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NAD welcomes John Grys as associate director in the Ministerial Department. He will oversee pastoral professional development. Currently ministerial director for Illinois Conference, Grys will begin at NAD on April 3. This new position will help complete the picture of a "development architecture for pastors," a longstanding dream of Pastor Dan Jackson, president of the NAD. MORE

New discoveries about the links between diet and health will be announced this year through the Adventist Health Study-2 (AHS-2), a project of LLU School of Public Health. According to Michael J. Orlich, MD, PhD, co-investigator, studies on several topics are anticipated for publication in research and scientific journals in 2016. Orlich says 2015 was a breakthrough year in that the first AHS-2 analyses addressing the risk of specific cancers were published.  MORE

Congratulations to Takoma Academy in Takoma Park, Md., for being listed in the top 100 best private high schools in Maryland

Castle Medical Center has been recognized as the first Blue Zones Certified Worksite  in Hawaii. Watch the video. — from Adventist Health Inside, March 2016

White Memorial Medical Center was named one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals by Healthgrades for 2016. Hospitals with this distinction are in the top 2 percent of hospitals in the nation for exhibiting clinical excellence for at least three consecutive years. Watch video for more about White Memorial's accomplishments. — from Adventist Health Inside, March 2016
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Don't forget Safety Sabbath, Mar. 26!  The lives of your members could depend upon knowing what to do in certain situations. You need to have a team in place before you jump into your chosen drill. Have you created your Crisis Response Team? MORE


Watch "The Rising," Breath of Life TV's Easter Special, recorded in the Oakwood University church, which will be shown on ABC affiliates throughout the U.S. on Sunday, Mar. 27. Grammy award-winning vocalist Cece Winans, violinist Jaime Jorge, and Oakwood's own internationally-acclaimed Aeolians Concert Choir will be featured. The message will be presented by Breath of Life Speaker/Director Dr. Carlton P. Byrd. See stationsbroadcast listings.


There's still time for churches to sign up for Shadow Empire! This guest-friendly three-day (Apr. 28-30) Voice of Prophecy event was taped on location in countries such as Serbia, Turkey and Italy. Co-presented by Shawn Boonstra and your local pastor, the series (and accompanying book and lessons) will explore the Emperor Constantine's impact on religious freedom today. This direct-to-church series has been designed to bring people from YOUR community through the doors of YOUR church. Request a FREE event kit online, or call 1-888-744-1958. Want to attend? Find the location near you. New locations are added daily!


“Exploring the Composition of the Pentateuch,” Apr. 3-5, will be held at Andrews University (AU). Respected scholars from around the world, experts on the topic, will dialogue on how to approach the question of the composition of the Pentateuch and discuss it in an academic setting. The conference is sponsored by the AU School of Graduate Studies and Research, AU Institute of Archaeology, and NAD Office of Strategic Planning and Assessment. MORE; Program; Register free.



Register now to attend the annual North American Religious Liberty Summit, May 23/24 at the GC/NAD headquarters in Silver Spring, Md. and downtown Wash., D.C. (transportation from the GC provided).The Summit will include discussions about domestic and international issue education, legislative office visit training, and coalition building. It coincides with the annual Religious Liberty Dinner, which is attended annually by diplomats, U.S. Government officials, religious leaders, and with the International Religious Liberty Conference. Register online or call 805-055-7683. Limited to the first 50 people.


A mission conference will be held at Southern Adventist University (SAU), July 14-15. It is sponsored by the Masters of Global Community Development (GCD) program at SAU, with NAD Adventist Community Services (ACS). GCD offers online and community-based instruction and wants to engage in crucial conversations among those called to community and short-term missions for an extended weekend of dialog and fellowship.  MORE;  Register

The 2016 ACS Convention, with the theme, "Ways to Reach Your Community by Following Christ," will be held Sept. 7-10 in Gladstone, Ore. If you have members who are interested in community outreach of any type, be sure to encourage them to attend this convention. See the list of workshops. Register here and get the early bird rate before July 31. MORE; Watch the informative video.



