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Atlantic Union Educators Attend and Inclusion Workshop
More than 100 educators from across the Atlantic Union territory attended a one-day Inclusion Workshop with an emphasis on Asperger's syndrome learning spectrum teaching skills. The workshop took place  on October 10 at the Atlantic Union Conference office. Every conference was represented with at least one teacher attending.

The workshop served to help equip teachers with the necessary tools to be able to accommodate all learning styles and children in their classrooms. The presenter was Barbara Newman from CLC Network. The event was sponsored by the Atlantic Union Conference Office of Education
Update Report Regarding the Mass DHE Site Visit
September 30 - October 2, 2012

Founder's Hall
The site visit by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education (Mass DHE) team to conduct an assessment for the reestablishment of degree granting authority at Atlantic Union College was completed on October 2. The team took a tour of the campus and expressed appreciation for the hospitality and warm reception they received from the time they arrived on Sunday evening, September 30, all day Monday, and on Tuesday.

During the exit interview on October 2, there were several general and specific commendations. These included reception hospitality, responsiveness in providing information, and past faculty and students who demonstrated their skill and passion for teaching and learning. Specific commendation was given for the level of commitment and care that the staff and faculty took to manage the teach-out process of the students. Also cited was the leadership role of Lloyd Brown in the downsizing of the institution and managing the deferred maintenance of the campus.

The team shared the 10 standards of the Mass DHE with us in the exit interview, with several recommendations-all of which we believe to be "doables" and will be responded to as soon as the official report is received from the team. One of the standards that pertaining to the library received no recommendations at all. The team was obviously impressed with both the appearance and organization of the library (thanks to all the staff and volunteers who worked vigorously and enthusiastically to prepare the library and other buildings for the visit).

We say thanks for all the hard work and tireless efforts of Gina Brown, administrative educational consultant, Lloyd Brown, the entire campus staff, former faculty, former students, some board of trustee members, and some AUC Strategic Planning Committee members-all of whom met with the visiting team.

The next steps include responding to the team's report on each of the recommendations before it goes to the DHE board for final approval. We thank God for all your prayers and what appears to have been a very positive outcome for this initial step in the process. If all goes well, the approval process could be completed by January 2013.

-Donald G. King, president of the Atlantic Union Conference, and chairman of the Atlantic Union College, Inc., Board of Trustees
Atlantic Union Governing Committee Approves Inauguration of New Evangelism School  
Eric Flickinger
On September 19, 2012, the executive committee of the Atlantic Union approved the inauguration of NETS (Northeast Evangelism Training School). The school will provide non-accredited certification for lay members (four-month training) as well as intensives for pastors in the art of evangelism and community health missionary work. It is anticipated that with the emphasis on soul-winning and teaching basic health principles, students of NETS will be trained to minister to their communities like never before as we await the soon coming of our Lord back to this earth again.

The approval decision of the union committee came several months after the first introduction of the training program earlier this year. At that time, a request for a business/marketing plan to be presented at the meeting in September 2012 was made and voted upon. The approval comes with support from the General Conference and the North American Division to start such a school for the training of church members and pastors in evangelism and community health missionary work. The teaching staff of NETS will include some of the most outstanding soul winners, and church growth and health specialists in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The cost of operating NETS will be fairly low since most of the instructors will be contract teachers and/or current church employees.

A director for NETS has been appointed by the NETS Governing Board. His name is Eric Flickinger, a seasoned trainer who formerly served as an assistant director of AFCOE (Amazing Facts Center of Evangelism) in Weimar, California. A veteran of more than 50 evangelistic campaigns as an Amazing Facts evangelist, Eric brings a wealth of experience to the NETS Atlantic Union team to train aspiring students in the skill and fervor of soul-winning. His passion for evangelism has been experienced by thousands across the United States, Canada, Eastern Europe, and Asia. Students will learn how to prepare for, execute, and follow-up a very successful evangelistic campaign. Flickinger is a graduate of the University of Florida, Santa Fe Community College, and AFCOE. His wife, Hildelisa, is a certified clinical nutrition specialist with degrees in Food Science and Dietetics from the University of Florida at Gainsville. Together, they have two children, Noelani, age six and Justin, age three.

Although located on the campus of Atlantic Union College, NETS will operate independent of the college and under the governing umbrella of the Atlantic Union Conference. One of NETS' first training classes will be conducted in New York City in collaboration with NY13, the evangelistic initiative to reach people in Metro New York City in 2013 and beyond with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

-Donald G. King, president, Atlantic Union Conference
-Members, Atlantic Union Conference Executive Committee
2012 Annual Council Meetings in Progress - October 11-17
The 2012 Annual Council meetings are in progress. This the annual meeting of the world church's full executive committee. The meetings are usually held the second weekend in October and the committee reviews policy items. You can read news about the Annual Council meetings through Adventist New Network
October's Poll Question on the Atlantic Union Web site
The poll question for October is,  "Are you attending or have you ever attended an Adventist school/college?" If you haven't answered the poll question, scroll midway down on the Atlantic Union "Home" page and look for the "October's Poll Question" tab. The question is available until October 31.
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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What's Ahead

October 1-30: The Waymark church CHIP Program
18-21:
Society of Adventist Communicators Convention

19-21: NYC Women's Fall Retreat
26-27: Northboro Bible Conference 2012

26-28: AUCONF - Haitian Elders' Retreat
27: Christ's Method Alone Day


November
2-3: Breath of Live Reunion Weekend Live
3-11:  Temple Salem Church 40th Anniversary
4: Atlantic Union Youth Volunteer for ING NYC Marathon
4-10: NAD Week of Prayer
5-6: USA Academy Days
8-10: AUCONF - Academy Service & Leadership Conf
16-18: Grand Concourse Anniversary Celebrations
25-Dec. 1: Christian Fellowship 75th Anniversary

December
8:  Learn How to Minister Behind Bars (Worcester church) 





About Atlantic Union Conference
Founded in 1901, the Atlantic Union Conference is the headquarters for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the northeast United States and the islands of Bermuda. It serves six conferences, more than 108,268 members who worship in 567 churches and 56 groups, 63 schools, one health care facility, and numerous community-based ministries.

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