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2010 2nd Quarter RMC Small

2010 2nd Quarter RMC Small

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Published by Karen L Cress
A quarterly newsletter of happenings around the Rocky Mountain Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.
A quarterly newsletter of happenings around the Rocky Mountain Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

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Published by: Karen L Cress on Jul 15, 2010
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SUMMER + JULY + 2010
Adventist Education:
Relevant? Or Irrelevant? By Lonnie Hetterle, Vice President for Education .
+ PG1I Have a Dream
– A Message from RMC President, Gary Thurber. . . . . . . . . .
+ PG7Reflections on a General ConferenceSession
– It’s all about People! . . . . .
+ PG9New Employees
– Ruben Rivera, Michelle Caviness,Debbie Curran, Michael Hopkins, Kate Kamarad,Rene Lopez, Cesar Pompa, Clint Sutton. .
+ PG11
Every human being, created in the imageof God, is endowed with a power akin tothat of the Creator – individuality, power to think and to do. The men in whomthis power is developed are the men whobear responsibilities, who are leaders inenterprise, and who influence character.It is the work of true education to developthis power, to train the youth to be think-ers, and not mere reflectors of other men’s thought.
Education, PG17
Adventist Education:Relevant? or Irrelevant?
By Lonnie Hetterle,
Vice President for Education
 Adventist education has lost its relevancy and is really just a waste of good money that could bebetter spent on evangelism – or on that new car or boat! 
Do you agree? Or disagree? While some par-ents choose alternate priorities, others believepassionately in Adventist education – specifical-ly, Adventist elementary schools, academies andcolleges. Each of us must resolve for ourselvesthe truth or the fallacy of the above statement. The results will influence individual, family, andchurch decisions.Personally, I have wrestled with the role of Adventist education in my own family’s life. Asthe father of three adult children entirely edu-cated in Adventist schools, I was shocked by thetotal amount of tuition my wife and I have paid.Including Kindergarten, we paid tuition for thir-teen years for each child – or a total of 39 yearsof tuition – and that’s not talking about college! That’s 39 years of careful and frugal living inorder to pay monthly school bills. Had we other-wise invested over the years, perhaps today wewould have had a very nice nest egg for retire-ment. However, we chose to invest in Adventisteducation for our children!Why? Because we felt Adventist educationcame closest to our personal values and corebeliefs and because of three questions we askedourselves. These three questions1are the cruxof why we, as a church, invest so much in oureducation system. It is why 40-50%, or more,of many local church budgets are spent onAdventist school subsidies. It is why many fami-lies choose to drive an older car and forgo long-distance vacations. These three questions are short and simple,but the answers are profound and have a ripple-effect in all areas of life, both personally andcorporately.
 Jim Turner Retires
– After Forty-Four Years of Faithful Service to This Organization.
+ PG14Departmental News
– Rick Roy, Vice President for Finance Addresses Issues. . . . . .
+ PG15
Lonnie Hetterle,Vice President for Education
Where did I come from?
Why am I here?
Where am I going?
 The only educational system that can fullyanswer these questions without compromise isthe Adventist system.In our post-modern, Western civilization wehave adopted a world view in which “facts” and“values” are often separate arenas. “Facts” arepresented as absolute, provable, scientific, andwithout argument. “Values,” on the other hand,are private and vary from person to person. They are relative and not provable and maychange over time. The assertion is that oneperson cannot question the values of anotherbecause values are not based on truth, but onprivate, personal beliefs.A school is an institution where individualslearn about the world and their role in it. In aSeventh-day Adventist school, teachers guidetheir students in the discovery of the facts of this world, and they lead students to under-stand the God who carefully created it, sustainsday-to-day affairs, and who is coming to take ushome to live with Him!
Question 1: Where did I come from? 
If ateacher is only allowed to teach facts accordingto science, students may only learn they camefrom a big bang, an amoeba, a monkey or someother evolutionary theory. However, teachingfrom our values with the Bible as our guide
 (Psalm 111:10 and 119:104-5),
students will under-stand that they were created by a loving Godwho designed each person from the beginning
(Psalm 139:13)
and who loves and cares for all of us – always
(Hebrews 13:5)
.In Adventist schools, teachers explain that,while we live in a world full of ugliness, God isbigger and more powerful than any evil. Theyalso explain the Great Controversy and our rolein the war between Christ and Satan.
Question 2: Why am I here? 
From a “facts”perspective, teachers may instruct their stu-dents that “fun” and “happiness” are life goals –that the here and now are all that matter.However, from a biblical values perspective,Adventist teachers help their students under-stand they have been made in God’s image anduniquely equipped and chosen for a specialwork for God.
He walks beside me
(Hebrews 13:5)
He leads me
(Isaiah 48:17)
He answers my prayers
(Philippians 4:6)
He directs my paths
(Psalm 119:105)
.Students have the opportunity to understandthat all Christians work for God and are partnersengaged in saving others for Christ and, thus,are brothers and sisters. As a family, we helpeach other and are given clear guidelines as tohow we should treat one another.
