In this week’s All God’s People—
From the Pacific Union Conference: Coronavirus Update and Resources
We have watched together as the coronavirus crisis has caused the leaders in our nation and community to call for the virtual suspension of public life. Our church leaders have prayerfully decided to cancel worship services in most of the churches across the Pacific Southwest, and activities and instruction have been suspended in the majority of our schools. Almost all of the church business meetings and events are canceled or postponed well into April.
General Conference, North American Division, and Pacific Union Conference personnel are all working remotely, and the office buildings are closed. This is true for several of our conferences as well. La Sierra University and Pacific Union College—as well as Loma Linda University and many of the other Adventist Colleges across the country—have moved to online instruction for the Spring Quarter.
—Connecting Despite Distance—
The leaders of our churches, schools, and hospitals are carefully following the recommendations and requirements of civil authorities—recognizing that public health and safety are paramount during this time.
As new terms like social distancing and self-quarantine have become commonplace, our understanding of how we relate to one another has been challenged and changed. The handshakes must now become phone calls and text messages. While we may be constrained from embracing, we can still be warm and appreciative in our conversations with one another—verbal and virtual.
The fiscal viability and health of our ministries and churches is very much at risk because of the impact of the coronavirus crisis. We are thinking quite specifically about the tithe and the support of the church and congregation that you are a part of. God will be faithful to us in helping us meet every situation, of this we have no doubt. And each of us is given the opportunity to be a part of how His mission is fulfilled.
Please continue to pray for our pastors, teachers, and leaders. Special prayer is needed for those who are serving in our hospitals and clinics—and for the thousands of dedicated women and men serving in healthcare throughout our nation and the world. Pray for the health and safety of all those who are personally impacted by this virus.
Join us in praying that the crisis will end soon and that our communities will be spared further losses. Thank you for your faithfulness in the support of our shared faith. May you sense God’s blessing and grace during this time.
—Churches Go Online—
Our churches have responded so wonderfully to the extraordinary task of keeping our members informed and engaged during this time. Many churches are live-streaming their worship services and are using online tools and social media to bring our churches together virtually.
Bryant Taylor, media pastor at Azure Hills church, recently shared tips on streaming sermons. He covers prerecording as well as live stream options.
—Continuing Support of the Gospel Ministry During COVID-19—
Orville Ortiz, treasurer and CFO of the Southern California Conference recently responded to frequently asked questions about the online tool for supporting ministry—Adventist Giving. Watch the video on YouTube via the links below.
—World Church Executive Committee Votes to Postpone General Conference Session to Spring of 2021—
Read the statement—