30 Sep


RMCNews – Denver, Colorado … “When I look at the Adventism of the future, I see Jesus.  I see a church that has fully embraced Him and fully embraced His Gospel,” Shawn Brace writes in his latest article for Mountain Views.

The fall issue, which is scheduled to start arriving in your mailbox next week, focuses on the topic of Adventism and Imagination.  What will Adventism look like in 5, 10, or 40 years?  What is our hope for the future?

The editors are hoping to stir conversation and a reevaluation of one’s self-identity in the Adventist faith. “We are a people of hope, walking always into the future. Imagination helps. When I close my eyes and look toward the Second Coming of Jesus, I turn my thoughts into a world of wonder–what it will be like in the future Jesus promised?” comments Rajmund Dabrowski, editor.

Mountain Views features, among others, include, “The Seventh-day Adventist Church in 2040”; “Jesus: The Future of Adventism”; “Imagine Transforming”; and a conversation with Doug Inglish, RMC vice president of administration, and his daughter Chelsea Inglish titled “We Know Our Ultimate Future.”

This is also the last issue of Mountain Views under the editorial leadership of Ed Barnett, RMC president who retired at the end of August.  The editors of Mountain Views look forward to working with new RMC president Mic Thurber on the next issue.

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On the Back Page we are challenged: “God gave you brains. Use them.” Read Mountain Views.

–RMCNews; photo supplied

30 Sep


RMCNews with IAANews – Grand Junction, Colorado … The classroom moved to the great outdoors during the final week of September when students from Intermountain Adventist Academy (IAA) and Delta Adventist School joined together to explore nature, rediscover pioneer tasks, bond with new friends, and have fun.

The week began early for IAA’s elementary students (K-4) on Sunday when they joined the Adventurer club and spent the afternoon on the Grand Mesa hiking around the lake and completing a scavenger hunt by finding algae, mushrooms, rose hips, currants, arthropods, and more. The day concluded with a trip around Beaver Lake in rowboats.

“It was an amazing time because I love God’s nature,” Mason, fourth-grader, expressed enthusiastically.

The fun learning experience continued the next day at the arboretum located at the Mesa County Fairgrounds. Two horticulturists from the Colorado State University Extension school program guided the group around the gardens. The students tried their hand at grinding corn and were only able to grind enough to make 1.5 corn muffins.

Reflecting on the skills they learned, Daniel, a second-grader, commented, “It was hard for people a long time ago because they used rocks to grind corn.”

Outdoor learning concluded for the elementary school on Tuesday, when they explored Cross Orchards Farm Historic Site in Grand Junction. Students toured the farm, learned some Colorado history, saw an old-fashioned, hand-cranked apple cider press, tasted some freshly-squeezed cider, and explored an old restored train.

“You get to go sightseeing to learn the things people might have used to work, live, and stay alive. I learned that you could ride in a train caboose that has seats that you climb a ladder to get to! I hope you can go there,” Gemma, fourth-grader said.

While the elementary students explored The Western Slope with day field trips, the middle school (5-8) joined Delta Adventist School for a retreat at New Beginnings Ranch in Norwood, Colorado.

They spent time learning about water ecology, examining life in a pond through the lenses of microscopes, picking up survival skills such as building a fire, going on hikes, and facedfacing the rock-climbing wall.

The boys were very gentlemanly as they slept outdoors in tents so the girls could enjoy the comforts of the cabins.

Joining the students on their adventure was Nathan Cranson, pastor of the Montrose church, who led the group in morning and evening worship, guiding them through Bible study on the topic of “In God We Trust.”

Reflecting on the event, a teacher commented that “this experience encouraged the kids to appreciate the outdoors, learn teamwork, and build a closer friendship with Jesus.”

— RMCNews with IAANews; photos supplied

30 Sep


By Rajmund Dabrowski … It was in Auschwitz, a Nazi concentration camp in southern Poland, where I met astonishment and anger, all at once. There, I learned the meaning of being available–to God–and he would help me to be available to others.

