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.
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:
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