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!

2017-12-22T22:13:28-08:00December 22nd, 2017|All Gods People|

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!

2017-12-14T17:54:46-08:00December 14th, 2017|All Gods People|

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.

2017-12-08T15:33:51-08:00December 8th, 2017|All Gods People|

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.


2017-12-01T17:00:24-08:00December 1st, 2017|All Gods People|
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