In this week’s episode of All God’s People:

Northern and Central California Fires Prompt Adventist Entities and Institution Evacuations—

As fires continue to ravage Northern and Central California, we are praying earnestly for all those affected in our Pacific Union community of believers. As of Tuesday, August 25, several Adventist entities and institutions in Northern California were still under evacuation orders due to wildfires that began when an unusual heat wave and storms in the region produced more than 10,000 lightning strikes.

At the time of this All God’s People episode taping, reports reveal that containment of the LNU Lightning Complex Fire is proceeding slowly, but several of our institutions are still being impacted. Many residents have been evacuated, including those living on and near the campus of Pacific Union College. St. Helena Hospital, part of the Adventist Health network, has evacuated patients to nearby medical facilities.

The LNU Lightning Complex Fire is a “group” of fires burning in the same region that were sparked by lightning. For a complete update on the fire situation throughout California, visit the link below. And check below for the latest updates on our members and institutions. Our hearts and prayers go out to our members, students, faculty, and staff who have been affected by the fires.

Fire updates: https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents
Pacific Union College: https://www.puc.edu/news/archives/2020/puc-response-to-lightning-complex-fires
Adventist Health St. Helena: https://www.adventisthealth.org/blog/2020/august/adventist-health-st-helena-and-most-clinics-are-/
Central California Conference: https://www.centralcaliforniaadventist.com/

Conferences Host Virtual Retreats—

In the midst of the pandemic and firestorms, several conferences and churches are holding virtual prayer retreats, evangelistic series, and even a Week of Encouragement. 2020 has been a rough year—there’s no doubt about that. We could all use a little encouragement!

From August 1st–8th, Southern California Conference sponsored a virtual Week of Encouragement. Great preaching, beautiful music, and powerful testimonies encouraged members from around the conference and union. Each nightly episode is available on YouTube. Watch online via the link below!

Northern California Conference is hosting a virtual prayer retreat this weekend—Aug. 28th and 29th. Co-hosted with the Washington Conference, the keynote speaker is Randy Maxwell, pastor of the Renton, Wash. church. It’s entitled “Bring Back the Glory.” Details on how you can be a part of this retreat via the link below.

Week of Encouragement: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLi2z6y8W424IRfm5SNPi5osWfsnVn7y3j
NCC Virtual Prayer Retreat: https://nccsda.com/prayer-ministries/

Hollywood Adventist Church Provides Showers for Community—

A story that we love comes from Hollywood Adventist church, which sits in the heart of Los Angeles. L.A. has one of the country’s largest homeless populations, and estimates are projecting that COVID-19 will lead to tens of thousands more becoming homeless in L.A. County. At Hollywood Adventist church, the Compassion Connection ministry is well-positioned to meet the needs of the community. The Shower of Hope, the Kohler Company, and Adventist Health are all working with the Compassion team to provide mobile showers, staffing, personal care products, and funding to serve the incredible need in the central Los Angeles area. You can read this story in the August Recorder. Thank you, Hollywood Adventist church for answering God’s call to extend His warm embrace to others!

Compassion Connection: http://www.hollywoodsda.org/city/ministry-of-compassion/

Drive-In Communion Hosted at Oakland, Calif. Church—

Market Street church in Oakland, Calif., has found a wonderfully creative way to celebrate communion. On Sabbath, August 22, the church hosted a “drive-in communion” at Golden State Academy for church members—a socially-distanced, safe, and reverent way to commemorate what the Lord did for us. “This do in remembrance of Me,” said the pastor, as they prayed over the bread representing Christ’s body. A beautiful service. And a wonderful idea for other congregations to do! Thank you, Market Street!

Market Street Church: https://www.marketstreetsdachurch.com/
Drive-In Communion: https://www.facebook.com/themightymarketstreet/videos/303064677454682/?extid=TPVaG3XsWUI0c4Fv

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“But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.”
–Isaiah 40:31