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The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada (Canadian Union Conference) held its 18th quinquennial session in the College Heights Church at Burman University in Lacombe, Alberta. Delegates from across Canada met during the weekend of August 19-21. The session theme was “Christ our Hope and Wholeness.” MORE

Student missionaries in Pohnpei, in the Guam-Micronesia Mission, have just started a new school year. They are filled with hopes and dreams — and dedicated to following God's lead. An older pastor has also started a new chapter of ministry on the Island of Pohnpei. He too has hopes and dreams as he and his family fully invest in serving Christ. READ MORE of their stories.

Pacific Union College’s department of religion has been renamed the department of theology. The change, which became official on July 1, 2016, was made to more accurately represent the department’s mission and scholarship focus. MORE

Saylis Fuentes has introduced more than 800 people to God. An Adventist living in Va., Fuentes involves small groups of 25-30 members in their church and community in activities that include outreach seminars on health, family, and finances, volunteering at food banks, and evangelizing to all ages. Fuentes has already planted five Hispanic Seventh-day Adventist churches: Arlington, Vienna, Herndon, Fairfax, and Lorton, her newest church, where she currently volunteers much of her time. MORE

Adventists in the News


The Shadow Empire encore event begins Thursday, Sept. 15! If you missed Shadow Empire the first time around, this encore event is your perfect opportunity to attend and invite a friend! The four-part experience, which is exclusively available in local churches, addresses modern-day religious freedom by exploring the life of Constantine the Great. This series, co-hosted by Voice of Prophecy Speaker/Director Shawn Boonstra and local pastors, will take place September 15-17, and many locations are offering attendees a free copy of the accompanying book, Shadow Emperor. Each program was filmed on location in Europe and the Middle East and offers a fresh, Bible-based perspective on historical and current events. Find the location near you at www.shadowempire.com, and take the free quiz to test your knowledge of Roman history! 

Ready to Volunteer? 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 right away; and plan to invite your friends and neighbors to attend!

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


It Is Written's 60th Anniversary event will be aired on Hope Channel and DirectTV Channel 368 during two weekends starting Friday, Sept. 30. Click here for more information about this one-hour special!

Get early bird rates now: the Society of Adventist Communicators invites you to Denver, Colo. (Oct. 13-15) for a time of inspiration, celebration, training, and growing as professional communicators. Join us to "Keep Climbing" as we continue to blend traditional and digital communication practices in our field. Space limited, price goes up after Sept. 30. Use ‪#‎SACdenver16 and ‪#‎AdventistComm on social media; and click here for registration info.



Hope Trending: A Crash Course on How to Live Without Fear, is a live series of presentations with Pastor Dwight K. Nelson. The series will take viewers on a journey to purpose, meaning, and a hope-filled future through “watch parties,” a unique way for local Adventists to engage the community. The series, which can be viewed globally, will be held October 14-22, at 8 p.m. EDT. MORE


The North American Religious Liberty Association (NARLA) leads efforts to educate and advocate for the preservation of religious freedom in North America. News regarding religious freedom and how Adventists are affected can be found on the NARLA website, including a map feature to discover news events by location.

Sabbath School discussion requires participation from both the leader and the listeners. Encourage interaction and sharing by posing questions in the most effective format. This list of do's and don’ts explains how to present discussion questions to your sabbath school group in a way that will best stimulate insightful dialogue.

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.

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, "Do's and Don'ts of Giving a Bible Study, Part 1," is presented by Greg Wilson, SALT program coordinator. Special for next week: "Effectively Teaching the State of the Dead" with Pastor John Bradshaw. This is valuable material you won't want to miss!


Eyes on Jesus!

"In your journey of trying to be more like Christ, what are the more challenging things that come into your life? As we work together, as we live with our families, as we interact with our communities, as we work in our churches — where are the more challenging places to be like Jesus? What are the things that are the hardest to do? Think about those moments, and ask yourself: how do I emulate Christ in those moments? 

"In those moments, do as the song says: 'Turn your eyes upon Jesus; Look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim.' 

"If we look at Christ and ask God to give us a mind of Christ, it will diminish those challenges, those problems . . . Turn your eyes to Jesus."

— G. Alexander Bryant, NAD executive secretary, during NAD staff devotional time on Sept. 7, 2016


Reaching Out in Love


From Conflict to Friendship

Two young boys spent most of the week struggling to get along. But on Friday night one of the boys came forward to lay his burden at the cross. When he returned he was crying. The second boy went over and tried to comfort him. Later the first boy broke down again. “What I really need is for someone to be my friend,” the boy cried. The second boy who had been feuding with him all week sat beside the other boy, put his arm around him and said, “I’ll be your friend.” The boys’ counselor told me later that he seldom cries, but that night the tears flowed.

— Pastor David Yeagley, director of Sunset Lake Camp, Wilkeson, Washington

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 the third of four short stories, which is just a small sampling of how God changes lives at camp.

Next week: "Committed to Christ"

September 8, 2016
September Focus:

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
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:

Sept. 10/11
Oct. 8/9
Nov. 12/13

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
September 2016
NAD Feature: "AIMing to Make a Difference," by Kimberly Luste Maran, pp. 17-20

NAD News: Church/Community Volunteers Complete 15th Home Renovation; VOP's "Shadow Empire" Returns in Sept.; ACF Institute Connects College Students to God and Each Other; Pathfinder Bible Experience Grows, pp. 11-13

NAD Update: "Adventists Gather in Washington, D.C., to Pray, Call for Action," pp. 22-23

NAD Perspective: "Help! I'm a Parent!" by Claudio and Pamela Consuegra, p. 25

The Sept. 2016 Adventist World magazine also features the annual Week of Prayer readings, "A Heart for Mission."


Months of Aug.-Sept. 2016  – For this period, please pray for the Adventist Church in Canada, with 376 churches and 68,087 members. 
Sept. 11-17 – This week please pray for the Ontario Conference, with 125 churches and 31,819 members.

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Kimberly Maran, assistant director

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