"No is Not an Option Proven by Students at RMC 2016 Education Day » Michelle Velbis was hovering around two or three tables where her students were going "creative" with fellow companions from Mile High Academy, all busily creating a "whiteboard cleaning technology". She is the principal and teacher at Daystar Christian School in Pueblo. At first they looked at each other, as they met for the first time, with smiles and odd words exchanged as they moved into an hour-long project. "I told them, 'I am just a cheerleader.' I just keep them on the right track with some guidelines, steering them a bit. They have the energy and the spirit to go for it," she commented.
Eight Daystar students were among the nearly 350 participants from 11 schools at the Rocky Mountain Conference Education Day 2016 event May 4 at Brighton Adventist Academy (BAA).
The brain-child of Heather Blair, principal of BAA, the overarching theme for the 2016 event was engineering, with students from 5th through 8th grades requested to bring their own supplies to build their solution in teams of four at each table.
The organizers asked, "What better way to encourage the 21st century skills of collaboration, creative problem solving and critical thinking, as well as communication, than to put student teams together and ask them to engineer a machine that meets the specifications for a fun challenge?"
Kelly Waller, education assistant, who coordinated the event for RMC said, "We used to do a Spelling Bee for grades 3 and 4, but decided to expand, so this is grades kindergarten through 8th. This is all hands-on," she commented. "This makes it a fun day. There is no stress of learning the spelling ahead of time. This is all fun." Twenty-five volunteers joined with the staff of Brighton Adventist Academy and 11 schools in the fun of the day.
Heather Blair, referred to by her colleagues as a "rocket" principal, tested all events in her own school first. Whether it was building and launching paper rockets, building a Marble Run, creating Rube Goldberg Machines with solutions to solve common problems, or robotics -- all was tested for applicability for Education Day.
"The process started with a lot of prayer first, asking God for ideas," she explained. "God gives teachers special eyes that are always looking for ways to help their students learn and have fun at the same time. All of the Education Day activities for the students were gathered together from ideas from other teachers, science museums and books. I tried most of them on my own students first and, if they provided fun learning for them, then we put them on the schedule for everyone to try," Heather added.
Commenting on the success of the event, Heather said, "Good learning means good thinking, so it is essential for students to practice critical thinking, collaboration, communication and then use creativity to solve problems. The idea was to provide an environment where students could work with students from other schools and use all four of these skills. That's why the theme of engineering was chosen."
Sitting on the sidelines of all the students' fun were Sandy Hodgson, principal of Vista Ridge Academy and David Hammond, principal of HMS Richards school in Loveland. They were also laughing.
"Do I wish I was born ten years ago?" said Sandy. "I had so much fun watching my students prepare for this. They've been so excited. 'Oh, we don't have to do school work today,' they said. They are talking about gravity or how we increase the height of something . . ."
David added that his students are doing things he wasn't able to do when he was a kid. He doesn't play in his garage in the evening, he said. "My son does. And, in a way, I do," he said laughing. "And my garage looks like it!"
Robotics, it appeared, was the day's hit. Four Mile High Academy robotics students, Mason Schmidt, Derwin Suyatno, Brendan Weber and Ruben Kayler shared their robot creation with students in Brighton. The robot, whom they call "Brobot," took several months to build. Using a 12v battery, it weights 13.1 pounds and is 9 inches wide. These robotics students have placed second at a February 29-March 1 Adventist Robotics League, First Tech Challenge, a national robotics competition held in Sacramento for the past two years.
Speaking at the opening gathering and worship, Ruben Kayler said "You have to believe in yourself to make it; otherwise, you will not get there." His fellow colleague, Derwin, a "brogrammer" as he referred to himself and his companions, quoted Solomon's Ecclesiastes, saying that teamwork is vital. "Don't do it alone," he said. Besides, "doing it alone is no fun."
Learning about potential and kinetic energy, holy beams and corbels were just a few of the concepts the K-2 students learned in their Gravity Cars workshop. Using legos, they built their own cars, which generated enough energy to move on a forward path and travelled on an arched bridge road also created by the students.
How many pennies does it take to sink a tin-foil boat? That's the question answered by a passel of K-2 students gathered around water-filled kiddie pools. The challenge was to build a boat from tin foil and then discover how many pennies the boat could hold before sinking.
Tristan Peterson and Taryn Moody, Mile High Academy first-grade students beat out the competition by loading their boat with 162 pennies. "We made tons of boats," explained Tristan. "We just folded it. Then I put tall walls [on it]. And that's how it floats," he finished.
