Union News

SONscreen Film Festival stays fresh after 10 years

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The 10th annual SONscreen Film Festival, held at the Adventist Media Center in Simi Valley, Calif., April 12-14, featured something new this year: a “Pitch Fest.” “I've wanted to create …

Union committee calls special constituency session to amend union bylaws

At its March meeting, the Pacific Union executive committee voted to table until May 9 a motion that would immediately approve the ordination of ministers without regard to gender. It …

Notice of Pacific Union Conference Special Constituency Session

A Special Business Session of the Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists will be held Aug. 19, 2012, to consider amendments to the union bylaws that will clearly authorize the …

More exec comm: Teryl Loeffler to join union education staff

In addition to taking steps toward ordination without regard to gender, the executive committee voted several other actions. They voted to invite Teryl Loeffler to join the Office of Education …

Southeastern California

Three pastors, a chaplain and administrator ordained-commissioned in SECC last year

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Five people were ordained-commissioned to the gospel ministry in the Southeastern California Conference in 2011. Each has a unique story to tell of God’s calling and guidance. Stacey Smith On …

Three notable Adventists receive Weniger awards

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Herbert Blomstedt, Alcyon Fleck and Howard Gimbel shared the spotlight at the Weniger Society’s 37th annual awards ceremony in Loma Linda, Calif. Established to honor notable Seventh-day Adventists, the Weniger …

Victoria church launches expansion project

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More than 70 members and guests gathered in the assembly hall of the Victoria church in Loma Linda on Sunday evening, March 11, to initiate the building of a new …

Southern California

Prayer line draws hundreds to mini-camp meeting

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Central Filipino church hosted a mini-camp meeting featuring 25 speakers from across the U.S. the last weekend of March. Themed, “Prepare … for the Final Crisis,” the weekend was sponsored …

Robotics teams work on real-world challenges

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At the 2011-2012 Adventist Robotics League "Food Factor Challenge" held at Glendale Adventist Academy, students were at the demonstration tables, intent on moving Lego robots around, using remotes to assure …

Pheron hosts second annual collegiate retreat

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The SCC collegiate ministry Pheron held its second annual C3 Retreat at Camp Cedar Falls at the end of March. More than 100 college-aged young people attended. “This retreat has …

Resurrection church plant hosts ALIVE 2012

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On April 8, 2012, a weekend that marked the first six months of the Resurrection church plant’s existence in West Covina, the group held its first Easter celebration. The group …

Central California

Church members take the lead in San Francisco health expo

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Before the doors opened at 9 a.m., people were lining up at the San Francisco Philadelphian church gymnasium. More than 300 people visited the health expo on April 15. This …

Patty Osborne joins CCC as associate superintendent for elementary schools

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Patrice (Patty) Osborne joins the Central California Conference education team as the new associate superintendent for the elementary schools. She begins her new position on June 15. Osborne brings 30 …

Northern California

Rio Lindo Adventist Academy seeks continual improvement

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When Joe* was considering school options for ninth grade, his teacher suggested Rio Lindo Adventist Academy. Joe showed up on the first day of school with no idea of what …

Capitol City church honors unsung heroines

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Last year, the Sacramento-Capitol City church honored two categories of unsung heroines: single mothers and senior citizens — women who make a positive impact on the lives of those around …

Manteca church member helps spread the gospel in Japan

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How can the gospel message be spread in Japan — one of the most secular countries in the world? Through her hard work as a translator, Manteca church member Hiroko …


Hispanic women's retreat draws 250 attendees to Camp Yavapines

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Maria Denneny was running a successful upholstery and interior design business 23 years ago when she decided to create a ministry for the Hispanic women of the Arizona Conference. She …

Arizona Conference celebrates black history

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The Arizona Conference hosted a Black Roots Rally Sabbath, March 24, at the Beacon Light church in Phoenix. The celebration marked the 75th year of organized ministry to, by, and …


Kona church and school cultivate "food forest" for learning and sharing

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By day, Bernard Matatumua-Vermeulen is a soil conservationist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Kealakekua, and in his spare time he is one of the green thumbs behind …


Las Vegas school offers two-year, bilingual kindergarten program

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For the past four school years, Las Vegas Junior Academy has offered a kindergarten program like few others in the kindergarten world. Unique in two ways: the LVJA program offers …

New Spanish group forms on the east side of Las Vegas

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Spanish-speaking Adventists congregations have been on the west side of Las Vegas for several decades. Andy Silva, pastor of the west side Camino a Cristo church, and various members of …

Tahoe camp meeting to begin July 30

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Tahoe camp meeting will convene July 30 to Aug. 4 in a new location at the Tahoe Valley Campground in South Lake Tahoe, Calif. There will be plenty of space …

La Sierra University

Alums honored for impact on university, church, and world

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When Dr. Fritz Guy first arrived at La Sierra University’s campus in 1948 from Cedar Lake Academy in Michigan, he saw an expanse of dry, brown earth and felt the …

Loma Linda

Medical simulation training at LLU saves lives

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Dustin Mangus, M.D., sits in his customary spot at the head of the patient. As anesthesiologist for the case, his job is to keep his patient sedated at just the …

Pacific Union College

NSF grant winner advances experimental physics

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Vola Andrianarijaona, a professor of physics at Pacific Union College and a winner of a grant from the National Science Foundation, recently returned from a research trip to one of …

Adventist Health

Adventist hospitals keeping communities well — near and far

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It doesn’t matter that Castle Medical Center in Hawaii is more than 4,000 miles away from Papua New Guinea. Or that White Memorial Medical Center is almost 10,000 miles away …

President's Perspective

“Women … needed in the great work of preaching the truth”

As reported in this issue of the Recorder, the Pacific Union Conference executive committee voted on May 9 to hold a special constituency session Aug. 19. Delegates will consider amending …

Church State Council

Church State Council reopens Sacramento office

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After lying vacant for a year, the Sacramento office of the Church State Council has been completely renovated, re-staffed, and opened in March. Dennis Seaton assumed leadership as the director …

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Bloomquist, Edward – b. Oct. 12, 1924, Iowa City, Iowa; d. April 14, 2012, Yountville, Calif. Survivors: wife, Lila Mae; son, Roger; daughter, Carol; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild. Brown, Mae …