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Congratulations to PBE Finalists!

This is a special video message from the All God’s People production team to the 2018 Division Finalists in the Pathfinder Bible Experience (PBE), April 20-22, 2018, Camp Hawthorne, Florida.
We are proud of the 13 teams representing the Pacific Union—and all of those faithful young people who have worked so hard to be a part of this great event.

2018-04-20T15:03:14-07:00April 20th, 2018|All Gods People|

Pacific Union “All God’s People,” April 20, 2018 Episode 046


Students from across the Pacific Union traveled to Baltimore earlier this month to participate in the annual Sonscreen Film Festival, an annual gathering of young Christian filmmakers. This festival has become the destination for up-and-coming Christian filmmakers to share their creative work and network and be nurtured by film professionals.

Winners from the Pacific Union include:
Best Screenplay, “The Chocolate Shop,” Vester Banner III, La Sierra University
Best High School Short, “Ha’awi Aloha,” Kayli Pascal-Martinez, Hawaiian Mission Academy
Best Dramatic Short, “She Isn’t Here,” Michelle Noland, La Sierra University
Jury Selection Award, “Genesis,” Julian Ybarra, Pacific Union College
Honorable Mention Dramatic Short: “The Chocolate Shop,” Vester Banner III, La Sierra University

Congratulations all of the young adult filmmakers from the Pacific Union who competed in the 2018 Sonscreen Film Festival!

See the full list of Sonscreen award winners at: http://www.sonscreen.com/2018-sonscreen-award-winners/



The second annual Bite Size Talks – a faith-based food conference – was held at the Temple City Seventh-day Adventist Church in Southern California on Sunday, April 8. This event brings together believers passionate about food, faith, and serving and connecting with their community. The whole day was designed to inspire and equip the next generation—one healthy bite at a time!

Watch for more Bite Size Talk events at: https://www.facebook.com/bitesizetalks/

Learn more about this community bringing faith and food together at: http://www.bitesizetalks.com/


Every year, Pathfinder Clubs across the North American Division participate in PBE the Pathfinder Bible Experience—a team challenge that focuses on immersion in the Word of God. Competing in four rounds—Area, Conference, Union, and Division—teams of six club members study and memorize large portions of specific books of the Bible. This year’s PBE books of the Bible are the books of Esther and Daniel.

This Sabbath, 184 teams from across the division have gathered at Camp Hawthorne in Florida for the Division Final. Among the competing teams are 13 teams from the Pacific Union, representing 9 of our churches from 5 of our conferences.

We invite you to join us in praying for this great event—and for the continued success of all those wonderful pathfinders who have worked so hard to reach this milestone. We are so proud of you!

In Esther 4:14, Mordecai asks a question that each of us should consider when we wonder whether the Lord has a ministry and a task for us. The text that our Pathfinders have learned so well asks, “Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”


All God’s People is taking a “Spring Break” next week but will be back on May 4, 2018. See you then!

2018-04-19T21:52:46-07:00April 19th, 2018|All Gods People|

Pacific Union “All God’s People,” April 13, 2018 Episode 045

Nearly 1,000 participants from across North Pacific and Pacific Union conferences came together for the 2018 “EMPOWER” West Coast Youth Conference (WCYC) hosted this spring at the Ontario Convention Center in Ontario, Calif.. Over the four days they gathered, young people participated in praise, worship, devotions, workshops, seminars and social activities. The young delegates made the word EMPOWER mean something with the service projects that they took on in the Inland Empire. Delegates fanned out across the community to work together and spread the love of Christ through tangible acts of compassion, following the example of Jesus.

The West Coast Bible Conference exemplified what can happen with young people are Empowered to do something wonderful for the Kingdom of God.

Look for photos of this conference on the WCYC Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/myWCYC/


Some of the most compelling stories we get to tell each week come from people who are using their talents to bless other people. A news crew from Las Vegas CBS Channel 8 recently showed their viewers how Edward Simanton, an Administrator at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, New School of Medicine is contributing to his community as the instrumental music teacher at Abundant Life Christian Academy.

Dr. Simanton, who plays over 30 wind, string and percussion instruments, and has taught music for more than three decades, now spends his lunch hour several days a week providing piano, flute, trumpet, clarinet, saxophone, and guitar lessons to community students. His students frequently provide special music selections during morning worship service at the Abundant Life SDA Church.

