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A Communiqué from the Office of the President
September, 2017
"He who has the Son has life..."  -- 1 John 5:12

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!

The Perfect 10
"The Law of the Lord is perfect converting the soul, the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple." -- Psalm 19:7
We spent the last five months of our Arizona Connect devotional considering how to have a life of victory in Christ from the story of Jehoshaphat in 2 Chronicles 20.
Now we will embark on another mission that will take the better part of a year looking at the 10 Commandments. This week we will have a simple overview of what a few scriptures say about the "Perfect 10" and then each month we will look at a particular commandment.
For now consider this statement made by the most well-recognized preacher of the last century. "The 10 Commandments are never out of date. They express the unchanging will of God in our lives, regardless of changes in human society. If you look at them closely, you will see that the first few commandments deal with our relationship to God. The other commandments deal with our relationship with other people and with things. Our lives would be much happier if we followed God's prescription for sound living."  -- Dr. Billy Graham
He was right of course, but we all know that already because that is what the Bible teaches. The psalmist says 'the Law of the Lord is perfect.' The apostle Paul says "The law is HOLY, and the commandment HOLY, JUST, and GOOD." James, the brother of Jesus, calls it "the PERFECT law of Liberty."
And Revelation describes God's last-day people as those who "keep the Commandments of God, and have the faith of Jesus." -- Revelation 14:12
So a simple question based on just a few verses -- is commandment keeping important? Indeed it is. In fact it is vital for all Christians, especially those living in this time in earth's history.
May God bless our journey through the commandments together.
August was a month of meetings plus a vacation for Lillian and me. I was at the Arizona Conference office August 1 and 2.
Then I flew to Houston for the International ASI Convention. We were there through August 7 and had a great time listening to inspiring stories and sermons. Elder Shawn Boonstra delivered a powerful message on Sabbath morning. The Friday night keynote speaker was my wife's cousin, Alexis Abrahantes Carralero, who shared his amazing testimony of how God saved his life from Communism on the island of Cuba.
Elder Shawn Boonstra
Elder Alexis Abrahantes Carralero
I was back in Phoenix for a few days before going on my first week of vacation in several years. My wife and I spent a week on the west coast of Florida visiting family, but mainly just relaxing in picturesque Sanibel Island, Florida.
We arrived back in Phoenix on August 16. I immediately went into a meeting and then back to the office the next day. On the weekend of August 18-20 the AZ Conference Executive Committee and officers met at Camp Yavapines for a weekend of spiritual refreshing with Elder Tony Jasper as our spiritual speaker; plus strategic planning with Dr. Karen Cress. Many great ideas came from this meeting that will bless our Conference for a long time to come.
The week of August 21-25, I was in the office each day with meetings and visits.
The last week of August I spent with my fellow Conference Presidents from around the North American Division in Santa Barbara, California. The spiritual messages were powerfully delivered by Elder Anthony Medley of Emmanuel Brinklow Church. The rest of our workshops centered on how to use social media to enrich our Conferences.
August was truly a blur, but I was thankful I got to actually take some time off as my wife, Lillian, and I celebrated our 32nd wedding anniversary.
          September 4:          Labor Day - Conference and ABC Closed
          September 5:          Yavapines Board 10:30 am; PADAC 2 pm; Finance Committee 5 pm
          September 6:          Personnel 8:30 am; Executive Committee 10 am
          September 8-10:     LSU Board Retreat
          September 12:        Regional Ministries Meeting 9:30 am
          September 13:        Union Presidents' Council
          September 15-16:  Hispanic Pastors/Elders Retreat   
          September 21-23:  PUC Student Leadership (Leoni Meadows)
          September 26:        Preordained Ministers Meeting 10 am   
We continue to get amazing responses and feedback from Tucson residents watching our new Tucson channels: 14.3 (Spanish); and 14.4 (English). Our channels are the only Christian digital antenna channels broadcasting in Tucson. Many viewers are calling to respond to free offers, request prayer, or find a church! Two viewers that we know of so far have already been baptized at Tucson churches. Supporters from one English Tucson church informed us recently that new viewers are coming to their church every week! One Spanish Tucson pastor informed us that he and his elders are currently studying with 10 different viewers who are preparing for baptism.

