Church Growth and Stewardship Emphasized at RMC Executive Committee » Reporting on the state of the church in the Rocky Mountain Conference, RMC administrators shared encouraging news that church membership has increased to more than 18,500, an increase of more than 500 new members over the previous year. Eric Nelson, VP for Administration and until recently, coordinator of evangelism, also reported that “Revelation Speaks Peace” evangelistic outreach in Denver concluded with more than 150 decisions for baptism.
“The conference would like to express appreciation for the Voice of Prophecy’s Shawn Boonstra and his team, for conducting the series from January 5 through February 3,” Nelson said. He added that, “pastors of the nearly 30 churches in the Denver area say that “more [baptisms] will come as follow-up with interested guests continues.”
Reviewing the statistics, Nelson reported nearly 2,000 Bible study interests within the Denver-metro area. More than 800 of them attended the meetings. In the early days of the outreach 60 percent guests and 40 percent members were present. More than 450 members from 30 churches volunteered to staff the meetings as greeters, ushers, registrars and other services for the guests. “They came nightly with smiles and infectious warmth to all who attended,” Nelson commented. Currently, there are nearly 200 individuals who have made decisions for baptism, and many of the churches have 400-600 names to follow up.
“There was also a revival among members seeing Christ transform their own lives and the guest’s lives as well as the Ellie Caulkins staff who could often be seen listening inside during the meeting time,” Nelson added.
The committee was informed that total tithe for 2017 was $16,347,828, which was a 1.77 percent increase over 2016 tithe. Base tithe, which excludes windfalls, was up .65 percent. George Crumley, VP for finance said, “It is important that we have a strong base tithe since it is off of that number that we budget the subsequent year.” He also stated that overall “we were pleased with the positive increases in both areas since 2016 had been a 53-Sabbath year and many times, the year that follows results in a negative tithe. With final adjustments to our 2017 Operating Financial Statement, we anticipate to show a bit of an operational increase.”
The 2018 Revised Budget was also presented. According to Crumley, “even though we were budgeting off of a slight increase in base tithe from 2017, it was not sufficient to provide enough of a base to balance our budget without some assistance from our Medical Reserve Fund. For 2018, RMC is relying on $159,628 from that fund.”
Crumley said that, “if indeed our performance during 2018 is better than budgeted, we will return part or all of those budgeted funds to our reserve. This is not something we would want to do on an ongoing basis, but it does allow us to preserve employment levels at this time without needing to make immediate adjustments.”
The committee was also informed that the Adventist Book Center closed the year with an unaudited decrease in operations of around $31,000. The RMC ABC has consistently shown an increase in operations for years. The ABC is facing numerous challenges due to changing market dynamics that have been evolving over the last number of years. The inventory and expenses have been managed carefully, but have been challenged on the revenue side, according to Crumley. “But moving forward, we will be looking at ways to strengthen the revenue side of operations.”
Referring to the most current data, Crumley said the RMC tithe report for January showed a 5.34 percent gain over last year. “This is a strong start to the new year,” he commented.
Newday Christian Seventh-day Church pastors, David Kennedy and Edwin Vargas, shared an update on the progress of the downtown Denver church plant, located in the diverse community of Five Points. Kennedy informed committee members of the official launch date of March 31, and noted that several guests from the community are attending their services. Benchmarks were voted to measure the church’s success over the next three years. These include targets for attendance, stewardship, and impact on the community.
The committee also discussed the current situation with the Student Literature Evangelism Program. The RMC constituency voted for the conference to fund the LE program, with the conference budget setting aside $150,000 annually for this purpose.
“The success of the current program has very much depended on the vision and experience of working with the youth under the leadership of Joe Martin. He has announced his retirement this year and the conference understands the importance of finding a new leader that will have the passion to develop and run a quality, spiritually led program which aims to be a blessing to the students as well as to the communities that are reached,” said Nelson. He informed the committee that the conference would continue with an update as the search progresses.
The Executive Committee voted to establish a Stewardship Committee. During the RMC constituency meeting in July, the conference was requested to establish a stewardship committee to be tasked with looking for ways of encouraging faithfulness in returning tithes and offerings.
The focus of the committee includes brainstorming ideas to motivate, educate, equip and inspire church members in their faithfulness to the Lord with their tithes and offerings; evaluating the flow of tithe; and functioning as a positive tool to educate and encourage our members in their stewardship journey. It was voted to adopt a plan for the nine-member committee to function for two years, meet no less than twice a year, and report to the Executive Committee.
