30 Jan

RMC 2020 Town Halls are coming to your area in March

Denver, Colorado … For Seventh-day Adventists in the Rocky Mountain Conference, Town Halls are part of our calendar. This year, one of the eleven gatherings is coming to your area in the month of March. Two Town Halls–Campion and Denver South Hispanic churches–are still to be scheduled.

“Our overall goal is for the churches to be informed about what’s going on in the conference as well as for church members to inform Conference leadership the blessings and challenges in our conference,” says Eric Nelson, RMC VP for administration.

“It’s a special privilege that administration has to visit the regions of our large conference. We truly enjoy meeting the people and having a chance to exchange thoughts and perspectives that are unique to each area of our conference,” Nelson added.

The RMC leaders are taking this time to visit Wyoming more intensively by conducting Town Hall meetings in a church in each district. “We did this early on when Ed Barnett, assumed the role of RMC President. It was a blessing to administration, and certainly provided a wonderful time to interact with and be informed about the church’s particular interests in the specific districts of Wyoming,” Nelson commented.

RMC By-laws mandate that administration conduct six Town Hall meetings each year as an avenue of communication and interaction with the Conference regions in our three states – Colorado, Wyoming, and San Juan County in Northern New Mexico.

In 2020, the Conference administrators and several departmental directors are planning to go well beyond the required regional meetings to include more intentional interaction with the Wyoming churches and to include a Hispanic Town Hall.

–RMCNews; photo from 2017 Farmington Town Hall by Rajmund Dabrowski

Town Hall Meetings 2020 – meetings begin at 6 p.m.

Light supper at 5:30 p.m.

Monday March 16 Farmington
Tuesday March 17 Grand Junction
Wednesday March 18 Colorado Springs
Thursday March 19 Metro – Lifesource
Sunday March 22 Riverton
Monday March 23 Cody
Tuesday March 24 Casper
Wednesday March 25 Gillette
Thursday March 26 Cheyenne
TBA Sabbath Campion
TBA Sabbath Denver South Hispanic


30 Jan

Opening of Rocky Mountain Life Center planned for February

Denver, Colorado … “As the remodeling of our Lifestyle Center reaches completion, I can’t help but become excited about the future of this ministry,” comments Rick Mautz, RMC health director.

Mautz believes lives will be changed forever for those walking through the Lifestyle Center’s doors.  “Many will find hope, when all they saw in their future was a life-altering disease that through simple lifestyle changes can be controlled and even reversed.  In my many years in lifestyle medicine, I have found a ministry that is so rewarding. I can’t wait to see individuals experience that same joy and satisfaction as the volunteer team will here at the Rocky Mountain Lifestyle Center,” explains Mautz.

The Lifestyle Center’s vision is: “To reflect Christ to our community through education and support of whole person wellness.”  That community will include those in our immediate surrounding neighborhood, Adventist church members, and pastors.  It will also include taking the Center’s services to local churches and venues, and training the health directors of our constituent churches.

The Center’s team is also planning to film the programs and share them on such platforms as Facebook or YouTube. This will be available as the activities at the Center develop further.

For individuals who are close enough to take advantage of the Lifestyle Center’s services, they will be pleased to learn about what the venue will offer. This includes a lecture area seating 30 participants; an exercise area with treadmill, exercise bicycles and hand weights; a library of health resources, with selected health books for purchase; and displays and hand-outs of health information. Free health partner support will also be offered.

The Center will soon begin the second remodeling phase of the cooking school kitchen. According to Mautz, “our first program is being planned for February 20 with a free information session for the Diabetes Undone program. This will run for 10 Thursday nights at 6:30-8:00 p.m.  Since diabetes is regarded as the most severe epidemic in the U.S., the program will offer successful solutions for reversing it or putting it into remission.

“Individuals are amazed when they learn that most of our lifestyle services will be free of charge. We can only offer it free because all of our staff members are volunteers,” Mautz adds.  Volunteers are being interviewed now. For those who want to be involved, even without health care experience, the Center has openings for many areas of need.  Call Rick Mautz at 303-909-8274.

RMCNews with Rick Mautz; photos by Rajmund Dabrowski

30 Jan

A prayer request leads to a victory

NOTE: When the church prays… For months and months our RMC office staff prayed for Stephanie. Today, we all rejoice. Susan Inglish was closest to the experience and, along with her, we are sharing a story of God’s answer to scores of prayers. 

