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Pacific Union “All God’s People,” September 20, 2019 Episode 338

All God’s People episode 338, for the week of Sept. 20, 2019

In this week’s episode: News from Pacific Union College and La Sierra University, and a word about Public Campus Ministries! Learn which school made the list of 6 most beautiful campuses, and which was voted the most diverse university in the western United States the past five years!

Learn more about
Adventist Christian Fellowship:

Pacific Union College:

La Sierra University:

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“For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” -Proverbs 2:6

2019-09-18T17:18:50-08:00September 18th, 2019|All Gods People|

Pacific Union “All God’s People,” September 13, 2019 Episode 337

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

From Sept. 15 to Oct.15 every year in the United States, we honor the contributions of Latino and Hispanic communities with National Hispanic Heritage Month by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. Learn more via the link below:

Remembering the Work of Pastor Marcial Serna

In the Seventh-day Adventist church our Hispanic roots are deep and strong. Did you know that the first Hispanic Adventist church was in Sanchez, Arizona? In 1899, in Sanchez, Arizona, Abel and Adiel Sanchez discovered while studying their Bibles that the day of worship was the seventh day, sabado. They learned that Marcial Serna, the pastor of the Tucson Mexican Methodist-Episcopal Church, had become an Adventist through the work of Adventist colporteurs, and they contacted him. Eventually so many of the Methodists in Sanchez became Adventists that the Methodists gave them their church on the condition that the Adventists help them build a new one—and the church in Sanchez became the first Hispanic Adventist church in the U.S. Learn more about Pastor Serna’s work in the Milestones article in the September Recorder, and also in a recent episode of All God’s People!
Watch the Milestones Episode: https://vimeo.com/353907755
Read More in the Sept. Recorder: https://adventistfaith.com/recorder/

September Recorder Highlights Oshkosh Camporee

The September magazine is in your homes, and features a special report! We extended our publishing deadline just a little longer to include an eight-page photo essay of our Pacific Union Pathfinders at the 2019 International Camporee. The theme of this month’s issue is “Hospitality” and there are a wealth of stories and feature articles highlighting this spiritual gift. We pray that the Recorder continues to bless and inspire you. You can also read it online at our website! Past issues are archived for your convenience, including three issues of the Recorder en español:

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“Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.” -Romans 12:10-13

2019-09-12T19:18:35-08:00September 12th, 2019|All Gods People|

Pacific Union “All God’s People,” September 6, 2019 Episode 336

All God’s People for the week of Sept. 6, 2019
Episode #336

“Back to School” with our Top 10 Pacific Sunrise Stories

Each Tuesday and Thursday, we send out a new edition of “Pacific Sunrise,” an email that shares the most interesting, exciting, and inspiring stories that are impacting our members and our communities. We thought it would be interesting to go “Back to School” this week, as our teachers and students are all returning to the classroom over the next few days, or have already returned! Here is our Top 10 Pacific Sunrise story picks since the first edition last January.

Here we go—

#10 – Fresno Adventist Academy Expands STEM Program with Versacare Grant

#9 – PUC Preparatory School Takes Fitness Class Outdoors

#8 – Hawaiian Mission Academy Visits Camp Erdman

#7 – Linda Vista Robotics Team Earns First Place at National Championship in Florida

#6 – San Gabriel Academy Students Build a Playground

#5 – Summit Christian Academy Students Make Electricity

#4 – Students Become Published Authors at Valley View Adventist Academy

#3 – Lodi Adventist Academy Invites Special Guests to Banquet

#2 – Calexico Mission School Students Reach Out to Soldiers

#1 – Rubber Boots Required: Napa Christian Delves into Learning Outside the Classroom

Join the growing list of Pacific Sunrise subscribers!

These Top 10 stories were first featured in Pacific Sunrise! Every Tuesday and Thursday morning, we send out two stories that we find inspiring, engaging, and important to our community as Adventists. Join us for another year as we highlight our schools, churches, and ministries!


