Pacific Union “All God’s People,” July 10, 2020 S4:E27

In this week’s episode:

—Adventist Book Center Hosts Summer Sale Online—
For many Seventh-day Adventist families in our Union, enjoying camp meeting and attending the big Adventist Book Center sale is a summer tradition. This year, while camp meetings have been cancelled, Pacific Press is taking the Adventist Book Center sale online. Mark your calendar! For one week, July 12–19, you’ll have the opportunity to watch short videos and learn all about the summer sale’s featured books. Then, simply order your favorites at amazing discounts. Check out the link below—and visit daily starting on Sunday the 12th to catch all the one-day bonus deals, too. Spirit of Prophecy – Kid’s books – Storybooks – Bibles – Cookbooks and Health books. They’re all there, and each day there will be a special bonus deal. Be sure to check back each day through July 19.
https://adventistbookcenter.com/summersale

From Adventist Book Center—The Earthy Canvas Vegan Cookbook
One exciting cookbook that Adventist Book Center currently offers is “The Earthy Canvas Vegan Cookbook.” Dr. Fay Kazzi finds inspiration for her delicious, healthy recipes from her Middle Eastern heritage, education, and career. Maximum flavor and nutrition via whole, plant-based foods are promised from each recipe.
https://adventistbookcenter.com/the-earthy-canvas-vegan-cookbook.html

—Books and More Available at Local ABC Stores—
Check your local ABC as well. We have 5 ABC stores in our Union—and they are operating and open, but check to see if their hours are different than before. They have summer sales and other discounted prices on books and resources, as well as your favorite veggie foods.
https://adventistbookcenter.com/directory/

—July 2020 Recorder—
The July Recorder should be in your homes soon. This is an issue you won’t want to miss. Be sure to read Ricardo Graham’s editorial “Love in a Hard Spot” and “Justice is Elemental to Life” by Marc Woodson, as well as all the news and inspiration from around our Union.
And the Summer edition of the Spanish Recorder is online, too. You can read the latest issue, and past issues, of the Recorder in English and Spanish via the link below. Lots of great resources for your summer reading pleasure! Resources to encourage, inspire, and share with others.

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“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” —Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

2020-07-10T04:20:31-07:00July 10th, 2020|All Gods People|

Pacific Union “All God’s People,” July 3, 2020 S4:E26

In this week’s episode:

—VBS – Heroes Home Edition—
Kids love heroes, and this summer, instead of talking about superheroes from the comics or movies, this new VBS from the Seventh-day Adventist Church will teach kids about heroes from the Bible. Heroes Home Edition will be available online or as a free download at HeroesHomeEdition.org on July 6, 2020. It will include a practical guide for using technology and hands-on learning to experience Heroes VBS at home! Learn more or watch the promo videos via the links below.

VBS Promo (English)
https://vimeo.com/429448428
VBS Promo (Spanish)
https://vimeo.com/429794878
Learn more:
https://www.adventistvbs.org/

—Stories from Adventist Health—
In Bakersfield, Adventist Health partnered up with City Serve to distribute soup packets last month for families and others in need. According to the Vice President of Partnership for Adventist Health, Kiyoshi Tomono, their work does not stop until people in their community are no longer hungry. Read the entire article from kget.com news via the link below.
https://www.kget.com/news/local-news/adventist-health-and-cityserve-distribute-soup-packets-for-families-in-need/

Also, from Adventist Health
Mendocino Coast District Hospital and Adventist Health signed a management agreement in May. The hospital will draw on Adventist Health’s extensive experience, as well as its vast network and resources in Mendocino County, where Adventist Health operates two additional hospitals, Adventist Health Howard Memorial in Willits and Adventist Health Ukiah Valley. Read the press release from Adventist Health below.
https://www.adventisthealth.org/documents/Fort_Bragg_Press_Release.pdf
Learn more: https://www.adventisthealth.org/mendocino-county/

