Office staff volunteers at the Distribution Center » This past Tuesday, those from the Conference office who were able joined Cathy Kissner, Rocky Mountain Conference ACS DR coordinator, and her team of volunteers at the Distribution Center, in Loveland, Colo., to help with relief efforts for the flood victims.
I believe each of us were overwhelmed at the size of the Center and the amount of food, clothing, medical supplies, household and personal supplies, and furniture that has been donated to bless those in need.
Cathy and her team have worked so hard, and have been a wonderful blessing to many. In the last three days of operation, more than 190 volunteers donated approximately 530 hours of service at the Center to bless those who were affected by the floods.
Chaplain Barry Black’s prays for the U.S. Senate » It's an honor to have Chaplain Barry Black, a Seventh-day Adventist, serve as chaplain of the United States Senate. What a wonderful opportunity he has to rub shoulders with the decision makers of today! Listen to one of his recent prayers, in which he asks for God’s help with the current government crisis.
Twin Peaks Church hosts student literature evangelists » Caleb Cook, communication director of the Twin Peaks Church in Louisville, Colo., shared a story about their church, which recently hosted literature evangelism students from Ouachita Hills Adventist College for three weeks. The students helped spread the word about an upcoming evangelism seminar at the church. Read more.
GVR welcomes new camp manager » Earlier this week, Dan Hanson accepted the invitation to become manager of Glacier View Ranch in Ward, Colo. Dan comes to us from Camp Au Sable in Grayling, Michigan, where he has served as manager for a number of years.
Julia Hanson, Dan’s wife, also will work at GVR in the area of guest relations. The Hansons will begin at GVR the first of November.
Denver South Church to host biblical conflict resolution seminar » Conflict 101 is a seminar which will help attendees better understand biblical conflict resolution. The seminar, taught by Kay Wakefield, will take place on Mondays, Oct. 14 through Nov. 18 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Denver South Church. Read further to learn more about the topics which will be presented and discussed.
Union College completes new home for its IRR and PA programs » Earlier this week, Union College officials held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the grand opening of their new building, which houses the International Rescue and Relief and the Physicians Assistant programs.
On the road » This past week, I was privileged to attend the Union College Board of Trustees in Lincoln, Neb. What a fantastic beginning the college is experiencing so far in this new school year!
On Tuesday, when our office staff went to Loveland to help with the disaster relief at the Distribution Center, I was privileged to walk around the Center and meet those who were shopping for their dire needs. As we talked, I learned how the devastating flood affected each personally. I met so many people with amazing stories and faith, a number who literally lost everything.
One couple I had an opportunity to meet was Jim and Julie. They lost everything, yet still hold on to their faith in the Lord. It was an honor to be able to pray with them about their challenging journey.
This Sabbath, I will be worshiping at the Boulder Church, and helping with their pastoral search.
Wherever you find yourself this Sabbath, I pray you will feel the strong, gracious arms of your Savior surrounding you and your family!
Happy Sabbath to all!
Elder Gary Thurber
Rocky Mountain Conference president
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