Pacific Union “All God’s People,” July 19, 2019 Episode 328

All God’s People for the week of July 19, 2019
Episode #328

50th Year Anniversary of First Moon Walk

Where were you 50 years ago this weekend? Do you remember exactly where you were when you watched, along with 650 million people worldwide, as Neil Armstrong said, “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind?”

Learn more about the NASA events celebrating Apollo’s 50th Anniversary via the link below!
https://www.nasa.gov/specials/apollo50th/events.html

Future Teachers Receive Four-Year Scholarships from the Pacific Union Department of Education

Earlier this year, leadership from the Pacific Union Department of Education attended the graduation weekend ceremonies of five students in order to present them with scholarship awards. Every year since 2015, the Pacific Union has awarded four-year scholarships to five high school seniors pursuing education degrees at an Adventist university. The winners for this year’s scholarships are Alivia Lespinasse, Dannica Roberts, Lauren VandenHoven, Molly Gram, and Se Bin Bong, five students who share common goals: living God’s love in their classrooms and helping their future students discover the joy of learning.

Learn more about the Education Department: https://adventistfaith.com/education/

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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

2019-07-17T22:54:59-07:00July 17th, 2019|All Gods People|

Pacific Union “All God’s People,” July 12, 2019 Episode 327

All God’s People for the week of July 12, 2019
Episode #327

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Northern California’s Urban Camp Meeting Intentionally Engages with Community

After two years in one location, the Northern California Conference’s Urban Camp Meeting said goodbye to Stockton, California, on June 20-22, 2019. This year’s theme was “Time to Engage” — for next year, the camp meeting will engage in a new place. And it’s all part of the plan. The goal of Urban Camp Meeting is outreach. Every two years it moves to a new city in the area. In the two-year rotation, the first year’s goal is to lay the groundwork for evangelism, while the second year has a strong emphasis on citywide evangelism. . .
Continue reading at: https://www.nadadventist.org/news/northern-californias-urban-camp-meeting-intentionally-engages-community

WAF Assists with Professional Charitable Estate Planning Services

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a Will and a Trust? Do you need a Will but haven’t gotten around to getting one done? The Pacific Union has a specific ministry dedicated to assisting you in charitable estate planning. Western Adventist Foundation, or WAF for short, was created and incorporated in 1997, and is an organization that provides services and support for all of our conferences—both large and small.
Learn More: https://wafsda.org/

Estate Planning Seminar in Glendale

If you live in Southern California, mark your calendars for July 21 and a Sunday Brunch Seminar at Scholl Canyon Estates. The seminar, titled “Estate Planning Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make,” will be presented by Richard Harrison, General Counsel/Corporate Secretary of Western Adventist Foundation. Walk-ins are welcome! For reserved seating and info, contact: Geof Park, gpark@sccsda.org.

July Recorder Focuses on Forgiveness

The July issue of the Recorder is on forgiveness and what it means to be restored to wholeness by God’s grace. What does it mean to be ever and always safe in God’s hands – despite our weaknesses, our failures, our sins?

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

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“Now these are thy servants and thy people, whom thou hast redeemed by thy great power, and by thy strong hand.” -Nehemiah 1:10, KJV

New from the Living God’s Love Blog
Five Smooth Stones, by Ray Tetz
Visit: https://adventistfaith.com/blog/living-gods-love/2019/07/smooth-stones/

2019-07-11T12:48:29-07:00July 11th, 2019|All Gods People|

Pacific Union “All God’s People,” July 5, 2019 Episode 326

All God’s People for the week of July 5, 2019
Episode #326

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History of ABC’s in the Pacific Union

The history of Adventist Book Centers traces back to the autumn of 1868 when a small group of women began a prayer circle to petition God to work in the lives of their children, neighbors, and friends. They formed the Vigilant Missionary Society to share Adventist literature. This venture became the Tract and Missionary Society, with a global reach. In 1924, Book and Bible Houses offered the first Adventist literature storefronts. They grew into Adventist Book Centers by 1972, with a wider range of books and soybean-based health food products. We have seven great ABCs in the Pacific Union: Northern California has two (one in Pleasant Hill and one in Sacramento), and there are locations in Arizona, Central California, Pacific Union College, Southeastern California, and Southern California. They are vibrant, fully stocked stores with wonderful Christian resources and all your favorite foods.

