Principal Reeder Ordained to the Gospel Ministry » In recognition of his spiritual leadership and life-long dedication to God’s work, Principal Donavan Reeder was ordained by the Rocky Mountain Conference on Sabbath, February 23. Reeder has served at Campion Academy for 35 years, including 31 years as a dean in the boys’ dormitory, and four years as principal, placing him among the longest-serving employees of the Rocky Mountain Conference.
Conference leaders participated in the service which included a moving tribute by Reeder’s daughter, Jessica Reeder, as well as a special song performed by Campion’s select choir, Koinonia. A life-long mentor to Reeder, Pastor Thure Martinsen was the main speaker for the event. Martinsen encouraged Reeder to continually prioritize his own personal walk with Jesus no matter how time-consuming or stressful his job may be.
RMC Ministerial Director, Mickey Mallory, led out in the ordination prayer, during which ordained ministers in attendance encircled Reeder and his wife Donna, and prayed for a special blessing on their ministry.
Reeder’s faith journey began when he was inspired by his dad, Merlin, to seek to know God as a friend, and by his mom, Arlene, to live a life of service to others.
Martinsen was Reeder’s academy teacher Salt Lake City, where, after graduation, Reeder also began his career in youth ministry. During his work there, Reeder helped to author the “Jesus” play, traveling extensively with Martinsen, performing the play throughout Utah and Colorado, as well as the Pacific Northwest while Reeder attended Walla Walla University.
Following Reeder's graduation, he was invited by Martinsen, then chaplain at Campion Academy, to help out with vespers, introducing him to the boys’ dean. This connection came to fruition several months later when Reeder began his work as a part-time teacher and assistant boys’ dean. Two years later, he moved to head dean, a position he maintained for the next 29 years. Reeder became principal of Campion Academy in 2015.
The Reeders have a daughter, Jessica, who has followed in her parents’ footsteps, teaching in Adventist education for the last six years. She paid tribute to her father during his ordination service (see photo above).
-- Jill Harlow with Donna Reeder; photo by Brittany McLachlan
Mission Activities and RMC Finances Evaluated at Executive Committee » During the February 26 Executive Committee meeting, members heard reports by directors regarding their departments–literature evangelism, education, and ministerial--but considerable time was spent reviewing the financial health of the Rocky Mountain Conference.
George Crumley, VP for finance reported that gross tithe for 2018 totaled $17,213,289, which was a 5.29 percent increase over 2017 tithe. “Our Rocky Mountain Conference Advance offerings totaled $231,250 for 2018, which amounted to a slight increase of 0.29 percent over 2017,” Crumley said. He also reported that the RMC operating fund ended with an unaudited gain of just under $200,000. Committee members were also apprised that the Adventist Book Center continues to struggle with their revenues eroded by other distribution sources for the products that they sell.
The Conference’s revised budget for 2019 was approved. “Basically, for 2019 the conference is budgeting 98.50 percent of 2018 base tithe, which is slightly more conservative than the 2018 budget that was voted,” Crumley stated.
During his President’s report, Ed Barnett shared information about Campion Board taking steps to stabilize the school financially, building up their endowment. “With funds from the sale of the industrial park invested, they have already realized $75,000 from this asset,” he stated. He also expressed his hope that Mile High Academy's debt will soon be eliminated. “They are working hard to eliminate that debt,” he commented before the Committee members paused for a moment of prayer.
Eric Nelson, VP for administration informed the committee of efforts to fill three open pastoral Cañon City and the Gillette district. The Committee approved a request to recognize closure of the Douglas, Wyoming church based on membership attrition, as nearly all church members have left the area and worship in nearby churches.
The Committee voted a recommendation to the MAUC to approve ordination for Andy Nash, pastor of LifeSource Fellowship, and Michael Morss, associate pastor from Campion.
In his report about Literature Evangelism, director Matt Hasty introduced to Committee members a YOUTH RUSH, a program created to involve, motivate, and train young people in literature ministry. Campion Academy currently has six students working five afternoons a week, and three students work three mornings per week.
“Their stories are very encouraging,” and their enthusiasm speaks well of their engagement in this mission, he said. Hasty also reported on emphasis in the Glow Track training for small literature distribution. He has visited six churches and handed out some 9,000 tracts. His goal is to involve a total of 15 churches this year.
