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The 60th General Conference Session will take place July 2-11 in San Antonio, Texas. More than 60,000 people are expected to attend both Sabbath services. On the cover is a …

Point of View

Big Things Are Happening in San Antonio!


I hope you are ready for a momentous year of mission and service! This summer, the Southwestern Union will host the General Conference Session in San Antonio, July 2-11, 2015. …


Come and Serve!


Just as in Jesus' day when the multitudes sought healing and relief from their physical maladies, thousands today in every major city are seeking physical comfort and care. For three …


Opportunities to Share Christ


This July will be a very exciting time for San Antonio, Texas, with the arrival of the General Conference Session. There will be lots of great things to do and …

Pass it On

Reaching San Antonio for Jesus


In 2015, the eyes of the world church will be on San Antonio. As the delegates meet to decide church policy and debate various issues, the people of San Antonio …

Visión Hispana

Manos al Servicio de Otros


Mi padre no usó zapatos hasta la edad de 15 años. Para él no era cosa del otro mundo no tener zapatos, porque se acostumbró a esa situación. Los zapatos …


Adventists Urged to Study Women’s Ordination for Themselves


President Wilson and TOSC chair Stele ask for prayers for the Holy Spirit to guide the proceedings. Ted N.C. Wilson, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, encouraged church members worldwide …

Arise! Shine! Jesus is Coming!


As the 2015 General Conference Session in San Antonio, Texas, approaches, I’d like to extend sincere gratitude and appreciation to the Southwestern Union Conference as our host. We look forward …

Top Six Considerations for Picking a General Conference Session Host City


Silver Spring, Md. » Seventh-day Adventist Church leaders and support staff at the denomination’s headquarters are gearing up for next year’s 60th General Conference Session, a 10-day global spiritual gathering …

12 Unique Reasons to Attend the 2015 GC Session


1. See the Parade of Nations: One of the most anticipated and photographed highlights of each General Conference session, the Parade of Nations usually occurs at the closing ceremonies on the …

About San Antonio


What to See The Alamo Founded in 1718 as the first of five Catholic missions in San Antonio by Franciscan priests of Spain, the Alamo has been established as an …

Fast Facts About the 2015 GC Session


History of the GC Session On May 20, 1863, in Battle Creek, Michigan, a group of Seventh-day Adventist church leaders came together to organize a General Conference. They chose a …

Arkansas-Louisiana Conference

ARME Bible Camp Comes to Gentry Church


Gentry, Ark. » During the first week of July 2014, the Gentry church was blessed to host ARME Bible Camp. Church members from throughout the Arkansas-Louisiana Conference, as well as visitors …

1300 Sweaters for the Master


Hot Springs, Ark. » Another delightful milestone has passed in the life and service of Emily Stumpf Laue, longtime member of the Hot Springs Church. Beginning in 1987, Laue transformed her …

Baptism for Ozark Church


Ozark, Ark. » Following evangelistic meetings that Bryan Seymour, pastor, held at the Ozark church, Joyce (Jody) Elaine Miller decided to follow up with some Bible studies so she could …

Slidell Church Hosts Dual VBS


Slidell, La. » The Slidell church was the host of dual Vacation Bible School sessions this past July. Session One was for ages 12 and under, and Session Two was for …

Searcy Church Recognizes Graduates


Searcy, Ark. » The Searcy church loves to encourage its young people who are pursuing their education. A special program was presented during the worship service in May 2014, recognizing …

Only One "Camp" After San Antonio


I believe the Seventh-day Adventist Church is the remnant church of Bible prophecy. In the words of the prophet, “Enfeebled and defective as it may appear, the church is the …

Oklahoma Conference

Bristow Celebrates Two Baptisms


The hottest day of the summer was celebrated with two baptisms at the Bristow church: Sophia Fisher, age 12, and Peggy Riley. Sophia and several other young people studied with …

Seminole Church Reaches Out to Nursing Home Residents


Seminole » The Seminole church looks forward to every third Thursday when they go to visit the Seminole Nursing Home. There they sing their hearts out, bringing the joy of …

Tulsa Centennial Reunion


First Seventh-Day Adventist Church of Tulsa announces its Centennial Reunion to be held April 18, 2015. All current and former pastors, members, and friends are invited to attend this special …

Jay Church Opens Food Bank


Jay » The Jay church had a burden to help its community, but was unsure how. After much prayer and consideration, and after one of its members was helping out …

Praying for Rain


I thoroughly enjoy the book of Acts. I believe it is a must read for every believer.  The record left to us should excite us and give us courage as …

Southwest Region Conference

Tour de Youth: "Ride for the Future"


Dallas, Texas » The Tour de France is one of the most demanding endurance sports in history. It is two weeks of cycling more than 2,200 grueling miles, brutal mountain climbs, …

South Louisiana Youth Federation


Baton Rouge, La. » The South Louisiana Youth Federation held a youth event October 31 through November 2 in the Baton Rouge area. In an age when technology dominates the …

General Conference Session: Get Ready For An Awesome Experience


This summer, the 60th General Conference Session will come to San Antonio, Texas. It will be the third General Conference Session in the Southwestern Union Territory. My first experience with …

Texas Conference

The Athens Church Swap


Athens » A few years ago the attending membership of our church in Athens had dwindled down to only seven at times. We were faced with the financial question of …

The Power of Canvassing


As the summer approached I could not have foretold what the Lord had in store for us. We would begin our summer in Huntsville, Texas, and we would end our …

Adventist Rodders Club Car Show Benefits Grandview Food Bank


Grandview » The Adventist Rodders Club of North Texas held their Fourth Annual Shoe-n-Shine car show at Beaumont Ranch in Grandview on September 14, 2014. The proceeds of this show …

iFollow at Garland Spanish


Garland » Philippians 2:4 says, “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others." The youth at the Garland Spanish church …

Texas-sized Praise and Worship


Get ready San Antonio, here they come! I will confess that I am not a big fan of large convocations. In the past I have tried earnestly to avoid them …

Texico Conference

You Belong to a Worldwide Church Family


Every five years, delegates from around the world come to the General Conference (GC) Session to give reports on what is happening around the world, vote on issues pressing the …

Odessa Offers "Hope for the Family"


Odessa, Texas » On October 17, 2014 at the Odessa English church, our very own Texico Conference president, Lee-Roy Chacon, initiated and conducted "The Hope for Family" seminar for this …

Stand Down reaches out, provides food, clothes to veterans


Avelino was in the Army once. He doesn’t remember when. Sitting at a table in Alumni Hall on the campus of the Santa Fe University of Art and Design during …

Southwestern Adventist University

A Night at the Meyerson: A Tradition of Dedication


Dallas » On February 15, the exciting tradition of A Night at the Meyerson continues. The annual performance, in its 22nd year, is a collaboration of more than 500 high school …

Southwestern Union

Sonnett Peterson Joins Southwestern Union IT Department


Burleson, Texas » Sonnett Peterson has joined the Southwestern Union Conference as its new associate director of information technology. In this position, she will support the union and five conference …

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January 2015 Classified Ads

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January 2015 Announcements

5K Fun Run During General Conference Session: There will be a 5K Fun Run during the GC Session in San Antonio, Texas, on Sunday, July 5, 2015, followed by a …


January 2015 Obituaries

Brown, Mildred Jean Williams, born October 30, 1933 in Sprinkle, Texas, and died October 22, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. She was a faithful member of the City Temple church in …

On the Record

A Little Taste of Heaven


It wasn’t until I attended my very first General Conference Session—held in 1990 in Indianapolis—that I got a true sense of the rich diversity that comprises our church membership.  I …

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