Conference Focus on Communication Using Technology and Social Media Communication

15 Communications ThreeI would like to take this opportunity to personally invite you to a Communication Training Seminar. Please help us get the word out. This will be held beginning 5:00 pm Friday, April 17, and all day Sabbath, April 18, 2015 at the Conference Office. Sabbath lunch will be provided. I know that your church will benefit greatly if your communication department person/s are present, and/or any of the members that deal with or are interested in communicating the Word. We will cover the latest information on Church websites. Rosa Velder from Adventist Church Connect of AdventSource will be present, representing the group that hosts all North American Division church websites. She will share what they are doing to improve the site. We will have Randy Harmdierks from Mid-America Union, Director for Social Media. He will share how we can use Facebook and social media as evangelistic tools. David Rawson, from the North American Division Adventist Risk Management, will also join us. He will be sharing with us the risks in social media and how to protect the church. Risk Management is the General Conference insurance company that covers the church and its work.   There will be a small cost of $15 per person to help cover seminar expenses.

LOCATION?

MAPLE GROVE MN

WHO?

LOCAL CHURCH ELDERS

WEBSITE DIRECTORS

COMMUNICATION LEADERS

ANYONE INTERESTED IN USING TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS TO SHARE THE LOVE OF CHRIST

FEATURING:

Risk Management –NAD: David Rawson

Church Connect /Advent source- NAD: Rosa Velder

Mid America Union- Randy Harmdierks

I am personally looking forward to this seminar because I think that as a church we can do much more by enhancing our presence on the web and employing the latest technology in the proclamation of the Word. However, that does not mean abandoning the gospel-tested method of personal contact with people. Why this seminar?

  • Because new worlds of opportunity are opening up every day
  • Because local church media now dominate the religious market
  • Because this has not been our strong point
  • Because this is important to fulfill the gospel commission
  • Because we can build collaboration for success
  • Because it will be fun to bring together people excited about sharing the gospel
  • Because we need qualitative guidelines to help us in ministry

To register, please go to our website: www.mnsda.com and click on the event on our calendar page OR click this link: www.mnsda.com/su_survey.php?survey=21

We look forward to seeing you there.

Brian K. Mungandi

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Youth and Young Adult Mission Trip 2015

Student helping children with craftAre you a teen or young adult looking for a life-changing mission experience? Do you have a heart for “the least of these” and want to give of your time or resources to help those in need right here in the Midwest? If this is you, find out how you can join the movement to serve the Native American community of Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota in August 2015. For registration, trip details, and other ways to help this mission effort, go to: http://mnsdayouth-youngadult.com/ or contact Pastor Vanessa Pujic @ 269.277.3174 or vanessa@pujic.com.

Artichoke Hosts Community Banquet

Artichoke Hosts Community Banquet 3What a grand and rewarding community get-together it was for more than 30 hungry people on Sunday, March 15, as the Artichoke Church prepared a tasty meal, and our Methodist friends provided the church facilities in our small town of Appleton. We had earlier invited Melody Prettyman, a well-known chef on 3ABN, to come over for a few days and lead out in preparing a scrumptious meal.

Artichoke Hosts Community Banquet 2But it wasn’t just our church members who relished the food; indeed, the response from our neighbors was also most positive! For example, a local doctor from our town’s hospital and his wife (also a doctor) were impressed, not only with the food, but also with the after-dinner presentation by Melody. A local real estate agent, who usually doesn’t like meatloaf dishes, enjoyed our veggie version and also purchased two books to encourage healthy dietary choices and give other productive insights for optimum health.

The local chief of police and his wife were also so impressed that she bought several cookbooks as well as a large natural remedies book. Melody had brought along four of these very large and very expensive books and every one of them sold as well as a number of her cookbooks.

Artichoke Hosts Community Banquet 1The interest here in Appleton to discover better eating habits is great. Now we pray for wisdom, persuasiveness, and tact to follow-up this God-given opportunity with a sustained effort to keep up the dialogue. There’s no doubt about it: The health message is the right arm and often the opening door to many hearts!

Pastor David Grams

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International Falls Building Project

International Falls Church Project

The city of International Falls is often the coldest place in the lower 48. This is how it has received the title “The Icebox of America”. While the temperature outside is still below freezing in late March, things are heating up in International Falls, MN.

The Seventh day Adventist Church in International Falls is feeling the heat. God has begun to pour out His Spirit upon the hearts of people; there are currently 12 Bible Studies being conducted in the community. The church is looking forward to getting out into the community when it warms up. The members are ready to share the love of Christ with their neighbors.

Last year the church had an Evangelist, Darren Bartell, from the Amazing Facts, who presented the Three Angels Message with power and many doors were opened. We are currently providing 3ABN to anyone in International Falls and our sister city, Fort Francis, Ontario, Canada across the river.