Grades 7 and 8 teams each built a Rube Goldberg machine, "a contraption, invention, device or apparatus that is deliberately over-engineered to perform a simple task in a complicated fashion, generally including a chain reaction." (Wikipedia)
"My favorite machine is the one over there," announced Michael Armstrong, principal of Springs Adventist Academy at the end of the competition. "It has a lever that drops down with a catapult [and a whole series of tasks].
The all-girl team made up of Valerie Rebels (MHA grade 6), Bella Fay (HMA grade 5), Madi Ramos (Greeley ACS grade 6), and Lindsey Smith (Greeley ACS grade 5) brought a bagful of articles from home to use in building their machine.
Working with legos, 7th and 8th grade teams built conveyer belts following directions given by teammates behind a partition. "We could go back and forth to see how they were doing," states one team member. "It was hard and took a long time."
Mile High Academy 4th grader Isabella Madrid, along with her teammates, faced the challenge of building a marble run from index cards and duct tape. The rules required the teams to build a starting point, an ending point, be 18 inches tall and have two straight sections and two turns.
Watching the proceedings laced with imagination, concentration and general fun was Lonnie Hetterle, RMC's education superintendent. "I have a tie on that says 'algebra, math, history, languages and chemistry'. It should say 'robotics, project-based education, teamwork, collaboration'. So, I have an old-school tie. This is an example of how we are training young people today for 60 percent of jobs that do not yet exist but will be available when they graduate from college." "In Adventist education, we have a rich history of caring for the child, [promoting] eternal values, and embracing two worlds -- the character education combined with new methods, new ideas, and preparing them [students] for the 21st century. That is Adventist education at its best," Hetterle explained.
Among the presenters at the event was Michael Reed, a graduate of Brighton Academy at the break of the 21st century. Today, he is a robotics expert at Tesla. His words summarize the importance of events such as RMC's Education Day. It was "through Christian education," shares Reed, that "I could become a robotic technician."
Michelle Velbis was eager to add that her students "teach us because they don't have a negative voice in their heads telling them that they can't do something where their creativity and imagination leads them."
"It blew me away when we were doing our project-based learning. I asked them what could we do for our community and they were not stifled by what they couldn't do. Their ideas about what they could do outnumbered the rest. 'I couldn't do' didn't even enter into their heads. They were limitless." After showing them a short documentary on hope in America," Michelle recalls, "they were very upset. 'We are angry,' they said. They were so on fire when they were done with it. 'Why don't more people understand and know about this?' they asked."
I said, "Guess what? You are going to teach them. We will start a revolution in our little classroom. We are going to go out and touch a life and that life will touch another life. You can make an impact on an entire generation of people."
[Rajmund Dabrowski with Carol Bolden; top two photos by Rajmund Dabrowski; bottom photo by Carol Bolden] To see more photos from Education Day, go to https://www-rmcsda-org.netadvent.org/admin/news_entries
Brighton Academy Celebrates One Hundred Years of Touching Students » Coming from Battle Ground, Washington, Niles, Michigan, Chicago and California, nearly 350 people converged on Brighton Academy for its 100-year celebration. Held the weekend of April 29 and 30, the gathering included Michael and LaRae Plumb, brother and sister who both taught at Brighton Academy during the '70s. The original church members of the then Brighton German Seventh-day Adventist Church recognized the need for a school to educate their 25 children and opened the one-room school in 1916 with Sara Belz as its first teacher. They operated for the next 16 years, teaching students reading, writing and arithmetic together with Christian principles.
According to the Brighton Adventist Academy website, "it was forced to close in 1932 because of financial difficulties associated with the Depression. The hope of re-opening the school became a reality in the late '50s after generous gifts of time, land, resources and energy [came in] from people who believed in the importance of teaching students in a Christian environment. It has operated continuously at its current address since 1958."
Appropriately, the congregation was welcomed at the beginning of the worship hour in German and Dick McLean, Brighton city mayor, gave a congratulatory presentation. The day was filled with historical anecdotes and the sharing of memories.
A retirement celebration for Letha Hoos, BAA teacher, was held during the Saturday night vespers featuring Letha's favorite hymns along with tributes to Letha who has taught for 37 years.
Facebook tributes were projected onto a screen with photos of the families who sent them. A video from former students now at Loma Linda and in the medical field expressed thanks to "Mrs. Hoos".
"One of the tributes that impressed me," stated Diane Harris, associate superintendent for education at Rocky Mountain Conference, "was from parents who are not members of the Adventist church who stood to tell how they enrolled their kids in the school so that they would have the experience of having a teacher who loved them."
