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Table of Contents Mid-America Union November 2009 Editorial. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 On the Campus. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Why I Chose Union College Testimonies. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 "Kelly's Story" . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 "Francois' Story". . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 "Frances' Story". . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 "Desiree's Story". . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 A Closer Look at Union College. . 10 "How to Be an Academic Matchmaker". . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 "I Wanna Go Back, I Gotta Go Back...". . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 "Good News about Union" . . . . . 11 Central States News . . . . . . . . . . 12 Dakota News. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Iowa-Missouri News. . . . . . . . . . 16 Kansas-Nebraska News. . . . . . 18 Minnesota News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Rocky Mountain News . . . . . . . 22 Adventist Health System. . . . . . 24 Mid-America Blog Updates . . . 26 Farewell. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Sunset Calendar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Classifieds. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

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Note: Central States is an ethnically diverse regional conference encompassing the entire Mid-America Union territory.


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In This Issue... Teaching a class at Union College this semester has convinced me that the maturity level of these students is higher than on most Christian campuses. Yes, academics is strong at Union College, which again has been ranked among America’s finest colleges in its category. But an even more important tribute to Union College is the character of its students. I credit this to a culture of discipleship and empowerment that encourages them to step out for God now—not only living their You can read some of their stories in this

The lovely person on our cover is Kelly Phipps, one of four students who share their testimonies in this special issue of Outlook, which spotlights the wonderful things happening at Union College. Photo by Steve Nazario. OUTLOOK, (ISSN 0887-977X) Noveber 2009, Volume 30, Number 11. Outlook is published monthly by the Mid-America Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, 8307 Pine Lake Road, Lincoln, NE 68516; Telephone: 402.484.3000; Fax: 402.483.4453; E-mail: POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Outlook, PO Box 6128, Lincoln, NE 68506. E-mail: When possible clip name and address from a previous issue. Printed at Pacific Press Publishing Association, Standard postage paid at Nampa, ID. Free for Mid-America church members and $10 per year for non-Mid-America subscribers. ©2009 Mid-America Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. All Rights Reserved. Adventist® and Seventh-day Adventist® are the registered trademarks of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

special issue of Outlook. Don’t be surprised if some of what you read will bring a tear to your eyes. This happened to me when reading the guest editorial of Nadine Nelson, Union’s new vice president for enrollment and student financial services. She and her husband decided to join the Union College staff when some students offered to pray for her. Read her story across the page, and then I invite you to enjoy the rest of this Union College report.

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faith but also leading with it. On the Cover:

Minnesota Conference

Dakota Conference

Martin Weber, editor

Outlook Staff Editor: Martin Weber Managing Editor/Ad Manager: Amy Prindle Layout Designer: Amy Prindle Classifieds/Subscriptions: Chris Smith Copy Editor: Chris Smith News Editors Central States: Kymone Hinds Dakota: Heidi Shoemaker Iowa-Missouri: Michelle Miracle Kansas-Nebraska: John Treolo Minnesota: Claudio Consuegra Rocky Mountain: Karen Cress Union College: Jacque L. Smith

Mid-America Union Conference President: Roscoe J. Howard III VP for Administration: Thomas L. Lemon VP for Finance: Elaine Hagele Associate VP for Finance: Walt Sparks

Local Conferences CENTRAL STATES: 3301 Parallel Pkwy., Kansas City, KS 66104; 913.371.1071 DAKOTA: P.O. Box 520, 217 North Grand Ave., Pierre, SD 57501; 605.224.8868 IOWA-MISSOURI: P.O. Box 65665, 1005 Grand Ave., West Des Moines, IA 50265; 515.223.1197 KANSAS-NEBRASKA: 3440 Urish Road, Topeka, KS 66614-4601; 785.478.4726 MINNESOTA: 7384 Kirkwood Court, Maple Grove, MN 55369; 763.424.8923 ROCKY MOUNTAIN: 2520 S. Downing St., Denver, CO 80210; 303.733.3771

Editorial Experiencing the Spirit of Union College by Nadine Nelson


am a product of Andrews University. I came straight from Westville Girl’s High School in Durban, South Africa, to Berrien Springs, Michigan, where I studied, lived and worked at Andrews for the past 14 years. Andrews is what I know. Even though I’ve visited Lincoln before, to me, Union College was just that little school in the middle of the cornfields. And yet, now Union is my home. In October, I became Union College’s vice president for enrollment and student financial services, charged with sharing the Union spirit with prospective students. While that may seem like a tough job for someone who is just beginning to experience the spirit of Union College herself, I’m already in love with this school. It only took one weekend to know this is where I belong. In early August, I received a call from David Smith, president of Union College, asking me to come to campus to interview. Needless to say, I was flattered and rather surprised.

Their eyes sparkled as they talked about Union's strengths, and they seemed to struggle to think of the college's challenges.

Within a couple of weeks, my husband Vaughan and I were in Lincoln for a whirlwind of meetings with prospective coworkers, exploring the city and trying to picture ourselves in this new possibility. The people were warm and welcoming, and the interview process was long and tiring. Through it all, the same message resonated: Everyone loved Union because of the spirit on campus.

Spirit is a hard word to nail down. To some, it may mean high-levels of energy and participation; to others it implies being in tune with the Holy Spirit. To me, at first, I thought it just meant that everyone was really nice. I could see around campus that people were friendly, engaging and seemed to care about each other. After a long day of interviews and dinner at a Thai restaurant, the next appointment was an opportunity to talk with students. This would be my chance to get down to the nitty-gritty, to truly hear what students like and don’t like about the school and to understand the challenges I might face if offered the job. When I arrived at the appointment, there were approximately 10 students all gushing with excitement as they chatted about Project Impact and what they would be doing in their community in a couple of days. Dr. Smith settled them down and took a minute to introduce me to the students, then excused himself. We gathered around a table and started talking about why they chose Union, why they liked the school, why they stayed, what things they thought were the institution’s challenges, and much more. The conversation flowed freely. Each story was different, but they all echoed the same truth: They LOVE their Union College experience! They love the opportunities to serve, worship, lead, engage with faculty and form deep friendships with classmates. The students described themselves as “average Joes” who get to do great things. Their eyes sparkled as they talked about Union’s strengths, and they seemed to struggle to think of the college’s challenges. The one change they all wanted to see was for more people to understand how great their school is. They described Union as the “best kept secret in the Adventist system.” Vaughan and I listened. Intently. Hanging onto each word that described this school with so much heart. After 90 minutes of conversation, I felt we needed to wrap up the session so that the students could get back to studying. We were expressing our thanks and got up from the table to leave when a student piped up and said, “I think we need to pray for you.” Vaughan and I both looked at each other, a bit surprised, and closed our eyes for prayer. I don’t really remember the words in the prayer, but I do remember the overwhelming feeling. In that moment, my heart changed, and I fell in love with Union College. Walking back to our guest room in the Ortner Center, I turned to Vaughan with tears in my eyes and said, “Honey, they prayed for us. Those kids prayed for us! Have we ever had kids pray for us before?” That moment, that single gesture of thoughtful prayer changed my heart, and I knew then that God was preparing Vaughan and I both for something special at Union College. There is truly something great happening at the little school in the middle of the cornfields. I now know that Union’s

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invitation to “Experience the Spirit” is much more than I expected. It is the friendliness of the people—but also academic excellence, volunteerism, heartfelt worship, caring for each other, having fun and much, much more. The tagline on Union’s logo is true in every sense of spirit, and the spirit is changing my life. In this special issue of Outlook, four students describe the paths that brought them to Union and how they have become part of the Union spirit. We also share ways alumni, parents, church members and the rest of Union’s extended family can stay connected to campus. Finally, we’ve included an invitation for you to help us spread the good news about Union College with students searching for a life-altering spirit in their lives. Even amid boxes, packing materials and the stresses of moving and making big changes, Vaughan and I are excited to explore our new lives. I’m proud to lead a team whose purpose is to share Union with America and the world. Once you’ve experienced it, Union’s spirit is too good to keep secret.