—Marielis George Aids COVID Patients as EMT in NYC—
When La Sierra transitioned to online classes in March, Marielis George, a senior pre-med student, decided to go home and continue her studies from there – and home for her was Yonkers – 20 miles outside of New York City. While her father wanted her to stay safely sheltered in their home, Marielis had other plans. A certified emergency medical technician, she felt called to serve on the front lines of the pandemic. In spite of the dangers and her own fears, she signed up to work as an EMT with an ambulance company in her hometown. “COVID isn’t going to stop me from trying to make a positive impact on those who cross my path,” Marielis said. Read her story via the link below.
https://lasierra.edu/article/pre-med-student-aids-covid-patients-as-new-york-emt/

—Juneteenth Prayer March in Northern California—
On June 19, members of the Vallejo Central church in Northern California held a prayer march, walking about half a mile from their church to the steps of the Vallejo Police Department. They chose June 19, known as Juneteenth, because it’s the day that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. Nearly 30 people prayed on the steps of the building, and several police officers came out to thank them and talk with them. What an awesome way to commemorate this significant date in history.
See photos of the march: https://www.facebook.com/vcsdachurch/posts/3211262858922118?__xts__%5B0%5D=68.ARAMXp5T4gBSbRE5DTP8DpQeOZanJSIvRT2xd6eXbT-3HOTHtoMYxaQgOlkh5JPzRIR6vDokdNdSSr6u5O2ndC4RGOWlb5I7TeQhum-Dl_vh0g5KnSaUyPs714Zbi7MvpkIaZ0X2DtN9l4wGa27c-qI5ZEJkQ3FDi07RRxpSScKPSdb0OaGyWm0UEmKSAvv70dPfm3Yoxs7Fb97V8U2KUU1UMKmyOEC7EvrSBs4sjOcj0kf129SLFAxtp97ioBElHCaD1Qx1om5i11v6iN90IK3QFHSkBT6ogBaraBsyMRVdxbD4xaNK_E9E35LOJDkcJ9nt-trsVjyi_EVWmNohLIBaHQ&__tn__=-R

—Independence Day 2020—
Tomorrow is Sabbath and the Fourth of July. Independence Day is a federal holiday commemorating the Declaration of Independence of the United States on July 4, 1776. These are unusual times to be participating in the traditional celebrations – as the coronavirus restrictions will prevent fireworks, parades, and public gatherings in much of our Pacific Union and as events of recent weeks have been heavy on our hearts and minds. But the Fourth of July offers a wonderful opportunity for us to continue conversations we’ve been having—even during a difficult time. We are truly thankful for our country. We can count among our blessings our families, our faith, and God’s grace towards us.

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“Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.” –1 Peter 2:16

2020-07-03T13:58:56-07:00July 1st, 2020|All Gods People|

Pacific Union “All God’s People,” June 26, 2020 S4:E25

In this episode:

Celebrating Graduation and the Class of 2020

Little did we know just 3 months ago, that graduations around our Pacific Union would look so different from those in the past. But we have adapted and improvised; we have prayed and planned; our teachers and students have risen to the challenge; and we have some of the most meaningful and memorable graduation ceremonies to share with you.

A few interesting statistics:

Out of our 116 schools, we had 741 Kindergarten graduates; 902 eighth-grade graduates; and 751 twelfth-grade graduates. As of this date, there have been 49 drive-by or drive-in graduations and 10 schools have delayed their graduations to another time.

In this week’s episode of All God’s People, enjoy a video montage of some of our graduations from Hawaii to Arizona; California to Nevada and Utah.

Congratulations to the class of 2020! We are so proud of you!

