North American Division Responds to General Conference "Compliance" Action » Meeting in Columbia, Maryland, delegates to the North American Division (NAD) Year-End Meeting business session discussed several critical issues of church mission and approved an official response to the recently voted document by the General Conference Executive Committee entitled "Regard for and Practice of General Conference Session and General Conference Executive Committee Actions." A writing committee drafted the response before delegates approved it. Read the entire statement here.
Voicing concerns about church finances and recognizing the local church and mission needs in North America delegates approved the following motion: "Recommend the NAD Administration to discuss with General Conference (GC) the issue of financial parity to be accomplished in two to three years." The NAD currently contributes more than six percent of tithe on to the GC while all other divisions each pass on just two percent. The intended conversation is meant to explore an appropriate practice to bring all world divisions, including the NAD, into parity with the tithe percentage provided to the GC. Read more here.
Insuring openness and transparency of all proceedings, business meetings have been live streamed to viewers via social media and YouTube. Videos of the meetings are available to view on the NAD website.
Campion Orchestra Performs with World-Renowned Violinist » Twelve orchestra students from Campion Academy were given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join the Greater Boulder Youth Orchestra in accompanying world-renowned violinist Midori Goto at Macky Auditorium in Boulder on October 5.
A child prodigy, Midori performed for the United Nations Messengers of Peace at the age of 6. She performed with the New York Philharmonic by the time she was 11. When she was 14 years old, two of Midori’s strings broke during a performance of Leonard Bernstein’s “Serenade after Plato’s Symposium” under the direction of Bernstein himself. After the first string broke, she traded instruments with the concert master and remaining completely calm, continued to play. When the second string broke, she again swapped violins, this time with the associate concert master, and finished the song without missing a single note. She was given a standing ovation for her performance that night. Midori had handled it with composure and style beyond her years.
Campion's orchestra students arrived early on October 5 for a special session with Midori on effective personal practice. “The talk Midori gave about practicing was definitely inspiring,” said Megan Michalenko, violinist in the CA orchestra. “She talked about organizing your practice time and making sure you get the best out of every time you practice.”
“I’m always looking for ways to improve. Midori’s talk on practice was very applicable and has inspired me to make the most of my instrument,” said Sami Hodges, violinist in the CA Orchestra. “Going to Midori’s concert with GBYO was one the best things I’ve ever experienced!”
“The concert inspired me to work on how I practice daily and to never stop improving,” said Caleb Wehling, trumpet player in the CA Orchestra.
Madeline Jordan a student at Campion Academy and a member of the Greater Boulder Youth Orchestra Symphony, had the rare opportunity to accompany Midori for this performance of Mendelssohn’s “Violin Concerto in E Minor.” “It was a dream come true to play the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto and it is was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to accompany such an amazing violinist,” said Madeline. “After many hours of practice, I was super excited to finally perform this piece with the Symphony and Midori!”
Midori is unique because she is using her God-given talent of music to connect people, encourage community, and promote change. “What is most impactful is that an artist of her caliber would choose to focus this part of her career on working with young kids and youth to make sure they are exposed to excellent instruction and training,” reflected Clouzet. “It was a truly emotional, inspiring, and galvanizing experience that I will remember until I am an old man.”
-- Carey Jordan, text and photo
Campion Students Showcase Project-based Learning over Parent Weekend » Families of Campion students gathered last weekend for parent-weekend, during which students had the opportunity to show off the things they've been learning across multiple areas of curriculum. During the weekend, seniors shared spiritual lessons they learned during Senior Survival, the Music Department provided music for the church service and performed at an evening sacred concert. The gym was packed annual Fall Festival on Saturday night, and parents had the opportunity to talk individually with each of their student’s teachers on Sunday. The culminating activity was the showcase of student projects from English, world history, geography, art and physics classes.
Nate Marin’s geography class performed traditional dances in costume from a variety of countries. Divided into groups, students did an in-depth study of one country throughout the semester and presented their learning in multiple formats, including dance, food, infographics, digital maps, and physical mobiles.
Eloi Dos Santos, senior, commented on the work involved in creating these projects. “In my group, I am responsible for providing typical food from Venezuela. I’ve been working on the 3D-Printer, the clothing for our dance, and providing some ideas for our physical mobile. Studying about Venezuela wasn’t an easy job because their culture is quite contrasting, but it was interesting to learn about their lifestyles, religions, traditional foods, and dances,” he explained.
Sophomores shared their learning from reading Shakespeare's Julius Caesar in English class and world history students shared their discoveries from studying the social classes of ancient Rome, displaying a newspaper they produced containing articles they wrote on historical information, daily life, and societal problems. They wrote and performed satirical skits depicting some of those problems for the audience of parents and students. "Their understanding of ancient Roman societal issues and their sense of humor were clearly evident in their skits!" commented Jill Harlow, English teacher.
