Newslog2019-01-09T11:40:55-07:00

Maranatha Celebrates 50 Years of Mission Service

by Julie Z. Lee On Sabbath morning, September 21, Don Noble stood before a crowd of more than 2, 000 people in Sacramento, California, welcoming them to the 50th anniversary celebration of Maranatha Volunteers International. Behind him, a massive globe spun on a screen, showcasing the thousands of locations where Maranatha has completed a project. In total, Maranatha has built 11, 229 structures and more than 1, 000 water wells in 88 countries. The numbers are impressive, but they weren’t the focus of the weekend. “The story of Maranatha is a fascinating story,” said Noble, [...]

By |October 16th, 2019|

Church Support Services Expands Ministry Resources

Faith Hoyt As Church Support Services Director Rich DuBose will tell you, his department is eager to help fulfill the mission of sharing the gospel. Formed to serve the needs of churches, his department has provided a host of resources to help churches share the gospel in the Pacific Union Conference territory. DuBose joined the Pacific Union Conference as an associate director in the Church Ministries department in 1994. “Back then, we launched a new ministry help-desk called PlusLine,” he said. “We had an 800 number that local church leaders could call to help them [...]

By |October 1st, 2019|

Hispanic Heritage Month in the Pacific Union: Highlights from our Churches and Remembering the Work of Marcial Serna

By Faith Hoyt and Connie Jeffery Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 to Oct. 15) began last month across the United States. In the Pacific Southwest, the contributions of Latino and Hispanic church members were honored with special church programs and events. Currently, the Hispanic population in the United States stands at more than 56 million, making it the largest racial or ethnic group in the United States.1 Members of the Pacific Union Conference administrative team took time in mid-September to share some of the many ways that Hispanic and Latino churches are making [...]

By |September 30th, 2019|

Pacific Union ACS Teams Provide Continued Aid as Camp Fire Survivors Transition to more Permanent Residences

Faith Hoyt with Connie Vandeman Jeffery Pacific Union Adventist Community Services (ACS) Director Charlene Sargent has been in motion for months now to coordinate specific kinds of support for Camp Fire survivors in Northern California. In the last 11 months since the fire, many survivors have resided in hotels, with family and friends, and other temporary housing situations. This summer as survivors transitioned into more permanent places of residence, Sargent and her team helped provide items that recently became needs for these families: kitchen supplies. Thanks to grant monies from Adventist Development and Relief Agency [...]

By |September 18th, 2019|

Pacific Union Pathfinders Attend 8th International Oshkosh Camporee

By Ray Tetz, with Faith Hoyt and Connie Vandeman Jeffery The 2019 International Pathfinder Camporee brought more than 56, 000 Pathfinders and leaders from 92 countries to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, during the week of August 12-17— including more than 7, 000 from the Pacific Union. Representing the Pacific Union were over 230 clubs from each of the seven conferences. Each day of the Camporee included a host of different activities and events. This year’s list of honors and activities proved especially innovative and unique, and young people earned honors for endangered species, stars, tornados, lighthouses, stewardship, [...]

By |September 12th, 2019|

Seventh Annual iShare Conference

By Bill Krick The 2019 iShare conference was held at the Riverside Convention Center on Aug. 16-17. Now in its seventh year, iShare is an annual conference sponsored by the Pacific Union Conference that seeks to help equip young adults with the fire to share the gospel and the skills to do so effectively. The theme of the conference this year was “Think Different.” Speakers included Clifford Goldstein, editor of the Adult Sabbath School Quarterly; Anil Kanda, young adult coordinator at Central California Conference; Chef GW Chew, founder of the Veg Hub Restaurant and Something [...]

By |September 11th, 2019|