Women in the Church is the March Focus of the Month as scheduled on the NAD Calendar of Special Days. The GC Women's Ministries Leadership Certification Program, Level 1, has been updated. It is available for free download on the NAD Women's Ministries website. If you are interested in completing the program, please contact your local conference Women's Ministries director. If it is not being offered in your conference, contact the NAD Women's Ministries office.

Women's Intuitions eXpress is a monthly e-newsletter from the NAD Women's Ministries Department that tells of news, resources, event information, and more, relating to women and women's ministries in the church. Email to subscribe.

Kidsville, the 2016 Vacation Bible School Xperience, is now available. This program focuses on the truth that “Jesus loves others through me.” Each day kids will not only learn what it means for Jesus to love them, but also how Jesus can use them to love others. Order your kit now through April 29 for the sale price of $139.99 (regularly $159.99). Check out the video for a preview. MORE 


“God did not choose my generation to finish the work on this planet. He has called your generation. You will finish the work reaching the lost. Jesus is coming soon and He is calling you! Your church needs you. The church wants you. This work will be finished by your generation!”  

— NAD President, Pastor Dan Jackson, challenging young people at the recent Just Claim It! Prayer Conference 

Reaching Out in Love

The Bike Man

“People call me the bike man,” says Russ Durham of Longwood, Fla., “because they bring me the worst-looking piece of junk frame that’s missing a lot of parts. We can transform it and make it into something useful, so they can ride away.” 

For more than eight years, Durham, a full-time music teacher at Forest Lake Education Center in Longwood, has given new life to worn out and broken bicycles. After completely refurbishing them, he gives the bikes to men at Central Florida Coalition for the Homeless in Orlando. Sometimes there are 50 guys waiting in line for bike repair. 

“It is a unique ministry,” says Durham. “For every bike I fix, there is someone else who needs one. I just get a lot of joy out of helping people and filling a need. Seeing the smile on their faces is reward enough for me.”

“We are thrilled that this distinctive service can be offered to the clients staying in our Men’s Pavilion and hope that Russell’s story of tune-ups for a cause will inspire our community to discover how they can use their own area of interest to serve others.” —Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida

Read the entire story.

From Florida Focus Autumn/Winter, 2015 [Photo: by Lee Bennett] 

March 17, 2016

Special Days:
March Focus: Women in the Church
Mar. 19, Disabilities Awareness Sabbath
Mar. 26, ARM Safety Sabbath

April Focus: Stewardship
Apr. 2, Missionary Magazines (Signs, Message, El Centinela)  
Apr. 9, Stewardship Sabbath
Apr. 16, Literature Evangelism Sabbath
Apr. 23, Education Sabbath


April Offerings
Apr. 9, Christian Record Services
Apr. 30, NAD Evangelism

Helpful Special Day Websites and Resources

Sample Offertory Reading
s (in English, Spanish, Portuguese and French)


Upcoming Events

Apr. 2-4, SONscreen Film Festival

Apr. 7/8, Prayer Call

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

April 17, Oakwood University, Inc. Board Meeting, Huntsville, Ala.

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. 28-May 1, Church Planters Boot Camp

Apr. 29-May 1, Oregon Men's Summit

May 13-16, World Congress for Deaf & Deaf-Blind

May 23-24, NARLA Religious Liberty 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


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


NAD Feature: Your Best Pathway to Health Goes to LA-LA Land, by Andrew McChesney, p. 36

NAD News: New NAD Health Ministries Director; Faith for Today Celebrates 66 Years, p. 11

NAD Update: Emotional Wellness Summit Convenes, p. 14

NAD Perspective: What Adventists Can Do After an Extremist Attack, by Gabriela Profeta Phillips, p.17


Months of March/April 2016Pray for the Columbia Union, in which there are 711 churches and 144,207 members, and for the Lake Union, with 499 churches and 86,609 members. 
Mar. 20-26 – This week please pray for the Illinois Conference, with 99 churches and 13,540 members.


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