Volunteers Pick Sweet Corn to Benefit Lighthouse School » Close to 20 volunteers descended on Six Mile Farm last Sunday, August 6, to harvest five acres of sweet corn donated to Lighthouse Christian School by the Yuma Church. Renting a five-acre section of land at Six Mile Farm, Yuma member Bill Hansen plants the corn, Six Mile Farm waters it, and Yuma pastor, Rex Bell coordinates its harvesting and selling.
The $1500-$3000 they raise each year is a great boon to Lighthouse School.
Trucks and trailers drove caravan-style for miles through serene fields of corn in Northeast Colorado on their way to Six Mile Farm, arriving by 7 a.m. in an attempt to beat the heat, although dark clouds and rain persuaded the workers to remain in their vehicles for the first 15 minutes. When the rain passed, the air was cool--perfect for picking corn.
Teams of workers managed the separate tasks involved in the harvest -- pickers twisted and snapped ears off the stalks, loaders tossed the ears into the tractor's front-end loader bucket, and counters loaded the trailers with the exact number of ears needed for each order.
The final ear of corn was tossed into the last trailer at 12:20 p.m. Time passed quickly as the volunteers threw out as many "corny" jokes as they could create and competed in various ways as they worked, By the end of the day, Mrs. Reinke was declared the "fastest corn-picker this side of the Mississippi."
[RMCNews with Jodie Aakko; top photo by Jodie Aakko; bottom photo by Dottie Bell]
Attendees at Western Slope Camp Meeting Experience Sweet Fellowship » Beautifully situated adjacent to a national forest 15 miles from Montrose, at least 200 people were in attendance at Mountaintop Retreat, a Christian campground, for Western Slope Camp Meeting on Sabbath, August 5.
God's hand was seen on every side, from the beautiful setting to the enlarged auditorium that comfortably held everyone in attendance with room to spare, and the story of its construction inspired gratitude to God.
The old auditorium, inadequate for the growing group was torn down by the campground owners in order to build the new. Part way through the erection process, builders knew they wouldn't be able to finish installing sheeting on the trussing since they had run out of money and were also running out of nails. The boxes of nails were empty. As the builders continued their work, they kept reaching for the nails in their pouches which never ran out.
"There was a sweet fellowship among those attending," said Eric Nelson, RMC vice president. "Every camp meeting should experience that atmosphere," he finished.
Elder James Fox, retired ministerial director for the Wisconsin Conference, gave practical messages on the judgment titled, "Being with Jesus in the Last Days." We don't have to fear the judgment, he said. We can be covered within God's love and forgiveness.
Other presenters included Ron Price, author and life/relationship coach, whose talks were entitled, "Christ in You." David Dearstyne, a soil scientist on the Western Slope of Colorado who specializes in the unique problems of gardening and farming in that area, shared new techniques for organic and natural gardening. Fritz Krieger, pastor for the Montrose/Gunnison district, held a seminar on the book of Daniel.
Also available for campers were recreational opportunities, including a water slide and zip line, both on the campground.
Campion Wildfire Team Praises God for Eight Baptisms at Lakewood Fellowship » The summer started easily enough with six Campion Wildfire teens--Abby Logan, Austin Rotinsulu, Jessica Davis, Kayla Gonzales, Kendrick McGrew and Ricky Crews, along with Xander Assa, a college extern and Wildfire veteran. Led by Pastor Esequias Perea, current Campion Academy chaplain, and assisted by Evangelist Phil Jones, the teens worked in the Campion Vacation Bible School with more than one hundred children, under the direction of Kari Lange, during the morning and practiced their evangelistic sermons in the afternoons.
[RMCNews with Fritz Krieger; photos by Ron Johnson]
RMC Prayer Coordinator Earns Master's in Pastoral Ministries » DeeAnn Bragaw’s three-and-a-half-year effort to earn a Master’s degree in pastoral ministries was rewarded last Sunday, August 6, when she graduated from Andrew’s University.
“I was so incredibly thankful and so blessed,” said DeeAnn. “I just kept saying, ‘Thank you, Jesus! I just can’t believe this is real.’”
Arriving alone several days before the graduation ceremony, DeeAnn spent time at the home of friends. There, she was completely taken by surprise the day after her arrival when her husband walked in. Their friends, wanting DeeAnn to have family support during her graduation, had flown him out to be with her.
Her education has already come into play in her role as prayer coordinator for the Rocky Mountain Conference. As for other ways she plans to use it, she says, “I don’t know. We’ll see what Jesus does.”
