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The first NAD New Treasurer's Orientation Meeting was conducted at the Columbia Union Conference office today. MORE

NAD is saddened to report that 20-year-old Fen Pan, a Pacific Union College (PUC) student from Beijing, China, was killed in an automobile accident Monday. Five other students were injured and have been released from area hospitals. A memorial service is planned for Fen Pan today, Mar. 31, at 10 a.m. PDT at the PUC Church and will be streamed online. Learn more on the PUC website and Facebook page.

Jesus 101 is excited about the possibility of a People's Choice Telly award. Your help is needed to raise their ratings. Click here and rate their video. In order to vote you need to register. "It takes literally one minute and it will really help us!" says Jesus 101 Speaker/Director Elizabeth Talbot. "Thank you!"  VOTE.

Adventists in the News
If you will be in the Wash., D.C. area this weekend, you might want to add the  SONscreen Film Festival to your itinerary. It will be held in Chantilly, Va., Mar. 31 – Apr. 2, at the Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles

This year, SONscreen is inviting interested one-day visitors to come watch the films submitted for the Festival. There will be three film blocks open to the public: Thurs., 8-10 p.m.;   Fri., 2-5 p.m.; and Sat., 2:30-6:00 p.m. For each block, a “pay what you can” donation will be requested at the door. To attend for an entire day you can register online or at the door for a $25 per person daily fee (includes a meal). For the entire Festival, the fee is $150 (professional rate) or $25 (student rate). Check the scheduled films and MORE.

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 provided from the GC).The Summit will include discussions about domestic and international issue education, legislative office visit training, and coalition building. It coincides with the International Religious Liberty Conference and the annual Religious Liberty Dinner, which is attended by diplomats, U.S. Government officials, and religious leaders. Register online or call 805-055-7683. Limited to the first 50 people.



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People who will be working with children in programs such as Vacation Bible School, Pathfinders, outings, mission trips, etc., need to be carefully vetted. The North American Division has Child Protection and Volunteer Screening Policies for Children and Youth Ministries, which all church-run organizations need to follow. MORE. Related documents, forms and resources.


Register by May 8 for the Adventist Christian Fellowship Institute (ACFI) to be held in at the University of Houston in Houston, Tex., May 22-29. ACFI is an introductory campus mission training that prepares participants to establish Adventist campus ministries for Christ on public college and university campuses as well as private institutions not run by the Adventist Church. MORE.


Forever One Marriage Retreat, with Drs. Pamela and Claudio Consuegra (English), and Drs. Cesar and CarolAnn De Leon (Spanish), will be conducted Sept. 16-18, at the La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa in Montgomery, Tex. Early bird registration: June 30. MORE

NOTICE: The Conference on Philanthropy, which had been scheduled to take place June 27-30, 2017, has been changed to June 26-29, 2018. The venue, Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., will remain the same. 




April is Stewardship Month, and April 9 is designated as Stewardship Sabbath on the NAD Calendar of Special Days. "Keeper of My Heart,” a 2-DVD set with leader's guide, is an excellent resource to help you emphasize stewardship during the month of April, and especially on Stewardship Sabbath. It also can be used for mid-week services or small groups. All of the stories are real and each one-hour session allows time for discussion. Historical reflections are portrayed by period actors that include James and Ellen White, J. N. Andrews, and Joseph Bates. They respond to the modern day problem that each story illustrates. The DVD is also useful as an interactive sermon for the worship hour. Watch the 10-minute introductory VIDEO. Order from AdventSource.



Kidsville, the 2016 Vacation Bible 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


Bridging the Racial Divide...


Are Regional Conferences even relevant anymore? If so, what is their current role within the NAD organizational structure?

I started my ministry as the associate pastor of the Oakwood University Church in Huntsville, Ala., an historical black university and mecca for black Adventism. Worship was great and I enjoyed it. Shortly thereafter I received a call to return to the Pacific Northwest to build up the work among African Americans in Spokane, Washington. With the urging of the president of the Regional Conferences and my senior pastor, I accepted the call. MORE. Comment on Facebook.


Reaching Out in Love


Over 20 Potomac churches participated in Global Youth Day, a single day designed to recapture the reality of Adventist youth as a global movement in service, participating in acts of kindness and proclaiming the Good News. Some church members dedicated this day as a launch pad for continued acts of service and ministries throughout the year.  MORE.

March 31, 2016

Special Days:
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 Readings (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

April 22-24, Children's Leadership Conference, "All God's Children Got Shoes"

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 22-28, Adventist Christian Fellowship Institute

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. 16-18, Forever One Marriage Retreat

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: The Zika Virus: Looking for Answers, By Scott Christiansen, p. 30

NAD News:  Adventist Health-Roseville Receives Well Workplace Award; Kettering College’s Creation Connection; Emmy Award-winning Composer to Judge Brain Games, Hundreds Compete at Texas Conference Bible Adventure; Oregon Conference to Offer Spanish and English TV Programming, p. 11

NAD Update: Young People Vow to Change World, p. 14

NAD Perspective: Secret Information, p.17


Month of April 2016Pray for the Lake Union, with 499 churches and 86,609 members. 
April 3-9 – This week please pray for the Lake Region Conference, with 105 churches and 31,045  members.


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