RMC Pathfinder Bible Experience Teams Continue Onward and Upward » 27 Captains...27 Scribes...27 Teams...and hundreds of spectators from six conferences filled the College View Church sanctuary on February 16 in Lincoln Nebraska to spend the afternoon testing their Bible knowledge. Three teams from the Rocky Mountain Conference participated at the Mid-America testing level--something that has not happened in a few years.
Leading up to each testing, participants spent hours memorizing biblical verses and chapters and, in some cases, the entire book. This year's testing on the book of Luke and the Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary presented 90 timed questions. The results, after two hours of testing, was a first-place finish by the Loveland Cougars (Campion) and Denver South Trailblazers followed by Las Aguilas with a respectable second place finish.
The first-place finishers will now move on to the North American Division testing held in Rockford, Illinois on April 27.
Please keep these dedicated young people in your prayers as they continue to study God's Word, hiding it deep within their hearts.
Campion Academy Orchestra Attends 66th Annual MAU Music Festival » Freezing 0° F temperatures, a result of the polar vortex, didn't stop Campion students from playing music as orchestra students spent a grueling 48 hours practicing challenging music for the 66th annual Mid-America Union Music Festival held at Union College. Although the two practice days were extremely intense, it was an exciting opportunity for students to learn from college professors and be challenged by difficult music. By Friday night, shoulders and lips were worn out from hours spent practicing.
-- Phyllis Zimmerman, text and photo
MHA/VBS are Uganda Bound » Over Spring Break, fourteen Mile High Academy students will head to Uganda on a mission trip to share God's love with Uganda's children through a Vacation Bible School program.
This student-led project is part of a middle school Real World Learning class that will go live in Uganda. Students are developing curriculum, readying songs and stories, assembling materials needed for crafts, and carefully packing it to take with them to Uganda.
In preparation, the students are practicing their VBS program on MHA's preschool and kindergarten students. Facilitated by their teacher, Mrs. Christina Hernandez, students learn the art of enthusiastic storytelling, collaborate on song leading, and adjust the curriculum where needed, making it just right for their audience of discerning little ones.
Eighth grader, Otim, is quick to point out that VBS is going to be an “awesome experience for the kids in Uganda.” He’s also anxious to use the teaching he’s learned on his real audience.
One Uganda-bound 8th grader, Braden, said, “It has been a humbling experience to learn that what I have taken for granted is going to be so exciting for the kids when we get to Uganda.”
-- Agape Hammond; photo by Claudia Morales
All of their hard work paid off on Saturday night when they performed at the College View Church.
"I liked getting to meet kids from other schools, and to learn more about percussion," Freshman Ula Matangi commented."
To view the performance, visit www.ucollege.edu/live.
-- Sydney Michalenko; photo supplied
Wyoming Winter Retreat Features Spiritual Renewal and Recreation » Overflowing with every element of "home" -- fun, fellowship, friendship, and faith, Wyoming Winter Retreat did not disappoint during its 31st annual retreat held at Mills Spring Ranch in Casper, Wyoming the weekend of February 16. Family, and friends joined together in spiritual renewal and winter recreation.
More than 60 people drove up Casper Mountain for this Christ-centered retreat, some from as far away as Farmington, New Mexico.
Guest speaker, Pastor Henry Johnson, Associate Director of Youth Ministries at the Carolina Conference, presented a series on coming home to the Father’s house. Using an interactive and engaging teaching style, Johnson often asked questions of the audience and occasionally involved actors, also from the audience, to help illustrate biblical stores.
Along with the spiritual aspect of the retreat, attendees enjoyed snowmobiling, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and loads of fresh snow at 8000 feet.
Liz Cornett and Tom McDonald, along with other volunteers, used their passion and dedication to make the retreat a success. If you enjoy camping and winter activities, join them next year for this annual event.
Mark your calendars and bring your friends and family to Winter Retreat at Mills Spring Ranch in beautiful Wyoming on February 14-26, 2020.
-- Gabriela Vincent and Brent Learned, text and photos
Chinese Students At Campion Academy Hold Lunar New Year Celebration » Chinese students at Campion gave the student body a glimpse into Chinese culture through a Lunar New Year celebration on Saturday night, February 16 .
International students Canson, senior; Rain, junior; and Ensen, junior, inspired clapping and cheering during their performance of a a Chinese song with Kung Fu shows.
Presented with Chinese culture trivia questions, the student body attempted answers and were given prizes when they were correct. “I enjoyed the live Chinese songs in the chapel," said Samantha Hodges, a new sophomore. "it was rare and exciting for us to listen to live performances in another language. It was really cool." Hodges has shown great talent for learning Chinese and was able to say, “Happy New Year,” in Chinese, or “Xin Nian Kuai Le.” She won a prize for the last trivia question.