Jim Hughes’ art class created visual puns and did their best to communicate the idea through their choice of visual media. Their work included many thought-provoking pieces with paintings and mixed-media sculptures and was on display in Hankin’s Hall tower.
Kent Kast’s physics class was tasked with designing mini-bridges from wooden popsicle sticks. Using the laws of physics to determine potential strength and durability, the student creations were tested for structural integrity by piling on weights up to the point of collapse. The winning bridge, designed by Jordi, Caleb, and Nathaniel, held up all the weights available—about 150 pounds!
Each of these projects represented hours of deep academic content learned in classes and it was meaningful for the students to have the opportunity to share a small piece of what they have been learning with their parents. As Dos Santos put it, “It was a great opportunity for the parents to spend time with their children and see the great things that they have accomplished.”
-- Jill Harlow; photos by Jill Harlow, Kent Kast, and Jim Hughes
Sheridan Celebrates New Members » The Sheridan Church held a “Welcome Wagon” pizza party and vespers Saturday night, October 27, handing out gift bags to new members who have moved to the Sheridan area along with newly-baptized members. LifeSource Fellowship Ministers to Neighbors » LifeSource Adventist Fellowship held its yearly Trunk or Treat on October 27, an event created for nearby neighbors of LifeSource. “It was the biggest Trunk or Treat event so far,” said Amy Boulnois, Children’s Ministry leader at LifeSource. “Five hundred and fifteen people came through those doors,” she said as she stood in the Fellowship Hall of the church looking toward the doors. When families came through the door, a photographer was on hand to take a family photo. From there, they progressed through themed rooms, beginning with the barnyard room, where kids played horseshoes and lassoed a cow. When they reached the jungle room, they participated in a banana toss and made jungle animal masks. The tiki room had a large volcano that actually erupted and the kids played limbo. In the space room, they made their way through a giant solar system maze and in the sock hop room. they held a drag race and made their own soda shop hats. Event volunteers were kept busy as excited groups of children and their parents made their way through the rooms.
"This is just one of many outreach activities held each year at LifeSource," said J. Murdock, LifeSource associate pastor. "We value our neighbors and want to make a difference in their lives. For a pastor, it means that our congregation is responsive to the needs of their neighbors." "One of the things the neighborhood appreciates about Trunk of Treat is having a safe place for the entire family to come and meet together with others from the community and from our church. It also gives us a glimpse of who lives around us and an opportunity to better serve them," commented Dany Hernandez, former LifeSource pastor.
-- Carol Bolden; photo by J. Murdock
Daystar Implements First Student-Led Conferences » Self-evaluation, communication skills, goal setting, and accountability are just a few of the skills the Daystar Christian School students learned recently at their first student-led conferences held in lieu of traditional parent-teacher conferences.
After picking out their best and worst assignments or tests in each subject, students made binders to display their work. Next, they wrote out their strengths and weaknesses in each subject and subsequent goals and strategies for improvement.
“They were very honest about their areas of weaknesses and had great ideas on how to improve,” remarked Michelle Velbis, principal and teacher at Daystar in Pueblo, Colorado.
“As a teacher, I saw that my students needed to more fully comprehend that their choices for studying and doing homework directly affected their grades. By having them explain their work to their parents, it helped them make that connection and they were also able to set goals where they wanted to improve,” said Velbis. “I also enjoyed watching them beam with pride as they shared the areas they felt confident in.”
“It was fun to see my children in charge and comfortable giving their presentations,” said Lisa Black, parent of 3rd and 4th grade students.
Janet Kilfoy, parent of a 7th grader, was impressed with her daughter’s confidence in leading the conference and sees how it will help her with job interviews and other opportunities in the future.
“The best thing about this experience was that I got to tell my dad how I was doing by myself and I did not have to rely on my teacher to do that,” said 8th grader, Audra Bennett.
“It was a win-win for the parents, teachers, and students. I think that student-led conferences will be a new positive trend in education,” Velbis concluded.
-- Michelle Velbis; photo by Erwin Velbis
The Adventure Church Turns 20 » Youth dressed as 1920s newsboys (and girls) greeted members and guests on Sabbath, October 27 to celebrate a big milestone. Inside the church, greeters in fancy '20s attire handed out bulletins and loudly announced the their 20th year in existence. After Sabbath School and conversation in the foyer, faces, both new and old from all eras of the church's history, filled the the sanctuary’s new interior.
Praise and worship was followed by a regaling of the history of The Adventure as it grew from infancy into what it is today--a family with Jesus at the helm.
Daryl Bohlender shared how the church was founded and how it moved from location to inconvenient location until it found a home in the beautiful structure where it now resides. He also shared how the church ministers to the community, and the demographics it is built to uphold and love; namely, anyone and everyone, in the same way Christ does.
