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100th Episode of Pacific Union “All God’s People,” May 31, 2019 Episode 321

The 100th Episode of All God’s People for the week of May 31, 2019
Episode #321

After three seasons we are thrilled to celebrate this 100th episode with a retrospective look at All God’s People! From the very first episode on May 18, 2017, to this 100th episode on May 31, 2019, our mission has been to bring you news and inspiration from around the Pacific Union every week.

We have told over 300 stories that illustrate the joy, resilience, and hope of All God’s People. In this milestone episode, we highlight just a few of the stories – the people, events, and holidays, we’ve shared with you these past two years.

We look forward to these few minutes we have together each week. We hope you are inspired and feel more connected to your local church community through this simple video program.

Learn more about All God’s People at: https://adventistfaith.com/blog/all-gods-people/

Sign up to receive our weekly emails at: https://adventistfaith.com/subscribe/

2019-05-30T18:19:30-07:00May 28th, 2019|All Gods People|

Pacific Union “All God’s People,” May 24, 2019 Episode 320

Iconic Loma Linda University Surgeon Passes Away

Seventh-day Adventists lost one of our most celebrated and iconic medical figures on Sunday, May 12. Leonard Bailey, MD, the renowned Loma Linda University Health surgeon who garnered international media attention in 1984 for transplanting a baboon’s heart into a human infant known as “Baby Fae,” died on May 12 at the age of 76, following a battle with cancer. Learn more about his life and work in the article and video linked below.

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Military HR Specialist Recognizes SCC Leadership as “Patriotic Employers”

Earlier this spring, Danielle de Asis, who works as both an HR generalist at the Southern California Conference and also a 42A Human Resources Specialist in the military, arranged to have personalized awards presented to the leadership of the SCC in gratitude for their support as a “patriotic employer.” Read more about this story from the SCC online via the link below.

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Observing Memorial Day

This is Memorial Day weekend. Observed on the last Monday of May, it is a day to honor the men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed forces, and particularly those who died while protecting our freedoms. Memorial Day 2019 is on Monday, May 27. Learn more about the history of this day via the link below.

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NPR Podcast on Religious Freedom

NPR recently posted a podcast giving important coverage of a religious liberty case involving Seventh-day Adventists. A must listen:


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“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends”

-John 15:13, KJV

2019-05-23T13:37:39-07:00May 23rd, 2019|All Gods People|

Pacific Union “All God’s People,”May 10, 2019 Episode 318

This week in All God’s People:

Energetic, mission-minded young people, the celebration of a 100-year old church, and honoring our Mothers and Grandmothers.

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Southern California Congregation Builds a Home of Hope

Earlier this year, the Upper Room Fellowship company (URF) in Arcadia, Calif., partnered with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) and spent a weekend in Tijuana, Mexico, volunteering with Homes of Hope. Learn more about their experiences in the article and video linked below:

Read more: https://scc.adventist.org/stories/holy-spirit-touches-hearts-while-upper-room-fellowship-builds-a-home

Watch more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJfEnV465TU&t=1s

May Recorder Focuses on Kindness

The May Recorder is titled “Called to Kindness” and features guest editorials on this fruit of the Spirit. The magazine also includes our new feature debuting this month – the Newsdesk – that goes behind the headlines of events and trends shaping our church here in the Pacific Southwest.

Read online: https://adventistfaith.com/recorder/

Northern California Church Celebrates 100 Years

The Roseville church, founded in 1919, celebrated its 100th anniversary on April 26 and 27. During the service, Pacific Union Conference President Ricardo Graham and former NCC President Jim Pedersen offered their congratulations, and NCC President Marc Woodson presented a celebratory plaque. Roseville City Councilmember Scott Alvord presented a special commendation from the city.

