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Register Now for the Prison Ministries Training - February 28 - March 2
Register now, if you haven't already done so, for the Prison Ministries Training to be held February 28-March 2, at Camp Berkshire, 680 Berkshire Rd., Wingdale, NY 12594. The main speaker is J. Alfred Johnson II, North American Division Adult Ministries director. The registration fee is $89.00 until January 31, 2014, and $109.00 after January 31. The fee includes lodging, five meals, and materials- -up to three persons per room. The event is hosted by the Northeast Prison Ministries Atlantic Union Conference.

To register, contact the Atlantic Union Conference Prison Ministries Department, (978) 368-8333 ext. 3013 or e-mail mmorisset@atlanticunion.org.

Download Prison Ministries Training flyer HERE.

Ministerio Hermandad Company Organized in Bermuda
 
On its fiftieth birthday, the Warwick Seventh-day Adventist Church gave birth to its first offspring--the Ministerio Hermandad Company (MHC), the first Spanish church organization within the denomination in Bermuda. This new development came on the anniversary day and date of the Warwick church's own creation as a company on December 21 (1963).

Marking the significance of the two events, church officials from both the Bermuda Conference and the Atlantic Union Conference were in attendance and participated in the celebrations in a packed church sanctuary. Members from sister churches in Bermuda also attended to show their support (financial and spiritual).

During his Sabbath morning homily, Jeffrey Brown, Bermuda Conference president, exhorted the two congregations to support one another and to be faithful to God's call to spread the gospel far and wide.

In the afternoon, at the organizing service, MHC was formally voted into being as Dionisio Olivo, Atlantic Union Conference Hispanic and Portuguese Ministries vice president, gave the new body its challenge to remember that, in spite of its imperfections, the church belongs to Christ; it cannot fail because it is His.

All this from humble, and even improbable, beginnings seven years before, when the Spanish company began in the hearts of four local Hispanic women--Eileen King, Sandra Stowe, Loida Ratteray, and Isis Wellman--who felt the Holy Spirit's call to minister to native Spanish speakers living in Bermuda.

The group's ministry began reaching out in a variety of forms: ESL classes, seasonal events, and Bible studies, all calibrated to attract Hispanics. With the arrival in 2008 of Ariel Manzueta, Warwick church pastor, and his wife, Merley, the evolution of MHC progressed, as he was charged with providing spiritual leadership to the growing group as well as to the English-speaking Warwick church.

Aiding the pastor's ministry was Cleo de la Cruz, the first denominational Bible instructor for the Spanish community in Bermuda. "This work is of the Holy Spirit," she said. "Most people did not believe it could be done. The Lord showed me our church full of people, and I believed Him. God deserves all the glory." Her untiring efforts with her husband, Lucilo Fermin, produced more growth and stability of membership.

The new elder is Dave Pearman, the clerk is Sandra Stowe, and the treasurer is Kathy Durrant.

Forty-one people are now officially members of the Ministerio Hermandad Company, 18 of them were baptized in 2013.

--Excerpt from an article written by Coggie Gibbons, communication secretary, with additional reporting by Ariel Manzueta, pastor, and Dave Pearman, elder, Warwick church

Click HERE to view photos of the event. 

 

Greater New York Academy Breaks Ground for School Renovations
Greater New York Academy held a groundbreaking ceremony on December 3, 2013. This event marked the beginning of what is estimated to be a 12- to 18-month renovation of the Greater New York Conference high school, that includes the building of a new, energy-efficient, state-of-the-art science lab, and a New York State high school-quality gymnasium, that will also function as an auditorium with a seating capacity of up to 550.

For seven years, the Greater New York Conference K-12 Board of Education, whose members include Greater New York Conference superintendent of schools David A. Cadavero and  Greater New York Academy principal Lillian Mitchell, had been eagerly planning some long-needed renovations at the academy. The school was last renovated in 1984, and since then, both the student body and the need for advancements in technology and space rapidly increased.

The current gymnasium has also long awaited repair after water leakage permanently damaged the floors, walls, and ceilings of the gym. The academy's gym is too small to hold proper gym classes, home games, and other events. The breaking of ground at the academy marked the beginning of gym renovations, that include the addition of locker rooms and new bleachers on both sides of a new basketball court.

