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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,” September 28, 2018 Episode 218

    This week, our All God's People team spent time with George R. Knight, an Adventist historian, theologian, and author. In this special interview, Dr. Knight speaks candidly about some of the issues facing the church at this time.

  2. Pacific Union “All God’s People,” September 21, 2018 Episode 217

    What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus in 2018? What did Jesus mean when he said, "I am among you as one who serves."? How does leadership shape and nurture the church today? In this week's special episode of All God's People, Adventist Leaders from around the world provide some useful answers on these questions.

    Love. Serve. Lead.

  3. Pacific Union “All God’s People,” September 14, 2018 Episode 216


    As a way to welcome back students, welcome newcomers to the community, and strengthen relationships with the neighbors—and as a way to show an openness to anyone looking for a church home—the Life Adventist Church of Berkeley in Berkeley, California, recently hosted a pancake breakfast. The breakfast was hosted in the parking lot next door to the church.

    Pastor Ron Pickell and his ministry team have made parking lots, pancakes, and prayer a great combination—and an example of something just about any church could do.

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    The University SDA Church in Los Angeles just celebrated a very important milestone! It has been 110 years since they were established on August 8, 1908, in Los Angeles, California, with 28 believers, as the Furlong church.

    Now known as the University church, Furlong was the first Black Seventh-day Adventist church west of Ohio. In August, Pastor Lawrence Dorsey, the current senior pastor, led out in the 110th Anniversary celebration, as members and friends celebrated how God has blessed them.

    University is known as a “mother church” in Los Angeles, since 8 churches sprang from its evangelistic efforts – 54th Street, Normandie, Ephesus, Compton, Smyrna, Berean, L.A. Central, and Miramonte.

    A day of powerful preaching, inspiring music, and wonderful testimonies were highlights of the three-day celebration just a few weeks ago. Our congratulations and prayers for God's richest blessings are going out to University church for 110 years of faithful witness.

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    San Bernardino has a rather large homeless population. To minister to them, a group of lay people devised a program that would not only present them the good news of the Gospel but serve it to them in a tangible way.

    Led by Rafael Rojas, a group of some 20 members of the San Bernardino Spanish Church every week distributes a bag with literature and an invitation to come to the church for a meal and free food.

    The food is collected from a food bank in downtown Los Angeles, prepared, and made available to anyone in the community. Up to 100 persons who are currently homeless have come to take advantage of this service every week with the average hovering between 60-70 every Sunday.

    Pastor Alfonso Valenzuela told us that the program is 100% lay-led and in three years more than 50 people have become members of the church through baptism. What an inspiring program!

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    Dr. Reinder Bruinsma has a new book, published by Oak & Acorn Publishing, called "In All Humility: Saying No to Last Generation Theology." In this book, Bruinsma leads the readers into a better understanding of how our understanding of the nature of Jesus is shaped by how we think about perfectionism and humility.

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    "He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you
    But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?"

    Micah 6:8

  4. Pacific Union “All God’s People,” September 7, 2018 Episode 215


    Out of 4,200 professional pastors in the North American Division, around 200 are women. We were so pleased to have the majority of these pastors and chaplains here in the Pacific Union this week, as they gathered for fellowship, seminars, and the chance to be together at the NAD 2018 Women Clergy Retreat.

    The event was sponsored by the North American Division Ministerial Department—and here in the Pacific Union, we were eager to participate and demonstrate our support for women in ministry.

    Although still a small minority of NAD clergy are female, the number continues to grow every year as congregations, conferences, unions, and other ministries are discovering the benefits that professional women clergy can provide.

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    Several important laws which recently passed legislature promise to help those filing cases of harassment. The bills will help victims of sexual harassment, as well as Christians who lose their jobs over keeping the Sabbath.

    Assembly Bill 1870 increases the time to file a claim for discrimination or harassment from one year to three years.

    Senate Bill 1300 has a provision to make managers and supervisors personally liable for harassing and firing employees.

    Learn more about these bills, and other important legislation, on the Church State Council website:

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  5. Pacific Union “All God’s People,” August 31, 2018 Episode 214

    All God's People and it's accompanying program bulletin are formally released at 5 p.m. on Fridays to Facebook, YouTube, and here on Vimeo.


    Do you have room in your prayers for 22 more special people? We're referring to the student missionaries from La Sierra University and Pacific Union College who just a few days ago began their terms of service for this school year.

    From South Korea to Peru, to the Philippines, to Spain, to Micronesia, to Ethiopia—we are so proud of how our young people have responded to the call to give a year of their lives in service.

