Pacific Union “All God’s People,” July 2, 2021 S5:E24
2021 Graduation Special Edition
What a rollercoaster school year this has been! With graduation ceremonies postponed, virtual, or “drive by” last year due to the pandemic—it was such a blessing that our 2021 graduates have been able to participate in more traditional ceremonies.
A few interesting statistics:
Out of our 116 schools, we had 685 Kindergarten graduates; 818 eighth-grade graduates; and 693 12th-grade graduates.
Enjoy this montage of some of our graduations from Hawaii to Arizona, California to Nevada, and Utah. Congratulations to the class of 2021! We are SO proud of you!
2021 Graduation Photos:
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“For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.”
– Galatians 5:13
Pacific Union “All God’s People,” June 18, 2021 S5:E22
Welcome Summer Celebrations
From weddings to graduations to Father’s Day to the beginning of summer—this June is already beginning to feel different from last June! There are more in-person gatherings, in-person worship services, and restrictions lifting all over our union as more and more people are getting vaccinated and feeling a sense of normalcy returning to their lives.
And, of course, there’s the June Recorder! If you haven’t read it cover to cover yet, take a Sabbath afternoon to do so. The cover features Pastor Andrea Trusty King as she sets an example of leading in the age of COVID. Elder Brad Newton’s editorial, "The Ransom of Greatness," is a must-read as well as Part 1 of the historical piece on Merritt Gardner Kellogg by Jim Wibberding. Part 2 will be featured next month. And the news from our conferences continues to inspire me each month. The Recorder in English and Spanish is always available on our website at adventistfaith.com if you prefer to read it online.
Refugee Sabbath, June 19
Tomorrow, June 19, is Refugee Sabbath. Adventist Refugee and Immigrant Ministries invites churches across North America to remember the 68.5 million forcibly displaced people worldwide, including more than 3 million refugees who have come right here to North America.
Some religious denominations choose to focus on refugee awareness around the time of World Refugee Day, designated by the United Nations and celebrated annually on June 20. The North American Division and the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church designate a special day each year during June for Refugee Sabbath to raise awareness of the needs of the unprecedented numbers of refugees who have fled their homes due to war and persecution.
Adventist Refugee and Immigrant Ministries (ARIM) was created to inspire, coordinate, facilitate, and expand Adventist ministries to and by refugees, immigrants, and visitors to North America, especially among the least established and least reached people groups. For more information, visit the links below.
The UN Refugee Agency
Tomorrow is Juneteenth—also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day—a holiday celebrating the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States.
Even though the Emancipation Proclamation had been enacted by President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863, many enslaved persons in the Confederate states had no way of learning of this change in the laws of the United States. On June 19, 1865, in Galveston, Texas, in one of the first actions of his command, Major General Gordon Granger issued General Order Number 3, announcing that the Emancipation Proclamation was the law, and that enslaved African Americans in the Texas District were free. The day became known as Juneteenth—a second independence day! The celebration of Juneteenth has grown tremendously over the years, and is now recognized by 47 states and the District of Columbia. Juneteenth is a day to celebrate for All God’s People!
Father's Day, June 20
This coming Sunday, June 20, is Father’s Day—a time to honor and celebrate those amazing men in our lives: our fathers, stepfathers, and grandfathers. There’s a wonderful new book from Pacific Press called Fathers: The Meaning of Being a Father in Today’s Society. It’s a collection of insights, scientific findings, and powerful stories about the meaning of being a father. See the links below to learn more. And a very happy Father’s Day to all the dads!
Adventist Book Center
Father's Day Video
A Word from President Ricardo Graham
From Dads to Grads—graduations in our union from kindergarten through college have taken place in recent weeks. We close today’s episode with a very special graduation message from the president of the Pacific Union Conference, Elder Ricardo Graham. Click the link below to watch Elder Graham's message on Vimeo.
Watch on Vimeo
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"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you."
– Deuteronomy 31:6
Pacific Union “All God’s People,” June 11, 2021 S5:E21
Seeds For Life Garden Grows in Page, Arizona
It’s amazing how a community garden can change a church and provide evangelistic opportunities as well as great food and fun for children. Several years ago at the Page All Nations church, one young member felt inspired to apply for a $500 grant to start a little community garden at the church. When an individual in the community found out about the interest in starting a garden—and that the grant had been awarded to one of the other many applicants—they stepped forward to supply the funds to start the Seeds For Life Garden. The project has expanded every year and now includes a greenhouse, extensive gardens, gardening classes, and even a mini-farm enjoyed by children and adults alike. Thank you for being a witness in your community, Seeds for Life and Page church!
Watch the Video: facebook.com/pageallnations/videos/280795997123915/
Capitol City Church Operates as Summer Cooling Center for Sacramento's Homeless Residents
As part of their ongoing partnership with city and county agencies, Capitol City church in Sacramento opened as a cooling center once again last week to help combat the triple digit heat for the homeless community. Cooling centers are opened when forecast daytime temperatures reach over 105 degrees for three days. If the evening forecast is 75 degrees or higher, the facilities remain open at night. Thank you, Capitol City church, for your engagement in community health and wellness.
