Pacific Union “All God’s People,” Episode 031-December 22, 2017

This week we’re bringing you The Christmas Story, read by our very own officers. Our thanks to Ricardo Graham, Tony Anobile, Bradford Newton and Ted Benson for taking part in reading this ultimate story of God’s love.

“And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21

This is our last episode of All God’s People for the year! We will see you again in mid-January with more news and inspiration from around the Pacific Southwest.

Til then, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Pacific Union!

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Pacific Union “All God’s People,” Episode 030-December 15, 2017

Christmas a little early for some people in need in Berkeley, California. Last weekend, students from Pacific Union College and members from LIFE Adventist Church in Berkeley came together to make holiday gift backpacks for those who are homeless. They packed the bags full of warm socks, notepads, and toiletries. (They also served a home-cooked meal!)
Learn more about the outreach hosted by LIFE Adventist Church below:

All God’s People announcement:
Next week, All God’s People will present a special reading of The Christmas story from the officers of the Pacific Union Conference, and then we will take a holiday break before we start a new season of programs on January 12. Be sure to share this special year-end episode with your friends!

Last but not least, we’ve included a special treat for you in the program this week. The Hollywood Spanish Adventist church brought together an incredible group of 30 children, ages 5-13, to sing the song “Silent Night, Holy Night.” These young faces represent both the Hollywood and Central Spanish churches. Their song, in both Spanish and English, was directed by Ricardo Ferrando. May you be blessed by their talents as they share with us!

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Pacific Union “All God’s People,” Episode 029-December 8, 2017

All God’s People with Connie Jeffery
December 8, 2017 Episode #029

This week we discovered what it would be like to travel the road to Bethlehem during the Christmas season through this footage from San Gabriel Academy. The school hosted their 11th “Journey to Bethlehem,” this time for nearly 5,000 people. Students and faculty helped set up scenes from the Christmas story, and trained guides led guests on a pathway marked by more than 50,000 lights. At each stop along their journey, guests watched Bible scenes from the story of Jesus’s birth. Congratulations to the San Gabriel Academy community for helping bring the Christmas story to life!
To learn more about Journey to Bethlehem, click below:

Speaking of the Christmas story, last week La Sierra University debuted their music video “O Come, O Come Immanuel”. We’re sharing the great musical talent of the La Sierra University students again with you this week, as well as some additional information about the video production.
Watch the video on their YouTube channel:

Details on the La Sierra University music video:
The Department of Music and the Office of University Advancement served as executive producers for the project. The eight-member video production crew were led by Jonathan Davidson, Advancement Development Officer and University alum, and Development Officer Kristine Barker, a student in La Sierra’s MBA program.

Additional help came from Lovelyn Razzouk, assistant producer, Gary Kuo, music arranger, Joel Noe Mendoza, audio engineer, Bryan Fowler, cinematographer, Mark Soderblom, 1st assistant camera, Jon Hwang, 2nd assistant camera/gaffer, Klarissa Bietz, wardrobe and make-up, and W. S. Adams, leave no trace consultant.

Data and details about the La Sierra University music video:
–The music video has been viewed on Facebook and YouTube more than a quarter of a million times and counting.
–The music was arranged specifically for this project by Gary Kuo, a six-time Emmy-winning composer and adjunct faculty member at La Sierra University.
–The scenes with the musicians were filmed at the Minaret Vista near Mammoth Mountain, California. The scenes of the “manger” and the Bedouin tent were filmed on the La Sierra University campus and the desert scenes at the Painted Canyon near Mecca, California.
–La Sierra University’s Center for Near Eastern Archaeology provided a 2,000-year-old Roman jug, saddlebags, and an authentic goat-hair Bedouin tent to add authenticity to the scenes with Mary and Joseph.

Here’s a link to the news story posted on the University website last Friday evening:

La Sierra University isn’t the only one sharing their musical talent with us this week. Rio Lindo Academy and Redwood Adventist Academy joined choirs together to sing “Hark The Herald, Angels Sing!” A shout out to the instructors Amanda Renslow from Redwood Adventist Academy and Rochelle White and Rika Meyer from Rio Lindo Adventist Academy for their efforts to share the spirit of Christmas with us through this beautiful music.

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Pacific Union “All God’s People,” Episode 028-December 1, 2017

All God’s People with Connie Jeffery
December 1, 2017 Episode #028

This week we have two inspiring features to share with our friends and family in the Pacific Southwest.

