Pacific Union “All God’s People,” October 30, 2020 S4:E43
There are so many interesting facts about the two western states, Nevada and Utah, that are part of our Pacific Union Conference—but our Adventist history is even more interesting!
This week in All God's People, learn about the impact of John Loughborough, D.T. Bourdeau, Charles M. Kinney, and others on Adventism in Nevada and Utah. The Nevada-Utah Conference was organized in 1931, with 315 members and 12 churches in Nevada. Today, there are 10,555 members, a total of 63 congregations, and eight schools in Nevada and Utah.
Nevada-Utah Conference: nucsda.com/
Masked Heroes in the NUC—
The schools of the Nevada-Utah Conference are taking safety seriously as they endeavor to teach their students to be “Masked Heroes” who follow the Golden Rule: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” For instance, students from Mrs. Beddoe’s class at Riverview Christian Academy created an art composition depicting their students as these masked heroes.
NUC Adventist Education: nuceducation.org/our-schools/
Summit Christian Academy Hosts Glittery Germ Experiment—
Recently, Ms. McCaw’s 3rd and 4th Grade Class at Summit Christian Academy were able to see how germs spread quickly as well as the importance of careful hand washing in a demonstration using glitter, lotion, soap, and water. What a great lesson at this time, when the importance of good hand hygiene matters so much!
Extensive policies have been implemented to ensure that the students in the Nevada-Utah Conference have both online and in-person options for learning—and also a safe space to learn how to be like Jesus.
Virtual Fellowship in the Nevada-Utah Conference—
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Nevada-Utah Conference has held more than a dozen different conference-wide, virtual events. This includes a virtual convocation, graduation, communion, and camporee!
During the conference-wide convocation and graduation, they were able to celebrate the work of their churches and students. The virtual communion provided a unique opportunity to talk about communion, discuss its importance, and celebrate this special service as a conference family. The virtual camporee gave the Pathfinders and Adventurers a time to fellowship with their families while doing special crafts and activities.
Church and conference leaders from a territory that covers over 200,000 square miles have been able to coordinate, in the Spirit of Lord, to bring these events together. In spite of these trying times, the churches and members of the Nevada-Utah Conference feel closer than ever as they continue to fellowship, virtually, during these special events.
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“Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”
– Ephesians 4:3
Pacific Union “All God’s People,” October 23, 2020 S4:E42
Central California has the distinction of being the very first place in the West to be touched by the Adventist message. In this week's episode of All God's People, learn more about the work of Merritt Kellogg, stepbrother of John Harvey Kellogg, as well as James and Ellen White's work in the Central California Conference.
Also in this episode:
Fires in the Central California Conference
Since Aug 17, there have been over 25 fires within the 17 counties of Central California. Included in that total are three mega-complex fires: the CZU Lightning Complex fire; the SCU Lightning Complex fire; and the SQF Complex fire. Not long after the fires started, Santa Cruz County partnered with the Soquel Conference Center to shelter the evacuees from the fires. Although the site hit capacity (540 people) for several days, each need was met; so much so that the main auditorium was needed to store the overflow of materials.
More photos: flickr.com/photos/cccsda/albums/72157715895246253
Central California Young Adult Team Leads the Way with Zoom-Based Ministry
Two years ago, Central’s Young Adult team hosted a symposium for public speaking that drew more than 160 people of all ages. The symposium presented new and innovative ways to train and equip laity for ministry. The training has become very useful for what is now commonplace—Zoom-based ministry during the lockdown imposed on churches during the coronavirus crisis.
Within the first weeks of the pandemic, Pastor Anil Kanda, director of the Young Adult and Youth Discipleship department, and his team launched a program that included one or two virtual meetings every day to meet spiritual needs; then they launched a series of “Growth Labs,” which taught practical skills such as finance, fitness, and gardening. Each episode averaged 6,000 views. The age of virtual meetings has given rise to new opportunities for building community, transforming lives, and bringing hope to those in their sphere of influence. Well done, Young Adult team!
