You Are The Light Of The World

Children LaVern and KristinIn Matthew 5: 14, Jesus said, “You are the light of the world”…. The declaration of purpose and mission was the theme for the Southview SDA Church’s Women’s Emphasis Sabbath, August 2, 2014. The day was organized by the church’s Women’s Ministry Team, under the leadership of Melisa Mauk. A diverse group of women participated in the rendering of both church services. Elders Cindy Sly and Rhonda Ravell were the presiding elders while Jasmine and Cheryl Saunders were the praise and worship team. During the service, all of the women in the congregation sang “I Am a Woman” affirming their role in “shining a light that will lead to You” [God]. We would be remiss in not mentioning organist, James Dietel. Violinist, Dr. Joy McIver, played “And Can It Be” as the offertory hymn, reminding all of God’s “Amazing love! How can it be, That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me”, that is, for all humanity.

Pastor Anna receiving flowers from HannahThe children’s story of the Good Samaritan was delivered in a contemporary, engaging and relevant manner by Cynthia Simba, Pathfinder TLT (Teen Leadership Training Program). In addition, Southview bid farewell to Pastor Anna Romuald, who has become an Associate Chaplain at Southern Adventist University (SAU). Illiana Buckholdt was recognized for her untiring dedication to women’s ministry.Illiana receiving gift Philippians 2:12-15, as read by LaVerne Devnich, reminded the congregation that we are light bearers and should let our light shine. Worship in music, “Be Thou My Vision” presented by Clarinetist, Brittany Stevens, provided an atmosphere of meditation and supplication for God’s presence.

“This Little Light of Mine”, Negro Spiritual, children’s song, and the sermon topic took on a more comprehensive meaning. The speaker, Kristin Breiner, Minnesota Conference Women’s Ministry Coordinator, noted primarily three different ways to shine light in the world. (1)The “Light of Faith”—Do not let darkness overtake you. We can be quieted with the faith God loves. Are you a person of Light? Focus on God who is in control. Faith is not in this world and not in human beings. Faith is in Jesus who has overcome. (John 14:27; Zephaniah 3:17; John 16:33; John 4:4); (2) The “Light of Hope”—Waiting for world peace is misguided hope. Share the story of living hope through Jesus. Everyone has a story. Share your hope. (1 Peter 1:3; Romans 8:24-25); and (3) The “Greatest Light—Love”. How do you treat people–individually and collectively as a church? What would happen if we truly shared God’s love? Love never fails. 1 Corinthians 13:5-8.

JasminThe congregation answered the call and sang the song of commitment, “Carry The Torch”. “And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love”. 1 Corinthians 13:13

Cheryl E. Roberts Saunders, PhD

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Inviting All Women 16 and Older

Ray_of_hope_by_pincel3(Apr 26) PosterOctober 24-26, 2014
Women’s Retreat: Our keynote speaker will be respected speaker and author Hyveth Williams. This year’s theme is based off of Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Join us as we spend time together with our God to learn more what He has in His hands for us.

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Undercover Blessings

Rita Tasche with quilt squares close upI started making prayer quilts after we made a visit to our good friends, Bob and Sandy Anderson in Hutchinson. She was battling cancer, had lost her hair and was sitting on the couch covered by a gorgeous prayer quilt. After I exclaimed how beautiful it was, she said, “This was given to me by women from another faith – I don’t know why our church doesn’t do this!”

The light bulb went on in my head and I said, “Why not me?” I went home and surveyed my vast collection of fabrics and said, “So this is why you gave me this stash, Lord!” Donations of more fabric and thread began coming in and it mushroomed into a beautiful ministry with many joining me. Some volunteers are from our church, some from others.

Rita Tasche and friend close upThere are approximately 20 helpers on the Prayer Quilt team, not named lest I forget someone. One is as important as another in the assembly and prayers for whom these quilts are made. God knows them all, but many we do not. By word of mouth we’ve been given names, addresses and the illness or accidents of these ailing ones. It’s like having antennas out for the Lord’s work. We say, “We are about our Father’s business”.

Many prayer warriors lift them up in prayer: some as they tie the quilts and some write on the encouragement cards notes of hope and reassurance that God loves them and that we care. After they go out they are added to our “blanket prayers”. God knows their needs and He remembers them all by name.

