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NAD is sponsoring its first He Said Go Missions Conference on Nov. 18-20. Several Adventist universities have held missions conferences in the past, but, according to Elden Ramirez, Office of Volunteer Ministries director, this is the first NAD sponsored and organized conference focusing specifically on missions. “This is one-of-a-kind multi-generational gathering for dialogue on the critical topic of our church's mission in a world that needs Jesus,” says Ramirez. MORE


The Adventist Community Services (ACS) 2016 Convention was held in Gladstone, Ore., on Sept. 7–10. More than 200 community outreach leaders from throughout the nation and beyond gathered for the event hosted by the NAD ACS and co-sponsored by the North Pacific Union Conference. Inspirational messages were interwoven with training workshops and informational tours. MORE

Pacific Union Conference, in its 2016 Quinquennial Constituency Session on Aug. 29, 2016, re-elected Ricardo Graham as president. Graham was first elected president by the Pacific Union Executive Committee in 2008. MORE

Southern Adventist University held a dedication ceremony for the Sabbath Trail, a 1.5-mile walking loop in the campus’ Fenton Forest, on Saturday, September 10, at 5:30 p.m. SAU was recently gifted 250 acres adjoining campus on Bauxite Ridge, opposite of White Oak Mountain. More than 12 miles of new paths have been created and are available for both student and community use. MORE

La Sierra University is listed among the nation’s best western regional universities in U.S. News and World Report’s annual guide released Sept. 13, and has landed among the top 10 universities in that region for best value. The university is also 9th in that region for best value based on academic quality and the net cost of attendance last school year for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid. MORE

The Jesus 101 Biblical Institute is launching its new ministry branch of resources specifically designed for children! Jesus 101 - 4 Kids will release its first product this fall. Discovering Jesus in the Bible is a coloring book that will take children through the Bible with Dr. Elizabeth Talbot. This will be the first volume in a series of Jesus 101 coloring books published by Pacific Press that will draw theological connections between the Old and New Testament in a way that will be easy for children to understand, and will encourage them to accept Jesus' redemption on their behalf. Click here for more information and other free resources.

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!



PAUSE 2016  –  At 11 a.m. on Sept. 17, PAUSE 5 minutes and pray for children, youth, young adults, unity, community and yourself. "What would happen, if every church in the North American Division and around the world would PAUSE on Sabbath at 11:00 a.m. four times in 2016 and pray for 5 minutes?, said NAD Youth Director James Black. "Can you image the power? Let’s do this! Help get the word out!" MORE  #YouthPause

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. 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. Watch the video; and click here for more information.

SDA Attorneys' Conference and Retreat is back! In the 1980s, this event brought attorneys from across NAD together for networking and learning. After a 20-year 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.

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.


September’s health focus encompasses physical, spiritual, and mental health. Adventist Family Ministries offers a directory of counselors and mental healthcare providers who practice with a Christian worldview. Search by practitioner name, location, or specialization HERE.

Adventist Christian Fellowship encourages Adventist studentsattending public colleges and universities to grow spiritually and continue their journey with Christ. ACF offers support and resources for encounters with skeptical peers and professors, along with suggestions for reaching out to classmates and friends who may be searching for truth. To start an ACF ministry at your local college, click HERE for a Quick Start Guide. 

With the whirlwind of recent news relating to public shootings and attacks, church safety has become a real concern. If your church is discussing hiring armed security, read Adventist Risk Management’s short guide with a list of things to consider, including the change of insurance that may be required.

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, "Effectively Teaching the State of the Dead," is presented by Pastor John Bradshaw, IIW speaker/director. Special for next week: "Q & A," with IIW speakers/presenters. This is valuable material you won't want to miss!


Pray. Focus. Renew. And Go Forth.

"We work hard. That's what we do. That's our default. But through all our [busyness] we are killing ourselves. Jesus says 'Sit at my feet a little longer.' . . . We have to learn how to follow our priority. It was never meant to be priorities. . . . What is that one thing that can change our entire day? It's our time with Jesus. The Lord wants to show us what is important. He wants to use you and me to advance His kingdom. But we're distracted — we need to sit at His feet and gobble up everything that comes out of His mouth.

Get out of that distracted living, focus on what is important, renew through time with Him. Go deeper . . . and then allow your activity to be birthed out of that."

— Rebecca Davis, in reference to Martha from the New Testament, during her devotional message on Sept. 12, 2016, at the Women Pastors and Chaplains Retreat themed "Renew"


Reaching Out in Love

Committed to Christ

Elise Jones had been to camp before, but this summer she decided to sign up for two weeks. Her first week was Ultimate RAD Camp, a teen specialty camp that offers a different outdoor adventure everyday. Some of the week is spent tent camping at various destinations. Jones tried mountain biking, rock climbing, and whitewater rafting — just to name a few. For her second week Jones chose Teen Camp 2. During both weeks, the teen grew close to her counselor, Lizzie Williams.

Williams encouraged Jones in her spiritual journey saying, “nothing beats getting baptized at camp!” Williams helped Jones realize God changes the person when they commit their lives to Him.

Jones decided it was time to take her stand and was baptized at Cohutta Springs Youth Camp on July 16, 2016. “I love how camp is just a fresh start,” says Jones, who will be entering high school this fall. “Everyone at camp is there to support you and help you grow closer to God because you are basically all family at camp.”
— Rob Lang, director of Cohutta Springs Youth Camp in Georgia

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 fourth and last of our short stories — a small sampling of how God changes lives at camp.

September 14, 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 September Special Offerings
Sept. 17, Local Church Budget

October Special Offerings
Oct. 8, ,Voice of Prophecy/La Voz de la Esperanza

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. 18-24 – This week please pray for the Quebec Conference, with 39 churches and 7,688 members.

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