Students Share Their Faith Through Summer RMC Literature Ministry » “This program has taught me so far that the more you give to God, the more you get back,” commented Sophie, Junior at College View Academy, and one of 17 students in the 2019 Rocky Mountain Youth Rush literature ministry program.
According to Matthew Hasty, coordinator of the RMC literature ministry program, known as “All In,” it has already shown during the first week of activities and canvassing from door to door in Denver that students will “see God’s love more fully, and fully accept Him with a desire to be ‘All In,’ not just for the next few weeks, but for the rest of their lives.“
“This is my 18th year being part of a LM team. This one gets me really excited to see how God is going to be working! So, each time you open a door of your home, let it remind you to pray for our kids knocking on them,” Matthew Hasty said.
This year’s program, which started on June 4, includes canvassing activities in the Denver area, as well as a month in Wyoming. In Denver, the students are hosted at the LifeSource Fellowship Church. A four-member leadership team coordinates all activities of students twelve of whom are first-timers, and five joining the program again.
Ashley, a Campion Academy upcoming Senior said, “I love how organized it is, how God-focused, and how everything is planned out.”
One of the significant outcomes of the program is having stories of meeting different people and learning how to engage with their lives. The students and leaders (pictured) shared these stories with participants of the Northeastern Camp Meeting at Campion Academy on Sabbath, June 8.
Adrianna, a student at Campion Academy, shared meeting a man who gave her $100 “to give Christian books to someone who couldn’t afford it.” She continued, saying, “a few minutes later I met a lady [who said she] was an atheist, because something ‘bad’ happened to her. The ironic thing is that I was an atheist eight months ago, too. I started sharing my testimony and gave her a Great Controversy, because she couldn’t afford it. It's amazing that God gave me more than enough money to give this girl a book that she couldn’t afford!”
Adam Cornett from Wyoming remembers his first day. “On my first day out, I found out quickly that it's not easy going door to door. After a few hours of not getting anything out, we stopped and prayed. Ten minutes later, I met a guy who takes books to a pastor for an Indian Reservation. He decided to get four of each of our books, totaling $450!” he shared.
It taught me to not give up when things are hard and keep working because you never know who you’ll meet next,” Adam added.
The current LM summer program will continue through August 6.
-- Rajmund Dabrowski with Matthew Hasty; photo by Rajmund Dabrowski
Training in Mental Health First Aid Will Aid Hispanic Ministries » Ruben Rivera, RMC Hispanic Ministries coordinator, was recently invited to participate in a certification program on Mental Health First Aid, a national program that provides training in skills for responding to the signs of mental illness and substance use.
"Our Hispanic community is confronted with a variety of challenges including low social economic status and immigration status. These two issues could lead to increased anxiety and depression. The training provided attendees with resources to help support our Latino communities,” Rivera commented.
Pastor Rivera added that, “the information I learned will help me orient the Hispanic pastoral team so that we can train our leaders to refer to professional mental health agencies when needed."
About 30 people attended the certification including nurses, social workers, teachers, counselors and parents interested in learning more about mental health. The certification was held in Commerce City and was hosted by Community Reach Center on April 26. The sessions were held in Spanish so that the Latino community in the Denver Metro area was able to participate.
-- RMCNews with Ruben Rivera; photo supplied.
Adventist Air Force Captain Promoted to Major at USAF Academy in Colorado Springs » Chaplain, Captain Lane F. Campbell was promoted to Major in a special ceremony at the USAF Academy in Colorado Springs on May 29. Following 17 plus years of civilian ministry, Chaplain Campbell received a direct commission December 10, 2008. He is ordained and endorsed by the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
The former director of chaplaincy ministry, Dick Stenbakken, delivered the homily during this promotion ceremony and the Rocky Mountain Conference was also represented by Mickey Mallory, RMC ministerial director, who attended the program.
"To achieve the status which Chaplain Campbell has obtained takes dedication and hard work," said Mallory. "These are virtues we, as a church, promote to all our members. Our church can be proud to have a chaplain representative at USAF Academy."
-- RMCNews; photo by Mickey Mallory
Central Honors 2019 Graduates » Colorado Springs Central Church honored its 2019 graduates on Sabbath, June 8, with gifts and a luncheon at the church. Those honored included graduates from Colorado Springs middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities, both local and out of state. Five kindergarteners from Springs Adventist Academy (SAA) were promoted to first grade and two SAA eighth-grader moved on to high school. All eighteen of these students were applauded for their accomplishments.
