Spanish-speaking Churches Hold Outreach on Both Eastern and Western Slopes » Fourteen pastors and a Mexico Conference administrator from Sonora, Mexico came to Colorado, May 12-19 to share the Good News with Hispanic churches around the Denver Metro and Grand Junction areas.
Held in the Spanish churches and attended by church members and invited guests, the meetings culminated in the final presentations May 20-22 which were held at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction for the Western Slope and LifeSource Adventist Fellowship for the Eastern Slope areas.
A well-known evangelist Alejandro Bull
ón was the final presenter of the Christ-centered messages entitled, “Christ is the Answer.” Before his retirement, Pastor Bull
ón held numerous large evangelistic meetings in sports venues in South America that could hold as many as 60-120,000 people.
Tiffany Oaks was one of the many touched by Pastor Bullon’s preaching. Through many life trials, Oaks had turned away from God, but an unexpected friendship from work helped her reconnect with Him. She joined a Spanish-speaking church and decided to take the next step and be baptized. Unfortunately, that did not happen as soon as she hoped.
Last year Tiffany began to read the Bible, reminding her once again that she wanted to commit her life fully to Christ. Last week, she received a phone call from a friend, telling her about Pastor Bull
ón and the public evangelism service in Grand Junction. Tiffany made a huge decision and traveled five hours from Farmington, NM to be baptized by the evangelist on Saturday, May 26. “I knew that it was time to fully let go of the old me and be new in Christ and truly follow God,” Tiffany said.
Many lives were changed during the two weeks of outreach and evangelists saw 45 people baptized with nearly 90 still preparing for baptism.
--RMCNews with Alaysha Harris and Carol Bolden
Mile High and Campion Academies Celebrate 2018 Graduates » Both Mile High Academy and Campion Academy celebrated their 2018 graduating classes this past weekend. The commencement of Mile High’s senior class of 25 students took place on Saturday evening, May 26.
Erik Pardo, a former faculty, spoke for the ceremony, encouraging students to rise up, fight a good fight and follow their passions. Blake Rippe, vice president of the graduating class, said the speaker reminded him,“that through all the good and bad, we have to rise up to take our place and stand strong with God."
John Luckiesh, a representative of Union College handed out $648,000 worth of awards split among 20 students who applied to Union.
For many, graduation will be a memory that will stick with them for a lifetime. Valedictorian Jillian Dean mentioned, “Graduation was an unforgettable moment that I will treasure forever. I am so thankful for Mile High and the education I received.”
With their class aim, “To climb the highest mountain. To reach the highest peak,” the class was challenged by Principal Vunileva to “make a difference”.
The Campion class of 2018 graduated the following day, May 27. For the first time, the ceremony was held outside on the soccer field under sunny skies.
All 40 students listened intently as Darrel Messersmith gave the commencement speech, urging students to look for things they don’t believe they can do and challenge themselves to achieve them. Cole Cizek, class fundraiser, says what he took away from the speech was to “push myself to my limits and beyond. Learn from my mistakes, become a better person and, most of all, use these things to glorify Jesus.”
Luckiesh also attended Campion’s graduation, giving out $817,000 worth of scholarships from Union College.
Class president, Lauren Bravatti says that she is sad to part ways with with her classmates, but she knows that, “no matter where they are, God will bless each and every one of them,” a take off from their motto, which states, “Hard to find, harder to leave, impossible to forget, family."
--Text and photos done by Alaysha Harris
Cracked Glasses, by Heather Thompson Day
In her book Cracked Glasses, Thompson Day takes her readers on what she calls a 30-day journey.
At the outset, Day writes about a conversation she has with a friend, telling her, “People are like glass and sin is like rocks. Whether you are tossing pebbles at the glass and cracking it slightly, or smashing it with huge boulders that leave nothing but dust, damaged is damaged, and no one wants to drink out of a cracked glass.” However, Day disagrees with this statement. She believes God has a cupboard of shattered glasses with lines and glue marks that indicate where He has put the pieces back together. Not only is God drinking out of them, but He puts them on display revealing His masterpieces to anyone who chooses to look.
Without reservation Day shares with her readers the broken dreams and lessons she has learned through trial and error, helping her reach the conclusion that “God’s power is made perfect with our weakness.”
Throughout the book, Day encourages readers to truly “get to know” God.
