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Bloom Where You Are Planted

Bloom Where You Are Planted 4The Southview fellowship hall was transformed into a beautiful garden on April 6th as several women gathered together for “Bloom Where You Are Planted”, a women’s ministries program coordinated by Melisa Mauk.

Beautiful music from Cheryl Saunders filled the room as everyone enjoyed delicious refreshments before settling down for a devotional from Jan Lane. From there, the main speaker, Kristin Breiner, Minnesota Conference of SDA Women’s Ministries Director, led everyone into the heart of the program.

Bloom Where You Are Planted 9Kristin shared what it truly means to bloom where you are planted by speaking about her own experiences with learning to bloom in unexpected places, and encouraging the women in attendance to share their experiences with each other. She talked about being transplanted and learning to develop your own beautiful bloom in even the toughest of circumstances.

As the women shared with each other, they were able to take a closer look at areas in their lives where they are thriving and areas where they could use some help growing. Most importantly, everyone learned that you can bloom and thrive in all areas when you put your roots firmly in Christ. “Bloom Where You Are Planted” was the perfect way to refresh the soul and to kick off the spring!

Brittany Stevens

e-TNL Staff: Jeff Wines, Director; Melisa Mauk, Website-editor
E-mail: mnsdanewsletter@gmail.com Website: www.mnsdanewsletter.wordpress.com

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Stone Ridge Round Up

Stone Ridge SDA Christian School (SRSDACS) had its eighth round up on Friday. Our focus was on possible new students in grades kindergarten through eighth. We filled the school with seven prospective students in addition to the kids currently attending.

Stone Ridge Kindergarten Round UpPeaco Pete joined us (Mr. Carlson in a fabulous cowboy costume) with his horse Philly Delphia, legendary for her love of freedom and independent spirit (okay, she’s a stuffed horse but still…). We heard a wonderful story, sang uplifting songs and played games.

The children put together a diorama depicting the life of pioneers; they learned to read Indian pictographs and wrote directions for the settlers to follow.

For snack time Mrs. Carlson showed all the kids how to build a campfire snack using rice cakes with peanut butter as dirt, raisins as stones, pretzels as fire wood and nacho chips for flames. When they were done it looked like a real blazing campfire and tasted good too!

Round Up was an opportunity to meet new friends and cement old relationships, because after all, rounding up friends for Jesus through Christ centered education is our first priority at SRSDACS.

Collene Rognlie-Klick

e-TNL Staff: Jeff Wines, Director; Melisa Mauk, Website-editor
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God Is Working In India

GOD INDIA GROUPFor three weeks in February and March, four members of our Minnesota church family were in southern India sharing the good news about a God who wants nothing more than for everybody to be a part of His eternal family (see II Pet. 3:9). Justin Lyons, Sherman McCormick, both from our conference headquarters, Eric Mokua, pastor of our Kenyan Community Church, and Barbara Christiansen, health educator and member of our church in Redwing traveled to Khammam in Andhra Pradesh, southern India. There they conducted three evangelistic series in three remote villages about 25 miles outside of Khammam. A total of 133 were baptized before the end of the series.

In preparation for these meetings, your Minnesota Conference had sent over funds sufficient to hire a Bible worker to prepare the people before the meetings. It also sent money to purchase property and build a church in the three villages where the meetings were held. We are thankful that the Minnetonka church has voted to fund a Bible worker to stay in these villages and work with the people for the next three years.

We praise God that this morning, April 8, an email was received reporting that communion services were held at the three new churches on the final Sabbath of March and, that these churches continue to grow as additional villagers request Bible studies and baptism.

GOD INDIA BaptismA personal observation from the writer: “All of this is most exciting to me. When I lived in southern Asia in the late 70s and early 80s the Adventist church never baptized a Hindu, Muslim, or Buddhist. We only baptized those who were already Christians. Becoming an Adventist was a multi-generational process as families left their religion of birth, became Christians, and then became Adventists.”

It’s time for Jesus to return and God is working with non-Christians in Asia in a special manner. Of the 133 baptisms we had in India, nearly all were Hindus before the meetings began. There was even one Muslim lady who was baptized.

This lady owned a shop next to the site where Eric Makua held his meetings. She resisted Eric’s meetings and message in every way. But, God’s Spirit is able to break down all resistance. God’s Word is a mighty sword! This lady yielded to God’s drawing love and was baptized before Eric left the village.

While visiting some nearby villages, I witnessed leaders from two of these villages come to the local church leaders and asked us if we would come and build an Adventist church in their villages. God is working like never before. Let’s wake up to the times in which we are living and make our calling and election sure in Jesus (II Peter 1:10).

Sherman McCormick Ministerial Director – MN Conference of SDA

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A Summer of Praise

“Daddy, I want to be baptized too! I love Jesus!”

