Pacific Union “All God’s People,” March 20, 2020 S4:E11
In this week's All God's People—
From the Pacific Union Conference: Coronavirus Update and Resources
We have watched together as the coronavirus crisis has caused the leaders in our nation and community to call for the virtual suspension of public life. Our church leaders have prayerfully decided to cancel worship services in most of the churches across the Pacific Southwest, and activities and instruction have been suspended in the majority of our schools. Almost all of the church business meetings and events are canceled or postponed well into April.
General Conference, North American Division, and Pacific Union Conference personnel are all working remotely, and the office buildings are closed. This is true for several of our conferences as well. La Sierra University and Pacific Union College—as well as Loma Linda University and many of the other Adventist Colleges across the country—have moved to online instruction for the Spring Quarter.
—Connecting Despite Distance—
The leaders of our churches, schools, and hospitals are carefully following the recommendations and requirements of civil authorities—recognizing that public health and safety are paramount during this time.
As new terms like social distancing and self-quarantine have become commonplace, our understanding of how we relate to one another has been challenged and changed. The handshakes must now become phone calls and text messages. While we may be constrained from embracing, we can still be warm and appreciative in our conversations with one another—verbal and virtual.
The fiscal viability and health of our ministries and churches is very much at risk because of the impact of the coronavirus crisis. We are thinking quite specifically about the tithe and the support of the church and congregation that you are a part of. God will be faithful to us in helping us meet every situation, of this we have no doubt. And each of us is given the opportunity to be a part of how His mission is fulfilled.
Please continue to pray for our pastors, teachers, and leaders. Special prayer is needed for those who are serving in our hospitals and clinics—and for the thousands of dedicated women and men serving in healthcare throughout our nation and the world. Pray for the health and safety of all those who are personally impacted by this virus.
Join us in praying that the crisis will end soon and that our communities will be spared further losses. Thank you for your faithfulness in the support of our shared faith. May you sense God’s blessing and grace during this time.
—Churches Go Online—
Our churches have responded so wonderfully to the extraordinary task of keeping our members informed and engaged during this time. Many churches are live-streaming their worship services and are using online tools and social media to bring our churches together virtually.
Bryant Taylor, media pastor at Azure Hills church, recently shared tips on streaming sermons. He covers prerecording as well as live stream options.
Streaming your Sermon: vimeo.com/398403274?fbclid=IwAR1vJy1t4pYpyuI-gQxSVMR8L6Xfi2mydPsPW4tb6WXVGCeEre2S6s5RGmA
—Continuing Support of the Gospel Ministry During COVID-19—
Orville Ortiz, treasurer and CFO of the Southern California Conference recently responded to frequently asked questions about the online tool for supporting ministry—Adventist Giving. Watch the video on YouTube via the links below.
—World Church Executive Committee Votes to Postpone General Conference Session to Spring of 2021—
Read the statement—
Pacific Union “All God’s People,” March 13, 2020 S4:E10
In this week's episode of All God's People—
—Former Pacific Union Conference Treasurer Passes Away — Theodore R. “Ted” Benson April 22, 1948 - March 8, 2020—
Theodore R. “Ted” Benson died Sunday evening, March 8, 2020, after a long battle with cancer. He was 71 years old. Benson graduated from La Sierra Academy and was a graduate of Loma Linda University/La Sierra Campus, where he studied business administration and accounting. He began his long career with the Pacific Union in 1976 as a systems analyst, and he helped establish the computer operations department in the newly-constructed offices of the Pacific Union in Westlake Village, California. He served as associate treasurer from 1981 through 2001, as undertreasurer from 2002 through 2005, and as treasurer from 2006 until his retirement on March 31, 2019. Benson is survived by his wife of 52 years, Beverly (nee Wood), and their son, Ted, Jr. The memorial service that was announced for Benson has been postponed because of health and safety concerns. The new date for the memorial service is yet to be determined. The family has asked, in lieu of flowers, for memorial donations be made to Holbrook Seventh-day Adventist Indian School in Ted’s name.
Read the full tribute: adventistfaith.com/news/2020/03/benson-tribute/
—Pacific Union College Named Among Top 25 Best Colleges for Nursing—
Recently, GradReports released their list of the Top 25 Best Colleges that offer a bachelor's degree in nursing—and Pacific Union College made the grade. The nationwide list compiled by GradReports is based on the median salary for graduates one year after graduation, so PUC's Nursing students have a lot to look forward to when they make the jump from classroom to career. Nursing is consistently one of the college's most popular programs and PUC graduates are serving in medical facilities throughout Northern Calif., across the west and the country, and around the world.