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“O taste and see that the Lord is good!” -Psalm 34:8

2019-09-06T00:15:00-08:00September 5th, 2019|All Gods People|

Pacific Union “All God’s People,” August 30, 2019 Episode 335

All God’s People for the week of August 30, 2019
Episode #335

Lodi Fairmont ACS Hosts “Cuddle Up” Project

At the Lodi Fairmont church, Adventist Community Service volunteers were featured on Good Day Sacramento earlier this month. The segment focused on the “Cuddle Up” project. Over many years, members have sewn thousands of blankets and paired them with stuffed animals to be sent to kids in need all over the community – and the world! What a way to make sure kids in need have a sense of comfort in tough times. Watch a local news report of this story:

ACS Continues Support of Camp Fire Survivors with Kitchen Supply Kits

The ministry of Adventist Community Services continues to help support the Camp Fire survivors who are struggling to put the basic pieces of their lives back together. Their latest kitchen supply kit giveaway was held at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds in Chico last month. Charlene Sargent, the Pacific Union ACS Director, coordinated the effort in Chico and will have ongoing supply kit giveaways in other needed areas. Watch the news report:

Summer Vacation Bible School Programs Engage Young People

Churches across the Pacific Union hosted fun and educational Vacation Bible School (VBS) programs this summer. In late July, the West Sacramento Spanish church hosted a Vacation Bible School using the new program developed by the North American Division called “Jamaii Kingdom.” Children learned to appreciate nature and had a great time exploring an African savanna while making friends and learning how we are all part of God’s big family!

In Elko, Nevada, the local church invited young people in their church and community to a Fiesta-themed VBS. Youth learned about Jesus through songs and activities that integrated the Spanish language and culture. Highlights from their program included “Sing and Play Olé” time, “Hot Bible Adventures” with Bible story reenactments, and “Cactus Crafts.”

Roughly 400 miles south, in Las Vegas, Nevada, the Maranatha Spanish church hosted an average of 70 kids each evening at their Route 66-themed VBS held during the last week of July. The theme was based on the 66 books of the Bible.

For churches like West Sacramento Spanish, Elko, Maranatha Spanish, and many more – VBS is a special way for congregations to participate in children’s evangelism and engage young people in meaningful ways.

Learn More About Jamaii Kingdom: https://www.adventistvbx.org/

Pacific Union Hispanic Ministries + Communications Departments Launch Quarterly Magazine in Spanish

At the beginning of the year, the Pacific Union launched a new quarterly edition of the Recorder magazine in Spanish. This new publication reaches about 20,000 Adventist homes in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and Utah! It is distributed through our Spanish-language churches, and the next edition comes out in October! Read the latest edition of the Recorder en español via the link below:

KHON2 News Interviews Senior Chaplain of Adventist Health Castle

Sara-May Colón, Senior Chaplain of Adventist Health Castle, is not what you might expect when you think of someone in her role, but she is exactly the right person for the job. Her faith and her heart for others is evident, and she has had quite the journey so far! Be sure to check out the story of her ministry and passion for serving others in a video interview from KHON2.

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“Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord.”
-Psalm 31:24

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2019-08-29T16:33:51-08:00August 29th, 2019|All Gods People|

Pacific Union “All God’s People,” August 23, 2019 Episode 333

Pacific Union “All God’s People,” for the week of August 23, 2019
Episode 333

Northern California Conference Office Moves to Roseville

On Monday, Aug. 5, the Northern California Conference office opened for business at its new location on Douglas Boulevard in Roseville. A new office for the conference—the property was previously owned by Adventist Health, and became available after their consolidating move to their new corporate headquarters, also in Roseville.

New NCC location:
2100 Douglas Blvd., Roseville
New telephone number: (916) 886-5600
New mailing address: P.O. Box 619015, Roseville, CA 95661
Learn More on the NCC Website: https://nccsda.com/

iShare Conference Hosted in Riverside

The 2019 iShare conference was held at the Riverside Convention Center on Aug. 16 & 17. Attendees were challenged to “Think Different” and to share their faith in new ways. Imagine a gathering that challenges you to unlock your creative potential for God. A weekend where you experience a paradigm shift in the way that you see and share your faith. That’s what iShare 2019 was all about!
Learn more about iShare: https://ishareconference.com/

Pacific Union Pathfinder at Oshkosh International Pathfinder Camporee

Last week, from August 12-17, approximately 55,000 Pathfinders, sponsors, leaders and parents, had the time of their lives at the International Pathfinder Camporee in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Clubs from more than 100 countries gathered at this once-every-five-years event. During the day, Pathfinders earned honors, traded pins, performed community service, tried a wide variety of fun activities, demonstrated their marching skills, and made new friends. Each evening, Damian Chandler, senior pastor of the Sacramento Capitol City church, shared the keynote address. They also watched an ongoing nightly play about the life of the Bible character David. The 2019 Pathfinder Camporee was a resounding success and a truly unforgettable experience for our young people – so much so that we’ve dedicated an entire All God’s People episode to the Camporee.