Manny Montoya spoke on the unique power structure of the church. The Adventure has no human authority above another. It has no need. Christ is the leader, leaving everyone else free to carry out their spiritual tasks.
Finally, Pastor LeeLee Dart spoke about welcoming people in, loving them, and making them feel welcome. She shared a dream of "a bright future for the church following our one true visionary--Jesus."
At the end of the service, Pastor LeeLee, along with two others, presented a ship’s wheel to be left in the foyer for anyone to sign.
A soup and sandwich potluck lunch followed the service and nostalgic services took place during the afternoon. An elegant 1920s themed dinner was offered in the evening as the final piece in the tapestry of the 20th anniversary celebration.
-- RMCNews with Jonathan Candy; photos by Jonathan Candy
Unexpected testimonies were given by those in attendance. One woman who recently began attending the church shared how the Lord had impressed her to attend and convicted her about doing worldly things on the Sabbath. Another gave witness of seeing the need to spend his time with different priorities because Jesus is coming soon! A third person expressed thankfulness to the church for taking her in and loving her.
"Seeing and hearing the workings of the Holy Spirit left everyone in awe," said Darlene Westbrook, Sheridan Church member and head of social committee. "It was good to come to fellowship together as we see the day approaching."
-- Darlene Westbrook; photo by Diane Larkins
Stuart Harrison, former pastor of Denver First Church (now LifeSource Fellowship), died October 17, 2018, in Phoenix, Arizona. Born June 16, 1941, in Vicksburg, Michigan, he attended Adelphian Academy and earned his Bachelor of Divinity at Andrews University. He came to the Rocky Mountain Conference in 1983, pastoring at Denver First for 16 years and continuing with the conference two more years before moving to Phoenix where he pastored the Foothills Community Church. "He was a shepherd pastor," said his daughter, Heather Schlageck, and did everything he could to help people, even assisting them with painting their homes and other servant activities. Nearly 250 people attended his memorial service at True Life Community Church November 3, many speaking of the impact he had on their lives.
Franktown Church » Everyone is invited to the Franktown Church during their hosting of Adventist World Radio this Sabbath, November 10, at 11:15 a.m. (morning service) and 1:30 p.m. (afternoon meeting) with speakers Duane McKey, AWR president and Cami Oetman, AWR vice president for advancement. According to AWR's annual report, 17,968 people joined the Seventh-day Adventist Church after AWR360 meetings in Zambia. Eighty percent of the baptisms were attributed to their radio broadcasts.
Vista Ridge Academy » Join us for a fun family evening on Saturday, November 10, from 6 p..m to 9 p.m., as Vista Ridge Academy presents its popular annual Fall Festival. Lots of great food, fun activities for all ages, and quality items at the silent auction. Enjoy yourself and help support the school!
Denver West Church » The Sabbath School program at Denver West SDA Church at 9:30 a.m. on November 10 will honor veterans ahead of the official Veterans Day. We invite you to join us and to bring a photograph of your veteran that can be displayed on a table. Please bring a place card identifying name and branch of service. A delicious fellowship meal will follow the church service. Please join us. Email Patricia Armijo at [email protected]. Denver West Church is located at 290 S. Quitman Street, Denver, Colorado.
Mile High Academy » Mile High Academy invites you to Fall Festival. Come out on November 10 from 6-9pm for an evening of fun with friends and family. Booths are sponsored by a different class or group. Whether you have a favorite student or a favorite food, it all goes to a great cause, Christian education at MHA. Mark your calendars and plan an evening with us.
Fort Collins School » You are invited to Fort Collins Christian School’s Fall Festival on Sunday, November 11 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Come join us for great food, fun games, a baked good auction, and fellowship as we celebrate Fall and the beginning of the holiday season! We will serve vegetable sushi, egg rolls, vegetable stir fried noodles, fried rice, Mexican food, pizza, nachos, ice-cream, and more! Tickets can be purchased at the event!
If you would like to see our brand-new school and church building, we would love to give you a tour – just let us know! Our new school and church are located at 2040 Nancy Gray Ave., Fort Collins, CO 80525.
Mile High Academy » Immediate openings are available for substitute teachers for all grade levels at Mile High Academy. Applicants should have experience working with children and be able to maintain a positive classroom environment while carrying out the teacher’s lesson plans in classrooms as assigned. High school diploma required. Bachelors or some college preferred. Days/hours are on an as-needed basis. For more information, please contact Brenda Rodie at 303-744-1069. For an application, send an email request to [email protected].
HMS Richards Elementary » Part-time preschool teacher needed at HMS. We are growing and looking for an enthusiastic teacher to lead our preschool program. Must be ECE teacher certified. Do not need to be director certified. Please contact Davin Hammond or Kari Lange for more information @ (970) 667-2427.
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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