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UPDATE: On Aug. 28,
ACS continued its recovery efforts
 at the warehouse in Baton Rouge, La., taking in supplies from around the region and distributing them. A letter from the state was sent to public and non-governmental organizations, informing them about the ACS-operated warehouse. The letter also offers guidance on donated goods. MORE on ACS work in La; watch a warehouse video and church clean up video.

An Oakwood student, Gabriel Carter, of Atlanta, Georgia, was recently named by the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) as one of 73 students from 63 HBCUs chosen as the 2016 HBCU All-Stars. MORE

Prepared for an earthquake? Adventist Community Services (ACS) was a lead partner in the Aug. 22-25, 2016, National Mass Care Exercise in Missouri. In the largest event of its kind to date, more than 835 volunteered for the exercise, including more than 125 Adventists. MORE

On July 9, Julian Jones-Campbell became the first woman in the Greater New York Conference to be commissioned to pastoral ministry. The commissioning took place at the English camp meeting in Wingdale. “This is a ground-breaking day for the Greater New York Conference,” said keynote speaker Ivan Williams, NAD Ministerial Association director. MORE

Adventist Information Ministry (AIM) is the central contact center for Seventh-day Adventist media outreach and evangelistic follow-up in the North American Division. More than 70 representatives comprise the Michigan-bassed contact center team, answering more than 200,000 calls a year. Read more on how AIM makes a difference through North American ministry support in a special NAD feature.

Adventists in the News


The offices of the North American Division will be closed for the Labor Day Holiday, Monday Sept. 5, 2016. The holiday was created in 1882 to give working individuals in the United States a day off. We hope you are able to take some time and enjoy your day!

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.

Join the North American Division Prayer Ministry team THIS Thursday, Sept. 1, 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.

Ready to Move? The GC and NAD are hosting a health fair on Let's Move Day on Sunday, September 18, 2016, on the grounds of the GC. There will be a 5K, free dental/vision care, free health screenings, kids Olympics, healthy foods, and much more.  This event is in partnership with AMEN, Adventist HealthCare, Southern Asian Adventist Church, and Washington Adventist University. We need YOUR help, please sign up as a volunteer at www.Adventist.org/healthfair. Needed: dental and vision professionals, nurses, translators, and volunteers in many other areas. Please sign up before September 7 so we can provide training.

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.

HE SAID GO Missions Conference 2016: The purpose of this conference, to be held on Nov. 18-20 in San Diego, Calif., is to serve as a catalyst for missions, not only overseas, but also in domestic service. It is our prayer that our local church members become active in their communities and abroad. In order to accomplish this task, we are inviting medical professionals, our union and conference leaders, university/college presidents and their respective chaplains, along with their missions coordinators, to be part of this special gathering. We are also inviting youth directors, youth pastors, academy chaplains, and young adults. From Native American mission opportunities, including the Siberian Eskimos in northern Alaska, to Guam-Micronesia Mission territory, it is our prayer that everyone attending will choose to respond to the opportunities of service that God may present to them. Watch the video; and click here for more information.

Each month the Voice of Prophecy's evangelism team produces a brand-new “Shop Talk” training session —sharing the A to Zs of evangelism and Bible work. Thus far, five episodes are available, featuring topics such as “Gaining Decisions for Christ” and “Learning to Deal With Objections.” Pastors can learn more and register for free at www.voplocal.com.

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. Read the article.


Local church Adventurer clubs invest in the next generation by teaching them valuable life skills. The Adventurer Club Starter Kitincludes Leader and Director Guides, an Award Poster, a CD with the Adventurer theme song, and more. Children learn about healthy lifestyles, appreciating nature, and interacting with others in the context of God’s will and plan for their lives. 

As fall and winter approach, consider this useful guide produced by ARM that discusses lightning safety. Preparation techniques in both the home and church can help prevent costly property damage as well as personal injury during lightning storms. 

At any age, developing a will and estate plan can be overwhelming and even distressing. Consider Planned Giving & Trust Services, a resource developed by the NAD for those looking for information about making planned gifts and how, in conjunction with professional legal advisement, the church can help provide peace of mind.