Watch the news clip on the Nevada-Utah Conference Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/NUCAdventist/videos/?ref=page_internal

Read about what’s happening at ALCA on page 54 of this month’s issue of the Recorder: https://issuu.com/pacificunionrecorder/docs/pages1-71


The North American Religious Liberty Association has a remarkable event coming up in the Inland Empire and Southern California on April 21-22.

Here’s an invitation from the North American Religious Liberty Association:
“This Religious Liberty Summit will be different than our national Summit in that there is no advance registration, and no cost to attend. Come Do Justice with us! On Sunday morning you’ll have the opportunity to learn and train in hands-on grassroots advocacy efforts. Are you ready to Do Christ-Centered Justice? Join us April 27-29!”

Learn more about this summit at: https://www.religiousliberty.info/2018-religious-liberty-summit

Follow NARLA for details of the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NARLAfreedom/


Colossians 3:23-24 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”

Psalm 24: 1—“ The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.”

May we be mindful of how All God’s People have the opportunity to serve our Lord through every moment and every aspect of our lives.

2018-04-13T19:44:12-07:00April 13th, 2018|All Gods People|

Pacific Union “All God’s People,” #44 – April 6, 2018

Pacific Union “All God’s People,” Episode 044 – April 6, 2018


“All God’s People” went on location this week to Long Beach, California, for the ninth annual “Adventist WestPoint,” the premier training event for pastors, chaplains, evangelists, departmental leaders and administrators, students, local church lay leaders, and all church members.

This annual training event brings together an impromptu community of ministry professionals who focus on innovative strategies and training for church growth. Through seminars and workshops, sponsor exhibits, uplifting worship, and challenging messages from Scripture—participants are strengthened in their ministry and calling.

Adventist WestPoint in 2019 will be in Reno, Nevada, April 21-24.

2018-04-06T17:58:43-07:00April 6th, 2018|All Gods People|

Pacific Union All God’s People #043, March 30, 2018 Easter Edition

A Special Easter Message from the Pacific Union Conference—

How has the Easter story become meaningful to you? By what means did the story of the trial, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ become personally significant?

In this edition of All God’s People, the focus is on the scenes that make the story so familiar and so important, including that great scene on Sunday morning when the women who followed Jesus were the first to arrive at the empty tomb.

On Sunday morning, the women who had been around the cross when Christ died came to the tomb, and seeing someone that thought to be an attendant, asked where the body of Jesus had been taken. The answer rings out across the centuries with meaning and power: “And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye; for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here; for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead.” Matthew 28:5-7.

Later in the same chapter, the gospel records this timeless message in verses 19 and 20: “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”

At Easter, the promise is as vivid as the day it was first spoken, “I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.”

2018-03-30T21:34:32-07:00March 30th, 2018|All Gods People|

Pacific Union “All God’s People,” Episode 042 – March 23, 2018

Young people from around the Bay Area gathered for a Young Professionals Summit last weekend at the LIFE Adventist Church in Berkeley, Calif. The day included presentations and discussion time and provided a space for young professionals to discover how to live out their faith in the workplace. During their fellowship, the group also talked about ways in which their faith can be practical and relevant.
“I see young people who love the Lord and each other and who every day are facing challenges to their faith, seeking to live with joy and purpose, thankful to have each other, and are engaging their community for God’s kingdom!” said Ron Pickell, Pastor of LIFE Adventist Church.
The Young Professionals Summit is a great idea for churches with even a small group of young adults. Join us in praying for the young adults who came together at Berkeley and for all of our young professionals throughout the Pacific Union who are seeking ways to live their faith and be witnesses for the Kingdom of God.

Look for more events like this one at the LIFE Church by following their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LIFEberkeley/

The Light Above group in Pasadena, Calif., celebrated becoming a “company” of the Southern California Conference last Sabbath. The group formed in 2006 with 21 believers and is now up to 107 members who are rallying to support this new company. Congregations change in status depending on the number of members they have, as well as the amount of tithe being brought in. Company status requires 75 adult members and $85,000 in tithe saved. This historic moment for the Light Above congregation is a wonderful demonstration of how God is at work in our midst.

