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All God's People

All God's People is a weekly news video highlighting the people of the Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. The Pacific Union includes the states of Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah.

  1. Pacific Union “All God’s People,” November 9, 2018 Episode 224

    Southern California Conference Hosts Communication Workshop

    Recently more than 45 Southern California communication leaders gathered to learn how to be digital disciples – both personally and corporately. The 2018 SCC Communication Workshop was fun, informative, and useful in providing communication tools and resources to share the stories of our members, churches and schools, and how God is leading our church. Congratulations to Communication Director Lauren Armstrong for a terrific workshop.

    Resources from the Event: scc.adventist.org/departments/communication/resources

    Watch a Video from SCC: facebook.com/SCCAdventists/videos/339389530143926/

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    La Sierra University Center for Near Eastern Archaeology to Celebrate the 10th Annual Archaeology Discovery Weekend

    This weekend at La Sierra University – the Center for Near Eastern Archaeology is celebrating the 10th Annual Archaeology Discovery Weekend where they will share the results of 50 years of excavating in Central Jordan. If you’re in the area, you will want to check it out: Nov. 10 and 11. Find out more at Lasierra.edu/archaeology.

    Learn More: lasierra.edu/cnea/discovery-weekend/

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    NAD Hosts Year-end Meetings

    The North American Division Year-end Meeting took place in Columbia, Maryland. Leaders from around our division came together to hear reports and take up the business of the church. This year was an especially important Year-end Meeting, as our North American leaders discussed how we respond to the events of the recent GC Annual Council. Our special report is available online for a more in-depth look. Links to the report and the live stream of the meetings below.

    Special Pacific Union Report: vimeo.com/295863750

    Watch the Live-Streamed Video: youtube.com/user/nadadventist

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    100th Anniversary of Veteran’s Day

    Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, is the 100th Anniversary of Veteran’s Day. It was on Nov. 11, 1918, that fighting in World War I came to an end following the signing of an armistice between the Allies and Germany. Many local churches across our Union will be commemorating this milestone anniversary on Sabbath, Nov. 10.

    Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13

  2. Pacific Union “All God’s People,” November 2, 2018 Episode 223

    Glendale Adventist Academy Welcomes Dr. Israel Olaore as New Principal

    Just 5 years ago, Nigerian native Dr. Olaore was associate vice president and associate professor of education at Babcock University, a 20,000-plus student school, in Nigeria. When his 3 adult children asked him to come to the United States to be closer to them, their request brought him to Glendale Adventist Academy as the 22nd principal.

    The new leader of the elementary and high school that has served this southern Californian community since 1907 hopes to raise enrollment, expand engagement with alumni, explore ways to make the school more affordable and connect more fully with the surrounding community.

    You can read more about Dr. Olaore and what he seeks to do in a wonderful article published in the L.A. Times: latimes.com/socal/glendale-news-press/news/tn-gnp-me-gaa-new-principal-20181019-story.html

    Follow Glendale Adventist Academy on Facebook: facebook.com/Glendale-Adventist-Academy-180656732083199/?__tn__=kC-R&eid=ARBGLQYwyhafYLqBJ4wJ_30F15OsNV8kKEscZF7-MCUtknEurwj8ISQ6oLrgd4d9MLrcGCzKF4Yuc7wo&hc_ref=ARTxFcUMfBkxHqU4KDnBTKwhvvVSkxLMUHM2nbGeeSuJOhWQb47oEfz0yHyJFR6zeCU&fref=nf&__xts__%5B0%5D=68.ARCk0Ucz7ScR8fyLic_zDV9Qd8UpnMYwnjHLzxz-3SUFH4EgJ3Oiit_9hctxh_drwCGGznDJb9AwY0O64D65IBr_PGk0L1rgga1dkRIIOJpOR7KoyBW5-PP8Z2JcSBorhX7kedJeicK5z5OOFohTuMBS1_09iUuTho0OLe4DI_LfjlCqM6dXA-WJ5xFg6VlC-27u0NqCZapjHm18QyJjYiN8xYk

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    Beverly Benson Retires from the Pacific Union Office of Education

    After 45 years of service, Beverly Benson is retiring from her role as Certification Registrar for the Office of Education of the Pacific Union. Because she manages teacher certification, Bev is well known to literally all of our teachers throughout the Union—and with more than four decades of experience, she knows and can discuss the history of our educational system and the schools. Many of Bev's friends from across the Union celebrated her life and unprecedented career at a retirement dinner last week. Bev has been an extraordinary part of the Pacific Union, and she will be very much missed.

