An Original Gutenberg Bible Visits Wyoming Church » Casper Church hosted John L. Sliffe from the Enduring Word Museum in Weatherford, Texas on Saturday, April 27. Sliffe and his wife, Angel, brought replica of the Gutenberg Printing Press, an original KJV Bible from the first 50 ever printed (one of only 17 original pieces of Wycliffe work), and much more.
Siffle's presentation on the history of the Bible, the Reformation, the history of written communication, and their work with the Dead Sea scrolls and the ossuary of Simon of Cyrene, fascinated students at Mountain Road Christian Academy the previous day, and giving them the opportunity to print their own text with the working Gutenberg Press.
The exhibit and the presentation was advertised as a community event and the Casper Adventist Church welcomed members of the Casper community to this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!
Erin Zavodny, a member of the Casper Church and a music teacher said, “I found it very fascinating, affirming and humbling. To see relics such as a page from the original Gutenberg Bible was amazing. The detail and preservation of the different scrolls and seeing how God gave so much evidence that His Word is true and valid, was affirming. It was humbling to be reminded that many people gave so much, including their lives to bring us the the Word of Life.”
“How truly awesome to learn about the Bible in such a hands-on way. We even got to print a page! And [we got to] see and touch a page Gutenberg actually printed! Amazing stuff!” said Traci Pike, a Mountain Road Christian Academy teacher.
If you are interested in hosting this incredible exhibit and presentation at your church, academy, or campmeeting, please, contact John Sliffe at [email protected] or by phone at 817-771-3942.
-- Text and photos by Gabriela Vincent
Grand Junction Church Fights Digital Age with Poetry Readings » The Popcorn and Poetry event recently held at the Grand Junction Church drew more than 40 people of all ages from children up through the most senior of the congregation, who all sat around the fireplace in the lobby of the church. This was the second such event held.
Spanning a complete range of emotions--entertaining and happy; somber and contemplative--the poetry shared was from favorite pieces or poetry composed by the sharers themselves.
Popcorn was provided, but some brought their own favorite flavors--spicy, sweet, or a host of other flavors--to share.
"It all started," said Karla Klemm, "when I talked with Kathy Swelstad to see if she felt others would be interested in an activity where people could share their favorite poetry readings. Having learned to appreciate poetry from her grandmother when she was young, Karla continues to enjoy it and wanted to share it with others.
The first reading was billed Poetry and Pie and took place in January 2018. Advertising for the first event, which drew nearly 35 people, invited the congregation and friends to come if they wanted to do a reading or had a favorite poem. Some came because of their love for poetry; others, just to check it out or just to listen.
A variety of poetry was shared at that event, some secular, some spiritual, some nostalgic. Many shared poetry passed through the generations in their families.
"Since everything is digital now, I think people want to go back to connecting in other ways that are more personal," said Nate Skaife, Grand Junction pastor.
Grand Junction's social committee, Connect Ministry, holds an event each month ranging from Lemonade on the Lawn (after a church service to get the congregation to hang out and visit for longer) to church campouts. "Last year’s camp out had more than 50 people attend," explained Skaife.
-- RMC News with Nate Skaife; photo by Nate Skaife
Museum of Boulder Features Adventist Lifestyle Heritage » As church members, we know that our Boulder church has a notable history dating to August 2, 1879, when our congregation was formed and became the first Seventh-day Adventist church in Colorado. But there is more to our history, and we can take notable pride in the fact that Adventists in Boulder made a distinct imprint on the city’s culture and its near obsession with healthful living. Museum of Broadway offers a display of the Adventist involvement, since the late 1800s, in the life and culture of the city.
My interest was drawn to a part of the exhibit showcasing the various aspects of its history, culture, social change, contribution to healthy living, and scientific discoveries. It also features Boulderians who made a difference not only in this Western town, but for the betterment of society at large.
The exhibit prominently displays a photograph of the main building of Boulder Sanitarium by a known period photographer, Joseph Bevier Sturtevant. Establishing the Upper Mapleton area sanitarium, a Boulder branch of the famous Battle Creek Sanitarium was consulted with John Harvey Kellogg and Ellen G. White. It was opened in 1896 just 20 years after Boulder became part of the State of Colorado. The Boulder-Colorado Sanitarium and Hospital was built at 4th and Mapleton, at the foot of Mount Sanitas, which was named after the San, as the Sanitarium was nicknamed by locals in its early days. Later, in 1990, the Boulder-Colorado Sanitarium and Hospital was moved to Louisville and renamed Avista Adventist Hospital.
