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Extreme Home Repair does it again! Sarah Scarrow, a 47-year-old single mother of three adopted children, didn’t mask her tears of joy as the bus blocking the view of her Albergrove, British Columbia, house rolled away for the home reveal. MORE

And you can read more about the Church in the Valley and their amazing outreach. You can travel with them in their journey in this quarter’s CALLED digital magazine for pastors, available for download now.

From May 22-29, 2016, about 80 college students and campus ministers from across North America attended the Adventist Christian Fellowship Institute (ACFI) at the University of Houston (Texas). Those gathered worshiped together, attended training sessions, and participated in outreach at the university and around Houston. The theme for the institute was drawn from Acts 17:22-28: “To The Unknown God.” MORE

Brian Robak, 28, fell to his death while returning from the summit of Mt. Washington (Oregon) on June 30, 2016. Robak spent eight summers and two winters as a full-time staff member at Big Lake Youth Camp, nestled at the bottom of Mt. Washington. Before joining the staff full-time, Robak had been a staff member-in-training and camper. MORE

The Central California Conference has been made aware that Kevin Canavan, a summer camp employee at Camp Wawona who has been missing since July 5, was found deceased. MORE

Adventists in the News

It's camp meeting time! 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, July 7, 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.

July 9 — this Sabbath! 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.

Pathway Beckley is next week! 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. A special training session will be held on July 17 for all volunteers to the clinic. Donations are being accepted. Volunteers are urged to sign up today, and share with friends/colleagues. Time is almost up to be part of this life-changing experience. See NAD news videos of the last clinic in LA.



Are you called, chosen, committed? That's the theme for this year's ASI convention in Phoenix, Ariz., on Aug. 3-6. Each year, ASI members, supporters, and friends gather at the ASI International Convention to encourage one another and exchange ideas vital to their lay-driven ministry goals. The annual convention is an energetic, inspiring affair where networks are formed and plans are made — and those who attend the convention return to their local churches inspired and equipped to start lay outreach efforts in their own workplaces and communities. Interested in attending? LEARN 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).


The SDA Attorneys' Conference and Retreat is back! In the 1980s, this event brought attorneys from across NAD together for networking and learning. After a two-decade hiatus, the conference will be held in Henderson, Nevada, on Oct. 20-23. Attendees will also be able to earn 10+ hours of CLE credits. This conference is sponsored jointly by the Office of General Counsel of the General Conference and the Public Affairs and Religious Liberty Department of the North American Division. Click here to request more information.



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"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.

The NAD Health Ministries Department has many valuable resources listed on its webpage. One of them is featured here: Adventist Recovery Ministries (ARMin), described as "a ministry of the Health Department of the Seventh-day Adventist Church." There is Christ-centered help for all addictions! Find freedom from unhealthy habits. MORE

Have you checked out the NAD Children's Ministries new website? It has Sabbath school links, crafts, Bible Adventures for Young Readers, Vacation Bible School programs, "Fun-Da-Mentals" - 28 beliefs, Theme-of-the-Year resources, upcoming events for union and conference leaders, and a featured video. More will be added. Check it out!



A dog leash, a candle, an apple, a bell — What do all these things have in common? They are used as object lessons to illustrate the spiritual truths we can learn from everyday life in a way children can understand. Each story in 120 Quick and Easy Object Lessons for Children’s Story Time is drawn from an item the children are familiar with and is perfect for use during children’s story time in church or for demonstrating important points during Sabbath School. Check out this great summer resource!



Beliefs That Give Us Hope


“Our beliefs are designed to give us hope. In a troubled world, they ground us. Because the world can easily distract us from having a relationship with Jesus. Re-examine the Fundamental Beliefs for yourself, and see what they mean to you as a believer.”

— Dan Weber, communication director for NAD, “Beliefs That Give Us Hope,” June 2016 Adventist World NAD Edition

For more on what the Adventist Church believes, check out the My Way to Jesus website for links to a video, an invitation to study the Bible, the Find-a-Church Directory, a link for kids to My Place with Jesus, a place to send prayer requests, and more. 


Reaching Out in Love

How can we REACH our communities?

Below is part of a Compassion Movement resource article, from the NAD Ministerial AssociationClick here to read more.

There are a few concepts to keep in mind as your church becomes the Eyes, Heart, Hands, and Feet of Jesus in your community. One is relevance. Relevance is being there when you are needed. A church that is there for its members and its community when they are in need is a relevant church. Consider:

  • When there is a storm in your area, how can your church be relevant?
  • When a house burns down on your street, how can your church be relevant?
  • When there is a death in a community family (see obituary section in newspaper), how can your church be relevant?
  • When there is hunger in your community, how can your church be relevant? 
  • When civil unrest is taking place in your town, how can your church be relevant?
  • When obesity is prevalent in the neighborhood, how can your church be relevant?
  • When there is a marathon, a street market, a parade happening in your city, how can your church be relevant?
  • When there are thousands playing basketball, soccer, and softball across city parks and playgrounds, how can your church be relevant?
  • When there is a need for new leadership in your city or state, how can your church be relevant? Could a church member run for office and help make a change?
  • When thousands of people walk right pass your church building on a regular basis, how can your church be relevant to them?


July 7, 2016

Special Days

July Focus:
Adventist Lifestyle

July 9, Griggs University

July Special Offerings
July 9, Women's Ministries

Helpful Special Day Websites and Resources

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

The 2nd weekend of every month will automatically be a Compassion Weekend. Plan for it every month throughout the year: Do acts of compassion, especially on these weekends, but better yet, every day. 

Days of Compassion:

July 9/10
Aug. 13/14
Sept. 10/11
Oct. 8/9
Nov. 12/13


Upcoming Events

Adventist World/
NAD Edition
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


Daily Prayer Guide
Month of June/August 2016  – For this month, please pray for the Pacific Union, with 709 churches and 230,548 members. 
July 10-16 – This week please pray for the Central California Conference, with 133 churches and 37,174 members.

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