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RO C KY M O U N TA I N

Conference 1ST QUARTER + SPRING + 2010

Education Department News – Mile High Academy and Campion Academy serve their world. + PG4 Camping Ministries throughout Rocky Mountain Conference – Glacier View Ranch and Mills Spring Ranch. . + PG6 A Tribute to Orlando Magaña from his family, friends and coworkers for Christ. + PG8 Departmental News – Youth, Women’s Ministries, Family Ministries, Adventist Community Services and the Bible Worker Training Program. + PG10 New Employees – Pastor Harold Alomía, Pastor Chris Evenson, Cheri Barber, Pastor Mitch Williams, Pastor Joel Kratzke and Pastor José Rodriguez. + PG12 Camp Meetings – Western Slope, Cowboy, Wyoming, Northeastern Colorado and Hispanic. + PG14

OUR VISION: TO TOUCH EVERY PERSON IN OUR REGION FOR C H R I S T.

What is Our Greatest Challenge? By Gary Thurber, President

People ask everywhere I go, “What are your first impressions of our conference, and what do you see is our greatest need?”

witnessing the passion so many people have for

a great way with our mission to save the lost, it

the mission of our church.

would be our lack of unity.

Everywhere I go people ask, “What are your

Unity does not mean that we all should look,

first impressions of our conference, and what

act and think alike! One of the greatest strengths

do you see as our greatest need?” My answer is

we have as a church is our diversity! It would be

Conference for nearly seven months now, I

simple: We have an amazing group of people

a sad day for our church if everyone thought just

feel blessed to be a part of this family. My wife,

here with an incredible opportunity to do great

like me. Everyday we can learn and grow from

Diane, and I have traveled to many parts of this

things for the Lord. Our greatest challenge?

each other’s perspectives and opinions. God

field already and have enjoyed meeting new

If there is one area I would like to encourage

wants us to do so. Isaiah 1:18 says, “Come now,

people as we visit churches, experience a few of

us in it is unity. Psalm 133:1 says, “Behold, how

and let us reason together.” Romans 12:10 says,

our schools and gaze at some of the most beau-

good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell

“Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give

tiful scenery anywhere. What has brought the

together in unity!” If there is one thing I can see

preference to one another in honor.”

most encouragement to me, however, has been

that may hold us back from moving forward in

Having been in the Rocky Mountain


Gary Thurber, President

The fourth way unity makes a difference is our service to our fellowman and community. Together, we can truly affect lives and help those the Lord places in our path and have a more powerful witness in our evangelistic sure if anything else we do will matter if we are not united in this area. There is a dearth of knowledge and understanding of God’s Word in this world which leads to transformed lives, and I believe God wants us to shine a light into that darkness. We simply can’t do that if we do not The New Testament describes the church as a body with Christ as the head and each of us having our part to play to make the church complete. Ellen White penned these thoughts about diversity and unity: “We seldom find two persons exactly alike. Among human beings as well as among the things of the natural world, there is diversity. Unity in diversity among God’s children—the manifestation of love and forbearance in spite of difference of disposition— this is the testimony that God sent His Son into the world to save sinners” (Sons and Daughters of Christ, p. 286).

It is just this simple. When we are united we are strong – when we are divided we are weak. So in our diversity, what is it that unites us as a church? Just what are those things that bring us together for a common purpose? Obviously, our passion to fulfill The Great Commission is at the heart of what draws us together. In this world full of chaos, taking this gospel to our own neighborhoods and to the remotest parts of the world simply won’t happen unless we unite and organize ourselves to work in harmony as the body of Christ. Below, I have listed a few areas in which I believe the Lord has called us to unite together, intent on winning this world for Jesus and preparing the way for His soon return. First is our common passion for the Word of God and to be people of prayer. I am not

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have His light in us. Through study and prayer, we will surely come to know and understand more greatly God’s purpose in our lives and we will be changed each day to be more like Him as we share our witness with others. Second, are our church’s 28 fundamental beliefs. There are some who have tried to add or take away from them. None of us individually have the authority to do so. However, if anyone does feel they have new light, our church has a process in which it can be considered. But until the church at large votes otherwise, our

efforts. Fifth, we also must unite behind our schools. If we look at why schools were established in the beginning, the reasons they need to exist today are only more profound and relevant. In future issues we will be sharing wonderful information regarding professional research that has been done on how our students perform academically and the spiritual benefits of being part of our schools. But beyond those amazing results, the most important asset our schools provide is teachers who understand the Gospel, creation,

Unity in diversity around ... 1. Our passion for the Word of God and to be people of prayer

the character of God, and who are prayerful about each

2. Our 28 Fundamental Beliefs

student in their

3. The wisdom of the Church Manual

education has

4. Service to our fellowman – both in our local communities and in the world

remain what we rally behind. Third, our Church Manual is another means that unites us. It is filled with common sense about how we will work together as a sisterhood of churches. Some churches may vary on procedural issues, but the spirit of the Manual should always remain intact. At the heart of the Manual is the wisdom it shares that the body of the church is the final authority for how it organizes itself and chooses its’ leadership – not any one individual.

easy or cheap, just worth it. becomes possible.

