MHA Principal Plays Basketball in Uganda »
Forty students, faculty, sponsors, and community professionals recently returned from the Kiryandongo Settlement Camp of Uganda where they served this community in need.
Along with holding medical clinics, Vacation Bible School programs, and educational activities, the group was also planned to build a basketball court the community could enjoy for years to come.
An exploratory trip took Kim Busl of Outposts Center International (OCI), and a team from Rolfson Oil to find needs in the community. While there, they discovered that the refugee population of close to 100,000 were using a line court. Since then, Mile High Academy, Outposts Centers International, and Rolfson have been working collaboratively on the basketball court.
After completion, both children and adults flocked to the court to enjoy the finished product, including MHA students and faculty, who gathered teams of locals for drills and pick-up games. Even MHA Principal Toakase Vunileva took to the court, joining one of the teams and playing right alongside for an exciting game.
It illustrates the comaraderie demonstrated by this mission from the start. Every team member has played an important role, with no job too big or too small. Such is the conclusion of yet another mission involvement of our youth.
No Break for LM Participants » We don't pause when it comes to sharing God's love. One way we do this is by sharing literature, says Matthew Hasty, new director of Literature Ministries who has six months of work in the RMC under his belt. He has been focusing on four areas of evangelism--GLOW, Campion Academy LM, student fundraisers, and Summer Youth Rush.
RMCNews; photo by Tim Freccia
Teen Makes Directional Shift After Attending Campion's Academy Days » Amira Davis was an eighth-grade student attending public school in Alamosa, Colorado, when her pastor approached her and encouraged her to attend a free weekend event at Campion Academy called Academy Days. Accepting this invitation would have a major impact on her life. “Honestly, I didn’t really know anything about Campion, and I didn’t have plans to attend,” she recalls. “The pastor just told us there was going to be this fun and free event, so I decided to go. When I went, I saw how much fun it was, and how easy it was to make friends in that environment. Ultimately, that’s why I decided to go to Campion.”
Now in her second year at Campion as a sophomore, Davis says “Coming to Campion definitely affected my academics in a positive way. There were a lot of things in school that I felt I struggled with, and when I came here, I got more personalized help. Being here has helped me focus on my academics, my GPA, and my goals for the future.”
Davis has also appreciated the focus on spiritual growth at Campion. “I definitely have more opportunities to connect with Jesus than I would at any other school,” she commented.
Campion Academy is once again preparing to open its doors to interested students during its annual Academy Days on April 12 and 13. Academy Days is designed to give prospective seventh through eleventh-grade students the opportunity to visit classes, stay a night in the dorm, eat "cafe" food, tour the campus, make some new friends and just get a feel for academy life.
Students attending Academy Days typically come from all over the state of Colorado, and many other states as well, including Wyoming, Nebraska, New Mexico, and Texas. The theme this year is “He Knows Me By Name” and is featuring virtual-reality station games, an ice cream outing, awesome mixers, games and tons of food. “This event not only introduces students to academy life, but it is designed for students to have a great time and make new friends,” comments Jessica Rios, Enrollment Director. “Most importantly, visitors experience what it means to be surrounded by vibrant young Christians in our Christ-centered campus.”
In addition to having fun, students are also given the opportunity to apply for scholarships in multiple areas, including writing, art, music, and service. Robyn Quillin, from Cortez, Colorado, attended last year’s Academy Days and won a scholarship for Christian Service for the volunteer work she had done at nursing homes and through Pathfinders. While she was already planning on attending Campion before the visit, she discovered, “It was a great way to get some scholarship money to help me attend, and it was fun to see all the different activities they have at Campion. It also made it easier to come this year because I got to know other students beforehand.” While some scholarship competitions happen on-site, most need to be applied for by April 4, and can be found on the Academy Days registration home page.
Campion Academy provides students with a rigorous academic environment grounded in a biblical worldview. Students not only gain a top-quality education, but are encouraged to grow their faith in Christ in every aspect of academy life.
Visit www.campion.net/academy-days for more information or to register.
-- Jill Harlow; text and photo
GLOW, or Giving Light to Our World, is one way every church member can become a minister of literature--taking books, pamphlets, and tracts with you wherever you go and sharing them with people or leaving them in public places. Recently, just west of Denver, a church member gave a GLOW tract to a woman visiting their Community Service Center. After reading the GLOW tract, the woman called the number on the back of the tract and asked for weekly Bible studies. So far in 2019, Hasty has presented GLOW in six churches, and 9000 tracts have been distributed.
The Campion Academy LM program is running five days a week this year, with eight students involved. They go door-to-door for a couple hours at a time, offering Christian books and DVDs, Bible studies and prayer. When a Campion Academy staff member went for a dental check-up this year, his dentist said that he had been visited by one of these students. The dentist received the Great Controversy and is really enjoying reading it. As of February, the Campion Academy LMs had left more than $24,000 worth of truth-filled literature in the homes of people in the Loveland area.
