|Love, Prayer, and Healthy Churches » “Love,” “Prayer,” and “Healthy Churches” were words that came up most frequently at the meeting of Boulder Church's Elders and Vision Boards with the Rocky Mountain Conference leadership on Tuesday night, September 4.
RMC President Ed Barnett, Executive Secretary Eric Nelson, and Treasurer George Crumley joined the combined boards for a productive and faith-affirming meeting about the church’s vision and mission. Boulder Church is increasingly interested in finding innovative ways to share the love of Jesus with those already in the church, as well as members who no longer attend, the local community, and the wider Adventist community. It divides its work into Growing Strong Branches based on life stages: Live Wonder (ages 0–3), Live Adventure (ages 4–11), Live Purpose (ages 12–17), Live Intention (ages 18–24), Live Creativity (ages 25–34), Live Courage (ages 35–54), and Live Wisdom (ages 55+). An elder is assigned to one of these branches and works on developing programming and resources to make faith development meaningful to their particular group.
Pastor Barnett shared his vision for churches to be healthy and inclusive. This aligns well with the Boulder Church vision, which is to show people Jesus and to create places for people to connect with Christ through the Bible. Open dialogue with the RMC administration team gave the leaders of Boulder Church inspiration for the future.
Vanessa Rivera, Lead Elder for Live Purpose (ages 12–17) and teacher for the High School Connect Group, responded, “It was a privilege to have the RMC leadership sit with us for a couple hours to talk about ministry from a local to a global level. We were able to discuss current ministerial challenges with a humble and harmonious spirit. I left the meeting feeling supported by our conference leadership and affirmed to continue ministering in our communities.”
Sandy Hodgson, Vista Ridge Academy Principal and Vision Board member said, "It was an honor to participate in dialogue with Rocky Mountain Conference leadership and share the vision we have for our communities and our conference. Thank you, Pastor Barnett, for encouraging us to be inclusive and welcoming to everyone as we prepare for the second coming of Jesus.”
Our goal at Boulder Church is for our members to be faith-engaged—to go beyond the standard of attendance and paying tithe to help create joy, love, and acceptance in our church and in all the places we find ourselves throughout the week. “It was encouraging to see that the conference president was so open to innovative ways to reach everyone in our area," said Andy Atkins, Lead Elder for Live Intention (ages 18–24) and teacher in our University Connect Group.
The meeting was a great opportunity to look at complementary conference and church visions as we shared prayer requests and prayed together. “I am thankful that together our hope is to have healthy churches—where we can pray together, fellowship, be inclusive, and show God’s love," said Brittany McLachlan, Lead Elder for Live Wonder (ages 0–3) and teacher for the Beginners Connect Group.
Commenting for NewsNuggets following the meeting, Boulder senior pastor, Japhet De Oliveira said, "It was wonderful to see the Elders and Vision Board leadership of Boulder Church initiate this meeting. Their keen passion for the local and global Church, was expressed with intentional dialogue. I am glad that the RMC Administration was able to carve out the time to navigate the minefield of complex issues that every church faces today. We are all better for it."
-- Brittany McLachlan, photo by Japhet De Oliveira
More than 600 People Gather for Hispanic Camp Meeting » Held at Glacier View Ranch over Labor Day weekend, this year's Hispanic camp meeting drew more than 600 people who were inspired by speakers José H. Cortes, previous president of New Jersey conference, and Luis Fernando Manrique, pastor in New York City. They spoke on "Conquering Territory for God." International singer Laura Cevallos led the group into the spirit of worship throughout the weekend.
“This was one of the most inspiring Hispanic camp meetings I’ve ever attended,” Pastor Juan Estrada commented.
RMC’s Hispanic Youth Federation, FEJA, lead out in the programming for the youth under the theme, “Dare to be Different” with guest speaker Edgardo Beltran, vice president of the University of Navojoa, located in Northern Mexico. Additionally, Fort Collins Hispanic Church volunteer pastor, Leonardo Jimenez, shared messages on living faithfully for Jesus.
Pastor Ed Barnett and Eric Nelson assisted the camp meeting, sharing greetings from the Rocky Mountain Conference and encouraging members to continue being faithful. Afterward, they connected with members through fellowship.
To stay informed about next year’s Hispanic camp meeting, visit http://www.rmcsda.org/campestre-hispano
-- Vanessa Rivera; photos by Ruben Balaguer
Labor Day Campout Draws Youth From All Over Conference » Since joining RMC Youth Ministries in July of 2016, the Labor Day Campout has been a popular event for many, drawing members from Colorado, Wyoming, and New Mexico.
