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Pacific Union “All God’s People,” June 14, 2019 Episode 323

All God’s People for the week of June 14, 2019
Episode #323 – Flag Day, Refugee Sabbath, Aid for Immigrants in Blythe, Graduations, and a Special Father’s Day Message from Ricardo Graham

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A Tribute to Flag Day
Did you know that people across the United States celebrate Flag Day on June 14 each year to honor the United States flag and to commemorate the flag’s adoption? Flag Day falls within National Flag Week, a time when Americans reflect on the foundations of the nation’s freedom. When you see flags flying today, take a moment to reaffirm your gratitude for this great country and your faith in liberty and justice for all.
Learn more: https://www.history.com/news/95-years-of-flag-day

Adventist Church in the Pacific Southwest Celebrates World Refugee Sabbath on June 15
The Seventh-day Adventist Church will commemorate Refugee Sabbath tomorrow, June 15, which also marks the Sabbath closest to June 20, a day chosen by the United Nations as World Refugee Day.
Learn more: https://www.adventistreview.org/church-news/story13724-adventist-church-will-celebrate-world-refugee-sabbath-on-june-15

Blythe Church in Riverside County Provides Aid for Immigrants
A number of churches in the Pacific Union are ministering to immigrants and refugees, and one of them is the Blythe Spanish church in Riverside County, California. This small church of about 45 members is working closely with Riverside County officials and providing immediate assistance to migrant families who have been given an appointment with authorities and have been released from custody by the Border Patrol to travel to the cities where they will eventually settle. Read the rest of this story on page 44 of the June Recorder, or watch a video report from the LA Times/San Diego Union-Tribune linked below.

Pacific Southwest Celebrates Graduation Weekend
This is graduation weekend for La Sierra University, Pacific Union College, and many of the Schools at Loma Linda University. This weekend will be a high point in the lives of the graduates and their families. On behalf of all of us at All God’s People, congratulations and blessings to each of you!

Links for the graduation schedule for each of these three institutions below:
LSU: https://lasierra.edu/graduation/
PUC: https://www.puc.edu/news/graduation
LLU: https://home.llu.edu/education/commencement/graduation-schedule

A Father’s Day Message

Elder Ricardo Graham, president of the Pacific Union Conference, shares a special message for Dads on Father’s Day in this week’s episode of All God’s People.

“Father’s Day is a day for gratitude for those who have loved you and have been particularly important on your journey through life. People who have given you the attention you needed at just the right moment; who have supported you through good times and bad; who have provided direction or motivation; who have mentored or challenged you to use your gifts and become a better person; who have shared their own life experiences in generous ways…” Watch the episode for the full message!

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“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone?
Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake?
If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
Matthew 7:9-11 NIV

2019-06-14T14:18:07-07:00June 14th, 2019|All Gods People|

Pacific Union “All God’s People,” May 17, 2019 Episode 319 – Updated

This week in All God’s People:
An extraordinary group of young people take home an award, a church in Compton, Calif., brings the community together, and an interview with our intern.

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Paradise Prayer Warriors Win a Second Place Award at PBE Division Finals
The 2019 PBE Division Finals drew a record-breaking 210 teams to Rockford, Illinois at the end of April. One of the clubs representing the Pacific Union at the event was the Paradise Prayer Warriors. Each of the four pathfinders from this club who attended, as well as the club’s staff, all lost their homes in the Camp fire that raged through Paradise, Calif., last November. In the face of immense challenges, this team persevered and won a second-place award at the Division Finals.
Congratulations to these young people, and to all the Pathfinders who competed in the Pathfinder Bible Experience! Read (and watch) more in this article and video from the NAD:

Tamarind Avenue Church Hosts Community Town Hall
When numerous potholes in town started becoming a problem for drivers, the Tamarind Avenue church decided to get involved by hosting the community town hall held by Congresswoman Nanette Barragan. Approximately 1,000 people from the Compton, Calif. community came to the meeting. Learn more about the challenges this community is facing in the article linked below:

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“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” -Colossians 3:2

New from the Living God’s Love Blog: Dreamers, by Ray Tetz
Read the article: https://adventistfaith.com/blog/living-gods-love/2019/05/dreamers/

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2019-05-28T16:47:46-07:00May 15th, 2019|All Gods People|

Pacific Union “All God’s People,” October 5, 2018 Episode 219

Northern California Conference Gathers for Constituency Session

On Sunday, September 30, Lodi Fairmont church was the location for the 2018 Northern California Constituency Session. Some 600 delegates from across Northern California from the churches in Northern California came together to elect officers, listen to reports, act on recommendations, and put the work of God on a firm footing for the next four years.