Nadine Nelson is vice president for enrollment and student financial services. Editor’s note: After five and a half years of enrollment leadership a Union College, Rob Weaver, former vice president for enrollment and student financial services, has accepted a newly created role—vice president for marketing for the Association of Adventist Colleges and Universities. Weaver continues to promote Adventist higher education by working with this voluntary consortium to raise awareness of the 15 colleges and universities in North America. One of his primary goals is to find ways to connect with prospective students who are Adventists but do not attend Adventist secondary schools. Weaver’s work is based in Lincoln with an office on the campus of Union College.

On the Campus. . . Unionaries Continue Celebration of Thanksgiving Tradition For 22 years, Union’s choir, the Unionaires, has participated in the annual "Celebration of Thanksgiving" concert in Kansas City, Missouri. Sponsored by Shawnee Mission Medical Center in the Kansas City area, the Unionaires have performed with nationally known Christian musicians such as Larnell Harris and CeCe Winans. This year on Nov. 21, Unionaries will join contemporary Christian group Selah along with The Kansas City Symphony Brass and the University of Missouri-Kansas City Singers. The free program begins at 3:30 p.m. at New Haven Seventh-day Adventist Church in Overland Park, Kansas.


Campus Calendar Nov. 1-3 College Days for MAU Academies Nov. 21 Celebration of Thanksgiving concert at Shawnee Mission Medical Center (see left) Nov. 22-29 Thanksgiving Vacation Dec. 17-Jan. 3 Christmas Vacation Jan. 4 Registration for Second Semester Jan. 5 Second Semester classes begin


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Why I Chose Union Kelly’s Story: F i n d i n g


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nion College is the last place I expected to end up. I always felt more at home in the public school system. I attended a small Adventist academy during my early teenage years, and although I made some lifelong friendships, I found myself turned off by the overall experience. There were definitely good times; I got to participate in more activities because they did not conflict with Sabbath. But there were things that, for my easily influenced eyes, were damaging to my view of Adventist institutions. After my sophomore year in high school, I transferred back to public school. It seemed like the perfect fit. I had plenty of classes to choose from, including a journalism class and a higher level of Spanish than what the academy offered. I joined the Diversity Team and helped teach tolerance and acceptance in my school. There was such an impact that the school board added our Declaration

of Human Rights to the student handbook permanently. I liked hanging out with people from all religions, cultures and walks of life again. I often wondered why the Adventist Church seemed so closed-minded when there is so much knowledge that can be gained from stepping out of one’s comfort zone. The more involved I became in my new high school, the more I looked down on Adventist education. Seeing all the problems in the Adventist Church, I thought to myself, If this is the way Christian adults act, why would I want to be one? I decided I didn’t want to be one. I’m not perfect. And looking back in my life, I know I made mistakes. But I didn’t go off and do all the things that wayward Christians are stereotyped as doing. I was still a decent kid, just not one interested in making Adventism a part of my future. My dream for college has always been to study out

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of state. Because I knew my parents would want me to My first Sabbath at Union made me realize I had choose either an Adventist college or a school close to made the right choice. After a powerful service at Allon home, I started to investigate small liberal arts colleges Chapel, I went to Lhorraine’s house for lunch. A group nearby. Deep down I knew that the last thing I wanted to of her friends from Union came over. After lunch, they do was stay in state. During the course of that year, a role started discussing the sermon and their thoughts on it. model from my church passed Then they started playing a Biaway due to cancer. The one ble game. These people are so thing I remember him telling weird, I thought. But they look me throughout my life was that so happy to be Christian. Adventist education for college And the verdict is? I love it was beneficial. I always pushed here. I love the campus, my aside what he said, but as my friends, my classes, the local planning for college became church I attend, and even my more important, I started to roommate. I love that on-camrethink his advice. After much pus jobs have given me oppordeliberation, I decided to start tunities I would never have at looking at Adventist colleges— other colleges. Sometimes I get every one but Union. To me, Union College was the col- to go on recruiting trips, and I even coordinate Preview lege that had been pushed on me in academy. Everyone Days, the same event I once attended. But most imporseemed to go to Union. tantly, I love that my relationship with God is beginning Even though I had written off Union College, my to grow again. He is closer to me than ever before. friends always talked about their experiences at the This may be the last place I ever thought I would end school. Their efforts to recruit me became a running joke up, but it’s right where God wants me. between us. My response to Lhorraine London was that I would never go to Union and she should stop wasting her time. For a few summers, Union’s Matchbox Minis- Kelly Phipps is a sophomore public relations major at Union College. try brought Invite to Ignite, a traveling youth rally, to my church. As a friend of the coordinator, Michael Polite, I would often help with small things in the program. Then the e-mails, phone calls, postcards and brochures from Union started bombarding me. With my senior year flying by, I was getting desperate in my college search. Staying in state was not the college experience I wanted. If these people want me so much, maybe I’ll just check it out, I told myself. During my senior year I convinced my mom to take me and a few friends to the Spring Preview Days, the weekend event for public high school students interested in Union College. After arriving on campus, I was convinced by the friendly atmosphere that this was a college that wanted me. I was used to chasing down colleges, and this college was Kelly Phipps, Ashley Schebo (back) and Dolene O’mirera hang out at Pioneers Park on a Sabbath afternoon in September. pursuing me.

...I was convinced by the friendly atmosphere that this was a college that wanted me. I was used to chasing down colleges, and this college was pursuing me.

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Francois' Story by Francois Crawford

Photo by Steve Nazario


had been moving from place to place since I was a child. Sometimes living with my mother, sometime with my dad, but mostly I grew up living with my Adventist grandmother. I was brought up with an Adventist foundation, but through time, I began to stray from those ways, especially when I turned 16 and went to live with my father in Toronto. My father was not Christian, and though he never prevented me from following my faith, he never encouraged it either. During my last two years of high school, I rarely attended church. After graduation, I left Canada to live in the Bronx with my Christian mother. I had every intention of attending either NYU or Howard University. One day, my cousin, who was attending an Adventist academy, called me and asked if I would be interested in going to Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska. “What in the world is Union College, and where in the world is Lincoln, Nebraska?” I asked. Being in the big city, I flat turned down such a notion to move to some obscure location that was previously non-existent in my world. Not to mention, I was not a practicing Adventist. Yet, talking with my cousin left an undeniable feeling with me, a feeling I could not seem to shake. I had always known the importance of truly living a Christian life, and though I was not at the time, I knew God had been calling me to do so. In a move I had never anticipated myself doing, I called Union and began the application process. Why? I really did not know at the time, but it was one of those “God things,” a moment when you realize something beyond yourself is taking you somewhere you never imagined. Within the next two weeks, I was on a plane heading to a part of the country I had never seen. Unfortunately, my cousin, who had convinced me to attend, did not end up at Union as planned. When I arrived in August of 2006, I was virtually alone in a strange place where Nebraska cornfields starkly contrasted with the concrete jungle I was used to. But God knew what He had in store, and though dismayed, I began to experience a journey, which not only kept me returning to Union, but also set me on the path toward righteousness. My sophomore year, I was on a plane going to yet another strange place. This time, however, my destination lay across the Atlantic Ocean through Union’s study abroad program. With my arrival in Spain, I embarked on a year of self-evaluation while broadening my mental horizons. With no me-

