Conference Banner Conference Banner Conference Banner

News

Archive for July, 2013

Army of Youth Impact Orlando

posted on July 30, 2013, under Conference, Video Report by

by Pedro Perez

With such an army of workers as our youth, rightly trained, might furnish, how soon the message of a crucified, risen, and soon-coming Saviour might be carried to the whole world!

—Education, p. 271

Naomi Olsen, right, and Judy Smith, center, lead game activities for children at Lake Eola. (Photo: Rhoda Burrill)

Naomi Olsen, right, and Judy Smith, center, lead game activities for children at Lake Eola. (Photo: Rhoda Burrill)

How many times have we read or heard the Ellen White quotation, above? For years, this standard for evangelism was tossed about by youth leaders and committees.

Recently, the Florida Conference Youth Department began to dream of putting these words into practice and energizing youth to get involved in various forms of ministry. The result? Impact Orlando was born!

During the week of June 23-30, young people throughout the state of Florida came together for training and outreach service, equipping them to make a difference in Orlando and, ultimately, in their home churches. Headquartered at Orlando Junior Academy, 50 young people spent their mornings involved in service opportunities:

Young people learn how to witness through face painting. (Photo: Rhoda Burrill)

Young people learn to witness through face painting. (Photo: Rhoda Burrill)

  • American Red Cross—updated and repackaged first aid kits.
  • Clean the World—recycled soap and shampoo for use after disasters.
  • Ronald McDonald House—prepared food for guests.
  • Bill Frederick Park—participated in park clean up.
  • Harbor House—involved with cleaning projects, games, and activities.
  • Second Harvest Food Bank—updated shelves and moved food.
  • University of Central Florida—worked at Arboretum.
  • Orlando Rescue Mission—prepared and served a meal and helped with programming for kids.

The afternoons were spent in training sessions with various entities such as Service and Love Together (SALT) and Florida Conference Children’s Ministries to learn methods of outreach ministry for the elderly, kids, and hospital patients, through sidewalk visitation, video production, CPR, balloon animals, puppetry, art, and face painting.

Young people learn to witness through balloon ministry and storytelling. (Photo: Rhoda Burrill)

Participants learn to witness through balloon ministry. (Photo: Rhoda Burrill)

“This week inspired me to go back to my church and start a homeless ministry, at least once a week, serving food and singing with them,” says one of the trainees. Trainees are already putting outreach programs learned at Impact Orlando into place at Tallahassee and Brandon Churches.

“The beautiful Florida weather makes it difficult to stay indoors!” said the announcer on Saturday afternoon from Z Radio 88.3 FM broadcasting from Lake Eola Park in Orlando at the Live With Hope Festival as the announcer invited the listening audience to join them downtown at the Festival.

Young adults prepare meals at Ronald McDonald House on the campus of Florida Hospital for Children in Orlando.

Youth prepare a meal at Ronald McDonald House on the campus of Florida Hospital for Children in Orlando.

This afternoon program gave trainees an opportunity to practice their skills while providing public awareness of the Adventist Church. Activities for kids, health screenings, information about ministries of the Church, lemonade, and popcorn were part of the free family day that brought this intense week of training to a close. Additional Festivals were planned at Altamonte Springs Church, Apopka Church’s thrift store, Kress Memorial Church, and Festival Park in Orlando.

The spark ignited in our young people is something we want to see reproduced. We are planning, as a youth ministry department, to offer this summer training program every year on a rotating basis at major cities in Florida.

Young people need to have a chance to be involved so they can experience what it means to live with hope, what it means to impact the city, and what it means to be used by God to live a long life of service.

Bonus photos: 
Impact Orlando Training for Puppetry, Face Painting, and Ballooning
Impact Orlando Training 2
Live With Hope Lake Eola Park

Bonus videos: in addition to the Florida Conference In Mission video report above, you may also watch six testimony videos. Click on the playlist button in the upper left corner to select individual videos or click play all.

Leave a Comment

150th Anniversary of Adventist Church Commemorated at Fort Pierce

posted on July 30, 2013, under Church by

by Richard Cecere

Bernie Andersen of Adventist Heritage Ministry shares stories of early Adventist pioneers with students at James E. Sampson Memorial School in Fort Pierce. (Photo: GRANT IVERSON? RAAMA BADALO?)

Bernie Andersen of Adventist Heritage Ministry shares stories of early Adventist pioneers with students at James E. Sampson Memorial School in Fort Pierce. (Photo: Grant Iverson)

“We have nothing to fear for the future, except as we shall forget the way the Lord has led us, and His teaching in our past history.” These familiar words rang clear May 17 and 18 as Fort Pierce, Fla., Church members commemorated the 150th anniversary of the official formation of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Bernie Andersen, vice chair of Adventist Heritage Ministry’s Historic Adventist Village Site Committee in Battle Creek, Mich., was the guest speaker.