[Carol Bolden; photo by Paul Bragaw]
Montrose Church Members Bless Fairgoers » BARN in the USA was the theme of the Montrose County Fair where members of the Montrose Church sponsored a booth during the eight-day event the last week of July. They were able to share friendship and faith along with books for both kids and adults.
More than 1000 books were shared. Hacksaw Ridge, Guide editions, The Richest Caveman, Gifted Hands, revised kid's edition, Shoebox Series, 4, 5, 6, and The Desire of Ages were all favorites of fairgoers.
They also gave out 600 God Bless America stickers and 250 water bottles.
"We pray these books will be a blessing to all who read and share them," said Sharon Fisher, evangelism coordinator for the Montrose Church.
[RMCNews with Sharon Fisher; photos by Sharon Fisher]
Following this successful VBS, they split up and held several other Vacation Bible Schools at Greeley, Newcastle, and Lakewood Fellowship, again during the morning and evangelistic meetings each evening. The members at Lakewood Fellowship began earnestly praying together face-to-face and by conference call two months ahead of their meetings every Sabbath evening. Pastor Ruddy Vivanco, the district leader prepared the first baptism for the opening weekend on July 22. Miraculously God sent two more baptisms that Sabbath via a motorcycle accident which brought sudden and complete revival. Pastor Chuck Gadway, a former pastor at Lakewood, drove six hours from Newcastle, WY to perform those baptisms.
And things just got better and better! The teens the began the VBS with ten children and finished with eighteen. As they made sincere gospel appeals each evening, the Spirit moved and many happy tears were shed. By the end of the week, eight people had requested baptism. The evangelistic meetings began with 15 people attending and closed with around 60.
As the teens love to say, “Wow, God!”
Please pray for the Campion Wildfire teens this winter as they attend school at Campion and again next summer as we move toward Jesus’ soon return.
[Phil Jones; photo (top) by Phil Jones; (bottom) by JoAnne Jones]
RMC CAMP MEETINGS
Hispanic Camp Meeting » From September 1-3, Glacier View Ranch will host Hispanic Camp Meeting with the theme Small Groups. Guest speakers include Omar Grieve and Nessy Pittau-Grieve, both from the Hispanic Voice of Prophecy, and Julio Chazarreta from Pacific Press. Lourdes Chazarreta will present music through voice. Worship and activities will be held for the children. Glacier View Ranch is located at 8748 Overland Road, Ward CO 80481. For more information, contact Ruben Rivera at 303-910-1614.
Wyoming: Seaside Escape–a study of Sarah and Hagar
Brighton Church » is co-hosting the free Brighton Car Show and Dyno Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. September 10 at Brighton Adventist Academy. Check out the Jeeps, Corvettes, trucks, and whatever YOU would like to show off. Reserve a space for $15. Colorado Mobile Dyno will be there testing horsepower and torque. Pre-registration price for three pulls is $85. Come enjoy the food, family games, and prizes. Don't forget your lawn chair so you can comfortably watch the dyno action. All proceeds go to BAC Student Aid Fund. For more information, email Melissa at email@example.com or call 720-308-7563. Brighton Adventist Academy is located at 567 E. Bromley Lane in Brighton.
Longmont Church » Women's Ministry is hosting a female police officer at 6 p.m. Thursday, August 24, who will present information on personal safety for women. Come at 5:30 p.m. for tea and refreshments, followed by the presentation at 6 p.m. The church is at 1712 Mountain VIew Avenue. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Join us for Women's Safe Tea!
SeaSide Escape » Need a day at the beach? A time to slow down, wiggle your toes in the sand and bask in the warmth of God's presence? Join us at SeaSide Escape. a beach-themed retreat you won't want to miss!
Location: Mills Spring Ranch, Casper Mountain, Casper WY
Date: August 26-27, 3 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: $50 for meals and activities. Lodging available for additional cost.
Contact: Rhonda McDonald at 307-259-8147 for information and registration.
RMC Women's Ministries » invites you to two events in September:
A free community concert will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, September 16 at the Greeley Church, 1002 21st Avenue in Greeley.
A one-day retreat will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, September 17, at Pinehurst Country Club, 6255 West Quincy in Denver.
Jaclynn Huse is a professor of nursing at Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, TN. As a Christian singer/songwriter she has followed
God’s calling of speaking for women’s retreats and conventions. She is the very proud mother of her co-speaker, Shelby Huse.
