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)
Pacific Union “All God’s People,” May 24, 2019 Episode 320
Iconic Loma Linda University Surgeon Passes Away
Seventh-day Adventists lost one of our most celebrated and iconic medical figures on Sunday, May 12. Leonard Bailey, MD, the renowned Loma Linda University Health surgeon who garnered international media attention in 1984 for transplanting a baboon’s heart into a human infant known as “Baby Fae,” died on May 12 at the age of 76, following a battle with cancer. Learn more about his life and work in the article and video linked below.
Military HR Specialist Recognizes SCC Leadership as "Patriotic Employers"
Earlier this spring, Danielle de Asis, who works as both an HR generalist at the Southern California Conference and also a 42A Human Resources Specialist in the military, arranged to have personalized awards presented to the leadership of the SCC in gratitude for their support as a "patriotic employer." Read more about this story from the SCC online via the link below.
Observing Memorial Day
This is Memorial Day weekend. Observed on the last Monday of May, it is a day to honor the men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed forces, and particularly those who died while protecting our freedoms. Memorial Day 2019 is on Monday, May 27. Learn more about the history of this day via the link below.
Elder Don C. Schneider Passes Away
Elder Don C. Schneider, former president of the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists (NAD), passed away on May 23, 2019, in Burleson, Texas. Elder Schneider served as the NAD president from 2000 to 2010. He was well known in the Pacific Union, and he served as the president of the Northern California Conference from 1989 to 1994. Read more via the link below.
NPR Podcast on Religious Freedom
NPR recently posted a podcast giving important coverage of a religious liberty case involving Seventh-day Adventists. A must listen:
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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
Pacific Union “All God’s People,” May 17, 2019 Episode 319 - Updated
This week in All God's People:
An extraordinary group of young people take home an award, a church in Compton, Calif., brings the community together, and an interview with our intern.
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Paradise Prayer Warriors Win a Second Place Award at PBE Division Finals
The 2019 PBE Division Finals drew a record-breaking 210 teams to Rockford, Illinois at the end of April. One of the clubs representing the Pacific Union at the event was the Paradise Prayer Warriors. Each of the four pathfinders from this club who attended, as well as the club's staff, all lost their homes in the Camp fire that raged through Paradise, Calif., last November. In the face of immense challenges, this team persevered and won a second-place award at the Division Finals.
Congratulations to these young people, and to all the Pathfinders who competed in the Pathfinder Bible Experience! Read (and watch) more in this article and video from the NAD:
Tamarind Avenue Church Hosts Community Town Hall
When numerous potholes in town started becoming a problem for drivers, the Tamarind Avenue church decided to get involved by hosting the community town hall held by Congresswoman Nanette Barragan. Approximately 1,000 people from the Compton, Calif. community came to the meeting. Learn more about the challenges this community is facing in the article linked below:
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"Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things." -Colossians 3:2
New from the Living God's Love Blog: Dreamers, by Ray Tetz
Read the article: adventistfaith.com/blog/living-gods-love/2019/05/dreamers/
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Pacific Union “All God’s People,” April 5, 2019 Episode 313
This week in All God's People, the Paradise Prayer Warriors take on Pacific Union PBE, the Recorder publishes 2nd Annual Education Issue, and Loma Linda Academy preps for Mini Maker Faire.
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Paradise Prayer Warriors Among First Place Teams to Advance to the North American Division PBE
Recorder Publishes the 2nd Annual Education Issue
Loma Linda Academy to Host Mini Maker Faire on April 7
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"All glory to God forever and ever! Amen.”
Pacific Union “All God’s People,” March 22, 2019 Episode 311
The Bulletin for All God's People #311
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Adventist WestPoint Takes Premier Training to Reno, Nevada
Adventist Westpoint is a training event focusing on innovative strategies and training for church growth. Pastors, chaplains, students, local church lay leaders—anyone with an interest in expanding their ministry effectiveness—will be challenged and blessed by the slate of activities that are planned for this year. If you’ve never attended an Adventist Westpoint, the good news is, it’s not too late to register for Adventist Westpoint 2019 in Reno, Nevada, April 21-24. The theme this year is focused on “Reaching My Community for the Kingdom.”
Learn more: adventistwestpoint.org/
Tala Ki Mamani ("Tell the World") Church Forms in Salt Lake City
Did you know that according to the Salt Lake Tribune’s analysis of the 2010 U.S. census data, one of every four Tongans living in the U.S. resides in Utah? And the state of Utah ranks second in the U.S. for the total population of Tongans, behind California and ahead of Hawaii. The recently formed Tala Ki Mamani church in Salt Lake City, Utah, gathered friends from across their conference and beyond, to celebrate in a church organization ceremony in their rented facility last October. Initially, the group was formed in 2003, and they grew steadily…and as they grew, so did their vision for becoming a church and expanding their outreach!
Read more on page 30 of the February Recorder online!
Safety Sabbath in North America
How do we prepare for the worst? How do we keep our institutions, schools and churches safe – most importantly, how do we keep our members safe? Adventist Risk Management has prepared excellent resources that are being highlighted tomorrow, March 23, on Safety Sabbath. In addition to Earthquake drill and fire drill guides; they’ve included active shooter drill guides and an active shooter situation video to help educate us on what to do. Much thought and planning has gone into these resources from ARM. If your church is not prepared to actually conduct the drill on Sabbath, March 23, you can plan ahead with these resources to begin the process of readiness and educating members in the weeks to come.
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“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” -Isaiah 41:10
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