CCC Hosts Biblical Theological Symposium
When the coronavirus pandemic shut down the state, and the Central California Conference had to cancel camp meeting, it provided an opportunity to jump into action to reach as wide an audience as possible. The Hispanic pastoral team put together the first-ever Central Calif. Conference biblical theological symposium and presented the theme of “La biblia y los eventos finales” (the Bible and Last Day Events) virtually. The symposium, held in July, had amazing results, and there have already been 48 baptisms as a result of the Symposium. The question-and-answer segments after every program were a highlight; viewers were able to ask any questions that related to the topic of the day, while relationships were formed in the comment and chat areas. It has now expanded to a live program every Friday evening entitled “Echoes of the Symposium.” All of the seminars given in the symposium are archived on their YouTube and Facebook pages.
Central California Conference to Host Biblical Symposium on Final Events
From October 23rd to October 31st, the Central Conference is hosting a virtual, “must see” event titled “What’s Next: A Biblical Symposium on Final Events.” Featured scholars from Adventist Universities include Ranko Stefanovic, Kendra Haloviak-Valentine, Jon Paulien, Leslie Pollard, and others. More details can be found below. It begins tonight at 7:00 pm (PST).
Watch the promo: youtube.com/watch?v=_dT7g73k1Dk
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“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
– 2 Corinthians 3:18
Pacific Union “All God’s People,” October 16, 2020 S4:E41
The Pacific Union Conference on Social Justice
The Executive Committee of the Pacific Union provides guidance and oversight for the work of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Pacific Southwest. The membership of the committee is comprised of individuals from across our geographical territory, with important representation from both our lay leadership and our organizational leadership. The Executive Committee sets the pace and focus for the work of the Pacific Union. And that’s why the statement on Social Justice, which was voted by the Executive Committee on September 23, 2020, is so important.
Read the statement online at: adventistfaith.com/blog/let-justice-roll/2020/09/social-justice/
In this week's episode of All God's People, we begin our report with a visual presentation of the statement that is simply entitled “Social Justice.”
Also in this week's episode:
Elder Ricardo Graham, president of the Pacific Union Conference, and Elder Brad Newton, executive secretary and ministerial secretary of the Union, spoke recently about why a statement on social justice, coming at this time, is important to the mission and ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
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“Then as the children of God are one in Christ, how does Jesus look upon caste, upon society distinctions, upon the division of man from his fellow-man, because of color, race, position, wealth, birth, or attainments? The secret of unity is found in the equality of believers in Christ. The reason of all division, discord, and difference is found in separation from Christ. Christ is the center to which all should be attracted; for the nearer we approach the center, the closer we shall come together in feeling, in sympathy, in love, growing into the character and image of Jesus. With God there is no respect of persons.”
– Ellen G. White, Review and Herald, December 22, 1891
Pacific Union “All God’s People,” October 9, 2020 S4:E40
In this week's episode, join us for a historical profile of the Southeastern California Conference. From Los Angeles County, out to San Bernardino, and all the way to San Diego, learn about the ministries and mission taking place in the SECC. Today, the Southeastern California Conference is the largest conference in the Pacific Union, as well as the largest in the entire North American Division.
SECC online: secc.adventistfaith.org/
Also in this episode:
Southeastern Office of Education Taskforce Teams Help Schools Adapt—
Despite the challenges of the pandemic, Southeastern is committed to delivering quality instruction in a safe environment, and the Office of Education took intentional steps to meet that commitment. Seven taskforces were formed and met together based on areas they felt were important to consider. The goal was to have each Adventist school in the conference open for in-person instruction this fall, with blended and remote learning options. This was made possible because of the conference’s commitment to provide every single classroom within its territory with Swivl technology—essentially, a robot on a stand with an iPad attached, which uses a remote sensor to follow the teacher’s movements in the classroom. This helps students at home connect with their classroom, interacting with their teacher in real time. Over the summer, teachers were also given additional training on digital instruction methods and student engagement.
