December 21, 2012  
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Best Wishes for the Holiday Season
  We wish all of our subscribers a safe and blessed holiday season. We pray for safe travels for those who will be visiting family and friends. Let's continue to remember in our prayers the many families who are grieving at this time. Whenever and wherever possible, reach out to someone with a smile, a hug, words of comfort, or some other random act of kindness. "So let's not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don't give up, or quit. Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith"--Galatians 6:9 (The Message). Blessings to you and your family.
North American Division Leaders Visit Storm-damaged Areas of New York
Leaders from the North American Division took time out to visit New York on December 7-8 to get a firsthand view of the storm-damaged areas. They also had the opportunity to assess the overall response of the Adventist Community Services teams and other volunteers in what is an ongoing project. Click HERE to view a video of their visit to New York. Photos of their visit can be viewed on Facebook. Watch for the January 2013 issue of the Gleaner where we present a pictorial spread of their visit to the storm-damaged areas with the Greater New York and Northeastern conference representatives.
Atlantic Union Adventist Youth Ministries and Office of Education Reach out to Sandy Hook Victims and the Town Newtown, Connecticut
Adventist youth, young adults, Pathfinders, Adventurers, and students in the Atlantic Union Conference are responding to the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy with compassion. Click HERE to find out how you can join them and offer your assistance.
2013 NAD YAHA Congress, March 21-24, 2013
The North American Division 2013 YAHA Congress is scheduled for March 21-24, 2013, at the Hilton Stamford Hotel, 1 First Stamford Place, Stamford, CT 06902. The theme for the congress is '"New Vision, Same Mission." For complete information regarding the YAHA Congress, visit To register for the event, visit Plusline.
A Call for Worldwide Prayer, January 9-19, 2013
Church members around the world are invited to participate in the upcoming 10 Days of Prayer initiative (formerly called Operation Global Rain), January 9-19, 2013. The purpose in setting aside 10 days in January for prayer, is for Seventh-day Adventist church members to saturate every aspect of their lives in prayer as they start the year, so they can live and proclaim God's last-day message of love and truth to the world (Revelation 14:6-12). Congregations of all sizes, small groups, and individuals are encouraged to sign up for the upcoming 10 Days of Prayer, 2013, by going to There you can also download united prayer guidelines for leaders, daily theme sheets, daily intercession themes, journal pages, a printable flyer, bulletin inserts, postcards, free e-book Praying for Rain, as well as other supporting materials. To read the entire news release, visit:
Office Closings for the Christmas and New Year Holidays
Following is a list of office closings for the Christmas and New Year holidays:

Atlantic Union Conference
December 24 and 25
December 31 and January 1

Bermuda Conference
December 25-January 2

Greater New York Conference
December 24-January 1

New York Conference
December 24 and 25
December 31 and January 1

Northeastern Conference
December 25 and 26
December 31 and January 1

Northern New England Conference
December 24-27
January 1

Southern New England Conference
December 24 - Noon and December 25
December 31 - 3:00 p.m. and January 1

SNEC Adventist Book Center
December 24 - 1:00 p.m. and December 25
January 1

North American Division
December 21-January 1

General Conference
December 21-January 1 
NBC's Holiday Special - "The Present"
NBC's Holiday Special, "The Present," was filmed at the Atlanta Berean church and features musicians Take 6, Jaime Jorge, and Jennifer LaMountain and Carlton P. Byrd, speaker/director of the Breath of Life Telecast. "The Present" will air in various locations on December 15-25. For a list of stations and airdates, go to or call (805) 955-7681.
December's Poll Question
Take a moment to respond to December's poll question: "Does your family celebrate Christmas?"
      So far, 71 percent of those who have already answered December's question say that they celebrate Christmas. Invite a friend to stop by the Atlantic Union "Home" page and answer December's poll question.  
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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In This Issue
Best Wishes
NAD Visit to New York
Sandy Hook Project
2013 NAD YAHA Congress
A Call for Worldwide Prayer
Office Closings - Holidays
NBC Special - "The Present"
December's Poll Question
Wednesday Morning Prayer


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