July 18, 2013   
   
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NETS Conducts First Graduation
NETS graduates with administrators from the Bermuda, Greater New York, and Northeastern conferences, and the Atlantic Union, the North American Division, and the General Conference.
Nine students graduated during the Northeast Evangelism Training School's (NETS) first graduation program at the Spanish Broadway church in New York City on June 30. Two additional students received certificates of participation. The ceremony signaled the completion of the first NETS four-month program held in conjunction with the NY13 evangelistic meetings at the Manhattan church with Ted Wilson.

Administrators from every level of the Adventist Church were present to show their support. Ted Wilson, Seventh-day Adventist World Church president, thanked the graduates for what they've done for NY13. "Only in heaven will you truly understand the work you are involved with," Wilson said. He referred to NETS as "a jewel that will propel evangelism in the Atlantic Union that the Lord will be delighted with."

Kenneth Denslow, assistant to the North American Division president, thanked the graduates for their ministry to the Adventist Church and said, "May you know that Jesus is by your side and that you are accomplishing His will."

Donald King, Atlantic Union Conference president and chairman of the NETS' Board of Governors, shared a brief history on NETS and said, "We owe a debt of gratitude to Ted Wilson, Mark Finley, and Dan Jackson for the establishment and inauguration of the NETS program, and to the six conferences for their support." He acknowledged the presence of conference presidents Jeffrey Brown (Bermuda), G. Earl Knight (Greater New York), and Daniel Honoré (Northeastern), and also Duane Cady, interim president for Atlantic Union College. Addressing the graduates, King said, "As you embark on this journey, lower your nets on the right side of the ship."

--Ednor A. P. Davison, Gleaner editor

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Delegates Vote Two New Administrators at Constituency Session
Newly-elected Southern New England Conference administrators, David Dennis, president, center; José Alarcón, executive secretary, second from right; Joel Tompkins, treasurer, second from left; and Atlantic Union Conference representatives, Donald King, president, left, and Carlyle Simmons, executive secretary, right.
Delegates attending the 36th Constituency Session of the Southern New England Conference on July 14 voted to elect a new president and secretary to serve the conference for the next four years. David Dennis, pastor of the Village church in South Lancaster, was elected to serve as president, and José Alarcón, Hispanic Ministries coordinator for the conference, was elected to serve as executive secretary. Joel Tompkins, the conference's treasurer, was reelected.

In his response to the delegates after the vote, Dennis called upon department heads and churches to work together as a family and as a team. "Let us bridge the gap between one another and become that family God wants us to be," Dennis said. "If the world is going to be at war with God's church in these last days, now is not the time for us to hide ourselves behind the safety and the security of the walls and doors of our churches. Now is the time to go on the offensive, throw open the doors of the church, invite these people in, and let them see the Holy Spirit work in their lives."

Departmental directors returned to office are Tom Murray, association board secretary and Planned Giving/Stewardship director; Pat Giese, superintendent of schools; and Josué Feliciano, Youth/Family Ministries/NSO director. Judy Gilleo, the associate manager for the Adventist Book Center, was voted to serve as manager on an interim basis, and John Amoah, a pastor in the conference, was voted to serve as Ministerial/Evangelism director. New executive committee, constitution and bylaws committee, and association board members were also voted to serve for the next four years.

--Ednor A. P. Davison, Gleaner editor

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Joint Camp Meeting a Success
 
More than 12,000 people attended the Joint Camp Meeting of the Greater New York and Northeastern conferences at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York, on June 29. It was the first time these two conferences opted to forgo camp meeting at their usual locations and unite in one location. The event marked the midpoint of the NY13 Revelation of Hope evangelistic meetings that have been in progress in the metro New York area since April.

"This assembly is inspired by the desire of both conferences in New York City to work in unison in the proclamation of the Adventist Message," Daniel Honoré, Northeastern Conference president and chairman of the Joint Camp Meeting Planning Committee, said. "Today's gathering transports us back to the days of old when God called the children of Israel to holy convocations. It also carries us forward to the day foretold by John, when the redeemed of the Lord will stand before His throne in a great multitude which no man can number."

Showing support for this historic event were representatives from every level of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. "We say a special thanks to our leaders from the higher organizations and to pastors/evangelists from around the world for their contribution to the advancement of the gospel of Jesus Christ in our territory. We also thank our local pastors, church workers, and our faithful members for their sacrifices, commitment, and dedicated service. Only heaven will reveal the extent of your labor," G. Earl Knight, Greater New York Conference president and co-chair of the Joint Camp Meeting Planning Committee, said.

Ted Wilson, Seventh-day Adventist Church president, who had just completed a three-week series of meetings at the Manhattan church, presented the morning's message. He reflected on the early beginnings of the church and encouraged members to continue the work "until Jesus comes."

