In this week's episode:
—Adventist Community Services Focus—
Adventist Community Services is the focus for the month of May. And what better time to highlight what our local churches and schools are doing to reach out to their communities than right now!
—Charlotte Oh's Mask-Making Spreads Hope in Central California—
12-year old Charlotte Oh, from the Santa Maria SDA church, is doing something special to reach out to her community! Hearing from her parents about the challenges healthcare professionals were facing in her hometown, she decided to use her free time to sew face masks for those in need. She’s been providing masks for local medical professionals and her fellow church members at Santa Maria Church, AND she has also begun to receive requests from Marian Regional Medical Center; the Santa Maria Filipino Community Center; Nipomo Family Dentistry, and the Kumon Center in Orcutt. When she makes her deliveries, she includes a hope-filled GLOW tract in addition to her gift! Changing the world, one mask and one Glow tract, at a time. Thank you, Charlotte!
Learn more about what's happening in Central Calif.: centralcaliforniaadventist.com/
—Escondido Adventist Academy Teacher Hosts Zoom Gathering on Sabbath Mornings for Students—
When stay-at-home orders separated teachers and students, Escondido Adventist Academy's 4th-5th-grade teacher Valerie Blue had an idea. "Our principal helped me get started on Zoom,” she said, “so I invited my students to our first meeting of 'Sabbath Blessings with Mrs. Blue.' We've enjoyed it ever since and have met each Sabbath." From 9:30-10:00am, teacher and students visit together, read Bible verses, share what the verses tell them about God, and share prayer requests. Then they are dismissed so that students can join their own church's planned worship services online. What a great idea to connect with students on Sabbath mornings!
Learn more about EAA: eaaschool.org/
—El Monte Vietnamese Church Feeds Community—
One of the most exciting community outreach initiatives we've heard about during the pandemic has come from El Monte Vietnamese church in Southern California. Pastor Vinh Nguyen and his team have set aside a monthly budget to help 200 people in the community with food. Not only that, they’ve helped with rent for those struggling financially. The church has partnered with a local bakery that provides 100 free baguettes each week and grocery stores that give discounts on rice and noodles. Volunteers pick up the food and distribute it to families in El Monte.
Learn more: vietsda.org/
—For All His Goodness—
It’s exciting to see and hear how our churches are continuing to develop ways to carry on the work of Christ in our communities! The needs and opportunities to serve don’t stop because the church building is closed, or if circumstances prevent the membership from gathering. Working with Elder Brad Newton, who serves as both Executive Secretary, and as the Ministerial Secretary for our Union, and Elder Ray Tetz, who is the director of our Communication & Community Engagement Department—our All God’s People Team put together a bonus video about the importance of our continued support for our local churches during this critical time. Stay tuned for the Spanish version, which will be available next week.
Watch online: vimeo.com/413299217
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In Romans 5 it says, “Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit." (Romans 5:5 NKJV)