See more photos from Camporee: https://adventistfaith.com/camporee-2019/

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“For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.” -1 Corinthians 13:12

Sign up for All God’s People—a weekly video blog with news and inspiration from around the Pacific Union: adventistfaith.com/subscribe/

2019-08-23T00:14:27-08:00August 23rd, 2019|All Gods People|

Pacific Union “All God’s People” — Oshkosh Special Report

Pacific Union “All God’s People,” Special Oshkosh Edition; Commentary by Bradford Newton

Oshkosh. For Adventists, this single word has taken on a very special meaning. The 2019 International Pathfinder Camporee brought more than fifty-six thousand pathfinders and leaders to Wisconsin this last week—including more than 7,000 from the Pacific Union!

Pathfinders from 92 Countries gathered in Oshkosh, Wisconsin for the 8th International Pathfinder Camporee, which kicked off on Monday, August 12, and ran through Saturday night, August 17.

The Pacific Union was well represented by Pathfinders from across the Pacific Southwest! Some 236 clubs from each of the seven conferences in the Pacific Union attended this camporee, which is now held once every five years.

Pathfindering is now a global youth movement—and it was nurtured and developed right here in the Pacific Union. Our history with Pathfinders goes back some 90 years, including foundational work done in the 1940s and 50s. “Pathfinders” was first adopted by a camp in Southern California and then a club in Anaheim. The first conference-sponsored Pathfinder clubs were in Southeastern California, and many of the most familiar aspects of Pathfindering—the triangular emblem used worldwide, Pathfinder Fairs, Camporees, the Pathfinder Song—all got their start here in the Pacific Southwest.

At its core, the Camporee is designed to inspire young people to lift up Jesus in their lives. At this year’s camporee, 1309 precious young people were baptized—including some 200 from the Pacific Union! Thursday evening of Oshkosh was a special time for our Pacific Union clubs, as large crowds gathered on the left side of the main stage to participate as witnesses in the baptisms of dozens of young people from our conferences. An important moment witnessed by family and friends—and a moment of hope for the church.

Unforgettable experiences, special memories, and important life decisions. We’re grateful for the youth directors, coordinators, medical, security, and many other teams of people who worked hard to make this an educational, memorable and rewarding experience for our young people. Most of all, we’re grateful for those who prayed for our young people to experience God’s love while at Camporee, and for the young people who have chosen to follow Jesus.

The 2024 Camporee theme was announced on the final day of the Camporee. The next Camporee theme is “Believe the Promise.” The dates for the 2024 International Pathfinder Camporee are August 12-17, 2024.

Register for next year: https://camporee.org/

Do you have memories of Oshkosh 2019 you’d like to share with us? Post your stories to Instagram and Facebook using #PUCPath.

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“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” 1 Peter 2:9 NKJV

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2019-08-22T23:28:35-08:00August 22nd, 2019|All Gods People|

Pacific Union “All God’s People,” August 16, 2019 Episode 332

All God’s People for the week of August 16, 2019
Episode #332

How do you capture the history of the Adventist church in a territory that encompasses nearly half a million square miles? How can a few stories of a handful of people properly represent a church of more than 700 congregations, with 245,000 members, who come from dozens of different cultures—and worship each week in approximately 30 different languages? Each week we bring you stories of things that are happening in the Pacific Union that show how God is working in our lives and in our churches, schools, and homes. But what about—as the old phrase goes—how God has led us in the past? Do we have a history of providence for the growth of the Adventist Church here in the Pacific Southwest? Our communication team here in the Pacific Union sat down and picked out just a few of the stories that help us remember how abundantly God has blessed us and led us.

