Farewell Interview with Ed Barnett

Ed Shirley BarnettEd Barnett, former president of Minnesota, has accepted the presidential position in the Rocky Mountain Conference, Denver CO. “The Lord has blessed in miraculous ways in the last five years,” Barnett said. “I’ve enjoyed the camaraderie with the people in this Conference.” Ed also mentioned camp meeting and the local church as being places of connection, which he has enjoyed. He goes on to say, “The pastors and teachers are great! We will treasure the friends and acquaintances that we have made.”

The Barnett family arrived here in the summer of 2009. While here, Ed also carried the department title of Evangelism Director. Each year he would do two evangelism campaigns with a pastor in his district. He said the idea of trying “to get every church to be involved in some kind of outreach program” was one of his goals. From Barnett’s perspective each church should think about the community they live in, figure out a creative way to reach that community, and then do that for evangelism. Along with the local work of the churches, Barnett looks forward to hearing reports from the 2015 Conference-wide series and how Christ has blessed in bringing people to Him.

Watching ministries grow and being a part of that growth has been the most exciting part of Elder Barnett’s ministry here. “Seeing Maplewood Academy grow from approximately 70 students to 113; watching the project take off at North Star Camp, how the money has come in and how the Lord has blessed; and the elementary schools growing 24% this last year was awesome!” All of these areas including evangelism have lead to the Lord blessing Minnesota in “growth of around 1000 more members in the last four years.” Mission trips with the academy was also a highlight for Elder Barnett, “Being able to go to Belize on two different occasions with Maplewood Academy students and seeing the way they so openly shared Jesus warmed my heart.”

While driving through Minnesota for preaching appointments at different churches, meeting on committees, and participating in local ministry, Barnett took time to take pictures of many beautiful locations. Several of the images he took are of the North Shore and Split Rock Lighthouse. He says these will hang on his new office wall so that while he looks forward to new challenges and opportunities in the Rocky Mountain Conference, the members of Minnesota and its colleagues and employees, along with this great state, will always be remembered fondly.

An Interview with Elder Ed Barnett by Jeff Wine, Communications Director.

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Stone Ridge SDA Christian School’s Spirit Week

Stone Ridge Spirit Week 1The doldrums, when discussing physical science, refers to a belt of light winds or calms along the equator. The weather conditions experienced in these sections of the sea were devastating hazards to sailing ships. Now that ships are fitted with engines the doldrums aren’t so fearful, at least at sea. However, if you live in Duluth MN, in February it’s pretty easy to slip into a state of inactivity or stagnation. Many days may be too cold to go outside and play and a classroom of kids can start to get bored. A bored kid is not a receptive kid!

Mr. Carlson has found a way to navigate this annual impediment to learning by having Spirit Week. This year from February 10-13 the kids arrived at school dressed according to the day’s theme.

Stone Ridge Spirit Week2Monday was Pajama or backwards day. You could wear PJ’s (acceptable guidelines were sent home with the students ahead of time) or you could wear all your clothes in reverse for the day.

Tuesday was Hat or Shoes day. The more outlandish, outrageous or outstanding, the better. Same for your shoes, decorated or bedazzled, the wackier the better.

Stone Ridge Spirit Week3Wednesday was clash day; the perfect day to wear clothes that do not match! Or you could wear “all of one” that day, all one color, all stripes, or all polka dots.

Thursday was Occupation day, or Sports Day and you could dress up as you would for a future job, or dress in your favorite team’s colors.

Stone Ridge Spirit Week4Points were awarded every day for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place and on Thursday the grand prize winner for the week was chosen and awarded a $5 cash prize.

Hope the rest of your month is filled with warm blessings!

Collene Klick

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Two Ordinations

Valeriy RuchkoTwo Ordinations were recently held in Minnesota. Sabbath, February 1, 2014, was a big day for Valera Ruchko and his family as Valera was ordained to the gospel ministry in the Minnetonka church. Valera is supported in his ministry by his wife, Lena and his two sons, Erik and Mark. Dr. Alexander Bolotnikov, from the North American Division, was a special guest.

Elder Ruchko pastors the congregations at the Shalom Center and the Source of Life Russian churches.

Rodriguez familyOn Sabbath, February 8, 2014, Carlos Rodriguez was ordained to the gospel ministry during the worship in the Hinckley church. He was joined by his wife, Elizabeth, and daughter, Carly.

Elder Rodriquez serves as Bible Worker and Pastor of the Hinckey-Cambridge district.

Elder Ed Barnett was the speaker for both services.

Sherman McCormick Ministerial Director – Minnesota Conference of SDA

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Three Steps to Revival

JeffScoggins2-6-12A drowning man is dragged to the beach. A lifeguard performs CPR while the crowd prays for revival. The man coughs. The lifeguard feels a single, weak heartbeat. The crowd cheers, “Hurray! Revival!” Then they walk away, leaving the man lying on the sand. His heart flutters to a stop once again. How satisfied should they be with the “revival?”

