Volume 4 Issue 16 April 22, 2021
NCC Principals Are Excited about the New Beginners Educational Fund
During the month of March, donors gave $77,000 to the New Beginners Educational Fund! Combined with funds from the Pacific Union Conference, the money will enable all new kindergartners in NCC schools to receive one month of free tuition next school year.

NCC principals are excited and grateful for the opportunity to offer this benefit to families who are considering Adventist Education for their preschool children. “I can’t thank the union and the conference enough for putting money into something that is so important—the ministry of education,” said Lisa Bissell Paulson, principal of Pleasant Hill Adventist Academy (K-12). “Adventist Education is evangelism.”

“I think it’s a tremendous blessing, especially for those families who are considering an Adventist school for the first time and who are not used to the added expense of tuition,” said Joe Fralick, Pine Hills Adventist Academy (K-12) principal. “We anticipate that we will have a full kindergarten class because of these funds.”

“Because of this financial resource, an exponential number of kindergarten children will have the opportunity to fall in love with Jesus and get to know Him better and love Him more each day,” said Robert Robinson, Bayside SDA Christian School (K-8) teaching principal. “This financial gift will help fund the longest evangelistic crusade in history—180 school days of sharing the good news about God’s love for us and how we live out our lives based upon His great love.”
Alegria Group Members Engage Their Calling to Ministry
by Daisy Stephens
The Placerville church’s fire bowl serves as an outdoor gathering place for fellowship and ministry, thanks to the efforts of the church’s over-50 group, called Alegria (which means “joy”).
For a long time, several of the Placerville church seniors had dreamed of creating a place for groups of all ages to come together in a comfortable environment and worship God in nature. Fred Stephens launched a fire bowl project planning team, but they had no money or adequate resources. Stephens and the team prayed that God would make a way for the project.

The Lord answered them by sending all the resources needed at little or no cost. Greg Fridley and Lemoin Brewer cleared the land. Lowell Spiva provided the timber for the benches, milled it, and delivered it at no cost. Bo Stewart at El Dorado Truss Company provided the steel for the legs and did the welding. Brandon and Jerry Dennis bore the holes for the rivets and poured the concrete for the walkway. Jim Shoun and Wally Cordis built the fire pit. Many others volunteered to sand and stain the benches, as well as paint bench legs.
The work began in August 2019 and finished in March 2020 – one week before the pandemic lockdown. Life changed, and the newly finished gathering place sat dormant for many months. Eventually, groups began to worship and spend quality time together at the fire bowl, located near the church’s pond.

“Being able to be outdoors, get fresh air, and build relationships has been essential,” said Brandon Kharns, Placerville church associate pastor.

“The fire bowl was a perfect place for us to create a ministry that felt natural,” said Stephens. “To many people, [their time at the fire bowl] was a brief moment in a chaotic and scary time that felt normal and relaxed.” Read more about this project, and see more photos.
Leoni Meadows Camps Are Filling Up Fast!
If you or a family member is interested in attending a camp at Leoni Meadows this summer, act fast!

“We are almost sold out,” said Craig Heinrich, executive director of the camp and retreat center. “If you’re interested in coming to camp, take a look at the website. There are a few spots open here and there.”

Heinrich and his summer team are eager for camp to begin. “My favorite part about Leoni Meadows is being able to serve others while having fun with the staff and campers,” said David Arriaza, boys’ director.

“I am excited to work at Leoni Meadows this summer because I will be able to make memories for both kids and families,” said Lauren Smith, girls’ director. “When I was a kid, I would look forward to going to camp all summer long. I have the best memories from Leoni Meadows, and I can’t wait to help make those memories for others.”

“After missing a whole season, the staff at Leoni Meadows are ready and anxious to have our friends back at camp,” said Heinrich. “We can’t wait to see how God will bless Leoni this summer.”

Check out the Leoni Meadows Facebook page to see this summer’s staff members. Find out more about camp this summer at leonimeadows.org.
New Family Member
Congratulations to Natasha and Robert Henry on the birth of their daughter, Aria Jade.

Aria was born on April 5, joining big sister Gianna. Their father is the pastor of the Lakeport/Upper Lake district. May the Lord continue to bless the entire family!
News & Upcoming Events
Keep up with the latest news about Redwood Camp Meeting 2021 by visiting its website, redwoodareacamp.com and Facebook page.

The Hispanic womens retreat will be held online this weekend.

Don’t Forget Me, a prison ministries rally and training day, will take place this Sabbath.

The Christian Men’s Retreat will be live-streamed on April 30 and May 1.

Join the NCC prayer call every Thursday morning from 7-8 a.m. Find out how.
In his book In the Name of Jesus: Power to Pray for People and Places, Ron E. M. Clouzet talks about prayer walking, the most effective evangelism strategy. Find it for $18.99 at our NCC ABC.

On April 28, the NCC ABC will be making prepaid drop-off deliveries at two locations in Nevada.
NCC Headquarters Closed 
The NCC headquarters building remains closed, and staff are working from home. You can still reach them.
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