Pacific Union “All God’s People,” November 22, 2019 Episode 347
Happy Thanksgiving to All God's People
Thanksgiving is all about friends and family—and is rich with tradition. At our tables at home and our potlucks at church, we’ll be able to find all the traditional dishes, special family recipes, menu mainstays, new versions of old favorites, recipes for new things that may or may not be brought back another year, ethnic dishes we've just discovered, and novel products that get tasted and tested. Thanksgiving is delicious.
Thanksgiving is also about worship and prayer together. Across our great Union, in many different languages and in many different ways, our church family will come together this Thanksgiving—to celebrate God’s abundant gifts to us! And to express our gratitude with thankful hearts! Thanksgiving is all about God’s grace and care for us.
At the heart of Thanksgiving is just that: "Thanks-giving." A time of great gratitude. A time of joyous expression of our thankfulness.
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“Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the lands!
Serve the Lord with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!
Know that the Lord is God!
It is he that made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him, bless his name!
For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures for ever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.”
Psalm 100, RSV
Pacific Union “All God’s People,” November 8, 2019 Episode 345
In this episode of All God's People
Frank Jobe Memorial Gala; Veteran's Day; November Recorder; Gratitude; and more.
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La Sierra University's Frank Jobe Memorial Gala Raises Scholarship Funds for Student Athletes
La Sierra University recently hosted the Frank Jobe Memorial Gala at the Riverside Convention Center, featuring basketball legend Bill Walton as the keynote speaker. The Gala raises money for scholarships for La Sierra’s Student Athletes. The Pacific Union Conference is just one of the many sponsors of the event. Pastor Ricardo Graham hosted a table with several of La Sierra’s students. As a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics institution, La Sierra University has developed a “Champions of Character” campus program. We are so proud of La Sierra - “where academic investigation, Christian faith, and service to others unite!”
Learn more about the event: lasierra.edu/article/nba-great-walton-forwards-gratitude-lessons-learned-at-fundraising-gala/
National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month
The month of November is known as National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month. President Ronald Reagan made that designation in 1983 and it’s still recognized today. According to the Alzheimer's Association, at that time there were less than two million people with the disease. Learn more about helping children understand Alzheimer’s disease in a recent Adventist Health article:
November Recorder Themed on Gratitude
When the Aiea church in Hawaii gathers in gratitude after their worship service on Sabbath, families and babies are welcome participants in the fellowship meal. These three precious children are named Leilani, Jonathan, and Zamora. Read the articles on gratitude and find out what some of our student leaders and communication team members are grateful for, as well as all the news and inspiration from our conferences and entities. This year we are grateful for is the Spanish Recorder! The Fall issue is out and you can read it online at adventistfaith.com. Many thanks to our editor Alberto Valenzuela for 4 outstanding issues of the new Recorder in Spanish in 2019 as well as our monthly English Recorder!
Read the Recorder online: adventistfaith.com/recorder/
Honoring Veteran's Day
Veteran’s Day is next Monday, November 11, and it’s a day to pay tribute to military veterans who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Originating in 1919 when President Woodrow Wilson marked a year since the end of the First World War, the day coincides with other days of remembrance around the world including Armistice Day in the United Kingdom and Remembrance Day across the Commonwealth of Nations.
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“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13 KJV
New from the Living God's Love Blog
One Word, by Becky De Oliveira
Read the blog: adventistfaith.com/blog/living-gods-love/
Pacific Union “All God’s People,” October 18, 2019 Episode 342
All God's People, Episode 342
In this week's episode:
Maranatha to Build 200 Sheds; New EMS Station for Paradise; Fire Preparedness; October Recorder; Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Maranatha to Build 200 Sheds
Almost one year ago, the Camp Fire swept over the Paradise community, devastating more than 20,000 acres, and leaving very little unscathed. Some families and individuals who lost their homes are currently living in campers and RV’s, with no space to store their belongings. In coordination with the Northern California Conference leadership, Maranatha Volunteers International is being asked to assist the Paradise Adventist Church with a community outreach project. Maranatha volunteers will assist in constructing 200 storage sheds for members of this community, and they invite you to join them, starting November 5.
Learn how you can get involved:
New EMS Base Station for Paradise
As a result of a grant from the Butte Strong Fund, Paradise will soon have increased medical transport services. Adventist Health reports that since last December there has been a 30% increase in ambulance runs for Paradise. Right now the closest ambulance service is in Magalia. The North Valley Community Foundation awarded a $49,000 grant to Adventist Health from its Butte Strong Fund. That builds on a $21,000 donation by the Adventist Health Feather River Foundation. This money helps support the funds needed for the new EMS base station.
Every October, Adventist Community Services takes a week to focus on fire prevention and the resources produced by the National Fire Protection Association. Numerous resources are available on the ACS website, on Ready.gov, and the NFPA website for helping families and older adults be prepared in case of a fire emergency. The links to these resources are below. And, if you’re interested, check out the Introduction to Disaster Preparedness DVD that was produced by our ACS team here in the Pacific Union Conference! It’s available through AdventSource.