Denver, Colorado… I grew up with a niece who was closer to my age than any of my siblings.  Stephanie made her home and raised her family in the small town where we grew up, while my husband’s denominational employment took us to several states over the years. Nevertheless, we have always remained close.

Last year, she video called me and tearfully told me that she had cancer–serious cancer that would require aggressive treatment, including radiation, chemotherapy, and life-altering surgery. It broke my heart. When I asked her in deep sincerity what I could do to help, her answer took me by surprise. She said, “I want you to take care of the spiritual part of this”. She was reaching out to God for help, and I was humbled that she chose me as the person she trusted to speak on her behalf.

That week we attended Sabbath School at The Adventure Church. When it came time for prayer requests, I told them about Stephanie and they prayed fervently for her and really showed that they cared. I told Stephanie about it and it made her cry. She knew she was prayed for. These people cared, and it touched her deeply.

Since that day, so many people have prayed for Stephanie. Morning worships at the Rocky Mountain Conference office often found sincere prayers rising up from Ed Barnett’s office on behalf of Stephanie. My father-in-law got his Sabbath School class in Elkhart, Indiana, to lift her up in prayer. Many others we don’t even know personally have prayed for her through her radiation, chemotherapy, surgery, and months of additional chemotherapy.

Through it all, I have seen God working. I knew He would because He loves her even more than I do. She has remained so cheerful and strong through this battle. She has encouraged others around her. She now knows through personal experience that we care enough to pray, continuously over time and in large numbers across the country, for someone who needs and asks for those prayers. These are all answers to prayer!

Stephanie called me the other day on her way home from the doctor. She was so excited she could hardly contain her joy. Her scans were clear!  Praise the Lord!  Praise the Lord!  Prayer is powerful. Thank you to all who have been praying for her.

–Susan Inglish; photo by Erica Haas Photography

30 Jan

Campion “stars” recognized and awarded by donors

Loveland, Colorado … The #starsofcampion shone brightly Sunday during the annual Alumni Scholarship and Scholars Brunch. Inspiration for the morning’s theme came from both Colorado’s beautiful midnight sky and the stars that shine so radiantly at Campion in the form of students and alumni. Fifteen students received scholarships, funded by the generosity of Campion alumni. Sixty-seven students were honored for their academic achievement of a 3.5 or higher GPA for the first semester of this school year.

More than 200 students, parents, and alumni came together to celebrate these student achievements in the Campion Academy cafeteria, during Senior Recognition Weekend. Many of the alumni donors of these scholarships were in attendance to share the inspiration behind their gifts and to present the scholarships to the deserving students. The alumni stories spoke of family legacies, commitment to Christian education, and pride in their school.

A new scholarship was added to the growing list this year. Family and friends of Art Brown established a scholarship in his memory. Brown was a science nut, according to his students. He taught at Caltech, Cal Polly, and Andrews University. He then walked away from that illustrious career to start a greenhouse program at Campion Academy. During his time at Campion, every student had to take one year of horticulture and one year of greenhouse management to work for him. The scholarship is given to students showing academic achievement in science and showing a desire to work hard at a job to help do their part in paying for their tuition.

Local veterinarian and Campion Academy alum Dr. Amy Gane (1986), who worked for Brown as a student, helped set up the scholarship with the support of the Brown family. “He taught us to work,” Gane remembers. “We worked hard in the greenhouse and it impacted my success in knowing how to work hard through vet school. Art Brown believed in Christian Education. He mentored dozens of students over the years.”

While parents and families looked on, additional awards were handed out.  Sixteen seniors were inducted into the National Honor Society and 12 juniors recognized as provisional NHS members. Four students shared short speeches about the meaning of scholarship, service, leadership, and character.

Darcy Force; photos supplied by Campion Academy News. Pictured: Sandra Marin was the recipient of the new Art Brown scholarship for excellence in science and work ethic

30 Jan

Chinese Campion students display New Year traditions at Loveland Museum

Loveland, Colorado … Chinese students from Campion Academy’s international program hosted an open-house celebration of Chinese New Year at the Loveland Museum on Sunday, January 26. Families and community members of all ages interacted with the students at a variety of stations at the event including: learning about the Chinese zodiac and making an animal mask, trying on a traditional lion dance costume, writing their names in Chinese calligraphy, watching portions of this year’s Chinese New Year television special, practicing chopstick skills, and sampling dumplings and spring rolls.