During the presentation on Adventist Education in RMC, superintendent Lonnie Hetterle spoke about five goals for the education department, listing several areas of priority, including seeing Mile High Academy's debt eliminated; to have $10 million in the Campion endowment; to increase the core values of CHERISH; to increase distance learning within RMC; and increasing the professional development of teachers.
Michelle Velbis, school principal in Pueblo and coordinator of the Encounter Bible teaching program shared testimonies of students of how the program has not only increased their Bible knowledge, but also strengthened their spiritual outlook.
In his Ministerial and Evangelism report, director Mickey Mallory informed the group of a recent workshop by Ron Price, Executive Committee member from Farmington, New Mexico, who presented conflict resolution and prevention to our pastors from throughout the conference. He also explained the plan for s Lay Pastor Training Workshop to be held in the fall of 2019. Plans are also being put in place for VOP Discovery Center resources to be used in 2020 for evangelism by our churches.
The RMC Executive Committee voted to support Adventist World Radio in the production of the Navajo Radio Project along with North American Division and other conferences in the Four Corners area. Still being developed, this will be part of their worldwide effort to reach and evangelize special people groups.
RMC Pastors Attend Conflict Resolution Workshop » Pastors from all over the Rocky Mountain Conference participated in a Conflict Prevention and Resolution workshop at the conference office on February 25 with presenter Ron Price from the Pinon Hills Church. A professional mediator and marriage coach, Price also serves on the RMC Executive Committee.
With the goal of providing practical tools for pastors to use in preventing trivial matters from escalating into full-blown conflict, Price showed pastors in attendance how to productively resolve important differences which threaten the health and vitality of relationships in the church.
"One of the hardest things to deal with in pastoral ministry is managing conflict in the church," commented Mickey Mallory, RMC ministerial director.
Price's presentation helped pastors realize that conflict doesn't always have to be a bad thing, but can be a great learning opportunity if we "seek first to understand, then to be understood." (Stephen Covey).
Pastor Shane Vincent from the Casper, Wyoming District shared that Ron's presentations made him "think about how we respond to difficult relationships. Grace is something that almost requires the slow process of learning from our mistakes. How we engage when the heat is high is what can either bring healing growth or stagnation and denial.”
Pastor Lisa Cardinal, from the Newday Church, learned that "resolving conflict is not about one person giving in or compromising. Resolution needs to be a win for both parties and may take some time. When we're unable to come to agreement, pause and take a break. This allows emotion to calm so that we can get back to our thinking, creative brain and work through the issue."
Price has written two books, PLAY NICE in Your Sandbox at Work and PLAY NICE in Your Sandbox at Home. He is currently working on PLAY NICE in Your Sandbox at Church. For further information about his ministry, feel free to contact him at [email protected]. -- Mickey Mallory, text and photo
FEJA Experiences Busy Weekend of Business, Spiritual Emphasis and Fun » The Rocky Mountain Conference Hispanic Youth Federation (FEJA) held a Hispanic youth leaders meeting, AY meeting, and basketball tournament the weekend of February 16 and 17, with leaders sharing their vision for the two-year term--2019 to 2020. Filling two vacant leadership positions was high on the agenda. During the meeting, Jefferey Chavez from Greeley Hispanic Church accepted the role as Treasurer and Aaron Melendez from Grand Junction Hispanic church accepted the role as Vice-President.
Following the organizational meeting, nearly 80 youth and adults from various churches around the conference gathered at Nueva Esperanza Church in Aurora for an evening AY program with Dennis Magaña who encouraged the youth to strengthen their relationship with Christ.
Eight teams, including Boulder, Brighton Hispanic, Denver South Hispanic, Grand Junction Hispanic, (1 and 2), Longmont, Montrose Hispanic and Toon Squad, signed up for the basketball tournament held at the Brighton Church on Sunday, February 17, with more than 100 youth, along with their families and friends.
The Grand Junction Team No.1 placed second. Bringing 13 youth from the Grand Junction Hispanic Church, youth director Aaron Melendez said, "We wanted our youth to have an opportunity to get to know other youth from the Rocky Mountain Conference. They're looking forward to the next event."
