Newslog2019-01-09T11:40:55-08:00

Church Support Services to Host 6th Annual inSpire

by Faith Hoyt This April, the Church Support Services (CSS) department of the Pacific Union Conference will sponsor and organize the sixth annual inSpire, a weekend gathering for Adventist creatives. “Our purpose is to let the creatives within our church know that we value their presence and expertise as photographers, poets, singers and songwriters, videographers, visual artists, and more because of the clarity they can add to storytelling and sharing God’s story,” said Rich DuBose, director of CSS. DuBose is eager to see the arts take a more prominent role in helping share the essence [...]

By |February 14th, 2020|

Pacific Union Designates Five Million in California Workers Compensation Employee Safety Funds for School Improvement Projects

by Faith Hoyt Adventist academies and elementary schools are putting unused California Workers Compensation funds to good use through projects that increase campus and workplace safety. In 2015, the required reserves in the Self-Insured California Workers Compensation exceeded the requirement from the State of California, meaning excess monies were available to be returned or designated for special projects. The Workers Comp Board for the Pacific Union decided to create a renovation fund and made the funds available to schools within the four California conferences for safety enhancement projects. “This program has been a real blessing [...]

By |February 6th, 2020|

Pacific Union Early Childhood Education Workshop Highlights Collaboration and Accreditation

by Faith Hoyt, with Julie Yamada Over 20 Pacific Union early childhood education (ECE) directors met together at the Ontario Airport Hotel in Ontario, Calif., this last November during their 2019 ECE workshop to focus on “Creating a Culture of Collaboration.” Marie Alcock, president of Learning Systems Associates, presented a seminar for educators on understanding and shaping a school culture. Alcock also addressed personalized learning, brain-based learning environments, and instructional practices. At the workshop, ECE directors became more familiar with the process of accreditation for early childhood programs during a training provided by Evelyn Sullivan, [...]

By |January 13th, 2020|

Volunteers Build 202 Sheds for Fire Survivors

by Julie Z. Lee In November, Maranatha Volunteers International and the Paradise church celebrated the completion of an ambitious community outreach project. In just three weeks of intense activity, volunteers constructed 202 storage sheds (surpassing the initial goal of 200) for survivors of the Camp Fire, a devastating wildfire that destroyed the town of Paradise in 2018. “It is a real sense of blessing to see what so many dedicated volunteers were able to accomplish in less than the original time allotted for this project. Each shed represents hope and a measure of love delivered [...]

By |January 8th, 2020|

Jewish Ministries: Helping to Build Understanding

by David Gardner Ellen G. White wrote, “When this gospel shall be presented in its fullness to the Jews, many will accept Christ as the Messiah.… God expects His messengers to take particular interest in the Jewish people” (The Acts of the Apostles, pp. 380-381). David Gardner, director of Jewish Ministries for the Pacific Union Conference, has taken this “particular interest” very seriously. In September, he was appointed by the Union to serve in this position throughout its territory. Currently there are 25 Jewish-Adventist congregations in North America and 56 worldwide. Gardner’s responsibilities include support [...]

By |December 23rd, 2019|

Fairness for All Introduced in Congress Press Conference held at Utah State Capitol

by Alan J. Reinach Historic legislation protecting both religious freedom and LGBT rights was introduced in Congress in early December. Pacific Union Conference Director of Public Affairs & Religious Liberty Alan Reinach was on hand for a press conference announcing the bill in Salt Lake City, held there because the lead sponsor is Utah Congressman Chris Stewart. The Seventh-day Adventist Church is among the broad coalition of groups sponsoring the measure. Melissa Reid, from the North American Division PARL Department, represented the church at the press conference and delivered the remarks that follow: “The Seventh-day [...]

By |December 20th, 2019|