Franktown Church Active in Community » A series presented by David Asscherick, entitled, "5 Good Reasons: Bible Prophecy and You," concluded at the Franktown Church over the last weekend of November.
"We had about 150-200 in attendance each night over eight evenings and David did two presentations each evening," reported Jamey Houghton, church pastor.
At the conclusion, 12 individuals indicated their decision for baptism and 15 made requests for Bible studies.
"We simultaneously held a Vacation Bible School for kids and had about 20-25 kids per night," Jamey added.
Audio and video of the series is available at the following url: www.franktownsda.org.
The Franktown Church joined the community with a booth at the Castle Rock Star Lighting and handed out 1,000 invitations to their Christmas program, which will be held the evening of December 12 featuring their children's choir. [Text and photo by Jamey Houghton]
Native American Mission -- 100 Years Ago » Next year, the Native American Mission will celebrate its 100th anniversary. Pastor Steve Gillham, director of La Vida Mission comments that, from a humble beginning 100 years ago, the initial missionary effort has grown in Southwest Native Ministries until it now includes more than a dozen churches, schools and missions in Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah who have a passion to share Jesus with the Native Americans of those areas. La Vida Mission was born from a vision and dedication of Orno and Agnes Follett. Here is their story. His cough started while they were in Kansas busily conducting evangelistic meetings. The doctor said it was "speaker's cough", but his voice got worse until it was just a whisper. Orno and Agnes Follett were very disheartened when they finally realized that he had the dreaded tuberculosis. He mist have contracted it when he was caring for a TB patient at St. Helena Sanitarium while studying nursing. That ended their dream of serving as missionaries in Africa.
Having been told he had only six months to live, Orno put his trust in God and focused on living. The Folletts traveled westward by train and then south to Santa Fe by wagon and team looking for healing in a drier climate. They found an abandoned cabin and laid claim to the land and settled there in the desert.
Concerned for the many Navajo he saw who didn't know Jesus, he started giving out tracts, but they couldn't read or even understand English. "They need a missionary to go to them," he thought and began to pray about that. Someone suggested he write a letter to the General Conference.
While pruning in the orchard, he heard an audible voice, "Write that letter." He looked around and saw no one, so he went back to work. "Write that letter," again he heard the voice, but no one was there. On May 16, 1915, he wrote that letter offering his services. His strength was improving, but still he could only whisper. Later that summer, attended camp meeting at Alamosa, Colorado, where he asked for prayer and was healed and able to speak. He and Agnes returned home excited and rejoicing, hoping to serve as missionaries to the Navajo.
The following spring after an exchange of letters, the General Conference president, (I.H. Evans) traveled by train to Gallup, New Mexico, where he met with Brother Follett and they toured Navajoland in a Model T Ford.
On May 18, 1916, a letter was written to Orno officially commissioning him to be the first Adventist missionary to the Navajo nation. He purchased a team and wagon that summer and began looking for a place to set up a mission. He wandered throughout the reservation from Gallup to Farmington, Shiprock, Chinle Valley, Kayenta, Laguna Creek, and finally settled in Smith Lake in the Late fall where he felt impressed by God to set up the mission. Emulating Christ's ministry, his work focused on teaching and healing. As the influenza epidemic spread across America, whole families of Navajo perioshed, but many were saved by the efforts of Orno and Agnes Follett.
A teenage Navajo girl became acquainted with the Folletts and began riding her horse ten miles one way to the mission, showing up at their log cabin every day at breakfast for a Bible study Lilikai Julian became the first baptized Seventh-day Adventist Navajo at the age of 17. She went on to also be the first woman elected to the tribal council.
From this humble beginning 100 years ago, the missionary effort has grown in Southwest native ministries until it now includes more than a dozen churches, schools and missions in Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah who have a passion to share Jesus with the Native Americans of those areas.
We have nothing to fear for the future except as we shall forget the way the Lord has led us, and His teaching in our past history." Ellen White, "General Conference Daily Bulletin," January 29, 1893.
To read about Lilikai's vision, "The Circle of Light," and more stories about the beginnings of the work in Southwest Native Ministries, go to http://lavidamission.org [Steve Gillham]
The Mozart Effect » Music is almost like religion and politics. Discussing it in polite society may start a fight, so beware. What we like and don't like in music is quite personal and I'm not even talking about church music. But are there benefits of listening to certain types of music?
Dr. Neil Nedley recommends listening to classical music to help reduce depression by enhancing the frontal lobe of your brain. You don't have to throw out your favorite music in favor of classical, but it appears that some Mozart each day has its benefits.
Many researchers are finding mental benefits from
listening to Mozart. They suggest that music with a high degree of long-term periodicity, the tendency to recur at intervals, whether that of Mozart or other classical composers, resonates within the brain to decrease seizure activity and to enhance spatial-temporal performance.
