The GC Countdown Clock began its quest with the beginning of Indiana Camp Meeting on June 9 at 8 a.m. and will count the time until June 25, 2020, at 8 a.m., the first day of the 61st General Conference Session in Indianapolis. Ignite Indiana: Reaching Hearts in 2020 was the camp meeting theme. Attendees were invited to join the personal evangelism and Ignite Indiana GC2020 campaign occurring the rest of 2019 and first half of 2020. Those who made pledges at camp meeting are encouraged to donate either through Adventist giving online or send the funds directly to the conference in the form of a check. Thank you for contributing to our success in reaching hearts for God.
Indiana Camp Meeting was well-attended all week and on Sabbath. Lake Union President Maurice Valentine greets folks and begins the worship service. Pastors Mark Finley and Eric Flickinger were major evening speakers.
Teacher Commissioning Service on June 15 at Indiana Camp Meeting Congratulations to:
Catherine Pfeifle, Head Teacher, Elkhart Adventist Christian School
Kathryn Hickerson, Head Teacher, Northwest Adventist Christian School
Andrea Gordon, Girls’ Dean, Indiana Academy
Karen Thomas, Teacher, Indianapolis Southside Christian Academy
Toni Neri, Teacher, South Bend Junior Academy
Patty and Artem Dmytriyev
Pastor Artem Dmytriyev was ordained into the ministry at Indiana camp meeting on Sabbath, June 15. Having served in pastoral ministry for twelve years, he is currently pastoring the Lafayette and Frankfort churches in the Indiana Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Artem holds a Bachelor’s degree in Theology from Zaoksky Theological Seminary, a Master of Arts degree in Religion from the University of Crimea, a Master of Divinity degree from Andrews University, and is currently a Doctor of Ministry candidate.
Pastor Lee Whitman, Health Ministries and Race Director reports:
Winners of the 1K Run at Camp Meeting were: Amira Leer (1st place/time: 6:11); Ezekiel See (2nd place); and Isaac Smith (3rd place).
Winners of the 3K Run were: Amira Leer (1st place/time: 24:13); Isaac Tyler (2nd place) and Emily Stough (3rd place).
Congratulations to all. There were a total of 24 runners.
A big thank you to our sponsors: Indiana Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, the Cicero ABC, and Indiana Academy, who supplied staffing, and the Lord, Who gave us health to enjoy the race, and the perfect running weather.
The Indiana Conference welcomes Mary Ann Smith as Administrative Assistant for the Indiana Association and Ministerial Departments.
Indiana Conference Evangelism Training
by Jack Phillips, It Is Written Bible Worker
The Indiana Conference in partnership with It Is Written (IIW) television ministry held a state-wide evangelism training at Timber Ridge Camp in Indiana on April 9-13. “Practical Evangelism, A Life-Changing Journey” was attended by 43 members who received group and one-on-one instruction by Yves Monnier, Evangelism Director for It Is Written, and Jack Phillips, It Is Written Bible Worker. "Finding and Following up on Interests", "Giving Bible Studies", "Tools Every Disciple Needs", and "Creating Lay Evangelism Teams" were a few of the topics that were presented.
On Thursday and Friday afternoons two-person teams went door-to-door in Spencer, Indiana, and surrounding towns. Putting into practice the tools and training they received was well received by those at the doors. At the end of Friday afternoon 64 Bible study interests were realized. The Spencer and Ellettsville churches had Bible study teams in place, ready to follow-up on these interests.
This training was in conjunction with the state-wide evangelism movement called Ignite Indiana. As these newly trained lay evangelism teams go out into their own communities, the interests will be followed-up by local volunteer lay Bible workers. The strategy is to have as many individuals as possible ready for state-wide reaping meetings scheduled for the spring of 2020.
Future one-day trainings will take place in the fall of 2019 with IIW and NADEI (North American Division Evangelism Institute). A final three-day training will be taking place with It Is Written in January of 2020 in the Indy Metro area. The Indiana Conference is thankful to have these trainings provided by IIW and NADEI as they are looking forward to the great harvest God has in store.
Those who made pledges at camp meeting are encouraged to donate either through Adventist giving online or send the funds directly to the conference in the form of a check. Thank you for contributing to our success in reaching hearts for God.
Pastoral Appointments The Indiana Conference announces the following new pastoral appointments:
Thomas Clark, Pastor for Columbus/North Vernon/Seymour SDA Churches, and Magabook Director
Dr. David DeRose, Pastor for Fort Wayne First SDA Church
Ken Olin, Pastor for Terre Haute, Lewis, and Greencastle SDA Churches
Ovid Radulescu, Pastor for Hammond and Northwest SDA Churches
Ben See, Lay Pastor for Angola SDA Church
Disaster Response Team at Pendleton, Indiana Two teams were deployed to participate in the cleanup of a storm that hit the town of Pendleton this spring.
