Archived NewsPoints and Friday Faxes
May 15, 2009
A News and Information Service for Leaders in North America
IN THIS ISSUE —
■ Nearly 100,000 Active Volunteers with 80% Active
■ Potomac Conference Joins Hope Church Channel Camp Meeting Broadcasters
■ International Vegetarian Congress Featured in Prestigious Nutrition Magazine
■ Family Celebration Sabbath to Address Human Sexuality
■ Sources for News, Ministry Ideas, Schedules and More
■ Upcoming Events
— RESOURCES —
■ NEARLY 100,000 VOLUNTEERS FROM NORTH AMERICA ARE CURRENTLY ACTIVE. About 80% of them are youth and young adults. And all applications are handled by the 6-person staff of Jose Rojas in the Office of Volunteer Ministries.
“The idea for Adventist Volunteerism came to me in 1994 when I observed the group of youth in the Seventh-day Adventist Forum on CompuServe, who formed their own group and called it ‘Teens for Christ,’” says Rojas. “It told me that Adventist young people want to be active.”
Contact: www.hesaidgo.net to learn more about Volunteer Ministries.
■ ADD POTOMAC CONFERENCE TO THE LIST of those that will broadcast camp meeting via the Hope Church Channel. Watch June 19-20.
Call 800-226-1119, option #4, if you need help resetting your receiver
If your conference would like to try broadcasting an event on the Hope Church Channel, call 301-680-6689.
■ THE INTERNATIONAL VEGETARIAN CONGRESS IS FEATURED in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. It contains the latest findings on the vegetarian diet as presented during the Congress by health professionals from more than 40 countries. The full proceedings currently appear on the journal’s website and in the May issue. About 700 people attended the Congress, which is organized every five years by the Loma Linda University School of Public Health’s department of nutrition.
Two original studies by School of Public Health professors are among the 26 research articles appearing in the Congress proceedings.
Additionally, an updated Vegetarian Food Pyramid is available at the Congress website, www.vegetariannutrition.org, by following the Resources link. Developed for the 3rd Congress in 1997, the pyramid has been revised and published as a flier by the department of nutrition.
The Congress covered many other areas on the benefits of a vegetarian diet including discussions on soy, dairy foods, cancer prevention, diabetes prevention, obesity, and aging.
■ FAMILY CELEBRATION SABBATH will be held July 17-18, at Andrews University. Noted author and speaker Mark Laaser of Faithful and True Ministries, will be the principal presenter. Lasser will address human sexuality, sexual addictions, pornography and their effects on the family.
Family Celebration Sabbath is sponsored in part by Adventist Association of Family Life Professionals, AdventSource, Andrews University, General Conference and North American Division Family Ministries, and the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary-Religious Education Program.
Contact: www.andrews.edu/sem/reled for more information.
— INSIDE SCOOP —
■ UNION MAGAZINES ARE AN EXCELLENT SOURCE of news, ministry ideas, camp meeting plans, and more. You can find links to them at each union web site. All unions and conference web sites are linked at www.nadadventist.org/article.php?id=54.
• Check the May issue of the Southwestern Union Record for stories about how teens and children are playing key parts in the video recording ministry in the Keene, Texas Spanish Church. Read about how the ministry of one person, using their guitar-playing skills to entertain elderly residents at a rehabilitation center, grew to include children preaching and reading stories out of Uncle Arthur’s Bedtime Stories. Then the church conducted training for giving Bible studies.
• The May issue of the Pacific Union Recorder tells how NBA player Kyle Korver of the Utah Jazz shared his personal testimony at a Seventh-day Adventist church in support of Christian education.
• Thousands of leaders gathered for two conventions in the Atlantic Union, to receive training for evangelism and ministries. Read the May issue of the Atlantic Union Gleaner.
— UPCOMING EVENTS —
For a more complete list of upcoming events go to www.nadadventist.org/article.php?id=350
• RE:FRAME training event, May 22-24, Seattle, WA – www.reframe.info
• RE:FRAME and LIFEdevelopment training event, May 26-31, Vancouver, BC – www.reframe.info
• Youth & Young Adult Ministries Leadership Training/Mid America Union, May 30, Denver, CO – www.innovation2009.com
• Adventist Military Chaplains Conference, June 2-7, Andrews University and Battle Creek, MI – www.adventistchaplains.org
• SEEDS 2009, June 10-13, Berrien Springs MI – www.NADEI.org
• Pathfinder "Courage to Stand" Camporee, Aug 11-15 - Oshkosh WI – www.camporee.org
• Adventist Correction Chaplains Conference, Aug 26-29, New England Denominational History Tour
• Adventist Urban Congress, Aug 30-Sept 2, Dallas, TX – www.plusline.org
• NAD Internet Ministries Conference, Sept 9-12, Orlando, FL – www.plusline.org
• Children's Ministries Training, Sept 11-13, Orlando, FL – www.childmin.com