Volume 4 Issue 25 June 24, 2021
News
San Leandro Spanish Church Officially Organizes
On Sabbath, June 5, NCC administrators officially organized the San Leandro Spanish church. The service took place on the campus of Golden Gate Academy, where the congregation meets.

“It was a wonderful and spiritual service,” said Pastor Luis Fernando Manrique. “The members were very happy and excited for this moment they had been waiting for.”

The congregation began in 2009 as a “daughter” group of the Oakland Spanish church, then led by NCC Pastor Paul Guevara. “We heard that there was no Adventist presence in San Leandro, and we took that as a challenge,” he said.
From its original group of 11 members meeting in a home, the congregation has grown to about 100 – and they plan to continue adding to their numbers. The church just hosted evangelistic meetings, and eight new members were baptized last Sabbath!

“The members have enthusiastically responded to the call to be a mission-driven church,” said Executive Secretary Jose Marin. “They understand that being organized as a church is to be more impactful in preaching the gospel of Christ in San Leandro.”
Carmichael Church Hosts Vacation Bible School
Last week about 140 kids attended Vacation Bible School at the Carmichael church. The theme was appropriate for the first children’s ministry event after the pandemic: “Jesus’ Power Pulls Us Through.”

“It was so nice to see our church full of life again with all the little people learning about Jesus in exciting ways – singing, playing, just being together,” said Family Life Pastor Melissa Howell. “It really brought joy to my heart!”

Nearly 90 teenaged volunteers helped make the program a success. VBS organizers, led by Carrie Caballero, intentionally included more junior high and high school helpers than usual because they knew the teens had been isolated for so long.

Many committed adults also contributed their talents. Church member Bill Reedy worked for months to create a huge train engine model for the outdoor stage. “We really have the best staff!” said Howell, “They led with so much enthusiasm – such a heart for the kids.”
Pastor Ezequiel Osorio Retires
At the end of May, Pastor Ezequiel Osorio retired after more than four decades of service to the Lord. Most recently, he served as pastor of the San Anselmo Spanish church, the Santa Rosa Spanish church, and the Ukiah Spanish company.

After accepting the Adventist message in his native Guatemala, Osorio felt the call to pastoral ministry. He studied at Central American Adventist University in Costa Rica, where he met his wife, Gabriela (Gaby). He served in literature evangelism in the Lake Union and as a pastor in the Gulf States Conference before coming to the NCC in 2016.

The NCC Hispanic pastors gathered to say farewell to the Osorios (pictured). “After devoting more than 40 years of intense work to the Church, our dear friend and pastor welcomes the benefits of a well-deserved retirement,” said Roman Leal, Hispanic ministries coordinator. “We wish the Osorios the richest blessings of heaven in this new stage of their lives.”
Welcome New NCC Pastors!
Noé and Sandra Ramírez
Jason and Jessica Bulgin
Pedro and Celine Rosillo
Three pastors have recently begun serving at NCC churches.

  • Noé Ramírez is the new pastor of the Lodi Spanish/Stockton Spanish district.

  • Jason Bulgin is the new associate pastor at the Sacramento Capitol City church.

  • Pedro Rosillo is the new associate pastor for the Oakland Spanish/Richmond Spanish/San Leandro Spanish district.

“We are excited that these pastors have joined our team,” said President Marc Woodson. “We know that the Lord will use each of them in a mighty way!”
Upcoming Events
Do you know a child, aged 7-13, who would enjoy Summer on the Run, the NCC traveling day camp? Learn more about it.

This Sabbath, June 26, do not miss the webinar Liberty and Justice Considered: Worker’s Rights, moderated by Alan Reinach, executive director of the Church State Council.

On Sabbath, July 3, NCC religious liberty liaison Stephen Allred will join international human rights expert Tina Ramirez in an online conversation titled The State of Religious Freedom Around the World.

Redwood Camp Meeting is coming next month, beginning July 19! Harry Salvini, Redwood director, requests that campers turn in their applications as soon as possible. Find information on the camp meeting website: redwoodareacamp.com.

Join the NCC prayer call every Thursday morning from 7-8 a.m.
Adventist Book Center
Don’t miss the Redwood Camp Meeting sales! See the list of food specials available at camp meeting from July 19 to July 31 and at the NCC ABC from June 28 through August 8.
Featured Job Opportunities
Urgent! The NCC has two openings for half-time receptionist positions at the conference office. Find out more:
Northern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
(916) 886-5600 I www.nccsda.com