First, Castle Medical Center, the Adventist hospital in Oahu, Hawaii, just received the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, becoming the first healthcare organization in Hawaii to receive this recognition.
Read about the award and the hospital who won it at the link below:

Adventist Health Castle is part of Adventist Health, which serves more than 75 communities on the West Coast and Hawaii. Their mission is “Living God’s love by inspiring health, wholeness and hope.” Our congratulations to this medical center!

Second, during this holiday season we’re bringing you a special Christmas hymn or carol from one of our institutions or churches here in the Pacific Union. This week, we’re sharing a music video produced by La Sierra University’s Department of Music, which they created to share the gift of God’s love this Christmas season. The video features eight La Sierra music students performing “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” which was arranged specifically for this project by six-time Emmy Award-winning composer Gary Kuo, who is an adjunct professor at La Sierra University. The students traveled to Mammoth Lakes, California to film in the beautiful scenery of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range.

The music video also portrays the story of Mary and Joseph. The actors who played the role of Jesus’s earthly parents are actually named Marian and Joseph. They were born and raised in Egypt before coming to La Sierra University to study accounting.
Look for the music video on YouTube and Facebook, and feel free to share it with anyone who loves music.


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Pacific Union “All God’s People,” Episode #027 – November 17, 2017

Every year, conferences and departments in the Pacific Union meet for training and strategic planning. Many of these meetings happened in the last week, in places like the Azure Hills Adventist Church in Grand Terrace, California. Though the topics of the different departments varied in nature, the discussions ultimately focus on outreach to the 54 million people live in our Union territory. From our conferences to the education department, to the Pacific Union Executive Committee and each of our 831 churches, these organizations make up a providential example of unity in diversity. We come together in worship and ministry each week, knowing that God will use the diversity of our history, circumstances, and gifts to bring the gospel to those around us.

Hawaii Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

Northern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

Central California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

Southeastern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

Southern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

Arizona Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

Nevada-Utah Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

Pacific Union Department of Education

Facebook Group for Pacific Union Conference Early Childhood Educators

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Pacific Union – All God’s People #026 – November 10, 2017

All God’s People with Ricardo Graham and Connie Jeffery
November 11, 2017 Episode #026

In this week’s program, we share footage of the inauguration for the Vietnamese School of Evangelism at the El Monte Vietnamese Seventh-day Adventist Church. This Mission Training Center is the realization of a vision in our Vietnamese community, and on September 2, the doors opened for the first group of students who gathered from across the country for this moment. Learn more about this story via the links below.
Watch the groundbreaking of the Vietnamese Mission Center (June 9, 2012) at:
Watch a fun time lapse of the groundbreaking at:
Additional footage of the groundbreaking:
Recording of the Brown Brothers singing “He’s the One” at the Groundbreaking Ceremony:
Clips of construction from Feb., 2013:
Photo album documenting the construction process:

This week we also share news from one of our elementary schools in Utah. Following news of the Hurricanes that hit the Atlantic Coast earlier this fall, this school decided to take action. “Upon hearing of Hurricane Harvey’s destruction in Texas at the end of August, Summit Christian Academy sprang into action to raise funds to help victims. The Salt Lake City school launched a two-day bake sale in front of their campus and their local church on August 31 and September 1. School parents responded by bringing a variety of home-baked goods. Students made large signs which they used to flag down passing traffic…”
Read the rest of the story at the link below:

Today's #ThankfulThursday comes in the form of a story from Summit Christian…

Posted by Nevada-Utah Conference of SDA on Thursday, November 9, 2017

Finally, this week we share some pathfinder memories from Ted Benson, Treasurer of the Pacific Union. From sleeping in tents made of old parachutes, to attending the Union Camporee in Lone Pine, near Mt. Whitney, these pathfinder memories represent the timeless joy of this ministry. On October 7, at the Union Camporee at Lake Skinner, the Pathfinder organization in the Pacific Union honored Benson with a special award citing their appreciation for his many years of service to the Pathfinder ministry of the Pacific Union. See the photos of the award presentation via the link below:

AGP Story Updates:
Last week we featured Life Church in Berkeley, Calif., and the creative way they commemorated the 500th Anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation. This week we’ve got a video of this Reformation celebration on the UC Berkeley campus. Watch the video at:

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Pacific Union “All God’s People,” Episode 025-November 3, 2017

All God’s People with Ricardo Graham and Connie Jeffery
November 3, 2017 Episode #025

The North American Division (NAD) has moved into their new headquarters in Columbia, Maryland. The NAD is one of 13 divisions of the Seventh-day Adventist Church worldwide, and has long shared offices with the General Conference in Silver Spring, Maryland. The new complex is the organizational center for the nine unions in North America, our Pacific Union being one of them.