Watch their Celebration Church Service:

100th Year Anniversary Worship Service

Posted by Roseville Seventh-day Adventist Church on Saturday, April 27, 2019

Celebrating Moms on Mother’s Day

On Sunday, May 12, we will be celebrating Mother’s Day – a holiday honoring motherhood that’s observed in different forms throughout the world. The American version of Mother’s Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 and became an official U.S. holiday in 1914. Whatever you do to celebrate your mother or grandmother or your children who are Moms – say a prayer of thanksgiving with me for the incredible blessings of our Moms!

Oakwood University Aeolians Choir Survive Bus Accident in San Francisco

On May 4, while traveling from the San Francisco airport, a bus transporting the Oakwood University Aeolians Choir and school staff was involved in a multi-vehicle accident on Highway 101, just south of Sierra Point. Students and staff members were checked onsite by EMT, and initial reports revealed no life-threatening injuries. . . Read more via the link below.

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“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32

2019-05-18T13:07:14-07:00May 10th, 2019|All Gods People|

Pacific Union “All God’s People,” May 3, 2019 Episode 317

This week in All God’s People:

Adventist Health Lodi Memorial hosts special graduation, a church in Victorville, Calif., gives the gift of shoes, and a Los Angeles church impacts lives through outreach.

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Lodi Memorial Hosts NICU Graduation

Recently, Adventist Health Lodi Memorial welcomed back their tiniest patients and honored them with a graduation ceremony to celebrate the new neonatal intensive care unit that helps keep Lodi babies close to home.

Watch the news report: wtvr.com/2019/04/02/babies-don-tiny-caps-and-gowns-to-graduate-from-nicu/

See more photos: facebook.com/pg/ahlodimemorial/photos/?tab=album&album_id=356466381743727

Community Services Sabbath

This Sabbath, May 4, is Community Services Sabbath for the entire North American Division. Many of our churches in the Pacific Union are becoming the hands and feet of Jesus as they faithfully minister to the homeless or others in need in their diverse communities.

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Southern California Church Gives the Gift of Shoes

In late March, the Victorville church gave the gift of 429 pairs of shoes to students attending Lucerne Valley Elementary School!

Read More: vvdailypress.com/news/20190327/victorville-seventh-day-adventist-church-donates-429-pairs-of-shoes-to-lucerne-valley-elementary-school

Culver City Church Models Christ’s Method in Los Angeles

Although they haven’t quite yet fed the five thousand, the Culver City church has been following in the footsteps of the Savior—and last year, members hit a major milestone of serving 2,000 homeless people in Los Angeles.

Read More: scc.adventist.org/stories/culver-city-church-models-christs-method

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“….whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine,
you did for me.” -Matthew 25:40

2019-05-03T15:16:00-07:00May 2nd, 2019|All Gods People|

Pacific Union “All God’s People,” May 25, 2018 Episode 201


In Fallon, Nevada, a small Adventist church received a much-needed makeover from Build and Restore International. This non-profit organization, based in Sacramento, takes volunteers on short-term mission projects in communities around the world. At the end of March, they took a group of 35 dedicated volunteers, mostly young people, to the town of Fallon where they completely restored the outside (and much of the inside) of the Fallon Adventist Church. The group used 4,000 staples, 40 gallons of primer and 80 gallons of paint during the remodel, and accomplished a long list of tasks that included pressure washing the outside of the church; painting the inside and outside of the church; repairing water-damaged walls; replacing carpet in the sanctuary; and remodeling the front of the sanctuary. This was truly an “extreme makeover” – church edition!

A huge thank you to Build and Restore International!

See more photos of the church remodel at: https://www.facebook.com/buildandrestoreInt/photos/pcb.567133533651243/567132160318047/?type=3

Learn more about Build and Restore at: https://www.buildandrestore.org/

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It is with great sadness that we report that Dr. V. Bailey Gillespie, longtime Adventist educator, and theologian, passed to his rest on May 7. Dr. Gillespie is known for spearheading the Valuegenesis research project, a landmark study of students in grades 6-12 enrolled in Adventist schools. He wrote or edited more than 30 books and hundreds of articles. He also founded the John Hancock Center for Youth and Family Ministry at La Sierra University. A memorial service for Dr. Gillespie was held on May 19 at the La Sierra University Church.

