A call to prayer for Pastor Mark Finley » This past week, the news spread about Pastor Mark Finley’s cancer diagnosis. Pastor Mark, former speaker/director of It Is Written and a world-renowned evangelist and author, has only known of this diagnosis for a few weeks. A close friend shared with me that Pastor Mark is very much optimistic and full of courage, and he will soon start the treatment plan. As a conference family, let’s lift up Pastor Mark in our prayers in the days to come!
Denver South selects new senior pastor » After hosting Pastor Ramon Ulangca, of Ft. Wayne, Ind., for a weekend, the Denver South Church family voted overwhelmingly to invite him to be their new senior pastor. He replaces Pastor Don Schneider, who recently re-retired. Pastor Ramon has accepted the invitation, and he and his wife, Rae Anne, will transition to Colorado in the next several months. The Ulangcas two sons, Randall and Richard, will enroll at Andrews University this fall. Read more about Pastor Ramon.
Rocky Mountain Conference begins search for new Glacier View Ranch manager » After ten years of dedicated service, Clayton and Wanda Hart have resigned from GVR. They will soon move to Broomfield, Colo., where Clayton and his brother have established a home inspection and repair business.
The Harts arrived at the camp during a challenging time in its history, and helped bring stability to its operations and ministry. Let's all pray for many blessings as they begin this new chapter in their lives.
Pastor Steve Hamilton, RMC youth ministries director, has been appointed interim manager, and the summer camp program is in full swing.
Individuals interested in applying for this position should submit resumés to the Rocky Mountain Conference office by July 15.
Change of Date for Aurora Church international food fair » The Aurora Church in Colorado will present the “Taste of The Nations”on Sabbath, June 22. Read more.
Zambia Church building project funds are coming in » It is exciting to see the funds coming in, from our churches throughout the Rocky Mountain Conference, for the Zambia Church building project. Thank you all for your commitment to help with this mission opportunity.
This past Sabbath, at the N.E. Colorado district meeting, I was presented with six checks of $350 each from the Sterling, Yuma, Akron, Ft. Morgan, Holyoke, and Burlington churches! It was wonderful to experience their generosity toward this exciting opportunity to bless the work in Zambia.
Rocky Mountain Conference student literature evangelists begin their summer ministry » Joe Martin, student L.E. director, reports that the summer L.E. team already has begun its ministry in Grand Junction, Colo. After a couple of weeks there, the team will move to Pueblo, Colo., and then on to Colorado Springs, Colo. Let’s pray daily for Joe Martin and the wonderful young peoplewho have dedicated their summer for this impactful outreach.
News sources cover study about benefits of a vegetarian diet » The Wall Street Journal and other news sources reported about a study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, a journal of the American Medical Association, that shares research by Loma Linda University that reveals the benefits of a vegetarian diet. Read the Adventist News Network release about this story.
Porter Adventist Hospital to offer advanced cancer treatment » Porter Adventist Hospital recently installed a new Varian TrueBeam image-guided radiotherapy system, which will provide faster, more precise and completely incision-less cancer treatments to patients in the Denver area. Porter Adventist Hospital is one of only a handful of facilities in the U.S. which is able to provide the technology to fight cancer in this way. Read the full press release.
On the road » What a wonderful day Diane and I experienced with the N.E. Colorado church members this past Sabbbath at the district-wide convocation. We appreciated the wonderful music provided by the Ft. Morgan chime choir, Bible study, and an excellent fellowship meal.
In the afternoon, three workshops were presented. Carol Bolden, RMC membership clerk, presented a seminar for the church clerks in that territory; George Crumley, RMC vice president of finance, shared a seminar on church finance; and Lonnie Hetterle, RMC vice president of education, talked to a group about how to start an elementary school! The Ft. Morgan Church has many children! A big “thank you” goes out to Pastor Rex Bell for his hard work to make this convocation successful.
Tomorrow, Diane and I will be in Rock Springs, Wyo., to worship with our church family there. This will be our first trip to Rock Springs, and we are excited to go.
On a personal note, today is our 32nd wedding anniversary. We praise God for His many blessings in our lives, marriage and family. We have had a wonderful journey in life together and in team ministry for Him.
Happy Sabbath to all!
Elder Gary Thurber
Rocky Mountain Conference president
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