6. How we work together to support and spread the gospel

fundamental beliefs

never been

United, education

5. Our schools

7. Love

room. Providing

Sixth, I would like to mention how we work together to support and

spread the gospel. We, as a church, have always worked under the philosophy found in Romans 15:1: “Now we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of those without strength…” As the body of Christ – His church – it was established from the beginning that the Conference would be the storehouse for tithe, which in turn goes to support pastors and other spiritual leadership such as Bible teachers for our schools in the Rocky Mountain Conference and literally around the globe. It is estimated that somewhere between 25 and


30 million people around the world worship in

According to John, Jesus agreed when he

Seventh-day Adventist churches each Sabbath.

said, “By this you shall know you are my disciples,

That has been made possible largely because

if you love one another.” (John 13:34)

we pool our tithe and then think both locally and globally how to best use the resources God has given us. Even though the rest of the world is beginning to be able to support more of its own ministry needs, the North American Division is still supplying about 60 percent of the ministry needs around the globe. What a privilege we have here in North America to support the world church the way we do and what an astounding difference it is making! There are some who have expressed to me that they don’t want to return tithe to the church because they do not see the church as relevant. Others have called the church “Babylon” and divert their tithe in other directions. Do we have a perfect church organization? No, of course not! We should always be looking at ways to be more effective, so we can reach more people for Jesus. But one thing is for sure – splintering ourselves in this area results in the body of Christ becoming weaker, not stronger. During the past two years, our Conference has experienced a decline in our regular tithe by over one million dollars. Our reserves were disappearing and the financial challenges were great. Thankfully, there were several generous, unexpected windfall tithe contributions, which restored our reserves (equal to three months of operating expense) and helped ministry continue in our conference. Regular tithe is still down, and we continue to face more cutbacks in order to balance our budget which ultimately means less pastoral coverage and support for our churches and schools. United as one, I have no doubt all of our financial needs will be met to carry out God’s work in the Rocky Mountain Conference and beyond. I invite each of you to test and see if the Lord will not “Open the windows of heaven” as we are faithful in returning both our tithes and offerings to Him. There are many other areas of unity I could cover, but let me end with one Paul emphasizes. He says that if we don’t get this one right, nothing else will be of any effect. In Colossians

Wouldn’t it be a shame to not be able to share this last-day message in the Rocky Mountain Conference because we are not recognizable as Christ’s disciples? This thought did not escape Ellen White. Take a look at what she wrote about 1 Corinthians 13 in the Review and Herald, July 4, 1904, in an article entitled, “The Value of Christlike Love.” The Lord desires me to call the attention of his people to the thirteenth chapter of First Corinthians. Read this chapter every day, and from it obtain comfort and strength. Learn from it the value that God places on sanctified, heaven-born love, and let the lesson that it teaches come home to your hearts. Learn that Christlike love is of heavenly birth, and that without it all other qualifications are worthless. In order for us to move our mission forward, we must display love for one another! Read further what Ellen White says about this issue as it relates to our vision for winning the lost: If we would humble ourselves before God, and be kind and courteous and tenderhearted and pitiful, there would be one hundred conversions to the truth where now there is only one. But, though professing to be converted, we carry around with us a bundle of self that we regard as altogether too precious to be given up. It is our privilege to lay this burden at the feet of Christ and in its place take the character and similitude of Christ. The Savior is waiting for us to do this (Testimonies to the Church, Vol. 9, p. 189)

In this newsletter, you will find various translations of 1 Corinthians 13. Let me challenge

If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing. If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love. Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self. Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have. Love doesn’t strut, Doesn’t have a swelled head, Doesn’t force itself on others, Isn’t always “me first,” Doesn’t fly off the handle, Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others, Doesn’t revel when others grovel, Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth, Puts up with anything, Trusts God always, Always looks for the best, Never looks back, But keeps going to the end. Love never dies. Inspired speech will be over some day; praying in tongues will end; understanding will reach its limit. We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete. But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be canceled. When I was an infant at my mother’s breast, I gurgled and cooed like any infant. When I grew up, I left those infant ways for good. We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us! But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love. –1 Corinthians 13, The Message Bible

you to find your favorite version and take the counsel Ellen White gave – read it everyday. Let the words guide us as together we move forward as a church family with the work the Lord has given us to do. United with Christ and one another, we cannot be stopped from doing our part to fulfill the Great Commission here in RMC!

3:14, Paul says, “And beyond all these things, put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.”

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Education Department

Students Put Their Mission in Motion by Cheryl Chiasson

Helping Haiti The students in 6-12th grade at Mile High

Prior to the packaging event day the high

Academy raised money and partnered with the

school students personally invited their MHA

South Denver Kiwanis Club to package food on

neighbors to participate. They knocked on

February 10 for families in Haiti. Their efforts

doors and appealed for donations as well as

brought in a total of over $2,500, which result-

inviting the neighbors to come to the school

ed in the packaging of 10,000 meals.

during the packaging process on February 10. This is the second packing event that MHA conducted with the South Denver Kiwanis for their “Kids Against Hunger” project. “It is a privilege to network with community leaders and have them on our campus. They work handin-hand with our kids to reach out and make a global difference,” said Jeremy Wall, Campus Ministries Coordinator. Gary Philpott, Mile High Academy Development Board member, connected the school with Kiwanis for this community activity. Local news stations 7 (CBS) and 9 (NBC) shared the story on their broadcasts later that day. Students at Mile High Academy are Making a Difference for Kids in Africa and Haiti.