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    November Recorder Declares "God is So Good"

    The November Recorder should be arriving in your homes this week. It's Thanksgiving, and this issue proclaims "God is So Good" on the cover. Goodness is one of the Fruits of the Spirit, and there are articles that explore what it means. The Recorder also has the Pacific Union Officers response to the recent vote at the Annual Council of the General Conference.

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    The Struggle for the Prophetic Heritage — New from Oak & Acorn Publishing

    Dr. Valentine knows his church history—and he makes it come alive in his classroom, his writing, and in the conversation we had a few weeks back about his book, "The Struggle for theProphetic Heritage."

    This new book from Oak & Acorn Publishing is available on Amazon and AdventSource: adventsource.org/store/pastors-resources/leadership/the-struggle-for-the-prophetic-heritage-39420

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    Jesus said, "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." (John 14:27 NKJV)

  3. Pacific Union “All God’s People,” October 26, 2018 Episode 222

    30th Annual Student Leadership Conference at Leoni Meadows

    Student leaders from academies across the Pacific Union gathered the last weekend of September for the 30th annual Student Leadership Conference at Leoni Meadows Camp in Grizzly Flats, California. The group of over 200 students spent three days focused on team-building, fellowshipping with students from other schools, and learning about servant leadership from guest speaker Aren Rennacker, youth pastor at the Calimesa Seventh-day Adventist Church. Rennacker spent the weekend sharing with young people how impactful leadership comes out of the overflow of a relationship with God. “When you are given the opportunity of authority or greater power, the response Jesus calls us to is to serve those with less power,” he said. “Servant leadership must come out of first abiding with God and being filled with God so that we then can overflow out into serving others.” To Rennacker, what matters most is the relationships leaders can develop, and he encouraged the young people to start with their relationship with God.

    Learn more at: facebook.com/pg/PacificUnionSDA/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1880494705363335

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    All God’s People is a weekly short video series highlighting the people and ministries of the Pacific Union Conference. The program features fast and easy-to-digest news and inspiration from the diverse congregations of Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and Utah, where people are doing exciting things to further the Gospel. The videos are hosted by Connie Vandeman Jeffery. New episodes are available each Friday.

  4. Pacific Union “All God’s People,” October 19, 2018 Episode 221

    Church in Page, Arizona Receives Beautification Award

    There's a burning bush in Page, Arizona. Right on the corner of South Lake Powell Boulevard and Coppermine Road. You might not recognize it immediately as a burning bush, because it is disguised as an Adventist church. The site of the All Nations Adventist Church was once not very attractive, an irritation to the city and an embarrassment the people who worship there. But that was before an intensive campaign to beautify and create an attractive place that would reflect God's love.

    Lead by Pastor James Crosby and his wife, Nancy, over the last couple years the weeds have disappeared and new trees, a vegetable and flower garden, and a shade and picnic area have sprung up in their place, making it one of the most improved areas in Page. It's become a place that attracts attention to what God is doing—like a burning bush!

    Read more about this wonderful story at: lakepowellchronicle.com/article/page-all-nations-church-receives-community-beautification-award

    Association of Adventist Women to Host Interfaith Conference on Sexual Abuse

    The Association of Adventist Women is the oldest, continuously operating organization of Adventist women. Founded in 1982, it is much appreciated and valued for its advocacy for women in church leadership, recognition of the achievements of Adventist women around the globe, and its annual conferences which engage our communities in thoughtful and important discussions impacting women and all of us.

    The 2018 AAW Conference is called "Unveiling: Women, Faith, and Sexual Abuse.” It will be a conversation across several faith traditions about a topic that has affected and continues to affect women of faith.

