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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,” December 6, 2018 Episode 228

    In this episode, reminisce on the tradition of the "Dinner Roast," and take a look inside the December issue of the Recorder magazine—and listen in on another rendition of "Silent Night."


    December Recorder Updates

    Have you seen the December issue of the Recorder? This month's magazine includes news and happenings from around the Pacific Union, plus a full section on the meaning of Christmas. Download your copy via the link below.

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    Paradise Adventist Academy Students Sing Silent Night

    This week in All God's People, a remarkable group of kids gathered around a piano in the Chico Adventist church to sing us Silent Night. These students are members of the honors choir from Paradise Adventist Academy, which was completely destroyed in the Camp Fire. Eight of the young people that you'll see in the video come from families who lost their homes in the fire. The teacher at the piano lost her home, too.

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  2. Pacific Union “All God’s People,” November 30, 2018 Episode 227

    This week, a conversation with the Northern California Conference President Marc Woodson, an invitation to San Gabriel Academy's Journey to Bethlehem, and a song from Greg Evans for the holidays.

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  3. Pacific Union “All God’s People,” November 15, 2018 Episode 225


    Pacific Union “All God’s People”
    November 15, 2018
    Episode 225

    This week, an update on Paradise, California and the damage caused by the Camp Fire, as well as the damage caused by the Woolsey and Hill fires in Southern California. Learn about how local conferences and Adventist Health are responding to the needs, and how you can help.

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    Nurse Shares Harrowing Escape from Paradise Fire

    When evacuation orders were issued for Adventist Health Feather River Hospital in Paradise, California, physicians and staff worked quickly to get all their patients out. After making sure patients were taken care of, one nurse experienced a harrowing escape from the hospital. Nichole Jolly’s narrow escape was made possible by firemen who appeared in the nick of time.

    Watch the interview and read more of her story here:

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    Paradise Adventist Church Destroyed in Wildfire

    The Paradise church sits in ruin. Not only did the Camp Fire destroy the church, but the fire also consumed the homes of many of the pastors in the area.

    The Paradise church congregation plans to meet with the Chico church congregation for the near future. It is unknown at this time how many church members lost their homes in the fire. At the time this program was recorded, we have not heard of any confirmed deaths of church members.

    The Pacific Union released a statement inviting people to help those impacted by the fires through donations to the Northern California Conference disaster response fund, and Adventist Health’s ongoing response for the fire victims.

    Read the Pacific Union statement at:

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    Paradise Adventist Academy Campus Damaged by Fire

    The Camp Fire in Paradise destroyed the Kindergarten through 4th-grade area of Paradise Adventist Academy. It was reported that the rest of the school is still standing, but the extent of the damage remains unknown.

    In an indication of how a community comes together, Paradise Adventist Academy plans to host classes for their 169 students in the Chico church and Chico Oaks Adventist School after Thanksgiving vacation.

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    Christian School Raises Over $16,000, Supplies and Clothing for Victims of the Camp Fire in Paradise, Calif.

    Many helping hands recently reached out to encourage the Paradise Adventist family.

    At a scheduled Volleyball game with Forest Lake Christian, the Paradise Adventist Academy team was surprised by an outpouring of love and support. In less than 24 hours, the Forest Lake Christian community raised $16,000 in cash and gift cards, as well as providing the team with brand new custom jerseys, shorts, knee pads and socks, and an abundance of donated clothes.

    Following the game, Coach Jason Eyer from Paradise Adventist Academy addressed attendees of the volleyball game. Hear his heartfelt response in a video posted on Youtube.

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    Conferences and Adventist Health Support Victims of the Fires

    All three impacted organizations, including the Northern California Conference, Adventist Health, and the Southern California Conference, have released reports on the impact of the fires in their areas and the efforts being taken to support those who have lost everything. Click below to download these bulletins or directly support the fire victims through an online donation.

    Adventist Health helps fire victims:

    Help Victims of the Woolsey Fire:

    Help Victims of the Camp Fire:

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    Deuteronomy 31:8 says, "The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

  4. 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:

    Watch a Video from SCC:

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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

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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:

    Watch the Live-Streamed Video:

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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

  5. 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:

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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:

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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)

  6. 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.

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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.

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