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Clothing for Africa Recently the preschool through 5th grade classrooms at Mile High Academy collected clothing, toys, and other items for the “Children’s Clothing for Africa” project. The donations are on their way to children in rural Kenya. Included in the shipment is fabric for an orphanage where women with treadle sewing machines will make curtains and dresses for the girls. “You can scarcely imagine the joy on the faces of these destitute children when they receive their very first underwear and socks!” said Dr. Stanley Wheeler who sorted and shipped the donations. The missionaries in Kenya will make a DVD to send back to Mile High Academy. It will show the Kenyan children wearing the clothes and playing with the toys.


ASSIST Program Assists Campion Students Academy Student Service Initiative Stipend Tuition by Ardis Stennbakken For the second year, Campion Academy has

responsibility of an entire wing. I am grateful

participated in ASSIST. The initiative provides

for the Academy and hope to have the ASSIST

work for students, assists parents with tuition,

program for years to come!”

and provides opportunities for community outreach.

Transportation to the work sites is provided by the Academy.

Calendar of Events March

11-22 Belize Mission Trip

11-21 Italy Fine Arts Trip

25-27 RMC Music Festival

26-27 Parents; Weekend

Campion requires

April

all students to be

matched up with

involved in a work

(Stephanie Johnson, presenter)

senior citizens in

program.

Students involved in the program are

nursing/ rehabilitation homes and others in the community who need some assistance with daily living needs. The assistance does not cost the recipients anything, but the students receive $8- 10 an hour; the pay goes directly toward tuition. The plan is funded 80% by a donor through the Department of Social Work and Family Studies at Southern Adventist University (SAU) and 20% from money raised by the partner school. This school year ten students are involved;

News in Brief SCHOLARSHIP BRUNCH Thirteen students received a total of $8,200 in specific scholarships at a brunch January 31 for scholastic accomplishments or financial needs. Dean Helm, financial officer, reports that 50% of Campion students receive financial help. “In today’s economy and with parents struggling, we are glad we can help worthy students.” Two of the recipients, Heidi and Lena Nagaard, are pictured here with Larry Howard who presented the Billy Howard scholarship.

they work 15-20 hours a week. Jim Lynch,

2-4 Mother Daughter Retreat, GVR 7-11 Southwest Spring Band Tour

(Grand Junction, Cortez, Alamosa, Cañon City)

12-17 Week of Prayer (Buell Fogg)

18-19 Academy Days

20-27 Senior Class Trip

May

6-9 Sophomore Biology Field Studies Trip (Moab, Utah)

14-15 Weekend of Prayer

23 Music Awards Brunch, Pops Concert, Scholar’s Reception

28-30 Graduation

August

22 Registration for 2010-2011

September

24-26 Alumni Homecoming

manager of the work program at Campion, says more students could be hired if the donor base from SAU or money raised locally were increased. To participate, a student must apply. Applicants are then selected by a faculty committee on the basis of financial need and the student’s willingness to be a good witness and a good representative of God and Campion Academy. Lynch reports that, to date, the students enjoy the challenges and no one has dropped out of the program.

BELIZE MISSION/ITALY FINE ARTS TRIPS For ten days, ten students and 15 adults will be touring Italy to study art, music, and history.

A supervisor at the Sierra Vista Nursing

Melia Williams, head of the Music Department

Home where six of the students work testifies,

will be heading the tour. Joe Martin and other

“Our residents have formed deep and last-

faculty will take 28 students to Belize for a mis-

ing relationships with the different kids. They

sion trip to build a school, hold a VBS, and give

have been a monumental help to our activ-

literature in prisons. More details will be on the

ity program in many ways including running

Campion website: www.campion.net.

programs, individual one-to-one visits, and the

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Camping Ministries

of the year. Please visit our web page at www. glacierviewranch.com or drop us an e-mail at info@glacierviewranch.com to check things out and plan your next event. You can call us at any time 303-459-0771 with any questions. Come

Glacier View Ranch busy again after some much needed down

Mills Spring Ranch

time over the last two months. Last year we

On top of Casper Mountain surrounded by

Back at the Ranch we are beginning to get

by Clayton and Wanda Hart

Looking out the front window, the snow is falling lightly and the clouds occasionally give way to the sun which shines through and glistens on the trees like millions of tiny diamonds sparkling brightly. The majestic mountains of

spend some quality time with us.

hosted over 137 groups, not including individu-

trees you will find we have a beautiful camp

als and day guests. We were excited to minister

located on over 200 acres. If you decide to visit

to great groups like RMC Pastors Retreat and

Mills Spring Ranch (MSR) you will soon find

RMC Bible Conference. We just recently hosted

that you love the place as you enjoy fellowship

the University of Colorado Campus Ministries

together in a natural setting where God can be

with 166 Christian college students. We also

discovered through the beauty of His creation.

