Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists
6 July 2020
Who are the Seventh-day Adventists? Who took the Adventist message around the world? Find reliable answers to these and other questions at your fingertips with the new Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists Online!
You can find the encyclopedia at encyclopedia.adventist.org
LAC Open Day
29 June 2020
You are invited to attend the OPEN DAY at Longburn Adventist College on the 29th of July. There will be tours operating throughout the day.
Book your spot online at www.lac.school.nz/open-day – We look forward to seeing you there!
SNZC Conference Calendar (UPDATE 18 June 2020)
Due to the restrictions in relation to Covid-19, we have had many changes to our events with many being cancelled or postponed. For the latest digital copy of the 2020 calendar see below to download.
There will likely be more changes so keep an eye out for calendar updates in the South News or refer to our website for the latest information – https://adventist.org.nz/resources/snzc-calendar/
SNZ Response to Recent Deaths and Racial Turmoil in U.S.
4 June 2020
The recent treatment leading to the death of George Floyd in Minnesota and its subsequent events are heart wrenching. The actions of those involved have unleashed a huge reaction in the United States of America and other parts of the globe including Aotearoa. As Christians we’re blessed with the historical narrative of the Bible that helps us make sense of challenging times.
We trace such treatment all the way back to the first family following the fall. Cain fuelled by envy and anger led his brother to an isolated place and took his life. When the Lord enquired “Where is your brother Abel”, his response was “Am I my brother’s keeper?” (Genesis 4). Since the fall it is heart-breaking to grapple with all the unnecessary evil and senseless bloodshed.
I am so thankful that Jesus intervened and paid the ultimate price in pointing us toward a path of true reconciliation and healing. He admonished his disciples (you and I) stating “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35 (NASB).
It really is heart-breaking to note all that is going on. Times are already hard and it seems that our character as Christians is placed under insurmountable pressure. The challenge for us is how do we treat people? How do we profile God’s children? In children’s Sabbath School we used to sing “Jesus loves the little children…red, yellow, black and white”. Simply put everyone we associate with is made in the image of God. And so as a faithful follower of Christ, empowered by the Holy Spirit, our attitude and actions should reflect that I am my brother or sister’s keeper.
God be with you.
Our Future in His Hands
5 June 2020
This is a free 40-week online course that will enable you to delve into prophecy for yourself.
An in-depth study of the Book of Revelation from the perspective of its structure and the relationship of its various parts to each other, this course will equip you with the tools to understand the text of Revelation. Each topic in this series is designed to lay foundations for the topics that follow. Through the series the meaning of Revelation will be progressively revealed.
To gain the maximum benefit from these studies, each participant will need to set aside some time during the week to reinforce the weekly study by spending time in the Word. Those who are faithful in doing this will finish the course with a deep understanding of the text itself, which will give confidence in explaining the messages of Revelation with others.
The course will begin on the 4th July 2020.
ACCESSING THE VIDEOS
The course videos will be posted at 3pm each Sabbath afternoon on the following platforms. If you are not able to watch the videos play live at that time, you will still be able to watch them at any time after they are posted.
IF YOU HAVE A FACEBOOK ACCOUNT (PREFERABLE)
It is preferable for you to engage with the videos on Facebook, as you will be able to participate in the discussion fully. All of the videos will be posted to this group – www.facebook.com/groups/ourfutureinhishandscourse/
IF YOU DON’T HAVE FACEBOOK
The videos will also be shown and stored on YouTube – you can watch them here https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLaBEnvxsnutPSddjv6NMlbO5_uYG-mwmq
Please note that the videos will be set to public on both Facebook and YouTube, so you will be able to share them with your family and friends. The link with the course materials below will be posted with each video, so that anyone picking up the course from having a video shared with them will be able to download the course materials and start the course from the beginning if they wish.
Not Ashamed: THRIVE
4 June 2020
Equipping Disciples to be Disciple-Makers
2 Timothy 2:15 (ESV) – Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
T.H.R.I.V.E. is the second series for the new online “Not Ashamed” discipleship equipping resource. This 6 part series continues the focus of equipping disciples of Jesus to be more effective disciple makers. “Not Ashamed: THRIVE” is composed of 30 minute episodes and are hosted by Sarah-Jane Riley, Jesse Herford, and Ben Martin. This second series will celebrate the life of thriving we have in Christ, identify the obstacles that can get in the way of living out that life, and explore how God helps us overcome those obstacles.
The latest “Not Ashamed: THRIVE” episode is premiered live on Facebook each Friday night at 7:30pm. All current episodes, along with previous episodes (and the entire “Not Ashamed: Discovery Bible Reading” series), can be found at:
6 July 2020
Download the 2020 Children’s Sabbath recourse from the North American Division for 25 July.
Lesson Resources: Making Friends for God
Making Friends for God: The Joy of Sharing in His Mission
Adult Sabbath School Lesson | 3rd Quarter 2020 (July, August, September)
4 June 2020
If you missed an episode of Hope Dealer, with Pr Eddie Tupa’i, you can watch them at the following links.
Sabbath Morning Prayer
Join Pr Eddie Tupa’i for 15 minutes of prayer for the NZPUC every Sabbath morning at NZT 6:45 am on the NZPUC Facebook page.
Churches PowerPoint/Keynote Slides
For those churches who are looking for content for your PowerPoint or Keynote slides remember to check out our website for any new material. We have slides for events, eGiving, Sabbath School, Hope Channel and some special days and offerings.
Updated Response to Covid-19 & Alert Level 1
9 June 2020
MESSAGE TO ALL NEW ZEALAND SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCHES
Tuesday, June 9, 2020
“Dear friends, we pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, just as it is well with your soul.” 3 John 2
In consultation with Conference leaders, the New Zealand Pacific Union Conference administration would like to update you on the steps we are taking with the recent easing of restrictions announced by the New Zealand Government and clarification around what Alert Level 1 entails.
- As of 12.00am, June 9, 2020, the NZ Government announced the country will move to Alert Level 1. At this alert level, there are no limits placed on the size of gatherings nor on physical distancing which means all church buildings can safely reopen for church services and meetings.
- All church members and personnel are encouraged to observe basic hygiene that includes washing hands regularly and coughing and sneezing into your elbow. Please seek immediate medical assistance if you have flu-like symptoms and remain at home.
- The Government recommends that everyone keep track of where they have been and Churches should continue to display the NZ Covid Tracer QR code posters.
- With church services returning to normal and offering collections recommencing, we encourage church members to continue to use eGiving and direct deposits to return their tithes and offerings.
- With church buildings reopening, we strongly encourage church leaders to consider how to incorporate the many innovative initiatives members used to meet and worship together during lockdown into ongoing church life.
Thank you for what you are doing to further His cause and we appreciate how you have adapted and innovated during the recent few months.
President New Zealand Pacific Union Conference – Eddie Tupa’i
Secretary Treasurer New Zealand Pacific Union Conference – Graeme Drinkall
President North New Zealand Conference – Ben Timothy
President South New Zealand Conference – Mike Sikuri