Eric Nelson also reported that the Casper church welcomes Shawn Vincent as their new pastor beginning March 1. A pastoral position for the Cortez church is open, and Denver South is interviewing an associate in the near future.
Rocky Mountain Pathfinder Bible Experience Teams Advance » For the first time ever two Pathfinder Bible Experience teams from the Rocky Mountain Conference are advancing to the North American Division level in Orlando this April.
The Campion Church Loveland Cougars and Aurora Hispanic Church Las Aguilas (Eagles) joined twenty-two other Pathfinder Bible Experience teams on February 17 in Lincoln Nebraska, to test their knowledge against 90 questions on the books of Esther, Daniel, and the SDA Bible Commentary for both books.
For more than two hours, each team put their heads together to recall answers for one-point true/false questions and 6-8 point fill-in-the-blank questions requiring complete recall. Both teams scored 90 percent or above to qualify for a first-place finish allowing them to move on to the North American Division level.
The NAD is the highest level of testing for the teams where as many as 100 teams from across the United States and the United Kingdom come together to compete. For the first time, the Las Aguilas team made it past the Mid-America Union level. It is the fourth time for the Cougars.
"As exciting and rewarding as placement at this level is, the real excitement and satisfaction is leading a team through God’s Word and watching them grow in wisdom, statue, and favor with God," shares Phyllis Zimmerman, team coach.
Zimmerman believes that the primary reason all teams across the Rocky Mountain Conference should participate is not only for the fun, comradery, discipline, confidence and skills that the Pathfinder develops from the process of study, but for the love and excitement that both coach and players obtain for the Word of God and His working in the lives of His people at that period of history (Daniel and Esther) and today (you and I). "It is the ultimate reward to ignite a love for the Word of God. We encourage and invite other Pathfinder Ministries to join in this experience" Zimmerman emphasizes.
-- RMCNews with Phyllis Zimmerman; photo of Pathfinders representing the winning teams by Phyllis Zimmerman
Mile High Academy and Loma Linda University Hold Live Webinar Session » Mile High Academy students and teachers, along with Rocky Mountain Conference partners, participated in a Loma Linda University live webinar dedicated to STEM (Integrated Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and EXCEED (Excellence in STEM Experiential Education) on February 13.
Session speakers included upper-school teacher, Brian Howard, and IT director, Tyler Rettler.
During the webinar, students were exposed to the prosthetics work being carried out at Loma Linda University using 3-D printing to create the prosthetics and orthotics. The importance of math within science and engineering was also emphasized.
Other speakers included Leroy Oddie who shared his work at Myomo, a company that empowers individuals with a neuromuscular condition who have lost movement in a hand and arm to perform activities of everyday life, and what he does at Loma Linda University with prosthetics; and Chris DeKay, RAFT representative, explained what RAFT (Resource Area For Teaching) in Denver has to offer. RAFT's mission is to empower educators with affordable resources to build their student's minds through hands-on learning. See their website at www.raftcolorado.org
Within the context of Real World Learning, students were introduced to Loma Linda University’s work in prosthetics and orthotics. They also discussed the importance of STEM in future careers. Lastly, they gained a valuable resource in RAFT, which they can apply to future classroom projects and even outside projects.
This is just the beginning of a partnership between the Denver community and Loma Linda University that has the potential of connecting students with their futures.
-- Agape Hammond
Campion Academy Basketball Teams Give it Their All at Union College Basketball Tournament » Campion Academy's Cougars anticipated going to the Union College Basketball Tournament all season and overcame many obstacles along the way. Whether in sickness or in health, the Cougars put in serious work in practice as well as in their studies this season.
Both the Cougars and Lady Cougars fought until the end, along with nine other sister-schools at tournament, making it as far as semifinals.
“It’s always a fun time when tournament comes around, not only to play sports, but to reunite with people from other schools,” said Isaac, senior and team captain.
Isaac’s comment summarizes the way many students feel about tournament and the thrills it has to offer. Basketball Tournament at Union College is always a memorable time for the Cougars, and for many, is associated with teamwork, trust, and character building. The 2018 tournament was extremely competitive, yet still full of love and Christian spirit.
