Pacific Union “All God’s People,” May 28, 2021 S5:E19
New President for Pacific Union College
The Pacific Union College Board of Trustees announced on May 25, 2021, that Dr. Ralph Trecartin has been named the school’s 24th president. Dr. Trecartin is currently serving as Associate Provost of Cross-Campus Collaborations, and Dean of the School of Business Administration at Andrews University. He will officially assume his new role on July 1, 2021.
Read More: puc.edu/news/archives/2021/ralph-trecartin-announced-as-pacific-union-colleges-24th-president
Chico Church Member Celebrates 100th Birthday with Community
This Mother’s Day, dozens of people drove by the church in Chico to celebrate one woman’s incredible life. Frances Caviness Layland, better known as "Frankie," has lived in Chico for nearly 70 years. After travelling the world with her late husband as a missionary, she has seen and done a lot. But Tuesday, May 11, was a day not many people get to celebrate; Frankie turned 100 years old!"It’s exciting when you think about it," she beamed. "100 years." Action News Now was there to capture the smiles, laughter, and memories of one remarkable Adventist woman! Happy 100th birthday, Frankie!
Paradise Adventist Academy Students Return to Renovated Campus
Just a short drive east of Chico, Paradise Adventist Academy celebrated a major victory. Like most children this past year, students at Paradise Adventist Academy have been learning in not-so-typical ways. But the pandemic wasn’t the only reason why.
The 2018 Camp Fire made their campus unsafe and unusable. After extensive reconstruction and refurbishment of the academy, high school students from both this year and the next got a peek at what they'll return to next school year. And KRCR TV was there.
Steven Hamilton, lead pastor at the Paradise church, addressed over 50 returning students and staff in the courtyard located at the center of the campus. "It gives me great pleasure to say to you as Paradise Adventist Academy students and staff: welcome home," he said.
Students spent the day touring the upgraded facilities that have been in the works for two years. While classes will not be held here until August 2021, it was the first time the student body has physically been together since 2018.
Three hundred ninety of the church members and school constituents’ houses burned in the Camp Fire. "So many of the students don’t have their home to go back to. What’s left of this campus and has been restored post-fire is really the only home-ness that they have to come back to," Pastor Hamilton said.
Registration is now open for the 2021-2022 school year.
Paradise Adventist Academy: mypaa.net/
Watch the KRCR Report: krcrtv.com/news/local/high-schoolers-return-to-camp-fire-ridden-campus-almost-two-and-a-half-years-later
Memorial Day 2021
Memorial Day is a federal holiday observed yearly on the last Monday of May. Memorial Day is a day that commemorates all men and women who have died while serving in the military for the United States of America. Traditionally, it is viewed as a time of honor and remembrance. Throughout the United States it is common to visit cemeteries, particularly military ones, and decorate graves of the deceased with flowers, small flags, and wreaths.
The observance of Memorial Day in the United States dates back to the Civil War and focused on honoring the war dead of both the Union and the Confederacy by laying flowers of the springtime on the graves of those whose lives had been lost from both sides. The honors demonstrated on Memorial Day helped bring the divided country together. As we honor our heroes, may we also be mindful of the wounds that divide our country and should be healed.
"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."
– John 15:13, KJV
Pacific Union “All God’s People,” May 14, 2021 S5:E17
The Pacific Union Conference on Social Justice
Today we bring you an episode that was originally aired last October on the topic of Social Justice, just as relevant and timely today as it has ever been.
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 via the link below.
Read the Statement: adventistfaith.com/let-justice-roll/2020/10/04/18252/
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,” May 7, 2021 S5:E16
Elder Ricardo Graham Announces Retirement from Presidency
On May 4, 2021, Elder Ricardo Graham, president of the Pacific Union Conference, announced his intention to retire from church employment. A new president will be elected at the constituency meeting in August.
For nearly 47 years, Elder Graham has been working in ministry for Jesus Christ, as a pastor and leader within the Seventh-day Adventist denomination.
The past 15 of those years were devoted to the Pacific Union Conference, and for the past 13 years he has been its president.
