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Measles and Attending Church this Sabbath October 19th

18 October 2019 - North New Zealand Conference

Dear Church Family,

Some reading this notice may need to give serious consideration as to whether they attend church this Sabbath. Please read this entire notice in order to understand the reasons for this statement.

You may have seen news reports from Tuesday afternoon (October 15th) that an individual at the recent Pathfinder Rally/Fair (held October 4-6) has since been diagnosed with measles.

To our knowledge, this remains the one and only confirmed diagnosis with respect to anyone who attended that event.

Perhaps due to the preventative measures taken prior to the Rally/Fair, which included ensuring club leaders were well informed regarding the measles outbreaks of the past several months and that all those attending were asked to inform us as to whether their children had been immunised, the number of diagnoses has so far been limited to the one.

As there were around 1,200 Pathfinders, Adventurers and supporters in attendance at the event, this represents a sizeable percentage of children and young people from across our North Island churches who may have been exposed to measles. Therefore, we would like to urge all our church members to pay close attention to the below letter as well as media release provided to all attendees of the recent Pathfinder Rally/Fair from the Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) with whom we have been co-operating.  We have also provided below a notice from Adventist Health Ministries that has been present on our official website since at least September.

Read / Download Letter to Parents for SDA Camp – PDF

If you or a dependent fit one of the vulnerable groups described in the letter below or have a suppressed immune system, please seriously consider not attending church this Sabbath, October 19th, even if you did not attend the Pathfinder Rally/Fair. Those who did attend the Rally and were not immunised prior to September 21st or have not previously had measles are already under instruction to remain in quarantine until at least Sunday, October 20th.

While the recent Rally/Fair was held at Tui Ridge Park it continues operating normally as management there have taken all reasonable precautions.

If you have any questions regarding the above, please make use of the contact information supplied in the official letter below as you will need to speak with the appropriate medical professionals. We would urge you to follow the advice of the health authorities in these matters.
 
Please keep the Pathfinder who has been diagnosed with measles in your prayers and may no-one else be adversely affected.

God bless you and keep you.

Pr Hugh Heenan
General Secretary
North New Zealand Conference

Read / Download Media Release – PDF


27 September 2019

An important message from Adventist Health Ministries

We recommend that all Ministry Leaders, especially Children Ministries and Pathfinder Leaders make themselves familiar with the following information regarding the Measles outbreak in New Zealand, particularly in the Auckland region at this time.

We also recommend that all Children’s Ministries make every effort to ensure an hygienic environment is maintained at all times. This can be done through encouraging regular handwashing, minimising the sharing of any toys/resources, and disinfecting all areas, toys, and equipment after or in-between use.

We also encourage parents not to take their children to church if they appear unwell, and to seek medical advice immediately if they suspect their child has been in contact with someone diagnosed with measles and is displaying any of the symptoms below.

As always, we advocate that all parents ensure that their children are up-to-date with all their vaccinations, as per the Department of Health Guidelines at www.health.govt.nz.

Adrielle Carrasco
Director of Adventist Health Ministries & Union Liaison for Women’s Ministries
New Zealand Pacific Union Conference

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LAC Boarding Scholarship – Applications NOW OPEN

11 October 2019 - Longburn Adventist College

Scholarships that are available (for domestic fee-paying students) at Longburn Adventist College include:

  • Longburn Adventist College Boarding Scholarship
  • Ministry of Education Boarding Allowances

For more information please visit www.lac.school.nz/boarding/scholarships

Applications close 20 November 2020.

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Act now to keep receiving Mums At The Table parenting magazines

11 October 2019 - South Pacific Diversion, Adventist Media

You or your church ministry will no longer receive Mums At The Table magazines if you don’t subscribe before November 8.

The October/November 2019 magazine is the last free edition of the magazine. A small subscription fee—just $A15—for six editions per year will be introduced from the next issue onwards. Bulk rates are available.

This subsidised fee will help to cover the cost of printing and distributing the magazine to our treasured community of mums.

To ensure you don’t miss any copies, you need to subscribe by Friday, November 8, at subs.mumsatthetable.com

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An important message from Adventist Health Ministries

27 September 2019 - Health Ministries, New Zealand Pacific Union Conference

We recommend that all Ministry Leaders, especially Children Ministries and Pathfinder Leaders make themselves familiar with the following information regarding the Measles outbreak in New Zealand, particularly in the Auckland region at this time.

We also recommend that all Children’s Ministries make every effort to ensure an hygienic environment is maintained at all times. This can be done through encouraging regular handwashing, minimising the sharing of any toys/resources, and disinfecting all areas, toys, and equipment after or in-between use.

