Pacific Union “All God’s People,” March 27, 2020 S4:E12

In this week’s episode:

—Local Church Food Banks Help Communities—
With social distancing the new normal, Carmichael Seventh-day Adventist church is lending a helping hand with a drive-thru food bank. Good Day Sacramento visited the Carmichael church on March 18 and talked with Pastor Keith Jacobsen.

Watch the interview: https://gooddaysacramento.cbslocal.com/video/4485464-drive-thru-food-bank/?fbclid=IwAR2IwlTsAYOlafnpKNY9c8jqQR5OqgO2kMMf-JwZgWK6u04b7yxNsdo2J5U

About 400 miles south of Carmichael, Mario Melendez, the community services director at the Spanish American church in the heart of East Los Angeles, with his team of volunteers, served giant bags and boxes of groceries to those in need in their community on March 18. The number of volunteers and the amount of donated food was incredible. 100-150 families depend on Spanish American to meet their needs.

Learn more: https://www.dropbox.com/s/b8eu06c6w4w0063/Servico%20a%20la%20Comunidad.mp4?dl=0

Note: At the time both of these stories took place, California was not under the mandatory “stay at home” order it is today. We’re sure local churches will continue to find ways to serve the essential needs of their communities while staying within the state guidelines!

—A Message from Executive Secretary Bradford Newton—

This week, Pacific Union Executive Secretary Bradford Newton shares how we can serve Jesus during times of difficulty. Watch this week’s episode of All God’s People to hear his timely and encouraging message.

—Women’s History Month: Julia Ann White’s Story—

In 1905 Julia White traveled from Battle Creek to join the staff of the newly founded Loma Linda Sanitarium. Dr. White was the first woman physician on the Sanitarium staff. Seeing the need for more nursing staff in 1905, she initiated a nurses’ training program that became the first school of the College of Medical Evangelists.

Serving as the Superintendent of Lady Nurses, Dr. White taught physiology, obstetrics, and gynecology to the nurses. When the School of Medicine was founded in 1909, she taught medical students.

On the occasion of Dr. Julia’s arrival at Loma Linda, Ellen White predicted, “I think she will do well here.” She was certainly right.

Learn more about Dr. Julia White: https://medicine.llu.edu/research/department-basic-sciences/division-physiology/faculty/john-h-zhang-md-phd/zhang-lab/heritage

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“God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.” –Hebrews 6:10

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Pacific Union “All God’s People,” March 20, 2020 S4:E11

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.

—Operation Updates—

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.

—Faithful Support—

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.

Streaming your Sermon: https://vimeo.com/398403274?fbclid=IwAR1vJy1t4pYpyuI-gQxSVMR8L6Xfi2mydPsPW4tb6WXVGCeEre2S6s5RGmA

—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.

English: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQXtdm8WDog&t=

Spanish: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khC05ipcm-w

—World Church Executive Committee Votes to Postpone General Conference Session to Spring of 2021—

Read the statement—

English: https://news.adventist.org/en/all-news/news/go/2020-03-19/world-church-executive-committee-votes-to-postpone-general-conference-session/

Spanish: https://noticias.adventistas.org/es/noticia/institucional/el-congreso-mundial-de-la-iglesia-se-realizara-recien-en-2021/

2020-03-20T17:36:58-07:00March 20th, 2020|All Gods People|

Pacific Union “All God’s People,” March 13, 2020 S4:E10

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

—Former Pacific Union Conference Treasurer Passes Away — Theodore R. “Ted” Benson April 22, 1948 – March 8, 2020—
Theodore R. “Ted” Benson died Sunday evening, March 8, 2020, after a long battle with cancer. He was 71 years old. Benson graduated from La Sierra Academy and was a graduate of Loma Linda University/La Sierra Campus, where he studied business administration and accounting. He began his long career with the Pacific Union in 1976 as a systems analyst, and he helped establish the computer operations department in the newly-constructed offices of the Pacific Union in Westlake Village, California. He served as associate treasurer from 1981 through 2001, as undertreasurer from 2002 through 2005, and as treasurer from 2006 until his retirement on March 31, 2019. Benson is survived by his wife of 52 years, Beverly (nee Wood), and their son, Ted, Jr. A memorial service has been set for Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 4 p.m. in the Camarillo Seventh-day Adventist church. The family has asked that, instead of flowers, memorial donations be made to Holbrook SDA Indian School in Ted’s name.

—Pacific Union College Named Among Top 25 Best Colleges for Nursing—
Recently, GradReports released their list of the Top 25 Best Colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in nursing—and Pacific Union College made the grade. The nationwide list compiled by GradReports is based on the median salary for graduates one year after graduation, so PUC’s Nursing students have a lot to look forward to when they make the jump from classroom to career. Nursing is consistently one of the college’s most popular programs and PUC graduates are serving in medical facilities throughout Northern Calif., across the west and the country, and around the world.
Learn more about PUC’s nursing program: https://www.puc.edu/academics/departments/nursing-health-sciences
Read GradReports Best Colleges for Nursing list: https://www.gradreports.com/best-colleges/nursing

—Love. Serve. Lead. – March 2020 Recorder Magazine—
We hope you’re enjoying your March Recorder. Mailed to approximately 70,000 homes each month, the Recorder continues to bring news and inspiration from around the Pacific Union. How does God lead the church? As part of our “Love. Serve. Lead.” focus for ministry in 2020, this month we begin a journey to better understand the Christian leadership that will equip and engage the church in ministry and mission. Read “First Principles of Kingdom Leadership”, “Lessons from Moses on Leadership” and “Behold the Lion!” as well as all the news from around our union. As always, you can read the Recorder online via the link below. Next month look for our annual Education issue.
Read the Recorder online: https://adventistfaith.com/recorder/

—Women’s History Month: Anna Knight’s Story—
March is Women’s History Month – commemorating and encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history. For the remaining 3 weeks in the month, in recognition of Women’s History month, we’ll be highlighting some extraordinary women in Adventist History. Our first profile is a very special woman named Anna Knight. Watch this week’s episode of All God’s People to learn more about Anna’s story.
Learn more about Anna Knight:
http://www.blacksdahistory.org/anna-knight.html
Learn about Women’s History Month: https://womenshistorymonth.gov/

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In Ephesians 4, Paul writes: “Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church; the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.” –Ephesians 4:11-12, NLT

2020-03-12T16:18:48-07:00March 12th, 2020|All Gods People|

Pacific Union “All God’s People,” February 21, 2020 S4:E7

All God’s People S4:E7

In this week’s episode—
Stockton Teen Battling Cancer uses Make-a-Wish to Help Community; Bite Size Talks Comes to the Central California Conference; Health Tips for Coronavirus; Black History Month: Yolanda Clarke’s Story

Links to these stories on our website: https://adventistfaith.com/blog/all-gods-people/

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In the Desire of Ages, Sister White wrote, “Every individual has a life distinct from all others, and an experience differing essentially from theirs. God desires that our praise shall ascend to Him, marked by our own individuality.” –Desire of Ages, page 347

#HappySabbath #AllGodsPeople

2020-02-20T18:49:32-08:00February 20th, 2020|All Gods People|

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2020-02-04T18:48:41-08:00February 4th, 2020|All Gods People|