Pastor Richard Norris, Disaster Response Coordinator
PRISON MINISTRY EVENTS IN TERRE HAUTE
Sabbath, April 27, was a high day for the Prison Ministry team of the Terre Haute Church, where they serve in the Federal Prison. Gregory McMahon was baptized by Church Elder Lawrence Tenga in the U. S. Penitentiary. Mr. McMahon was mentored by Charles Schlunt for approximately one and one-half years as part of the Life Connections Program. During that time Mr. McMahon completed two Bible Study courses and studied the doctrines of the Adventist church in preparation for baptism. Eighteen inmates were present at the baptism.
June 1 was another high day in the U. S. Penitentiary. The first ever Holy Communion Service took place, including the Ordinance of Humility with the washing of feet. Chaplain Williams, overseer of religious services in that facility, was very helpful in providing the necessary emblems and towels and allowing the team to bring in basins, which the prison doesn’t have. The inmates who participated were most appreciative to have this opportunity.
Terre Haute SDA Church
Celebrating Sister Betty Goldsmith’s 98th Birthday
The oldest of 10 siblings, she was baptized into the Family of God at the
April 6,1985, under Pastor Chuck Handler and has lived in Dale since
she was in the 5th grade. She worked as a nurse for 37 years, never missing a day of work, and was married for 62 years.
She remains strong in her faith and clings to
Isaiah chapter 53.
Jose L. Gonzales
Evansville, Huntingburg, Tell City
Psalm 34: 8New King James Version (NKJV)
Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good;
Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!
I know that you are my strength, and rock,
and shield against the troubles of this world.
For I have tasted of your goodness,
and have been blessed, by your almighty hand.
I trust you Lord, and I thank you for your steadfast love.
May I continue to grow in thee.
2019 Camp Meeting Prayer Summary
Praise God for the special emphasis on Prayer provided at this year’s Camp Meeting. The week began first-and-foremost by the mighty power that only a Prayer-Walk can produce. The Heavenly host were already rallying together to meet the needs of attendees, and to bless the various events held throughout the week.
“Prayer Nuggets” were inserted in each day’s bulletin to encourage and highlight prayer.
Our Prayer guest speaker, Ruthie Jacobsen, accompanied by her husband Don, awakened our prayer senses by inviting a spirit of honest, thought-provoking, prayer. She helped us reach deep within ourselves to experience the joy of praying to a Heavenly Father who delights in receiving our prayers.
The prayer presentations for the week were highlighted by a unique opportunity to engulf our Conference President, Pastor Vic Van Schaik, and his dear wife, Angela, in concentrated, thankful, praying-for-the-journey, prayers. What better way for an atmosphere of blessings to be shared by all in attendance.
The prayer table, located in the gym, along with special prayer booths, for both English and Spanish-speaking members, were set up to provide privacy for those requesting this, Lord-I-need-you-now, assistance. The conference prayer leader and various prayer warriors attended to those special needs. Handouts of encouragement, tracts, brochures, and prayer request cards were also provided, and prayed over. These booths were also utilized by several pastors honoring member requests for anointings.
Finally, two prayer-drenched events were held as the week’s activities were winding down: an all-day prayer meeting held Friday with Prayer Ambassadors lifting up prayer needs and a prayer, candle-light closing ceremony held Sabbath evening.
Many attendees expressed a feeling that they believed was the presence of the Holy Spirit throughout the week’s events. There were also statements made that, “This was the best camp meeting session, ever!” -- See what happens when the Holy Spirit is invited – blessings all around!
We thank God for His many, rich blessings experienced by all in attendance, in spite of the rain storms, at this year’s camp meeting sessions.
Let us continue preparing for Glory, one-prayer-at-a-time, and the next Camp Meeting, if not in Heavenly realms, then here in 2021.
June June 23-30 Cub Camp-TRC June 30-July 7 Junior Camp-TRC
July July 7-13 SALT Training-Indiana Mizo Church,Greenwood July 7-14 Tween Camp-TRC July 14-21 Teen Camp-TRC July 21-28 Family Camp-TRC July 28 Dentall, Vision & Dermatology Clinic-
Lafayette SDA Church, West Lafayette July 29-31 Pastors' Family Retreat-TRC
August August 12-17 OSH KOSH - Camporee August 19 IA School Begins
August 21 Elementary School Begins August 23-25 Hispanic Camp Meeting-TRC
3ABN STATION LAUNCHES IN MICHIGAN AND INDIANA
Comcast customers in Indiana and Michigan can now watch Three Angels Broadcasting Network (3ABN). The expanded coverage creates the potential to reach 1.2 million viewers, including the large metro cities of Detroit and Indianapolis. It is aired on (Xfinity) Comcast CH 1677.
Hope for Life TV broadens its coverage with a return to WHMB Channel 40.1. Distributed on cable channels statewide and reaching a potential 1.5 million viewers, the broadcast airs on Tuesdays, 9:00-9:30 p.m., Fridays, 7:30-8:00 a.m., and Saturdays, 8:00-8:30 p.m. You can watch online at www.hfl.tv and (Xfinity) Comcast CH 1040.
WYLJ, 107.5 FM, radio station in Terre Haute, continues to broadcast 3ABN programming along with the Indiana Conference Hope for the Heartland series.