The weekend began Friday morning at James E. Sampson Memorial School where students listened as Andersen shared the story of Ophelia Edson pleading with her father, Hiram, to let her be baptized, even though it was the dead of winter. He encouraged the children, “When God speaks to your heart, respond just then.”

Friday evening, Andersen led those gathered at the church through some of James and Ellen White’s favorite hymns, interspersed with stories. “The singing was absolutely amazing,” he testified.

Sabbath morning, Andersen’s topic, “The Heir,” linked the origins of the Advent movement to the period of the Reformation, clearly showing how the Seventh-day Adventist Church was raised up by God to continue the work begun during that incredible period of history.

In the afternoon, Andersen shared “Stories of the Pioneers,” recounting fascinating experiences of those instrumental in establishing the Advent Church. The weekend closed with the award-winning film, Meet Hiram Edson, in which events just before and after the Great Disappointment of 1844 were recreated.

Rodney Sanders, a frequent visitor to Fort Pierce Church, said, “I discovered a great deal about Adventist history and the dedication of pioneers like James and Ellen White. I look forward to joining this church and growing in my faith.”

More information about Adventist Heritage Ministry is online: www.AdventistHeritage.org

Leave a Comment

Kendall Spanish Church Dedicates New Facility

posted on July 30, 2013, under Church by

Kendall Spanish Church's new sanctuary was filled to capacity at the dedication service. (Photo: Carlos Gomez)

Kendall Spanish Church’s new sanctuary was filled to capacity at the dedication service. (Photo: Carlos Gomez)

by Fidel Falcón

The new Kendall Spanish Church facility.

The new Kendall Spanish Church. (Photo: Carlos Gomez)

After a long wait of 20 years, Kendall Spanish Church, Miami, Fla., is worshiping in its own building, thanks to the work and contributions of dedicated members and those interested in the progress of the church. From June 8 to 15, members celebrated the blessings of God at Sabbath worship services and Sunday through Friday evenings.

The members listened to inspirational messages and offered praise and thanksgiving to the Lord for leading them to this point in the history of their congregation. Those who, in one way or another, were part of the church’s spiritual, material, and physical growth came to celebrate with the 332 members of the congregation.

Leave a Comment

Westchester Spanish Church Burns Mortgage

posted on July 30, 2013, under Church by

by Elio Hernandez

Westchester Spanish Church held a mortgage-burning ceremony on May 18 as part of a dedication service. Participants included, from left: José LeGrand, Executive Secretary of the Florida Conference Association; Daniel Amich, senior pastor from 2003 to June 2013; Nubia Tapia, founding member; Melba and Rogelio Llauradó, founding members; Jorge Hernandez, treasurer; Briceida Valencia, founding member; and Celina and Nelson Bernal, founding members. (Photo: Elio Hernandez)

Westchester Spanish Church held a mortgage-burning ceremony on May 18 as part of a dedication service. Participants included, from left: José LeGrand, Executive Secretary of the Florida Conference Association; Daniel Amich, senior pastor from 2003 to June 2013; Nubia Tapia, founding member; Melba and Rogelio Llauradó, founding members; Jorge Hernandez, treasurer; Briceida Valencia, founding member; and Celina and Nelson Bernal, founding members. (Photo: Elio Hernandez)

After 25 years of sacrifice and God’s mercies, members of the Westchester Spanish Church, Miami, Fla., completed payment of their church mortgage and the release of such debt, which included the original mortgage and an extra loan for the addition completed years ago. The May 18 celebration included burning of the mortgage and dedication of the church.

“On behalf of Florida Conference and the beloved congregation of Westchester, we declare this house of prayer, this church, the property of the Almighty God,” stated José LeGrand, Executive Secretary of the Florida Conference Association.

Pastor Daniel Amich, who guided the 900-member church during the past ten years, presided over the ceremony. Orlando Lopez Sr. is the new senior pastor, and Freddy Rodriguez is associate pastor.

Westchester Spanish Church.

Westchester Spanish Church.

Leave a Comment

Floor Plan Established For Future Headquarters With Anticipated Occupancy February 2014

posted on July 03, 2013, under Conference, Relocation by

Simplified Floor Plan

This simplified representation of the floorplan for Florida Conference’s new headquarters illustrates the location of departments/ministries, meeting spaces, storage, and the Adventist Book and Nutrition Center.

Renovation continues at Florida Conference’s future home at 351 S. State Rd. 434 in Altamonte Springs. Over the past several months, the relocation team worked diligently with Little Diversified Architectural Consulting to finalize the building’s space utilization, interior design, and the myriad of details necessary for contractors to build our new workspace.

A simplified floor plan has been published which provides an overview of department/ministry areas, meeting spaces, storage, and an expanded Adventist Book and Nutrition Center to serve the neighboring retail community.

The current construction schedule anticipates occupancy of the facility in February 2014. Although the date is subject to change, Florida Conference is tentatively targeting April 6, 2014, for an Open House when constituents will be invited to tour the building.

Learn more about Florida Conference’s relocation project at http://www.floridaconference.com/steppingstone/

Leave a Comment