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

e-TNL Staff: Savannah B. Carlson, Director; Melisa Mauk, Website-editor

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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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Volunteers Needed at MWA

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We are so excited that Maranatha Volunteers International will be at Maplewood Academy May 9-21, 2017. We are so blessed to have their help to fix up our facilities, making them much better for our students and guests to use when on our campus. This project includes totally gutting and remodeling six bathrooms in the dorms—three in each dorm—as well as several other small painting and landscaping projects around campus. We need your help! Sign up to join us for just a few days or the entire trip. We are specifically looking for help with finding volunteers with specific skills like carpentry (drywall), tile, painting, etc. If you have these skills and are willing to help, please sign up on the Maranatha website at your earliest convenience. Even if you do not have specific construction skills, there will be plenty of work to be done around campus.

Another way you can help is through your generous gifts during this project. Our fundraising goal at this time is $130,000 for this project. All donations can be sent to MWA and marked for the Maranatha Mission Project. All donations for this mission project are tax-deductible.

The Lord is leading and doing great things at MWA. It is an exciting time to be a part of the growth of Maplewood Academy.  Thank you for being part of the Lord’s work in Minnesota but specifically for your support of MWA.

e-TNL Staff: Savannah B. Carlson, Director; Melisa Mauk, Website-editor

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God Moves Among Worthington Hispanic Group

Hisp fest stageOn Sabbath, April 1, Hispanic Ministries hosted a Small Group Festival in Lakeville, Minnesota at the Lakeville South High School. This event is an opportunity for various congregations to share how they run their small group ministries, tell testimonials, sing and study the Bible together. The Worthington Hispanic Group, in particular, has an incredible story to tell. The congregation consists of 18 people. The group was formed in August, 2015 with just two families. The group was officially organized in December of that year. In 2016, the group baptized nine more people and four were accepted by profession of faith, bringing their total numbers to 18 congregants.

As they planned for the new year, the group decided to do even bigger things for God by inviting friends in the community to come to the church. Attendance has now reached about 60 people per week. Their inspiration: “Jesus replied: Didn’t I tell you that you would see God’s glory if you believe?” [John 11:40, NLT]

Hisp festWhen the Small Group Festival was planned, the congregants were excited to invite those they had been connecting with to the event. They had decided they would rent a few small cars to drive everyone to the event, but as the day got closer, more and more people said they would be coming. They changed the reservations from cars to minivans, and when 5 a.m. Sabbath morning finally rolled around, a group of 54 people, including the congregants, were waiting to attend the Small Group Festival. God is truly working through those 18 members. They brought 39 non-Adventist with them to the Small Group Festival, and they continue to lead more people to Jesus. Praise God!

Savannah Carlson and Pastor Hernan Hirónymus

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A New Home for Rock of Ages Church

Rock of AgesWith total faith and trust in the Lord of the universe and with dedicated church members willing to sacrifice and work together as a team, it’s amazing what any congregation can do. Such is the incredible story of Rock of Ages SDA Church located in Savage, Minn.

In early September 2012, Pastor Birai, his wife and ten others started meeting and planning to plant a new church south of the River. With the blessing of Conference Administration, Rock of Ages was launched on November 24, 2012 with an encouraging attendance of 150. By God’s grace Rock of Ages grew so fast in both numbers and figures such that on May 23, 2013 (6 months after the launching) Rock of Ages became a full fletched multicultural congregation. After two years, we embarked on an ambitious campaign to raise a down payment of $ 175,000 that would enable us to buy a church building of our own. We embarked on this project by faith, knowing without a doubt that the good Lord who had brought us thus far would be sure see us through.

In all our planning meetings, we emphasized four key elements: prayer for God to open and close doors according to His will; exercise enduring faith; each to do his/her part; and each one of us to share our burden with those in the circle of our friends.

To reach our goal, we tried different methods of raising funds, including but not limited to the following: we divided ourselves into various groups and asked each group to raise a certain amount of money; we did quarterly fundraisers whereby we came together, shared a meal and each gave at least $ 100; we used online forms of giving like PayPal; we encouraged each other to solicit funds from those in our circle of our loved ones; and we wrote to some churches asking for donations. While the majority of churches said no, citing their own financial needs, others did send us some donations. As a matter of fact, four churches sent us $ 500 each, of which we were so grateful.

Perhaps our greatest challenge came down to finding a building to buy. This was our greatest challenge because many conflicting interests came into play –distance, affordability, location, various preferences by different members and meeting the conference requirements. We searched, toured different buildings, prayed for each one and, in the end, the will of God was done. With the help of the conference, on December 18, 2016, our church went from being a renter to becoming an owner. Hallelujah!

Since this property was used as business offices, there was need to renovate it into a church building. The renovation tag was $70,000. So, we had hardly purchased the building when we started raising funds for renovation. As of March 30, we had raised $25,000 and have $ 45,000 to go. Going by the same faith, renovation is poised to start on April 15 and continue for two months.

We ask for three things of those who read this article: first, please pray that our renovation project will succeed; secondly, share our joy and burden to those in your circle of friends and loved ones; and thirdly, if you wish to help fund our renovations, you can give in various ways, including:

  • Write a check payable to Rock of Ages and mail it to Rock of Ages SDA Church, P.O BOX 460, Savage, MN 55378
  • Sign into our web site and use “On line giving link” rockofages22.adventistchurchconnect.org

As a church, we are truly thankful for what the Lord has done for us. We also will not forget to thank the conference for helping us out when we needed them most, the church members for their faith, sacrifice and commitment and all those who have helped us in one way or the other. This building will enable us to do more ministry and bring more people to Christ, and that is the greatest gift of all.

Absalom Birai, Pastor; Andrew Thompson, First Elder; Brian Omirera, Head Deacon

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Fall History Tour

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Fall History Tour

This fall MWA students are going on a history tour to Washington DC.  This trip is open to all grades (9-12) and to parents and extended family. We would love to have pastors and teachers in our conference join us for our Fall History Tour.  If you have an interest in attending, please see the information attached below.  We are hopeful we can have a large enough group to have our own tour bus. If you are interested in your student(s) attending this amazing trip (see attached information) please register them (and perhaps yourself) and pay the deposit.. Here is the link where you can register: www.explorica.com/Beagle-4123

Registration Discount

If you know of students in your school or district who are planning to attend MWA next year on the Hutchinson Campus or through any of our connected learning programs, encourage them to fill out the online application right away.  If you complete the online or paper application for the 2017-2018 school year and create a tentative financial plan with Terry Nennich, VP for Finance (tnennich@maplewoodacademy.org) by:

  • May 31 and receive a coupon for $200 (dorm) $100 (Village/Connected) off  registration fee.

To apply online or to find more information visit www.maplewoodacademy.org.

Stacy Stocks, Maplewood Academy Principal

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