For more information about what the Southern California Conference is doing, visit: https://scc.adventist.org/

A special discussion about the Godhead will begin tonight, March 23, at the Dinuba Seventh-day Adventist church in central California. The program, titled “The God We Worship,” will continue on Sabbath and will include a discussion with leading theologians about “The God We Worship according to the Old Testament,” “The Trinity in the New Testament,” “The Amazing Work of the Holy Spirit,” and more.

Watch the symposium promo video at: https://vimeo.com/259957391

More details available on the Facebook event page at: https://www.facebook.com/events/429255094176154/

A recording of the program will be made available following the event at https://www.centralcaliforniaadventist.com/

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to them and dine with them, and they with Me” (Revelation 3:20)

A wonderful promise for All God’s People.

2018-03-22T17:16:30-07:00March 22nd, 2018|All Gods People|

Pure in Heart

By Mark Witas— Matthew 5:8 says, “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.” Being “pure in heart” has a few different levels to it. First and foremost, on a surface level, a person who is pure in heart is a person who practices telling the truth. To put it another way, a person who is pure in heart isn’t a liar.

When I was three years old, my family lived in Pasadena, California. One day I was out in the front yard playing while my dad worked on the car. As I was playing, I thought I heard the familiar sound of the ice cream truck coming down the street. I got so excited, I decided to hunt it down and get some ice cream. It wasn’t long before I was lost, finding myself in a little café.  There was a policeman sitting at the counter. I asked him if he had seen the ice cream truck. He flipped a nickel on the counter and the man behind the counter gave me an ice cream cone. I left and somehow found my way home.

As I came up the driveway, my dad slid out from under the car and asked, “Where did you get that ice cream?” Even at three years old, I knew that I’d get a spanking if I told my dad what had happened. So I lied and said that the neighbor lady had given it to me.

I immediately ran into the house, dropped my ice cream, and started crying. I flew into my mother’s arms and told her about the lie that I had told.

It seems that from the beginning we start out with hearts that need to go through some sort of purification process. We aren’t born with pure hearts. Our tendency from a pretty young age is to lie to get out of difficult situations.

The first character trait that God offers people who strive after a pure heart is basic honesty, no matter the consequence. The Bible elaborates on this all over the place.

If you have a pure heart, eventually people will view you as a person of your word. And because you are pure in heart, people will know that what you say is never intentionally misleading. But being pure in heart goes beyond just telling the truth. When the Bible talks about a person’s heart, it’s not talking about the organ that’s beating in a chest. It’s talking about our inner recesses, the place where we feel deeply, where secret decisions are made. Our heart is what we are, who we are when all of the pretenses and masks are stripped away. In essence, our heart is our soul uncovered.

People who are pure in heart are people of integrity. My word processor offers these synonyms for the word integrity: credibility, fidelity, honor, nobility, principle, character, decency, dignity, guiltlessness. People who are pure in heart are people who live their lives honestly, not only in word but also in action.  Pure in heart people have pure motives. They do what they do for the right reasons. There is no hidden agenda, no hook underneath the bait, no manipulation. Pure in heart people live their lives, even their secret lives, with integrity and out of a pure motive.

When I was 11 years old my mom wanted me to learn what it was like to do nice things just for the satisfaction of doing them. In my neighborhood lived a lady who was 87 years old.  She had a hard time getting around, and she wasn’t able to mow her grass anymore. So my mom asked me if I wanted to do it.

I said, “Sure, how much will I get paid?”

“Nothing. I want you to do it just to be nice.”

I’d never heard of anything so ludicrous in my life. “Thanks mom, but I’ll pass on the freebee.”

“OK,” said my mom, “how about if you mow her lawn for free and I increase your allowance by $10 per week?”


So I went down to Anna’s house and mowed her lawn once a week. The whole time she would follow me around and show me the places I missed. She would also make me stop the lawn mower, take a shovel and rid her lawn of the land mines the neighbor’s dogs had left.

One day, after I was done mowing her lawn, Anna came out to send me off and said, “You are such a nice boy. I don’t think I’ve ever met a young man who would sacrifice an afternoon just to mow an old lady’s lawn and not get paid for it.”

And without thinking, I responded, “I wouldn’t do this for free. My mom is paying me or I wouldn’t even think to do this.”

