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A memorial service for Gayle Tucker, Lifestyle Magazine co-host,  will be live streamed at  www.arlingtonadventist.com on Sabbath, Apr. 16, at 3:00 p.m. CDT. Gayle, associate speaker for Faith For Today, passed away at home on Apr. 10 after a struggle with pancreatic cancer. READ HER STORY HERE.


  
 
The Jay Sloop Trail, a new, mile-long walkingloop around the Upper Columbia Conference office in Spokane, Wash., was dedicated in honor of Sloop on Apr. 6. The ceremony was attended by the doctor's family, friends and former coworkers. The trail was constructed to acknowledge Sloop's commitment to physical and mental health. Sloop disappeared in 2013 during a morning walk while serving on a three-week mission trip with a team of health professionals helping the Adventist Church in Kiev, Ukraine, set up a lifestyle center. MORE


  
The first Hmong Adventist church building in North America was inaugurated in Oroville, Calif., on Apr. 2. The building was recently purchased with cash! Pastor Ko Saelee and his wife, Terri, started the Hmong congregation more than 20 years ago, and the group has recently been meeting in the Rancho Cordova church. MORE


  
The WWU student chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) raised funds to support the EWB-WWU project to bring electricity to Japora, Peru, a village that sits at 13,300 feet in the Andes Mountains. “The community wants lights in their houses and power to the school so the kids can learn something about computers,” explains Curt Nelson, EWB-WWU club sponsor and Walla Walla University professor of engineering. MORE


  
On Apr. 7, WAU business students competed successfully in the 2016 Enactus Regional Competition on March 29 in Washington, D.C., and they are now scheduled to compete in the Enactus National Exposition that will be held May 15-17 in St. Louis. Washington Adventist University Enactus projects included the Flower Face Lift project, focused on helping immigrant families and businesses, a small business symposium on branding, and a tutoring program for kindergarten to fourth-graders. During the 2014-2015 school year, 38 students volunteered more than 3,700 hours on the various projects. MORE


  
More than 100 women in India are earning 200 to 300 percent more than the average female villager through a micro-lending program developed in 2013 by students at La Sierra University (LSU) in Riverside, Calif. The Cow Bank program, developed by LSU's Enactus team, allows village women to lease-to-own dairy cows through the sale of the cow’s milk. It achieved a new milestone last month when the students purchased a record 55 cows during a spring break visit to the village. Enactus is an international nonprofit organization that encourages students to use their entrepreneurial skills to improve communities. MORE


  
   
Tim Northrop was named new president/CEO for ARM (Adventist Risk Management) and its affiliated Gencon Insurance companies on Apr. 13. Northrop most recently served as ARM's senior vice president. He replaces Bob Kyte, who retires May 31 to pursue other business opportunities in Idaho. MORE

 
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Announcements


 
   
The first annual Day of Hope and Compassion is this weekend, Apr. 16/17. Are you and/or your church planning any special Hope and Compassion activities for that weekend? There's still time to go to the Compassion Movement website for postcards, posters for your church, bulletin inserts in English and Spanish, and a letter from NAD President Dan Jackson, in English and Spanish.


  
   
Education Sabbath is April 23. Some sample sermons on education are available on the NAD Education website for use in helping to promote Adventist Education in your church. In addition, there are a number of bulletin insertsposterscustomizable brochures, and other resources for use in expanding your message. MORE

 

   

Forever One Marriage Retreatwith 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
 

Resources

 

 
   

Plenary presentation videos from the 2016 Emotional Wellness Summit are now available. Videos include sessions with Vice-Admiral Vivek Murphy, MD, MBA, 19th U.S. Surgeon General; GC Health Ministries Director Peter Landless, MD; and many more. The Emotional Wellness Summit is designed for health professionals, health leaders, pastors, and individuals wanting to learn more about prevention, treatment, and recovery strategies for better mental health. 
 

 
 

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
 

ViewPoints

 

God Has Already Set Us Free

   

"I love America and I love everything we stand for . . . But the fact of the matter is that this place I call the ‘Land of the Free and Home of the Brave’ one day will rise up and it will take away all those things I cherish — my freedom, my inalienable rights — all those things I think belong to me. But there are certain things that I already own that Jesus has already given to me. There is a love that God has that I don’t have to beg for it, I don’t have to negotiate for it, ask for it and barter for it; it already belongs to me and all I have to do is claim it and possess it in the name of Jesus. . . . I spend no ounce of my time trying to persuade people not to create certain laws — prophecy tells us those laws will be created one day. Therefore, my job, and your job, is simply to remind the whole world that they think they have control over our freedom, but the fact of the matter is that we are already free. . . . God has already set us free.”
—Orlan Johnson, PARL director for the North American Division, April 6, 2016, NAD staff worship

Reaching Out in Love

 

 

Love Matters Most Day Brings Members Together to Help Community

Employees from Porter and Littleton Adventist Hospitals (Colo.) joined forces with 200 students from Mile High Academy (MHA) and members from the Denver South, LifeSource and Littleton Adventist churches for the first Denver-area Love Matters Most day of service on Sept. 2, 2015.

The day-long community service event, sponsored by CREATION Health teams from the two Centura hospitals, included a 30-minute concert by MHA’s middle school orchestra. Adventist Community Services and Meals on Wheels fed hundreds of people from the local community, and five houses were painted. The home owners received gift baskets assembled by MHA elementary students full of goodies, household supplies, and gift certificates. READ MORE
 

April 14, 2016


 


Special Days:

April Focus: Stewardship
Apr. 16, Literature Evangelism Sabbath
Apr. 23, Education Sabbath
Apr. 30, NAD Evangelism

May Focus:
Community Services

May 7, Community Services Sabbath
May 14, Youth Sabbath
May 21, Single Adults Sabbath
May 28, Deaf Ministries


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

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:

Apr. 16/17, special Day of Hope and Compassion
May 14/15
June 11/12
July 9/10
Aug. 13/14
Sept. 10/11
Oct. 8/9
Nov. 12/13
Dec.10/11

Learn about funding for a Compassion Model Church in each conference.

Offerings:

April Special Offerings
Apr. 30, NAD Evangelism
May 14, Disaster & Famine Relief

Helpful Special Day Websites and Resources

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

 

Upcoming Events


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

Oct. 20-23, SDA Attorneys’ Conference & Retreat 
 
Nov. 18-19, HE SAID GO Missions Conference


2017:
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 17-23 – This week please pray for the Wisconsin Conference, with 66 churches and 7,654 members.
 

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