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Adventist Community Services Retreat
Sponsored by the Northern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

April 22-25, 2018

Theme: Elder Care
Location: Leoni Meadows

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Devotional Speaker
Karl Haffner
Karl Haffner is the teaching pastor at the Kettering SDA Church in Kettering, Ohio.  He’s the husband of Cherié and father of Lindsey (a senior at Walla Walla University) and Claire (a junior at Spring Valley Academy). He loves playing table games (Acquire and Codenames being his faves), marvels often at his ineptitude in golf, and tries to read every bestseller on NY Times Nonfiction List. He is the author of a bunch of good books and writes regularly for a variety of periodicals. He’s got two BA degrees, two Masters Degrees and a Ph.D.  Karl travels whenever he can and preaches wherever he can. He is amazed daily by God’s acceptance and is committed to communicating that grace to others.

Workshop Speaker
Wynelle Stevens

Wynelle Stevens is assistant director for Adventist Community Services at the North American Division. She is a certified senior advisor and is responsible for promoting and managing the older adult ministry. 
  • Older Adult Ministries 101 - This workshop will provide valuable information on the trends and statistics of aging.
  • Making the Aging Process Easier - Help people get their affairs in order and take an active role in determining and documenting their wishes for the future.
  • DIY: How your church can help - In this seminar, you will learn the steps involved in building a very successful ministry for your church that involves ministering to seniors and caregivers not only in your congregation but in your local community as well.
Monday Afternoon Speaker
Dr. Ted Hoehn

Dr. Ted Hoehn (“Haine”) is a graduate of Pacific Union College and Loma Linda University School of Medicine, class of 1979. He practices as an emergency specialist with Kaiser in Sacramento. He is an author and lecturer on the whole-food, plant-based philosophy of nutrition.

Tuesday Afternoon Speaker
Derrick Lea

Derrick Lea is the disaster response associate director for the North American Division. He also serves in other areas, such as working on the emotional/spiritual care committee for the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), working as a board member of the Community Blessings Center in Danville, VA, along with working as past chair of the Maryland Emotional Spiritual care Committee. He also holds certifications as an EMT B, Hazmat II and Executive Level credentials for County Government.

This is a basic level course that introduces the guidelines and procedures in setting up and operating your church as a public shelter. Some of the information you will acquire is as follows:
  • Describe how to resource open and close a shelter
  • How to set up a reception and registration area
  • How to receive clients at a shelter
  • How to post signage for use in a shelter
  • How to set up food distribution areas
  • Describe the importance of information sharing in a crisis event
Musical Program
Kelly Mowrer
Kelly Mowrer, a full-time concert pianist, enjoys regular airplay on television and radio networks around the world. For 10 years, she served as music director and pianist for the award-winning religious broadcast It Is Written, airing on TBN and other networks.

"By Request" - Come enjoy a special musical evening--more relaxed and personal than our traditional concerts. Kelly will host just as she does with groups of friends in her living room at home--take your requests, tell stories, and lead a wonderful evening of fun and worship.

Israel Program
Ed Farusson and Rich Magnuson

In January of this year a large number of our conference staff and pastor visited the Holy Lands and we have asked Ed and Richard to give a power point presentation on the opening night of our ACS Retreat.

Project Dominica
Each Sabbath about 150 members and visitors attend the Wesley Seventh-day Adventist Church on the island of Dominica. The Church has had an active community services group that utilized a building adjacent to the church to provide tangible help to the community. About 15 church members provided meals to the community on a regular bases and distributed clothing and other items to people in need. On September 18, 2017 Hurricane Maria demolished the Wesley Community Services building. Maranatha Volunteers International has been asked to build a new center for the Adventist Community Services group at Wesley and the Northern California Conference Adventist Community Services has been asked to provide both money's to replace and individuals build this building. The new building will allow the church members to resume their outreach to the community. They also plan to increase their outreach by adding cooking classes, health screenings and family life seminars. Our goal for this project is $25,000.00. We are asking all of our ACS leaders and staff to see if they can raise $500 -$1,000 at each of our NCC ACS centers through their community contacts and fellow church members by July 30, 2018.  The trip to build this new building will take place sometime in late August or early September and we hope that a number of our ACS Members can join us for this project. We would like to have raised at least half the amount by our ACS annual retreat in late April.

North American Division Adventist Community Services Brochure
Northern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists | 401 Taylor Blvd. | P.O. Box 23165 | Pleasant Hill, CA 94523 | (925) 685-4300 | info@nccsda.com