We also encourage parents not to take their children to church if they appear unwell, and to seek medical advice immediately if they suspect their child has been in contact with someone diagnosed with measles and is displaying any of the symptoms below.

As always, we advocate that all parents ensure that their children are up-to-date with all their vaccinations, as per the Department of Health Guidelines.

Adrielle Carrasco
Director of Adventist Health Ministries & Union Liaison for Women’s Ministries
New Zealand Pacific Union Conference of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church

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Mums at the Table Facebook Group

10 September 2019 - South Pacific Division, Adventist Media

Many of you may know about the Mums At The Table TV show and magazine but did you know about the Facebook group? The group is a safe community for mums to support and encourage one another, ask parenting questions and help give advice. Our members are all over Australia and New Zealand. The majority of the mums are non-Adventist but are eager to meet up with other mums in their local area. This online group is going exceptionally well, but we’d love to direct the mums who are looking for real connections to church playgroups or personal friendships with mums in the church. If you are a mum on Facebook, it would be great if you could join the group and be part of the conversation. If you are running a playgroup, please contact julielaws@adventistmedia.org.au.

Facebook Group: mumsatthetable

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NEW eGiving app

Meet the best yet e-Giving App. It’s never been easier to give! Now you can give anywhere and anytime! You can tack your giving and manage your automatic donations right at your fingertips!

eGiving is a simple way to return tithes and give offerings and it’s available to all registered churches in Australia & New Zealand.

Learn more about it, give with an easy hand and easy heart, share with others what and how they can do it too.

Download this App from

   

And most importantly, be blessed, being a faithful steward, return what belongs to God and share God’s blessings with others.

Download slides for church at adventist.org.nz/resources/egiving-app

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SPD Branding Promo

South Pacific Division

SPD Branding Promo from Adventist Media on Vimeo.

Pastor Glenn Townend explains why the South Pacific Division is committed to building the identity of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

View/Download Video | More Info at identity.adventistchurch.com

Events

2020 New Zealand Cruise

Australian Union Conference, Singles Ministry Department

03-13 January 2020

Join us for an awesome cruise tour organised by Allround Travel Centre. A fun 10-day trip for singles, friends and families. Get to know other Sevvies from around Australia or enjoy the time with the ones you know!

Take in the sights at Dunedin, Picton, Tauranga, the Bay of Islands and more! Flying solo and want to share a cabin? Let us know! We can pair you with another traveler (same sex). Once we hit Auckland, feel free to stick around as long as you like.

This event is an initiative of the Singles Ministry Department of the Australian Union Conference for Adventist around Australia. Questions? Please contact Wilma Falcke on 0424 097 484 or via email at wfalcke@hotmail.com.

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Young Adult (and Young-at-Heart) Israel & Jordan Budget Tour with Anna Beaden

January 3-15, 2020

Join Anna and friends as she leads worships on a Bible Lands tour where we visit Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Jericho, En Gedi, Capernaum, Megiddo, Mt Carmel, Nazareth, Sea of Galilee, Petra, the Dead Sea, and many others. Explore the stories where they happened and get to know the places and times of the Bible. This an unparalleled opportunity to join a low-cost budget tour to Israel and Jordan. An extension to Egypt following on January 15-22 is also available. Visit www.faithtours.com.au, email lea-anne@faithtours.com.au or phone 0417 017 892 for more details.

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ASDAH Legacy Jubilee 2020

Auckland Seventh-day Adventist High School

ASDAH will be celebrating their 50th Jubilee on 3-5 April, 2020. We would like to invite all current and ex-ASDAH students and staff to come and celebrate the rich legacy that has been created over the years. Registrations will open soon so reserve these dates and ensure you are there for a great weekend.

If you have any questions or would like to be a part of the planning team, please contact Jessie Fuamatu at legacy@asdah.school.nz.

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Overcoming Addiction Training

South Pacific Division, Health Ministries

When: 18-20 October 2019.
Venue: South Pacific Division Office, Wahroonga, NSW, Australia.

Learn how to lead others in the path of recovery from addictions and compulsive behaviours.
If you are interested in attending or would like to know more please contact Adrielle Carrasco or Geoff Beissner.

