Courage to Stand

Mens Retreat 1On April 22 – 24, 2016, men from all over the Minnesota Conference, came together for a Men’s Retreat at the North Star Camp. The men’s retreat is designed to inspire, motivate and challenge men to be faithful in their calling. The men had the opportunity to relax, pray, fellowship with other men and also time to refocus their ministries.

Mens Retreat 2The keynote speaker was Ron Halvorsen Jr. a veteran speaker and pastor, who spoke on the theme “Courage to Stand”.  Ron did a masterful job of telling the stories of courage using Daniel 3 on young men, Numbers 13 about two middle age men and Joshua 14, about two older men. It was powerful to see about 150 committed Christian men, singing their heart out and responding with loud enthusiastic “Amen!” to the challenges from the Word of the Lord.

Men have unique challenges in today’s world and the retreat offered them opportunity to share and encourage each other moving forward.  One elder from Minneapolis First said, “We’re returning to our families and churches repurposed and eager to serve, lead and more dedicated to the course of our Lord.” In my discussion with the Men’s ministry leadership, I noted that this year’s group was larger.  It was obvious that there were a lot of new faces and also old regulars; men who have been attending the retreat over the years. I also noticed that there was even a group of men from our sister conference – Central States Conference.  An elder from Rochester Church noted that, “This year’s retreat shows a strong ethnic diversity in our Conference.”

The men enjoyed the food from the kitchen and were stunned by the beauty of the Donna Ward Lodge. Expressing their appreciation to NSC Board and the Conference leadership many said, “This building has changed the face of this camp and will go a long way to bring in a lot more groups to this camp ground!”

Brian K. Mungandi, Vice President for Administration

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Prospective Students Invited to School for a Day

Stone Ridge 2One of the jobs that falls on teachers in our school system is recruiting students. At Stone Ridge SDA Christian School, the Principal and First through Eighth grades teacher, Rudy Carlson has found an exciting and engaging way to invite prospective students into the classroom.

Every year we have a special day when we invite students to experience the blend of Christian atmosphere, dynamic learning and friendship available here at Stone Ridge. This year’s theme was “The Body Temple.” 

Stone Ridge 3The kids learned about healthy eating while creating their own fruit kabab, they took their resting pulse, then exercised and took their pulse again comparing the two. They played the game “Operation” and dressed up in surgical garb, learning how to glove up and the correct way to remove your gloves after being done with the “procedure.” They got to see a real heart, view a specimen under a stereoscope, and see actual bone marrow in the bone.

Stone Ridge 4The highlight of the day was when they each did surgery on little Debbie. No, no, not the person – the snack cake! The challenge was to unroll the snack cake completely, turn it over and keep as much of the chocolate cover intact as possible. Sounds easy enough until you learn you can’t use your hands; you can only use your “surgical instruments.” In this case those instruments were a plastic fork, knife and spoon. 

Half of the children attending round-up were non-Adventists. At Stone Ridge, we actively recruit non-Adventist students, we believe our school is a mission and we reach the community through the children we have the privilege of teaching. We are committed to bringing the love of Jesus to the community one child at a time.

Collene Rognlie-Klick, Stone Ridge SDA Christian School Volunteer

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Pathfinder Bible Experience – Arizona

Pathfinder 5We were incredibly excited to learn that two Minnesota Conference Pathfinder clubs: Faith Church International, and Kenyan Community Church (KCC), made it to the Division Bible Experience in Arizona. For about a year, the 2015-2016 PBE season, hundreds of young people across the Division studied the Book of Exodus. On April 16, 2016, 100 teams from across the Division and 5 from the British Union gathered in Prescott, Arizona for the fifth annual North American Division (NAD) Testing Event.

Pathfinder 6To prepare for this event, the groups studied Exodus and the Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary diligently for details. Clubs in the Conference had to qualify in the Area Level Testing to advance and participate in the Conference Level PBE Testing and they then had to qualify to be invited to the Division level testing. I was impressed with the level of knowledge acquired by our young people in this experience.