dia distraction, no familiar culture, no peer pressure, God was made clearer to me than He had ever been before. Following my time in Spain, I returned to Nebraska. The friends I had made, the relationships I had built, kept pulling me back. Union College had grown on me, and that was undeniable. However, God was not done with me yet. He kept on molding [my experience] and the summer following my junior year, I again found myself doing something that I would not have dreamed of previously—literature evangelism. The journey I’d been experiencing soon became visible. God had taken me from a noisy city where I could not hear His voice, ushered me to a college I did not know, flew me to the orange groves of Spain, and then called me to work for Him knocking on the doors of wanting souls. I am now in my senior year, and I have grown a lot from the city boy who first arrived. Union provided the opportunity for God to work with and in me. It is at Union that I found the hands of the potter, and, more so, it is here that I realized that I am the clay. The spiritual environment, filled with spiritual friends, has affected me immensely, and others have noted the difference it has made. God wanted me here at Union because His plan for my life could not have been given to me where I was, and where I intended to go. He is still unveiling to me that plan each and every day. Where I end up next is a question I don’t even attempt to answer anymore. I’ve learned that God has it under control.


Francois Crawford, from Cleveland, Ohio, is a history major at Union College.

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Frances' Story by Frances Davidson

Photo by Steve Nazario


appy people don’t run away from home. The abused are rarely jovial. There have been days in my life that were hopeless—desperate, impossible, forlorn and tragic. My life was fairly unpleasant, largely due to demeaning verbal abuse and assault from my father. I was desperate to get away, but it was impossible—no one ever had. My mother learned to tolerate the abuse. My brother, sister and I were taught the art of warding off social workers and concerned teachers. But then there came a breaking point; I had decided to allow my father a ration of “physical” abuse. I gave him three chances. I kept score. Chance one was a “revealing” shirt torn off me while I slept, chance two soon followed. Chance three found me at 4:30 a.m. shivering in the living room, my dad accusing me of stealing the change out of his pocket. Obscenities did not end my punishment—his fist did. The following day, I went about my usual routine, but upon returning home, I went to my room, packed my school books and a few clothes, and I went to a teen runaway shelter in downtown Anchorage. Covenant House was my home for two anxious months—anxious because there was nothing I could do. Every day it was reinforced: a fifteen-year-old girl could not support herself. But, what I was not aware of at the time was that God could support me, and that He certainly did. After coming to Covenant House, I learned about my extended family I was never permitted to know. A cousin I had met only a handful of times in my youth got in contact with me and told me his great experiences with Adventist education, he was convinced it would be a grand solution to my dismal predicament, and his parents—my aunt and uncle—agreed. I was eligible for a partial scholarship to Campion Academy in Loveland, Colorado, and my aunt and uncle funded the rest. My story doesn’t end there, but the story of hopelessness did. I found an amazing family in Campion Academy and Christ. There was no question to my attending Union College after I finished academy, which in itself was a miracle. Union offered me the opportunity to reach out to the community and serve others that are trapped in their own

hopeless situations. For instance, I am an officer for the school’s chapter of Amnesty International, and I was also recently given the opportunity to volunteer at a battered woman’s shelter for Union College’s annual day of service. Beyond that, in comparison to public school, I’ve found Union’s aura to be a friendly Christian environment. Walking down the sidewalk on campus, an encouraging smile from a stranger makes me understand that there are still admirable people in the world. My favorite thing about Union is that it is so easy to bond and have meaningful relationships with not only the students, but also the faculty. Union is a place where I can really “belong.” You see, I am happy—jovial, pleased, blissful and jubilant. I have often contemplated the different outcomes of my life, and without God to shelter me and or give me a miracle of taking me out of an abusive environment, off the streets and into Adventist education, there would have been no happy endings.

There was no question to my attending Union College after I finished with academy, which in itself was a miracle.


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Frances Davidson, from Las Vegas, New Mexico, is a sophomore nursing major at Union College.

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Désirée's Story by Désirée Watterson

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he journey that led me to Union College started long before I even realized it had begun. Though I didn’t know it at the time, God was preparing me for my future. Hindsight now allows me to see how unique events and decisions have brought me here. After a year and a half in community college, I decided that I wanted to spend the next year serving as a student missionary. I hoped to return to Africa, a continent I’d fallen deeply in love with on two shortterm mission trips. God paved the way. In August of 2008, I was flying over the Atlantic Ocean on my way to Kenya. Several incredibly challenging and adventurous months went by. I learned a lot, especially about myself and my desire to become a teacher. As the end of my year overseas approached, I thought about what I would do for school once I returned to the States. I knew I wanted to finish my education in an Adventist college, but I didn’t know where I should go. In February 2009, I received my answer. While I was working at Maxwell Adventist Academy as assistant dean of girls, Pastor Rich Carlson, chaplain of Union College, visited during an annual recruiting trip. I had not heard of Union before I met Pastor Rich, and he was happy to tell me all about it. As we talked, I realized that Union was everything I was looking for in a college. Even more, Pastor Rich told me about the teacher education program Union offers. That really got my attention. Right away I checked out the college online and applied. Once I returned to the States in June, I spent the rest of the summer getting ready to move to Nebraska. It’s been more than a month now since I’ve been at Union College, and I’m all the more convinced that this is where God wants me. In the beginning, I did not know if I could pay for college, if I would know anyone here or if I could adjust to school life again. However, God worked a miracle for my tuition, I found friends I knew from high school and the close community of faculty and students is something I

have not felt on any other campus. I feel like I’m part of a family. It didn’t take long for me to “experience the spirit” of Union. Looking back, I realize that if I had not become involved in missions early on, I would not have made the decision to become a student missionary. If I had not become a student missionary, I would not have gone to Kenya. If I had not gone to Kenya, then I would not have met Pastor Rich and heard about Union. I am reminded of a verse in Proverbs that says, “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps” (16:26 ESV).

I feel like I’m part of a family. It didn’t take long for me to “experience the spirit” of Union.


Désirée Watterson, from Arden, North Carolina, is a sophomore language arts major in secondary education at Union College.

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n the personal stories shared by students in this issue of Outlook, a common thread is the support and input they relied on from outside their nuclear families, whether extended family in the stories of Francois Crawford and Frances Davidson, or a respected church member, as in Kelly Phipps’ experience. While the choice of a college ultimately lies with the student and parents, the church family can play an instrumental role in guiding and supporting the student in making this life-changing choice. Below are seven steps church members can take to help high school and college-aged young people find the right school for them. While the information provided is specific to Union College, the steps apply to any school they may be considering.

Talk to the prospective student about your own experience. Sharing your personal experience with higher education, both the good and the bad, regrets and successes, can help young people understand the importance of their own choice and its ramifications. Make sure they know God has plans for them no matter what they choose, and that you will support their decision even if it’s not what you think is best.

Suggest they schedule a campus visit. Visiting the campus is the best way for students to visualize their future and confirm for themselves that the friendly atmosphere, active spirituality and academic integrity discussed in brochures and on the Web are real and not just empty advertising. A campus visit includes three days and two nights of free food and lodging plus reimbursement of up to $250 of travel expenses. For more information, visit

Help them contact a professor in their field of interest. With more than 50 majors, minors and emphases in 27 fields of study, prospective students may not realize the breadth of programs offered at Union College or the academic strengths of those programs. Talking to a professor is an important step in choosing a major, understanding the academic and career opportunities available, and getting excited about studying at the next level. Contact information for all Union employees is provided at

Connect them with current students or young alumni.