Auschwitz is a place where one’s own spiritual wonder would meet Maksymilian Kolbe, a priest who gave his life in place of a fellow prisoner. At the end of July 1941, three prisoners disappeared from the camp. Ten men mere picked to be starved to death in an underground bunker to deter further escape attempts. When one of the selected men, Franciszek Gajowniczek, cried out, “My wife! My children!”, Kolbe volunteered to take his place.

For nearly two decades I refused to go to Auschwitz. But a time came in the mid-70s that I was asked to assist the Adventist world church leader and translate for him as he laid a wreath at the wall of death. It was a solitary walk just within the perimeter of the camp where I spotted a piece of barbed wire, a leftover piece lying on the path. I kept it as a reminder of those tragic days when hatred for those who were different had a winning run.

It was at this sacred place, consecrated by the blood of the innocents where my uncle Anszel’s first wife and two small children perished. My personal wonder was fortified out of that context through a conversation I had with him, sitting in his hospitable home, having the best of home-cooked Jewish cuisine, and trying to unlock his thoughts. He said: I have forgiven the Nazis. One cannot forget the past completely, but its not me who should judge them. I dont want to talk about it.

In that moment, for me, the concept of forgiveness became a child of what it means to love. It was God forgiving me that put me on the road of following Him, no questions asked. And my Christian attitude is to be wherever my fellow sojourners in this world are. Many of them are strangers to you and me. They look different, yet are still seeking and wondering, “Who is this Jesus?”

 Will they see you and me as a people who are always ready to give all we have to save them?

–Rajmund Dabrowski is RMC communication director; photo by Rajmund Dabrowski

30 Sep


By Airi Nomura  — Loveland, Colorado … Fall arrived in typical Campion style on September 25. Students decked out in flannel, enjoyed hayrides, face painting, pumpkin pie, games, and karaoke at the annual student association fall party.

Karaoke was a favorite activity of the evening among the students. “It was definitely fun and very homey. I enjoyed karaoke the most, just singing with everybody all gathered around. It was nice because I didn’t feel self-conscious singing in the crowd,” Kloe, freshman, said.

The night included the highly anticipated announcement of the November banquet, which included a surprise plea from the stage when Camas, a student, thought it was good to ask for his date. “I asked Kylie, and I was very happy when she replied, ‘Heck yea.’ Overall, the fall party was a success, and I can’t wait to help with the next event.”

Even though they put a lot of work into the event, the student association officers took the time to enjoy the evening. “As an SA officer, I expected to be working all night, and I did, but what I didn’t expect was to have so much fun! SA had a blast setting up and had even more fun serving and helping,” Edward, student activities director commented.

Concluding the party, seniors gathered together on stage for the yearly tradition of singing “See You Again.”

“I really liked the fall party because of the time that I could chill with my friends and the pictures we took,” reflected Gabriel, senior. “These will be good memories that I will always remember because it’s my last year at Campion.”

–Airi Nomura, campion senior; photos by Josh Jackson

To view a student-produced video by Noah Sturges, please click here

30 Sep


By MHA News — Mile High Academy (MHA) hosted its annual Alumni Golf Tournament on Friday, September 24 at Plum Creek Golf Club. Located in Castle Rock, the golf course came alive with banter about the next hole-in-one, who’s been practicing and hellos of reconnecting friends.

“Playing in the MHA Alumni Golf Tournament is a fun way to support our school while enjoying a round of golf,” said Dr. Kris Fritz, golfer and MHA parent. “It’s great seeing the students, staff, parents, grandparents, and community members come together for a great cause every year.” Dr. Fritz’s wife, Dr. Tiffany Fritz, owns Piney Creek Family Dentistry and was a sponsor of this year’s golf tournament.

The golf tournament went ahead as scheduled even though MHA’s administration and board voted to move the school’s Alumni weekend to the Spring of 2022. And while the tournament was a little lighter on attendance this year, more than 30 players who came out to enjoy the beautiful weather. Congratulations to Andy Rockwood who won the $100 Putting Green competition and to the Castle Rock Adventist Hospital team for winning the tournament with 15 under par.