We have many viewers calling us for a variety of reasons, such as asking for prayer, or to respond to our free offers (Sabbath magazines, GC, DA), and to find a church family near them, where they can come and worship. Here are just a few recent examples...
Joe in Tucson: "We love your station. We have it on 24 hours a day and virtually don't watch anything else, because everything else is garbage."
Roy and Jean in Scottsdale: "Thank you for what you are doing. I rate your channel a '10.' It is excellent and has very, very good programs. We have been watching for a while. I just have a $10 antenna."
Linda in Phoenix: Linda called to request a free offer. We showed up at her door with the literature, and she invited us in. She told us, "I watch Good News TV constantly." A week later, she called saying she wants to be baptized. Recently she began coming to Pastor's Sabbath School (baptismal prep) and became tearful saying what a blessing the church experience has been and she is so glad to become a part of it! She has already started volunteering for the TV station by doing some mailings from home. 
James in Phoenix: "I live by Metrocenter. I watch your channel every day and ALL the time. I LOVE the station and your programming. You are teaching the Bible the way it should be taught. I just want to do what is pleasing to my Father. While watching your station I feel God leading me to be baptized and join the Seventh-day Adventists."
If you are a regular supporter of Good News TV, we want to thank you for making this ministry possible. Since many of you pay through your offering envelopes at church, we don't know who you are -- but Jesus does. We want to tell you that it is only because of your prayers and support that people's lives continue to be impacted in such powerful ways throughout Arizona!
If you are not a regular supporter of Good News TV, then we want to ask you to please remember our ministry team and our viewers in your prayers. Your prayers are so very important to us and to our viewers! We also want to ask that you please consider adding Good News TV to your monthly giving plan. As our outreach to households throughout Arizona has steadily grown, our operating costs have also naturally continued to grow. The reality is that we depend on faithful monthly support from more and more people like you in order to pay the bills and thereby to impact lives for eternity! 
Thank you so very much for your continued interest in, prayers for, and support of Good News TV and GNTV Latino (MasTV)!
Luke Skelton 
Media Ministries Director 
The Adventist Book Center Bookmobile is Coming!
The Bookmobile will be on the road again October 2 -November 15! Watch your mail and email for our full schedule, times, and specials!  We have modified our "normal" bookmobile schedule so please look closely for the dates and times for your church! The Fall bookmobile Schedule and flyer are available online at -- then choose the link for the fall bookmobile schedule.
For additional information or to place a pre-order please contact us at 480.991.8501 or email us at Thank you for continuing to support your Arizona Adventist Book Center.
Take the credit! Help a child receive a dynamic Christian education! Give to Arizona Adventist Scholarships today:
                  - recommend a school and a student on your donation
                  - or leave it blank and we will find a student in need to receive your donation
 You get the tax credit, they get the benefit of a Christian education in one of our Adventist schools!   
Contact Kim Moss at
or call 480.519.1379 for assistance. 
**A school tuition organization cannot award, restrict or reserve scholarships
solely on the basis of donor recommendation.   
Dec 25-27: Your Best Pathways to Health is coming to the Phoenix Convention Center. Everyone is encouraged to register to volunteer. Help is needed with hospitality, registration, food service, medical and non-medical areas. We are especially in need of Arizona licensed barbers and beauticians.

Please register today to be the hands and feet of Jesus to the city of Phoenix. More info:

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Join us in person for the entire Rally, including breakout training sessions.
Join us via live web stream for all except the breakout sessions:

July tithe totaled $1,606,971. Our tithe year-to-date is $7,471,126. This is a 4.34% increase.
We encourage our members to continue being faithful in giving -- always grateful for the many blessings God bestows upon His children!
Sept 23-30. Tucson Sharon Church. 
EVANGELISTIC CAMPAIGN AT UBUMWE GROUP/GLENDALE SDA CHURCH. Theme: "Jesus is the Answer." Sermon # 1. "Walking on the Water" by Pastor Herry Mhando from Tanzania, August 12, 2017 with 205 people attending.  
-- Pastor Joel Mpabwanimana.

Camelback SDA Church presents LA Forza Chamber Orchestra in concert. Sunday, Sept. 17 at 3 pm. The program features Steinway artist Dr. Noel Engebretson performing the dynamic "Piano Concerto No. 2" by Sergei Rachmaninoff.
LA Forza's Annual Fall Concert performed free. Invite a friend!  
5902 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ.

The Seventh-day Adventist movement has always embraced the "Great Commission" of Christ found in Matthew 28:19-20. Recently, the church echoes the words of Jesus in the call for Total Member Involvement (TMI). TMI recognizes the importance of every Christian taking hold of Jesus' hand and joining Him in the life-saving work of sharing the Good News with the world.
Michelle Marsollier, an Andrews University pre-med student, hosted a week-long series packed with 10 meetings from July 29 through August 5 at the Paradise Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church. The theme for these meetings was #ComeAlive.
Each of her presentations shared the Gospel message from the fresh perspective of a young adult and was designed to be interactive to encourage listener participation. At different points in her presentations, Michelle asked questions, and the audience registered their votes via text message. The immediate display of results offered insights into the people's beliefs, and enhanced their interest in the topic.
The meetings were well attended throughout the series. Two people solidified their relationship with Christ by getting baptized. Others who attended were revitalized in their own relationships with their Creator. Everyone who joined in this week-long experience couldn't help but #ComeALIVE.
PV Church Elder Vincent Woolsey


Educational Field Trip--
ESL students of the Refuge and Revelation Center (Asian/Pacific Ministries) visited the Phoenix Public Library, Yucca Branch, for an educational tour of the facility. They excitedly received individually issued electronic ID borrowers' cards.
Please continue to support our refugee program through prayers and donations. For donations, please contact Pastor Glenn Sta Ana, Assistant to the President for Asian/Pacific Ministries.  
Lauran Merginio, ESL
Arizona Connect
Ed Keyes, President
Phil Draper, Editor
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51 West Mingus Ave | Cottonwood, AZ 86326