At the age of 13 Day began to develop a close relationship with Him. She met God in a Christian school, but got to know Him in a public school. She believed the reason for this was she had witnessed “what life is like when it’s lived empty.”
This experience helped shape her future as she returned to a Christian institution for college. During her freshman year, she reclaimed her relationship with God and began reading her Bible from beginning to end and her life was changed.
God was constantly directing Day to Scripture and she decided that she wanted to write books that reflected her spiritual experiences. “I promised Him that I would use only my talents that I believe He gave me in order to bring Him glory. In return, I asked that He would bless me and my work,” Day says.
Each chapter holds a devotional thought that ends with a call to action or a thoughtful reflection, all referring back to the theme, “Where everyone else sees damage, God sees perfection."
This book is a must-read, not only for young adults, but all of us, especially those of us who need a reminder that their worth is “immeasurable” in Christ.
DATES TO REMEMBER
CAMP MEETINGS 20
NE Colorado June 1,2 Campion Academy
Cowboy July 11-15 Silver Jack Reservoir
Wyoming July 17-21 Mills Spring Ranch
Speaker: Mic Thurber
Western Slope August 1-4 Mountaintop Retreat
Speaker: Mike Ryan
Hispanic Aug 31-Sept 3 Glacier View Ranch
Wyoming Camp Meeting Update » Multiple dates have been announced for the Wyoming Camp Meeting, which require clarification. The 2018 Wyoming Camp Meeting begins Tuesday night July 17 and continues through July 21. Mid-America Ministerial Director, Mic Thurber will be the featured speaker.
SABBATH SERVICES AT YELLOWSTONE
Rocky Mountain Pastors will be at Yellowstone National Park every Sabbath from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Traveling through Yellowstone this summer? Join them for worship beginning at 10 a.m. each Sabbath in Old Faithful Lodge.
Celebrating Life in Recovery Groups Program » The Celebrating Life in Recovery Groups Program is hosting a weekly DVD event from June 28 through September 27. The meetings will be held on Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:30 at W 23 Ave & Allison St. Lakewood, CO 80214. There is no charge and all are welcome.
Hispanic Prayer Training » Will begin June 10 from 9:15-11:45 a.m. Lunch will be provided. The event will take place at the conference office. All prayer coordinators and others from our Hispanic congregations and those interested in deepening their walk with Jesus in prayer are invited!
Edwin Gallagher Memorial Service » A memorial service for Edwin Gallagher will take place at 3 p.m., June 2 at Denver South Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Ed Gallagher held many positions in the Colorado, Wyoming schools, and hospitals.
Gallagher passed away in New Zealand in December 2017.
Denver South Church is located at 2675 South Downing Street, Denver CO 80210.
H.O.P.E. Prayer Summit » Featuring James Black from NAD Prayer Ministries, this prayer summit will be held September 7-9 at Glacier View Ranch.
Annual RMC Women's Retreat » Heather-Dawn Small, GC Women's Ministry Director will speak at the annual retreat September 28-30 at Glacier View Ranch.
Voice of Prophecy Openings » Full-Time Bible School Department Assistant. This full-time staff member will operate the Discover Distributor Student Record System, manage Discover Bible School records, answer telephones and perform general departmental office duties.
Part-Time Bible School Department Assistant. Primary tasks will include grading correspondence Bible lessons, answering phone calls and general secretarial duties. Learn more at vop.com/jobs or by contacting Carolina De Paoli at 805-955-7656.
Rocky Mountain Conference » The Rocky Mountain Conference has an immediate opening for a part-time Maintenance Coordinator. The Maintenance Coordinator will plan, direct and control the overall maintenance of the facility’s physical plant. This position must perform or oversee electrical, plumbing, carpentry, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration and other technical tasks. For information regarding duties, qualifications and how to apply, please visit our website at: http://www.rmcsda.org/hr-maintenance-coordinator
HMS Richards Elementary » Located on the campus of Campion Academy, HMS Richards Elementary School is looking for a part-time preschool teacher for the upcoming school year, 2018-2019. To qualify, you must have teaching certification or a director's license. If you are interested, send your resume to [email protected] or call 970-667-2427.
Vista Ridge Academy » Vista Ridge Academy is seeking a part-time aide for our Early Childhood Education program. Candidates must meet state requirements for an Early Childhood preschool teacher. For more information or to find qualifications, contact our Early Childhood Education Director, Sandy Hepp, at [email protected] (303.828.4944).
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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