Littleton Adventist Hospital also sponsored this year’s event. Dany Hernandez, lead chaplain, reflected on the day by saying, “Littleton Adventist Hospital loves partnering with Mile High Academy for their annual golf tournament. Over the years, we continue to see the positive impact Mile High Academy makes, not only for the students that attend the school, but also to the community that we all care for.”

He continued, “The leadership at Mile High Academy puts on a fantastic event that brings together individuals who would otherwise not have the opportunity to be together. Most importantly, it helps raise funds for a great cause.”

MHA is currently planning for its in-person Alumni weekend celebration in April 2022. The weekend will kick-off with Grandparents Day on Friday, April 8 followed by Alumni Sabbath on Saturday, April 9 and the school’s Annual Auction at Topgolf on Sunday, April 10.

“Thank you to each golfer and sponsor who joined us this past Friday in support of Adventist education,” said Andrew Carpenter, MHA principal. “MHA is a close-knit community; one I am thankful to have joined. I appreciated the opportunity to make several new friends all while raising money for our school. God is here at MHA as we continue our mission of a Christ-centered education for not only this generation but for future generations to come.”

[This article was submitted by MHA News]

29 Sep


By Dustin Stegen — You want a snack but don’t want to go for those potato chips, ice cream, or granola bar. You see a large container of mixed nuts in your pantry. You have heard nuts have a lot of fat and calories in them. You’ve also heard you should avoid them because they will make you fat. Instead, you grab those potato chips as your afternoon snack.

There are numerous reasons why you should have gone for the mixed nuts over the potato chips. Sadly, nuts get a bad reputation. So, let’s set the record straight on nuts.

The term “nuts” encompasses a wide variety of foods. Dried seeds like hazelnuts, chestnuts, and acorns are considered nuts. More commonly, almonds, pecans, pistachios, walnuts, and Brazil nuts are what come to mind when considering nuts. Cashews are the product of a fruit called cashew apples. Peanuts are considered a legume due to the type of plant they come from. For this blog, we will be referring to the typical nuts you would find in a mixed nuts container, such as peanuts, cashews, pecans, almonds, Brazil nuts, and pistachios.

It is true nuts contain fat, calories, protein, and fiber, which doesn’t make them bad for you. They also contain essential unsaturated and monounsaturated fat like omega-3 and omega-6 fats. Nuts are a good source of vitamin E, vitamin B2, folate, and essential minerals such as phosphorus, potassium, copper, selenium, and magnesium. Obviously, nuts can be eaten separately and you are welcome to enjoy the benefits of that single type of nuts, but to get a wide variety of nutrients, a handful of mixed nuts will be beneficial.

Do your best to find raw and unsalted mixed nuts to avoid added calories and unnecessary sodium in your diet. If you do buy salted nuts, place the nuts in a colander and shake them to let the extra salt drop off the nuts to lower the amount of sodium in your mixed nuts.


Nuts are a versatile food also. When peanuts are made into peanut butter, it becomes a delicious spread perfect for adding nutrients and flavor to almost any dish. Almond butter and cashew butter are delicious as well.

Peanut butter has been shown to lower the risk of ischemic heart disease, overall cardiovascular disease, stroke in women, and all-cause mortality in a 2014 study published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The famous Adventist Health Study validated the relationship between eating nuts and whole wheat bread and the reduction of coronary heart disease.

The research also found that eating nuts one to four times a week lowered the risk of nonfatal heart attacks by 74 percent and lowered the risk of fatal coronary heart disease by 73 percent. Those are incredible percentages from just eating these delicious God-given foods. Please go read more about the Adventist Health Study if you want more information on how eating plant-based meals can improve your health.

I have no issue with people eating potato chips when they want to. Even your friendly dietitian eats potato chips when it’s the right time. But if you are looking for a healthy, protein and nutrient-packed food that will keep you full and that may improve your cardiovascular health, next time, reach for those raw and unsalted mixed nuts or nut butters.

— Dustin Stegen is a Registered Dietitian and lover of all things outdoors, cooking, and teaching others about living a healthy lifestyle and eating. He is the founder of Ten Times Better, LLC a nutrition consulting business that focuses on connecting faith and food. Photo by pixabay.

