Journey to the Cross Brings Hundreds to Experience Easter Story » "Let's get some of that bread, it's so good," said a young visitor to his friend and they quickly disappeared in the market crowd. They were among a group of participants experiencing a "Journey to the Cross" and a Passover celebration staged in a makeshift Jerusalem marketplace at Loveland's Campion Academy gymnasium March 25-26. The 2016 Easter event was a new edition of what became a popular destination in Loveland a year ago. This year, 525 visitors walked through busy and colorful streets illustrating what it might have been like during the momentous events in Jerusalem two millennia ago.
Town Hall Meetings Across the Conference
Western CO Town Hall
Grand Junction Church
April 2 -- 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Hispanic Town Hall
Denver Hispanic Church
April 3 -- 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Metro Town Hall
April 4 -- 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
SE Colorado Town Hall
Colorado Springs Central Church
April 6, 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
SW Colorado Town Hall
Pinon Hills Church, Farmington
April 7, 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Wyoming Town Hall
April 9 -- 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Walking through the street, visiting shops, watching a potter shaping his wares on a kiln, tasting peanuts and considering buying jewelry and African crafts, visitors mixed with Roman centurions, priests, beggars and proceeded toward a crucifixion of Jesus reenactment on the gymnasium stage. A stroll through the first century Jerusalem market set the stage for a final part of the Easter story reenactment, a play about the principal events of the Holy Week.
The play's culmination saw the empty tomb with Christ mingling with onlookers and angels. If you were among the audience, you could see mouths open and teary eyes. "This was awesome," said a girl holding her mom's hand. "Can we see it again?" The play was written, directed and managed by Natalie Issa Barton from Thornton. "She was also the angel welcoming Christ from the tomb," Stenbakken said. "It was a truly cooperative effort to bring the story to be experienced by many visitors."
Following the experience of crucifixion and resurrection, visitors were invited to an exhibit of Bibles -- old, new and in several language versions -- displayed in the church multipurpose room where refreshments were also served. Among two dozen copies or portions of the Bible, those that attracted attention and inquisitiveness were original copies of Scripture from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, including a 1738 English New Testament.
This entire multi-part concept of the most significant Christian story was conceived of and produced by Dick Stenbakken, a member of the Campion Seventh-day Adventist Church. Dressed in period attire of a Roman Tribune, Stenbakken is already thinking about next Easter season. "We have had many positive comments on this outreach program and plan to do new things next year," he said.
The event saw the creativity of volunteers, most of whom came from the Campion church, but Greeley's Adventure Club and Ft. Collins' church also had supporting people involved. "After totaling the people staffing the booths and on the stage, the number of participants came close to 100. Volunteers were very creative in decorating their own areas and booths. Dozens of Campion Academy students participated by being part-time staff in the booths, and three of the five Roman soldiers were also Campion students," he told NewsNuggets.
"We had quite a number of young adults participating, so the goal of working as a team with the students and the church at large was a resounding success," Stenbakken said.
Recognizing that the Easter story is about the biggest miracle of all, Stenbakken said that the staging and all that was contributed to staging the "Journey to the Cross" had its small miracles. "Our miracle was that by noon on Monday, we had the village emptied, down, transported and stored. All by noon," he concluded. [Text and Photos by Rajmund Dabrowski; Top photo: Roman centurion accosts shopper in Jerusalem marketplace; Middle: 1738 English New Testament; Bottom: Empty tomb]
Grand Junction Church Reenacts Da Vinci's The Last Supper » In a darkened sanctuary, the stage lights illuminated a reenactment of the Luke 22 Last Supper painted by Leonardo da Vinci.
The congregation listened reverently to a presentation of the soul-searching thoughts of each of the 12 disciples as they contemplated the meaning of the words of Jesus saying that one of them would betray Him. The re-enactment was presented during the Sabbath morning worship hour at the Grand Junction Seventh-day Adventist Church before Easter Sunday.