Union College works hard to make contact with all Adventist young people in Mid-America, but enrollment advisors need the help of local churches to know who those prospective students are so that none are overlooked. To refer a student, visit or write to

Generational differences often mean different priorities and different ways of learning. Current students and recent graduates are often better equipped to communicate with prospective students and can provide a more complete picture of college life. Janya Mekelburg, Union’s director of alumni activities, can assist you in locating students or young alumni in your area. Write her at jamekelb@ucollege. edu or call 402.486.2600 ext. 2032.

Recommend websites.

Establish a church scholarship fund.

Refer students to enrollment advisors.

Increasingly, people go online to find information about everything, and the search for colleges is no different. Recommend that students include as part of their search. This joint recruiting initiative of the 15 Adventist colleges and universities in North America includes information about all the schools and a joint application, allowing students to fill out one form to apply to multiple colleges. For information specific to Union College, can help a student understand how to finance their education, apply online, visit the campus, contact professors, find ministry and service opportunities, plus much more. 10 November 2009


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It’s no secret that the cost of higher education in America can put a strain on family finances, particularly when the government does not subsidize tuition as at state universities. A little bit of assistance can make a big impact on a student’s choice of school as well as their ability to finish college. Union will match church scholarships at 50 percent, up to $1,500 of matching funds. For example, if the church donates $500, the student will receive $750, but for an amount of $3,000 or more, the matching funds stay the same. To create a scholarship fund, talk to your pastor and church treasurer, then fill out the form at www.


“I wanta go back, I gotta go back . . .” by Tiffany Doss


t’s easy to miss classmates and friends from Union College after years of “slingin’ de ink and pushin’ de pen” together. Although you may not have time to drive all the way back to “the college [you] love best,” there is another way. You can get in touch with your classmates, get an update about the school and stay informed with a few clicks of a mouse. There are now seven online venues available:

The Rockpile alumni community at is a great way to get quick news stories of what’s happening on the Union College campus or contact information for former classmates. The site includes class notes and a message board where you can ask questions or voice your opinion. The Rockpile allows for online event registration and donations. Facebook—The Rockpile now supports Facebook Connect, making it even easier to share what’s happening with your friends. You can register for upcoming events, make a donation or pass a class note. Become a fan of Union College and receive news postings on your home page from the school’s news feed. Check it out at unioncollegelincolnnebraska. Around-the-Clock News—Request to receive this e-newsletter, which brings you updates and recent highlights on campus every other month, directly to your e-mail inbox. UC Live—If you want to feel like a student again, go to www.uclive. and watch any of the streaming videos posted. You can see full-length Warrior volleyball games, catch glimpses of Project Impact, Homecoming Reunion Concert, Parents Weekend and much more. "Good Morning Union"—Pastor Rich Carlson has been sending out this inspiring electronic devotional for years. Request to be on his email list and join the thousands that receive it daily. Or view it as a blog at College View Church online—Miss the atmosphere and types of sermons you heard in college? Visit, where sermons are available as streaming video or as a podcast, and view past worship services. You can also learn about the church’s local ministries, news and other scheduled events. Union College’s main website,, has in-depth information and news about Union’s academic programs, student life, spiritual events and more. You can submit news to CORDmagazine or fill out a form to recommend the college to a student.


So when you “wanta go back, gotta go back,” open a Web browser and head back to Union again.

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about Union College • For the fourth year, Union College has been rated in the top tier among Midwestern colleges in its category by U.S. News & World Report. • According to the National Survey of Student Engagement, Union students participate in campus life activities at nearly twice the national average. • The 2008 and 2009 graduating classes from Union’s physician assistant program have achieved a 100 percent first-time pass rate on the national certification exam. • Union College has the oldest accredited baccalaureate nursing program in Nebraska. The program has recently expanded, expediting entry into the program and the workforce. Students may apply now for classes beginning in January 2010. • In recent years, 90 percent of business and computer graduates have a job in their field or are accepted to graduate school within three months of graduation. • Every elementary education graduate from the class of 2009 is working in a job related to their degree. • Union College has the only student chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators in the state of Nebraska. The chapter has 21 student members. • Through a grant from the Brookhill Foundation, 45 elementary and secondary math teachers from across the North American Division participated in a weeklong math workshop at Union. The college hosted an additional week of training for Lincoln private school math teachers. A second grant is anticipated to expand the program next summer. • Union’s communication students apply their skills to real challenges while still in college. In recent years, dozens of Union College student articles have been published in periodicals. Students in editing, grant writing, public relations campaigns and special events planning classes tackle real projects for the campus and community.

Union students gather around soon-to-be-departing international volunteers as Pastor Rich Carlson leads prayer. Photo by Steve Nazario

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Davenport women savor the sweet treats.

Cookout, I said, ‘Church? What church?’” recalled neighbor Diane Harris. “It gives people a chance to know the church and a chance to know the people.” New relationships were created, and old friends were reunited. “I’m seeing people I haven’t seen in a long time,” said neighbor Jean Cooper, who noticed the activity and came over. Ten Calvary members and volunteers served ice cream cones, vegetarian sloppy joes, cookies, chips and punch. Children took turns jumping in a bounce house, as some boys tumbled and did back-flips on the lawn. The volleyball area had a constant flow of kids and adults eager to test each others’ skill. And the basketball net stayed busy with neighbors taking their game to the next level. “I enjoyed myself. I liked the volleyball, basketball and jumping joey. The food was good. I enjoyed everybody,” said nine-year-old Lauren Hardy. “I liked the way the community came out,” said Calvary men’s ministries leader Zackery Hardy. “It gives my kids a new view of the church. The church is a family, and we make the community our family, too.” Neighbor Qumane Craddock added, “Everybody is getting along. It gives the kids something to do.”

Kids enjoy some of the many activities of the day, basketball games and back-flips.

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The bounce house is never short on participants.

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An ordinary church lawn turned into a celebration hotspot at Calvary Church in Davenport, Iowa. Nearly 200 men, women, boys and girls poured in from around the neighborhood one August Sunday for a fun afternoon at a community cookout. Joint sponsors were Calvary Church and the Men’s Corner Center of Empowerment, a support and encouragement group that meets twice a month. Children and adults spent the afternoon playing, eating and just enjoying their time together. For some, the event led to a new discovery. “When I first heard of the Community

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Blessings From Calvary in Davenport

A variety of snacks is served to all the attendees.

Central States News Defeating the Devil in Des Moines: A Testimony to God's Love by Sharon Tate of Philadelphia Church tricate part in future chapters of this amazing story by interceding in prayer on behalf of these children of God and our Philadelphia congregation. “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groaning which cannot be uttered. “And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love the God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:26-28, KJV).

end his life. Right on the spot, Brother Jones led the caller to repeat the sinner’s prayer and to invite Jesus Christ into his life. After accepting Christ, the caller’s voice and demeanor instantly changed. He declared: “Praise God, thank you, Jesus!” Brother Jones then gave the caller his phone number and assured him that he wanted to continue helping him any way he could. God’s eternal, agape love defeated the wiles of the devil in several ways that memorable Sabbath. First, He facilitated the rededication and rebirth of Brother Larry Wright. The Lord also provided assistance to another child, Sister Carter, through His disciples Chas Jones and Joseph Bittok. God even saved the lost soul of a complete stranger, through His loving and obedient servant, Deacon Chas Jones. Outlook readers can play an in-

Sharon Tate is communications secretary of Philadelphia Church in Des Moines, Iowa.