Rita Tasche sewing close upI have four donated sewing machines plus four of my own. Servicing the machines is also donated. And without the Dorcas and monetary donations that pay for the batting and postage we couldn’t continue this ministry.

We have made and delivered over 1,000 Prayer Quilts, using eight yards of fabric for each one. This would equal to 8,000 yards or a little over 1 1/2 miles. Each quilt is 5′ x 6′ and is big enough to wrap around the person who is usually sick and cold. They are warmed as they feel wrapped in prayers, they say.

Two of us pin about seven quilts once a week and 3 to 5 of us sew together 2 to 3 hours a week. Four of us usually sew, cut and assemble nearly 40 hours a week each on quilt tops. The others dedicate hours off and on with the various parts of the assemblies and completions.

Max Tasche cutting squaresMy husband, Max, has been “Grandfathered” in and is indispensable! He delivers and picks up quilts from the prayer warriors and boxes them up and sends them. He also cooks, washes dishes and cuts strips which gives me more time to sew. He’s a “Keeper”!

At this point my stash is full, but in the future I will welcome more fabric. The batting is stored in our second bathroom shower/tub area with curtains pulled, of course, and our holding area is our spare bedroom and computer/sewing room which leaves limited space at our house. A heated, lighted building close by would be handy, but we make it work. We are immensely blessed and get thank-you notes in the mail every week. One said, “I don’t even go to church and all these people I don’t even know are praying for me….Amazing!”

Please pray for these souls – this may be their last chance to know their Savior!

Rita Tasche, Brainerd SDA Church

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Love For A Lifetime Seminar

ClaudioPam1On the weekend of August 8-11, 2014, the Minnesota Conference played host to Drs. Claudio and Pam Consuegra, North American Division Family Life Directors. Couples from all over the Conference gathered in suburban Brooklyn Center to refresh their marriages at the Love for a Lifetime seminar.

It began on Friday when pastors and their spouses met to address the specific benefits and challenges of maintaining a healthy marriage while engaged in pastoral ministry. Away from the pressures of work and parenting, the couples were able to enjoy the relaxing facilities of the Embassy Suites and learn from the latest research, methodologies, and trends. Unfortunately, Pam was unable to participate in Friday’s activities, due to a previous appointment, but Claudio was present to inform and inspire our pastoral couples.

IMG_1126On Sabbath they were joined by additional couples from churches around the state at the Earle Browne Heritage Center, where Pam and Claudio, in their unique and humorous style, presented the differences between men and women as an opportunity to use those differences to strengthen the marital bonds, and bring greater joy to each partner. It was encouraging to discover that marriages, and specifically Adventist marriages, are much more stable than the rumors that have been repeated for years.

IMG_1121On Sunday, Pam and Claudio talked to interested couples about what they could do to build stronger marriages in their churches and communities. A vision was cast about how Family Ministries could be used as an evangelism tool, as a means of keeping families involved with the church, and as an opportunity for greater service to Jesus. Several program options were presented, along with coaching on how to use them.

The time was well spent if the only known result is the greater happiness that the participants experience in their own marriages. But we are praying that the influence goes much further, as those who came, return home to lead by example and by sharing what they learned with others who want stronger marriages.

Douglas L. Inglish Personal Ministries Director / Director Gift Planning & Trust Services

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2014 Community Health Fair

2014 Health Fair 3“I did not know I had high blood sugar problems. Thank God for the Community Health Fair! I have been able to receive high quality medical care through the community resources referrals I received.” This was a testimony from one of the attendees who was screened for a blood glucose reading of over 350 (normal 70 – 110 mg/dl).

2014 Health Fair 2The Kenyan Community Church in Brooklyn Center MN has been hosting an annual Community Health Fair to promote opportunities to eliminate health disparities in the Northeast Hennepin area for a number of years now. This event creates a general public awareness and leads community members to medical and health services that are available through public and private agencies.

2014 Health Fair 4The Kenyan Community Church had between 150-300 people attend the August 3, 2014 event, where they delivered on-site medical services and health education through community partners and volunteers. Zandu Health Initiative is the main co-sponsor, providing project management for the event.