“The pure energy of tournament challenges you to trust your teammates and grow together in Christ,” said Cesar, senior and team captain.
-- Text by Tommy Eickmann; photo courtesy of Union College
Fort Collins School and Church Hold Community Valentine's Outreach » In early February, the Fort Collins Church and Fort Collins Christian School began planning a Valentine’s community outreach project. A new campus to accommodate both facilities is being built on Timberline Road in Fort Collins with a projected move-in date in April. A Valentine’s outreach was seen as a wonderful opportunity to promote the school and meet community residents.
Students from the Fort Collins Christian School made 100 Valentine cards to share God’s love with the community. The church Women’s Ministry and youth group also joined to make beautiful Valentine cards for this project. One Fort Collins Seventh-day Adventist Church family, the Phillipses, lead out in this project by putting together the Valentine cards, loading bags with goodies, and preparing maps of the neighborhood for students and parents who visited the homes.
Students and teachers prayed for the people in the surrounding community every morning for two weeks before the event, asking that God would touch the hearts of residents.
On Valentine’s Day the weather was perfect. Students, parents, teachers, and church members gathered after school to visit 96 homes around the new church and school, meeting the residents and sharing God’s love. Valentine bags were left at the doors of residents who were not home. Residents were surprised at this gesture and expressed their appreciation. One person who was not home at the time called the Fort Collins Christian School principal to thank her for the card and gift. She expressed her surprise at seeing a bag at her door and noted how impressed she was to see a Valentine card with a message of God’s love.
In addition to the Community Outreach Project on Valentine’s Day, Fort Collins Christian School students also visited a local nursing home during lunch time to play bells, sing songs about God’s love, and pass out 50 Valentine cards to the residents and workers. The people at this facility were touched and it was evident that their day was brightened.
Both projects were so successful that the school and church are planning to do more community outreach on other holidays during the year. -- Text and photo by Keiko Breese
Music Festival to Feature Best in RMC » Students from across the Rocky Mountain Conference will join together at Campion Academy for music clinics Thursday and Friday, March 22 and 23 to prepare for a sacred and secular concert on Saturday, March 24.
The festival will highlight choral, orchestra, and handbell music under the direction of three local clinicians. Clinton Anderson (top), assistant music teacher at HMS Richards School, will direct the Festival choir. Miki Shockley (middle), director of Amadeo Music School in Loveland, returns to direct handbells, and Yves Clouzet (bottom), music director at Campion Academy and festival organizer, will direct the strings orchestra.
The Sabbath morning church service and sacred concert will take place at 11 a.m. in the Campion Academy gymnasium. The secular concert will begin in the evening immediately following vespers at 7:00 p.m.
A special addition to this year’s festival is a Sabbath afternoon concert by violinist Jaime Jorge. Jaime travels the world sharing the ministry of music and will perform at 2:30 p.m. in the Campion Church.
The Rocky Mountain Conference Music Festival is a highlight for many students across the conference. -- Text and photos provided by Sandy Hodgson
Arvada Church Adds New Members, More Media » Arvada Church closed their books for 2017 with more than 30 baptisms and began 2018 with more baptisms, including several in preparation.
The Sabbath worship is generally tightly packed even after updating the sanctuary to create more room. Beginning Sabbath, February 24, Arvada will hold two services at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. The early service will present a country gospel vibe, interactive Bible reading and a close relationship with God. The second service will remain casual, contemporary and relaxing.
Arvada Church's radio show, airing on AM670 KLTT Monday through Friday at 5:30 p.m., attracts new people to the church every month. The media ministry is expanding to a TV show on Channel 3 and 649 every Sunday at 10:30 a.m.--"Inner Peace". You can watch it on Comcast, DirecTV, Dish, or just antenna.
-- Milos Tomic
18 minutes in 2018
One of our churches is launching a prayer challenge! During 2018, how about increasing your prayer time by 18 minutes (for 2018) a day? Imagine what could happen if all of our members prayed an extra 18 minutes each day? C’mon Rocky Mountain Conference! Let’s PRAY!
“Prayer unites us with one another and with God. Prayer brings Jesus to our side, and gives to the fainting, perplexed soul new strength to overcome the world, the flesh, and the devil. Prayer turns aside the attacks of Satan.”(Christ's Object Lessons 250)
SAVE THE DATE! Save the dates of September 7, 8, and 9 for our H.O.P.E. (Houses Of Prayer Everywhere) Prayer Summit at Glacier View Ranch. This will be a weekend of inspiration, learning how to pray more effectively and praying! Our guest speaker will be James Black, new NAD prayer ministries director. Plan NOW to attend!