Her face dropped as she turned and walked back into the house. Her disappointment came from a sense that what I was doing didn’t have pure motives at all. In fact, my motives were tainted to the point that if my mother had stopped increasing my allowance, I wouldn’t have ventured near Anna’s yard.

It seems that we all suffer from tainted motives, at least from time to time.

“Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.” The Bible teaches us that if we want a pure heart, it’s ours for the asking. It teaches that if we decide to walk with God, He will make us into a new creation, a creation with a pure heart, a heart after God.

Mark Witas is lead teaching pastor at Pacific Union College Church in Angwin, California.

2018-03-19T19:15:22-07:00March 16th, 2018|Blog|

Pacific Union “All God’s People,” Episode 041 – March 16, 2018

Students are getting a hands-on experience learning STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) at San Gabriel Academy! The school’s innovative programs include robotics, aquaponics, and an active technology department. In their classes, kindergarten students are being introduced to basics of writing code, and high school students are learning to operate drones. Last year, the school’s robotics team made it to the RoboCup Tournament in New York City where they won first place.

Read about SGA at last year’s U.S. Robotics Tournament: https://scc.adventist.org/stories/us-robotics-tournament-awards-first-place-trophy-to-sga-team
Follow SGA activities at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/San-Gabriel-Academy/880588735308053


Last weekend, inSpire hosted their annual gathering for artists in Berkeley, California! This annual event is designed to celebrate the gift of creativity, and encourage Adventist songwriters, artists, photographers, and poets to use their gifts to share God’s message of hope.
This year inSpire was held at the LIFE Adventist Church in Berkeley, California, and drew people from throughout the Pacific Union, as well as people from Florida, Michigan, and Tennessee. If you like the arts, make sure to put next year’s inSpire gathering on your calendar!

Sign up for news about inSpire at: https://www.inspire.reviews
Get inSpired by following their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/visit.inspire/
Learn more about Church Support Services at: http://www.churchsupportservices.org/


Students at Hawaiian Mission Academy are packing their suitcases and grabbing their passports as they prepare for a spring break mission trip to Taiwan! This trip is the capstone of a yearlong elective class in Missions which prepared students to share the Gospel in the rural villages of Taiwan. “It’s an opportunity to go outside of my comfort zone,” one student shared.
These sacred journeys are so important as our young people are able to learn firsthand the joys of service and discipleship. Join us in praying for these young Apostles on their mission journey!

Learn more about Hawaiian Mission Academy at: http://hawaiianmissionacademy.org/
Follow them on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/HawaiianMissionAcademy


“I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron.” Isaiah 45:2

2018-03-15T20:34:35-07:00March 15th, 2018|All Gods People|

Pacific Union “All God’s People,” Episode 040 – March 9, 2018

Communicating, exchanging ideas, and strategizing all took place at eHuddle, the North American Division Evangelism Visioning and Leadership Team meeting hosted at the NAD headquarters in Columbia, Maryland. Representing the Pacific Union were pastors from across our seven conferences who wanted to join a discussion on church revitalization, growing younger churches and ministering to large, unreached people groups, such as single families, people in transition, and new believers. The meetings were described by Gamal Alexander, pastor of Compton Community Church, as “an amazing, impactful experience.”

Watch #eHuddle18 Day 1, Part 1 at: https://www.facebook.com/NADAdventist/videos/10157071162439409/?hc_ref=ARRjxy52HxsJy_dcwfp57phLXB5Oz6U8jFzMbG1ma8JjwOKuCuscppoFJ4NMzWhnjq8


If you haven’t yet visited the free resources available on the Jesus 101 ministry website, now is a good time to look them up. This ministry, based right here in the Pacific Union (Riverside, California), recently launched a 24/7 internet radio station with Christian contemporary music and teaching programs.

Jesus 101 is directed by Elizabeth Talbot, and is the only North American Division media ministry lead by a female speaker-director. Talbot is passionate about one thing – lifting up Christ through a sanctified teaching ministry. Dr. Talbot travels the Division bringing with her a wealth of Biblical wisdom and Christ-center instruction in both in English and in Spanish.

Listen to Jesus 101 radio at: http://jesus101.streamon.fm/
Visit http://www.jesus101.tv/ today to learn more about this ministry.