In February, Hasty visited Lighthouse Christian School for Week of Prayer. The topic was evangelism and ended with an opportunity for a few students to go out into the community for an evangelistic fundraiser. In one hour, three students raised $150 for the school’s building project. Hasty is looking forward to connecting with other elementary schools that would like to raise money while reaching people for Jesus.
Preparation for the Summer Youth Rush program has already started. During this 10-week LM program, young people work together, worship together, grow together, and have fun together, all while earning a scholarship for school. The Literature Ministries department is looking for 25 committed young people who want to work for Christ this summer. Applications are available on the Campion Academy website.
In Luke chapter 8 Jesus shares the parable of the sower casting his seed. Some seeds fall on the wayside, some on rocky ground, and others among thorns. “Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown” (Luke 8:8). Our truth-filled literature is seed in our communities that leads people to search the Scriptures. Can you imagine one book, pamphlet, or tract yielding a hundred fold! Harvest time is coming. Let’s sow some seeds!
For more information on getting involved in any of these programs, visit www.rockymountainliteratureministries.com or contact Matthew Hasty at (970) 703-4546 or [email protected]
Lee Lee Dart Commissioned in Heartwarming Ceremony » On a clear day in Greeley with nearly 150 in attendance, including area pastors and family members, Lee Lee Dart was commissioned to the gospel ministry during a heart-warming ceremony. The only female senior pastor in the Rocky Mountain Conference, Dart has ministered to The Adventure Church since 2011, later moving to the positiion of senior pastor. She previously worked with Pastor Dave Kennedy at the Franktown Church before moving to The Adventure Church to serve as assistant pastor.
Head elder Daryl Bohlender, praised Dart as a “good match” for what The Adventure Church needs in a senior pastor during his welcome.
Dart has been active in ministry her entire life, serving as a layperson and Bible worker, mentoring, discipling, empowering and encouraging laypeople to use their spiritual gifts. She grew up in a home where her parents pointed her to Jesus. Her father, Ed Fry, Sr., who gave the benediction, had wanted to be a pastor earlier in life, but was never able to fulfill that calling. In Lee Lee, Fry sees the fruition of his own dreams.
Dart’s brother, an employment recruiter for a variety of entities, presented the commissioning address, sharing stories that brought laughter and warmth to the service.
Mid-American Union ministerial director, Mic Thurber and RMC president Ed Barnett, participated in the commissioning.
Dart, along with her husband, Jed, and two daughters stood together on the platform as she expressed her appreciation for her family and their support.
“I was very impressed to see the wonderful support The Adventure Church has given to their pastor,” commented Mickey Mallory, RMC ministerial director. “It was very clear that they recognized her calling to ministry.”
-- Carol Bolden; photo by Mickey Mallory
Vista Ridge Academy Receives STEM Grant » Big changes in technology happened at Vista Ridge Academy for the 2018-2019 school year. Students, faculty and staff were thrilled to learn that the school was awarded a generous STEM grant of $10,000 from Versacare. It is the purpose of Versacare, Inc. to serve humanity by engaging in activities that will further the kingdom of God and restore the Image of God in man. Through the Versafund, the non-profit foundation has funded $25 million in grants since 1990. Along with other private donations and parents’ support, the school was able to raise additional funds to make improvements to the school’s technology.
The school’s biggest need was the computer lab that had not been updated in more than seven years. There were obsolete desktop computers and analog LCD screens. Thanks to the input from faculty, staff, students and parents, the school replaced the desktop computers with 20 new laptops stored in a secured charging cart. This decision allowed for increased use of these new laptops outside of computer lab time. Teachers are able to bring laptops to their classrooms and students can utilize them more for various projects and tasks.
The school has been piloting a 1 to 1 program, centering on individual student's scholastics in the 7th and 8th grade classroom this school year. VRA recognizes that older students rely more on technology for all their learning needs, thus 10 budget laptops were purchased for students in grades 7 and 8. Other technology upgrades in the school include new flat-screen TVs in each classroom, tablets and Apple TVs placed in the classrooms, new laptops for teachers and desktop computers for staff.
Principal Sandy Hodgson says, “Vista Ridge Academy is very blessed to be a part of the Versacare STEM grant recipients, and I believe the investments made in technology at the school are helping students maximize their learning.”
The school looks forward to partnering with Versacare in the future, https://versacare.org/recent-grants/stem/.
-- Tomas Bartulec and Sandy Hodgson; photo by Marsha Bartulec
Grandmother/Great-Grandmother Baptized in Boulder » In the fall, I received a phone call from Dorothy, remembers Jessyka Dooley, former associate pastor for Boulder Church, now assistant youth director for RMC. Although she lives in Washington, she visits Colorado frequently to see her grand and great-granddaughters, members at the Boulder Church. So, it was extremely special for her to profess her faith through baptism surrounded by the people she loves most. She was baptized on Sabbath, March 9, in Boulder.