Learn more about Adventist Education: https://adventistfaith.com/education/

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“And we pray… that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way; bearing fruit in every good work, and growing in the knowledge of God…” –Colossians 1:10

2020-06-25T18:32:50-07:00June 25th, 2020|All Gods People|

Pacific Union “All God’s People,” June 19, 2020 S4E24

In this week’s episode:

—Clovis Church Pastor Interviews Police Chief—
Pastor David Dean felt convicted to reach out to Police Department Chief Fleming after he saw an official online post of his balanced, heartfelt, and informative response to the death of George Floyd. Chief Fleming agreed to come to the Clovis church and answer questions on Sabbath, June 6, and the church deeply appreciated it.
“It has opened up a door for further connection and bridge-building between us,” Pastor Dean said. Their interview was posted to the Police Department website and has had nearly 8,000 views! Thank you, Clovis and Pastor Dean, for a very tangible demonstration of community engagement.
Watch online: https://www.facebook.com/376151075761914/videos/565110844426722/?__so__=channel_tab&__rv__=all_videos_card

—Celebrating Father’s Day—
This weekend we will celebrate Father’s Day, a day to honor what our fathers mean to us and to express our gratitude to them. This year, Father’s Day occurs on Sunday, June 21.
Learn More

—Leadership Roundtable—
The senior leadership of the Pacific Union Conference—including conference presidents, Union officers, North American Division officers, and education and health care leaders—convened for a Leadership Roundtable on June 10, 2020. Their purpose was to formalize a shared conversation and address some of the issues raised by the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020, and to respond to the nationwide protests against police brutality and systematic racial injustice and the outpouring of support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
Watch Online: https://adventistfaith.com/leadership-roundtable-june-10-2020/

—Arizona Conference Youth Ministries Hosts Virtual Camp Sabbath for Adventurers—
Some wonderful things have been happening for our children to help combat the isolation of social distancing due to the coronavirus.
Using Facebook and YouTube, the Arizona Conference Youth Ministries department recently hosted a virtual Camp Sabbath for Adventurers—children ages 6-10. Participants sang together, prayed together, listened to stories, shared photos of their pets, and used the Kahoot app to answer questions about the Bible. Supplies needed for the various activities were posted on the Adventurer’s page of the youth ministry website.
Follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/azsdayouth/

—Gracepoint Church Adventurers Enjoy Camp-in Weekend—
In Northern California, Gracepoint church’s Adventurer Club held a “camp-in” in place of the traditional spring campout. Director Janis Koh, leaders, and parents endeavored to make it as much like a real camping trip as possible. Families slept in tents in their backyards and living rooms; they prepared “camp” food, such as s’mores; and they went on nature walks near their homes. Fifteen families gathered together by Zoom for a Friday evening vespers and a Sabbath afternoon program. Kids and parents enjoyed singing, earning the Nature A to Z Award, going on a nature scavenger hunt, making crafts, and playing online charades. They posted photos of their activities in a Google album and then watched a slideshow together to see all the fun.
More Photos: https://www.facebook.com/graceisthepoint/photos/?tab=album&album_id=3437665619594507

—June Recorder 2020—
The June Recorder should be in your homes by now. It’s also available online. And the brand new summer 2020 Spanish Recorder is also online; see the link below.
Even as circumstances have forced us to develop new ways of connecting and communicating, each month it’s our great privilege at the Pacific Union Recorder to bring the inspiring news of God’s care and blessing to the Adventist believers in the Pacific Southwest. The churches, schools, and ministries that serve our region continue to function and fulfill their vital role for worship, learning, fellowship, and witness. This month we are pleased to begin the serialization of William G. Johnsson’s new book, Simple Gifts.
Read Online: https://adventistfaith.com/recorder/

—Adventist Risk Management Resources for Churches—
As congregations everywhere are looking forward to reopening their doors and beginning live services at churches once again, Adventist Risk Management has provided complete guidelines on reopening our churches. Click below to find to these comprehensive guidelines.
Read More:
https://adventistrisk.org/en-us/safety-resources/solutions-newsletter/2020/may/nadeng-guidelines-for-reopening-our-churches

Stay Tuned!
Next week, our program will showcase some of the amazing graduations from our schools around the Union. It’s going to be a very special program that you won’t want to miss.

