May your Easter be a moment of reflection
and reconnection with the sacred life
of Jesus Christ!
Newday Church Holds Official Launch for New Church Plant » Parker’s Newday Adventist Church will officially launch a new congregation in the Five Points neighborhood of Denver (2222 Marion Street, 80205) this Sabbath afternoon, March 31, at 4:00 pm. Recently, NewsNuggets asked Pastor Dave Kennedy, one of the pastors leading out in this new church, to tell us more about this new church plant and what they’re hoping to see God do.
You and your team are starting this new church in the Denver downtown area. What’s behind this exciting development?
Jesus told us to go into all the world and make disciples of all people. Well over half of the world’s population is currently in urban settings. If we are going to fulfill the Great Commission, we have to be willing to go to the cities. Currently, the Rocky Mountain Conference doesn’t have a church in to the downtown area. While it will take a great outpouring of the Holy Spirit, a lot of hard work, as well as support from surrounding churches, we’d like to change that. There are so many people living in the downtown area. These are people Jesus loves and died to save. We know God is already working in the city; we just want to join Him in what He’s already doing.
Is there a particular audience you wish to reach?
Our vision is “to be a diverse gathering of Christ followers seeking the good of the city.” Because diversity is a part of our vision and values, we want to welcome people from every race, every class, every age, and every walk of life. We are hoping to see former Adventists living in the downtown area who have left the church join us and come back. We are also praying to see those in the “none” category come to faith in Jesus at Newday.
What do you mean by those in the “none” category?
The “nones” are the fastest-growing religious segment in America today. They are those who when asked what their religious affiliation is, check the box that says “none.” They currently make up about 20 percent of the population. That number is even higher in the cities and among Millennials. For most “nones,” church isn’t even on their radar. It isn’t something they think about. However, they are looking for a cause to serve. We would like to provide that cause as we serve the marginalized and under-resourced of Five Points. We are hoping to invite people far from God to join us in taking on some of the biggest issues facing our community.
You mentioned needing support from surrounding churches. How can those from other Adventist churches support what you’re doing?
One way those from other churches can support what we’re doing is to put us in contact with any former Adventists living in the downtown area. If you know of someone who is no longer attending an Adventist church, contact us through our website (www.newdaysda.com) and send us their contact information. We would also love for people interested in urban ministry to come and worship with us. Our services are at 4:00 in the afternoon so they don’t conflict with any other service times of local churches. Finally, people can connect with us through our Facebook page (Newday Christian Seventh-day Adventist Church) or our website (www.newdaysda.com).
Anything else you’d like to add?
Just an encouragement for people to pray for us. If this is going to take root and grow, it will only be by God’s power and Spirit. We’re willing to do the work necessary, but only God can transform a life. That’s what we want to be about.
Currently, the new congregation will hold worship services on Sabbath afternoons at 4:00 pm in a well-known historic African-American church -- Cleaves Memorial CME Church.
--RMCNews; photo by Rajmund Dabrowski
Mile High Academy Students Experience Augmented Reality » "Thank you for your participation in the Google Expeditions AR Pioneer Program. We're thrilled that you want to tell your local community about bringing innovation to the classroom!"
This is how Goggle Expeditions AR (Augmented Reality) begins their press release to schools interested in participating.
As part of her innovation research at Mile High Academy, Jamie Frain found Google Expeditions and asked them to come to MHA as part of their Pioneer Program. Currently, MHA has iPads and phones with the same learning content in Virtual Reality models throughout the school. However, Google Expeditions is now unrolling this Augmented Reality Pioneer Program to schools in order to receive feedback for future classroom use. MHA students and faculty are part of that process.
What motivated Frain to bring the AR program into our school was watching videos of other students using AR in their classrooms. She remembers one student in particular working on the heart calling out, "That's inside of me!" We can present a book on the subject, even dissect a heart, but watching a pumping heart in front of us and realizing that it is a living thing, that's special.
Jamie Frain herself is quick to point out that "any opportunity we have to better student learning by bringing abstract ideas to life is worthy of exploration."