The first place title went to the Longmont Team led by Samuel Lopez Morquecho. “While we weren’t representing a specific church, most of our team is from the Longmont area. We had a good time.”
Cecy Chavez, president of FEJA, was delighted with the outcome of the weekend. “I am very happy with the [leadership team] we have. I know with the help of God these two years are going to be great.”
For more information about FEJA, visit www.rmscda.org/hispanic. For inquiries, e-mail Vanessa Rivera, Public Relations Director, at [email protected].
MHA Varsity Headed to Regionals » Mile High Academy's Boys Varsity Basketball team won the 1A District Championship game against Denver Waldorf in what was a close game going into the third quarter.
The excitement came, however, from more than the win--this is the first year the Mustangs are in the 5280 league and the first year the boys can show their character on the court and off as they play all the way to Regionals.
MHA Senior and Team Captain, Payton, said this about the win, “We went in pretty confident because we’ve grown as a team. We work well together,” he said, also mentioning that many of the boys have been playing together since middle school.
For some of the players like Ryan, a junior, playing with his friends is the most enjoyable. The team spirit on the court seems to demonstrate there may be more to it than that.
Seeding for the CHSAA playoffs has been announced with Mustangs qualifying for the CHSAA 1A Sweet Sixteen. It means they are considered to be one of the top 16 teams in the state.
The team will play Northeastern Junior College at 6:30 p.m. Saturday night, March 2 in Sterling, Colorado. -- Agape Hammond, text and photo
Pastor David Birai Teaches Students About Their Worth in God During Week of Prayer » Pastor Birai dove into the Word, teaching about lessons to be learned from David’s life during Campion’s quarterly week of prayer, February 18 to 22. Students were blessed with a direct and hard-hitting message which encouraged them to look toward God-fearing leaders for help in their lives. Faith Paden stated, “Pastor Daniel spoke to us in an honest and real way that we needed to hear.” A new message was presented each night, and students were blessed. “The speaker didn’t hold back and the message was spoken through the Word of God in love,” states Chaplain, Esequias Perea.
After the message, Pastor Daniel and Pastor Esequias, along with a few students, stayed by to offer prayer for anyone with requests. Hearts were poured out and tears were wept, but most importantly, prayers were answered.
Different groups of Campion students lead in music and prayer each night, with students worshipping under the theme song, “Pursue” by Hillsong Worship. The week closed with “Vespers Deluxe” which was full of enthusiastic voices and hearts open to God’s spirit. When asked what it was like to lead praise, Cristian Marin said, “Leading a worship team is truly amazing. There is no greater feeling than hearing every single student glorifying and praising God!”
After the final message, students were invited to an afterglow held in the Student Center where they could fellowship over donuts and hot chocolate. They also had the option to continue worshiping in song inside Hankin’s Hall Tower.
-- Austin Rotinsulu; photo supplied
Montrose Church Holds Vegan Cooking Class » Members of the Montrose Adventist Church enjoyed a three-day cooking class presented by Sienjte Channer of California and Evangeline deFluiiter of Arizona, who together have ten years of experience with these types of classes. Jeanne Ryan assisted.
Held February 21-24, attendees observed the preparation of raw food tacos and sprouting during one meeting. The other two meetings touched on foods for entertaining and breakfast items.
“I enjoyed the classes very much," said Linda Steinert, one attendee. "They were all about vegan cooking,” She, along with other attendees, took home new ideas and recipes for future use.
ADRA Launches "Every Child. Everywhere. In School." Global Advocacy Campaign » The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) announced today a new global advocacy campaign, “Every Child. Everywhere. In School.” The campaign is an urgent call to leaders around the world that all children, regardless of race, age, nationality, gender, religion or origin, have a right to earn and complete an education, and that being in school is a recognition of the value and potential of each individual child.
The campaign aims to collect one million signatures by 2020 through grassroots efforts in collaboration with the Adventist church, and petition world leaders to take action for children to receive a quality education, and live free from exploitation and the shackles of intergenerational poverty. Already, 131 ADRA offices around the world have pledged support for this global campaign.
A 2018 UNESCO study reported that there has been little improvement in the reduction of out-of-school children, adolescents and youth since 2012, and that since 2016, more than 262 million children around the world are still out of school. This represents nearly one-fifth of the global population of this age group. Additionally, high poverty levels were reportedly linked to out-of-school rates.
