Gentle Answers

By Becky De Oliveira
 
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
—Proverbs 15:1
 
Earlier this year, before the pandemic, I was booked on a flight featuring a connection. Not being a novice traveler, I should have expected something to go wrong—and normally I try to be pretty chill about delays. “The right thing happens,” I tell myself sagely, nose half tucked behind the pages of a book, disinterestedly observing other passengers rage at the airline personnel. But, in this case, I was highly invested in a particular outcome—namely, that I would arrive in Denver in time to sprint all the way to long-term parking, retrieve my car, floor it to Greeley, slide into my seat in the back row for my 11:00 a.m. class, then eat a quick standing-up lunch and run up four flights of stairs to my 12:30 class. Like an Olympic athlete, I visualized the various steps; everything would have to go just right for me to make it on time. No room for error.
 
So naturally, error began to appear. The night before, the first leg of my flight was delayed by two hours, but it looked like I would still make my connecting flight. So not the end of the world; just a tighter connection. I could feel my heart rate increase a little, but I calmed myself. I would make it. I could even sleep in, get to the airport a little later. I booked my Lyft and went to bed. Next morning, even though the Lyft driver was five minutes late and I began to hyperventilate, we made it to the airport with plenty of time to get through security (no line). I even had time to pull out my laptop at a little café not far from my gate. As boarding time approached, however, I began to get nervous. There was no one at the gate. No plane. No way we were taking off in 25 minutes. I had to make a series of phone calls to find out what was going on: the incoming flight was delayed, consequently my flight was delayed, consequently I would miss my connection and had already been booked on a new flight. I absorbed the news that I would miss my first class with great frustration, but I felt comforted in the knowledge that I only had to make a new plan and I’d surely arrive just in time for the second class. I did the math and was pretty confident I could get there in time. My connection was a little tight—30 minutes or so—but I knew the airport well and again envisioned myself running from one gate to another and dragging my roller behind me. It would be fine.
 
Then the plane sat in a queue on the runway for what seemed an eternity. I kept checking my watch, telling myself we’d make up the time in the air. We didn’t. By the time we landed, I had 15 minutes to get to my gate. The flight attendant assured me she’d call, tell them I was on my way, and ask them to hold the plane. By the time I was off the plane, I had 8 minutes to get to my gate. In spite of my best efforts, it took me 10. (I thought about knocking over a couple of elderly people and a toddler on the escalator and decided against it. Half kidding.) The plane was still on the runway, still attached to the accordion door, but the staff would not let me board.
 
I became upset. I begged. I raged (a little). I fumed (a lot). All to no avail. That flight took off without me, and I got on the next one. I missed my entire day at the university. And in hindsight, who cares? I offer a giant existential shrug. This was a minor inconvenience. I am the one who made it major, through deciding that it was. Missing that day of class affected my life, as far as I can tell, not at all. I did well in those classes; I passed my comprehensive exams this summer. Missing that day did not derail my educational or career plans at all. So why did I think it was OK to be—let’s face it—rude to airline employees for failing to accommodate my wishes?
 
I could offer excuses—I was tired, I was stressed, we all have bad days—but I’ve never been the kind of person hoping for a good excuse. I’d rather behave better in the first place. I’ve been observing the attitudes and behaviors of people around me in response to the pandemic these past six months and, I’ll tell you, it’s not pretty. There is, of course, the much-publicized violence and rage directed at retail workers over masks, which I have not observed personally. But I was contacted this week to consult on an email for parents of first-year university students by an employee anxious to avoid an outpouring of fury from parents upset that their children are homesick. I have heard from pastor friends about church members ripping them to shreds over their actions the past few months. And I wonder if we couldn’t all take a deep breath and try to be better than this. Yes, we’re disappointed, maybe even grieving. No, this isn’t the way we envisioned our lives. But it is an opportunity to further develop qualities we all know are important: resilience, patience, gentleness, kindness.
 