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“Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” –1 Peter 5:7, KJV

2020-06-18T15:39:29-07:00June 19th, 2020|All Gods People|

Pacific Union “All God’s People,” June 12, 2020 S4-E23

In this week’s All God’s People:

Moved to seek justice for the oppressed and lasting change for the Black community, Church members are joining protests, prayer walks, and vigils.

Las Vegas, Calif.
Rally and March
On Friday, June 5, the “We Deserve to Live – Black People Matter Rally, March and Candlelight Vigil” took place at the Kianga Isoke Palacio Park (formally Known as Doolittle Park) in Las Vegas. Supported by the Abundant Life and New Life SDA Churches and friends, the event drew a crowd of 2,500.

Long Beach, Calif.
Community Walk
On the same day in Long Beach, Calif., Southern Conference youth and young adults met for a morning Community Walk to check in, visit, and pray with businesses affected by a riot in that area.
See more photos: https://www.facebook.com/onehousesocal/

Los Angeles, Calif.
Prayer Protest
On Wednesday June 3, members, pastors, and conference officers of the Southern California Conference marched from the University Seventh-day Adventist Church to the California African American Museum in Exposition Park, Los Angeles. The event was a peaceful prayer protest and vigil. The group was joined by members of the community, a local business owner, a captain of the LAPD Southwest Division, and the captain of USC Department of Public Safety who marched with them and addressed the people.
The message of this Prayer Protest was simple and straight forward. “Black Lives Matter – God’s Voice Matters — We must stand up for justice and truth. If we do nothing we are complicit! Be faithful to God, we are our brothers and sisters keeper!”

Stockton, Calif.
Churches Gather for Prayer Walk
On Sabbath afternoon, June 6, in Stockton, Calif., the Valley Community, Mayfair, and Pittsburg churches gathered for a Community Prayer Walk.
Photos and Video from Valley Community: https://www.facebook.com/valleycommunitysdachurch/

Riverside, Calif.
Mt. Rubidoux Church Rally
Members from Mt. Rubidoux church in Riverside, Calif., participated in protests, and took part in strategic plans to establish building consistent togetherness. Church members are encouraged to support black-owned businesses, and on June 9th, they also reached out to lawmakers about abolishing “qualified immunity.”
Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/mtrubidoux/

Clovis, Calif.
Interview with Clovis Police
On June 7, Clovis Police Department Chief Fleming was invited to speak with Pastor Dean of the Clovis church. The conversation covered many topics currently being discussed in communities across the nation.
David A. Dean, senior pastor of the Clovis church, stated, “I was convicted to reach out to the Chief after I saw an official online post of his balanced, heartfelt, and informative response to the death of George Floyd. He agreed to come and answer questions and we deeply appreciated it. It has opened up a door for further connection and bridge building between us.”
Watch online: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=565110844426722

Special Leadership Roundtable
Adventist Respond: Challenges and Changes
The Pacific Union Conference convened for a Leadership Roundtable on June 10, 2020, to address some of the issues raised by the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020, and the nationwide protests against police brutality and systematic racial injustice and outpouring of support for the Black Lives Matter movement. The conversation was hosted by Dr. Ricardo B. Graham, president of the Pacific Union Conference. Learn more via the link below:

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“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
–Micah 6:8

2020-06-12T11:47:54-07:00June 12th, 2020|All Gods People|

Pacific Union “All God’s People,” June 5, 2020 S4:E22

In this week’s All God’s People:

The United States is experiencing the most serious racial unrest since the 1960s, as lawful rallies, marches, and protests of the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis on Memorial Day, have taken place all across the US and our region, but have been also been marred by violence.

We had the opportunity to talk with Pastor Virgil Childs, the director of the African-American Ministries of the Pacific Union Conference, earlier this week, and to get his perspective on what is happening around us.