Wines baptism 2The warm Minnesota sun was sparkling off the lake as cars drove into North Star Camp (NSC), carrying junior campers and their parents. As registration progressed, we were not sure how many campers would attend this year (2013), due to the addition of the Tween camp option. By suppertime, we had 71 campers for Junior Camp. (Later that summer there would be 65 campers for Tween Camp – an increase of 60 campers.)

It was fall in Minnesota, 2012. The cold was settling in fast. My oldest son, Zak, and his cousin, Miah Mesa, from CA, had both decided that being best friends, they wanted to be baptized together the next year. If they could, they also wanted to be baptized at NSC, the place that had so many positive memories, experiences, and connections to God and the Adventist church. And so it was that Daniel, Miah’s father, a minister of the SDA church, and I started having Bible studies with our oldest sons.

Zak and I were sitting at a table, snow was outside, and the light was streaming in through the large windows. We were studying the topic of baptism together when I noticed my youngest son, Elijah, who was 7 at the time, standing beside me. “Daddy,” he said, “I want to be baptized too. I love Jesus!” My heart just melted. “Elijah, that is so wonderful that you love Jesus. I don’t see any reason why you can’t be baptized as well. Let’s also study together.”

The lake was calm and sunlight danced off the water as Daniel Mesa and his two wet children, Miah and Eden, came out of the water. It was now my turn. I walked into the water and baptized a young lady, and then my two boys walked into the water one standing on either side of me. I could hardly control my emotions; the prayer that my sons would make a decision for Jesus was being heard. I baptized one and then the other, my joy knowing no bounds!Wines baptism

This had all happened at NSC. As long as I live, NSC will have a unique place in my heart. It is the place that in 2010 a counselor had given me a sheet of paper. Upon reading it my heart skipped a beat to find that my oldest son had written “I want to give my heart to Jesus.” It is a place where my children let people know that they wanted to walk with Jesus the rest of their lives. And now it will be a place where my sons begin being discipled to live a life with Jesus.

As far as I am concerned there is nothing like an Adventist summer camp because it changes lives. I have experienced that change firsthand in my own family.

Jeff Wines, MN Conf. Youth Director

e-TNL Staff: Jeff Wines, Director; Melisa Mauk, Website-editor
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Rochester Swords PBE Team’s trip to the NAD PBE

Eighty-one Pathfinder Bible Experience (PBE) teams from the USA, not to mention four teams from the UK and two teams from Quebec, went to Takoma Academy for the NAD Pathfinder Bible Experience (PBE) meet on April 12, 2014. The final meet for this year was very large. The NAD meet was expected to have only fifty teams, but there were over eighty teams that showed up.

The Rochester Swords PBE team arrived at the Ronald Reagan National Airport on April 10 at about 1:00 local time. Upon arrival, the team headed to the Metro (subway) to get their hotel rooms. Then they ate a nice meal, and headed out for sightseeing. During that time, they saw the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, WWII Memorial, and the White House.

The next morning, they went out for more sightseeing, going first to the Holocaust Museum to get tickets, than went to the Air and Space Museum, spending about an hour and a half there. Later the team split up, going separately, to the Natural History Museum, MLK Memorial, FDR Memorial, Capital Building, and the National Archives. Afterwards, they met together back at the hotel for ice cream bars and to discuss how to get to the PBE meet.

The next day, the team got on the Metro to get to the Takoma Academy where the meet was being held. The team arrived at Takoma Academy at 10:00 for worship and song service. The meet started at 2:30 and ended at 6:30 pm. After that, a small song service was held until the judges had graded the answers. Sixty-nine teams got 1st, 16 got 2nd, and 2 got 3rd places, with the Rochester Swords gaining a 1st. The next day a trip was made to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, to see the changing of the guard and the changing of the wreath. After a tiring exciting weekend, the team headed home.

Brant Muhlenbeck – 5th grade.

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Music Fest

All the elementary kids, grades 5-8, from the Minnesota Conference SDA Schools, and from one school in the Kansas-Nebraska SDA Conference, went to Maplewood Academy in Hutchinson, MN, over the weekend of April 10 to 12, 2014. We went there to sing new songs and to praise God with our voices. Some schools performed other songs as well. Most of us got to meet new friends, or see old friends we hadn’t seen in a while. Even though we were there only for three days, we made some nice friends and got to be with them for breakfast, lunch, supper and then practice for the concert on Sabbath. The practices were kind of boring, but they had break-a-way sessions to play games or do something they assigned to you. We had so much fun, and can’t wait for the next time when we get to go. You can see the performance on YouTube. It was a great experience.

Abigail Condado and Grant Fleming

e-TNL Staff: Jeff Wines, Director; Melisa Mauk, Website-editor
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