Single does not mean alone! Everyone can take advantage of friendship and like-minded conversation in the Online Adventist Single Adult Community discussion forum. A wide range of threads cover topics such as Adventist Church news and media, books, hobbies, as well as singles-specific topics such as “The Widowed Single Adult” and single parenting. 

Interested in prison ministry but not sure where to start? Find a prison ministries director in your area from this contact list labeled by region. Includes emails and phone numbers to easily connect with a director and get questions answered.

“Facts with Hope” has generated a collection of 60-second, health-focused videos, covering a wide range of topics such as “Having a Pet,” “Salt and your Health,” and “Anxiety.” Themes are illustrated with straightforward graphics that make concepts clear and practical. It’s never been easier to get your daily health nugget!

Watch summer shows now. Hope Channel Classics will feature documentaries on Martin Luther, John Wesley, Corrie ten Boom and more. Faith for Today’s award-winning 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.


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. This week's video presentation, "Answering Difficult Questions About the Sabbath," is presented by Eric Flickinger. Next week: "Do's and Don'ts of Giving a Bible Study, Part 1," with Greg Wilson. This is valuable material you won't want to miss!


Named by God

"Jeremiah 1:5...'Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you.' We've got to have that confidence that God's got His eye on us and He has named us. Regardless of what our parents gave to us, we're named as His heavenly children."

— Lincoln Steed, associate director of Public Affairs and Religious Liberty and Liberty magazine editor, speaking at a recent NAD morning worship

Reaching Out in Love


Mission Accomplished 

Chloe Dillard’s first impression of our camp was that the place was “big.” She says she was nervous when she first arrived. She shares that her favorite part of camp was “the last day when we got to sleep on the floor in the gym and watch the movie.” Tiffany and George Dillard, Chloe’s parents, say, “We sent our daughter to camp to get a positive Christian experience. Our church does not have a large amount of young people and although they make an effort, the youth do not often have programming that is catered for them.” The Dillards wanted their daughter to learn that it can be fun to be an Adventist Christian. They want her to know that there are lots of other kids just like her who love God and want to be more like Jesus. The Dillards share that Chloe “loved her camp experience and at the end requested to be baptized. Mission accomplished.”
—Pastor Jason C. North, Sr., director, Camp J. R. Wagner, Cassopolis, Michigan

NOTE: As summer comes to a close, NewsPoints is sharing with you a few glimpses of what occurred at NAD camps in 2016 as we REACH North America. This is one of four short stories, which is just a small sampling of how God changes lives at camp.

Next week: "From Conflict to Friendship"


September 1, 2016
September Focus:

Sept. 3 - Men's Day of Prayer
Sept. 11-17 - NurturePeriodicals: (Adventist ReviewInsightGuidePrimary TreasureOur Little Friend)
Sept. 11-17 - Family Togetherness Week
Sept. 17 - Family Togetherness Sabbath
Sept. 18 - Let's Move Day
Sept. 18-24 - Hispanic Heritage Week
Sept. 18-24 - Let's Move Week/Health Education Week/Vibrant Life
  September Special Offerings
Sept. 10, Fall Mission Appeal: World Budget/NAD

Helpful Special Day Websites and Resources

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

Upcoming Events

Adventist World/
NAD Edition
August 2016
NAD Feature: "Lending a Hand, Providing for Needs," by Kryzia Abacan, pp. 30-37
NAD News: Oakwood University Church Honors NBA Legend "Magic" Johnson; Jesus 101 Wins People's Choice Telly Award; La Sierra University Enactus Team Wins Championship; Washington Adventist University Graduate Wins College TV Awards Emmy, pp. 11-13

NAD Update: "Evangelist C.D. Brooks Passes to His Rest," pp. 14-15

NAD Perspective: "Visionaries: Who's Next?" by Dan Weber, p. 17

Months of Aug.-Sept. 2016  – For this period, please pray for the Adventist Church in Canada, with 376 churches and 68,087 members. 
Aug. 28 - Sept. 3 – This week please pray for the Manitoba-Saskatchewan Conference, with 33 churches and 3,856 members.

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Dan Weber, communication director | Julio Muñoz, associate director
Kimberly Maran, assistant director

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