The delegates at the Northern California session elected Marc Woodson, current NCC executive secretary, to be president. They also elected Jose Marin, current Arizona Conference executive secretary and ministerial/evangelism director, to be executive secretary, and they reelected John Rasmussen, NCC treasurer. They also voted all the NCC department directors and the three NCC ethnic coordinators return to office. You can read about the meeting and other actions taken on the NCC session by clicking the link below.

Watch the Constituency video: https://www.facebook.com/NorCalAdventistsinAction/videos/311246326342970/

Learn more: http://https://myemail.constantcontact.com/Special-Constituency-Edition-of-Northern-Lights—October-1–2018.html?soid=1121533698906&aid=kSSDg8B1q9g

New from Oak & Acorn Publishing—Bill Johnsson’s New Book, “Authentic Adventism”

For nearly 25 years, Elder Bill Johnsson was a visiting minister to Adventist homes through the pages of the Adventist Review. Now retired in Loma Linda, California, Bill has continued to be a pastoral voice through his writing, including his book “Where are We Headed? Adventism after San Antonio,” that was published last year, and “Authentic Adventism” which has just been released.

With his characteristic grace and care, Dr. Johnsson candidly and personally addresses the issues that concern so many Adventists today, and once again focuses our attention on Jesus Christ, our hope and Savior.

Dr. Johnsson’s books are available from Oak & Acorn Publishing, a joint ministry of the Ministerial Association and Communication & Community Engagement Department of the Pacific Union.

Learn more: https://www.amazon.com/Authentic-Adventism-William-G-Johnsson/dp/1722313617

All God’s People is a weekly program produced by the Pacific Union Conference for Seventh-day Adventists and friends in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and Utah. Join us every Friday for information and inspiration.

2019-04-30T20:26:46-07:00October 4th, 2018|All Gods People|

Pacific Union “All God’s People,” September 21, 2018 Episode 217

What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus in 2018? What did Jesus mean when he said, “I am among you as one who serves.”? How does leadership shape and nurture the church today? In this week’s special episode of All God’s People, Adventist Leaders from around the world provide some useful answers on these questions.

Love. Serve. Lead.

2019-04-30T20:26:46-07:00September 21st, 2018|All Gods People|

Pacific Union “All God’s People,” September 14, 2018 Episode 216


As a way to welcome back students, welcome newcomers to the community, and strengthen relationships with the neighbors—and as a way to show an openness to anyone looking for a church home—the Life Adventist Church of Berkeley in Berkeley, California, recently hosted a pancake breakfast. The breakfast was hosted in the parking lot next door to the church.

Pastor Ron Pickell and his ministry team have made parking lots, pancakes, and prayer a great combination—and an example of something just about any church could do.

Follow LIFE Adventist Church of Berkeley on Facebook:

See photos from the event:


The University SDA Church in Los Angeles just celebrated a very important milestone! It has been 110 years since they were established on August 8, 1908, in Los Angeles, California, with 28 believers, as the Furlong church.

Now known as the University church, Furlong was the first Black Seventh-day Adventist church west of Ohio. In August, Pastor Lawrence Dorsey, the current senior pastor, led out in the 110th Anniversary celebration, as members and friends celebrated how God has blessed them.

University is known as a “mother church” in Los Angeles, since 8 churches sprang from its evangelistic efforts – 54th Street, Normandie, Ephesus, Compton, Smyrna, Berean, L.A. Central, and Miramonte.

A day of powerful preaching, inspiring music, and wonderful testimonies were highlights of the three-day celebration just a few weeks ago. Our congratulations and prayers for God’s richest blessings are going out to University church for 110 years of faithful witness.

Follow University SDA Church:
See photos of the event:


San Bernardino has a rather large homeless population. To minister to them, a group of lay people devised a program that would not only present them the good news of the Gospel but serve it to them in a tangible way.

Led by Rafael Rojas, a group of some 20 members of the San Bernardino Spanish Church every week distributes a bag with literature and an invitation to come to the church for a meal and free food.

The food is collected from a food bank in downtown Los Angeles, prepared, and made available to anyone in the community. Up to 100 persons who are currently homeless have come to take advantage of this service every week with the average hovering between 60-70 every Sunday.

Pastor Alfonso Valenzuela told us that the program is 100% lay-led and in three years more than 50 people have become members of the church through baptism. What an inspiring program!

Visit the Church Website:


Dr. Reinder Bruinsma has a new book, published by Oak & Acorn Publishing, called “In All Humility: Saying No to Last Generation Theology.” In this book, Bruinsma leads the readers into a better understanding of how our understanding of the nature of Jesus is shaped by how we think about perfectionism and humility.

Learn more: https://www.amazon.com/All-Humility-Saying-Generation-Theology/dp/1720438811

“He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you
But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?”

