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A Communiqué from the Office of the President
 
November, 2017
 
"He who has the Son has life..."  -- 1 John 5:12
 
 
 
TOGETHER -- WE'RE SHAPING THE FUTURE OF THE ARIZONA CONFERENCE




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!

 
 
 
 
DEVOTIONAL 
 
The Perfect Ten, Part Three
You shall not make for yourself a carved image-any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.                                      -- Deuteronomy 5:8-10 NKJV  
I remember going to a winter festival when I lived in New Jersey where all kinds of activities were happening -- but mostly Christmas stuff. The things I remember most were the ice carvings. They were pretty amazing -- bears, boats, airplanes, ships, even an eagle with a fish in its mouth. As a young, and admittedly immature Christian, I began to wonder if the talented ice carver was breaking the second commandment.
The scripture says not to make an image of anything in heaven, on earth, or in the sea. So the ice carver would be in bad shape if you didn't understand that the next verse gives more of the context and gets to the point of the second commandment.
Verse 9 says, "you shall not bow down to them (the images), or worship them." Obviously in the time period and geographical location that the commandments were written, God is referring to those golden calves and other things made to be worshiped by the heathen of the day.
 
There are still people who make or buy images and bow down and worship them today. When I was in Thailand I saw all the little shrines that were set up by many of the local people that were bowed down to in reverence and worship. In Russia I saw people using "icons" (not the kind on your computer) set up all around their houses that many would bow down to as a form of worship.
 
Now I cannot judge these people and their sincerity of worship, but I will say that the point of the 2nd commandment is that God is telling us not to worship that which is created, but to worship the One who did the creating -- our God and Savior.
What I really love about the second commandment is verse 10. It shows us God is a loving, forgiving, God. Here right in the middle of the section of the commandments that deal with our relationship to God, He pauses to tell us about His mercy and love.
It's a joy to keep God's commandments when we know we are serving a God of True Love and Grace.
Jesus says, "If you love Me, keep My commandments."  -- John 14:15
 
 
PRESIDENT'S TRAVEL JOURNAL
 
 
The month of October started with a week of office activity in the Arizona Conference office.  
October 4, some friends and I went to Chase Field to watch the Diamondbacks in a one-game playoff with the Colorado Rockies. Now I don't have much time to dedicate to going to baseball games, but there is something about playoff baseball I really enjoy. Happy to say, Arizona won in dramatic fashion. Thanks Reggie, Theron, and Van for the fun time.
October 5-10, I attended the Annual Council of the General Conference. This GC meeting was filled with a lot of reports of the various activities taking place all around the world. However, the biggest issue for discussion was on a 14-page document that was handed out to be voted on immediately after being read. It was written to deal with how to punish those Union Conferences that are out of compliance with the 2015 GC Session vote. The majority of those at the meeting spoke against the document and sent back to the committee that put it together. Ultimately it will be revised and brought back to the 2018 Annual Council.
October 10, I took an early morning flight to get back in Phoenix in time for our Pastors' Meeting at the office. We had a great meeting with lots of participation on how to do ministry more effectively in our Conference. Thanks to Jose Marin and Tony Jasper for leading out in that discussion.
October 14, I preached at the Gila Mountain church in Yuma and truly enjoyed the service, the fellowship, and the delicious meal.
That afternoon, I spoke at the memorial service for one of the most wonderful, gentle, truly Christian pastors I've ever worked with, Mel Phillips. The service was beautiful with many pictures of pastor Mel and his wife Betty Lou and their family along their journey in life. Many of the family members participated in the testimony time as did dozens of guests who spoke of Mel's gracious and caring personality. May God continue to comfort and strengthen the Phillips family as they remember their wonderful loved one.
 
 
October 21 I was privileged to preach in Tempe at the Ghanaian church. I had a great time at Sabbath School and the church service followed by the potluck dinner. It had been quite some time since I've been to this church and I was truly impressed at how it has grown. May God continue to bless this wonderful group of people as they work to reach their community for Christ.
 
