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Join Us in Praying for Evangelism

Our "Rise Up" prayer focus for December continues this week. From December 6-12, we ask every member, church and school to join us in unified, focused prayer for evangelism that will be taking place throughout the conference in 2021.

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Stewardship Nugget: Managing Our Time, Talents and Treasures

Ever wonder how God wants you to use the time, talents and treasures He’s given you?

In a new video, Iowa-Missouri Conference stewardship director Scott Haakenson explores that question. It’s part of a series called “Stewardship Nuggets.” Other videos in the series cover topics like current giving opportunities in our conference; what happens to your tithes and offerings after you give; and experiencing God through stewardship.

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CDC Guidance for Holiday Celebrations

On December 9, the Centers for Disease Control updated their guidance for celebrating the winter holidays, including travel, ways to maximize safety, and alternatives to traditional celebrations.

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Karole Smith Baptized at Kahoka Church

Karole Smith was recently baptized at the Kahoka church. Her journey with Christ began in the Methodist Church 20 years ago. Then, while attending a nephew’s graduation party six years ago, Karole’s sister and brother-in-law introduced her to several people involved with 3ABN. She began watching programs on the network and studying the Bible with Terry Shelton and Terry Marshall.

Later, Karole was contacted by Joe Arellano, who was then the pastor of the Burlington, Fort Madison and Kahoka churches. She began attending Sabbath services in Fort Madison and mid-week Bible studies in Kahoka. Karole also occasionally attended the Adventist church in Quincy, Illinois, where she formed a friendship with Pastor Tim Rosenboom, who further encouraged Karole in her discipleship journey.  

Karole went on to attend a prophecy seminar with Pastor David Kleindinst, and even before her baptism she has been actively involved in helping organize another prophecy seminar, a cooking class, and a nursing home ministry. “If anyone says Jesus doesn’t have a plan for you, they are mistaken,” Karole says. “The Holy Spirit guides you, but you have to be listening.”

It’s been a long journey, but we are all so happy and excited that Karole has made the decision to follow Jesus all the way into baptism and working with the Kahoka church.

Information submitted by Janice Lively, who, along with her husband, Pastor Wayland Lively, serves the Burlington, Fort Madison and Kahoka churches in Iowa.

Photo: Karole, with pastors Wayland Lively (left) and Tim Rosenboom (Photographer: Janice Lively)

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Dec 7 - Jan 10
Sunnydale Christmas Break

Dec 21 - Jan 3
Elementary Christmas Break

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Have you read the Nov/Dec 2020 issue of OUTLOOK?

Their annual Union College Spotlight highlights the value of the positive happenings on campus. As you read these stories of student success, may you be enlightened, engaged and inspired toward greater successes in your own life.

Don't have a hard copy? Read it online.

Helpful Resources During the Pandemic

These resources will be included in every newsletter until things return to normal. If there's something you feel should be added to this list, reply to this email and let us know.

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