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NewsPoints, September 30, 2015
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More than 1,100 people spent the afternoon going door-to-door across Philadelphia and Reading for the Pennsylvania Conference’s “Faith for Families” event earlier this fall. Some went out in torrential downpours. People returned to churches with stories of how God had used them – many sharing that those they talked with indicated that they were an answer to prayer. Others were excited about those who signed up for Bible studies. All interests generated from the day were invited to evangelistic meetings or seminars held at area churches, as well as to join one of the more than 100 small groups. The conference is sponsoring two evangelistic series in November with pastors Alejandro Bullón (in Spanish) and Carlton Byrd (in English.).  MORE


 
   
Southern Adventist University received a $1.6 million gift from a Chattanooga-area business that wishes to remain anonymous. The funds will make a significant difference for students; $1 million of the contribution is designated for bolstering Southern’s endowment, which supports scholarships, and remaining monies are for improvements to the university’s library and campus green spaces. According to Tom Verrill, senior vice president for Financial Administration, $1 million generates $45,000 of interest annually for scholarships. MORE


 
   
What about Pathfinders? Does your church have a club, or would you like to start one? What difference would it make to your church and youth? If you have had any of these thoughts, you might like to read the article by the NAD's new associate director for Pathfinders, Armando Miranda. MORE


 
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Pioneering Adventist center team restores limbs, saves lives

Students clean up Postill Lake Rd

Hospitals Seek Volunteers for 'No One Dies Alone' Program

Announcements
   

The Canadian Government has created a Syria Emergency Relief Fund where they are matching the funds donated by individual Canadians to registered Canadian charities.  Donations will be accepted until Dec. 31.  MORE.  Read UN Agenda and reports of the Sustainable Development Summit held Sept. 25-27. 
 

   

A new bulletin insert is online to share with your churches and schools featuring the Adventist Community Services center at the Lakeport SDA Church in Northern California Conference. It tells about the large donation/distribution operation they have become after the fires destroyed thousands of acres and many homes in northern Calif. MORE 
 

   

Don't forget Prayer Call on Thursday/Friday, Oct. 1/2. Join the call anytime, for however long you wish, between 10:00 p.m. Thursday to 5:00 a.m. EDST Friday. Call 404-891-6338; access code is Prayer# (772937#). MORE.


 

   

Adventists will perform in Carnegie Hall this Sunday, including Highland View Academy Music Director Joseph Choi, making his professional conducting debut, the Aoleans from Oakwood University, and Nerva and Robenson Altino as piano soloists, along with a 70-piece orchestra. MORE

 

Resources
 
   

Spend some time learning more about Adventist Heritage during October, which is Adventist Heritage Month. Interrupted on his path to Harvard, a young Uriah Smith threw in his lot with the first Sabbath-keepers. Soon he was put in charge of the church paper, the Adventist Review and Sabbath Herald, and his sharply worded opinions became familiar to thousands of readers. He had much to say about prophecy, slavery and Catholicism. Often he found himself brought into controversy. Read how his understanding of justification by faith changed and how his statements on prophecy have held up over time. MORE
 

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By baptism we confess our faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and testify of our death to sin and of our purpose to walk in newness of life. Baptism is a symbol of our union with Christ, the forgiveness of our sins, and our reception of the Holy Spirit. 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 pageLearn how.

 
Reaching Out in Love
 

Fruits of the Spirit are known to be useful in sharing one's faith, but as Seventh-day Adventists have discovered as well, "by our vegetables they shall know us." Thatcher Farm, Southern’s seasonal row-crop garden, began in 2012 to help facilitate the Sustainability Studies curriculum, a new class within the History and Political Studies Department. They have learned how easy it is to witness through vegetables. MORE

Andrews University has been involved in the "gardening ministry" as well, with their Mobile Farm Market, providing fresh fruits and vegetables on wheels at lower cost to neighborhoods without nearby access to fresh produce. The produce delivery program and the farm stand are part of the Community Supported Agriculture program.  MORE  [photo: istock/franckreporte] 

 
September 30, 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, "A Grand Collaboration"


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: My Name is Joe. Typhoon Relief is Personal.  Saipan is in the NAD? p. 32

NAD News: Rattle Snake Venom and Brain Surgery, Redwood Campers Build Relationships During Community Service Day, Church Recognized for More Than 20 Years of Prison Ministries, p. 10

NAD Update: Let's Start a Conspiracy. It's Time for the Church to be Energized, p. 14

NAD Perspective: A Time of Trouble, p.17
 

 

              
Oct. 4-10 – This week, please pray for the Carolina Conference, with 122 churches and 21,849 members, 





 

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