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Brother Larry Wright was raised attending our Philadelphia Church in Des Moines, Iowa. He enthusiastically participated in the annual Temperance Rally, making posters, comics or writing jingles. As the years went by, Brother Wright’s spiritual fervor waned, and his visits became sporadic. But recently he began attending again and took his stand to be baptized. Following studies with Shirley Duffy and Derek Covington, Bible counselors at Philadelphia, Wright was baptized in July. A combined fellowship dinner after the service welcomed him to the fold. Also celebrated that day was the birthday of 89-year-old Brother William Thomas, a longtime and beloved, faithful member. Such expressions of love are common for our Philadelphia congregation—“the church of brotherly love.” In fact, love has always been a part of our mission. On that same special Sabbath, God demonstrated His own love to our church through two deacons, Brothers Chas Jones and Joseph Bittok. It happened as Satan attempted to delay the baptism of Brother Wright by attacking the health of another member, Sister Ontina Carter. Respiratory problems caused her to suffer a lack of oxygen, which made her light headed and unstable on her feet—just moments before the baptism. Deacons Jones and Bittok rendered immediate assistance to Sister Carter, taking her off to medical help. In transit, Sister Carter began receiving calls from a distraught, depressed friend, which caused her lungs to become more distressed. Deacon Jones, with her permission, intercepted the next call. The man sounded intoxicated or sedated and was threatening to

Brother Larry Write is baptized at Philadelphia Church in Des Moines.

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Mid-America Union News Dakota News Exciting Retirement With God by Phyllis Alexander Editor’s note: This article was originally intended for September’s Outlook, which featured retirees in selfless service for the Savior. Due to space constraints then, we offer it to you now in hopes that many will find inspiration in the testimony of Phyllis Alexander.

The date was February 6, 1996. I stood facing a room full of professional associates, doctors and church members. After working 21 years at the same hospital and 50 years as a registered nurse, this was my day to remember. For several months I contemplated this tremendous dream of putting aside my nursing career and volunteering for the Lord. I had no idea what plans God had for me, but I could not put this desire out of my mind. After ensuring that I could retire in financial stability, every door was open to me for ministry. I could find no excuse to quench my dream. Standing before fellow employees and friends, I looked at our CEO and told him, “You and many others do not know that I’ll be working for another place of employment. The benefits you offer here are nothing to what I will be receiving. The retirement plan outweighs everything. Vacation time is allotted, and I won’t need sick leave.” I had their curiosity as I continued: “You may be wondering what I’ll be doing. Next Thursday evening at seven, I will have applications at my home. You are all welcome to join me as I work for my Lord. When you come, please BYOB (Bring Your Own Bible)—although I have many at home to share with you.” I had never given Bible studies before, but with help from the pastor’s wife, I began studies that Thursday with 11 invitees present. Was God ready to employ me? Did He have a role in my life? The morning before my retirement party, I visited my CPA to consult about yearly taxes. He informed me: “You’ll be getting $1,265 dollars back—but I know you will find where to spend it.”

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Indeed! Three days after my retirement, the phone rang. It was a friend from North Dakota. “I hear you have retired and are working for the Lord,” she said. “Are you interested in going on an evangelistic mission trip to the Ukraine?” My first question: “How much will this cost me?” She answered, “It will cost $1235.” God was opening doors in a way I had never imagined possible! Retirement for many is a time to travel, but there is also much to do at home. During my nursing years here in Rapid City, I often had contact with the newspaper and our radio and television stations. They knew me well. Now God took that training and put me in situations to use media outlets for His work. Another door opened in 1997. The Dakota Conference asked me if I was interested in volunteering for disaster relief. They realized from the big Red River flood that they were unprepared for such emergencies. I took disaster classes—in fact, every time training was available I increased my knowledge. Never did I imagine that by 2007 I would be the Dakota Conference director for Adventist Community Services and Disaster Response (ACS DR). I felt we should begin with our community, making ourselves available to partner with other organizations. I walked into the Black Hills area chapter of the American Red Cross with my training book and told them what I had to offer and how could I work with them. I am now on the board of directors of the regional American Red Cross. When I first walked into the Red Cross office and told the secretary whom I

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—Heidi Shoemaker, Dakota Conference

Dakota ACS DR Director Phyllis Alexander

represented, she started to cry. Embracing me, she confided, “My daughter was killed in the Oklahoma bombing, and I will never forget the help that Adventists gave me and the counseling I received from Pastor Mark Finley.” How can you work in disasters and not get to know the people with whom you serve? Doors continue to open. I belong to the Emergency Managers in western South Dakota and always give a report of what ACS DR is doing. They had me present a full workshop for both North and South Dakota Emergency Managers, informing them of our services. I could go on and on telling what God has done for me in helping me serve Him. He has many other doors to open that I don’t yet know about. Is this retirement? Every morning during my devotions, my one plea to God is: “I don’t know what You have planned for me today, but don’t let me step aside. Make me aware, and help me walk in Your footsteps.” So you see, my retirement dream is realized. A walk with God each day is the joy and blessings that He gives me. Many times I take the wrong road (not everything is wonderful), but I have the assurance that His hand and mine are always clasped together. Someday I can retire in eternity with Him and learn about my long-term future. What a day that will be!

Dakota News Sometimes plans fit together so wonderfully, it’s evident they are from God. Such is the case with the Bison Pathfinder Club’s recent visit to City Hall in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Preparing for the International Camporee, Pathfinders wanted to find pins for trading. Grand Forks has pins bearing the city’s logo, so a Pathfinder leader called to see if the mayor ever gave them away. The mayor’s assistant explained that they were only available for sale. After a pause, she invited the Pathfinders to come and lead the City Council in the Pledge of Allegiance before its regular meeting. In exchange for a photograph with the mayor, the club was promised extra Grand Forks pins. Then came the amazing part: “I’m sorry for the short notice, but could you come this Monday?” the assistant requested. Monday “happened” to be the only evening available before the Bisons left for the big camporee in Wisconsin. In full Pathfinder uniform, the youth met Mayor Mike Brown. They explained what the camporee meant to them and the magnitude of the international meeting. Then the Pathfinders appeared before the City Council, introducing themselves in turn and explaining their favorite part about being a Pathfinder. Testimonies ranged from “meeting new people” to “learning more about God” and “attending Bible Bowl.” Mayor Brown thanked them for leading the Pledge and for representing the Grand Forks community in a camporee of 35,000 people. The Council meeting was shown live on cable television and replayed through the week, giving the youth a chance to witness again and again to their community.