That afternoon Lillian and I attended the dedication of the new rental facility of the Ubumwe refugee church that grew out of the Glendale church. I was blessed by the music of the Cyiza group, and had the privilege of sharing a message and dedication prayer to end the program. The church was packed as God has blessed pastor Joel Mpabwanimana, Chauve Niyonizigiye, and their lay leaders to get this facility for a very reasonable rent. I pray that God will bless them mightily.
October 22-26, I was in the office each day with meetings and appointments. All week long I was suffering with a pain in my abdomen. So on the 24th I visited my doctor who asked me to come back the following day to have a cyst removed from my abdomen. I'm truly thankful for the wisdom and skill of family practice doctors like Dr. Gerald Muncy who took care of me in my time of trouble and pain so that I didn't have to miss even half a day of work.
As I write this travel journal I am in Maryland attending North American Division Year End Meetings. I began my journey on the October 25 (that's correct, right after I had the cyst removed from my abdomen) and will be here through November 1.
This was a special Year End Meeting because it included the grand opening of the NAD office in Columbia, Maryland. Up until now the NAD was the only Division that did not have its own office, and with all the growth in this Division it was well warranted. A beautiful ceremony included former Division Presidents Don Schneider and Charles Bradford. Arizona was also represented with former NAD Treasurer George and Ruth Crumley giving a talk on the day of the dedication as well as a devotional interview during the week of meetings.
As most of you know I truly love Arizona, so while I realize it's my responsibility to be at these meetings, I can't wait to get back to my ministry at home!
 
 
 
Nov. 5
Nov. 10-11
Nov. 18
Nov. 19
Nov. 22
Nov. 22-26
Nov. 29
Prayer Ministries Training Seminar Conf. Ofc.
Regional (African-American) Ministries Convocation TAA
Hispanic Small Group Leader Convocation TAA
Asian Pacific Ministries Sports Festival TAA
Annual Thanksgiving Dinner. Community Service Center
Arizona Conference and ABC Closed (Noon Wed) Thanksgiving
Executive Committee Conf. Ofc.  
 
CONFERENCE FINANCES
 
 
 
   
September tithe totaled $1,158,326. Our tithe year-to-date is $9,596,645. This is a 5.37% increase. PTL!
 
We encourage our members to continue being faithful in giving -- always grateful for the many blessings God bestows upon His children!
 

AMAZING RESULTS CONTINUE  

We continue to have amazing stories we are excited to share with you...
 
In Yuma, the Central Church reports that they recently had four baptisms, and three of those baptisms are Good News TV viewers! Pastor Boundey shared that they get another new viewer coming to church about every couple of weeks, and they say they have been watching Good News TV and decided they should come to church!
 
In Tucson, viewers regularly call to find a church near them. We recently connected another viewer with Pastor Dwight Withers (Ebenezer Church) and still another viewer with Pastor Ranison Kennedy (Marantha Church), both of whom were picked up and brought to church by the pastor for the first time. We love our pastors!
 
In Flagstaff, we just learned that there are three viewers attending, two of which are studying the Bible in preparation for baptism.
 

SPANISH CHURCHES CONNECTING WITH NEIGHBORS

Spanish churches are connecting with their community as GNTV Latino representatives. Armed with GNTV Latino T-shirts, ID badges, bookmarks, and community surveys, brothers and sisters from another Spanish Church have partnered with our ministry to start reaching their community.

The members of Glendale Spanish Church, led by Pastor Antulio Espinoza, used a special survey to start a conversation in their neighborhood last Sabbath. The survey includes questions to learn their impression of GNTV Latino, offer to help them get the channel if needed, offer to pray for their family, and share about the Glendale Spanish Church family in the neighborhood. One church member, Samuel, shared, "My experience was impressive. I was able to connect with many people in our neighborhood. One lady plans to come to our church. I am very happy with how this program is working." The Glendale Spanish Church plans to continue this outreach on a regular basis.