Matt Engle, math teacher at Monterey Bay Academy, is the winner of the 2017 Rosenthal Prize for Innovation and Inspiration in Math Teaching! His winning lesson is entitled “Bringing Similarity Into Light: Experiencing Similarity and Dilations Using Shadows.” In Matt’s lesson, students examine the shadows of shapes to explore concepts such as ratio, dilation, and proportionality in triangles. A $25,000 cash prize accompanied the award. Congratulations, Matt!

Read more about the prize at: https://momath.org/rosenthal-prize/
Learn more about academics at Monterey Bay Academy at: http://www.montereybayacademy.org/


Last week, our young scholars from Holbrook Indian School participated in the Navajo Nation Science Fair, held in Window Rock, Arizona. After completing projects for their own science fair, Holbrook students joined neighboring schools for the annual science fair held for schools across the Navajo Nation.
Two Holbrook students brought home awards from the event. Congratulations to Maribel, fifth place in the Senior Division, in the field of Biology, and Logan, 1st place in the High School Division, in the field of Chemistry. We are so proud of these young people—and for the dedicated teachers at Holbrook Indian School, a one of a kind mission among Native Americans, operated by the Pacific Union.

Learn more about what is happening at Holbrook at http://www.holbrookindianschool.org/

Follow Holbrook Indian School on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/HolbrookIndianSchool.org/

Photo credit for aerial shot: Navajo Times | Adron Gardner


The Voice of Prophecy will be hosting a Celebration of Life service in honor of Del Delker on Saturday, March 24, from 3-5 p.m. The service will take place at the Loma Linda University Church, followed by a reception at the Wong Kerlee International Conference Center near the church. The event will feature music and memories, and all are invited to attend. For those who cannot make it in person, a live stream (and archived video) will be available.

Read her life sketch and get details about the service and memorial fund at: https://www.voiceofprophecy.com/articles/news/voice-prophecy-soloist-del-delker-passes-her-rest


“Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12

2018-03-09T03:39:33-07:00March 9th, 2018|All Gods People|

Pacific Union “All God’s People,” Episode 039 – March 2, 2018

Last weekend in San Diego, the Paradise Valley Church hosted their first ever “Friendships for Hope Gala” to support refugee ministries. The event was organized by Will James, Pastor of Paradise Valley Church and CEO of Friendships for Hope, Inc., and drew a crowd of 250. At the end of the evening, the free-will offering and silent art auction raised over $12,000 to fund the church ESL program and other services for refugees.

Chef Amilcar Marrima, who prepared the Gala dinner, volunteered over 90 hours of his time in preparation for the event. “I always look for opportunities to help,” Marrima said. “I am a former refugee myself, so it was natural to get involved.” Marrima came to San Diego as a war refugee from Mozambique and believes in the ministry of Friendships for Hope, Inc. Additional help preparing for the Gala came from the Pathfinder clubs from Paradise Valley Church and the El Cajon SDA Church.

More details about the Friendships for Hope refugee ministry can be found at: http://www.friendshipsforhope.org/

Follow PV Church at: https://www.facebook.com/ThePVChurch/?ref=search

A special issue of the Recorder will come out in April that highlights education in the Pacific Union. We’re excited to share the stories, pictures
and updates from all 120 of our schools.
With 11,399 students, we have the largest enrollment in our schools of any of the Unions in North America. We invite you to join us in praying for all of our students and our schools and to be faithful in letting our staff and faculty know how much we appreciate and love them, too.

Read the Recorder online at: https://issuu.com/pacificunionrecorder

Charles Kinny, the first Black ordained SDA minister, was born as a slave in 1855. As a young man, he worked his way west until ending up in Reno, Nevada. One evening in 1878, Kinny was walking home when he passed by an evangelistic meeting held by J. N. Loughborough. He started attending the meetings and in September of that year, he joined the Seventh-day Adventist church. From that point on, Kinny began working in leadership roles for his church. In 1889, he was ordained as a minister. Pastor Charles Kinny was a great Adventist pioneer whose journey to prominence in ministry started here in the Pacific Union.

Learn more about Charles Kinny and his ministry at: http://www.blacksdahistory.org/charles-kinny.html

“Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything.
Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.
If you do this, you will experience God’s peace,
Which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand.
His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”
-Philippians 4:6-7

2018-03-02T01:18:12-07:00March 2nd, 2018|All Gods People|