Christopher Celis, student council president, says he believes that the new gymnasium will greatly raise school spirit at Greater New York Academy because the volleyball and basketball teams will then be available to hold home games and even encourage alumni to revisit their former school.

Mitchell says she is confident that these renovations will not only help the student body, but also further establish the school's integrity and academic excellence in the surrounding community. Continue to pray for this exciting new venture at Greater New York Academy.

--Excerpt from article by Kerriann Hayman, reporter, GNYC Adventist News

Click HERE to view photos of the groundbreaking ceremony. 
Updated Information for GODencounters - January 31 to February 2

 

HOTEL ROOMS 

Ten more rooms are available at the Double Tree Hotel by Hilton for GODencounters, on a first-come, first-serve basis.    

Hotel Information:
Double Tree Hotel
99 Erdman Way, Leominster, MA 01453
Phone: (978) 534-9000
Make reservation directly with hotel. (Ask for Godencounters, Atlantic Union Conference, or Adventist Youth Ministries rate: $75 per room per night - up to 4 people per room). Please keep in mind that room reservations are done directly with the hotel, that pays for the room. 

  

WEEKEND REGISTRATION

Late registration for the weekend event is $115.00.

 

Click HERE to fill out the registration form. 

 

SATURDAY ONLY REGISTRATION
For those planning to only attend the event on Saturday, the Saturday Only registration fee is $85.00 and includes: all 3 meals, check-in bag, and access to all programming (including the evening recreational activities). In order to take advantage of the Saturday Only Registration, registration much be done in advance. They will not be registering individuals or groups on Sabbath at GODencounters. A name badge will be needed to enter the programs.

 

Click HERE for information on the program and empowerment sessions.

Theology of Ordination Committee Meets for Third Session
Photo: Ansel Oliver/Adventist News Network 
On January 21-25, 2014, the General Conference (GC) Theology of Ordination Study Committee (TOSC) met in Columbia, Md., to continue their study on the issue of women's ordination to the gospel ministry. Historically the church has approved the ordination of only men as pastors. Some regions of the world have been issuing credentials for women to serve as Commissioned Ministers, but not for full ordination.
 
The TOSC was formed at the request of the delegates at the 2010 GC Session held in Atlanta, Ga. Each world division also formed their own Biblical Research Committee which have been meeting over the past two years and formulating the reports that were shared at the beginning of the January meetings.
 
Of the 13 world divisions, five have shared that they are in favor of women's ordination, two have said that they have divided opinions, while five others are not in favor but will not stand in opposition if the world church votes in favor of it. One division reported that they are not in favor of women's ordination at all. All of the reports emphasized that research was done through a delicate process of studying the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy while under a season of prayer. The division reports will be compiled into a larger report that will be presented to the GC for consideration at Annual Council in the fall of 2014.

--Excerpt from an article prepared by the North American Division Communication Department

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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. 
January's Poll Question
January's poll question on the Atlantic Union Web site: "Have you ever left the Seventh-day Adventist Church?"  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 communication@atlanticunion.org. 
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In This Issue
Prison Ministries Training
Spanish Company Organized
GNYA Groundbreaking
GODencounters Retreat
TOSC Third Session
Job Opportunity
January's Poll Question
Wednesday Morning Prayer

  

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What's Ahead
 
2014 
January
24-Feb 2:  NAD Health Summit
30-Feb. 1: NNEC Art Clinic
31-Feb 2:  GODencounters

February
16-19:       NEC Departmental
                 Convention
19-23:       Just Claim It
26-Mar 1:  Atlantic Union Band &
                  Science Clinic
28-Mar. 2   Prison Ministries Training

March
6-8:          NYC Choral Music Festival
8:             USA Home & School
                Social
15:           Edward D. Herndon
                Memorial Benefit Concert
22:           Bay Knoll School
                Celebrating 100 Years
16-21:      USA Campus Renovation

April
3-5:          NNEC Music Clinic
13:           NYC Constituency
                Session
19-20:     GNYC Passion Play: The
                Risen
25-26:      South Lancaster Village
                Church Sesquicentennial

May
2-4:          ASI Spring Conference
3:              Barry Black at Utica
                 International Church
16-18:      GNYC Men's Prayer
                 Convention
17:            GNYC Bronx-Manhattan
                 Homecoming Sabbath





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