Elder Graham has announced that he will conclude his service as president on August 16, 2021, at the election of the next president, and will officially retire on October 1, 2021. With gratitude for his servant leadership, compassion, friendship, and wisdom, we pray for God’s blessings for the Graham family in the coming years. We invite your prayers for the election process that is now underway, and for the upcoming constituency session.
Click the link below to read his letter to members of the Pacific Union Conference.
Read More: adventistfaith.com/featured/2021/05/05/pacific-union-president-announces-retirement/?fbclid=IwAR0-UUWz_ZPDdAeA5hvohP2Vtw3y2YQgACLw0DDu0U93M07LhlbzrYJu6vo
Community Servants Visit Holbrook Indian School for MAPS Wednesday
If you had visited the Holbrook Indian School campus on Wednesday, April 21, you might have thought they were having an emergency. Don’t worry—it was only MAPS Wednesday.
MAPS Wednesday is always a theme-based day at HIS. This particular day was focused on community servants and the preparation to serve. Local emergency medical technicians, firefighters, and police officers visited students to give them an idea of what they do as community servants and to help them explore potential service career opportunities.
Holbrook EMS conducted an Intro to CPR class and a demonstration of ambulance services. The EMTs gave students a tour of an ambulance—and all the bells and whistles that go with it. The local fire department gave students a tour of one of their firetrucks and presented firefighter service opportunities. Holbrook Indian School believes service is at the heart of Christian life.
Holbrook Indian School Celebrates 26 Baptisms
Last Sabbath, May 1, was a high day at Holbrook Indian School. It was Music Sabbath, and many students participated by playing instruments. AND 26 individuals made a commitment to Christ in baptism. Of that total, there were 16 students, two graduates who live and work on campus, five staff children, and three parents of students. In keeping with the Holbrook Indian School belief and practice of honoring Native American culture, each student was given a Native print blanket as a gift. A beautiful Sabbath day indeed!
Holbrook Indian School: holbrookindianschool.org/
National Nurses Week
National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6th and ends on May 12th, Florence Nightingale's birthday. It’s a week to shine a spotlight on the incredible nurses (registered nurses, nurse practitioners, LPNs, and others) across the country who have devoted their lives to the health and wellbeing of others. Nurses Week 2020 was unlike any other. As a society, we asked more of nurses than we ever have by asking them to put their lives on the frontlines in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you, nurses and healthcare workers, for all you do, 52 weeks of the year!
Read More: trustedhealth.com/blog/what-is-nurses-week
Nurses Week History: nursingworld.org/education-events/national-nurses-week/history/
Celebrating Mother's Day
Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 9—a perfect time to celebrate all mothers, including grandmothers, stepmothers, foster mothers, and other mother figures. The history goes way back: the modern holiday was first celebrated in 1908. Anna Marie Jarvis was the founder of this holiday in the United States.
This special day is celebrated in many countries around the world—some with different celebrations, traditions, and dates. Especially in these times, it’s good to connect with your family. Maybe you and your mom have already been vaccinated? Then it’s a great time to meet up again for a nice family brunch. But even if that’s not possible because of COVID, you can always surprise your mother with flowers, a card, or a phone call. Whatever you choose, when it comes from your heart, she will love it.
For all the moms, grandmas, and stepmoms around our beautiful Pacific Union: Happy Mother’s Day!
Read More: usamothersday.com/mothers-day-2021/
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“Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching, for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck.”
– Proverbs 1:8-9
Pacific Union “All God’s People,” April 30, 2021 S5:E15
Calexico Mission School Students Return for In-Person Classes
After a year of remote learning, many of Calexico Mission School students are crossing the international border once again to learn together. With a few adjustments to their on-campus routines, CMS welcomed elementary students back a week before their spring break and welcomed junior high and high school students back starting April 19.
In their new configuration, students participate in all their activities—from classes to recess to lunch—in cohorts. Hand sanitizer stations, temperature checks, and desk partitions are all in place, as well as webcams to engage the students who continue to tune in remotely. Teachers and students alike are grateful to be back together, and enthusiasm fills every hall.
