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.
When sledgehammer and drywall meet: NAD celebrated the start of construction and renovation at its new headquarters located in Columbia, Md., with a "drywall breaking" ceremony on May 31. Employees toured the facility and had the opportunity to watch NAD's three top officials take a sledgehammer to a second floor wall. Read MORE; and look through NAD's Facebook photo album of the event.
Update: ADRA Canada has taken on donations management for Fort McMurray. ADRA Canada has been working on their response to the Fort McMurray fires. Since evacuees began to arrive in Edmonton they have been working through local churches and in partnership with the Alberta Conference to provide much needed items. Many people left their homes with nothing and ADRA Canada/ACS were able to provide essentials such as hygiene kits, clothing, and other essential items. The help continues as re-entry into Fort McMurray has begun. MORE
Loma Linda University Health officially broke ground on a hospital complex that will house the new adult hospital and expanded children’s hospital. More than 3,000 people looked on as the shovels hit the dirt at the community-wide event. Highlights of the day were captured on video. The expanded children’s hospital and new adult hospital will open its doors to the community in 2020. MORE
Congratulations to Oakwood University for ranking in the top 50 Best Historically Black Colleges & Universities! Recently, College Choice ranked Oakwood University as one of the "Top 50 HBCUs." College Choice is an independent online publication dedicated to helping students and their families find the right college. There are 107 HBCUs in the United States, including public and private institutions, community and four-year institutions, medical and law schools.
Washington Adventist University graduate and WGTS 91.9 employee wins Emmy. Eugene Simonov, director of video and creative marketing for WGTS 91.9 and recent graduate of WAUy in Takoma Park, Maryland, received second place honors in the 37th College Television Awards, presented by the Television Academy Foundation. MORE
Camp meeting is coming! The Seventh-day Adventist Church has been conducting camp meetings for more than 100 years. Each conference in the North American Division plans a camp meeting (some are 10-day events!) filled with seminars and sermons that teach biblical principles, healthier lifestyles, practical living principles, and more. Check out this year's camp meeting schedule.
Join the North American Division Prayer Ministry team THIS 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.
PAUSE 2016 – At 11 a.m. on June 4, and Sept. 17, PAUSE 5 minutes and pray for children, youth, young adults, unity, community and yourself. "What would happen, if every church in the North American Division and around the world would PAUSE on Sabbath at 11:00 a.m. four times in 2016 and pray for 5 minutes?, said NAD Youth Director James Black. "Can you image the power? Let’s do this! Help get the word out!" MORE #YouthPause
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. 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.
The NAD focus for the month of June is Church Growth and Evangelism. One valuable resource is the North American Division Evangelism Institute (NADEI). And here's a bonus tip: there are many books available on a variety of topics all geared toward evangelism and church growth.
When the power goes out, is your facility prepared? Storms, high winds, and extreme weather can cause items such as tree limbs to come in contact with and either short out or break power lines. Ice, floods, vehicle and construction accidents, or animals can damage electrical equipment/supply and cause the power to shut off. Heat waves, extreme cold, and even church events can also cause power outages. Learn how you can prepare your local church and school for the next power outage in this week's ARM Solutions, in this three-minute read.
It Is Written hosts weekly webinars on Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. EDT. June 7 topic is "Transitioning to a Sit-Down Study," presented by Michelle Doucoumes. 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
May God's Name Always Be Lifted Up
“We pray that at the very onset of the reconstruction and renovation of this building that Your name will be associated with it; that Your name will always be honored in this building. [We pray] that we will create the atmosphere of heaven within these walls; and that Your name will always be uplifted. Bless us as we do what we are about to do.”
— Daniel R. Jackson, NAD president; G. Alexander Bryant, executive secretary; and Tom Evans, treasurer donned hard hats and goggles and grabbed the long-handled hammers to break down dry wall at the new NAD headquarters. Above is Jackson's prayer. [Photo by Pieter Damsteegt]
The Core Values of REACH
REACH 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. Here's how the acronym, which are the core values of REACH, breaks down:
Revival & transformation
Connecting with God through public and personal worship
Education for discipleship
Every youth and adult learning, growing, and becoming more like Christ
Alignment within the Church
Connecting effectively within our diverse church family
Community outreach & evangelism
Connecting with our communities—sharing hope and wholeness
Healthy leadership & management
God’s stewards insisting on personal and church-wide excellence
Six "Building Block" initiatives stem from the REACH strategy, and each have continued activity since inception five years ago. Some have new names that better describe the initiative, and some have adapted approaches to better serve NAD. Here's the list:
Transformational Evangelism - specifically targeted to large cities and native-born Americans — that tap the convergent energies and collaborative talents of all.
Women in Ministry — in terms of better member education, increased mentoring, and administrative recruitment, support, and affirmation.
Young Adult Life — encourage church involvement by young adults through a revitalized campus ministries program along with Spirit-filled church activities that engage their interest and energies.
Big Data and Social Media — with an emphasis on social media — that best accomplies the mission of the Church in reaching its internal and external audiences.
Education for Everyone (Adventist Learning Community) — using innovative online modalities to increase the enrollment of school-age children and youth but also to enable the local church to serve as a key community learning center.
Immigrant/Refugee Populations — that use new technologies and resources to educate and involve both leaders and members in successfully engaging these people-groups.