Men’s Retreat Impacts 146 Men

NSC Men's Retreat 2017 (b)One hundred and forty-six men from the Minnesota Conference of Seventh-day Adventists gathered at North Star Camp on Rice Lake, which is connected to an elbow of the Mississippi River, April 21 to 23, 2017.

The men were blessed with five messages from Dustin Hall, pastor of the Southview Church in Minneapolis. His title was, “Reason for Being: your life was meant for so much more than what they told you.”

“The only thing God ever wanted was to be with you,” he told the men. “God wouldn’t have made you if He couldn’t save you. And He didn’t make anyone that he couldn’t save!”

NSC Baptism Men's Retreat 2017On Sabbath evening, Robert Fast-Horse decided to be re-baptized in Rice Lake. Following the first song of the evening meeting, the men were surprised to hear that there was going to be a baptism to follow immediately. After Robert give a short testimony, Pastor Hall lead everyone down to the swimming area where Robert was baptized. It was the highlight of the whole weekend!

This was the 23rd annual Minnesota Men’s Retreat, and the fourth year that the retreat was held at our own North Star Camp, owned and operated by the Minnesota Conference. Men’s Retreat for 2018 will be held April 20-22.

By Pastor Ken Mayberry

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Maplewood Academy Celebrates Diversity

International Week Photo 1One of the best parts of my job is serving as a sponsor for Maplewood Academy’s National Honor Society.  Nothing touches my heart more than seeing our young people catch fire for serving others and making a difference in their school and communities.

In NHS, students create projects of their own that will serve a need in the community.  I help with details if needed, but ultimately, these projects are their own masterpieces.  Tracy Butuna, a senior and president of this year’s NHS team, came to my office and shared an idea,  “What do you think about having an International Week at Maplewood?  We have so many different cultures represented here we could celebrate.”

That little seed burst into life.

All the NHS students got involved and, before we knew it, we had a full week planned.  Each day celebrated different continents, and the students decorated the school to represent different cultures.  World History Class made displays on countries they were studying and the cafeteria even made special ethnic cousine in honor of the event. Flags were were hung in the lobby each day to represent the cultural backgrounds of our students.

Maplewood Academy is very multicultural – 35% White/European, 30% Black/African, 20% Hispanic/Latino, and 15% Asian.  More than 20 countries are represented within our student body! International Week Photo

Friday was All Nations Day.  Students wore ethnic clothing to class and all flags were proudly and prominently displayed in the lobby. On Sabbath, 15 students, each representing different countries and dressed in their cultural clothing, marched into the Hutchinson Church carrying their flags.  Together they said the Lord’s Prayer, each saying a line in a different language.  It was beautiful to see our students celebrating both their indiviauality and their connectedness.  All students, with vastly different backgrounds, heritage and cultures, woven together with a common thread of Jesus’ love.

And the best part is, this is just one of the many projects our students are diving into.  This year we have students serving at the Humane Society, visiting patients in hospitals, ringing bells for Salvation Army, serving food at blood drives, packing meals for hungry kids, and raising money for causes they are passionate about.  They are tackling the call to be God’s hands and feet with all of their might, and I, for one, am very proud of them.

by Laura Cummings, Maplewood Academy Registrar

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Safety Sabbath in Minnesota

As some of you may know, the North American Division designated March 25, 2017 as Safety Sabbath. During this Sabbath, churches were encouraged to hold a safety drill. The intent of this drill was to equip the local churches for an emergency situation, such as a fire or active shooter on campus.

There were several congregations in Minnesota who were involved with Safety Sabbath 2017, including Blackberry, Hinckley, Minnetonka, and Stillwater churches. Each church approached Safety Sabbath a little differently.

The Blackberry Church conducted a fire drill, and discussed why fire drills are important and what is expected in the event of a fire. They specifically discussed responsibilities based on location and church leadership role, and explained where to assemble. During the drill, everybody exited the building and all rooms were checked within 2 minutes and 24 seconds.

Mike Sandeen, head deacon at the Hinckley Church, invited the Hinckley Fire Department to come and give a safety demonstration. They even invited the kids to climb up on the fire truck and shoot water from the hoses! In addition, a police officer from the Hinckley Police Department visited and discussed how to handle an active shooter situation, among other things.