The exhibit references Adventist lifestyle and a holistic approach to health, which made the San a famed institution. As Adventists, we have been a good match for the outdoorsy and healthy culture of Boulder. Boulder is a well-known destination, nationally and internationally, for those who care about healthy lifestyle and caring for the environment.
One exhibit commentary refers to the sanitarium “as a retreat for tubercular patients ... offering patients a nutritious diet of fruits, grains, and vegetables, while discouraging coffee, meat, and other such ‘poisons.’ Its location was selected for the presumed benefits of the mountain air. The facility was equal parts medical boarding house, hospital, religious retreat, country club and spa.”
For those interested in what was on the menu at this health institution, you can try Spinach Timbales or Vegetarian Roast, recipes showcased in the display. The Adventist institution and its established contribution to Boulder’s contribution to healing, healthy lifestyle and vegetarian nutrition is placed alongside examples of healthy food products and organic food companies established in Boulder.
The Museum of Boulder (2205 Broadway) is a worthy place to visit and enjoy a glimpse of Adventist heritage.
–- Rajmund Dabrowski, text and photos
Women's Ministries Holds Teen Track 2019 »
For months, the leadership team of the Rocky Mountain Adventist Women prayed for the teen girls that would sign up for the teen track during the annual women’s retreat titled, “Anchored in Christ”. Five teens registered and made their way to Glacier View Ranch during the April 26-28 event. When asked if any of them knew each other, all of them shock their heads no. The youth came from Colorado Springs, Denver, Lakewood, Cheyenne and even Alamosa.
On Friday night, after a few icebreaker questions, the girls chatted about what they hoped to get out of their weekend together. The key words that stood out were "friendship",
"relaxation", and "getting to know Jesus better". And that, they did.
They listened to keynote speaker, Beverly Sedlacek share messages about hidden women figures in the Bible, such as Hagar and Rizpah. When the women broke into workshop sessions, the five teens headed to Rustic Cabin, where they enjoyed workshops developed just for them.
One of the sessions was all about healthy relationships and communication. The teens embossed words of affirmation on clay to encourage others. Additionally, they discussed what it means to be Anchored in Christ and created their own anchor artwork to help remind them who keeps them anchored. Even after the workshops finished, the group stuck together for the rest of the weekend. They happily ended their weekend with the much-anticipated pool time.
"It was a neat experience to see five girls that didn’t know each other stay connected throughout the weekend on their own, seeking each other out to sit together during the remainder of the sessions and mealtimes," commented event organizers.
-- Vanessa Rivera with Nadine Zumwalt; photo by Vanessa Rivera
Navajo Teens Learn to "Live Their Greatest Story" at Camp Meeting » On Friday, April 26, the Youth Department team, consisting of Kiefer, Brent, Jessyka and Shannon, traveled to La Vida Mission, just south of Farmington, New Mexico to participate in the Native American Camp Meeting.
Approaching the facility around 11 pm, the team could see La Vida’s campus on a hill about a mile away, but couldn’t figure out the way up. After wandering in the desert on old dusty roads for what felt like 40 days and 40 nights, a stranger came to the rescue and provided much-needed directions: “You missed the turn by one road. Go back across the wash, turn left, and you’ll make it to La Vida eventually.” The directions proved correct and everyone arrived no worse for the journey.
Commenting on his first impressions after visiting La Vida, Kiefer commented that he was “struck by the dedication and commitment of the La Vida Mission staff to minister to the Navajo people in the rural reaches of northeast New Mexico.”
Early Saturday morning, the team set up for the one-day programming designed to engage the kids and teens with messages surrounding the theme, “A Deeper Walk with Jesus.” As the youth service began, most of the participants were reluctant to show more than a frown or give more than an eye-roll to the opening song, “I Like Bananas.” After a day of engaging Sabbath School activities and discussion lead by Shannon, worship talks by Brent, and an afternoon art project and popcorn bar by Kiefer and Jessyka, the kids started to come alive. As evening worship rolled around, the energy was high and a group of kids even joined in leading worship--something that would’ve seemed unimaginable a short eight hours before.