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Grand Forks Pathfinders Witness to Civic Leaders by Jennifer Erickson

Grand Forks Pathfinders with Mayor Mike Brown

Conference Calendar Nov. 14 Central Regional Meeting — Aberdeen, South Dakota Nov. 21 Southeastern Regional Meeting — Sioux Falls, South Dakota Dec. 5 Black Hills Regional Meeting — Rapid City, South Dakota Dec. 11–12 Festival of Carols — Dakota Adventist Academy

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by Michelle Miracle Life has its storms that all of us must weather. This year’s women’s retreat focused on ways to prepare for such events so as to come out on the other side ready to use the experience in ministering to others. Chantál Klingbeil, missionary teacher and daughter of featured speaker Esmé Ross, spoke on Friday night about a typhoon she and her family survived while serving in the Philippines. Relating it to the storms of life, she testified: “We must prepare ourselves physically, mentally and spiritually for the attack. We must never sail alone! God is with us always and longs to be our Rock in times of need.” She went on to remind attendees that after life’s storms, “We must choose to go on and look to the horizon. ‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares Photo courtesy of the Iowa-Missouri Conference

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the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’” (Jeremiah 29:11). On Sabbath, Ross shared with the women how to rely on God’s Word through the storm. Just as the Lord shielded and cared for Jacob in Deuteronomy 32:10, He will guard us as the apple of His eye. Ross invited the women to ponder the question: “Will God be with me even through storms of my own making?” Her answer: “God will not desert us. He stayed with Jonah even in his time of rebellion.” She also quoted from David, the Psalmist: “If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there Your hand will guide me, Your right hand will hold me fast” (Psalm 139:9). “Always remember that God’s ways are higher than ours,” Ross continued. “Every storm has a purpose; don’t wish any storm away. Rather pray, ‘Oh Father, strengthen my back to carry the load and give me peace to make it through this trial.’ The purpose of a storm is to bring us Best friends reuniting at the women’s retreat

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Retreat PreparesWomen for Life's Storms

Esmé Ross, featured speaker for the 21st Annual Christian women’s retreat

so close to God that when He looks into our eyes, He sees His reflection.” For vespers, Kathy Ulrich—communication, women’s ministries and youth administrative assistant— shared about her experience in Africa preaching the ShareHim Evangelistic Series. She told the women how she had wanted to go on a mission trip for quite a while. Then Robert Peck, vice president for administration, asked if she’d be interested in speaking for the August Zimbabwe meetings. She jumped at the chance and experienced God’s blessing on her outreach. To close the retreat, Ross spoke of the importance of having strong networks of supportive friends and holding tight to God as the anchor in life’s storms. She concluded, “Out of our pain comes strength we can share with others.”

Iowa-Missouri News Town Hall Meetings This fall, there will be 11 Town Hall Meetings held around the conference. Dates, times and location are listed below. I would like each of you to plan to attend the meeting closest to you. Many things around us are changing, and I believe we are living in the last days of earth’s history. I would like us to begin a process of talking about the future of our Church. Please put these dates on your calendar and plan to come and be a part of the Town Hall Meetings. If you have concerns that you would like addressed at a Town Hall Meeting, please email Elder Robert Peck at We will do our best to address your concerns at the meeting. –Dean Coridan, conference president

Meeting Agenda Opening Prayer/Devotional Conference Finances/Combined Drive Planned Discussion Items:

Dates/Times/Locations: Monday, Nov. 23, 6:30–8:30 p.m.—Council Bluffs, Iowa Church Tuesday, Nov. 24, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.—Muscatine, Iowa Church Monday, Nov. 30, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.—Cedar Rapids, Iowa Church

What is the future of the SDA Church as we approach the end of time?

Wednesday, Dec. 2, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.—Lee’s Summit, Missouri Church

What will the SDA Church look like at the time of the Second Coming of Jesus?

Thursday, Dec. 3, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.—Kansas City, Missouri LatinAmerican Church

Do we remain a sisterhood of churches in a conference structure as we are presently? Should we join the Association and Conference into one entity, as is recommended by the GC? What steps should we take if the economy requires that we scale back? Should we, for economic reasons, consider moving from four year to five year Conference Sessions?

Summary Remarks Benediction

Saturday, Dec. 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m.—Golden Valley Church in Clinton, Missouri Sunday, Dec. 6, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.—Rolla, Missouri Church Sunday, Dec. 6, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.—Springfield, Missouri Church Monday, Dec. 7, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.—St. Louis, Missouri West County Church Tuesday, Dec. 8, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.—Sunnydale Church in Centralia, Missouri Saturday, Dec. 12, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.—Des Moines, Iowa Church

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Mid-America Union News Kansas-Nebraska News Piedmont’s Picnic for the Underprivileged by Marcia Ashcraft gregation became involved. Members donated watermelons, cookies, veggie plates and picnic supplies. Some led games for the kids while others mingled with parents from the shelter. Hy-Vee Supermarket donated 200 hot dogs Adam Schwimmer (left) celebrates a soccer goal with two kids and buns. from People’s City Mission. Joining in the joy are Brad Moutray, Church members Kenny Scharffenberg and Tell Jones (middle to right). prayed for sunshine and good turnout. Sunday, July 26, her camera for was a gorgeous day. As the food was family pictures, spread on tables, families trickled in. delivered afSoon people were everywhere. Kids terward to the were laughing with their moms and shelter. A young dads, snacking on homemade cookies mom seemed and launching watermelon seed mis- especially gratesiles. Then came soccer games, sack ful for a porraces, egg tossing and piggyback rides. trait with her Some families posed for portraits, one month-old while others fed the geese. All were baby. “I didn’t delighted when a clown showed up to have any pic- Linda Johnson helps tures of my a child participate in make balloon animals for the kids. Enthusiasm was unanimous. Guests newborn baby, one of the games. inquired, “When will you do this again?” because I couldn’t afford them. Thank One Piedmont member brought you for taking our picture.” Photo by Marcia Ashcraft

Piedmont Park Church in Lincoln, Nebraska is connecting with the community through practical outreach. After much brainstorming, members decided to sponsor a day at the park for parents and children of People’s City Mission. They reserved Oak Lake Park, within walking distance of the shelter. Everyone enjoyed a picnic lunch, games and an age-appropriate gift bag containing inspiring stories, goodies and information about Piedmont Park Church. The goal of the event was to provide homeless families opportunity to enjoy typical family activities normally unavailable to them. The entire con-

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Malcolm Gaskin teaches a young picnic attendee how to play "ladder ball."

The Midland Mustangs—"the team that won't play on Sabbath"—represents Midland Adventist Academy (MAA) in the local soccer league. Though unsponsored by MAA, the team fields six of its students and a former attendee. Most soccer teams play Saturdays, but the Mustangs requested a Sunday schedule. Their coach, Pastor Doug Elsey of New Haven Church in Kansas City, Kansas, received special Sabbath accommodation from the Shawnee Soccer Club. The Mustangs are currently undefeated at 4-0 as they witness to their faith and make friends in the community.

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Sabbath-keeping Soccer Team Undefeated by Collin Hoffman

Doug Elsey, senior pastor of New Haven Church, coaches the Midland Mustangs.

Kansas-Nebraska News Teacher of the Year

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Gary Kruger, KS-NE education superintendent, presents Marva Lee Purkeypile with the Teacher of the Year award. Purkeypile teaches at Yates Memorial School in Eureka, Kansas. Kruger says,“Marva Lee creates an environment where students love to come to school each day. Students are very respectful and genuinely love her.”

Nov. 6–8 Marriage and family seminar by Tom and Alane Waters of Restoration International Northside Church in Lincoln, Nebraska Contact: Nov. 13–14 Kansas City Area Youth Rally Contact Nov. 21 Shawnee Mission Medical Center Thanksgiving Celebration New Haven SDA Church Overland Park, Kansas

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Mid-America Union News Minnesota News Greene Valley Botany Adventure by Lydia Fleming Newest Members of Brainerd Church Have you ever heard of Helianthus to search for interesting flowers and by Sue Sterling

Giganteus? You may know it by its common name, “giant sunflower.” Greene Valley School students learned this and much more in studying botany and its related field, ethnobotany. In August, students took a field trip to Quarry Hill Nature Center in Rochester to collect plant specimens for their herbariums. After consulting the nature center staff about its specimen collection policy, students headed out

Two 10-year-olds recently joined Brainerd Church through baptism: Breanna Voss and Elliot Amick. Pastor Robert Brauer baptized them at the International Pathfinder Camporee in Wisconsin. Upon their return to Minnesota, Brainerd members voted the youth into membership.