Seth Katada is back on campus doing what he loves best: working as the school's athletic director and junior high Bible teacher. "I’m ecstatic," Katada said. "Probably the happiest person here." Despite the challenges of teaching in a hybrid classroom, he and his fellow teachers are thrilled to be able to once again help students learn and grow on their Calexico campus.
Calexico Mission School: calexicomissionschool.com/
Pacific Union Teams Represent at NAD Pathfinder Bible Experience Finals
Affectionately called the "Bible Bowl," the Pathfinder Bible Experience Finals took place virtually in mid-April. To prepare, six-member teams from local Pathfinder clubs study one book of the Bible and memorize large portions of Scripture. Six Pacific Union club teams made it to the North American Division Finals after completing the Area, Conference, and Union levels. Here are our six teams that placed first or second in the Division Finals.
Pacific Union Finalists —
Central Calif. Conference
The Ark and Visalia Pioneers Team Salty – 1st place
Northern Calif. Conference
Maranatha Emmanuel Team Guerreros de la Fe – 1st place
Southern California Conference
Tamarind Tigers – 2nd place
Whittier English Team Alpha – 1st place
Tucson Spanish Central Thunder – 1st place
West Valley Maranatha Team A – 1st place
A big congratulations to ALL of our Pathfinders in the Pacific Union who participated in the Pathfinder Bible Experience! We’re proud of every single one of you!
Watch the Awards Ceremony
NAD Youth Ministries
Pathfinder Bible Experience
New Location for International Pathfinder Camporee
In January, the 2024 International Camporee Executive Advisory Committee voted two things: a change of location for the 2024 "Believe the Promise" Camporee from Oshkosh, Wisconsin, to Gillette, Wyoming; and new dates of August 5-11, 2024.
Watch the Promo Video: vimeo.com/504589116
Read More: nadadventist.org/news/believe-promise-international-pathfinder-camporee-going-west
Leoni Meadows Summer Camp Returns
If you or a family member are interested in attending a camp at Leoni Meadows this summer, act fast!
"We are almost sold out," said Craig Heinrich, executive director of the camp and retreat center. "If you’re interested in coming to camp, take a look at the website. There are a few spots open here and there."
Heinrich and his summer team are eager for camp to begin. After missing a whole season last year, the staff at Leoni Meadows are ready and anxious to have their friends back at camp. We can’t wait to see how God will bless Leoni this summer.
"Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours."
– Mark 11:24
Pacific Union “All God’s People,” April 23, 2021 S5:E14
Adventist Health Nurse Plays Violin for Patients
Christian Pozo, a nurse from Adventist Health Bakersfield, has been helping patients in multiple ways. Christian has been playing music for patients with coronavirus on a violin that was given to him years ago by his grandfather. He plays to raise the spirits of those inside the hospital, and on March 19, he played for those outside the hospital. “Abide with Me,” “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”—beautiful reminders of a God who cares and abides with us, in sickness and in health.
North American DivisionHosts eHuddle 2021
A two-day clergy professional development conference organized by the Ministerial Association of the North American Division explored the definition of Adventist evangelism, highlighted challenges in achieving church growth, showcased innovative examples of service, and provided guidance for the new and evolving realities created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Key presentations focused on navigating church life after the pandemic and confronting conspiracy theories in faith communities. The event is available to watch online, and among the additional resources is a “Best Practices Podcast” that launched on March 8.
Best Practices Podcasts:
Watch on Facebook: facebook.com/watch/live/?v=491502272012508&ref=watch_permalink
Summit Christian Academy Remembers the Life of Samantha Claire Tibbitts
Summit Christian Academy students and staff joined one of their families in grieving the loss of a student to a tragic traffic accident in late March. "We are remembering our dear student Samantha today," the school shared on March 29. "The spark and passion for life that she had was amazing! She loved nature and the world around her. She loved her family and God fiercely. She also loved the song 'There is a Candle,' and she always danced to it. Our school is missing our Princess of God.” On Monday evening, April 5th, Summit Christian Academy was the location for the funeral service, which celebrated Samantha's life with prayers, songs, pizza, and a balloon launch.