enjoy hosting the RMC Pathfinder Invitational

At MSR we have family cabins, youth cabins,

Bible Bowl each March. We are excited to note

meeting rooms, assembly rooms, developed

that we have most of our weekends booked

RV sites, daily picnic areas, wedding areas

with groups both small and large. Did you

and unlimited camping. MSR will re-open this

know that we are here for individual events and

spring and host a number of group activities

family events as well as any size group event?

like Wyoming Camp Meeting, summer camp,

Check out Rustic Cabin for your family’s next

women’s ministries groups, youth groups,

get together.

church groups, and a number of other groups.

When you enter GVR, you will soon notice

We are making some changes at MSR includ-

the Continental Divide are covered in a blanket

that we have made many improvements to

of white and stretch upward to the Heavens

ing needed building upgrades, miscellaneous

your camp facility including much-needed

as if to proclaim the glory of God our Creator.

facility repairs, site improvements and so much

site upgrades, building upgrades, landscaping

more to make your stay enjoyable. We have

Meanwhile, at our sis-

around the lodge build-

ter camp in Wyoming,

begun an active marketing campaign including

ing, etc. We are currently

the entire landscape is

an updated web site, new contact informa-

erecting a new elevated

painted pure white like

tion, past group follow-up, new group contacts

tent cabin in Pathfinder

a new canvas ready for

and distribution of brochures to all Wyoming

Village where you can

God to paint the beauty

churches, schools and other community areas.

experience outdoor

of nature as He meant it

camping in an open-air

You won’t want to miss seeing the progress

to be. The landscape out-

shelter. We are excited

happening at our spectacular camp property

side brings pure bright-

to announce that all

located in Wyoming. Please visit us at our web

ness as if He were cover-

Pathfinder Clubs in RMC

site www.millsspringranch.com or drop us an

ing us with His robe of

can use the GVR path-

e-mail at info@

righteousness. As we experience God all around

finder Village area free for planned Pathfinder

millsspringranch.

us, we send you greetings and salutations from

events. The only catch is that clubs must do

com to check

your two camps in Rocky Mountain Conference.

some form of clean-up project or community

things out and

We are honored to serve the ministry and recre-

project at GVR. Don’t miss this great opportu-

plan your next

ational needs of our Constituents in RMC and to

nity.

event. You can call us anytime

minister to Christians of other faiths at Glacier View Ranch and Mills Spring Ranch.

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We are open year round here at GVR and

at 307-235-2022

would love to host your next event any time

with questions.


We would love to give you a personal tour of the facility and assist in planning your next event. We are located just 20 minutes from Casper, Wyoming, on top of Casper Mountain. Come spend some quality time with us.

Summer Camps We are excited to host our summer camps this year as we discover what love Jesus was showing for us when He “DIED 4 U”. We will be exploring the character of Christ with the campers as we go through the Spiritual Gifts. Again this year we will be hosting six RMC

Hospital Supports Open Adoptions by Parker Adventist Hospital

November 19, 2009, was a big day for the

The hospital also offers support and education

Wurth family of Frederick, Colorado. They

to the adopting family. If desired by the birth

opened their arms not just to the new daughter

mom, the adopting mom can be in the room

they were adopting, Hannah Ellen, but also to

during the birth. Adopting families also can stay

her birth mother and father along with their

in the hospital for free, if space is available, until

extended families.

the baby is ready to go home. “This was such an incredible experience that

summer camps including Family Camp and

we knew it was God’s wish for us to be at this hospital,” Wurth says.

Wyoming Camp at MSR. We will continue to host three Friendship Camps with our partners at Centura Health and the Seventh-day Adventist hospitals. We are having Blind Camp again this year with our friends from Christian Record Services. As you can see, we will have a busy but fun

“My husband and I felt strongly that we wanted an open adoption,” says Lori Wurth. “We wanted a young couple that we

summer as we teach kids to explore Jesus

could be part of their life and

through the beauty of nature. Come and

they could be part of ours.”

explore some of our activities like horseback riding, high ropes, rock climbing, swimming, and mountain biking, just to name a few. Campers will enjoy making new friendships and discovering the joys of recreation and the fantastic programming. Most young people make a life-changing decision for Jesus at camp! We plan to have 500 campers this year at GVR and MSR. Our camps run from June 6, 2010, until July 18, 2010. We would love to have your child come and share in the fun this year at camp. From your entire Camp Ministries Team at

Hannah was born at Parker Adventist Hospital, the only hospital in Colorado to provide a Family-to-Family Adoption Support Program. This program provides support and education for birth families and adopting families from the moment a woman begins considering adoption through the birth and beyond to parent education. As part of the program, birth moms can be referred to a supportive physician and receive private birthing classes.