Letha was presented with a desk clock inscribed with the words, "Teacher of Excellence: touching the lives of students for eternity." [Text and top photo by Carol Bolden; bottom photo by Heather Blair shows alumni who attended event]
Grand Junction Church Joins Local Churches to Bless Their City » The Grand Junction Church joined with 30 other Christian churches in Grand Valley for the eighth consecutive year of ShareFest on Sunday, April 24. A community-wide event, ShareFest helps mostly senior citizens who have health issues or who can no longer climb ladders to take care of projects around their homes. With 70 volunteers working on 6 projects adopted by the Grand Junction Seventh-day Adventist Church, they cleaned yards, washed windows, did light painting, fixed or installed swamp coolers and cleaned gutters. They even replaced a broken deck for Stella Miller.
Featured in Grand Junction's newspaper, The Daily Sentinel, the new deck built for Stella, 71, was a hit. "She was giddy with excitement," The Daily Sentinel stated about her reaction to the work done on her house (see article at http://www.gjsentinel.com/news/articles/1000-volunteers-lend-hands-through-valley-in-share).
A widow, Stella previously had to be carried out of her home by paramedics two different times when she needed an ambulance ride to the hospital because the steps were so narrow and broken. Now, she has a larger porch and new, wider steps that provide better safety when she walks out her front door.
The idea for ShareFest began in Central Arkansas in 1999 when a group of Arkansas pastors decided to take the church into the community to show the love of Jesus in tangible ways.
In the fall of 2007, a group of Grand Valley pastors and church leaders met to discuss making ShareFest a reality there. They wondered if people from different churches and denominations could come together for one weekend to serve the community in the name of Jesus.
The first Grand Valley ShareFest was held in April 2008 with 20 churches and more than 3,000 people working on 600 projects.
Levi Comstock, a Grand Junction Church member, has helped with ShareFest for the past six years. It is, in his words, "just fun. We get to actually help someone instead of your average program. We see a need and go fulfill it ourselves."
Levi works in construction in his everyday job and was able to use his skills to help build the deck for Stella. "People came out to help who aren't members of any church," he explained. "One kid who works with me came to work for someone else."
A ShareFest volunteer said, "If I get to a point where I might not be able to do something, it might be kind of nice to have people who are caring enough to come and help out." [Carol Bolden; photo by Levi Comstock: Stella stands proudly on her new deck built by the men surrounding her]
Adventurers Enjoy Fun Day on a Snowy Day » In dress uniform and carrying a club banner, 18 Adventurer clubs march in lock step past the reviewing stand, eyes right, and salute as they're acknowledged by loudspeaker ("Imagine the cutest thing you've ever seen," says Steve Hamilton, RMC youth director). Another Fun Day is in progress.
Close to 300 people braved the snowy weather to attend Fun Day on Sunday, April 27, at the Campion and HMS Richards school gymnasiums. Usually held outside in the soccer field, activities were forced inside because of blowing snow, but this did not appear to dampen spirits.
Three brand new Adventurer clubs from Colorado Springs Hispanic, Rifle Hispanic and Glenwood Springs Hispanic were added to the mix made up of kindergarten through 4th graders including Little Lambs (2-3 years old) and Eager Beavers (4-5 years old).
All year, the clubs work toward a 1000-point trophy by turning in monthly reports, holding a monthly Share Your Faith event, doing parent appreciation, holding a club camp-in, an Induction ceremony, an Investiture, attending Fun Day and other activities. This year, 18 clubs were awarded a trophy.
The Hall of Fame award, given each year to one outstanding leader, was awarded to Kathy Drake. A member of the Longmont Church, Kathy was nominated by her own Adventurer club and received five other recommendations for the award, citing her dedication to God's kids.
Working toward a prayer award, the kids rotated to Bible story stations during the afternoon -- Little Maid and Haman, Daniel in the Lion's Den and others. They also made prayer cards to send to a military unit. [Carol Bolden; photos by Paula Nelson]
Seek and You Shall Find » I often get discouraged by how spiritually dead our generation is. I come to school every day and, although God is mentioned, I wonder, "Are we passionate about Him?" I even ask this question of myself.
I love to talk about who the latest Bachelor is or how the characters in Grey's Anatomy saved the pregnant lady from the car fire. Or, about how Leonardo DiCaprio received his first Oscar ever. "Have you heard the new Kayne West album? It's pretty dope." "Steph Curry just shot a three-pointer winning game against the Nuggets."
Not to say in any way that music, sports, television or entertainment is bad. I think there is definitely a place for it, but are we making it a god before God? In the end, all that will matter is a relationship with Christ.
