Adventist Health Responses to Coronavirus, Supports Communities in Midst of Crisis

By Adventist Health, with Randy Speyer, Mary Parra, and Faith Hoyt As the spread of coronavirus began impacting communities on the West Coast, Adventist Health made the safety of patients, associates, and physicians their top priority. The hospital system’s highly trained infection prevention practitioners closely followed the guidelines of the CDC and local public health departments. Adventist Health also kept close contact with federal, state, and local agencies to ensure that physicians, staff, and patients received the best possible care. In addition to their response to the safety of those working and receiving care in [...]

By |April 24th, 2020|

ACS Responds to Pandemic; Union-wide Efforts Bring Aid to Communities

By Faith Hoyt, with Marquis D. Johns, Rocio Reyna and Cynthia Mendoza With the announcement of stay-at-home orders for those living in the Pacific Southwest and across the United States, churches operating Adventist Community Services began adapting their operations to safely serve their areas. “The compassionate Adventist Community Services volunteers across all five states of the Pacific Union Conference continue to serve their communities even in the midst of this worldwide pandemic,” shared Charlene Sargent, ACS director for the Pacific Union. “They have found innovative ways to distribute much-needed food, water, and other supplies, while [...]

By |April 24th, 2020|

Versacare Grants Support STEM Programs in Pacific Union Schools

On March 6, 2020, Versacare Foundation, a self-funded, independent private foundation that exists to support ministries of the Seventh-day Adventist church, awarded $1,435,000 in grant funding to 189 Adventist primary and secondary schools across the United States and Canada in support of STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)—$285,000 of which was awarded to schools in the Pacific Union Conference.This was Versacare Foundation’s fifth successive year funding STEM grants, and this marked the third consecutive year it funded every school that applied for a STEM grant.The STEM grant program has provided funding in three categories: $5,000 [...]

By |April 15th, 2020|

Holbrook Indian School Adapts Distance Learning to Meet Students’ Needs

By Faith Hoyt, with Diana Fish Schools across the Pacific Union Conference adapted their method of instruction delivery over spring break and resumed classes via online instruction in early April. Among the schools making the switch to online learning was Holbrook Indian School (HIS), whose student population faced specific challenges with the transition to distance learning. The challenges, which include significantly less access to the internet, prompted teachers at Holbrook to take additional steps to support students during the stay-at-home order. On March 25, the Navajo Nation issued a stay-at-home order, and on March 30th, [...]

By |April 14th, 2020|

Pacific Union Churches Live-Streaming Services

The Pacific Union Conference Department of Communication and Community Engagement assembled the following list of churches who are livestreaming their services and/or hosting online meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic. While extensive, this is not a complete list. If you would like to add your church website, YouTube channel, or Facebook page, please email a link and the name of your church to: Arizona Conference Adventist Worship Center SDA Church, Phoenix, Ariz. Facebook Flagstaff SDA Church, Flagstaff, Ariz. Facebook Foothills Community SDA Church, Chandler, Ariz. Facebook Phoenix Camelback SDA [...]

By |April 3rd, 2020|

A Message for Our Students Holed Up on Campus and Riding Out COVID-19

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of our students, both in and out of the country, who are dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. This is a time for us to do all we can to stay healthy and keep from spreading this terrible disease. To help check the advance of this virus, institutions and organizations are taking steps to suspend meetings, increase social distancing, and limit in-person gatherings. Your school may be one of those currently limiting coursework to online classes. It is important to follow whatever guidelines your college or university is imposing—not [...]

By |March 18th, 2020|