RMC, we want to wish you a wonderful and

“We work to make sure the birth moms feel

blessed experience as you plan your next event

validated and respected,” says Rebecca Vahle,

at one of your beautiful camps in Colorado or

adoption liaison for the hospital. “We work with

Wyoming.

crisis pregnancy centers, physician offices and many adoption agencies to create a supportive environment.”

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A Tribute to Orlando Magaña After serving for eight years in the Rocky Mountain Conference, Pastor Magaña passed away February 2, 2010. Orlando Julio Magaña Correa was born on April 16, 1952 to Marcial and Rosa Magaña in Belize, Central America. He had four siblings: Romeo, Ruby, Oswaldo, and Ivan. Early in his childhood, his parents learned about the imminent return of Jesus. This belief became his passion and desiring to do something to actively share this news, he decided to become a minister. While studying Theology at CADES (Centro Adventista de Estudios Superiores), he met and married a young woman named Ruth with whom he had 3 children: Orlando, Dennis, and Kenneth. During this time, he served as a minister and administrator in various capacities in Belize, Central America. In 1980, Orlando received a call to serve in the United States. Over the next 19 years he served as a minister and Hispanic ministries coordinator in the Illinois and Nevada-Utah Conferences of Seventh-day Adventists. During the time he was in Illinois, he obtained his Masters in Divinity degree at Andrews University. In 2002 he received a call to the Rocky Mountain Conference to serve as its Vice President for Multicultural Ministries and Evangelism. During his years at Rocky Mountain Conference, the ethnic churches in his department saw an increase of 55.2% in membership with at least 280 evangelistic campaigns conducted. He always attributed any and all accomplishments to the glory of God, and to the work of the lay and pastoral teams. His professional career spanned 33 years. He is remembered for being a man of a quiet, thoughtful demeanor both at home and at work. He was a strong leader, respected by his family, coworkers, and church. Over all, he is remembered not only for his love of God, but also for his devotion to sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the very ends of the world. He will always be remembered by his family as a patriarch, provider, and spiritual leader. We look forward to seeing him upon Christ’s return – the day he helped many others long for.

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away. When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. – 1 Corinthians 13 New King James Version

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Departmental News

Youth by Marlene Perry Braxton is a young man who lives out in the country with his parents and three

After learning

siblings. He has

of Braxton’s desire

always been home

to attend the

schooled, which

Camporee, a spon-

was great for his

sor covered all his

schooling but it left

expenses. You can

him a little shel-

only imagine how

tered from outside

excited he was to

activities and social

learn God had pro-

exposure. Braxton

vided a way.

has always been a bit on the quiet side, adventurous in outdoor activities but shy when it came to meeting and interacting with other kids his own age. He attends a small church in his home town. His church only has a few kids, mostly younger than he. Braxton had heard of Pathfinders, but never

Upon arriving at Oshkosh, he was amazed to

fellowship within the local church and community, one-on-one ministry through Bible study

trading between kids. At first he was not too

and prayer, yearly retreats, and more!

sure that he had all the skills to negotiate, but was quickly pulled into the excitement. Every evening he would pull out his pin “treasures” to look at each one in detail. It was an outstand-

ties. He was told about the Oshkosh Pathfinder

meet new friends from all over the world. He

Camporee and given the promotional video to

was always quick to head off to the evening

watch. For the first time, he showed excitement

programs, soaking it up like a sponge.

only drawback was with three siblings and the expenses of the family farm, he and his parents just didn’t know how they would be able to get the funds to pay the registration, let alone the airfare to attend the event. After much prayer, they felt that if Braxton were to participate in this event, God would have to make a way. Otherwise, he would have to wait until another event came along that was less expensive.

Women’s Ministries is many things: ministry and

the camp. He quickly found out about the pin

ing way for him to build his self confidence and

experiencing something new and exciting. The

by Ginger Bell

see so many people working together to set up

had been exposed to a club or any other activi-

about the possibility of meeting new kids and

Women’s Ministries

This shy young man that left for Oshkosh was

Beautiful Glen Eyrie Christian Conference Center in Colorado Springs is the place where women’s retreats are held on even years. This hide-a-way tucked among red rock boulders, well manicured grounds, comfortable accommodations, and the opportunity to view wildlife, sets the atmosphere for a spiritual experience in God’s beautiful nature. As women enter this campus, there is a feeling of joy as friends

not the same by the time he returned home. He

gather together, new friends are made, and a

was energized to make a difference in the lives

renewal of God’s presence is felt.

of others. The experience was overwhelmingly positive for him in so many ways. Braxton has since committed his life to sharing the Gospel of Jesus wherever and whenever he can. He has now enrolled in an academy and is taking a leadership role in his small church. The opportunity afforded to Braxton has changed his life forever. It will be amazing to see how God will use him to further His work. He is already planning on attending the 2014 Pathfinder Camporee. He will be too old to attend as a Pathfinder, but is planning on going as a volunteer to help other kids experience this lifechanging event. He is already registered for the North American Division Just Claim It Prayer Conference and the YPAC Leadership Training, all taking place this April in Ohio.