CURRENT MINISTRY PROJECTS

VERDE VALLEY BROADCAST ($12,000): As our ministry continues to pursue new ways to reach souls for Jesus, the Lord has presented us with yet another amazing opportunity to reach still more viewers in Arizona. Thanks to the leadership of an Adventist group named The Camp Verde TV Club, Good News TV has been able to start broadcasting our channels into the Verde Valley. This station reaches a population of almost 280,000 people in the surrounding area. The FCC is requiring that this station, along with 14 other stations in the area, change channels by December 1, 2017 or be forced off the air. Viewers will scan for channels when the major network stations move channels, and we want to be ready since we could gain thousands of viewers in a very short time! As a result, our investment in this project has become one of our highest priorities.

In order for this station to change channels, GNTV is stepping out in faith to hire an engineering consultant, purchase a new broadcast antenna, and hire a tower crew to install it. We need your help to raise the funds to cover these immediate purchases, totaling $12,000. 

HIGH DEFINITION EQUIPMENT ($16,000 remaining):
In order to dramatically improve the sharpness and quality of our recordings, the Lord helped us find an amazing deal on three used HD cameras so we could start recording programs in
HD. We found these cameras for about half the going rate, which is less than 1/10 of the new price, so we simply couldn't pass them this deal up (only $2,800 each, while the new price was $30,000 each). This gave us a great start. We have already used these HD cameras for two productions. Our image looks incredible!

Now we really want to be able to record the Glendale Christmas Concert in HD for the first time this December.We have also been asked by 3ABN to help them broadcast one of their five evangelistic series in Phoenix in February. But, in order to be able to record either of these upcoming programs in HD, we need your support right away to complete our HD field setup. This investment will cost about $16,000.

Call 480-264-1116 or email info@MyGoodNewsTV.com for details or to donate.

Click here to donate to GNTV.
Thank you so much for your continued support! 

Luke Skelton
Media Ministry Director 
 
ARIZONA ADVENTIST SCHOLARSHIPS
 
 
We have new donation brochures hot off the press! Our new, updated brochure doubles as a donation envelope, provides answers to some frequently asked questions, and supplies a form to designate a specific school and student for your donation.
We are making these available at your churches and schools over the next few weeks. Our first disbursement to schools is mid-October, so please get your donations in to benefit the schools this first quarter.
Arizona Adventist Scholarship awarded $66,909 to our 12 schools in October. What a blessing to aid 40% of our eligible students! We disburse funds again in December and would love for you to take credit for helping more students with blessings. Give your state tax dollars today online at AzAdventistScholarships.com or pick up a brochure at your church or school. Call 480.991.6777 ext 150 for questions.
A school tuition organization cannot award, restrict or reserve scholarships solely on the basis of donor recommendation. A taxpayer may not claim a tax credit if the taxpayer agrees to swap donations with another taxpayer to benefit either taxpayer's own dependent. You may not designate your own dependent as a potential recipient.
 
 
 
 
ADVENTIST BOOK CENTER
 
 
The Adventist Book Center Bookmobile is Coming!
 
The Bookmobile will be on the road through 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.  
 
For additional information or to place a pre-order please contact us at 480-991-8501 or email us at azabc@azconference.org. To view our bookmobile flyer online go to: https://arzcabc.adventistfaith.org and click on the link for the Fall Bookmobile. 
 
We look forward to seeing you at your church. Thank you for continuing to support your Arizona Adventist Book Center.
 
 
PHOENIX YOUR BEST PATHWAY TO HEALTH
 
 
Dec 25-27: Your Best Pathway 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
 
Click Here:
 
 
REFUGEE MINISTRIES
 
With some excitement and curious moments, a new home-based ESL class was started for our Ethiopian brethren in the home of Elder Dedefo Duguna in Phoenix. We have five students eagerly learning twice a week. Please include them in your prayers.
 
Don't forget to send your donations to the AZ Conference to support the Refugee Programs of the Asian/Pacific Ministries under Pastor Glenn Sta Ana. Thank you and God bless.
 
Lauran Merginio
ESL Instructor
 
 
 
PRAYER MINISTRY
 
Prayer Call -- Every Wednesday 7:00 am - 8:00 am.
 
   
 
All are welcome to participate in our weekly prayer time, focusing praises and prayer requests for Arizona Conference, evangelism, leadership, churches, schools, and ministries.

