In this week’s episode:
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month—
September is Hispanic Heritage Month! From September 15 to October 15 every year in the United States, we honor the contributions of Latino and Hispanic communities with the celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month—highlighting their diversity, culture, and traditions. Beginning in mid-September, the celebrations coincide with national independence days in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico, and Chile.
Hispanic Heritage Month “pays tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society,” according to HispanicHeritageMonth.gov.
Learn more facts about Hispanic Heritage Month via the links below.
Hispanic Heritage Month: https://hispanicheritagemonth.gov/about/
Ways to Celebrate: https://nationaltoday.com/hispanic-heritage-month/
La Sierra Spanish Church Adapts Worship—
Programs, Seeks to Meet Needs During Pandemic
At La Sierra Spanish church in Riverside, California, the congregation and pastoral staff are stepping up in new ways during the pandemic. Food banks, drive-in vespers services, online streaming of church services, helping each other, providing resources and services to the community: these are just some of the ways this one church is reaching out and connecting. And the story is replicated week after week in Hispanic churches across our union. Watch outdoor programs from the La Sierra Spanish Church on their YouTube and Facebook pages via the links below.
La Sierra Spanish (Facebook)
La Sierra Spanish (YouTube)
Mental Health Series for Teens—
The Hispanic and African American communities have been especially hard hit by the pandemic. We have resources listed below to help those affected by COVID-19. Please take a moment to check out these informative resources, as well as a brand new resource from the NAD Youth & Young Adult Ministries department, specifically for teens. If you know a teen who is struggling with mental health issues or you want to be prepared to minister to teens in your church, this is a wonderful new series of booklets on depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, getting help, recovery tools, brain training, and staying healthy. Visit the link below to learn more and purchase the whole set or individual titles.
NAD Mental Health Series: https://www.adventsource.org/store/youth-ministries/new-leaders/mental-health-series-set-of-7-40423
Pacific Union College: https://www.puc.edu/news/coronavirus-updates-and-resources
La Sierra University: https://lasierra.edu/covid-19/information-for-students/
Resource List for Families and Individuals: https://mailchi.mp/0548ee481659/resources-you-can-use?e=8968632ea8
Adventist Education: https://adventisteducation.org/covid-19.html
Resources for Kids from Jesus 101—
If you’re looking for fun and creative ways to engage your children or grandchildren, check out the resources Jesus 101 Biblical Institute developed for kids! Jesus 101 features animated videos to help kids discover Jesus in the Bible—a terrific resource for churches, schools, and families. Each 90-second video tells a Bible story in a fun and instructive way and has a coordinating coloring page that kids can download and color at home! Links to the website and how to order the complete coloring book below.
Jesus 101 for Kids: https://jesus101.tv/4kids/
Coloring Book: https://jesus101.tv/store/discovering-jesus-in-the-bible-coloring-book/
Pacific Union Hosts Hearts and Hands Online Art Show for Kids Thanking Frontline Workers—
The Pacific Union is hosting an awesome new online art show for kids. So many people are working hard to help keep us safe and connected during the coronavirus pandemic! Kids, you can show your appreciation by drawing a picture of someone who has been a helper—and then submit it to the Hearts and Hands Online Art Show!
Who do you want to say thank you to with your drawing? A teacher? A police officer? Your doctor? Your Pathfinder leader? Your mom or dad?
We’re inviting kids aged 13 or younger who live in the Pacific Union and are part of our Adventist community of churches and schools to celebrate the blessings we all receive from the professionals and volunteers who are helping during this extraordinary time. Check out the gallery and submission page via the links below.
Submit Artwork: https://adventistfaith.com/pacific-union-hearts-and-hands-submission-form/
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“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”
–Matthew 25:40 (NIV)