This article was originally published on Outlook Magazine website.

23 Sep


RMCNews with Dick Stenbakken – Farmington, New Mexico … The 150-member Piñon Hills Seventh-day Adventist Church in Farmington, New Mexico was front and center in the local community and surrounding area, September 7 – 11. They were initiators and sponsors of The Wall that Heals, a three-quarter-sized traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Lillian Clopine, church member, got the idea several years ago that sponsoring The Wall That Heals would be a positive way for Adventists to be involved in their community. She, and her husband, Bill, along with members of the Piñon Hills Seventh-day Adventist Church, applied to host The Wall That Heals as it traveled across the country. They were elated when the application was approved. The Wall did not travel in 2020, and few new applications were approved for 2021. In November 2020, they received word that they would be one of 37 communities across the United States where The Wall would be displayed in 2021.

The Clopines and the Piñon Hills church enlisted support from a wide range of local individuals and organizations. Jennifer Halphen, a church member and vice-chair of the Host Committee, was deeply involved from the very beginning and led site logistics. Soon, Gary Smouse, owner of the local Chick-fil-A, joined as the second Host Committee vice-chair. His meticulous planning helped bring in an additional Host Sponsor, the Blue Star Mothers of America New Mexico Chapter One.  Many community members and local businesses came forward to provide financial and other support.

“This event was both rewarding and humbling at the same time,” said Lillian Clopine. For her, as the chief organizer,“this event has clearly brought attention and increased visibility to the Piñon Hills Seventh-day Adventist Church.”

As community members, the church, and citizens, they wished to honor the veterans. They also desired “to sponsor an event that would serve the Four Corners in a meaningful way. I believe the Holy Spirit has guided us through this process, and these goals have been achieved,” Clopine added.

The Wall arrived in Durango, Colorado on the afternoon of September 7. An honor guard escort of more than 70 motorcycles assembled to accompany the Wall from Durango to Farmington. Vietnam veterans led the procession, followed by the 53-foot semi, which transportsThe Wall. The rest of the honor guard of motorcycles and vintage vehicles with flying flags, followed. Colorado State Patrol escorted the procession to the border where the New Mexico State Patrol took over the rest of the way to the San Juan College athletic fields in Farmington, where volunteers would assemble the Wall on the following day.

Dr. Dick Stenbakken, Chaplain (Colonel) U. S. Army, Retired, former Director of Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries at the General Conference, and a Vietnam veteran, spoke at the volunteer breakfast held at the Piñon Hills Adventist church on the day of The Wall’s arrival and was also the keynote speaker at the honors ceremony the evening of Thursday, September 9. The breakfast honored the many volunteers who were on site to assist those visiting The Wall for the duration of the event. The San Juan County sheriff’s office provided a 21-gun salute that echoed back from the large Wall following a bagpipe playing taps.

The Thursday evening Honors Ceremony hosted more than 850 people, including presentations by Rear Admiral Bruce Black, State Senator William Sharer, and Chaplain Stenbakken. The opening event closed with a spectacular, low-level helicopter fly-over from Kirtland Airforce Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico. They had received final approval from the FAA only 24 hours before their scheduled fly-over.

Saturday morning, a special Blessing Ceremony was provided by Navajo Nation representatives with more than 500 attending. The Navajo ceremony included the National Anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance in Navajo, Native American drummers, and a keynote speech by Myron Lizer, Vice President of the Navajo Nation.

Volunteers were at The Wall, even overnight, to help people locate specific names from the more than 58,200 names engraved on the Wall.

For Chaplain Stenbakken, the invitation to participate in the event brought memories from the past. “Being at The Wall was very personal for me,” said Stenbakken. “The name of a young man I met two days into my first pastoral assignment is there – panel 5-E, line 5. We corresponded regularly until he was killed in action. His face, his name, and his memory have never left me. I saw him off at the local airport, and I saw his flag-draped coffin return home to the same airport. When asked about representing the Seventh-day Adventist Church as an Army chaplain, his memory played a large part in my saying yes to that call and career.”