We made mistakes and we try again. I’m vowing to never freak out over a change to my schedule ever again. Who knows whether I will be faithful to that vow? But if I fail, I’ll try again.
 
Becky De Oliveira is a doctoral student in research methods working on special projects for the Pacific Union Conference from her home in Colorado.
 
 

2020-09-18T16:37:12-07:00September 21st, 2020|Living God's Love|

Pacific Union “All God’s People,” September 18, 2020 S4:E37

Historical Look at the Northern California Conference—

While it was San Francisco that saw the first presence of Adventists in California, it was within the territory of Northern California Conference that the real work began. Learn more about the work of evangelists John Loughborough and Daniel Bourdeau in this week’s episode!

The work has grown from its humble beginnings 150 years ago. As of June 30, 2020, there were 40,932 members in the Northern California Conference, with 164 congregations. Aside from Adventist Health St. Helena, the oldest operational Adventist hospital, a number of other Adventist healthcare institutions operate in Northern California.

Elmshaven, Ellen White’s last home, is located near St. Helena in the Northern California Conference. During her life, she completed about 40 books, including the nine major works she wrote in the upper writing room at Elsmhaven.

The first steps in the creation of Pacific Union College began in 1882 when Sidney Brownsberger started a school at Healdsburg, with just 28 students – this became Healdsburg College in 1899. Ellen White was very much involved in the search for a new location when expansion was needed, and in 1909 the church bought the Angwin Resort, located just eight miles from St. Helena. Pacific Union College was dedicated there on September 29, 1909. And this week, on September 14, PUC resumed classes with a hybrid course of instruction that is mostly virtual.

NCC Mission Report—
Watch the September 2020 NCC Video Mission Report via the link below:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7rSBY-hiTc&feature=youtu.be

NCC Responds to Member’s Needs During LNU Lightning Complex Fires—
In recent weeks, Northern California is on the national news once again due to the horrific fires. Thousands were forced to evacuate their homes as a result of the LNU Lightning Complex fires, the third largest wildfire in California to date. The North Complex West Zone Fire (formerly the Bear Fire) experienced a quick moving and devastating fire run on Wednesday, Sept 9, that forced the immediate evacuation of thousands of residents and caused a number of deaths.

NCC Adventist Community Services Director James Lim has been in contact with leaders of the Oroville, Golden Feather, Paradise, and Chico churches. These leaders are members of the Intra-Church Fire Relief Committee (IRC), which was organized after the 2018 Camp Fire. During the recent evacuations, some Northern California Conference churches and schools served as resource centers for evacuees.

The NCC is keeping their members up to date on all the important news about the impact on churches and schools through their website: https://nccsda.com/
Fire Updates:
https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents

Middletown Adventist School Adapts for COVID and Fire Season—
Just days after the schools reopened online or in person, NCC Associate Superintendent of Schools Lynal Ingham visited Middletown Adventist School, where Teaching Principal Cyndee Westenrider has set up her classroom in an open-sided pole barn on the campus. We love this unique classroom and these enthusiastic teachers and students! Check it out via the link below.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QF2pNUDzb6o&feature=youtu.be

Willows Church: A Small Congregation with a Big Heart—
For the past decade, people in the small city of Willows, located in Glenn County, relied on the community’s main food bank operated by a Baptist church. When that congregation could no longer keep the food bank open, they asked the Adventist Community Services director if the Willows Adventist church would take over. After much prayer, they felt compelled to answer the call to serve, and they stepped out in faith, believing God had a plan. Last year, the Willows ACS served about 20 people once a month, but now its weekly food bank serves an average of 570 people each month! This story first appeared in Northern Lights, a weekly newsletter for the Northern California Conference. Subscribe to Northern Lights via the link below:
https://nccsda.com/

NCC Youth Department Hosts Virtual Summer on the Run—
Beginning in 2018, the NCC Youth Department held its “Summer on the Run” mobile day camp program at a number of churches and at Redwood Camp Meeting. This year, their team sheltered in place together for six weeks to create 15 Summer on the Run videos. Find all 15 videos on their YouTube channel:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeae01ByG6ZqERZvMPxLGQA