Call-in number (712) 432-6100. Passcode: 3901-4015. If you cannot join us, submit prayer requests to azprayers@gmail.com
 
Prayer Ministries Training -- November 5, 9:30 am-3:00 pm 
 
Learn how to improve your prayer life and foster a culture of prayer in your local churches. 
 
Guest Speaker: Pacific Union Prayer Ministries Coordinator Karen Martell. AZ Conference Office Seminar Room. RSVP appreciated 480-888-6983 or azprayers@gmail.com. 
 

 
 
CAMELBACK CONCERT SERIES
 
 
Nov. 18 at 6:30 pm.
   
Camelback SDA Church, 5902 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ.  
 
The legendary Blackwood Brothers Quartet formed in 1934 has performed in all fifty of the United States, every Canadian province as well as cities in Great Britain, Europe, the Middle East, Northern Africa, South Africa, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, South Korea, Hong Kong and the Philippines. 

 
 
 
Arizona Connect
Ed Keyes, President
Phil Draper, Editor
Information:  480-991-6777 x 139
Email:  info@azconference.org or phildraper@azconference.org
 
 
 



 
A Communiqué from the Office of the President
 
October, 2017
 
"He who has the Son has life..."  -- 1 John 5:12
 
 
 
TOGETHER -- WE'RE SHAPING THE FUTURE OF THE ARIZONA CONFERENCE




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!

 
 
 
 
DEVOTIONAL 
 
 
The Perfect Ten, Part Two
And God spoke all these words, saying: "I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage."  -- Exodus 20:1-3 NKJ
The ten commandments start with these words, "I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the house of bondage." Exodus 20:2. Although this statement is not one of the commandments, it is the foundation for all of the commandments. God is the deliverer, the One who took us out of bondage or slavery.
Unfortunately, there are too many believers in Christ today who feel keeping God's commandments is legalism. They feel the commandments cause a serious restriction on their freedoms.
But right from the outset, God says He is our deliverer who will give us true freedom. James 2:12 calls the commandments a "Law of Liberty" -- and indeed they are. These ten commands give us a freedom that cannot truly be understood without a heart that is given to God. More on that later, but for now let's look at the first of the ten.
Commandment One: "You shall have no other gods before Me."
The first commandment releases us from the greatest bondage of all, being a slave to all. There are so many things that vie for our attention; most could easily become a "god" if we allow them. Some make their work a god; or maybe the money we receive from that job becomes our god. Material things are often gods in peoples' lives.
Often we make people our god. Could we take a great preacher of God's Word and make him a god? That can be true if we spend more time listening to that preacher than we do with God Himself in our prayer and Bible study.
Let me give you a true story that will illustrate how easy it is to fall into the slavery of having another god in place of the true God.
 
 
When I was pastor and Bible teacher at Garden State Academy in New Jersey, I had two young men living in a spare room in my house. Both these guys were fun loving, intelligent, and moral young people. However, one of them inadvertently made a god out of sports. Every morning when the paper was delivered to our front door, he would go racing out to get it. Then he found the sports section to see how his favorite Philadelphia-based team had done the night before. If he could, he would watch every single game that was available to him. Don't get me wrong, he was a nice guy but he was simply a slave to another god.
I asked him one morning as he was reading the sports section of the newspaper, "Hey Luke, what is your devotional about this morning?" He looked at me like I was from Mars and said, "I'm not doing a devotional, I'm reading the sports section of the newspaper!" Then I said something he never forgot. I said, "Luke, you are in fact doing a devotional, because sports is what you have DEVOTED your greatest time and energy to!" Thankfully he got the point, and I praise the Lord he is a leader in God's church today.
So friends, the question needs to be asked, "What god do you have that you have put in place of the true God? What do you devote your time to? If it is anything or anyone other than the true God, you need to repent because you're breaking God's very first commandment. The good news is that God knows how many things are calling for your attention and He is very willing to forgive and give you the strength you need.
 
