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Arizona NEWS - April, 2024

As Seventh-day Adventists, we believe that education is not only about acquiring knowledge but also about nurturing a relationship with God and preparing for His kingdom.

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It’s My Very Own

(También español) When Pinal County Department of Child Services personnel step into a home and remove a minor, oftentimes that child is not allowed to bring anything with them.

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Adventurers Have a Fun Day

(También español) On November 5, over 1,000 attendees representing 28 Adventurer clubs from all over Arizona gathered at Paradise Valley Park in Northern Phoenix to participate in the annual Adventurer Fun Day.

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50 Years on the Hill

(También español) When one paints a picture of a church’s history, the mural is comprised of many faces and stories. Such was the case during the 50th anniversary of the Kingman church. 

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The Gathering

(También español) The Arizona Conference Women’s Ministries Team held their second annual “The Gathering” on Sabbath, July 29, at Thunderbird Adventist Academy.

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Synergy of Evangelism

(También español) On Sabbath, June 24, a large crowd gathered at the Salt River. With hundreds of people looking on as they floated by, 15 people were baptized by Pastors Ed Anderson and Don Bishop.

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Woolsey Ordination

(También español) On May 13, 2023, Pastor Vince Woolsey was ordained as a Seventh-day Adventist minister by members of the Arizona Conference administration and members of the Mesa Palms church in Mesa, Arizona. 

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Sahuarita Welcomes “Pastor Mo”

(También español) Pastor Mawethu Zonke, “Pastor Mo,” was officially installed as pastor of the Sahuarita church in Sahuarita, Arizona, in January by Arizona Conference Ministerial Director Van Bledsoe.

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Why Go to Summer Camp?

(También español) While this could still be the sentiment of many who attend youth camp today, this statement was written way back in 1936! Some things just don’t change, and enthusiasm for the summer camp program continues to inspire both campers and staff in 2023.

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Chandler Churches Celebrates Growth

(También español) The church pews are full, the parking lot is full, and space is running out for the Chandler church—all problems that are “good” problems for a church to grapple with and discuss.

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Celebrating Graduates! AZC & HIC

Celebrating graduations! No matter the grade level, graduations represent an important and significant milestone in a person’s life, and we are here to celebrate and pray for blessings on their next steps!

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Retirees Evangelism in Southeast Arizona

(También español) Southeastern Arizona is a beautiful part of the Southwest’s high desert area, encompassing the Huachuca, Chiricahua, and Whetsone mountains. Historically the land of the Apache and of mining interests, the area has now become a haven for retirees looking for a low cost of living, beautiful scenery, good weather, great hiking, and bird-watching opportunities. 

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THE BULLETIN - May 12, 2023

"Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate." - Proverbs 31:31 Happy Mother's Day to all the incredible moms, mums, mommies, and mamas!

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Arizona Ordinations Meet Needs Unconventionally

(También español) The typical path to ordination” would not describe the process for Pastor Ranison Kennedy and Pastor Alvin Schnell. While their backgrounds and life experience are dramatically different, both have a passion for ministry that has eclipsed their retirement years.

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Thunderbird CNA Program Introduces Students to Patient Care

(También español) The Certified Nursing Assistant course at Thunderbird Adventist Academy encompasses every aspect of the school’s mission. “The program was created to give high school seniors an opportunity to gain medical knowledge, develop critical thinking, and experience patient care in a healthcare immersion setting,” said instructor Eva Gonzalez.

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Serving with a Heart Like Jesus

(También español) Sunday, January 22, was a special day for the women's ministries leadership of the Arizona Conference. Approximately 65 women from around the state convened at the Mesa Palms church in Mesa, Arizona, for a full day of fellowship and training.

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Tempe Church Creates ASU Adventist Social Club

(También español) Opening doors for collegiate young adults is part of the ongoing vision for the Tempe church. Located adjacent to the Arizona State University campus and right across the street from the performing arts center, the church has often been a location for Adventist students to worship.

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THE BULLETIN - March 10, 2023

Opening doors for collegiate young adults is part of the ongoing vision for the Tempe church. Located adjacent to the Arizona State University campus and right across the street from the performing arts center, the church has often been a location for Adventist students to worship. When Pastor Mike Soto became the pastor of the church in 2022, he brought with him a vision of continuing the outreach to the entire student body of the campus.

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Serving, Pets, and Uniting Efforts

Stories today are from Thunderbird Christian Elementary (TCE) in Arizona and Pacific Union College (PUC). TCE students are learning to serve in a myriad of ways as well as treating veterans to furry cuteness!

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THE BULLETIN - March 3, 2023

Late last year, an organization called Streams of Light organized a massive outreach into much of the Phoenix metropolitan area, with the objective of distributing The Great Controversy to as many families as possible.

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THE BULLETIN - February 24, 2023

Family Ministries conducted its first area certification seminar for all church family directors, associates, assistants, and others who attended on Sabbath, January 21, at the Thunderbird Adventist Academy Student Center.

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THE BULLETIN - February 17, 2023

Within just a few weeks of becoming an officially recognized group, Stronghold International Mission Group in Pearce, Ariz., conducted its first evangelistic meeting, “Our Great Hope Today.”