NCC Publishes Statement on Racism
The NCC Executive Officers Issued a Joint Statement on June 3, 2020—
You can read the entire statement via the link below:
https://nccsda.com/june-3-2020-statement-against-racism/

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“But you, take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded.”
– 2 Chronicles 15:7

2020-09-18T10:43:08-07:00September 17th, 2020|All Gods People|

Hispanic Congregations to Host Virtual Evangelistic Outreach

By Faith Hoyt, with Abigail Marenco
 
In the second half of September, the Hispanic Ministries Department of the Pacific Union Conference, together with 160 congregations across the union territory, will launch a virtual evangelistic outreach series titled “An Encounter with Jesus.”
 
During the virtual series, Alberto Ingleton, director of Hispanic Ministries for the Pacific Union Conference, will present helpful topics for those experiencing difficult times, including biblical stories and effective methods for changing one’s destiny through an encounter with Jesus.
 
“Despite the national and global crisis that we are going through under the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, 160 Hispanic congregations in the Pacific Union have come together to proclaim in our communities that Christ is not quarantined,” said Ingleton. “On the contrary, He is eager to meet men, women, and youth—to free them, to heal them, to break their chains, to return their smiles and fill their hearts with hope.”
 
While it is not safe to present in-person evangelistic programs, these congregations are moving forward in sharing the hope a relationship with Jesus can bring to those around them. In addition to the 160 Pacific Union congregations, churches from El Salvador and Honduras also plan to tune in.
 
On September 19 and 26 at 11:00 a.m. and from September 20 to 25 at 7:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, all are invited to tune in to recover their faith and learn how Jesus brings significance to our lives amid difficult times—which can take the form of a troubled marriage, depression, or chaotic finances.
 
“An encounter with Jesus brings hope to everyone,” Ingleton said. “It will reignite community, strengthen faith, and provide encouragement. It will introduce a Jesus who brings hope and salvation to all.”
 
The programs will be in Spanish. Those interested in attending the virtual evangelistic series can learn more by following the Pacific Union Conference Hispanic Ministries Department on Facebook, @HispanicMinistriesPUC. Videos will be posted to Facebook and also the Pacific Union Conference YouTube channel, @PacificUnionSDA. Church members are encouraged to invite guests and share the virtual evangelistic outreach video links on social media.
 
 

2020-09-17T14:25:11-07:00September 17th, 2020|News|

Association of Adventist Women to Host Virtual Conference

By Nerida Bates, with Faith Hoyt
 
The Association of Adventist Women (AAW), in partnership with the Loma Linda University church, has put together a series of six Sabbath vespers programs addressing leadership called “Finding Purpose in Uncertain Times.”
 
Women speakers from Africa, Australia, Europe, and the United States will gather virtually to share their combined expertise. The series begins Oct. 10, with lead speaker Linda Becker from Union College defining leadership as finding our purpose. A discussion facilitated by Ella Simmons, vice president of the General Conference, will follow, with panelists Andrea Luxton, president of Andrews University; Helen Staples Evans, senior vice president for patient care services at Loma Linda University Health; and Olive J. Hemmings, professor of religion at Washington Adventist University.
 
“Because the gospel commission calls everyone to share Christ, we believe all Christians will glean strategies of courage and persistence necessary in these uncertain times from this vespers series,” said Nerida Taylor Bates, president of AAW.
 
Subsequent vespers topics will highlight how self-care is essential for leading (Oct. 17), ministering to church communities (Oct. 24), how Jesus defines leadership as serving (Oct. 31), health promotion as a uniquely Adventist leadership role (Nov. 7), and how to create community (Nov. 14). The speakers are well placed to address the issues—from Gwendolyn Winston Foster’s fight against obesity as Philadelphia’s fitness czar to Jody Rogers story of how her quilting group pivoted to sew hundreds of face masks for local nursing homes.
 
