A few months back, I decided to try using my iPad for preaching. When I speak, I don’t use a manuscript, instead relying on the sermon graphics as visual cues. My problem was that when we moved into a new facility earlier this year, the screen on the back wall was too small for me to read from the stage, and the congregation’s screen is almost directly overhead. So I had to print out my slides with a color printer, which added a significant extra step to my preparation and limited last-minute changes.
The iPad offered a promising solution to the problem, while adding some nice features. First, the large, bright screen made it easy to read the slides. Furthermore, when presenting with the iPad you have 4 different possible views, which you can change on the fly: current slide, next slide, current and next slide side-by-side, and current slide with speaker notes.
Second, you actually control the Continue Reading…
Last month, Upper Columbia Conference (UCC) hosted IMPACT 2013, an all-day event focused on showing the gospel in our communities. The weekend’s main speaker, Sung Kwon, North American Division’s Adventist Community Services director, shared a concept of the Great Commission requiring the church to go into the world. “If we are not involved in the community, then when we say ‘follow me’ the people will say ‘who are you?’” Despite the full schedule, with over 23 presentations, those who attend were inspired by the ideas presented and the stories of others reaching their communities through service. Read more about IMPACT 2013 from UCCSDA.org.
by Pastor Mike Larson
This fall, the Coeur d’Alene Seventh-day Adventist Church decided to delve into Revelation with the sole intent of seeing how Jesus is revealed within the pages of this often intimidating book. They organized their Sabbath morning church services as an evangelistic platform for all who were interested in learning more about the book of Revelation from the vantage point of seeing Jesus.
Pastor Mike Larson shared ten messages in a series entitled, ‘Jesus Revealed’, which covered the entire book. In preparation for the series, changes were made church-wide. The Coeur d’Alene church worked to intentionally create an atmosphere of anticipation. As a part of their evangelistic effort, a team was formed that addressed stage design, church decor, web site enhancements, worship planning, member involvement, and advertisement.
Although, the sermon teaching was in some respects the central part of the series, the church also wanted to bring out the Continue reading
by Pastor Steve Shipowick
The Holy Spirit is at work in the Lacey Seventh-day Adventist Church! A couple of weeks before I began our evangelistic meetings in October, a man we had never met walked into our church on Sabbath morning. He said his name was Dick and he lived just a couple of miles from our church. He had been studying his Bible and was convinced that the Sabbath was on the seventh day of the week. The greeter brought him to my pastor’s class and he was sitting there when I arrived. He has not missed a Sabbath since! He attended all of the evangelistic meetings and when they were over, I had the joy of baptizing him and his daughter, who has cerebral palsy. Dick was a member of a large Sunday-keeping church in town and so he went to his church leaders and explained what he was doing and why before resigning his positions in that church. Not only has Dick been faithful in coming to the church every time the doors are open, but he has already begun sharing his faith with those he knows by giving them literature about the Sabbath!
We praise God for the way He is working in the hearts and lives of so many who He is preparing for the “harvest”. We also praise Him for the joy we have in being co-workers with Him in the saving of souls! Not only has it been exciting to see the changes in the lives of so many who have taken their stand for Bible truth, but our church has been blessed as we have worked together in reaching out to our community with the Good News.
In March, more than 40 individuals from around the North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) completed a successful mission project to the city of Alajuela in Costa Rica. Nearly 40 short term missionaries, including twelve students from Auburn Adventist Academy, Portland Adventist Academy and Walla Walla University, conducted evangelistic meetings at 21 sites throughout the city. Women’s ministry leaders from the six Northwest local conferences each preached at a different site and also spent a day presenting seminars on women’s ministries within the North Costa Rica Mission. The project goal of 100 baptisms was surpassed with a total of 135 individuals accepting Jesus as Savior. Plans will be announced soon for the 2014 NPUC evangelistic project.
February 10-11, 2014, in Seattle, Washington, USA.
The One Project is returning to the Emerald City in 2014. Registration is now open and is already filling up with over 200 of the 700 spots taken and 150 requested it appears we are nearly 50% full.
Join us. Add your voice to this important conversation. Spend two days with like-minded believers celebrating the supremacy of Jesus in the theme of “Present Truth.”
The Record Keeper, an 11-part web-series just finished filming in Portland, OR. Walla Walla University alumnus Jason Satterlund was hired by the General Conference to product a web-series to be released in conjunction with The Great Hope project. This 11-episode production follows the story of two angels asked to give an account of what is happening on Earth to the Record Keeper, an angel tasked with recording Earth’s history. A cast and crew of more than 60 people had been filming for five weeks in the Portland area. The GLEANER has been on set to prepare for an upcoming feature and NewsPoints, from the North American Division, recently filmed a report. The church will be producing small group discussion guides and other study materials to support the series. Follow the production process on Facebook and watch the pilot episode shot last summer.