Volume 4 Issue 4 January 28, 2021
News
Thank You!
“I am happy to report that we ended 2020 with an increase of nearly $483,000 in tithe over last year. Praise the Lord! On behalf of the conference administration, I want to thank each and every one of you for your continued diligence and commitment to ministry in our conference. Without you, we wouldn't be able to carry out our mission of transforming lives and preparing people for Christ's second coming. To God be the glory, great things He has done!” - Northern California Conference President Marc Woodson
Conferences Collaborate for Livestreaming Worship Seminar
On Sunday, the Northern, Southeastern, and Central California conferences collaborated together for the online seminar “Less Stress, More Worship.” Pastors and church media teams from all three conferences learned about best practices and new technologies to improve livestreaming events with limited resources.

Participants included Laurie Trujillo, NCC communication and development director (pictured above right); Enno Mueller, SECC communication director (pictured above left); Sergio Cano, CCC creative arts director (pictured at bottom); Bryant Taylor, Azure Hills church worship & media pastor; Baron Sovory, Valley Fellowship church pastor; and Danilo Braga, Loma Linda University church video engineer.

The entire training event was broadcast simultaneously on multiple Facebook pages and YouTube channels. Watch it on the NCC YouTube channel and Facebook page.
Church Clerk Training in Spanish
On Sunday, the NCC held its first-ever training in Spanish for church clerks. Fourteen clerks and pastors from Hispanic churches attended the online workshop, including the clerk from the Oahu Hispanic church in Hawaii.

Potomac Conference clerk Claudya Barrientos (pictured) served as the guest presenter, and Executive Secretary Jose Marin, NCC clerk Premila Willmott, and NCC receptionist Joana van Iderstein also participated.

Next Sunday, Jan. 31, the clerk training will be presented in English. 
Religious Liberty and Christian Witness in a Time of Turmoil Coming February 13
Moses, Daniel, Esther, David, Solomon, and many prophets all worked in the political arena. God needs people in every field to accomplish His purpose.

If you want to learn more about health restrictions, social justice, political unrest, and the Church, join an interactive panel discussion led by Steve Allred, NCC religious liberty liaison, with distinguished experts and leaders in their fields: 
Learn as they share their expertise and knowledge about religious liberty and Christian witness in a time of turmoil. This premier event is a partnership between the Northern California Conference and the Church State Council and will stream on our NCC Facebook page and YouTube channel. Find out more.
Demetrio Velazquez Engages His Calling to Ministry
Each weekday morning before he begins his job as a car repair technician in Roseville, Demetrio Velazquez hosts a live 90-minute radio program.

His Spanish broadcast, “Conociendo más a Jesús con Demetrio Velazquez” (Knowing More About Jesus with Demetrio Velazquez), airs Monday through Friday from 6:30-8 a.m. via the online radio ministry Plenitud La Radio Adventista. Listeners tune in from across the United States, Central America, South America, and Europe to hear Velazquez speak, pray, and sing.
Velazquez (pictured with his wife, Lucy) used to present his program from home, but when his boss, who is a Christian, learned about the ministry, he provided office space and donated a laptop so Velazquez could broadcast at the workplace.

An elder at the Sacramento Spanish church, Velazquez varies his program to engage the various Spanish-speaking cultures in his audience. “After dinner each evening, I read books and pray to God to lead me and give me what I’m going to talk about the next morning,” he said. “I pray that I can do or say something that will lead people to Jesus.”  

Velazquez came to the United States from Mexico when he was a young man. He used to give his Adventist friends a hard time, saying, “I don’t think you guys are prepared for me to go to church with you. I don’t think you are willing to invite me.” They responded: “You’re welcome to join us! We can give you a ride. We’re brothers.”  

During his first visit to church, the music and the preaching impacted him profoundly. “From that day, everything was different,” he said. Velazquez wants others to have the same life-changing encounter with Jesus. Listen to his program.
In the News
The 2024 International Pathfinder Camporee will be held in Gillette, Wyoming. Find out more at www.camporee.org.

The Fortuna Community Garden, which supplies food for Adventist Community Services, is moving to a new location, Fortuna Junior Academy! Read the article in the local newspaper.
Prayer Ministries
Earlier this month, Adventists around the world participated in the annual 10 Days of Prayer. Thank you to all of the speakers, musicians, behind-the-scenes workers, and especially the prayer partners throughout the conference, who made the online NCC 10 Days of Prayer such a blessing! You can view the programs on the NCC Facebook page.

Prayer is still vital! Join the NCC Prayer Line every Thursday morning from 7-8 a.m. Call 1-916-637-8111, and use code 669648#.
ABC
“My father marched to the Russian front with a gun, but returned home with a Bible.” Read the remarkable true story of the Kavur family in the exciting book Far Away from Home. You will find it for $15.99 at our NCC ABC.
NCC Headquarters Closed 
Due to the pandemic, the NCC headquarters building is closed until further notice. Staff are working from home during business hours. Email info@nccsda.com, and we will forward your message to the appropriate department. Find a list of departments and staff members on the NCC website. The Adventist Book Center remains open during its posted hours. 
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