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John Freedman has been elected president of the North Pacific Union Conference by delegates to the union’s regular constituency session held Sept. 25, 2016, in Portland, Ore. Freedman replaces Max Torkelsen II, whose retirement became effective at the end of the session. Delegates also re-elected John Loor Jr. and Mark Remboldt to their respective posts. MORE

Nestled in an Atlanta suburb, Mountainside church sponsors a ministry that reaches out to the community, offering prayer and encouragement. The ministry, Prayer Drive-Thru Ministry (PD-TM), was launched Feb. 2016. MORE

Pine Forge Academy alumni celebrated 70 years during the weekend of Sept. 3. Among those present were members of the class of 1966, one of the first classes at PFA to benefit from the policies of the Lyndon B. Johnson administration. PFA welcomed Lynda Bird Johnson Robb, eldest daughter of President Johnson, to speak to the classes and be honored for her family’s contribution to the success of Pine Forge students. MORE

During five Market Nights culminating on Sept. 8, 2016, the Redlands church’s hollow vending machine dispensed free beverages, snacks, dolls, coloring books and crayons, and glow stick tubes. By the final night, the machine had distributed more than 4,100 items. This no-strings-attached giveaway left passersby surprised and curious. MORE

Adventists in the News

Families, Hospital Staff Celebrate First Reunion of Castle Rock Adventist-born Preemies (Colo.)

Adventist Health Updates IT Systems With Oracle Cloud (Calif.)

“Impact Your Health PDX” Free Medical Clinic Helps Hundreds in Portland (Ore.)

Kendall Fults, Former Sr. Vice President for Adventist Health, Awarded Bridwell Humanitarian Award (Calif.)

Adventist Health Portland Contributes to $21.5 Million Investment in Housing Project for Homeless (Ore.)

Oasis Adventist Church (Idaho) Welcomes Refugees, Offers Services in Native Language

Ephesus Seventh-day Adventist Church (Texas) Provides Eye Exams, Free Glasses at San Antonio Health Fair

Forum at Sligo Church (Md.) Begins Conversation on Social Justice and the Church

Andrews University Robert & Lillis Kingman Observatory Open to Public on Sept. 30


Join the celebration as It Is Written commemorates 60 years in television ministry with a special program airing Friday, Sept. 30, at 9 p.m. EST/PST on Hope Channel. The program will share stories, music, and special features about the ministry’s impact around the world.

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, last day for early bird rate is Sept. 30. Use ‪#‎SACdenver16 and ‪#‎AdventistComm on social media; and click here for registration info.

SDA Attorneys' Conference and Retreat is back! After a 20-year hiatus, the conference will be held in Henderson, Nevada, on Oct. 20-23. Attendees will network and worship together, and 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 register. Read the article.

DISCLOSURE is now available on the iHeartRadio App. The Voice of Prophecy’s Disclosure broadcast is now available across the United States, Australia and New Zealand! Find it by searching for “Disclosure” or “Voice of Prophecy” within the app. In August, iHeartRadio surpassed 90 million registered users and more than 1 billion app downloads — this is another great way to share the Good News through VOP’s new Christian talk radio program featuring Shawn and Jean Boonstra. In addition to this app and stations across the United States, Disclosure is available via iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play Music, SoundCloud, Podcast Addict, Spreaker and more, and a video version of the broadcast is available on vop.com.


October 1 is Children’s Sabbath! Engage with the children of your church with a special Sabbath church service covering the story of the Good Samaritan. Find skit scripts, a sample sermon, bulletin inserts, and ideas for Sabbath afternoon activities at the NAD Children’s Ministries website HERE.

Be prepared to share the gospel wherever you go.Smart phone applications allow you to have the Bible and Ellen White writings at your fingertips. Watch Hope Channel programming and keep up to date on the latest Adventist Church news, all on mobile. Find a list of apps aimed at Adventists compiled by Adventist Education HERE.

Fight the sedentary lifestyle epidemic with these sitting and standing exercise videos designed especially for the office. Led by certified personal trainer Christine Wallace, these short clips by NAD Health Ministries guide viewers through short workouts that can be done while at a desk or workspace. Try standingsitting, and sitting with weights exercises.

If you have a small church with big ideas for community service and outreach, finding enough volunteers to execute the project may be a challenge. The NAD Office of Volunteer Ministries can help connect churches with long-term volunteers and task force workers to make ideas happen. For more information on requesting volunteers, click HERE.

Are you “InStep for Life?” Represent the North American Division’s lifestyle program to fight obesity and encourage physical activity with an “Adventists InStep for Life” baseball cap. Sport it on your daily walks for sun protection or as a conversation starter. Find it HERE.


NEW VIDEOS! 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 features "The Do's and Don'ts of Giving a Bible Study, Part 2," with Greg Wilson. Next week: "The Role of the Second Person During Visits," with Yves Monnier. This is valuable material you won't want to miss!


God's Plan


"When everything seems crazy and just out of control, we can rest easy in God’s plan. It won’t always be easy, it won’t usually be easy, but it will always be worth it."

— Ben Speegle, Office of Volunteer Ministries Long-Term Volunteer Processing assistant, speaking at NAD worship about his experience teaching in Thailand

Reaching Out in Love

Did you know you can start your life over again?

By baptism we confess our faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and testify of our death to sin and of our purpose to walk in newness of life. Baptism is a symbol of our union with Christ, the forgiveness of our sins, and our reception of the Holy Spirit. MORE

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Share it! Each topic on the My Way to Jesus website 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. You can easily post the videos and information on your church website and/or share the updates from the My Way to Jesus Facebook pageLearn how.

September 29, 2016

October Focus: Adventist Heritage
Oct. 1 - Children's Sabbath
Oct. 15 - Spirit of Prophecy Sabbath
Oct. 22 - Pathfinder Sabbath
October Special Offerings
Oct. 8, Voice of Prophecy/La Voz de la Esperanza
Oct. 29, NAD Evangelism

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 Oct.-Nov. 2016  – For this period, please pray for the Southern Union Conference, with 1,108 churches and 280,082 members. 
Oct. 2-8 – This week please pray for the Carolina Conference, with 122 churches and 22,202 members.

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