“It was fun sharing about our culture and I’m learning also,” commented Ensen Cai, a senior high school student from Guangxi Province, China. “Maybe 20 years ago, people didn’t care about learning about China, but now it’s become an important country and people are interested. It’s a good feeling to be able to share my culture.” The students who hosted the event are from various provinces in China and are completing high school at Campion Academy, a Christian boarding school in Loveland.

The Loveland Museum plans to partner with Campion’s International Program again in the spring to host a Festival of Cultures on Sunday, April 19. The Festival of Cultures will include performances, activities, crafts and food from China, Japan, Brazil, Mexico, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Jill Harlow, text and photos

30 Jan

Prison Ministry Director Ted Williams tickets Patrol Officer

La Junta, Colorado … The only time Ted Williams has ticketed a law enforcement officer was on a trip from the Wyoming State Penitentiary in Rawlins to La Junta. Needing fuel, he stopped in Wellington, Colorado and was filling his tank when a black Dodge Charger came to a screeching halt at the fuel station near him and out stepped a Colorado highway patrolman who began to fuel his vehicle.

Stepping toward him across the cement barrier between pumps, Williams said, “Thank you!”

“Thank you for what?” the officer asked.

“Thank you for what you do,” Williams said as he handed him one of his special ticket stubs offering salvation. 

“Wow! This is cool,” the officer said. “Come sit here,” he invited Williams, who crawled into the driver’s seat of a running highway patrol car.

“Would you pray for me and my fellow officers?” he asked.

Getting out of the vehicle and putting his arm around him, Williams asked for his name. The officer responded not with “Officer So and So,” but with his first name. Williams happily prayed for him, for his fellow officers and for their safety.

It was an encounter for Jesus.

Carol Bolden; photo by Ted Williams

23 Jan

High School Students from the RMC and MAUC Engage at Greater Summit

Glacier View Ranch, Colorado … Greater Summit: High School 2020 kicked off in the middle of a small storm on Friday Evening, January 17 at Glacier View Ranch. As the first guests arrived and took the Matt Morgan shuttle from the head of the driveway, snow that had been floating down all afternoon was picked up by the evening wind, tossed in icy sheets through the air. As the evening progressed, nine of the ten groups signed up for the weekend would arrive, bringing with them over 150 students and sponsors. Fortunately for everyone, the cold temperatures and blizzard conditions of Friday evening would not match the warmth of the blessings that poured out on attendees throughout the weekend.

The weekends’ events centered around three main sections, Encounter, Engage and Enjoy, allowing students to worship, discuss, and spend time connecting with each other.

At the Encounter sessions, Pastor Jennifer Woody from Washington State shared messages of hope and joy while simultaneously cutting to the heart of our spiritual journey. As Pastor Jen shared advice and experience on connecting with Jesus to live “Fully Alive,” no one was off the hook.

Reduce distractions and look to Jesus.

Don’t make excuses.

Don’t expect to always experience joy as a feeling, because joy is a more than an emotion.

Joy is Jesus. Joy is a choice or obedience. Joy is yielding and surrendering.

Commenting on the encounter sessions, a student said, “This weekend was very spiritually uplifting. Every single thing Jen said, I really took to heart.”

After each of the weekend’s four Encounter sessions, students departed the auditorium and headed to the cafeteria for “Engage.” At Engage sessions, volunteers and sponsors lead the attendees through curriculum designed to take the topic presented and make it applicable for the individual.  At each table sat vases filled water absorbent beads called Orbeez. Students poured a small amount of water into the vase, watching the colorful beads swell and fill the space – a representation of how our lives fill with joy and become full as we fill our minds with Jesus. “We thought the water orb centerpieces would be okay for the high schoolers,” commented Jessyka Dooley, RMC associate youth director, shortly after witnessing a student toss an Orbee into the air as his friend, chin propped back, jaw open, attempted to catch it in his mouth.

