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Outreach and community are important components of the Sabbath School experience that today's church members are seeking. Giving participants an opportunity to inspire those around them with the hope of …

Point of View

Service—An Added Dimension of Sabbath School

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I have always enjoyed and been blessed by Sabbath School but I have noticed that there has been a decline in Sabbath School attendance over the years. I suppose that …

Stepping Stone

Stepping Stone to Success - September 2014

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LM: Stephanie and Kenny—two young people who have graduated from Southwestern Adventist University and are pursuing fulfilling and passionate lives in Christ. Just imagine what Southwestern can do for you …

CREATION Health

CREATION Health: Finding Happiness at Church

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How would you answer someone who asked, “Does going to church make you happier and more satisfied with life?” Well, is there a connection between attending religious services and being happier? Chances …

MyFaith

A Taste of Heaven

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As a third-generation Seventh-day Adventist, I grew up attending Sabbath School very frequently. I am originally from Kenya and moved to America 10 years ago to pursue my education. Moving …

Pass it On

If You Build It, They Will Come!

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There’s an old adage: If you build it, they will come. Build an effective Sabbath School program and they will come. The Holy Spirit will provide growth in direct proportion …

Visión Hispana

Recursos de Escuela Sabática Gratuitos

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La Escuela Sabática es una parte muy especial para nuestro desarrollo como cristianos, de hecho, ¿Sabías que la primera Escuela Sabática se inició en 1853 en la ciudad de Rochester, …

Feature

Sabbath School: An Instrument in God's Hands

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The Sabbath School Department of the General Conference emphasizes four areas of focus for each adult Sabbath School: fellowship, community outreach, Bible study, and missions. I believe it is important …

Helpful Tools for Sabbath School

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Featured here is a sampling of resources to enrich your Sabbath School, making it a dynamic center for nurturing, fellowship, Bible Study, and outreach. You can find and order these …

Sabbath School Is Small Group Evangelism

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When we hear the word “evangelism” our thoughts go immediately to the public campaigns conducted in the church or some public arena; but the concept of evangelism is actually much …

Arkansas-Louisiana Conference

Ten Baptized Following Week of Prayer

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Gentry, Ark. » April 26, 2014 was a high Sabbath at the Gentry church as the congregation witnessed the baptism of ten academy students.  This celebrated event took place at …

A Passion for Community Outreach

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Mena, Ark. » After completing seven cookbooks, multiple cooking classes, and televised cooking shows, Kyong Weathersby is still on fire to reach her goal of helping people overcome suffering due …

CHIP Program for Fort Smith Church

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Fort Smith, Ark. » There are some visibly thinner faces at the Fort Smith church. After 30 days, members of the first group to participate in CHIP (Complete Health Improvement Program) …

Forrest City/West Helena Pathfinders

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Forrest City, Ark. » The “Messengers,” the newly formed Pathfinder club for the Forrest City/West Helena district held their first fundraiser on July 20 in Forrest City, Arkansas. Along with …

Sabbath School: The Engine of the Church

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School. The Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary gives this definition:  (1) An organization that provides instruction . . . (2) the process of teaching or learning . . . (3) a source …

Oklahoma Conference

Broken Arrow Celebrates 35 Years

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Broken Arrow » This past May, the Broken Arrow church celebrated its 35th anniversary, as well as Mother’s Day. The church history was read and charter members were honored. Our …

Choctaw Hosts Weird Animals VBS Program

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Choctaw » Eighteen energetic boys and girls attended the Choctaw church’s “Weird Animals” Vacation Bible School program the week of June 16-20. Each day the children participated in a variety of …

Eating Better to Serve God Better

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Choctaw » Sometimes things that many consider unrelated to our spiritual lives can be very important to our relationship with Jesus. Mary Bernt held evening cooking seminars at the Choctaw …

Total Participation

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It has been said that you really do not know someone until you eat together. So every Sabbath when we come together for Sabbath School, let us consider that we are …

Alva Church Investiture, Baby Dedication, and Baptism

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Alva » The Alva church has been very busy this year. The church body has been very productive with adding the final touches to the new church, and the Pathfinders …

Southwest Region Conference

Southwest Region Celebrates the Ordination of Pastors

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Athens, Texas » The Southwest Region Conference ended its 2014 campmeeting festivities with its annual pastoral ordination on June 21, 2014. Those ordained included: Kenn Dixon, of Garland Casalita Drive …

What If There Was No Sabbath School?

