Hispanic Congregations to Host Virtual Evangelistic Outreach

By Faith Hoyt, with Abigail Marenco   In the second half of September, the Hispanic Ministries Department of the Pacific Union Conference, together with 160 congregations across the union territory, will launch a virtual evangelistic outreach series titled “An Encounter with Jesus.”   During the virtual series, Alberto Ingleton, director of Hispanic Ministries for the Pacific Union Conference, will present helpful topics for those experiencing difficult times, including biblical stories and effective methods for changing one’s destiny through an encounter with Jesus.   “Despite the national and global crisis that we are going through under [...]

By |September 17th, 2020|

Association of Adventist Women to Host Virtual Conference

By Nerida Bates, with Faith Hoyt   The Association of Adventist Women (AAW), in partnership with the Loma Linda University church, has put together a series of six Sabbath vespers programs addressing leadership called “Finding Purpose in Uncertain Times.”   Women speakers from Africa, Australia, Europe, and the United States will gather virtually to share their combined expertise. The series begins Oct. 10, with lead speaker Linda Becker from Union College defining leadership as finding our purpose. A discussion facilitated by Ella Simmons, vice president of the General Conference, will follow, with panelists Andrea Luxton, [...]

By |September 16th, 2020|

PUC Church Welcomes Lead Pastor Chanda Nunes

By Ashley Eisele   The Pacific Union College Church welcomed new Lead Pastor Chanda Nunes in late summer, after more than a yearlong search to find the right candidate.   “Pastoring a campus church is an exciting and unique experience!” said Pastor Nunes. “You have great resources at hand, the opportunity to meet people from all over the world, energy and insight from all age ranges, and the desire to come together to learn and to lift up Jesus!”   Pastor Nunes was born and raised in Toronto, Canada, and is a graduate of Burman [...]

By |September 16th, 2020|

Adventist Christian Fellowship Distributes Playbook; Gears Up for Virtual Bible Studies

By Faith Hoyt   Adventist Christian Fellowship (ACF) teams across the Pacific Southwest are gearing up for another year of ministry—and with the help of a team outside the Union, new tools to navigate the changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic are available.   This year, an ACF Playbook, which was developed by the Georgia Cumberland Conference (GCC), is being distributed online to students on public campuses. This playbook is a starting point for reimagining ministry on campus during a pandemic that has brought on the need for social distancing.   “If you think [...]

By |September 16th, 2020|

ALCANCE Scholarships Assist Aspiring Latino Students

By Faith Hoyt   A scholarship program for Latino students in the Pacific Union Conference that launched in 2015 is continuing to provide mentorship and financial assistance to young people pursing Adventist Education.   ALCANCE, a non-profit organization of Adventist educators and church leaders, helps give Latino Adventist students access to Adventist Education through various means, including scholarships and a mentoring program.   “For Latinos, acquiring a Christian education is often perceived as out of their reach due to the prohibitive costs involved,” said Martha Havens, associate director for elementary education in the Pacific Union [...]

By |September 9th, 2020|

Pacific Sunrise Begins Third “Season” for Storytelling

By Connie Vandeman Jeffery   A twice-weekly portal for storytelling has recently begun its third “season.”   Since January of 2019, Adventist academies, elementary schools, and churches across the Pacific Union Conference have contributed to a project called Pacific Sunrise. This twice-weekly email features short, inspiring stories—often showcasing what Adventist Education is all about. Now entering its third academic school year, the e-newsletter has curated over 350 stories.   “These stories sum up the inspiring things happening in our union in about 120 words or less,” said Faith Hoyt, editor of Pacific Sunrise and communication [...]

By |September 8th, 2020|
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