Many lives have been changed. For instance, one woman who wasn’t planning on attending had a friend who asked her to go in her place due to an unforeseen circumstance. This was a new experience for her. She had never attended a retreat before and didn’t really know what to expect, but God and His Holy Spirit touched her heart! She experienced an uplifting spiritual renewal, especially through one of the break-out seminars. As a result, she made a re-commitment to God, returned home and was re-baptized. God works in marvelous ways! The next Women’s Retreat at Glen Eyrie will be September 10-12 of this year with Brenda Walsh as the key-note speaker. Plan now to attend – and watch for further information!

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Departmental News

Adventist Community Services by Cathy Kissner Believing in the whole Bible, and nothing but the Bible, has led many people into the Adventist Church. This same belief leads many into the discipleship of Adventist Community Services. Disciples realize that they have the gift of seed planting. How do they know what services they are

Valentine’s Workshop

to do? Isaiah 58:6-12 states very clearly what the Father wants/demands from His children in dis-

by Pastor Wayne Nazarenus

and mentoring, food pantries, feeding the homeless, distributing clothing, classes in health, stop-

cipleship. Those verses describe how Christ’s followers are to serve others the way Christ did. In Rocky Mountain Conference, Adventist Community Services includes medical ministry, tutoring ping smoking, and weight loss, and disaster response. This list is not all that can or should be done. Each church needs to survey their community in order to know the services needed in their community. At the time of a disaster, Adventist Community Services Disaster Response responds according to the guidelines established by the North American Division. Each time ACSDR has become involved in a disaster, I have seen many seeds planted. The team of responders is often asked, “Why are you here, you don’t have a church in my community.” “What do you believe?” ACS is seed planting— come join us.

Eight couples from the Pueblo First, Pueblo West and Canon City Seventh-day Adventist Churches participated in a Couples Enrichment weekend at the Pueblo First Church on Valentine’s Weekend, 2010. The purpose of the three-session workshop was to help couples build stronger relationships by using skill-building exercises. In preparation for the sessions, couples completed a detailed PREPARE-ENRICH assessment tool which gives couples insight into over twenty areas of their relationship. The Workshop was directed by Al Williams, Family Ministries Director of the Rocky Mountain Conference, with the assistance of Wayne Nazarenus, Pueblo Pastor; Steve Schwarz, Canon City Pastor; and Kay Wakefield, professional counselor and chaplain from Denver.

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Suppose I speak in the languages of human beings and of angels. If I don’t have love, I am only a loud gong or a noisy cymbal. Suppose I have the gift of prophecy. Suppose I can understand all the secret things of God and know everything about him. And suppose I have enough faith to move mountains. If I don’t have love, I am nothing at all. Suppose I give everything I have to poor people. And suppose I give my body to be burned. If I don’t have love, I get nothing at all. Love is patient. Love is kind. It does not want what belongs to others. It does not brag. It is not proud. It is not rude. It does not look out for its own interests. It does not easily become angry. It does not keep track of other people’s wrongs. Love is not happy with evil. But it is full of joy when the truth is spoken. It always protects. It always trusts. It always hopes. It never gives up. Love never fails. But prophecy will pass away. Speaking in languages that had not been known before will end. And knowledge will pass away. What we know now is not complete. What we prophesy now is not perfect. But when what is perfect comes, the things that are not perfect will pass away. When I was a child, I talked like a child. I thought like a child. I had the understanding of a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. Now we see only a dim likeness of things. It is as if we were seeing them in a mirror. But someday we will see clearly. We will see face to face. What I know now is not complete. But someday I will know completely, just as God knows me completely. The three most important things to have are faith, hope and love. But the greatest of them is love. – 1 Corinthians 13 – New International Reader’s Version


Out of the Darkness by Karen Lewis

“When things begin to get very dark, those of us who have at one time had some kind of relationship with God, no matter how shallow, turn to God out of desperation,” said Brenda. Brenda is the daughter of Joan, a woman Linda Benningfield Hashman studied with a couple of years ago. Linda is one of the Bible workers from the “Lifting up Jesus” training programs at the Chapel Haven church. Joan had been out of the church for 40 years and rejoined the church after studying with Linda. Brenda was a constant subject of prayer as her mother, Joan and friend Linda often prayed together over her. Not long after her mother surrendered her life to Jesus, Brenda called Linda and asked her out to lunch. As they sat across from each other at lunch, Linda looked into her face and knew she was in the process of conversion. There’s nothing like that look! Linda began the “Lifting up Jesus” Bible studies with Brenda a short time later. Brenda recently recounted to Linda how she came to Jesus. “When things begin to get very dark, those of us who have at one time had some kind of relationship with God, no matter how shallow, turn to God out of desperation. That’s what I did,” said Brenda. “I thought I invited you to lunch to help you to see how the business I was in could enhance your business – not to talk about coming back to Jesus. I planned on coming back, but on my own time. It was so easy to talk to you, and during the studies, it just seemed right to make

the commitment to Jesus. Once I did, it felt like a lifetime of weight and darkness had been lifted off of my shoulders. My next hurdle was struggling with when I would get ‘good enough’ to be saved. When I expressed this and you explained that I was already saved, I burst out crying. It was such a relief! I ‘got it”’right at that moment. That moment enabled me to move forward on my journey and not be stuck in that terrible place. I could never have moved beyond the grief without the light of the words God gave you to say to me. He also gave me light as to what that meant – I was

To learn more about how to share Christ with

already saved! All I had to do was reach out and

others, consider attending the next 16-week

grab onto it, then share it with others that God

Lifting up Jesus training session with Karen

has brought into my life.”

