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NewsPoints, December 9, 2015
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The "Help I'm a Parent" program designed by NAD Family Ministries DirectorsPamela and Claudio Consuegra has been selected for the 2015 Best of Silver Spring Award in the Religious Organization category by the Silver Spring Award Program. MORE

 
   
Brookings Institution recently released a study that used earnings data to rank colleges: a value-added approach. Kettering College was listed 16th out of 1,666 four-year colleges that were ranked nation-wide and was the highest ranked college in the state of Ohio. MORE

 
   
The Blackberry, Minn. church invited local musicians from the churches and schools in their area for a “Grand Collaboration” to raise awareness and donations for the growing Syrian refugee crisis. Because of the success of the concert, church pastor Doug Hardt was inspired to organize another benefit concert, and the end result was approximately $5,500. MORE

 
Adventists in the News


SonBridge Community Center celebrates 10-year anniversary

Faith-Based Leaders And Youth March Against HIV/AIDS

Four Adventist Health System Hospitals Earn 2015 Leapfrog Top Hospital Award

Selma’s Adventist Health Center to build, expand

Victims of Lynn fire remembered by community

Congregant says she is uplifted at Grass Valley

Church takes visitors back in time for Journey to Bethlehem outing

Tulsa Seventh-day Adventists explain their faith

Holocaust survivor shares escape story

Bergherm named CEO of Fla. Hospital Heartland Division

'I Can't Find Them': Heartbreaking Scenes Outside San Bernardino Massacre as Families Wait to be Reunited with Loved Ones

Former Hinsdale woman hurt in California mass shooting

AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center, La Grange Earns 2015 Leapfrog Top Hospital Award
 

Announcements
 
   

Offices at the North American Division will be closed on Monday, Dec. 14 for the day off following our Christmas Brunch.
 

   

Adventist Community Services (ACS) is to receive the offering collected this Sabbath, Dec. 12. You can download a special video to assist in explaining what ACS does can be downloaded from Vimeo. Poster and bulletin inserts are also available here.

 

   

The NAD Day of Prayer will be Jan. 2. Why not plan a prayer event weekend that is truly transformational for your family, group or congregation? Sermons on prayer by Pastor Pavel Goia are available on the NAD Prayer Ministries website. Pastor Goia will also deliver the Jan. 2, Day of Prayer sermon, "Getting Personal with God," which will be aired on HOPE Channel-Church at 11 a.m. ET/PT. 
 

   

The 2016 Tour de Youth "The Big Easy" bicycling tour, a youth and adult obesity awareness cycling event, sponsored by the Southwest Region Conference, will take place, Apr. 3-8. It will take 20-25 cyclists on a six-day, 533-mile scenic journey from Houston, Texas to New Orleans, La. Register before Dec. 31, and get $350 off with code TDY350. MORE. Like Tour de Youth on Facebook
 

   

Treat yourself in January to a trip to Orlando, Fla. Attend the Emotional Wellness Summit, Jan. 13-17. Learn how help yourself and/or others in the area of the often neglected mental and emotional needs. Mental health professionals, general health professionals, researchers, pastors, health ministry leaders or anyone interested in integrating ministry with the mental health needs of people will want to be part of this discussion. Register hereWatch the video.

 

   

The NAD Calendar of Special Days for 2016, as approved by the 2015 Year-end Meeting, are now posted online. The NAD website page for the Calendar of Special Days, with links to suggested websites and resources has also been updated in terms of dates. Updated resources and helpful links for 2016 will be added as they become available from the respective sponsoring departments. The 2016 Calendar of Offerings will be posted soon.
 

   

Churches and groups are advised by Adventist Risk Management not to use 15-passenger vans. "The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) identifies the 15-passenger van as a particularly dangerous vehicle. Multiple deaths within our church organizations occurred due to the use of 15-passenger vans. The NHTSA reports that 653 occupants of 15-passenger vans were killed during 2004-2013 alone." To keep up with other safety recommendations, subscribe to ARM's Solutions Newsletter. MORE

 

Resources

 

    

Get the 2016 NAD Prayer Calendar.   Provide a link to it in your church or conference newsletter and church bulletin. Download it and print it out for your church members. It is to serve as a guide for special prayer emphasis every week, listing every conference in NAD. It also gives a Daily Prayer Guide to pray for the areas of the NAD listed. Learn about the 2016 Prayer Initiatives, "Project HOPE," and "Hope Heals." Let's cover our church, our communities and our countries with prayer! Get it at http://www.nadprayerministries.org/?p=1835

         

   

You can still download all seven of the 2015 NAD Year-end Meeting Devotionals which will be available for a limited time, FREE on the Hope Channel website

 

ViewPoints

To Care for Refugees
 


 
   

"To close the door to refugees cannot be an option.

"To 'welcome' them by marking them with shame and suspicion is unacceptable.

"To incite fear based on prejudice is irresponsible.

"As followers of Jesus Christ, we are compelled to welcome ALL who are seeking refuge."


— NAD President Daniel R. Jackson in "The Blog" of the Religion section of Huffington Post, published today. Read the entire piece

 

Reaching Out in Love


For Sharing! 

Did you know God wants us to take care of all that He has given us?

We are God's stewards, entrusted by Him with time and opportunities, abilities and possessions, and the blessings of the earth and its resources. We are responsible to Him for their proper use. We acknowledge God's ownership by faithful service to Him and our fellow men, and by returning tithes and giving offerings for the proclamation of His gospel and the support and growth of His church. Stewardship is a privilege given to us by God for nurture in love and the victory over selfishness and covetousness. The steward rejoices in the blessings that come to others as a result of his faithfulness.  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 9, 2015
 
 
 
Dec. 5, Bible Sabbath
 
Jan. 2, Day of Prayer
Jan. 17-23, Religious Liberty Week

 

Offerings
 
December Offerings
Dec. 12, Adventist Community Services

January Offerings
Jan. 23, Religious Liberty
 
Helpful Special Day Websites and Resources

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



 

Upcoming Events


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 via Esperanza TV (in Spanish)

Apr. 3-8, Tour de Youth "The Big Easy"

Apr. 16, 17, Day of Hope and Compassion

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

May13-16, World Congress for Deaf & Deaf-Blind

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

Aug. 3-6, ASI 2016 Convention

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

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. 13-19 – This coming week, please pray for the Texas Conference with 223 churches and 52,006 members. 


 

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