Learn more about PUC's nursing program: puc.edu/academics/departments/nursing-health-sciences
Read GradReports Best Colleges for Nursing list: gradreports.com/best-colleges/nursing
—Love. Serve. Lead. - March 2020 Recorder Magazine—
We hope you’re enjoying your March Recorder. Mailed to approximately 70,000 homes each month, the Recorder continues to bring news and inspiration from around the Pacific Union. How does God lead the church? As part of our “Love. Serve. Lead.” focus for ministry in 2020, this month we begin a journey to better understand the Christian leadership that will equip and engage the church in ministry and mission. Read “First Principles of Kingdom Leadership”, “Lessons from Moses on Leadership” and “Behold the Lion!” as well as all the news from around our union. As always, you can read the Recorder online via the link below. Next month look for our annual Education issue.
Read the Recorder online: adventistfaith.com/recorder/
—Women's History Month: Anna Knight's Story—
March is Women's History Month – commemorating and encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history. For the remaining 3 weeks in the month, in recognition of Women’s History month, we’ll be highlighting some extraordinary women in Adventist History. Our first profile is a very special woman named Anna Knight. Watch this week's episode of All God's People to learn more about Anna's story.
Learn more about Anna Knight:
Learn about Women's History Month: womenshistorymonth.gov/
Adventist Entity Updates Regarding COVID-19:
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In Ephesians 4, Paul writes: “Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church; the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.” –Ephesians 4:11-12, NLT
Pacific Union “All God’s People,” February 21, 2020 S4:E7
All God's People S4:E7
In this week's episode—
Stockton Teen Battling Cancer uses Make-a-Wish to Help Community; Bite Size Talks Comes to the Central California Conference; Health Tips for Coronavirus; Black History Month: Yolanda Clarke's Story
Links to these stories on our website: adventistfaith.com/blog/all-gods-people/
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In the Desire of Ages, Sister White wrote, “Every individual has a life distinct from all others, and an experience differing essentially from theirs. God desires that our praise shall ascend to Him, marked by our own individuality.” –Desire of Ages, page 347
Pacific Union “All God’s People,” February 14, 2020 S4:E6
—South Bay Junior Academy Student Reaches 1,000-Book Reading Goal—
Congratulations to South Bay Junior Academy fourth-grader London Johnson for completing her goal of reading 1,000 books in one year! Her project culminated live on Facebook where she read aloud her 1,000th book—which happens to be her first authored book, called "London and the 1000 Books." In the process of completing this endeavor, she co-founded London’s Learning, Inc., a 501(c)3 organization. The mission of London's Learning, Inc. is to help other children discover the leader within through literacy.
Learn more about South Bay Junior Academy: sbja.com/
Learn More about London's Readathon: londonsreadathon.org/
—February Recorder Highlights Service—
“I am among you as one who serves” graces the front cover of the February Recorder. Carrying on the Love-Serve-Lead themes for 2020 – February is all about service. With articles like “Service is the Answer” (pg 5) and “It’s All About Jesus: The Ultimate Perspective on Serving Others,” (pg. 8) you will be inspired and uplifted. You can find the Recorder online as well as receiving it in your mailbox each month.
Recorder online: adventistfaith.com/recorder/
—Faith For Today Names Roy Ice New Speaker—
Faith For Today is a television ministry committed to sharing God’s grace with the world through broadcast media. That’s been the mission since 1950, when Faith For Today launched its live inspirational television drama on ABC from New York City, making it the longest running religious television broadcast in the world! Pastor Roy Ice was named the new speaker/director of Faith For Today in January. Many blessings to Faith For Today, headquartered right here at the Pacific Union Conference office building! And Happy 70th Anniversary!
Learn more: faithfortoday.tv/
—Black History Month: The E. Earl Cleveland Story—
As part of our coverage of Black History Month, Pastor Ricardo Graham shared a story with us about an African-American Pioneer Evangelist, Elder E. Earl Cleveland. Learn more about Cleveland's friendship with Martin Luther King Jr. in this week's episode.
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As we seek to be the people who are “living God’s love,” the voice that we hear speaking tenderly and with comfort is the one in John 13:34: “Love one another.” It’s our Valentine’s message.
Pacific Union “All God’s People,” January 24, 2020 S4:E3
Adventist Health White Memorial Receives 2019 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award
Every year since 1987, the Baldrige Award has recognized a select few U.S. organizations and businesses that have shown an unceasing drive for innovative solutions to complex challenges, visionary leadership, and operational excellence. Adventist Health White Memorial was one of six recipients of the 2019 Baldrige Award. This is the highest level of national recognition for performance excellence that a U.S. organization can receive. The 2019 Baldrige Awards will be presented at a ceremony on March 24, 2020, during the Baldrige Program’s 32nd annual Quest for Excellence® conference, which will be held in National Harbor, Maryland. Congratulations, Adventist Health White Memorial!