For more information on the NAD Grand Opening:

The Grand Opening ceremonies were part of the annual NAD Year-End Meeting, and 2017 was the first year in which these meetings were live-streamed in their entirety. Find the links here:

Young adults from all of the NAD colleges and universities were included as delegates with voice and vote, including delegates representing students on public colleges and universities. Our Pacific Union representatives included Megan Weems from Pacific Union Conference; Rajesh Inparaj from La Sierra University, and Bryan Nashed from UC Berkeley—representing Adventist Christian

Tuesday was the 500th Anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation (discussed more in-depth in last week’s program). This last weekend, Life Church in Berkeley, Calif., commemorated this day with a creative way to survey students at UC Berkeley. The church constructed their own “Wittenberg Door,” placed it on campus, and invited their fellow students to write their own “Theses” or suggestions about how the church should change on the door. Adventist Christian Fellowship Volunteer Coordinator Ron Pickell said, “students broke for discussion around questions relics in the church today and suggested reforms. Also, the Wittenberg Door was up on campus all week inviting UC Berkeley students to share their comments.” They were also provided copies of Luther’s 95 theses, and were invited to watch the full length feature of the “Luther” film at LIFE Adventist Church.

“Growing Young Adventists” (GYA) is being introduced to the churches in North America as a way to transform the relationships within local congregations. The program focuses on bringing generations together. This grassroots movement seeks to “build faith communities that will not only survive, but thrive in the years ahead.” Our Pacific Union, All God’s People, production team was proud to work with Dr. Allan Martin, the GYA Point for the North American Division, in producing a short video that helps introduce the Growing Young Adventists program to churches across our division. The video was part of the focus on Young Adults at the NAD Year-End Meetings this week. Learn more about GYA—and check out the video—by visiting one of these links:

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Pacific Union “All God’s People,” Episode 024-October 27, 2017


Pacific Union Conference — All God’s People
October 27, 2017 • Episode #024

Links to the stories covered in this week’s episode:

This week we commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation with clips from the 1953 film “Martin Luther,” shown in Protestant churches throughout the United States and Canada. Luther’s insistence of “sola scriptura,” the Bible as the only authority for faith, is a cornerstone of the Protestant Reformation and fundamental to our Adventist faith. Read about Ellen White’s description of the life and ministry of Martin Luther at the link below:

Also featured this week are the schools affected by the California fires. We’ve got footage of Redwood Adventist Academy and an interview with Dee Ross, a staff member at RAA, who spent time at the site searching through the rubble. If you’d like to learn more about how you can help this school, visit:

Recently, 30 Seventh-day Adventist leaders from across the nation met up in Pasadena, California, for training in a groundbreaking curriculum that is transforming churches into places of renewal for all generations. To learn more about “Growing Young Adventists,” visit:

In honor of the anniversary of the Reformation, we’ve got a segment of the concert by the award-winning international chorale – the Philippine Meistersingers – who were hosted in June at the Loma Linda Filipino Adventist Church, singing Martin Luther’s great hymn, “A Mighty Fortress is Our God.” To watch their performance, visit:

Previous episodes of All God’s People can be found at:

“We must obey God rather than men” Acts 5:29: (RSV)
“The just shall live by faith.” Romans 1:17 (KJV)

“I cannot submit my faith either to the pope or to the councils because it is clear as the day that they have frequently erred and contradicted each other. Unless therefore I am convinced by the testimony of Scripture…I cannot and I will not retract, for it is unsafe for a Christian to speak against his conscience. Here I stand, I can do no other; may God help me. Amen.” —Martin Luther, before the Diet of Worms, 1521

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Pacific Union “All God’s People,” Episode 023-October 20, 2017

All God’s People with Ricardo Graham and Connie Jeffery
October 20, 2017 Episode #023

Links to the stories covered in this week’s episode:

Hundreds of thousands of acres have burned in the Northern California fires, and thousands of homes and businesses have been destroyed. With more than 40 confirmed fatalities, these fires have become the deadliest in state history. Numerous people had to flee their homes with only a few minutes’ notice, leaving everything behind. They could use some help getting back on their feet. Although many of the properties are insured, it costs a lot of money to start over from nothing. Please help by downloading the bulletin insert/flyer at and share in your churches and schools.

