October 22, 2020
“For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” –Matthew 18:20
Pandemic Serves as Growth Catalyst for the Young Adult Community in Central California
This fall, the 32nd annual Student Leadership Conference, which has in previous years taken place at Leoni Meadows Camp in Grizzly Flats, Calif., went virtual for 31 junior and senior academies across the Pacific Union. In keeping with tradition, service and outreach were a part of this year’s conference. Student leaders participated in socially distanced service activities on their own campuses or individually. Activities included packing care packages, writing notes to the elderly, volunteering at local food banks, and creating gift baskets for local fire departments. And, though students could not gather at their usual retreat location, Leoni Meadows nonetheless provided tasty cookies, communion bread, and T-shirts for the event. According to attendees, SLC went very well and was enjoyed by the students. Mountain View Academy said, “Amazing job for leadership conference. I know it wasn’t what we expected, but it was an awesome program. Well done.”
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Pacific Union Office of Education Hosts Virtual Retreat for Student Leaders
What started as an idea in the fall of 2017 has turned into a children’s book, “Silly, Icky Clay in the Potter’s Hands” authored by a member and youth leader of the Fresno Spanish SDA church. Sarai Mendoza, a graduate of Bakersfield Adventist Academy and Pacific Union College, has been a teacher for the past 5 years in Fresno, California. Her passion for teaching and counseling fused together into a project designed to help kids have the assurance that God loves them unconditionally regardless of how people may hurt them or if they make mistakes—and that He has incredible plans for their lives. “As soon as I told my pastor about the book project, he was willing to have it on the church social media page and I have received a lot of encouraging messages from church members and the leadership team I work with,” Mendoza shared. “I am so glad I can provide a Spanish version for the Hispanic community!”
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A statement regarding Social Justice was voted by the Pacific Union Conference Executive Committee on September 23, 2020. Read the statement via the link below:
Western Prayer Circle
Today, join us in praying for God’s blessing on the Central California Conference. Pray for the pastors, their teachers, and each member partnered with them in ministry.
P.S. Did You Know—about the Central California Conference?