Links to statements recently released by Pacific Union Conference entities—

Pacific Union Conference: https://adventistfaith.com/let-justice-roll/

Adventist Health: https://www.adventisthealth.org/blog/2020/june/message-to-the-adventist-health-family/

La Sierra University:
https://lasierra.edu/article/la-sierra-university-president-fehr-and-pacific-union-conference-president-graham-call-for-justice/

Pacific Union College: https://www.puc.edu/news/archives/2020/a-statement-from-president-cushman

Southern Calif. Conference:
https://scc.adventist.org/scc-responds-to-george-floyd-death

Northern Calif. Conference:
https://nccsda.com/

Arizona Conference:
https://www.azconference.org/uploaded_assets/544024-A_Nation_in_Turmoil.pdf?thumbnail=original&1591047299

Central Calif. Conference:
https://www.centralcaliforniaadventist.com/statement-regarding-racism

Hawaii Conference:

https://c10a5026-6914-4e92-881a-6bf4ee1796d5.filesusr.com/ugd/b5480a_d1a57a7ff15440b283e03ea158ebea12.pdf

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“But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!” Amos 5:24

2020-06-05T08:58:06-07:00June 5th, 2020|All Gods People|

Pacific Union “All God’s People,” May 29, 2020 S4:E21

In this week’s episode:

—Thunderbird Adventist Academy Principal Drives 300 Hours to Deliver Graduation Gowns—
At Thunderbird Adventist Academy in Scottsdale, Arizona, Principal Jeff Rogers and other staff members took the time to deliver yard signs to the seniors as a small way of celebrating them. Watch the ABC 15 News video via the link below.

—Hawaiian Mission Academy’s Ka Lama Iki Campus Engages Students with Virtual STEM Lab—
At Hawaiian Mission Academy’s Ka Lama Iki campus, the principal and staff wanted to create a science lesson for the students each week. They created interactive videos for all of the students to participate in, using materials they found around their homes!
Watch Online: https://www.facebook.com/HawaiianMissionAcademyKaLamaIki/

—HMA Windward Campus Connects Online—
At HMA’s Windward campus, teachers have worked hard to create happy memories for their students online. On the school Facebook page, they have provided chapel experiences and stories read aloud.
Watch Online: https://www.facebook.com/hma.windwardcampus/

—Highlights from Northern California Conference Schools During Distance Learning—
Distance learning has transformed the Northern California Conference schools. The link to an amazing video is below!
Watch Online: https://vimeo.com/420930477

—Academy Seniors Set Up Scholarships with Unused Class Trip Funds—
At Central Valley Christian Academy in Ceres, Calif., the senior class trip was canceled along with their graduation. The class voted to use their class trip funds to help others in their class pay down the balance on their school bill and they set up two scholarships of $1,000.00 each to help two of next years’ seniors with tuition. What an awesome way to demonstrate Christ’s love to their fellow students!
Learn more about CVCA: http://www.cvcaonline.net/

—Distance Learning a Success at San Gabriel Academy—
At San Gabriel Academy in the Southern California Conference, plans for an alternate education design were already underway when the conference closed its schools. The curriculum did not change and the students readily adapted. Virtual interaction paired with a strong, Christ-centered curriculum is the name of the game!
Read More: https://scc.adventist.org/stories/distance-learning-a-success-at-san-gabriel-academy

—Escondido Music Ministry Class Teacher Surprises Students for Virtual Week of Prayer—
Escondido Adventist Academy’s Music Ministry class did something very special. The students decided to make a virtual band video as a way to express worship and stay engaged, and their teacher surprised them by playing the video for the first time on the last day of their virtual Week of Prayer.
Watch online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pk6b8v5sQC4&feature=youtu.be
Learn More: https://www.eaaschool.org/