Do you remember when the revival specialist came to your church and led your congregation to revival through professional music, inspiring preaching, and sincere prayer? Do you remember it? Vaguely? If all you have is a memory was it really revival? It was something good, no doubt, because there were signs of spiritual life. But if it doesn’t last can it really be true revival? Life is only worthwhile so long as one remains alive at least for a while.

How then do we bring lasting revival to our churches? The only way to resurrect a group is to resurrect each individual. When the individuals are alive then the group is alive. Revival must begin in my own life for revival to begin in my church.

So how is spiritual life revived in an individual? Spiritual life is revived the same way that physical life is often revived. A man near death will usually submit himself to the care of a healer. In doing so he intends to listen and do as the healer prescribes. He also plans to work at becoming healthier and plans to continue to maintain his health for the rest of his life. So it is with spiritual revival.

Steps to Personal Revival

Recognize Your Danger: To be revived spiritually I must first admit that I am actually dead or nearly so. I can’t merely acknowledge the principle; I must actually recognize my danger. If I don’t recognize it then I’m not going to take the healer seriously. So I must ask God to show me my danger and continue asking until I recognize it.

Embrace Major Changes: Once I recognize my need for revival, then I must surrender myself to the healer. Surrender means that I actually do whatever he commands. If he commands me to eliminate from my life things like sex and violence as entertainment, I will obey. (He will command this.) If he commands me to surround myself with positive reading, watching, and listening, I will do that also. If he commands me to spend time with him every single day no matter what, I will make that happen. The healer will command all of these changes and more. I know that I have surrendered to him when I obey. If I don’t, then I haven’t.

As I begin to feed my mind only things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy (Phil. 4:8), quickly my spiritual health will begin to revive.

Begin Exercising: Then I must embark on an exercise program. Consider it spiritual physical therapy. It is a regimen that must continue for the rest of my life. These exercises will involve activities like prayer, Bible study, fasting, silence, solitude, service, worship, sharing my faith, and much more. The regimen must include all of these exercises, not just a select few that I’m comfortable with. The program is intense but I will be revived, guaranteed.

Fair warning: Never suppose that spiritual exercise has the capacity to save you. It will not. Spiritual exercise only accomplishes one thing: it ushers you into the presence of the healer. It is he who actually does the reviving.

Pastor Jeff Scoggins

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Preaching Seminar Held for Lay Preachers

In the Minnesota Conference on any given Sabbath, almost 70% of the churches are hearing a sermon from a lay preacher. Over 30 such part time preachers from the Winona, Dodge Center district attended a seminar on Sabbath afternoon January 18, 2014 to develop their preaching skills.

Michael JonesPastor Michael Jones conducted the seminar with tips from his personal preaching experience and shared lessons he learned while in seminary. A recent sermon transcript was presented to the group to illustrate how Pastor Jones develops his sermons. The emphasis is always to allow God’s Word to come through the preacher’s words.

The seminar was very well received and the fellowship it facilitated made for a truly high Sabbath. Thanks to Pastor Jones’ efforts and the continued work of the Holy Spirit the churches in this district can look forward to some inspired sermons from their members.

Tyler Colmen

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The Testimony of Amina Iskhakova

3-2014 Russan Art #2Amina is in her 90’s and accepted Jesus as her Savior despite the Muslim background. Amina is a name of Arabic decent in the Muslim faith meaning “trustworthy”.

Amina was born in a small village called Takhtaly Tatarstan. She left her hometown at the age of 15 to work in the city. In Krasno-uralsk, Siberia she worked as a painter. She lived through World War II and shortly thereafter, married Saber Iskhakov. After WWII she worked at a hospital where one of her coworkers spoke about Jesus; this was her first time hearing about the Lord.

Amina gave birth to two sons; the youngest, Rafik moved to the United Sates of America in 1998 and in 2000 became a Christian along with his family. As they learned of the way to salvation they began to pray for their parents Amina and Saber so that they to could come to America and learn of the Christian faith. However, Amina professed to be a Muslim in the USSR.

3-2014 Russian Art #1In 2010 Amina came to the USA. Unfortunately, Amina had to come to America without her husband as he had passed away. It took 2.5 years of witnessing to her by Rafik and his family, before she made her choice to be baptized into the Christian faith.

August 10, 2013 Valera Ruchko who is the pastor of Shalom Spiritual Learning Center, that meets at the Minnetonka Seventh-day Adventist Church, baptized Amina. She does not remember much, but when you ask her about her life, she has a particular joy when you reminder her of her baptism. She lights up with a smile when she thinks of her commitment to follow Christ.

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North Star Camp Hiring New Caretaker

North Star Camp Hiring New Caretaker

North Star Camp is now accepting resumes for a full-time caretaker. North Star Camp is located in the north woods of Minnesota, nestled on a 150-acre piece of land at the edge of Brainerd, with over two miles of waterfront on Rice Lake and the Mississippi River. Qualified candidates should have a commitment to Adventism, understand the camping ministry, and have a passion to bring young people to Christ. They must be able to work with people, have knowledge with maintenance, construction, and grounds management. For more details or to send a resume e-mail: jwines@mnsda.com