The evening featured badminton and ping-pong games, popular sports in China. Art tables were set up for students who wanted to decorate traditional opera masks or fans. Kevin Perez, a sophomore, expressed his enjoyment, “I drew some cherry blossoms on the Chinese traditional fan. It looked really nice.” He also expressed that the Chinese New Year party has been one of his favorite events of the year. The gym was full of laughter and the sounds of students singing karaoke in multiple languages.
The night ended with colorful fireworks, symbolizing success in the new year ahead.
International Club sponsor, Jill Harlow, helped Chinese students organize this event. “It was not stressful for me because the Chinese students are talented and trustworthy, and I know I can count on them,” she said. “The students went above and beyond expectations."
-- Susan Wang; photo supplied
FEJA Kicks Off the Year with Spiritual Programming and Basketball Tournament » The Rocky Mountain Conference Hispanic Youth Federation (FEJA) was very busy last weekend. In a meeting with all Hispanic youth leaders on Saturday, February 16, FEJA shared a vision for their two-year term from 2019 to 2020 and reviewed the upcoming event calendar. Fulfilling one of the most pressing items on the agenda, Jefferey Chavez from Greeley Hispanic Church accepted the role as Treasurer and Aaron Melendez from Grand Junction Hispanic Church accepted the role as Vice-President.
About 80 youth and adults from various churches gathered at Nueva Esperanza Church in Aurora for an evening AY program during which, Dennis Magaña, who travelled from Montrose to give a compelling message to the youth, encouraged them to strengthen their relationship with Christ.
More than 100 youth, along with their families, fathered at the Brighton Church gymnasium on Sunday, February 17, for a basketball tournament. Beginning at 9:30 a.m., the eight teams--Boulder, Brighton Hispanic, Denver South Hispanic, Grand Junction Hispanic, (1&2), Longmont, Montrose Hispanic and Toon Squad--played through the morning and into the early afternoon. Grand Junction, Team #1 placed second. "This was the first time anyone from Grand Junction has ever come to a FEJA event,” commented Aaron Melendez, Youth Director for Grand Junction Hispanic. “We wanted our youth to have an opportunity to get to know other youth from the Rocky Mountain Conference. We brought 13 youth and they’re looking forward to the next event.” The first place title went to the Longmont team led by Samuel Lopez Morquecho, who mused, “While we weren’t representing a specific church, most of our team is from the Longmont area. We had a good time.”
Cecy Chavez, president of FEJA, was delighted with the outcome of the weekend. “I am very happy with the [leadership team] we have. I know with the help of God these two years are going to be great.”
For more information about FEJA, visit www.rmscda.org/hispanic. For inquiries, e-mail Vanessa Rivera, Public Relations Director, at [email protected].
-- RMCNews; photo supplied
Some years ago I heard a trivia contest on a local radio station. They asked, “Children do this over 300 times per day and adults less than 12 – what is it?” I instantly grabbed my cell phone dialed in and said “laugh.” Please don’t ask me what I won – I can’t remember.
I have long held the belief that we as a nation do not laugh enough, or sleep enough and that we are paying a steep price for those deficiencies. I can’t help you with the sleep issue other than to urge you to give it serious consideration. A continuous lack of regular sleep will have numerous negative impacts on your ability to function well in life.
As for laughing more, I do have some thoughts to share, especially regarding the workplace. While work should never be all fun and no work, all-too-often it is all work and no fun. That, I propose, is also a mistake. Numerous studies tell the same story--that businesses where employees enjoy each other are the most productive and profitable.
Please don’t go too far with what I am saying. Humor, fun, and laughter alone will likely not automatically transform a workplace, especially when such has been lacking for a while. But often laughter is the quickest way to get people working together instead of against each other. It is difficult to harbor ill will or a grudge against someone with whom you share a good laugh.
Just in case you’re not yet convinced that laughter should be a regular component of your workplace and your life, dd you know that:
Laughter releases endorphins (a chemical ten times more powerful than the pain-relieving drug morphine) into the body with the same exhilarating effect as doing strenuous exercise?
Every time you have a good hearty laugh, you burn up 3.5 calories? How’s that for a weight loss program?
Laughing increases oxygen intake, thereby replenishing and invigorating cells. It also increases the pain threshold, boosts immunity, and relieves stress?
Other benefits of laughter are:
It can lower blood pressure. It gives a workout to the diaphragm and abdominal, respiratory, facial, leg, and back muscles.
It reduces certain stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline. It increases the response of tumor- and disease-killing cells such as Gamma-interferon and T-cells.
It helps to defend against respiratory infections–even reducing the frequency of colds–by immunoglobulin in saliva.
