Historical Look at the Northern California Conference—
While it was San Francisco that saw the first presence of Adventists in California, it was within the territory of Northern California Conference that the real work began. Learn more about the work of evangelists John Loughborough and Daniel Bourdeau in this week’s episode!
The work has grown from its humble beginnings 150 years ago. As of June 30, 2020, there were 40,932 members in the Northern California Conference, with 164 congregations. Aside from Adventist Health St. Helena, the oldest operational Adventist hospital, a number of other Adventist healthcare institutions operate in Northern California.
Elmshaven, Ellen White’s last home, is located near St. Helena in the Northern California Conference. During her life, she completed about 40 books, including the nine major works she wrote in the upper writing room at Elsmhaven.
The first steps in the creation of Pacific Union College began in 1882 when Sidney Brownsberger started a school at Healdsburg, with just 28 students – this became Healdsburg College in 1899. Ellen White was very much involved in the search for a new location when expansion was needed, and in 1909 the church bought the Angwin Resort, located just eight miles from St. Helena. Pacific Union College was dedicated there on September 29, 1909. And this week, on September 14, PUC resumed classes with a hybrid course of instruction that is mostly virtual.
NCC Mission Report—
Watch the September 2020 NCC Video Mission Report via the link below:
NCC Responds to Member’s Needs During LNU Lightning Complex Fires—
In recent weeks, Northern California is on the national news once again due to the horrific fires. Thousands were forced to evacuate their homes as a result of the LNU Lightning Complex fires, the third largest wildfire in California to date. The North Complex West Zone Fire (formerly the Bear Fire) experienced a quick moving and devastating fire run on Wednesday, Sept 9, that forced the immediate evacuation of thousands of residents and caused a number of deaths.
NCC Adventist Community Services Director James Lim has been in contact with leaders of the Oroville, Golden Feather, Paradise, and Chico churches. These leaders are members of the Intra-Church Fire Relief Committee (IRC), which was organized after the 2018 Camp Fire. During the recent evacuations, some Northern California Conference churches and schools served as resource centers for evacuees.
The NCC is keeping their members up to date on all the important news about the impact on churches and schools through their website: https://nccsda.com/
Middletown Adventist School Adapts for COVID and Fire Season—
Just days after the schools reopened online or in person, NCC Associate Superintendent of Schools Lynal Ingham visited Middletown Adventist School, where Teaching Principal Cyndee Westenrider has set up her classroom in an open-sided pole barn on the campus. We love this unique classroom and these enthusiastic teachers and students! Check it out via the link below.
Willows Church: A Small Congregation with a Big Heart—
For the past decade, people in the small city of Willows, located in Glenn County, relied on the community’s main food bank operated by a Baptist church. When that congregation could no longer keep the food bank open, they asked the Adventist Community Services director if the Willows Adventist church would take over. After much prayer, they felt compelled to answer the call to serve, and they stepped out in faith, believing God had a plan. Last year, the Willows ACS served about 20 people once a month, but now its weekly food bank serves an average of 570 people each month! This story first appeared in Northern Lights, a weekly newsletter for the Northern California Conference. Subscribe to Northern Lights via the link below:
NCC Youth Department Hosts Virtual Summer on the Run—
Beginning in 2018, the NCC Youth Department held its “Summer on the Run” mobile day camp program at a number of churches and at Redwood Camp Meeting. This year, their team sheltered in place together for six weeks to create 15 Summer on the Run videos. Find all 15 videos on their YouTube channel:
NCC Publishes Statement on Racism
The NCC Executive Officers Issued a Joint Statement on June 3, 2020—
You can read the entire statement via the link below:
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“But you, take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded.”
– 2 Chronicles 15:7