Learn more about—
School Health & Safety: vimeo.com/441144757
Blended Learning: vimeo.com/444719489
Church Leaders Utilize Digital Tools to Inspire and Connect Community—
Pastors in Southeastern’s churches have worked tirelessly to keep their communities alive and connected during the pandemic. In the first weeks of the crisis last spring, the conference provided online worship services so that smaller churches could get adjusted to the new normal, and since that time, conference president Sandra Roberts has recorded a weekly update video to share what’s happening across the conference. Southeastern’s Youth Department did an amazing job in creating video children’s Sabbath School for 24 Sabbaths. Children and youth ministries pastors partnered with the Loma Linda University Church media team to create weekly videos that any of their churches could use.
SECC on Vimeo: vimeo.com/seccadventist
SECC Young Adults: seccyouth.com/
Southeastern California Conference Statement Against Racial Injustice—
In response to the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd in June, Southeastern California Conference officers shared a statement against racial injustice. The full statement is available via the link below.
SECC Hosts Annual Youth Leadership Convention—
In mid-September, the Southeastern California Conference held its first-ever Virtual Youth Leadership Convention. The online event hosted nearly 500 Pathfinder, Adventurer, youth, and young adult leaders from across the conference. Workshop topics included club organization, friend choices and spiritual development, how kids learn, conflict management, youth culture, racial reconciliation and privilege, mental health and COVID-19, and many more. Over the course of the weekend, nearly 19,000 interactions took place on community boards, indicating that attendees were engaged with the convention and enjoyed connecting with and learning from each other, as they strive to become even better leaders serving our young people.
Follow on Facebook: facebook.com/SECCYouth
A Testimony of Second Chances—
Deborah Pardede, member of the Loma Linda Indonesian church, was one of the first COVID-19 patients in the Inland Empire.
Watch this Testimony: vimeo.com/447362788
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“Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.”
– Romans 12:10
Pacific Union “All God’s People,” October 2, 2020 S4:E39
In this week's episode:
Learn about the history of the Hawaii Conference, including the founding of Hawaiian Mission Academy, as well as Ellen White's visit to Honolulu and the work of missionaries such as Abram La Rue and Henry Scott.
The work in Hawaii has continued to grow. As of August 2020, the membership of the Hawaii Conference is: 6,311 with 34 congregations! Praise God for the work of literature evangelists LaRue and Scott nearly 140 years ago.
Hawaiian Mission Academy Students Back on Campus—
Hawaiian Mission Academy is back to in-classroom instruction. They had adjusted to online learning from March 13 to the close of the last school year, but over the summer months, it was decided that classes could resume, earlier than normal. Students and staff have transitioned beautifully to the new guidelines and school started on Aug. 3. Every morning, students are required to come into the school office and get their temperature checked by a thermal camera, nicknamed “TERK” by the students. When they arrive in the classroom, desks are spread out according to CDC guidelines. The staff sprays the desks with disinfectant, while students wipe down their own desks with the cloths they received that morning. Chapels are currently still being conducted virtually through Zoom, with each class remaining in their homeroom. Even though school events, such as vespers, socials, and sports are not yet approved by the city and county, students are happy that most of their school routine has been approved. Let’s continue to pray for all our educators throughout Hawaii and the Union as they find new ways to adapt to the challenges of the pandemic.
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Hawaii Church Pastor's Technology Lessons Keep Members Connected—
How does a pastor teach older members how to use technology, like Zoom and Google Suite? Pastor Jean Clouzet of the Waimanalo and Wahiawa churches knew the challenge of reaching the Kapuna (or older members) would be high. When the churches were still meeting, he set aside Sabbath afternoons for technology lessons. “We wanted to focus on learning,” Pastor Clouzet said, “but also we wanted to stay organized.” So along with the video platforms, he taught Google suite so the members could have a hub to work together on church functions. Because of his determination and passion for connection, he has been able to get his church leadership all online and over a dozen ministries and church functions are meeting regularly. Members can access all of these meetings through a vast network of texting trees, shared church Google calendar appointment links via webpages, Facebook pages, and email newsletters. As an unexpected bonus of this online pivot, the churches have reached new visitors.