“The Every Child. Everywhere. In School. campaign builds on the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s long tradition of responding to the needs of all human beings; namely, to stand up in favor of human rights, the well-being of children, and the protection and integrity of families,” Duffy says. “It is a call to action for all supporters to stand up with this Adventist-led movement and put into practice those principles we hold true.”
LeeLee Dart March 9 The Adventure
Daniel Birai March 23 Fort Collins
TOWN HALL MEETINGS
Casper Church Sabbath, March 30
Denver South Church Sunday, March 31 (new)
Grand Junction Church Sabbath, April 6
Pinon Hills Church Sunday, April 7
Campion Church Sabbath, April 13 (new)
Colorado Springs Central Church Sunday, April 14
All Town Hall meetings begin at 6 p.m.
Native American -- La Vida Mission, April 26-28, Speker: Ed Barnett
NE Colorado -- June 7-8, Speaker: Dan Jackson
Cowboy -- Location TBA, July 10-14, Speaker: Ed Barnett
Wyoming -- Casper, July 16-20; Speakers: Ron Halvorsen Jr. (adults); Joe Martin (youth).
Western Slope -- Montrose -- July 31-August 4, Speaker: Pastor Rodney Palmer, undergrad teacher at Andrews University
Hispanic Camp Meeting -- Glacier View Ranch -- August 30-September 2.
Discovery Mountain VBS Debuts This Month » The Voice of Prophecy’s first Discovery Mountain Vacation Bible School is nearly here! Visit this page to learn more about Rescued: Safe in Jesus, and watch a sample music video—filmed on location at Glacier View Ranch. And check out ongoing new episodes of the Discovery Mountain podcast as Season 8, called “Seeds of Change” continues this week.
Colorado Springs Central » Colorado Springs Central is hosting pastor and Bible teacher Karen Lewis on Sabbath March 2 for a three-part seminar entitled Practical Steps for Sharing Your Faith. She will speak for the main service at 11:00 a.m. and then for two more sessions in the afternoon beginning at 1:30 p.m.. Topics will include Being a Visitor Friendly Church, Sharing Christ Day by Day and Discipleship and Bible Studies Made Simple. Karen is the author of the popular set of Bible studies Lifting Up Jesus and is a highly sought after speaker and authority on the subject of giving Bible studies and sharing Jesus in practical, non-threatening ways. A free lunch is provided after the 11:00 a.m. service. Central church is located at 1305 N Union Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO. 80909.
Children's Ministries Training » Children's Ministries training and certification, offered in English and Spanish, will take place March 15-16 at Westminster Hispanic Church. Friday's meeting runs from 7 - 8:45 p.m.; Saturday's training runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Denver South Church » HANDEL’S MESSIAH is coming to Denver South Church at 7 p.m., Sunday, March 3 with Colorado Young Sinfonia, including Basil Vendryes, conductor; Christie Conover, soprano; Sarah Barber, alto; James Baumgardner, tenor; Steven Taylor, baritone; and Kenny Orr, organ. Admission is $10 at the door. Call 720-371-4145 for more information or visit ColoradoYoungSinfonia.org.
Aurora 1st Church » VBS volunteers from all churches are invited to attend the training that will take place in the gymnasium at Aurora 1st Church on Sunday, March 3 from 1:30-5:30 p.m. Please register at https://group.regfox.com/roar-funshop-sunday-aurora-co
Twin Peaks Church » Dr. Neil Nedley's "Optimize Your Brain" program is being hosted by Twin Peaks Adventist Church (9696 Paschal Drive, Louisville, CO 80027) on Monday evenings from 6 - 8 p.m., March 11 - April 22. This program is designed to maximize your intellectual and emotional intelligence in the areas of brain nutrition, thought and character development, and relationship skills. The $99 per person cost ($225 retail value) includes these resources: "Optimize Your Brain" workbook, DAAT Emotional Quotient (EQ) Assessments, Brain Enhancing Music CD, and a light, nutritious meal each evening. Registration required. Call 720-890-3767 for more information.
