November 22, 2013   
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Northeast Evangelism Training School Officially Opens

Atlantic Union Conference administrators, the Lancaster town administrator, local conference presidents, NETS directors, and students stand in front of the building where NETS will be housed.
A dedication ceremony signaling the official opening of the Northeast Evangelism Training School (NETS) was held on November 20 on the campus of Atlantic Union College. The ceremony included a ribbon cutting, brief speeches by special guests, and a tour of the Miles Building where NETS will be housed.
Welcoming those attending the event, Donald King, Atlantic Union Conference president and co-founder of NETS, said "Today marks a very special and epochal moment in the history of our union, to capture the beginning of a training program for our church members, and local and community leaders, who wish to be trained in the art of Bible teaching, soul winning, and community health ministry."

Among the special guests was Lancaster town administrator, Orlando Pacheco, who brought greetings. "It's a very special day for the town, not just today, but we look toward the future as we welcome a new member into our community," Pacheco said. "I can't think of a more important time for this type of instruction to take place, when not only nationally but globally we're suffering from so many issues."

Alvin Kibble, North American Division vice president, brought greetings on behalf of the administrators of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America. "We celebrate you, we support you, and we praise God for the visionary leadership that has brought this about. So, please know that your brothers and sisters throughout the North American Division salute you for this brand new initiative," Kibble said.

Attending the event were administrators, directors, staff, and executive committee members from the Atlantic Union Conference, the six local conference presidents and other conference administrators, the Atlantic Union College interim president, and others from the college and the community.

NETS is an evangelistic training school, directed by Eric Flickinger. Graduates are prepared for a career in lay ministry in the Seventh-day Adventist Church and to more effectively serve God in churches, communities, or schools.

NETS, a non-higher education certificate program, is sponsored by the Atlantic Union Conference, headquarters for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Northeast United States and Bermuda, and is supported by the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America and the Seventh-day Adventist World Church.

--Ednor A. P. Davison, assistant to the president for communication, Atlantic Union Conference  

A Faith Inspiring NY13 Event -- Celebrating Christ at Christmas: Rejoicing in the Harvest
Below are the final curtain NY13 programs scheduled this year for Friday, December 13 at the Linden Church in Queens, NY and Saturday, December 14 at Hunter College in Manhattan. We hope you can fit it into your busy schedule and join us for any one of these events or both. It would be wonderful to have you. It will be a time to say thanks for a year of many evangelistic soul winning blessings and to enjoy the inspiring sights and sounds of Celebrating Christ at Christmas.

Thank You!

Donald G. King
Atlantic Union Conference president and
NY13 Steering Committee chairman


Join thousands of Adventists and guests for two special evenings of Christmas music, praise, testimonies and readings. Don't miss this spiritually uplifting, inspirational NY13 event with the powerful preaching of Ted Wilson, Seventh-day Adventist World Church president, along with musicians blending their voices in a unique melody of Christmas praise, joined by New York City's own Strings and Harmony and Mark Prentice.

Friday, December 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Linden Seventh-day Adventist Church, 228-20 137th Ave, Laurelton, NY.

Sabbath, December 14, at 4:00 p.m. at Hunter College, 695 Park Ave, New York, NY. Entrance on 69th Street. Trains 4 and 6 stop at this location.

Tickets are required for entrance at Hunter College. Please pick up tickets from your local church pastor beginning November 30.

ALL tickets lose their value 10 minutes before the program starts.

Click HERE to download the flyer for this event in English and Spanish.  
Disaster Response - Philippines and the Midwest, U.S.
Below is information for individuals wishing to respond to the recent disasters in the Philippines and the Midwest U.S.

Philippine Relief: 
Individuals wishing to donate to the Philippine Relief effort in the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan that struck the central portion of the Philippine islands on November 7, killing more than 5,000 to date, with many still missing and hundreds of thousands homeless, can do so in the following ways:

1. Those who wish to specifically aid Adventist churches and members, should make checks payable to your local church and place them in the offering envelope marked "Philippine Typhoon Relief" OR donate online at

2. Those who wish to donate to the broader relief effort where food, shelter, and other assistance is provided to the general public affected by the disaster, should make check payable to ADRA and mark your envelope, "ADRA Typhoon Haiyan" OR donate online at

MORE information about the Philippine Relief effort and church bulletin flyer options in several languages are available online.

Midwest Tornado Relief: 
Individuals wishing to donate to the Midwest Tornado Relief in the wake of the dozens of tornadoes that passed through eight Midwest states on November 17 destroying and damaging hundreds of homes and killing eight people, may donate by visiting or calling (800) 381-7171, OR make checks payable to ACS and mail to: 12501 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, MD 20904, OR place your donation in a tithe envelope marked "ACS Disaster Response."

More information about the Midwest Tornado Relief and church bulletin flyer options in several languages are available online.


Pray for the thousands of individuals who have been affected by these tragedies and for those who are and will be responding to help bring relief. 
A Call for Worldwide Prayer
January 8-18, 2014

Church members around the world are invited to participate in the upcoming 10 Days of Prayer, January 8-18, 2014. The theme is "The Lord's Prayer" taken from Matthew 6:9-13 and Luke 11:1-4.
    Congregations of all sizes, small groups, and individuals are encouraged to sign up by going to There, one can download guidelines for leaders, daily theme sheets, promotional materials, an e-book (Praying for Rain), and post requests or praises on Community Comments.
        God wants to pour out His Spirit on us now, just as He did for His disciples during Pentecost. Sign up today at,

--Jackie O. Smith, communication manager, General Conference Ministerial Association  
Job Opportunity - Camp Winnekeag
Camp Winnekeag is now accepting résumés for the following positions: Assistant Camp Ranger and Assistant Food Service/Housekeeping Director. We are looking for individual's who have a passion to serve others. The Assistant Ranger is a salaried employee and is required to live on site. The Assistant Food Service/Housekeeping Director is an hourly position based on certification status and needs to live within two hours of the camp. These positions can be filled by either a couple or as single individuals. Please send your résumé to Camp Winnekeag, 257 Ashby Rd., Ashburnham, MA 01430, by February 28, 2014, to be considered. If you have any questions, please call Roger at (978) 815-3377. 
November Poll
Please take a moment to respond to the November poll question on the Atlantic Union Web site: "How diverse is your congregation?"  Be sure to register your response. If you have a question that you would like us to consider using in our monthly poll, e-mail it to 
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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In This Issue
NETS Officially Opens
Celebrating Christ
Disaster Response Donation
10 Days of Prayer
Job Opportunity
November Poll
Wednesday Morning Prayer


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What's Ahead
28:     Atlantic Union Office Closed
29:     Atlantic Union Office Closed

1-4:    Hispanic Regional Evangelism
          Workers' Meeting
8:       NETS Graduation
8-11:  Pastoral Evangelism
          Leadership Council
13:     NY13 Event - Linden Church
14:     NY13 Event - Hunter College
14:     Compassion Sabbath
24:     Atlantic Union Office Closed
25:     Atlantic Union Office Closed
31:     Atlantic Union Office Closed

1:              Atlantic Union Office
8-18:         10 Days of Prayer
12-15:       Adventist Ministries
17-19:       GNYC Adventist Youth &
                 Leadership Congress
24-Feb 2:  NAD Health Summit
30-Feb. 1: NNEC Art Clinic
31-Feb 2:  GODencounters 

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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 111,912 members who worship in 574 churches and 57 groups, 63 schools, one health care facility, and numerous community-based ministries.

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