Call for prayer for the Black Forest Fire and victims » At the time of this post, 379 homes have burned as a result of the wildfire in the Black Forest just north of Colorado Springs, Colo. Nearly 38,000 people have been impacted by this fire, according to one news report on Fox 31. Cathy Kissner, Rocky Mountain Conference ACS Disaster Relief coordinator says, “At this time, we are supporting the Black Forest Fire recovery by distributing Church World Services disaster kits with personal hygiene, cleaning and school supplies at the Disaster Recovery Center. ACS DR Pike's Region team will receive the kits plus 1,000 blankets that are needed by Red Cross.” Let’s all pray for the Lord’s intervention in this tragic fire and the other fires raging in our conference territory, for firefighters working tirelessly, and for the victims who have been displaced and are suffering loss.
More Rocky Mountain Conference youth begin mission service » A Wyoming youth team left on Wednesday for Honduras. Today, the mission team provided worship for 170 academy students in Honduras.
Tonight, they will begin their Vacation Bible Schools and evangelism meetings. The students will preach in four separate locations. Beginning Sunday, the mission team will assist at a daily medical clinic with Chuck Franklin, a physician from Newcastle, Wyo. They also will remodel rooms at a local hospital for a new health center.
Marirose Force, a member of the mission team, says, "We are very grateful to all who gave their time, money and prayers for us to be here." She added, “Honduras will never be the same!” I love that optimistic attitude! Let’s remember the mission team in our prayers as they touch lives for Jesus in Honduras..
ACS Community Lift calls for volunteers » If you have some free time and could donate a few hours each week, ACS Community Lift could really use your help. With some regular workers and volunteers taking vacations during the summer months, the team is challenged to help all those who come for support. Also, you are invited to a special musical concert on June 29. Let’s support the team at ACS Community Lift as they minister to those in our territory.
ARME Bible Camp returns to Rocky Mountain Conference » ARME Bible Camp will be hosted at Glacier View Ranch, July 31–Aug. 4. The experience is designed for all ages and the whole spectrum of Christians, from seekers to seasoned church members. The goal is for each participant to experience a deep, spiritual renewal through deep Bible study and prayer. More details are provided here, and you can watch a promotional video.
Update on Pastor Mark Finley’s illness » Dr. Peter Landless, director of the General Conference’s Health Ministries Department, released an update about Mark Finley’s health. Click to read the update.
Avista Adventist Hospital names new CEO » Dennis Barts has been named CEO of Avista Adventist Hospital. Centura Health recently shared news about Barts’ appointment. We are looking forward to his leadership here in our territory. He replaces John Sackett who, after 23 years at Avista Adventist Hospital, recently accepted the CEO position at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Maryland. Read more.
Help us share news about your upcoming VBS! » If your church will host a Vacation Bible School, please let us know by next Thursday, June 20, so we can share your information on the RMC website. Please forward this link to your VBS leader: http://rmcsda.org/forms/980/form_submissions/new.
On the road » Diane and I thoroughly enjoyed worshiping with the Rock Springs Church family in Wyoming last Sabbath. Pictured below is Manuel Lucero, who sang beautifully and played his Omnichord for special music. He currently is the head elder of the church. We also enjoyed a vocal solo by Rachel Hyman Gutierrez, a delicious fellowship meal and meeting so many nice people.
This coming Sabbath, Diane and I will worship with the Denver South Church. We always look forward to the beautiful music shared during their services.
Summer camp is in full swing at Glacier View Ranch! The reports I receive, from leadership, confirm that the young people are enjoying their full days, which are filled with activities, learning, fun and worship services! Each Friday night and Sabbath, the staff invites the young people to have a personal walk with their Savior! Let’s pray for this powerful ministry! A survey by Group Publishing revealed that summer camp is the number one place where young people give their hearts to Jesus.
Happy Sabbath to all!
Elder Gary Thurber
Rocky Mountain Conference president
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