The series focuses on advice for people leading during uncertain times, but the definition of crisis varies widely. Southeastern California Conference President Sandra Roberts will address moving church services online due to the pandemic. Ana Thompson Costescu will talk about how The Sabbath Sofa Project addresses evangelizing atheists. Joy-Marie Butler, founder of ADRA’s Keeping Girls Safe, will address the lack of adequate bathroom facilities in schools in Papua New Guinea, which puts girls at a disadvantage. Psychologist Rita Mercer will discuss the increased need for self-care for those witnessing racial injustice. Lori Barker, multicultural psychologist from Cal Poly Pomona, will address creating community, not just within groups but between diverse groups.
 
The international lineup of speakers includes representatives from Adventist Female Pastors of Africa and Pam Townend’s presentation on the South Pacific Division’s public health initiative “10,000 Toes.”
 
AAW takes full advantage of their online format’s global access. Though this did present an issue of how to be viewed in so many time zones, it was solved by using an on-demand format. The videos will be posted on the AAW website associationofadventistwomen.com, for Sabbath vespers viewing in all time zones. It will also be broadcast live at the Loma Linda University church at 5 p.m.
 
The event is free. To partner with AAW in supporting Adventist women globally, donate and become a member on their website, or call 951-837-1450.
 
 

2020-09-16T14:41:03-07:00September 16th, 2020|News|

PUC Church Welcomes Lead Pastor Chanda Nunes

By Ashley Eisele
 
The Pacific Union College Church welcomed new Lead Pastor Chanda Nunes in late summer, after more than a yearlong search to find the right candidate.
 
“Pastoring a campus church is an exciting and unique experience!” said Pastor Nunes. “You have great resources at hand, the opportunity to meet people from all over the world, energy and insight from all age ranges, and the desire to come together to learn and to lift up Jesus!”
 
Pastor Nunes was born and raised in Toronto, Canada, and is a graduate of Burman University, formerly Canadian University College, (B. A. in Religious Studies, with a minor in Biblical Languages) and Andrews University (Master of Divinity). She also holds associate degrees in Private Investigation and Paralegal Studies and is a Certified Life Coach Practitioner.
 
She began her pastoral ministry in August 2003, serving the Alberta Conference at the College Heights church on the campus of Burman. From 2008 to 2015, Pastor Nunes served the Kansas-Nebraska Conference at the New Haven church and was the first Black pastor ever to serve in the conference, as well as the first Black woman pastor to serve in the Mid-American Union. During her time there, in 2011, she was commissioned.
 
Pastor Nunes has served in the Northern California Conference since 2015, most recently at the Capitol City church in Sacramento. She is the first Black woman pastor to serve within the conference. In June 2018, she was ordained.
 
“My biggest hope for right now,” Nunes said, “is that this pandemic will cease and that we have an opportunity to come back together as a church family to experience the love and fellowship that we have been missing all these months.”
 

2020-09-16T13:45:10-07:00September 16th, 2020|News|

Adventist Christian Fellowship Distributes Playbook; Gears Up for Virtual Bible Studies

By Faith Hoyt
 
Adventist Christian Fellowship (ACF) teams across the Pacific Southwest are gearing up for another year of ministry—and with the help of a team outside the Union, new tools to navigate the changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic are available.
 
This year, an ACF Playbook, which was developed by the Georgia Cumberland Conference (GCC), is being distributed online to students on public campuses. This playbook is a starting point for reimagining ministry on campus during a pandemic that has brought on the need for social distancing.
 
“If you think COVID-19 is preventing sharing good news on campuses, think again!” shares Ron Pickell, ACF volunteer coordinator for the Pacific Union and North American Division. “The gospel has no walls, and this very helpful resource will guide you to ways that God can still work through your ACF Chapter and use you to bring good news to campus.”
 
The ACF Playbook maps out ways to continue ministry in-person, online, and even during a hybrid campus experience.
 
