Pacific Union “All God’s People,” March 5, 2021 S5:E08
Happy March and Happy Women’s History Month – a time for prayer and celebrating Women!
Sabbath, March 6, has been designated as Women’s Day of Prayer by the North American Division. The Women's Day of Prayer provides an opportunity for women to learn about each other and pray for one another. It’s a time to reunite with God and one another to strengthen spiritual bonds. Prayers for women everywhere create a spiritual network of empathy and understanding. The theme this year is “I Will Go.”
NAD Day of Prayer: nadwm.org/day-of-prayer
International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Significant activity is witnessed worldwide as groups come together to celebrate women's achievements or rally for women's equality. The campaign theme for International Women's Day 2021 is 'Choose To Challenge'. A challenged world is an alert world. And from challenge comes change. Monday, March 8, is International Women’s Day 2021.
International Women's Day: internationalwomensday.com/About
Women's History Month: womenshistorymonth.gov/
National Women's History Alliance: nationalwomenshistoryalliance.org/womens-history-month/womens-history-month-history/
Card Connexion Uses Artists' Talents to Send Encouragement via Mail
Dan Oliver loves to paint! He took to watercolor as he was growing up, but once he got into medical school, he quit. Dan is a retired physician and longtime St. Helena church member.
A few years ago, he and fellow church member and artist David Miller, started Watercolor & Worship – a group of people who met weekly in the church fellowship hall for worship, prayer, and painting. The men were joined by church member and artist Sherrie Wimberley as well as others from the church and wider community. The ministry stopped meeting for a time last year during the pandemic, but took a new form in November when Sherri Wimberley suggested that art could help the isolated church members who were lonely and discouraged.
Card Connexion was born and now church members, artists or not, can join the Zoom class one evening a week to learn to paint cards and send them off to other members. In the past two months Card Connexion has mailed over 200 cards of encouragement. What a wonderful way to use your artistic skills through communication and connection! The Tuesday night Zoom class is open to all.
The Tuesday Card Connexion Zoom gathering is for anyone who would like to create paintings (usually watercolor). The focus is to make them card-sized and send them to someone for encouragement. For beginners through professionals -- come join the fun at 7 p.m. each Tuesday. The Zoom link is provided below.
Join the Zoom: zoom.us/j/99971488691?pwd=WUZRVjZna3kxcVdVZUtzYktiajZEQT09#success
Central California Conference Korean Pastors Sing “Because He Lives”
Today we share a very special musical treat from the Central California Conference Korean pastors. “Because He Lives” is one of our all-time favorite hymns, and it is especially beautiful sung in the Korean language. Thank you, Central California Conference Korean churches for sharing this with All God’s People!
Watch on YouTube: youtube.com/watch?v=ZC357pAXDWc
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“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”
– 1 Peter 1:3 NIV
Pacific Union “All God’s People,” February 26, 2021 S5:E07
10-Year-Old Making a Difference
London Loree Johnson is a 10-year-old fifth-grader at South Bay Jr. Academy in Torrance, Calif. Last year London completed a huge goal—she read 1,000 books in one year! On Jan. 7, 2020, she read her 1,000th book aloud – live on Facebook – and it happened to be her first authored book, called London and the 1000 Books. We brought you that story one year ago on All God’s People. She’s been busy this past year, not only with remote learning, but also finding ways to continue volunteering during the pandemic. Parts of London’s story have been told in news articles in Business Insider and the Washington Post. CNN is releasing an article soon which includes London’s views on remote learning and what she’s learned during the pandemic. London and her classmates returned to in-classroom learning at South Bay Jr. Academy on Monday, Feb. 22.
