May the joy of Christmas be
a gift you receive during this Season
when we are reminded
of Jesus' gift to each of us!
Increase in Tithing Reported to RMC Executive Committee » At the last 2018 meeting of the Rocky Mountain Conference, the Executive Committee heard the report that Conference gross tithe was up 7.74 percent. George Crumley, RMC VP for finance said that year-to-date over the prior year, tithe and RMC Advance offerings were down 2.79 percent when compared to 2017.
“RMC Advance offering has been trending down and we need to give emphasis to how that offering is utilized, which is to benefit the RMC exclusively in a number of areas, such as evangelism and education to name a few,” Crumley reported.
The committee members received the 2017 audit report issued by our outside auditors. The report included a clean opinion in regards to RMC financial operations.
The Conference treasurer also presented the October year-to-date Financial Statement noted that our bottom line is tracking close to what we budgeted for 2018, which was positive news.
Crumley presented the 2019 preliminary budget for the Conference. “This allows us to look ahead before we end the year to help us get an idea of budget challenges and possibilities,” he said. A revised budget will be presented at a February Executive Committee meeting.
A stewardship theme was part of the President’s report. He recognized the faithfulness of church members within the Conference.“We must continue to emphasize the importance of our generosity and the difference it makes for the mission and ministry of the church. The importance of being faithful to God is the theme of the special edition of Mountain Views on giving, just sent to our church members,” said Ed Barnett.
The committee voted to close the Common Ground Church in Colorado Springs as of December 31. The committee recognized a formal request voted by the remaining church members due to a decline in membership. They will put their resources and energy to work with other area churches.
Personnel changes in the youth ministries department were presented and voted. As reported in the NewsNuggets last week, the RMC Executive Committee voted to invite assistant youth ministries director Kiefer Dooley to become the youth ministries director for the Conference. Kiefer joined RMC staff the summer of 2016 as assistant camp director and then filled the position of assistant youth director in July of that same year.
Jessyka Dooley, current associate pastor for the Boulder Church, focusing on children and youth, ages 0-17, will fill the assistant director position. Kiefer and Jessyka married in October.
The next meeting of the Executive Committee is planned for February 20, 2019.
David Rodriguez Ordained in Westminster » David Rodriguez was ordained to the gospel ministry on Sabbath, December 15, at the Westminster Hispanic Church with every Hispanic pastor in the conference flanking him on the platform.
In a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, Rodriguez and his wife of six months shared stories from their background in Columbia and from their journeys to ministry. Sometimes funny, sometimes inspiring, the stories included the loss of David’s mother as a teenager and her “delicate and passionate work” as she nurtured him toward adulthood. Even in death, her influence lived on, influencing him to “bring Him all I am,” and to attend Adventist University (UNAC) in Medellin Columbia when he was 19 where he took theology.
He talked also about his ministry in Columbia and in the Rocky Mountain Conference, expressing his appreciation to Pastors Gordon Anic, Eric Nelson, and Orlando Maga
ña for their contribution to his ministry and growth.
“It was evident from his testimony that God has had His hand in his life, supporting and sustaining him,” said Eric Nelson, VP for Rocky Mountain Conference.
"I was pleased with the attendance from all the churches in Rodriguez' district, including Greeley Hispanic, Westminster Hispanic, and Pecos (Denver Hispanic)," said Ruben Rivera, “I felt the Holy Spirit was with us and sensed the support of the whole team with most of the Spanish pastors available to attend the ordination ceremony. It was nice to be able to express our feelings to him,” concluded Rivera.
After the service, church members shared tostados and hot chocolate.
-- Carol Bolden; photo by Jerene Nelson
MHA Alumni Return for Traditional Christmas Breakfast » At the Upper School traditional Christmas breakfast on the last day before Christmas break, MHA alumni returned for a visit and parent volunteers made
hundreds of pancakes that were eaten as fast as they came off the griddle. Current students welcomed them with big smiles and special handshakes as though they had never been gone. Sitting with teachers, alumni talked about their college classes and plans for the future. Easing back into the rhythm of MHA quickly and beautifully, no one could tell an alum from a current student from the outside.
“The teachers were a huge influence on my life, so I come back to see them," commented one alum.
-- RMCNews; photo by Agape Hammond
Women of the Manger Highlighted at Grand Junction Christmas Program » For weeks, women of the Grand Junction Seventh-day Adventist Church practiced in anticipation of the performances for Women of the Manger, a program highlighting the perspective of eight women surrounding the birth of Christ and how their experiences impacted their lives.
Campion Academy Students Enter into the Christmas Spirit »
In celebration of the twelve days of Christmas, Campion girls deans provided a series of treats for the girls who, in the midst of finals, needed a diversion. Junior student Beverly Onsoe said, "I love how they gave some nice complementary food which gave us the taste of Christmas."
For the ninth day of Christmas, the deans prepared an ornament decorating craft. Sophomore student Odalis Mata says, "It's been pretty fun! It's a good way to bond with the other girls as we were decorating ornaments together."
Junior student Adrianna Cambpell said, "I loved being able to interact with the girls, especially since I'm new here. I also liked being creative, not only in the halls, but with the ornaments. It was a great way to get ready for Christmas."