The semi-truck that transports The Wall opens to become a Mobile Education Center, which displays the history of the Vietnam war and the story of The Wall itself.  This Mobile Education Center is a traveling museum with artifacts from the war, items left at The Wall in Washington D.C., and digital displays honoring local Hometown Heroes.

This event was a unique way for the local Seventh-day Adventist church to lead a major community event for the entire Four-Corners region and is a testimony to what can be done with prayer, planning, and hard work. “Several Host Committee members expressed the conviction that they could see God’s hand throughout the process of preparing for this event and its success,” Clopine remarked.

It is estimated that more than 3,000 individuals visited the Wall while it was in Farmington. Local schools were also involved, and nearly 800 students visited and learned about this important part of American history.

Many Vietnam veterans who attended the programs expressed appreciation for being recognized for their service and this remembrance of people they knew whose names are engraved on the black stone of The Wall That Heals. The Wall also serves as a powerful reminder of Christ, who brings ultimate healing.

–RMCNews with Dick Stenbakken Chaplain (Colonel) U. S. Army, Retired, former Director of Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries at the General Conference, and a Vietnam veteran, photos supplied

23 Sep


By Love Pickle – Loveland, Colorado … Reminiscing about days gone by, 450 alumni returned to Campion Academy, September 18, where they spent the formative years of their youth, in order to reconnect with friends and classmates.

Alumni walked through their old hallways and witnessed the changes to the campus that have taken place over the years. Reflecting on the changes, especially the new pavement made in the past 70 years, Arlene Reeder-Russell, class of ’51, was filled with joy, “I am just thrilled with the changes. Everything that they have done has been marvelous. I like everything about alumni weekend, and I come almost every year.”

The Reeder Golf Classic began the weekend of activities, fellowship, and reconnections.  After the competition, alumni and students gathered to enjoy a time of socializing in the cafeteria while enjoying a meal prepared by the chefs of Campion Academy. The evening concluded with a vespers program featuring the Voice of Prophecy’s Discovery Mountain actors and an afterglow around the fire pit to sing praise songs and enjoy s’mores.

“It’s been ten years, but it feels like two. So much has happened in our lives, and it’s weird being back,” Jessica Montoya, class of ’11, commented.

The next morning Sabbath School featured a panel of staff alumni sharing their Campion experiences. Inductions to the Hall of Faith presented during the morning included Kathy class of ’72, Kevin Binder class of ‘73, and Kenneth Gregerson class of ‘71, who were recognized for their long-term dedication to the academy. The alumni of the year award was dedicated to H.M.S. Richards class of 1914.

The music department serenaded the attendees with student arrangements in handbells, orchestra, choir, and the select choir, Koinonia.

“It is just exciting. I was excited to come back and see all the staff and some friends who are still here. It is nice to see the fountain and that the picnic tables are back. It is nice knowing that the current students can have a better year,” said a fresh alumni, Nelly Salinas class of ’21.

Concluding the weekend was the highly competitive volleyball and soccer games pitting alumni against students, in which alumni dominated both matches.

–Love Pickle Campion senior; photos supplied

22 Sep


By Littleton Adventist News– Littleton, Colorado … To build community and a family atmosphere, Littleton Adventist church recently launched a new innovative program–monthly Friday vespers hosted in members’ homes.

The gatherings, called Alive, provide opportunities for different age groups–middle school, high school, young adults, and adults–a chance to enjoy a fellowship meal and worship time.  The two-hour informal gatherings begin with socializing, a chance to unwind from the week, and to work together as a team preparing the meal. After fellowshipping around the table, participants transition into a worship time planned by the host family.

Reflecting on the concept, Andy Nash, lead pastor at Littleton, explains that families are at the center. “We had seen home vespers programs done elsewhere, so we adapted the concept to our own setting.  Initially, we planned to just offer the program for middle schoolers, high schoolers, and young adults at Littleton, with families included as well.  But then the church board said, ‘Hey, why don’t we offer this for all ages, including adults?’”

