Pacific Union “All God’s People,” March 12, 2021 S5:E09
Sustainable Farming at Holbrook Indian School
Holbrook Indian School has a robust agriculture program, complete with a farm—established with the focus of holistic education through sustainable farming. Garden to Plate is a part of the farm initiative in which students help to grow, harvest, and prepare organic, nutrient-dense produce. The food is used in the cafeteria to make delicious, healthy meals for the students and staff. The produce is also sold to staff members and more than 100 families in three local communities, which helps sustain the program.
Agricultural director Daniel Nicholls doesn’t have a classroom per se. He has a room that he occasionally uses if it’s too cold or too wet outside, or when he has to present traditional instruction. For the past few months, however, he’s been working hard in planning a dedicated space that can combine teaching and practice for the students. The new 20- by 50-foot greenhouse will be a place for the students to learn more about gardening—and the students are also helping to build it, adding to the experience. Great hands-on learning for Holbrook students!
Holbrook's Garden Lab: holbrookindianschool.org/gardenlab
Holbrook's Farm: holbrookindianschool.org/farm
One-Year Later; A Look at the Pandemic
This week we arrived at a milestone in the pandemic—the one-year anniversary of what we call “lockdown.” The five states that make up the Pacific Union have had varying restrictions, but March 12 marks, for many of us, one year since our last day of in-person work or in-person education—the last day we freely went about our normal activities. For one year, we have marveled at how everyone—our pastors, educators, administrators, staff, lay people, volunteers, healthcare workers—has stepped up to make it all work. On All God’s People, we have brought you over 150 stories in the past year about how teachers have taught, pastors have preached, church members have fed the hungry, students have reached out to their communities, and everyone has pulled together to Love, Serve, and Lead.
All God's People Archives: adventistfaith.com/category/media/all-gods-people/
An Interview with Darriel Hoy
We spoke with Pastor Darriel Hoy of the Nevada-Utah Conference by Zoom just a few days ago. She shared what she has learned about ministry and about herself during the past year. Darriel Hoy works as the director of children, youth, & young adult ministries in her conference. Tune into this week's episode to her her thoughts on life and ministry during the pandemic.
Nevada-Utah Conference: nucsda.com/
"City Kids" at Glendale City Church
We continue to be amazed at the creative ways in which children are being engaged during the pandemic. Local churches have provided programming for Sabbath School classes and other kids’ shows on YouTube and Facebook. Each week, Glendale City church in Southern California Conference produces an 8- to 12-minute video called “City Kids.” Each episode includes Story Time with Teacher Anji—she captures the children’s interest with story themes like “Jesus the Teacher,” “Jesus Heals,” and “Jesus Feeds Five Thousand.” There are memory verses and crafts that fit the theme of each story. Each episode ends with a sing-a-long with Pastor Mike. It’s a fun, inspirational, and educational way to keep your children engaged in short, easy-to-understand segments—not just for Sabbath but anytime your kids or grandkids need some fun online activities! City Kids episodes can be viewed on Glendale City church Facebook or YouTube.
“All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children.”
– Isaiah 54:13
Peace for our children. Peace for our grandchildren. What greater legacy can we pass on to them? Even a year and counting into these stressful pandemic times, we can be assured of peace—God’s peace.
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#
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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