October 20, 2020
“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” –Luke 6:28
Soquel Conference Center Used as Evacuation Shelter for Evacuees of the CZU Lightning Fire Complex
There have been more than 25 fires within the 17 counties of the Central California Conference since Aug. 17. The Creek Fire continues to burn in the foothills above the Clovis and Fresno area. Not long after fires in their region started, Santa Cruz County partnered with the Soquel Conference Center to shelter the evacuees from the fires. Although the site hit capacity for several days, each need was met; so much so that the overflow of materials needed to be stored in the main auditorium. As Ramiro Cano, CCC president, commented, “I praise God that in the midst of a pandemic and the devastating fires, the Soquel Conference Center has become a center of holy influence within the County of Santa Cruz. Designated as an evacuation site, it provided ample opportunities to be engaged in services of compassion, to alleviate the hurting, and to forge and deepen our relationships with the community at large.” Church members found ways to demonstrate the Conference’s vision, “Reflecting Christ. Transforming Communities,” during this tragic event. Read more about the CCC’s response to the fires in the October Recorder.
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Central California Educator Authors Children’s Book
What started as an idea in the fall of 2017 has turned into a children’s book, “Silly, Icky Clay in the Potter’s Hands” authored by a member and youth leader of the Fresno Spanish SDA church. Sarai Mendoza, a graduate of Bakersfield Adventist Academy and Pacific Union College, has been a teacher for the past 5 years in Fresno, California. Her passion for teaching and counseling fused together into a project designed to help kids have the assurance that God loves them unconditionally regardless of how people may hurt them or if they make mistakes—and that He has incredible plans for their lives. “As soon as I told my pastor about the book project, he was willing to have it on the church social media page and I have received a lot of encouraging messages from church members and the leadership team I work with,” Mendoza shared. “I am so glad I can provide a Spanish version for the Hispanic community!”
Learn more about Mendoza’s book:
The Recorder is the monthly news magazine of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Pacific Southwest, providing thought-provoking stories and faith-based articles to challenge you in your faith journey. Read your copy online via the link below!
Western Prayer Circle
Today, join us in praying for those who have been impacted by fires. Ask God to give them courage and strength.
P.S. Did You Know—about the Central California Conference?
The mission statement of the Central California Conference, adopted in 2015, states: “Empowering every person to be a disciple of Jesus Christ and a center of influence for the Kingdom of Heaven.”