In 2016, the campout followed the Morrison Trail in northern Wyoming. In 2017, Jeeping and four-wheeling in Ouray and Telluride was highlighted by the graciousness of the Dupper family who hosted a corn-roast and small campground on their property in the area. This year, nearly 30 participants traveled to DayStar Academy, near Moab, Utah, from the Front Range and Wyoming to camp, four-wheel, fellowship and worship together.
Steve Hamilton, RMC youth director, who coordinated the event, commented that, "Once again, families from Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico enjoyed fellowship with each other and time in some of God's most spectacular landscapes."
Spending quality time with our friends, family, and God is often hard to come by in our fast-paced lives. We all hope to see the Labor Day Weekend campout tradition continue in the years to come.
Fighting the Diabetes/Alzheimer's Dragon » Do you have Diabetes or pre-Diabetes? Does the thought of Alzheimer's disease scare you? Don't give up; there is hope! Both of these dreaded diseases have a common cause in a condition called insulin resistance.
-- Kiefer Dooley; photos by Liz Cornett
Campion Seniors Survive and Thrive » The class of 2019 spent Labor Day weekend surviving during the annual Senior Survival trip to Glacier View Ranch. The trip consisted of various team activities, survival skills, and worships every morning and night. Although it may seem like a nice break from classes, the trip required hard work; we made our own shelters, cooked our own breakfasts and dinners, used an outhouse, and hardest of all, learned to trust our entire class.
“My favorite activity was the nitro-crossing,” said three-year senior Conner Cizek. “We all had to come together and think about how we were gonna get across, but eventually our team got it accomplished.” Other activities such as the spider-web, where a group had to get across a “spider-web” without touching the string, taught our whole class how to work as a team.
The spiritual theme for Senior Survival was memories. Each senior had the chance to tell his or her favorite memories of how God has used us, and share a prayer that God has answered. Jessica Singon, two-year senior, responded that the most important lesson she learned through the trip was, “My broken history shouldn’t shape my future.”
Overall, Senior Survival was a great opportunity to grow closer to God, and to learn more about our classmates. All the seniors would like to give a huge thank you to our class sponsors, Dan Philpott, Zeca and Cindy Santana, as well as Pastor Esequias, Kent Kast, and Steve and Wendy Eickmann for all the hard work they put into the trip. We wouldn’t have been able to survive without you!
-- Sydney Michalenko, text and photo
The next question is, "Are you ready to change?" Unfortunately, most of us don't get serious until we are given a diagnosis that scares us into action. But change is much more difficult at that point. I imagine that some of you reading this are smart enough to make changes early and avoid the diagnosis. If that is you, here are some steps you can take:
1. Increase your intake of fruits, vegetables and whole grains (high volume/low calorie).
a. Fruits (Northern fruits are best)
b. Vegetables (above-ground vegetables are best)
d. Whole grains (brown rice, oats, barley, cooked cereals, etc.)
2. Decrease or avoid the use of concentrated calories in things like:
a. Visible fats and oils
c. Saturated fats found in animal products
3. Choose less processed foods and limit refined foods such as:
a. Refined pasta
c. White flour products (choose 100 percent whole grain, sprouted breads)
d. White potatoes
4. Exercise at least 30 to 60 minutes daily or just increase your daily activity
5. Drink 8-10 cups of water daily
Pick one thing to start with and tell a friend your plan to get support.
-- Rick Mautz
Westminster/Thornton Fire Distribution Center Closes » After a month in operation, the Westminster/Thornton distribution center closed on August 25, having served 57 family units. "I have not yet totaled the volunteer hours at the Westminster/Thornton fire distribution center since it opened July 25," said Cathy Kissner, "but the building was open seven days a week and they served 57 family units, giving away more than 5,000 items."
The distribution center was opened after two apartment fires, one in Westminster on July 22, the other in Thornton on July 30 left dozens of families without homes and in need of basic living supplies. Cathy Kissner, Adventist Community Services and disaster relief director (ACSDR) for the Rocky Mountain Conference, along with volunteers, stepped in to help, opening the distribution center in Westminster for victims of both fires.
ACS has developed an expertise in Donations Management through Multi Agency Warehouses, Collection and Distribution Centers. During other responses ACS has assisted as requested by feeding survivors and first responders, chain saw teams, debris cleanup and mucking out, temporary roofing, spontaneous volunteer reception centers and in home repair as part of long term recovery (LTR), according to their official website.