Lewis. This course gives you the tools and con-

Bringing people to Jesus can happen easily through honest friendship and by taking time to know and really listen to their stories. Several women from Chapel Haven joined our study

fidence you need to begin studying the Bible with others in a very relaxed and effective way. For more information call Karen Lewis at 303282-3620.

and offered Brenda love and acceptance, and we only got about half way through before she was baptized. She had been an Adventist as a child and she knew the doctrines. What she didn’t know was Jesus. And when she met Him, she fell in love. Brenda’s study group continues every Monday night at her house. Almost immediately after Brenda was baptized, she began studying the Bible with her neighbor Terri and that study continues. Terri now regularly attends Chapel Haven and is currently attending the Bible worker training program. It’s the most beautiful thing in the world to watch how the Lord works when we cooperate with Him.

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New Employees

J. Harold Alomía, pastoring SW Wyoming and NW Colorado Born in Peru, Pastor Alomía grew up in Berrien Springs, Michigan for a short time, and Peru. In 2003, Harold immigrated to Farmington, New Mexico where he worked at the Piñon Hills Adventist Church as a contract Bible worker and Spanish Pastor. When it seemed that ministry was not to be his path, the Lord opened doors in miraculous providence and called Harold to be a part-time pastor in the “Mountain District” of Colorado. That same year he married his wonderful wife, Rosie Alvarado. Harold pastored the Mountain District for two years before heading to Berrien Springs to work on his Masters of Divinity (MDiv) degree. Today, the Alomía’s are back ‘home’ serving the “ColoYoming” district of eight church in the Rocky Mountain Conference. Having eight churches is a challenge, but ministry is about “team” so Harold and Rosie are striving to follow their Head Coach, Christ. As they follow Him, the challenges result in sweet victory in Jesus.

Chris Evenson, assisting in Youth, pastoring Aspen Park, CO Chris Evenson graduated from Union College with a Theology degree in 2005. His wife Lisa also graduated in 2005 with a degree in Physician Assistant studies. Following their graduation, they moved to the Denver area where Chris began ministry at the Denver South Church. After two wonderful years, the Evenson family moved to Berrien Springs, Michigan, where Chris began the MDiv program. After 2 ½ years, Chris completed his MDiv degree and the Evenson family, who left as two, returned to the Rocky Mountain Conference as three. Jakob Gunnar Evenson joined the family on Oct. 8, 2009. Chris, Lisa and Jakob are currently serving the Aspen Park Church as well as assisting in the Youth Department at the conference office.

Cheri Barber, Administrative Assistant in RMC Office Excited to be on the Rocky Mountain Conference team, Cheri Barber began working at the conference office on a full-time basis on January 1. A graduate of Campion Academy, Andrews University, and the University of Nebraska School of Nursing, Cheri serves the RMC office as an administrative assistant. In her free time, Cheri enjoys spending time with her family and friends, her small study group, reading and traveling. Cheri and her husband, Byron, have four grown children, three of whom live in the Denver area.

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Mitch Williams pastoring the Adventure in Greeley, CO Mitch Williams is pastor for the Adventure Seventh-day Adventist Church in Windsor, Colorado. Mitch has been married to Lena for approximately 15 years, and is blessed with four daughters, Gabrielle, 12, Colette, 7, Jenna, 7 and Olivia, 3. Pastor Mitch, a former entrepreneur, entered full-time ministry in 2005. He graduated from Andrews University Theological Seminary in 2009. Previously, he and his partner founded and operated a medical supply business for 10 years. Like the Apostle Peter, Mitch sensed Jesus calling him to a different vocation, to be a fisher of men. Pastor Mitch believes we are at the two-minute warning of earth’s history. Mitch’s vision is founded on the principle of community as revealed repeatedly in the Bible. Ministry therefore is done best in community. To be introduced to Jesus, to grow in Jesus, to model Jesus, to survive in Jesus, we’ve got to live in Him as a supernatural, Spirit-led community – through corporate worship, small groups, God-centered homes, friendship-evangelism and group-led service.

Joel Kratzke, pastoring Twin Peaks in Louisville, CO “A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps” Prov. 16:9 NKJV. Having served in the RMC and having left for other work in Minnesota, then having been called back to the RMC, Pastor Joel can attest to the truth of the proverb. His desire and goal in ministry is be used to bring people into a fuller and deeper relationship with Jesus Christ while, at the same time, fulfilling the call God has given to His end-time church – to declare the “Three Angels Messages.” Pastor Kratzke understands that we must learn to “live” that message if it is to have any power in the lives of those we meet. Joel and his family are pleased to be called to serve at Twin Peaks Adventist Fellowship in Louisville and are looking forward to finding those who are searching for Christ. Joel and his lovely wife, Valerie, have two children, Victoria (14 years) and Jeremiah (11 years).

