February 15, 2012  
Pastors and Leaders Attend Pastoral Orientation Meeting     
More than 250 pastors and leaders from five conferences gathered at Linden church in Queens, New York, on January 12 for a pastoral orientation meeting to launch strategic plans in preparation for a major evangelistic initiative in New York City in 2013. Pastors, representing churches in the Greater New York, Northeastern, Southern New England, Allegheny East, and New Jersey conferences were informed, inspired, and motivated to be a part of the evangelistic thrust. Read the entire news story online at www.atlantic-union.org and in the March issue of the Gleaner.
Praying Hands
Atlantic Union Conference Wednesday Morning Prayer   
Join the Atlantic Union Conference Prayer Ministries Department every Wednesday morning from 6:30-7:30 a.m. for early morning prayer. Call (712) 451-6100, Code: 3687072#.  
Ephesus Church Holds Mortgage-burning Ceremony   
The leadership and members of the Ephesus church in Harlem recently held a mortgage-burning ceremony. They celebrated paying off a $550,000 mortgage that was held by the Atlantic Union Revolving Fund. The funds were used to restore the 125-year-old church that was badly damaged in a 1969 fire. To read the entire news story, visit: http://nyti.ms/zllmoZ.
AUC Alumni Weekend AUC Alumni Association Alumni Weekend - April 19-23  
The Atlantic Union College Alumni Association announces alumni activities for the weekend of April 19-23 on the campus of AUC. Registration begins at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, April 19, followed by Vespers. Maria Roybal-Hazen, M.D., '75, is the speaker for the Sabbath worship service. For more information e-mail: alumni@auc.edu or check the Facebook group "You Know You Went to AUC When."
NEC New England Region Women's Ministries Day of Prayer - March 10    

The Northeastern Conference New England Region Women's Ministries thirteenth annual Day of Prayer will be held on Sabbath, March 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Third Baptist Church, 149 Walnut St., Springfield, MA 01109. The guest speaker is Charlotte Thoms, Atlantic Union and North American Division Disabilities Ministries director. Donation $20.00, children under 12 years $10.00. For more information, contact your local Women's Ministries director on Bernadine Williams-Dormer at bernwildor@ymail.com or call (860) 519-8230.

Register Now for the Atlantic Union Conference Festival of the Laity SEEDS - March 30-April 1  
Festival of the Laity SEEDSRegister now for the Atlantic Union Conference Festival of the Laity SEEDS Conference on March 30 - April 1, at the Stamford Marriot Hotel and SPA, 243 Tresser Blvd., Stamford CT 06901. Seminars will be offered in four languages: English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese. To reserve your hotel room, call (800) 732-9689 (mention Atlantic Union Conference meeting). To register for the event, visit PlusLine. Get information on hotel cost, registration fees, and more, here.
Just Claim It - 3rd NAD/World Youth Prayer Conference - March 7-11 
JCI Ministries is holding the 3rd NAD/World Youth Prayer Conference on March 7-11 at the Joseph S. Koury Convention Center and Sheraton Greensboro Hotel at Four Seasons, in Greensboro, N.C. Just Claim It, Ignition, and the Leadership Summit are working together to provide spiritual growth, training, motivation and encouragement to youth and young adults, along with their leadership teams. For more information and to register, visit www.jci3.org.
Andrews University Annual Music and Worship Conference - March 29-31 
The 9th annual Andrews University Music and Worship Conference will be held March 29-31, on the Andrews University campus in Berrien Springs, Mich. it is sponsored by the Center for Youth Evangelism and their partners, the Music and Christian Ministry departments, and the NAD Church Resource Center. Sessions and workshops will take place at the Andrews University Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, Howard Performing Arts Center, and Pioneer Memorial church. Registration is required and can be completed online. For more information, call (269) 471-8380 or visit www.auworshipconference.org.
Adventist Church Membership in North America is 1.13 Million  

Adventists in North America total 1,130,584 in the United States, Canada, and Bermuda, according to G. Alexander Bryant, executive secretary of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America. One out of every 306 people living in these three countries meet for worship in 5,306 churches and 778 companies. Forty percent of those churches have fewer than 50 people meeting for worship weekly and three percent have more than 500. To find out more information about the church in North America, check out page 11 of the February issue of the Adventist World.

Coming Up in March in North America   

The focus for March in North America is "Women in the Church"

Women's Day of Prayer                     March 3

Adventist Youth Week of Prayer       March 4-10

Disabilities Awareness Sabbath        March 17

Monthly DEAF (Deaf Everywhere Are Family) Bible Study 

The March Monthly DEAF Bible Study group meeting will be held on Saturday, March 10, at 11:00 a.m. at the Boston Temple church, 105 Jersey St., Boston, MA 02215. 

Successful Fundraising: A Guide for Local Churches      
Successful Fundraising: A Guide for Local Churches, from Philanthropic Services for Institutions (PSI), is ideal for churches that need to raise funds to build a new church, enlarge, or improve an existing church or school. Beginning with the question, "Where do I start?" and moving through the process of raising money responsibly, this handbook is designed to help churches avoid pitfalls and raise money successfully, in ways that work today. Pastors and leaders involved in such projects will also benefit by coupling the book's advice by consulting with a PSI professional. Order from AdventSource or call
(800) 328-0525. 
UMass Medical School Summer Undergraduate Research Program - May 27-August 3  
The University of Massachusetts Medical School Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity is a non-credit, ten-week, structured research experience scheduled for May 27-August 3. The program consists of "hands-on" laboratory research experience with an investigator serving as a mentor, role model, and advisor. Application deadline: March 12, 2012. Generous stipend, housing, travel and related expenses provided. Participants are required to live in dormitory. Visit www.umassmed.edu/summer for detailed program information and online application. 
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In This Issue
Pastors and Leaders
Wednesday Morning Prayer
Ephesus Church
AUC Alumni Weekend
NEC Women's Ministries
Festival of the Laity SEEDS
Just Claim It!
Worship Conference
NAD Church Membership
NAD March Focus
DEAF Bible Studies
Successful Fundraising
UMass Summer Research

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What's Ahead


17-19: NYC North Country Snow Weekend
19-22: NEC 30th Departmental Convention


3: NAD Women's Day of Prayer
10: Monthly Deaf Bible Study - Boston Temple
10: NEC Women's Day of Prayer
4-10: NAD Adventist Youth Week of Prayer
7-11: JCI 
16-17: NNEC Righteousness by Faith Rally
17: NAD Disabilities Awareness Sabbath
17: Edward D Herndon Memorial Concert
24: Northboro Church Deaf Day
29-31: NNEC Music Clinic 
30-Apr. 1: Festival of the Laity SEEDS Conference
31: Friend Day - Worcester Airport Drive Church

April 14: Monthly Deaf Bible Study - Norwich Church
19-23: AUC Alumni Weekend
20-21: NNEC Righteousness by Faith Rally


2-5: Atlantic Union Music Clinic - Bermuda

5-8: NAD Teachers Convention
8-11: ASI Convention
30-Sept.: Deaf Camp

18-20: Society of Adventist Communicators Convention  



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About Atlantic Union Conference
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