DATES TO REMEMBER
Cowboy July 11015 Silver Jack Reservoir
CAMP MEETINGS 2018
La Vida Mission May 11-13--new La Vida Mission
NE Colorado June 1-2 Campion Academy
Speaker: Clifford Goldstein
Wyoming July 17-21 Mills Spring Ranch
Western Slope August 1-4 Mountaintop Retreat
Hispanic Aug 31- Sept 3 Glacier View Ranch
TOWN HALLS 2018
SE Town Hall March 17 Colorado Springs Central
NE Town Hall May 19 Campion Church
Metro Town Hall March 24 Denver South Church
SW Town Hall April 28 Pinon Hills Church
NW Town Hall June 9 Grand Junction Church
Hispanic Town Hall June 16 Denver South Hispanic
Summer Ministry Opportunity at Glacier View Ranch Summer Camp » College age young adults (18-25) are invited to apply for an opportunity to join our summer staff at Glacier View Ranch from June 3 through July 31. GVR staff commit the summer to fantastic ministry in the heart of the Rocky Mountains as they work with a team of more than 60 young adults to make it easy for kids to know God. Available positions around camp include everything from lifeguarding to rock climbing, counseling, or cooking in the kitchen. A full list of available positions and job descriptions is available online at rmcyouth.org/summerstaff.
Ready to apply? Visit rmcyouth.org/apply
Yellowstone National Park Sabbath Services » Join us for worship at Yellowstone National Park every Sabbath from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Led by Rocky Mountain Conference pastors, the services begin at 10 a.m. in Old Faithful Lodge.
Follow-up meetings for Revelation Speaks Peace will take place at various churches around the Denver-metro area:
Bible marking classes continue at True Life Community Church (720-312-7962); Chapel Haven Church (303-451-1800); Brighton Church (303-659-1999); and Fort Lupton Church (303-887-9197).
Bible study groups continue at Newday Denver Church ([email protected]); Chapel Haven Church (303-451-1800); and Denver South Church (303-744-1271).
Health seminars are available on March 7 at True Life Community Church (720-312-7962); and cooking classes will be scheduled at the Fort Lupton Church depending on demand (303-887-9197).
Other events include “All About Jesus Revival” at True Life Community Church (720-312-7962); “Discover Newday” on February 16 (720-312-7962); “Fire Rekindled” at the Golden Church (970-485-3613); “Jesus 201” at the Golden Church (970-485-3613); “Grace Link” at the Littleton Church (303-798-5648); adult and youth Bible study at Agape Haitian Church (720-809-9588).
Join a new church plant that meets at 4 p.m. every Saturday, 2222 N Marion Street, Denver CO 80205.
Franktown Women's Ministries » The Franktown women's ministries group wants to bless new parents and their babies at Castle Rock and Parker hospitals by presenting them with care packages for their babies. If you want to contribute, drop off onesies and sleepers for ages 0-3 months, A&D ointment, baby wash and shampoo, newborn diapers and flannel for making blankets at the conference office before the deadline of March 2. For questions, call Franktown women's ministries coordinator, Selma Wolfswinkle at 303-330-2267.
Become Certified in Donations Management » When a disaster happens, will you be ready to assist? Why not become certified in Donations Management? Recognized by FEMA and the State of Colorado Emergency Management, this training will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, , February 25 at Rocky Mountain Conference office board room or Sunday, March 4 at the Alamosa Church Fellowship Hall. The cost of $25 covers the class manual, lunch, and a photo ID.
Instructor Cathy Kissner is the Community Service Director and Disaster Response Coordinator for the Rocky Mountain Conference and is certified by NAD, ACSDR, FEMA and Colorado Division of Emergency Management as a training instructor in Donations Management. To register, email Cathy Kissner at [email protected]
Fit to a Tea » True Life Community Church will hold a women's ministry tea, "Fit to a Tea" from 1-4 p.m., Saturday, March 10 at their facility, 6054 S Kipling Parkway, Littleton 80127. Come enjoy tea and a light lunch. Bring a purse loaded with toiletries for ladies which will be donated to a women's shelter or fill gallon ziplock bags with survival supplies such as small flashlight, tissue, plastic rain ponchos, chapstick, etc. For more information, contact Tammy at 720-364-8339.