Watch Last Year's AGP Highlight: adventistfaith.com/media/all-gods-people/2020/02/10/pacific-union-all-gods-people-february-14-2020-s4e6/
London’s Readathon: londonsreadathon.org/
Business Insider: insider.com/how-to-talk-to-kids-about-the-us-presidential-election-2020-10
Washington Post: washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/on-parenting/volunteer-opportunities-kids-family-covid/2020/11/13/1df6d42e-244b-11eb-952e-0c475972cfc0_story.html
South Bay Jr. Academy: sbja.com/
Personal Ministries at San Marcos Church
Our church has a longstanding and firm biblical foundation to feed the hungry, and the San Marcos church in San Diego County has taken up this call. Church member Doug Rosendahl began a personal ministry to help feed hungry veterans and others in the San Marcos, Calif., area. Pastor Jim Park, Pacific Union personal ministries coordinator, joined with him to begin a weekly food distribution to the community starting in January 2019. Within four months, nearly 100 people were coming to their Manna Mesa food bank on a weekly basis. Every week new aspects were added to the ministry. Volunteers started to help, wearing aprons printed with the logo. With over 1,000 names from the community in their database, the church is now planning on how to best follow up the positive response to their feeding program. There are plans to hand out Discover Bible lessons to those who are interested—beginning with the 20 non-Adventist volunteers who come and help on a weekly basis and then expanding to those who visit the food bank.
Prescott Students Partner with Community for Career Days, Service Days, and More
Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and not being able to participate in their normal activities this school year, the students at Arizona’s Prescott Adventist Christian School were still able to partner with small business owners, professionals, and members in their local community. Each Friday, K-8 students participate in clubs, career days, or service days. Career days allow for visits with a professional to learn about different jobs. Service days provide opportunities for students to serve the elderly or needy in their community. These partnerships expose the community to the presence of the school and allow the school to advertise and support community members. A win-win for everyone—and a wonderful opportunity for the students!
Read More: adventistfaith.com/featured/2021/02/09/prescott-students-partner-with-community-for-career-days-service-days-and-more/
Prescott Adventist Christian School: prescottsdaschool.com/
Adventist Book Center Black History Month Sale
In celebration of Black History Month, all books and music by African American writers and musicians are 20% off at your local ABC or at adventistbookcenter.com during the month of February. Be sure to check out the 94 items listed on their website before the end of February.
Adventist Book Center: adventistbookcenter.com/featured/black-history-month.html
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"I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right."
– Acts 10:34-35 NIV
Pacific Union “All God’s People,” February 19, 2021 S5:E06
Calexico's Zoom Radio Show Class
When Bernardo Sámano first started delivering instruction online, it didn’t take him long to make up his mind about Zoom. As Religion and Spanish teacher at Calexico Mission School, Pastor Sámano knew it was hard to keep students engaged and paying attention on Zoom. So he had an idea—why not start a radio show? First, Sámano got a green screen to place behind him. He designed a background that looked like a studio and then found an upbeat instrumental song he could play as students join the class. He starts by welcoming everyone to XEKJ radio, La Voz de la Guajolota. When students talk to him, he picks up his phone to engage the student "calling in." Students can request special songs, which Sámano says connects the class as well. What an innovative way to keep his students engaged!
Watch the Video: youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=3El8FAmAJyo&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR3cocY7MoZN0Nltd7_2LAJyn1EmGrt5PoHhhlME7vjUtfjcELypFRwPvoE#
Calexico Mission School:
La Sierra University Health Services, Virology Lab Join Forces in Fighting Covid
Public health officials have identified widespread testing as one of the best ways to help control the COVID-19 pandemic and save lives. In keeping with this guidance, La Sierra University has bolstered its disease detection efforts with the rollout of new, rapid-test equipment. In mid-January the university’s Student Wellness Services Department deployed a rapid point-of-care PCR Cepheid GeneExpert Express molecular testing system. It will function in conjunction with a saliva-based screening process developed last summer by Dr. Arturo Diaz, a virologist who studies positive-strand RNA viruses of which the SARS-CoV-2 virus is a member. The dual investment in rapid testing and the saliva-based process in Diaz’s biology lab allow the university to cast a wider net in confirming the presence of SARS-CoV-2. The university began offering weekly saliva-based testing to all staff, faculty, and students on Feb. 8.
Chaplain Barry Black’s Prayers
Barry Clayton Black is the 62nd chaplain of the United States Senate. He began serving as Senate chaplain on June 27, 2003, becoming the first African American and first Seventh-day Adventist to hold the office. The Senate selected its first chaplain in 1789.