Watch the Memorial Service for Dr. Bailey Gillespie:

Watch an interview with Bailey Gillespie about the Valuegenesis Project at:

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This next Monday is Memorial Day, an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May. This day honors the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. In a joint resolution approved on May 11, 1950, Congress requested the president to issue a proclamation calling on the people of the United States to observe each Memorial Day as “a day of prayer for permanent peace.”

Dozens of our churches around the Pacific Union on Sabbath will pay tribute to our fallen heroes, recognizing the liberties and freedoms we enjoy, and remembering the brave men and women who have given their lives for our country. At the same time, Memorial Day is an opportunity to focus on Jesus Christ, who laid down His life to secure a freedom which transcends any earthly freedom.

This time of the year affects everyone differently. Maybe you serve our country now or you used to, maybe you have family members or friends involved in serving, or maybe you just get a three day weekend. However Memorial Day affects you personally, be encouraged to reflect on those who have served us, and most of all, on the One who has given us everything.

Read more about the history of Memorial Day at: https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/memorial-day-history

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A few texts for All God’s People this Memorial Day and every day:

“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.” (Psalm 116:15)

“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:18)

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. (John 14:27)

2018-05-25T02:27:30-07:00May 25th, 2018|All Gods People|

Pacific Union “All God’s People,” May 18, 2018 Episode 049


Youth ministry professionals, pastors, students, and academics gathered recently for the 10th annual “180 Degree” symposium hosted this year at La Sierra University.

The symposium, hosted by Andrews University since 2008, started as a way to address current issues in Adventist youth ministries. This year’s theme “REACH OUT! Relevant Youth Evangelism” brought leaders together to discuss research, trends, and best practices for youth ministry and youth evangelism.

Effective ministry engages every believer and every gift. Each one of us have a personal experience that can be used by our Lord to bring hope and salvation to others, and this symposium is just one of many ways that leaders are honing into these gifts across the Pacific Southwest.

Learn more about the 180 Degree Symposium at: https://www.cye.org/ministries/180-symposium

Find out what’s happening on the La Sierra campus at: https://lasierra.edu/

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“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:34-35 NIV).

With these words, Jesus summarized the way in which the actions of all God’s people will be viewed by the world around us. And as we minister in this work in his name, Jesus will surely bless us.

2018-05-17T17:40:37-07:00May 17th, 2018|All Gods People|

Pacific Union “All God’s People,” May 11, 2018 Episode 048

Members of the Nevada-Utah Conference gathered for their 34th Quadrennial Constituency Session last weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada. Delegates voted Leon B. Brown, Sr. as president,
Karen Schneider as treasurer, and Carlos Camacho as executive secretary. The Hispanic ministries coordinator, Benjamin Carballo, and Regional ministries coordinator, Oneil Madden, were also voted in. The meeting ended with recognition of the spouses of the administrators, and a prayer over the leaders.

Know much about the Nevada-Utah Conference? Here are some fun facts about the region:

In terms of geography, the Nevada-Utah Conference is the largest of the seven conferences in the Pacific Union.
Both Nevada and Utah make it to the list of top ten for earthquake activity.
Between the two states, they have 8 National Parks.
Utah has the world’s largest natural-rock span. (Rainbow Bridge)
There are an estimated 30K wild horses in Nevada.

Read the news release at: https://www.facebook.com/NUCAdventist/posts/1961538700587199

See photos of the Constituency Session at: https://www.facebook.com/pg/NUCAdventist/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1961597620581307

La Sierra recently announced that their H.M.S. Richards Divinity School received notification that it has been awarded a reaffirmation of its accreditation. One of the major schools on the campus of La Sierra University, the HMS Richards Divinity School prepares students for pathways of service in ministry and religious education, as well as offering advanced study in theology. The school is one of only two Adventist schools in North America to receive this accreditation. “This is truly a significant opportunity and moment for La Sierra,” said Dr. Randal Wisbey, president of La Sierra University.

