Pacific Union “All God’s People,” August 16, 2019 Episode 332
All God's People for the week of August 16, 2019
How do you capture the history of the Adventist church in a territory that encompasses nearly half a million square miles? How can a few stories of a handful of people properly represent a church of more than 700 congregations, with 245,000 members, who come from dozens of different cultures—and worship each week in approximately 30 different languages? Each week we bring you stories of things that are happening in the Pacific Union that show how God is working in our lives and in our churches, schools, and homes. But what about—as the old phrase goes—how God has led us in the past? Do we have a history of providence for the growth of the Adventist Church here in the Pacific Southwest? Our communication team here in the Pacific Union sat down and picked out just a few of the stories that help us remember how abundantly God has blessed us and led us.
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"We have nothing to fear for the future, except as we shall forget the way the Lord has led us, and His teaching in our past history." -Christian Experience and Teachings of Ellen G. White, p. 204
Pacific Union “All God’s People,” August 9, 2019 Episode 331
All God's People for the week of August 9, 2019
Livestreaming Oshkosh Camporee; August Recorder Highlight; Pacific Sunrise; Stories of Faith, and more.
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“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13, NIV
Pacific Union “All God’s People,” July 12, 2019 Episode 327
All God's People for the week of July 12, 2019
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Northern California's Urban Camp Meeting Intentionally Engages with Community
After two years in one location, the Northern California Conference’s Urban Camp Meeting said goodbye to Stockton, California, on June 20-22, 2019. This year’s theme was “Time to Engage” — for next year, the camp meeting will engage in a new place. And it’s all part of the plan. The goal of Urban Camp Meeting is outreach. Every two years it moves to a new city in the area. In the two-year rotation, the first year’s goal is to lay the groundwork for evangelism, while the second year has a strong emphasis on citywide evangelism. . .
Continue reading at: nadadventist.org/news/northern-californias-urban-camp-meeting-intentionally-engages-community
WAF Assists with Professional Charitable Estate Planning Services
Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a Will and a Trust? Do you need a Will but haven’t gotten around to getting one done? The Pacific Union has a specific ministry dedicated to assisting you in charitable estate planning. Western Adventist Foundation, or WAF for short, was created and incorporated in 1997, and is an organization that provides services and support for all of our conferences—both large and small.
Learn More: wafsda.org/
Estate Planning Seminar in Glendale
If you live in Southern California, mark your calendars for July 21 and a Sunday Brunch Seminar at Scholl Canyon Estates. The seminar, titled “Estate Planning Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make,” will be presented by Richard Harrison, General Counsel/Corporate Secretary of Western Adventist Foundation. Walk-ins are welcome! For reserved seating and info, contact: Geof Park, email@example.com.
July Recorder Focuses on Forgiveness
The July issue of the Recorder is on forgiveness and what it means to be restored to wholeness by God’s grace. What does it mean to be ever and always safe in God’s hands – despite our weaknesses, our failures, our sins?
Read the Recorder online:
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“Now these are thy servants and thy people, whom thou hast redeemed by thy great power, and by thy strong hand.” -Nehemiah 1:10, KJV
New from the Living God's Love Blog
Five Smooth Stones, by Ray Tetz
Pacific Union “All God’s People,” July 5, 2019 Episode 326
All God's People for the week of July 5, 2019
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History of ABC's in the Pacific Union
The history of Adventist Book Centers traces back to the autumn of 1868 when a small group of women began a prayer circle to petition God to work in the lives of their children, neighbors, and friends. They formed the Vigilant Missionary Society to share Adventist literature. This venture became the Tract and Missionary Society, with a global reach. In 1924, Book and Bible Houses offered the first Adventist literature storefronts. They grew into Adventist Book Centers by 1972, with a wider range of books and soybean-based health food products. We have seven great ABCs in the Pacific Union: Northern California has two (one in Pleasant Hill and one in Sacramento), and there are locations in Arizona, Central California, Pacific Union College, Southeastern California, and Southern California. They are vibrant, fully stocked stores with wonderful Christian resources and all your favorite foods.
Learn more: adventistbookcenter.com/
Upcoming Summer Camp Meetings
A reminder about upcoming camp meetings this month: Central California’s Soquel Camp Meeting is around the corner—July 11 to 20; Northern California’s Redwood Camp Meeting is July 18 to 27; and Nevada-Utah’s Tahoe Camp Meeting will be held July 27 to Aug. 3. For more information, go to your local conference website.