Chaplain Black is an outstanding speaker. His sermons at Adventist gatherings over the years have blessed us. But his prayers in the Senate during the past few weeks have moved an entire nation. On January 7, after the attack on the Capitol, his simple yet powerful prayer eloquently called us to remember that "words matter." Chaplain Black offers pointed spiritual guidance in his prayers, reminding members of the Senate that they are answerable to a higher calling than the demands of their base. They serve democracy and justice.
Last Friday, Feb. 12, Chaplain Black offered this prayer for the Senate jurors: "Lord, infuse them with the spirit of nonpartisan patriotism. Unite them in their effort to do what is best for America." He doesn’t preach doctrine; he urges integrity. Integrity and unity is a wonderful prayer, not just for senators, but for All God’s People.
Barry Black Senate Bio:
January 7 Prayer:
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Then Peter began to speak: "I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right."
– Acts 10:34-35 NIV
Pacific Union “All God’s People,” February 5, 2021 S5:E04
Highlighting Black History Month
Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating Black history.
To learn more about Black History Month, click the link below.
An Interview with Lawrence S. Dorsey, Sr.
We were delighted to talk with Pastor Lawrence S. Dorsey, Sr. this week about the importance of Black History Month. He shared memories and insights about the relevance of it today, in 2021. Lawrence Dorsey, Sr. is a native New Yorker and a graduate of Oakwood University. He entered the gospel ministry in 1980 in the Northeastern Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. He presently serves in the Southern California Conference as senior pastor of the University Church in Los Angeles. Pastor Dorsey's first love is evangelism, and he is the author of two books, including "Born to Preach." Learn more about University Church - Los Angeles.
University Church Facebook
“Born to Preach”
University Church Website
“For Christ himself has brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in his own body on the cross, he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us.'”
– Ephesians 2:14
Pacific Union “All God’s People,” January 29, 2021 S5:E03
Stockton Church Organizes Giveaway of 183 Bikes—
During the Christmas season, churches throughout the Northern California Conference found numerous practical ways to inspire hope that carried forward into 2021.
During a giveaway at the Stockton Mayfair church, 183 people—aged two to over 60—received a bicycle for Christmas. During the event, the parking lot was full of hope as participants waited for their number to be called to choose a bike.
The project was partially funded by a grant from the North American Division, which has sponsored bike giveaways at other locations. To promote the event, members distributed fliers in the neighborhood, Pastor Rudy Peters appeared on a local television program, and the church spread the word through social media.
The event will make a difference in people’s lives for years to come. "So much comes along with [having a bike]," said a father as he lifted his small daughter onto her new bicycle. "Being in her life, being there to teach her how to ride it—it’s a forever bond, a forever memory."
Read More: nccsda.com/during-a-difficult-season-ncc-churches-share-hope/
Behind the Scenes of Fresno Central Church's Tuesday Food Giveaway—
With COVID-19 continuing to spread, and millions of Americans still out of work, one of the nation's most urgent problems has only grown worse: hunger. Seventh-day Adventists in the Pacific Union have stepped up to serve—like never before. Our churches and members are continuing to meet needs in their communities.
Fresno Central church in the Central California Conference has a food giveaway every Tuesday morning, and recently, Pastor Daniel Gouveia took his camera and went behind the scenes to show what it takes for the church’s community service team to get ready, pack boxes, and open the gates for the people waiting in line.
And it’s not only much needed food that they give away—they have a table with books and literature, and they encourage people to study the Bible. The pastor asked various volunteers what they love about serving and why they do it every week. Thank you, Fresno Central, for your hard work and commitment to feeding the hungry.
Watch on YouTube
NPR on Food Insecurity in the US
Santa Clarita Teen Helps Feed Those in Need—
In Santa Clarita, in Southern California, Arianna Laolagi is doing what she can to provide food to those in need in her community.
In February 2018, Arianna founded "Meals That Heal," a volunteer-based Christian collective with 100% of its proceeds dedicated to aiding homeless and unemployed people in L.A. County. Since its formation, Arianna and her organization have helped more than 400 homeless people. The team cooks hot and nutritious plates of food and distributes them alongside hygiene care packages.
