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Four Adventist churches in southwest Michigan partnered to help Benton Harbor residents with home repairs and more on Sept. 23 and 25. Pioneer Memorial, Harbor of Hope, Fairplain, and Highland Avenue churches worked together through a new program called Our2Cents. During the two-day repair event, four homes received repairs ranging from a new roof to fresh paint and new ceramic tile floor. Requests for assistance have come for 40 houses. WATCH the video report.


Faith for Today's Mike Tucker recently accepted the Arthur and Maud Spaulding Medallion. The Arthur and Maud Spaulding Medallion is the highest honor presented by the Family Ministries Department of the General Conference. Tucker, speaker/director for Faith For Today, accepted this award from Willie and Elaine Oliver, Family Ministries directors. This award honors the life work of Mike and Gayle Tucker, creators of Mad About Marriage, for their 40 years of work in family ministry. MORE

Adventist Sheryl Buchanan was named the Rhode Island Adult Educator of the Year at a ceremony held at WaterFire Providence in Sept. Buchanan is a member of Grace and Glory Seventh-day Adventist Church in Providence. “Teaching chose me,” said Buchanan, after receiving the award. “I am highly blessed and favored to be recognized and awarded.” MORE

Washington Adventist University in Takoma Park, Md., is now a participant in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), which allows the school to offer its online courses and degree programs to students outside of the state of Maryland. SARA establishes national standards for the interstate offering of postsecondary distance education programs, and WAU is authorized to accept students into its online programs from other SARA member states and institutionsMORE
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A Pale Horse Rides — Coming Fall 2017! Churches, plan now to host the Voice of Prophecy’s A Pale Horse Rides series in the fall of next year! This short, documentary-style series — from the team that brought you Shadow Empire — will center on a seldom-told story that played a pivotal role in Martin Luther’s success. A Pale Horse Rides will also coincide with the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s nailing of the 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church. You’ll want to invite the whole community to this event! Watch the sneak peek trailer at www.palehorserides.com.

"Tell the World," the anticipated full-length feature film on our pioneers, their experiences, and the birth of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, will have its world premiere on Sabbath, Oct. 22 at 4 p.m., only on Hope Channel! Watch on DirecTV 386, Roku, or online at hopetv.org/watch. Watch the trailer and share the news!

Coming Soon: NAD NewsPoints Facelift. The official e-newsletter of the North American Division is preparing for a re-design. But don’t worry, all your favorite sections, including NAD news, calendar items, and ViewPoints, will still be included! Keep a look out for the refreshed NewsPoints coming soon!

The Adventist Ministries Convention is a premier event held for church leadership twice every five years. Since its inception in 1988, its purpose is to provide training and resourcing for more than 700 denominational leaders. This convention has been presented in various locations across North America; the 2017 convention will be held in Tucson, Arizona. Conference and union colleagues come together in a unique fellowship that inspires and renews us as leaders. It’s a place to welcome those who are new to departmental ministry, to learn about new resources and, most importantly, learn from each other. The convention will feature more than 28 ministry tracks, robust exhibit events, inspirational and motivational general sessions, outreach activities, and awards given to individuals for ministry achievement. Click here for more info.



"Hacksaw Ridge" response evangelism resource kit is being mailed to every church in the NAD. Pastors, church secretaries, and/or head elders should be looking for this kit from It Is Written to arrive in their mailbox soon. Included: A FREE DVD of the documentary, "The Conscientious Objector; three IIW programs on Desmond Doss on a second free DVD; Doss booklet; and community sharing cards. All churches can benefit from these free resources provided by It Is Written and the Desmond Doss Council. MOREdetails; visit itiswritten.com/doss

The Adventist Medical Cadet Corps was founded by Everett N. Dick in the years leading up to WWII. In light of difficulties Sabbath-keeping troops had encountered in WWI, the Corps trained hundreds of young Adventists in military medicine. The program gained federal attention and the good reputation of Adventist medical workers allowed most draftees to be assigned to the medical department, including legendary Desmond T. Doss. Read the article from Adventist Heritage in 1974 HERE.

Are you a workaholic?Struggling to let go of “just one more” hour or task can be one form of addiction. From the Hope Channel series Unhooked, this 30 minute episode discusses the struggles and conflicts of being a workaholic. 

“I can’t have people over for Sabbath lunch/worship/ dinner/bible study, my house is a mess!” The all-too-common declaration stems from five central fears, according to nurse and pastor’s wife, Eileen Gemmell. Read her article from NAD Ministerial, “What I Didn’t Learn from Martha,” HERE

ORIGIN: "Design, Chance and the First Life on Earth" is the newly released sequel to the faith-and-science based documentary "Unlocking the Mystery of Life." With spectacular computer animation and cutting-edge research, ORIGIN examines a question that has baffled science for centuries: How did life on Earth begin? Watch the trailer and remember Oct. 22 is Creation Sabbath.


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 is on "The Topic of Hell," with Erik Flickinger. Next week: "How to Handle Distractions During a Bible Study," with Michelle Doucoumes. This is valuable material you won't want to miss!


Keep Climbing!

Below are a few noteworthy quotes from the Society of Adventist Communicators' 2016 convention, which was themed "Keep Climbing." For more, search #SACdenver16 on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Next week we will share a few more quotes.

"If you are not making a connection with your social media followers then you're just screaming into the darkness."
— Angela Taipe, social media manager for LLUH, during the social media panel, Oct. 13

"The idea of silence to keep the peace is nonsense. . . . We don't need a cacophony of negativism. We do need realism."  
— Daniel R. Jackson, NAD president, during his talk on Oct. 14

"Change is inherit in 'the climb' . . . Change is navigated best when both logical and emotional needs are met."
— Kurt Kennedy, CEO and executive creative director of Kennedy Communications Global, during his keynote presentation on Oct. 14


Reaching Out in Love

Did you know God gives us special gifts and talents so we can live fully for Him? 

We all have at least one, but not all of us know what it is, or how to use it. God puts all gifts in the spiritual body of Christ (the believers) in the way that He sees fit. Each one has a job, all with the same ultimate goal. 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.


October 20, 2016
October Focus: Adventist Heritage

Oct. 22 - Pathfinder Sabbath; Creation Sabbath

November Focus: Prayer
Nov. 5, Stewardship Sabbath
Nov. 5-26, Native Heritage Month
Nov. 6-12, Week of Prayer

October Special Offerings
Oct. 29, NAD Evangelism

November Special Offerings
Nov. 12, Global Mission 

Helpful Special Day Websites and Resources

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


Upcoming Events

Adventist World/
NAD Edition
October 2015
NAD Feature: "Campfires, Memories, and Meeting God" by Kimberly Luste Maran, pp. 32-39

NAD News: "Mr. Happy," Bermudan Johnny Barnes, Passes Away; Family Ministries Distinguished Service Award Presented; Breath of Life Receives Gift from Legendary Bible Instructor; Pathway to Health Beckley Serves West Virginia, pp. 11-13

NAD Update: "God's Closet Outreach Becomes NAD Ministry," pp. 14-15

NAD Perspective: "Old Ways and Masterpieces" by Daniel Weber, p. 17

The Oct. 2016 Adventist World magazine also features an "NAD Letters" section.


Months of Oct.-Nov. 2016  – For this period, please pray for the Southern Union Conference, with 1,108 churches and 280,082 members. 
Oct. 23-29 – This week please pray for the Georgia-Cumberland Conference, with 164 churches and 38,960 members.

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