Teachers at MHA are charged with bringing 21st Century Learning into the classroom. Opportunities such as this one offer skills in collaboration, communication, and creativity and allow students to be the explorers of their own learning. As groups of two to three students gather together and discuss what they're seeing and how it works, they are living out 21st Century Learning. Teachers guide them as facilitators roaming the room. This is the goal of projects like these and others that currently go on at Mile High Academy.
To learn more, contact us at [email protected] or call 303.744.1069. You can also follow us on social media. -- Text and photo by Agape Hammond
Campion Academy Hosts Spring Music Festival » Each spring near the end of March, Campion Academy hosts the Rocky Mountain Conference Music Festival. Schools from around the Rocky Mountain Conference travel to Campion Academy with students in grades 5 – 8 grade who are a part of their vocal choir, hand bell choir, or strings/orchestra ensemble.
The festival was well attended with nearly 250 students from around the conference and began this year, March 22, with all-day rehearsals for each group of musicians. There were 204 students visiting Campion for the annual festival, as well as 49 sponsors.
Clinicians for the festival included Miki Shockley with hand bells, Clinton Anderson with choir, and Yves Clouzet with the strings ensemble.
Students worked hard on Thursday and Friday
during rehearsals, but were also given time for break out sessions with various Campion Academy staff. Some of the activities included games held on center campus and writing letters to inmates. It was a good time to have students from different schools, along with our Academy students, getting to know one another through fun experiences and their love of music.
Jamie Jorge, world-renowned violinist and musician, is also an advocate for Adventist education. He presented the church service on Sabbath morning during which he told his story of moving from Cuba to Wisconsin when he was a young boy and of the great sacrifices his parents made to send their children to an Adventist school.
“It is a thrill to see our young people so enthusiastic in learning about music," said Don Reeder, Campion principal. "Our young people are learning how to share the Gospel through music, just like Jehoshaphat, as reported in II Chronicles 20, where He had a choir marching into battle singing,"
He also expressed appreciation to Michelle Velbis for leading out in the spiritual emphasis for the weekend and sharing worship with the students every morning.
-- article by Kelsey Cate; photo by Chrisheline Kalawo
Adventist Community Services Assists with Needs After Fire in Colorado Springs » Three people were taken to the hospital after a three-alarm fire at the Sunstone Town Homes in Colorado Springs. The facility is located near the Colorado Springs Central Church.
Begun by a carelessly-discarded live cigarette, the fire destroyed 20 town homes.
Cathy Kissner, Adventist Community Services Director, reported about ACS's response to the tragedy. “We are greatly saddened by the loss of the town homes in the Colorado Springs area and our team from Colorado Springs, Woodland Park, and Pueblo are working together, along with the community, to help the families re-establish normalcy,” Kissner said. “Our primary objective is to show the love of the Father to his hurting children,” she added.
The collection distribution center is being staged at the nearby Springs Adventist Academy. Operations will run from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and will probably continue for a week, depending on needs.
Kissner said that the standard need is for personal hygiene items, including paper plates, paper cups, paper towels, plastic silverware, and new air mattresses.
"As an agency, we are connecting a home-schooling family with the home-school association in Colorado Springs," Kissner added.
We are partnering strongly with the Red Cross, Catholic Charities, Salvation Army, and the LDS Church. Each organization supports a specific need.
-- Carol Bolden
Cards for Inmates Project Impacts More than Prisoners »
At the recent Rocky Mountain Conference Music Festival held at Campion Academy in Loveland, Colorado, students had the opportunity to do a service project for the Pueblo County Jail.
At outbreak sessions during the festival, students had many options to choose from, such as soccer, origami, paper airplane contests, and making encouraging cards for inmates.
Yves Clouzet, music director at Campion Academy, said, "In addition to keeping students busy while final rehearsals were being held in the gymnasium, the cards for inmates project was able to engage well over 100 students from all over our conference in thinking about someone in need and taking time to bring them joy. The students were able to exemplify the promise found in 2 Corinthians 5:17."