    Learn more about this upcoming event at: associationofadventistwomen.com/conferences?fbclid=IwAR1o1qCHKP7yHdHJ2uJDrPW9jzJ7SJGdVio3v_uVKqNxXDRGfncEckotSM4

    Follow the conversation on Facebook: facebook.com/events/655196598199351/?active_tab=discussion

    The Struggle for the Prophetic Heritage — New from Oak & Acorn Publishing

    Dr. Valentine knows his church history—and he makes it come alive in his classroom, his writing, and in the conversation we had a few weeks back about his book, "The Struggle for the Prophetic Heritage."

    This new book from Oak & Acorn Publishing is available on Amazon and AdventSource.

    Visit here learn more: amazon.com/Struggle-Prophetic-Heritage-publications-1930-1939/dp/1986909352io3v_uVKqNxXDRGfncEckotSM4

  5. Pacific Union “All God’s People,” October 12, 2018 Episode 220

    Join us this week for a conversation with both Pastor Ricardo Graham and Dr. George Knight as they share what is on their hearts during "such a time as this." Also included this week—a report of the Southeastern California Conference Constituency Session.

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    Southeastern California Conference gathers for Constituency Session

    On Sunday, October 7, the La Sierra University church was the location for the 2018 Southeastern California Constituency Session. There are 177 churches and companies in Southeastern, with nearly 70,000 members. They were represented by some 600 delegates from across the five counties that make up the largest conference in the North American Division.

    As is the custom and organizational structure for Seventh-day Adventists, on Sunday they came together to elect officers, listen to reports, act on recommendations, and put the work of God on a firm footing for the next five years. During the session, 75% of delegates voted their approval of the way in which Elder Sandy Roberts has been leading the church in Southeastern California by returning her to the office of President for another term. All the remaining personnel recommended by the Nominating Committee were voted in, each by more than 90% of the delegates. This included reelecting Jonathan Park, secretary, and Verlon Strauss, Treasurer—and the other Conference leadership.

    You can read about the meeting and other actions taken on the SECC session on their website. Link below!

    secc.adventistfaith.org/news_entries/8417

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    All God’s People is a weekly short video series highlighting the people and ministries of the Pacific Union Conference. The program features fast and easy-to-digest news and inspiration from the diverse congregations of Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and Utah, where people are doing exciting things to further the Gospel. The videos are hosted by Connie Vandeman Jeffery. New episodes are available each Friday.

  6. Pacific Union “All God’s People,” October 5, 2018 Episode 219

    Northern California Conference Gathers for Constituency Session

    On Sunday, September 30, Lodi Fairmont church was the location for the 2018 Northern California Constituency Session. Some 600 delegates from across Northern California from the churches in Northern California came together to elect officers, listen to reports, act on recommendations, and put the work of God on a firm footing for the next four years.

    The delegates at the Northern California session elected Marc Woodson, current NCC executive secretary, to be president. They also elected Jose Marin, current Arizona Conference executive secretary and ministerial/evangelism director, to be executive secretary, and they reelected John Rasmussen, NCC treasurer. They also voted all the NCC department directors and the three NCC ethnic coordinators return to office. You can read about the meeting and other actions taken on the NCC session by clicking the link below.

    Watch the Constituency video: facebook.com/NorCalAdventistsinAction/videos/311246326342970/

    Learn more: https://myemail.constantcontact.com/Special-Constituency-Edition-of-Northern-Lights---October-1--2018.html?soid=1121533698906&aid=kSSDg8B1q9g

    New from Oak & Acorn Publishing—Bill Johnsson's New Book, "Authentic Adventism"

    For nearly 25 years, Elder Bill Johnsson was a visiting minister to Adventist homes through the pages of the Adventist Review. Now retired in Loma Linda, California, Bill has continued to be a pastoral voice through his writing, including his book "Where are We Headed? Adventism after San Antonio," that was published last year, and "Authentic Adventism" which has just been released.

    With his characteristic grace and care, Dr. Johnsson candidly and personally addresses the issues that concern so many Adventists today, and once again focuses our attention on Jesus Christ, our hope and Savior.

    Dr. Johnsson's books are available from Oak & Acorn Publishing, a joint ministry of the Ministerial Association and Communication & Community Engagement Department of the Pacific Union.

    Learn more: amazon.com/Authentic-Adventism-William-G-Johnsson/dp/1722313617

    All God's People is a weekly program produced by the Pacific Union Conference for Seventh-day Adventists and friends in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and Utah. Join us every Friday for information and inspiration.

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