Goals/Objectives:

  1. Provide free health care services, especially to the uninsured and underinsured with a focus on children and seniors.
  2. Engage the community in a health awareness day, and fun through corporate partnerships and sponsorships.
  3. Create a sustainable program to address the barriers faced by low-income families.

Steve Mandieka

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Heaven Rejoiced With Rock Of Ages

On Sabbath, August 9, 2014, some of the Rock of Ages members gathered at Crystal Beach (2 PM-5 PM) to witness the baptism of three precious souls. As we sang hymns/songs fitting the occasion, it felt as if heaven had come down. It’s one of those rare occasions when the earthly things don’t seem to be of any value. All you want is to be in the presence of the Lord, praising Him for the plan of Salvation. Following the crusade, we had a potluck that we all enjoyed. I just can’t imagine what heaven will be like!

The baptism was the culmination of a two week evangelistic series/ crusade entitled, “Radical protection” by Pastor Daniel Birai, a pastor of Fort Collins Seventh day Adventist church and Eden Valley Health Institute in the Rocky Mountain conference. The meetings were held daily (6:00 PM-8:00 PM) at Holiday Inn Express and Suites, Shakopee, Minnesota.

Pastor Daniel did an excellent job. His daily messages were greatly received by both the adult and the youth. His gift of communication and the simple way of presenting the message resonated well with all who were present. He started his daily presentation by reviewing the previous night’s message, followed by his presenting a special music before preaching. His daily special music touched all those present and indeed, he has a gift of singing.

The series was so good that many wanted to extend it for two more weeks. Testimonies/speeches given at the end of the series spoke volumes of how they felt. Some encouraged him to try the ministry of music, others asked him to return next year for another crusade. It was hard to convince people that this was indeed his first evangelistic crusade and baptism

As pastor Daniel preached, his dear wife, Lydie, ministered to the kids. As a school psychologist, she blended very well with the kids. Many were moved to tears as the little ones expressed their love and appreciation of what she had taught them. His message will have a lasting impact on many long after the end of the crusade. There are some who are even now contemplating a surrender of their lives in response to the message

Like the first crusade that Rock of Ages had by Pastor Keith Hackler that touched many lives, this too went very well. We therefore cannot but praise our heavenly father for the success of our crusade. How about those baptized? The photos tell it all. It was a day they will live to remember. Behind each of them, there is a story; an amazing story that God alone understands.

Pastor Absalom Birai, Rock of Ages

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Minnesota Conference Workers Meeting

IMG_1066Evangelism, Preaching, Sabbath School, Teaching, Communication, Youth, each work toward building the Kingdom of God. Worker morale builds the team of Kingdom builders! The Conference Officers agree that building a strong and cohesive working force, for a growing and vibrant Minnesota Conference is paramount. They also agree that it calls for a lot of praying, planning and preparation if the work force is expected to carry out the conference mission.

The Conference brought together pastors and teachers for workers meeting, followed by a Marriage retreat the weekend of August 7-9, 2014. The workers meeting was held at the Edge Christian Center where the Conference leadership wanted to increase awareness of factors affecting the safety of children and young people who attend our schools and churches. Two attorneys, and Risk Management representatives were brought in to talk to the workers about abuse and reporting.IMG_1070

It is generally assumed that people who witness, suspect abuse or maltreatment are going to report the abuse, but research has shown that this is not necessarily true. Arthur Blinci, the Risk Management representative, told the pastors and teachers that “Ignorance can never be an excuse for carelessness in protecting our most prized possessions, our children and youth”. The workers were told, “Pastors and teachers are mandated reporters required to report abuse by law”.

The term “Mandated reporters” refers to professionals identified by law who MUST make a report if they have reason to believe that there has been abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation of anyone in a vulnerable group. Tom McEllistrem, the Conference attorney and Sarah McEllistrem, Attorney, helped to educate the workers on these issues. The attorneys shared with the workers how to navigate the difficult waters of reporting without defaming character. The counsel was to exercise an abundance of caution in protecting people from being falsely accused. The attorneys stressed that when in doubt consult leadership and or the attorney.

Brian K. Mungandi, Vice President for Administration

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