Conference Directory: adventistfaith.com/conferences/
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“For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.” -Romans 15:4
Pacific Union “All God’s People,” June 28, 2019 Episode 325
All God's People for the week of June 28, 2019
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Press Together Juice Bar Gives Young People New Outlet for Ministry
With help from a Pacific Union Creative Evangelism grant, an Adventist-church owned juice bar opened in downtown Ogden, Utah. In addition to providing healthful food items, Press Together Juicery is also creating unique ministry opportunities for young people like Abel and Jazmin Alvarado. Their goals for this new platform of outreach? To become the hub of community service projects in the Ogden area.
Learn more: presstogether.com/
June 29 Offering Designated for Pacific Southwest Mission Opportunities
Tomorrow, Sabbath, June 29, is the Impact Pacific offering. The offerings are used to respond to opportunities for mission unique to the Pacific Union and are used exclusively within the local conference for mission opportunities in three areas:
Native Peoples—Projects that directly benefit ministries working with Native Americans and Native Hawaiians.
Mission in Context—Projects that are anchored in responding to specific local needs, particularly Refugee and Immigrant Ministries.
Providential Opportunities—Projects that are initiated because of an extraordinary opportunity for impacting the communities we serve that go beyond, or outside of, the scope of existing ministries.
Learn more about this offering and how it is impacting the west via the link below:
Happy 4th of July to All God’s People!
Independence Day, also known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence 243 years ago on July 4, 1776. The Continental Congress declared that the 13 American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation, the United States of America, and were no longer part of the British Empire. And now, those 13 original colonies have grown to 50 states! Learn about the establishment of the five states in the Pacific Union in this week's episode of All God's People. These five amazing states make up our Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, with over 220,000 members—the 2nd largest Union in the North American Division.
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"Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom."
2 Corinthians 3:17
Pacific Union “All God’s People,” June 21, 2019 Episode 324
All God's People #324 - Congrats to Graduates, A #FollowHim Film Contest Winner, Bria Gamble Crowned Miss Oakwood, Enactus Team at Nationals - for the week of June 21, 2019
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We are proud of all of our young people from the five states that make up our Union, especially our graduates from elementary schools, academies, and institutions of higher education. To all the 2019 graduates, congratulations! God bless you in the next steps of your journey.
Calexico Student Places in Top 3 For
Adventist Mission Film Contest
The #FollowHim contest by Adventist Mission asked students ages 18 and under to make short films telling the world how mission inspires them to follow God every day. Yakov, a student at Calexico Mission School, decided to create a video highlighting the challenges students at his school face every day. He says filmmaking is one of his passions in life. Congratulations, Yakov, on creating this wonderful, one-minute film!
Watch the Film: vimeo.com/333813777
Mt. Rubidoux Church Member
Wins Miss Oakwood Title
Bria Imani Gamble, a member of Mt. Rubidoux SDA church in Riverside, Calif., and senior Biology major at Oakwood University just won the title of Miss Oakwood for the next school year. Gamble credits her success at school to her involvement in church activities like the Pathfinder Teen Leadership Training, sports, orchestra, a close-knit family. In high school, Gamble was the first African-American president of her senior class and she learned, first-hand, the impact representation of Black excellence can have on the members of a community. She believes anyone can accomplish their goals with God on their side.
Learn more: facebook.com/permalink.php?id=199951043542052&story_fbid=1078109932392821
La Sierra Enactus Team Places Among
Top 3 in US National Competition
Six students from La Sierra University's Enactus team recently attended the US National Enactus competition where they placed 3rd for their project which focuses on improving education for students. These students are using business concepts to develop community outreach projects, transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world.
Learn more: lasierra.edu/graduation/
Watch the finals: youtube.com/watch?v=7r7SPvTVTsk
Camps Ready to Launch Ministry-Filled
Summer for Young People
In the Pacific Union, we operate six wonderful summer camps. In Arizona, we have Camp Yavapines; in Central California, there is Camp Wawona—the only Adventist camp operated within a National Park; Camp Waianae on the leeward side of Oahu is our camp in Hawaii; Northern California operates Leoni Meadows; Pine Springs Ranch in the San Jacinto Mountains is the camping destination for Southeastern California; and Camp Cedar Falls, in the San Bernardino Mountains, is the camp and retreat center operated by Southern California.
Be sure and check out the website for each camp to get more information on schedules and activities for the summer. It will be an unforgettable gift you can give to your children or grandchildren.
Camp Cedar Falls: campcedarfalls.adventistfaith.org/
Camp Wai'anae: campwaianae.org/
Camp Yavapines: campyavapines.com/
Leoni Meadows Camp: leonimeadows.org/
Camp Wawona: campwawona.org/
Pine Springs Ranch: pinespringsranch.org/
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“‘In the last days, God says,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your young men will see visions,
your old men will dream dreams.
Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
and they will prophesy.
Acts 2:17-18 (NIV)