Along with those who graduated from educational institutions, the church also issued a Certificate of Completion to 22 adults who have completed Central's Bible Institute courses--11 beginners and 11 more who completed both beginners and advanced (prophecy) classes.
Marcia Armstead, who facilitated the classroom sessions stated, "All who attended these evening classes through the fall and winter have been motivated and encouraged to teach and share their knowledge with other individuals and small groups." Daniela Dumitru, who conducts one-on-one studies, and Marlane Smutka, who facilitates Bible studies by mail, both have expressed great motivation among their students to serve and obey God.
"This is an exciting time in earth's history and all need to be equipped with the Word," said Central's Pastor Mike Maldonado, referring to the possibility of expansion for Central's Bible Institute.
Bible classes are ongoing through mail, small group studies, and classroom sessions. The hope is that through study, review and enlightenment, not only the church but the community as well, will benefit.
-- Marcia Armstead, text and photos
Summer Camp at MHA » School may be out, but summer at Mile High Academy is still an active and exciting time. With Kids University Summer Camp in full swing, our days are full.
Starting as early as 7:30 in the morning, you will see staff on campus greeting our campers. The 8:30 a.m. worship on the upper school deck begins the day right. By 9 a.m., our campers are off and running. Every week, a special activity in the morning keeps our campers engaged in movement and play.
The afternoon is dedicated to hands-on learning that incorporates STEM, literacy, and outdoor activities that are developmentally appropriate for each camper.
The classrooms may be closed, teachers may be off learning and taking much-needed saelf-care breaks, but here in the MHA upper school building, the energy is high through the summer weeks. -- Agape Hammond
Cowboy -- Location: Uncompaghre National Forest near Silver Jack Reservoir, July 10-14, Speakers: Ron Price/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.
RMC Youth Department Summer Hours » The Youth Department will be out of the office during the following dates this summer:
GVR Summer Camp: June 1-August 2
Vacation: August 5-10
Oshkosh: August 11-18
Please feel free to reach out to them through email.
Their phones forward to summer camp and they check their voicemail on a regular basis.
Longmont Thunder Pathfinder and Adventurer Club » Volunteers are needed to teach a wide variety of honors to our Pathfinders/Adventurers during the club year beginning this fall. We want to book as many new themes as possible. With a church family composed of unique and talented people, we would love tor you to share your expertise in the field/hobby you love. Your mileage and materials will be covered. Please contact Cinthya at 626-372-7030.
Rocky Mountain Indonesian-American Church » Pastor Joedy Melashanko & The Melashenko Trio Gospel Outreach Ambassadors present Music with a Mission vespers concert at 7 p.m., Sabbath, June 15 at the Rocky Mountain Indonesian-American Church. Seldom do you have the privilege of hearing music and a message that has a powerful impact for missions. As a volunteer organization that sponsors lay pastors in more than 70 countries, the Melashenko family has been blessing audiences around the world with their Christ-centered music and preaching for more than five decades. The church is located at 1591 S. Sable Blvd., Aurora CO 80012.
LifeSource Fellowship » Evidence for God will be presented by Stan Beasley at LifeSource Adventist Fellowship June 21-24. Beasley is a scientist and former atheist.
Friday, June 21, 7 p.m., Leaving Atheism
Saturday, June 22, 11 a.m., The Big Bang
Saturday, June 22, 7 p.m., Will There Be another Jurassic Park?
Sunday, June 23, 7 p.m., Darwinism and the Origins of Origins
Monday, June 24, 7 p.m., The Missing Link (w/ Q & A)
LifeSource Adventist Fellowship is located at 3595 South Harlan Street, Denver CO 802235
Find more information at https://www.facebook.com/events/2166197456767274/
Twin Peaks Church » Faces of Abuse seminar will be presented by Sandy Eickmann, MA, LPC, at 2:30 p.m., Sabbath, June 22, at the Twin Peaks Church. Everyone is invited -- both genders.
Vista Ridge Academy » is hiring for the 2019-2020 school year. We need a Part-time ECE Aide (20-24 hours/week) to assist in our Preschool and PreK/Kindergarten classrooms. State licensing requirements a must; however, we are willing to help update the employee with the necessary classwork/paperwork.
Part time Extended Care Supervisor (10-12 hours/week) to supervise students, ages 5-15, after school Monday-Friday.
Candidate must be a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and possess current U.S work authorization. For additional information regarding duties, expectations and how to apply, please contact Sandy Hodgson at [email protected].
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