Learn more: https://www.adventistbookcenter.com/

Upcoming Summer Camp Meetings

A reminder about upcoming camp meetings this month: Central California’s Soquel Camp Meeting is around the corner—July 11 to 20; Northern California’s Redwood Camp Meeting is July 18 to 27; and Nevada-Utah’s Tahoe Camp Meeting will be held July 27 to Aug. 3. For more information, go to your local conference website.

Conference Directory: https://adventistfaith.com/conferences/

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“For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.” -Romans 15:4

2019-07-05T03:45:09-07:00July 5th, 2019|All Gods People|

Pacific Union “All God’s People,” June 28, 2019 Episode 325

All God’s People for the week of June 28, 2019
Episode #325

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Press Together Juice Bar Gives Young People New Outlet for Ministry
With help from a Pacific Union Creative Evangelism grant, an Adventist-church owned juice bar opened in downtown Ogden, Utah. In addition to providing healthful food items, Press Together Juicery is also creating unique ministry opportunities for young people like Abel and Jazmin Alvarado. Their goals for this new platform of outreach? To become the hub of community service projects in the Ogden area.
Learn more: https://presstogether.com/

June 29 Offering Designated for Pacific Southwest Mission Opportunities
Tomorrow, Sabbath, June 29, is the Impact Pacific offering. The offerings are used to respond to opportunities for mission unique to the Pacific Union and are used exclusively within the local conference for mission opportunities in three areas:
Native Peoples—Projects that directly benefit ministries working with Native Americans and Native Hawaiians.
Mission in Context—Projects that are anchored in responding to specific local needs, particularly Refugee and Immigrant Ministries.
Providential Opportunities—Projects that are initiated because of an extraordinary opportunity for impacting the communities we serve that go beyond, or outside of, the scope of existing ministries.
Learn more about this offering and how it is impacting the west via the link below:
https://adventistfaith.com/impactpacific/

Happy 4th of July to All God’s People!
Independence Day, also known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence 243 years ago on July 4, 1776. The Continental Congress declared that the 13 American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation, the United States of America, and were no longer part of the British Empire. And now, those 13 original colonies have grown to 50 states! Learn about the establishment of the five states in the Pacific Union in this week’s episode of All God’s People. These five amazing states make up our Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, with over 220,000 members—the 2nd largest Union in the North American Division.

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“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”
2 Corinthians 3:17

2019-06-28T10:44:37-07:00June 28th, 2019|All Gods People|

Pacific Union “All God’s People,” June 21, 2019 Episode 324

All God’s People #324 – Congrats to Graduates, A #FollowHim Film Contest Winner, Bria Gamble Crowned Miss Oakwood, Enactus Team at Nationals – for the week of June 21, 2019

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Congratulations, Graduates!
We are proud of all of our young people from the five states that make up our Union, especially our graduates from elementary schools, academies, and institutions of higher education. To all the 2019 graduates, congratulations! God bless you in the next steps of your journey.

Calexico Student Places in Top 3 For
Adventist Mission Film Contest
The #FollowHim contest by Adventist Mission asked students ages 18 and under to make short films telling the world how mission inspires them to follow God every day. Yakov, a student at Calexico Mission School, decided to create a video highlighting the challenges students at his school face every day. He says filmmaking is one of his passions in life. Congratulations, Yakov, on creating this wonderful, one-minute film!

Watch the Film: https://vimeo.com/333813777

Mt. Rubidoux Church Member
Wins Miss Oakwood Title
Bria Imani Gamble, a member of Mt. Rubidoux SDA church in Riverside, Calif., and senior Biology major at Oakwood University just won the title of Miss Oakwood for the next school year. Gamble credits her success at school to her involvement in church activities like the Pathfinder Teen Leadership Training, sports, orchestra, a close-knit family. In high school, Gamble was the first African-American president of her senior class and she learned, first-hand, the impact representation of Black excellence can have on the members of a community. She believes anyone can accomplish their goals with God on their side.
Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?id=199951043542052&story_fbid=1078109932392821

La Sierra Enactus Team Places Among
Top 3 in US National Competition
Six students from La Sierra University’s Enactus team recently attended the US National Enactus competition where they placed 3rd for their project which focuses on improving education for students. These students are using business concepts to develop community outreach projects, transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world.