 
PRESIDENT'S TRAVEL JOURNAL
 
September began with a big week of committee meetings at the office. I can truly say the Arizona Conference has the most dedicated, committed, and insightful committee members I've ever worked with. We have had to handle very difficult, and sometimes delicate issues; and these men and women have done so with true Christlike love and wisdom.
The weekend of September 8-10, I was at a La Sierra University Board of Trustees meeting/retreat in California. We spent most of the weekend looking at the direction of our university in light of all the recent events taking place in our world church as well as the world in general. It was a great weekend bathed in prayer with the Bible as our main textbook, plus the study of the writings of Ellen G. White.
The following week after two very long days of meetings and appointments in the office, I headed back to California for Pacific Union Conference Presidents' Council and Executive Committee.
That weekend we had the joy of celebrating my wife Lillian's birthday. We went to the Out of Africa Safari Park near Camp Verde, Arizona and had a great time together. In the 14 years we've lived in Arizona, we had never been to that wildlife refuge and truly enjoyed the experience of feeding giraffes and tigers.
 
That following week once again I spent each day in the office with appointments and preparation for the weekend which featured our Pathway-Phoenix Rally at the Camelback Church.
 

Pathway-Phoenix Rally: Dr. Lela Gilbert Lewis brought high profile seminar speakers including from Weimar Dr. Randy Bivens, Don Mackintosh, and Dr. Neal Nedley; Adventist World Radio presenters; North American Division personnel; and other outstanding lecturers.
 

Dr. Lela Lewis and AWR's Cami Oetman greeted the volunteers.
 
The weekend of September 22-24 was a whirlwind as Your Best Pathway to Health CEO Dr. Lela Gilbert Lewis and her team of professionals launched a wonderful Pathway-Phoenix Rally with various seminars that were truly a blessing to all who participated.
I had the privilege of speaking at the Beacon Light SDA Church where I shared the vision for the Pathway-Phoenix Christmas outreach to be held at the Phoenix Convention Center. It was my pleasure to work with my dear friend and colleague Jose Marin teaching a class on Friendship Evangelism on Sabbath and Sunday.
I appeal to you to sign up in the section below and be a part of this great outreach for Arizona as we provide FREE medical, dental, optical and so much more to up to 10,000 under served guests. We need 2,000 volunteers. We need YOU!
 
On September 29 we said farewell to one of Arizona's greatest treasures, Sister Florence Darby. The Camelback SDA Church hosted the celebration of life for Florence which featured seven speakers from various churches around the valley as well as political leaders and even our own Pacific Union VP Tony Anobile.
The musical numbers were amazing, and the sermon pastor Hamilton Williams delivered was truly a reminder of the great love of God. We wish Florence's daughters Vanessa and Jackie all our best as they grieve the loss of their dear mother.
I can say with all the earnestness I possess, I'm truly looking forward to heaven.
 
PHOENIX YOUR BEST PATHWAY TO HEALTH
 
 
Dec 25-27: Your Best Pathway 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
 
Click Here:
 
 
PATHWAY RALLY & TRAINING VIDEOS
What an amazing experience the Phoenix Pathway To Health Rally and Training weekend turned out to be!

The weekend was packed with over 25 excellent training sessions, covering timely and relevant topics like healthy cooking, cell phone evangelism, and diabetes reversal.  
Good News TV live streamed the Rally via the Internet. We also recorded all of the main sessions as well as several breakout sessions. The live stream allowed many volunteers from around the world to participate in the Rally even if they could not join us in person. The recordings will allow new volunteers to watch on demand.
 
Did you miss a part of the weekend that you really wish you were able to experience? Well, we have a solution:
 
SUBSCRIBE to our NEW YouTube Channel...
 
1) CLICK HERE
to go to our new GNTV YouTube channel.
 
2) CLICK on the red "SUBSCRIBE" button.
 