Narrated by retired pastor Gordon Weidemann, it was organized by Sandy Carosella and Sandi Adcox, leaders in "Ladies With a Purpose". [Ronald Johnson; Photo by Ron Carrick]
Adventists in Wyoming Display Generosity for Church Growth » In spite of the recent economic worries for the state of Wyoming, Seventh-day Adventist believers act not only with a good business plan, but also by making it effective. Their stewardship is making church growth a reality. Three years ago, when Al Williams, now assistant to the president for Awaken Wyoming, and Gordon Henderson, retired pastor, prayed over Wyoming prior to camp meeting, they had no idea that God had such big plans. A conversation with then-president Gary Thurber spurred them to begin fundraising for what would become Awaken Wyoming, a continuing effort to awaken people in Wyoming to Jesus -- those in the church as well as those outside it.
By the end of camp meeting, they had pledges for $190,000 and the camp meeting offering brought it up to $235,000. They were well on their way to funding Awaken Wyoming with the $500,000 that Thurber believed they would need.
Over the next few months, Williams wrote a business plan with input from Wyoming pastors and Gary Force developed a youth group called Wyoming Waldensians.
Since that original prayer offered just before camp meeting, they've raised a total of $330,000 and have $60,000 in pledges. The members of the Wyoming churches are awakening to what God can do when they pray and they're committed to Him.
One far-flung area of Wyoming has traditionally had one pastor covering seven churches. Thanks to the funds from Awaken Wyoming, Jason Logan now ministers to just five churches. "We put it out as a fleece," explains Pastor Logan. If the conference would make it five churches instead of seven, we would take the job."
"We have," says Williams, "the best contingency of pastors Wyoming has ever had."
Four Bible workers have been hired to work in Wyoming and two more will soon be added. These Bible workers cover Laramie, Newcastle, Sheridan, Rock Springs, Lander, Riverton and Rawlins, seven of the fifteen Wyoming churches.
Upton church member, Howard Bogue, has given Bible studies to the men at the Honor Conservation Camp in Newcastle every week for the past ten years. He recently baptized Isaac Parker who had been an Adventist, but slipped away into things that landed him in prison.
"Once in awhile," Howard explains, "I receive a phone call from one of the guys who has been released from prison." One inmate who had used and sold drugs, yet had attended his Bible studies faithfully for two years, received notice that he would be leaving for a substance abuse program in Casper.
Eighteen months later, Howard received a phone call from this former inmate who was now in a work-release program. He was calling to express his thankfulness for the direction he was given and to express determination to stay away from the substance abuse that had controlled his life for so many years.
"My greatest reward," explains Howard, "Is when guys call to express appreciation and reaffirm that they are continuing to be faithful."
Located in the northeast corner of Wyoming with a population under 35,000, the city of Gillette is home to the Gillette Seventh-day Adventist Church. Attendance there usually runs between 18 and 25. Lately, however, their attendance has soared to 45, due in part to the Adventurer Club that meets on Wednesday nights. The parents of these children come with their children for the adult Bible study and attend the Sabbath church services too. A newly-baptized church member picks them up and chauffeurs them to church. He has to make several trips to get them all there.
Not long ago, one of the parents of these Adventurers asked if they could have their children dedicated. When the others got wind of it, they wanted their children dedicated, too. On April 9, Pastor Chuck Gadway will dedicate seven children whose parents are not yet members of the church.
"I've been to every church in Gillette," said one recently-baptized church member, "and this is where I feel the Spirit of God is." One Sabbath, she brought seven visitors with her to church.
The Sheridan church is located in the northern part of central Wyoming. The Bible worker there prayed that God would bring people to him. He knocked on a door one day only to discover it was not the house he was looking for. But the people said, "We want Bible studies. I was an Adventist 30 years ago and my father was an Adventist. My wife and I were just talking about finding a Seventh-day Adventist church. Can you give us Bible studies?" This Bible worker is involved with 15 Bible studies in response to his prayer.