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Single Adventist Ministries Summer Beach Camp

Adventist Singles Network

Venue: Stuarts Point Convention Centre, NSW
When: 24 – 27 January 2020
Speaker
Pr Graham Stewart
Theme:
Connection

Open to all singles in Australia and New Zealand wide. Full accomodation and meal. For more information and to register please go to snsw.adventist.org.au/events/#singles

Applications Close 1 January 2020

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Community Transformation Partnership – Champions 2019

ADRA, Adventist HEALTH & DISCIPLE.org.nz have joined forces to create a team of Champions around our conference, to serve and impact their communities.  This initiative will be in partnership with the local church, NNZ Conference and funding is available.
To know more get yourself along to one of the following Community Champion Workshops:

  • Nelson – 12 October, 3-6pm.
    Venue: The Haven Seventh-day Adventist Church, 34 Collingwood Street, The Wood, Nelson.
  • Dunedin – 9 November, 3-6pm.
    Venue: Dunedin SDA Church, 58 Stafford Street, Dunedin, 9016

For more information contact ADRA through Sally – SallyLavea@adra.org.nz.

Resources

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2020 Tithe and Offerings Readings

General Conference, Stewardship Ministries

The first part of the Tithe and Offerings Readings for 2020 (January to June) are now available to download.

The Stewardship Ministries Department are also working on a be 2 minute video for each Sabbath. These will be available later this year.

For more information please go to stewardship.adventist.org/tithe-and-offerings-readings

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4th Quarters Sabbath School Lessons

4th Quarter 2019 (October, November, December)

Ezra and Nehemiah were exceptional, God-centered, Word-oriented, and Spirit-led leaders who deeply desired that God’s people prosper and that His name be uplifted and proclaimed worldwide. Their lives modeled what God can do through dedicated, faithful servant leaders.

Because of our sinful natures, cultivated habits, and hereditary traits, we can experience lasting changes only through the study of God’s transforming Word and the Holy Spirit’s assistance. Believers live “not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit” (Zech. 4:6, NKJV) and by embracing God’s promises by faith (Hab. 2:4), resulting in a vibrant spiritual life.

This quarter’s lessons illustrate that life is complicated. As soon as we try to do good things, obstacles appear and opposition arises. Even friends may openly or secretly oppose us and, perhaps, become our enemies. Hurdles and resistance to good demonstrate that Satan is alive and that sin is real. Fighting Satan is humanly impossible because evil is stronger than we are. Only God can secure victory, revolutionize thinking, and give us power to live balanced lives. Life’s discouragements are opportunities for change. Disappointments may help us focus on essentials and accelerate our spiritual growth, as we obtain victory in each crisis through God’s empowerment. …read more

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Stewardship Week

General Conference, Stewardship Ministries

1 – 7 December 2019

The resources are available to download for the Stewardship week coming up in December. The primary aim of the 2019 Stewardship Revival Week is to reflect on our Christian journey and see how the “God First” message has permeated the key areas of our existence. The resources are produced by the Stewardship Ministries of the General Conference.

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World Changers Video

South Pacific Division

The South Pacific Division have prepared a series of supporting videos for the World Changers Bible Reading Guides. You can view / download the videos from vimeo.com/spddiscipleship.

For more information about the World Changers Bible Reading Guides please go to adventist.org.nz/resources/world-changers-bible-resources

Volunteer

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Volunteer Opportunities at LAC

Longburn Adventist College

Are you looking for an opportunity to serve long term within an exciting student ministry? Longburn Adventist College House has a number of volunteer positions they are looking to fill. More info at www.adventistvolunteers.org.

If you are interested in any of these positions, please contact Eifion Paul directly;
Phone: +64 6 354 1059. Email: eifionp@lac.school.nz

Employment

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Junior Classroom Teacher (TWO positions)

Palmerston North Adventist Christian School

Palmerston North Adventist Christian School / Palmerston North

Junior Classroom Teacher (TWO positions). Tagged Positions.

We are seeking enthusiastic and caring, experienced teachers who are able to work in a small team, use digital technology competently, and be able to improve student achievement. Flexibility to work across the junior school is essential.

A willingness and ability to take part in religious instruction and uphold the Special Seventh-day Adventist Character of the school is a condition of appointment.

Application close Wednesday 24 October 2019 (4:00pm NZST)

Please send a covering letter and your CV (stating details of 3 professional referees), and direct enquiries by emailing the Principal to: principal@pnacs.school.nz

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Principal’s Release

Whakatane Seventh-day Adventist School

Whakatane Seventh-day Adventist School | Whakatane

Principal’s Release. Tagged Position (Part-Time, 0.5 FTE Permanent)

We seek an enthusiastic, experienced and committed Christian teacher for our delightful students in Years 5-8 Composite class.  Along with successful curriculum delivery skills, our new team member will be a committed to the teaching ministry and philosophy of the school.

