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Pastor Melvin Preston was presented with the 2016 NAD Family Ministries Distinguished Service Award during the July 21-23 Adventist Conference of Family Research and Practice Conference. Preston has served in the South Atlantic Conference for the past 30 years, and has been responsible for leading more than 2,000 people to follow Jesus. MORE



George Jameson, a 19-year-old Seventh-day Adventist summer camp worker, drowned while snorkeling in Michigan this past weekend. Jameson was swimming with friends at a secluded lake not far from Camp Au Sable. MORE



Texas Youth Fest 2016 drew 1,200 youth from all across the state. For one attendee, the event was like nothing she'd experienced before. She says, "It was an amazing and uplifting occasion that I'm sure was a total blessing to every person who attended." READ her story here.



Sam Delaware, an 18-year-old freshman photography major at PUC, has been named Youth Photographer of the Year in the 2016 Sony World Photography Awards. The recognition follows his win in the competition’s Youth Portraits category. MORE



The average age of an Adventist believer in the U.S. is around 50, noticeably older than a new estimate by the respected Pew Research Center, and well above the worldwide average of 38. Adventist leaders should be sensitive to the church’s demographic makeup “because our ultimate goal and calling is for a multigenerational gathering at the Second Coming of our Lord,” said Tracy Wood, NAD associate director of young adult ministries. MORE



In the midst of Sin City, Mario Fuentes had a thirst for God. During the 40 years he had lived in Las Vegas, Nevada, Mario learned plenty about the world, yet knew little about the church. Other than a casual encounter he’d had with some missionaries in Colorado, he had no idea who Adventists were. One day, however, the church came to his home. MORE



Welcome back, Wham slices! Heritage Health Food founder Don Otis has bought Worthington's frozen food line from the Kellogg Company, as well as acquiring the Cedar Lake food company. The company hopes to start manufacturing Worthington slices and other products around August 15. READ the Spectrum interview.
 
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There's still time to attend camp meeting in some conferences! 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.
 


Shadow Empire is returning Sept. 15-17, your church could host the series! Last spring, hundreds of churches hosted the Voice of Prophecy’s Shadow Empire series — which brought thousands of new guests into churches across North America. Due to scheduling, many churches weren’t able to host the event, but there’s good news: Shadow Empire will return Sept. 15-17 exclusively in local churches; and pastors will again have the opportunity to be event co-speaker with Pastor Shawn Boonstra! This series, which addresses modern-day religious freedom by exploring the life of Constantine the Great, was filmed on location in Europe and the Middle East and offers a fresh, Bible-based perspective on historical and current events. Pastors can find all the details they need at www.ShadowEmpire.com/Event



ACS convention earlybird deadline is July 31. Don't miss the last day for early bird registration for the NAD Adventist Community Services convention, Sept. 7-10. The convention, themed "Ways to Reach Your Community . . . ," will be held at the Oregon Conference's Gladstone Park Conference Center. Cost: $150 per person until July 31; $250 beginning on Aug. 1. Registration is open; click here for more information about the convention.

 

The NAD Women Pastors and Chaplains Retreat will be held from Sept. 11-14, in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Based on Isaiah 40:31, the goal for the retreat will be to help renew the strength of women in ministry so that they can continue to run and not get weary, to walk and not faint. Join us as we renew our faith, focus, and friendships. This event promises to provide a time of refreshing so that, as women, we can return to our positions soaring on wings like eagles! Click here for more information/registration.



NAD Regional Health Summit is coming to British Columbia this fall. Visit Camp Hope in Hope, BC, Canada, from Sept. 28-Oct. 2, and learn how to use health care as an outreach tool. Physical, emotional, and social health are all important needs in our community. Providing hope along with sharing the loving character of Jesus will be the focus of this special mountain-top exhibit. MORE INFO

 

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.

Resources

Watch Summer Shows, beginning July 17. Hope Channel Classics will feature documentaries on Martin Luther, John Wesley, Corrie ten Boom and more. Faith for Today’s award-wining drama series, Westbrook Hospitalis back by popular demand. Musical artists from My Story, My Song will perform an encore in mini concerts. Also back is Barry Black in Higher Ground. In addition to the return of these favorites is Arniona brand new show that presents a fresh, contemporary look at the book of Revelation. For air times, check the program guide. Watch Hope Channel on DirecTV 368, streaming online, on Roku, and mobile apps.