—Academy Families Reach Out to Frontline Medical Workers—
Families from Riverview Christian Academy in Reno, Nevada, had the opportunity to participate in a community service project for those in their school family who are serving on the frontlines of this pandemic. An RCA parent organized an appreciation gift for a doctor and a nurse who are connected with the school. Learn more in this week’s episode!
Learn More about RCA: http://riverviewacademy.org/

—Pacific Union College Hosts Annual Week of Prayer Online—
At Pacific Union College, the annual Week of Prayer brought students together despite distance.
Additionally, the PUC Facebook page and the PUC Parents and Families page have been the hub for not only sharing relevant information, but also social connection.
Learn More: https://www.facebook.com/pacificunioncollege/
PUC Parents and Families: https://www.facebook.com/pucfamily/

—Holbrook Indian School Adapts to Students’ Needs; Celebrates Graduates—
For the students of Holbrook Indian School, distance learning has presented specific challenges. Learn how the school adapted to meet the needs of all students in this week’s episode. Visit the link below to see messages to their six seniors!
Learn More about Holbrook’s Graduating Class: https://www.holbrookindianschool.org/class-of-2020
Read more: https://adventistfaith.com/news/2020/04/holbrook-distance-learning/

—#LaSierraTogether—Being Together While Apart—
At La Sierra University’s home page, their banner captured our attention.
Learn More: https://lasierra.edu/together/

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“I am among you as one who serves.” –Luke 22:27

Read a special message to our 2020 graduates!

2020-05-29T15:39:02-07:00May 29th, 2020|All Gods People|

Pacific Union “All God’s People,” May 22, 2020 S4:E20

In this week’s episode:

—Thunderbirds Honor Frontline Medical Workers—
We were awestruck last Friday when the United States Air Force Thunderbirds flew across Southern California to honor frontline workers as part of “America Strong.” Six F-16 Fighting Falcons, in delta formation, flew over our hospitals to honor the first responders who are fighting to save the lives of those suffering from coronavirus. They spent an hour and a half buzzing the skies over about 20 medical centers in our region, including Adventist Health hospitals. The nurses and doctors who could, got a chance to step away from the stress, anxiety, and heartache inside the hospitals and for a moment, feel a bit of relief, excitement, and joy. Thank you, U.S. Air Force, for lifting our spirits and saying ‘Thank You’ to frontline workers!
Learn more: https://www.foxla.com/news/thunderbirds-honor-hospital-heroes-in-special-flyover-in-socal

—Arizona “Prayer Bikers” Show Appreciation to First Responders—
In Surprise, Arizona, Pastor Lonnie Melashenko and Ivan Weiss started “Prayer Bikers” just two weeks ago. And in just one week, the group grew! They meet at the Clearview SDA church and ride their bicycles to the local fire station, police station, and hospitals to pray with first responders from a safe distance and to say “Thank You.” Last Sunday, Clearview pastor Dennis Smith and Arizona Conference President Ed Keyes prayed with the group before leaving the church parking lot. Pastor Keyes prayed for Surprise Fire Station No. 6 and the fire engine crew waved their acknowledgment on the way to a call. Not only did the group of Prayer Bikers get wonderful exercise, they had the opportunity to pray with many first responders and fellowship with each other on a glorious sunny day in beautiful Arizona.
Arizona Conference: https://www.azconference.org/

—Oakland Area Churches and The Veg Hub Minister Via Food for the Town—
Food for the Town, an initiative led by The Veg Hub and six Oakland-area churches, is engaging the community with compassion. “We recognize that many families, including those with children, are unable to have healthy food during this crisis due to their financial challenges,” said Chef G. W. Chew, director of The Veg Hub ministry. At the Grand Advent church on April 25, volunteers packed 100 boxes of healthy groceries, including beans, grains, fruits, and vegetables. In addition to the NCC, several food distribution companies supported the effort. The next distribution event will be May 30. Learn more about The Veg Hub via the link below:

—Napa Community Seventh-day Adventist Church Posts Unleavened Bread Tutorial—
If you’re wondering how to participate in a communion service now that we’re worshiping by livestream, we’ve got a resource for you. The Napa Community church is planning a virtual communion service on May 30. Two church members made a video to demonstrate how to make unleavened bread at home, and you just may recognize the instructors: NCC Trust Officer Debi Pedersen and former NCC President Jim Pedersen. This recipe and instructions look so easy. Try making a batch in preparation for communion with your local church family. Thank you, Debi and Jim Pedersen!
Watch the tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H92xU2QQwlc&feature=youtu.be

—Memorial Day Weekend—
This is Memorial Day weekend. Observed on the last Monday of May, it’s a day to honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Memorial Day 2020 is on Monday, May 25.
Originally known as Decoration Day, it started in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings, and participating in parades. Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the summer season. This year the celebration will undoubtedly be colored by the brush of the pandemic, and there will be no parades or large family gatherings. But there will be memories shared and stories told. It will be celebrated in homes across the country.

This time of the year affects everyone differently, even at the most normal of times. Maybe you serve our country now or you used to, maybe you have family members or friends involved in serving, or maybe this is just the start of a three-day weekend for you. However Memorial Day affects you personally, be encouraged to reflect on those who have died in service to our country.

Learn more about Memorial Day: https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/memorial-day-history

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There are many ways to serve God: on the frontlines, in support, and even by saying Thank You. Service is what we do; it’s who we are. Paul describes it this way: “For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building” 1 Corinthians 3:9 (NIV). Even though our church buildings are closed, church is not closed because WE are God’s building. And we can find ways to serve.

2020-05-22T10:50:20-07:00May 21st, 2020|All Gods People|

Pacific Union “All God’s People,” May 15, 2020 S4:E19

—Drive-By Greeting Hosted at Simi Valley Church—
At Simi Valley church in Southern California, Pastors Jan and Phil White started a “drive-by” greeting time after the virtual worship service on Sabbaths. Two weeks ago 20 people showed up in their cars and the pastors prayed with them; collected tithe and offerings; handed out Sabbath School materials for adults and children, and gave out Pastor Phil’s famous “Smile, Jesus Loves You” balloons to the kids. A blessing for all involved! Learn more about the Simi Valley SDA Church via the link below.
SimiAdventist

—Churches Team Up to Host Grocery Drive-Thru—
In Central California, local churches in the South Bay are teaming up to help the community by giving free groceries to families who need it the most while limiting exposure amid COVID-19 restrictions. The Adventist Church in Sunnyvale and other Adventist churches partnered with “Fight the Hate” to host drive-thru free grocery pick-ups.
Read more: https://www.kron4.com/features/kron4-heroes/south-bay-churches-offering-free-drive-thru-grocery-pick-up-service-for-local-community/

—U Matter Grocery Give-a-way Hosted in Fresno—
In Fresno, on Sunday, May 3, several Adventist churches partnered to give away groceries to a thousand families. The giveaway started at 9 a.m., but so many people showed up that they ran out of boxes by noon, two hours early.
About a hundred volunteers packed up 40-thousand pounds of food, wearing gloves and masks as they loaded up cars. Church officials are hoping to do more giveaways at the end of May or early June. We’re so impressed by the hundreds of hours; thousands of pounds of food; and the dedicated volunteers Union-wide who are continuing to feed those in need, during these times. Keep up the great work!
Read more: https://www.yourcentralvalley.com/news/thousands-of-families-received-groceries-from-adventist-church/

—Local Church Helps El Dorado Adventist School Graduates Celebrate—
Like many high schools across the country, El Dorado Adventist School in Placerville, was grappling with how to properly recognize their graduating high school seniors given the pandemic. That’s when a local church came up with a special, heart-warming idea. They decided to take the graduation ceremony on the road. Kelly Gaines is one Academy senior who received a special surprise – right in her own driveway! And she believes this will be more memorable for her than an actual graduation!
Watch on Good Day Sacramento: https://gooddaysacramento.cbslocal.com/video/4537181-driveway-graduation/

