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