-- RMCNews with Cathy Kissner
WELCOMING NEW RMC EMPLOYEES
Noemi Borjon will take over as Human Resources assistant, filling the position left by Vivien Vasquez who, along with her husband, Pastor Ruddy Vivanco, has accepted a call to the Washington Conference. "While we are sad to see Ruddy and Vivien leave, I am excited to welcome Noemi Borjon to the HR team," said Danielle Toddy, Human Resources director. Noemi says, "I am excited to bring to the Rocky Mountain Conference my passion in helping others by being a help to all of the employees of RMC and in particular to our Hispanic community. [I want] to help everyone understand all the aspects of the benefits that RMC has to offer."
Brent Learned has joined the Youth Department as assistant youth director, taking charge of Mills Spring Ranch and ministering to Wyoming youth. He comes on the heels of Matt Moreland who recently transitioned to Planned Giving and Trust Services as Field Representative.
As Brent steps into his new role, he sees himself contributing to the youth of Wyoming "by reflecting and demonstrating the love of Jesus through friendship, mentorship, camp ministry at Mills Spring Ranch, and other youth events in Wyoming and around the Rocky Mountain Conference."
Cracking the Prophetic Code » The Fort Lupton Church presents a Cracking the Prophetic Code series beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, September 7 and continuing through September 17. These special multimedia presentations will cover such topics as "A Bold Attack -- the Antichrist Unveiled," "The Longest Time Prophecy," and Revelation's Glorious Rapture". To pre-register, call 720-466-5634 or go to ftlupton22.adventistchurch.org. The Fort Lupton Church is located at 900 Northrup Avenue, Fort Lupton CO 80621.
Youth Rally at Golden Church! » Join us at the Golden Church September 7-9 to hear Evangelist Lo-Ammi Richardson talk about issues within the Great Controversy. Did you know the battle between God and Satan is more than just a battle over souls? This war isn't just about good and evil; it's over the territory you and I currently occupy. Both sides of this controversy are looking for youth to win back the territory you and I live in. Come hear this powerful presentation as it will challenge you to be on the winning team. You don't want to miss this event! For more information, visit our Facebook page and click on EVENTS! www.facebook.com/goldensdachurch.
Prayer Summit? Me? Hmmm » Many of us want to pray more or better or like someone else we consider an incredible person of prayer. We want to know how to do it, and yet prayer is such a vulnerable thing. It scares a lot of us because somehow we think we just can't do it as well as the next person or we'll get tongue-tied or we'll just freeze. This week, I had a conversation with one of my favorite introverts. He told me he does love Jesus and he wants to improve his prayer life, and praying out loud is way out of his comfort zone. He said he wished at events like a prayer summit everybody could have something on their name-tag that told their personality so all the introverts could gather together and pray silently and they'd be GREAT with that! I told him he was on to something! Prayer isn't about who prays the most eloquent prayers. It's about connecting with God led by HIS Spirit, through HIS word, in HIS way! Which might look a little different for each of us. So, if you're holding out on prayer summit because of your concern that maybe someone might want you to pray out loud, please be at ease! Yes, we'll pray, and yes, we'll pray together. You wanna pray out loud? You can! You wanna pray silently? You can! You're invited, you're welcome, and you belong.
Join our 2018 Prayer Summit September 7-9 at Glacier View Ranch! Attending this summit will give you the opportunity to come closer to Jesus through prayer. You'll learn how to combine God's word with prayer for dynamic depth in your prayer life, spend time interceding for those you love, and learn how to hold your own prayer summit in your church!y for your community! Don't miss it! Elder James L. Black, prayer coordinator for North America, will be our guest. For more information, go to www.rmcsda.org/prayer 303-243-1172.
PTSD Veterans and Survivors of War-Torn Countries » PTSD Veterans and Survivors of War-Torn Countries Support Group will hold its first official meeting at 7 p.m., September 8 at Aurora 1st Church.
Focusing on PTSD support for veterans and survivors of war torn countries, this first meeting will be a meet-and-greet session to plan an agenda and format. Your valuable input on serving all who attend will be appreciated. The group plans to meet one Saturday evening a month and both men and women are welcome. Light refreshments will be served.
You can text Locksley Williams at 303 961-0764, email him at [email protected] with your interest, or just show up.
Aurora 1st Seventh-day-Adventist Church is located at 11400 E Mississippi Avenue and Moline in Aurora.
Mental Health Certification » Learn to recognize the people around you who are experiencing hopelessness with thoughts of suicide and get certified in the process. This two-day, 8-hour certification class will be held September 8 and 15 from 2 to 6 p.m. in the Aurora Church sanctuary and will give you a 3-year certificate allowing you to work as a mental health first-aid responder for anyone having a mental health crisis.
