2016-17 Teachers’ Meetings

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The Minnesota Conference held teachers’ meetings for all its educators at the  North Star Camp on August 2-4, 2016.  The three days featured worships, professional presentations and a special dedication service.

Both elementary and Maplewood Academy teachers heard presentations on 21st Century learning by Mile High Academy principal, Toakase Vunileva. Ms. Vunileva shared her passion for making SDA education more relevant through project based education. Kimberly Miller shared with elementary teachers the ASSIST and PFE programs that seek to match elementary and high school students with a senior mentor. The program administered through Southern Adventist University offers tuition-earning grants.  Carol Raney, who serves as Origins Educator at Southern Adventist University, showed teachers a number of online resources available to teachers to reinforce the belief in God as the Creator.

IMG_9584 - CopyWednesday night, many of the teachers were awarded service pins for 5-10-15, 20-25-30 and 35 years of service.  Northwoods Elementary School’s Catherine Tomlinson, Southview Christian School’s Rayleen Hansen, Maranatha Adventist School’s Vickie Martin and  Trudy Smith Adventist Christian School’s Sandra Daniels all received 30-year service pins. Stone Ridge SDA Christian School’s Rudy Carlson, Jr. received a 35-year service pin.

Minnesota Conference vice-president, Brian Mungandi, offered a dedication prayers for the teachers on Wednesday night and also challenged them with a devotional Thursday morning on “The Parable of the Lost Coin” in Luke 15.

IMG_9585 - Copy“I am very happy to get acquainted with the Minnesota Conference teachers,” Superintendent of Education, John Bedell said. “With God’s help and wisdom, we are looking forward to a great school year.”

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General Youth Retreat Blesses Rochester

“He Must Increase” was the theme of the General Youth Retreat (GYR) at the Rochester Seventh-day Adventist Church on July 15-16, 2016.  As the Retreat progressed, attendees grasped even more deeply the importance of choosing Christ as the Supreme influence in their lives.

GYR youth singersLocal members utilized their talents deftly, leading Sabbath School, praise periods, outreach activities, and testimonies while special guests blessed the congregation with music and spiritual messages.

Friday evening, Wyatt Allen, keynote speaker from Amazing Facts, kicked off GYR with the theme message of decreasing our own importance and increasing Jesus.  He explained that a Christian’s job is to increase the population of Heaven by making sure Christ can be seen and not themselves.

GYR speakerSabbath morning, Allen highlighted the necessity of memorizing scriptures as a means of “hiding God’s word in our hearts” (Ps. 119:11-12).  He challenged each person to find a method of memorization that would suit his or her own lifestyle and learning style.  He emphasized the keys to memorizing scripture are repetition and never giving up!

During the worship service, afternoon, and evening sessions, Allen shared his personal experiences of “getting out of God’s way so God could use him in His way”.  Allen’s life included low periods in which he grasped for happiness in worldly pursuits that included joining the ranks of Satanism.

At one point, while confined in juvenile hall, he began reading the Bible to prove that it was full of contradictions and errors but instead was led to a personal saving relationship with Jesus.

GYR singersInterspersed among Allen’s messages, the six members of One Voice Ministries, one of which is Rochester’s own Pastor Bradley Booth, truly accomplished their mission of ministering by uplifting Christ in the dynamic and beautiful harmonies of acapella musical pieces.  Many of the songs were old favorites such as “Just a Little Talk with Jesus”, “How Great Though Art”, and “Homesick for Heaven”.

Not only did the sextet bless the Rochester SDA congregation but also traveled to the Federal Medical Center prison in Rochester to share their music and testimonies with the prisoners there.  Upon their return, One Voice Ministries members reported that the Prisoners’ voices and faces were “lit with joy” during the concert and personal interactions.

GYR youth with invitationsSabbath afternoon, a small army of youth distributed approximately 900 bags of literature to residences near the church.  Afterward, some of the participants shared rewarding witnessing experiences encountered during this Street Beat outreach.

GYR proved to be exactly what its title implies, an opportunity for the general population of youth (young and young of heart) to find spiritual rest in a Christ-centered spiritually uplifting retreat.

Trudy Smith, Communications Secretary Rochester SDA Church/ Cross Bridge Fellowship

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50 Years Without Missing a Camp Meeting

Evelyn Reed is able to make a claim that few people in any Conference can make: more than 50 years without missing a Camp Meeting.

Originally from Nebraska, Evelyn attended Art School in the Twin Cities. Although not a Seventh-day Adventist at the time, she attended her first Minnesota Camp Meeting in 1942 at the invitation of the Frost family, with whom she was staying. There she met a relative of the Frosts, Erwin Reed, and following a long distance courtship they were married in 1943. Early in her married life, she and Erwin were only able to attend on Sabbath, owing to work responsibilities, but following retirement they were able to spend the entire week.