Pathfinders 1The Arizona PBE experience was well attended, with many friends and family members going to support the teams as they participated. Our Youth Director, Pastor Jose Torres, went to support the two teams from our conference. Faith Church International “Faith Warriors” team got First Place, scoring 90% or more correct. We want to congratulate the “Faith Warrior” team members; Abby Maranga, Debra Oganda, Emily Ndege, Joan Okwemwa, John Mungandi, Oscar Siocha and George Nyabicha, the Pathfinder Leader for their success.

The 2017 Pathfinder Bible Experience has already begun, the Pathfinders will be studying four books from the New Testament books. How I hope every one of us would studied the Bible like the Pathfinders do, and allow the power of the Word to impact our lives. The dates for the Division PBE Finals will be April 21-22, 2017 and this time Lake Union Conference will be hosting the events.

Brian K. Mungandi, Vice President for Administration

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Elementary Music Festival 2016

On March 31, 2016, Music Fest at Maplewood Academy began. As students and sponsors from a variety of schools near and far arrived, the registration process began. In total, 122 students and 29 sponsors from 17 Adventist schools/churches (as well as several students who are homeschooled) registered and attended Music Fest. Although a small group lodged off campus, most stayed in the dorms.

MWA music fest 1Shortly after registration, the rehearsals began to prepare for the main event that weekend: a concert. The students patiently sang (and stood) through a total of 6 hours and 30 minutes of rehearsals over 3 days (the final rehearsal being right before the concert). For some of the rehearsals, they were split off into sectionals in different buildings, individually by voice practicing the parts. Several of the songs had two parts while the others had four. Everyone worked very hard to learn their parts. Sometimes the parts were confusing, the timing was weird, or one voice sang another answered, causing chaos as to who sang what and when, but through much hard work and effort put out by the students, the songs were mastered.

Mass rehearsals were not always fun, as the rehearsal area was packed. Two additional rows of chairs had to be added to the stage to fit all of the students. This resulted in very little elbow room and hot, sweaty conditions. The students didn’t complain though, and kept up their hard work.

A group of fourteen Maplewood Academy Choraliers (including two pianists) assisted with Music Fest, running sectionals and singing with the mass choir. This required making up all missed class work and putting in extra practice prior to Music Fest to strive to learn the songs better than the students coming so that they could adequately aid in teaching the songs.

Two soloists were chosen for Music Fest. Dasha Kobzeva (from Minnetonka Christian School) sang a solo for “Let Virture Garnish All My Thoughts” (by Sally Deford), and soloist Lauren McIver (from Southview Christian School) sang “Bow the Knee” (by Chris Machen, Robert Sterling, and Mike Harland). Both soloists sang their solos very well. Both put hard work into making sure they were ready to sing for the final concert on Sabbath, and they were successful.

Of the six songs that were sung for the concert, the overall favorite was a song titled “Bow the Knee” (by Chris Machen, Robert Sterling, and Mike Harland). The lyrics are beautiful, stating that when we don’t understand why things are happening to us and why God is letting these things happen, we simply need to turn to Him, fall to our knees, and trust Him.

MWA music fest 2Maplewood Academy would like to thank all of the sponsors who took the time to teach their students the songs, bringing them to music fest, and sitting through the long practices themselves. We would also like to thank all of the students for all of their hard work and dedication to the music that had to be learned in a fairly short amount of time. We would like to thank all of the academy students that worked on planning the weekend for the visiting elementary students, and the choraliers who helped with music fest, for practicing hard and singing well. We would also like to extend thanks to the two very talented soloists and commend them for the amazing job they did in singing their solos.

Maplewood Academy would also like to thank our very own music director, David Ballesteros, for supporting music fest, putting work into the programs, and making sure everyone had the music that they needed every practice. Most of all, we would like to thank Cheryl Saunders, the special director brought in for this year’s music festival. She put lots of hard work into making sure the songs sounded good, the order of the service was just right, and the students knew what to sing when.

Thank you to all the parents who let their kids come to Maplewood Academy’s Music Festival 2016. We couldn’t have done it without them.

Hannah Dow, Maplewood Academy Student

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Hope and Compassion

Edge piano concertOn Sabbath, April 16, 2016, The Edge hosted a concert featuring Zelit Leite, a pianist from Brazil now living at Andrews University.  Zelit performed during the church service and then later at the concert.  Zelit was inspired to perform full time because of his daughter who was diagnosed with Autism.  Music has been a way to communicate with her.