Learn more: https://lasierra.edu/graduation/

Watch the finals: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7r7SPvTVTsk

Camps Ready to Launch Ministry-Filled
Summer for Young People
In the Pacific Union, we operate six wonderful summer camps. In Arizona, we have Camp Yavapines; in Central California, there is Camp Wawona—the only Adventist camp operated within a National Park; Camp Waianae on the leeward side of Oahu is our camp in Hawaii; Northern California operates Leoni Meadows; Pine Springs Ranch in the San Jacinto Mountains is the camping destination for Southeastern California; and Camp Cedar Falls, in the San Bernardino Mountains, is the camp and retreat center operated by Southern California.

Be sure and check out the website for each camp to get more information on schedules and activities for the summer. It will be an unforgettable gift you can give to your children or grandchildren.

Camp Cedar Falls: https://campcedarfalls.adventistfaith.org/

Camp Wai’anae: http://www.campwaianae.org/

Camp Yavapines: http://campyavapines.com/

Leoni Meadows Camp: http://www.leonimeadows.org/

Camp Wawona: http://www.campwawona.org/

Pine Springs Ranch: https://www.pinespringsranch.org/

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“‘In the last days, God says,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your young men will see visions,
your old men will dream dreams.
Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
and they will prophesy.
Acts 2:17-18 (NIV)

2019-06-21T09:22:10-07:00June 21st, 2019|All Gods People|

Pacific Union “All God’s People,” June 14, 2019 Episode 323

All God’s People for the week of June 14, 2019
Episode #323 – Flag Day, Refugee Sabbath, Aid for Immigrants in Blythe, Graduations, and a Special Father’s Day Message from Ricardo Graham

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A Tribute to Flag Day
Did you know that people across the United States celebrate Flag Day on June 14 each year to honor the United States flag and to commemorate the flag’s adoption? Flag Day falls within National Flag Week, a time when Americans reflect on the foundations of the nation’s freedom. When you see flags flying today, take a moment to reaffirm your gratitude for this great country and your faith in liberty and justice for all.
Learn more: https://www.history.com/news/95-years-of-flag-day

Adventist Church in the Pacific Southwest Celebrates World Refugee Sabbath on June 15
The Seventh-day Adventist Church will commemorate Refugee Sabbath tomorrow, June 15, which also marks the Sabbath closest to June 20, a day chosen by the United Nations as World Refugee Day.
Learn more: https://www.adventistreview.org/church-news/story13724-adventist-church-will-celebrate-world-refugee-sabbath-on-june-15

Blythe Church in Riverside County Provides Aid for Immigrants
A number of churches in the Pacific Union are ministering to immigrants and refugees, and one of them is the Blythe Spanish church in Riverside County, California. This small church of about 45 members is working closely with Riverside County officials and providing immediate assistance to migrant families who have been given an appointment with authorities and have been released from custody by the Border Patrol to travel to the cities where they will eventually settle. Read the rest of this story on page 44 of the June Recorder, or watch a video report from the LA Times/San Diego Union-Tribune linked below.
https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/116762582-132.html?fbclid=IwAR14NdF_hCLkvLX03qpDBGqDVLSoIvwo2YqOPzaJ6jmyahWyorGfCzapgvg

Pacific Southwest Celebrates Graduation Weekend
This is graduation weekend for La Sierra University, Pacific Union College, and many of the Schools at Loma Linda University. This weekend will be a high point in the lives of the graduates and their families. On behalf of all of us at All God’s People, congratulations and blessings to each of you!

Links for the graduation schedule for each of these three institutions below:
LSU: https://lasierra.edu/graduation/
PUC: https://www.puc.edu/news/graduation
LLU: https://home.llu.edu/education/commencement/graduation-schedule

A Father’s Day Message

Elder Ricardo Graham, president of the Pacific Union Conference, shares a special message for Dads on Father’s Day in this week’s episode of All God’s People.

“Father’s Day is a day for gratitude for those who have loved you and have been particularly important on your journey through life. People who have given you the attention you needed at just the right moment; who have supported you through good times and bad; who have provided direction or motivation; who have mentored or challenged you to use your gifts and become a better person; who have shared their own life experiences in generous ways…” Watch the episode for the full message!