High Schoolers like to have fun while presenting a cool and collected exterior. That’s a fact.  And the Enjoy sessions created spaces for the participants to do just that. At the Kulikup Cafe, treats and hot drinks were served up along-side plenty of board games and a Nintendo Switch setup with Mario Kart for some interactive gaming. In the Long House, the artistic types were creating one-of-a-kind mugs and decorating bags for Project Angel Heart in Denver.  Meanwhile outside, the daring and adventurous students were taking snow tubes off of double ramps and hiking through the wind and cold to experience the spectacular views afforded by GVR’s mountainous terrain.

As the weekend drew to a close, many prayers of praise were lifted for the nice weather that had arrived Saturday morning and carried throughout the weekend. Hearts and minds refreshed, no one quite wanted to leave. Diego captured the feeling the best, saying, “Wow! Wow! Wow! What a great weekend.” And a few minutes later, “Literally one of the best retreats I’ve ever been on, and I’ve been on quite a few.”

Well said, Diego. Well said.

Kiefer Dooley; photos by Eddie Hall and Caleb Haakeson

23 Jan

Campion Academy Teens learn to be “Fully Alive” at Greater Summit

Glacier View Ranch, Colorado …Over weekend of January 17-19 over 150 high school age students and their sponsors from across the Mid-America Union convened at Glacier View Ranch for the Rocky Mountain Conference youth department’s “Greater Summit.” The youth event had previously been known as “Teen Prayer Summit” but was changed to “Greater Summit” with the emphasis of living a greater life.

The weekend’s theme was “Fully Alive” and was split into three main events: encounter (at the meetings), engage (during discussions), and enjoy (the fun activities). Everyone was excited for a weekend filled with worshiping and having fun.

The first official meeting began Sabbath morning with a worship talk from Pastor Jennifer Woody from Washington. She talked about J.O.Y., J standing for Jesus, O standing for obedience, and Y standing for yield. She explained what it is to truly have joy in your life. After each meeting, everyone took part in discussing what they had just learned from the message. They looked into scripture and got to discuss where J.O.Y. was found.

“It was just an amazing weekend.  Just being able to spend time with my friends and listening to Pastor Jennifer was a huge blessing,” exclaimed Milka Mendoza, junior at Campion Academy.

The activities of the day were a lot of fun including sledding, the Kulicup Cafe, where snacks and drinks were served, board games, and a raffle. With the events of the past week, they also were able to hold a tribute to Mya Pena and anyone who felt the need was able to participate and write letters.

The meeting continued Saturday night and Sunday morning, with each worship talk hitting more powerful than the previous one. Woody talked about finding dead areas in your life and how to bring it all to God. She explained about how it is important to come to God as you are. On Sunday morning she told her testimony and how shame was a huge factor in her life. She slowly learned to get rid of the shame through the help of God and people who truly loved and cared for her. During the engage session Summit participants discussed the shame they feel in their lives and were encouraged to give it to God.

“I enjoyed the people around me and the new things I got to experience,” commented Melody Mambo, freshman at Campion. The weekend was filled with friends, fun, and food, but was also powerful in helping youth grow stronger in Jesus.

–Bela Cinco, Student Editor, text; photos by Fabiola Castrejon-Fabela and Bela Cinco

23 Jan

Miloš Tomić, Arvada Youth Pastor, Ordained to The Gospel Ministry

Arvada, Colorado … “We are blessed to have pastors in the Rocky Mountain Conference like Miloš, who put their heart and soul into ministry,” remarked Mickey Mallory, RMC ministerial director. His comment underscores the value of Seventh-day Adventist ministry and was made at the occasion of the ordination of Miloš Tomić, associate pastor of the Arvada church, January 18.

In the words of the newly-ordained pastor, “For me, this moment of my ordination was like Christmas morning on holy steroids. And I’m looking forward to opening my presents this year as God and I go on with this adventure of ministry.”

The ordination service was performed by Ed Barnett, RMC president, Eric Nelson, RMC VP for administration, and Mallory. Participating in the service were also fellow ministers, Gordon Anic, Arvada senior pastor, and Wayne Morrison, Brighton church pastor.

Commenting about the ordination, Ed Barnett said: “Miloš is an impressive young man, that God has obviously called to do pastoral ministry.  He is a blessing to the Rocky Mountain Conference and will soon be leading our downtown Denver Church plant along with his other pastoral duties at Arvada.”

Miloš is married to Jasmina, and, as he says, “Without her, I wouldn’t be half the pastor I am today. Growing up in a pastoral family, she was familiar with everything that came our way.” Barnett commented that Miloš wife “is a blessing in his ministry and we want to thank them for their commitment to God’s work. Praise God for such a powerful team.”