He adds, “The heart of Alive home vespers is families. We want all generations in fellowship together.  We invite parents to attend with their middle schoolers and high schoolers. The informal fellowship in homes is very special—parents mingle in the kitchen, preparing supper while the kids run around.  Then everyone comes together for the meal and vespers program.  Then more mingling into the night.”

The first Alive vespers included 140 attendees. The young adult program was also attended by members from other front-range churches who had heard about the gathering and wanted to enjoy fellowshipping with other believers.

“It was good to be with friends that I knew and I even met some new friends. It was great to connect and worship together. It’s my dream that all of my friends are together, happy, laughing, sharing life with each other, holding and supporting each other, and loving and discovering more about Jesus. And that’s what this was like,” Mikey Archibeque, associate pastor of Denver South Adventist church said.

The community atmosphere is what many will remember about the evening they experienced.

“I like the community. Just to be able to sit next to each other and praise God, sing songs together.  That’s what I am taking home.” Flor Osorio, Littleton church member, said.

Tobias Rebant, who recently moved to Colorado and is a Littleton church attendee, echoed Flor’s comments.  “I’ve been part of many churches in my life, and the family atmosphere I experienced here is amazing. This is community.”

Community involvement is more than just one church gathering together explains Archibeque.  “It’s really important that our churches are all working together and sharing all of our strengths with each other. Sharing people, resources, and most importantly, being with each other and for each other. At this event I could feel the togetherness and unity of coming together as Denver South and Littleton and being a family, a Body, together worshipping, praying, and loving each other. God means us to be One, one church, one family, united in Christ. That’s what these events are all about because we are better together.”

Nash would like to encourage other pastors and leaders in RMC to provide space for fellowship and community to happen.  “Our best advice as pastors is to empower the members and families to take the lead.  We, as pastors, helped set things up, but then we turned it over to members to lead out.  The families host the gathering, rotating to different homes each month.  They also plan the potluck supper and the programming.  We are there to assist and speak if asked, but we prefer to see members and youth leading out.  For our first Friday evening vespers, I rushed around to three gatherings—and I ate at every one!”

–Littleton Adventist News; photos by Andy Nash and Jon Roberts.

22 Sep


By Angela Baerg – Collegedale, Tennessee … How do you plan a vespers program meant for fellowshipping, making new friends, and studying the Bible in an era where everyone is encouraged to hide behind masks, avoid hugs and handshakes, and stay six feet away from each other?  That was the question for vespers coordinator Natalie (Boonstra) Lilly, a senior public relations major from Loveland, Colorado when she assumed the role at Southern Adventist University, last fall.

Lilly had to think outside the normal concepts of worship and become a very different vespers coordinator than Southern had ever seen before. In addition to organizing speakers, musicians, and tech support, Lilly and her team worked hard to keep the students safe, implementing rigorous cleaning routines and other safety protocols.

“We were working hard to foster a worshipful atmosphere in spite of it all,” says Lilly. “In a time of chaos, I wanted people to have something that felt familiar.”

To keep students safe and reduce exposure to the pandemic, Southern moved vespers to an outdoor tent erected on the lawn of the Collegedale church with enough space for students to socially distance but not be confined to an indoor space.

Lilly knew how important it was to give people a chance to plug in and be part of the campus community even during the strange times the world was experiencing. A Colorado native and Loveland church member, she didn’t know many people when she arrived on campus in 2016.  She recalled her experience that year connecting with others by joining LifeGroups, those student-led groups designed for fellowship, study, and opportunity for students to connect with each other and with God in a small group setting.

“During my first year at Southern, it really helped me to meet people and make connections,” says Lilly. “I loved being part of a group of girls who read a book and prayed together. My favorite part was when we would write a note of affirmation for the person sitting next to us.”

In May 2021, Natalie graduated with a bachelor’s degree in public relations and became a communication intern at the Pennsylvania Conference.

“I feel well-prepared and excited for my new job and responsibilities,” she says. “This year was a challenge, but it was also full of growth. I’m so happy that my vespers team was able to give our students a way to worship together while still keeping them safe and helping our school stay open.”

–Angela Baerg is a Southern Adventist University alumna with a history major, currently working as a preschool teacher in Chattanooga, Tennessee; photo supplied

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