Between youth programming, the team dropped by a few of the other meetings going on and mingled with staff and participants. Hymns performed in the Navajo language with accompaniment by traditional Navajo instruments set the stage for Presentations by President, given, of course, by RMC president, Ed Barnett, who commented after the meetings, “I’ve enjoyed connecting with our conference family in New Mexico. Camp meeting is always a wonderful time to come together to worship.”
Also included in the camp meeting was a health expo which provided wellness checks, including height and weight, blood pressure checks, sugar testing, heart rate before and after exercise, along with many other tests. Dentists gave dental care and hygienists cleaned teeth. Booths provided education on healthy foods and diets for longer, healthier lives.
Back at the youth meetings, after closing the Sabbath with a message from Brent and a top five song countdown, the team packed up their supplies and belongings for the journey home. While their arrival was met with scowls and frowns, the team was sent off with hugs and smiles, each kid in attendance on the journey to living their greatest story through a closer walk with God.
-- Kiefer Dooley with Nadine Zumwalt; photos by Kiefer Dooley (top) and Nadine Zumwalt (bottom)
Community of Mountain Bikers Test Limits » Outside the blur of Campion life, a group of mountain bikers in the boys' dorm and surrounding community, continues to grow. They aim to take the opportunities they are given to have fun and share their passion and what they know, with each other. “When we go mountain biking together, it unifies us," says Caleb Wehling, a junior at Campion. We’re no longer upper and lower class-men, we are shredders pushing each other towards a common goal of getting better than before.”
Although it started as small group of about ten riders, the [smallness] hasn’t stopped the significance of the impact it's had on each one of them. Valmont Bike Park in Boulder has been the favorite for the riders recently, and it provides everything from dirt jumps, dual slalom lines, to a teeter totter for mountain bikes. This variety in course obstacles provides a wide range of skills to learn or try for the first time.
“Activities like our mountain bike trips are about spending quality time together, creating opportunities to connect on individual and personal levels over a common interest, all the while prayerfully anticipating divine appointments,” said Jim Hughes, dean at Campion.
Local riders such as Matt, Jack, and JP Jordan join the group of riders regularly to mentor the riders and have a fun time showing the students new tricks. “It was a blast learning about the bikes, the terrain, and ourselves—testing our limits,” explained Grant Velbis, junior at Campion.
Although the school year is coming to a close, they are still planning to continue to ride to impact the lives of the people around them throughout the summer.
-- Nathaniel Sanchez, text and photo
Grand Junction Church Recreates The Last Supper » A living dramatization of the Last Supper was presented at the Grand Junction Church Sabbath evening, April 20. A reenactment of “The Last Supper” painting by Leonardo da Vinci from 1494, the dramatization captured the moments after Jesus told his disciples that one of them would betray Him. This thought-provoking program drew an audience of nearly 250 people from local churches and the community, many deeply touched and emotional during the presentation. Pastor Nate Skaife said, “This was a powerful, visual method of sharing this moment during the Easter season.” Following the program, the foyer was filled with attendees discussing the program as they enjoyed refreshments and fellowship.
This was the second time ”The Last Supper” program has been presented to the community, the first time being in 2016. Special Programming coordinators, Sandi Adcox and Sandy Carosella, said that the emotional, solemn moments shared in the presentation are attributed to a sincere, dedicated group of church members who put many hours into memorizing their parts and attending rehearsals. “The actors, musicians, sound and audio teams were fully dedicated and committed to relaying the deep emotion and meaning of the somber dramatization of this moment in Christ’s life," said program coordinators. "Without these dedicated individuals, the program would not have been meaningful.”
Available in DVD or flash drive format, a video of the program can be purchased by contacting the Grand Junction church office.
-- Sandi Adcox, text and photos
Deuteronomy 29:5 tells us that the Israelites had sandals that lasted 40 years. These were daily wear, wandering-in-the-wilderness sandals, not new and kept in the closet sandals. But God preserved their belongings so that they were sufficient for the journey through which He led them.
My journey seldom requires sandals. More commonly I travel by car, and I can tell you I’ve worn out more than one in the last forty years. But I’ve never been deprived of transportation.
Sometimes I have had cars that lasted beyond reasonable expectations, or friends who knew how to fix my car. Or I have had the means to replace it. Or found an amazing bargain. Never have I been blessed with a light yellow 67 Chevelle 350 four on the floor like I want. But the Lord has always kept me on the journey, even if it was in a car I despised. It’s important to see that the point has never been about the car itself; it’s all about following Him to where He calls, and allowing Him to worry about the sandals.