It increases memory and learning. In a study at Johns Hopkins University Medical School, humor during instruction led to increased test scores, improved alertness, creativity, and memory.
While I do not consider myself to be the expert on how to laugh and enjoy work more, I know of someone who is. Check out Andrew Tarvin sometime. He is the author of Humor that Works: 501 Ways to Use Humor to Beat Stress, Increase Productivity, and Have Fun at Work. In this easy-to-read book, you will find a plethora of ideas to liven up your workday experience. Not all will be appropriate for your particular situation, but I’m confident you will find several good ideas to choose from.
I personally recommend you take some time to check out Taylor Mason, Mark Lowry, Ken Davis or Jeff Allen on You Tube. All provide a great deal of family-friendly humor. I dare you to watch Wafflely Wedded Wife, especially with others and not laugh.
Life is hard sometimes. Especially in my area, there are many individuals and families who are struggling mightily with the downturn in the oil and gas industry. Thomas Paine, a founding father of our nation, said: “These are times that try men’s souls.” We could justly the use of that quotation today to describe our present predicament.
And yet, in the midst of strife and difficulty, we do still have much to celebrate and for which to be thankful. I often challenge attendees in my workshops to think back over the past six months and consider the worst day they can remember. I then ask them to consider how many billions of people on our planet would have gladly traded places with them on that dreadful day. An honest answer would have to be billions, and billions of them would gladly have given you their problems if you were to take theirs. That is not to say that your problems are therefore meaningless because others have it worse. Misery is certainly not a competition. But it does help to keep things in perspective now and then.
I am confident that laughter can be a healthy component of any relationship or workplace, no matter what state it might presently be in. So I’ll close with words from the world’s most influential man – stay laughing my friends.
To add your name to my weekly mailing list please send me an e-mail at [email protected] com or visit www.PlayNiceInYourSandbox.com.
-- Ron Price
For more information visit www.productiveoutcomes.com or send an e-mail to [email protected] or call Ron at 505 324-6328.
Don Reeder February 23 Campion Church
LeeLee Dart March 9 The Adventure
Daniel Birai March 23 Fort Collins
TOWN HALL MEETINGS
Casper Church Sabbath, March 30
Denver South Church Sunday, March 31 (new)
Grand Junction Church Sabbath, April 6
Pinon Hills Church Sunday, April 7
Campion Church Sabbath, April 13 (new)
Colorado Springs Central Church Sunday, April 14
All Town Hall meetings begin at 6 p.m.
Native American -- La Vida Mission, April 26-28, Speker: Ed Barnett
NE Colorado -- June 7-8, Speaker: Dan Jackson
Cowboy -- Location TBA, July 10-14, Speaker: Ed Barnett
Wyoming -- Casper, July 16-20; Speakers: Ron Halvorsen Jr. (adults); Joe Martin (youth).
Western Slope -- Montrose -- July 31-August 4, Speaker: Pastor Rodney Palmer, undergrad teacher at Andrews University
Hispanic Camp Meeting -- Glacier View Ranch -- August 30-September 2.
Discovery Mountain VBS Debuts Next Month » The Voice of Prophecy’s first Discovery Mountain Vacation Bible School is nearly here! Visit this page to learn more about Rescued: Safe in Jesus, and watch a sample music video—filmed on location at Glacier View Ranch. And check out ongoing new episodes of the Discovery Mountain podcast as Season 8, called “Seeds of Change” continues this week.
Denver South Church » "Fully Alive: A Practical Approach with Jesus as the Catalyst" is taking place at Denver South Church February 22-23 with Daniel and Patsy Towar, RN, BSN. Dan is a retired evangelist and pastor and loves sharing the Good News with his audiences. Enjoy inspiring music and health nuggets.
Friday, Feb. 22, 6:30 p.m. - "Addicted to the Wrong Movie"
Saturday, Feb. 23, 11 a.m. - "Battle Ready"
Dwayne Lemon to Preach in Area Churches » Dwayne Lemon, director of Bible-based ministry, Preaching, Teaching, and Healing, will speak at three churches in Denver February 22 and 23. Helping people have a real, dynamic, and fully-consecrated life in Jesus is his greatest desire..
Denver West Church: 7 p.m., Friday, February 22. The church is located at 290 S. Quitman Street, Denver.
Golden Church: 9:30 and 11:00 a.m., Sabbath, February 23. Fellowship meal to follow. The church is located at 3101 S Golden Road, Golden.
Lakewood Fellowship Church: 4 p.m. Sabbath, February 23. Sale items available after sundown. The church is located at 8001 W. 23rd Avenue, Lakewood.
