Volume 3 Issue 6 February 6, 2020
Bible Verse to Light Your Day
“But as for me, I will sing about Your power. Each morning I will sing with joy about Your unfailing love. For You have been my refuge, a place of safety when I am in distress” (Psalm 59:16, New Living Translation ).  
News
More than 1,000 Attend Delta Region Convocation
Last weekend, more than 1,000 people attended the Delta Region Convocation held at Lodi Academy on Friday evening and Sabbath. Church members came from Lodi, Stockton, Galt, Tracy, Manteca, and beyond. The event was organized by Lodi Academy Principal John Winslow and Lodi Fairmont church Senior Pastor Tracy Baerg.

Highlights included special programs for young people, reports on the Lord’s work in the region’s churches, spiritual messages presented by NCC President Marc Woodson, and lunch provided by Adventist Health Lodi Memorial.

On Sabbath afternoon, participants took part in service activities: singing at retirement communities, packing lunches for homeless people, and presenting gifts of fruit and trail mix to community members.

“We wanted to get the churches in our region together—to be inspired by one another, to reach out into their communities, to get on fire for the Lord,” said Winslow.
Pastors Attend Training for Church Planting
On Tuesday, Anthony WagenerSmith, associate director of the North American Division Evangelism Institute, presented a church planting training session for about 18 pastors at the NCC office. The training was designed to give pastors the skills to coach laypeople during the church planting process. 

“This is the next step to plant the next 12 transformational missional churches in the NCC,” said Executive Secretary Jose Marin. “Each of the 12 will multiply and plant more churches in the years to come.”

Engage your church in planting is one of the three initiatives of the NCC Strategic Plan.
Richmond Beacon Light Church Hosts Service and Social Days
Engage your community with compassion is one of the three initiatives of the NCC Strategic Plan, and the Richmond Beacon Light church is a great example! On the first Sabbath of each month, the church has a Community Service and Social Day, led by two young members, Sumbal Shaffi and Samely Gonzalez. 

During the afternoon, church members volunteer for various outreach projects, such as preparing dinner at the Bay Area Rescue Mission, creating “no-sew” blankets for the homeless, visiting the church's neighbors, and more. After a full afternoon of outreach, participants get together at the church for games and refreshments. Several neighbors have attended the evening social time.

“We are blessed to have been able to sow this seed, and we can’t wait to see where it goes,” said Gonzalez. “We want our church to be so filled with love that it will spill over into our community.”
Hispanic Women’s Ministry Inspires Members
Last month, two Hispanic churches hosted events for women and encouraged members to invite their community friends. The Oakland Spanish church hosted a breakfast, followed by a talk from Teresa Leal, wife of Roman Leal, Hispanic ministries coordinator. On the same day, women from the Tracy Spanish church and their friends enjoyed a tea party, which included a message from church member Fabiola Condra.

“Women’s ministry in Hispanic congregations stands out for its dynamism, enthusiasm, creativity, and hard work,” said Leal. “We have a group of leaders who inspire and motivate the sisters in their congregations to fulfill the mission that the Lord has entrusted to us.”
New Pastor at Oakland Spanish/San Leandro Spanish
Last Sabbath, Pastor Luis Fernando Manrique and his wife, Yesica, began their ministry to the members of the Oakland Spanish church and San Leandro Spanish company. Manrique has been serving as a pastor in the Greater New York Conference. The couple has two daughters.

“May God bless his ministry,” said Roman Leal, Hispanic ministries coordinator. “May his pastorate in Northern California always be a pleasant memory for him and his beautiful family.”
Get to Know Women’s Ministries
At the recent NCC Grand Opening, Mary Jo Lauderdale, women’s ministries coordinator, and members of her department’s advisory board provided information about a variety of programs, including young women’s ministries, enditnow, United4theCause, and the Congo Widows Mission Project. Find out more about these programs and check out the department’s Facebook page .
Spotlight on the Family
For the next few months, we will focus on some practical ways for families to live more healthfully in 2020.
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Plan an outdoor day in the mountains, and get lots of fresh air and exercise. If possible, make a snow sculpture something totally different like a snow turtle or a snow car!
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Resources
Adventist Book Center
Born just as the Civil War began, Lewis Sheafe lived during a pivotal time. He wholeheartedly embraced the Adventist message after he saw in it the tenets of race relations he already championed. However, he and church leaders could not agree on how to apply biblical principles of racial equality. Read his fascinating biography, Lewis C. Sheafe: Apostle to Black America , by Douglas Morgan. It's $22.99 at the NCC ABC .
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