Southern California Church Member Answers God’s Call at 93 Years Old
"It’s never too late to make a decision for Christ" is a sentiment that rings true for Margie Armstead, who at 93 years of age was baptized by profession of faith at Normandie Avenue church in March. Margie first became acquainted with Normandie church in 1999 through their Golden Ages seniors’ group. Soon, Armstead began serving as a pianist for Sabbath School and in other ministries that didn’t require membership. She faithfully served for more than 20 years before making a decision for baptism. Margie has a heart full of gratitude for being a part of Normandie for 21 years and being accepted so wholeheartedly by the congregation. Blessings to you, dear Margie! What an inspiration you are to All God’s People.
Women's Ministries Emphasis Day – June 12
Women's Ministries Emphasis Day is an annual event on the church's Calendar of Days and Events.
COVID didn’t slow down ministry; it just moved it online. Local, conference, union, and division women’s ministries offered online and live webinars, retreats, seminars, and get-togethers. Zoom became a place where members and community gathered to talk, encourage, study, discuss books, and pray together. Tomorrow, Sabbath, June 12, is Women’s Ministries Emphasis Day and the annual offering appeal for Women’s Ministries. This year the theme is “Come See the Savior.”
“Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”
– Luke 1:45
Pacific Union “All God’s People,” June 4, 2021 S5:E20
Today, we’ve reached a milestone – our 200th episode of All God’s People!
Little did we dream on May 17, 2017—when we began sharing our weekly video round up of news and inspiration from across the Pacific Union—that we’d be here 200 episodes later…with more incredible stories from our schools and churches and institutions and members than ever! One source for the stories we share is Pacific Sunrise, a twice-weekly email newsletter.
Subscribe to Pacific Sunrise: adventistfaith.com/get-involved/subscribe/
During the pandemic, Summit Christian Academy’s 3rd- and 4th-graders got to see firsthand why washing your hands matters! Using lotion mixed with glitter, students were able to observe how “germs” transfer after shaking hands—and how a thorough hand-washing with soap and water removed the glitter. What a great lesson at this time, when the importance of good hand hygiene matters so much!
Read More: adventistfaith.activehosted.com/index.php?action=social&chash=371bce7dc83817b7893bcdeed13799b5.414&s=8d70b4b2985452d40506e32155e29723
Recently, the education department of the Arizona Conference started a new "camp" for their 7th- and 8th-graders called "GRIP." The acronym is based on 1 Thessalonians 5:21: "Test everything. Hold on to everything that is good." Each letter represents lessons for holding onto what is good when making decisions and helps introduce young people to using the Bible.
People often think life in Hawaii must mean living in paradise; however, underlying difficulties with the education of young people can make it less of a paradise. Many high school graduates in Hawaii do not pursue higher education due to financial constraints, family responsibilities, or fear of living outside of the Hawaiian Islands. Hawaiian Mission Academy is seeking to bring career pathways to its students that will encourage them and bring hope. The school is currently piloting a Medical Assistant program, which started at the beginning of the semester.
Northern California Conference
There’s nothing like a great spelling bee, and Orangevale SDA School in Northern California recently held a socially distanced one. Each classroom held its own preliminary contest, and one winner from each grade participated in the final event. It took 19 rounds to declare a winner. Sixth-grader Liann Wagner won by correctly spelling yeoman. Her name will be included on a plaque in the school office, which displays all the spelling bee winners since 1994.
Central California Conference
What started as a simple idea in Central California has grown into a flourishing community farm that is building strong relationships! You would never know it from the street, but between the Templeton Hills church and school, a little farm sits on what used to be a soccer field. With the help of a grant from the Pacific Union Conference, the farm started with one hoop house, a small greenhouse, and some outdoor row crops. A month before the farm was ready to open to the public, the pandemic shutdowns began. But amid the lockdown, the Templeton Hills Farm became a place of peace for so many people. Since the farm opened it has gained another hoop house, and more plans for expansion are in the works. On April 18 this year, the farm celebrated its one-year anniversary!
Southern California Conference
Mrs. Negrete and her Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten students have been learning about the butterfly life cycle in recent weeks. Mrs. Negrete was kind enough to invite all the classes at White Memorial Adventist School to come and watch the release of her students’ butterflies. And it was captured for the enjoyment of all on Facebook Watch! What a great lesson in transformation!
Southeastern California Conference
At Loma Linda Academy in the Southeastern California Conference, the mission for all students is to: Grow in God’s Grace; Thrive Intellectually; Develop True Friendships; and Embrace Healthful Living. Recently, the students made this video to say “Thank You” to their teachers.
Watch Video: youtube.com/watch?v=_h2AAfI62CU
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