Kaleo Project: Developing a Passion for Service Through Mission » Very early on the morning of March 3, a total of 61 students and their adult sponsors will board a plane at Denver International Airport headed for Costa Rica, the land of, in the words of Lonely Planet, "high-altitude trails, rushing white-water rapids and world-class surfing."
But this group is not going for these outdoor adventures, although there will be some of that. They're going to serve the people of Limon, a pristine and lush port city on the Caribbean side of the country with white-sand beaches lined with coconut trees.
Their plan, in this tropical environment, is to hold outreach meetings at 16 sites during their two-week stay. They will also build a church in Rio Banano, a suburb of Limon, and hold a week of prayer at the Limon Adventist school where 80 percent of the students are non-Adventists.
Of the 44 students going, several have taken part in every mission trip since the Kaleo Project began in 2013. Cassie Carr, a junior at Campion Academy, is one of those who went on the mission trips to Ecuador, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, and now, Costa Rica again. She, along with others who have traveled to each of these countries, has become a veteran at evangelistic presentations and working with translators.
"Through all four years, I've been able to preach God's Word and to tell people about Jesus," shares Cassie. "I memorized every sermon and that has helped my personal spiritual walk and encouraged my faith. I received a big blessing from it," she states.
"Although we will be building a church, preaching evangelistic meetings and giving to the people there, the main reason we are going is to build our kids," explains Shannon Werner, student evangelism and programs coordinator at Rocky Mountain Conference.
"So, if the roof doesn't get quite finished, the power goes out at a meeting, transportation doesn't show up on time, or there's a bug in the food, we want to remember, it's not about us and what we had planned or hoped to accomplish. It's about these kids seeing a picture of Christ they can't deny and finishing this trip with a passion for service that won't soon die," Shannon adds.
Two days before departing Costa Rica for home, the group will take a two-hour bus ride to Puerto Viejo to enjoy the beach and explore the town. Their final day will be spent in Guapiles, several hours northwest of Puerto Viejo, at Rain Forest Adventures where they'll take a canopy zip-line tour. [Carol Bolden; photo by Miguel Adonia, Limon Central Adventist Church pastor]
RMC Camp Meetings 2016 » Summer is coming and, with it, camp meeting. While we're too large a conference to have one big camp meeting, we do have a number of them spread across the Rocky Mountain Conference territory.
We're following a tradition that began in our denomination in 1868 and continues today in many areas of the world. Plan now to attend a camp meeting near you.
Cowboy Camp Meeting
Silver Jack Reservoir
Near Cimarron, CO
Speaker: Mic Thurber
Contact: Fritz Krieger
Wyoming Camp Meeting
Mills Spring Ranch
Speaker: David Asscherick
Contact: Don Barnt
Northeast Colorado Camp Meeting
Speaker: Mic Thurber
Contact: Michael Goetz/Mitch William
Hispanic Camp Meeting
Theme: "Recibelo, Vivelo y Compartelo"
Glacier View Ranch
Speaker: Pastor Omar Grieve
Youth Speaker: Dr. Oscar Carreon
Contact: Ruben Rivera
Native Camp Meeting
Theme: The Centennial
La Vida Mission
Crown Point, NM
Speaker: Monte Church
Contact: Dorie Panganiban
Western Slope Camp Meeting
Will not take place as anticipated
David Asscherick is the pastor of the Kingscliff Seventh-day Adventist Church in Chinderah, New South Wales, Australia, and the co-founder of the ARISE ministry.
Omar Grieve is a pastor and speaker for La Voz de la Esperanza which is sponsored by the Seventh-day Adventist Church worldwide.
Dr. Oscar Carreon is a doctor of opthalmology and participates in the First Christian Entrepreneurs Forum in IASD Cumbres, Monterrey.
Monte Church is the director of Native Ministries for the North Pacific Union Conference. [RMCNews; photo from 2015 Wyoming Camp Meeting, pictured is Sage Creek Gospel Bank from Casper]
New Youth Pastor Joins The Adventure Church » There is excitement among The Adventure Church young people with the announcement of Mark Bridgeman's appointment as the church's youth pastor. For Mark Bridgeman, 41, his new role is an extension of what he engaged in for the several years he volunteered in ministry with the youth of the Greeley congregation.
"We are privileged to have Mark join the pastoral team as a part-time pastor," said Mitch Williams, lead pastor of The Adventure. "He has already begun to mentor the youth, lead them in community service, offer dynamic Sabbath School classes, and organize youth social events. He plans to add to his efforts by beginning a youth/young adult small group and offering Bible studies for young seekers," Mitch added.
Commenting for NewsNuggets, Mark said he "felt called to do pastoral ministry to see our young people develop deep relationship with Christ."
Pastor Mark is well positioned to engage in youth ministry as he holds two BA degrees in Bible Theology and Youth Ministry from Boyce Jessup University in California. Married to Alissa, they have two children, Asher, 7, and Logan, 5. They have been members of The Adventure for the last six years and lived in Colorado for a decade. [Rajmund Dabrowski]
Winterfest New and Different » For more than 25 years, Winterfest has been blessing teens, youth, college students and young adults with great mountain-top experiences centered around skiing and spring break. Evolving over the years, it has become more family-oriented and has attracted more people from the Front Range rather than from the college scene.
To accommodate our local Coloradans, Winterfest will be held at the beautiful Silverthorne Pavillion on Sabbath, February 27, with an 11 a.m. church service followed by lunch. The afternoon will be open for families to spend in the beautiful mountains.
