2016 Maplewood Academy Graduation

Principal Stocks handing diplomaOn May 22, 2016, Maplewood Academy graduated 34 seniors. The gymnasium on campus was packed with family, friends and members of our school community who came to celebrate all the accomplishments the seniors have achieved over the past four years. Twenty-­two members of the class of 2016 were four-­year seniors of Maplewood Academy. Four of those four-­year seniors completed all four years at our MWA Connected Campus in St. Paul. Many of the seniors plan to attend an Adventist college next year, while several will take a few years at a local community college. All students have plans to go on to some form of higher education. As a gift back to Maplewood, the seniors have decided to give the remainder of their class funds to help the worthy student fund so other young people have the opportunity to experience Adventist education at their school.MWA Class of 2016

As principal of Maplewood Academy, I speak for our entire staff when I say that we are very proud of our seniors and all of the accomplishments they have made at Maplewood Academy. Our prayers go with them, asking that God continues to lead in their life as they depart from us and become the newest alumni of Maplewood Academy.

Stacy Stocks, Maplewood Academy Principal

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Witnessing at a Young Age

In August of 2005, Rebecca Denniston, known as Becca, started kindergarten at Southview Christian School (SCS). In May of this year 2016, Becca became the first student of SCS to complete all 11 grades, from kindergarten through 10th grade.

When she started SCS, Becca had a love of learning about everything. Becca has always been a motivated student and a willing helper and peer tutor. However, while in 7th grade, Becca studied for baptism with Pastor Anna Romuald, who was the Southview SDA Church’s Youth Pastor and one of the original students of SCS when it started in 1996. Pastor Anna had the privilege to baptize Becca and Hannah Houchins, who as a kindergartener had started school with Becca. Becca said, “I gave my life to Jesus when I was 13. It was about 3 months after I had been baptized. I just knew that I needed Jesus, and when I got to know Him better, I knew I could never look back, and I didn’t want to.”

While searching for a way to witness during 8th and 9th grade, Becca and Hannah volunteered to do baptismal studies at school, resulting in baptisms of classmates. When Hannah chose to attend Maplewood Academy last year, Becca continued the studies with younger SCS students, and the classmates she had influenced started helping Becca with the studies.

Denniston baptismWhat was extra special about the students this past year was that one of them was Becca’s brother, Garrett, now a 7th grader himself at SCS. Along with the current youth pastor, Sean Lee, Becca was privileged with the special task of baptizing Garret on May 28, 2016, at the Southview SDA Church. In Garrett’s testimony, he thanked Becca for her influence on him and for leading him to the Lord.

Becca’s spiritual leadership will be greatly missed at SCS when she attends Maplewood Academy next year, but her influence of leading others to follow Jesus will continue with current students volunteering to continue baptismal studies with younger classmates each school year. Becca is an inspiring example of what young people can do to witness for the Lord and lead others to Jesus.

Rayleen Hansen, Southview Christian School Principal

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Long Range Plan for Growth at Maplewood Academy

MWA Logo resized 2016During the 2015-2016 school year, the Maplewood Academy Administration and Board of Trustees worked with the Administration of the Minnesota Conference to create a long range plan for growth at Maplewood Academy. At our recent constituency meeting, this plan was made available to the delegates and guests to take back to their districts. We also have it available on our website at http://www.maplewoodacademy.org/5yearstrategicplan.html .

Take some time to review this plan and look for ways you can be involved in growing your
academy! We are thankful for the many ways God continues to bless Maplewood Academy.
Thank you for what you do to support the ministry of your academy as we continue to serve the families of the Minnesota Conference.

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He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands

Field Trip Mindy and the girlsAs Stone Ridge School toured the Minnesota Science Museum in St. Paul, MN on their last field trip of the year, they had the added pleasure of having Mindy Salyers, the Minnesota Conference Education Superintendent, and her children join in the fun. 

Field Trip Student in handWhen the group came to the display covering different aspects of the human body, the very large hand fairly sang out, “He’s got the whole world in His hands, He’s got the whole wide world in His hands…”  

In addition to the whole world being in His hands, we at Stone Ridge believe He also has our educational system in His hands, and that the opportunity we are afforded in reaching the hearts of parents by first reaching the hearts of their children is an endeavor God loves to bless.

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Women’s Ministry

Angelique KapilaSix years ago, I joined the Women’s Retreat for the Minnesota Conference. Since that day, the Lord has helped me find more ways to serve Him through the Conference and my local church. Women’s Ministry is such a big part of evangelism in my church; The Edge Christian Worship Center. As part of our ministry, we participate in many different classes and clubs. We learn about healthy eating and alternative, organic remedies through Essential Oils. We have enriched our minds by reading Steps to Christ and other books in our book clubs. We’ve raised money through social events to be able to reach out and support other women in need. We come together to celebrate and embrace new life with baby showers. We also support and uplift our newlyweds by hosting bridal showers, and as another ministry, we use quilting to make hats and blankets to whoever needs it. We also inspire and touch other women within our church through care packages whenever we know they need someone to remind them that we, as a church, are there for them through any trial. I am so passionate about Women’s Ministry because I was in one of those situations where a church member had lifted me up. It’s moments like those, and being able to spread the feeling I once had, that make this the beautiful program that it is. Not only that, but we do it in the name of God, which makes it all the more powerful. Aside from the help from my fellow women, there is a specific Bible verse that I always find myself coming back to in times of trouble. This verse reminds me that God will see you through any and all hardship in your life, and that He will never permit any being to move you, as long as you call upon Him. “Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.” (NKJV Psalms 55:22)

Our upcoming events within Women’s Ministry of the Conference are:

June 11: Women’s Ministries Emphasis Day

June 12: Camp meeting Class

July 9: Women’s Ministries Offering

August 20: Prayer Walk

August 27: End-It-Now Day

October 28-30: Women’s Retreat choose-abundant-life_jpg

Hopefully you can attend and gain some spiritual enrichment. Please visit the MN conference web site www.mnsda.com for more information.

