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Bob Cundiff Voted New President of Northern New England Conference
null On Sunday, September 22, 2013, the Northern New England Conference Executive Committee voted to ask Bob Cundiff, the conference's acting president and secretary, to serve as president of the Northern New England Conference with headquarters in Westbrook, Maine.

The appointment comes after a wide-ranging search process which began in June of this year following the retirement of Mike Ortel, who served the conference as president for more than 11 years and was employed by the Seventh-day Adventist Church for more than 43 years.

Cundiff will oversee the work of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the states of New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont with its more than 5,200 members, 59 churches, 14 elementary schools, two academies, one hospital, and many community services centers.

In a statement released after the executive committee meeting, Donald King, Atlantic Union Conference president, and the Northern New England Conference Executive Committee members, said "We continue to pray for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit's power in the hearts and lives of the members of the Northern New England Conference and for the soon and glorious return of our Savior Jesus Christ."

--Ednor A. P. Davison, Atlantic Union Conference assistant to the president for communication
 
Ministerial Directors Meet With Female Pastors at Advisory
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Female pastors, including a female chaplain, in the Atlantic Union were invited to attend the September 12 Ministerial Advisory at the union office in South Lancaster, Massachusetts. The main purpose of the meeting was to discuss ways in which the administrators and ministerial directors can support the women and ways to educate the church members in the Atlantic Union about the role of female pastors in ministry.

Ivan Williams, ministerial director for the North American Division, attended the meeting and was joined by Brenda Billingy, senior pastor of Metropolitan church in Hyattsville, Maryland. Lois King, Atlantic Union Conference Women's Ministries and Ministerial Spouses Association director, also attended the meeting.

A full report of their discussion will be presented to the Atlantic Union Conference Executive Committee at its next meeting.


--Ednor A. P. Davison, Atlantic Union Conference assistant to the president for communication
 
4,000 Backpacks Distributed at Back2School Compassion Bash in Far Rockaway, New York
null Thousands of children and parents who heard about the Back2School Compassion Bash lined the sidewalks around the Far Rockaway High School on September 8 to pick up their backpacks. More than 600 Adventist youth, youth leaders, and other volunteers were on hand to greet the crowd and assist with the distribution of not only backpacks but compassion T-shirts, water bottles, and more.

The North American Division Adventist Community Services, under the leadership of Sun Kwon, the executive director, provided $91,500.00 for the Back2School Compassion Bash project. The event was made possible thanks to a collaborative effort by JosÚ CortÚs, Jr, Atlantic Union Conference youth ministries director and event organizer, Youth Ministries directors Andres Peralta from Greater New York Conference, and Roger Wade from the Northeastern Conference; Ruben Merino, Greater New York Conference Adventist Community Services director; Aurora Sandoval the project manager; and youth leaders from both conferences. Hulando Shaw, owner of Real Veggie, a local business, donated soup and sandwiches for the people waiting in line.

Other activities were available throughout the day, including health screenings and Pathfinder drum corps and drill team exhibitions.

On Sunday, September 29, volunteers will head to Coney Island to distribute 1,000 backpacks to the children there.

Click HERE to view photos of the Back2School Compassion Bash on the Atlantic Union Adventist Youth Ministries Facebook page.

--Ednor A. P. Davison, Atlantic Union Conference assistant to the president for communication
 
Atlantic Union Conference Office of Education Facebook Page
null Did you know that the Atlantic Union Conference Office of Education has a Facebook page? Take a moment to visit the page, click on the "Like" button, and invite others to "Like" the page.

The page can be found at www.facebook.com/Atlantic.Union.Office.of.Education 
Adventist Church Sues U.S. City for 'Blatant' Religious Liberty Violation (ANN)

"The Seventh-day Adventist Church last week filed a lawsuit against the city of Las Cruces in the U.S. state of New Mexico over an ordinance church lawyers say violates religious expression and unfairly targets pastor-led faith groups, especially Latino churches.