Faithful stewardship is more than returning to God what is rightfully His. It’s also a matter of gratefully recognizing that He keeps us going, so we don’t need to whine about what doesn’t matter.
-- Doug Inglish
NE Colorado -- June 7-8, Speaker: Dan Jackson
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.
SPARK Revival Meetings » All are welcome to join us under the big tent for a powerful evangelistic series led by high school students on the Spark team (formerly known as Wildfire). Topics will explore biblical truths and how they relate to our modern lives. All meetings begin at 7 p.m. Free childcare available at the HMS gym.
Friday, May 3 - Ashley Halvorson - God's Not Dead
Sabbath, May 4 - Chase Rodriguez - The Appearing
Monday, May 6 - Nolan Eickmann - Re-Start
Tuesday, May 7 - Megan Michalenko - In the End
Wednesday, May 8 - Erik Maldonado - No More Fear of Failure
Thursday, May 9 - Richard Bass - Take a Break
Friday, May 10 - Delanie Kamarad - Our New Home
Ruth Gates to be Eulogized » ACS Community L.I.F.T. founder, Rose Gates, will be eulogized at 4 p.m. Sabbath, May 4, at Denver South Church. She died April 28 following surgery. Ed Barnett, RMC president and her former pastor, will officiate.
Heritage Singers at LifeSource Fellowship » Known and loved all over the world, the Heritage Singers will thrill your hearts with their powerful testimony and unique vocal sound. Take this opportunity to invite your friends and family to join you in an unforgettable time of inspiration and praise May 4 at 7 p.m. at LifeSource. Admission is free.
When using a GPS to find LifeSource Adventist Fellowship, please use the following address: 3595 South Harlan Street, Denver, CO, 80235.
Denver South » The final concert of the year for Colorado Young Sinfonia will take place at 7:30 p.m., this Sunday, May 5, at Denver South Church. https://coloradoyoungsinfonia.org/
Ah, Mozart!! will feature Winners of 2019 CYS Concerto Competition.
The final program of the year is dedicated to early works of the Austrian master, Mozart. Join us for performances of Mozarts Symphonies #25 and #29. The concert is free. Donations gratefully accepted.
ASI Mid-America Convention » Under the theme, "Every Member a Missionary," the ASI Mid-America Convention will take place May 2-5 at Ramada Plaza Northglenn at I-25 and 120th with Steve Wohlberg as featured speaker. Also speaking are Travis Laws, Eden Valley Institute Lfestyle Program Director' Ed Barnett, Rocky Mountain Conference President, and Rick Mautz, Rocky Mountain Conference Health Ministry Director. To register, visit asimidamerica.org.
Voice of Prophecy » Join the VOP for the believe conference, held May 5-8 at the North American Division headquarters. Free for NAD administrators, pastors, and lay leaders, the conference will feature Pastor Shawn Boonstra and other guest speakers. Discover the latest tools and practices for growing your church. Learn more at vop.org.
Arvada Church » A benefit concert to empower underserved youth and children will be held at 7 p.m., May 11 at the Arvada Church, featuring RENEWED, a contemporary Christian band featuring Faith Rush, ASDAU A Capella band, Melissa, Edwina Maben and more. Admission is FREE, including snacks and drinks. The church is located at 7090 W 64th Avenue, Arvada, CO 80003. All donations will support Home of Refuge and Ambassadors for Youth programs.
Golden Church Bible and Health Evangelism Training » Dwayne and Alexandra Lemon of Preaching, Teaching, Healing Ministries will present Bible and Health Evangelism Training at the Golden Church May 6-19, Monday through Thursday from 6-9 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The training includes a cooking class on May 19.
Learn how to effectively proclaim the Three Angel's Messages, how to study the Bible, how to give Bible studies and more.
The natural healing sciences address the physical as well as emotional and spiritual needs of humanity.
For more information regarding registration and cost options and what each includes, go to goldencosda.org or contact [email protected] or [email protected] or DeEtta Burr at 303-526-9112, leaving a message with your number.
La Vida Mission Openings » La Vida Mission has staff needs for next school year. Do you want to be a missionary for Jesus? Are you a retired teacher and wanting to use your talents for the Lord? La Vida Mission, right here in your own backyard in New Mexico on the Navajo Nation will have the following openings: teacher for grades 5-8, a married couple for girls’ dorm parents, student missionary, student teacher, etc. Please send an email to [email protected] if you are interested or know someone who is.
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