New Campion Principal Chosen » The search committee has worked very diligently to find a replacement for John Winslow, Campion Academy principal, who will leave after graduation to lead the Upper Columbia Academy in Spangle, Wash.
The committee started with more than 40 names. After much prayer, referencing and interviewing, the search committee submitted to the Academy Board for consideration the name of Spencer Hanna. The Board voted unanimously to invite Spencer and his wife, Eva, to come. On Wednesday, he accepted the Board’s invitation.
Spencer earlier taught at Campion. Since he left Campion, Spencer has been the principal of Fletcher Academy in North Carolina, Blue Mountain Academy in Pennsylvania, and Shenandoah academy in Virginia.
Not only does Spencer come to our academy with a great amount of educational leadership experience, but he is also known to be a deeply spiritual leader who communicates well with both staff and the students.
Pagosa Springs » Ruben Balaguer has accepted the invitation to serve as part-time pastor for the Pagosa Springs English and Spanish Churches in Pagosa Springs, Colo., and the Bloomfield Hispanic Company in Bloomfield, N.M. He also will continue to lead the Hispanic group he helped organize in Durango, Colo. Pastor Ruben will assume his new responsibilities effective April 16.
LifeSource » Peter Casillas, pastor for evangelism at LifeSource Adventist Fellowship in Denver, Colo., has accepted an invitation from the Potomac Conference to join the ministerial team. Pastor Peter will lead Potomac pastors in the areas of evangelism and church planting, which are his areas of expertise. Pastor Peter previously worked as a church planter for the Rocky Mountain Conference in Aurora, Colo., and later as pastor of the Aurora Church.
Peter had these words to share about leaving Rocky Mountain Conferece: "I have been blessed by God during my time in this conference in many ways. Leadership that believed in me; Aurora First with their multi-cultural congregation and their awesome youth; LifeSource Adventist Fellowship & LAF Downtown with their creativity and big hearts; and the fellowship with my colleagues here in the RMC—great pastors, awesome people! Last but not least, the staff at LAF—love you guys! It has been an awesome, out-of-this-world ride. Thank you so, so much!"
He will be greatly missed in our field, but we know the Lord will be with him in his new ministry position.
Common Ground » Matt Gal, pastor of the Common Ground Church, and youth and young adult pastor at the Central Church in Colorado Springs, Colo., has accepted a call to the Potomac Conference. He will pastor a new church plant in Chesapeake, Va. Pastor Matt’s and his wife, Oksana’s final Sabbath in our conference will be April 15. They will be greatly missed, and we wish only God’s richest blessings for them.
ASI Mid-America Convention » The ASI Mid-America Convention will take place in Denver beginning Thursday evening, April 19, and continuing through Sabbath, April 21. ASI (Adventist-Laymen's Services and Industries) is a lay-driven organization working alongside the Adventist church. It's motto is "Sharing Christ in the Marketplace." The convention, themed "Practical Evangelism," will feature testimonies from laypeople who are actively involved in missions both at home and around the world. Shawn Boonstra, evangelism coordinator for the North American Division, and Don Macintosh, from Weimar Institute, will join our MAUC leadership team in presenting thoughout the weekend.
The event will take place at the Ramada Inn on the Corner of I-25 and 120th Ave. in Northglenn. To register, or for more information, visit www.asimidamerica.org.
Arkansas Valley Baptisms » On Sabbath, April 7, the Arkansas Valley Church family in Swink, Colo., hosted and celebrated two baptisms. Jeanine Barton and Jerry Adair both made the decision to follow Jesus all the way. Read their stories »
Delta SDA School » Our Adventist school in Delta, Colo., has had an excellent school year even though they operated without conference subsidy this year. The school, however, will return to being a fully-subsidized conference school for the 2012-2013 school year. Martha George, from Rosalia, Wash., will continue as the teacher for the school.
Health Outreach in Farmington, NM » This weekend, April 13-14, the SDA churches in San Juan County, N.M., will host a Community Health Seminar with Dr. Tim Riesenberger at the Piñon Hills SDA Church in Farmington, New Mexico. The event is open to the community and has been advertised heavily.
They are also presenting, “Depression: The Way Out,” a program developed by Dr. Neil Nedley of Nedley Health Solutions. More than 60 people are participating in this seminar, and all but 13 are from the community. Read more »
Soup Kitchen Ministry » On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, the Woodland Park Church in Woodland, Park, Colo., is a beehive of activity. Barbara Blummer and her team of volunteers serve soup and fresh bread to 25-30 community guests. Their “soup kitchen” includes an invitation for guests to stay for a Bible study immediately afterward. This past Tuesday four guests stayed to hear a message by Shawn Boonstra from a DVD. One of the guests now attends church and was recently anointed at his request during a church service.
On the Road » This past Sabbath, my wife, Diane, and I had the privilege of being part of a special homecoming Sabbath at the Ft. Collins Church in Ft. Collins, Colo. The church prepared a special program for visitors who walked through their doors.
We enjoyed the warm welcome from the greeters (some of whom were Pathfinders), the music from the Beebe Christian School, a great children’s story from Pastor Paul Eagan, and special baptisms where Beverly Fuller and Pamela Lewis stood publicly for Jesus.
After church, we traveled to the Casper Church, in Casper, Wy., for the first town hall of the year. It was great to spend that time with our Wyoming brothers and sisters! There was a sweet spirit at the meeting, and it was especially meaningful to me to hear the congregation sing “Because He Lives.”
Today, I drive to Gunnison, Colo., and look forward to worshipping on Sabbath with our Gunnison Church family. On Sabbath evening, I plan to be at the Grand Junction Church in Grand Junction, Colo., for the Western Slope Town Hall, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. My wife, Diane, looks forward to these visits with members from throughout the conference, but this week, while we are enjoying fellowship at the Town Hall, she will celebrate her Aunt June’s 80th birthday with extended family members in Savannah, Ga.
I pray the Lord gives each one a special Sabbath blessing this week.
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