Mission Outcomes Strong in Twenty-Five Years of Student Canvassing » Joe Martin is not convinced that the age of the Internet has closed down student literature ministry. “For almost 25 years we have engaged 1,200 young people to experience service for God by going door to door throughout our conference. This summer will be no different for student literature evangelism,” Joe Martin comments.
People still read the books in print, he adds. According to Martin, the average sales each year have been $175,000, and during this period young people have given away nearly two million copies of Ellen G. White’s classic, Steps to Christ (Happiness for Life), placing them in people’s hands. Participants in the canvassing program also sold over 200,000 copies of Ellen G. White’s Desire of Ages and the Great Controversy, as well as thousands of other Christian books.
Reports indicate that on average, the sales average from $4,000 to $7,000 per student with each getting 50 percent sale commission. The schools they attend give a scholarship on top of their commissions, he explains.
Pastor Martin believes that a major outcome of this successful annual canvasing program is that the “young people have been discipled. They have a closer relationship with Jesus. Many have been baptized as a result of their experiences,” he comments. But there is more, he adds. “Many students have found their life mates, too,” he adds. [more]
Palisade Church Welcomes Former Adventist to Their Family » Dan Smilanich was baptized into the Palisade Church on May 9. Smilanich, who was raised as a Seventh-day Adventist but left the church years ago, volunteered to help serve lunch at the Grand Valley Catholic Outreach Center back in February. Coincidentally a group of teachers and students from Intermountain Adventist Academy were also volunteering that day.
Another volunteer joining the group from the academy was Pastor Michael Shannon of the Palisade Seventh-day Adventist Church. During this time, the Palisade Church decided to put a special focus on individuals who had left the church and religion, praying for them weekly at the Wednesday night prayer meetings.
Pastor Shannon struck up a conversation with Dan and learned of his Adventist background. Ultimately Pastor Shannon invited him to visit his church the following Sabbath and Dan hasn’t missed a service since. “It is amazing how God can work things out when we pray!” commented Carol Hall, the communications representative for Palisade Church. [Carol Hall; Photo by Curtis Strain]
Lay Volunteers Are at the Center of Adventist Broadcasting in RMC » A well-established, but perhaps lesser-known feature of Seventh-day Adventist mission in the Rocky Mountain Conference is broadcasting. Pastors and lay members across the conference -- from the Front Range to the Western Slope -- have taken to the airwaves to proclaim the gospel, some for more than 12 years.
Using airtime bought from existing stations or those owned by Adventist corporations or individuals, the broadcasts of Bible teachings continue to inspire and add new listeners. Gordon Anic’s Monday through Friday broadcast was recently picked up by a syndicator out of Florida and is also heard in the Mariana Islands.
“Our broadcast improves the public’s perception of Seventh-day Adventists,” explains Gordon Anic, health topic speaker on 670 AM. “It shows another side of a Seventh-day Adventist than what has traditionally been put out there,” he continues.
Station 107.5 or KSYF, is a full-power, 20,000kw station, which broadcasts out of Olathe with offices in Montrose. Owned by a corporation of Adventists made up of church members from the Cedaredge, Delta, Montrose and Paonia churches, it is called Montrose Christian Broadcasting Corporation. They began broadcasting just before Christmas 2014 and receive most of their financial support from listeners.
Using pre-programming from 3ABN and Life Talk, they transmit 24 hours a day. The producers are currently looking for a station manager to create their own programming instead of using pre-programmed material, giving the opportunity to tailor their broadcast to meet the needs of the communities within their reach. [more]
Donna Joiner Retires After 25 Years of Service » Retiring after 25 years of service to the Rocky Mountain
Conference, Donna Joiner, accountant for Treasury, leaves a legacy of integrity and kindness. Known for her patience, Donna spent countless hours working with the minute details of her job -- payroll, worker’s compensation, bank statements, support for our church treasurers, answering questions, helping with time cards, worker’s reports, insurance questions, and many other duties.
“In the work that she has done over the past 25 ½ years, she has demonstrated competency, accuracy, timeliness, kindness and tactfulness,” states RMC Treasurer, George Crumley. “She has had a thorough understanding of the issues she works with and [her leaving] will be a great loss for the Rocky Mountain Conference.”
“I like working with a variety of people and seeing the differences God has put into our personalities,” shares Donna. “And numbers, unlike life, are very predictable. You can always get them to balance,” she laughs.
