Central California has the distinction of being the very first place in the West to be touched by the Adventist message. In this week’s episode of All God’s People, learn more about the work of Merritt Kellogg, stepbrother of John Harvey Kellogg, as well as James and Ellen White’s work in the Central California Conference.
Also in this episode:
Fires in the Central California Conference
Since Aug 17, there have been over 25 fires within the 17 counties of Central California. Included in that total are three mega-complex fires: the CZU Lightning Complex fire; the SCU Lightning Complex fire; and the SQF Complex fire. Not long after the fires started, Santa Cruz County partnered with the Soquel Conference Center to shelter the evacuees from the fires. Although the site hit capacity (540 people) for several days, each need was met; so much so that the main auditorium was needed to store the overflow of materials.
More photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/cccsda/albums/72157715895246253
Central California Young Adult Team Leads the Way with Zoom-Based Ministry
Two years ago, Central’s Young Adult team hosted a symposium for public speaking that drew more than 160 people of all ages. The symposium presented new and innovative ways to train and equip laity for ministry. The training has become very useful for what is now commonplace—Zoom-based ministry during the lockdown imposed on churches during the coronavirus crisis.
Within the first weeks of the pandemic, Pastor Anil Kanda, director of the Young Adult and Youth Discipleship department, and his team launched a program that included one or two virtual meetings every day to meet spiritual needs; then they launched a series of “Growth Labs,” which taught practical skills such as finance, fitness, and gardening. Each episode averaged 6,000 views. The age of virtual meetings has given rise to new opportunities for building community, transforming lives, and bringing hope to those in their sphere of influence. Well done, Young Adult team!
Learn more: https://www.centralcaliforniaadventist.com/youth-young-adult-ministries
CCC Hosts Biblical Theological Symposium
When the coronavirus pandemic shut down the state, and the Central California Conference had to cancel camp meeting, it provided an opportunity to jump into action to reach as wide an audience as possible. The Hispanic pastoral team put together the first-ever Central Calif. Conference biblical theological symposium and presented the theme of “La biblia y los eventos finales” (the Bible and Last Day Events) virtually. The symposium, held in July, had amazing results, and there have already been 48 baptisms as a result of the Symposium. The question-and-answer segments after every program were a highlight; viewers were able to ask any questions that related to the topic of the day, while relationships were formed in the comment and chat areas. It has now expanded to a live program every Friday evening entitled “Echoes of the Symposium.” All of the seminars given in the symposium are archived on their YouTube and Facebook pages.
Central California Conference to Host Biblical Symposium on Final Events
From October 23rd to October 31st, the Central Conference is hosting a virtual, “must see” event titled “What’s Next: A Biblical Symposium on Final Events.” Featured scholars from Adventist Universities include Ranko Stefanovic, Kendra Haloviak-Valentine, Jon Paulien, Leslie Pollard, and others. More details can be found below. It begins tonight at 7:00 pm (PST).
Watch the promo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dT7g73k1Dk
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“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
– 2 Corinthians 3:18