Recognizing the momentum that we are witnessing in Wyoming, Ed Barnett, president of Rocky Mountain Conference stated, "I have been impressed with the sincere desire of the Wyoming people to finish the work. It is encouraging to see the effectiveness of our Bible workers reaching people in their territories in a variety of mission activities. Several people have remarked to me that there is a new spirit in Wyoming. It's good to see them so energized." [Carol Bolden; Photo by :Isaac Parker being baptized by Howard Bogue]
What to do When Conflicts Arise? New Book Offers Answers » There are moments in a day, whether you are dealing with your family, work or even a church setting, when relationships can go sour. Someone said something, you said something. You snap. They respond and peace gets derailed, and thinking first before speaking gets railroaded into strained, messy, and damaging outcomes.
Even watching people in angry exchanges, impacts your or my unconscious reactions when an occasion arrives and stuff gets under our skin. Take the recent exchanges by prominent politicians. They seem to offer such sour lessons when debates turn into disputes, the language becomes demeaning and defies respect, and conflicts seem to dominate relations between people, the community, the nation . . . Yes, they are politicians, we say, so what do you expect from them?
Ron Price, a conflict negotiator as he is also known in his community, comes with an easy-to-navigate manual on how to P.L.A.Y. N.I.C.E. In Your Sandbox at Work. His problem resolution steps address practical tips on how to avoid conflicts, and how to move beyond conflicts. With situations and issues calling for crisis management, which could happen even in the church setting, Ron Price's advice fits well the situations we encounter (though don't have to) between believers.
Price owns and operates Productive Outcomes, Inc. where he provides mediation and arbitration, as well as life and marriage coaching, and workplace training. A member of Farmington, New Mexico, Seventh-day Adventist congregation, Ron's advice and thoughts on spirituality have appeared in the RMC Mountain Views.
Here is good news -- his advice on how to avoid disputes, manage conflict and move from conflict to cooperation is available in his new e-book on Amazon today, April 1. Ron Price says that getting P.L.A.Y. N.I.C.E. published realizes a dream of 20 years or more in the making. The book will sell for $0.99 during the month of April. If enough people purchase the book on April 1, he may qualify as a best-selling author. Click on http://amzn.to/1qbNAge to go directly to the Amazon page. [Rajmund Dabrowski]
in New and Persuasive Ways . . .
"The work is not finished yet. New ways to reach out to our communities are needed. We can't just continue to do the same old things. We must be creative in the way we reach out. We have to consider who our audience is and what our marketplace is like today. Jesus must be shared in new and persuasive ways. May the Lord help us to finish the work." -- Ed Barnett at NE Colorado Town Hall, Campion
Youth Department » Copper Mountain Lift Tickets for the 2015-2016 Season are available through the RMC Youth Department at an amazing rate. There are NO BLACKOUT DATES!
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Transform Your Ministry Workshop » You can improve your support skills and transform any ministry by attending this free workshop from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 10, at Porter Place. With a phone and 15 minutes a week, you can change a life from anywhere. Porter Place is located at 1001 E. Yale Avenue, Denver CO 80210. Parking is available on either side of Porter Place. RSVP to Rick Mautz at [email protected] (more details at rmcsda.org/support)
Wyoming Camp Meeting 2016 » Below is a link to the registration form for Wyoming Camp Meeting which can be emailed to [email protected] or mailed to 11395 W Zero Road, Casper WY 82604. For more information, contact Jodie Gage at 307-259-5301. Wyoming Camp Meeting will take place July 12-16 at Mills Spring Ranch, Casper, WY. David Asscherick will speak. Go to http://www.rmcsda.org/wyoming-2016-camp-meeting-registration-form
Campion Academy Days » If you are a prospective 7th to 11th grade student, Campion Academy invites you to visit their classes, stay a night in the dorm, eat "cafe" food, tour the campus, make new friends and "get a feel" for academy life April 15 and 16. Don't miss the soccer and baseball tournament, ice cream outing, mountain hike and games. For more information and to register, go to www.campion.net/academy-days.html
Fire Rekindled 2016 »
Four weekends are left with four powerful speakers at Golden and Denver West churches.
Dr. Karl Haffner, senior pastor, Kettering Church, at Golden Church April 1 and 2.
Jerry Page, ministerial secretary for General Conference, will speak at Golden Church April 8 and 9.