October Recorder Highlights
The October Recorder is in your homes and is filled with articles and beautiful nature photographs on the theme of Reverence. James Ponder, a writer, editor, and photographer from Loma Linda, loves how the land and sky reveal the creativity and power of the mind of God. His photographs grace the front cover and illustrate our Portraits of Reverence this month. Be sure to check out one of our newest features—the Newsdesk section (pg 45-51). You can download the Recorder to your mobile device from the QR code located on pg. 3. Or read it online via the link below. The Recorder continues to bless and inspire our members and their families in the nearly 76,000 households it reaches each month.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, which, according to the Center for Disease Control, is the most common cancer found in women. One of the easiest ways to promote early detection, and therefore increase the chance of a positive outcome after diagnosis, is the self-exam. Adventist Health has wonderful resources online that will help you learn the five ways for you to screen for breast cancer at home: adventisthealth.org/blog/2018/october/breast-cancer-awareness-five-ways-to-screen-for-/
There are also stories of courageous women who are surviving and thriving with breast cancer.
And there are several practical tips on supporting your loved one with breast cancer.
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“Every human being should look to heaven with reverence and gratitude, and exclaim with amazement, ‘Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God.’”
-Ellen G. White, Signs of the Times, July 4, 1895
Pacific Union “All God’s People,” October 4, 2019 Episode 340
Highlights from the 2019 Student Leadership Conference
Student leaders from 34 junior and senior academies spent the last weekend of September at Leoni Meadows camp in Grizzly Flats, California. Their aim? To learn how to better love, serve, and lead their campuses. This year's theme for the conference was “Leadership lessons from Nehemiah.”
Over the course of the weekend, group facilitators helped students discuss how they want to lead, what they want to accomplish, and ways to help their classmates get involved and grow together. Leadership groups from the different academies spent time working on teambuilding through different outdoor and indoor challenges, games, and activities.
In addition to fun activities, attendees also gathered at the Leoni Lodge to sing and worship together.
This week, Gisselle Asij, senior at Newbury Park Adventist Academy and the ASB president for the 2019-2020 school year, joined us as our guest host of All God's People! Watch this week's episode to learn more about the great things students learned at this annual conference, and click the link below to learn more about Adventist Education in the Pacific Southwest.
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So I answered them, and said to them, “The God of heaven Himself will prosper us; therefore we His servants will arise and build, but you have no heritage or right or memorial in Jerusalem.” -Nehemiah 2:20 (NKJV)
Pacific Union “All God’s People,” September 13, 2019 Episode 337
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month
From Sept. 15 to Oct.15 every year in the United States, we honor the contributions of Latino and Hispanic communities with National Hispanic Heritage Month by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. Learn more via the link below:
Remembering the Work of Pastor Marcial Serna
In the Seventh-day Adventist church our Hispanic roots are deep and strong. Did you know that the first Hispanic Adventist church was in Sanchez, Arizona? In 1899, in Sanchez, Arizona, Abel and Adiel Sanchez discovered while studying their Bibles that the day of worship was the seventh day, sabado. They learned that Marcial Serna, the pastor of the Tucson Mexican Methodist-Episcopal Church, had become an Adventist through the work of Adventist colporteurs, and they contacted him. Eventually so many of the Methodists in Sanchez became Adventists that the Methodists gave them their church on the condition that the Adventists help them build a new one—and the church in Sanchez became the first Hispanic Adventist church in the U.S. Learn more about Pastor Serna's work in the Milestones article in the September Recorder, and also in a recent episode of All God's People!
Watch the Milestones Episode: vimeo.com/353907755
Read More in the Sept. Recorder: adventistfaith.com/recorder/
September Recorder Highlights Oshkosh Camporee
The September magazine is in your homes, and features a special report! We extended our publishing deadline just a little longer to include an eight-page photo essay of our Pacific Union Pathfinders at the 2019 International Camporee. The theme of this month’s issue is “Hospitality” and there are a wealth of stories and feature articles highlighting this spiritual gift. We pray that the Recorder continues to bless and inspire you. You can also read it online at our website! Past issues are archived for your convenience, including three issues of the Recorder en español:
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“Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.” -Romans 12:10-13
Pacific Union “All God’s People,” September 6, 2019 Episode 336
All God's People for the week of Sept. 6, 2019
"Back to School" with our Top 10 Pacific Sunrise Stories
Each Tuesday and Thursday, we send out a new edition of “Pacific Sunrise,” an email that shares the most interesting, exciting, and inspiring stories that are impacting our members and our communities. We thought it would be interesting to go “Back to School” this week, as our teachers and students are all returning to the classroom over the next few days, or have already returned! Here is our Top 10 Pacific Sunrise story picks since the first edition last January.
Here we go—
#10 - Fresno Adventist Academy Expands STEM Program with Versacare Grant
#9 - PUC Preparatory School Takes Fitness Class Outdoors
#8 - Hawaiian Mission Academy Visits Camp Erdman
#7 - Linda Vista Robotics Team Earns First Place at National Championship in Florida
#6 - San Gabriel Academy Students Build a Playground
#5 - Summit Christian Academy Students Make Electricity
#4 - Students Become Published Authors at Valley View Adventist Academy
#3 - Lodi Adventist Academy Invites Special Guests to Banquet
#2 - Calexico Mission School Students Reach Out to Soldiers
#1 - Rubber Boots Required: Napa Christian Delves into Learning Outside the Classroom
Join the growing list of Pacific Sunrise subscribers!
These Top 10 stories were first featured in Pacific Sunrise! Every Tuesday and Thursday morning, we send out two stories that we find inspiring, engaging, and important to our community as Adventists. Join us for another year as we highlight our schools, churches, and ministries!
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“O taste and see that the Lord is good!” -Psalm 34:8