Students from all over the RMC participated in this Cards for Inmates project. Alyssa Slack, a 7th grader at Daystar Christian School, said that she was delighted to have an experience to help other people.
"The cards have a different value system in the jails. What we take for granted, the inmates take as precious," said Steve Shoffner, prison ministry director for the Seventh-day Adventist church in Pueblo. "These cards will not just brighten their days but possibly their lives. For some, this might be the only card they ever get."
-- Text and photo by Michelle Velbis
Cowboy July 11015 Silver Jack Reservoir
CAMP MEETINGS 2018
La Vida Mission May 11-13--new La Vida Mission
NE Colorado June 1-2 Campion Academy
Speaker: Clifford Goldstein
Wyoming July 17-21 Mills Spring Ranch
Western Slope August 1-4 Mountaintop Retreat
Speaker: Michael Ryan
Hispanic Aug 31- Sept 3 Glacier View Ranch
EASTER WEEKEND SERVICES
Boulder Adventist Church » Boulder Adventist Church has a full lineup of services and activities for Easter weekend. Pastor Japhet De Oliveira will speak on Good Friday at 7:00 p.m. focusing on “Easter in the Gospels.” On Sabbath morning, Pastor Japhet will conclude a sermon series called Advancing with a sermon titled “Easter in the Acts of the Apostles” based on Acts 12:1-18.
The service will include music, the spoken Word, and Easter treat bags for children. Connect Groups for both adults and children meet at 11:00 a.m. to discuss the message and its implications for daily life.
On Easter Sunday, the church will host a family hike to the summit of Mount Sanitas—in our own backyard—and then return to the church for an Easter Egg Hunt. The hike begins at 1:00 p.m. The Easter Egg Hunt begins at 3:30 p.m. Contact Pastor Japhet De Oliveira for questions about Easter weekend or any of our services. See our website at www.boulder.church
Campion Church » Easter Weekend at the Campion Church will feature two events -- a Friday evening concert and Sabbath afternoon re-enactment of Resurrection weekend.
The Easter Concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 30, at the Campion Church under the title, "The Shadow of the Cross." It will feature Adventist Chorale of Northern Colorado along with music by the Men's Chorus, Ladies' Chorus and the Octet.
Journey to the Cross will take place from 1 - 6 p.m. Sabbath, March 31 with tours on the hour. Come walk the streets of Jerusalem as it might have been the weekend of Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection. Experience the pageantry of these events and marvel at what took place.
Fort Lupton Church » The Fort Lupton Church will open its doors at 6 a.m. on Easter Sunday, April 1 to welcome the Fort Lupton Methodist Church family, the Fort Lupton Destination Ministries and Fort Lupton Catholics to a community Resurrection Celebration which begins at 630 a.m. Following the 30-40 minute program, food will be provided in the Fellowship Hall.
LifeSource Fellowship » LifeSource Adventist Fellowship will present a special drama production called "Peter, The Rock!" on Saturday March 31st 2018 at 7pm in the Sanctuary. This drama monologue looks at the life, death and resurrection of Jesus through the eyes of Peter. LifeSource Adventist Fellowship is located at 6200 W Hampden Avenue, Denver CO 80227.
Yellowstone National Park Sabbath Services » Join us for worship at Yellowstone National Park every Sabbath from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Led by Rocky Mountain Conference pastors, the services begin at 10 a.m. in Old Faithful Lodge.
La Vida Mission Volunteers Needed » If you have a desire to be a missionary, La Vida Mission is looking for missionary-minded people for the following positions: cook, high school teacher, and house parents. For more information, contact Steve Gillham at [email protected] or 505-786-3004.
Mile High Academy Constitution Review » Mile High Academy will hold its NEW Constitution Review from 6-7 p.m., Wednesday, April 4 in the cafeteria. You are invited. This is your opportunity ask questions about the new proposed constitution. Learn what changes are coming, how it affects MHA and your family. "Great stuff is coming and we would like you to know all about it," said Agape Hammond, MHA Director of Marketing. For information call 303.744.1069.