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I often sit and ask myself “What if” questions. What if your church announced at its business meeting: “Starting next week there will be no more adult Sabbath School classes …

Forest Hill Experiences Third Annual Community Parade

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Forest Hill, Texas » On April 27, the city of Forest Hill experienced the third annual Catch the Vision parade. The parade took place despite a rainy forecast, and multiple …

Grace Tour Comes to Agape Fellowship

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Lancaster, Texas » Profound author and speaker Jeremy Anderson and his Grace Tour ministry team visited Agape Fellowship church in Lancaster on the Sabbath, July 12th, for the morning service …

Texas Conference

McKinney Church Celebrates Church Status

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McKinney » Sabbath, April 26 was a special day for the McKinney church as we celebrated our new status as a church. Gary Brady from the Texas Conference and Chief Daniel …

Annual Service to be Held at Oldest Adventist Church in Texas Conference

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Clifton » The Norse church, the oldest standing Adventist church in the Texas Conference, invites you to its 31st annual church service at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 11. The Keene Rocketeer …

Sabbath School: A Place Where Hearts are Fashioned

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My first recollections of Sabbath School take me back to Orlando, Florida, where I must have been in the first grade. The songs, prayers, and Bible lessons were the foundations …

“Smiling Jesus” Visits Stonehill

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Pflugerville » Bruce Marchiano, the actor best known for his role as Jesus in the film The Gospel According to Matthew, spent Sabbath, April 26, at the Stonehill church sharing …

Blinded by Love at Denton First

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Denton » The Denton First church held a young adult worship experience April 24-27, with a focus on “blind love.” The four-day, interactive worship experience, led by Derek Lazarus, pastor, …

Texico Conference

ShareHim 2014 Philippine Mission Trip

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The opportunity to serve the Lord in the mission field is a privilege and honor. When you are confronted with the realization of what God has done in your life, …

Rebuilding a Landmark

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While attending the city-wide evangelistic crusade, Hope for Manila 2014: iCare, I noticed something significant during the three Sabbaths that we were in the Philippines. What struck me the most …

Southwestern Adventist University

Lifehouse: Southwestern’s Sabbath School Experience

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“Every Sabbath morning I look forward to attending Lifehouse, whether I’m involved on stage or in the audience," confides Michael Demiar, senior communication major. “And that’s one of the best …

Southwestern Union

Host Let’s Move Day at Your Church!

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Looking for a fun, non-intrusive way to connect with your community? A great opportunity is right around the corner! Let’s Move Day, sponsored by the North American Division, is an …

Classified Ads

September 2014 Classified Ads

Real Estate/Housing Summit Ridge Retirement Village is an Adventist community in a rural setting but close to Oklahoma City medical facilities and shopping. Made up of mostly individual homes, the …

Announcements

September 2014 Announcements

Sheyenne River Academy/Dakota Adventist Academy Alumni Weekend, October 3-4, 2014 at Dakota Adventist Academy, 15905 Sheyenne Circle, Bismarck, ND.  Come and renew your friendships!  Honor Classes: ’40, ’45, ’50, ’55, ’60, '65, …

Obituaries

September 2014 Obituaries

Andrioaie, Constantin, born May 22, 1951 in Romania and died June 30, 2014, in Little Rock, Ark. He was a member of the Hot Springs church. Constantin was born in …

On the Record

How to Grow Your Sabbath School

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I first became acquainted with the concept of Sabbath School Action Units in the mid-90s when I served as editor of Action!, a former Sabbath School resource magazine that was …

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