By subscribing to our YouTube channel this will accomplish several things.
  • FIRST, you will be notified when a new Pathway Rally/Training weekend video is uploaded so you can watch it. 
  • SECOND, you will be helping our new channel gain popularity so other people around the world will find us and watch. It works! 
  • THIRD, you can watch our GNTV channel live on this YouTube channel. Share this with your friends!
VIEWER TESTIMONY
 
Viewers are finding us through new methods like YouTube. We were encouraged by a recent call from a viewer named Jane. She responded to our offer for a free Desire of Ages. When getting her address, we realized she is watching from Virginia on her new Amazon Fire TV Stick. She said she loves our channel!
 
We depend entirely on your prayers and financial support to reach viewers like Jane. If you would like to support a special project or give on a monthly basis, please visit us online (www.MyGoodNewsTV.com/donate) or call us (480-264-1116) to learn more.           
 
 
Oct. 2-5:
Oct. 4-7:
Oct. 5-8:
Oct. 9:
Oct. 10:
Oct. 13-15:
Oct. 17:
Oct. 28:   
Pacific Union Ministerial Council, Sacramento, CA
Pacific Union Pathfinder Camporee
Pacific Union Couples Retreat, Hawaii
Columbus Day
Ministers Meeting, Scottsdale
Women's Retreat, Camp Yavapines
Hispanic Ministers Meeting, Scottsdale
Pathfinder Leadership Training, Scottsdale
 
ADVENTIST BOOK CENTER
 
 
The Adventist Book Center Bookmobile is Coming!
 
The Bookmobile will be on the road again October 2 through 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.  
 
For additional information or to place a pre-order please contact us at 480-991-8501 or email us at azabc@azconference.org. To view our bookmobile flyer online go to: https://arzcabc.adventistfaith.org and click on the link for the Fall Bookmobile. 
 
We look forward to seeing you at your church. Thank you for continuing to support your Arizona Adventist Book Center.
 
 
ARIZONA ADVENTIST SCHOLARSHIPS
 
 
We have new donation brochures! Hot off the presses! Our new, updated brochure doubles as a donation envelope, provides answers to some frequently asked questions, and supplies a form to designate a specific school and student for your donation.
We are making these available at your churches and schools over the next few weeks. Our first disbursement to schools is mid-October, so please get your donations in to benefit the schools this first quarter.
Arizona Adventist Scholarships disburses again in December, February and May. Please contact Kim Moss if you have any questions about helping a family realize a goal of sending a student to one of our Adventist schools. kmoss@azconference.org or 480.991.6777 ext 150; AzAdventistScholarships.org.
 
 
**A school tuition organization cannot award, restrict or reserve scholarships
solely on the basis of donor recommendation.   
 
 
CONFERENCE FINANCES
 
 
   
August tithe totaled $967,193. Our tithe year-to-date is $8,438,319. This is a 4.99% increase. PTL!
 
We encourage our members to continue being faithful in giving -- always grateful for the many blessings God bestows upon His children!
 
 
UBUMWE EVANGELISTIC REPORT
 
 
A three week evangelistic campaign by the UBUMWE SDA Group, African Refugee and Immigrant Ministries was held August 12 to September 2, 2017. The Glendale SDA Church and the Arizona Conference sponsored Dr. Herry Mhando from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Africa to come hold the series.
 
Mhando, an energetic and motivated evangelist, preached two sermons every day. Sabbath attendance was between 200 and 350 people. God added 22 new souls during these three weeks.  
 
Pastor Joel Mpabwanimana
African Refugee and Immigrant Ministries
 
 

 
 
 
 
REFUGEE MINISTRIES
 
 
 
Please pray for this Refugee group from various Burmese languages. They have started the Revelation Seminar and meet every Friday evening. May God bless their study as they seek Christ more in these last days in preparation for the impending conflict.
 
Lauran Merginio
Lay Pastor for Burmese Refugees
 
PRAYER MINISTRY
 
Prayer Call -- Every Wednesday 7:00 am - 8:00 am.
 

 
All are welcome to participate in our weekly prayer time, focusing praises and prayer requests for Arizona Conference, evangelism, leadership, churches, schools, and ministries.

Call-in number (712) 432-6100. Passcode: 3901-4015. If you cannot join us, submit prayer requests to azprayers@gmail.com
 
Prayer Ministries Training -- November 5, 9:30 am-3:00 pm 
 
Learn how to improve your prayer life and foster a culture of prayer in your local churches. 
 
