Seminar.” To watch recorded events, search “ChemSem” on YouTube to find the ChemSem channel. MORE  [Photo by Anthony James]
 
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Want to expand your REACH beyond your local church?  Learn how your church can live stream your church services and other events such as cooking schools, stress seminars, centennial celebrations, and more. People can watch from wherever they are. Tell your pastor and 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.  [Photo iStock/meshaphoto]
 

   

Men's Day of Prayer will be Sept. 5, and free materials are available.  Men's Ministries Sermon and Program Guides are downloadable here, where you will also find archived sermons and program guides from past years. 
 

   

Join the NAD Prayer Ministry Team for Prayer Call on Thursday, Sept. 3, for an all-night Prayer Call starting at 10:00 p.m. and continuing to 5:00 a.m. EDST Friday, Sept. 4. You do not need to stay on the phone all night, but join only for however long you wish. Call 404-891-6338; access code is Prayer# (772937#). Get bulletin inserts and learn MORE.
 

   

Awards entries are open NOW for the Society of Adventist Communicators (SAC) through Sept. 16. Electronic submissions only. Fees are waived this year. However, please submit only your best products. Not every issue or every video. Learn about SAC Communicators Awards. Find convention details online (Oct. 15-18) and register. Like the SAC Facebook page. Watch the video
 

   

Don't forget! The Nonprofit Leadership Certification Program (NLCP), Session II, September 14-17, in Federal Way, Wash., will equip nonprofit executive directors and staff, union and conference leaders, pastors and social service leaders, and Adventist Community Service leadership with the strategies and professional skills needed to successfully lead in a nonprofit organizational operation and in community outreach ministries.  MORE

 

   

A "new" campaign is being formed by the transitioning of Adventist Risk Management, Inc. (ARM) to expanding their focus of preventing child abuse to combine their efforts with the enditnow campaign focus of ending abuse to women. This will create a multiple focus on the needs of both women and children to be protected from abuse, including bullying and neglect, and will mean increased resources and awareness for both groups. The transition is to be completed by this fall. MORE
 

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Free InStepforLife mobile apps are available for Android and iPhone. You must register on the website before using these apps. The app allows you to track your exercise, stay up-to-date with InStep news and events, and report miles toward the Let's Move Day goal. MORE


 
   
The SAC newsletter, Practicing Communicating, is creating a brand new subscriber list. If you have been on the list in the past, and/or would like to receive the newsletter in the future, sign up HERE
 
ViewPoints
 
   

"I envision the day when our church will be known for our Compassion and Love for humanity rather than for the things we oppose. The day when this happens we will be in great historic company, we’ll be in the company of Jesus. Jesus was known for loving people of all walks of life and backgrounds, as He walked this earth." 

Conspiracies usually have a negative connotation. But Jose Cortez Jr. believes they can be a good thing. 

Read "A Conspiracy in North America," Part 2. 
Part 1 (in case you missed it)

Pastor Jose Cortes Jr., is an Associate Ministerial Director and Leads Evangelism for the Adventist Church in North America.
 

Reaching Out in Love
 

*URGENT - Teachers Needed!


How do you apply to become a NAD **Volunteer to the Guam-Micronesia Islands?

1) Choose a call that interests you . 
2) Fill out online application.
3) Complete paperwork (Resume, two forms plus Health Clearance, three references) 
4) Complete “Passport to Missions” online training (free). THEN, The NAD Office of Volunteer Ministries (OVM) and the GC Adventist Volunteer Services process and approve application.  THEN,
5) You purchase airline ticket and send itinerary to OVM to arrange insurance. (Communicate with mission organization about your arrival date before purchasing ticket.)

TIPS:
Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months until AFTER your return. Visas are not required for U.S. citizens but are required for Canadians. Once you enroll in the training class OVM can continue approving application, but it needs to be completed before leaving for assignment.

*See last week's NewsPoints for the announcement about the urgent need for teachers in Guam/Micronesia Mission

** Housing, travel insurance and a living allowance are provided. Volunteers must pay for their own travel. (See #5)

August 26, 2015
 
September Focus: Health
Sept. 5, Men's Day of Prayer
Sept. 13-19, Nurture Periodicals: (Adventist Review, Insight, Guide, Primary Treasure, Our Little Friend)
Sept. 20, Let's Move Day
Sept. 20-26, Hispanic Heritage Week
Sept. 20-26, Let's Move Week/Health Education Week/Vibrant Life

September Offerings
Sept. 12, Fall Mission Appeal

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

Oct. 26-Nov. 4, NAD Year-end Meeting

Nov. 5/6, Prayer Call

Dec. 3/4, Prayer Call


2016

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

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

Feb. 24-28, GAiN - Global Adventist Internet Network Conference

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. 30 - Sept. 5 – This week, please pray for the British Columbia Conference, with 84 churches and 11,279 members. 

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