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NewsPoints, December 3, 2015
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WAU Adjunct Professor Colin Wellenkamp will be directing a delegation of Mississippi River Mayors who are attending the United Nation’s climate change conference that started this week in Paris. They will be initiating talks with officials from other major food-exporting river basins around the world in an effort to secure food and water security in the face of climate change.  MORE

 
   
Several Adventist facilities were damaged by the storm that tore through the Northwest the week before Thanksgiving. The storm caused building damage to Upper Columbia Academy in Spangle, Wash., and some property damage and downed power-lines at the Upper Columbia Conference office in Spokane, Wash. The South Hill Adventist Church in Spokane discovered that their annual nativity village, which they had been building since mid-October, suffered significant damage from the storm. MORE

 
   
Representatives from the Home Depot's Retool Your School competition were on Oakwood University’s campus for a tour as well as to help install exercise equipment purchased from the winning $50,000 Tier 1 grant which OU won in May of this year. OU also won the Tier 1 grant in 2013, and last year won the Campus Pride grant. MORE. Photos.

 
Adventists in the News


Louisville gets a glimpse of new urgent-care facility

'Journey to Bethlehem' canceled this year while church members figure out a way to rebuild after fire

A refugee's story: Current crisis hits close to home for Ooltewah family

Time is now to nominate Extreme Home Repair recipient in the Langleys or Aldergrove

Churches create Bethlehem village

Construction nears on Selma hospital renovation

Glendale Adventist doctors, nurses travel to Armenia on a mission of health

Churches offer holiday gift for the season

Local churches attend to hunger on the holiday

Adventist pastor veers from rock's road to perdition to stairway to heaven

Vegan diet linked to lower prostate cancer risk

Seventh-Day Adventist Church Donates Smoke Alarms

Hospital improvements will save more lives

Students in Niles pack gifts for children in 100 countries

 

Announcements

 

   

Don't forget Prayer Call, Dec. 3/4 - Join the North American Division Prayer Ministry team anytime, for as long or briefly as you wish, during the December all-night prayer call which runs at 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. ET. Dial 404-891-6338; use access code 772937#. Email your prayer requests. They will be prayed over by a team of prayer warriors each week.
 

   

Martin Doblmeier, the award-winning film maker and producer of The Adventists, The Adventists 2, and The Blueprint, has reached an agreement with PBS to rebroadcast these films. The Adventists will air on: Dec 19 at 8:00 pm; Dec 20 at 12:00 am; Dec 21 at 9:00 am; Dec 21 at 3:00 pm.; The Blueprint will air on: Dec 19 at 9:00 pm; Dec 20 at 1:00 am; Dec 21 at 10:00 am; Dec 21 at 4:00 pm. (All times are EST)

In addition, The Adventists and The Adventists 2 will be re-transmitted to every PBS station nationwide on Jan. 7. 
 
Pacific Press® distributes the three films as The Adventists Trilogy online and in Adventist Book Centers around the country. Watch a preview of The Adventists Trilogy.

 

   

Emotional Wellness Summit in Orlando, Fla., Jan. 13-17. Learn how we can equip ourselves to extend the healing ministry of Christ for the whole person, focusing especially on the often neglected mental and emotional needs of people. If you are a mental health professional, general health professional, researcher, pastor, health ministry leader or a member of a congregation in interested in integrating ministry with the mental health needs of people you will want to be part of this discussion. Register hereWatch the video.
 

   

Save the date for "Safety Sabbath," March 26. It is sponsored by Adventist Risk Management (ARM), Inc. to encourage every church throughout NAD to hold a safety drill that Sabbath during the church service. Churches can choose from three drills based on their congregation¹s needs. ARM will offer free, downloadable training resources for fire, missing child and active shooter drills on the website currently being constructed. 

 

Resources

 

   

Christian Hospitality is the "Focus of the Month" for December on the NAD Calendar of Special Days. This is a season when many people are lonely but surrounded by seemingly oblivious people who are busy with their own lives, families and activities. Be aware of strangers visiting your church. (Download "Christian Hospitality" ministry description.) You might also receive some inspiration by reading this article, "Can You Come to Dinner," as published in the August, 2012, Lake Union Herald. Several other resources on hospitality are available at AdventSource and on the NAD Website under the December section of the NAD Calendar of Special Days and the November section about "Welcome Home Sabbath."
 

ViewPoints

To be peacemakers in a world where there is no peace
 

   

"When we become refugees it's not because we want or choose to, but because we are forced, broken in pieces, so we leave. Imagine these pieces are our souls, our hearts, the love which we have to protect. And when we arrived to a safe place, we are perceived as deficient, incomplete, naked, and we have nothing to give... only our tears and grief." 

This email came a couple of days after I had a conversation in which I asked a Muslim couple what they saw as the solution to the crisis in the Middle East. There was a long pause which was broken when one of them said, “We (Muslim) are in a dark place right now, and we read in the Qur’an that Allah has a people, ‘the true people of the book’, who will come to our side and help us. We need them.”  

Sent by Gabriella Phillips, Adventist-Muslim Relations
Read the entire letter.


 

Reaching Out in Love

For Sharing! 

Did you know that God will bring an end to suffering and death?

This troubled world is not our real home. It's not always going to be like this! One day God will say "Enough!" And He will put an end to all the evil, all the suffering and death on this Earth. He will wipe all the tears from our eyes, and there will be no more crying, no more death, no more pain. One day, everyone will have enough to eat. No one will need to live in fear, or flee their homes, or lose loved ones!  MORE

Watch the 90: second video on Vimeo

People want to know what Seventh-day Adventists believe. 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.

 

December 3, 2015
 
 
 
Dec. 5, Bible Sabbath

Offerings
 
December Offerings
Dec. 12, Adventist Community Services
Helpful Special Day Websites and Resources

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


 

Upcoming Events


Dec. 3/4, Prayer Call

Dec. 20, Christmas for a Single Parent


2016:

Jan 2, NAD Day of Prayer, via Hope Channel Church

Jan. 13-17, Emotional Wellness Summit

Feb. 12, Marriage Vows: Living the Commitment 

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

Feb. 19-20, Making Love Last - Married Couples' Retreat

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

Mar. 26, Safety Sabbath

Apr. 2-9, La Voz de la Esperanza NET viaEsperanza TV (in Spanish)

Apr. 18-21, Nonprofit Leadership Convention, Session 1

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

Apr. 27-30, Your Best Pathway to Health/Los Angeles  

Apr. 29 - May 1, Oregon Men's Summit

July 21-23, Adventist Conference on Family Research and Practice

Aug. 3-6, ASI 2016 Convention

Sept. 7-10, Adventist Community Services Convention 

Sept. 28-Oct., Health Summit Canada

Oct. 10-13, Nonprofit Leadership Convention, Session 2

Oct. 13-15, Society of Adventist Communicators Convention

Nov. 18-19, HE SAID GO Missions Conference


2017:

Jan. 8-11, 2017 - Adventist Ministries Convention, Tucson, AZ



 

 
 
NAD Feature: Washing Dirty Feet; p. 30

NAD News: Church Leaders Meet to Worship and Plan; Baptists Use Adventist Bible Lessons; Adventists in North American Make Prayer a Priority, p. 11

NAD Update: NAD Year-end Meeting Accepts Report about Human Sexuality; 
NAD Launches Website for General Public, p. 14; A Turning Point in North America, p. 35

NAD Perspective: When the President Prayed, p.17



 

              
Dec. 6-12 – This coming week, please pray for the Southwest Region Conference with 104 churches and 25,009 members. 
 

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