Volume 3 Issue 7 February 13, 2020
Bible Verse to Light Your Day
“Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance” (1 Corinthians 13:7, New Living Translation ).
Teens Engage Their Calling to Ministry
Last weekend, 55 academy and high school juniors and seniors learned to lead and mentor their younger peers at the annual Freshman/Sophomore Retreat at Leoni Meadows.  

Two days before the retreat, youth pastors and Bible teachers trained the older teens to be small group and worship leaders. By Friday evening, they were ready to welcome about 200 younger students to a weekend of inspiration, learning, and fun.

The speakers for the retreat were also young people: Lodi Academy junior Emma Little and Pacific Union College sophomores Adan Quezada and Hailey Snyder.

The teens learned that God is calling them to serve Him now, not just sometime in the future. “My favorite part of the retreat was the praise singing –  standing up there and feeling that I was where I belonged” said Tyler Wilensky, Pleasant Hill Adventist Academy senior.
NorCal Girls Retreat
Over a weekend in January, more than 70 girls –  ages 13-19 –  attended the NorCal Girls Retreat, held on the Lodi Academy campus. The young women were able to bond and grow through programs, prayer groups, crafts, music, an agape feast, and outdoor activities, including a rock wall. At the end of the event, eight girls committed their lives to Jesus. 

Leilani Lockwood, Lodi Academy Student Association president, felt the Holy Spirit stirring her to organize this retreat. “I wanted to give girls a place to grow individually, find a strong support group where they feel comfortable and safe, and be able to really dig deeper into their relationships with God,” she said.

The retreat, themed #optoutside, received support from Lodi English Oaks church members and Lodi Academy staff. It included music from the Pacific Union College praise team, guest speaker Lisa Topete, a discussion panel, and breakout sessions.
Connecting Women of Prayer
On Sunday, more than 40 women attended a luncheon organized by Fortuna church members and held at the church’s Adventist Community Services Center. The theme of the event was “Connecting Women of Prayer.” Guests came from the Arcata McKinleyville, Eureka, and Fortuna churches, as well as from the community. 

In addition to singing, doing crafts, and sharing testimonies, the women picked prayer partners and committed to praying with their partner every day for 40 days. Each set of partners pledged to pray for each other and 10 other people. “We will get together again and share stories of how God moved in our lives and in the lives of those that we prayed for,” said Karen Ronk, Eureka church member.
Welcome Alissa Sattelmayer
Alissa Sattelmayer is the new human resources specialist in our HR department. Sattelmayer grew up in Truckee and graduated from Monterey Bay Academy and Walla Walla University. She and her husband, Clayton, recently moved to the area from Portland. She enjoys skiing in the winter, hiking in the summer, and traveling anytime!

“I am excited to welcome Alissa as our new human resources specialist,” said Kathy Batchelor, HR director. “She is passionate about helping others, and I know she will be an asset to the team.” 
“We Are the Pathfinders Strong”
At the recent NCC Grand Opening and Dedication, Pathfinders from the Sacramento Spanish church and the Sacramento Ukrainian company raised the flag. We're proud of all our Pathfinders, led by Youth Director Eddie Heinrich. Find out more about our NCC Pathfinder program.
Just for Fun
Spend a few minutes watching a speedy version of the NCC office remodel , filmed by Greg Fong, IT department assistant director. Each second of the film is five minutes in real time.
Office Closed
The NCC office and the Adventist Book Center will be closed on Monday, Feb. 17, for the Presidents Day holiday.
Spotlight on the Family
For the next few months, we will focus on some practical ways for families to live more healthfully in 2020.
Make your home a safer place! Check your house and yard for dangers, prepare an emergency kit, and conduct fire and earthquake drills with your family. You can find a number of helpful tips and strategies online.
Upcoming Event
Adventist Book Center
When she was a girl, Rachel’s family separated from society and lived in a remote, abandoned house, awaiting the end of time. Then at 16, Rachel was forced to face the real world. Eventually she found her way to a balanced and vibrant life. In her book, Born Yesterday , Rachel Williams-Smith shares her story of God’s restorative loving care. Find it for $16.99 at the Adventist Book Center .
This Week in Adventist History
Remembering God’s leading in our church history strengthens our faith today. Check out the ongoing series of short videos titled “This Week in Adventist History,” produced by the General Conference Office of Archives, Statistics, and Research. Watch recent videos or search more than 600 past episodes .
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