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plants. During their search, they came upon a wild muskrat eating his lunch by the pond. Beforehand, students created a personal field journal. Each specimen was identified and documented by scientific name, common name, locations, plant uses and important information. The students specifically noted any peopleto-plant relationships—ethnobotany. After completing the documentation, the students placed their Photo courtesy of the Minnesota Conference specimens in their homemade herbarium—a device consisting of two cardboard covers and layers of paper. They carefully arranged each specimen on the layers of paper, then heavy books were placed on the herbariums to press and preserve the specimens. Greene Valley students have discovered a new appreciation for plants through their botany-oriented activities. Hands-on learning, discovering new plants

Pastor Robert Brauer with Breanna Voss and Elliot Amick, newly baptized Pathfinders

Students Learn Responsibility and Stewardship by Sara Hiner Students at Oak Street Christian School are learning how to manage their finances. Instead of simply being assigned tasks, they have filled out job applications for the position of their choice. Once hired, they will keep their jobs all year long, unless terminated for not performing their duties. Payday comes at the end of each week, when students take their money to the bank and receive change to pay their bills. Everyone returns tithe, gives an offering and pays taxes and rent. This leaves the students with some spending money for the week, for fun

stuff or to care for unexpected bills or payment of tickets. Students are ticketed for an untidy area, for breaking classroom rules, for not fulfilling daily homework responsibilities or making preparations for class. This project provides a great opportunity for students to learn how to manage money, give a cheerful tithe and offering and be responsible for their possessions. So far, the kids seem to thoroughly enjoy this mock economy. Oak Street Christian School is committed to teaching students Christian stewardship, preparing them not only for Oak Street student, Mallory, paying taxes

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this world but also for the world to come. Sara Hiner teaches at Oak Street Christian School in Brainerd, Minnesota. Photo courtesy of the Minnesota Conference

Minnesota News Red Wing’s Wall Came Tumbling Down A modern day Jericho story transpired in Red Wing, Minnesota last year after a Church Works Conference. Members reopened their church school, and enrollment tripled from an initial total of two. The present school year started with only one student, but members felt im-

pressed to knock down a wall (Jerichostyle), for more students, whom they believed God would provide to them. And He did! Right after Red Wing members held a special Sabbath service recommitting themselves to the educational ministry of their school. That night, seven

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by Sharon Learned

As the wall came down, God blessed prayers on behalf of Red Wing’s school.

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students enrolled, with two more on the way. Thanks to the wall coming down, there is plenty of room for them and more. Members discern from this experience that God takes full responsibility for the success of His school when they follow as He leads them. They also have learned to praise Him even when—especially when—it seems there is nothing to praise Him for, remembering all His past blessings.

Sharon Learned, teacher at Red Wing's school (back row, second from left) along with Red Wing Church, prayed for students, and God provided them.

Maplewood's Senior Valentine Trains Lay Elders by Claudio Consuegra Experience by Kelli Vigil

Kelli Vigil is president of the senior class at Maplewood Academy .

each other. Then they gathered around Conference President Ed Barnett to pray for him, his ministry and his family. Claudio Consuegra is vice president for administration for the Minnesota Conference.

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Maplewood Academy’s senior class recently returned from a weekend retreat at North Star Camp. Claudio and Pam Consuegra from the Minnesota Conference office presented messages about dating, marriage and conflict resolution. The students also had fun swimming, “Mexican” canoeing, playing basketball and doing various teambuilding exercises. The retreat ended with a massive class meeting during which they elected officers, planned a class trip and made many memories. It was a great bonding experience for all.

“Jesus’ MIAs” was the title of presentations by Maurice Valentine at an August retreat for Minnesota’s lay elders. Elder Valentine, ministerial director of the MidAmerica Union, told them, “After working hard to win them, keeping sheep from dribbling out the back door faster than they come in the front is a task pastors and lay leaders must face together.” Through a presentation and group activities, Elder Valentine helped elders discover how to assess and then challenge the spiritual growth of the members they serve. The group looked at the biblical philosophy of shepherding and jointly developed strategies to keep their sheep engaged with Jesus. The day concluded with a prayer of dedication as the elders interceded for

Elders surround Minnesota Conference President Ed Barnett with prayer.

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Mid-America Union News Rocky Mountain News Campion Academy Welcomes 165 Students by Ardis Stenbakken dent Association picnic and Senior Survival. The latter event is a highly anticipated activity for the graduating class. According to campus chaplain Benjie Maxson, it facilitates spiritual bonding as “a mountain top experience—literally,” teaching relational team building and outdoor survival techniques at Glacier View Ranch. Maxson also reports that Campus Ministries will continue

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New faces, old friends, new classes, old traditions: Campion Academy launched another school year with excitement. Principal John Winslow reports, “We have been richly blessed with 165 students with whom to share Christ.” Students and staff enjoyed the annual corn roast with Campion Church, outdoor vespers, Class Scramble, Stu-

Campion Academy students enjoying their new school year

some traditions and add several creative ministries this year. Joining incoming students are new faculty faces, including: Dick Stenbakken, EdD, freshman Bible; Corina Dupper, assistant girls’ dean; and Meagen Downs, taskforce chaplain. “We are particularly pleased that there are student employment opportunities,” says Jim Lynch, labor coordinator. Oncampus jobs include readers, janitors, residence hall assistants, working with athletics and the administrative office. Campion also has off-campus employment opportunities for students in fast food service, as teachers’ aids at HMS Richards Elementary School and in the literature evangelism program. One of the biggest employers is ASSIST (Academy Student Service Initiative Stipend and Tuition program). Students are hired to help with daily living needs in senior citizen homes and as activities assistants in Alzheimer’s units of area nursing homes. Other students have jobs in a grocery distribution center and an organic bakery.

Hispanic Church Plant Project in Montrose by Roberto Rivera

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met in the homes of church members to finish their platillos. This created bonds of friendship. The course lasted seven months, with 11 completing it. District Pastor Roberto Rivera gave their graduation speech. Among 50 non-Adventists attending were children and husbands of the graduates. Both Roque and Barajas received flowers, gifts and words of gratitude from their students. Cooking classes resumed with another group of women. Meanwhile, original graduates are enrolled in “Dy-

namic Life,” where they learn the “Eight Natural Remedies” and exercise together. Many are also taking Bible studies. Roberto Rivera is pastor for Olathe, Glenwood Springs and Montrose Hispanic churches.

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The Hispanic church of Olathe, Colorado has embarked upon a new adventure: Sharing God’s love with the mobile home community of Northbrook Villas. Kathy Maestas, member of Montrose Church, welcomed the Hispanics to do missionary work in the park, which she manages. The church planting project began with a door-to-door survey on two Sabbath afternoons, designed to discover the needs of the community. Top on the list was a cooking class. Santos Gutierrez, personal ministries director, arranged for Marta Roque and Graciela Barajas to teach it. Fifteen women attended. Since the community room had no more than a microwave oven, sometimes the ladies

Marta Roque (far left) and Graciela Barajas (far right) with graduates of their community cooking class in Montrose

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her heart believed, she now wanted to come back and rejoin her faith family. She is now a member of Torrington Church. Although health issues keep her from attending, members and other friends keep watch over her. A recent visitor was Margaret White, a missionary from Africa.