—Teacher Appreciation At EAS—
Also at El Dorado Adventist School – last week was Teacher Appreciation Week, and the families did something very special. They took part in a drive-by parade of appreciation for their teachers. The school staff gathered in front of the school (standing the proper distance apart) and watched students and parents drive by holding signs of appreciation. The local police, sheriff, and fire departments also participated in the parade. In addition, teachers received gifts delivered to their homes. Way to go, Placerville, and for all the incredible “drive-by” graduation memories and Teacher Appreciation shown from schools all over our Union – a huge “Thank You!”
Learn more about EAS: https://www.eldoradoadventistschool.com/

—Mental Health Awareness Month—
Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed in May in the United States since 1949, reaching millions of people in the U.S. through the media, local events, and screenings. In the current circumstances, our own mental health—and that of our families and loved ones—is a very relevant concern. Below are resources from Adventist Health, the CDC, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness. With all the exciting and upbeat stories we share with you every week, we recognize that these are extremely stressful, discouraging times for many of us.
We want to be ever mindful of what our church members, family and friends are going through, and offer encouragement and practical suggestions on how to cope. Please check out these links; talk to your pastor, or a counselor, or a trusted friend. Get help if you’re feeling isolated and lonely. There’s help out there for you—just a phone call or a click away.

Adventist Health: https://www.adventisthealth.org/blog/2020/may/taking-care-of-your-mental-health-during-a-pande/

CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/managing-stress-anxiety.html

National Alliance on Mental Illness: https://www.nami.org/Get-Involved/Awareness-Events/Mental-Health-Month

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“Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone–especially to those in the family of faith.” –Galatians 6:10, NLT

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Pacific Union “All God’s People,” May 8, 2020 S4:E18

In this week’s episode:

—Happy Mother’s Day—

For many of us, our Mother represents the gold standard for unconditional love, and Mother’s Day is a chance to show our appreciation. It’s not really a celebration of how much we love our mothers—although that’s certainly a part of it. The truth is that it’s a day to recognize and celebrate again how much our mothers have loved us.

—Nurse Appreciation Week—

We are right in the middle of National Nurses Week. It’s an extraordinary time for us to think about the contribution that nurses make to our society.

The five states that make up the Pacific Union territory—Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and Utah—are home to nearly a half a million nurses! We are so blessed! Many of these great people are members of our churches and work in Adventist Hospitals. Adventist nurses can be found in every sector of nursing—from doctor’s offices to hospitals to schools to research labs. Many Adventist nurses regard their work as a calling—a ministry—patterning their professional lives after Florence Nightingale, whose vision and courage for nursing first established nursing as a profession.

Florence Nightingale believed that nursing was a calling. She believed that through their work, nurses embody God’s compassion and care.
When we celebrate the lives and contributions of nurses, we are recognizing the divine calling that each one of them fulfills as they go about their ministries. And it’s a reminder that we are called by God to be the hands and feet of Jesus, to have the mind of Christ, and to live our lives within His grace-filled care.

Thank you, Nurses—each of you!

—Teacher Appreciation Week | A Message from the Pacific Union—

To all our teachers in the Pacific Southwest—thank you! God bless you for all you do. Click the link below to watch a short message from Dr. Ricardo Graham, president of the Pacific Union Conference.

A Message of Appreciation for Teachers

To all our teachers in the Pacific Southwest—thank you! God bless you for all you do. #AdventistEducation #LivingGodsLove

Posted by Pacific Union Conference on Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Message from the Education Department: https://www.facebook.com/PacificUnionSDA/videos/616617239067107/

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“So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” – 1 Corinthians 13:13

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