LIFE ADVENTIST CHURCH OF BERKELEY FELLOWSHIPS OVER PANCAKE BREAKFAST
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.
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LOS ANGELES CHURCH TURNS 110
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.
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SAN BERNARDINO CHURCH MINISTERS TO HOMELESS COMMUNITY
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!
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NEW FROM OAK & ACORN PUBLISHING
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.
“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?”