Pacific Union College reopened for classes on Wednesday, and they are continuing to be watchful of the fires and to cooperate with CalFire in the firefighting efforts. Read the story on the college’s website:

Redwood Adventist Academy accepted the offer from Santa Rosa Adventist Church and Rio Lindo Academy to bring their students to their facilities until permanent decisions are made about rebuilding Redwood Adventist Academy. The Pastoral Staff at Santa Rosa Church made a special effort to show that their welcome is real with a brand new sign in front of the church. Check out the pictures at this link:

Pastor Don Smith and Associate Pastor Krystalyn Martin of the Santa Rosa Seventh-day Adventist Church surprised Redwood…

Posted by Redwood Adventist Academy on Sunday, October 15, 2017

Updated California Statewide Fire Summary:

Have you seen the list published on the NCC Office of Education website of the things needed to run a K-12 Adventist school? Updated with the items already donated to RAA:

More than 4,000 campers from all seven Pacific Union conferences gathered at Lake Skinner near Winchester for the PUC Camporee. The Camporee website has added a slideshow of photos from the event. Check them out at:

Previous episodes of All God’s People can be found at:

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Pacific Union “All God’s People,” Episode 022-October 13, 2017

All God’s People with Ricardo Graham and Connie Jeffery
October 13, 2017 Episode #022

Links to the story covered in this special episode of All God’s People covering the files
in northern California:

The 17 wildfires in Northern California have burned 221,754 acres.
Estimated homes lost: 3,500

Adventist Health St. Helena is currently open and caring for patients and their

Elmshaven is closed per the evacuations impacting nearby communities. The property
itself is not in imminent risk, however.

Northern California Conference posted the list of schools that will be closed until
Wednesday, Oct. 18 on their Facebook page:

Pacific Union College has voluntarily evacuated their campus until Wednesday, Oct. 18,
pending the fire situation. Film students from PUC put together this news update
regarding the work of the CAL FIRE and how PUC is assisting in the efforts:

PUC Airport Used In Fighting Tubbs and Atlas Fires

Pacific Union College’s Virgil O. Parrett Field currently serves as a base for wildfire relief efforts in Napa County. Crews are flying water dropping helicopters, taking food and supplies to firefighters on the ground, and mapping the progression of the fires.

Posted by Pacific Union College on Tuesday, October 10, 2017

On Monday, Oct. 9, Redwood Adventist Academy burned down in the Tubbs Fire. The
fire has burned 34,770 acres, and remains only 25% contained as of today, Oct. 13. The
school’s Facebook page posted a video of the campus buildings following the fire:


Posted by Redwood Adventist Academy on Monday, October 9, 2017


Additionally, Redwood Adventist Academy posted this video of their gym:

Our gym. 😢 But now we WILL get a new roof and floor!!

Posted by Redwood Adventist Academy on Monday, October 9, 2017

Community members in the Santa Rosa area have rallied together to support those
impacted by the fires. The Santa Rosa Seventh-day Adventist Church provided a
spaghetti dinner on Tuesday evening, with students coming to volunteer preparing the
meal. The video was posted by the Santa Rosa SDA Church Associate Pastor Krystalynn
Martin. See the video at the link below:

840 Sonoma Ave in Santa Rosa – meals tonight and tomorrow morning 8:30am – cots if you need a place to sleep

Posted by Krystalynn Martin on Tuesday, October 10, 2017


On Tuesday, Oct. 9, Krystalynn Martin posted footage of the fires burning in Santa Rosa,
along with an update from how those in her community are doing:

Posted by Krystalynn Martin on Monday, October 9, 2017

CAL FIRE has posted a California Statewide Fire Summary on their website:
Psalm 90:1-2 (NIV)
1 Lord, you have been our dwelling place
throughout all generations.
2 Before the mountains were born
or you brought forth the whole world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

Psalm 90:12 (NIV)
12 Teach us to number our days,
that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

Our prayers are with those affected by these fires, and the firefighters working to contain
the fires.

Previous episodes of All God’s People can be found at:

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