    Pacific Union Student Missionaries

    Samuel Abawag
    Serving in Majuro as a teacher

    Madeline Anderson, Eureka, CA
    Serving Gimbe Adventist Hospital in Ethiopia

    David Arriaza, Chico, CA
    Serving in Pohnpei

    Jadelyn Bautista, Hinsdale, IL
    Serving Pagudpud Adventist Wellness Center, Philippines

    Taylor Bothwell, Angwin, CA
    Serving in Pohnpei

    Micah Buller, Santa Cruz, CA
    Serving Kosrae SDA School, Micronesia

    Ariana Calderon
    Serving in Majuro as a teacher

    Diego Calderon
    Serving in Majuro as a teacher/chaplain

    Mark Andre Camarena, Escondido, CA
    Serving in Puyo, Ecuador, assisting in the opening of the first Adventist Bilingual Center

    Alex Chang, Grass Valley, CA
    Serving in Pohnpei

    Alexis Cuevas (La Sierra New Alum), Brea, CA
    Serving Puyo, Ecuador, assisting in the opening of the first Adventist Bilingual Center

    Matthew Frias, San Bernardino, CA
    Serving long term at SDA Sahmyook Language Institute in Seoul, South Korea

    Jordan Harris
    Serving in Ecuador as a teacher

    Lysa Hinojosa, Highland, CA
    Serving Puyo, Ecuador, assisting in the opening of the first Adventist Bilingual Center as director

    Brandon Korompis, Redlands, CA
    Serving the Pagudpud Adventist Wellness Center, Philippines

    Madeline Miller, Covina, CA
    Serving long term in South Korea

    Glaucia Monteiro
    Serving in Majuro as a teacher

    Madison Oliver, Angelus Oaks, CA
    Serving the Pagudpud Adventist Wellness Center, Philippines

    Emmanuel Omosor, Loma Linda, CA
    Serving in Spain

    Taliah Perez, Roseburg, OR
    Serving in Fiji

    Lindsay Vandenburgh, Napa, CA
    Serving in Fiji

    Isabella Walder
    Serving in Majuro as a teacher

    Jesus said, "I am among you as one who serves." (Luke 22:27)

    Interested in dedicating a year to service?

    Learn more about short and long-term mission trips from the Office of Volunteer Ministries at:

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  6. Pacific Union “All God’s People,” August 24, 2018 Episode 213

    The Bulletin for All God's People #213


    On August 20, Redwood Adventist Academy students returned to the campus destroyed by fire October 2017. As students returned for a new school year, they were welcomed by both firefighters and local law enforcement who came to show the school the community's support.

    Marc Woodson, Acting President of the Northern California Conference, along with Stephanie Leal and Julie Lorenz from the Communication team, were on campus on Monday as part of the welcome to new and returning students. They asked some of the students and parents how it felt to be back.

    Jorge Sibrian, a third grader told them, "I’m feeling happy. Not everything burned down. I hope just to have fun here and to remember memories of my school."

    Students noted the changes the fire made to their campus and shared what they look forward to for this school year. Liberty Bertuccelli, a seventh grader, said, "It definitely feels a bit different, kind of surreal. It’s nice to be here, and I like being with friends. I hope that Mrs. Weems will start sports, so I can play flag football."

    Parents also shared what it felt like to be back at RAA's campus. Yolanda Merklin, parent of an eighth-grader, summed up the emotions when she said, "It’s nostalgic to be back—really good. I feel like we’ve come home. It’s like a family reunion."

    While the enrollment at Redwood has dropped because of the fire, there is a strong commitment in this community to keep the school open while plans to rebuild are finalized.

    In preparation for the school year, RAA set up temporary modular classrooms for their students. They also set up a large tent on the grass for assemblies and for a place students can play in bad weather.

    The dream of being back in school on campus is starting to come true! See more photos of RAA's first day of school via the link below.

    RAA's First Day of School:

    Our prayers are with the nearly 1,000 teachers who are standing before some 12,000 students in 150 schools across 5 states—as they begin this year.

    We invite you to join us in holding up our Educational System—asking for God to bless the students and teachers, to enliven their classrooms with the Spirit of Christ, so that the joy of learning and of God's grace might be experienced on their campuses and in each of their lives.

    We're looking forward to sharing updates on our schools throughout the year. Follow the Pacific Union on Facebook for photos and videos from our preschools, elementary schools, and academies.

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    At the time of this publication, the effects of Hurricane Lane on Hawaii are unknown. An updated bulletin will be sent if and when updates become available.

    Cease to dwell on days gone by
    and to brood over past history.
    Here and now I will do a new thing;
    this moment it will break from the bud.
    Can you not perceive it?
    I will make a way even through the wilderness
    and paths in the barren desert.
    —Isaiah 43:18-19, NEB

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