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October 12, 2017
On Oct. 9, the Tubbs Fire swept into the Larkfield-Wikiup area of Santa Rosa and destroyed Redwood Adventist Academy, located on Mark West Springs Road. No students or faculty were on campus at the time. A nearby public school, Hidden Valley Satellite, shopping centers, homes, and historical landmarks suffered the same fate. The news of the school’s destruction spread through social media and word-of-mouth to shocked teachers, parents, and students. MORE
At the GC Annual Council business session on Oct. 9, about six hours of discussion on the 14-page "Procedures for Reconciliation and Adherence in Church Governance: Phase II" ensued after the document was read aloud. Ultimately, the document was referred back to the Unity in Mission Oversight committee. MORE
ADRA Canada announces the retirement of Executive Director James Astleford on Jan. 1, 2018, after 14 years of service in various capacities, including that of executive director. Prior to taking his role as executive director, Astleford served in ADRA Canada’s Programs Department, as donor relations director, and as assistant to the executive director. MORE
Ministering would be wonderfully straightforward if all young peoplein the Seventh-day Adventist Church, between the ages of 18 and 35, regularly attended church and Sabbath school. The unfortunate reality for many Adventist young people is that they do not attend church and Sabbath school on a consistent basis. Enter new resource iBelieve Bible Study. MORE
The transient nature of our earthly homes. The pre-eminence of our relationship with God. The importance of witnessing in any circumstance. The centrality of helping others with no strings attached. These are some of the spiritual lessons some Seventh-day Adventist members who were in the path of Hurricane Harvey say they learned since the monster storm hit southeast Texas, United States, in late August. READ MORE of this inspiring article.
Today, having a church Facebook page is the norm. But beyondserving as an internal family slideshow, how is it helping you reach the people of your geographic community? You may want to consider Facebook ads. LEARN MORE in this blog post from the NAD Social Media & Big Data.
Adventists in the News
Adventist Health (Calif.) Offers Grief, Support Sessions After Las Vegas Shootings

Florida Hospital Announces CIO of the Year Finalist

Grace Church Evacuees Relocated to Lakeport Adventist Church (Calif.)

At Loma Linda University Health, Business Incubator Lands Second Research Grant

Southern Adventist University To Hold 33rd "Meet The Firms" Event

Adventist Academy One of Many Places Destroyed by Calif. Wildfires

Adventist Church in Rockford (Ill.) Organizes Free Dental Clinic

Adventist Health Care Purchases Lakeland (Fla.) Property Site

In Puerto Rico, Adventist Church Continues to Operate Despite Devastation
Adventists in the News
October 28 is Creation Sabbath 2017. This special Sabbath is set aside to refocus on the centrality of Creation to the message of the Bible. In these times of global strife, the message of hope, unity, and equality built on the foundation of Christ, our Creator, can be shared with the world. For information on how to take part, click HERE. Press release HERE.
Find the "A Pale Horse Rides" Location Near You: More than 700 churches across North America are partnering with the Voice of Prophecy to present "A Pale Horse Rides" in two weeks. This follow-up to last year’s award-winning "Shadow Empire" series will walk in the footsteps of an intriguing group of ancient barbarians who mysteriously became Christians during the collapse of the Roman Empire. In addition, stories from the 1,200 years that led up to Martin Luther’s Reformation will explore the topic of Christianity’s future as the world celebrates the 500th anniversary of the year Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church. Shawn Boonstra traveled to Europe to make history come alive for this series, and each local pastor will play a pivotal role in the three presentations. It all begins Oct. 27! To find the location near you, visit palehorserides.com.
Hope Channel Presents Revolutionary: Join Oleg and Sergio in a stunning 10-part series that explores Jesus from multiple perspectives — from Israel to New York City — all to answer the question: Who was He really? Series premieres Sunday, Oct. 15, at 9 p.m. EDT. Watch on DirecTV Ch. 368, Roku, or online at hopetv.org/watch. Air times: Sun., 9 p.m.; Thurs., 8 p.m. and 11 p.m.; and Sat., 7 p.m. EDT
Five hundred years ago, on Oct. 31, 1517, an unknown Augustinian monk in an obscure university posted ninety-five propositions to a church door in Wittenberg, Germany. Martin Luther's words were quickly translated and spread across Europe, igniting a Reformation that would alter the course of world history. As Seventh-day Adventist Christians, we find ourselves living at a time where the line between truth and error is becoming increasingly blurred. The book Here We Stand is a timely reminder that God is directing His church, as He has done throughout time, and that truth will triumph.
We've moved! The North American Division Headquarters has moved to a new location. Our new address is 9705 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia, MD 21046. The NAD offices are open regular business hours, Monday through Thursday, at this new address. Phone number: 443-391-7200. Fax: 443-259-4884.

1-7        Prayer Focus: Maritime Conference and                  Newfoundland/Labrador Conference
7           Offering: Local Church Budget
7           Children's Sabbath
8-14      Prayer Focus: Carolina Conference
13-17    GC Annual Council
14         Offering: World Budget/NAD (emphasis                    Voice of Prophecy/La Voz de la                                Esperanza)
14         Spirit of Prophecy Sabbath
14-15    NAD Compassion Weekend
19-21    Society of Adventist Communicators                        Convention
21         Offering: Local Church Budget
21         Pathfinder Sabbath
28         Creation Sabbath
28         Offering: Local Conference Advance
26-31    NAD Year-End Meeting
October Focus: 
Adventist Heritage

Month of Prayer:
Southern Union Conference

Adventist Mission

Camp Meeting Calendar

NAD Feature: "Sabbath School Orphans," by Steve Case and Eddie Heinrich, pp. 30-37

NAD News: Adventists Respond to Hate, Violence; Glacier View Ranch Staff Member Recovers from Bear Attack; La Sierra University Enactus Team Participates in National Competition; NAD President Asks Members to Pray for Guam-Microneisa Mission, pp. 10-13

NAD Update: "NAD Hosts Faith and Science Conference," by Kimberly Luste Maran, pp. 14-15

NAD Perspective: "Oh, to Be Like a Kitten!" by Dan Weber, p. 19

This magazine is mailed to Adventists in North America; click HERE to read online.
The New Kingdom

"The plan and ground of salvation is love. In the kingdom of Christ those are greatest who follow the example He has given, and act as shepherds of His flock."

— Ellen G. White, The Desire of Ages, p. 550
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 2017 North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists | 9705 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia, MD 21046
Dan Weber, communication director | Julio Muñoz, associate director
Kimberly Maran, NewsPoints editor | Georgia Standish, NewsPoints assistant editor

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