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Stewards of Hope, New York City - August 23-24

On August 23 and 24, a special event will take place at 11 Seventh-day Adventist churches in New York City. The Sabbath sermon will be delivered by 11 stewardship professionals, speaking on the importance and sometimes misunderstood topic of stewardship. In the afternoon, you are invited to attend the Stewards of Hope seminar. This is a historic summit on stewardship. Every organizational level of the Adventist Church will be participating to lift up Jesus, the Ultimate Steward. Come join the experience, and be blessed.

 

The Sabbath afternoon program begins at 4:00 p.m., on August 24 at the Mount Vernon Seventh-day Adventist Church, 230 S. Columbus Avenue, Mount Vernon, NY 10553. The afternoon seminars are geared toward teaching stewardship principles by several experts and will be in three languages: English, Spanish, and French.

Local church stewardship directors and their teams, church treasurers, elders, and pastors are invited to attend. The event is designed to train the trainers who will teach members how Seventh-day Adventists are to live as faithful stewards.

Stewardship of Hope is part of the evangelistic initiative for New York City during 2013 and is sponsored by the North American Division and Atlantic Union Conference.

Download a PDF of the brochure here.

Atlantic Union Adventist Media (AUAM) Union-Wide Offering - August 10, 2013
The offering taken in local churches on August 10, 2013, is designated for the Atlantic Union Adventist Media (AUAM). The AUAM production truck has recorded events, including camp meetings for the Greater New York and Northeastern conferences, Let's Connect Live (www.auam.tv), Pathway of Hope (www.hopetv.org  and www.3abn.org), Families4 Heaven (www.3abn.org), and programs for the NY13 Revelation of Hope evangelistic meetings.  
   
Study of Publishing House Restructuring Ends Without Merger Recommendation

Citing "differing perspectives as to the interpretation" of Spirit of Prophecy writings about the independences of the two units, a statement issued by

Mark Thomas, president of the Review and Herald Publishing Association, addresses employees July 31 at the Review's campus in Hagerstown, Maryland, United States. [photo: Kim Peckham/RHPA]
church leaders said: "It is felt in the best interest of the publishing work of the church at this time for there to be no change to the governance of the two institutions."

 

However, the statement noted that leaders of the General Conference and its North American Division have "requested that the two publishing houses continue to operate under their current structures but that they try to find ways to realize economies through closer cooperation and possible shared services."

 

Additionally, "The publishing houses are also encouraged to work very closely with and respond to the North American Division's mission-driven publishing needs and cooperate in developing more division-oriented and efficient delivery and distribution systems," the statement indicated.--Source:Adventist News Network (ANN)

 

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Study Committee Votes Consensus Statement on 'Theology of Ordination'
 
Members of the Adventist Church's Theology of Ordination Study Committee voted to approve a consensus statement on the Adventist theology of ordination. The committee is navigating challenging issues surrounding the Christian tradition. [photo: Ansel Oliver] 
"By a vote of 86 to 8  - a ratio of almost 11 to 1 - delegates at
the Seventh-day Adventist Church's Theology of Ordination Study Committee (TOSC) agreed today to approve a consensus statement on an Adventist theology of ordination. The action was an early endorsement of the goal of TOSC leaders to move unitedly through the challenging issues surrounding the church's discussion of ordination.

According to the statement, "Seventh-day Adventists understand ordination, in a biblical sense, as the action of the church in publicly recognizing those whom the Lord has called and equipped for local and global church ministry." Biblical examples of ordained persons include elders/supervising elders and deacons, the document says, as well as "elders who were itinerant and supervised greater territory with multiple congregations."

 

Explaining the role of an ordained person, the statement continues: "In the act of ordination the church confers representative authority upon individuals for the specific work of ministry to which they are appointed. These may include representing the church; proclaiming the gospel; administering the Lord's Supper and baptism; planting and organizing churches; guiding and nurturing members; opposing false teachings; and providing general service to the congregation."--Source: Adventist News Network (ANN) 

 

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"enditnow" Abuse Prevention Weekend - August 23-25
The Greater New York and Northeastern conferences are hosting "enditnow Abuse Prevention Weekend" on August 23-25

Schedule of Seminars Workshops and More . . .

Friday, August 23 at 7:00 p.m.
Co-Op City Seventh-day Adventist Church
1010 Baychester Avenue, Bronx, NY 10475

Sabbath, August 24 at 9:30 a.m.
Ridgewood SDA Church
1925 Gates Avenue, Ridgewood, NY 11385

Sunday, August 25
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

enditnow Abuse Prevention March 
Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. and the march will start at 10:00 leaving from Maranatha Seventh-day Adventist Church, 173-04 Linden Blvd., Jamaica, NY, and ending at Northeastern Conference, 115-50 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica, NY.

Sunday, August 25
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m
Health Expo 
115-50 Merrick Blvd.
Jamaica, NY

For more information, contact the Greater New York Conference Women's Ministries director, Angelia Francis Brown at (516) 627-9350 or Northeastern Conference Women's Ministries director, Mirielle St. Pierre at (718) 291-8006 ext. 2215, or e-mail: mstpierre@northeastern.org.
Download the Abuse Prevention Flyer  
August Poll
Take a moment to visit the Atlantic Union Web site to respond to the poll for August: "How often do you witness to others about Jesus Christ?"   
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 (862) 902-0100. Code: 579007#.     

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Stewards of Hope
AUAM Union-wide Offering
Study of Publishing House
Study Committee Votes
Abuse Prevention Weekend
August Poll
Wednesday Morning Prayer

  

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What's Ahead
 
2013 
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 
11-14: Virtual Festival of Laity
14:      Compassion Day
22:      Let's Move Day
27-29: SNEC Young Adult Collegiate
            Congress

October
10-13: NNEC Fall Prayer Retreat
11-12:  Atlantic Union Attorneys
            Conference
11-13: SLA Alumni Weekend
12:       Compassion Day
13-16:  NNEC Fall Prayer Retreat
18-19: GBA Alumni Weekend
25-27: NYC Women's Fall Retreat
25-27: SNEC Women's Fall Retreat 
   



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