Pacific Union Conference: Pacific Union “All God’s People,” Episode 034 – January 26, 2018

Have you been impacted by the flu this year? If so, you’re not alone. Every U.S. state except Hawaii has reported widespread flu activity, with reports of “high” influenza activity in Arizona, California, and Nevada. Responding to the need in their community, Loma Linda University set up a military-style surge tent in the parking lot of the hospital to handle the extra influx of patients. The innovative and practical response has gained both local and national media attention.

Read an article from Loma Linda University Health on flu prevention: https://medical-center.lomalindahealth.org/help-prevent-flu-these-five-steps
Learn more about the surge tent in this LA Times article: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-flu-demand-20180116-htmlstory.html

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Pacific Union College recently hosted their annual Pioneers Invitational Academy Basketball Tournament, which was attended by over 350 academy student-athletes, their coaches, and sponsors from 13 academies throughout California. At this events, students competed in a healthy, Christian environment, connected with Christian athletes from other schools and got an idea of what it would like to attend PUC. On Sabbath, the academy student-athletes participated in a special tournament vespers and attended the collegiate Sabbath morning services.

Championship results:
On the women’s side, the Rio Lindo Adventist Academy Spartans defeated the El Dorado Adventist School Eagles for the championship.

For the men, the Sacramento Adventist Academy Capitals defeated the Rio Lindo Adventist Academy Spartans.

Read more: https://www.puc.edu/news/archives/2018/puc-hosts-annual-pioneers-invitational-academy-basketball-tournament
View photos of the tournament at: https://www.puc.edu/puc-life/gallery/2017-2018/2018-pioneers-invitational-academy-basketball-tournament

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An annual premier training event for church leaders is on the horizon! One of the most important events on our spring calendar is “Adventist WestPoint,” where attendees learn innovative strategies for church growth. The Adventist WestPoint website has all of the details about the program and the extremely economical program fees. Early-bird registration discounts are available through next week.

To learn more, visit: adventistwestpoint.org
To register, visit: https://www.adventsource.org/as30/event.registration.details.aspx?event=479
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2064944083781051/

2018-01-25T19:40:38-07:00January 25th, 2018|All Gods People|

Pacific Union “All God’s People,” Episode 033-January 19, 2018

All God’s People for January 19, 2018 (Episode #033)

Thank you for tuning in to All God’s People! This week we look at some of the ways churches and communities here in the Pacific Southwest celebrated MLK Day through service to others and thoughtful commemoration in worship services. We’ve also got details on an important ruling made this week by the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit on the case of two employees fired by Kellogg USA for failing to work on Sabbath. Last but not least, recognition for one of our Early Childhood Education Centers. Learn all about these stories in the program notes below.

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Throughout this last week, MLK Day celebrations provided an opportunity for service and reflection in our churches in the Pacific Southwest.
Churches and communities celebrated Dr. King’s legacy in worship services, and also through service to others.
https://kinginstitute.stanford.edu is an excellent site for resources about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
For more information about the GLOW ministry, go to SCCGlow.org and Glowonline.org

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The United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit has returned a favorable ruling in the case of two employees fired by Kellogg USA for failing to work on Sabbath. Richard Tabura and Guadalupe Diaz were both fired in 2012 from their manufacturing jobs at a Kellogg USA, Inc. plant in Utah for missing work on Saturdays as they honored their religious belief to observe Sabbath. On Wednesday of this week the Tenth Circuit US Court of Appeals in Denver, Colorado reversed the initial judgment for Kellogg’s, sending the case back to the lower court for trial.

Read the full news release on Facebook at: http://bit.ly/2DN7MqI
NAD Newspoints filed this report: http://bit.ly/2DvLDzq

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One of the most important ways in which we engage with our communities is through Early Childhood Education and Care Centers. Recently, the Loma Linda Academy Children’s Center won the Best Preschool Award in The Press Enterprise’s 22nd Annual Best of Inland Empire Readers’ Choice Awards.

Full story: http://www.lla.org/news-and-photos/childrens-center-receives-best-preschool-award/
Learn more about the Children’s Center at: http://www.lla.org/admissions/childrens-center/

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Jesus said, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly!” –John 10:10

This is our prayer for you and for All God’s People this week.

2018-01-18T20:09:24-07:00January 18th, 2018|All Gods People|

Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America Issues Statement Emphasizing Importance of Equality for All Americans

The Statue of Liberty, a longstanding symbol of freedom in the U.S., has these words engraved on its base: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore, … Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” Some today, however, are questioning the presence of those on our shores who come from countries currently facing political, economic, and natural disaster challenges.

As the most ethnically-diverse Christian denomination in the U.S., the Seventh-day Adventist Church proudly defends the rights of all men, women and children, no matter their country of origin — the equal rights afforded in the United States Constitution and fair treatment as immigrants and refugees in our beloved country.

Almost every American citizen’s lineage includes immigration from a foreign territory, and many came here with the hope and promise of a better life made possible by a nation that recognized the fair and equal treatment of all its citizens. As a religious group that was formed in the U.S. more than 150 years ago, we celebrate the religious liberty that is given to all who choose to live and worship here. Our country is at its best when we celebrate the ethnic diversity, cultural variances, and freedom of religious expression of all Americans.

The Seventh-day Adventist Church joins other communities of faith in prayerfully calling for all Americans to search their hearts and seek God’s guidance in their daily interactions with others. God creates all His creatures equal and His love is available to all who accept it, no matter their background, place of birth, or economic status. “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31).

2018-04-05T18:42:14-07:00January 16th, 2018|News|

Pacific Union “All God’s People,” Episode 032-January 12, 2018

Happy New Year! All God’s People is starting this year off with a few stories to share how God is working in powerful ways in the Pacific Southwest.
This last Christmas, 3,300 volunteers came together to live God’s love through medical mission work right here in the Pacific Union. Working closely with the Arizona Conference and the pastors and churches in Phoenix, Pathway to Health provided medical, dental, vision, physical therapy, lifestyle education, financial, legal, childcare, haircuts and even surgical specialties to 6,770 people in need of care. Pathways was a true Christmas miracle. Pathway to Health is being followed up with Health Information Centers to help people find better ways to live.
Read the full story at: http://www.azconference.org/

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The prison ministry organized and directed by the South Bay San Diego Seventh-day Adventist Churches is making an exciting impact. Church Support Services recently produced a video sharing the story of how they are reclaiming and restoring broken people who are incarcerated. Learn how these members are utilizing their member gifts and Living God’s Love in a practical way by clicking on the link below.
Watch the video on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/245071441

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In three days, we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Dr. King was born on January 15, 1929, and the Federal Holiday next Monday offers us a reminder to reflect on the important work to which Dr. King devoted his life.
In honor of Martin Luther King Day, national parks and national forests across the U.S. that charge entrance fees will be free for visitors on Monday.
Learn more at: http://lat.ms/2mnwHt7

2018-01-12T00:06:47-07:00January 12th, 2018|All Gods People|