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The 2016 International Religious Liberty Summit, held May 24 at the Newseum’s Religious Freedom Center in downtown Washington, D.C., focused on what has become a key concern for religious freedom advocates — scarce media and political attention given to rising rates of religious discrimination and persecution. More than 250 attended keynote addresses and panel discussions. MORE

On May 22 Columbia Union delegates voted to re-elect all three executive officersduring the 27th Columbia Union Conference Constituency Meeting: Dave Weigley, president; Rob Vandeman, executive secretary; and Seth Bardu, treasurer. Delegates also re-elected four vice presidents and voted in a new vice president of Education, Donovan Ross, replacing Hamlet Canosa, who recently retired and was officially recognized for 44 years of service to the church. MORE

At Washington Adventist University, a ground-breaking ceremony for the new $9.7 million Gail S. and Bruce E. Boyer Health Professions and Wellness Center took place on May 20. The project is an addition/renovation of the current Health Professions building, and is named after the Boyers, major benefactors for the center. MORE


Southwestern Adventist University welcomes Devon Howard as new director of Keyboard & Theory Studies. Dr. Howard brings with him extensive experience in the music arts. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Organ Performance at Southern Adventist University before moving to the Netherlands on a Fulbright Scholarship, studying organ performance and improvisation with Aart Bergwerff and Sietze de Vries. MORE

The La Sierra University Enactus team of 20 students earned a first-place win at the Enactus National Expo in St. Louis, Missouri, a national competition that showcases young business talent. The students, led by a six-member presentation team, were declared the champions in the final round against 118 universities and colleges from across the United States at the expo held on May 15-17. La Sierra will represent the United States during Enactus World Cup competitions in Toronto, September 28-30. MORE

Dominique Wakefield, from Andrews University, was selected to receive a 2016President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition Community Leadership Award.  Wakefield, director of University Health & Wellness at Andrews University (Mich.), is an individual who improves "the lives of others within their community by providing or enhancing opportunities to engage in sports, physical activities, fitness, and nutrition-related programs." MORE

This year’s National Day of Prayer started out cool and overcast, but that didn’t stop Ga. residents from two counties as they streamed to the conference center to pray. By the time the breakfast was served and the program got underway, there were nearly 800 in attendance. MORE
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Urgent call for dental and vision care medical professionals — you are needed at the next Your Best Pathway to Health clinic to be held on July 13-16, 2016, in Beckley, W.Va., in the heart of Appalachia. Sign up today, and share with friends/colleagues. Learn more about this life-changing experience from the Pathway to Health LA news videos.



May is Community Services Month. The last weekend of May is upon usResources are available, including a sermon and a video, to help you talk about this all-important ministry of service and discipleship — and end the month on a positive note. You can find a video offering appeal at the Stewardship website.

Join the North American Division Prayer Ministry team on Thursday, June 2, for an all-night prayer call starting at 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. EDST. Call 404-891-6638; access code is Prayer# (772937#). There will be a different leader each half hour; join any time during the evening. Participate for a few minutes, or as long as able. Invite friends and family. Bulletin inserts and more available.



Kidsville, the 2016 Vacation Bible Xperience, is now available. Hurry, there's still a little time to get one before summer! 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. Check out the video for a preview. MORE

Grab your bike and get ready to change the world! After successful rides in Australia and New Zealand, 25000Spins is coming to America this year. You can fight world poverty and improve the lives of people around the world by joining ADRA for a cycling adventure in beautiful Big Sur, California. Registration is open! Click here to get started, visit crowdrise.com/adrausa. Dates: September 25-27, 2016; Registration Fee: $199; Fundraising Target: $2,500 (minimum to raise is $1,500).


"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.

Hackers can attack your school! Schools collect all types of student data, including attendance, contact information, and medical history. Cybercriminals are well aware of this and will attack organizations such as schools to gain access to personal information. In this week's ARM Solutions, learn what kind of proactive measures your local school should take to thwart hackers. Check out this two-minute read and learn how decrease risk.

It Is Written hosts weekly webinars on Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. EDT. May 31 topic is "Building Trust During Visits," presented by Pastor Olan Thomas. 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



What Will God Do Through Us?

“We stand ready to be amazed by what you will do through us. May your hand, your blessing, be upon those elected to serve. Endow them with supernatural gifts: wisdom, boldness and the desire to see people brought to the foot of the cross.”

—Ken Denslow, assistant to the president for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America, as he offered the benediction at the Columbia Union Conference's 27th Constituency Meeting on May 22, 2016

Reaching Out in Love


What is REACH?

This space is often devoted to stories, devotional thoughts, and ideas the reflect the "REACH" mindset. But what is REACH?

REACH is a strategy for best accomplishing the mission of the church with excellence. It is not a program. Nor is it a five-year slogan to be replaced with another slogan. It's a culture, a mindset, a way of life characterized by the following:
Strategy: Every great accomplishment in history, both within the church and without, was preceded by a disciplined plan. “It is essential,” Ellen White wrote, “to labor with order, following an organized plan and a definite object” (Manuscript 24, 1887). Every church organization and ministry should have a clearly defined strategy that everyone knows and embraces. The Six Building Blocks represent our strategic priorities.

Mission: The mission of a church is its purpose. “It is a sin,” Ellen White states, “to be heedless, purposeless, and indifferent in any work in we engage, but especially in the work of God” (RH, March 18, 1884). Mission is the purpose. It’s like the destination of a trip. Knowing the destination helps plan and guide the trip. Is the mission of your church organization crystal-clear? 

Excellence: Everything God does is “Exhibit A.” In order to rightly represent Him, can His church on earth be anything less than best-in-class? As the world sees that we are the “head and not the tail” (Deut. 28:13), they will glorify the Father which is in heaven (Matt 5:16). The ultimate purpose of excellence, therefore, is to give glory to God (Rev. 14:6).     
Next week: The Core Values of REACH

May 26, 2016


Special Days
May Focus:
Community Services

May 28, Deaf Ministries

June Focus:
Church Growth and Evangelism

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


June Special Offerings
June 11, Multilingual Ministries/Chaplaincy Ministries

Helpful Special Day Websites and Resources

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

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Adventist World/
NAD Edition
May, 2016
NAD Intro to Special Issue: "Dear Friend," By Daniel R. Jackson, p. 3

NAD Cover Story: "Hope in a Hectic World," By Carlton P. Byrd, pp. 16-20



Month of June 2016  – For this month, please pray for the North Pacific Union, with 439 churches and 99,419 members. 
May 29-June 4 – This week please pray for the Alaska Conference, with 29 churches and 3,849 members.



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