Celebration of Life: fb.watch/4JO1RbnUye/
Follow Summit Christian Academy: facebook.com/SCAUtah
Resources for Grief Recovery and Funeral Expense Assistance
This past year has been one of tremendous loss for so many families. We have gathered some resources for you on grief recovery and dealing with loss below, as well as resources from FEMA about assistance with funeral expenses for those who have lost loved ones to COVID. There are many stages of grief, and there are ways to help your family members, friends, and fellow church members cope with loss.
Beyond Loss – Bereavement Ministry: adventisthealth.org/glendale/patient-resources/beyond-loss-bereavement-ministry/
Life After Loss: family.adventist.org/life-after-loss/
FEMA Financial Assistance - Spanish: youtube.com/watch?v=NGaWq_Hg87I&feature=youtu.be
FEMA Financial Assistance - English: youtube.com/watch?v=DgvN_9m58Z0
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“And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”
– Revelation 21:4
Pacific Union “All God’s People,” April 16, 2021 S5:E13
Gavin Newsom Visits Vaccine Clinic at Adventist Church
On Friday, April 2, Governor Gavin Newsom visited a coronavirus vaccination site in San Bernardino’s Westside—one of the most impoverished regions of the state—to encourage eligible Californians to get vaccinated and to highlight efforts to vaccinate people in the state’s most socioeconomically disadvantaged areas.
The pop-up vaccine clinic at Sixteenth Street Seventh-day Adventist Church was scheduled to give 500 people the Johnson & Johnson vaccine through a partnership between Loma Linda University Health and C.O.P.E—Congregations Organized for Prophetic Engagement, a network of churches focused on Black residents in the Inland Empire. The first of the 500 to be vaccinated was Sonya Gray-Hunn, age 52, a housing organizer with C.O.P.E.
A big thanks to Pastor Andrea King and the Sixteenth Street church for providing the vaccination clinic! Next week, we will feature an interview with Pastor King in All God’s People.
San Bernardino Sun Article: sbsun.com/2021/04/02/gov-gavin-newsom-visits-san-bernardino-coronavirus-vaccination-site/
Press Conference: youtube.com/watch?v=MWZFzoePTgs
Fourth Annual Education Issue of the Pacific Union Recorder
April is Education Month for the Pacific Union Recorder, and we’re delighted to bring you the fourth annual education issue!
Over a year ago, the coronavirus pandemic forced all of us to adjust to new ways of doing things in almost every aspect of daily life. Our schools have been deeply impacted. In this issue of the Recorder, we take you inside our school system to see how God has continued to bless this important ministry and to celebrate the unselfish love and commitment that has kept our schools open and teaching during this extraordinary time!
Read Online: adventistfaith.com/media/recorder-archive/
Forest Kindergarten at Pine Hills Adventist Academy
For Pine Hills Adventist Academy in beautiful Northern California, childhood is valued as a treasured, respected period of time that is not to be rushed, but embraced and peacefully nurtured through inquisitive, play-based learning. Students in the Forest Kindergarten program are given a wide range of opportunities and activities to develop a balanced and holistic education. You know it’s been a good day in Forest Kindergarten when your once-white socks are now brown, there is mud or paint on your pants, and your pocket contains a treasure from nature.
Pine Hills Adventist Academy: phaaonline.com/
Watch the Video: youtube.com/watch?v=-9maj2E6nR8
Virtual Youth Service Day
Are you ready for a Servolution? Join youth across the Pacific Union and North Pacific Union as they share God's love through acts of kindness on Saturday, April 24. Make a sock teddy bear, dog, or cat or paint a flowerpot and give soil and seeds to comfort community members who've lost loved ones to COVID-19. Join virtually or organize the service projects at your church. Sponsored by the West Coast Youth Conference, this is a wonderful way to celebrate Youth Service Day!
Paint a Memory Flower Pot: docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSepxkXl8DMpRCFjTg4vSRqSGngqzPQXE0C_EX1MEtYvkgyzaQ/viewform
Sew a Sock Teddy Bear: docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfaWHXWiMqBrD_3tuXYcGfnaSzQasNpPJdVUmighmfd4-_D5Q/viewform
Promo Video: youtube.com/watch?v=Bo3Fp4J-uMo
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"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
– Jeremiah 29:11