About 150 individuals were baptized following the worship service. Presidents Ted Wilson, Donald King, and Daniel Honoré were among the pastors who took part in the baptism. So far, more than 2,000 people have been added to the church in both fields, and more are expected as the meetings in metro New York continue.

--Ednor A. P. Davison, Gleaner editor

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Adventist Youth Participate in Compassion Projects
Hundreds of youth, young adults, and adults participated in several compassion initiatives during the joint camp meeting of the Greater New York and Northeastern conferences on June 29 at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. The projects included a shoe drive with Soles4Souls and a Rose with a Promise, along with a visit to a nearby rehabilitation center.

You couldn't miss those involved in the projects because most of them wore red-and-white compassion T-shirts ready to show that "actions speak louder than words."

New or mildly used shoes or sneakers were collected at the gates as people entered the Coliseum. Many boxes were filled with all types of shoes that were donated that day to share with those who are in need of shoes.

In the afternoon, more than 500 roses were distributed together with a card containing a promise that read: "Do not fear, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand"-Isaiah 41:10 (NRSV).

--Joanne Cortés, communication assistant, Atlantic Union Conference

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Math Clinic Reveals Christ Through Numbers
Fifty-four students participated in a Math Clinic at the  Brooklyn school on June 24-28. It was one of several clinics scheduled this year in conjunction with the NY13 evangelistic meetings.

For the entire week math skills were taught using the Bible as a textbook. Adventist as well as non-Adventist students from the neighborhood were challenged to find examples and analogies from the Bible to illustrate the concepts taught. For example, students studying the numeral seven had to find and share examples in the Bible where seven was used. When the numeral seven is flipped, it forms the letter L. Students then had to find a word beginning with "L" that summed up each story.

During the week, several parents stopped by to listen and learn. They expressed appreciation for what their children were learning and were bewildered that their children were so enthusiastic to attend this clinic when all year they were reluctant to attend school. Superintendents David Cadavero and Viola Chapman stopped by during the week to lend their support.  

--Astrid Thomassian, education director, Atlantic Union Conference

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Upcoming NETS Programs
The fall NETS certificate program will be held on the campus of Atlantic Union College from August 16 to December 10. The spring program runs from January 24 to May 24. For more information, visit NETS, e-mail: registrar@atlanticunion.org, or call (978) 696-6043.

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Memorial Service for Joe Melashenko
Elder Joe Melashenko, former pastor-evangelist-musician, passed away on June 21 at the age of 91 (January 10, 1922 - June 21, 2013). He was an evangelist with the Voice of Prophecy media ministry for more than two decades. Memorial services take place at the Paradise church on Sunday, July 21 at 4:00 p.m., PDT (7:00 p.m. EDT). The musical service may be viewed live online.

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Forever Faithful International Camporee - August 11-16, 2014
Forever Faithful International Camporee to Feature Symphony Orchestra and Mass Choir. The Forever Faithful International Camporee will have a new addition in 2014, the introduction of a symphony orchestra and mass choir. The Center for Youth Evangelism is currently looking for Pathfinders ages 9 to 19 who play an instrument or sing to join this special group. For more information, or to audition for the orchestra or mass choir, visit our Web site at www.camporee.org, or contact Catrina LeSure at catrinalesure@yahoo.com.

Forever Faithful International Camporee Theme Song Competition. The Forever Faithful International Camporee is still looking for submissions in our theme song competition. The winner will receive two free tickets to the Oshkosh Camporee. For rules and regulations visit our Web site at www.camporee.org, or contact Catrina LeSure at catrinalesure@yaho.com. 
July's Poll
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NETS Graduation
SNEC Session Report
Joint Camp Meeting
Compassion Projects
Math Clinic
Upcoming NETS Programs
Memorial Service
Forever Faithful Camporee
July Poll
Wednesday Morning Prayer

  

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What's Ahead
 
2013 
July 
21-27: USA Skills Week
21-27: GNYC - Franco-Haitian Camp
            Meeting
27:       William Miller Camp Meeting

August 
3-31:   "Preparing For His Glory"
10:       AUAM Union-wide Offering
10:       Compassion Day 
16-17: North Adirondack Camp
            Meeting
23-24:  Stewards of Hope
25:       Domestic Abuse Walk
September
14:      Compassion Day
22:      Let's Move Day
27-29: SNEC Young Adult Collegiate
            Congress

October
11-12:  Atlantic Union Attorneys
            Conference
11-13:  SLA Alumni Weekend
12:       Compassion Day
13-16:  NNEC Fall Prayer Retreat
25-27: NYC Women's Fall Retreat 



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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 109,500 members who worship in 571 churches and 57 groups, 63 schools, one health care facility, and numerous community-based ministries.

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