There will be nights when I stay up until 2:00 or 3:00 a.m. studying for a test or writing a paper. As I crawl into bed and set my alarm, I think, "Did I pray today?" Besides thanking God for food, did I talk to Him? If He is our God and we are setting no gods before Him, why was He the last priority on my list? When I wake up in the morning, do I drop to my knees and pray or do I check how many likes my Instagram post received?
Our generation doesn't like to admit that entertainment, social media, and social life are their gods. We aren't literally bowing down to these things, but if we counted how many hours were spent hanging out with friends, watching Netflix and sending snapchats, would the hours be more than the time spent with God? Probably yes. Everyone is doing this -- young and old.
I don't want to sound discouraging like none of our youth are on fire for God because that is not the case. I know many of my friends attended GYC and came back with a new fire lit in their hearts to put God as the center. I think making Him a priority is key and it is something we all tend to lose focus of periodically. We get caught up in drama, relationships, school, work and life. And, at the end of the day, we remember that we forgot God.
I'm tired of singing the same old songs and hearing the same stories and going through the motions with no heart. We are used to going to church and seeing friends zone out and be on their phones. I don't think we are aware of how important our relationship with God is. We have to remember that He is the reason we are here. He is the reason we have the ability to learn, play basketball, sing and laugh. Yet, we continue to put Him last. Is it really that we are distracted by life or are we purposely avoiding Him due to pride? I think the mix of both. We need to stop filling our emptiness with materialistic stuff that only leads to temporary happiness. I have tried to succeed by filling my emptiness with materialistic things. We need Jesus! Not tomorrow or next year -- right now!
I want to wake up and pray. I want to forgive and not hate. I want to have the desire to talk about God without being ashamed. I do believe that Jesus is coming soon and I'm afraid more than anything that I won't know Him and that my friends won't know Him.
We all know what to do. Ready your Bible, pray, go to church. The typical three ways. This three-step way to a great relationship is not the easiest thing for our generation. If we go to church and don't feel inspired, we can't give up. If we read a chapter in our Bible and get nothing out of it, we have to find ways to look at Scripture differently. We have to go outside the box. We have to chase God like boys chase girls. We can't give up. I think we have to dig deep into our hearts. We have to want it and want it badly. We have to push through and seek.
God promises, "You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart." Jeremiah 29:11. If you never try, you never seek. And if you never seek, you never find.
I want to find the One who created me and loves me more than anything. [Alyse Maxwell]
ABC SUMMER SUNDAY HOURS
June 5: Closed
June 19: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
July 3: Closed
July 10: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Godfrey Miranda came to us April 1 from Modesto, California, to plant a church in Castle Rock.
Timothy Jones, from Amazing Facts, will pastor the Twin Peaks and Vista Fellowship churches beginning July 1.
Jessyka Albert, graduating from Union College this month, will serve as pastor for discipleship at the Boulder Church beginning May 15.
David Smith is coming from Battle Ground, Washington, where he pastored nine years. He will serve as family pastor for the Boulder Church beginning May 15.
Anthony Handal, assistant youth director for RMC, is moving to Northern California to teach at Rio Lindo Academy.
Corina Handal, girls dean at Campion Academy, is also leaving for Rio Lindo Academy where she will serve as girls dean.
Glacier View Ranch Summer Camp: Ages 7-17. Cost $265-315 (varies week to week). Discounts available. Visit our website and watch our NEW Glacier View Ranch summer camp promo video: rmcyouth.org/gvrpromovideo
For more information, go to rmcyouth.org/camp
Mills Spring Ranch Summer Camp » Ages 9-17. Cost $200 (each Wyoming church is giving $100 for campers from their church to attend MSR summer camp (up to 10 campers). Contact your church for this discount. For
more information, go to rmcyouth.org/camp
Wyoming Camp Meeting 2016 » Below is a link to the registration form for Wyoming Camp Meeting which can be emailed to WyCampmeeting@yahoo.com or mailed to 11395 W Zero Road, Casper WY 82604. For more information, contact Jodie Gage at 307-259-5301. Wyoming Camp Meeting will take place July 12-16 at Mills Spring Ranch, Casper, WY. David Asscherick will speak. Go to http://www.rmcsda.org/wyoming-2016-camp-meeting-registration-form
Vista Ridge Academy » is accepting applications for Pre-K through 8th grade. Schedule a tour or visitation day that fits your schedule. New students can receive 10 percent off registration fees (20 percent for families with two or more children) when paid by May 16. Check us out on facebook at www.vistaridge.org or call 303-828-4944.