Fire Rekindled 2018 » The Golden, Lakewood, and Denver West churches join together to present Fire Rekindled 2018. For information about speakers and dates, call or text 970-485-3613 or visit www.goldencosda.org
Denver West Church: 290 S Quitman Street, Denver 80219.
Lakewood Church: 8001 W 23rd Ave, Lakewood 80214.
Golden Church: 3101 S Golden Rd, Golden 80401.
Children's Ministries Certification and VBX Training in Brighton . . . in Grand Junction » Join us for Child Evangelism Track 3 held at 6:45 - 8:45 p.m. Friday, March 16 and 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Saturday, March 17.
This will be a weekend filled with learning and so much Jesus. Tracks will be taught in both Spanish and English at Brighton Church, 567 E Bromley Lane, Brighton CO 80601-3249. Register at rmcyouth.org/children or email Patty Rivera at [email protected], 303-910-1614. Registration deadline is March 7.
Join us for Children's Ministry Certification Track 2 held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 28 at the Grand Junction Church, Taught in both English and Spanish, this training will cover Track 2 of the Children's Ministries certification. Grand Junction Church is located at 550 25 1/2 Road, Grand Junction CO 81505-6122. Register at rmcyouth.org/children or email Patty Rivera at [email protected], 303-910-1614. Registration deadline, April 19.
Denver South Church Spring Concert » Denver South Church will present a spring concert on April 21. This dynamic and biblical choir/orchestra/drama program is an outreach to the community. Singers, instrumentalists, dramatists, ushers, greeters, prayer-givers and others are welcome to participate, Contact Missy Wherley at 720-985-8949 or [email protected] to get involved.
Fort Collins Christian School » The Fort Collins Christian School will start a state-licensed Preschool (ages 3-5) and is seeking a part-time preschool teacher for the 2018-2019 school year. Candidates with a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Special Education, Family and Child Development, Child Psychology, or an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education will be considered. If you are interested in this position, please contact Keiko Breese at [email protected]mail.com or call her at 970-222-6347 for more information.
Rocky Mountain Conference Job Opening » The Rocky Mountain Conference has an immediate opening for a part-time Human Resources Clerk (4.5 hours/day, Monday - Thursday). Qualified candidates will be highly efficient and organized, as well as proficient with Microsoft Office, frequently using both Word and Excel as well as other specific HR tools. Employee will be working with HR data on a daily basis and managing HR's filing systems. For more information about the position, essential tasks, expectations and how to apply, please see the following posting on our website: http://www.rmcsda.org/hr-part-time-hr-clerk
Mile High Academy ESL Teacher Needed at 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.
Student Literature Evangelist Coordinator » Joe Martin has announced that he will be retiring this June. "We're sorry Joe is retiring," said RMC President Ed Barnett. "He has big shoes to fill and we are looking for someone to fill them. If you or someone you know is interested, please contact our office at 303-282-3635 and ask for Human Resources.
Glacier View Ranch » has three employment opportunities available:
Associate Director of Camp Ministries. This is a full-time position that collaborates directly with the Camp Ministries Director to provide leadership and oversight of Glacier View Ranch while directly managing facility operations and exercises independent discretion in matters concerning planning, organizing and directing the maintenance, repair and upgrades of Ranch buildings and grounds. This position serves as the Ranch's representative and point of contact for facility management, interfacing directly with state/city/county regulatory agencies as needed. For more information, including how to apply, visit http://www.rmcsda.org/hr-associate-director-of-camp-ministries
Head of Housekeeping. This is a part-time position that ensures that health standards are met and performs cleaning duties to ensure that the Glacier View Ranch lodge, cabins and facilities are maintained in a clean and orderly manner. Employee will also oversee summer camp housekeeping staff during the summer months. For more information, including how to apply, visit http://www.rmcsda.org/hr-head-of-house-keeping
Support Personnel position. This is a part-time (28 hours/week) position with housing provided on site. The employee will perform a variety of tasks, assisting in multiple operational functions around the Ranch. For a full description of duties, including physical demands and working conditions, please review the job description on our website at
http://www.rmcsda.org/hr-gvrsupportpersonnel where you will also find information on how to apply.
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