Donna was born and raised in Denver, beginning work at the Federal Reserve Bank almost immediately upon graduation from high school. She spent 25 years there before moving to the Rocky Mountain Conference.
She likes to study the Bible with interested people and already has three ready to begin when she retires.
With a special interest in issues surrounding the mentally ill, Donna desires to become more involved in retirement with the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill or NAMI, a grassroots organization that gained equal medical benefits for the mentally ill by working with legislators in Congress. She’s also interested in supporting the Mental Health Center of Denver or MHCD.
As Donna leaves her position at the Rocky Mountain Conference, the RMC family expresses their gratitude for her service and wishes her many fruitful years in retirement. [Carol Bolden]
Summer Communication Intern Joins RMC Staff »
The Rocky Mountain Conference has welcomed a communication intern for the summer. Katie Morrison just finished her third year at Union College, where she is studying for a marketing degree with a minor in communications. Her family has just moved from Minnesota to Brighton, CO where her father is the new pastor at the Seventh-day Adventist church. “God has visibly worked and opened countless doors in order for me to be here,” Katie said. “I’m extremely excited for the experiences and learning opportunities this internship will give me. It doesn’t hurt to be near my parents either!”
Rifle Adventurer and Pathfinder Clubs Share Health Message » The Rifle Pathfinder and Adventurer clubs shared the health message over Memorial Day weekend by taking to the streets with banners and signs. More than forty people helped to promote healthy living by carrying signs with popular health slogans like "Drink more water!", "Eat fruits and vegetables!", and "Say no to drugs!"
Club members worked for months putting together the signs and posters used during the Sunday morning walk.
"We were able to share something important in a way that was fun and entertaining for the kids," said Pastor Herbert Hernandez. "We're hoping to make this a yearly event and allow God to use it for His glory." [Herbert Hernandez]
Relationships of Jesus Theme to Feature at Boulder One Project Mini Gathering » Boulder Seventh-day Adventist Church will host the first 1:1 mini gathering. Similar to the main gatherings of the One project, 1:1 will offer Reflections and Recalibration elements on the theme of Relationships of Jesus. A 24-hour only event will run from Saturday evening to Sunday evening, on August 8-9.
“Through several encounters with Jesus, we have examples and principles to draw on for our own lives. We will be exploring practical ways to develop as a community, as a
family, as parents, as siblings, as colleagues and partners,” comments Japhet DeOliveira, senior pastor at Boulder Church.
“To hold a healthy walk with Jesus revolves around your personal relationship with Him,” he adds. According to De Oliveira, the event will also be offering parallel meetings for
generation One, focused on 13- to 17-year-olds.
Registrations will continue until July 2. A list of speakers and the full schedule is online at the1project.org/gathering/boulder-2015. [Rajmund Dabrowski]
King's Heralds Concert Announced » If you want to hear The King’s Herald’s in concert, consider coming to Life Fellowship Church in Westminster, Colorado at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 6. Appearing at the Rocky Mountain Quartet Convention, this will be their only concert at the event.
The King’s Heralds are a Southern Gospel quartet with an 85-year history. Associated with the Seventh-day Adventist Voice of Prophecy radio broadcast, they are now a trans-denominational group with a worldwide ministry. A two-day – June 5-6 - Quartet Convention will feature several groups. Admission is free with a free-will offering being received. See flyer.
Calling All Nurses! » Glacier View Ranch needs YOU. Beginning now through July 19, we need nurses as back-up for our current nurse. If you are a nurse and would like to give a week of your time in the beautiful mountains at Glacier View Ranch, we would love to have you. Duties include providing first-aid to sick and wounded campers (and occasional staff). All equipment provided. Call the camp for details at 303-459-0771. You will be blessed!
Attend Church in Yellowstone This Summer » A church service is held at Yellowstone National Park every Sabbath from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Look for the signs and join them at 10 a.m. in Old Faithful Lodge to worship our Creator in the beautiful surroundings of Yellowstone National Park.
Upcoming Concerts: June 5 -- Friday
The Kings Heralds, 7 p.m. Friday, Fort Lupton Church
June 6 -- Sabbath
The Kings Heralds, 11:15 a.m. Sabbath, Franktown Church
June 8 -- Monday
The Kings Heralds, 7 p.m. Monday, Pueblo First Church
June 30 -- Tuesday
JJ Heller, 6 p.m. June 30, Glacier View Ranch -- FREE
August 1 -- Sabbath
Heritage, 7 p.m. LifeSource Fellowship -- FREE
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