“We created this little guide to help our students do ministry this year,” said Don Keele, Young Adult Ministry and Adventist Christian Fellowship director at the Georgia-Cumberland Conference. “Many may find themselves jumping from one scenario to another as the virus does its thing and their university makes changes on the fly. Hopefully, with their great leadership team and this guide in hand, they will be able to shift with those changes and not miss a beat in ministering to their fellow students.”
 
Thanks to the GCC ACF team, a free PDF download is available on the resources page of the ACF website. Students are encouraged to check out this resource and get started with some creative ideas for ministry on or off campus.
 
In addition to new planning resources, students also have access to a new Journey Series Small Group Bible Study and accompanying participant’s guide, authored by Pickell. Journey was created for college students to use in larger, weekly meetings either on or off campus in a teaching and small group discussion setting. This latest study, titled “Before All Things,” focuses on Paul’s experience in ministering to the house church in Colossae—an experience from which college students can draw relevant lessons. ACF members will study through the latest Journey Series with their teams on Zoom every Wednesday night at 8 p.m., starting September 16 and ending October 28. The registration form for this virtual study is also available on the resources page of acflink.org.

2020-09-16T14:40:08-07:00September 16th, 2020|News|

The Ducky Cane

by Connie Vandeman Jeffery
 
 
Two Christmases ago, way back in 2018, my husband received the best gift from our son and his family. A beautiful cane with a brass duck head as a handle. The cane wasn’t a joke gift or a decorative gift; it was a useful gift. He needed it. His steps were faltering a bit more, and he had stumbled and fallen twice in the months before receiving the gift. Dubbed the “Ducky cane” by our two granddaughters, aged two and five at the time, it was a huge hit.
 
All of us played with the cane, used it when he wasn’t using it, took turns walking outside with it. He didn’t leave home without it. Until he did.
 
The kids live only a mile away, and we arrived one evening for dinner and realized we had left the cane at home. He held my arm as we walked to their front door and rang the bell. When Kenzie answered the door, she immediately saw what was missing.
 
“Let me be your Ducky cane, Grandpa,” she said, as she slipped to his side. He placed his hand on the top of her head, which turned out to be the same height as the duck head on the cane. Then, she slowly guided him into the living room and over to the couch where he always sat, all the while urging him to put all his weight on her. “Lean on me, Grandpa; I’m strong,” she said.
 
During the pandemic, our kids and grand-girls have been part of our quarantine “bubble,” the only four people we will be with indoors. At first, we didn’t see them, during March and April. But then, we did. We’d drive to their house or the girls would come to our house. And now, we always conveniently forget the cane. Madi and Kenzie, now four and six, become double Ducky canes, and “Grandpa” walks all over the house with his two hands gently placed on two sturdy heads.
 
“We will always be your Ducky canes,” they chimed together, just last week. And I can’t help but reflect on the joy they receive from being the ones “leaned upon” and the happiness they give to their grandpa, the one doing the “leaning.”
 
I am reminded of a favorite hymn:
 
What a fellowship, what a joy divine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
What a blessedness, what a peace is mine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.
What have I to dread, what have I to fear,
Leaning on the everlasting arms?
I have blessed peace with my Lord so near,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.
 
A sturdy cane, or little girls offering support, or the “everlasting arms” of our Savior—truly a joy divine!
 
Connie Vandeman Jeffery is the host of All God’s People, a weekly short video series highlighting the people and ministries of the Pacific Union Conference, and has had a long career in media.
 

2020-09-13T17:25:30-07:00September 14th, 2020|Living God's Love|

Pacific Union “All God’s People,” September 11, 2020 S4:E36

In this week’s episode:

Brazilian LA Church Hosts Drive-Through Baby Shower—
Like most of our churches, the Brazilian L.A. church has been meeting virtually for nearly six months, and the congregation hasn’t met together since mid-March. But in May, that all changed, at least temporarily, when members gathered for a drive-through baby shower for Nayana Borghi and Ismael Sanches.
The couple was new to the area and had no family nearby, so the women’s ministry team planned a special, and safe, celebration to shower the couple with love as they prepared for the birth of their daughter, Antonella.
The special event took two weeks to organize. The women’s ministry team made calls to the entire congregation, created a list of items needed, and arranged for cards, balloons, and welcome signs. About 15 people participated, and others sent gifts and well wishes to avoid crowding.
Nayana Borghi was so grateful for this expression of friendship, especially during these times. “I was very moved, very happy, and felt welcomed by this church,” she said. “When they arrived, singing with all that affection, I felt special.” What a beautiful way to reach out to the new parents! You can read the whole story via the link below.
Read more: https://scc.adventist.org/stories/friends–family-gather-for-drive-through-baby-shower
Follow on Social Media:
https://www.facebook.com/BrazilianChurchLosAngeles

September 2020 Recorder—
The September Recorder is in your homes, and it’s also available online. What a blessing it is this month! The cover story is one we shared a few weeks ago in All God’s People—about Pastor Kevin Wilson of the Oceanside church in Southeastern California Conference and his unique TikTok ministry. You won’t want to miss the “Bible Quiz” with Elder Alexander Bryant, the new president of the North American Division. And of course, the news and inspirational stories from around the union are focused on the amazing things happening during the pandemic in our local churches, schools, and institutions. Visit the link below to read it online.

Fall 2020 Media Week
Next week, we start something new—our Fall 2020 Media Week Emphasis begins. What does that mean? Well, All God’s People and segments in Pacific Sunrise and social media posts will center around one particular conference or educational institution from right here in the Pacific Union. These special close-up looks at our shared ministry will air weekly, through the month of December. While we will still bring you important information and news as needed, the main focus will be on one entity. Next week, we look forward to Northern California Conference Week on All God’s People! We invite you to join us each week as we celebrate each entity and their unique history and ministry.

Remembering 9/11—
Where were you on 9/11? At 8:46 a.m. Eastern Time on an unforgettable Tuesday morning 19 years ago, a hijacked passenger jet crashed into the World Trade Center, the first of the four jets that would bring America face to face with unimaginable tragedy and unprecedented courage.

There were nearly 3,000 deaths in the attacks that morning – in New York, Washington D. C. and Pennsylvania. Fifty-five of those who died were military personnel killed in the attack on the Pentagon. All of the remaining deaths in the attacks were civilians. More than 90 countries lost citizens in the attacks on the World Trade Center. The entire world was united in mourning the loss.

And it was exactly six months ago—on March 11, 2020, that the World Health Organization declared that the coronavirus outbreak had reached pandemic levels. And once again, the attention of the entire globe became riveted on a single issue.

As the number of people impacted climbs into the tens of millions, and there is so much loss of life, the temptation is to become despondent, or angry, or fatalistic. As the pandemic continues to exact a toll on our daily lives—and on so much of what matters, truly matters, to us—the question that begins to form in our minds is “what should we do?”

It’s not an easy question to answer, but we do find solace in the examples of three women of faith from the Scriptures. Faced with poverty and starvation, Ruth refused to be discouraged and went out to glean in the fields of Boaz. And God blessed her. Confronted by the cruel and murderous intentions of Haman, Esther took her life in her hands and appeared before the king, whose power was absolute. And God saved His people. Devastated by the crucifixion and death of Jesus, and yet motivated by love, Mary and the other women got up early on Sunday morning to attend to the details of burial. And they were met by the risen Lord!
Remembering 9/11:
https://www.911memorial.org/connect/commemoration

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“Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”
– 1 Peter 5:7

2020-09-11T02:50:33-07:00September 11th, 2020|All Gods People|

ALCANCE Scholarships Assist Aspiring Latino Students

By Faith Hoyt
 
A scholarship program for Latino students in the Pacific Union Conference that launched in 2015 is continuing to provide mentorship and financial assistance to young people pursing Adventist Education.
 
ALCANCE, a non-profit organization of Adventist educators and church leaders, helps give Latino Adventist students access to Adventist Education through various means, including scholarships and a mentoring program.
 