Guest Speaker: Pacific Union Prayer Ministries Coordinator Karen Martell. AZ Conference Office Seminar Room. RSVP appreciated 480-888-6983 or azprayers@gmail.com. 
 
29TH WOMEN'S RETREAT
 
 
 
 
 
 
ASIAN/PACIFIC MINISTRIES
 
 
Former Buddhist Sinh Pheth (center) was baptized September 2. The two men pictured on the left belong to the Laotian SDA Mission group meeting at the Peoria-Sun Cities Church.
 
According to Bro. Bhen (left), "It is very hard to give Bible studies to Buddhists, and more difficult baptizing them. When we baptize one Buddhist, it is equals to 20 or more.
Some of them are not willing to be exposed after baptism, but Sinh Pheth is brave enough to tell the world he is now a Seventh-day Adventist."
  
Glenn Sta. Ana  
Asian/Pacific Ministries 
 
TAA STUDENTS HELP WITH DISASTER RELIEF
 
 
 
This month students from Thunderbird Academy loaded, packed and stacked buckets for Community Services' Disaster Response throughout the Houston area. Led by Chaplain Zack Surovec, the students divided into teams and assembled survival clean up kits into five gallon buckets, then stacked them onto pallets and finished by shrink wrapping them so they were ready for a truck coming from Southern California. 
 
The project was a last-minute effort after word got out that a truck was leaving California for Texas with some room to spare. According to Surovec, this may be just a first step toward sending out more buckets to meet the challenges families are facing in light of recent hurricanes and earthquakes.
 
"It was encouraging to see so many students participating in this event," said Surovec. "One student expressed how they were thrilled to see their efforts going to help people directly. Service is our academy theme this year, and this was our opportunity."
 

 
 
 
Arizona Connect
Ed Keyes, President
Phil Draper, Editor
Information:  480-991-6777 x 139
Email:  info@azconference.org or phildraper@azconference.org
 
 
 

 
 
A Communiqué from the Office of the President
 
September, 2017
 
"He who has the Son has life..."  -- 1 John 5:12
 
 
 
TOGETHER -- WE'RE SHAPING THE FUTURE OF THE ARIZONA CONFERENCE




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!

 
 
 
 
DEVOTIONAL 
 
  
 
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.
 
 
PRESIDENT'S TRAVEL JOURNAL
 
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   
 
GOOD NEWS TV
 
   
TUCSON PRELIMINARY RESULTS
 
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.
 
RECENT VIEWER TESTIMONIES

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."
 
YOUR SUPPORT BRINGS RESULTS
 
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 
 
 
ADVENTIST BOOK CENTER
 
 
 
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 https://arzcabc.adventistfaith.org -- 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 azabc@azconference.org. Thank you for continuing to support your Arizona Adventist Book Center.
 
 
ARIZONA ADVENTIST SCHOLARSHIPS
 
 
 
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.   
 
 
PHOENIX YOUR BEST PATHWAYS TO HEALTH
 
 
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:  https://pathwaytohealthvolunteer.org/

Click Here:

Volunteer Sign Up LINK

 
 
YOUR BEST PATHWAY TO HEALTH RALLY
 
 
 
Join us in person for the entire Rally, including breakout training sessions.
 
Join us via live web stream for all except the breakout sessions:

 
 
CONFERENCE FINANCES
 
   
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!
 
 
JOSE MARIN REVIVAL SERIES
 
Sept 23-30. Tucson Sharon Church. 
 
 
 
UBUMWE EVANGELISTIC REPORT
 
 
 
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 CONCERT SERIES
 
 
 
 
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.

 
 
 
#ComeALIVE
 
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

 
 

 
 
REFUGEE MINISTRY
 
 
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
Information:  480-991-6777 x 139
Email:  info@azconference.org or phildraper@azconference.org
 
 
Arizona Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, 13405 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85254
 
 
 
Cottonwood Seventh-day Adventist Church
51 West Mingus Ave | Cottonwood, AZ 86326