Micah 6:8

2019-04-30T20:26:46-07:00September 13th, 2018|All Gods People|

Pacific Union “All God’s People,” September 7, 2018 Episode 215


Out of 4,200 professional pastors in the North American Division, around 200 are women. We were so pleased to have the majority of these pastors and chaplains here in the Pacific Union this week, as they gathered for fellowship, seminars, and the chance to be together at the NAD 2018 Women Clergy Retreat.

The event was sponsored by the North American Division Ministerial Department—and here in the Pacific Union, we were eager to participate and demonstrate our support for women in ministry.

Although still a small minority of NAD clergy are female, the number continues to grow every year as congregations, conferences, unions, and other ministries are discovering the benefits that professional women clergy can provide.

Follow Women Clergy on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nadwc/

See Photos from the Event: https://www.flickr.com/photos/nadadventist/


Several important laws which recently passed legislature promise to help those filing cases of harassment. The bills will help victims of sexual harassment, as well as Christians who lose their jobs over keeping the Sabbath.

Assembly Bill 1870 increases the time to file a claim for discrimination or harassment from one year to three years.

Senate Bill 1300 has a provision to make managers and supervisors personally liable for harassing and firing employees.

Learn more about these bills, and other important legislation, on the Church State Council website: http://churchstate.org/

Follow Church State Council: https://www.facebook.com/nadwc/?fb_dtsg_ag=AdyG2RepvF5jmI-vHsfWxV9jCZrEhhsfRNvqU479_bzraA%3AAdyxT3xNoBC5lYlPGOYEaHKrTnPd0iwi0utKaIYKB9zMpw

2019-04-30T20:26:46-07:00September 7th, 2018|All Gods People|

Pacific Union “All God’s People,” August 31, 2018 Episode 214

All God’s People and it’s accompanying program bulletin are formally released at 5 p.m. on Fridays to Facebook, YouTube, and here on Vimeo.


Do you have room in your prayers for 22 more special people? We’re referring to the student missionaries from La Sierra University and Pacific Union College who just a few days ago began their terms of service for this school year.

From South Korea to Peru, to the Philippines, to Spain, to Micronesia, to Ethiopia—we are so proud of how our young people have responded to the call to give a year of their lives in service.

Pacific Union Student Missionaries

Samuel Abawag
Serving in Majuro as a teacher

Madeline Anderson, Eureka, CA
Serving Gimbe Adventist Hospital in Ethiopia

David Arriaza, Chico, CA
Serving in Pohnpei

Jadelyn Bautista, Hinsdale, IL
Serving Pagudpud Adventist Wellness Center, Philippines

Taylor Bothwell, Angwin, CA
Serving in Pohnpei

Micah Buller, Santa Cruz, CA
Serving Kosrae SDA School, Micronesia

Ariana Calderon
Serving in Majuro as a teacher

Diego Calderon
Serving in Majuro as a teacher/chaplain

Mark Andre Camarena, Escondido, CA
Serving in Puyo, Ecuador, assisting in the opening of the first Adventist Bilingual Center

Alex Chang, Grass Valley, CA
Serving in Pohnpei

Alexis Cuevas (La Sierra New Alum), Brea, CA
Serving Puyo, Ecuador, assisting in the opening of the first Adventist Bilingual Center

Matthew Frias, San Bernardino, CA
Serving long term at SDA Sahmyook Language Institute in Seoul, South Korea

Jordan Harris
Serving in Ecuador as a teacher

Lysa Hinojosa, Highland, CA
Serving Puyo, Ecuador, assisting in the opening of the first Adventist Bilingual Center as director

Brandon Korompis, Redlands, CA
Serving the Pagudpud Adventist Wellness Center, Philippines

Madeline Miller, Covina, CA
Serving long term in South Korea

Glaucia Monteiro
Serving in Majuro as a teacher

Madison Oliver, Angelus Oaks, CA
Serving the Pagudpud Adventist Wellness Center, Philippines

Emmanuel Omosor, Loma Linda, CA
Serving in Spain

Taliah Perez, Roseburg, OR
Serving in Fiji

Lindsay Vandenburgh, Napa, CA
Serving in Fiji

Isabella Walder
Serving in Majuro as a teacher

Jesus said, “I am among you as one who serves.” (Luke 22:27)

Interested in dedicating a year to service?

Learn more about short and long-term mission trips from the Office of Volunteer Ministries at: http://www.hesaidgo.net/

Follow Pacific Union College World Missions: https://www.facebook.com/PUCMissions/

Follow La Sierra’s Center for Outreach and Mission Service: https://www.facebook.com/missionslasierra/?ref=br_rs

2019-04-30T20:26:46-07:00August 29th, 2018|All Gods People|

Pacific Union “All God’s People,” August 24, 2018 Episode 213

The Bulletin for All God’s People #213


On August 20, Redwood Adventist Academy students returned to the campus destroyed by fire October 2017. As students returned for a new school year, they were welcomed by both firefighters and local law enforcement who came to show the school the community’s support.