After schools were shut down in March, Arianna, with the help of the Pasadena church and the Meals That Heal team, organized a contactless drive-through grocery giveaway for nearly 100 families who were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Nurse Uses Music to Promote Healing—
Doctors and nurses in San Bernardino County are swamped as a surge of COVID-19 patients continues to pour into hospitals. Tad Worku, a trauma nurse at Loma Linda University Medical Center, uses music to help heal patients and to help them recover by managing their stress during the pandemic. With his guitar in hand, he plays and sings for patients and hospital staff. Worku performs outside the hospital in Loma Linda—and his music cheers up the healthcare workers inside too, because they can watch him perform live from their computers. What a beautiful way to witness to patients and hospital staff!
Learn More: abc17news.com/news/national-world/2021/01/06/nurse-helping-to-heal-covid-patients-through-music/
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"The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'"
– Matthew 25:40
Pacific Union “All God’s People,” January 22, 2021 S5:E02
An Inauguration, Constituency Sessions, and more...
On Wednesday, January 20, we were all inspired and encouraged as we witnessed a peaceful transition of power in Washington, D.C.
Despite the unrest of recent weeks, the peaceful transition from one administration to another went forward in our American government this last Wednesday. There have been so many prayers ascending, asking for God’s blessing on the affairs of our nation. As we continue to express thankfulness and gratitude for God’s grace, let us also continue to pray for our leaders, that they will be led by God and will govern with integrity, compassion, and justice.
There is news this week that impacts our church as well. For the second time in 10 months, members of the Executive Committee of the global Seventh-day Adventist Church have voted to postpone the quinquennial session of the denomination, originally scheduled for late June of 2020, due to challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The General Conference session is now scheduled for June 6-11, 2022, in Indianapolis. Read the Adventist Review article via the link below.
The Pacific Union Conference Constituency meeting is scheduled to take place August 15-16, 2021, in Tucson, Arizona. More information and details about the meeting will be coming in the weeks ahead.
News from Adventist Health
Adventist Health serves more than 80 communities in the West Coast and Hawaii. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist heritage and values, Adventist Health provides care in hospitals, clinics, home care agencies, hospice agencies, and joint-venture retirement centers in both rural and urban communities.
Their compassionate and talented team of 35,000 includes associates, medical staff physicians, allied health professionals, and volunteers driven in pursuit of one mission: living God's love by inspiring health, wholeness, and hope. Their efforts in caring for COVID-19 patients, distributing vaccines, and providing for their workers have been highlighted in the media these past months.
Adventist Health White Memorial hospital, a facility that's been besieged by the COVID-19 virus and inundated with patients, is getting some help now from the California National Guard, the state, and the Army Corps of Engineers. Read more from NBC Los Angeles news via the link below.
Hospitals have been offering the first vaccinations against COVID-19 in their communities. Just as crucial as properly storing the vaccine or administering shots is the health education that accompanies them. One of those on the frontlines of health education is Dr. Ronald Reynoso, chief medical officer at Adventist Health Bakersfield and Adventist Health Tehachapi Valley. Read the informative Q & A with Dr. Reynoso about how the vaccine works via the link below.
And from Hawaii—Adventist Health Castle begins vaccinations for seniors over 75 who live or work in Windward Oahu. See link to this story below.
Religious Liberty Focus, Jan. 23
Every year on the third Sabbath in January, Seventh-day Adventists around the world take time to remember the God-given gift of religious freedom.
On Religious Liberty Sabbath, we take time to reflect on the precious gift of religious freedom and we pray for the many millions of men, women, and children who continue to suffer harassment, discrimination, and even imprisonment or physical harm because they choose faithfulness to God, no matter what.
Religious Liberty Sabbath in North America will be commemorated tomorrow, on January 23. Through our prayers, we can support our brothers and sisters around the world, and we can express our support for freedom for all people, no matter what their faith.
In the January Recorder, we have a special four-page insert on Religious Liberty that you can download from our website. These four pages are a great way to share Religious Liberty with your family and friends.
Special Religious Liberty Insert
Religious Liberty Sabbath
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“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”
– John 8:36