Colorado Springs Central » Colorado Springs Central is hosting pastor and Bible teacher Karen Lewis on Sabbath March 2 for a three-part seminar entitled Practical Steps for Sharing Your Faith. She will speak for the main service at 11:00 a.m. and then for two more sessions in the afternoon beginning at 1:30 p.m.. Topics will include Being a Visitor Friendly Church, Sharing Christ Day by Day and Discipleship and Bible Studies Made Simple. Karen is the author of the popular set of Bible studies Lifting Up Jesus and is a highly sought after speaker and authority on the subject of giving Bible studies and sharing Jesus in practical, non-threatening ways. A free lunch is provided after the 11:00 a.m. service. Central church is located at 1305 N Union Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO. 80909.
Denver South Church » HANDEL’S MESSIAH is coming to Denver South Church at 7 p.m., Sunday, March 3 with Colorado Young Sinfonia, including Basil Vendryes, conductor; Christie Conover, soprano; Sarah Barber, alto; James Baumgardner, tenor; Steven Taylor, baritone; and Kenny Orr, organ. Admission is $10 at the door. Call 720-371-4145 for more information or visit ColoradoYoungSinfonia.org.
Children's Ministries Training » Children's Ministries training and certification, offered in English and Spanish, will take place March 15-16 at Westminster Hispanic Church. Friday's meeting runs from 7 - 8:45 p.m.; Saturday's training runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Norma Rocio Rojas is the guest speaker for the English class. Ana Maria Benzaquen is the guest speaker for the Spanish class. Both are official trainers from the North American Division of Children's Ministries. Register at https://www.rmcsda.org/childrens-ministries. Registration deadline is March 4.
For more information, email Patty Rivera at [email protected]
The church is located at 7979 Meade Street, Westminster CO 80030.
Vacation Bible School Training » A free VBS training will take place on March 16 at Westminster Hispanic Church from 5-6:30 p.m. Jamit Kingdom will give kids the opportunity to have fun exploring an African savanna while making friends and learning how we are all part of God's big family. Register by visiting https://www.rmcsda.org/childrens-ministries. Westminster Hispanic Church is located at 7979 Meade Street, Westminster 80030.
Rocky Mountain Music Festival » Students in grades 5-8 are invited to participate in Campion Academy's annual Rocky Mountain Music Festival March 23-24 featuring choir, handbell choir, and a string orchestra. Don't miss this opportunity to join together with other young musicians across our Union to further hone your musical talents and join together to praise God. The deadline for online registration is Friday, March 1. Register for Music Fest
The Mountains are Calling! » All women and teen girls (13-17) are invited to attend Cozy Mountain Lodge Women's Retreat April 6-7 at Hampton Inn in Buffalo, Wyoming. For more information and registration, go to www.rmcsda.org/women.
Academy Days at Campion Academy » Are you or someone you know interested in potentially attending Campion Academy? Academy Days is designed to give prospective 7th-11th grade students the opportunity to visit classes, stay a night in the dorm, eat cafeteria food, tour the campus, make some new friends and just get a feel for academy life.
This year’s Academy Days is scheduled for April 12-13. All visiting local students are asked to arrive on Friday, April 12 at 8:00 a.m. Students traveling from a distance are asked to arrive on Thursday, April 11 between 6-8 p.m.
“He knows me by name” is the theme and will feature Virtual Reality station games, an ice cream outing, awesome mixers, games and tons of food. Can’t wait to meet you! Academy Days Registration Page
Revive Us Again Prayer Conference » Please join us April 19-21 for the Revive Us Again Prayer Conference featuring Pavel Goia, author of One Miracle After Another, editor of Ministry magazine, associate Ministerial Secretary of NAD, and great advocate of prayer. You can find more information and registration availability at www.rmcsda.org/prayer or by contacting [email protected]
The Beach is Calling! » All women and teen girls (13-17) are invited to attend our Anchored in Christ Women's Retreat April 26-28 at Glacier View Ranch. We'll have workshops and gatherings especially for teens sponsored by the Youth Department. Don't miss it! Follow the link at www.rmcsda.org/women to register.
Glacier View Ranch » GVR is seeking a qualified applicant to fill a full-time, food service coordinator position in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Applicants should have a passion for camp ministry, ability to manage a kitchen, and experience cooking for large groups (200+) in a commercial/cafeteria environment. For additional information regarding job duties and position requirements and information about how to apply, see the following posting on the RMC website: http://www.rmcsda.org/hr-foodservicecoordinator. You can also contact Dan Hansen, Camp Ministries Director, for more information.
AdventHealth University » The Denver site of AdventHealth University seeks a Nursing faculty member to teach full-time. Qualified person with an MSN, DNP/PhD in Nursing preferred. Simulation experience and Med/Surg practice background prreferred. To apply, visit www.adventhealthcareersgreaterorlando.com and search for Job #274310. This position is located in Denver adjacent to Porter Adventist Hospital.
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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