Wahiawa Church: wahiawahi.adventistchurch.org/
“Talk-o Tuesdays” Bring Hawaii Youth and Young Adults Together—
The Oahu Youth and Young Adults were able to gather online without skipping a beat. Although it was different, the technology and practice of using Zoom and other online platforms wasn’t new. Together, they coped with the swift changes and isolation — through prayer, Bible study, and bonding online. They decided to gather online every Tuesday to check in with each other, calling it “Talk-o Tuesdays.” When the restrictions were lifted, they were so grateful to gather, both virtually and face-to-face, staying within state guidelines. They began to gather outdoors in safer spaces and were able to sing, pray, and barbecue while visiting different beaches and parks around the island. When the beaches closed again, they were able to gather in church parking lots and participate in tailgate worship. As of now, they are holding tailgate worship in the parking lot of the Honolulu Central church. Although they are members of different churches, they are still one church body, one Ohana, in Hawaii. The young people report it is exciting to be a part of a thriving ministry that is Holy Spirit-driven. Blessings to all the young people of Hawaii!
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“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
– Acts 1:8
Pacific Union “All God’s People,” September 25, 2020 S4:E38
In this week's episode:
Learn about the history of La Sierra University—and about how they're operating campus online during the pandemic. La Sierra University’s faculty and staff have been on a mission to better connect with and serve La Sierra’s students.
During summer break, university departments drew upon all they had learned during spring quarter in preparation for teaching students this fall. Classes began online Sept. 21, with a few labs on campus, including biology’s virus research lab.
Faculty, who are normally on vacation during the summer, participated in more than 100 training sessions. Several in the College of Arts & Sciences developed their own video series on best technologies and practices.
La Sierra University:
See Historical Photos: lasierra.edu/cas/history-of-the-college/photo-gallery/
La Sierra's Chapel Podcast—
La Sierra's spiritual life department has created a number of avenues for virtual pastoral care and worship. Chapel is held Tuesday mornings on YouTube, Friday evening worship is hosted on Instagram, and virtual connections with the spiritual life team are held via Zoom.
Chapel Podcast: youtube.com/channel/UCRdWumSE6PN34Sa9uDiHq8A
Follow on Instagram: instagram.com/firstservice/
Wall Street Journal Again Ranks La Sierra No. 1 in Nation for Diversity—
For the third time in five years, La Sierra University is ranked No. 1 in the nation for its diverse environment by the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education annual college ranking. La Sierra topped the “Environment” category for the 2021 college ranking released Sept. 17. The category, one of four, considers the diversity of the faculty and students, numbers of international students, and students supported by the federal Pell Grant. The Wall Street Journal ranked 797 colleges and universities for its 2021 college guide. La Sierra also ranked first in this category in 2017 and 2018, and second for diversity in the Journal’s 2019 and 2020 rankings.
Read the WSJ Article: wsj.com/articles/which-u-s-colleges-are-the-most-diverse-11600384325
La Sierra University Students Support La Sierra Food Pantry +
For the past six months, La Sierra University biomedical science majors Meagan Lopez and Shannon Grewal have been helping about 600 Riverside families a week receive the food they need by volunteering with the La Sierra Food Pantry, a ministry of the La Sierra University church. They didn’t anticipate the impact this experience would have on them.
The students packed boxes of food and provided them to community members, who drove up in their vehicles to the students’ distribution table in the church parking lot. Each box feeds about four people and is filled with canned goods, pasta, milk, bread, and fresh produce.
Meagan said, “To be a small part of bringing comfort in such an uncertain time has truly been a blessing.”
Shannon, who was baptized last spring, said, “Community outreach has been something that has allowed me to develop a stronger connection with God. I think this opportunity has not only allowed me to change the lives of others, but also my own.”
Follow on Facebook: facebook.com/lasierrafoodpantryplus
The Mission of La Sierra University—
“As members of the diverse La Sierra University community, we are committed to inquiry, learning, and service. Our community is rooted in the Christian gospel and Seventh-day Adventist values and ideals.”
That is the mission statement of La Sierra University. Being ranked No. 1 in the nation for diversity is an incredible honor, but it is the hearts and lives that are being transformed every single day that make La Sierra such a special, unique institution of higher education right here in the Pacific Union. Blessings to you, La Sierra University, as you continue to Love. Serve. and Lead. in these challenging times.
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“For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.”
– 1 Corinthians 12:12