I was facing what I dreaded – my son, Josh, confessed to smoking and drinking with friends off-campus at Campion Academy. Josh made mepromise not to tell Don; however, I told him eventually he would have to tell his dad, Don. Thankfully, he didn’t say that I couldn’t tell his teachers, soin the morning, when he returned to school, I called Dean Reeder and told him all that was going on. He prayed with me on the phone. I told him if he needed to suspend Josh, then so be it. I just hoped they wouldn’t kick him out. Don Reeder,along with the school chaplain and Stephanie Johnson, the school counselor, spent manyhours with Josh encouraging, praying and directing him.It was these teachers, especially Stephanie Johnson, who brought Josh up out of the pit andset him on a new path. They encouraged him and even gave him a position that would show-case his talents for making people laugh – as one of the leaders in Friday night JAM improvsessions. He also became the class historian and ended up with a great senior year. The skillsand friendships he developed with these teachers helped him when he went to Union College. Today, Josh says that Stephanie Johnson was the most important, life-changing influence onhim in school.Adventist Christian education couldn’t protect my child from tasting the world. But what itdid was offer a forgiving and restorative solution only found in Christ through faithful teachers and mentors. For this reason and many others, I havesupported and been involved with Adventist Christian education. Today, my daughters are Adventist teachers and my son a top leader at camp where he shares his life-changing story. With four grandchildrennearing school age, I plan on continuing to support Adventist Christian education by being involved and encouraging them every step of the way.Yes, it may be expensive, but it’s worth every penny!
 Abby, Cate, Davey, and Sebby with Grammy Sue Kanen,
a focus on the Creator-God. Teachers show thatthe same God who made the galaxies knowsand cares about the little things in life --
eventhe hairs on our head 
(Luke 12:7)
. P.E. is much morethan throwing a ball and swinging a bat. It isunderstanding that God gave us our bodies tobe the
temple of God 
(I Corinthians 6:19)
and it islearning how to take care of it throughout life.Believe me! I do understand that Adventistschools are not perfect and teachers are humanbeings. School boards sometimes don’t geteverything right. Occasionally, even studentsand parents act in ways that are less than ideal.Perhaps it’s time to revisit our purpose andspend some time articulating our vision andobjective. Perhaps our schools need to makesure that their biblical foundations are clearlyenunciated and embraced. I challenge ourexcellent teachers to remember that althoughthere are many difficulties and hurdles toovercome, they have the awesome privilegeof impacting young lives for eternity! In aSeventh-day Adventist school, our children canbe brought face-to-face with Jesus Christ andinvited to accept Him as their personal Savior.No, we don’t regret the monthly struggle
What Christian Education Means To Us
by Denny and Jody Wright 
Members at Boulder Adventist Church
When our daughter, Arie, was ready for kindergarten, Jody started looking for a school. Jody and I wanted a protected environment where Ariewould have a chance to be a kid and be able to take her time growing up. After taking a tour of our local public school, Jody decided that Arie wouldbe better off at a different school. Jody open enrolled Arie at other schools in the district and was on three different waiting lists. As the school yearapproached, the open enrollment coordinator suggested she look at private schools. Through a God inspired sequence of events, we were introduced to Vista Ridge Academy, a Seventh-day Adventist sponsored Christian school. Ihad been raised Methodist and had fallen away from the church so I considered myself a tolerant atheist. Jody was raised RLDS and considered her-self a non-practicing Christian. So the thought of Christian education was daunting. I knew I wanted Arie exposed to the Bible and that I wasn’t goingto be able to do it, so I figured this would be a good chance. Jody liked the principal and the fact that the new school was being built ten minutesfrom our house. We both liked that it was less expensive than the other private schools around town.So we enrolled Arie and soon realized that this was a God thing. We found a welcoming environment of parents, teachers and students. Arie camehome after school reciting memory verses. One of Arie’s babysitters, an older student at the school, was proudly displaying a t-shirt and backpack with Jesus on it. It made me wonder what it was that she “knew” that I didn’t. We decided to attend the Boulder Adventist Church and were againwelcomed with open arms by both people from the school and people we had never met before. The following summer, I was baptized and Jody joined the Adventist church on profession of faith. Once we joined the church, it has been evenmore important to keep Arie in Christian education. We wanted to continue her Bible education and keep her in the positive environment. We real-ized that we liked Arie’s behavior better than most of her peers that were not in Christian school. We have been very impressed with the academics.Students who would probably be struggling in public schools are excelling due to the care and diligence of the teachers. Students who have beenproblem students in other schools have come to Vista Ridge Academy and felt much more comfortable and haven’t acted out. We knew this waswhere Arie needed to be. In a nutshell, Christian education has brought our family closer to Christ.
Question 3: Where am I going? 
From a “facts”world view, I just don’t know. I can see thatthe body decays at death and, eventually, justdisappears. I can’t prove that there is anythingmore. So, when it’s over, it’s over. That’s allthere is. Using biblical “values,” especially with aSeventh-day Adventist understanding, studentsare taught that this is really just the beginning.Yes, we will sleep for a little while, but thenwhen that
“trumpet blows” 
(I Thessalonians 4:16)
,we will wake up. We will join with our brothers,sisters, and family, and we will be
done with sad-ness and heartache, with sickness and death and forever we will live in peace and happiness
. Everything falls into place when I under-stand that the end is really just the beginning!It is when we understand Adventist edu-cation in light of these three questions thatwe can understand its value. Seventh-dayAdventist teachers teach history. They helpstudents understand the big picture of goodversus evil and how the biblical perspectivehas been confirmed in the history of nationsand peoples from the beginning. Math classesare taught with an emphasis on equations andlogic, but also articulate that God created thelaws of nature and order. Science is taught withto pay the tuition to Adventist schools for ourmost important gifts from God – our threechildren.I want to encourage young families to com-mit to providing an Adventist education fortheir children. As a church, school, and family,may we work together to provide every oppor-tunity for our children to make good choicesin this life and for eternity. When those cloudsgrow brighter and brighter and we see ourSavior coming to take us home, may we, withour children, say
“Lo, this is our God. We havewaited for Him…and He will save us.” 
(Isaiah 25:9).1As given in a graduation speech by Gary Forceu

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