Shelby Huse is a 17 year old senior at Georgia Cumberland Academy. She has traveled internationally with her mother and has developed her own passion for ministry and speaking about what God has done in her life. She started speaking to women and teens at the age of 15 and has traveled extensively with her mother to participate in the music ministry as well.
The Best is Yet to Come focuses on hope, a theme in the Bible with many examples of life lessons with the belief that these stories were included so that we could understand the concept of hope and redemption. Each presentation
will include several original songs that enhance the meaning of what is presented with each session.
Register for one-day retreat by September 8
$39.00 per person, includes noon meal on Sunday
BY MAIL – include your name, address, phone, email address
Enclose check payable to RMC-WM or credit card – include CC number, security code, zip code and mail to Ginger Bell, 1035 Midland Street, Brighton, CO 80601.
BY PHONE (with credit card) Call Ginger at 720-980-9006
Sanitas Lectureship » A special one-day event with William G. Johnsson will be held September 23 based on his recent book, Where Are We Headed? Adventism After San Antonio. Q & A after sessions:
9:30 a.m. -- It's All About Jesus
11:00 a.m. -- Will the Women's Issue Split the Church?
2:00 p.m. -- The Promise of Adventism
Boulder Church is located at 345 Mapleton Avenue, Boulder, Colorado 80304, www.boulder.church
The Sanitas Lectureship was established in 2016 to create a safe space for people to connect with God as presented through the lens of the Bible. The annual event includes presentations from world-renowned Old and New Testament scholars designed to demonstrate how the God of the Bible continues to work on the shared story of humanity.
Women's Ministry Retreats 2017 » RMC Women’s Ministries is excited to announce the Area Women’s Retreats for 2017:
Mills Spring Ranch on Casper Mountain
August 26, 27
Contact: Rhonda McDonald: 307-259-8147
Colorado Western Slope: Falling in Love Again
Speaker: Darla Sherman
Mountain Top Retreat (15 miles from Montrose)
Contact: Linda Johnson: 970-245-2294
Colorado Metro, NE/SE: The Best Is Yet To Come
Speaker and Musician: Jaclynn Huse along with
her daughter Shelby, age 16
Begins Saturday night
with free concert
at Greeley Adventist Church
Everyone is invited! -- not just for women.
Followed by one-day Women's Retreat
Sunday, September 17
at Pinehurst Country Club in Littleton
Contact: Ginger Bell: 720-980-9006
The Heritage Singers » will be Live in Concert on Saturday, August 12 at 7 p.m. at LifeSource Adventist Fellowship at 6200 West Hampden Avenue in Denver. Admission is FREE.
Full Solar Eclipse Coming in August » Come join us for an epic view of the full solar eclipse at Mills Spring Ranch in Casper, Wyoming! Casper is right in the middle of the solar eclipse path and you can get the best view on top of the mountain at Mills Spring Ranch.
Who: All churches, Pathfinders, and schools are welcome!
Journey Through the Holy Land » You are invited on the trip of a lifetime! Join others from the RMC on September 3-11 as we explore the land where Jesus walked. This is a spiritual pilgrimage that is guaranteed to be deeply impactful to your faith. A 4-day extension trip to Eilat and Petra is also being offered. The trip is limited to 30 people, so don’t wait. For more information, CLICK HERE, or email email@example.com.
When: August 18-22, 2017
Where: Mills Spring Ranch in Casper, Wyoming
Family Cabin of 4: $50/night
Bunk House: $10/person per night
RV Space (includes electricity): $25/night
Tent Camping: $15/night
Space is limited, so call to reserve your space!
Call or email Matt Moreland, 661-805-6797 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mile High Academy » has immediate openings for the 2017-18 school year for two part-time bus drivers. Qualified candidates will be at least 21 years old, possess, or be able to obtain, a current Colorado driver's license (commercial driver's license preferred), have no more than two traffic citations and no at-fault accidents during the last three years. The candidate must also possess current U.S. work authorization. While maintaining the dignity and respect for all students, the bus driver's primary responsibility is the safety of students while transporting them to and from school. To request an application, send an email to email@example.com or call 303-282-3653.
Three positions are also available on their extended campus at the Guangdong Experimental Shunde Campus. Room and board is provided, along with one round-trip ticket and insurance during stay. The science (1) and ESL (2) teachers will be using MHA's curriculum as well as their books and philosophy. For more information, go to http://www.gdsysd.com/Home/IndexEnglish and/or contact Toakase Vunileva at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Campion Academy » is looking for a part-time English teacher with a master's degree and SDA certification. To apply, send your resume to Don Reeder at email@example.com.
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