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“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone?
Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake?
If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
Matthew 7:9-11 NIV

2019-06-14T14:18:07-07:00June 14th, 2019|All Gods People|

Pacific Union “All God’s People,” June 7, 2019 Episode 322

Video notes for All God’s People – June 7, 2019 Episode #322

New University President for La Sierra University

In a vote on May 29, and following a search process in compliance with board policy, the university trustees elected Dr. Joy Fehr, La Sierra’s provost, to serve as the university’s next president. She will take office effective July 1. Dr. Fehr has held the provost’s position since 2016 following one year as associate provost.

Continue reading at: https://lasierra.edu/article/la-sierra-university-board-of-trustees-selects-new-university-president/

Pacific Southwest Prepares for Summer Camp Meetings

We have a rich tradition in the Pacific Union of some of the best and the largest camp meetings in our church. Check your local conference websites for greater detail—and do make plans to attend a camp meeting this summer.

Southeastern California Conference
Stockton / Grand Terrace, California
Black Ministries Campmeeting: June 19-22
Azure Hills church | Fall Campmeeting: Oct. 18-19, 2019

Northern California Conference
Redcrest / Stockton California
Redwood Camp Meeting: July 18-27, 2019
Urban Camp Meeting: June 20-22, 2019

Central California Conference
Soquel, California
Soquel Camp Meeting: July 11-20, 2019

Nevada-Utah Conference
Tahoe Valley Campground
Camp Meeting: July 28-Aug. 3, 2019

Arizona Conference
Camp Yavapines
Camp Meeting: June 7-15, 2019
Camp Meeting (Hispanic): June 17-22, 2019

Directory of Conferences:
Pacific Union Conferences

June Recorder Newsdesk Highlights Women’s Ministries

The June Recorder has a new section called Newsdesk—a round-up of things happening in our churches, conferences, and departments. This month it includes a special report from Dorothy Means, Women’s Ministries director of the Pacific Union, on the events, programs, and materials that provide encouragement and support for women’s ministries. Women’s Ministries Emphasis Day is an annual event on the church’s Calendar of Days and Events. Learn more (and read the Recorder online) via the links below:

Women’s Ministries Emphasis Day

Read the Recorder Online

Arise, shine; For your light has come!
And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.
For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth,
And deep darkness the people;
But the Lord will arise over you,
And His glory will be seen upon you.
Isaiah 60:1-2 NKJV

2019-06-07T15:07:29-07:00June 7th, 2019|All Gods People|

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.

Read more:

https://www.nadadventist.org/news/iconic-baby-fae-surgeon-bailey-dies-age-76

Watch more:

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.

Read more:

https://scc.adventist.org/stories/scc-is-recognized-as-a-patriotic-employer

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.

Learn more:

https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/memorial-day-history

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:

https://www.npr.org/2019/05/22/725610761/the-debate-grows-over-what-religious-freedom-means

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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 17, 2019 Episode 319 – Updated

This week in All God’s People:
An extraordinary group of young people take home an award, a church in Compton, Calif., brings the community together, and an interview with our intern.

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Paradise Prayer Warriors Win a Second Place Award at PBE Division Finals
The 2019 PBE Division Finals drew a record-breaking 210 teams to Rockford, Illinois at the end of April. One of the clubs representing the Pacific Union at the event was the Paradise Prayer Warriors. Each of the four pathfinders from this club who attended, as well as the club’s staff, all lost their homes in the Camp fire that raged through Paradise, Calif., last November. In the face of immense challenges, this team persevered and won a second-place award at the Division Finals.
Congratulations to these young people, and to all the Pathfinders who competed in the Pathfinder Bible Experience! Read (and watch) more in this article and video from the NAD:
https://www.nadadventist.org/news/2019-pathfinder-bible-experience-turnout-and-support-stuns-youth-leaders

Tamarind Avenue Church Hosts Community Town Hall
When numerous potholes in town started becoming a problem for drivers, the Tamarind Avenue church decided to get involved by hosting the community town hall held by Congresswoman Nanette Barragan. Approximately 1,000 people from the Compton, Calif. community came to the meeting. Learn more about the challenges this community is facing in the article linked below:
https://abc7.com/traffic/compton-potholes-$2m-in-help-on-the-way/5211246/
https://tamarindavenueca.adventistchurch.org/

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“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” -Colossians 3:2

New from the Living God’s Love Blog: Dreamers, by Ray Tetz
Read the article: https://adventistfaith.com/blog/living-gods-love/2019/05/dreamers/

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2019-05-28T16:47:46-07:00May 15th, 2019|All Gods People|