José David Rodriguez, planting a Hispanic Church in Arvada, CO Pastor José David Rodriguez was born in Cali, Colombia. The youngest of seven brothers, David started knowing Jesus from a very young age. His mother Ana was a fervent Adventist. Due to his love for Christ and the urgent need to preach the present truth of the Second Coming of Jesus, David attended Adventist University Of Colombia where he graduated from the theological seminar. Pastor Rodriguez has served in Colombia, Ecuador and the US where many people have come to know the love of Christ through his ministry. Pastor David Rodriguez and his wife Angela have two daughters, Gabriela and Katarina (baby Katie May). They enjoy visiting the mountains, and are all artistically inclined. His wife teaches Art and Spanish. David enjoys drawing and he enjoys playing the guitar with the entire family singing with him. They are excited to be able to serve in Denver and Northern Colorado.

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2010 Regional* Camp Meetings Western Slope Camp Meeting June 3-5, 2010 Montrose Adventist School Speakers include Jim Nix, the Director of the White Estate Gary Gibbs, Associate Director of Hope Channel Andrea Jacobsen, Andrews University – for the Youth This summer’s Western Slope Camp Meeting will be held Thursday evening, June 3, through Sabbath, June 5. The meetings will begin with a keynote by Rocky Mountain Conference President, Elder Gary Thurber, at 7:00 pm on Thursday evening. On Friday there will be seminars and presentations by the two featured speakers for the weekend, Elder James R. Nix, Director of the Ellen G. White Estate, and Gary Gibbs, Associate Director of the Hope Channel. The ABC (Adventist Book Center) will be coming out and youth programs are being planned. For more information call (970) 249-4942.

2010 Regional* Camp Meetings July 7-10 Cowboy Camp Meeting www.cowboycampmeeting.org

July 13-17 Wyoming Camp Meeting Mills Spring Ranch July 22-24 North East Colorado Camp Meeting Campion Academy September 3-6 Hispanic Camp Meeting Glacier View Ranch

*All regional camp meetings are locally sponsored and funded. For information, comments and feedback, please contact the regional pastoral leadership for that area.

• I may talk the talk, but my words mean nothing without love. If you don’t truly mean it, it’s just rambling.

• Love can handle anything, believes all things, gives hope, it never gives up. Love is always there for you.

• I may have faith that fears nothing, and the ability to see the future, and I may be really smart, but without love I am worthless.

• Love will never end. Ideas will become irrelevant, languages will be over, technology will vanish.

• I may give all my money to a homeless shelter, and sacrifice myself for others, without love it is worthless. • Love is endearing and is laid back, not quick to get angry, and does not want what others have. Love is not conceited. • Love does not talk smack, love doesn’t look out for oneself only, is not irritable, thinks positively. • Is not happy with wrong doing, does not keep score, but is happy with the truth. 14

• The little we know, we will tell. • When perfection comes, imperfection disappears. • When I was young, I was immature in the way I talked, acted and thought, but when I became an adult, I put those childish ways behind me. • Now God only allows us to see a small picture but when we are with God, we will be able to see the big picture, like God knows us now. • There is faith, love, hope. Love is the greatest. 1 Corinthians 13, translated by a Youth Group at LifeSource in 2002.


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Upcoming Events in RMC April, 2010 7-11 Just Claim It Youth Prayer Conf. (YPAC) Columbus, OH 8-10 Denver ASI Rally (Asscherik & Gibson) 16-17 Grand Junction Youth Rally (Jerry Mahn) 18-19 Campion Academy Days 21 Association Board (9:30a RMC Office) 23-25 ACS Disaster Response. Train. (Aurora) 23-25 NAD Children’s Ministry Training (CO. Spr. Central) 24-25 The Message of the Music – Derrol Sawyer (Nucla) 24 Pathfinder Council 25 Adventure Fun Day May, 2010 10 Campion Board 16 Pathfinder Fair in Canon City 16-22 ACS Nonprofit Leadership Cert–1 23 AdventSource Website Training (RMC Office) 25 Executive Committee

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MHA Commencement Campion Commencement RMC Office Closed for Memorial Day

June, 2010 3-5 Western Slope Camp Meeting – Montrose 16 Association Board (9:30a RMC Office) 24 General Conference Session begins 27 Wyoming Youth Camp begins at Mills Spring July, 2010 3 General Conference Session ends 5 RMC Office closed for Independence Day 7-10 Cowboy Camp Meeting–Silver Jack Reservoir (www.cowboycampmeeting.org) 10 Pathfinder Council 11 Pathfinder Village Clean-up

13-17 Wyoming Camp Mtg.–Mills Spring 22-24 NE CO Camp Mtg. at Campion 23-25 Adventurer Family Campout 25-31 Pathfinder Teen Survival Outing 27 Executive Committee August, 2010 5-8 Pathfinder Camporee at GVR 8-11 Family Pastors’ Meetings at GVR 18 Association Board (9:30a RMC Office)

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