Read more about the 10-year accreditation at: https://lasierra.edu/article/hms-richards-divinity-school-receives-10-year-re-accreditation/

Did you receive your Recorder in the mail the mail this week? Don’t you love that picture on the cover of four generations of Adventist women?

It’s Mother’s Day this weekend, and the Recorder has several inspiring articles about Mothers, the importance of generations within our community of believers, and a wonderful Biblical study about the biblical character named Rachel—the beloved wife of Jacob and mother of Joseph. The study was written by Dr. Kendra Haloviak Valentine, and is in the May issue of the Pacific Union Recorder.

Read the full May issue at: https://issuu.com/pacificunionrecorder/docs/0518_recorder

This week is Nurses Week, and for Adventist Health, it is an annual opportunity to express gratitude to the professionals who comprise their largest group of employees. Adventist Health celebrated their ministry with a special video—a message for nurses and all of us. Nurses Week coincides with the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the visionary woman who founded modern nursing. “The Lady with the Lamp” had responded to what she felt was the call of God to service at just 17, and spent her life responding to the compassionate ministry of Christ, who she viewed as the founder of her profession.

Watch the nurse appreciation video at: https://vimeo.com/268805352

Learn more about Florence Nightingale at: https://www.biography.com/people/florence-nightingale-9423539

More news from around the Pacific Union:

-President Jim Pederson Announces Retirement from Northern California Conference-
Elder Jim Pedersen, President of the Northern California Conference, has announced his retirement effective July 31, 2018. He was voted as President on December 14, 2005. The constituency to elect a new president is scheduled for September 30, 2018. To read more, visit http://www.nccsda.com/article/600/departments/administration/northern-california-conference-jim-pedersen-announces-retirement

-Dr. V Bailey Gillespie Passes Away-
Dr. V. Bailey Gillespie, 75, passed to his rest on Monday, May 7, after a two-year battle with liver cancer. Dr. Gillespie was a member of the faculty of La Sierra University since 1981, and as associate dean of La Sierra’s HMS Richards Divinity School from 2015-17

-Alberto Ingleton to Join Pacific Union as Hispanic Coordinator-
Alberto Ingleton has been elected to be the Pacific Union Conference Hispanic Coordinator, replacing Jorge Soria. Since 2007, Elder Ingleton has been the Hispanic Ministries Coordinator in the Southeastern California Conference. He will take up these responsibilities on September 1, 2018. Elder Jorge Soria was elected in March to the position of Vice President for the Pacific Union Conference.

2018-05-10T19:23:59-07:00May 10th, 2018|All Gods People|

Pacific Union “All God’s People,” May 4, 2018 Episode 047


A group of committed Christian women came together from across their community last Sabbath to spend a day together focusing on worship, praise, and prayer. For the last six years, the Simi Valley Adventist Church has sponsored an annual Women’s Day event. This year, in partnership with the Southern California Conference Prayer Ministries Dept. and the Pacific Union, women from different faiths and walks of life gathered at the West Building of the Union’s office for a day to enjoy fellowship and share their faith.

Janet Lui, the main speaker and SCC prayer ministry coordinator, shared a message titled, “Prayer is the Key!” Lui, together with Jan White, pastor of nurture and discipleship at the Simi Valley church, Becky Stroub, and a team of volunteers worked hard to make the day special. From the floral arrangements, vegetarian cuisine, and spirit-filled speakers, to the praise music and presentations, this ministry event has become a wonderful respite for women in the Pacific Southwest.

Watch for more news about Women’s Ministry events at http://www.simiadventist.org and also at http://www.scc.adventist.org.


“Prayer is the opening of the heart to God as to a friend….Prayer does not bring God down to us, but brings us up to Him.” -Ellen G. White, Steps to Christ

Our prayer for All God’s People—particularly for the sisters in communities and churches across the Pacific Southwest—is that through the ministry of women like these, your soul will be nourished, and that you will know Jesus as your personal Savior and Friend.

2018-05-02T21:21:25-07:00May 2nd, 2018|All Gods People|

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|