God is about to do something big in International falls. The members have been impressed to embark on a bigger project. They want to construct a new church and community center. They have purchased land and have already begun to move dirt. They are praying that by the end of this summer they will have a new church which is the first phase of this project. The Lord has blessed us with over half of the funds needed to complete this phase. The latest estimate we have put together to complete this project is $360,000. Praise God, with the help of some faithful members and gifts that have been left to this local Church, we have $170,000 of the total funds raised. That is enough to put up the shell and the all plumbing, heating and electrical. We still have a long way to go. As the Lord told the priest to first take a step into the river then He would provide the way, so we are moving forward with this project.”

The architectural drawings have been completed. They are beginning to schedule the concrete phase. The Church community is confident that by the end of camp meeting they will have a slab in and a building sitting on the ground ready to erect. That is where you come in!

The church is hoping to use all volunteer labor to raise this building. This is a “Maranatha” type project, they need as many hands on deck as they can get. Also they are looking for anyone willing to purchase and donate all new items needed to complete the inside. The church needs brand new toilets, new sinks, new appliances, new carpet, paint, new windows, new doors, or anything you can donate to this worthy cause. If you want to make a monetary donation as the Lord so move upon your heart, kindly donate the monies marked International falls project to the Minnesota Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

Please come and join us this summer with this missionary project, for sure we solicit your prayers.

Daniel Lesch (Bibleworker)

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God Answers Prayers Even Before We Ask

Arlen MekelburgAs Mr. Arlen Mekelberg sat at his desk in the science department at Maplewood Academy reviewing his physics lessons for the next few weeks, he contemplated what he could do to bring the experience to life for his students. He went to the science lab to see what supplies there were, in order to do something with the class. At his previous school, they had a wave generator that really helped make teaching science exciting and special. Arlen got a catalog out and verified that the cost of a new wave generator would be around $500. He knew that the amount was not possible with his departmental budget. The item has been on the science department wish list all year, but the funds had not yet been donated. So Arlen decided to pray about it and then purchased the wave generator, knowing it may have to come out of his own pocket.

The next day, Arlen headed to the main office at the academy to check his mail box. He happened to see Mrs. Stocks, Maplewood’s Development Director and she said that she needed to talk to him. After coming to her office, she shared with him that she had received a check in the mail from an alumni who designated his $500 gift to be given to the science department for a wish list item.

Arlen was speechless and told his story from the evening before and about his prayer for God’s provision. What a blessing to Maplewood Academy students and what a reminder of the way God answers our prayer and provides for our needs before we even ask.

Stacy Stocks, Maplewood Academy Director of Development

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Have some Fun! Meet Jesus!

NSCamp“He didn’t expect to have so much fun!” John, not his real name, came to camp this last summer for the first time. While his immediate family doesn’t go to church on a regular basis he does have some extended family that takes him to church so he wasn’t nervous to attend a church camp. But he found out while at North Star Camp that this camp is an incredible place. A place where he played a new game for the first time, 9 square in the air, he went up the climbing wall, rode horses and went swimming. North Star Camp is a place where young people from all over Minnesota attend. There are campers from all sorts of backgrounds, races, and cultures. John found out that all of these people can be “cool”. He also discovered that he loves to sing! All the way home from camp he was singing the camp songs about Jesus! The message that John captured while at North Star Camp is wonderful and amazing. There are a lot of fun things to do and be apart of at camp, the people are wonderful no matter where they come from, and Jesus is the one that is the center of the camp.

Registration is open for summer camp. Come to North Star Camp! Have some Fun! Meet Jesus!

Jeff Wine, Director of Youth and North Star Camp

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Remodeling Project

The Staples Seventh-day Adventist Church is making good progress on their remodeling project. This project was especially needed to address handicap accessibility issues and recurring roof problems.

Staples Church Fig 1The church hired a contractor to remove the steeple, add an addition to the front of the building with a handicap accessible ramp and reroof the building with steel roofing. This part is now finished. Church members are finishing the inside of the addition and making some changes in the sanctuary to make the handicap entrance usable.

Staples Church Fig 2This is how the exterior of the church looked as of December 20, 2014. The contractor had removed the steeple from over the front door and finished most of the roofing.

Staples Church Fig 3This is a view of the inside of the new addition as it was December 20. The windows and the outside door has been added since this picture was taken. The floor slopes up from the outside door where this picture was taken to the far wall where a door into the church will be. As a cost saving measure, the members are planning to finish the inside of this room and put in the door through the back wall to connect the ramp with the rest of the church.

Staples Church Fig 5Here is a view of the outside of the church on February 7, 2015. The exterior work on the building has been completed. Sidewalks will need to be poured this spring, and there is still interior work needing to be done.

David Israel

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