“For Latinos, acquiring a Christian education is often perceived as out of their reach due to the prohibitive costs involved,” said Martha Havens, associate director for elementary education in the Pacific Union Conference. “It is this perception that closes the door to low-income families. Scholarships encourage students to believe that the door to Christian education is still open to them. The ALCANCE scholarship program includes educating parents about government financial resources available to them in addition to program scholarships.”
 
ALCANCE, which stands for Adventist Latino Council Advancing & Nurturing Christian Education, is co-sponsored by the Pacific Union Conference, the Center for Research on Adventist Education (CRAE) at La Sierra University, conferences, individual donors, local churches, and mentors.
 
The scholarship organization looks for highly motivated and service-oriented high school students who aim to attend an Adventist college. One of the students who fit that description is Ana Chujutali, who graduated last school year from Redlands Adventist Academy (RAA).
 
“Ana was on my campus ministries team and had a great passion for helping the community from a school’s perspective,” says Lemar Sandiford, campus chaplain at RAA. Sandiford says that during Chujutali’s two and a half years at the academy, she demonstrated a passion for both academics and helping her community near and far.
 
“Ana exhibits a selfless, Christlike character and cares passionately for her circle and the wider community,” Sandiford said. “We support students like her especially because they give back. Any scholarship is important, and this one in particular, because skilled students who might not otherwise have this opportunity are able to pursue priceless education.”
 
This year, six students are currently receiving scholarships. Since 2015, ALCANCE has helped 25 students total. Out of the 25 students, 10 have graduated from Loma Linda Academy, La Sierra Academy, Thunderbird Adventist Academy, Redlands Adventist Academy, and Mountain View Academy.
 
Church members interested in mentoring young people or starting an ALCANCE program in their local church are encouraged to talk to their local pastor. Requirements for scholarship applicants include meeting a minimum GPA of 2.0 and submitting a letter of recommendation from a pastor and/or teacher. For more information or to apply for aid, visit alcancelatinos.org.

 
Photo (top): Three of this year’s ALCANCE scholarship recipients who attend Mountain View Academy are, from left to right, Alihia Barroso, Ashly Barroso, and Haisley Maceda Ponce.
 
 
 
One recent ALCANCE scholarship recipient is Ana Chujutali, who graduated last school year from Redlands Adventist Academy (RAA). During her two and a half years at RAA, Chujutali demonstrated a passion for both academics and helping her community.

2020-09-09T11:38:17-07:00September 9th, 2020|News|

Pacific Sunrise Begins Third “Season” for Storytelling

By Connie Vandeman Jeffery
 

A twice-weekly portal for storytelling has recently begun its third “season.”
 
Since January of 2019, Adventist academies, elementary schools, and churches across the Pacific Union Conference have contributed to a project called Pacific Sunrise. This twice-weekly email features short, inspiring stories—often showcasing what Adventist Education is all about. Now entering its third academic school year, the e-newsletter has curated over 350 stories.
 
“These stories sum up the inspiring things happening in our union in about 120 words or less,” said Faith Hoyt, editor of Pacific Sunrise and communication specialist for the Department of Communication and Community Engagement at the Pacific Union. “Boiled down, each story highlights the ways our schools and churches are loving, serving, or leading their communities.”
 
Hoyt attributes the success of Pacific Sunrise to close collaboration with the Pacific Union Office of Education. Now past the “beta testing” phase, the Union communication team is developing an established online presence where past stories are archived and current stories are showcased.
 
“What amazes me are all the unique, creative, but simple ways people are staying connected and encouraging each other during the pandemic,” Hoyt shared. “There are a lot of people going the extra mile during this time, and we can learn from these stories.”
 
This year, every school in the Pacific Union is scheduled to be featured in Pacific Sunrise. While no schedule exists for churches, church members are invited to share stories via email to News.Desk@adventistfaith.com. Pacific Sunrise is sent out on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 a.m. To subscribe to this e-newsletter, click here.
 
 

2020-09-08T17:56:41-07:00September 8th, 2020|News|
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