John Lomacang, pastor and recording artist, will speak at Golden Church April 15 and 16.
Maurice Valentine, executive secretary Lake Union Conference, will speak at Golden Church April 22 and 23.
All presentations will be at 7 p.m. Friday; 9:30 and 11 a.m., and 2:30 p.m. Saturday. The Golden Church is at 3101 S Golden Road, Golden, CO 80401. Denver West Church is at 290 S Quitman Street, Denver CO 80219.
Arvada Church » Jaime Jorge, well known violinist, will appear in concert at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 2, at the Arvada Church gymnasium.
Franktown Church » Jaime Jorge will appear in concert at 6 p.m., Saturday, April 2, at the Franktown Church.
Cheyenne Church » Cheyenne members will hold CREATION Health seminars at Laramie County Community College on Sabbath afternoons beginning April 2 and continuing through May 14. For more information, contact Lana Anderson at 307-632-9908.
Eden Valley » "The Last Day of Prophecy -- Discover the Rest of the Story" seminar will begin at the Eden Valley Church at 7 p.m., Sunday, April 3. Meetings will continue nightly at 7 p.m. through Friday, April 8, with the final seminar beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 9. This will be followed by a fellowship/refreshment time. Invite your friends, family and neighbors to join us for this timely seminar. Registration not required. Eden Valley Church is located at 9325 World Mission Drive, Loveland CO 80538. For more information, call 970-232-9783.
ASI Rally » Jeffrey Rosario of Light Bearer's Ministry will speak on the ASI member's motto, "Share Christ in the Marketplace" at 10 a.m., April 2 at Denver South Church. A fellowship luncheon and afternoon rally will follow. ASI is a lay organization whose mission is to finish the work through personal and public evangelism in cooperation with the Seventh-day Adventist Church. A special envelope will be available to designate your tithes and offerings for your own church.
9 Health Fair » LifeSource Adventist Fellowship needs YOU to minister to our community health needs and to be an ambassador for Christ. Volunteer by contacting Jennifer Biddulph at [email protected] or sign up at 9HealthFair.org. The 9Health Fair will take place from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 14.
Daystar PIE Night» The next PIE (Parents Involved in Education) Night at Daystar School will feature CSU Pueblo staff and other volunteers facilitating hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) activities and, of course, pie for the whole family. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., this educational and fun night will take place Tuesday, April 19 at Daystar Christian School, 3912 O'Neal Avenue, Pueblo, 81005. For more information, call 719-561-9120 or go to www.daystarchristianpueblo.com.
Brighton Adventist Academy Friendship Day » Prospective Kindergarten through 9th grade students are invited to visit BAA to meet students and staff, take a tour of the school, join in learning activities, and eat lunch with us on Wednesday, April 20. Call 303-659-1223 to let us know you plan to participate.
Andrews University Credit for High School Students » 2016-2017 registration for high school students is now open! This is a great opportunity for students attending home and public schools to experience Adventist postsecondary education at just $125 per credit. Students reflect on the biblical perspective in each course, interacting with caring Christian teachers and classmates from around the world. Interactive online courses have fixed deadlines for classwork, but flex to fit your daily schedule. If your GPA is 3.0 or higher, talk with your school counselor to see if the Andrews University credit you earn will also count as high school credit.
Learn about the eight Fall 2016 and six Spring 2017 classes and preparing for college at andrews.edu/precollege Questions? Email [email protected] or call 269-471-6323.
ASI Mid-America Convention » Doug Bachelor will speak Friday evening, Sabbath morning and Saturday night at the ASI Mid-America Convention April 21-24. Held at Denver Ramada Plaza Hotel at 120th and I-25, the convention will kick off with Thursday evening keynote speaker, Steve Dickman, president of National ASI.
Other speakers include Gary Thurber, president of Mid-America Union Conference, who will present the morning devotionals and Vicki Griffen, who will offer seminars. A special feature, "Members in Action" will highlight the many projects funded by ASI. Exhibit booths can be perused and children's programming will be available.