Evelyn ReedAt the 2016 Camp Meeting, Evelyn made a gift to the Conference of a picture taken at the 1942 Camp Meeting in Anoka, MN. She can clearly be seen on the second row, near the center of the picture. She has not missed a camp meeting since.

What keeps people coming back year after year? Lots of things can be cited, all of them important, like the inspirational speakers, reconnecting with people from other parts of the Conference, and learning more about the mission in Minnesota and around the world. One of the most important, however, is the opportunity to learn new ways of engaging in the mission of the Minnesota Conference.

Each year, training sessions are available on a wide variety of mission-focused activities. Conducting meaningful Sabbath Schools, learning how to give Bible studies, honing your preaching skills, finding out how to increase your giving—each year offers a different set of seminars and classes on topics that matter. And coming year after year opens the door to adding new skills as well as improving on the things learned in previous years.

I would encourage everyone to take a tip from Evelyn, and avail yourself of what Camp Meeting has to offer. I hope to see you there in 2017.

Doug Inglish, Personal Ministries Director

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2016 Twin Cities African Camp Meeting

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The 2016 Twin Cities African Camp Meeting this year seemed too short. Throughout the week, there were powerful uplifting messages. The speakers challenged the congregation using the theme text from 2 Corinthians 5:20, to do evangelism, encourage the youth to participate in the church, to have their children in Adventist education and to be faithful as stewards, “You are ambassador of Christ!”  and to keep your EYES on Eternity. The theme was in keeping with the Conference strategic acronym E- evangelism Y-youth E-education and S- service, stewardship and spirituality.

This year we had speakers from across the spectrum of church leadership, the main speaker for the adults was Elder Geofrey Mbwana, the General Vice President at the World Seventh-day Adventist HQ, a native of Tanzania. The main Speaker for the children was also from the World HQ, Elder Saustin Mfune, a native of Malawi. He is the Associate Director in the Children Ministries Department at the General Conference. We had several presenters, Pastors Peter Kingoina- Bible study; Fred Okemwa- Prophecy; Leakey Nyaberi- Stewardship and Elder Brian Mungandi – Vice President in Minnesota Conference doing Evangelism. There were also breakout sessions dealing family life issues.

The African community in Minnesota have been holding their camp meeting every year for ten years. The camp meeting brings together church members and their friends from the seven churches that are under the African ethnic ministries. The Sabbath services on July 16, 2016 were held at a large church facility the Northern Heights Lutheran Church; there were 1, 676 adults and 354 children. You can visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Twincitiesafricancampmeeting/ .  Throughout the Twin Cities’ African Camp Meeting week, we saw evidence of the working of the Holy Spirit.

Brian  Mungandi

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Visit of a Former Minnesota Conference President

Lee HuffElder C Lee Huff visited the Minnesota Conference office in July, 2016. Elder Huff was the president when the current building at 7384 Kirkwood Court in Maple Grove was first occupied. He is a native of Missouri, and a graduate of Sunnydale Academy. Elder Huff started his ministry in the Michigan Conference after graduating from Andrews University.

In talking with Elder Huff, I learned of his passion for the work: he came to Minnesota Conference around 1981 from Colorado where he was Stewardship Director. He is fondly remembered here because under his leadership the conference begun to focus on ethnic ministry, and it was during that time that the Hispanic ministry was started in Minnesota Conference. Today the ethnic ministry is thriving of which we have many ethnic congregations; the Hispanic ministry itself has now grown to about 19 congregations and there are about 2,000 men and women, boys and girls who congregate somewhere in Minnesota today with Hispanic background. Elder Huff also served in the mission field. Pastor C Lee Huff, was elected to replace Pastor Ted Wilson, as the new president of the Euro-Asia Division. Prior to his appointment, he had been to the region conducting evangelistic campaigns. Records show that his evangelistic ministry resulted in the baptism of some 2500 people and the establishment of six new churches.[i] We salute Elder C Lee Huff’s leadership and vision for the work in Minnesota.

As we stood to talk, I noticed he still stands a shoulder taller. We are honored to follow his leadership and his vision. May the Good Lord continue to bless Elder and Mrs. C Lee Huff.

[i] http://documents.adventistarchives.org/Periodicals/AAR/AAR19960525-V101-20.pdf

Brian  Mungandi

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2016 Women’s Retreat

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This year’s theme is Living Abundantly! Our speaker will be DeeAnn Bragaw, a powerful and moving speaker from Colorado. Breakaway sessions will include a workout session for everyone by Melissa Bates, a young adult focused session with Shelina Bonjour, pastor of Pathways Church in Rogers, MN, finding abundant life in our relationships with Sheri Vliet, and women’s health and safety with the Mid-MN Women’s Center team.  registration form