April 28th, 2020
Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. –Galatians 6:10
Irenaeus, one of the earliest church fathers, wrote, “What God creates, God loves; and what God loves, God loves everlastingly.” Now there’s a word you don’t read every day: everlastingly. It is one of those words that carry eternity within it, like permanently, indelibly, perpetually, and forever. It is the absolutely opposite of never. It is not “once upon a time” but “always and forever.” It is for all time. At a moment in our human history unlike anything we have seen in our own time, when everything seems at risk, including our own lives and the lives of the ones we love, I can’t think of anything more reassuring and important than to remember that God’s goodness is never lost, and that love—especially love—lasts forever.
Adventist Community Services In Southeastern California Organizes Drive-Thru Food Banks
In order to assist people who have lost their jobs, churches in the Southeastern California Conference are participating in a “drive-by food distribution” operation, a new modality for safe food distribution. Though the shelter-in-place mandate closed churches, the essential nature of food distribution was recognized, and churches could open solely to continue to conduct this much-needed service. SECC churches in Orange County have continued their food distribution programs and, as of mid-April, distributed a combined total of 55,000 pounds of food. “As we work through the COVID-19 pandemic, the community services departments of the Southeastern California Conference are committed to continuing to do as much as we possibly can to help hurting people in our churches’ communities,” said Marquis Johns, ACS director for the SECC.
Learn more about what is happening in the Southeastern California Conference:
All God’s People
All God’s People is a weekly short video series highlighting the people and ministries of the Pacific Union Conference. The program features fast and easy-to-digest news and inspiration from the diverse congregations of Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and Utah. The videos are hosted by Connie Vandeman Jeffery. New episodes are available each Friday.
Western Prayer Circle
Today, join us in praying for the families in our faith-community. Pray for God to guide and provide for the needs of those with young children.
P.S. Did You Hear?
Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Only in the darkness can you see the stars.”