 

Find out what’s new from Pacific Press®, including Joe Wheeler’s Favorite Prayer Stories, Glimpses Into the Life of Ellen White by Jim Nix, and Guide’s Greatest Friendship Stories edited by Lori Peckham. The catalog includes plenty of sweet summer specials and several coupons.






An enditnow Emphasis Day (Aug. 27) kit is FREE and downloadable for the NAD Women’s Ministries website. There is a sample sermon, suggested program, and children's story for church with a PowerPoint presentation. The entire enditnow Emphasis Day kit is available in English, French, and Spanish; churches may choose to use some or all of the materials. It may be printed/reproduced as needed. The 2016 theme is "Learning to Love as He Loved," by Nancy Wilson. 




The correlation of diet with cancer-risk was a central focus of the Adventist Health Study-1 conducted by Loma Linda University School of Public Health. Discover the impact of fruit, legumes, and meat on various cancers in this easy-to-read chart.



The upcoming fall months are a great time to get outside! There are a wide range of Adventist-run campgrounds across NAD. To find a camp near you and learn about the amenities available, take a look at the Camp Directory compiled by the Association of Adventist Camp Professionals.



Summertime means church activities for kids! Adventist Risk Management offers guidelines for supervising church youth and providing a safe environment for fun, whether on a group field trip, at summer camp, or during VBS.


 

It Is Written's SALT Program is a three-month evangelism training school that takes place each fall on the campus of Southern Adventist University. Now you can watch SALT 365, It Is Written's free online evangelism training. We pray the information and skills you gain are put to use every day of the year! In this week's video presentation, Yves Monnier discusses "Handling a Person Who is No Longer Interested." Next week Alan Parker talks about how to keep each study Christ-centered. This is valuable material you won't want to miss!

ViewPoints

Mission Anywhere


"I realized that missions can really be done anywhere. It’s not necessary to go to a third-world country where you don’t know the language, you don’t know the culture, you don’t know anybody, to be able to serve others. . . . One thing I’ve taken back from Peru is the idea that being here [in North America] is an opportunity. It’s not an inhibitor to mission."

— Kevin Dietrich, speaking at the July 28 NAD morning worship, about his 10 months spent as a student missionary in Peru

Reaching Out in Love
 
Transforming the Community Through Caring Acts and Innovation
 

 
In the greater Los Angeles area alone there are more than 18,000,000 people who speak a multiplicity of languages. The challenge that we face as a church to reach our communities with the gospel of Jesus is daunting. How can we effectively do it? 
 
The El Monte Seventh-day Adventist Vietnamese Church is on a path that's heading in the right direction. This church serves many of its 10,000-plus Vietnamese neighbors by offering two weekly language schools to anyone who is interested. With more than 100,000 Vietnamese living in the greater Los Angeles area, many families face language challenges that the church decided to address. Many of the older generations do not speak English; it was and is a challenge for some families to communicate. The El Monte church has discovered how to fill this need and serve the people in their community — in a unique and innovative way. Watch the video.
July 28, 2016
 
August Focus:
Spiritual Gifts

August 27 - Enditnow Day


Offerings:
August Special Offerings
Aug. 13, Oakwood University/Andrews University/Loma Linda University 


Helpful Special Day Websites and Resources

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

Upcoming Events

 
Adventist World/
NAD Edition
July 2016
 
 
 
  
NAD Feature: "Pathway to Health LA Transforms Lives," by Kimberly Luste Maran, pp. 34-41
 
NAD News: Adventists in Canada Respond to Ft. McMurray Crisis; Christian Record Services for the Blind Joins NAD; Gayle Tucker Passes Away; Adventists and Lowe's Renovate Center in Denver, pp. 11-13

NAD Update: "Tattoo Removal Helps Erase the Past," pp. 14-15

NAD Perspective: "A Vision for Health Ministry," by Angeline B. David, p. 17
 

 
Daily Prayer Guide
 
Months of June-August 2016  – For this month, please pray for the Pacific Union, with 709 churches and 230,548 members. 
             
July 24-30 – This week please pray for the Northern California Conference, with 141 churches and 40,088 members.
 

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