Cheyenne Church » Cheyenne members will hold a CREATION Health seminar at Laramie County Community College on Sabbath afternoons beginning April 2 and continuing through May 14. For more information, contact Lana Anderson at 307-632-9908.
Wildfire: Youth Spreading the Word » Campion Academy students spread the Word and confront Christianity's toughest questions in a week-long series held under a big tent on the Campion campus May 6-13. Seven students will address important issues from 7-8 p.m. each night starting this Friday, May 6 (no meeting Monday, May 8). For more information, visit Revelant Seminars.org/Wildfire or call 855-243-2984.
Vista Fellowship » A prophecy series by Carlos Munoz will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sabbath, April 22 through May 21. The church is located at 701 Kimbark Street, Longmont. For more information, call Allan Christensen at 303-548-8601.
Boulder Church » The Sanitas Lectureship presents its inaugural series, "Narratives, Imagination & Experiencing God" May 20 - 23 with Laurence Turner, PhD, a noted Old Testament scholar. Weekend events include 7 p.m. Friday, May 20; 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 21; 2 p.m. Saturday, May 21; 10 a.m. Monday, May 23. The church is located at 345 Mapleton Avenue, Boulder CO 80304. For more information, call 303-442-1522.
Black Hills School of Massage » Want to have a career that might also be a ministry? Black Hills School of Massage Therapy will be starting their next state-recognized, 600-hour massage school session May 16. If you feel that God is calling you to a career in massage therapy, call us at 605-255-4101. Check out our facebook page -- https://www.facebook.com/blackhillsmassage/ -- or our website at www.bhhec.org/school-of-massage. It's not too late to start a career-ministry where you can touch lives for Jesus!
Montrose Church » A Western Slope Life Coaching workshop will be presented at 11 a.m. May 21 and 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. May 22 by Rick Mautz, director of RMC Health Ministries. The church is located at 1551 Valley Road. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-249-4942 for details and registration.
Golden Church » Learn about natural remedies for optimal health, massage therapy, hydrotherapy, healing herbs, and more FREE at the two-day workshop presented by Eden Valley.
Attend one or both sessions: God's Healing Ways from 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 21 (sanctuary) and Natural Remedies hands-on seminar from 2-5 p.m., May 22 (gymnasium).
Featured speakers include Leasa Hodges, RN; Balazs Kunli, Herbalist; and Eunice Kunli, Therapist. The Golden Church is located at 3101 S Golden Road, Golden CO 80401. For more information, call 303-918-5557.
Selah Concert » Campion Academy and Friends are sponsoring Selah in concert at 7 p.m., May 22, at Loveland High School. The concert will benefit the CA Student Aid Fund. Purchase tickets at itickets or call 1-800-965-9324. For more information, call 303-885-4793. Loveland High School is located at 920 W. 29th Street, Loveland, CO 80538.
Mile High Academy » New to Mile High Academy this summer is its Summer Sports Camp. It's a great way to keep your child active during the summer months. Choose from gymnastics, basketball, soccer, baseball and volleyball. For details, check the Summer Camps page on our website, milehighacademy.org or call 303-744-1069 to discover how you can register your child today.
Basketball: June 6-10
Gymnastics: June 13-17
Baseball: June 27-July 1
Volleyball: June 27 - July 1
Soccer: July 18-22
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Men's Advance SAVE THE DATE » Men, get ready for our fall men's advance under the theme, Restoring Relationships with God, Others & Ourselves. Plan to see the colors in Pitkin as part of Western Slope's Men's Advance September 16-18. Spend the weekend in great fellowship, swapping stories, studying the Bible, fly fishing and exploring the surrounding mountains and valleys. The restored Pitkin Hotel will be the base of operations and lots of great food will be included. For more information contact Wayne Oldham at 970-209-7911 or email@example.com.
Mile High Academy is looking for two part-time Kindergarten aides. This is an exciting opportunity for the 2016-2017 school year. Please visit our website at www.milehighacademy.org for more information on the requirements and qualifications for this position. Applicants must be Seventh-day Adventist members in good standing and possess current authorization to work in the U.S. If interested, please send your resume to Jocelyn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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@example.com.
Associate Director -- Media, Production & Programming: 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.
Mailroom Assistant Supervisor: 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.
Junior Accountant: The Junior Accountant assists with the accounting records for VOP's Gift Planning & Trust Services. This includes all aspects of accounting (receivables, payables, general ledger) and federal and state fiduciary tax reporting.
Ministry Relations Representative: The Ministry Relations Representative (Regional) serves the Voice of Prophecy by cultivating and growing relationships with new and current supporters.
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