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"Magic" Johnson was presented with the 2016 Humanitarian Award at the Oakwood University Church. Carlton Byrd, senior pastor of the Oakwood University church, affirmed the Johnsons’ unwavering support of and commitment to underserved communities. MORE

The Pathway to Health LA team reports that 8,538 patients were seen and received 18,957 services including 1,583 surgical procedures, 320 gynecologic surgeries, 25 major surgeries at White Memorial Medical Center, and 13 major surgeries at Glendale Adventist Medical Center. In the end, the total value of the free healthcare services was $38,487,680, considerably exceeding their goal of $20,000,000. Read MORE of their final report.

And watch the 30-minute video newscasts produced jointly by NAD and Hope Channel.

Jesus 101 is winner of the 37th Annual People’s Choice Telly Award. The award, given on May 11 in Riverside, Calif., is for the program titled Radical Discipleship: Extraordinary Perseverance." There were more than 13,000 entries from all 50 states and other countries. MORE


The Lake Union Conference constituent delegates affirmed the union’s leadership and voted to retain all officers, directors, and associates during the May 15 session. Those returned to office include Don Livesay, president; Maurice Valentine II, executive secretary; and Glynn Scott, treasurer. MORE

On May 11, the Andrews University Board of Trustees elected Christon Arthur to serve as the next provost of Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. Arthur replaces Andrea Luxton, who was elected earlier this year to serve as the next president of Andrews University. MORE

This May, the Voice of Prophecy officially launched its new flagship broadcast, Disclosure, which features discussion, special guests, and issues currently in the news. Disclosure is talk radio with an emphasis on Bible study and prophecy. “One of the reasons the Voice of Prophecy is one of the longest-running broadcasts in history is that the program continues to take timeless truths and apply them to modern life,” said Shawn Boonstra, VOP speaker/director. MORE

Fred G. Thomas will be remembered as a giant of Adventist mission. The son of missionaries, he went on to become a missionary and senior church administrator. He shaped church policy in Africa for decades and modeled mission in his own home, spawning a new generation of church leaders. MORE

ACS/ADRA Canada Fort McMurray Update, May 18: ADRA Canada and Adventist Community Services teams have been working with a number of local church leaders. The Edmonton South church is the primary responder in Edmonton, and they collected items from around the city that were delivered to those affected by the wild fires. The Calgary Bridgeland church also donated supplies for the survivors. The teams met with the students at the Chinook Winds Academy in Calgary, thanking them for their help with donations and support of their neighbors in crisis. The operation of a warehouse should be finalized today. The warehouse will hold the donated goods that will be made available to groups that run Emergency Distribution Centers, which provide the items to meet the immediate needs of individuals and families. Please continue to pray for the personnel and volunteers as they serve and help those affected. 
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May 23 is the application deadline for REACH Columbia UnionAPPLY TODAY for this life-changing, urban ministry adventure. REACH Columbia Union Urban Evangelism School is a practical opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus in the city of Philadelphia, while receiving college credit. Spots are limited, scholarships available. High school seniors or college-age young adults may apply now — This one-year program starts June 2016! Watch video 


"Spark" interest at camp meeting! It Is Written Spark workshops will be coming to a camp meeting near you this summer. Spark is an evangelism training workshop that will help you turn your church into a thriving center of personal and public evangelism. The FREE Spark workshops will provide the training needed to reach your community — through Bible study, door-to-door work, relationship building, and even the strategy behind mass mailings. Success is guaranteed for those who prayerfully follow our tested and proven evangelism plan. Your community will never be the same again. Use this Spark to ignite a fire in your church. Click here to find a location near you.

Ministry in Motion is a show filled with resources for church leaders. Download the broadcast schedule for May through November 2016 and watch it on Hope Channel, Mondays, 8:30 a.m.

It Is Written hosts weekly webinars on Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. EDT. May 24 topic is "Responding to Objections," presented by Eric Flicking, associate speaker. Each webinar lasts 30 minutes. Ministry resource: the sessions are archived and available for viewing any time. Presenters include John Bradshaw, speaker/director; Greg Wilson; Dr. Alan Parker and many others. FOR INFO/ARCHIVES


The 2016 Women's Day of Prayer program packet is now available on the NAD Women's Ministries website. This year's packet, entitled "Daring to Ask for More: Four Divine Keys to Abundant Spiritual Blessings," was written by Melody Mason. It challenges each of us to ask God for a better prayer life and to boldly ask for His blessings in our lives in areas of need. Download the sermon and related resources.

The Adventist Learning Community offers Origins Curriculum Resources (OCR), ready-to-use educational materials about creation and evolution that are scientifically accurate and biblically sound. The free resources were created by the Origins Institute at Southern Adventist University. Explore the relationship between science and Scripture, learn about scientific data from biology, geology, and paleontology. The presentations were created with multiple groups in mind, including but not limited to elementary and middle school teachers and students, homeschooling families, children who are exposed to evolutionary ideas in public school, and anyone else who is interested. MORE

Rainy day, bored kids? Check out NAD Children's Ministries craft video for a fun and (relatively) easy to clean up painting craft. You'll need paint, plastic sheeting, paper plates, mural paper, bubble wrap, and yes, your children's feet! What Bible stories can the kids "stamp out" — one of the days of Creation, Jonah and the big fish, the parting of the Red Sea . . . be creative!


Good Deeds Are Fruit We Need to Bear

The focus for the month of May in the North American Division is community service. Here's something Ellen G. White, a founding member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church believed to have exercised the biblical gift of prophecy, wrote about how important "good deeds" are, and what they will lead to:

"Good deeds are the fruit that Christ requires us to bear: kind words, deeds of benevolence, of tender regard for the poor, the needy, the afflicted. When hearts sympathize with hearts burdened with discouragement and grief, when the hand dispenses to the needy, when the naked are clothed, the stranger made welcome to a seat in your parlor and a place in your heart, angels are coming very near, and an answering strain is responded to in heaven. Every act of justice, mercy, and benevolence makes melody in heaven" (Testimonies for the Church, vol. 2, p. 25).

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Something to Share

Did you know God has a place for you in His community?

"The church is one body with many members, called from every nation, kindred, tongue, and people. In Christ we are a new creation; distinctions of race, culture, learning, and nationality, and differences between high and low, rich and poor, male and female, must not be divisive among us. We are all equal in Christ, who by one Spirit has bonded us into one fellowship with Him and with one another; we are to serve and be served without partiality or reservation. Through the revelation of Jesus Christ in the Scriptures we share the same faith and hope, and reach out in one witness to all. This unity has its source in the oneness of the triune God, who has adopted us as His children."

—From the website "My Way to Jesus," watch a video in which Tim Gillespie shares his thoughts on the concept of Unity in the Church.

May 18, 2016

  May Focus:
Community Services

May 21, Single Adults Sabbath
May 28, Deaf Ministries

June Focus:
Church Growth and Evangelism

June 11, Women's Ministries Emphasis Day
June 11, Refugee Awareness Sabbath

May Special Offerings
May 14, Disaster & Famine Relief

June Special Offerings
June 11, Multilingual Ministries/Chaplaincy Ministries

Helpful Special Day Websites and Resources

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Month of May 2016  – For this month, please pray for the Mid-America Union, with 457 churches and 68,476 members. 
May 22-28 – This week please pray for the Rocky Mountain Conference, with 99 churches and 17,695 members.


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