Meal tickets for Sabbath meals will be available for purchase before sundown Friday which will include Friday supper and Sabbath lunch and dinner. Special rates are available at the hotel for those attending the ASI convention.
An envelope for tithes and offering to go to individual churches will be available on Sabbath.
For more information, contact Barbara Taylor, president of Mid-America ASI, at 303-898-3133.
Brighton Church and Brighton Adventist Academy: A Centennial Celebration of Christian Education » The Brighton Church opened its first school in 1916. This year's alumni weekend will be a celebration of 100 years of Christian education in the Brighton and Ft. Lupton area. BAA students will present music and a drama called "No Compromise" at 7 p.m. Friday, April 29. Kent Kast, former principal and teacher, will speak for the Sabbath morning church service. A haystack lunch will be provided and the day's activities will include a tribute to Letha Hoos who will retire at the end of this school year after 41 years of teaching. Alumni and friends are invited to join the celebration. Visit www.baaconnect.org for a complete schedule of activities.
Woodland Park » The rise and fall of the Christian church will be explained in a four-event seminar at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, April 28 and 29 and at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sabbath, April 30, at the Woodland Park Church. Shadow Empire is produced by Shawn Boonstra who will also speak for each session along with Pastor Mike Kissner. For more information, go to www.shadowempire.com
Twin Peaks Church » Presented by Tim Jones, a five-week prophecy seminar is planned for 7 to 8 p.m. Saturdays, Sunday, Mondays and Wednesdays beginning March 18 and continuing through April 23 at Twin Peaks Church. You can RSVP to Annette Tapp by calling 720-890-3767. For more information, go to www.twinpeakssda.org or www.RelevantSeminars.org/Louisville. The church is located at 9696 Paschal Drive, Louisville, CO 80027.
Voice of Prophecy » There's still time for churches to sign up for Shadow Empire! This guest-friendly three-day (April 28-30) Voice of Prophecy event was taped on location in countries like Serbia, Turkey and Italy. Co-presented by Shawn Boonstra and your local pastor, the series (and accompanying book and lessons) will explore the Emperor Constantine's impact on religious freedom today. This direct-to-church series has been designed to bring people from YOUR community through the doors of YOUR church. Request a FREE event kit now at www.ShadowEmpire.com/Event, or call 1-888-744-1958. Want to attend? Find the location near you at www.ShadowEmpire.com New locations are added daily.
Black Hills School of Massage » Want to have a career that might also be a ministry? Black Hills School of Massage Therapy will be starting their next state-recognized, 600-hour massage school session May 16. If you feel that God is calling you to a career in massage therapy, call us at 605-255-4101. Check out our facebook page -- https://www.facebook.com/blackhillsmassage/ -- or our website at www.bhhec.org/school-of-massage. It's not too late to start a career-ministry where you can touch lives for Jesus!
Mile High Academy is looking for a full-time accountant. The accountant is a key member of the Business office, reporting to the VP of Finance. The accountant's tasks include general ledger, adjusting entries, restricted and non-restricted fund management, A/P, A/R, collections, payroll, banking and more. For a full job description and application, visit http://www.milehighacademy.org/employment-opportunities/. To apply, send your resume to [email protected]
Associate Director -- Media, Production & Programming: Do you think and dream in the visually creative space? The Voice of Prophecy is seeking a creative professional who desires to use their talents for soul-winning and evangelism. Prospective candidates should be proficient and experienced in many creative areas such as: print design, brand creation, web design, UX design, motion graphics, 3D graphics and presentation graphics. Proficiency in the areas of video production and photography a plus.
Mailroom Assistant Supervisor: Are you someone who loves logistics and has an eye for detail and a knack for supervision? If so, you might be the perfect candidate for the Voice of Prophecy's Mailroom Assistant Supervisor position! In this position, you would assist with the development, implementation, coordination and monitoring of all phases of mailing services in addition to supervision of mailroom staff. As a direct result of your work, people worldwide would receive resources like Bible lessons and make decisions for Christ thanks, in part, to your efforts in getting resources to them in a timely manner.
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