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Stronghold Evangelism

Within just a few weeks of becoming an officially recognized group, The Stronghold International Seventh-day Adventist Mission Group in Pearce, Ariz., conducted its first evangelistic meeting, “Our Great Hope Today.” Beginning in August, members of the group conducted house-to-house visits and distributed Spirit of Prophecy books, along with banana cake. The four-month preparation culminated in the Dec. 26-31, 2022, meetings.

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Arizona Connect - February, 2023

It is a pleasure to share with Arizona constituents and friends the many wonderful things happening within our Conference. May you catch our vision for winning men and women, boys and girls to Jesus!

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Christmas on the Streets

The call went out in the middle of November for volunteers. “We are in need of food donations, servers, and other volunteers,” the request read. “We are also collecting blankets, coats, socks, and hats for all ages to give to the homeless.”

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THE BULLETIN - January 6, 2023

2022 was designated as a Year of Evangelism. Over half of all Arizona churches participated in the evangelism effort. “Praise God that our church leaders and members are uniting their efforts to reach their communities with the gospel of Jesus,”

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Church Campout Baptisms

The Cottonwood and Sedona churches joined with the Grupo Hispano de Sedona for the first-ever district campout at Clear Creek, Arizona. The highlight of the...

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THE BULLETIN - November 11, 2022

“Adventist education is a mission field,” said new Arizona Conference Superintendent of Education Chris Juhl. “We have to truly view ourselves as missionaries and be willing to be called by God and view the calling as just that—a calling.”

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Pathfinders

I have had the privilege of serving as coordinator for Pathfinder, Adventurer, and Youth Ministries for the Pacific Union since 2012. For the last 16 years,...

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Holbrook Indian School

October 6, 2022 Holbrook Indian School Holbrook shares the story of a student who found Jesus at camp meeting and also takes time to remember Kiarra Alma...

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Medical Aid to Ukraine

War to this generation is distant—an event that occurs on foreign soil.  Once, not too long ago, Ukrainians felt the same.  But now Ukrainians have been...

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Learn and Grow

The Seeds for Life Community Garden at the Page All Nations church in Page, Arizona, offers a creative evangelism approach that centers around connection and...

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Arizona SonShine

A volunteer conducts an eye exam in the vision department. Arizona SonShine held its seventh annual event in Prescott Valley, Arizona, on June 16 and 17,...

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Holbrook Bus Accident

Tragic Bus Accident on August 28, 2022 Holbrook Indian School is mourning the loss of Kiarra Alma Gordon, a 17- year-old 11th-grader. Kiarra was a talented...

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Arizona Camp Meetings

Lee Venden shares his message from the Gospel of John. Camp Yavapines is a beautiful respite from the heat of the lower valleys of Arizona during the summer...

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Thunderbird Adventist Academy Celebrates 100 years

Celebrating 100 years of Adventist education in Arizona was the theme of the Thunderbird Adventist Academy alumni weekend this past April. It was even more special as all the honor classes that were missed from postponed alumni weekends in 2020 and 2021 were recognized in addition to this year’s honorees.

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Bullhead City Church “Tears Up” Mortgage

Traditionally, when there is a mortgage burning ceremony at a church, a mortgage is burned. On April 9, the members of the Bullhead City church in Bullhead, Arizona, felt that their brand-new sanctuary should be fire free. Instead of burning the mortgage, Arizona Conference Treasurer Reggie Leach tore up the mortgage into as many tiny pieces as he could.

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A Dream Come True

In the summer of 2021, while COVID was still pretty much in full swing, Sylvia Hayashi, health ministry leader at Desert Cove church in El Mirage, Arizona,...

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Arizona Hispanic Evangelism Efforts

The Arizona Conference has designated 2022 as a “Year of Evangelism,” and the Hispanic Ministries Department has been actively engaging with its churches. Several of the churches have already held meetings in the first quarter of the year and have baptized new members.

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Building Leaders Who Serve

My experience with Adventist education has revealed that we are called to provide “something better.” Of course, that something better is Jesus, but what does that mean for a family wanting an experience for their students that prepares them for the gap between now and eternal life? What should that look like, and how will we provide that for our students?

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The Joy of Acceptance

During one of the difficult times our church was going through, one of the members confessed, "This class is the reason I'm still here." My husband and I...

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Adventist Women Pioneers

Georgia Anna Burrus was born July 19, 1866. Despite family opposition, she joined the Adventist church at age 16 and enrolled as a working student at Healdsburg College in California. She then taught in the Bible Training School in Oakland.

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Top Tier Leadership

I have been involved in church work all my adult life. I was a taskforce worker. As an intern in Southern California, I ran a VBS and day camp for an entire summer without having conducted either one before. I worked briefly as an associate pastor and as a pastor. I’ve worked in communication and public relations at all levels of the church.

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Ministry Spotlight - Women's Ministries

The Lord has a work for women as well as for men. They may take their places in His work at this crisis, and He will work through them.... They can do in families a work that men cannot do, a work that reaches the inner life.

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