Summer camp registration opens » From all I have heard, this summer will be an exciting experience for our young people at Glacier View Ranch. Did you know camp is the number one place where young people make decisions for the Lord? Click here to proceed to online registration.
Rocky Mountain Conference young people respond to the Gospel Commission >> Four teams of RMC young people, who responded to the Holy Spirit's leading months ago and made commitments to extend the love of Jesus in faraway lands, left this week for Belize, Ecuador, Honduras and Panama. While overseas, some will preach the Gospel, conduct vacation Bible schools, build a school, assist with medical and dental clinics, and participate in other outreach activities planned. Please pray for safety for each young person and the adults who are accompanying them. I'm so thankful for their willingness to raise funds, prepare sermons, and spend their spring break like this!
If you couldn't participate in one of these mission trips, there's good news! Another trip is planned to Zambia, Africa, June 3–19. Read more.
Training offered for potential hospice volunteers » Our healthcare institutions represent one of our best ways to serve our community. Click this link to find out how you can volunteer at Porter Hospice to care for our community. I hope there are many who can answer this invitation!
A call is extended to support our students » I simply could not begin to share all the stories I hear, from around our conference, about the blessings our young people are experiencing in our schools! As this year begins to come to a close, I have a special invitation for each of you. Please call your local school board chair or principal and ask if you can help a student who is in need of worthy student funds to be able to end the year without a balance. If you do not have a school locally, I especially want to invite you to be a part of educating our young people. Together, we will provide the support our kids need!
Please read an article Dean Helm, vice president for finance at Campion Academy, has written about the needs of our students there. Let’s come alongside our students; they are more than worth the investment! Click here.
Brenda Walsh’s visit to Summit Fellowship is postponed » We’ve shared, in the past, about a special program planned this weekend with Brenda Walsh, at Summit Fellowship, in Copper Mountain, Colo. We just learned that Brenda’s presentation will be rescheduled for a future date. You are still invited to worship with the Summit Fellowship congregation any time.
Concert vespers offered at Denver South » Dave and Marlene Colburn, pianist and violinist, will present a sacred concert at Denver South Churh, Sabbath, March 9, at 5:00 p.m. Dave and Marlene have a current association with Chapel Music, and are frequently-featured musicians on Three Angels Broadcasting Network. They are committed to providing Spirit-filled and Christ-centered music for listeners and audiences throughout the country. Invite a friend, and come enjoy an evening of sacred instrumental music that will lift your heart in worship to our Savior, Jesus Christ.
New Sweetheart Getaway dates announced » Glacier View Ranch will host the 2nd Annual Sweetheart Getaway, March 22–24. (Notice the date change, due to the Germany trip in February.) Call soon to reserve your spot! Phone 303-469-0771. The cost is $145 per couple for a two-night stay which includes meals, evening treats and a special Sweetheart Banquet. Enjoy special speakers throughout the stay and relaxing alone-time for couples.
Oakwood University needs your vote » Oakwood University in Huntsville, Ala., is competing for a large grant from Home Depot’s “Retool Your School” contest. Please cast your vote to help their school receive improvement grants. Click here for more information.
On the road » Last Friday and Sabbath, Diane and I experienced WinterFest in Silverthorne, Colo. I believe the young people and sponsors who came were blessed by both the worship and fellowship. A big thanks to our youth team who pulled everything together and to the donors who made it possible for this to happen. I believe WinterFest is back to stay now!
I have been in Lincoln, Neb., this week for Mid-America Union meetings. It is always encouraging to hear the good things that are happening around the Union and to be able to share how God is blessing the Rocky Mountain Conference as well.
On a personal note, Tom Lemon shared with the Executive Committee that Mic Thurber (yes, he is my brother) has accepted a call to serve as the ministerial director of the Mid-America Union (I had nothing to do with the call, really!). It will be a joy to have Mic closer. He and his family will move this month from Keene, Texas, where he has been senior pastor of the Keene Church, at Southwestern Adventist University, for the past 11 years.
This Sabbath, Diane and I drive to Ft. Morgan, Colo., for a Northeast District Meeting with Pastor Rex Bell and the Sterling, Yuma, Ft. Morgan, Akron and Burlington congregations. It will be a joy to spend the Sabbath with them!
The Lord is so good! Let’s never forget to count the many blessings He provides to us each and every day!
Happy Sabbath, all!
Elder Gary Thurber
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