It was very apparent at the ordination service that Pastor Miloš has made a big impact on his congregation, especially the young people. Their testimonies expressed how God had used Miloš to help them in their walk with God.

The ordination service included sharing Miloš’ way into the Adventist ministry, and his early days, being raised in former Yugoslavia by atheist parents in an atheist society. “Ironically, my paternal great-grandfather was one of the pioneers of the Adventist movement,” he wrote in his biography, read during the service. Growing up among the church members in the extended family brought him back to the Adventist faith in the early 1990s, after his mother re-joined the church. She “found Christ in the Adventist church in 1992. By God’s grace, my father and I were baptized together in September of 1993.”

Miloš has been serving as a pastor for eighteen years, first in Serbia, and then was invited to serve as a youth pastor. “From the very beginning, God led me to focus on young people,” he said. After arriving in Arvada in 2006, “Pastor Gordon Anic put before me just one task: to organize a youth church.”

After a year, they had an average of 40 to 50 teens attending. “It was pretty clear to me what God wants me to focus on,” he concluded.

Commenting about his ordination service, he said that being ordained to ministry “was sure important to my parents. They’ve been waiting and asking about it for almost a decade and a half now,” Pastor Mallory added, “Pastor Miloš’ ordination service was a way of affirming God’s call in his life.”

Rajmund Dabrowski with Mickey Mallory; photos by Dicky Waworoedeng

23 Jan

Pueblo Angels Of Kindness Ministry Feeds Dozens Of Homeless Monthly

Pueblo, Colorado … Pueblo First Seventh-day Adventist’s Angels of Kindness program is serving a need for the less fortunate in Pueblo. On the second Sabbath of every month, a group of volunteers prepare a warm, fresh meal for those in need in the Pueblo area. They set up tables and chairs at the local Mineral Palace Park near the center of downtown and those that have fallen on hard times come to fellowship and enjoy a warm meal with our volunteers.

“Some 14 years ago, a church member had a dream to help the homeless population in Pueblo in some tangible way. He recognized that meals were not being served to the homeless on weekends, which left many of these individuals hungry,” said Christy Kraus, Pueblo church communication director. “This was also a population that was not easy to access as they tended to stay in the shadows of the community,” she commented.

In the last couple years, Calvin and Suzanne Bennett have taken leadership of this program. The ministry is run only by personal donations either in funds or food.

In addition to providing the hot meal, they hand out sack lunches, giving them another meal for later. The ministry provides clothing, sleeping bags, tents, backpacks, hygiene items and first-aid supplies. Once the “felt” need is met, volunteers share prayer and a listening ear, as well as Bibles and reading material.

“We average 60 people at each meal, sometimes reaching over 100. A few years ago; we realized there were so many in the community that might not be homeless, but still needed warm meals and assistance, so the name changed from feeding the homeless to “Angels of Kindness: where all are welcome”. We have families with little children, young adults trying to find their way and elderly individuals looking for food and fellowship,” Christy explains.

Pastor Anton Kapusi joined Pueblo First Church in the Spring of 2019 and was overwhelmed by how many church members meet in the park and by their responsiveness to this ministry.

“We need to do all we can to meet the needs of those hungry for warm meals, even if it means multiplying the ministry in other parts of the city and on other weekends,” Kapusi said.

We have seen so many miracles in this ministry, Calvin Bennett comments.  “Just like when Jesus fed the 5000, we have had times that we knew we didn’t have enough food and yet there is always enough. Being in Colorado, we never know what the weather will be like. We have experienced snow, rain and wind that miraculously ceased during the time we were serving the meal and then started up again when we were done,” he explained.

The church receives a permit from the Pueblo Parks and Recreation Department to provide this service and the Pueblo County Health Department continues to give us a permit, even though many other church groups have had theirs rescinded. Besides the blessing of helping others in our community, seeing God’s miracles, and spreading the love of Jesus; this ministry has strengthened church fellowship and some church members have become more active in the church. The ministry has also brought new individuals into our community of faith.

“We know that God is the power behind this mission and sharing his love is the motivation. Serving people in our community is a continual reminder that Heaven is our home and we are not there yet,” adds Christy Kraus.

Christy Kraus, text; photos by Anton Kapusi

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