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West Virginia has asked the Adventist Church to help oversee the distribution of aid to those af fected by devastating floods this past week that killed at least 23 people and left thousands homeless. "The area was in dire need prior to the event. This storm compounds that," said Minnie McNeil, a senior Adventist Community Services (ACS) officer. MORE

Attention Adventist attorneys: The SDA Attorneys Conference and Retreat is back this fall. Coordinators and church attorneys Josue Pierre (GC) and Orlan Johnson (NAD) believe the conference/retreat will offer networking, educational opportunities, spiritual blessings, and more. LEARN MORE

More than 600 Pathfinders participated in the Pathfinder Bible Experience this April, with 95 teams representing the nine unions of the NAD and five teams representing the British Union. In order to get to the Arizona “Bible bowl,” Pathfinders, coaches, and families had to successfully complete conference and union level testing in the two months before the NAD PBE. MORE

LLUH partnered with MedDevCo, LLC to produce an innovative medical device — a laser guided percutaneous access needle, DARRT. The needle is designed to eliminate or minimize radiation exposure to patients, physicians and staff during Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy (PCNL) cases. MORE


Update from Pathway to Health Beckley: More than 500 healthcare professionals and volunteers will operate a no-cost medical and dental clinic in Beckley, W.Va., on July 13-15. Approximately $3 million in free health-related services will be offered to noninsured and underinsured residents of Beckley and surrounding areas at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center. MORE

Adventists in the News

It's camp meeting time! 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.

Jumpstart Free Health Clinic
 needs volunteers. 
Approximately 500 are needed for the Killeen, Texas, clinic sponsored by the ASI Southwest Chapter. Physicians, nurses, therapists, hospitality staff, engineering staff, and security personnel are needed. Are you handy with a camera, or able to write a good news article? Communication staff also needed. MORE INFO

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. Donations are also being accepted. Sign up today, and share with friends/colleagues. Learn more about this life-changing experience from the Pathway to Health LA news videos.

July 9 — save the date! NAD Women's Ministries would like for members to remember that July 9 is "Women's Ministries Offering" day. Offerings collected that day will go toward preparing resources to equip, train, and empower women in Adventist churches. Local churches can plan a special offering appeal, and may choose to watch this 5-minute video about women's ministries. Free bulletin inserts are also available.

You are invited to attend the 2016 Adventist Muslim Relations (AMR) Networking Meeting on July 7-10. During this annual event, missiologists, practitioners, and theologians get together for a weekend to study how to effectively reach out to our Muslim neighbors. This year's event will be held at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Mich. The event is free, but lodging and meals together are $200. Email Gabriela Profeta-Phillips, or call 423-994-8300, to register or get more information.



Safe Celebrations: more than 10,000 people received fireworks-related injuries in 2014 and an average of 230 people visit the emergency room every day due to a fireworks-related injury in the month surrounding July 4th. What can you do to keep your church and school family safe during this holiday? Check out these guidelines to follow to prevent your church members, campers, and visitors from spending their evening in the emergency room in Adventist Risk Management's 3-minute read.

LAST DAY: "Our Inspiring Heritage" is on sale this month! This DVD collection contains stories about the Adventist church. Produced by Hope Channel, learn and be inspired by stories about Ellen G. White, J.N. Andrews, John Harvey Kellogg, and more from the Adventist Heritage presentations Jim Nix (EGW Estate director) gave at the 2015 GC Session. Sale ends June 30, click here for more info. WATCH a short video promo.



It's summer, and many will soon be traveling and looking for a church to visit. Are you ready for that? How will they find you? Is your website up to date and inviting? Make sure visitors to your area can find your church with directional and highway signs. Place an attractive and inviting church yard sign in front of your church. Watch this free Parking Lot Ministry video.

And, once inside, will they be warmly welcomed? Invited for dinner? Check out the Hospitality Ministry Description. Do you have an active Children's Ministry or someone appointed to provide a children's Sabbath school if children arrive? What do you say when people ask for more information about the Adventist Church?

The following resources are designed to help you: Curb Appeal in SpanishEnglishWho are Seventh-day Adventists? brochure; Web Ministry Quick Start Guide in Spanish and EnglishAdventist Notecards to write note and let people know we were glad for their visit and hope they'll return. Some churches keep small folders of information ready to share with visitors. Be sure you are using an up-to-date Seventh- day Adventist® logo, which uses the registration symbol.


The Women's Ministries Offering will be collected Sabbath, July 9. Postcards (as mentioned in the Announcements section) have been sent to the local churches, and free, downloadable bulletin inserts are available here. You might also want to show the video, "Nurturing with a Purpose," which tells more about the types of ministries women are doing across the division to share Jesus with other women.



Each Church a Center for Health and Healing

The focus in the North American Division in July is "Adventist Lifestyle." Here's a glimpse into the church's philosophy, as it appears on the NAD Health Ministries website: 

"It is God’s desire that each of us may have an abundant life (John 10:10), and that means abundance of physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual wellbeing. These areas of our lives are all interconnected and cannot be neglected if we want to experience whole person health. . . . We believe our body is a temple of the Holy Spirit and we must care for it intelligently so we can fully experience God’s presence and discern His will in our lives.

"Adventist Health Ministries mission is to encourage and enable Adventist church leaders and members not only to experience a healthful abundant life but also to share the divine principles for whole person health with individuals in their communities and a world in need. Our goal is that each church in North America may become a center for health and healing in which people may come to learn evidence based health information and find restoration for a hurting body, mind, or soul."

Click here to read more, or to find resources that can help improve lifestyle in members, churches, and the community.


Reaching Out in Love


A Living Classroom: George P. Stone Elementary School

America’s heartland today still is dotted with many one-, two-, and three-teacher elementary schools. In fact, 87 percent of all Seventh-day Adventist elementary schools in the United States reflect this learning environment profile. In the Mid-America Union, the percentage of elementary schools with three or more grades per teacher is even higher at 91 percent. George P. Stone Elementary School is one of these schools.

When Kurt and Beth Miyashiro moved to Lincoln, Nebraska, from a small town in Illinois, they looked at all the elementary education options for their children. The family valued a small learning environment where older students interact and help younger children.

They found an education match at George P. Stone school, a full-fledged multi-grade, two-teacher elementary school operating on the campus of Union College under the direction of the Education Department of the Human Development Division.

This school is unique in that it is also a teacher-in-training learning environment where student teachers observe, interact with students, and model what they learn from master teachers.

“As parents, it is our most earnest desire for our children to develop morally and spiritually,” said Beth. “We want to have our children in a school that provides support and guidance that leads them toward eternity. The example of a quality Christian teacher ‘trickles down’ into our lives.” READ MORE of this feature highlighting just one of many Adventist educational options in NAD.


June 29, 2016

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NAD Edition
June 2016
NAD Feature: "World Changers Wanted," report from Just Claim It!, by Amy D. Prindle, pp. 34-41
NAD News: SONscreen Film Festival; NAD Hosts Treasurer Orientation; Union College Nursing, pp. 11-13

NAD Update: "A Certain Kind of Light" LLUH Healthcare Documentary, pp. 14-15

NAD Perspective: "Beliefs That Give Us Hope," by Dan Weber, p. 17


Month of June/August 2016  – For this month, please pray for the Pacific Union, with 709 churches and 230,548 members. 
July 3-9 – This week please pray for the Arizona Conference, with 77 churches and 19,823 members.

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