Taught by Lucille Campbell who holds a Master's in Public Health and is the former director of The Center of African-American Health, the class fee is $20, which includes teaching materials. Passing the test at the end of the seminar gives you the certificate.
Write your check to the Aurora 1st Seventh-day Adventist Church and mail it no later than September 5 to Aurora 1st Seventh-day Adventist Church, 11400 E Mississippi Avenue, Auirora CO 80012.For further information, contact Health & Disabilities leader Yvonne Johnson at 303-905-6071.
The King's Heralds Return » The oldest, continuous gospel quartet in America, better known as The King's Heralds, will be in conceret at 7:15 p.m., Saturday, September 8 at Fort Lupton Church. Don't miss their rich blend of harmony in a capella style. The Fort Lupton Church is located at 900 Northrup Avenue, Fort Lupton CO 80621.
Diabetes UNDONE » By 2020, 1 in 2 people will have diabetes or pre-diabetes. Save the dates of Sunday, September 9 (8:30 a.m. to noon); and Monday evenings September 9- October 8 (5:45 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.) for a diabetes prevention and reversal program presented at the Twin Peaks Adventist Church at 9696 Paschal Drive, Louisville CO 80027. The $149 registration fee includes media presentations by Dr. Wes Youngberg, author of Goodbye Diabetes and dietician Brenda Davis, author of Defeating Diabetes, a Plant to Plate cookbook, workbook and handouts, online extended education, glucometer and hemoglobin A1C test, plant-based food recipes and sampling, and 8 Laws to a Better, Longer Life DVD. Registration closes August 31. Program size is limited to 10 people plus their spouses. Contact Rosemary Cook at 303-465-4010 for more information and to reserve your spot for a new lease on life.
Korean-American Church » The Korean-American Church Council will meet at the Aurora Doubletree Hotel September 9-15 for the 13th General Meeting of Korean-American churches in North America. Ed Barnett, RMC president, and other leaders will join some 200 Korean Church pastors and leaders in participating as presenters.
Mile High Academy » Mile High Academy invites you to our campus for a FREE Social Emotional Learning Event on September 10 from 6:30 p.m.- 7:30 p. m. Research shows that SEL not only improves achievement, but it also increases social behaviors (such as kindness, sharing, and empathy), improves student attitudes toward school, and reduces depression and stress among students. In this community event led by MindSpark, we will talk about the benefits of our students and teachers engaging in SEL. Benefits in the short and long term include greater social and emotional competence that lead to an increased likelihood of high school graduation, readiness for postsecondary education, career success, positive family and work relationships, better mental health, reduced criminal behavior, and engaged citizenship. Our children deserve our attention in this matter! For information, please contact Agape Hammond at [email protected].
Colorado Springs Church »
What good does it do to pray, if there is no one “up there” to hear? What good does it do to read the Bible, if it is only considered to be mere “Mother Goose Rhymes” or “Canterbury Tales” or “Pilgrim’s Progress.”
A few decades ago, most of the people in America believed in the Bible, prayer and Jesus Christ, as their Savior. Today, the Bible, Christ and Christianity are being suppressed and ridiculed throughout the world, especially, the USA.
This series of meetings will focus on the one thing that atheists cannot challenge or refute--God’s ability to foretell the future. God challenges all doubters to examine His signature or seal in the Bible.
WHAT: A seminar on Biblical Prophecy which God says cannot be challenged. You will see for yourself the sites and places mentioned in prophecy.
WHEN: September 11 at 6:00 p.m., opening with “Where Are the Scoffers?” and continuing each Tuesday evening through the Fall.
WHERE: Springs Adventist Academy, 5410 Palmer Park Blvd at Cora Lane. WHO: Moderator: Dr. Jack Bohannon who has visited the major biblical sites mentioned in Bible prophecy. He will share with you the Middle East sites on which God has placed His seal--which cannot be removed! Jack is the former chair of the Department of Archaeology and Middle East Studies, Middle East College, Beirut, Lebanon.
Franktown Church » Mike Tucker, from Faith for Today television, will host a FREE live Seminar, “MAD ABOUT MARRIAGE”. Learn how to maximize your connection, create safety in your relationship, and avoid the negative issues that threaten marriage. Explore ways to stay “Madly in Love” forever!