To God be the glory and all the blessings, Amen.

Angelique Kapila

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2016 Camp Meeting June 10 – 18

All in for Jesus

With all this going for us, my dear, dear friends,

stand your ground. And don’t look back.

Throw yourselves into the work of the Master,

confident that nothing you do for him

is a waste of time or effort.  1 Cor. 15:58

Click here for more details about 2016 Camp meeting.

The Message Copyright 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H Peterson

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Farmers and Ranchers

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What is the Minnesota Conference Constituency Session?

What is the Minnesota Conference Constituency Session?

Every four years, the Minnesota Conference holds a constituency session, which functions similarly to a church business meeting. It is an opportunity for delegates of the Minnesota Conference to vote on how we should be ministering to each other and to those in our communities.

Delegates are chosen by the organized churches they attend. Each church is entitled to one delegate just for being an organized church. In addition, each church currently receives one additional delegate for every 25 members based on the official membership record maintained by the Conference office.

During the session, which is taking place on Sunday, May 15, our departmental directors will report on all the Lord has done during the past quadrennial. This includes the sale and purchase of land, the amount of tithes and offerings, the number of baptisms and commitments, the increase in church membership, and what the departments are currently hoping to achieve.

How does the constituency session fit into church government on a broad scale?

The Adventist Church is organized, beginning with the local church, into regions of ever larger circles, until we reach the General Conference level.Diagram Churches send delegates to the Conference constituency session to vote on matters that affect the governance of the Church in Minnesota. When the Union Conference has a constituency session, delegates are chosen by each conference, and when the General Conference holds its constituency session, delegates are chosen by the divisions and union conferences. Delegates to those sessions vote on matters that affect their Union or the General Conference on a broader scale, such as where the church stands on doctrinal issues. So, the decisions and topics discussed during the Conference constituency session are incredibly important. This session helps the Conference officers and Board of Trustees feel the pulse of our members, allowing them to more amply determine the things that are most important to our Conference membership.

Why does it matter?

Within the church, there are many points of conflict regarding theology, practice, doctrine and more. These conflicts can often seem more important than, and distract us from, the true reason our church organized in the first place. Jesus is returning soon, and we need to be focused on helping people realize they are accepted in Jesus Christ, and come to know, love, serve, and share Him. If you’re reading this, your feet are on the ground making an impact on your neighbors, spouses, children and friends every single day. The constituency session is an opportunity for us to check ourselves and to remember to keep our focus on Him. As with any business session, there are the “must do” things that need to be discussed, like voting on who should be a member of the Board of Trustees, electing officers or reviewing the finances. We also need to discuss matters of mission. We will be discussing the future of camp meeting. We will also look at Maplewood Academy’s strategic plan for a healthy future. These votes and discussions help ensure we keep a clean house, so that when tough stuff comes along, we have people and procedures in place that can deal with those difficult situations. If we can reduce the impact of conflict on the conference, the churches, and ultimately on you—our church members—our eyes can remain focused on Jesus and on spreading His love and saving grace.

Justin Lyons, Minnesota Conference SDA President

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Maplewood Student Accepted to Harvard Program

MWA studentOlivia Ogwang’i, a sophomore at Maplewood Academy, was recently accepted into the Harvard Summer Program for High School Students. Olivia will take Chemistry and Calculus on the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, MA from mid­June to early August, 2016. When asked why she chose to participate in this program over the summer, Olivia indicated that she was looking for a meaningful way to spend her time this summer. She wanted to “keep her mind sharp and challenge herself to go above and beyond her typical summer routine.” This desire led Olivia to search online for summer academic options and she prayed for God’s leading in her search. On her own, she applied for and was accepted into Harvard’s program and we are very proud of her many accomplishments.

Stacy Stocks, Maplewood Academy Principal

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Commissioned Minister

Karen Lewis Commissioning prayerKaren Lewis was commissioned as a Minister at the Stillwater Church in Minnesota on April 16, 2016. Karen joined the Minnesota Conference in 2013 as a Bible Worker Trainer as well as Associate Pastor to the Stillwater Church. She is the only female pastor (at least) in Minnesota to have a two church district, pastoring the Stillwater Church and the Hinckley Church.

The Minnesota Conference Board of Trustees affirms Karen Lewis; Karen Lewis commissioned certificateshe has given satisfactory evidence of her calling and preparation for the work of the Gospel ministry. The Board of Trustees therefore voted to authorize her to perform all the functions of a Commissioned Minister within the scope of the tenets and practices of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Karen and Steve, (her husband) have been married for 33 years. Steve, a retired CPA with U.S. Customs is very involved in his wife’s ministry as a partner in ministry. He teaches Sabbath School as well as preaching. They have two grown daughters and a very active five-year-old grandson.

Karen was baptized by Elder Mark Finley in Chicago, Illinois in 1982. The Lord continues to bless Karen Lewis’ ministry, and her churches have seen significant growth by baptisms and profession of faith. She is constantly lifting up Jesus, leading men and women to Christ.

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