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Pacific Union “All God’s People,” August 24, 2018 Episode 213



The Bulletin for All God’s People #213


On August 20, Redwood Adventist Academy students returned to the campus destroyed by fire October 2017. As students returned for a new school year, they were welcomed by both firefighters and local law enforcement who came to show the school the community’s support.

Marc Woodson, Acting President of the Northern California Conference, along with Stephanie Leal and Julie Lorenz from the Communication team, were on campus on Monday as part of the welcome to new and returning students. They asked some of the students and parents how it felt to be back.

Jorge Sibrian, a third grader told them, “I’m feeling happy. Not everything burned down. I hope just to have fun here and to remember memories of my school.”

Students noted the changes the fire made to their campus and shared what they look forward to for this school year. Liberty Bertuccelli, a seventh grader, said, “It definitely feels a bit different, kind of surreal. It’s nice to be here, and I like being with friends. I hope that Mrs. Weems will start sports, so I can play flag football.”

Parents also shared what it felt like to be back at RAA’s campus. Yolanda Merklin, parent of an eighth-grader, summed up the emotions when she said, “It’s nostalgic to be back—really good. I feel like we’ve come home. It’s like a family reunion.”

While the enrollment at Redwood has dropped because of the fire, there is a strong commitment in this community to keep the school open while plans to rebuild are finalized.

In preparation for the school year, RAA set up temporary modular classrooms for their students. They also set up a large tent on the grass for assemblies and for a place students can play in bad weather.

The dream of being back in school on campus is starting to come true! See more photos of RAA’s first day of school via the link below.

RAA’s First Day of School:

Our prayers are with the nearly 1,000 teachers who are standing before some 12,000 students in 150 schools across 5 states—as they begin this year.

We invite you to join us in holding up our Educational System—asking for God to bless the students and teachers, to enliven their classrooms with the Spirit of Christ, so that the joy of learning and of God’s grace might be experienced on their campuses and in each of their lives.

We’re looking forward to sharing updates on our schools throughout the year. Follow the Pacific Union on Facebook for photos and videos from our preschools, elementary schools, and academies.

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At the time of this publication, the effects of Hurricane Lane on Hawaii are unknown. An updated bulletin will be sent if and when updates become available.

Cease to dwell on days gone by
and to brood over past history.
Here and now I will do a new thing;
this moment it will break from the bud.
Can you not perceive it?
I will make a way even through the wilderness
and paths in the barren desert.
—Isaiah 43:18-19, NEB

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Pacific Union “All God’s People,” August 24, 2018 Episode 213

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