Academy Days at Campion » Academy Days at Campion is designed to give prospective students in grades 7-11 the opportunity to visit classes, stay a night in the dorm, eat "cafe" food, tour the campus, make new friends and “get a feel" for academy life.
Academy Days 2018 is scheduled for April 13 and 14. Under the theme “The Ultimate Treasure” visiting students will enjoy a Ninja Warrior Course, an ice cream outing, awesome mixers, games and tons of food. To register for Academy Days, go to www.campion.net.
"Behold, He Comes" Concert, April 21 » Please invite your family and friends to this dynamic and biblical choir/orchestra/drama program, a Denver South Church outreach to the community. This 7:00 p.m. program is not to be missed. Please contact Missy Wherley at 720-985-8949 or [email protected] if you would like more information.
Canon City Church » The Canon City SDA Church will be offering a dynamic series of meetings entitled "The Shadow of His Wings" This series is presented by Pathway To Paradise, Dr. Tim Rumsey. You can find more information on the presentation at www.PathwayToParadise.org
Scheduled from Friday, April 27 through Sabbath, May 5, all meetings are at 7:00 p.m. except for the two Sabbath morning services. Everyone is welcome to attend.
"Over 3,000 years ago, God gave His people a blueprint revealing the mysteries of salvation. Today, the sanctuary message retains its potency and power. What will it mean for Earth’s final generation to stand by faith in the Most Holy Place? What does the ark of the covenant reveal about Satan’s final deceptions, the order of events in the second coming, and how to experience righteousness by faith? Drawing on lessons from the heart of Scripture, The Shadow of His Wings takes a fascinating and compelling look at the sanctuary message for today."
For more information, go to www.PathwayToParadise.org
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
H.O.P.E. Prayer Summit » Featuring James Black from NAD Prayer Ministries, this prayer summit will be held September 7-9 at Glacier View Ranch.
Annual RMC Women's Retreat » Heather-Dawn Small, GC Women's Ministry Director will speak at the annual retreat September 28-30 at Glacier View Ranch.
Women's Ministry Coordinator » The Rocky Mountain Conference has an immediate opening for a part-time Women's Ministry Coordinator position (approximately 10 hours/week). The Women’s Ministry Coordinator is responsible for building a community of godly women within the Rocky Mountain Conference. For more information about the position, essential tasks, expectations and how to apply, please see the following posting on our website: http://www.rmcsda.org/hr-womens-ministry-coordinator
Fort Collins Christian School » The Fort Collins Christian School will start a state-licensed Preschool (ages 3-5) and is seeking a part-time preschool teacher for the 2018-2019 school year. Candidates with a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Special Education, Family and Child Development, Child Psychology, or an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education will be considered. If you are interested in this position, please contact Keiko Breese at [email protected] or call her at 970-222-6347 for more information.
Mile High Academy ESL Teacher Needed at China Campus » Mile High Academy still has a position available on their extended campus at the Guangdong Experimental Shunde - ESL Teacher Needed
This is a unique opportunity to serve as a teacher in Shunde China at Mile High Academy’s extended campus at the Guangdong Experimental Shunde. Please see link below to explore the school: http://www.gdsysd.com/Home/IndexEnglish
Contact Principal Toakase Vunileva at [email protected] for questions or to submit your resume.
Student Literature Evangelist Coordinator » Joe Martin has announced that he will be retiring this June. "We're sorry Joe is retiring," said RMC President Ed Barnett. "He has big shoes to fill and we are looking for someone to fill them. If you or someone you know is interested, please contact our office at 303-282-3635 and ask for Human Resources.
Glacier View Ranch » has the following employment opportunity available:
Support Personnel position. This is a part-time (28 hours/week) position with housing provided on site. The employee will perform a variety of tasks, assisting in multiple operational functions around the Ranch. For a full description of duties, including physical demands and working conditions, please review the job description on our website at
http://www.rmcsda.org/hr-gvrsupportpersonnel where you will also find information on how to apply.
FROM THE EDITOR
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