If you use Pandora for music listening, you can choose "The Mozart Effect" as one of your music choices and then watch your frontal lobes grow. [Rick Mautz]
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Skip a Meal and Sponsor a Student This Winter » Every spring break you’ll find an energetic group of high school students from the Rocky Mountain Conference boarding a plane and heading south to share the love of Jesus in a foreign country. These students are part of the Kaleo Project and this year they need your help.
The Kaleo Project is an annual mission trip for high school students put on by the Youth Department here in the Rocky Mountain Conference. The group is generally diverse with students from our Adventist academies as well as public and home schools. Some students are trained and equipped to preach their own evangelistic series. Others come prepared to get their hands dirty working at building sites. All leave with the experience of being the hands and feet of Jesus to a world in need.
Over the past four years approximately 130 students have shared the love of Jesus in Ecuador, Honduras, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic. They’ve preached 54 evangelistic series and seen 550 baptisms as a result of those meetings. They’ve also built four churches and held a weeklong English language program.
In the past, a large portion of funding for students has come from a $25,000 check written by one organization. This year, that check is not coming.
Our students are stepping out in faith, however, knowing that with Jesus’ help the difference will be supplied.
So we’re turning to you -- our RMC family. Word has it that there are around 17,000 baptized members in our conference. If each of you gave just five dollars we could more than triple the lost funding!
So that’s what we’re asking – a financial support from each of our members, a gift to help a student or to purchase building supplies. And, please, lift us up in prayer as we move toward this new adventure God has called us to.
To make a donation you can visit our website at rmcyouth.org/kaleoproject and click “Donate Here”. Or you can mail a check made out to The Rocky Mountain Conference to the following address: RMC Youth Department, 2520 S. Downing St., Denver, CO 80210 [Shannon Werner]
Boulder Church Christmas Cantata » Reserve your tickets now for the Boulder Church annual Christmas Cantata at 2:30 p.m., December 12. It will feature Joy Pepper Choplin's One Silent Night, a Christmas Ballad of Love and Joy, directed by Becky Carlisle and featuring musicians from the Boulder Adventist Church and the Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church. Although admission is by ticket only, tickets are FREE and are available by registering online. Another performance will be held at 10 a.m., December 13 at the Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, 10785 Melody Drive, Northglenn, Colorado 80234.
Eden Valley Church » You are invited to "The Christmas Tree", a special music and sing-a-long program by Morris Venden at 5 p.m. December 12, at Eden Valley Church, 9325 World Mission Drive, Loveland, CO 80538. Refreshments will follow the program.
Mile High Academy » The 8th grade class of Mile High Academy is collecting pairs of shoes as a fundraiser for their class trip to Washington DC this year. You can help them and others by donating your new or used pairs of shoes. The shoes will be sent overseas where micro-businesses will be set up so that individuals can learn to make a living and support their families. Drop off your shoes at the designated collection bin at your church or at MHA.
Laura E. Mason Christian Academy » Grades 1-8 at this Cheyenne, Wyoming, school are selling fruit boxes from Golden Harvest Fruit Sales, Inc. Get a full or half box of red grapefruit or navel oranges. Or get a box of half grapefruit and half oranges. Delivery will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. December 13. Call or text your order to Kate Kamarad at 307-287-3325, Sylvia Watson 307-640-2358, or call the school during lunch time at 307-638-2457 to order fruit from a student. Order deadline is November 28.
Eden Valley Institute of Wellness in Loveland, Colorado is looking for a marketing director to promote its Lifestyle Center, Eden Valley Country Store, "The Well" Education Program, and Eden Valley Farm and Gardens. If you are looking for an opportunity such as this, please contact us at www.eden-valley.org or call 970-667-1770. You may email your resume and references to [email protected] or fax to 970-663-7072 or mail them to Eden Valley Institute of Wellness, 9325 World Mission Drive, Loveland, CO 80538.
ACS Community LIFT is accepting applications for a part-time (32 hrs/wk, M-Th) Medical Assistant at its Denver location. Applicants must have at least two years experience working in a medical clinic, hospital, doctor's office or other health care setting. For a complete job description and application, visit http://www.rmcsda.org/hr-medical-assistant.
The Rocky Mountain Conference is currently accepting applications for a part-time (20 hours per week, M-Th) Assistant to help out in its Treasury Department. To learn more about this position and how to apply, please visit: http://www.rmcsda.org/hr-treasury-assistant.
The Rocky Mountain Conference has an immediate opening for a full-time Field Representative/Stewardship Coordinator in its Planned Giving and Trust Services Department. This position serves the Conference by visiting and fulfilling requests for assistance in estate planning, including information gathering and execution of documents. For more information about this position and how to apply, please visit http://www.rmcsda.org/hr-field-representativestewardship-coordinator.
The Voice of Prophecy in Loveland, Colorado, is looking for a full-time departmental assistant, as well as a DISCOVER Bible School trainer. View the full job descriptions and apply at vop.com/jobs.
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