Torrington Church in Wyoming welcomed back a long lost sheep after a community Hope Seminar by Evangelist Charles Buursma. Betty Moehr was visited by Buursma and Bible worker Steve Wade. During one visit, Betty brought out her baptismal certificate—from 1956! She confessed that even though her lifestyle through the years did not always reflect what

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Torrington Welcomes Back Missing Member by Ted Williams

Ted Williams is a lay pastor in Wyoming.

Serving on the Sabbath in Colorado Springs

Blue Jeans Sabbath by Mike Maldonado

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This summer, Colorado Springs Central Church began a new and creative way to celebrate the Sabbath and share the love of Jesus at the same time. It is called Blue Jeans Sabbath. The purpose is to get members out of the pews and into the streets of the community. For many Adventists, Sabbath means either a hike to the springs (box springs) or doing lay activities (as in lying around). But last month members had an opportunity to put their religion in practice in a practical way by serving the community on the Sabbath day. For the first Blue Jeans Sabbath, more than 40 members fanned throughout the community, serving at the food bank, feeding the homeless at the city park, providing basic home care for a woman bed-bound, and providing respite care for a lady suffering from Alzheimer’s. When the members wore blue jeans to church on Sabbath morning, it symbolized that they are ready to put their religion to work by serving the Master through acts of kindness and charity. Next month, the church will help serve food at the Catholic soup kitchen, which ministers to 700 people daily.

Steve Wade and Margaret White visit newly reclaimed member Betty Moehr (center).

A New Vista in Longmont

Indonesian Youth Reach Out by Dennis Tilon

Vista Seventh-day Adventist Fellowship opened its doors in January and has already held its first evangelistic series. Sponsored by Twin Peaks Fellowship, Vista offers a traditionalstyle worship service. The congregation meets at First Baptist Church in Longmont, Colorado (701 Kimbark St). Vista members invite anyone to visit their new addition to the family of Rocky Mountain Conference churches. For more information about this congregation, contact Keith Dunnigan at or 303.651.2319.

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by Keith Dunnigan

Indonesian youth in Rocky Mountain Conference united in outreach for the first time. The week-long July event began with 100 attendees and grew each evening until Friday, when 300 heard ex-rap artist and evangelist Sean Myers give his testimony. Twelve youth made decisions for baptism.

Mike Maldonado is pastor of Colorado Springs Central Church.

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Adventist Health System Union graduate Allison Fike, a critical care nurse at Porter Adventist Hospital, returned from a mission trip to Cambodia with a revitalized sense of purpose.

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echnically, Union College doesn’t offer a degree in love. You won’t find it in the official bulletin or listed on the website. But as far as nursing graduate Allison Fike is concerned, it was the primary theme of her college curriculum. Now a critical care nurse at Porter Adventist Hospital in Denver, Colorado, Allison works every day at the bedside of the seriously ill. Her job requires a steady reserve of commitment and compassion, and she credits her college for awakening a desire to serve and care. “Union makes better lovers,” she recalls English professor Chris Blake frequently telling his classes. It usually brought a ripple of laughter, but his point was serious—and it made an impact. “I don’t think caring is something you can learn in the classroom, but all my teachers were good examples,” she says. “They taught me how to love and put other people first.” Recently, Allison’s passion to serve and give back to the global community took her to Cambodia, where she assisted a surgical team sponsored by Jeremiah’s Hope, a Christian medical ministry. Each year, Porter provides financial assistance to staff who wish to participate in mission outreach programs. “It’s exciting to do something like this, and the hospital makes it possible,” she says. Helping employees like Allison contribute to worthy global projects is central to extending the healing ministry of Christ, says Greg Hodgson, director of Global Health Initiatives for Colorado’s Adventist hospitals. “Our contribution doesn’t stop at the city limits of Denver,” he says. “It allows our people to participate in the mission and makes them

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better caregivers for our patients back here at home.” Allison worked the night shift at the Phnom Penh Cardiac Center and was struck by the gratefulness of the patients she treated. Through an interpreter, she learned that their most common question was simply, “Why have you come all the way from America to help us?” She didn’t speak the language, but perhaps her smile conveyed the deeper explanation. “I believe the essence of nursing is service,” she says. “We’re able to witness for Christ and help people who don’t have access to quality healthcare like we do.” Besides the recent Cambodia trip, she’s been on previous mission excursions to Venezuela and Panama, each similarly life-changing. Allison enjoys the adventure, certainly, but more than anything the rare opportunity to practice her calling without all the paperwork and distractions that take time away from direct patient care in the United States. “I get to concentrate on what nursing is all about, and what I enjoy most about my job,” she says. Back home at Porter, Allison is proud to be part of a family legacy of Christian education and outreach. Her sisters and mother-in-law are Union graduates, and her parents served as student missionaries while attending there. She doesn’t know where her next mission trip will take her, but she’s eager to get started. And she’s grateful to her college for planting the seed of service that’s become the focus of her profession and life. This article was submitted by Stephen King, senior vice president for mission and ministry for Colorado’s Adventist hospitals, and written by CMBell Company.

by Amanda Steinle


hawnee Mission Medical Center (SMMC) strives to provide whole-person care not only to patients but also to its associates and their children. With an onsite Child Care Center, SMMC associates can focus on their work duties with the assurance that their children are cared for in a Christian educational environment. The SMMC Child Care Center offers much more than just childcare to its 550 enrolled students. Like the hospital, the Center is committed to developing the whole child: socially, emotionally, mentally, spiritually, academically and physically. It is the largest Seventh-day Adventist school in the Mid-America Union and is open to children ages six weeks to 12 years. During a nationwide nursing shortage in the late 1970’s, nurses at SMMC requested childcare that didn’t require traditional contracts and had extended hours for healthcare workers. Candy Seltman took hold of the project, which became a reality in August of 1979, with 44 children the first day. Today, Seltman still serves as the Center’s administrative director. The excellence met by the SMMC Child Care Center is not surprising, considering its values. Teachers believe every person is unique, so they strive to meet each child’s needs on an individual basis. They encourage spontaneity and foster the curiosity and inquisitiveness of the developing mind. Children are encouraged to explore their environment, think creatively and make their own decisions. With love, attention and praise, teachers guide and enhance this process through materials and activities. “We ensure that each child will be ready for school and learning,” Seltman said. Included in the Center’s curriculum are traditional subjects such as math, science, social studies, communication and literacy. However, teachers expand

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Candy Seltman, SMMC Child Care Center's administrative director, reads to the children.

and enhance learning with field trips, social-emotional development, art, music, physical development, baby sign language, foreign language exposure and Christian values. “Christian values are taught to the children by relating their little life experiences to Jesus and to stories in the Bible,” Seltman said. Teachers use Bible stories to instill genuine values, such as an appreciation for concern and caring, learning to share and forgive, and being kind to friends. The children read and listen to Bible stories, sing spiritual music and have devotionals and prayer times to learn the importance of Christ’s ministry. The Center’s outstanding instruction begins with teaching the teachers. By setting a solid example, teachers show the children how to make good choices and be respectful, compassionate and caring toward others. “[Volunteers offer] an extra pair of hands to provide love and caring for the children,” Seltman said. Teachers work collaboratively as a school family. Welcoming innovative and fresh ideas, they also partner with parents to foster a zest for learning. “That creates a team approach to helping a child learn and grow,” Seltman said. “We are building a foundation for lifelong learning.” When associates know their children are in good hands, they can wholeheartedly provide SMMC’s patients with much more than medicine.


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