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NewsPoints, September 23, 2015
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"What an outpouring of love!"exclaimed Lakeport church Pastor Ted Calkins as he videotaped the tour led by Seth Cantu through the Lakeport Seventh-day Adventist Community Church. The church has become a shelter and distribution center of goods for survivors of the Valley, Calif., wildfires and Cantu has been the director of the now "Lakeport Fire Relief Evacuation Center" conversion of the church. Seven families are staying there now, and many more are coming to receive needed supplies, food, clothes, and more. About 20 Adventist families have lost their homes. Handling all the needs involved with running the shelter requires about 30 volunteers a day, and there is a need for more volunteers. Another building nearby has been donated for use over the next 45 days as a distribution center. "It is really amazing what happens when a community comes together," said Cantu as he showed the rooms full of clothes and food. Watch the video. MORE

 
   
The California fires have impacted many, many Adventist Health employees, physicians and volunteers of St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake and St. Helena Hospital Napa Valley, as well as Sonora Regional Medical CenterAn estimated 230 employees have been displaced and approximately 65 have lost their homes. It is anticipated that these numbers will continue to grow in the coming days. MORE
 
 
   
El Paso, Texas participated in the 5th annual Let's Move Day, Sept. 20, sponsored by NAD Health Ministries. More than 500 runners and walkers took part in the event which helps to promote healthy living and the benefits of exercise and eating healthy food.  Watch the video.

 
   
Living on the streets of Washington, D.C., Pastor Tim Madding, as an act of sympathy and in order to draw attention to a specific need in our community or world, has chosen to live Seven Days Without a vital human need. Madding believes Jesus is calling the Church to actively live out our faith by showing His love to others in a practical way. Through this seven-part message series, Madding wishes to reveal the Christian’s heart in the life of Jesus. MORE.  
 
 
   
Diane Thurber has accepted the appointment to be the new president of Christian Record Services for the Blind (CRSB), as voted by CRSB Board of Directors. She will follow Larry Pitcher, who is retiring Oct. 1 after serving as Christian Record's president for nearly 21 years. MORE

 

 
Adventists in the News
Announcements
   

The hotel registration deadline has been extended for the Society of Adventist Communicators Convention until Friday, September 25. There are only four rooms left. Register here.
 

   

Join the NAD Prayer Ministry Team for Prayer Call on Thursday/Friday, Oct. 1/2 for an all-night Prayer Call starting at 10:00 p.m. Thursday and continuing to 5:00 a.m. EDST Friday. 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.

 

Resources
 
 

"Destination Paradise" is the theme for Children's Sabbath, Oct. 3. NAD Children's Ministries has supplied helpful resources on the Children's Ministries website, such as a suggested program, a poster, invitation cards, bulletin cover, and even a letter to the pastor asking for permission, blessing and involvement. If Oct. 3 will not work for you, we encourage you to have a children's Sabbath whenever you can. This day provides a great "excuse" to invite neighbors, friends, and inactive members to bring their children. The more you put into planning and promoting this special day, the more impact it will have on your church and your community. MORE

 

   

October is Adventist Heritage Month, and Oct. 17 is Spirit of Prophecy Sabbath. The Ellen G. White Estates has provided resources, such as a suggested program for the occasion, along with a sermon, The Beauty of the Lamb of God, and a Children's Story, Strength to do the Impossible

 

ViewPoints
 

Two signs. Both signs of refuge. "Open to All!"

There is no green lawn due, no doubt, to the drought in the area, but a more beautiful church could not be found in the aftermath of the California fires that have destroyed over 1,000 homes. The beautiful churchyard sign on the right declares that this is the Lakeport Community Church - Seventh-day Adventist. The sign on the left indicates that it has had a "makeover" into a Fire Relief Evacuation Center for survivors of the wildfires in that area and is "open to all." How does the community see us? You can be a part of this "view." To assist, download the bulletin inserts for friends and others. Read more. Watch the video (also linked in top story).

 

Reaching Out in Love
 

Did you know God has a place for you in His community?



 

The church is one body with many members, called from every nation, kindred, tongue, and people. In Christ we are a new creation; distinctions of race, culture, learning, and nationality, and differences between high and low, rich and poor, male and female, must not be divisive among us. We are all equal in Christ... MORE

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Share it! 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.

 

September 23, 2015
 
 
Oct. 3, Children's Sabbath
Oct. 17, Spirit of Prophecy Sabbath
Oct. 24, Pathfinder Sabbath


October Offerings
Oct. 10, Voice of Prophecy/La Voz de la Esperanza
Oct. 31, NAD Evangelism

Helpful Special Day Websites and Resources

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

 

Upcoming Events


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 -Hotel Registration

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

April 24-27, HR Conference & Secretariat Council, Minneapolis, Minn.

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

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


              

 
 
NAD Feature: Reflections from North America; General Conference Session 2015  –  a Millennial Perspective, p. 36

NAD News: New Kitchen House Coming to Orlando Junior Academy, Find Peace where Adventism began; It Is Written is Streaming Truth to Your Screen, p. 11

NAD Update: The Third Annual Adventist Conference on Family Research and Practice, p. 14

NAD Perspective: Finding Light in Darkness, p.17


 

              
Sept. 27-Oct. 3 – This week, please pray for the Maritime Conference, with 26 churches and 1,621 members, and for the Newfoundland/Labrador Conference with 8 churches and 638 members.



 

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