"When she came up from the water, there was sheer joy on her face and a glow you couldn't deny," Jessyka added.
RMCNews; photo by Rajmund Dabrowski
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, Speaker: Ed Barnett
NE Colorado -- June 7-8, Speaker: Dan Jackson
Cowboy -- Location: Uncompaghre National Forest near Silver Jack Reservoir, July 10-14, Speakers: Ron Price/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.
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.
Franktown Church » Come, hear the captivating story of how God worked to transform one young man's life and how He can transform your life as well. Madman to Missionary, The Testimony of John Baxter will be shared at the Franktown Church at 7 p.m., Friday evening, March 15. The church is located at 905 CO-83, Franktown,CO 80116.
Global Youth Day » This Saturday, March 16, is Global Youth Day! The Youth Department is extremely excited to be participating in this worldwide, General Conference initiative.
For information about the Rocky Mountain Conference location, at-home curriculum, and to register, visit our website at https://www.rmcyouth.org/gyd
Special Guest, John Baxter » Denver South Church welcomes John Baxter from Adventist Frontier Missions, coming to Denver for a fun-filled Sabbath evening vespers program at 4 p.m. on March 16. A former missionary to India, he currently serves as a recruiter for AFM. Current Denver South pastor, Christian Martin, served as a student missionary with John in 1996. Come and be inspired as John speaks on the value of memorizing Scripture and shares amazing stories from his experience in India. Bring your whole family and all your friends to test your Bible knowledge and then stay for our crock-pot dinner right after!
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.
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 9. For more information, email Patty Rivera at [email protected] The church is located at 7979 Meade Street, Westminster CO 80030.
Littleton Church » Financial Peace University is coming to Littleton Adventist Church. Whether you're just starting out financially or money issues are weighing you down, or you are winning with money and want to do better, FPU is for everyone! We learn that by handling money God's way according to biblical principles, HOPE and PEACE are available for all of us.
March 18 - May 13 (9 weeks)
6:30 - 8:15 p.m. Mondays at Littleton Church (childcare provided)
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 » to RSVP.[email protected]Contact Agape Hammond at 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. March 19,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
Watch - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dttTZYU-Y_8
AdventHealth University Open House » Please note that because of the weather forecast, the March 20 Open House was rescheduled. Stay tuned for more information.
Littleton Church » Lucile Claridge will be honored by the Littleton Church on the occasion of her 100th birthday on Sunday, March 24, from 2-4 p.m. in the church fellowship hall. Lucile was a charter member of the Littleton church. She drives her car to church every Sabbath morning and plays the piano for the Cradle Roll Sabbath School division the first two Sabbaths of every month. Along with her late husband, Wally, Lucile was a member of the old Central Church in downtown Denver. In 1962, they were part of a group who caught the vision of planting a church in Littleton. Wally and Lucile worked tirelessly and gave sacrificially to see that dream come to fruition. During the intervening years, Lucile has filled many positions of responsibility in the church--too many to list. She has worked with and been a friend of many of the members of other churches in the Denver area. Littleton would like for all these friends to help celebrate Lucile’s life of service on March 24.
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
Women of Spirit » Please plan to attend Women of Spirit, a women's community monthly activity for all faiths meeting at 6:30 p.m., Monday, March 25 at the Brighton Church Annex, 567 East Bromley Lane, Brighton CO 80601. Debbie Hardy will present "You Can Be Fabulous From 40, 50, and Beyond." In spite of hardships and disappointments, Debbie has a positive outlook on life, encouraging others through her writing, mentoring and speaking. After all she's faced, she has become the Queen of Resilience. A light meal will be served, so come, bring a friend! There is still time and space to make a reservation by calling 303-659-1999 or 303-562-5173.
Vista Ridge Academy Annual Scholarship Gala » You are cordially invited to Vista Ridge Academy's 1st Annual Scholarship Gala on March 28. A welcome reception begins at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m., followed by a program and live auction. Tickets for an individual are $50; for a couple, $75. Please purchase tickets by March 15 by either contacting the school office at 303-828-4944 or sending an email to [email protected] Be sure to designate any dietary concerns. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Scholarship Fund. Formal attire, please.
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]
La Vida Mission Openings » La Vida Mission has staff needs for next school year. Do you want to be a missionary for Jesus? Are you a retired teacher and wanting to use your talents for the Lord? La Vida Mission, right here in your own backyard in New Mexico on the Navajo Nation will have the following openings: teacher for grades 5-8, a married couple for girls’ dorm parents, student missionary, student teacher, etc. Please send an email to [email protected] if you are interested or know someone who is.
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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