Marc Woodson, Acting President of the Northern California Conference, along with Stephanie Leal and Julie Lorenz from the Communication team, were on campus on Monday as part of the welcome to new and returning students. They asked some of the students and parents how it felt to be back.

Jorge Sibrian, a third grader told them, “I’m feeling happy. Not everything burned down. I hope just to have fun here and to remember memories of my school.”

Students noted the changes the fire made to their campus and shared what they look forward to for this school year. Liberty Bertuccelli, a seventh grader, said, “It definitely feels a bit different, kind of surreal. It’s nice to be here, and I like being with friends. I hope that Mrs. Weems will start sports, so I can play flag football.”

Parents also shared what it felt like to be back at RAA’s campus. Yolanda Merklin, parent of an eighth-grader, summed up the emotions when she said, “It’s nostalgic to be back—really good. I feel like we’ve come home. It’s like a family reunion.”

While the enrollment at Redwood has dropped because of the fire, there is a strong commitment in this community to keep the school open while plans to rebuild are finalized.

In preparation for the school year, RAA set up temporary modular classrooms for their students. They also set up a large tent on the grass for assemblies and for a place students can play in bad weather.

The dream of being back in school on campus is starting to come true! See more photos of RAA’s first day of school via the link below.

RAA’s First Day of School: https://www.facebook.com/pg/redwoodadventistacademy/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1889014321144723&__xts__%5B0%5D=68.ARBaL-jPnkKHO6ZypWtrW7wOzTeFD7cwHKbc4de9CCmkFo26ejkP5nSTIvfBL0VoRRDsgPJHUQx2gOCnDbsdtbMDCm4IaCPFKClT42N5Snr36CNOGFViWoJrj9CSHLkjI8pxLJnUphUl&__tn__=-UC-R

Our prayers are with the nearly 1,000 teachers who are standing before some 12,000 students in 150 schools across 5 states—as they begin this year.

We invite you to join us in holding up our Educational System—asking for God to bless the students and teachers, to enliven their classrooms with the Spirit of Christ, so that the joy of learning and of God’s grace might be experienced on their campuses and in each of their lives.

We’re looking forward to sharing updates on our schools throughout the year. Follow the Pacific Union on Facebook for photos and videos from our preschools, elementary schools, and academies.

Follow the Pacific Union: https://www.facebook.com/PacificUnionSDA/

At the time of this publication, the effects of Hurricane Lane on Hawaii are unknown. An updated bulletin will be sent if and when updates become available.

Cease to dwell on days gone by
and to brood over past history.
Here and now I will do a new thing;
this moment it will break from the bud.
Can you not perceive it?
I will make a way even through the wilderness
and paths in the barren desert.
—Isaiah 43:18-19, NEB

2019-04-30T20:26:46-07:00August 24th, 2018|All Gods People|

Pacific Union “All God’s People,” August 17, 2018 Episode 212


For one special evening every August, Eagle Rock Church becomes a magnet that draws community members together with the National Night Out Block Party. It’s a time for the church and its neighbors to get to know each other, share food, games, prizes, and fellowship as, together, they seek for a better and safer community. Congratulations, Eagle Rock! What a great way to show a community you care.

Follow Eagle Rock on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ersdafamily/


We’ve all been concerned and praying about the wildfires in California. The Adventist members in Redding, California, have responded to those fires in a powerful and much-appreciated way.

During the first weekend of August, churches in the Northern California Conference rallied to support those affected by the Carr fires. At Redding Adventist Academy, over 60 community and Adventist church members from around the area gathered to set up an expanded God’s Closet clothing giveaway in the school gym. On Sunday, August 5, 420 people, including victims of the Carr fire, walked through the gym doors to receive clothing for their families.

There are so many ways in which can make the love of God more tangible to our neighbors and communities.

Watch a short and inspiring film about God’s Closet: https://www.facebook.com/GodsClosetRedding/?ref=br_rs


The beginning of the new school year is just around the corner—and soon our schools across the Pacific Union will be welcoming their students back for another great year. We are very proud of what is being achieved in our schools—and are particularly grateful for the innovative and groundbreaking programs found in our academies.

Students at Sacramento Adventist Academy and a handful of other Adventist schools around the country have partnered with an initiative called FIRST that teaches leadership skills through hands-on activities involving science, math, and technology. A new video from Church Support Services explores why students and teachers alike are captivated by this program.

Watch the video: https://vimeo.com/283372678

The stories this week on All God’s People are reminders of how very grateful we should be for God’s love and care, for the ministry of our churches and schools, and for how the love of Jesus brings us together. Even though we are spread out across a very large Union, we are still one big family of God!

#AllGodsPeople #LivingGodsLove

2019-04-30T20:26:47-07:00August 17th, 2018|All Gods People|