Learn more about the award: nist.gov/news-events/news/2019/11/six-health-care-nonprofit-and-education-organizations-win-baldrige-awards
Learn more about Adventist Health White Memorial:
Adventist WestPoint 2020 Coming to Newport Beach, Calif.
“20/20 Kingdom Vision” is the theme of this year’s 11th Annual Adventist WestPoint. Begin this decade of ministry in your church by experiencing encouragement, education, equipping, and empowerment in three days of seminars, powerful preaching, and worship. This year Adventist WestPoint is in Newport Beach, California, from April 12-15. Early bird registration is through Feb. 6.
Southern Calif. Conference to Host Day of Prayer in LA
The Southern Calif. Conference is hosting a Day of Prayer tomorrow, Sabbath afternoon, from 2:30-6:00 p.m. at the Spanish American Church in Los Angeles. All are invited to this special day of prayer as we begin this New Year.
Learn more at:
Northern Calif. Conference Office Grand Opening and Dedication
If you’re anywhere near Roseville, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 26, you are cordially invited to the Grand Opening and Dedication of the Northern Calif. Conference office at its new location at 2100 Douglas Blvd. Ribbon cutting and a short program begin at noon. Many blessings to Northern Calif. Conference!
Learn more: nccsda.com/
Religious Liberty Offering on Sabbath, Jan. 25
The Seventh-day Adventist church is strongly committed to religious freedom for all people. A person’s conscience, not government, should dictate his or her choice to worship—or not. Throughout our history, our church has spoken out on issues of religious liberty—and Liberty Magazine has been a part of our witness and outreach since 1906. Liberty is sent free of charge to many lawmakers and public figures. Through our Public Affairs Department and the work of the Church State Council, Adventists are actively involved in advocacy and defense of religious rights in employment disputes for Seventh-day Adventist church members and many others.
Your generous offering tomorrow, Sabbath, Jan. 25, will provide continued resources to expand this vital work—defending religious liberty across our Union and the North American Division.
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Psalm 19:14 is a reminder of our life together in God’s grace and our high calling: “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.”
Pacific Union “All God’s People,” January 17, 2020 S4:E2
All God's People S4:E2 - Young Adult Retreat; Churches Celebrate 150th Anniversaries; Remembering Dr. King - for the week of Jan. 17, 2020
Young Adults Gather for Retreat in Central California
A retreat in Oakhurst, Calif., brought 300 young people together for a weekend of Bible study, fellowship, and seminars in mid-December of last year. This Central California Conference-hosted retreat drew young adults from all over the Pacific Southwest and even Canada. This year the focus was on "Surviving Eden"-a provocative title that brought interest in the Garden of Eden story. Praise the Lord for our dedicated young adults!
Are you a Young Adult? Follow the CCC Young Adult Retreat Community on Facebook: facebook.com/YoungAdultDept/
Northern Calif. Congregations Celebrate 150th Anniversaries
This past fall, two Northern California Conference congregations celebrated their 150th Anniversaries! Santa Rosa and Healdsburg were the first Adventist churches founded west of the Rocky Mountains. On Sabbath, Oct. 26, the Healdsburg congregation came to church prepared for a full day of anniversary celebration, but the Kincade fire changed their plans.
The entire city was to be evacuated by 4:00 pm. So the Healdsburg church members went home to prepare for the evacuation and then took their celebration to the Santa Rosa church. On Nov. 16, they continued the celebration at their own church, thankful that it was still standing.
On Nov. 15 and 16, the Santa Rosa congregation celebrated their anniversary during a weekend of events themed “Milestones of Grace and Providence.” We are so grateful for these two vibrant churches! Read the history of missionaries John Loughborough and D.T. Bordeau and how they started these two congregations back in 1869. Read the full story in the January Recorder (pg. 38-39) via the link below:
Reflecting on the Work of Dr. King
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, was born on January 15, 1929, and the Federal Holiday next Monday offers us a reminder to reflect on the important work to which Dr. King devoted his life. Join us in this week's episode as we share an excerpt from the sermon Dr. King preached in October of 1954 on the parable of the New Wine in Old Bottles found in Matthew 9:17.
Learn More about Dr. King: nobelprize.org/prizes/peace/1964/king/biographical/
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How can we be “Now” and “Not Yet?” How can we live out our faith so that it’s relevant in the world we live in today—and yet are looking for the world to come, and the return of Christ Jesus?
On this Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, let this be our challenge and our prayer—to be both “now” and “not yet!”
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