September 14, Friday evening, 6:30 p.m. Check-In; 7:00-8:30 p.m. Seminar Sessions
September 15, Saturday, 2:00-5:30 p.m. Seminar Sessions; 5:30 p.m. Reception
Seminar will take place at the Franktown Seventh-day Adventist Church, 905 N. Hwy 83, Franktown CO 80116. Register at www.madaboutmarriage.com Pre-registration reserves your materials. For more information, call or email [email protected], 303-688-8687.
Childcare available only by reservation, email local host with children’s names & ages.
Western Slope Women's Retreat » A women's retreat will be held on the Western Slope September 14 - 16 at Mountain Top Retreat, 339 Bible Camp Rd., Montrose, CO. It is just 15 miles south of Montrose, adjacent to the Uncompahgre National Forest.
Guest speaker, Jeanie Ryan, will speak under the theme, “Bear One Another’s Burdens”. Features include music, a Scripture walk, hayride, and other fun Sabbath evening activities. Please plan on spending a relaxing and spiritual weekend in the mountains. For questions and registration, call Judy Kelley at 970-249-7237 as soon as possible.
Pathfinder/Adventurer Convention » To register for the Pathfinder/Adventurer Leadership Convention, coming September 14-16, go to wwwrmcap.org.
Women's Retreat » “Branded in Christ,” RMC women's retreat will be held at Glacier View Ranch September 28-30. Heather-Dawn Small, Women’s Ministries Director for our SDA world church, is our featured speaker. View the brochure at: www.rmcsda.org/women. Registration is online and begins July 15. For questions email[email protected], or text/call 303-243-1172.
9Health Fair » Vista Ridge Academy will host a 9Health Fair on Friday, September 28 from 7 a.m. to noon. We are looking for volunteers, both medical and non-medical, to help in a variety of areas. Consider donating your time and expertise! To sign up as a volunteer, please visit https://www.9healthfair.org/health-fairs/fall/288/index or contact Marsha Bartulec at mbartulec[email protected] or 303-828-4944.
The Appearing » Churches across North America will present a new series from the Voice of Prophecy called The Appearing October 11-15. Hosted by Pastor Shawn Boonstra and local pastors, this five-part event follows in the footsteps of the award-winning Shadow Empire and A Pale Horse Rides series and will only be available in local churches. It will combine cutting-edge media with Bible clarity to reveal what Scripture actually says about the Second Coming. An all-new book and Bible studies will also be available. Visit appearing.org to find a location near you and watch for many more to be added in the coming weeks. Don’t see your church on the list? Encourage them to sign up at www.appearing.org/host.
Discover Israel: A Journey of Faith » See Jaffa, Caesarea, Nazareth, Cana, Tiberias, the Sea of Galilee and many other biblical locations on this journey of faith March 11-19, 2019. You can travel with Pastor Gordon from the Arvada Church on this amazing adventure. Sign up by September 12 by following this link: https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/871840.
Mile High Academy » Mile High Academy has immediate openings for the 2018-2019 school year for two part-time drivers for our transportation routes. Qualified candidates will be at least 21 years old, possess, or be able to obtain, a current Colorado driver's license (Commercial Driver's License not necessary) have no more than two traffic citations and no at fault accidents during the last three years. Candidates must also possess current U.S. work authorization. While maintaining the dignity and respect for all students, the driver's primary responsibility is the safety of students while transporting them to and from school. To apply, please send an email to Vivien Vasquez to request an application ([email protected]) or contact her by phone at 303-282-3653.
HMS Richards Elementary » Part-time preschool teacher needed at HMS. We are growing and looking for an enthusiastic teacher to lead our preschool program. Must be ECE teacher certified. Do not need to be director certified. Please contact Davin Hammond or Kari Lange for more information @ (970) 667-2427.
Vista Ridge Academy » Seeking candidates for a Part-time Aide in Preschool and PreK/Kindergarten (20+ hours per week). Candidates must be active member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Completion of ECE state licensing requirements for a preschool teacher is a bonus, but not required.
Also seeking candidates for a Part-time Extended Care Supervisor (8-10 hours per week). Candidates must be an active member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and available to work after school.
For more information, please contact Sandy Hodgson at 303.828.4944 or [email protected].
ESL Teacher Needed for Mile High Academy Sister School China Campus » Mile High Academy still has a position available on their extended campus at the Guangdong Experimental Shunde - ESL Teacher Needed
This is a unique opportunity to serve as a teacher in Shunde China at Mile High Academy’s extended campus at the Guangdong Experimental Shunde. Please see link below to explore the school: http://www.gdsysd.com/Home/IndexEnglish
Contact Principal Toakase Vunileva at [email protected] for questions or to submit your resume.
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