 

"Earlier this year, city officials threatened to take legal action if the Las Cruces Spanish Seventh-day Adventist Church failed to comply with the requirements of the business registration ordinance.

 

"The ordinance ostensibly requires all pastor-led churches within city limits to register with the city, pay a registration fee and pass a discretionary review process before gaining approval to conduct worship services or provide pastoral care. Faith groups that are lay-led rather than clergy-led are not subject to the requirements, lawyers said."--Excerpts from Adventist News Network news story.

 

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New NAD Resource: MyWayToJesus.com
null The North American Division Office of Communication has released a new resource they hope will reach those who are seeking Christ by means of the Internet. The Web site MyWayToJesus.com is positioned to reach "seekers" to acquaint them with Jesus and the Seventh- day Adventist Church. It will also direct them to the nearest congregation using the eAdventist database.

"Did You Know" Series: 28 Fundamental Beliefs
The North American Division Office of Communication has produced 90-second videos of the 28 Fundamental Beliefs. The videos are on the MyWayToJesus.com Web site.

The videos are also being used as commercial spots on Hope Channel (beginning September 2013), on the new General Conference Web site (being released this fall), and will be made available to churches to use free of charge through AdventSource.

Take a moment to view the site at MyWayToJesus.com.
Memorial Service for Neil and Tina Carruthers - September 28
Neil Mason Carruthers, 34, a lifetime resident of Stoneham, died unexpectedly on August 11, 2013. Born in Stoneham, he was the son of Robert J. and Rosanne  (Mason) Carruthers and beloved husband of Tina (Nedelcu) Carruthers, all of Stoneham.

Florentina Nedelcu Carruthers, "Tina," 29, of Stoneham, died following a courageous battle with brain cancer on August 13, 2013. Born in Romania, she  was the daughter of Aurel and Aurica Nedelcu. She was the cherished wife of  Neil M. Carruthers.

The service for both Mr. and Mrs. Carruthers will be held Saturday, September 28 at 3:30 p.m. at the Stoneham Seventh-day Adventist Church, 29 Maple St., Stoneham, MA. A committal service will be on Sunday, September 29 at 1:00 p.m. in Curtis Hill Cemetery, South Woodstock, ME.

Let us keep the Carruthers and Nedelcu families in prayer as they mourn the loss of their loved ones.

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Share a Thanksgiving
There is always something for which to give thanks! The Gleaner staff is looking for members in the Atlantic Union territory (the Bermuda, Greater New York, New York, Northeastern, Northern New England, and Southern New England conferences) who are willing to share something that God has done for them for which they are giving Him thanks. It must be done in 40 words or less.

Responses will be printed in an upcoming issue of the Gleaner. Be sure to include your name and the church where you are a member.

Send your response by September 30, 2013, via e-mail: gleaner@atlanticunion.org (use the word "Thanksgiving" in the subject line, Facebook: facebook.com/atlanticunionconference (use the Inbox), or Twitter: twitter.com/GleanerFYI.
  
September Poll
Take a moment to visit the Atlantic Union Web site to respond to the poll for September: "Do you think it is important which Bible translation you use to study God's Word?"  Results so far indicate that 67 percent say "Yes" and 33 percent say "No." Be sure to register your response. 
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New NNEC President
Meeting With Female Pastors
4,000 Backpacks Distributed
Education Office on Facebook
Adventist Church Sues
New NAD Resource
Memorial Service - Carruthers
Share a Thanksgiving
September Poll
Wednesday Morning Prayer

  

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What's Ahead
 
2013 
September 
27-29: SNEC Young Adult Collegiate
            Congress
29:       Back2School Compassion
            Bash - Coney Island

October
1-3:     Language Arts Clinic
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
17-20:  Academy Compassion &
             Leadership Mission 2013
18-19: GBA Alumni Weekend
24-26: Society of Adventist
           Communicators Convention
25-27: NYC Women's Fall Retreat
25-27: SNEC Women's Fall Retreat 
   



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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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