Adventist Health Services » Considering a career in healthcare? Come to our Open House on Wednesday March 13 from 4-7 p.m. to find out if AdventHealth University, Denver is the place for you! We offer degrees in Radiography, Nursing, and Sonography, and we will have faculty and students available in our labs to talk to you about the programs. We hope you can join us. RSVP today at www.ahu.edu/DenverExpo.
Norma Rocio Rojas is the guest speaker for the English class. Ana Maria Benzaquen is the guest speaker for the Spanish class. Both are official trainers from the North American Division of Children's Ministries. Register at https://www.rmcsda.org/childrens-ministries. Registration deadline is March 4.
For more information, email Patty Rivera at [email protected]
The church is located at 7979 Meade Street, Westminster CO 80030.
Vacation Bible School Training » A free VBS training will take place on March 16 at Westminster Hispanic Church from 5-6:30 p.m. Jamit Kingdom will give kids the opportunity to have fun exploring an African savanna while making friends and learning how we are all part of God's big family. Register by visiting https://www.rmcsda.org/childrens-ministries. Westminster Hispanic Church is located at 7979 Meade Street, Westminster 80030.
MHA Upper School Science MINI Lab » Mile High Academy invites your 8th graders and high schoolers to a Science Open House that will inspire young people in the Science area of STEM. From 2 - 3:30 p.m. on March 19, students will collaborate on projects and learn together as they work in the lab. Our strong science program will take your high schooler into the college of their choice. We want to share our experienced teachers and students in a collaborative and exciting way with students who have a passion for science. Contact Agape Hammond at [email protected] to RSVP.
Watch - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dttTZYU-Y_8
Rocky Mountain Music Festival » Students in grades 5-8 are invited to participate in Campion Academy's annual Rocky Mountain Music Festival March 23-24 featuring choir, handbell choir, and a string orchestra. Don't miss this opportunity to join together with other young musicians across our Union to further hone your musical talents and join together to praise God. The deadline for online registration is Friday, March 1. Register for Music Fest
The Mountains are Calling! » All women and teen girls (13-17) are invited to attend Cozy Mountain Lodge Women's Retreat April 6-7 at Hampton Inn in Buffalo, Wyoming. For more information and registration, go to www.rmcsda.org/women.
Academy Days at Campion Academy » Are you or someone you know interested in potentially attending Campion Academy? Academy Days is designed to give prospective 7th-11th grade students the opportunity to visit classes, stay a night in the dorm, eat cafeteria food, tour the campus, make some new friends and just get a feel for academy life.
This year’s Academy Days is scheduled for April 12-13. All visiting local students are asked to arrive on Friday, April 12 at 8:00 a.m. Students traveling from a distance are asked to arrive on Thursday, April 11 between 6-8 p.m.
The Beach is Calling! » All women and teen girls (13-17) are invited to attend our Anchored in Christ Women's Retreat April 26-28 at Glacier View Ranch. We'll have workshops and gatherings especially for teens sponsored by the Youth Department. Don't miss it! Follow the link at www.rmcsda.org/women to register.
“He knows me by name” is the theme and will feature Virtual Reality station games, an ice cream outing, awesome mixers, games and tons of food. Can’t wait to meet you! Academy Days Registration Page
Revive Us Again Prayer Conference » Please join us April 19-21 for the Revive Us Again Prayer Conference featuring Pavel Goia, author of One Miracle After Another, editor of Ministry magazine, associate Ministerial Secretary of NAD, and great advocate of prayer. You can find more information and registration availability at www.rmcsda.org/prayer or by contacting [email protected]
Voice of Prophecy Opening » The VOP is looking for a full-time producer for their children's program DiscoveryMountain. They are looking for someone with exceptional organizational, communication and people skills with a foundational technical knowledge and a desire to serve God. The full job description and a link to apply are here: http://www.adventistmediaministries.com/departmental-associate-director-producer/
Glacier View Ranch » GVR is seeking a qualified applicant to fill a full-time, food service coordinator position in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Applicants should have a passion for camp ministry, ability to manage a kitchen, and experience cooking for large groups (200+) in a commercial/cafeteria environment. For additional information regarding job duties and position requirements and information about how to apply, see the following posting on the RMC website: http://www.rmcsda.org/hr-foodservicecoordinator. You can also contact Dan Hansen, Camp Ministries Director, for more information.
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