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“We have nothing to fear for the future, except as we shall forget the way the Lord has led us, and His teaching in our past history.” -Christian Experience and Teachings of Ellen G. White, p. 204

2019-08-14T23:58:54-08:00August 14th, 2019|All Gods People|

Pacific Union “All God’s People,” August 9, 2019 Episode 331

All God’s People for the week of August 9, 2019
Episode #331

Livestreaming Oshkosh Camporee; August Recorder Highlight; Pacific Sunrise; Stories of Faith, and more.

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“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13, NIV

2019-08-06T20:34:34-08:00August 8th, 2019|All Gods People|

Pacific Union “All God’s People,” August 2, 2019 Episode 330

All God’s People for the week of August 2, 2019
Episode #330

In this episode: FEJA Youth Congress at La Sierra University, Summer Ministry at Camp Waianae, and tips from Adventist Health for keeping kids active.

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FEJA Youth Congress Brings Young People Together at La Sierra University

Approximately 1,200 young people from across the Pacific Union Conference worshipped together and built community at the Federación de Jóvenes Adventistas (FEJA) Youth Congress held at La Sierra University in late June. The event, hosted this year by the Southeastern California Conference, included a Bible Bowl focusing on Luke and Acts, several social events, and volleyball, basketball, and soccer games. Each aspect of a FEJA convention is designed to help young people grow spiritually, form Christian friendships, and enjoy physical exercise.

Learn more: https://perosino.info/

Summer of Ministry at Camp Wai’anae

On the west side of Oahu, nestled in the Wai’anae Valley at the base of Mount Ka’ala lies an Adventist summer camp—Camp Wai’anae. This summer, Camp Wai’anae launched several creative and unique activities for campers. Adding to their long list which includes paintball, archery, gymnastics, and surfing, this summer they added archeology, hula, martial arts, ballet, music, and cooking classes.

Learn more: http://www.campwaianae.org/

Adventist Health Article Highlights Ways to Keep Kids

Adventist Health is a vital ministry in the Pacific Union. This faith-based, nonprofit integrated health system serves more than 80 communities on the West Coast and Hawaii. Their compassionate team of 35,000 includes associates, medical staff physicians, allied health professionals, and volunteers driven in pursuit of one mission: living God’s love by inspiring health, wholeness, and hope. On their website, they’ve made available some terrific resources, and that’s where we found “10 tips to get your kids moving this summer.”

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“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” -Proverbs 22:6

2019-07-29T23:23:58-08:00July 29th, 2019|All Gods People|

Pacific Union “All God’s People,” July 26, 2019 Episode 329

Adventist Church Leaders Visit The Veg Hub

We had the opportunity to check in with our friends at The Veg Hub in Oakland, Calif., recently when a group of Adventist church leaders from all over the world stopped in for dinner with Chef Chew and his team. Since 2017, The Veg Hub has been living their mission of “nourishing our bodies, our communities, and the planet.” Coming up in the August Recorder, four members of The Veg Hub team are featured in our Portraits of Wholeness. More information and links to a Veg Hub video below.

Learn more about The Veg Hub: http://www.theveghub.com/

Watch The Veg Hub story: https://vimeo.com/221044443

Updates on Summer Camp Meetings

Northern California’s Redwood Camp Meeting is drawing to a close this weekend.

Nevada-Utah’s Tahoe Camp meeting runs from July 29 to August 3.

The Loma Linda University church 2019 Camp Meeting takes place the entire month of August on Friday nights and Sabbaths, featuring Pastor Randy Roberts each Sabbath with the theme “A Life that Matters.”

The NAD Chinese Camp Meeting will be held next weekend, August 2 to 4, at the Chino Valley Chinese church. The theme is “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus,” and Elder Ricardo Graham, president of the Pacific Union Conference, is one of the keynote speakers.

Pacific Press Releases New Books
A few weeks ago we shared a few of the new books out this summer from Pacific Press. There are a few we know you’ll enjoy! Visit the Adventist Book Store Online: https://www.adventistbookcenter.com/

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“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship… Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.” -Romans 12:1, 12-13, NIV

2019-07-26T10:15:09-08:00July 24th, 2019|All Gods People|