Strengths in literacy and numeracy, with the ability to create and sustain an engaging learning environment and develop active learners. Applicants must be committed to full involvement in the special Seventh-day Adventist character of the school which pervades all aspects of the programme.

The successful applicant must be willing and able to take part in religious instruction and uphold the special Seventh-day Adventist character of the school is a condition of appointment. Position commences Term 1, 2020.

Application closes Friday 26th October 2019 (3pm NZSTA).

To request a job application please send a covering letter and a CV (including 3 referees, please state other areas of strengths that you are qualified and experienced by emailing the principal to: principal@waitakeresda.school.nz

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Science Chemistry and P.E. Teacher

Longburn Adventist College

Longburn Adventist College | Palmerston North

Seeking an individual with an ability to teach Chemistry and/or Junior Physical education to young learners. If this is for you? Make your application now!

More info at www.adventistemployment.org.au.

Applications Close: 24 Oct 2019

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Bible Teacher and College Chaplain

Longburn Adventist College

Longburn Adventist College | Palmerston North

Are you committed to providing Christain education both in and out of the classroom? If you are dedicated to supporting both students and teachers in their faith journey, make your application today!

More info at www.adventistemployment.org.au.

Applications Close: 24 Oct 2019

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Head of Boy’s Dorm

Longburn Adventist College

Longburn Adventist College | Palmerston North, New Zealand

An exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and energetic person who can be a parent-figure to our young men and women, aged 11 – 18 years old. Click here for more information and apply today.

More info at www.adventistemployment.org.au.

Applications Close: 24 Oct 2019
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Principal

Tauranga Adventist School

Tauranga Adventist School | Tauranga

Are you an educational leader with managerial experience, sound knowledge of curriculum and a vision to inspire young children in a Christian environment? Make your application today!

More info at www.adventistemployment.org.au.

Applications Close: 21 Oct 2019

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Teacher (Years 1-4)

Whakatane Seventh-day Adventist School

Whakatane Seventh-day Adventist School | Whakatane

Seeking an experienced, enthusiastic and committed Christian teacher for the delightful students. Make your application today!

More info at www.adventistemployment.org.au.

Applications Close: 14 Oct 2019

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Employment: Youth Pastor

Bishopdale Seventh-day Adventist Church

Bishopdale Seventh-day Adventist Church is a multigenerational, multicultural group of followers of Jesus, who’s joy it is to gather regularly to worship, fellowship, and reach out to those who don’t know Jesus yet. With the next generation of our young people coming up through the church, the church leadership is looking for a full-time youth pastor to join our pastoral team, as we seek to grow, mentor, and disciple this group in their walk with Jesus.

Key Responsibilities

  • Support, encourage and disciple 13-25’s already involved at Bishopdale church.
  • Build positive relationships with the youth, and help them establish and nurture their own relationship with Jesus.
  • Organise and lead in the running of events designed to gather the groups for learning, training, and socialising.
  • Encourage and offer training, making opportunities available for them to be involved in various aspects of church – such as worship, service opportunities, small groups, social events etc.
  • Work with the senior pastor and elders to ensure plans and programs work with the wider vision, and fit with other church programs.
  • Attend leadership meetings at the church that involve reporting on progress, and seek to resolvep roblems, as well as regular catchups with the pastor for accountability, training, troubleshooting, and reporting.
  • Build links with the Christchurch Adventist School, as well as youth leadership at the South New Zealand Conference – and connect these with the Bishopdale church.
  • Explore forming additional groups or starting new programs that support the youth.
  • Support and encourage our existing youth volunteers, and identify and recruit new ones.
  • Any other relevant tasks, which in the course of duties, are reasonable and within your abilities.

Key Skills

  • A passion for young people, and a commitment to helping them know Jesus.
  • An ability to be organised, have good time management, and able to work independently.
  • A good communicator, with excellent interpersonal skills, and the ability to influence and lead.
  • A team player, who can take feedback on board, and is committed to accountability and integrity.

Requirements

  • A committed and practicing disciple of Jesus – in the context of the Adventist message.
  • Some previous experience working in youth ministry.
  • Good computer and social media skills.
  • Clean driving licence.

Terms of offer

  • Hours: 36 hours per week with evening and weekend work required
  • Pay: $60,000 (total package – including accomodation and transportation solutions if needed)
  • Responsible to and for reporting: Senior Pastor
  • Contract: 2 years, annually renewable with a 3 month probationary period.
  • Termination: 4 weeks notice for both parties
  • Starting: 4Q 2019 or 1Q 2020
  • Submit application to: pastor@ourchurch.co.nz
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