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Feeding the 20,000 –  During their recent leadership retreat, NAD leaders and family members packed 20,000 meals for feeding hungry people around the world. Teams were set up to fill, weigh, seal and box each meal and a gong was rung every time 2,000 meals were packed. The project was sponsored by Stop Hunger Now. MORE


 
   
$30,000 Haystacks Demonstration – This morning the Mountain View Christian School in Williamsport, Pa., received a $30,000 check, the Grand Prize, from the Uncle Ben’s Beginners contest – thanks to a video about haystacks as done by one of their students and his family illustrating the Haystacks recipe and using Uncle Ben's rice. MOREWatch the video.


 
   
The body of Dr. Jay Sloop, from Yakima, Wash., has been found. The much-loved Seventh-day Adventist doctor disappeared while on a three-week mission trip to help the church in Kiev, Ukraine, set up a lifestyle center there in May, 2013. Many thousands were praying for him to be found. His body was discovered in a ventilation shaft of an abandoned building and has been identified by police. We mourn with the family and loved ones, and pray that his discovery will help bring some closure and answer many questions.  MORENBC report 


 
   
Matthew McLain, a 26-year-old graduate student in the department of earth and biological sciences at Loma Linda University School of Medicine, recently discovered that Tyrannosaurus rex, the ferocious fanged dinosaur of the Cretaceous era, was a cannibal. McLain presented his findings at the 2015 annual meeting of the Geological Society of America. He also authored an abstract, which the society published under the title, “Tyrannosaur Cannibalism: a Case of a Tooth-Traced Tyrannosaur Bone in the Lance Formation of Eastern Wyoming.”  MORE


 
   
CRAVE, A joint effort among NAD's Adventist Christian Fellowship (ACF), Lake Union, Indiana Conference and the Bloomington Church, resulted in 100 new student relationships with one baptism, new Bible studies, and four Life Groups which form a continuing spiritual community. MORE


 
   
The Soquel Camp Meeting, hosted by the Central California Conference, is known for several things,including the annual evangelism offering. This year it totaled over $1 million. MORE


 
   
Kettering College will begin offering a new healthcare management major for students who are interested in pursuing a career in business in the healthcare industry. The three-year, full-time course of study is equivalent to a four-year degree. Classes will begin in August 2016.  MORE

 
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Register for the Tour de Youth "The Big Easy"  bicycling tour before Dec. 31, and get $350 off with code TDY350. MORE. Like Tour de Youth on Facebook.

 

   

Begin the year with prayer. The NAD Day of Prayer for 2016 is January 2. 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. Make 2016 the year of Houses Of Prayer Everywhere, because HOPE Heals!

 

   

Watch "Life on the Line," Loma Linda University Health’s national TV show which will air nationwide on WORLD Channel in January on Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. ET. “Life on the Line” is an inspiring look into Loma Linda's mission to further the teaching and healing ministry of Jesus Christ. MORE 

 

   

Orlando, Fla. is the place to be in January. Take an emotional health break and register for the 2016 NAD Emotional Wellness Summit (Jan. 13-17). The Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive Hotel summit block is nearly full. Hotel registration ends on December 21. MORE 
 

Resources
 
   

The 2016 NAD Calendar of Offerings, as approved by the 2015 Year-end Meeting, is now posted on the NAD website. Updated resources and helpful links for the 2016 Calendar of Special Days will be added as they become available from the respective sponsoring departments throughout the year. 
 

   

Adventist Christian Fellowship / Public Campus Ministries (PCM) is one of our best resources. It is estimated that over 80% of Adventist young people attend non-Adventist colleges and universities. Many of these risk getting disconnected with the church during their tertiary education if efforts are not made to engage them. To find these young people, connect them to their nearest church, encourage them in their faith, and deploy them as co-workers with Christ are equally important aspects of PCM. Read about the Michigan Conference PCM.
 

ViewPoints

 

   

“My company trusted me with a $6 million dollar decision, but my church doesn't even trust me with a key to the door.”

Comment by a young adult made to Nina Lim which she shared with committee members at the North American Division's 2015 Year-end Meeting  [In the photo: Nina Lim]
 

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Did you know God has given us guidelines for living well?


When given the proper tools, and when we assign them to our everyday living, hope can become a reality that a change in behavior is possible. Our behavior tells a lot about what we are, who we are, and whose we are. Christ is like our great Guidance Counselor. He has given us tools for change in our behavior because He wants us to live well. These tools, or guidelines, assist us to be responsible and develop disciplines for healthful living, outward reforms, and opportunities to live according to the Spirit of God through the Holy Scriptures...  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 17, 2015


NAD Initiative for 2016:
Compassion and Hope  
Part of the Transformational Evangelism Building Block

 
Apr. 16, 17, Day of Hope and Compassion

The 2nd weekend of every month will automatically be a Compassion Weekend. Plan for it every month throughout the year to do acts of compassion, especially on these weekends, but better yet, every day. 

Days of Compassion:
January 9/10
February 13/14
March 12/13
April 9/10
May 14/15
June 11/12
July 9/10
August 13/14
September 10/11
October 8/9
November 12/13
December 10/11

Learn about funding for a Compassion Model Church in each conference.
 
 
 
 
Jan. 2, Day of Prayer
Jan. 17-23, Religious Liberty Week


February Focus: Family Life
Feb. 6-27, Black History Month
Feb. 13, Christian Marriage Sabbath
Feb. 13, Health Ministries Sabbath
Feb. 13-20, Christian Home and Marriage Week
Feb. 20, Christian Parenting Sabbath



Offerings
 
January Offerings
Jan. 23, Religious Liberty

February Offerings
Feb. 13, Adventist Television Ministries

 
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. 2-4, SONscreen Film Festival

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

 

 


Month of December, 2015 
Pray for the Southwestern Union, which includes 572 churches and 112,460 members. 
 
Dec. 20-26 – This coming week, please pray for the Texico Conference with 71 churches and 12,095 members.
 

Dec. 27 - Jan. 2 –  This week, please pray for the Bermuda Conference, with 11 churches and 3,914 members.

Month of January 2016:
Pray for the Atlantic Union, with 579 churches and 116,252 members. 


Jan. 3-9 – This coming week, please pray for the Greater New York Conference with 154 churches and 24,448  members, and for the New York Conference with 60 churches and 5,596 members.

Download the 2016 NAD Prayer Calendar Guide


 

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