At the Minnetonka Church, Pastor Jason Salyers and Bob Dahl, church administrator, discussed safe practices in the event of an emergency, including where to go in the event of fire, and how to respond in other emergent situations.

Nancy Fischer from the Stillwater Church gave a safety talk to the congregation, giving instructions on how to respond in the event of weather related emergencies, fires, and active shooters. They specifically discussed where all the exits in the building were located and what to do if one of these emergent situations happened.

Thank you to the Blackberry, Hinckley, Minnetonka and Stillwater Churches for sharing what they did during Safety Sabbath.

Safety Sabbath 2018 will be another opportunity to focus on safety during church services, so if your local church doesn’t yet have a safety officer or a church administrator, start thinking about what you should od in the event of an emergency and talk to your local leaders about how to implement a safety and emergency management plan. For resources, visit adventistrisk.org/prevention-resources.

By Savannah Carlson, Director

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Mission Spotlight Revives Online

Mission Spotlight

Remember presenting Mission Spotlight during your church services? While that tradition has gone by the wayside in most congregations, you can still see the impact that missions have on the world around us. Visit https://am.adventistmission.org/mission-spotlight for more information or to subscribe to their newsletter.

By Savannah Carlson

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Job Opportunities with Minnesota Conference

  • Full-time Director of Gift Planning & Trust Services, Property Management
  • Full-time Pastor needed in the Bemidji District.
  • Full-time Pastor needed in the Minneapolis First District
  • Full-time Pastor needed in the St. Paul First District
  • Full-time Bible Worker needed in Hackensack
  • Quarter-time Pastor needed at Mount of Blessings Church

For more information about the job opportunities, or to apply, please email scarlson@mnsda.com.

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News from Around the Conference – May, 2017

Sweet Farewells

Covington, Suzanne – b. June 16, 1947, d. April 4, 2017; Member of the Rock of Ages SDA Church

Jewell, Dorothy – b. November 21, 1925, d. April 10, 2017; Member of the Bemidji SDA Church

LaBelle, Christopher – b. July 1, 1987, d. April 8, 2017; Member of Minnetonka SDA Church, Son of Connie and Larry LaBelle.

Nyabuto, Cherie Teresa Naomi – b. October 20, 1991, d. March 12, 2017; Member of Faith Church International. Cherie Teresa (Naomi) Nyabuto was born on Sunday October 20, 1991 to Henry Nyabuto Nyamokeri and Rontin Hulang Nyabuto. She was sister to Bonaface Maxwell Nyabuto.  She moved to USA in 2006 and joined Cooper High School and graduated in 2010 and then joined Macalester College in St. Paul the same year. She accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior and was baptized on August 8, 2009 by Pastor Brian Mungandi. Cherie had very many friends all over the world.  She liked to experiment in the kitchen and make exciting dishes with exotic names.  Her friends still remember the cakes she used to bake for their birthdays often without their having to ask. We thank God for giving us Cherie.  We pray that we will all meet in Heaven when the time comes. 

Peterson, Beverly – b. August 7, 1932, d. April 9, 2017; Member of Minnetonka SDA Church

Roderick, Robert – b. June 30, 1925, d. March 28, 2017; Member of the Pipestone SDA Church

Seha, Betty – b. June 3, 1931, d. March 11, 2017; Member of the Albert Lea SDA Church

Woods, Laverna – b. April 2, 1932, d. April 1co, 2017; Member of the Fergus Falls SDA Church

Glad Tidings

If you have any Glad Tidings or Sweet Farewells to share with your friends and family throughout Minnesota, please email scarlson@mnsda.com.

