April 19, 2012  
 
NY13 Web site and Facebook Page Launched
The NY13 Web site (ny13.org) and Facebook page (facebook.com/NY13.org) are available online. Both the Web site and Facebook page will provide information leading up to and during the 2013 evangelistic meetings in New York City. Take a moment to visit the Web site, and also click the "Like" button on the Facebook page. Help get the word out about ny13.org in your church and on your social networks.

Festival of the Laity SEEDS Conference a Blessing to Many   
Pastors, church leaders, and church members in the Atlantic Union recently attended the Festival of the Laity SEEDS Conference in Stamford, Connecticut. Results of a survey conducted following the event indicate that many benefited from the sermons, seminars, prayer sessions, friendly atmosphere, and more. The seminars were offered in four languages: English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese. The purpose of the conference was to train, inspire, and encourage the members. A report on the event will be included in the May issue of the Gleaner.
Historic Vote for Female Seminary Graduates in the Bermuda Conference
The Bermuda Conference Executive Committee recently voted to appoint two female seminary graduates to serve as directors. Michelle Hill, a 2011 graduate, was appointed as the director of Prayer Ministries, and Simona Mills-Pitcher, a chaplain and 2010 graduate, was appointed as the director of Music Ministries. Both are graduates of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. They join a number of other females who have either been voted or appointed to serve in the conference. However, this is the first time that female seminary graduates have been appointed as departmental directors. READ the entire news story. >>
Eighth Adventist Christian Fellowship Summit Draws Youth and Young Adults  College and university students from New York and around the Atlantic Union and North America met at Columbia University in New York on the weekend of April 13-14 for the eighth Adventist Christian Fellowship Summit. To view photos from the event, visit the Atlantic Union Conference Adventist Youth Ministries Facebook page. >>
Review and Herald Recruits Representatives for Each Church   
Adventist Book Centers and the Review and Herald Publishing Association plan to improve their service to churches by adding a thousand or more local representatives. The positions do not come with a paycheck, but they do have perks for those who love books and reading. Launched by the Review and Herald Publishing Association earlier this year, the Church Promoter Program promises new recruits a steady supply of free books. Their part of the bargain is to inform local church members about new products and help the local ABC take orders. Currently about 500 promoters have passed the screening process and are active in local churches. For more information about the church promoter program, visit www.reviewandherald.com/churchpromoter, or contact Oscar Hernandez at ohernandez@rhpa.org. (301) 393-3252. Read the entire new story. >>  
Guide Magazine Addresses Blockbuster Movie 
Guide magazine released a statement about the teen blockbuster movie, The Hunger Games, to give their readers an idea of how to respond to the countless conversations about the movie. The review outlines the positive and negative themes in the motion picture. The Hunger Games set an all-time box office record for a non-sequel movie by generating $155 million in the first weekend. Read the entire review. >>
 Greater Boston Academy Open House - April 26   
Greater Boston Academy is hosting an Open House on April 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at 108 Pond Street, Stoneham, MA 02180. Join them for a school tour, performances, interactive classes, and food. For more information contact the school at (781) 438-4253.
Breath of Life Ministries (BOL) has a New App 
Breath of Life Ministries (BOL) has a new App that will provide information about upcoming events, news items, BOL broadcast videos, and audio recordings of sermons presented by BOL speaker/director Carlton Byrd. It's available in 15 countries. Get the App at the iPhone App Store. 
The Great Hope Project
The North American Division (NAD) is encouraging every member to read the full version of The Great Controversy by Ellen G. White during the first half of 2012 and share a contemporary version (11 chapters) entitled, The Great Hope, with friends and neighbors during the second half of 2012. Books may be pre-ordered by churches or individuals directly from the local Adventist Book Center or online. The Pre-publication price of $0.39 per book plus shipping is available through May 15. .Read more about this project on the NAD Web site.
Message Magazine Shares Great Controversy Themes
A special summer issue of Message magazine will dovetail into the Adventist church's worldwide effort to share The Great Controversy. Titled "Our Great Hope," the issue includes five key chapters from the Spirit of Prophecy book as well as five complementary articles that cover such subjects as Bible prophecy and the perils of setting a date for the second coming. The price for the magazine is as low as $.39 each in bulk quantities. It is available through your Adventist Book Center. 
Grief Recovery Support Group - May 17 
Grief Share, a special weekly support group for people grieving the loss of a loved one, is being held at the Village Church at 75 Sawyer St., South Lancaster, MA, beginning on Thursday, May 17 at 7:00 p.m. For more information, contact Margaret Howell (978) 368-1885 or Suzanne Young (978) 365-7059.
Wanted: Your Best Sermon  
Ministers and graduate ministerial students in North America are invited to submit their best stewardship sermons. Up to 10 outstanding sermons will be selected and awarded $1,000.00 each. Ministers (active or retired) from the North American Division or graduate ministerial students (such as M.Div. or similar) studying in North American schools may participate. For additional information about this contest visit  www.iGiveSDA.org/contest or contact Lori Bryan at (301) 680-6432, lori.bryan@nad.adventist.org. Submission deadline is August 9, 2012.
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#.     

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Festival of the Laity SEEDS
Historic Vote
Eighth ACF Summit
R&H Recruits Representatives
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GBA Open House
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The Great Hope
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