In this week’s episode:
Fire Destroys Beach Auditorium on Monterey Bay Academy Campus—
The Central California Conference is saddened to announce that a fire occurred on Saturday, July 18, at approximately 9:45 p.m., on the campus of Monterey Bay Academy (MBA). Beach Auditorium, which has been closed for use since 1987, was lost to the flames. The fire was contained to only this building—all other buildings were spared. Fortunately, there were no injuries and everyone on campus was safe. Before the campus was obtained by the Central California Conference, more than 70 years ago in 1948, it was known as a World War II military site for the California National Guard, named “Camp McQuaide.” MBA Principal Jeff Deming said that the burning of Beach Auditorium “is a sad historical loss to the MBA campus.” Let’s continue to pray for Monterey Bay Academy as they face the clean-up project.
Watch the MBA Report: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9H6__lofP4&feature=youtu.be
Adventist Health Bakersfield Donates 500 Masks to Homeless Shelter—
Adventist Health Bakersfield donated 500 masks to the Bakersfield Homeless Center last month. This came on the heels of Governor Gavin Newsom’s requirements for people to wear masks when they are in areas where social distancing is not possible. The masks the hospital provided are reusable and can be washed. The homeless center houses nearly 200 people a day, and when they put out the call looking for donations, Adventist Health Bakersfield answered with 500 masks! Thank you, Adventist Health!
Learn more: https://bakersfieldnow.com/news/local/adventist-health-donates-500-masks-to-bakersfield-homeless-center
Women’s Ministry Gathers for Social Distancing Fellowship Tea—
Unusual times produce unusual adaptations. Instead of mourning the cancellation of their traditional spring fellowship tea, Santa Clarita church’s women’s ministry group had the bright idea to host a social-distancing version. Guests from far away were able to attend, and one presenter from Northern California shared her beautiful watercolor paintings with the group. Read more on page 37 of the June Recorder.
Read more: https://adventistfaith.com/recorder/
Medical Students Write, Publish Illustrated Coronavirus Children’s Book—
Authors Devon Scott and Samantha Harris, two Loma Linda University class of 2021 medical students, created a book to help children understand why their worlds changed dramatically in the last few months and why it’s important to stay home. The book “Why We Stay Home” explores questions about the pandemic with sisters Millie and Suzie, and has been downloaded 35,000 times since its release in April. Samantha and Devon wrote the book, commissioned illustrations, and published it on millieandsuzie.com—all within the span of two weeks. They were surprised at the overwhelmingly positive response to the book and are currently working on translating it into six languages, including American Sign Language.
Download a copy: https://www.millieandsuzie.com/
Summer on the Run Launches Episodes for Kids—
Lots of great things have been planned virtually for our young people this summer. Don’t miss a single episode of Summer on the Run 2020! Since June, Northern California Conference Youth Director Eddie Heinrich and his team have been sheltering in place together, creating a series of fun and thought-provoking videos for kids. Three episodes are posted each week. Watch them on Facebook or on their YouTube channel.
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But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.
–Isaiah 40:31 (NKJV)
A beautiful promise for All God’s People.