Scrambling to clean their rooms for Open House, the boys were motivated by the thought that this is the one event where the girls are actually allowed into their rooms. Christmas music played as the girls toured the rooms and, having never before seen the boys dorm rooms, they thought it was quite an experience. The boys had strung colored lights and mini Christmas trees and some offered candy.
Sydney Michalenko with Jessica Singon; photos supplied
Featured were Elizabeth, the mother of John, the mother of Joseph, the mother of Mary, the wife of a Wiseman, the wife of a shepherd, a daughter of the innkeeper, the wife of the innkeeper, and, of course, Mary, the mother of Jesus.
Many in attendance were brought to tears as they contemplated what it would have been like to be a part of the events surrounding Christ's birth.
Two performances, coordinated by Sandy Carosella and Sandi Adcox, both members of the Grand Junction Seventh-day Adventist Church, were held on Saturday, December 15 , one at the 11:00 a.m. worship service; the other at 7:00 .p.m. Some 355 people attended the two presentations, including many from the community.
-- Rachel Skaife with Sandi Adcox; photo by Ron Carrick
Heralds of Hope Chorale Will Hold Live Celebration of Bethlehem Story » An international mixed-voice chamber choir, the Heralds of Hope Chorale, will hold a live performance of the Bethlehem story at 6 p.m., December 22 at the Colorado Springs Central Church.
Formed in 2004, the group brings together musicians from eight or nine states to.perform classical and contemporary choral works in English, Spanish and Romanian.
Their Christmas Concert series, 13th Edition, will bring joyful worship to Prince Emmanuel, the One who more than 2000 years ago came as a baby to bring the Good news of Salvation to a lost humanity.
The Colorado Springs Central Church is located at 1305 N. Union Blvd., Colorado Springs.
Glacier View Ranch Given Norm Middag Award of Excellence » The Norm Middag Award of Excellence for 2018 was given to Glacier View Ranch at the Adventist Association of Camp Professionals (AACP), held this year at Camp Kalaqua Retreat Center in Hot Springs, Florida on December 1. GVR was one of three camps this year to receive the award in recognition of their accreditations, summer camp program, year-round programming and facilities.
Dan Hansen, director of camp ministries at Glacier View Ranch, and his wife Julia, GVR guest services, accepted the award, one of three, during the ceremony. The North American Division has a total of 67 camps.
“I feel very honored and grateful for the opportunities that God gives us in the camp ministries,” said Dan Hansen after a GVR board held at the Conference office. -- Carol Bolden; photo by Rajmund Dabrows
Daystar School: Lessons in History » What can we learn from history? This was the essential question for the recent Daystar Christian School’s project-based learning (PBL) assignment. After months of research, benchmark assignments, peer edits, rough drafts, college history guest lecturers, and lots of hard work, the students presented their projects at the Pueblo Lamb Library on December 12.
“I loved how we could learn about the past. It’s good we’re learning about the past so that we don’t repeat it,” said Katarina Black, 4th grader. Black did a project comparing her life to the life of girls in Pakistan. “I learned that we shouldn’t judge people without getting to know them first.”
The students presented their information on tri-folds and in essay form. Parents, church members, and community members came to support the students, but to also learn. They asked the students in-depth questions about their projects.
“The students all knew what they were talking about and presented the information very well. It was a pleasure seeing the students learn about the important history subjects that they picked out. They all seemed to enjoy presenting what they learned,” said Janet Vasquez, Daystar parent.
Michelle Velbis, Principal of Daystar said, “The students learned to appreciate their freedoms from this project and are more aware of how to be agents of change in their communities now. As Martin Luther King Jr. said, ‘History is a great teacher.’”
“I am so proud of these kids. Seeing them study a piece of history is so refreshing. They are learning how to better study and question our history and how we can better our future,” said youth pastor of the Pueblo First Church, JJ Martinez.
Adelita Marquez, a 3rd grader who did a project on the Trail of Tears, summed it up very well, “I learned that even though we might be different from other people, we should show them our best respect.”
-- Michelle Velbis, text and photo
25 Days of Christmas » Mile High Academy is counting down the 25 days of Christmas and inviting you to join. Each day, they will have a great idea for giving to Mile High Academy, but you can give toward anything you're passionate about -- student scholarships, teachers, classrooms, programs, etc. You can find out more by going to
10 Days of Prayer » Plan now for j10 Days of Prayer. This is a global church event. You can find everything you need to host 10 Days of Prayer at YOUR church at www.tendaysofprayer.org. Want to join in but a bit hesitant about leading out? We'll be happy to coach you and pray together with you! (call DeeAnn at 303-243-1172) RMC - LET'S PRAY!
Another Prayer Conference Opportunity» In addition to our weekly RMC prayer call that takes place at 6:30 a.m. Wednesdays, you are welcome to join another prayer call at 8:30 a.m. Sundays with Tammy Romero, prayer ministry leader at True Life Community Church. To join, call 669-900-6833 and key in the pin 541451286#. "Feel free to just listen or to join in praying," invites Romero, "and let's come before the throne."
Mile High Academy » Immediate openings are available for substitute teachers for all grade levels at Mile High Academy. Applicants should have experience working with children and be able to maintain a positive classroom environment while carrying out the teacher’s lesson plans in classrooms as assigned. High school diploma required. Bachelors or some college preferred. Days/hours are on an as-needed basis. For more information, please contact Brenda Rodie at 303-744-1069. For an application, send an email request to [email protected].
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.
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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