Edge laundry matteSunday, April 17, 2016, several members of The Edge went to a downtown laundromat as part of the NAD’s Day of Hope and Compassion initiative.  The members gave patrons of the laundromat money in order to do one load of wash per person.  Along with the free quarters, the members gave out water, snacks and reading materials.  Some members were also able to have conversations with patrons on various topics.  Patrons were at first skeptical of our motives, but later on they were more than pleased that people were willing to do a small act for someone else and expect nothing in return.

Wendy da Silva, The Edge Christian Worship Center Communications Secretary

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Minneapolis Gospel Summit 2016

2016 Gospel Summit

Gospel Summits are soul-refreshing retreats where the weary, the broken-hearted, and the spiritually thirsting and starving can come together and study from the Word of God. By gazing into the beautiful character of Christ, as seen through the God-sent message of Christ our righteousness, we will receive healing and strength to face whatever the enemy throws our way in these last days. Take a few “spiritually sick” evenings and a day off to spend time with our Divine Physician. Beginning at the Minneapolis Urban League May 8 – 12, 6:00 – 8:30 pm (open for the general public). Climaxing at Kenyan Community Church May 13 – 14 with all day sessions (open for everyone). Contact Oliver Nelson for more information go to the Gospel Summit website.

1911 Prediction Confirmed By Research

Simple Church1911 – Ellen White – Prediction

  • Before the final visitation of God’s judgments upon the earth, there will be, among the people of the Lord, such a revival of primitive godliness as has not been witnessed since apostolic times. The Spirit and power of God will be poured out upon His children. At that time many will separate themselves from those churches in which the love of this world has supplanted love for God and His Word. Many, both of ministers and people, will gladly accept those great truths which God has caused to be proclaimed at this time, to prepare a people for the Lord’s second coming.”  (Great Controversy, 464 italics supplied.)

1965 – Billy Graham – Warning

  • “Multitudes of Christians within the church are moving toward the point where they may reject the institution that we call the church. They are beginning to turn to more simplified forms of worship. They are hungry for a personal and vital experience with Jesus Christ. They want a heartwarming personal faith. Unless the church quickly recovers its authoritative Biblical message, we may witness the spectacle of millions of Christians going outside the institutional church to find spiritual food.”  (http://www.ccel.us/worldaflame.ch8.html, p. 86. Accessed September 17, 2015.)

2005 – George Barna – 20 Million

  • “I want to show you what our research has uncovered regarding a growing sub-nation of people, already well over 20 million strong, who are what we call Revolutionaries.”  They are people who are walking away form the local church—to go find God.  (Revolution, p. 14, 39, 64-65, 103.)

2015 – Josh Packard – 104 Million

  • The dechurched represents 33 percent (104 million) of the American population who have walked away from conventional churches—to go find God.  Furthermore, these people, characterized as decurched, the “Nones and Dones,” are the fastest growing segment of the population (p. 20).
  • “As our society approaches a post-institutional area, it’s entirely possible that the near monopoly that the church has enjoyed over faithful expressions of religious connections may be coming to an end.  The activities of the dechurched may be ushering in a new understanding of what religious activity means.  If this trend continues, it will fundamentally reshape the way Americans experience organized religion.”  (Church Refugees: Sociologists reveal why people are DONE with church but not their faith, p. 69.)

Ellen White Did Say & Did Not Say

  • One may naturally assume that “these people” whom Ellen White refers to will separate themselves and start attending conventional Adventist churches.  But Ellen White does not say that.  She says that they will separate themselves from churches that love the world and “will gladly accept those great truths which God has caused to be proclaimed at this time, to prepare a people for the Lord’s second coming.”  Statistics are now showing us a growing group of people who are leaving their churches and gathering in informal settings, often house churches, as they search for God.
  • Those connecting to Simple Church plants are learning the “great truths” and many are accepting them.  But there is much work to do in order to reach these millions of people.

 

Visit www.SimpleChurchAtHome.com to learn more about Simple Church planting.

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