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“Spark” Evangelism Training

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In collaboration with the Minnesota Conference, It Is Written will be presenting “Spark” Evangelism Training. The training sessions will take place in three locations throughout Minnesota. Just as a small spark can start a fire, we desire to start a fire for Jesus in Minnesota. Hosted by the Minnesota Conference, It Is Written will be presenting free evangelism training titled “Spark.” The training will help you learn simple methods for sharing your faith in an engaging and rewarding way. The training sessions will take place as follows:

  • Rochester SDA Church
    • April 7, 7 p.m.
    • April 8, 2 p.m.
    • April 9, 9 a.m.
  • Minnesota Conference Office 7384 Kirkwood Ct. Maple Grove
    • April 10-13, beginning 6:30 p.m. each evening
  • Bemidji SDA Church 4400 Eckles Rd. NW Bemidji
    • April 14, 7 p.m.
    • April 15, 2 p.m.
    • April 16, 9 a.m.

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Town Hall Meetings

Dwayne Mauk Finance Report

All church members are invited to attend Town Hall Meetings, during which the Minnesota Conference officers and departmental directors give an update regarding ministry in Minnesota. The meetings will take place as follows:Jose Torres, Justin Lyons & Savannah Carlson

  • April 8 7:30 p.m. at Wadena SDA Church 14711 125th Ave. Wadena
  • April 9 9:30 a.m. at Bemidji SDA Church 4400 Eckles Rd. NW Bemidji
  • April 9 4:00 p.m. at Duluth SDA Church 3210 Decker Rd. Duluth

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Thank You for Your Faithfulness

Oregon meetingRecently, I had the pleasure of attending Beyond the Bottom Line, a North American Division conference that targets employees who work in treasury. At this event, I went to a break-out session where one of the speakers discussed the fact that we as Christians should be the most thankful people on the planet.  His example was simple: imagine a person going through the checkout lane at a store. The normal communication pattern is the customer saying, “Thank you,” and the clerk saying, “You’re Welcome.” But the speaker presented a different scenario. Instead of the customer thanking the clerk, the clerk said thank you to the customer: thank you for the food in the clerk’s refrigerator, thank you for the clerk being able to own a car, thank you for the clerk being able to have a home.  If the customer didn’t come to the store and purchase something, the clerk wouldn’t have a job, or a home, or clothes, or food in the refrigerator.

This got me thinking about my own life.  How many times have I personally told someone thank you for giving me the chance to have a job?  Today, too many of us, are too busy believing, “I deserve a job.”  Society has forgotten that more than likely, someone has sacrificed something so that others may have that job they take for granted.

We saw a miracle in 2016: the Minnesota Conference had an incredible increase in tithe: almost $600,000 more than the previous year. It’s tempting to think that this happened because a certain program was pushed more than another, and we forget that this blessing occurred because our members entered into a partnership with God, and were faithful in tithes and offerings.

As an employee of the Minnesota Conference, one can become complacent in thinking that the reason one has a job is because of being talented, or wonderful, or that no one else can do the job like me. But when one experiences a paradigm shift like the one I experienced at Beyond the Bottom line, as an employee, I realize I have the pleasure of serving the Minnesota Conference members because someone sacrificed in their faithful giving to God, and I get to be the benefactor of that sacrifice. This paradigm shift has a humbling effect.

I would like to say thank you to each member who, through their faithfulness of giving tithes and offerings, gives me the opportunity to work for the Minnesota Conference and to be part of this great Advent-movement. I am grateful, and I thank you on behalf of the employees of the Conference. Thank you for your faithfulness, and for allowing us to have the opportunity to minister here in Minnesota.

Dwayne Mauk, VP for Finance

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Called to Love First – Women’s Ministries Weekend

Minnesota Women’s Ministries invites you to Finding God’s Calling 2017: Called To Love First

Have you ever wondered if God has a call for you personally? Ever wondered if you are part of God’s great plan for the world? Join us as we discover the deep calling from God for all of us to love as He loved us. Angie Joseph, a dynamic speaker from Missouri, will lead us through a weekend of discovery and answering God’s call on our lives. Cost is $25. The event will be held May 5-6 at the Minnesota Conference Office. Fill out the registration form and mail or email it to Kristin at mnwmsda@gmail.com or the Minnesota Conference Office, 7384 Kirkwood Ct, Maple Grove, MN 55369. You can find the registration form at the conference website, www.mnsda.com on the women’s ministries page.

Kristin Breiner, Minnesota Conference Women’s Ministries Coordinator

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