Join us for an inspiring message, amazing music, great food and warm fellowship on February 27.
Silverthorne Pavillion is located at 400 Blue River Parkway, Silverthorne, CO 80498. For more information, go to RMCyouth.org/winterfest.
Akron Church » "Who Wants to be Healthy", a health workshop by Rick Mautz, is coming to the Akron Church February 26 and 27.
Learn about the fastest-growing health issue in America, along with how to get started and stick with your lifestyle goals.
Preventing Diabetes -- 7 p.m. Friday, February 26. This is not a disease you are doomed to get because of your genes. You have the last word on whether you will live with it or not.
Walking the Health Path -- 11 a.m. Sabbath, February 27 Making lifestyle changes is difficult. Learn how to start where you are now and work with a supporting team toward your health goals.
Reversing Diabetes -- 2 p.m. Sabbath, February 27 Through lifestyle, you can reverse or significantly improve your diabetes by addressing the root cause -- insulin resistance.
All are welcome to join us for all or any part of this free workshop. Akron Church is at 2nd and Fir in Akron, CO.
Mile High Academy » "The Perfect Class," a dinner theater presented by the 8th grade class at Mile High Academy will take place at 6:30 p.m. February 27. Tickets are $15 for individuals; $13 for four or more as well as for seniors. Proceeds go toward the 8th grade class trip to Washington D.C. and graduation. Purchase your tickets through class sponsor, Mrs. Rettler, or any class member.
Golden Pathfinders » The Golden Pathfinders (Mighty Warriors of the Cross) are participating in outreach activities with the Volunteers of America (VOA), a non-profit, faith-based organization dedicated to helping the homeless "rebuild their lives and reach their full potential". From 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Sabbath, February 27, the Mighty Warriors of the Cross will minister to the homeless during their Pathfinder Sabbath and provide a hot meal for those in need. The afternoon will see them going door-to-door in the community distributing canned and non-perishable food, along with literature and prayer.
Denver South Church » presents "Amazing Discoveries in the Land of the Bible," a full-fledged, six-part seminar the weekends of March 5 and 12. This presentation will be led by Michael Hasel, PhD, director of the Institute of Archaeology and professor of Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology at Southern Adventist University. All presentations will be held in the church. Admission is free. Don't miss this rare opportunity to hear compelling evidence for your faith in God and the Bible.
Friday evening -- 7 p.m. -- "Egyptian Wonders that Stunned the World"
Sabbath sermon -- 11 a.m. -- "Facing a Prophetic Crisis: Sennacherib Attacks the City of God"
Sabbath evening -- 5 p.m. -- "Babylon, Saddam Hussein, and the Quest for Power"
Friday evening -- 7 p.m. -- "The Greatest Discoveries in the Land of Israel"
Sabbath sermon -- 11 a.m. -- "The Spade and the Historical Jesus"
Sabbath evening -- 5 p.m. -- "The Battle Over David: Excavating in the Elah Valley"
Littleton Church » Walla Walla University president John McVay and members of the alumni team will present "Passion for Christ" during a spiritual emphasis weekend beginning at 7 p.m. March 11 and continuing Sabbath March 12. All are invited. A potluck will follow with WWU providing a dessert buffet and community and church members providing the potluck lunch.
Prophecy Seminars » Aspen Park Church, under the direction of Elder Ron Spurling, is holding an eight-week prophecy seminar from 2 to 4:30 p.m., Sabbath afternoons beginning March 5 and continuing until April 23 at Mountain Resource Center, located at 11030 Kitty Drive, Conifer 80433. You are invited to pray for Aspen Park's outreach to the rural communities in the area. Please RSVP to Elder Spurling by calling 303-596-0016.
Mile High Academy » is hosting its annual "Bring a Friend to School Day" for K-12th grade. Invite a friend, be a friend, make a friend. Join us on Wednesday, March 30 from 8 - 3:30 p.m. As our friend, you will attend classes, participate in fun activities and enjoy lunch on us. Register online or call 303-744-1069 to save your place.
Laura E. Mason Christian Academy » Clean out your closets and donate your new or gently-used shoes for a great cause! This fundraiser will help individuals in a country from the developing world. Support the amazing Cheyenne church school and get rid of those extra shoes lying around. Contact the school at 307-638-2457 or drop them off in the bin outside the school door at 723 Storey Blvd., Cheyenne. Thank you!
Mile High Academy » The 8th grade class of MHA is collecting gently-used goods, such as clothing, linens, small household objects, etc. ARC is paying the students per grocery store bag. This money will go towards their trip to Washington, D.C. and 8th grade graduation. Deliver your bags to Mrs. Rettler at MHA or to Diane Harris or Kelly Waller at the Rocky Mountain Conference office.
NAD Children's Ministries Certification » Attending the Children's Ministries Certification, Track 2, will enhance your understanding of faith development and the life stage, children with special needs, multiple intelligences, positive class discipline and more. Register online at RMYouth.org/children or call Patty Rivera at 303-910-3548. The seminar will be held March 25-26 at Denver South Church. Your $20 registration fee will provide two meals, supplies and excellent speakers. Register before March 17.
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.
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.
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 Producer -- Media, Production & Programming: The Voice of Prophecy is looking for a passionate person who loves using media and technology to share the Good News. The ideal candidate should be proficient with audio, video and digital media production. This person should also be a strong manager who can design engaging radio shows, produce compelling TV, manage teams, run multiple large projects, and think about the future of media technology.
Associate Director -- VOP Creative Department: 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.
Assistant Supervisor -- Mailroom: 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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